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Automation awareness workshops

16 October 2016

The workshops will focus on how customers can integrate systems and extract full benefit from them quickly and efficiently. The half-day events will be free to a given number of attendees from each participating company. 

The aim of the events is to increase the number of manufacturers in sectors such as food and drink who recognise the benefits of automation, whether in terms of output, yield, reliability, product quality or traceability and to educate about all the factors that could influence how the desired result can be achieved. 

“From upstream machines, which affect the efficiency of the rest of the line, to missed opportunities in enlisting the positive support of the workforce, it is important that we educate customers and increase overall awareness as part of the process of integrating automation,” said Paul Wilkinson, business development manager at Pacepacker. 

Each workshop is designed to be useful and relevant to the specifics of each company’s operations, with full engagement from key company stakeholders, from operators and line supervisors, to engineering team members and directors. 

The workshops will also highlight practical preparations for installation and how to manage training or recruitment to ensure customers have the correct in-house expertise to meet the needs of automation. “This is about smoothing the process of automation inside the factory, it’s about you and your team being ready, and it is about external factors which may affect how the overall system performs,” said Wilkinson. “The end result may be all to do with speed, product quality, reduced wastage and rejects or a combination of all of these and more. Ultimately, this is about maximising return on investment (ROI), in the shortest possible time.”

The Festo-designed workshops will bring together attendees from different companies at Pacepacker’s head office in Essex. For larger customers, there will be the opportunity for cross-site events where representatives of different operations will be able to pool their experiences and observations. 

“Pacepacker is in alignment with our objective to look beyond the supply of components and solutions and to help our customers not just succeed, but to excel in their markets,” said Neil Lewin, senior consultant for Festo Training & Consultancy. “The course will raise awareness of the complete approach required when engaging in automation projects, and provide customers with a strategic plan for implementation of automation in to their plant. The end result being a solution that meets its promises on ROI and sustainability.”


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