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2019-01-08 – Robot arms are getting everywhere…

Robots undoubtably take the drudgery out of many repetitive manufacturing, packaging and processing tasks. Engineers are generally fascinated by the idea of improving production processes...


2018-11-20 – Automation meets craftsmanship

Although often perceived as a threat to traditional industries, automation can actually empower artisans to have greater control over skilled manufacturing processes and enable improved product...

2018-11-12 – Cyber Security in the Emerging Digital World

It seems a long time ago now since various malware attacks on the operational layer changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture...

2018-11-02 – Next generation predictive maintenance tools have the edge

Mitsubishi Electric’s latest cloud-based predictive maintenance solution is supported by the AI platform within IBM Watson and implemented with voice control and AR features. This innovation shows how interconnected, intelligent systems can maximise responsiveness, productivity and plant control while reducing costs and downtime.

2018-10-23 – Continued market growth is testament to the development of PLCs

The PLC versus IPC or PC based control debate has been with us for over two decades now, with commentators making various predictions about the rise of industrial controllers with PC based internals versus purely PLC solutions...

2018-10-04 – Ready Engineer One

The computer games generation was always a refence to teenagers… well it was in the ‘80s and '90s (to save you looking it up, the ZX Spectrum was first launched in the UK in 1982). It’s no surprise then that most engineers working now are comfortable with digital interface technology...

2018-09-10 – Smart Condition Monitoring Helps Barley Malt Producer Keep a Head

Muntons Malt, one of the UK's largest producers of malted barley has chosen the Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) system from Mitsubishi Electric to protect fans and motors vital to its large-scale and sensitive production process. Used to make beer, spirits and a range of popular foodstuffs, malted barley is produced in large batches where conditions are critical to a consistent product.

2018-02-13 – Mitsubishi Electric has automation on-the-move at Drives & Controls

Articulated arm robots that can move around a factory floor on AGVs and linear transfer carriages

2018-01-11 – What’s on the rack…

The increasing modularity of PLC components means that in principle life has been getting easier for systems integrators of late

2017-09-07 – Automation platforms deliver productivity benefits in food and beverage production

There are clear benefits for food & beverage manufacturers in rationalising their automation vendors.

2017-08-17 – The age of the PLC platform is now

Can an automation system be more than just the sum of its parts? Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric argues that it can and that the age of the PLC platform is now bringing a host of benefits

2017-05-18 – Smart manufacturing – the Challenges and Benefits

Chris Evans, Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric explores what is actually meant by “smart manufacturing” by considering the benefits of adopting the concept and what challenges may lie ahead.

2017-03-27 – Industry 4.0 Summit highlights plant floor to IT level integration

Mitsubishi Electric enjoyed a successful inaugural Industry 4.0 Summit at the Manchester Central Convention Centre recently, demonstrating an appetite for advancing factory automation technology from a wide range of industries.

2017-02-24 – New technology for teaching robots and guiding humans

Famous for its efficient and reliable small articulated arm and SCARA robots, Mitsubishi Electric is now offering the ultimate in programming flexibility; a hand-held Direct Teach Pendant. It enables the operator to physically teach a standard, or clean room robot movements and action sequences without a complex software interface.

2017-02-09 – Twin robots learn to live and work with each other

A robot cell developed using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots has used the latest robot control technology to ensure their movements are perfectly synchronised. The production cell in question prints and assembles over three million components per year, changing over seamlessly on-demand to assemble a range of different parts.

2017-01-11 – Mitsubishi Electric Named to CDP’s Water and Climate A Lists

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that CDP, a global disclosure system for companies and governments to manage their environmental impacts, has given Mitsubishi Electric its highest rank, the A List, in two categories, water and climate.

2016-07-07 – AMP6: The Effects on the Supply Chain

As always at the start of any AMP period, the supply chain expectations are for the often promised “early start.” This feeling was further enhanced by the predicted industry spend, in excess of £44b. However, reality indicates that the norm is for a drive to reduce costs and this in itself raises many challenges.

2016-04-26 – Generation Game

One of the principles regularly quoted by plant engineers is: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This isn’t always appropriate but when it is, it can relate to machinery that has delivered over 10, 20 or even 30 years with almost total reliability. The question is, what happens when the equipment’s age becomes an issue in itself?

2016-03-08 – Mitsubishi Electric content preview for D&C Show 2016

Mitsubishi Electric will be demonstrating the advantages of fully integrated automation on Stands D544 and its robots on D982 at the Drives & Controls Exhibition (NEC, Birmingham, 12-14 April 2016).

2016-01-12 – Top 10 reasons why you still need a PLC…

Despite the emergence of alternative control solutions, the popularity of the PLC endures. Mitsubishi Electric product manager Hugh Tasker offers ten reasons why you still need a PLC.

2015-12-02 – Mitsubishi Electric announces a significant presence at D&C exhibition in 2016

UK trade shows have experienced their ups and downs over the last two or three decades, however, they have endured and are now enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in popularity as exhibition organisers and venues work together to improve the relevance and accessibility of their events.

2015-11-16 – South East Water award Mitsubishi Electric new Framework Agreement for Automation Products

A new Framework Agreement between South East Water and Mitsubishi Electric has been agreed for four years with an option to extend for a further two years. The framework agreement covers the supply of PLCs, HMIs, VSDs and associated equipment, as well as support, training, extended warranties, software updates and bespoke 24/7 support.

2015-10-28 – Robot keeps Newtech at the cutting edge of cake slicing

When automation OEM Newtech looked to design a new ultrasonic cutting machine for the bakery industry, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric for a fast, efficient, flexible and clean robotic solution.

2015-10-12 – Waterworks modernisation supports regional economic regeneration

A water treatment works (WTW) in South Wales has had its control system completely upgraded, without disruption of supply to the population of around 70,000 people it serves.

2015-09-22 – White paper asks what is the true cost of Automation downtime?

Unexpected production stoppages are increasingly unacceptable in modern manufacturing environments, especially the food industry where lost output, penalty clauses and upset customers are just some of the issues arising.

2015-09-21 – Energy efficiency – it’s a journey, not a destination

The UK Government has for many years used a carrot and stick approach to promote energy efficiency in companies and other organisations by introducing legislation and offering tax breaks or other incentives. Here Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at some of the current initiatives.

2015-07-31 – Virtual power plants - A reliable source of energy for the future.

The amount of electricity produced using renewable energy sources is subject to fluctuations, making the network unstable. Conventional power plants can be used to balance out the situation. However, the problem with these is their negative CO2 balance and lack of flexibility. Virtual power plants can ensure stability by automatically combining renewable energy sources based on availability.

2015-07-09 – New simple, robust and cost-effective distributed control system for smaller plants

Mitsubishi Electric and ME-Automation Projects, part of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, will launch a new distributed control system, the PMSX®micro, at the RWM exhibition this year. The new system is designed specifically for smaller scale applications. PMSX®micro runs on a single industrial computer and delivers proven control technology in an inexpensive and easily engineered package.

2015-07-03 – Mitsubishi Electric Europe shows how to get the most from waste to energy and renewable resources

Whatever the application, Mitsubishi Electric is likely to offer a solution, which is why the market leading company is both exhibiting at the RWM show, acting as an event sponsor and sharing its expertise at the energy conference.

2015-06-26 – 25 things you may not know about drives

Drives have been a key technology for industrial engineers for many years but Matt Handley of Mitsubishi Electric thinks they can be underappreciated. Here he highlights some of the interesting facts about them.

2015-06-11 – Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) – Opportunity or More Red Tape?

The latest EU energy initiative, The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), is coming into play. There is a danger that this could prove to be nothing more than pointless and expensive red tape but get it right and it will spur companies to greater energy efficiency and payback a worthwhile return on investment, says Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric.

2015-05-05 – Industry 4.0 in the Food and Beverage industry

The practical advantages that the new cyber-physical interface of Industry 4.0 brings are acknowledged by engineers across a range of industries. Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Automation Systems Division, explains how food and drink manufacturers in particular can benefit from the implementation of Industry 4.0:

2015-04-16 – Cyber-security:

Cyber-security has been a hot topic since the Stuxnet incident of a few years ago. Previously it was thought that securing the “top end” of an organisation was an adequate solution but this incident and others like it completely changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture that previously had not been considered.

2015-04-03 – Event success promises UK manufacturing has strong future.

A one-day event – to highlight future developments in British manufacturing – proved so successful that it was twice oversubscribed and was extended to a second.

2015-02-25 – Mitsubishi’s new iQ-R series offers PC processing performance in a PLC environment.

Mitsubishi Electric has developed the “next generation” Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) and is the first to market with a controller that is designed to meet the needs of industry 4.0.

2015-02-23 – The compact PLC is back! - Mitsubishi Electric launches the new iQ-F PLC series.

Mitsubishi Electric has expanded its iQ range of PLCs with the compact MELSEC iQ-F series, building on the legacy of the market leading FX platform and broadening the range of available applications with a comprehensive set of “built in” functions that offer features only previously found as add-ons or which did not exist at all in this category of PLCs.

2015-02-19 – Mitsubishi Electric launches two next generation controller ranges

Mitsubishi Electric has expanded its iQ automation platform with the launch of two new ranges of controllers – the MELSEC iQ-R ‘next generation’ programmable automation controllers (PACs) and the MELSEC iQ-F range of compact PLCs. Each of the new products addresses different segments of the machine control, process control and automation markets, with industry leading performance and functionality

2015-01-26 – Mitsubishi Electric adds second day to the ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ due to popular demand.

The Future Manufacturing Event being held at the AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) at Sheffield University and organised by Mitsubishi Electric has proved so popular since it was announced in January that it has now been extended to a second day in order to cope with demand.

2014-12-29 – Mitsubishi Electric offers free admission to the ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ on 17th March in Sheffield

The free to enter event is intended to appeal to anyone working in manufacturing, engineering or automation and interested in where manufacturing and technology are today and where they will be in the near future. The ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ is a combination of seminars, exhibitions and one-to-one contact with experts from leading software and hardware vendors.

2014-10-14 – M2M communications brings new level of sophistication to the water industry

The 'Internet of Things' is coming to the water industry, delivering new levels of data that will enable water companies to control remote assets with increased sophistication, minimise risk, ensure security of supply, save energy and meet ever more stringent EU directives.

2014-09-19 – Energy from Waste sector gets ready for expansion and development

Mitsubishi Electric's first-time presence in the EfW (Energy from Waste) hall at the Resource Efficiency and Waste Management show (RWM) in Birmingham, UK, has been hailed as an immediate success.

2014-07-22 – Mitsubishi Electric demonstrates world class capabilities in energy from waste

RWM 2014, Birmingham UK – 16-18 September 2014, Halls 4 & 5 - Stand 4C44-D45

2014-06-02 – Mitsubishi Electric’s M2M solution opens up a new world of communications

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications holds the key to a new paradigm of industrial automation and production. Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions & Software for Mitsubishi Electric, explains how.

2014-05-16 – Making bakery production future-ready thanks to data transparency

At this year’s trade press days in Karlsruhe, Mitsubishi Electric switched the focus to the bakery industry with its presentation “Increasing Productivity through Automation Technology in the Food Industry”.

2013-11-12 – Mitsubishi Electric’s new FX3S creates a new PLC category

The new FX3S PLC from Mitsubishi Electric completes the market-leading FX3 compact PLC range with the most powerful micro PLC yet. By taking the power and flexibility of the existing FX3G and FX3U premium compact PLCs and distilling it into a micro format Mitsubishi have created a new PLC category, the Premium Micro PLC.

2013-08-08 – Mitsubishi Electric’s new FX3GE offers designers even more choice

Mitsubishi Electric’s FX3 series is already the world’s leading compact PLC range; however the developers felt there was still a requirement for another variant of the highly successful FX3G mid-range version. There are already standard brick and super compact formats; namely FX3G and FX3GC, which offer great flexibility through expansion by using FX3’s innovative dual bus architecture. Expansion

2013-07-23 – Mitsubishi Electric Launches Industrial Automation Business in Turkey

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced that its local Turkish entity, Mitsubishi Electric Turkey A.Ş., has integrated the operations of GENEL TEKNİK SİSTEMLER SANAYİ ve TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKETİ (GTS) and is now inaugurating sales of industrial automation systems under a new 42-person organization encompassing five sales offices in the country.

2013-07-09 – The market place is changing for UK machine builders – July 2013

Wage and consumption levels are rising in the developing economies of Asia, including China. This is opening up an enormous market to UK machine builders and automation engineers who can help them keep production costs down. At a recent UK Machine Builder conference, hosted by Mitsubishi Electric, strategies for entering Asia and China and building sustainable business were explored.

2013-07-08 – Next generation servo drives from Mitsubishi Electric boost performance, save energy and simplify system set up- July 2013

Mitsubishi Electric has launched its next generation of servo systems, offering safe, user-friendly and energy-efficient motion control.

2013-07-04 – Mitsubishi Electric’s rapid response saves the day

Mitsubishi Electric’s service and support commitment proved its worth at a West Midlands dairy. With downtime estimated at some £3000 per hour, service engineers were able to diagnose a blender problem in double quick time and restore operation to avert a production stoppage.

2013-06-03 – Mitsubishi Electric programming software and simple motion modules certified compliant with PLC open standard

Mitsubishi Electric Europe has been awarded a Certificate of Compliance for Function Blocks for Motion Control by PLCopen for its Simple Motion Module and GX Works2 software. The certification recognises the compliance of these products with IEC61131-3 standards in the implementation of motion control function blocks.


A process that defied automation has finally been brought into the 21st century by systems integrator Clint Johnson of the wonderfully named Control Freaks Ltd, who has developed an all-Mitsubishi Electric solution.

2013-05-24 – Smart conveyor lines up quiches for precision baking- July 2012

In the drive to reduce packaging and its resultant waste, a specialist machinery builder has developed a pressureless queuing conveyor for collating quiches prior to baking.

2013-02-01 – Food Industry Frowing to new levels of Automation

UK food prices have risen 12 percent in the last five years, while incomes have fallen 10 percent. There were seasonal shortages this year and experts are predicting worldwide food shortages by 2020. Clearly the food industry needs to think hard about the future, reducing waste and increasing efficiency, as a recent food and beverage conference hosted by Mitsubishi Electric discussed.

2013-01-01 – Mitsubishi Electric technology helps train future engineers

A process industries training rig, built at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) uses Mitsubishi Electric PLCs, HMIs and control software to provide a range of different educational scenarios for students and apprentices.

2012-12-20 – Mitsubishi Electric improves PLC-based data logging

In the push for increased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), reduced energy usage, improved traceability, analysis of key performance indicators and more, the vital ingredient is data. Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric discusses why data logging has become an essential feature of the modern production line and why it is often best performed within a PLC platform.

2012-10-10 – Mitsubishi Electric HMI`s backup/restore function enables fast PLC changeover

When downtime can cost thousands of Pounds every hour, a faulty PLC can be a major problem. Replacing the faulty CPU is only half the story, the other half is restoring the correct program enabling the system to continue its operation unhindered.

2012-05-02 – Intergrated Mitsubishi Electric SCADA solution drives major energy savings – May 2012

To combat rising energy costs Trelleborg has installed a Mitsubishi Electric SCADA solution with integrated MX4 Energy software to monitor and control the plant’s energy use.

2012-02-16 – New breed of PLC from Mitsubishi Electric is small on size, large on performance

Meeting the needs of OEMs, the new L series PLC from Mitsubishi Electric has been designed to provide all the performance, functions and capabilities necessary for today’s demanding machine automation requirements in a compact, modular, rack-free package.

2012-02-01 – Eight-Head Filling machine uses single PLC control configuration - February 2012

To meet the quality and service expectations of today’s retail consumers, the entire supply chain has to work together to support the famous names of the high street

2012-01-11 – Mitsubishi Electric’s C CPU opens up the world of automation for easier system development

Systems designers, who prefer the flexibility of PC based control, have previously had to choose between industrial PCs or embedded microcontrollers for their bespoke automation control systems now have a third option: Mitsubishi Electric’s C-language controller.

2011-11-23 – Scarborough’s Firmac Group is leading the resurgent UK manufacturing industry

Scarborough’s Firmac Group is leading the resurgent UK manufacturing industry by exporting an innovative modular duct forming machine, complete with the first UK use of the Mitsubishi Electric MR-MQ100 single axis motion controller on a flying shear, to Oman.

2011-10-18 – New 7kW and 9kW motors from Mitsubishi Electric complete high performance servo range

Mitsubishi Electric has added two new models to its HF-JP series of high speed, low inertia motors designed for demanding machine applications. The new 7kW and 9kW models complete the HF-JP range, which now extends from 500W up to 15kW, providing engineers with the ideal motors for building compact, high efficiency, high speed machines.

2011-09-01 – Omega foundry machinery offers more as standard

Ambient temperature compensation, a highly desirable feature on sand mixers for foundry applications was, until recently, only available as an option at significant extra cost.

2011-09-01 – C-Connector provides shop floor to top floor connectivity

Mitsubishi Electric has introduced C-Connector, a PLC module that cuts through the layers of a plant-wide automation system to deliver real time data directly to a users SAP® system.

2011-09-01 – Mitsubishi FX PLCs hit the 10 Million mark

The launch of the MELCEC FX PLC, over three-decades ago, transformed the PLC market, bringing PLC control functionality and flexibility into smaller, lower cost applications, where relay- based systems previously predominated. In opening up this sector, the FX created a new market for PLCs, and has remained at the peak of that market, through constant innovation, ever since.

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