MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Archive
Archived Technical Articles
What to do when specifying industrial robots and workcells
Stirling Paatz, of robot integrators Barr & Paatz, provides 12 tips for avoiding mistakes when specifying industrial robots and robot workcells.
How configurable components help machine builders
This article from Misumi explains how medium and small machine builders can benefit from using suppliers of configurable components, thereby avoiding the heavy investment often made by larger companies in 'standardisation.'
EN ISO 13849-1 and safety-related mechanical components
Due to a lack of relevant data, there appears to be a problem with applying the machinery safety standard EN ISO 13849-1 to systems incorporating mechanical components. The intention is that this web page will provide a forum for designers, suppliers, consultants and others to share their views on this subject.
Motor efficiency and the benefits of raising power factor
Adrian Larmour, general manager of Deritend Birmingham, explains how correcting motor power factor can improve efficiency, increase distribution capacity and extend equipment life.
ISO/TR 14121-2 for machinery risk assessments - a review
Jon Severn, the editor of MachineBuilding.net, takes a look at ISO/TR 14121-2:2007, 'Safety of machinery - Risk assessments - Practical guidance and examples of methods'.
How to choose a design data management system
Colin Watson of Imass Design Solutions provides some practical advice on how to choose a design data management system from the many different types on the market, and how to make the most of the chosen system.
How to use infrared to simplify inspection tasks
By applying a little lateral thinking, engineers can use infrared cameras for simple-to-deploy 'heat signature' quality assurance tasks that would otherwise be very challenging to implement using alternative inspection technologies.
Standards and guidance for press brake safety
Kevin Ives, a consultant with Pilz Automation Technology, introduces the key standards and official guidance relating to press brake safety.