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Brevini drives look to improve on traditional axles
Traditionally, vehicle drive systems have been based around axles and in many cases they remain a solid option. However, with vehicle manufacturers constantly looking to reduce size and weight, while still improving performance and profits, a different approach is required. Designers have been turning their attention to wheel and track drives, which incorporate a planetary gear design.
What’s next in process control for the water treatment industry?
Neil Saunders, Sales Manager and water industry specialist at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems UK assesses the requirements for process control and how best to meet current and future requirements.
Benefits of cloud-based PLM for machine builders
Colin Watson of Symetri explains how machine builders can benefit from next-generation, cloud-based PLM (product lifecycle management).
Ten things machine builders should know about adhesives
This article highlights ten things that machine builders should know about adhesives, in terms of both the bonding of machine components and the automated application of adhesives.
Customised enclosures reduce costs and improve quality
Chris Lloyd, General Manager of Spelsberg UK, explains how customised enclosures can reduce installation costs and increase product quality, and why customisation can benefit projects of any size.
How to design machine guards to deter defeating of interlocks
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, former Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how the careful design of machine guards can successfully discourage the dangerous practice of defeating interlocks during setting, operation and maintenance.
Increased yields can help drive emobility uptake
The benefits of renewable energy sources are well known, and electric cars are not a new concept. However, to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which will be exhausted in just one century, efficient ways of mass producing the cells need to be established. The electric motor can be up to four times more efficient than the combustion engine. Given the finite nature of fossil fuels, the uptake of electric cars, or emobility as it is now called, is inevitable. However, what does this mean for automation technology? Steve Sands, Product Manager at Festo GB, reviews the current situation.
Don’t take any chances with surge voltages
Surge voltages are short, pulse-like voltage peaks with steep rising edges and are also known as transients. The origin of these transients can be external, for example lightning, but is much more likely to be caused by your own equipment, such as switching of motors or transformers or the interruption of a short circuit by protective measures.