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Cast your export net far and wide
If the economic climate of the last few years has taught us anything it is that UK manufacturers cannot rely on the domestic market alone, they must make every effort to maximise exports. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology says manufacturers must export, but they have to hedge all bets to mitigate the risks.
B&R boosts energy efficiency in plastics processing
Manufacturers in plastics processing and countless other industries are looking for opportunities to further reduce energy consumption. Generally, the potential for savings is high. Those who find ways to tap into this potential stand to gain a sustained economic benefit along with clear competitive advantages.
Selecting shaft couplings to suit application requirements
This article from Huco Dynatork explains what types of shaft couplings are suitable for different applications depending on the requirements - such as angular misalignment, axial compliance and torsional stiffness.
Added-value services match the needs of the business
Material costs are rising, but that does not mean price should be the beginning and end of any negotiation when purchasing parts. The benefits of working with an expert supplier still exceed any such price rises, because they bring both financial and operational benefits, not least making sure engineers engineer, not buy. As Julia Mullar, Operations Development Manager at ERIKS Integrated Solutions, explains, a trusted provider can save customers money whatever the level of service. And the closer the relationship, the bigger the saving.
Smaller, lighter motor will comply with IE4
For OEMs of continuous driven equipment such as pumps, fans or compressors, design engineers could be incorporating into products motors that will offer customers significant operating savings, as well as enabling them to design products that could be smaller and lighter.
Materials and coatings increase operating life of bearings
Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK, discusses the importance of selecting a special surface coating or corrosion-resistant material for rolling, plain and linear bearings operating in harsh food, beverage or packaging environments.