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Tackling the complexity of modern material selection
One of the key decisions in the development of every product is the selection of the materials of which it will be constructed. But as new materials and manufacturing methods have proliferated, this decision has become more complex. Here, Joshua Devlin, materials scientist at Matmatch, explains why material selection has traditionally been so difficult, and the importance of other factors involved in the decision-making process.
Using automation to improve process water quality
Greg Wainhouse, Field Segment Manager for Water at Bürkert, explains the importance of maintaining water quality and how automation can help raise standards while also improving efficiency.
Essential tips for temperature management in the food industry
In this article Rittal provides guidance on using enclosure climate control systems to prevent downtime and increase efficiency in food production.
Exploring the opportunities offered by virtual commissioning
Robert Glass, global food and beverage communications manager at ABB, explains how ‘virtual commissioning’ can benefit the food industry.
The benefits of modular, configurable safety controls
Kevan Cowley of Wieland Electric explains the key features that should be considered in order to maximise the benefits when using modular safety systems.
Fastener security – requirements and options
When a manufacturer is considering security issues around fasteners, generally there are three aspects: The ability of the fastener to securely do its job and withstand problems such as vandalism; How secure will the fastener be in service, how for example will it seal or retain components and/or fluids? How confident can I be in my selection and my supply chain? These are vital matters addressed by Kevin Moorcroft and his team at Challenge Europe.
The next revolution in motor control: direct current grids
Philip Crowe, Marketing Manager, Bauer Gear Motor GmbH, explains how implementing a direct current grid within industrial premises can reduce operating costs and take advantage of renewable energy sources.
Digitalisation and servitisation: the competitive advantage?
Professor Tim Baines, director of Aston Business School’s Advanced Services Group and an international authority on servitisation, discusses how manufacturers can broaden the horizons of their digital transformation to capture more value from their products.