MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Using 2D and 3D sensing technologies to safeguard machines
Compared with fixed and movable machine guards, some applications can benefit considerably from two- and three-dimensional safety sensors, with both optical and pressure-sensitive types of sensor having roles to play.
How to simplify the prototyping of embedded vision systems
In recent years there has been a rapid evolution of classical machine vision towards embedded vision. Although these compact systems have been made possible by the increased availability of small platforms containing extremely powerful CPUs, developing an embedded vision device can be very time-consuming and cost-intensive. To overcome these limitations, IDS has introduced an embedded vision construction kit that utilises off-the-shelf components.
Efficient sealing systems in fluid power applications
Even the smallest of leaks in hydraulic and pneumatic systems can cause appalling damage, so adequate protection against this potential problem is a top priority for fluid technology manufacturers. Here, high-performance adhesives and sealants are the key to success, offering a huge boost to efficiency and cost structure in the production of hydraulic and pneumatic components such as pumps, compressors, cylinders and valves.
Benefits of using 'smart' connectors for identification
Ralf Reicks, a Product Manager at Harting Technology Group, explains how 'smart' connectors are starting to be used for a wider variety of identification tasks.
Why machine builders must adapt to digital supply chains
Richard Hell of Oliver Wyman's Harbour Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering practice explains why machine builders must adapt as their supply chains go digital.
Choose the right regulator to reduce gas cylinder risks
Industrial gases are widely used for cutting and welding, and the hazards associated with heat, flames and flammable gases are generally understood. However, less well appreciated are the consequences of a gas cylinder being knocked over, perhaps because somebody trips over a hose, a forklift truck knocks a cylinder or something falls against or onto a cylinder.
Combating condensation in enclosure installations
The recipe for condensation is simple: water vapour and fluctuating temperatures. In all but the most controlled of environments this means that electrical installations are at risk of water damage caused by condensation forming inside an enclosure. Of course, with proper planning and design it’s possible to protect your connections, as Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK, explains.
M8 connectors for Fast Ethernet and compact sensors
Matthias Domberg, a Product Manager with Harting Technology Group, explains how a new generation of M8 connectors is enabling Fast Ethernet to be used with today's compact sensors.