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Anticipatory maintenance prevents unplanned downtime
Tapio Torikka of Bosch Rexroth examines some of the limitations of existing maintenance regimes and looks at new systems that are, for the first time, harnessing real-time data to enable a truly anticipatory approach to be taken to machine maintenance.
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Production-oriented fasteners from Challenge Europe
The needs of manufacturing industry can generally be listed under the headings “reliability, speed, quality and cost” in varying order – but whatever the exact balance, design is always at the heart of achieving a successful outcome – as professed by specialist fastener suppliers Challenge Europe.
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What will happen to UK machine safety legislation after Brexit?
Doug Florence, senior consultant at SafeMech, considers what might happen to machinery safety legislation in the UK after Brexit.
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Optimum level and flow control for food industry processes
Process control equipment used in the food and beverage industry has to operate effectively with a wide variety of fluids, granules and powders. Add to this different viscosities and the requirement for a hygienic environment, plus, the ability to keep process lines clean and sterile, then the scale of challenge in managing effective flow and level control in a food processing line becomes apparent. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager .Hygienic - Food and Beverage for B├╝rkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the essential features required to maintain effective and efficient level and flow control.
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Smart Screwdrivers combine control and monitoring functions
John Miewald of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators explains how Smart Screwdrivers offer multiple advantages over manual screwdriving and conventional technologies such as pneumatic drivers.
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Three tips for heat transfer systems
The Oxford Electric Bell has been ringing constantly for over 175 years – so much so, that the apparatus has been dubbed the world’s most durable battery. But after all this time, it is still a scientific mystery how the bell has functioned for so long. For operators of thermal fluid systems, keeping operations running doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here, Clive Jones, managing director Global Heat Transfer, gives three considerations for manufacturers operating thermal fluid heat transfer systems to safeguard the system’s future for the long term.
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When and where will Industry 4.0 actually happen?
There are a great many people now invested in working towards achieving the goals set out by Industry 4.0. For a concept that started life as a German government strategy project, it is fair to say that it has captured the imaginations of many engineers and futurists from around the globe. This article is an evaluation of the current status for realising Industry 4.0, from Chris Evans Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric – Automation Systems Division – UK.
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Understanding the methods of robot programming
In 1984, The Learning Company released Robot Odyssey, which has been called the hardest computer game of all time with players having to program and control three robots to find home. Luckily, today’s robots are easier to manage. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explores the three main methods of robot programming.
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