MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Alarm management – Finding the needle is IIoT’s biggest asset
HMIs have long been established as the best way of providing up to the minute information about processes for years now and it didn’t take long for users to realise that the data held within controllers and HMIs was a goldmine that could help them maximise efficiency and minimise downtime.
Ultrasonic screening systems boost powder throughput
Avid gym-goers and time-pressed managers alike have undoubtedly noticed the rise in powdered food products in recent years. While they offer a quick fix for consumers, the production of these products can present challenges to food manufacturers. Here, Stephen Harding, managing director of Gough Engineering, explains how powder manufacturers can maximise throughput and efficiency.
IoT for systems integrators made easy by LPRS
LPRS CS have identified systems integrators and service providers as having the greatest opportunity of all company types to deploy, use and generate revenue from IoT/M2M applications. They are the feet-on-the-street with first-hand knowledge of the end use requirements, applications and end users and can therefore leverage this technology to the benefit of all.
Dynamic balance improves motion systems’ performance
High-speed precision motion systems have to be dynamically balanced, otherwise they will vibrate in use, lose precision, suffer excessive wear and fail prematurely. Ian Carr of Drive Lines Technologies in Bedford reviews procedures and techniques for balancing high-speed precision couplings.
Why do we blame robots when the line stops?
Production and packing lines will stop working for any number of reasons, but the default assumption will often be that a robotic malfunction is to blame. Instead of scapegoating the technology, Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, offers some advice on getting to the root of the problem.
Best practice for big data management
Big data is one of the most talked-about technology trends of the past decade. However, the catalyst for big data occurred in the 1960s. A 1967 paper by B.A Marron discussed the growing amount of data that the world was producing – referred to as the ‘information explosion’. In the paper, Marron imagined the potential of an automatic processor that could collect and store valuable pieces of information for its users – technology that we now experience in almost every part of our lives. Here, Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at industrial software expert, COPA-DATA UK, explains the value of big data in the manufacturing industry and the best practice for industrial data acquisition and visualisation.
Choosing the right balls for your bearings
Some pro-cyclists have turned to precision hybrid ceramic bearings for their low rolling resistance to give them a race day advantage over those who opt for all-steel bearings. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explains this choice and explores the differences between full ceramic and hybrid bearings.
Benefits of magnetic bearings when used with high-speed motors
A combination of magnetic bearings and high-speed motors ensures almost friction-free operation and the opportunity to create a new generation of high-efficiency machines, says Phil Burge, Marketing and Communications Manager at SKF.