MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Five facts about hydraulics that may surprise automators
This article from Bosch Rexroth dispels some of the myths surrounding hydraulics for automation and machine building.
How tilt sensors ensure stability of platforms, lifts and cranes
elobau offers a large number of sensors and other electrical components. They monitor the working condition of machines when these are in operation, and work in situations or conditions where slopes and angles may be important or simply need to be measured. This also includes tilt sensors, which are used throughout the machine and vehicle industry. They monitor the position of platforms, forks of forklifts, etc. Tilt sensors also report any imbalances that activate an engine’s stop, alarms or brakes.
What to consider when selecting brakes for servomotors
Whether in industrial robots, vertical axes in machine tools or in servo axes in medical engineering – moved loads must not drop or crash in an uncontrolled manner after power switch-off or in case of power failure or emergency stop. Safety brakes, which hold the axes in their position reliably and safely, ensure that this does not happen. Incorrect selection or dimensioning of these brakes can lead to serious injuries and/or damage to property. Therefore, it is essential that you take a critical look at the technical product details and the performance spectrum of the provider when selecting brakes for servomotors.
Intelligent monitoring of safety brakes
In this interview, Andreas Merz from Product Management at mayr power transmission explains how sensorless, networked brake monitoring can support efficient and proactive machine maintenance.
UKCA Marking of Machinery and the implications - updated
Derek Coulson, a Technical Advisor with Safe Machine Ltd, outlines his views of the proposed UKCA Marking of Machinery, which could replace CE Marking to the Machinery Directive when the UK leaves the EU following the current transition period ending on 31 December 2020.
Flexible impeller pumps and their advantages
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often require versatile, cost-effective, compact and reliable pumps for their equipment. All these qualities are often very difficult to find in one pump type, and it is in these situations where flexible impeller pumps shine.
The lubrication options for ultra-low-friction bearings
The F1 in Schools competition sees students from around the world compete to design and race the fastest miniature car model. The UK took home the world champion title at the 2019 world finals in Abu Dhabi, but what can design engineers learn from this success? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director at specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explores the design options for ultra-low friction applications.
Should I choose a collaborative or cooperative robot?
Robots are becoming increasingly easy to use, more economical and suitable for a higher number of industrial applications. As human operators and robots increasingly share a common space in the manufacturing environment, the choice between a collaborative or cooperative machine is naturally being given more consideration. Barry Weller, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at the key features of collaborative and cooperative robots and how to quickly identify the best system for an intended application.