MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Why it can pay to choose custom rather than standard sensors
Sam Drury, Sales & Marketing Director at Impress Sensors & Systems Ltd, explains why some engineers prefer custom pressure sensors over standard, off-the-shelf versions.
Load holding valves made simple
Load holding valves, also known as counterbalance valves, are a small but important part of any mobile machine. Though simple in design, their application can often frustrate even the most skilled and experienced engineers. Having a basic understanding of load holding valve operation and how to apply them can allow engineers to improve the stability and reduce cost in mobile equipment. Todd McIntyre of Eaton Hydraulics discusses load holding valves.
Optimas Solutions supplies global pedigree with a local touch
The phrase ‘global supplier’ spurs thoughts of shipping containers travelling the world and large multinational corporations employing highly complex logistical operations; all controlled from a centralised super-hub. However, this is not an entirely accurate reflection of what it takes to be a successful global supply partner. Traditional global frameworks can be slow to respond to local concerns, while moving products around the world can also be costly and time consuming. Therefore, to effectively service demands with speed at a local level, a global approach must be blended with a local ethos – a scalability of service.
WDS ball joints bring flexibility to wide range of systems
Most people use ball and socket joints every day, in the form of their hips. They allow people to move in many ways - from gentle strolls to rigorous exercise. In engineering terms, axial ball or ball and socket joints rotate smoothly in all directions, so can absorb considerable amounts of misalignment of shafts and structural elements. As such they are invaluable in a wide variety of machines and engineered systems.
Miss M8ty - enabling Ethernet from the sensor to the cloud
Matthias Fritsche and Jonas Diekmann of Harting introduce Harting's new heroine, Miss M8ty, and explain how she and the company's new M8 D-coded connector will enable machine builders to provide Ethernet connectivity from field-level devices through to top-level monitoring and control systems, including the cloud.
Boost cutting machine productivity: upgrade to newer technology
ESAB welding & cutting is offering customers with existing ESAB cutting machines the opportunity to upgrade and benefit from improved productivity, performance, reliability and cut quality. Thousands of customers throughout Europe could gain by upgrading their plasma, laser and oxy-fuel cutting systems to use newer technologies as some of the older machines could have now been operating for 30 years or more. Customers with very old machines are encouraged to upgrade to improve the machine performances, reliability, productivity and cutting quality.
Five factors to consider when specifying automation
Mark Turner, Applications Manager at Lenze, explains five factors that machine builders need to consider when making choices about technologies, as the implications can be considerable over the full lifecycle of a machine.
Pacepacker robots deep dive into BDUs
The average human arm measures just 63.5 centimetres. This makes placing heavy loads of products into deep food Bulk Display Units (BDUs) challenging and subjects manual handlers to high risk of repetitive strain injuries. Torso twisting and bending to reach into low corners is especially hazardous when repeated throughout the working day.