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IIoT and Smart Technology, the challenges and solutions
Applying new technology to a physical process or manufacturing system is an essential part of progress; however, the practical side of implementing the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Technology solutions is bringing its own unique challenges. That, in turn, is leading to new automation solutions. Chris Evans, Marketing and Operations Group Manager of Mitsubishi Electric UK, looks at the latest challenges and solutions.
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What is the future of ex-stock and custom machine screws?
Machine Screws represent a technology that is now conventional, so in this article Challenge Europe poses the question “what is their future?”
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How torque sensors can provide real-time pump performance data
Factory automation continues to develop year-on-year and pumps are increasingly required to supply real-time operating data to control networks so that their performance can be monitored and adjusted to meet constantly changing production requirements. Hard-wiring a sensor into a pump’s rotating drive shaft usually requires the use of a delicate slip ring, but an alternative option is to use a non-contact radio-frequency detector, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology explains.
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How to specify indexing plungers, and their benefits
Ensuring engineers are working with secure and safe components is vital for machine efficiency and worker safety. Indexing plungers are a commonly used component within machine building in order to secure moving components within a tight space; however, choosing the right plunger for each application is critical. Marcus Schneck, CEO at norelem, explains what to consider when choosing an indexing plunger and the benefits they bring.
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Control panel temperature management in the food industry
Karl Lycett, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate Control, discusses the importance of managing control panel temperatures in order to ensure reliability of production processes in the food industry.
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How to get safety integrity levels right for automated systems
Sitting on the tube during a commute, few of us would think about the importance of safety redundancy in automation systems unless it is specified as part of a project we are working on. Automated Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs), however, are becoming increasingly prevalent, as they can be used to prevent or mitigate hazardous events in a range of different situations. By taking a process to a safe state when given conditions are breached SISs can offer different levels of protection, thus it is important to know what Safety Integrity Level (SIL) your intended application needs to meet. Barry Weller, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at what SILs are and how to determine your application safety requirements.
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The role of quiet compressors in reducing factory noise levels
In this article Andy Pulley, Team Leader and Product Specialist with Atlas Copco Compressors, examines the historic issues of noise emissions in factories related to air compressor operation and its effect on workers and productivity. He explains how today’s need for compliance with health and safety noise regulations has influenced the development of innovative technology to produce a new generation of quiet compressors.
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Robot ROI: how to calculate the true cost of robotics
Google Trends data demonstrates that web searches for the phrase, “how much does a robot cost?” have doubled since 2009. Determining the total cost and return on investment (ROI) of a robot isn’t straightforward, as Nigel Smith, managing director of industrial robot supplier TM Robotics, explains.
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