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How ‘smart plastics’ make maintenance intelligent
‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart Factory’ – these concepts are no longer a vague promise of what is to come. Instead of planning maintenance at fixed intervals or reacting to failures or faults, continually monitoring the health of a machine enables predictive maintenance. Repair or replacement is then only carried out whenever it is actually necessary. At the same time, unscheduled shutdowns and the associated costs can be eliminated.
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The design and manufacturing advantages offered by slewing rings
Lightweight slewing rings, or bearings, are rapidly becoming the first choice for design engineers in the aerospace and defence sectors, where absolute accuracy, light weight, improvements in mechanical performance and good corrosion resistance are demanded. Mike Page of Abingdon-based Carter Bearings examines the case for them.
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How to configure a maxon EPOS4 positioning controller
Learn how straightforward it is to configure a maxon EPOS4 positioning controller using EPOS Studio.
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How to cut OLED displays?
William S Land II, business development manager at Aerotech, discusses the challenges faced by manufacturers needing to cut organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for the latest generation of consumer products.
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How Autonomous Machine Vision uses AI for part inspection
If humans had the eyesight of an eagle, we could spot an ant from the top of a ten-story building. But do we actually need to? Probably not, which is why our eyesight did not evolve in this direction. Similarly, machine vision engineers are pushing the frontiers of camera specifications to offer solutions with incredible resolution. But do manufacturers need this level of sophistication? Yonatan Hyatt, CTO and co-founder of Inspekto, explains why Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) is pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence, not camera specifications.
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Ending unplanned downtime for food and beverage manufacturers
With any unscheduled downtime being a cause of major headaches for food and drink manufacturers, John Rowley of Mitsubishi Electric highlights how predictive maintenance can provide the solution and how easy it is to implement.
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Four criteria to consider when specifying industrial drives
Paul Streatfield, Strategic Product Manager for industrial drives specialist Bosch Rexroth, explores four key criteria for industrial drive specification to meet the challenges of today's requirements.
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Phytron celebrates 30 years of contribution to space exploration
Phytron GmbH managing director Dr-Ing. Robert Stößer has contributed the following article, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this year and also illustrating his company’s significant contribution to the automation of precision instruments deployed on many other space missions over the last 30 years. As a leading UK-based motion control component supplier, customised systems integrator and designer, Mclennan works closely with Phytron and, through its expertise gained over several years, is actively involved in and looking for high-vacuum, extreme-temperature and other motion control applications in challenging environments.
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