MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
The state of Time-Sensitive Networking in the IIoT
Recent market reports recognise the Industrial Internet of Things as a burgeoning opportunity and game changer for the industrial automation equipment market. A 2017 report from IHS forecasts the industrial sector as being one-third of the total connected IoT devices by 2020 (Source: IoT Trend Watch).
Exploring the benefits of the PLCnext Technology Platform
Tony Deane CST/Technical Manager at Phoenix Contact, explains the company's new PLCnext Technology Platform and the benefits it offers in terms of technological capabilities and making the most of current and future programming talent.
Cobots boost cost-competitiveness and responsiveness
The longstanding practice of offsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a turn, with cobots playing an important role.
An introduction to tantalum and how to select suppliers
Last month, comic book fans flocked to cinemas as Black Panther hit the screens. Underpinning the film's plot was fictional metal vibranium, which powered the titular hero's kingdom of Wakanda. Interestingly, this metal was, in part, inspired by tantalum. So, what of the marvellous metal's real-life counterpart? Here, Heiko Wildner, refractory metals specialist for materials comparison site Matmatch, examines the value and considerations of using tantalum.
Sensor data available globally: beyond the local company cloud
Making sensor data and information from different sources available globally and linking this data and information in a meaningful way – this is the crux of Industry 4.0. New business ideas make it necessary to make this information globally available and accessible not only within a company but also beyond the boundaries of the company and its location.
How to achieve cyber-security in a Smart Factory
Jan Koch, Lenze's Global Head of Industry Sales, explains how machine builders and operators can, in the era of the Smart Factory, adopt a risk-based approach so as to protect connected machines and devices from cyber-security threats.
New thinking is breaking the gearbox repair cycle
Failing industrial gearboxes can be a real problem in any industry, but particularly so wherever there is ageing plant, older equipment, arduous applications or harsh environments. One plant manager, at a company producing construction materials, described the job of keeping production going as ‘a real scramble’ every time a gearbox failure occurred.
Miniature motors for medical applications
With DC motors as small 4mm diameter, it is not surprising that 45 per cent of maxon motor's business is from the medical industry. Patrick Vega, Technical Engineer at maxon motor uk, discusses some of the applications in which maxon's motors have featured.