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How to use legacy equipment in an Industry 4.0 environment
It is very unlikely that you will use a piece of technology from 100 years ago, such as a typewriter or a gramophone, in everyday life. However, a town in California has hit the headlines for doing just that. Could manufacturers learn a lesson from holding on to older technology? Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier EU Automation, discusses how new technology can bring legacy equipment into the fourth industrial revolution.
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Climate control maintenance is the key to efficiency
Karl Lycett, Rittal's Product Manager for Climate Control, explains why maintaining cabinet climate control systems is not a false economy - rather it is the key to efficiency.
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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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What advantages does AI offer for automated part inspection?
If humans had the eyesight of an eagle, we could spot an ant from the top of a ten-storey 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 incredible resolution, but do manufacturers need this level of sophistication? Yonatan Hyatt, CTO and co-founder of Inspekto, explains why artificial intelligence, not camera technology, is expanding the capabilities of machine vision.
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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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