MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How materials and surface treatments improve bearing reliability
The use of application-specific bearing steels and surface treatments enables the reliability of bearings to be increased significantly, which, in turn, contributes to reductions in the total cost of ownership of machinery and equipment.
Re-engineering diaphragm valves
The diaphragm valve provides an economical control option for many process applications in a wide range of industries. The ability to select valve seat and body materials to suit a range of fluids and pick from different control options has resulted in a very flexible product. Bürkert, however, has taken this a stage further in a project to re-engineer its diaphragm valves to continue to optimise performance while also improving longevity and operating efficiency.
PLCs and PACs – which one is right for you?
A survey carried out by flavoured syrup supplier, Monin, in October, 2017 found that 61 per cent of Brits prefer coffee over tea. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation explores the pros and cons of using traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and newer programmable automation controllers (PACs).
PLC modules: What’s on the rack…
The increasing modularity of PLC components means that in principle life has been getting easier for systems integrators of late, with the ability to implement complete automation systems on a single backplane. However, with a host of new PLC modules making it feasible to implement full control of a complete production line without ever leaving the PLC rack, are we at risk of over-complicating a simple idea? Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric argues that, actually, this is all for the better.
Taking pneumatic process control to a new level
Automated process control has delivered a host of benefits to industries such as water treatment, food & beverage and pharmaceuticals. Increasing productivity, safety and cleanliness are just a few of the advantages to controlling a range of processes with either centralised or distributed pneumatic automation. Craig Kerr, UK Product Champion at Bürkert looks at some of the developments and features that are providing even more functionality for a host of applications.
Authorisation in machine automation - safety and security
This article from Pilz discusses machinery safety, operational security and ways in which access can be authorised.
Screws from Challenge Europe with confidence and support
Screws from Challenge Europe come in an extensive range of general and niche ex-stock products, each with its own special features. Especially they come with the strong background support of the Challenge Europe team so useful to customers seeking just a bit more than simply placing an order without the benefit of guidance and support.
Implementing digital transformation in the automotive sector
British Fluid Power Association member companies Festo and SMC Pneumatics consider the growing trend towards automation and digitalisation within the automotive industry, and the enduring importance of more traditional technologies such as pneumatics within the fast-developing digital transformation landscape.