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Precise flow control for efficient, accurate pneumatic conveying
Pneumatic conveying provides an effective, enclosed transport system for manufacturing, handling and processing applications where small particles, grains, pellets or powders are required. These flexible transport systems offer a number of handling advantages over more conventional mechanical systems, as well as being able to deliver precision flow control. Scroll down to see a video about Burkert's Type 8750 flow rate controller for pneumatic conveying.
Lee Spring Belleville Washers – big power, small space
When an application calls for high spring loading in a small space, then Lee Spring believe that Belleville washers can often be the complete spring solution. Their conical configuration enables them to support high loads with relatively small deflections and solid heights compared to helical springs. Belleville Washers are often used to solve vibration, thermal expansion, relaxation, and bolt creep problems.
An end to the boring task of marking terminals and cables
Ashleigh Camp, a Digital Marketing Specialist at Phoenix Contact Ltd, offers her views on marking.
How to manage a mixed team of humans and collaborative robots
Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” In the manufacturing industry, collaborative robots are joining the team to achieve even greater things. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier EU Automation, explains how to manage a mixed team of collaborative robots and humans.
Keep your old servos
Servo motors are reliable workhorses that will typically operate virtually maintenance free on most applications for 10 to 15 years before they will eventually need to be replaced. In fact, it isn’t uncommon at all for quality servos to last longer, and some operators are still running motors that are over 15 years old with no performance or maintenance issues at all.
Automating the plastics industry
One of the biggest challenges for robotics manufacturers is the perception that the technology is here to take the jobs of humans – but that is simply not the case. Unfortunately, the notion that automation poses a threat to jobs often overshadows the potential benefits of investing in the technology. Here, TM Robotics founder and CEO, Nigel Smith, explains how robot technology is affecting the plastics and injection moulding market.
Getting a grip on awkward products with vacuum lifting
When it comes to gripping and handling irregularly shaped or loosely wrapped products, vacuum lifting is often the only viable solution. But some vacuum lifting systems are decidedly more versatile than others, as Dale Simmonds, Managing Director of Simmatic, explains.
Arriving now… the factories of the future
Factories populated by autonomous vehicles delivering parts and sub-assemblies across the shop floor, robots working alongside human operators to assemble customised products – all scheduled automatically by live orders placed online. While this is a utopian vision of manufacturing for many and there are certain industry sectors where the journey to smart manufacturing is a long one, there are factories that operate like this right now. So what should we expect from the automation companies and system integrators helping to make it happen? Barry Weller, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric provides his view.