MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Why do DC motors fail? How to specify to prevent failure
Everything in this world has a limited time to operate, nothing lasts forever. So what factors play a key role in putting a DC motor out of action? Patrick Vega of maxon motors discusses the issue.
Where to position electrical enclosures
A TV property pundit once said that the three most important factors to consider when assessing a building were location, location and location. According to Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK, the same adage holds true when choosing where to position electrical enclosures. Here, Chris takes us through the correct decision-making process for locating that perfect spot.
Bearing reconditioning can save time and money
By reconditioning large rolling bearings rather than direct replacement, companies can save time and money, while ensuring that the bearings are restored to an acceptable, functionally reliable condition, says Dave Wall, Senior Applications Engineer at Schaeffler UK.
Mobile robots solve customisation conundrum for manufacturers
While stationary robots are well-established and important parts of many factories and production plants, mobile platforms and manipulators will become an integral part of the factory of the future. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe answers how the manufacturing process is evolving and why factories, driven by greater product customisation, will move from traditional linear models of conveyors and autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) to more intelligent types of mobile robots.
How to choose an industrial adhesive
There has been a surprising number of mishaps with glue over the years. People commonly mistake the adhesive for eye drops or lip balm, leading to trips to A&E. When choosing their adhesive, engineers don’t need to be quite as concerned as the general public, but should avoid making any costly mistakes to avoid bonded surfaces from failing. Here, Peter Crossen, VP of the Maintenance and Partsmaster Innovation Platform at NCH Europe, looks at the considerations to be made when choosing an industrial adhesive.
The importance of cutting-edge software in Industry 4.0
The results of an Industry 4.0 study by PwC show that manufacturers intend to invest five per cent of their revenue on digitisation by 2020. The most substantial part of the 907-billion-dollar investment will be spent on digital hardware like sensors and human-machine interface (HMI) panels — but what about the software that brings this equipment together? Here, Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer of industrial software expert, COPA-DATA, explains the importance of using cutting-edge software in industrial facilities and the risks of using outdated systems.
Automating with robots - how to get started
If you are thinking about automating and you are unsure where to start, Universal Robots presents a quick guide for your first steps towards automating manufacturing processes.
Injection moulding by collaborative robot arms
Rapid and accurate handling of injection moulds for prototyping and short-run manufacturing relieve injection-moulding machinery operators from physically demanding, repetitive work and eliminate the risk of injuries. Universal Robots (UR) can be used across all areas of plastic and polymer production, including injection moulding applications. They are able to run most applications autonomously, allowing your business to handle moulding even when employees have gone home.