MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
The role of quiet compressors in reducing factory noise levels
In this article Andy Pulley, Team Leader and Product Specialist with Atlas Copco Compressors, examines the historic issues of noise emissions in factories related to air compressor operation and its effect on workers and productivity. He explains how today’s need for compliance with health and safety noise regulations has influenced the development of innovative technology to produce a new generation of quiet compressors.
Robot ROI: how to calculate the true cost of robotics
Google Trends data demonstrates that web searches for the phrase, “how much does a robot cost?” have doubled since 2009. Determining the total cost and return on investment (ROI) of a robot isn’t straightforward, as Nigel Smith, managing director of industrial robot supplier TM Robotics, explains.
What is the future for Imperial and metric screws?
Sorting out the multiplicity of screw thread designs has been such a big issue for so long that there are lots of guides to give approximate conversions, although naturally there are no actual like-for-like equivalents. The team at Challenge Europe recently discussed a little history and some future-gazing.
Keep cabinets cool to avoid expensive downtime
Karl Lycett, Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control, explains the importance of cabinet cooling and how IT equipment operates more reliably if kept at the right temperature.
Motor selection for automated guided vehicles
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are most often used in industrial applications to transport heavy materials around warehouses or factories. It is critical AGVs don’t fail. The choice of motorisation is key.
Incompatible safety systems and how to avoid them
Robin J Carver EurOSHM CMIOSH MIET MIntMC FIIRSM RSP explores the important topic of incompatible safety systems, which although mentioned in EN ISO 12100 has received little coverage elsewhere.
How gamification is transforming Industry 4.0
What’s the best way to boost employee morale? Can we make human–machine interfaces (HMIs) more interactive? How can autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) become easier to programme? The answer to some of the most common questions in manufacturing may not lie in typical approaches, but rather in gamification. Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how playful elements could benefit Industry 4.0.
How smart bearings aid predictive maintenance in manufacturing
So, you find yourself at an emergency dentist appointment – wouldn’t it be convenient if you could have foreseen the tooth decay, and stopped it in its tracks? Plant managers feel the same way about unplanned maintenance, especially given associated costs, risks and equipment failure. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director at specialist bearings supplier, SMB Bearings, explains the crucial role smart bearings play in predictive maintenance.