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Surge protection now mandatory in 2018 revision of NFPA 79
It should be obvious that machine builders who export their products to North America are subject to the laws and regulations applicable there; one of the most important technical standards relating to machines is the 2018 revision of the NFPA 79 standard.
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Technology trends for 2019 – in Malta and beyond
Malta is famously known for being the location of choice for film productions like Game of Thrones, Gladiator and World War Z, but the island is now being recognised for its business-friendly environment. Here, Jonathan Grech, director of industrial automation expert JMartans Automation, explains why the Maltese economy is thriving and what to expect in 2019.
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Support for system integrators
Process control systems frequently require updates to account for changes in the manufacturing process, new lines, improvements in efficiency and system upgrades. Whatever the situation, system integrators will very often play an important role in defining system structures and specifying new components, then carrying out the installation and commissioning work. This task can often be expedited far more effectively with cooperative support from experienced equipment manufacturers that offer both flexibly stocked and tailored solutions. At least that is the firm belief of Bürkert UK & Ireland, according to the General Manager, Neil Saunders.
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Technology trends for 2019 – and the impact of Brexit
Henry Ford once said, “when everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it”. 2019 will undoubtedly see businesses continue to battle the effects of Brexit, with no clear understanding of its impact for the long-term future. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial control and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains some of the top trends expected to dominate the manufacturing industry.
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What are the benefits of using customised chains?
Many machines are completely reliant upon chains for their operation, so it makes sense to use the best chain possible and to get specialist advice when specifying a new or replacement chain. Derek Mack, UK Sales Director for Tsubaki, explains how a custom chain will often provide the best fit and deliver Total Cost of Ownership savings.
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How AGV protective fields influence productivity
Dr Martin Kidman, Sick (UK) Product Specialist for Machinery Safety and a qualified Functional Safety Engineer, discusses AGV/AGC protective fields and the impact they have on productivity.
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How can facial recognition improve productivity?
In 2018, Facebook faced a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explores the topic.
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Bearing designs to enhance performance of offshore wind turbines
Two key factors are demanded of bearings used in wind energy systems: high performance and high service life under harsh conditions. This observation is especially the case in the offshore segment, where the capacities of wind turbines are still increasing. As a result, NSK recently commenced the manufacture of bearings for 9.5MW turbines and is already developing bearings for offshore turbines in the 12MW class.
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