MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Computer-aided engineering drives hydraulics to new heights
A modern car is far more than an assemblage of components. To achieve the levels of speed, comfort, handling, economy and safety required, each component will have had its design refined multiple times. The way they eventually work together as systems and sub-systems is indicative of layer upon layer of careful optimisation. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager of hydraulics company Oilgear UK, explains how the same dedication to technical processes can be applied to hydraulics systems.
Industrial automation trends - predictions for 2017
As manufacturing facilities incorporate greater levels of automation, the demand for new technologies continues to grow. Recent years have seen several trends that have created a shift in the way the industry operates. Martyn Williams, Managing Director of industrial software expert COPA-DATA UK, examines three of the most prominent automation trends for 2017 and discusses how these will change manufacturing operations.
Top tips for selecting the right grease
ExxonMobil offers a five-point plan for ensuring that the right grease is selected for each application.
The six trends of Industry 4.0
The path to the fourth Industrial Revolution is not always clear. Many companies and industrial organisations have different views on the precise meaning of Industry 4.0. As a pioneering technology group, Harting has offerings for these rapid developments and, to make them more comprehensible, has grouped them into six recognisable trends.
The differences between guarding standards ISO 14120 and EN 953
Jeremy Procter, a member of standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how the new edition of ISO 14120, the international standard for machine guards, differs from the standard it has replaced in Europe, EN 953.
Top 10 factors to consider when specifying linear systems
Bob Love, Business Development Manager at Schaeffler UK, outlines the top 10 factors engineers should consider when specifying linear modules for single- and multi-axis handling and positioning systems.
Proven ways to maximise spring life
Spring life is a very important factor to consider in the design and specification process because springs are often vital components within an assembly where failure may lead to significant consequences. Chris Petts at Lee Spring offers the following thoughts on the subject.
Regenerative braking: the road to energy efficiency starts here
Did you know the invention of robots dates back to XVth century? When Leonardo da Vinci explored the idea of the human body as a machine, he came up with a robotic knight – medieval armour designed with gears, wheels, pulleys and cables that allowed it to move its arms and legs. Premature inventions like this one populate the engineering landscape to this day, often when it comes to energy-saving technologies such as regenerative braking. Here, Tony Young, owner director of supply and repair specialist CP Automation, explains how easy it can be to make industrial applications more energy efficient by using regenerative braking.