MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
The pneumatic-electrical dynamic in motion control
Representatives from British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) member companies IMI Precision Engineering, Asco Numatics and Metal Work, survey the current state of play regarding automated motion control systems, and consider the increasingly close relationship between pneumatic and electrical technologies.
Five innovative uses for PLM
Jigsaw fanatic Graham Andrew, along with a team of over 200 people, tried to complete a mammoth 33,600-piece jigsaw puzzle in 2016, only to realise there were four pieces missing. With so many people and parts involved, this was a tricky task to undertake and organise, as is often the case in manufacturing. Good product lifecycle management (PLM) can help manufactures get it right first time, and not lose any valuable pieces along the way. Here, Geoff Turner, PLM consultant at Design Rule, explains five innovative uses for PLM that companies can use to help keep projects on track.
The importance of best practice in hydraulic fluid selection
Bosch Rexroth has restated the importance of choosing correctly rated hydraulic fluids to optimise performance and safety in mobile applications. The advice comes as the company issues its own Fluid Rating List recommending the most appropriate high-performance fluids for use with its hydraulic pumps and motors. This complements the requirements of international standards ISO6473-4 and ISO4006.
Working with ISO/TS 15066, technical specification for cobots
ISO/TS 15066 is the international technical specification for the safe implementation of collaborative robots. This article pools experience from consultants, suppliers, integrators and end users who have worked with the technical specification. *