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Using Ethernet alongside a dedicated motion network
Open communications are an ever-growing requirement and with industrial Ethernet offering speeds high enough for even demanding deterministic motion control applications, is there still a role for dedicated motion networks? Mitsubishi Electric’s Product Manager Barry Weller argues that there is…
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Oxy-fuel safety: it’s everyone’s responsibility
Oxy-fuel processes such as heating, cutting, brazing and welding create a potential danger from flames, sparks and intense heat. Despite these hazards, millions of people work accident free. By design, manufacturers build safe equipment. This decreases the likelihood of a potential incident. However, good oxy-fuel operators know that their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them, depends on proper and responsible use of oxy-fuel equipment. This article by Paul Woodford, Global Product Manager, ESAB, provides guidelines for proper set-up and shutdown procedures, as well as technical and safety principles.
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Alloys and Super Alloys in spring specification
Normal alloy steels have various elements added in small quantities to improve their material strength, hardenability, temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, and other properties and any level of carbon can be combined with these alloying elements.
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11 challenges machine designers face
Machine design has seen rapid developments in recent years, especially with increasing popularity of smart machines. These advances include the development of intelligent components, better communication between operator and machine, automated machine decisions and more. Smart machines are more efficient, with interconnected components expanding the capabilities of machines to communicate with and respond to their surroundings like never before. By Evan Artis, Global product manager, Eaton Electronic Controls and Software
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Re-imagining machine configuration through intelligent drives
Mike Lomax of Bosch Rexroth examines the role of intelligent drive systems in optimising machine configuration and performance.
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Solving tomorrow’s hydraulic problems through innovation
Industrial hydraulic engineering is not renowned for rapid leaps in technology, rather a gradual progression that overcomes problems and incorporates evolving technologies as they arise. However, every challenge needs a champion and at the forefront of the product development process is a company that excels in delivering innovation. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager at Oilgear (UK), examines the processes involved in developing new products to meet the latest expectations.
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A simple business case for integrated robotic vision
As the need for flexibility and adaptability within packaging operations grows, Steve Capon, technical manager of FANUC UK looks at how integrated vision technology can help businesses respond to evolving market requirements more easily and package more complexly shaped products.
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Guidelines for ethical robot design
In The Matrix, a lack of robot ethics leads to the destruction of the human race, with robots enslaving humans in a simulated reality. Despite it being a prolific cinematic theme, robot ethics has not been discussed much in industry until now. However, the most recent technological advancements in the field have led to the introduction of a new UK standard for robot designers. Leroy Spence, head of sales development at EU Automation, explains the new standard and the impact on industry.
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