MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Robot economics – justifying the investment
Manufacturing is just starting its evolution into the digital world, and robotics is one of the key enabling technologies. But is it the right time to take the plunge? Robotics manufacturers such as FANUC can help manufacturers work through them all important return on investment calculations, Andrew Armstrong, FANUC’s UK Sales and Marketing Manager explains.
What screw head type should I use?
Kevin Moorcroft, MD at industrial threaded fastener specialists Challenge (Europe) Ltd recently discussed the question ‘What screw head type should I use?’
Cabinet and enclosure hardware developments at EMKA
Much has happened since the Millennium where the feedback over those years from developing products to keep pace with industrial needs has driven the development of ubiquitous items like quarter-turn locks and latches which form a core range with companies such as EMKA (UK).
The immediate future for automation in the food industry
Chris Evans, Marketing and Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric – Automation Systems Division UK comments on what to look out for now and what is just round the corner in terms of automation for the food and beverage industry.
How to extend an electric motor’s life
Motors play a crucial part in the production process for many industries. However, through extended use, motors can become worn and less efficient, driving associated costs up for businesses. Although many think the cost of the motor itself is the biggest outlay a business faces, studies have found that this makes up just 2 per cent of its life-cycle cost. With maintenance and repairs occupying such a large cost share in relation to electric motors, it’s in your best interest to extend the life of your electric motor wherever you can. Offering their expert advice, Houghton International explains the basics of extending your electric motor’s life.
Intelligent interlocking protects people and productivity
Fortress Interlocks is focused on machine safety and, while the product range still includes locks and keys, it now extends to complex electrical and electronic systems. The advent of Industry 4.0 presents another challenge, as we race towards 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. We expect many of our products will be in that number. It is a huge step from our original interlocks, which have been protecting the workforce since the 1950s.
Cyber attacks: heed the wise words of military tacticians
In order to better protect Industrial Control Systems from cyber attacks, companies should take heed from the wise words of successful military tacticians and the lessons learned from some of the greatest failures in military defence, says Tim Ricketts, Director of M.A.C. Solutions.
Non-contact colour measurement sensors: factors to consider
There are several key factors that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at Micro-Epsilon UK.