MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Gears for packaging machines
Most people probably open tens of packaged goods a day without even realising it. Opening jars, cereal packets and sandwich boxes are all part of our daily routine, but we don’t tend to notice the packaging until something goes wrong. When milk cartons burst, drinks spill in your bag or crisps go stale when they’re not properly sealed, it can be infuriating. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK looks at how gears for packaging machines keep your goods fresh.
How ERP supports the engineer-to-order approach
Rapidly increasing demand for customised products has led to a ramp-up in the number of engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers over recent years. In line with the growth in digital routes to market and the rise of servitisation as a core manufacturing methodology, consumers have become attuned to having product offerings tailored to their preferences and are often prepared to pay a premium for this level of service. Fabrizio Battaglia, Head of Manufacturing & Distribution, HSO, discusses how ERP supports the ETO approach.
Lee Spring innovations meet environmental standards
Environmental thinking at Lee Spring runs through the whole design production process with a focus on quality in all aspects where higher quality connects to greater reliability and reduced replacements. Similarly, in design details like the choice to offer round wire die springs in place of older style square sections with resulting lower energy costs.
Systems integration for Industry 4.0
Our world is getting smaller every day. Never before have remote locations been more accessible thanks to communications technology, smartphones and the internet. Connected devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the most traditional industry sectors. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager of Boulting Technology, discusses the challenges connectivity poses for industry, particularly with regard to systems integration and the water industry.
Industrial automation technologies for 2017
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. From the conception of the programmable logic controller (PLC) in 1968 to the introduction of the collaborative robots we see in industry today, technological developments continuously shape the industrial automation landscape. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation discusses a few key technologies that will shape industrial automation in the year ahead.
Steam control valves: getting the most from this vital component
Process control in hygienic applications, such as the food and beverage sector, demands a great deal from the components that are used to manage the manufacturing and cleaning processes. Choosing the right steam control valve can bring a number of benefits including precision, reliability, minimal maintenance and durability in challenging environments. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager, Hygienic Food & Beverage at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, explains the benefits of making an informed decision when it comes to general purpose steam control valves.
What changed in BS EN ISO 13849-1:2015?
David Collier of Pilz Automation Technology explains the changes that were introduced in the third edition of BS EN ISO 13849-1, published in December 2015, which is identical to international standard ISO 13849-1:2015 and European harmonised standard EN ISO 13849-1:2015. He also shares his observations of the impact these changes will have.
Thermal stability and non-contact displacement sensor accuracy
In non-contact displacement measurement applications, engineers often overlook the effects of temperature variations on the measurement accuracy of the sensor. It is therefore critical to check supplier datasheets, says Chris Jones of Micro-Epsilon.