MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Digitalisation and servitisation: the competitive advantage?
Professor Tim Baines, director of Aston Business School’s Advanced Services Group and an international authority on servitisation, discusses how manufacturers can broaden the horizons of their digital transformation to capture more value from their products.
Can you use liquid threadlockers on electrical fixings?
'Threadlocking' means preventing threaded fixings from loosening due to vibration. There are many mechanical ways to do this, including split pins, locking nuts and special washers, but the term 'threadlockers' usually refers to chemical products that retain a threaded joint. Liquid threadlockers have become popular because they reduce the parts inventory, are easy to apply and are low-cost. However, as global EMC specialist Keith Armstrong explains, if used incorrectly they can create significant problems for safety and EMC.
Machine learning: Seeing behind the curtain
Richard Chamberlain, Strategic Product Manager (Service) at Bosch Rexroth, offers some insight into machine learning and the benefits it brings to applications such as predictive maintenance, where it can increase fault detection rates to over 95 per cent.
Condition monitoring: a key part of I4.0 and the ‘Dark Factory’
While Condition Monitoring (CM) systems are continuing to prove their value in industrial applications, many companies are still unsure how CM should fit into their Industry 4.0 strategy and the automated ‘lights-out’ factory, says Ian Pledger, Service Engineer at Schaeffler UK.
What to look for when selecting linear brakes
Linear brakes are often used to secure gravity-loaded axes in machines and systems. The idea is to permanently exclude the possibility of inadvertent lowering of loads and impermissibly long stopping distances. Only in this way can people and material be reliably protected against falling loads. A critical glance at the technical product details and the performance spectrum of the provider is therefore imperative when selecting brakes.
Precise flow control for efficient, accurate pneumatic conveying
Pneumatic conveying provides an effective, enclosed transport system for manufacturing, handling and processing applications where small particles, grains, pellets or powders are required. These flexible transport systems offer a number of handling advantages over more conventional mechanical systems, as well as being able to deliver precision flow control.
Lee Spring Belleville Washers – big power, small space
When an application calls for high spring loading in a small space, then Lee Spring believe that Belleville washers can often be the complete spring solution. Their conical configuration enables them to support high loads with relatively small deflections and solid heights compared to helical springs. Belleville Washers are often used to solve vibration, thermal expansion, relaxation, and bolt creep problems.
An end to the boring task of marking terminals and cables
Ashleigh Camp, a Digital Marketing Specialist at Phoenix Contact Ltd, offers her views on marking.