MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Smart Process Gating: Leuze reinvents light curtain muting
Smart Process Gating is the name of a new process from Leuze electronic through which muting processes are made more economical, simpler and safer.
Robot applications for maxon motors and gearheads
Amir Janjua, Technical Engineer, maxon motor UK, discusses which maxon products are best suited to robot applications and why.
Three tips for testing cabling
While we may like to think of the modern world as being wireless, cabling remains an important element in almost all electrical systems. It is therefore essential that engineers know how to test cables effectively to ensure they are fit for purpose. Here, Matt Collins, business development manager at ide Systems, explains what engineers should look for when testing electrical cabling.
Making smarter investments in automation
Highlighted in the Government’s Made Smarter Review, industrial digitalisation technologies (IDTs) are transforming the manufacturing industry — that’s artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, intelligent software, virtual reality and cutting-edge robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director at TM Robotics, explains why manufacturers in Britain shouldn’t blindly invest in IDTs and instead, should use Made Smarter to make smarter automation investments.
Using Industry 4:0 to future-proof automation projects
In the UK, there are many companies that specialise in automation projects. Some design and provide the technology, components or sub systems, usually called Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Others provide the full turnkey applications. Then, there are system integrators that are specialists in crafting solutions, overseeing the engineering of automated systems, ensuring all the elements on a manufacturing and packing line work harmoniously together to optimise productivity, reduce waste and address rising manufacturing labour costs.
Using Industry 4.0 to optimise process control
Almost every industrial process is capable of adopting aspects of the fourth industrial revolution, the interconnection and digitisation of products, business models and value chains, otherwise known as Industry 4.0. As more manufacturers and businesses adopt the principles and more common protocols are implemented, so the benefits become more accessible. Paul Trevitt, Operations and Engineering Manager, for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the advantages of this evolving concept and how it can be implemented in process control scenarios.
Collaborative robots – risks and rewards
When you are contemplating how to complete a challenging, tedious, dirty (or even dangerous) job there is usually a heightened sense of satisfaction when you actually get it completed. That sense of accomplishment on completing the job will occur the first time you do it and perhaps even after the first few times. However, over time, these types of jobs are likely to become more tedious and subsequently could have a negative impact on operators and may also prevent them from spending time on higher value tasks in the manufacturing plant. This may come as a surprise, but installing an industrial robot to take over tedious or monotonous work may not always be the answer. That’s because not all robots are equal. Jonny Grey, UK Sales & Marketing Manager, Motoman Yaskawa, discusses the options.
Factors to consider when selecting draw wire position sensors
When selecting draw wire position sensors, a number of factors need to be considered, including their size and compactness, measuring range, output options and ease of customisation for high volume OEM applications, says Chris Jones of Micro-Epsilon.