MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to specify brakes for safety-critical applications
In many safety-critical applications, safety brakes are often the only means of safeguarding against crashes or the inadvertent descent of suspended loads. Incorrect selection or dimensioning of these brakes can lead to serious injuries and damage to property. Therefore, it is essential that you take a critical look at the technical product details and the performance spectrum of the provider when selecting your brakes.
How machine tools and systems can operate safely and efficiently
Michael Scalet, Industry Management Machine Tools at Leuze electronic GmbH + Co KG, discusses how sensors and control systems can be used to optimise the interaction between people and machinery.
Over what distance can you use a thermal imaging camera?
Andrew Baker, Sales Director North Europe, Flir Systems Ltd, explains the issue of using a thermal imaging camera to measure temperatures over different distances.
Energy efficiency and cost savings in mines and quarries
Most mines and quarries contain a proliferation of electric motors, powering fans, pumps, conveyors, crushers, winches, hydraulic power packs etc. They vary in size and importance from large machines that are critical to site safety and operations to smaller examples that enable basic plant processes such as dust suppression and surface water control. Each one is drawing electricity and unless it is already part of a smart control system, it could be contributing more towards energy and general cost saving.
IT/OT convergence and the end of the automation pyramid
With structures of over four thousand years old, Egypt boasts some the oldest pyramids in existence. The history of automation’s pyramid however, a diagram representing the integration of technologies in industry, dwarfs in comparison. Could this engineering concept be coming to an end? Here, Stefan Reuther Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA, explains why IT/OT convergence will lead to the collapse of the automation pyramid.
Innovations in moving-coil actuator technology
In this second technical note on moving-coil actuators, Ed Neff, President of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators (MCA), describes how moving-coil technology is evolving rapidly and offering a competitive alternative to pneumatic drives and moving-magnet rotary motors.
Motor controllers: options for modification and customisation
Amir Janjua, Technical Engineer at maxon motor UK & Ireland, outlines the options that are available for customers wanting a modified or custom motor controller.
How to select the right stock spring from a range of over 25,000
As market leaders in ex-stock industrial springs, Lee Spring offer some guidance to engineers who are either designing assemblies, developing for production or concerned with installation/maintenance.