MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
App-based programming offers easy route to tailored sensors
Neil Sandhu Sick's UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging and Systems, discusses the benefits offered by app-based programming for machine builders and system integrators wanting to create specialised sensors that perform very specific tasks.
Multi-laser systems in metal additive maunufacturing
Traditional barriers to additive manufacturing (AM) were production speed and machine-to-machine variation in build quality. However, new multi-laser systems are changing the status quo. Rebecca Underwood, Product Marketing Specialist at Renishaw, discusses the company’s RenAM 500Q machine and provides an insight into the state of the art for metal AM.
Rittal cooling units and chillers and the F-Gas Regulation
The introduction of EU regulation number 517/2014 (F-Gas Regulation) concerning the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, which was published on 1 January 2015, has raised the question as to which cooling units and chillers can continue to be used after 2020. The regulation includes details of banned uses for cooling and air-conditioning plant, as well as stipulations regarding their service and maintenance.
Welding techniques explained – plus tips for best results
Welding is essential in the manufacture of machinery, buildings, bridges, cars, aeroplanes, pipelines, power stations and a host of other structures and objects. There are four main welding techniques used in modern manufacturing industry and construction, as explained below.
Is it still acceptable to use two-beam safety light barriers?
This technical article from Leuze electronic highlights the standard relating to safety light barriers for machine safety applications and explains why three-beam devices should be used and when two-beam devices are still acceptable.
Improve energy efficiency with supply and regeneration systems
Many drive applications could benefit from the use of supply and regeneration units, whereby kinetic energy from braking or recirculating can be reused and fed back into the DC circuit through the drive or fed back onto the mains power supply line, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.
Back to basics: standards, directives and laws in the EU
This 'Back to basics' article from Pilz explains harmonised standards, directives and laws in the EU, and how they relate to each other.
HMIs, panel building and ergonomics
Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s Product Manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures, discusses how ergonomics can improve a machine through more user-friendly HMIs, and how clever design features on cabinets and enclosures can improve ergonomics for technicians undertaking assembly and modification tasks.