MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
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.
Brexit implications for machine safety standards and regulations
Steve Allen CMSE, a Member of UK standards committee BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), a Certified Machinery Safety Expert and National Sales Manager of Procter Machine Safety, explains the implications of various Brexit scenarios for machinery safety standards and regulations in the UK.
How to specify enclosures for environmental management systems
Industry 4.0 is the current buzzword of choice for engineers and marketing professionals across almost every market sector; and for good reason. Industry 4.0 describes the integration of digital communication with the industrial process to create a network of ‘smart’ tools and components that can improve efficiency, quality, productivity and safety.
How to use legacy equipment in an Industry 4.0 environment
It is very unlikely that you will use a piece of technology from 100 years ago, such as a typewriter or a gramophone, in everyday life. However, a town in California has hit the headlines for doing just that. Could manufacturers learn a lesson from holding on to older technology? Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier EU Automation, discusses how new technology can bring legacy equipment into the fourth industrial revolution.
Climate control maintenance is the key to efficiency
Karl Lycett, Rittal's Product Manager for Climate Control, explains why maintaining cabinet climate control systems is not a false economy - rather it is the key to efficiency.
How ‘smart plastics’ make maintenance intelligent
‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart Factory’ – these concepts are no longer a vague promise of what is to come. Instead of planning maintenance at fixed intervals or reacting to failures or faults, continually monitoring the health of a machine enables predictive maintenance. Repair or replacement is then only carried out whenever it is actually necessary. At the same time, unscheduled shutdowns and the associated costs can be eliminated.
The design and manufacturing advantages offered by slewing rings
Lightweight slewing rings, or bearings, are rapidly becoming the first choice for design engineers in the aerospace and defence sectors, where absolute accuracy, light weight, improvements in mechanical performance and good corrosion resistance are demanded. Mike Page of Abingdon-based Carter Bearings examines the case for them.
How to configure a maxon EPOS4 positioning controller
Learn how straightforward it is to configure a maxon EPOS4 positioning controller using EPOS Studio.