MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Accurate measurement of power supply efficiency
Bernhard Erdl, Founder, President and Chief Developer of PULS Power, discusses power supply efficiency and why design engineers should be wary of relying on the efficiencies quoted in power supply data sheets.
Reducing machine tool energy consumption
No business should ever underestimate the large amount of energy consumed by machine tools. Cooling enclosures and spindles alone commonly account for more than 15 per cent of a company’s annual energy bill. A test installation at a CNC lathe has demonstrated that Rittal Blue e+ chillers significantly reduce energy consumption while also being simple and easy to use.
Flow measurement in the food and beverage sector
Manufacturers in the food and beverage industry have two main priorities: product quality and hygiene. For those operating with different fluids, from fruit juice to milk, chocolate and beer, there are many challenges in measuring flow while at the same time minimising waste and energy usage. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager Hygienic – food & beverage at Bürkert, looks at how the latest technology in fluid flow measurement can overcome these challenges and deliver additional benefits.
What are the options for AGV navigation sensors?
Various technologies are available on the market for bringing an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to its destination. Let us first of all say: many roads lead to Rome. There is no right way and no wrong way. Decisive is always the application itself – that means the question of where and how the given AGV is used.
When and why to use exotic alloys for springs
Materials with high alloy content, known as super alloys or exotic alloys, offer enhanced performance properties including excellent strength and durability, and resistance to oxidation, corrosion and deforming at high temperatures or under extreme pressure. Because of these properties, super alloys make the best spring materials for demanding working conditions, which can be encountered across various industry sectors, including the Automotive, Marine and Aerospace sectors as well as oil and gas extraction, thermal processing, petrochemical processing and power generation.
Innovative drive systems for Industry 4.0 smart factories
Intelligent drive technology is the prerequisite for digitalisation and automation of production, because it enables networked or autonomous production processes in “smart factories” and keeps them running. As a leading supplier in the sector, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS provides drive systems (hardware and software) and supports customers with its communication and application know-how for networking and connection of their Industry 4.0 environments.
How machine builders can address the issue of single-use plastic
Plastic waste deserves no place on our planet. This is the strong and clear message coming from the public and rightly so, but what does it mean for designing and building packaging solutions in the future? Neil Beaumont of Lenze discusses the challenges and solutions available.
Choosing an automation partner for Industry 4.0
Automation vendors are increasingly being considered as project partners by machine builders placing as much importance on the system design and support capabilities as on the extent of their product portfolio. Neil Beaumont, Marketing Communications Manager at Lenze, offers insight to those about to choose an automation partner.