MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Tips for implementing IT security in manufacturing environments
Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s Product Manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures, provides tips to help companies wanting fast-deploying and secure IT for production environments, particularly where Industry 4.0 is being implemented.
UKCA Marking of Machinery and the implications
Derek Coulson, a Technical Advisor with Safe Machine Ltd, outlines his views of the proposed UKCA Marking of Machinery, which could replace CE Marking to the Machinery Directive if the UK leaves the EU.
Trend interview: Software engineering in drive technology
Parameterising instead of programming – this trend now even applies to the creation of ever more sophisticated motion sequences in drive technology. What tools do you offer to achieve this, and which sectors or specific task areas are you already targeting?
The advantages of digital twinning for machine builders
Throughout history and mythology, twins have been represented as counterparts; mirror images highlighted as having unique relationships and even their own language. This level of deep connection between counterparts is seen in today’s digital twins, which are used in manufacturing to aid planning and improve functionality. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation specialist Novotek UK and Ireland, explains why digital twinning promises a unique advantage for manufacturers.
Why open industrial networks are essential for Smart Factories
The Factory of the Future – taking into account Industry 4.0 – is loaded with sensors and devices that record real-time processes and statuses across the factory floor. A fast, efficient and reliable industrial network is key to successfully sharing and utilising the data being generated. The network architecture should be designed as an interconnected platform, able to link all the nodes together and provide both upstream and localised communication. John Browett, General Manager at CLPA Europe, explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of the Smart Factory.
How enhanced motion safety functionality improves machine safety
Warren Gourlay, UK and Ireland sales manager for industry and automation solutions at Wieland Electric, looks at reducing risks for machine operators by means of enhanced motion safety functionality.
Small precision motors: standard or customised?
Andrew Gibson, Sales Engineer at maxon motor UK & Ireland, explains the simple and complex modifications that can be incorporated when producing custom precision drives.
How drives and automation meet the needs of modern warehouses
A modern warehouse operation must be fast, flexible and efficient. Choosing appropriate automation platforms - and automation partners - capable of meeting the challenges that this poses is clearly vital to its success, as Lenze's Marketing Communications Manager Neil Beaumont explains.