MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Lower-cost sensors pave the way for better plant maintenance
The Internet of Things (IoT) and recent technological advances in 3G/GSM/GRRS technology and connectivity together with sensor miniaturisation have resulted in the availability of a wide range of remote monitoring devices, which can be quickly installed and instantly connected. These offer real-time visibility to see not only what needs doing, but crucially, when it needs attention, for maintenance, FM or on a production line.
Suppress interference to ensure drives work smoothly and safely
Mark Checkley of KEB Automation explains how OEMs and machine builders can choose from a variety of mains- or motor-side suppression accessories – or combinations of the two – to ensure drives comply with specific EMC requirements of the application.
4D printing offers potential for machine builders
Human beings are often said to have five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. But what about intuition? Some people refer to this as the sixth sense. Now, a new manufacturing technique is adding an extra dimension – a ‘sixth sense’ – to products with applications as varied as aerospace and medical. Additive manufacturing is no longer only in three dimensions, but four. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, shares some insight into 4D printing and the impact we can expect it to have.
Gas monitoring issues faced in storage of cereals
Guaranteeing food supplies is a growing issue. With a growing global population, climate change and ocean acidification disrupting crops and fish stocks, many countries face serious challenges in ensuring food security. As well as issues affecting food production worldwide, another important aspect for food security is food storage and preservation.
Tackling the STEM skills gap in UK manufacturing
When asking someone to list their top ten most glamorous careers, it is a fairly safe bet that engineering doesn’t feature, let alone appear near the top. Yet, despite the stereotypical image many people have, engineering is fundamental to so many of the things we take for granted in life – from roads and buildings to bridges, utilities such as power and water, right through to manufacturing everything we use, wear, touch or eat in everyday life.
Benefits of gantry systems for heavy loads and large work areas
Automation in the manufacturing industry is continuing to grow in demand and can be applied to nearly every application from processing, assembly, inspection to packaging. Gantries and 6-axis industrial robots are widely used to achieve automation for applications such as palletising, sorting, and pick & place to name but a few. When specifying a gantry or robot, consideration needs to be given to the required task and payload, the grippers that will be attached to the system, and the distance and speeds required.
Improving the design and manufacture of switchgear cabinets
Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s Product Manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures, explains how Rittal and Eplan develop individual system portfolios, then combine value-enhancing process steps to create a seamless value chain for the benefit of customers.
Data science and the future of industrial automation
A killer combination of proficiency in code writing, a client-oriented mindset and outstanding communication skills is what is required to excel in the Harvard Business Review’s sexiest job of the 21st century – the data scientist. But why is this nascent role so in demand and what does the job actually entail? Sophie Hand, UK country manager at EU Automation, explores this new role and explains how it is enabling better maintenance.