MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Innovations in moving-coil actuator technology
In this second technical note on moving-coil actuators, Ed Neff, President of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators (MCA), describes how moving-coil technology is evolving rapidly and offering a competitive alternative to pneumatic drives and moving-magnet rotary motors.
Motor controllers: options for modification and customisation
Amir Janjua, Technical Engineer at maxon motor UK & Ireland, outlines the options that are available for customers wanting a modified or custom motor controller.
How to select the right stock spring from a range of over 25,000
As market leaders in ex-stock industrial springs, Lee Spring offer some guidance to engineers who are either designing assemblies, developing for production or concerned with installation/maintenance.
The business case for Industry 4.0 - convincing stakeholders
Much noise has been made about Industry 4.0 and the global movement towards connected factories, but the reality is that here in the UK, things are moving a lot slower - and rightly so. For Bosch Rexroth, the fourth industrial revolution is not actually a revolution, but rather a period of logical and essential evolution - and evolutions do not happen overnight. Andrew Minturn, Strategic Product Manager at Bosch Rexroth, explores the first, most critical phase of transitioning towards a connected facility: stakeholder engagement.
The smart, efficient option for driving horizontal conveyors
This technical article explains how Lenze Smart drives for horizontal conveying systems can simultaneously optimise requirements for torque, energy efficiency and starting torque, which is not possible with conventional technologies. Furthermore, the smart drives also reduce the number of variants and engineering effort required in control cabinets and cabling.
How better guard switches improve safety and reduce downtime
Chris Best, Sales Director, and Mabruk Farrah, Managing Director of Mechan Controls, explain the benefits of replacing traditional magnetic reed-type safety switches with coded magnetic, solid-state safety switches, and how easy it is to perform the upgrade.
What is ISO/TS 19837:2018 for trapped key interlocking devices?
'ISO/TS 19837:2018 - Safety of Machinery – Trapped Key Interlocking Devices – Principles for design, selection and configuration' is the first international ISO document devoted specifically to trapped key interlocking and answers many of the questions that arise relating to performance levels, key coding and power interlocking. It is a significant step forward that will provide more choice for users of interlock devices and systems.
What is dual channel technology for sensors?
The rise of digitisation also means that known processes and procedures are subject to change. Standards that have been valid and established thus far are now under examination, done away with entirely, or may need to be adapted. In many regards, there is a sense that the world is becoming increasingly complex, thus requiring a new level of expertise and strategies to successfully master the challenges of the future. For this reason, Leuze electronic is developing smart sensors to optimise the production processes of its customers and increase the productivity of their systems and machines.