MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Blockchain for traceability in food and beverage production
It has been more than 10 years since the Satoshi Nakamoto published his whitepaper ‘Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system’. While Bitcoin itself has divided many and attracted criticism, the technology that it is built upon, the blockchain, has garnered significant interest due to its promise of immutable digital record-keeping. Darcy Simonis, industry network leader for food and beverage at ABB, explains why the emerging technology stores the key to greater traceability and reduced food wastage.
How to use computational imaging to reveal hidden details
In computational imaging a number of images of the same field of view are acquired under different lighting or optical conditions. Data is then extracted from these to create a new image containing information that cannot be obtained from a single-shot image. Stemmer Imaging offers a choice of powerful computational imaging solutions so is well placed to explain the technology.
Machinery health and safety: consider the small things
Health and safety in manufacturing and engineering is the sum of all parts, no matter how big or small. Even the most unnoticeable components, like grips, handles and knobs, must be carefully selected and assessed, explains Marcus Schneck, CEO of standard components specialists norelem.
Guide to choosing the right screw drive
Kevin Moorcroft, Managing Director of Challenge Europe, explains some features of different screw drive types and how to select the right one for a given application.
How manufacturers can improve servitisation with social media
Last year, Waitrose & Partners announced it would begin testing its While You’re Away service, delivering orders into customers’ homes while they are out. Like supermarkets, manufacturers should continually improve their service offerings to stay competitive. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director at automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how manufacturers can use social media to improve servitisation.
Four criteria to consider when specifying industrial drives
Paul Streatfield, Strategic Product Manager for industrial drives specialist Bosch Rexroth, explores four key criteria for industrial drive specification to meet the challenges of today's requirements.
The importance of proper protection for electrical equipment
Karl Lycett, Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control, explains that businesses need to provide adequate protection for their electrical equipment in order to make the most of their assets.
Benefits of capacitor-based uninterruptible power supplies
Michael Raspotnig, a Senior Design Engineer with PULS Power, discusses the advantages of using capacitor-based power buffer modules instead of traditional lead-acid batteries for industrial uninterruptible power supplies.