MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to manage obsolescence in industrial control panels
Over the past 50 years, a growing number of industrial businesses have adopted computer-based automation systems. However, many of these systems are now nearing their official end-of-life and becoming obsolete, leaving engineers with the challenge of managing obsolescence effectively. Here, Maria Torrisi, business development manager at industrial automation expert JMartans Automation, explains how industrial plant managers can manage obsolescence in control panels.
How virtual commissioning benefits system integrators
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. Industry 4.0 has expedited this evolution, with new technologies leading to increased productivity, improved efficiency and decreased costs. Here, Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.
Digital services from OEMs
Business models in machine manufacturing will change under the influence of Industrie 4.0. In future, digital services will become increasingly important alongside the sale and maintenance of machines and systems. Lenze is paving the way for this development with its Asset Management application. More software, more connectivity, more IT – these are the requirements linked to Industrie 4.0. Achieving these things means acquiring more components. But do they justify the outlay? Can the customer gain any economic benefit from them? Machine manufacturers often doubt it, because if we apply the traditional standards it does not add up.
Logistics 4.0 is already reality
The cloud offers an infinite amount of storage space and computing power – but it first needs the right concepts and applications before it can become a genuine added value. As Lenze demonstrated at the Hannover Messe 2018 with a storage and retrieval unit, Logistics 4.0 is no longer a future dream, it is already reality. Data from the control, the drives and the sensors can already be transferred securely to the cloud with little effort.
How to optimise handling systems for warehouses
For owners and builders of the machinery that keeps goods flowing in warehouses, the need for speed, flexibility, efficiency and reliability is now greater than ever. Paul Berry, Business Development Manager at Lenze, explains how to be smart when choosing components, technology platforms and providers to meet the challenge.
Less is more: keeping complexity out of automation
Streamlined design of automation systems – adding functionality such as connectivity without increasing complexity – will help food processors move their operations towards a true ‘factory of the future’.
What is the impact of robotics in food production?
According to research by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, almost a third of food processing operations already use robotics in their facilities. What’s more, half of those surveyed said they will increase their level of automation in the next three to five years. However, not every food manufacturer is an automation convert. Nigel Smith, managing director of six-axis robot distributor, TM Robotics investigates why.
How ready-to-install brakes help to ensure safety
Safety brakes have to protect people and systems and in emergencies also save lives. Therefore, mayr power transmission diligently excludes all risks right from the design stage. The safety brakes from Mauerstetten are supplied ready to install. For users, this means the greatest possible safety and simple installation without additional effort.