MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Collaborative robot grippers – safety and certification
Professor Dr Markus Glück, Chief Innovation Officer at Schunk GmbH & Co. KG, considers some questions relating to collaborative robots, safety and certification.
How to choose the optimum heat transfer fluid
Dr Chris Wright, head of research and development (R&D) at thermal fluid specialist, Global Heat Transfer gives his view on the main considerations when choosing a heat transfer fluid.
Micro-dosing technology and process integration
Tony Brennan, Field Segment Manager Gas & Micro for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the technology involved in micro-dosing and how the latest developments can be integrated into existing equipment.
Three different perspectives on machinery maintenance
Why do automated machines fail? According to three automation experts, the main factors tend to be: deterioration caused by not maintaining basic standards and lack of operative training; stress as a result of poor design at the outset; and weaknesses such as poor quality parts. Read on to learn more.
How industrial gear units benefit from predictive maintenance
Industrial gear units are drive technology heavyweights which need to handle large torques. Due to the large forces involved, small defects which are not detected in time can quickly result in complete breakdowns. This would not only be expensive, but also disastrous: major plant components would remain at a standstill until a replacement was delivered and installed. Because of this, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS uses condition monitoring and predictive maintenance to achieve maximum plant availability and high cost-efficiency.
ESOS Phase 2 and improving energy efficiency in manufacturing
Energy efficiency is a growing concern for manufacturers that are trying to reduce costs, improve environmental impact and ensure compliance. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial equipment supplier EU Automation, explains what manufacturers need to consider ahead of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2.
Tackling the complexity of modern material selection
One of the key decisions in the development of every product is the selection of the materials of which it will be constructed. But as new materials and manufacturing methods have proliferated, this decision has become more complex. Here, Joshua Devlin, materials scientist at Matmatch, explains why material selection has traditionally been so difficult, and the importance of other factors involved in the decision-making process.
Using automation to improve process water quality
Greg Wainhouse, Field Segment Manager for Water at Bürkert, explains the importance of maintaining water quality and how automation can help raise standards while also improving efficiency.