MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Essential tips for temperature management in the food industry
In this article Rittal provides guidance on using enclosure climate control systems to prevent downtime and increase efficiency in food production.
Exploring the opportunities offered by virtual commissioning
Robert Glass, global food and beverage communications manager at ABB, explains how ‘virtual commissioning’ can benefit the food industry.
The benefits of modular, configurable safety controls
Kevan Cowley of Wieland Electric explains the key features that should be considered in order to maximise the benefits when using modular safety systems.
Fastener security – requirements and options
When a manufacturer is considering security issues around fasteners, generally there are three aspects: The ability of the fastener to securely do its job and withstand problems such as vandalism; How secure will the fastener be in service, how for example will it seal or retain components and/or fluids? How confident can I be in my selection and my supply chain? These are vital matters addressed by Kevin Moorcroft and his team at Challenge Europe.
The next revolution in motor control: direct current grids
Philip Crowe, Marketing Manager, Bauer Gear Motor GmbH, explains how implementing a direct current grid within industrial premises can reduce operating costs and take advantage of renewable energy sources.
Digitalisation and servitisation: the competitive advantage?
Professor Tim Baines, director of Aston Business School’s Advanced Services Group and an international authority on servitisation, discusses how manufacturers can broaden the horizons of their digital transformation to capture more value from their products.
Can you use liquid threadlockers on electrical fixings?
'Threadlocking' means preventing threaded fixings from loosening due to vibration. There are many mechanical ways to do this, including split pins, locking nuts and special washers, but the term 'threadlockers' usually refers to chemical products that retain a threaded joint. Liquid threadlockers have become popular because they reduce the parts inventory, are easy to apply and are low-cost. However, as global EMC specialist Keith Armstrong explains, if used incorrectly they can create significant problems for safety and EMC.
Machine learning: Seeing behind the curtain
Richard Chamberlain, Strategic Product Manager (Service) at Bosch Rexroth, offers some insight into machine learning and the benefits it brings to applications such as predictive maintenance, where it can increase fault detection rates to over 95 per cent.