MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Industrial screws: many sizes, many threads
Many imperial thread sizes are now either obsolete or trending towards obsolescence prompted by changes in demand patterns from countries such as the USA who are now drifting towards metric products. This increasing globalisation of metric threaded fasteners does not necessarily mean that all variations are commonly available, and it remains important that design engineers are careful in their selection. Whether metric or imperial it is always advisable to seek advice and avoid either paying premium prices or creating lifetime availability issues.
How to reduce metal contaminants and mitigate food safety risks
Consumer perceptions and a high-profile product recall can make or break a food brand. The damage, if left unchecked, can come back and haunt a company for years to come. Phil Brown, European Sales Director at Fortress Technology outlines why paying attention to metal contaminant risks continues to be the mainstay of a robust brand protection programme and why it doesn’t pay to take a maverick approach to product inspections.
Improving flow control in pneumatic conveying systems
For many industries, pneumatic conveying brings a number of advantages, not least the lack of moving parts and system flexibility. However, it is essential that such systems are properly controlled in order to maintain efficiency and the quality of the product in transit. Delivering effective process control systems requires an understanding of both the technology and the industry itself. Tony Brennan, Field Segment Manager, Gas and Micro for Bürkert, looks at the advantages of pneumatic conveying and how it can be maximised.
Are your Variable Speed Drives running at maximum efficiency?
While variable speed drives (VSDs) provide an important energy saving technology, Mitsubishi Electric’s Matt Handley questions how many of the installed base of drives are actually set up to run at their maximum efficiency.
Liquid cooling halves component space
Many renewable and marine resistor applications are moving towards liquid cooling, because it offers superior environmental protection for drive systems, as well as improved reliability and smaller component sizes. A water-cooled brake resistor, for example, can be half the size of its air-cooled equivalent and the heated water produced can be integrated into a heating system, producing further efficiencies. Here, Steve Hughes of REO UK explains the benefits.
Keeping a FANUC robot in top-top condition
Gary Taylor, Service Manager RO FANUC UK, explains how preventative and predictive maintenance can be used to keep FANUC robots – and other automation equipment – at the peak of their powers.
High-performance industrial servers for the industrial channel
With inherent challenges to maintaining longevity and consistency in system production, the industrial channel has historically been unable to pair server-class performance with a long-life system. High[performance industrial servers from Corvalent solve this design limitation, embracing Intel Xeon technology in an application-ready, customisable server-class design with guaranteed production and availability of 5–7 years. Illustrated by application examples such as medical imaging, security and surveillance, and cloud and data centre processing, this article highlights the broad competitive value these long-life systems newly enable for industrial OEMs and application developers.
Rotating plant and machines: cloud-based condition monitoring
Condition monitoring (CM) no longer needs to be restricted to highly skilled, experienced engineers. With the advent of cloud-based CM systems, users can now share data with experts via the cloud, enabling improved fault diagnosis, faster reaction times and reduced machine downtime, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.