MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Specifying a replacement hydraulic pump: beyond certifications
Pumps for hydraulic applications are typically highly specialised towards certain applications and environments, a reality which must be noted by the MRO professional. While a pump may achieve certain certifications such as those outlined by DNV GL, Lloyds and API which can guarantee a certain level of competency, how does this actually translate to specifying a replacement for a particular application? Jonathan Walker, Engineering Manager at Oilgear, explores the innate features and processes that can ensure hydraulic pump performance is not simply defined by basic certification, but offers further benefits to the application that reduce the risks of downtime.
Efficiency by design
Mark Fairhurst, Technical Director, BHR Group, discusses efficiency by design.
The pneumatic-electrical dynamic in motion control
Representatives from British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) member companies IMI Precision Engineering, Asco Numatics and Metal Work, survey the current state of play regarding automated motion control systems, and consider the increasingly close relationship between pneumatic and electrical technologies.
Five innovative uses for PLM
Jigsaw fanatic Graham Andrew, along with a team of over 200 people, tried to complete a mammoth 33,600-piece jigsaw puzzle in 2016, only to realise there were four pieces missing. With so many people and parts involved, this was a tricky task to undertake and organise, as is often the case in manufacturing. Good product lifecycle management (PLM) can help manufactures get it right first time, and not lose any valuable pieces along the way. Here, Geoff Turner, PLM consultant at Design Rule, explains five innovative uses for PLM that companies can use to help keep projects on track.
The importance of best practice in hydraulic fluid selection
Bosch Rexroth has restated the importance of choosing correctly rated hydraulic fluids to optimise performance and safety in mobile applications. The advice comes as the company issues its own Fluid Rating List recommending the most appropriate high-performance fluids for use with its hydraulic pumps and motors. This complements the requirements of international standards ISO6473-4 and ISO4006.
Working with ISO/TS 15066, technical specification for cobots
ISO/TS 15066 is the international technical specification for the safe implementation of collaborative robots. This article pools experience from consultants, suppliers, integrators and end users who have worked with the technical specification. *
Linear transmission engineering gets straight to the point
The need for linear motion is increasingly common, especially in areas such as automated assembly packaging and robotics, but also diverse applications such as retail displays, sports equipment and many other areas. This has led to a plethora of different linear technologies, and finding your way through this can be daunting. Matt Jones, a linear motion specialist at Drive Lines Technologies Ltd, offers a quick guide through the basics.
System Integrators are the vanguard of new technology adoption
When the client has explained what the goals of a project are then it is up to the System Integrator to translate those (usually function, price and performance) goals into a physical structure and a control platform – one that will not only deliver what the client is looking to achieve, but more often than not, also fit neatly into an existing control and management structure. This is by definition ‘system’ and ‘integration’. It also underlines why the role of the integrator is often at the crux of the adoption curve for new technology.