MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to implement Industry 4.0 with legacy machines
One of the biggest bugbears of plant managers is the cost of upgrading or replacing devices and equipment. While this has traditionally only occurred due to a breakage, the rise of the internet of things (IoT) is driving a need for cross-compatible equipment - in most cases calling for the costly replacement of legacy systems to ensure communication. Adrian Swindells, director of Distec, explores how businesses can keep the cost of IoT implementation to a minimum.
Three steps to effective gear oil maintenance
The first mathematical equation many of us learn is that 1 + 1 = 2. While this might seem logical and straightforward, it actually takes over 300 pages of complex mathematical sums to prove. This is just one of many seemingly simple tasks that are actually deceptively complex. The same is true of changing the gear oil in your machinery, as Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform at NCH Europe, explains.
The importance of cleats in cable management systems
Cable cleats should play a bigger part in the decision making process. Head of CMP’s Technical Department, Lee Frizzell, explains why cable cleats play a crucial part in cable management systems.
Control automation for freeze dried product
Optimal Industrial Automation has developed a range of control automation products for pilot and commercial-scale freeze dryers. Optimal’s offerings champion the use of closed loop control, SCADA layers and the latest data historians to improve system efficiency, plant integration and the quality and consistency of the finished product. In this text the process is broken down into its key stages and consideration given to the various control options available...
Motion and automation controllers explained
A motion control system is a system that controls the position, velocity, force or pressure of some machine. As an example, an electro-mechanical based motion control system consists of a motion controller (the brains of the system), a drive (which takes the low power command signal from the motion controller and converts it into high power current/voltage to the motor), a motor (which converts electrical energy to mechanical energy), a feedback device (which sends signals back to the motion controller to make adjustments until the system produces the desired result), and a mechanical system (including actuators, which physically produce the desired end result).
Light curtain options for high-efficiency pallet handling
In goods handling, maximising throughput is paramount for profitable business – but efficiency can never come at the expense of personnel safety. Pallet loading and handling is an everyday, yet vital, process in any factory or warehouse where safety and productivity have to be kept in balance. Sick Product Specialist for Machinery Safety Dr Martin Kidman, FS Engineer (TUV Rheinland #13017/26) considers developments in light curtain technology that are delivering commercial benefits for automated palletising operations, while protecting workers and meeting machinery safety standards.
Connectivity trends in the food industry
With the food processing industry under ever-growing pressure to reduce costs, boost quality, guarantee food safety and operate with smaller and smaller batch sizes, Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric looks at how trends in connectivity are helping to address these requirements.
Springs and fasteners: making the right choice with Lee Spring
Chris Petts, Managing Director of Lee Spring UK explains the importance of selecting the correct fastener or spring to suit application requirements.