MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Over what distance can you use a thermal imaging camera?
Andrew Baker, Sales Director North Europe, Flir Systems Ltd, explains the issue of using a thermal imaging camera to measure temperatures over different distances.
Energy efficiency and cost savings in mines and quarries
Most mines and quarries contain a proliferation of electric motors, powering fans, pumps, conveyors, crushers, winches, hydraulic power packs etc. They vary in size and importance from large machines that are critical to site safety and operations to smaller examples that enable basic plant processes such as dust suppression and surface water control. Each one is drawing electricity and unless it is already part of a smart control system, it could be contributing more towards energy and general cost saving.
IT/OT convergence and the end of the automation pyramid
With structures of over four thousand years old, Egypt boasts some the oldest pyramids in existence. The history of automation’s pyramid however, a diagram representing the integration of technologies in industry, dwarfs in comparison. Could this engineering concept be coming to an end? Here, Stefan Reuther Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA, explains why IT/OT convergence will lead to the collapse of the automation pyramid.
Innovations in moving-coil actuator technology
In this second technical note on moving-coil actuators, Ed Neff, President of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators (MCA), describes how moving-coil technology is evolving rapidly and offering a competitive alternative to pneumatic drives and moving-magnet rotary motors.
Motor controllers: options for modification and customisation
Amir Janjua, Technical Engineer at maxon motor UK & Ireland, outlines the options that are available for customers wanting a modified or custom motor controller.
How to select the right stock spring from a range of over 25,000
As market leaders in ex-stock industrial springs, Lee Spring offer some guidance to engineers who are either designing assemblies, developing for production or concerned with installation/maintenance.
The business case for Industry 4.0 - convincing stakeholders
Much noise has been made about Industry 4.0 and the global movement towards connected factories, but the reality is that here in the UK, things are moving a lot slower - and rightly so. For Bosch Rexroth, the fourth industrial revolution is not actually a revolution, but rather a period of logical and essential evolution - and evolutions do not happen overnight. Andrew Minturn, Strategic Product Manager at Bosch Rexroth, explores the first, most critical phase of transitioning towards a connected facility: stakeholder engagement.