MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to optimise air preparation for pneumatic systems
Festo has developed a series of technical resources designed to help engineers optimise air preparation to improve process reliability, machine availability and service life in pneumatic systems.
Working with multiple networks and growth in Asia
On a video released by the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Michael Volz, Managing Director of HMS’s German operations, says: “Connectivity for control and communications is becoming more and more important as industrial companies move towards more integrated systems, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 (I4.0).”
Understanding how colour measurement sensors work
Colour measurement sensors have been used for several years in R&D and production environments. However, in recent years significant improvements in measurement speed and accuracy have created many more uses for these sensors. Therefore, in order to successfully utilise the benefits that modern colour sensors can offer, it is important to understand how sensors measure colour, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Spring technology in the manufacturing industry
Lee Spring is proud of their close to 100 year tradition and are proud to reflect on the considerable growth in availability of springs and development in spring technology during that period. Chris Petts, Managing Director – Lee Spring UK discusses spring technology in the manufacturing industry.
Material choices for threaded fastener systems
Threaded fastener systems – nuts, bolts, screws and washers used in manufacturing industry at large – are a time-served, well-developed, reliable and surprisingly sophisticated technology. They are also well known, but it is often not appreciated just how critical it may be to choose exactly the right material and finish. This is where Challenge Europe can be of real help.
The future of inverter drives in the water industry
The challenges facing the water industry include climate change, rising energy costs, tightening legislation, population growth and increasing usage per head. The use of automated systems in order to make pumps and processes work more efficiently is helping keep pace with these demands; however, what does the future hold for one of the most pivotal products in the automation mix, the inverter drive? Matt Handley, Product Manager for Drive Systems, Mitsubishi Electric UK explains how inverter drive technology is evolving to help in an industry where equipment may be expected to run for 25 years and judging by current evidence, could be in operation for a century or more.
Systems integrator selection: How to pick the right one
In the UK, there are many companies that specialise in automation projects. Some design and provide the technology, components or sub systems – these are usually called OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). Others provide the full turnkey applications. Then there are system integrators – people or companies – that are specialists in crafting solutions, overseeing the engineering of automated systems, ensuring all the elements on a manufacturing and packing line work harmoniously together to optimise productivity, reduce waste and address rising manufacturing labour costs.
Three things industry can learn from new robotic standards
The British Standards Institute (BSI) recently released a new set of standards for the ethical design of robots and robotic devices. The standards highlight the growing need for guidelines on robotic safety, contact with human beings, robotic deception, addiction and possible sexism or racism exhibited by self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains the three things industry can take away from the new standard.