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How is smart technology improving food safety?
Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. In fact, the 2016 food manufacturing outlook report by US magazine Food Processing found that a quarter of manufacturers considered it their top priority. Here, Robert Glass, global marketing manager of ABB’s food and beverage program, explains how smart technologies are helping manufacturers exceed food safety standards.
BS 8611:2016, ethical design and application of robots
BSI has published British Standard BS 8611:2016, Robots and robotic devices. Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems. The following article looks at the new standard's contents and its implications for robot suppliers and integrators.
It’s time to torque ISO 6789-2:2017
Having been named as the first laboratory in the world to be accredited to perform calibrations on hand torque tools to the newly revised BS EN ISO 6789-2:2017 standard, here, Neill Brodey, Managing Director at Norbar Torque Tools, takes the opportunity to outline the key changes, and what they mean for manufacturers and tool users alike.
How to solve the problem of matching drive components
Warren Harvard, Product Manager for Electric Drives at Festo, discusses the challenges facing machine builders and what can be done to improve the selection, connection and configuration of electric drives systems.
Why do DC motors fail? How to specify to prevent failure
Everything in this world has a limited time to operate, nothing lasts forever. So what factors play a key role in putting a DC motor out of action? Patrick Vega of maxon motors discusses the issue.
Where to position electrical enclosures
A TV property pundit once said that the three most important factors to consider when assessing a building were location, location and location. According to Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK, the same adage holds true when choosing where to position electrical enclosures. Here, Chris takes us through the correct decision-making process for locating that perfect spot.
Bearing reconditioning can save time and money
By reconditioning large rolling bearings rather than direct replacement, companies can save time and money, while ensuring that the bearings are restored to an acceptable, functionally reliable condition, says Dave Wall, Senior Applications Engineer at Schaeffler UK.
Mobile robots solve customisation conundrum for manufacturers
While stationary robots are well-established and important parts of many factories and production plants, mobile platforms and manipulators will become an integral part of the factory of the future. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe answers how the manufacturing process is evolving and why factories, driven by greater product customisation, will move from traditional linear models of conveyors and autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) to more intelligent types of mobile robots.