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Smart Screwdrivers combine control and monitoring functions
John Miewald of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators explains how Smart Screwdrivers offer multiple advantages over manual screwdriving and conventional technologies such as pneumatic drivers.
Three tips for heat transfer systems
The Oxford Electric Bell has been ringing constantly for over 175 years – so much so, that the apparatus has been dubbed the world’s most durable battery. But after all this time, it is still a scientific mystery how the bell has functioned for so long. For operators of thermal fluid systems, keeping operations running doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here, Clive Jones, managing director Global Heat Transfer, gives three considerations for manufacturers operating thermal fluid heat transfer systems to safeguard the system’s future for the long term.
When and where will Industry 4.0 actually happen?
There are a great many people now invested in working towards achieving the goals set out by Industry 4.0. For a concept that started life as a German government strategy project, it is fair to say that it has captured the imaginations of many engineers and futurists from around the globe. This article is an evaluation of the current status for realising Industry 4.0, from Chris Evans Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric – Automation Systems Division – UK.
Understanding the methods of robot programming
In 1984, The Learning Company released Robot Odyssey, which has been called the hardest computer game of all time with players having to program and control three robots to find home. Luckily, today’s robots are easier to manage. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explores the three main methods of robot programming.
Are your enclosures ready for the summer?
Rittal is warning users of manufacturing automation systems to check that they are prepared for the summer heat and, if necessary, arrange for an inspection of their equipment to check the level of risk. High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing.
The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
MCP, as a major provider of industrial training, offers this overview on the more significant amendments to the regulations due to be published on 1 July 2018. Although nearly 15 months away it is not too early to review your company’s training, procedures, methods and safety overview.