MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
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.