MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Solenoid control in potentially explosive atmospheres
Paul Hobden, Bürkert UK ATEX solenoid valve champion, looks at the challenges surrounding process control in potentially explosive atmospheres and how they can be overcome.
How to increase sustainability when specifying plastics
The war on plastic waste is arguably one of the biggest environmental battles of the 21st century. Here, Dr Simona Maccarrone, materials scientist at online materials database Matmatch, explains what new options suppliers are adopting to increase sustainability in the plastics market.
Smart Factories: what to expect from the factory of the future
Andrew Minturn, Strategic Product Manager at Bosch Rexroth, explores the changes we can expect for the future of manufacturing.
Defining 'Autonomous Machine Vision' - the future of inspection
Harel Boren, CEO of Autonomous Machine Vision specialist Inspekto, explains how Autonomous Machine Vision promises to be the future of quality assurance (QA), and the benefits for end users.
Hygienic sensors for the food processing industry
The food processing industry performs a delicate balancing act, striving to meet the needs of both food safety and equipment efficiency. With a strong focus on the improvement of effectiveness and efficiency, sensors are playing an increasingly important role - but it is important that they do not compromise food safety.
Correct installation prevents premature bearing failure
The mounting of bearings is a practice that requires the correct knowledge and skills. Historically, this task has seen maintenance personnel make a certain amount of mistakes, which consequently have reduced the lifespan of bearings. Further factors compromising service life include a failure to keep the bearings clean, not respecting the recommended clearances between the bearing rings and the shaft, and failing to use professional mounting tools. However, according to global bearing manufacturer NSK, these errors can easily be avoided.
Blockchain, the Tangle and opportunities for manufacturing
Apple versus Microsoft, Uber versus Lyft, Amazon Video versus Netflix. Technology companies are constantly advancing their product or service offering to remain competitive in their fields, particularly when they have a large rivalry. As cryptocurrencies become more popular, their creators are vying for new customers. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how blockchain and the tangle differ and what both can do to improve manufacturing practice.
Smart sensors enable motors to recognise when a service is due
Nearly all of the motor technology that we still use today was invented over a period of 70 years from 1820–1890, with the first commutated DC electric motor invented by British scientist William Sturgeon in 1833. Clearly, production processes – and the resultant demands on equipment – have changed since then, and there is a lot that modern businesses can do to keep pace with the latest technology. Here, Simone Wendler, food and beverage segment manager for ABB’s motors and generators business, explains what to expect from a new generation of wireless motor sensor that offers powerful data collection and analytics in a small package.