MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Bearing requirements for food and beverage manufacturers
When an Aldi customer recently discovered packs of KP-branded Hula Hoops inside a pack of the discount store’s own-brand products, the media was quick to reveal that both products were made in the same place. Consumers have long speculated that food giants produce both luxury and budget versions of goods for supermarket own-brands, but in the highly regulated world of food and beverage manufacturing, a simple mistake during packaging is the least of manufacturers’ worries. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains the considerations manufacturers must take when choosing bearings and lubrication in the food and beverage industry.
PLCs of the future
An etymological fallacy is an assumption that a word’s current and historical meanings are the same. However, as language evolves, modern definitions do not necessarily resemble original ones. To take an example, ‘lord’ is a compound of Old English ‘half’ and ‘weard’, meaning bread and keeper, respectively. This does not make it correct to use lord to refer to someone who bakes or keeps bread, regardless of its roots. It is more sensible, therefore, to argue the definition of a word is instead the most recognisable option. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation discusses the evolution of the programmable logic controller (PLC), and predicts what the future might hold for this crucial piece of equipment.
Cable colour coding - understanding the DESINA standard
DESINA stands for DistributEd Standardised INstAllation Technology and is a standard for components used on industrial machines, including the drives, control systems and cabling. It is a great idea with many benefits but, where it relates to cable colour coding, the situation may be a little confusing and there is room for error. Andrew Fallows, managing director of Motor Technology, explains.
Implementing Ethernet at the field device level
CC-Link IE offers a way of providing high-speed Ethernet to the factory floor. It also brings Gigabit Ethernet to the field device level and allows seamless movement of data through one or more network levels.
Will B&R acquisition give ABB a boost in industrial automation?
Early this month ABB, a supplier of robotics, process automation, and electrification components, acquired B&R Automation, an industrial software and automation hardware company. This is the latest acquisition that ABB has made in recent years. In 2012, ABB acquired Thomas & Betts for $3.9 billion, followed by Power-One Inc in 2013 for $1 billion. Alex West, Principal Analyst, IHS Markit discusses what the B&R Automation acquisition means for ABB.
The robotic revolution in life sciences
As the life sciences industry looks to address today’s production challenges, Neal Welch of Mitsubishi Electric explains how in demanding applications such as the manipulating of live cultures, robots are in a league of their own.
EMC more important and beneficial today than ever before
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a key concern among electrical engineers and plant managers due to the elevated costs and performance problems that it creates. While electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) has been a requirement of electronics and equipment for many years, there is still much misunderstanding surrounding it. Here, Anthony Waldron, former technical manager of CADAC Electronics from 1989 to 2014, recounts how an education in EMC gave his company significant cost and time savings.
Do Food & Beverage SMEs need more process automation?
Most large-scale food processing plants have already grasped the advantages of improved automation and used them to minimise production costs and boost productivity. However, some medium and smaller-scale businesses, although appreciative of the benefits, remain reticent about the process of implementation and how the latest technology will combine with an existing installation. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager, Hygienic - Food and Beverage for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the best way to implement an automation project and the benefits it can deliver.