MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Designs for controlling hot processes – it’s all material
Angled seat process control valves form an integral part of process engineering in a huge number of applications and getting the right specification can boost reliability and productivity. One of the most important factors is temperature, both of the process media under control and the ambient temperature. Ian Webster, Hygienic Segment Manager for UK & Ireland at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the impact that temperature has on valve design and how to achieve the most cost-effective solution.
Identifying metals in high-conductivity food products
Faced by the challenge of identifying hard-to-find metals in food products with high conductivity, metal detection companies are increasingly leveraging multi-frequency scanning. Fortress Technology has gone one step further unveiling at PPMA 2015 a high-performing system for wet products that is proven to be 100 per cent more sensitive and accurately picks up metal fragments half the dimension previously possible. Sales Director Phil Brown examines the science behind inspecting ‘wet’ products using metal detectors and counts the costs of false rejects.
Inspection kit that ticks the sustainable box
Right now manufacturers are trying to balance being more cost efficient, productive and competitive with investing in more sustainable line equipment. Given that we live in a throwaway society, the big question is how can a manufacturer of metal detectors assist food producers to be more sustainable with their equipment purchasing decisions? Sarah Ketchin, Managing Director, Fortress Technology, addresses this question.
Sustainability in the packaging machinery market
Richard Pether, director of Rotech – designer and manufacturer of offline advanced carton feeding systems – reflects on the role of sustainability in the packaging machinery market.
Technology helps machine builders offer improved availability
With today’s end users within the food and beverage industry highly focused on overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), Omron’s Robert Brooks argues that there are real opportunities for machine builders to gain a competitive advantage by approaching a machine design with a similar focus on one of OEE’s core threads, availability.
The challenges of creating The Industrial Internet of Things
The promise of connecting everything within an industrial environment, to get complete operational visibility and allow for the best real-time decisions, will transform how we manufacture for years to come. The premise for this next industrial evolution is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), says Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies.
Trends in M2M communication for industrial automation
The North Pole, the International Space Centre and even the Moon are amongst some of the world’s most surprising Wi-Fi hotspots. While consumer technology is becoming increasingly wire-free can the same be said for industrial automation? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of European Automation discusses developments in wireless machine to machine (M2M) technology, including 6LoWPAN.
How to choose the right material for your fasteners
This quick guide from Essentra Components will help you select the right material for threaded and other fasteners.