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Cost-effective development of bespoke panel instrumentation
Ben Savage, PanelPilot Manager at Lascar Electronics, discusses the rising demand from machine builders for customisation of components, and how PanelPilot can help with respect to operator interfaces that are 'bespoke as standard.'
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Managing obsolescence and maintaining production machinery
One of the principles regularly quoted by plant engineers is: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This isn’t always appropriate but when it is, it can relate to machinery that has delivered over 10, 20 or even 30 years with almost total reliability. The question is, what happens when the equipment’s age becomes an issue in itself? Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric shares his experience of managing obsolescence and maintaining, updating and replacing tried and trusted hardware in the field of automation technology.
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Managing heat in electrical enclosures
Without proper consideration heat can easily build up inside electrical enclosures, triggering damage to the electrical and electronic components within. In addition, such heat can also lead to pressure variances which in turn can draw in moisture and cause problems. Chris Lloyd, Spelsberg UK Managing Director, offers a common-sense overview of the main concerns and their resolution
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How to manage quality and traceability for better PLC programs
How can the quality of PLC programs be measured? How is it possible to ensure documentation is always up-to-date? How can traceability be maintained throughout all phases of PLC development projects? This article from Itris Automation explains how a PLC Software Factory provides a solution to these problems.
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Safety laser scanners: what are the most important requirements?
Leuze electronic is regarded as a pioneer in the field of area scanning distance sensors based on laser scanner technology. Even today, the number of companies that offer such sensors remains relatively small. This is no surprise, as the development of these complex devices requires a great deal of know-how, years of experience and the willingness to pioneer new approaches. What are the most important requirements and where will the next development lead? These questions can easily be answered by considering the new RSL 400 safety laser scanner.
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Controlling palletised loads moving in automated processes
Automated materials handling is a vital part of modern manufacturing, production, warehousing and distribution operations. Most loads need gentle handling and stopping, so here Ian Carr of Drive Lines Ltd explains the vital role played by stops and dampers.
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Servitisation: why service revenue will eclipse product revenue
Spencer Earp, Vice President EMEA of ServiceMax, explains why machine builders can expect to increase revenues substantially by selling 'services' rather than just 'products' (machines) to their customers, adopting the approach referred to as servitisation.
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Can standard sensors be used for machine safety applications?
Dr Martin Kidman, a Safety Specialist with Sick UK, presents the arguments for and against using standard sensors for machinery safety applications.
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