MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Big data in manufacturing - how to make it work
Sue Roche, Business Unit Manager at SolutionsPT, looks at how some manufacturers are already using 'big data' and why more need to embrace it.
Machine risk assessment - an online guide with tips and advice
This online guide to machine risk assessment provides useful advice for machine builders and users of existing equipment. By Jon Severn, MachineBuilding.net editor.
Emergency stop devices: the risks of installer liability
Alex D'Arcy, Sales Director at Hylec-APL, provides an insight into the current legislation relating to safety of electrical equipment, and explains how installers who fail to specify suitable components could be at risk.
ISO 14119:2013, new standard for guard interlocking devices
ISO 14119:2013, Safety of machinery - Interlocking devices associated with guards - Principles for design and selection, has arrived; machine builders must start to use this, as there is only an 18-month transition period for migrating from EN 1088. David Collier CMSE, Business Development Manager with Pilz Automation Technology, highlights the main points to be aware of.
Industrial gearboxes and geared motors: addressing market demand
Manufacturers of industrial gearboxes and geared motors need to address the market demand for higher operating efficiency and global availability, according to Philip Crowe, Marketing Manager of Bauer Gear Motor GmbH.
High-integrity spring-applied brakes
Basic designs of spring-applied electromagnetic release brakes have become standardised in a proven, highly reliable form that is also compact and economic. For example, they will have multiple coil springs, a well-developed non-asbestos friction material, a DC coil and torques typically in a range from 2 to 2000Nm. Whilst these suit the majority of requirements, certain types of machines have stepped up their braking requirements based on the need for higher reliability.
Corrosion-resistant bearings for water power applications
In addition to wind and solar power, water power will make a significant contribution to future supply of renewable energy. This applies to conventional applications such as hydro-storage plants, pumped-storage plants and fresh water river systems, as well as the latest marine water power plants such as tidal and wave energy systems.
Why does my instrument need calibrating?
Instruments are used to measure and monitor processes, including component manufacture, throughout all industries. In order to maintain confidence in these processes any instruments which are used to measure or monitor such processes should be calibrated.