MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
PI technologies enable innovation for Industry 4.0
In the Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Big Data environment, industrial communication is of central importance. The close networking of automation components, machines, systems, and IT systems needed for this, including across locations or even between different companies, is only possible with standardised and integrated communication. In recent years, Profibus & Profinet International (PI) has brought about numerous developments that meet these requirements.
Bearings contamination identified through NSK's AIP analysis
Combating contamination in bearings is one of the single most effective ways to extend bearing life and consequentially to reduce the maintenance requirement of the machinery they are fitted to. When band saw manufacturer Prosaw found that bearings were regularly failing on automated saws that had been supplied to a prominent manufacturer of building insulation, both Prosaw and the end user needed a solution quickly.
High-precision bearings for printing machinery
In order to ensure high print quality, bearings for printing machines must be carefully matched to each customer application. In this article, Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK, outlines the factors to consider when specifying bearings for sheet-fed and web-fed printing machines.
Don’t neglect palletising when automating lines
There are many different reasons for adopting robotic palletisation – usually the very last process on a packing line. It may be that you want to increase the speed of your operation, or improve the quality of the finished product. Other drivers might include overhead reduction or manual handling considerations, while in some cases staff turn around and training makes the idea of having the consistency and flexibility of a robot very appealing. Chris Sumner, Managing Director FANUC UK and Vice President of FEC (FANUC Europe Corporation), offers his thoughts on robotic palletisation.
Tip top compressed air with Beko Technologies
Compressed air is said to be responsible for approximately 10 per cent of the power usage in the UK and other mature economies. Beko Technologies is a specialist in the treatment of compressed air and management of condensates. Another major part of the business is measurement systems. Beko Technologies helps businesses improve their efficiency of compressed air usage, and has put together a list of top tips.
Top 10 tips – oil analysis
With between 70 and 80 per cent of all hydraulic failures caused by contaminated oil, effective analysis is vital to ensuring the healthy functioning of machinery. Bosch Rexroth outlines its top 10 tips for maintaining oil quality.
How to maximise spring life: 7 top tips
Lee Spring offers seven tips to help engineers maximise the life of the springs they are specifying.
How to select gearboxes for servo motors
This technical article from Techdrives outlines the factors to consider when specifying the optimum gearbox for a servo motor-driven application.