MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Free Guide: How to select the right robot gripper
Andrew Mason, the Automation Sales Manager at R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited, discusses how to select the right gripper for industrial robotic automation applications, particularly when using collaborative robots.
EN ISO 14120 and electrically conductive parts of machine guards
Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety discusses the replacement of machine guarding standard EN 953 by EN ISO 14120:2015, with particular reference to electrical aspects.
Benefits of 'bottom up' installation for automation systems
The design and installation of automation systems is often approached with a 'top down' perspective, from the control platform down to the sensors and actuators. But Murrelektronik has adopted a 'bottom up' philosophy that it says is more cost-effective and efficient.
Why both new and existing machines need PUWER assessments
Neil Dyson, Business Line Manager for Machinery Safety at TUV SUD Product Service, a global product testing and certification organisation, discusses the need for PUWER assessments, even on new machinery.
Industrial gearboxes: you get what you pay for…
What constitutes value for money when buying an industrial gearbox? It would be a mistake to judge a product by its purchase price alone. Brevini is a manufacturer of power transmission and fluid power components for industry. UK Sales Manager, Dave Brown, explains how OEMs and end-users can rely on the expertise of suppliers to ensure they see the best value for money.
Why do motors fail?
Motors don’t just fail because they are old. We have all seen examples of how a motor, if properly taken care of, can far exceed its expected operational lifespan. However, these tend to be the exception to the rule, and nearly every motor will eventually succumb to age and fatigue if not adequately maintained.
Hygienic servo system design for food processing and packaging
Jon Howard, Managing Director of Heason Technology considers motion control and hygienic design for food and beverage packaging automation.
Energy efficient obsolete technology now has a new name
You may already be familiar with the phrase ‘Eco Obsolete Technology’ (EOT), but you may not be aware of what it refers to or how it came about. The phrase was created by European Automation as a way of referring to obsolete technology that is energy efficient and therefore compliant with the latest energy efficiency standards.