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Emerging food preservation technology requires precision control
Our ability to preserve food has a long history – with more recent developments being directed by the desire to maintain nutritional value in addition to the original taste and texture of the food. Research in this field within the UK is helping to develop new techniques that can be applied on an industrial scale and one company at the forefront of this field is Campden BRI.
Machinery efficiency via advanced gearbox condition monitoring
With two in three manufacturers unaware of the true cost of system downtime and mechanical failure, Gill Sensors & Controls discuss how their new condition monitoring sensors help reduce downtime, associated costs and improve reliability of large manufacturing gearboxes.
Navigating safe Li-ion battery transport
There have been numerous stories in the news over recent years surrounding the transport of lithium-ion batteries on planes, particularly concerning the risk of them short circuiting during a flight. In light of this, it’s easy to see why international regulations surrounding the shipment of Li-Ion batteries by air is evolving, as Michele Windsor, marketing manager for Accutronics, explains.
Trending tech for remote access: HTML5 vs. mobile apps
“There’s an app for that”. Encouraging the development of over 1 million mobile apps, Apple’s ubiquitous catchphrase quickly became an icon of its time. Unsure what to have for dinner? Car broken down? Can’t get to sleep? Don’t fret, the app store probably has you covered. Even in the manufacturing industry, apps are finding a home as one of the best ways to access information. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation supplier European Automation examines the use of apps in industrial environments, compared with their browser-based alternatives.
Factors to consider in spring design and specification
Chris Petts, Managing Director of Lee Spring Ltd, discusses the factors to be considered when designing and specifying springs.
How to manage PLC program quality in automotive production
In the automotive sector, high quality plays an important role - and this is already clearly visible in the production process. In order to handle the complex programs of logic controllers, it is advisable to introduce an analysis tool for measuring the quality. PLC Checker from Itris Automation has demonstrated in practice how it significantly enhances the quality of PLC programs written to run on PLCs from various suppliers.
PUWER Regulation 18 - Control Systems, and applicable standards
This article by Jamie Walton, Head of Consulting at Pilz Automation Technology, explains what you need to know about PUWER Regulation 18, relating to control systems, and the applicable standards.
Sensor triggering in production and process automation
When measuring the position of moving targets in production and process automation environments, it is important to understand the different methods of sensor triggering, their impact on measurement cycle times and the benefits they can offer over continuous measurement, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.