MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Rittal cooling units and chillers and the F-Gas Regulation
The introduction of EU regulation number 517/2014 (F-Gas Regulation) concerning the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, which was published on 1 January 2015, has raised the question as to which cooling units and chillers can continue to be used after 2020. The regulation includes details of banned uses for cooling and air-conditioning plant, as well as stipulations regarding their service and maintenance.
Welding techniques explained – plus tips for best results
Welding is essential in the manufacture of machinery, buildings, bridges, cars, aeroplanes, pipelines, power stations and a host of other structures and objects. There are four main welding techniques used in modern manufacturing industry and construction, as explained below.
Is it still acceptable to use two-beam safety light barriers?
This technical article from Leuze electronic highlights the standard relating to safety light barriers for machine safety applications and explains why three-beam devices should be used and when two-beam devices are still acceptable.
Improve energy efficiency with supply and regeneration systems
Many drive applications could benefit from the use of supply and regeneration units, whereby kinetic energy from braking or recirculating can be reused and fed back into the DC circuit through the drive or fed back onto the mains power supply line, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.
Back to basics: standards, directives and laws in the EU
This 'Back to basics' article from Pilz explains harmonised standards, directives and laws in the EU, and how they relate to each other.
HMIs, panel building and ergonomics
Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s Product Manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures, discusses how ergonomics can improve a machine through more user-friendly HMIs, and how clever design features on cabinets and enclosures can improve ergonomics for technicians undertaking assembly and modification tasks.
Brexit implications for machine safety standards and regulations
Steve Allen CMSE, a Member of UK standards committee BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), a Certified Machinery Safety Expert and National Sales Manager of Procter Machine Safety, explains the implications of various Brexit scenarios for machinery safety standards and regulations in the UK.
How to specify enclosures for environmental management systems
Industry 4.0 is the current buzzword of choice for engineers and marketing professionals across almost every market sector; and for good reason. Industry 4.0 describes the integration of digital communication with the industrial process to create a network of ‘smart’ tools and components that can improve efficiency, quality, productivity and safety.