MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
SCADA in the next 30 years
Industrial SCADA is undergoing a step change right now, with the move from proprietary code to next generation technologies such as compatibility with SQL Databases and Cloud Computing .NET, OPC UA and HTML5. This is part of moving towards a more connected world and a natural progression oriented towards technologies of the immediate future. Paul Hurst, MD independent UK SCADA and HMI vendor Products4Automation (P4A), talks about the future of SCADA.
The braking resistors that will not break
One of the most popular works of Renaissance sculpture is Michelangelo’s David, a piece that has become synonymous with human strength and beauty. Despite its seemingly perfect proportions, a basic design flaw of the statue has recently been brought to light. Recurring micro-fractures in the ankles might cause the statue to collapse under its own weight. Here, David Atkins, projects director at Cressall Resistors, explains why design is essential not only in art, but also in industry, especially when designing equipment such as power resistors for demanding environments like oil and gas.
Getting things right first time with PLM and BOM
The creation of a Bill of Materials (BOM) is a fundamental part of product development. However, manufacturers are often unsure at what stage of the product development the BOM comes in. Best practice dictates that the BOM needs to travel fluently through the different development stages, evolving and changing as products are designed, built and eventually, circulated. Here, Geoff Turner, product lifecycle management (PLM) consultant at Design Rule, examines the value of getting the BOM right in the early stages of a project.
Gears for packaging machines
Most people probably open tens of packaged goods a day without even realising it. Opening jars, cereal packets and sandwich boxes are all part of our daily routine, but we don’t tend to notice the packaging until something goes wrong. When milk cartons burst, drinks spill in your bag or crisps go stale when they’re not properly sealed, it can be infuriating. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK looks at how gears for packaging machines keep your goods fresh.
How ERP supports the engineer-to-order approach
Rapidly increasing demand for customised products has led to a ramp-up in the number of engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers over recent years. In line with the growth in digital routes to market and the rise of servitisation as a core manufacturing methodology, consumers have become attuned to having product offerings tailored to their preferences and are often prepared to pay a premium for this level of service. Fabrizio Battaglia, Head of Manufacturing & Distribution, HSO, discusses how ERP supports the ETO approach.
Lee Spring innovations meet environmental standards
Environmental thinking at Lee Spring runs through the whole design production process with a focus on quality in all aspects where higher quality connects to greater reliability and reduced replacements. Similarly, in design details like the choice to offer round wire die springs in place of older style square sections with resulting lower energy costs.
Systems integration for Industry 4.0
Our world is getting smaller every day. Never before have remote locations been more accessible thanks to communications technology, smartphones and the internet. Connected devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the most traditional industry sectors. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager of Boulting Technology, discusses the challenges connectivity poses for industry, particularly with regard to systems integration and the water industry.
Industrial automation technologies for 2017
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. From the conception of the programmable logic controller (PLC) in 1968 to the introduction of the collaborative robots we see in industry today, technological developments continuously shape the industrial automation landscape. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation discusses a few key technologies that will shape industrial automation in the year ahead.