MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Top 10 level-sensing technologies
Level sensing is one of the most common functions for process control but it also uses a wide range of different technologies to achieve the same goal; it is therefore important to select the correct design for each application to ensure a reliable and accurate system. Greg Wainhouse, Midlands Area Technical Sales and Sensors expert at Bürkert UK, offers an explanation on some of the various designs available.
Thermal fluid: what unnecessary risks are you taking?
What would you think if you saw someone using a shopping trolley as a car jack? Or a newspaper and sunglasses as an improvised welding mask? You’d probably ask yourself why anyone would put themselves in that kind of danger. Here, Andy Burns, technical business manager at thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains why companies should never take any chances, especially where testing and analysis are concerned.
CE auditing and the need for specifications and documentation
Derek Coulson, a Technical Advisor with Safe Machine Ltd, offers the following advice on how to go about performing a CE Audit on machinery.
How machined springs out-perform wire-wound springs
Simon Cattle of Abssac outlines some of the ways in which the unique benefits of machined springs can be used.
10 things to know about non-contact displacement measurement
Chris Jones, Managing Director of Micro-Epsilon UK, outlines the ten most important factors to consider before purchasing a non-contact displacement measurement sensor.
High-speed polymer gearboxes deliver material gains
The ongoing development of advanced, heat resistant materials such as polymers is increasingly providing today’s machine designers with practical and effective products. A good example of this is the high-speed polymer gearboxes developed by ROTALINK which have been successfully used for diverse applications, ranging from welding wire feeders to coffee grinders.
How additive manufacturing can boost machine reliability
Companies that rely on machines are continually seeking new ways to improve reliability and reduce operational costs. Neil Burns, director of Croft Additive Manufacturing, looks at how the manufacture of small components, such as filters, can play a significant role in improving operational efficiency and why machine builders should be taking advantage.
Principles and applications of the axial piston pump
Throughout the industrial workplace, hydraulic pumps provide a great deal of motive power, efficiently translating the rotary motion of a prime mover into hydraulic oil flow that can be easily routed and used for a vast range of tasks. One of the most common hydraulic pumps is the axial piston pump, which is used in many industrial applications as well as off-highway and mining. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager at Oilgear in the UK, explains the principles and applications of the axial piston pump.