MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Motor and drive efficiency: a joint approach for better results
Efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership are all terms that are at the forefront of engineering considerations; however, looking at items of equipment on an individual basis may not deliver the maximum benefits. By looking at the wider picture and combining the best technology from individual areas it is possible to achieve much more significant savings and efficiencies. Markus Kutny, Product Manager, Energy Efficiency Solutions at Bauer Gear Motor, explains.
Securing automation systems: a step-by-step approach
The big problem when it comes to security for automation systems: there are no simple solutions. This makes it all the more helpful when communication technology experts from organisations like PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) give users a hand by providing guidelines. PI also offers specific tests for testing and improving the robustness of devices to withstand denial-of-service attacks, for example.
Ensuring constant availabilty of onboard CCTV and WiFi services
For onboard rail applications, ensuring maximum availability of security and surveillance systems, as well as passenger Infotainment services, is critical. The cost-effective deployment, operation and maintenance of such systems are equally important, says Santos Muro, business development manager at Korenix UK.
The questions to ask when specifying an electrical enclosure
Engineers cannot be experts at everything, so they often bring in specialists to help out. And asking the right questions will help ensure a successful outcome to each project. Here, Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK identifies the key things to consider about electrical enclosures.
Servo users should not be seduced by power density alone
Servomotors are high-performance devices and represent all that is best in motor technology. Many engineers will feel a natural inclination to specify, top-of-the-range servos, every time, but clearly performance comes at a price. Gerard Bush of motion control specialist INMOCO offers some thoughts on how to select the optimum servomotor for a given application and how the technology will develop in future.
LifeSense hydraulic hose condition monitoring system
Alexandra Benz, LifeSense product manager at Eaton's Hydraulics Business, considers the issues relating to unexpected failure of hydraulic hoses, and proposes a solution that can help machine builders design and manufacture highly customised machines that operate reliably, for longer and at high levels of energy efficiency and safety throughout their service life
Making sense of real-time load measurement
The handling of dry bulk materials used to be a completely manual process, but it is now being increasingly automated in a drive to reduce both the costs and the risks of injury, while also increasing throughput and accuracy. We report on some of the new real-time load measurement technologies behind these developments.
Top ten tips for a safe workforce when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall, technical manager at Fanuc UK, explains why worker safety should be a top priority in all robotic applications and the steps that can be taken to avoid robot-related accidents when humans are sharing the same workspace.