MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Motion and automation controllers explained
A motion control system is a system that controls the position, velocity, force or pressure of some machine. As an example, an electro-mechanical based motion control system consists of a motion controller (the brains of the system), a drive (which takes the low power command signal from the motion controller and converts it into high power current/voltage to the motor), a motor (which converts electrical energy to mechanical energy), a feedback device (which sends signals back to the motion controller to make adjustments until the system produces the desired result), and a mechanical system (including actuators, which physically produce the desired end result).
Light curtain options for high-efficiency pallet handling
In goods handling, maximising throughput is paramount for profitable business – but efficiency can never come at the expense of personnel safety. Pallet loading and handling is an everyday, yet vital, process in any factory or warehouse where safety and productivity have to be kept in balance. Sick Product Specialist for Machinery Safety Dr Martin Kidman, FS Engineer (TUV Rheinland #13017/26) considers developments in light curtain technology that are delivering commercial benefits for automated palletising operations, while protecting workers and meeting machinery safety standards.
Connectivity trends in the food industry
With the food processing industry under ever-growing pressure to reduce costs, boost quality, guarantee food safety and operate with smaller and smaller batch sizes, Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric looks at how trends in connectivity are helping to address these requirements.
Springs and fasteners: making the right choice with Lee Spring
Chris Petts, Managing Director of Lee Spring UK explains the importance of selecting the correct fastener or spring to suit application requirements.
Pacepacker forecasts the next packaging automation trends
In the last decade the packaging industry has profoundly altered. External market forces have projected robotics and automation into mainstream manufacturing, with labour efficiency and productivity, implicit in Pacepacker Services earlier work, continuing to be a key driver. The automation specialist’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson looks back on recent packaging developments and shares his predictions for the next decade.
How CAE tools boost machine builders' profitability
Manufacturing companies are increasingly turning to automation to help them retain their competitive edge, which means there is strong demand for machines of all types. But the machines are almost always needed quickly and often have to be designed specifically. How can machine builders respond while maintaining their profitability? Ken Christie, Director of EPLAN UK, has some suggestions.
EU Automation releases circular economy industry guide
EU Automation has published an industry guide for manufacturers interested in making their production method more sustainable by contributing to the circular economy. The guide can be downloaded, free of charge, from EU Automation’s website, under the Industry Guides section.
Persistent security – protect your business from cyber attacks
Tim Ricketts, Director of M.A.C. Solutions provides some useful hints and tips for businesses looking to improve the security of their Industrial Control Systems and better protect their business from cyber attacks.