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Infrared windows – a question of standards
The minimum requirements necessary for certifying a product to UL standards are usually sufficient to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the product; is that statement true or false? Well, in the case of an infrared (IR) window this is not necessarily true as specific application details must be factored in before its use can be deemed ‘safe’.
10 top tips for specifying test equipment
The PEAK Group designs and builds electronic test rigs for a wide range of products – from domestic appliances to aero engine controllers. Some of the company's products are truly innovative and offer new levels of effectiveness, rapidity and thoroughness. Karl Miles, technical sales manager at PEAK Production Equipment Ltd, offers 10 top tips for specifying test equipment, whether for use as a standalone test system or for incorporation as a test station within an automated manufacturing system.
Keeping control valves clean, inside and out
Modern hygienic fluid control applications demand very high standards in terms of cleanliness, not only for the components directly in contact with the process medium, but also for the external surfaces. Designing and installing complete fluid control systems that meet these stringent criteria requires expert design capabilities and innovative manufacturing facilities, as well as a considerable understanding of the applications. Ian Webster, Field Segment Manager, Hygienic Processing pharmaceutical at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the specific requirements of this sector and how they can be achieved.
Connecting motors to the Internet of Things
In the last few years, fitness tracking technology has been increasingly popular, with a range of devices available to help you become healthier, improve your fitness performance and ultimately live longer. These devices use non-invasive, easy to use sensors that connect directly to your smartphone or computer, giving you instant results to track your progress. At this year’s Hanover Messe, a new fitness tracker was announced. Only this time, it’s a fitness tracker for industrial motors. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial equipment supplier EU Automation discusses how this new development helps bring legacy systems forward.
Specialist technologies making Industry 4.0 a practical reality
The opportunity for manufacturing companies to harness the power of the Internet of Things and move rapidly towards Industry 4.0 is now becoming more and more of a practical reality, according to Bosch Rexroth.
Seven basic rules for good cables
igus has more than 25 years’ experience developing and producing cables for moving applications. Over 2 billion double strokes are carried out in its 2750m2 test lab each year. Here the company sets out the seven basic rules for good dynamic motion cables.
Graph technology and machine learning: making sense of big data
The theory of six degrees of separation, first proposed in 1929, suggested that every individual in the world was connected to anyone else in no more than five links. Today, social networking tools and graph technology can accurately map and extract valuable insights from the relationships between various entities in a network. Networks can also be analysed by machine learning, a technique in which a computer can adapt its own algorithms. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation looks at how both can be used to make sense of big data in the manufacturing industry.
Upgrading process safety with compact control valves
Manufacturers in the food and beverage industry are finding that they need to upgrade the safety on their process plant. Fortunately, compact valves and relatively simple changes to control circuits make this a straightforward task.