MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Advanced grease lubrication enhances paper mill performance
With paper machinery often operating at speeds more than 2000m/min and steam temperatures exceeding 200degC (392degF), the equipment used in pulp and paper mills is continually placed under extreme pressure to perform. As a result, it is important for companies to select advanced lubricants, including greases, which can operate effectively in this environment.
How has the new IE4 classification changed the motor market?
The IE2 regulations effectively cleaned up the lower efficiency end of the market; if an application requires a motor to operate rarely, then its energy consumption is not so critical. Users just want the cheapest machine they can buy that will be reliable in that application; the IE2 regs are intended to make sure that new motors being supplied into these conditions meet a minimum standard of efficiency.
Compressed air safety on machines, and regulatory compliance
Ben Rickards of Norgren explains what machine builders need to know about the safety of compressed air systems on machinery, in the context of the relevant regulations, legislation and standards.
Do PLe applications need two interlocks?
Rob Lewis, the Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, looks at interlock redundancy in PLe machine safety applications.
Meeting fault masking standards using trapped key interlocks
Rob Lewis, the Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, explains the options for preventing fault masking (unintended resetting).
EN ISO 14119 and an alternative to escape release devices
Rob Lewis, the Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, explains the revised EN ISO 14119 standard and looks at a preventative alternative to escape release devices.
UK OEMs deserve full support says Mitsubishi Electric
The UK OEM sector is keen to expand and improve its international competitiveness, and government officials are equally keen as this will help to rebalance the national economy away from an overreliance on financial services. Jon Sumner, OEM Solutions Manager for Mitsubishi Electric says that there are some vital issues to address, for success.
Retained fastenings for fixed guards
This article reviews some of the retained fastenings for fixed guards (captive screws for machine guards) as required by the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the guarding standard EN 953:1997+A1:2009.