MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
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.
Metal detectors: the natural choice for food-on-the-go SMEs
Britain’s appetite for food-on-the-go (FOTG) looks set to continue, with greater product innovations, clean and healthy eating, ethnic foods and artisan local produce driving consumers away from the daily sliced bread sandwich ritual. Fortress Technology’s European Sales Director Phil Brown explores the implications that this has on the 6100-plus micro, small and medium sized enterprises who are catering to our more adventurous pallets and explains why metal detectors are the most cost-effective and popular route to protect FOTG suppliers from the most likely contaminant risk – metal.
A closer look at Harmonic Drive’s WavePlus technology
Sometimes, you only need one small innovation to make something revolutionary. Sliced bread, for example, simply took a stroke of inspiration for Otto Rohwedder to combine automatic bread wrapping equipment with cutting functionality. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of precision gearing expert Harmonic Drive UK, explains WavePlus technology, an innovative development in strain wave gearing.
Interview: Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots
In October 2016, Jürgen von Hollen joined Universal Robots as new President. After almost 2 months full of work, time has come to draw an initial summary. We asked Jürgen to share some insights with us on his personal impressions, his vision and the Universal robots strategy.
Will collaborative consumption change manufacturing?
Everyone has at least one old piece of clothing that they can’t bear to throw away. Believe it or not, the situation is similar with spare industrial parts. Manufacturers often keep a huge amount of spares, despite rarely accessing these stocks. Here, Robert Holloway, head of order fulfilment at EU Automation explores the effects of collaborative consumption on the manufacturing industry.
Ultraviolet considerations when specifying an enclosure
Specifying electrical enclosures for use in outdoor installations requires consideration of the possible effects of ultraviolet light, which can slowly degrade some materials. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK looks at the issues and suggests some guidelines for selection.
Selling cloud manufacturing ERP internally
Once you have made the all-important decision that purchasing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is the right move for your business, it’s time to gain buy-in from the rest of the company. This part of the process is important for two reasons: first, it is essential to gain the support of other parties because it is usually them who hold the power over major purchases, and second, you will need to make sure the ERP system works for every department to address their particular set of challenges.
Computer-aided engineering drives hydraulics to new heights
A modern car is far more than an assemblage of components. To achieve the levels of speed, comfort, handling, economy and safety required, each component will have had its design refined multiple times. The way they eventually work together as systems and sub-systems is indicative of layer upon layer of careful optimisation. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager of hydraulics company Oilgear UK, explains how the same dedication to technical processes can be applied to hydraulics systems.