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Industry 4.0 needs smart devices
Industry 4.0, or the ‘Connected Industry’, is a huge talking point within the manufacturing sector. The ultimate goal is to produce smarter factories which are more resource efficient, more productive and more competitive in a globalised economy. This presents new opportunities for manufacturers, but also new challenges in order to implement the vision of a connected industry successfully. Lance Croutear, Business Unit Manager, Factory Automation, at Bosch Rexroth comments.
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Selecting the right grease for rolling bearings
Often overlooked by design and maintenance engineers, selecting the most suitable grease for a rolling bearing can prevent premature bearing failure, while also ensuring high reliability and optimum operating life, says Dr Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler UK.
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Dispelling the myth of arc-resistant windows
There exists a dangerous misconception regarding the ‘arc rating’ of infrared (IR) windows or viewing panes used for the thermal inspection of electrical systems. Many reliability and maintenance professionals are under the impression that an IR window will protect them in the event of an arc blast. Others believe the installation of IR windows will convert ‘non-arc-rated’ switchgear or electrical equipment into ‘arc-rated’ cabinets.
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Potato recall questions metal contamination prevention policy
Recent high-profile product recalls highlight the question every food business should be asking when deciding to invest in metal detection inspection equipment – how much is your company’s reputation worth? Here, Sales Director Phil Brown, at Fortress Technology, discusses the impact and consequences.
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Industry 4.0 in the Food and Beverage industry
The practical advantages that the new cyber-physical interface of Industry 4.0 brings are acknowledged by engineers across a range of industries. Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Automation Systems Division, explains how food and drink manufacturers in particular can benefit from the implementation of Industry 4.0.
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Energy efficient machines – a practical point of view
Pressure is being put on to machine builders and operators by regional and national governments to increase the energy efficiency of machines and systems. This is a huge challenge for our industry. On the one hand this is forcing manufacturers to investigate ways to increase the throughput of machines thus reducing the energy required to produce each unit. On the other hand, ways need to be found to increase the overall energy efficiency of the machine in total. This can offer the machine end users a competitive advantage as it can increase process optimisation. For the machine builder, however, it can mean time-consuming analysis and implementation. Graham Traill, System Consultant at Murrelektronik, takes a closer look at energy efficiency and how small changes can have a big effect for operators and machine builders
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Under Pressure – sensors in the spotlight
Pressure sensors are used in a whole range of applications, but understanding the differences in design and operation is crucial when specifying a new sensor. These vital components can facilitate a variety of tasks from displaying process information and performing control functions to operating alarms. Kieran Bennett, of process control specialist Bürkert, looks at the range of sensors available, the different technologies used in their design and how the application affects the specification.
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Vibration sensors for curve detection and derailment protection
Berndt Opitz, Development Manager at Micro-Sensor, part of the Micro-Epsilon Group, discusses how high-performance sensors are helping rail operators to increase train maintenance intervals by using curve detection and derailment protection with on-bogie vibration measurement.
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