MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Keeping their cool – marine clutches and brakes
The marine environment is very harsh, and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, Managing Director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and brakes, which play such a crucial role in a variety of applications.
TÜV SÜD warns manufacturers to be wary of wireless modules
TÜV SÜD Product Service is warning machine builders who integrate wireless modules into their products that they may be selling non-compliant equipment.
Lack of stores and stockroom investment can reduce productivity
Lack of effective store and stockroom processes and procedures is having a major effect on businesses efficiency, productivity and profitability. The warning has been issued from ERIKS due to increasing concerns that small, daily inefficiencies are continually reducing business operations, profits and tying up capital.
Removing contaminants from compressed air
Unlike other utilities, the quality and cost of compressed air are the user’s responsibility, meaning the user must understand potential issues affecting air quality, the major one being contaminants.
Gas detection from past to present
Testing for gasses has come a long way since the days when Victorian miners would take a canary down a mineshaft as an early warning indicator of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, methane or carbon dioxide. This article outlines some of the options available today for gas leakage testing, and Intrinsically Safe instruments for other testing applications.
Protecting drive chain systems – what are the options?
Drive chain systems are used in a vast array of applications, from the largest machines built by man – such as open mine bucket excavators – to the humble printer; and they all need some form of protection device to prevent overloading of the drive chains. However, there are a large number of options with various mechanical and electronic devices available. Greg Sharpe, Engineering Manager for Tsubaki Europe, provides some insight.
M2M communications bring sophistication to the water industry
The ‘Internet of Things’ is coming to the water industry, delivering new levels of data that will enable water companies to control remote assets with increased sophistication, minimise risk, ensure security of supply, save energy and meet ever more stringent EU directives. Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions & Software for Mitsubishi Electric, discusses the role of machine-to-machine communications as a driver for change.
The top five things that cause inverter failure
Jonathan Wilkins of European Automation, a supplier of spare parts for industrial automation components, outlines the top five causes of inverter failures.