MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Retrofit safety using innovative control valves
The food and beverage industry has embraced automation – partly due to the necessity of reducing production costs, but also to help meet food safety standards and personnel safety legislation. By taking a modular approach to automation, plant owners can gradually introduce new technologies and expand the number of automated processes, in order to maintain productivity and keep up with the latest safety legislation.
Brexit implications for machine safety standards and regulations
Jeremy Procter, a Member of international and UK standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the implications for machinery safety standards and regulations of the UK referendum in favour of leaving the European Union, or 'Brexit' as it has become known.
Maximising heat exchange efficiency reduces costs
A heat exchanger is simply a device for transferring heat from one fluid or gas to another. Yet choosing the best suited heat exchanger for a particular application is not that simple and requires the supplier to fully understand your process and products so that the system delivers optimum performance throughout its working life.
OSHA and collaborative robots in the automotive industry
Prior to the Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies 2016 conference (August 17-18, Detroit), the organisers have published an interview with Matt Epperson, a Compliance Safety and Health Officer at OSHA's Department of Labor, who will be speaking at the event.
A comparison of blue and red laser triangulation sensors
Although red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been in use for more than 20 years, blue laser versions are also now available. Before selecting which colour to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Everyday ergonomics: metrology for the modern market
If you ever stay at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco, don’t be alarmed to receive a note from the staff advising you that the 35-story skyscraper may creak and sway in the wind. Even Dubai’s mountainous Burj Khalifa, weighing half a million tonnes, can flex back and forth by 2 metres at its 2717-foot peak. Everything in our world is flexible and even the largest of structures are susceptible to force. Here, John Cove, marketing manager at Starrett, explores the importance of force measurement testing and the role accuracy plays in product development.
Dispelling the myths surrounding linear guidance systems
Many engineers are comfortable with rotary bearing technology but view linear as complicated and over-engineered with complex maintenance requirements. Bob Love, Business Development Manager at Schaeffler UK dispels the common myths about linear bearing technology.
Lee Spring provides customer assist service to UK manufacturing
Across applications from engines to vehicle trim, kids toys to sophisticated medical devices and sensitive instrumentation to valves of many types, the Lee Spring capability to quickly create application-specific springs and spring components such as fourslide parts is putting a spring in the step of UK manufacturing industry.