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How food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation
This article from Fanuc outlines how food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation, typically for pick-and-place and packaging applications, with the company claiming that enquiries for this type of application are up 35 per cent compared with the previous year.
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A guide to selecting the right linear guidance system
With numerous designs to choose from, specifying the right linear guidance system can be a daunting task. Mike Hughes, Applications Engineer at Schaeffler UK, provides an overview of the types of system available, as well as their main design features and typical areas of application.
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Linear motion – think beyond conventional linear ball guides
Linear bearings have been an established technology facilitating linear motion almost since the dawn of time – in a crude form, early man used rows of logs to transport heavy loads, removing the last log and transporting it to the front as the load moved along the ground. Although modern linear ball guide designs are somewhat more advanced, it does not mean they are without constraints.
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Machine risk assessment guide, tips and advice
This online guide to machine risk assessment provides useful tips and advice for machine builders and users of existing equipment. By Jon Severn, MachineBuilding.net editor.
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How to identify the most appropriate motor starting method
The mains supply is coming under growing strain as industry regains momentum, so the chances of motor starting corrupting it are increasing. Various techniques for reduced voltage during starting are available and Jerry Hodek of motor maker Marathon Electric, explores which is best for different applications.
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On-site conveyor maintenance: parked-off brake increases safety
A heavily laden conveyor can have an enormous amount of potential energy, so has to be treated with the utmost respect if accidents are to be avoided. Steve Powell, Product Manager for Twiflex Ltd., an Altra Industrial Motion company, looks at parked-off conveyor brakes, and how they can improve safety during maintenance.
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Mobile harbour equipment automatically generates commercial data
Harbour sides are busy places, with ships docking, unloading one cargo, loading another and departing again as quickly as possible. Keeping track of all this activity and of their various and valuable cargoes is demanding yet vital, so it is best to automate as much as possible. Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd in the UK explains how the drive shafts of the various machines and mobile plant can instantly generate much of the information needed.
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Making the grade - achieving compliance with food standards
The International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is an internationally recognised certification which is intended to encourage consumer confidence and enhance the brand perception of companies involved in food production. It is argued that achieving the required standard can improve food safety and quality while also streamlining processes and improving efficiency. Marc Klingler, Segment Manager for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the areas which may require specialist attention.
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