MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Industrial automation trends for 2016
In 15 short years, rapid advancements in technology have changed the way we live. With each passing month, we’re introduced to new, innovative ways to play, eat, shop and communicate. But new technology isn’t just for consumers. In recent years, several waves of new technology have emerged and transformed the face of industrial automation. While traditionally, the manufacturing industry has been relatively slow on the uptake, a number of new trends are causing a growth spurt in industrial automation. By Martyn Williams, Managing Director of industrial automation software expert, COPA-DATA UK.
How to improve machine reliability using threadlocking adhesives
Robert Dunkel PEng, Director of Technical Service at Henkel Corporation, explains how the use of threadlocking adhesives can dramatically improve the reliability of machines assembled using threaded fasteners, partly due to the way threadlockers prevent fasteners from loosening, and partly due to threadlockers acting as a lubricant during assembly and removing the variability that occurs when tightening as-received fasteners.
Explainer: threadlockers, sealants and anti-seize compounds
Andy Bardon, a Senior Application Engineer at Henkel Corporation, outlines the main characteristics of threadlockers, sealants and anti-seize compounds, and explains how these different thread treatment options benefit machine builders, end users and maintenance technicians.
Constant development keeps chain at forefront of technology
Chain is one of the unsung heroes of the engineering world. Although a long established technology, it continues to develop and improve, so remains one of the most efficient methods of power transmission available today. Greg Sharp, Engineering Manager at Tsubaki Chain in Nottingham, looks at some of the recent developments and shows how they appeal to new markets.
Sensors for packaging
Packaging technology is diverse, as are the sensors that are used. Wet environments, harsh conditions, limited space: everything needs to happen very quickly. Efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness have top priority here: a true challenge for the sensors and their manufacturers. Leuze electronic is well positioned, as this article shows using selected case studies and sensors.
IO-Link and connectivity in the age of Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 will only become reality via standardised communication interfaces, since data and communication are key elements here. For this reason, IO-Link plays a prominent role with simple sensors, whereas Ethernet and Ethernet-based field buses are more prominent with sensors that are more high-performance and bigger.
Maximising bearing service life
Although every bearing has a pre-calculated service life, research has shown that two-thirds fall short of their potential lifecycle. Here Peter Townsend, product manager bearings at ERIKS, offers a 10-point plan to help customers get the most from their bearings.
Time to ride the wave of reshoring?
China’s slowing economy means it is time to jump on the wave of reshoring says Mark Anderson of Fascia Graphics.