MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Ten things you need to know about machine guarding standards
This article presents ten things that machine designers and specifiers should know about machine guarding standards, and the information will also be useful for production managers, health and safety managers, health and safety representatives and others with an interest in machinery safety.
Motors: the tip of the iceberg for drivetrain efficiency?
Fuelled by the introduction of more stringent IE efficiency classes, manufacturers are chasing headline efficiency figures which could only have been dreamed of just 10 years ago. There’s no denying that this is a positive thing for industry, but is motor efficiency just the tip of the iceberg?
Change bad gear oil habits: accurately monitor oil condition
Here, Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform at NCH Europe, explores how businesses can improve the effectiveness of their gear oil.
Modular automation control supports Industrie 4.0
This article from Pilz explains how a modular automation platform - for controlling both safety and standard automation functions across separate machine modules - supports the adoption of Industrie 4.0.
Intelligent rotary encoders help implement Industry 4.0
Jeff Smoot, VP of application engineering and motion control at CUI, discusses how intelligent rotary encoders can help machine builders implement Industry 4.0 principles.
Infrared windows – a question of standards
The minimum requirements necessary for certifying a product to UL standards are usually sufficient to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the product; is that statement true or false? Well, in the case of an infrared (IR) window this is not necessarily true as specific application details must be factored in before its use can be deemed ‘safe’.
10 top tips for specifying test equipment
The PEAK Group designs and builds electronic test rigs for a wide range of products – from domestic appliances to aero engine controllers. Some of the company's products are truly innovative and offer new levels of effectiveness, rapidity and thoroughness. Karl Miles, technical sales manager at PEAK Production Equipment Ltd, offers 10 top tips for specifying test equipment, whether for use as a standalone test system or for incorporation as a test station within an automated manufacturing system.
Keeping control valves clean, inside and out
Modern hygienic fluid control applications demand very high standards in terms of cleanliness, not only for the components directly in contact with the process medium, but also for the external surfaces. Designing and installing complete fluid control systems that meet these stringent criteria requires expert design capabilities and innovative manufacturing facilities, as well as a considerable understanding of the applications. Ian Webster, Field Segment Manager, Hygienic Processing pharmaceutical at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the specific requirements of this sector and how they can be achieved.