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Solenoid valves - an enduring design refined over time
The humble solenoid has been with us since the early 1900s, and since its invention it has seen a number of developments that have enabled it to provide control over a wide range of applications. From water and gas handling to hygienic and micro fluidic applications, each has its own challenges that have led to a range of designs for the mechanism and the coils. Paul Trevitt, Operations & Engineering Manager for Bürkert UK & Ireland, looks at the improvements in design that have allowed an increasing number of processes to rely on this essential device.
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The future of open automation networks – gigabit CC-Link IE
Since 2013’s Hannover fair, the topic of Industry 4.0 has become of key interest to everyone in the automation community and the customers who depend on them for innovative products. In general terms, Industry 4.0 is seen as the next big change in manufacturing, where so called “cyber physical systems” and the Internet of Things will provide significant benefits to increase the capabilities, efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing systems in general.
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Intelligent control for food processors
The general trends in the automation of food processing have been heading towards more precise control and more information being gathered at device level. It is important for process engineers to appreciate which control structure would be most appropriate for their particular application.
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Machine design tips to minimise risk of Legionnaires' Disease
Steven Booth of Guardian Air and Water Hygiene outlines the steps that machine builders need to take when designing new plant to minimise the risk of Legionnaires' Disease developing at a later date.
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Superconductors and their potential for industrial automation
For the industrial automation sector, superconductor technology is still in the development / demonstration stage. Their special properties show early promise for solving specific industrial automation issues and opening up completely new application fields of the future.
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How to select the best material for an electrical enclosure
At first glance electrical enclosures are simple boxes, but choosing the best material of construction from the many available requires some consideration. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director for Spelsberg els UK, offers some advice.
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