MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
The five golden rules of PLC specification
With so many choices and configurations available to the user, how should you go about selecting the correct controller for your application? Mitsubishi Electric product manager Hugh Tasker offers his five golden rules for PLC specification.
Bespoke process control systems for the food & beverage industry
Process control systems that are unique to the food and beverage industry can be used to deliver higher levels of efficiency and reliability. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager .Hygienic - Food and Beverage for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the benefits of a bespoke control system, the features it should include and how to achieve the most effective system.
Closing the feedback loop is the key to servitisation success
Fabrizio Battaglia, Head of Manufacturing at HSO Enterprise Solutions, explains the vital role that ERP (enterprise resource planning) software can play for engineer-to-order manufacturing companies wanting to increase revenues through value-added services, commonly referred to as servitisation.
Replacing old or obsolete electrical resistors
They say that one man’s junk can be another man’s gold and, although one may think that the saying only applies to car boot sales, the maxim also illustrates the state of the industrial power resistor market. Here, Martin Nicholls, Sales Director at Cressall Resistors, offers advice to manufacturers and plant managers who need to replace old or obsolete electrical resistors.
The brake chopper size conundrum
Many drives manufacturers design and build their products with a seventh Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), in the form of a brake chopper, incorporated into the device. Here, John Mitchell, global business development manager of maintenance and repair specialist CP Automation, looks at the dangers of taking your IGBT for granted.
Overcoming the challenges of the packaging industry
As a famous fictional policeman once said, “the reason that the rich were so rich... was because they managed to spend less money.” What he meant was that although the rich may buy more expensive things, they buy products that will last longer and are therefore a better investment. Although the policeman in question was referring to boots at the time, the same is true of cars, phones, and even servo actuators used in packaging machines. Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains.
10 tips for evaluating robotic torches
The difference between the optimum robotic torch and an adequate robotic torch could mean the difference between hitting your weekly quality and productivity goals and scrambling to ensure on-time delivery. To help you select the correct torch for your application and to maximise Operational Equipment Efficiency (OEE), quality and profitability you should consider these 10 key points.
Maximising spring life
Goss Springs, based in Epping, have been designing and manufacturing industrial springs and press parts for over 65 years so it is fair to say that the father and son team now a thing or two about maximising spring life for their customers.