MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
When should you specify standard, modified and custom gears?
Darren Reynolds, the Gears Product Manager at R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited, discusses the different situations in which it is appropriate to specify standard, modified and custom gears, particularly in relation to machine building.
Integrated design concept for bulk material-handling drives
When it comes to bulk materials handling, geared motors are used to power a wide variety of handling equipment from pumps to conveyors and bucket elevators. Different materials and operating conditions mean that each application can pose an individual challenge requiring expertise and a wide range of approaches in order to guarantee both product flexibility and universal reliability; real-world gains in efficiency, however, can only be achieved through an integrated design approach.
Design of bearings to add value in aviation applications
Bearings are critical components in aviation and defence applications. Nick Dowding, Business Development Manager at The Barden Corporation (UK) Ltd, discusses how the design of bearings can be optimised in order to ‘add value over life’ in aircraft actuation systems, auxiliary equipment and instrumentation applications.
Robots in food processing are on the march
There have not been that many robots used in food processing industries to date but we are on the cusp of a sea change, says Chris Evans, Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Automation Systems Division. Five years from now they will be very much the norm.
A–Z of electrical enclosures
Selecting the right enclosure for a particular situation requires some thought, as there are several issues to consider. Chris Lloyd of Spelsberg offers this aide memoire to some of the more useful points.
Five-point plan for best practice grease selection
With businesses under increasing pressure to improve productivity and safety while reducing costs, the importance of proper machine maintenance is growing. A crucial part of that maintenance is choosing the right grease. In a recent survey, ExxonMobil found that more than half of industrial equipment operators are unaware that selecting the right grease can positively impact the performance of their equipment.
Palletisers and depalletisers – make or buy?
Andrew Mason, the Automation Sales Manager at R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited, discusses palletisers and depalletisers, and the important question of whether it is better for machine builders to design and manufacture their own or buy-in complete standard or customised units.
Industry 4.0 needs smart devices
Industry 4.0, or the ‘Connected Industry’, is a huge talking point within the manufacturing sector. The ultimate goal is to produce smarter factories which are more resource efficient, more productive and more competitive in a globalised economy. This presents new opportunities for manufacturers, but also new challenges in order to implement the vision of a connected industry successfully. Lance Croutear, Business Unit Manager, Factory Automation, at Bosch Rexroth comments.