MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Latest Technical Articles
Cyber security for industrial control systems
Karl Williams, a Principal Consultant Security with IPS, explains why industrial control systems need to be protected from cyber threats and offers one approach to this.
How machine builders can benefit from multicore technology
Jon Severn, Editor of MachineBuilding.net, met Javier Gutierrez, Product Manager for the National Instruments LabVIEW Simulation and Control Design Tools, at the NIDays Conference in London on 4 November 2008, where they discussed the use of multicore processors in machines.
Competency management for machinery safety
Dave Anderson, a consultant with Pilz who also manages the Pilz global competency management scheme, explains what is required to manage competency in the context of machinery safety.
An introduction to MIG welding
This article from Murex Welding Products outlines the MIG welding process and the types of application for which it is commonly used.
How to cut the life cycle cost of automation projects
Lenze explains how automation incorporating with motors, brakes, gearboxes and inverter drives can be designed so as to reduce the life cycle cost (LCC) and total cost of ownership (TCO).
A guide to specifying sintered self-lubricating bearings
Sintered self-lubricating bearings all look very similar, but how do you know what you are really getting? And how do you make sure you specify them correctly? The experts at Oilite offer the following advice.
Risk perception and behaviour management
This article from Corus Northern Engineering Services discusses the management of risk beyond the engineering measures that can be taken - such as designing-out hazards and using physical safeguards.
Industry's hidden threat from computer malware
David Robinson, UK country manager of Norman Data Defense Systems (UK), explains why companies in the manufacturing, process and utility industries are under a considerable and increasing threat from inadequate anti-virus provision.
What does 'as low as reasonably practicable' mean?
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, former Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains what is meant by machine risks being 'as low as reasonably practicable.'
Optimised pneumatic filters and other ways to save energy
John Hill, the Marketing Services Manger at Parker Hannifin's Pneumatics Division, explains how filtration technology can substantially reduce energy consumption and costs.
How to use housed bearing units to save costs
This article from NSK explains the benefits offered by housed bearing units, especially with respect to cost reductions.
An introduction to tolerance rings and their applications
Stuart Kelly, Appliance Product Manager at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Rencol, explains what tolerance rings are and how they can be used between mating components.