MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Single-source supply can reduce costs for machine builders
The automotive industry and other global manufacturing businesses have long espoused the mantra of a reduced supplier base in order to find assembly efficiencies and reduce costs. The real benefits are in a drastically reduced expenditure on development and a faster time-to-market for new products. The same benefits can be realised by machine builders of any size, confirms Mitsubishi Electric.
Database options: modern SCADA must support multiple formats
It is hard to imagine a current automation system working without the capacity to use some sort of database technology. The process data needed for effective control and analysis in order to improve productivity is becoming extensive. The result is that SCADA systems are needed not simply to perform their traditional supervisory control and monitoring role, but also to provide a platform to process, manage and store big data.
Rolling bearing selection – look at the bigger picture
When selecting rolling bearings for industrial plant, machines and equipment, it is important to analyse the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) not just the purchase price of the bearings, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Protect your Industrial Control Systems from cyber-attacks
Phil Neray, VP Cybersecurity & Marketing at CyberX, explains why the threat of cyber-attacks on Industrial Control Systems can no longer be dismissed by the ‘It’s never happened before’ argument.
Industrial screws: many sizes, many threads
Many imperial thread sizes are now either obsolete or trending towards obsolescence prompted by changes in demand patterns from countries such as the USA who are now drifting towards metric products. This increasing globalisation of metric threaded fasteners does not necessarily mean that all variations are commonly available, and it remains important that design engineers are careful in their selection. Whether metric or imperial it is always advisable to seek advice and avoid either paying premium prices or creating lifetime availability issues.
How to reduce metal contaminants and mitigate food safety risks
Consumer perceptions and a high-profile product recall can make or break a food brand. The damage, if left unchecked, can come back and haunt a company for years to come. Phil Brown, European Sales Director at Fortress Technology outlines why paying attention to metal contaminant risks continues to be the mainstay of a robust brand protection programme and why it doesn’t pay to take a maverick approach to product inspections.
Improving flow control in pneumatic conveying systems
For many industries, pneumatic conveying brings a number of advantages, not least the lack of moving parts and system flexibility. However, it is essential that such systems are properly controlled in order to maintain efficiency and the quality of the product in transit. Delivering effective process control systems requires an understanding of both the technology and the industry itself. Tony Brennan, Field Segment Manager, Gas and Micro for Bürkert, looks at the advantages of pneumatic conveying and how it can be maximised.
Are your Variable Speed Drives running at maximum efficiency?
While variable speed drives (VSDs) provide an important energy saving technology, Mitsubishi Electric’s Matt Handley questions how many of the installed base of drives are actually set up to run at their maximum efficiency.