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Latest Technical Articles
White paper: is it better to build or buy linear actuators?
This White Paper from Misumi considers the various options available to engineers sourcing a single-axis linear actuator and discusses whether it is better to build a unit from discrete components or buy one ready-assembled.
Using fieldbuses with multi-vendor automation systems
Steve Jones, General Manager of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), reviews the principles behind fieldbus communications and looks at the advantages.
Change to EN 1088 tightens guard interlocking requirements
Kevin Ives, a consultant with Pilz Automation Technology, explains the new addition to EN 1088 that makes important recommendations relating to the specification and installation of guard interlocks.
Beware of changing regulations for electrical equipment
Terry Spriggs, a product specialist at Hylec-APL, explains why designers operating in the industrial sector should take note of changes to European regulations covering domestic appliances.
How the EU can lead the way on climate change
Jeff Whiting, Energy Spokesman for Mitsubishi Electric, believes that recent developments mean the EU will lead the way on climate change and reap major benefits.
An introduction to hazardous areas, ATEX and IECEx
This article from Kopex International explains the different types of hazardous areas, the European ATEX Directive and the similar international IECEx scheme.
Corrosion protection for bearings - the many alternatives
Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK, explains the importance of selecting the correct coating or corrosion-resistant material for rolling bearings destined to operate in harsh environments.
How to build a stepper motor control system
This article from National Instruments explains how a stepper motor control system can be built in just three easy steps.
Looking ahead to the new Machinery Directive
TRL Compliance offers some pointers towards the forthcoming changes to the European Machinery Directive.
Forecasting the future of machine-to-machine communication
This article from Lantronix looks at what is needed to bring about wider acceptance of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and how M2M will evolve in the not-too-distant future.
Why machines should have built-in condition monitoring
Jon Severn, Editor of MachineBuilding.net, outlines the arguments in favour of installing condition monitoring equipment on new machinery - as well as the benefits of retrofitting such systems.
The differences between EN 1050 and EN ISO 14121-1
Machine builders are generally comfortable with using EN 1050 for performing risk assessments, but now that standard has been superseded. This article highlights the differences between EN 1050 and its replacement, EN ISO 14121-1.