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How Profinet can provide data for MES and ERP systems
Profinet is a powerful communications technology that can provide access to process data and information which is needed by MES systems. In this article, Dr Peter Wenzel of PI (Profibus & Profinet International), Karlsruhe, Germany, explains how it provides excellent support for MES and ERP systems.
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Temperature measurement on low-emissivity targets
Geoff Chapman of Calex Electronics explains how infrared sensor selection can make all the difference when trying to measure the temperature of low-emissivity targets inside ovens.
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Advice for spring design and specification
Michael Johnston, managing director of Lee Spring, explains how springs have changed to meet application requirements and offers some guidance on design and specification
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How to convert serial data for transmission on Ethernet
As industrial applications migrate to industrial Ethernet, the huge installed base of serial devices has been somewhat ignored. David Moss of GarrettCom Europe discusses how these devices can be successfully integrated at low cost, creating a 'dynamic serial edge' for integrated industrial networks.
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How and why to specify cable ducting on machines
Jeremy Procter, Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how and why machine designers should specify cable ducting, rather than leaving it to somebody else.
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How to design guarding for food and drink machinery
Jeremy Procter, Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards, and Managing Director of Procter Machinery Guarding, explains how to set about designing guarding for machines used in the food and drink industries.
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New and updated machine safety standards
This article from Procter Machine Guarding gives a useful summary of some recently introduced and updated standards relating to machine safety.
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How to specify liquid flowmeters - free guide available
Titan Enterprises has developed a guide to specifying liquid flow meters that will be particularly useful for OEM designers. It is available from Titan as a free PDF.
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Combining the benefits of hydraulics and pneumatics
Gary Dawson of Hoerbiger-Origa explains how the benefits of hydraulics and pneumatics can be combined within a single linear actuator.
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How to control liquid and gas flows with greater precision
This article from Roxspur Measurement and Control outlines how fine control of flow rates in liquids and gases can be achieved.
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Understanding how best to use VSDs with pumps
Mike Smith of the Deritend Group explains that retrofitting pumps with variable speed drives (VSDs) offers significant benefits through reduced energy consumption, but there are pitfalls to be aware of.
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Explaining the benefits of 3D machine vision
This article from Sick looks at the benefits that 3D machine vision offers over 2D - but it also emphasises that 2D vision still has its place.
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