MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
PCB-based options are mighty minis for motor control
If you’re looking for high-performance control of DC brushed, brushless and stepper motors across multiple axes, the typical enclosed DIN-rail mounting box might be your first thought. But INMOCO’s Gerard Bush argues that in many general purpose automation applications, as well as in areas such as life sciences equipment, scientific automation and robotics, PCB motion cards, amplifiers and motion/amplifiers might well provide a better option.
Why bother fitting a torque limiter to a machine?
Whether you are designing a new machine or you are responsible for the operation and maintenance of a plant or piece of equipment, keeping costs down is always at the forefront of your mind. To be competitive you must always try to save money, or perhaps more specifically you must aim to spend your money in the wisest way possible.
Offline coders for high-end dairy desserts
According to Mintel, the chilled desserts segment was the only part of the desserts category to grow in both value and volume terms over the 5-year period from 2008 to 2013, reflecting the continued migration towards chilled from ambient and frozen desserts. Within the chilled desserts segment, single-serve, premium offerings are leading the charge. Many of these high-end desserts come in sophisticated pack formats such as stemmed sundae pots and ramekins. Whilst these shapely new designs add shelf appeal, they can cause headaches for the sleeve coding operation.
Offline coding to the rescue for FMD compliance
Thousands of pharmaceutical manufacturers and packers across the EU face the rather costly prospect of re-engineering their production lines to satisfy the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). Systems that carry out coding and inspection offline could be one way of easing the compliance burden. Richard Pether, Director, Rotech, explains further.
Adhesive dispensing with high repetition accuracy
Traditional pressure-time adhesive dispensing systems are suitable for many automated bonding and sealing applications, but they are not a good choice where an exact amount of product needs to be applied regardless of ambient temperature or viscosity. This is why Henkel has introduced a comprehensive range of LOCTITE dispensing systems based on the principle of volume change, a process which ensures consistent dosing.
Fast and secure implementation of Lockout/Tagout
Machine builders must provide maintenance instructions with their machines, which may include Logout/Tagout procedures. Lockout/Tagout can be a life-saver in maintenance operations, preventing many maintenance-related accidents, whether the MRO activities are outsourced or organised internally. While Lockout/Tagout is very successful, it does require intense preparation to implement. Based on worldwide experience, Brady can help implement best practice lockout/tagout programmes.
Inverted tooth chain developments
Rainer Albes discusses the characteristics of inverted tooth chain products from AVENTICS.
Automation payback – 10 tips for achieving ROI in 12 months
Machine builders and suppliers of automation equipment often talk about how their machines deliver optimum performance, boost workplace efficiency and increase output. However, for most, if not all customers, the return on investment (ROI) figures can be a real deal breaker. Richard Gladwin, Technical Director at system integrator Pacepacker Services, offers 10 powerful tips that can help automation to deliver an ROI inside a year.