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IP67 cable connections and more efficient machine building
Graham Traill, the System Solutions and Technical Projects Manager at Murrelektronik Ltd, discusses the IP67 trend and machine efficiency.
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The trials and tribulation of sourcing obsolete automation parts
Do you remember that time your car wouldn’t start because the battery died at the very moment you were about to set off on holiday? Or when the washing machine belt broke that day you really needed a clean shirt? It’s never pleasant when everyday technologies fail, but when equipment breaks down in an industrial production environment, the results can be ruinous. Here, Leroy Spence, European Automation’s sales development manager, explains how to limit the damages of a breakdown by sourcing the right component in record time.
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How efficient are your motors really?
Around the world, legislation relating to electric motor efficiency is tightening in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and damage to the environment. However, far less attention is paid to some of the practicalities. Here, Lucie Hodkova of Exico looks at how best to determine the efficiency of an installed motor.
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Design & maintenance crucial to avoiding water hammer
Steam is a very versatile and efficient carrier of energy and it is used in a wide range of industrial processes. It is intrinsically safe and frequently used in food and pharmaceutical production; however, it must be treated with respect. The apparatus used to convey and control steam must be properly designed and maintained to avoid energy losses as well as damage to boilers and other plant by water hammer, which can be particularly destructive when left unchecked. Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Field Segment Manager at B├╝rkert UK and Ireland looks at this condition and how it should be avoided.
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25 things you may not know about drives
Drives have been a key technology for industrial engineers for many years, but Matt Handley of Mitsubishi Electric thinks they can be underappreciated. Here he highlights some of the interesting facts about them.
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When is a machine not a machine? When it is partly completed
Derek Coulson* explains the differences between a machine and a partly completed machine with reference to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, and when it is appropriate to issue a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and a Declaration of Incorporation (DoI).
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Fact or fabrication: Busting the myths surrounding robotics
Pacepacker’s Business Development Manager Paul Wilkinson addresses the most common preconceptions about the use of robot systems in the food and drink industry and tackles some of the most persistent myths.
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Safe motion standard EN 61800-5-2: more than Safe Torque Off
Ross Fenion, the business development manager for drives and motion control at Pilz, offers an insight into the application of the safe motion standard EN 61800-5-2.
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