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Isolating medical devices
The increased complexity of medical device setups is causing concern in the medical industry. As more and more healthcare professionals use a variety of electrical equipment as part of their diagnosis and measurement regime, there is a knock-on effect on the stability of the mains power supply. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director at REO UK, explains the importance of electrical isolation and good product design.
Industry 4.0: realising the revolution, cables and energy chains
Again this year Industry 4.0 will be the focus topic of many a seminar, conference and exhibition. Justin Leonard, director, igus asks: “Will the ‘smart factory’ concept ever become reality?”
Filling pallets – it’s not always as easy as it looks!
If you are currently stacking pallets by hand, have you analysed the manual handling aspects of the people performing this vital function? How high can they reach (safely), how many times do they have to twist, how heavy is each case or sack – is the finished stack ideal for transportation? Paul Wilkinson, Business Development Manager, Pacepacker Services, discusses optimising palletisation
Cyber-security: a journey, not a destination
Cyber-security has been a hot topic since the Stuxnet incident of a few years ago. Previously it was thought that securing the ‘top end’ of an organisation was adequate, but this incident and others like it completely changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture that previously had not been considered. Chris Evans, Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Automation Systems Division, explains.
Ditch the upgrade, source the obsolete part
Upgrades are a normal part of all aspects of life. Everything from phones, computers and hardware to software, cars and even partners can fall victim to the upgrade cycle. Should they be deemed to be in need of a refresh, there is always a simple way of doing it; whether that’s clicking a button, buying online or hanging out in trendy bars... However, if the process wasn’t so easy, would we be so willing to change?
Strong demand for uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
Frost & Sullivan’s new research into the strong demand for uninterruptible power supply (UPS), as industries in Europe are losing EUR150 billion due to power issues, raises some interesting points, especially in terms of manufacturers needing to introduce energy-efficient UPS systems.
How accurate are your radiometric readings?
A thermal imaging camera only reads the electromagnetic radiation it receives in a specific range of wavelengths. To display this reading the camera makes several calculations to convert data into actual temperature and one that is vitally important is emissivity.
EN ISO 14119:2013, new standard for guard interlocking devices
EN ISO 14119:2013, 'Safety of machinery - Interlocking devices associated with guards - Principles for design and selection', has been harmonised to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and supersedes its predecessor, EN 1088, on 30 April 2015. David Collier CMSE, Business Development Manager with Pilz Automation Technology, highlights the main changes to be aware of.