MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Resurgence for two-speed motors
Two-speed motors can bring flexibility to many machines, and more engineers are coming to appreciate the technology. Lucie Hodkova of Exico explains why they can be the right option for many applications.
Measuring pH in a food-safe environment
Food processing covers a wide range of activities all of which require both food safety and quality standards to be met to ensure that consumers receive high-quality products. One of the more vital parameters that plays a part in this is pH, since it governs both physical and chemical reactions during food production as well as inhibiting the growth of pathogens. Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Segment Manager at Bürkert UK, looks at the importance of measuring pH and the most efficient methods of achieving accurate pH control.
Precision power transmission component specification
Whether you’re building a prototype, starting a new production run or sourcing replacement parts, specifying power transmission components that integrate with each other, run reliably and fit to the necessary footprint can prove challenging. Once real life commercial considerations are also factored in it can be hard to identify the right options for any given project. Working with knowledgeable distributors, like Drive Lines Technologies, gives engineers access to expert knowledge which can increase the profitability of many projects.
Process control design – don’t let ATEX restrict your plans
Manufacturers have developed a huge range of products and systems that can be combined and integrated to produce bespoke process control systems. However, when the application involves operating in potentially explosive atmospheres, designers could be forgiven for thinking that the choice of design might be restricted...
The top three ways power quality affects your business
When lightning strikes sand a beautiful crystal, a fulgurite, is created. However, a lightning strike on the power grid is not as pleasant, as Google recently discovered. When lightning struck the local power grid supplying one of its data centres in Belgium – four times – several of the discs stored there were completely wiped. Here, Steve Hughes managing director of REO, takes a look at the top three ways power quality can affect your business’s electronic systems.
Ten top torque tips
Driveshafts deliver power as a rotary force, and in most applications there is a need to know the amount of power in the system. But getting measurements from a turning shaft requires some engineering ingenuity, so here Tony Ingham from Sensor Technology in Banbury runs through the basics.
The importance of Management of Change in alarm rationalisation
For the process industries, it is essential to manage change when making modifications to alarms and alarm systems. Management of Change (MoC) should therefore be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle, says Ian Brown, Alarm Rationalisation & Services Manager at M.A.C. Solutions.
Robotics key to making the most of our surgeons
According to research conducted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in 2012, it costs over £560,000 to train a surgeon. This includes investment from both the prospective surgeon and the NHS, a steep price, considering the fact that tuition fees aren’t getting any cheaper. There’s a lot of press at the moment about collaborative robotic advancements being a threat to employment, but when it comes to the medical sector, surgical robots may actually help surgeons get the most out of their educational investment.