MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How additive manufacturing can boost machine reliability
Companies that rely on machines are continually seeking new ways to improve reliability and reduce operational costs. Neil Burns, director of Croft Additive Manufacturing, looks at how the manufacture of small components, such as filters, can play a significant role in improving operational efficiency and why machine builders should be taking advantage.
Principles and applications of the axial piston pump
Throughout the industrial workplace, hydraulic pumps provide a great deal of motive power, efficiently translating the rotary motion of a prime mover into hydraulic oil flow that can be easily routed and used for a vast range of tasks. One of the most common hydraulic pumps is the axial piston pump, which is used in many industrial applications as well as off-highway and mining. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager at Oilgear in the UK, explains the principles and applications of the axial piston pump.
Retrofit safety using innovative control valves
The food and beverage industry has embraced automation – partly due to the necessity of reducing production costs, but also to help meet food safety standards and personnel safety legislation. By taking a modular approach to automation, plant owners can gradually introduce new technologies and expand the number of automated processes, in order to maintain productivity and keep up with the latest safety legislation.
Brexit implications for machine safety standards and regulations
Jeremy Procter, a Member of international and UK standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the implications for machinery safety standards and regulations of the UK referendum in favour of leaving the European Union, or 'Brexit' as it has become known.
Maximising heat exchange efficiency reduces costs
A heat exchanger is simply a device for transferring heat from one fluid or gas to another. Yet choosing the best suited heat exchanger for a particular application is not that simple and requires the supplier to fully understand your process and products so that the system delivers optimum performance throughout its working life.
OSHA and collaborative robots in the automotive industry
Prior to the Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies 2016 conference (August 17-18, Detroit), the organisers have published an interview with Matt Epperson, a Compliance Safety and Health Officer at OSHA's Department of Labor, who will be speaking at the event.
A comparison of blue and red laser triangulation sensors
Although red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been in use for more than 20 years, blue laser versions are also now available. Before selecting which colour to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Everyday ergonomics: metrology for the modern market
If you ever stay at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco, don’t be alarmed to receive a note from the staff advising you that the 35-story skyscraper may creak and sway in the wind. Even Dubai’s mountainous Burj Khalifa, weighing half a million tonnes, can flex back and forth by 2 metres at its 2717-foot peak. Everything in our world is flexible and even the largest of structures are susceptible to force. Here, John Cove, marketing manager at Starrett, explores the importance of force measurement testing and the role accuracy plays in product development.