MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to manage PLC program quality in automotive production
In the automotive sector, high quality plays an important role - and this is already clearly visible in the production process. In order to handle the complex programs of logic controllers, it is advisable to introduce an analysis tool for measuring the quality. PLC Checker from Itris Automation has demonstrated in practice how it significantly enhances the quality of PLC programs written to run on PLCs from various suppliers.
PUWER Regulation 18 - Control Systems, and applicable standards
This article by Jamie Walton, Head of Consulting at Pilz Automation Technology, explains what you need to know about PUWER Regulation 18, relating to control systems, and the applicable standards.
Sensor triggering in production and process automation
When measuring the position of moving targets in production and process automation environments, it is important to understand the different methods of sensor triggering, their impact on measurement cycle times and the benefits they can offer over continuous measurement, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
A balancing act: the benefits of using counterbalance technology
Stewart Beck of Southco discusses the performance advantages of counterbalance technology when compared with alternative technologies available on the market.
Top three industrial trends in 2016
UK manufacturing has faced relatively uncertain times in recent years. The economic collapse of 2008 led to a hostile period of market instability, which coincided with a period of great technological growth – with few of these technologies being properly adopted due to costs. Almost a decade later, these advancements are at last becoming increasingly common in industrial sectors. John Cove, Marketing Manager of metrology and saw blade specialist Starrett, explores these current industry trends.
DCS versus PLC
The difference between distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) can be boiled down to a simple football metaphor. Your DCS is your captain. The first name on the team sheet, your DCS is dependable, hardworking and controls the whole outfit. Your PLC is more like a utility player – he’s nippy and doesn’t mind where he plays, but don’t expect him to be as reliable as your captain. Here, Mark Proctor, managing director of industrial spares supplier EU Automation, gives his player analysis of DCSs and PLCs in the modern plant.
Benefits of tape-and-reel delivery of non-electronic components
Tape-and-reel packing of surface-mount electronic components is now well established and widely used by circuit board assemblers and electronic device manufacturers. The technique is now also becoming rapidly taken-up by mechanical assemblers and manufacturers of electro-mechanical devices to help automate assembly. But have you ever stopped to remember what life used to be like in the days before this simple idea hit the factory floor? It is actually a really important question as we look towards the EU referendum, because the best way to summarise the answer is 'We moved production to Asia to save money.'
Two-speed gearboxes bring flexibility to machine tools
Getting the most out of machine tools means providing the ability to process a range of different materials and to be able to perform both high and low-speed cutting. Ian Carr, Managing Director of Drive Lines, describes how two-speed planetary gearboxes allow the cutting edge power of modern machine tools to be fully realised.