MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to extend an electric motor’s life
Motors play a crucial part in the production process for many industries. However, through extended use, motors can become worn and less efficient, driving associated costs up for businesses. Although many think the cost of the motor itself is the biggest outlay a business faces, studies have found that this makes up just 2 per cent of its life-cycle cost. With maintenance and repairs occupying such a large cost share in relation to electric motors, it’s in your best interest to extend the life of your electric motor wherever you can. Offering their expert advice, Houghton International explains the basics of extending your electric motor’s life.
Intelligent interlocking protects people and productivity
Fortress Interlocks is focused on machine safety and, while the product range still includes locks and keys, it now extends to complex electrical and electronic systems. The advent of Industry 4.0 presents another challenge, as we race towards 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. We expect many of our products will be in that number. It is a huge step from our original interlocks, which have been protecting the workforce since the 1950s.
Cyber attacks: heed the wise words of military tacticians
In order to better protect Industrial Control Systems from cyber attacks, companies should take heed from the wise words of successful military tacticians and the lessons learned from some of the greatest failures in military defence, says Tim Ricketts, Director of M.A.C. Solutions.
Non-contact colour measurement sensors: factors to consider
There are several key factors that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at Micro-Epsilon UK.
The cost of functional safety for food processing
In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. An investigation revealed that this dangerous accident could have been prevented if a guard was in place on the machine. Here, Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB’s food and beverage programme explains how safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants.
Many threads on industrial screws and fasteners at Challenge
Metric thread forms are common across a significant range of fastener products, so that for example an M5 thread is the same irrespective of the head type or screw style. There are of course fine thread, extra fine thread and constant pitch series, but if possible these are to be avoided as their stocked range is not as comprehensive as it is for your more general coarse pitch threads.
ISO/TS 15066, Robots and robotic devices - Collaborative robots
PD ISO/TS 15066:2016 has been published by BSI as the UK implementation of the international Technical Specification ISO/TS 15066:2016. The following review outlines the document's contents and considers the implications for integrators and suppliers of collaborative robots (cobots).
Developing an alternative to Coriolis
Coriolis flowmeters first came into commercial use in the 1970s and ever since they have been developed and refined to meet a growing number of applications across a wide range of industries. However, where fluid density is not required, there is an alternative that offers all of the accuracy of Coriolis as well as addressing many of its substantial drawbacks.