MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Lockout/tagout: prevent 15-20 per cent of workplace accidents
Lockout/Tagout can save lives during machine maintenance and interventions in production facilities. Some 15–20 per cent of workplace accidents can be avoided with Lockout/Tagout, which is why the procedure should be part of any ambitious go-for-zero programme that bans accidents from the workplace.
Changes in machinery functional safety standard ISO 13849-1:2015
Stewart Robinson, Principal Engineer and Functional Safety Expert at TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains the changes in ISO 13849-1:2015, the new edition of this functional safety standard for machinery.
How to specify simple, reliable and adaptable screw jacks
Screw jacks are often the right approach for precise linear motion and positioning applications; they can even be supplied as a bespoke system complete with their own dedicated control system for particular applications. However, without proper consideration during the specification stage, it’s possible to miss some of the design advantages that the latest technology offers. Ian Carr, Managing Director of Drive Lines, explains the key considerations that should be made when specifying screw jacks.
Sensors and systems for intralogistics
Intralogistics require a variety of different sensors, all optimized to suit the different operating requirements. This article looks at some of the applications in this sector and some products that meet the needs – all of which are available from a single source.
Precise thickness measurement using laser displacement sensors
If measurements from two non-contact laser displacement sensors are evaluated together, the thickness of an object can be determined. However, the accuracy of thickness measurements is determined by a number of important factors and not just linearity, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing
Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete components supplier European Automation, discusses pervasive sensing techniques and technologies, and the impact they’re having on manufacturing.
Smart sensors reduce PLC processing overhead and boost uptime
Sick's engineers have been developing new 'intelligent' sensors that undertake some of the processing that would normally take place within the PLC or PAC. This article explains the advantages 'smart sensors' offer machine builders, system integrators and end users.
Advances in industrial and embedded optical communications
Carolyn Mathas of Mouser discusses the latest developments in industrial and embedded optical communications and how these can benefit machine builders, system integrators and end users.