MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Product recalls emphasise the importance of testing
Despite a multiplicity of tests that manufacturers have to perform on electrical products before they can go on sale, there are always some with defects that slip through the net.
Trouble shooter’s guide to motor maintenance and repair
A failed or underperforming motor can bring a busy production line to a complete halt, compromise a critical airflow, devastate a water supply or lead to any number of other issues. Here, Andrew McIntyre of TSJ Industrial in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire uses his wealth of field experience to suggest some simple solutions to potential problems.
Motor energy efficiency regulations tightened further
Philip Crowe, the Marketing Manager at Bauer Gear Motor GmbH, explains the new European Eco-Design energy efficiency regulations for electric motor drives.
What's changed in BS EN 62061:2005+A1:2013
What has changed and what is new in the amendment to BS EN 62061? David Collier, the Business Development Manager at Pilz Automation Technology, reviews BS EN 62061:2005+A1:2013.
What machine builders need to know about exporting to the USA
Paul Laidler, Business Director for Machinery Safety at TUV SUD Product Service, explains what European machine builders need to know about product testing for exporting to the USA and, in particular, the pros and cons of NRTL Certification and Field Labelling.
Mitsubishi Electric leads trend in motion and servo technology
User expectations for motion control and servo technologies are changing, with more emphasis being placed on ease of installation, energy efficiency, safety and productivity. Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric looks at the current trends and the future of these vital technologies.
Steam: how to manage it safely & efficiently
Steam is used in a wide range of industries for a variety of processes, from a basic small heating circuit to large-scale hygienic steam production. Greg Sutcliffe, Global Segment Manager at Bürkert looks at some of the basic principles that should be understood by maintenance engineers and facilities managers in order to achieve a safe and efficient process.
An effective robot needs an effective controller
Since the development of the first industrial robot, by George Devol and Joseph Engelberger, in 1959, which was controlled by a programme on a magnetic drum, robots and their controllers have come a long way. However, one thing remains the same – the robot would be useless without its ‘brain’, the controller.