MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Making sense of real-time load measurement
The handling of dry bulk materials used to be a completely manual process, but it is now being increasingly automated in a drive to reduce both the costs and the risks of injury, while also increasing throughput and accuracy. We report on some of the new real-time load measurement technologies behind these developments.
Top ten tips for operative safety when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall, technical manager at Fanuc UK, offers his top ten tips while explaining why operative safety should be a priority in all robotic applications, and suggests steps that can be taken to avoid robot-related accidents when humans are sharing the same workspace.
How food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation
This article from Fanuc outlines how food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation, typically for pick-and-place and packaging applications, with the company claiming that enquiries for this type of application are up 35 per cent compared with the previous year.
A guide to selecting the right linear guidance system
With numerous designs to choose from, specifying the right linear guidance system can be a daunting task. Mike Hughes, Applications Engineer at Schaeffler UK, provides an overview of the types of system available, as well as their main design features and typical areas of application.
Linear motion – think beyond conventional linear ball guides
Linear bearings have been an established technology facilitating linear motion almost since the dawn of time – in a crude form, early man used rows of logs to transport heavy loads, removing the last log and transporting it to the front as the load moved along the ground. Although modern linear ball guide designs are somewhat more advanced, it does not mean they are without constraints.
Machine risk assessment guide, tips and advice
This online guide to machine risk assessment provides useful tips and advice for machine builders and users of existing equipment. By Jon Severn, MachineBuilding.net editor.
How to identify the most appropriate motor starting method
The mains supply is coming under growing strain as industry regains momentum, so the chances of motor starting corrupting it are increasing. Various techniques for reduced voltage during starting are available and Jerry Hodek of motor maker Marathon Electric, explores which is best for different applications.
On-site conveyor maintenance: parked-off brake increases safety
A heavily laden conveyor can have an enormous amount of potential energy, so has to be treated with the utmost respect if accidents are to be avoided. Steve Powell, Product Manager for Twiflex Ltd., an Altra Industrial Motion company, looks at parked-off conveyor brakes, and how they can improve safety during maintenance.