MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
IIoT: leveraging the power of cloud computing
In order to seamlessly integrate industrial data into the Industrial Internet of Things, a new communications platform is needed. Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, identifies the requirements and features of such a platform.
The future is (almost) now: Industry 4.0
Buzzwords fly around in industry like wasps at a picnic. Industry 4.0 is one of these hugely popular concepts, particularly when it comes to manufacturing. Here Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK, gives further insight into Industry 4.0.
Free Guide: How to select the right robot gripper
Andrew Mason, the Automation Sales Manager at R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited, discusses how to select the right gripper for industrial robotic automation applications, particularly when using collaborative robots.
EN ISO 14120 and electrically conductive parts of machine guards
Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety discusses the replacement of machine guarding standard EN 953 by EN ISO 14120:2015, with particular reference to electrical aspects.
Benefits of 'bottom up' installation for automation systems
The design and installation of automation systems is often approached with a 'top down' perspective, from the control platform down to the sensors and actuators. But Murrelektronik has adopted a 'bottom up' philosophy that it says is more cost-effective and efficient.
Why both new and existing machines need PUWER assessments
Neil Dyson, Business Line Manager for Machinery Safety at TUV SUD Product Service, a global product testing and certification organisation, discusses the need for PUWER assessments, even on new machinery.
Industrial gearboxes: you get what you pay for…
What constitutes value for money when buying an industrial gearbox? It would be a mistake to judge a product by its purchase price alone. Brevini is a manufacturer of power transmission and fluid power components for industry. UK Sales Manager, Dave Brown, explains how OEMs and end-users can rely on the expertise of suppliers to ensure they see the best value for money.
Why do motors fail?
Motors don’t just fail because they are old. We have all seen examples of how a motor, if properly taken care of, can far exceed its expected operational lifespan. However, these tend to be the exception to the rule, and nearly every motor will eventually succumb to age and fatigue if not adequately maintained.