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Robotic units in the bakery sector
Chris Sumner, MD of FANUC UK, considers why robotic uptake within the bakery sector has been lower than that in other manufacturing sectors.
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Meeting the new efficiency standards for power drive systems
Improving the efficiency of electric motors has been an on-going objective across the world, with several standards now in place to help achieve this goal. However, it is generally recognised that a broader view is needed to fully maximise the efficiency of the entire drive train. This requires engineers to take account of the efficiencies of the starter systems, as well as the equipment attached to the motor; which has led to the introduction of a new standard, EN50598. Yasar Yüce, Product Manager at Bauer Gear Motor, looks at the reasoning for the new standard as well as the implications for manufacturers and end users.
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Coupling options in metal manufacture
Selecting rubber-in-compression couplings as a cure for vibration and shock loading on arduous applications in the metal manufacturing industries can not only cut maintenance and downtime but also reduce operating costs and extend the life of the machinery and equipment to which the couplings have been fitted.
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Pacepacker tells £500k plant equipment tax relief secret
As specialists in automation packing, processing and palletising equipment, Pacepacker Services knows its fair share about boosting production efficiency. But when it comes to tax, it was their accountants that recently alerted them to a £500K tax relief incentive on plant equipment (including packing automation systems).
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Maintenance: how much is too much? Too little?
Dan Miklovic, a Principal Analyst with LNS Research, discusses how asset performance management (APM) can be used to optimise maintenance intervals, thereby increasing equipment availability and reliability while simultaneously minimising risk and costs.
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Efficiency clarifications: motors and VSDs
In 2014, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released a preparatory study that identified the environmental improvement potential for products outside the scope of Regulation 640/2009 of the Ecodesign Directive. This study is called Lot 30 and refers to special motors and variable speed drives (VSDs).
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Are we ready for a cableless future?
Did you know that until the 1960s, Boeing aircraft manufacturers used ferrets to carry cables to inaccessible areas? The animals were eventually retired because of a tendency to give up their task... or fall asleep. Here Darren Halford, European Automation‘s group sales manager discusses the role of the humble cable in today’s industrial applications.
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High-frequency drive users: are you breaking the law?
European Council Resolution (EC) No 428/2009 and its subsequent amendments cover the export of goods, software and technology normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications or may contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. With this in mind, the EU controls the export, transit and brokering of these 'dual-use' items as a key instrument contributing to international peace and security. This can have implications, for example, for suppliers of high-frequency drives and, importantly, machinery and equipment incorporating those drives.
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