MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Soft starter or variable speed drive for your motor?
Motor starting can induce shock loads into the driven equipment and harmonic disturbances into the main supply. Jerry Hodek of Exico Electric Motors says both variable speed drives and soft starters will help reduce this effect and explains which option best suits an application.
Water-cooling for power supplies: the benefits
Using water-cooling for electrical devices has always a stigma due to the combination of liquid and electricity. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK, investigates the benefits of this technology
How to select the right shaft coupling for a rotary encoder
This article from Abssac offers some useful tips and advice for selecting the correct type of shaft coupling for rotary encoder applications.
Ten things you need to know about machine guarding standards
This article presents ten things that machine designers and specifiers should know about machine guarding standards, and the information will also be useful for production managers, health and safety managers, health and safety representatives and others with an interest in machinery safety.
Motors: the tip of the iceberg for drivetrain efficiency?
Fuelled by the introduction of more stringent IE efficiency classes, manufacturers are chasing headline efficiency figures which could only have been dreamed of just 10 years ago. There’s no denying that this is a positive thing for industry, but is motor efficiency just the tip of the iceberg?
Change bad gear oil habits: accurately monitor oil condition
Here, Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform at NCH Europe, explores how businesses can improve the effectiveness of their gear oil.
Modular automation control supports Industrie 4.0
This article from Pilz explains how a modular automation platform - for controlling both safety and standard automation functions across separate machine modules - supports the adoption of Industrie 4.0.
Intelligent rotary encoders help implement Industry 4.0
Jeff Smoot, VP of application engineering and motion control at CUI, discusses how intelligent rotary encoders can help machine builders implement Industry 4.0 principles.