MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to save money when specifying process valves
Kai Feller, Product Manager for Process Automation at Festo, says customers often over-specify process valves, which can result in them paying significantly more than they need to. The following advice will help to ensure that the optimum valve is specified each time, resulting in cost savings but without compromising performance or reliability.
Bonding systems: A track record of safety and success
The use of bonding systems is gaining increasing popularity among machine builders as more and more come to recognise the potential advantages on offer. For instance, bonding systems enable manufacturers to incorporate new materials into their designs, combining their properties to best effect. Indeed, taking a design approach that embraces adhesives and sealants means that imagination becomes the only restriction in creating a new generation of class-leading machines.
Save time with automated cable identification
Well-identified cables often are a customer requirement. They are also necessary to deliver standardised cable assemblies and to produce more efficiently. However, identifying cables can be very time consuming, especially if it is done manually. By automating cable identification you can save time, comply with customer requirements, deliver standardised assemblies and produce more efficiently all at once.
Line scan bar - how it works, the benefits and applications
Stemmer Imaging has produced a short video guide that explains what a line scan bar is, how it works, its benefits, and some typical applications.
Solving the productivity puzzle with technology and training
With manufacturing productivity in Q4 2016 growing by 1.7 per cent on the previous quarter – but overall growth still lagging behind the curve – the UK economy continues to be haunted by the “productivity puzzle”. Engineering adhesives specialist Intertronics works with its customers to enhance their productivity in order to compete in both home and export markets.
Keeping the ball rolling: getting bearing lubrication right
Did you know that the slinky was invented by accident when naval engineer Richard Jones was trying to make a meter to monitor power on naval battleships? Jones dropped a tension spring, and just like that a world-wide phenomenon was born. But what about those accidents that are less happy, the one’s you don’t notice until it’s almost too late? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explores how to keep the ball rolling when standard bearing lubrication lets you down.
How to choose a surface coating technology
Modern coatings technology has been advancing rapidly in recent years; used to prevent oxidation, corrosion and improve wear resistance as well as provide protection from high temperatures, manufacturers are keen to exploit new coatings to improve the durability of their products. However, not all coatings are the same and the quality of the final product relies on high quality equipment and expert application techniques. Tony Brennan, Field Segment Manager Gas & Micro for Bürkert, looks at the various technologies used today and how they benefit modern industry.
Optimas - Driving growth and pursuing excellence
As Optimas EMEA & APAC President, Dan Jack has a key role to play in introducing the Optimas brand to a global platform. Having already served the UK and European markets for over 30 years, the group that is now Optimas has a proven track record as an integrated supply chain management and logistical services provider. Despite being a new brand, Optimas has over 30 years’ of heritage as a global provider of integrated supply chain systems and engineering support focused on delivering highly engineered fasteners to manufacturers around the world.