MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
IEC 60034-1 electric motor duty cycles explained
Motor Technology Ltd offers the following advice relating to duty cycles for electric motors.
The big challenge for operators of ever-larger wind turbines
The increasing demand for wind energy is driving the development of bigger turbines, which require larger gearbox components. The latest component technology – in particular, separable high-capacity cylindrical roller bearings – is supporting the development of these larger turbines, says Phil Burge, Country Communication Manager at SKF.
Measuring vibration for automation protection
Chris Hansford, Managing Director of Hansford Sensors, discusses the importance of preserving high levels of performance in automation equipment and how this can be achieved using reliable vibration measurement equipment.
Measuring shaft torque in challenging environments
Measuring torque on rotating shafts on a test rig is one thing, but the environmental challenges of real-world applications can quickly impact on the functionality and reliability of torque transducers, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology explains.
Sustainability and efficiency for pumps
Pumps are energy-hungry devices that make life difficult for engineering operators who are attempting to build sustainability. However, innovations in processes, management and technology are all enabling manufacturers to reduce waste and increase the productivity of pumps, and of plant as a whole. Andy Cruse of ERIKS explains how initiatives such as an organised action plan will significantly maximise pump efficiency.
Vibration monitoring in marine engine management
Challenges such as rising fuel prices and more rigorous emissions regulations have posed problems for marine operators in recent years. In the face of such challenges, a proactive vibration monitoring programme is one of the most effective options that can be applied, says Chris Hansford, Managing Director, Hansford Sensors.
Integrated modular systems are key to precise gas handling
The precise metering and controlling of gases has become one of the most crucial operations in processes across all industry types and applications: from medical equipment to laser and plasma cutters; to heat treatment and analytical technology; food processing and packaging to air handling and fuel cell technology – to name a few. The technology to achieve the required levels of control is complex, involving control of the widest range of gases, including toxic and aggressive types, often in harsh, hazardous environments; sometimes, in medicals for example, the technology makes all the difference between life and death.
Cost-effective vibration monitoring for smaller plant
Russell King, Managing Director of Sensonics, discusses how vibration monitoring can be implemented cost-effectively even on smaller plant such as pumps and fans, and introduces his company's VEL/GDC electro-dynamic transducer.