MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Technology helps machine builders offer improved availability
With today’s end users within the food and beverage industry highly focused on overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), Omron’s Robert Brooks argues that there are real opportunities for machine builders to gain a competitive advantage by approaching a machine design with a similar focus on one of OEE’s core threads, availability.
Five challenges of creating The Industrial Internet of Things
The promise of connecting everything within an industrial environment to get complete operational visibility and allow for the best real-time decisions will transform how we manufacture for years to come. The premise for this next industrial evolution is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), says Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies.
Trends in M2M communication for industrial automation
The North Pole, the International Space Centre and even the Moon are amongst some of the world’s most surprising Wi-Fi hotspots. While consumer technology is becoming increasingly wire-free can the same be said for industrial automation? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of European Automation discusses developments in wireless machine to machine (M2M) technology, including 6LoWPAN.
How to choose the right material for your fasteners
This quick guide from Essentra Components will help you select the right material for threaded and other fasteners.
Changing industry standards: BS EN 61439 one year on
In 1998, Google was founded, the first Apple iMac was introduced and the legendary Windows 98 was released by Microsoft. In a less glamorous but equally important corner of industry, a new commission was being formed to revise the complex IEC 60439 industry standard, which governed the safety and performance of electrical switchgear assemblies. Although Windows 98 has long been consigned to history, the new industry standard – BS EN 61439 – only came into force on November 1, 2014. One year on, Pat McLaughlin, Boulting Technology‘s Operations Director, evaluates how original equipment manufacturers, panel builders, electrical engineers, consulting engineers and contractors have been affected by the new BS EN 61439 standard.
Revisions to machinery functional safety standard ISO 13849-1
Stewart Robinson, Principal Engineer and Functional Safety Expert at TÜV SÜD Product Service, a global product testing and certification organisation, discusses the forthcoming revisions to ISO 13849-1, the functional safety standard for machinery.
Controlling CIP / SIP in food processing applications
Implementing an effective cleaning process that will deliver the required hygienic standards requires expertise in valve design and process control techniques. It is important that both design and process engineers understand the importance of the right design, both in terms of the pipework and the control valves.
Energy efficiency – it’s a journey, not a destination
The UK Government has for many years used a carrot and stick approach to promote energy efficiency in companies and other organisations by introducing legislation and offering tax breaks or other incentives. Here Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at some of the current initiatives.