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Controlling palletised loads moving in automated processes
Automated materials handling is a vital part of modern manufacturing, production, warehousing and distribution operations. Most loads need gentle handling and stopping, so here Ian Carr of Drive Lines Ltd explains the vital role played by stops and dampers.
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Collaborative technology is improving how we work with robots
Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, looks at how collaborative robotics is changing the way robots are helping the human workforce.
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Servitisation: why service revenue will eclipse product revenue
Spencer Earp, Vice President EMEA of ServiceMax, explains why machine builders can expect to increase revenues substantially by selling 'services' rather than just 'products' (machines) to their customers, adopting the approach referred to as servitisation.
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Can standard sensors be used for machine safety applications?
Dr Martin Kidman, a Safety Specialist with Sick UK, presents the arguments for and against using standard sensors for machinery safety applications.
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Cyber security of medical devices
Every year in Louisville, Kentucky, hackers and security experts gather for DerbyCon. While a get-together of hackers may sound troubling on its own, what’s truly disturbing is what came out of last year’s conference. Medical cyber crime is on the rise, and there are thousands of critical medical devices which can currently be located online and hacked directly. Rob Phillips, sales and marketing director of Accutronics, discusses the implications.
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Obsolescence challenges for the automotive industry
As the industry that introduced the traditional six-axis robotic arm to its production lines in the early 1960s, the automotive sector has, in some cases, stayed surprisingly stagnant when it comes to innovation. However, in the past few years the race to design and build self-driving cars, augmented reality windscreens and additive manufactured parts has started to gain speed. Here, Mark Proctor, managing director of industrial automation supplier, European Automation discusses the challenges the automotive industry is facing due to the latest automotive design expectations.
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No room for improvement? Consider cabinet-free drive technology
Space and flexibility are key issues in modern manufacturing. Chris Nevin, Industry Sector Manager at Bosch Rexroth, reveals why cabinet-free drive technology is a necessity in manufacturing.
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Manufacturer vs. distributor: the best of both worlds?
As e-commerce becomes ever more popular there’s no denying that more engineers than ever before are turning to the internet to source standard parts and machine tool accessories. Often offered at competitive prices and with quick lead times, it’s easy to understand why. But, with so many online distributors to choose from, how do you know you’re getting a product you can trust? Chris Putman, Sales and Marketing Director for WDS, explains why ordering direct from the manufacturer often allows you to benefit from the best prices, the best delivery times and the best product.
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