MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Thermal transfer or thermal inkjet coding? Time for change?
Richard Pether, Director of Rotech Machines, believes TIJ (thermal inkjet) is challenging TT (thermal transfer) as the coding technology of choice for many web-based applications
On-board artificial intelligence for machines and automation
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers significant benefits for machine builders and end users but this usually involves large volumes of data and cloud computing. However, as this article explains, multicore processing means that machines can have AI onboard, so data can be collected and actions taken in real time.
Constant force, constant torque, constant load springs
The Lee Spring extension type of constant force spring represents the most basic, yet most versatile, type of constant force spring. It is a pre-stressed flat strip of spring material which is formed into a virtually constant radius coils around itself or on a drum. When the strip is extended (deflected) the inherent stress resists the loading force, the same as a common extension spring, but at a nearly constant (zero) rate. A constant torque is obtained when the outer end of the spring is attached to another spool and caused to wind in either the reverse or same direction as it is originally wound.
What makes a corrosion-resistant bearing?
As the name suggests, corrosion-resistant bearings can be used in applications where corrodible materials wouldn’t suffice – think food processing, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical production and bearings for marine applications. But, what materials suffice? Chris Johnson, managing director of miniature bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains.
Step-by-step guide to configuring a maxon ESCON speed controller
Amir Janjua, a Technical Engineer at maxon motor, explains how to configure an ESCON speed controller.
Three tips for achieving machine safety in the workplace
According to accidents reported under RIDDOR in 2017, nine per cent of fatal injuries were found to be caused by contact with moving machinery. In the self-reported list of non-fatal injuries, moving machinery was found to have caused seven per cent of accidents. Improving facility safety is critical to safeguard staff, but did you know safety can impact productivity and machine effectiveness too? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation, shares his three tips for machine safety.
IIoT, Industry 4.0 and managing cybersecurity threats
Tom Canning, VP of IoT Devices at Canonical, the company behind open-source software platform Ubuntu, discusses cybersecurity, the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.
Robots for clean rooms
Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells every 27 days, equating to around 1000 new skins in an average human’s lifetime. Even in a clean room environment, a worker will shed 600,000 particles of skin per hour. With this flakiness in mind, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains how clean room robots can eradicate the risk of human contamination.