MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
What are the benefits of using customised chains?
Many machines are completely reliant upon chains for their operation, so it makes sense to use the best chain possible and to get specialist advice when specifying a new or replacement chain. Derek Mack, UK Sales Director for Tsubaki, explains how a custom chain will often provide the best fit and deliver Total Cost of Ownership savings.
How AGV protective fields influence productivity
Dr Martin Kidman, Sick (UK) Product Specialist for Machinery Safety and a qualified Functional Safety Engineer, discusses AGV/AGC protective fields and the impact they have on productivity.
How can facial recognition improve productivity?
In 2018, Facebook faced a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explores the topic.
Bearing designs to enhance performance of offshore wind turbines
Two key factors are demanded of bearings used in wind energy systems: high performance and high service life under harsh conditions. This observation is especially the case in the offshore segment, where the capacities of wind turbines are still increasing. As a result, NSK recently commenced the manufacture of bearings for 9.5MW turbines and is already developing bearings for offshore turbines in the 12MW class.
Continued market growth is testament to the development of PLCs
The PLC versus IPC or PC-based control debate has been with us for over two decades now, with commentators making various predictions about the rise of industrial controllers with PC-based internals versus purely PLC options. Yet according the latest figures from Gambica the PLC market continues to grow. Mitsubishi Electric PLC product manager Hugh Tasker offers some thoughts on why.
Smart safety, Industry 4.0 and higher productivity
Together with the protection of people and the environment, smart safety can deliver multiple benefits to manufacturing companies. When safety devices and mechanisms are interconnected throughout the plant, safety compliance can be achieved more easily while productivity, performance and profitability are also improved.
How to succeed with your initial IoT implementation
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the enabler for new types of business model that will increase the bottom line for businesses and improve the range of services they can offer. Edge computing promises near-real-time insights and facilitates localised actions that are tuned to the needs of customers. In doing so, businesses can ensure they remain competitive in a rapidly changing world. Andy Penfold, Director of Offering Management at Adlink Technology, describes how digital experimentation with the IoT leads to innovation, and he also looks at options for creating a clearer path to innovative IoT.
Wrap spring clutches in state-of-the-art machines
With many industries embracing technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industry 4.0, it can be easy to overlook some of the simpler and more cost-effective options. For packaging and labelling, maintaining both precision and product positioning is very important for high-quality results and does not necessarily require the latest in servomotor design. Mathieu Ruault, Sales Director of Warner Electric, discusses the role that wrap spring clutches can play in state-of-the-art machines.