MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Artificial intelligence for product research and development
What do the microwave, penicillin and Velcro have in common? All three were founded on an accidental discovery. With the rate of technological change faster than ever, companies can’t leave their research and development (R&D) to chance. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a role in product development.
Putting the customer at the centre of your digital strategy
Colin Masson, global industry director of manufacturing solutions at Microsoft and a strategic advisor to major automation vendors such as Invensys and Rockwell Automation, says manufacturers need to break down internal barriers to deliver highly tailored products and services.
Lee Spring Extension Springs complete the assembly
Extension Springs from Lee Spring provide a solution to problems of linking components in a way that absorbs and stores energy, as well as creating resistance to a pulling force. They are pre-loaded to create an initial resistance which keeps linked components in place with a variety of end types possible. Where pre-load is not required they can be supplied with inter-coil spacing for zero initial tension.
Safety in automation: monitoring systems for crane brakes
As global port operators increasingly utilise more advanced IT systems within both manned and unmanned cranes and container handling equipment, the subject of automation remains a much discussed topic.
What eggs can teach us about traceability
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs themselves being contaminated, but also egg products such as sandwich fillers. Here, Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit, looks at what the scandal can teach food manufacturers about the importance of traceability processes.
Precision control for CIP processes
Clean-in-place (CIP) has been used for maintaining the cleanliness of process equipment in the pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries for over 50 years. However, specifying the most appropriate valves and sensors to control a CIP process can make a huge difference in terms of how effective and efficient the system is, which in-turn has a significant impact on operating costs.
The state of Time-Sensitive Networking in the IIoT
Recent market reports recognise the Industrial Internet of Things as a burgeoning opportunity and game changer for the industrial automation equipment market. A 2017 report from IHS forecasts the industrial sector as being one-third of the total connected IoT devices by 2020 (Source: IoT Trend Watch).
Exploring the benefits of the PLCnext Technology Platform
Tony Deane CST/Technical Manager at Phoenix Contact, explains the company's new PLCnext Technology Platform and the benefits it offers in terms of technological capabilities and making the most of current and future programming talent.