MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Reinvesting in your palletising operation: 2016 AIA tax relief
Since 2008, the HMRC annual investment allowance (AIA) has been revised four times and from 1st January 2016 will drop from an interim allowance of £500k to the highest permanent AIA ever of £200k. Managing Director of Pacepacker Services, Dennis Allison, shows how much £200,000 could buy you in automated palletising equipment, illustrates the ROI and explains why it is better to invest in new business assets than simply give the tax authority your hard earned profits.
EN ISO 14119:2013, new standard for guard interlocking devices
EN ISO 14119:2013, 'Safety of machinery - Interlocking devices associated with guards - Principles for design and selection', has been harmonised to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and superseded its predecessor, EN 1088, on 30 April 2015. David Collier CMSE, Business Development Manager with Pilz Automation Technology, highlights the main changes to be aware of.
Nanometre resolution non-contact confocal displacement sensors
Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK, discusses how non-contact confocal displacement sensors are helping companies to inspect the shape, size and surface topography of MEMS structures to nanometre resolution.
Resurgence for two-speed motors
Two-speed motors can bring flexibility to many machines, and more engineers are coming to appreciate the technology. Lucie Hodkova of Exico explains why they can be the right option for many applications.
Measuring pH in a food-safe environment
Food processing covers a wide range of activities all of which require both food safety and quality standards to be met to ensure that consumers receive high-quality products. One of the more vital parameters that plays a part in this is pH, since it governs both physical and chemical reactions during food production as well as inhibiting the growth of pathogens. Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Segment Manager at Bürkert UK, looks at the importance of measuring pH and the most efficient methods of achieving accurate pH control.
Precision power transmission component specification
Whether you’re building a prototype, starting a new production run or sourcing replacement parts, specifying power transmission components that integrate with each other, run reliably and fit to the necessary footprint can prove challenging. Once real life commercial considerations are also factored in it can be hard to identify the right options for any given project. Working with knowledgeable distributors, like Drive Lines Technologies, gives engineers access to expert knowledge which can increase the profitability of many projects.
Process control design – don’t let ATEX restrict your plans
Manufacturers have developed a huge range of products and systems that can be combined and integrated to produce bespoke process control systems. However, when the application involves operating in potentially explosive atmospheres, designers could be forgiven for thinking that the choice of design might be restricted...
The top three ways power quality affects your business
When lightning strikes sand a beautiful crystal, a fulgurite, is created. However, a lightning strike on the power grid is not as pleasant, as Google recently discovered. When lightning struck the local power grid supplying one of its data centres in Belgium – four times – several of the discs stored there were completely wiped. Here, Steve Hughes managing director of REO, takes a look at the top three ways power quality can affect your business’s electronic systems.