MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Managing obsolescence and maintaining production machinery
One of the principles regularly quoted by plant engineers is: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This isn’t always appropriate but when it is, it can relate to machinery that has delivered over 10, 20 or even 30 years with almost total reliability. The question is, what happens when the equipment’s age becomes an issue in itself? Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric shares his experience of managing obsolescence and maintaining, updating and replacing tried and trusted hardware in the field of automation technology.
Managing heat in electrical enclosures
Without proper consideration heat can easily build up inside electrical enclosures, triggering damage to the electrical and electronic components within. In addition, such heat can also lead to pressure variances which in turn can draw in moisture and cause problems. Chris Lloyd, Spelsberg UK Managing Director, offers a common-sense overview of the main concerns and their resolution
Multi-fluid hydraulic test facility ensures optimum performance
Designing and manufacturing electro-hydraulic products (pumps, manifolds, valves, controls and systems) requires considerable knowledge and expertise, especially when they are destined for applications in industrial, oil, gas, marine, aviation, civil and military applications where equipment availability is essential. Using advanced engineering techniques such as solid modelling, Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics, components can now be designed to meet requirements with minimal need for costly and time consuming testing. But what happens when components currently in production are needed to work in new and challenging conditions? This is where in-house testing facilities ensure that each and every product meets the requirements of the application in which it will be operating. Mike Harding, UK Design and Product Development Manager at Oilgear Towler, looks at the benefits of in-house testing for both the manufacturer and the end user.
How to manage quality and traceability for better PLC programs
How can the quality of PLC programs be measured? How is it possible to ensure documentation is always up-to-date? How can traceability be maintained throughout all phases of PLC development projects? This article from Itris Automation explains how a PLC Software Factory provides a solution to these problems.
Safety laser scanners: what are the most important requirements?
Leuze electronic is regarded as a pioneer in the field of area scanning distance sensors based on laser scanner technology. Even today, the number of companies that offer such sensors remains relatively small. This is no surprise, as the development of these complex devices requires a great deal of know-how, years of experience and the willingness to pioneer new approaches. What are the most important requirements and where will the next development lead? These questions can easily be answered by considering the new RSL 400 safety laser scanner.
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.
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.
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.