MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to choose an automation partner
Machine builders are increasingly thinking of their components suppliers as project partners and making extensive use of their system design and support capabilities. Derek Jones of Lenze UK offers some advice on how to select an automation partner.
Machine building, data, the IIoT and Industry 4.0
Dave Randall, Business Development Manager at Lenze UK, explains why machine builders and end users need to start thinking about the future by making sure the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, networking and big data are built into machines and components from the outset for the best results.
Top-three requirements for machine control systems
David Randall, Business Development Manager at Lenze UK, offers three key requirements for modern industrial control systems as seen from the viewpoint of machine builders and OEMs.
How to adopt modularisation in the Industry 4.0 era
Neil Beaumont of Lenze discusses the challenges and offers some solutions for integration and communications when adopting modularisation, particularly in the context of Industry 4.0.
Burkert: managing a culture of innovation
Many businesses dream of being led by innovation, yet struggle to generate the revenues that only large-scale manufacturing can deliver. Bürkert Fluid Control Systems appears to have achieved both, so how is a genuine culture of innovation balanced by commercial pressures? In a candid interview Bürkert CEO Heribert Rohrbeck explains his outlook and how a ‘techie’s’ take on the world can make for good business…
Bolt-on strain gauge sensors are versatile and cost-effective
Bolt-on strain gauge sensors are extremely versatile for industrial applications. The following article outlines some of the diverse applications for which these sensors are suitable.
Using 2D and 3D sensing technologies to safeguard machines
Compared with fixed and movable machine guards, some applications can benefit considerably from two- and three-dimensional safety sensors, with both optical and pressure-sensitive types of sensor having roles to play.
How to simplify the prototyping of embedded vision systems
In recent years there has been a rapid evolution of classical machine vision towards embedded vision. Although these compact systems have been made possible by the increased availability of small platforms containing extremely powerful CPUs, developing an embedded vision device can be very time-consuming and cost-intensive. To overcome these limitations, IDS has introduced an embedded vision construction kit that utilises off-the-shelf components.