MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Preventing downtime, raising productivity in pharma production
The age of the blockbuster drug is over. The last remnants of this golden age of pharmaceuticals are slowly coming out of IP protection and being mass produced by a large range of companies. As a new day dawns on the pharmaceutical industry, Gayle Walker, operations manager at Novotek UK & Ireland, explains what pharmaceutical companies can do to prevent unnecessary downtime in production and raise production efficiency.
Time for machine builders to innovate with material selection
Machine builders are continually innovating but one area that is ripe for innovation is material selection. This article explores some of the opportunities available.
Developing a safety strategy for industrial environments
According to research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), manufacturing is statistically one of the highest risk industrial sectors to work in. With more than 3000 major injuries and nine fatalities occurring every year in the UK, can more be done to protect the health and safety of those working in industrial environments? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains what goes into making a workplace safety strategy.
How long until we are talking to robots?
Neal Welch, Mitsubishi Electric Business Manager for Life Science, explores how we interact with collaborative robots and how long it will be until voice activation becomes commonplace.
Thermal transfer or thermal inkjet coding? Time for change?
Richard Pether, Director of Rotech Machines, believes TIJ (thermal inkjet) is challenging TT (thermal transfer) as the coding technology of choice for many web-based applications
On-board artificial intelligence for machines and automation
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers significant benefits for machine builders and end users but this usually involves large volumes of data and cloud computing. However, as this article explains, multicore processing means that machines can have AI onboard, so data can be collected and actions taken in real time.
Constant force, constant torque, constant load springs
The Lee Spring extension type of constant force spring represents the most basic, yet most versatile, type of constant force spring. It is a pre-stressed flat strip of spring material which is formed into a virtually constant radius coils around itself or on a drum. When the strip is extended (deflected) the inherent stress resists the loading force, the same as a common extension spring, but at a nearly constant (zero) rate. A constant torque is obtained when the outer end of the spring is attached to another spool and caused to wind in either the reverse or same direction as it is originally wound.
What makes a corrosion-resistant bearing?
As the name suggests, corrosion-resistant bearings can be used in applications where corrodible materials wouldn’t suffice – think food processing, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical production and bearings for marine applications. But, what materials suffice? Chris Johnson, managing director of miniature bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains.