MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
EN ISO 14119 and an alternative to escape release devices
Rob Lewis, the Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, explains the revised EN ISO 14119 standard and looks at a preventative alternative to escape release devices.
UK OEMs deserve full support says Mitsubishi Electric
The UK OEM sector is keen to expand and improve its international competitiveness, and government officials are equally keen as this will help to rebalance the national economy away from an overreliance on financial services. Jon Sumner, OEM Solutions Manager for Mitsubishi Electric says that there are some vital issues to address, for success.
Retained fastenings for fixed guards
This article reviews some of the retained fastenings for fixed guards (captive screws for machine guards) as required by the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the guarding standard EN 953:1997+A1:2009.
Popularity of permanent magnet motors on the rise
The demands for improved energy savings combined with precision operation has increasingly led engineers to specify permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs), which are more efficient and accurate than an induction motor and a fraction of the cost of a large servomotor. Rick Munz, IHP product manager at Regal, explores this exciting motor option.
Usability and ergonomics of human-machine interfaces
This article discusses the benefits offered by the latest generation of human-machine interfaces (HMIs) thanks to technological developments that have enhanced ergonomics and usability.
Selecting bearings for industrial gearboxes
The requirement to improve the efficiency and performance of mechanical gearboxes has led to more powerful designs which, in turn, require bearings designed to deliver long service life. Understanding the role and design criteria for the different types of bearing within a gearbox is the key to ensuring the correct specification is used when constructing or repairing a gearbox, whatever the size. NSK is now using advanced materials and live predictive models to find the optimum product.
Benefits of Thin Client architectures in manufacturing
Rob Dinsmore, Product Manager for Availability at industrial IT provider SolutionsPT, looks at the benefits of using Thin Client computing within a manufacturing environment.
Glossary of terms: permanent magnet motors
This glossary of terms relating to permanent-magnet electric motor technology has been compiled by Bill Bertram, Managing Director of REGAL C&I Europe.