MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Advantages of negative-stiffness vibration isolators
Air tables are a well proven technology, but their usefulness as an efficient method for vibration isolation is now being challenged by more compact and effective negative-stiffness vibration isolators. By Jim McMahon.
Advances in plastic quick connects benefit industrial equipment
Ken Davis of Value Plastics, a Nordson Company, explains why plastic quick connect tube fittings are replacing traditional metal quick connects in mission-critical industrial and laboratory applications, bringing benefits such as enhanced ergonomics, lighter weight and reduced costs.
How to design state-of-the-art electrohydraulic drive systems
This article from Hydac Technology Ltd outlines some of the considerations when designing state-of-the-art electrohydraulic drive systems, and the techniques to apply.
Control signals – which option is best?
As process control systems continue to advance and the use of complicated networked systems develops, is there still a requirement for the simple analogue signal? Chris Hoey of Bürkert provides an insight into selecting the correct control signals to produce the optimum process control system.
Confined spaces can kill - understanding the current Regulations
Asphyxia, gas poisoning, fumes, fire and explosions are common hazards. Despite legislation and copious amounts of available information, injury and death in confined spaces still occur, sometimes with employers or employees being unaware of how the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 apply to them.
Remote machine diagnostics: integrating with end user security
For machine builders that offer remote access support and diagnostics for their installed machines, network security is often a critical factor in the end user’s selection process, says Dave Hammond, product manager Ethernet & Communications at MAC Solutions.
Ten things you need to know about machine guarding standards
This article presents ten things that machine designers and specifiers should know about machine guarding standards, and the information will also be useful for production managers, health and safety managers, health and safety representatives and others with an interest in machinery safety.
How to specify a modular perimeter guarding system
This article from Procter Machine Guarding, a UK distributor for the Satech cost-effective modular perimeter guarding system, outlines the characteristics of the two main Satech series and explains how to choose between them, taking into account both performance and cost.