MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
What is pushing the development of ‘future-proof’ SCADA?
With the role of SCADA changing within the industry, it pays for plant managers to become familiar with the trends that are shaping the development of next-generation SCADA systems. With modern technology pushing operating capabilities ever further, what key features will denote ‘future-proof’ SCADA? Paul Hurst, Director at Products4Automation, exclusive UK distributor for popular Progea products Movicon SCADA and Automation Platform.NExT, explores the characteristics of modern and future SCADA platforms.
The advantages of hardware-independent software
According to the Smart Factories and the Modern Manufacturer report, investments in smart manufacturing are set to drive a 27 per cent increase in efficiency over the next five years, boosting the global economy by a colossal $500 billion. Here, Lee Sullivan, regional manager for COPA-DATA UK, examines one of the key choices manufacturers will make during their digital transformation — choosing the right software.
Five ways to future-proof industrial products
David Kelly, Regional Product Manager at Southco presents five concepts that manufacturers need to embrace when future-proofing industrial products and applications in order to ensure long-term success.
The role of women in engineering
According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), less than ten per cent of engineering professionals in the United Kingdom are women, the lowest figure in Europe. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus are leading the way, with female engineers making up almost 30 per cent. Here, Helen Marston, engineer at specialist resistor manufacturer, Cressall, discusses the role of women in engineering throughout history.
Humans need a digital twin for zero unplanned downtime
Mark Homer, Vice President Global Customer Transformation for ServiceMax, discusses the concept of a digital twin.
How electrical interference can cause pacemaker issues
During the French Revolution, beheading was the preferred method of execution. The guillotine was used for thousands of executions, meaning there was no shortage of experimental material for biologist Marie Francois Bichat. Bichat tested the electrical stimulation of hearts, which was instrumental in the development of the modern day pacemaker. Nowadays, pacemakers are commonly used to maintain a regular heart rate. Here, Keith Armstrong, worldwide electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards, looks at how electrical interference can cause pacemaker issues.
Why it can pay to choose custom rather than standard sensors
Sam Drury, Sales & Marketing Director at Impress Sensors & Systems Ltd, explains why some engineers prefer custom pressure sensors over standard, off-the-shelf versions.
Load holding valves made simple
Load holding valves, also known as counterbalance valves, are a small but important part of any mobile machine. Though simple in design, their application can often frustrate even the most skilled and experienced engineers. Having a basic understanding of load holding valve operation and how to apply them can allow engineers to improve the stability and reduce cost in mobile equipment. Todd McIntyre of Eaton Hydraulics discusses load holding valves.