MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
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.
Why barcoding is a must for a motor manufacturer
Late or inaccurate delivery of industrial equipment could derail the promised pickup of manufacturing activity, slowing the national recovery and compromising the idea of rebalancing the economy with a stronger manufacturing base. Lucie Hodkova, Sales Director UK & Eastern Europe of Rotor UK explains how overlapping technologies help secure accurate and timely motor supply.
Advanced grease lubrication enhances paper mill performance
With paper machinery often operating at speeds more than 2000m/min and steam temperatures exceeding 200degC (392degF), the equipment used in pulp and paper mills is continually placed under extreme pressure to perform. As a result, it is important for companies to select advanced lubricants, including greases, which can operate effectively in this environment.
How has the new IE4 classification changed the motor market?
The IE2 regulations effectively cleaned up the lower efficiency end of the market; if an application requires a motor to operate rarely, then its energy consumption is not so critical. Users just want the cheapest machine they can buy that will be reliable in that application; the IE2 regs are intended to make sure that new motors being supplied into these conditions meet a minimum standard of efficiency.
Compressed air safety on machines, and regulatory compliance
Ben Rickards of Norgren explains what machine builders need to know about the safety of compressed air systems on machinery, in the context of the relevant regulations, legislation and standards.