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The top three ways power quality affects your business
When lightning strikes sand a beautiful crystal, a fulgurite, is created. However, a lightning strike on the power grid is not as pleasant, as Google recently discovered. When lightning struck the local power grid supplying one of its data centres in Belgium – four times – several of the discs stored there were completely wiped. Here, Steve Hughes managing director of REO, takes a look at the top three ways power quality can affect your business’s electronic systems.
Ten top torque tips
Driveshafts deliver power as a rotary force, and in most applications there is a need to know the amount of power in the system. But getting measurements from a turning shaft requires some engineering ingenuity, so here Tony Ingham from Sensor Technology in Banbury runs through the basics.
The importance of Management of Change in alarm rationalisation
For the process industries, it is essential to manage change when making modifications to alarms and alarm systems. Management of Change (MoC) should therefore be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle, says Ian Brown, Alarm Rationalisation & Services Manager at M.A.C. Solutions.
Robotics key to making the most of our surgeons
According to research conducted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in 2012, it costs over £560,000 to train a surgeon. This includes investment from both the prospective surgeon and the NHS, a steep price, considering the fact that tuition fees aren’t getting any cheaper. There’s a lot of press at the moment about collaborative robotic advancements being a threat to employment, but when it comes to the medical sector, surgical robots may actually help surgeons get the most out of their educational investment.
Optimising measurement performance of IR thermal imaging cameras
There are many factors to consider when selecting a thermal imaging camera. While emissivity and wavelength are crucial when measuring the temperature of specific materials or objects, other factors such as ease of camera set up, software integration capabilities and compactness are equally important, says Glenn Wedgbrow, Sales Manager at Micro-Epsilon UK.
IIoT: leveraging the power of cloud computing
In order to seamlessly integrate industrial data into the Industrial Internet of Things, a new communications platform is needed. Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, identifies the requirements and features of such a platform.
The future is (almost) now: Industry 4.0
Buzzwords fly around in industry like wasps at a picnic. Industry 4.0 is one of these hugely popular concepts, particularly when it comes to manufacturing. Here Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK, gives further insight into Industry 4.0.
Free Guide: How to select the right robot gripper
Andrew Mason, the Automation Sales Manager at R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited, discusses how to select the right gripper for industrial robotic automation applications, particularly when using collaborative robots.