MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Robots helping food processors future proof their plants
People need to eat, so there will always be a food industry. But people are also demanding, so price, quality and availability are the main forces that drive development in the industry. Ten years ago UK food prices were far lower than they are today – and since the bank collapse of 2008 many people have lower incomes. Food processers are aware of this and are increasingly looking to robots and automation to address their operating efficiency.
Electronic access control: physically securing medical equipment
Southco’s Simon Williamson discusses how intelligent electronic access systems can improve the security of confidential patient information within the healthcare industry.
Minutes to motion – linear positioning explained
Automation is essential if UK manufacturing is to compete against the low-wage economies of the developing world, and linear positioning is often a fundamental part of automation. Here, Gerard Bush of servo specialist INMOCO explains the design basics for linear motion systems.
The differences between guarding standards ISO 14120 and EN 953
Jeremy Procter, a member of standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how ISO 14120, the international standard for machine guards, differs from the standard it replaces, EN 953.
Bearing design for electric motors
As the development of more efficient electric motors continues to keep pace with upcoming regulations, it is important to ensure that all the components are engineered to the latest specifications, including the bearings. Tony Synnott, UK Engineering Manager for NSK Europe, explains how bearing design is affecting electric motor performance and reliability.
Sensors will define the future of production and technology
This past year it has been difficult to open an engineering magazine and not read about the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 or Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2MC). But all the hype and predictions will come to naught if sensor manufacturers don’t rise to the challenges before them, says Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd in Oxfordshire.
Why you should understand permanent magnet motor technology
Every sector of industry strives for improving efficiency and reliability in their equipment, so that they can better serve their customers. One technology set to redefine expectations is the permanent magnet AC motor, which is an increasingly attractive alternative to the currently ubiquitous induction or squirrel cage motor. Rick Munz of Regal assesses its advantages.
Retained fastenings for fixed guards - products and suppliers
This article reviews some of the retained fastenings for fixed guards (captive screws for machine guards) as required by the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the guarding standard EN 953:1997+A1:2009, which will shortly be replaced by EN ISO 14120.