MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Reliable data connections for Industrial Ethernet
Data is everywhere and an integral part of today’s control and process industries. There is nothing new about the use of data in industrial applications, but increasing volumes and real-time demands present real challenges for system designs. Planning for future system requirements is therefore an important consideration. Building extra capacity into a system for future needs starts with the architecture and is reflected in the component parts.
Advanced automation technologies in food manufacturing
The food manufacturers who are successful in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing industry are the ones who can capitalise on fast moving trends, optimise their efficiency and productivity, best manage their supply chain logistics, and minimise waste. Chris Evans of Mitsubishi Electric looks at how advanced automation technologies can help.
Looking back helps power transmission engineers to move forward
Power transmission design is a moving discipline, one which requires practitioners to consider the challenges of tomorrow when designing innovations for today. It is natural that design styles move on and that, as technologies develop and industries progress, standard approaches change and modernise. However, any good engineer will tell you that it is important to learn from the past; sometimes an older principle can be the answer to an industry’s latest demands. Miroslav Slawik, Global Account Manager Basic Metal for Bauer Gear Motor, explains the evolution of gearbox design for high speed roller tables in the steel industry and how looking back may be the way forwards...
Using constant current control for metal purification
In the vast world of power supply applications, we can identify two main categories for regulating the power applied to the load. The first is ‘constant voltage’, where the control loop maintains a constant voltage to varying load current demands; the second is ‘constant current’ where the current is maintained constant to vary the voltage applied to the load. Giacomo Mazzullo of TDK-Lambda explains.
Selecting a laser welding system with confidence
Purchasing a laser welding system for the first time may seem a daunting task to the uninitiated. How do you know that you are talking to the right companies? Do they have the best system for your application? Happily, the process of selection can be simplified and decisions made with confidence, by considering the points below