MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Five innovative uses for PLM
Jigsaw fanatic Graham Andrew, along with a team of over 200 people, tried to complete a mammoth 33,600-piece jigsaw puzzle in 2016, only to realise there were four pieces missing. With so many people and parts involved, this was a tricky task to undertake and organise, as is often the case in manufacturing. Good product lifecycle management (PLM) can help manufactures get it right first time, and not lose any valuable pieces along the way. Here, Geoff Turner, PLM consultant at Design Rule, explains five innovative uses for PLM that companies can use to help keep projects on track.
The importance of best practice in hydraulic fluid selection
Bosch Rexroth has restated the importance of choosing correctly rated hydraulic fluids to optimise performance and safety in mobile applications. The advice comes as the company issues its own Fluid Rating List recommending the most appropriate high-performance fluids for use with its hydraulic pumps and motors. This complements the requirements of international standards ISO6473-4 and ISO4006.
Working with ISO/TS 15066, technical specification for cobots
ISO/TS 15066 is the international technical specification for the safe implementation of collaborative robots. This article pools experience from consultants, suppliers, integrators and end users who have worked with the technical specification. *
Linear transmission engineering gets straight to the point
The need for linear motion is increasingly common, especially in areas such as automated assembly packaging and robotics, but also diverse applications such as retail displays, sports equipment and many other areas. This has led to a plethora of different linear technologies, and finding your way through this can be daunting. Matt Jones, a linear motion specialist at Drive Lines Technologies Ltd, offers a quick guide through the basics.
System Integrators are the vanguard of new technology adoption
When the client has explained what the goals of a project are then it is up to the System Integrator to translate those (usually function, price and performance) goals into a physical structure and a control platform – one that will not only deliver what the client is looking to achieve, but more often than not, also fit neatly into an existing control and management structure. This is by definition ‘system’ and ‘integration’. It also underlines why the role of the integrator is often at the crux of the adoption curve for new technology.
Henkel innovations underpin automotive lightweighting
Vehicle lightweighting is one of the automotive industry’s most prevalent trends, thanks largely to the presence of increasingly stringent emissions legislation around the world. It is estimated that every 100kg of reduced vehicle weight can save 8g/km of CO2.
Design and materials developments in standard machine elements
Nigel Pritchett, MD Elesa (UK) Ltd, signposts some key developments in materials and design associated with standard machine components for industrial machinery and equipment.
Bearing requirements for food and beverage manufacturers
When an Aldi customer recently discovered packs of KP-branded Hula Hoops inside a pack of the discount store’s own-brand products, the media was quick to reveal that both products were made in the same place. Consumers have long speculated that food giants produce both luxury and budget versions of goods for supermarket own-brands, but in the highly regulated world of food and beverage manufacturing, a simple mistake during packaging is the least of manufacturers’ worries. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains the considerations manufacturers must take when choosing bearings and lubrication in the food and beverage industry.