MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Latest Technical Articles
EN 954-1 and ten reasons NOT to use it
Jon Severn, editor of MachineBuilding.net, suggests ten reasons not to use EN 954-1 for designing safety-related control systems for machinery, but rather to use EN ISO 13849-1 or EN (IEC) 62061.
EN 1088 - requirements relating to fasteners for interlocks
Paul Laidler of Laidler Associates explains some of the recent changes to EN 1088 in the context of the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC that comes into force on 29 December 2009.
Machined torsion springs offer advantages over wire types
Simon Cattle, Managing Director of Abssac, explains what can be achieved using machined torsion springs and what the benefits are compared with conventional torsion springs formed from wire.
Brakes enhance safety of servo-drive machines
Peter Anderson of Matrix International, an Altra Group company, explains how electromechanical brakes for servomotors help to make machines safer, more reliable and more controllable.
CANopen for applications in machinery
Holger Zeltwanger, Managing Director of CAN in Automation (CiA), introduces CANopen and explains how it is applicable to machinery.
Why machine builders should use 3D printing
Having previously been sceptical about 3D printing applications in the field of machine building, Jon Severn met Peter Hansford of Z Corporation at the TCT 2009 exhibition and was persuaded of the technology's potential.
Jigs, fixtures, nests and rapid manufacturing
Jon Severn met Richard Vaughan of First Cut at TCT 2009 and found out how rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies can benefit machine builders who need jigs, fixtures and nests for automated assembly systems.
Advantages of non-contact magnetic rotary sensors
This article from Variohm-EuroSensor explains how non-contact rotary sensors can benefit some types of application.
Practical innovation support for SMEs
Paul Radage, Commercial Manager at C-Tech Innovation, looks at three regional innovation support schemes that enable small and medium-sized enterprises to benefit from innovation support so they can improve their products, processes and businesses.
Financial and other benefits of DC to AC conversion
This article form Sentridge Control explains the benefits of switching from DC to AC drives - including the potential for making energy savings worth thousands of pounds per year.
New machine guards for old machinery
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the importance of having adequate guarding on older machines that are required to continue in service for longer than might have been expected.
The benefits a holistic approach to plant maintenance
Phil Burge, Marketing Manager at SKF, explains how a holistic approach to plant maintenance can have a significant impact on productivity and profitability.