MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Sensitive about sphere size: food inspection metal detectors
The standard technique for measuring the sensitivity of food inspection metal detectors is to use metal test spheres. Although this type of spherical testing tool is typically expressed by diameter in millimetres, in the real world metal contaminants are more likely to be non-spherical or an irregular shape. Phil Brown, Sales Director at Fortress Technology explains why spheres are used and why a size detection improvement as little as 0.5mm can cut the risk of metal fragments entering the production chain.
Pros and cons of alternative code reading technologies
Tim Stokes, an auto ident specialist with Sick (UK), discusses the alternative technologies that are available for automatic part identification, and how to select the right one for a given application.
Three things you didn’t know about IIoT
The human brain is a wonderful thing that works tirelessly from the day we are born until the day we die, only stopping on special occasions, like when presenting in front of large audiences. We have been studying the brain for many centuries, but we still know relatively little about the trillions of connections that make it work. Creating a road map of the brain is a bit like trying to map out the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is a concept that has intrigued industry for several years now, but much like the human brain, is not yet fully understood.
Efficient sealing systems in fluid technology
The market for high-performance fluid technology is growing all the time: hydraulic and pneumatic systems are increasingly in demand in mechanical engineering. The integration of new materials and state-of-the-art electronics is creating ever more intelligent drive systems in fluid technology. At the same time, fluid technology manufacturers are facing the challenge of constantly increasing the reliability and efficiency of their products. The joining process of adhesion plays a significant role here. Under its Loctite, Bonderite, Technomelt and Teroson brands, Henkel offers a full portfolio of adhesives and sealants that cater to the market requirements.
Reinvesting in your palletising operation: 2016 AIA tax relief
Since 2008, the HMRC annual investment allowance (AIA) has been revised four times and from 1st January 2016 will drop from an interim allowance of £500k to the highest permanent AIA ever of £200k. Managing Director of Pacepacker Services, Dennis Allison, shows how much £200,000 could buy you in automated palletising equipment, illustrates the ROI and explains why it is better to invest in new business assets than simply give the tax authority your hard earned profits.
EN ISO 14119:2013, new standard for guard interlocking devices
EN ISO 14119:2013, 'Safety of machinery - Interlocking devices associated with guards - Principles for design and selection', has been harmonised to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and superseded its predecessor, EN 1088, on 30 April 2015. David Collier CMSE, Business Development Manager with Pilz Automation Technology, highlights the main changes to be aware of.
Nanometre resolution non-contact confocal displacement sensors
Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK, discusses how non-contact confocal displacement sensors are helping companies to inspect the shape, size and surface topography of MEMS structures to nanometre resolution.
Resurgence for two-speed motors
Two-speed motors can bring flexibility to many machines, and more engineers are coming to appreciate the technology. Lucie Hodkova of Exico explains why they can be the right option for many applications.