MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Seven basic rules for good cables
igus has more than 25 years’ experience developing and producing cables for moving applications. Over 2 billion double strokes are carried out in its 2750m2 test lab each year. Here the company sets out the seven basic rules for good dynamic motion cables.
Graph technology and machine learning: making sense of big data
The theory of six degrees of separation, first proposed in 1929, suggested that every individual in the world was connected to anyone else in no more than five links. Today, social networking tools and graph technology can accurately map and extract valuable insights from the relationships between various entities in a network. Networks can also be analysed by machine learning, a technique in which a computer can adapt its own algorithms. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation looks at how both can be used to make sense of big data in the manufacturing industry.
Upgrading process safety with compact control valves
Manufacturers in the food and beverage industry are finding that they need to upgrade the safety on their process plant. Fortunately, compact valves and relatively simple changes to control circuits make this a straightforward task.
Connectivity and servitisation deliver success for manufacturers
Fabrizio Battaglia, Head of Manufacturing at HSO, explains how true connectivity, in conjunction with servitisation, can deliver significant benefits for manufacturers who have traditionally focussed on selling 'products' backed by a conventional warranty.
Why a new generation of positioning controllers is needed
Biren Patel, the motion control engineering manager at maxon motor, discusses why industry needs a new generation of positioning controllers.
Top 10 level-sensing technologies
Level sensing is one of the most common functions for process control but it also uses a wide range of different technologies to achieve the same goal; it is therefore important to select the correct design for each application to ensure a reliable and accurate system. Greg Wainhouse, Midlands Area Technical Sales and Sensors expert at Bürkert UK, offers an explanation on some of the various designs available.
Thermal fluid: what unnecessary risks are you taking?
What would you think if you saw someone using a shopping trolley as a car jack? Or a newspaper and sunglasses as an improvised welding mask? You’d probably ask yourself why anyone would put themselves in that kind of danger. Here, Andy Burns, technical business manager at thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains why companies should never take any chances, especially where testing and analysis are concerned.
CE auditing and the need for specifications and documentation
Derek Coulson, a Technical Advisor with Safe Machine Ltd, offers the following advice on how to go about performing a CE Audit on machinery.