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Benefits of 'bottom up' installation for automation systems
The design and installation of automation systems is often approached with a 'top down' perspective, from the control platform down to the sensors and actuators. But Murrelektronik has adopted a 'bottom up' philosophy that it says is more cost-effective and efficient.
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Functional safety system cuts time to market for CNC machines
Implementing functional safety on new CNC machinery is an overriding trend in the metalworking machinery marketplace, reports machine control vendor NUM. And 2015 has proved to be the seminal year, as 100 per cent of NUM’s OEM customers who are developing new machines using its latest Flexium+ control platform are also adopting some level of functional safety. This major step change in technology is underpinning a growth rate of some 300 per cent a year in the company’s functional safety products, and NUM expects to see further major growth during 2016.
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Why both new and existing machines need PUWER assessments
Neil Dyson, Business Line Manager for Machinery Safety at TUV SUD Product Service, a global product testing and certification organisation, discusses the need for PUWER assessments, even on new machinery.
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Industrial gearboxes: you get what you pay for…
What constitutes value for money when buying an industrial gearbox? It would be a mistake to judge a product by its purchase price alone. Brevini is a manufacturer of power transmission and fluid power components for industry. UK Sales Manager, Dave Brown, explains how OEMs and end-users can rely on the expertise of suppliers to ensure they see the best value for money.
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Why do motors fail?
Motors don’t just fail because they are old. We have all seen examples of how a motor, if properly taken care of, can far exceed its expected operational lifespan. However, these tend to be the exception to the rule, and nearly every motor will eventually succumb to age and fatigue if not adequately maintained.
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Hygienic servo system design for food processing and packaging
Jon Howard, Managing Director of Heason Technology considers motion control and hygienic design for food and beverage packaging automation.
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Energy efficient obsolete technology now has a new name
You may already be familiar with the phrase ‘Eco Obsolete Technology’ (EOT), but you may not be aware of what it refers to or how it came about. The phrase was created by European Automation as a way of referring to obsolete technology that is energy efficient and therefore compliant with the latest energy efficiency standards.
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Industrial automation trends for 2016
Martyn Williams, Managing Director of industrial automation software expert COPA-DATA UK, highlights four industrial automation trends to watch in 2016.
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