MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Retained fastenings for fixed guards - products and suppliers
This article reviews some of the retained fastenings for fixed guards (captive screws for machine guards) as required by the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the guarding standard EN 953:1997+A1:2009, which will shortly be replaced by EN ISO 14120.
When to integrate or separate safety and standard control?
Adam Hallinan, Customer Support manager at Pilz Australia, and David Collier, Business Development Manager at Pilz UK, discuss when it might be best to integrate safety and standard machine control functions and when it might be better to keep them separate.
Shop around for Standards
CE Marking of Machinery has been a requirement since January 1993. Before applying the CE marking, machinery manufacturers should compile a Technical File that addresses the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the Directive 2006/42/EC. Derek Coulson, Technical Advisor with Safe Machine Ltd has been assisting companies with CE marking of machinery since 1995, and provides some insight here.
Keeping their cool – marine clutches and brakes
The marine environment is very harsh, and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, Managing Director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and brakes, which play such a crucial role in a variety of applications.
TÜV SÜD warns manufacturers to be wary of wireless modules
TÜV SÜD Product Service is warning machine builders who integrate wireless modules into their products that they may be selling non-compliant equipment.
Lack of stores and stockroom investment can reduce productivity
Lack of effective store and stockroom processes and procedures is having a major effect on businesses efficiency, productivity and profitability. The warning has been issued from ERIKS due to increasing concerns that small, daily inefficiencies are continually reducing business operations, profits and tying up capital.
Removing contaminants from compressed air
Unlike other utilities, the quality and cost of compressed air are the user’s responsibility, meaning the user must understand potential issues affecting air quality, the major one being contaminants.
Gas detection from past to present
Testing for gasses has come a long way since the days when Victorian miners would take a canary down a mineshaft as an early warning indicator of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, methane or carbon dioxide. This article outlines some of the options available today for gas leakage testing, and Intrinsically Safe instruments for other testing applications.