Technical articles
Compair highlights the importance of compressor energy efficiency
With the global rise in electricity prices, the energy costs of compressed air have increased to as much as 91% of the total cost of ownership, and operators need to urgently review the efficiency of their system says Graham Read, product manager for industrial compressors at Compair.
Four factors driving the growth of Edge Computing
Greg Hookings, director of business development for the EMEA region at Stratus Technologies, examines the push of Edge Computing into the mainstream.
Toothed belt drive actuators are compact and flexible
The precise linear actuators from Norelem represent a standard solution available from stock to automate linear movements with ease. A toothed belt drive ensures smooth and synchronous transmission even of heavy and constant loads.
Four ways to make your vacuum system more efficient
Martina Höller, electrical technology product manager at SMC, outlines four simple ways in which you can reduce the energy consumption of your vacuum system, focusing in particular on vacuum ejectors.
Design considerations for choosing a linear rail
Japh Humphries, UK sales and commercial manager at Matara UK, looks at the considerations for specifying a linear rail, and highlights five common mistakes to avoid.
Optimising SCARA integration for improved performance
Integrating a controller that manages a machine and robots can mean faster development and greater reliability compared to connecting a separate robot controller to the machine’s PLC, says Tom Alexander, president of Trio.
The value of FLEX for system integrators
From bespoke code to customisable off the shelf software (COTS), we are now seeing a shift to the wonderful world of Software as a Service (SaaS). Ian Kilner, partner business development manager at SolutionsPT looks at the implications for system integrators.
A worked example for ROI on a dispensing robot
Peter Swanson, managing director of adhesives and dispensing equipment specialist Intertronics, shares a hypothetical worked example of the ROI of a dispensing robot for an electronics CEM.
Packers and processors need to adapt to wonky veg
Following this morning’s BBC news report that fruit and veg will be smaller and look different as the summer’s hot and dry weather hits crops, Scorpion Vision is advising processors and packers of fresh produce to consider upgrading to AI-powered vision technology.
Increased energy prices: tips on how to reduce your costs
The cost of electricity, gas and heating oil have risen dramatically worldwide and are placing a considerable burden on plant and machine operators. More than ever, the question arises of how electricity can be saved without major restrictions on daily operation.
Cyanoacrylate adhesives offer ultimate instant bonding solutions
If you are looking to reduce overall manufacturing costs, increase product reliability, performance and operating life, Henkel says its Loctite cyanoacrylate adhesives (ie, instant adhesives) may be just the bonding solution for which you are searching.
A safe and efficient future for food and drink manufacturing
Marcus Schneck, CEO of Norelem, looks at how the company’s range of hygienic design products offer several benefits to food and drink manufacturers.
Five ways to reduce compressed air energy consumption
In food manufacturing, reducing consumption of compressed air can yield big wins in reducing energy costs and your carbon footprint, but it can be difficult to know where to start and what energy-saving measures will yield the best return on investment.
Digital transformation key within industrial manufacturing
Marc Garner, vice president of the secure power division of Schneider Electric, examines the rise of digital transformation within industrial manufacturing.
Fluke addresses requirements to improve operational efficiencies
Rising energy costs and more stringent legislation guiding sustainable practices is spurring companies to re-evaluate processes and seek new tools and technologies to reduce waste and overcome challenges in today’s industrial environments.
Mitigating higher energy prices
Alexander Pavlov, general manager at Atlas Copco Compressors UK and Ireland, looks at how to reduce energy costs for running compressed air equipment and keep manufacturers competitive.
Transitioning from analogue to digital in your food and beverage operation
Kieran Bennett, Bürkert’s industry manager for food, beverage, chemical and petrochemical, explains why the transition to digital communications is easier than you think.
The fundamentals of thickness measurement
When selecting sensors for measuring thickness, the first step is to choose an appropriate method and measurement technology. The material, surface and thickness of the target play a crucial role in deciding which option is best for the application, says Glenn Wedgbrow, business development manager at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Entry level automation solutions inspire investment confidence
UK manufacturers across all sectors continue to face significant challenges as they strive to achieve full operational capability following the worst of the pandemic, the changing business landscape, and an ever-increasing cost burden.
Optimising actuator design for hygienic applications
Gerard Bush of motion specialist, Inmoco, explains the key considerations in actuator design food and beverage production.

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