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Causes of bearing failure in agricultural equipment
In this article, Schaeffler discusses the various modes of premature bearing failure on agricultural machinery and recommends way to avoid them.
Safe maintenance and the influence of machine guard design
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee (Safeguarding of Machinery), former Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the role that machine guarding plays in improving safety during maintenance operations.
Advantages of mechanical torque limiters over electronic types
Techdrives offers advice on how to select the right mechanical or pneumatic torque limiter for a given applications, and explains the advantages over limiting torque using electronic devices.
Regenerative inverter drives - applications and how they work
Jeff Whiting of Mitsubishi Electric explains how regenerative inverter drives can be applied in industrial environments to save energy and deliver additional operational benefits.
How to save energy in hazardous area control systems
This article from Burkert Fluid Control Systems explains how energy can be saved in hazardous ex environments by using smarter and more integrated systems comprising valves, actuators and positioners.
SCADA system security - act now before your system is attacked!
As attacks on SCADA systems by the Stuxnet virus increase, Norman Data Defense urges automation specialists to review the security of their control system, as many will not currently be protected.
How to select the best illumination method for machine vision
This article from Stemmer Imaging discusses the critical issue of illumination for machine vision applications.
Machinery Directive harmonised standards - a word of caution
Paul Laidler, the Managing Director of Laidler Associates, recommends caution when deciding which 'harmonised' standards to apply when CE marking machinery in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.