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Archived Technical Articles
Abrasives add value when cleaning and finishing metal surfaces
Nigel Willcock, of the Abrasive Systems Division at 3M United Kingdom, explains the value-adding role of abrasives in the cleaning and finishing of metal surfaces.
How to choose the right guard safety switch technology
Alex Bryce, the Sales Manager at Pilz Automation Technology, discusses the various switching technologies currently available for machine guarding, and the selection criteria that designers should consider.
Financial benefits of retrofitting open fieldbus networks
John Browett of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) explains how upgrading automated manufacturing processes using open networks can provide major cost benefits, while also improving system performance.
Improving machinability through tolerance management
Martin Raines of Clever4, the company behind the Tolcap tolerance analysis software, outlines five ways in which good communication and accurate tolerancing can be applied in order to predict and improve machinability.
Three-dimensional sensing versus machine vision systems
Ulrich Balbach, the manager of Leuze electronic's Sensors Division and chairman of the Electrical Automation board within the VDMA, explains how three-dimensional sensing can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional machine vision systems.
Non-contact transfer unit handles food and sensitive products
Trevor Osborne of Bosch Rexroth explains how Non-Contact Transfer (NCT) systems manufactured from PEEK can bring benefits to the automated handling of delicate food products and components in other industries where cleanliness is essential.
Choosing the right technology for positioning applications
Positioning applications are typically fulfilled using servo technology, but Lenze argues that many such projects can now be implemented more cost-effectively, and with adequate performance, using the latest generation of inverter drives.
How to use safety system design to boost productivity
George Schuster CFSE, a Senior Industry Consultant on Safety and Sustainability Solutions at Rockwell Automation, explains how the careful design of safety systems can improve manufacturing performance.