MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
A holistic view of machine safety and industrial security
In smart, networked production there is a growing need for secured communication. This involves aspects of machinery safety and industrial security in equal measure. For manufacturers and operators this requires a different, broadened approach to safety and security. But how great are the differences really and how important is a holistic view?
Everything you need to know about lead screws
This article from Abssac explains lead screws and nuts, which are still an excellent and economical way to convert rotary motion into linear motion.
How polymer strain wave gears complement low-cost automation
Tribopolymers are used wherever technology needs to be improved and costs reduced in moving applications. For gearboxes, these advantages are particularly important. igus has produced a short video to show the new strain wave gear, which is both lightweight and compact.
Industrial compressed air desiccant dryers: all you need to know
Andy Lill, Atlas Copco’s Business Development Manager – Quality Air, outlines the need for dry compressed air, looks at the operation of traditional heatless desiccant dryers, and reveals the benefits of the latest zero-purge desiccant dryer developments.
Matching bearing tolerances to shaft and housing tolerances
Stamping a low-quality metal with a high-quality machine tool probably wouldn’t result in success. But how many operators, unaware of the low-grade material, would blame the machine tool? This event serves as a reminder that pinning the blame on the wrong thing, in any scenario, is not helpful. But as Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains, similar scapegoating also takes place with bearings.
Ultrasonic joining: safe and reliable for metals and plastics
Ultrasonic welding is a well-proven and reliable method for joining metal or plastic parts. The areas of application for this technology are wide and varied, ranging from joining thermoplastic components and embedding metal inserts, through to joining wire cables, connecting wire cables to busbars, welding wire cable harnesses and contacts in the automotive and electrical industries, as well as packaging materials and special applications involving enamelled wires, foils and thin metal sheets. Although using ultrasonic technology as a method for joining metals or plastics may mean higher investment costs initially, when compared with other processes it is very often more economical in the long term when the tooling costs, energy consumption and joining quality are taken into consideration. In this informative article, Telsonic UK highlight the benefits that the process can bring to many welding and joining applications.
What is the future for food and beverage manufacturing?
Emma Ryde, Rittal’s Product Manager for Industrial and Outdoor Enclosures, discusses the pressures being faced by food and beverage manufacturers, and what they can do to respond.
A quick guide to extension springs
Lee Spring extension springs – otherwise known as tension springs – are useful for many operations in vehicle applications and elsewhere, for example as returns on engine controls, also farm machinery, horse boxes, caravans, trampolines, garage doors, medical devices, toys, washing machines/white goods, and in the construction industry. They are characterised by a loop or hook on either end which is connected to other components giving them extra strength and manoeuvrability.