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How to specify the right type of bearing retainer
In mathematics, Pascal’s triangle is an arrangement constructed by summing adjacent elements in preceding rows. It has applications in algebra, probability and is a useful model for calculating combinations – commonly referred to as “n choose k”. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director at specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explains how to navigate the seemingly endless choices in the bearing design process.
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Selecting the optimum material and finish for threaded fasteners
The team at Challenge Europe are used to dealing with questions of specification regarding materials and finishes of threaded fasteners. This preferably occurs early in the process of defining new assemblies, but may equally be of value at service or repair.
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Improving the efficiency of N+1 redundant power supplies
Marco van der Linden, UK Country manager for Puls, reviews advances in reliable power system availability in the event of a short-circuit.
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How dual loop control combats chattering and hunting
This article from maxon motor explains how dual loop control is used to fight drivetrain oscillations and compensate for gearbox backlash.
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Selecting materials for parts in the food and beverage industry
Hygiene, anti-corrosion and quick delivery remain key factors in the selection of standard parts and machine accessories for the food and beverage sector. But, with material choices ranging from different grades of stainless steel to numerous polymer compounds, how do you make the optimum choice for your application? John Marshall, Technical Manager at WDS Components Parts, discusses the merits of the materials available for the food and beverage industry.
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IIoT and Smart Technology, the challenges and solutions
Applying new technology to a physical process or manufacturing system is an essential part of progress; however, the practical side of implementing the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Technology solutions is bringing its own unique challenges. That, in turn, is leading to new automation solutions. Chris Evans, Marketing and Operations Group Manager of Mitsubishi Electric UK, looks at the latest challenges and solutions.
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What is the future of ex-stock and custom machine screws?
Machine Screws represent a technology that is now conventional, so in this article Challenge Europe poses the question “what is their future?”
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How torque sensors can provide real-time pump performance data
Factory automation continues to develop year-on-year and pumps are increasingly required to supply real-time operating data to control networks so that their performance can be monitored and adjusted to meet constantly changing production requirements. Hard-wiring a sensor into a pump’s rotating drive shaft usually requires the use of a delicate slip ring, but an alternative option is to use a non-contact radio-frequency detector, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology explains.
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