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18/11/2013 - Advantech illustrates the perfect pyramid of automation
Global industrial automation leader Advantech has described the architecture of control systems using an easily understood, visual automation system pyramid. The model describes the role that Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition technology (SCADA) plays in relation to automation hardware, in acquiring and managing information from the field. This allows better control and decreases the cost of maintenance by storing and managing all data in a single control room.
 
12/11/2013 - What is the Expected ROI from Common Control System Migration Projects?
Upgrading the ageing control system of any machine involves the full or partial replacement of the existing control system with new control equipment, re-designed using modern control techniques and naturally with the option of using the latest, supportable technologies. Below we consider a few of the more frequently undertaken migration projects:
 
06/11/2013 - Is This the End for Standalone Industrial Routers?
Standalone industrial routers may not disappear, but their revenue market share is set to decline over the next five years to 2017, according to the report “Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Components - World - 2013,” from IHS (NYSE: IHS).
 
28/10/2013 - Tribology – a moving story
The performance of many machines in our everyday life such as cars, trains, airplanes, robots, turbines and compressors depends on contacting surfaces in movement. These surfaces often need to be lubricated for proper durability and energy efficiency. Without lubrication, the wear and damage they suffer need to be contained to reach the designed performance parameters. The knowledge needed to do all this is included in the science branch called “Tribology”.
 
14/10/2013 - Correct handling of bearings maximises operating life
Experience shows that up to one third of bearing failures can be attributed to improper handling and faulty mounting. Moreover, these problems get worse as bearing tolerances become more exacting, says Gary Hughes, Product Engineering Manager at The Barden Corporation
 
08/10/2013 - Enclosures 101: An introduction to electrical enclosure specification
Whether you're an electrical installer, design engineer or an OEM, the chances are that you deal with electrical enclosures on a day-to-day basis. While on the face of it the humble enclosure may seem to be one of the simplest components to specify, in reality the variety of choice available on the market may mean that the most obvious solution isn't always the best in terms of reliability and long term profitability.

 
30/09/2013 - Monitoring for automation by Hansford Sensors
There are two main types of accelerometer: AC accelerometers and 4-20mA accelerometers. AC accelerometers are typically used with data collectors for monitoring the condition of more critical/complex machines, such as gearboxes and turbines, while 4-20mA components are commonly used with PLCs to measure lower value assets, such as motors, fans and pumps.
 
30/09/2013 - Why Full-Power Wind Converters Are Not Overtaking the Market Yet
Austin, Texas (Sep. 24, 2013)—The global market for utility-scale onshore wind converters continues to be led by doubly fed (DFIG) converters, according to a new report entitled “The World Market for Wind Converters – 2013” from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical insight and information.
 
23/09/2013 - An introduction to vibration monitoring by Hansford Sensors.
Accurate data capture is vital as part of a predictive maintenance plan in modern manufacturing. Here, Chris Hansford, Managing Director of Hansford Sensors, explains how modern vibration monitoring technology works and offers advice on how to successfully install and use accelerometers.
 
20/09/2013 - Protecting the process through power conditioning
When failure is not an option - Ensuring the best possible customer experience

In the developed world, we enjoy remarkably reliable power supplies – typically available for 99.99% of the time. Businesses generally understand the need to ensure continuity of suppy by installing a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to support critical items of equipment, such as electronic point of sale (POS) positions in shops and restaurants, mass spectrometers in analytical laboratories, ATMs in banks and so on. But many businesses are generally not aware that even continuous power can carry a great many impurities through the line which can possibly cause sudden damage to equipment, but more frequently results in disruption to operations and hidden wear that will ultimately result in the failure of critical components.
 
 
  
 
    
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