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25/03/2015 - A fresh perspective
Chris Sumner, MD of FANUC UK, considers why robotic uptake within the fresh produce segment has been lower than that in other manufacturing sectors.
09/03/2015 - Breaking free from the clutches of mediocrity
Brakes and clutches are often the defining element in the operation and productivity of driven machinery. However, they are frequently taken for granted, so here, Mike Hemming, Engineering Manager at Matrix International in Scotland redresses the balance.
16/02/2015 - Crime and punishment: Do the proposed new penalties for health and safety offences fit the crime? asks British Safety Council
In a recent presentation, Neal Stone, Acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council addressed the issues:-
"The main theme of my presentation is the issue of ‘crime and punishment’ concerning those organisations and individuals who break the law – specifically health and safety law.
18/12/2014 - Do PLe applications need two interlocks?
There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. This debate has been going on for many years but really gained momentum in 2012 by the inclusion of a note in table D8 in 13849-2-2012:
Rob Lewis, Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, looks at interlock redundancy.

09/12/2014 - Top tips for keeping your workforce safe when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall, technical manager at FANUC UK, explains why worker safety should be a top priority in all robotic applications and the steps you can take to avoid robot-related accidents when humans are sharing the same workspace.
02/12/2014 - Why mechanical engineers should become familiar with the technology of permanent magnet motors
Every sector of industry strives for improving efficiency and reliability in their equipment, so that they can better serve their customers. One technology set to redefine expectations is the permanent magnet AC motor, which is an increasingly attractive alternative to the currently ubiquitous induction or squirrel cage motor. Here Rick Munz of Regal assesses its advantages.
More than seven in ten surveyed adults (71 %) across Great Britain say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy in their country, according to the results of a study announced today by Honeywell Process Solutions, a leader in automation and control systems for a variety of industries.
12/11/2014 - Replace and Recycle: Northern Industrial on the different ways you can benefit from obsolete automation
There are several ways in which you can get additional use or even make money from automation parts that are no longer needed. Leading automation supplier Northern Industrial talk about the different ways you can benefit from obsolete automation.
20/10/2014 - The questions to ask when specifying an electrical enclosure
Engineers cannot be experts at everything, so they often bring in specialists to help out. And asking the right questions will help ensure a successful outcome to each project. Here, Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK identifies the key things to consider about electrical enclosures.
14/10/2014 - Spotlight on business energy efficiency
According to the Carbon Trust, heating rooms and hot water can account for up to 60% of total energy usage in a business premises. Inefficient ventilation can result in around 30% heat loss in most commercial buildings, and air conditioning can increase energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by up to 100%. But here, Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy, explains the different technologies that can improve energy efficiencies in buildings across the board.
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