Saturday 19/8/2017

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18/08/2014 - Top five things that go wrong with electric motors
There are a myriad of issues that can cause electric motors to fail. However, among this rogue’s gallery of problems there is a set of usual suspects that crop up more often than the others. In this post, European Automation's Jonathan Wilks has compiled a list of the top five causes.
08/08/2014 - Cartesian - the low investment for automation rookies
Since June 2013, Pacepacker Services has been working closely as a technology partner with Festo on twin-axis Cartesian style pick and place robots. When the need arose to build a robust, reliable solution for a food automation application, Pacepacker purchased Festo components to incorporate into a newly designed two axis Cartesian system.
28/07/2014 - Correct sizing of pipework and valves for steam applications ensures reliable and efficient operation
Steam is used in a wide range of industries for a variety of processes, from a basic small heating circuit to large scale hygienic steam production, involving specialist equipment which needs to be designed and maintained properly to ensure efficient and reliable operation of the process equipment.

Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Segment Manager at Bürkert UK offers industry leading steam training courses; here he looks at some of the basic calculations that should be understood by design and maintenance engineers in order to achieve a safe and efficient process.
07/07/2014 - Let’s talk about being smart
As news that homeowners are rejecting smart meters in their homes, hits the press, Schneider Electric's Barrie Cressey asks what people are really afraid of and addresses what is really going on behind the scenes of the smart world in which we live.
30/06/2014 - Get your coat on…
Specifying an enclosure for your application requires an understanding of the hazards that are likely to be encountered once installed, as well as the performance requirements that will be expected. Considerations such as tensile strength, security and ingress protection are relatively straightforward, and most well-manufactured enclosures should provide the necessary performance. But, how can an enclosure offer protection from extreme temperatures, electrical interference or any one of the thousands of other complications which can arise in industrial applications?

Chris Lloyd, Spelsberg UK Managing Director, explains how specialised after-market coatings can enhance an enclosure’s performance in unexpected ways.
18/06/2014 - Industrial Ethernet connects systems to improve energy efficiency
The drive to improve energy management has become so urgent that efficient installation and reliable operation have become imperative. Fortunately, there are many well-publicised technologies available to help. Here John Browett, General Manager (Europe) of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) explains how Industrial Ethernet is playing a key role in providing efficient and reliable solutions.
09/06/2014 - Changing trends in enclosure design and specification
One of the consequences of globalisation and the new age of technology is that even SMEs are now competing on a global scale. This global economy has increased competition which is great for consumers who can now demand high quality, low cost solutions or look elsewhere. But, what does this mean for OEMs and design engineers? How have the pressures of operating on a global market affected their demands and requirements on component manufacturers?

Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg ELS, explains the changing market trends in enclosure manufacture, supply and demand.
28/05/2014 - Guide to buying Industrial Connectors, from Electroustic
The term Industrial Connectors is broad and covers a vast array of connector types and brands from Rectangular to Power, Circular, Waterproof, Fibre, MIL spec and RJ45 etc. Ultimately it will be your application combined with the technical specification that will determine which connector you require; however a specialist connector distributor is a valuable tool when it comes to identifying and buying the right industrial connector for your requirement.
21/05/2014 - Heat Exchanger design and control is a ‘steamy’ issue
Heat exchangers are used in many forms across a range of industries, but one of the more common applications is in food processing where they are used to heat or cool a bulk food product. The process requires precise management to ensure that the correct heat transfer takes place, producing a food product at the required temperature while maximising efficiency. This requires expert knowledge in both steam applications and system design, both of which are areas where Bürkert Fluid Control Systems excels.
13/05/2014 - Silica Dust – much more than a nuisance!
With silica related deaths rising year-on-year, dust is a serious issue. How can we look to tackle the issue? James Miller, managing director at dust extraction specialists Dustcontrol UK explores the matter further…
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