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Lasers - cutting through the choices

There is little doubt that lasers have become a firmly established production tool for cutting within many industries and applications. Choosing the correct laser cutter however can seem like a ... more

Different Kinds of PPE and when to use them

Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for many jobs, especially for those in the trades. In this article, we’ll take you through the different kinds of PPE out there and when it’s ... more

Using Industry 4:0 to future-proof automation projects

In the UK, there are many companies that specialise in automation projects. Some design and provide the technology, components or sub systems, usually called Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). ... more

Ace your next display project with products from Lascar Electronics

Lascar’s PanelPilotACE is a unique software and hardware display platform ideal for rapid development of touchscreen machine interfaces and control monitoring displays. Available in 4.3” and 7” ... more

How to cope with noise induced hearing loss

Our hearing is usually something we take for granted. We don’t realise how important and valuable it is until it’s taken away. While there are a number of things that can lead to partial or complete ... more

Three easy ways to improve workplace safety

OSHA violations are expensive in and of themselves, but even without OSHA citations, every injury is an expense. It costs your business money in lost productivity, raises workers’ compensation, and ... more

Introduction to infrared imaging for mechanical applications

For plant or maintenance engineers considering the use of infrared imaging as a potential diagnostic tool in mechanical applications, FLIR is offering the following useful guide to getting started.

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Top five causes of PLC control system failure

Systems integrator, Boulting Technology has released an infographic to help engineers mitigate problems with programmable logic controller (PLC) based control systems. The handy guide highlightsthe ... more

WERMA at MACH 2016 shows how you can get lean and reduce wastage and downtime in the workshop

At Mach 2016 WERMA will be showing its machine and workstation wireless monitoring equipment WIN. Very easy to install and run, the WIN system uses the signals from andon lights – signal towers – ... more

Bearing in mind machine MTTF

The introduction of the new Machinery Safety Directive has made the requirement for MTTF – mean time to failure – even more pressing. Rob Dumayne, director of igus, examines the need for machine and ... more

The benefits of Cartesian handling systems

Festo, A supplier of automation equipment, has published a new whitepaper “Cartesian handling systems – a technical comparison with conventional robots” to help engineers and designers understand the ... more

e-spool all in one combines power, data, air and media all in one system

Designed to guide multiple cables within confined spaces, e-spool by igus, is an alternative to the classic cable drum, accommodating power, data, air and media together in one system.


InduSoft discusses the benefit of multi-touch technology in industrial settings

On 25th of March 2014 InduSoft, an Invensys company, announced the release of a White Paper titled “Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation”, that describes in depth the ... more

The mk Technology Group takes a look back at the last 25 years

Over the last 25 years, there have been many significant changes in the market places that mk Technology Group operates in, and customer demands have evolved. Numerous new products have been ... more

Support arms for machine interfaces

Rittal’s new range of modular support arm systems provide an ergonomic interface between machines, control devices and operators. These are said to make it easy to turn, lift and swivel control ... more

Custom-designed support structure developed for a space satellite component test rig

The UK based division of Astrium in Portsmouth specialises in advanced payloads for communications, navigation and Earth observation satellites. The company recently commissioned LG Motion to supply a ... more

High efficiency pick-and-place conveyor system developed

igus UK’s pikchain is a continually revolving chain with integrated cable and hose supply to drive and control actuators individually. In the woodworking industry pikchain enables concurrent running ... more

Monitor machine tool production with an Android tablet

The SwissNano, which marks a break from the rest of Tornos' range of machine tools in terms of the design and concept, will incorporate an application that allows machine production to be remotely ... more

In control of roll grinding

The rubber-coated rollers used in the printing and coating industries need to be accurately ground with a profile to suit their application. These profiles are parallel in some applications, but for ... more

Making the move to electric power

Piers Olsen of Olsen Engineering looks into why defence and aerospace companies are moving away from hydraulic actuation towards electromechanical, and explains why this is a sensible choice for ... more

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