Features are carefully selected from across the website and magazine, these articles are contributed by a wide range of authors from across the sectors covered by Industrial Plant and Equipment, as well as the editorial team. Addressing the latest topics in terms of technological developments, legislation and industry issues
Already relatively commonplace in the sports market, Multi-directional Impact Protection System technology is now available in an industrial safety helmet. Chris Tidy looks at the importance of mitigating rotational brain injury risk
SHEFFIELD-BASED Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) has teamed up with Mitsubishi Electric to further advance its innovative chemical vapour smoothing machine, PostPro 3D, by developing an integrated automation solution. This is based on Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-F Series compact PLC, HMIs, SCADA and MELFA articulated arm robots offered as a system option. The PostPro vapour smoothing machine fully automates surface finishing of 3D printed parts, skyrocketing productivity from a few parts finished every hour up to hundreds of parts per hour.
EFFICIENT DATA management using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is increasingly important in extending communication beyond the production cell and ensuring the successful deployment of new and updated automation systems. Jeremy Shinton looks at how the latest controllers designed to manage this convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) can be used to ensure optimal data management and connectivity
DESIGNED TO bring greater levels of efficiency and accuracy to the production of specialised gears and tooth forms, the new HG350-G precision gear grinding centre is the first first from PTG Holroyd – and believed to be the first in the UK – to use Siemens' new Sinumerik ONE future-proof CNC, the successor to the automation specialist’s 840D CNC.
THE ‘BALLROOM’ concept is the much trumpeted vision of the pharmaceutical ‘factory of the future’ but does this development create new safety risks for employees? Hugh Freer looks at some of the issues