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
Pumps are increasingly required to supply real time operating data to control networks so that their performance can be monitored and adjusted to meet constantly changing production requirements. Hard wiring a sensor into a pump’s rotating drive shaft usually requires the use of a delicate slip ring, but an alternative solution is to use a non-contact radio frequency detector, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology explains.
A Paris-based start-up recently helped a woman with partial paralysis to use an exoskeleton to walk. Breakthroughs like this are allowing exoskeleton technology to be used in more varied environments, with potential benefits for manufacturers. Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how exoskeletons will transform manufacturing.
For plants using steam or compressed air in their processes, energy waste through leaks can cause significant collective cost. Oliver Pogmore of AVT Reliability explains how ultrasonic detection techniques can identify leaks, reduce energy waste and save money.
As global demand for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) accelerates, thanks to greater automation in industry and the miniaturisation of devices, electronics companies are being reminded about the workplace health risks associated with certain production processes.
When using an IR thermography camera for electrical inspection and data capture, accuracy is key. Whether the camera-operator is an experienced thermographer, or new to the technology, an important acronym to remember is ‘FORD’ – FOcus, Range and Distance, explains Andrew Baker, sales director North Europe, FLIR Systems.