Industry 4.0 We've Got Your Number

17-Feb-2017 08:31:21

It’s never been easier to find out what’s going on with your machines. Thermography, oil analysis and vibration monitoring give you the best picture you’ve ever had of the condition of equipment. But data doesn’t always add up to answers. And more data doesn’t necessarily mean a clearer picture. So how can Industry 4.0 help you make the best use of the data available?

Industry 4.0 – sometimes described as “the next Industrial Revolution” – uses the cloud and the Internet of Things to make data more readily available so it can be more effectively applied or acted on. Essentially it’s about maximising connectivity – and for machine condition monitoring that means helping you keep constant tabs on key measurable parameters, without having to be standing by the machine and without having to wait for a written report.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Automation, Efficiency

Improved Cleanliness, Lower Downtime with Fenner

15-Feb-2017 14:05:52

How long would it take your business to recover from a product recall? Probably longer than you think. Research shows that a product recall due to contamination can slash sales by at least 25% in the two months following.

And how big a fine or how long a prison sentence could you be facing as a result? Under new sentencing guidelines effective from 1st February, an unlimited fine and/or two years’ custody if health and safety guidelines have been breached.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Efficiency, Motors, Fenner, Gearboxes, Food Industry

Be Prepared for Winter Maintenance with Loctite

13-Feb-2017 17:33:55

When the going get tough and temperatures hit sub-zero, the meet the beast, Loctite adhesives save you time and money. 

This powerhouse is responsible for grooming ski slopes at night when others are enjoying their après-ski.  It operates in temperatures around 30 degrees below freezing on slopes that can be more than 45 degrees steep and for this performance it relies on Loctite engineering adhesives to secure components and seal hydraulics. 

Although such extremes are not the norm in the UK, for any enterprise reliant upon plant and machinery for the smooth running of their business, the winter months bring additional risk. Mechanical failure costs time and money; dismantling and overhaul, overtime, hire of temporary plant, replacement parts - or in the worst case, the machine itself – and loss of profits.  Far better to avoid failure right from the start through preventative maintenance with MRO adhesive products that are truly fit for purpose.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Adhesives, Sealants

Less Work, Less Cost, Less Stress

10-Feb-2017 06:22:00

As engineers spend 40% of their time sourcing parts why waste precious limited resource sourcing parts rather than fixing the job in hand?

A recent project ERIKS collaborated with Festo, shows how having the correct parts ready can not only save you precious time but also can reduce the cost and length of failure!

 The initial problem

ERIKS were contacted by a customer who was experiencing issues when building parts in one of their machines which were large, difficult to handle and time consuming to assemble.

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Topics: News, Pneumatics, Fluid Power, Fluid Power, Transfer & Control

Lasts Longer Than Long-Life Milk

09-Feb-2017 08:30:30

How do you ensure as long a life as possible for a bearing?

That’s simple: with lubrication. But what if the bearings are located in an inaccessible area of your plant, and lubrication is impossible?

Not so simple. That was the problem faced by a UK-based milk processor, who asked NSK to deliver a solution to their doorstep.

Because bearings on one of the plant’s principal conveyors were inaccessible, they failed repeatedly and regularly, through lack of lubrication.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication

5 Top Tips to Improve and Maintain Machine Performance

07-Feb-2017 13:14:39

Managing industrial automation machinery is complex these days. Limited budgets and production pressures challenge busy maintenance professionals.

But small tweaks in the right places can make a big difference,

For example, cutting energy consumption is a big priority for many OEMs and end users. The good news is, improving conventional technology can sometimes achieve major savings for your business without breaking the bank. 

Take a look at Parker's Top 5 Tips to improve and maintain machine performance...

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Topics: Best Practice, Efficiency, Savings, Hydraulics

The Chain (and braces) Way to Avoid Downtime

07-Feb-2017 08:49:48

Downtime is an issue all engineers want to avoid on their production line. And the most obvious way is to choose products and components that:

  • are reliable
  • have a longer service life
  • need less maintenance (planned and unplanned) and
  • need fewer repairs.

The result will be a product that’s more cost-effective, because it’s less expensive to own and operate and won’t interrupt production.

That’s what one of the world’s largest producers of beverages for retailers, brand owners and distributors was looking for, in a new belt for their pasteuriser.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Power Transmission, Food Industry, Beverages, Chain

ULTAGE Super Precision Bearings to be Produced in Europe

02-Feb-2017 07:42:17

NTN-SNR is investing nearly 7.6 million euros in its plant in Mettmann (Germany) to manufacture its first premium range of spindle bearings for machine tools, starting in 2017. A first in Europe.

Japan will no longer be the only country producing the ULTAGE Super Precision range. NTN-SNR is adapting its plant in Mettman, Germany, to produce its premium range of spindle bearings for machine tools starting in 2017.

These bearings are the fruit of NTN’s historic expertise “Setting up industrial facilities in Europe will allow us to handle the demands of the local market more
efficiently,” said Francis Travostino, Head of NTN-SNR’s Spindle 2017 Project.

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Topics: News, Bearings, Efficiency

Devaluation - A Double Edged Sword

25-Jan-2017 14:27:08

Much has been made in recent weeks of the devaluation of sterling and its impact on the UK’s export activity. 

To some, it is a long-overdue rebalancing after years of overvaluation. Certainly the 25 per cent drop in the value of the pound will, in theory, help exports, which have been particularly hampered by the ‘strong pound’, in recent years.

However, devaluation is a double-edged sword. The most obvious downside is that our foreign holidays, cars and other goods, imported from abroad, will inevitably increase in price.

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Topics: News, The Tig, Supply Chain

Schaeffler Explains The X Factor

23-Jan-2017 08:34:21

High performance is the elusive “X factor” engineers are always looking for in their rotating machinery. Now it’s available in a new range of track rollers, that offer longer operating times, increased efficiency and even greater reliability, says Dr Steve Lacey, Schaeffler Technology Centre Manager

Straight to Number 1

The redesigned LR52 and LR53 series of X-life track rollers from Schaeffler are not simply the highest performing track rollers in the X-life family. They’re actually the number one performing track rollers currently available anywhere on the market.

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication, Food Industry, Linear

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