Mechanical
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Mechanical July 15, 2019

Tips for implementing robotic automation tools

Robotic automation can spur greater efficiency, deliver better results, lower costs and increase flexibility, but companies need to have the right tools to make the robot's application successful.

By Kristian Hulgard
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Mechanical July 12, 2019

Equipment, software growth likely to slow according to report

Equipment and software investment growth is likely to slow in 2019 to 3.9% as the U.S manufacturing sector weakened, and investment growth in several key verticals is expected to slow or contract in the second half of 2019.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Lubrication July 8, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 1-7

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors, Drives
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Motors, Drives July 1, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 24-30

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 24-30. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Pumps
A new MIT-invented system automatically designs and 3-D prints complex robotic actuators optimized according to an enormous number of specifications, such as appearance and flexibility. To demonstrate the system, the researchers fabricated floating water lilies with petals equipped with arrays of actuators and hinges that fold up in response to magnetic fields run through conductive fluids. Courtesy: Subramanian Sundaram, MIT
Pumps July 18, 2019

Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

By Rob Matheson
Gears and Bearings
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Gears and Bearings June 10, 2019

Understanding lubrication from the bearing’s perspective

Many factors can impact how proper use can avoid friction.

By Keith Bartley
Hydraulics
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Hydraulics January 17, 2019

Application and environment’s impact on choosing the correct hose

An application's environment and conditions can have a major impact on choosing the correct type of hose.

By Kevin Olmstead