Mechanical

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Robotics January 22, 2020

Service robot market growing in automotive, non-automotive applications

Service robots, whether its in professional or personal use, are growing by leaps and bounds and that doesn't appear to be slowing anytime soon as robots become more sophisticated.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
An exoskeletonhelps support a worker’s upper body while he performs repetitive overhead work drilling underbody car panels. Courtesy: Motor Company/RIA
Robotics January 7, 2020

Exoskeletons boost productivity and safety for manufacturers

Exoskeletons can make workers safer on the manufacturing floor, and they will become more common as mobility and cost concerns become less of an issue.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Courtesy: John Crane
Maintenance November 11, 2019

Your questions answered: Tips on avoiding leakage, downtime and equipment failure

Presenters Brian Kalfrin and Jack Bagain from John Crane answered questions on topics such as adequate seal pot pressure, seal reliability, and more.

By Brian Kalfrin and Jack Bagain
With on-site nitrogen generation, consumers can get nitrogen at the purity level needed, often at a cost savings when compared to the cost of highly pure tanked nitrogen. Courtesy: Atlas Copco
Energy Management December 9, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about Product of the Year, the price of nitrogen, data acquisition, industrial internet terms, and HMIs and maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 6: “The architecture of the RCS allows you to achieve very high safety and reliability,” said Dr. Angela Summers. “And by designing it into the manifold, you also can eliminate many sources of maintenance errors, which further improves the reliability of your installation.” Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators November 15, 2019

Double up on solenoid safety

Adding two solenoid valves to a safety instrumented system keeps equipment, facility and personnel safe and the system online.

By Joseph D. McHugh II
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology, EASA
Motors, Drives December 5, 2019

Your questions answered: Right-sizing pumps with variable speed drives

Webcast presenter Eugene Vogel answered questions on variable speed drives (VSDs), variable frequency drives (VFDs), and their value for manufacturers.

By Eugene Vogel
Figure 1: Packaging lines benefit from the increased controllability of electromechanical actuators as they often eliminate the need for changeover when switching from one product to another. Courtesy: Thomson Industries Inc.
Sensors, Actuators November 12, 2019

Eight selection criteria for actuation components

Electromechanical systems offer advantages over hydraulic and pneumatic actuators

By Chad Carlberg and Chris Diak