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Automation and control engineers aren’t renowned for buying components online. Despite being able to interface a PLC with a control system on another continent, using nothing more than a secure connection and a Web browser, we have always distrusted the idea of choosing and purchasing a drive, motor, resistor or encoder online and having it delivered without first being able to physically ensure that it meets our requirements.
As the requirements for production automation constantly increase, these requirements, combined with short cycle times mean automation solutions must process an increasingly greater number of measuring values ever more rapidly. Bernd Knoll, International Product Manager of HBM looks at what this means for modern data acquisition and further discusses possible solutions with decentralised intelligence, which is increasingly being used within industrial measurement technology.
Speed control is the perfect solution for providing unobtrusive and essential efficiency optimisation. In industrial and production sectors across the globe, electric motors ensure reliable and effective operation. Millions of these motors are controlled by AC drives. In fact hardly any aspect of daily life can be managed without drives. Electrical drive technology holds enormous potential for reducing energy consumption, since 65–70% of all electrical energy consumed is used to run electric motors. The number of installed AC drives is ever-increasing. The growing demand reflects trends towards optimised processes and lower production costs, and more efficient use of expensive energy.
Industry 4.0 is now underway and it’s already bringing radical change to the manufacturing value chain. One of the key enablers is connected manufacturing which is today helping to link all the components - from the supplier to the production line, reseller or distributor, and finally end customer.
￼SAFETY RELIEF VALVES: PURPOSE & FUNCTION - 23
The primary function of a Safety Relief Valve is the protection of life, property and environment. A Safety Relief Valve is a device designed to protect a pressurised vessel or system against overpressure should all other safety systems fail.
WHY YOU DON’T ALWAYS NEED A WELL OILED MACHINE - 24
Paul Mitchell, managing director of Bowman International, explores how self-lubricating bearings can remove the burden of correct lubrication to help improve safety, cut costs and extend the lifetime of equipment.
Plant and maintenance managers in the food and beverage sector face multiple, potentially conflicting targets. Meeting them calls not for one strategy, but for many tactics. David Oliver, Channel and Platform Development Manager at SKF, explains.
SICK UK’s Industrial Instrumentation specialist, Darren Pratt, looks at the versatility of guided micro-wave technology in successful level measurement in process industries.
EFFICIENT STEAM FILTRATION HELPS INDUSTRY REACH MAXIMUM PURITY STANDARDS - 46
When it comes to the efficient transfer of heat, steam is difficult to beat thanks to its ability to hold a great deal of energy, while remaining clean, reliable and sterile.