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Establishing and following good engineering practices, and being prepared to handle spills, are two key elements of a successful Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.
When generating and using compressed air in industrial machines, targeted measures within a comprehensive energy saving concept can significantly improve energy efficiency at the machine level.
A series of tests have been carried out to compare two curing processes for a heat curing adhesive, namely conventional oven curing and the iCure AS200 infrared thermal spot curing system from IRphotonics. The results show that tested samples are equally cured with both methods but the curing time is reduced with the iCure.
One of the biggest shifts in the manufacturing industry in recent years is the growing focus on sustainability. What started as a concern amongst a relatively small group has gathered force to become a key mainstream issue, and vacuum technology is one area that manufacturers can focus on to make a meaningful difference to the environment.
If a mechanical or electromechanical component has to function for extended periods in an extreme environment, a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant just may be the key to long life and smooth performance.
The competitiveness among companies in the highly automated metal fabrication industry is tough in these days of global economical slowdown. Efficient production along with a high output of the line(s) is crucial for plants, as those with low productivity will quickly disappear. This paper looks at the problem of slipping suction cups on oily metal sheets and the best methods to manage and avoid design mistakes.
The prominent buzzword in material handling today is undoubtedly sustainability. However, merely relegating it to buzzword status almost does a disservice by distracting from the tangible benefits of sustainability. Fewer materials, lower energy bills, and cleaner integration of components are all realized gains that, directly and indirectly, impact the bottom line. Nevertheless, sustainable initiatives require an in?depth understanding of what technologies are available and how to integrate them into your system.
The name heat-shrink tubing pretty much sums up what it is and does: a plastic tube that shrinks permanently when heat is applied. How much it shrinks is determined by its shrink ratio, commonly ranging from 2:1 to 6:1. Think of heat-shrink tubing as the duct tape for electrical wiring on the factory floor. Heat-shrink tubing is versatile, easy to use, and finds wide applicability in maintenance and repair.
The fastener is as important when automating as the automation equipment itself. Choosing the right fastener may prevent exorbitant machine and fixture costs, decrease set-up and cycle times, as well as reduce the manufacturing cost of the components. One of the biggest motivators for automatic over manual fastening is increasing productivity and reducing costs. Unfortunately, many don’t realize the impact the fastener has on achieving these goals.
This paper describes how the software as a service (SaaS) model delivers financial, implementation, and operational benefits to job shops and small manufacturers. It also describes how Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition, a comprehensive ERP system deployed in the SaaS model, meets the needs of job shops and small manufacturers.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provides the necessary infrastructure that forms the operational and transactional system of record for manufacturers of all types and sizes. With a history that spans almost three decades, ERP has truly become a mature business applications.
Maintaining the proper climate inside industrial electrical enclosures is the key to trouble-free operation of the housed electrical components and, more importantly, the often delicate production processes they serve. This article discusses the pros and cons of local and remote cooling systems.
A comparison of V-belt drive and synchronous belt drive characteristics, which illustrates the potential for energy savings.
This white paper will identify data collection methods, data analysis techniques, and the typical areas within a manufacturing process where cost can be reduced. Ultimately the goal is to show how technology can be used to drive continuous improvements resulting in substantial savings.