Month: May 2016

Basics of Gearbox Selection

Guest contributor:  Tim Anderson, Stober Selecting a gearbox can be quite difficult. Customers have a variety of gearboxes to choose from that are capable of fulfilling diverse requirements. A wrong decision could result in the purchase of a more expensive gearbox. The power transmission industry may need a gearbox that will support overhung loads while

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Virtual commissioning saves precious time

Guest contributor:  Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales Factory Automation, Bosch Rexroth Ever shorter product life cycles and the desire for smaller batch sizes constantly present designers and programmers of production machines and lines with new challenges. To save time and costs, machine builders increasingly rely on model-based engineering, which creates unimagined potential for efficiency enhancement and cost

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A new automation project: best price or best service?

by Harry Aghjian, CEO CMA/Flodyne/Hydradyne Long Term Liability In the world of automation, most projects are defined by the amount of risk the machine builder will incur. An important factor is knowledge of current standards: UL standards and OSHA standards, CE directives and many others may apply to your project depending on the final installation location

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Basic operating principle of an Inductive Proximity Sensor

Guest contributor: Henry Menke, Balluff Did you ever wonder how an Inductive Proximity Sensor is able to detect the presence of a metallic target?  While the underlying electrical engineering is sophisticated, the basic principle of operation is not too hard to understand. At the heart of an Inductive Proximity Sensor (“prox” “sensor” or “prox sensor” for

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The Future of Hydraulic Systems – HydraSmart

by Bryan Smith, Hydraulic Sales Manager at CMAFH Automation technology needs are becoming more sophisticated as the industrial marketplace evolves. Efficiency and cost-effectiveness have never been more interrelated, and OEMs need to offer maximum value to stay competitive. The next tech revolution – Industry 4.0 – is here and as we all navigate these uncharted

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The Future of Cooling Technology in Industrial Enclosures

by Eric Corzine, Product Manager, Climate Control at Rittal As industrial processes scale, the threats and challenges of cooling the racks of automation equipment increase exponentially. Sophisticated, sensitive electronics and drives are the backbone of many industrial systems. This equipment is often placed inside enclosures to protect it from environmental influences such as temperature, moisture

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