In a manufacturing setting, there are constant needs to move heavy tooling equipment. Whether an assembly line setup or fixed machinery, moving 3,000kg isn’t simply a matter of getting a bunch of guys together and pushing really hard.
Back in June, I had the pleasure of visiting Digi-Key Electronics in its home town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Three flights totalling around 10+ hours and an hour car ride later, I arrived!
Today, the uptake of additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – technology is accelerating at a rapid pace. The overall global spending on 3D printing in 2018 is expected to surpass $12 billion, with the manufacturing and healthcare industries set to spend the most.
The maximum possible speed is the most important factor in many types of winter sport. Whether it’s in speed skating, luge, or bobsledding. Once the finish line is reached, only the time decides between victory and defeat.
The world’s first-ever sports shoes to utilise graphene – the strongest material on the planet – have been unveiled by The University of Manchester and British brand inov-8.
Roger Haw, Managing Director of Flame Hardeners explains how surface heat treatment is costed.
Independent cart technology is, without a doubt, the future of high-agility manufacturing systems. Able to exploit the almost constant levels of change required for modern manufacturing, processing and packaging operations, its agility is complemented by a raft of additional benefits, including higher throughput, OEE and uptime and lower energy costs, wear and floor space.
Any engineer tasked with specifying a linear actuator for an industrial automation application will look for products able to deliver reliability, precision and speed. However, there are numerous other, often overlooked, factors that should feature in the purchase decision.
The aerospace industry in the UK provides many challenging applications for motion control products. Many applications are “behind the scenes” in supporting work in the telecommunications industry, earth observation and scientific satellite applications.