• 3 Jul
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    A mechanical fix for an electrical problem

    EMC is the acronym for electromagnetic compatibility which means the ability of equipment to function satisfactorily in its electromagnetic environment without introducing intolerable electromagnetic disturbances to other equipment in that environment.

  • 3 Jul
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    What is an alloy?

    An alloy can be defined as a combination of one metallic element with at least another metal or non-metal element. The most important metallic component in an alloy usually makes up approximately 90% of its composition. This metal is known as a base/parent/main metal. Deltron Enclosures uses aluminium-based alloys in the manufacturing process of enclosures. Alloying agents make up the remaining percentage volume of an alloy. Typical alloying agents include elements such as copper (Cu), iron (Fe)

  • 3 Jul
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    Integrating manual assembly cells into ERP and MES

    Poka Yoke (the Japanese term for mistake-proofing) is used to describe pick-to-light systems for manual assembly work. Mitsubishi Electric has moved the concept several steps forward to create Guided Operator Solutions (GOS) that essentially use a controller-based system of active assembly instructions and sequenced parts supply from bins to help operators perform picking and assembly tasks faultlessly every time.

  • 5 Jun
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    UK falls further behind in automation race

    Welcome to the June issue of PBSI! The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has published its World Robotics Report 2019 which highlights robot sales and density for countries around the world in 2018. The results show that the UK continues to drag its feet in adopting robots and automation.

  • 5 Jun
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    Multi-circuit monitoring

    Eastron Europe has opened Sales and Customer Support offices in the United Kingdom. Utilising the new, high-tech manufacturing facilities of Eastron Electronic Company in China, combined with UK design, the company is providing streamlined support and supply of its extensive range of metering products for the UK and European markets. Here, Graham Lockhart, Sales Director at Eastron Europe, discusses the company’s latest solution for electricity sub metering.

  • 5 Jun
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    Weather the storm

    The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671), which came into full effect on 1st January 2019, significantly increases requirements for the provision of surge protection in electrical installations. Peter Croucher of Weidmüller UK examines the new requirements and discusses how to go about meeting them.

  • 5 Jun
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    DC is dead, long live DC

    Thirty years ago, as the reliability of AC inverters improved, several well-known companies and big names in the automation business announced that DC was dead. In some cases, selling prices were altered to make the DC drive product less competitive to try and promote the AC technology. With this being the case, why is it that all these years later DC drives are still in demand and being used in production critical applications?

  • 5 Jun
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    Suppress interference for safe and smooth drives

    To ensure the stability and safety of drive assemblies, OEMs and machine builders can choose from a variety of mains- or motor-side suppression accessories – or combinations of the two – to ensure drives comply with specific EMC requirements of the application, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.

  • 5 Jun
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    It can’t always be lead

    For many years, lead-acid batteries have been used almost exclusively in DC-UPS systems for industrial systems. However, users have had to deal with the disadvantages of the limited lifetime, restricted temperature range and high weight of such batteries.

  • 5 Jun
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    Think ‘FORD’ for effective IR inspection

    When using an IR thermography camera for electrical inspection and data capture, accuracy is key. Whether the camera-operator is an experienced thermographer, or new to the technology, an important acronym to remember is ‘FORD’ – FOcus, Range and Distance.

  • 5 Jun
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    Swift upgrade puts an end to obsolescence

    Established in Cork in 2016, Alpha Automation and Controls is a system integrator specialising in the provision of end-to-end industrial automation solutions to organisations in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage and manufacturing industries in the UK and Ireland.

  • 5 Jun
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    Light curtains: the factory’s guardian angels

    Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how to test light curtains to minimise downtime and keep employers on the right side of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

  • 5 Jun
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    Exclusive Anglo-Italian cable management partnership

    A recent exclusive partnership agreement between Cheshire-based Buttkereit Limited and Italian manufacturer Detas SpA is bringing a new dimension to the range of cable management products available within the UK.

  • 5 Jun
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    Asset health solution optimises switchgear efficiency

    ABB is helping to improve switchgear efficiency and operational safety with ABB Ability Condition Monitoring for switchgear (SWICOM). The company suggests that SWICOM is able to reduce maintenance costs by as much as 30 percent.

  • 2 May
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    AR and VR: the future or a gimmick?

    Welcome to the May issue of PBSI! Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been permeating a variety of industries in recent years. However, is the technology of interest to panel builders and what benefits are there to embracing virtual assistance?