• 30 Oct
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    Surge protection in industrial applications

    Aneesh VN, Associate Product Line Manager for MTL Surge Products at Eaton, explains why surge protection is an essential consideration when designing electrical equipment for industrial applications.

  • 30 Sep
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    SICK and MasterMover – Safe starting points for Industry 4.0

    All too often, fixed legacy infrastructure and buildings create a barrier to rethinking conventional linear production processes as part of Industry 4.0.

  • 30 Sep
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    Five ways to protect your team against an Arc Flash

    With temperatures more than four times hotter than the surface of the sun, it goes without saying that workers must be fully protected against the dangers of an Arc Flash. Those working around high and low voltage electricity on a daily basis are at an increased risk.

  • 30 Sep
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    Cable glands: Small part, big difference

    Matt Ogden (Cable Gland Product Specialist at Hawke International, the manufacturer of glands for harsh and hazardous environments) discusses the critical role that cable glands play when it comes to protecting machinery and the business benefits that a thorough gland strategy can deliver.

  • 30 Sep
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    Taking responsibility for repairs to Ex-rated motors

    Operating equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres comes with a certain amount of responsibility, not least to use correctly designed components for the environment. When maintenance and repairs are required, it is important that operators understand what is expected of them to ensure continued safety and reliability.

  • 3 Mar
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    Protection relays: turning energy uncertainty into opportunity with grid digitalisation

    Three trends rule the energy sector – decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitisation. To meet the UK’s environmental and sustainability goals, it has become imperative to decarbonise the grid, incorporating a large proportion of low carbon sources into the energy mix.

  • 3 Mar
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    The art of panel design: Cost-effective, right-sized surge protection

    Panel design is an art. Panels that are well-designed strike a balance between form, function, and cost. This can be difficult considering that an attempt to do so is an attempt at achieving the best of those three worlds.

  • 3 Mar
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    Optimise your earthing, lightning and surge protection

    As project managers come under greater pressure to control costs, PBSI talks to Samad Khan, Furse Global Product Manager for Surge Protection Devices (SPDs), on how to design and specify surge protection systems that provide the right level of protection while avoiding the high costs.

  • 3 Mar
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    UPSs and SPDs: A powerful duo in the fight against power outages

    Batman and Robin, Mario and Luigi, Wallace and Gromit. In film, the role of the sidekick is crucial in aiding the protagonist to achieve their overall goal.

  • 2 Jan
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    Encoderless safety: drive-integrated safety without an encoder

    What is the goal of functional safety? To minimise the risks posed by technical equipment to humans and the environment. Machine tools, for example, can endanger operators and technicians with tools that rotate at high speeds. Drive technology that ensures the required safety functions without encoders offers the user various advantages, says Mark Checkley of KEB.

  • 1 Apr
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    Optimum protection for man and machine

    Questions relating to safety are a high-priority in the automation technology industry. The MVK Metal Safety fieldbus module, Murrelektronik’s industrial solution for technical safety installations, reaches the highest standards: Safety Integrity Level 3 (in acc. with IEC 61508 and IEC 62061) and Performance Level e (in acc. with EN ISO 13849-1).

  • 1 Apr
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    Don't get caught off guard

    When designing machinery it is imperative to consider how guards can offer the highest level of safety without obstructing interaction between operator and machine. Warren Gourlay, UK & Ireland sales manager – industry and automation solutions at Wieland Electric, explains the key factors to consider and the increasingly important role of safety light guards.

  • 1 Apr
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    OT security – are you ready?

    In today’s connected world, with the Industrial Internet of Things and increased adoption of industry 4.0, businesses must deal with more and more connected devices. Security is key to success here and should not be ignored, says Tim Ricketts, Director of M.A.C. Solutions.

  • 1 Apr
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    Greater security in manufacturing IT

    Rittal’s teams work closely with leading industrial companies to create IT infrastructures for use with Industry 4.0 technology, including edge computing platforms. The following tips are to help companies implement fast-deploying and secure IT for production environments.

  • 3 Jan
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    Zero-day for system integrators

    With Siemens recently becoming the first company to gain TÜV SÜD certification for the secure system integration of process automation and drive solutions in compliance with IEC 62443-2-4, it is worth remembering the importance of a "defence-in-depth" approach.