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Equipment related to the manufacture of products; and technology that offers a saving on human labour through automation. Includes cutting tools, grinding, forming and fabrication, moulding tools, finishing and pre-treatment, workholdings, robotics and positioning, and welding and joining.

Rebecca Saunders

Interview: getting to know Rebecca Saunders, Warwick Mobile Robotics downloadweblink

maxon motorThu, 26 Feb 2015

This article from maxon motor introduces Rebecca Saunders of Warwick Mobile Robotics. Readers are given an insight into studying engineering, building search-and-rescue robots and encouraging women into the field.

Surface finishing

Product flyer: Model ST surface finishing machines from Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsThu, 26 Feb 2015

Surtech offers a selection of surface finishing machines for long products. This flyer focuses on the ST models, including STX and STO.

MAXILARM

Product brochure: Maxilarm distributed alarm and event management system from Omniflex download

OmniflexTue, 24 Feb 2015

The Maxilarm system from Omniflex offers a complete distributed alarm management function on critical plants.

Model EG 75 KOMBI

Product flyer: Model EG 75 KOMBI belt grinder/tube polisher from Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsTue, 24 Feb 2015

This flyer presents the features and specifications of the Model EG 75 KOMBI belt grinder/tube polisher from Surtech.

Surface finishing

Product flyer: Model ST surface finishing machines from Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsThu, 26 Feb 2015

Surtech offers a selection of surface finishing machines for long products. This flyer focuses on the ST models, including STX and STO.

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Rebecca Saunders

Interview: getting to know Rebecca Saunders, Warwick Mobile Robotics downloadweblink

maxon motorThu, 26 Feb 2015

This article from maxon motor introduces Rebecca Saunders of Warwick Mobile Robotics. Readers are given an insight into studying engineering, building search-and-rescue robots and encouraging women into the field.

Technical article: prevention of in-storage corrosion on cleaned machined parts downloadweblink

Envirotech EuropeTue, 24 Feb 2015

During the production of metal parts, many mechanical procedures are used — machining, bending, lapping, honing, drilling, grinding and punching — all of which use oils to speed up operations. Whether it is for automotive manufacturers or their tiered suppliers, medical equipment manufacture or aerospace production, cleaning is essential to remove oil and coarse contamination between machining, inspection and final delivery of the completed item.

WDS agreed to supply the Bloodhound SSC project with vital components free of charge

Technical article: how to guarantee accuracy throughout the manufacturing process downloadweblink

WDSMon, 23 Feb 2015

‘For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.’ This proverb carries on through rider and message to battle and kingdom. It pre-dates modern manufacturing — probably by a couple of centuries — but exactly the same principle applies to engineering. In this article, Chris Putman, sales and marketing director of WDS, explains that if you don’t get the small details right, the big picture will never be perfect.

Designing-in light curing adhesives

White paper: Intertronics discusses designing-in light-curing adhesives download

IntertronicsWed, 4 Feb 2015

The advantages of using adhesives over mechanical fasteners have been well documented. They include distribution of load and stress over wider surface areas, elimination of joint fatigue, improved impact resistance, reduction in finishing, and aesthetic enhancement. According to this white paper from Intertronics, design engineers will earn the gratitude of their production engineering colleagues if they can specify or allow for a light-curing adhesive.

Omni16C alarm annunciator

White paper: understanding the role of alarm annunciators in plant safety downloadweblink

OmniflexTue, 20 Jan 2015

The aim of an alarm system is to prevent, or at the very least minimise, physical and economic loss to plant or people through operator intervention in response to a plant condition that has occurred, thus making the necessary corrective action and optimising production. Selection and prioritisation of alarms, and deciding which are deemed ‘critical’ that need to be displayed on an alarm annunciator to guarantee operator response under all scenarios, is not a trivial task. This paper ...

White paper: active cardiac stabiliser — first in-vivo experiments using a robotised device downloadweblink

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 5 Jan 2015

Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is still today a technically difficult procedure. In fact, the mechanical stabilisers used to locally suppress the heart excursion have been demonstrated to exhibit significant residual motion. Cedrat Technologies proposes a novel active stabiliser that is able to compensate for this residual motion.