To help you focus on the actual true cost of ownership, part 2 of our series will examine the strengths and weaknesses of these technologies and evaluate their specification parameters and what they mean....More
When engineers need to make curved or bent pieces of sheet metal, they use company-written tables, rules of thumb, and guesstimates to determine the length of straight stock needed for bending into a precisely measures curved part. But these methods are unavailable to some engineers....More
Here we outline how machine-design engineers can integrate machine-vision software, vision sensors, smart cameras, image-based barcode readers, and OEM vision into machines, devices, and other capital equipment....More
Weibull analysis can be used to examine a myriad of failures and problems, including equipment breakdowns. By better understanding why and when breakdowns happen, companies can better tailor their maintenance programs to limit downtime and improve productivity.
Here are three scenarios in which Weibull analysis improves maintenance programs.
Many of the annual 3.3 million workplace injuries result from broken OSHA rules. And of the top 10 OSHA rules most frequently broken, two directly concern machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding....More