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Man and Machine in Perfect Harmony

by Mark Stone

You don't have to be an engineer to tell the difference between a machine and a person. For one thing, simply because they're flesh and blood, not metal and oil, people tend to tire easily and potentially sustain repetitive strain injuries. But imagine if you could give a person the strength, reliability and durability of a machine, without turning them into a robot. Then you could ensure health and safety considerations are met whilst also obtaining consistent productivity and still have someone you won't mind sharing a tea break with.

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PPE regulation change: Are you prepared?

by Paul Skade

The PPE Regulation has changed, and not necessarily to something simpler. If you're wondering about your duties and obligations around Personal Protection Equipment since 21 April, this expert update will help you and your colleagues stay on the right side of the regulation, and stay safe too.

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When OEM Means 'Over-Engineered Manufacturing'

by Andrew Dawes

Playing it safe by over-engineering your hydraulic cylinders is not best practice. With the huge range of standard dimensions, configurations and materials available for hydraulic systems, it's perfectly possible to specify the right cylinder for the right duty, to deliver optimum performance at a competitive price, without costly customisation.

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Saving energy: your lightbulb moment

by Jon Whitehouse

Saving energy is an ongoing challenge for industry. Responsible managers are continually searching for new ways to cut kilowatts off their energy use, shave pounds off their power bills, and shrink their carbon footprint into a bargain. So here's an energy-saving idea that can be as easy as changing a lightbulb - literally.

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Reliable performance and clean operation with Festo

by Mark Stone

A dosing and packaging line automatically filling pharmaceutical additives performs complex operations, thousands of times a day. Despite the complexity, Festo automation components ensure the line performs reliably all day long, with no side-effects.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss has been re-categorised!

by Paul Skade

If you're an employer, you're no doubt already aware of the re-categorisation of Noise-Induced Hearings Loss (NIHL) by the HSE. The change in status from Category 2 to 3 puts NIHL on a par with - for example - falling from height, as a potentially life-changing risk. However, there's much you can do to provide more effective protection, and - where hearing-loss risk is concerned - to change your employees' lives for the better instead.

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The Growing Popularity of Electric Actuation

by Mark Stone

Increasingly complex machine requirements are leading manufacturers to consider alternative linear motion technologies, to ensure they are selecting the best solution for their applications.

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Understanding the Four Pillars of Engineered Sustainability from Rexnord

by Nigel Jones

Your production assets all have a job to do. But that’s not all you want from them. What about maximising safety? Minimising water use? Reducing energy usage? And all while optimising productivity, of course.  That's why these are four pillars of the Rexnord Engineered Sustainability product program: the program that proves sometimes engineering has all the answers

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How to Live a Longer, Pain-Free Life, Unfortunately Only for Bearings

by Gareth Pollard

In any high volume, high-cost production environment, a single bearing can make the difference between an efficient and inefficient production line. But like any other mechanical component, bearings have a finite life. So how do you ensure that's as long as possible?

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Why Pumps Fail - and How to Stop it Happening to Yours

by Mike Smith

Most pump failures are caused by human failings in installation or maintenance. But get those right and you can minimise failure risk, extend the pump's useful life, and even increase its efficiency and reliability.

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Man and Machine in Perfect Harmony

- Mark Stone

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- Paul Skade

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