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Materials Handling

Lean, mean, tugging machines

Electric tug specialist extends range of motorised industrial tug

Low-profile bulk bag discharger

Lacking an upper frame, the discharger provides overhead space for suspending of bulk bags using a forklift or plant hoist

Hydraulic cylinders: handling the pressure

Trevor Hornsby reports on recent developments in hydraulic cylinder technology


Improving powder processing equipment selection

Experts have identified easily measurable powder properties that can be used to predict screw feeder performance for any given powder

Robust and compact sensors for greater flexibility

Sensors can be used in applications such as level measurement or assembly and handling technology

Conveying and sorting in one

Conveyor consists of numerous bellows modules that deform the surface creating a wave motion that transports the objects in a targeted manner

Parked-off brake increases safety for on-site conveyor maintenance

Steve Powell looks at parked-off conveyor brakes, and how they can improve safety during maintenance.

Conveying and sorting in one

Festo’s WaveHandler modular conveyor with intelligent subsystems

Modular roller tracks

Applications include manufacturing situations between machining stations and storage locations providing stock mobility

Thermal imaging: faster diagnostics, quicker solutions

From over-heating pipe joints to metal processing, the ability to identify and solve problems quickly is crucial. Sean Ottewell reports

Delivering data to understand powder processes

FT4 Powder Rheometer measures a range of bulk, shear and dynamic powder properties under conditions that reflect a diverse range of process environments

High speed transfer of parts

Strothmann Machines & Handling has won what it says is the largest single contract for press automation in the Chinese market to date

The natural touch

Sustainably sourced fibre reinforcements – ranging from banana fibres to wood flour – can boost the properties of plastics and reduce carbon footprint. Lou Reade reports

Better particle characterisation means better processing

Fast and cost-effective particle characterisation leads to more consistent and less expensive manufacturing for the chemical industry. Eugene McCathy reports

Particle characterisation key to understanding raw materials

For chemical companies to be able to store, move and use their raw materials effectively, an understanding of each material's particle characteristics is essential. Eugene McCarthy explains

Natural selection points way for bioplastics

As the quest for sustainability continues, researchers are finding ever more obscure starting materials from which to make plastics. Lou Reade reports.

Trouble-free and reliable pumping of resin

Over the years resin has been used for many new purposes. To comply with these challenging taskspump producers have to find the right materials and ways to pump resin with different characteristics

Simple copper wires to optical cables

The choice of lead-free alloys for soldering is dictated by international directives that are aimed at the protection of the environment and require in particular the elimination of lead. EU directive 2002/95/EC (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive -RoHS) came into effect on July 1, 2006 prohibiting the intentional addition of lead to most consumer electronics produced in the EU.

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