Mark Carpenter

Making Safety Part and Parcel of the Job

by Mark Carpenter

The job of parcel sorting at TNT involved frequent knee to shoulder-height lifting, of packages mostly weight 3-12kg. However, 15% weigh as much as 20kg. With workers spending on average two hours a day, five days a week, lifting these parcels, it’s not surprising that injuries – particularly those in the lower spine – were common.

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When Giving the Customer Less is More - IMI IVAC Cylinder

by Mark Carpenter

The requirements across all sectors can be summed up essentially as less energy use, less downtime and less ugly design – with the most predictable requirement being energy efficiency.

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Quick and Reliable Automated Generation with Festo 3D Design Tool

by Mark Carpenter

The world of technology and design is an ever-evolving one, with 3D CAD design providing many advantages over traditional 2D. Allowing for truly effective communication of concepts, this innovative technology also offers faultless product configuration.

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Industry 4.0 - Are You Ready?

by Mark Carpenter

We sat down with SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd Strategic Product Sales Manager, Pete Humphreys, to discuss the impacts of Industry 4.0.

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Festo Improve OEE Using Industry 4.0 Insights

by Mark Carpenter

Only one in three manufacturers has a high-availability manufacturing IT strategy or solution in pace. Yet the average manufacturer deals with more than 15 hours a week of downtime, and unplanned incidents are on the rise. When Festo looked into their maintenance programme and processes, they achieved a 15% increase in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

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Food Zones and Hygiene Strategies for Machinery Design

by Mark Carpenter

After hospitals, food and beverage manufacturing are probably the most critical areas of maintaining hygiene. It’s not just a matter of mechanics but it’s also essential to understand potential contamination sources, the zones within food manufacturing plants, installation, and the operating environment

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Reducing the Risks and Costs of Compressed Air

by Mark Carpenter

Compressed air is such a widely-used and simple source of power, it’s easy to forget that it costs money and poses a safety risk. That’s why specialists in pneumatics and experts in efficiency and preventative maintenance – IMI Norgren and ERIKS respectively – have devised a comprehensive advisory checklist to help manufacturers optimise their use of compressed air.

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Famous Last Words?

by Mark Carpenter

But it was substandard rivets that popped out when The Titanic hit the iceberg, allowing water into the watertight compartments. It was an O-ring not designed to cope with low temperatures which failed, when Space Shuttle Challenger launched on an unusually cold morning – leading to an explosion and a $5.5 billion loss. And who knows how many times saving pennies on a hose clip has cost thousands of pounds in downtime, labour costs and lost production when it fails? 

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The Leakiest Link

by Mark Carpenter

Hydraulic and industrial hose assemblies have traditionally been seen as commodity items. Even, in the case of hydraulic hose, as a do-it-yourself option using on-site crimpers. However increasing health and safety legislation, and a growing awareness of the criticality of hose in maintaining uptime, are leading more people to consider professional hose management solutions. 

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Taking the Long View on Safety with Festo

by Mark Carpenter

When your new product R&D can take up to 15 years, you want actual production to be as fast and reliable as possible. And when your entire production system is classified as potentially explosive Zone 1 and Zone 2, then you also want it to be as safe as possible. Which – if you’re Bayer Crop Science – means asking for advice, support and solutions from Festo.

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