Mark Carpenter

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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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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How to Prepare Your Air

by Mark Carpenter

You know the expression that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration? Well, compressed air is 100% preparation for 0% condensation. And 0% dirt, oil and chemical contaminants too. Festo has shared with us best practice tips for compressed air preparation.

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Understand and Optimise Your Processes with SMC Flow Switches

by Mark Carpenter

Knowledge is power, knowing the flow rate helps users save energy and resources, isolate problems and confirm correct operation of a system. 

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Don't Just React: Act!

by Mark Carpenter

Reactive maintenance is a policy that’s been made to sound respectable by giving it a professional sounding name. But when you consider that it’s essentially waiting until something goes wrong, then running round panicking until it’s fixed, it doesn’t sound quite such a good way to operate. 

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Having Your Cake and Eating It

by Mark Carpenter

Food and beverage manufacturers want to have the best of all possible worlds: optimum cost-efficiency, combined with consistently high standards of hygiene, and exceptional flexibility for product, packaging and pack size variation. When you not only want to make your cake, but have it and eat it too, process and factory automation technology solutions from Festo can help.

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Cups and Sourcers from Piab

by Mark Carpenter

If you need to source suction cups for any application in any industry, you don’t need to look any further than Piab. From the smallest plastic parts to the largest sheets of metal, there’s almost certain to be a Piab suction cup to handle it.

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How Long Is A Piece Of Hose?

by Mark Carpenter

How long is a problem with a piece of hose going to hold up your process? A few minutes? A few hours? A few days? It all depends on the nature of the problem, the type of hose, the knowledge available in-house, and the availability of a suitable replacement.

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