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The Mechanical and Manufacturing division is a group for members working in mechanical engineering and manufacturing in a broad range of industries, providing CPD and networking events for engineers.

 

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Mechanical and Manufacturing in the Engineers Journal

Partly completed equipment - when machines aren't quite machines

  Derek Coulson, technical advisor, Safe Machine Ltd  CE (Conformité Européenne) marking of machinery has been with us since 1993, so it is of some concern that many machinery users and manufacturers still do not do it properly. The original Machinery Directive was significantly modified at the end of 2009. Machinery supplied since then should comply with the current Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which defines machinery as “an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive ...

The Machinery Directive – what it means for manufacturing

  Author: John Colreavy, inspector, Health and Safety Authority From powered hand-tools to robot-assisted assembly lines, lawnmowers to combine harvesters, lifting slings to tower cranes, the scope of the Machinery Directive is enormous. It is one of a number of European Directives linked to the concept of a single market, i.e. free movement of goods if the product is deemed safe by meeting the health and safety requirements of the relevant Directives. The current Machinery ...

Top five things that can go wrong with electric motors

  Author: Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation There are a myriad of issues that can cause electric motors to fail. However, among this rogue’s gallery of problems there is a set of usual suspects that crop up more often than the others. In this article, we have compiled a list of the top five causes. It is a bit like the Brit Awards, but with less James Cordon and more electrical engineering, which can only be a good thing. Excess heat: It’s getting hot in here Excessive heat is one of ...

'Sixth sense' sensor screw measures forces inside machines

 An age-old engineering problem: how do you precisely measure the forces that act between two components inside a machine or, for example, on the sail of a boat without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed a brilliantly simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor. The sensor screw has its origin in special research area SFB 805, 'Control of uncertainty in load-carrying mechanical systems', at the TU Darmstadt. If ...

Selecting the best adhesive for an engineering project

  Engineering adhesives and compounds are playing an increasingly important role in the build quality of manufacturing equipment and machinery and their ongoing reliability. These products are used structurally at the design and manufacturing stage to achieve more static and dynamic strength, to save weight, prevent leak paths and eliminate problems associated with corrosion. During the service life of the plant, they offer many benefits over traditional methods for applications – such as ...

Samco strikes gold with machinery to aid maize production

  Brought up on the family farm, in Adare, Co Limerick, self-taught engineer Samuel Shine inherited the family dairy farm of 110 acres from his late father in 1978. Over the following two decades, he saw at first hand the difficulties faced by Irish farmers in preserving grass silage. “During the late 1980s, I had a large silage-contracting business in Munster called SJS Contracting. I saw that one of the biggest issues was grass silage preservation, so I started doing some research ...
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