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Testing the new generation of integrated drives

The recent rise of interest in integrated motor/inverters units has led to the need for testing and mapping of their performance over a range of operating conditions. A wireless torque sense has been used as the heart of a dynamometer a built for just this task. Electric motors are fundamentally... Read More

Testing time for fall arrestors

Safety equipment such as fall arrestors must work perfectly every time they are called into action, so they must be made to the highest standards of manufacture, tested and certified. Only then will users have confidence wearing them. Global market leader Latchways plc of Devizes has developed two different test rigs as... Read More

TorqSense RWT400 series torque transducer

Sensors will define the future of production and technology

This past year it has been difficult to open an engineering magazine and not read about the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 or Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2MC). But all the hype and predictions will come to naught if sensor manufacturers don’t rise to the challenges before them, says Tony Ingham... Read More

Mobile harbour equipment can automatically generate commercial information

Harbour sides are busy places, with ships docking, unloading one cargo, loading another and departing again as quickly as possible. Keeping track of all this activity and of their various and valuable cargoes is demanding yet vital, so it is best to automate as much as possible. Mark Ingham of... Read More

Torquing sense about ship unloaders

A ship at sea is earning its owners money; a ship in port is costing its owners money. Therefore, rapid loading and unloading are critical to the success of a shipping company and dockside technology continues to develop to provide ever more speed and efficiency. Unloading dry bulk cargo from... Read More

Measuring Viscosity Wirelessly

If precise mixing is a crucial process variable, viscosity measurement may be the most accurate way to ensure optimum performance. But rotating mixers can lead to very tangled wiring, so here Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd looks at wireless options. Mixing is fundamental to the manufacture of many products;... Read More

Non-contact Torque sensing delivers improved control in coal industry

Non-contacting torque sensing technology is delivering improved monitoring and control to materials handling applications in the coal industry, including monitoring of coal conveyors and viscosity measurement of coal slurry. In each case the technology delivers improved accuracy over alternative techniques, so improves quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Throughout the coal... Read More

British Engineering experts provide ultra-marathon tests for aircraft parts

An aerospace componentry dynamometer test rig that can run continuously for 3,000 hours and longer has been built by Manchester’s Automated Technologies Ltd, to its philosophy of using as many British-made components as possible. Among the key components are a TorqSense transducer, made by Sensor Technology of Banbury, and a variable... Read More

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