The opinions of our Editors and Contributors.

Partnering to add value

Choosing the right partner can result in better process automation, higher productivity and greater efficiency. Here, Matthew Hawkridge, chief technology officer at Ovarro, looks at the benefits of working with a Remote Telemetry Unit partner with an eye on the future.

A Budget for business?

Following the Budget, Eureka takes a look at some of the reactions from industry and engineering.

The rise and fall of the Internal Combustion Engine?

Peter Debenham, senior consultant?at?Ignite Exponential, the innovation business arm of engineering and design consultancy, Plextek, traces?one of?the most significant inventions?of the last 150 years to modern-day burnout.

The fight against fakes

Counterfeit bearings can shorten the life of rolling bearings, leading to premature failure of machines, vehicles and other rotating equipment. Technology can aid the fight against them.

Supply chains: The Missing Link

COVID-19 has dramatically exposed the fragility of today’s ‘just-in-time’ global supply chains. MakerBot’s VP Engineering, Dave Veisz, looks at the lessons learnt.

Built for production?

Peter Hansford, Director, Business Development at Wayland Additive looks at the barriers that have existed to production additive manufacturing in metal.

Sustainable Composites?

The strength, versatility, adaptability and potential of composites have given these materials superstar status among designers in recent years, but the fact remains that, being largely plastic-based, they currently still pose significant environmental problems.

How strong are your patents?

Simon Jelley, head of innovation and Tom Copeland, senior consultant at 42 Technology, look at common errors made in protecting patents.

Collaborative or cooperative – Which type of robot suits your application best?

Robots are becoming increasingly easy to use, more economical and suitable for a higher number of industrial applications. As human operators and robots increasingly share a common space in the manufacturing environment, the choice between a collaborative or cooperative machine is naturally being given more consideration. Barry Weller, product manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at the key features of collaborative and cooperative robots and how to quickly identify the best system for an intended application.

How micromotors can be used in the agricultural industry

Agriculture is a demanding and developing industry. One farming tractor can now do in a day what used to take 100 people, a week. While the industry is literally, reaping the benefits of demand, this does provoke concerns over pesticide use and soil health. However, farming robots are paving the way to help overcome these concerns.

COVID-19: Ventilator Crisis

COVID-19 is taking the world by storm. With talks of UK lockdown being just days away, it is a very unsettling time for everyone. If you were to tell me last year that in the first few months of 2020 there would be roaring Australian bushfires, climate emergencies, US trade tariff wars and a deadly virus spreading across the globe – I wouldn’t have believed you.

Getting the UK up to speed with EVs

You’ve doubtless heard of the UK Government’s plans to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from the year 2035. That’s less than 5,500 days left to run out and buy that gas-guzzling SUV you know you shouldn’t, but it also means the days remaining to electrify the UK’s road network are rapidly running out. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, points out some potential potholes on the road ahead.

Bearings are crucial to reducing noise in factories

The health and safety executive (HSE) estimates that 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of low-noise bearings supplier, SMB Bearings explains how small changes in the machine design process, can have a huge effect on workers’ eardrums. Machine builders should take note.

How robots are changing the brewing industry

Munch’s most famous work, The Scream has four versions in three different mediums. Each variant is unique yet unmistakably recognizable. Historically, brewing has been a mix of art and science, but with beer in high demand, optimising the brewing process for a consistent product is key to meeting customer requirements. Here, Tatjana Milenovic, group vice president for ABB’s Food and Beverage division explores the application of robotics in a brewery setting.

What are the ultra-low friction grease options?

The F1 in Schools competition sees students from around the world compete to design and race the fastest miniature car model. The UK took home the world champion title at the 2019 world finals in Abu Dhabi, but what can design engineers learn from this success? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director at specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explores the design options for ultra-low friction applications.

Amputee bonds with son thanks to 3D printed hand

Danny Florence lost both legs, a hand and most of his fingers, after contracting meningitis at the age of 5. For 21 years he managed adequately with one hand, but when Danny became a father, he realised it had an impact on the bond he had with his son.

The road ahead for commercial vehicle design

Time magazine has announced its Person of the Year for 2019 as Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired a global movement to fight climate change. This is a poignant reminder that sustainability and environmental issues will be high on the global agenda in 2020, and the commercial vehicle sector is no exception. Here, Roger Brereton, head of sales at steering system manufacturer Pailton Engineering, explains three commercial vehicle design trends to look out for this year.

Top-level lessons from REO UK’s R30 e-book

In November 2019, power quality specialist REO UK celebrated 30 years of excellence in electrical engineering by releasing its book, R30: The past, present and future of power, on Amazon Kindle. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK and author of R30, shares some of the top-level insight explored in the book.

Smart bearings: The demise of slow-comotives

According to the TUC, the average rail commute in the UK takes an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes, each day. Also add to the equation that, last year, more than one third of trains failed to arrive at stations due to technical faults, and you’re left with one very miserable commuter. Chris Johnson, managing director of industrial bearing supplier SMB Bearings, considers the future adoption of smart bearings and their impact on Industry 4.0 and the UK.

Improved dental tools will provide faster treatment for patients

If you’ve ever suffered from a toothache, you know that the pain it causes can be life-disrupting. Alarmingly, there are growing numbers of people across the UK waiting for dental treatment in pain. The increasing sophistication of micromotors is having a major impact on dentistry, leading to faster and improved treatment. Here, Stewart Goulding, managing director at mechatronic drive system supplier EMS Ltd explains how micromotors are improving patient care.

Encoderless safety: drive-integrated safety without an encoder

What is the goal of functional safety? To minimise the risks posed by technical equipment to humans and the environment. Machine tools, for example, can endanger operators and technicians with tools that rotate at high speeds. Drive technology that ensures the required safety functions without encoders offers the user various advantages, says Mark Checkley of KEB.

Busting electric vehicle myths

Following a surprise break into the electric vehicle (EV) market, Dyson’s £2 billion project came to the end of the road in October 2019. As the famed maker of vacuum cleaners and hair dryers failed to find a way to make its project commercially viable, is the EV hype fizzling out? Here, Simone Bruckner, managing director of power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors, busts some of the myths in EV uptake.