Effectiveness, safety, customization, profitability – the diverse and complex requirements in drive and damping technology are constantly increasing and changing. How do development engineers approach them? What specific solutions do they create for different industrial and technological sectors? How are pioneering innovations successfully achieved that provide real added value? We discuss this and much more in our The Engineer's Blog.
Since 20th April 2016, it has been binding, the ATEX Directive of the European Union. It defines the legal regulations for equipment and components that are intended for use in areas subject to explosion hazards. Manufacturers, distributors and operators should keep themselves informed, since the certificates issued so far are no longer valid for any products that will be newly launched onto the market. There are also amendments pertaining to operators, who themselves set up a plant or an assembly from several components, for example, with a pump, coupling and engine. The user will then be considered as manufacturer and must know the exact properties of the components used, including the coupling.
Ignoring induced forces or the faulty design of belt conveyor pulleys can cause high repair costs. Resulting damage may show itself in shaft breakage, axial movement or plastic deformation of the pulley bottom. Apart from that, downtime losses accrue which can quickly amount to several millions.
Typically, engineers focus on the smallest of details. From time to time, however, it is worth taking a look at the big picture – or even beyond it. What are the concerns of the market? What is being talked about and above all: where does the journey lead to? Here is our overview.