Early identification of faults on rail signalling power systems driven by new standards

Tony Edwards looks at how increasing demands for more effective identification of faults is shaping more sensitive and responsive monitoring Every day rail maintenance crews face the challenge of ensuring that the power systems for operating signalling systems are free from faults to ensure that there is no interruption of service. Faults inevitably occur due

Customised industrial filters and vibrating sifters

Strict regulations within the food industry means companies continually review their processes to ensure the quality of their food products remain of the highest standard. A bakery company found inefficiencies in their existing food processing method and sought a new solution. In the production of dough based products, the products are boiled before being baked.

Portable GC/MS for chemical hazard identification

FLIR Systems announces the Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), its first person-portable chemical identifier. The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid, liquid, and vapour, to rapidly identify chemical hazards in the field. The Griffin G510 represents a new-generation of portable GC/MS capability, with

Silicone adhesive lowers costs

Back-up cameras, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection and forward collision warnings are all among the hottest new features driving sales of today’s automotive vehicles. As a result, OEMs and their suppliers are quickly innovating new sensor and display designs specifically for use in the comparatively harsh automotive environment. In addition to needing to be more

SOLIDWORKS or Solid Edge?

Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Marmite or Vegemite? Solid Edge or SOLIDWORKS? These are the questions that have plagued humankind for generations. In this article, we will address at least one of these dichotomies, and will hopefully enable you to make an informed decision about which CAD package is best for you. A screenshot of

Characterization Converts 3D CFD Simulation into a 1D System Model Component

3D CFD simulations are accurate, but too slow. Co-simulation is too time consuming to set up early in development. 3D characterizations into 1D simulations is just right. (Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics.) Optimizing a massive fluid system, like an engine cooling system, can be a considerable task for even the most seasoned engineers. Perhaps two

Geared motors with high power density and higher torque ratings

WEG has expanded their relatively young WG20 family of geared motors with helical, parallel-shaft and helical bevel gear units featuring rated torques from 820 to 1,550Nm. Available in two frame sizes, they enhance the existing product line with rated torques from 50 to 600Nm. The housings of the new, high-performance gear units are made from

Designing for Industry 4.0

Jonathan Wilkins explains the changes design engineers face as Industry 4.0 booms When the Walkie Talkie skyscraper was constructed in 2009, it was supposed to be an up-market living space for hundreds of London’s most wealthy citizens. However, it turned out the be the perfect example of designer myopia —  a phenomenon where a product

CPU safety-critical systems

Imagination Technologies announces a highly-scalable 64-bit MIPS multiprocessing solution that has been stringently assessed and validated to meet functional safety (FuSa) compliance for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards. This makes it suitable for handling the compute-intensive tasks in emerging safety-critical systems such as autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT and robotics. Surpassing the capabilities of other

Encouraging young people to enter the engineering sector

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched its first activity as part of a yearlong #ISeeMore campaign drive, aimed at encouraging young people to open their eyes to the variety of exciting careers available in engineering. Specifically targeting children aged nine years old and upwards, #ISeeMore, is part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign