Modern machines vary in complexity and intended purpose in application, but one commonality all machines share is the element of motion.
The limits of a machine’s motion capabilities can be calculated based on torque, force, and velocity, and in order to ensure mechanisms continue to operate safely and effectively– determining these limitations and maintaining them is a critical requirement for protecting against machine failures and injuries, according to Motion Australia’s Steve Hittmann.
“The power and energy behind mechanical drive systems are what literally keep industry in motion,” says Hittmann.
“Whether we are dealing with packaging and printing machinery, food processing equipment, or production assembly lines for metal and steelworks – all of these industries rely on machined equipment to perform to a certain standard, particularly in controlled environments where workplace safety is paramount.”
As category manager for Mechanical Drive Systems, Hittmann is well versed in the complex engineering problems that come with safeguarding mechanical systems, as well as the safety requirements that go into power transmission and drive system design.
When it comes to predicting a potential failure or breakdown on a piece of equipment, Steve says that torque limiters play an important role in addressing these challenges.
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