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The ATEX Directive - Example of its Application in Practice

By Norbert Telaar on Dec 06, 2017

The term ATEX is derived from the French denomination "Atmosphères Explosibles" (explosive atmospheres): The ATEX Standard comprises the Equipment Directive 2014/34/EU as well as the Workplace Directive 1999/92/EC. In a previous article about the ATEX Directive we put more emphasis on general issues and theory. In this article we use the example of a flexible claw coupling to explain in more detail how this standard is implemented in practice.

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The Development of Locking Assemblies

By WP on Nov 08, 2017

Today, Locking Assemblies and Shrink Disks are standardized elements which provide a frictional connection between a shaft and a hub. They are not only capable of reliably transmitting torque, but of axial and transverse forces as well as bending moments, too. Oskar Peter is the father of the Locking Assembly. He recognized back in the 50`s that a locking assembly, in contrast to a key, is able to transmit considerably higher torques, thus allowing the engineering of much thinner and shorter shafts.

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Trade Fair Review: Exposibram 2017, Belo Horizonte

By WP on Oct 25, 2017

The 17th edition of the biannually held EXPOSIBRAM took place from September 18th to 21st in Belo Horizonte (MG), Brazil. With a floorspace of 12.000 m², this exhibition is considered one of the greatest mining events in South America, gathering representives of government authorities, contractors as well as private organizations in the same place. EXPOSIBRAM also hosts the Brazilian Mining Congress, which is organized by IBRAM (Brazilian Mining Association).  

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Review: DGEB Conference 2017, Weimar

By Lars Jahnel on Oct 11, 2017

This year, the 15th D-A-CH Conference, which is organized by the Societies of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics in Germany (DGEB), Austria (OGE) and Switzerland (SGEB) took place on September 21 and 22. September.  

This gathering of experts is conducted biennially and serves both as the exchange of knowledge between seismologists and engineers and the presentation of current scientific findings and experience gained from field applications. In addition, companies operating in the fields of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics as well as manufactures of earthquake protection systems had the opportunity to present their application solutions in the foyer of the Bauhaus university.

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Measuring Methods and Measuring Errors

By WP on Sep 27, 2017

Some weeks ago, we addressed the historical development of measurement technology. Today we would like to discuss the different measuring techniques and methods which help determine various parameters of a part being measured. Let's start with a few basic terms before we give a short overview of the most common measuring methods. 
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API – More than a Standard

By WP on Sep 13, 2017

In this blog article we are going to take a closer look at the API Standard 671 which specifies the requirements for special purpose couplings used in the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. This Standard has been developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is not to be confused with the identical abbreviation used in the IT field (Application Programming Interface). Let's begin with a few details about the institute that gave the name to the API Standard. 

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General Measurement Technology & its Historical Development

By Sophie Keil on Aug 09, 2017

Measuring processes unconsciously cross our daily paths more often than we are aware. Whether it is about scooping coffee for the coffee maker, the temperature of the coffee or the speedometer in a car - we encounter measurement technology everywhere. But, what is “measuring”?

A well suited definition is given here: “Measurement enables us to make statements about a measured parameter in relation to a unit of measurement”. Measurement technology allows the determination of parameters such as length, mass, temperature etc.

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Trade Fair Review: Power-Gen Europe 2017, Cologne

By WP on Jul 05, 2017

Since 1993 the annual exhibition and conference for the European energy industry presents new developments on the topics such as renewable energies, power plant technology as well as distributed energy generation. Since then the Power-Gen is deemed to be the leading trade fair for the power technology and energy industry in Europe, which takes place at changing locations every year. For the 25th issue of this trade visitor fair with its accompanying internationally oriented congress, organisers PennWell (UK) selected Cologne (Germany).

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9 Productivity Hacks for Engineers

By Sophie Keil on Jun 28, 2017

Who has not experienced the following? Arriving at the office in the morning and writing a to-do list, realizing at the end of the day that almost nothing has been finalized. There is always an additional, more important task or a colleague who needs a helping hand – faster, higher, further every day.  The piles on the desks are not getting less. With a few tips and with discipline this can be changed. We have collected a few smart productivity hacks:

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Tips for Engineers – Making Successful Presentations

By Sophie Keil on May 31, 2017

The presentation for the customer, performing at an exhibition or an internal meeting: again and again engineers have to face the challenge to present their developments. This isn’t everybody’s job. A frequent obstacle: preparing a PowerPoint presentation eats up time – and in the end it does not look that professional in many cases. The following basic tips should change that!

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