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JW Townson supplies bellows and test rig to UK MOD
James Walker Townson needed to prove that its fabric bellows were capable of protecting the rams used to move a submarine's forward hydroplane, so the company designed and built a dedicated test rig.
EdgeCAM offers crucial benefits to microfluidics firm
RoBio Systems develops devices using Microfluidics and, thanks to its investment in EdgeCAM, the company is delivering the rapid design iterations and fast turnaround times that its customers require.
High-performance tilt sensors used in synchrotrons
High-performance tilt sensors from Inertial Aerosystems are being used in synchrotron and similar applications to align particle beams.
Motors and drives cut annual energy bill by £40,000
Two WEG 132kW EEF1 high-efficiency motors and CFW-09 Vectrue drives are providing Crisp Maltings of Portgordon, Scotland, with energy savings worth £40,000 per year on the operation of two, 2-metre diameter drying fans used in the production of high-quality malt.
Robot cell boosts efficiency of complex grinding operation
ABB has designed and developed a robot-based application for pump manufacturer Alfa Laval Ltd, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which both saves labour and is cleaner than the previous, manually-intensive production methods that were employed.
Rittal helps to break rail speed record
Austrian Railways' multi-system locomotive is now the world's fastest rail vehicle; it broke the 51-year old world record not just once but twice - and that in less than an hour. Rittal was also on board thanks to its innovative products.
Pneumatics more reliable than electrics for valve actuation
Thames Water has switched from electrical to pneumatic actuation on a 1600mm butterfly valve that is crucial to the operation of its Ashford Common water treatment plant. As well as improving reliability, the pneumatic actuation makes the valve more responsive and it oscillates less.
Industrial PCs keep Rizla rolling
Having standardised on Beckhoff industrial PCs from Hayes Control Systems, Rizla, the UK's largest supplier of cigarette papers, found that the versatility of these compact yet powerful products made possible the implementation of an innovative plant monitoring system.
Molded Oil bearings cut cost of ownership on packaging machine
Autowrappers has installed NSK's Molded Oil bearings on a new beef burger packaging machine for Unilever - Birds Eye Foods and it is expected that this will eliminate problems caused by bearing lubricants being lost during the regular washdowns required in food processing plants.
Mono Pumps use Moeller Electric easy500 programmable relays
Crompton Controls has built a control system around a Moeller Electric easy500 programmable relay for use in Mono Pumps' Muncher macerators.
CSi uses Profibus to speed construction of modular palletisers
Profibus is being used by CSi for its customised flexible palletisers, enabling assembly operations to be simplified and time saved, plus the need for cabinet space is reduced.
Advanced manufacturing system built around Festo components
Spirax Sarco has worked closely with Festo to design and build a replacement production line for thermostatic capsules. The investment is expected to pay for itself in just 3.5 years.