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Students use LabVIEW to develop soccer-playing robot
Engineering students have used National Instruments' LabVIEW to develop a humanoid robot and then evolve it so that is it capable of playing soccer.
Stainless circlip supplied for round-the-world yacht
TFC has supplied a special 40mm stainless steel circlip to Ashdown Marine for retaining a prop-shaft seal on a round-the-world yacht.
Ten years on, Perkins still prefers Crane torque instruments
Perkins Engines has purchased the latest torque measuring and auditing equipment from Crane Electronics for use on its Peterborough-based engine manufacturing plant.
Dampers control large doors subject to wind loading
Industrial Gas Springs (IGS) has provided large dampers to control a set of doors on a storage bunker at an oil refinery situated on the coast of West Wales.
DIY hydraulic hose replacements save £144,000
Wyko has supplied Caterpillar with a crimping machine, hoses and couplings so the company can assemble its own hydraulic hoses, thereby avoiding the costs and delays associated with a van-based hose replacement service.
Tunable lasers benefit from precision piezo actuators
A novel miniature linear motor actuator based on the Piezo Walk principle is suitable for tunable laser applications thanks to a highly dynamic sweep mode that combines long travel ranges to 20mm and speeds to 10mm/sec with sub-nanometre resolution and sub-millisecond response.
PID controllers selected for annealing and tempering
Eurotherm has supplied hundreds of its PID temperature controllers and single-phase thyristor units to Supermax for controlling heat treatment, annealing and tempering ovens used in the manufacture of disposable razor blades.
Automatic cutting tool lubricator reduces operating costs
Albon is using Bielomatik Minimal Quantity Lubrication systems on its machining centres to reduce the volume of cutting fluid used, shorten cycle times, improve tool wear and enhance the scrap value of the swarf produced.
Laser sintering produces customied and optimised robot grippers
ASS Maschinenbau is using rapid manufacturing technologies to produce customised and optimised robot end effectors in plastic and metals.
Bulk containers of welding wire save 100 man-hours per year
Finley Structures has found that switching to ESAB Marathon Pac bulk containers of welding wire is saving 100 man-hours per year or more, plus weld quality is improved.
EdgeCAM offline CNC package to achieve six-month payback
Rane (Madras) Ltd (RML), a supplier to global automotive manufacturers has installed the EdgeCAM offline CNC part programming package and achieved average cuts in production time of 15 per cent, leading to an expected payback period of six months.
Thermal cameras aid process optimisation and monitoring
This article by IMPAC Infrared outlines some of the diverse applications where thermal imaging can assist with process set-up, optimisation and monitoring for quality and safety.