MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Non-contacting sensor for electro-hydraulic actuators
Modern automation technology is relying on exact positional data for moving machinery parts. The measurement values are provided by linear and rotary sensors, which must be immune to temperature, vibrations, and other environmental influences. In addition, many applications regularly require fast movement cycles, high-frequency oscillations, and/or continuous mechanical rotation. For this reason, non-contacting processes, which are practically free of wear and tear, have become increasingly prevalent. They are employed in the electro-hydraulic actuators of pipeline ball valves, for instance.
Flexicon capabilities match up to e-liquid filling market
The filling of cartridges for electronic cigarettes based on e-liquids is booming. According to Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, this has resulted in a rapid rise in orders for refilling systems such as the company’s Flexicon peristaltic liquid dosing technology. Indeed, one manufacturer in Europe says it has sold more than 20 filling lines for e-liquids in the past year alone. Its customers are contract packers working for distributors, as well as people who have started their own business. Almost daily, more and more companies are switching away from the manual refilling of cartridges.
Olmec vision system reduces chance of product recall
A leading manufacturer of OTC healthcare products has commissioned a five-camera inspection system on a cartoning machine with two separate leaflet feeders to ensure that cartons not only contain a patient information leaflet but that it is also the correct one. The vision system, designed and installed by Olmec UK, also provides the option to ensure that the correct bottle has also been inserted into the carton. Linked into the existing reject mechanism, this substantially reduces the chances of costly product recalls due to packaging errors.
Loctite – keeping the press rolling
The PM7 is one of the world’s most modern machines for the production of newsprint. It is rated to convert recycled paper and primary fibres into 360,000 tonnes of newsprint per year at an outstanding speed of 1900m/min. It is a giant of a machine that operates at the Swiss firm Perlen Papier AG, around the clock, 365 days a year and a range of LOCTITE products are playing their part in ensuring its reliable service.
iglidur surpasses car endurance test around the world
To celebrate 30 years of iglidur materials and the 50th birthday of the company, igus has retrofitted a car’s conventional bearings with iglidur plain bearings and circumnavigated the globe, thus demonstrating the durable and robust nature of iglidur materials in some harsh environments, from dirt tracks to wet and humid locations. In total, 56 bearing points were replaced with iglidur components – in applications such as the windscreen wipers, brake pedal, seat adjusters and throttle valves – of which none have failed or been replaced.
Reliance plays a part in Rosetta’s historic mission
12 November 2014 marked a historic date for the world as news arrived of the success of the Rosetta satellite mission and the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P. The progress of Rosetta has been followed with interest at Reliance Precision in Huddersfield where gears were manufactured for use on the satellite. The team at Reliance is thrilled to be contributing to such a prestigious project as Managing Director, Andrew Wright, explains: “There is something very satisfying about knowing our components are not only performing perfectly after 10 years, but are doing so in deep space at a distance of around 500 million km from our works here in Huddersfield”.
Cost-effective machining for automotive components from FANUC
Concentric, UK manufacturer of automotive pumps, has installed three FANUC Robodrill machining centres to increase metal-cutting capacity at its manufacturing facility in Erdington, Birmingham. Since installation, the high-speed, vertical-spindle machine has proved significantly more reliable and productive than previous machining centres.
Cardiff University buys Renishaw additive manufacturing machine
Cardiff University has invested in a Renishaw AM250 machine, adding laser melting to the University’s already extensive additive manufacturing research and development technologies.
High power and high speed together in a vertical milling machine
Manufactured by Jobs (Piacenza, Italy), JomaX is a family of big, high-power milling centres with a configuration of both vertical and horizontal axes. The JomaX milling centre family with high power includes three models: the JomaX 265, the JomaX 261, both with a mobile gantry, and the JomaX 269 with mobile column. Antonio Dordoni, Sales, Marketing and Services Director of Jobs SpA says: “The features of JomaX machines improve the competitiveness of our customers in many different fields: from precision machining to heavy mechanics, such as the manufacturing of mould holders, large sized moulds or large structural parts in titanium.”
Pacepacker rolls with UPM’s modular food-safe conveyor
With food automation making up such a large slice of Pacepacker Service’s pick, place and packing business, the equipment manufacturer recently specified a UPM Conveyors food-safe IP69K-certified conveyor system as part of a Cartesian pick and place robot system for handling packs of fresh food.
Reliance supports next generation treatment for prostate cancer
Reliance Precision is continuing its collaboration with French company EDAP TMS in providing mechatronic components and design support to help launch Focal One, the latest generation of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) systems designed to treat localised prostate cancer.
LG Motion’s design & build capability helps meet delivery target
LG Motion Limited has recently designed and supplied a semi-automatic parts handling and vision inspection system to Oxford MEStar, the Oxford University Institute of Biomedical Engineering spin-out company. Used for quality checking and product sorting of specially packaged ‘corneal scaffolds’ that are produced in the emerging technology of regenerative bioengineering, the system was urgently required and delivered quickly thanks to LG Motion’s design & production and motion control system integration service.