MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Bakery saves EUR27,000 per year thanks to NSK bearings
NSK’s Molded-Oil bearing technology has produced annual savings of more than EUR27,000 for a major food producer on the operation of the main make-up conveyor within a bakery. The producer was experiencing failures every 6 weeks with approximately 36 bearings being replaced every year, which was causing considerable downtime and lost production.
Infra-red heating systems helps maintain chocolate quality
A precisely controllable, two-zone carbon infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is helping to ensure consistent chocolate quality at Ashbury Chocolates Ltd, of Corby, by pre-heating chocolate moulds prior to filling. The quartz infra-red system also saves considerable space over the metal element heating system which was previously employed.
Eaton helps Advetec keep waste digestion under control
Eaton is now the exclusive supplier of all key automation components used by Advetec Advanced Environmental Technologies, a world leader in the development and manufacture of bio-thermic waste disposal technology. Integrating Eaton products has allowed Advetec to devise control systems that are fast to build, intuitive in operation and, crucially, easy to maintain, with spare parts readily available in every part of the world.
Customised option for crane drive synchronisation
What to do when the crane of your choice is no longer available? An Australian provider of overhead cranes fulfils all customer needs, even when the parameters are very particular. For this application, the challenge was to synchronise a new bridge crane with two existing ones. Nord Drivesystems configured the drives keeping in mind the end-users budgetary requirements.
MiniTec’s profile system helps Zen improve golf putting platform
MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile-based machine building system is helping Zen, the British golf innovator and exporter in two ways; supplying framing and components for an artificial putting platform and providing a cost-reducing logistics service that enables large framing components to be sourced close to Zen’s international customer base.
Renishaw’s new pioneering encoder boldly goes into space
Renishaw has reached another milestone in the application of its technology by deploying products in space for the first time. The European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on April 3rd 2014, with Renishaw’s new space-encoder technology installed on the advanced Optical Communications Payload (OCP) of the satellite; part of an inter-satellite laser communication system. The OCP provides an optical Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) communications link via a pair of Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) by space telecommunications company Tesat-Spacecom (Tesat) of Backnang, Germany. The GEO LCT is currently accommodated on Europe’s AlphaSat.
Vapormatt Sabre installed at Ionbond demonstration centre
Vapormatt's innovative Sabre wet blasting machine has been installed at coating specialist Ionbond’s demonstration centre in Switzerland.
HepcoMotion in the frame at Samsung Innovation Museum
Samsung’s impressive Innovation Museum opened in April 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, and boasts the development of the company’s products from conception to the current day.
Overhead conveyor powered by Bauer improves plant productivity
While forklifts are excellent tools for transporting heavy pallets from place to place, they can also pose a very real risk to employee safety and cause damage to stock; this is especially true in a busy working environment. One Swiss drinks manufacturer found that its bottling plant was so busy that driver error was having a real impact on productivity. Fortunately it was able to reduce operating costs and increase productivity by installing an electrical overhead conveyor (EOC) with vehicles powered by Bauer Gear Motor.
Olmec supplies vision inspection system to automotive supplier
A supplier of injection-moulded components for automotive radiators has commissioned a vision inspection station from Olmec UK to eliminate the possibility of mis-labelled parts reaching the radiator manufacturer. Many component parts with only minor differences are manufactured, and the original manual inspection process involved operators attaching a label from pre-printed batches to an inspected part. Attaching the wrong label led to major problems at the radiator assembly stage.
Brammer eases consumable ordering process with Invend
Invend, an industrial vending system from Brammer, is helping to significantly reduce costs and improve overall efficiency for a major packaging manufacturer.
Powder presses: clear advantages thanks to new drive concept
Osterwalder AG is replacing the formerly used hydraulic drives by servo-electric drives in its new powder presses. The power is transmitted onto the pressing tool by NSK ball screws from the HTF series. The result: the systems require around 80 per cent less energy and produce pressed parts with a much higher dimensional accuracy. This reduces the amount of finishing work, such as grinding with diamond wheels, and cuts process and material costs.