MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Electric handling unit ensures precision in DNA extraction
Festo has developed a high-level handling system for use in the new oKtopure DNA extraction robot from LGC. The fully automatic robot has been developed for plant and animal breeders, and molecular biologists who often face technical challenges when analysing DNA.
Inductive position sensor in miniature hydraulic F1 actuators
Micro-Epsilon is supplying a customised version of its 3mm diameter EDS inductive sensor to Moog Industrial Group, which integrates the sensor into its miniature hydraulic actuators for F1 motorsport applications, including actuators for controlling turbochargers, throttles and air inlet trumpets.
Desktop autoclaves achieve reliability with Bürkert steam valves
Desktop autoclaves are useful for providing quick, reliable sterilisation for small implements when space is at a premium. Traditionally these machines have been expensive and high maintenance; however, through the reliability of Bürkert’s solenoid valve range, MDS Medical Ltd has changed the status-quo to offer high-performance, low-maintenance desktop autoclaves at reasonable prices.
Telsonic’s compact ultrasonic modules stay at the front
Following a successful partnership on an automotive grille assembly project, a supplier to UK Automotive OEM’s has once again chosen Telsonic’s ultrasonic systems for their front grille module project.
Chain from iwis for Woolwich ferry bridge lifting systems
The Woolwich ferry provides one of the few available crossings of the River Thames in east of London, linking the north and south circular roads across the river. The ferry service bridges at Woolwich Crossing were recently overhauled, and iwis drive systems Ltd. from Tipton, UK, provided new roller chains for the North and South side bridge lifting systems.
Threadlockers ensure reliability for specialist vehicles
Local Motors is using Loctite threadlockers for two very different vehicles: the Rally Fighter, which is an off-road racing car; and the Strati, a 3D printed, electrically powered road car with just 49 parts.
Drive and motor system cuts extruder energy usage by 9 per cent
The prospect of improved energy efficiency, increased operational reliability and lower maintenance costs appeals to any business. It was these three factors which ensured Emerson was able to help Stål & Plast, a Danish extrusion specialist, improve its production processes by replacing three worn-out DC electric motors with energy-friendly Dyneo PM motors and a Unidrive M variable speed drive at the company’s extruder plant.
Preventing tablet cross-contamination in pharma packaging lines
Olmec UK has designed a novel vision system for 100 per cent inspection of pharmaceutical tablets for a manufacturer of healthcare products. The tablets are inspected on packaging machines used for multiple products in order to prevent cross-contamination – a tablet from a previous batch getting into the final packaging. The system, designed to inspect a variety of tablet types and colour combinations, was required to fit into a very limited space on the existing line and also provide good operator access for cleaning.
Split spherical roller bearings cut plant maintenance costs
By replacing solid spherical roller bearings on a vehicle bodywork washer conveyor belt drive with split spherical roller bearings and matching housings from Schaeffler, a car manufacturer in Spain has significantly reduced the time it takes to replace damaged bearings, resulting in reduced maintenance costs and reduced downtime of the washer plant.
Renishaw brings 3D printing expertise to Land Rover BAR TIG
Custom screw jacks used in dough sheeters and gauge rolls
Baker Perkins, a leading manufacturer of machinery for the bread, biscuit and confectionery sectors, has selected Kelston cubic screw jacks for its new TruClean sheeters and gauge rolls.
Adhesive helps to improve lean manufacturing of valves
Thanks to close collaboration between engineers from Henkel and HydraForce, the manufacturer of hydraulic valves has been able to use the principles of lean manufacturing to help improve process efficiency. The project also created opportunities for HydraForce to enhance the quality of its Loctite adhesive application and assembly procedures by taking full advantage of an innovative Loctite retaining compound.