MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Flexible drive system – simple, yet clever
Robotronic AG, the Swiss sole agency for Mitsubishi robots, focuses on individual automation systems. For the specialist’s self-developed robot cell ‘MRT’ (Modular Robot Technology), a feeding system for the pharmaceutical packaging industry, HepcoMotion linear systems were the choice. The combination of Robotronic’s modular design and HepcoMotion’s linear systems offers an individual product, ready for serial production.
HepcoMotion X-Y-Z gantry provides 3kN of downforce
The Department on Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University is a world authority on soil dynamics. Its research group continues to explore how soil behaves under different stress conditions and for this purpose has developed a non-intrusive modelling technique using transparent soil. Central to this work is a test rig, whose design and construction has brought together the expertise of the linear motion company, HepcoMotion, and SmartDrive, specialists in motion control.
Shaft-hub connection saves set-up time on food conveyor
Abssac has supplied a stainless steel ETP EXPRESS R hydraulic shaft-hub connection for an application in food packaging machinery.
High load combined bearings specified for world trade centre hub
The extensive Winkel range of high load combined bearing systems has been an important element of the HepcoMotion product programme for many years. These products are widely used in the manufacturing industry for heavy duty applications but their ability to withstand very high radial and axial loads is now finding favour in other sectors too. One of those is architectural engineering, as a new project at the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York demonstrates.
Single point control for emergency vehicles
Emergency vehicles are outfitted with a number of complex and intricate systems that allow them to perform essential functions, from emergency lights and sirens through to radio communications and performance of pumping equipment. Recognising the potential for cost and time savings if control of these functions could be streamlined, Emergency One began its search for an alternative vehicle functionality control method.
Integrated welding cell from ABB cuts production time
An ABB robotic welding cell is enabling agricultural machinery manufacturer Shelbourne Reynolds to reduce production times for its range of articulated hedge-cutting tractor attachments. Handling the several hundred welds entailed in the production of the attachments, the cell has so far cut welding process times by 66 per cent compared with the company’s previous manufacturing process.
E2S Warning Signals creates lifeboat launch alert
UK signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching.
Thermal imaging spots cockpit electrical faults
Today, even low-cost, entry-level thermal imaging cameras are surprisingly smart. They are suitable for quick and easy troubleshooting but they are not best suited to every task. Where clear visual evidence of thermal difference is needed in mission or process-critical application, a camera that has a thermal sensitivity of no less than 30mK is essential.
ABB motion controllers give scanning company global access
A company specialising in scanning systems is using ABB’s global presence to help it provide worldwide support for its product ranges. SmartDrive, based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, uses ABB NextMove ES, NextMove e100 and NextMove ESB-2 motion controllers to control stepper motors that allow the accurate positioning and movement of digital scanners. These are used by the medical, museum and scientific sectors to give very detailed, high-resolution images of objects and artwork. The ability of the controllers and motors to provide accurate positioning and motion means the scanner can achieve flat, distortion free images of the scanned area, removing the image curvature that is an artefact of standard digital photography.
Paper mill cuts out problems thanks to Siemens technology
Operational efficiencies in the form of reduced downtime, increased production capability and lower costs are just some of the key benefits being enjoyed by paper and paper product manufacturer Romiley Board Mill following a recent automation upgrade project on a critical production line.
GA VSD+ compressor provides test lab air for Stannah Stairlifts
After a successful trial with Stannah Stairlifts, Atlas Copco’s innovative energy-efficient GA VSD+ compressor is now providing vital 24/7 test lab air for the company’s R&D operations at its site in Andover, Hampshire.
Tsubaki delivers a number of savings on pallet conveyor system
For a brewery in Europe, as for many manufacturers, efficient pallet transportation was crucial to maintaining a cost-effective production regime. When it started to develop problems which led to increased maintenance costs and lost production time, a rapid and reliable solution was required which, in this case, required expert advice from Tsubaki and the ability to offer high-quality chain which would deliver improved performance as well as reducing maintenance costs.