MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Spelsberg customised enclosures feature in educational rig
TecQuipment, provider of high-quality educational equipment for engineering disciplines across the world, is using customised enclosures from Spelsberg UK in its latest sediment transport channel flume for teaching engineering students about fluid mechanics. To deliver suitable enclosures quickly, the products were produced via Spelsberg’s in-house CNC machining service.
Reliance supplies custom componentry for satellites
The successful launch of the new SES 12 satellite brings further space flight heritage for Reliance Precision Ltd (Reliance).
Mitsubishi automation system boosts Denby Pottery's productivity
Although often perceived as a threat to traditional industries, automation can actually empower artisans to have greater control over skilled manufacturing processes and enable improved product quality. When Denby Pottery, a premier producer of handcrafted tableware, looked at refurbishing its process control systems it turned to Mitsubishi Electric’s distributor BPX to provide a reliable and well-connected option to efficiently monitor, control and improve their clay production line. Now successfully implemented, Mitsubishi Electric’s state of the art system has reduced downtime and improved the quality of their customer’s clay processing.
ZF wind turbine gearboxes have Schaeffler cloud connection
Schaeffler and ZF Friedrichshafen are cooperating on a development project aimed at the wind power sector. During operation, wind turbine gearboxes that are equipped with sensors send load data to a cloud-to-cloud system shared by the two companies.
Switching to NSK linear guides gives nine-times longer life
A UK-based manufacturer of hygienic wipes (wet wipes) is enjoying the benefits of replacing standard linear guides with those manufactured by NSK. After experiencing persistent and expensive breakdown situations, the company opted to upgrade by fitting NSK linear guides, which, thanks to their stainless steel sliders and specially coated rails, have delivered a nearly nine-fold increase in working life. Installed within the framework of an NSK Added Value Programme AIP, the move has resulted in improved machine performance, as well as reduced maintenance and downtime costs.
Continuous thermal imaging reduces risks in steel mill
Steel breakouts are catastrophic process failures that are both extremely dangerous and costly. Monitoring the health of ladles and torpedoes using thermal imaging can greatly minimise the risk, but a handheld infrared camera can only provide a periodic check on the health of these critical transport structures. ANT Automation has overcome this limitation by developing a system that provides continuous thermal monitoring and at its heart is FLIR thermal imaging.
multiCELL controller supports Champagne production
Producing high quality champagne takes time and expertise; ensuring consistent quality requires precision process control and a reliable infrastructure. For CRVC (Coopérative Régionales des Vins de Champagne) the installation of a special disgorging line required expert support, which was delivered through a partnership with Bürkert.
Gear units with nsd tupH anti-corrosion treatment
Nord Drivesystems has developed the nsd tupH anti-corrosion treatment for use in demanding environments with stringent hygiene requirements. The innovative surface treatment, which makes aluminium drives robust and durable, also impressed the Australian company Smalte Conveying Solutions.
Ready-to-connect igus readychain cuts assembly time
Taiwanese tool manufacturer Hartford uses fully-assembled energy chain systems from igus in its robotic machining centres. This cuts out many process steps for the manufacturer, reducing assembly time from several weeks to just half a day. Another benefit for Hartford is that when it orders readychain from igus, it is from a single source and delivered onsite fully tested.
Switching to NSK high-performance bearings saves EUR140,000
When a UK-based company was experiencing constant bearing failures on an autoclave bogie wheel assembly, expert guidance from NSK was sought to resolve the issue.
Complex kinetic sculpture benefits from igus e-spool guides
A highly complex control, audio and power cable management system, at a height of 4m – these were the challenges for a new work of art. The solution: e-spool from igus ensures reliable cable feed in a confined space even under the toughest of time pressures. It was quick to install, and easy to maintain and operate.
Insurance company uses thermal imaging to help clients save £10M
Traditionally, insurance companies have taken a reactive approach to property loss resulting from equipment breakdown. However, in a bid to minimise electrical and mechanical failure and its associated fire risk, an increasing number of insurers are now requiring their customers to adopt thermal imaging to spot electrical and mechanical faults in their infancy.