MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Electronification boosts construction machine's capabilities
By adopting Bosch Rexroth's electronification concept, a manufacturer of specialist construction machinery has created a new machine with unparalleled capabilities.
Güdel gantry robots for large, heavy or unusual applications
Robots manufacture many items that are part of our everyday life, ranging from the cars that we drive to kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners. There are even robots manufacturing parts for robotic lawn mowers. Many of these robot systems are traditional 6 axis types of varying sizes and configurations, and these types of robot are well suited to the majority of “run of the mill” tasks. When, however, the work area needs to be large, the components to be handled are excessively heavy or the application requires a complete bespoke system, this is where Güdel’s gantry robot systems come into their own.
Automated optical measurement of automotive filter dimensions
Micro-Epsilon scanCONTROL laser profile scanners have been integrated within a testing machine for inspecting automotive filters to ensure proper functioning and prevent damage to other components during assembly.
The 3D printed house
A house made by a 3D printer? This is no longer just a dream… the façade of the ‘Europa-Haus’ in the Amsterdam Marine Quarter, built for the duration of the Dutch Presidency of the EU, was partly constructed in this way. Based in Amsterdam, DUS Architects realised the idea of building entire houses in this way – with a mobile 3D printer in extra-extra-large (XXL) format, which is housed in a shipping container. For the construction of the building, the architects worked closely with igus.
Mobil DTE 10 Excel 68 helps plastics manufacturer save energy
A manufacturer of durable plastics has realised significant savings at its production plant as a result of switching to Mobil DTE 10 Excel 68. The introduction of the high-performance hydraulic oil helped to enhance overall hydraulic efficiency, resulting in energy savings of 4.28 per cent.
Hygienic lobe pumps help to smooth the sun cream process
Malibu Health Products is a private manufacturer of sun care and related products based in St Albans, Hertfordshire and well known for brands such as the sun cream ‘Malibu Sun’. Inoxpa Sanitary Lobe pumps, supplied by pumping specialists Michael Smith Engineers, have contributed towards improving manufacturing processes, reducing maintenance and downtime.
MiniTec’s aluminium profile system used as innovative camera rig
Whilst a significant part of MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile systems are to be found in classic industrial applications such as machine guarding, conveyors, work stations and the like, the application possibilities extend to retail, sports and lifestyle projects as well. One could say that the possibilities are as limitless as the imagination is to construct a framework or structure out of metal parts – an industrial building set in fact.
Molex Polymicro Technologies optical fibre onboard ICESat-2
Molex’s Polymicro Technologies optical fibre is being used to build NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2). The satellite, slated for launch in 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, will measure changes in Earth features, from melting ice sheets and thinning sea ice to growing trees.
Direct drive and motion controllers for automated decoration
A fully servo-driven machine that can be used for various types of printing and lacquering. The machine has the capability to increase production whilst retaining high quality: today Todema meets the goal – thanks to CDDR direct drive motors and to the Kollmorgen AKD PDMM motion controller.
Precision wood machining centre uses 28-axis CNC system from NUM
Krüsi Maschinenbau has launched a precision wood machining machine that is based on a 28-axis CNC system from NUM.
WAGO uses Spelsberg enclosures for new pre-mounted products
As one of the most trusted names for interconnection technology it’s little wonder that many of WAGO’s products are available from Screwfix and other distributors. Its terminals and conductors can now be bought pre-mounted in a Spelsberg A-Box enclosure. The Spelsberg range was chosen for its quality and the flexibility of the available dimensions.
Innovative gear motors help to make fresh coffee less of a grind
Coffee is big business. It’s the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day. In the UK around three-quarters of adults drink instant coffee, and around 50 per cent drink fresh, or ground coffee – and this ‘premium’ sector is one of one of the fastest-growing sectors of the market. Among the key challenges facing the design of modern coffee grinders is grinding beans at the required rate, as reliably and as quietly as possible. Rotalink have helped a premium coffee machine manufacturer based in Switzerland, by providing motors and gearboxes which have proven to be very effective for their machines.