MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
PLC Checker verifies and improves quality of PLC programs
Herakles, a designer and manufacture of solid rocket motors, is using PLC Checker from Itris Automation to verify automatically the quality of its new and modified PLC programs. Benefits include a return on investment of over 200 per cent, significant improvements in program quality and more efficient maintenance.
Machinery safety expert ensures international standards met
Meeting its commitment to protecting its employees by working to stringent and widely recognised safety standards, Dubai-based pump specialist Torishima has called on the services of Safety Systems Technology (SST), a UK expert in industrial safety and machine guarding.
ContiTech timing belts in hovercrafts of Griffon Hoverwork
In two new hovercrafts, British manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork is relying on timing belts with carbon tensile member from the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. At 5502mm and 4956mm, they are the longest endless polyurethane belts ever produced. They drive the propellers and turbines of the giant hovercrafts, which will operate between Portsmouth (England) and the Isle of Wight. The belts are made by ContiTech and Griffon Hoverwork in cooperation at the ContiTech site in Dannenberg.
BOURBON selects Renishaw in fleet standardisation strategy
BOURBON, which operates a global fleet of over 500 offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry, has a policy to use laser position reference sensors as a key part of its programme to ensure the safety of operations and enhance the reliability of vessels. After a successful trial of a Fanbeam 5 system on one of BOURBON’s Liberty series vessels in West Africa, the decision was taken to proceed with Renishaw as the sole supplier for both existing vessel DP upgrades and new-build vessels entering its fleet over the term of the agreement.
Atlas Copco delivers 50 tonne compressed air package to oilfield
Atlas Copco Compressors has completed delivery of a large custom-designed main air compressor package, weighing approximately 50 tonnes, to Baku, Azerbaijan for installation on a platform located 90km offshore in the Shah Deniz oilfield within the South Caspian Sea.
Proactive remote services from Innominate
At MAN Diesel & Turbo, the world market leader in building diesel engines for large ships, an advanced, proactive Online Service with remote access has been the norm for a long time. The remote connectivity system in place has been designed for industrial use, is robust, and supports secure IP/VPN connections. This ensures a high level of customer acceptance.
Precision control makes Emerson first choice for furniture tests
A furniture testing specialist is now among the increasing number of industrial companies benefiting from variable speed drive systems from Emerson. Advanced Furniture Testing of Holland, Michigan has established itself as a furniture testing specialist. It performs a full suite of rigorous tests, and builds automated furniture testing machines that can be installed directly in customer laboratories.
NORD drive systems for the steel industry
Heavy loads, frequent severe shocks, extreme temperatures – reliable drive operation is challenging in a rolling mill in Bahrain. NORD provided robust and flexible products for steel operations engineered by SMS Meer – a world leader in heavy machinery and plant engineering.
Air-sampling pump using maxon DC motor protects workers’ health
Operating in dusty conditions can be hazardous to workers’ health. Casella have launched their new Apex2 range of personal air-sampling pumps, using maxon’s DC motors, to monitor the personal exposure to dust, fumes and vapours in high-risk occupational sectors and to safeguard the future health of workers against serious respiratory disease.
Eaton's SmartWire-DT simplifies machine build and diagnostics
As a result of the increasing complexity of its machines, specialist manufacturer of high-performance industrial parts washers, Renegade Cleaning Systems, was looking for ways to optimise its processes. The company decided to implement a machine control system based on Eaton’s SmartWire-DT communication system to help cut wiring time, improve flexibility and support advanced diagnostic features.
Improved sailing performance via DesignFlex-enabled Sip-and-Puff
Variohm EuroSensor has recently supplied World Magnetics DesignFlex pressure switches for a customised Sip-and-Puff pressure switch system that allows quadriplegic World Champion sailor Melvin Kinnear increased control of his servo-assisted Hansa Liberty sailing dinghy. Developed by Paul Bennett – a volunteer for the charity Tideway Sailability – the single-crew dinghy features servomotor-driven winches for its main and jib sails which are normally reeled out and fine-tuned by a combination of joystick control and separate hand operated switches.
The tool of choice for compounding pharmacists
Ointment milling machines not only need to ensure that the end product is extremely smooth but they also need to be able to be easily cleaned, to avoid contamination. A UK company called Torvine, have been trying to produce the ultimate milling machines to solve both these issues. The result is the Dermamill 100, which has become the tool of choice for compounding pharmacists across the world.