MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
WEG motors drive safe jackup operations in the North Sea
Reliability is key to ensuring the success of ‘jackup’ operations in the oil & gas industry. With this in mind, provider of offshore drilling units Paragon Offshore turned to WEG to replace the electric motors driving its B391 jackup rig in the North Sea. WEG supplied Paragon with 58 highly reliable and energy efficient W22 motors to ensure a smooth and safe jackup process even in aggressive marine environments.
Lenze drives and control technology play key role in the theatre
“The Miracle of Bern” is a synonym for Germany’s unexpected victory in the World Cup Championships in 1954. It has now been made into a musical – a family story about a father coming home from the war and his football-crazy son. In the Stage Theatre in Hamburg, the audience relive the thrilling final at close quarters with the help of impressive stage effects created by Fülling & Partner in which drive systems and control technology from Lenze play an important role.
Displacement sensors solve powertrain measurement tasks
Non-contact, high-performance displacement measurement sensors from Micro-Epsilon are solving measurement applications for a number of key UK-based powertrain developments, including the testing of vehicle turbochargers, engine coolant pumps and hydraulic valve systems. These robust sensors are providing reliable measurements that were not previously possible using other types of sensor.
Process control with Equator gauging system
The quality of the products a company produces, and their assurance of that quality, can mean all the difference to successfully acquiring contracts. Maintaining that quality also significantly increases the chances of repeat business. High-Tech Engineering, a precision engineering company based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK, has always focused on the quality of the parts it produces. Now with its latest addition, a Renishaw Equator gauging system, it is reaching 100 per cent part inspection and zero scrap whilst halving the operator requirements and reducing part production costs by 27 per cent.
Protecting high-performance test stands reliably
High performance density, quick measurement value recording or increased energy-saving potential – the requirements on modern test stands are continually increasing. With these increasingly complex concepts come increased performance requirements on the torque-limiting clutches which protect expensive test pieces and sensitive measurement units. With the EAS-HSC and EAS-HSE high-speed clutches, mayr power transmission has developed clutches which are especially tailored to the requirements of test stand technology, and which also work reliably at high speeds.
Flexible control system enables savings for washing machines
If, for practical reasons, an industrial Washer Extractor Machine (WEM) is not fully loaded, regulations still demand that the full amount of detergent and water be used for the load. This leads to unnecessarily high resource and energy consumption. In co-operation with the laundry company Ahrens Textilservice, Ott Wäschereitechnik GmbH has developed an innovative control system based on Eaton technology that will save both money and resources. Simultaneously, the system enables the co-ordinated drainage of a number of washing machines connected to a shared drain pipe.
Robotic pot-swap unit responds to retail demands
In response to rising retailer demand for mixed product trays, FANUC has collaborated with integrator Pacepacker Services to engineer a first-of-its-kind robotic pot-swap tray loading system.
Peristaltic pumps maximise uptime for fluid transfer operation
Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has supplied peristaltic pumps to Novasep for its Sius TFF Skid, a tangential flow filtration system used in the biopharmaceutical industry to separate and concentrate biomolecules according to their size. The new skid is the first on the market to offer a 100 per cent single-use TFF system. Watson Marlow 520UN/R2 and 620UN/RE pumps were selected to facilitate the system’s fluid transfer operations.
Compact underwater DC drives
Today’s modern technology must be equipped to withstand the harsh conditions found deep in the ocean, including high pressure and high oxidation levels. maxon motor has worked closely with research institutes and universities to provide products that meet the many demanding challenges for electrical and mechanical components required for underwater systems.
MiniTec build a bespoke test room for Magnetic Shields Ltd
MiniTec UK Ltd is a manufacturer of modular aluminium profile building systems used throughout Industry, Leisure and Retail. The company has recently secured a contract with Magnetic Shields to design and build a low-frequency magnetically shielded room for test purposes.
HepcoMotion’s HDS2 creates a modular honing machine
For over 50 years, Apperley Honing have been providing a first-class subcontract honing service, with over 20 fully commissioned honing machines available to hone bores between 3mm and 1050mm diameter. As well as using Sunnen, Barnes and Delapena horizontal honing machines in the subcontract department, the engineers at Apperley Honing have also been designing, developing and manufacturing their own brand of TUBEHONE, with the first Apperley horizontal honing machine built back in 1975 and still honing today in the subcontract department.
Air motors stir it up in automotive paint shops
A number of automotive manufacturers have adopted Huco Dynatork Air Motors to drive the agitators in their paint shops, with hundreds already in use operating around the clock in plants across the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Asia. Piston air motors offer many advantages over electric or vane type air motors, including energy efficiency, simple installation, easy maintenance, longevity, controllability and spark-free operation.