MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Pilz provides safety products and services for fuel cell system
Pilz has provided safety products and consultancy services to help EMB develop innovative electric generators based on fuel cells, ensuring the prototype and initial production batch are safe to operate and maintain.
Precision foot control for handheld optical instrument
Epipole Ltd, based in Scotland, is an ethical designer and innovator of medical optical equipment that is focussed on the affordable eradication of preventable blindness. Its hand-held epiCam digital retinal fundus camera provides a low-cost device to examine, record and store images of the internal structure of the eye – particularly for patients with diabetes where the early detection and treatment of a condition known as diabetic retinopathy can prevent the onset of blindness and other vision complications.
Automatic CMS prevents unplanned downtime of pumps
Increased noise and vibration levels on two centrifugal pumps at the Perlenbach water treatment plant in Germany were causing bearing defects, which could have led to pump failure, posing a threat to water supplies. To prevent this, Perlenbach changed from regular patrol pump monitoring to a continuous online system from Schaeffler. The SmartQB, which now detects any signs of wear or damage to the bearings early before the pumps fail. Unplanned downtime of up to several weeks combined with significant damage amounting to several thousands of Euros was therefore prevented.
Bottle cap inspection made easy with Gocator 3D sensor
The Gocator 3D distance and profile sensor, available from Stemmer Imaging, makes it very easy to implement applications such as checking for missing, incompletely assembled (loose) and cross-threaded bottle caps.
Brakes from Warner Electric used in stage and theatre production
In many modern stage productions, motion on the set is an intrinsic part of the magic. Performers fly through the air, stage elements rise and fall and lighting rigs shift dynamically to suit the action. Since 2013, advanced electric brake systems from Warner Electric, part of the Altra Industrial Motion group, have played a quiet but critical role in a growing number of major theatre and stadium shows; working quite literally behind the scenes.
PDMM AKD motion controllers for lacquering of screw caps
Thanks to CDDR direct drive motors and to the Kollmorgen PDMM AKD motion controller, a fully servo-driven machine that can be used for various types of printing and lacquering has the capability to increase production whilst retaining high quality for Todema.
Custom-designed couplings from Zero-Max
Connecting motion components over a long space requires multiple engineering design disciplines to manufacture a coupling that maintains smooth operation and avoids rotation through the system’s axial natural frequency (ANF).
Lucozade Ribena Suntory targets energy savings with Wonderware
Lucozade Ribena Suntory, one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland, has partnered with Wonderware UK & Ireland, to monitor and improve its energy performance.
Clinical diagnosis benefits from design collaboration
Precision and reliability are two critical requirements of testing and analysis for clinical diagnosis; a collaborative project has now combined these with efficiency and cost effectiveness by designing a new modular microfluidic product. Integrating the design expertise of Bürkert Fluid Control Systems with the long-standing experience of Biosystems, a prominent manufacturer of analysis equipment, has resulted in the design of a new dosing unit that significantly reduces running costs for analysis instrumentation.
Moulded-in bigHead fasteners improve functional performance
When an industrial composite products manufacturer needed to improve the functional performance of their outdoor luminaires which are used on marine platforms and oil rigs, they turned to bigHead Bonding Fasteners for a solution and were rewarded with additional production cost savings.
Free flow conveyor reduces car plant downtime
A car manufacturing plant in France has almost completely eliminated the downtime caused by friction wear on conveyors thanks to the installation of Tsubaki Double Plus free flow chain. The robust rollers are resistant to wear, even when a high degree of friction is generated as the crates, which carry small parts through the factory, accumulate on the conveyor.
New SCADA system brings efficiency to Scottish malting plant
A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions. The new software is providing control and visualisation for product movement, processing and storage, including the integration of biomass boilers and heat recovery systems.