MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
CNC retrofit package gives new lease of life to hob sharpeners
In collaboration with NUM, machine tool rebuilder North East Technologies Inc. has developed a CNC retrofit package that brings the performance of early generation hob-sharpening equipment up to modern-day standards.
'Commuter bike' locked by micro cam lock from Camlock Systems
Quipplan Mobility manufactures folding electric bicycles or ‘pedelecs’. A micro cam lock manufactured by Camlock Systems secures the bike.
Cranes get new lease of life with cutting-edge DC drives
Advanced DC drives from Emerson Control Techniques in America have been selected by Terminal de Contenedores de Yucatán (TCY), to modernise the control system on an ageing ship-to-shore crane in Progreso, México.
Woojin revolutionises its machines with B&R
Upgrading to B&R servo technology and POWERLINK communication has helped Woojin optimise the speed and precision of three different lines of injection moulding machines. In October, B&R and Woojin will be presenting these and other innovations at the K 2013 trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.
IM Series speeds up and simplifies inspections for Timex
Keyence´s IM Series image dimension measurement system puts much faster in-process inspection within everyone´s reach. Timex is America´s leading watchmaker and is present in more than 80 countries. Fralsen, its French entity, makes watch movements using three technologies – plastic injection moulding of small parts with very fine details; turning and cutting of parts such as wheels, pinions, arbors and rivets; and cutting and coiling of complex springs. These precision parts must be inspected with contact sensors (comparators, Cary equipment, feeler-spindles) and optical systems.
Oil-free compressors help boost snack food output capacity
When Kolak Snack Foods Ltd experienced a business upturn and required increased output capacity at its manufacturing plant in London, it decided to upgrade its production equipment, including its compressors. Kolak chose new oil-free air compressors from Atlas Copco due to their reliability and ability to provide a guaranteed supply of high-quality, oil-free air.
Profiling machine manufacturer uses Precision Ring Track system
Dewsbury-based machine builder Techserv Cutting Systems Ltd is using the PRT2 Precision Ring Track system from HepcoMotion to provide vital competitive gain in the marketplace for CNC gas cutting and profiling systems. The PRT2 allows users of these machines – which deploy three automatic rotating torches that prepare bevels for weld preparation – to adjust the angle of the torches at the control without the need for any additional and time-consuming set-up procedures.
Flexibility and reliability for airflow control unit enclosures
When designing and manufacturing airflow controls and temperature-monitoring equipment for laboratories, there is very little margin for error. A flux in temperature can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to materials and a faulty fume cupboard can pose very serious health risks. To ensure its products do not fail, Temperature Electronics Ltd. has found that when specifying enclosures it is best to stick with a single company which offers a flexible and reliable range.
COMAU Robots use POWERLINK
The C5G control unit for user-friendly and efficient multi-purpose management of the entire SMART5 Comau Robot range can handle robots configured with up to 16 interpolated axes. For their control with outstanding dynamics and precision, Comau created a modular design using B&R ACOPOSmulti intelligent servo drives and fast communication via POWERLINK. This real-time network backbone also connects a set of modular digital and analogue I/O modules from the B&R X20 series and a powerful Automation PC with dual-core processor that handles data transfer from the office world as well as hand-held programming devices.
Ensuring satellite reliability with vibration testing
RAL Space provides world-leading space research and technology development for customers around the world. They offer space test and ground-based facilities where they design and build instruments, analyse and process data. They also operate ground-station facilities, and lead conceptual studies for future missions.
Kontron is M2M partner of Deutsche Telekom
Partnership with a worldwide network operator and service provider for telecommunications underlines Kontron’s strategic investments into the M2M market
STS crane refurbishment in Honduras
The Puerto Cortés container terminal is the main seaport in Honduras. It is capable of handling roughly 600,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent container units) per annum. The port is equipped with two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, five mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) and 12 straddle carriers. Puerto Cortés is state owned and is operated by Empresa Nacional Portuaria (ENP).