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igus linear bearings used in childbirth simulator
3B Scientific GmbH specialises in didactic material for scientific, medical and patient education, ranging from artificial skeletons and human organ models to injection training arms, patient care mannequins and medical simulators. However, there is one important tool in its product range for the training of gynaecologists and midwives, the SIMone birth simulator.
Engineering company benefits from production control software
Hydrafeed Limited of Milton Keynes has seen its business grow significantly over the last few years. There has been continued expansion of its subcontract engineering services and the company’s renowned bar feed systems manufacturing expertise, alongside its new sole UK and Ireland agency for RoboJob’s robotic solutions. PSL Datatrack production control software has continued to play a major role in the company’s growth, becoming an essential part of the business and helping to smoothly progress each aspect of the business.
Rittal housings and enclosures used in marine switchgear systems
Rittal’s systems, from housing and enclosure systems, to climate control systems and to power distribution systems and IT infrastructure, are used by maritime operators across the globe. These include large numbers of shipyards, ships, harbours, offshore platforms and inland, with clients that include the major ships’ chandlers and shipyards.
Renishaw metal additive manufacturing optimises engine design
Renishaw worked with engine manufacturing company Cobra Aero, based in Michigan, USA, to optimise its design processes for aircraft and motorcycle engines. After working with Renishaw to develop new manufacturing processes, Cobra Aero invested in the AM 400 system to increase its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities.
Renishaw produces race car manifold using additive manufacturing
Renishaw supported the Brunel University London race team in its 20th year participating in the Formula Student (FS) competition. Renishaw contributed its metal additive manufacturing (AM) expertise to help Brunel Racing create a manifold part for the team’s BR-XX car, which was used to compete at FS-UK in Silverstone and FS-ATA in Italy in July.
Custom heavy-duty gear units reduce mining equipment downtime
Renold Gears has recently worked closely with a major manufacturer of mining equipment to design heavy-duty custom gear units that will provide longer service life for its customers and significantly reduce the cost of ownership by cutting downtime and maintenance. The manufacturer contacted Renold Gears because of its proven track record with designing custom gears for the mining industry, and particularly log washer drives.
Case erectors benefit from Pilz safety controllers and switches
Cardboard trays or secondary packaging must be optimised for the product and its logistical requirements. As the means of presenting the goods, they should also meet the handling and design concepts of the respective customers. The Tablomat LE from Wächter folds and glues a wide variety of formats; Pilz PNOZmulti 2 compact configurable safe controller and the PSENslock safety gate system provide this machine with a flexible operating concept, rapid implementation of format changes and smooth operation.
High-temperature connectors used in metal casting production
Harting’s Han High Temp connectors are being used in metal die-casting production systems to minimise adverse environmental effects and reduce maintenance and service periods, line downtime and hence operating costs.
Schaeffler CMS helps prevent water treatment station downtime
A drinking water treatment company in Asia is preventing unplanned downtime of critical equipment across its pumping stations following the successful installation of a condition monitoring system from Schaeffler.
Thermal imaging camera pays for itself many times over
During a routine inspection at a substation, a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) electrician felt heat blast his face as he passed within a couple of metres of an energised transformer bank. Some heat is expected, of course, but the intensity of it alarmed him. He immediately grabbed a handheld thermal imaging camera from his van and within seconds verified that there was a major issue and the system was shut down for investigation.
iglidur maintenance-free plastic bearings for curfboard trucks
The curfboard is a new type of sports equipment that combines surfing and skateboarding. The demands placed on its moving components, in particular the bearings in the front truck, are particularly high. These must be wear-resistant, robust, maintenance-free and reliable even under the toughest ‘curf’ conditions. For this reason, the developers at curfboard GmbH (www.curfboard.com) have selected wear-resistant plain bearings made of iglidur Z and iglidur J350 high-performance polymers from igus.
Pressure switches for hydraulic systems safety monitoring
Value Engineered Products (VEP), part of the USA-based World Magnetics family, is represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor. As a manufacturer of high-precision pressure, vacuum and differential switches for the aerospace industry VEP recently announced its supply partnership with the Boom XB-1 Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft.