MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Warner Linear supplies actuators for all-terrain vehicles
Engineers at Warner Linear, part of Altra Industrial Motion, have developed a completely new digital CAN (controller area network) actuator control, so that an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) manufacturer can maintain a fully integrated bus architecture for all the functions in its in-vehicle control system.
Torquing sense about ship unloaders
A ship at sea is earning its owners money; a ship in port is costing its owners money. Therefore, rapid loading and unloading are critical to the success of a shipping company and dockside technology continues to develop to provide ever more speed and efficiency.
Infrared temperature measurement in thermoforming
The process of thermoforming a plastic sheet depends critically upon temperature. Calex pyrometers have been used by manufacturers to control heating and cooling in thermoforming for more than 10 years, resulting in increased product quality, consistency and production rates, and a reduction in heating costs.
Mild hybrid prototype car cuts fuel consumption by 17 per cent
Two international automotive suppliers – Schaeffler and Continental – have co-developed an innovative Mild Hybrid car, the Gasoline Technology Car (GTC). Unveiled at the 35th International Vienna Motor Symposium, the GTC project demonstrates how a networked integration of key mild hybrid technologies can cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by an additional 17 per cent compared with an already highly efficient Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost with a downsized 3-cylinder gasoline engine.
Flexium CNC: advanced CNC systemf for competitive edge
Advanced CNC systems from NUM are helping US machine tool manufacturer Bourn & Koch, Inc. to extend its competitive edge in the market by using state-of-the art machine control software. Following a highly successful project to migrate control of powerful 7-axis horizontal gear hobbers to NUM’s Flexium CNC platform, the company is now standardising on this control technology for an extensive range of its gear production machines.
Viking SG pumps cope with high differential pressures
Flotech Performance Systems manufacture specialist products for the storage, transfer and distribution of liquid and gas products including design, manufacture, installation and on-site support from their facility in Fareham, Hampshire. Among the wide range of systems they offer are additive and dye injection skids which are used on petroleum and chemical applications. These vary in scope from injection hardware skids through to full turnkey systems designed to meet individual customer requirements and can incorporate features such as additive storage, secondary containment pipework, pumps and pump control. For many additive applications, the primary function of the pumps is to ensure that they generate sufficient differential pressure for the additive to be injected efficiently and smoothly into the main process line.
Stieber Clutch helps all-terrain wheelchair manufacturer
While standard wheelchairs are an essential tool for many people with disabilities, they are still limited in terms of the terrain that they can handle. This is why Tim Morgan has invented the Mountain Trike, a wheelchair designed specifically for use off-road and in difficult conditions. Operating in such harsh conditions can put a strain on the components and at times sourcing parts that could withstand this tough environment proved a challenge. Fortunately Stieber Clutch was able to offer a product which has so far proven to be 100 per cent reliable.
$5.3million automation order for Rockwell Automation
LSB Industries Inc., a diversified industrial manufacturer of chemical and HVAC products, has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation will serve as the main automation contractor, providing a $3.5 million PlantPAx process automation system with electrical, controls and instrumentation services, and a $1.8 million Ethernet motor control system. The systems will be installed at both of LSB’s new plants (nitric acid and ammonia) currently being constructed at its El Dorado, Ark. facility.
Laser machining with cost-efficient transmission designs
Based in Chennai, Proteck was established over 25 years ago and is now one of India’s leading production machinery suppliers; distributing, supplying and manufacturing a wide range of printing machinery, machine tools, metal cutting & forming equipment and CAD/CAM software throughout its home market and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Its manufacturing subsidiary, Proteck Precision, has a young, dynamic and highly qualified engineering work-force that develops and produces exciting new products for the fast-growing Indian manufacturing industries as well as providing competitively priced machinery that is exported beyond Asia. The technology-driven company has styled its production, quality control and engineering logistics departments on a European model, and has two very modern manufacturing facilities in Chennai complete with state-of-the art CAD/CAM, MRP systems and the latest ISO accreditations.
Rittal’s one-stop system for human–machine interfaces
Human–machine interfaces play a key role when choosing manufacturing equipment. Potential purchasers not only consider the quality of the machine and the products it manufactures, but user-friendliness and a robust, well-designed operator control system, often influence decision-making just as much. Engineering specialist Laempe & Mössner produce several lines of core shooters and equips its core shooting machines with Rittal’s support arm and housing systems
Videojet printers help Uponor improve uptime on production lines
Plastic pipe manufacturer Uponor has entered into partnership with Videojet Technologies Inc. Uponor selected 1610 dual head and 1620 continuous ink jet printers (CIJ) for its extrusion lines and, as a result, increased its overall yield by five per cent.
igus energy chains tame the tide
Ensuring a safe and productive solution to providing electrical, water, and fuel connections to a jetty is challenging at the best of times. But when that jetty is floating in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness with rough seas and an 11 metre tide, the problems are compounded. That was the situation facing Cameron Forecourt, who installed a floating pontoon for Dong Energy that is used to service their wind farm just off the rugged North West coast of England.