MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Nov Mono ends 20-year pump project to preserve historic artefact
When a number of Mono pumps were switched off recently, it marked the end of a 20-year operation to preserve the remains of an historic Tudor warship, the Mary Rose. The progressing cavity pumps from Mono have been used to help spray the fragile timbers of the Mary Rose with a mixture of water and wax – a crucial stage in the preservation process which has now come to an end.
Space and weight-saving bearings for EOD robot
The new Cutlass unmanned ground vehicle, made by Northrop Grumman, can operate in places others can’t reach. This remotely operated bomb disposal vehicle includes a manipulator arm with turret, shoulder, elbow and wrist joints that rotate and roll to give 9 degrees of freedom, making it the most versatile in the world. This dexterity allows the vehicle to be used in confined, hard-to-access spaces and an important element in the design is the use of space and weight saving Kaydon Reali-Slim bearings from R. A. Rodriguez (UK) Ltd.
Bloodhound project receives first camera system
Stemmer Imaging has delivered a four-camera system for testing on Bloodhound as the engineering team continues to develop the vehicle for its world land speed record attempt.
Southco provides robust access for Liebherr Cranes
Liebherr, a manufacturer of off-highway equipment, has turned to Southco – one of its most trusted providers of access hardware – for the provision of C2 lever latches for the external locker doors of its mobile cranes.
Siemens helps machine builder put a cap on traceability issues
Traceability of product, reliability of performance and ongoing support are the key components of a recent project undertaken by Siemens Industry for Precision Engineering, a special purpose machine builder based in Kent who manufactures the world renowned Dico capping and Gravfil liquid-filling brands.
Atlas Copco helps Saint-Gobain attain safe, efficient production
Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials (Mudanjiang) Co., Ltd., China, primarily manufactures green silicon carbide. In 2009 Atlas Copco supplied the company with a modular AIRnet piping system, which allows simple reconfiguration of the factory whenever required. Installed at the same time were ZT Series oil-free screw compressors enabling the company to meet the ISO 8573-1 “0” standard for oil content in the compressed air. Atlas Copco has now become a strategic global supplier to the Saint-Gobain Group.
Cheese storage challenge solved with track roller guides
Staffordshire-based company JWCI Process Engineering has solved a cheese storage challenge for its customer with the help of track roller guidance systems from Schaeffler UK. The tracked storage racking systems, which were designed, manufactured and installed by JWCI, have increased cheese storage capacity at the customer’s cold storage facility by more than 70 per cent – without the customer having to expand its existing floor space.
Split roller bearings cut the cost of bearing downtime
With supermarkets continuously driving down prices, despite rising inflation, food production is perhaps one of the most ultra-competitive industries in Europe today. As this pressure intensifies food processors and manufacturers are continuously looking for ways in which cost savings can be made. One area which may offer significant savings is the maintenance and servicing of production machinery; in particular the substantial downtime involved in removing and fitting rolling bearings which have failed, or require servicing.
Stainless steel enclosures specified for specialist vehicles
Eldon has supplied stainless steel enclosures to Fuller Tankers for protecting electrical components mounted on the exterior of the vehicles.
Hermle 4-axis machining centre for demading positional tolerance
Huddersfield engineering firm, Reliance Precision, installed a Hermle 4-axis machining centre in January 2013 to improve the production of a tightly toleranced defence industry component. It was originally required in small batches but the customer raised the quantity to 1000-off per year, potentially for 5 years, prompting a review of the manufacturing process.
CIR emitters ensure PVC gelling during manufacturing process
Carbon infra-red (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Polyflor of Manchester to ensure gelling of PVC applied to a substrate before the web is further processed under an oil-heated chrome drum. The installation has prevented un-gelled PVC from running off the edges of the substrate, saving product as well as eliminating process and maintenance problems.
Laser cutter benefits from Huco-Flex M precision couplings
CadCam Technology, a UK manufacturer of industrial grade flatbed laser cutters and engravers, is using Huco-Flex M (membrane type) precision couplings from Huco Dynatork to help tolerate and compensate for any slight misalignment in its X-axis half drive shafts. The company’s machines are so renowned for their accuracy that it is even possible to laser-engrave on paper!