MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
All-in-one PLC + HMI benefits manufacturer of boiler controls
Energy Plant Solutions has specified the Unitronics Vision1040 all-in-one PLC + HMI for its boiler controls, benefiting from simpler integration, reduced development time, free remote diagnostics and significant cost savings overall.
Qdos dosing pumps improve ‘uptime’ at aluminium coating plant
Aluminium powder coating specialist France Alu Color has reduced its costs for chemicals and further improved the reliability and safety of its surface treatment processes thanks to the adoption of Qdos dosing/metering pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG). So successful has been the project that the pumps generated payback on the investment within 1 year.
Microscan machine vision cameras in robotic inspection system
Microscan has been selected by Cross Company’s Automation Group for an integrated robotic inspection system using the Universal Robots UR5 robotic arm and Microscan Vision HAWK Smart Camera. The vision-guided robot is a turnkey inspection system that provides final quality inspection of large components like automotive engines or large electronic sub-assemblies where multi-point inspection of the part is required in three dimensions. The system combines easy-to-use machine vision components with easy-to-use robotics, solving complicated inline inspection applications simply and safely for manufacturers.
SKF Insight intelligent bearing technology trialled
SKF has begun to apply SKF Insight – its bearing health management technology – in several high-end industry applications. The technology, which uses a self-powered, intelligent wireless sensors in the SKF bearing to provide instant condition monitoring data via the Internet, is undergoing trials in challenging projects in the wind turbine and railway industries.
Modular conveyor design enhances efficiencies
Manufacturing facilities are constantly seeking innovative ways to reduce costs and increase production efficiencies. So when RPC Containers Ltd won a substantial contract, the plastics manufacturer took the opportunity to enhance production processes in order to meet the increased demands, whilst reducing overheads at the same time.
Bürkert helps to improve efficiency at UK car engine plant
When a system integrator working for Nissan in Sunderland (JEB Contractors) identified a control process within the engine casting plant that was in need of improvement, the team requested vital input from flow control specialist Bürkert. By designing and installing an electronic control system to replace the manually adjusted flow control valves, a significant improvement was made to efficiency and reliability of the process.
Autonomous electricity generation in the desert
Wintershall, a subsidiary of BASF, has switched from a diesel-driven power plant to a gas turbine with a synchronous generator to supply electricity to its gas/oil separation plant (GOSP) at the Nakhla site in the Libyan Desert. The custom synchronous generator, including a matching instrumentation and control package, was supplied by international drive specialist WEG. The result is an autonomous power plant that uses associated gas from the GOSP, reducing environmental impact and boosting plant availability.
DesignFlex pressure switches improve crop duster design
Technological improvements involving World Magnetics’ DesignFlex pressure switches come in all shapes and sizes and nowhere are they better demonstrated than with the USA based crop-dusting innovator Earls’ Flying Service. For nearly 40 years this small but dynamic Company has pioneered improvements in aerial spraying that have become industry standards such as advanced gate controller design for fertiliser economy and GPS guided spraying for improved farmland productivity. Its latest development was to find a better way to determine when the airplane runs out of fertiliser.
BSI installs AIRnet pipework in newly upgraded test labs
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has installed Atlas Copco’s AIRnet piping system as part of a £4million upgrade of its test facility in Hemel Hempstead. The upgrade involved replacing the old galvanised steel piping with Atlas Copco’s modular aluminium AIRnet system, which was fitted quickly to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of compressed air to users within the facility.
Tsubaki fit & forget chains improve sawmill productivity
Automated sawmills require reliable machinery to continue operating in difficult conditions, even when lubrication systems seem to be at odds with the constant accumulation of sawdust and woodchips. However, one of the major European sawmill businesses found a solution in the form of Tsubaki’s Lambda chain that has significantly cut maintenance costs and improved productivity.
Autoclave uses compact Bürkert process valves to meet targets
The latest Logiclave type vertical closing autoclave from ESTS claims to reduce running and maintenance costs by up to £60,000 over an average 10-year operating period. The secret to achieving this figure is low maintenance, high reliability and low energy consumption. This is largely made possible by the use of an innovative flash steam generator and a combination of Bürkert Type 2000 angle seat steam valves and rotary ball valves.
Brewing system manufacturer uses all-in-one PLC+HMI controllers
SABCO has standardised on Unitronics all-in-one PLC+HMI devices for controlling the brewing systems that it manufactures for the commercial and home brewing markets, including its popular Brew-Magic line.