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Medical packaging company cuts costs with peristaltic pumps
Westfield Medical, a manufacturer of single-use packaging for hospital sterilisation and medical device applications, has fitted six of its machines with 530UN/R2 peristaltic process pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), which have replaced rotary pumps after repeated failures were encountered. The move has led to a significant reduction in downtime at the company’s Somerset facility near Radstock, and cut the cost of maintenance and replacement parts.
Elesa supplies rugged handles for Newgate security gates
Newgate are a British manufacturer who have been at the forefront of gate and barrier installations in the UK since 1984 with a full range of standard as well as tailored gates, barriers, turnstiles, bollards and road blockers. It is a business that lives on its ability to provide rugged, reliable products quickly with a comfortable user interface where pedestrians especially can operate gates, etc., in a relaxed way. With high-end customers from ASDA and Aston Martin to Tesco and Vodaphone, reputation is everything.
Kawasaki robot selected for demoulding concrete slabs
Concrete evidence has emerged of another export success for Stoke-on-Trent based engineering firm Morris Brothers, following the delivery of a custom-built slab moulding machine to an overseas customer. Morris Brothers is one of the UK’s oldest established manufacturers of concrete moulding machines, and for this latest export success, a Kawasaki robot proved invaluable in helping them secure the contract.
maxon DC motors combined with 3D printing in bionic hand
For 21 years, Danny Florence has lived with one hand. But when he became a father, he decided to apply for an Open Bionics Hero Arm. With the help of the maxon driven prosthesis he can now build a strong bond with his son.
igus robotic arm stars in The Gadget Show celebrations
During day-to-day business at igus UK, it is not unusual to get the odd phone call from customers and potential customers who have a novel idea on a new machine or concept. One Friday morning, a few weeks back, igus received such a call from the producer/director of The Gadget Show, a long-running television series on Channel 5 that focuses on consumer technology.
Lubrication units improve reliability for cereal manufacturer
The introduction of NSK linear guides with K1 lubrication units has helped a cereal manufacturer overcome contamination issues on its bagging machines, a move that is saving the company almost €65,000 a year.
Peristaltic pump ends reliability problems at papermill
North Ridge Pumps’ AMP range of peristaltic pumps are versatile for machine builders and users across a wide range of industries. The company recently helped a papermill that was struggling with their current installed pump on an inking machine. Transferring the water-based ink is a critical part of their manufacturing process and any downtime can lead to significant costs.
How igus e-spools help loudspeaker arrays fly
Sophisticated acoustic modelling helps sound engineers in theatres and concert halls achieve optimal clear sound and sonically uniform coverage around the venue. However, some flexibility is needed within the fixed installation to allow for the different audio projection needs of visiting performers.
NSK ball screws incorporated in electric press brakes
NSK ball screws from the advanced HTF (High Tough) series are helping press brake manufacturers switch from conventional hydraulic drives, to electric drive systems, which offer a number of notable benefits. The ball screws are being delivered to NSK customer Sangalli Servomotori, who is using the units in combination with its brushless servomotors to supply a complete system to a global manufacturer of press brakes.
Automatic cardboard cutting machine uses Hepco’s linear guides
G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH, based in Germany, develop special machines for different industries including the packaging industry. Packaging processes are often complex and the requirement for machines which can offer flexibility in cardboard processing is steadily rising. G. Kraft have subsequently developed the automated cardboard cutting machine, ‘VPS100.’ In order to move quickly and precisely, the developers rely on HepcoMotion’s GV3 linear guides. Thanks to its special features and properties, the GV3 range was a clear choice over competitors’ guide systems. The V-bearings and rollers are able to provide smooth movement despite the high forces applied during processing; a must to enable precise processing of cartons.
ABB supports the first Safe HMI with in-built Profinet/Profisafe
A collaboration between Deuta-Werke and ABB is on track to introduce the world’s first Safe HMI equipped with Profinet/Profisafe fieldbus for standard and safety communication. The world’s first safe-touch human-machine-interface (Safe HMI) up to SIL 3 (IEC 61508) for use in trains will support Profinet/Profisafe industrial communication.
Retrofitted control heads extend life of 200 process valves
Investing in high-quality process control valves have several operational advantages, including an extended service life. However, when just the valve actuators reach the end of their service life, the options can be limited, especially when the OEM parts are obsolete. Fortunately for a UK-based malt processer Bürkert has been able to provide a cost-effective retrofit solution for 200 third-party valves, upgrading them with Bürkert Type 8691 control heads to keep the full complement operational for years to come.