MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Total lifecycle offerings for mining belt conveyors from SKF
SKF’s comprehensive offering improves the reliability and reduce the operating costs of conveyor systems in the mining, mineral processing and construction industries.
Olympic success leads to robot investment at Speciality Breads
The installation of a second-user robotic system by Pacepacker has revolutionised the palletising of artisan loaves for Speciality Breads. Cutting palletising time in half, the robot is keeping up with the bakery’s daily production of 100,000 individual loaves from its brand new-state-of-the art £3million bakery.
Erdrich uses MB Cap Ultra 24/40 to prevent system downtime
Voltage fluctuations can cause serious problems. At Erdrich Umformtechnik, a metal forming manufacturer, a mains failure caused considerable production outages including a failure on a lathe control. As a result, Erdrich now uses Murrelektronik’s MB Cap Ultra 24/40 buffer module. The MB Cap Ultra 24/40 bridges voltage drops efficiently and it pays for itself with the first downtime that is avoided.
2D laser scanners prevent downtime in automated warehouses
Programmable 2D lasers can provide a compact and very effective means of detecting objects with which a crane mechanism might collide; preventing collisions can reduce downtime substantially in multi-million-pound facilities such as automated high-bay warehouses.
JOTA get off to a racing start with PSL Datatrack software
Jota Advanced Engineering Ltd, the recently formed sub-contract precision engineering division of the Jota Group, has invested in a PSL Datatrack production control system to manage their sub-contract engineering business. Having already invested in a skilled workforce to support the requirements of Jota Sport motor racing, the company was in the perfect position to expand its business by lending its engineering skills, quick turnaround and technical capabilities to the highly competitive general sub-contract market. Having made this move the company recognised the need to invest in dedicated production control software, with PSL Datatrack ticking all the boxes.
Bespoke IECEx and ATEX-approved resistors from Cressall
Cressall has demonstrated its design and manufacturing capabilities by producing specialist neutral earthing resistors (NERs) suitable for use in explosive atmospheres. The NERs meet the international IECEx and European ATEX specifications and allow generator manufacturers and end users to protect distributed generation systems. This ensures regulatory compliance and peace of mind for companies operating in explosive environments.
CNC machine tools networking for intelligent production
After several decades of development, the related technologies of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools have gradually matured, resulting in increasingly fierce competition among machinery suppliers. If they want to break free from the vicious cycle of price competition, product differentiation is the best way to give them a better competitive advantage over their competitors and to earn profits higher than the industry average.
Altec & KUKA collaborate to enhance cam assembly for Nissan
Altec Engineering operates across diverse markets, including the Automotive sector, where the company’s Special Purpose Equipment Division is heavily involved with both the OEMs and Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. Whilst automotive assembly plants are generally heavily automated, there are still many areas where operators are required, either due to the complexity of the task or where full automation cannot be financially justified. It is in these areas where Altec excels with concepts that strike the perfect balance between man and machine.
Specialised gears for an eye in the sky
If you have recently been to a large sporting event or music concert, chances are you might have caught sight of something high in the air, whizzing around on gossamer tendrils. The system enables television cameras to move both vertically and horizontally, tracking action quickly, fluently and accurately. To allow it to do this, the system employs specialised gears. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, discusses how innovative gears are being used to deliver an immersive viewing experience.
Tsubaki ‘RetroFit’ boosts log saw accumulator availability
When a tissue manufacturer was struggling with the performance and reliability of the chain drive feeding tissue logs into an accumulator it turned to Tsubaki for help in reducing the lost production time. Using its RetroFit service to fit a high performance, lubrication-free Lambda chain on the machine, Tsubaki provided a solution that increased availability, improved product quality, reduced maintenance costs and increased productivity.
Forbo saves money with BOGE compressor
BOGE has cut Barnsley-based Forbo Flooring’s energy bills following the installation of its C15F 11kW variable speed compressor. The unit replaces an old 18.5kW machine, one of two at the site. Forbo Flooring was so pleased with the installation that it plans to replace a second 18.5kW compressor, which currently acts as a back-up, with another BOGE C15F unit in due course.
Goss Springs manufactures parts for performance and vintage cars
A top spring manufacturing company is supplying components for one of the top Le Mans racing teams – thanks to its MD’s passion for vintage cars. Nick Goss of Goss Springs turned his passion into useful products for the legendary car makers, which last month saw them race in the world-famous Le Mans race.