MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
HBM waves to success with tidal power plant
HBM has been awarded the contract to install strain gauges inside Deep Green, the latest tidal power plant from Minesto, which is the largest marine energy company in the Nordics.
Altec’s robot gluing cell produces parts for robotic lawn mower
Automation is no longer just the mainstay of manufacturing as more and more of our daily routines and tasks are assisted by computers or automation in some form or other. The once tedious task of mowing the lawn can now be performed automatically using one the Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mowers. However, even robotic mowers require assistance from automation during their manufacture, as Altec Engineering’s automated gluing system demonstrates.
SKF solves crusher downtime at Aggregate Industries
Innovative engineering from SKF is playing an important role in improving the reliability of Pennsylvania rock crushers used by Aggregate Industries at its Torr Works quarry site near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Backstop for controlled back running of inclined conveyors
In established industries there are tried and trusted solutions for most engineering requirements; however, sometimes we must look beyond the ‘standard’ to find new improvements. By starting a design project from the very basics – defining system requirements and looking at all potential approaches – it is often possible to challenge conventional practices and find better approaches.
Schaeffler's monorail guides in Airbus A350 wing assembly jigs
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has supplied a variety of monorail guidance systems to Electroimpact, a global provider of aircraft assembly lines, factory automation and tooling solutions. The linear guidance systems form part of the assembly jigs for the Airbus A350 wings, which are currently being assembled at the Airbus site in Broughton, UK.
Snake arm robots and Maxon Motor UK
OC Robotics has developed remote robots designed for handling operations within confined or hazardous spaces.
Miniature actuation products for Steeper’s bebionic hand
Sales of the latest version of the bebionic hand are exceeding expectations at Steeper and Reliance is delighted to be continuing its strong supplier relationship with the prosthetics companies as the bebionic range expands. Following on from its involvement in the design and manufacture of the original bebionic hand Reliance has continued to provide design support to Steeper during the 12 month development programme for the new small hand.
Emparro power supplies and MICO current monitors save space
Murrelektronik's Emparro power supplies and MICO current monitoring system have helped bdtronic to save considerable panel space when the company was developing its latest compact B5090 mixing and dispensing machine.
Quality and running costs make Bredel pump easy choice
Chorley-based Droyt Products Ltd has selected a Bredel 32 hose pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, to help transfer liquid glycerine soap between a mixing vessel and a cooling/setting mould. The pump was selected over lower-cost competitor models due to its quality and far more efficient lifetime running costs. Replacing a previously manual operation, the low-shear handling characteristics of the Bredel pump makes clean, light work of what was once a very laborious process.
Harwin connectors fulfil vital role in CubeSat launch into space
Harwin congratulates Warwick University on the successful launch its WUSAT-2 satellite earlier this month. The student-run project, which has now built and launched a small 10×10×10cm CubeSat satellite into space, relies on high-reliability, miniature connectors from Harwin to provide the vital interconnect used in experimental equipment carried by the satellite.
MiniTec supplies flexible manufacturing cell with Kanban storage
The Proving Factory’s recently opened assembly facility in Coventry will use a flexible manufacturing cell supplied by MiniTec UK Limited. The £22 million Proving Factory provides process development and ‘proving volume’ production of leading-edge low-carbon technology automotive components and systems.
Henkel adhesives, sealants and coatings for alternative engines
The first championship for formula cars with electric engines is setting new standards in motor sport and making a big impact in bringing the issue of sustainability to a wide audience. As a provider of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, Henkel is supporting the China Racing team and its drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Charles Pic. Henkel provides a range of products for fast maintenance and repair at the race track.