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bigHead’s fastenings for offshore wind turbine maintenance hatch
bigHead Bonding Fasteners are regularly challenged to provide custom designed fastenings for its customers. Whilst the standard range of over 400 mild steel and stainless steel ‘bigHeads’ provide efficient and effective discrete fixings, whether embedded or surface bonded to composite materials, there are some applications that benefit from a design approach where the characteristic bigHead welded fixing is engineered and adapted to actually improve the final design, to enhance its performance or reduce costs – and even to facilitate increased safety.
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3D printing builds success for Renishaw sponsored Moto2 bike
French Moto2 team TransFIORmers won its first race at the CEV Repsol European Championship in Barcelona in June 2016. The team used a new front suspension system including an additively manufactured (3D printed) titanium wishbone produced using Renishaw‘s AM250 manufacturing system. The component is a good example of effective part consolidation, with a weight saving of 600g compared with the original welded steel component.
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Cake-frosting robot masters the art of pastry decoration
Swiss confectioner Suteria Chocolata AG has been producing its famous Solothurner Torte – still the chocolatier’s bestseller – for a century. Never wavering from its original and delicious recipe, several years ago the company enlisted the help of a new pastry chef – a compact FANUC LR Mate.
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Mechatronics drive system ensures positioning accuracy
Schaeffler has worked closely with Siemens Healthcare to develop a drive system that enables computer tomography (CT) machines to be moved from one hospital treatment room to another. This will benefit patients, as they can now be diagnosed more quickly after a stroke.
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Belden delivers complete industrial LAN for Saudi pharma plant
Belden Inc was selected by Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO) to provide a new network system for its Al-Qassim Plant, the largest pharmaceutical plant in Saudi Arabia.
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Alpine Components sells FLIR T1020 thermal camera to BP
FLIR distributor Alpine Components has sold a FLIR T1020 high-resolution thermal camera to oil industry giant BP. The advanced new camera is being used for a range of tasks that extend from checking sludge levels in tanks to checking for blocked pipes.
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How a welding robot moves distances in the nanometre range
Can a robot move distances which are as small as 100 nanometres? Hard to imagine, considering that a human hair is 700 times thicker. One of Nanosystec’s welding robots shows that it is possible. Behind its precision is a guidance system from HepcoMotion.
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Manufacturer of carbon brushes upgrades to Pilz servos
By upgrading its presses to Pilz PMCprotego D servo amplifiers, Schunk Hoffmann Carbon Technology has improved reliability substantially, while also saving energy and maintaining high safety standards.
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Renishaw neuromate robot installation at children’s hospital
Renishaw is reporting the successful installation of its neuromate stereotactic robot and surgical planning station. Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital is not only one of the oldest paediatric centres in Europe, but is also one of the most important. It is a European Centre of Excellence, renowned for its cutting edge procedures and state-of-the art facilities. Since the installation in April 2016, the system has been used successfully for both stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) for epilepsy and deep brain stimulation (DBS) for dystonia procedures. The centre also plans to use the system for endoscopy procedures in the near future.
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BOGE compressors and control system cuts energy costs
BOGE Compressors has helped a plastics and extrusion blow moulding company in Haydock, Merseyside to achieve significant energy cost savings, reduce its carbon footprint and prepare for future expansion with a new integrated compressed air system. The project was managed by BOGE Platinum Partner Airflow Compressors & Pneumatics, which supplied two BOGE S-range compressors and the BOGE Airtelligence Provis 2.0 Master controller.
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P4 roller e-chain for cranes and conveyors
Cranes are prominent features on most container terminals, offloading modular containers from cargo ships and placing them onto trains or trucks. Very long travel distances can pose a challenge to cable management, especially as greater cable weights and higher travel speeds are now being demanded by the crane builders.
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Mobile drill rig uses electric drive for fume-free operation
Redevelopment of city centre locations can require drilling of deep bore holes to check the suitability of the soil and bed rock for supporting new buildings. If a site requires a comprehensive geological survey it may be necessary to drill inside existing buildings. However, most drills are diesel driven, meaning the exhaust fumes have to be extracted to the outside, a task that is difficult, time consuming, expensive and often not entirely successful. A new type of drilling rig, developed with the help of electric motor company Exico, can be used indoors without the risk of filling the building with diesel exhaust fumes.
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