MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
ASG supplies machine guarding for Kawasaki Robotics showroom
ASG has supplied and installed Satech modular perimeter machine guarding for Kawasaki Robotics' showroom.
Press retrofit increases productivity, availability and safety
Pilz has completed a project to upgrade the control system for an eccentric press from the 1980s, resulting in a modified press that is seemingly as good as a new press in terms of productivity, availability and safety.
Parker Racor continues its support of Team Aravi truck racing
The Racor Filter Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation is continuing its long-term support of the Team Aravi truck racing team. The team is utilising the Racor Euro 5 HDEP fuel filter module with primary and secondary filtration along with a separately mounted 24 volt brushless pump with external gears on its trucks as it competes in the 2016 Coupe de France camions.
Cardiff University utilises igus bearings for a smoother season
The challenge? To design, develop, build and market a single seater racing car for the IMechE’s annual Formula Student competition. Made up of students from the School of Engineering, Cardiff Racing is currently the number one team in Wales and third in the UK. This year’s car, the CR12, is the 12th car to be entered by the University in as many years. Paying particular attention to the car’s aerodynamic performance, the undergraduates have implemented many new features.
Hexapod+drone: new industrial & research applications
Hexapods are 6 DOF motion systems that derive 6-axis movement (XYZ, Pitch, Yaw) from actuators placed in parallel between a top and bottom platform. Available in a variety of sizes with bases ranging from 100mm to 1m, different stiffness configurations, and supportive of loads from 2kg to 1000+kg, PI hexapods share two common traits – precision and versatility– as seen in a new test of a drone-mounted camera on PI’s H-840 hexapod as it goes thru a series of motions.
Magnetic clamp pays for itself in three months
In March 2016, bespoke special purpose machine manufacturer and CNC machining subcontractor, Bowyer Engineering, bought its first magnetic workholding equipment, an Italian-made component clamping system from Tecnomagnete supplied through sole UK agent, 1st Machine Tool Accessories.
ZEMIC load cell selected for cabin luggage weighing machine
ZEMIC, the global load and force sensor manufacturer, represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor, has recently announced its participation in an innovative new machine for use at airports that scans, weighs and confirms that passenger’s carry-on luggage meets the size and weight restrictions required by major airlines.
Parker’s GVM electric motor supports TT event record speed
The Automation Group of Parker Hannifin saw its GVM electric motor technology help Victory Racing achieve an impressive second place overall in the recent Isle of Man zero-emission TT Zero race for electric superbikes.
Design, manufacture and repair of specialist drive systems
Renold Gears designs and manufactures a complete range of specialist drive systems for the huge air preheaters found at gas, oil and coal-fired power stations. It also provides global service and repair, along with ongoing support, even for units manufactured by other companies. This all-round service is an important factor in ensuring all the drive units at a power plant function efficiently, reliably and downtime is minimised.
Microswitch reliability assured by spring design
For many years Goss Springs has supplied springs for use in microswitches, which find applications in thousands of industrial and household products, systems and machines.
Two-year ROI forecast on robot installation at CED Thurrock
CED Stone Group based in Thurrock in Essex, has experienced a number of improvements to its palletising process since upgrading its robot installation to an ABB Premium Refurbished IRB6640 model. The IRB 6640 has the ability to stack the 25kg sacks of aggregate quicker and higher than its 25 year old predecessor, resulting in an average of 1680 bags palletised per day.
A reliable resistor supply
Plant managers across the UK have struggled for years to replace damaged power resistors for one reason or another. Often, the original supplier no longer exists in the UK market, or does not supply resistors any longer, so managers are forced to look for the required components elsewhere. Whether the application is crane control, pumps, fans or compressors, replacement resistors are still needed for legacy systems. Here, Martin Nicholls, sales director of Cressall Resistors describes the time that the specialist resistor firm was called out to help Ketton Cement replace like-for-like its three-section speed control resistor on its main 2.7MW limestone crusher.