MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Kollmorgen drives the lightweight helpers of Universal Robots
UR 5 and UR 10 are the names of the two models with which Universal Robots aim to establish the flexibility of articulated-arm robots in industrial production. The focus is on work areas in which conventional robots have thus far been too big, too expensive, and too loud. Due to their low weight they can be used wherever they are needed. A large part of the power density of the six-axis articulated robots comes from specially adapted KBM direct drive motors from Kollmorgen. Universal Robots was able to embed the motors directly into the articulation axes without need for additional housings.
ATM robot cell secures production of seat belt mountings
The use of robotics within the automotive sector is commonplace, so much so that we might be forgiven for thinking that there are few opportunities left where robots can provide a cost-effective alternative to manual operations. This is proven not to be the case at an OEM 1st tier supplier in the North East of England where a six-axis robot assembly and welding system delivered by ATM Automation Limited, and used to produce seat belt mounting components for the new Nissan Qashqai, is generating significant labour savings whilst increasing throughput.
Procter Machine Guarding installs workshop guards for Tata Steel
Procter Machine Guarding has completed a project for Tata Steel in Teesside to conduct a Machine Guarding Compliance Survey and then supply and install guards and associated safety controls.
Simplified process with Firstcut and Protomold
When plastic bearing specialist BNL (UK) Ltd was asked to develop a new pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) mechanism for the next generation of dome-type security cameras, the process was simplified significantly with the aid of both the Firstcut and Protomold services from Proto Labs. Speedy, responsive service and technical excellence meant a successful outcome for both BNL and its high-profile end customer. The company’s positive experience has even led to a shift in prototyping strategy.
Lenze drives in viastore storage & retrieval system
When German based viastore systems wanted to develop their new viaspeed SRU with higher dynamics and reduced energy use, they turned to Lenze for the servo drives and geared motors.
WEG motors help Evapco to chill at Sochi Olympics
The mix of winners and losers at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics may have been unpredictable, but one thing was for certain; keeping the relevant competition areas adequately snow-covered for the entire event duration was critical to the Games’ viability and success. Sufficient natural snow could not be guaranteed, so it had to be complemented on demand by snow from an alternative, man-made source.
Packaging machine builder saves cost with combined PLC/HMI
Unitronics' V570 and V350 combined PLC/HMI units have been specified by A& B Packaging Equipment, enabling the company to save in excess of $85,000.
EPLAN Harness prod used in development of Formula Student car
The Formula Student programme fascinates students studying a range of disciplines. The aim of the course is to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. This year, The Running Snail Racing Team from Amberg-Weiden University have taken on a new challenge; developing a winning electrically powered vehicle. EPLAN Harness prod, a new wire harness tool, has been with them all the way.
ROBODRILL evolution at R&G Precision
When R&G Precision Engineering purchased a system for fast drilling and tapping in 1992, a FANUC ROBODRILL 14T, they had little idea that the range of machining centres would evolve into a highly flexible system for machining complete jobs.
Bearings for extreme outdoor applications such as solar panels
Bearings from igus are proving to be quite an asset to the solar energy industry.
Chemical engineers talk sense about mixer efficiencies
Manchester University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences is leading world-class developments in energy efficiency in the process industries. Researchers have incorporated TorqSense transducers into a test rig that is analysing losses in in-line mixers.
Revolvo reduces downtime at steel mill with SRB bearings
In the steel industry keeping the smelter running is crucial to maintaining the production process. So when one of the fans responsible for the control of the temperature and airflow within the smelter suffers a bearing failure, the downtime costs can be considerable. One recent example highlighted the amount of time required to change a single bearing and the cost that this can have to a business. Fortunately Revolvo was able to offer an option which cut downtime by almost 90 per cent.