MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Gold Twitter servo drive modified for deep-sea application
Elmo Motion Control, represented in the UK by Heason Technology, is a highly regarded manufacturer of advanced motion systems. Elmo produce servo drives and control technologies that feature industry-leading power densities and intelligence in a wide range of product variants that lead the field for compactness, weight and durability. Exemplifying its capability for specialised and challenging applications, Elmo has recently tested a version of its miniature Gold Twitter servo drive at a simulated undersea depth of 7000m.
Mclennan's custom motion system for lighthouse lantern
Mclennan’s systems integration team has designed and supplied a novel motion control system for driving a 5-tonne lantern optical system at a constant speed from a 24V battery source for use in an unmanned lighthouse off the Irish coast.
SKF works with ATS to reduce life cycle cost for rail freight
SKF and Advanced Truck Systems (ATS) have agreed to collaborate in equipping the new two-piece bogie system from ATS with high-capacity wheel bearings and a condition monitoring system to reduce on-track failures and enable predictive maintenance.
HBM measurement system is user-friendly and time-efficient
When researchers at NEDO and MagHEM (Japan) wanted to develop a magnetic motor with 40 per cent less energy loss, they turned to HBM to provide a measurement system that could provide synchronised data in real time.
Kawasaki robot plays key role in automated welding cell
Telford-based automated systems manufacturer Bauromat, one of Kawasaki Robotics integrators, has recently supplied and installed a robotic welding system to precision pressings and stampings experts Clamason Industries of Kingswinford.
Hygienic flowmeter specified for pharmaceutical cleaning system
Specialist process machinery manufacturer, L.B. Bohle, has developed a cleaning system for the using Bürkert’s innovative FLOWave flowmeter for a compact, hygienic and very accurate process. Incorporating the latest in flow measurement technology has minimised equipment footprint and reduced operating costs as well as maintenance time.
500-ton crane benefits from igus energy chains
Kranbau Köthen GmbH has built a crane with a lifting capacity of 500 tons and a special design whereby the weight distribution in two axes can be finely balanced using a special shaft end support. Here, signal and energy transmission take place via energy chains and cables from igus.
Control system specialists praise Rittal’s VX25 enclosures
Their observations on the new enclosure are notably around improved operational efficiencies and increased productivity. These offer interesting insights for other operators, and indeed anyone who has the final say on enclosure technology.
Brakes provide reliable overload protection for blow moulding
The production of PET bottles for the beverage industry is a high-performance discipline – modern machines can process up to 80,000 bottles per hour. In addition to the rapid processing speeds, high pressures and temperatures also place strain on components. The safety of people and materials can only be achieved in such environments using suitable torque limiters, such as the EAS-Compact series by mayr power transmission, the specialist from the Allgäu region.
elobau float switches contribute to simple membrane distillation
Aquastill was founded in 2008 and designs and builds water purification plants that are used worldwide, such as in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the United States, Brazil, Australia, Africa, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and the Czech Republic. They are one of the few companies in the world applying membrane distillation on a commercial scale. Aquastill’s technology is a unique concept. It combines natural processes, advanced materials and state-of-the-art production techniques to provide a low-cost approach for one of the world’s greatest needs: clean water.
Non-contact inline inspection with laser profile sensors
For the enjoyment of chocolate, taste is not the only crucial factor. It should also be a feast for the eyes. Perfect appearance conveys a sense of sophistication and full chocolate flavour. Modern 2D/3D laser profile sensors (laser scanners) from Micro-Epsilon are directly integrated in chocolate processing lines, enabling inline, real time inspection of complete product ranges, based on non-contact, efficient high-speed measurements.
How sensors helped food manufacturer optimise processes
Achieving process optimisation while controlling (cutting) costs is a constant challenge for all manufacturers, especially in the food manufacturing sector. For example, frequently varying recipes, a huge diversity of ingredients, different textures and specific filling levels places high demands on process systems, in some cases pushing conventional instruments and components to their limits.