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Festo’s CPX platform – complete automation
Much like the mainland UK, Guernsey has been ravaged by the forces of nature this year. But thanks to a remotely controlled, pneumatically operated pumping station that was completed last year, one area of the island has escaped damage from the resulting floods.
Custom designed temperature probes meet high quality standards
SPA Design is one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the worldwide motorsport industry, designing and manufacturing very high-quality digital and analogue instrumentation products, speciality electronics systems and accessories for original autosports equipment manufacturers, competition vehicles, motorcycles, kit and custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorsports boats and more. As part of this comprehensive range, SPA supply various combinations of digital temperature monitoring gauges that provide highly accurate information in real time with the ability for outputting user-programmed alarms such as LED indicators, changing LCD backlight colour or digital output to ECUs.
Unidrive M driving the future of rotary perforator systems
As 21st century technology evolves it might appear that the once great-perforated ‘lick and stick’ postal stamp is disappearing in favour of self-adhesive variations. However in certain areas of the world, this is far from the case and this long-established industry is still growing.
Multi-biofuel heating plant parallels 2022 emission targets
A world-class 30MW multi-biofuel plant in Hjørring, northern Jutland, Denmark achieves exceptionally low emission levels, and at the same time is one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the world. Its competitive status as one of the most internationally efficient biofuel plants ever built is achieved by high demands placed on all equipment. These demands include maximal implementation of the newest IE4 synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor technology, driving the numerous pumps and fans throughout the plant. Performance of each SynRM motor is enabled by Danfoss frequency converters.
Shielded ABB motor helps wind tunnel avoid overheating
An excessive temperature rise within a new £55 million wind tunnel is avoided by encasing a specially adapted ABB motor within a special shield. The wind tunnel built by Mercedes AMG Petronas at Coventry University’s engineering and computing facility is used to model a wide range of objects from F1 racing cars to bicycles.
Linear chain takes the heat at BMW Mini
The capabilities of the Linear Chain Actuator from R. A. Rodriguez have assisted Maypole Engineering in the design and manufacture of a turnkey conveyor and oven system for the main BMW Mini wiring loom. Its compact design and ability to operate without pneumatics helped ensure the success of the project. In fact, the system could become a BMW standard – Maypole reports it now has enquiries for further systems from South Africa, China and the Netherlands.
Drilling to new limits in Antarctica with Maxon Motors
Climate change, its effect on CO2, on the world’s weather and the future of our planet, is a subject of great discussion; but how do you measure the atmosphere from thousands of years ago? Using Maxon Motors British Antarctic Survey plans to look further than ever before.
Efficient cooling from Rittal
Germany manufacturer SHW Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH manufactures moving column machine tools. Machinery from the company includes a 200-ton moving column milling machine, the PowerForce 8, which is used to mill wind turbine stators with an internal diameter of 6.5 m. At the heart of the mill is a new, variable, universal milling head of orthogonal design with a drive power of 90kW and a torque of up to 1725Nm. SHW relies on the new Blue e generation of cooling devices from Rittal to exploit every possible efficiency potential in enclosure climate control.
Bauer gear motors for steel mill overhead crane
When Kranbau Köthen, a major European manufacturer of overhead cranes, was commissioned to develop a new series of cranes for use in the scrap yard of a global steel producer’s mill in Luxembourg, it turned to gear motor specialist, Bauer, part of Altra Industrial Motion.
Modernisation instead of a new production line
A combination of existing tried-and-tested machinery and newly purchased used equipment plus drive and control updates is a real alternative to the acquisition of a new production line – especially if there are specialised requirements for this plant. A project of the Hohenberger Tapetenmanufaktur GmbH located in the south east of Germany illustrates this fact. This manufacturer of high-quality wallpaper has recently re-built a production line adding used printing units, and had the plant equipped with automation technology from Lenze. As a result, Hohenberger have a line for the production of eco-friendly wallpaper which is precisely tailored to the requirements of the company and costing less than a comparable new line.
DC-bus connection makes energy saving easy
By changing from DC to three-phase AC technology, the world’s largest provider of corrugated board plant BHS has considerably improved the energy efficiency of its machines. The company today uses a drive system created in close collaboration with Lenze who acted as its partner in the project. The core elements are Lenze 9400 servo drives and an effective DC-bus connection system. Peter Michler, Head of Development at BHS, says: “They enable us to lower the peak load and this is the key point”.
Sims Metals Management selects WEG motor for shredder
Sims Metals Management has once again chosen WEG to design, build and supply a new, bespoke, high-voltage motor for its metal recycling operations in the UK. Designed to fit into the exact footprint of the legacy OEM equipment, the new 6.6kV, 3MW motor was the most cost-effective option available for the giant shredder based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which processes over 1000 tonnes of scrap per day.