MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
CC-Link partner Festo is using nature to inspire automation
In a recent video made in partnership with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Festo explains how they take inspiration from nature to offer innovations in automation. A specific example of a robot dragonfly that soars and hovers just like the real thing has been inspiring engineers visiting exhibitions around Europe.
Warner Electric brakes help save paraplegic surgeon’s career
Engineering students often use their studies as an opportunity to design something unique and challenging, that tests the limits of their abilities. However, not so many are able to find a project that may save a man’s career and, indirectly, hundreds of lives. When five engineering students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison heard about an Orthopaedic surgeon who had been paralysed in an accident they decided to build a transportation device that would allow him back in the operating theatre. Warner Electric was able to donate four of its ERS brakes to help make the dream a reality.
SATO provides printers for GS1 Germany’s new knowledge centre
SATO is providing its innovative CL4NX and CT4i printer series to GS1 Germany’s new knowledge centre in Cologne. The centre, which opened on 1 July 2014, features live demonstrations of equipment, enabling visitors to learn about practical uses for the printers, particularly in the industrial and health care sectors.
Mitsubishi Electric PLC controls flagship water treatment works
The Dee Valley Water (DVW) project to build a new water treatment works at its flagship site, Llwyn Onn in North Wales, has now been completed. The £17M project was officially opened in March 2014 by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies and is controlled by a Mitsubishi Electric system redundant, Q series modular PLC. The new works has been operational since August 2013.
Lean connectivity with SmartWire-DT benefits agricultural plant
Schaltanlagenbau Gormanns GmbH is the company responsible for the electrical power supply and drive and automation concept in a fully automated potato sorting plant that was part of an extensive new building project. For this project, the innovative company, based in Mönchengladbach in Germany, used Eaton’s SmartWire-DT technology with great success.
igus bearings drive on to championship victory
A redesigned pedal box that utilised igus iglidur plain bearings was a crucial factor in Andy Napier winning the production class championship in the Lotus Cup UK series in his Lotus Elise last year. Napier clinched the title at the last round at the super-quick Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
Custom electrical enclosure made with additive manufacturing
CRP USA together with DC Electronics have developed an electrical enclosure using the technology of 3D Printing and Windform Laser Sintering (LS) materials. DC Electronics is a company based in the UK and in Mooresville North Carolina. It is a manufacturer of custom-built electrical systems for the motorsport industry. CRP USA, with the service of additive manufacturing with Windform materials, supported DC Electronics in the construction of a custom electrical enclosure for the Nascar racecars.
All-electric pipe bending machine for large-bore hydraulic parts
A powerful Unison all-electric pipe bending machine is helping Frank Mohn Piping to improve the production accuracy and throughput of complex large-bore hydraulic piping systems. The machine is also designed to help the company improve manufacturing efficiency by reducing the number of steps required to fabricate piping parts.
Mitsubishi MELSEC L series PLCs provide control heart of AGVs
An automotive manufacturer is benefiting from increased production in its engine block assembly thanks to the use of automated guided vehicles (AGV) to transfer components to different stations within the assembly process. Key to the design operation of the AGVs are the modular MELSEC L series PLCs from Mitsubishi Electric.
SKF bearings help provide robust protection for the River Thames
SKF has supplied a series of bearings for a major pumping system serving London’s Lee Tunnel. The bearings meet critical performance demands in an exceptionally high-profile installation, proving again that SKF can provide products for in the toughest applications. The pumps will redirect as much as 2.9 million gallons of water per hour into the Lee Tunnel to protect London’s 150-year-old Victorian sewer network, which can no longer accommodate the volume of sewage and rainwater. Billions have been invested in the project to prevent London’s growing population from sewage overflow, and with the success of the project so critical only the most reliable and robust options have been selected.
Rapid-Box: bespoke fire-resistant junction box
Spelsberg’s new WKE Rapid-Box is an example of the enclosure manufacturer’s ability to design bespoke products which directly target the requirements of end-users for niche applications. The Rapid-Box is a fire-resistant junction box which is designed to safely provide power outlets in train tunnels for use by maintenance and repair teams. Thanks to Spelsberg’s design and manufacturing capabilities it is able to work with end users to develop bespoke products for specialist applications.
Hexapods help measure stress in a dental model
Today, many developments would not be possible without computer-aided simulation processes. This is one of the reasons why the finite element method has become a standard tool in solid-state simulation. It can be used to calculate solutions to problems from a wide range of physical disciplines, including automobile manufacture, tool making and mechanical engineering, medical technology and the manufacture of musical instruments. However, this approach can only provide calculated – and thus fictitious – values. This is why hardware models are often also used for simulation, for biomechanical and biomedical problems in particular. Hexapods, which provide high-precision positioning with six degrees of freedom, offer interesting options for measurement set-ups used to test how well the models reproduce reality.