MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Olmec supplies vision inspection system to automotive supplier
A supplier of injection-moulded components for automotive radiators has commissioned a vision inspection station from Olmec UK to eliminate the possibility of mis-labelled parts reaching the radiator manufacturer. Many component parts with only minor differences are manufactured, and the original manual inspection process involved operators attaching a label from pre-printed batches to an inspected part. Attaching the wrong label led to major problems at the radiator assembly stage.
Brammer eases consumable ordering process with Invend
Invend, an industrial vending system from Brammer, is helping to significantly reduce costs and improve overall efficiency for a major packaging manufacturer.
Powder presses: clear advantages thanks to new drive concept
Osterwalder AG is replacing the formerly used hydraulic drives by servo-electric drives in its new powder presses. The power is transmitted onto the pressing tool by NSK ball screws from the HTF series. The result: the systems require around 80 per cent less energy and produce pressed parts with a much higher dimensional accuracy. This reduces the amount of finishing work, such as grinding with diamond wheels, and cuts process and material costs.
BOGE Paintline compressor drives classic motor car restoration
BOGE Compressors is delivering reliable compressed air to Classic Motor Cars Ltd for use throughout its car restoration processes. The BOGE Paintline compressor and BOGE EasiFit Pipework system, specified and supplied by BOGE Platinum Partner Diaphragm Pumps, have provided an approach that is dependable, energy efficient and quiet, meeting the requirements of the company and bringing peace of mind and consistent performance over long periods of operation.
Confocal chromatic sensors for precision measurements
Precision laser micromachining specialist OpTek Systems has installed non-contact confocal chromatic sensors from Micro-Epsilon on a number of its laser processing machines. These high-precision confocal displacement sensors are capable of measuring the surface finish and groove depth of difficult materials, ranging from highly reflective, mirrored surfaces to dark, diffuse surfaces.
Coffee manufacturer gets lean with the help of robotic palletise
To increase the speed and efficiency of a coffee stacking line, one of the largest snack foods manufacturers in the world has chosen a KUKA robotic palletiser, from Linkx Systems. Key factors that influenced their decision were the machine’s robust yet streamlined design and flexibility in handling two sizes of pallets.
A powerful case for infrared windows
As a condition of its insurance cover, a power generating company was required to perform regular preventive maintenance on its switchgear. Regular downtime was not a practical option for the power plant and the hazardous nature of this inspection by traditional means required more manpower and resources than the facility could provide. Management began to re-think its strategy, especially as safety guidelines for the inspection of energised equipment was making the procedure more restrictive, time consuming and costly.
Tube manipulation specialist embraces all-electric technology
All-electric CNC tube bending machines from Unison have helped the specialist tube manipulation company Toolspec Manufacturing Company Limited to implement a flexible right-first-time manufacturing strategy, enhance production capability and win a major export order worth £500,000.
Quality control with LRS 36 light section sensors at dairy
The Gropper dairy is well known for its fresh ideas made of milk – after all, the ambitious employees at the innovative dairy in Kesseltal (Bavaria, Germany) love everything to do with milk. Jürgen Kreutz from the Electrical Maintenance department at Gropper had been looking for a “fresh” idea of a different sort for the so-called full-crate check at the end of the cup production line. His idea of solving this task using LRS 36 light section sensors from Leuze electronic reduces the number of sensors, simplifies the application, saves manual conversion required due to the frequent format changes and makes this particular step in the quality assurance procedure more reliable.
Tsubakimoto delivers innovation to the asphalt industry
The asphalt industry is under constant pressure to deliver fresh, hot asphalt to the road paving companies. It is a process that cannot afford a broken link in the supply chain. Reliability in the equipment used both for production and for installation is paramount, with lost production time having a significant and cumulative knock-on effect. With this in mind, Tsubaki has developed a range of drive chains that have proven highly effective in reducing costs.
Rittal’s Ri4Power used in Biomass generation plant room
The development of a power station plant room not only provided logistical and technical issues but also harsh environmental considerations for Nova Controls during their installation of water treatment PLC for a Yorkshire biomass site. The performance of Rittal’s Ri4power modular switch gear busbar system helped to deliver the solution that the site demands.
WEG inverters and motors play role in reducing emissions
E.ON has guaranteed the future viability of its Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station by installing a new selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission control facility to reduce emissions. Driving the SCR process, which uses ammonia to neutralise nitrogen oxide (NOx) in exhaust gases, are eight highly efficient WEG 4300kW MGF710 motors equipped with state-of-the-art variable speed drives (VSDs).