MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Southco's torque hinge technology for EvoBus headrests
In a crowded yet growing market space, bus and coach manufacturers alike must find new and innovative ways to improve the customer experience and to this end, many have found increased passenger comfort to be a source of competitive advantage. Until fairly recently, the headrests in buses and coaches have typically consisted of little more than a rigid frame covered with a thick piece of foam. Needless to say, this did not give passengers the level of comfort desired, making it difficult to properly rest and somewhat diminishing the appeal of bus and coach travel against other forms of transport. From a maintenance perspective, traditional headrests typically require regular overhaul, often at considerable expense and inconvenience.
Roller supported chain (RSC) system with a travel length of 260m
A robust cable carrier including a cable package and with a particularly long travel length for a new crane system in the company’s own port: this has been the tender from the Indonesian fertiliser manufacturer Pupuk Kaltim. Kabelschlepp Metool has been able to win the bid and to successfully implement the project with an international team. The basis for this RSC system is a MC1300 cable carrier equipped with TRAXLINE drag chain cables.
Brick manufacturer gears up production with new drive technology
As part of a planned upgrade of its brick making facility, at Nostell, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, Ibstock Brick is replacing all the drive technology at the plant with systems provided by SEW Eurodrive. The investment and upgrade is in response to increased demand for the company’s products within the UK market and is designed to increase production, improve efficiency and cut downtime.
MiniTec helps the Aviva Rugby Championship winning streak
Rugby Union has been in the public eye earlier this year with the six nation’s championship and the national league championship captivating the sporting world. MiniTec were delighted then when approached by the championship organisers to design and construct a mobile shelter to be used to promote premiership rugby on match days.
SYMÉTRIE hexapods choose Renishaw’s RESOLUTE absolute encoders
SYMÉTRIE is one of the world’s leading providers of hexapod systems for positioning and motion applications. A hexapod is a type of parallel robot, also known as a Stewart platform, with six linear actuators (jacks) and six degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, yaw and roll). SYMÉTRIE hexapods consist of a lower platform (base), upper platform (mobile platform), and 6 linear actuators with inline ball-screw drives. A ball and universal joint connects each strut to the base and mobile platform, respectively. The upper platform supports the payload and can be mounted in both vertical and horizontal orientations. Typical applications for hexapods include: flight simulation, materials testing, microscopy / telescopy, aeronautics, scientific research and many others.
Modular distribution enclosures improve ‘Smart Building’
Modern day ‘Smart Buildings’ are capable of automating a host of building services such as heating, lighting, security and communications with the purpose of improving energy efficiency. Unfortunately, when a Building Management System (BMS) is installed poorly, reliability issues can quickly eliminate any savings. When it became apparent that the BMS at the innovative Think Tank building in Lincoln needed to be replaced, SG Controls and Integration was approached to provide a support. The SGCI solution was able to make dramatic improvements to the efficiency of the building, thanks in part to Spelsberg’s modular AK distribution enclosures.
LOCTITE coating extends lifetime of flue gas duct
Conditions in a flue gas duct are extreme. Heightened exposure to heat and aggressive chemicals can cause the steel structure to crack or fracture resulting in leakage. In the worst case, this can lead to plant shutdowns and expensive repairs. As a manufacturer itself, Henkel fully understands the problem and has chosen to take a proactive approach by treating the flue gas duct at its own power plant in Düsseldorf with LOCTITE® PC 7255. This protective coating is a sprayable, ceramic-reinforced epoxy that has proven its ability to extend the lifetime of a wide variety of plant from tanks and chutes to heat exchangers, centrifuges and impellers.
Bristol Uniforms chooses Vero RFID tags from Harland Simon
Bristol Uniforms, one of the world’s leading emergency services protective clothing brands, has selected RFID tags from Harland Simon’s Vero range to future-proof their garments and prepare for automated tracking of uniforms handled by their managed services.
Pacepacker makes light work of heavy potato sacks
Tackling a challenging application other packaging equipment manufacturers shy away from, Pacepacker Services has designed and built a bespoke collator system for a potato-packing company which supplies a major UK food retailer. The prototype machine, which collates and packs retail bags of potatoes into 12–25kg outer sacks, has paid for itself in less than 12 months through labour savings and productivity improvements.
Slewing rings and spherical roller bearings in wind turbines
A manufacturer of high-performance small wind turbines based in Scotland has specified slewing rings and spherical roller bearings from Schaeffler UK for use on its 133 wind turbine – the quietest wind turbine in its class.
Attachment chain is core solution for cider maker
Attachment chain manufactured in Renold’s UK Service Centre has provided the solution for a leading cider maker. The chain is integral to the conveying system that transports freshly picked apples into a washing machine at the beginning of the cider-making process.
Reliable torque-limiting clutches for the food industry
Torque-limiting clutches ensure the reliable protection of people and materials in machines and systems. So that the clutch optimally matches the respective application, mayr power transmission has developed a wide spectrum of torque-limiting clutches. For areas of application such as the food industry, where wet conditions and cleaning fluids are part of everyday ambient conditions, mayr provides corrosion-resistant clutches made from rustproof materials.