MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Steam expertise reduces costs in pet food production
The production standards laid down for pet foods are rigorous, requiring manufacturers to ensure that production processes are carefully controlled in order to deliver a consistent, high-quality product. A large part of achieving this is dependent on the cooking process, which involves the controlled use of steam – an area where Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is applying its expertise to maximise efficiency and reduce costs.
The challenges of designing gearboxes for the mining industry
Mining across the globe takes many forms but one factor is common to all of them, the need for robust and reliable machinery. From open-cast coal mining in USA to underground gold mining in Australia, there is an on-going quest to find and extract all the minerals available to fulfil growing demand. Mining, in all its forms, requires the equipment to be designed and built to withstand the harsh mining environment, while the mining business requires efficient and reliable machinery to perform with a minimum return on investment.
IVAC simplifies work and reduces costs for extruder manufacturer
Norgren is using innovative technology to improve operational efficiency for an Italian-based extruded product manufacturer. The company’s IVAC (Integrated Valve & Actuator Control) cylinders are delivering Engineering Advantage to Presezzi Extrusion by reducing installation time, optimising safety and delivering economies of scale in terms of time and resources.
PAT contractor invests in latest safety test technology
Newly acquired PAT contractor Pat Man UK has given a thumbs up to PASS Ltd for the quality of its advice when upgrading to the latest test equipment.
Structural bonding for lighter-weight, energy efficiency robots
The use of composite materials can significantly reduce the weight of a product or system, a process that is now commonplace in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Fuel economy is driving this trend and whilst the use of lighter weight materials is the primary consideration, design optimisation using improved aerodynamics and intelligent electronics are all playing their part in cutting the operational cost of travel. Structural bonding technology is a further factor.
First metal 3D printed bicycle frame manufactured by Renishaw
Reliance Precision contributes to Rosetta’s success
20 January 2014 marked a significant date for engineers and scientists alike as news arrived of the successful reawakening of the Rosetta space probe. Engineers at Reliance Precision, who manufactured gears for Norwegian company KONGSBERG for use on Rosetta, were particularly happy (image courtesy of ESA).
Totally Integrated Automation improves production flexibility
Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) helps machine builder improve production flexibility, control and enhanced diagnostics for automotive end customer.
Parker Hannifin helps shine a light on the 2014 Winter Olympics
With the eyes of the world focused firmly on the official start of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, there could scarcely be a greater reliance on the energy infrastructure to keep the lights burning. With an estimated load of 1000MW, double Sochi’s typical daily load, and a host of new thermal power plants and other smaller localised power sources, grid stability becomes a significant issue. Fortunately for Winter sports fans everywhere, Parker Hannifin’s Power Conversion System (PCS) will be at the heart of managing power fluctuations and helping to prevent outages throughout the course of the games.
Local development process delivers micro-fluidic valve systems
Neil Saunders, the General Manager at Burkert Fluid Control Systems, explains how his company uses an international network of local Systemhaus facilities to develop microfluidic products and systems for customers.
ABB variable-speed drive gets laundry back in business
A commercial laundry in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is achieving more reliable speed control of a key machine following the installation of an ABB variable-speed drive.
Laser encoders enable accurate machining of 40m composite parts
Flow International Corporation’s Composites Machining Center (CMC) hits the mark for single-setup processing of 40m-long composite wing skins, and one of the keys to holding long axis accuracy during week-long machining cycles is Renishaw’s HS10/HS20 laser encoder