MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
ContiTech bushing impresses with long service life
robolink helps robots break free
For reasons of safety, industrial robots tend to be segregated from humans, which can restrict the types of tasks that robots perform. This has led robot technologists to search for ways to set robots free from their cages. If this can be achieved, the combination of dexterity and problem-solving skills of humans along with precision and strength of robots can be fully harnessed.
Integrated control and monitoring for battery-powered train
The first battery-powered train to run on Britain's rail network in more than half a century carried its first passengers during January 2015 and Sensor-Technik UK provided a system that was integral to the successful outcome of the trial. This trial marks an important milestone in the 18-month project and is to demonstrate the viability of an eco-friendly battery-powered train for the 21st century.
Benchtop monitoring for 28 motors
Imagine being able to monitor 28 motors for a seamless steel pipe manufacturing process from a single benchtop device with peripherals. This is what one manufacturer is doing with a HIOKI 8861-50 32-channel oscilloscope.
Remote access support and diagnostics minimises downtime
By installing eWON VPN routers and using the Talk2M Internet-based remote access system, food packaging company Proseal UK is now able to securely access, diagnose and quickly resolve issues on its tray sealing machines located anywhere in the world, via secure Broadband connections.
BOGE compressor upgrade cuts costs for abrasive systems supplier
BOGE Compressors has brought major energy and efficiency savings to one a supplier of innovative abrasive systems. By introducing a series of new BOGE Compressor components as part of a full system audit the manufacturer has now cut its maintenance and energy costs from £40k to 25k, bringing swift ROI, uninterrupted service and long-term savings for the company.
Robust eddy current sensors withstand 100g shock loads on trains
A UK-based rail operator has installed eddy current displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon on both an operational train running in simulated passenger service, and on a test rig built to replicate these conditions. The sensors measure the radial and lateral displacement of bearing cages relative to the gearbox drive train, withstanding shock loads up to 100g and temperatures up to 70degC.
Hotel refurbishment benefits from Retex enclosures
Getting the right look in a hotel room is important, but this cannot be at the expense of reliable function. Hylec-APL offered the functionality and reliability of the Retex enclosure range to an air conditioning company that was involved in the complete refurbishment of a large hotel complex. Together they were able to deliver a much improved climate control system that provided guests with an ergonomic and easy to use controller in each room.
Protocon invests in FANUC machining centre and EDM machine
With a longstanding tradition of serving high-tech industries with complex components in fast turnaround times, Protocon Engineering is this year celebrating its 50th year in business. The company's longevity has been underpinned by a number of key factors, but two stand out above all else: its investment in the latest technology and the investment in high-calibre staff to drive the growth. This year the investment in technology included a FANUC RoboDrill D21MiA5 High Torque machining centre and a FANUC RoboCut C400iA EDM machine.
Linear drive technology aids PCB production throughput
Demand for advances in the design, development and manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCB) is ever increasing. As a result PCB production equipment manufacturer Rainbow Technology Systems has developed a new machine that is designed to help increase the speed at which circuit boards are printed, with a higher accuracy for detail, increased right first time yield, and a reduction in process waste.
Online meetings speed custom gearbox design
Renold Gears has designed a bespoke gearbox for Swiss food processing equipment manufacturer, Bühler, in record time with just three online meetings between the customer’s engineers, and Renold’s engineers in both Switzerland and the UK. With gearbox design and manufacture at one location at Renold’s factory in Rochdale, the online meetings, using TeamViewer, cut costs and reduced the time to design a custom product that met the customer’s requirements.
New drive package cuts energy costs for steel company
SEW Eurodrive has supplied and commissioned a new drive package for Sheffield-based Bedford Steels, supplier of hollow bar to the mining and construction industry. It replaces one originally installed in 1951 and will significantly reduce the company’s energy consumption, increase production and simplify the maintenance regime.