MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
ESAB column-and-boom welding automation solves capacity problem
ESAB has supplied an automated welding system to EWP Windtower Production AB for making longitudinal welds in sections of wind turbine towers. The highly efficient submerged arc welding system comprises a CaB 460C column-and-boom that manipulates a tandem single + twin welding head, with a FFRS Super flux feed and recovery system complete with heaters and filter unit; power comes from three ESAB Aristo 1000 welding power sources and control is via ESAB PEK controllers complemented by a GMH automatic joint-tracking system. In addition to this equipment, EWP Windtower Production AB is also using ESAB consumables, namely OK Autrod 12.22 copper-coated, unalloyed welding wire and OK Flux 10.71 agglomerated basic flux.
Enhanced control for Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup race
When Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie took the helm of Britain’s hope to bring the America’s Cup home for the first time in 166 years, he realised that his Land Rover BAR team needed the very best in British manufacturing, design and innovation.
Heason designs and builds motion systems for beamline physics
As part of its custom motion system design and build capability, Heason Technology is an active supplier for research related projects at synchrotron source facilities worldwide. Successful systems installed at prestigious beamline sites include Diamond Light Source – UK, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory – UK, Brookhaven National Laboratory – USA, PTB – Hamburg, and Synchrotron Soleil in France. Applications involve custom-engineered high-precision positioning tables and motion controls for mounting and manipulating samples under study as well as slits for beam collimation and micropositioners for aligning focussing mirrors.
ABB enhances interaction with sentient robot at Design Museum
ABB has supplied a custom enclosure for the inaugural exhibition at London’s brand new Design Museum. The exhibition includes an installation by artist Madeline Gannon with an interactive 1200kg ABB industrial robot that is separated from visitors by ABB’s Jokab Safety Quick-Guard safety fencing. The fencing provides a protective and transparent barrier that allows the public to interact and play with the robot in safety while giving clear and uninterrupted visibility.
21 Bredel hose pumps installed in sustainable energy project
Bredel hose pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) have been installed as part of a landmark abrasives handling project at the combined heat and power (CHP) plant of Dong Energy in Studstrup, Denmark. The project has seen the facility switch from coal to biomass fuel in line with its ambition to supply sustainable energy.
ZEMIC miniature load cell for med-tech
Novuqare b.v., the Netherlands based med-tech instrument innovator has developed a range of bag-sealing machines for medical instruments that use specially modified ZEMIC miniature load cells to precisely measure sealing force. As an intrinsic part of the sterilisation process, the award winning ProSeal perfectly seals the instruments in special pouches in preparation for autoclave sterilisation. The EN-ISO 11607-2 validated ProSeal range is being increasingly used in is used in hospitals, dentists, clinics and veterinary practices.
Improving cable management for industrial cranes and gantries
When igus approached Kasen Cranes with a cable management alternative, the industrial cranes and gantries specialist was quick to spot an opportunity. Traditional cable management systems have many shortcomings and require regular maintenance, but users are often reluctant to consider alternatives. Kasen Cranes worked closely with igus engineers to implement a new system for its on-site demonstration gantry and then used this to showcase the benefits to customers.
‘DoorCheck’ fitted with a HepcoMotion transfer system
L &_P Elekroautomatisations, based in Willich, Germany develop and design highly accurate test systems, which often entail the use of linear guide systems. Heinz Panzer, L&_P Managing Director says: “We have made it our job to replace manual processes with automated systems that are focussed on quality and saving time.” In 2015 the designers were tasked to design new highly-efficient testing equipment for a BMW supplier to test vehicle doors. The application required a high-precision, low maintenance linear guidance system: the design team were quick to contact industry leader HepcoMotion.
Encoders step up to help miniaturise electronics
A tiny vacuum encoder is playing a big role in improving the throughput, quality and packing density of wire bonding machines, as used by manufacturers of micro-electronic devices. The MicroE Mercury II encoder by Celera Motion, as available in the UK from INMOCO, is one-third the size of other encoders - which it outperforms - yet is easy to install and set up.
Tamagawa Seiki Tri-Axis inertial measurement units: applications
Tamagawa’s range of tri-axis inertial measurement sensors are widely used in the car and vehicle applications from driver monitoring to fully autonomous vehicles, here Jon Bentley of Mclennan – Tamagawa’s UK distributor for industrial applications – explores some other interesting uses that this technology is being be applied to.
MiniTec’s modular flow rack kit helps launch monitoring system
MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system is a very popular choice for manufacturing operations who are commissioning assembly lines and conveyor systems. The system is also well suited for warehouse racking and storage requirements, line-side FIFO racking and transport systems. The modular nature of the product and extensive range of accessories allows for a very high degree of customisation in order to provide the customer with exactly what he requires for their operation.
Renishaw installs additive manufacturing system at CATEC
Renishaw’s RenAM 500M system has been installed at the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. It is the first installation of this new machine in the Iberian Peninsula.