MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Servo tube linear motors tick all the right boxes for Graze
If you are into healthy and nutritious snacks, have bought anything from Amazon recently, or are a follower of the Sunday Times “Fast Track Top 100 companies”, then you will have heard of Graze. The west London-based business, started by seven friends, delivers boxes of four perfectly sized nutritious snacks across the UK by post. However, what’s unusual about Graze is that it customises each customer’s boxes based on their ratings and preferences and optimises the freshness of each ingredient used. Graze is much more about than just food though; it’s also about how they have applied cutting-edge technology to meet the significant challenges of their complex production methods.
Water wheel bearings improve efficiency and reliability
For any power generation project, efficiency and reliability are two very important characteristics. So, when a 2 star Michelin restaurant in Belgium decided to refurbish its water wheel generator, it needed to source new bearings. With such close proximity to water, the new bearings would also require excellent sealing properties, which led to the installation of a Revolvo split roller bearing (SRB).
ElectroPuls linear-torsion tester has advanced Renishaw encoders
Instron, headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, is a global market leader in the materials testing industry. It manufactures and services a comprehensive range of materials testing equipment and accessories for the research, industrial and academic sectors. A variety of Instron systems test samples ranging from components for jet engines to medical syringes.
Integrated PLC and HMI updates rice packaging machine
Unitronics has supplied a Samba SM35-J-T20 integrated PLC and HMI to Imapsa Automation to upgrade a rice filling and packaging machine, resulting in improved usability and uptime for the end user.
PLC/HMI dontaed to students developing biodiesel process
Unitronics has donated a Vision570 PLC with colour touchscreen HMI to students at Rockwood Summit High School who started a project to process biodiesel fuel and have now been granted $100,000 by Monsanto to build a dedicated facility.
HepcoMotion GV3 Linear Rails create unique living space
It’s a common problem – how do you maximise the functionality of the restricted space in an already small apartment. PKMN Architectures, based in Madrid came up with a solution by sliding the walls using moveable library style shelving units to open up space when it is needed. The result of this innovative approach is a project called the “All I Own House”. Designed for local designer Yolanda Pila, this has created a home and work space that is attracting a lot of interest from many architects. To make best use of the restricted space, the kitchen, bedroom and storage areas are housed within a series of shelving units made from heavily textured oriented strand board and moved into position using HepcoMotion GV3 linear guides.
Customised sugar cane loaders offer efficiency and reliability
Due to the intense round-the-clock nature of Egypt’s short cane harvesting season, Egyptian company Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (SIIC) requires high-performing and durable sugar cane loader vehicles that can operate at high speeds. The loaders previously used by SIIC were originally designed for operation in South Africa, which meant they were not ideal for Egyptian conditions where long distance travel between sugar cane farms and a rough terrain are common requirements.
Altra designs overload protection for bespoke universal joints
The pressures on recycling plants to maintain a constant throughput of materials are immense, and one of the toughest jobs in the industry is the shredding of metal parts. The torque required to rip the metal into small pieces is massive and rotor jams are relatively common. One metal recycler found that the damage to the drive train caused by excessive torque generated during these jams was too costly. Fortunately Altra Couplings was able to engineer a bespoke, overload protection system.
Croft Filters develops filtration system for Woolwich Ferries
Croft Filters, has provided marine services company, Briggs Marine, with a number of filters for its Woolwich ferries. North-West based Croft was approached by Briggs Marine, operators of the Woolwich passenger and vehicle ferries, to design and manufacture a bespoke filtration system that would prevent impurities from the river water, used to cool the engines, entering the ship’s mechanics.
Save cost and lead-time with configurable palletiser
R. A. Rodriguez has recently completed the installation and commissioning of four IEF Werner varioSTACK component palletisers at the Merseyside facility of the Filter Design Company (FDC). The project is a shining example of how specific functionality and efficiencies can be gained from a modular and largely standard product, thus saving both cost and lead-time.
Innomech develops automated lower-cost manufacturing machine
Automation consultancy GB Innomech (Innomech) has designed and developed an easy to use, fully automated printer ribbon assembly machine for ITW Imagedata (ITW), a specialist manufacturer of film ribbons and consumables for the global card industry.
SmartCheck ensures maximum crane availability for port operator
By installing condition monitoring systems on its gantry cranes, port operator RheinCargo is now able to detect any damage to crane hoisting gear early, therefore eliminating any costly, unplanned downtime.