MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Jones & Shipman switches to Heidenhain encoders
Following the expansion by Heidenhain of its 400-series absolute rotary encoder range to include models specifically designed to interface directly with Fanuc controls, Jones & Shipman has started to specify one of the new encoders on its grinding machines. The Heidenhain ROC 425F is being offered as an option on the Suprema and Ultramat cylindrical grinders to provide automatic positioning of the wheelhead instead of manual adjustment.
The importance of inspecting sutures
Medical suture specialist PharmSouth, have expanded their range, using maxon DC motors and controllers, with a new inspection machine, that will save labour and material costs and achieve a much higher-quality product.
PLC/HMI unit provides easy, consistent control for craft brewer
Unitronics has supplied a Vision1040 all-in-one PLC/HMI to Twisted Vine, a craft brewer in the USA, to improve control over the brewing process and deliver a consistent, delicious end result.
Brevini supplies reliable components for ROV handling
Manufacturing key pieces of equipment for use in the marine environment places a number of demands on the various components, not least those of reliability and durability. For one such manufacturer, the need for winch drives, hydraulic motors and control valves has led to a long working relationship with Brevini, a supplier to the OEM sector.
Rotech's customised offline coding system overprints pouches
When Nash Tackle suddenly found itself under pressure to include nutrient and ingredient declarations on all of its fishing baits, product feeding and coding specialist Rotech came to the rescue with a flexible offline system capable of overprinting pouches with different data.
New warehouse, new sensors
winkler plans its intralogistics 10 years in advance and, with the Klinkhammer Group, found the right partner for the new building measures already in 2004. As in previous years, Leuze electronic is contributing sensors to this project as well, including optical data transceivers and bar code readers.
Pumping peanut butter made easy using MasoSine SPS200
Faced with a failing progressive cavity pump when trying to transfer peanut butter from the grinder to a holding tank, a reputable food plant in Pretoria, South Africa, has found a far more reliable and cost effective option in a MasoSine SPS200 process pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group.
Custom super precision bearings key to Airbus actuation systems
Custom super precision bearings manufactured by The Barden Corporation, part of the multinational Schaeffler Group, are playing vital roles in the thrust reversing actuator system (TRAS) on the Airbus A350 XWB and Electro-Hydraulic Actuator (EHA) systems on the Airbus A380.
Ginetta Cars upgrade dynamometer rig with Variohm EGT sensors
For more than five decades Ginetta Cars has graced the British and international motorsports scene, and today the Leeds-based company continues to build upon its global reputation as a premier designer and manufacturer of high-performance road and race track cars as well as co-promoting numerous single-make race competitions all over the world. Variohm has worked with Ginetta for a number of years, supplying sensors to monitor pressure and temperature for a variety of applications on engine development projects as well as being fully utilised as part of engine control unit and data logging systems for race cars that are produced at the Leeds factory.
Custom tube bender eliminates cut-off waste of tubular parts
Unison has won an order for a custom-designed tube bending machine and special tooling from Cybex International, manufacturer of premium physical exercise equipment. Incorporating a servo-driven wiper die mount, the machine has been specifically designed to enable Cybex to reduce waste material costs by eliminating the need to cut shorter tubular parts to length after bending.
Pilz PNOZmulti 2 and PSENslock ensure safety of test rig
SAR Gröpler GmbH has used a Pilz PNOZmulti 2 configurable safety controller and three PSENslock safety gate interlocks to ensure operator safety when using its latest simulation and test rig for automotive shock absorbers.
Quick, safe, accurate control of heavy loads in motion
SPX Power Team has developed a PLC-synchronised lifting and lowering Motion Control System (MCS) to reduce the risk of bending, twisting or tilting when moving heavy loads.