MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
EMC problems could lead to lost business
If you were to tell your boss that a fifth of your output was being wasted and could not be accounted for, I doubt they would be too impressed. Where would you think the wasted output was coming from? Most managers would blame human error in their workforce, but they could be jumping to conclusions. Here, Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business.
Power Jacks wins second Wimbledon contract
Power Jacks has secured another ace contract: supporting the installation of a second retractable roof at the home of tennis. The contract has been awarded to Power Jacks by roof engineers SCX Special Projects after a competitive tendering process.
Warner Electric clutch used in hybrid transmissions technology
As fossil fuels continue to diminish, engineers are working hard to perfect alternative power transmission. While fully electric systems still have many flaws, in recent years hybrid designs have surged in popularity: they are now found in trains, boats, agricultural equipment and even the latest generation hyper-cars. Warner Electric has designed a customised E220 electromagnetic clutch which transmits high torque, high speed and high power from a diesel engine to an electric transmission system when the batteries begin to lose power.
VSD compressor boosts productivity for vehicle repair specialist
When a Scottish truck and van repair specialist replaced its 11-year-old fixed-speed workshop compressor with a new Atlas Copco VSD+ unit the company not only halved its energy costs but also boosted its productivity.
Minitec rolls out another custom-made success
Minitec has proved its expertise once again in delivering custom-made products to its broad range of clients – with this one-of-a-kind 9-metre conveyor belt.
LOCTITE chosen for arduous, sub-zero conditions
The Beast is built for supreme performance and the utmost driver comfort. Powered by a 12.5 litre Caterpillar C13 Acert turbo diesel engine, this vehicle is responsible for grooming the ski slopes, at night and when others are enjoying the après-ski. Operating in temperatures around 30 degrees below freezing and on slopes that can be over 45 egrees steep, The Beast relies extensively on LOCTITE engineering adhesives from Henkel to secure components and seal hydraulics.
Moving plastics for train interiors from igus
There are few places inside a train where you’ll not be within close proximity of an igus product. Whether it’s an e-chain to gently guide chainflex cables safely above a sliding door, driven by a dryspin leadscrew unit, or iglidur plain bearings to adjust the seat into a comfortable position – they tend to go unnoticed, as they are silent running and, because they are self-lubricating, require no maintenance.
SKF's wire rope lubricator boosts ship management reliability
SKF’s wire rope lubricator (WRL) is helping a Greek ship management services provider to maximise safety, cut downtime and significantly extend the life cycle of its ropes. Pantheon Tankers Management Ltd is currently using the specially developed service tool on 11 vessels in its fleet of oil tankers and is showing particularly positive results.
3D metal printing of spare parts on demand for drinks industry
3D metal printing provides an excellent option for the rapid manufacturing of spare parts in multiple industry sectors. Based in northern Germany, Jung & Co Gerätebau GmbH specialises in stainless steel, titanium and aluminium parts, and relies on additive manufacturing (AM) to ensure availability of spare parts to beverage filling plants as quickly as possible. The company's focus is to improve and sustain customer relationships by employing the latest technology, including moving to the next step in additive manufacturing. Thomas Lehmann, Managing Director of Jung & Co, collaborates with technology pioneer Concept Laser.
Schaeffler supports novel UK-designed marine energy device
Schaeffler UK is providing invaluable engineering support to the development of a novel British-designed marine energy device that generates electricity from any form of movement.
eWON Flexy provides real-time production data
By installing eWON Flexy VPN routers and using the Talk2M Internet-based remote access system, a manufacturer of high-speed food tray sealing machines is now able to offer its customers a range of added-value options including real time visualisation, production management and fault diagnosis tools, which minimise costly downtime in high pressure food production environments.
ProcessVue helps rationalise process power station alarms
By implementing ProcessVue alarm management software from M.A.C. Solutions at its West Burton B gas-fired power station, EDF Energy can now perform accurate process alarm analysis and has taken huge steps in rationalising and reducing alarm loads on operators at the site.