MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Huco couplings specified for forklift steering columns
In the forklift industry reliability issues can quickly damage even the best reputation. So, when a European manufacturer of forklifts experienced coupling failures in the steering columns of some of its products, Huco Dynatork was able to provide a high-quality product. Huco’s Oldham Style couplings proved a good fit, delivering precise steering and complete reliability.
ProcessVue solves two-way remote alarm management challenge
By implementing ProcessVue alarm management software from M.A.C. Solutions at its Bacton and Zeebrugge gas terminals, Interconnector UK (IUK) can now perform accurate alarm analysis across the two terminals and gain an accurate picture of the number of alarms operators have to deal with.
Mitsubishi variable speed drives save mushroom producer energy
When one of Ireland’s largest mushroom producers, Codd Mushrooms, wanted to save energy and boost reliability within its factory chilled water system, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric and its systems integrator partner MPAC for a solution. The resulting PLC-based control system using Mitsubishi Electric variable speed drives to control the various pumps, delivered a saving of over 5400kWh in 1 week, which will amount to €40,000 (approx. £33,000) per year.
Pancake motor from PMW helps digitise film heritage
The increasing popularity of Ultra HD television is generating a growing need for ultra high-definition content. Fortunately there is a readily available source in the millions of hours of existing 35mm film. Transferring these many decades of film heritage onto digital media is a big task, which has now been made easier by a new pancake motor developed by Printed Motor Works for a state-of-the-art film scanner.
SKF helps deliver comfort for bus passengers
Engineering expertise from SKF is helping the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer build vehicles for challenging operating environments around the world.
Olmec vision system powers serialisation compliance product
A turnkey validated vision system from Olmec-UK is a core component of the ‘SerialTrac’ serialisation system developed by Domino Printing Sciences. SerialTrac has been introduced to provide the item-level serialisation capability needed in the pharmaceutical industry to meet the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and others, and has won the prestigious award for the ‘Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine’ at the PPMA (Processing and Packaging Machinery Association) Group Awards announced at the end of September.
Preeflow volumetric adhesive dispensing helps device integrity
Intertronics’ customer BPR Medical, based in Mansfield, Nottingham, is a good example of a small British company which combines expertise, creativity and entrepreneurialism to design, develop and manufacture world-beating products for export worldwide and use in the United Kingdom, for which it was rewarded in 2012 with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. As with any manufacturing company, the success of its products depends to a considerable degree on assembly methods.
Minitec supplies pit lane toolboxes to Algarve Pro Racing Team
MiniTec UK has supplied pit lane toolboxes to the Algarve Pro Racing Team, whose car finished 12th in class and 17th overall in the 2016 Le Mans 24 hour race. Drivers were Michael Munemann, Andrea Pizzitola and Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy.
Durable and reliable: Herga’s 6289 steel multipedal footswitch
MUS-MAX, the Austrian forestry and agricultural technology equipment manufacturer, produces the ‘Wood Terminator’ range of wood chippers for processing biofuel. These huge trailer mounted or self-propelled drum chopping machines can work their way through waste wood and log diameters of up to 75 cm or more at the rate of 230 m3 per hour. The Wood Terminator is distinguished by its robust and ergonomically proven design and leads the fuelwood chipper field throughout Europe where MUS-MAX places great importance to ease of operation, long operating life and the highest levels of reliability.
Telsonic ultrasonics at heart of Audi cam-shaft cleaning cell
The use of ultrasonic technology within the Automotive sector has become widely recognised as an efficient, clean and environmentally friendly method of welding, joining and even trimming plastic components and sub assemblies. The capabilities of ultrasonics, however, extend far beyond these applications, and the technology is also used as a highly efficient method of cleaning the precision machined components which make up today’s high-performance engines.
One-way roller clutches: one idea, many applications
Schaeffler has seen an increase in demand for its one-way roller clutches, including applications on e-bikes (electric bikes) and motorcycles, as well as industrial applications in overrunning clutches for packaging machines and speed compensation devices for conveyor systems.
Westermo switches in critical control networks at chemical plant
Unipetrol is a major refinery and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. One of the company’s biggest assets is the industrial premises Chempark Záluží which is the largest chemical production facility in the country. The facility is currently the seat of several dozens of important chemical and service companies and is a daily workplace for 6500 employees from 180 companies.