MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Renishaw neuromate robot and neuroinspire software installation
Renishaw is announcing that a neuromate stereotactic robot system and neuroinspire surgical planning software have been installed at one of London’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, King’s College Hospital.
Automated hydraulics for machine builder provided by zenon
Traceability, data logging and graphical displays are in high demand in the modern hydraulics environment. As customers’ requirements become more complex, the hydraulic control experts at machine builder Pressure Design focus on increasing their automated solutions offering, with the support of COPA-DATA’s HMI/SCADA software, zenon.
Upgraded backstop clutch improves bucket elevator reliability
When a bucket elevator manufacturer was experiencing reliability problems with its backstop clutches, resulting in intensive maintenance and frequent replacement, it turned to Tsubaki. Replacing the trapped-roller design with a sprag clutch delivered higher torque capacity and longer life.
Resistor choppers slow overspeeding fans
Fans don’t normally need a braking resistor and chopper but when they are operating in a closed system, a situation may arise where one fan will over-speed the next and the DC bus voltage on their motor drives will then rise. Here John Mitchell, business development manager of CP Automation, reports on the case of GA Pet Food Partners in Leyland, Lancashire.
Optoelectronic safety devices cut machine tool cycle time
Leuze electronic has provided machinery safety advice – and, subsequently, optoelectronic protective devices – to enable machine manufacturer MAKA to offer its customers a time-saving alternative to conventional safeguards on its DC 7 machining centre.
Collaborative robot for adhesive application quadruples output
R. A. Rodriguez (UK) has supplied a Universal Robots UR3 tabletop robot and Robotiq 2F85 gripper to help The Filter Design Co create an automation cell that has quadrupled output. Payback is likely to be in less than six months.
Machine shop saves EUR24,000 PA thanks to NSK spindle bearings
When a manufacturer of heat exchangers was experiencing frequent production stoppages due to bearing damage on the spindles of its horizontal machining centres, the company turned to NSK. After comprehensive analysis, NSK recommended fitting its sealed, high-precision, angular-contact ball bearings, which has helped the company to save EUR24,000 per annum in replacement bearings and labour costs.
bigHead’s fastenings for offshore wind turbine maintenance hatch
bigHead Bonding Fasteners are regularly challenged to provide custom designed fastenings for its customers. Whilst the standard range of over 400 mild steel and stainless steel ‘bigHeads’ provide efficient and effective discrete fixings, whether embedded or surface bonded to composite materials, there are some applications that benefit from a design approach where the characteristic bigHead welded fixing is engineered and adapted to actually improve the final design, to enhance its performance or reduce costs – and even to facilitate increased safety.
3D printing builds success for Renishaw sponsored Moto2 bike
French Moto2 team TransFIORmers won its first race at the CEV Repsol European Championship in Barcelona in June 2016. The team used a new front suspension system including an additively manufactured (3D printed) titanium wishbone produced using Renishaw‘s AM250 manufacturing system. The component is a good example of effective part consolidation, with a weight saving of 600g compared with the original welded steel component.
Cake-frosting robot masters the art of pastry decoration
Swiss confectioner Suteria Chocolata AG has been producing its famous Solothurner Torte – still the chocolatier’s bestseller – for a century. Never wavering from its original and delicious recipe, several years ago the company enlisted the help of a new pastry chef – a compact FANUC LR Mate.
Mechatronics drive system ensures positioning accuracy
Schaeffler has worked closely with Siemens Healthcare to develop a drive system that enables computer tomography (CT) machines to be moved from one hospital treatment room to another. This will benefit patients, as they can now be diagnosed more quickly after a stroke.
Belden delivers complete industrial LAN for Saudi pharma plant
Belden Inc was selected by Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO) to provide a new network system for its Al-Qassim Plant, the largest pharmaceutical plant in Saudi Arabia.