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Planetary gearheads – their time is now
As industry becomes more automated and robotised the need for high-precision gearboxes in machinery and plant engineering grows. Ian Carr, Managing Director of Drive Lines in Bedford, explains how planetary gearheads have precision and power designed into them.
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New type of bearing for electric water pumps in cars from Morgan
Morgan Advanced Materials has delivered a new type of bearing for electric water pump applications in cars which reduces component count, while optimising performance and engine efficiency.
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Ultrasonics assemble automotive sensors & switches
The flexibility and reliability of ultrasonic welding has seen the process being adopted for a wide range of applications within the automotive industry to produce a variety of different component parts and sub-assemblies. The suite of ultrasonic welding systems from Telsonic UK draw on the precision characteristics of the process to produce a series of exterior and interior components, including sensor housings and switch bezels, for a number of current JLR models.
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Roller coaster gets innovative chain system
Drawing on years of experience of supplying special conveyor chain to theme park rides, Renold has recently supplied an innovative chain system to a roller-coaster at one of Europe’s largest theme parks.
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Brake upgrade boosts productivity and quality for Cable Tapes UK
Cable lapping tape and twine supplier Cable Tapes UK is poised for growth having installed seven new taping machines as well as a state of the art duplex slitting machine. To ensure high levels of productivity and reliability, the company has upgraded the specification of these machines by fitting them with hysteresis brakes from Drive Lines.
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bigHead help provide secure and discrete fixing of GRC panels
Glass fibre-reinforced concrete (GRC) is widely used in the construction industry, providing a comparatively lightweight, strong and durable material that can be formed into attractive panels, cladding and rainscreens for building façades, tunnel wall coverings and other architectural structures. GRC panels can be as thin as 13mm and yet can weigh up to a ton or more. Consequently mechanical fixing systems, which must almost always be unsighted, represent a challenge to the industry and bigHead Bonding Fasteners has developed versatile and adaptable GRC embedding practices for its ‘bigHeads’ that enable panel designers and manufacturers many advantages – maximising design freedom without compromising strength or quality, and minimising on-site assembly effort and time.
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Induction heater cuts heating times for large workpieces
Schaeffler has supplied a special purpose induction heating device for large workpieces to TAKRAF GmbH, a manufacturer of bucket wheel excavators, stackers, crushers and conveyors for mining applications. The heater has cut the heating time for a typical two-tonne gear from 6 hours to just 20 minutes.
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Dassault Systèmes: da Vinci 3D Experiences at the Science Museum
Leonardo da Vinci 3DEXPERIENCE, a Dassault Systèmes project, is part of a major exhibition at the Science Museum, London, until September 4.
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Brevini planetary gearboxes in major ferry refurbishment project
Brevini UK were chosen by AMCO Engineering to provide technical expertise and to supply the complete drive packages for a major Transport for London (TfL) project, part of the refurbishment and upgrade of the linkspans (loading bridges) at the Woolwich Ferry in London.
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Vibration protection for smaller critical plant
Improving efficiencies, reducing energy consumption and eliminating downtime has never been more important than in today’s highly competitive industrial environment. Whether generating power, pumping essential fluids or driving process equipment, it is vital to monitor machinery dynamic behaviour and protect processes from the disruption and expense of unscheduled downtime.
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New bagging technology for horse feed manufacturer
Upgrading an automated bagging line has led to UK horse feed manufacturer FH Nash achieving a 30 per cent increase in output. Bagging up to 144 tonnes a day, Pacepacker has used its new ROI calculator to show how the innovative new FastPac sack placer, also recently installed, can achieve a 12 month ROI by significantly improving efficiency and by handling a range of different sack types.
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Fortress helps reduce metal contaminant false readings
Replacing its existing metal detectors with five Fortress Technology’s Stealth Vertex systems has yielded a 40 per cent improvement in sensitivity and eliminated the issue of false rejects for a UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company.
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