MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Ensuring satellite reliability with vibration testing
RAL Space provides world-leading space research and technology development for customers around the world. They offer space test and ground-based facilities where they design and build instruments, analyse and process data. They also operate ground-station facilities, and lead conceptual studies for future missions.
Kontron is M2M partner of Deutsche Telekom
Partnership with a worldwide network operator and service provider for telecommunications underlines Kontron’s strategic investments into the M2M market
STS crane refurbishment in Honduras
The Puerto Cortés container terminal is the main seaport in Honduras. It is capable of handling roughly 600,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent container units) per annum. The port is equipped with two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, five mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) and 12 straddle carriers. Puerto Cortés is state owned and is operated by Empresa Nacional Portuaria (ENP).
NOV Mono solves sludge transer problem for wastewater plant
NOV Mono has helped solve an ongoing maintenance problem for a major German wastewater treatment plant with the installation of an EZstrip TR Muncher. The Mono Muncher has reduced the number of pipeline blockages occurring at the Käranlage Jagersfreude plant – the largest facility of its kind in the Saarbrücken area - and so helped minimise both downtime and maintenance costs.
Compact connector for all-weather advertising signs
External display advertising is an effective means of communicating a message to a wide and diverse audience. Positioned by bus stops, elevators and even national monuments, it is common to see an advert for the nearest fast food outlet or the latest cinema release illuminated by an advertising light box in every town of the UK. Due to the heavy footfall in some areas these advertising boards can command a high premium in terms of rates, but that’s dependant on their reliability. Hylec-APL supplies a range of compact waterproof connectors which keep the boards shining in any weather.
Vacuum blowers hold veneers secure and flat for laser cutting
Aryma is a company that specialises in designing and creating the finest marquetry for interiors and furniture and has an established international customer base. To help achieve its aesthetically satisfying finished designs the company uses vacuum blowers from Air Control Industries (ACI) to hold the veneers as each piece of the intricate designs is laser cut.
Precision ring track simplifies new turret mechanism
For the label converting and finishing machinery manufacturer, A B Graphic International, the availability of an off-the-shelf ring track system allowed its designers to create a far more cost-efficient mechanism for its new turret rewinder module. In place of a complex centre shaft arrangement to carry the turret disc, a HepcoMotion PRT2 precision ring track system was specified instead. And not only did it simplify the mechanism, it also introduced other design advantages
NI and Prolucid put green energy on the Canadian Grid
NI CompactRIO technology harnesses distributed renewable generation with a future-proof platform for intelligent energy management
Total metalworking fluid package reduces cost of manufacturing
Improving production efficiency is not just about investing in the latest machining technology. Important cost savings can be found by making relatively minor changes such as adopting a more cost-effective coolant regime. A British manufacturer of aircraft parts is a good case in point. A price increase imposed by incumbent fluid suppliers prompted the company to explore the market. This move resulted in the adoption of Master Chemical Europe fluids, a move that has streamlined methods with the added bonus of a longer sump life.
Perpetuum harvest the benefits of low-pressure moulding
Perpetuum Ltd is now using low-pressure, low-temperature overmoulding with Macromelt to protect components used on its vibration energy harvesting systems against the harsh operating environments in which they are deployed. The Macromelt process has replaced traditional potting techniques, which the Southampton-based company found prohibitively laborious.
Switches prevent broadcast storms on Qinghai–Tibet Railway
By installing more than a hundred Korenix industrial Ethernet switches in 22 of its trackside railway stations and 96 field level sites, the rail operator of the Qinghai–Tibet Railway has now eliminated the risk of broadcast storms on its environmental monitoring and control system network.
Easy maintenance bespoke packaging system with clamp system
Increased throughput, enhanced reliability and convenient access for maintenance and cleaning are among the many benefits offered by a bespoke packaging system developed, manufactured and installed by Linkx Systems for a UK manufacturer of herbs and spices