MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Just in time maintenance via remote service
Machine operators such as Nestlé and Unilever expect 100 per cent system availability. Therefore, machine builder Big Drum Engineering sees demand-oriented maintenance and fast troubleshooting via remote service as key to this increasingly critical success factor. In providing these, the company places great emphasis on safety and security.
Coordinated syringe handling by Mitsubishi Electric robots
The pharmaceutical industry sets high standards in respect of hygiene, quality and performance, and these standards apply to pharmaceutical packing facilities too. Space is also often at a premium in production plants, chiefly due to how they have grown historically, and new additions to the machinery stock must therefore be as compact as possible. Robotronic AG specialises in robot-aided handling systems that meet these strict size requirements. The Swiss company works with a modular robot cell developed in house, termed Modular Robot Technology or MRT for short. Only Mitsubishi Electric robots are used in this system.
Unidrive M meets speed and budget requirements of paper mill
Mostafa Paper Complex Ltd (MPCL), an established paper mill based in the Chittagong district of Bangladesh, has begun using the new Unidrive M variable speed drive plus encoders and systems by Control Techniques on its latest paper machine. Aside from high-performance products, Control Techniques was selected for the project based on the strong industry knowledge of its technical team, fast 8-week delivery and rapid commissioning.
1000th SKF S2M magnetic bearing in operation in oil and gas
SKF has commissioned its 1000th SKF S2M active magnetic bearing (AMB), a milestone that underlines how the innovation is bringing enhanced reliability to an ever-increasing number of oil and gas customers. The frictionless, oil-free, low maintenance operation of the SKF S2M magnetic bearings has brought the benefits of high efficiency, long service life and low maintenance to critical oil and gas applications.
Water-cooling saves 88 per cent space on 45,000kW resistor bank
REO is building its first water-cooled resistors for ABB to test converters used in shipping, railway engineering and water power plants. ABB already uses water-cooled systems but this project represented an opportunity for REO to apply knowledge gained in research areas from inductor and resistor construction to entire control boxes.
Wash, rinse, dry: cleaning mass-produced automotive parts
The Multiclean-D-4-4-F full vacuum plant from Höckh is a true giant among washing machines. While the drum of a household washing machine can hold 6kg at any one time, an industrial washing machine recently delivered to a German customer can take two 600kg loads of metal parts for the automotive industry. Festo’s valve terminal technology keeps the twin-chamber cleaning plant running smoothly.
e-spool provides power and data in all directions
igus has developed the e-spool as an alternative to cable reels and zigzag systems.
DYMAX UV/light adhesive used in museum-quality display table
The high-end acrylic fabrication company Dauphin Restoration Ltd, founded in 1986, designs and makes cast acrylic mounts, cases and cabinets for an increasing number of state and private collectors alike. With an invitation to receive the Royal Warrant as Mount Makers to Her Majesty The Queen, Dauphin has established itself as the world’s largest maker of exquisite cast acrylic (Perspex) mounts, stands and holders for collectable items. So when they received an important private commission for a museum-quality decorative display table in 40mm smoked acrylic to go in a high-end modern London house, they reviewed the assembly process with the Intertronics specialist adhesives engineering sales team.
Foresight proves invaluable to envelope manufacturer
With advances in modern technology reducing demand for envelopes, manufacturers are finding it increasingly hard to justify investment. So when Encore Envelopes were made aware that its production line was at risk due to spares becoming obsolete, it was imperative that a strategy be put in place that would minimise machinery downtime and potential lost earnings.
Sercos drives innovative robotics design
Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos automation bus, powers the drive construction and rotation options of the Penta Robotics’ Veloce parallel robot with its technology.
Telsonic matches technology to volumes with welding system
Having already supplied an ultrasonic welding system to produce cup holders for the mainstream and higher-volume variants of the latest generation Range Rover, Telsonic UK were asked to develop a system for a more complex cup holder arrangement, fitted to higher-specification vehicles.
Hepcomotion products used for meia massage table
meia of London reports it has used linear actuator and motion products supplied by HepcoMotion on a special project that saw the company create a sub-floor ‘hidden’ elevating massage table. This system, required for a private residence in London, demanded high-quality motion products focussed on precision and reliability.