MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Air-sampling pump using maxon DC motor protects workers’ health
Operating in dusty conditions can be hazardous to workers’ health. Casella have launched their new Apex2 range of personal air-sampling pumps, using maxon’s DC motors, to monitor the personal exposure to dust, fumes and vapours in high-risk occupational sectors and to safeguard the future health of workers against serious respiratory disease.
Eaton's SmartWire-DT simplifies machine build and diagnostics
As a result of the increasing complexity of its machines, specialist manufacturer of high-performance industrial parts washers, Renegade Cleaning Systems, was looking for ways to optimise its processes. The company decided to implement a machine control system based on Eaton’s SmartWire-DT communication system to help cut wiring time, improve flexibility and support advanced diagnostic features.
Improved sailing performance via DesignFlex-enabled Sip-and-Puff
Variohm EuroSensor has recently supplied World Magnetics DesignFlex pressure switches for a customised Sip-and-Puff pressure switch system that allows quadriplegic World Champion sailor Melvin Kinnear increased control of his servo-assisted Hansa Liberty sailing dinghy. Developed by Paul Bennett – a volunteer for the charity Tideway Sailability – the single-crew dinghy features servomotor-driven winches for its main and jib sails which are normally reeled out and fine-tuned by a combination of joystick control and separate hand operated switches.
The tool of choice for compounding pharmacists
Ointment milling machines not only need to ensure that the end product is extremely smooth but they also need to be able to be easily cleaned, to avoid contamination. A UK company called Torvine, have been trying to produce the ultimate milling machines to solve both these issues. The result is the Dermamill 100, which has become the tool of choice for compounding pharmacists across the world.
Bürkert hazardous area-rated pneumatics in whisky bottling plant
The combination of Bürkert’s AirLINE Ex 8650 valve islands and Siemens intrinsically safe SIMATIC ET 200iSP distributed I/O system is providing a safe, compact and modular pneumatic control system for a global drinks company in Scotland. The equipment has been used in replacement Ex-rated control panels at the company’s bottling plant in Glasgow: the fastest whisky bottling plant in the world.
Sweetcorn factory first for FANUC robot
A successful UK factory trial involving a FANUC M-10iA series robot and a novel vacuum gripper technology has proved that it is possible to pick and place sweetcorn cobs at speeds of 180 packs per minute. Besides providing proof of principle that robotics can be employed to handle this challenging product, the trial demonstrated that on a line manned by two operators per shift, the robot could pay for itself within a year.
Inline colour measurement system reduces cycle times
An inline colour measurement system from Micro-Epsilon is enabling the colour of plastic injection moulded parts to be automatically checked early in the production process, which reduces cycle times and optimises productivity.
Axis drive covers for hybrid manufacturing system
Beakbane is supplying axis drive covers for a British-built manufacturing system that can now combine additive and subtractive processes in one machine.
Couplings cut vibration and torque amplification
Table rollers in steel mills are effectively heavy-duty conveyors that move the steel around the plant from one process to the next. They are absolutely critical to production as failure to any part of this conveying system would result in the loss of ability to move product around the mill and could bring production to a halt.
nsd tupH surface protection for cost-effective drive protection
From its base in East Anglia, one of the UK’s major agricultural areas, Ambit Projects Limited design and manufacture high-quality automation equipment for handling, preparing and processing all types of foodstuffs with machines that are tailored to individual customer needs. The Company has gained a high reputation in this fast-moving industry for providing innovative products that increase capacity through improved performance, reduce processing bottlenecks, decrease downtime and enhance final product quality.
HBM waves to success with tidal power plant
HBM has been awarded the contract to install strain gauges inside Deep Green, the latest tidal power plant from Minesto, which is the largest marine energy company in the Nordics.
Altec’s robot gluing cell produces parts for robotic lawn mower
Automation is no longer just the mainstay of manufacturing as more and more of our daily routines and tasks are assisted by computers or automation in some form or other. The once tedious task of mowing the lawn can now be performed automatically using one the Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mowers. However, even robotic mowers require assistance from automation during their manufacture, as Altec Engineering’s automated gluing system demonstrates.