MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
All-in-one PLC+HMI replaces CNC on gun drilling machine
Shriram Automation needed to replace a faulty CNC controller that was controlling a gun drilling application. The entire CNC was recreated using a Unitronics all-in-one PLC+HMI, which also enabled a user-friendly operator interface to be incorporated thanks to the integrated colour touchscreen HMI. The Unitronics PLC is more reliable than the CNC controller and provides new features backed by excellent technical support.
Luxury cruise ships to use more than 1000 drives from Danfoss
No fewer than 1080 VACON 100 FLOW AC variable speed drives from Danfoss Drives will be used by Finnish automation and electrification specialist VEO in the electrical systems of four large luxury cruise ships currently being built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft. The drives, which range in size up to 250kW, will principally be used in HVAC and pump applications.
Major energy saving after Atlas Copco compressed air upgrade
Heritage Trade Frames, a fabricator of domestic and commercial windows, doors and conservatories in the North West of England, has realised annual energy savings of at least £10,000 and pushed up productivity after opting for a compressed air systems upgrade from Atlas Copco.
Food logistic system combines Motoman robot with Siemens PLC
A collaboration between Yaskawa and an intralogistics and packaging company has resulted in the development of an automatic robot-based palletising cell which takes robotics handling to new levels of sophistication. The food logistics system developed by MPS Food Logistics Systems based in the Netherlands features a Profinet interface which enables the Motoman handling robotic system from Yaskawa to be programmed and operated via a Siemens TIA portal.
Subcontract machine shop buys first CNC VMC...from Fanuc
When James Camden Engineering Ltd had an issue machining some complicated aerospace parts, it turned to FANUC and its renowned ROBODRILL vertical machining centre for a solution. The Warwick-based subcontractor conducted a comprehensive review of the CNC machine tool market and concluded that FANUC offered the best combination of cost, performance, precision, technology and service.
Intelligent condition monitoring keeps paper production running
A condition monitoring system installed on a paper coating machine has enabled the Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe plant in Bielefeld, Germany to switch from time-based to condition-based monitoring, helping to avoid unnecessary machine shutdowns. Enabling the new system is a Mitsubishi Electric L-series PLC that operates as a bidirectional gateway between the controller and sensors.
Hexagonal bolt temperature probes used for multi-band receivers
Comlab AG, based in Ittigen, Switzerland, is a specialist provider of radio communication equipment. Its digital multi-band repeaters are designed to ensure seamless mobile communication and radio reception in challenging environments such as road and railway tunnels, mines, and other difficult to service areas such as mass transit stations, shopping malls and large commercial buildings. With both standard and user-customised products available that must operate with optimal performance and reliability, they have chosen Variohm EuroSensor ETP-SP-PT platinum series hexagonal bolt temperature sensors as a convenient and cost-effective option to monitor the instrument’s amplifier heating characteristics.
Anglian Water partners with Schneider to drive smart business
Anglian Water is the largest water supply and water recycling utility in England and Wales by geographic area. It covers over 10,000 square miles from Humber to the Thames estuary and from Buckinghamshire to Lowestoft, servicing approximately 6 million customers. Its mission is to deliver continuous and sustainable services that include providing safe, clean water, keeping water bills affordable and ensuring that the long-term environmental needs of the region are met. Priding itself on driving continuous improvement, it is fully committed to innovation and collaboration.
All-in-one PLC+HMI is easy to configure for steam production
Djurdjevic, a meat production company, wanted to automate the boiler used to produce steam and the operating system needed to be efficient and safe. Ideally, the system should operate effortlessly, without requiring human intervention. Using a Unitronics combined PLC+HMI, this goal became a reality.
All-in-one PLC and HMI delivers programming efficiency gains
Alana-Eco has used a Unitronics Vision570 all-in-one PLC and HMI on its automated EVA system that grows plants in a rotating aeroponic environment, which has provided many advantages over the PLC that was used for the development system, particularly with regard to programming efficiency.
Turntable bearing used in lighthouse lamp refurbishment
Marine engineering specialist Ocean Kinetics, which has an extensive track record in fabrication, oil and gas, renewables, marine works and marine salvage, has taken delivery of a high-performance turntable bearing from R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited to help it refurbish a lighthouse lamp. The bearing was selected thanks to its quality, load-bearing capabilities and short lead-time availability.
High-spec chopper pumps to handle concentrated laboratory waste
P&M Pumps have recently secured another significant order for 12 Vaughan Vertical Pedestal pumps destined for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies, at their Biomedical Campus site in Cambridge. These 12 pumps will be vertical pedestal, high-specification Vaughan STPE3P6 models in all 316 stainless steel and CD4 (Duplex Stainless Steel) construction, driven by 7.5Kw motors. This is another example of the effective pumping approaches that P&M Pumps are providing for a wide range of ‘challenging’ process applications in the UK.