MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Herga 6442 pneumatic push button selected for shower system
Arknet Limited, based near Reading, has developed a PLC-controlled commercial shower system that offers installation and operational cost saving in a design that does not require plumbing behind tiled walls and usage benefits such as variable water delivery duration and individual shower head valve control. Aimed at sports clubs, spas, schools and other facilities that use large volumes of water, the Shower Saver Plus includes Herga 6442 push buttons and 6871 series air switches for user input and interfacing to the control system. A centralised PLC control and remote I/O blocks in each of the shower consoles provides scalability.
Tsubaki has the answer for automotive coating applications
Automotive manufacturers put incredible emphasis on the paint finish of their new vehicles. Not only is immaculate paintwork essential for that ‘showroom appearance’, it is also a vital element in the long-term environmental protection of the body panels. Therefore paint shop plant and equipment must be of the highest calibre, and even the drive chains must be of a quality that ensures smooth operations and reliable long-term performance in harsh working conditions.
ESAB consumables specified for the Queensferry Crossing
ESAB has been awarded the contract to supply welding consumables for constructing the Queensferry Crossing, which is a new road bridge to take most of the traffic from the existing road bridge over the Firth of Forth connecting Edinburgh with Fife.
Automotive component leak testing
When a high-profile automotive supplier needed a suite of customised leak testing systems for their latest engine components, they had no hesitation in contacting Tec Systems who had previously provided several automation machines for their UK factory. In order to fulfil the customers’ requirements, Tec Systems provided a total of six individual leak testing machines, each designed to suit specific engine components.
Linear position sensors provide high accuracy steering
Precision Decisions Ltd specialise in hardware and software for agriculture that maximise yield potential through the use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) automatic vehicle guidance. The Yorkshire-based company are particularly strong in an area of agronomics known as controlled traffic farming (CTF) where satellite guidance is employed as a key element to reduce vehicle travel over the field to the very minimum.
Cube67 fieldbus system: efficient wiring in complex machines
Transnova Ruf’s state-of-the-art packaging systems use a large number of sensors and valves to ensure smooth, fully automated operation. Because the machines are so large, their electrical installation requires a “lean” system. By using Murrelektronik’s Cube67 fieldbus system, they are able to achieve their goals and benefit from the modular nature of the system.
Eaton helps bring water from the mountains to the valleys
Intelligent automation systems from Eaton help control two decentralised elevated tanks and a pump station for the water supply in Remchingen, Germany.
3DEXPERIENCE platform in chocolate mould design
Many products are designed to appeal to our senses. Chocolate is no exception. Although taste is one of the reasons chocolate is so popular, its visual appeal also is important. Switzerland-based Max Riner AG makes sure chocolate looks appetising.
Non-contact laser sensor provides high measurement repeatability
A UK-based manufacturer of investment casting wax is using a laser displacement sensor from Micro-Epsilon to measure the distortion and contraction of wax materials used in investment casting. The non-contact, high performance sensor is providing 10 times higher measurement repeatability than the previous LVDTs and touch-probe gauges.
Industrial cameras monitor track across London Underground
Stemmer Imaging has worked closely with London Underground to develop and deliver 104 industrial camera assemblies that are mounted directly onto passenger trains to provide image data on the condition of the wheel/rail interface and the track itself. By acquiring this data during normal timetable periods, more time is available during the 4-hour night closure period to maintain the network’s 1000km of track, minimising any disruption to services and helping to make the new weekend extended operating times possible.
DesignFlex pressure switches aid improved DNA sampling process
In an application where reliability and consistent operation are critical, a new DNA collection technology developed by M-Vac Systems uses pressure switches from the ultra-sensitive pressure, vacuum and differential switch manufacturer DesignFlex – represented exclusively in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor.
Innovative automated tube bending cell allows increased output
The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company has installed a second custom-designed automated production cell from Unison to help meet huge demand for its unique ‘barrow in a box’ product. The cell is part of a new production line that makes the frames for these wheelbarrows, and fully automates all tube bending operations. Commissioned during the summer of 2105, it has enabled the company to increase manufacturing throughput – from 1800 to 3500 wheelbarrows per day.