MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Adhesives to secure fasteners and strengthen interference fits
Competitive snowmobilers, snocross racers, and XGames athletes have come to rely on Polaris Industries Inc. snowmobiles to help them dominate in extreme events such as racing, long-distance jumping, and freestyle competitions that involve dangerous backflips and extensions. The sleds are designed for terrain domination, enduring the punishment of full-out driving manoeuvres, high loads, and even crashes. The engineers who build the machines must be sure that the sleds will function reliably under severe conditions and hold tight under stress and at high temperatures.
igus low-friction tribo tape improves endurance race reliability
What is classed as ‘the most extraordinary journey possible in a motor car’ will kick start next year when more than 100 vehicles, in Vintageant and Classic categories, will attempt the 6th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Starting from the Great Wall of China near Beijing on 12th June 2016 and just over a month later ending in Paris, the intrepid drivers will cross the finish line in Place Vendome on 17th July.
Warner Linear cuts downtime for off-highway vehicle maintenance
Warner Linear has supplied its S-Track linear actuators to a well-respected manufacturer of off-highway vehicles for use on a line of wheeled loaders. The actuators are used to facilitate fast and reliable bucket replacement on-site to minimise vehicle downtime. The Warner actuators were chosen for their robust design and operational flexibility, which made them well suited for use within the demanding environments of the construction industry.
Building chips for CC-Link IE is good for business at Renesas
In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Renesas Electronics Corporation demonstrated the importance of CC-Link and CC-Link IE to the future of their industrial automation business. Renesas recently introduced the R-IN32M3 Series Industrial Network Controller. The R-IN32M3 is designed to support multiple protocols including CC-Link and CC-Link IE. It is a building block for creating command and control networks, such as those used for communications and data transfer in industrial automation systems.
Coolers are IoT-ready thanks to Schneider Electric PLCs
Transtherm Cooling Industries' latest generation of dry air blast cooler and adiabatic cooler machinery benefits from PLCs and variable-speed drives from Schneider Electric that help the OEM to provide customers with equipment that is compatible with the Internet of Things, more energy-efficient and quieter.
AWS Electronics Group wins significant automotive business
AWS has announced that a major Tier 1 automotive manufacturer has contracted with the company for volume manufacture of its assemblies and systems at the companies CEE facility in Slovakia.
All-in-one PLC + HMI benefits manufacturer of boiler controls
Energy Plant Solutions has specified the Unitronics Vision1040 all-in-one PLC + HMI for its boiler controls, benefiting from simpler integration, reduced development time, free remote diagnostics and significant cost savings overall.
Qdos dosing pumps improve ‘uptime’ at aluminium coating plant
Aluminium powder coating specialist France Alu Color has reduced its costs for chemicals and further improved the reliability and safety of its surface treatment processes thanks to the adoption of Qdos dosing/metering pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG). So successful has been the project that the pumps generated payback on the investment within 1 year.
Microscan machine vision cameras in robotic inspection system
Microscan has been selected by Cross Company’s Automation Group for an integrated robotic inspection system using the Universal Robots UR5 robotic arm and Microscan Vision HAWK Smart Camera. The vision-guided robot is a turnkey inspection system that provides final quality inspection of large components like automotive engines or large electronic sub-assemblies where multi-point inspection of the part is required in three dimensions. The system combines easy-to-use machine vision components with easy-to-use robotics, solving complicated inline inspection applications simply and safely for manufacturers.
SKF Insight intelligent bearing technology trialled
SKF has begun to apply SKF Insight – its bearing health management technology – in several high-end industry applications. The technology, which uses a self-powered, intelligent wireless sensors in the SKF bearing to provide instant condition monitoring data via the Internet, is undergoing trials in challenging projects in the wind turbine and railway industries.
Modular conveyor design enhances efficiencies
Manufacturing facilities are constantly seeking innovative ways to reduce costs and increase production efficiencies. So when RPC Containers Ltd won a substantial contract, the plastics manufacturer took the opportunity to enhance production processes in order to meet the increased demands, whilst reducing overheads at the same time.
Bürkert helps to improve efficiency at UK car engine plant
When a system integrator working for Nissan in Sunderland (JEB Contractors) identified a control process within the engine casting plant that was in need of improvement, the team requested vital input from flow control specialist Bürkert. By designing and installing an electronic control system to replace the manually adjusted flow control valves, a significant improvement was made to efficiency and reliability of the process.