MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
FDB hinges and compression locks solve storage access problems
The Nippi trike wheelchair-accessible vehicle has recently been re-designed and re-launched. As part of this process Michael Barnes, M.D. of Nippi Cars Ltd, sought to improve the convenience and sealing of the storage compartments on either side of the vehicle. Consequently, long-term suppliers FDB Panel Fittings were called in to provide hardware, which came in the form of their Large Friction Hinge and A1 Compression Lock.
Testing the new generation of integrated drives
The recent rise of interest in integrated motor/inverters units has led to the need for testing and mapping of their performance over a range of operating conditions. A wireless torque sense has been used as the heart of a dynamometer built for just this task.
Tsubaki helps mining equipment OEMs reduce costs
Tsubakimoto Europe is helping mining equipment OEMs respond to mining company demands for increased reliability and improved after-sales service, highlighting the capability, affordability and availability throughout Europe of its chain & power transmission products for mining applications.
Robotic laser marking system
When a major supplier of high-performance automotive engines needed to automate a new cylinder head line, they approached Tec Systems, owing to their proven track record in this market. Tec Systems provided an assembly machine, a number of leak testing stations and a robotic laser marking system to identify the components going through the production line.
ZeroK specify Variohm VLP position sensor in electric kart
ZeroK is an all-electric racing kart power system, the brainchild of designer and driver James Davies. During 2015 various iterations of the kart have been built and tested with the aim that ZeroK will be introduced as a competition class of its own. Competing against other ZeroK teams and potentially providing young drivers a new route to Formula E – and of course thrilling karting enthusiasts in the UK and further afield.
Zen Putting Mechanics’ robot uses MiniTec’s Profile System
When it comes to putting, do you know your blade from your mid- and full-mallet? And, which type performs best for your particular putting style? The engineers at Zen Putting Mechanics have been helping Today’s Golfer magazine to test 46 putter designs from several top manufacturers with specific parameters to determine the best buys. For one of the tests, the British golf innovator has developed a putting robot with Sheffield University’s AMRC – Boeing research centre that evaluates a putter’s ability to forgive off-centre strokes. After successfully using MiniTec UK’s Profile System for the adjustable frame on its ‘Green Stage’ variable contour putting platform, they once again specified the modular and adaptable aluminium profile-based machine building system to provide a stable frame for the putting robot.
SKF equips fleet with customised Marine Condition Monitoring kit
SKF has initiated a condition-based maintenance programme using its Marine Condition Monitoring kits for Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) fleet that has the potential to cut costs and decrease maintenance. The detailed maintenance programme enables a range of benefits, from preventing unexpected failures in critical machinery to providing early indication of possible problems in auxiliary machinery. The customised instrument of monitoring and reporting, supplied by SKF, provides specific data as to which tasks need to be performed and when, enabling on-board engineers to perform maintenance activities and replace components at the right time.
Dessert producer transforms sleeve coding with Rotech RF2
The purchase of an offline RF2 coder from Rotech has transformed the sleeve coding operation at Holt-based Heaven Made Foods, eliminating inefficiencies and quality issues. With the Rotech system, which typically runs off 80–100 sleeves per minute, date coding is done in 10 per cent of the time that it was taking.
Just-in-time maintenance via mGuard 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.
Change management and version control system minimises downtime
By introducing change management and version control software from M.A.C. Solutions for all its programmable devices (PLCs) in five production plants across three different continents, heat exchanger manufacturer SWEP has minimised the risk of machine downtime, thus avoiding costly delays and disruption to customer delivery schedules.
HBM’s data recorder is on board for world record attempt
HBM is delighted to be on board the Volkswagen Touareg vehicle, which is being used for the latest Cape-to-Cape 2.0 world record driving attempt of Africa to Europe in 10 days.
Schaeffler custom spherical plain bearings for lifting system
Schaeffler has secured its largest ever order for ELGES spherical plain bearings. Schaeffler will supply more than 240 bearings with outside diameters ranging from 400mm to 1060mm, for the Topsides Lift System on the Pioneering Spirit, a purpose-built ship used for the installation and decommissioning of offshore oil platforms.