MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
World’s first modular robot system uses maxon motor
When architectural designer Philip started to develop a superior construction toy for his children it unpredictably resulted in the world’s first modular multi-functional robot system.
Rittal Automation System delivers major commercial benefits
When the directors of Peterborough-based panel builders Pneumatechnique Ltd were looking at ways to improve efficiency and offer better production consistency they turned to Rittal and its automation systems for switchgear construction.
Henkel’s LIS: fast and reliable fix for the automotive industry
Henkel’s complete Loctite Impregnation Solutions (LIS) product portfolio not only offers impregnation resins and systems but also a customised service through both external, as well as tailored, on-site impregnation service centres. Through LIS, Henkel offers the automotive industry a one-of-a-kind, fully automated impregnation system, and its high-tech resins deliver consistent quality and unmatched sealing performance.
Enclosures speed rewiring of automated manufacturing systems
Until recently, rewiring automated plants in response to evolving production requirements could be a daunting prospect. Each change to the plant was likely to make the wiring a little more complicated and a little less efficient. In its GTi range of electrical enclosures Spelsberg has developed an approach that means wiring layouts can be kept neat through any number of changes, making both reconfiguring and fault tracing easy and efficient.
Schaeffler bearings keep lock gates and valves moving
After a 9-year construction period, the new, third channel of the Panama Canal opened in June 2016, eliminating a bottleneck for global commercial shipping. Schaeffler has supplied more than 3400 rolling bearings for the canal’s water management systems, including lock gates and valves.
Mobil SHC 525 helps manufacturer achieve $5.6m in annual savings
Ceramika Końskie, a Polish ceramic tile manufacturer, has experienced a 17 per cent improvement in tile press productivity following a switch from a conventional mineral oil to Mobil SHC 525, a high-performance synthetic hydraulic oil. The Mobil SHC 500 Series of high-performance lubricants is designed for use in hydraulic systems prone to deposit build-up.
Magnetic bearings tough enough for the depths of the sea
Today’s oil and gas industry is facing many challenges, including lower oil prices and environmental issues that are forcing companies to look into alternative methods of extraction. Many companies are recognising the need to innovate and are investing in long-term solutions.
An automated system runs so efficiently you forget it’s there
Steam is an important component of meat processing. Djurdjevic, a meat production company, wanted to automate the boiler they use to produce steam; they needed this system to be efficient and safe. Ideally, the system should operate effortlessly, without requiring human intervention. Using Unitronics PLC+HMI this goal became a reality.
Improving asset availability to reduce coal handling costs
Coal is an important global resource and likely to remain so for many years to come. But now, more than ever, the pressure is on to reduce transportation costs by improving the efficiency of coal handling operations.
NUM collaborates to develop intelligent CNC gear hobbing machine
NUM (NUM Taiwan Ltd) and Taiwan’s Feng Chia University have jointly developed an intelligent CNC gear hobbing machine with an advanced electronic gearbox that completely eliminates the time overheads of changing mechanical gears on traditional machine tools.
Unidrive M variable speed drives eliminate reliability issues
A coil processing equipment manufacturer has introduced variable speed drives from Control Techniques, an Emerson business. Athader, based near San Sebastian in northern Spain, manufactures coil processing lines, mainly slitting lines and levelling and cut-to-length lines for steel, stainless steel and aluminium material. Equipment manufactured by the company, which is part of the Bradbury Group, is destined for customers that include steel coil processors, rolling mills and profile and tube manufacturers, 80 per cent of which are located outside of Spain.
Unidrive AC drive: power and reliability in a smaller package
It is a continuous challenge for manufacturing companies to deliver greater efficiencies in production at ever-lower costs. Businesses strive to work leaner and push their manufacturing processes harder, meaning reliability, efficiency and performance are constantly under strain. Freudenberg Performance Materials understands these issues. The business, a global leader providing innovative solutions for a large number of markets and applications such as for the building sector, car interior, hygiene, medical as well as industrial technical textile applications and shoe components needed to replace an AC drive within their nonwoven production facility in Kaiserslautern, Germany.