MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
CIR emitters ensure PVC gelling during manufacturing process
Carbon infra-red (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Polyflor of Manchester to ensure gelling of PVC applied to a substrate before the web is further processed under an oil-heated chrome drum. The installation has prevented un-gelled PVC from running off the edges of the substrate, saving product as well as eliminating process and maintenance problems.
Laser cutter benefits from Huco-Flex M precision couplings
CadCam Technology, a UK manufacturer of industrial grade flatbed laser cutters and engravers, is using Huco-Flex M (membrane type) precision couplings from Huco Dynatork to help tolerate and compensate for any slight misalignment in its X-axis half drive shafts. The company’s machines are so renowned for their accuracy that it is even possible to laser-engrave on paper!
3D measurement for railway bearing quality control
Olmec UK has designed a turnkey laser height system for inspecting bearings used in the railway industry. Using an LMI Gocator 3D smart camera, which includes an integrated laser source and optics and provides on-board processing of 3D data, the Gocator 2050 sensor system measures the height of various bearings used in bogies in the rail industry. The bearing consists of a number of different components and if any part is missing the height of the bearing will differ from that which is expected.
Students design hydraulic maintenance strategy for London Eye
Engineers from Bosch Rexroth, The JCB Academy and the EDF Energy London Eye have come together to give more than 90 engineering students access to the London landmark as part of their engineering diploma. The students, aged between 16 and 18, were tasked with designing a hydraulic maintenance strategy for the 135m high structure, which this year welcomed its 50 millionth visitor since opening in 2000.
MIMO visible light communication networks to advance 5G
National Instruments and the University of Edinburgh have partnered to develop a test bed to improve indoor wireless communications capacity. Professor Harald Haas, lead researcher at Edinburgh and featured NIDays UK speaker, has pioneered a next-generation massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technique, referred to as spatial modulation, to power a highly energy efficient capacity increase in another step on the path toward fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications.
Brake motors bring order to the ride of the Vikings
Finding fully submersible brake motors became a quest worthy of a Norse legend for the engineer in charge of maintaining the world famous Valhalla ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of the UK’s premier tourist destinations.
Hi-rel Gecko connectors for network of miniature satellites
Harwin is announcing that its Gecko family of high-performance connectors will be used on CubeSat miniature satellites being designed by Surrey Space Centre as part of the international QB50 programme led by the von Karman Institute, Belgium.
WEG supply high-voltage motors for Bozshakol Clay Project
WEG has supplied H- and M-line machines to drive production facilities at the Bozshakol Clay Project in Kazakhstan.
Integrated automation controls rail straightening machine
A Russian–based metal works needed to replace an old and increasingly obsolete rail straightening machine. It needed a new, more flexible and robust computer-controlled system to aid increased efficiencies and specification for new higher grades of rail.
Korenix PoE switches ensure security of Basra Sports Complex
When selecting hardware and software for video surveillance projects, one of the key objectives is to ensure a high-quality, live video system with no time delays, particularly if the location or building is used frequently by members of the public and where security is of the utmost importance. Korenix PoE switches were used for one such project in Basra.
Precision ring slide provides a compact valve test system
The brief from Hedley Hydraulics’ customer was for a bespoke machine to test hydraulic valves but there was a significant design consideration. As the machine had to fit into an existing jig, the mechanism was subject to space constraints but, thanks to the expertise of HepcoMotion, this was achieved whilst maintaining test accuracy and repeatability.
Advanced research in microelectronics with the VHX
Keyence’s VHX-1000 digital microscope allows French researchers to observe surfaces at 1000× magnification, capture images as large as 100 megapixels, and share these images all with very little effort.