MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
All-in-one PLC and HMI delivers programming efficiency gains
Alana-Eco has used a Unitronics Vision570 all-in-one PLC and HMI on its automated EVA system that grows plants in a rotating aeroponic environment, which has provided many advantages over the PLC that was used for the development system, particularly with regard to programming efficiency.
Turntable bearing used in lighthouse lamp refurbishment
Marine engineering specialist Ocean Kinetics, which has an extensive track record in fabrication, oil and gas, renewables, marine works and marine salvage, has taken delivery of a high-performance turntable bearing from R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited to help it refurbish a lighthouse lamp. The bearing was selected thanks to its quality, load-bearing capabilities and short lead-time availability.
High-spec chopper pumps to handle concentrated laboratory waste
P&M Pumps have recently secured another significant order for 12 Vaughan Vertical Pedestal pumps destined for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies, at their Biomedical Campus site in Cambridge. These 12 pumps will be vertical pedestal, high-specification Vaughan STPE3P6 models in all 316 stainless steel and CD4 (Duplex Stainless Steel) construction, driven by 7.5Kw motors. This is another example of the effective pumping approaches that P&M Pumps are providing for a wide range of ‘challenging’ process applications in the UK.
ZEMIC load cell used for airline cabin luggage weighing machine
ZEMIC, the global load and force sensor manufacturer, represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor, has recently announced its participation in an innovative new machine for use at airports that scans, weighs and confirms that passenger’s carry-on luggage meets the size and weight restrictions required by major airlines.
InterVision’s inline CanCheck system
Food quality and safety is something that we tend to take for granted when we visit our local grocery store or supermarket. Whilst we may often scan read the sell by or use by dates on fresh produce packaging, when it comes to canned products we will invariably pick the can from the shelf and place it straight into to the basket as we have come to place great trust in products of this type. At the heart of the quality, consistency and safety of some of the most widely recognised canned food products here in the UK are the high-speed machine vision systems designed and built by Warwickshire based InterVision Global.
Güdel gantry robot helps reduce composite manufacturing costs
Composite materials have become commonplace in a number of industries and have become the mainstay of component manufacture in many aerospace, defence, automotive, marine and consumer applications. Manufacturing large and complex three-dimensional components from composites however is often a time consuming and sometimes prohibitively costly process. As for other, more traditional manufacturing methods, automation could hold the key to cost-effective production of large composite components. The ATTOM Project (Affordable Tidal Turbines via Optimised Manufacture), just one of 17 integrated capability projects being delivered by The Composites Innovation Cluster under the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), is supported by a number of technology partners, including Güdel UK.
REO UK provides voltage stabiliser for year-long documentary
REO UK has supplied a voltage stabiliser to Initiative Electrical for use during the filming of Channel 4’s yearlong documentary, Eden. The television series sees 24 individuals spend a year creating their own society from scratch in a remote estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Evoke uses Camlock Systems for security in fast food kiosks
Camlock Systems Ltd are proud of their long-standing relationship with Evoke Creative Ltd. Recently, Evoke has designed and manufactured self-order kiosks for the world’s largest chain of fast food restaurants. Camlock was involved in this project from the early stages. Following careful evaluation, Evoke chose the Series 31 cam lock to secure the kiosks.
Total lifecycle offerings for mining belt conveyors from SKF
SKF’s comprehensive offering improves the reliability and reduce the operating costs of conveyor systems in the mining, mineral processing and construction industries.
Olympic success leads to robot investment at Speciality Breads
The installation of a second-user robotic system by Pacepacker has revolutionised the palletising of artisan loaves for Speciality Breads. Cutting palletising time in half, the robot is keeping up with the bakery’s daily production of 100,000 individual loaves from its brand new-state-of-the art £3million bakery.
Buffer modules pay for themselves by preventing downtime
Voltage fluctuations can cause serious problems. At Erdrich Umformtechnik, a mains voltage fluctuation caused a lathe control to fail and, consequently, considerable production losses. Erdrich now uses Murrelektronik's MB Cap Ultra 24/40 buffer modules to bridge voltage drops efficiently; these devices pay for themselves with the first outage they prevent.
2D laser scanners prevent downtime in automated warehouses
Programmable 2D lasers can provide a compact and very effective means of detecting objects with which a crane mechanism might collide; preventing collisions can reduce downtime substantially in multi-million-pound facilities such as automated high-bay warehouses.