MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
How a welding robot moves distances in the nanometre range
Can a robot move distances which are as small as 100 nanometres? Hard to imagine, considering that a human hair is 700 times thicker. One of Nanosystec’s welding robots shows that it is possible. Behind its precision is a guidance system from HepcoMotion.
Manufacturer of carbon brushes upgrades to Pilz servos
By upgrading its presses to Pilz PMCprotego D servo amplifiers, Schunk Hoffmann Carbon Technology has improved reliability substantially, while also saving energy and maintaining high safety standards.
Renishaw neuromate robot installation at children’s hospital
Renishaw is reporting the successful installation of its neuromate stereotactic robot and surgical planning station. Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital is not only one of the oldest paediatric centres in Europe, but is also one of the most important. It is a European Centre of Excellence, renowned for its cutting edge procedures and state-of-the art facilities. Since the installation in April 2016, the system has been used successfully for both stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) for epilepsy and deep brain stimulation (DBS) for dystonia procedures. The centre also plans to use the system for endoscopy procedures in the near future.
BOGE compressors and control system cuts energy costs
BOGE Compressors has helped a plastics and extrusion blow moulding company in Haydock, Merseyside to achieve significant energy cost savings, reduce its carbon footprint and prepare for future expansion with a new integrated compressed air system. The project was managed by BOGE Platinum Partner Airflow Compressors & Pneumatics, which supplied two BOGE S-range compressors and the BOGE Airtelligence Provis 2.0 Master controller.
P4 roller e-chain for cranes and conveyors
Cranes are prominent features on most container terminals, offloading modular containers from cargo ships and placing them onto trains or trucks. Very long travel distances can pose a challenge to cable management, especially as greater cable weights and higher travel speeds are now being demanded by the crane builders.
Mobile drill rig uses electric drive for fume-free operation
Redevelopment of city centre locations can require drilling of deep bore holes to check the suitability of the soil and bed rock for supporting new buildings. If a site requires a comprehensive geological survey it may be necessary to drill inside existing buildings. However, most drills are diesel driven, meaning the exhaust fumes have to be extracted to the outside, a task that is difficult, time consuming, expensive and often not entirely successful. A new type of drilling rig, developed with the help of electric motor company Exico, can be used indoors without the risk of filling the building with diesel exhaust fumes.
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.