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Modernisation instead of a new production line
A combination of existing tried-and-tested machinery and newly purchased used equipment plus drive and control updates is a real alternative to the acquisition of a new production line – especially if there are specialised requirements for this plant. A project of the Hohenberger Tapetenmanufaktur GmbH located in the south east of Germany illustrates this fact. This manufacturer of high-quality wallpaper has recently re-built a production line adding used printing units, and had the plant equipped with automation technology from Lenze. As a result, Hohenberger have a line for the production of eco-friendly wallpaper which is precisely tailored to the requirements of the company and costing less than a comparable new line.
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DC-bus connection makes energy saving easy
By changing from DC to three-phase AC technology, the world’s largest provider of corrugated board plant BHS has considerably improved the energy efficiency of its machines. The company today uses a drive system created in close collaboration with Lenze who acted as its partner in the project. The core elements are Lenze 9400 servo drives and an effective DC-bus connection system. Peter Michler, Head of Development at BHS, says: “They enable us to lower the peak load and this is the key point”.
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Sims Metals Management selects WEG motor for shredder
Sims Metals Management has once again chosen WEG to design, build and supply a new, bespoke, high-voltage motor for its metal recycling operations in the UK. Designed to fit into the exact footprint of the legacy OEM equipment, the new 6.6kV, 3MW motor was the most cost-effective option available for the giant shredder based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which processes over 1000 tonnes of scrap per day.
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Rubber industry to benefit from hepco ring track technology
Newark-based CJ Waterhouse, a specialist in the design and manufacture of bespoke, automated materials handling and weighing machinery, is using the HepcoMotion Precision Ring Track (PRT2) in an enhanced version of an established system.
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Circulatory support without surgery for heart failure patients
An intra-aortic pump powered by miniature brushless DC motors provides heart failure patients an aid to help hearts rest and heal.
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Renishaw probing technology reduces scrap and saves time
The advanced manufacturing division of Intoco (Independent Tool Consultants Ltd) is a showcase for precision subcontract engineering. Five-axis simultaneous machining centres and 3D solid modelling capabilities are supplemented by an unerring commitment to quality control, with three of the company’s high-specification CNC machine tools being fitted with touch probe technology from Renishaw.
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1100mph wheel spin test uses Micro-Epsilon measurement sensors
Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd has supplied a variety of non-contact laser displacement sensors and an infrared thermal imaging camera for use in a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.
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XYZR gantry scanning system design and build by LG Motion
A novel motorised XYZR gantry scanning system with a combined vertical and rotary positioning axis that includes the ability to measure its force, position and velocity has been supplied to the Imperial College Non-Destructive Evaluation Group by LG Motion for a research project to evaluate critical aspects of a high-temperature strain-monitoring technique for use in power station steam lines and associated components.
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Automation in enclosure assembly
Kiesling Maschinentechnik, a member of the Friedhelm Loh Group, is a specialist for automation systems in switchgear manufacture. After a 5-year development period, the Averex, the world’s first robotic wiring centre is production-ready. But first, two real-world field tests will be conducted in the second half of 2014.
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ASMPT benefits from Renishaw encoder, calibration CMM products
ASM Pacific Technology Ltd (ASMPT), the world’s largest supplier of wafer assembly and packaging equipment for the semiconductor industry, aims to offer complete factory automation systems and satisfy customers’ needs through its innovative and cost-effective products, and uses a range of Renishaw encoder, calibration and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) products
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Bearings in agricultural machinery
From a bearing manufacturer’s point of view, agricultural machinery technology is one of the most challenging fields of application. The requirements that bearings must meet can be clearly illustrated by taking disc harrows as an example. With this attachment, the farmer loosens the soil, breaks it up into small pieces and thus prepares it for sowing. The individual moving discs are set at a slight angle and each disc is mounted on a separate arm attached to the harrow’s frame.
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Programmable safety system used for automotive paint shop
A Chinese supplier of automotive components has used Pilz PSS 4000 systems to handle safety-related and automation control functions in fully automated robotic paint shops, thereby maximising productivity without compromising safety.
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