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Miniature load cell for audio equipment
Rega began designing and manufacturing audio equipment in 1973 and today, thanks to its obsession with innovation and the resurgence of interest for vinyl, is now the UK´s largest manufacturer of high-end turntables. Rega doesn´t just make excellent turntables, its range includes amplifiers, loudspeakers, CD players, cartridges and tone arms as well as many accessories that enhance the hi-fi experience for the discerning listener. Demonstrating its continuing role as a technological innovator, Rega will soon be launching a new accessory – a weighing scale that precisely measures stylus tracking force. With tone arm set-up critical to sound performance as well as stylus and record condition, Rega´s new Atlas Tracking Force Scale will confirm tone arm adjustment to 1/100th of a gram with a working range of 3.5 to 5g in a simple in-situ process. As an integral component for the scale, Rega chose the Zemic Q70 series miniature load cell, supplied and fully supported in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor.
Miniature check valves provide vital link in chain lubrication
If you are looking for a good example of elite success at major sporting events prompting people to participate, cycling would be high on your list. Whether for exercise, enjoyment, as part of a daily commute, or at a competitive level, the figures confirming the growth of pedal-power are impressive.
MiniTec helps fit out fire rescue vehicles
A well-known manufacturer of special vehicles for fire-fighting, rescue and security industries, Carmichael Support Services approached MiniTec with a requirement to fit out a number of fire rescue vans for Scottish Fire and Rescue with customised cabinets for the storage of equipment on board.
NSK Agri Disc Hub units fitted to disc harrows
Galucho, the largest agricultural machinery manufacturer in Portugal and Spain, is now fitting Agri Disc Hub units from NSK to the company´s disc harrows. The move comes after 2 years of working together and testing the product on 700 hectares of land near Seville, a successful process that means NSK is now fully approved to assemble its Agri Disc Hub units on the disc harrows manufactured by Galucho machinery.
Speaker cabinet manufacture chooses FANUC robots
Since the company’s formation in 1966, Bowers & Wilkins has grown to become recognised today as a world leader in acoustics. The comprehensive range of speaker products manufactured by the company are highly coveted for their ability to bring sounds to the listener, exactly as they were recorded in the studio.
Grob screw jacks play role in transporting giant wind turbines
Offshore wind turbines are providing an ever larger percentage of the world’s electrical power. As a result there is an increasing need to get the giant nacelles that house all the machinery from factory to dockside for shipment out to the wind farm safely and efficiently. High-capacity screw jacks manufactured by Grob Antriebstechnik GmbH and available in the UK through Drive Lines Technologies Ltd play a vital role in this difficult task.
Increasing profitability and safety through training
The BFPA (British Fluid and Power Association) has been leading industry discussions on safety, best practice and profitability for decades. Moreover, the organisation is renowned for setting the highest standard in terms of training and education. Recently the benefits of taking part in BFPA courses have been confirmed by a leading industry figure from Hydroscand.
Plastic plain bearings defy harsh conditions on tail lifts
The Palfinger brand has become synonymous with innovation and reliability for its lifting systems for commercial vehicle and marine applications. As a multinational company group with its headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, Palfinger has manufacturing and assembly sites in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, as well as over 4500 sales and service centres located in over 130 countries across five continents.
Kitchen maker saves money with BOGE compressor
By upgrading its compressed air system with BOGE variable speed drive technology, a kitchen manufacturer in north west England is saving £6500 a year. It has also extended the intervals between compressor overhauls, cutting costs and avoiding interruptions to its manufacturing operation.
EMC problems could lead to lost business
If you were to tell your boss that a fifth of your output was being wasted and could not be accounted for, I doubt they would be too impressed. Where would you think the wasted output was coming from? Most managers would blame human error in their workforce, but they could be jumping to conclusions. Here, Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business.
Power Jacks wins second Wimbledon contract
Power Jacks has secured another ace contract: supporting the installation of a second retractable roof at the home of tennis. The contract has been awarded to Power Jacks by roof engineers SCX Special Projects after a competitive tendering process.
Warner Electric clutch used in hybrid transmissions technology
As fossil fuels continue to diminish, engineers are working hard to perfect alternative power transmission. While fully electric systems still have many flaws, in recent years hybrid designs have surged in popularity: they are now found in trains, boats, agricultural equipment and even the latest generation hyper-cars. Warner Electric has designed a customised E220 electromagnetic clutch which transmits high torque, high speed and high power from a diesel engine to an electric transmission system when the batteries begin to lose power.