MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Flexium CNC: advanced CNC systemf for competitive edge
Advanced CNC systems from NUM are helping US machine tool manufacturer Bourn & Koch, Inc. to extend its competitive edge in the market by using state-of-the art machine control software. Following a highly successful project to migrate control of powerful 7-axis horizontal gear hobbers to NUM’s Flexium CNC platform, the company is now standardising on this control technology for an extensive range of its gear production machines.
Viking SG pumps cope with high differential pressures
Flotech Performance Systems manufacture specialist products for the storage, transfer and distribution of liquid and gas products including design, manufacture, installation and on-site support from their facility in Fareham, Hampshire. Among the wide range of systems they offer are additive and dye injection skids which are used on petroleum and chemical applications. These vary in scope from injection hardware skids through to full turnkey systems designed to meet individual customer requirements and can incorporate features such as additive storage, secondary containment pipework, pumps and pump control. For many additive applications, the primary function of the pumps is to ensure that they generate sufficient differential pressure for the additive to be injected efficiently and smoothly into the main process line.
Stieber Clutch helps all-terrain wheelchair manufacturer
While standard wheelchairs are an essential tool for many people with disabilities, they are still limited in terms of the terrain that they can handle. This is why Tim Morgan has invented the Mountain Trike, a wheelchair designed specifically for use off-road and in difficult conditions. Operating in such harsh conditions can put a strain on the components and at times sourcing parts that could withstand this tough environment proved a challenge. Fortunately Stieber Clutch was able to offer a product which has so far proven to be 100 per cent reliable.
$5.3million automation order for Rockwell Automation
LSB Industries Inc., a diversified industrial manufacturer of chemical and HVAC products, has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation will serve as the main automation contractor, providing a $3.5 million PlantPAx process automation system with electrical, controls and instrumentation services, and a $1.8 million Ethernet motor control system. The systems will be installed at both of LSB’s new plants (nitric acid and ammonia) currently being constructed at its El Dorado, Ark. facility.
Laser machining with cost-efficient transmission designs
Based in Chennai, Proteck was established over 25 years ago and is now one of India’s leading production machinery suppliers; distributing, supplying and manufacturing a wide range of printing machinery, machine tools, metal cutting & forming equipment and CAD/CAM software throughout its home market and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Its manufacturing subsidiary, Proteck Precision, has a young, dynamic and highly qualified engineering work-force that develops and produces exciting new products for the fast-growing Indian manufacturing industries as well as providing competitively priced machinery that is exported beyond Asia. The technology-driven company has styled its production, quality control and engineering logistics departments on a European model, and has two very modern manufacturing facilities in Chennai complete with state-of-the art CAD/CAM, MRP systems and the latest ISO accreditations.
Rittal’s one-stop system for human–machine interfaces
Human–machine interfaces play a key role when choosing manufacturing equipment. Potential purchasers not only consider the quality of the machine and the products it manufactures, but user-friendliness and a robust, well-designed operator control system, often influence decision-making just as much. Engineering specialist Laempe & Mössner produce several lines of core shooters and equips its core shooting machines with Rittal’s support arm and housing systems
Videojet printers help Uponor improve uptime on production lines
Plastic pipe manufacturer Uponor has entered into partnership with Videojet Technologies Inc. Uponor selected 1610 dual head and 1620 continuous ink jet printers (CIJ) for its extrusion lines and, as a result, increased its overall yield by five per cent.
igus energy chains tame the tide
Ensuring a safe and productive solution to providing electrical, water, and fuel connections to a jetty is challenging at the best of times. But when that jetty is floating in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness with rough seas and an 11 metre tide, the problems are compounded. That was the situation facing Cameron Forecourt, who installed a floating pontoon for Dong Energy that is used to service their wind farm just off the rugged North West coast of England.
Altra solves vibration issues for pumps in water treatment plant
A large raw water pumping station in Malaysia was suffering from severe vibration problems with the drivetrains on a number of large pumps which resulted in regular failures and downtime. When an update to the original parts was unsuccessful in solving the issue, the plant’s managers turned to Altra Couplings to offer a solution. Fortunately the power transmission specialist was able to design a bespoke system using TB Wood’s Form-Flex shafts which substantially reduced vibration.
A vital element in aerospace: ESAB delivers process stability
ESAB innovation has helped shape the history of welding and cutting since the discovery of the covered welding electrode more than 100 years ago. Through the years, the company has played a pivotal role in many impressive projects around the globe – from aerospace to automotive, energy to shipbuilding.
Just in time maintenance via remote service
Machine operators such as Nestlé and Unilever expect 100 per cent system availability. Therefore, machine builder Big Drum Engineering sees demand-oriented maintenance and fast troubleshooting via remote service as key to this increasingly critical success factor. In providing these, the company places great emphasis on safety and security.
Coordinated syringe handling by Mitsubishi Electric robots
The pharmaceutical industry sets high standards in respect of hygiene, quality and performance, and these standards apply to pharmaceutical packing facilities too. Space is also often at a premium in production plants, chiefly due to how they have grown historically, and new additions to the machinery stock must therefore be as compact as possible. Robotronic AG specialises in robot-aided handling systems that meet these strict size requirements. The Swiss company works with a modular robot cell developed in house, termed Modular Robot Technology or MRT for short. Only Mitsubishi Electric robots are used in this system.