MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Advanced Industrial Devices uses Unitronics as “go-to” PLC
Advanced Industrial Devices specialises in building master control panels for all types of industrial equipment. While the control can be as simple as a relay system, it can also be a much more sophisticated electronic product – it depends on what the customers want and need. Keith Walker of AID syas: “Our go-to PLC control is the Unitronics for many reasons. One of the consistent themes is the wide range of available products and price structures.”
Investment in new conveyor chain improves production in bakeries
Bread production is very competitive in terms of production costs. Highly automated processes are used to reduce overall operating costs and maintenance costs are kept to tight budgets. The failure of a conveyor chain in the last part of the production process can have very significant knock-on effects for overall productivity and efficiency. One group of bakeries has engaged Tsubaki to provide a more reliable conveyor chain to help reduce costs associated with lost production and maintenance.
Kistler strain sensors monitor welding of 'difficult' materials
Manufacturer of resistance welding technology, Sciaky Electric Welding Machines Ltd, is using Kistler piezoelectric strain sensors to meet the demands of the aerospace industry for the precise monitoring of the welding process. The Kistler strain sensors are easier to fit, simpler to replace, more reliable and longer lasting than the load cells previously used.
Oxford Materials choose LG Motion for spray deposition research
LG Motion Ltd has recently supplied a three-axis XYZ gantry positioning and motion control system to the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials (Oxford Materials) for a very interesting research project using innovative spray deposition to manufacture thin and think film energy storage electrodes and devices, with the aim to demonstrate potential benefits of this approach over existing manufacturing routes. The work is part of research that looks to develop new processing technologies that offer the potential for cost-effective scaling to the near-industrial, and then full industrial use.
On-site food waste bio-digester uses Variohm level switch
The Waste2O bio-digester is a safe and environmentally friendly food waste management system for commercial food service operators. Designed and manufactured by Mechline Developments Ltd in Milton Keynes, the innovative machine processes up to 180kg of soft, organic food waste and in 24 hours reduces it to waste water that is completely suitable for disposal using normal drains and sewers. To reliably ensure the correct fill level of this automatic and easy to use machine, Mechline use a Measurement Specialities LS403 series horizontal side entry level sensor – and they insist that it is supplied by Variohm EuroSensor.
Blast furnace benefits from upgraded condition monitoring
Sensonics has supplied 15 Senturion proximity probes and a Sentry G3 monitoring and protection system for a project to update the condition monitoring of blast furnace turbo-blowers at the SSI steelworks in Redcar.
Croft Filters drives design innovation for MSubs
Submersibles and underwater equipment manufacturer, MSubs, has been able to maximise the operational efficiency of a custom designed subsea chemical processing skid, thanks to an innovative filter panel system provided by Croft Filters.
Energy-efficient frequency converters for bioenergy plant
Maabjerg BioEnergy in Holstebro, Denmark, has established itself as a world leader in the production of environmentally friendly and sustainable energy. 150 VLT drives helps the plant achieve its efficiency goals.
Universal Robot is a star attraction at Honda’s Tech Fest
Programming a brand new conventional robot to perform a pick and place sequence would typically require considerable time investment and even the services of an expert. To integrate a second robot – so the two would perform that task in tandem – takes the complexity to another level of magnitude.
Atlas Copco compressors perform under polar conditions
Winter temperatures at Norway’s remote Sydvaranger iron ore mine can plunge to –35degC. To keep things moving the mine relies on air dryers, oil-injected rotary screw compressors and oil-free compressors from Atlas Copco. Sydvaranger had three main reasons for choosing Atlas Copco as their supplier: “reliability, life-cycle cost and energy efficiency”.
LabVIEW and CompactRIO used in scrum mechanics study
A 3-year research project, completed by the Rugby Science Group at Bath University and funded by the International Rugby Board (IRB), has contributed to recent changes in the law of scrummaging, with a new ‘crouch, bind, set’ engagement sequence. Data collected from cameras, player-mounted pressure sensors and accelerometers, using National Instruments CompactRIO, show that this new engagement sequence reduces initial scrum forces by 25 per cent, making scrummaging safer and less prone to collapsing with time-consuming restarts.
Mitsubishi robot emulates intuitive human cake-icing movements
Solving a long-standing automation problem in cake decoration has also produced a groundbreaking development that could be taken up across a whole range of other industries. Quasar Automation wanted to create a system that can neatly apply icing or other embellishments to cakes regardless of irregularities and imperfections in the cakes’ surface. To achieve this they have integrated a ceiling-mounted food-safe robot from Mitsubishi Electric with a vision system and data processing software from Scorpion Vision.