MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Special effects experts use ESAB welding and cutting equipment
s-f-x.com specialises in pyrotechnic, atmospheric, mechanical and electronic special effects for television, films, music videos and commercials. Since the 1980s the company has been involved in high-profile projects ranging from Top Gear and Taggart, to Dead Man Running and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. A common requirement is for dramatic sparks, which are traditionally produced using pyrotechnics. However, pyrotechnics have risks associated with them due to their highly combustible nature and the heat generated when they burn, plus they require safe storage and create a major administrative burden because they are classified as hazardous. Ten years ago Scott MacIntyre, the founder and now Special Effects Supervisor at s-f-x.com, decided to seek a better alternative and, being aware of industrial welding cutting equipment from a user’s perspective, asked his local distributor what might be available for use on-screen.
Automation equipment service support keeps dairy running
A rapid and successful response to a machine breakdown at a busy dairy has led to an enduring relationship between the dairy and the automation equipment manufacturer, which has been formalised into a comprehensive automation equipment service support contract for the entire plant.
New ways to interconnect the PROFI-world
Automation engineers frequently need to bridge the gap between different protocols and networks used in a plant, but they also need to enable communication between equipment within the same network family. For example, in the PROFINET and PROFIBUS world, there are many devices and sub-systems that cannot necessarily communicate with each other. It may be necessary to connect different physical formats such as copper and fiber optics or couple/de-couple I/O data between two controlling networks. With their recently upgraded Anybus X-gateways, HMS Industrial Networks can offer ways to get heterogeneous PROFI-equipment connected.
Magnetic encoders: reliable operation for deep water imaging
High-accuracy magnetic ring encoders made by RLS, a Renishaw associate company, are used by Martech of Dorset in its Pan and Tilt units for positioning subsea sonar-imaging devices. The company chose the AksIM encoders because they offered non-contact reliability and could be easily customised for working at depths down to 3000m.
Screw jacks from Power Jacks used in athletics training facility
Power Jacks products have been utilised to provide a world-class training facility for athletes at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre. The new High Performance Service Centre, which opened in April 2015, was developed to meet the training requirements of Western Australia’s high-performing athletes.
Single illuminated capacitive switches for medical monitor
Stadium IGT offers a range of single LED illuminated capacitive switch modules that are proving to be critical components to medical equipment manufacturers.
Testing time for fall arrestors
Safety equipment such as fall arrestors must work perfectly every time they are called into action, so they must be made to the highest standards of manufacture, tested and certified. Only then will users have confidence wearing them.
Stieber Clutch helps Me-Mover take a step forward
Across Europe there is a growing trend of people searching for interesting workouts that keep them fit yet escape the confines of the gym. As fitness becomes a more important focus for many people, they want to find new and enjoyable ways of integrating fitness into their daily lives. One product that has tapped into this emerging market is the Me-Mover, which simulates a stepping movement to generate forward momentum. Its designer has turned to Stieber Clutch to ensure a smooth power delivery.
CenterLine (Windsor) – 3DEXPERIENCE platform case study
CenterLine (Windsor) Limited sees itself as more than just a supplier of custom automated production systems. It prefers to establish long-term partnerships with its customers based on trust and confidence drawing from the technical know-how of its global workforce.
Vestas choose Bosch Rexroth UK for V164 hydraulic power unit
Bosch Rexroth UK has won the contract to provide the hydraulic power unit (HPU) for the Vestas V164 – 8.0MW offshore wind turbine. The hydraulic power units are being built at Bosch Rexroth’s Wakefield facility, which is a dedicated resource for the manufacture of hydraulic power units in the UK.
MiniTec designs and supplies display cabinets for NPL exhibit
Demonstrating the innumerable capabilities of its new Profile Series 30 range of aluminium profiles with matching modular elements and fittings, MiniTec UK recently supplied interactive exhibition display cabinets for the National Physical Laboratory’s ‘Super Sight’ stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition that explores augmented reality – the placement of computer generated images into the human eye’s view.
Twiflex puts the brakes on offshore winches
Designing components that will provide reliable operation for marine and offshore applications requires considerable expertise, especially when manufacturing vessel mooring winches designed to bring two ships alongside each other. When such an application was being designed for a pipe-laying vessel, Twiflex Ltd. was approached to support the project with its many years’ experience in supplying the marine industry with brake products.