MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
RFID eliminates overhead wiring for trams
Harting has developed an RFID system that allows electric trams or buses to operate without overhead electric wiring in areas where it would be unacceptably obtrusive (in historic town centres, for example) or where it might cause interference to sensitive equipment.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems boosts aerospace test abilities
Aerospace leader Lockheed Martin has expanded its vibration measurement capabilities for testing satellite systems, with a 450-channel PULSE vibro-acoustic data acquisition system.
HBM announces contract for Phase II of the ITER Project
HBM FiberSensing has been awarded the contract for Phase II of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, as part of a joint agreement with Smartec.
Remote diagnostics for predictive maintenance for offshore fleet
SKF has been selected to provide a remote monitoring and diagnostics service to enable world-class predictive maintenance on a large fleet of vessels for Edison Chouest Offshore.
Specialised support rig for advanced radar assembly and test
The Portsmouth, UK-based division of Airbus Defence and Space designs, builds and tests highly advanced payloads and scientific equipment for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation and scientific satellites. As part of its manufacturing programme for cutting-edge space-borne radars, LG Motion Ltd was recently commissioned to supply the company with a custom designed ‘Antenna Turnover Rig’ to provide mounting and free access for assembly and test of large antennae panel assemblies that measure approximately 3m × 1m × 0.2m with a mass of 115kg.
Tsubaki strengthens weak link in the chain for asphalt pavers
Resurfacing an asphalt road is one of those tasks that once started really shouldn’t be stopped part-way through, especially not for a breakdown that may take several hours to repair. However, problems with the reliability and availability of OEM components can lead to unnecessary delays and mounting costs. Several companies in Holland have chosen to install higher specification chains and drive sprockets in order to improve reliability and reduce overall costs.
All-in-one controllers used for packaging and labelling machines
Kolman has used Unitronics Vision570 and Vision560 all-in-one PLC, HMI and I/O devices in its latest generation of packaging and labelling machinery.
Trace heating thermostats keep water treatment plants running
Each year those involved in the water treatment industry hope for a mild winter because prolonged low temperatures can cause pipes to burst, even those with lagging installed. More and more, treatment facilities are increasing the use of trace heating on external pipe sections which can be controlled via a pre-built thermostat from Spelsberg.
Miniature VHS solenoid valves play role in 3D bio-printing
The rapid development of viable inkjet technology for highly specialised applications, such as printing human cells, continues to generate significant interest. If successful, the realisation of this technology for specialised biological applications, generally known as ‘biofabrication’, has the potential to replace the long established (and often controversial) process of using animals for testing new drugs.