MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Controller increases performance levels and ensures compliance
Wieland Electric has provided a compactor control system for Pearce Compaction Systems that has increased performance levels, whilst ensuring that the company complies with all the necessary standards.
Drive system upgrade saves energy for low-voltage equipment lab
Testing low-voltage switchgear equipment and electric power systems are the core competencies of the Institute for International Product Safety GmbH (I²PS GmbH) test facility in Bonn, Germany. This location boasts one of the world’s most efficient surge generator systems. During the modernisation of this system, the company decided to renew the available drive of the excitation generator. This was achieved by using an asynchronous motor with frequency converter technology from Eaton. The result increased the energy efficiency of the system, as well as its flexibility.
Renold chain enables peak performance
Renold Synergy chain has long been known for industrial applications, where its ability to outperform its closest competitors has seen it leading the market. What is less well known is that the same cutting-edge chain technology platform on which Synergy was built, has recently helped the Britain Cycling team to Olympic Gold.
Bearings for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
A UK-based manufacturer of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines has specified angular contact ball bearings and housed spherical roller bearings from Schaeffler UK for use on its 4N-55 wind turbine, the world’s first commercially viable medium-sized 55kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.
FLIR camera: intelligent feedback sensor for real-time processes
Setting up a machine vision system and making all the different elements work smoothly can be complicated and expensive. To simplify this integration process, Eigen Innovations, a specialist in real-time monitoring systems for many industries, has developed a smart hardware module. And whenever possible, the company likes to include FLIR cameras exclusively because they are so cost effective.
3D printing technology increases Land Rover BAR’s performance
Like many other cutting-edge technologies – artificial intelligence, big data analytics – additive manufacturing (3D printing) has been incorporated into daily use at Land Rover BAR with the help of the team’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG). In this case, TIG partner Renishaw, a global metrology firm which manufactures metal additive manufacturing machines, as well as working with the more familiar 3D printing in plastics for its own prototyping.
HBM helps keep BLOODHOUND on track!
HBM announcing its involvement in the BLOODHOUND Project, a ground-breaking initiative, which will see the development of a 1000mph vehicle, designed to break the world land-speed record.
World’s first robotic-assisted eye surgery
In 2009 Reliance’s Dutch office received a call from Mr Thijs Meenink at the University of Eindhoven. In a collaboration with AMC Amsterdam, his team was working on a robotic device which could assist in eye surgery. John Bazuin, catalogue products manager at Reliance visited the university to see if Reliance could be of assistance. He left a range of sample products and kept in close contact with the design team as their developments progressed, eventually resulting in the integration of Reliance’s high-precision hubless spur gears and leadscrews. Now, 7 years later, the device has performed the world’s first successful robot-assisted operation at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and is the core product of the newly founded company Preceyes B.V.
RF1-F coder brings big benefits to small batch manufacturer
Dietary supplement manufacturer CellLife UK has the flexibility to place codes anywhere on pack and produce up to 4000 cartons per day, following its investment in an RF1-F coding system from Rotech.
Huco coupling demonstrates durability in tractor transmission
Huco Dynatork is supplying CLAAS Industrietechnik with its multi-beam couplings for use in a power-split transmission for its newest range of ARION 500/600 series tractors. Having identified a contamination issue caused by the ‘as-machined’ delivery condition of many manufacturers’ standard couplings, CLAAS Industrietechnik approached Huco for a specialised option which would perform reliably.
Universal Robots racks up the benefits at Etalex
Installing a Universal Robot to pick metal parts out of a press brake solved several automation headaches at Etalex, a manufacturer of shelving systems that had no room for safety guarding in front of the press and needed a flexible user-friendly robot able to safely handle the pick and place tasks in a high traffic area. The UR10 robot was up for the challenge.
Push-pull chains from Rodriguez give Maypole a lift
Maypole Engineering’s previous successful experiences of using push-pull chain actuation devices supplied by R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited, led the company to specify the use of Grob LinearChain technology on bespoke automated handling systems required by a hydraulic motor manufacturer based in the UK.