MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Robots for the agriculture of the future
At the international Field Robot Event 2014, the team from the University of Osnabrück won 3rd place in the overall ranking with its robot, ‘The Great Cornholio’. mayr power transmission supported the students and contributed backlash-free, elastic ROBA-ES shaft couplings. These compensate for shaft misalignment, are simple to install and are maintenance-free – prerequisites for application in the small, yet robust field robots.
Eaton’s easy800 series control relay simplifies control system
Eaton has helped Weiss+Appetito to automate the processes on its fleet of 38 suction and pressure blowing vehicles. Weiss+Appetito specialises in reconstructions, roof greening projects and pipe laying, as well as in the suction and pressure blowing of virtually any liquid or dry material. With their special vehicles, the firm can transport up to 40m3 of the heaviest materials per hour over distances up to 600m.
Renishaw prints works of art for Folkestone Triennial festival
Renishaw has started 3D printing luck in the form of four felicitous sculptures and the world’s first recycling point for luck and wishes. The pieces were created in collaboration with Strange Cargo, a Folkestone-based visual and public arts company commissioned to produce a new piece for the renowned Folkestone Triennial arts festival.
Eaton technology helps Hine Renovables deliver for solar plants
Spanish hydraulics experts Hine Renovables has chosen valve and hose technology from Eaton to help complement the design of power packs being used at two large concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in South Africa.
Robot mannequin ‘Porton Man’ moves with igus
A robotic mannequin has been recently developed by a British engineering company, i-bodi Technology, a subsidiary of Crawley Creatures Ltd, to help the Ministry of Defence test chemical and biological (CB) protective suits and equipment for its Armed Forces. The ‘Porton Man’ uses state-of-the-art technology to simulate the full leg, arm and head movements of a human, as well as breathing. This allows tests of how protective clothing stands up to such action without exposing the wearer to the dangerous substances.
The AIP programme in machining
A car manufacturer was looking for a way to prolong the service life of spindle bearings in their machining centres. Following a thorough analysis of the situation via NSK’s AIP programme, the problem was solved by using sealed high-precision bearings: the service life of the bearings has now more than tripled.
Industrial robot controls positioning and silicone application
Robots are playing their part in making Stretchline Holdings world leaders in the development and manufacture of textile elastics. The innovative use and application of silicone material, for compression or grip, to textiles for fashion, medical, sports wear and every day garments has been made cost effective by the flexibility and control offered by industrial robots
Machined springs meet the needs of downhole measurement system
Abssac has developed a machined spring design for a customer needing to measure a compressive/tensile load of over 22kN in a very constrained spatial envelope.
Festo’s CPX platform – complete automation
Much like the mainland UK, Guernsey has been ravaged by the forces of nature this year. But thanks to a remotely controlled, pneumatically operated pumping station that was completed last year, one area of the island has escaped damage from the resulting floods.
Custom designed temperature probes meet high quality standards
SPA Design is one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the worldwide motorsport industry, designing and manufacturing very high-quality digital and analogue instrumentation products, speciality electronics systems and accessories for original autosports equipment manufacturers, competition vehicles, motorcycles, kit and custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorsports boats and more. As part of this comprehensive range, SPA supply various combinations of digital temperature monitoring gauges that provide highly accurate information in real time with the ability for outputting user-programmed alarms such as LED indicators, changing LCD backlight colour or digital output to ECUs.
Unidrive M driving the future of rotary perforator systems
As 21st century technology evolves it might appear that the once great-perforated ‘lick and stick’ postal stamp is disappearing in favour of self-adhesive variations. However in certain areas of the world, this is far from the case and this long-established industry is still growing.
Multi-biofuel heating plant parallels 2022 emission targets
A world-class 30MW multi-biofuel plant in Hjørring, northern Jutland, Denmark achieves exceptionally low emission levels, and at the same time is one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the world. Its competitive status as one of the most internationally efficient biofuel plants ever built is achieved by high demands placed on all equipment. These demands include maximal implementation of the newest IE4 synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor technology, driving the numerous pumps and fans throughout the plant. Performance of each SynRM motor is enabled by Danfoss frequency converters.