MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Textile machinery upgraded with all-in-one PLC and HMI units
A Turkish textile plant has upgraded its machinery using Unitronics V130-33-TR20 integrated PLC and HMI devices, selecting these for their compactness, all-in one technology, price, excellent technical support and easy communication with SCADA software.
Supersonic car is boosted by Atlas Copco equipment
The BLOODHOUND Project, an ambitious British bid to set a new world land speed record in a supersonic car, has received a power boost from Atlas Copco UK. The company has supplied a range of workshop compressors and air tools to the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Bristol and its associated test facility at Newquay Aerohub.
Flexicon pumps used to dose small volumes of liquid vitamins
Technikon Laboratories, based in the Florida district of Johannesburg, South Africa, has installed four Flexicon PD12I peristaltic fillers with an MC12 controller from Flexicon Liquid Filling part of the Watson-Marlow Pumps Group. The fillers are used to fill a liquid vitamin energy supplement into stick-packs.
igus absorbs handlebar shocks in concept bike
Trying to reinvent the wheel is next to impossible. But re-designing concepts surrounding the wheel is a constant endeavour, from the automotive industry and high-tech landing gear for planes to skateboards and roller blades. It is exactly this reinvention that has resulted in a new concept from handmade bicycle specialist COFA Engineering and its suspension system, NOAH.
Motion control plays enabling role for biomedical equipment
Strengthening its continued design and build expertise for biomedical motion applications, LG Motion Limited has just completed the supply of a customised positioning system for the bioengineering innovator MICA BioSystems Ltd. Formed in 2010 by Keele University Professors Jon Dobson and Alicia J El Haj, the spin-out Company has developed a ‘mechanical conditioning bioreactor’ to support a patented technology invented at Keele’s Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM).
Schaeffler’s plummer block housed bearings used in cement mills
Cemtec, an Austrian company that manufactures wet and dry grinding equipment for bulk materials, industrial minerals and ores, has installed SNS plummer block housed bearings from Schaeffler to maximise the life of its tube mills.
Servo tube linear motors tick all the right boxes for Graze
If you are into healthy and nutritious snacks, have bought anything from Amazon recently, or are a follower of the Sunday Times “Fast Track Top 100 companies”, then you will have heard of Graze. The west London-based business, started by seven friends, delivers boxes of four perfectly sized nutritious snacks across the UK by post. However, what’s unusual about Graze is that it customises each customer’s boxes based on their ratings and preferences and optimises the freshness of each ingredient used. Graze is much more about than just food though; it’s also about how they have applied cutting-edge technology to meet the significant challenges of their complex production methods.
Water wheel bearings improve efficiency and reliability
For any power generation project, efficiency and reliability are two very important characteristics. So, when a 2 star Michelin restaurant in Belgium decided to refurbish its water wheel generator, it needed to source new bearings. With such close proximity to water, the new bearings would also require excellent sealing properties, which led to the installation of a Revolvo split roller bearing (SRB).
ElectroPuls linear-torsion tester has advanced Renishaw encoders
Instron, headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, is a global market leader in the materials testing industry. It manufactures and services a comprehensive range of materials testing equipment and accessories for the research, industrial and academic sectors. A variety of Instron systems test samples ranging from components for jet engines to medical syringes.
Integrated PLC and HMI updates rice packaging machine
Unitronics has supplied a Samba SM35-J-T20 integrated PLC and HMI to Imapsa Automation to upgrade a rice filling and packaging machine, resulting in improved usability and uptime for the end user.
PLC/HMI dontaed to students developing biodiesel process
Unitronics has donated a Vision570 PLC with colour touchscreen HMI to students at Rockwood Summit High School who started a project to process biodiesel fuel and have now been granted $100,000 by Monsanto to build a dedicated facility.
HepcoMotion GV3 Linear Rails create unique living space
It’s a common problem – how do you maximise the functionality of the restricted space in an already small apartment. PKMN Architectures, based in Madrid came up with a solution by sliding the walls using moveable library style shelving units to open up space when it is needed. The result of this innovative approach is a project called the “All I Own House”. Designed for local designer Yolanda Pila, this has created a home and work space that is attracting a lot of interest from many architects. To make best use of the restricted space, the kitchen, bedroom and storage areas are housed within a series of shelving units made from heavily textured oriented strand board and moved into position using HepcoMotion GV3 linear guides.