MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Piezo actuators accelerate microstructuring for die-sinking EDM
Actuators based on the piezo effect move heavy loads with resolutions in the sub-nanometre range and response times below one millisecond, enabling dynamic operation at high scanning frequencies. Moreover, since they have no moving parts in the conventional sense, piezo actuators are not only very reliable, but also are maintenance free. Diverse applications, ranging from medical and metering technology, to photonics, semiconductor technology, automation and production technology benefit from these characteristics. In all these applications, piezoceramic actuators contribute to advances in technology. For example, when die-sinking EDM is used to produce precision components, piezo actuators help to drastically reduce production times.
Wimbledon’s roof glides with energy chains
When the roof first glided over Wimbledon’s illustrious Centre Court on 29th June 2009, allowing the fourth round singles match between Amélie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina to continue, it was the landmark occasion for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. The Grand Slam Championship, which enjoys huge global television audiences, was often at the mercy of Britain’s unpredictable and inclement weather. With hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in around the world the All England Club needed to find a solution.
FDB provides rugged cabinet hardware for speedway racing
When Argon Welding Ltd saw the need for rugged all-terrain mechanics tool cabinets in their favourite sport of motorbike speedway racing, they naturally turned to in-house argon welding capability – but they also turned to FDB Panel Fittings for their specialist expertise and products to aid in quick low-cost assembly.
Heason linear actuator used in novel valve design
A standard IP65 linear actuator fulfils marine environment specification for valve positioning.
BOGE further enhances efficiency for Black Sheep Brewery
BOGE has further refined service for the Black Sheep Brewery, where its screw compressor system applied 4 years ago is still delivering faster production and greater reliability. More recently, a BOGE Air Leak Detection Survey, carried out across the site in April 2014, has recorded a series of air leaks that are being addressed to increase efficiency yet further.
FR-E700 series frequency inverter improves ice cream production
Whatever the flavour, the important thing is that an ice cream parlour will always be able to serve creamy, firm ice cream. It should melt delicately on the tongue without being watery and it should have an intense yet natural flavour. The traditional method of production used by ice cream manufacturers demonstrates true craftsmanship. Special machines are used to ensure the automated production of ice cream of correspondingly high quality. Under no circumstances should an unscheduled stop of the ice cream production process be allowed. If the paddle motor were to stop working and disrupt the kneading and freezing process, the dairy product would no longer be fit for use. Additives such as milk and flavourings as well as water and electricity would then be wasted. In order to eliminate this risk, Kälte-Rudi –manufacturer of ice cream machines – installed the compact Mitsubishi Electric FR-E700 series frequency inverter in its Diagonal-Freezer, first of all on a trial basis. The powerful reliable inverter was a success and not just on account of its integrated stall protection. Following this experience, the company decided to use the Mitsubishi Electric components in its ice cream machine as standard. In addition, the company plans to use the inverter in other machines as well.
End of Line packaging inspection and collation system for China
Olmec UK has designed and integrated a sophisticated high-speed End of Line (EOL) vision inspection and collation system for products sealed in paper-based pouches prior to human transfer into cartons. With the production line located in the People’s Republic of China, the calibration, validation and documentation for the system are of critical importance and the provision of remote VPN access allows effective local support to be provided. A full Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) was carried out as part of the design process.
Machine tool safety systems from a single source
If you are a machine tool manufacturer, take a look at the range of products, systems and services that Pilz offers for the implementation of cost-effective, state-of-the-art machine tool safety systems.
Packaging innovation with Mitsubishi’s motion control technology
Mitsubishi Electric is a leader in the three principal application areas for servo drives in industrial automation: robotics, CNC and general motion control (GMC). Mitsubishi manufactures its own technologies in all of these fields, something which very few other manufacturers can match. Combining this capability with unmatched service results in control systems enabling the construction of high-quality machines and systems.
Major energy savings recovered from compressor waste heat
Automotive textile manufacturer Autofil Worldwide has achieved average cost savings of £37,000 a year and reduced annual CO2 emissions by 260,000 tonnes by adopting Atlas Copco’s energy recovery technology.
Aseptic drives keep food production areas clean and efficient
Food manufacturers need to ensure that the cleanliness of their production lines is maintained to the highest standard to avoid contamination of product. When a European fruit processor needed to improve its glass jar filling line it was keen to specify equipment which would meet its strict hygiene standards but would also offer improved energy efficiency. Fortunately Bauer Gear Motor was able to offer IE3 aseptic drives which met all of the client’s requirements.
Purdue university adopts NUM’s software for engineering courses
Purdue University’s prestigious College of Engineering has chosen to equip one of its key educational laboratories with NUM’s open-architecture CNC systems and 3D simulation software. The equipment will provide students with hands-on CNC programming experience and help to familiarise them with advanced CNC machine tool operation and control techniques, using a powerful combination of virtual machines and physical high performance CNC demonstrator systems.