MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Customised sugar cane loaders offer efficiency and reliability
Due to the intense round-the-clock nature of Egypt’s short cane harvesting season, Egyptian company Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (SIIC) requires high-performing and durable sugar cane loader vehicles that can operate at high speeds. The loaders previously used by SIIC were originally designed for operation in South Africa, which meant they were not ideal for Egyptian conditions where long distance travel between sugar cane farms and a rough terrain are common requirements.
Altra designs overload protection for bespoke universal joints
The pressures on recycling plants to maintain a constant throughput of materials are immense, and one of the toughest jobs in the industry is the shredding of metal parts. The torque required to rip the metal into small pieces is massive and rotor jams are relatively common. One metal recycler found that the damage to the drive train caused by excessive torque generated during these jams was too costly. Fortunately Altra Couplings was able to engineer a bespoke, overload protection system.
Croft Filters develops filtration system for Woolwich Ferries
Croft Filters, has provided marine services company, Briggs Marine, with a number of filters for its Woolwich ferries. North-West based Croft was approached by Briggs Marine, operators of the Woolwich passenger and vehicle ferries, to design and manufacture a bespoke filtration system that would prevent impurities from the river water, used to cool the engines, entering the ship’s mechanics.
Save cost and lead-time with configurable palletiser
R. A. Rodriguez has recently completed the installation and commissioning of four IEF Werner varioSTACK component palletisers at the Merseyside facility of the Filter Design Company (FDC). The project is a shining example of how specific functionality and efficiencies can be gained from a modular and largely standard product, thus saving both cost and lead-time.
Innomech develops automated lower-cost manufacturing machine
Automation consultancy GB Innomech (Innomech) has designed and developed an easy to use, fully automated printer ribbon assembly machine for ITW Imagedata (ITW), a specialist manufacturer of film ribbons and consumables for the global card industry.
SmartCheck ensures maximum crane availability for port operator
By installing condition monitoring systems on its gantry cranes, port operator RheinCargo is now able to detect any damage to crane hoisting gear early, therefore eliminating any costly, unplanned downtime.
Micro-Epsilon plays crucial role in Rosetta comet lander
Micro-Hybrid Electronic GmbH, a member of the Micro-Epsilon Group, has developed aerospace-grade sensor and evaluation electronics for scientific instruments installed on the Rosetta space probe’s lander, Philae, which landed on the surface of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet on 12 November 2014.
All-electric injection presses form part of £7m investment
Owen Mumford, a UK supplier and manufacturer of specialist medical devices, has invested in all-electric injection moulding presses for its ‘Phase 5’ manufacturing facility, now close to completion, at the firm’s Chipping Norton site. The all-electric moulding presses include five FANUC ROBOSHOT moulding machines and four FANUC 6 axes robots.
First UK fully automated cell for plastic utility pipe couplings
An automated injection moulding cell has been designed and built by Kettering integrator, Hi-Tech Automation, to produce electrofusion couplers for joining plastic utility pipes at a significantly lower cost than previously. It is the first of its kind to be built in the UK and the high productivity will allow manufacturers in the West to compete with low-wage countries, notably China.
Non-contacting sensor for electro-hydraulic actuators
Modern automation technology is relying on exact positional data for moving machinery parts. The measurement values are provided by linear and rotary sensors, which must be immune to temperature, vibrations, and other environmental influences. In addition, many applications regularly require fast movement cycles, high-frequency oscillations, and/or continuous mechanical rotation. For this reason, non-contacting processes, which are practically free of wear and tear, have become increasingly prevalent. They are employed in the electro-hydraulic actuators of pipeline ball valves, for instance.
Flexicon capabilities match up to e-liquid filling market
The filling of cartridges for electronic cigarettes based on e-liquids is booming. According to Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, this has resulted in a rapid rise in orders for refilling systems such as the company’s Flexicon peristaltic liquid dosing technology. Indeed, one manufacturer in Europe says it has sold more than 20 filling lines for e-liquids in the past year alone. Its customers are contract packers working for distributors, as well as people who have started their own business. Almost daily, more and more companies are switching away from the manual refilling of cartridges.
Olmec vision system reduces chance of product recall
A leading manufacturer of OTC healthcare products has commissioned a five-camera inspection system on a cartoning machine with two separate leaflet feeders to ensure that cartons not only contain a patient information leaflet but that it is also the correct one. The vision system, designed and installed by Olmec UK, also provides the option to ensure that the correct bottle has also been inserted into the carton. Linked into the existing reject mechanism, this substantially reduces the chances of costly product recalls due to packaging errors.