MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Vestas choose Bosch Rexroth UK for V164 hydraulic power unit
Bosch Rexroth UK has won the contract to provide the hydraulic power unit (HPU) for the Vestas V164 – 8.0MW offshore wind turbine. The hydraulic power units are being built at Bosch Rexroth’s Wakefield facility, which is a dedicated resource for the manufacture of hydraulic power units in the UK.
MiniTec designs and supplies display cabinets for NPL exhibit
Demonstrating the innumerable capabilities of its new Profile Series 30 range of aluminium profiles with matching modular elements and fittings, MiniTec UK recently supplied interactive exhibition display cabinets for the National Physical Laboratory’s ‘Super Sight’ stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition that explores augmented reality – the placement of computer generated images into the human eye’s view.
Twiflex puts the brakes on offshore winches
Designing components that will provide reliable operation for marine and offshore applications requires considerable expertise, especially when manufacturing vessel mooring winches designed to bring two ships alongside each other. When such an application was being designed for a pipe-laying vessel, Twiflex Ltd. was approached to support the project with its many years’ experience in supplying the marine industry with brake products.
Complete painted operator interface cabinets help speed assembly
Beakbane is supplying complete painted operator interface cabinets to machine tool manufacturer MTI Welding Technologies. The cabinets are fitted to MTI’s rotary friction welding machines, which are supplied worldwide to customers in the automotive, aerospace and oil & gas sectors.
Croft achieves high-quality fixing with new mesh tubes
New class of subsea ROV created using NI CompactRIO and Labview
TBG Solutions has used National Instruments' CompactRIO control hardware, Labview software, and LabVIEW Actor Framework to control hardware and create a complex control system for a new class of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Portable generator uses hydrogen fuel cell and supercapacitor
A team from Imperial College London has developed a hybrid power generator comprising a hydrogen fuel cell and supercapcitor, controlled using a National Instruments CompactRIO device and software written with Labview.
Waterworks modernisation supports regional economic regeneration
A water treatment works (WTW) in South Wales has had its control system completely upgraded, without disruption of supply to the population of around 70,000 people it serves. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) is unique in the utility sector as it is a company without any shareholders. All gains go to customers so that services are maintained and improved and customer bills are kept low. In the next regulatory period (2015-2020), DCWW will invest £ 1.5billion to maintain and improve its assets and services.
First FANUC M410iC/185 robot in the field at Askew & Barrett
The first FANUC M410iC/185 universal palletising robot has been installed in the UK at pulse processor Askew & Barrett, where it has helped to boost productivity by 15–20 per cent and eliminated a potential health and safety risk factor by automating a manual palletising operation.
Air gap robot improves motor inspection without removing rotor
A miniature robot – the ABB InSight – fitted with five cameras is being used to crawl in the air gap between the stator and rotor of large motors or generators to visually inspect their status, thereby reducing downtime, inspection costs and the need to withdraw the rotor.
Wireless weighing technology helps meet revised Solas regs
Shipping cargo handling operators worried by the implications of changes to legislation in container weighing will be heartened by news of an innovative, affordable and easy-to-retrofit weighing system that meets all of the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) amended Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) regulations.
Automated wine-packing line guarantees next-day delivery
Automating the packing operation of their on-line wine business has enabled a UK supermarket chain to guarantee next day delivery. The line, installed by Endoline Machinery, has been ergonomically designed to meet health and safety standards, assisted the retail giant in meeting their recycling policy while achieving an output of over 16,250 cases per week.