MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Composites help pump repairs to deliver rapid payback
Loctite ceramic-reinforced polymer composites have been used by Eriks in a pump refurbishment project, leading to an increase in pump efficiency of 30 per cent that will be worth almost £20,000 to the end user over a five-year period.
SMC fills a void for next generation palletising robot
SMC has used its technical expertise and experience in vacuum technology to deliver a flexible and efficient product for the palletising robotic industry.
Precision load cells increase output in China
Chinese manufacturers are increasingly utilising HBM’s FIT/5 digital load cells within integrated digital weighing technology as they consistently upgrade to improve competitiveness.
Plastic recycler goes greener by swapping to AC drives
Maintenance costs have been reduced significantly at a plastic recycling plant by replacing the DC drive on the critically important compounder with a variable speed AC system.
Control Techniques drives help Titanic Belfast open on time
Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic Visitor Experience, was built to continue the story and legacy of the world’s most famous ship; to celebrate Belfast’s great ship-building feats and commemorate Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage and loss of life. Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the slipways where the Titanic was built. It measures 14,000m² and accommodates nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, an underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s decks and cabins, banqueting facilities, Titanic Store and a café and bistro. The unique architectural design was influenced by several maritime themes, including the insignia of the White Star Line
Atlas Copco compressors power Bio-CNG filling station
Atlas Copco Greenfield compressors are playing an integral role at the UK’s largest Biomethane Compressed Natural Gas (Bio-CNG) filling station, in Crewe, in keeping with the company’s global commitment to a cleaner environment and sustainable productivity. The newly opened filling station, which is operated by CNG Services Ltd., provides fuel that can offer an 80 per cent reduction in CO2 and NOX emissions, and has the potential to lower transport operators’ fuel cost per mile by nearly a third.
Faster laminating through machine innovation
With competitors’ laminating machines running at line speeds of 20 to 25 m/min, a new design capable of 120 or even 180 m/min offers clear productivity advantage. Autobond Ltd of Heanor are meeting these high production speeds with their new laminating machines. Achieving this huge step-up in speed presented them with a challenge which they met in partnership with Lenze. The Lenze ‘easy engineering’ approach meant working closely with the customer from the initial idea, optimising the design from alternatives in a wide product portfolio, using strong application knowledge and powerful sizing software.
Sensor Technology helps to extract power from the sea
Dedicated to developing innovative hydrokinetic turbines to generate ‘green’ energy from the motion of the sea, Irish company Tidal Energy Limited (TEL) recently had a pressing need for a way of accurately of measuring the power produced by its scale-model prototypes. Equipment from Sensor Technology provided a convenient and dependable solution where other methods had failed.
Schaeffler replaces main trunnion bearings on BOS plant vessels
Schaeffler UK was part of the team that successfully completed the replacement of the main trunnion bearings on a BOS (Basic Oxygen Steelmaking) plant at Tata Steel Port Talbot.
Planetary drives: a compact option for mobile paper shredders
When Whitham Mills Engineering was looking for a drive for its mobile paper shredder it turned to Brevini Power Transmission for assistance. The company required a compact system which would keep the weight of the product down thus increasing the shredding vehicle’s payload. Fortunately Brevini was able to supply a complete solution using its high-efficiency planetary gearboxes combined with hydraulic motors from its sister company, Brevini Fluid Power.
Unmanned aerial system built with additive manufacturing
A project to develop an unmanned aerial system has involved two companies: FLYING-CAM and CRP Group. Their aim was the construction of a Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter: SARAH
Atlas Copco compressors help reduce carbon emissions
CHEP has achieved significant energy savings through the installation of energy-efficient Atlas Copco compressors at its pallet production and repair sites in the UK. The savings from the installation have been measured at over 1000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.