MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Macchi puts SmartWire-DT in control for cast film extruders
For its novel CAST film 2000-5 machine that produces plastic film for packaging applications, Macchi SpA, a manufacturer of plastics processing equipment, has found that using Eaton’s innovative SmartWire-DT technology for control system wiring brings important benefits, including a smaller control cabinet, reduced wiring complexity, easier testing and faster commissioning.
The energy-saving, eco-efficient VSD+ compressor
In September 2012 Atlas Copco Compressors invited long-term customer Di-Spark Group to trial the operation of its energy and space-saving vertical aspect GA15VSD+ rotary screw compressor, which is powered by the company’s own in-house designed interior permanent magnet (iPM) motor. The compressor’s performance and the impressive energy savings gained to date, plus the unit’s minimal footprint, persuaded Di-Spark to install the compressor as a permanent addition to the air supply plant at its two sites in Horndean, East Hampshire.
ContiTech bushes provide riding comfort in electric vehicle
They can attain speeds of 80km/h, have four wheels, and are electrically powered: ‘Jetflyer’ is the name of this new type of vehicle. It is neither a quad-bike nor a scooter. It could perhaps most accurately be described as a jet-ski for the road. In some countries, these four-wheeled vehicles can already be spotted out on the road.
Food-browning machine uses Heraeus CIR emitters
Carbon infra-red (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight form an essential component of an industrial browning machine on a food production line at Rowan Foods Ltd of Wrexham. The custom-built machine is used to brown potato and pasta toppings and follows on from the successful installation of a similar system seven years ago.
GA18 compressor provides quality air for sensitive equipment
Atlas Copco’s GA 18 VSD FF compressor meets the strict demands for clean, dry compressed air that MoldTech Modell- & Formenbau GmbH (MoldTech) in Salzburg, Austria, requires for the sensitive work their company performs.
Adhesive bonding contributes to formula student success
It has been another highly successful motorsport season for UH Racing based at the University of Hertfordshire. At the German heat of Formula Student 2013, the team finished in a very respectable 23rd position in a field of around 90 in the Class 1 category. Indeed, it gave UH Racing the accolade of being the most successful UK Formula Student team of all time. It also picked up a fistful of prestigious awards, recognising excellence in individual aspects of this fiercely competitive, high-performance engineering project.
Kistler torque sensor used in supercharger research
’Ultra Boost’, a 3-year project, partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is aiming to develop a supercharged petrol engine with the same power output and only 35 per cent of the exhaust emissions as a current 5L V8 engine but only of half the size.
Herga 6241 multi-pedal switches in motor-assisted products
Australian Medical Couches Pty. Ltd (AMC) manufactures a wide range of manual and actuator adjustable examination tables and couches. With a reputation for high-quality hand-crafted manufacture, the company uses application-customised Herga Technology multi-pedal bellows footswitches in many of its motor-assisted product lines.
Drives for construction machinery: reliable raw material feed
Mobile EUROMIX concrete mixing plants from SBM Mineral Processing (SBM) enable economical concrete production and processing directly on site. SBM consistently relies on drive systems from Watt Drive (part of the WEG Group) to drive a variety of conveyor belts in its mobile mixing plants. This includes the mobile EUROMIX 400C plant that processes waste products into storage-grade concrete for the Dutch company Van Gansewinkel. Robust, compact helical bevel geared motors and angle parallel shaft geared motors from Watt Drive are used in this application.
Nitrogen generators help eliminate corrosion at power plant
Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15–20 per cent of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they are not in use, eliminating corrosion.
Split roller bearings in coal-fired power stations
In the UK, 31 per cent of electricity currently comes from coal-burning power stations. However, a third of these power stations are expected to close by 2016 due to EU air quality legislation due to be implemented. The result will be increased pressure on the existing infrastructure to perform more efficiently and reliably. Efficient maintenance is key to running a profitable power station and reliability requires un-planned down time to be minimised. Both of these objectives can be met by ensuring that the vast number of bearings across the site will provide optimum performance with minimal service costs.
Infrared windows underpin reliable renewable power generation
Thermal imaging is a powerful and flexible predictive maintenance tool that allows the non-contact inspection of live electrical and mechanical systems. This benefit can only be realised however if personal safety is assured, and for this purpose industry is increasingly turning to IRISS infrared window technology. And one sector where its take-up is growing significantly is renewable energy and, in particular, wind power generation.