MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
HepcoMotion in the frame at Samsung Innovation Museum
Samsung’s impressive Innovation Museum opened in April 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, and boasts the development of the company’s products from conception to the current day.
Overhead conveyor powered by Bauer improves plant productivity
While forklifts are excellent tools for transporting heavy pallets from place to place, they can also pose a very real risk to employee safety and cause damage to stock; this is especially true in a busy working environment. One Swiss drinks manufacturer found that its bottling plant was so busy that driver error was having a real impact on productivity. Fortunately it was able to reduce operating costs and increase productivity by installing an electrical overhead conveyor (EOC) with vehicles powered by Bauer Gear Motor.
Olmec supplies vision inspection system to automotive supplier
A supplier of injection-moulded components for automotive radiators has commissioned a vision inspection station from Olmec UK to eliminate the possibility of mis-labelled parts reaching the radiator manufacturer. Many component parts with only minor differences are manufactured, and the original manual inspection process involved operators attaching a label from pre-printed batches to an inspected part. Attaching the wrong label led to major problems at the radiator assembly stage.
Brammer eases consumable ordering process with Invend
Invend, an industrial vending system from Brammer, is helping to significantly reduce costs and improve overall efficiency for a major packaging manufacturer.
Powder presses: clear advantages thanks to new drive concept
Osterwalder AG is replacing the formerly used hydraulic drives by servo-electric drives in its new powder presses. The power is transmitted onto the pressing tool by NSK ball screws from the HTF series. The result: the systems require around 80 per cent less energy and produce pressed parts with a much higher dimensional accuracy. This reduces the amount of finishing work, such as grinding with diamond wheels, and cuts process and material costs.
BOGE Paintline compressor drives classic motor car restoration
BOGE Compressors is delivering reliable compressed air to Classic Motor Cars Ltd for use throughout its car restoration processes. The BOGE Paintline compressor and BOGE EasiFit Pipework system, specified and supplied by BOGE Platinum Partner Diaphragm Pumps, have provided an approach that is dependable, energy efficient and quiet, meeting the requirements of the company and bringing peace of mind and consistent performance over long periods of operation.
Confocal chromatic sensors for precision measurements
Precision laser micromachining specialist OpTek Systems has installed non-contact confocal chromatic sensors from Micro-Epsilon on a number of its laser processing machines. These high-precision confocal displacement sensors are capable of measuring the surface finish and groove depth of difficult materials, ranging from highly reflective, mirrored surfaces to dark, diffuse surfaces.
Coffee manufacturer gets lean with the help of robotic palletise
To increase the speed and efficiency of a coffee stacking line, one of the largest snack foods manufacturers in the world has chosen a KUKA robotic palletiser, from Linkx Systems. Key factors that influenced their decision were the machine’s robust yet streamlined design and flexibility in handling two sizes of pallets.
A powerful case for infrared windows
As a condition of its insurance cover, a power generating company was required to perform regular preventive maintenance on its switchgear. Regular downtime was not a practical option for the power plant and the hazardous nature of this inspection by traditional means required more manpower and resources than the facility could provide. Management began to re-think its strategy, especially as safety guidelines for the inspection of energised equipment was making the procedure more restrictive, time consuming and costly.
Tube manipulation specialist embraces all-electric technology
All-electric CNC tube bending machines from Unison have helped the specialist tube manipulation company Toolspec Manufacturing Company Limited to implement a flexible right-first-time manufacturing strategy, enhance production capability and win a major export order worth £500,000.