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Robust eddy current sensors withstand 100g shock loads on trains
A UK-based rail operator has installed eddy current displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon on both an operational train running in simulated passenger service, and on a test rig built to replicate these conditions. The sensors measure the radial and lateral displacement of bearing cages relative to the gearbox drive train, withstanding shock loads up to 100g and temperatures up to 70degC.
Hotel refurbishment benefits from Retex enclosures
Getting the right look in a hotel room is important, but this cannot be at the expense of reliable function. Hylec-APL offered the functionality and reliability of the Retex enclosure range to an air conditioning company that was involved in the complete refurbishment of a large hotel complex. Together they were able to deliver a much improved climate control system that provided guests with an ergonomic and easy to use controller in each room.
Protocon invests in FANUC machining centre and EDM machine
With a longstanding tradition of serving high-tech industries with complex components in fast turnaround times, Protocon Engineering is this year celebrating its 50th year in business. The company's longevity has been underpinned by a number of key factors, but two stand out above all else: its investment in the latest technology and the investment in high-calibre staff to drive the growth. This year the investment in technology included a FANUC RoboDrill D21MiA5 High Torque machining centre and a FANUC RoboCut C400iA EDM machine.
Linear drive technology aids PCB production throughput
Demand for advances in the design, development and manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCB) is ever increasing. As a result PCB production equipment manufacturer Rainbow Technology Systems has developed a new machine that is designed to help increase the speed at which circuit boards are printed, with a higher accuracy for detail, increased right first time yield, and a reduction in process waste.
Online meetings speed custom gearbox design
Renold Gears has designed a bespoke gearbox for Swiss food processing equipment manufacturer, Bühler, in record time with just three online meetings between the customer’s engineers, and Renold’s engineers in both Switzerland and the UK. With gearbox design and manufacture at one location at Renold’s factory in Rochdale, the online meetings, using TeamViewer, cut costs and reduced the time to design a custom product that met the customer’s requirements.
New drive package cuts energy costs for steel company
SEW Eurodrive has supplied and commissioned a new drive package for Sheffield-based Bedford Steels, supplier of hollow bar to the mining and construction industry. It replaces one originally installed in 1951 and will significantly reduce the company’s energy consumption, increase production and simplify the maintenance regime.
Sick laser scanner brings interactive sculpture to life
A ground-breaking art installation has used Sick LMS Laser scanners in a surprising new way to create a fascinating interactive experience as part of Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival. The small, rugged LMS 111 2D scanners, more usually installed for building security and other detection and measurement uses, were loaned by Sick UK to Canadian/Colombian artist Daniel Iregui (Iregular) to create his “Control No Control” light cube installation in Montgomery Square as one of 11 exhibits at the festival.
Atlas Copco compressors support expanded production
Steelite International, the UK’s largest ceramic tableware producer, has installed two more Atlas Copco compressors at its Stoke-on-Trent site to meet increased demand for production plant air.
HepcoMotion products in use at solar tube manufacturer
Solar tubes require careful handling and accurate positioning, especially at high duty cycles and in an environment where lubrication needs to be kept to a minimum. Any oil or grease residue from the guidance systems coming into contact with the tube panel could affect the function of the finished product. This solar tube manufacturer needed two 6m systems in parallel to support the cross axis that carries the panels. With only local support available for the 6m structure any system would need to have good functional straightness with sufficient compliance to accomodate inaccuracies in setting.
New miniature rescue robot for Warwick Mobile Robotics
Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR) is an ongoing group research project carried out by a team of fourth year undergraduate students at the University of Warwick. This project is jointly run by the School of Engineering and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). WMG are an institution within the University of Warwick, dedicated to improving organisational competitiveness through the application of technological innovation. maxon motor uk have been involved with WMR on several projects and are delighted to sponsor the team again for 2015.
Servo technology increases air filter production by 70 per cent
For their new generation air filters production machines, Keilmann Group near Frankfurt chose Lenze servo drives and achieved a 70 per cent increase in output compared with previous frequency inverter-driven machines. The new machine produces what are known as pocket filters commonly used in air handling systems. Pocket filters consist of a number of panels of filter material that are cut to a waisted profile and stitched together. Lenze servo drives control the material in- and outfeed plus dynamic positioning of the sewing heads at up to 10 stiches per second.
Bakery saves EUR27,000 per year thanks to NSK bearings
NSK’s Molded-Oil bearing technology has produced annual savings of more than EUR27,000 for a major food producer on the operation of the main make-up conveyor within a bakery. The producer was experiencing failures every 6 weeks with approximately 36 bearings being replaced every year, which was causing considerable downtime and lost production.