MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
JOTA get off to a racing start with PSL Datatrack software
Jota Advanced Engineering Ltd, the recently formed sub-contract precision engineering division of the Jota Group, has invested in a PSL Datatrack production control system to manage their sub-contract engineering business. Having already invested in a skilled workforce to support the requirements of Jota Sport motor racing, the company was in the perfect position to expand its business by lending its engineering skills, quick turnaround and technical capabilities to the highly competitive general sub-contract market. Having made this move the company recognised the need to invest in dedicated production control software, with PSL Datatrack ticking all the boxes.
Bespoke IECEx and ATEX-approved resistors from Cressall
Cressall has demonstrated its design and manufacturing capabilities by producing specialist neutral earthing resistors (NERs) suitable for use in explosive atmospheres. The NERs meet the international IECEx and European ATEX specifications and allow generator manufacturers and end users to protect distributed generation systems. This ensures regulatory compliance and peace of mind for companies operating in explosive environments.
CNC machine tools networked for intelligent production
A manufacturer of machining centres has selected Advantech's CNC machine tool industrial IoT system for collecting data from spindle-mounted accelerometers and temperature sensors so end users can maximise productivity without sacrificing quality, as well as managing the entire production process.
Altec & KUKA collaborate to enhance cam assembly for Nissan
Altec Engineering operates across diverse markets, including the Automotive sector, where the company’s Special Purpose Equipment Division is heavily involved with both the OEMs and Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. Whilst automotive assembly plants are generally heavily automated, there are still many areas where operators are required, either due to the complexity of the task or where full automation cannot be financially justified. It is in these areas where Altec excels with concepts that strike the perfect balance between man and machine.
Specialised gears for an eye in the sky
If you have recently been to a large sporting event or music concert, chances are you might have caught sight of something high in the air, whizzing around on gossamer tendrils. The system enables television cameras to move both vertically and horizontally, tracking action quickly, fluently and accurately. To allow it to do this, the system employs specialised gears. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, discusses how innovative gears are being used to deliver an immersive viewing experience.
Tsubaki ‘RetroFit’ boosts log saw accumulator availability
When a tissue manufacturer was struggling with the performance and reliability of the chain drive feeding tissue logs into an accumulator it turned to Tsubaki for help in reducing the lost production time. Using its RetroFit service to fit a high performance, lubrication-free Lambda chain on the machine, Tsubaki provided a solution that increased availability, improved product quality, reduced maintenance costs and increased productivity.
Forbo saves money with BOGE compressor
BOGE has cut Barnsley-based Forbo Flooring’s energy bills following the installation of its C15F 11kW variable speed compressor. The unit replaces an old 18.5kW machine, one of two at the site. Forbo Flooring was so pleased with the installation that it plans to replace a second 18.5kW compressor, which currently acts as a back-up, with another BOGE C15F unit in due course.
Goss Springs manufactures parts for performance and vintage cars
A top spring manufacturing company is supplying components for one of the top Le Mans racing teams – thanks to its MD’s passion for vintage cars. Nick Goss of Goss Springs turned his passion into useful products for the legendary car makers, which last month saw them race in the world-famous Le Mans race.
Renishaw neuromate robot and neuroinspire software installation
Renishaw is announcing that a neuromate stereotactic robot system and neuroinspire surgical planning software have been installed at one of London’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, King’s College Hospital.
Automated hydraulics for machine builder provided by zenon
Traceability, data logging and graphical displays are in high demand in the modern hydraulics environment. As customers’ requirements become more complex, the hydraulic control experts at machine builder Pressure Design focus on increasing their automated solutions offering, with the support of COPA-DATA’s HMI/SCADA software, zenon.
Upgraded backstop clutch improves bucket elevator reliability
When a bucket elevator manufacturer was experiencing reliability problems with its backstop clutches, resulting in intensive maintenance and frequent replacement, it turned to Tsubaki. Replacing the trapped-roller design with a sprag clutch delivered higher torque capacity and longer life.
Resistor choppers slow overspeeding fans
Fans don’t normally need a braking resistor and chopper but when they are operating in a closed system, a situation may arise where one fan will over-speed the next and the DC bus voltage on their motor drives will then rise. Here John Mitchell, business development manager of CP Automation, reports on the case of GA Pet Food Partners in Leyland, Lancashire.