MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
HBM helps keep BLOODHOUND on track!
HBM announcing its involvement in the BLOODHOUND Project, a ground-breaking initiative, which will see the development of a 1000mph vehicle, designed to break the world land-speed record.
World’s first robotic-assisted eye surgery
In 2009 Reliance’s Dutch office received a call from Mr Thijs Meenink at the University of Eindhoven. In a collaboration with AMC Amsterdam, his team was working on a robotic device which could assist in eye surgery. John Bazuin, catalogue products manager at Reliance visited the university to see if Reliance could be of assistance. He left a range of sample products and kept in close contact with the design team as their developments progressed, eventually resulting in the integration of Reliance’s high-precision hubless spur gears and leadscrews. Now, 7 years later, the device has performed the world’s first successful robot-assisted operation at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and is the core product of the newly founded company Preceyes B.V.
RF1-F coder brings big benefits to small batch manufacturer
Dietary supplement manufacturer CellLife UK has the flexibility to place codes anywhere on pack and produce up to 4000 cartons per day, following its investment in an RF1-F coding system from Rotech.
Huco coupling demonstrates durability in tractor transmission
Huco Dynatork is supplying CLAAS Industrietechnik with its multi-beam couplings for use in a power-split transmission for its newest range of ARION 500/600 series tractors. Having identified a contamination issue caused by the ‘as-machined’ delivery condition of many manufacturers’ standard couplings, CLAAS Industrietechnik approached Huco for a specialised option which would perform reliably.
Universal Robots racks up the benefits at Etalex
Installing a Universal Robot to pick metal parts out of a press brake solved several automation headaches at Etalex, a manufacturer of shelving systems that had no room for safety guarding in front of the press and needed a flexible user-friendly robot able to safely handle the pick and place tasks in a high traffic area. The UR10 robot was up for the challenge.
Push-pull chains from Rodriguez give Maypole a lift
Maypole Engineering’s previous successful experiences of using push-pull chain actuation devices supplied by R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited, led the company to specify the use of Grob LinearChain technology on bespoke automated handling systems required by a hydraulic motor manufacturer based in the UK.
High-res thermal imager measures muscle temperature differences
A system has been developed that uses thermal imaging to detect damage to muscles and ligaments in a horse’s leg. The system relies on thermal imaging cameras supplied by Micro-Epsilon, which were selected due to their high resolution, compactness, reliability and programming features that allow simple integration with other systems and software.
Smart homes made simpler with energy harvesting switches
In a world where the number of communication networks continues to increase, requirements for information transmission are also changing. Data transmission must be mobile and flexible while using as little energy as possible. One option is energy harvesting wireless switches from ZF. They are simple and effective to use and are installed without cables or batteries.
New development in low-noise gear pumps for mobile applications
Diesel exhaust and noise pollution is an increasing concern for businesses but it has been a longstanding issue for the agricultural sector. Hydraulic systems have many applications and benefits, but few people would associate their use with a quiet working environment - until now.
Bespoke cabling systems company grows with Spelsberg enclosures
An ISO assured manufacturer of quality wiring harnesses and cable assemblies attributes at least part of its on-going success to its relationship with electrical enclosure company Spelsberg UK.
IRIS pipeline X-ray inspection system: safety and simplification
The IRIS is one of a number of high-quality inspection machines from Sparc Systems. It promotes systematic product flow and delivers optimal detection of contaminants, while reducing the amount of product rejected. The Iris is designed to specifically address the unique requirements posed by products flowing through a pipe, as well as helping manufacturers comply with stringent HACCP protocols and food safety requirements. Already renowned for their innovative approach to machine building, when Sparc Systems sought further enhancements to reduce cost and improve operational performance, they turned to elobau to assist with simplifying the complex electrical system.
Renishaw additive manufacturing expertise revives Hawker Typhoon
Renishaw has helped bring a national treasure back to Gloucester. Using original 1938 drawings, the company worked with the Jet Age Museum to additively manufacture (3D print) four sets of unusual cockpit brackets for a Hawker Typhoon aircraft, built almost exclusively in the UK city during the 1940s.