MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Custom-designed couplings from Zero-Max
Connecting motion components over a long space requires multiple engineering design disciplines to manufacture a coupling that maintains smooth operation and avoids rotation through the system’s axial natural frequency (ANF).
Lucozade Ribena Suntory targets energy savings with Wonderware
Lucozade Ribena Suntory, one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland, has partnered with Wonderware UK & Ireland, to monitor and improve its energy performance.
Clinical diagnosis benefits from design collaboration
Precision and reliability are two critical requirements of testing and analysis for clinical diagnosis; a collaborative project has now combined these with efficiency and cost effectiveness by designing a new modular microfluidic product. Integrating the design expertise of Bürkert Fluid Control Systems with the long-standing experience of Biosystems, a prominent manufacturer of analysis equipment, has resulted in the design of a new dosing unit that significantly reduces running costs for analysis instrumentation.
Moulded-in bigHead fasteners improve functional performance
When an industrial composite products manufacturer needed to improve the functional performance of their outdoor luminaires which are used on marine platforms and oil rigs, they turned to bigHead Bonding Fasteners for a solution and were rewarded with additional production cost savings.
Free flow conveyor reduces car plant downtime
A car manufacturing plant in France has almost completely eliminated the downtime caused by friction wear on conveyors thanks to the installation of Tsubaki Double Plus free flow chain. The robust rollers are resistant to wear, even when a high degree of friction is generated as the crates, which carry small parts through the factory, accumulate on the conveyor.
New SCADA system brings efficiency to Scottish malting plant
A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions. The new software is providing control and visualisation for product movement, processing and storage, including the integration of biomass boilers and heat recovery systems.
Extracting business risk through teamwork
Reducing business risk, and capitalising on the advantages of a fully supported and future-proofed process control system, lie behind a recent successful migration project for Bespak Europe Ltd – a developer and manufacturer of complex medical devices.
Harting RFID system key to Hi-Bay warehouse training model
Harting’s Ha-VIS RFID system forms a key element in the Hi-Bay warehouse training model developed by INTACS Industrial Training and being demonstrated on the HARTING booth (Stand UK14) at the IMHX Exhibition (NEC, Birmingham, 13–16 September 2016).
All-in-one PLC+HMI reduces control system engineering time
Using Unitronics PLC+HMI all-in-one units, Song Seng Engineering and Services designs and builds visual entertainment and automated management systems. Unitronics enables Song Seng to program these complex control sequences and install the systems quickly, exceeding their customers' expectations with excellent results.
All-in-one PLC+HMI replaces CNC on gun drilling machine
Shriram Automation needed to replace a faulty CNC controller that was controlling a gun drilling application. The entire CNC was recreated using a Unitronics all-in-one PLC+HMI, which also enabled a user-friendly operator interface to be incorporated thanks to the integrated colour touchscreen HMI. The Unitronics PLC is more reliable than the CNC controller and provides new features backed by excellent technical support.
Luxury cruise ships to use more than 1000 drives from Danfoss
No fewer than 1080 VACON 100 FLOW AC variable speed drives from Danfoss Drives will be used by Finnish automation and electrification specialist VEO in the electrical systems of four large luxury cruise ships currently being built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft. The drives, which range in size up to 250kW, will principally be used in HVAC and pump applications.
Major energy saving after Atlas Copco compressed air upgrade
Heritage Trade Frames, a fabricator of domestic and commercial windows, doors and conservatories in the North West of England, has realised annual energy savings of at least £10,000 and pushed up productivity after opting for a compressed air systems upgrade from Atlas Copco.