MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
ZEMIC miniature load cell for med-tech
Novuqare b.v., the Netherlands based med-tech instrument innovator has developed a range of bag-sealing machines for medical instruments that use specially modified ZEMIC miniature load cells to precisely measure sealing force. As an intrinsic part of the sterilisation process, the award winning ProSeal perfectly seals the instruments in special pouches in preparation for autoclave sterilisation. The EN-ISO 11607-2 validated ProSeal range is being increasingly used in is used in hospitals, dentists, clinics and veterinary practices.
Improving cable management for industrial cranes and gantries
When igus approached Kasen Cranes with a cable management alternative, the industrial cranes and gantries specialist was quick to spot an opportunity. Traditional cable management systems have many shortcomings and require regular maintenance, but users are often reluctant to consider alternatives. Kasen Cranes worked closely with igus engineers to implement a new system for its on-site demonstration gantry and then used this to showcase the benefits to customers.
‘DoorCheck’ fitted with a HepcoMotion transfer system
L &_P Elekroautomatisations, based in Willich, Germany develop and design highly accurate test systems, which often entail the use of linear guide systems. Heinz Panzer, L&_P Managing Director says: “We have made it our job to replace manual processes with automated systems that are focussed on quality and saving time.” In 2015 the designers were tasked to design new highly-efficient testing equipment for a BMW supplier to test vehicle doors. The application required a high-precision, low maintenance linear guidance system: the design team were quick to contact industry leader HepcoMotion.
Encoders step up to help miniaturise electronics
A tiny vacuum encoder is playing a big role in improving the throughput, quality and packing density of wire bonding machines, as used by manufacturers of micro-electronic devices. The MicroE Mercury II encoder by Celera Motion, as available in the UK from INMOCO, is one-third the size of other encoders - which it outperforms - yet is easy to install and set up.
Tamagawa Seiki Tri-Axis inertial measurement units: applications
Tamagawa’s range of tri-axis inertial measurement sensors are widely used in the car and vehicle applications from driver monitoring to fully autonomous vehicles, here Jon Bentley of Mclennan – Tamagawa’s UK distributor for industrial applications – explores some other interesting uses that this technology is being be applied to.
MiniTec’s modular flow rack kit helps launch monitoring system
MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system is a very popular choice for manufacturing operations who are commissioning assembly lines and conveyor systems. The system is also well suited for warehouse racking and storage requirements, line-side FIFO racking and transport systems. The modular nature of the product and extensive range of accessories allows for a very high degree of customisation in order to provide the customer with exactly what he requires for their operation.
Renishaw installs additive manufacturing system at CATEC
Renishaw’s RenAM 500M system has been installed at the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. It is the first installation of this new machine in the Iberian Peninsula.
Push-pull chains take the strain out of engine assembly
Wokingham-based Maypole Engineering has specified the use of Grob LinearChain technology from R.A. Rodriguez on a bespoke engine marriage system for a premier automotive OEM based in the south of England. The purpose-designed system features two tables, each of which is lifted and lowered using a Grob LinearChain SK35-90 with 35kN lifting force and 2000mm stroke length.
E-ELT telescope relies on nanometre-accuracy inductive sensors
The European Southern Observatory based in Garching, Germany, is relying on high-precision displacement measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon for a project to build the world’s largest mirror telescope in Chile, which also involves French cooperation partner Fogale. The inductive sensor systems used for displacement measurement are the most precise ever used in a telescope and determine the position of each single mirror segment in three axes to nanometer accuracy.
SKF custom-machined seals stop high-pressure leaks
A major global confectionary manufacturer has called on specialist seal design and manufacturing expertise from SKF to solve a sticky issue in its global chocolate manufacturing operations. The solution – custom-machined seals manufactured from SKF’s proprietary food-grade H-Ecopur-95A-Blue material – has eliminated the frequent seal failures and resulting product leakage that were leading to costly machine stoppages and lost production.
Laser triangulation sensor measures cylinder thickness, diameter
RIFTEK, represented exclusively in the UK & Ireland by Ixthus Instrumentation, recently designed and supplied a customised scanning system that automatically measures and records geometric parameters for welded cylindrical laminated foil tubes. The RF092 machine employs three RIFTEK laser triangulation sensors that are rotated around the sample tube and combine to measure the multi-layered foil thickness as well as the weld overlap and depth, in addition to the tube length and its diameter.
High-precision pancake motor helps test encoders down to -40degC
When oil and gas instrumentation specialists Hohner were developing a new test rig for their rotary encoders they needed to incorporate a low-profile motor that could operate in the harshest conditions experienced in the industry. In particular, it had to perform precisely and repeatably at speeds of up to 6000 rpm in an environmentally controlled enclosure at temperatures as low as -40degC. To meet this demanding specification the company turned to pancake motor specialists Printed Motor Works, who offered to customise their GN12LR printed armature motor.