MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Intelligent filter systems achieve energy efficiency
Air filter systems are a must for many companies in the wood, plastics and textile industries in order to safeguard the health of those working in production. But, since the energy requirement for a filter system comprises up to 40 per cent of the total requirement of the actual production systems, energy efficiency is a key driver when ensuring high levels of safety. LS Automation specialises in intelligent control technology that provides for system optimisation and is achieving significant added value for its customers, in terms of energy efficiency, using Eaton technology.
TONiC optical encoders for latest generation of COORD-3 CMMs
A continuous product development cycle, horizontal organisational structure and streamlined range of model sizes have made COORD-3 a global CMM brand. Renishaw supplies a wide-range of precision metrology products to COORD-3 and both companies benefit from a long-standing and successful partnership.
Bredel pumps handle abrasive and viscous bodywork prep compounds
A Bredel 40 hose pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group is the latest arrival at Farécla Products Ltd, a manufacturer of cutting compounds and finishing products principally for the automotive market, but also marine, industrial and aerospace industries, where it is being used on a mobile platform to serve filling lines. The pump joins existing Bredel 65 and Bredel 100 pumps on site that are being deployed to transfer a number of very abrasive, highly viscous products. The company has been relying on Bredel technology for around two decades.
Adhesives provide reliability despite repeated shock loading
A professional golfer's swing can cause the club head to reach speeds of over 190kmh, which puts very high loads on the club face, club head and the bond between the head and shaft - plus there is a significant shock load on the bond each time the ball is struck. Reliability of that joint is, of course, vital.
Inverter drive cuts the cost of automation
Bottle and pouch fillers with electronic adjustment for filling volume offer important benefits over machines with manual adjustment but, until now, higher cost has limited their adoption. In the latest IMSB machines, however, an Eaton inverter drive replaces the costly servo-controlled filling system, making these novel machines much more affordable.
Zero-backlash jaw couplings for optical inspection systems
Stop-and-go optical inspection systems often have aggressive acceleration/deceleration profiles that generate vibration and high torque values. The dampening characteristics of Ruland zero-backlash jaw couplings reduce settling time and shock loads resulting in more accurate system performance and decreased component wear.
Refurbishment of tilt bearings for Pendolino trains
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd is currently refurbishing thousands of yoke-type track roller bearings for Alstom, the company responsible for maintaining the entire West Coast Mainline fleet of 56 high-speed Virgin Pendolino trains. The 60-week refurbishment programme involves the refurbishment of nearly 5000 track rollers.
Stealth enclosures for covert operations
In the world of engineering it’s a truism that every application has its own unique challenges. However, some challenges are more noteworthy than others; such as specifying enclosures for external use on a vessel with stealth capabilities, for example. This is just one of the challenges that Spelsberg has been presented with which can be solved with the use of innovative coating technology.
Loctite adhesives bond 3D printed parts for immediate assessment
4moms makes extensive use of Loctite adhesives and threadlockers for the assembly of 3D printed prototype parts, as well as for assembling components and fasteners in its production strollers, rocker seats, tubs and other equipment.
Chain test bed utilises CompactDAQ platform and LabVIEW software
When Muc-Off set out to create the world's fastest, most durable bicycle chain lubricants - with the ultimate aim of helping Sir Bradley Wiggins to smash the one-hour world bicycle distance record - the company used a truly accurate test bed equipped with National Instruments' CompactDAQ platform and LabVIEW software.
NI LabVIEW and myRIO enhance teaching of mechatronics
The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University has used LabVIEW and myRIO to develop lab experiments, based on a robotic football game, to boost student engagement and comprehension when learning about programming and hardware integration.
WDS components used for Warwick Uni’s award-winning submarine
Design projects are a fantastic way for universities to give their engineering students real-world experience of the challenges they will face in their professional lives. They are also great for inspiring the next generation to take up engineering. This year Warwick University took part in just such a project, encouraging eight of their most promising young engineers to build a human-powered submarine to take part in the International Submarine Race in the USA. Thanks to companies like WDS Component Parts Ltd. providing sponsorship, the team was able to build a working submarine and win the competition’s innovation award.