MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
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.
Tyre manufacturer installs integrated online measurement systems
By installing a number of fully integrated online measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon in various stages of its tyre production process, a UK-based tyre manufacturer has seen dramatic improvements in process capability and tyre quality.
Advanced motion cards provide precise actuation
When a new design of compact blood analyser was being developed, a key challenge was to create an efficient and cost-effective motion control architecture that could support multiple axes and multiple motor types while maintaining a table top format. The solution was provided by advanced motion cards and digital drives from PMD, which are available in the UK through INMOCO of Daventry.
Family miller first on the E-Pac case
A specialist miller and supplier of fine flours to the UK supermarkets has become the first company to put Pacepacker and Endoline’s new E-Pac optimised case packing system to the test. Close cooperation between the two companies yielded a bespoke three-step case erecting, packing and sealing system that has eliminated manual handling on the flour packing line.
Pico-controllers and IEC 61499 software for distributed control
Advantech ADAM pico-controllers and IEC 61499 function block programming language have been used to create a distributed system for testing control algorithms for managing smart grids.
Cream cheese plant benefits from gentle Certa pump
German dairy product manufacturer Goldsteig has put its trust in the recently-launched MasoSine Certa Sine pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) for the production of cream cheese. Here, the gentle handling of the Certa pump is well suited for transferring the sensitive cream used to manufacture mascarpone and delicate whey for ricotta, while its ease of cleaning makes for lower maintenance requirements.
Tsubaki expertise reduces downtime for insulation manufacturer
Maximising productivity and reducing costs means ensuring that equipment is correctly specified for the task and properly maintained while in service. For one manufacturer of glass fibre insulation, a conveyor system that passed through an oven was suffering from premature chain wear which was affecting product quality. Having approached Tsubaki for a longer lasting alternative, the chain manufacturer delivered a premium chain that would last three times longer and reduce production downtime.