MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
MiniTec purpose-built trolleys improve operational efficiency
The art of improving operational efficiency and helping to make processes more “Lean” are key challenges for manufacturing operations today.
FANUC gets Swiss condiment plant out of a safety jam
Swiss food manufacturer Hero AG has installed three FANUC 6-axis robots fitted with customised grippers to handle the heavy and labour intensive task of palletising the company’s jams and preserves. Operating around the clock, the closed cell provides a fast, reliable and accident -proof alternative to manually stacking boxes of jam as they leave the assembly line.
Gearbox maintenance for steel manufacturing
For the steel industry it is more important than ever that proper maintenance and repair work be carried out on its plant and equipment to prevent costly and potentially catastrophic failures. Here Andrew Baggaley and Tony Botfield of Brevini UK explain how techniques they have pioneered across several steelworks in the North of England are paying dividends.
TIJ coder proves a reliable, flexible and economical option
A thermal inkjet coder from Rotech has proved to be a flexible, reliable and economical alternative to continuous inkjet coding at Paragon PE, a fast-growing Cheshire manufacturer of sanitisation products. The versatile coder is being shared between two filling lines, applying codes directly to plastic bottles as well as via labels.
HBM technology ensures wind power forges full speed ahead!
As energy markets continue to grow, HBM offers a complete range of professional measurement products, designed to increase the efficiency of wind power plants.
Improving the speed and efficiency of a can-packaging line
Bimetec specialises in offering control automation systems to the agricultural and related industries. For one recent project, they retrofitted the can packaging lines at Bakker Brothers Seed, installing PLC control. Bimetec used a Unitronics Vision1210 and a 4.3-inch Samba for the project; these PLCs were a good fit because of their easy-to-use, integrated colour-touch HMIs, advanced communications and single-environment programming software.
Sintox FA alumina ceramic vital for Gripple steel wire joiners
The ongoing relationship between Morgan Advanced Materials and Gripple is proving highly successful in agricultural and industrial applications around the world. By including Morgan’s renowned Sintox FA alumina ceramic in their range of steel wire joiners and tensioners designed for use in agriculture and construction, Gripple has distinguished itself from more mainstream competitors. So it is little wonder that this employee-owned business is going from strength to strength, and that Morgan has helped Gripple to deliver more than 20 million units per year to 86 countries.
University of Sheffield partners with NI to equip new labs
When re-developing its multidisciplinary engineering programme, The University of Sheffield chose NI as a key partner to help equip and support their new, £81m building. Designed with a stunning aluminium diamond-shaped façade and containing 19 state-of-the-art engineering laboratories, The Diamond delivers multidisciplinary, practical, problem-based learning activities, all under one roof.
UV/light cure masking resin: protection for turbine components
Intertronics’ recent introduction of DYMAX Speedmask 718 UV/light cure masking resin brings the benefits of reliable, quick, effective application and simple removal, to the protection of turbine blades, vanes and other components during specific area surface treatments such as APS and HVOF coating.
Reliably automating blood and stem cell banking
Reliance Precision Limited is announcing that its Cool Muscle motors have now been used in 500 Biosafe Sepax systems. The Sepax systems are used for automated adult stem cell banking and cell processing applications.
RoboGasInspector: Remote detection and localisation of gas leaks
FLIR Systems is announcing a new article that describes the development of an innovative robot system for remote detection and localisation of gas leaks in large industrial facilities. Developed as part of the German technology programme AUTONOMIK, a consortium of nine companies and research institutes, the RoboGasInspector provides a safer, more efficient and more reliable detection system for gas leaks in industrial facilities.
Planetary gearheads – their time is now
As industry becomes more automated and robotised the need for high-precision gearboxes in machinery and plant engineering grows. Ian Carr, Managing Director of Drive Lines in Bedford, explains how planetary gearheads have precision and power designed into them.