MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Laser machining with cost-efficient transmission designs
Based in Chennai, Proteck was established over 25 years ago and is now one of India’s leading production machinery suppliers; distributing, supplying and manufacturing a wide range of printing machinery, machine tools, metal cutting & forming equipment and CAD/CAM software throughout its home market and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Its manufacturing subsidiary, Proteck Precision, has a young, dynamic and highly qualified engineering work-force that develops and produces exciting new products for the fast-growing Indian manufacturing industries as well as providing competitively priced machinery that is exported beyond Asia. The technology-driven company has styled its production, quality control and engineering logistics departments on a European model, and has two very modern manufacturing facilities in Chennai complete with state-of-the art CAD/CAM, MRP systems and the latest ISO accreditations.
Rittal’s one-stop system for human–machine interfaces
Human–machine interfaces play a key role when choosing manufacturing equipment. Potential purchasers not only consider the quality of the machine and the products it manufactures, but user-friendliness and a robust, well-designed operator control system, often influence decision-making just as much. Engineering specialist Laempe & Mössner produce several lines of core shooters and equips its core shooting machines with Rittal’s support arm and housing systems
Videojet printers help Uponor improve uptime on production lines
Plastic pipe manufacturer Uponor has entered into partnership with Videojet Technologies Inc. Uponor selected 1610 dual head and 1620 continuous ink jet printers (CIJ) for its extrusion lines and, as a result, increased its overall yield by five per cent.
igus energy chains tame the tide
Ensuring a safe and productive solution to providing electrical, water, and fuel connections to a jetty is challenging at the best of times. But when that jetty is floating in the harbour at Barrow-in-Furness with rough seas and an 11 metre tide, the problems are compounded. That was the situation facing Cameron Forecourt, who installed a floating pontoon for Dong Energy that is used to service their wind farm just off the rugged North West coast of England.
Altra solves vibration issues for pumps in water treatment plant
A large raw water pumping station in Malaysia was suffering from severe vibration problems with the drivetrains on a number of large pumps which resulted in regular failures and downtime. When an update to the original parts was unsuccessful in solving the issue, the plant’s managers turned to Altra Couplings to offer a solution. Fortunately the power transmission specialist was able to design a bespoke system using TB Wood’s Form-Flex shafts which substantially reduced vibration.
A vital element in aerospace: ESAB delivers process stability
ESAB innovation has helped shape the history of welding and cutting since the discovery of the covered welding electrode more than 100 years ago. Through the years, the company has played a pivotal role in many impressive projects around the globe – from aerospace to automotive, energy to shipbuilding.
Just in time maintenance via remote service
Machine operators such as Nestlé and Unilever expect 100 per cent system availability. Therefore, machine builder Big Drum Engineering sees demand-oriented maintenance and fast troubleshooting via remote service as key to this increasingly critical success factor. In providing these, the company places great emphasis on safety and security.
Coordinated syringe handling by Mitsubishi Electric robots
The pharmaceutical industry sets high standards in respect of hygiene, quality and performance, and these standards apply to pharmaceutical packing facilities too. Space is also often at a premium in production plants, chiefly due to how they have grown historically, and new additions to the machinery stock must therefore be as compact as possible. Robotronic AG specialises in robot-aided handling systems that meet these strict size requirements. The Swiss company works with a modular robot cell developed in house, termed Modular Robot Technology or MRT for short. Only Mitsubishi Electric robots are used in this system.
Unidrive M meets speed and budget requirements of paper mill
Mostafa Paper Complex Ltd (MPCL), an established paper mill based in the Chittagong district of Bangladesh, has begun using the new Unidrive M variable speed drive plus encoders and systems by Control Techniques on its latest paper machine. Aside from high-performance products, Control Techniques was selected for the project based on the strong industry knowledge of its technical team, fast 8-week delivery and rapid commissioning.
1000th SKF S2M magnetic bearing in operation in oil and gas
SKF has commissioned its 1000th SKF S2M active magnetic bearing (AMB), a milestone that underlines how the innovation is bringing enhanced reliability to an ever-increasing number of oil and gas customers. The frictionless, oil-free, low maintenance operation of the SKF S2M magnetic bearings has brought the benefits of high efficiency, long service life and low maintenance to critical oil and gas applications.
Water-cooling saves 88 per cent space on 45,000kW resistor bank
REO is building its first water-cooled resistors for ABB to test converters used in shipping, railway engineering and water power plants. ABB already uses water-cooled systems but this project represented an opportunity for REO to apply knowledge gained in research areas from inductor and resistor construction to entire control boxes.
Wash, rinse, dry: cleaning mass-produced automotive parts
The Multiclean-D-4-4-F full vacuum plant from Höckh is a true giant among washing machines. While the drum of a household washing machine can hold 6kg at any one time, an industrial washing machine recently delivered to a German customer can take two 600kg loads of metal parts for the automotive industry. Festo’s valve terminal technology keeps the twin-chamber cleaning plant running smoothly.