MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Schaeffler bearings keep lock gates and valves moving
After a 9-year construction period, the new, third channel of the Panama Canal opened in June 2016, eliminating a bottleneck for global commercial shipping. Schaeffler has supplied more than 3400 rolling bearings for the canal’s water management systems, including lock gates and valves.
Mobil SHC 525 helps manufacturer achieve $5.6m in annual savings
Ceramika Końskie, a Polish ceramic tile manufacturer, has experienced a 17 per cent improvement in tile press productivity following a switch from a conventional mineral oil to Mobil SHC 525, a high-performance synthetic hydraulic oil. The Mobil SHC 500 Series of high-performance lubricants is designed for use in hydraulic systems prone to deposit build-up.
Magnetic bearings tough enough for the depths of the sea
Today’s oil and gas industry is facing many challenges, including lower oil prices and environmental issues that are forcing companies to look into alternative methods of extraction. Many companies are recognising the need to innovate and are investing in long-term solutions.
An automated system runs so efficiently you forget it’s there
Steam is an important component of meat processing. Djurdjevic, a meat production company, wanted to automate the boiler they use to produce steam; they needed this system to be efficient and safe. Ideally, the system should operate effortlessly, without requiring human intervention. Using Unitronics PLC+HMI this goal became a reality.
Improving asset availability to reduce coal handling costs
Coal is an important global resource and likely to remain so for many years to come. But now, more than ever, the pressure is on to reduce transportation costs by improving the efficiency of coal handling operations.
NUM collaborates to develop intelligent CNC gear hobbing machine
NUM (NUM Taiwan Ltd) and Taiwan’s Feng Chia University have jointly developed an intelligent CNC gear hobbing machine with an advanced electronic gearbox that completely eliminates the time overheads of changing mechanical gears on traditional machine tools.
Unidrive M variable speed drives eliminate reliability issues
A coil processing equipment manufacturer has introduced variable speed drives from Control Techniques, an Emerson business. Athader, based near San Sebastian in northern Spain, manufactures coil processing lines, mainly slitting lines and levelling and cut-to-length lines for steel, stainless steel and aluminium material. Equipment manufactured by the company, which is part of the Bradbury Group, is destined for customers that include steel coil processors, rolling mills and profile and tube manufacturers, 80 per cent of which are located outside of Spain.
Unidrive AC drive: power and reliability in a smaller package
It is a continuous challenge for manufacturing companies to deliver greater efficiencies in production at ever-lower costs. Businesses strive to work leaner and push their manufacturing processes harder, meaning reliability, efficiency and performance are constantly under strain. Freudenberg Performance Materials understands these issues. The business, a global leader providing innovative solutions for a large number of markets and applications such as for the building sector, car interior, hygiene, medical as well as industrial technical textile applications and shoe components needed to replace an AC drive within their nonwoven production facility in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Maintenance-free tower lighting in wind turbine generators
In order to ensure the safety of employees in wind turbine generators, the towers must be illuminated safely. To this end, Phoenix Contact offers a tower lighting system using maintenance-free LED lights.
Kistler’s Correvit SFII sensor measures world record
The Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) was founded by students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich back in 2006. Once again this year, the club successfully staged its Formula Student Project and broke the official Guinness world record for the fastest acceleration from 0 to 100km/h by an electric vehicle. The Kistler sensor Type Correvit SFII measured the point when the magical 100km/h mark was reached.
ESAB plasma cutting system used in urgent bridge repair project
A state-of-the-art ESAB Suprarex SXE 5000 plasma cutting system played a crucial role in enabling Watson-Towers Ltd to meet an urgent requirement for structural steel repair plates for the emergency repair of the Forth Road Bridge, which had to be closed with no notice when cracks were discovered in the structure. Within 24 hours of the initial enquiry, the steel companies had cut and delivered plates to the fabricator ready for repairing the bridge. Two key factors enabled the companies to meet this tight deadline: Watson-Towers’ stocks of the correct grade of steel, and the ESAB machine’s capability to profile and bevel the plates in one go, as manually bevelling the plates would have taken too long.