MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
HepcoMotion linear actuators boost safety at packaging plant
Scunthorpe-based flexible packaging manufacturer, Mondi Scunthorpe, is adopting PSD screw-driven linear actuators from HepcoMotion to facilitate a wide-scale safety guarding project on critical machine applications. Two machines are already complete, with others in progress.
Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ platform runs powerful industrial laser
A new laser-based research and development cell has been installed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty, West Midlands, to help keep British manufacturing at the forefront of assembly, fabrication and joining technologies. At the heart of the system is Europe’s most powerful non-military laser, a 20kW rare earth Ytterbium fibre laser with a four-way beam switch, supplied by automation and laser specialists Tec Systems of Loughborough. They built the bespoke system in consultation with MTC’s specialist research teams and incorporated a high-performance data acquisition and control system based on a Mitsubishi Electric iQ-controller.
Rugged torque transducer selected for aerospace dynamometer
Sensor Technology has supplied a TorqSense non-contact torque transducer to Automated Technologies Ltd for use in a dynamometer that undertakes long-term tests on aerospace components.
Novotechnik RFC two-part sensor for the Big Bale Transtacker
The British-manufactured Big Bale Transtacker is an innovative agricultural machine that provides a highly efficient, simple and effective product for collecting and stacking straw bales in the field as well as transporting bales to and from storage locations on the farm. The tractor-towed machine collects and stacks its payload continuously as it is driven through the field with the operator controlling the entire machine from the tractor cab. The Transtackers efficiency is largely due to both the ‘auto pick up’ and the ‘auto tie’ functions that allow the machine to work seamlessly with minimal operator input. These functions work through a series of rotary sensors logging the position of the machines components and then relaying the data back to the ECU, whereby the next sequence of events is actuated.
Festo valve terminal in small-footprint for packaging machines
With its ‘Breakthrough Generation’, Italian packaging firm Cama has restyled its machines completely by integrating the control cabinets with the electrical and pneumatic components into the machine pedestals angles. Core to this redesign, which reduces the machine’s footprint, minimises cabling and eases placement of the utility devices, is the Festo valve terminal CPX/MPA with protection class IP65.
NI announces next-generation 5G collaboration with Nokia
NI is working with Nokia’s Networks business to collaborate on advanced research related to 5G wireless technologies such as exploring peak data rates and cell-edge rates in excess of 10Gbps and 100Mbps, respectively.
Position sensors for F1 throttle and turbocharger actuators
Current trends indicate that smaller, more compact, more intelligent displacement measurement sensors are now required, particularly in high-performance motorsport applications. Hydraulic cylinders and actuators, for example, are becoming ever smaller and therefore require more compact, ultra slimline position sensors for measuring displacement and piston position. More robust, pressure-resistant position sensors are now required.
igus plastics in 3D printers: lightweight and versatile
Designers of 3D printers are increasingly turning to igus for linear bearings, lead screw units, plain bearings, energy chains and flexible cables in order to provide self-lubricating, abrasion and wear-resistant components for the latest 3D printers. Many digital printing machines now integrate drylin linear bearing and drive technology from igus. In addition, e-chains and chainflex cables are used to supply reliable moving power and data.
Siemens teams with P2i to protect smartphones
As there is currently a focus on an ever-improving British manufacturing landscape, there are some true success stories to be told. One such story is P2i, an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets.
WEG and KSB supply motors and pumps to Water-link project
The Water-link project in Belgium, delivers nearly 190 million m3 of water to over 700,000 customers annually. As part of the project, a new drinking water pipeline has been laid to water company TMVW in Buggenhout, Belgium. Critical to the pipeline are six high-efficiency WEG W22 motors which have been integrated into pumps supplied by KSB.
Vega level radar at Aston Martin works
With a century of history, Aston Martin has developed into an automotive icon, a marque synonymous with luxury, heritage and authentic craftsmanship. All of their models are hand-built and bespoke, using high technology processes within a very modern environment. The quality of exterior and interior detailing has always marked out Aston Martin from its rivals. Each of their cars is painted and finished by hand, receiving up to nine applications of paint — a process that takes more than 50 man-hours.
Custom bearings help maximise gas recovery for Oil & Gas major
Schaeffler UK has custom designed a set of maintenance-free spherical plain bearings to support a newly constructed process module extension column, which is fixed to the main offshore platform located in the North Sea.