MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Condition monitoring of fan units prevents unplanned downtime
Whether it’s for receipts, ATM machine bank statements or tickets – thermal printer paper is all around us. The paper’s special properties are due to a coating that is applied to the surface of the paper. At Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH (MPEB) in Bielefeld, Germany, coating machine 3 applies a coating to around 300 tonnes of thermal paper each day. 26 fan units ensure that coated paper is dried without being touched. Since 2014, 26 FAG SmartCheck systems from Schaeffler have been monitoring these fans for any signs of abnormal vibration. The systems are helping to prevent unplanned machine downtime, optimise production and reduce the total cost of ownership.
Customised shutter door system for guarding CNC grinding machine
Kabelschlepp has developed an easy-to-operate customised shutter door system to protect people in the vicinity of CNC thread grinding machines.
Sensor flies conservation into new levels of control
An innovative device that simultaneously senses a helicopter’s position and weighs the load it is carrying has helped a 50-year landscape conservation project successfully reach its first 5-year milestone. The HeliNav TrackMaster is a simple and accurate system that simultaneously monitors underslung loads and logs actual flight paths while also providing navigational guidance.
Variohm supply draw wire sensors for lifting bridge application
Hunger Hydraulic UK Ltd has recently supplied four 4.25m-stroke telescopic hydraulic cylinders to main contractor John Sisk, to lift a new 80m pedestrian and cycle access bridge linking Canning Town station to a new island development on the Leamouth Peninsula in London.
Bobcat’s structural analysis reduces unwanted vibration effects
Global construction equipment specialist Bobcat has reduced the effects of vibration on operators of tracked vehicles, with a complete structural analysis system for assessing and improving its vehicle design.
KEPServerEX for data centre infrastructure management system
Robot keeps Newtech at the cutting edge of cake slicing
When automation OEM Newtech looked to design a new ultrasonic cutting machine for the bakery industry, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric for a fast, efficient, flexible and clean robotic system. The result is an innovative machine design that can cut cakes to the highest levels of precision, working flexibly for different portion sizes and quantities, and eliminating problems of damaged product.
APEX hose pumps replace PC pumps for reliable bentonite pumping
A major waterworks in South Africa is benefitting from the installation of Bredel APEX15 hose pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group. The APEX pumps have been preferred over progressive cavity (PC) pumps in an application that sees metering of bentonite into the source water to help flocculation. Bentonite is a crystalline quartz (naturally occurring) clay product. The abrasive nature of the substance can cause costly damage to the PC pumps, a factor that is not encountered when using APEX technology.
LOCTITE products foster success at companies in new campaign
Signs, golf clubs, baby strollers and high-tech vehicles – these are just some of the wide and varied products manufactured using Henkel’s LOCTITE adhesives.