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Siemens process control technology used in pilot plant
Siemens Industry SIMATIC PCS 7 process control technology is helping an innovative UK business enhance its market offering and support the next stage of its development.
Increased capacity with new robotic welding facility
Norbar Torque Tools Ltd has upgraded its welding facility with a new robotic welding cell engineered by Cyber-weld Ltd. Providing Norbar with increased capacity, quality improvements and at the same time taking up less space, the new system is based around a FANUC ARC Mate robot.
Energy-saving GA VSD+ compressor helps packaging line go green
When Glinwell plc, a horticultural grower and packer, came to install its latest product packaging facility it was found that the plant’s existing compressed air supply needed to be upgraded to meet the increased process air demand. By choosing a new Atlas Copco GA VSD+ compressor the company was able to not only ensure reliable system pressure but also achieve substantial energy savings into the bargain.
3M gives British bobsleigh team new edge with abrasives
The Great Britain Bobsleigh team is preparing for the Winter Olympics with its official sponsor, 3M, by testing various abrasive technologies designed to help enhance its performance.
SRB split roller bearings used in sludge pump operation
Revolvo SRB split roller bearings are providing heavy duty support for the crankshaft of a large sludge pump at a United Utilities waste water treatment plant in Oldham, following operational problems with the pump that resulted in damage to its original bearings and crankshaft.
Embedded servo drive boosts speed of smart friction feeders
An embedded servo drive from Metronix is providing an economic upgrade path for Pfankuch Machinery – a manufacturer of friction feeder systems for inserting leaflets and products into sales packaging.
Thomson delivers smooth, backlash-free “horsepower”
Thomson ball screw and linear rail bearing assemblies support heavy loads while delivering accurate equine patient positioning for fast and accurate CT scans.
Streamlining data handling in naval defence
Stealth is vital for maritime defence company DCNS, and consequently they have to measure and process a huge amount of sound and vibration data.
Proto Labs service aids product design business
In Falciano, San Marino, Italy, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, a young entrepreneur by the name of Federico Corbelli has created a small but growing company specialising in the design and production of vending machines for use in hotels, restaurants and cafés.
Henkel saves energy with Atlas Copco compressed air products
Henkel Central Eastern Europe (CEE) in Vienna has saved energy at its modern production facility for laundry detergents by establishing three air networks fed by Atlas Copco compressors with different operating pressures for various applications throughout its plant premises.
More power to Doosan with HepcoMotion linear motion system
The Renfrew, UK, facility of Doosan Babcock is benefiting from the use of HepcoMotion’s Profile Driven Unit (PDU2) technology on a machine designed to deliver automated NDT (non-destructive testing) capability. Devised as an enhancement to existing manipulators, the PDU2 and PDU2M belt-driven linear motion systems are providing movement in three axes along with precise positioning.
Cutting machine costs without sacrificing functionality
In the late 19th century, potter and Englishman Thomas Twyford secured his place in history as one of the pioneers of ‘sanitary science’ when he built the first modern-looking toilet; a one-piece, all-china design that he would refine and promote for the good part of a decade. Almost 130 years later, technology such as Festo’s pneumatics equipment and CPX modular automation platforms are allowing developers and producers of sanitaryware pressure casting systems, PCL Ceramics, to continue to improve upon Mr Twyford’s original idea but in much less time and as cost-effectively as possible.