MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
FANUC robots flex to medical blister filling needs
Compactness and dexterity were two important features of the anthropomorphic FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot selected by FlexLink for a cutting-edge medical assembly line located in Italy. Combined with a FANUC M-1iA delta robot and an integrated iRVision system, FlexLink completely re-engineered the blister packing operation, automating an intricate and time-intensive job that previously performed manually.
FANUC re-shores production for cycling specialist
Ten years ago, the ‘rags to riches’ story started for bicycle component business Superstar Components Ltd. The Lincoln business that started in a bedroom selling brake pads quickly progressed to sourcing manufactured products from Taiwan for the cycling enthusiast. As the business evolved into more expansive product ranges, the production lead-times from Taiwan were increasingly prolonged. The decision was made to manufacture and control production from the UK, and this is where FANUC came into the equation with its ROBODRILL D21MiA5 machining centre and FANUC M-10iA 10M robot loading system.
Fastenings for the rail industry: fixings for FRP components
Just as other major global industries, mass transit continuously strives to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce running costs. For rail vehicle and passenger coach designers this has meant embracing new materials and production techniques, and one area that continues to thrive is the use of fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRP) materials to produce structures and parts that are lightweight, have high strength and offer design flexibility. bigHead supports such innovation in the rail industry, supplying expertise and a wide range of standard or customised products that enable the safe, secure and discrete fixing of individual panels or complete modular sub-assemblies.
Inside the world’s quietest place at Microsoft
Microsoft has a vision to make its customer devices so effortless to use that they all but disappear and – since sound quality holds the key – the company built a series of anechoic chambers for testing, which include the quietest place in the world.
Submersible sensors measure fuel tank levels at remote sites
Submersible tank gauging level transmitters from instrumentation specialist Impress Sensors & Systems Ltd have been specified for measuring tank fuel levels in remote power generation and telecom sites across the world.
HepcoMotion’s MCS, MLG and BSP in fish farm feeding application
When Engranor were contracted to design a new hatchery feeder machine for the fish farming industry, they turned to HepcoMotion for the fully assembled frame with necessary guidance system.
Automation delivers energy savings for extrusion application
For many manufacturing plants, the opportunities to achieve savings on energy consumption are plentiful. Businesses consider options ranging from simply adopting best practice in terms of switching off energy sources when not required, to making significant changes to machinery. Maintenance personnel are often the individuals tasked with making the savings. However these teams often come up against the issue of obsolescence, which can make it very challenging to find new efficiency opportunities.
Decentralised installation: Power supply in the field
Machine and system drives are often placed far from a control cabinet even though they require high inrush currents. Murrelektronik’s Emparro67 power supply is the right option for these applications. It allows you to move the power supply into the field while still supplying direct current drives with its Power Boost function and an integrated current limiter.
Magneto-inductive sensors measure blade cut depth displacement
A manufacturer of knife and blade sharpness testing machines is using non-contact magneto-inductive displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon to calibrate the length and speed of the blade stroke. This is important as it enables the test machines to objectively compare the sharpness of various knife blades and determine which one is superior to another. The sensors were selected for their cost effectiveness, ease of set up, simplicity of use, robustness and non-contact wear-free operation.
Commercial salad growers box clever with Spelsberg
Spelsberg electrical enclosures have been used in a high-tech environmental control system for a commercial greenhouse operated by one of the largest salad growers in the UK.
Precision gas control for experimental combustion rig
Designing and manufacturing one-off pieces of equipment requires considerable engineering skill, especially when that equipment is required to control combustible gases and deliver precisely repeatable results. So when Saflame was approached to design an experimental combustion rig which required precise, independent control of three gases, it turned to Bürkert Fluid Control Systems to provide the solution.
Avoiding overflow with light section sensors
Light section sensors from Leuze electronic monitor fill levels in the plastics processing industry.