MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Confocal chromatic sensors for precision measurements
Precision laser micromachining specialist OpTek Systems has installed non-contact confocal chromatic sensors from Micro-Epsilon on a number of its laser processing machines. These high-precision confocal displacement sensors are capable of measuring the surface finish and groove depth of difficult materials, ranging from highly reflective, mirrored surfaces to dark, diffuse surfaces.
Coffee manufacturer gets lean with the help of robotic palletise
To increase the speed and efficiency of a coffee stacking line, one of the largest snack foods manufacturers in the world has chosen a KUKA robotic palletiser, from Linkx Systems. Key factors that influenced their decision were the machine’s robust yet streamlined design and flexibility in handling two sizes of pallets.
A powerful case for infrared windows
As a condition of its insurance cover, a power generating company was required to perform regular preventive maintenance on its switchgear. Regular downtime was not a practical option for the power plant and the hazardous nature of this inspection by traditional means required more manpower and resources than the facility could provide. Management began to re-think its strategy, especially as safety guidelines for the inspection of energised equipment was making the procedure more restrictive, time consuming and costly.
Tube manipulation specialist embraces all-electric technology
All-electric CNC tube bending machines from Unison have helped the specialist tube manipulation company Toolspec Manufacturing Company Limited to implement a flexible right-first-time manufacturing strategy, enhance production capability and win a major export order worth £500,000.