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WEG successfully tests dual-pinion ball mill drive
WEG has successfully tested low-speed synchronous motors driven by frequency inverters for mills with dual pinions at its plant in Brazil. As a multinational company, WEG supplies a range of products to the mining industry for driving large mills, including low and high speed motors, gearboxes and frequency inverters across the globe.
5-axis robot for bank vault storage
The high levels of security required to handle banknotes and cash in bank vaults calls for fully automated systems. The VEROX, a new 5-axis rail-mounted robot, meets these needs by handling cash trays with high precision. The robot uses Lenze controllers, servo drives and geared motors which readily combine together to create a simple yet high-performing drive system. The robot can be seen in action in a short YouTube video.
Operating panel allows safe control of actuated valves
Smith Flow Control (SFC) has designed a specialist pigging panel to be installed on an FPSO built for the use in the Goliat field, the first oilfield to be developed in the Barents Sea.
Hyflexar receives one-thousandth Walform tube-forming machine
Eaton’s Hydraulics business has delivered of its one-thousandth Walform tube-forming machine to its long-term partner Hyflexar. The machine is the new M-WF385Xplus model – the fourth generation of the compact and innovative tube forming machines used worldwide.
Fully automatic coupling of e-chains for cranes
igus has developed its e-rover to supply Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes with both electrical power and data. This allows the RTG to switch from diesel power to electrical power, saving thousands of pounds per year in diesel costs.
CC-Link partner Festo is using nature to inspire automation
In a recent video made in partnership with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Festo explains how they take inspiration from nature to offer innovations in automation. A specific example of a robot dragonfly that soars and hovers just like the real thing has been inspiring engineers visiting exhibitions around Europe.
Warner Electric brakes help save paraplegic surgeon’s career
Engineering students often use their studies as an opportunity to design something unique and challenging, that tests the limits of their abilities. However, not so many are able to find a project that may save a man’s career and, indirectly, hundreds of lives. When five engineering students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison heard about an Orthopaedic surgeon who had been paralysed in an accident they decided to build a transportation device that would allow him back in the operating theatre. Warner Electric was able to donate four of its ERS brakes to help make the dream a reality.
SATO provides printers for GS1 Germany’s new knowledge centre
SATO is providing its innovative CL4NX and CT4i printer series to GS1 Germany’s new knowledge centre in Cologne. The centre, which opened on 1 July 2014, features live demonstrations of equipment, enabling visitors to learn about practical uses for the printers, particularly in the industrial and health care sectors.
Mitsubishi Electric PLC controls flagship water treatment works
The Dee Valley Water (DVW) project to build a new water treatment works at its flagship site, Llwyn Onn in North Wales, has now been completed. The £17M project was officially opened in March 2014 by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies and is controlled by a Mitsubishi Electric system redundant, Q series modular PLC. The new works has been operational since August 2013.
Lean connectivity with SmartWire-DT benefits agricultural plant
Schaltanlagenbau Gormanns GmbH is the company responsible for the electrical power supply and drive and automation concept in a fully automated potato sorting plant that was part of an extensive new building project. For this project, the innovative company, based in Mönchengladbach in Germany, used Eaton’s SmartWire-DT technology with great success.
igus bearings drive on to championship victory
A redesigned pedal box that utilised igus iglidur plain bearings was a crucial factor in Andy Napier winning the production class championship in the Lotus Cup UK series in his Lotus Elise last year. Napier clinched the title at the last round at the super-quick Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
Custom electrical enclosure made with additive manufacturing
CRP USA together with DC Electronics have developed an electrical enclosure using the technology of 3D Printing and Windform Laser Sintering (LS) materials. DC Electronics is a company based in the UK and in Mooresville North Carolina. It is a manufacturer of custom-built electrical systems for the motorsport industry. CRP USA, with the service of additive manufacturing with Windform materials, supported DC Electronics in the construction of a custom electrical enclosure for the Nascar racecars.