MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Remote monitoring and control system pays for itself in months
By installing eWON's Talk2M internet-based software on a robotic welding machine, Sims Engineering Ltd is now able to remotely monitor and control the machine using secure broadband and 3G connections.
Kaydon bearings bring humanoid robot to life
One of the greatest challenges facing the developers of the humanoid robot, iCub, was the creation of motion systems that combine high performance, low weight and small size. For this expertise, researchers have sought the help of Kaydon whose bearing technology has been providing these qualities in medical device technology and aerospace applications for many years.
Edinburgh Sensors’ CO2 monitors used in incubation products
Edinburgh instruments is announcing that LiCONiC AG, a Swiss scientific instrument maker, have selected the Edinburgh Sensors Gascheck IR CO2 sensor for integration into their range of CO2 Incubator products
Sensonics supply condition monitoring systems for blast furnace
Turbo-blowers and their control systems are a crucial part of the steel-making process, and Sensonics were delighted to be involved in a major project involving the relighting of the blast furnace at the SSI steelworks in Redcar, on Teesside.
Monitran supports the OTRF in aero-engine technologies
Monitran is providing specialist engineering services to the Oxford Turbine Research Facility (OTRF), part of the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. The company has designed and is supplying high-accuracy signal conditioning units for interfacing with hundreds of thin-film heat-transfer gauges, which the OTRF has fitted to a full working section of a turbine in order to investigate a variety of turbine blade-cooling techniques.
Telsonic secure seat back assemblies for trim specialists
Ultrasonic technology continues to be the preferred method of welding and joining for an ever growing number of applications. The precision and cleanliness of the process means that it can be used on components where aesthetics are equally as important as the quality of the joint. These attributes are exemplified in the Telsonic system recently delivered to Coventry-based interior trim specialists KJ Ryan Limited, where the technology is used to assemble seat back components for a UK car manufacturer.
Gas utility company selects ProcessVue alarm management software
A major US-based natural gas distribution utility company has selected MAC Solutions’ ProcessVue software suite to manage and report on process alarms across its operation.
Optimising air usage and minimising energy consumption
Today, wind power is the world’s fastest growing energy source. When ZF Wind Power in Belgium needed an expansion of the compressed air capacity at its site in Lommel, Atlas Copco recommended GA 160 VSD FF compressors and an ES central control system to optimise their compressed air usage. Rob Loos, Senior Technician at the Lommel site, says: “Working with companies who understand our business and can support us is of paramount importance, and Atlas Copco was clearly the best fit.”
New drives for stenting machine
A simple requirement for two replacement drives? Not quite so found the Portland Dyeing Company of Leek, Staffordshire. Repeated overcurrent faults in a pair of frequency inverters used on a Montforts stenting machine were causing expensive loss of production. The situation was made more complex by the fact that the drives were set up with 87Hz technology and some of the machine manuals were lost. Lenze Systems Partner Cornfield Engineering Solutions stepped in and engineered up-to-date replacement drives which were up and running with only one day of downtime.
Added automation increases roof truss productivity
When you are a manufacturer in the competitive roof truss market, how do you gain a competitive edge? The answer for Shropshire based Engineered Timber Solutions Ltd was found in drive and automation technology supplied by Lenze through their Engineering Partner Tim Oxtoby. Lenze inverters combined with a new control system reduced machine set-up times from what was 30–40 minutes down to less than 10.
Real-time monitoring improves utilisation of CNC machines
Advantech has helped a customer to improve the utilisation of its CNC machines by supplying simple modules that collect data from the machines and upload it to a higher-level control system via Ethernet.
Delcam supports award-winning Hamuel hybrid repair machine
Delcam’s CADCAM software is at the heart of a new hybrid repair machine launched by Hamuel Maschinenbau on stand B63 in hall 13 at the EMO exhibition in Hannover. The significance of the new machine was recognised with an EMO Award from industry magazine MM Maschinenmarkt.