MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Bearings in agricultural machinery
From a bearing manufacturer’s point of view, agricultural machinery technology is one of the most challenging fields of application. The requirements that bearings must meet can be clearly illustrated by taking disc harrows as an example. With this attachment, the farmer loosens the soil, breaks it up into small pieces and thus prepares it for sowing. The individual moving discs are set at a slight angle and each disc is mounted on a separate arm attached to the harrow’s frame.
Programmable safety system used for automotive paint shop
A Chinese supplier of automotive components has used Pilz PSS 4000 systems to handle safety-related and automation control functions in fully automated robotic paint shops, thereby maximising productivity without compromising safety.
adi Group delivers sweet success for Daim
adi Group has completed a full turnkey control system upgrade at the Mondelez, Daim factory in Stockholm, meeting an ambitious 4-week plant shutdown to ensure uninterrupted supply.
Edale opts for SensPart's miniature contrast sensor FT 25-RGB
Speed and accurate differentiation of even the lowest contrasts are essential for detection of printing marks on continuous material. Edale, UK manufacturer of flexo printing presses, amongst other machinery, found that SensoPart’s miniature contrast sensor fulfilled both requirements when it came to replacing the standard sensors it previously used, saving not just space but also halving the costs.
Turning food waste into nano-fibres
A partnership between Maxon Motor UK and the University of Reading has developed an exciting new green material from food waste, with Maxon supplying a high-speed DC motor and DC motor controller for the project.
Skydivers practise indoors with CC-Link industrial network
A new indoor skydiving centre, just opened in Basingstoke, UK, uses cutting-edge CC-Link industrial communications to provide thrill seekers with an exciting, yet safe, aerial experience.
All-in-one PLC/HMI for centralised control and monitoring system
Thanks to Unitronics all-in-one PLC/HMI controllers, Rene Tomingas FIE is helping the city of Rakvere, Estonia to start obtaining more than 80 percent of its heat energy from renewable sources.
LG Motion Ltd supply actuator & motion control for tyre test rig
Helping to set the final touches for the Formula Student 2014 racing season, Team Bath Racing have been busy developing a much advanced tyre test rig which utilises a single axis linear actuator and precision servo drive supplied by Basingstoke-based motion specialist LG Motion.
Multiple use of sensors: precision guided weed control equipment
Garford Farm Machinery designs and manufactures advanced environmentally sustainable agricultural equipment that solves large-scale weed control and crop cultivation for farming worldwide. Its ‘Robocrop’ range employs a specially developed precision guided vision system – for weeding, hoeing or spraying – that uses real-time digital image analysis in conjunction with a hydraulic servo ‘sideshift’ assembly that laterally positions various multiple tools exactly on or within the crop rows as the tractor mounted equipment is driven forwards. The precision guided tools are used for mechanical weed control; to remove individual unwanted plants, hoe between rows of plants, or spray rows of plants – with impressive lateral positional accuracies of better than 10mm at average tractor speeds of 12 km/hr.
PI positioning stages help reveal secrets of teeth
Tooth decay is often revealed by an X-ray taken in the dentist’s chair. The image taken is relatively coarse and only reveals the presence of the problem, what it doesn’t show is detail about the mechanism that has led to the decay. Understanding the processes that occur during tooth decay and indeed repair involves researchers looking at concentrations of minerals such as Calcium present in the structure. X ray microtomography is now helping researchers at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) gain a deeper understanding of these underlying processes by generating high resolution images that can detail mineral concentrations in the tooth. The image generation involves scanning the tooth and X-ray detector with high precision over an extended time period. PI linear and rotary stages, chosen for their precision and long-term reliability, have been successfully employed in this research work for a number of years.
Multi-pedal footswitch/joystick on ophthalmic surgery microscope
Herga Technology designs and supplies hand and foot controls for medical equipment applications. The diverse requirements for this demanding industry calls for single and multi-pedal switch control products that cover contact and non-contact electric switching as well as pressure and vacuum switching technologies. For many medical applications areas, Herga is able to call upon its IEC/UL 60601 approval status to supply what it terms as ‘standard’ products that effectively still offer customers a wide choice of selectable feature options for the actual operating specification of the device as well as its styling and aesthetics. These options extend to switching/sensing parameters, number of switches, mechanical and electrical interfacing, colours, customer logos etc.
Croft creates cost and carbon efficient filter with 3D printing
Croft Additive Manufacturing’s Straightliner Filter has been created using additive manufacturing to deliver energy savings when compared with a conventional filter.