MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
New bagging technology for horse feed manufacturer
Upgrading an automated bagging line has led to UK horse feed manufacturer FH Nash achieving a 30 per cent increase in output. Bagging up to 144 tonnes a day, Pacepacker has used its new ROI calculator to show how the innovative new FastPac sack placer, also recently installed, can achieve a 12 month ROI by significantly improving efficiency and by handling a range of different sack types.
Fortress helps reduce metal contaminant false readings
Replacing its existing metal detectors with five Fortress Technology’s Stealth Vertex systems has yielded a 40 per cent improvement in sensitivity and eliminated the issue of false rejects for a UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company.
Servos with safe motion control boost press productivity
By upgrading its presses using Pilz PMCprotego DS servo amplifiers with safe motion control, Sona BLW Präzisionsschmiede has minimised its investment, increased productivity and enhanced safety.
Hepco’s DLS4 provides secure sliding door for Tate Security
Specialising in providing large integrated security systems, Tate Security Technology Ltd had a project to retrofit a new sliding door arrangement into existing staff and visitor doors for prison gatehouses. In a number of cases, HepcoMotion’s previous generation GV3 slides were being used as the original sliding mechanism for these sliding doors. While the slides and racks were in good working order, the surrounding installations were in need of updating or replacement. The customer was looking for a new simple to install and low-maintenance system that would fit into the existing envelope. Taking into account the security needs of prison doors, the system needed to be durable, provide a long service life and have a minimal installation downtime, to reduce the disruption in the high-traffic area of a gatehouse.
Atlas Copco helps ground stabilisation specialist save energy
Tensar International, a world leader in technology-driven systems for ground stabilisation and soil reinforcement, is predicted to save over £22,000 in annual energy costs and achieve a 141 tonne reduction in its carbon footprint after installing an energy efficient compressed air system from Atlas Copco.
Micropumps are the real deal for mechanical seal flushing
Flushing mechanical seals on large industrial pumps is an important function in many process applications and common practice in helping to minimise mechanical seal failure. The flushing process helps to extend the life of seals by cleaning and or cooling them. There are many methods deployed for implementing ‘seal flush’, but in most cases fluid is either re-circulated from other points on the pump (usually the output) or from an external source for the flushing stream. In most cases, an increase in pressure, and or flow control may be required and small gear pumps are often used for this purpose.
Mitsubishi Electric inegrates own Factory Automation products
The Factory Automation Division of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. has installed an extensive range of building automation and security products in the newly built German Branch in Ratingen. The products and systems can be used for a variety of applications, for example quantifying, measuring, displaying, recording and monitoring current and voltage flows around the building. All the data collected can then be captured centrally and displayed using the MAPS life-cycle software tool (Mitsubishi Adroit Process Suite). Various set protocols for the building management system can also be configured using the MAPS integration tool in such a way that they can be visualised on a common interface.
igus B160 iglidur tribo-tape for marine applications
The adverse conditions in marine applications present a challenge to boat owners and operators who have to contend with the effects of both salt and fresh water on moveable metal fittings. If left unchecked, rust and corrosion can cause excessive wear leading to early replacement or seizure.
Developing new fluid management systems for in-vitro diagnostics
In-vitro diagnostics (IVD) form a vital part of modern healthcare, enabling earlier and more accurate diagnoses, leading to more targeted treatments and better patient care. The equipment ranges from the simple self-tests to sophisticated technologies used in clinical laboratories, but it all has the common requirements for accuracy and reliability.
HBM supports Germany’s first complete nacelle test stand
HBM has supplied its Genesis DAQ system with Perception software to the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), to create Germany’s first full scale nacelle test stand. Designed to test complete nacelles, the new stand will be used at the Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory in Bremerhaven, which provides a realistic testing environment in the multi-megawatt field for all manufacturers of wind energy turbines.
Miniature motors replace pneumatics in robotic hand
Shadow is using miniature electric motors from maxon in its next-generation robotic hand, replacing the air muscles that were previously used.
Eddy current sensors measure thermal growth of engine bed frames
A manufacturer of diesel generating sets is using non-contact, eddy current displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon to measure the thermal expansion of its engine bed frames. The previous laser displacement sensors were proving to be unreliable due to the ambient temperature fluctuations and the presence of oil and dirt. Micro-Epsilon’s eddy current sensors were evaluated for this task and provided much superior performance.