MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Rittal’s infrastructure protects compact IT data centre
Marshall Tufflex is a well-known and respected manufacturing company, based in East Sussex, that produces PVC trunking, cable trays and a range of other products for the construction industry. At one of its key plants, it was proposed that an area within the factory floor (that was then in use as a workshop) could be re-purposed as a space for a compact IT computing system that would run the factory’s automated machinery.
NSK TL bearings double service life in papermaking machinery
NSK spherical roller bearings with TL technology are being increasingly adopted in the papermaking industry as more machinery manufacturers and paper mills seek to maximise operating life and uptime. The company claims that the attributes of its TL (tough and long life) specification is proven to provide greater resistance to hoop stress, subsequently reducing inner ring fractures and thus delivering a service life more than twice that of conventional bearings with standard heat treatment.
Condition monitoring saves serious money for logistics operator
By installing SmartCheck condition monitoring devices on 58 critical drives, Schaeffler’s European Distribution Centre has seen a range of benefits, including the prevention of unplanned downtime, reduced maintenance costs and increased machine availability.
Pilz keeps safety and production on the boil at Vaillant
At the tank-making factory of heating technology specialist Vaillant in Bergheim, Pilz’s consultancy services have culminated in what Pilz calls “An exceptional safety solution”. To keep an individual positioner’s loading and unloading area free from obstructive superstructures, the transmitters of Pilz PSENopt II light curtains have been embedded horizontally in the floor, with the receivers mounted on a steel structure above the machine. As a result, two of Vaillant’s older production lines can now be kept in safe operation for the coming years, and operated in full compliance with the required safety standards.
Robots lift pastry sales
Sfoglia Torino is an Italian manufacturer of pastries that is well known for the quality of its products, and its vol-au-vent cases are especially popular, with millions being made at its plant. When the company identified a need to speed up production on the line making its vol-au-vent cases, it began discussions with system integrators and automation experts Tiesse, based in Visano, just south of Lake Garda.
Pacific Islands chart a green course with SF6-free technology
EEC Engie provides energy to the Caledonian territory and has more than 65,000 customers, including private individuals and commercial enterprises. The Engie Group remains committed to promoting sustainable development and where possible, offering zero-carbon integrated solutions. So, with the embracing of new carbon free solutions as work-in-progress, the company has taken the opportunity to use new SF6-free switchgear technology recently introduced by Schneider Electric.
A matter of some gravity: maxon drives fly to Mars
Sometime soon NASA will send its fifth rover to Mars, where its main mission will be to collect soil samples that will be analysed on Earth once they have been collected by a future mission. Interestingly, n this mission the rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet, and maxon’s precision DC and BLDC motors are being used for numerous critical tasks on the project.
Flameproof motors for mine ventilation
WEG Electric CIS, a subsidiary of WEG based in St Petersburg, has been awarded a contract to supply flameproof motors for the primary ventilation system of the Chertinskaya Koksovaya mine in Russia.
Flow sensors analyse energy consumption
Dairy cooperative Arla Foods has, for the first time, offered transparency over the amount of energy consumed in cottage cheese production at its Falkenberg location in Sweden. To help them establish the numbers, the company has been using Baumer Flex-Flow sensors, which are able to measure the temperature of the medium itself as well as its flow rate.
DC motors lead the way in ‘Smart’ farming
Martin Leahy is maxon’s agricultural applications expert for Eire and Northern Ireland. Here, he looks at some applications for small DC motors in the sector.
Festo’s new bionic bird concept
The BionicSwift, the latest bionic concept from Festo, demonstrates what is possible with robotics. Lightweight structures are at the heart of the artificial robot bird because in engineering (as in nature), less material, less weight and the least energy consumed makes for a successful design.
Food producer uses Tsubaki chain for cool solution
An ice cream plant in Germany was experiencing chain failures on its pallet lifters. For obvious reasons ice cream plants rely on equipment that can operate in an environment that in many places is well below freezing and laden with moisture.