MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Quarry managers develop crush on LOCTITE
LOCTITE says that its new PC 9021 shock-absorbing backing material has “Proven its ability to prolong the service life of gyratory and cone crushers throughout Europe”. Now available in the UK as well, this tough and flexible material allows users to minimise downtime and enhance the productivity of machinery, especially when operating in the harsh environments.
Compact drive is refreshing for drinks packing company
An ABB drive initially installed to get a customer out of a tight spot is now said to be bringing a host of additional benefits, including more consistent end-product quality and enhanced fault finding for Framptons, a contract packing company.
NSK bearings save nearly €3 million at steel mill
A steelmaker based in Poland is said to be saving nearly €3 million per year after switching to NSK’s sealed-clean KVS bearings in its roll mill, and is pleased enough with the performance of the four-row tapered roller bearings that it has now adopted them for use in all of its tandem cold mills.
Bumper applications for ultrasonic welding
For technical solutions to be optimised and operate most effectively, it is preferable that both the technology manufacturer and the end user work together closely and communicate clearly and concisely. This is certainly true for ultrasonics, where the greatest benefits will be realised when the ultrasonic specialist and the customer work together in the early stages of the project. It can lead to the incorporation of design features that could aid production processes.
Monitoring reverse osmosis systems
Greg Wainhouse of Bürkert explains the process of reverse osmosis and looks at how a brewery has introduced new machines to help them with it.
Automation in panel building and switchgear manufacturing
Ripploh Elektrotechnik und Engineering is just one example of a German company whose experience with automation illustrates what is possible, notably with wiring and robot-assisted wiring. Walk into Ripploh’s large and tidy workshop, and you will see numerous enclosures and mounting plates waiting to be processed. While a few staff members are busy with the assembling and wiring, one thing is notable by its absence – paperwork. There is none anywhere, not even folders with schematic diagrams or GA drawings.
igus helps autonomous vehicles in ocean research
As scientists delve into the study of climate change, new strategies, products and processes are evolving to help them uncover data that is driving the world’s foremost concerns. The scientific community is obtaining significant information from international oceans, especially with the support of autonomous surface vehicles. Igus recently provided data cables and energy chains to support a recent assignment in ocean exploration.
Mitsubishi MELSEC-L series PLC controls plasma treatment system
A new multi-function plasma surface treatment system uses a powerful, yet compact automation package from Mitsubishi Electric.
Robots fabricate steel frames for manufacturer of modular homes
Japanese manufacturer Kyushu Sekisui Heim claims to be one of the oldest established manufacturers of new homes using the ‘Unit Construction’ method in Japan, a process by which thousands of housing units of different designs and layouts are made using a modular system. Initially driven by an acute nationwide shortage of suitably trained and qualified welders, the company turned to robots for the assembling and welding of structural beams and critical joints in its modular homes. These beams and their associated joints are found throughout the steel structure that forms the ‘skeleton’ (and therefore the strength) of the buildings, and Kawasaki Robotics was tasked to supply complete systems that would automate the entire assembly and welding process across all structures.
Motion control improves waste recycling performance
As waste recycling industries increasingly look towards technology to improve efficiency and productivity, many are turning to motion control as part of automation systems that improve throughput and optimise processing quality. With the already ubiquitous use of sophisticated automated systems in large-scale industrial waste-processing plants where significant improvements continue to be made possible, manufacturers of special-purpose equipment are turning to solving problems relating to smaller food waste, general waste recycling and materials recovery requirements found, for instance, in industrial kitchens, restaurant groups, food outlet chains, supermarkets and logistics companies.
2D-code readers key to success of tyre automation system
Autarky Automation is one of the leading British developers and manufacturers of automation and conveyor systems. To meet the demanding requirements on an automated tyre-fitting system, Autarky opted for the latest 2D-code readers from Leuze.
Precision engineering firm benefits from modular PSL Datatrack
Bernard Holmes Precision Limited initially invested in PSL Datatrack production control software in order to streamline their entire production process from initial quotation through to final invoice. The decision was based on the desire to acquire ISO 9001 as many customers were demanding that their major supplier of subcontract engineering services should be accredited. Production Director Russell Thackray had recognised that the company’s manual paper-based administration systems were simply not up to the required level to achieve the accreditation.