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Enclosures ensures lift passengers can make emergency calls
The UK’s premier supplier of passenger lift controls has adopted Spelsberg TK enclosures as the housing for one of its latest products, thus ensuring it is well protected against environmental conditions and physical damage.
Production control software key to Tefloturn’s expansion
Having relocated from Flitcham to larger premises in King’s Lynn, Tefloturn Limited has been able to take on more staff and, as a result, more work. The company is also looking to greatly increase its capacity by adding a 32mm sliding head lathe to complement their current Star sliding head and XYZ turning and milling machines. These investments are being made on the back of existing PSL Datatrack production control software which continues to give Tefloturn far reaching benefits in its business administration and production control.
3D printed dragons adorn Kew's 18th century Great Pagoda
3D Systems has undertaken a large project that has seen 72 ornate dragons designed, 3D printed, painted and attached to The Great Pagoda, a UNESCO World Heritage site owned by Historic Royal Palaces in Kew Gardens.
Electric bike uses high-performance 3D printed triboplastics
The bicycle has, in recent years, developed from a mere commodity to a weight-optimised ‘lifestyle apparatus’. Most recently, electrification has contributed significantly to this trend. According to the German bicycle industry association ‘Zweirad-Industrie-Verband’ (ZIV) sales of e-bikes in the country increased by 19 per cent last year to a total of 720,000 units.
Red Pitaya STEMlab used in disaster management system
Red Pitaya has announced that a consortium including a members from a major European research organisation, two German universities and industry, is using STEMlab to perform waveform synthesis, IF signal sampling & signal processing on a new radar warning and information system for applications in disaster management (RAWIS) that is currently being developed.
Adlink Smart Gateway for Michelin-SoftBank Tire Control System
Adlink Technology’s intelligent, industrial gateway has been selected for the Nihon Michelin-Softbank IoT tire control system. The first launch of an IoT tire monitoring system in Japan by a tire maker, the Michelin Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Cloud Service provides improved safety and efficiency, as well as cost savings benefits, for industries such as fleet management and construction.
How igus turned a child’s buggy into an all-terrain vehicle
When a pushchair designer came up with the clever idea of making the wheels detachable so that it could fit in the boot of reasonably priced car, only half a job was done.
Condition Monitoring Service saves pump manufacturer EUR34,500
When a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for water-treatment applications was developing a new high-speed design, it could not understand why test-rig trials indicated a higher running temperature than the original concept. Duly concerned, the company contacted NSK, which sent an AIP+ (Added Value Programme) expert to the company’s site in France to perform a full vibration analysis. NSK’s investigation, which was carried out as part of its Condition Monitoring Service (CMS) that analyses the health of bearings and associated components, saved the customer EUR34,500.
NUM collaborates with machine builder on 8-axis machining centre
NUM has helped the Chinese machine building company Original Point Machine Tools (OPMT) to develop an advanced 8-axis CNC machining centre capable of processing many different types of materials, including metal, ceramics, glass and cemented carbide.
Thermo-packaging machine achieved using Mitsubishi technologies
Mitsubishi Electric has provided Riverside Medical Packaging with a highly compact integrated control system based on the company’s diminutive L-Series PLC supplied with servo control and safety modules, HMIs and an optional MELFA articulated arm robot. The new Shawpak branded cleanroom thermoforming packaging machines can now replace a packing line that may stretch out to 20m with a unit that is under 2m in length.
High-precision Lee Lube Nozzles specified for aviation gearboxes
The specialised design of gearboxes used in most aviation and other similar demanding applications along with the tolerances they need to operate within, requires precise and reliable lubrication. This is in contrast to how gearboxes in heavier, more industrial applications tend to be immersed in lubricant without the need for targeted lubrication.
Cost-effective 24/7 leak detection based on thermal imaging
To remove the labour-intensive job of monitoring the integrity of pipeline networks, the video analytics specialist, IntelliView has developed a smart camera system, at the heart of which, is FLIR thermal imaging technology.