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Ri4Power electrical power distribution system used at steel mill
Rittal was approached to provide power distribution and motor control centre system for a replacement drives panel at a steel mill based in the North of England.
NSK solves conveyor failure issues at drinks plant
By changing to NSK Molded-Oil mounted-unit inserts, an international drinks producer has overcome repeated problems of premature insert failures on the drive system of four vital sorting conveyors. The move has improved service life notably, leading to an annual saving of more than EUR5000.
Laser Machining Centre revolutionises control panel production
Bearings for tidal power plants
Not only are tidal power plants invisible, they supply renewable energy regardless of weather conditions. This technology is being tested in countries such as France and The Netherlands – with help from Schaeffler.
Corrosion-proof rivet nuts withstand shock and temperature
For designers of winter sports equipment, finding the right way to attach foot bindings onto snowboards can sometimes be a case of ‘straight from one slippery slope to another’. However, in a recent series of evaluations to establish the preferred fastening option, a manufacturer of snowboards has settled on Bollhoffs’ RIVNUT blind rivet nuts to achieve the design objectives.
Brewery upgrade improves reliability
For Marstons brewery in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, replacing control valves on the main chiller system would improve reliability. However, the process control components were initially looking expensive – that is until a call to Burkert revealed a much more cost-effective option.
Southampton students select plastic bearings for Submarine Races
A team from the University of Southampton working on submarine technology is receiving engineer support and engineering-grade plastic bearings through the igus YES (Young Engineers Support) programme. The Southampton University Human Powered Submarine Society (SUHPS) is a group of students that design, build and test human-powered submarines to compete internationally.
Spelsberg customised enclosures feature in educational rig
TecQuipment, provider of high-quality educational equipment for engineering disciplines across the world, is using customised enclosures from Spelsberg UK in its latest sediment transport channel flume for teaching engineering students about fluid mechanics. To deliver suitable enclosures quickly, the products were produced via Spelsberg’s in-house CNC machining service.
Reliance supplies custom componentry for satellites
The successful launch of the new SES 12 satellite brings further space flight heritage for Reliance Precision Ltd (Reliance).
Mitsubishi automation system boosts Denby Pottery's productivity
Although often perceived as a threat to traditional industries, automation can actually empower artisans to have greater control over skilled manufacturing processes and enable improved product quality. When Denby Pottery, a premier producer of handcrafted tableware, looked at refurbishing its process control systems it turned to Mitsubishi Electric’s distributor BPX to provide a reliable and well-connected option to efficiently monitor, control and improve their clay production line. Now successfully implemented, Mitsubishi Electric’s state of the art system has reduced downtime and improved the quality of their customer’s clay processing.
ZF wind turbine gearboxes have Schaeffler cloud connection
Schaeffler and ZF Friedrichshafen are cooperating on a development project aimed at the wind power sector. During operation, wind turbine gearboxes that are equipped with sensors send load data to a cloud-to-cloud system shared by the two companies.
Switching to NSK linear guides gives nine-times longer life
A UK-based manufacturer of hygienic wipes (wet wipes) is enjoying the benefits of replacing standard linear guides with those manufactured by NSK. After experiencing persistent and expensive breakdown situations, the company opted to upgrade by fitting NSK linear guides, which, thanks to their stainless steel sliders and specially coated rails, have delivered a nearly nine-fold increase in working life. Installed within the framework of an NSK Added Value Programme AIP, the move has resulted in improved machine performance, as well as reduced maintenance and downtime costs.