MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Production machinery refurbishment & upgrade improves efficiency
One of the UK’s most prestigious food packaging companies has implemented a full machine refurbishment on one of their busy production lines. The refurbishment included the complete upgrade of the functional safety system.
Mitsubishi robot used to automate printer cartridge refills
A team of UK maintenance engineers has developed a new automated cartridge refill cell built around a Mitsubishi Electric articulated arm robot. The cell quickly and accurately refills printer cartridges, making the company’s recycling programme more cost-effective to operate. The design has proved so successful that it is now being rolled-out to other plants around the world.
DesignSpark Mechanical used to develop jet-engine flight suit
RS Components (RS) has announced that its DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software tool was used in the development of the ‘Daedalus’ jet-engine flight suit, which was demonstrated at a recent TED conference in Vancouver and reported via many news organisations as the real-life ‘Iron Man’.
Classic luxury yacht refitted using Mitsubishi Electric drives
When the prestigious luxury yacht Sanssouci Star was refurbished to retain its classic feel but operate with super-modern high-tech equipment, no compromise was made on component quality. As a result Mitsubishi Electric FR-F800 inverter drives were selected to provide an intelligent, reliable and energy efficient option for the engine room HVAC system.
Spelsberg custom enclosures in dairy farming applications
Ambic Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer of dairy hygiene and livestock health management products, is using customised enclosures from Spelsberg UK to house its dosing and dilutions system, the EasiDoser. The enclosures, which are certified for installation in ammonia-rich agricultural applications, have been provided with CNC-machined entry points and custom mounting plates to speed up the manufacturing process.
Miniature encoders help advance surgical robot capabilities
The demands of robotic surgery, one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of medical technology, are encouraging motion control engineers to push the boundaries of their discipline. Gerard Bush, an application engineer with INMOCO, looks at one project where the humble encoder has reached new heights.
Carbon dioxide levels and safety considerations in winemaking
Although, at first sight, winemaking might appear to be one of the most idyllic of occupations, it is an industry with its own serious safety concerns. The fermentation process that produces the highly desirable end product, whether it be a serious earthy, rich Cabernet Sauvignon or a sweet, slightly decadent Moscato, also produces a lot of carbon dioxide. In the realm of 40 times the volume of grape juice in fact. That is a lot of carbon dioxide and the health implications of that amount of fatal gas cannot be ignored.
ZEMIC chosen for agricultural produce-handling machinery
The Netherlands-based agricultural machinery specialist Van Hees manufacturers its automated BOXFILR system for handling vegetable produce such as potatoes, carrots and onions. For farm warehouse use at harvest time and as a year-round means for supporting distribution, storage and transportation, the system includes conveyor delivery, filling, emptying and crate stacking operations with very high efficiency thanks to several modules that perform specific tasks. These modules are often adapted to suit the precise needs of the customer and for BOXFILR users that require weight information for their produce, Van Hees chooses ZEMIC for load cells and weight information transmitters.
Mclennan supplies specialist laboratory equipment manufacturer
Microbial air sampling in pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare industries is a critical factor to ensure laboratory quality control for aseptic processing, typically where medicinal products and equipment is packaged in sterile environments. Leading the field in air sampling technology, the Welsh manufacturer Pinpoint Scientific Ltd has recently introduced its modular ImpactAir range that offers users flexibility for implementation across a diversity of air sampling tasks. Setting it even further apart from competitive air samplers, the range also offers some features based upon motion control technology supplied and supported by Mclennan.
Engineering firm cuts costs with high efficiency compressors
BOGE is saving an aerospace engineering and treatment company at least £18,000 a year by installing two of its high-efficiency compressors. The business operates from two locations – a precision engineering site (manufacturing high-integrity, complex, aerospace components and assemblies), and a treatment site (providing non-destructive testing, surface treatments, and painting to major aerospace companies and their suppliers).
Raecom chooses Herga Technology for air switching
Surrey-based Raecom Emergency Alarms Ltd specialise in wireless alarms systems for leisure facilities. Whilst some of its products are electrical, there are areas such as swimming pools and saunas where the wet environment and safety requirements call for alternative alarm technologies to be used. To fulfil these needs Raecom has developed a range of products based on air switching and chose Herga Technology for its component-level requirements.
Bearing specialist supplying Eurovision
SMB Bearings has been contracted to provide specialist bearings as part of the set design for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 13. The stainless steel bearings will be used in lighting and camera rigs on the set of the annual televised contest.