MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Profinet and OPC UA used by Audi for predictive maintenance
Unplanned downtime always slows production. There are a plethora of ideas and approaches for implementing preventive maintenance at production companies, to be sure, but they often fail in practice. The challenge mainly lies in accessing the data which could point out a flaw and then processing it in such a way that it can also be used. An experience-based example from Audi demonstrates that precisely these opportunities are opened up by combining Profinet and OPC UA.
Switch to VSD blowers cuts energy costs by 25 per cent
By replacing its traditional lobe air blowers with modern Atlas Copco VSD rotary screw blowers, Scottish Water’s Nigg wastewater treatment works now achieves uninterrupted operation, with a reduced maintenance programme and savings of up to 25 per cent in energy costs − plus the potential for further savings when the system is fully optimised.
A mile of custom conveyor chain manufactured in record time
Renold’s UK chain centre has manufactured one of the largest lengths of a customer specified conveyor chain that it has produced so far this year, and has done so in record time.
A year of maxon supporting Emirates Team New Zealand
maxon are proud to have been working closely with Emirates Team New Zealand’s design and engineering team for more than one year providing advice on integrated drive solutions.
Engineering subcontractor relies on PSL Datatrack
ANR Manufacturing is a specialist subcontractor for both the electronics and engineering industries. The company has now relied on PSL Datatrack production control software for almost 20 years to ensure careful monitoring and control of every project. Benefitting from the modular structure of PSL Datatrack, ANR has been able to gradually invest in the software over the years as part of their continuous improvement policy and now run a much larger system than was purchased at the outset.
Essentra Components helps Bax Metaal meet tight timescales
Essentra Components’ customer Bax Metaal is based in the Netherlands and is at the forefront in technologies that enable them to produce custom products in composite sheet metal and tubular constructions. When they needed components to produce frames for a newly developed bed range, Essentra Components supported them to beat tight deadlines in order to deliver on their customer’s brief.
maxon is flying to the Sun
Solar Orbiter has started its mission to provide scientists with new data about the Sun. Swiss research and industry have played a significant role in the construction of the space probe – with drives from Obwalden among the contributions.
NSK lubrication units save roof tile plant EUR4950 per year
A ceramic roof tile manufacturer is saving €4950 a year by switching to NSK K1 lubrication units for its handling machinery. The move has considerably reduced the previous labour and downtime costs associated with re-greasing the integral linear guides.
Savings for brick maker from compressed air and vacuum makeover
Atlas Copco’s compressed air and vacuum systems upgrade for Manchester-based brick maker Wienerberger Ltd is resulting in significant savings in energy costs, estimated to be around £38K per annum, along with reduced CO2 emissions and production downtime, plus the added benefit of a short-term payback.
Podium finish for Bulgin-sponsored school ROV team
A school robotics team sponsored by Bulgin won third place overall in the 2019 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV competition, with connectors from Bulgin featured in the design. Among the 24 other schools that qualified in the Explorer age group final, a California-based high school’s robotics team had decided to use Bulgin’s PX0413/03P rear panel mount connectors in their design.
Bearings withstand shock and vibration at woodworking plant
When a manufacturer of MDF boards switched to special NSK spherical roller bearings on the work roll of its grinding machine, the plant extending bearing lifetime from 2–3 months to over a year, duly saving €13,400 in downtime and annual bearing consumption.
3D printed parts contribute to Bloodhound’s successful test
A titanium nose tip and steering wheel additively manufactured by Renishaw have been used to optimise the supersonic car that aims to break land speed record in South Africa. Both parts were used in the Bloodhound SSC, now Bloodhound LSR, car that reached its benchmark target of 500mph in the South African desert in November 2019.