MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
igus robotic arm stars in The Gadget Show celebrations
During day-to-day business at igus UK, it is not unusual to get the odd phone call from customers and potential customers who have a novel idea on a new machine or concept. One Friday morning, a few weeks back, igus received such a call from the producer/director of The Gadget Show, a long-running television series on Channel 5 that focuses on consumer technology.
Lubrication units improve reliability for cereal manufacturer
The introduction of NSK linear guides with K1 lubrication units has helped a cereal manufacturer overcome contamination issues on its bagging machines, a move that is saving the company almost €65,000 a year.
Peristaltic pump ends reliability problems at papermill
North Ridge Pumps’ AMP range of peristaltic pumps are versatile for machine builders and users across a wide range of industries. The company recently helped a papermill that was struggling with their current installed pump on an inking machine. Transferring the water-based ink is a critical part of their manufacturing process and any downtime can lead to significant costs.
How igus e-spools help loudspeaker arrays fly
Sophisticated acoustic modelling helps sound engineers in theatres and concert halls achieve optimal clear sound and sonically uniform coverage around the venue. However, some flexibility is needed within the fixed installation to allow for the different audio projection needs of visiting performers.
NSK ball screws incorporated in electric press brakes
NSK ball screws from the advanced HTF (High Tough) series are helping press brake manufacturers switch from conventional hydraulic drives, to electric drive systems, which offer a number of notable benefits. The ball screws are being delivered to NSK customer Sangalli Servomotori, who is using the units in combination with its brushless servomotors to supply a complete system to a global manufacturer of press brakes.
Automatic cardboard cutting machine uses Hepco’s linear guides
G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH, based in Germany, develop special machines for different industries including the packaging industry. Packaging processes are often complex and the requirement for machines which can offer flexibility in cardboard processing is steadily rising. G. Kraft have subsequently developed the automated cardboard cutting machine, ‘VPS100.’ In order to move quickly and precisely, the developers rely on HepcoMotion’s GV3 linear guides. Thanks to its special features and properties, the GV3 range was a clear choice over competitors’ guide systems. The V-bearings and rollers are able to provide smooth movement despite the high forces applied during processing; a must to enable precise processing of cartons.
ABB supports the first Safe HMI with in-built Profinet/Profisafe
A collaboration between Deuta-Werke and ABB is on track to introduce the world’s first Safe HMI equipped with Profinet/Profisafe fieldbus for standard and safety communication. The world’s first safe-touch human-machine-interface (Safe HMI) up to SIL 3 (IEC 61508) for use in trains will support Profinet/Profisafe industrial communication.
Retrofitted control heads extend life of 200 process valves
Investing in high-quality process control valves have several operational advantages, including an extended service life. However, when just the valve actuators reach the end of their service life, the options can be limited, especially when the OEM parts are obsolete. Fortunately for a UK-based malt processer Bürkert has been able to provide a cost-effective retrofit solution for 200 third-party valves, upgrading them with Bürkert Type 8691 control heads to keep the full complement operational for years to come.
igus plain bearings used in medal-winning mono-skis
Like every competitive athlete, Christopher Young stays acutely attuned to his equipment. Whether it is motorsport, cycling, skiing or any other event where equipment plays an important role in performance, athletes can feel instantly when their equipment is working properly… and when it is not.
TM Robotics and Evershed automate Ricoh's manufacturing process
In an industrial context, the word automation is often, inaccurately, used to mean only industrial robotics. In fact, it refers to everything from inverter driven conveyor systems to advanced manufacturing software. Here, in its truest sense, it means controlling a process automatically; without human intervention. It’s little wonder then that Ricoh, one of the world’s leaders in office automation, applies that ethos holistically across its business. One example of this is its investment in industrial robotics at its manufacturing arm, Ricoh UK Products Ltd in Telford, which has improved profitability and increased efficiency.
igus bearings improve performance of automated guided vehicles
The use of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in factories and warehouses is booming. They work around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For AGV manufacturers, achieving maximum uptime is a challenge, which can be overcome by using reliable and maintenance-free components.
Siemens Digital Industries Software for efficient manufacturing
Siemens Digital Industries Software is collaborating with The Absolut Company regarding Siemens Opcenter Execution software, part of the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solution. The company will conduct a pilot of Siemens Opcenter Execution Process (formerly known as SIMATIC IT Unified Architecture Process Industries) in one of their three factories in Åhus as the first step of an enterprise-wide roll-out across the three factories which produce spirits for global distribution.