MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Energy chains manage on-board cables and hoses
Popular on ships where dynamic positioning operations take place – such as during the installation of sea-based wind turbines – an azimuth thruster is a configuration of marine propellers that can be rotated 360 degrees around the vertical axis. The unit provides propulsion, steering and positioning thrust for much better manoeuvrability compared to the traditional fixed propeller and rudder system. Retractable thrusters can be retracted into the hull when not in use, thereby reducing the ship’s drag.
ADZ differential pressure transmitter for train braking
ADZ NAGANO GmbH develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.
Helicopter-based pylon delivery relies on wireless load sensing
Demonstrating that the electricity supply infrastructure can be developed more quickly and cost-effectively, Heli-Lift Services has pioneered the use of helicopters to remove and deliver poles and pylons in remote locations. An enabling technology in this enterprise is an innovative load sensing and monitoring technology from Sensor Technology.
E-mobility: A little locomotive with a lot of power
Emission-free, economical and as powerful as a conventional drive – with its newly-developed electric locomotive for trackless railways, Sightseeing Trains Rügen GmbH is offering an innovative product for the transport of tourists, and is thus right on trend. In order to connect the drive line in the locomotive with the electric motor, the company relies on the robust and powerful ROBA-DS disk pack coupling by mayr power transmission, which is able to permanently withstand the high loads.
Engineered latching for enhanced usability
In today’s highly industrialised and automated world, with increased focus on equipment security and operator safety, the user experience in terms of a human’s interaction with a product or appliance has gained tremendous importance. When Memmert, a manufacturer of industrial and laboratory thermal ovens, was searching for a reliable as well as ergonomically friendly latching product for their next generation appliance, the company worked with Southco to develop a locking mechanism that has improved the ovens’ quality as well as efficiency.
HepcoMotion actuators used in precision pick-and-place system
To meet the growing demand for its products, Harvey Water Softeners based in Woking, Surrey, has recently automated the manual process responsible for the assembly of its popular push fit connectors. These connectors are an integral part in the water softener product; there are approximately 12 connectors in each product. The largest water softener manufacturer in Europe, Harvey Water Softeners sell a water softener every 17 minutes!
Compact, dexterous robot improves production of hearing aids
Universal Robots has supplied a compact and dexterous collaborative robot to Oticon, a manufacturer of hearing aids, to replace the conventional two- and three-axis robots that were becoming increasingly unsuitable for handling the ever-smaller parts used in hearing aids.
Multiprotocol I/O modules simplify machines for global markets
With Profinet, EtherNet/IP and the fairly new EtherCAT protocol now available, there are multiple standards being used in industrial applications today for teams to understand and consider. It can be challenging, especially for machine builders that work internationally, to meet the expectations that come with this new landscape. Paul Just, global product line manager at Belden, discusses the topic.
Truck rental firm boosts compressor performance with BOGE
By replacing its existing compressor with a state-of-the-art BOGE C 15 DR model, a truck rental and fleet management company in Greater Manchester is saving money, effort and energy.
Whitelegg wire-forming machine boosts productivity
Whitelegg Machines’ CFM wire bending technology is playing a vital role in improved productivity for Multimesh, one of the country’s leading fabricators of stainless steel, welded wire, mesh products.
Whitelegg supplies specialist wire forming machine
With a new order underway for a customer in Dubai following success in supplying distributors across Europe, GRP Tools, specialist supplier of glass fibre applicators and ancillaries to the trade, are well on their way to their 1500 unit daily output of rollers. Serving wholesale distributors to the Fibreglass composite industry worldwide, GRP have become a major player with over 20 per cent exports and large UK recognition.
Steering robot for vehicle testing uses custom motor from PMW
A brushless DC motor has been designed by Printed Motor Works for use in dynamic vehicle testing. The high power-density motor is part of a steering robot developed by Anthony Best Dynamics.