MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Machinery safety for new 3D printer - managing risks from lasers
Sintratec, a Swiss newcomer in the 3D printing sector, wanted to address machinery safety and user-friendliness at the earliest possible stage when it was developing its new 3D printer, so it contracted Pilz to provide specialist advice, support and CE marking services.
Study enhances materials handling performance and reliability
Working alongside logistics specialist Witron, Lenze has been monitoring the performance and reliability of more than 5000 electromechanical drives and 2200 inverters installed at the EDEKA logistics centre in Hamm, Germany.
Safe switching for surgical equipment from Herga
Herga Technology is supplying 6448 bellows footswitch and 6763 airswitches to Cipher Surgical Ltd for its OpClear laparoscope lens cleaning system. The innovative medical device delivers saline and CO2 via a disposable sheath procedure kit to maintain continuous and intraoperative clear vision for keyhole surgery.
Improving electric vehicle R&D with wireless torque sensors
Sevcon in Gateshead, which designs and manufactures high-quality motor controllers and system components for hybrid and electric vehicles, has driven efficiency into its equipment testing regimes by standardising TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology of Banbury.
Smooth implementation of PSL Datatrack thrills customers
One issue facing successful subcontract engineering companies is how to deal with the extra administration that goes hand in hand with an increase in orders and winning new customers. Cutting Edge Precision Engineering Ltd (CE Precision), a manufacturer of high-quality precision engineered parts and assemblies, was facing this situation having experienced a recent significant expansion of business. The solution was to invest in a PSL Datatrack production control system.
Powerstax powers carbon capture installation
Powerstax has supplied a high-power rectifier system to waste management company Future Environmental Technologies Ltd., for a carbon capture installation at a factory in Wales. The installation allows the end user to its reduce C0₂ emissions and store and sell recovered commercial grade C0₂ for other applications.
Aircraft inspection made easy: mobile fuselage inspection robot
Safety is particularly important in air travel, both on the ground and in the air. For this reason, aircraft are regularly inspected and maintained. An important item on the inspector’s checklist is looking for signs of corrosion and metal fatigue on the outer skin of the aircraft. To reduce ground handling times and to increase safety through improved maintenance, Lufthansa Technik AG developed a robot-supported process for inspecting metallic aircraft fuselage structures, called MORFI (Mobile Robot for Fuselage Inspection). One of the key design criteria for the mobile robot was its overall low weight, which is why igus bearing technology is used.
Seaworthy drives make marine engineering easier
For their extensive drive programme that enables suitable configurations for almost all torque, speed, and duty type requirements, Nord Drivesystems also ensures that adequate extras and options are readily available to facilitate operation in challenging environments. This was a particular boon to Italian ships outfitter Navalimpianti, as they found that adapting drives for maritime use no longer required a great application-specific engineering effort.
AWS supports innovative medical start-up company
AWS is delighted to be working alongside a rapidly growing healthcare medical technology company in the development and manufacture of an innovative state-of-the-art medical device.
Fully integrated drive packages to power parcel distribution
A new sorting and distribution centre in Melbourne boasting a capacity of 35,000 parcels per hour gives Australia’s largest mover of freight, Toll IPEC, an edge over competitors in the booming sector of shipping merchandise for online businesses. Conveying solutions provider BCS has built a modular, intelligent facility that quickly and efficiently takes in parcels, sorts them, and loads them onto trucks. For the configuration of the drive units, BCS relied on NORD DRIVESYSTEMS’ expertise. A number of NORD drives were selected with a particular focus on easy installation and maintenance.
Schaeffler bearings selected for wet steam-to-energy generators
Scottish manufacturer Heliex Power has selected cylindrical roller bearings and angular contact ball bearings from Schaeffler for use on its energy saving screw expander technology, which harnesses the power of wet steam and has been installed in industrial plants, incineration sites and large-scale farms and nurseries around the world
Robust drive systems improve beverage sector production
Standstill is a word that smacks of bitter losses to the beverage industry. For drive technology in this sector, high availability and easy maintenance are therefore absolutely essential. David McNamer, manufacturing manager at G.C. Evans Sales & Mfg, an American manufacturer of cooling and heating equipment for the food and beverage industry, explains