MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
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.
SKF technology specified for world’s most powerful tidal turbine
SKF has developed a power train for the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, capable of generating 2MW, being developed by Scotland-based Orbital Marine Power. SKF has been supplying bearings and components to Orbital since 2011 but has now taken a further holistic step in its technical capacity, by developing the full power train system.
Turntable bearings keep Kylie spinning around at Glastonbury
R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited has supplied large, high-quality turntable bearings for periaktoi used by Kylie Minogue as part of her headline performance on the Pyramid Stage at the recent world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Periaktoi are devices used for displaying different theatrical effects as they rotate. At Glastonbury, Kylie stood in the centre of one periaktos as the big ‘reveal’ at the start of her set. As a result, there was no margin for error when it came to the turntable bearing, although selecting R.A. Rodriguez as the supplier ensured everything went to plan.
Fetch Data Collector: real-time access to critical asset data
MAC Solutions has supplied its Fetch Data Collector software to Nordikeau, a water and wastewater treatment company based in Quebec province, Canada. The software enables Nordikeau to log data from critical assets and equipment in real-time (every 10 seconds), providing data for alarms and early notifications of any equipment or process issues.
Schaeffler CMS tests train wheelsets and gearboxes
By providing a condition monitoring test rig for inspecting train wheelsets and gearboxes, Schaeffler is helping a rail operator in Asia to eliminate unplanned train downtime and minimise maintenance costs.
Elesa helps WestRock Linkx reduce machine changeover times
WestRock Linkx Systems manufactures machines and integrated lines for shelf-ready packaging. Systems manufactured include BoxSizer automatic and semi-automatic warehouse dispatch 3PL ecommerce packaging lines. The company also manufactures labour-saving semi-automatic re-packaging systems for contract pack and 3PL companies.
Herga footswitch selected for plastic welding machine
The Plastofused-Pro from Kamatec GmbH is an innovative plastic welding machine that helps repair damage to automobile and other expensive-to-replace components. As part of the machine’s componentry, the German manufacture specifies Herga’s Leptron series footswitches to control nitrogen delivery for its top-performing machine.
Belt-driven track system specified for packaging system
When South Korean automation manufacturer New Hanil Engineering was commissioned to develop a machine to fully automate the production of liquid detergent packaging, it was essential to build a space-saving, low maintenance system that would provide the high throughput required. The machine produces spout pouches, one of the fastest growing packaging formats that are a flexible, cost-effective alternative to plastic bottles. At the core of the machine, New Hanil required a precise and reliable carousel system to guide and transfer the spout packs around the system between the different processes.
Young Falkland Islanders inspired by 3D printing thanks to igus
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago comprising two main islands and 778 smaller islands covering an area of 12,000 sq km (almost half the size of Wales) with a population of just over 3500. Here, a radio station covers local news and the territory’s only newspaper is Penguin News. The islands are self-governing: Susannah Nightingale, Communications Regulator is appointed by the Governor of the Falkland Islands. There are two schools in Stanley, the capital, the Infant and Junior School and Camp Education (IJS&CE) teaches ages 4 to 11 and the Falkland Islands Community School caters for ages 11 to 16.
Micro angle sensor used in racing sailboat application
TruSail is a UK-based performance sailing specialist and the name of a modular wireless sensing telemetry system that provides a unique scientific and measurable tool for racing sailboats. Used for expert training by elite sailors and coaches, typically competing at national, international and Olympic level, the system includes real-time measurement and advanced analysis of the most significant dynamic forces that influence sailboat performance. Armed with this data, which may be analysed instantly whilst on the water, sailors can react and improve their performance technique affording a solid team advantage compared with traditional and delayed classroom debriefing methods.