MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
igus supplies machine tool maker with long-travel energy chains
Large gantry-style milling machines are the specialty of machine builder Kao Ming from Taiwan. The long travels of up to 13m provide challenging requirements for the supply of power and data. By choosing the guidelok from igus, Kao Ming decided in favour of a system that is reliable, robust and operates without support.
Tending to Excel with a Robot ‘Handshake’
A collaboration between Fanuc and SICK has pioneered new safety integration for robot machine tending that points the way towards simpler, more cost-effective and adaptable systems in future, writes SICK’s Mark Harries, specialist Sales Engineer for Robotic applications.
Heason components used in hexapod-based robotic camera system
Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), a Nikon Company, is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of motion control hardware and software widely used in the film, television and professional photography industries. Its extensive range of camera robot systems enable high-speed, pixel-accurate and highly repeatable compound movement that is essential in enabling technology for the special effects and visual imagery we all enjoy today.
Switching to NSK bearings on milling machine saves EUR35,600 pa
After experiencing ongoing problems with the bearings on a vital milling machine at a steel plant, the management team turned to NSK for a solution. This decision proved to be very lucrative, with the steel mill now enjoying annual savings of €35,600.
Specialist bearings for high-tech spectroscopy research
A great example of precision bearings being used in ultra-low temperatures has emerged from Carter Manufacturing. Here, in a co-operative project with HZB, (a high-tech research centre in Germany), ultra-low temperature bearings have promulgated the development of new technology in the field of spectroscopy. This area of research requires two uncommon and difficult elements to be managed concurrently: it is a vacuum environment with ultra-low cryogenic temperatures also present.
Carlsberg Fredericia achieves zero accidents with cobots
Universal Robots (UR) reports that the Denmark division of Carlsberg, one of the leading brewery groups in the world, has significantly improved staff safety and taken steps towards achieving zero accidents since integrating cobots into its Fredericia-based factory.
Cutting and forming company relies on Trumpf machinery
While Doncaster-based Onesite (Laser) Ltd has grown to become a leader in the supply of laser cut and formed parts, it never set out with the intention of operating as a sub contract laser cutting company. Originally a subsidiary of Onesite Solutions Limited, a service provider to the access engineering industry, Onesite Laser began trading autonomously in April 2010 to address growing customer needs for precision laser cut components.
Status Board display system gives real-time production control
Jota Advanced Engineering, the subcontract precision engineering division of the Jota Group, has found that investment in the PSL Datatrack Status Board display system has brought a new dimension to its successful business by giving visual real time information on its key production functions.
EMKA hygiene locks specified for food processing equipment
Appearance and preference are crucial factors in the food industry. However, in order to produce the right product, state-of-the-art machinery and a sterile working environment are critical. And there is no reason why hygiene and modern design cannot go hand in hand, as EMKA and the renowned food machinery manufacturer Seydelmann from Aalen, Germany recently have proven. EMKA will equip eight types of Seydelmann machines with quarter-turn latches and locks.
igus linear guides used in long jump competitions
In athletics, some disciplines are difficult to follow for spectators. For football, it is clear to see when the ball is in the goal. In long jump, however, it is it is not easy to judge whether the last jump has set a new record. Virtual lines help the TV audience but they are not visible to spectators in the stadium. The PrimeLine system, developed by Golden Fly Sports GmbH, solves this problem by projecting the ‘mark to jump’ onto the sand.
NSK bearings save steelworks EUR372,555 per annum
NSK’s expertise in solving issues for the worldwide steel industry is helping achieve savings of EUR372,555 per annum on a continuous annealing line thanks to the elimination of unplanned downtime resulting from failed bearings.
Medical packaging company cuts costs with peristaltic pumps
Westfield Medical, a manufacturer of single-use packaging for hospital sterilisation and medical device applications, has fitted six of its machines with 530UN/R2 peristaltic process pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), which have replaced rotary pumps after repeated failures were encountered. The move has led to a significant reduction in downtime at the company’s Somerset facility near Radstock, and cut the cost of maintenance and replacement parts.