MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Complex kinetic sculpture benefits from igus e-spool guides
A highly complex control, audio and power cable management system, at a height of 4m – these were the challenges for a new work of art. The solution: e-spool from igus ensures reliable cable feed in a confined space even under the toughest of time pressures. It was quick to install, and easy to maintain and operate.
Insurance company uses thermal imaging to help clients save £10M
Traditionally, insurance companies have taken a reactive approach to property loss resulting from equipment breakdown. However, in a bid to minimise electrical and mechanical failure and its associated fire risk, an increasing number of insurers are now requiring their customers to adopt thermal imaging to spot electrical and mechanical faults in their infancy.
Robust, high-performance shaft couplings used in baking lines
In large European bakeries, the baking lines for the manufacture of baguettes sometimes run around the clock. The machines and all their components must therefore be able to cope with high levels of strain. For this reason, one manufacturer utilises the robust and high-performance ROBA-DS shaft couplings by mayr power transmission in their systems. The couplings are easily able to withstand the temperature differences between the oven and the cooling or freezing lines and are maintenance-free – for reliable and smooth operation.
Carton manufacturer switches to Qdos pumps to improve production
In modern paper and cardboard production there are endless dosing tasks, for which precision and high reliability are especially critical. Mindful of these factors, European carton maker Moritz J Weig GmbH is increasingly turning to Qdos peristaltic pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG).
mayr brake technology used in Hyperloop pod
Johannes Liebl of mayr power transmission outlines how brake components from his company have helped the Hyperloop pod created by the team from the Technical University of Munich come safely to a standstill.
ABB motor and drives power 200-year-old farm machinery
A farm in Cheshire, UK, is bringing 200 years of agricultural history to life for visitors using a 21st century motor and energy-efficient variable speed drives (VSDs).
Conditioning monitoring system for UAE nuclear power plant
Sensonics has delivered the final tranche of machinery protection systems to the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant project in the UAE.
Draw wire position sensors used in flight simulators
Happy Landings Flight Simulations GmbH builds and runs sophisticated flight training simulators for leisure and pilot training. With six highly detailed simulator models covering a range of aircraft types, including helicopters, jets and commercial airliners, the simulators include motion-controlled replicas of real cockpits and surround-screen HD graphics for terrestrial features and international airports. To improve the performance and reliability of the roll and pitch axes for its Cessna C172 Skyhawk simulator, Happy Landings has recently replaced gear mechanics and rotary potentiometers with SP1 and SM1 draw wire position sensors from Variohm EuroSensor.
NASA specifies maxon DC motors for Martian drone
Two years from now, the US space agency NASA will send a new rover to the Red Planet. Included: a small helicopter, which will take the first aerial photos of Mars. The rotors will be controlled by robust DC motors from Switzerland.
Maximising efficiency, flexibility in an optical testing machine
Machine builders face increasing demands as manufacturers require simultaneous increases in efficiency and flexibility of systems; they have to completely rethink production cycles. For Gefasoft, the solution came in the combination of Beckhoff’s eXtended Transport System (XTS) and HepcoMotion’s innovative GFX guidance system.
Steel producer uses SmartCheck to reduce unscheduled stoppages
By installing Schaeffler SmartCheck condition monitoring devices on its furnace deflection rolls, steel producer ArcelorMittal has avoided any unplanned stoppages to the furnace and has improved its maintenance planning. Estimated annual savings (with a furnace stoppage) are 179,000 euros.
Lab equipment manufacturer achieves cost-effective automation
Many laboratories, needing to upscale their workflow, have found laboratory automation a costly and difficult option. On looking to develop an affordable entry-level system that provides sufficient functionality, Peak Analysis & Automation, a leader in the industry for the design and manufacture of automated laboratory equipment, consulted with the low-cost automation specialist igus. The result is the S-LAB automated plate handler, a small-and-place machine that is compatible with up to 300 different laboratory instruments.