MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Troubleshooting safety systems from around the world
The NiMCO Corporation is an American manufacturer of world class carton form/fill/seal machines. Formed in 1962 when milk cartons changed from being wax-coated to a heat sealable plastic-coated paperboard carton, they designed a carton erecting and bottom sealing machine for small dairies already using filling and top sealing equipment. They expanded their range in 1965 with a new filler/sealer to complement the bottom sealer, and in 1967 further expanded their range with the Model 500 Former/Filler/Sealer which helped the growth and survival of many small to medium-sized dairies.
SKF supplies equipment for condition monitoring services
SKF has supplied specialist electrical testing equipment to Quartzelec that has enabled the company to offer value-added services to its customers.
Plastic inserts: superlight, corrosion-free and cost-saving
When Fitsco developed its patent-pending new range of plastic threaded inserts in 2017, the company had no idea that one of the early applications would see the inserts specified for use at 50,000 feet and Mach 2+ on a front-line fighter aircraft. But that is exactly what has happened with the new LiteFit plastic threaded insert after it was specified as a 'metal replacement' part for an in-cockpit application on the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Sine pumps optimise high viscosity resin delivery at Enercon
One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, Enercon, is using MasoSine SPS sinusoidal pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group to optimise the delivery of protective impregnating resin at its Magdeburg production facility in Germany.
How to achieve maximum rotation for a machine tool
Winning the silver vector award in 2016, Fidia SpA is a world leader in the design and production of high-performance integrated milling systems, primarily used in the manufacturing of moulds and dies for the automotive and aerospace industries.
Cromar upgrades to SICK LFP guided wave radar technology
Users of machining centres rightly expect the cooling and lubrication of cutting tools to continue without interruption or failure. By building new level sensing technology from SICK into their swarf management systems, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers is ensuring high-performance machine tool protection and cutting fluid recycling for its customers.
Condition monitoring in steel tube production
Welded Tube of Canada is a producer of steel tube and pipe with an annual production capacity of 700,000 tonnes. Founded in 1970, the company has 700 employees and is headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada. Welded Tube owns and operates five manufacturing and finishing plants in Canada and the US, which serve the needs of the North American market.
How an automated production plant uses igus e-chains
The winner of the Bronze vector award in 2016 was EBAWE Anlagentechnik GmbH based in Eilenburg, Germany. The company designs, engineers and installs complete production plants for the manufacture of precast concrete panels. For a project in Thailand, the concrete spreader could only reach its washing station along a branch line, whereby the hopper travels 13.5m in the working chamber and then another 55m to the cleaning point once or twice a day. Over these distances EBAWE needed an energy supply system that would endure the harsh working environment of the concrete production facility while, at the same time, be completely reliable.
Centralised Atlas Copco vacuum system reduces energy consumption
David Smith St Ives Ltd is a UK manufacturer of high-performance engineered timber products whose output is totally dependent upon an uninterrupted supply of plant air and vacuum. By replacing ageing stand-alone units with a centralised rotary screw VSD vacuum pump system from Atlas Copco’s distributor, Anglian Compressors, production continuity has been assured and 40 per cent savings in energy costs realised.
Squeezing a catamaran into a single berth: igus vector award
Receiving a special prize in the previous igus vector awards, FUTURA Yacht systems was recognised for its unique yacht concept. It is the world’s first variable-width high-sea catamaran built using igus components.
New pump bearings save EUR28,970 per annum at energy plant
Faced with frequent failures on its centrifugal pumps for water recirculation, a large CHP (combined heat and power) plant in Romania asked NSK and its local distributor to perform an on-site bearing investigation. The outcome identified poor lubrication of the pump bearings as the source of the failures, with NSK recommending the adoption of sealed-for-life bearings featuring DDU seals and high-temperature grease. In total, the move has led to annual cost savings of EUR28,970, while simultaneously offering a significant improvement in performance.
Retrofits to plasma cutting machine future-proof production
ESAB has retrofitted new CNC and plasma cutting systems to a 12-year-old Suprarex cutting machine because the customer, Northerntrack Ltd, wanted to future-proof production and ensure the machine would have high availability and reliability for many years to come.