MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Schaeffler spherical plain bearing is largest yet manufactured
Schaeffler has produced the largest spherical plain bearing in the company’s history. This special bearing weighs around 4.7 tonnes and has an outside diameter of 1,900mm, a bore diameter of 1,500mm, and a height of 600mm. The bearing will be used on a cutter suction dredger that was designed and built by Royal IHC, a Dutch company that specialises in equipment, vessels and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets.
Ultrasonic sensors used in AquaBattery’s innovative Blue Battery
With modest dimensions, sensors often can make the difference in many applications. One example of this is the Blue Battery from AquaBattery. The Blue Battery is an electrical energy storage system that uses membrane technology, water and kitchen salt. In order to measure the height of liquids in several tanks, tests were done in their own workshop with ultrasonic sensors from elobau. The robust ultrasonic sensors were selected because they provide the necessary reliability, accuracy, IP rating and are compatible with the control system.
Festo automates and boosts throughput of tube packing system
Cerulean, a manufacturer of tube packing systems, has collaborated with Festo to simplify the design of its popular FPS-1 tube packer to deliver an improved, more energy efficient, and future-proof packing system.
ABB control system raises productivity for cable manufacturer
An ABB control system is increasing productivity, lowering waste and reducing energy costs for UK cable manufacturer.
Family firm cuts costs with entry-level Trumpf TruLaser
Cambridge Rapid Components, a fast-growing precision sheet-metal subcontractor serving the furnace, scientific, laboratory and security industries, has installed an entry-level Trumpf TruLaser 1030 fiber laser cutting machine to eliminate outsourcing costs and gain greater control over its production processes.
Type 3 light curtains prove economical for system integrator
Austrian system integrator SRW Automation & Services GmbH is using Pilz PSENopt II safety light curtains for a variety of automation and safety tasks relating to robot applications, rotary table systems, and infeed and outfeed conveyors.
igus linear bearings used in childbirth simulator
3B Scientific GmbH specialises in didactic material for scientific, medical and patient education, ranging from artificial skeletons and human organ models to injection training arms, patient care mannequins and medical simulators. However, there is one important tool in its product range for the training of gynaecologists and midwives, the SIMone birth simulator.
Engineering company benefits from production control software
Hydrafeed Limited of Milton Keynes has seen its business grow significantly over the last few years. There has been continued expansion of its subcontract engineering services and the company’s renowned bar feed systems manufacturing expertise, alongside its new sole UK and Ireland agency for RoboJob’s robotic solutions. PSL Datatrack production control software has continued to play a major role in the company’s growth, becoming an essential part of the business and helping to smoothly progress each aspect of the business.
Rittal housings and enclosures used in marine switchgear systems
Rittal’s systems, from housing and enclosure systems, to climate control systems and to power distribution systems and IT infrastructure, are used by maritime operators across the globe. These include large numbers of shipyards, ships, harbours, offshore platforms and inland, with clients that include the major ships’ chandlers and shipyards.
Renishaw metal additive manufacturing optimises engine design
Renishaw worked with engine manufacturing company Cobra Aero, based in Michigan, USA, to optimise its design processes for aircraft and motorcycle engines. After working with Renishaw to develop new manufacturing processes, Cobra Aero invested in the AM 400 system to increase its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities.
Renishaw produces race car manifold using additive manufacturing
Renishaw supported the Brunel University London race team in its 20th year participating in the Formula Student (FS) competition. Renishaw contributed its metal additive manufacturing (AM) expertise to help Brunel Racing create a manifold part for the team’s BR-XX car, which was used to compete at FS-UK in Silverstone and FS-ATA in Italy in July.
Custom heavy-duty gear units reduce mining equipment downtime
Renold Gears has recently worked closely with a major manufacturer of mining equipment to design heavy-duty custom gear units that will provide longer service life for its customers and significantly reduce the cost of ownership by cutting downtime and maintenance. The manufacturer contacted Renold Gears because of its proven track record with designing custom gears for the mining industry, and particularly log washer drives.