MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Harting uses MICA for digital retrofit on moulding machine
Harting has used its own MICA mini-computer in a digital retrofit project, effectively bridging the gap between an injection moulding machine and the company's ERP/MES system.
Reliance and Greiner develop cell culture plate manipulator
Reliance Precision Limited (Reliance) has announced that its partnership with major supplier of high-quality labware, Greiner Bio-One (Greiner) has resulted in development of the CELLswing, an automated manipulator, which gently moves and rotates a CELLdisc containing adherent mammalian cells in any required position.
Waterproof connector for Water Monitoring RF Telemetry System
Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd have provided a UK manufacturer of remote water monitoring and control systems for irrigation, drainage systems, and data loggers with SMA Interface waterproof adaptors required for an RF telemetry system to provide feedback of the status and situation of their monitoring equipment.
Universal robot cuts welding time by 50 per cent
Danish fabricator MVI Maskinfabrik originally specialised in small batch production with short lead times, but wanted to increase manufacturing flexibility to introduce new products: a new range of fittings for kitchen manufacturers, the wholesale market and general engineering applications. The company was also starting to receive larger orders and management was faced with the decision whether to increase manpower to service them. Investment in a collaborative robot from Universal Robots (UR) proved to be the right approach for this small business. It instantly provided the increased capacity and flexibility the company needed and, more specifically, resulted in welding time being cut by 50 per cent.
How to install a safe shore power supply
Port authorities are looking into new ways to supply ships with shore power, as opposed to using their diesel-driven generators, in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions. An innovative modular cable feed system from igus is easily installed at defined mooring points; the system enables the safe supply of energy, thanks to an extendable energy chain and highly flexible chainflex cables – and is also available DNV GL certified.
Heason motion control for high-end vehicle simulation
Ansible Motion is a global designer and manufacturer of advanced Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulators. With a company heritage closely associated with the motorsports industry but nowadays also serving major road car and speciality vehicle manufacturers, its DIL simulators are available in a variety of form factors from test bench models with steering force feedback to highly dynamic 6 degree of freedom (6-DOF) simulators combining software, mechatronics, video and audio for an immersive multi-sensory experience.
Maintenance-free on the road with igus linear technology
Long service life, maintenance-free and robust: these are the requirements for components used in the interior construction of high-quality camping vehicles. They fit like a glove into the interior and must last for at least 15 years without inspections or maintenance. This also applies to removable kitchens or office systems that provide comfort and practicality to make the vehicle fit for a holiday or business meeting. Here components of the drylin W linear system are at your service with smooth and easy adjustments.
PLC change management + version control software at synchrotron
By introducing change management and version control software from M.A.C. Solutions for more than 400 of its programmable devices (PLCs and HMIs) at its facility in Oxfordshire, Diamond Light Source is minimising the risk of machine downtime caused by PLC back-up or software code errors, thus avoiding costly delays and disruption to its round-the-clock service for academic research scientists and industrial customers.
TRIM metalworking fluid saves costs and assures quality
For the German CNC expert, K&P Frästechnik, investment in new machinery to meet increased demand for its prototyping and short run metal machining was not the early success the company envisaged. The metalworking fluid it had used for years soon proved unable to maintain production quality at the higher speeds and coolant pressures. Not only did this result in a big downturn in efficiency but also a lot of expense. The race was on to find an alternative but ultimately TRIM MicroSol 519 from Master Fluid Solutions provided the answer.
Compressor package cuts energy costs by 90 per cent
A manufacturer of drive train technology in the wind energy sector is saving almost £44,000 a year thanks to the installation of a BOGE compressor and pipework.
Direct-drive rotary tables rely on true-absolute encoders
SOLPOWER has developed a range of compact, high-precision yet cost-effective direct-drive rotary tables that benefit from Renishaw's RESOLUTE true-absolute rotary encoders for accurate positioning.
Robots make sure there isn’t a screw loose…
Mitsubishi Electric has worked with system integrator TQC to build a new production line for a customer where robots and automation have been combined with an OEE monitoring system to ensure assembly and testing work is carried out as efficiently and effectively as possible.