MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
High-speed machine utilises Pilz interlocks and controller
Geyssel Sondermaschinen GmbH uses Pilz PSENmlock interlocks and a PNOZmulti 2 safety controller for its next-generation applicator for attaching small items such as drinking straws to product packaging.
Precision moulder boosts productivity with Kawasaki robot
A UK precision plastic moulder has installed a new Kawasaki robot to aid production – and, unusually, has chosen to install and commission the unit itself, rather than follow the traditional path of having either an integrator or the robot supplier do it for them. Based in Malvern, Worcestershire, SynthoTec Ltd is one of Europe’s premier producers of injection-moulded ultra-high-precision components. The company has recently installed a Kawasaki RS20N robot, which has allowed it to boost production, cut costs and achieve a significant reduction in waste material in one of its most important manufacturing processes.
Wiring harnesses have sensors to monitor motor temperature
Force Engineering develops and manufactures customised motion systems based on linear induction motors (LIMs), serving a wide base of industries with applications as diverse as medical scanning equipment and baggage handling conveyors. As an expert and innovator in the field of LIM technology, a large part of Force Engineering’s activities centres on the amusement ride industry – adding heightened levels for thrill-seekers through ride launch and in-ride acceleration to 1.2g, and equally rapid braking performance along roller coaster tracks.
igus energy chains, plastic bearings in de-icing aircraft
There is a lot of manual work involved in de-icing and washing aircraft. In sub-zero temperatures when many aircraft need to be de-iced at the same time, this becomes the bottleneck of airport operations and can cause serious flight delays. Cleaning aircraft is also time consuming; it can take up to 10 hours to manually wash a Boeing 737.
Overhead conveyor CMS uses MICA Edge computers
A condition monitoring system based on Harting’s MICA Edge computer system is being used for the early detection of wear in the overhead conveyor systems used in production lines in the automotive and other industries. The failure of individual support frames in these conveyors can lead to the stoppage of entire production lines, but the MICA-based system detects wear at an early stage and thus prevents unplanned downtime.
maxon products perform crucial roles in robotic keyhole surgery
The Bristol Robotics Laboratory are incorporating maxon products as part of a project to develop Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (RAMIS).
SKF develops bespoke seal for floor grinding machine
SKF has supported Swedish floor grinding machine manufacturer, Scanmaskin, by developing a tailored radial shaft seal for its latest, most high-performing machine, in a record lead-time of four months.
Custom conveyor system boosts productivity and quality
A custom designed and engineered conveyor system, from Autarky Automation, is playing a key role in helping Tyre-Line, a supplier of wheel and tyre assemblies, boost productivity and quality. Installed as part of major production line upgrade, along with a Hofmann high speed inflating machine, the new system has reduced assembly and inflation time by a factor of ten, from around 70 to just seven seconds.
Pizza manufacturer makes significant savings with NSK bearings
A manufacturer of frozen pizzas was experiencing failures every 4 weeks on the belt tensioner serving one of its food conveyors. However, a simple change to NSK Molded-Oil bearings resulted in significantly prolonged operating life, leading to annual cost savings of EUR15,360.
ROBA-topstop brake systems protect gravity-loaded axes
CLOOS is one of the leading companies in welding technology. In its large, automated robot welding systems, CLOOS uses ROBA-topstop safety brakes by mayr power transmission to safeguard its gravity-loaded axes. These brakes are designed for application in all installation positions and provide reliable protection for people and materials.