MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Light curtains for safeguarding packaging systems
Accepting responsibility - this is the company philosophy of Hamburg-based company Dr Weigert, the developer and manufacturer of cleaning and disinfecting agents. Not only does this include responsibility for hygiene and protecting the environment, but also protecting the company’s employees from dangerous manufacturing and logistics processes.
Hoist drives rise to the challenge
High-rise landmarks, such as 122 Leadenhall Street, London, come with their own, custom-tailored maintenance access system. Material and window cleaning personnel are transported by means of hoists installed on the rooftop. Powerful, safe drives are an essential part of this reliable system.
Increase productivity with digital mobile maintenance
Digital mobile maintenance is a technique for quickly and easily making production process productivity improvements for minimal investment through the application of digitalisation as part of an Industry 4.0 plant implementation programme.
Continuous IR monitoring ensures plastic weld integrity
Plastics play an increasingly important role in product design and IR welding is a popular method of joining these components. For one manufacturer of instrument panels and cockpit systems, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, IR welding has proved a sound investment and it is complemented by FLIR thermal imaging to monitor the efficiency of the process. This technology is responsible for ensuring consistent welding quality, high product throughput and reduced wastage.
How can 3 grams of structural adhesive pull a 208 ton train?
To demonstrate the high strength, rapid curing and durability of its new hybrid Loctite Universal Structural Bonding adhesives, Henkel used just 3 grams of adhesive to pull a train weighing 208 tons.
Eaton develops electro hydraulic precision control machine
Market shifts within industry 4.0, intelligent factories and smart energy are challenging companies to offer the seamless integration of multiple different technologies and disciplines. Within this field Eaton’s complementary electric and hydraulic expertise can bring easier and faster solutions. This combined knowledge can make it simpler for customers to do business with Eaton, as it presents one face to the customer. Application experts have the required practical knowledge to recommend a product that addresses these stated markets shifts.
Production machinery refurbishment & upgrade improves efficiency
One of the UK’s most prestigious food packaging companies has implemented a full machine refurbishment on one of their busy production lines. The refurbishment included the complete upgrade of the functional safety system.
Mitsubishi robot used to automate printer cartridge refills
A team of UK maintenance engineers has developed a new automated cartridge refill cell built around a Mitsubishi Electric articulated arm robot. The cell quickly and accurately refills printer cartridges, making the company’s recycling programme more cost-effective to operate. The design has proved so successful that it is now being rolled-out to other plants around the world.
DesignSpark Mechanical used to develop jet-engine flight suit
RS Components (RS) has announced that its DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software tool was used in the development of the ‘Daedalus’ jet-engine flight suit, which was demonstrated at a recent TED conference in Vancouver and reported via many news organisations as the real-life ‘Iron Man’.
Classic luxury yacht refitted using Mitsubishi Electric drives
When the prestigious luxury yacht Sanssouci Star was refurbished to retain its classic feel but operate with super-modern high-tech equipment, no compromise was made on component quality. As a result Mitsubishi Electric FR-F800 inverter drives were selected to provide an intelligent, reliable and energy efficient option for the engine room HVAC system.
Spelsberg custom enclosures in dairy farming applications
Ambic Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer of dairy hygiene and livestock health management products, is using customised enclosures from Spelsberg UK to house its dosing and dilutions system, the EasiDoser. The enclosures, which are certified for installation in ammonia-rich agricultural applications, have been provided with CNC-machined entry points and custom mounting plates to speed up the manufacturing process.
Miniature encoders help advance surgical robot capabilities
The demands of robotic surgery, one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of medical technology, are encouraging motion control engineers to push the boundaries of their discipline. Gerard Bush, an application engineer with INMOCO, looks at one project where the humble encoder has reached new heights.