MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Designline IPCs prevent downtime in food and beverage production
Phoenix Contact has supplied its sealed Designline IPCs to Melitta for use in food and beverage production areas, which has eliminated failures and associated downtime, thereby saving the company around £3000 per quarter.
Renishaw helps hand-powered cyclists break records
At the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA, Paralympian Karen Darke, MBE and Ken Talbot broke world records for both male and female arm-powered speed. By reaching 46.05 mph and 51.86 mph respectively, Darke and Talbot are now the first and second fastest hand cyclists in history, with Darke exceeding the previous men’s record. The records were achieved using a bike created through the ARION4 project run by the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team), with the support and expertise of engineering companies such as Renishaw.
Child safety device uses igus bearing
As part of its Young Engineers Support (YES) programme, igus supports innovative student projects such as ‘EMKindersicherung’. In Germany, the 94,000 calls made to the Poison Information Centre for burns and intoxications of children every year show that household cleaners constitute a real threat. To prevent these accidents, a team of seven students of TU Darmstadt at the Faculty of Electrical and Information Technology have developed a special child safety lock.
Motion control for 3D laser mapping application
3D Laser Mapping Ltd is a high technology design, manufacturing and consulting company, based in Nottingham, UK. Its LiDAR scanning hardware and data analysis systems are used for mapping large structures – capturing, processing and providing three dimensional information for surveying tasks such as buildings, road networks and railways as well as creating digital terrain and elevation models of specific landscapes.
Elesa interlocked hinge specified for TRAKRAP wrapping systems
The team at TRAKRAP produce low-waste transit wrapping systems for food and related products. As long-term customers of Elesa for a wide variety of equipment components, they use standard hinges and handles in their machine protection enclosures. So it was fortuitous that visiting an Elesa exhibition stand, one of the TRAKRAP engineers came across their ingenious CFSW combined hinge and electrical cut-off switch for just this situation.
Spring manufacture creates bespoke closure for gin bottles
Spring manufacture is rarely glamorous. However, all that changed when European Springs and Pressings were invited to design a bottle top for probably the most beautiful gin in the world.
IDS 3D vision system helps robots assemble flat-pack furniture
As part of a research project, scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a robot that can independently assemble the individual components of an IKEA chair without interruption in less than 10 minutes. The robot consists of an Ensenso N35 3D camera from IDS and two robot arms equipped with grippers to pick up objects.
Additive manufacturing in human-powered landspeed record attempt
Renishaw is providing additive manufacturing (AM) expertise to the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team). As part of the ARION4 project, Renishaw built the central titanium support (CTS), a vital component of the bike to support the team’s attempt to break the current hand cycle land speed record. From the 10th to 15th of September 2018, hand cyclist Ken Talbot and Paralympian Karen Darke MBE will race at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA.
Procusini 3D food printer relies on NTC temperature sensors
The Procusini 3.0 is a 3D food printer, recently launched in its third and revised generation with NTC temperature probes from Variohm EuroSensor.
Reliable shear protection device for oil change containers
Changing hydraulic and transmission oil in offshore wind power plants is a challenge. Therefore, Speedwind Offshore has developed an innovative container-based system for rapid and clean oil changes at sea – currently the only one worldwide which has been certified by DNV GL. In the shear protection device, the company relies on EAS-axial overload elements by mayr power transmission.
Electromagnetic safety brakes linear axes
With the new LGR-3 linear gantry robot, Fibro Läpple Technology GmbH provides a modular system for loading and unloading machines as well as for handling workpieces. It allows for diverse customer requirements to be flexibly implemented. In the electric version of the gantry, the company relies on the tried and tested ROBA-linearstop safety brakes by mayr power transmission to secure the vertical axes. These feature high positioning accuracy and are backlash-free, thus reliably ensuring the safety of people and materials.
Non-contact safety sensors for meat processing machines
Laska grinders, cutters and mixers are sophisticated meat processing machines that can pose significant hazards due to the knives located within them. Contactless sensors have proven to be the perfect components for monitoring flaps and locks for safety purposes. Not only are they reliable, but as they have no edges, corners or slots, are also extremely hygienic.