MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Tri-axis inertial measurement units for subterranean curvature
Combining its gyro-equipped inertial measurement units (IMUs) and including a high-definition camera and additional sensors, Tamagawa Seiki’s TUG-NAVI ‘Under Ground Navigator’ enables highly precise curvature and inner diameter measurement plus visual inspection for subterranean ducts and boreholes. The sensor and motion control component designer and manufacturer, represented in the UK by Mclennan, developed the novel instrument in collaboration a Korean utilities infrastructure company to reduce time and costs for replacing and maintaining old and dimensionally unpredictable buried cable networks.
Malting company boosts productivity by upgrading control system
Process control represents the central nervous system of a manufacturing line and so has a large impact on efficiency and product quality. When the UK’s leading independent malting company decided it was being held back by a legacy control system, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric for a solution. The upgrade, implemented in only four days, slashed downtime and empowered operators at Crisp to fully govern its manufacturing processes, leading to improved product quality and consistency.
Molded-Oil bearings extend conveyor service life in food plant
A vegetable processing plant in Germany is enjoying significant benefits following the adoption of Molded-Oil bearings from NSK. Principally, the move has helped the company extend the service life of bearings on a critical conveyor from two weeks, to 40, saving considerable maintenance costs and downtime in the process.
Process-controlled access guarding without using muting sensors
Innovative strength, a down-to-earth culture and strong commitment are the values that have made WITRON – based in the Upper Palatinate region of Germany – the company that it is today: worldwide one of the market leaders in the planning and realisation of highly dynamic warehouse and order picking systems in the field of intralogistics. WITRON is constantly working on developing even better, even more cost-efficient logistics systems for its customers, to make them even more successful.
Mitsubishi robots accelerate discoveries for microbiologists
Mitsubishi Electric has supported Peak Analysis & Automation (PAA) in the delivery of an innovative, fully automated laboratory workcell for bacteriological studies to the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The application is built around a Mitsubishi Electric MELFA articulated arm robot with its own proximity-based safety system. Scientists at NIST can now benefit from a flexible and reliable system to perform several bacterial growth tests in parallel, significantly shortening discovery times and reducing the risk of contamination.