MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
BOGE cuts costs at Armitage Shanks factory
A new state-of-the-art BOGE compressed air system has replaced two ageing fixed-speed air compressors used to manufacture basins, toilets and other sanitary ware at Armitage Shanks’ factory in Rugeley, Staffordshire. The result has been a 27 per cent reduction in energy costs and an impressive 29 per cent cut in maintenance costs, as well as carbon emission savings of around £3500 a year.
Reliance complete innovative space project
Reliance have recently completed a project in support of Oxford Space Systems (OSS) following a co-funding award from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).
Pressure switch for injury treatment
The DesignFlex pressure switch manages safety levels for an innovative soft tissue repair machine.
OEM pumpheads from WMFTG help cool covert drilling system
With security threats worldwide driving innovation in the surveillance industry, Gloucester-based RVA Synergies Ltd has incorporated Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group’s (WMFTG) 102R series peristaltic OEM pumpheads into a low-noise drilling system.
Heason design & supply custom-designed pan and tilt positioners
SystemWare Europe is a highly regarded systems integrator specialising in the global security and military communications sector. One of its many capabilities involves the supply and comprehensive support of line of sight/beyond line of sight secure communications requiring the integration of innovative antenna systems with highly accurate directional azimuth/elevation positioning equipment. Evolving requirements and a need for newer modular technology, SystemWare Europe turned to Heason Technology to design and develop a high-performance custom-designed pan & tilt positioner which was optimised for its own use.
Whitelegg develops automatic wire forming and assembly machine
With a new order underway for a customer in Dubai following success in supplying distributors across Europe, GRP Tools, specialist supplier of glass fibre applicators and ancillaries to the trade, are well on their way to their 1500 unit daily output of rollers.
Mobil SHC 636 helps plastics manufacturer save $133,000
Hebei Yuxin Plastic, a PVC film manufacturing company, saved more than $133,000 annually by switching to ExxonMobil’s gear and bearing oil, Mobil SHC 636. The introduction of the advanced lubricant in its PVC film calender machine helped to reduce component wear and quadrupled oil drain intervals.
Experimental race motorcycle uses igus plastic bearings
Introduced in 1999, the Yamaha YZF-R6 was the world’s first 600cc production four-stroke motorcycle producing over 100 horsepower in stock form. Since then, Yamaha has incorporated a number of upgrades to improve speed and engine performance. The R6 engine has also been used in the nationwide Formula Student race series, where university students design and build single seat racing cars that are then raced at the iconic Silverstone circuit.
Universal Robots help automate the aerospace industry
When experiencing increased demand for specialised parts, Whippany Actuation Systems faced an important decision – purchase a new CNC machine, outsource production, or introduce automation with a Universal Robots-based product. For Whippany, the choice was clear.
Industry collaboration aids New Zealand additive manufacturing
High-tech company Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM3D) in New Zealand has opened a new facility in Tauranga’s Tauriko Business Park, with the aim of making metal additive manufacturing more accessible to the Australian and New Zealand markets. RAM has been collaborating with global engineering technologies company Renishaw and, as a result, is using several AM250 metal additive manufacturing systems in its Tauranga facility.
Drive Lines lifts Manchester Cathedral’s dais to new heights
When Manchester Cathedral embarked on a development project to enhance the experience of worshippers and visitors, one of the important aspects of the project was to improve the heating facilities in the Cathedral. This involved the installation of ground source heat pumps and an under-floor heating system. The decision was made to use the opportunity to replace the existing dais with an electromechanical alternative which could be raised and lowered on demand – courtesy of a lifting system supplied by Drive Lines.
Bearings from R.A. Rodriguez help beat world land speed record
Kaydon angular contact ball bearings supplied by R.A. Rodriguez (U.K.) Limited helped Plymouth University beat the women’s arm-powered land speed record in Nevada, USA during September.