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Harmonised PLC use through single interface
Umeå Energi integrates Siemens PLCs with ABB Ability System 800xA across its district heating plants to lower operator risk while minimising running and maintenance costs.
Reliable igus parts for the packaging and labelling industry
Having efficient processes is key to increasing bottom-line profits, and the labelling and packaging industry is no exception. Equipment needs reliable parts to ensure they continue to deliver excellent performance and this video from igus shows how labelling systems rely on igus’ components, from drylin linear technology to plastic xiros rollers.
Cancer patient receives 3D printed titanium implant
71-year-old Peter Maggs received life-saving chest surgery at Morriston Hospital, Wales, during an operation to remove a large sarcoma from his chest. As part of the procedure, Mr Maggs received a rib prosthesis which was designed by Morriston Hospital. This is the first chest prosthesis to be manufactured and implanted into a patient in Britain.
Grasping the next generation of robotics
The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow 12 products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of SMB Bearings.
Saving space, saving costs: Robot for rapid food-packing
Fold it, seal it, tape it, box it, pick it, place it — automate it. No, these aren’t Daft Punk lyrics, but the separate processes that Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. However, automating these processes without expanding on factory floor space was no easy feat. For a new design of a fully automated packing machine targeted to the food and packaging industries, Orfer needed a robot that offered fast and accurate handling and that could easily integrate with a vision system to track and pick parts from a moving conveyor.
Troubleshooting safety systems from around the world
The NiMCO Corporation is an American manufacturer of world class carton form/fill/seal machines. Formed in 1962 when milk cartons changed from being wax-coated to a heat sealable plastic-coated paperboard carton, they designed a carton erecting and bottom sealing machine for small dairies already using filling and top sealing equipment. They expanded their range in 1965 with a new filler/sealer to complement the bottom sealer, and in 1967 further expanded their range with the Model 500 Former/Filler/Sealer which helped the growth and survival of many small to medium-sized dairies.
World-leading pharmaceutical developer turns to TorqSense
TorqSense transducers are used to ensure caps are being properly fitted to pharmaceutical bottles in a high speed packaging line run by the Almac Group at its global headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, UK.
SKF supplies equipment for condition monitoring services
SKF has supplied specialist electrical testing equipment to Quartzelec that has enabled the company to offer value-added services to its customers.
Plastic inserts: superlight, corrosion-free and cost-saving
When Fitsco developed its patent-pending new range of plastic threaded inserts in 2017, the company had no idea that one of the early applications would see the inserts specified for use at 50,000 feet and Mach 2+ on a front-line fighter aircraft. But that is exactly what has happened with the new LiteFit plastic threaded insert after it was specified as a 'metal replacement' part for an in-cockpit application on the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Sine pumps optimise high viscosity resin delivery at Enercon
One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, Enercon, is using MasoSine SPS sinusoidal pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group to optimise the delivery of protective impregnating resin at its Magdeburg production facility in Germany.
How to achieve maximum rotation for a machine tool
Winning the silver vector award in 2016, Fidia SpA is a world leader in the design and production of high-performance integrated milling systems, primarily used in the manufacturing of moulds and dies for the automotive and aerospace industries.
Cromar upgrades to SICK LFP guided wave radar technology
Users of machining centres rightly expect the cooling and lubrication of cutting tools to continue without interruption or failure. By building new level sensing technology from SICK into their swarf management systems, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers is ensuring high-performance machine tool protection and cutting fluid recycling for its customers.