MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Fail-safe rodlock cylinders improve safety of moulding process
While not a health and safety consultant, Simmatic can often apply its expertise in pneumatic and vacuum systems to enhance the safety of industrial processes, as was recently demonstrated in an application for a polyurethane moulding machine.
SKF solves problem of hydraulic seal leakage on cherry picker
SKF comes to the aid of a manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders for mobile applications who had been experiencing problems with leaking seals on a cherry picker application.
NSK Molded-Oil bearings offer long life at food plants
In the food industry, comprehensive cleaning regimes are commonplace as companies look to meet stringent sector requirements on hygiene. However, such practices can prove detrimental to production line components, not least the bearings that provide motion in critical machinery, equipment and systems. Here, spraying with hot steam, high-pressure water jets or very strong cleaning agents can cause two principal problems: foreign objects entering the bearings; and lubricant being washed out of the bearings. For these reasons, NSK offers a comprehensive range of Molded-Oil bearings that is purpose-designed to deliver extended operating life in harsh food industry environments.
Optimising repeatability and efficiency through automation
The roots of craft brewing come from experimentation and a creative process throughout which the brewer is closely involved with all aspects of the brew such as ingredients, timing and process variables. This hands-on and artisanal aspect of the process is what put the “Craft” in craft brewing and as such the idea of relinquishing control of any of the steps through automation tends to come with a stigma of losing that craft nature in the final product.
Smurfit Kappa upgrades to next-generation monitoring system
Increased level of control over machines from vibrations to pressure and temperatures with SKF’s next generation IMx-8 monitoring system from SKF.
Potential applications of high-performance polymers in forklifts
To avoid machine downtime, it is important to use robust and long-lasting machine elements. Here, self-lubricating and maintenance-free high-performance plastics from igus show their advantages. Using industrial forklifts as an example, the areas where motion plastics from igus can be used are highlighted.
Slip rings use CC-Link IE for gigabit data transfer
Conductix-Wampfler has chosen CC-Link IE open gigabit Ethernet to provide a high-performance connection system for its range of slip rings. Traditionally used to provide continuous power and data communication to equipment mounted on a rotating assembly, the slip rings have been developed to help new and existing machinery enter the Industry 4.0 era with high-speed data connectivity.
Backlash-free shaft couplings in machines for décor printing
The company Rotodecor is one of the world’s leading manufacturers for gravure printing, varnishing and special machines for the décor printing and packaging sector. All machines are equipped with a sophisticated and high-precision power transmission. When selecting an appropriate coupling, the company therefore also relies on the backlash-free and high-performance ROBA-DS disk pack couplings by mayr power transmission for the accurate transmission of torques.
I/O connectors with integrated surge protection save space
Modern highly automated production plants rely on industrial connectors for the supply of energy, the communication of data and, above all else, the reliable and efficient transmission of signals from measuring, control and regulation technology. Here, transmission quality depends on the performance of both the key interconnection devices for inputs and outputs in the central electrical control cabinet and the protective devices applied within signal circuits.
NSK solves repeat failures of machine tool spindle bearings
NSK has resolved the issue of repeated spindle bearing failures on four CNC machining centres at the plant of an automotive industry supplier. Having identified the root cause of why the spindle bearings were failing every two weeks, the facility is now enjoying savings of EUR32,880 per annum.
Mitsubishi Electric goes large with video wall in Belarus
Mitsubishi Electric has commissioned its largest ever 80” diagonal DLP cube video wall in Europe.
New video demonstrates brake innovation
A new innovation in braking technology is illustrated in a video produced by brake design specialists AirBack Ltd, developers of an innovative drag-free brake design which significantly improves braking efficiency. Reliability is crucial to the success of the braking system, and Lee Products, who supplied their 3-port HDI Solenoid Valve, have played a key role in the 100 per cent reliability being achieved.