MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Decentralised frequency inverters for synchronised movement
Nord Drivesystems offers decentralised drives with which even demanding applications, such as synchronised movement and flying saw (flying shear) arrangements, can be implemented easily. An integrated PLC and position control within the frequency inverters enables the synchronisation of several drives in master/slave operation. As a result, functions such as synchronised movement and flying saw can be implemented decentrally. This is especially useful in applications that require synchronous interaction of different drive axes.
ABB motors and drive aid automated clearance of landmines
ABB has supplied motors and a variable speed drive (VSD) for an anti-personnel landmine clearance rig. The machine, which is the outcome of five years of R&D by MMD (Mining Machinery Developments) was donated to The HALO Trust charity at Hillhead 2018, the UK’s leading quarrying and construction industry event.
OEM peristaltic pump selected for colonoscope
Invendo Medical, a developer of sterile single-use high-definition endoscopy products in the field of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, is using OEM peristaltic pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) to continually rinse the integral camera lens during examinations. The pumps deliver the supply pressure needed for cleaning, as well as impressive reliability and ease of handling.
Enclosures ensures lift passengers can make emergency calls
The UK’s premier supplier of passenger lift controls has adopted Spelsberg TK enclosures as the housing for one of its latest products, thus ensuring it is well protected against environmental conditions and physical damage.
Production control software key to Tefloturn’s expansion
Having relocated from Flitcham to larger premises in King’s Lynn, Tefloturn Limited has been able to take on more staff and, as a result, more work. The company is also looking to greatly increase its capacity by adding a 32mm sliding head lathe to complement their current Star sliding head and XYZ turning and milling machines. These investments are being made on the back of existing PSL Datatrack production control software which continues to give Tefloturn far reaching benefits in its business administration and production control.
3D printed dragons adorn Kew's 18th century Great Pagoda
3D Systems has undertaken a large project that has seen 72 ornate dragons designed, 3D printed, painted and attached to The Great Pagoda, a UNESCO World Heritage site owned by Historic Royal Palaces in Kew Gardens.
Electric bike uses high-performance 3D printed triboplastics
The bicycle has, in recent years, developed from a mere commodity to a weight-optimised ‘lifestyle apparatus’. Most recently, electrification has contributed significantly to this trend. According to the German bicycle industry association ‘Zweirad-Industrie-Verband’ (ZIV) sales of e-bikes in the country increased by 19 per cent last year to a total of 720,000 units.
Red Pitaya STEMlab used in disaster management system
Red Pitaya has announced that a consortium including a members from a major European research organisation, two German universities and industry, is using STEMlab to perform waveform synthesis, IF signal sampling & signal processing on a new radar warning and information system for applications in disaster management (RAWIS) that is currently being developed.
Adlink Smart Gateway for Michelin-SoftBank Tire Control System
Adlink Technology’s intelligent, industrial gateway has been selected for the Nihon Michelin-Softbank IoT tire control system. The first launch of an IoT tire monitoring system in Japan by a tire maker, the Michelin Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Cloud Service provides improved safety and efficiency, as well as cost savings benefits, for industries such as fleet management and construction.
How igus turned a child’s buggy into an all-terrain vehicle
When a pushchair designer came up with the clever idea of making the wheels detachable so that it could fit in the boot of reasonably priced car, only half a job was done.
Condition Monitoring Service saves pump manufacturer EUR34,500
When a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for water-treatment applications was developing a new high-speed design, it could not understand why test-rig trials indicated a higher running temperature than the original concept. Duly concerned, the company contacted NSK, which sent an AIP+ (Added Value Programme) expert to the company’s site in France to perform a full vibration analysis. NSK’s investigation, which was carried out as part of its Condition Monitoring Service (CMS) that analyses the health of bearings and associated components, saved the customer EUR34,500.
NUM collaborates with machine builder on 8-axis machining centre
NUM has helped the Chinese machine building company Original Point Machine Tools (OPMT) to develop an advanced 8-axis CNC machining centre capable of processing many different types of materials, including metal, ceramics, glass and cemented carbide.