MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
High-speed quality check with high-performance camera technology
Whether sauces, snacks or ready meals have to be filled and packaged, high-throughput and quick format changes matter in the packaging systems and food industry – and to the highest standards of quality and hygiene, too. For this purpose, the sensors used have to be able to do one thing above all: meet high demands for power, flexibility and hygiene all at the same time. To do this, the packaging machine experts from SN Maschinenbau have rethought the entire concept of a bag-filling system used at notable companies in the food industry, tackled this subject innovatively and have opted for the smart camera technology from Leuze electronic for verifying codes and expiration dates.
Custom magnetic brake is smaller and quicker to assemble
SG Transmission has designed a custom 50mm diameter permanent magnet brake for a major global motor manufacturer, which meets the same performance criteria as a standard product while being 7 per cent smaller.
Advanced automation for textile machinery
The textile industry has been one of the sectors to benefit most from automation. The demand for fast, high-volume production with excellent repeatability and versatility is important to businesses making products ranging from quilts to car airbags.
Medical devices see clean through new threaded inserts
Fitsco Industries’ recently unveiled LiteFit plastic inserts have been attracting interest from a number of medical device manufacturers, according to the company.
Lee Lo-Lohm solenoid valves applied to brake innovation
Reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency continue to be high on the agenda for today’s engineers and machine builders and they certainly remain as hot topics in the automotive industry. However, whatever the type of vehicle or the energy used for propulsion the essential function of braking also remains crucial to overall automotive performance. Maximising braking efficiency, how best to retain and reuse energy generated from braking are also important areas of focus for today’s automotive engineers.
igus energy chains and cables used in replacement lift bridge
Spanning the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, the Memorial Bridge has served as a landmark since it opened in 1923. The vertical lift bridge, originally designed by J.A. Waddell, bears a nearly century-old plaque marking it an official memorial to New Hampshire military casualties of World War I. The original bridge, deemed structurally deficient, was demolished in early 2012, and the new, similarly designed bridge, was constructed on the original piers.
Optimising productivity at warehouse packing stations
Harting’s MICA modular industrial edge computer is at the heart of a system for workflow optimisation at warehouse packing stations that offers the benefits of process optimisation for increased productivity as well as integrating incompatible hardware and software and simplifying the jobs of the packing operatives. The system, requiring minimal outlay for fast return on investment (ROI) and ongoing reductions in operating costs, has proved its value in successful trials at Harting’s own warehouse packing facility in the company’s state-of-the-art connector manufacturing plant at Espelkamp in Germany.
ESAB endless wire cuts cost of welding for Kverneland
Kverneland Group is an international developer, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and services. At its factory in Klepp, South West Norway the company produces ploughs that are renowned for their longevity thanks largely to unique Kverneland steels and the company’s in-house hardening processes. State-of-the-art automation ensures that productivity is very high, and Kverneland Group Operations Norway AS continually invests to ensure it remains a world leader in plough production. One recent development has been the upgrading of six robotic welding cells to use ESAB’s endless wire, which has resulted in improved productivity and significant cost savings.
Reliance and Brooks deliver innovative laboratory automation
Reliance Precision Limited is announcing its partnership with Brooks Life Science Systems (Brooks), provider of innovative and comprehensive sample lifecycle management systems for the life sciences industry. This new relationship has resulted in the successful production, launch and installation of the FluidX IntelliXcap automated capper/decapper system. The new system is currently being used for automated biobanking and cell processing applications.
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.