MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
How to manage power and control cables reliably on cranes
Container handling is a vital element in global logistics, from European ports along the North Sea to the ports on the east coast of China. Here automatic stacking cranes work 24/7 to arrange containers in columns, side by side and stacks. They can travel distances of up to 800m and speeds of 600m/min, which can be a challenge to reliably manage power and control cables.
Laser profile sensors measure conductor rail wear, track gauge
In the railway industry, an important aspect is the aftermarket rail inspection for wear monitoring, recording and track bed geometry. Donfabs & Consillia Ltd provides complete systems for railway monitoring, producing a full range of equipment for the measurement of a wide variety of track parameters. The company’s product portfolio covers everything from unattended units for recording ride comfort, through to track parameter measurement together with vehicles for rail inspection and maintenance.
Integrated water quality monitoring for water treatment service
Providing high-quality water supplies is an essential service delivered by municipal authorities and utility companies around the world. Maintaining water quality requires constant monitoring and testing to ensure accurate measurements are being taken. Traditionally this has involved time-consuming calibration and maintenance. A shire council in New South Wales, Australia, however, has decided to do things differently and turned to Bürkert Fluid Control Systems for an automated precision monitoring system that saves them time and money.
Ball screws for servo-electric actuators in powder presses
S-HTF series ball screws from NSK are for the first time enabling powder-press manufacturer Osterwalder AG to employ servo-electric drives on its larger machines, rather than conventional hydraulic drives. As a result, new systems such as the Osterwalder OPP 2000 multi-level machine with 2000kN press force, use around 80 per cent less energy than hydraulic counterparts of equivalent power output. In addition, pressed parts are produced with significantly higher dimensional accuracy, which reduces the amount of reworking and substantially lowers process and material costs.
Condition-based maintenance cuts servicing costs
Facilities management service provider Engie Cofely has made significant savings in maintenance and servicing costs following the successful installation of a permanent condition monitoring system from Schaeffler.
Würth selects Variohm NTC ring terminal temperature probe
Recently launched by the German electronic components manufacturer Würth Elektronik, the TI-PMLK BUCK Würth Elektronik Edition learning kit is aimed at students as well as designers and developers of power supplies to help investigate and evaluate the impact of magnetic components in a buck regulator, namely inductors and transformers.
Elesa carry handles save time and money for Aquaflame
Aquaflame Systems provides products and systems for micro-soldering and acrylic flame polishing. The Aquaflame range of high performance gas-generating units produce a high temperature flame – in the range 1200–3300degC.
Drives for continuous conveyors
Nord Drivesystems offers powerful drive systems for transporting bulk materials that are characterised by reliability, safety and robustness and ensure smooth operation even under the toughest environmental conditions.
Fastenings suit harsh outdoor use in renewable energy sector
In the UK and worldwide, solar energy remains one of the most popular renewable energy options. It is stated that by the close of 2018, there were almost 957,000 recognised photovoltaic installations across the UK alone, a rise of 1.6 per cent on the previous year, despite changes to the subsidies programme that had been in place to boost domestic installations.
Tri-axis inertial measurement units for subterranean curvature
Combining its gyro-equipped inertial measurement units (IMUs) and including a high-definition camera and additional sensors, Tamagawa Seiki’s TUG-NAVI ‘Under Ground Navigator’ enables highly precise curvature and inner diameter measurement plus visual inspection for subterranean ducts and boreholes. The sensor and motion control component designer and manufacturer, represented in the UK by Mclennan, developed the novel instrument in collaboration a Korean utilities infrastructure company to reduce time and costs for replacing and maintaining old and dimensionally unpredictable buried cable networks.
Malting company boosts productivity by upgrading control system
Process control represents the central nervous system of a manufacturing line and so has a large impact on efficiency and product quality. When the UK’s leading independent malting company decided it was being held back by a legacy control system, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric for a solution. The upgrade, implemented in only four days, slashed downtime and empowered operators at Crisp to fully govern its manufacturing processes, leading to improved product quality and consistency.
ESAB Rebel is a game-changer for welding services company
ESAB has recently introduced a 1.0mm version of its FILARC PZ6113 flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) wire. Combining this smaller wire with the Rebel multi-process machine creates new opportunities for welding thinner plate. Bob Evans of RW Evans Welding Services has described the pairing as a ‘game changer’ for his business because it enables him to use MIG welding instead of MMA (manual metal arc) welding for many fabrications, so he can improve his productivity and profit margins while still achieving high-quality welds.