MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Carbon dioxide levels and safety considerations in winemaking
Although, at first sight, winemaking might appear to be one of the most idyllic of occupations, it is an industry with its own serious safety concerns. The fermentation process that produces the highly desirable end product, whether it be a serious earthy, rich Cabernet Sauvignon or a sweet, slightly decadent Moscato, also produces a lot of carbon dioxide. In the realm of 40 times the volume of grape juice in fact. That is a lot of carbon dioxide and the health implications of that amount of fatal gas cannot be ignored.
ZEMIC chosen for agricultural produce-handling machinery
The Netherlands-based agricultural machinery specialist Van Hees manufacturers its automated BOXFILR system for handling vegetable produce such as potatoes, carrots and onions. For farm warehouse use at harvest time and as a year-round means for supporting distribution, storage and transportation, the system includes conveyor delivery, filling, emptying and crate stacking operations with very high efficiency thanks to several modules that perform specific tasks. These modules are often adapted to suit the precise needs of the customer and for BOXFILR users that require weight information for their produce, Van Hees chooses ZEMIC for load cells and weight information transmitters.
Mclennan supplies specialist laboratory equipment manufacturer
Microbial air sampling in pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare industries is a critical factor to ensure laboratory quality control for aseptic processing, typically where medicinal products and equipment is packaged in sterile environments. Leading the field in air sampling technology, the Welsh manufacturer Pinpoint Scientific Ltd has recently introduced its modular ImpactAir range that offers users flexibility for implementation across a diversity of air sampling tasks. Setting it even further apart from competitive air samplers, the range also offers some features based upon motion control technology supplied and supported by Mclennan.
Engineering firm cuts costs with high efficiency compressors
BOGE is saving an aerospace engineering and treatment company at least £18,000 a year by installing two of its high-efficiency compressors. The business operates from two locations – a precision engineering site (manufacturing high-integrity, complex, aerospace components and assemblies), and a treatment site (providing non-destructive testing, surface treatments, and painting to major aerospace companies and their suppliers).
Raecom chooses Herga Technology for air switching
Surrey-based Raecom Emergency Alarms Ltd specialise in wireless alarms systems for leisure facilities. Whilst some of its products are electrical, there are areas such as swimming pools and saunas where the wet environment and safety requirements call for alternative alarm technologies to be used. To fulfil these needs Raecom has developed a range of products based on air switching and chose Herga Technology for its component-level requirements.
Bearing specialist supplying Eurovision
SMB Bearings has been contracted to provide specialist bearings as part of the set design for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 13. The stainless steel bearings will be used in lighting and camera rigs on the set of the annual televised contest.
Merford keeps the peace at greenhouse site
Thanks to noise insulating housing from Merford Noise Control, an Isle of Wight salad grower’s four 6.5+ megawatt gas combined heat and power (CHP) units are not disturbing the peace.
Integrating a single servo axis into a custom rotobroacher
Lumco Manufacturing Company is a Michigan-based company that designs, builds and integrates automation and special machine equipment for the automotive, agricultural, gas and oil, energy and aerospace industries.
Atlas Copco VSD+ compressor improves production efficiency
Natural Stone Surfaces, one of the UK’s leading quartz and granite worktop manufacturers, chose Atlas Copco to upgrade its essential compressed air supply and has improved its productivity and saved over £4750 in annual energy costs as a result.
Starring role for Kaydon bearings in camera stabilisation kit
Kaydon Reali-Slim thin-section bearings supplied by R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Ltd. are delivering both high quality and performance as part of patented body-worn camera stabilisation equipment used in the film industry. With around 200 units already in field service, the bearings have seen action on various blockbuster movie franchises.
Harwin makes better connections using Festo automation
Family-owned British manufacturer Harwin PLC makes high-quality connectors for electronics applications. When investing in a new production line for its premium Gecko range, the company chose Festo technology to deliver the high levels of automation and flexibility it needed.
How robotics can make a book into a real page turner
igus has released a video that provides an elaborate demonstration of a book scanner using a robolink articulated arm to turn the pages automatically between each page scan; the scanned pages can then be archived electronically and accessed for any purpose.