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Sika improves productivity with compressed air & nitrogen system
Sika Limited has virtually halved its batch transfer time after installing a centralised and remotely monitored compressed air and nitrogen system from Atlas Copco. The system, which was installed, and is being serviced, by Atlas Copco subsidiary Compressor Engineering, is proving essential in the safe and efficient production procedures at the company’s manufacturing facility in Preston, UK. Furthermore, it has allowed full centralisation between adjacent plant installations and provided capacity for expansion.
Subcontract engineering company adopts PSL Datatrack
“We find that PSL Datatrack is much more than just an IT software service provider. As they deal with so many businesses they are able to offer advice on practical solutions for the day-to-day running of Empire Manufacturing.” That’s the verdict of Director Stuart Wade, whose precision subcontract engineering company has now been using the production control software system across two generations of the family business.
SMT production line uses RFID to identify PCBs and reduce errors
An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by Harting. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID product, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of 1.
How sensing technologies are helping UK wine growers
Behind the rise and rise of English wine, British engineers and technologists are busy developing new systems and aids for the vine growing industry. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd tells his part of this astonishing success story.
Custom-designed flexible cables designed into nanosatellite
Intelliconnect have had a number of custom-designed, flexible cables successfully launched into space as part of VESTA-1, a 3U nanosatellite technology demonstration mission. VESTA-1 was manufactured for Honeywell under funding from the UK Space Agency.
Ri4Power electrical power distribution system used at steel mill
Rittal was approached to provide power distribution and motor control centre system for a replacement drives panel at a steel mill based in the North of England.
NSK solves conveyor failure issues at drinks plant
By changing to NSK Molded-Oil mounted-unit inserts, an international drinks producer has overcome repeated problems of premature insert failures on the drive system of four vital sorting conveyors. The move has improved service life notably, leading to an annual saving of more than EUR5000.
Laser Machining Centre revolutionises control panel production
In a “UK first”, LCA Group has switched its control panel operations from manual production to end-to-end automation, including laser-machining. The move is expected to transform its productivity and efficiency. Watch a short video here