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Spring manufacture creates bespoke closure for gin bottles
Spring manufacture is rarely glamorous. However, all that changed when European Springs and Pressings were invited to design a bottle top for probably the most beautiful gin in the world.
IDS 3D vision system helps robots assemble flat-pack furniture
As part of a research project, scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a robot that can independently assemble the individual components of an IKEA chair without interruption in less than 10 minutes. The robot consists of an Ensenso N35 3D camera from IDS and two robot arms equipped with grippers to pick up objects.
Additive manufacturing in human-powered landspeed record attempt
Renishaw is providing additive manufacturing (AM) expertise to the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team). As part of the ARION4 project, Renishaw built the central titanium support (CTS), a vital component of the bike to support the team’s attempt to break the current hand cycle land speed record. From the 10th to 15th of September 2018, hand cyclist Ken Talbot and Paralympian Karen Darke MBE will race at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA.
Procusini 3D food printer relies on NTC temperature sensors
The Procusini 3.0 is a 3D food printer, recently launched in its third and revised generation with NTC temperature probes from Variohm EuroSensor.
Reliable shear protection device for oil change containers
Changing hydraulic and transmission oil in offshore wind power plants is a challenge. Therefore, Speedwind Offshore has developed an innovative container-based system for rapid and clean oil changes at sea – currently the only one worldwide which has been certified by DNV GL. In the shear protection device, the company relies on EAS-axial overload elements by mayr power transmission.
Electromagnetic safety brakes linear axes
With the new LGR-3 linear gantry robot, Fibro Läpple Technology GmbH provides a modular system for loading and unloading machines as well as for handling workpieces. It allows for diverse customer requirements to be flexibly implemented. In the electric version of the gantry, the company relies on the tried and tested ROBA-linearstop safety brakes by mayr power transmission to secure the vertical axes. These feature high positioning accuracy and are backlash-free, thus reliably ensuring the safety of people and materials.
Non-contact safety sensors for meat processing machines
Laska grinders, cutters and mixers are sophisticated meat processing machines that can pose significant hazards due to the knives located within them. Contactless sensors have proven to be the perfect components for monitoring flaps and locks for safety purposes. Not only are they reliable, but as they have no edges, corners or slots, are also extremely hygienic.
STEMlab selected for dense network of dual-mission HF radars
Red Pitaya’s STEMlab test and measurement product has been selected for high-resolution radar/broadband data processing in a new dense network of dual-mission HF radars costing only $300 proposed by the well-respected Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, geospace scientist, and expert in remote sensing hardware/software, Michael Hirsch, Ph.D., from Boston, MA, USA.
FLIR instruments help students prepare for SpaceX competition
Here’s a challenge: build your own Hyperloop pod prototype and test it at Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters in California. Who said engineering can’t be fun? Engineering students from the University of Edinburgh who were accepted to participate in the exciting SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition used thermal imaging and measurement technology from FLIR to make sure their prototype was ready for the race.