MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
Slip rings use CC-Link IE for gigabit data transfer
Conductix-Wampfler has chosen CC-Link IE open gigabit Ethernet to provide a high-performance connection system for its range of slip rings. Traditionally used to provide continuous power and data communication to equipment mounted on a rotating assembly, the slip rings have been developed to help new and existing machinery enter the Industry 4.0 era with high-speed data connectivity.
Backlash-free shaft couplings in machines for décor printing
The company Rotodecor is one of the world’s leading manufacturers for gravure printing, varnishing and special machines for the décor printing and packaging sector. All machines are equipped with a sophisticated and high-precision power transmission. When selecting an appropriate coupling, the company therefore also relies on the backlash-free and high-performance ROBA-DS disk pack couplings by mayr power transmission for the accurate transmission of torques.
I/O connectors with integrated surge protection save space
Modern highly automated production plants rely on industrial connectors for the supply of energy, the communication of data and, above all else, the reliable and efficient transmission of signals from measuring, control and regulation technology. Here, transmission quality depends on the performance of both the key interconnection devices for inputs and outputs in the central electrical control cabinet and the protective devices applied within signal circuits.
NSK solves repeat failures of machine tool spindle bearings
NSK has resolved the issue of repeated spindle bearing failures on four CNC machining centres at the plant of an automotive industry supplier. Having identified the root cause of why the spindle bearings were failing every two weeks, the facility is now enjoying savings of EUR32,880 per annum.
Mitsubishi Electric goes large with video wall in Belarus
Mitsubishi Electric has commissioned its largest ever 80” diagonal DLP cube video wall in Europe.
New video demonstrates brake innovation
A new innovation in braking technology is illustrated in a video produced by brake design specialists AirBack Ltd, developers of an innovative drag-free brake design which significantly improves braking efficiency. Reliability is crucial to the success of the braking system, and Lee Products, who supplied their 3-port HDI Solenoid Valve, have played a key role in the 100 per cent reliability being achieved.
Stylish wine storage with 3D-printed igus springs
At the recent IMM furniture fair in Cologne, Germany, a group of 15 prospective wood technicians from the Gsechs University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg presented a very elegant wine storage series, called Dolio. Made from teak/oak, cork and slate veneer, each of the designs integrate self-lubricating and maintenance-free plain bearing components from igus.
SKF helps to resolve elusive rail motor alternator problem
Houghton International is a specialist in the repair, maintenance and life extension of rotating electrical machines. When engineers at the company carried out a HST alternator overhaul and rewind project for a rail industry customer, they applied their usual quality and verification procedures, which included a full range of tests using their SKF Baker AWA static motor analyser.
Baumer sensing success on inspection systems
Baumer Ltd are delighted to have made an important contribution on a successful project, working in conjunction with The Technology Business, a Manchester-based provider of integrated automation and inspection systems. Baumer supplied their Verisens VS XC and XF Vision Sensors which have proven to be an effective vision system for The Technology Business inspection systems.
Cutting machine upgraded with new technology
SKH SIA was established in 1993 and today the company from Rīga, Latvia specialises in the manufacture and construction of industrial buildings, storage tanks, pipelines, thermal insulation of buildings, and general building and construction. With numerous certifications that enable it to serve different industries, SKH is continually investing to develop its engineering capability, including capital equipment. In January 2017 SKH decided to improve the productivity and quality of a large cutting table by retrofitting it with state-of-the-art CNC control and plasma cutting technology from Thermal Dynamics.
Simplified process control for reverse osmosis plant
Designing and constructing a new solar power project is a complex operation that requires a variety of skills and expertise. For one project in Spain, the systems integrator selected a range of Bürkert products to ensure the cleanliness of the process water in order to maintain efficiency and productivity.
Figure 4 3D printing platform chosen for USAF research
3D Systems’ Figure 4 Production system has been selected for the US Air Force-sponsored research focused on integrating high-speed 3D printing into the aircraft maintenance supply chain. Overseen by America Makes, the national additive manufacturing innovation institute, and led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), this initiative project brings together 3D printing and aerospace manufacturing leaders, including 3D Systems, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman.