MachineBuilding.net Application Stories Index
BMI turns to Keyence IM Series
BMI Engineering, a UK high-volume turned-parts manufacturer, has upgraded its quality department with the addition of an IM Series image dimension measuring system from Keyence. The system has not only saved time spent using laborious shadowgraph technology, but has also negated any potential for customer disputes regarding dimension measurement.
igus tribo-filaments take on the soapbox challenge
igus engineers have compared the abrasion resistance of 3D-printed plastic parts made of iglidur I180 and standard ABS materials. However, to make the test procedure more exciting, the engineers decided to 3D print plastic plain bearings out of each material and insert them into the wheels of a soapbox car.
Start up every drive decentrally with the Emparro67 power supply
Drive applications face many challenges, ranging from being far away from the power supply, to high start-up currents due to powering large loads. That’s where Murrelektronik’s Emparro67 comes in. This next generation power supply leads the trend towards decentralisation. But it’s the power boost and current limiter that make it well suited for supplying DC drives.
Cube67 in use at sortimat Handling Systems
Limited space in the cabinet and on the machine, a desire to shorten installation times and a goal to maximise system availability – these are the challenges the sortimat Handling Systems electrical engineers are facing when designing their systems. With Murrelektronik’s Cube system they have found the appropriate installation concept for their handling machines. Its modularity and flexibility during installation allows a system to be customised to meet a variety of requirements.
igus bearings help Rega glide to a vinyl revival
Since Record Store Day began in 2007, the music industry has been enjoying a sustained vinyl revival, with vinyl sales growing consecutively every year since. Vinyl is now the only music format that is consistently growing year-over-year and is more popular than it has been since the late 1980s. From a low of 0.1 per cent in 2007, UK vinyl sales have grown exponentially and now represent 1.5 per cent of total music sales. Although overall sales of physical product were down by 13 per cent in 2012, vinyl bucked this trend, with sales rising by 18 per cent. More than two million LPs were sold in the UK during 2015, and these resurgent sales of music on vinyl generated more income for UK artists than 27 billion YouTube and Vevo streams last year.
An excellent press mailing service: decentralised systems
Promotional postcards and flyers, membership cards, coupons and other materials fill up our mail boxes daily and encourage individually tailored shopping. Do we ever ask ourselves where all this comes from? The answer is probably from creative minds based in marketing companies. That’s true, when it’s about the idea. However, who produces and makes all of this? A mailing house. But how? The answer is provided by engineers and planners at C.M.C. srl with the support of Kollmorgen’s decentralised systems.
RARUK Universal robot helps automate SIM card packaging
Real Digital International Ltd, a specialist in digital print communications and a service provider to sectors that include retail, telecommunications, finance and healthcare, has installed a Universal Robot UR10 at its Croydon facility to help with the packaging of mobile phone SIM cards. As well as automating previously mundane manual operations, the robot, which was supplied by RARUK Automation Limited, has allowed the company to repurpose employees to more varied tasks.
Specially adapted oven chain bakes the best crumpets
The next time you tuck into some delicious warm crumpets, dripping with butter, there is every chance that they made it to your plate courtesy of specially adapted oven chain from Renold. Just recently the company won a large order to supply an award-winning bakery with 15,000lb breaking load, 5” pitch BS conveyor chain. The chain was designed with special attachments and produced at Renold’s dedicated Service Centre in Bredbury, Stockport.
Spelsberg shows its true colours for superior customer service
When CCTV equipment is in public view, aesthetics can be as important as functional requirements. So when APC Concepts wanted special coloured electrical enclosures it turned to Spelsberg UK, knowing it could expect world class-support and service.
Warner Linear steers unmanned vessel design
Research and development into unmanned vehicles has made considerable progress in the past few years. Designing fully autonomous vehicles presents additional challenges since they need to share operational space with human-operated vehicles. In an effort to advance the technology for marine surface vessels, a biennial competition is being held for universities to showcase their expertise; an endeavour that has been supported by Warner Linear.
Precision drive for aircraft wing spar former
When AIC Group won a contract to manufacture a large hot drape former for a major aerospace company in Russia, it turned to trusted supplier Drive Lines of Bedford for help with the drive systems.
Solid steel chains for horizontal drilling machines
Robust steel cable carriers from KABELSCHLEPP Metool have proven successful, as in the horizontal drilling machines from Prime Drilling GmbH, which allow trenchless laying of pipelines up to 60” deep and over a distance of up to 3000m. To allow Prime Drilling to work as flexibly as possible, KABELSCHLEPP Metool implemented the drag chains as a customised standard product with short delivery times.