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Discrete manufacturing

Fast-acting failsafe actuator (25/03/2014)
Article image A recent example of customised valve actuators from Rotork-Hiller, was the result of a requirement to build a fast-acting failsafe stop valve actuator for a plant firefighting system that demanded an exceptionally innovative design solution.
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Higher performance and energy saving in warehouse systems (04/03/2014)
Article image Objectives for the development of viaspeed’s new mini-load system was to achieve higher product throughput and availability, requiring less storage space and lower energy usage. Drive technology played a central role in reaching the performance targets.
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Integrated automation solution offers enhanced diagnostics (11/02/2014)
An integrated automation solution has helped a machine builder improve production flexibility and control and has enhanced diagnostics for an end-customer.
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Putting a cap on traceability issues 03/12/2013
Traceability of product, reliability of performance and ongoing support are the key components of a recent project undertaken by Siemens Industry for Precision Engineering, a UK-based machine builder who manufactures the world renowned Dico capping and Gravfil liquid filling brands. Full Story...

Fast pump testing with variable-speed drives 08/10/2013
Flowserve, a provider of fluid motion and control products and services, is using variable-speed drives (VSDs) and motors from ABB for quick and easy testing of its new pump variants at different speeds. Full Story...

Condition monitoring solution for refurbished blast furnace 01/10/2013
Turbo-blowers and their control systems are a vital component of the steel making process. Condition monitoring company, Sensonics, has recently been involved in a project involving the relighting of a blast furnace at the SSI steelworks in Redcar, on Teeside. Full Story...

Safety first for electric axis bending machine 17/09/2013
Siemens Industry’s Safety Services team has supported AddisonMckee, a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming technologies through the development and launch of a new electric axis bending machine by offering a comprehensive safety assessment, consultancy and validation process. Full Story...

High-speed electronic axis spices up automation 27/08/2013
When PCE Automation was challenged with designing a new handling system for automating the manufacture of a brand new concept of spice jar lid by plastics manufacturer RPC Halstead, it turned to Festo for technology and advice. Full Story...

Lean Connectivity solution offers wiring cost savings and more 28/05/2013
Schaltanlagenbau Gormanns was responsible for the electrical power supply and drive and automation concept for a fully automated potato sorting plant which formed part of a new building project. For this project, the company employed SmartWire-DT technology from Eaton. It has offered cabling cost-savings with improved troubleshooting capabilities. Full Story...

Robotic machine solution solves coupling handling issues 24/04/2013
A new custom-designed product handling system, designed and developed by Linkx Systems, and which incorporates a KUKA robot, is delivering productivity gains and enhanced process consistency for MP Eastern, a supplier of anodising and electroplating services. Full Story...

Helping Seba Developments to keep temperature under control 01/03/2013
Compact temperature controllers supplied by Omron have been employed by Seba Developments, a UK-based manufacturer of heating equipment for the industrial and craft markets. Full Story...

Ensuring surgical light quality through Data Matrix code readers 21/11/2012
Germany company, Berchtold GmbH & Co. KG, manufactures surgical lights. To ensure rigorous quality standards are met for 100% of the lights manufactured, the company relies on processes for complete traceability of all production steps and product components. This is accomplished by reading Data Matrix codes for the main components using DataMan 8100 industrial ID readers from Cognex. Full Story...

HMI/SCADA solution for pharmaceutical packaging equipment 14/11/2012
Machine builder, Bausch + Ströbel, is now using zenon from COPA-DATA as a company-wide platform for process and information management. It is using the HMI/SCADA solution for machine operation, logging operational data and the control and monitoring of individual machines and production lines for the pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic industry. Full Story...

XML-based HMI brings increased flexibility and functionality to shrink wrapper 02/11/2012
When specialist packaging machine builder, Kosme, was looking at new SCADA/HMI standard platforms to provide control and visualisation for its new Flypack shrink wrapping machine, it turned to the XML-based Movicon SCADA package. Full Story...

Robotic upgrade for automotive fitting line 28/11/2011
As part of a major investment by Norgren at its Lichfield manufacturing site in the UK, Kawasaki Robotics has replaced two aging robots with Kawasaki RS06L robots. The new robots will allow faster cell tool change times and are able to work more comfortably within target cycle times. Full Story...

Technology transfer - seeing the light 24/10/2011
CEE looks at a quality-control technology which is being transferred from its traditional applications in pulp and paper to the metal industry. Full Story...

Thermal imager helps develop cooler running shoes 18/10/2011
The Adidas test centre in Scheinfeld, Germany, has used a FLIR ThermaCAM SC 3000 thermal imaging camera throughout the development of its latest technology. Full Story...

25% productivity increase achieved for laminator 26/04/2011
API Laminates is a UK-based manufacturer of foil, holographic and laminate products and holds several awards for environmentally friendly initiatives. Full Story...