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Composite components: advancing automated machinery

Composite components: advancing automated machinery
In an athletic sprint race, a split second can mean the difference between winning and losing. It’s been shown that athletes who sprint 40 meters wearing spiked shoes can finish 0.11 seconds faster than those wearing jogging shoes. Just like in athletics, using the right components in automated machinery can have a significant impact on performance. Here, Robert Glass, Head of Marketing at Exel Composites, explores how using composite components can enhance automated production lines.
20th April 2021

3D paves the way to a safer plant

3D paves the way to a safer plant
Umeå Energi can now focus on the critical points in the pipe system at the heating plant in Ålidhem, Sweden. FVB has conducted 3D scanning, 3D modelling, and expansion calculation at the plant to get the facts. “We’ll now have a better and safer plant,” said Konny Lindberg, who is in charge of plant development at Ålidhem’s heating plant.
7th April 2021

Combining user-friendliness with high performance

Combining user-friendliness with high performance
Mitsubishi Electric has helped JK Machinery Ltd upgrade the design of an automated printing machine to deliver an enhanced, futureproof and cost-effective solution to its customers. The new unit, which is now the company’s flagship, offers next-level performance enabled by Mitsubishi Electric’s advanced automation products. These include the latest FR-A800-R2R Variable Speed Drive (VSD) with dedicated winding functions, MELSERVO-J4 servos, a MELSEC iQ-F series PLC with simple motion module and a GOT2000 series HMI.
16th March 2021


3D printed grippers transform packaging machine

3D printed grippers transform packaging machine
Animals and birds can adjust the power and position of their grip in many ways to suit their needs. Industrial applications tend to be binary in comparison; mechanical grippers used for attaching lids to jars, for example, have very restricted, 'closed/open' dexterity. When a new product is introduced, a new gripper to match that product can take weeks to design and manufacture.
16th March 2021

The benefits of using composite components in machinery

The benefits of using composite components in machinery
Cheetahs are famed for their ability to reach high speeds, but it is in fact their agility that is truly impressive. Cheetahs can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just three seconds, and then quickly decelerate, turn, and sprint in another direction. But this exceptional combination of speed and precision doesn’t purely belong to the wild, and innovative composite materials are helping bring these qualities to the factory floor. Here, Robert Glass, Head of Marketing at Exel Composites, explores how composite components can enhance the performance of automated machinery.
15th March 2021

New long-life coating for food machinery

New long-life coating for food machinery
Sheet metal and metallic parts in food processing are regularly exposed to friction and wear. igus has developed a new coating material to increase the service life of these components, by reducing friction and wear. The IC-05 tribo-polymer protects sensitive and small bearing points as well as sliding surfaces, it is coloured blue for high visibility and is approved for use in manufacturing by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
4th March 2021

Elastic double joint proves a quiet solution for labelling machines

Elastic double joint proves a quiet solution for labelling machines
A new elastic double joint from igus is proving to be a perfect - and quiet - solution for the machine building sector. The igubal GPZM coupling joint, which was officially launched at the end of 2020, is lubrication-free, maintenance-free and 20% more flexible than its conventional alternative.
23rd February 2021

igus goes to great lengths with expansion of hybrid chains series

igus goes to great lengths with expansion of hybrid chains series
The world’s first hybrid chain is now available in two new sizes - designed by igus for construction machinery and lifting equipment. These YE hybrid chains, made of polymer and steel, are 50% lighter than conventional steel chains and can safely move large hydraulic hoses and high fill weights vertically on both mobile crane platforms and construction machinery.
16th February 2021

The generator sweet spot

The generator sweet spot
In cycling, sweet spot training involves placing the body under sustained stress, but not so much stress that it cannot be held for a long duration. It can be defined in relation to a percentage of the cyclist’s functional threshold power and aims to increase the cyclist’s fitness, while getting the most out of their time. Here Clinton Noble, Diesel Generator Sales Manager at Finning UK & Ireland power systems, explains how generators, like cyclists, have a sweet spot that can mean operators get the best out of their investment.
9th December 2020

Steering into the future for mobile machinery

Steering into the future for mobile machinery
Parker Hannifin has launched a mobile directional control valve that can be used in a Steer-by-Wire system for earth-moving equipment and other types of mobile machinery. This high performance single fault tolerant valve is designed to support the ongoing evolution and trend for electrification of vehicles in this market.
17th November 2020


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