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New encoder technology for microstepping motor position verification: AMP announce capacitive encoders as alternative for stepper motor stall detection

Applied Motion Products Inc. (AMP) has recently announced an alternative encoder technology for microstepping motor position verification. Available from Mclennan, AMP’s European distribution partner, capacitive encoder technology offers advantages for applications where increased durability or space savings are required.

MAHLE Powertrain takes delivery of UK’s first RDE test equipment

A major milestone in the development of the UK’s first RDE test centre has been reached, after MAHLE Powertrain took delivery of a sophisticated altitude and climatic control system from Weiss. The equipment will form an integral part of MAHLE’s new RDE centre, which is set to be completed by mid-2018.

The high–tech control system forms part of an overall investment of £8m, being made by MAHLE at its Northampton site. This will become the company’s global centre for Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing. The new facility will enable European vehicle manufacturers to develop next-generation gasoline engines without the associated costs of traditional field trips for high altitude and temperature extremes. The development of the new facility comes in response to the new European-wide emissions test that was introduced in September 2017.

Moulding machine OEM opts for NSK’s NH linear guides

A leading manufacturer of blow moulding machines has recently replaced its linear guides with the NH series from NSK. The move comes after the OEM received complaints about the poor service life exhibited by its previous linear guides, which are used to move the mould platens.

Blow moulding machines, which are used to manufacture hollow objects such as plastic bottles, feature linear guides that are subject to very challenging operating conditions. As a result, service life can be compromised if the optimum linear guide is not selected, as this particular OEM discovered. The manufacturer began receiving complaints from customers who were unhappy that the linear guides were showing visible signs of wear after just 12 months. As blow moulding machines operate with fast cycle times and high clamping forces, any wear to key components such as linear guides can be extremely detrimental to the manufacturing process.

To investigate the situation, the machine manufacturer challenged its existing supplier of linear guides, but was told the wear had resulted from alignment errors. In other words, the supplier was intimating that the OEM had made errors when assembling the linear guides to its machines.

Dissatisfied with this answer, the manufacturer turned to NSK, requesting that the company undertake a full assessment and failure cause analysis. Once the investigation was complete, NSK discovered there were in fact some very minor alignment errors but that these were not the principal cause of damage to the guides. At the same time, NSK technicians established that the load factors given by the linear guide supplier had been calculated using a method which produced results quite different from the values calculated using industry-standard ISO formulae.

The recommendation was made to replace the existing guides with equivalent ones from the NSK NH series, which offer higher load capacity and very long service life due to their optimised design, especially in cases of dynamic stress, overloading, impact loading and shock loading. These effects are often unavoidable in blow moulding systems, so linear guides must be designed accordingly.

For the NH series, the relevant load factor values are calculated based on ISO standards, which is not always the case for linear guides. Very often, values are calculated from tests which have not been made under ISO conditions. The values may appear to be better, but for NSK, a comparison based on the ISO standard is the correct method and one that users can replicate.

A growing number of reputable moulding machine manufacturers, as well as builders of machine tools and handling systems for semiconductor production, are benefiting from using NH series linear guides. In the case of the blow moulding machine manufacturer, the switch to NH guides led to a significant reduction in the wear susceptibility of the clamping units. As a result, the OEM has now equipped its entire range of machines with NH series linear guides from NSK.

Evaporative Drying of Oil and Fat Samples

Genevac reports on special evaporative techniques for removal of solvents from oil and fat samples.

Working with oils and fats can be difficult.  Whether extracting and recovering additives, evaluating lipid content of foods or characterising reclaimed cooking oils before reprocessing or conversion to biofuels, oils and fats can be difficult to dry.

Versatile High Performance SWIR camera

FLIR Systems A6260sc camera sets the standard for Short Wavelength Infrared (SWIR) cameras for science and R&D applications by combining high-speed performance with fully customizable features. Incorporating a proprietary high-resolution detector, the A6250sc camera offers improved sensitivity and linearity across the full dynamic range, making it ideal for radiometry and temperature calibrated applications.

IAEA Robotics Challenge

LEMO has been supporting Rovenso, a Swiss startup, who was a finalist of the Robotics Challenge of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The event was held in Brisbane Australia. The goal of this challenge was to identify robots that will assist IAEA inspectors in carrying out their tasks. More specifically, repetitive measurement and stock identification tasks in harsh environment areas exposed to high radiation levels.

Honeycomb strain relief system from igus makes energy chain harnessing easy

Honeycomb strain relief system from igus makes energy chain harnessing easy

igus has introduced a unique strain relief system for energy chains that replaces the cable tie-wraps that are commonly used in industry. Cables and hoses are simply inserted into a honeycomb, called the CFU, and then closed. Compared to cable tie-wraps or other strain relief solutions, the engineer can save about 80 percent assembly and engineering time.

New motor and drive ranges from Leroy-Somer launched at SPS 2017 on Hall 4, stand No 4-250

Leroy-Somer, a business of the Nidec group, is preparing for the launch of new ranges at SPS IPC Drives, the Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation, from November 14 to 16, in Nuremberg / Germany.

First and foremost, Leroy-Somer will be demonstrating Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. This all-in-one drive solution has been designed to meet the strategic challenges of increasingly complex and demanding production environments, induced by the transition to Industry 4.0.

Custom manufactured process equipment – Tanks and Process Vessels

Axium Process specialises in design and fabrication of hygienic stainless steel process equipment including high-end customised stainless steel tanks, pressure vessels, mobile transfer vessels and mixing vessels manufactured complete with integrated stirring systems and CIP processes.

The company, which can supply full certification packs including materials, weld maps, surface finish, non-destructive testing and Notified Body third party approval, typically manufactures tanks and vessels in 316 and 316L stainless steel with higher grade materials such as Hastelloy®,  for specialised applications including those associated with the pharmaceutical industry.    

Perfect navigation in the electric power network

SINEAX AM series for a stable and safe energy supply

The SINEAX AM series from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a range of compact devices for measuring and monitoring heavy current networks. The quality of the display, intuitive controls, and measurement precision are all signs of the Swiss comprehension of product quality

 

ADAMS PLACES FIRST MORNING OPEN HOUSE ORDER THAT LEADS TO £3.4 MILLION CITIZEN BONANZA FROM 300 VISITORS.

Within a couple of hours of Citizen Machinery UK opening its doors for the Technology Days Open House, three directors of precision sub-contractor Adams Engineering (Ilkeston) ordered a Citizen Cincom L32 –VIII sliding head turn-mill centre to increase its installed base of Citizen Machinery UK supplied machines to five.

Said Managing Director Robert Roberts: “We have to increase capacity because one of our leading customers with a turnover in excess of £140 million has acquired another business. As we have a long term reliable supplier history, we are online to significantly increase part production.”

Optimise part mark verification with new white paper

New white paper from Pryor reveals how manufacturers can verify the quality of part marks to optimise inventory control and asset tracking processes.

With inventory control and asset tracking more important than ever across the manufacturing sectors, the world-leading marking, identification and traceability specialist Pryor has published a free white paper, which explains how manufacturers can better verify the quality of part marks.