target demanding applications D

ormer Pramet has expanded its line of carbide burrs with new tools for machining superalloys and

bolt removal. The alloy specific range has been designed to meet

the most demanding metal finishing needs in nickel and titanium alloys. With an advanced cutting geometry, the alloy specific

(AS) burrs support high performance grinding and a smooth, controlled cutting action for a consistent high- quality surface finish. This makes the range ideal for deburring and chamfering in maintenance, repair and overhaul applications, in industries such as aerospace and power generation. With nine different shapes available, the AS burrs

KNAPP supplies shuttle store to Würth

logistics centre of the industrial fastenings specialist, Würth Österreich. The new facility – at the company’s headquarters in Böheimkirchen, Austria – features 60,000 additional storage positions in KNAPP’s OSR ShuttleTM storage system. It was officially opened in December, on the 20th anniversary of the Böheimkirchen site. KNAPP has enjoyed a long partnership with Würth, having previously supplied logistics automation at two sites in Germany within the Würth group – at Bad Mergentheim and Künzelsau. Construction of the 20-million-euro extension at


Böheimkirchen took just 18 months and has boosted warehouse capacity, which had been exhausted over time. Würth’s throughput at the site is over 600,000 shipments per year – amounting to 6,000 to 7,000 parcels daily – with 99 per cent of all products being delivered the next day. The product range includes over 125,000 assembly and fastening items, from screws to tools.


ogistics system integrator, KNAPP, has supplied automated material handling systems for the newly expanded

Sustainability was paramount in the expansion project.

The new facility features a photovoltaic system on its roof, which produces around 80 per cent of the daily energy need at the Böheimkirchen site. KNAPP’s innovative OSR ShuttleTM system uses only some 5% of the energy consumption of a traditional automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), making huge savings in energy in the warehouse. In addition, the packaging technology in the KNAPP solution significantly reduces the amount of filling material required (Würth uses organic cushioning made from potato and corn starch) by adjusting the height of each individual dispatch carton to suit the goods inside. This results in greater space utilization in delivery vehicles and thereby fewer transport miles.

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Mark Roberts Motion Control source hexapod positioning system from Heason Technology

ark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), a Nikon Company, is an award winning designer and manufacturer of

motion control hardware and software widely used in the film, television and professional photography industries. Its extensive range of camera robot solutions enable high speed, pixel accurate and highly repeatable compound movement that is essential in enabling technology for the special effects and visual imagery we all enjoy today. As part of MRMC’s impressive array of ‘motion rigs’, Heason Technology has recently supplied design expertise and components for an EtherCAT controlled 6-axis hexapod that is used as a model mover. With its 1500 kg payload, MRMC’s servo motor driven ‘motion base’ precisely enables objects or even actors to move in any linear and rotational direction in a volume of approximately 0.7 m3 – to create the illusion of motion when paired with its sophisticated Flair software. Heason Technology worked closely with MRMC from

the conceptual phase of the motion base project and contributed its motion systems expertise through the design and specification for the hexapod mechanics and drives including its load and performance calculations. The motion specialist also supplied most of the

proprietary and custom designed components for the project that was assembled at MRMC’s Surrey-UK facility. Heason Technology combines its own design and build capability with motion products, components and systems from a select group of globally recognised distribution partners. Its systems integration service is backed by a sales application team and extensive in-house motion engineering support including sophisticated 3D CAD and motion simulation software. For the motion base project Heason supplied precision linear actuators from its distribution partner Thomson Industries as well as brushless servo motors, EtherCAT ready servo drives and associated accessories from Kollmorgen. With its six precision linear actuators arranged in a Stewart Platform geometry, MRMC’s motion base

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achieve a faster cutting action with high stock removal and is included in a new set (P88006) which features a variety of styles. Meanwhile, Dormer Pramet has launched a new range

of burrs specifically designed to prepare the clean removal of broken bolts, without damaging the threaded hole or the component.

Dormer Pramet  0870 850 4466 

Heason Technology  01403 792 300  www.heason.comb

produces the synchronised compound movement in six- degrees-of-freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, yaw and roll) that its Flair software determines as a real-time trajectory seen from a camera lens or from any other point in space for a specific shooting sequence. The PC-based software calculates the actual leg length positions required for each actuator which is transferred into each axis’ brushless servo drive via an EtherCAT master. With the ability to create and replay motion sequences with high

repeatability and precise accuracy, complete scenes can be composed where actors or models are filmed against a green screen for example, to give the appearance of fast and exciting movement. In a second operational mode, the motion base can be controlled from a manually operated miniature scale replica of the hexapod that mimics the position of six high precision linear encoders. Similar to a joystick controller, motion sequences can be loaded, adjusted and replayed by MRMC’s Flair software.

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