Motion Control and Automation

Companies partner with Valin for results.  Read these case studies to learn how we achieve more together.

Submitted by Cory Calderon || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 09/05/2017

A large semiconductor chip manufacturer approached our customer with a unique challenge and opportunity in cooling the highly concentrated acids and caustic chemicals used in production. Click on the 'Read more' button below to learn about the solution that not only helped increase the semiconductor chip manufacturer's throughput, but also helped ensure the safety of their staff.

Submitted by Tom Trinh || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 09/05/2017

A supplier of ultra-pure fluid heating systems was looking to diversify their product portfolio to offer a new solution to the food and beverage industry. Their challenge was to develop a microbiology media preparation system for food manufacturing QA/QC labs to use in conducting pathogens testing for E.coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. The system needed to provide +/-2% of dispense volume accuracy (ISO 6887), weight accuracy of <1%, temperature accuracy of <2%, and food sample test traceability.

Submitted by Timothy Eng|| Valin Corp.
on Mon, 09/04/2017

A life science research organization was working on a project to sterilize the mosquito population by introducing a specific type of bacteria into the mosquito’s body. The aim of this project was to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases. Due to the increase in demand, the company needed a way to increase production scalability. Valin’s engineering team designed a system that included shelving systems, robotic enclosures, transfer fixtures, breeding enclosures and transfer carts. In addition, the main shelving system includes a 6M x 2M dual-driven robot to shelve the mosquito breeding samples.

Submitted by Josh Shearer || Valin Corporation
on Sat, 08/05/2017

A leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions was looking for ways to improve the efficiency of routine maintenance change outs for their clean room tools. The technicians, many times, were left to carry tools into the clean-room by hand. Occasionally they would use simple clean room approved work carts that were more or less a bench with wheels. They were searching for something that would allow the technicians to be more efficient and organized while they were working in the clean room.

Submitted by Dave Sanchez || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 06/05/2017

Meal delivery service company found that they were having trouble keeping up with their rapidly growing success. They decided to modify their assembly line for a more efficient packaging system to increase output. They wanted to do this not only for their California location, but their Texas and New York plants as well. Valin’s sales development team worked with the customer to learn more about their processes. They came up with a design for a framing workstation that eliminated their previous labeling station, scanning station, and order entry station and combined them all into one unit.

Submitted by Sean Julian || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 05/08/2017

A worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical products wanted to add workstations, storage racks, and material handling carts to their facility to assist them in the manufacture and repair of medical device products. Valin’s ergonomic designs provided efficiency and comfort to the manufacturing processes. All equipment is in safe reach zones at comfortable heights due to height adjustable work surfaces. It increased employee efficiency, reduced the risk of injuries, improved productivity, and increased revenues. The newly redesigned facility has a modern appearance and the customer is satisfied with the finished product.

Submitted by Aaron Windmiller || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 04/03/2017

A worldwide leader in outdoor television manufacturing was facing a rapidly increasing demand for their products. The company needed to redesign their 100% manual manufacturing process to include automation. Valin’s new process design helped the outdoor television manufacturing company achieve their goals of streamlining their production while keeping a manufacturing workforce in California.

Submitted by Devon Hyatt || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 12/05/2016

A medical device manufacturer wanted to upgrade a legacy water circulation system for an MRI machine that they build and sell. The water in this system is heated and cooled in order to keep the patient comfortable during a MRI procedure. After reviewing the system, Valin’s automation engineers discovered they could eliminate the use of over 10 relays and 2 of the 4 power supplies. They recommended using a microcontroller with an Ethernet HMI touchscreen display, and a single power supply. Valin’s quote was under the manufacturer’s budget and accepted.

Submitted by Kent Martins || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 09/05/2016

A company in the spaceflight industry purchased a filament winding machine and was trying to manufacture composite pressure vessels that had a compound curvature. The solution they found was to create an additional axis that could be rotated in such a way that the material would no longer fold over, but the in-house solution was not automated and required manual adjustment of a rotary axis. To add to the complexity of the problem, the OEM was unable to provide a solution and the customer did not want to tamper with the controller on their brand new machines. Valin’s solution was to add a motor-controlled axis.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 04/28/2016

By adapting serial-based controllers to Ethernet-based networks, customers can lay the hardware groundwork required to take advantage of the Industrial-Internet-of-Things (IIoT) software concepts, allowing quicker response times and proactive maintenance strategies with predictive maintenance

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 04/28/2016

Occasionally customers want to collect information outside of their SCADA systems due to complexity, processing power, or in this case, limited memory being available.  By using simple tools, many tasks can be performed outside of an existing network or supervisory system.

Submitted by Corey Foster & IAI
on Thu, 04/28/2016

By changing inefficient pneumatic and hydraulic systems to electric ones, companies can be more productive, flexible, and efficient in their production.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Omron
on Wed, 04/27/2016

Omron’s new NJ501-1340 CPU unit integrates both machine control and communication functionality, meaning the NJ controller can be directly connected with the existing host to establish SECS/GEM communications, eliminating the need of a separate computer or special communications unit. Unlike previous CPU units, the NJ series uses variables for programming and is free from complicated address setting and management.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Bosch Rexroth
on Wed, 04/27/2016

An Industry 4.0 Workstation is a semi-automated workstation that provides a link between the real world and the virtual world. It is a versatile solution that enables a highly efficient use of resources, great planning, reliability and short throughput times. With unique RFID tags embedded and semi-automated tasks, different operators can effectively produce a large number of different products with consistent quality.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Wed, 04/27/2016

By putting sensors on a network, their information can be transmitted to any location the information is needed.  With this connection in place, software functionality can then be implemented at the supervisory level to decide what to do with that information, whether it is to notify maintenance personnel of a problem or operators of changed conditions.

Submitted by IAI
on Fri, 04/22/2016

Motorizing the feed process increased production, and significantly lowered electricity and labor costs.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Fri, 04/22/2016

By using higher performing electric actuators from the motion control industry to control valves in the process industries, customers can achieve higher performance and better control for their processes.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Kent Martins
on Fri, 04/22/2016

Valin assisted a customer in upgrading their winding machine to replace a manually controlled axis with a motorized one, allowing them better controlled motion synchronized to one of the existing axes.

Submitted on Thu, 04/21/2016

Applying a liquid solution to a copper twisting machine – CT-Effects Application Example

Submitted by Ray Marquiss || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 02/08/2016

A customer that designs cost effective chemical dispense systems contacted Valin for automation assistance. The customer was finding it challenging to integrate control components from different suppliers, especially when it came to the automated systems. Valin's application engineering and sales team showed the engineers at the company how we could save them money and speed up their delivery time by offering components that we could provide extensive support and training on.

Submitted by Cory Calderon
on Wed, 11/25/2015

A semiconductor manufacturer of wafer handling machines and wet benches was looking for a way to reduce the engineering hours spent on writing code. Semiconductor companies are commonly required by their customers to be SECS/GEM compliant and this can be a laborious and costly task.

Submitted on Fri, 10/09/2015

Valin’s technical team was approached by a company that manufactures ammunition for sporting enthusiasts and law enforcement agencies. The customer has an in-house integration group that designs and builds machines for use throughout their facility. The machine design group has always struggled with pneumatic valve manifolds and needed a compact valve manifold with Ethernet/IP communication.

Submitted by Fernando Corona and Sean Julian || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 07/06/2015

A leading global automotive components company was having issues with their vertically integrated equipment used to manufacture automotive seating and interior systems.  We assured the auto manufacturer that we had a technical specialist and an application engineer on-site to troubleshoot the issue. We discovered that the issue was with a component in the circuit, not in the PLC. The PLC was performing as expected, turning on its output when it should, but the device on that circuit was not responding. Once the issue was identified, we quickly fixed the problem.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Fri, 05/22/2015

A leading provider of flat panel display production equipment was looking for assistance with their glass screen production alignment system. During processing the glass must be aligned with a mask. Their alignment target was around 10 microns, so the two parts had to be nearly perfectly aligned. For comparison, human hair is generally considered to measure 15 to 20 microns.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Wed, 05/13/2015

An American car manufacturer was looking to expand their entire production facility, and in order to meet the growing demand for their vehicles, they needed a factory upgrade to increase their manufacturing capacity.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin® Solves Multiple Problems for Major Communications Testing Equipment Manufacturer.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A large mining operation in Nevada had 33 emergency shower stations that were in need of freeze protection.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A large electronic test & measurement instruments manufacturing company was using a legacy production tool for “Mesh Cutting” gold for electrical circuit connections that was developed over 20 years ago.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Mon, 09/23/2013

Over the last few years a leading manufacturer of waste (linen/trash) disposal systems have relied on a well-known brand PLC and their HMI software as the backbone of their controls systems.

Submitted by Kari Kohonen
on Tue, 10/16/2012

A large steel company had an existing Cisco industrial wireless mesh-network they were using to connect information from their cranes back to their offices, but had constant communication failures.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Thu, 08/09/2012

An industry leader in developing load transfer solutions for the transportation/construction markets sought out Valin® to assist them with a problem.

Submitted by Tom Trinh
on Mon, 07/02/2012

A major supplier of engineered dowel baskets for transferring vehicle loads across concrete roadway joints recently enjoyed a substantial growth period due to government based infrastructure rebuilding programs.

Submitted by Bosch Rexroth
on Wed, 05/23/2012

Project Frog in San Francisco, CA is a clean technology company that incorporates a sophisticated approach—including parametric design, precision fabrication, energy modeling, lean manufacturing and continuous monitoring.

Submitted by Automation World Magazine
on Fri, 03/09/2012

For over three decades, Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Circuit Automation, Inc., has been a leading provider of liquid photoimageable solutions.