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Components for pneumatic systems from Festo Tubing and fittings from a recognized manufacturer. QSM-1_8-6-I Push-in fitting by Festo The second group of products are standard push-in fittings of the QS series. They are also suitable for compressed air or vacuum systems. These products are made of the same materials as QSM - they also have the same permissible operating temperature and pressure. However, they have been adapted to larger tubing diameters:

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or several years now, the TME catalogue has been updated with products necessary for the construction of pneumatic systems, especially basic articles in the field of maintenance. Festo has a special position among the suppliers in this category. It is a globally recognized manufacturer of innovative solutions in the field of pneumatics and industrial automation. It is a brand known for the quality and reliability of its products. Festo components can be used in many applications, including the food, automotive, paper, packaging, electronics, chemical industries, as well as in the energy and water and wastewater industries. The FESTO offer also includes the most basic components, such as push-in fittings and pneumatic tubing, which are an indispensable element of any industrial compressed air system.

Pneumatic fittings At least two product groups from the Festo range deserve special attention. The first is QSM Mini Push-in Fittings. They are suitable for use with compressed air and vacuum, pressure range up to 6 bar, especially for applications in confined spaces or where optimum use of the available space is an essential requirement. The most important features of QSM fittings: • • • • • •

Made of PBT and nickel-plated brass; Types: straight, L-shape, X-shape, T-shape or Y-shape; Threads: M3, M5, M6, M8, G1/8”, R1/8”; Tubing outer diameter: 3mm, 4mm, and 6mm; Operating pressure: from -0.95 bar to 6bar; Operating temperature: from -10°C to +80°C.

• T ubing outer diameter: 4 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm and 22 mm; • Threads: G1/8”, G1/4”, G3/8”, G1/2”, R1/8”, R1/4”, R3/8” and R1/2”.

Pneumatic tubing In addition, Festo manufactures a wide range of pneumatic tubing. They are made of polyamide, polyethylene, polyurethane or PVC with an outer diameter of 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm and 16 mm. Depending on the series, the products have the following features: • PAN – standard applications up to 19 bar, temperature range from -30°C to +80°C. • PAN-MF – mobile applications, increased temperature range from -60°C to 100°C in combination with a high pressure range up to 27 bar. • PAN-V0 – resistant to welding spatter, temperature range from -30°C to +90°C, pressure range up to 12 bar. • PEN – high level of abrasion resistance in dynamic applications, flexible and easy to install thanks to optimized bending radii, temperature range from -30°C to +60°C , pressure range up to 10 bar. • PFAN – resistant to chemical cleaning agents and hydrolysis, food-safe (FDA compliant), a wide temperature range from -20°C to +150°C, pressure range up to 16 bar. • PLN – high resistance to chemicals and hydrolysis, pressure range up to 14 bar, temperature range from -30°C to +80°C. • PUN – flexible tubing, temperature range from -35°C to +60°C, pressure range up to 10 bar. • PUN-H – hydrolysis resistant, suitable for water applications, temperature range from -35°C to +60°C, pressure range up to 10 bar. Check out the video below for details. • PUN-V0 – flame retardant, for fire hazard areas, temperature range of -35°C to +60°C, pressure range up to 10 bar.

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CKF enable Laithwaites to reach 98% productivity CKF have recently designed, installed and commissioned an extensive new case feed and palletising system for Laithwaites wine, an established, thriving ecommerce and retail business based in Gloucester. The new system enabled Laithwaites to handle a 50% increase in demand during 2020 and improve productivity from 65% to a phenomenal 98%.

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or over 50 years Tony Laithwaite and the team at Laithwaites wines have been providing their valued customers access to the very best quality wine from around the world, having uniquely developed personal relationships with over 450 passionate growers and wine makers. An increase in customer demand for online purchasing meant the ageing plant at their Gloucester facility, which had served them well, was no longer fully supporting their needs. Towards the end of 2019 CKF were approached by the Laithwaites team to develop and deliver a new automated palletising solution to meet their current and projected future requirements. CKF are leaders in automated palletising and case handling with more than 30 years’ experience supporting different industries including Food & Beverage, Logistics, Pharmaceutical and Automotive. The engineering team at CKF gained a comprehensive understanding of Laithwaites operations through detailed analysis of the available product data and key review meetings with the Laithwaites ops team. CKF proposed a new fully automated layer palletising system with a multi-lane accumulation feed system mounted on a new mezzanine floor. Laithwaites wine distribution from the Gloucester facility is defined by online and retail sales, delivery routes, carriers, regions and time to consumer. This requires the filled cases of wine to be automatically sorted and placed onto the correct pallet to be shipped through the correct carrier. Laithwaites Gloucester facility is a high-bay warehouse with a large demand on floor area. The new CKF installed system maximises the use of the ground floor by moving the accumulation and handling of cases to a new highlevel mezzanine. The new fully automated solution uses multiple lanes of low friction conveyors which accumulate full pallet loads of cases (weighing up to 25kg per case) prior to releasing them to two layer palletisers.

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The new CKF fully automated system was installed and commissioned in two phases through 2020 working closely with the Laithwaites team to eliminate any operational disruption. Providing a significant increase in productivity to 98%, the benefits of the new system configuration have also enabled Laithwaites Wine to handle a substantial increase in throughput, reduce excessive manual handling and relocate the remaining manual processes into the area below the mezzanine floor and away from busy trucking routes, providing increased safety for their employees. CKF Systems Ltd website www.ckf.co.uk



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Four excuses not to take your enclosure cooling maintenance seriously. There is an adage that time is money, this is particularly true when it comes to production downtime. Hold ups in production could result in lost money- a lot of lost money!

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osses of upto £480,000 have been suggested that one of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturers could lose EACH HOUR; when they experience downtime on their paint plant. Your overheads may not be as substantial as the above example, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the old adage you hear in every corner of business and production is true: Regardless of your industry and the product you manufacture, production downtime is a crucial performance indicator to monitor because of the direct impact it can have on your bottom line. More downtime equals increased spares/maintenance costs, taken directly from your profit. This could have been invested to meet more pertinent business objectives, purchasing new machinery etc.. Do you ever hear (or even make) any of the following excuses as reason not to tackle climate control provision and maintenance in your production and automation facilities? 1. “I will just fix a problem when it occurs” In the past, the approach of reactive maintenance was seen as acceptable for most businesses. However, times have changed. The key goals of any sized business are now becoming “increased throughput”, “Cost Efficiency”, “Continuous Improvement”. Potential roadblocks to output targets need to be nipped in the bud and nobody wants to be the one in the morning meeting explaining why yesterday’s targets weren’t met! The implementation of a semi-regular maintenance schedule doesn’t have to be massively timeconsuming. Even something as simple as a weekly visual check of cooling equipment filter mats or any system alarms can alert you in good time to

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call in the experts, who can then perform a more detailed review for you. 2. “We just open the enclosure door for a while” This is treating the symptoms rather than the illness. If you are having to resort to a tactic such as using large fans to blow ambient air into an open enclosure you could be doing more harm than good. Not to mention that this is a massively dangerous solution from a health and safety standpoint. An enclosure’s purpose is to create an environment in which electrical equipment is protected from ambient contaminants. Having the door open allows a constant stream of dirty air to be pulled into the enclosure. This will then gather in switchgear/connection points and can cause short circuits or block onboard fans which will result in damage to componentry, reduced life and possible critical component failure. If this course of action is required it can point to the fact that the cooling equipment currently employed is not adequate for the installation, or it requires some level of maintenance to bring it back into working order. A RiAssure FREE Cooling Review from Rittal is perfect in this instance as your local Climate Control expert will perform a short appraisal of your existing equipment, give you honest feedback as to whether the equipment is adequate, and also provide details/quotations for a service contract to suit your ongoing needs.

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On one occasion, I asked the customer to speak with his current service provider to understand what checks were being undertaken, because his cooling units were in quite a state of disrepair. It became clear after a short discussion that they serviced “Air Conditioning” in the offices and didn’t even look in the factory… Obviously, this is not the case for all service providers out there, however climate control equipment becoming increasingly efficient, while new, sophisticated, cutting-edge technology is launched every year. The only guarantee of the highest level of checks and service will come from engineers who have been trained by the manufacturers about the technology and its detailed workings. Rittal has been manufacturing industry-leading climate control equipment for 30 years and all of our service staff are highly trained on the whole portfolio to ensure they can remedy your issues. Take the introductory example again and turn the spotlight onto your business. Everyone has budgets and savings targets to hit, so ask yourself, can you afford NOT to have correct maintenance in place?

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SEEPEX to showcase at the Water Equipment Show pump technology to unlock the power of digital for Water 4.0 At the virtual Water Equipment Show (12th and 13th May 2021), global leader in design, manufacture and applications of progressive cavity (PC) pumps, macerators and digital technology, SEEPEX, will showcase their latest innovations. With the advent of Water 4.0, SEEPEX has positioned themselves at the forefront of the digital revolution, driving digital transformation in pump technology by incorporating smart features into their products and digital solutions into their portfolio that optimise uptime and reduce TOTEX. SEEPEX digital innovations incorporating the Pump Monitor turn the pump into an intelligent field device providing important information on the pump’s operating condition, enabling the implementation of predictive and forward planned maintenance. Advanced analytics, provided by Connected Services and our application expertise deliver process optimisation, improved equipment and plant efficiency, creating unimagined potential for increased equipment availability. SCT AutoAdjust, our latest innovation, coupled with SEEPEX Connected Services, is the most intelligent

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Our dewatered sludge conveying solutions include Smart Air Injection (SAI) technology, a highly efficient system to transport 14-40% DS sludge distances up to 1,000 m. SEEPEX continues to extend its world class portfolio of maintainin-place technologies for liquid and high % DS pumping handling up to 300m3/h and 48bar. Rotor, stator and drive train components can be easily replaced, simplifying customer’s maintenance.

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TR launches HUMMEL cable glands to enhance their Plastics & Rubber Hardware range TR Fastenings announces further product expansion with the launch of a new premium range of HUMMEL cable glands, an important addition to its growing plastic & rubber hardware portfolio. This latest move confirms TR’s commitment to increase their product offering to existing and new customers nationally and globally.

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UMMEL cable glands are made of the highest quality plastic, brass and stainless steel and hold all the relevant approvals for international use. This range spans across numerous industry sectors with specific products to suit their needs. Designed with safety in mind Cable glands perform a number of essential roles in cable management. Designed to attach and seal the end of an electric cable, cable glands provide earthing, grounding, insulation and strain relief when connected to plugs, terminals, enclosures or electrical equipment. They are often used outdoors or in harsh and hazardous environments where they need to contain electrical sparks or repel external contaminants such as dirt, dust, water and moisture. In addition, they prevent cables twisting, tearing and pulling to ensure continual performance and a secure connection. Adherence to strict specification Hummel’s range offers a wide choice of high specification plastic and metal materials and mounting thread types. All products adhere to the strictest national and international specifications, for full information on all please visit the TR website. Highest IP Rating With the international Ingress Protection (IP) rating system in place, the IP rates the glands depending on their design and efficiency

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Andrew Fletcher, Director of Plastics and Rubber (Commercial and Technical) at TR commented; “TR is proud to offer this latest innovative range to customers, and working with a worldclass manufacturer in the connector field such as Hummel, strengthens our commitment to growing this range.

This is mainly due to advanced seal design. The higher rated IP69K enables products to be used in conditions where equipment must be carefully sanitised such as in medical and food processing applications.

“This isn’t a one solution fits all scenario as we’ve seen the cable glands market change considerably over the years, with continuous product developments to meet industry demands. We do more than just deliver products, we provide solutions and we’re well poised to react quickly to this evolving market whilst remaining competitive.”

Dr. Bertram Melzig-Thiel, Vice President Product Line Cable Glands at Hummel, commented; “We are pleased to be able to expand our cooperation and we are sure that we will enrich TRFastenings’ high-quality product range with our premium cable glands.”

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New ASME B73.3 / ISO 2858 Sealless Pumps Modularity = Versatility Reliability Safety Serviceability & Availability

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epresenting a leap in design and technology, HMD Kontro’s latest CSA (ASME) and CSI (ISO) Frame 1 groups of sealless pumps take a modular approach to combining performance with durability and versatility while ensuring industry and regulatory safety compliance to ASME, ISO and IECEx standards. Specifically designed for maximum part interchangeability, to reduce inventory, ease of onsite servicing and upgrade, the CSA and CSI ranges have been developed to maximise uptime while delivering cost savings through improved efficiencies and to be available for delivery within short lead times. Sealless pumps are playing an ever-greater role in meeting the challenge of transferring hazardous chemicals and other liquids in maximum safety. Indeed, in some cases more stringent regulations and local regulatory agencies are mandating their use. The new HMD Kontro CSA and CSI ranges offer total containment, eliminating potentially dangerous leaks, essential for handling hazardous, toxic or hot substances, and preventing the loss of high value product.

The new pump design allows for easy on site replacement, servicing and maintenance without the need for hot working or specialist tools, minimising production downtime and disruption. The ease of interchangeability helps cut lead times and results in much more efficient management of the spare parts inventory. The containment shell can be provided either in metal or as HMD Kontro’s unique ZeroLoss® format, which enhances resistance against system upsets and saves energy. An optional fully contained casing gasket further improves safety by eliminating the risk of blowouts and providing secondary containment The latest ranges conform fully to the latest IECEx standard and assures compliance with ASME B73.3 and ISO2858/15783 for the CSA and CSI respectively. The pumps are available from HMD Kontro’s reseller Channel Partners across the world, the modular nature enabling them to provision pumps to specific customer requirements and deliver them rapidly. For more information on the CSA/CSI range please visit www.hmdkontro.com/csa-csi or telephone +44 (0)1323 452 000. Getting to grips with sealless pumps: HMD Kontro has also introduced a new website section and additional learning resources to help build awareness of magnetic drive sealless pumps and assist specifiers less familiar with the technology. To access this information, please visit www.think-sealless.com

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Tel s o n i c ’s u l t ra s oni c t e c h n o l o g y i n d e m a n d for w e ara bl e t hera py d e vi c e m a n u f a c t u re The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required an agile response from not only the NHS but also the manufacturers of the personal protection equipment, medical devices and monitoring systems required to treat seriously ill patients. Achieving the high volumes required, has in turn, generated an increase in demand for the technologies used to produce these essential items, including ultrasonic systems used for performing welding processes. Telsonic has been pro-active in assisting both end user manufacturers and automation machine builders by providing the modules, systems, tooling and technical support needed to respond quickly to these unprecedented challenges. In a recent application, Telsonic UK has supplied a complete twin head ultrasonic welding station, integrated as part of the manufacturing process for a wearable therapy device. This battery powered disposable device, similar in size to a small wristwatch, is attached to the patients leg and sends out electrical impluses that reduce the risk of Venous Thromoembolism, a dangerous blood clot condition suffered by almost one third of seriously ill coronavirus patients. As a result, the NHS has ordered thousands of these potential life saving devices.

The device is manufactured by Firstkind medical, a UK based science-led medical devices company who manufacture a range of non-invasive geko™ branded products with an embedded ground-breaking NMES technology platform. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a treatment using electricity to stimulate muscles and nerves, helping to improve flexibility, strength, and movement The ultrasonic welding technology supplied by Telsonic for this application has been integrated as part of a comprehensive pallet line automation system, built in-house by Firstkind. The device casing is manufactured in Polypropylene and the ultrasonic system is used to precisely stake four hollow pins into moulded recesses, effectively attaching the back onto the device, thus enclosing the internal assembly and sealing the battery in place. Components are presented on twin cavity pallets for processing by Telsonic’s twin head installations. Each ultrasonic system comprises of a MAG3512S generator, an air cooled precision adjustable and spring

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loaded integrated SE3512VF converter module together with a Titanium booster mounted to a Telsonic AC450 pneumatic actuator with a Titanium 4 point single body sonotrode. The sprung loaded head assemblies deliver a controlled staking action, allowing the material to flow at a low part reactive closure force. Weld delivery control is determined by precise weld and hold time from the machine’s main PLC. The challenge presented by the weld specification dictates that the ultrasonic welding process has to produce an aesthetically pleasing result whilst achieving a tight closure gap between the parts. In addition, to ensure patient comfort, the weld must be constrained sub flush within the recesses. The component assembly retention strength has to be fit for purpose whilst in use, offering anti-tamper proofing, yet ultimately allowing disassembly for battery removal after use for recycling and disposal purposes. The application requirement for multiple stake positions welded simultaneously on one tool requires pin / recess moulding design in collaboration with precise sonotrode tool face design and actuator force delivery. In addition to the technical challenges surrounding the application, timescales were extremely important to get the weld station completed ready for the line installation and in production as quickly as possible. To adhere to COVID rules, the factory acceptance test (FAT) at Telsonic UK was conducted remotely and successfully with Firstkind using PC based visual tools. Experience of this type of application, underpinning Firstkind’s confidence gained in the weld solution proposed, together with Telsonic’s pro-active engagement throughout the project, relating to material selection, joint design, and process integration, were contributory factors in Telsonic securing this business. Telsonic UK offer a comprehensive range of ultrasonic modules and systems for a variety of , plastic welding, cutting, sealing, cut’n’seal, food cutting, metal welding, packaging, sieving, and cleaning applications within a wide range of industries.



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Mitigating the Effects of Pulsating Flow in Flow Measurement Titan Enterprises has published a new technical article that discusses how variation in flow velocity can impact flow measurement accuracy and how to mitigate any undesirable effects.

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t is well known that flowmeters are sensitive to effects such as pulsating flow which can generate errors in flow measurement. Pulsating flows are common in systems using diaphragm, peristaltic or piston pumps for example. In a pulsating flow system, the velocity profile of the flow undergoes a dramatic change during each cycle of pulsation compared to even flow conditions. According to theory, to accurately measure flow in a pulsating flow scenario the sampling rate of an electronic flow meter needs to be at least double the frequency rate of the pulsations themselves. If the pulsation rate is not taken into account, aliasing of the flow signal will be seen, resulting in erroneous measurement from the flowmeter.

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Using advanced electronics, Titan's Atrato® and Metraflow® ranges of ultrasonic flowmeters are able to resolve the ultrasonic signals to about 50 picoseconds. With downstream signal processing, Titan’s ultrasonic flowmeters are able to accurately measure pulsating fluid flow that is less than 10Hz. To accurately measure pulsating flows above this frequency requires inline pulse dampening. To read the technical article in full please click here. For further information on the Atrato and Metraflow range of ultrasonic flowmeters please click here or contact Titan Enterprises on +44 (0)1935 812790 or sales@flowmeters.co.uk.


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itan Enterprises reports that its High Pressure Oval Gear (OG4) flowmeters provide an ideal solution for applications, within the oil and gas industry, that require a highly accurate and chemically resistant flow measurement device, such as metering high pressure additive injection.

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Benefiting from a compact, rugged design, Titan’s OG4 flowmeters are proven to operate reliably even at high pressures, providing long-term performance with minimal maintenance. Furthermore, Titan’s OG4 flowmeters are able to operate at temperatures up to 150°C and are fully IP67/NEMA 4 compliant. Each OG4 flowmeter comes with a pressure test certificate that verifies the device’s ability to handle pressures up to 700 bar and up to 950 bar for custom-designed models.

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As different contractors’ teams needed to work on the project at the same time the base of the tank had to be fully illuminated. This objective was achieved using 60 perimeter mounted lights, fewer than the number proposed by other companies. Using highly efficient Wolf lights, requiring fewer transformers, led to substantial cost reductions. The lighting solution required 48 mid-power WF-250XL floodlights mounted using magnet fixing kits at a 2m height on the tank wall, projecting light from the perimeter towards the centre. An additional 12 high power WF-300®XL LED floodlights illuminated out from the central tower of the tank.

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s world leaders in manufacturing hazardous area portable and temporary lighting, Wolf Safety know that many customers require a bespoke solution which addresses safety, technical and logistical issues raised by a specific project. So when the Wolf team was asked to propose a lighting solution for the inspection and maintenance of a condensate LNG tank in Norway it was an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the company’s technical expertise and bespoke service. This enhanced capability proved a key factor in Wolf Safety being awarded the contract, following a highly competitive international procurement process. Says Miles Jackson, Sales Director: “We not only came up with a better lighting scheme but also a safer, total solution, delivered at considerably lower cost than our competitors. This addressed all safety aspects, including correct fusing of very long extra-low voltage power cables. Project summary: The LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage tank to be inspected and maintained is 60m in diameter and 45m high. The task required the use of a SELV (Safe Extra Low Voltage) power supply and this, combined with limited access to the tank, raised several issues.

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In their blueprint for the project Wolf’s experienced team also met the challenge of getting power safely from the SELV transformers located on the roof of the tank, out to the perimeter of the tank base. Emergency LX-400E luminaires (luminaires with an additional battery power source) will provide back-up illumination in the event of a power failure, while a magnet based cable management solution will allow cables to be raised off the tank floor.` For further information about bespoke ATEX temporary lighting solutions for use in hazardous areas, go to: www.wolfsafety.com



May 2021

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LATEST NEWS FROM MGP Manufacturing Barometer aims to uncover if COVID-19 could permanently change industry working practices forever

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he UK’s largest survey of small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturing companies has been launched today to record trends in performance and confidence levels across the sector, whilst also exploring how firms are supporting their staff as a result of COVID-19. The Manufacturing Barometer, which is organised by SWMAS (the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), is looking to understand how the pandemic has accelerated new working practices that may have unearthed potential operational benefits. Exclusively for businesses with fewer than 250 employees, this quarter’s report aims to examine how working conditions have changed for manufacturers, the challenges their employees have faced and how these are being addressed. The survey will also look at remote working within the manufacturing industry to see if this has increased productivity, lowered overheads and/ or created a better work/life balance for employees. “Although COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges, we are interested in finding out if manufacturers have adopted any positive changes as a result,” explained Nick Golding, Managing Director of SWMAS. “This quarter’s Manufacturing Barometer will provide valuable insight into the new processes businesses have implemented over the past year and if they could lead to permanent changes to traditional working practices.”

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He continued: “We know that manufacturing will always require some level of on-site production, but could virtual meetings replace face-to-face discussions to save time and travel? “Are businesses planning more investment in digital manufacturing? Responses to this quarter’s Barometer will help us understand the future plans of SME businesses across the sector and enable us to identify the support they require.” Although a number of manufacturers are still feeling the negative impact of COVID-19, last quarter’s Barometer report showed that 31% of respondents had seen sales increase over the previous six months, with 44% predicting further growth, and nearly a third planning to take on staff. These findings indicate that, despite ongoing challenges, some SME businesses across the sector are beginning to feel more optimistic about the future.

Martin Coats, Managing Director of MGP, went on to add: “It’s vital that we are aware of how current conditions are continuing to affect SME manufacturers, so we can inform Government of the support the sector will continue to require as it looks to recover. “The Manufacturing Barometer will highlight the recent experiences of businesses across the sector and also reveal their intentions around future investment and job creation.” He concluded: “We invite companies to share their vision for the future, how recent external factors have influenced operational plans and what assistance businesses need to address challenges and make the most of new opportunities.” The Manufacturing Barometer can be filled out here and will be live until Friday 23rd April.


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May 2021

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Zimmer Group and Schmalz Match Gripping Technologies The result of a collaborative project between Zimmer Group and J. Schmalz GmbH is MATCH - a multi-functional end-ofarm platform equipped with an extensive range of functions and universal communication interfaces. Recognised as leaders in their respective areas - Zimmer Group with a focus on mechanical grippers and Schmalz with vacuum-based technologies - the collaboration combines the best expertise in the world of gripping technologies.

Smart system with Intuitive software Zimmer Group and Schmalz each have their own systems that the user can draw upon for digital integration. In addition to the SCM communication module (master gateway), additional functionality is offered by the intuitive guideZ setup software for further configuration of the gripper, and Schmalz Connect Suite for diagnostics of IO-Link devices in the cloud. The advantages of the new MATCH system include: suitability for a wide range of conventional, lightweight and collaborative robots, the capability for either automated or manual gripper exchanges, compatible with a wide range of mechanical or vacuum end effectors and a long service life even in continuous automated operation.

Multi-faceted system with numerous application areas Designed to be compatible with all common lightweight and conventional robots on the market, MATCH is very easy to install. The system can be mounted to the robot flange and set up quickly with just a few manual adjustments. The configuration of this quick change system is highly intuitive and extremely easy, featuring various interfaces. In addition to a compatible mechanical interface, a pneumatic / vacuum connection and electrical interfaces are incorporated. The variety of options available makes it possible to use many different robot types with a wide variety of end effectors.

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The flexibility of the system gives the user access to a wide range of applications, whether they are with mobile robots, collaborative robots or other types of automation, across production, assembly, warehouse logistics, shipping and even laboratory automation operations. This compact quick-change module provides two options for the interchange of end effectors. In addition to automated changeover using a gripper docking station, items can also be exchanged manually within seconds. Thanks to the ergonomic click system integrated within end effector being changed, it is possible to carry out a manual gripper change using just one hand.

Achim Gauß, Managing Director of Zimmer Group commented: "This collaboration created something unique: a modular system that the customer can use to meet various requirements and handle diverse applications in robotics," Dr. Kurt Schmalz, Managing Partner of the J. Schmalz GmbH added: "Furthermore, in addition to their accumulated solution knowledge, both companies offer a global sales network for support and service." Contact: +44 1283 542103 https://www.zimmer-group.de/en info@zimmer-group.co.uk


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May 2021

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Loma Systems® Launches Cw3 Run-Wet® Combo and Checkweigher Systems For Harsh Washdown Environments As a leader in the design and manufacture of inspection equipment for food and pharmaceutical industries, ‘Check & Detect’ specialists, LOMA SYSTEMS®, recently launched their new groundbreaking CW3 RUN-WET® Combo and CW3 RUN-WET® Checkweigher systems. The move follows increased demands from food manufacturers for improved hygiene and cleaning efficiency for inspection equipment, as well as reduced machinery downtime due to frequent, harsh washdown regimes.

With both being fully IP69 rated and designed to follow the latest industry leading principles for optimum hygiene standards, Loma’s CW3 RUNWET® Combo provides a combined checkweigher and metal detector in one, whereas the CW3 RUN-WET® Checkweigher is a standalone checkweigher system. With current inspection systems, costly production delays can often occur from both time consuming, difficult cleaning, and waiting for the equipment to dry. Unprotected sensitive electrical parts of machines often need to be ‘bagged’ prior to washdown to prevent any kind of water ingress - one of the most common causes of system and component failure. Furthermore, certain checkweigher and metal detection systems are not suitable for high care food production environments where hygiene standards are highest and harsh washdown cycles are frequent. This lack of cleaning efficacy means that bacterial contamination in food still remains one of the biggest causes of product recall. Loma’s RUN-WET® systems were developed in combination with feedback from many customers. By producing a far more sanitary design that is both quicker and easier to clean, the risk of bacterial contamination can be minimized, thereby increasing food safety and satisfying the strictest Codes of Practice and Food Safety Standards. Created to withstand harsh, high-pressure and high-temperature deep cleaning regimes, the systems are suitable for high-care food environments, such as protein, dairy produce, meat, fish, convenience food and more.

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Following many of the EHEDG guidelines, the RUN-WET® Combo and Checkweigher systems offer a host of new features and smart design techniques to keep factories running better. They include easier to wash frames that use surfaces for quicker water run off, minimal welds and reduced contaminant traps for optimum deep cleaning, with reduced risk of water ingress. Removable top panels provide easy access to clean the conveyor belt without compromising safety, and enclosed motors, controls and pneumatics are all high-pressure and high-temperature washdown proof to IP69 rating. As an additional benefit, the systems require no drying time following cleaning; this immediate start functionality greatly improves overall equipment effectiveness, helping to provide fast-paced food manufacturing and processing facilities with valuable gains in production time and cost savings. “Loma has worked with the food industry for over 50 years, and our teams strive to understand inspection challenges faced by food manufacturers and processors,” said Toby Kemp, Loma’s Director of Marketing & Innovation. “We always engineer with the customer in mind, and already we’re being told how our new CW3 RUN-WET® Combo and CW3 RUN-WET® Checkweigher systems are helping to increase production line efficiencies and improve overall food safety.” For more information on Loma’s CW3 RUN WET® Combo LINK and CW3 RUN-WET® Checkweigher LINK.


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May 2021

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Launching this summer: Electrical engineering solutions provider EPLAN will be launching a new version of their software Platform this summer. The highlight of EPLAN Platform 2022 is a completely new user interface that significantly improves the overall ease of use. The focus is on simplicity and clarity, with optics and functionality based on state-ofthe-art apps for mobile devices and internationally established desktop applications. Variable tabs give users direct access to important and often-used functions. The practical multifunctional toolbar with modern ribbon technology flexibly adapts to the application, for instance when switching from 2D to 3D. It also combines different menus and toolbars into one, making daily work easier for experienced users while at the same time enabling an efficient (re)introduction to the software.

Let’s focus on usability. EPLAN Platform 2022 It’s in your hands!

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EPLAN Platform 2022 Furthermore, EPLAN has completely redesigned the user interface for both 2D and 3D engineering. The overall result is a modern application with an optimal look and feel, not least via the support of dark and light modes. The new EPLAN Platform 2022, which is being launched under the motto “It’s in your hands”, features many more innovations. One of them is the direct connection of on-premise and cloud. EPLAN’s complementary cloud offering, EPLAN eMANAGE, enables cross-project collaboration by enabling users to easily upload, manage and share projects in the cloud environment. For further information www.eplan.co.uk/itsinyourhands

Shape the engineering of tomorrow. Ease of use, strong performance: Let the new EPLAN Platform 2022 inspire you! You can look forward to a completely new user interface with a practical dark mode, a flexible new ribbon, a backstage view and much more. Furthermore, our complementary cloud-based services open up new possibilities for collaboration across teams. Discover more: www.eplan.co.uk/itsinyourhands

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ifm module turns any sensor into a speed monitor The new DP2122 minidisplay module from ifm electronic transforms any sensor that provides a pulse output into a speed monitor with a local display and two user-adjustable switching setpoints. Not only does this provide a versatile and costeffective solution for a wide range of speed monitoring applications, it also greatly reduces the processing load on the control system PLC compared with using the PLC to directly evaluate pulses from the sensor as a way of determining speed. Typical applications for the DP1222 module include monitoring the operation of belt and screw conveyors, fans, centrifuges, separators and other equipment where speed must be maintained within a specified operating range. Equally suitable for use with inductive, capacitive and photoelectric sensors, the DP2122 module has an M12 connector which means that it can either be directly mounted on the sensor or connected to it with a standard cable. It provides two switching outputs which can be configured as normally open or normally closed, plus an IO-Link interface that provides continuous real-time transmission of the speed value. The IO-Link interface can also be used to configure the module, or alternatively setting can be carried out using the integral pushbuttons. The four-digit LED display provided by the DP2122 module shows the current speed in green when this is in the range between the upper and lower switching points, and red when it is outside this range, thereby providing an instant visual indication of abnormal operating conditions. Separate LEDs are provided to confirm that the module is powered, and to show the status of the switching outputs.

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ifm’s new DP2122 mini-display module has an IP67 ingress protection rating and an operating temperature range of -25 to +60 ºC, making it suitable for use in all industrial environments.


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May 2021

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Process Safety Protecting compressors with advanced rupture disc manufacturing methods The use of dry gas seals on large operating equipment such as turbo compressors has increased significantly over a number of decades particularly in harsh working environments such as oil & gas, petrochemical and gas processing industries. A dry gas seal uses a clean gas under pressure on the external side of the seal, so that any leakage through the seal is the buffer gas into the compressor. Not only does this protect the environment from being contaminated with process gas, but it keeps dirty gas from getting inside the seal and causing damage.

An important component of a dry gas seal is the vent system. For the primary vent system, a rupture disc is typically installed in parallel with the vent line to rupture at a set pressure and prevent excessive pressure to instruments on a primary seal failure. A signalling system, on the primary vent system is recommended to enable integrity checks while the seal system is still online. Customer’s using dry gas seals require rupture discs to be installed to vent excess pressure in the event a catastrophic failure of the primary seal occurs. In the event the pressure increases beyond its predetermined limit a higher gas flow or back pressure in the piping system is present and needs to be safely vented. A signalling device is also required to detect a change in the rupture discs status in order to initiate a shutdown of the process in the event of an overpressure situation. REMBE’s reverse acting rupture disc with an integrated polyamide signalling device (SGKIKB) is a cost-effective rupture disc which is suitable for the demanding conditions found in dry gas seal applications. Used extensively in downstream projects, the IKB is the only reverse acting rupture disc to be manufactured using REMBE’s unique Contour Precision Lasering (CPL) technology ensuring high quality, accurate, burst control even in the harshest of environments.

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Fig. 1: REMBE reverse acting rupture disc IKB

Digression: The move from traditional mechanical scoring to unique Contour Precision manufacturing Unique precision manufacturing methods - Contour Precision Lasering (CPL) and Contour Precision Profiling (CPP) - enables high quality, accurate, burst control even in the harshest of chemical manufacturing environments. When used as an alternative to traditional rupture disc scoring methods this latest development in rupture disc manufacturing technology can provide a wealth of advantages as it does not influence or weaken the material structure during the manufacturing process. The move from traditional mechanical scoring to the most advanced manufacturing methods available eliminates most


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CryoCoax sponsors the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative Supporting continuing growth in quantum computing CryoCoax ,

leaders in the manufacture of cryogenic cable assemblies, for medical, research and quantum computing applications have joined other technology specialists in sponsoring the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative (QTI). The programme will explore the potential of devices harnessing perplexing quantum phenomena such as entanglement to enrich and expand its challenging research programme. Today’s information and communication technology grew out of the invention and development of quantum mechanics during the last century. But amazing as it is that billions of transistors can be packed into a smartphone or that photons are routed around the internet with the help of lasers, the devices underpinning the “first quantum revolution” merely rely on the weird properties of quantum mechanics – they don’t put them to use directly. The QTI sees CERN join a rapidly growing global effort to bring about a “second quantum revolution”, whereby phenomena such as superposition and entanglement, which enable an object to be in two places at the same time or to influence another instantaneously, are exploited to build new computing, communication, sensing and simulation devices. While still in their infancy Quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionise science and society. In recent years, the growing importance and the potential impact of quantum technology development has been highlighted by increasing investments in R&D worldwide in both academia and industry.

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The new CERN QTI will encompass the Laboratory’s R&D activities and plans in this field and provide examples of the potential impact on research. It will also highlight the rich international network of activities and how CERN fosters research collaborations. Roy Phillips, CEO of Intelliconnect, comments, “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the CERN Quantum Technology initiative in the company of technology leaders such as Oxford Instruments. The world of quantum is an exiting and rapidly growing market with some of the biggest players in business at the forefront.” CryoCoax is the UK/USA based division of Intelliconnect solely focused on providing for the RF Interconnect needs of the worldwide Cryogenics market. Based on a business model of innovative design, excellent manufacturing, unrivalled customer service and technology led partnerships, Intelliconnect – CryoCoax has seen significant and continuing growth in quantum computing, research, test and measurement, space and medical applications during the past six years.

CryoCoax’s cryogenic cables and components work to milliKelvin levels and are ideally suited to a wide range of applications including quantum computing and research, test and measurement, instrumentation, medical and material research and cryogenic systems including dilution refrigerators, superconducting magnet systems, low temperature detector systems, infrared array systems. In addition to custom cable assemblies, Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd manufactures a wide range of standard and custom RF connectors and components, including waterproof and fast turnaround custom designs which are undertaken without NRE charges to their customers. Intelliconnect also manufacture a large range of coaxial adaptors to facilitate inter-series connection and gender change etc. Typical applications include MIL and aerospace, marine, oil and gas, medical and general microwave markets. For more information call +44(0)1245 347145, email info@cryocoax.com or visit https://cryocoax.com/


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“Moore International has been part of Industryexpo since the show’s launch. We decided to extend the size of our stand to enable us to introduce a wider range of products – including our brand-new series of high precision planetary gearboxes from Apex Dynamics. Just imagine how many miles and resources this has saved us.”

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May 2021

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eorg UK strives for high quality throughout our business from capturing a client’s requirements to enable machines to be designed and built to agreed specifications, managing change requests during projects, to final testing and installation. As part of our review we revamped and upgraded our internal management system which covers areas such as quality, environmental and health & safety. Our equipment has been replaced or upgraded and we have invested in training and skills enhancement which we believe will allow us to provide an improved service and product delivery to all our clients. We are currently working towards achieving BS EN ISO 14001 covering day to day practices and machinery. Georg UK also examined the environmental aspects of our manufacturing processes as well as the machines we build. We improved a number of areas including removal of solvents from our painting processes, strict controls of air and water emissions, removal of single use materials, large reductions in landfill waste and control and reduction in vehicle usage & CO2 emissions. In terms of reducing the environmental impacts from our machinery, we offer clients greener, cleaner equipment: • machines are 90% recyclable • u se of quality components which are longer-lasting • machines are energy efficient • r egeneration solutions back to machine, line or building • m achines power off when not in use • m achines are built to last providing a longer life-time

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Reducing Environmental Impacts of Machines During 2020, Georg UK took the opportunity to take a critical look at our integrated management system and processes, and also to review the environmental aspects of the machinery we manufacture. Neil Wyke, managing director of Georg UK, explains: “The Georg Group always looks to the future and cares about environmental issues that are so important to all of us in today’s world. This is an ongoing and allencompassing goal for the company which we hope will become a large feature of our services in future. As well as supplying new, efficient machinery we are also interested in modifying, adapting and upgrading existing plant and machinery for clients.” As an essential business, Georg UK remained open during 2020 to support clients who also continued to operate. We have continued to work safely throughout assisting our clients with maintenance on existing machinery

or providing design for future developments. Neil added: “With lockdown restrictions starting to ease and the country moving out of lockdown, we are seeing businesses revisit ventures that were delayed by the pandemic. This is evidence by companies and institutions having the confidence in the economy to place orders with Georg UK for new and exciting projects.” Georg UK is currently involved in the design, manufacture and build of equipment in all areas of the business such as special purpose Test Rigs and Coil Processing machines and are working in the rail, automotive and aerospace sectors.


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Schaeffler is one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders of the United Nations • United Nations names Schaeffler Group one of its 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders worldwide • Nomination for clearly defined sustainability strategy and consistent sustainability management • Video documentary shows company-wide activities and technologies in favour of sustainability and climate protection

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irmingham, UK | 16. April 2021 | The Schaeffler Group has been selected as one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders worldwide on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN). The common objective of this initiative is the achievement of the 17 goals for sustainable development set by the United Nations. “For us, the appointment of the Schaeffler Group by the UN as one of the Sustainability & Climate Leaders is not just recognition of the work we have done to date, but both an incentive and an obligation to continue implementing our sustainability strategy with the utmost consistency,” said Klaus Rosenfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Schaeffler AG. “As part of this impressive initiative, we will do everything in our power to realise our sustainability and climate targets and thus make our contribution to achieving the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations.” A prerequisite for the admission into the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders is a clearly defined sustainability strategy and corresponding corporate objectives. As a corporate value, sustainability has been firmly anchored in the Schaeffler Group's activities for many years and is an integral component of the corporate strategy. “Sustainable corporate success to us means assuming ecological and social responsibility – in production, through the use of our products, and with the involvement of our suppliers,” said Corinna Schittenhelm, member of the Board of Managing Directors of Schaeffler AG with responsibility for HR and sustainability. Schaeffler was convincing in the selection process and now represents the automotive and industrial supplier sector in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). For the Schaeffler Group, it is not only the ecological footprint of its own production facilities that plays a major role. The development and production of technologies for the optimal use of renewable energies is also an important contribution to climate protection. Schaeffler’s components, systems, and service solutions make specific contributions to sustainable changes in a wide range of industries – for example, in the

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electrification of the powertrain for vehicles or in the manufacturing of large-sized bearings for wind turbines. A good initial overview of the Schaeffler’s sustainability activities is provided by a documentary that will be officially broadcast today by media partner Bloomberg and published on https://www.50climateleaders.com as part of the initiative. Since 2020, selected targets have been integrated into the variable remuneration of managers. Furthermore, Schaeffler is continuously developing its employees with comprehensive training programs and measures for retraining and further qualification. Further details and background information on sustainability at Schaeffler can be found in the recently published sustainability report. This report provides information on key figures and objectives, illustrating the development of the Schaeffler Group towards greater sustainability. The report is available in digital format and the content can be accessed via an interactive microsite: www.schaefflersustainability-report.com You can find press photos of Klaus Rosenfeld and Corinna Schittenhelm here: www.schaeffler.com/en/executive-board The Schaeffler Group has been selected as one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders of the United Nations (UN). The common objective of this initiative is the achievement of the 17 goals for sustainable development set by the United Nations.


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HASCO’s cooling system celebrates its 50th birthday The standard for efficient cooling for mouldmaking For 50 years, standardised components from HASCO have been enabling mouldmakers throughout the world to ensure efficient cooling of injection moulding tools. From nipples and couplings through to nozzles and hoses, HASCO offers the most comprehensive cooling range for modern mouldmaking. The comprehensive range of variant combination options guarantees future-oriented solutions for all challenges in cooling technology.

HASCO defines the international standard in mouldmaking It was back in 1971 that HASCO developed the first plug-in connector with the respective coupling, and subsequently had it patented. Only HASCO’s hose nipple profile allows such high tearoff forces and bursting pressures, that avoids hose damage. Continuous, market-oriented further development has made it possible to establish one of the industry’s most comprehensive product ranges for mouldmaking. The portfolio consists of numerous standard components, the high-temperature range, the Push-Lok system. And was recently extended with the stainless steel and clean break systems.

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Highest quality standards enable global compatibility As a DIN ISO 9001 certified company, HASCO attaches major importance to maximum raw material quality and constant quality controls. Very tight production tolerances allow worldwide compatibility, and an unambiguous product labelling system guarantees 100% traceability.

Cooling system poster helps with the selection In the new cooling system poster, users will find a compact overview with detailed technical information on all applications. The poster is also an optimum aid when it comes to selecting the right products. Hand in hand with high-grade products comes top-class service. This starts at HASCO with the simple and user-friendly HASCO Portal www.hasco.com with direct access to the HASCO cooling system catalogue, the product availability information, and to the 24/7 ordering service.


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ENGINEERING UPDATE issue along with supply chain issues. In the highly competitive world of food & beverage production any change in hygiene standards or safety can cause lasting brand damage, and it doesn’t need to. These issues can be directly addressed by using the data available to manufacturers.

Smart Food Factory Stratus Technologies – Greg Hookings, Head of Business Development – IIoT Enterprises are viewing the opportunity to create more intelligent automation environments by moving towards the ‘Smart Factory’, or IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) as a great opportunity to streamline their factories.

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onnecting devices throughout the production process and the supply chain lets manufacturers collect operational data, which, when organised and analysed, grants a new range of powerful capabilities, including real-time process optimisation. But, addressing these concerns and therefore improving asset performance forces manufacturers to move on from outdated technology. Many see the transition to IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) as painful as it usually involves incorporating new applications with outdated systems, and that can be a source of anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Modernising computing platforms is a good place to start and can ensure that organisations have a simple platform which also offers higher levels of reliability and better manageability. This will create a solid future-ready platform on which to build on your organisation’s IIoT journey. And all journeys start somewhere, right? Many of the issues facing the food & beverage sector can be tied directly to a company’s level of IIoT adoption. One such issue that remains at the forefront is compliance with the Food Safety and Modernisation Act. According to LNS Research 60% of food & beverage manufacturers rank this as their key

Utilising this data helps manufacturers address these issues by automatically meeting the constantly changing regulatory challenges. For example, hazard analysis within food & beverage is currently performed by manually collecting sample lots and sending them to the lab for analysis. What we are likely to see as food & beverage manufacturers advance on the IIoT journey is a more automated, in-line analysis. Samples would be tested at ‘the edge’ on the factory floor in real-time using chemical and spectroscopic analysis, via the IIoT the data would be made immediately available to centralised quality systems. Few industries are more focused on return on investment (ROI) than food manufacturing, and this is why we aren’t seeing as much adoption of IIoT as other sectors. So, what is the ROI on the IIoT? The greatest measurable return may be in helping avoid a food quality or safety issue. By helping manufacturers perform realtime quality analysis, the IIoT can protect an enterprise from a recall that could prove catastrophic to brand integrity and reputation. With reported spend on supply chain operations going down this year now is exactly the right time to start your IIoT journey. Making compliance issues a thing of the past with regular actionable data coming from the line is what will really set your production facility apart from the competition. For more information, please visit www.stratus.com or follow on Twitter @StratusAlwaysOn.



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Rationalizing Electrical Installation Technology In electrical installations decisions are made in the early stages that ultimately result in hidden cash drains. By using system-oriented concepts and decentralized automation technology such financial consequences can be avoided. Murrelektronik’s approach keeps cost savings at the forefront of these early decision-making stages. By looking at the whole system from the start, we focus on how to increase standardization and efficiency in the electrical installation. Meaning that Murrelektronik can provide electrical installation solutions that reduce costs by up to 30%.

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he three scenarios below demonstrate that electrical installation technology cannot simply be an afterthought. It must be an intentional engineering consideration and factor into the calculations for overall costs.

A long time ago, electrical installation played a classic role in machine construction. All of the control technology was placed in the control cabinet and connected to sensors and actuators in the field via large terminal blocks. The individual components – whose compatibility determined how error-prone the system was – came with expensive installation and commissioning tasks that had to be repeated from one machine to another. Standardized plug connections were rare and, when they did exist, they had to be manually configured, a tedious process. More recently, power and data were distributed in separate terminal boxes on the machine periphery. This moved the

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classic parallel wiring method from the control cabinet to the field. While this did lighten the installation workload slightly, the additional terminal levels meant there were more sources of potential errors as well as wiring errors between the control cabinet and the periphery. This led to the difficult and time-consuming task of troubleshooting in the event of short circuits and overloads resulting in long stretches of downtime and production failures. These days, the IO level is located in the vicinity of the process - at the sensors and actuators. This significantly reduces the size of the control cabinet. The benefits of this method include plug-in system components and molded, fully tested connectors that are IP67 rated, vibration resistant and come in a variety of lengths. Electrical installations are simpler and take significantly less time to install. Wiring errors are virtually eliminated, making the commissioning process quicker and less frustrating all around.


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So, what does the future hold? No matter how far ahead you look, it is impossible to achieve significant cost savings without taking a systematic approach and using installation technology in a targeted way. Murrelektronik’s tailor-made concepts and components not only can reduce overall costs by up to 30% but also allow systems to benefit from technological progress including innovative diagnostics functions – added value for both mechanical engineers and machine operators alike.

Installation costs using a series machine as an example Caption: Decisions made at the start of the engineering process ultimately determine over two-thirds of the costs generated during machine construction. There is also great potential for savings in special machines.

A holistic approach now to avoid cash drains later Everyone, from purchasing and design to installation and commissioning teams, can help to reduce overall machine costs by taking a holistic, systematic approach and using installation technology in a targeted way. If all parties recognize that installation technology is the core driver of cost efficiency, then planning, construction and production can be more flexible, less complex and ultimately more efficient. Is there a case for a “plug and play” IP67 field installation instead of costly terminal boxes? Would standardized,

preconfigured components (from a smaller number of suppliers) allow for a coordinated system solution? Can PLC I/O assemblies be replaced by decentralized fieldbus I/O modules? Can complex cable bundles and trays be avoided by placing distribution boxes near the sensors and actuators? Are plug-in, molded cable connections being used in place of single conductors to terminals to allow for faster, less error prone installation, servicing and maintenance? How might user-friendly diagnostics increase system availability for the operator?

Connectivity as a Key Technology Murrelektronik has the answers to these questions as well as sophisticated solutions for each customer. Installation technology for machines and systems can take many shapes. Efficient installation technology planned for each application and designed with a system-oriented view opens up the potential for enormous savings, which makes the decision-making process easier. A systematic approach certainly falls within the scope of responsibility of the mechanical engineers and technicians, but also shows managers and executives how to avoid cash drains. Murrelektronik works with the customer to identify untapped opportunities and release the potential in systematic thinking. In turn, the approach often increases machine availability and leads to more simplified installation technology and smarter diagnostics. The Murrelektronik System Specialist are available to help you test out their holistic approach to system design. See where the promised 30% savings can be found!

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LATEST YASKAWA NUMBERS UNDERLINE LONGEVITY AND SUCCESS Motion Control technology group YASKAWA has recently delivered its 30 millionth inverter drive and also reached 20 million units in its servo drives division. Active in the servo drives market since 1959, the company was the first to develop a DC servomotor, known as the Minertia Motor. This was followed by the first AC servomotor series in 1983 and then in 1992 by the Sigma Series, which has been refined into the current Sigma 7 Series.

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askawa began developing and producing inverters in 1974 with the world’s very first transistor inverter and today its current generation is the GA500 Series of variable speed drives which set new standards in performance. These compact inverter drives help users to simplify complex technologies by combining outstanding reliability and ease-of-use with performance and adaptability. The GA500 Series not only make the design, installation and start-up process easier, they also assist with trouble-shooting. The key features and functions include an integrated EMC filter, a two-channel safety function STO with SIL3/PLe, control of up to five inverters using just one fieldbus card, as well as intuitive and convenient set-up and monitoring via smartphone apps. Founded in 1915 in Kitakyushu, Japan, today Yaskawa is a global technology supplier for drive and control technology, robotics and energy solutions. Since 1981 the markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and countries of the former Soviet Union are served by YASKAWA Europe GmbH located in Eschborn near Frankfurt. Since the introduction of the three-phase induction motor in 1917, the company has repeatedly made technological history. For example, in 1969 it trademarked the term ‘mechatronics’, which is now used in all languages. In 1977 it began producing Motoman industrial robots and has since delivered well over 400,000 units worldwide. Further details available from Paul Seale: salesuk@yaskawa.eu.com

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Strainsert’s new wireless load sensors and load cell telemetry systems Two new high-performance load sensor products from Strainsert Inc., based on license-free, 2.4GHz telemetry with a working range up to 800 metres, will facilitate straightforward and costeffective installation for single- or multi-sensor use over long distances, problematic installations and otherwise challenging load measurement tasks. Strainsert’s new wireless load sensors and load cell telemetry systems Especially compelling as an alternative for system set-ups where long and noise-prone cable runs in traditional wired systems prove complex and expensive, the new wireless load sensors and load cell telemetry systems are available in the UK from Ixthus Instrumentation, Strainsert’s exclusive UK distribution partner. The new products include wireless load pins with integrated wireless transmitters, configured as standard or custom designed clevis pins or shackle bolts for single or multiple sensor systems. Complementary to these wireless-integrated sensors, the newly available T24 series wireless load cell telemetry system comprises modular transmitters, base stations and accessories with the adaptability for conversion of existing wired Strainsert sensors with strain, current or voltage output - or for the development of completely new wireless system designs. With IP67 rated enclosures and built for the harshest conditions for weighing and load monitoring tasks in aerospace, industrial, construction, mobile machinery and more, the range is supported with comprehensive software tools for straightforward configuration and monitoring. Strainsert’s T24 wireless transmitter modules are available in two module sizes with a choice of batteries – a compact AA cell version or for longer battery life a larger sized D cell module. The electrical

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and range performance specifications for both modules are similar. The 4-wire bridge measurement and 4.5 to 5.25 VDC excitation characteristics suit Strainsert sensor requirements. The modular system offers a choice of four USB powered base stations that are used for interfacing with PCs or PLCs through a choice of USB, RS232 or RS485 ports for configuration and control. They work in concert with the T24 transmitter modules, facilitating the data capture through the T24 software toolkit which is included with the wireless systems. Further system accessories include Modbus Gateway and ASCII serial interfaces, analogue and relay output modules and wireless range extenders for up to 1600 metres. Also included are wireless handheld receivers and LED display modules. The Strainsert wireless load pin has all the specification characteristics and interfacing possibilities offered by the T24 telemetry systems with the potential advantage found in its integrated load sensor component and transmitter design that can further aid installation planning and commissioning. Ixthus represents global sensor technology leaders like Strainsert Inc. for force, torque and vibration measurement. Its knowledgeable technical staff are on hand to assist with measurement solutions, providing a complete sales and support service at component level or for complete instrumentation systems. For further information please call +44 (0) 1327 353437, email info@ixthus.co.uk or visit www.ixthus.co.uk.



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What’s the Real Cost of Pressure Vessel Repair? In this short blog Leigh Bryan, national consultant specialist at heat transfer specialist Fulton, looks at the costs associated with shell and tube steam boiler pressure vessel repair (and asks whether you really should be questioning its cost or the value of your peace of mind). Whether you’re looking at a multiple tube repair or furnace section replacement (the infamous D Patch Repair), the costs associated with pressure vessel repair can quickly and easily begin to spiral. The actual cost of a repair can run into tens of thousands, with certified materials, coded welders, insurer-appointed NDT inspectors and, in the case of D patch repairs to conventional 3-pass boilers, refractory replacement. The time taken to carry out repairs may also mean a hire boiler is needed to

maintain delivery of steam to the site and/or process. Another cost that can run into thousands of pounds. Let’s also not forget about the potential financial, environmental and health & safety impacts of an acid clean. Here, specialist teams using often-expensive solvent- or alkalinebased treatments are required, which means the solutions used must then be stored or neutralised and disposed of in a safe manner that can also be potentially expensive. Additionally, there’s the financial impact from the boiler/process downtime, which can lead to the loss of services or product. In fact, in many cases the cost of repair is insignificant compared to the cost of several days without steam while a repair is carried out or a replacement hire boiler is delivered, installed and commissioned. So, if you’re specifying steam raising plant for

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a new project or even replacing ageing steam boilers, don’t just consider the initial capital costs but look at the bigger picture, such as the design of a steam boiler and the potential risks from boiler/ process downtime. Unlike conventional vertical and horizontal shell and tube steam boilers – containing long steel tubes through which hot gasses from a furnace pass and around which the water to be converted to steam circulates – the design of Fulton’s radical VSRT utilises a floating,

self-compensating heat exchanger design that eliminates the risk of thermal shock. Factor in no tubes (so a minimum 9.6mm material thickness) and NO refractory and the probability of a costly repair is greatly reduced. The VSRT is also backed by an industry-defining, 10-year pressure vessel warranty. So, perhaps the question you should really ask isn’t what the cost of steam pressure vessel repair is, but what is the value of your peace of mind? www.fulton.co.uk


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New Smart Pallet Mover from Interroll provides performance boost for manufacturing logistics Sant'Antonino, Switzerland, April 19 2021. It is not the performance of modern production machines but their material supply that promises the greatest potential for further productivity increases in industrial companies today. With the new Smart Pallet Mover (SPM), Interroll has launched a awarded solution that can be adapted as a flexible and modular pallet management system to meet a wide range of application requirements in industrial manufacturing.

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he customer and user benefits of the Smart Pallet Mover are impressive: Those who use it can now finally automate work processes in front of the machine production to avoid manual activities in safetycritical areas and manage the pallet work flow by buffering, sorting, sequencing and carrying at the right time to deliver significant improvement of the machine down time optimizing the return on investment (ROI) of the machine production cells. This not only eliminates costly production interruptions for material supply to machines, but also the risk of accidents during operation. In this way, productivity increases of up to 30 percent are possible compared to manual operation.

Ideal supplement for driverless transport systems The Smart Pallet Mover is a pallet management solution for automating pallet transport in the vicinity of manufacturing machines and for production-related picking and sequencing processes, which can also be used in Industry 4.0 environments. The SPM is designed to transport, sort and buffer boxes or pallets weighing up to 1,000 kilograms. It represents a mobile and autonomously acting material flow system that can be used, for example, as a cost-efficient supplement or substitute for forklifts or automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The Smart Pallet Mover solution consists of various modules. The center of the solution is a mobile unit (SM1000 Mover) that runs underneath non-driven conveyor sections and moves pallets lying on them. A transfer car (SM2000 Transfer Car) which moves on a rail can transport pallets between parallel conveyor sections. "With this platform solution, which is unparalleled on the world market, we are tapping into the great productivity potential offered by production-related pallet management automation for our customers and users. A user-friendly 3D online tool, the SPM Layout Configurator & Pallet Flow Simulator, makes it possible to configure a system quickly and easily as well as simulate planned operation on the computer," explains Jens Strüwing, Executive Vice President Products & Technology at Interroll. The flexibility of this innovative solution, the use of proven technologies and a very short payback period ensure that users can significantly strengthen their competitiveness.

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As with all Interroll products, the Smart Pallet Mover is extremely easy to install, operate and maintain. The modular plug-and-play solution can therefore be put into operation without lengthy interruptions to production, even during modernization projects. Networking capabilities based on global data standards such as REST API and JSON ensure maximum compatibility and ease of use. The conveyor modules can be reconfigured very easily if required, and height-adjustable supports allow the system to be installed even on uneven floors.

Winner of the Red Dot Award and “Best of Logistics” nominee for the IFOY Award Before the official market launch, the new solution had already won two internationally renowned awards. For example, the Smart Pallet Mover won the Red Dot Award, Product Design 2021, for its exceptional design quality and degree of innovation. At the same time, the solution was chosen by the independent experts of the "International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year Award (IFOY AWARD)" in March 2021 as a finalist of this globally renowned intralogistics award. With this new offering, Interroll is taking into account the fact that production managers are increasingly focusing on material handling, as shown, for example, by the survey "Production Logistics in Medium-Sized Businesses," which Interroll published last year: The average degree of automation of internal material transport at the companies surveyed was only 53 percent. Almost every tenth company (9 percent) had a degree of automation of less than 25 percent. A video of the new solution is visible via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbnWIBP-18 https://vimeo.com/520536729 More information: https://info.interroll.com/manufacturing-logistics


The new Interroll Split-Tray Sorter Fast, flexible sortation for everyone Interroll introduces the new Split-Tray Sorter: the perfect solution for small and mid-sized items. Efficiency and low maintenance make this new sorter attractive for those looking for lower operating costs and quicker return on investment. It is an ideal solution for the 3PL , E-Commerce, Fashion and CEP industries. Easy to install and reliable with its proven mechanical components & integrated control solution Lightweight and energy-efficient - with a single motor every 40 meters Compact but dense footprint with plenty of destinations Extremely quiet with only <70 dB(A) noise levels

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Faster wall-mounting for connectors Fully EMC-shielded and highly robust outdoor housings can now be rear-mounted Han® HPR 16 B add-on housing, into which the inserts can be locked from behind.

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he metal housings in the Han® EMV and Han® HPR series are now available in versions that enable contact inserts to be mounted from the rear, an option that simplifies the placement of interfaces on switch cabinet walls, increases the installation speed and lowers costs in the long term. HARTING has produced other connector types that feature a rear-fit mounting option. Over the past two years, the Han-Eco® A and B and the Han® B and Han® M series came out with this ‘rear-fit’ installation option. Now, the option is available for the first time for the Han® EMV and Han® HPR series.

Rear-fit mounting means that contact inserts can be installed in the housing from the rear, which is particularly important for installation in cabinets in combination with prefabricated cable assemblies. Assembling both products is further accelerated by using a mounting frame. Alternatively, the modules can be inserted directly into the housing. All Han® series that feature the Rear-Fit option make it easier to install contact inserts and cut installation times. The ‘Rear-Fit’ housings are also interoperable with earlier versions that cannot be equipped from the rear, which translates into a cost-effective, step-by-step introduction of the new housings into production.

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MODULAR CONNECTORS FOR MODULAR AUTOMATION Scaling your plant operations just got easier with next-generation connectors

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odular automation is changing the way plants operate. Sectors including pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and food and beverage have seen an increase in the demand for customisation and smaller batch sizes. Processing plants, for example, while efficient, are less agile. Here Jonathan Parry, Senior VP and MD Europe at electrical connector supplier PEIGenesis, discusses how modular automation will benefit from the advent of modular connectors. As consumers, we love to have choices, but don’t always realise the implications this will have on the ability of plants to adapt accordingly. Large-scale plants are typically at their most efficient when they’re producing items with less variation and at scale. When customers require factories to scale production up or down, or completely change their final product, the whole production line may need to be reconfigured. Configuration of equipment is time consuming, inefficient and complex.

Modular automation: the basics Modular automation works like building blocks, where plants can replicate modules and use them to scale production to meet consumer needs. According to an in-depth analysis on modular automation by ABB, “By changing a few modules, a completely new product can be produced.” Not only does this simplify engineering, it speeds up time-to-market. The company also explains that, “A module type package (MTP) standardises the interface between the control level and module,” so that different process equipment can interact with other systems quickly and without errors. Because recipes in the food industry need to be regularly changed, modular automation can be used to modify recipes from a function library without production stoppages.

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Why modular connectors? Throughout a plant, each point of power, sensor data and control communication is transferred via a connector into a control or power panel. The result is hundreds of fixed point-to-point contacts that cannot be easily moved around should production requirements change. A modular connector is a multipurpose connector that can simultaneously provide multiple sources of connectivity. Modular connectors work with open automation to make plants more flexible to consumer demands. For example, PEI-Genesis supplies the Harting Han-modular connector series, a modular connector that combines power and signal circuits into one connector. The connector can be customised with over one hundred offthe-shelf modules, combining various multi-media types into a singular rectangular connector. For engineers, this means they can take advantage of modular automation without the hassle of extra cabling and the complexity of manually wiring each module. Open automation and modular connectors prove that customer choice doesn’t have to be a headache for automation environments. This type of flexibility allows manufacturers to easily reconfigure their plant to meet changing consumer demands, without the prospect of extensive downtime and significant complexity. PEI-Genesis can help turn your plant into a smart factory with a range of modular connectors to suit your needs. To find out more, give PEI-Genesis a call on +44 (0)2380 621260 or visit the website at www.peigenesis.com.


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The Alfa Electric New ATV range of Filter Fans –

Keep cool when the heat is on The ATV versions are available in all the industry standard sizes from 114 mm to 325 mm with power supply variants of 24, 48V DC or 115 or 230V AC. Airflow capacity from 26 m3/hr to 770 m3/hr The ATV series comes with features designed to optimise the labour costs on installation and servicing. The ATV filter fans are “snap fitting for standard cut-outs as well as having screw points should the installation require these., the fan body can be removed and reversed to allow for a reverse airflow application. The terminal block is snap mounted to allow for it to be relocated on the fan assembly body for ease of wiring connection - the terminals are push connectors with a spring connection for tool free installation. For speed of maintenance the front filter mat can be changed without the need to remove the fan from the panel. Two filter mess options are available to allow for installation in applications requiring air filtration of fine particles. The ATV series is IP54 as standard, but if IP55 is required, a panel front mounting fan hood, CUFF series, is available for the whole range. Thermostats are available for the filter fans - THV1, 2 or 3 which vary dependant on the operational temperature of the installation. Matching Filter only units for the input side of the panel are available for all sizes Alfa Electric offer a tool to calculate the right fan or heater for use with an enclosure to maintain a correct

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operating environment for the electronics inside. This can be found here. https://www.tvri.co.uk/alfa-electricenclosure-menu.html Alfa Electric offer a range of anti-condensation heaters and fan assisted heaters and other fan types including roof fans and air conditioning units. The PTC heaters range from 25W up to 2 kW and are available with and without fan assist. There are thermostats and hydrostats for use with the heaters Alfa Electric manufacture in Italy. They are a vertically integrated company with service, support, and quality at their core. For further information please contact Tel: 01206 575755 Email: sales@tvri.co.uk or visit our website https://www.tvri.co.uk/alfa-electric-enclosure-menu.html


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Grist mixing and transfer

The brewing or distilling process starts by mixing milled grain with water in a mash or lauter tun, where the starch is converted into sugar. In newer or smaller breweries, the grist case often sits below the mash tun, with a conveyor system transferring the grist to the masher. This involves high incremental costs and can add complexity to the conveying system, leading to mixing problems; water is often added unevenly, resulting in a mix that is not homogenous and reduces the yield. An alternative to complex conveyor systems are PC pumps in Seepex’s BT range. These offer installation and mashing-in flexibility, allowing the grist to be mixed with hot water and then pumped into the mash tun. Comprising a feed hopper and an auger feed screw, the pitch and diameter of the auger can be adjusted for optimal product feed, ensuring a homogenous mix and a stable yield.

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Yeast handling

A critical process for any brewery or distillery is the fermentation stage; when yeast is added to the wort to convert simple sugars into alcohol. Yeast is shear-sensitive so requires very gentle and hygienic handling to avoid damaging it. Peristaltic pumps are sometimes used at this stage, but their pulsating action can have a negative effect on the quality of shear-sensitive products like yeast. By contrast, Seepex’s BCF range of PC pumps offers more gentle and hygienic handling, better preserving the yeast quality for fermentation. This is because PC pumps move the product through the pump in a series of cavities, which prevents slip from the discharge back through the pump. Slip creates shear, so compared to other pump designs which have clearances between the lobes, screws or gears, PC pumps have a very low shear action. They are also good at handling entrained

SEEPEX PC pumps are integral to brewing and distilling in raw material handling, production and waste handling

Overcoming the top 4 pumping challenges of the brewing and distilling industry By Peter McGarian, Managing Director, SEEPEX UK SEEPEX delivers cost-efficient pumping solutions from grist mixing and transfer, yeast handling and metering to energy efficient removal of spent grains and hops

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The many challenges faced throughout the brewing or distilling process can be divided into three major areas: raw materials handling, production and waste handling. In each, accurate control of product flow is essential to ensure the final product quality is consistently high. Pumps are therefore integral to brewing and distilling operations. Here, we demonstrate how switching to a progressive cavity (PC) pump can deliver efficiency, productivity and energy gains to help brewers and distillers thrive.


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A flexible alternative to expeller units, SEEPEX open hopper pumps are used for spent grain handling as well as grist mixing and transfer

easy calibration and control. Their ability to meter very low flow rates means that colours, flavours and portions are all consistent, and they can also accurately meter a wide range of product consistencies.

air and foam; important for brewers and distillers as the yeast can gain a foamy consistency at this stage. At the end of the fermentation process, yeast can also be recovered for re-use by discharging from the conical base of closed vessels or skimming from the surface of open vessels. In either case, the low shear characteristics of the BCF range offer advantages over alternative pumped methods or inefficient manual procedures.

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Flavour and colour dosing

The addition of flavours and colours into beers and spirits must be done accurately and constantly to ensure even distribution and a consistent final product, with any additives metered in a non-pulsating manner. Positive displacement pumps are sometimes used but their pulsating action means that once they have dispensed a product, there is a pause before they can dispense again. This results in a gap in the process, which can cause uneven distribution of ingredients.

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Removing spent grains, draff and hops

By-products of beer and spirit production include spent grains, draff and hops. At the end of the mashing process, they need to be transferred rapidly to storage tanks or silos to enable production to continue. The methods of removing spent grain or draff vary according to the size of the brewery. Small breweries favour manual removal, whilst larger breweries or distilleries tend to use compressed air units (pneumatic expeller units). However, brewers and distillers can significantly reduce their costs by pumping these residual materials instead. Open hopper PC pumps with auger feed systems can transport the spent grain or draff within a closed pipe system over hundreds of metres.

Seepex’s Smart Air Injection (SAI) technology is also ideal for this application. SAI can efficiently convey 15-40% dry solids (ds) spent grains, draff and hops in plugs of 20-30m length, over distances of up to several hundred metres using controlled air pulses. SAI combines progressive cavity pumping with pneumatic densephase conveying to increase process efficiency and productivity, as well as reducing energy consumption.

Improved bottom line In conclusion, by moving away from traditional and inefficient product handling methods towards innovative, problem-solving PC pump solutions, brewers and distillers can maintain their product quality, reduce their energy consumption and increase their production capacity.

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SEEPEX BCF progressive cavity pumps are ideal for gentle and hygienic handling of shear sensitive products like yeast

In contrast, Seepex’s PC dosing pumps (D range) are virtually pulsation-free and their output is directly proportional to the rotational speed of the pumping elements. This linear accuracy enables

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Considerations for effective cleaning-in-place (CIP) systems By Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

The production of safe food and drink products is of paramount importance to producers and maintaining hygienic – in some cases sterile – production environments and equipment is a key requirement for modern food processing machinery. Apart from the simplest systems, most equipment today, particularly that which contains pipework, enclosed spaces and small apertures, is cleaned in situ without the need for dismantling or opening, and with minimal operator intervention – a technique which is known as Cleaning-in-Place (CIP).

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leaning (or Clean) in Place has been around since the 1950s and can be defined as a method of automated cleaning of the interior surfaces of equipment, without major disassembly. One of the most widely quoted definitions is taken from the 1990 edition of the Society of Dairy Technology (SDT) Manual Cleaning In Place, which defines CIP as: “The cleaning of complete items of plant or pipeline circuits without dismantling or opening of the equipment and with little or no manual involvement on the part of the operator. The process involves the jetting or spraying of surfaces or circulation of cleaning solutions through the plant under conditions of increased turbulence and flow velocity.”

diligence purposes. Furthermore, being automatic reduces the need for human contact with potentially harmful cleaning agents or other chemicals.

Design considerations for CIP

However, if CIP is to be effective, not only does the CIP system itself need to be well designed, but the production equipment itself needs to be designed from the beginning with effective CIP in mind. Equipment and machinery must be hygienically designed and easy to manage, maintain and audit. Because of the specialised and custom nature of much food and drink processing machinery, some CIP systems will be designed specifically for a particular system or piece of equipment, although with careful design it is not uncommon to install a dedicated CIP system, such as those available from HRS.

The main purpose of CIP is to remove physical dirt and residues, as well as bacteria. It is commonly used for equipment such as piping, tanks, and fillers, and CIP employs turbulent flow or spraying and can also be accomplished with filling, soaking and agitation.

The design process must not only ensure effective cleaning but should also be as efficient as possible in terms of water, chemical and energy use. Considerations for the equipment itself include areas such as surface roughness, clean welding and the prevention of inaccessible areas

As well as ensuring that production equipment is hygienically clean and suitable for use, CIP also plays a number of other important roles. CIP systems should ensure that no cleaning fluids or contaminants remain in the equipment – ensuring food safety, and by reducing the effort and downtime required for cleaning, they also ensure production cycles are efficient and costeffective. Because of the automated or semi-automated nature of CIP systems, they provide improved control of the cleaning parameters to ensure consistent results, as well as automatic record keeping for traceability and due

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Many food systems, such as the HRS Aseptic Block, will often include integrated CIP systems


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May 2021 high temperatures may clean and disinfect equipment at the same time, or using steam may reduce the need for chemical detergents. Depending on the design of the system, and the risk of contamination, cleaning solutions may be reused multiple times or discarded immediately. There may also be differences between CIP and SIP (sterilise-in-place) systems. While the actual cleaning regime used will depend on a number of factors, including the risk category of the food or drink product, the physical and chemical properties of the product, and the design of the machinery in question, in many situations it is preferable to rely on water alone (together with temperature, pressure and agitation) rather than additional cleaning chemicals which could present a contamination risk. In general, the higher temperatures and greater kinetic energy provide more efficient cleaning, but the duration of the CIP cycle will be optimised according to the properties mentioned above. Different tanks and systems will have different CIP requirements

or corners where dirt and/or cleaning chemicals may build up. Reliability is also an important consideration and CIP systems must be designed to work for as long as the working lifetime of the equipment involved. It is also important to consider how user-friendly the control systems for the CIP are. For example, are they part of the overall control interface or a separate system? Another key element of an effective system is monitoring and validation of the cleaning results for traceability and due diligence purposes, and from the beginning the design of the equipment should allow this to be done in an effective manner.

Typical CIP processes Most CIP employs a similar set of operations, including: • Pre-rinsing – to remove large debris and residues • Detergent cleaning – to remove attached dirt and soiling using a caustic detergent • Rinsing – to remove detergent and dirt • Optional acid cleaning – if required to remove scaling or alkaline residues

Where detergents are required, one of the most common is caustic soda (NaOH), although many other alkali- and acidbased chemicals are available depending on the nature of the product and residues which need to be cleaned. Alkali materials are generally more effective against proteins and fats, while acids perform better where salts need to be removed. For sugars, water remains one of the most effective cleaning mediums.

HRS CIP systems HRS offers two types of CIP (and SIP) systems. The first are those which are integrated into other systems, such as HRS pasteurisers and sterilisers, as well as our Aseptic Block Series and aseptic fillers, for example. The second is the HRS series of stand-alone CIP and SIP systems. These are available with single (ST) or multiple tanks, which are heated with an HRS K Series heat exchanger. Fully skid-mounted and modular design enables for quick and easy site installation, and the fully automated systems are supplied with a programmable logic controller (PLC) system, which can operate on its own, or be integrated into the factory’s main control system.

www.hrs-heatexchangers.com HRS produces a range of dedicated CIP and SIP systems

• Rinsing – to remove the acidic cleaning agent • Disinfection – heat or chemical treatment to disinfect the equipment • Final rinse – to remove all traces of chemicals and prevent contamination These steps may be combined or used in different ways. For example, using detergent at

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RS Components extends its range of RS PRO sensors More than 340 new products added offering customers a comprehensive choice of factory automation sensor solutions

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Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has announced the expansion of its popular RS PRO sensors range to give customers a comprehensive choice of sensors for use in factory automation applications. The range consists of high-quality sensors and accessories that deliver excellent reliability and great value. Ultrasonic proximity sensors and fibre optical sensors have been added to complement the existing photoelectric proximity sensors (through-beam, retroreflective and diffuse), inductive proximity sensors and capacitive proximity sensors. Depending on the sensor technology selected, RS PRO products can be used to detect a wide range of materials including metals, plastics, paper, liquids, powders and particles. They are ideal for incorporation into quality and verification systems: for example, to count units accurately, detect the presence or absence of an object, or to measure parameters such as pressure, flow, and viscosity. Applications range from product manufacturing, laboratories, and food and beverage production to automated packaging and distribution warehouses. In addition to all these sensor options, the RS PRO range encompasses a wide selection of load cells, rotary encoders, thermocouples, sensors switches and cables. It also includes essential accessories such as mounting brackets and a sensor tester switch. This makes it easy for engineers responsible for testing, design or maintenance to source compatible products from a single supplier to meet all their automation requirements. All RS PRO products are audited against demanding international standards, inspected for durability and consistency and tested by leading engineers. They are covered by the RS PRO Seal of Approval and come with a three-year warranty, to indicate their ability to deliver the quality, reliability and durability necessary to perform effectively in industrial environments. The extended range of RS PRO sensors is shipping now from RS globally.

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Ixxat Smart Grid Gateways enable IO and Wi-Fi sensors to be connected to energy networks HMS Networks is now expanding its Ixxat® SG-gateway series for networking of energy components. Two new multi-IO versions allow traditional IO-sensors as well as sensors or devices in Wi-Fi networks to be connected to energy systems using IEC 61850 and IEC 60870. Users benefit from direct and seamless access to sensor data from the control room, as well as IIoT capabilities for monitoring, maintenance and forecasting purposes.

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nabling digital energy controlDigitalization of energy technology is important for mastering the future challenges of sustainable energy supply. With Ixxat SG-gateways, device manufacturers, system integrators, energy suppliers and network operators get instant status information into the control room through direct access to plant data from various sources. This enables efficient system operation, fast reactions to network disturbances, as well as remote monitoring and maintenance of devices and systems. The compact Ixxat SG-gateways are especially suitable for retrofitting plants and digitalization of substations, and are used in many areas of energy automation, e.g. in power plants and at large energy consumers.

All-in-one solution with all the needed connectivity Thanks to the wide range of interfaces and protocols supported, Ixxat SG-gateways remove the need for installing several separate gateways, such as fieldbus gateways, sensor gateways, IoT gateways and firewalls. Adding to the existing support for IEC 61850, IEC 60870, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, MQTT and 4G, the two new SGgateways feature Multi-IO and Wi-Fi capabilities (WLAN according to IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n). With this, traditional

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as well as wireless sensors can be easily connected to control rooms and cloud systems. Besides RS232/485 and Ethernet, eight digital inputs/outputs (24 V DC) and eight analog inputs (0-20 mA or 0-10 V) are available for direct sensor connection, all switchable via software. Example applications are temperature monitoring of highvoltage lines via Wi-Fi using Modbus TCP, pressure and density measurement of cooling liquids using Modbus RTU, and room temperature or humidity measurement in buildings using analog or digital IO.

Efficient and secure access to all data The acquired data from sensors, fieldbuses and energy protocols is made available by the SG-gateway in control room applications, SCADA and can also be integrated into the user´s cloud system of choice. For direct use in a targeted system and protocol, the data can be preprocessed by the SG-gateway using the integrated WEBPLC. Data security is ensured via a local firewall, access management and via encrypted data transmission. Depending on the used protocol, this is done either with openVPN or TLS 1.3.

Learn more about Ixxat SG-gateways at www.ixxat.com/energy


Indexing Chain Conveyor System Interlink machining stations cost efficiently Sturdy system, total load capacity of up to 700 kg Flexible modular designs, variable lengths & widths possible

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May 2021

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A Revolution in Rapid Prototyping

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ometimes individual parts and prototypes have to be produced practically overnight. Thanks to 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping is now almost unlimited in terms of geometry and hugely varied in terms of material selection. Many people facing the urgency challenge are experiencing just how essential it is for manufacturing companies to have flexibility in their own workshops. This is an issue that presents itself all over the world and has forced many companies to look at how they work. But even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the most flexible production method was additive manufacturing. While the general public still regards 3D printing as a gimmick for the production of simple plastic parts, new developments in the field of additive manufacturing have been so ground-breaking in recent years that there are now hardly any limits to what can be done. The wide selection of materials, the high speed compared to other production methods and the increased options for post-processing and tolerance control make 3D printing an indispensable tool for creating prototypes and small production runs.

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From ABS to steel: Wide selection of materials for 3D printing In recent years, the different methods of additive manufacturing – whether it be Multi Jet Fusion, selective laser sintering, stereolithography, PolyJet or direct metal laser sintering – have led to a radical expansion in the variety of materials that can be processed by means of 3D printing. The choice ranges from plastics to elastomers to metals. All the processes listed above have in common that the part is created layer by layer and, in most cases, must also be held in place by support structures. The wide variety of materials also mean that prototypes produced by additive manufacturing can be used in almost all sectors. Especially in cases where a prototype is needed as quickly as possible, 3D printing has become a true silver bullet for industry. The processing of metallic materials on an industrial scale has long been standard. Parts made from the particularly heatresistant metal Inconel 718 by means of direct metal laser


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sintering are used for example in the aerospace industry. Using the same process, copper can be used in a design wherever good electrical conductivity is required.

Bringing together high speed and freedom of design In addition to the wide selection of materials, the relatively high speed that can be achieved by additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping is one reason why 3D printing enjoys such a good reputation within product development and manufacturing. Whilst the injection moulding process first requires a lot of time and technological effort to be invested in the production of the tooling prior to moulding the parts, the same part can usually be produced directly using 3D printing without any significant effort. The only thing to note is that the design and shape should be optimised for additive manufacturing. If, for example, overhangs are present, it is recommended that they be kept as low as possible by means of an obtuse angle. In this way, the required supporting structures can be kept out of the way so that the material required as well as the costs are reduced.

The step from design to prototype has just become much easier Additive manufacturing also offers far-reaching design freedom, which cannot be achieved for example with injection moulding or CNC machining. For example, due to the way in which a product is manufactured with additive manufacturing, it is possible to implement tunnels or honeycomb structure in the part. In addition, 3D printing means that geometries can be achieved that just cannot be done with any other production method. This fact is often key - especially in the production of prototypes - and gives engineers and designers great freedom in the design of parts that are tailored to specific applications.

Avoiding surprises Since the demands placed on prototypes can differ, it is particularly important that parts made by 3D printing are also checked after production, and some post-processing may be necessary. It makes no difference whether a prototype is made for a first test run for a better assessment of final dimensions, or if a fully functional part is being created directly through rapid prototyping. In both cases, the products produced must not deviate from the original design specification. Specialist test and inspection services are available to prevent any deviations. Suppliers like Protolabs use techniques such as 3D laser scanning technology and coordinatemeasuring devices in the production of additive parts in order to accurately analyse the physical geometries of parts. In this way, volumetric accuracy can be controlled as a final stage and even the slightest deviation from planned tolerances can be detected.

The bottom line Due to digital transformation and the new horizons opening up for industry, the rapid production of prototypes is becoming increasingly important. An idea that has just been invented today can be essential for an entire industry in just a few days. Additive manufacturing already supports this scenario across industries and can also support design teams by providing prototypes quickly - including getting them into unusual places. Using additive manufacturing, the imagination of designers can soar. And that’s what digital manufacturing is all about: the flexibility to think in any direction.

Andrea Landoni, 3D Printing Product Manager, Protolabs EMEA

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Attract customers with virtual showrooms and exhibitions Virtual showrooms and exhibitions offer the opportunity to present products in an innovative way and create interactive experiences. as classic exhibition equipment such as flipcharts or office technology. The selection is extensive and leaves nothing to be desired. In this way it is possible to present an exciting showroom also digitally. DOSCH DESIGN – Your innovative partner for a successful 3D-experience Since 1995 DOSCH DESIGN has been a fixture in quality CG products by staying on the cutting edge in 3D-design, animation, architectural visualizations or motion design. With its well-diversified product range DOSCH DESIGN supports 3D- and marketing experts in their daily work. Especially in the field of Automation, Mechanical Engineering or the automotive industry, 3D-Design has become an indispensable element. Textures, HDRIs, Viz Images or Highquality 3D models from DOSCH DESIGN - directly importable in OBJ and FBX formats - are a great enrichment.

Invite your customers and audience on a virtual journey to discover new products and collections and create memorable experiences – around the clock 24/7. Virtual Reality offers the opportunity to put products in context of a realistic 3D environment, present them in a 360° view and zoom them in and out. Everyone can visit the virtual showroom from anywhere in the world without travel time and costs. The customers have the opportunity to encounter products and services more deeply without ever leaving their personal comfort zone. Once created, the showroom can be equipped with new products, information or technical details and updated as often as desired. Helpful visualization tools to create amazing showrooms DOSCH DESIGN has developed a large range of products that allow designers to create ultimate virtual showrooms or

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exhibitions and to perfectly present the products and services in photorealistic quality. In addition to products like DOSCH 3D: Trade Show & Exhibition V2, DOSCH 3D: Event & Stage or 3D Scenes with a large number of different Exhibition Halls, the company also offers a wide selection of 2D and 3D people, plants and furniture as well

The website is worth a visit, as new developments are regularly published there. Using the website’s search function, customers can quickly and easily find the right product for their individual enquiry. Download free samples at: www.doschdesign.com/samples.zip www.doschdesign.com


DOSCH DESIGN WWW.DOSCHDESIGN.COM

Dosch 3D: Factory Accessories

Dosch 3D: People Clean Room Vol. 1

Dosch 3D: Environments - Factory

Dosch 3D: People Factory Worker Vol. 2

Dosch 3D: Car Details V3

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Dosch 3D: Liquid Effects Vol.2

Dosch 3D: Accident Cars

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3D-Design, Animation, Visualization Besides complete 3D-models and scenes >Dosch 3D, DOSCH DESIGN products contain surface materials >Dosch Textures, High Dynamic Range Images >Dosch HDRI, as well as 2-dimensional objects for visualizations >Dosch Viz-Images.

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he SICK Intelligent Inspection Deep Learning App runs on SICK’s newly launched Inspector P621 2D programmable vision camera. The all-in-one package enables machine builders and endusers to set up vision classifications using artificial intelligence in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to program challenging inspections based on recognising the pre-set rules and patterns of traditional vision systems.

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SICK Launches Compact 2D Vision Camera with Deep Learning Onboard SICK is launching its first vision camera with a pre-installed Deep Learning app onboard to make it simple to create custom quality inspections of complex or irregular-shaped goods, packaging and assemblies, especially where they may have previously defied automation using traditional systems.

Practical and Affordable AI Classification

Intuitive Step-By-Step Process

Where it has previously been very challenging to achieve consistently robust and repeatable quality inspections, with SICK Intelligent Inspection they can now be mastered with high levels of reliability and availability. Automation is therefore now practical and affordable for complex imaging tasks such as sorting fresh fruit and vegetables, checking the orientation of timber profiles by recognising the annual ring structure, checking leather car seats for creases or flaws, or inspecting the integrity of solders in surface mount assemblies.

Using the SICK Inspector 621’s in-built image capture tool, users begin by collecting example images of their product in realistic production conditions. Guided step-by-step through the intuitive graphic interface, the system prompts them to sort the images into classes. Using SICK’s dStudio service, the pre-sorted images are uploaded to the Cloud where the image training process is completed by the neural network. The user can then apply further production images to evaluate and adjust the system.

Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement and Ranging explains: “By embedding the Intelligent Inspection App onto SICK’s Inspector P621 deep learning camera, SICK has made it possible for users to purchase a ready-made package that uses artificial intelligence to run complex vision inspections with ease. “Users are guided through an intuitive process that teaches the system how to recognise ‘good and bad’ examples using SICK’s speciallyoptimised neural networks in the cloud.”

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Once the user is satisfied, the custom-trained deep learning solution is downloaded to the SICK Inspector P621 camera where it can begin to take decisions automatically with no further Cloud connection necessary. Results are output to the control system as sensor values and digital I/O. The image inference is carried out directly on the device, so there is no need for an additional PC. As the system training is done in the Cloud, there is also no need for separate training hardware or software, saving on implementation time and cost.


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“Because it runs directly on the camera, the SICK Intelligent Inspection app does not require any additional hardware,” Sandhu continues. “So, users can automate complex vision inspections for a much lower cost of ownership. They can now consider automating quality inspections of products or goods that have just proved too difficult previously. “Even better, the system can be set up in no time at all. Many users will be able to manage this process themselves. However, if needed, SICK is also offering services to support customers through the feasibility, commissioning and neural network training process.” Users also have access to a large set of traditional machine vision tools installed as standard on the SICK Inspector P621, so they can extend the functionality of their quality inspection further. Developers working in SICK’s AppSpace can also use SICK’s Nova software tools for further custom development and to create their own SensorApps. Starting with the Intelligent Inspection on-camera package still saves significant development time and cost.

SICK Inspector P621 The SICK Inspector P621 is a versatile all-in-one 2D CMOS vision sensor with 1.3mpix image resolution. With flexible illumination provided by powerful on-board LEDs, a high-quality lens, and an adjustable electric focus, the SICK Inspector 621 provides highquality images out of the box to support the Deep Learning process. With a rugged IP65 housing, its compact 71mm x 43mm x 35.6mm dimensions mean it can be installed even in small machine spaces and at tight angles. Its versatility for many applications is assured through a wide range of communications interfaces and compatibility with EtherNET/IP, EtherCAT, Profibus and PROFINET fieldbuses. SICK Deep Learning is also now available as licensed option for all InspectorP600 2D vision sensors. Initially available with image classification, the SICK Intelligent Inspection App, will be extended to incorporate anomaly detection, localisation and segmentation functions later in 2021. For more information about SICK Intelligent Inspection and the Inspector P621, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

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Eaton’s new X3 pump and motor family delivers superior performance in a compact package Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of its X3 mediumduty pump and motor portfolio, including a new two-speed cartridge motor paired with single or back-to-back pump configurations.

Combining superior package size, precision and efficiency, Eaton’s latest plug-in variable piston motor solutions are designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) improve machine control, productivity and system life. “Eaton’s X3 pump and motor portfolio offers a compact package for mobile applications where space is at a premium,” said Florin Radoi, Product Manager, Mobile Pumps and Motors, Hydraulics Group EMEA. “Providing more flexibility and customization in designing mobile machines, OEMs can combine improved control and accuracy as part of an advanced propel solution.” Eaton’s X3 two-speed cartridge motor is available in 41cc and 49cc displacements, providing more top-end

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horsepower at the wheel while ensuring most mid-frame mobile propel needs are covered. The motor also has a builtin speed sensor port, making it easy to add a sensor to measure speed and direction. Using a standard SAE B 2-bolt mount, the motor will fit into virtually any existing machine design and can also be positioned as a drop-in replacement for several motor configurations. Built for durability in the toughest mobile environments, the X3 motor pairs with back-to-back or single pump options, which offer a 36 percent increase in the side load capacity over previous generations of Eaton pumps. The compact size makes it easier for designers to fit the pump into smaller machines, a key advantage given the increasing need to save space in

construction and agricultural equipment. The pump also has improved packaging that better protects the control solenoids against damage. The X3 portfolio is a Pro-FX™ Ready integrated solution that is available with a variety of controls, including a nonfeedback electrohydraulic control, a hydraulic remote control and a manual servo control. When combined with an Eaton HFX programmable controller, the solution can actively sense and dynamically adjust parameters such as position and flow – taking dynamic machine control to a whole new level. To learn more about Eaton’s new X3 pump and motor portfolio, please visit Eaton.com/X3.


Reduce unscheduled shut downs, reduce maintenance costs and improve plant safety with our Valvescan Diagnostic Monitoring System. Our revolutionary system is an end-to-end solution that captures data from every valve operation, analyses it and provides targeted alerts on the valve health without any requirement for involvement from plant personnel or any potential impact on the asset real-time control integrity. It is a true IIoT solution for automated valves. This system is not only a pioneering development in valve monitoring, it is also; ● Cost effective and easy to install ● Works with all existing valve systems ● Enables data retrieval and transmission to the cloud ● Provides a ‘real time health’ check on the valve and alerts when performance drop off is detected

Contact us to find out more:

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T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito, European Sales Office, Gronauer Straße 1, 61194 Niddatal, Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970 europe.office@tandd.de www.tandd.com

Unit 3A, Whitworth Court, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1WA. Tel.: (0044)-330 002 0640, sales@odu-uk.co.uk www.odu-uk.co.uk

Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

TR Fastenings LTD

European Corporate Office, Hambridge Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5TU 01635 279621 www.cwst.co.uk eurosales@cwst.com

Trifast House, Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QW Free phone: 08454 811 800 E-mail: sales@trfastenings.com www.trfastenings.com

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Blackfast Chemicals Ltd

26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660 www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk

Unit 5 Russell House , Molesey Road, Walton-onThames, Surrey, KT12 3PE 0207 339 7370, sales@blackfast.com www.blackfast.com

Monitran

Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E: info@monitran.com www.monitran.com

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ODU-UK LTD.

Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF Tel: +44 1844204420 www.ecopacpower.co.uk


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Foremost Electronics Ltd

Seepex UK Ltd.

14 Bluegate Business Park Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4PZ TEL: +44 (0) 1371 811171 FAX: +44 (0) 1371 810933 WEB: www.4most.co.uk

3 Armtech Row Houndstone Business Park Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RW

HRS Heat Exchangers 0-12 Caxton Way, Watford Business Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 8JY www.hrs-heatexchangers.com Email: info@uk.hrs-he.com Tel: +44 (0)1923 232 335

T +44 1935 472376 sales.uk@seepex.com www.seepex.com

Mecmesin Ltd Newton House, Spring Copse Business Park, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0SZ w: www.mecmesin.com t: +44 (0) 1403 799979 e: info@mecmesin.com

1 Brownfields Court Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire, AL7 1AJ www.rotechmachines.com

BÜLTE GmbH Kunststofferzeugnisse Carl-Sonnenschein-Straße 22 D-59348 Lüdinghausen – Germany Phone: (+49) 02591 / 91 94 – 0 info@bulte.de www.bulte.com

Wood Automated Systems UK (ATG – Systems) Tenter Road, Moulton Park Industrial Estate Northampton, NN3 6AX +44 (0)7827 327231 Tim.Bednall@woodplc.com www.the-atg.com

Lascar Electronics Ltd UK Module House Whiteparish, Wiltshire SP5 2SJ +44 (0)1794 884 567 sales@lascar.co.uk www.lascarelectronics.com

Rotech Machines Limited

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