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PLC or PID Controller: What’s the difference and how do you decide what technology you need? In general terms PLCs are probably one of most widely used pieces of control and automation technology. The clue really comes from the name PLC, or “programmable logic controller”. It is the fact that they are programmable that makes them so versatile in their application. PLCs contain a processor, memory to hold their programming and other data and input and output modules. They are usually programmed via a PC and there are a number of different industry standard (IEC 61131-3) languages that may be used. A PID Controller is different to a PLC. It still requires inputs and outputs to receive information from the process and send signals back to control it but it contains specialist algorithms designed to control a process with one or multiple control loops. The term ‘PID’ relates to “Proportional Integral Derivative” control.

Do you need PID control? Control such as that provided by Eurotherm control algorithms can meet all sorts of different control needs. The benefits it offers are highlighted in a number of different areas. Eurotherm autotune algorithms (autotune helps you tune your process and achieve optimum proportional, integral and derivative term settings) save engineering time and money. The benefits of the performance of the control itself mean increased stability and process repeatability – which equate to efficient, high quality results.

gramming to meet broader application needs. The programming languages used are also often familiar as the technology is used in many different areas of the plant. The E+PLC range from Eurotherm by Schneider Electric takes the best of both worlds. It integrates proven Eurotherm control algorithms into a PLC platform that uses standard IEC programming languages. Engineering costs are optimized through the use of standard function blocks, re-usable engineering, flexible communications options and integrated visualisation with automated tag resolution. It offers users auto-tuned PID response that gives faster control without overshoot or oscillation and tighter, more stable control without the need for manual intervention. High resolution I/O and integrated secure recording based on decades of expertise in this area further provide a route to further lower engineering costs and obtain easier regulatory compliance. For help with your process control or for more information on E+PLC product range please visit www.eurotherm.co.uk

Alongside world-class PID control, Eurotherm ensures that the devices it offers meet other application and industry needs. In the aerospace industry, for example, I/O must meet a certain level of accuracy and sensitivity to meet the precise thermal processing needs and quality levels this industry demands. Many more sophisticated processes also do not have a single setpoint requirement. They require a setpoint that changes over time – a setpoint profile. Flexible setpoint programmer tools are required to meet these needs without large engineering overheads. Stable, precise control offers many benefits. Correctly applied, good control has a large impact on a plant’s profitability. It will reduce process times, improve product quality, lower costs associated with scrap, and optimize energy usage.

PLC or PID Controller? For certain industries where precision and security are paramount, specialist PID knowledge and algorithms are needed. Features such as flexible setpoint programmers and autotune algorithms help to keep engineering budgets under control. PLCs, however, offer greater flexibility and freedom in pro04 - Automation Update August 2016

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urrelektronik have been manufacturing power supplies and transformers for over 40 years and our innovative power management solutions continue to be the preferred choice in a wide range of industries. Murrelektronik’s quality and service is trusted the world over, as our power supply units are extremely reliable – increasing machine uptime and saving you money. Over the years, our portfolio has expanded into a comprehensive range that offers flexible power management solutions to suit every application. Our primary aim remains the same as our founding principles, to provide our customers with consistent, constant output voltages for their system – independent of how much

input voltage fluctuates. Working across a variety of industries including the machine tool building industry, the processing industry and the shipbuilding industry, Murrelektronik strives to understand its customers and their applications. Our wide product range of power supply units, designed with cutting edge technology, make sure that you have the best product for your requirements. Our certified, in-house test centre ensures that our switch mode power supplies are well-engineered and operate perfectly. Our power supply units have many approvals and feature a wide input voltage range, which makes them suitable for global applications.

Power supply units for your application. PICCO (top right) is a compact, low cost range available in 12 V DC and 24 V DC versions with output currents from 0.85 A to 6 A in the 12 V variants and 0.6 A to 6A in the 24 V variants.

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The flag ship Emparro range The flag ship Emparro range offers the highest effiency of any power supply on the market. With an effiency of 95% it also has the lowest heat generation. This can make all the difference in the panel where heat build up can cause major problems. Emparro has many features including enhanced diagnostics and power boost for loads with a high start up current. Emparro 1~ Single phase is available in 24 V with outputs 5, 10 and 20 A. In 48 V, 2.5, 5 and 10 A. And in 12 V, 10 A. Emparro 3~ Three phase (right) is available in 24 V with ouputs 5, 10, 20, 40 A. Its advanced functionality includes an integrated parallel mode switch enabling up to 5 PSU’s to be used in parallel, over voltage protection to protect against voltage spikes on the input and a hyper booste function. In addition to the 150% power boost function, making it ideal for applications where there are high start up currents.

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Automation Update - 07 August 2016


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5 Ways Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down On Costly Downtime Manufacturers are being encouraged to utilise data capture to improve their approach to maintenance. The industrial sector is undergoing massive transformation like never before. Sundeep Sanghavi co-founder of DataRPM looks deeper than preventative maintenance into the realm of predictive maintenance. According to a World Economic Forum study, if the first Industrial Revolution was driven by steam, the second by electricity, and the third by digitization, we are now in the midst of a fourth: one driven by data. In this “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) era, an explosion of IoT-connected devices has created a new level of big data possibilities for enterprises of all types. In the search for how and where manufacturers can best reap the rewards of the IIoT, look no further than maintenance protocols.

Prevent or predict? For much of the modern manufacturing world, the prevalent approach to IT maintenance can be best described as “preventive” — performing maintenance on a schedule, even if machines don’t actually require updating or repair. According to a 2015 study, 85% of companies utilise this strategy. This is a non-optimal approach because scheduling maintenance leads to unnecessary labor (and, therefore, unnecessary costs). Additionally, a potential problem that goes undetected between scheduled maintenance can pose huge risks to the financial health of the company and the physical health of its workers. Currently, manufacturers tend to devote their technology toward creating and enforcing maintenance schedules — but now’s the time to begin evolving toward a predictive methodology.

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The biggest perks of predictive maintenance Using technology to drive a predictive maintenance approach, manufacturers can stream data from sensors mounted on their machines to uncover key usage and performance patterns in real time. This allows them to identify potential malfunctions in the making and avoid the hefty costs of unexpected breakdowns. As a whole, predictive maintenance offers manufacturers a tremendous opportunity to boost operational efficiency. The process can be easily automated through machine learning and cognitive data science, meaning there’s no need to hire an army of data experts or assign additional human capital to the cause. Here are five specific benefits manufacturers will see from a predictive maintenance approach: 1. Reduced wrench time: Since the turn of the millennium, American factories have spent trillions of dollars a year performing maintenance. A predictive approach would render a great portion of these costs unnecessary or completely avoidable. For example, manpower would no longer be wasted on routine machine diagnostics, and companies could avoid huge outlays purchasing and installing new machines to replace those that broke down between inspections.Human intervention will be required only for a necessary repair, and because the issue is caught before it results in a complete mechanical breakdown, the wrench time will be much shorter. 2. Less downtime: “Downtime” is a word manufacturers despise. About 5% of the average factory’s production is lost to downtime every year, costing the global manufacturing community roughly $647bn annually. However, with a predictive,

data-driven maintenance approach, companies are much less likely to be blindsided by equipment failure and face lengthy, costly periods of inactivity. As an example, robotics company FANUC partnered with Cisco to create a “zero downtime” program that ended up saving one auto manufacturer $40 million.IoT sensors can detect if a machine is beginning to break down and automatically order a new part. Then, the company can schedule the necessary repair or installation during a low-volume or after-hours window, minimizing lost productivity. 3. Improved safety: Manufacturers undoubtedly take pride in creating safe environments for their workers, but one study found that up to 30% of all manufacturing deaths occur during maintenance activity. A predictive approach to maintenance does wonders toward increasing workplace safety by preventing dangerous scenarios. Companies can set safety parameters and receive immediate notification when a machine shows preliminary signs of reaching that threshold. 4. Better inventory management of parts: By predicting what will fail, one can manage what parts he needs to order or have in his maintenance inventory. 5. Better field personnel management: By predicting what will fail, manufacturers can better plan what kind of expertise would be required to perform maintenance. Furthermore, they can better plan schedules, too (rather than when ad hoc failures occur). The lowered costs, higher productivity, and improved product quality made possible by predictive maintenance all lead to the ultimate benefit of happier customers. And further, employing this strategy arms companies with cutting-edge technologies empowered by cognitive data science that produce high-level business insights — unlocking countless opportunities for improvement and innovation. Preventive maintenance can only carry you so far; join the next revolution by embracing predictive maintenance.

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he UK manufacturing industry looks to the future with baited breath following the results of the EU referendum. As the wider UK economy remains unpredictable, the results of the referendum could represent a unique opportunity for the manufacturing sector should businesses consider the tactical, short-term implications and realise the importance of maintaining a focus on long-term strategic planning. According to KPMG’s EU R e f e r e n d u m a d v i s o r y, manufacturers should be buoyed by the possibility that in the long term this result could lead to new opportunities for their businesses. A drop in the value of the pound could make the UK a magnet for trade, especially with the UK government looking to

build relationships with the rest of the world outside of Europe. In addition, the need to reshape trade policy may result in quicker decision making, and reduced red tape that has previously hampered manufacturing when looking to export goods1. Speaking about the future of the UK manufacturing sector, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment will join visitors at this year’s PPMA Total Show to open the 2016 exhibition and deliver the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Appearing on the PPMA Total seminar stage on the first day of the show (Tuesday 29 September) Lord Francis Maude will discuss the outcome of the recent EU referendum and reveal the future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign.

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The PPMA Total Show 2016 will not only see headline speakers like the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude but a range of industry experts who can offer insight and advice on the future of the UK manufacturing industry. Also confirmed to speak at this year’s PPMA Total Show, Emma De-Alwis, Hygiene Specialist at Campden BRI will highlight how contaminated food products and food hygiene problems that go undetected along the supply chain have a serious negative impact on the UK manufacturing industry. Addressing another highly topical issue for UK’s food manufacturers, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, will take to the stage to address the number of government programmes focusing on food and packaging waste that promote both environmental improvements and the cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and the benefits of developing recycled food grade PP processes.

Demonstrating the latest innovations in manufacturing Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC in September can also find out more about the latest trends and innovations taking the industry by storm. With returning exhibitors, including Bosch Packaging Technology, Schubert, and Festo, already confirmed to join the line-up, organisers are confident that the 2016 show will be bigger and better than ever before.

unveiling the latest developments in its pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at twice the speed of its current offering. Debuting at the PPMA Total Show 2016, n e w ex h i b i t o r s TIPA Sustainable Pa c k a g i n g w i l l reveal its flexible food packaging that behaves just like an orange peel. TIPA, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough biobased, fully compostable, flexible packaging, will showcase its next generation of sustainable, flexible food packaging that provides the same properties as conventional plastic packaging. The team will be available on stand B92 to discuss the opportunities for food packaging that can be disposed along with food waste – in the food waste stream or by using a composter. To register your attendance at the show please visit: http://bit.ly/28QsHuF . For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visit www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page.

In fact, since the PPMA shows returned to the full control of the association in 2013, the size of its events has increased by circa 25% yearon-year. The latest edition – PPMA Total 2016 – is already 50% larger than the first show of the new regime in 2014. With over 400 exhibitors, the event has already firmly established itself as the industry event not to be missed with 2016 set to be one of the biggest and highly anticipated events yet. Also returning to the PPMA Total Show 2016, Rotech, designer and manufacturer of offline advanced carton feeding systems, will be launching its new coder. As pouch attributes, such as size, ease of opening, increased use of sustainable material and the ability to customise packs are driving more companies to switch from rigid packaging, Rotech is set to debut its double-speed coder. Rotech is also 1

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Automation Update - 13 August 2016


Omron launches new value for control panels covering an extensive range of components For building control panels, Omron is introducing around 600 different factory automation (FA) devices, across 18 different product categories, all built to a common design platform including Omron’s proprietary Push-In Plus wiring technology. Omron has conducted market research with 300 global customers, focussing on the challenges and needs they have in designing and manufacturing control panels. Following this initiative, Omron has developed a new range of Factory Automation (FA) devices for control panel builders built on a common platform. All devices have the necessary certifications, including UL, CE, and CSA. Designing and building a modern control panel is increasingly more complex and time consuming. Not only do panel builders need to meet tighter international and local regulations, but there is constant pressure on improving time-to-market and maintaining competitiveness. At the same time, they face serious labour shortages, particularly of skilled workers. As more functionality is squeezed into already tight designs, the number of devices used in control panels is increasing. And the trend is to reduce sizes or to squeeze more functionality into existing panels.

Downsizing components With slim, in-panel component designs that offer widths of as little as 3.5mm, as well as on-panel components with reduced depth, panels that use the new components can, in typical applications, be made up to 20% smaller than those with conventional components. Due to reduced power consumption (therefore generating less heat), side-by-side mounting is possible for each model at an ambient temperature up to 55°C, which leaves additional space in the panel. Easy Wiring When building a control panel, wiring is almost always the most time and labour consuming operation. With most companies citing cost of labour as the single most significant cost to their business, Omron has developed Push-In Plus wiring technology which provides a robust and reliable wire clamping solution but also can reduce wiring time by upto 60%. Compared with the conventional screwtype terminals, Omron’s new Push-In Plus technology means the wires are held firmly in place and less insertion force is required - wiring is easier than inserting an earphone jack. Furthermore, this soft touch technology can reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

Space Saving Moving to a smaller, standard component height across all of Omron’s family of factory automation (FA) control devices allows for standardised wiring duct and component placement to optimise space. In comparison with an old model, the dead space in a panel can be reduced by as much as 50% horizontally and 20% vertically and more importantly, the hot spots that build up in small spaces in the panel are greatly reduced, which can impact component reliability.

A patented advanced mechanism design involves a spring to allow low insertion force, while ensuring high pull-out force. This reduces the effort it takes to wire a panel, while ensuring each wire has been fully inserted without damaging the ferrule - by optimising the setting of spring displacement; the wire material is not plastically deformed. That helps guarantee a solid reliable connection, yet allows for quick release during maintenance or panel upgrades. Panel Design

“The lifetime of an electronic component, like a Power Supply containing an electrolytic capacitor, may be halved for every 10°C rise in temperature (Arrhenius’ Law),” says Lars de Bruin, Marketing Manager Panel Solutions EMEA.

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Creating documentation to support complex equipment can also be a major challenge – especially when you’re working to a tight deadline and budget. This is even more of an issue if you trade internation-

ally, and you need to produce documentation that requires careful and accurate translation. Omron makes the parts data for all major products available via an online library on the Omron website. The information from this library can be directly imported into leading panel design software packages, including EPLAN and in the future also Zuken E3. The company also offers 2D and 3D CAD files in the most popular formats via the Omron website. This makes it easy to optimise the use of space within the control panel. “Depending on the industry, between 10% and 50% of orders may be under intense time pressure,” says Lars de Bruin. ”Accurate product information – including 2D and 3D representations – is essential for efficient planning and control of panel building, right up to the virtual 3D panel layout. It also ensures effective cross-discipline data exchange improves overall project quality, and speeds up the engineering process.” And in parallel with introducing the new FA devices, Omron has developed a global network of emergency distribution bases in 35 countries to service its control panel portfolio. As the new products are introduced, the company’s European base will be stocked with an increased amount and variety of these control panel devices, including the existing products. All devices have acquired necessary certifications, including UL (Listed), CE, and CSA to ensure conformity for companies exporting panels around the world. Omron’s complete new range of compact in-panel components includes electromechanical and solid state relays, I/O relay terminals, terminal blocks, temperature controllers, timers, measuring and monitoring relays, power monitors UPS’s, all using Push-In Plus terminals. These products also offer features such as LED status indicators, simple front wiring and push-in plus terminals, all helping panel designers to optimise panel layouts without impacting issues such as usability or maintenance.


A SIMPLE BUSINESS CASE FOR INTEGRATED ROBOTIC VISION As the need for flexibility and adaptability within packaging operations grows, Steve Capon, technical manager of FANUC UK looks at how integrated vision technology can help businesses respond to evolving market requirements more easily and package more complexly shaped products. With increased throughput potential, and constant rate production, robots brought both greater output and greater predictability to packaging lines, enabling businesses to boost production capacity and also benefit from more accurate forecasting. Reducing the reliance on operator precision in repetitive tasks also helped to eliminate mistakes – such as individual products missing from multipacks – and so reduce waste or reworking. There was also a recognition of reduced material consumption when making or assembling the packaging material itself, all impacting on bottom line profitability. But just as technology evolves, so do market requirements. Robots, for example, quickly proved their worth in packaging lines in tasks such as picking and placing products at high speed. That is perfect in highly repetitive processes when the same product is coming along the same line, in a fixed position and with consistent dimensions. There is also the modern trend for low count retail packs, again something difficult to achieve with standard robotic automation as it removes the predictability and consistency of the picking operation.

much smaller production runs and with greatly increased flexibility within those production runs, responding to changes based on camera feedback.

Integrated vision technology brings a whole new level of sophistication to packaging lines

The big argument for integrating vision technology into packaging applications, then, has become based not simply on increased speed, but on increased ability to deal with a greater number of variations within a smaller size of batch. Increasingly vision technology can help packaging businesses cope with a greater number of unknowns, and this has become the driver behind the rise of 3D vision. 3D vision brings additional processing capabilities to the visual feedback, providing a new level of insight into the product height and orientation. If products are of a known or consistent size, then 2D vision can provide all of the necessary accuracy, monitoring the X and Y axes and even rotation around the Z axis to enable the robot to pick the products with absolute precision and reliability. But for products where the size, shape, height or orientation are not fully known from one product to the next, 3D vision is increasingly being accepted as offering a solution that can significantly boost a business’ ability to increase productivity and improve quality. Packaging operations, however, and food packaging applications in particular, frequently work with ever more complex product and package shapes, with objects that are non-identical not just from one batch to the next but from one product to the next. Bags of crisps or sacks of grain are typical examples. Loose food items not only have random shapes, but can end up in random positions and orientations.

So how can businesses marry up the benefits of robotic automation with these rapidly evolving market requirements? The key is the integration of vision technology onto the packaging line. Giving the robot visual information about where the product is on the line, what its orientation is, what its height is, what order to pick, what orientation to place, etc, brings a whole new level of sophistication to packaging lines.

This is where 3D vision technology comes into its own, with the ability not only to monitor X, Y and Z axes but also to process information on roll, pitch and yaw. However the product is presented to the robot, it will be picked accurately and placed with precision. This ability to locate products three dimensionally brings a high degree of flexibility and reliability to even the most complex picking and placing operations, and enables the automation of procedures that previously only human operators could have accomplished.

While robots without vision technology can perform exacting picking and placing operations at high speed where the placement and orientation are known, robots with integrated vision technology can perform those operations on

Further, not only does 3D vision improve picking and placing accuracy with demanding objects, and improve flexibility for working with different products and low retail packs, but it can also simplify other aspects of the packaging line.

Along with the simplification (or even removal) of end of line QA operations, robots with more effective vision technology might also mean there is no need for separate sections of the packaging line such as a collator, with the robot able to perform this operation as part of the packaging process. We can see, then, that the business case for the integration of vision technology on robotic packaging lines is rapidly growing, enabling companies not only to increase flexibility in response to evolving market requirements, but also to make improvements to the packaging line itself. Vision technology across the board – whether 2D or 3D – has become eminently affordable, and the integration of this technology is no longer the preserve of specialists, with associated costs of setup and support. Regardless of product variants and package types, vision technology is increasingly enabling faster picking, shorter cycle times and quicker setup, for packaging lines that are easily adaptable to multiple product variants, and which simplify or eliminate downstream operations. www.fanuc.eu

Automation Update - 15 August 2016


Taking pouch personalisation to a new level:

Rotech debuts double-speed coder at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 Stand F12 With product personalisation continuing to flex its marketing muscle in the packaging arena, Rotech is unveiling a new development in its range at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 – a new pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at TWICE the speed of its current offering. Pouch attributes, such as size, ease of opening, increased use of sustainable material and the ability to customise packs is driving more companies, including smaller enterprises, to switch from rigid packaging. In 2014, almost 90 billion stand-up pouches were used globally. Market research firm MarketsandMarkets* predicts that the stand-up pouches packaging market is projected to reach $33.4bn by 2020, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1% between 2015 to 2020. Coding pouches offline in their flat form is the simplest way to comply with the increasingly stringent labelling legislation, ensuring a consistently clear, perfectly positioned code. By doubling the speed of its coder with its new high speed offline stack-to-stack pouch coding system, Rotech is giving manufacturers the tools to enter or increase output in this lucrative pouch personalisation market. Rotech director Chris Baker explains: “Demand for pouches is being driven by a range of factors including machinery speed improvements and the ability to incorporate re-sealable features, such as zippers and sliders. Due to EU labelling regulations, manufacturers need to quickly print large amounts of variable information onto packs. Among them, product descriptions, nutritional data, ingredient lists, foreign languages as well as bar codes, date codes or batch codes. Being able to react quickly is vital, which requires flexible and reliable coding equipment.”

Rotech reveals new pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at TWICE the speed of its current offering debuting PPMA TOTAL Show 2016

The new system is a standalone vacuum feed overprinting system that enables pouches to be coded at speeds of over 80 a minute off-line, with a print area of up to 200mm wide, before they are filled with product. By coding offline in flat form manufacturers can overcome issues like coding awkward hard to reach pack corners or when it’s difficult to present the pack squarely and consistently to the coding device. As a responsive British manufacturer of packaging coding equipment, Rotech is committed to its “right code, right place,

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right cost” ethos. Chris emphasises “Rotech offers a wide range of solutions enabling us to meet customer needs as opposed to a one products satisfies all approach. At PPMA TOTAL 2016 we are showcasing how our coding machines can assist the food, pharmaceutical, medical or DIY markets maintaining high quality coding at high speed, while future proofing their investment as pouch and packaging trends continue to evolve.” Discover more and view the new double speed system on Stand F12.


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Automation Update - 17 August 2016


Chance to win a TIG Brush® TBE-250 essential set Win a revolutionary and innovative metal finishing kit, worth more than £2,000

What’s included in the TBE-250 set?

How to win

The kit contains:

To win, simply follow Engineering Utilities on Twitter via the link below, and correctly answer the question, which can be found on Engineering Utilities’ Twitter page. The competition ends at midday on Monday 15th August.

• TIG Brush TBE-250 machine

Engineering Utilities is giving one lucky person the chance to win a TIG Brush® TBE-250 essential set, helping to solve any metal finishing problems.

• TIG Brush red lead with integral moulded handle 3m

What is the TIG Brush®?

• TIG Brush wand 100mm

The TIG Brush® is a unique combination of electricity, heat and chemistry to deliver superior and safer results in weld cleaning, passivation and metal surface finishing.

• 3x TIG Brush spare brush tip copper ferrule

The revolutionary TIG Brush®, which Engineering Utilities holds the exclusive UK distribution rights for, has been designed to safely and effectively remove the discoloured oxides and passivates the underlying surface without altering the look and feel of the metal. The machine comprises of a brush, which passes through an electric current, and is dipped into an NSF approved fluid before being applied to the areas to be cleaned.

• TIG Brush insulating shroud long

The liquid is designed to remove the iron oxide marks resulting from the welding. The brush converts the electric current to high temperatures at the end of the bristles. The TIG Brush® is not inherently dangerous to the operator’s health under normal conditions, making it a lot safer to use than Pickling Paste.

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• TIG Brush black earth lead 3m

Engineering Utilities: https://twitter.com/E_utilities

• TIG Brush accessories container

Terms and Conditions

• TIG Brush insulating shroud standard

The prize is available for manufacturers, engineers and fabricators only.

Entry is open to residents in the UK only.

No cash alternative to the prize will be offered.

The prize is not transferable to another individual.

Employees of Engineering Utilities, their family members or anyone else connected to the competition in any way should not be permitted to enter.

• TIG Brush neutraliser spray bottle • TIG Brush fluid container • TIG Brush microfibre cloth (pink) • TIG Brush TB-25 weld cleaning fluid 1L • TIG Brush TB-40 neutraliser fluid 1L • Mains IEC lead 110V • Mains IEC lead 230V


PLC HMI ALL IN ONE

"Simple to program, reliable, and very affordable; what more could you want?" Patrick Elam, Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc. Testing equipment for gas pumps

3.5"

Classic Panel

Vision350™ PLC+HMI Supports up to 1000 I/Os

Options for high-speed, temperature and weight measurement Variety of communication options

4.3"

Flat Panel On-Board I/Os Digital , analog and temperature

CANbus (Optional)

RS232/RS485 programming port in 3.5” model (USB in 4.3” model)

Software & Support included at no extra cost! Optional - 3.5” and 4.3” with a flat panel

Ethernet (Optional)

Epsom 2 Keys Business Village. Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 2HA Tel: +44(0) 1543 271899 sales@alldrivesandcontrols.co.uk www.alldrivesandcontrols.co.uk

Unitronics is a pioneer in the manufacture and design of PLCs with integrated HMI and on-board I/Os - rugged PLC product lines that meet a diverse range of requirements. You program your entire application in a single, intuitive software environment, and benefit from premier technical support, both provided at no extra cost.


PLC HMI ALL IN ONE

"For a first-time user, I had a great experience. I look forward to incorporating Unitronics on future jobs." Jeremy Charles Keene, Controls Manager at General Broach Company

In the picture – Packaging Machine controlled by Unitronics V1210™ and SAMBA 4.3™. Bimetec BV, Netherlands.

12.1"

Vision1210™ Advanced PLC with an integrated HMI USB programming port

Unitronics is a pioneer in the manufacture and design of PLCs with integrated HMI and on-board I/Os - rugged PLC product lines that meet a diverse range of requirements. You program your entire application in a single, intuitive software environment, and benefit from premier technical support, both provided at no extra cost.

SD card

CANbus

Supports up to 1000 I/Os

SNAP I/O Module (optional ) Digital, analog and temperature

RS232/RS485 Ethernet

Options for high-speed, temperature and weight measurement Variety of communication options Software & Support included at no extra cost!

I/O Expansion port

Epsom 2 Keys Business Village. Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 2HA Tel: +44(0) 1543 271899 sales@alldrivesandcontrols.co.uk www.alldrivesandcontrols.co.uk

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