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PPMA Show set to return to NEC for largest event in recent history The organisers of the PPMA show, the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery, are expecting this year’s show to be the largest in recent years, with exhibitor floor space already up by more than 2000m² compared to preparations for the 2014 show, this time last year. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, the show runs over three days (29th September – 1st October), and will see more than 300 exhibitors display the latest technologies and product launches from across the UK’s manufacturing industries. Benefitting from the community atmosphere associated with British manufacturing, the show provides a meeting place for decision makers from across a range of industries to network with key manufacturers and distributors, all set against a back drop of innovation and industry expertise. Last year’s show saw more than 8,000 visitors take to the floor in search of the latest developments from across a range of industries including the food, drink, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, dairy, snacks, construction and electronic sectors. Features at this year’s show include a new robotics and Industrial Vision Area, which is set to include the latest inventive and quirky uses of robotic technology, and the PPMA Show Seminar Theatre, which last year included presentations from the likes of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon, M&S, Tesco and Wykes Farm. With the PPMA Group committed to finding solutions to deal with the current manufacturing skills gap experienced by the processing and packaging industries, this year’s Seminar Theatre will also include specific presentations as part of the PPMA Best initiative, a new charitable trust aimed at recruiting more young people in the industry. It will also see the return of the Ones to Watch Award which recognises the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35. Sponsored by Festo, the awards are chosen by a select group from the PPMA Group Industry awards judging panel, with colleagues being urged to nominate outstanding candidates to the PPMA Show press office. The show will also welcome back last year’s headline sponsor, Lloyds Bank, who will be on hand to offer visitors guidance on the financial services available to those companies operating in the manufacturing sector. 04 - Automation Update May 2015

Lloyds Bank has pledged to lend an additional £1bn each year until 2017 to the manufacturing sector. The bank is also behind the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s new training hub, which is due to launch in September, and will support 1,000 new apprentices in high-value manufacturing roles. David Atkinson, Head of SME Manufacturing at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The PPMA Show is a major landmark in the manufacturing sector calendar. Showcasing the best the nation has to offer in cutting-edge engineering technology, the event will no doubt thrill and inspire a thriving industry. Our dedicated manufacturing team are already supporting many of the exhibitors in bringing their products and services to market and helping them capitalise on growth opportunities.” Grant Collier, head of marketing for the PPMA Group, said: “Having seen the event return to the sole ownership and management of the PPMA Group last year, we were absolutely delighted with how successful the show was. Following the positive feedback we received from visitors and exhibitors at last year’s show, we’re looking forward to this year’s event which we’re hoping will be one of the most successful in our history.”

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ABB’s new MotiFlex e180 three-phase servo drives with universal Ethernet capability available from Heason Technology

Slinfold, UK – April 2015: ABB’s new MotiFlex e180 series high-power servo drives are available in the UK from Heason Technology. Combining flexible Ethernet capability, multiple feedback support and integrated STO safety, the versatile range includes nine new drives for linear and rotary servos or induction motors offering continuous power output to 90A and peak output to 120A. The e180 is easily adapted as part of a centralised control system or, with its built in advanced MINT motion programing capability, as a single axis intelligent stand-alone controller. With such application flexibility the e180 offers OEMs and machine builders a compelling high performance servo drive solution that will benefit applications for continuous and heavy-duty motion control and machinery drive tasks in demanding industries such as metal cutting/forming, textiles, plastics and packaging. The cabinet mounted MotiFlex e180 builds upon the success and upgrades the full range capability of ABB’s e100 and e150 series drives and motion controls. Four frame sizes cover nine drive-stage power ratings up to 120 A peak – each offering four individually selectable continuous/peak output level and time combinations that maximises available torque for dynamic acceleration. With up to 300 percent of rms current available for peak overload, this feature ensures increased productivity by means of faster cycle times as well as optimising drive performance for extended lifecycle and maximum reliability applications.. Allowing straightforward adaptation to a wide range of automation system architectures, the e180’s universal Ethernet communications capability extends to configurable EtherCAT and POWERLINK for real-time connectivity in addition to Modbus TCP, Ethernet/IP, or RAW Ethernet based systems. Drive feedback options are equally adaptable with dualencoder support covering several different serial encoders (EnDat, SSI, BISS, SmartAbs and Hiperface) as well as full support for resolvers and incremental encoders. A single power and feedback cable solution is available for Hiperface DSL encoders offering reduced cabling costs and commissioning times. With integrated dual channel support for Safe Torque Off (STO), the e180 meets the SIL2 PLe European machinery directive which eliminates the need to remove AC power from the machine under critical safety conditions for most applications, maximising machine uptime. On board IO includes six digital inputs, four digital outputs, two analogue inputs and one analogue output which may be configured in software for overtravel limits, pushbuttons or other machine functions. Also included are two high speed 1-microsecond fast inputs to capture position for advanced synchronisation in applications such as flying shear and product registration. The MotiFlex e180’s extensive integrated functionality and softwareselectable Ethernet communications capability allows these high performance servo drives to be employed in many different control system architectures with PLC or PAC controllers as well as ABB’s own NextMove e100 controllers. The built-in intelligence can provide local functionality and motion profiling that reduces the burden on the central controller. Alternately the e180 can be used as a stand-alone single axis motion controller utilising ABB’s MINT motion programming language to perform complex motion control tasks. Heason Technology represents a select number of leading global manufacturing partners, providing a comprehensive range of first-class motion control components that are combined with a full in-house designand-build service for complete motion system solutions. Automation Update - 05 May 2015


BEI’s new functional safety incremental encoder range is available from Variohm EuroSensor The recently announced new and comprehensive range of functional safety incremental encoders from USA sensor manufacturer BEI Sensors is available in the UK through its exclusive distributor Variohm EuroSensor. The TÜV Rheinland certified range is suitable for use in the highest industrial safety related applications up to SIL3/PLe Cat. 4, and is designed to EN ISO 13849-1, IEC/EN 61 508, and IEC/ EN 62061 safety standards. With Sine/ Cosine analogue electronic output or a digital (TTL or HTL) electronic output, which is an industry-first for safety encoders, the range covers seven individual encoder models with a broad selection of options to suit a wide variety of applications. Options include resolutions up to 2500 PPR, 58 mm or 90 mm diameter aluminium housings and a selection of shaft or through shaft drives with cable or

connector terminations. Stainless steel housings are available to suit harsh or wash-down environments and high ingress protection ratings are available up to IP69K for high pressure and high temperature wash-downs. Further innovative safety features include additional bearings on through-shaft models for extra support and positive shaft locks to prevent the encoder sliding on motor shafts, plus tether arms for safe mounting on the driving motors. Insulated secure sleeves have been introduced to protect against stray currents.

means for your company” - is available from Variohm to support automation engineers and system integrators who need to implement functional safety on their machines. Variohm EuroSensor designs, manufactures and sources a comprehensive range of sensor technologies for linear and rotary position, load, force, vibration and temperature - providing complete pre-sale and post-sale application support for demanding measurement applications throughout industry, agriculture, construction, autosports and research.

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Robots create the perfect ‘rise’ for baked goods Chris Sumner, MD of FANUC UK considers why robotic uptake within the bakery sector has been lower than that in other manufacturing sectors. The bakery sector is extremely broad, covering anything from ingredients, mixes and blends to bread, rolls, cakes and premade snack foods. Robotic uptake within the bakery segment has traditionally been lower than other manufacturing sectors, primarily due to concerns over price. However, robotic systems are highly useful in picking, placing, sack filling and palletising and have become far more affordable (for example the cost of FANUC’s latest palletiser the M410iC/185 is 7% lower compared to its predecessor, yet has a 12% increase in payload capacity). From bagged products to palletisers, robots provide an ideal solution for bakery lines. Automating a snack food processing plant means a high speed scenario can be achieved, with four, six or eight lines of product coming across at once. Because snack foods tend be chilled down and frozen, when they are received at the loading stations, they’re hardy and easier to handle. Vision systems further increase this efficiency by locating product on a conveyor, and feeding the information to multiple robots that sit alongside. The robots then know exactly which product to go for - and where to put it. Today’s robotic units are so advanced that they’re now being used for ever more intricate production methods. So, rather than just being used for end of line, some of these processes are being used in manufacturing applications, such as decorating and icing cakes.

Space is an issue for most bakery sites and if a business expands there comes a point where there’s a limit to how much equipment can be installed in the building. This is where a pick and place robots, such as Fanuc’s LR Mate 200iD 7L, come into their own. The six-axis robot has a reach of up to 911mm and, because it’s only about the size of a human arm, it minimises interference to peripheral devices. For applications that require the moving of trays for rolls, cakes etc, a Fanuc M710 with a payload of 50-70kg works in a bigger envelope and has the ability to handle these large format items for line loading and unloading, stacking, and racking operations. Ultimately, there’s no doubt that automation improves the efficiency of an end of line production facility. If you’re still unsure, it’s always good to seek advice. There are many robotic alternatives that suit specific projects - and in a far more economical way than ever before.

Automation Update - 7 May 2015

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Energy and CO2 savings at your fingertips with toolkit app Energy, CO2 and money saved, together with an estimated return on investment, are the outputs of an App, called AVP energy toolkit, designed to show the benefits of using variable-speed drives (VSDs) and electric motors to replace direct-on-line starting. Within the App, available for download in April through the Apple App Store, users select their industry and whether they have a pump or fan application along with their energy cost, motor rating, voltage and operating hours. The App produces an instant mini-report to show the potential savings that can be realised. The report contains details of a matched ABB motor-drive package and includes the energy savings, in MW hours that the recommended package can achieve. Details of the recommended VSDs and/ or motors can be sent directly to one of ABB’s authorised value providers if selected by the user. The nearest authorised value provider is identified by matching the users’ location details with that of the partner network. There is also a ‘Find my AVP’ function that allows the nearest ABB authorised value provider to be located using the user’s GPS location, allowing an engineer authorised by ABB to be contacted anywhere in the UK. A full quotation and engineers report can be requested and installation and commissioning of the recommended products arranged. Manuals, catalogues and brochures for ABB’s drives, motors and auxiliary equipment range can be accessed in the App, giving users up-to-date resources and product information. ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. 08 - Automation Update May 2015

High Speed Laser Marker Launch:

Designed with Engineers and Manufacturers in Mind Available in the UK for the first time at the South East Showroom, Trotec Laser is proud to present its largest high speed galvo laser, the SpeedMarker 1300.


esigned to meet the needs of engineers and manufacturers, this fiber laser marker features a large access door, with the ability to process items up to 1250 mm wide, particularly suited to machining and automotive parts. Create durable marks that last the part’s lifetime. Process metal, plastic, films and foils on this 50 watt large format galvo. The SpeedMarker 1300 is the perfect tool for marking bulky items and high volume small parts. Legibly mark as small as 1pt with permanent results and if required, without changing the structure of the material through annealing, a particular vantage point when marking medical instruments where bacteria can collect in etch marks. The intelligent SpeedMark software has the ability to automatically generate serial numbers, barcodes and data matrix codes as well as the option to interface with external databases. Further optimise the production process with the programmable, electrical door, customisable user interfaces and a materials database for managing marking parameters.

Is the SpeedMarker 1300 too large for your requirements? Trotec Laser now offer a dedicated galvo marking demonstration area in our South East laser showroom in Guildford, Surrey. Join expert area manager, Andy Campling who can recommend a laser machine which best suits your requirements. Offering high performance galvos with the ability to mark up to 900 characters per second, find out how a Trotec Laser can make your business more profitable. To be one of the first in the UK to receive a demonstration on this impressive laser marker call 0191 417 4505 or email Visit or for further information

Increase the range of products you are able to mark with an optional rotary unit, available with a selection of chucks for engraving and marking circular or conical objects such as rings or tubes. A Trotec laser can be tailor made to meet your requirements. The housing of a SpeedMarker system can be fitted with a pass-through hatch and removable side covers on request, making it possible to mark larger and bulkier work pieces. Additionally, extend the laser with optional conveyor belts or rotary tables. Key features include • Working area of 1120 x 635 mm • parts up to 1250 mm wide • speed of up to 640 cps • integration into current manufacturing line • with SAP and current databases • generation of data matrix codes and barcodes • the size of the marking field with additional lenses • the electrical door to optimise production

Automation Update - 9 May 2015

Temperature Monitoring & Sensor Conformance In Clinical & Laboratory Sterilizers Overview Autoclave sterilizers present temperature sensors with a very demanding operational environment in terms of high levels of pressure and moisture. Temperature sensors specified for autoclave applications, usually type T thermocouple or Pt100 thermometer, must be specially designed and constructed for such environments; reliability, accuracy and stability are essential for ensuring safe sterilization procedures. Sterilizer Temperature Sensors The Labfacility Autoclave Load thermocouple is specially designed to provide the best possible accuracy and stability in the rigorous environment of clinical and laboratory sterilizer chambers. The design has been subjected to successful, thorough evaluation by CMI Healthcare including leak testing in a vacuum chamber and processing through normal, porous load sterilization cycles. The sensor complies with test standard HTM 2010, Clause 6.19/6.21. The special multiple seal construction of this Autoclave Thermocouple ensures that moisture ingress is prevented, even at elevated pressure. The combination of a close tolerance type T thermoelement and exceptional rugged construction ensure high accuracy, high stability and long term reliability. Alternatively, Pt100 resistance thermometer sensors using similar construction methods can be supplied. The sensor is protected by a 316 grade stainless steel sheath and bulkhead tube; rugged, flexible stainless steel armour conduit protects the 2m lead with 2.5m of silicone rubber exiting the bulkhead tube. The assembly tolerance complies with IEC 5842 class 1 and colour code with IEC 584-3. Single and duplex versions are available.

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Validation of the Temperature Sensors All temperature sensors used in the sterilization process must be routinely checked and/or calibrated in accordance with procedures described in HTM 2010 Part 3 or any other national standards. There are various ways of achieving such compliance which typically involve sending the sensors to an accredited laboratory for certification, an expensive and time consuming procedure. A practical, highly cost effective alternative method is to use an in-house, portable temperature calibration system from Labfacility; this provides a rapid and simple method of sensor checking and traceable calibration “on the bench”. This comprises a thermal reference (dry block) calibrator, a UKAS certified reference thermometer (Pt100), a calibrated L200 8 channel indicator/logger and PC software: this, when used with any Windows PC represents a complete solution for on-site accreditation which allows direct comparison of the sterilizer probes (up to seven at a time) with the UKAS certified reference sensor. A simple calculation of difference temperature (if any) between the logged values indicated by the reference and each test probe at a given, stable temperature (chosen by the user) in the dry block calibrator gives the error value for each sensor at particular temperatures. The procedure can be repeated for alternative temperatures set on the dry block as required (e.g. 70, 100, 125, 150oC).

The system can even be used independently of a PC if desired; rather than working with logged data, readings for each probe can be taken manually by means of the L200 front panel key and differences calculated by the user. This is an equally valid procedure. The design of the dry block ensures that all sensors located in its “well” will be at exactly the same temperature. The necessary calculations can be performed in a spreadsheet by applying formulae to the relevant cells and the logged values imported into the worksheet. On this basis, the sterilizer probes are traceably calibrated (UKAS traceable) inhouse for full compliance with specified testing and validation procedures.

System Accuracy The accuracy of a type T, Class 1 thermocouple is similar to that of a Pt100 Class B; nominally ±0.5oC and ±0.3oC respectively at 0oC a Class A Pt100 will provide an order greater accuracy however. Measurement uncertainty with such a system will be of the order of ±0.6oC for both types of sensor at a typical working temperature. Labfacility Ltd

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Using friction torque limiters

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riction torque limiters are simple mechanical devices that can prevent damage to machinery from accidental overloads. One particular feature is their very wide range. Taking as an example the range offered by ComInTec, a specialist in this area, torques range from 1 to 23000Nm and shaft sizes from 4 to 140mm. The level of torque is proportional to the force applied by the springs, and hence the compression applied by the adjuster nut. When the set torque is exceeded, the platewheel or gear slips between two friction rings. The driving torque is maintained, albeit with a small reduction, but the output side can stop rotating if, for example, the machine is jammed. In a stall state the drive energy passes into the friction surfaces. At low speeds this can be maintained for a considerable time. At higher speeds heating and wear will occur which are undesirable, therefore the drive should be stopped. The slipping torque can be adjusted with the adjuster nut. A key requirement for the use of friction torque limiters is that they should be kept free of oil and grease which cause a dramatic drop in slipping torque.

Selection based on torque The starting point for product selection is the required drive torque. The torque limiter should be selected to slip at a higher torque in order to avoid repeated nuisance tripping, and also to cover short term peak torques from starting and short-term loads. Defining the slipping torque is often an area of uncertainty. However the torque limiter is of course adjustable using the adjuster nut. Furthermore they can be fitted with different spring sets that give different

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torque ranges. With a maximum torque of 450Nm, ComInTec offer a 90mm diameter torque limiter with four different spring sets and ratings of 13-105, 74-140, 90-280 and 185-450Nm. Where there is doubt on the torque setting required, the recommendation is to choose one of the middle ranges. Then if the selection proves over or undersized, it is possible to easily move the torque range up or down.

Mounting at low speeds Application of friction torque limiters is best done at lower speeds, for example the output of a gearbox. This means that prolonged slipping is possible without significant wear. However in some machines it is not practical to limit on the output shaft. This may be due to physical constraints, or sometimes the associated high level of torque makes low speed mounting uneconomic. Maximum speeds for friction torque limiters are actually high. For example at 4-pole motor speed torques can be up to 8000Nm. As powers at higher speeds rise, the potential problem of overheating occurs unless the drive is promptly turned off after an overload. Speed sensing is recommended or there are alternative mechanical variants that allow overloads to be detected by proximity switch. Friction torque limiters work equally well for both directions of torque transmission, meaning that the input

and output can be reversed. Often they will be used for an offset right-angle drive with a chainwheel. However other sprockets, gears and pulleys can also be fitted. Where an in-line connection is required, the torque limiter should be combined with a flexible coupling. Friction torque limiters offer simplicity and economy. There are many options and full documentation and advice is available for the ComInTec range through Techdrives.

BEI’s new functional safety incremental encoder range is available from Variohm EuroSensor

The recently announced new and comprehensive range of functional safety incremental encoders from USA sensor manufacturer BEI Sensors is available in the UK through its exclusive distributor Variohm EuroSensor. The TÜV Rheinland certified range is suitable for use in the highest industrial safety related applications up to SIL3/PLe Cat. 4, and is designed to EN ISO 13849-1, IEC/EN 61 508, and IEC/EN 62061 safety standards. With Sine/Cosine analogue electronic output or a digital (TTL or HTL) electronic output, which is an industry-first for safety encoders, the range covers seven individual encoder models with a broad selection of options to suit a wide variety of applications. Options include resolutions up to 2500 PPR, 58 mm or 90 mm diameter aluminium housings and a selection of shaft or through shaft drives with cable or connector terminations. Stainless steel housings are available to suit harsh or wash-down environments and high ingress protection ratings are available up to IP69K for high pressure and high temperature wash-downs. Further innovative safety features include additional bearings on through-shaft models for extra support and positive shaft locks to prevent the encoder sliding on motor shafts, plus tether arms for safe mounting on the driving motors. Insulated secure sleeves have been introduced to protect against stray currents. A 10-page White Paper - “What the new “Machinery Safety” regulation means for your company” - is available from Variohm to support automation engineers and system integrators who need to implement functional safety on their machines. Variohm EuroSensor designs, manufactures and sources a comprehensive range of sensor technologies for linear and rotary position, load, force, vibration and temperature - providing complete pre-sale and post-sale application support for demanding measurement applications throughout industry, agriculture, construction, autosports and research. Automation Update - 13 May 2015

Servo drives with hypoid gearing Right-angle gearboxes for servo motors The SK range from Vogel are right-angle gearboxes ideally suited to servo motors. Whilst in-line servo geared motors will generally use planetary gearing, the SK uses a ground hypoid gearset to give similar levels of performance but with a 90Âş output. Hypoid gears deliver high efficiency at 94 to 95%, and offer other features to suit servo motors such as low inertia, low backlash and high input speeds.


ypoid gears resemble bevel gears except that the shaft axes do not intersect. They look like a cross between worm and a bevel gearset. Tooth contact is progressive and smoother than spiral bevel gears with a large contact area leading to lower noise levels and a long service life. The Vogel SK has a pair of hypoid gears fully supported on the input and output shafts giving a range of ratios from 3 to 10. Rated output torques in three sizes run from 40 to 150Nm with a standard backlash of 4 to 5 arcmins measured at the input shaft. On request this can be reduced to 2 to 3 arcmins by gear matching. Maximum input speed is 7500 r/min on an intermittent basis and noise levels are little lower than planetary gearboxes. SK gearboxes can be supplied with inputs to match common servo motor frame sizes, for example shafts from 9 to 28mm and flange diameters 90 to 250mm. A common variant is the SKH where the solid output shaft is replaced by a hollow shaft and a locking bush connection. This gives a useful possibility to mount directly on to a machine shaft creating a very compact assembly with zero backlash and the minimum of components.

The Vogel SKH servo gearbox with hollow output shaft

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Where higher ratios above 10 are needed, a planetary stage can be added to the output. Standard models are available for ratios 12 to 100 and rated output torques up to 550Nm. Options of male or hollow output shafts remain. The hypoid gearing in the Vogel SK range of gearboxes creates a right-angle drive ideally matched to servo motors with small size, low noise and a rated lifetime of 20000 hours. The SK is available as gearbox only or as a complete servo geared motor from Techdrives, a division of Lenze Ltd.

About Techdrives Techdrives is a division of Lenze Ltd offering products that are essential for machine building. These quality products come from manufacturers where Lenze has a long relationship and they are supported by Engineers with strong product and application experience.

About Lenze Ltd Established 45 years ago in Bedford, Lenze Ltd now has 55 employees and achieves sales of about ÂŁ20M in power transmission equipment from the Lenze factories and other quality suppliers. Services to UK customers include application engineering, software writing, training, commissioning and service

For more information, contact Geoff Spear at Techdrives, Lenze Ltd, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park, Bedford MK44 3WH.

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Rittal’s Ri4Power provides the solution for Biomass generation plant room The development of a power station plant room not only provided logistical and technical issues but also harsh environmental considerations for Nova Controls during their installation of water treatment PLC for a Yorkshire biomass site. The performance of Rittal’s Ri4power modular switch gear busbar system helped to deliver the solution that the site demands.


ocation of the existing site structure meant that the panel had to be craned in position, therefore rigidity and strength of the framework was a priority. Ri4Power’s welded frame and tested lifting procedures assisted with the installation of the panel within the new power station plant room. Safety was a key concern to the end customer therefore Rittal’s internal RiLine60 busbar system was shielded and the panel designed in line with IEC61641 Internal Arc Protection. Form 4 type 6 compartments segregated the control devices, busbar and outgoing terminals, which assisted the cabling on site and offered a higher level of safety.

The panel was located in a plant room where there is a possibility of high levels of moisture and the potential for an acidic atmosphere. To reduce any corrosion or damage to the panel a tropicalized paint finish was used. Being of a modular design Rittal’s Ri4Power allowed Nova Controls to make last minute changes to the design layout. In addition to Ri4Power system, Nova also utilised Rittal’s RPE Engineering software to generate design verification documentation that included heat calculations in line with the latest IEC61439 switchgear and Controlgear standards.

Peter Hubbert from Nova Controls commented “Working with Rittal Ri4Power gave us a proven high quality engineered product, incorporating all the solutions required to meet the demanding Form 4 specifications of our client and the power generation market. This highly flexible product allowed us to design and configure individual compartments with a range of versatile multifunction components, affording us a speedy assembly and a vital cost effective solution in this competitive arena.”

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Quantum Controls wins prestigious ABB Award The Leading Distributor of Drives and Motors in the UK, Quantum Controls is today celebrating after picking up a major award by one of the world leaders in power and automation technologies ABB.

This is a great achievement for Quantum Controls who have worked extremely hard to achieve this accolade from ABB as the company with the ‘Highest increase in percentage sales year-on-year from 2013 to 2014’.


uantum’s success is down to the company’s ability to deliver exceptional customer service to its thousands of business customers across the UK and distributes its drives and motors to organisations involved in the manufacturing of: Paper, Plastics, Glass, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Nuclear and many other industries who rely on the quality and reliability of ABB’s market leading products and the added value delivered by Quantum Controls highly skilled engineering and support staff. Quantum are also an Official ABB Service partner providing all customers 24 hours a day 7 days a week direct telephone access to qualified engineers for expert advice and support in emergency situations. Managing Director of Quantum Controls Kevin Brown said “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award from ABB for the second time; this is a testament to our entire team’s dedication and hard work to service our clients and source new business, using the trusted name of ABB. What is more this accolade cements our standing as the UK’s leading supplier of ABB Drives and Motors” The award was presented to Kevin Brown by Neil Ritchie who is ABB’s head of Discrete Automation and Motion division in the UK, on the 30th March held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.

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About Quantum Controls Quantum Controls Ltd is owned by Managing Director Kevin Brown and was originally established in 1989. In 2009 Quantum celebrated 20 years as one of the UK’s leading drives and motors specialists and signaled the company’s expansion over that period to offer an extensive range of auto-related products, systems and services. Quantum’s expertise has been recognised by the world’s leading electrical and automation engineering companies ABB, who has appointed Quantum as one of only six exclusive UK partners for its motors and drives products. As an engineering house, Quantum Controls has built up a formidable and enviable reputation for finding innovative solutions for almost any engineering challenge. It is this level of innovation and expertise that has extended to other areas of the business. In 2000, the company created a hire drive service to meet the growing needs of companies wanting a temporary drive replacement if a breakdown were to occur or simply to test out the unit’s capability to existing systems before purchasing. Quantum Controls are now the world largest supplier of ABB Variable Speed Drives. For more information please contact Ian Chapman at Quantum Controls on +44 1661 835 868 or visit

Specialist in Sensors and Transmitters For over 25 years OMNI Sensors and Transmitters Ltd has acted as UK Distributor for the Austrian manufacturer E+E Elektronik GmbH . E+E has developed and produced sensors and transmitters for the measurement of relative humidity, moisture in oil, dewpoint, air velocity, CO2, flow and temperature. Dataloggers, hand-held transmitters and calibrators complete the comprehensive product portfolio of the Austrian sensor specialist. Over 95% of E+E products are exported around the globe, with their main applications in industrial measurement technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology and in the automobile sector. Specific examples include drying systems, process controls, building air conditioning systems, climate controls for traffic infrastructure and vehicles, engine management and agricultural processes. Above average measurement accuracy, outstanding long-term stability and the highest possible manufacturing quality are the key features of all E+E devices. With a turnover of around 35 million Euros, E+E Elektronik employs over 250 people,

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up to 40 bar. Simple and rapid mounting - with replaceable valves with no power interruptions at all necessary - facilitates installation into existing systems as well. For example, consumption of compressed air, nitrogen, helium, CO2 or oxygen can be measured. EE871 Probe for CO2. is designed for use in harsh, demanding OEM applications. A multiple point CO2 and temperature adjustment procedure leads to excellent CO2 measurement accuracy over the entire temperature working range, ideal for use in agriculture or outdoors for instance. EE871 incorporates the dual wavelength NDIR CO2 sensor, which compensates for ageing effects, The measured data range of up to 10000ppm is available on Modbus or E2 digital interface.

With the EE160 transmitter, E+E Elektronik offers the ideal solution for precise and cost-effective measurement of relative air humidity and temperature in the HVAC sector. The housing with protection rating IP65 offers maximum protection against contamination and condensation. EE160 transmitters are available in wall-mounted or duct-mounted designs and with current, voltage, BACnet or Modbus RTU outputs. Typical applications include building air conditioning and ventilation control, or humidity and temperature monitoring in storage rooms. Thermal flowmeters from E+E Elektronik record the mass flow of compressed air and industrial gases, independently of pressure and temperature. Different versions (EE771, EE772, EE776) permit the use for pipe diameters from DN15 to DN700 and an operating pressure of

For further information Omni Sensors and Transmitters Ltd 01926 614263 Automation Update - 19 May 2015

Best sensor for wet areas All new O6 series photocells optimised for harsh, hot and wet environments such as food production. Superb optical performance even in water spray or with shiny backgrounds and up to 80째C. Compact and robust, IP69K stainless steel housings, with 25.4mm hole centres. Eye-catching innovation from ifm. /uk/o6 ifm Telephone 020 8213 2222

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Automation Update - May 2015  

Automation Update - May 2015