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Issue 25

Fuelling Traceability In Automotive Components

AUTOMATION UPDATE Editorial Assistant Ellen Tayler 01843 580 460 Publishing Director Tony Little 01843 580 460 Sales Director Tim Johnston 01843 448 443 Advertising Exec Jamie Simmons 01843 580 460

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Herga Technology’s comprehensive switching range includes hand controls

As part of its comprehensive range of switching solutions, Herga Technology offers electric, infrared, USB and pneumatic hand control switches for demanding medical and industrial applications. The range covers ergonomic designs that are easily adapted through a comprehensive ordering system for number and level of switches (buttons/ bellows), colours, labelling, lead length, connection type and more. These standard versions are supplied with rapid ex-stock delivery for popular models.

Herga’s 6310 electric series

Herga’s 6310 electric series is available in a standard or heavy-duty versions for up to four switching functions with switching capacity options of 24 V at 1A or 250 VAC at 10A. The 6310 is also supplied as an infrared version with receivers for up to eight coded channels or as a bellows-type pneumatic switching version for up to six functions, and can be supplied complete with Herga’s air switches. A programmable USB switching versions for 1 to 3 button functions is also supplied in the 6310 body style.

Other models include stylish electric and pneumatic switched versions specifically aimed at medical patient handling, therapy and mobility applications where the electric hand switching range meets the 2014/35/EU voltage directive with environmental protection ratings up to IPx8. Herga’s hand control range fully compliments its foot-switching products which are available as electric, pneumatic, USB, infrared and Bluetooth® technologies. Herga also offers custom-built versions available to match customer livery and machine designs. For hand or foot actuated machine switching, Herga’s project-gate design and manufacturing process ensures thorough product development from the first concepts all the way to production and beyond to lifetime product support. Customised applications can include combined switching technologies as durable and ergonomic controls that enhance OEM’s industrial machinery and medical equipment products.

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weQube Series 2016

weQube − the Smart Camera weQubeSeries 2016 enhances the weQube modular image processing platform with numerous innovations! Select between weQube with autofocus or with C mount threaded connection and combine the software packages on your Smart Camera just as you need.


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The new firmware update permits you to simply switch weQube with Industrial Ethernet to PROFINET or EtherNet/IP™ protocol. All weQube models incorporate an Ethernet TCP/IP and a RS-232 interface as standard.

Transformation and flexibility top themes for Utility Week Live Transformation and flexibility are the two headline themes of Utility Week Live, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 May 2017 bigger and better than ever. Today’s utilities need to rise to the challenges of changing models of consumption and competition, the demands of sustainability and extreme weather, and political and economic upheaval: all these require a new approach from the essential businesses delivering water, gas and electricity to UK homes and businesses. Transformation and flexibility are therefore not optional for utilities, but the key to survival and success. Utility Week Live 2017 will bring together all UK utilities with their supply chains and wider stakeholders to explore the new models of thinking and operating that are demanded by this challenging environment. The pan-utility keynote conference will feature top utility leaders debating themes including resilience and decision-making amid uncertainty (including the potential impact of Brexit), skills, sustainability and new business models. ‘Meet the regulator’ and ‘meet the buyer’ sessions will give visitors the chance to pose questions to Ofgem and Ofwat, and for utilities to engage with major energy and water users. Meanwhile, seminar sessions will once again take place in individual theatres on the show floor dedicated to water and energy, and there will be a new customer theatre for retail and customer-focussed topics. Essential show features include the Energy Innovation Zone (organised in partnership with the Energy Innovation Centre); the brand new Isle Utilities Innovation Zone and Awards, the Streetworks Village, the Network Zone and the Outdoor Demonstration Zone. 2017 also sees the launch of a brand new conference stream dedicated to streetworks. To mark the opening of the non-household retail market for water we will also be introducing the Water Retail Zone (co-hosted with our sister show edie Live), where water retailers can meet the major business buyers of water. “After the success of last year, I am extremely excited to announce that Utility Week Live 2017 is going to be bigger and better, with more speakers, exhibitors and sponsors” said Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Utility Week Live. “It is a great opportunity for the multi-billion pound UK utilities industries to gather over two lively days of networking and learning and discovering.” Utility Week Live 2017 free tickets are available right now, and can be booked at

Busbar Systems and IEC 61439 Standards Busbars systems, or busbar supports are essentially heavy conductors, typically made of copper, which carry and distribute powerful electric currents to components that consume electrical power throughout an assembly.

This capability, and the product specification, is the subject of testing which is covered by the IEC 61439 standard and which provides vital information for building a safe assembly.

Busbars are not only easy to install (certainly compared to cabling), they also play a major role in the design and safe operation of a switchgear and controlgear assembly.

Busbar testing, in fact, was revolutionised following the introduction of the standard which came into force in November 2014. It continued a determination across the sector to harmonise the low voltage industry through the creation of one standard which provided protection for both personnel and switchgear.

The recent introduction of the IEC 61439 switchgear and control standards has significant implications for the design and performance of the copper busbar system. It’s an area which engineers need to appreciate, not least because the new testing regime and the requirement for compliance has changed the way we think about the selection of the busbar system. One of the most important requirements of any switchgear power distribution system is to carry fault currents (short circuits) safely until a protection device, namely the fuse or the moulded case circuit breaker, interrupts the fault.

IEC 61439 requires busbar systems to be tested – by their manufacturers - within enclosures rather than (as previously happened) as a standalone arrangement. This is a step forward for the industry, providing access for system engineers to data delivered in situ which offered both a more realistic assessment and more accurate and reliable data than before. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

TC Facilities Management (TCFM) secure cleaning contract with Whole Foods Market TC Facilities Management (TCFM) is now playing a part in helping Whole Foods Market satisfy, delight and nourish their customers. The contract being delivered by a team from TCFM started on Monday 30th January 2017 and is providing cleaning services to the 8 Whole Foods Market stores within England. The team from TCFM, led by Cosmin Tecuta, TCFM Divisional Director, will ensure that the impeccable standards that TCFM have become known for in other Retail settings will be replicated. This, in turn, will enable Whole Foods Market to meet or exceed customer expectations on every shopping trip, which is one of its core values. Having been able to demonstrate the ability to be an invaluable member of the team in other cleaning and FM contracts within a variety of sectors, the contract was awarded based on TCFM’s proven track record within the Retail sector. Clients in this sector include a range of food retailers. Coupled with this was the design of a bespoke solution, based on the Whole Foods Market’s core values that form the backbone of the company’s culture and how they aspire to do business every day. The contract sees the use of tried-and-tested equipment by TCFM that they know will deliver

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the quality and consistent standards that Whole Foods Market is looking for. Cosmin Tecuta, Divisional Director, TCFM commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and to be given the opportunity to be considered part of the team at Whole Foods Market. We are looking forward to bringing our proven expertise in cleaning to life to enable the best possible In-Store experience to be achieved and with it enable Whole Foods Market to satisfy, delight and nourish their customers.” Feel free to Connect with Cosmin to arrange an informal chat about how he and his team can bring the added value you are looking for, to your facility.

EASY ACCESS Connect your laptop, network cables or programming device to your control cabinet with Modlink MSDD – without even opening the door!

The control cabinet stays closed so you aren’t exposed to live voltage and the components stay within the recommended protection class. Compliance with safety regulations regarding panel entry are easier to meet with the use of panel interface devices.

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Lasers Secure Part Traceability for Automotive Fuel Vent Valves Reliability, consistency and traceability are mandatory attributes for components being supplied into the automotive industry and this applies to even some of the smaller parts, often hidden from view but which can still be safety critical items.


his is the case for the fuel tank venting systems produced by Raval, the world’s leading manufacturer of these components, who rely on FOBA’s laser systems to generate the alpha-numeric codes necessary to guarantee reliable identification and traceability. Headquartered in Israel and with manufacturing sites in the USA, China and Europe Raval now has over twenty FOBA CO2 laser-marking systems in operation marking traceability codes on the vent valves used in fuel tank systems. The permanent machine-readable traceability codes produced by the laser are used to track where and by whom the fuel tank venting components and valves have been manufactured, processed, stored or shipped. Should any defects be identified or problems regarding the fuel venting systems arise, the history of any part must be readily available to identify at which point of the production process the defect or error occurred.

to match production line rates. Also automotive component manufacturers such as Raval experience enormous cost pressure from OEM’s, who often may be unwilling to pay for traceability marks on components even although they would not accept components without these marks. This means that the marking process itself has to be inherently economical.

A comprehensive package for a smooth marking process Raval’s manufacturing site in Luxemburg has 6 FOBA Alltec CO2 laser markers that are used in round the clock production. The compact design of the Alltec LC300 system means that the lasers and beam delivery units were easily integrated within the company’s existing production lines and provided all required interfaces to ensure a smooth data exchange (RS232, TCP/ IP). (Just one of the 6 FOBA laser marking systems used by Raval at their Luxemburg manufacturing site)

Laser marked Raval fuel valves: (from left to right) FLV fill limit valve, ROV roll over valve, small roll over valve)

The laser marks produced on these components are inherently simple, yet exhibit the excellent machinereadable characteristics required for identification and traceability. In addition to the consistency and clarity required when marking, Raval also required sub one second marking times 10 - Automation Update March 2017

Lasers can make a substantial contribution to improved product quality and process reliability in many applications within the automotive industry and the comprehensive range of solutions offered by FOBA ensures that there is always an optimum solution available.

Just one of the 6 FOBA laser marking systems used by Raval at their Luxemburg manufacturing site

FOBA also offers its unique HELP (Holistic Enhanced Laser Process), a three-stage closed-loop marking process that ensures process reliability before and after laser marking. Parts are validated prior to marking, and with the combination of a TTL (Through-The-Lens) vision system and IMP (Intelligent Mark Positioning), only the correct mark will be applied in the correct position and only on the correct part. FOBA laser marking systems are available within the UK and Ireland from Bromsgrove based distributor TLM Laser, who also offer application advice plus spares and service support for all laser applications. For further information, please contact: Mr Andy Toms Tel: +44(0) 845 260 2220 E-Mail: Web:

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Keynote Speakers Announced For UKIVA Machine Vision Conference


Dr Mike Aldred from Dyson Ltd and Dr Graham Deacon from Ocado Technology have been announced as the keynote speakers for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition to be held at Arena MK on 27th April 2017.

oth keynote addresses will illustrate how vision technology has relevance to everyday life such as household cleaning and shopping. Dr. Aldred’s presentation will cover the design journey that brought the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner to market. Dr.Deacon will look at the challenges in developing a 3D vision guided robot capable of picking and placing fruit and vegetables for shopping orders.

Dr. Aldred is ‘Electronics Category Lead - Robotics and Cordless’ at Dyson and manages the robotics team on the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner. The 360Eye utilises images from a 360° Field Of View camera to locate itself within its environment. Mike and his team developed bespoke algorithms for everything from exposure control to feature tracking 12 - Automation Update March 2017

to location recognition as part of the development cycle for the robot. Vision is the core enabler for the product and one of the keys to its success. Dr. Deacon is ‘Robotics Research Team Leader’ at Ocado Technology. Ocado is the world’s largest on-line only grocer. The robotics research team at Ocado Technology, under Graham’s guidance, has been investigating the use of robot manipulators to pack shopping orders. Given the number, the diversity and the variability of the products that Ocado stocks the robots need to be sensor-guided. This talk will describe some of the work that the team has done using 3D point cloud cameras in order to pick and pack groceries with robots. Dr. Aldred’s presentation will open the morning session of the Machine Vision Conference at 10 AM, and

Dr. Deacon will begin the afternoon session at 1.30 PM. More details can be found on the event website, The Conference itself will feature 50 technical vision seminars across 6 separate presentation theatres offering a rich program of the latest developments, technologies and applications as well as machine vision basics. Visitors can therefore tailor their day according to their particular interests and level of knowledge. The 6 theatres will cover 3D vision, Camera technology, Optics & illumination, Systems and applications, Software and embedded vision and Understanding vision technology. Visitor registration is now open at The Conference is accompanied by a dedicated exhibition featuring 45 of the world’s leading companies in the field of vision.

26 – 28 September 2017 NEC, Birmingham

THE COMPLETE PRODUCTION LINE EVENT for processing and packaging machinery, materials, robots and industrial vision

See the latest machinery in action

Network with industry peers

Gain valuable insights at seminars

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Permanent Remote Asset Monitoring Assures Increased Reliability The solution can combine multiple devices, including optional fixed thermal imagers and fixed single point infrared pyrometers, for the most comprehensive system solution for monitoring electric power substations. Data Automation and Informing Users Each TS724DV-PT system also includes a stainless steel junction box with all of the necessary hardware for power and data transfer, including a hardened umbilical cable to easily connect the camera to the junction box. This cable serves as the communication link from the camera to the controller and allows for quick access to the camera’s thermal readings and configuration options.

Conditioned-based maintenance (CBM) is essential for electric utilities and most utilities have initiatives and investments to realize these goals. The use of thermography is a well-proven technique for monitoring conditions and detecting faults in electrical equipment by using non-contact measuring devices, safely, even while the equipment is in operation.

Automated & Remote Imaging Monitoring

Especially for aged electrical power substations, the potential for faults or the complete failure of these devices due to their age increases.

This system allows utilities to continuously monitor the temperature profile and long-term thermal trends of assets within an electrical power substation remotely in real time.

Electric utilities need an automated, data-driven method to analyze electrical equipment, allowing for continuous and online monitoring providing early warnings in due time prior to critical incidents happen. By deploying thermal imaging systems at critical locations throughout the electrical power distribution system, electric utilities have continuous, online monitoring without the personnel constraints and limited resources. 14 - Automation Update March 2017


Designed with advanced maintenance-free electronics, the ThermalSpection™ 724 system offers a high degree of accuracy while measuring asset temperature without contact in even the most adverse environments.

The ThermalSpection™ 724 Dual Vision – Pan Tilt (TS724 DV-PT) system includes both thermal and visual imagers in a hardened enclosure on a positioner with a continuous 360° pan range and tilt range of ±45°. The enclosure protects the cameras from weather and temperature changes and uses a solid state cooling system for reliable, long-term installation.

The local controller can be a utilityapproved computer or a server from LumaSense which will run the included LumaSpec RT software. This software allows the user to define automated “inspection tours” of the substation or industrial setting to monitor multiple areas. Operators can also use the software pan and tilt controls for manual positioning. Data from the controller is also published to existing data historians, for example PI from OSIsoft, using Modbus or OPC protocols. Realizing CBM using fully automated data collection and analysis While the ThermalSpection 724 system is a very accurate and reliable solution especially for substations and electrical switchgear monitoring of bushings, isolators, breakers, transformers aso., it is also used in industrial settings such as detecting hot spots in fuel storage facilities or monitoring for degradation of refractory in high temperature furnaces and vessels. Contact: LumaSense Technologies

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Stop your money disappearing into thin air! With compressed air one of the dearest forms of energy, you need to keep an eye on costs. The efector metris compressed air meter lets you do just that. The metris will not only measure the total but recognise leakage, too. So it really does stop money disappearing into thin air. DN8 to DN250, for compressed air or gases, ISO or DIN and multiple output options. Keeping energy costs down with ifm electronic.

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Height Adjustable Packing Machine

German company Steffes Pruf- und Messtechnik wanted to develop an innovative packaging system to expand its automation division and looked to the mk Technology Group to provide the solution.


ue to space limitations the customer required a height adjustable and compact system. For several decades Steffes have used the mk aluminium profile system as the basis for all of their machines. Experience has shown them the benefit of using the components and modules of this modular system as they can easily and quickly be changed or adjusted at a later date. mk were able to provide a design that met the requirements both flexibly and economically. The S-PACK-PAL-T is a fully automatic machine for packaging various empty containers (eg bottles, cans, canisters) in cardboard trays and subsequent palletizing of the trays on a pallet. In addition to being robust, safe and easy to use the machine needed to have a packing height of 3m. A compact, box-shaped frame was necessary so that it can be transported easily on a lorry or a maritime container.

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The required height of 3 meters turned out to be a major obstacle as the ceiling height on the assembly area at Steffes did not facilitate the option to build such a tall machine! The answer was to build a telescopic frame which could be extended by a further 1.5 meters. It was not only the telescopic frame of the system, but also components such as conveyors, frames and guarding, doors, windows and the gripper for the cardboard trays which were built from the mk system. After the concept of the packaging system was fully developed, the first prototype was put into service by the client in a semi-automatic version. This was considered a huge success and a little later two more machines followed as a fully automatic version. To find out more please visit, call (01949) 823751 or email

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Respol - Industrial Flooring Contractors


nstalling industrial flooring or commercial flooring is not a good DIY choice. Epoxy and polyurethane floors have the essential properties for very heavy-duty environments and part of the process is choosing the right properties. Another essential part of the process is proper installation. For properly installed flooring solutions in industrial and commercial heavy-duty environments, you need a qualified industrial flooring contractor.

When the substrate is clean, residue and contaminant-free, the floor is ready for the application of the surface coating system. Respol carries out the entire procedure from the consultation to the final application of the surface coating in-house. None of this work is outsourced. Our equipment is entirely Respol-owned and constantly updated to keep on top of the latest innovations in flooring systems.

Respol has been a flexible single source supplier of flooring systems for more than three decades, building a solid reputation for outstanding service and innovation. With our network of advanced manufacturers, Respol is capable of providing the most technically advanced flooring solutions available.

Respol is in the unique position of having the experience plus the technical expertise that allows us to turn worn-out, old, contaminated or dated floor slabs into a high-tech manufacturing, food and pharmaceutical, chemical or other industrial flooring solution.

We can manufacture or source any industrial or commercial floor coatings your industry needs in any colours you choose. Decorative finishes, chemical resistance, slip resistant – these are but a few of the mix and match selections available. By definition, epoxy resin has a safety and hygienic factor simply because of its seamless quality. In addition, Respol’s installation and application of your chosen flooring systems has the benefit of providing the least disruption to your daily activity. We begin with a consultation that includes a free detailed inspection and analysis. There is a no obligation survey, which we follow with recommendations for your optimal flooring solutions. A floor is only as good as its substrate. Therefore, our second step is proper preparation for a successful flooring installation. We have intense expertise in refurbishing old substrates. Whether the substrate is brand new or old and in need of repair, it can be brought to standards that allow for a durable bond between the primer and the substrate.

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In our thirty-plus years in the industry, we have developed systems and innovative technical solutions that can perform difficult tasks such as reforming major heavy duty expansion joints, heavy duty bunding areas with falls to drains and oil retaining machine bases, and easier tasks such as colour matching to any colour in the vast BS4800, RAL or Pantone systems. If you want to know more about the flooring services available to any type of industrial environments or about how Respol can help with repairs to resin floors, contact us. Whether you have questions about new surfacing for warehouses, screed preparation, commercial floor solutions, anti-static flooring systems, concrete repair, or upgrading to meet safety standards, Respol has the answers. For further information, please contact one of our flooring experts directly on 01952 740400.

MOTIONCOMPASS provides engineering expertise 24 hours a day. Portescap is pleased to announce a new motor selector tool, MotionCompass™ – a web-based application that facilitates choosing a motor based on your application needs. MotionCompass will provide you with recommendations for our brushless DC and brush DC coreless products that best fit your needs, including all relevant data and performance curves. We invite you to register and set up an account with MotionCompass. Automation Update - 19 March 2017

HBM CONVEYS THE SOLUTION! When LGC Automation in France decided to develop its weighing and packaging machines, fitting a weight sensor which incorporated PW20i load cells from HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – was the obvious answer. Founded in 2012, LGC Automation has developed a range of weighing and packaging machines, which are Semi-automatic, economical and are designed to target the needs of small companies in the food and agriculture industry. All standard models offered by LGC Automation feature one or two product feed hoppers, with the products conveyed by means of vibrating rails or conveyor belts and a mechanism for filling sachets directly or via a bucket. This makes it possible to put a wide range of food products into sachets, including food products such as biscuits, dried fruits, coffee, berries and confectionary products etc, and small products sold by weight Weighing and packaging machines from LGC Automation offer short production rates, manual controls, co compressed air installation, simple mechanical and electronic designs and a small footprint, which provides customers with valuable space saving benefits. Opting to use its own circuit board for the processing electronics, LGC Automation decided to fit all standard weighing and packaging machines with a weight sensor from HBM, which incorporated PW20i load cells, which are optimised for dynamic weighing. Easy to fit, with two screws to fix it to the machine structure and two screws to fix it to the plate, the PW20i has been designed to meet the requirements of filling sachets, ranging from a few tens of grams to 1.5 kg with measurement accuracy in the order of a gram. The PW20i also offers protection against overloading, which is an important requirement, as the bagging plate can be exposed to shocks, for example as a result of operating errors.

enables LGC Automation to produce simple, operational and easy to use machines at a very competitive price. Designed to offer longevity, Therry Cerisay, Founder of LGC Automation concludes: “The cells installed on our machines inspire confidence in every way, especially as they are provided by a leading manufacturer with extensive experience in weighing with operations all over the world”.

In addition, due to the high resonance frequency of the PW20i, no electronic filters or reduction measures need to be applied.

HBM continues to enjoy a long-term relationship with LGC Automation, which LGC Automation believes is down to the excellent customer service which HBM provides.

Specified in accordance with OIML standards and featuring an IP65 degree of protection, the PW20i

For further information, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: or visit the HBM website at

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Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used whenever information or monitoring of shaft rotation, position, direction, speed, slip etc is required! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used for indication, control, interlocking, protection, sequencing, alarm initiations and many more functions! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used wherever materials are transported or processed By conveyors, elevators, screws, mixers, etc!






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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.

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