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Any Time, Any Place, Any Weather – Quantum’s Unique Hire Drive Solution Quantum Controls are the UK’s leading supplier of Variable Speed Drives & Support Services.

Our unique Drive rental Fleet and onsite services offer UK manufacturing access to our broad range of weather proof panels suitable for mounting indoor or outdoor installations. “Our drives are supplied in our own purpose built WP5 Weather Proof Enclosures, which are the product of 4 years research and development to develop a drive enclosure system that delivers everything that our clients could

want in a rental Drive. Our drives are suitable for any application from basic pump and fan to the most demanding application you can think of. Suitable for positioning in switch room, on plant or even outdoors in any weather our unique WP5 range provide the best rental solution for your application.” Says Hodgkinson. Quantum Controls are the only company in the UK offering customers a “on site first visit fix Guarantee”. With over 1500 drives stocked throughout the UK in our local service centres, these are available with engineers being cited by the innovation and excellence team as the main reason for winning the prestigious award. “Quantum Drive Rental Service ensures that costly downtime is kept to an absolute minimum when a client has

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their production process down due to a failed variable speed drive unit” says Hodgkinson. “When our 800kw Pulper Drive failed at 2am we contacted Quantum Controls who had a hire drive on its way to us within the hour. We were losing £20k an hour in lost production but Quantum Engineers met the Drive at site, installed, commissioned the drive and the plant was up and running by 11am. Excellent Service that saved us a lot of money” adds Steve Smith, Electrical Engineering Manager for one of Quantum’s long standing customers. Get access to our 24/7 Emergency Phone Number and order your free 75-page Variable Speed Drive Guide at quantum-controls.co.uk


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MEAN WELL EPP-500 series a 500 watt 5” by 3” open frame power supply To increase their range of open frame power supplies MEAN WELL has developed the EPP-500 series a 500 watt high power density 5” x 3” open frame power supply. Key features of the EPP-500 series include: 500 watts of output power with 25CFM forced air and 320 watts with cooling by free air convection. This compact open frame can operate from -30°C to +70°C temperature with a no load power consumption of less than 0.5W. Manufactured with high efficiency of 94% and a 5 Volt and 12 Volt dc/0.5A auxiliary power this MEAN WELL open frame power supple is able to operate at an altitude of up to 5000 meters. The EPP-500 series is compatible for both Class I (with FG) and Class II (no FG) installations, making the power supply suitable for installations in both plastic and metal enclosures. Supplied with universal inputs of 80 – 264VAC and voltages from 12v to 54v. MEAN WELL have designed 6 - Automation Update

this open frame 5” by 3” EPP-500 series with short circuit, overload, over voltage and over temperature protections with built in power good and power fail signals and remote sense. With international safety regulations such as TUV EN62368-1, UL62368-1 and IEC62368-1 CUL/EAC/ CB and CE ITE the EPP-500 series comes with a 3 year warranty and is suitable for all types of industrial electronics equipment, electromechanical instrument, factory automation systems, and applications that require low standby power consumption. Please call 01844 204430 or email info@ecopacpower.co.uk for more information


Registration is open now for the biggest and best ever Robotics and Automation exhibition Due to its phenomenal success and rapid growth, the Robotics & Automation exhibition is moving to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry UK on the 29th and 30th October 2019.

The exhibition will be a comprehensive display of robot manufacturers, stem integrators, and experts in automation and machine vision - demonstrating the latest equipment and services available. The event will be a platform for key industry players to share the latest innovation with the industry. The exhibition will be packed with live demonstrations of the latest technology – there’s no better was to assess the latest solutions than to see them perform before your eyes. Many of our exhibitors use the event as a platform for launching their latest solutions – make sure you are one of the first to see the latest innovation and use this knowledge to stay one step ahead of the competition. 8 - Automation Update

The completely free Robotics and Automation Conference will also be taking place which will boast a comprehensive line up of topics and industry leading speakers covering hot topics and discussing key issues facing the industry at the moment. Passes are completely free for end-users at www.roboticsandautomation.co.uk making this an unmissable opportunity in 2019 to meet and chat face to face with the companies transforming the logistics and manufacturing industries. For more information please contact: Email: Jennifer.Halliday@akabomedia.co.uk Telephone: 07429429462


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First WRAS ‘certified’ submersible level sensor VEGA Controls is proud to announce another innovative first for the water sector. They have achieved the first ever WRAS approval of a submersible pressure sensor as a whole device. This means a full product certificate number registration and listing on the WRAS approved product list. The VEGAWELL submersible pressure sensor is the first and only transmitter of this type to be fully WRAS certified and meets the requirements of Regulation 31 (4)(b). The WRAS certification means it will not contaminate or harbour microbial growth when used in potable or drinking water. This enables it to be deployed anywhere on the water supply chain: from the heart of a water treatment facility, to monitoring in the network or measurement of drinking water on a business premises. features integrated lightning protection as standard, PE cable lengths up to 1000m, as well as an optional PT100 output for water temperature measurement.

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Laboratory tested Uniquely for this type of sensor, it has been fully laboratory tested and assessed as a compete device/ assembly. This was on top of the materials of the individual components, which included testing and scrutiny of their composition, design and surface finishes. A newly certified material has also been added, the 99.9% pure CERTEC® Sapphire ceramic that makes up the sensor diaphragm of the sensor. This is what makes the measurement of these devices so highly accurate and repeatable with almost zerodrift, yet extremely robust, pressure-shock and overload resistant. The VEGAWELL WRAS certified transmitter is now capable of cost effective, safe level and pressure measurement of drinking water throughout the supply chain. With ranges from 0.1 Bar to 60 Bar, it is extremely versatile, and suitable applications include clean water reservoirs, pump control, storage or small header tanks and associated pipework, found either in the water company supply or end users on- site storage or ‘towns water’ buffer tanks. Additionally, it 10 - Automation Update

What is WRAS ? It is the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme and it is a conformance mark that demonstrates that an item complies with high standards set out in the UK water regulations established in 1999. It is enforced by the UK water supply companies. It covers all plumbing systems, water fittings, and equipment supplied, or to be supplied, with water from the public water supply. The Water Regulations 1999 (and within those Regulation 31) are enforced by the UK water supply companies (who essentially act as appointed/authorised enforcement for the UK Government) and this is the fundamental legal requirement. A WRAS approval number is a way of proving that the item meets a part of the above legislation. Of course it needs to be used in an appropriate way to meet those regulations too. Ray Tregale, Managing Director of VEGA Controls said, “This is an important first for us and our customers who want to use submersible pressure sensors in drinking water supply. We want to distinguish the difference of this certification - we put in a lot of time and effort to achieve it - as many manufacturers designate sensors as ‘approved’, but in reality they are not WRAS certified or listed on the WRAS website.” He added, “The certification of the VEGAWELL 52 also gives water supply companies peace of mind as it also conforms to Regulation 31 (4)(b)” from the DWI.“ For further information or a demonstration about the product, certification and its capabilities, contact VEGA Controls Ltd. E-Mail: info.uk@vega.com Web: www.vega.com/uk Tel +44 1444 870055


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Murrelektronik Components in Theatre Automation

Bringing the Magic of Theatre to Life The world of theatre is a magical place where storytelling comes to life. Through special effects characters, scenes and props we are transported into an imaginary world. Absolute Motion Control are experts in the field of theatre automation. Here, Rob Raskovsky explains more about the challenges of their industry and how Murrelektronik cabinet components provide the perfect solutions. Unlike on screen, special effects in the theatre world need to be executed to perfection, in the moment, night after night, and possibly for years on end. Behind the scenes, engineers and automation specialists are perfecting ways to make the spectacle happen. No one knows this more than Rob Raskovsky and his team at Absolute Motion Control. Based in central London, they have combined experience of over 30 years and build bespoke automation for the most highprofile shows in the West End and on tour. Absolute Motion Control has built up two general business models for their customers: the first is providing standard equipment that can be rented within the entertainment industry. Theatre companies hire the equipment from Absolute, which includes 4-axis, single-axis and control surface cabinets. The cabinets will stand the test of time, can be flexible to handle a wide variety of theatre effects and are efficient. Another solution Absolute offer is their customized solutions. These systems are based exactly on the customer’s needs and often must come together within a quick time frame and meet strict specific technical requirements all while remaining within budget. Finding the perfect mix for the solution is another reason why Absolute stands out in the industry. Automation solutions required by the theatre industry differ from the typical industrial machine and production plant applications that Murrelektronik is most renowned for. Firstly, their moveable 4-axis motion control cabinet for servo motors is used in a variety of ways. It can be connected to winches to make certain stage elements track in and out, for example, when scenery move horizontally on and off stage. Another example is bringing stage elements up and out of the floor. To do this, certain components are connected 12 - Automation Update

to the servo motors and pushed up to lift new scenery onto the main stage. In certain cases, props will need to be brought to life. By connecting the prop to one of the Absolute Motion’s automation solutions, a coffin can be moved on or off stage, or plates can spin, or venetian blinds can automatically be moved up and down. Finding the Right Mix for the Perfect Solution Rob and his team are faced with many challenges when it comes to creating the theatrical special effects that West End productions are known for. At the concept stage, the Absolute Motion team think that the Murrelektronik on line shop is a valuable resource. With access to instant pricing and most importantly, downloads of all the documentation, they are able to implement components easily into designs straightaway. The online shop is packed with user friendly functions, for example, easy searches and narrowing down selections via filters. It couldn’t be simpler. Producing standard theatre automation equipment suitable for rental means that the components need to stand


the test of time, be flexible, easily integrated and highly efficient. That is why Absolute Motion Control decided to use Murrelektronik Emparro power supplies in it’s standard cabinets. With a 95 percent efficiency rating, Emparro is among the most efficient on the market. Their low heat generation protects other cabinet components and ensures that the application lifetime is

greatly extended. And with predictive maintenance integrated into the devices, Absolute and their customers can continually monitor parameters like temperature, load or number or starts. Absolute also rely on Murrelektronik’s innovative current monitoring system Mico Pro. Because it uses less footprint in the cabinet, Absolute can keep their cabinets to a manageable size. Another benefit is that Mico Pro easily daisy chains and links modules together. It’s ideal for the current control of low voltage parts. Controlling Mico Pro from the PLC enables Absolute to adapt the cabinets so that anyone with low-automation knowledge can access the information. Mico Pro also makes it possible to monitor all channels and provides precise, channelspecific diagnostics. These theatrical elements often have to link up to other mechanical elements so precise control is needed. This allows Absolute to make

diagnostic information understandable for non-engineers, for example if is a problem with power distribution in the cabinet. This quick reaction time allows Absolute, as a provider, to supply a streamlined user interface. Murrelektronik components play a large role in helping Rob and his team create their customized automation solutions. M12 cable solutions ensure a low failure rate since the cables are prewired and 100 percent tested before leaving the Murrelektronik factory. This gives Absolute’s customers an extra level of safety. Another advantage, is that many Murrelektronik cable and connectors can be produced within 48 hours and immediately shipped out. So Absolute receive products exactly when needed, can react to short delivery times and high order reliability. Rob says of Murrelektronik, “Everything we have ever purchased had been above standard and provides more than enough

features – from the power supplies with low heat generation to the efficient Mico Pro module and especially the cables and connectors that we rely on continually. With Murrelektronik we solve our biggest challenge in adapting solutions to multiple uses. And Murrelektronik components ensure our solutions are future proofed.” When asked what his favorite aspect of the job is, Rob had this to say, “That’s easy: the variety and the custom solutions. Trying to find a solution to a problem that fits into technical, financial, and time constraints is extremely interesting. We’re passionate about finding the right mix for the exact solution.” And if he has a favorite show? “I can’t say, but I have enjoyed working on shows like Waitress and Come from Away.” Automation Update - 13


Ecopac Power now have available the

MEAN WELL EPP-500 series a 500 watt 5” by 3” open frame power supply To increase their range of open frame power supplies MEAN WELL has developed the EPP-500 series a 500 watt high power density 5” x 3” open frame power supply. Key features of the EPP-500 series include: 500 watts of output power with 25CFM forced air and 320 watts with cooling by free air convection. This compact open frame can operate from -30℃ to +70℃ temperature with a no load power consumption of less than 0.5W. Manufactured with high efficiency of 94% and a 5 Volt and 12 Volt dc/0.5A auxiliary power this MEAN WELL open frame power supple is able to operate at an altitude of up to 5000 meters. The EPP-500 series is compatible for both Class I (with FG) and Class II (no FG) installations, making the power supply suitable for installations in both plastic and metal enclosures. Supplied with universal inputs of 80 – 264VAC and voltages from 12v to 54v. MEAN WELL have designed this open 14 - Automation Update

frame 5” by 3” EPP-500 series with short circuit, overload, over voltage and over temperature protections with built in power good and power fail signals and remote sense. With international safety regulations such as TUV EN62368-1, UL62368-1 and IEC62368-1 CUL/EAC/ CB and CE ITE the EPP-500 series comes with a 3 year warranty and is suitable for all types of industrial electronics equipment, electromechanical instrument, factory automation systems, and applications that require low standby power consumption. Please call 01844 204430 or email info@ecopacpower.co.uk for more information


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Add Vacuum Expo to your diary! Why? Because Vacuum Expo which will be held at Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 9th & 10th October 2019. Two action-packed days of learning, networking and connecting of suppliers, trade groups, technology developers and consultants with users of vacuum technologies in manufacturing, R&D and machine building - it is a must-attend Vacuum technology is used in a multitude of situations it is a central commodity in the technology for manufacturing a host of products which are now part of everyday living, such as the glasses we wear, TV screens, photovoltaic panels and the chips in our PCs and this leads to our slogan: Behind Everything in Life, there’s Vacuum.

An enabling technology Vacuum is a goto technology for enabling a vast diversity of applications and processes. Leak detection is an example, at the core of a leak detector is a vacuum system. The number of components and systems which must be systematically checked for leaks is constantly rising around the world. This is because in many industries both the quality and the functionality of components and apparatus are closely connected with their tightness. Typical applications are; Pharmaceutical packaging, medical devices, automotive powertrain and fuel systems, HVAC manufacturers, aerospace and semiconductors.

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UK’s highly-demanding industry. Speaking after the 2018 event about the Vacuum Symposium, Laurence Devereux, Event Director commented “Training places at the Vacuum Symposium were full very early in the year with the most popular training session being ‘Vacuum – the basic principles’. It just shows how important ongoing professional development is for engineers in industry and research” he added “Vacuum Expo has yet again increased its attendance and is firmly established as the No 1 meeting place for vacuum technologies.”

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Automation Update - Issue 51  

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