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Arbil Lifting’s Bristol Branch becomes ENERPAC Authorised Service Centre Arbil Lifting can now boast two Enerpac Authorised Service Centres, one Bristol, serving Arbil’s expanding southern customer base.

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Hydrostatic Level Measurement There are many types of level measurement technology. For hydrographic surveys, water table and borehole measurement, hydrostatic pressure measurement is one of the most reliable. Hydrostatic pressure is described as being the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium to a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. A liquid column above the pressure sensor creates hydrostatic pressure, which is a direct indicator of the liquid level. In Europe the standard unit of measurement is metres of water gauge (mWG), also referred to as metres of water column (mWC), or metres

of H2O (mH2O). ESI Technology design and manufacture a range of pressure transmitters for hydrostatic level applications. They are available in a range of diameters and can be calibrated to any unit of measurement. It is also necessary to use a special vented cable so that barometric pressure does not affect the true hydrostatic pressure measurement. Also, a desiccant housing at surface level is required to prevent moisture ingress over time. Stilling tubes and weighted nose cones are also available.

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May 2014

New contamination monitoring system protects steam boilers and enables energy recovery Spirax Sarco has launched a Turbidity Monitoring System for detecting non-conductive contaminants such as fats, oils and greases in condensate, enabling steam system operators to recover substantial amounts of energy that would otherwise be lost. Such contaminants, if accidentally released into condensate, could cause the boiler to overheat, requiring a lengthy shutdown for chemical cleaning, or at worst, causing boiler failure. To eliminate this possibility, some operators may discard hot condensate rather than recycle it as boiler feedwater. With condensate containing around 25% of the useful energy in the original steam, recovering it can substantially reduce water, energy, effluent and chemical treatment costs. The Spirax Sarco Turbidity Monitoring System helps operators to re-use condensate by providing real-time monitoring, raising an alert if contamination rises above a set level, allowing the tainted condensate to be diverted to drain immediately rather than fed into the boiler. The Turbidity Monitoring System can also be used to monitor the quality of other water sources, such as mains, demineralised and reverse osmosis supplies. This makes it suited to applications where water quality is paramount, such as cleaning-in-place and sterilisation-in-place stations in hospitals or food and drink manufacturing. The Turbidity Monitoring System comprises a turbidimeter and a converter. The turbidimeter uses light in the visible and ‘near infrared’ range to penetrate the fluid medium. Four sealed photodiodes detect any light scattered by contaminants. A fifth photodiode measures unscattered light

to provide a reference measurement. This innovative ‘dual channel’ method compensates for colour and other variations in the water to provide more accurate and more reliable results than conventional single channel systems. The converter comes with four fixed and one variable measuring range, allowing operators to tailor turbidity levels to specific process parameters. Two independent setpoints can be configured to determine when the required turbidity thresholds are reached, to control the diverting and discharging of condensate when contamination is detected. The converter has a three-digit LED indicator that displays the turbidity level as a percentage of the selected measuring range. Contamination can be displayed in parts per million (PPM). Steam system operators can also use the system to free up valuable resources as it helps to meet national and international standards for unmanned boiler operation. For example, all shell boilers operated in the European Community must comply with the harmonised standard BS EN 12953, which specifies maximum contamination levels for boilers running unsupervised for periods of 24 to 72 hours. The new Turbidity Monitoring System complements the Spirax Sarco Condensate Contamination Detection (CCD) system that detects conductive contaminants. Steam system operators can now enjoy total protection against conductive and nonconductive contamination entering make-up water and condensate returns to the boiler feedwater system.

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Events

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Skills Shortage May Boost Automation By Grant Collier British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) The chronic shortage of skills in the engineering sector may force long needed automation in the UK, especially within Britain’s largest industry – the food sector according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA). An estimated 170,000 job vacancies will become available in the food sector alone in the run up to 2020 with a rapidly ageing workforce. Grant Collier from BARA said ‘ we have an on-going shortage of skills across industry and even the large blue particularly at apprenticeship level and earn while you learn. This has meant many more companies are interested in looking at automation as a solution. However, this is only part of the answer as it has been proven by an independent study by Metra Martech that robots and factory automation actually create more jobs than they destroy”. Redeployment to more skilled robot operator positions and downstream jobs created by increased capacity and sales is a common result of automation. For example, smart phones are too small to be assembled by human’s and so require robots. The downstream employment created accessories. Whilst this is good for business, it simply perpetuates the recruitment issue. Although the UK has increased its use of automation over the last few years due to greater pay back periods, there is still a lot of work to be done. One of the alternatives to the severe shortage of skilled personnel in the UK is the robot. BARA actively supports a number of initiatives to both help promote the use of automation and address the skills shortage. Initiatives include the governments Automating Manufacturing programme, the Automation Advisory Board and the promotion of apprenticeships through Appetite for Skills and Engineering. The uptake of automation and robots in China and the BRICS nations is taking place at an alarming rate in the face of increased labour costs to remain competitive. It is essential that in order for the UK to retain competitive advantage it takes advantage of the latest robot and automation solutions. The very latest automation and industrial robots can be viewed in action at the largest UK event for this industry wide market – the PPMA show at the NEC, Birmingham from September 1 – October 2.

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IFSEC International to host the greatest security show London has seen. IFSEC International is the largest security event that caters for a whole range of product areas across the security buying chain. Taking place from 17 – 19 June at ExCeL London, visitors are able to easily identify the latest solutions available in: Access Control, Integrated Security Solutions, Intelligent Buildings, Intruder Alarms, IT & Cyber Security, Perimeter Protection, Physical Security, Safe Cities and Video Surveillance.

Visitors will have access to a whole host of education onsite and will be able to listen to industry leaders discuss the holistic approaches that should be taken solutions. With seven education theatres located on the support and advice on what best practice to implement when back at school, college or university.

Working closely with the Security Institute and ASIS, IFSEC International is delighted to announce that CPD and CPE points will be available when visitors attend the IFSEC Academy education sessions. This year will see the broadest range of education to date, with seven theatres each having a dedicated theme, these include: ipAssured Education Zone - Specialist IP training and education Smart Buildings Theatre - holistic approach to solutions Convergence Solutions Theatre - Covering 3 core themes: Safe Cities, Protecting Transport & Critical Infrastructure and Future Control Room Technologies Tavcom Training Theatre - Bespoke training from the leading training provider Tavcom, on CCTV, IP, access control and more IFSEC Global.com Centre Stage - The biggest names and the hottest topics: looking at the key issues and Risk & Security Management Theatre - End User Theatre - Case studies will be presented of real situations, panel debates will take to the stage to generate industry discussion and interactive Q&A’s will take place with industry leaders. dedicated to the security requirements of a city rather than the individual component parts that make up the city.

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Registering to attend IFSEC International will provide alongside it. Together all shows make up Protection & Management 2014 and serve as a one-stop-shop for attendees who are responsible for keeping buildings, and the people within them, safe and secure. Protection & Management 2014 is made up of IFSEC International, FIREX International, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo, Energy & Environment Expo and Service Management Expo. Registration for entry into the 2014 event and its colocated shows within the Protection & Management 2014, please visit www.ifsec.co.uk and enter the promo code IFCN2.


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Events

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CITE 2014 – The Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition opens its doors at Earls Court Two in London from 20 to 22 May.

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CITE will be co-located with Infrarail - a successful and well established Rail Infrastructure exhibition which is now in its 10th year.


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May 2014 image credit: Network Rail

CEEQUAL: improving sustainability through best practice

Publication of key documents such as

Farringdon Station redevelopment – Achieved an ‘Excellent’ (score of 90%) CEEQUAL rated Whole Project Award and Winner of a CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Award 2013 for Ecology & Biodiversity

Sustainability is the target The verdict

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Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC): New Wear Crossing – Project team receiving their CEEQUAL Award certificates presented by Richard Coackley (Past ICE President, centre-right) and Kate Cairns (CEEQUAL Verifier, left)

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CEEQUAL aims to assist clients, designers and contractors to deliver improved project specification, design and construction of civil engineering works. The scheme rewards project and contract teams who go beyond the legal, environmental and social minima to achieve distinctive environmental and social performance in their work.

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Then and Now 2007 was a year that most would probably like to forget – The world was in the grip of a global recession. Banks were bailing out banks, “double dip” was the buzz word of the day. Some would argue; it wasn’t the ideal time to start a business? Nevertheless, this didn’t deter three specialists from Essex who were on a mission to do just that! With backgrounds in engineering GRP products, combined experience spanning some 40yrs+ and the compelling drive to succeed - Step On Safety Ltd was established. The aim was to Design, Supply and Install Anti Slip Flooring, GRP and Associated Products throughout the UK and Europe. Today the three Directors reflect on ‘Then and Now’ how hard it was in those early days, and how the industry has changed over the years. Step On Safety’s humble beginnings began in a small Essex workshop with a back office, that the trio shared. “Back then, we had little space and didn’t draw a salary for the first 6 months of trading – it was tough, but we never doubted that we would succeed, once established” claimed Commercial Director Noel Tilbook. He went on to say “The industry was very niche back then, and we would have dealt with just a handful of industries. With demand growing we could see the potential, not just in the UK but worldwide. We employed our first member of staff in late 2007 and started to turn a corner – we doubled our turnover within 12 months!” Those days seem a far cry from the business it is today. Step On Safety substantial growth is impressive and progressive. It is now a multimillion pound award winning company employing nearly 50 staff on multiple sites. The company is a Leading International Supplier of Anti Slip Flooring, GRP and a wide range of associated products. Step On Safety customer principal does not change whether supplying decking strips for the garden patio to GRP ladders for Euro Tunnel. “We continue to design, supply, and install accredited Anti Slip products. What’s change is the customer & industry demand. The internet has helped us reach out to customers internationally. In the past, we would have supplied UK based companies in a handful of industries, but with so many sectors now heavily legislated and more companies looking for alternatives to metal, our products appeal and apply to most industries worldwide.

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In recent years, our decking strips have proved extremely popular to resolve slippage issues with garden decking. This has created a new type of customer – the home owner and we will be extending our domestic product range in the coming months” said Steve Houghton Managing Director. Take Steps to Prevent Personal Injury in the workplace It is estimated that slips, trips, and falls account for over half of employee accidents in the workplace and are responsible for a combined estimated number of working days loss of 2 million in the UK alone. Each year slips trips and falls cost the UK economy in excess of £800m. The ‘PI Claim’ culture that has emerged in recent years, has led to more and more business taking steps to reduce injuries with preventative anti slip measures, such as Anti-Slip stair treads, stair nosing and grip rails. GRP #Trending GRP is a fibreglass based product and is fast becoming the preferred choice by many companies, in preference to its metal counterpart. GRP is stronger, lighter, easy to install and with a Euro class 1 industrial fire rating, it’s suitable for even corrosive environments such as water, waste, marine, and chemical. It’s all in the delivery From the outset the Step On Team has stuck with the same Mantra “It’s all in the Delivery” F Trade & Domestic Customers F FREE Same-day quotations F FREE Technical Advice F FREE Cut to size/fit F Next-Working Day Delivery (few exceptions) F Full design and build service for Fibreglass Access Structures F Bespoke build F Nationwide Installation F Qualified and Accredited Installers PASMA & IPAF Certified F All Site Supervisors are SSTS accredited F UKAS IS09001 Accredited to ensure product quality

Contact: Step On Safety 01206 396 446 email sales@steponsafety.co.uk www.steponsafety.co.uk


Pumps & Valves

May 2014

Sun Yeh appoint Allvalves as

Sun Yeh is a Taiwanese based manufacturer of quarter and multi turn electric actuators. manufacturing since 1986, Sun Yeh have built a global business by understanding their customer’s demands in detail, and developing quarter-turn, spring return and linear valve actuators that meet their customers’ needs. Sun Yeh offer a range of quality prod- ucts which are used extensively in multiple industries including all forms of water treatment, HVAC, marine, chemicals, pharmaceu- ticals, food production, general industry and many others.

The agreement was made between the UK, German and Taiwanese Partners at a meeting in Pershore during October

Products of superior quality require sophisticated manufacturing and control systems using advanced inspection instruments and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that every step in the production process is accurate and confirmed. In order to provide high quality products to customers, Sun Yeh products are 100% inspected before shipping. Sun Yeh actuators carry CE and CSA approvals. The company also has ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, REACH, and RoHS certificates. They hold patents in Taiwan, USA, Japan and China. Allvalves Online have spent the last 8 months working behind the scenes with Sun Yeh. Following a meeting with Sun Yeh and Allvalves’ new German partners at the company offices in Pershore offices during October this year, the prestigious agreement was made. The product range includes the well-known and globally respected OM series covering a torque range from 10Nm to over 1000Nm, voltages from 12V to 220V, and functionality that includes on/ off, modulating and failsafe. Optional extras including speed control, fieldbus communications and a number of approvals that separates Sun Yeh from some its competitors. Adam Chapman explains the importance of the agreement; ‘We are delighted to have been granted official distributor status with Sun Yeh. This was an idea that started earlier this year and has ended with us coming to an arrangement with a quality, globally recognised electric actuator manufacturer that will enable us to compete in current and new markets. Sun Yeh actuator’s wide range of torque outputs and impressive options enable us to compete at a new level and work with a new set of customers. The deal also recognises our long term development plans and confirms their confidence in us as a good, reputable company building a new brand, Allvalves Online, not only here in the UK, but with sensible and achievable plans to take the brand into Europe in 2014 - and eventually globally.’ For full information regarding the breaking news of this agreement and of course, pricing, technical datasheets and full product range, visit www.allvalves.co.uk for updates on the new website launch which will showcase the Sun Yeh actuators.

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Pumps & Valves

May 2014

Rotork Site Services

River sluice gates are vitally important for of persistent rainfall, when swift and reliable operation can prevent serious disruption and damage to property. Alternatively, during periods of drought, sluice gates play an important role in maintaining the river level. The automation of a sluice gate is a relatively simple operation but there are many factors including the location of the gates and the availability of power which can turn the exercise into a multi-disciplined task. This was the situation facing Canford School, a co-educational boarding school on the banks of the River Stour in Dorset, when an upgrade was needed to the operation of three river sluice gates equipped with open mesh gearboxes, handwheels and counterbalancing weights attached to each gate by a lifting chain and open pulley. Manual operation of the gates took a long as presenting a potential trapping risk to the operator. Changing weather patterns had also and safety viewpoint. Canford School selected Rotork’s Site Services Division to perform the project. Rotork’s proposal encompassed all aspects of the task, enabling them to organise the total supply of the work together with project management that the extended scope contract enables, by minimising the number of separate subcontractors that need to be employed. Central to the upgrade was the installation of three Rotork IQ electric valve actuators and a local control centre. However, being in a wooded environment some 60 metres distant from the nearest power supply, considerable extra work was also required, demanding a range of mechanical, electrical, civil engineering and project management skills.

required to operate the sluice gates has been dramatically reduced, enabling the school to manage the river level and future there may be scope to further upgrade the operation by installing river level sensors, the signals from which would operate the actuators fully automatically.

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PROCESS EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR HYGIENIC APPLICATIONS U Hygienic Fittings & Adapters U Manual & Actuated Valves U Food & Brewery Hose Assemblies U Washdown & Steam Hose Assemblies U Bespoke Design and Fabrication U Full Hygienic Products Catalogue Available

Dixon Group Europe Limited 350 Walton Summit Centre, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 8AS Telephone: +44 (0)1772 323529 Fax: +44 (0)1772 314664 marketing@dixoneurope.co.uk

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By choosing the correct design and specification of valve for a process can save costs, reduce downtimes and minimise product loss or contamination. This is the message Dixon’s Hygienic Product Manager, Ike Topselvi, gives to the Food & Beverage market.

With on-site actuation shop, 3D design, full technical and sales back-up, and BSI approved manufacturing and engineering departments, Dixon can design and produce individual bespoke valves and fabricated configurations to quickly and efficiently solve customer problems.

From choosing the most effective seat material, to the correct mounting considerations of an actuator, Dixon can advise on such factors which can affect the wear and tear on a valve and in turn create problems with contamination and reduce a valve’s life cycle.

Valves for non Hygienic Application – A Case Study

Dixon’s entire range of high quality ball and butterfly valves can be actuated to customer specification with a range of stocked accessories that includes limit switches, solenoids and positioners. All actuators have been type-tested to 1,000,000 cycles. Full technical and sales support is available from their qualified technical sales team to ensure specification of the most suitable valve for your process.

The Dixon range of valves is not restricted to hygienic applications. Dixon also offers industrial actuated valves for use within many process industries. In some cases a hygienic valve can be used in a multitude of applications not first thought. Sometimes the best solution to a process problem can be found outside of its traditional industry supply base.

Dixon Hygienic have offered solutions to numerous industries. In one instance a paint manufacturer required a solution for moving paint which was accumulating in the void behind the ball on its non-encapsulated SVF ball valves. On being presented with Dixon offers same day and next day delivery the problem Dixon Hygienic investigated on most standard actuated valves and and found that the titanium dioxide additive custom fabrications subject to customer within the paint was causing premature requirements. failure of the standard ball valves being used. The paint manufacturer had made

the decision to remove ball valves from the production line completely until Dixon came up with the solution that the existing valve supplier had overlooked. Not being dissuaded by the fact that this was not a traditional hygienic valve application, Dixon Hygienic developed a successful solution. Analysing the current industrial ball valve being used, it was determined that the best solution would include an encapsulated ball valve. This would minimise titanium dioxide paint migration between the ball and valve body. Dixon concluded that a seal with higher abrasion resistance would be beneficial due to the nature of the titanium. Additionally the size of the actuator was increased to produce more torque. This ensured valve rotation if the process fluid began to solidify. Therefore in most cases a solution is readily available, if not within existing expertise, it may be from another industry. But it all starts with detailed analysis and by aligning Dixon Group with solution partners that can provide different industry perspectives. Contact Gill Platt @ Dixon Group Europe Ltd T: +44 (0) 1772 323529 E: marketing@dixoneurope.co.uk W: www.dixoneurope.co.uk

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Cleaning & Hygiene

May 2014

GRAYMONT’S ESPs BENEFIT FROM PRIMASONICS ACOUSTIC CLEANERS Graymont is the second largest producer of lime in North America, with close to 20 locations serving key market regions across Canada and the United States.

Their Superior Plant, located on the Lake Superior waterfront in Wisconsin, is ideally positioned to service the upper Midwestern states and Central Canada. Three types of limestone are calcined at this facility to produce high calcium quicklime, high calcium hydrated lime, dolomitic quicklime and PCC quicklime. The Superior plant has 5 kiln lines that need to be shut down periodically for cleaning and maintenance. Cleaning of the ESPs in particular was a growing concern as it is a manual operation that entails employees entering the bottom hopper to hammer on the individual plates. This risk to the employees being 28|

below the plates where Lime dust would fall down on them which can burn areas of exposed skin. With a typical cleaning time of 16 hours for three employees, wearing full faced respirators with dust continuously falling on them, Graymont’s Process Engineer, Bill Kaptonak cleaning solution that would reduce both the risk and exposure factors. As Bill was unfamiliar with acoustic cleaners, Primasonics outlined their monthly Rental Plan which opportunity to try them on one ESP before committing to purchase. Initially two acoustic cleaners were rented and installed in

www.primasonics.com sound@primasonics.com late 2012. The result was a dramatically cleaner ESP. Clean up time was reduced to less than 8 hours with more of the cleaning at the top of the ESP as opposed to the bottom, making it safer for the workers as the dust falls below them. The acoustic cleaners also improved the performance of the ESP while it was online. Their ability to knock down more dust during operation has improved the environmental performance of the ESP. This has stabilized the operation by minimizing any tendency toward opacity issues when the kiln process changes. This successful trial prompted Graymont to purchase a total of six acoustic cleaners to be installed on their other Kilns.


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machines can be used in indoor and outdoor areas and do not require chemicals. The process is particularly suited to environments where machine cleaning and maintenance is downtimes and costs. The system uses dry ice pellets kept at -79ºC, injected into a jet of compressed air, accelerated to speeds at the surface to be cleaned. The abrupt cooling of the surface causes cracks in the top layer. The dry ice pellets penetrate these cracks and sublimate (turn into a gas without becoming a liquid) instantly, thus lifting the contaminant from the surface, before returning to the atmosphere as CO2 gas leaving only

the contaminant behind. Unlike sand blasting, ice blasting keeps surface abrasion to a minimum. As cleaning with dry ice is performed without chemicals or detergents, and leaves no waste water, it is environmentally friendly and can even be used in areas where cleaning with water is prohibited or inconvenient. This superb technology is available Ice Blaster specialists, all of whom can offer expert advice on your ice blasting requirements. blasting can make a difference to nearest specialist, call 01295 752 142, email cleaning@karcher.co.uk or visit www.karcher.co.uk


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This label will then be passed onto the tamp pad and will be read as it moves past the scanner – If the codes are readable then the process continues as normal. If incorrect the label will be applied and the Re-Print function will activate again. If there are three consecutive failures (of a number set by the customer) then the machine will stop and error messages will be sent.

However with Pallet Labelling there is sometimes the requirement to validate that the barcodes printed are able to be scanned and also that the label has been applied to the product. The 4050P Pallet Applicator is able to meet these criteria, however in cases where this is required the pallet has to be stopped to ensure that if incorrect labels are printed then they can be re-printed and applied to the product. The way in which the 4050P completes these processes is as follows: Weber position a Bar Code Scanner in the gap between Print Engine and Tamp Pad. This scanner will read the barcodes as the label passes onto the tamp pad. The Pallet is stopped in the correct position awaiting labelling. If the bar codes read correctly then the labelling process takes place as normal. If any of the bar codes are not correct then the label will be applied to the product but no signal will be sent to move the pallet to the next position or along the conveyor. Instead the scan of failure will instigate a Re-Print Function of the system whereby the last label printed will be re-printed. 32|

Once a label has been printed and is positioned on the Tamp Pad, the “Label on Pad” sensor is activated. This shows that a label has been printed and is ready to be applied. If there is a failure in the vacuum and the label falls off the pad before application to the pallet then the sensor will send an error message to alert that there is a problem with the label whereby the operator can reset the machine and resolve any issues. The Label is applied to the product using a “Gimbal” or spring loaded Tamp Pad which means that there is contact between the Tamp Pad and Product. It is only at the point when the Tamp Pad touches the product that the Label On Pad Sensor is de activated showing that the label has been applied to the product.


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Pioneering

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was originally founded in 1975 and is one of the leading suppliers of lasers, 3D printers and advanced manufacturing systems. We supply laser technology for a range of processes such as fine cutting, welding, drilling, micro-machining, cladding and marking. High speed, precision and flexibility are characteristics of laser materials processing. In addition, Laser Lines has over 21 years’ experience supplying additive manufacturing systems and has supplied more machines than any other company in the UK. During this period we have seen numerous companies benefit from this technology, speeding up product design and manufacturing low volume parts. We have laser systems available for both R&D and industrial production requirements. Our laser range includes fiber, CO2, excimer and diode pumped solid-state lasers, from this we are able to select the most appropriate solution to each specific application. Materials suitable for processing with a laser include most metals, polymers, ceramics, rubber and glass. Most laser applications lend themselves to automation, providing consistent quality and productivity. All laser applications are non-contact processes, so there is no tool to wear out. Application highlights include: t t

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Laser Lines is housed in a purpose built 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire. We operate an extensive applications laboratory which is fitted with several laser systems of different wavelengths and configurations, and also diagnostic instruments and microscopes. With this capability we are able to perform feasibility trials on your material to determine if your application is compatible with a laser processing solution. Samples are returned in a timely manner complete with an applications report and recommendation. Our experienced support team offer applications engineering, training, installation, and maintenance and repair services for all our products. Laser Lines has been selling and supporting 3D printing systems into the UK and Ireland for 21 years. During this period we have helped numerous companies benefit from this technology, with activities ranging from speeding up product design to manufacturing low volume parts - and always with the focus on increasing profits.

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May 2014 HBM On Tour 2014 – a series of technical seminars and workshops – is being held at the Williams Conference Centre in Oxfordshire on the 11th and 12th June to help update engineering knowledge on the latest DAQ techniques and equipment as well as giving delegates invaluable hands-on experience. delegates to undertake a variety of exercises on specially equipped given a chance to go on a tour of the world’s largest collection of Grand Prix Formula 1 racing cars and there will be many opportunities to network and will have to choose one of two possible options that are available on each day and places are limited. On 11th June delegates can opt for either a workshop on “The Installation of Strain Gauges and an Overview Of Optical Strain Gauges’ or a workshop on “Professional Measurement Software Made Easy”. The strain gauge workshop will look at the principles of measuring with strain gauges and how they work which will include an in-depth examination available to ensure accurate measurement with strain gauges will also be gauge on a bending beam. Other aspects of the workshop include how to optical strain gauges is also included in the workshop. The workshop on “Professional Measurement Software Made Easy” focuses on variants of HBM’s catman® DAQ software including catman, and installing the software. Delegates will be shown how to connect to a QuantumX unit along with utilising Live Update as well as how to best use also be covered along with visualisations and creating DAQ jobs in catman. By contrast the choices on the 12th June are either a workshop on the “Practical Use of Modern Day Data Acquisition Systems” or a seminar day data acquisition systems will look at various developments in DAQ

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kinds of A-to-D converter as well as the impact of sample rate, aliasing exercises to challenge delegates enabling them to explore various theoretical concepts with the trainers and the key capabilities of HBM’s Glyphworks will be introduced. The electric drive seminar looks at the importance of torque and the

measurements and consider calculations of both sinusoidal and nonsinusoidal quantities. The trainers will also introduce HBM’s e-drive solution that covers the connection of a GEN3i to an inverter, displaying the raw data HBM On Tour 2014 represents a wonderful opportunity for engineers to deepen their knowledge of new measurement technologies and quickly highly trained facilitators will conduct the workshops and seminars and further information can be found on HBM’s web site.


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Heat is the silent killer of electronics.

C-Net can offer full turnkey solutions inclusive of the list below; Design, Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance. C-Net Industrial Solutions is a company focused on providing the best electronic climate control solutions and products in the market. C-Net IS offer a wide range of cooling products for every application, from a few hundred watts of heat,

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We stock and supply the McLean brand of products, a name who’s reputation for the best thermal management solutions is unrivalled. McLean have been in the electronics cooling industry for over 40 years and are true experts in their field. Based in Champlin, Minnesota. C-Net also supplies Schroff and Hoffman cabinets/ enclosures inclusive of factory modifications.

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Industry News

May 2014

HRS Heat excHangeRS LauncHeS a new ScRaped SuRface Heat excHangeR. HRS has launched a new scraped surface heat exchanger to the market called the HRS-Rotex. The HRSRotex is a rotary scraped surface heat exchanger that brings new patent pending technology to the market. Traditional rotary scraped surface heat exchangers work on the principle of a tube in tube design and therefore are limited in capacity.

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has come up with a novel system to concept that has come out of this process will make a rotary scraped surface heat help our customer reduce their capital and exchanger possible with a multi tube design. This means that capacity per module is increased applications.” considerably, reducing capital investment. Matt Hale, International Sales Manager at HRS New product innovation has not stopped there. Heat Exchangers explains how the new HRSscrew design on the scraper system. This helical screw helps to push the product forward during operation and further helps to reduce pumping costs when a system operates with the HRSRotex system.

HRS-Rotex is complementary technology to – The HRS Unicus. We have come to realise that the HRS Unicus is the ideal technology for evaporation of fouling liquids and large duty

Also a radical new approach is given to the However, for smaller duties involving high service side of the heat exchanger. A new and viscosities and fouling problems, the new HRSRotex technology provides a better solution velocities and further boosts heat transfer. Marcos Alarcon, chief designer at HRS Heat Exchanger’s comments: “Great thought has gone into the HRS-Rotex concept. We have spent many hours analysing existing rotary scraped surface heat exchange technology, identifying shortcomings and have engineered new solutions. We believe that the HRS-Rotex

The combination of both technologies positions HRS Heat Exchangers in a unique way. For any type of application where scraped surface heat exchangers are needed, we bring the optimised solution being able to pick from multiple technologies”.

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Careers at MBDA Innovation - Integration - Excellence MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multinational group with 10,000 employees and industrial facilities in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. We are currently looking to broaden our existing talent base with a large range of opportunities for suitably qualified individuals at Bristol, Stevenage or Lostock. We are recruiting within the following disciplines (though not limited to): Electronic & Test Design, Environmental Test/Project, Export Control, INS/GPS Engineer, ILS, Infosec, ISV, Lethality & Warheads, Manufacturing Engineers (inc. RF/MW technologies), Manufacturing Quality Assurance, Mechanical Design, Missile (Test, Electronic, Mechanical) Architecture, Novel, Procurement Manager, Project Management/Planning, Safety Engineers, Systems Design/ Engineering/Modelling, System Simulation and Experimentation, Support vacancies, Travel Services Principal Manager. To view and apply for these or other opportunities, please visit our website: MBDA offers excellent benefits including flexible working, paid www.mbdacareers.co.uk overtime*, bonus*, a comprehensive pension scheme, discounted private Join our Group healthcare, flexible benefits scheme, ‘Engineering UK (Defence) sporting activities, superb learning and SC and DV‘ to follow future MBDA UK development opportunities, and more… news and career opportunities. Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance. * Subject to level of role.

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Health & Safety

May 2014

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Advancements in the safety footwear market According to the latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) rates of selfreported workplace non-fatal injury, slips, trips and falls still account for over half of reported major injuries to employees. This has been a highlighted problem in the workplace, with an average of 54% of major injuries attributed to this one cause in the past 5 years, and an estimated cost to society of £800 million per year here in the UK. One company working hard to tackle this problem is safety equipment and training specialist, Safety Technology Ltd. Their recent launch of a new boot range, which uses innovative technologies, has made major advancements in the protective footwear market. This new collection has been manufactured by German footwear experts STEITZ Secura® and now, after extensive research and testing, is being introduced in to the UK market for the first time. Tackling Common Problems… After first identifying common problems associated with work place safety, STEITZ Secura® then set about developing a range of protective footwear to directly combat them.

The honeycomb structure that forms the VARIO® module provides a soft cushioning effect which is fitted according to the individuals preference. Through this new development in footwear technology, the pressure located in the shoe is naturally reduced. Another common problem which can be a major contributor to slips, trips and falls in the work place is miss-fitting shoes. In a study conducted by STEITZ Secura®, it was shown that 73.7% of participants had a foot width that was not optimally fitted in a standard shoe width. A shoe fitted too tightly, or too loosely has been proven to have serious long term health implications, as well as severe consequences for individual’s safety. Tackling this problem head on STEITZ Secura® has created a multiple-width system for their new footwear range. This unique fitting option ensures optimal fit in length and width, and of course comfort, with models made in 4 sizes depending on shoe length. Moving forward…

One major problem identified, evident in many work environments, is the amount of time spent on hard industrial floors, placing an unnatural and high amount of pressure upon the skeleton and the sole of the foot, which can in turn lead to fore foot health problems. After extensive studies into forefoot shock absorption, STEITZ Secura® developed the VARIO® Heel Shock Absorption system.

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This new innovative selection of footwear has now been launched into the UK market by Safety Technology Ltd, with the aim of tackling safety in the workplace head on. For more information on the range visit www.safetytechnology.co.uk, or contact them directly on (01873) 840 036 or email info@safetytechnology.co.uk.


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Trio Motion has introduced a new optional format for its MC403 series motion controller that offers machine builders and designers cost savings whilst maintaining many of the advanced features found throughout

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Coordinator range. The entry level MC403-Z removes the built-in DAC that is available with other formats of the MC403 motion controller targeting its control functionality to pulse and direction output for up to three stepper

cost effective choice of machine design for low axis count machines where precision and high performance are paramount. With multiple high speed registration input capability and hardware linked outputs, the

by this advanced motion controller throughput production equipment such as labelling and packaging options. machines, laser machining or camera based high-accuracy positioning There are two MC403-Z versions systems, parallel arm robots and much available offering control of two or more. MC403-Z applications can also three axes. The ‘core axis’ connections pulse and direction outputs to drives, display that is programmed directly or as incremental encoder feedback inputs, or simulated encoder outputs. The MC403-Z three axis variant allows one axis to be set-up as an – saving time, cost and effort for ‘extended axis’ where the connection product development. Functionally the controller can undertake linear, circular, for SSI, Tamagawa or EnDAT absolute helical and spherical interpolation users can tailor the controller to their machine requirements. Machine designs could, for instance, use the MC403-Z for simple two or three axis open-loop stepper systems and two or three axis servo systems - providing position and speed as a pulse and direction output (with the servo drive closing the loop). Alternatively, the MC403-Z may synchronise axes from an incremental or absolute encoder or utilise its simulated encoder output which can be used to time external events.

shapes and linked motion. Its ARM11 complex arithmetic operations making process-centric machine control possible. The

controller

has

inputs including six 20 µsec registration

bi-directional I/Os. Two In combination with the MC403-Z’s 12 bit analogue inputs are powerful 64 bit ARM11 processor, also included and modular

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512 digital I/O points, 32/16 analogue inputs/outputs at 12 bit resolution. An RJ45 Ethernet port is provided for programming and connection of

An RS232/485 serial port is also provided for communications or for user programmable devices. Memory expansion with a Micro SD card slot data transfer across machines. The MC403-Z uses the same powerful multi-tasking TrioBASIC or the optional IEC61131 programming that is used throughout Trio Motion’s Motion Coordinator range. All free support software including CAD2Motion and G-code interpreters and Trio Motion’s ActiveX utility that allows direct connection to and from host applications using Microsoft’s


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Our Industry: The static control industry in 2000, at the end of the century, would have been recognisable to someone coming from 1960. It used high voltage AC technology in similar ways, with big external transformers. Changes started to come with the increasing use of DC high voltage supported by power electronics at reasonable prices. This was encouraged by progress in the electronics industry where static control began to be taken seriously. For us the new era started in 2003 with the introduction of long range pulsed DC – our Ionstorm Bar became the most powerful long range static eliminator available. Since then there has been relentless progress in developing DC technology, which allows greater performance and control, without high voltage cables and external transformers. The added benefit is that DC Static Eliminators can be powered by 24V DC instead of main power, which is appreciated by OEMs and end-users alike. We are spending 15% of our turnover on R&D to maintain our 20% growth rate. This is higher than the industry average, but seems to be working judged by the flow of new products. It is difficult finding good electronics engineers. To overcome this problem in 2013 we opened a new development laboratory in Bristol, to complement our operations in Bampton, which is too rustic for many young graduates.

A More Specific Example: Winders and Slitter Rewinders Winders processing polymeric products have always had static electricity problems. In the 1960s the typical solution was to use short range AC static eliminators on centre winders and ionised air blowers on winders with lay-on rollers. The speed of slitter rewinders has increased dramatically – well beyond the capability of these older static eliminators. Materials now are also more static generative and more difficult to neutralise because of their multi-layer structure. Customers are also making more difficult demands – such as ensuring that the charge in the rewind reels is less than 1000V. The modern answer is to use static eliminators using DC technology. Launched in 2012 the Fraser 3024 Static Eliminator is probably the best selling static eliminator on slitter rewinders in Europe. It has been independently tested for reducing a 50kV charge to below 1kV at speeds in excess of 1000m/min. The 3024 Bar is equally suitable for centre winders, winders with lay-on rollers and even turret rewinders.

ATEX Certified Applications Coaters, laminators and gravure printers which use combustible solvents are in a much better position now than 50 years ago. Today`s ATEX certified static eliminators are much better in every way. They are more powerful, more compact and considerably lower in cost. Fraser offers active and also passive static eliminators which are ATEX certified. We also make an ATEX certified static meter for investigating charges in hazardous areas.

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Showcase your CAD skills with a variety of different training courses available at the Man and Machine Training Academy. Our goal is to help you optimise your design process. Whether you are in the manufacturing, engineering, architecture, plant or construction industries, we have the experience to understand your business and what you are trying to achieve, and we have the expertise to enable you to do it better. Man and Machine specialises in the supply of CAD solutions. Established in 1989, Man and Machine is part of a pan-European group, operating in 11 countries with over 750 staff and over 500,000 installed CAD seats. We provide expertise in digital design and data management with over 60 years of combined technical experience. Man and Machine offers a range of Autodesk速 Accredited 2D and 3D CAD Training for both design professionals who are new to CAD drawing software and those who need a more advanced understanding. For all of our courses we have a substantial schedule throughout 2014. However, if you are unavailable to make the advertised dates or are interested in some of our specialised training, then contact us to discuss your requirements, as we can be To ensure that learning outcomes are met, all of our scheduled CAD training solutions come with Post Training Support and if needed, free telephone or email support is available for questions asked up to one month "Man and Machine were able to drop straight in as our new reseller and provide a seamless transfer from our previous supplier. They have been able to give us all we need on the software program for a couple of our new starters." Nick Slater - ITAB Shop Concept Man and Machine has just launched a new CAD Training Academy brochure detailing the training courses we run and other services available, you can request a brochure here www.manandmachine.co.uk/requestinfo. For more information on all of the Man and Machine training courses please visit the website www.manandmachine.co.uk/training, email training@manandmachine.co.uk or call us on 01844 263 700.

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Chemviron Carbon Ltd Britannia has been servicing the commercial kitchen ventilation market since 1995. Our portfolio contains a long, long list of fully satisfied customers & end-users; a legacy which provides us with a reputation that is second to none. From the largest to the smallest of projects, no effort is spared in finding the right solution to your kitchen ventilation problem. Since its inception, Britannia has built its reputation upon a team of the industry’s most experienced people, with a combined knowledge far surpassing that of our competitors. It is this intimate understanding of the product, the industry & our focus on customer service, which has seen us grow into the UK’s market leading supplier of Commercial & Institutional Kitchen Hoods. Our ethos is simple: We provide a range of products of the highest quality, at very affordable prices, whilst being mindful of the impact their manufacture & use has upon the environment. www.kitchen-ventilation.co.uk

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Being a field calibration technician is a tough job: you need to have many skills and carry multiple devices, environmental conditions can be challenging and constantly changing, documentation of data takes time and is difficult in the field and work efficiency requirements are demanding. However, having the right gear makes the work much easier and also more efficient. Learn more at beamex.com/readyforthefield

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Never work alone again! With Intelligent Employee Safety Monitoring

The Complete Lone Worker Instrument Lone workers are anyone who operates by themselves or without close supervision. Operating in uncontrolled working environments can be inevitable, but compromising your employee’s safety is no longer an issue with a Loner SMD. Designed to raise the alarm in a variety of situations and environments ensures that lone workers are never truly alone.

No longer should you rely on antique practices such as routine check in phone calls to ensure your employee safety.

Learn from the people who learnt the hard way! Last winter on a large open site, a maintenance crew member was performing his standard weekly safety checks in compliance with the

Features of Loner SMD

company’s health and safety policy. During his

True Fall Detection® & Alerting

GPS Locating

Differentiates falls from other activity

Unlimited live, continuous, and scheduled locating

Emergency Latch & Alerting

Ultimate Sense® Technology

Help is a latch-release away

High sensitivity antenna for weak signal coverage

Motion Monitoring & Alerting

Rechargeable Battery

Lack of worker motion generates a safety alert

20 hour battery life before recharging

Check-in Monitoring & Alerting

ANThill Precise Indoor Positioning

Optional missed worker check-in generates safety alert

Location beacons provide room level resolution

check of perimeter fencing the crew member slipped down an embankment and sprained his ankle. With limited mobile phone signal he couldn’t raise the alarm. Three hours later his body was found by a colleague, still at the bottom of the embankment. He had died of hypothermia. This customer of lone worker equipment learnt the hard way about the risks of working alone, even on-site – TAKE ACTION NOW!

Benefits of Loner SMD Know instantly when an incident has occurred Reduce emergency response time Deliver emergency aid to your employee’s precise location

Choose between Email, SMS and Loner Portal Web notifications, or Blackline’s 24/7 monitoring service Save money whilst achieving regulatory compliance

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