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Cleanroom Pressure Cleanroom integrity depends on three parameters - pressure, temperature and humidity. Pressure is perhaps the most important for cleanroom safety. It is the differential pressure that is measured between the cleanroom and the external atmosphere and this differential pressure is often low, often below 0.5 millibar (0.2 inch water). Critical pressure measurements require accurate, reliable pressure sensors. The Protran® PR3202 is designed for low level pressure measurement in all type of cleanroom, including those classed as hazardous areas. Fully temperature compensated and EMC protected,

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MiniTec workstation features height-adjustable assembly table and material storage shelves MiniTec’s modular aluminium full use of for a technical product assembly workstation where the customer requirements included individual height-adjustable assembly bench and material provisioning shelves. This ergonomic solution allows assembly technicians to set-up their most productive working environment by maintaining a neutral standing or sitting working posture - with the aid of electric actuators and a simple control console that includes a multiple memory function to store and recall their preferred table and shelf heights. The assembly workstation, part of an interlinked production cell that includes a MiniTec conveyor and a Kanban rack for parts

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components with illustrations and advice included is also available in hard copy or as a PDF download from www.minitec.co.uk, along with several other useful resource publications.


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Automate or Die! Now is a good time to be involved in manufacturing in the UK. Not only are we seeing growth but confidence throughout industry. Yet in the battle to constantly compete in globalised markets, it is essential that we address weaknesses in our industrial base as well as celebrating strengths. Growth has been partly internally driven and assisted by positive rhetoric, and increasing action, from HM government. UK manufacturers have a track record of competitively innovating for both product and process development and that they have made strides in the application of lean engineering for efficiency. However, in the battle to compete in globalised markets, it is essential that we recognise the weaknesses in our industrial base as well as the strengths. When it comes to the flaws in UK manufacturing, its poor investment in capital equipment, especially 12|

industrial automation technologies, is prominent. The UK is well behind other competing manufacturing nations in Europe and alarmingly far slower to adopt automation than developing economies such as China that has embraced it with alacrity.

Food and Pharmaceuticals. There is tremendous interest from the UK food industry in Automation – but often constrained by the multiple retailers’ non-existent or short contracts creating uncertainty and reticence to automate.

Grant Collier from the Robots are only one form British Automation and of automation – there are Robot Association urged many more – but they offer companies to visit the PPMA one of the most obvious Show, September 30th – examples of the way in which October 2nd at the NEC to automation can be highly see automation in action and flexible and relevant to all listen to the Groceries Code even companies with relatively Adjudicator explain how she small production runs and will effectively help unblock the need for frequent, quick the food supply chain with product changes. regard to automation with new legislation “the message Increasing numbers of is simple, if UK companies wish manufacturers are opening to remain competitive they their eyes to the versatility need to automate. It is similar of robot technology. It is to the advent of computing encouraging that robot in the early 1970’s. Where we installations in the UK in 2012 would be now if the UK had achieved a record of 2477 not adopted this technology units, up 98% on 2011, with a and everyone else had – it is similar volume of 2305 units the same with robotics and sold in 2013. automation. If you wish to survive in a global market The bulk of sales have been place then automate, the to the Automotive industry payback period and cost is far with only modest growth less than people imagine”. in other sectors such as


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WHAT’S IN STORE AT 2014? Excitement’s building around Maintec 2014, which returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 11-13 March. The leading UK event for maintenance engineers is in its 39th year and has a packed hall full of industry leading exhibitors, educational programmes and the latest innovations. Inventive Exhibitors Exhibitors at Maintec 2014 will include all the major names and show regulars such as Keytracker, Fluke UK, Hansford Sensors and FLIR Systems. These will be joined by a plethora of new exhibitors including as Matthews Engineering Training and IRISS. Maintec will be the global debut for IRISS’ new range of permanent electrical safety device products, whilst FLIR Systems will be introducing their new FLIR Ex and Exx Series thermal imaging cameras. Newson Gale will focus on its EarthRite® Static Earth Monitoring &

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exhibitors Matthews Engineering Training will be showcasing Programme. Idhammar Systems are exhibiting their latest mobile Maintenance Management System: ‘Pocket engineers roles. The system is compatible with iPad and android tablets, allocating work to individual engineers via their device wherever they are working. Learning There are of learning opportunities at Maintec, including the Business Strategy Forum which made such an impressive debut at the last show. This is once again being hosted University, and will include sessions with expert speakers from industry leaders including Paul Gibbons from Gatwick Airport, Tahir Ayub from Network Rail and Ian Daniels There will also be The Exchange, featuring 20, free content-rich talks

full of advice, new innovations and case studies for maintenance professionals, engineers, plant and asset managers to learn from. Co-location Success Thanks to some clever co-locations, visitors to Maintec can also attend two other highly complementary these is Facilities Management, the only event for facilities managers run outside London. It includes a pavilion run by the British Pest Control Association plus an in depth conference programme. Maintec 2014 is also co-located with the brand new Health & Safety by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM). Its comprehensive conference programme, which is free of charge, is put together by the British Safety Council. Maintec takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 11-13 March and is free to attend. To register visit www.easyfairs.com/maintec


Events

February 2014

Sustainability Live 2014 Sustainability Live takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK on 1-3 April and is the leading event for the sustainability in business sector. As a key forum for engineers involved in the energy, water and energy recovery sectors, Sustainability Live is the place to discover hundreds of the latest products and services, industry developments and best practice for your organisation. opportunity to gain high quality insight through the comprehensive free to attend seminar programme. With high-level networking and engagement with the best practitioners, Sustainability Live is a week, so do keep on an eye on the show vital event in your calendar. website waste, Asset Management, Wastewater Treatment, Catchment Management, Who will be at Sustainability Live? www.sustainabilitylive.com Leakage reduction and Sustainable Urban Drainage. A wide range of exhibitors have Showcasing their latest products and already signed up for Sustainability services to thousands of visitors over the New for 2014 is the keynote stage which Live 2014, including Aerzen Machines course of the event, exhibitors are able to hosts sessions featuring expert speakers Ltd, Etatron GB, Hydravalve UK Ltd, discuss individual company requirements who will cut through the jargon, to debate Netzsch Pumps & Systems Ltd, Obart and build business relationships face-to- and discuss the latest sustainable policy Pumps Ltd, Radio Data Networks, face in a professional environment. Dalkia PLC The Utile Engineering Co Ltd, T-T Pumps Ltd, Verder UK Ltd, Free Seminar Programme Institute of Water Drilling and Tapping W Robinson & Sons (EC) Ltd/Pump. Competition co.uk, Z-Tech Control Systems Ltd, The extended and improved seminar new exhibitors are being added every programme includes sessions covering, Sustainability Live also plays host to the annual Drilling & Tapping Competition which pits teams of water industry employees against each other to be named champion. will be able to watch teams race against the clock to drill and tap a 150mm diameter ductile iron main under pressure and install a simulated service connection. Skill, dexterity and speed are prime requirements – so who will join other winners such as Balfour Beatty, Severn Trent Water, & Anglian Water and be our 2014 champion? Sustainability Live is a must attend event For up-to-date show news and details on how to exhibit or register for free visitor entry, visit

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Lack of ‘new blood’ signposts serious skills shortfall in global race UK must double number of under 19s studying engineering Advanced Level Apprenticeships A report by EngineeringUK which projects the UK’s capacity for industrial growth reveals that the shortfall of under 19s taking advanced engineering apprenticeships could jeopardise the UK’s ability to compete against leading economies, such as China and the US. Engineering UK 2014 highlights a decline of 12.2% to 16,280* young people under 19 taking engineering-related Advanced Level Apprenticeships – a downward trend which would damage the UK’s current and future capacity for growth if left unaddressed. The report findings and recommendations were the basis of a roundtable meeting held at No. 11 Downing Street on Monday 2 December, at which Minister for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock MP discussed the imperatives of a skilled engineering talent-pipeline with leading business and industry representatives, including BAE Systems, BT Technology, National Grid, Rolls-Royce and Shell UK.

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Megan Lunn, Engineering Apprentice with Reliance Precision In a room full of engineering apprentices, Megan Lunn stands out. The 21-year old from Meltham is the only female in her teaching group and one of the few female engineering apprentices. The classroom at Kirklees College is a vivid illustration of an issue Business Secretary Vince Cable said last month was an ‘enormous problem’. He was speaking after a Government report, Tomorrow’s Engineers, said that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, fewer than 10%. Megan is one of those now trying to help boost that number. She is committed to a career in engineering after deciding while at Honley High School that an apprenticeship was the right way into the industry for her.

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She spends one day a week in College and the rest of her time at Huddersfield’s Reliance Precision Engineering which she joined in 2011 after realising she wanted to work in a scientific industry but didn’t want to spend every day learning from textbooks. Her Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering sees her receiving training on key manufacturing processes and industry essentials like health and safety as well as being an integral part of the Reliance team. Megan says that has been hugely important to her: “The best thing about an apprenticeship is that you learn skills in a real engineering company where products are made for customers around the world and not just for training purposes. It gives you real-life experience that you could never get in the classroom.” Reliance Precision, which has its headquarters in Lepton with bases around the world, is a specialist engineering company

with over 50 years’ experience. It launched its apprenticeship scheme in the 1960s and currently has 13 engineering apprentices working within the company. The Tomorrow’s Engineers report found that pressure from parents, teachers and friends was one of the main reasons why many girls chose to go into arts subjects rather than science-based subjects like engineering. “My route into an apprenticeship started at school where my teacher suggested it as a possible option and also thought that Reliance would be a good company to work with. At College I studied science subjects and then was lucky enough to be successful getting onto Reliance’s scheme backed by Kirklees College. Since then, I haven’t looked back. “My family and friends, those on my course at Kirklees College and everyone at Reliance have been hugely supportive and, for me, often being the only female has not been a problem. I would encourage any girl interested in science and engineering to go for it and would love to see more and more female engineers coming into the industry in the future. “I see myself working in engineering for the rest of my life and know that wouldn’t have been possible without the opportunity this apprenticeship has given me.” Kirklees is one of eight apprenticeship hubs which have been set-up in the Leeds City Region. The aim is to help business thrive and grow through apprenticeships and, to achieve that, help and support for businesses is available through the Business Brokers scheme. To find out more contact the Business Brokers team on 01484 437075 or e-mail apphub@kirklees.gov.uk


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Weber 4050 Applicator Bar Code Scan System The Weber 4050P Pallet Applicator is designed to label pallets on two adjacent sides without having to stop the pallet. This differentiates the system from other Pallet Applicators in the market and makes the 4050P one of the fastest systems available capable of labelling up to 420 pallets per hour.

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.

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. |23


Innovation

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Vaillant UK see a 20% increase in production and improved health and safety records with a KUKA robot solution Vaillant Group is one of the world’s leading heating technology manufacturers, employing over 10,000 people worldwide. For nearly 140 years,Vaillant has been setting the standards in the heating market, including pioneering the ‘combi’ boiler 35 years ago. As one of Europe’s leading heating technology manufacturers, ‘thinking ahead’ is a culture which is embraced throughout the business. And Vaillant UK, based in Belper, Derbyshire wanted an innovative way to meet increased levels of customer demand in the UK without increasing its labour costs. Solution By introducing automation to the assembly of Heat Engines and palletising of Vaillant Boilers,Vaillant UK realised improvements. A KUKA palletising robot solution would reduce the need for manual intervention in the manufacturing process and of the manufacturing track. For the Heat Engine Cell, the need to pick, place and secure rapidly was essential to Vaillant UK to keep up with the requirement of the track. The demand was a maximum cycle time of 45 seconds between assemblies. For the Palletising Cell,Vaillant UK had to manage the need to pick and gently

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of products on a single pallet. The requirement was to process a minimum of 25 pallets every hour. With its powerful motors and high performance gear units, and the ability to stack multiple pallets up to great heights with ease, the KUKA KR180-2 Palletising solution was chosen for both installations to ensure shorter cycle times and greater productivity. Results By removing manual handling from both the front and back end of the manufacturing process,Vaillant were able to increase the production of its Heat Engines by more than 20% without the need for more staff.

Richard Sainsbury, Industrial Engineering Manager at Vaillant UK has been impressed with the results: “Looking holistically, the KUKA robots will have paid for themselves within 2.5 years.” Since implementation,Vaillant UK has operator fatigue with Health and Safety claims so far eliminated. “This is a huge step forward in terms of meeting our health and safety objectives.” continues Richard Sainsbury. Why KUKA? A strong recommendation from trusted integrators led to Vaillant UK choosing KUKA Robotics for this project. Since then, key personnel have undertaken KUKA training and KUKA robot solutions are now the standard choice for all future Vaillant UK projects.


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MWA Technology sets its sights on ‘cutting your energy costs’ at ESTA event

One of the UK’s leading independent metering specialists is promising to help businesses and organisations save money when it exhibits at ESTA’s Automatic Monitoring and Targeting event in February. MWA Technology, which employs 28 people at its warehouse and workshop in Birmingham, will have three of its technical experts on hand to talk through the order to reduce costs. It will also be showcasing a number of new products it has recently sourced, including the latest precision meters from ABB, Northern Design and Secure Meters. David Gleadhill, Commercial Director, commented: “Every company wants to save money and one of the biggest is gas, electricity or water. “It all starts with selecting the right meter, as this will give you an accurate picture of your usage and inform the decisions you need to make.” He continued: “There’s been some major advancements in the meters you can choose and we’ve got more than 1000 in our range. MWA Technology, which has been established for 21 years, currently supplies its metering solutions to

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ESTA aM&T, we’ll be able to talk you “Atthrough the journey from ‘meter to the screen’, smart meters and provide an insight into electricity demand reduction.

distributors, contractors, OEMs and energy monitoring Oxford University, Kew Gardens and Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. Recent investment has doubled the size of its logistics and warehouse operation as well as introducing new services to clients including repair and refurbishment of meters, testing, technical and on-site support. This expansion is being supported by a more concerted approach to marketing, which has seen the launch of its new website (www.mwatechnology.com), a 75-page brochure and a bigger presence at key industry events. In addition to the ESTA exhibition, MWA will also be at the Facilities Management Show at the NEC on March 11-13. For further information, please visit stand in the E.ON Lounge at ESTA aM&T or www.mwatechnology.com


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A Full Spectrum Of Metal Analysis Techniques The need for material verification is an increasingly important issue across a range of industries like aerospace, energy, rail and general engineering, since meeting the correct specifications can be critical to product performance, even public safety. The chemical analysis of metallic materials is one such procedure and it involves determining the precise elemental constituents of a test piece, to establish that it meets the required specification, to overcheck bought-in stock, to identify unknown material or to provide evidence in a product failure investigation. The Chemical Analysis department of Keighley Labs offers an independent, bespoke service to aerospace manufacturers, the energy sector, rail industry, foundries, plating companies, galvanisers, component importers and general engineers, providing a fast turnaround and precise material verification. In addition to classic wet chemistry, it employs advanced Inductively Coupled Plasma, Atomic Absorption and Glow Discharge spectroscopy to ensure the optimum method for a particular application, as well as industry standard techniques for carbon, sulphur, oxygen and nitrogen analysis. Part of Keighley Labs’ UKAS-accredited Metallurgical Laboratory Services capability, the chemistry department’s scope of accreditation covers an extensive range of ferrous and nonferrous metallic materials, including iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminium and aluminium alloys, copper, cobalt,

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lead, nickel, tin and zinc alloys. Non UKAS accreditation also covers plating solutions, air quality filters and foundry consumables. It works in tandem with the company’s in-house Mechanical Testing, Metallography, Weld Testing, Problem & Failure Investigation and Heat Treatment departments to provide an all-encompassing technical service, housed on one site. Headed by Chief Chemist, John Whitaker, and his senior colleague Graham Woodward, each with almost 40 years’ industry experience, the department combines in-depth scientific knowledge and practical expertise. Submitted specimens range in size from a minute speck of material, to a test bar or finished component of virtually any size; the team then determines the appropriate testing technique, according to material type, sample size, required turnaround time and complexity of analysis. Inductively Coupled Plasma spectroscopy is a very sensitive technique for identification and quantification of elements in a test piece. It is an ideal tool for major and trace detection of a wide range of elements in solution, in which a dissolved sample is injected into argon gas plasma, and it enables analysis down to parts per million detection limits, across a wide range of metals and alloys. The technique can also be used for measuring impurity levels in plating solutions and galvanising systems. Atomic Absorption spectroscopy is a highly sensitive analytical technique

that can measure down to parts per million. It relies on the atomic absorption process for determining the concentration of elements of interest, by measuring the amount of light absorbed, and is particularly suitable for bespoke analysis applications. When dealing with solid pieces of metal down to 15mm in diameter, the Glow Discharge spectrometer is often the instrument of choice, a typical application being the analysis of foundry discs. It enables rapid elemental determination in most ferrous materials and is an excellent technique for many routine applications. The characteristic ‘sputter’ pattern of glow discharge instrumentation ensures uniform material removal from the sample surface. The Chemical Analysis team accepts commissions from anywhere in the world, providing samples can be delivered safely, and is able to analyse virtually any metallic or metal-related material. With today’s engineers working to ever-tighter technical specifications and the quality control of manufactured and bought-in parts always high on the agenda, the department’s services are in growing demand.

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February 2014

New self-powered standalone temperature transmitter from ABB opens up new installation possibilities ABB introduces a wireless, energy harvesting temperature transmitter ABB has developed a standalone, selfpowered temperature transmitter with

solution wherever it may be costly or impractical to run cabling. Battery-powered WirelessHART technology allows for quick and simple instrument installation to allow operators to monitor new process information to improve plant visibility. However, the battery will eventually need replacing, incurring time and cost. Battery life can be prolonged but only by slowing instrument’s response time. These challenges are overcome by ABB’s self-powered temperature transmitter. Featuring a built-in thermoelectric generator (TEG), the device uses the

the temperature gradient falls below the 30K needed to power the device, the device also includes a back-up battery. Under ordinary circumstances, this battery should hardly ever need to be used, giving it a potential operating life of up to 20 years. The status of the device can be relayed via WirelessHART™ to a centralised control system, the necessary functions and tools to integrate wireless devices into the control network.

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February 2014

Westons Cider saves £42,000 annually With reverse osmosis from spirax sarCo Westons Cider is saving around £42,000 per year in fuel and water costs following the installation of a Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment unit from Spirax Sarco.

uk.spiraxsarco.com The new RO system has reduced water and energy losses by cutting the amount of boiler blowdown and water needed. Accurate metering of fuel oil and water has pinpointed the savings, including 3,800 litres of oil saved over a 15-day period. What’s more, the savings are likely to be even higher than these measurements suggest because of reduced CO2 emissions and a lower Climate Change

according to Westons Cider’s, Jason Roberts. “Before we installed the RO system I could put my hand on the boiler blowdown pipe and it was warm, so there must have been hot water being discharged frequently into the blowdown vessel from the boiler,” he says. “Now it’s almost always

of concentration, resulting in reduced boiler make up and boiler blowdown. A cut in blowdown from 3% to less than 1% has been achieved, saving oil, water and boiler treatment chemicals. descaled the boiler, reports Mr Roberts: “It started out by descaling and cleaning up the steam system, but the blowdown rate soon dropped back to a much lower level than before.” The Westons Cider site in Much Marcle, Ledbury, makes cider and perry. The 2,000kg/h boiler produces steam for various process duties, including pasteurisation and cleaning. “Westons is a very environmentally conscious company,” says Mr Roberts. “When Spirax Sarco suggested that installing RO could save boiler blowdown water we were very interested. The installation was quick and easy and the RO system is compact. We’re very pleased with the results and we may well consider using RO again in other applications.”

Regular boiler blowdown is needed to prevent dissolved solids from accumulating in the boiler, where they can cause problems such as foaming and scale. The RO system from Spirax Sarco treats water before it reaches the boiler feedtank and removes more than 98% of contamination to produce high-quality, low-conductivity water. For more information on Spirax Sarco’s water treatment capabilities, including RO, please call 01242 521361 or The project has shown a step-change in control and email ukenquiries@uk.spiraxsarco.com ref ‘RO’.

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