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Packaging manufacturer to save £60,000 on energy bill with ABB drives A manufacturer of cardboard packaging for the food and beverage industry is set to save £60,000 on energy costs following the installation of ABB variable speed drives (VSDs) on its shredder fans.

cardboard materials such as shelf ready packaging, trays and bottle carriers, designed to transport and display supermarket products such as beer bottles and tubs of butter. The products are stamped out of cardboard sheets and then printed. During this production process, the plant machinery creates thin strips of waste cardboard that are shredded into smaller particles by fans and then blown into the baler for packing and disposal. authorised value provider, to visit site to discuss the possibilities of energy saving on fan and pump applications, primarily to look at the processes at site

could save nearly £22,000 in energy costs on these fans alone.

clogging, so we demonstrated how the motor could be driven at full speed for two minutes on start up to clear the accumulated debris. It could then be operation.” The drive was wall mounted next to the fans in an

run the motor driven fans more slowly and thus cut down on energy use. The company was aware of the energy saving potential however they were concerned that the fans could not be run slower as they chop the waste as they blow it and running them slower would could control the process so that it would both save energy and continue with its normal operation.”

the initial demonstration, the two remaining shredder and the company intends to install drives on the various other fans used on its machines. Altogether, the company is set to save over £60,000 in annual energy costs by installing drives on all its fans, tonnes of CO2. ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and


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Introducing “EPLAN Experience” Engineers and designers are under increasing pressure to enhance costs and time to market. Ken Christie, Director of EPLAN UK,

and free product development resources for other value-added activities. The Challenge for Engineering selected design methods with the aim of reducing engineering The “internet of things” - in which everyday objects have network connectivity and can send and receive data – has bought a revolution to the world. In addition, never before have people been able to communicate so easily and smoothly with each other. The development. This will reduce errors, integrate data technology parts of the world now connected together in new, complex, exciting in processes and ensure consistency within engineering. and challenging ways. processes. This is achieved by exploiting additional potential engineering of plant and machine design. New technologies and and adjacent processes to the construction process (PDM/ new products are driving down the time to market – and companies ERP). need to respond agilely to stay ahead of the competition. All this has and plants.

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FORTRESS WIN 2014 INDUSTRY AWARD FOR COMPANY GROWTH Fortress Technology (Europe), walked away with the prestigious “2014 Exceptional Sales /Company Growth Award” at this year’s Process and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) Group Industry Awards held at the end of September. The annual awards dinner was held at the Motor PPMA Show which was taking place at the NEC. This event brings together industry suppliers and customers to recognise the contribution and achievements of the PPMA member companies. There were a record number nominations within this particularly hard fought category which is judged by an independent panel of industry based experts. The award was presented by Mr John Kehoe, Managing Director of TekPak, along with co-hosts for the evening Rory Bremner and Helen Fospero.

Fortress, who started manufacturing at their Banbury site at the end of 2010, manufacture and supply metal detection equipment for industrial use. The largest sector being that of the food industry where the use of metal detectors within the production process is an essential part of providing conformance and peace of mind when it comes to satisfying food safety audits. The judges concluded “Fortress Technology far exceeded their budgeted and forecast sales increase in 2013 which in itself is an exceptional achievement. The fact that this is being done from a UK based manufacturing base is also very heartening”. Sarah Ketchin, Managing Director, in challenging times. The increased sales, of over 35%, were not unique

split across both the home and export markets. The results were not luck either, but the result of a focused approach across all levels of the business which included establishing KPI’s and targets. The cornerstones of which included: UK Manufacture, Export Growth, Employee Development and Supplier and Customer Partnerships. Fortress Technology (Europe) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the privately owned Toronto based company Fortress Technology Inc. Over 1000 Phantom and Stealth metal detectors have now been manufactured and supplied to the home and export markets since January 2011. Fortress Technology is the only Metal Detection Manufacturer that, since its inception in 1996, custom manufactures their equipment to suit their customers’ needs, application metal detection for their customers Commitment. In addition to product manufacture the service and support services including training, preventative maintenance plans, spare parts and validation visits. For further product information please contact: Fortress Technology Tel: 01295 256266

“Fortress Technology far exceeded their budgeted and forecast sales increase in 2013 which in itself is an exceptional achievement. The fact that this is being done from a UK based manufacturing base is also very heartening”.


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Don’t Be Unsettled By Vibrations: Non-Contacting Sensor for Electro-Hydraulic Actuators

As the exclusive UK distributor for Novotechnik, the German sensor and sensor systems specialist, Variohm EuroSensor presents the following application note on innovative noncontacting position sensor technology: Modern automation technology is relying on exact positional data for moving machinery parts. The measurement values are provided by linear and rotary sensors, which must be immune to temperature, vibrations, and other environmental regularly require fast movement cycles, high-frequency oscillations, and/or continuous mechanical rotation. For this reason, non-contacting processes, which are practically free of wear and tear, have become increasingly prevalent. They are employed in the electro-hydraulic actuators of pipeline ball valves, for instance.

A Robust Sensor for the Precise Capture of Real Values A good example is the RSC 2800 series magnetic rotary sensors (image #1) from the product range of sensor technology specialist Novotechnik (see box copy). Koso America, for example, utilizes the robust sensor for position sensing inside an electro-hydraulic actuator suitable for ball valves of varying nominal width. This application uses the sensor signal to control the precise adjustment of the ball valve within milliseconds (image #2). The electro-hydraulic actuator basically comprises two main components: the drive itself, consisting of hydraulic cylinder, control circuit, and power module, as well as a control unit. The drive is mounted directly atop the ball valve on the pipeline, while the control unit can be installed remotely. The power module includes an electric motor for the delivery of oil into the dual-action hydraulic cylinder. This cylinder can move in either direction, depending on requirements (image #3). The rotary sensor plays an important role the slide shaft and provides the current positional real value as a 4 ... 20 mA analogue signal to be sent to the control unit. The touchless measurements are occurring during pump or pipeline operation. What’s more, the sensor is impervious to contaminants and moisture. #4): A magnet is mounted on the rotational axis. Depending on the rotation

The magnetic rotary sensor (RSC 2800) is mounted directly onto the shaft and provides the current positional real value as a 4 ... 20 mA analogue signal to the control unit. (Photographic image: KOSO America)

Currently, the operating principles applied for non-contacting rotary sensing often include magnetic processes. They yield absolute measurements which are reliable even under tough environmental conditions. Their relatively low cost in comparison to other measurement technologies makes them suitable for countless applications in machine engineering and plant design. This allows for a large spectrum of applications. They are represented in assemblies ranging from wind direction measuring systems, over actuators, control valves, handling systems, and industrial robotics to mobile applications for utility vehicles, such as for tractors, harvesters, etc. And these possibilities for position measuring in pedals, seat positioning systems, or panel joysticks. They are now even utilized in hydroelectric power plants or pipelines.


changes, and with it the signal voltage of the sensor component. Within the sensor’s integrated circuits, this signal change is then converted into an analogue signal that is proportionally related to the rotation angle. And this sensor is very which corresponds to a positional resolution of .02% or an angular resolution of +/- 0,1 degree. The independent linearity amounts to approximately +/- 0.5%. Conserving Energy and Oil exceeds a certain value, adjustments are calculates the required pressure direction for clockwise or counter clockwise motion; then the actuator valves open, so that the drive is moved into the target the cylinder’s inlet and outlet, locking it in the resulting position. This method is highly economical, as there will be hardly any energy consumption after reaching circuit does not require a large oil reservoir, which also conserves resources.

Today, the operating principles employed for non-contacting rotary sensing often include magnetic processes. (Photographic image: Novotechnik)

The sensors were easily integrated into the application described. Their design allows for easy coupling and eliminates play. Elongated holes in the housing simplify mounting and adjustment. A shielded cable cast into the housing is used for the electrical connection; however, M12 connectors and other connector types are also optionally available. Depending on the application, the user can choose between input voltages of 5V and 24V. Ambient temperatures between -40 and +85° C, as well as between -25 and +85° C (with connector) are acceptable; models for up to +125° C are available. magnetic angle sensors provides for another attractive option for many applications for which angle sensors were previously not suitable (for instance because of space requirements or because the coupling of the shaft would to implement). These applications can be realized with a magnetic angle sensor, in which the sensor and position marker are designed as physically separate components. The magnetic position marker (position transducer) is installed on the rotating shaft. A marker indicates the correct alignment with the sensor component, which may be placed at a distance of up to 4mm from the position transducer. Using an available stronger magnet, even larger separation distances of up to approx. 10mm are possible. This dual-component design provides the user with the greatest possible freedom of installation for the neither shaft nor bearings are required, and because the sensing distance is variable, not a problem. Furthermore, transmissive measuring through other (non-magnetic) materials, such as plastics or aluminium, is an option. Hence, it appears that there may be further interesting applications in the magnetic rotary sensors’ future.

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Maintec 2015 Leads Industry to the NEC Maintec, the leading UK event for the maintenance, plant and asset management industry, returns to the NEC, Birmingham on than ever before including a packed hall full of industry leading exhibitors, content rich seminars and three clever co-locations. Complementary Co-Locations Continuing the success of last year, show organisers, easyFairs, have announced three highly relevant complementary show, The Cleaning Expo 2015, which will include the Healthcare and Hygiene Expo and Street Cleaning Expo. This is being billed as the UK’s biggest cleaning event. Maintec 2015’s second co-location is Facilities Management – the UK’s only event for the facilities industry outside London. It debuted last year and quickly proved to be a triumph with the Maintec professionals, who now often have a wider FM remit. Engineers attending Maintec will also want to check out The Health & Safety Event. Run by a leader in the health and safety sector, Western Business Exhibitions, this also returns for roof.

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Innovate UK 2014: BIGGER and better than ever

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December 2014 thermal image without the need to carry out a physical inspection. Maintenance Reporting An important aspect of any professional thermal imaging solution is the analysis and reporting package. Keeping track of inspections by downloading the images for cataloguing, distribution and analysis is very useful. Thermal analysis software allows the technician to make measurements on the captured thermal images and compare them with previous inspections. In this way anomalies can be seen, as the condition of equipment changes over time. Annotation can be added to images to instruct the maintenance team on what to repair, or brief management to assist with budgeting. Choosing a camera

Cost effective maintenance with thermal imaging One of the strengths of the technology is that it is noncontact, meaning inspection can take place even on live systems where there may normally be dangerous temperatures, electrical currents or high speed moving parts. In high value processes the cost of maintenance can be greatly reduced by predicting when repairs or routine maintenance are needed. This enables maintenance to be planned, which in turn can minimise costly down time. Mechanical wear and tear cannot always be detected until there is a catastrophic failure. For example, if a worn bearing is put under load it gets hot, which can be detected with a thermal imaging camera. Reducing Energy Costs Energy costs are a focus for most businesses and thermal imaging cameras are a great tool to assist with optimising energy consumption. Seals around cool room doors can be regularly checked with the thermal imager. Leaks will show up clearly as cool air escapes from the door or as warm air enters the cool room, if the image is taken from inside. Similarly, oven


door seals can be checked to ensure heat is not escaping. Maintenance Made Easy A large proportion of downtime is caused by electrical faults. Some of these down times can be avoided through regular thermal inspection of electrical wiring and distribution panels. It takes just minutes using a thermal imaging camera to see if electrical connections are getting too hot and need to be renewed. The potential costs of unscheduled down

probably the most important factor. As a general rule it This means look for the camera with the most pixels. The more pixels available, the more detail can be seen from the thermal images. Thermal sensitivity can also be an important factor. Many

High end features Thermography usually involves taking still images of the subject and analysing the temperatures. However, the ultimate solution for analysing dynamic temperature is to use a camera with Radiometric Video. This means it captures a thermal video which includes all of the measurement data. Another useful feature is Site Recognition which is This unique feature means the camera automatically recognises the object which is being inspected using a site recognition label. When the images are downloaded to computer they are automatically archived to a dedicated folder, speeding up the whole process. Conclusion

can be avoided. important to the smooth running of machinery and can be checked very quickly using a thermal imaging camera. The liquid either warms or cools the surface of the vessel, enabling the level to be seen with the

imaging camera to assist with maintenance of process, plant and equipment as well as buildings. Including thermal inspections in routine maintenance tasks can help predict faults before they occur. For more information either visit the website or call to speak to our technical sales team:

December 2014

Next Generation Automatic Transfer Switching From Socomec Optional Maintenance Bypass with Socomec’s latest Automatic Transfer Switch technology – ATyS.

Integrated power specialist, Socomec, launches next generation Automatic Transfer Switch (ATyS) which monitors the power supply to a critical system and – in case of failure – manages the transfer to the backup supply. Based on Socomec’s proven loadbreak switch technology, the ATyS provides a robust and easy to use solution to today’s safety and supply availability requirements: several building regulations now stipulate that backup power should be selected automatically. Andrew Wilkinson, Regional Managing Director, Socomec comments; “At Socomec, we work closely with our customers to better understand their challenges and

to design sustainable solutions. Our latest product evolution is an important development, enabling new and refurbished buildings and facilities to comply with the latest safety standards: BS 9999:2008 and BS 8519:2010. The ATS must be able to switch between a transformer and a generator, or two transformer supplies. It is also becoming increasingly important for the ATS to be integrated within the overall building management system to facilitate live monitoring of critical systems.” Socomec’s ATyS, available from 125A to 3200A, is supplied as a complete manufacturerwith additional variants, the ATyS has been developed

for transformer/transformer changeover applications as well as for transformer/generator applications. ATyS integrates test generator start signal. Designed with critical systems in mind – from Data Centres, to critical buildings and infrastructures such as hospitals, life safety systems and generator panels – the ATyS monitoring systems and can also accept current transformer inputs for metering functions. The latest Socomec ATyS also features optional volt-free contacts for source availability and RS485 MODBUS or Ethernet communications. ATyS also meets the requirements 8519:2010 Socomec.




buildings such as The Shard, 1 London Bridge and Vauxhall Tower, as well as Rathbone Market and Pulsant Data Centre, Socomec’s ATyS delivers the very latest in Power, Control and Safety. The new ATyS complements the existing ATyS M range available To understand how your facility Socomec team: Alex Metcalfe;


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– THE PLUS FOR ADDED FLEXIBILITY The next generation The innovative multi-protocol fieldbus system from Murrelektronik, which has radically simplified and modernized decentralized installation has taken a step further with a plus. The single bus node can support up to 20 I/O modules in a 30m circumference and with a reduced number of cables. The range of I/O modules continues to grow and includes digital and analogue ports, safe outputs, logic, counter, valve island, temperature, I/O link etc. Both IP67 or IP20 are available. Cube67+ : a truly flexible system. t.PSFPQUJPOT t.PSFGMFYJCJMJUZ t.PSFEJTUBODF t.PSFQFSGPSNBODF

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December 2014 Established in 1987, Klimate is one of the UK’s leading Rapid Roll Door designers and manufacturers. The High speed automatic opening and closing of the doors not only provides valuable energy saving by maintaining room temperature, but also reduces contamination due to airborne pollution and ingress of vermin. The working environment is also improved by controlling the

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With Rapid Roll Fast Acting Doors, safety is of paramount importance. As standard, all our UK manufactured Rapid Roll Doors are supplied with two sets of safety photocells and an extremely sensitive electric safety edge – Both items are constantly monitored, providing an instantaneous stop/reverse feature, should there be an obstruction. The door’s high-speed is variable up to 2 meters per second, adjustable through the control panel and also enables soft acceleration/deceleration feature. Methods of actuation include: Induction loops, Radio, Infra-red transmitters and Radar. All Klimate Rapid Roll Fast Acting Doors are characterised by their low maintenance technology and low repair cost, highlighted by the ‘crash-out’ feature which minimises cost and downtime due to vehicle impact. Being a UK manufacturer, we can also guarantee reliability under high usage, with immediate accessibility to all replacement component parts. Klimate Fast Acting Rapid Roll Doors are tailorused in conjunction with conveyors and zoned areas. They can be manufactured from stainless steel and oversize doors are available.


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Croft Filters Ltd From concept to completion, products to keep the wheels of industry turning. For 27 years, Croft Filters use other metals, perforated Filters for a Finer Future Ltd has been creating and mesh. solutions based consultation industrial sector. The main Case Study – Self Cleaning to clients, starting at the concern for any manufacturer Filters R&D stage. The prototyping is loss of earnings caused by and testing phase enables production line ‘downtime’ Croft Filters and clients manufacturing challenge in mind the Croft Filters business model is setup to supply to these tight manufacturer had relied deadlines with almost twowhich would clog up during the customer within 6 days. the discharge procedure and require regular replacement. Strainers, Baskets, Screens, In addition to reducing the Cone Filters and Cylinders, needed, the Heco unit also can be made as low as 1µ (micron), form some of the popular products Croft manufacturers; with selfand cut its weekly operational popularity. The majority of costs by £1,725. Croft Filters are manufactured Croft are the sole UK there is the capability to also distributor for HECO products.



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The Silicon Sensing road to precision MEMS IMUs for demanding engineering applications Silicon Sensing is an Anglo-Japanese joint venture company established established Coriolis VSG (Vibrating Structure Gyroscope) technology with the emergence of MEMS as a mass production process. British Aerospace way back in the 1980s and the sensor inside resembled a miniature ‘wine glass’ of piezo-ceramic machined from a solid bar billet.

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The Internet Of Things Industry 4.0 The fourth industrial revolution By Peter Hannon, HARTING Ltd.


2014, HARTING has seen growth from its mix of market sectors, which include transportation, renewable energy, broadcasting and industrial automation as well as the traditional electronics and electrical markets. However as 2014 draws to a close there is a feeling of reduced optimism in the market compared to the beginning of the year. The major export markets for the UK appear to more of a challenge. Continued product innovation is important to refresh demand and satisfy customer needs, and in 2014 HARTING has continued to evolve from a component manufacturer into a technology solutions company developing total interconnect solutions for the “integrated industry” environment where systems, hardware, software and embedded electronics come together in an integrated smart network infrastructure. This concept, for which the term “Industry 4.0” has been coined, symbolises a fourth industrial revolution to follow the earlier examples of the steam engine, the

assembly line and electronic controls. In the Industry 4.0 environment, products will control their own production, and to accomplish this, they will depend on cyber physical systems (CPS). Although this is a describing a steady decentralisation that was initiated some 20 years ago and resulted in the formation of functional modules within the industrial environment. Two decades later, these systems boast greater computing power, more sensors, more software, and higher intelligence. But a comprehensive view makes it clear beyond doubt that we are witnessing a revolution here, because the product itself is telling the CPS what it has to do. Consequently, CPS is not merely a decentralised automation unit in an otherwise centralised system. There’s more to it than that: it works autonomously, has almost fully matured and provides services that in aggregate make the production In this context, the fact that key technologies such as RFID, Ethernet, SoA (Service oriented Architecture)

and OPC-UA (OLE for Process already exist is highly fortuitous. These technologies further these developments, while having made From where we stand today, it is now a matter of reaching the tipping point: in other words, the leap to the large-scale deployment of these technologies in industry – which will certainly not be long in arriving. Industry 4.0 means having a smart factory environment. HARTING’s latest generation of products like RFID transponders and readers, middleware, software and interconnection technologies will complement this integration. HARTING Limited Caswell Road Brackmills Industrial Estate Northampton NN4 7PW Fax: +44 (0) 1604 706777 Email:



ased in Milton Keynes, KASTO Ltd is best known for the supply of sawing machines and storage systems manufactured by its parent company in Germany.

One of its strengths is the design and project management of automated production centres, comprising CNC circular and band sawing machines, or indeed other machine tools such as lathes and sheet metal profilers, linked with computer-controlled storage and retrieval towers having very high storage capacity in a remarkably compact footprint. Often, KASTO supplies just the storage solution, as the production machinery already exists at the customer’s premises. Many manufacturers and stockholders use such systems to reduce labour costs, maximise machining uptime, and ensure short lead times through efficient store management and retrieval of stock. Raw material and workin-progress may be stored in the form of sheet, bar, tube, or profile. Material may be held on pallets as well as in stillages and boxes.

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STORAGE KASTOlift is a new, compact storage system designed for workshops, trade and small to medium-sized industrial enterprises. The universal storage system can be configured to a maximum height of 4 metres. KASTOlift stores bars, plates, tools and boxes, as well as workin-progress and finished goods. UNIBLOC Stacking Cradle Systems are ideally suited to bar stock, sheet metal and other bulky material. It is the sensible solution where automatic bar storage systems are not economical. Often, small storage volumes and small to medium turnover dictate a transport device where easy access, small footprint and uncomplicated operation are most important. UNITOWER Storage System applications include buffer storage in steel and other service centres, as well as storing small quantities of raw material and parts in job shops and all types of manufacturing operation. The compact cassette storage system optimises material flow. and uses power more effectively because, unlike paternoster systems, only the required cassette is moved and not the entire storage volume. The design also saves space and rental and may even be installed externally. UNIPORTAL is of gantrytype, cassette design, allowing fast access to stored material. Due to its modular design, the

SOLUTIONS OF LONG STOCK AND SHEET METAL system can be easily extended at a later date. Only additional shelf blocks are needed plus extended crane rails. It is ideal for individual material flow in small to medium-sized businesses; or as a fast and economical buffer system near a manufacturing area, for example to supply lathes or an automatic saw. UNITOP automatic bar storage systems use an operating crane travelling on top of the shelf block. The enclosed, compact design ensures fast access to cassettes. Computer controlled, the UNITOP allows a perfect overview of the inventory at any time and is able to deliver the requested bar stock every 120 seconds - depending on system height - to the unloading station. Individually tailored input/output stations ensure easy adaptation to a company’s material flow requirements.

UNIGRIP is perfect for heights from 4 to 15m with loads of up to 3t, as it offers everything that an efficient storage system needs - and with low investment costs. The compact dimensions of the gantry crane allow good space utilisation and short cycle times.

UNIFLEX Longitudinal Storage Systems are designed as a single- or double-sided facility starting with around 200 singledeep storage locations for pallets of all sheet sizes. These systems can be built either as a rack-supported silo-construction up to 25 metres high with roof and wall cladding, or as a standalone storage unit in an existing building. UNILINE is a new single- or double-sided storage system from KASTO with from 200 to 800 locations for single-deep storage of sheet. It is the ideal way to streamline stock control and material flow through sheet metal machining facilities and distribution outlets, 24/7. Pallets have a usable load of 3t, although 5t or more is possible on request. All systems can accommodate small, medium and large (3m x 1.5 m) sheet.

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STATIC ELECTRICITY & THE FINISHING INDUSTRY Anyone who works in the Finishing Industry will be aware of the huge problems caused by dust and other airborne contaminants. If left unchecked, the costs in time and materials alone can run into the thousands. Typically this problem stems from an electric field and static charge build up, which causes dust, or other contaminants, to be attracted to the product. If a contaminant ends up being included in the coating, or other decoration, it often results in a blemish which can mean the rejection of the product. Static and Dust on Metal Parts Static and dust attraction is normally associated with plastics and non-conductive materials, but there are exceptions. The best-known of these is probably in the automotive sector. The bare chassis of a car is grounded metal and so incapable of holding much charge, but there is still an electrostatic dust attraction. The reason for this is that the static charge is in the airborne dust particles. These charged dust particles are attracted to the chassis because it is conductive and grounded. Some years ago an engineer at the Ford plant in Dagenham calculated that it probably cost over ÂŁ1000 whenever a Fiesta was found to have a painting blemish due to statically attracted dust. This included taking the chassis off-line, tacking off the blemish by hand, putting it back on-line and repainting it. The answer to this problem for most automotive plants is to install an ionised air gate immediately before the spray booths. This blows ionised air at high speed around the profile of the vehicle. The ionised air kills the static charge on the dust, allowing the speed of the air to remove it. This type of system can be operated with blown or compressed air. For large applications the greater purchase cost of a blown air system will be paid back quickly (typically within 6 months) due to its much lower running costs. Fraser Anti-Static have successfully installed ionised airgates such as the one shown opposite on car, coach and truck plants worldwide.

Gravity fallen dust is inevitable in many factories. Removing this dust from metal products isn’t always straightforward. If you use an ordinary compressed air blow-off gun, it could make the problem worse – the fast moving air can create a static charge when it impacts with the product. This may blow off the dust, but the now statically charged dust, is just floating around waiting to be re-attracted to the product. The solution is to use an ionised airgun which will remove dust without causing a static charge.

If you would like to discuss a Static Control Solution, call Fraser Anti-Static today on (UK) T: 01398 331 114 mention Engineering update and receive a discount on your first order. The only choice for Quality Static Control Solutions |55

Don’t slip up on safety, clean up with Kärcher! According to the world’s biggest professional health and safety organisation, IOSH, slips and trips are the most common causes of work accidents, accounting for over 40% of major injuries at work. More than 90% of slips occur when floors are wet or contaminated with food product. Kärcher floor cleaning machines are packed full of innovations to ensure maximum safety goes hand in hand with optimum cleaning results. Used in conjunction with the appropriate detergents, a diverse range of disc or roller brush types leaves all floor surfaces spotlessly clean and free from grease, whilst powerful vacuum motors and efficient squeegees ensure floors are left bone-dry in a single pass. What’s more, with battery versions available on many models, the potential trip hazard of trailing cables is eliminated. To give you a helping hand maintaining a clean, safe working environment, Kärcher is pleased to offer up to £200 cashback on compact scrubber driers purchased between 1st September and 31st December 2014. For further details and full terms and conditions, please visit

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ECi 2014 Roundup

Saas Solutions Since 1999 “We have seen Manufacturing output continue to increase positively in our customer base throughout 2014,� said Paola White, VP of Sales for Europe at ECi Software solutions. We serve over 1200 manufacturing businesses with our M1 ERP solution globally and have base. White believes that some of this is due to the evolving green energy projects and the new HS2 rail link since the M1 solution is


March of this year ECi incorporated into their business B&G Systems, the UK VAR for M1. Darren Toy, Managing Director of the business has over 13 years’ experience working and implementing M1 and has managed to retain and grow a healthy customer base over those years. All UK M1 customers are now Lincoln. M1 features prominently as part of our overall strategy for Europe and we are fully committed to developing a world- class software solution that will meet the current and future needs of the make-to-order, SME manufacturing sector. M1 has a comprehensive roadmap for M1 into 2015 and beyond. In 2014 we added new mobile CRM and project management tools together with Mobile that can be accessed by the end user to create a job straight in M1. This is part of our EasyOrder web solution and selfservice portal. M1 is also available as a Saas solutions since 1999 The desire for companies to improve their production output, reduce costs and better manage their business, is as strong as ever and we are pleased to be one of the companies leading that charge. We are looking forward to helping discrete manufacturing companies like you have a bigger and better 2015!


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TM Electronics (UK) Ltd - TME is a family run UK business, run by Tom Sensier with over 20 years experience of thermometry. TME has a range of thermometers ; Thermocouple PT100 PRT and Thermistor offering functional mechanical design together with accuracy and stability. We also have foldout thermocouple fast response Solo thermometer. Recently TM Electronics have developed logging thermometers with an integrated barcode reader and Bluetooth communication MM7000 or logging thermometer with Bluetooth MM7010. TME offer catering thermometers, HVAC temperature kits, food thermometers, catering probes, legionella Choose TME for robust, temperature monitoring equipment teperature kits andUK-built legionella thermometers with dual – from budget, off-the-shelf solutions bespoke general designs, tailored to pupose immersionand surface to probes, purpose your specification. temperature kits. We offer robust waterproof thermometers as as easy to use food waterproof thermometers. Our thermometer Wewell specialise in fast-response thermometers, bench and range includes a PT100 and wall mount instruments and anthermometer extensive range of fixeda orthermistor handheld probes and sensors. thermometer, alongside our range of high accuracy thermocouple thermometers. Always at the forefront of technical innovation, TME offers exciting new products designed to transform temperature measurement and recording in all industries. Improve performance - drive down costs – visit our website today. +44 (0)1903 700651

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