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Now also with AS-Interface: RSS260 safety sensor and AZM300 solenoid interlock

Flexible, practical, costeffective - and with high levels of safety

The Schmersal Group is expanding its AS-i range: The RSS260 safety sensor and the AZM300 solenoid interlock are now both fitted with a built-in AS-i Safety at Work interface. A new model of the AZM300-AS alongside the AS-iPower will be launched in autumn 2016. The AUX-Power version enables a safe unlocking function at the highest safety level, PL e. The world-leading AS-i fieldbus standard allows both non-safe and safe switches, sensors and interlocks to be wired safely and cost-effectively. This means connecting to the AS-i safety network has many benefits for users of safety switchgear: quick installation and commissioning, comprehensive diagnostics functions and high levels of flexibility when it comes to adapting safety functions to the application. The RSS260 from Schmersal is one of the smallest RFID safety sensors on the market with a wide range of applications thanks to its compact design and different targets. With its two approach directions and it’s very small dimensions (40 x 18 x 30 mm) and with the right combination of sensors and targets, the RSS260-AS is suitable for fitting in aluminium profiles and for use in a wide


range of other door formats, including the often-used Plexiglas doors and panels. At the same time, the RSS260-AS has an IP65/67 degree of protection. The AZM300-AS RFID solenoid interlock is fitted with a cross-shaped interlock system which allows universal approach from three sides. This makes the AZM300-AS very flexible. The solenoid interlock has a built-in catch function with 2 engaging force levels of 25 N and 50 N, a high IP69 K degree of protection and a design which makes it perfect for hygiene-sensitive applications such as food and packaging machines. Because of the built-in RFID technology, both the RSS260-AS and the AZM300AS are classified in the “high” coding category and thus guarantee high levels of manipulation protection in accordance with ISO 14119. As the AUX variant of the AZM300 AS also achieves PLe with its “unlocking of an interlock” safety function, this is the first AS-i solenoid interlock can comply with all the user requirements in standard ISO 14119.

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Chance to win a TIG Brush® TBE-250 essential set Win a revolutionary and innovative metal finishing kit, worth more than £2,000

What’s included in the TBE-250 set?

How to win

The kit contains:

To win, simply follow Engineering Utilities on Twitter via the link below, and correctly answer the question, which can be found on Engineering Utilities’ Twitter page. The competition ends at midday on Monday 15th August.

Engineering Utilities is giving one lucky person the chance to win a TIG Brush® TBE-250 essential set, helping to solve any metal finishing problems.

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The TIG Brush® is a unique combination of electricity, heat and chemistry to deliver superior and safer results in weld cleaning, passivation and metal surface finishing.

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The revolutionary TIG Brush®, which Engineering Utilities holds the exclusive UK distribution rights for, has been designed to safely and effectively remove the discoloured oxides and passivates the underlying surface without altering the look and feel of the metal. The machine comprises of a brush, which passes through an electric current, and is dipped into an NSF approved fluid before being applied to the areas to be cleaned.

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The prize is available for manufacturers, engineers and fabricators only.

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The prize is not transferable to another individual.

Employees of Engineering Utilities, their family members or anyone else connected to the competition in any way should not be permitted to enter.

The liquid is designed to remove the iron oxide marks resulting from the welding. The brush converts the electric current to high temperatures at the end of the bristles. The TIG Brush® is not inherently dangerous to the operator’s health under normal conditions, making it a lot safer to use than Pickling Paste.


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August 2016

In2Connect Supply Rectangular and Circular Connectors to The Process Control and Automation Sectors. Rugged, compact, sealed M12 connectors are popular for sensor/ actuator connectivity in factory automation, process control, and industrial instrumentation. The screw locking M12 style connector has from 2 to 8 contacts and is IP67 rated so can be well suited for moistureladen environments. Field attachable connectors have the freedom and flexibility to react to the cabling situation on site or to enable building your own M12 cables. M12 connectors may also be coded by application. As well as M12, In2Connect’s range of connectors include M8, 7/8”, Rund24, M23, tooling and junction systems, adapters and splitters. Download our new, free Product Line Card


Optimas Components - Your Global Component Supply Partner Optimas Components is a leading global supplier of C-class components, including metal and plastic fasteners, cable management and finishing products. With nearly 50 years of experience in supplying superior quality components, we have earned a worldwide reputation for outstanding customer service and support. We are a technical distributor with in-depth and broad based engineering, product, industry, application and material knowledge, able to advise customers as to the optimum solution to their needs. We supply thousands of customers in a broad range of industries. We help you to specify solutions and make informed purchasing decisions around technologies, applications and relevant standards. Throughout the world, we provide innovative supply chain management solutions to reduce our customers’ total cost of production and implementation. Our comprehensive product ranges, which also include PCB accessories, enclosures, panel fasteners and plugs, caps, wires and cables, ensures you can buy all of your components in one place. Cable Management Solutions We at Optimas pride ourselves as being specialists in cable management solutions, working with established suppliers such as Heyco, Thomas & Betts, Alphawire and Bopla. New product ranges are constantly being introduced, giving you first access to new solutions on the market.

The Optimas Difference We also specialise in the sourcing of non-catalogue parts and the design and manufacturing of bespoke parts. Our growing team now includes dedicated applications engineers to help customers develop bespoke solutions suited for their specific application needs as well as offering standard off the shelf solutions. From concept, through prototyping to delivery of the final parts, we assist you to reduce time and cost. Our services which also include kitting and bagging, reduce your bill of materials and allow for maximum flexibility with your procurement process. Optimas Components also have the capability of dying nylon parts to any standard Pantone or RAL numbers. This process is ideal when producing a small quantity of coloured parts or when multiple colours of a particular part are required. In addition our enclosure customizing service permits for standard enclosures to be completely customized to meet your exact requirements of your applications. We have a dedicated sub-assembly area and team and can offer assistance with in preparing drawings, layouts and specifying the parts. Our on-site inventory management service is the perfect solution for you to eliminate line shortages and delays. We can manage stock levels and replenishments for you and ensure that you will never run out of parts in your stores. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information about the products and services we can offer.

On our website you can also find CAD and line drawing for our products and you can have a look out our extended range of new small pack quantities. NEW PRODUCTS We are proud to announce that we will be soon supplying new products from Anamet and Panduit. The Anamet range comprises conduits for specialist markets such as food and healthcare as well as oil and gas. The Panduit products will add to our cable management solution products with items added such as high temperature and chemical resistant cable ties.

Schwer Fittings lead the way in stainless steel connection technology. Manufacturers and suppliers of high precision stainless steel tube components and hose fittings, with a technically trained sales team and a BFPA authorised training centre.

fittings in single and twin ferrule; LP and HP valves. Schwer enjoys an enviable reputation in the stainless steel industry for unrivalled service levels, components built for longevity and guaranteed 100% traceability across all products. In addition to holding German Lloyds classification for more than ten years, Schwer also holds DNV, ABS, GOST and RINA certification.

With most products available from stock in Warrington, Schwer can supply a next day service throughout the UK. Threads available include BSPP, BSPT, NPT, Metric and JIC; hose tails include standard and interlock; DNV certified compression

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Composites Eliminate Manual Handling Health and Safety Risks Unsafe lifting technique of heavy metal access cover Health and safety in today’s workplace is becoming an ever increasing concern with manual handling accounting for over a third of all workplace injuries. [HSE] The majority of these injuries are caused by the handling of loads, whether lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying (“Manual Handling”) The majority of advice given by the HSE and NHS to prevent manual handling injuries relates to safe lifting technique and practices, for example HSE advise people to ‘reduce the amount of stooping’ and ‘avoid lifting from floor level, especially heavy loads’, while the NHS suggests to ‘avoid bending your back when lifting’ and ‘keep the load close to the waist’. Unfortunately, a number of everyday activities in workplaces don’t allow for these to be put into practice. One that causes many health and safety injuries, is that of removing and replacing traditional heavy metal or concrete access covers inset in the ground, which goes against all the above advice. Composites Alternative




One company is fighting to help reduce these dangers with a highly engineered composite solution: Fibrelite first invented the composite access cover to reduce the unnecessary injuries associated with traditional metal access covers on petrol station forecourts back in 1980. The founders Trevor Pardoe and Michael Jennings had first-hand


experience of these in their work in the retail petroleum business. To solve this problem, they created the world’s first composite access cover as a prototype for Esso UK (Part of Exxon Mobil). Since then, Fibrelite has continued their development of highly engineered glass reinforced plastic (GRP) access covers, maintaining the best strength to weight ratio in the industry, their covers typically weighing in at one third of metal and concrete alternatives.

Fibrelite is seeing dramatic growth in the number of industries reducing their health and safety risks by using composites, both for new build facilities where they are specified, and existing facilities retrofitting a custom cover to replace the existing. Industries range from power stations, to water and waste water facilities, to gas sub stations, ports, petrol stations and many more (to see more industries visit

Ergonomically Designed Lifting Handle Prevents Back Injuries While this dramatically reduces the risk of manual handling injuries, Fibrelite wanted to find a way to eliminate them altogether. What resulted was an ergonomically designed lifting handle which slots into a keypoint in the top of the cover, allowing users to safely remove and replace the covers, while keeping the load close to the waist and avoiding stooping or bending your back, as advised by both the HSE and NHS. Safe Manual Lifting Even at 90 Tonnes Due to the light and strong qualities of their covers, even F900 (90 tonne) load rated covers can be safely lifted by two operators, whilst remaining under the advised safe lifting limit for the weight in relation to the position from the body (see picture)

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Global No.1 Exhibition for Industrial Valves to be held in Düsseldorf for the fourth time:

International Experts meet at VALVE WORLD EXPO 2016 They are made to work everywhere and still vary widely in size and application: fittings that ensure safety in the oil and gas industries, channel fluids through chemical plants, control the supply and drainage of water, gas or highly corrosive media or regulate the correct flow in the beverage industry. The entire spectrum of industrial valves will be covered by VALVE WORLD EXPO in three exhibition halls from 29 November to 1 December: the ranges encompass valves, valve components and parts, actuator drives and position controllers, compressors, engineering services and software, associations and publishers. For three days the exhibition halls 3, 4 and 5 will then become the No. 1 international meeting point for the industry, for valve specialists and expert users from many user industries. Users come from the fields of oil, gas and petrochemical industries, chemical industry, food industry, marine and offshore industries, water and waste water management, automotive and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical industry as well as power plants. At this early point in time over 19,600 square metres of net exhibition space


are already occupied. 638 exhibitors from 39 countries have registered. Most European companies come from Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. Overseas visitors will mainly come from the USA, India, Taiwan, South Korea and China. The accompanying technical “VALVE WORLD Conference Düsseldorf 2016” will again be organised by KCI in Hall 4. Alongside topics of the future such as material selection, new technologies and processes for the production and application of valves, new energies and the analysis of new services, an in-depth debate about the structure of the industry will be centre stage here. Lectures, workshops and seminars deepen the content covered by the Conference. Organisers expect experts from all over the world to exchange with conference

delegates on innovations from the dynamically growing area of valve technology including its upstream and downstream technologies. The Pump Summit, the International Exhibition & Conference for Pump Technology, will take place on the ground floor of Hall 7.0 on 29 and 30 November. Here networkers and pump specialists will come together and the producers, distributors and users of pumps, seals and compressors will present their products and exchange expert knowledge. The Pump Summit will be accompanied by a Conference. The agenda features talks and selected workshops on pump and seal applications in a wide variety of industries. For further information visit the web portal at: and



10th Biennial Valve World Conference & Exhibition The experts meet in Düsseldorf at the most important, international trade fair for valves and industrial valves. You can gather specifi c information here about innovations, new products and processes especially for your area of application at VALVE WORLD EXPO and the VALVE WORLD CONFERENCE IN DÜSSELDORF, from 29 November to 1 December 2016.

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Measurement in Manufacturing 2016 Metrology, testing,sensors,instrumentation and controls in Manufacturing as a business tool


his year the GTMA is holding its popular Make Measurement Matter event in association with the British Measurement and Testing Association (BMTA) and Gambica representing Sensors, Instrumentation and Controls We are working together to launch the Measurement in Manufacturing Road Show on Thursday, 13th October 2016, at the Concord Sports Centre in Sheffield. This excellent event provides an excellent event venue and facilities. The venue provides free parking for visitors and free Wi-Fi. A key focus of the event will be over 50 stands providing a unique insight into metrology and measurement services available to support the manufacturing industries in Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Marine, Medical and Energy markets. The event will provide an extensive networking opportunity in an environment set to nurture strong business links. Demonstrating the very latest technology, these companies are active participants in creating successful engineering solutions for the current and future demands of all manufacturing industry sectors. Visitors will also benefit from free parking and free refreshments. So please register to attend at


This event provides a focal point for the transfer of technology from the science of measurement into the most demanding manufacturing environments, MIM 2016 will deliver an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the very latest measurement and inspection technologies and services available. “Knowledge gained here could provide a vital competitive business edge,” states GTMA chief executive, Julia Moore. “With keynote speakers from industry-leading ‘blue chip’ manufacturing companies, it is a must to attend, to learn about the latest leading edge technology in this field in the UK.” Within a manufacturing company the role of metrology, first and foremost, must be as a business tool. “Metrology adds value and reduces costs, which ultimately improves the relationship with customers. Metrology can bring to manufacturing a real confidence in any measurement results, allowing management to make decisions with a greater degree of assurance. It will also tell you how well you are performing, and becomes an essential tool to help improve business to outperform global competition” quoted Trevor Troman Head of Metrology for Coventry University Chair of the MMM Roadshow 2015. Good measurement systems equate to better business decisions, and MIM 2016 will provide the ideal opportunity for visitors to find out about how our exhibitors can influence and improve their businesses.

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Liftex Visitor And Delegate Registration Is Now Open


iftEx, the UK’s only exhibition and industry conference dedicated to overhead lifting and safe work at height, is heading to Aberdeen. Organised by LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) and now in its twelfth year, LiftEx 2016 will take place on the Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Admission to the exhibition is free-of-charge for visitors registering in advance. In addition, until September 9th, earlybird discounts are available for places at the LiftEx Industry Conference, which features an impressive line-up of expert speakers. Over 100 trade exhibitors are expected to take part, and the LiftEx Industry Conference will once again bring together an impressive line-up of respected speakers on topics related to safe, legal and efficient overhead lifting. The popular Innovation Fast Pitch event also returns, giving visitors a quick-fire introduction to the latest technologies and applications in this vital industry sector. In addition to end


users and suppliers of lifting equipment, LiftEx will therefore prove invaluable to professionals working in fields such as health and safety, training, plant engineering and maintenance. “I’m delighted that we are taking LiftEx to Europe’s ‘Energy Capital’ for the first time in its history,” said Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA. “The energy, offshore and maritime sectors are all heavily reliant on overhead lifting, and LiftEx 2016 offers the local business community an outstanding opportunity to catch up with recent developments in training, accreditation, legislation,

products and services.” Online visitor and delegate registration opened on 1st June at A limited number of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are currently available. For more details, contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0)7795 110646 or email Engineering Update members get 15% off conference entry – quote EU15 when booking!

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23–24 NOVEMBER 2016 ABERDEEN EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE visit to book your place ! Now in its 12th year, LiftEx has grown to become the UK’s leading exhibition for the lifting industry, returning to its successful stand-alone format over 2 full days.

EXHIBITORS INCLUDE: AJT Equipment + Atlas Winch & Hoist + Brindley Chains + Cabletrail + Caldwell Group / Renfroe + Carl Stahl Evita + Checkmate + Columbus McKinnon + CoreRFID + Crosby + Diamond H Lifting + Dynamic Load Monitoring + EMM Corp + First Integrated + Fisher Offshore + Gunnebo Industries + Hendrik Veder + Hird + Intercomp + Interlift + J D Neuhaus + JCM Load Monitoring + Jergens + Lift Turn Move + Lift-Rite + Modulift + Motion Software + Petersen Stainless Rigging + PMS Industries + Powerjacks + Probst Handling Equipment + Red Rooster + Reid Lifting + Rope Assemblies + RUD Chains + Sahm Splice + Scotload + Sensor Technology + Spanset + Straightpoint + Talurit (UK) + Teeside Rigging & Lifting + Thern Winches & Cranes + Tiger Lifting + Tractel + Unique Group + Unitex + Van Beest + Waterweights + William Hackett + Worlifts + Yoke Industrial Corp

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Manufacturers and engineers face growing challenges as technology develops. Ever more stringent limits on emissions are driving changes in industry operating practices, while new emerging applications such as shale gas and coal bed methane impose demands for operation under high pressures and temperatures.

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Highlights across the two days include:

Lessons learned when investigating the catastrophic failure of a barrel type centrifugal compressor, lead by SABIC UK Petrochemicals

Perspectives from Technip on technical evaluations of centrifugal compressor bids for oil and gas projects

Insights on gas compressor re-rate and process solutions through engineering and collaborations, presented by Weir Group

Taking place every two years and organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the European Fluid • How to stay compliant with the latest regulatory Machinery Congress brings together the foremost figures requirements for engineers and fluid machinery from research, academia, industry and legal professions to manufacturers, with insights from James Fisher share the latest findings, technologies and innovations in Defence this key area of engineering. • An Aero-Acoustic analysis of a low-pressure centrifugal Now in its 13th incarnation, this year’s Fluid Machinery compressor stage, presented by TNO Congress on 3-4 October will be returning to its historical roots in The Netherlands in order to highlight presentations The Congress also provides a unique opportunity for all from TNO and Weir Group. These sessions will take place engineers involved in fluid machinery design, maintenance alongside technical showcases and discussions from more and operation to meet and form new contacts and share key than 20 speakers from over seven countries, including experience to enhance current and future fluid machinery Singapore and Algeria, which will follow the theme of this projects across all sectors. year’s congress: tackling engineering challenges in the most cost efficient way with the latest technology and CFD For further information on the congress and to join, please visit


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RWM 2016 showcasing transformative resource management solutions

By Nicola Meadows, event director, The RWM 2016 Event

RWM 2016, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from 13 to 15 September, is the largest event in the UK for the waste and resource efficiency sector, with plenty on show for the quarrying, recycling and bulk materials handling industries.


he three-day exhibition, organised in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), also provides a strong conference programme taking place across the Circular Economy Connect, Energy from Waste and Local Authority theatres. there are numerous networking opportunities for RWM’s visitors and exhibitors.

All the plant and equipment for the waste and recycling industry throughout the exhibition, machinery and equipment designed to help keep materials in the loop and retain the value in resources will be centre-stage, as well as handling and logistics solutions that minimise the environmental impact of recycling. RWM has always dedicated a large part of the show to machinery, equipment, handling, logistics, recycling and reprocessing, and energy recovery. New technologies are coming to market throughout the year, and RWM provides the platform to market them to the right audience.


Circular Economy Connect Theatre the Circular Economy Connect theatre which is sponsored by Ricardo-AEA, with industry partners, Suez and Viridor, promises to be a key point for exploring how the principles of circular economy can be applied at an organisational or process level. throughout the event there will be panel discussions on extended producer responsibility and designing out waste to enable greater resource productivity.

Energy from Waste Theatre the Energy from Waste theatre is the central hub for key industry players to debate, discuss and share insights on the future of energy from waste. With new policies introduced into the sector, the theatre will provide further clarity for industry influencers on the role energy from waste plays in the long term. It will also provide businesses with insights on how to improve their bottom line.

Local Authority Theatre Influencers within the industry will debate, discuss and share what waste strategy works best in a local authority when stringent measures are in place, in 2016 and beyond. Discussions will include topics such as waste crime, 2020 recycling targets, food waste collections and driving behaviour change.

Looking for tomorrow’s Resource Managers Finally, as part of RWM’s mission to support industry growth and innovation, RWM 2016 in partnership with the CIWM will be launching its ‘Rising Stars’ search. the competition celebrates the trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way the recycling industry works, identifying the top newcomers and supporting the resource managers of the future. For more information about Europe’s largest and bestestablished event for resource efficiency and waste management, including exhibitor information and conference programmes, visit

THE UK’S LEADING EVENT FOR RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS • Five zones dedicated to resource efficiency - Recycling & Reprocessing, Professional Services, Energy from Waste, Handling & Logistics, Machinery & Equipment. • Free to attend and CPD accredited theaters - Local Authority, Energy From Waste and Circular Economy Connect. • Ride & Drive - a live showcase of the benefits of trucks and heavy equipment, allowing visitors to gain a practical understanding of their benefits. • Co-located shows - together with the Energy, Renewables and Water events, find answers to all of your sustainability questions. Major suppliers include: Viridor, Suez, Waste Logics, enevo, Wehrle, Fike, Denis Eagle, Johnston Sweepers, Liebherr and Steinert.






Industry Leaders Delivering the Answers to Effective Energy Management at This Year’s Showcase Event

n a sector marked by volatile pricing, changing regulatory frameworks and increasing financial and security risk, it is necessary for the industry to come together to safeguard and ensure the future of energy resource efficiency, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group. Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Energy Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13th -14th September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for major energy users, it is also a key date in the calendar for decision makers as they grapple with energy supply, energy security and energy management concerns. The event is a key place for visitors to understand the latest policies, compliance requirements and find the latest technologies to drive a reduction in energy costs and improve their sustainability performance. Building on last year’s success, the Energy Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development. Apart from policy changes, there are also a number of issues which seem to be challenging the sector, including energy security which remains a thorny issue for UK businesses. With an early capacity auction anticipated in the winter of 2017/18, and energy suppliers not being allowed to delay payments, businesses could face higher than anticipated energy bills next year. But what will the implications be for your business?


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The Energy Event will be tackling these key topics, as well as the changes to energy policy, the advancement of half-hourly usage (P272) and demand-side response (DSR). The exhibition aims to provide visitors with solutions to the challenges that are facing their business, making it a one-stop shop for all of the industry’s needs.

For any resource and waste management professionals wanting to find out more about how to develop and implement sustainable business models, the annual RWM conference and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewable Event and the Water Event provide the ideal opportunity to plan for a more resource efficient future. For more information, visit Looking to the future The Energy Event organisers are also on the lookout for tomorrow’s energy managers and have launched a national search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’. The competition celebrates trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way resource management works and inspire a new generation of efficiency managers. For more information, visit content/Are-you-the-next-rising-star-in-resourcemanagement

BRINGING TOGETHER THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND SIDES OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY. • Free seminars and discussions • Take knowledge and critical insight from industry leaders and case studies back to the office • Networking and opportunities to learn from industry leaders • Make new contacts with industry leaders that can help drive your organisation forward • Discover the latest technologies • Find new products that will improve your energy efficiency • Meet energy suppliers and consultants • Get the best contracts for your energy supply and make savings for your business





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Effective solutions to preserve

our most precious resource will be on show With de-regulation of the water market looming, there are so many challenges within the sector which require collaborative solutions. From changes to policy and legislation, to improving water management through smart metering and billing, innovative solutions to water efficiency measures have never been more imperative, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group. Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Water Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13th -14th September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for utilities managers, it is also a key date in the calendar for environment managers, facilities managers and decision makers as they grapple with waste water, its re-use and recycling through more efficient water management, and policy change. The opportunity for the non-domestic market to switch water supplier in the UK is gearing up with the de-regulation of the non-household water market coming into effective in April 2017. Information needs such as guidance on how to capitalise on the technology and systems new competition will offer from monitoring and leak prevention, to better waste water management and recycling is needed in preparation for open competition. The Water Theatre will discuss in detail, insight into how to prepare for market opening and how to align improved management, monitoring, technology investment and billing of your water use with your wider utilities, from the perspectives of OFWAT, practitioners, key stakeholders and peers. The event is a key place for visitors to understand how changes in the water market are going to affect their business. By understanding the shifting landscape of supply-chain water management, visitors can unlock the true value of water and find the latest technologies to drive a holistic approach to water efficiency. Building on last year’s success, the Water Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development.

Looking to the future The Water Event organisers are also on the lookout for tomorrow’s energy managers and have launched a


For any resource and waste management professionals wanting to find out more about how to develop and implement sustainable business models, the annual RWM conference and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewable Event and the Water Event provide the ideal opportunity to plan for a more resource efficient future. For more information, visit

national search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’. The competition celebrates trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way resource management works and inspire a new generation of efficiency managers. For more information, visit www.rwmexhibition. com/content/Are-you-the-next-rising-star-in-resourcemanagement


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Delivering Greener Innovation at This Year’s Showcase Event for Renewable Energy

following the EU referendum, how to capitalise on solar for long term energy procurement and re-inventing the business model of renewables with energy storage. There are also expected to be big debates on nuclear vs. renewables and identifying which source will decarbonise the grid and meet our future energy demands.

Going green has become the latest trend for businesses, with more signing up to the RE100 where they are committing and working towards 100% renewable power. But with a shifting political and economic landscape, and the future of renewable energy unclear, now is a crucial time for the industry to come together to drive forward the green energy agenda, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group.

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Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Renewables Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13 to 14 September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for utility managers, it is also a key date in the calendar for environmental consultants, sustainability managers and green energy innovators. It is a key place for visitors to understand what the industry can do to accelerate the scale-up of renewable power particularly in an environment where fossil fuel prices have decreased significantly and subsidies to renewables have been cut? The Renewables Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development. The dedicated conference theatre will bring together the early adopters who have implemented a green energy strategy into their business, sharing top tips on implementation, and how to create additional revenue. Influencers within this space will be discussing and debating the role renewables will be playing in the long term energy mix and how the shift towards renewables can improve your bottom line. Key topics across the two-day agenda include mapping out the future

For any resource and waste wanting to find out more about how to develop and implement sustainable business models, the annual RWM conference and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewable Event and the Water Event provide the ideal opportunity to plan for a more resource efficient future. For more information, visit Looking to the future The Renewables Event organisers are also on the lookout for tomorrow’s energy managers and have launched a national search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’. The competition celebrates trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way resource management works and inspire a new generation of efficiency managers. For more information, visit www.rwmexhibition. com/content/Are-you-the-next-rising-star-inresource-management




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The UK’s LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition.


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• Thousands of engineering & electronics solutions on your doorstep • Full Programme of FREE technical seminars supported by SMS, MAS-SE, Engineering Solutions and Electronics Sourcing. • PRE-REGISTER to receive a FREE Show Catalogue (otherwise £10). • Ample FREE Parking adjacent to the exhibition hall. STAY AHEAD OF THE MARKET Plan today to attend and see the very latest technology, components, materials, products and services available in the South of England. Technical staff will be on hand to offer specialist advice that will improve your manufacturing processes, component sourcing, materials selection and overall business efficiency - not to mention your bottom line!

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT Are you looking for autosport/automotive specialists, electronic components & contract electronics manufacturers, aerospace and defence contractors, packaging & labelling solutions, marine engineering & offshore suppliers or specialist suppliers to the Pharma/Bio sector? Simply follow the sector trails and looks for the industry logos on exhibitor stand facias.

YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE - WE’LL HELP YOU USE IT EFFICIENTLY • Discover NEW local and national suppliers - many exhibiting for the first time • Learn from the FREE Technical Seminar Programme • See innovations, new products and live demonstrations • Resolve your manufacturing issues in one time-efficient visit • Bring your plans and technical drawings for an instant response You’ll meet 600+ top suppliers of the latest in Automation and Robotics, CNC Machining & Tooling, Packaging & Handling, Electronic Components & Enclosures, Cable Assembly, Labelling & Marking, Electronic Sub-contract Manufacture, PCBs, CAD/CAM/CAE, Control & Motion Engineering, Design & Rapid Prototyping, Test & Measurement, Workstations, Pressings, Castings & Mouldings, Fabrication & Fastenings, New Materials & High Precision Engineering.




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Exhibition for Industrial Vision and Factory Automation VISION UK is dedicated to vision in the factory, on the production line, in the science field and includes applications, components, instruments and systems as well as all things that utilise cameras. Ultimately this is a key event for vision and technology. Benefits of attending if you’re an engineer VISION UK provides you with the opportunity to meet top suppliers that can help design your systems. They can introduce you to technologies that can automate parts of your production line to benefit your role and improve the accuracy of your work. Meeting like-minded individuals within the same sector can open your eyes to a wealth of possibilities. The VISION UK event will bring top supplier companies, educational seminars and presentations together all under one roof.


Vision/imaging technology, machine vision and factory automation will all feature in this October VISION UK event Vision UK is a place to solve your business problems, come and learn how to utilise vision in your factory; amongst the exhibitors there will be someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based technology questions and explain what techniques will be suitable for your application. The UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association) underpins Vision UK with a strong technical and application orientated programme “Industrial Vision Works! – techniques and the application of imaging technologies”. Learn how to adopt industrial vision solutions for your process – increase reliability and product quality at this day-long meeting.

Keynote Speakers There will be two keynote presentations. Jason Gow, Centre for Electronic Imaging, The Open University. His talk is titled: The Challenges Associated with Imaging Technology in Space’. Dr Stuart Green, an industrial technical manager and amateur astronomer’s talk is titled: ‘Machine Vision Cameras for Solar Imaging’ The keynote presentations will explore the functionality of imaging in space technology from different perspectives and reflects the increased interest in the space program in the UK following Major Tim Peake’s launch to the International Space Station in December 2105. Visit the event websites and register to attend. Also register to receive e-newsletter updates and to find out more about the VISION UK event.

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5 Ways Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down On Costly Downtime Manufacturers are being encouraged to utilise data capture to improve their approach to maintenance. The industrial sector is undergoing massive transformation like never before. Sundeep Sanghavi co-founder of DataRPM looks deeper than preventative maintenance into the realm of predictive maintenance. According to a World Economic Forum study, if the first Industrial Revolution was driven by steam, the second by electricity, and the third by digitization, we are now in the midst of a fourth: one driven by data. In this “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) era, an explosion of IoT-connected devices has created a new level of big data possibilities for enterprises of all types. In the search for how and where manufacturers can best reap the rewards of the IIoT, look no further than maintenance protocols.

Prevent or predict? For much of the modern manufacturing world, the prevalent approach to IT maintenance can be best described as “preventive” — performing maintenance on a schedule, even if machines don’t actually require updating or repair. According to a 2015 study, 85% of companies utilise this strategy. This is a non-optimal approach because scheduling maintenance leads to unnecessary labor (and, therefore, unnecessary costs). Additionally, a potential problem that goes undetected between scheduled maintenance can pose huge risks to the financial health of the company and the physical health of its workers. Currently, manufacturers tend to devote their technology toward creating and enforcing maintenance schedules — but now’s the time to begin evolving toward a predictive methodology.


The biggest perks of predictive maintenance Using technology to drive a predictive maintenance approach, manufacturers can stream data from sensors mounted on their machines to uncover key usage and performance patterns in real time. This allows them to identify potential malfunctions in the making and avoid the hefty costs of unexpected breakdowns. As a whole, predictive maintenance offers manufacturers a tremendous opportunity to boost operational efficiency. The process can be easily automated through machine learning and cognitive data science, meaning there’s no need to hire an army of data experts or assign additional human capital to the cause. Here are five specific benefits manufacturers will see from a predictive maintenance approach: 1. Reduced wrench time: Since the turn of the millennium, American factories have spent trillions of dollars a year performing maintenance. A predictive approach would render a great portion of these costs unnecessary or completely avoidable. For example, manpower would no longer be wasted on routine machine diagnostics, and companies could avoid huge outlays purchasing and installing new machines to replace those that broke down between inspections.Human intervention will be required only for a necessary repair, and because the issue is caught before it results in a complete mechanical breakdown, the wrench time will be much shorter. 2. Less downtime: “Downtime” is a word manufacturers despise. About 5% of the average factory’s production is lost to downtime every year, costing the global manufacturing community roughly $647bn annually. However, with a

predictive, data-driven maintenance approach, companies are much less likely to be blindsided by equipment failure and face lengthy, costly periods of inactivity. As an example, robotics company FANUC partnered with Cisco to create a “zero downtime” program that ended up saving one auto manufacturer $40 million.IoT sensors can detect if a machine is beginning to break down and automatically order a new part. Then, the company can schedule the necessary repair or installation during a low-volume or after-hours window, minimizing lost productivity. 3. Improved safety: Manufacturers undoubtedly take pride in creating safe environments for their workers, but one study found that up to 30% of all manufacturing deaths occur during maintenance activity. A predictive approach to maintenance does wonders toward increasing workplace safety by preventing dangerous scenarios. Companies can set safety parameters and receive immediate notification when a machine shows preliminary signs of reaching that threshold. 4. Better inventory management of parts: By predicting what will fail, one can manage what parts he needs to order or have in his maintenance inventory. 5. Better field personnel management: By predicting what will fail, manufacturers can better plan what kind of expertise would be required to perform maintenance. Furthermore, they can better plan schedules, too (rather than when ad hoc failures occur). The lowered costs, higher productivity, and improved product quality made possible by predictive maintenance all lead to the ultimate benefit of happier customers. And further, employing this strategy arms companies with cuttingedge technologies empowered by cognitive data science that produce high-level business insights — unlocking countless opportunities for improvement and innovation. Preventive maintenance can only carry you so far; join the next revolution by embracing predictive maintenance.

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Philippe Frenay, Managing Director, UK and Overseas, Aggregate Industries Philippe joined Aggregate Industries in 2011 and has specific responsibility for the Aggregates Divisions in the UK and Overseas. Part of Aggregate Industries is Glensanda Quarry, a super quarry situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe on the West Coast of Scotland. Glensanda produces high quality crushed granite to markets all across Northern Europe, from washed sand through to offshore armour material. Philippe has extensive experience within the construction materials industry, having worked for Aggregate Industries’ parent company Holcim since 1990. Prior to that, he held various similar positions in Ready-Mix, Cement and Aggregates in Belgium, Netherlands and the North of France. His experience extends across executive and general management, mergers and acquisitions, business development, change management, marketing and sales and logistics in the construction industry in Europe.

Martin Downey, Bulk Terminal and Operational Engineering Director, The Bristol Port Company

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Chris Griffin, Business Development Manager, Peel Ports Chris Griffin is an experienced leader in the logistics sector, having held senior roles in global and international logistics and warehousing organisations. As the sector expert with Group Business Development responsibility for the one of the UK’s largest port operators, Peel Ports Group, Chris heads the strategic development of bulks and energy, encompassing all dry and liquid bulks, in addition to the array of markets in the energy sector.

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With more than 220 cutting edge companies exhibiting, including 16 brand new, dynamic international start-ups, and a conference programme that is tracking ahead of the main stream in terms of inspiration and innovation, this years’ TCT Show is the go to authority on 3D technologies. Celebrating its 21st year, TCT Show 2016 will take place from the 28th 29th September at The NEC, Birmingham. The TCT Show will bring together leading industry experts with business-critical insight and companies with ground breaking developments ensuring that it remains the UK’s major arena for 3D manufacturing technologies. Areas incorporated in the show include 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining and product development technologies across the enterprise and industrial sectors. With both Trumpf and Stratasys amongst those showcasing new machines for the first time in the UK, the TCT Show continues to deliver the latest technologies and developments in the market. Trumpf will be introducing their TruPrint 100 3D metal printing machine which is ideal for the production of small metal components by LMF (laser metal


fusion). Stratasys will use the show to introduce the recently launched J750 3D Printer, the world’s only full colour, multi-material printer. In addition, Stratasys will also have their Fortus 3D Printer, this printer has become a key element in the manufacturing process for a number of world leading businesses including BMW, Airbus and Opel. 3D technologies have assisted organisations in reducing their production costs, slashing lead times, and streamlining their supply chain workflow to deliver their products more efficiently with a positive and direct impact on their bottom line. The 2016 speaker line up at the TCT Show cuts across a wide range of industries and includes real world applications from Caterpillar, Alstom, 3M, DARPA and leading research institutions from across the globe. This year’s keynotes will focus on digital manufacturing, cutting-edge

applications and also a primer on what’s new, what you should look out for and the must-see technologies, leaving you inspired and eager to explore the wealth of information available at the event. Visitors can register for the freeto-attend TCT Show 2016 at www. and can also register via social networks; Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Offering the opportunity to see both their own connections as well as other visitors who will be attending the event, providing the chance to network and invite.


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IMHX 2016 showcases the latest in materials handling, logistics and supply chain solutions Logistics and materials handling touch everyone’s lives – whatever is purchased be it online, in store or delivered from a wholesaler. That’s why IMHX, the UK’s leading logistics showcase exhibition taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th September, is a must-attend event. Sponsored by financial services provider Investec, IMHX 2016 will reflect every aspect of 21st century intralogistics. Present at the show will be over 100 suppliers of forklift trucks and associated products and services, over 30 supply chain and warehouse IT providers, in excess of 40 suppliers of automation solutions, over 25 companies working in packaging and well over 60 general materials handling exhibitors. IT solutions are playing a growing role in the supply chain and in response to these developments for the first time IMHX will feature a dedicated Supply Chain IT Village. And with leading companies across the UK crying out for ambitious and motivated young people to take on interesting and challenging roles in logistics and allied industries, for the first time ever IMHX will feature a Future Skills Zone. Companies participating in the Zone include leading forklift truck manufacturers Toyota Material Handling, and Linde Material Handling, whose apprentices will be stripping down and rebuilding a vehicle, Crown and Jungheinrich. The former BITA Academy, now the new Forklift Training Engineering Centre (F-TEC), the industry’s training centre for apprentices and engineers, will also be providing information on apprenticeships. Aftersales Director for Linde Material Handling UK, Mark Sullivan, said: “As a business, it’s so important for us to invest heavily in future generations, and create a highly diverse and skilled workforce. Participating in the Future Skills Zone enables us to demonstrate the role we can play in harnessing talent.


We’re delighted to be part of it.” The regional heats of the RTITB Operator of the Year also return to IMHX in 2016. This is held every three years to find the best forklift operator in the country and through a number of heats offers encourages operators to strive to be the best. Finally the Design4Safety awards, organised by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), will also be part of IMHX 2016. The aim of the awards is to highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. Enter by visiting where you will also find the full terms and conditions. To find out more about IMHX 2016 go to

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IChemE Forms of Contract For over 45 years IChemE have partnered with experienced industry professionals to publish their acclaimed UK and international Forms of Contract. The Red Book – Lump Sum Contract The Green Book – Reimbursable Contract The Burgundy Book – Target Cost Contract The Yellow Book – Subcontract The Brown Book – Subcontract for Civil Engineering Works The Orange Book – Minor Works The Silver Book – Professional Services Agreement The contracts are available to purchase in hard copy, printable PDF, view only PDF and editable word document formats.

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IChemE’s Professional Services Contract IChemE’s Forms of Contract are an internationally-acclaimed series of model forms of agreement, developed to reflect best practice for project delivery in the process industries.


rafted by a team of legal and industry professionals, the contracts address the complex way in which the purchaser, contractor and subcontractor divide responsibility for creating new process plants and working on existing structures. The contract framework is fair and balanced, so each party can easily recognise its responsibilities and achieve its objectives without confrontation, which provides a time and cost effective solution for all parties involved.

The Silver Book will be the latest addition to IChemE’s suite of contracts; it’s a professional services contract split into two parts, the short form agreement and long form agreement. The short form agreement is ideal for pure consultancy services to underpin projects of relatively low cost and short duration. The latter is a more detailed contract suited to complex projects, requiring high value professional services. Following the successful launch of the short form agreement in 2015, we are pleased to announce that the complete

Silver Book will be available to order soon. Like all of our contracts, the Silver Book will include a model form of agreement and general conditions, supplemented with detailed guide notes to assist the user in preparing a contract. It will be available to purchase in hard copy, PDF and editable word document formats, and may be used globally. Complete our online form to register your interest and be the first to find out when this new publication is available to order:


- just how safe are our borders?

Our final exit from the EU is still some time away and there are many questions that still need to be addressed. A key factor regarding the success of the ‘vote to leave’ camp was that it was perceived that this would give us the ability to better control our borders. This heightened protection is seen as offering us the opportunity to control immigration – but this factor is only one small element within the bigger border control picture. Take pumps for example; they may not be the first things you think of as a target for non-compliance issues. However, pump specialists in the UK who are part of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) have been in active dialogue for over three years about such imports with the NMRO (National Measurement Regulatory Office) the authority accountable for such matters. In recent years, market surveillance has been a key element in terms of delivering a fair and efficient EU internal market and to ensure that products placed on the market complied with EU regulations and did not pose any safety or environmental threats for users and the public at large. All of this was designed to ensure a level playing field/fair competition on the market as well as safeguarding the coherence of the

European regulatory framework, the consistency of which depends on effective enforcement. In the UK the responsibility for protecting us from noncompliant imports falls to the National Measurement and Regulation Office whose role is to simplify technical regulation for the benefit of British business. The BPMA approached them with growing evidence relating to the presence of illegal pump imports entering the UK from other countries, especially Asia back in 2013. The BPMA, supported by CEO’s from prominent member companies met with senior management of the NMRO and then subsequently.... Read the rest of this story on Engineering Update’s website.


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Altec Engineering Group

Great British Engineering on the Rise Another initiative, being championed by Altec Group Company Quick Hydraulics, is a programme designed to encourage students from a young age to have an interest in the core STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

There is little doubt that having a strong UK engineering sector is an essential pre-requisite for the longterm security of our economy and future growth. Although there have been significant challenges presented to our engineering and manufacturing businesses in recent times, Durham based Altec Engineering Group has seen this as an opportunity and catalyst for diversification and growth. The original business, Altec Engineering Limited was formed in 1978 as a small engineering subcontracting business. Fast forward to today and the Altec Engineering Group now comprises of Altec Engineering, Sigma Technologies, Ronco Engineering, Quick Hydraulics and Hydrofit. There is a great deal of synergy within the Group companies with Sigma Technologies and Ronco Engineering complementing the CNC machining capabilities of Altec Engineering. This allows the Group to offer a comprehensive range of precision CNC machining services from low to medium volume on complex components right through to high volume production of less complex items. Quick Hydraulics and Hydrofit, both companies with excellent


reputations and strengths that are complementary to each other, have been acquired by the Altec Group within the last 12 months creating the largest specialist hydraulic engineering business within the North East and Yorkshire. Altec’s Special Purpose Equipment Division has also benefited from the Hydraulic Engineering skills now present within the Group. Historically at the design stage of a project, guidance and support would have been sought from a number of different suppliers, however with the recent acquisitions this expertise is now in-house and on tap as required. The Group now boasts over 150 employees, the majority of whom are experienced and skilled in a wide range of engineering and automation disciplines. Altec also takes pride in the fact that 10% of the workforce are apprentices at various stages of training and the Group continues to recruit apprentices each year who can be trained in the skill sets required. This means that the Altec Group Companies will never suffer from the skills gap that blights many engineering companies today through lack of investment in apprenticeship training in the past.

The Primary Engineer North East cluster was founded in 2013 to introduce Year 2 and Year 6 pupils to engineering. The challenge of encouraging individuals at an early age to consider engineering as a potential career has widely been acknowledged as a contributing factor to the skills shortages seen by industry. Historically, promotional schemes aimed at generating interest in engineering have been targeted at teenagers, many of whom may have already decided on a different career path. This new scheme seeks to address the issue. The Altec Engineering Group maintains a strong strategy based on organic growth and acquisition, and is on target to triple turnover to £32M by 2019. The existing group companies continue to strive for engineering excellence, already holding a number of industry accreditations such as AS9100 Rev C and ISO9001: 2008. For more contact:-



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Hydrostatic Level Measurement the ESI Technology Way….. What is Hydrostatic pressure and how does ESI’s Hydrostatic level measurement technology work? What is Hydrostatic pressure? Hydrostatic pressure is commonly described “The pressure equivalent to that exerted on a surface by a column of water of a given height due to the force of gravity”. A liquid column above the pressure sensor creates hydrostatic pressure, which is a direct indicator for the liquid level. Generally, the standard unit of measurement is calibrated in metres of water gauge (mWG). This may sometimes be referred to as metres of water column (mWC), or metres of H2O (mH2O). Other countries may use different units of measurement, such as inches of water column (“WC). How does an ESI Hydrostatic level transmitter work? The measuring cell of the pressure sensor detects small changes in hydrostatic pressure, which increases or decreases according to the filling level. The ESI sensor is powered by a vented cable and is submerged into the liquid to be monitored. The sensor converts the acting pressure into an electrical signal. Most users will typically require a 4-20mA output, enabling signals to be transmitted over long distances. Cable can be supplied in continuous lengths of up to 500m. In most applications the liquid is subjected to atmospheric pressure. To provide accurate electrical measurement it is important that readings are compensated to allow for any changes in atmospheric (barometric) pressure. This compensation is achieved by using a


vented cable which the ESI sensor to “breathe” to the atmosphere. This is done through a small nylon tube that runs through the cable which ensures that the output reading is relative to atmosphere. This is particularly important for the measurement of low levels of liquid, where changes in barometric pressure can significantly affect the true reading of level. For example, at high altitude where low atmospheric pressure is present. In order to calibrate the device, a factor is used to convert bar to mWG. This ensures the accuracy of the reading. The standard unit of measurement is calibrated in meters of water gauge (mWG). ESI can calibrate and label sensors in units of measure determined by particular applications. For example in a diesel tank application the sensor can be calibrated in meters of diesel. In most applications the sensor can be connected to a system via a simple IP67 rated terminal box, with glands to prevent water ingress. In certain applications, where over a long period of time moisture from high humidity may enter the vented tube it is advisable to use a desiccant filter. The desiccant absorbs moist air, preventing any moisture travelling to the sensing element and causing a short circuit. What types of applications are they useful for? Hydrostatic level sensors can be permanently immersed in boreholes for measuring the depth of the water table for example. The water table is the underground depth at which the ground is totally saturated. Deep boreholes with an average diameter of 25mm are drilled and left to fill to the level of the water table. A small diameter submersible pressure sensor is lowered down the borehole to accurately measure the level. In this type of application the control system would normally incorporate

a barometric sensor, which is used to compensate for changes in atmospheric pressure. ESI sensors are available with ATEX and IECEx certification and can therefore be used in similar circumstances where there is a risk of explosion. For example, monitoring the water levels in coal seam gas wells. ESI Hydrostatic Level sensors are also well suited to measuring the levels of fluids in storage tanks. The sensor is lowered to the bottom of the tank via an access hole in its top. The sensor cable is then connected back to a monitor, data logger, or PLC. Other areas where Hydrostatic level sensors can be effectively used are in the measuring of the level of water in rivers and reservoirs. Hydrostatic level sensors are typically manufactured from 316l stainless steel. This makes them suitable for immersion in most media. Other materials such as plastic, titanium and hastalloy C may be used to ensure compatibility with whatever medium is being measured, where stainless steel is not suitable. A polyurethane jacketed vented cable ensures excellent media compatibility, with oil for example. Other materials, such as nylon and PTFE may be used if the medium requires it. The advantages of using an ESI Hydrostatic level measurement sensor are that the vessel does not need to be disturbed or adapted to fit a level sensor. There is no need to install tank wells or sight glasses, etc. It allows levels to be measured under difficult conditions, such as down a deep shaft. The probe is easily extracted for cleaning and maintenance purposes. It is a highly reliable and robust solution. To find out more about our range of depth and level pressure transmitters visit or contact us: +44(0)1978262255/

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Upcoming funding opportunities from

Innovate UK Innovate UK runs funding competitions which can help you develop your idea and make it successful. Compound semiconductor applications Innovate UK is inviting businesses to apply for a share of £4 million to develop innovative new applications for compound semiconductors. Compound semiconductors are at the heart of many of the devices we use today. This can include smartphones, tablets and satellite communication systems. They are central, for example, to the development of the 5G network and the next generation of electric vehicles. Since 2000, the UK has invested nearly £750 million in the development of compound semiconductors. The global market is forecast to grow to around £125 billion by 2025. The UK is well placed to exploit this growing market. The aim of this competition is to make sure that UK businesses can respond to market opportunities in this area. We are looking for proposals with large and scalable commercial potential. This will be in areas such as power electronics, RF/microwave, photonics and sensors. Find out more and apply

Robotics and autonomous systems applications Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council(EPSRC) are to invest up to £5 million in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) projects.

We are looking for proposals that will speed up the development of RAS technologies towards demonstration and commercialisation. Robots that are independent of human control can learn, adapt and take decisions. These could revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. Disruptive technologies related to RAS include mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, advanced robotics, and automated and autonomous vehicles. Find out more and apply

Low emission freight and logistics trial The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK are to invest up to £24 million to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. These need to provide real-world emissions reductions. This is for the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries. Heavy-goods vehicles and vans contribute 31% of the UK’s domestic transport greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of this competition is to encourage the widespread introduction of low emission vehicles to UK fleets. This will help the UK meet its CO2 reduction targets. It will also help reduce other emissions and reduce fleet operating costs. Find out more and apply

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Innovate UK:

Introducing our new manufacturing & materials sector The UK economy has a strong base in high value manufacturing and advanced materials. It underpins sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy, transport and process industries. The UK is an attractive location for foreign direct investment. It is also an exporter of manufactured products. We need to make sure we encourage the highest-value activities to stay in, or move back to, the UK. We can do this by making sure that businesses have access to the best equipment, skills and expertise. We will help them test and prove their solutions. We will also help them access the latest manufacturing and materials technologies. Increasing the number of UK companies that base their operations in the UK will reduce the trade gap. It will also increase exports.

businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise traditional academic research. The Catapult for this sector is the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The HVM and Digital Catapults will lead on upgrading UK digital manufacturing capability.

European programmes We also help UK organisations take part in European research, development and innovation programmes. These include Horizon 2020.

Upcoming funding competitions

Our priority areas are: • using digital technologies in new ways to increase productivity, systems flexibility and resource efficiency

For details of the manufacturing & materials funding competitions we plan to run in 2016/17, see our Delivery plan 2016 to 2017.

• manufacturing readiness at scale • supporting automotive and aerospace research • early stage manufacturing materials concepts


Catapults - technology and innovation centres Over the last 9 years we have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses. Catapults help


August 2016

PLC or PID Controller: What’s the difference and how do you decide what technology you need? In general terms PLCs are probably one of most widely used pieces of control and automation technology. The clue really comes from the name PLC, or “programmable logic controller”. It is the fact that they are programmable that makes them so versatile in their application. PLCs contain a processor, memory to hold their programming and other data and input and output modules. They are usually programmed via a PC and there are a number of different industry standard (IEC 61131-3) languages that may be used. A PID Controller is different to a PLC. It still requires inputs and outputs to receive information from the process and send signals back to control it but it contains specialist algorithms designed to control a process with one or multiple control loops. The term ‘PID’ relates to “Proportional Integral Derivative” control. Do you need PID control? Control such as that provided by Eurotherm control algorithms can meet all sorts of different control needs. The benefits it offers are highlighted in a number of different areas. Eurotherm autotune algorithms (autotune helps you tune your process and achieve optimum proportional, integral and derivative term settings) save engineering time and money. The benefits of the performance of the control itself mean increased stability and process repeatability – which equate to efficient, high quality results.

and autotune algorithms help to keep engineering budgets under control. PLCs, however, offer greater flexibility and freedom in programming to meet broader application needs. The programming languages used are also often familiar as the technology is used in many different areas of the plant. The E+PLC range from Eurotherm by Schneider Electric takes the best of both worlds. It integrates proven Eurotherm control algorithms into a PLC platform that uses standard IEC programming languages. Engineering costs are optimized through the use of standard function blocks, re-usable engineering, flexible communications options and integrated visualisation with automated tag resolution. It offers users auto-tuned PID response that gives faster control without overshoot or oscillation and tighter, more stable control without the need for manual intervention. High resolution I/O and integrated secure recording based on decades of expertise in this area further provide a route to further lower engineering costs and obtain easier regulatory compliance. For help with your process control or for more information on E+PLC product range please visit

Alongside world-class PID control, Eurotherm ensures that the devices it offers meet other application and industry needs. In the aerospace industry, for example, I/O must meet a certain level of accuracy and sensitivity to meet the precise thermal processing needs and quality levels this industry demands. Many more sophisticated processes also do not have a single setpoint requirement. They require a setpoint that changes over time – a setpoint profile. Flexible setpoint programmer tools are required to meet these needs without large engineering overheads. Stable, precise control offers many benefits. Correctly applied, good control has a large impact on a plant’s profitability. It will reduce process times, improve product quality, lower costs associated with scrap, and optimize energy usage. PLC or PID Controller? For certain industries where precision and security are paramount, specialist PID knowledge and algorithms are needed. Features such as flexible setpoint programmers


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as standard on all RSBT variants and works by measuring relevant parameters during ramp-up, storing these values and using them to set new current-limit values for the following start. The goal is to use the smallest inrush current value to start the motor, without exceeding the 600ms maximum ramp-up time.

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The module comes in a compact 45mm-wide format for space-conscious panel or DIN rail mounting. Control of all three phases ensures optimum current reduction, along with current balance on all phases. This is achieved without the need of front-panel settings.

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Due to a continuous increase in sales beyond Europe with the popular RSBT 45mm series of soft starts and to ensure we support our customers who export into the Asian market place we have now obtained CCC approval. The benefit of this approval allows you to freely engage with the huge potential of the Chinese market ensuring any imports into China are problem free in customs. “This approval now positions us to help our customers located around the UK in their efforts to enter the Asian market," comments Alan Hickman, managing director for Carlo Gavazzi UK. The RSBT family are easy to use soft starts for scroll compressors and feature internal semiconductor by-pass technology and is available with nominal current up to 32A. An innovative selflearning algorithm ensures that optimum starting current is achieved at every start. The auto-adaptive software is available


All the standard products in the RSBT 45mm family will now have the CCC logo printed on the packing box and product side labels and all datasheets and product brochures will be updated to reflect this additional certification. The RSBT also complies with IEC60947-4-2, international motor-starter standards, the RSBT soft-starter is also RoHS compliant, cUL listed and carries appropriate CE marks. For more information regarding Carlo Gavazzi and its range of products, please visit the website:

August 2016

Great Performance, Now Even Safer The remarkable OID from ifm electronic now with class 1 laser The OID photoelectric sensor from ifm electronic, considered a game-changer when it was launched less than two years ago, has now been joined by a new version featuring the safer class one laser. The remarkable performance of the OID has been retained in the new version, OID250; the sensing range is still 2m and the background suppression is so good, that it won’t even see highvisibility PPE beyond the set switch point. The target colour doesn’t matter, nor do shiny surfaces, and the angle of incidence can be oblique. All this allows the user to fit the sensor out of the way above a standard conveyor, instead of a reflex device and a reflector, thus saving installation cost, too.


Setting could hardly be easier; the setting dial is calibrated in centimetres, so turn it to the required distance, lock, and go.

All in all, a remarkable device in the same price bracket as a standard photocell.

As the housing is a standard M30 barrel, the OID can be used in place of ultrasonic sensors, where the accuracy of a narrow beam is needed.

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.

Another significant feature of all OID versions is the inclusion of an IO-Link interface. This allows access for time delays or remote setting, and device settings can be stored externally for a quick swap-out should the need arise.

For further information, contact Gemma Anderson, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD. Telephone: 020 82130000. Fax: 020 8213-2234. E-mail –

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Omron launches new value for control panels covering an extensive range of components For building control panels, Omron is introducing around 600 different factory automation (FA) devices, across 18 different product categories, all built to a common design platform including Omron’s proprietary Push-In Plus wiring technology. Omron has conducted market research with 300 global customers, focussing on the challenges and needs they have in designing and manufacturing control panels. Following this initiative, Omron has developed a new range of Factory Automation (FA) devices for control panel builders built on a common platform. All devices have the necessary certifications, including UL, CE, and CSA. Designing and building a modern control panel is increasingly more complex and time consuming. Not only do panel builders need to meet tighter international and local regulations, but there is constant pressure on improving time-to-market and maintaining competitiveness. At the same time, they face serious labour shortages, particularly of skilled workers. As more functionality is squeezed into already tight designs, the number of devices used in control panels is increasing. And the trend is to reduce sizes or to squeeze more functionality into existing panels.

Downsizing components With slim, in-panel component designs that offer widths of as little as 3.5mm, as well as on-panel components with reduced depth, panels that use the new components can, in typical applications, be made up to 20% smaller than those with conventional components. Due to reduced power consumption (therefore generating less heat), side-by-side mounting is possible for each model at an ambient temperature up to 55°C, which leaves additional space in the panel. Easy Wiring When building a control panel, wiring is almost always the most time and labour consuming operation. With most companies citing cost of labour as the single most significant cost to their business, Omron has developed Push-In Plus wiring technology which provides a robust and reliable wire clamping solution but also can reduce wiring time by upto 60%. Compared with the conventional screwtype terminals, Omron’s new Push-In Plus technology means the wires are held firmly in place and less insertion force is required - wiring is easier than inserting an earphone jack. Furthermore, this soft touch technology can reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

Space Saving Moving to a smaller, standard component height across all of Omron’s family of factory automation (FA) control devices allows for standardised wiring duct and component placement to optimise space. In comparison with an old model, the dead space in a panel can be reduced by as much as 50% horizontally and 20% vertically and more importantly, the hot spots that build up in small spaces in the panel are greatly reduced, which can impact component reliability.

A patented advanced mechanism design involves a spring to allow low insertion force, while ensuring high pull-out force. This reduces the effort it takes to wire a panel, while ensuring each wire has been fully inserted without damaging the ferrule - by optimising the setting of spring displacement; the wire material is not plastically deformed. That helps guarantee a solid reliable connection, yet allows for quick release during maintenance or panel upgrades. Panel Design

“The lifetime of an electronic component, like a Power Supply containing an electrolytic capacitor, may be halved for every 10°C rise in temperature (Arrhenius’ Law),” says Lars de Bruin, Marketing Manager Panel Solutions EMEA.


Creating documentation to support complex equipment can also be a major challenge – especially when you’re working to a tight deadline and budget. This is even more of an issue if you trade internation-

ally, and you need to produce documentation that requires careful and accurate translation. Omron makes the parts data for all major products available via an online library on the Omron website. The information from this library can be directly imported into leading panel design software packages, including EPLAN and in the future also Zuken E3. The company also offers 2D and 3D CAD files in the most popular formats via the Omron website. This makes it easy to optimise the use of space within the control panel. “Depending on the industry, between 10% and 50% of orders may be under intense time pressure,” says Lars de Bruin. ”Accurate product information – including 2D and 3D representations – is essential for efficient planning and control of panel building, right up to the virtual 3D panel layout. It also ensures effective cross-discipline data exchange improves overall project quality, and speeds up the engineering process.” And in parallel with introducing the new FA devices, Omron has developed a global network of emergency distribution bases in 35 countries to service its control panel portfolio. As the new products are introduced, the company’s European base will be stocked with an increased amount and variety of these control panel devices, including the existing products. All devices have acquired necessary certifications, including UL (Listed), CE, and CSA to ensure conformity for companies exporting panels around the world. Omron’s complete new range of compact in-panel components includes electromechanical and solid state relays, I/O relay terminals, terminal blocks, temperature controllers, timers, measuring and monitoring relays, power monitors UPS’s, all using Push-In Plus terminals. These products also offer features such as LED status indicators, simple front wiring and push-in plus terminals, all helping panel designers to optimise panel layouts without impacting issues such as usability or maintenance.

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A SIMPLE BUSINESS CASE FOR INTEGRATED ROBOTIC VISION As the need for flexibility and adaptability within packaging operations grows, Steve Capon, technical manager of FANUC UK looks at how integrated vision technology can help businesses respond to evolving market requirements more easily and package more complexly shaped products. With increased throughput potential, and constant rate production, robots brought both greater output and greater predictability to packaging lines, enabling businesses to boost production capacity and also benefit from more accurate forecasting. Reducing the reliance on operator precision in repetitive tasks also helped to eliminate mistakes – such as individual products missing from multipacks – and so reduce waste or reworking. There was also a recognition of reduced material consumption when making or assembling the packaging material itself, all impacting on bottom line profitability. But just as technology evolves, so do market requirements. Robots, for example, quickly proved their worth in packaging lines in tasks such as picking and placing products at high speed. That is perfect in highly repetitive processes when the same product is coming along the same line, in a fixed position and with consistent dimensions. There is also the modern trend for low count retail packs, again something difficult to achieve with standard robotic automation as it removes the predictability and consistency of the picking operation.

much smaller production runs and with greatly increased flexibility within those production runs, responding to changes based on camera feedback.

Integrated vision technology brings a whole new level of sophistication to packaging lines

The big argument for integrating vision technology into packaging applications, then, has become based not simply on increased speed, but on increased ability to deal with a greater number of variations within a smaller size of batch. Increasingly vision technology can help packaging businesses cope with a greater number of unknowns, and this has become the driver behind the rise of 3D vision. 3D vision brings additional processing capabilities to the visual feedback, providing a new level of insight into the product height and orientation. If products are of a known or consistent size, then 2D vision can provide all of the necessary accuracy, monitoring the X and Y axes and even rotation around the Z axis to enable the robot to pick the products with absolute precision and reliability. But for products where the size, shape, height or orientation are not fully known from one product to the next, 3D vision is increasingly being accepted as offering a solution that can significantly boost a business’ ability to increase productivity and improve quality. Packaging operations, however, and food packaging applications in particular, frequently work with ever more complex product and package shapes, with objects that are non-identical not just from one batch to the next but from one product to the next. Bags of crisps or sacks of grain are typical examples. Loose food items not only have random shapes, but can end up in random positions and orientations.

So how can businesses marry up the benefits of robotic automation with these rapidly evolving market requirements? The key is the integration of vision technology onto the packaging line. Giving the robot visual information about where the product is on the line, what its orientation is, what its height is, what order to pick, what orientation to place, etc, brings a whole new level of sophistication to packaging lines.

This is where 3D vision technology comes into its own, with the ability not only to monitor X, Y and Z axes but also to process information on roll, pitch and yaw. However the product is presented to the robot, it will be picked accurately and placed with precision. This ability to locate products three dimensionally brings a high degree of flexibility and reliability to even the most complex picking and placing operations, and enables the automation of procedures that previously only human operators could have accomplished.

While robots without vision technology can perform exacting picking and placing operations at high speed where the placement and orientation are known, robots with integrated vision technology can perform those operations on

Further, not only does 3D vision improve picking and placing accuracy with demanding objects, and improve flexibility for working with different products and low retail packs, but it can also simplify other aspects of the packaging line.

Along with the simplification (or even removal) of end of line QA operations, robots with more effective vision technology might also mean there is no need for separate sections of the packaging line such as a collator, with the robot able to perform this operation as part of the packaging process. We can see, then, that the business case for the integration of vision technology on robotic packaging lines is rapidly growing, enabling companies not only to increase flexibility in response to evolving market requirements, but also to make improvements to the packaging line itself. Vision technology across the board – whether 2D or 3D – has become eminently affordable, and the integration of this technology is no longer the preserve of specialists, with associated costs of setup and support. Regardless of product variants and package types, vision technology is increasingly enabling faster picking, shorter cycle times and quicker setup, for packaging lines that are easily adaptable to multiple product variants, and which simplify or eliminate downstream operations.


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Taking pouch personalisation to a new level:

Rotech debuts double-speed coder at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 Stand F12 With product personalisation continuing to flex its marketing muscle in the packaging arena, Rotech is unveiling a new development in its range at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 – a new pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at TWICE the speed of its current offering. Pouch attributes, such as size, ease of opening, increased use of sustainable material and the ability to customise packs is driving more companies, including smaller enterprises, to switch from rigid packaging. In 2014, almost 90 billion stand-up pouches were used globally. Market research firm MarketsandMarkets* predicts that the stand-up pouches packaging market is projected to reach $33.4bn by 2020, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1% between 2015 to 2020. Coding pouches offline in their flat form is the simplest way to comply with the increasingly stringent labelling legislation, ensuring a consistently clear, perfectly positioned code. By doubling the speed of its coder with its new high speed offline stack-to-stack pouch coding system, Rotech is giving manufacturers the tools to enter or increase output in this lucrative pouch personalisation market. Rotech director Chris Baker explains: “Demand for pouches is being driven by a range of factors including machinery speed improvements and the ability to incorporate re-sealable features, such as zippers and sliders. Due to EU labelling regulations, manufacturers need to quickly print large amounts of variable information onto packs. Among them, product descriptions, nutritional data, ingredient lists, foreign languages as well as bar codes, date codes or batch codes. Being able to react quickly is vital, which requires flexible and

Rotech reveals new pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at TWICE the speed of its current offering debuting PPMA TOTAL Show 2016

reliable coding equipment.” The new system is a standalone vacuum feed overprinting system that enables pouches to be coded at speeds of over 80 a minute off-line, with a print area of up to 200mm wide, before they are filled with product. By coding offline in flat form manufacturers can overcome issues like coding awkward hard to reach pack corners or when it’s difficult to present the pack squarely and consistently to the coding device.

Rotech is committed to its “right code, right place, right cost” ethos. Chris emphasises “Rotech offers a wide range of solutions enabling us to meet customer needs as opposed to a one products satisfies all approach. At PPMA TOTAL 2016 we are showcasing how our coding machines can assist the food, pharmaceutical, medical or DIY markets maintaining high quality coding at high speed, while future proofing their investment as pouch and packaging trends continue to evolve.”

As a responsive British manufacturer of packaging coding equipment,

Discover more and view the new double speed system on Stand F12.



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DIXON GROUP EUROPE LTD Providing you with "The Right Connection" for all your Hygienic processes

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

For further information please contact us now on:

01772 323 529

We are exhibiting at The PPMA show 2016. Come and visit us at stand J44.

Professional test and measurement technology From sensor to software: The complete measurement chain from HBM The requirements placed on sensors, electronics and software in terms of operation, acquisition and analysis are continuously increasing. Optimal matching of all components in the entire measuring chain is crucial. We at HBM place special emphasis on this aspect. Worldwide, in all branches of industry: Automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, weighing technology and many more. For maximum quality and precision. ■

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Farleygreene – Sieving Technology - PPMA TOTAL 2016. Farleygreene will be exhibiting their innovative sieving equipment and technologies on stand A32 at the TOTAL 2016 show.


t the heart of their show this year Farleygreene will be showing a low care to high care hygiene break system. This will demonstrate their simple modular system for transferring powders through a hygiene break via a check sieve station and vacuum convey system. It will display the filling of mixer bowl and receptacles of differing sizes, in the high care area, utilising their self-adjusting dust suppression cover system. The stand will also be showing other machines from the Sievmaster range. These cover all aspects of sieving and screening, from entry level small batch artisan sieves, to low profile vibratory check screeners, grading separators and centrifugal high capacity sifters. As well as these exciting exhibits Farleygreene have a lot more to offer, come along to the stand where you will be


greeted with knowledgeable and experienced staff who will be happy to discuss any of their machines and advise you on how they can meet your specific requirements. Please also have a look on their website prior to the show. or give them a call +44 (0) 1256 474 547.

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Fast Effective Weighing From HBM……

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For Dynamic And Batch Weighing Applications

With speed, precision, hygiene and price being some of the key considerations for manufacturers of production & packaging machines, HBM will be showcasing its world leading range of load cells and modules for dynamic and batch weighing ON STAND C86 at the PPMA Total Show on the 27-29th of September at NEC Birmingham.. This will include their range of Aseptic & Easy to Clean load cells and Digital load cells, which have been specifically developed to cope with the demanding requirements placed on weighing constraints in modern manufacturing lines. Suitable for use in a wide range of production environments, the FIT7A and FIT5A Digital Load Cells from HBM are the perfect solution where speed and precision is a key consideration. Featuring a class C4 accuracy per OIML R60 and a maximum scale division Y of up to 25,000, the FIT7A addresses the problem of bottlenecks, which can slow down production rates. Dramatically increasing speed and reducing overall costs, sophisticated new technology, which....

HBM weighing technology solutions allow for convenient and precise control of complex sorting, weighing, batching and filling processes. They enable scaled digital signals corresponding to the determined weight values to be fed to the control electronics. Our digital transducer electronics facilitate integration of analog load cell signals into dynamic weighing applications. Our load cells offer high torsional and bending stiffness as well as good durability through integrated overload protection from compressive load. More information at:

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Fortress tackles metal detector testing times at

PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 To assist food manufacturers safeguard brand reputation and uphold product integrity and consumer confidence, Fortress is unveiling the latest version of its Halo automatic test technology at this year’s PPMA TOTAL Show - stand B01. By reducing the frequency of manual testing, manufacturers can save thousands of pounds a month. Halo 2 provides food suppliers with a more robust, traceable and auditable testing procedure, satisfying the most demanding retailer Codes of Practice. It can be installed on Fortress throat, pipeline and gravity metal detectors that inspect loose of free-falling products, including rice, sauces, cereals, powders, corn, sugar and snack foods, for example nuts and crisps. Rather than manually testing a metal detector, which on vertical inspection systems can be labour and time intensive and frequently challenging for operatives to access, the Halo system is an external test that automatically generates a signal calibrated to specified sphere sizes. The system also checks the performance of the reject system, with the latest version also capable of independently testing for all metal materials - ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel. Test results are logged automatically, providing food manufacturers with a reliable audit trail.

Fortress’s HALO technology can be fitted to pipeline, throat and gravity metal detectors not. Automatic testing tackles these concerns, providing a repeatable and objective overview and checks that your metal detector is working as it should,” emphasises Sarah. The Halo system is designed to complement manual testing, not supplement it entirely. During the PPMA TOTAL Show, Fortress will use its ROI calculator to demonstrate average savings and payback of this and its entire metal detector range. Visit stand B01 to find out more.

Payback for a new Fortress metal detector fitted with Halo 2 is typically less than 12 months. Sarah Ketchin, Managing Director of Fortress Technology UK puts into context where these savings are accrued: “In many food production settings, as soon as one check is done, it’s time to start over. If you factor in every production stoppage and the labour costs associated with manual testing on each production line, it soon mounts up. Automatic testing significantly reduces the frequency of manual testing.” In one day, a metal detector system, with a production rate of 50 units per minute, that is manually tested at least five times each day, may cost a manufacturer around £250 a day. Given the growing importance for data integrity, automatic testing also helps to eliminate the risk of human error. Because Halo is an external device, it gives manufacturers a true measure of how each metal detector is performing. “Ultimately, manufacturers worry when metal contaminants are detected. Equally, they may also worry when they are


Automatic testing is especially useful in applications where access, position, product flow or environmental conditions hinder manual testing.

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Case packing experts double up to announce NEW case loading solution at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 Hall 5 Stand C50 components bought in from multiple vendors by a third party as they have greater access to technical choices without any compatibility issue. We are de-risking their investment.” Benefiting manufacturers of food, household goods, personal care and pharmaceuticals, each E-Pac system is crafted to suit the application, product weight, budget and speed requirements.

The full E-Pac line Combining the expertise of TWO automation powerhouses, Pacepacker Services will announce its latest collaboration at PPMA TOTAL Show 2016 - a fully-automated case loading line branded E-Pac. Drawing upon the engineering expertise of fellow PPMA ‘Most Innovative Processing & Packaging Machine’ award winner Endoline, Pacepacker has developed the new E-Pac all-in-one case loading line to address the challenges of rising labour costs. “Food and FMCG manufacturers are being hit hard by the new national minimum wage and changes to pension arrangements, and these challenges combined with retail price squeezes are prompting businesses of all sizes to explore the cost and efficiency benefits of automating case packing,” says Pacepacker’s Managing Director Dennis Allison. “For several years, both companies have experienced huge growth within these sectors and the PPMA TOTAL Show provides the perfect platform to launch E-Pac.”

With a variable throughput speed depending on the application E-Pac is a fully integrated turnkey system and seamlessly covers each step in the packaging process - case erector, loading, sealing and palletising. Elements of the system can be integrated into a full or partially automated production line and can be customised to suit each application. Each E-Pac system is manufactured and managed at Pacepacker’s factory with full design and engineering input from Endoline. A dedicated, highly-skilled E-Pac team has been created with both companies putting forward their best case loading specialists, giving customers double the expertise yet the ease of liaising with a single vendor. “For the end user, dealing with one supplier simplifies and speeds up the entire automation project from specification to commissioning” explains Dennis, “E-Pac customers get much more than they would from a system bolted together using

Endoline’s portfolio comprises over 40 case erecting and case sealing systems, while Pacepacker has 50+ high speed pick-and-place options, including FANUC articulated robot arms and Festo Cartesian systems, giving customers the widest choice of technology through one source. Dennis comments: “Each E-Pac system is mainly based around a standard product set that’s design is tailored to suit each application to accommodate virtually any budget and speed requirement, as well as a variety of primary packaging and multiple case formats.” While Endoline and Pacepacker have worked together on many joint projects over the years previous, the launch of E-Pac is set to strengthen their allegiance. With the more recent E-Pac system being installed within one of the UK’s leading suppliers of flour and bakery mixes, both Pacepacker and Endoline are working on subsequent requests from customers who have realised the benefits that the combined alliance expertise will deliver. To discuss your case loading needs with the E-Pac experts, visit the Pacepacker Stand C50 at PPMA TOTAL.


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he UK manufacturing industry looks to the future with baited breath following the results of the EU referendum. As the wider UK economy remains unpredictable, the results of the referendum could represent a unique opportunity for the manufacturing sector should businesses consider the tactical, short-term implications and realise the importance of maintaining a focus on longterm strategic planning.

build relationships with the rest of the world outside of Europe. In addition, the need to reshape trade policy may result in quicker decision making, and reduced red tape that has previously hampered manufacturing when looking to export goods1.


According to KPMG’s EU Referendum advisory, manufacturers should be buoyed by the possibility that in the long term this result could lead to new opportunities for their businesses. A drop in the value of the pound could make the UK a magnet for trade, especially with the UK government looking to

Speaking about the future of the UK manufacturing sector, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment will join visitors at this year’s PPMA Total Show to open the 2016 exhibition and deliver the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Appearing on the PPMA Total seminar stage on the first day of the show (Tuesday 29 September) Lord Francis Maude will discuss the outcome of the recent EU referendum and reveal the future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign. >>>




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August 2016

>>> The PPMA Total Show 2016 will not only see headline speakers like the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude but a range of industry experts who can offer insight and advice on the future of the UK manufacturing industry. Also confirmed to speak at this year’s PPMA Total Show, Emma De-Alwis, Hygiene Specialist at Campden BRI will highlight how contaminated food products and food hygiene problems that go undetected along the supply chain have a serious negative impact on the UK manufacturing industry. Addressing another highly topical issue for UK’s food manufacturers, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, will take to the stage to address the number of government programmes focusing on food and packaging waste that promote both environmental improvements and the cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and the benefits of developing recycled food grade PP processes.

Demonstrating the latest innovations in manufacturing Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC in September can also find out more about the latest trends and innovations taking the industry by storm. With returning exhibitors, including Bosch Packaging Technology, Schubert, and Festo, already confirmed to join the line-up, organisers are confident that the 2016 show will be bigger and better than ever before.

unveiling the latest developments in its pouch feeding and coding system that can personalise codes at twice the speed of its current offering. Debuting at the PPMA Total Show 2016, new exhibitors TIPA Sustainable Packaging will reveal its flexible food packaging that behaves just like an orange peel. TIPA, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough biobased, fully compostable, flexible packaging, will showcase its next generation of sustainable, flexible food packaging that provides the same properties as conventional plastic packaging. The team will be available on stand B92 to discuss the opportunities for food packaging that can be disposed along with food waste – in the food waste stream or by using a composter. To register your attendance at the show please visit: . For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visit or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page.

In fact, since the PPMA shows returned to the full control of the association in 2013, the size of its events has increased by circa 25% yearon-year. The latest edition – PPMA Total 2016 – is already 50% larger than the first show of the new regime in 2014. With over 400 exhibitors, the event has already firmly established itself as the industry event not to be missed with 2016 set to be one of the biggest and highly anticipated events yet. Also returning to the PPMA Total Show 2016, Rotech, designer and manufacturer of offline advanced carton feeding systems, will be launching its new coder. As pouch attributes, such as size, ease of opening, increased use of sustainable material and the ability to customise packs are driving more companies to switch from rigid packaging, Rotech is set to debut its double-speed coder. Rotech is also



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for warehousing and logistics at IMHX HARTING will be exhibiting its range of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products at the IMHX show 13th-16th September in Birmingham (Stand UK14). Products on show will include the unique Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® antenna and the new Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader, both designed to meet some of the toughest industrial RFID applications. The stand will feature live demonstrations to highlight how HARTING’s products help overcome the challenges of speed, location and environmental conditions. Tags of various design and specification, combined with a range of antenna designs and readers of appropriate power can be used to create solutions for almost every RFID requirement. The Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader is of extremely robust construction allowing it to be placed in exposed and harsh environments. Its innovative software gives it the flexibility to tackle a wide range of RFID applications. The robust M12 HARTING connectors provide for both Power-overEthernet and eight GPIO (General Purpose Inputs and Outputs). There is also an optional external power supply to add further flexibility in configuration. The Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader offers a maximum UHF output power of 0.5 watts on the two RP-TNC connectors, allowing it to easily fulfil all the tasks of a mid-range reader. Depending on the antenna and the coaxial antenna cable used, the reader is easily capable of reaching the maximum allowable UHF power of 2 watts ERP radiated at the antenna. HARTING’s unique Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® RFID antenna uses a coaxial travellingwave concept to offer users a compact package with complete flexibility in the design of RF reading zones. This makes it ideal for situations where space is at a premium. There is generally very little space available around conveyor belts, and classical RFID antennas are limited in their ability to map curved tracks which in turn restricts the capability track and trace production history at every point in the process.


The mechanically flexible Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® RFID antenna requires minimal space as it consists only of an industrial-grade coaxial line. The antenna can therefore be installed and laid in any shape according to the needs of the specific application. This includes the ability to lay it around the curves of conveyor belts. HARTING will also show its range of RFID tags, readers, connectors and switches that direct customers and systems integrators can use to build complete reader networks for RFID applications. Please click here for further information on HARTING’s RFID products


August 2016

EPOS4 POSITIONING CONTROLLER Compact power for your motion control application. maxon motor’s EPOS range of controllers has been very successful in the market for 10 years. More than 100,000 units are in use worldwide. To continue this success, the Swiss drive specialist launches the EPOS4 as the next generation of positioning controllers. The first product in maxon’s new range is the highperformance EPOS4 module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-toinstall compact solution. The positioning controllers are suitable for the efficient and dynamic control of brushed DC motors and brushless BLDC motors (EC motors) with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750 W continuous power and 1500 W peak power. They are also very small. More performance and additional functionality The Swiss drive specialist maxon motor has equipped its range of CANopen positioning controllers with even more power, better control performance, and additional functionalities. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernet-based interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders. All these innovations are based on the successful principle of our Easy to use POsitioning System. The combination of a wide variety of operating modes and state-of-the-art control characteristics like Field Oriented Control (FOC) with multiple analog and


digital I/O and command options enables applications in a large number of fields from medical technology to robotics. Intuitive parameterisation Start-up and parameterisation are performed with an advanced, intuitive graphic user interface called “EPOS Studio”. Setup and parameterisation of the drive is facilitated by user-friendly menu-controlled wizards. The graphical user interface still has a sophisticated automatic PID tuning process which has also been part of the package for years. Motor control becomes a secondary concern, as the EPOS comes with maxon’s comprehensive know-how in drive technology. Up to 98% efficiency All these characteristics are combined with a large input voltage range of up to 50 VDC, extremely high power density, and up to 98% efficiency. This makes EPOS4 positioning controllers the first choice for your drive application. For more information on the EPOS positioning controller series of maxon motor, please see


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August 2016

Door panelware and security for server racks - EMKA Server racks are a specialist type of cabinet today often requiring the highest level in access control along with the simplest in hinging and gasketing. Primary concerns of course are regarding physical security and nullifying the possibility of data theft via removal of servers or connecting of unapproved memory devices such as thumb drives. Whereas the ventilation needs of the housed equipment leads to lightweight largely perforated doors with little need for sealing externally but a need to maintain ventilation integrity, along with a simple cushioning requirement to absorb rattles and ensure correct feel and function of the door when required. Such a package is provided by hardware specialists EMKA with their program 3500 BioLock which adds high level fingerprint technology packaged at the door with the convenience of a low profile swinghandle, so ensuring that it really is the authorised person opening the door while ensuring gangways to be as narrow as practical – and snag free. 3500 BioLock can be used on individual racks or suites and integrated into site-wide monitoring/ control systems.


The requirement for door hinging is met by EMKA with their captive pin program 1031 for lay-on doors and suits the narrow 25mm return used on such lightweight fabrications. Hinge pins on the 1031 may be readily withdrawn but are held captive. For especially light doors and side panels the 1117-U6 pin hinge is a simple, low cost, push-fit solution. Sealing and vibration absorption of these lightweight doors is very effectively managed with a simple clip-on D profile gasket strip

such as the EMKA 1011-24 which is self-gripping on flanges of 1mm to 2mm while providing up to 2.5mm of compression to ensure that unwanted materials are kept out and that the internal ventilation is not compromised by leaky door flanges. Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website - Readers can find the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – or follow them on twitter -


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August 2016

HIGH SPEED POLYMER GEARBOXES DELIVER MATERIAL GAINS The ongoing development of advanced, heat resistant materials such as polymers is increasingly providing today’s machine designers with practical and effective solutions. A good example of this is the high speed polymer gearboxes developed by transmission and control specialists ROTALINK which have been successfully used for diverse applications, ranging from welding wire feeders to coffee grinders.


here the challenge is to reduce weight and increasingly cost, options such as high speed polymer gearboxes have an important role to play. Increasing the size of a polymer gear to add strength doesn’t add weight or cost as quickly compared to a metal one. This allows larger gears to be better able to spread load to be used at a given price point, making the higher strength of metal less relevant than it first appears. As well as enabling larger gears, the fast cycle time of the injection moulding process makes it costeffective to use more gears to achieve a given ratio. Smaller ratios between each gear results in a stronger gearbox. Polymer gearboxes are ideal where high power is required for shorter periods of time, such as in machines for grinding of coffee and where applications require larger gearboxes, for example desiccant drives, display turntables, vending machines and peristaltic pumps. In this type of application there is little time for heat to build-up which makes one of the most significant advantages of metal (superior heat resistance) irrelevant. Where the application calls for weight to be minimised, such as wire feeding for portable MIG welders which typically require a low duty cycle, polymer gears are also beneficial. It is common practice in the miniature power transmission industry to use metal in the final stages of a gear train, where load is heaviest and polymer before that. However, Rotalink takes a different approach. Polymer materials make it practical to add a large planetary gear stage to the end of a conventional spur gear train.

Rotalink offer the flexibility to work with customers at the early stages of design concepts, customising output shafts and the mounting dimensions of its gearboxes to ensure they fit into existing designs.

This configuration, using polymers, has been developed by Rotalink and is marketed as a hybrid planetary-spur gearbox.

Rotalink Ltd, Crewkerne, Somerset, UK. Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1460 72000.


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August 2016 Can a robot move distances which are as small as 100 nanometres? Hard to imagine, considering that a human hair is 700 times thicker. One of Nanosystec’s welding robots shows that it is possible. Behind its precision is a guidance system from linear motion specialist HepcoMotion. Every day billions of people communicate by email and telephone. All over the world data is usually transmitted at the speed of light using fibre optics – a concept which is now familiar. Less familiar on the other hand are E/O converters. These components, the size of sugar cubes, make data transmission possible by using laser diodes to convert a telephone microphone’s electromagnetic pulses into optical pulses and dispatching them into the fibre optics. Their manufacture is a small masterpiece of precision welding. This requires special devices which are only designed by a small number of manufacturers around the world. And Nanosystec is among them. The company is based in GroßUmstadt near Frankfurt am Main and has developed a welding robot called NanoWeld which is marketed mainly in the USA and the Far East.

Welding-robot manufacturer Nanosystec relies on HepcoMotion’s guidance system How a welding robot moves distances in the nanometre range High-precision alignment: robots can move distances of just 100 nanometres In the centre of the device is an adjustable load plate which aligns diode lasers and fibre optics accurately with each other. As the fibre optics have a diameter of just ten micrometres and the diode laser must hit a target exactly in the centre, this involves movement in the 100 nanometre (nm) range. By way of comparison: in a piece of metal 1 nm is more or less equivalent to the length of a row of four atoms. Put another way: a human hair is some 700 times thicker than 100 nm. As soon as fine alignment has taken place two laser welding heads are brought into play which fix the fibre optics, encased in a metal sleeve, in place with a weld seam from two sides. Here too, precision plays a key role. “One of the challenges for the NanoWeld concept was to identify a control system in the supplier market in which lasers can be relied on to move within a range of 10%,” according to Gunter Hummelt, Technical Director at Nanosystec. “In order to save space and build a more compact device we didn’t want to work with an X-Y system but with a circular track system”.

Lasers move on HepcoMotion control systems Hummelt turned to linear motion specialist HepcoMotion and its PRT2 ring guides and ring segments. This system comprises of a spectrum of rings and ring segments which are also available in high-grade steel, with a variety of diameters, which can be


combined with straight guide rails to form a number of open and closed sections of track. The NanoWeld system uses four ring elements: two 90-degree segments with a width of 44 mm which project above the load plate, and two further 90-degree segments with a width of 76 mm on the base. “The rails are very strong and durable”, according to Hummelt. “This gives us a competitive edge in that it reduces the cost of maintaining the system”. Nanosystec has developed a special carriage for the rail system on which the lasers can travel. Here another component of the PRT2 system is put to use – featuring V guide technology, the bearings are arranged concentrically and eccentrically on the carriage. These wheels engage from above and below with the induction-hardened and thus wear-resistant V guide of the ring segment. “The rails are ground. The preload of the carriage wheels can be adjusted with precision via the eccentric bearings”, adds Carl-Christian Baumgarten, Consultant Engineer at HepcoMotion. Movement is provided by a HepcoMotion pinion drive which engages with the outer gear and relays the power of the carriage motor to the rail. “This allows the laser welding heads to be folded down from the vertical to an angle of 70 degrees”, explains Hummelt. To allow for positioning in the horizontal as well the engineer can, at the customer’s request, assemble the system on a wider carriage. It travels on a ring segment measuring 76 mm across which is fitted to the base. So even after a long time, precise movement is still possible as V technology only requires small amounts of lubricant to spread over the V guide surfaces to achieve a long and trouble free life.

Control system keeps hazardous weld distortion to a minimum NanoWeld achieves the optimum precision: a reproducible degree of positioning accuracy of less than 100 nanometres. As Günter Hummelt adds: “If the user wants to weld a variant of a component on a daily basis, the device must be able to adjust the welding angle accurately to 0.1°.” He also explains why the component’s functionality would otherwise be jeopardised: “As soon as welding commences a small molten weld pool with a temperature of some 1,600 degrees is created. When it solidifies there is a risk of weld distortion, which can render the positioning of diode lasers and fibre optics ineffective”. Only the optimum welding angle can then ensure that the distortion is within acceptable tolerances. The advantage of the HepcoMotion system lies in the ease with which the welding angle can be adjusted using the motorised carriage. The profile rails can also carry the welding heads without additional mechanical support. Hummelt concludes, “For us, the HepcoMotion system was the most cost-effective and most reliable solution to the creation of a movement system on a circular track system using laser. Other options had proven to be too big, too complicated and too expensive”. High-precision laser-welding: the NanoWeld welding robot connects fibre optics with a diameter of 10 micrometres. The laser moves within a range of 100 nanometres.

August 2016

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August 2016

Atlas Copco bolsters large screw compressor range with new VSD models offering improved flow and energy savings Atlas Copco has added three new models to its range of oil-injected rotary screw compressors to give larger industrial air users a 20% average improvement in free air delivery and energy savings of up to 35%. Complementing the existing fixed speed GA160+-315 range, the new VSD additions comprise the GA200VSD, GA250VSD and an upgraded version of the GA315VSD, with three different pressure variants from 8.5 to 14 bar developed to match operators’ needs. The adoption of smart design principles has improved airflow, measured as free air delivered (FAD). Operators can now select smaller compressors for the same applications, thus saving money and energy. Atlas Copco’s progressive improvements and engineering breakthroughs − such as the new generation asymmetric compression element incorporated in these machines − has increased FAD by an average of 20% across the range. With the use of variable speed drive technology, energy savings of up to 35% are achievable by automatically adjusting the motor speed to match the air demand. Additionally, the optional energy recovery system can recoup up to 75% of the compressor’s shaft power as hot water, which can be re-used for process operations or premises heating applications. Specific Energy Requirement (SER) is a measure of how efficiently electrical power is used to produce compressed air. The new compressors’ combination of a high efficiency IP55 motor and optimised, gear-driven transmission system contributes to increased energy efficiency and results in an overall improvement in SER of 11% against comparable compressors. The compressors are available in a standard pack or as full feature, aircooled or water-cooled versions. They are designed for standard operating conditions of up to 46°C/115°F. With an integrated dryer, the full feature GA FF models provide dry, compressed air at a pressure dew point of +3°C/37°F while ensuring low pressure drop and minimal installation costs. The new range has been designed from the outset for easy installation and serviceability. The compact design, now with a 5% smaller footprint than previous models, includes internal piping, coolers, motors, lubrication and a control system supplied as a ready-


to-use, plug and run package. To help reduce service costs to a minimum, all components and consumables offer a long operational lifetime of up to 8,000 hours and are easily and safely accessible via large opening doors. All models incorporate the Elektronikon Mk5 Graphic Plus controller for total operational control and remote online monitoring through a simple Ethernet connection. This enables internet-based visualisation via the compressor’s user-friendly 5.7 inch colour display, and also helps to provide full system protection with service scheduling and built-in safety alarms. The controller connects to SmartLink, Atlas Copco’s compressor data monitoring programme, which intelligently gathers, compares and analyses data to help compressed air users increase maintenance and service efficiency.

Two in one filter introduced to fit the GA160+-315 range In parallel with the new GA range launch is the introduction of a larger version of Atlas Copco’s UD+ coalescing filter. The UD+ replaces conventional two-stage oil aerosol and solid particles filters by incorporating innovative Nautilus two-in-one filter

technology, which provides higher energy efficiency without compromising on performance or reliability. In classic filter construction pleated media are used to reduce pressure drop, but this method increases the risk of cracking and oil carry-over; resulting in poor air quality. The Nautilus filter technology incorporated into the UD+ eliminates the risk of cracks in the filter media because they are wrapped around the filter’s stainless steel core. The less dense filter media used in Nautilus technology ensures much easier passage of the air, leading to a significant pressure drop reduction that is 40% lower than a combination of conventional two stage oil aerosol and solid particles filters; but with the same level of filtration efficiency. The net effect is increased energy efficiency with lower running costs. The two-in-one filtration concept reduces installation space and complexity, making UD+ filters particularly suitable for applications where space is at a premium. For further information please telephone 0800 181085, email or visit:



STEGO ‘the protector of electronics’ have developed a new filter fan series. This series has a more effective airflow and significantly increases air volume, thanks to its unique air-flap outlet technology, and only one filter mat. But there is more …



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August 2016

Elesa Direct Drive IP65/7 Electronic Position Indicator for 20mm shafts The new DD52R-E from Elesa fits larger 20mm dia. shafts while offering IP65 or IP67 sealing for arduous environments on industrial equipment of all kinds where high accuracy measurement of shaft position is required. This enables machine setting, counting or position monitoring to be achieved while providing an excellent easy to read six digit display that is legible in any position, with an 8 year battery life.


The flexibility of electronic menu setup allows the DD52R-E to be customised for orientation, absolute or incremental read-out, in metric or imperial – or for angular display in degrees, while of course being re-programmable at any time to suit a new application or new process. The high degree of dust and water protection at IP65 or IP67 means that the unit is suitable for applications that require frequent wash-down, even with high power water jets, e.g. in food, pharmaceutical or similar environments. Further information regarding Elesa products may be found at: or follow them on twitter:

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August 2016

ZEMIC load cell



EMIC, the global load and force sensor manufacturer, represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor, has recently announced its participation in an innovative new machine for use at airports that scans, weighs and confirms that passenger’s carry-on luggage meets the size and weight restrictions required by major airlines. Designed and manufactured by the Dutch vending experts Innovend B.V., the Cabin Size Scanner (CSS) helps consumers at Samsonite’s airport located stores to select the appropriate suitcase by a combination of infra-red scanning and platform scale precision weighing using the ZEMIC’s L6T series singlepoint load cell. The L6T is widely used for single and double load cell structured platform scales with a maximum platform size of 800 mm x 800mm and is supplied with relevant OIML and NTEP certification. The load cell is part of a wide range which covers aluminium, stainless or


alloy steels, to suit single and double load cell structured platform scale applications from small weighing scales to large weighbridge structures and beyond. Load cell set-up and calibration is made straightforward with ZEMIC’s ‘Top Sensors’ T1 weight transmitter that is used to integrate the loadcell with the GUI application through its TCP/IP network. The space saving device saves time with its special theoretical calibration which does not rely on heavy weights to calibrate the machine but uses a ZEMIC calibration sheet supplied with the loadcell by simply entering the full scale output in mV/V. The T1 can also be supplied for Profibus or ProfiNET or may be used with RS232/RS485 connection. Variohm provide complete technical support and a full sales service across ZEMIC’s wide range of load and force sensors with capacities from a few hundred grams to more than 500 Tons. Product families

include single point cells, compression cells, S-type, shear beam and spoke type load cells together with complete weighing assemblies, separate strain gauge circuits, junction boxes, mounting accessories and electronics. Variohm EuroSensor is a manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing complete sales and application support across a comprehensive range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies - for demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.


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Electrical Range t Compact t 8 - 160kg/hr Steam output t Modulating ouput t Skid mountable t Steam in 3 minutes t Automatic facility option

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Engineering Update - August 2016  
Engineering Update - August 2016