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Composite Wrap Tackles Complex Pipe Geometries Corroded Bends, Straights and Tees Get Wrapped Up In April 2015, a Norwegian Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) requested a solution to rebuild, strengthen and protect corroded gas pipes. A series of pipes on board the North Sea FPSO were displaying signs of corrosion between both the pipe and support, in some areas registering thin wall defects with up to 35% wall loss. Not only did this represent a severe containment issue, but it also threatened the vessel’s operation.

Thin-wall corrosion up to 35%

Impressively, FPSOs combine facilities for production, processing and storage all in the same place. Often viewed as a safer and more economical solution, with the ability to relocate to another development, these vessels have become the foremost system for offshore oil and gas production.

Receiving material from subsea reservoirs, it is then processed before being stored on board, until it is possible to offload elsewhere via tanker or through pipelines. These pipes often suffer severe corrosion at support point due to abrasion and/or galvanic corrosion. This can have destructive effects on the wall’s integrity, quickly developing into thin and even through-wall defects. In this situation, the customer highlighted how the 6” gas pipe system was suffering from corrosion between the pipe and support. Significantly, the hazardous part of the project was lifting the pipes because of internal pressures; therefore, in order to eliminate the associated risks, the project needed to be executed offline. In order to limit the downtime of the FPSO, the asset owner assigned a limited shutdown Belzona SuperWrap II period, totalling 7 days. tackles complex geometries Because welding was not an option, the application required a unique cold applied solution due to the total number of irregular pipe geometries, incorporating a well-engineered design, for both Tee junctions and sharp bends. Consequently, the customer selected Belzona SuperWrap II, because of the composite wrap’s versatility and ability to conform to complex geometries. Having previously worked with the Belzona Distributorship in Norway, CAN AS, the customer received a precise timeline for the applications, overall guaranteeing an efficient and structured process. Within this time, five of the days were specified for the design and installation of all six repairs, whilst the remainder allowed for curing and demobilisation of all equipment and personnel.


The application was carried out in accordance with ISO/TS 24817 and ASME PCC-2 Article 4.1., certifying the composite wrap system in line with equipment and piping repair regulations, for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. Prior to the installation, heavy equipment was rigged into place, necessary for lifting the large sections of pipe, consistent with engineering designs. Notably, some areas needed the use of rope access techniques, requiring an overall team of five operators, including riggers, inspectors and product specialists. In order to determine the extent of the defect, ultrasound equipment was used to inspect the status of the damaged pipework. Eventually this revealed areas where more than a third of the substrate had succumbed to thin wall corrosion, thus demanding reconstruction of the pipeline surface before the application of Belzona SuperWrap II. As a part of the designated plan, the installation team assembled tarpaulin housing around the specific pipe defect, for grit blasting and climate control purposes. Each wrap application followed the same procedures, by initially grit blasting in accordance with Standard SA2.5, removing any foreign corrosive matter. Ultimately this provided an optimum substrate surface profile of 75µm, ideal for successful application. Once achieved, corrosion resistant Belzona 1111 (Super Metal) was used to rebuild the metal substrate. The versatile adhesive properties of the resurfacing epoxy-based composite, particularly on carbon steel substrates, created a level surface for the next stage of repair. As highlighted, the complex pipe geometries included bends, straights and tees, necessitating a tailored design for the Belzona SuperWrap II application. The two-part, fluid grade resin system works in conjunction with a bespoke hybrid reinforcement sheet based on fibre glass and carbon fibre. The fibre glass offers flexibility, in addition to serving as a wet-out indicator, which ensures effective application of the reinforcement sheet. Interwoven with carbon fibres, the reinforcement sheet provides the composite wrap with the strength it needs to retain high pressures and loads.

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Breaking the mould: A refreshing approach to buying and selling CNC machine tools and equipment. Buying and selling CNC machine tools and equipment has never been easy, straightforward or always that transparent. From a buyer’s perspective there’s the challenge of locating the right piece of kit; the time it takes to view and negotiate the best price; and finally the hassle and expense of collecting, relocating and installing it. The seller is faced with concerns too; managing the sales process, setting the right market value, calculating selling fees and, of course, getting paid once the item has sold. CNC Online is breaking the mould. As CNC specialists, with over 30 years’ experience, they are providing an online marketplace that unites sellers and buyers from production, manufacturing and engineering sectors, enabling them to sell and buy with confidence through industry knowledge, advice and support. It’s a bold but fresh approach. Managing Director Paul Lee comments; “Using our site gives both buyer and seller the confidence in the asset’s realistic value and provides a competitive and hassle-free trading place for CNC machinery and equipment. For sellers, it’s a successful sale of used or new machinery and for buyers, the confidence to purchase an item which will provide a productive and positive return on investment. We believe it’s the perfect solution for releasing capital from under-utilised machinery, upgrading and trading machinery cost effectively and satisfying both seller and buyer in a transparent and equitable way.”


“Three key areas make us different; first is that we are experienced CNC specialists who have developed a dedicated marketplace to sell or buy new or pre-owned CNC machinery and equipment; second is our complete transparency and commitment to both seller and buyer; and third is the advice, guidance and support our dedicated team can provide to help both seller and buyer gain mutual benefit from a successful and hassle-free trading experience.” Nick Beynon, from Rhino Engineering (UK) Ltd has used the service and said, “We were looking for a YCM Mill at a good price and found it on CNC Online. We’re really happy with the price we paid and the quality of the machine, as well as the service we received from the team, so much so that we recommended them to another engineering company.” Benefiting from the latest online technology and an easy to use award-winning website, with options to ‘list your lot(s)’ independently or through an assisted or fully managed listing service, and the peace of mind that the CNC Online’s collect, deliver, install service (Assurance+) brings, both seller and buyer are in a win-win situation. Could this be the future of selling and buying CNC machine tools and equipment? The team at CNC Online certainly believe so. More details can be found at

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Dynamic drive applications with inverter technology: NORD DRIVESYSTEMS Smart Standard Drives provide servo performance and precision NORD Drivesystems’ advanced frequency inverters and high efficiency geared motors can be combined to provide servo-level performance at very competitive costs when compared to traditional servo solutions. NORD offers a comprehensive range of cabinet, wall mounted and motor-mounted frequency inverters with optional POSICON position control for use with its IE2/IE3 asynchronous geared motors or permanent-magnet IE4 synchronous geared motors. Available with flexible choice of absolute or incremental encoder feedback, and with IEC 61131 programming support, POSICON offers a compelling solution for medium precision applications where multi-axis coordination, flying shear, master/slave synchronisation or positon/product registration is required. NORD’s SK 540E is the top-ofthe-range control cabinet frequency inverter and integrates a universal encoder interface for SSI, BISS, EnDat profile 2.1, and Hiperface. In addition to absolute or point-to-point positioning functions the inverter offers endless incremental positioning and features such as teach in, reference point, offset, target position and S-ramps are easily programmed for complete application flexibility. With output power for distributed inverter technology available up to 22 kW and cabinet devices up to 160 kW, other drive features available include a 200% overload capability and STO/ SS1 for high safety applications whilst a wide choice of fieldbus extension modules including Profibus, CANopen, EtherCAT and EtherNet IP provides numerous communication integration opportunity. Illustration 1: Servo precise coordinated drives with NORD Drivesystems frequency inverters and geared motors


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In dairy processing, preconcentrated products are transported to spray towers using either centrifugal or displacement pumps, depending on the type of technology. The Fristam FL3 rotary lobe pump has been found to be ideal when given the task of processing dairy products for spray towers with spraying disks due to its unique helical rotor design. The FL3 is a high-performance hygienic stainless steel pump that combines trouble-free processing with gentle product conveyance. In addition to these features, the FL3 is easily cleaned and can transfer the product both ways through its system with ease, making them ideal “2 in 1” pumps that are suitable for running CIP cycles.

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HONEYWELL CELEBRATES TOP PERFORMING CHANNEL PARTNERS AT EMEA USERS GROUP CONFERENCE De Gidts & Feldman named EMEA 2015 Partner of the Year; Six additional partners recognized with awards


oneywell (NYSE:HON) Process Solutions (HPS) celebrated the success of its key channel partners at its annual Channel Partner Conference for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, held in tandem with the 2015 Honeywell Users Group EMEA Conference. De Gidts & Feldman, of the Netherlands, was named Channel Partner of the Year while six other distributors and systems integrators were given awards for customer service, innovation and excellence in supplying and integrating Honeywell products and solutions. “We’re proud of the exceptional standards of service and support provided by our distribution partners across the EMEA region,” said Andrew D’Amelio, vice president, global channels, HPS. “Our service bar has never been set higher. These awards recognize partners from across the region that go above and beyond to deliver a highly personal customer experience.” De Gidts & Feldman increased yearover-year sales of Honeywell solutions by 60 percent, with customers increasing orders for products such as Experion® LX and SmartLine® Temperature Transmitters. Additionally, the firm’s knowledge of Honeywell products, high standards of customer service and overall enthusiasm stood apart.


Honeywell also recognized the achievements of six partners with the following awards: • Distributor of the Year, Control Products – SENSOR-ACM (Poland) for achieving 40 percent yearon-year growth by signing key customers and systems integrators. • Distributor of the Year, Terminal Operations – Promsensor (Russia) for winning a significant national pipeline customer – and serving that customer across five major sites. • Distributor of the Year, MatrikonOPC – Eastron (Hungary) for achieving 87 percent year-on-year growth, and expanding and strengthening relationships with local customers. • Distributor of the Year, Instrumentation – Purshottam Kanji Trading Co. (Oman) for securing a number of strategic and highly competitive wins. • Systems Integrator of the Year 2015 – Izoform Endüstriyel Otomasyon (Turkey) for a series of strategic wins in Turkey, resulting in year-on-year growth of 100 percent. • Long-Term Achievement Award – Tank Gauging Italia for consistently achieving the highest levels of sales performance for Honeywell Enraf for more than 20 years, thanks to a combination of energy, engagement, maturity, versatility and perseverance.

For more information about new technologies and services being showcased at the Honeywell Users Group EMEA conference, please visit Honeywell Process Solutions ( is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes UOP, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

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iwis Drive Systems Ltd “Raises The Standard” in Britain’s Capital

The River Thames, which passes through Britain’s capital, has seen a free ferry service based at Woolwich near Greenwich since the mid 18th Century and has been enshrined in statue since 1885. The two terminals on the north and south banks allow vehicles and foot passengers to cross the river on one of two operational ferries. Each year the ferries carry over 1M vehicles and 2.5M passengers with a service operating approximately every 10 minutes, running 14 hours per day, 363 days every year. The vehicles and passengers embark at each side on one of 2 bridges or “Linkspans” which raise and lower according to tide, allowing a safe passage onto and off the ferry. The current operator, Briggs Marine Contractors, is contracted by Transport For London (TFL) to manage a major overhaul of the complete ferry system to increase the reliability and resilience of the service and maintain the ferry service for many years to come. Briggs contracted Amco to undertake the major works associated with the linkspan refurbishment which has included the replacement of the c o m p l e t e h o i s t i n g mechanism. The 4 x 240 Ton bridges or “link spans” (who’s life had expired)

were lifted by roller chains attached to a wire rope & roller arrangement. The lifting system has been replaced by a roller chain and direct drive sprocket arrangement supplied by iwis Drive Systems Ltd . In January 2014 Amco awarded the order to iwis Drive Systems Ltd, to produce and supply 500m of its 56B-2 (3 ½” Pitch Duplex) Elite Precision Roller Chain and 32pcs of duplex drive sprockets which are almost 1m in diameter. Managing Director Andrew Fletcher commented “The ferry operation is a very prestigious application of which we are all very proud. We hope the application proves that iwis Drive Systems Ltd is a serious supply partner to the world of power transmission with its Jwis and Elite roller and conveyor chain products” Iwis Antriebssysteme Gmbh, headquarters of the iwis group based in Munich are a global supply partner to agricultural, automotive and industrial transmission and conveying sectors, supplying product through it’s global network of production sites and subsidiaries. “The brands remain synonymous with quality, performance, value for money and innovation and our continued growth highlights our excellence in all areas.”


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All set for change in 2016? Too many manufacturers are still tied to underperforming legacy systems, it’s time to embrace change now! The world of manufacturing is changing; new production techniques, new developments in software and mobile computing are re-writing the rules of the game but still many manufacturers continue to rely on outdated ERP systems—or indeed, no ERP system at all. In order to keep up with this change, manufacturers need to consider how better to embrace software, systems and the internet to run a more streamlined operation. Spreadsheet overflow At ECi we see manufacturers running their businesses with a combination of a basic accounting package and a collection of spreadsheets. They are still doing things the way they did 10 years go. But what seemed simple and straightforward back then has now become a complex and error-prone tangle of disparate systems holding back the business.

Legacy software We still come across companies running relatively unsophisticated ERP systems, long after they should have migrated to something more modern. While a step up from basic accounting systems and spreadsheets, these dated ERP systems also serve as constraints, locking companies into a view of manufacturing and manufacturing technology that often goes back 10 or 15 years, or sometimes even longer.

Vulnerabilities of aging software It’s not difficult to see the drawbacks of continuing to rely on such old systems. Take for example maintenance and support. Even if the original vendor still exists— and many don’t—maintenance and support, if available at all, will be expensive. A currently valid


upgrade path? Don’t even ask. Other business-related drawbacks imposed by aging systems include: • A lack of support for modern supply chain and procurement processes, for instance: web portals, XML data interchange, access to Cloud-based procurement platforms, and so on. • A lack of integration, with specialist third-party Cloudbased ‘line of business’ solutions. Limitations as to how modern computing and communications platforms can be embraced— mobile computing, most obviously, but also such basic building blocks as barcode-based data entry.

A vision for your new ERP system Manufacturers who are new to the notion of ERP tend to focus excessively on their present requirements, and attach little weight to future requirements that might emerge. While understandable—no one wants to pay for features they’re not using—a failure to future-proof can eventually turn out to be both costly and painful. Another potential pitfall is failing to exploit an ERP system to the full, leaving potential savings and benefits on the table. Making sure

that you make best use of your ERP investment is key to its success. Looking at how you can automate your business, transacting through a portal or something as simple as getting buy-in from your workforce, can provide savings and benefits that will extend for years.

ERP needs to pass the test Before embarking on an ERP project, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself the following: • Is it going to help to automate processes within the business? • Will it help to leverage information and work flow with clear lines of responsibility and accountability? • Will it provide clear visibility into events and issues, prompting users to take action? If the vendor you are talking to can’t say yes to all of the above then it’s time to think again. ECi’s M1 Manufacturing system was designed specifically around the needs of make-to-order, engineerto-order, configure-to-order, and mixmode manufacturers, so there’s plenty of highly applicable functionality to exploit. We work with you every step of the way and implement systems that closely match your business objectives. Contact us to learn more how ECi M1 can help give your business that all important boost!


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Leading experts join the PPMA Show 2015 to offer manufacturers financial advice

29th September – 1st October 2015, NEC, Birmingham

Expert advice on the financial assistance available to the UK’s manufacturing industries will be available at this year’s PPMA Show 2015, the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery. Joining over 300 exhibitors, the UK’s Trade and Investment (UKTI) team, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and PPMA BEST will all be on hand to share insight into the range of opportunities available from export advice, financial assistance as well as education and training. Available on stand A130, the UK’s Trade and Investment (UKTI) advisers will offer insight into the financial assistance available from the Government. With representatives in over 100 different markets, UKTI offers access to a network of specialist global contacts to help UK companies export their goods and services around the world. Highlighting the financial assistance available, UKTI representatives will also provide insight into the further support provided from local workshops and seminars, assistance attending overseas trades fairs, as well as a programme of events which regularly reaches thousands of businesses. Further support and advice will also be available on stand F40 where a team of specialists from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, headline sponsors of the PPMA Show 2015, will be offering advice from day-to-day banking requirements and funding for expansion to exporting. Recognising the uniquely important role manufacturing plays in rebalancing the UK economy, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has pledged £1bn of new lending for the sector every year until 2017. In addition to this, the banking group has also backed the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s new Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry, which is due to open in September. It’s £1m per annum commitment to the centre over the next five years will support around 1,000 new apprentices in high-value manufacturing roles and contribute towards addressing the sector’s skills gap in the UK.


LLoyds Manufacturing Team with Michael Portillo Finally, returning to the show after its formal launch earlier this year, PPMA BEST will be joined by the Smallpeice Trust and the Arkwright Trust on stand D101 to highlight and promote the benefits of apprenticeships throughout the industry and reveal how the skills gap can be resolved through improved engagement between the industry and the UK academia. Ensuring that the right courses are available, and that young people are engaged and aware of the benefits on offer, PPMA BEST offers potential engineers learning opportunities at four key levels including secondary, A-Level, apprenticeship and undergraduate. This includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) interactive workshops, delivered by PPMA’s partner, the Smallpeice Trust, Arkwright Scholarships for 6th form A-Level students designed to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and technical design, and apprenticeship and undergraduate opportunities including the Engineering Apprenticeship Awards.

“We’re delighted to offer exhibitors and visitors’ access to the UK’s leading experts who will be available to offer insight into the financial assistance and support available across a wide range of sectors,” said Grant Collier, head of marketing for the PPMA Group. “The UK manufacturing industry continues to be at the forefront of the UK’s economic growth strategy and this year’s PPMA Show will be a great opportunity for manufacturers looking for that all-important financial support. We can’t wait to return to the NEC and introduce our members and non-members to the opportunities available to them.” To register your attendance at the show please visit: For more information on the PPMA Show 2015, please visit or join the conversation on twitter (@PPMAshow #PPMAShow or the PPMA Show LinkedIn group.)

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High Pressure, No Worries! The HP1100 Series of ultra high pressure transducers and transmitters takes away the worries of dealing with very high pressures safely.

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provides outstanding performance with virtually no hysteresis and excellent long term stability over a wide temperature range. The standard autoclave fitting enables safe and reliable sealing to such high pressures. An optional ATEX and IECEx certified version of the HP1100 series is available for explosion protection for flammable gases (zone 0), dusts (zone 20) and mining areas (group I M1). •

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Investors in British Manufacturing – Ogle Models and Prototypes 3D printed platform shoe. The team at Ogle printed the shoes using SLS production, which gave a nylon-based print strong enough for walking in and bonded well to the leather upper. This led to an opportunity to produce a one-off 3D printed shoe for Olympic gold medal winning Amy Williams which appeared on the Channel 5 series The Gadget Show.

Ogle has worked with a string of iconic global brands since it was formed back in 1954, and even played a crucial role in the production of Hollywood blockbuster Star Wars. It’s on-screen work continued into 2015 as Ogle were proud to be involved in the latest James Bond film, Spectre.

Dave Bennion, marketing and sales director at Ogle, said: “High quality British manufacturing is at the heart of our business. The investments we’ve made in state-of-the-art equipment and developing young talent enables our business to grow year-on-year and produce the quality of the prototypes and concept models that Ogle has become well known for within the industry.”

The firm have invested over £130,000 into the installation of two new machines; a FORTUS 400 FDM machine to provide parts in real materials for making jigs, tools and inspection parts in short timescales which are Clients’ demands have seen staff produce ready for immediate use. And a FANUC APLHA D21LiA5 CNC machine for various ground-breaking models this year. high-speed intricate parts. Firstly, the award-winning airline trolley for Flightweight Limited, which is 30 per cent To satisfy growing need for specialist 3D printing, Ogle launched Selassi, lighter than standard trollies, making a fuel an expert 3D print service that utilises the SLS process with automatic saving of up to £400 per year, per trolley, tumbling as a finishing option and a seven colour dye process. All providing airlines with vital carbon offset. quotations are generated automatically on the website and all the client Using production spec parts meant the needs to do is fill in the delivery and contact details before uploading their finished prototype was as close to the final, file. full production item as possible in terms of Next year we can expect to see continued investment from Ogle in high weight and durability. quality British manufacturing to remain at the forefront of this everThe company even made an appearance advancing industry. at this year’s London Fashion Week, having teamed up with design house Julian For more information about Ogle visit Hakes to produce the Honey Wedges, a


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Best practices for a leaner and safer workplace How much does safety mean to you? Get up-to-speed on how you can reduce waste, improve productivity & improve employee knowledge. See examples of just what you can do with the power of 5S Plus. Request your Free Guide book now! Check out the comparison of Do-It-Yourself vs. Pre-Made Labels and Signs Remember, that with an onsite label printer, you can simply print what you want to print, whenever you want to print it, at the point of use. The new BBP™35 Multicolour Sign & Label Printer and BBP™37 Multicolour and Cut Sign & Label Printer support safety and operations professionals to quickly create a safer, more productive facility with multi-colour and multi-shape signs and labels. The printers offer great colour and cutting capabilities as well as a simple, automatic label setup and intuitive touchscreen to make any sign on demand and on-site.

Increase productivity & reduce accidents Attention-grabbing safety & lean facility signs can reduce machine downtime, increase productivity and help to meet compliancy, safety and efficiency goals. They instruct employees and contractors on optimal work procedures, warn against dangers and promote safety precautions. The BBP35 and BBP37 printers enable professionals to create highly customisable signage to increase a facility’s safety and productivity on demand and on-site.

Print any colour, in any shape For signage to be effective, it needs to grab the attention of employees and contractors on the workfloor. Customised multicolour signage in various shapes is better able to do that. The BBP37 printer is equipped


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December 2015

Cool solution

delivers red-hot results. Safe, mess-free cleaning with Kärcher Ice Blasters


s the world’s leading cleaning technology provider, Kärcher has both the products and the knowhow to provide the very best cleaning solutions for a wide variety of industrial environments. Alongside its renowned ranges of traditional industrial cleaning machines such as parts washers, vacuum cleaners, hot water pressure washers and stationary highpressure cleaners, Kärcher has developed highly innovative blast cleaning products to improve safety, reduce costs, and offer new levels of blast cleaning standards. Kärcher ‘s Ice Blaster range offers a portable, non-aggressive, but thorough method of cleaning surfaces, tools, moulds and machines without causing damage to the substrate or the environment. The machines can be used in indoor and outdoor areas and do not require chemicals. The process is particularly suited to environments where machine cleaning and maintenance is essential, and can significantly reduce downtimes and costs.

The system uses dry ice pellets kept at -79ºC, injected into a jet of compressed air, accelerated to speeds in excess of 150 m/s and then fired at the surface to be cleaned. The abrupt cooling of the surface causes a thermal shock and produces fine cracks in the top layer. The dry ice pellets penetrate these cracks and sublimate (turn into a gas without becoming a liquid) instantly, thus lifting the contaminant from the surface, before returning to the atmosphere as CO2 gas leaving only the contaminant behind. Unlike sand blasting, ice blasting keeps surface abrasion to a minimum. As cleaning with dry ice is performed without chemicals or detergents, and leaves no waste water, it is environmentally friendly and can even be used in areas where cleaning with water is prohibited or inconvenient. This superb technology is available from Kärcher’s officially appointed Ice Blaster specialists, all of whom can offer expert advice on your ice blasting requirements. To find out more about how ice blasting can make a difference to your business, and to find your nearest specialist, call 01295 752 142, email or visit

December 2015

MK Extend Their Conveyor Range mk Profile Systems have expanded their conveyor range with two more options in their belt conveyor range and an addition to their chain conveyor range. A belt conveyor with metal detector is now available and also a belt conveyor with back lighting. The chain conveyor comes with an immersion bath for applications where an automated cleaning station is required.

Belt Conveyor with Back Lighting mk’s new conveyor with back lighting is ideal for automated production lines that require ongoing visual inspections. The belt allows light to pass through it and illuminate the products which are checked for material faults, position, completeness, or contour abnormalities either by cameras or by the human eye. Using mk’s belt conveyor GUF-P 2000 AC with tall conveyor frame, there is easy side access for the light, regardless of the lighting used. The conveyor is equipped with a light-permeable belt and in the lighting area, the belt running surface consists of a glass panel made from scratch resistant, satin finished tempered glass. This allows light to pass through the running surface and the belt. The separate tension roller in the drive unit makes for easy belt tensioning and adjustment. This back lighting option is available for all standard mk belt conveyors and modules.

Belt Conveyor with Metal Detector mk has designed a belt conveyor with integrated flat-panel metal detector to assist the plastic & wood industries in the use of machines such as granulators, shredders, or chippers to reduce material to smaller fragments. These machines can be severely damaged if the material contains any metal impurities. To prevent such damage, and related production downtime, the material should be checked for metal impurities while being fed in. If any metal is detected, the belt should be stopped and audible and visible warnings should be triggered. The metal detector is installed inside the conveyor body


and it scans piece goods and bulk materials up to a height of 100 mm. If metal is detected the motor is stopped and a connected signalling unit issues a visual and audio warning. A lateral guide stops the material from falling and an additional PE strip located near the metal detector guides the product. The conveyor with metal detector offers huge benefits to mk’s customers as it can detect both magnetic and non-magnetic metals, even if they are enclosed in the product. This in turn prevents machine damage and production downtime. The conveyor can quickly and easily be incorporated into existing systems with the ability to easily adjust the height of the input and output sides to suit installation conditions. This application is also suitable for quality control in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries. To see the full range of mk’s conveyors please visit or call (01949) 823751.

Chain Conveyor with Immersion Bath m k ’ s automated cleaning station with cleaning bath is shown here as part of an assembly line for metal cyclinders. The cylinders are loaded onto the conveyor by a customer-provided handling unit and conveyed through a cleaning solution where the cylinders are rinsed. Before removal by another handling unit, the cylinders should be cleaned of fluid and contaminants. This solution uses mk’s KTF-P 2040 indexing chain conveyor with product specific mounting V-blocks. The chain travels at an approximately 30° angle and moves the material into the cleaning bath and out again. Adjustable nozzles in the bath thoroughly rinse the conveyed material. The solution can be cleaned and replaced via a circulation pump and filter system. In an enclosed compressed air cleaning station, fluid residues and contamination residues are removed from the conveyed material via flexible nozzles. mk’s complete integrated solution provides chemical resistance due to matched materials and components, and can be provided using the customers own control system or supplied directly from mk. Different immersion options are possible through the use of suitable materials whether it be for an oil bath or a cooling bath. mk offer an extensive range of conveyors including belt conveyors, chain conveyors, incline conveyors, timing belt and roller conveyors. To see the full range of mk’s conveyors please visit or call (01949) 823751.


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Omega European Sales and Service OMEGA offers international sales and distribution while servicing the expanding European marketplace from our UK office based in Manchester. We have multilingual sales staff well-versed in worldwide trade. International payment conveniences such as credit cards, bank transfers, and acceptance of local currencies make it easy for customers around the globe to work with OMEGA.

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Precision Manufacturing


Our commitment to maintaining the leading edge through research development and state-of-the art manufacturing keeps OMEGA firmly at the forefront of technology. OMEGA’s Development and Engineering Center (ODEC), is home to OMEGA’s design and engineering laboratories. All product designs are tested and perfected here prior to marketing. This state-of-the-art facility houses OMEGA’s metrology lab and other quality control facilities. The testing that takes place here assures that you receive the best products for your applications. Once an OMEGA product design is perfected and tested, stock p duction takes place at our Manchester manufacturing facility. This site houses OMEGA’s advanced OMEGACLAD thermocouple wire production equipment along with a host of other computerised CNC milling machines, injection molding equipment, screw machines, braiders, extruders, punch presses and much more.

OMEGA is constantly striving to find new ways to increase the level of service available to our customers. To this end, OMEGA continues to expand the range of calibration services available, offering a broad selection of standards for use in calibrating temperature, infrared humidity, pressure, flow, and force products. By maintaining these standards in-house, we can ensure fast turnaround time on calibrations.All calibrations are performed by our technicians. Contact OMEGA’s Customer Service Department (0161 777 2225) to discuss your specific calibration requirements. • Temperature, Infrared • Humidity • Pressure, Strain, Force • Flow • Five Different Calibration Levels • ISO9001 Corporate Quality • ISO10012-1, ANSI/NCSL Z540-11994 • Global Calibration Services Available • Loaner Units Available

Custom Engineering Omega Engineering proudly offers the most sophisticated and extensive Custom Engineering capabilities in the process measurement and control industry. Whether you need a simple modification of a standard product or complete customised system engineering, OMEGA can accommodate your special request.

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IChemE Forms of Contract For over 40 years, IChemE has published its acclaimed Forms of Contract for the process industries. Written by a team of professionals with considerable experience in the field, IChemE’s contracts are suitable for the provision of any performance-based plant or project.

Who uses IChemE’s Forms of Contract?

There are currently two suites of contracts available, one for the UK market and another for international use. Each contract contains a form of agreement and a set of general conditions, supplemented with guide notes to underpin the compilation of the specification and schedules, as referenced in the agreement.

•constructing a new tunnel on behalf of an international gas and electricity supplier

IChemE’s Forms of Contract are used extensively across a wide range of projects and circumstances, some examples include:

•supporting the implementation of a series of new railway signals for an organisation which maintains UK railway infrastructure •various construction projects for a major UK based water supplier and waste water treatment business IChemE’s contracts are available to purchase in hard copy, printable PDF, view only PDF and editable word document formats. For more information please visit or to place your order email IChemE on or call +44(0)1788 534470

TONE Scaffolding Services innovates by using Bradshaw… TONE Scaffolding Services has recently taken delivery of two tow tractors and 4 bespoke industrial platform trailers from Bradshaw. The vehicles have been put in to Paddington Station to tow large amounts of scaffolding around the site, to locations where the workers need it during the station’s restoration project, which includes refurbishing the platforms, repairing existing structures supporting London Street, building new bridges and walkways together with the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems. The T700 tow tractor, together with bespoke 4 wheel interlinked steering trailers, enables for large volumes and lengths to maneuver through tight areas, with 2 or more trailers capable of being linked in series, enabling a larger load to be carried at any one time. For further information on Bradshaw’s range of vehicles visit


Handling things more efficiently Bradshaw Electric Vehicles has the range and expertise to deliver the solutions you need - from the handling of equipment and goods of all shapes and sizes, to the movement of waste and personnel. Our product range includes ride on and pedestrian controlled tow tractors, load carriers, utility vehicles and personnel carriers. Our expert team also designs and manufactures bespoke equipment. Used vehicles and vehicle rental options also available.

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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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“Prepare your panels now and be ready for next summer”. That’s the message from leading International panel manufacturer and climate solutions specialists, Rittal. By getting expert advice, and planning and putting in solutions now, managers can get ahead of the game and safeguard their production processes – and not find they are caught out by rising ambient temperatures. “Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because the temperatures are dropping,” advises Christian Westwood Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate offers advice on designing effective climate control systems. “Instead why not use this time to consider your best options? “Rittal’s expert team can provide you with free advice as to which cooling product is suited to your particular application, or arrange a survey, so we can propose the best solution.

“We always consider options with users from the perspective of functionality, energy efficiency, ease of installation, service and maintenance, based on real life data measured on site. “I cannot underline how important it is to choose the right product. Climate control is not a one size fits all solution, and its success depends greatly on the local environment,” adds Christian.

refrigerant based solution may be the best option. The new Blue e+ cooling unit range from Rittal, with capacities up to 6 kW, can operate in ambient temperatures up to 60 degrees Celsius yet also provide free cooling when the external air is cooler due to the innovative use of hybrid technology.

Enclosures which are located in a cool and clean environment, may find fan-and-filter units are adequate, given a single device provides more than 4 kW of cooling in ideal conditions.

Air-to-water heat exchangers may be used in even hotter conditions and the water delivered to a remote location in which the heat, up to 10 kW from one unit, may be dissipated more effectively and with less effect on the temperature of the surroundings.

If the air is dirty, it is still possible to take full advantage of low ambient temperatures by using energy efficient air-to-air heat exchangers to provide any necessary cooling.

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Computer aided engineering the future of electrical design Electrical engineering processes can be effectively streamlined thanks to a new generation of computer aided engineering technology (CAE). Ken Christie, director of EPLAN UK, explains how new software solutions have outstripped traditional CAD packages by shortening project turnaround times and improving accuracy and quality.

Computer aided engineering software is increasingly leaving conventional engineering tools in the dark. CAE improves accuracy and quality by removing the need for time-wasting manual input of data and, on any given design project, allows information to flow between everyone involved – engineers from across all disciplines, all departments, the customer and the product’s maintenance team. In the past, multiple software programmes have been used to automate tasks; for example, a computer-aided design (CAD) package to create graphical schematics and a tablebased Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to create parts lists. The programmes do not share data with each other, necessitating manual data entry and cross referencing. The potential for error was great. Today’s advanced CAE programmes have automated these and many other tasks, saving time and improving quality. Leading the way in the newest generation of CAE tools is EPLAN software which offers a powerful central database that brings together a wide range of information. This database can hold a large archive of recurrent content, ready for insertion into a project with a single keystroke and automates time-consuming processes such as device tagging and wire numbering. Currently the EPLAN Data Portal provides users with access to more then 582,000 components and device data that are controlled and managed by 100 leading industry manufacturers including, Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, Roxtec and Schneider Electric.

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Which to choose? Not all CAE systems offer the same featurerich benefits. EPLAN can provide a number of specialist products for specific industries and customer requirements, from enclosure design to wire harness development tools. EPLAN Fluid is an engineering software tool for the automatic configuration and documentation of circuits for fluid systems in hydraulics, pneumatics, cooling and lubrication. It connects the fluid power engineering with all other engineering disciplines so that tasks can be executed in parallel and the entire engineering process is accelerated. Used at the earliest stages of design, CAE tools enable engineers to understand, predict and improve product performance. Businesses are able to explore more design concepts, cut costs associated with actual prototypes and make faster, more informed decisions as designs progress. Can you afford not to make the change? For further information on EPLAN and their range of CAE software solutions, please call 01709 704100, email or visit

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December 2015

MiniTec designs and supplies display cabinets for National Physical Laboratory ‘Super Sight’ stand Demonstrating the innumerable capabilities of its new Profile Series 30 range

MiniTec’s new Profile System 30 used for the NPL’s Total Internal Reflection demonstrator for the Royal Society Science Summer Exhibition


emonstrating the innumerable capabilities of its new Profile Series 30 range of aluminium profiles with matching modular elements and fittings, MiniTec UK recently supplied interactive exhibition display cabinets for the National Physical Laboratory’s ‘Super Sight’ stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition that explores augmented reality – the placement of computer generated images into the human eye’s view. With its nominal sectional size of 30 x 30 mm which suits smaller structures, the wheeled cabinets allowed the exhibition organisers to customise the information panels for the specific subject matter and MiniTec also provided additional engineered


equipment for a laser enclosure that allow visitors to set the angle for the ‘total internal refraction’ cabinet shown in the attached image. Profile Series 30 aluminium profiles suit smaller machine frames, consoles, panels, fixtures, safety guards and the lightweight range is also particularly suited to structural frames for equipment used in the food and medical industries or for organising component or tool storage in confined areas such as vehicle fit-outs. The new range also lowers the cost base for light-duty machine applications. With eight new profiles in sectional sizes of 23 x 16, 23 x 30, 30 x 30 and 30 x 60 (mm) and with combinations of smooth sides and T slot profiles that maximises flexibility and aesthetic

appearance the range uses a new 30 mm version of MiniTec’s Powerlock rapid one-piece fastening system that requires no pre-drilling of the profile and saves considerable assembly time. The range of ancillary components includes angle and adapter brackets, door hinges, panel sealing strips and many other modular construction pieces. The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, ran from 30 June to 5 July 2015 and included a stand by the National Physical Laboratory and TrueLife Optics, about augmented reality, aimed at school students and the general public. All went well and MiniTec’s customer was very pleased with the demonstration consoles over 15,000 people used it!

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Bitflow Launch Axion CL CameraLink frame grabbers Alrad Imaging is pleased to announce a new frame grabber from BitFlow, Inc., a worldwide innovator in machine vision technology. Bitflow has now commenced shipments of its widely anticipated Axion™-CL Camera Link frame grabbers, the sixth generation of its acclaimed Camera Link frame grabber line. Donal Waide, Director of Sales & Marketing for BitFlow, said: “BitFlow has been on the vanguard of Camera Link technology since the standard was first introduced. The Axion-CL builds on our extensive knowledge and experience; quite simply, it is the most advanced, powerful Camera Link frame grabber available today, engineered to maximize the investment value of any CL vision system by lowering design and component costs, while requiring minimal software development.” The BitFlow Axion-CL is fully compatible with every high-speed, high-performance Camera Link camera including base, me-

dium, full and 80-bit (10-tap) CL configurations. In fact, it can acquire from up to two 80-bit/85 MHz cameras simultaneously -- with the board appearing to Windows® and application software to be two completely independent frame grabbers -- greatly simplifying multiple camera setups. In dual camera mode, the two cameras do not need to be the same resolution, frame rate, trigger mode or tap format to give the operator added versatility in design. Like the BitFlow Cyton-CXP CoaXpress frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the company’s new StreamSync™ system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing, all giving machine vision integrators an amazing amount of power at their finger tips, ready to accelerate image processing functions and solve real world vision problems.

delivers efficient support for variable sized images with faster context switches between frames, along with per frame control of acquisition properties, better hardware control of image sequencing and enhanced debugging capabilities. Built on a half-size x8 PCI Express Gen 2.0 board, the Axion-CL will work in any slot that it fits in, not only x16 and x8 slots but also x4 and x1 slots that are becoming increasingly popular with system integrators. The Gen 2.0 PCIe bus doubles the data rate of Gen 1.0 while using the same footprint and connectors, plus is fully backwards compatible with Gen 1.0 motherboards. More information on the Axion can be found at

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Top Level Support for London Infrastructure Shows


ew stand reservations continue to flow in for Infrarail 2016 and the CITE - Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition 2016 next April. Preparations are also continuing for the many activities that will support the two exhibitions, which take place at ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands from 12 to 14 April, forming the country’s largest infrastructure event in 2016. Infrarail is the UK’s showcase for rail infrastructure technology. Among fields to be covered at the show are track construction and maintenance, signalling and communications, electrification, and installations such as stations and maintenance depots, plus key areas such as recruitment and training, occupational health and security. Sectors represented at CITE 2016 will include civil engineering, construction services and products, plant and equipment, geotechnical, tunnelling, consultancy and project management. Many of these are equally applicable to rail, highways, utilities and communications networks.


A welcome addition to the list of Infrarail exhibitors is Crossrail, the Transport for London body responsible for creating the capital’s new railway. It is also one of the exhibition’s supporting organisations. With work in full swing ahead of the line’s phased opening from 2018, Crossrail’s presence will provide attendees with plenty of opportunities to learn more about this major addition to London’s transport network. In another key development, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has pledged its support for CITE 2016. The ACE is the leading business association in the consultancy and engineering industry in the UK, with a membership of around 650 firms operating across many different disciplines and including some of the world’s leading businesses in the sector. Both exhibitions will share the same hall at ExCeL London, and will additionally include programmes featuring keynote speeches by leading figures, industry seminars, project briefings and discussion groups – all free to attend and aimed at providing valuable insights into technology and policy. Entry to the exhibitions will also be free for pre-registered visitors, with online registration opening in the months leading up to the show. Infrarail and CITE are organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions. For more details visit and or contact the show team at

CITE 2016 will build on the success of the well-received launch of the first CITE in 2014 and again form an important part of the UK’s largest infrastructure exhibition. CITE will focus on infrastructure, civil engineering, energy, geotechnical, tunnelling, waste, water and utilities, whilst Infrarail will again shine the industry spotlight on rail infrastructure.

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BSRIA Technical Manager

Gives Successful Presentations At Prestigious Industry Events In Hong Kong


is delighted to announce that Tom Jones, Technical Manager, Compliance Department, recently gave a series of successful speeches at prestigious industry events in Hong Kong. These included – the Eco Asia Expo, the Euro Chamber of Commerce Environment Seminar, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the HAESCO Energy Matters Seminar 2015 – regarding energy efficiency in buildings. Tom’s seminars specifically covered how air leakage is measured, the effect of regulations on air leakage in the UK and the impact on energy of reducing air leakage. He also summarised air tightness standards. He explained the history and impact of building regulations from the UK perspective, as there are no standards used in Hong Kong presently. He then explained the standards used to test and assess buildings in Europe today and the resulting energy savings expected.

Tom said: “This was an excellent opportunity for attendees to hear about some of the energy efficiency best practice measures BSRIA is involved in and promotes. I was delighted to have been asked to speak at these esteemed events so that industry experts in Hong Kong can gain some valuable nuggets of the vital work being carried out in the UK in these fields. I was among some very eminent speakers – including Ms Christine Loh Kung-wai JP OBE, Under Secretary for the Environment.” Celebrating its 10th year, Eco Expo Asia is the pre-eminent trading platform for green businesses in Asia, where industry experts and internationally renowned brands gather at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong from 28th – 31st October 2015.



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British manufacturing celebrated at the PPMA Show 2015

As new figures released by the Bank of England reveal British manufacturing has grown in September at the fastest pace since April 2015, Engineering Update looks back at the success of the 2015 exhibition, and reveals the latest on the PPMA Total Show 2016. The PPMA Show 2015 returned to the NEC from 29th September – 1st October, with more than 1,000 leading packaging and processing manufacturers showcasing the latest technological innovations and discussing key business opportunities with more than 7,500 visitors. An opening keynote from Lord Digby Jones, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, set the tone for the informative seminar sessions which saw prominent figures from across the manufacturing sector take to the stage. Former Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King CBE, provided the headline discussion highlighting the future for multiple retailers, while young engineers, Hannah Whall of Nestle and Sam Kelly of


PepsiCo provided insights into the opportunities available to young people in the industry. The hot topic of the adoption of robotics also came under the spotlight with Shadow Robot’s Managing Director Rich Walker showcasing the capabilities of modern robotics, while the latest inventive and quirky uses of robotic technology, including robotics that could dance, serve drinks and even play golf, were demonstrated in the PPMA’s new Robotic and Industrial Vision zone. Leading experts also took to the floor to showcase the financial assistance available for the manufacturing industry, including headline sponsors of the PPMA Show 2015, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. David Atkinson, Head of Manufacturing, SME, at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The PPMA Show is a major landmark in the manufacturing calendar and this year’s event was bigger and better than ever. Many businesses were keen to share

their experiences, taking elements of best practice from across the industry to better understand how they can achieve their growth aspirations. It was fantastic to see so many businesses from across the industry hungry to collaborate and share new ideas, a true reflection of the best British business has to offer.” The 2016 PPMA Total Show, which will take place in September for the first time in its history, moving from its usual June slot (27-29 September 2016, NEC, Birmingham). The PPMA Total Show 2016 incorporates three major exhibition brands – PPMA, Pakex and Interphex – highlighting the latest innovations in materials, containers and packaging design, as well as the very latest processing and packaging machinery, industrial automation and vision innovations. For more information on the 2016 PPMA Total Show, please visit or email



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hen pumping applications require high levels of hygiene, resistance to chemical agents and gentle handling of delicate ingredients, the new range of Inoxpa PROLAC HCP hygienic centrifugal pumps are the ideal solution. Available through pumping specialists MICHAEL SMITH ENGINEERS, the PROLAC HCP range of compact, close-coupled centrifugal pumps are designed to provide flow rates up to 220 m3/hour, maximum differential pressure (heads) up to 140 metres and maximum system pressures of 16 bar.

HCP PROLAC pumps are available in 316L stainless steel, are EHEDG certified, and will be particularly suitable for main process pumping duties in the dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. They feature as standard a single internal hygienic mechanical seal, a stationary face of carbon, a rotating face of silicon carbide and gaskets in EPDM. Also, CIP (clean-in-place) and SIP (steam-in-place) is possible without the need to dismantle the pumps.

mechanical seals for additional security, gaskets and seals to FDA standards for optimum hygiene levels, different types of connection options for positioning flexibility, heating jackets for temperature sensitive products and ATEX rated versions which allow flammable liquids to be handled safely.

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Utility Week Live is the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to the UK’s gas, electricity and water industries, connecting Britain’s utilities to their suppliers, contractors and partners. Taking place 17th - 18th May 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, it will bring the vibrant multi-billion pound utility industry to life though an exhibition, seminar programmes and show innovations. New show features include an interactive ‘pumping station’ and ‘streetwork village’ bringing the sights and sounds of the utility industry workplace to the show floor. Topic trails are also new for 2016 and will highlight the complementary nature of the content and exhibitors. They will enhance the visitor experience by creating meaningful connections between visitors and exhibitors and will include smart grids, energy storage and DSR, smart metering, pumping stations and streetworks. Workshops will bring the topic trails to life and will provide interactions between exhibitors and visitors on the show floor – at the heart of the event. Utility Week Live will also feature an innovation zone where exhibitors will have the chance to give technical pitches directly to the visitors as well as practical demonstrations and product launches. There will also be the opportunity to meet major end-users of water and energy at the colocated exhibition - edie2016 (formerly Sustainability Live). The substantial CPD-accredited seminar programme which runs alongside the exhibition, and is free to attend - will feature more than 40 seminar sessions organised around six content streams: Innovation, skills, data & analytics, Totex, customers and resilience. Speakers will be experts from both inside and outside the UK utility industry,


with sessions running across both days of the show. The programme of seminars, workshops, technical demonstrations and innovative show features are all commissioned and developed by the award-winning Utility Week, Water and Wastewater Treatment (WWT) and WET News editorial teams. Show content will be relevant, insightful, valuable and completely unique. Several thousand industry professionals will attend Utility Week Live, drawn from the business, operational and engineering divisions of Britain’s electricity, gas and water utilities, plus representatives from the organisations who advise the industry, plus the key policy and regulatory organisations. Find out more at To place your brand at the heart of the multi-billion pound utilities industry, book your exhibition stand today. Contact Rachael Lyon, Business Development Director email or call 01342 332097 Utility Week Live 2016 is completely free to attend. Register your interest today at

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A SOUND SOLUTION TO ASH BUILD UP IN BIOMASS POWER PLANTS By Donald F Cameron Established in 1998, Primasonics® International Ltd is the worldwide leader in design, manufacture and supply of Acoustic Cleaning Systems and Technologies. Our products are used in a variety of industries such as Power Generation, Cement, Petro Chemical, Food, Gypsum, Carbon Black, Chemical, and many more. Acoustic Cleaning is best described as the creation of rapid pressure fluctuations which are transmitted into particulate matter or “bonded” dry material causing the solid particles to resonate and dislodge from the surface they are deposited on or bonded to. This non-intrusive, affordable technology can increase the efficiency of process plant, provide improved thermal conductivity, prevent material blockage and remove particulate build up wherever ash, dust, powders

or granular materials are processed, generated, stored or transported. The Biomass industry is just one of many that can benefit from our sound solution, yet there is a unique synergy between the technologies that seems to make a perfect combination – Biomass a green, low carbon footprint alternative to burning coal in power generation plants and Primasonics Acoustic technology, a green, nonpolluting efficient means to prevent ash build up - and it is certainly proving to be the case! Claymark based in Rotorua, New Zealand are specialists in milling, manufacturing and distribution of high quality timber products. The problem they faced was essentially fouling of the biomass/wood waste fired boiler which provided hot water to the timber drying kilns. The company needed to find an innovative, effective and environmentally friendly solution and so made initial contact with Primasonics International. We recommended the installation of two Acoustic Cleaners with a 230 Hz frequency to be sounded together. In addition, to comply with local plant noise regulations, acoustic covers were designed and installed. After three months operation an inspection was made and no ash build up was found on the boiler tubes. The total project cost was easily fully recouped within the first year of operation and Claymark now have an efficient, green and environmentally friendly solution to their previous serious ash build up. Email: Tel: +44 (0)17684 80372


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Swansea University Engineering student crowned Young Sustainability Champion Swansea University Civil Engineering Masters student, Mousa Dahabreh has been crowned the Sustain Wales Young Sustainability Champion of the year. Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales inaugural Sustain Wales Awards ceremony was held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff with an audience of national and international businesses and champions of sustainability in Wales. The awards were a chance to reward and highlight the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development. Cynnal Cymru aims to seek out and praise the best examples of their kind, cross-sector, across Wales. Mousa, aged 22 and originally from Amman in Jordan, came to the UK straight from Jordan to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at Swansea University in 2011. Mousa said: “I had several options from different Universities worldwide, however Swansea University was one of the most appealing at the time because of its great reputation in Civil Engineering which made it stand out as the best option, in addition to how close it is to the beach. A decision that I am proud of today!” Mousa graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree with most of his academic success from sustainability modules. He decided to carry on and do his MSc in Civil Engineering at Swansea due to his appointment as Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Civil Engineering Graduate

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and Student Group in Swansea and in addition obtaining a bursary from the University. Mousa’s MSc thesis is looking into the effect Building Information Modelling (BIM) will have on sustainability and construction projects after the decision of “Level 2 BIM” is adapted to all public sector projects by March 2016. Mousa hopes that his enthusiasm for sustainability as well as his academic research will one day improve the engineering industry. Speaking about his nomination and his success Mousa said: “I am involved in several Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) groups and it all happened when I was in one of our meetings and got introduced to the Co Director of Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales Group. “The selection process for the awards involved answering several questions and filling in some questionnaires that required some detailed answers. This was then followed by global online voting, where a total of 5000 votes were recorded. “I was one of the three finalists that were shortlisted for the Wales Young Sustainability Champion category. I decided to put my name under Swansea University, which eventually led me to represent the University in the final stages. “It’s a great privilege and an honour to be named the first Wales Young Sustainability Champion. This award will certainly increase my motivation to work towards a more sustainable future both within the engineering sector and in my daily life.” The inaugural Awards ceremony, promises to become a great event in the Welsh calendar. Derek Osborn, Cynnal Cymru Chair said: “It is an exciting time for Cynnal Cymru with the successful awards supported by great organisations from Wales and internationally. It was an evening of celebration which we hope will be followed by a year of collaboration,

Picture 1: (l to r) Rhodri Thomas from Cynnal Cymru, Mousa Dahabreh , David Bolton from Melin Homes (sponsor for the award).

and we are all excited about what may come from these great organisations and individuals working together.” The winners in the eight categories are: • Young Sustainability Champion - Mousa Dahabreh, Swansea University • Sustainable Project of the Year - Safer Swansea Partnership – ‘Purple Flag’ • Sustainable Business of the Year Melin Homes • Community Group of the Year Swiss Valley C.P. School / Groundforce Swiss Valley • Public Sector Award - City and County of Swansea • Sustainable School/College of the Year - Bridgend College • Social Enterprise of the year Antur Waunfawr • Sustainable Venue of the Year Wales Millennium Centre • And the final Award for Sustainable Champion was a closed category selected by the judges and awarded to Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures Following an impressive number of applications and 5000 online public votes, the expert panel of judges selected a number of highly commended finalists. The judges included Derek Osborn CB (Cynnal Cymru Chair), Jane Davidson (Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor UWTSD), Barbara Chidgey (Executive Chair at Leading Wales Awards) and Cynnal Cymru’s Helen Nelson.

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Sensitive about sphere size The standard technique for measuring the sensitivity of food inspection metal detectors is to use metal test spheres. Although this type of spherical testing tool is typically expressed by diameter in millimetres, in the real world metal contaminants are more likely to be non-spherical or an irregular shape. Phil Brown, Sales Director at Fortress Technology explains why spheres are used and why a size detection improvement as little as 0.5mm can dramatically cut the risk of metal fragments entering the production chain. “The rationale for using spheres to ascertain the system’s sensitivity level is because they are the same shape from every aspect when passing through the metal detector,” explains Phil. “Realistically, metal contaminants are more likely to be a piece of swarf, metal shard or narrow wire than a perfectly formed ball. “Furthermore, the signal produced from a wire shape will vary greatly depending on the type of metal it is and on its angle when it passes through the detector. This is known as orientation effect. For example, a stainless steel wire that passes through the aperture upright or sideways generates a higher signal than a straight. In the worst case a wire may produce a signal no bigger than a sphere of the same size as the diameter of the wire.” Metal detector manufacturers naturally use spherical test samples to showcase advances in sensitivity, although visualising what a 50% improvement in metal detection sensitivity actually equates to is challenging. “Our customers express regular confusion and find it difficult to picture what these numbers and percentage improvements really mean in terms of a true contaminant,” says Phil. The relationship between the detection of wire and sphere size is very complex and changes depending on material size, presentation and type. To cut through the confusion the Fortress team complete hands-on demonstrations with customers using soft modelling material. “If you were to roll out a 3.5mm stainless steel metal sphere between your hands - currently the standard Code of Practise for a block of cheese about 75mm high, it could equate to a wire length of 30 cm, depending on the diameter of the wire. Realistically, something of this size is likely to protrude from the product and would be relatively easy to spot with the naked eye. It’s when smaller wires or swarf slivers are embedded into a product where the sensitivity of your metal detector really comes into play.” Putting this into context, Phil says that an improvement in sphere size of 0.5mm can equate to wire length contaminant measuring 2.5cm. The smaller the spherical size, the shorter the wire length. The type of metal contaminant also needs to be factored in. Most detectors will exhibit a different level of sensitivity for the three main groups - ferrous (such as iron or steel), non-ferrous (including copper or brass) and stainless steel. “Because metal detectors work by spotting materials that create a magnetic or electrical disturbance as they pass through an electromagnetic field, stainless steel is typically the most troublesome,” highlights Phil. Widely in food preparation and production areas, stainless steel comes in various grades. Unlike ferrous and non-ferrous metals, stainless steel is usually non-magnetic and a poor electrical conductor. Consequently, a sphere of stainless steel hidden in a dry


product typically needs to be 50% larger than a ferrous sphere to generate a similar signal size. This disparity can rise to 300% in wet products, such as ready meals, meat, fish, sauces, preserves and bread, because moisture acts as a conductive and the metal detection signal can be swamped by product effect. The accepted industry threshold for stainless steel sphere size is currently 3.5mm. Fortress, however, can now achieve upward of 2.2mm with its new Interceptor metal detector range. “From a risk management perspective this makes a huge difference and goes a long way to protecting brand reputation,” notes Phil. “Although there are many variables which can affect a metal detector’s performance, including orientation of contaminants, the type of product passing under the detector, product size and the speed of the line. However, machine sensitivity remains a solid and reliable gauge,” he adds.

Fortress has recently updated their food safety metal detection guide, clearly explaining all the basics behind the technology and how to prepare for a food safety audit.

Test sphere thresholds The food metal detection industry has general sphere size guidance figures and these are based on whether the product being inspected is wet or dry, as well as the overall size of the product. For a wet block of cheese measuring approximately 75mm high, the sphere size parameters would be: • Ferrous - 2.0mm • Non-ferrous - 2.5mm • Stainless steel - 3.5mm

Image 1: Fortress Technology’s Sales Director Phil Brown

Image 2: A 3.5mm stainless steel sphere could be the equivalent of a 30cm wire, depending on the wire thickness

Image 3: Test spheres are the standard technique for measuring the sensitivity of food inspection metal detectors

Images 4: Stainless steel detection signals can be swamped by product effect in wet or salted products Image 5: Fortress often uses soft modelling material to illustrate the relationship between wire length and sphere size

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Waterproof connectors Outdoor or wet indoor environments can destroy electronic equipment. The ubiquitous HD15 VGA dsub connector was never intended to withstand contaminants such as water and dust, but client demand for A/V everywhere is carrying such connectors into less tolerant environments. So what connectors can you use for installations in saunas, wet rooms, indoor poolsides, bathrooms, outdoor CCTV and security systems or even super yachts ~ where anything from moisture through to water deluge might be encountered?


n the Home Install world, waterproofing of components is arguably the first major add-on to the existing features of an indoor interconnect and it it’s clear that most installers don’t want to reinvent interconnects, they want manufacturers to adapt products that they’re already well used to. Weather-protected, weather-resistant, weatherproof, all-weather, water-resistant, and waterproof. For the systems integrator are these terms interchangeable - or confusing? The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) code can be used to interpret. The ingress protection (or IP) code defined in IEC’s international standard 60529 classifies the level of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, water, and accidental contact. The first digit of an IEC IP rating indicates the level of protection the enclosure (connector) provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The second indicates equipment protection levels inside the enclo-


sure against harmful water ingression. Breaking down an IP67 rating then, the “6” indicates total protection against dust ingress and complete protection against electrical contact. The “7” means protection against the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1metre: whilst IP68 and 69 connectors can offer protection against longer periods of immersion under pressure ~ of course this is always dependant upon proper installation following manufacturer’s guidelines, but even then we’re not talking continuous immersion at any great depth, although the UTS Hi seal connector is claimed to ensure stable characteristics on immersion at a depth of 10m and during high-pressure cleaning at up to 140 bar. To achieve IP67 or higher most protected connector designs work on the same principle as the waterproof D-sub connector where the aim has been to reduce the number of components that make up the connector, hence remove all possible leakage paths, and manufacturers have generally added a mounting plate with a silicone

O-ring to create a watertight seal at the panel interface and back potted screw machined contacts to prevent water ingress through the connector body. The use of USB, FireWire and HDMI connectors has grown considerably and is no longer limited to just the home entertainment market. These interfaces are being found more and more in audio systems that require computer-based equipment, such as

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super yachts and commercial shipping. Entertainment systems on the external decks are one of the greatest sound and lighting challenges on a boat. To offer suitable water resistant solutions connector manufacturers have extended their offerings to encompass D-Subs, RJ45 for Ethernet, USB 2.0, M12 Circular Sensor and Actuator connectors, Fibre Optic LC (ODVA), Firewire and HDMI. Applications will include indoor and outdoor on board cinema, IT, communication, security, lighting and automation systems on luxury motor boats, sailing ships and super yachts; onboard waterproof TVs or on board digital signage and advertising systems for cruise ships, ferries and public service vessels. Basically the discerning yacht owner wants to be as connected at sea as they are in their office so given the huge expense of cabling large yachts and cruise liners, optical fibre cable with its inherent EMC resistance and super wide bandwidth (hence future proofing) is increasingly being used. Conec’s IP protected dual LC interface is ideal for use in deck or bridge situations. The IP67-rated LC product family features a 1/6th turn bayonet coupling for fast and secure mate/unmate, even with gloved hands. To optimize chemical resistance, UV resistance, and tolerance to physical abuse, In2Connect offer these connectors in two different housing materials: black plastic and nickel-plated, zinc die-cast. All connectors are duplex LC type, in single-mode, multi-mode, and APC types. The product line includes panel-mounted receptacles, mating plugs, and protective caps. Pre-assembled jumper cables including cables suitable for outdoor use and direct burial, in standard lengths from 1 metre to 300 metres are also available. For content that needs to be clearly displayed to a large audience over a long viewing distance in all weather conditions there is really only one suitable choice and that is ‘LED’ based display technology as in video walls. Connectors like In2Connect’s solder bucket “Pintail” SP13 and SP21 ranges rated IP68 are ideal for interconnecting

video screens. We have worked directly with the manufacturer to produce a connector that doesn’t compromise electrical and mechanical properties whilst being competitively priced. The connector bodies are moulded from glass filled nylon and are available in free plug, cable end receptacle and fixed jam nut receptacle formats, all with dust caps to suit. Plug and socket can have either male or female solder bucket contacts factory fitted to allow design flexibility and polarisation. They were designed to be light weight, corrosion resistant and RoHS compliant with additional improved product features over competitive products; such as ~ planform contact identification by raised numbering for easy identification of circuits to save time and money when soldering or repairing incoming cables. Contacts are solder cup and are an integral part of the insulator, so less piece parts or crimp contacts to lose and no need for expensive crimp tools. To simplify the field assembly process, the dual O ring sealing means that the integral backshell can be easily removed in two sections to allow accurate soldering of the incoming cable. The threaded bodies provide a quick and easy connection to reduce installation and service time and have inbuilt key/keyway orientation with good cable waterproofing and retention by virtue of a rear compression nut. Conec now offer sealed Mini-USB 2.0 connectors. These Mini-USB 2.0 Type B watertight connectors are integrated into a black plastic housing with a bayonet locking feature for harsh environmental applications. A quick-connect bayonet locking mechanism provides an audible and noticeable feedback to ensure the user that an IP67 watertight connection is made. No further mounting tool is required to make this simple, fast and robust connection. The range includes a panel receptacle which may be PCB-mounted or used with a flex circuit. The overall dimensions are compact and require only a 12mm diameter panel cut-out. The pre-terminated patch cables with an over-moulded IP67 Mini USB Type B plug and an over-moulded USB Type-A plug are available in 2mm, 3mm and 5mm lengths. Protective covers are

available to maintain IP67 protection when the connectors are not mated. M12 connectors are waterproof and Conec M12x1 X-coded connectors have been developed for transmission technology according to CAT6A and 500 MHz/10 Gigabit, and are standardised to IEC 61076-2-109. These X-code connectors have 4 shielded pairs, for reliable high speed data transfer in such applications as vision systems and other high-speed data transfer: plus industrial grade materials for harsh environments, all in the small M12 connector. connector.html D-sub and circular multipin in/out connectors are relatively chunky with or without additional protection, but the transition of RJ45, USB, FireWire IEE 1394 and Optical Fibre to less kind environments has required the application of the type of reinforcement associated with MIL-C circular connectors. For Ethernet, the industry has gravitated toward an RJ45 connector type with a bayonet latching or screw threaded coupling mechanism according to user choice. In2Connect stock waterproof connectors from Conxall, Neutrik, Conec, Weipu, EDAC and many other manufacturers with the aim of making it easier for integrators and specifiers to save both time and effort. Bob Hart, Director, In2Connect UK Ltd The UK’s prime source for PCB and backplane, dsub, rectangular and multiway circular connectors; cable assemblies and wire harnesses.


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