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Man and Machine offer an extensive range of Autodesk 2015 training courses

Man and Machine specialise in Autodesk training for Manufacturers, Engineers, Architects & Product Designers. All courses are taught with the official Autodesk courseware and includes one month’s free post training support. Autodesk AutoCAD courses include: • • • • •

AutoCAD Essentials AutoCAD Electrical Fundamentals AutoCAD Advanced AutoCAD 3D Drawing & Modelling AutoCAD Mechanical Essentials

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February 2015

Achieve EU MEPS compliance with an IE2 motor-drive package As of 1st January 2015, the new European minimum energy performance standard (EU MEPS) comes into force, when all motors between 7.5 and 375 kW must either meet IE3 efficiency levels or meet IE2 if fitted with a variable-speed drive.

IE2 motors do not have to be decommissioned and replaced, as there is no requirement under the pending changes to EU MEPS that prevents the continued use of installed IE2 motors. Whilst end user stock of IE2 motors can still be used after the 1st January 2015, any new manufacturer stock brought into the UK market after this date must be fitted with a variable-speed drive to comply with the new efficiency standard. Doing so will not only deliver EU MEPS compliance, but will also offer more accurate and reliable motor control that will improve control of the production process overall. While the energy saving benefits of variable-speed drives (VSDs) are well documented, the productivity improvements that can be achieved by many other less publicised features are not so common.

IE2 efficient ABB general performance motors and ABB process performance motors, available in power ratings from 7.5 to 375 kW in 2, 4 and 6 pole designs, will continue to be available as a matched package with one of the above VSD options from ABB. “It is worth reinforcing that if an IE2 motor is already placed in the market before 1st January then it can be installed and used without a variable-speed drive. It is only when new manufacturer stocks of IE2 motors are brought into the UK market after this deadline that they have to be fitted with a variable-speed drive. The rating plate must show the year of manufacture. Information about the obligation to use a drive must be displayed on the motor and in its technical documentation” explains Dave Hawley, ABB’s UK motors and generators general manager.

All of these features, now common place in VSDs, help ensure safe and reliable motor control and gives ultimate process control on almost any application and duty cycle.

“A far better solution for the water industry is to move straight to IE3 motors. It makes far more energy and financial sense to buy IE3. And even though it is not compulsory, if you add a drive to this motor the energy savings will be massive. Given the focus in the water industry on controlling total expenditure (TOTEX), investing in greater overall efficiency and productivity of process critical assets like pumps is something that water utilities must be giving close attention” adds Hawley.

Suitable VSDs for IE2 motors are the ABB machinery drives, ACS 355 rated from 0.37 to 22 kW; ABB general purpose drives, the ACS310 and ACS550 with a power rating from 0.37 to 22 kW and 0.75 to 375 kW respectively and the ABB drive for HVAC, the ACH550 with a rated power range from 0.75 to 355 kW.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

Pre-installed macros for specific applications such as pumps and fans make setup straight forward, wiring error protection shows a fault if the power cable is inadvertently connected to the incorrect terminals and intelligent control panels allow users to interact with the drive simply.


Man and Machine Training Academy

Man and Machine offer an extensive range of Autodesk 2015 training courses

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Murrelektronik’s Transformers

First Class Quality and Product Protection at its Finest Murrelektronik is known for their first class quality products! To show you how they do this they produced a video about the production of our transformers. A virtual tour of our production that consistently follows the one piece flow principle will give you an excellent impression of why Murrelektronik’s transformers are the best on the market. And you will also see how Murrelektronik can be so quick, reliable and flexible when producing. To deliver all transformers safely to the customers Murrelektronik has introduced a new packaging system for its transformers and rectified power supplies. A dense foam that forms to the shape of the product is better able to absorb shock and vibration during transport. This helps make sure that the outer parts, like brackets and terminals, are not damaged. This solution was carefully tested and selected because it was the only packaging material that passed the parcel services’ drop tests.

PSE HI: The PSE HI (high impact) switches can now be delivered with raised symbols, letters and numbers in addition to various colors, or legend inscriptions. The switch surface is made of anodized aluminium, which can be pre-formed with raised symbols to provide long-term wear and excellent user haptics. The aluminium surface of the PSE HI switches can be produced in various anodized colors. A variety of standard legends and/or raised symbols are offered to indicate function. The laser etched legends or pre-formed raised symbols provide long-term protection against wear. Raised symbols can be numbers, as well as characters from the Braille alphabet. These flexible design options make it possible to offer a wide variety of standard or custom options to meet individual design requirements.


Another plus: the packaging material can be completely recycled Join us on a tour through Murrelektronik’s Production facility for transformers! …or just search for “Murrelektronik Transformers” on YouTube Enjoy the video!

piezo switch with raised symbols

The PSE HI piezo switches have an ingress protection class rating of IP67. The hermetic seal makes the switches ideal for use in areas that must be regularly cleaned or disinfected. Additionally, the switches offer a robust metal housing, well suited for use in harsh environments where there exists the potential for vandalism. The impact resistance according to DIN EN 50102 is IK06.

Technical data: • PSE HI piezo switch 0.1A 42VAC/60VDC • Standard symbols, custom symbols, laser-etched, raised shapes, various colors • Service life at rated switching capacity > 20 million switching cycles • Protection class IK06 (DIN EN 50102), IP67 (DIN 60529)

The PSE HI piezo switch is rated 0.1A @ 42 VAC/60 VDC. The piezo switching element offers an exceptionally long service life of more than 20 million switching cycles. Typical applications requiring such robust switch performance include pedestrian crossing walks, elevators, truck lifts, materialhandling equipment, safety equipment, ticketing terminals, gas stations, food service equipment and processing plants.

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Profibus Conference 2015 Presentation Abstracts

C01 – Industry 4.0 – A Revolution? Preparing for the “factories of the future” This presentation will focus on the requirements to be met before the “digitalisation of automation”, which shape the factories of the future, can become a reality.

Presented by Simon Keogh, General Manager – Siemens Factory Automation & Control Products, the presentation explores some of the automation technology trends currently impacting manufacturing, and touches on the next predicted productivity leap – a fourth industrial revolution now referred to as Industry 4.0, which could see the factories of the future control their manufacturing processes largely by themselves through the use of digital technology. While the Industry 4.0 reality is “some way off”, there are already signs of increasing interaction between product and machine.

C15 – PROFIBUS Redundant Master Switchover for Minimal Control Loop Impact This presentation details the suitability of the PROFIBUS specification (IEC 61158-4/5/6-3) for use in redundant applications.

It details the standard’s state machine processing flows and highlights areas that currently place constraints on redundant master switchover determinism. The presenter will describe various redundancy architectures and associated network topologies. It highlights the lessons learnt and system control benefits from implementing PROFIBUS in a communications protocol offload engine capable of running co-operative multi-tasking multi-threaded software. The offload engine can be operably coupled to ARM or Power Architecture CPUs.

that, in turn, can be used on masters to switch in/out redundant nodes. On slaves (and masters) it can be used to switch bus parameters (IEC timers e.g. mintsdr, addresses, baud rate etc.) on the fly. It details test results, measurements and a scheme yielding a very fast, efficient and error mitigating master redundancy handover, achievable with no discernible impact to the slaves. The synchronization, switchover and return to a controlling state can be achieved with a single poll cycle perturbation, meaning the master need not transition from active to any other state.

This type of controlled and synchronized layer 2 implementation can yield an error mitigating handover

Presented by: Graham Edmiston, Freescale Semiconductor

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10 tips for achieving a 12 month ROI roviders of automation equipment regularly talk around how their machines deliver optimum performance, boost workplace efficiency and increase output. All good stuff. However, for most, if not all customers, the return on investment (ROI) figures can be a real deal breaker. Richard Gladwin, Technical Director at award-winning system integrator Pacepacker Services offers 10 powerful tips that can help improve your business’ bottom line inside a year.

“The fact is ROI is about the whole picture. When done right, pick and place automation and robotics on a bagging, packing or palletising line can turn an inefficient and labour-intensive operation into a smooth, uninterrupted, cost-efficient performance. What’s more, a well thought out turnkey line or robotics solution can often start paying its own way in as little as 12 months,” highlights Richard

Whether you have a fully-automated line that needs modifying or are about to take the plunge for the first time in 2015, these insightful tips from Pacepacker Services demonstrate how manufacturers in every sector can derive real value from an automation investment, whatever your budget.

1. Consider in depth the process you want to automate. 6. Look beyond the people. Automated solutions are consistent and predictable. However, additional flexibility increases the cost. Don’t be seduced by unneeded flexibility or extra tooling. Look at ways of simplifying the process to be reproduced easily and within budget.

Other benefits of automation are lower product and packaging wastage and enhanced quality, which can significantly affect your business and brand reputation. Also, examine any potential production bottlenecks. If some of your new equipment, such as your weighing system, is working faster 2. Can the solution be adapted and modified in the that the bagging or palletising parts of your line, the benefits may be negated.


There’s a misconception that automated solutions fast become obsolete. Make sure your supplier future-proofs your investment and provides reliable support. Solutions can be adapted in future; many of our systems are still being used 20+ years after installation. Work with your integrator to scope out ‘user requirement specifications’ as this will focus your mind on products being handled, packaging sizes and variants, speeds, etc.

3. Plan out your space and test automation concepts. Designs need to be practical and workable. A simulated drawing, such as CAD, will identify space restrictions and also enable you to optimise floor space. There are also programmes to model the different robotic movements and variables before actual build. At Pacepacker, we offer a Try Before You Buy service, giving customers the opportunity to test systems using their own products.

7. Protect your investment. Machine downtime can significantly impact the production flow, especially where there are interdependencies. Today’s systems are robust and reliable, running smoothly 99% of the time. Nevertheless, much like fine-tuning a car, preventative maintenance plans are proven to decrease breakdowns and prevent costly business interruptions. Remote diagnostics are becoming widely available and can be a value added service. For instance many Pacepacker systems are built to enable them to be fitted with remote diagnostics.

8. Develop your in-house engineering skills It’s worth investing in some training, ensuring your engineers have the on-site skills to provide quick fixes. They will also be able to observe when the machinery may not be performing as efficiently as normal and take action before the issue becomes serious.

4. Do the maths.

9. Research your partner well.

Total cost of ownership (TCO) and ROI are frequently confused. TCO also includes services, maintenance, and indirect costs of an asset over its useful life. A well-engineered solution will provide many years of service at a fraction of the cost of manual labour, but a cheaply made, under-engineered solution may cost you dearly in the long run.

Investing in end of line automation is one of the biggest decisions your business can make, and should also be the best. Look for a solution provider that understands your sector, offers a wide variety of options, with a proven track record in automation. It’s not purely about the machine, but having access to a customised solution, including ongoing service, support, training and upgrade routes.

5. Pay attention to the benefits of automation. Answering lots of questions at the outset will help to illuminate the benefits. What are your existing costs for performing the tasks you want to automate? How long does each task take? How many operators do you currently employ to complete the tasks? How much do they cost your business in salary, sick pay, overtime, lunch breaks etc.? How many shifts do you run? Is the work seasonal? These valid questions must all be factored in when calculating TCO and ROI.


10. Stay ahead of your competition. The next decade looks set to be a challenging one for manufacturers. Avoid falling behind your competitors, missing critical business opportunities or losing industry influence. Shorter time to market, quality, efficiency, retail squeeze on profit margins and sustainability are all key trends. With careful planning, a 12-month ROI is attainable, making now the ideal time to explore your automation options.


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Maintec 2015 Fantastic at Forty Maintec, the leading UK event for the maintenance, plant and asset management industry, returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 24-26 March, to celebrate its fortieth year. The show is set to be bigger and better than ever, with more show features, expert speakers and top class exhibitors. Furthermore with three other relevant shows running alongside Maintec, visitors will have over 350 exhibitors and 28 hours of seminar content to enjoy.

Industry Leading Exhibitors Exhibitors at Maintec 2015 include all the major names and show regulars such as Hörmann UK, Pruftechnik, Thermaflue, KeyTracker and AV Technology, many of whom will be launching new products to the market or unveiling their very latest work. Crimson Industrial Vision will be using Maintec 2015 to highlight its range of remote visual inspection systems and thermal imaging cameras. On show will be its VISIO PRIME Inspector, which is a portable 6mm robust industrial endoscope system, with full 4-way articulation and light output, capable of taking both video (mpeg) and still (jpeg) images. Crimson Industrial Vision will also be presenting its INVIZ VUMAN Ra-Y, a premium video endoscope system with the unique Remote Focus capability, enabling the user to adjust the focus for optimum image quality while the probe is deployed. Lobo Systems will be showcasing its platform scaffold products. These combine the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems, but are much more versatile. They need no assembly tools and can be made into any shape or size, which is perfect for maintenance and production applications. The scaffold products flat pack for transportation and are easy and quick to erect, meaning in house maintenance personnel can complete assembly themselves.


Show Floor Entertainment Visitors will have plenty of learning opportunities at Maintec 2015 too, including a return of The Business Exchange, a selection of free content-rich practical talks full of the latest research, new innovations and case studies exploring the hottest topics, challenges and trends. There will also be a return for The Business Strategy Forum, which will include sessions from expert speakers and major industry names. There will be additional showfloor entertainment in the form of show favourite, Lions’ Lair, which will once again be returning to Maintec with brave exhibitors presenting their new technologies, innovations and concepts to a panel of experts, in front of a live audience, in a bid to be voted best of show.

Four Shows – One Roof The organisers have also lined up three highly relevant events to run alongside Maintec 2015. The first of these is Easyfairs’ brand new show, Cleaning 2015, which is focused on buyers and suppliers from within the cleaning industry and is set to transform the way the whole market is supported. Maintec 2015’s second co-location is Facilities Management – the UK’s only event for the facilities industry outside London. It debuted last year and quickly proved to be a complimentary fit with Maintec as many maintenance professionals now also have a wider FM remit. The Health & Safety Event, will also return for its second year, and rounds off the clever co-locations. Visitors will be able to access all shows with one badge, offering hours of content in free-to-attend educational seminars, inspirational industry experts, masses of show floor entertainment and a wealth of exhibitors looking to launch new technologies and concepts to the UK market.

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Innovation in Condition Monitoring The challenge in creating new, commercially successful products becomes even more difficult with the broader choices available to customers, global competition, fluidity in brand loyalty and the increasing level of investment required. To accomplish this task, Gill R&D took the first steps to identify the need and demand required for a new condition monitoring device. Gill R&D had already understood that condition monitoring was a market segment with strong growth potential and the availability of new technologies to facilitate real-time, on-line monitoring products was a sector that exhibited the most opportunity. Condition monitoring’s principle benefit is to provide advanced warning of potential machinery failure, thereby facilitating a preventative maintenance programme eliminating unplanned downtime, reducing costs and increasing productivity. The monitoring of contamination level of ferrous and non-ferrous particles within lubricating oil gives the earliest indication of potential problems. By identifying increased particle levels provides immediate warning of increased wear or component failure. This is before raised levels of vibration become apparent, which is one of the most common methods of condition monitoring. Innovative use of induction technologies has enabled Gill R&D to originate a laboratory concept where both wear and failure particles can be identified by one sensor, potentially forming the basis of a new sensor. Gill R&D set about undertaking a comprehensive market research survey looking at the size, nature and potential of the market, existing sensing technologies, products and manufacturers as well as talking to potential users.

The key findings were significant. Condition monitoring is an established process and is moving from the laboratory to real-time installed sensors. This shift provides faster and earlier indications of potential problems, but most sensors can only monitor one parameter rather than the multiple measurements available from laboratory sampling. Therefore, the proposition to develop a condition monitoring sensor that could measure four of the most common failure modes; wear, failure, contamination, no oil - within one compact sensor combines the benefits of laboratory and sensor monitoring. This provides advantages in lower installed costs and higher return-on-investment opportunities. The other important factor to take into account is to have outputs that are simple to understand and do not require specialist training or knowledge to understand, as is the case with vibration and laboratory monitoring. With the insights generated by the research, the final specification was developed, providing a differentiated product with the functionality that fulfils the needs of the end user. The insights identified that three product variants would be required for the specific requirements of the principal market segments identified with the biggest potential returns. By identifying these requirements early, these variations were accommodated within a common product platform, reducing complexity and costs. However, it must be emphasised that success will not be delivered simply by asking the customer what they would like. It requires technical knowledge, invention and creativity to unlock a truly innovative product providing solutions to the customers’ needs beyond their expectations. Throughout the design and development phase pre-production prototypes were produced for value engineering, specification validation and cost compliance plus environmental testing to be


undertaken, before final specification design was agreed and approved. By combining extensive market research and technology innovation, with disciplined product design, engineering and manufacturing excellence, Gill R&D has developed a product which offers new, multiple functions and features to meet a clearly identified and defined market need. The provision of wear and failure measurement channels, combined with contamination and liquid presence detection, offers detection of four principal failure modes in one compact and easy-to-install device. Reporting in real-time and not requiring any specialist training or knowledge to interpret the outputs delivers a sensor that can provide a real benefit to machinery reliability and availability. Not only does this offer a condition monitoring sensor on the market that has unique functionality capabilities but one that also provides a costeffective proposition, with a compelling return-on-investment by offering reduced mechanical downtime. This innovative new product will be sold by sister company Gill Sensors & Controls Limited and will be demonstrated at the Maintec show at the Birmingham NEC from 24-26th March 2015. For more information on the condition monitoring project or for help with your development project contact + (0)1590 613400 or visit


February 2015

PPMA Show Gears Up for September Preparations for the 2015 PPMA show are well under way with the opening of the show now confirmed with a keynote speech from Lord Digby Jones, former Director General of the CBI. Grant Jaimeson Chairman of the PPMA show commented “Lord Jones has always been a stalwart supporter of British Industry and with the continued upward trend in UK manufacturing, we thought it befitting for him to deliver the keynote address and visit stand holders across the 2015 exhibition.” Following a very successful 2014 event when the PPMA Show returned to the sole ownership and management of the PPMA Group, stand sales have been well above levels expected with eight months still to go and over 80% of the stand space already reserved. David Harrison Group Exhibition Manager said “it is pleasing to see bookings from across the industry with some very large stands such as SMC at over 200 square metres”

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The PPMA show is the UK’s largest and visually dynamic processing and packaging show to serve the sector. It showcases the latest in processing and packaging machinery, industrial robots and machine vision systems. Taking place from Sept 29 – October 1st 2015, the show will also host seminars or discussions on many of the key issues affecting the industry such as the national skills shortage, late payments from large customers to suppliers, apprenticeships and the opportunities they create and the latest on changing relationships between multiple retailers and suppliers.

Paul Earnshaw, Packaging Manager, Tesco PLC said “It’s important for Tesco to attend exhibitions such as the PPMA Show as we want to be able to access technologies that excite consumers. It also provides us with wider access to manufacturers and a route to contact with them.”

Grant Collier Head of Marketing and Publishing for the PPMA Group said “we are also pleased to announce that Jaguar Land Rover will be speaking at one of the seminars which will demonstrate how industrial vision systems integrate to form the perfect partnership with robot applications in the assembly of quality vehicles.”

Dario Riccomini, Managing Director, Aldomak Ltd “I visited looking for an automatic cartoning solutions. There’s a lot of good technology on display. The PPMA Show is one of the best shows I attend, it’s a good general show for manufacturers.” Mark Robinson – Projects Engineering Manager, CEDO Ltd said “The PPMA Show showcases a range of the new technology on offer in the industry. It’s the first year that I’ve been and it’s brilliant, very interesting and I think the show is very important for the industry as a whole.”

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February 2015

Packaging Show Gathers Pace Empack 2015, running alongside Packaging Innovations and Label&Print, is set to showcase the latest packaging machinery and technology.

Taking place at the NEC, 25 & 26 February, the show is offering visitors a packed exhibition hall, hosting a wide variety of suppliers showcase their latest packaging machinery, equipment, logistical and transit packaging, robotics and automation. Amongst the exhibitors will be Americk Packaging, presenting its Shelf-Life Extension technology which decreases the waste created by retailers, reducing environmental impact. This innovative technology allows the effective monitoring of crop metabolic activity throughout the year; providing ‘real time’ data enabling retailers to reduce their waste, both in packaging and the products themselves. Kite Packaging will be showcasing three of its latest product ranges. Kite Wrap and Hold, designed for high volume users, offering a universal packing solution that is secure, reduces costs and completely eliminates the need for void fill and


in-box solutions. Kite Mini Air, an innovative multi-use packaging solution that creates air cushions on demand. And lastly, Kite Air Shock, an air cushioned packaging system that uses inflatable pouches to protect fragile products, especially within the drinks industry. For those looking to reduce their waste disposal, head to the Compact and Bale stand. Experts will be on hand to help with your carbon dioxide footprint and detail how to sell your waste for profit. Compact and Bale will also be featuring its latest machinery, including its AutoLoadBaler® a unique machine that can save up to 15 man hours per week, and StyroPress® a machine that compacts polystyrene into 100 percent recyclable dense bricks. Also joining the Empack exhibition will be an array of major names and show regulars such as FischbeinSaxon Ltd, Atlantic Zeiser Ltd, PFM Packaging Machinery, Powder and

Packaging Machines, HERMA UK, Martek and Norpak, many of whom will be using the show to launch new products to the market or unveil their very latest work. More than just an exhibition, the 2015 show celebrating its tenth anniversary, has more show content than ever before, including interactive features, invaluable advice, content rich seminars and plenty of show floor ‘theatre’ in the form of The BIG Print Debate and the Lions’ Lair. For anyone interested in exhibiting, more information can be found at: or via the show team on: +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or



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February 2015

New event Utility Week™ Live incorporating IWEX to launch


Faversham House, publishers of Utility Week™ magazine, have announced the launch of new event Utility Week™ Live incorporating IWEX, taking place from 21 to 23 April 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.


t is the UK’s first (and only) event dedicated to the business, operational and technical needs of the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities, from upstream, transmission and distribution through to domestic and non-domestic retail.

With a showcase of the latest technologies and solutions from all the leading suppliers, plus a groundbreaking live content programme, including talks from more than 130 key industry thoughtleaders, this year’s show is a must attend event for engineers working across the water, gas and electricity utilities industries.

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Keynote Conference

To complement the Keynote Conference there will also be three further theatres hosting free technical seminars.

Curated by Utility Week™, the Keynote Conference will be a strategic level programme tackling the big issues faced by C-level utility executives. Focusing on the theme “outside The Energy Theatre will explore the in”, it will take learnings from other biggest legislative challenges and sectors that have faced major changes opportunities, including Electricity in infrastructure, technology and Market Reform, implementing demand- customer service. side management, and smart networks and grids. The Pan Utility Theatre will Senior utilities representatives will tackle best practice strategies and also deliver talks at the event, with issues that span the gas, water and chief executives of Western Power electricity sectors. Seminar sessions Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, will cover topics as diverse as fracking, UK Power Networks, Wessex Water, cyber security, big data and how best to Southern Water and Electricity open up opportunities for SMEs. North West confirmed, together with regulators Ofgem and Ofwat. Finally, the Water Theatre, curated by Faversham House’s leading Sustainability Live, the UK’s leading water sector brands WWT and hub of energy and sustainability WET News, will feature case study solutions for the UK business based sessions providing real-life community, will be co-located with learning and innovation in the lead Utility Week™ Live incorporating up to 2017. Issues addressed will IWEX. The event features NEMEX (The include a comprehensive roadmap to National Energy Managers Exhibition), deregulation, universal metering and Energy Recovery plus its own catchment management. strategic, three-day Sustainability Live Conference. This co-location offers visitors numerous business networking opportunities all under one roof (all take place at the NEC Birmingham from 21 to 23 April).


The Utility Week™ Live incorporating IWEX exhibition and technical seminars are free to attend, with paid tickets available for the Keynote Conference. For more information please visit


The new event dedicated to the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities


Utility Week™ Live incorporating IWEX will be the UK’s first (and only) event dedicated to the business, operational and technical needs of the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities, from upstream, transmission and distribution through to domestic and non-domestic retail. Building on the rich heritage of IWEX - Faversham House’s long-standing water and wastewater exhibition - Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX will provide an important information exchange and market place for the UK’s multi-billion pound utility industries and an ideal environment for exhibitors to do business.


Whether your organisation is selling specialised equipment, technology or know-how into a specific segment of the market - or your expertise is equally relevant across utilities Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX will deliver the audience you need to succeed.


Why you should exhibit: ✓ Extend your competitive advantage by exhibiting your products and services in an environment dedicated to the UK utility market, or engaging with the audience via sponsored features and networking opportunities; ✓ Do business and network with thousands of relevant, engaged buyers; ✓ Leverage your ROI further across Faversham House’s extensive portfolio of business information products.


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February 2015

Altair Technology Conference The 9th UK Altair Technology Conference, the UK’s leading virtual design event, returns on 16th June 2015. This free, one day conference from Altair will bring together companies which have benefited significantly by integrating the latest computer aided engineering (CAE) technology into their design processes. By sharing their experiences, our presenters will offer practical insights which can be directly applied in the workplace.


ir Richard Noble OBE, Project Director of Bloodhound SSC will feature among several high profile keynote speakers, and will discuss how he is inspiring the next wave of engineers in the UK industry today and his vision for the future of engineering. Richard specialises in developing high risk ventures and is part of the Thrust2 programme at Bloodhound SSE which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983.


he first Technology Conference was held over twelve years ago and the event has gone on to earn a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits. The conference creates an exciting forum for discussion among leading thinkers and practitioners within the UK and Ireland engineering community. With over three hundred attendees at the last conference in 2013, this year is set to be even more successful and will provide delegates with great value during the day.

Be part of this conference and learn more about: • New Ideas – Get new views on simulation, optimisation and cloud technology by listening to our keynote speakers and technical presenters. • New Resources – Network with highly experienced HyperWorks users from a wide variety of industries. Take this time to make new contacts so you can leverage their knowledge throughout the year. • New Products – Take the opportunity to learn about all the new capabilities the latest version of HyperWorks and other Altair products have to offer.

The free to attend event, open to all industries, is renowned as the ‘must attend’ conference within the UK engineering community thanks to its reputation for extremely high quality speakers and highly valuable technical content. Visit the following link to see the agenda and to register your place: About Altair Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA, and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit


February 2015

The Market Leading Annual Event for the Lifting Industry We are pleased to announce that the all-new LiftEx will take place on the 11th & 12th November 2015 at the brand new purpose-built Liverpool Exhibition Centre. Now in its 11th 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.


iftEx is being elevated to the next level with exciting new additions for 2015.

The LiftEx Industry Conference will take place for the first time alongside the exhibition for on Day 2. This high level conference will feature a series of short presentations delivered by leading figures from the lifting equipment industry. Already confirmed as headline speaker is Ingo RĂźhl, who oversees material handling at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, will present on lifting operations at the unique facility. The conference is targeted at C-level executives and material handling managers who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.


Innovation will feature heavily on the show floor with the Innovation Fast Pitch arena, which will be a key highlight for visitors looking for the latest products on offer in the industry in a fast-moving environment. The arena will host demos of lifting products, services and applications new to market. Not forgetting the larger Exhibition show floor where over 100 companies will showcase the latest innovations, products and services in the industry. Thanks to a considerably more extensive promotional campaign than in previous years, over 1,500 dedicated industry professionals and end users from a wide range of vertical markets, including construction, oil & gas, utilities and manufacturing, are expected to visit the exhibition over the 2 days.

For more information about taking part in LiftEx 2015 as a sponsor, exhibitor, conference delegate or visitor, please contact: Leah Phelps LiftEx Show Director Email: Tel: +44 (0) 7795 110646

February 2015

Motor-Drive Package Delivers Precise Process Control And Atex Compliance ABB’s ATEX compliant motor-drive package

The challenge of matching low voltage AC motors and AC drives for use in hazardous environments within the chemical, oil and gas industries has been overcome by ABB’s ATEX-approved motor-drive package. Because very few manufacturers make both motors and variablespeed drives, it is a major concern to the industry when searching for combinations that are ATEX approved. For instance, end-users that choose to match their own drive and motor combinations may be forced to select a larger motor than optimum because of the limited selections available from their chosen manufacturers. If loadability curves are not available, then the ATEX137 work place directive will have to be implemented through a “self-assessment” route, which can be costly and time consuming. Furthermore, when controlling motors in potentially explosive atmospheres, it is important to be aware of the effects an AC drive has on the operating conditions of a motor, compared to direct-online (DOL) operation. These include higher voltage stresses through steep voltage pulses, common mode voltages and currents, and higher motor surface temperature rises due to a non-sinusoidal supply. For these reasons ATEX directives call for extra attention to be given when an Ex motor is used with an AC drive. Usually only the motor and driven load are installed in the potentially explosive atmosphere, with the drive being installed in a safe area. By choosing an ABB ATEX package, end-users can be confident that the motor and drive combination is optimised for their application and that surface temperature limits have been tested and verified at an ABB laboratory rather than on site with a customer’s own test equipment. Among the many sources of risk affecting AC drives and motors in hazardous environments is


an increase in motor surface temperature. Reduced cooling capacity can be caused by driving the motor outside its specified speed range. Increased surface temperature can occur if the motor is incorrectly dimensioned for use with an AC drive.

flowchart, available in ABB’s brochure, “ATEX compliance in chemical oil and gas”, guides users through the motordrive package selection process for use in hazardous areas. It outlines the appropriate drive to choose based on motor size and hazardous area requirements.

When using an ABB industrial drive, its motor control platform – direct torque control (DTC) - can help reduce the temperature. Using DTC control, along with ABB’s dimensioning and selection tool DriveSize, prevents over temperature. The dimensioning is based on type tested load capacity curves. This also ensures the application is optimised for the load.

Among the many motor types that can be matched with ABB’s variablespeed drives are flameproof from 80 to 400 with power ratings from 0.55 to 710 kW, increased safety in 80 to 560 frame sizes at rated power from 0.25 to 1000 kW, non-sparking in 71 to 560 frames from 0.25 to 2000 kW and dust ignition proof (known more specifically as Ex tD/DIP) motors in frames 70 to 400 from 0.12 to 710 kW.

As well as ensuring surface temperatures are tested and controlled, ABB can also offer a certified safety function which is able to disconnect the drive from the source of energy if surface temperatures are exceeded when the load is stalled or damaged. ABB can offer ATEX certified safe torqueoff (STO) circuits and thermistor protection systems in wall mounted drives or cabinet drives. ABB has identified several routes to EC Declaration of Conformity for low voltage AC drives and motors. Each route depends on the motor voltage, frame size and winding insulation along with the AC drive type, control platform and filter arrangement. A

The ABB drives suited to the control of ATEX certified AC motors include the ABB industrial drive, ACS880 rated from 0.55 to 5600 kW, the ABB standard drive, ACS550, rated from 0.37 to 355 kW and the ABB general machinery drive, ACS355 with a power range from 0.37 to 22 kW. ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

February 2015

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February 2015

Rittal’s Ri4power Provides The Solution For Biomass Generation Plant Room


he development of a power station plant room not only provided logistical and technical issues but also harsh environmental considerations for Nova Controls during their installation of water treatment PLC for a Yorkshire biomass site. The performance of Rittal’s Ri4power modular switch gear busbar system helped to deliver the solution that the site demands. Location of the existing site structure meant that the panel had to be craned in position, therefore rigidity and strength of the framework was a priority. Ri4Power’s welded frame and tested lifting procedures assisted with the installation of the panel within the new power station plant room.

Safety was a key concern to the end customer therefore Rittal’s internal RiLine60 busbar system was shielded and the panel designed in line with IEC61641 Internal Arc Protection. Form 4 type 6 compartments segregated the control devices, busbar and outgoing terminals, which assisted the cabling on site and offered a higher level of safety. The panel was located in a plant room where there is a possibility of high levels of moisture and the potential for an acidic atmosphere. To reduce any corrosion or damage to the panel a tropicalized paint finish was used. Being of a modular design Rittal’s Ri4Power allowed Nova Controls to make last minute changes to the design layout.

In addition to Ri4Power system, Nova also utilised Rittal’s RPE Engineering software to generate design verification documentation that included heat calculations in line with the latest IEC61439 switchgear and Controlgear standards. Peter Hubbert from Nova Controls commented “Working with Rittal Ri4Power gave us a proven high quality engineered product, incorporating all the solutions required to meet the demanding Form 4 specifications of our client and the power generation market. This highly flexible product allowed us to design and configure individual compartments with a range of versatile multifunction components, affording us a speedy assembly and a vital cost effective solution in this competitive arena.”

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February 2015

Radical Composite ‘DURA PLATFORM’

Radical Composite ‘DURA PLATFORM’ Reduces Install Time and Improves Stepping Distance at Elephant & Castle , London


latform 4 at major London station Elephant & Castle was treated to an ingenious new Dura Platform passenger walkway deck system this year by Dura Composites to drastically improve the passenger experience and increase safety by reducing stepping distances from platform to train. Although this task is challenging in itself, the biggest challenge for any platform replacement or refurbishment is to carry out works without causing major passenger disruption during the construction process and sticking to the agreed schedule – this is where long-time Dura installation partner, Hammond (ECS) Ltd, brought their significant expertise and experience to the table as specialist installation contractor.

Resolving Excessive Stepping Distances It was identified that Elephant & Castle platform 4 suffered from excessive stepping distances and Hammond and Dura worked together to develop a solution that allowed a stepping distance adjustment of up to 200mm to deal with varying stepping distances along the platform. Although traditional material platform material solutions could have been be employed, they were ruled out on the basis that significant platform closures and line possessions would be required which would have led to passenger disruptions for many months whereas the composite system employed was far less disruptive and quicker

to install. The innovative solution not only removes the cost and disruption of replacement with a further concrete platform but will also stand the test of time, is adjustable to suit future rolling stock and has a design life in excess of 50 years. The new-age design was approved quickly followed the highly successful installation of a similar composite fibreglass platform system solution at Tulse Hill in 2013 – the first of its kind anywhere. Using learnings from this pioneering install in South London, a number of technical revisions were made to the system for Elephant &

Castle to drive further efficiencies throughout the supply chain, most notably during installation. The specific aim was to reduce and make consistent the stepping distance from the platform to the train and to ensure that platform 4 confirmed to Network Rail standards for height and distance – X-Y dimensions. This was a huge success with full compliancy accomplished. Photographs illustrate the improvements quite clearly and it was noted regular that elderly passengers and those with luggage were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to board or alight the train once the new platform was in situ.

Innovative Substructure Using Anchors and Plates The construction of the existing platform was pre-cast concrete with deep tarmac overlay which meant that it was not realistic to utilise the concrete ground beam solution as per the first project at Tulse Hill. Extensive research and detailed technical collaborations led to the adoption of a new chemical fixing that was capable of anchoring the substructure into


the existing deep tarmac. This anchor fixing was tested independently and also by the manufacturer to ensure its effectiveness in this specific type application. Another major learning versus Tulse Hill was that rather than strip the foundations, a galvanised steel pedestal mounting plate could be fixed directly to the tarmac surface with the tarmac anchors. The plate

could then pre-assembled with the requisite amount of adjustable pedestals. These plates were arranged at suitable centres and formed the primary support for the fibreglass sub-structure. This improved system allowed preparation work to begin in engineering hours. This resulted in less passenger disruption and more efficient use of possession time.

February 2015

Installing the Unique Overlay Platform Due to the relatively undisruptive nature of light weight modular composite flooring panels versus traditional concrete and tarmac and their associated equipment, segments of the installation of the overlay system were conducted within engineering hours under line block arrangements. Passenger safe access was provided with a minimum of 2500mm wide clearance from the platform edge at all times. The pedestal mounting plate assemblies were fixed to the existing platform with the pre-installed tarmac anchors. The initial setting out of the coper line was undertaken using a suitable calibrated platform gauging tool off the running rail to accurately set the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ axis. Then working from front to back of the platforms, the team would correctly level the pedestals to the coper, subsequently setting

pedestals to allow a 1 in 40 back fall. Once the adjustable pedestals were installed the team fixed the fibreglass channels into position and the levels /falls were adjusted. Initial set out of panels was off the platform gauge with the coper section being laid level, and subsequent panels to the rear of the coper laid to fall to the rear of the platform and drainage channel. Additional time was taken on panels that required a tapered cut to coincide with the curvature of the existing any possible tripping hazards but also platform. complimented the decorative finish. Expansion Bolts were used to fix the fibreglass panels to the fibreglass substructure using 30mm holes. Each fixing point was capped with a circular disc of matching fibreglass material to the anti-slip deck. This was a safety critical issue to passengers to remove

The Elephant & Castle install also required that door thresholds be accommodated to account for the platform height adjustment of 50100mm. This was done by laying panels and substructures to suitable cross falls in two directions.

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With two applications now in situ (Tulse Hill station in Lambeth) it has been proven that the use of composite technology can significantly reduce the level of disruption to passenger service when stepping distances need to be addressed as the works are quicker and more accommodating to customers. Most significantly, station platforms do not need to be shut under normal circumstances as simple ramps can be used to smooth out the transition between old and new platforms very easily.

The particular solution developed for Elephant & Castle comprised height adjustable pods secured along the platform, on which glass reinforced plastic fibreglass beams are positioned, providing support for the Dura Platform fibreglass station platform deck system. The walking surface features an anti-slip finish reducing the likelihood of slips, trips and falls. Also incorporated into the platform is a flush mounted bright yellow tactile which replaces the painted yellow safety line on the platform creating a larger visual and tactile identification of the platform edge.

Dura Composites also supplies a range of other composite products to the rail industry, including composite flooring, handrailing and cladding solutions, and an innovative ballast retention system for allowing the inspection of hidden critical elements. Further improvements to its Dura Platform range are underway with a number of exciting innovations to be launched in 2015 with the aim of allowing Network Rail to refurbish its platforms with minimal passenger disruption.

Network Rail Looking To Adopt For More Information Phone: +44 (0)1255 423601 Scheme at More Stations These works saw significant benefits in terms of cost, flexibility and efficiency. When all costs are considered, approximately 25% has been saved versus the cost of a traditional station rebuild, with fewer possessions needed to complete the work. The yellow tactile integrated with the platform edge practically has also eliminated the ongoing cost of maintaining the platform painting. Following the success of this scheme further discussions are underway to install similar systems up and down the country at locations where traditional build systems are not suitable due to poor access, restricted possession times and or passenger disruption worries. Website Homepage: Product Web Page Dura Platform



February 2015

New High Performance MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit. Silicon Sensing has launched a new, attractively priced, high performance Inertial Measurement Unit, called DMU10. DMU10 is a 6-Degree of Freedom (DOF) measurement unit providing three axes of angular rate and three axes of linear acceleration, and a temperature output. The digital output message uses an industrial standard RS422/485 interface for ease of integration. The output includes a message count, angular rates, linear acceleration, temperature, built in test status and a checksum. Additional information such as delta angle (delta-theta) and delta velocity is also provided. Additional algorithms for attitude, heading and heave are all planned for future variants.

Available either uncalibrated or calibrated over the full operating temperature range and supplied either as an OEM or as a Module options. The OEM version is a small PCB, measures 22 x 41 x 11mm and can easily be fitted within a higher level assembly or system. The Module provides a compact and durable option, measuring 26 x 45 x 16mm, with three clearance holes for simple mounting.

The DMU10 can be run from a DC supply between 3.2 and 5.25 volts and consumes only 85 mA, most of which is due to the RS422 loading. Performance is exceptional for such a low cost unit, achieving Bias Instabilities better than 10o/hr and 0.05mg, with Random Walk below 0.7o/√hr and 0.1m/s. And to assist potential users get familiar with this exceptional device, Silicon Sensing DMU10 is engineered using provides an evaluation kit which can also Silicon Sensing’s own unique MEMS be used as a data logger. VSG5 ring gyroscope and capacitive Envisaged applications include accelerometer technologies to machine control, precision agriculture, provide benchmark performance, size vehicles, attitude and affordability. It contains three autonomous systems, personal 5th generation piezoelectric (PZT) measurement navigation and GPS Aiding. More gyroscopes and six accelerometers. traditional applications for inertial systems Outputs from dual accelerometers per axis are averaged to improve precision include antenna stabilisation, camera stabilisation and attitude control. and reduce noise.


Silicon Sensing is an AngloJapanese joint venture company established in 1999 with the objective of commercially exploiting the confluence of its established Coriolis VSG (Vibrating Structure Gyroscope) technology with the emergence of MEMS as a mass production process. Since its formation Silicon Sensing has shipped over 30 million MEMS inertial sensors. It now has three different MEMS gyro sensor technologies; VSG3 (Inductive), VSG4 (Capacitive) and VSG5 (Thin Film PZT), all of which have their different characteristics and merits, and all are in volume production. It now produces precision MEMS Capacitive accelerometers, MEMS gyros, chipscale combi-sensors , and Inertial Measurement Units with DMU10 being the first in a range of powerful 6-DOF MEMS Inertial Measurement Units.

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February 2015

Handheld OMEGA速 Bluetooth速 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and pH Transmitters Turn Your Smart Phone or Tablet into a Data Logging and Monitoring Device Backup Data Logging in Transmitter Assures Data Integrity Designed and manufactured exclusively by OMEGA, the new Handheld OMEGA速 Bluetooth速 wireless transmitters can turn your smart phone or tablet into a data logging and monitoring device. These transmitters measure different sensor inputs such as thermocouple, RTD, relative humidity and pH, and transmit the data via Bluetooth wireless technology to your smart phone or tablet. A free app is available for Android and iOS devices that is configurable in 9 different languages. The OMEGA UWBT app allows you to pair with and set-up multiple transmitters and view their data in either digital, gauge or graph format. Real-time data can be logged on your smart phone or tablet from 1 sample per second to 1 sample per minute. To assure data integrity, data can also be logged locally on the UWBT transmitter itself from 10 samples per second to 1 sample per minute, and then downloaded to your smart device. Data files can be sent from your smart device to an e-mail address or to the Cloud. The device can be ideally used for remote measurements of temperature, humidity or pH in industrial, field and laboratory environments. To learn more visit,



February 2015


TRAINING COURSES WITH HBM Following on from a successful series of training and workshops in 2014, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the first dates for its 2015 training courses, which take place at the end of February.

This is followed by the training course ‘Data Acquisition’ and takes place on the 26-27th February. This course is suitable for all personnel who would like to plan and conduct measurements with transducers and measurement data acquisition systems.

The first of the training courses is on ‘Measurement Uncertainty’, which takes place on 24-25th February and is aimed at all measurement engineers in charge of planning and taking measurements as well as users performing measurement data analysis. Offering delegates the opportunity to learn and practise the GUM-based approach, this course aims to provide an appreciation of the concept of uncertainty of measurement in a calibration or testing environment. The course takes attendees through the process of calculating uncertainties, by a combination of lectures and practical application exercises.

This two day seminar provides both practical and theoretical advice and covers topics such as: how to select the correct sample rates; how to avoid aliasing effects; how digital amplifiers work; the advantages and drawbacks of carrier-frequency supply; the impact of measuring leads; and how data processing works in modern measuring data acquisition systems. Located at the AMP Technology Centre the HBM Academy trainers have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of data acquisition, strain gauge measurement and analysis of measurement data and have been successfully training engineers worldwide for many years.

To register or for further information on these training courses, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: or visit the HBM website at seminars/seminar-calendar/

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February 2015

Wi-Fi Enabled Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers Available from Bsria Instrument Solutions


he measurement of temperature and humidity is critical in many industries, and new Wi-Fi enabled loggers that send data into the Cloud now allow users to remotely access the information from any internet connected device from an office to the beach. Not only does this save users valuable time, but there can be significant cost savings with these devices when compared to traditional wired systems.

Further benefits consist of configurable high & low audible alarms with local display indicator, and out of range messages sent to the user via email alerts which can go direct to a phone or PC. The instruments memory stores all data even if Wi-Fi is temporarily disconnected which ensures data points are never missed, making this a highly reliable and an essential instrument in critical applications.

BSRIA Instrument Solutions has extended its hire and sales offering to include the new easy to use temperature and humidity Wi-Fi enabled data loggers, manufactured by leading supplier Corintech. The instrumentation is suitable for most situations and provides a comprehensive environmental monitoring package for use across many different applications including; manufacturing, agriculture, storage and energy.

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February 2015

Wachendorff Revise and Improve Incremental Encoder Range The German encoder designer and manufacturer Wachendorff Automation, represented in the UK by Variohm EuroSensor, has revised its range of incremental encoders with upgraded specifications and new design features. Formerly known as the WDG series, the new industry-standard 58 mm diameter encoders have been renamed WDGI and, based on the Wachendorff modular design with a wide choice of options, now include an extended temperature range, higher maximum output pulse frequencies and have an increased axial and radial load capacity for the heavy duty versions.

The new WDGI encoders now offer the option of working at pulse output frequencies of up to 600 kHz (TTL) or 2 MHz (HTL). These higher pulse rates combine with incremental resolutions from 1200 up to 25000 pulses per rev, considerably increasing the machine‘s measurement accuracy at high throughput rates.

With shaft load a decisive factor for long life and reliable operation, the heavy-duty WDGI58D variant offers up to 25 % higher potential bearing load than its predecessor model with a 500 N permissible rating in both axial and radial load In detail, the operating temperature directions. range of the connector versions has An optional pressure relief been extended to -40°C...+85°C. is available for Cable versions are limited to -20°C… membrane +80 °C but may extended to the applications such as mobile work higher temperature range as an machines or in high air humidity option to widen the possible range of environments to guarantee that applications without shortening the the encoder is highly reliable, even when temperatures change quickly. encoder‘s service life.

Further improvements include a new die-cast aluminium housing with a durable and eco-friendly powder coated finish that can be custom coloured to match the customer’s machine. Through the WDGI range customers can choose synchro, clamp or square flange mounting for shaft and hollow shaft designs with a choice of axial and radial load ratings on appropriately sized stainless steel shafts. IP67 protection class is standard for the WDGI housings with IP65 for shaft sealing which can be optionally extended to IP67 on some models. Output options cover TTL, RS422, HTL and 1 Vpp sin/ cos whilst input power options include all common DC voltages for mobile and fixed machinery installation

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February 2015

Liene & Linde’s new EtherCAT encoders available from Mclennan


The recently announced EtherCAT® versions of Leine & Linde’s 600 and 900 series absolute encoders are available from its UK representative Mclennan. Both ranges feature the highly robust inductive scanning principle developed by the Swedish encoder innovator, and are supplied with a very wide choice of mechanical and electrical interfacing options as exceptionally durable industrial encoders that suit demanding position feedback in extreme environments with incredibly high resistance to vibration and shock.


he addition of EtherCAT interfacing for these 58 mm and 100 mm diameter encoders brings an extremely stable, reliable and fast communication protocol that is increasingly popular for controlled automation technology applications as broad as packaging machinery to chemical processing and from oil & gas production to wind power. With an adaptable network topology and a flexible number of nodes in the system, EtherCAT is an easy to configure Ethernet system that can be set up for a cycle time of a few tenths of a microsecond which is perfect for precision synchronisation. Furthermore, Leine & Linde’s EtherCAT encoders include powerful electronics that in addition to the position information can deliver speed and acceleration


values with great precision within each data cycle. This allows the PLC or motion controller direct feedback, requiring less processing burden - for faster control systems. The encoder interface also supports CANopen over EtherCAT according to CiA 301 and the device profile range CiA 406. With solid and hollow shaft variants available across both ranges the 600 series encoder offers a multi-turn position resolution to 31 bits whilst the heavy duty 900 series offers up to 35 bits. Both ranges offer a wide choice of alternative interfaces such as Profibus, DeviceNet, SSI and EnDat 2,2. Full details of these and the new Leine & Linde EtherCAT 600 and 900 series encoders are available from Mclennan.

February 2015

Top Safety Accreditation for DAN-Palletiser A/S Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. Employing 85 people, DAN-Palletiser is principally involved in palletising solutions in the manufacturing sector, specialising in the food and beverage industries. The company has sold more than 1000 palletisers worldwide and the portfolio ranges from standard single modular solutions to large multi line customer-specific solutions. DAN-Palletiser’ s most recent clients have included several branded flour producers, major snacks and cereal manufacturers, petfood manufacturers and leading contract packers. DAN-Palletiser A/S is owned by Consolidated Holdings A/S, whose wholly owned companies have a turnover of more than EUR 3.5 billion. Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal. Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities

management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services. John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.” Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website. Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation. Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services.

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COMAU PRESENTS RACER 999 A new compact robot that leverages the Turin multinational’s experience with Racer 7-1.4: the 7kg payload and less than a meter reach deliver record performance The presentation of Comau’s newest robot, Racer 999, was held Wednesday, January 21st at the company’s headquarters in Grugliasco (To). The six-axis articulated robot inherits all the key features of its “older brother” Racer 7-1.4, a product that has had incredible success since was introduced just a year ago, and adds unique features that complement the Italian company’s wide range of products. With a reach of under a meter in length (999mm), Racer 999 is particularly suited for applications in a limited space including assembly, handling, machine tooling, packaging and more. Designed for a payload of 7 kg, the robot can carry up to 10 kg with a limited excursion of the axis 5 for high-speed Pick & Place, and is undeniably the fastest in its category. In addition, it can be mounted in

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Testing for Optimum Panel Orientation In the UK, solar panels produce at full (100%) irradiance if oriented due South at an inclination of 35 degrees while panels facing East or West only produce 79% of the equivalent energy output. However consumption demand peak patterns may now favour East-West orientation reveals Lewis Wilson of PASS Ltd, the independent electrical test equipment and training expert. New research has suggested that panels function more efficiently by facing East-West, while the majority of UK panels face South, so the question is now whether the solar panels on over half a million buildings in the UK could be facing the wrong way. Taking into account the time of day when peak PV output is produced on South-facing panels, this is usually during low consumption periods in the middle of the day, when people are typically at work. Therefore most of the energy generated is fed to the grid at a feed-in tariff that is considerably lower than that paid by the consumer. The real energy savings benefits from solar panels accrue by using the energy generated and not by exporting it to the grid. This applies particularly during morning and evening demand peaks so according to some schools of thought, panels should be oriented both East and West. Germany is now installing East-West facing panels and the question is whether the UK will now follow suit, because if panels are to be mounted in both Eastern and Western orientations, only half of them will be operating at full irradiance during their morning and evening peaks. Therefore, there is a need to measure irradiance at the proposed location to determine optimum panel placement and orientation. Then when the solar installation has been completed, it needs to be tested. This requires both training and instrumentation.

While drawings, maps and photos may help determine inclination and orientation, an accurate estimation of shade effects will typically require a site visit.

A solar installation contractor will use a standard estimation method to establish the electrical rating of the PV array in kilowatts peak (kWp), determine the postcode region, determine the array pitch and orientation, and look Irradiance meters need to be placed up kWh/kWp from a location-specific as close as possible to the surface table. where the proposed panels are to be mounted. The highest reading obtained Solar panel installer training is available will determine optimum placement for for people involved in the Solar the maximum economic benefit from PV installation chain who may not installing the panels. necessarily carry out the installation, in addition to existing electricians and In the case of solar installation testers, solar panel providers who would like to the tools required for fitting and testing offer Solar PV installation to new and PV solar panels are similar to those used existing customers. by most electricians, such as clamp meters and multimeters, but with PVSolar Panel training is also available specific measurements on PV peak for roofing fitters to learn the power and current, depending on the techniques of installing solar roofing type of inverter installed. to a conventional roof. Training teaches correct installation of solar PV For example, maximum power point panels and includes essential safety tracking (MPPT) grid-connected information including, working at inverters work by linking low voltage heights. PV panels of typically 24-48V in series in order to raise voltage to the 230V Training needs to address installation mains requirement. The PV installation techniques on different roof coverings contractor will use solar installation available. Training on a purpose built tester to measure the output to ensure indoor roof and an outdoor solar panel the panels are functioning correctly. roofing array is also available.

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There are two groups of instruments used by solar installers: irradiance meters and solar installation testers. Irradiance meters allow an engineer to obtain a reading from solar equipment such as solar panels in order to calculate exactly how much Training solar power they can generate from a Site evaluation is one of the first particular location. steps that need to be undertaken Solar irradiance is the amount of solar for effective solar PV generation energy arriving at a specific area. It is and this requires thorough training. important to measure solar irradiance Inclination, orientation and shading because factors such as the earth’s tilt, are the three main site factors that cloud cover and the angle of the sun in influence the performance of a PV the sky all play a part. installation.


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Solar PV installation is not rocket science but necessitates adequate training and instrumentation in order to fulfil the conditions necessary for maximum power efficiency to ensure the best energy savings from PV installations. For further information, please visit PASS Ltd’s specialist solar equipment web page.

February 2015

Wright & Wright appointed for Enterprise Hub at Royal Academy of Engineering


right & Wright Architects has been appointed to design the new Enterprise Hub at the Royal Academy of Engineering, after winning an invited competition. Located at Nos. 3 and 4 Carlton House Terrace, The Royal Academy of Engineering has the role of promoting engineering excellence in the UK. The Enterprise Hub will provide new facilities for Academy Fellows to support promising engineering entrepreneurs, through mentoring, training and funding to accelerate technological enterprise. The new Enterprise Hub will span across the lower ground floor of Nos. 3 and 4 Carlton House Terrace. Wright & Wright proposes to remove later amendments to reveal the original 5 metre high brick interior, opening up original circulation routes, to reinstate much of the original mode of natural light and ventilation deep into the plan. This, combined with state-ofthe-art facilities, will help recreate the original sense of drama of the spaces, reinterpreted for engineers in the 21st century. “We are very honoured to have been appointed as architects for the Royal Academy of Engineering. Working with leaders in the construction field on a cutting edge project will be very stimulating. Combined with the fantastic possibilities of their site, this is a wonderful opportunity to do something very interesting.” Clare Wright, Partner at Wright & Wright Architects Wright & Wright is currently working on schemes for Magdalen College and St John’s College in Oxford and has worked on change and adaptations to other significant Grade I listed buildings, such as the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Architectural Association and the Geffrye Museum. The architects will be working with Stuart A Johnson Consulting Ltd and Arup to complete the scheme, which is due to be submitted for planning during the summer of 2015 with the works starting on site in October 2015 and lasting 12 months.


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February 2015

Railtex 2015 Exhibition

12th International Exhibition of Railway Equipment, Systems & Services National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, 12-14 May 2015, Stand M51

HARTING features connectivity solutions for rail applications At Railtex 2015, HARTING is featuring a comprehensive range of connectivity solutions for rail applications, including discrete heavy-duty connectors for use on board rail vehicles, intercar jumpers for transmitting highspeed signals along Ethernet backbones, rugged Ethernet switches, high-speed backplane-based systems, and a range of RFID detectors and transponders for a variety of rail uses. A major new product is the Han(R) M Plus range of connectors, which incorporate effective protection against extreme environmental influences through the use of an additional polyurethane coating. This new coating not only increases the connectors’ impact resistance but also protects them from extreme mechanical and chemical influences. As a result, this housing series is ideally suited to applications in the rail sector, where connectors are subjected to impact and shocks, as well as aggressive environmental influences, and must be effectively protected against such forces. The outstanding durability of the polyurethane cover in the Han(R) M Plus family ensures long-lasting protection against the effects of rock chips, icing, salt mist, UV radiation, industrial exhaust gases, oils and fuels. The coating also replaces the seal where the hood and housing fit together and the flange gasket of the bulkhead-mounted housing. Also new is a differential current transformer capable of carrying out current measurements at up to 10 A. The differential current transformer permits the measurement of the current deviation in supply and return conductors or the monitoring of earth leakage currents in single or multiphase power cables. The compact current transformer is designed for a maximum cable diameter of 110 mm, and is suitable for the detection of primary nominal currents of up to 10 A with a conversion ratio of 1:600. It can be used for measurements over the frequency range from 5 to 400 Hz. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems from HARTING offer an optimal solution to a number of challenging problems in the servicing and maintenance of modern railway systems. RFID systems from HARTING are robust, long-lived, maintenance free and reliable, making them ideally suited to address the challenges of rail applications such as extreme environmental demands, stone impacts, vandalism, very high speeds, and the increased demand for reliability in the face of rising cost pressure and tight maintenance schedules.


Another potential RFID application occurs in situations where a train is longer than the platform or where the platform has additional safety doors. In both cases, the train has to be positioned precisely, and only particular doors may be opened. RFID provides a very robust and simple means for stopping a train at a precise position and providing the onboard electronics with a signal showing which doors have been opened and which have not. Since the transponders can also be hidden in concrete, the solution is well protected from manipulation and vandalism. The number of trams and buses with electric drive systems is increasing, and historic towns minimise the visual impact of overhead conductors by charging up onboard batteries to cover gaps in the overhead power lines. In this scenario, HARTING RFID systems provide a means of informing the vehicle that it is approaching a charging station, thereby avoiding the loss of charging time. In addition, the precise location can easily be determined so that the vehicle knows whether an overhead line for charging is available or whether the battery has to be used for propulsion. RFID also allows data recording from fast-moving trains. Successful tests have been carried out on complete HARTING RFID systems involving robust, metal-housed transponders and communications software to allow the recording of data from trains travelling at over 120 km/h. Here, the transponders are mounted on the train and the RFID reader is typically housed in a switching cabinet mounted near the track in conformity with railway standards. About HARTING The HARTING Group develops, manufactures and distributes electrical and electronic connectors, network components, pre-assembled system cables, and backplane assemblies. These products are capable of withstanding the harshest demands in industrial environments and provide high data rates for electronic applications. HARTING connectors and network components are used in mechanical engineering and plant manufacturing, in automation systems, energy generation and distribution, and in electronic and telecommunication markets. Industrial connectors are also vital in construction machinery, rail vehicles and shipbuilding. HARTING offers Ethernet network components and cable systems for both indoor and outdoor networking applications involving power and data. HARTING today employs a workforce of more than 3500 in 37 countries. For further information visit

February 2015

Industry News Advanced Water & Waste Limited, an A+ Group Company. Specialist in collection, pumping, storage, treatment and reuse of all types of liquors, effluents, wastewaters and sludges.

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February 2015

Conveniently Calibrate Plant Vacuum Gauges Why do vacuum gauges need to be calibrated?

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The largest uncertainty when using vacuum gauges on a process plant is knowing when the process has caused drift or shifts of calibration. Many processes handle vapours and, if any condensation or deposition happens, the chances are it will also happen in the vacuum gauge. Many such gauges Pirani, cold cathose and ion gauges - use thermal or ionisation cross-section measurements to infer the level of vacuum being experienced and they have filaments, cathodes and other hardware, all of which may be coated with by-products from the process.

Having its own ISO IEC 17025:2005 accredited UKAS laboratory with the lowest uncertainties for Vacuum in the UK, Chell are well placed to prepare CalCube for on-site gauge calibrations. The Transfer Standards fitted to CalCube are calibrated in the laboratory both before and after an on-site calibration job so that the confidence level of the calibration is the highest possible.

Even more rugged gauges such as capacitance manometers will be affected by depositions or particulates because any deposition will have mass and the gauge will weigh it, especially if it has a low range and therefore a very thin diaphragm. As processes move away from their design parameter due to gauge “drift”, little about the quality of the process can be inferred from the instrumentation readings, so diagnosis is down to a skilled operator recognising when a batch of product does not conform. This is too late! If the process is sensitive to the level of vacuum being achieved, then the cost of losing a batch could be astronomical - many times the cost of maintaining the plant properly in many cases. With the inherent lack of ruggedness of many vacuum gauges, it is imperative that plant gauges are regularly calibrated and that the operator has spare, calibrated gauges ready to substitute as soon as he fears the process may have drifted away from specification.

The difficulties of calibrating vacuum in-situ Unfortunately, it is very difficult to carry out in-situ vacuum calibrations due to the amount of hardware needed to establish a suitable level of vacuum in a situation where a calibration standard gauge may be compared. Not the least of concerns is the possible cross-contamination of the standard by a contaminated sensor under test. Another is the difficulty of access to many on-plant gauges. So it has become tradition for gauges to be removed regularly from the plant and shipped to an external calibration laboratory for re-calibration and, in many cases, adjustment to compensate for the effects of contamination. With the development of Chell’s on-site UKAS calibration service, they have developed CalCube both as a portable vacuum calibration system with which to offer an on-site service but, for customers who would prefer their own facility, a convenient, tried and tested system. CalCube complies with BS ISO3567:2011 which specifically covers the design and use of vacuum calibration systems and incorporates an ISO/Dis stainless steel calibration chamber with geometry optimised to ensure that all gauges connected see the same level of vacuum so that comparisons may be made.


CalCube is constructed within a rugged, wheeled flight-case type enclosure having just a 13A mains plug yet containing dry diaphragm backing and turbomolecular pumps with high vacuum isolation valves. Over 40 year’s experience of calibrating vacuum gauges have gone into CalCube’s design, which includes such capabilities as calibrating both rising and falling pressures very accurately using a pair of ultra-fine Chell CMF valves. Fitting easily into almost any estate car, CalCube comes with lifting handles to aid safe removal from a vehicle or lifting up steps, etc. A removable side panel is foam lined with cut-outs to hold all the common mating vacuum connector systems - of course, custom connectors may be purchased and housed for specific applications. Choice of vacuum Transfer Standards will be an important decision, which is aided by Chell’s years of experience. These standards, when not fitted to CalCube are housed in another, matching flight-case, ready for convenient return to Chell’s calibration lab. for scheduled UKAS calibration. Chell’s in-house vacuum standards consist of three high-accuracy capacitance manometers having 20 years of continuous calibration history at national Standard level and these are monitored on a daily basis by a Spinning Rotor Gauge whose ball-flange assembly is also calibrated annually at National Standard level. At the atmospheric pressure end of the scale, the vacuum straight line generated by the capacitance manometers is calibrated against our 32” Schwien Merco-Master manometer giving us the lowest uncertainties in that pressure regime. Chell’s customers thus enjoy the accumulated vacuum calibration skills of over 40 years and, should they have specific different requirements, Chell has the skills to customise CalCube to suit. For more information contact:Tel: 01692 500555 e-mail: Website:

February 2015

Munters is the world leader in humidity control offering a broad range of energy-efficient airtreatment solutions for industrial processes and comfort climate applications.

own laws of dehumidification and humidification, relating to how moisture, temperature and energy interrelate.

The Munters Principle is based on our rotor (drying wheel) which contains many small air passages With 60 years’ experience, Munters that combine to form a very large has grown to cover a variety contact surface. The rotor is treated of market sectors - desiccant with desiccant such as silica gel dehumidifiers play key roles in the to absorb moisture easily. Two food, pharmaceutical, transport, air streams pass simultaneously leisure, industrial and preservation through two sectors of the slowly segments in the UK and worldwide. rotating rotor. One air stream Dry air provided by Munters is dehumidified to provide the systems prevent condensation, necessary dry air to maintain the corrosion, mould and improves required humidity levels. The productivity by controlling humidity, other air stream dries the rotor Munters creates optimal conditions so it can absorb moisture again, for people, plants, goods, and and this accumulated moisture is machinery. The technology is energy then exhausted away externally. efficient, and based on nature’s The running and maintenance

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February 2015

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February 2015

Training for Wiring Regulations 3rd Amendment Keeping Abreast of the Wiring Regulations 3rd Amendment The 5th January 2015 publication of the latest version of BS7671 introduced the 3rd Amendment to the 17th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations. The enforcement of the content within this latest edition will be required for the design, installation and commissioning of electrical installations, inspection and testing from the 1st July later this year, so electricians need to get up to speed with Amendment 3 advises Carole Jameson Training Centre Administration Manager at PASS Electrical Training Courses. Electricians now have less than six months to revise the new regulations and make any necessary adjustments to their methods and working practices. According to the IET, there are clearly a lot of questions around the changes, particularly concerning consumer units. In this update, a number of potentially life-saving changes have been proposed, which include changes to consumer unit enclosures to come into effect January 2016 and wiring in escape routes. These suggested improvements have come through from London Fire Brigade (LFB), who has been consulting with Electrical Safety First and the manufacturers’ association (BEAMA). The reason that LFB has driven for these changes is because of the amount of fires that a consumer unit is identified as the source of ignition – currently around five a week. Over recent years LFB has recognised a large increase in the number of consumer unit related fires as shown in the accompanying diagram:

Clearly there is a dangerous trend occurring here. LFB thinks this increase to be mainly due to consumer units with components which are subject to product recall, manufacturers mainly using moulded plastics for consumer unit casings and cables not being securely tightened when installation or maintenance is carried out on the installation. The secondary concern that LFB has raised is that the consumer units are quite often installed in a cupboard under the stairs. This raises concerns as the stairway is obviously an essential pathway for an emergency


escape in a fire scenario and if the fire was to start from the consumer unit it would not take a long time for the escape route to become engulfed by fire and impossible to use. LFB has also contributed with the introduction of new requirements for cabling installed above ceilings that are liable to collapse in a fire (suspended ceilings for example). Other changes include changes to earth fault loop impedances for all protective devices, the risk assessment approach for the omission of RCDs in non-domestic situations, updated EIC and electrical installation condition report (EICR) forms for electrical contractors, and changes to definitions throughout the Wiring Regulations. As in previous revisions to the Wiring Regulations, Amendment 3 is backed by an updated On-Site Guide, which gets down to the specific works on small scale electrical installations, as well as Guidance Notes covering assorted issues like isolation of outdoor lighting, circuit-breakers used as switches, changes to earth fault loop impedances for all protective devices, earth electrode testing, heating equipment, and protection against electric shock and overcurrent.

Special Locations

towed or transportable containers or cabins. Risk reduction requirements include automatic disconnection by RCD, accessible conductive parts to be connected through equipotential bonding to the main earth terminal within the unit, and the type of supply, voltage rating, number of phases, on board earthing and maximum power required. Section 559, 714 and 715: Luminaires and Lighting Installations – Changes are proposed to bring this section together with the latest IEC and CENELEC standards. Section 715 Extra-low Voltage Lighting – This refers to installations supplied from sources with maximum rated voltage of 50V AC or 120V DC. With respect to Section 714 Outdoor Lighting Installations, only minor changes are proposed in this section including things like requiring individual circuits to be isolated. As for Chapter 41 Protection against Electric Shock, it is proposed that any reference to ‘ordinary persons’ is removed and protection for socket outlets up to 20A for all installations is required. However, those with RCD protection for specific labelled socket outlets or where a risk assessment has decided that RCD protection is not necessary are exempt.

Cmin factor

Guidance Note 7 Special Locations is for anyone working with electrical installations in specific locations where guidance may vary such as bathrooms, outdoors and medical locations. Amendment 3 changes include cables in bathrooms, outdoor lighting, extra low voltage (ELV) lighting, and mobile and transportable units.

It is proposed that the maximum earth fault loop impedance is revised to account of the Cmin factor – the minimum voltage factor to take account of voltage variations depending on time and place, changing of transformer taps and other considerations. Notes on the tables will be changed to reflect maximum permitted operating temperature.

Some of the potential changes to the current 17th Edition Regulations are expected in Part 2 Definitions. This section could be expanded and modified with some of the terminology changing to avoid confusion and promote further clarity.

Chapter 42 Protection against Thermal Effects – Regulation 421.1200 requires switchgear assemblies including consumer units to have their enclosure manufactured from non combustible material to help protect against fire.

As for specific chapters, Chapter 52 Selection and Erection of the Wiring Cables: Cables concealed in a wall or partition, could be rewritten and all references to the phrase ‘under the supervision of skilled and instructed persons’ may be removed.

A few changes are proposed to the electrical installation condition report and notes. It proposes changes to the certification of new work – the schedule of inspections for new work to be replaced by examples of items that require inspection during initial verification.

Section 557 Auxiliary Circuits is a proposed new addition to the regulations and will cover things like auxiliary circuits for low voltage electrical installations. These types of circuits are for the transmission of signals intended for the detection, supervision or control of the functional status of a main circuit. Section 717 Mobile and Transportable Units – This covers units which are self propelled,

PASS runs a number of one day 3rd Amendment seminars aimed at raising awareness of these changes among electricians and helping to interpret its content throughout the UK. For further information, please visit PASS Ltd’s specialist 3rd Amendment web page or call 0845 365 3945.


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