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Omron Releases Industry’s Fastest* Machine Automation Controller - NX7 Further expanding the range of Machine Automation Controllers, which are at the heart of the Sysmac automation platform (hereinafter “Sysmac”), Omron has launched the NX7 and NJ1, enabling solutions for a wide range of automation applications from simple machines to cutting-edge solutions for advanced production systems.
compromising reliability, and provides the industry’s fastest processing speed thanks to the Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor and large memory capacity. Focusing on the future of more sophisticated production environments, Omron developed this integrated controller to provide users with scalability beyond the framework of previous controllers and PLCs. This scalability is complemented by the new NJ1 that enables the Sysmac equipment. This entry level Machine Automation controller is fully compatible with the existing NJ3/ NJ5 Machine Automation Controllers sharing a common concept, and functionality. The NJ1 is ideal for machines with a low number of motion axes, with two processors or none at all. With architecture that can quickly incorporate the latest information communication technology (ICT), manufacturing environment. It does this by creating a variety of application functionalities with software and by connecting with third party factory automation hardware and design tools such as 3D simulators.
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New Automated Cutter Means Increased Productivity for Formaplex To cope with increased demand for high quality composite components Formaplex Ltd, has just installed a new Blackman and White Genesis high speed automated CNC cutting machine.
The Hampshire-based dynamic manufacturing group employs over and specialises in the manufacture of lightweight components and tooling for the automotive, aerospace, defence, F1 and commercial industries. “As with many companies supplying high tech industries such as motorsport and aerospace, we have experienced a huge growth in the demand for composite materials to both reduce weight and increase strength” commented Joe Mason, Composites Production and glass pre-preg material was done manually using knives and rulers, but as this was very labour intensive and time consuming, it was essential that we automate
the processes to cope with this increased demand.” Accuracy and repeatability are critical when cutting composite
automatically nests intricate patterns layout to minimise wastage while the computer controlled blade cuts the material at speeds of up to 1200mm/sec.
in the pattern can change the Blackman and White have many years experience working with composites and were able to supply a cutting machine that was easy to use and had the precision improve both productivity and The Genesis 2300 automated cutter has a 1.6 metre wide vacuum bed which locks the material in place for fast and accurate cutting. Nominally 2.8 metres in length, the bed is conveyorised so it can also cope with larger lengths of materials. Intuitive software For further information visit www.blackmanandwhite.com
Mason added, “The new automated cutter not only cuts considerably faster than by hand, but it also cuts intricate shapes with a very high degree of accuracy. Composite materials are expensive, and being able to nest patterns means we can now make the best use of materials, minimise wastage and cut costs. It means we can increase productivity and ensure a high degree of consistency so that every component we manufacture will meet the very high standards of quality that is expected from a world-class manufacturer.”
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ExCeL London has been chosen as the venue for Infrarail 2016. The UK’s showcase event for railway infrastructure equipment, products and services will take place at the capital’s premier exhibition centre from 12 to 14 April next year, again bringing together leading suppliers and the industry’s decision makers and buyers.
access from London Underground’s Jubilee Line and London City Airport. Parking is available for 3,700 cars, and there are six onsite hotels and numerous bars and restaurants. ExCeL recently won the coveted ‘Best UK Conference Venue’ and ‘Exhibition Venue of the Year’ awards for an unprecedented third time.
London is served by main line and urban rail networks that rank among the world’s densest and busiest. Continuing high levels of investment in these systems by Transport for London and by government at a national level add to a strong case for staging this eleventh Infrarail in the capital, according to show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
Infrarail will again provide a valuable opportunity to develop new business contacts. The show will be colocated with CITE - the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition. CITE 2016 will shine the spotlight on wider transport, utilities and communications networks to form a perfect partner event for Infrarail. Together the two shows will form the UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to public infrastructure.
“Locating Infrarail in London provides a good balance with Railtex at the NEC in Birmingham”, says Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks for both events. “It will enable exhibitors to introduce their products and capabilities to the widest range of potential customers in the capital and the south of the country, as well as to visiting industry professionals from the rest of the UK and beyond.” Situated in a stunning waterfront location, ExCeL London now hosts many of the UK’s leading consumer and trade shows. Located in the capital’s Royal Docks and within easy reach of central London, the venue is served by three Docklands Light Railway stations and has easy
together Infrarail and CITE attracted some 6,600 visitors and more than 200 top rail infrastructure companies took part in the rail show. Next year’s Infrarail will incorporate the features that have contributed to the continuing success of the show – the latest in rail infrastructure technology plus keynote presentations from industry CITE Awards, and much more. Regular visits to www. infrarail.com will keep you up to date with the latest plans for the show. Contact kirsten.whitehouse@mackbrooks. co.uk for further information.
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NATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY 2015 National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) was launched in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), as an inaugural event to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career.
fter the success of last year’s National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) where over 250 resource packs were distributed to schools across the UK and 80 organisations, excluding schools, held events in aid of NWED, WES have received an overwhelming response for this year’s NWED. Over 700 resource packs have been distributed to schools, universities and organisations across the country. Approximately 400 schools and colleges across the country are expected to take part in NWED celebrations this year. In relation to actual NWED events taking place, 86 NWED events have across the country. The organisations hosting the events include universities, schools, engineering societies, and multinational organisations, such as Ford Motor Company, Amec Foster Wheeler, Qinetiq and Atkins. Among the events, a Guinness World Record has also been planned to coincide with NWED with the aim to have the largest gathering of women engineers Parade at 8:15am.
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This year NWED has also gained interest on an international level with events happening all over the world to celebrate achievements of women engineers on a global level. The IET Kuwait are hosting a conference on crowdspeaking platform, we have NWED with talks from guest speakers, widened our social reach and with 11 networking activities and awards. days left till NWED secured an ever Our website www.nwed.org.uk and social media page @nwed2015 have who have all pledged NWED Tweets leading up to the day itself. Since
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HYGIENIC SAFETY: PrIorITY NumbEr oNE Hygienic safety is priority number one in the food and beverage system. HARTING Technology Group has launched the connector series Han® F+B, that eliminates existing limitations in system design while making new approaches possible. The food industry imposes extremely demanding requirements. As a result, production and packaging is divided into three zones: the product contact area, the splash zone, and the productfree zone. The product-free zone is the area of the plant where products are already packed and as a result are protected against contamination. Existing HARTING connectivity products can be used here, and as such there are no restrictions with respect to plant and system design. However, the same does not hold true for the product contact area and splash zone. Here, all surfaces must with no gaps or spaces, failing which dirt pockets would develop and food residues might become trapped. This could, in turn, create an unacceptable bacterial load in the plant. In
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SPECIAL SOLUTION FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY HARTING connectors from the new Han® F+B range have been designed in an environmentally optimised manner for the vicinity surrounding the splash area. The patented design is characterised by a large radius and smooth surfaces, in accordance with EHEDG guidelines, making it easy to clean with standards ISO 14 159 and DIN EN 1672-2.
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Atlas Copco delivers 50 tonne compressed air package Atlas Copco Compressors has completed delivery of a large custom designed main air compressor package, weighing approximately 50 tonnes, to Baku, Azerbaijan for installation on a platform Mounted on a single skid and comprised of three ZR500 water cooled screw compressors, a closed circuit water cooling system, three heatless dryers and separate ZT110 black start screw compressor for emergencies, the package was purpose designed, built and fully tested at Atlas Copco’s Systems Hemel Hempstead workshop in the UK, one of the company’s six global competence centres that create and assemble bespoke compressed air and nitrogen generation installations primarily for the oil and gas industry. The physical size of the main air compressor package, which is over 11m long, 6m wide and 3.75m high, meant it had to be delivered in a reinforced crate along with and handling at its destination. This brought the total size was moved from the workshop using a 12 tonne fork lift truck onto the back of a special heavy load bearing lorry that travelled via police escort to Immingham docks for shipping to Baku. During transit, the package will then travel via canal, timed to avoid freezing weather conditions, from the Black Sea into the Caspian Sea for installation on the platform. it will be installed, the main air compressor package has been weatherproofed, winterised and built to withstand harsh environmental conditions including high wind speeds of up to 45 metres per second and ambient air temperatures ranging from -7°C to +40°C at high relative humidity. Designed for continuous 24hr operation, the package was tested to withstand inertial accelerations as a result of seismic activity and is also soundproofed to operate with low noise emissions. Paul Frost, Manager of Systems Hemel Hempstead commented: “The completion of this latest package is an excellent example of the technical expertise and cutting edge facilities we are able to deploy at Systems Hemel Hempstead, which has attracted increased demand from the global oil and gas industry in recent years. For this project we had to take several challenging design and environmental considerations into account to ensure we within budget.” Once installed, the main air compressor package will provide instrument air for pneumatic controls and actuation Under normal operating conditions, two of the main air compressors will be running continuously to provide 100% of the platform’s instrument air requirements. However, in the event of non-availability of one of the compressors,
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encourage other young professionals and graduates to take notice of the packaging and processing sectors, and explore what career opportunities it has “It does worry me seeing so few young people entering the packaging and processing industry. There are so many interesting challenges that face packaging and processing professionals so it’s great that the PPMA continues to recognise their contribution to the industry, driving awareness for the next generation of engineers.” Sponsors of the 2015 Ones to Watch, with a place on its Training & Consulting employee engagement workshop; ‘Don’t just feed me chicken’ worth £250. This unique training course will provide the leadership principles to engage, enable and empower employees by interacting and observing the behaviour of a range of birds of prey at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will also win additional training courses, with the Gold winner receiving a complimentary, course worth £5,000 from Festo’s Training & Consulting portfolio. Silver and Bronze winners will also receive complimentary training courses worth £1,500 and £1,000 and will appear in the achievement gallery at the show. A wide range of training courses are available for selection including people management, organisational management and technical based
to meet the winners’ business needs and requirements. Grant Collier, Head of Marketing for the PPMA Group, added; “We are delighted to welcome back the Ones to Watch awards to the PPMA Show 2015. As a group, we are committed to helping the industry establish solutions to deal with the current manufacturing skills gap and at this year’s show we’ll be focusing on how we can achieve this. As part of this year’s seminar sessions, we’ll be introducing the PPMA BEST initiative – a new charitable trust aimed at recruiting more young people in the industry – and will welcome apprentices from both PepsiCo and Nestle to share their experiences.” “The Ones to Watch is just one strand of a much larger programme to recognise young engineers in the industry and to excite and inspire those considering a career in the packaging and processing industries. We look forward to announcing this year’s Ones to Watch winner at the PPMA Show 2015 in September.” To make a nomination for the 2015 Ones to Watch awards, please email onestowatch@stormcom. co.uk for further information. The winners of this year’s Ones to Watch will be announced at the PPMA show 2015, 29th September – 1st October 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Must-visit exhibitions and conferences for light based and vacuum technologies. PHOTONEX/VISION UK is dedicated to applications, components and systems and all things utilising light technology, it is co-located with VACUUM EXPO for vacuum pumps and systems. Join in the event on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. What’s at these events for the engineer? With a broad light technologies remit, PHOTONEX/VISION UK provides industry with the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies in the exhibition and attend an indepth “Enlighten” conference covering applications and technology advances. At VACUUM EXPO attendees can attend the Vacuum Symposium and take part in Training Courses. The exhibitions includes applied optical instruments and systems, components, lasers, sensors, vision systems, vacuum
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