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Schwer Fittings Ltd Company Profile Company Background Having been involved in the manufacture of stainless steel fittings for over 40 years, the German based company has an ongoing goal of producing high quality, precise, stainless steel, tube and hose connectors and adapters, whilst on-going developments and improvements keep it at the fore front of the marketplace. Schwer Fittings Ltd started in Warrington in 1994, twenty years later as an established and still growing company, the UK branch continues to improve, innovate and, most importantly, manufacture. Recent improvements include expanding into the adjacent building, provision of an updated trade counter, purchase of new CNC machinery and a bending machine. The latest developments are the provision of a training room and testing facilities for hose assemblies. 2016 will see the roll out of assembly testing, so that customers can be assured of a hose & fitting match; and the provision of training courses in Warrington.

Products Specialists in stainless steel connection technology, Schwer offers a wide range of fittings, including single and twin ferrule compression fittings, hose end fittings, including interlock, (BSP, NPT, metric, ORFS & JIC), hydraulic adapters (BSP, NPT metric & JIC), screwed fittings and valves. Increased stock in the UK allows for next day delivery for most items, with a further, short-lead time, service available from German stock. The investment in new machinery allows for start-to-finish production of hose tails, in Warrington; thus improving lead times, availability and unit costs.

Quality Management Uniquely, all Schwer products are laser marked, this number allows for complete traceability from the raw material, to the machine used for production. Item specific 3.1b certificates and test reports, may be supplied up to ten years after manufacture. Schwer holds many quality certificates including ISO 9001 & 14001, Lloyds, DNV, ABS and DVGW. Combing a highly skilled workforce and cutting edge CAD design with the newest machine technology, Schwer produces the highest quality products, all of which are subjected to rigorous testing from raw material through production, to despatch.

Expertise and Technical Support The team in the UK has grown from three to nearly 30, reflecting the company’s success and growth. With many years’ experience and knowledge the team is equipped to provide a continuously improving service, both over the phone and on site. Schwer’s new web site now offers product search, downloadable certificates and technical information, whilst paper catalogues are also available from the Warrington office. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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

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

Schwer Fittings Ltd, Warrington Tel: 01925 639006 Fax: 01925 639007 Email:

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NEC Class 2 approval for Murrelektronik’s MICO range Efficient NEC Class 2 circuits are now a reality after eight of Murrelektronik’s MICO power distribution modules have been given NEC Class 2 approval. What does this mean for you? Cost-effective, compact and simpler NEC Class 2 circuits. in high costs, required a lot of cabinet space and considerable wiring effort. With Murrelektronik’s NEC Class 2 approved MICOs, you can design NEC Class 2 circuits even faster, in a more compact and cost effective way.

Murrelektronik’s MICO is a proven solution for intelligent power distribution and efficient protection of load circuits in UL508A cabinets. Eight MICO redundancy modules are now available with NEC Class 2 approval making it possible to design efficient NEC Class 2 circuits.

What are class 2 circuits? A Class 2 circuit is the portion of the wiring system between the load side of a Class 2 power source and the connected equipment. Class 2 circuits have limited energy and a maximum power of 100VA. According to the UL definition, there is neither the risk of electrical fires nor electric shock due to the limited energy in these circuits. Therefore, according to UL508A, the cabinet components used in a Class 2 circuit don’t require UL approval. Up to now, an individual NEC Class 2 approved power supply was used for every circuit of this kind. This resulted


All you need is a standard power supply (that doesn’t necessarily have to be NEC Class 2 approved) combined with a MICO to easily create two, four or eight separate load circuits with limited energy. By connecting several MICO power supply redundancy modules with their integrated bridging system, the number of channels can be increased up to a total current of 40A. Now the following cabinet components in these NEC Class 2 circuits don’t require UL approval. This prevents a lot of paperwork.

Features of MICO supply units MICO offers additional benefits for circuit design with its proven functions including: channel-specific switch off in the event of overload, a visual warning notice, saving of error messages and cascading start of current paths – making it possible to use a smaller power supply. An alarm output can be connected to a PLC or an alarm indicator lamp. MICO Basic is Murrelektronik’s intelligent power distribution module for 24 V DC applications. It monitors the power distribution and reacts to short circuits by shutting the channel down as late as possible but as early as necessary. MICO Basic is perfect for any application that protection a lot of sensors and actuators with similar demands. The current ranges are preset and the modules monitor four or eight channels with 2, 4 or 6 A.

MICO Classic is the intelligent power distribution module from Murrelektronik for 24 V DC applications. This cabinet component monitors currents on up to four channels. It indicates when approaching the maximum load and it shuts the channel off if there’s a short circuits or overload. In 2 and 4 channel variants – each channel max. overload current is adjustable up to 10A. MICO Fuse is the ideal alternative to using individual safety terminals. The compact module features eight sockets for glass tube fuses that can easily be serviced from the front of the module. It protects up to eight channels. The MICO FUSE 24 LED version has additional LEDs that indicate the operating condition of each channel in red and green. A group alarm contact sends the current status to the control. The universal module MICO Fuse 250 covers the complete range from 0 to 250 V AC/DC. MICO+ is the intelligent power distribution module from Murrelektronik for 24 V DC applications. This cabinet component monitors currents on up to four channels. It indicates when approaching the maximum load and it shuts the channel off if there’s a short circuits or overload. Each channel is adjustable up to 10A. The MICO+ can be switched ‘off’ by the control platform in the event that the connected loads are not required – thus offering energy savings. For more information, please visit To speak to a Murrelektronik adviser today, call +44 (0)161 72831-33 or email

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Informative Flow Measurement Bulletin Titan Enterprises has published the Spring 2016 edition of its quarterly fLowdown ebulletin which contains a wealth of hints and tips, technological developments, interesting applications advances and breaking news from the field of flow measurement. Available for download from the Flowmeters website, the popular Technical Tip column looks at the challenges of metering fixed volumes of liquid into a process and offers a 7-point plan to eliminate errors and improve reproducibility. In each issue of fLowdown, the editors review a particular flow metering technique, its benefits, shortfalls and the applications to which it is best suited. The Spring 2016 issue looks at Coriolis flow meters and provides an informative introduction to this accurate flow metering technology. Bulletin board previews and gives access to a soon-to-be published article that examines increasing industrial demand for liquid flow measurement systems operating at low flow rates and discusses the technological advances in novel ultrasonic flowmeters that are enabling better measurements to be made. Also in the Spring 2016 issue is a feature on low cost flowmeter technology development for beverage dispensing, a case study on semi-automated additive application and details of several new product introductions from Titan Enterprises. To download a copy of the newsletter please visit or contact Titan Enterprises Ltd. now on +44-1935-812790 / With over 40 years’ experience in flowmeter innovation and manufacture, Titan Enterprises philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 250,000 products into 40 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase rate of 95%. Today Titan supplies innovative flow measurement solutions to a broad range of market sectors, including medical, chemical, petrochemical, food and drink, laboratory and pharmaceutical. All flow meters produced by Titan are designed and manufactured to ISO9001 and calibrated to an uncertainty of ±0.25%.


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“They Sniggered When I Got Up To Speak” But from the First Word, I Held Them Spell Bound


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Since 1996 Minesoft has been developing solutions to help innovation-driven companies capture and exploit this information. Online patent search tools such as PatBase Express allow engineering and R&D departments to access global patent information without the need to be a patent search expert. PatBase Express contains over 100 million Patents, Utility Models and Designs which can be queried using simple keyword or date searches. Powerful, integrated Analytics software help users to better understand patent search results and see trends in the activity of their competitors. Many engineers, particularly those with responsibility for making new patent applications, will cite patents as prior art i.e. evidence that a use of technology or an invention is already known. Patents can also yield useful information on how certain components work and how they might be incorporated into other systems.

In 2012 Minesoft combined forces with the engineering society publisher IET to create a product that both helps engineers use patents better, and to help patent experts use literature for prior art research. Minesoft Inspec is a new platform designed by Minesoft for searching the IET Inspec engineering database, containing over 15 million articles abstracted and indexed by engineering and technology experts, as well as conference reports and videos. Minesoft Inspec is an invaluable non-patent literature source for prior art and current awareness searches, as well as for retrieving publications that may help to challenge the validity of new patent applications. It also includes the International Patent Classification (IPC) – a coding system to facilitate the quick retrieval of patents according to the area of technology that they address. Minesoft Inspec allows users to search by IPC codes, and to visualise results according to an IPC breakdown, making it easy to see where the technology is being applied.

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Toyota selects EtherCAT Toyota Motor Corporation has selected EtherCAT as its Industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT. The global announcement was made by Morihiko Ohkura, General Manager of the Production Engineering Innovation Division at Toyota Motor Corporation during an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press briefing at Hannover Messe 2016.

Ohkura explains: “I am pleased to announce that Toyota Motor Corporation will make the most of EtherCAT in our new factories to be built around the world. We have conducted thorough analysis and evaluation to compare various industrial Ethernet technologies. I believe the performance, determinism and simple wiring characteristics of EtherCAT, in addition to its openness, best fit with the needs of Toyota to evolve production systems with Industrial IoT concepts.” EtherCAT is also an essential part of Toyota’s new IoT deployment strategy: “In order to smoothly introduce the new IoT concept to our factories, it is critical for us to be able to source necessary EtherCAT components in a timely manner. Thus, we strongly encourage our suppliers to prepare high-quality EtherCAT components with competitive cost. In March 2016, I made such an announcement in Japan to inform local suppliers and I would like to take this opportunity at Hannover Messe to communicate our plan to our suppliers around the world.” Furthermore, Ohkura stressed that Toyota is prepared to take an active role within the EtherCAT Technology Group: “What I expect from the ETG is to support us in becoming one of the leading EtherCAT users in the industry. By growing the community of supporters of EtherCAT technology, I am confident that the transition from our current technology should be a smooth one.” The decision to standardize on EtherCAT also factors in the latest addition to the technology, EtherCAT P: “I should also mention our strong interest in the new technology, EtherCAT P. The concept to integrate


communication and power lines perfectly matches our lean production philosophy, TPS: the Toyota Production System. Simply put, the fewer cables, the better. While still in preparation to become an ETG specification, Toyota is prepared to actively collaborate with Beckhoff Automation, the inventor of EtherCAT and EtherCAT P, in order to smoothly make the new technology available to us and the rest of the community.” Martin Rostan, Executive Director of the ETG, comments: “The significance of Toyota’s choice to standardize on EtherCAT and EtherCAT P cannot be overstated. As the world’s largest automotive company, Toyota is known for its highly efficient and high-quality production strategies, with many companies and industries following the successful path set by this manufacturing leader. This significant development will further accelerate the global adoption of. EtherCAT within the automotive industry and beyond.” Rostan also welcomes the active involvement of Toyota in the EtherCAT Community: “The EtherCAT Technology Group has always been characterized by active user involvement. Having Toyota on-board will strengthen this vital element of engagement and ensure that user requirements are fully met or exceeded by EtherCAT technologies. In addition, the specification work for EtherCAT P, our latest enhancement of the technology, is in full swing, so the timing is simply perfect. I encourage the many other car makers already using EtherCAT in major manufacturing applications to join Toyota in taking such an active role within the ETG.”

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June 2016

A new £500,000 deal to supply a second high-speed precision stamping press to Harwin was the highlight of Bruderer UK’s appearance at MACH 2016. The press manufacturer, which has offices in Birmingham and Luton, signed the contract at the NEC, which will see a new BSTA 280-75 B2 head to the South Coast in June.


eaturing industryleading Bruderer BSV75 high-speed servo feeder technology and an integrated planetary gearbox, the machine will help the Portsmouth-based electronics component specialist increase capacity, develop new products and support plans for 20% growth year-on-year. Managing director of Bruderer UK, Adrian Haller explained: “MACH was one of the busiest shows I’ve been to and we had lots of interest in our technology, our relationship with Zani presses and the introduction of Biegema [experts in bending and forming of complicated parts] products to our range. “The headline news was completing a deal with Harwin to supply a second Bruderer BSTA 280-75 B2, two years on from when it first invested in this machine at MACH 2014.” He continued: “We have been working with the company for more than 32 years and understand the technical capability and accuracy it is looking to achieve…two attributes Bruderer presses deliver in abundance. “The latest £500,000 order comes just a month after we announced a £10m contract with Sertec and paves the way for 2016 to be a record breaking year for us.” Harwin, which manufactures high reliability connectors and innovative PCB hardware, is


expecting the new press to help it increase efficiencies and attack new opportunities in aerospace, instrumentation and industrial markets. The integration of the planetary gearbox allows the firm’s engineers to have full control of tooling that is necessary to produce test runs of new products that will drive the future of the business. Operations director Paul McGuinness, who is also overseeing completion of a new 3,000 sqm factory extension at Harwin, commented: “This is the second Bruderer BSTA 275-75 B2 with BPG we’ve purchased; the first one had a major impact on the business as it enabled us to do away with a separate development press. “We now put new tools through at the lowest stroke rate which can be less than one 1 spm if required and still utilise full press capacity, in this case 28 tonnes – allowing us to identify any issues before flicking a switch for full production.”

McGuinness concluded: “There are lots of advantages, including increased efficiency, reduced costs and a reduction in machine shop space. In addition, the flexibility of the machine opens up possibilities for more complex formed stamped parts to be developed.” Bruderer UK used MACH 2016 to launch a domestic ‘first’, with the unveiling of the Bruderer BSTA 410-110 B2. Visitors to the company’s stand were impressed with the performance of the high-speed press, which was manufacturing live parts for use in a new DIY innovation. The machine boasts 1,600 strokes per minute and comes with an impressive tool loading area of 1,100mm, ideal for more complex progression press tools. More than140 speculative enquiries were taken in total during the five days and new orders are expected to follow shortly.

June 2016

From Pickling Paste to mechanical abrasion, most methods for weld cleaning come with their drawbacks, including operator safety. Nigel Soulsby, director of Engineering Utilities, discusses the benefits of choosing the revolutionary TIG Brush® for all weld cleaning requirements and why it’s important the fluids used in partnership with the machine have now become NSF approved. Engineers in the stainless steel fabrication industry will be forever coming across the age-old problem of how to remove the stubborn iron oxide discolouration that occurs when welding stainless steel. From Pickling Paste to mechanical abrasion, the most common methods of removing iron oxide are often time intensive, requiring several different finishing processes in order for the structural integrity of the stainless steel not to be compromised. These processes are also dangerous for the environment due to the chemicals used in the products, as well as posing serious health risks for operators using them. We first came across the revolutionary TIG Brush®, designed and manufactured by Ensitech, in 2007 and since we launched it to the UK market six years ago, it has fast become one of the biggest innovations in the metal finishing industry. But the success of the product isn’t purely down to the brush alone, it’s also down to the quality of the consumables that have been developed to accompany the machine. The TIG Brush® comprises a brush through which an electric current is passed, before being dipped into a cleaning fluid and applied to the areas that require cleaning. The brush converts electric current to high temperatures, particularly at the end of the bristles. The brush heats the cleaning fluid to an elevated temperature, when it becomes much more reactive, resulting in the accelerated breaking down of the iron oxide on the surface of the stainless steel.


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80 GHz radar: a matter of frequency Understanding the benefits of 80 GHz radar and its importance for all liquid level measurement applications With the recent launch of radar instruments in the 80 GHz frequency range for liquid level measurement, now is a good time to examine what’s behind this new direction in radar technology. So where does it come into its own and what are the benefits of using these new sensors in automated processes for control and inventory? This development signals a brave new world in level measurement, one where radar level measurement can go where it has never gone before. With high-frequency radar level devices on the rise, this is truly an exciting era in automation. Technology advances create availability The readiness to use radar level sensors is a function of cost and innovation. Decreased expense has led to increased use of the technology across multiple industries. Microwave radar is a popular format for level measurement, being solid state with no mechanical parts to drift or wear and, more importantly, its immunity to pressure, vapours, temperature, viscosity and density change. Just as computer hardware prices dipped low enough to put a ‘PC in every home’ and a ‘smartphone in every hand’, it is now possible to put the latest 80 GHz radar in virtually any vessel and every plant. So what, in detail, are the main areas of development for 80GHz radar level sensors? Figure 1 Focus: Using the same antenna size, this illustrates the radar beam width of 26 GHz as a grey signal path, and the narrower 80 GHz the yellow path. The sharper focusing demonstrates how it stays on the true liquid level, ignoring distracting false signals from nozzles, valves, internal structures or build on the vessel walls Focusing: This is the primary advantage of 80 GHz radar - the one that makes virtually all the other benefits possible. In every contactless liquid measurement, signal focus is crucial to accurate level measurement, and these new instruments emit the most highly focused signals on the market. Plant operators have struggled with less focused radar - and ultrasonic


- sensors for decades. The wider beam angle of 26 GHz sensors (and still wider 6 to 10 GHz sensors before them) made it difficult for the emitted signals to miss agitators, baffles, ladders, heating coils and other vessel internal structures. The reflections from these installations distort and confuse the echo picture to the sensor, forcing users to make (often many) adjustments to follow the true liquid level. Size: Because their focus is so improved, 80 GHz sensors have smaller antennas. They feature the world’s smallest level radar antenna – smaller than the size of a £1 or €1 coin – so it doesn’t require a large horn to focus its beam at the product surface. A compact instrument design and small size also makes a huge impact when it comes to retrofitting. Plants can now integrate the most advanced radar devices into their process without shelling out thousands for vessel modifications. Smaller size and range instruments aren’t just good for old vessels, they can also help manufacturers stay nimble and market-responsive. There are more trends in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries toward batch production. Figure 2: Small antenna (and housing) sizes of 80GHz radars add to versatility of application in small batch vessels and adaptability to existing nozzles, yet still with a measuring range up to 30m or more. Resolution: When looking at the picture on a standard definition television next to that of HD TV, the higher resolution delivers a higher quality image: clearer, sharper and more detailed. Users will see a similar difference switching from lower frequency to high-frequency radar sensors. For example, when the level of a hydrocarbon liquid in a vessel is just starting to fill or empties down very low, lower frequency process radars do not have the resolution to distinguish the different reflections from the product level and the tank bottom, they just see one ‘echo’. This tells the user the vessel is empty when it isn’t, presenting a natural handicap to process efficiency.

Figure 3: 80 GHz high resolution means better accuracy and process detail, including the ability to detect even a few mm of hydrocarbon based product in a vessel bottom from many metres away. Process capable Getting close to the product in smaller vessels also means increasing the possibility of sensor build up, through splashing, sublimation and condensation on the antenna face. This can result in reduced antenna/signal efficiency, causing reduced measurement reliability. The latest sensors with optimal antenna design, dynamic range, sensitivity and filtering algorithms can handle these challenges with ease. This capability is essential to deliver higher operational reliability, even when the product gets where it shouldn’t! There are also units available with certified hygienic fittings for food and pharma industries to ensure thorough cleaning of any sensor process connection. In Summary High-frequency contactless radar sensors look set to be the next big thing in level measurement across many industries, processes and vessel types. They are the proverbial ‘giant leap’, a marker in time after which the process industry will never be the same. Their excellent focusing makes them perfect for vessels crowded with internals and difficult mounting nozzles; their small size makes them ideal for retrofitting and batch production; and their unrivalled resolution also allows users to get every last drop of capacity from the largest of tanks. The future of level measurement is here. One way to learn more about 80 GHz technology, its uses and features is to visit


"Simple to program, reliable, and very affordable; what more could you want?" Patrick Elam, Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc. Testing equipment for gas pumps


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Vision350™ PLC+HMI Supports up to 1000 I/Os

Options for high-speed, temperature and weight measurement Variety of communication options


Flat Panel On-Board I/Os Digital , analog and temperature

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RS232/RS485 programming port in 3.5” model (USB in 4.3” model)

Software & Support included at no extra cost! Optional - 3.5” and 4.3” with a flat panel

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Unitronics is a pioneer in the manufacture and design of PLCs with integrated HMI and on-board I/Os - rugged PLC product lines that meet a diverse range of requirements. You program your entire application in a single, intuitive software environment, and benefit from premier technical support, both provided at no extra cost.


"For a first-time user, I had a great experience. I look forward to incorporating Unitronics on future jobs." Jeremy Charles Keene, Controls Manager at General Broach Company

In the picture – Packaging Machine controlled by Unitronics V1210™ and SAMBA 4.3™. Bimetec BV, Netherlands.


Vision1210™ Advanced PLC with an integrated HMI USB programming port

Unitronics is a pioneer in the manufacture and design of PLCs with integrated HMI and on-board I/Os - rugged PLC product lines that meet a diverse range of requirements. You program your entire application in a single, intuitive software environment, and benefit from premier technical support, both provided at no extra cost.

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June 2016

Automation for the Next Generation Many in the food and drink industry understand the benefits of automation. But what degree of integration should companies aim for? Barry Graham, Automation Product Marketing Manager of Omron outlines the far-reaching potential of today’s control systems.


utomation is sometimes talked about as an end in itself, or as a way of addressing specific issues: cutting labour costs, moving to longer shifts, improving quality consistency, and so on. These are all valid objectives, but can loom so large that they obscure the wider supply-chain landscape – and longer-term benefits - beyond. Food industry automation, for example, can provide opportunities on multiple levels for improved business visibility, both internally and externally, among end-users. This can allow a faster response to changes in upstream supply and downstream demand. It can mean that, at the level of individual pieces of equipment, valuable data can be generated and received in real time. Today’s machine control systems can play a prime role in allowing manufacturers to focus on their future needs and opportunities as they relate to automation. If automation offers efficiency in comparison with manual or semi-automatic alternatives, the most convincing type of system allows that efficiency to be fine-tuned and improved. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) understand the value of measuring overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and are increasingly passing this knowledge on to their customers. OEE, combining calculations of availability, performance and quality, can constitute a precise metric. As such, it allows machinery manufacturers to identify and address their own bottlenecks. But it can also act as a common currency, permitting OEMs and their customers to follow (and derive mutual benefit from) an increase in a particular line’s OEE score. When it comes to the ‘availability’ component to OEE, the latest generation of machinery controls can lift efficiency on a number of levels. At Omron, we have a number of solutions in this area. Function blocks within our Sysmac Library, for example, include one focused on reduced machine downtime. Simply in terms of fast changeover, the Sysmac control platform offers huge benefits. Whether triggered directly by the operator or an input device, such as a barcode scanner, there is no delay in resetting a machine to new parameters. But the ability to gather real-time data boosts machine availability in other ways. In what might be termed ‘preventative diagnostics’, the performance of key components such as sensors and servo drives can be monitored and any adverse trends spotted. So if a servo is losing torque or a sensor going out of alignment, for example, the controller will flag this up before it constitutes a serious failure. That way, rather than causing an unscheduled line stoppage, it can be dealt with during scheduled maintenance.


Of course, out-of-specification trends in key line equipment can impact negatively on final product quality, too. Even when the product remains technically ‘safe’, today’s brand-owners will not tolerate anything which detracts from its image or reputation. Because Omron’s control network utilises real-time, sub-millisecond EtherCAT connections, critical data on torque values (for example) will not be missed in the way it might be on an analogue system. Another measure of the effectiveness of automation is the degree to which the different control functions are integrated on a single platform, accessed from a single human-machine interface (HMI). On today’s more complex lines where so many different aspects of ‘automation’ come together, this is of huge importance. At Omron, we talk about integrated input, logic, output, safety and robotics. This means that everything from inverter drives and servos to sensors and vision systems (as well as safety and robotics) sit together and work together. But to take the benefits of automation to an additional level, manufacturers will want to engineer data interchange between plant level and management – or enterprise – level. Here, Omron uses EtherNet IP as its communications network allowing the transfer of data from the factory to the database (or cloud) in real time. All manufacturing sectors recognise the benefits of capturing and analysing line data, not least the food and drink industry. In fact, it has more to gain than many other sectors given the number of regulatory requirements, industry standards and internal quality guidelines which it has to apply. No manufacturer wants to go through a product recall. But where a problem does arise, comprehensive data storage makes the identification of faulty batches and their tracking through the supply chain relatively straightforward - and fast. In this crisis management scenario, the manufacturer will also need to be confident about tracing allergens or other contaminants back to the supplier the ingredients were sourced from. Transparency from the manufacturer to the retailer and from the supplier to the manufacturer can only be complete once production and batch data are factored in. We have also been working hard to ensure that ‘bottom-to-top’ communication is as seamless as possible. All interfaces

Omron’s latest controls lift line efficiency and improve its OEE score. between the hardware-based industrial controller level and enterprise-level software systems require an OPC (Object linking and embedding for Process Control) tool. Currently, this is a third-party element, but Omron is working towards an embedded OPCUA (OPC Unified Architecture) interface, which will avoid the need for a thirdparty alternative. Ultimately, food and drink factories – like those in other sectors – will be taking automation to the level of the muchdebated Industry 4.0. This will involve not only fluid data exchange between the different layers in the business, but will also be based on the ability of different parts of the production line to ‘talk’ to each other. These networks will enter new territory when equipment not only sends and receives real-time data from multiple sources but also initiates new actions on the basis of that data. This could take the form of product changeovers on the basis of Just-inTime demand or ingredient availability. But it could also take the form, say, of a diagnostic capability which detects the need for a new spare part, interrogates the stores database to see if that part is available and, if not, triggers an email to order it. Today’s food manufacturers may think this sounds more like science fiction than an industrial reality, but this is indeed the level of sophistication that the next generation of automation will achieve for businesses big and small. Control systems, data collection and data management are all pointing in the same direction – and not that far ahead.

Simple to program, reliable, and very affordable; what more could you want?


Patrick Elam, Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc.

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June 2016

Maintenance Management 4.0 Founded in 1983, SoftSols Group provide software solutions to maximise production uptime and asset performance. Today, with our fourth generation solution Agility, we work alongside organisations of all sizes to enable them to identify the causes of downtime and disruption.

Environmental changes, downtime and disruption can be detected with work requests automatically generated for; inspection by an engineer, changes to lubrication intervals or the office toilets to be cleaned. Keep your organisation running smoothly; with minimal administration and maximum efficiency.

Agility provides CMMS (Computerised Maintenance Management Systems) and EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) solutions giving visibility of asset and people performance, planned and reactive maintenance all in one system.

Agility enables you to monitor, measure and maximise your asset performance and manage maintenance and services all in one system, giving you complete control in the new industrial age. Visit stand 324 to meet the team and see Agility in action.

At this year’s Maintec exhibition (NEC 24-26th March) we will be showing how Agility can be used to manage assets and maintenance in the 4.0 era. Regardless of where you are on your journey into ‘The Internet of Things’; whether you’ve already invested budget in new equipment or your route in will involve fitting sensors to existing equipment, we’ll show you how you can manage your assets and maintenance with Agility. With Agility Version 7, in conjunction with Agility Mobile Solutions we will show you how to monitor and measure asset performance and automatically raise and deploy work to the most relevant available resource.


WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED FROM YOUR MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE? How about flexibility, easy configuration and integration into existing business systems? With Agility you get all these benefits and more, delivering value right across your organisation. Choose Agility and you’re choosing to put yourself in control. WANT TO KNOW MORE? VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL 01924 200344 TO ARRANGE YOUR FREE SYSTEM REVIEW AND AGILITY DEMONSTRATION TODAY.


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June 2016

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IMPAC ISR 6 Advanced Pyrometers:


Expanded functionality especially for wire production and pouring stream measurements In production processes dealing with metals correct temperatures of all process steps are instrumental in meeting the specified quality requirements and achieving optimum properties of end products. Also closed loop process control and documentation of measured data are more and more required. To minimalize the measurement errors from external influences temperatures should be measured with the shortest available wavelength. In very harsh environments two color pyrometers are the best choice. Measuring large parts with different temperatures is also important then checking temperature uniformity. The IMPAC ISR 6 Advanced by LumaSense is a 2-color, digital, and fast high-class pyrometer for a wide range of applications in terms of non-contact temperature measurements. Besides the standard optical heads from now on these pyrometers are optionally also available with integrated line optics. These line optics feature a special spot in shape of a line and provide user benefits for dedicated applications especially during wire production processes or pouring stream measurements. The line shaped spot guarantees that vibrating or oscillating wires or a moving pouring stream do not move out of the pyrometer’s spot. Thereby the wires respectively the pouring stream needs to be aligned diagonally to the line shaped spot. In combination with the fast response time of 2 ms even fast processes can be measured reliably. The optics can be manually adjusted at all distances between 210 mm and 5000 mm.


IMPAC ISR 6 Advanced: high class 2 color Pyrometer by LumaSense


For wire production the orientation of the line spot is vertical for MB 14 (wire move horizontally). The temperature range of this version is 600…1400°C

In terms of measuring pouring streams the orientation of the line spot is horizontal for MB 25 (as the pouring stream runs vertical), measured temperatures with line optics are from 800 °C…2500°C. For more information pls contact: LumaSense Technologies Ltd, Bracknell, UK, +44 1344 578 005

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Enclosures Visit any number of warehouses, distribution centres or the parts storage facility of any production operation and it will quickly become apparent that no two systems are exactly the same. In each instance the method of storage should have been tailored to maximise the system capacity and optimise the putaway and retrieval of products on which the business relies – be they finished goods for sale or parts required for assembly lines. This is not always the case, however, with many such facilities failing to capitalise on that potentially expensive storage footprint and failing to utilise the frequently encountered ‘fresh air’ above the storage medium. The nature of the product, its shelflife and its throughput are important factors to consider when selecting a method of storage which is required to deliver the highest gains in efficiency. There is a science behind choosing and installing a storage medium which is fit for purpose and that ‘purpose’ may have a multitude of parameters associated with it. The ultimate solution often results from a trade-off between storage capacity and accessibility, tempered by SKU-depth, order profile and the physical characteristics of the product being stored. In this respect, a number of major factors should be taken into consideration upfront. If we are considering pallet storage, for instance, what is the life of a pallet? How is it made up, how is it brought into the warehouse, how long is it stored and how is it picked, as these factors all influence which storage medium is eventually chosen and where the pallet is located in the system. Orientation is also an important consideration in helping to achieve an efficient product flow through the building from Goods In to Goods Out, as is aisle length, which can have a significant impact on picking efficiency.


June 2016

Shelf Life A look at some simple storage methodologies and applications Mike Alibone, Business Development & Marketing Manager, SSI Schaefer The number of individual SKUs is important. Do you need 100% access, 100% of the time, or can you work with a combination of some products stored in standard wide or narrow aisle adjustable pallet racking for fast access and some in drive-in racking or mobile pallet racking to increase storage density, but at a slower access rate, for example?

container can then be transferred to either a vertical lift or a simple conveyor system to transport it between different levels or to a ground floor shipping area. Alternatively, picked items can simply be hand-carried to the required point by the picking operator, or removed on pallets via a pallet gate. Stock replenishment is accomplished by reversing this procedure.

From visits I make throughout the year, I notice that many warehouses and distribution centres still operate small parts storage and picking systems at ground level, wasting thousands of cubic metres of overhead ‘fresh air.’ It makes far more sense to use your air space and not your floor space.

In addition to optimising the storage capacity right up to the roof, multitier shelving brings the advantages of simple and fast assembly and the fact that they can be expanded to accommodate future business growth.

As businesses expand and distribution operations grow, the problem of how to accommodate more product becomes more acute as ground level storage options run out. The solution may be to consider multitier shelving to maximise the storage potential of the overhead void. It would be easy to construct a mezzanine and replicate ground floor storage and picking locations but this can be an expensive option. Multitier shelving systems, such as those designed and supplied by SSI Schaefer, offer a less costly alternative. Sometimes referred to as ‘buildthroughs’, the high steel shelving structures act as supports for elevated walkways, allowing picking operatives access to locations at all levels. Items can be picked by a variety of means but multi-order picking into totes or cartons on trolleys is the frequently adopted method. Each picking

Moving up one level of complexity, the utilisation of a facility’s airspace can also bring with it the opportunity to combine high storage capacity with automation in the form of vertical lift machines. Occupying a small footprint, SSI Schaefer’s LogiMat system will increase operational picking efficiency as, operating on a ‘good to man’ principle, it has the ability to increase picking speed and accuracy and reduce replenishment time. Using compartmentalised trays to accommodate an increased SKU range it also utilises simple touch-screen technology as part of its operating system, which can be either standalone or interfaced with warehouse management and ERP software.

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June 2016

STEGO Filter Fan Plus expels more air from an enclosure. STEGO ‘the protectors of electronics’, launch a filter fan series that will create a sensation. Its new air-flap technology achieves considerably more efficient air circulation which is a big plus in operational terms. The filter fan series comprises the five market enclosure cut-out sizes from 92 x 92 mm to 291 x 291 mm, with 230 & 110v. ‘We cover all relevant fields of application with these sizes. A very customer-oriented approach!’ - STEGO CEO Elmar Mangold declares. Filter fan plus is also be available in 24v and 48vDC with three enclosure cut-out sizes from 92 x 92mm, 125x125mm and 176x176mm. Its new air-flap technology achieves considerably more efficient air circulation which is a big plus in operational terms, together with the novel ratchet mounting mechanism makes this truly innovative. Due to additional product variations the Filter Fan Plus system gives the customer further freedom to choose between two principles that differ in direction of air flow. The FPI-principle (‘in’) actively imports fresh air through the filter fan and expels it as warmed up interior air passively through the exit via flaps. The FPO-principle (‘out’) brings in the air passively through the filter at the base of the enclosure. The air then is actively drawn upwards by the fan and expelled through the flaps.


The core of the product: the air-flap technology contrary to using two filter mats, allow for noticeably more air to exit. Consequently a smaller filter fan suffices to achieve the same airflow output, than a bigger device did before. Thus saving cost and installation space! Users can benefit quickly and easily from more air in enclosures. Due to a STEGO in-house development of mounting ratchet braces, the Filter Fans Plus can be inserted and mounted tool-free into the cut-out of the enclosure. By pressing of the ratchet braces the Filter Fan Plus is drawn to the cut-out, clicks into place and is firmly sealed. No additional gluing or screwing is necessary; the slim filter fan fits perfectly. On the other hand the hood of the Filter Fan Plus is deliberately designed to be opened with a screwdriver only. This allows for better access protection and consequently for more safety. STEGO ‘the protector of electronics’ - introduces a powerful product series to the market with the Filter Fan Plus and resumes its position as an innovation leader.



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June 2016

Interior installation — quick and with High packing densities in enclosures and very short project times are just two of the challenges that switchgear manufacturers have to face today. From a commercial point of view, the interior of the enclosure must be fitted out as quickly as possible, while, at the same time, as many components as possible must be fitted into the enclosure. In order to meet these requirements, users need an enclosure system that offers a great deal of space and freedom for interior installation. In any electrical engineering company where enclosures are used, it’s understood that once the enclosure has been selected the next step is installing the necessary components (power distribution systems, switchgear, automation components, clamps etc) and wiring them up. All these components need to be arranged logically to make the switchgear or automation solution easy to follow. At the same time, the relevant standards and the component manufacturers’ installation instructions have to be taken into account. But the time pressures are considerable; the interior fit-out must be completed as quickly as possible, and for switchgear manufacturers in particular, both time and cost pressures can be very high in many projects.

A lot of space on two levels The TS 8 modular enclosure system from Rittal offers many well thought-out solutions that are not available elsewhere. The central element is the frame section of the TS 8 with its uniform 25-mm pitch pattern. Equipment can be installed very flexibly and “wasted space” due to the limitations of the mounting options is practically non-existent. In addition to the frame section, two mounting levels are available that are used for installation. By using the external mounting level, up to 15 percent more space is available in the enclosure than with a single-level alternative.

Taking full advantage of the gaps The space between the bayed enclosures can also be effectively employed. A mounting plate infill can be inserted between two TS 8 bayed enclosures, creating a continuous mounting plate across both that can be freely populated. Or, the intermediate space can be optimally used for a cable duct. That allows more room for other components on the mounting plate which solves the problem of increasing packing densities in the enclosure.

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June 2016

Creating a richer biofertiliser By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers Following the welcome news that the RHI budget is set to treble between now and 2021, Britain’s AD industry is breathing a small sigh of relief. Despite the fact that DECC has capped FIT support at the unambitious level of 20 MW per year until 2019, the sector remains healthy – there are over 270 plants in operation outside of the water sector, and around 90 new plants are in development for 2016*. But against an increasingly sceptical political backdrop, succeeding in the AD industry means optimising every single part of the operation, from the front end right through to the back end. Today’s successful operators understand that maximising the value of the significant volumes of digestate generated from the AD process can be the difference between a project’s success or failure.

Benefits of digestate Rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, digestate makes an ideal replacement for chemical fertilisers. Trials, such as WRAP’s DCAgri project, have shown that using digestate can increase crop yields in comparison with bagged fertilisers alone; it also helps to raise soil organic matter levels and increase water holding capacity, creating a better soil structure. Plus, there are serious cost savings to be made by switching from chemical fertilisers to digestate.

Achieving PAS 110 status The quality standard, PAS 110, has helped to reduce negative preconceptions about digestate among the farming community, which until recent years was unfamiliar with its use as a biofertiliser. As well as setting limits for physical contaminants, such as plastics, the PAS 110 standard requires AD feedstocks to be pasteurised, for example using technology such as the HRS 3 Tank Batch Sludge Pasteuriser System. Pasteurisation is already a legal requirement for plants processing mixed food waste or other materials that need to comply with the Animal By-Products Regulations (ABP). But more and more facilities treating nonABP feedstocks are now producing PAS 110 compliant digestate, as a way of demonstrating to potential end-users that it is of a consistent and high quality, and is fit for purpose.

when it comes to storing and transporting their biofertiliser. Storage is an essential consideration, as digestate should not be applied to land all year round. In NVZ (Nitrate Vulnerable Zone) areas, regulations actually prohibit digestate spreading at certain times, but even in other regions, it is not good practice, (and sometimes impossible) to spread it throughout the year. To make optimum use of the nitrogen content of digestate, it should be applied at times of maximum crop growth, when demand for nitrogen is greatest. Not only will this benefit the crop but it may also mean that producers can charge more for it at these times. Ensuring there is sufficient space to store large volumes of liquid digestate until it is ready to be transported and applied to land, can be a real headache for an AD operator – not to mention a considerable expense. But separating the liquid fraction to leave only the solid portion – which is easier to handle, transport and store – can often mean losing valuable nutrients, too. Plant operators therefore require a solution which will reduce the volume of their digestate, while locking in the nutrient content.

Concentrating digestate The HRS Digestate Concentration System (DCS) uses evaporation to significantly reduce digestate volumes, removing up to 80% of the water contained in the liquid fraction and concentrating it to 20% dry solids – at the same time as increasing the nutrient content. This makes handling, storing and transporting digestate not only easier, but less costly, too. The first part of the DCS process involves heating the liquid digestate in heat exchangers; no additional water or energy is required, as the surplus water from the plant’s CHP engine (which is usually available at 85˚C) is used as the heating media. The digestate is then pumped into a cyclone separator; the high speed rotating airflow causes the solid particles (which are too heavy to follow the tight curve of the airstream) to fall to the bottom of the cyclone, where they can be removed.

The steam produced from this first cycle (usually available at 70˚C) is then used as the heating media for the second effect, whereby Challenges of managing digestate the process is repeated. The subsequent However, achieving the PAS 110 standard is just steam (usually available at 60˚C) is used one of the hurdles that digestate producers as the heating media for the third cycle – need to overcome if they are to make the the number of effects is determined by the most of this valuable by-product. Anaerobic level of dry solids required, and the amount digestion is a constant process, which means of spare heat available, up to a maximum of that digestate is constantly being produced, four cycles. After the final effect, the steam is too. With a typical 1.5 MW AD plant producing condensed back into water and can then be as much as 40,000 tonnes of low grade used to dilute feedstock going into the front liquid digestate each year, AD operators face end of the digester; a completely closed loop significant economic and logistical challenges system. The DCS is wholly self-sufficient – no 36| *ADBA, (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association) Feb 2016

Digestate Concentration Process Components energy or water is bought in or wasted, and everything is re-used.

Increasing the nutrient content The high temperatures needed to concentrate digestate can cause the release of ammonia, largely responsible for the odours associated with digestate. However, the DCS overcomes this by acid-dosing the digestate with sulphuric acid and thereby decreasing the pH levels. This turns the ammonia into ammonium sulphate, which is not only less odorous, but is also an ideal biofertiliser. Therefore, while the volume of digestate is reduced, the nutrient content is not merely locked in after concentration – it actually increases.

Multiple benefits Creating a more concentrated, richer fertiliser isn’t the only benefit of the HRS Digestate Concentration System: • It reduces operational overheads by cutting transport, water and storage costs – in fact, the DCS can halve the amount of storage required; • Unlike conventional digestate dryers – which use a lot of power to create a small amount of product – the DCS is extremely energy efficient; surplus heat from the CHP engine is reused up to four times over, and the wastewater is then fed back into the front end of the plant. No additional energy or water is required, and none is wasted, either. • Plant operators can claim RHI for using their heat within the DCS, increasing their profit margins further; • As a plug-and-play, fully automated system, the DCS is completely flexible and can be tailored to suit each individual operation. For AD operators keen to maximise the value of their digestate, the advice is clear. Use a DCS to concentrate digestate to reduce storage and transport costs while increasing the nutrient content; increase plant efficiency by reusing heat and water from other parts of the process; claim RHI for doing so; gain PAS 110 certification to demonstrate digestate quality to potential end-users; and apply digestate to land only when the crop needs it most. After all, in today’s competitive AD sector, only those operations which optimise every aspect of the business stand the greatest chance of success.

June 2016

The PROton Range

The PROton range is the latest range of modular Embedded Control systems from Cambridge Microprocessor Systems designed by engineers for engineers, designed to be low in cost and extremely flexible to use. They are based around an ARM Cortex-M microcontroller.

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Japanese Society of Automotive Engineers 2016

In just over a week’s time UK Trade and Investment along with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Advanced Propulsion Centre, and Innovate UK will head out to Japan to the largest automotive technology conference in Asia for automotive engineers. JSAE is a technology-centred exposition attended by 80,000 visitors over three days, with 400 Japanese and foreign companies showcasing their technology. The UK will be front and centre, with a dedicated UK stand showcasing 12 UK companies and their products. Japan and UK working together JSAE is an event I’ve attended before, along with colleagues from BIS, the APC and Innovate UK. We bring a number of UK companies here each year to help form new relationships, helping UK exports as well as bringing investment in from Japanese companies setting up sites in the UK. This strong relationship between UK and Japan is exciting as Japan produce over 7 million cars a year, and this presents a significant opportunity for UK suppliers. The UK already has strong links with Japanese companies, including Nissan based in Sunderland producing 750,000 cars a year, utilising UK parts and suppliers.


JSAE group image Business opportunities for the UK The technology developed by UK companies, often with the help of Innovate UK or the APC funding, is of real interest to the Japanese market. Several Japanese companies have set up business units in the UK over the past 5 years, allowing them to benefit from working with UK experts, with the UK benefitting from investment and jobs UK presence The UK presence includes a large UK branded stand for 19 companies and 6 organisations at the show, and a UK technical session in the show forum. This will highlight opportunities in the UK and include presentations from companies such as Magnomatics, an SME with an Innovative frictionfree gearbox through to McLaren Automotive. Low Carbon A focus of the UK offering is the high capabilities of UK companies in Low Carbon technology. The team includes companies such as Hyperdrive, who offer high-energy battery packs and managements systems, essential for the increasing number of vehicles using batteries for traction power. There is also a focus on the funding

available to companies developing low carbon technology in the UK, with tens of millions to be available through Innovate UK and OLEV for mid technology readiness level (TRL) work, and up to £100m through the APC for higher TRLs. This makes the UK an attractive place to invest in. Connected & Autonomous Vehicles There is also a focus on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, with funding available and also skills and capabilities through the Transport Systems Catapult. This will be a significant part of JSAE this year, with the UK offering world leading capabilities in this exciting new area While we’re there It’s going to be a busy time in Japan as we work hard to maximise the opportunities for UK businesses. You can follow what we’re up to through our Twitter and other social media channels. You can follow Innovate UK on: Innovate UK Twitter @innovateuk For more Innovate UK videos subscribe to our YouTube channel here Sign up for email notifications on funding, connections & support opportunities Follow Innovate UK on Facebook Connect with Innovate UK on Linkedin

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Making things matters Market opportunities The UK is the world’s 2nd largest aerospace manufacturer and expected global demand for 27,000 passenger aircraft (worth around $3.7tr) by 2030 is a compelling commercial prospect. The UK automotive industry also continues to excel, particularly in the premium vehicle market. Exciting developments in (nuclear) energy, medical technologies and healthcare, built environment and agri-food, are equally set to see global export opportunities for the UK. Digital manufacturing The more digitalised world of the 4th industrial revolution will create new business opportunities. Connected, flexible factories will respond to customer requirements and monitor products from the factory floor right through to end of life. Big data will inform design and manufacturing processes. New technologies such as Additive Manufacturing (or 3D printing) and intelligent automation will broaden horizons. New value from through life engineering services There is a move towards throughlife-engineering services, with users opting to pay for safe, cost-effective

and reliable performance, rather than owning products outright. For complex, high value assets – e.g. aerospace engines, cars, yellow goods – in particular, manufacturers won’t just make the assets, but remain responsible for timely maintenance and on-going improvements. This gives users more certainty whilst manufacturers gain access to a growing market of – high value – engineering services. For the UK to capitalise on these opportunities, we need to be at the forefront of technology innovation. High Value Manufacturing Catapult: supports manufacturing innovation At the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, our 1,800+ strong team of engineers, technicians and scientists work with manufacturers to bridge the gap between early stage innovation in materials, processes or products, and commercial exploitation through UK manufactured products. We have worked with 1,500+ companies in the last 12 months. More than half were SMEs. Helping UK SMEs develop The biggest motivator in my job is seeing how working with us has helped them:

Manufacturing underpins the success of our economy. The UK is the world’s 11th largest manufacturing nation, employing 2.6m people, making up 50% of exports and accounting for 69% of business R&D. Although recent months have been very challenging to manufacturing, with economic turmoil, uncertainty regarding the forthcoming EU referendum, and the Steel crisis all taking their toll, UK Manufacturing has shown remarkable resilience. With global consumption expected to double by 2030, UK Manufacturing has the opportunity to continue to: perform strongly compete at the global stage strengthen its export position grow its contribution to the national GVA, which currently stands at 9.5%. So what is key to our success?

increase market share enter supply chains re-shore production build new facilities achieve step change productivity improvements Government support for manufacturing My second biggest motivator is the fact that government now recognises Manufacturing as being key to a balanced economy. The recent Comprehensive Spending Review saw government support for the HVM Catapult more than double from the original plan. This, combined with on-going close collaboration with Innovate UK and a strong manufacturing strategy, gives me much confidence for the future. Because making things matters! Find out more about us on: website: f o l l o w u s o n Tw i t t e r o n @HVM_Catapult. You can follow Innovate UK on: Innovate UK Twitter @innovateuk For more Innovate UK videos subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Sign up for email notifications on funding, connections & support opportunities Follow Innovate UK on Facebook Connect with Innovate UK on Linkedin


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ntelliconnect’s newly developed unique clamping technology provides similar I/L and VSWR results to standard soldered connectors. No special tooling is required and cable retention force is similar to soldered versions. These stainless steel SMA and 2.9mm connectors have been designed for applications where reliability, durability, robustness and high frequency performance are very important. Typical applications include civil and military telecommunications, civil and military aeronautics, military equipment, space and measurement systems. Roy Philips, managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe), comments, “Our new SMA and 2.9mm clamp connector series offers our customers an exciting alternative for assembling SMA connectors to semi-rigid cable with no loss in performance or reliability. Solderless assembly facilitates field replacement in the event of wear or damage to the connector.” Intelliconnect is the largest UK based manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors suitable for applications including wearable technology, medical, telecoms, satcoms, military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine. Intelliconnect also manufacture the market leading Pisces range of waterproof RF connectors, coaxial adaptors to facilitate interseries connection and gender change etc. dust-caps and offer value added services. Intelliconnect’s cable division are specialist manufacturers of affordable, high quality, high frequency microwave cables including triaxial assemblies, semi-rigid, semi-flexible and cryogenic cables as well as standard RG/LMR type products. Cables can be waterproofed to IP68 and include special features including phase matching and ruggedised assemblies for use in harsh environments.


Intelliconnect Introduce Field Replaceable SMA Connectors Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, the UK based specialist manufacturer of RF connectors and cable assemblies announces the introduction of a range of cost effective, field replaceable SMA and 2.9mm connectors providing solderless attachment to 0.141” (RG402) semi rigid cables and 2.9mm connectors for 0.085”(RG405) and 0.141” cables. Customers will find the main advantages of these connectors are assembly time saving, repeatability and performance.

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Environmental Legislation Drives Disassembly Innovation Fasteners have been used in panel applications for many years to fix panels together or to fix other components to panels. Very often, during removal of the panel, the fastener breaks or worse still, the panel is damaged. Following the introduction of legislation increasing automotive manufacturers’ responsibility for the end-of-lifetime disposal of their products, JET PRESS has increased their range of parts where disassembly for maintenance or disposal is designed into their function. The End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations states that a vehicle producer is required to make a convenient network of facilities available for dismantling and recycling; end-of-life vehicles can be taken to one of these facilities at no cost to the final owner. These facilities make sure that endof-life vehicles and their components are disposed of in an environmentallyfriendly way. Previously fasteners were often a one use ‘fix and forget’ solution, but now the emphasis has been put on reducing environmental impact through easy and low cost disassembly. An important additional virtue of these reusable fasteners lies in the time and money that can be saved where regular disassembly is required such as access of panels for maintenance. As well as holding a vast stock of standard fasteners suitable for easy assembly and disassembly, bespoke solutions are also in demand. JET PRESS recently designed and manufactured a two-part fastener solution in heat-stabilised nylon for use in the German automotive industry. A key customer requirement for this under-bonnet application was for specific push-on and pull-off forces for maintenance access. 3D printed prototypes served to quickly offer proof-of-concept before full production.


Andrew Mitchell, Sales & Marketing Director for JET PRESS says “We have a range of parts that have been designed with disassembly in mind. These have been designed for easy placement and removal of panels without destroying the panel or the clip. They can be used time-and-time again for effortless fixing of panels or components to panels”. The standard range includes Plastic Trim Panel Fasteners, Fascia and Trim Panel Clips, Scrivets, Removable Plastic Rivets, Quarter Turn Fasteners, Weld Stud Cable & Pipe Clips and Ratchet Style Quick Assembly Nuts. JET PRESS is committed to conducting business in a manner deemed ethically and environmentally responsible. To achieve this goal they have developed an environmental management system that meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2004. To find out how fasteners designed for quick assembly and disassembly can help your business, please contact JET PRESS on 01623 551 800 for advice and free samples.

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Worried about over heating in your facility this summer? REDUCE YOUR COOLING COSTS BY 90% with EcoCooling’s direct evaporative cooling, ventilation and control systems. With over 3000 installations worldwide, UK based EcoCooling are innovators in low energy, direct evaporative cooling and ventilation technologies. They have developed energy efficient cooling solutions to suit all types of buildings including data centers, comms rooms, industrial, retail and commercial. Fresh Air Cooling

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Each EcoCooling system uses fresh air to provide a mixture of ventilation, evaporative cooling, and attemperation (the automatic mixing of hot and cold air) to maintain the required environment inside a building.

Developed In-House sophisticated control systems designed to the tightest specifications for the data centre industry and manufactured in house are now in demand from other clients.

One EcoCooler can provide a 3m3/s or cool a 30kW load from 1kW of power at a cost of under 14p per hour. Energy use can further be reduced by the use of EC (Electrically Commutated) fans in IT environments.

Cost Effective Warehouse Cooling EcoCoolers can either be used for the blanket cooling of a building or for spot cooling of workstations and production lines. The solution is perfect for factories, warehouses, and mezzanine floors. Clients include TKMaxx, Cummins Diesel, Net-a Porter, and Matalan.

Innovative IT and Comms Cooling The EcoCooling CREC (Computer Room Evaporative Cooler) is a low energy, fresh air system which uses a combination of ventilation, evaporative cooling and highly efficient EC fans to provide ASHRAE compliant conditions in data centers, irrelevant of load. Direct evaporative cooling is the only technology that can take full advantage of free cooling up to temperatures equal to the desired supply temperature. This allows huge energy savings to be made since most of the time the only energy required is to run the fan.


Some example features: • Versatile Communication Options • Resilience • Redundancy • Alarm Notification • Historical Data and Event Logging • Remote Commissioning

Versatile Product ranges: EXTERNAL PRODUCT RANGE (ECP): Proven Technology and Results The ECP range of coolers can be installed externally or inside a plant room. The standard unit is down flow, however top and side discharge configurations are available. INTERNAL PRODUCT RANGE (ECT): Compact and Flexible Solutions The ECT range of coolers are designed to be installed internally. They have multiple configuration options to allow for easy installation into rooms with limited space. Worried about getting it into your room? The ECT5400 will fit through a single door! Worried about water in your facility? For complete peace of mind a sophisticated alarm and leak detection system, capable of cutting off the water supply, has been incorporated into all of our internal products

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June 2016

Do you have the VacMagic? It is over 10 years since the VacMagic palletising system was a workholding solution award winner at the MACH exhibition, and it’s relevance in prototype and early production run manufacturing is still as strong today as its innovation was 10 years ago. The VM300 vacuum pallet changing system is simple and easy to use, with its ability to switch from pallet changer to vacuum chuck in seconds – it truly is two products in one. Vacuum clamping systems are primarily use for holding wood, plastics, aluminium and other non-ferrous metals which require quick and simple machining. Compatible with CNC machines, vacuum clamping is cost-effective, increases productivity and minimises any clamping damage to the work piece. How does it work? Vacuumm clamping works on the basic principal of creation of a pressure differential between the vacuum clamping plate and the workpiece – the vacuum causes an “under pressure” beneath the workpiece which effectively presses the work piece against the clamping plate. Thus the work piece is not “sucked” but rather “pressed” against the vacuum table. All objects are subject to atmospheric pressure of approx. 1 bar. When a vacuum is generated some of the air under a workpiece is removed, thus removing part of the pressure load on the workpiece surface. The net result is a one-sided pressure on the top surface of the workpiece, the strength of this one-sided pressure is dependent upon the size of the vacuum generated – generally this is 0,7 to 0,8 bar. This means that a vacuum of 200mbar (absolute pressure) is generated, and hence the pressure differential acting on the workpiece is 800mbar (approx. 0,8kp/cm). Size of the clamping force is then only dependent on the clamping area. The sliding force of the workpiece depends on its surface structure, the pressure differential generated by the vacuum and the workpiece area on which the vacuum acts. The larger the area, the better the holding force. Can I use it be used in a workshop? VacMagic VM300, the all-in-one pallet changer and vacuum chuck system, operates off 70psi shop air from a standard shop compressor; no special vacuum pump means no need for messy pump maintenance. What materials can my VacMagic work with? As an alternative to the magnetic chuck for non-magnetic material such as wood or plastic, the VacMagic system is ideally suited for difficult to hold parts, parts too thin for traditional workholding, as well as soft or brittle materials such as graphite and plastics.


What is the effect on production? The VacMagic system enables high volume production runs at the same feeds and speed as traditional pallet systems, with less set up time and reduce spindle idle time. The low profile base unit of the VacMagic can be used either as a vacuum pallet or a standard pallet set up as a fixture plate for increased production. Alternatively a standard vice can be mounted on to a standard pallet for easy loading and unloading to eliminate the need to index the vice on each use – providing quick change over from prototype to production volumes. Have there been any new developments? Hillcliff’s range of Vacmagic products has been expanded to include the VM100 VacMagic system; with a smaller base plate surface area, it was primarily designed for grinding non-ferrous material on a magnetic chuck. Like its bigger brother, the VM300, it too can be a pallet changer and vacuum chuck to enable reduced set-up times. More recently Hillcliff have introduced the Multi-Power Vac, possibly the most universal multi-functional vacuum workholding system currently available. With its 400mm x 350mm grid plate base, tapped with M6 threads and finely textured surface increasing holding force through friction, it offers greater flexibility for multiple workholding solutions. Four vacuum ports within the grid plate enable clamping of either one large component, or upto 4 smaller components at any one time. Like our other vaccum solutions the Multi-Power Vac operates off 70psi shop air from a standard shop compressor. Uniquely our Multi-Power Vac can be connected with other units to create even larger clamping areas; we have had customers connect 6 units to create an area 800 x 1050mm! Hillcliff’s VacMagic may have won its first award over 10 years ago, but it we are still innovating and finding new ways to improve it.

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offered with push-in rail mounted terminal block A DIN rail-mounted terminal block, some 30 percent smaller than its rivals, is suitable for all conductor types while offering additional safety capacity. Direct insertion of wiring provides safe, reliable termination of connections and is far quicker to use and less labour intensive, than screw-type connectors and studtype connector blocks. It also provides the market’s most extensive range of jumpers and the fastest marking system, reducing marking time by 75 percent. WAGO’s ATEX-approved TOPJOB® S is suitable for connecting motors, diodes or LEDs in harsh environments from an offshore platform to hazardous atmospheres in the chemical industry. All conductor types from 0.14 mm2 to 25 mm2 including stripped, solid, stranded and fine-stranded with ferrules, can be pushed into the terminal block using WAGO’s Push-in CAGE CLAMP® technology, thereby eliminating the need to tighten screws. Proportional clamping means the spring adjusts automatically to the conductor size, so once the wire is pushed in, it is held securely and indefinitely. For connecting fine-stranded conductors an operating tool is inserted into the slot allowing for hands-free wiring. The tool also helps identify which clamping unit is open. To remove a conductor the tool is re-inserted into the slot. The product family includes single-, double-, triple- and quad-deck terminal blocks as well as fuse, disconnect and diode terminals. The TOPJOB® S rail mounted terminal blocks enable all of the above conductor types to connect one size greater than their rated cross section. This saves up to 25 percent on wiring space and costs. TOPJOB® S can withstand shocks of up to 500G and vibrations of up to 20G, making it suitable even in harsh operating conditions such as underground, offshore, or in heavy industrial applications.

Multifunctional jumpers An extensive jumper range – step-down, adjacent, alternate, staggered, continuous and coloured – ensures all commoning tasks are covered. An adjacent jumper for the 2002 Series allows for continuous commoning, enabling an endless number of terminal blocks to be joined in a single jumper slot.


Marking system TOPJOB® S rail-mounted terminal blocks are quickly and clearly labelled using continuous marking strips. Using free software, the strips can be printed with four lines of information with sufficient space to designate each module and its function. This ensures wiring accuracy and saves time and waste.

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BlueCielo Intelligent Asset Management for Plant Owners The UK offshore oil and gas industry remains the country’s largest industrial investor, paying more tax than any other corporate sector. This is a time of extraordinary global economic and political turbulence, and the Oil and Gas industry is facing some fundamental challenges. Historically, the focus in this industry has been on locating resources and meeting rising energy demands. Today, however, the picture is more complex.


he fall off in demand for fuel, particularly for transportation and manufacturing, has significantly hit demand, and evolving regulatory pressures are squeezing already tight margins. As we move into an era where technology provides the competitive edge and companies look to add value, rather than volume, businesses in the sector need forward thinking advice and practical strategies from professionals who understand their businesses and their challenges. As a rapidly growing and developing global population creates more and more demand for energy, design and engineering teams in the oil & gas industry are under immense pressure to deliver projects quickly. They must be more responsive, more efficient and more competitive than ever before. Finding efficient and cost effective ways to manage the lifecycle of projects is key. Man and Machine provide applications and services that underpin equipment creation, operation and maintenance as well as providing 2D/3D solutions for plant factory creation, simulation and visualisation. This alongside the Autodesk portfolio of oil & gas engineering software can help you speed up design cycles, collaborate and communicate more effectively and better understand real-world project performance. The industry trends facing the Plant industry including aging facilities and infrastructure, emerging economies, shorter project timelines plus retiring expertise, acquisition and retention of talent and knowledge. All of these things suggest there is a higher need


for systems that work efficiently and effectively. One of the main things that can help is having up to date software to not only manage your systems but keep them up to date. Autodesk offer Plant 3D software which enables piping designers to more quickly lay out steel structures, model equipment and route piping design using AutoCAD commands. “We made the switch to P3D when we started our new company. After being long time AutoPlant users, we were off and running in a matter of days. Our designers were productive within the first week of use.” James Cope – Managing Partner at D3 Design Solutions LLC Man and Machine offers the BlueCielo Asset Information Management solution to provide a single point of truth for asset-related information so that accurate data is quickly accessible and available to the right teams at the right time. Integration with the SAP plant maintenance and IBM Maximo solutions means that users can easily locate documents

using asset identifiers (tags and/or functional locations), link them to the appropriate assets and access related documentation.

BlueCielo offers flexible revision management and workflow support for projects and documents in a safe, secure “vaulted” environment. The solution supports internal and external web based collaboration and allows database choice from Hypertrieve to Microsoft SQL and Oracle. The key capabilities of the system include; CAD application integration, audit trail, reporting and content viewing without the need for non-CAD users.

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June 2016

HARTING’s MICA ruggedised computer now available HARTING has announced the UK commercial availability of its ruggedised computer, MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture). The device was displayed for the first time in the UK at the ‘Drives and Controls’ show in April, and is now fully supported by HARTING Ltd for commercial use.


he HARTING MICA ruggedised computer provides a platform for system integrators and software developers who need to deploy bespoke software applications to manage systems. It uses a LINUX operating system to provide a secure, stand-alone infrastructure needed in industrial and other demanding applications. MICA is installed in the ‘Rinspeed Etos’ concept car displayed on the HARTING stand (visited by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkal and President of United States of America, Barack Obama) during the Hannover Messe


event in April. The car was also displayed at the Geneva motor show in March to great acclaim. Rinspeed uses a HARTING MICA for emissions and status monitoring. The Rinspeed Etos then transmits this data gathered by the MICA device to a neutral 3rd-Party (Dekra), for independent analysis. This illustrates how the Internet of Things could be used more widely in the future to monitor and evaluate emissions and performance data in real-world driving conditions. This same technique could also be applied to a range of other industrial and logistical equipment to help monitor performance and maintenance.

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Gavin Stoppel, Product and Applications Manager at HARTING UK, said; “Companies deploying large scale automation solutions using ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ networks and distributed control systems need this type of device. Ruggedised computers are a key element in delivery of Industry 4.0, and since we showed MICA at ‘Drives and Controls’ we have had a lot of interest in it from companies working on various applications, especially RFID and performance monitoring.” Please click here for more information about HARTING’s new MICA range


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World’s first astronaut whiskey glass created The world’s first whiskey glass suitable for use in outer space has been developed with the help of a leading prototyping company. Ogle, which is based in Letchworth, was asked to create a model which would withstand rigorous testing suitable for use beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Ogle’s stereolithography (SLA) machines – a form of 3D printing ¬– were used to create the precise specifications needed for the microgravity friendly object. To ensure the prototype was visually realistic and durable, a resin called ClearVue was selected for production because, once the part is finished, it resists humidity and moisture well. Dave Bennion the Marketing and Sales Director for Ogle, said: “The accuracy needed for this project was significant and it was imperative This included applying a rose gold that every single measurement was plated base to ensure the thread, correct as there was no room for which brings the liquid to the top of error. the glass and prevents the whiskey “It’s not every day you get asked to from spilling, would fit correctly with create a model of an item which may enough clearance for the paint team. eventually be used in outer space, so Gold is a common material for use in this was hugely exciting for the team. space due to its deflective radiation “The finished model looked components, but in this case it was extremely realistic and we’re hugely chosen to prevent the materials proud to have been involved in used to make the glass from affecting the taste of the whisky. creating this world-first project.” The model was eventually handfinished inside and out using 800 wet grade paper to remove any layering and provide a smooth texture.

Ogle were asked to develop the prototype by Trillium Technologies, which is a company dedicated to developing systems and technologies that tackle today’s grand challenges.

To create a glass-like appearance it was then masked and clear Jordan McRae, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Trillium, lacquered on both sides. said: “These days it’s not that The glass, which comprised of difficult to find a shop that will 3D six component parts, was subject print something for you. to many pre and post production checks by the Ogle team.


“However, it’s tough to beat the level of professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail that we get when we work with Ogle which is why they were our first choice for the 3D printed ClearVue glass used in Space Glass.” Trillium was approached by premium whiskey brand Ballentine’s to create the whisky glass which would work in microgravity. The prototype was tested in micro gravity at the ZARM Drop Tower in Germany where it was approved for space flight. Ogle Models & Prototypes: Trillium Technologies: trilliumtechnologies. net Ballentine’s: Ballentine’s Whisky Glass:

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Digestate optimisation technology for AD operators HRS Heat Exchangers, Stand D501, UK AD & Biogas 2016 The HRS Digestate Concentration System (DCS) helps optimise AD plants

Demonstrating how to optimise anaerobic digestion (AD) plant performance, HRS Heat Exchangers will showcase their latest ultra-energy efficient Digestate Concentration System (DCS) on stand D501 at UK AD & Biogas 2016 (6-7 July, NEC Birmingham). With a typical 1.5 MW AD plant producing a much as 40,000 tonnes of liquid digestate each year, plant operators face significant economic and logistical challenges associated with storing and transporting the biofertiliser. The DCS typically reduces the volume of liquid digestate by around 60%, helping operators better manage this natural by-product of the AD process. “The volume and consistency of digestate can quickly become a costly bottleneck in plant efficiency if it isn’t concentrated. Faced with incentive degressions, AD plants must run efficiently with every aspect optimised if they are going to maximise their return on investment,” comments Matt Hale, HRS International Sales Manager. The DCS concentrates liquid digestate, which has a low dry solid content, and increases the dry matter typically from 4% to 10%. This reduces the overall volume of digestate produced, meaning


that up to 60% less storage capacity is needed and fewer lorry loads are required helping curb a plant’s transportation costs and carbon footprint. The HRS DCS uses a multi-effect concentration process using forced recirculation to process the digestate. The system works by superheating the digestate in a vacuum to facilitate concentration, coupled with HRS’s corrugated tube heat transfer technology which reduces fouling and reduces maintenance periods. By using a two or three effect concentrator, the low temperature steam which is evaporated can be reused, making the process highly energy efficient. Furthermore, the water removed by the process is recovered and mixed with the plant’s feedstock, increasing the efficiency of the digester and reducing the amount of energy and water used by the AD plant.

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Why you should exhibit A unique and exciting opportunity to showcase your products and technology, and to network with thousands of potential customers from around the world Do business globally – exhibiting will give you direct access to customers from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas Attend our free seminar sessions and learn from the best minds in the AD and biogas industries Don’t be left behind! UK AD and Biogas 2016 gives you access to companies leading the globe in technological advances for AD and biogas

Why attend? Considering getting into the AD or biogas industry or just wondering what it is all about? There is no better opportunity to discover the latest technological advances and best potential markets for your new business Hear from the best global minds in AD and biogas, including technical insight on how to help your business thrive Discover the very best AD technology for sewage treatment, food waste, farm and small-scale plants, community and micro-scale AD plants, gas upgrading and biomethane vehicle technology This year, we are pleased to welcome as honorary international trade association members: The Australian Organics Recycling Association BGAM - BioGas Association Malaysia Consorzio Italiano Biogas Irish BioEnergy Association

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Advanced engineering 2016 announces new partnership with The Manufacturer Advanced Engineering 2016, the UK’s largest annual engineering trade show, has announced a new partnership with The Manufacturer, published by Hennik Research. As part of the arrangement, The Manufacturer will bring its Smart Factory Expo to Birmingham’s NEC, on 2 & 3 November 2016, to run alongside Advanced Engineering.


he Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo is part of a series of events examining, in detail, Britain’s response to Industry 4.0. The Manufacturer Live (www. events include the 2-day exhibition, The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer Annual Leaders Conference and The Manufacturer MX Awards. The Manufacturer Top 100 aims to change the face of manufacturing by recognising dynamic leaders and innovators in the sector in an annual report. The 2016 list will be announced during a drinks reception on Tuesday 1 November, the day before the opening of the show. The Manufacturer Annual Leaders Conference brings together the best and brightest from the manufacturing and engineering sectors for a range of educational and networking opportunities. The final event, The Manufacturer MX Awards, is an annual awards programme recognising the excellence of manufacturers across all aspects of their businesses. This black tie awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 2 November. The manufacturing and engineering sectors are experiencing rapid change and growth, most noticeably as a result of the 4th industrial revolution, making the partnership particularly prescient. Both shows seek to provide attendees with relevant and educational content, which addresses significant industry trends whilst future-proofing the sector. Commenting on the partnership with the Hennik Group, Katie Crocombe, Advanced Engineering


Event Director, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Hennik Group for 2016. Their involvement provides all those in attendance with even more opportunities to improve their operations, all under one roof. We’re very excited to be bringing a brand new element to our show and it illustrates just how important Advanced Engineering has become to the engineering and manufacturing sectors.” Henry Anson, Managing Director of Hennik Research said “There is tremendous synergy between Smart Factory Expo and Advanced Engineering and it makes perfect sense for us to be in partnership together. Industry 4.0 is on everybody’s lips at the moment and what was considered the factory of the future is rapidly becoming the factory of the present. Smart Factory Expo will enable visitors to see Industry 4.0 in action’. Advanced Engineering 2016 brings together the very best from the high performance engineering sectors. It already has more than 80 show supporters, a wealth of exhibiting suppliers and partners and the largest open engineering conference programme in the UK. Crocombe concludes: “2016 is a pivotal year for us, with more content on offer than ever before. Having the Hennik Group on board offers yet another dynamic component to our exciting show floor content.” The event will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 2 & 3 November 2016. To find out more information about registration and exhibiting, please visit or call the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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UK Manufacturing Heavyweights return to PPMA Total 2016

27 – 29 September 2016, NEC, Birmingham Showcasing the UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design, the PPMA Total Show 2016 is set to return to the Birmingham NEC this September for the first time in its history, moving from its usual spring slot – with over 300 exhibitors already signed up to exhibit at the 2016 event. The likes of Loma Systems, Rotech, Bosch and Schubert UK have already confirmed to exhibit at the PPMA Total Show 2016, which will be the first under the sole ownership of the PPMA for over a decade. Incorporating PPMA, Pakex and Interphex, the show aims to provide businesses across the processing, packaging design and materials and pharmaceutical sectors with an unrivalled opportunity to reach the right decision makers and showcase precisely how their solutions can address a number of particular packaging and processing challenges. Speaking about the exhibition ahead of its return to the PPMA Total Show 2016, Toby Kemp, ‎Global Marketing Manager at Loma Systems & Lock Inspection, commented: “Loma Systems has generally exhibited every year at the PPMA show, as it is a great place to meet up with both existing and potential customers involved in the packaging and processing industries. At the 2016 PPMA Total show we will be showcasing a selection of our latest, advanced product inspection developments and giving customers the opportunity to meet with our technical and application experts. “The show is good business platform that offers networking opportunities and provides a platform for the latest industry developments and trends, including new machinery and technology. It offers a key meeting place for the processing and packaging industries as a whole, allowing visitors to see the most up to date equipment innovations.”


Also returning to the PPMA Total Show 2016, Rotech, designer and manufacturer of offline advanced carton feeding systems, will be launching two new products. Speaking about the decision to return, Richard Pether, Director at Rotech said: “We’ve decided to return to the PPMA Total show again this year, because we can see that the event is “on the up” once more and its annual slot at the end of September makes perfect sense. “We have two product launches planned for the 2016 show, which is a key milestone on the project plan. The exposure that the show gives us, with both the visitors that come onto our stand and the media interest in the show, means that it’s a key method for promoting our product range.” Mark Stepney, Managing Director of Schubert UK, also highlighted the benefits of exhibiting at the PPMA Total show: “The show gives us an opportunity to reach an audience who know nothing of or have pigeon holed Schubert. We are seen as a specialist high end supplier. Whilst the quality and performance is high end, the technology on offer is available for smaller, lower throughput applications. The show gives us a barometer of the current state of the industry, not only with the size, but also by the various trends highlighted either on the stands or in seminar theatres.” Speaking about its return, Grant Jamieson, Chairman, PPMA Group of Associations, said: “The PPMA Total Show brings together buyers and sellers at one of the most visually

dynamic exhibitions of the latest processing and packaging machinery, materials, industrial automation and vision innovations. What’s more as a trade association we have been able to keep stand space pricing as competitive as possible, offering the very best value to members and non-members alike. Attended by thousands of quality buyers and industry experts, this event is not to be missed.” New PPMA Group CEO, Andrew Mint, who joined the association on the 1st February 2016, said: “I am delighted to join the PPMA Group ahead of The PPMA Total Show 2016. The show is a great opportunity for businesses to get their brand, products and equipment in front of a high profile audience and celebrate the innovation that the industry has to offer.” For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, or for details on exhibiting please visit, call +44 (0) 20 8773 8111 or email


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Calling all UK Manufacturers! UK manufacturers with a great story to tell are being urged to enter The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX). The awards are organised and run the Hennik Group, publishers of The Manufacturer Magazine in collaboration and with the support of the Institution. We know manufacturers large and small from a myriad of different sectors are doing great things and offering superb careers, world beating products and amazing innovation. So let’s shout about it! TMMX Awards is the biggest annual celebration in the industry’s calendar, attracting almost 1000 attendees. But the awards are not just about the ceremony itself, they are the culmination of a rigorous programme designed to provide valuable business improvement advice and feedback from an expert panel of judges. The TMMX Awards categories range from recognition in innovation and sustainability, through to apprenticeships, leadership and staff engagement, so there are plenty of opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors to be recognised for excellence. Entries are open to all UK manufacturing companies and it is free to make submissions in as many categories as desired. Entries close on 30 June. Take a look at the website for more information and to register your interest:


The Hennik team will be on hand to help you through the initial online assessment and to answer any questions you may have. Grant Collier, TMMX Awards Manager, said “The benefits of winning such a prestigious award are widely documented with increased sales, staff morale, associated publicity and industry recognition. The Awards are actually the culmination of a rigorous assessment process involving over 35 expert and experienced assessors and judges from across the industry. After the ceremony each finalist receives a personalised Assessment and Business Improvement Report written by Durham University Business School, based on the judges’ feedback. They are also invited to include their business within the highly prestigious annual The Manufacturer Opus, a ‘coffee table’ publication circulated to MPs and UK Industry ambassadors to highlight the best of UK manufacturing”. Warren Limbert, Managing Director of Lambert Engineering, overall winner of The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015, says “These awards are amazing and a real recognition and celebration of UK manufacturing excellence and if Lambert can win it with 185 employees then anyone can”.

Richard Lloyd, General Manager European Operations and Supply Chain, Accolade Wines commenting on winning the World Class Award “With 500 people back at site so totally engaged to be able to bring back this award and obtain this external recognition of our achievements is just fantastic” “We’re proud to be the headline sponsor of the TMMX Awards for the 10th year running,” says Richard Hill, National Head of Manufacturing & Automotive at NatWest. “Manufacturing remains a key focus area for us and we’re proud to continue supporting the advancement and growth of this sector. This Awards programmes gives manufacturers the opportunity to really highlight the good things that they’re doing and achieving. If you’ve never entered, and are considering it, we’d encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to gain expert analysis and feedback through the programme.” TMMX Awards 2016 are supported by headline sponsor NatWest, cosponsor Meggitt; category sponsors Autodesk; EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Throughlife Engineering Services; Industry Forum; Warwick Manufacturing Group; University of Warwick, judging sponsor University of Birmingham, and partner Durham University Business School.

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June 2016 Clearview Imaging demonstrating a component inspection system at last year’s show.

Exhibition For Industrial Vision And Factory Automation VISION UK is dedicated to vision in the factory, on the production line, in science and includes applications, components, instruments and systems and all things utilising cameras. It is integrated within the PHOTONEX exhibition where the wider subject of “light technologies” can be viewed.. 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, to attend educational seminars and presentations. At VACUUM EXPO attendees can attend the Vacuum Symposium and take part in Training Courses. Vision technologies features strongly at this Vision UK event - for vision/ imaging technology for industry | machine vision | factory automation. Vision UK is a place to solve your problems, learn how to utilise vision in your factory - amongst the exhibitors there is someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based


technology question and to explain what technique will be suitable for your application. The UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association) underpins Vision UK with a strong technical and application orientated programme “Industrial Vision Works! – techniques and the application of imaging technologies”. Learn how to adopt industrial vision solutions for your process – increase reliability and product quality at this day-long meeting. Keynote Speakers highlight advances in their presentations. There will be two keynote presentations, each will explore the functionality of imaging in space technology from different perspectives and reflects the increased interest in the space

program in the UK following Major Tim Peake’s launch to the International Space Station in December 2105. The keynotes will be delivered by Jason Gow, Centre for Electronic Imaging, The Open University and Dr Stuart Green, an industrial technical manager, in his capacity as an amateur astronomer. Jason’s talk is entitled: ‘The Challenges Associated with Imaging Technology in Space’, and Stuart’s presentation will cover ‘Machine Vision Cameras for Solar Imaging’. Readers of this article are encouraged to visit the event websites to register to attend, to register to receive enewsletter updates and to find out more. More details at,,

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Final preparations are underway for the first edition of Additive Manufacturing Europe, taking place 28-30 June at RAI Amsterdam. The pan-European show will cover all business applications for 3D printing / AM, from prototyping to manufacturing. There will be a particular focus on the medical, aerospace and automotive industries.


xhibitors include BigRep, EnvisionTEC, Formlabs, Höganäs, Mcor / AGA 3D Color Solutions, Prodways, Smit Röntgen (Philips), Trumpf, UL and Ultimaker. The full ecosystem of AM / 3D printing technologies will be on display, including additive manufacturing systems, 3D printers for design / prototyping, materials, finishing solutions and inspection, metrology, scanning and digitizing equipment.

Conference A three-day conference will run alongside the exhibition, featuring the latest trends and technologies. Each day will be focused on a different sector – healthcare (28 June), aerospace (29 June) and automotive (30 June). Healthcare topics include customized medical devices, prosthetics and dentistry presented by speakers from Stryker, King’s College Hospital and Dentbay. Other notable speakers include Fokker-GKN Aerospace, Local Motors and the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (University of Sheffield).

UL AM workshops In addition to the conference program, UL will present three separate oneday workshops during the show. This training will cover some of the most important topics in the industry, from understanding the benefits and limitations of different 3D printing technologies and materials through to advanced design and testing. • Fundamentals of additive manufacturing designs (28 June) • Design strategies for additive manufacturing (29 June) • Managing quality and safety in additive manufacturing (30 June) UL is a leading provider of AM training programs and these workshops have been specially adapted for the show. Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 18:00 and course fees include lunch and refreshments. In order to encourage interaction,


seating will be very limited, so delegates are advised to book their places soon. The full program, including pricing, is available at

Product stage During the show, exhibitors will also present some of their innovations in a dedicated area of the show floor, sponsored by Ultimaker. These sessions are free of charge to attend for show visitors and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. An early registration rate is available until 10 June, with expo tickets costing €20+VAT. All-inclusive conference passes are also available at €150+VAT. Visitors can register online at

The next industrial revolution is here Additive manufacturing is completely changing the production process. Moving beyond 3D printing’s benefits for design and prototyping, it is today a technology that also allows for the creation of complex new products with entirely new properties – lighter, stronger and less wasteful. Come to Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016 at RAI Amsterdam and see the latest technology in action, from full AM/3D printing systems, software solutions, scanning and imaging equipment, finishing solutions and material innovations. It’s the entire advanced design and manufacturing ecosystem in one place! Discover how even small changes can have a big impact on your manufacturing lead times and processes and hear practical case studies from the aerospace, automotive and healthcare sectors. 2 HALLS | 3 DAYS | UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES!

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


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

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RLS-2020I – at IFSEC You could be one of the first to see the latest sensor in Optex’s award-winning REDSCAN range. Only just launched the RLS-2020I will be showcased at IFSEC International 2016 in June. The product: The RLS-2020I is part of OPTEX’s REDSCAN range of laser sensors. A short range, indoor model the new sensor is equipped with the same functionality as its predecessors but is lighter, more compact and boasts a range of additional control and power features usually associated with IP Dome cameras. The RLS-2020I protects areas from security breaches such as intrusion, theft or unauthorised access and boosts the reliability of video-based motion detection and surveillance. What OPTEX says about the RLS-2020I: “We have used our experience of similar technologies and the feedback from customers to design a new sensor that has many of the design features and mounting functionalities of an IP Dome camera, so that it is easy to install and similarly easy to integrate within any video security solution,” says Massaya Kida, Senior Manager Product and Business Planning Department, OPTEX Where can I find them at IFSEC? OPTEX Europe will be showcasing the RLS-2020I and other high performance intrusion detection systems on stand number E600. Click here to find out more about the company’s intrusion detection solutions and to book a dedicated meeting with the OPTEX Europe team at IFSEC International 2016, which takes place between 21-23 June at London’s ExCeL.

• Harnesses new generation of laser with a customisable ‘virtual’ wall or pane with detection area up to 20m (65ft) x 20m (65ft) to identify presence of people or objects • Measuring time it takes for emitted laser beam to hit an object and reflect signal back to the sensor, the RLS-2020I can quickly analyse size, location and speed of the object • Operators can set a minimum object size or distance threshold for triggering an alert • Scanned technology based on Class 1 laser technology used for industrial, safety and security applications and presents no hazard to health • Performance is not compromised by challenging lighting conditions – even complete darkness • Can serve as trigger for event-driven video surveillance systems, by driving cameras to predetermined positions and ‘pointing’ to where the intrusion or presence occurs • Power over Ethernet (PoE)-enabled, consuming only six watts of power. • Web browser feature for fast set-up or REDSCAN Manager software for in-depth configuration • Three programmable series analogue dry contact outputs, giving flexibility in programming specific commands including tamper, environment or alarm. • Can be integrated with Video Management Software (VMS), Network Video Recorder and Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) platforms. • Compact and discreet design with wall and ceiling mounting options. Can be custom-painted to become even less obtrusive, so OPTEX expects sales to a wide range of sectors, including any “private house, hotel, retail store, art gallery or modern office building” • Splash-proof housing makes it suitable for more humid environments such as glasshouses or indoor swimming pools


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It’s quite simple really. We don’t want them to take any risk whatsoever when they start using our products.


Superior strength, lasting beauty As well as improved strength and stiffness, other benefits of SentryGlas® include: • Safety: In the event of breakage, glass fragments remain firmly bonded to the interlayer, reducing the chance for injury • Security: SentryGlas® can be used in glazing that withstands bullets, hurricane-force winds and even bomb blasts • Durability: SentryGlas® is extremely durable and resistant to clouding, even after years of exposure • Design Versatility: SentryGlas® can be used in glass manufactured flat or curved, including annealed, toughened, heat-strengthened, spandrel, wired, patterned and colour tinted glass • UV control: SentryGlas® is available with or without UV transmittance

The SentryGlas® interlayer is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. With this kind of strength the glass can be a more active structural element in the building envelope, opening up design possibilities that didn’t exist before. Besides its strength, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer retains its clarity – even after years of service. Unlike other interlayers, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer is much less vulnerable to moisture exposure or yellowing over time.

Limitless possibilities Some of the many SentryGlas® interlayer applications include: Minimally supported and open-edged railings, facades and canopies Structural glass flooring, stairs, walkways and pedestrian bridges Hurricane resistant windows, doors and skylights Bomb blast resistant windows, doors and facades SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under exclusive license by Kuraray and its sub-licensees. For more information please visit

To find out more visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

June 2016


Monitor Moisture in Gas and Compressed Air with the Model 6020 Alpha Moisture Systems, Alpha House, 96 City Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 8ES, England, UK. WEB: Email: Tel: +44 (0)1274 733 100



THE specialist supplier of ‘C-Class’ components, Sub-Assembly, Kitting and On-Site Inventory Management services. We help customers minimise cost, save time, improve productivity, mitigate risk and offer scaleable and repeatable solutions. • • • • • • •

Millions of parts available from stock Non-standard part sourcing Free samples readily available Dedicated application engineering support Small Pack quantities now available for selected ranges Next day delivery New product lines added Optimas Components- Your exclusive Heyco Supply Partner!

OPTIMAS SOLUTIONS- COMPONENTS DIVISION Tel : +44 (0) 1202 865222 Email : Web :

High Speed Metal Marking Galvos and Flatbed laser Cutters

The optimum material for each application

Trotec materials for laser and rotary engraving First class materials for easy processing

• • Colour and quality consistency • Highly durable materials

• Reduced residue produced during engraving • No sticky edges after laser cutting • Minimised post production cleaning

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High Speed Metal Marking Galvos and Flatbed Laser Cutters Mark up to 900 characters per second with a high speed galvo from Trotec Laser. With in size, Trotec offers the optimum solution for your precision marking, cutting and engraving requirements.

Visit our galvo demonstration suite Book a demonstration at our recently launched galvo demonstration area where you can see four of our precision marking lasers including the brand new SpeedMarker 1300, boasting a working area of 1120 x 635mm.

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T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito European Sales Office Gronauer Straße 1 61194 Niddatal Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970

ECi Software Solutions Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA Tel: +44 (0) 333 123 0333   Website:     Email:

Man and Machine Ltd Unit 8 Thame 40 Jane Morbey Road Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3RR

Weber Marking Systems UK Macmerry Industrial Estate, Tranent, East Lothian EH33 1HD, United Kingdom Tel: +44.18.7561.1111 E-mail: 82|

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Quantum Controls 6a Dukes Way Low Prudhoe Northumberland NE42 69Q 0330 9000 247  

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques Ltd Scotts Business Park Bampton, Devon EX16 9DN +44 (0)1398331114

Hone-All Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard. LU7 4UH. Tel: 0845 5555 111 E-mail:

Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF Tel: +44 1844204420

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LC Automation Ltd, Duttons Way, Shadsworth Business Park, Blackburn, Lancashire. BB1 2QR. E-mail

New TC Model • 500 - 2000kg/hr • Touch control screen • Full modulation feature 50-100% firing • Natural Gas, Light Oil, LPG and Bio Fuel • Automatic facility option • PM5 Facility option • Pressure range up to 32 barG • >98% Efficiency * • Remote compatible with Profibus/ CANbus etc. • Steam in 3 minutes • Compact construction • Lightweight • Suitable for mezzanine floors • Factory tested prior to dispatch to site • NOx Gas reduction option • Dual fuel option

SC Range • 80 - 2000kg/hr • Natural Gas, Light Oil, LPG and Bio Fuel • Automatic facility option • PM5 Facility option • Pressure range up to 32 barG • >98% Efficiency * • Steam in 3 minutes • Compact construction • Lightweight • Suitable for mezzanine floors • Factory tested prior to dispatch to site • NOx Gas reduction option

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

CERTUSS (UK) Limited Unit 45 Gravelly Industrial Park Tyburn Road Birmingham B24 8TG

Tel: 0121 327 5362 Fax: 0121 328 2934

Duty Standby with CVE Package Plant

CVE Package Plant • compact • Pre-pied, Pre-Wired • Skid mounted • Fully factory tested • Lightweight • Easily maintained

Containerised Plant • Easily relocated • Self contained plant room • Full lighting and heating • Fast site connection

Engineering Update - June 2016  
Engineering Update - June 2016