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PMX amplifier improves efficiency and quality in gypsum board production The world’s largest manufacturer of gypsum board, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd (The Taihe Group), has improved its production efficiency and product quality with an upgraded system utilizing HBM’s PMX modular industrial measuring amplifier system. The Taihe Group is part of the China National Building Material Group Corporation.

The challenge: Consistent quality level in gypsum board production


he Taihe Group has developed rapidly over the past few years and, for strategic reasons, decided to automate and replace its traditional manual production methods. Gypsum board is used in construction as partition and ceiling material because it is fireproof with excellent insulation and sound attenuation properties. The Taihe Group’s strategy is intended to produce more consistent boards and demanded a system that could automatically measure and record the thickness and width of its products. Thickness needed to be between 8 to 12mm with a tolerance of less than 0.01mm while the width of boards needed to remain constant at 1200mm with a tolerance of 0.2 to 0.3mm.

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Real-time computation of board thickness and width using PMX Working with Weizhao Technology, a Chinese industrial automation and control specialist, a comprehensive solution comprising laser displacement sensors, HBM’s PMX measuring amplifier system along with data acquisition and control system and visualization software was developed. Four laser displacement sensors were installed in the production line to measure the thickness and width of the gypsum board product. HBM’s PMX acquires displacement signals and ensures substantially improved quality through real-time computation of thickness and width. The amplifier system is fully integrated with the production environment. Results are transferred to a central control system with HMI via Ethernet so that production information such as batch numbers and whether products meet specifications can be recorded.

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The advantages of using PMX:

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Production output can easily be increased because the PMX features quick data acquisition giving a highly precise, reliable and consistent stream of data.

Production efficiency has been increased leading to reduced labor with associated cost savings.

The synchronization system for monitoring thickness and width ensures improved product quality.

The PMX features a LabVIEW* driver simplifying integration into automation systems.

The PMX features a powerful computation function and virtual real-time channels.

High measurement accuracy and repeatability is obtained with the PMX’s 24-bit A/D conversion to avoid any measuring errors caused by human factors.

Alarms alert operators when the measuring data is out of specified tolerance while data traceability is simplified.

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May 2016

Setting new standards with 80 GHz

First radar level gauge for liquids with 80 GHz VEGA introduces VEGAPULS 64, the first contactless radar level transmitter on the market for liquids that measures at 80 GHz frequency. This feature allows considerably tighter focusing of the radar beam. With this new instrument, measuring is much easier and more reliable, even under difficult conditions, such as tanks fitted with heating coils, baffles or agitators. Until now, a typical radar sensor with a transmission frequency of 26 GHz and an 80 mm-diameter antenna had a beam angle of approximately 10°. With the same size of antenna, the VEGAPULS 64 has a beam angle of only 3°. This allows the sensor to be used even in vessels with internal installations or heavy build up on the walls, as its focused microwave beam simply avoids these obstacles. Conversely a small ¾” antenna has a beam angle the same as an 80mm diameter radar using 26GHz. The larger the dynamic range of a radar sensor, the higher the measurement certainty and the wider the range of applications. Until now there was no radar sensor for liquid on the market with a dynamic range as wide as VEGAPULS 64. This means that media with very poor reflective properties, i.e. a low dielectric constant, like liquid gasses and pure solvents can now be measured, easily and accurately. Even foam, turbulent product surfaces, condensation or build up on the antenna are no problem for VEGAPULS 64 radar sensors. It has an accuracy of +/-2 mm, even with a measuring range of 30 m. The new radar level sensor VEGAPULS 64 is not only ideal for wide use in the chemical and petroleum sectors, but also in the pharmaceutical and food industries, because of its hygienic materials and design. The relevant approvals for this sector, such as 3A and EHDEG, are available at launch. Thanks to its small antenna - the diameter of the smallest version is no larger than a 1-euro coin – it results in very

New radar level transmitter VEGAPULS 64 for liquids: the smallest antenna is no bigger than a £1 coin, so that the new measuring instrument is an ideal solution for installation in small containers.

compact process fittings, which means the sensor can offer an interesting alternative for confined spaces in small vessels. In addition to applications in mainstream manufacturing and processing industries, the sensors open up application possibilities in pilot plants

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FANUC gets Swiss condiment plant out of a safety jam In order to increase productivity, the FANUC robots pick up two boxes already packed with jam simultaneously, turning towards the pallet and setting down the boxes within millimetre precision on the pallet according to the programmed stacking scheme. Because the jam is packed in various containers, from individual portions in aluminium pots used by the hotel trade to heavier glass jars, the gripper design had to be customised to accommodate different box weights.

Hero AG has installed three FANUC 6-axis robots fitted with customised grippers to handle the heavy and labour intensive task of palletising the company’s jams and preserves.

Swiss food manufacturer Hero AG has installed three FANUC 6-axis robots fitted with customised grippers to handle the heavy and labour intensive task of palletising the company’s jams and preserves. Operating around the clock, the closed cell provides a fast, reliable and accident -proof alternative to manually stacking boxes of jam as they leave the assembly line.

It’s a seamless operation. Once the pallets are loaded according to the specification, a signal is sent by the FANUC robot to the operator, who opens the cell and uses a pallet truck to remove the full pallet and place an empty one in position. The operative uses a hand held device located on the cell exterior to select the appropriate stacking programme. Each time the operative leaves the cell and the access door close, this is relayed to the hand device, whereby the next stacking programme is selected and palletising resumes.

development engineer Daniel Bärtschi. Although the FANUC robots installed by HERO have a payload of 70kg, when designing the gripper, Robotec also had to factor in the different box weights, the centrifugal force of the fast pivoting movement from the conveyor towards the pallet and also how foil packs still warm from the production line might behave when gripped and impact the palletising pattern. “With the jam temperature transferring onto the foil, a box may become slippery during the gripping and transport process potentially resulting in a crooked stack which would need re-palletising,” notes Daniel.

Hero AG has installed three FANUC 6-axis robots fitted with customised grippers to handle the heavy and labour inten-

Loading the jam pallets was a task previously undertaken by five employees at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Lenzburg. It was a tedious and backbreaking job getting the boxes stacked and ready for distribution. Now, three FANUC M-710iC robots are taking the load. Behind the installation was local automation specialist Robotec, who designed and tested the closed cell and integrated its special gripping technology onto the three FANUC robots.

Thanks to a customised stainless steel gripper, the end tooling is the same regardless of the size or weight of box being manoeuvred by the M-710iC robots


Rather than installing an overly complex touchscreen, an intuitive control panel with fewer buttons was created to assist Hero’s international workforce. It means that operatives don’t have to select or change programmes on the robots. In addition, universally recognised colour codes - red button for stop, green for start were adopted, and the control panel was modified to restrict key steps, for instance pallet change. A firm grasp of the challenges Forgoing vision technology meant that the Robotec design team had to customise the stainless steel gripper technology so that the end tooling stayed the same regardless of the size or weight of box being manoeuvred by the M-710iC robots. “We chose a shovel shape with an integrated slide, which pushes slightly against the boxes when setting them down on the pallet, whilst the gripper shovel retracts”, explains Robotec’s

sive task of palletising the company’s jams and preserves.

Commenting on the role that automation plays in reducing human hazards and the subsequent risk of product damage, FANUC UK’s regional sales manager John Rainer says: “Robots help to eliminate workforce injuries, especially on tasks like palletising which are repetitive and arduous. Equally, you need to keep operatives safe, and there are all types of technologies and safety concepts that can be deployed within the working envelope when automating a task. In the case of this Hero jam palletising application, it’s a typical caged solution. However, there is a wide range of reliable, approved software based safety systems, including FANUC’s Dual Check Safety system (DCS), available to manufacturers today that have the potential to optimise productivity by providing faster, easier access to the robot working area, reducing any potential downtime.”


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Unique hybrid CNC tool solution uses Beckhoff controls to integrate additive manufacturing with standard CNC machining Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a unique CNC-based hybrid tool control solution that enables virtually any CNC machine or robotic platform to deploy both metalcutting and metal-adding heads in the spindle and conveniently change between them. The new AMBIT multi-task system is set to be a game-changing technology in the world of metal fabrication. Hybrid Technologies turned to Beckhoff Automation Ltd. to supply a state-ofthe-art control solution that would allow users to effectively leverage and exploit the full capabilities of this new machining approach. Founded as a commercial entity in 2012 by Dr. Jason Jones and Peter Coates, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies actually began life in 2007 when the active use of a high-speed milling machine was initiated at De Montfort University’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing research laboratory. The cross-pollination of additive and subtractive technologies led to a four year, UK-based research project named RECLAIM (REmanufacture of high-value products using a Combined LAser cladding, Inspection and Machining system) with support from the Technology Strategy Board and a number of industrial collaborators. Key to the technology is its ability to provide both metal adding and metal removal tools on the same spindle; operations normally undertaken by discrete machines and requiring lengthy additional changeovers and programming steps. This also means that the majority of metal parts made by additive manufacturing can have postprocessing operations, such as polishing, milling and surface blasting, performed without having to locate to another manufacturing cell, resulting in fabrication and surface finishing being achieved in a single setup. The hybrid approach also allows different compositions of materials to be used in the same component, while in-process inspection can assure quality levels otherwise impractical or impossible to evaluate. The company initially had issues – relating to both the Ethernet communications and the HMI – with its original control solution, which lead to the first contact with Beckhoff Automation in 2014. The result of this collaboration was a control solution that not only addressed the communication and HMI issues, but also facilitated easier connection at customer sites and offered greater capability to expand the solution as the technology and the customers’ needs evolve.


The technology is compatible with most CNC machine configurations and robotic platforms and can be supplied in collaboration with an OEM as an option on a new machine or added as a retrofit to new or used machines already in the field. A machine tool builder adopting Hybrid’s system can use it to add additive manufacturing to the capabilities of a standard machine. Hamuel, for example, first introduced an additive-capable model to a line of their machine tools in 2013 and several other machine tool builders have followed suit. The current Hybrid system supports a range of AMBIT™ processing heads with different geometries, laser profiles, powder delivery configurations and de-focused energy beams to support tasks including 3D deposition, cladding, marking, cutting, drilling, pre-heating, annealing/ stress relieving, surface re-melting and cleaning among others. The default setup accommodates up to 15 processing heads, but it can be expanded indefinitely, subject to space in the tool changer and controller capacity. Beckhoff’s motion comprised a number its industry-leading included the EK1100 and other EtherCAT

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Beckhoff CP2218 panel PC running Microsoft Windows 7 and TwinCAT 3 software for programming and control. Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies were particularly impressed by the Beckhoff HMI solution and the ability to deploy EtherCAT in the machine head. By offering an open architecture running on off-the-shelf software solutions, Beckhoff products can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system. This open approach also facilitates integration into customer sites, especially in relation to the deployment of Ethernet-based control and ERP solutions, which have establishing an incredibly strong foothold in a wide variety of industries. Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, named as the inaugural winner of the International Additive Manufacturing Award, the largest 3D printing award in history, is already looking to the future and is considering the next steps in the development process. These include the possibility of migrating machine tools into the office space to help with development and research efforts and the development of a user interface that is intended to form the basis of a future industry standard.

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Innovate UK invests £561 million to back cutting-edge UK firms Delivery Plan for the year 2016 to 2017 shows how Innovate UK will invest £561 million, with a more focused approach to innovation support. Innovate UK is to invest £561 million in innovation over the next 12 months and take a more focused and efficient approach to supporting innovative UK companies. The delivery plan for the year 2016 to 2017 includes: • a new sector focus that is easier How Innovate UK’s work since 2007 is supporting UK economic growth and job creation. for industry, investors and government to work with Clearer sector support High-level goals to drive • a 5-point plan to underpin activity productivity and growth across these sectors and drive productivity growth Four sector groups have been The new sector approach will be • clearer funding programmes that established within Innovate UK: supported by 5 high-level goals: are easier to navigate • emerging and enabling • improvements to the way technologies • turning scientific excellence into Innovate UK connects businesses economic impact • health and life sciences to knowledge and partners • accelerating growth by nurturing • infrastructure systems • a stronger regional presence high-growth-potential SMEs in • manufacturing and materials key sectors Chief executive Dr Ruth McKernan said: We have also simplified how we • building on innovation excellence run funding competitions for throughout the UK To be globally competitive the UK businesses. • developing Catapult centres must innovate and grow. Innovation is • evolving funding models responsible for 50% of all productivity There will be 2 broad funding growth and the mission of Innovate competitions covering each UK is to help make this happen. sector group per year, and 2 open competitions for applications from We will build on our track record of any sector or technology area. success, focusing ever more closely on scaling up SMEs, equipping them There will be other programmes and to reap the benefits of the fourth competitions in partnership with other government organisations. industrial revolution.

Since 2007, Innovate UK has invested £1.8 billion in innovation, which has been more than matched by the private sector. This investment has returned between £11.5 billion and £13.1 billion to the economy. We have supported innovation in 7,600 organisations, creating around 55,000 new jobs.

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he new bump cap, designed by JSP’s in-house Research & Development team, features a full high-density polyethylene (HDPE) shell, so the wearer is protected not only from impact to the front and top of the head but also from scrapes to the side of the head. This significant increase in protection has not been gained at the expense of comfort: the HardCap™ AeroLite™ is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. In fact, at under 135g, the cap weighs about the same as a typical standard-sized smartphone – and it’s just as cool and stylish. To significantly reduce heat build-up the sleek textile cover has large open weaved panels to facilitate the transfer of cool air and mitigate the build-up of heat and discomfort – particularly if the cap is being worn over long periods. Treated with a ‘Durable Water Repellent’ coating, the cover features large reflective areas on the side panels and reflective piping around the peak providing extra visibility and improved safety in low-light conditions. Comfort is further enhanced by a lightweight expanded polypropylene (EPP) liner offering class leading impact

The HardCap™ AeroLite™ from JSP is the latest addition to the PPE specialist’s range of bump caps designed for work environments where there is a risk of impact between the head and stationary objects.


performance. The Polygiene® treated Sweatband and foam-cushion comfort pads guard against skin irritations, odours and maintain freshness. Polygiene® inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria and fungal spores. The cover is removable and machine-washable, which adds to the longevity of the cap. Tested to BS EN 812, the HardCap™ AeroLite™ consistently exceeded its requirements, recording an average transmitted force of just 5kN – well below the maximum 15kN allowed by the standard. It was also successfully tested at temperature extremes of -40°C and +50°C, making it the best-performing full-shell bump cap on the market. The HardCap™ AeroLite™ is available in black or blue, with either a 50mm or 25mm peak. The longer peak provides more shade in outdoor or brightly-lit environments, while the shorter version allows for better vision when looking upward. More information is available from www.jsp.co.uk, or by calling +44 (0)1993 826050.


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The partnership between Altair, Morf3D and RUAG Space puts together the perfect ecosystem to revolutionize the way space components are engineered, produced and qualified.

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Advanced by Altair, RUAG and Morf3D Non-Exclusive MOU Forms Rich Alliance of Diverse Capabilities for AM Initiative


ltair, RUAG and Morf3D have recently entered a non-exclusive partnership for cooperation in advancing additive manufacturing (AM) for Aerospace applications. The partnership will address the full additive manufacturing process including design, analysis, build, test and certification. The partnership aims to offer a start-to-finish service primarily to the Aerospace industry for AM including space, propulsion, aircraft interior, and airframe applications. Other application areas will be pursued as opportunities present themselves. While working together jointly on publications, training, research, and technical papers, etc., to facilitate this cooperative effort, Altair will lead the provision of solidThinking Inspire™ software for design and analysis, Morf3d will lead program management, part production, R&D and associated quality control and RUAG will take the lead on design, analysis, documentation, testing and certification. The team will use the AM facility Morf3D’s Innovation Center which includes various DMLS systems and the test facilities at RUAG. “We are excited to participate with RUAG and Morf3D on advancing the AM process for Aerospace applications”, said Dr. Robert Yancey, VP of Aerospace at Altair Engineering. “There is clearly a need for resources to help companies navigate the challenges of using AM and this partnership will have all of the necessary expertise and technology to help companies be successful with AM.” “The partnership between Altair, Morf3D and RUAG Space puts together the perfect ecosystem to revolutionize the way space components are engineered, produced and qualified”, said Franck Mouriaux, General Manager Structures at RUAG SCHWEIZ AG. “This breakthrough is absolutely mandatory for us to face the challenges of the new space industry and remain competitive.” “We are thrilled to partner with Altair and RUAG to offer the Aerospace industry a unique multi-disciplinary value chain that is able to exploit new possibilities brought on by Additive Design and Additive Manufacturing”, said Ivan J. Madera, Chief Executive Officer, Morf3D.


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Prominent visit: US President Obama and Chancellor Merkel at HARTING Strong interest in Industry 4.0 solutions in the United States

The Harting family greeting the two heads of state: Margrit Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Dietmar Harting, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Philip Harting (from left to right).

Great joy at the HARTING Technology Group: The opening of the world’s largest industrial trade show today saw US President Barack Obama visit the company’s stand together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the Harting family greeting the two heads of state. The United States is this year’s partner country of the Hannover Messe. President Obama was accompanied by a large delegation. Together with Chancellor Merkel, the 44th US president learned about HARTING products and solutions, which are accompanying companies around the globe into Industrie 4.0. The HARTING MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture) has been developed for this digital transformation. The MICA


is a mini industrial computer that is positioned as a neural interface between machine and Cloud, and enables systems and machines to function as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). President Obama and Chancellor Merkel showed great interest in the presentation of the Rinspeed “Etos” car, in which the MICA captures drive and emissions data and transmits it to testing institutes for independent monitoring. The HARTING Technology Group is a leading driver and partner on the way to Integrated Industry, and its Industrie 4.0 solutions have been met with great interest in the United States. The re-industrialisation of the nation is acting as a growth engine. This development has also benefited

HARTING, which has operated its own production plant in Elgin (Illinois) for a number of years. Sales in the Americas have seen growth of a strong one-third over recent years. The 2014/2015 financial year alone witnessed an increase of more than 17 percent, to 61 million euros. The visit of Barack Obama is a notable highlight in the history of the HARTING Technology Group. The company is always represented with one of the most attractive stands at the Hannover Messe and ranks among the top 5 largest exhibitors. In addition, HARTING is one of the few companies which have been present every year since the trade show began in 1947. For further information visit www.HARTING.co.uk


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BOXING CLEVER – HOW TO REACH YOUR PACKAGING MACHINERY SUSTAINABILITY GOALS Richard Pether, director of Rotech - designer and manufacturer of offline advanced carton feeding systems – reflects on the role that sustainability plays in the packaging machinery market and innovative ways in which manufacturers can switch to more resource efficient solutions that respect and value the environment. are increasingly moving These days sustainable towards as a result manufacturing is taking centre stage, of small to medium driven by both the market and regulation. order volumes. 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Measuring shaft torque in challenging environments Measuring torque on rotating shafts on a test rig is one thing, but the environmental challenges of real world applications can quickly impact on the functionality and reliability of torque transducers, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology explains.

then reflected back. The change in frequency of the reflected waves identifies the torque. There is no need to supply power to the SAWs, so the sensor is non-contact and wireless.

So how these different technologies stand up to the problems of the most demanding There are many approaches for measuring environmental conditions? torque, from the simple to the more exotic, and under benchtop conditions or in less arduous Vibration: Let’s consider vibration first, because applications they can all provide reliable results in high speed or high torque applications more or less out of the box. But out in the real vibration is always likely to be a significant world or on heavier duty systems, conditions problem. At high speeds, even the best aligned are rarely ideal. So how do the different shafts will exhibit a degree of vibration, whilst technologies fare, and what can the user do to in the heaviest duty tasks the very nature of the application is going to lead to vibration. mitigate the problems? Consider, for example, heavy duty applications Strain gauges: Where slip rings and brushes in marine, agricultural, renewable energy, are used, excessive vibration can quickly cause offshore and materials handling industries, as wear, which will quickly impact on the reliability well as more specialist or exotic sectors such as of the output and lead to premature failure. aerospace or Formula 1. The torque sensor may In radio telemetry products, maintaining the well have to deal with dust, dirt, condensation, correct antenna gap is critical, and excessive extremes of temperature, vibration, and more. vibration can impact on this.

Magnetic: Relatively Insusceptible to dirt and dust Surface acoustic wave: Inherently able to withstand dirt and dust.

Where the potential ingress of dust is a particularly severe problem, dust filters should In addition, we always have to consider the Phase measurement: Reliable operation be employed as a matter of course. Sensor effects of electrical noise and electromagnetic depends on accurate alignment of the discs and Technology has also increased reliability in interference in the environment. sensors. If vibration causes any shift in position particularly harsh environments by maintaining the transducers at a positive air pressure of Phase measurement techniques can be built of the sensing elements within the transducer, 0.5psi. around various different sensor technologies, the reliability of the output is compromised. including optical, proximity and displacement. Magnetic: Relatively immune to the problem of Noise and electromagnetic interference The principle is similar for each: if sectioned or vibration. Electrical noise and electromagnetic toothed discs are mounted at either end of the interference are characteristics of many shaft, offset from one another, then the relative Surface acoustic wave: Excellent resistance to operating environments. mechanical vibration. movement of the two discs is proportional to torque and can be detected. Temperature: Extremes of temperature Strain gauges: Slip ring/bush connections can generate high levels of electrical noise, and are Torque measurement systems built around are a characteristic of numerous real world susceptible to electrical noise. Transformer and applications, in applications such as wind optical sensors can also provide a useful RF coupled strain gauges can compromised by solution. If sectioned discs are mounted at turbines, aggregates conveyors, bulk materials electromagnetic interference. handling applications, agricultural machinery either end of the shaft, offset from one another, then the relative movement of the two discs and more. Phase measurement: No susceptibility to changes the effective aperture in a way that is zStrain gauges: Relatively immune to changes electromagnetic interference or noise. proportional to torque. With no susceptibility in temperature, although large swings can cause to electromagnetic interference and noise, the condensation which can impact on the electrical Magnetic: Permeability can vary with magnetism. optical technique can provide a useful method connections of slip rings and bushes, as well as Surface acoustic wave: No susceptibility to of torque measurement. electromagnetic interference or noise. promoting corrosion. Magnetic measurement techniques are built on Phase measurement: Critical disc tooth Looking at any single environmentally the principle of changes in magnetic field of a or aperture dimensions can change with challenging issue, there are any number of material as it twists. The resulting changes in temperature, impacting on the reliability of the possible torque measurement technologies magnetic field are proportional to the applied torque reading. that could offer a reliable solution. But in the torque, and can be measured by magnetic field most demanding applications, where the torque Magnetic: Permeability can vary with transducer would most likely have to deal with sensors, enabling the torque value derived. temperature. a whole raft of different ambient conditions, A relatively new technology for the measurement of torque in a rotating shaft is Surface acoustic wave: Inherently insusceptible it becomes clear that surface acoustic wave that using the properties of surface acoustic to changes in temperature, although for absolute technology offers decisive advantages. waves, measuring the resonant frequency change of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices in a non-contact manner when strain is applied to a shaft to which SAWs are fixed. The applied torque causes a deformation of the quartz substrate of the SAW device, which in turn causes a change in its resonant frequency. Such devices have been pioneered by Sensor Technology in its TorqSense range of products. In these products, two SAWs made of ceramic piezoelectric materials containing frequency resonating combs are glued onto the shaft at 90 degrees to one another. As the torque increases, the combs expand or contract proportionally to the torque being applied. An adjacent RF pickup emits radio waves towards the SAWs, which are

reliability Sensor Technology integrates Sensor Technology’s TorqSense transducers are sensors to monitor shaft temperature for better widely used throughout a spectrum of the most compensation and accuracy. demanding industries, from liquid handling applications to mixers, nuclear applications, Dust and dirt marine, offshore and materials handling. Because it is virtually impossible to achieve a Easily embedded with the system design perfect seal on a rotating shaft, ingress of dust, these transducers can withstand heat, dirt and dirt and debris is always a concern. mechanical vibration, eliminate noise problems, and eliminate any issues of mechanical Strain gauges: Brushes can be compromised compliance. Where the environmental by dirt, impacting on overall reliability. conditions are particularly extreme, then Phase measurement: The operation of optical versions are available with the electronics sensors will eventually be compromised by a housed in a physically separate enclosure build up of dirt, whilst any dirt or debris collecting which can be positioned more favourably for even greater system reliability. on the discs can cause a false reading.


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Linear position sensors for professional mountain bike set-up: Variohm EuroSensor VLP and ELPM used by UCI Mountain Bike World Champion


s in all areas of elite sports, teams and competitors go to great lengths to ensure their equipment set-up is optimised for the best possible performance levels. This is certainly the case for Loic Bruni, the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials Downhill World Champion. Loic and his French team have been using Variohm EuroSensor VLP and ELPM linear potentiometers to measure suspension-fork and frame shock absorber travel for more than three years. Fine tuning the set-up is critical and can make matchwinning milliseconds of difference to the ‘sag’ of the bike – how it sits with the rider in real race conditions - and at the top end of the sport, dynamic measurement is essential.


The motorsports proven sensors have a pedigree for demanding harsh environment applications where long-life high reliability linear measurement is required. Available for travel lengths from 25 to 250 mm and with measurement linearity to 0.1%, the VLP and ELPM sensors feature conductive plastic resistance elements and multi-fingered precious metal wipers supported in an elastomer damped mechanism that ensures smooth and uninterrupted contact - even where the most arduous physical and environmental conditions are present. The VLP also benefits from a dual seal design that offers extended reliability.

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May 2016

New benchmark in thermal flow measurement The latest flow meter from ifm electronic measures liquids or gases

The new benchmark in thermal flow measurement is the SA from ifm electronic. Quite simply the best and easiest to use, the SA is optimised for a range of media including water, oils, glycol and air. Not only will the SA measure the flow rate, but the device will also measure the temperature of the medium. The SA features a highly visible four-digit display, which the user can configure to show the flow rate or temperature and to alternate from red to green as required, and the housing can be aligned for optimum readability. As only a simple probe needs to be inserted into the pipe, the SA is easy to fit and versatile, covering a range of pipe sizes from and internal diameter of just 15mm up to a massive 400mm. The user merely selects the probe length from 45mm, 100mm or 200mm. Accuracy and speed of response are vital, and the SA performs on both counts. Switching outputs, analogue signals and IO-Link provide various options to further process the signals. That means that the user is all set for Industry 4.0. ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products. For further information, contact Gemma Anderson, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD. Telephone: 020 82130000. Fax: 020 8213-2234. E-mail – gemma.anderson@ifm.com.


New benchmark in thermal flow measurement The latest SA flow meter from ifm electronic for liquids and gases also measures temperature. Fast response. Easily readable LED display can be set to change between red and green and the whole unit can be rotated. Calibrated for water, oils and air. A clever solution from ifm

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May 2016

When ATEX Flow Meter Selection is Critical Specifying the correct flow meter for any application is important but becomes absolutely critical in potentially explosive environments. In these situations only meters with the correct ratings and genuine certification must be specified.


he latest Macnaught MX-Series Ex range of oval gear flow meters have been tested and approved by FM, DEKRA and SIRA for use in ATEX Category 2 Zone 1 applications offering the ideal solution for applications requiring accurate flow measurement in environments where there is potential exposure to flammable gases, dust or vapours. Available in aluminium and stainless steel, in sizes from DN8 ¼” up to DN50 2” and with a flow range from 0.5LPH to 1200LPM these meters are suitable for measuring, monitoring and batching thin to viscous fluids, corrosive chemicals and non-conductive liquids up to 85c. High viscosity models are also available for use with fluids over 1000cPs such as paints, adhesives and resins. The MX Ex meters can be specified with either an NPN open collector or a NAMUR sensor. The NPN open collector with ATEX, CSA and FM approvals (IECEx pending) is an IP67 3-wire stainless steel field sensor. To compliment this a new 2-wire IP67 NAMUR field sensor with ATEX, IECEx and SIL2 approvals rated in chrome plated CuZn has been released. ATEX ratings are II I G Ex ia IIC T6 on the NPN open collector and II G Ex ia IIC T6 Ga and II 1 D Ex ia IIIC T115C Da on the NAMUR sensor.


These positive displacement flow meters measure the volumetric flow rate of a moving fluid, the two rotating oval gears divide the material into fixed, metered volumes. This proven operating principle provides accurate volumetric flow measurements that are on the whole unaffected by variations in density, viscosity, or pressure. The MX Ex does not require flow conditioning or straight pipe runs, so they can be used in installations where space is limited without effecting performance. To compliment these intrinsically safe flow meters a comprehensive range of flow rate indicators and totalisers, flow computers and batch controllers with ATEX, IECEx, CSA and FM approvals are also available. The Macnaught MX-Series Ex range and intrinsically safe instrumentation are available in the UK exclusively from Bell Flow Systems, a leading manufacturer and distributor of flow measurement solutions. For more information please call +44 (0) 1280 817304 or email sales@bellflowsystems.co.uk. Company Details – Bell Flow Systems sales@bellflowsystems.co.uk www.bellflowsystems.co.uk 0800 027 7786

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New Tinytag Plus Radio Data Loggers

Gathering data using wireless communications New rugged, weatherproof radio data loggers – Plus Radio – are now available from Gemini Data Loggers, manufacturer of the Tinytag range. Plus Radio loggers are designed for monitoring in harsh outdoor, industrial and warehousing applications. They work alongside Tinytag Ultra Radio loggers which are more suitable for indoor monitoring and both types of unit can be mixed and matched within a system.


lus Radio offers a wide range of measurement and input options including temperature and temp/RH. There are units with one, two or four thermistor probes; one or two temp/ RH probes; and one or two PT100 and PT1000 probes. This provides monitoring for ambient, cold chain and cryogenic applications, as well as oven and process monitoring. Plus Radio loggers also offer low voltage, current, and count inputs, for use with third party sensors to record properties such as pressure, flow rates and footfall. A choice of units with single and four inputs is available. The Tinytag Radio Data Logging System is one of the most versatile and easy to use systems of its kind. Data is viewed from the convenience of the user’s own desk on a PC, across a LAN, or remotely across the internet and email alarm warnings can be sent when the value being monitored goes out of specification. • E asy to set up and use • Ideal for larger sites and applications • Labour saving • Fast access to data via internal network or the internet • Allows immediate corrective action


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May 2016

Can’t Afford to Send Instruments Offsite For Calibration? No Problem, Hitek Calibrate Onsite Hitek now in its 27th year of trading offers a wide range of Standard and UKAS 17025 (Electrical) calibration services - Electrical, RF & Microwave, Mechanical and Environmental Test and Measurement Instruments – alongside diagnosis & repair services. Many customers take advantage of Hitek’s long established Onsite and Mobile calibration services (with full access to the Customer Online Portal), where we calibrate your instruments at your premises minimising your elapsed time without your equipment.

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Professional Multimeter Calibration from Hitek therefore the multimeter will need to be periodically re-calibrated to ensure that it is operating within its specification. The calibration period will form part of the specification for the multimeter. Hitek recommend an annual calibration for most common multimeters. A multimeter is an electrical measuring instrument which is perfect for measuring current (AC and DC in amperes), resistance (in ohms) and voltage (AC and DC in volts) on electrical circuits. Typically, a multimeter is a combination of a DC voltmeter, an AC voltmeter, an ammeter and an ohmmeter. Hitek offer both standard traceable calibrations and UKAS accredited calibrations on a range of on DC and Low Frequency multimeters (bench multimeters, handheld multimeters and high precision multimeters).

Multimeter Calibration The performance of a multimeter will be affected by its calibration period. As with all circuits, it will drift with time and


Hitek technicians are highly trained and competent to perform calibration services across the UK from the Mobile Calibration Laboratory which goes direct to premises and provides effective on-site calibration. UKAS accredited calibration services are available from the Hitek calibration house in West Sussex. Hitek also offer a 100 mile radius collection and delivery service to and from the calibration laboratory in Horsham, West Sussex. 01403 243 535 | www.hitek.co.uk

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May 2016

Conveniently Calibrate Plant Vacuum Gauges Why do vacuum gauges need to be calibrated? The largest uncertainty when using vacuum gauges on a process plant is knowing when the process has caused drift or shifts of calibration. Many processes handle vapours and, if any condensation or deposition happens, the chances are it will also happen in the vacuum gauge. Many such gauges - Pirani, cold cathose and ion gauges use thermal or ionisation cross-section measurements to infer the level of vacuum being experienced and they have filaments, cathodes and other hardware, all of which may be coated with by-products from the process. Even more rugged gauges such as capacitance manometers will be affected by depositions or particulates because any deposition will have mass and the gauge will weigh it, especially if it has a low range and therefore a very thin diaphragm. As processes move away from their design parameter due to gauge “drift”, little about the quality of the process can be inferred from the instrumentation readings, so diagnosis is down to a skilled operator recognising when a batch of product does not conform. This is too late! If the process is sensitive to the level of vacuum being achieved, then the cost of losing a batch could be astronomical - many times the cost of maintaining the plant properly in many cases. With the inherent lack of ruggedness of many vacuum gauges, it is imperative


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

sons may be made. The development of a technique Having its own ISO IEC 17025:2005 accredited UKAS laboratory with the lowest uncertainties for Vacuum in the UK, Chell are well placed to prepare CalCube for on-site gauge calibrations. The Transfer Standards fitted to CalCube are calibrated in the laboratory both before and after an on-site calibration job so that the confidence level of the calibration is the highest possible. CalCube is constructed within a rugged, wheeled flight-case type enclosure having just a 13A mains plug yet containing dry diaphragm backing and turbomolecular pumps with high vacuum isolation valves. Over 40 year’s experience of calibrating vacuum gauges have gone into CalCube’s design, which includes such capabilities as calibrating both rising and falling pressures very accurately using a pair of ultra-fine Chell CMF valves. Fitting easily into almost any estate car, CalCube comes with lifting handles to aid safe removal from a vehicle or lifting up steps, etc. A removable side panel is foam lined with cut-outs to hold all the common mating vacuum connector systems - of course, custom connectors may be purchased and housed for specific applications.

CalCube are housed in another, matching flight-case, ready for convenient return to Chell’s calibration lab. for scheduled UKAS calibration. Chell’s in-house vacuum standards consist of three high-accuracy capacitance manometers having 20 years of continuous calibration history at national Standard level and these are monitored on a daily basis by a Spinning Rotor Gauge whose ball-flange assembly is also calibrated annually at National Standard level. At the atmospheric pressure end of the scale, the vacuum straight line generated by the capacitance manometers is calibrated against our 32” Schwien Merco-Master manometer giving us the lowest uncertainties in that pressure regime. Chell’s customers thus enjoy the accumulated vacuum calibration skills of over 40 years and, should they have specific different requirements, Chell has the skills to customise CalCube to suit. For more information contact:Chell Instruments Ltd Folgate House Folgate Road North Walsham Norfolk NR28 0AJ Tel: 01692 500555

Choice of vacuum Transfer Standards will be an important decision, which is aided by Chell’s years of experience. These standards, when not fitted to

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May 2016

Leaders in bespoke calibration & test systems As Chell approaches 40 years experience of designing and building high integrity test and calibration systems, our engineers are ready to design complete solutions for your production calibration needs.

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Optimas Components Cable Management Optimas Components is a leading global supplier of C-class components, including fasteners, cable management and finishing products. With nearly 50 years of experience in supplying superior quality components, we have earned a worldwide reputation for outstanding customer service and support. We are a technical distributor with indepth and broad based knowledge of products, material and applications. We help customers make informed purchasing decisions that consider technologies, applications and relevant standards. Throughout the world, we provide innovative supply chain management solutions to reduce the total cost of production and implementation incurred by our customers. Our portfolio of services also includes kitting, bagging, dying, enclosure customising and on-site inventory management. Optimas prides itself in being the exclusive Heyco® partner in the UK and Ireland. Heyco® is the leading manufacturer of moulded wire protection products and stamped electrical components. The product range includes cable glands, cable clips, locknuts, grommets, bushings, conduits, washers and plugs. Optimas has access to the entire Heyco® portfolio and we also offer extensive standard and special ranges from other brands such as Hummel, Thomas & Betts, ARaymond, TST, Bopla, Fibox, Alpha Wire, PMA and Adaptaflex. Products are continuously being introduced. Recent additions include the Heyco®-Tite Snap –In-2® Liquid Tight Straight Thru cable glands. These come in either Snap-In Hubs or Flex Protect versions and offer a major advantage as no tools or locknuts are required for installation. Unique fingers securely snap into a range of panel thicknesses of up to 3.2mm. They are perfect for low


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Engineering Utilities welcomes hundreds of visitors to first MACH stand Leading supplier of metal finishing equipment and consumables, Engineering Utilities, has reported huge success at its first MACH exhibition. Attendees visited the Engineering Utilities stand in their droves, with the team receiving hundreds of enquiries about its products and services from individuals across a range of industry sectors. Visitors to the stand enjoyed a host of live equipment demonstrations, including an all-in-one Loewer surface finishing machine, Eisenblatter hand-held grinding and edge-rounding tools and consumables, and the revolutionary TIG Brush®, all of which are distributed exclusively in the UK by Engineering Utilities. The Engineering Utilities team were also on hand at the event to offer solutions-driven, expert advice to visitors who were looking to update their surface finishing, deburring and edge-rounding requirements. Speaking about the event Nigel Soulsby, director of Engineering Utilities, said: “Our first experience exhibiting at MACH was very successful – we couldn’t believe the amount of people that visited our stand over the five-day event. Our live equipment demonstrations proved very


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erimeter Institute is a leading center for theoretical physics and facilitating research, training, and educational outreach. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, this institution hosts an annual program called the International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP). The purpose of the ISSYP is to inspire and strengthen interest in modern physics amongst some of the top high school students from around the world. This year, with help from Möbius, the ISSYP program introduced a new system for preparing young students for their two intensive weeks at Perimeter Institute. Möbius is Maplesoft’s comprehensive online courseware environment focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The use of this new and unique platform provided students of the ISSYP program a more productive and enhanced summer school experience. During the ISSYP program, students attend several keynote lectures from researchers at Perimeter Institute; they visit SNOLAB, an underground physics laboratory; and are partnered with a mentor for one week concluding with a presentation on a physics related research topic of their choice. The program covers many different topics in physics such as quantum mechanics, special relativity, general relativity, and cosmology. The program receives an average of three-hundred applications from students in grades eleven and twelve from around the world. Competition is intense, and students who are chosen for the program are extremely bright and advanced for their age; however there is some variation in their level of math and physics knowledge. For this reason, the Institute prepares a review session for the students before the start of the program. Students are asked to review a “math primer” document to prepare them with the background needed for the program. This year, Perimeter

Möbius platform, students get instant feedback on their work. Students immediately see where they have gone wrong or if they got the answer correct. It also offers students the option to keep practicing by giving them algorithmic variations of the same question until they master the concept. Dr. Foyle notes that this was one of the features that she found to be the most helpful. It allowed students to complete the review before the start of the summer camp and keep practicing in their free time during the camp. “It is certainly an enhancement to what we had before.” Möbius offers several question types including graph sketching, free body diagrams, numeric responses, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and many others. “Unlike other online education tools, Möbius supports math content very strongly,” said Dr. Foyle. “It allows me to expand on the math topics we cover, and deliver them in a wider variety of question types. This provided the students with a much more interactive and dynamic experience, making it easier and fun for them to learn new concepts.”

Institute chose Möbius to deliver a dynamic and interactive math primer document online, replacing the traditional static pdf handout. Dr. Kelly Foyle, Outreach Scientist at Perimeter Institute and her team prepared the review material within Möbius and deployed it to the students two months before the start of the program. “Our original math primer document was nothing fancy, just a static document for students’ review,” said Dr. Foyle. “But, using Möbius, we were able to make the document much more interesting, and interactive. I found that more students had used it and prepared themselves before coming to the course.” Because it is designed especially for math based courses, Möbius is the perfect platform for the ISSYP review program. The natural math notation that is built into the Möbius platform is equivalent to the notation a teacher would use on a chalkboard. The questions that students can complete are those that would appear in assignments or paper tests. Sending a printed handout document had also presented other challenges previously. If a student had a question or needed feedback on their work, they didn’t have a teacher to guide them. Now, with the use of the online

This is not the first time Maplesoft technology is being used at Perimeter Institute. In the past, Maple licenses were given away to students upon completion of the ISSYP. In the summer of 2014, Maple was introduced to the program curriculum. Maple problems were provided to help students enrich their skills, and optional Maple assignments were given to those that were looking to excel. After a successful introduction of Maple into the ISSYP program, moving to Möbius was an easy transition. With the introduction of Möbius, the number of students that completed the review material was much higher compared to previous years. “Bringing the review content online seemed to resonate better with the students, which, in turn, allowed for a more level playing field among the young campers,” said Dr. Foyle. For future ISSYP programs, Dr. Foyle plans to make Möbius material available even earlier so that students can get a good head start on the necessary concepts for the camp. She also plans to create more customized questions, leveraging the flexibility available in Möbius. Dr. Foyle and her team look forward to effectively cutting down the review time in the classroom and preparing students for a more in-depth and meaningful camp experience.


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The Thermal Engineering Show 2016, to be held on Thursday, 2nd June, in Derby will bring together the full range of products and services involved in the field of thermal engineering and processing in industry.

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The event, the first of its kind, will be held at the spectacular Derby Roundhouse, the oldest surviving railway roundhouse in the world, staged at the heart of engineering within the UK. It will deliver an innovative and vibrant experience welcoming senior decision makers and engineers from across the process engineering and manufacturing industry who share a professional interest in the practice, technology and science of thermal engineering. Entry to the exhibition, for visitors, is free. “There is a clear appetite to develop a trade exhibition which concentrates on all aspects of thermal management in industry” said Ken Davies, Co-Director of GSE Media. “From cooling technologies through to the delivery extreme heat, and incorporating thermal management and simulation, the interest in these technologies is developing rapidly and has never been stronger” The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers who will be running the Thermal Engineering for Transport conference at the same venue on the same day. The IMechE conference will focus specifically on providing delegates with best practices for thermal management design, simulation and packaging in transportation. Delegates will also discover how the rail, aviation and automotive industries are optimising design under weight and cost restrictions.


“Interest in the event has been very high amongst both exhibitors and visitors alike” continued David Reeks, Co-Director of GSE Media “Events which attract niche audiences who share a professional interest in a specific field provide a highly efficient experience for both exhibitors and visitors, all visitors are relevant to all exhibitors and this adds up to a vibrant and popular event.” Operated by GSE Media, the business behind the highly successful Engineering Simulation Show and Engineering Testing Show, The Thermal Engineering Show will provide a unique and additional opportunity for companies within this sector to network with potential clients and to build their sales pipeline. More details on the event, and free ticket booking can be found at the website www.thethermalengineeringshow.co.uk

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Tata Steel to Speak at Top National Conference Fraser Wilkinson, Business Improvement manager at Tata Steel will take delegates at The LMJ OpEx Conference, London 11 – 12 May, through a real life and up to the minute case study on the company and the reasons leading up to the much publicised outcome. Fraser’s highly interactive workshop will examine some of the reasons for the Tata Steel disaster to help demonstrate a world-class approach to analyse both the process and people issues that contributed to the outcome. Tata Steel fell victim to a global economic slowdown and with growth in China falling from double digit figures to around 7%, making losses of up to £1 million per day in the UK. It employs over 15,000 people with a further estimated 25,000 relying on Tata Steel for downstream employment, all of which are under threat if a rescue package is not agreed. Fred Tongue, editor of The LMJ and chair of the conference, said ‘we are delighted that Tata Steel can give us a first-hand insight into the problems that Tata Steel has experienced and how these may be overcome in the months and years to come. There is much that can be learned from Tata’s experience operating as a global player in a global market place with such intense international competition’. Alongside Tata Steel, the vice president of MacDonalds will also give an inspirational talk on the importance of staff training, retention and investment – key to the successful development of the UK’s 100,000 strong workforce in this fast food retailer. The conference will also include senior personnel from Kellog’s, Fujifilms, HSBC, The National Grid, Volvo and Philips speaking on the leadership problems faced by an organisation, how to define the culture and why ‘Leading with Lean’ is the best way to engage people, lean manufacturing and operational excellence. More information from www.lmjopexannualconference.com Anyone wishing to attend the LMJ conference should contact Hennik Group on 0207 401 6033 or email f.tongue@hennikgroup.com



May 2016

New Opportunities For Plastics Moulding Explored In Free Pdm Event Conference This year’s PDM Event (14th to 15th June, Telford International Centre) will feature a free-to-attend conference covering injection moulding, rotational moulding, energy efficient equipment and 3D mould tool design, while around the exhibition new machinery will be unveiled. The results of two new industry surveys – Best Places to Work in UK Plastics and Most Influential People in the UK Plastics – will also be announced.

Free PDM Conference Injection moulding will be covered in depth on Day One by speakers and panellists from British Plastics Federation (BPF), Engel, Helix Polymer Technology Ltd, Stratasys, Arburg and Amtek Plastics. Delegates will also be given advice on patenting strategies. Rotomoulding will then become the focus, with a session on alternative materials presented by Matrix Polymers, and advice on preventing “creep” – a cause of plastic product failure – presented by Dr Nick Henwood, Rotational Moulding Expert, Rotomotive. Other key sessions on Day One include a session on Industry 4.0 (an industrial revolution in automation, data exchange and market trends), and an overview of energy efficient equipment, which promises to show delegates the real savings that can be achieved by updating or replacing existing machinery. Day Two opens with a number of new perspectives on design including a presentation showing what can be achieved when design is used as a tool for integrating different processes, led by Les Stokes, Director, LA Design. Technological developments covered in the conference include 3D CAD software for the automation of routine operations and PREVIEW – a predictive system to recommend injection mould set up with process optimisation in wireless sensor networks.

Exhibition Highlights Renmar will show one of its range of 17 Marse hopper loaders for the first time, while the new Golden Electric 100 tonne machine will make its UK debut on the Arburg stand. Negri Bossi will be exhibiting an EOS E70-185 ST machine featuring the latest user friendly Tactus B&R based ‘single touch’ interface and Bosch Rexroth GH4 pumps. Other leading industry names who have booked stands include Meusburger, Branson Ultrasonics, Zimmer Group, Piovan, Plastribution, Hasco Internorm, Plastech Solutions, Telesonics, Ewikon and Thermoplay. New exhibitors include Connect 2 Cleanrooms (offering mouldshop solutions to prevent contamination), Staubli Connectors (hydraulic and electrical connectors), CRC Industries (global supplier of chemical products including purge agents and mould lubricants), Plunkett Associates (low volume prototyping), BOC (industrial gases and cleaning solutions) and Petlon Polymers Ltd (polymer compounding and recovery).

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May 2016

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 www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk, call +44 (0) 20 8773 8111 or email totalshow@ppma.co.uk.


May 2016

Liftex 2016

We are pleased to announce that LiftEx 2016, the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading lifting exhibition, will be coming to Scotland for the first time in its history. The 12th edition of the event will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre on 23rd & 24th November 2016.

Known as the Energy Capital of Europe, and with over forty years experience in oil and gas operations, Aberdeen is established as one of the most influential, innovative and proactive energy cities in the world. LiftEx has become the go-to event for the lifting industry, comprising of the Exhibition, Industry Conference and Innovation Fast Pitch over the 2 days. Over 100 exhibitors will demo their latest lifting products and services, and 1,500 dedicated industry professionals and end users from a wide range of vertical markets are expected to attend, including oil & gas, energy, road & maritime transport, construction, utilities and manufacturing. Exhibitors include: Atlas Winch & Hoist * Brindley Chains * Caldwell Group / Renfroe * Carl Stahl Evita * Checkmate * Columbus McKinnon * CoreRFID * Crosby * Diamond H Lifting * Dynamic Load Monitoring * EMM Corp * First Intergrated * Fisher Offshore * Gunnebo Industries * Hendrik Veder * Hird * Intercomp * J D Neuhaus * JCM Load Monitoring * Jergens * Lift Turn Move * LiftEx Sales Office * Lift-Rite * Modulift * Motion Software * Petrolift * PMS Industries * Powerjacks * Red Rooster * Reid Lifting * Rope Assemblies * RUD Chains * Sahm Splice * Scotload * Sensor Technology * Spanset * Straightpoint * Teeside Rigging & Lifting * Thern Winches & Cranes * Tiger Lifting * Tractel * Unique Group * Unitex * Van Beest * Waterweights * William Hackett * Worlifts * Yoke Industrial Corp. For available stands - contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0)7795 110646 or email leah@liftex.org to reserve your preferred position. A few sponsorship opportunities still available - please contact leah@liftex.org to discuss how you can further promote your brand before, during and after the event. 23-24 November 2016 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre www.liftex.org


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One Layer At A Time 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) brings a host of benefits that traditional methods of manufacture (or prototyping) simply cannot. The technology involves the creation of a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model. This object can be almost any shape and size. Additive manufacturing /3D printing allows for the creation of complex structures - which involve levels of complexity that simply could not be produced physically in any other way - with maximum design freedom. Its processes also allow for mass customisation — the ability to personalize products according to individual needs and requirements. Even within the same build chamber, the nature of 3D printing means that numerous products can be manufactured at the same time according to the endusers requirements at no additional process cost. Additive manufacturing can be used to save money, save time, and break design barriers in the manufacturing process. Significant advances have opened doors to newer designs; cleaner, lighter, and safer products; shorter lead times; and lower costs, while accelerating time to market.

The future is here In 2016, Additive manufacturing is continuing its rapid expansion, with key industries investing significantly in research and development projects, hardware, and expertise. This activity continues to advance solutions and applications for various print technologies for prototyping, tooling, and most importantly, final part manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016, taking place June 28-30 at RAI Amsterdam, is the pan-European business show for additive manufacturing /3D printing, and will present the latest technologies, from full additive manufacturing /3D printing systems and software, to scanning and imaging equipment, finishing options, and material innovations. See all the latest technologies from the world’s leading suppliers, from design and prototyping through to manufacturing (focusing on healthcare, aerospace and automotive applications). Exhibitors include BigRep, EnvisionTEC, Formlabs, Höganäs, SLM, Smit Röntgen (Philips), Ultimaker, Trumpf, UL and many more.


From 3D printing for prototyping to additive manufacturing In addition to new product launches and live demonstrations, the show will include a conference program delivering information on the latest trends and technologies, alongside practical case studies, for additive manufacturing/3D printing in the healthcare, aerospace and automotive industries. The conference program on June 28 will include sessions relevant to the healthcare market, while June 29 will address the aerospace market and June 30 feature presentations for visitors with an interest in the automotive market. Across the three days of Additive Manufacturing Europe, UL will also present separate one-day workshops, specially adapted for the show: fundamentals of additive manufacturing designs, on June 28; design strategies for additive manufacturing, on June 29; and managing quality and safety in additive manufacturing, on June 30. Further, a product stage directly on the show floor will see companies in the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry discuss their products and technologies, with case studies and the opportunity for show attendees to ask questions from the audience.

It’s the entire advanced design and manufacturing ecosystem in one place. For full details and prices of expo only tickets and conference passes, and to register, visit www.amshow-europe.com. An early registration rate is available until June 10.

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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May 2016

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLASTICS MOULDING EXPLORED IN FREE PDM EVENT CONFERENCE This year’s PDM Event (14th to 15th June, Telford International Centre) will feature a free-to-attend conference covering injection moulding, rotational moulding, energy efficient equipment and 3D mould tool design, while around the exhibition new machinery will be unveiled. The results of two new industry surveys – Best Places to Work in UK Plastics and Most Influential People in the UK Plastics – will also be announced. Free PDM Conference Injection moulding will be covered in depth on Day One by speakers and panellists from British Plastics Federation (BPF), Engel, Helix Polymer Technology Ltd, Stratasys, Arburg and Amtek Plastics. Delegates will also be given advice on patenting strategies. Rotomoulding will then become the focus, with a session on alternative materials presented by Matrix Polymers, and advice on preventing “creep” – a cause of plastic product failure – presented by Dr Nick Henwood, Rotational Moulding Expert, Rotomotive. Other key sessions on


Day One include a session on Industry 4.0 (an industrial revolution in automation, data exchange and market trends), and an overview of energy efficient equipment, which promises to show delegates the real savings that can be achieved by updating or replacing existing machinery. Day Two opens with a number of new perspectives on design including a presentation showing what can be achieved when design is used as a tool for integrating different processes, led by Les Stokes, Director, LA Design. Technological developments covered in the conference include 3D CAD software for the automation of routine operations and PREVIEW – a predictive system to recommend injection mould set up with process optimisation in wireless sensor networks. Exhibition Highlights Renmar will show one of its range of 17 Marse hopper loaders for the first time, while the new Golden Elec-

tric 100 tonne machine will make its UK debut on the Arburg stand. Negri Bossi will be exhibiting an EOS E70185 ST machine featuring the latest user friendly Tactus B&R based ‘single touch’ interface and Bosch Rexroth GH4 pumps. Other leading industry names who have booked stands include Meusburger, Branson Ultrasonics, Zimmer Group, Piovan, Plastribution, Hasco Internorm, Plastech Solutions, Telesonics, Ewikon and Thermoplay. New exhibitors include Connect 2 Cleanrooms (offering mouldshop solutions to prevent contamination), Staubli Connectors (hydraulic and electrical connectors), CRC Industries (global supplier of chemical products including purge agents and mould lubricants), Plunkett Associates (low volume prototyping), BOC (industrial gases and cleaning solutions) and Petlon Polymers Ltd (polymer compounding and recovery). Register now for free entry on www.pdmevent.com


May 2016

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The Pumping Station: Organised in association with the British Pump Manufacturers Association, Utility Week Live 2016 will be showcasing best practice and innovation in pumps, with practical knowhow, live demonstrations and interactive seminars. There will be a dedicated display area and workshop, with practical sessions running through the day.

Water Dragons: Hosted within The Pumping Station, at 10.30am on Tuesday 17th, will be a Heat of Water Dragons, the Dragon’s Den-themed innovation competition organised by the Future Water Association (Stand B34). Come along to see a panel of water industry experts assess the pitches of four shortlisted companies presenting their innovations for consideration.


The Network: Planned and delivered by the team behind Network magazine – the new monthly title for gas, power and heat networks – this area of the exhibition floor features essential technical talks, insightful seminars, demos, product launches and live pitches engineered to meet the procurement and specifying needs of today’s time pressed utilities industries professional. Highlights will include Westbase’s Technology’s launch of a white paper on the Internet of Things (Stand C48, 10.30am, Tues 17th) and an introduction to IP camera technology from SeSys (Stand C2, 11.30am, Tues 17th). The launch of Network magazine will be celebrated at the show with a panel discussion on cybercrime and risk (2pm, Wednesday 18th) followed by a VIP drinks reception at 3pm.

May 2016

Intertronics brings UV post-cure to 3D SLA polymer printing technology Recent developments in 3D printing technology have popularised the SLA (stereolithography) technology of laser printing in a bath of UV curable photopolymer resin. This process effectively “grows” a component in the bath so that as it is withdrawn, each successive layer is laser light cured. It is a process which can be many times faster than other 3D technologies, but does frequently need additional post-curing to ensure the component attains full strength and that any excess polymer that does not drain away in the build or growth process is completed cured. The DYMAX UV flood lamp and spot curing systems from Intertronics are ideal both for this postcuring application, and also for subsequent re-working and repair. Intertronics explain that Dymax UV light-curing flood-lamp systems are designed for area curing or for curing multiple assemblies at once. These flood-lamp models use a powerful UV light-curing lamp (up to 225 mW/cm2) for fast curing over a 13 cm x 13 cm area. For rework or repair, such as curing drain-hole fills, assembling larger assemblies, or repairing cracked or broken models, the company’s BlueWave® 200 3.0 spot-lamp system is an ideal solution. This unit is a high-intensity lamp that emits energy in the UVA and visible portion of the spectrum (300-450 nm) and is well suited for either manual or automated processes. It contains an integral shutter which can be actuated by a foot pedal or PLC and a universal power input that allows operation globally and provides consistent performance at any voltage. DYMAX UV flood and spot lamps may be used as bench-top curing systems or integrated into automated production lines where they provide the industry’s most consistent light intensity over their 2000 hour bulb warranty. For further information please see www.intertronics.co.uk/uv-curing or visit the Intertronics blog at www.adhere.uk.com



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May 2016

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The new IF/IFF series 90° stability handles from Elesa provide quickfit support on powered hand tools such as grinders, sanders, disc cutters, drills etc. or related motor driven workbench equipment, where they offer hand protection at one end or at both ends as required. They provide a comfortable grip on vibrating power tools in a manual bracing/support role, with inboard flanges (IF series) or dual inboard/outboard flanges (IFF series). IF and IFF handles are manufactured in black gloss reinforced polyamide with M8 or M10 male or female fittings for simple installation without tools. Further information regarding Elesa products may be found at: www.elesa.co.uk or follow them on twitter: www.twitter.com/ElesaUK – also see www.youtube.com/elesauk.


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May 2016

RACER 3 IS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2015 CONTROL ENGINEERING POLSKA Turin, April 18, 2016 - Racer3 won the “Product of the Year” award in the category “Industrial Robots” during the thirteenth edition of the contest organized by Control Engineering Poland with the aim to reward the best technology and innovations. The award, presented during the 4.0 Industry Conference held in Warsaw, was preceded by two voting phases for a total duration of 6 months. In the first phase, registered products were screened by a jury whose members were representing universities, technical institutes, media and industry professionals. The product selection was then made available to Control Engineering’s readers, who voted Racer3 to a victory. Comau’s Racer3 is the latest robot presented to the market and, deservedly, represents a new paradigm in the company’s rich technological offering. Built entirely in aluminum and magnesium, Racer3 weighs just 30 kg, and features a maximum reach of 630 mm and payload of 3 kg. Thanks to its compact size and extreme velocity, the robot is perfect for applications such as assembly, material handling, machine tending, dispensing, pick & place, etc., which require maximum precision and velocity in small work spaces.


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May 2016

Prototyping firm helps Honda with its push towards driverless technology A prototyping company from Letchworth has been helping car manufacturing giant Honda with its push towards driverless technology. Hertfordshire firm Ogle’s cutting-edge technology was used to create concept models for Honda as part of the Japanese multinational’s bid to develop autonomous driving technology. The seven models were used for the ‘Honda. Great Journey.’ advertising campaign illustrating what self-driving cars could eventually look like. The car firm plans to put driverless vehicles on the roads by 2020. Each of the 1:24 scaled models, the size commonly used for toy cars, required precise production to accurately reflect the high quality of Honda’s vehicles. Ogle’s stereolithography (SLA) machines – a form of 3D printing ­– were used to create the tiny component parts for the models and the firm’s team of model-makers painstaking put the pieces together. Dave Bennion the Marketing and Sales Director for Ogle, said: “The accuracy demanded of our people and machines was significant. To achieve the required paint finishes and component parts for the models, there was no room for error. Each finish had to be executed to perfection, resulting in a seamless look when being filmed. “We are extremely proud to have been selected to produce such intricate and unique models for such a household brand and were delighted to receive such positive feedback. “Innovative solutions were sought throughout. For example, to create a hammock effect, a net finish was achieved by sourcing multiple net fabrics and lacquering the component parts, so that they were clear, before applying paint over the pattern of the fabric. “A considerable amount of time was spent both in design and on the bench to create clearances for paint so that everything would fit and work after the parts had been painted.” Some of the fine decorative touches were shaped by hand using stainless steel and copper wire to create a robust and realistic effect. Ogle’s paint department were tasked with delivering finishes that had never been created before. The meticulous process included applying a guide coat of paint to each of the models to ensure all items were rubbed down correctly before being sandblasted to even all the surfaces and soften any remaining layers. In the final assembly, all the parts were thoroughly tested to allow for the required movement within each model. Two of the seven models, The Mountain Climber and Jungle Jumper, went through even further inspection because many elements were functional and needed to move, so the overall balance and strength of the model had to be tested and maintained. For more information about Ogle, visit www.oglemodels.com.


Raspberry Pi gets a new home Industrial automation with Raspberry Pi just got easier The new RPI-BC enclosure is desgined specifically to accomodate Raspberry Pi computers. The DIN rail or wall mountable enclosure provides access to all ports, GPIO pins and SD card without removing the lid. Ideal for all industrial automation projects.

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May 2016

Reliable Gas Leak Detection in Biogas Facilities A new application note from FLIR Systems describes how their GF320 optical gas imaging camera is being used by IBS GmbH (Bremen, Germany) for inspecting Biogas facilities and finding hidden gas leaks before they can cause significant harm.


xpanding the use of renewable energy sources has become a major issue for European countries looking to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels and lessen the effects of climate change. The production of biogas (methane), in particular, is expected to play a larger role in the next decade. However, methane is a greenhouse gas that can harm the environment if not contained properly during the production process. Biogas producers face strict regulations regarding how they trace, document, fix, and report leaks of volatile gases. The application story describes how the sheer size of Biogas facilities can make detecting gas leaks a real challenge. Typically Biogas facilities include huge pieces of equipment, with hundreds of components that need testing. Traditionally biogas detection has involved using leakage spray and gas â&#x20AC;&#x153;sniffers,â&#x20AC;? but these methods are widely agreed to be time-consuming, especially in hard-to-reach places. As a consequence IBS GmbH sought a safe, efficient and affordable non-contact method for detecting small biogas leaks from a distance. IBS GmbH. selected the FLIR GF320 for this task because the thermal imaging camera was compact and mobile, and could identify small biogas leaks from several meters away and larger leaks from hundreds of meters away without requiring equipment to be shutdown. Beneficially the GF320 not only detects methane, but a total of 20 gases, including butane, propane and benzene.


The engineers at IBS GmbH have found the GF320 to be a versatile tool for use in each step of the biofuel production process, from the fermentation of agricultural byproduct to the generation of power at combined heat and power plants. The GF320 has been used by IBS GmbH to also detect petrol or diesel fumes, as well as exhaust leaks on the turbocharger. And due to its rugged design, the camera can be used in conjunction with an explosion meter in potentially explosive environments. Lightweight, compact and ergonomically designed the FLIR GF320 is a thermal imaging camera for optical gas imaging (OGI) that visualizes and pinpoints leaks of VOCs, without the need to shut down the operation. The portable camera also greatly improves operator safety, by detecting emissions at a safe distance, and helps to protect the environment by tracing leaks of environmentally harmful gases. The FLIR GF320 is a proven preventative maintenance solution for spotting leaks in piping, flanges and connections. The camera can rapidly scan large areas and pinpoint leaks in real time. It is ideal for monitoring areas of plants that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools. Literally thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process. It reduces repair downtime and provides verification of the process. And above all it is exceptionally safe, allowing potentially dangerous leaks to be monitored from several meters away.

For further information on the FLIR GF320 please visit www.flir.eu/ogi/display/?id=55671 or contact FLIR Systems on +32-36655100 / gasimaging@flir.com. For a copy of this new application note please visit www.flir.eu/ogi/display/?id=73171.

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