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5 Ways Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down On Costly Downtime Manufacturers are being encouraged to utilise data capture to improve their approach to maintenance. The industrial sector is undergoing massive transformation like never before. Sundeep Sanghavi co-founder of DataRPM looks deeper than preventative maintenance into the realm of predictive maintenance. According to a World Economic Forum study, if the first Industrial Revolution was driven by steam, the second by electricity, and the third by digitization, we are now in the midst of a fourth: one driven by data. In this “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) era, an explosion of IoT-connected devices has created a new level of big data possibilities for enterprises of all types. In the search for how and where manufacturers can best reap the rewards of the IIoT, look no further than maintenance protocols.

Prevent or predict? For much of the modern manufacturing world, the prevalent approach to IT maintenance can be best described as “preventive” — performing maintenance on a schedule, even if machines don’t actually require updating or repair. According to a 2015 study, 85% of companies utilise this strategy. This is a non-optimal approach because scheduling maintenance leads to unnecessary labor (and, therefore, unnecessary costs). Additionally, a potential problem that goes undetected between scheduled maintenance can pose huge risks to the financial health of the company and the physical health of its workers. Currently, manufacturers tend to devote their technology toward creating and enforcing maintenance schedules — but now’s the time to begin evolving toward a predictive methodology.

The biggest perks of predictive maintenance Using technology to drive a predictive maintenance approach, manufacturers can stream data from sensors mounted on their machines to uncover key usage and performance patterns in real time. This allows them to identify potential malfunctions in the making and avoid the hefty costs of unexpected breakdowns. As a whole, predictive maintenance offers manufacturers a tremendous opportunity to boost operational efficiency. The process can be easily automated through machine learning and cognitive data science, meaning there’s no need to hire an army of data experts or assign additional human capital to the cause. Here are five specific benefits manufacturers will see from a predictive maintenance approach: 1. Reduced wrench time: Since the turn of the millennium, American factories have spent trillions of dollars a year performing maintenance. A predictive approach would render a great portion of these costs unnecessary or completely avoidable. For example, manpower would no longer be wasted on routine machine diagnostics, and companies could avoid huge outlays purchasing and installing new machines to replace those that broke down between inspections.Human intervention will be required only for a necessary repair, and because the issue is caught before it results in a complete mechanical breakdown, the wrench time will be much shorter. 2. Less downtime: “Downtime” is a word manufacturers despise. About 5% of the average factory’s production is lost to downtime every year, costing the global manufacturing community roughly $647bn annually. However, with a

predictive, data-driven maintenance approach, companies are much less likely to be blindsided by equipment failure and face lengthy, costly periods of inactivity. As an example, robotics company FANUC partnered with Cisco to create a “zero downtime” program that ended up saving one auto manufacturer $40 million.IoT sensors can detect if a machine is beginning to break down and automatically order a new part. Then, the company can schedule the necessary repair or installation during a low-volume or after-hours window, minimizing lost productivity. 3. Improved safety: Manufacturers undoubtedly take pride in creating safe environments for their workers, but one study found that up to 30% of all manufacturing deaths occur during maintenance activity. A predictive approach to maintenance does wonders toward increasing workplace safety by preventing dangerous scenarios. Companies can set safety parameters and receive immediate notification when a machine shows preliminary signs of reaching that threshold. 4. Better inventory management of parts: By predicting what will fail, one can manage what parts he needs to order or have in his maintenance inventory. 5. Better field personnel management: By predicting what will fail, manufacturers can better plan what kind of expertise would be required to perform maintenance. Furthermore, they can better plan schedules, too (rather than when ad hoc failures occur). The lowered costs, higher productivity, and improved product quality made possible by predictive maintenance all lead to the ultimate benefit of happier customers. And further, employing this strategy arms companies with cuttingedge technologies empowered by cognitive data science that produce high-level business insights — unlocking countless opportunities for improvement and innovation. Preventive maintenance can only carry you so far; join the next revolution by embracing predictive maintenance.

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Procurement Issues? Finding out what the market has to offer can be a tricky business. It takes time, that costs money, and often it adds complication and uncertainty. It ought to be a simpler process… BVAA can help! ‘Can’t see the Wood for the Trees’ Few of us have time to devote to endless hours of supplier visits (potential, or existing), or to rove endlessly around the diminishing number of industry exhibitions, often in far flung places. Even trawling the internet can take hours, and then you have all the uncertainties of trying to do business with a new and unknown entity. But the breadth and depth of alternative sources of supply almost certainly could save many customers a great deal of work, heartache or indeed cash – possibly all three at once! So how do you see the wood for the trees?

Desktop Exhibitions BVAA recognized some years ago, the need for buyers and users of valves and actuators to have the industry come to them. They have particular constraints that mean getting away from the office is a nonstarter, and exhibition attendance is just wistful thinking. In many cases, the sheer number of people in the organisation needing to find out the information can also be quite large. The number of lost man-hours for what could be a few minutes of fruitful – perhaps repetitive - dialogue would be immense! That’s why BVAA introduced our ‘Desktop’ events. As the name implies these are mini exhibitions put on inside the user/ customer’s own premises. We can take pretty well any available space; and with a few tables, pop-up banners, literature and product samples, plus of course true technical experts on hand; we can have a fully-functioning mini exhibition up in moments. Slick, no fuss, in and out with ease.

And at no cost to host. We typically put our events on over the lunchtime to avoid any downtime and

where possible also provide lunch for all the visitors so they still have an opportunity to eat as they peruse the event.

But Don’t Just Take our Word for It!

We are also able to tailor the events to the specific needs of the host. Want to see established oil and gas suppliers only? – no problem. Must already be on the company AVL? We can do that. Or maybe just the opposite - only potential new sources? All and more are possible - the host decides.

‘Thanks to BVAA, we were able to hold a fantastic event that gave our engineers and procurement specialists an excellent opportunity to study the valve & actuator industry up close and had the chance to question the experts in person over a few light refreshments. I was really pleased to see a great turnout across both our offices and I have received a lot of positive feedback from colleagues to say how much they learnt. We are very grateful to BVAA for all their hard work in organising this event and for bringing along their excellent Valve and Actuator Users’ Manual, which was so popular that we had to ask for more copies.’

Size is NOT Important The beauty of Desktops is their flexibility, and the host doesn’t need to be a super-sized operator or contract engineering company. BVAA will happily arrange smaller events for customers who have more modest projects, say process plants etc., or who just want to see what the market has to offer. BVAA welcomes all – the events are equally useful for up and coming engineers for education purposes, as well as the senior procurement experts and specifiers. We can even arrange for some complimentary BVAA Technical Training to be delivered in conjunction with the event. We have a very long list of satisfied hosts, many of whom invite us back again and again: • Ministry of Defence (MOD) • Foster Wheeler • AMEC • Bechtel • Score • MW Kellogg • Stone & Webster • Snamprogetti • British Energy • Aker Kvaerner • KBR • WorleyParsons etc.

Here is what our hosts say: -

KBR Procurement Specialist ‘The exhibition was well received within AMEC and we had a very good turnout on the day. It is important to us to keep staff up-to-date on the latest technological and mechanical innovations. BVAA managed the event very professionally, we are very thankful to Rob and his team’

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PhD student’s surprise finding could improve future handling of nuclear waste A researcher at The University of Manchester has made a surprise finding after observing variations of a chemical bond with a radioactive metal called thorium – and this newly revealed relationship could one day contribute to improving nuclear fuel management. Elizabeth Wildman, a PhD student in the research group led by Professor Steve Liddle, has reported compounds where unusual forms of phosphorus - known as the Devil’s element are stabilised by thorium, a radioactive chemical element named after the Norse god of thunder which can be used as a nuclear fuel in the nuclear power industry. “This has been an exciting experience and I am delighted my work has been recognised in this way,” said Elizabeth Wildman. “It seems the Norse god of thunder has tamed the Devil’s element.” This latest study from Professor Liddle’s research group looked at how ‘soft’ elements such as phosphorus can interact with thorium in unusual bonding environments. The research looked at species with single and double thorium-phosphorus bonds, and even managed to trap moieties as fundamental as PH and a naked P atom between two thorium ions. “Nuclear power could provide energy security for the UK and produce far less carbon dioxide than fossil fuels, but the waste it produces is potentially very dangerous if not handled properly” said Professor Steve Liddle, Co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at The University of Manchester. “In order to find ways of reducing the volume

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of nuclear waste and recycle unspent fuel, research has focussed on developing our understanding of how radioactive actinide elements interact with elements from around the periodic table that they could come into contact with in the fuel cycle.” “We have a long way to go before we have a fully developed framework of understanding of the bonding of these elements, but the surprising findings of this study contribute to building that understanding.”

This has been an exciting experience and I am delighted my work has been recognised in this way The work was carried out as part of a collaborative research project between the universities of Manchester and Regensburg, and was funded and supported by the Royal Society, European Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and European Cooperation in Science and Technology. The research has been published in the leading multi-disciplinary journal Nature Communications in an article entitled ‘Thorium Phosphorus Triamidoamine Complexes Containing Th-P Single and Multiple Bond Interactions’.


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AD trials improve biogas plant performance

By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers

When it comes to anaerobic digestion, trials can range from making minor changes with the feedstock mix or dwell time, to assessing the effects of major equipment upgrades such as new CHP units or digestate processing equipment. The level of effort involved in setting up and running a trial can, in many cases, vary according to both the complexity of the subject being investigated and the potential benefits of the changes being made or proposed.

effort if you fail to obtain answers to your main queries or, in the worst case, fail to even to know what you hope to find out.

For example, reducing the size of feedstock by chopping it into smaller pieces, or increasing the level of mixing feedstocks before the digester are relatively easy to implement, and may improve gas production or reduce processing times. As such it is fairly straightforward to see if such measures have had the desired effect. However, trying to test large equipment such as digestate treatment units, gas upgrade machinery or new generator sets is much more complicated, although the potential rewards can also be greater.

Know your objectives

Trial considerations When looking to trial new add-on or replacement equipment ahead of an investment decision, it is easy to become focused on the practicalities of a trial. The first consideration of course is whether or not a realistic trial can be conducted. A number of companies produce small and medium sized trial units of key technology. HRS has a trial version of its Digestate Concentration System (DCS) which allows potential purchasers the opportunity to test our unique system for reducing the amount of digestate produced while increasing its value. Thinking about logistics: how will you get the trial unit to your site? Where can you locate it? Is there a suitable power supply? Who will manage the project? These are all valid questions which will require answers, but equally important is the design of the trial itself. After all, there is no point in investing large amounts of time and

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The first step is to talk to the company involved. Make sure you know what the unit is designed to do and that HRS trial evaporation unit which can be taken to site to trial the technology it is suitable for what you before investing want. There is no point testing something which reduces Most trials carried out in the industry your electricity use by 10 per cent if will be comparison trials, such as you are really after something that ‘before’ and ‘after’ or, depending on exports heat for an outside process. plant configuration, perhaps trialling two different practices alongside Having made sure that what you will each other or alternately over a be testing should do what you want period. While such a set up may not it to, the next step is to work out what be ideal from a purely scientific or exactly you expect it to do and how statistical point of view, in most cases you can measure it. For example, the they should be robust enough for DCS provides a number of benefits practical purposes. When combined including increasing the solids content with regular monitoring or scientific of the digestate, reducing overall analysis (for example a nutrient digestate volumes and improving analysis on digestate produced with nutrient content. In the case of a and without passing it through the new radiator it may be that running DCS) they should provide sufficient temperatures at the CHP are reduced, confidence to tell you whether or not improving generator efficiency and the changes you are proposing will reducing the number of oil changes work and to inform the appropriate needed. It would therefore be more investment decisions. useful to measure exported power and the physical properties of the oil It is easy to be overwhelmed by the than to keep an eye on running hours. process of setting up trials but you will find that most manufacturers and Measure the results suppliers are only too happy to help demonstrate the effectiveness of Once you know what you need to their equipment, subject to logistical measure, you need to know how to do constraints. As a first point of call, it, and also to measure what you have feel free to contact me for further been doing to give you a suitable information of how the HRS trial comparison. If you don’t know how DCS unit has been used in the past much liquid digestate your plant and how it could help your own AD currently produces in a given period, process. how will you know if it has been info@hrs-he.com reduced? www.hrs-heatexchangers.com


Editor’s Choice

October 2016

In2Connect Supply Rectangular and Circular Connectors to The Process Control and Automation Sectors. Rugged, compact, sealed M12 connectors are popular for sensor/ actuator connectivity in factory automation, process control, and industrial instrumentation. The screw locking M12 style connector has from 2 to 8 contacts and is IP67 rated so can be well suited for moistureladen environments. Field attachable connectors have the freedom and flexibility to react to the cabling situation on site or to enable building your own M12 cables. M12 connectors may also be coded by application. As well as M12, In2Connect’s range of connectors include M8, 7/8”, Rund24, M23, tooling and junction systems, adapters and splitters. Download our new, free Product Line Card 08|


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Silicone Gaskets Now Standard On All Eta Stainless Steel Enclosures. Continual investment in product development and improvement now sees the complete line up of ETA Enclosures Stainless Steel range of free standing cabinets and boxes fitted with Silicone Gaskets as Standard. Most competitors only offer this type of gasket protection on a limited number of their product range. A leader in enclosure development and manufacture ETA is one of the first manufacturers to comprehensively offer this improved sealing gasket which ensures protection to IP69K providing high resistance to various chemicals and extreme weather conditions. This new Silicone Gasket offers a closed-cell structure that is less water absorbing thus providing the very best in protection for critical internal components. For further information request your free copy of our Stainless Steel solutions brochure by calling 01709 386630 or log on to www.eta-enlosures.co.uk 10|


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Synoptica – developers of wearable technology that works with your sense of touch and your body’s natural response to rhythm to keep you calm and focused Amphibia BASE – an R&D start up specialising in design, building and research projects using bamboo Tookie – a healthcare business developing innovative products including a vest for oncology patients that improves patient wellbeing OpenCapacity – a tech startup working with Transport for London to develop a real-time bus capacity forecasting platform

Find out more and register for Innovate 16 About Innovate 2016 Innovate 2016 takes place 2 to 3 November at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Businesses can find out about the range of research expertise and government support available. They can connect with global corporates and find export opportunities and investors. There are also opportunities for informal and formal networking. Day 1 of the event will explore the impact of digital technologies on manufacturing. It will also focus on the new challenges and opportunities of our growing urbanisation. Day 2 will look at how new technologies are revolutionising healthcare and biosciences. There will also be a focus on the technologies that have the potential to create brand new industries. On both days we will be running ‘How to…’ workshops. These will give businesses practical advice on: • • •

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October 2016

“Mind the gap�

- travelling in Hong Kong

Schmersal delivers safety systems for the mass transit railway in the Asian megacity

In the megacity of Hong Kong, millions of people use railway, which is among the busiest and most modern in the world, every day. For operator company MTR (Mass Transit Railway), passenger safety is the top priority. This is why the transport company charged the Schmersal Group with kitting out some of the platforms in the aboveground stations with safety systems. 14|


October 2016 Hong Kong is a city of superlatives: There are over 7 million people living in a hectic metropolis covering some 1000 square kilometres. Time is always short and efficiency is a must. Most of them prefer the railway as the quickest and safest form of transport in the densely populated city. MTR carries around 5 million passengers every day. At peak times, the trains run every two to four minutes. A total of ten running lines and a network covering over 200 kilometres are the arteries of the city of Hong Kong. When it comes to safety, they leave nothing to chance in Hong Kong. A several page brochure from MTR informs passengers of all the safety aspects of travelling the network, from safe use of the escalators to what to do the event of a fire. “Mind the gap” rings out from a loud-speaker when you enter the train, and yellow markings on the edge of the platform also remind passengers to watch out for the gap between the train and the platform. But just in case some of them are not paying attention, MTR commissioned the Schmersal Group with the development of a safety solution. “The distances between the train and the edge of the platform vary considerably, as some lines curve as they enter the station.” explains Schmersal managing director Michael Mandel. This is the case at the “University” aboveground station, for example. This is a stop on the East Rail Line which leads north to the New Territories on the border to Shenzhen. As in some other stations, Schmersal has installed pressure-sensitive safety mats in the track bed.

A robust safety solution A safety mat consists of two separate conductive metal plates. Insulating separator strips keep the plates apart. If someone steps on the safety mat, an electrical cross-circuit is established between the metal plates. The safety relay module (SRB) connected evaluates this signal and forwards it to the PROTECT PSC safety controller, which then sends it on to the control

computer. In the control unit, signal lights are activated and the train is prevented from moving. “MTR opted for the pressure-sensitive mats as a safety solution, because it is a very robust, resistant safety solution,” explains Mandel. The Schmersal products of the series SMS 4/5 have IP65 degree of protection and are characterised by the fact they have excellent resistance to acid, alkalis, oil and petrol. At the same time, they are resistant to the sparks triggered by the grinder car which is regularly used to maintain the tracks in the Hong Kong underground.

range is -25 °C to +60 °C. This is a benefit in the subtropical climate of Hong Kong. During the day, the control cabinet can reach temperatures of up to +50 °C.

Nights are the time for the safety experts The programmable modular safety control system, Protect PSC, can be adapted and scaled to the task in question at low cost – from eight inputs and six outputs in the simplest version to more than 250 inputs and outputs at the maximum configuration level. A special feature of Protect PSC is its ability to integrate standard PLC functions. For this task, system modules with operating inputs and outputs are available, which can be freely assigned by programming. This ensures that sub-tasks can be realised directly on site or even in some cases a conventional PLC can be dispensed with entirely. Overall, the safety solution has already proved its worth in the Hong Kong railway netwrok. Some platforms were fitted with the Schmersal safety system in 2014 and 2015. In conjunction with system integrator Pilot Electronics & Engineering Limited from Hong Kong, Schmersal has this year fitted a total of six platforms with 3600 safety mats, 720 safety relay modules and 6 Protect PSC safety controllers.

Reliable signal analysis - even at subtropical temperatures The safety relay module used is the SRB 301HC/T produced in Schmersal’s factory in Wettenberg, Germany. The technical characteristics of the SRB 301HC/T include a STOP0 function and a 2-channel controller. The 45 mm casing has a pluggable connection terminal which means pre-assembled cable looms can be used and servicing is quicker. Thanks to the ventilation slots in the casings, the SRBs can also be used in warmer ambient temperatures, the service

As before, on-site servicing is largely carried out by Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd based in Shanghai. Because of the scale of the project, Schmersal has put together an extended project team so that the Application Engineering department at the headquarters in Wuppertal can be directly involved for support purposes. However, the limited working hours represent a real challenge. Measurements and installation work can be carried out virtually exclusively at night between 01:00 and 04:30h. It is only then that the wheels on the railway network in Hong Kong are still - in the city that never sleeps.

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October 2016

New marketing Guides help engineers reach technical audiences Industrial marketing specialists, The Product Marketing Company (TPMC), have published two new marketing guides written specifically for engineers who are marketing to technical audiences.

The comprehensive guides have been written with the aim of shedding light on to areas of marketing that are particularly powerful for marketing technical products and services. Engineers are very bright people, however when it comes to marketing they typically sceptical and often don’t know where to begin or where to concentrate their efforts. There are two free guides available: How to reach technical audiences through PR and How to reach technical audiences through inbound marketing. The two guides go hand in hand and explain how engineers can use their expert knowledge to attract new business effectively. The guides go on to outline the most effective ways to reach their target audiences and how they can increase awareness of their products and services and in turn build their brand reputation. The techniques outlined in the guides are proven to increase website traffic and deliver better quality sales leads. Hertfordshire based TPMC have been working in the engineering and manufacturing sectors for over three decades and have an in-depth understanding of industrial marketing. The team work closely with engineering clients at board level and the senior directors are able to identify core competences and opportunities for established engineering and manufacturing organisation’s and implement comprehensive and tailored marketing plans. Marketing and PR director, Debbie Reeve, says “In addition to our experience of working in manufacturing and engineering environments, it’s our understanding of how engineers work and think that enables us to not only educate and reassure them, but also to show them how, through the use of their expertise, they can improve the effectiveness of their marketing and help them to deliver messages that technical audiences will want to read.” The two new guides downloaded for free here.

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eading metal finishing equipment and consumables supplier, Engineering Utilities, has provided a range of power tools to suit the various requirements of one of the UK’s largest offshore fabrication companies – Heerema Fabrication Group – following a competitive tender process. Engineering Utilities developed a unique agreement with the company’s Hartlepool team to lease over 500 power tools on a three-year hire, maintenance and service contract. The power tools provided to Heerema include the Metabo five and seveninch electric angle grinders, offering the operator a robust and effective material removal solution, along with reduced vibration levels. Engineering Utilities has also developed and supplied Dynabrade heavy-duty, lowvibration air-powered die grinders to the Heerema team. Nigel Soulsby, director of Engineering Utilities, said: “As a leading supplier of metal finishing equipment and with more than 40 years’ experience, we have the industry knowledge and ability to offer tailored and innovative machinery packages, to ensure customers’ needs and expectations are met. “As well as providing a tailor-made agreement, we’ll be sending a team up to Hartlepool every fortnight to make sure all the products are performing as expected, cementing our reputation as a company that offers unrivalled customer service.” Leeds-based Engineering Utilities specialises in supplying equipment

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and consumables for metal preparation, finishing and cleaning to a diverse range of market sectors. Established in 1976 and spearheaded by the four Soulsby brothers, Engineering Utilities’ solutions-driven approach is like no other in the industry – the team regularly source bespoke machines and equipment based on a customer’s specific requirements, bringing first-class innovation to the sector. For more information www.engineeringutilities.com.


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October 2016

EPLAN enables Saint-Gobain’s

machines to talk more easily EPLAN CAE software has been used to increase the efficiency and accuracy of design processes in many of the Saint-Gobain manufacturing facilities in the UK. It has most recently been adopted by Bristol-based Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, High Performance Bearings Group to help with the interconnection of individual machines to form integrated production lines.

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his part of Saint-Gobain is a global division supplying high-volume international OEMs in markets that include automotive, leisure and industrial. The company delivers standard and custom solutions featuring RENCOL tolerance rings that provide a simple, reliable and inexpensive way of mechanically connecting many types of rotating components, and NORGLIDE plain bearings. “This Saint-Gobain division buys machines from various manufacturers, which it then needs to integrate into an effective and efficient production line”, explained Deep Nandhray, Regional Sales Manager at EPLAN. “With the help of Electric P8, the company is able to interconnect the machines with much less engineering effort. In addition, the datasheets and documentation are now much easier to maintain”. Kyle Tansill, Automation and Control Project Engineer at Saint-Gobain, needed a software package to identify and formulate modifications and changes to the machines purchased by the company, so that they will work together efficiently when integrated into a production line. It was, therefore, essential that the CAE software should be able to import schematic diagrams and other engineering information provided by the machine suppliers. He found that EPLAN Electric P8 met this requirement perfectly and as a professional software package, also offered great functionality combined with ease of use. The EPLAN Data Portal, a global online component library, which is integrated into the software was another major benefit. It meant Kyle could quickly access accurate and comprehensive information for almost all of the components used in the machines

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Saint-Gobain Bristol had purchased, even though these machines came from multiple suppliers. Using information from the Data Portal also ensured that the documentation generated for the project was based on the most up-to-date data for the components. EPLAN Electric P8 also offers users autoreferencing for component location within a project, automatic wire numbering, generation of reports – including terminal reports – and intelligent generation of PDF documents. This saves a large amount of costly engineering time, as well as minimising the risk of errors. In addition, users can always access precisely the information they need quickly and easily. Based on HTML 5, EPLAN Electric P8 benefits from a help system that makes it even easier to work with. This includes text search (with a synonym function) and clearly structured help files containing basics, how-to and reference sections. “With our EPLAN software, we can quickly import data from our machine suppliers, review it, and then work with it to devise the modifications needed so that the individual machines can communicate and work with each other,” said Kyle Tansill. “This is much easier and faster than trying to sort out the modifications with our old manual processes, and another really big benefit is that we end up with comprehensive and accurate documentation.” In addition to supplying the software, EPLAN installed and set it up at the SaintGobain offices in Bristol. As part of this process, the EPLAN technical consultant configured the software to suit SaintGobain’s specific needs. This involved, for example, creating drawing templates and a numbering schemes for the wire schematics.

An eight-day training course, delivered in two sessions (five days and then three days), was also provided to complement the software. The training sessions are carefully designed to provide an indication of the capabilities of the software, and to explain additional features and facilities that can be added with cost-effective upgrades. “Initially we didn’t know how to make the most of the software, but after just a few days’ training it became clear that it is easy to use and intuitive. After creating macros with the help of our EPLAN trainer, the automatic wire numbering feature was a particular benefit, saving us lots of time and effort! What’s more, the terminal schedules and the visual reports are invaluable, helping us to cut down the time spent commissioning.” After the implementation and training days, EPLAN has continued to support Saint Gobain, as it does with all of its customers. A dedicated helpline is available for troubleshooting and advice whenever needed. “We found the EPLAN employees to be very supportive and friendly – they always get back to you as quickly as possible”, said Kyle Tansill. “Another important aspect that we value greatly when working with EPLAN is that the company’s sales and support people take the time to listen to our challenges and assess our real needs. Their aim is not simply to sell us software, but to support us and to help us thrive through coherent and effective use of technology.”


PUWER Inspections

More than just a checklist • Pilz conducts a Risk Evaluation against PUWER in accordance with EN 12100-1 • Pilz PUWER Inspection includes an extra electrical assessment of your machinery • Pilz’s tailormade software solution used to conduct PUWER Inspections efficiently • Pilz PUWER Inspectors have on average over 20 years experience in machinery safety & automation

More than just a report A PUWER Inspection from Pilz can offer you more than just a report containing your results, we can; • Present our findings to you and your team in person • Deliver your inspection data in an Excel format for you to analyse and distribute amongst departments and teams • Offer you a complete safety services package including CE Marking, Safety Concept and Safety Validation Pilz Automation Technology Corby NN18 8TJ

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October 2016

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October 2016

A Full Hygienic Offer from Dixon It’s not every year a company can celebrate 100 years of business, so Dixon are proud to be one of those few. Founded in 1916 Dixon has grown to become a world leading manufacturer of hose fittings and related accessories for all industries. Over the last 30 years Dixon has significantly extended its range of Valves, Fittings and Couplings for the Hygienic markets through product development and acquisition. Dixon offers a full range of stainless steel hygienic fittings and valves for use in the food, dairy, beverage, brewery, cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Of particular note is Dixon’s range of high quality process valves which include ball, butterfly, diaphragm, seat, sample, and mix-proof valves which can be actuated to customer specifications and fitted with a range of stocked accessories that includes limit switches, solenoids and positioners. Here in the UK, Dixon offers, specialised support and bespoke engineered solutions from concept, to design, through to installation. Dixon’s onsite manufacturing and engineering department means that new designs, animations and 3D

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modelling can rapidly be produced to support customer’s requirements. As a result, Dixon Europe are pleased to be launching a new product, the Dixon Hygienic Breakaway Check Valve, which is proving to be ‘the right connection’, potentially saving companies thousands. At a recent trade show, an engineer from a well-known UK dairy company explained how a milk tanker had driven away from the loading bay before disconnecting the delivery hose costing thousands in replacement piping and install cost. Dixon’s Hygienic Breakaway coupling is a solution to this problem. In such instance the coupling will break in two, separating the tanker from the loading bay. The 13kN break load bolts are the only items that will need replacing. The new Dixon Breakaway Check Valve is an innovative solution that is designed to eliminate product loss too. It incorporates the Breakaway

Coupling and a Hygienic Check Valve. It acts as a single unit that has a diverted breaking point which will break at a determined breakload. Then the check valve will close protecting the loading bay pipe system AND avoiding product spillage. Designed with hygienic processing in mind, you can be assured that the breakaway conforms to FDA standards and is CIP capable; but, without the intricate workings and associated cost of similar products on the market. Also available from Dixon’s inhouse production capabilities are full hygienic fabrications and custom made hose assemblies for the hygienic market. Our range includes but is not limited to San hygienic Rubber, Silicone, Metallic, PTFE lined, and general PVC suction and delivery hoses. This means that whatever hygienic special you require and whatever industry you serve to, Dixon can help.


October 2016

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October 2016

2D CNC EXPANDS ITS SALES SUPPORT FOR SOUTH OF ENGLAND

Peter Colledge Peter Colledge takes over responsibility for sales in the south for 2D CNC Machinery.

2D CNC is expanding its sales team operating out of its Hinckley headquarters following the appointment of Peter Colledge to cover the southern area. Mr Colledge brings an in-depth knowledge of machining centre and in particular, milling technology in both OEM and subcontracting sectors following 17 years in machine tool sales. Having served an apprenticeship in BAe Weybridge, he progressed into the subcontract sector producing automotive components and has since followed a highly successful sales and customer

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support role representing certain of UK’s leading machine tool suppliers. Said 2D CNC Director David Holden: “Following our merger earlier in the year with the Halbronn Group as part of a strategic technology alliance, it added the OKK range of 5-axis, horizontal and vertical machining centres to our portfolio as well as expanding our automation capability involving cells and systems. Here, Peter’s expertise in the sector will prove invaluable to support our customers in the south.”

Added Mr Colledge: “The range of machines available from 2D CNC, that include Mitsui Seiki, which has FMS and cell technology installations in leading aerospace companies in my area to the high specification Fermat, Reiden and Wele machining centres each has a strong production reputation. Now with the latest OKK machine range and the additional automation and work handling systems available, I feel I can offer a complementary product line to suit different customer requirements with a very strong application and service support operation.”


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October 2016

Are you struggling with all your maintenance inspections? Is the scheduling, performing and documenting of your preventive maintenance, safety checks, safety instrumented systems (SIS), and hazardous area installation inspections (among many others) still paper based, labor intensive and error-prone? With more than 40 years’ experience of providing calibration solutions for the process industry, we know that every process plant has various inspections that must be done regularly, and we know that these can cause a major headache. That is why we have created a better way to perform maintenance inspections. The Beamex solution includes CMX Calibration Management software and an optional Android mobile device application called Beamex bMobile. CMX software communicates with the bMobile application enabling a streamlined and fully paperless solution for maintenance inspections. When using CMX software for inspections, you can plan and schedule all your activities and create detailed instructions for each inspection. When it is time to perform the inspection, you send the work order(s) from CMX to the mobile device—whether an Android tablet or Android phone—and go out into the field. While in the field, the bMobile application guides you through all the steps, allowing you to make the Pass or Fail decision and add notes. The test results are stored in the app. When you return to the office, upload the results into the CMX software, which are then automatically stored in the database. Reports may be created, emailed or printed if necessary, and the work orders are updated.

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Please see the CMX product page for all the other advanced functionality CMX offers. The Beamex bMobile application will soon be available on Google Play and on Beamex website. For more information, please contact Beamex: info@beamex.com.


A better way to perform maintenance inspections

Beamex has created a new, mobile, paperless solution for maintenance related inspection activities like checks for preventive maintenance, safety instrumented systems and hazardous area installations. Beamex bMobile is a new mobile app for Android devices. Combined with CMX calibration software, the solution creates a totally paperless system for maintenance checks.

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October 2016

World renowned robot safety expert joins Universal Robots Roberta Nelson Shea is Universal Robots’ new Global Technical Compliance Officer. She has chaired the U.S. National Robot Safety Committee for 23 years, spent 35+ years within manufacturing automation, and is recognized as a global authority on robot safety - most recently as Convenor of the ISO committee publishing technical specifications on risk assessments of collaborative robots. Reach for the stars. That’s what Universal Robots did in their search for a new Global Technical Compliance Officer as the company’s R&D department identified the global top 3 experts within robot safety and technical standards. Roberta Nelson Shea was one of the three identified, and by a stroke of luck, she applied for the job herself: “I heard about the vacant position as GTCO through my network, and it seemed like this opportunity was tailor made for my resumé. I was not looking for a new job, but this is wonderful confluence of circumstances,” said Nelson. “We are at the start of a new generation of robotics with Universal Robots as a young and vibrant first mover. Their collaborative robot arms have made human-robot collaboration possible, ushering in a wide range of, new viable robot applications. The company is looking at robots with a different lens, bringing a breath of fresh air to the industry.” R&D Director at Universal Robots, Mogens Saigal, is extremely pleased with the recruitment: “Roberta Nelson Shea joining Universal Robots is news that will definitely reverberate throughout the global robot industry. She is a very great asset and a strong voice within the field of robot safety. We are both proud and excited that she is now part of our company.” The innovative, Danish robot manufacturer developed and sold the world’ first collaborative robot; or cobot, which is able to operate safely alongside employees. In opening up the

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market, Universal Robots spurred both larger, established robot manufacturers as well as other robotics startups to start developing and launching cobots. Universal Robots remains the market leader with more cobots sold than all competitors combined. “With our technology advancements, there is growing potential to safely combine the power and precision of robots with the creative and problemsolving ability of humans. Technical standards and specifications are always lagging behind technological change. But earlier this year, the ISO Committee published a new technical specification, which opened up many opportunities for the whole industry,” said Saigal. “These specifications are an important first step in providing guidelines on cobot safety and risk assessments – a topic that Universal Robots will continue to pioneer and drive – now working in tandem with Roberta Nelson Shea. She will also teach and advise our staff and distributors on robot safety and risk assessment in general.” Roberta Nelson Shea has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management. She has been selected as one of the top 100 Women in Safety by ASSE. Her curriculum vitae encompasses management positions at Rockwell Automation, Symbotic LLC, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Pilz Automation Safety L.P., Honeywell, and Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company. ”Robotics has been my passion for more than 30 years, they relieve workers from having to do tedious, strenuous

tasks and create more enjoyable jobs while employers improve productivity,” said Nelson Shea. “My overall mission is to demystify robots and make sure that the deployment barriers are broken down. I am an advocate of global harmonization of safety requirements to reduce costs of designs, manufacturing, and compliance.” Roberta Nelson Shea spent the past 23 years as the Chair (now Chair Emeritus) of ANSI/RIA R15.06 Robot Safety Committee that develops and defines technical standards for industrial robots. The latest R15.06 edition is a US adoption of ISO 10218-1 and -2. The new Global Technical Compliance Officer succeeds Lasse Kieffer. He was recruited by the founders of Universal Robots as the very first full-time employee in 2007. “It has been an absolutely fantastic journey with an overwhelming stream of inspiring challenges. Every single year in this career has been like having a new job. We started out as three nerds and now we are approaching 300 employees.” Lasse Kieffer is now ready to return to the start-up mission. “I loved my job at Universal Robots, but I felt like starting from scratch again and am right now developing ideas for new ventures. It was the right time to pass the baton and I am especially pleased that it will be to Roberta Nelson Shea.” Universal Robots’ new GTCO will start her employment on 19th September 2016, spending a lot of her time in the Headquarters of Universal Robots in Odense, Denmark.


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Events

October 2016

Avoid Product Recalls with Code Assurance and Packaging Verification from AutoCoding Systems : Booth E-10114 AutoCoding Systems Ltd, specialist in packaging line automation, will be demonstrating their world class code assurance and packaging verification solution at this year’s Pack Expo exhibition.

AutoCoding automatically sets up and controls coding and scanning equipment

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isitors to our stand, E-10114, will be shown how to avoid the risk of product recalls due to mislabelling or incorrect coding. The AutoCoding system sets up and controls packaging line devices, including coding and labelling equipment, barcode scanners, checkweighing and metal detection equipment, irrespective of manufacturer.

Incorrectly coded, labelled or packaged goods can result in not only serious health risks, but severe financial losses, product and packaging waste, as well as the less tangible damage it may cause to a company’s reputation. With an AutoCoding solution you can be sure your coding, labelling and packaging will always be correct. Data relating to your products, customers and packaging line devices are stored in a central database. At the start of a production run, all relevant information is securely deployed to the line devices with minimal human intervention. Packaging lines are automatically set up reliably and quickly, job changeover times are reduced and the risk of human error is negligible. Visitors will also be able to see the latest version of the Loma TRACS Reporting Tool which monitors the performance of Loma/Lock checkweighers and metal detectors. Information relating to contaminant detection rates, weight and overfill data can be accessed, enabling inefficiencies to be identified quickly and appropriate action to be taken. www.autocodingsystems.com

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Events

October 2016

“The PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows brings together the best of the processing and packaging industries looking for solutions to industry-wide issues,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI. “The associations in the Partner Program are a strong resource for these attendees and exhibitors, and have been a valuable asset to the PACK EXPO shows.” There are currently 27 associations that will partner with PACK EXPO International 2016, four Pharma EXPO partner associations, and 11 International Pavilion Organizers. “The Partner Program provides a nice reciprocal marketing benefit for both IoPP and PMMI, whereby more people in the packaging industry can learn about IoPP’s excellent educational programs and IoPP members can stay on top of all the need-to-knows about PACK EXPO,” says Jim George, IoPP’s director of education. “The program is a winwin year in and year out, a huge mutual benefit that enables IoPP and PMMI to continue our robust partnership.”

Industry-Defining Associations Welcomed to PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 Partner Program The Partner Program returns to PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 (Nov. 6–9; McCormick Place, Chicago) welcoming 31 associations and 11 international pavilion organizers committed to better serving their members and supporting the processing and packaging industries, reports PACK EXPO producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

The organizations involved in the 2016 Partner Program include:

PACK EXPO Partners: • ABEIF — Brazilian Flexible Packaging Association • AIMCAL — Association of Internation Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators • ABRE — Brazilian Packaging Association • AMEC — ENVASGRAF • Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) • Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers • Contract Packaging Association (CPA) • Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association (MSUPAA) • Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) • OMAC (The Organization for Machine Automation and Control) • Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) • OPC Foundation

• Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) • PAC, Packaging Consortium • Independent Bakers Association (IBA) • PLCopen • In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) • SNAC International • Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) • SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association • Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE) • Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)/Green Blue • International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) • United Fresh Produce Association • International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA) • World Packaging Organisation (WPO) • ISTA

PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 have over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, and are expected to attract 50,000 packaging and processing professionals and 2,300-plus exhibitors. Register for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO at www.packexpointernational.com.

Pharma EXPO Partners: • Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) • Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) • PIP — Process Industry Practices • Virginia Bio

International Pavillion Organizers: • Adepta • Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Cornercio Internacional • Asia Media Company Limited • NürnbergMesse • China Council for the Promotion of Int’l. Trade (CCPIT) • Switzerland Global Enterprise • China Food and Packaging Machinery Association • UCIMA — Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association • INP — Brazilian Plastic Insitute / Think Plastic Brazil • VDMA — German Packaging Machinery Manufacturers • Italian Trade Commission

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Events

October 2016

5 Ways Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down On Costly Downtime Manufacturers are being encouraged to utilise data capture to improve their approach to maintenance. The industrial sector is undergoing massive transformation like never before. Sundeep Sanghavi co-founder of DataRPM looks deeper than preventative maintenance into the realm of predictive maintenance. According to a World Economic Forum study, if the first Industrial Revolution was driven by steam, the second by electricity, and the third by digitization, we are now in the midst of a fourth: one driven by data. In this “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) era, an explosion of IoT-connected devices has created a new level of big data possibilities for enterprises of all types. In the search for how and where manufacturers can best reap the rewards of the IIoT, look no further than maintenance protocols.

Prevent or predict? For much of the modern manufacturing world, the prevalent approach to IT maintenance can be best described as “preventive” — performing maintenance on a schedule, even if machines don’t actually require updating or repair. According to a 2015 study, 85% of companies utilise this strategy. This is a non-optimal approach because scheduling maintenance leads to unnecessary labor (and, therefore, unnecessary costs). Additionally, a potential problem that goes undetected between scheduled maintenance can pose huge risks to the financial health of the company and the physical health of its workers. Currently, manufacturers tend to devote their technology toward creating and enforcing maintenance schedules — but now’s the time to begin evolving toward a predictive methodology.

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The biggest perks of predictive maintenance Using technology to drive a predictive maintenance approach, manufacturers can stream data from sensors mounted on their machines to uncover key usage and performance patterns in real time. This allows them to identify potential malfunctions in the making and avoid the hefty costs of unexpected breakdowns. As a whole, predictive maintenance offers manufacturers a tremendous opportunity to boost operational efficiency. The process can be easily automated through machine learning and cognitive data science, meaning there’s no need to hire an army of data experts or assign additional human capital to the cause. Here are five specific benefits manufacturers will see from a predictive maintenance approach: 1. Reduced wrench time: Since the turn of the millennium, American factories have spent trillions of dollars a year performing maintenance. A predictive approach would render a great portion of these costs unnecessary or completely avoidable. For example, manpower would no longer be wasted on routine machine diagnostics, and companies could avoid huge outlays purchasing and installing new machines to replace those that broke down between inspections.Human intervention will be required only for a necessary repair, and because the issue is caught before it results in a complete mechanical breakdown, the wrench time will be much shorter. 2. Less downtime: “Downtime” is a word manufacturers despise. About 5% of the average factory’s production is lost to downtime every year, costing the global manufacturing community roughly $647bn annually. However, with a

predictive, data-driven maintenance approach, companies are much less likely to be blindsided by equipment failure and face lengthy, costly periods of inactivity. As an example, robotics company FANUC partnered with Cisco to create a “zero downtime” program that ended up saving one auto manufacturer $40 million.IoT sensors can detect if a machine is beginning to break down and automatically order a new part. Then, the company can schedule the necessary repair or installation during a low-volume or after-hours window, minimizing lost productivity. 3. Improved safety: Manufacturers undoubtedly take pride in creating safe environments for their workers, but one study found that up to 30% of all manufacturing deaths occur during maintenance activity. A predictive approach to maintenance does wonders toward increasing workplace safety by preventing dangerous scenarios. Companies can set safety parameters and receive immediate notification when a machine shows preliminary signs of reaching that threshold. 4. Better inventory management of parts: By predicting what will fail, one can manage what parts he needs to order or have in his maintenance inventory. 5. Better field personnel management: By predicting what will fail, manufacturers can better plan what kind of expertise would be required to perform maintenance. Furthermore, they can better plan schedules, too (rather than when ad hoc failures occur). The lowered costs, higher productivity, and improved product quality made possible by predictive maintenance all lead to the ultimate benefit of happier customers. And further, employing this strategy arms companies with cuttingedge technologies empowered by cognitive data science that produce high-level business insights — unlocking countless opportunities for improvement and innovation. Preventive maintenance can only carry you so far; join the next revolution by embracing predictive maintenance.

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Events

October 2016

Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects Birmingham, UK, 8-9 November 2016

An intensive two day seminar allowing you to master end-to-end contractor management

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ffective contractor management is an essential component to the successful execution of maintenance and technical project management. But it’s no easy task. Selecting and sourcing the right contractors can be challenging and timeconsuming; ensuring your contractors meet health and safety standards is critical; accurately measuring contractor performance is both complex and time sensitive. If you also consider additional issues such as risk management, training, partnership models, planning and scheduling and control, it is of little surprise that effective contractor management processes are becoming a core function in asset-intensive organisations.

Over the 2 days, the seminar will cover: • How to select the right contractors for technical service • Different types of technical contracts and the one that meets requirements • Balancing insourcing and outsourcing • Ensuring an incident-free workplace • Standardizing and harmonizing the management process • Building trustful relations with contractors • Overall profitability and mutually beneficial management techniques

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“A beneficial, challenging learning experience, perfectly organized” – BASF “Very good course which gave real insight. Got to be the best course I‘ve been on in 10 years...“ - Sellafield “Enjoyed levels of discussion around the presentations...” – Celanese “Very valuable preparation for me and my team...” – Bayer Material Science







“Some interesting facts to follow up which will have potential for us”– BP Chemicals “One of the most useful training courses I have attended. Maximum impact and value...“- Talen Energy “Very informative and enjoyable event...” – ConocoPhillips

This two day, interactive, seminar is a mustattend for all executives and professionals in maintenance and technical departments who are entrusted with tasks of contractor acquisition, coordination, and management. The training program is also helpful for all personnel who are eager to acquire competitive skills to manage larger teams, take on further responsibilities, prepare for managerial positions, and make better decision from positions of responsibility.

Specifically, the seminar would be extremely valuable to: • • • • • • • • • • •

Operations Managers Maintenance Managers Reliability Managers and Engineers Technical Managers Asset Managers Plant Managers TPM/Continuous Improvement/ Production Managers Procurement Managers Central Contractor Management Teams Legal/Contract/ Facility Management Teams HSE/Shutdown/Turnaround Management Team

Registration is live, with group discounts available. Please contact the T.A. Cook Conference Team at info@tacook.com or call +44 (0)121 200 3810. Find out more at www.tacook.com/contractormanagement2016.


Register online at: www.tacook.com/contractormanagement2016 08 – 09 November, 2016, Birmingham, UK

Intensive Seminar: Effective Contractor Management in Maintenance and Technical Projects Testimonials from past participants at T.A. Cook seminars: “A beneficial, challenging learning experience, perfectly organized” – BASF

“Very good course which gave real insight. Got to be the best course I‘ve been on in 10 years!“ – Sellafield

Attend this 2-day Intensive Seminar to Learn About: » Contracting technical services for maintenance, projects and shutdowns – the complete lifecycle » Standardising processes and improving cooperation between departments » Evaluating bids and proposals – delivering legally compliant documentation for outsourcing » Negotiating service level agreements – common challenges and pitfalls » Opportunities and risks of cost-oriented procurement strategy » Getting the best out of preferred suppliers – innovative partnership models and implementation » Monitoring and measuring performance – benchmarking and quality assurance » Contractors influence in increasing plant OEE – preventing the loss of efficiencies in planning » Improving performance as a team – structure and application of incentive programmes » Key success factors in driving EHS excellence on large sites – control and communication Contact Us: If you are interested in registering for the event or would like to find out more, please contact a member of the T.A. Cook team on +44 (0)121 200 3810 or info@tacook.com.

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“One of the most useful training courses I have attended. Maximum impact and value“ – Talen Energy


Events

October 2016

World Class Process Safety Management Forum Birmingham, UK, 17-18 October 2016 With high-hazard organisations across the world looking to streamline costs and operations in order to survive and prosper in difficult commercial and operational environments, it remains business critical that corners are not cut when it comes to the safety of their people and assets.

Confirmed case studies and expert insight include: • Hear from Uniper on integrated process safety management in times of radical change • Find out about expanding the use of human factors from Keil Centre and SABIC • Learn how to develop an effective approach for managing instrumented systems from INOVYN • Hear how Nestle is implementing Process Safety Management Frameworks • Improve your learning on incident practices as applied by DSM Resins • Gain from BASF on incident investigation and learning practices • Understand the EDF Energy perspective on managing process safety

The 6th annual World Class Process Safety Management Forum is designed to bring together the wider process manufacturing community, including: chemicals and petrochemicals, oil and gas, power generation, pharmaceuticals, steel and metals manufacturing, food and beverages, and more. Over two days, you will have the opportunity to learn, discuss, share experiences and ensure your organisation is in the best possible position to implement robust process safety management principles. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in a pre-forum workshop on Process Hazard Analysis Best Practices and Methodologies. This workshop will take place on October 17 at the same venue as the forum. Understanding what a HAZOP can and cannot capture, and how the information captured can be used to efficiently support other process safety risk management activities, can drive efficiencies in the overall PSM program that can help increase its effectiveness, and reduce an organization’s risk profile. This workshop will focus on what information an effective PHA study can capture, and how the results can be used to support other activities in many risk management initiatives. The World Class Process Safety Management Forum will focus on learning, discussion and networking - take this opportunity to meet the experts, benchmark with your peers and capitalise on the knowledge and experiences of others. Registration is live, with group discounts currently available. Please contact the T.A. Cook Conference Team at info@tacook.com or call +44 (0)121 200 3810. Find out more at www.tacook.com/processsafety2016


Register online at: www.tacook.com/processsafety2016 International Forum: 17 – 18 October, 2016, Birmingham, UK

World Class Process Safety Management Forum 2016 Commit to process safety - identify and control risks - learn from experience

Featuring a deep-dive pre-forum workshop, operator focused real-life case studies, networking opportunities, and more Featuring case studies and expert presentations from:

BASF EDF Energy DSM Resins IHS Inovyn Keil Centre Across two days, hear from global process industry organistions, who will share their experiences on: » » » » » »

Integrated process safety management in times of radical changes Developing an effective approach for managing instrumented systems Expanding the use of human factors – from incident investigation to mis-operation Learning from incidents and experiences - improving processes and approach Best practices in risk management and management of change Process safety management frameworks and their real world implementation

Contact Us: If you are interested in registering for the event or would like to find out more, please contact a member of the T.A. Cook team on +44 (0)121 200 3810 or info@tacook.com.

Nestle SABIC Uniper University of Sheffield ... and more


Events

October 2016

Hottest Start Up Companies

Set to Shine at

TCT Show

Innovative Start Ups Compete for TCT Start Up Award September 28th 2016 Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show, where tomorrow’s 3D manufacturing technology is brought to life, has announced that the Start Up Zone is set to return even bigger and better for 2016. Shining the spotlight on the most dynamic and promising international start up companies in this arena. Designed specifically for companies making their TCT Show debut, which are less than 3 years old, have fewer than 10 employees and with an annual turnover below €2M the zone will enable as many as 16 brand new, exciting companies to present their products and services to the market for the first time. Covering everything from machines, materials and software, this dynamic zone will include 3devo, 3D Matter, 3D Solex, 3DSTUFFSNL, Anisoprint, Bondtech AB, BotFactory, Filaments. directory, ITERATE Design + Innovation, Layered Prints, Laykanics, Mega 3D, Metal Technics 3D and ShareMy3D, all of which are vying to be the next big thing in the 3D space.

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New for the TCT Show 2016! Each fledging company will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp 5-minute presentation of its product or service to an esteemed judging panel, led by 3D tech expert Todd Grimm and including TCT Head of Content James Woodcock. The TCT Start Up Award, and prizes to the value of £10,000, will be presented to the company that the panel deems to have the potential to make the greatest impact on the market in the future. Prizes will be awarded during the VIP After Show Party on September 28th. Duncan Wood, Chief Operating Officer at the TCT Group notes: “We believe it is important to encourage and recognise industry growth and to give newly established companies the opportunity to flourish.” Wood concluded “The revamped Start Up Zone alongside the Pitch Competition and Awards does exactly this and we look forward to discovering the next big thing at TCT this year”.

Visitors can register for the free-toattend TCT Show 2016 which runs which runs 28th - 29th September at the NEC, Birmingham at www.tctshow.com. Attendees can also register via social networks; Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Offering the opportunity to see both their own connections as well as other visitors who will be attending the event, providing the opportunity to network and invite.


October 10 – 14, 2016 | Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

Asset Management Certificate Program

The University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is designated one of the

WORLD’S TOP TWENTY-FIVE Engineering Schools Joining MIT, Stanford, London, Cambridge and ETH Zürich.

The Asset Management Certificate Program is offered in partnership with the Centre of Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering at the University of Toronto. This 5-day intensive course covers the important fundamentals in the field of physical asset management, including the decision-making principles for inspections, scheduling, repair vs. replacement, spare parts, etc. Attend the program to: » Learn maintenance best practices – Practical tools and techniques to manage maintenance » Gain immediate return on investment – Apply leading approaches with measurable pay-offs » Hear from global industry and academic leaders – Real world experience relevant for commercial industries and government organizations

» Learn executable maintenance strategies – Case studies and interactive assignments make the material come to life and reinforce your learning » Gain a University of Toronto certification – Receive recognition from one of the world’s top ten Engineering Schools in partnership with the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering It’s an investment in your company’s future and a building block for your career. Save the dates and register now to secure your place! For more details and a complete breakdown of all the course modules, visit

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THE MULTI-LOCATION EVENT 21 to 23 September 2016 | MESSE AUGSBURG, BAVARIA - GERMANY

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LiftEx Industry Conference on Day 1 BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW!

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23–24 NOVEMBER 2016 ABERDEEN EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE visit www.liftex.org/register to book your place ! Now in its 12th year, LiftEx has grown to become the UK’s leading exhibition for the lifting industry, returning to its successful stand-alone format over 2 full days.

EXHIBITORS INCLUDE: ABDN Web Services & ABDN Lifting Services + AJT Equipment + Atlas Winch & Hoist + Bridon + Brindley Chains + Cabletrail + Caldwell Group / Renfroe + Carl Stahl Evita + Checkmate + Columbus McKinnon + CoreRFID + Crosby + Diamond H Lifting + Dynamic Load Monitoring + EMM Corp + First Integrated + Fisher Offshore + FLG Services + Gunnebo Industries + Hendrik Veder Group + Hird + IDMAT + Infochip + Intercomp + Interlift + J D Neuhaus + JCM Load Monitoring + Jergens + Lift Turn Move + Lift-Rite + Liftket + Modulift + Motion Software + NSL + Petersen Stainless Rigging + PMS Industries + Powerjacks + Probst Handling Equipment + Rapid Response Solutions + Red Rooster + Reid Lifting + Rope Assemblies + RUD Chains + Safetbag + Sahm Splice + Scotload + Sensor Technology + Spanset + Straightpoint + Sumner + Talurit (UK) + Teeside Rigging & Lifting + Thern Winches & Cranes + Tiger Lifting + Tractel + Unique Group + Unitex + Van Beest + Waterweights + Wirop + William Hackett + Worlifts + Yoke Industrial Corp

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October 2016

Keynote speakers have been announced for the HSI 2016 | Hyperspectral Imaging & Applications Conference (13th and 14th October) at the Ricoh Area, Coventry, UK. Three leading scientists in the field of hyperspectral imaging will be speaking at HSI 2016, each talking on subjects that highlight growth areas of interest and applications for hyperspectral technology. The conference is opened by Martin Whitworth from Campden BRI (UK), an organisation deeply involved in research and support to the food industry. His talk is entitled “Mapping composition in food samples by NIR hyperspectral imaging” and follows, amongst others, more papers on food applications including; early detection of fungal infection in strawberry fruits, rapid detection and visualization of organic spelt flour adulteration and the differentiation of pathogenic bacteria.

The vibrant poster session at a previous HSI conference.

In the second session attendees can hear how neurosurgeons are now using hyperspectral imaging in the fight against cancer, it assists in the identification of healthy brain tissue to avoid unnecessary injury during operations to remove tumours. Keynote speaker Dr Himar Fabelo from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be talking about the “The HELICoiD project: A comprehensive framework for real-time detection of human brain tumours using hyperspectral images”. He has notably been part of a team who has developed the use of hyperspectral images to benefit neurosurgeons.

the technology to the production line and for environmental and other innovative applications.

Visiting from the Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA, is Professor Vodacek a specialist in remote sensing. He will be speaking on the HSI activities at their centre and giving insight into phenomenology, algorithms, modeling and simulation and applications for hyperspectral imaging.

Dr Jinchang Ren of the Hyperspectral Imaging Centre at University of Strathclyde and conference co-chair comments, “This biennial conference is now a key feature in the academic diary for UK scientists and increasingly draws an international audience”, he adds “I’m excited about what I will learn and am thoroughly looking forward to extending the connections our centre has with specialists around the world.”

The conference comprises 24 speakers over the two days and includes a Poster Session which will be a chance to meet early career scientists who are researching novel and exciting new techniques and unique applications. A new addition to the conference is an Industrial Session which includes commercial suppliers of hyperspectral technology who have the practical experience of applying

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This conference is free-of-charge for attendees which is unusual for an international conference of this nature. It’s made possible by sponsors Headwall Photonics, LOT QuantumDesign, a company who represents Specim in the UK and Xmark Media who are the organisers of the larger Enlighten Conference (9 programmes, 70+ speakers) and PHOTONEX (100+ exhibitors).

See the full conference programme on the website at ww.hsi2016.com - HERE Advance registration is requested. To register and receive all advance details please CLICK HERE.


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Events

October 2016

Exhibition for INDUSTRIAL VISION and FACTORY AUTOMATION The VISION UK event is fast approaching – so make sure you come along with your colleagues and friends; challenge yourself to explore something new! VISION UK is dedicated to vision in the factory, on the production line, in the science field and includes applications, components, instruments and systems as well as all things that utilise cameras. Ultimately this is a key event for vision and technology.

Benefits of attending if you’re an engineer VISION UK provides you with the opportunity to meet top suppliers that can help design your systems. They can introduce you to technologies that can automate parts of your production line to benefit your role and improve the accuracy of your work. Meeting like-minded individuals within the same sector can open your eyes to a wealth of possibilities. The VISION UK event will bring top supplier companies, educational seminars and presentations together all under one roof. Vision/imaging technology, machine vision and factory automation will all feature in this October VISION UK event Vision UK is a place to solve your business problems, come and learn how to utilise vision in your factory; amongst the exhibitors there will be someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based technology questions and explain what techniques 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.

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Clearview Imaging demonstrating advanced colour processing and sorting, with a 3CMOS linescan camera and high brightness and high uniformity line light.

Keynote Speakers There will be two keynote presentations. •

Jason Gow, Centre for Electronic Imaging, The Open University. His talk is titled: The Challenges Associated with Imaging Technology in Space’. Dr Stuart Green, an industrial technical manager and amateur astronomer’s talk is titled: ‘Machine Vision Cameras for Solar Imaging’

The keynote presentations 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. Visit the event websites and register to attend. Also register to receive e-newsletter updates and to find out more about the VISION UK event.

More details www.vision-uk.org


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Events

WWEM 2016 set to smash all previous records

With 8 Conferences, more than 80 Workshops and over 140 Exhibition stands, WWEM 2016 is destined to outperform all previous attendance figures.

October 2016

‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ are starting to affect every industry, and The IWA Conference will provide an update on how data collection and processing is affecting the management of water and wastewater, and how it will develop in the future. With high profile speakers from 14 different countries, the IWA Conference will be a truly international event, attracting delegates from around the world. The CIWEM conference will also run over two days featuring leading industry professionals presenting their views on how the water and environment sector will look in 2050. Discussions will include the latest innovations including Built Environment SMART Cities, Energy & Climate Change, Processed Water, Water Resources, Waste & Resources and Management & Regulation.

Industry professionals, regulators and academics from around the world will come to Telford (UK) on 2nd and 3rd November to learn about the latest developments in regulations, technologies, methods and standards in laboratory, process and environmental monitoring.

British Water and Cranfield University will run a Workshop entitled ‘Monitoring for Hydraulic Fracturing’ and EFASIG will hold a meeting addressing a variety of subjects within an environmental analysis theme.

The first day of the CPD certified WWEM 2016 Conference will address a laboratory environmental analysis theme; entitled ‘Priority Pollutants Legislation: Issues for Industry and Potential Solutions.’

There will also be a Flow Forum (2nd Nov) on flow monitoring and area velocity flow measurement, and a ‘BIM’ Awareness Day (3rd Nov) organised by the Pump Centre on Building Information Modelling.

The Conference on the second day, will address the ‘Resilience of Sensor Networks’ in the morning session, and the ‘Maintenance of Sensors’ in the afternoon.

Pre-registered visitors (www.WWEM.uk.com) will receive free parking, refreshments and lunch, plus free access to the Exhibition, Workshops, Poster sessions and Demonstration Area, the EFASIG meeting, the Pump Centre BIM event, and the Flow Forum.

The WWEM 2016 International Exhibition will be bigger than ever before. This year, the exhibition, which will include a Gas Detection Zone, will feature over 140 stands representing more than 250 of the world’s leading providers of testing, analysis and monitoring equipment, and related services, many of which will launch new products at the show. In addition, over 80 free walk-in, walk-out Workshops will operate from within the Exhibition Hall.

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“WWEM 2016 is set to be an enormous event,” says organiser Marcus Pattison, “Major organisations are colocating their events with WWEM, and as a result of this synergy, WWEM 2016 has become the major global event for anyone involved with water testing and environmental analysis.”


The Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring Event 2 nd & 3rd November 2016 Conference Sessions at WWEM include:

IWA - International Water Association will hold a two day conference on “New developments in IT & Water”

British Water Monitoring for Hydraulic Fracturing, sub topics Setting the Baseline and Ongoing Monitoring

SWIG are holding a one day conference covering the Resilience of Sensor Networks and Sensors in Challenging applications.

WIPAC will once again host the highly successful “Flow forum”

Speakers at WWEM 2016 include: Juan Antonio Baeza Labat, Brunel University London Bas Boorsma, Cisco Dave Carlisle, Project Manager, Southern Water Leo Carswell, WRc/SWIG Stuart Combellack, WITS PSA Andy Godley, WRC Paul Gribble, Technical Director, Alcontrol Labs Oliver Grievson, Anglian Water Tony Harrington, Director of Environment, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Pernille Ingildsen, Kalundborg Sarah Jenner, Environmental Strategy Manager, United Utilities Cyrille Lemoine, Veolia Mathieu Lepot, TU Delft Annemarie Mink, Delft University of Technology Steven Morris, Policy Advisor, DEFRA AJ Nair, Accenture Lorenzo Pompa, Anglian Water Jose Porro, Lequia Research Group Clive Thompson, Chief Scientist, ALcontrol Labs Christian Thuerlimann, Eawag Kris Villez, Eawag Mohamed S. Zaghloul, University of Calgary

+ Over 80 more!

The 7th International Conference and Exhibition on water, wastewater and environmental monitoring Laboratory Conference Priority Pollutants Legislation: Resulting Issues for Industry and Potential Solutions

BMSS special interest group will present on Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography for Water and Environmental monitoring

CIWEM - A Step to the future…Water and Environmental Management 2050

Building Information modelling awareness day

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN REGISTER NOW TO BENEFIT FROM: FREE LUNCHES • FREE REFRESHMENT • FREE PARKING • FREE ENTRY TO OVER 90 WORSHOPS

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Events

October 2016

Calling all Civil Engineers The second edition of Flood and Coast conference and exhibition is seeking involvement from all civil engineers and engineers involved in flood and coastal defence in what promises to be the largest gathering of thought leadership in the UK. Led again by the Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities. The event, taking place at the Telford International Centre, 28-30 March 2017 will host 1500 fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM. Alison Baptiste, 2016 Chair of the Advisory Committee and Director of Strategy and Investment at The Environment Agency said: “Last winter we have seen record rainfall and river levels bringing widespread flooding and misery to

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thousands of people’s lives. When we have exceptional weather like this, which impacts so severely on our country, it’s important to review what happened and learn how we can prepare better for the future. This Conference and Exhibition provides a great opportunity for industry professionals to come together and be inspired, to listen, learn and plan for the future. Our exciting multisession conference attracts key stakeholders in our industry, including the Environment Agency, local authorities, international drainage boards, infrastructure owners, water companies, consultancies, contractors, incident responders, community groups and universities”

Flood & Coast 2017 will build on this success giving all those involved in managing flooding and coastal erosion the chance to swap ideas, meet and discuss issues with key personnel from stakeholders such as The Environment Agency, conference attendees, speakers and exhibitors.”

Elaine Hulse, Event Director said “Our first Flood & Coast event in 2016 featured 170 speakers, over 100 exhibition stands and attracted 1500 people over the three days.

For further information see www.floodandcoast.com or contact 0330 088 1417

“We will also be showcasing the latest thinking from academics leading research at our top universities, as well as from the practitioners and specialists who deliver FCRM excellence on the ground. If you have a story to tell about your research or how you’ve applied new technologies or approaches to FCRM problems we want to see you at the event!”


Events

October 2016

Don’t Miss Next Month’s Major Industry Conference

BULKEX16

Register now for free tickets to next week’s BULKEX16, the premier exhibition and conference for the bulk materials handling industry taking place at the Harrogate International Centre. The industry event - on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October - is being organised by the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA). Visitors to BULKEX16 will enjoy exhibition stands and presentations from leading experts –it’s a great way to network and communicate with others across the materials handling industry. Free tickets can be reserved by visiting the website at www.mhea.co.uk/bulkex-16 A prestigious line up of prestigious industry speakers has been announced, which includes representatives from HS2, Siemens, Aggregate Industries, The Bristol Port Company, Graham Construction, Peel Ports and The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich. Meanwhile, the winners of the MHEA Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on first evening of BULKEX16 at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate. The MHEA Excellence Awards are designed to celebrate the talent and creativity of MHEA members and the outstanding contribution of member companies. Book tickets now.

BULKEX16 SPEAKERS include: • Bill Quigley, Excavated Materials Manager for HS2 As the Excavated Materials Manager for HS2 Phase 1, Bill Quigley has responsibility for the advanced planning and coordination for the movement of approximately 128 million tons of excavated materials both across the route and to multiple deposition locations. He joined HS2 in January 2015, has over 30 years of experience in the construction and rail industries and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, The Association of Project Managers and the Association of Project Safety (previously Planning Supervisors). Previously, Bill worked at the Western Tunnels section of the Crossrail project with responsibility for the movement of excavated materials, tunnel segments and materials imports to support the construction of tunnels, portal, shafts and the tunnel segment factory construction,

management and subsequent demolition upon completion of works.

• Stephen Dryden, Commercial Director, Aggregate Industries Overseas Division A member of LafargeHolcim, Aggregate Industries quarries, manufactures and supplies a wide range of heavy building materials to the construction Industry. Stephen has been with Aggregate Industries for over nine years, and has extensive commercial experience within the industry. He has held various positions within the company and was previously General Manager for AI’s Aggregates and Asphalt businesses in Scotland. In his current role, he has full EBITDA responsibility for the Overseas and Yeoman Latvia businesses. Aggregate Industries Overseas business supplies customers with a range of high quality granite materials from washed sand to specialist offshore materials from its two super quarries at Glensanda on the West coast of Scotland and Yeoman Halsvik, north of Bergen in Norway. It has over one billion tonnes of reserves, an annual capacity of up to 12mt and a vessel fleet that can have over 200kt of product on the water at any one time.

• Martin Downey, Bulk Terminal and Operational Engineering Director, The Bristol Port Company Martin is skilled in all aspects of bulk handling and port engineering. He is responsible for handling a variety of bulk cargoes including coal, biomass, stone, animal feed and grain from transhipment, unloading, storage to reloading. Highly experienced in the commercial logistics and demographics of the UK bulk market, Martin’s knowledge ranges across all areas of aggregates extraction, processing, distribution and marketing with further experience of coated materials, the recycling of secondary aggregates and land filling of waste. In Bristol, Martin is responsible for the purchase, maintenance and development of equipment for one of the world’s most technically advanced ports.

• Chris Griffin, Business Development Manager, Peel Ports

Chris Griffin is an experienced leader in the logistics sector, having held senior roles in global and international logistics and warehousing organisations. As the sector expert with Group Business Development responsibility for the one of the UK’s largest port operators, Peel Ports Group, Chris heads the strategic development of bulks and energy, encompassing all dry and liquid bulks, in addition to the array of markets in the energy sector.

• Michael Mitchell, Pre-Contracts Director for the Civil Engineering Division at GRAHAM Construction GRAHAM Construction is currently undertaking construction of major biomass handling and storage facilities at Immingham and Liverpool ports.

• Mike Bradley, Director, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich Mike Bradley is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre and Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich. He was awarded both his honours degree and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as the Director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling.

GET YOUR FREE TICKET NOW Register now at www.mhea.co.uk/ bulkex-16 for your free ticket. Enjoy exhibition stands and presentations from leading experts – it’s a great way to network with colleagues from across the materials handling industry. The MHEA events team can help you with travel and accommodation plans. After the event, attendees will be able to access a range of electronic materials.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Connect with your peers and colleagues and get in-the-moment updates on the things that interest you. Follow us on twitter at @BULKEX16.

WANT TO EXHIBIT? There are some exhibition stands still available. Don’t miss out, book your stand now on 01787 226995.

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October 2016

Dixon are pleased to be exhibiting again this year at the PPMA show and are looking forward to showing visitors the extensive range of hygienic process equipment. Dixon offers FDA and 3A approved stainless steel fittings, unions, tube, pumps and valves for the food, dairy, beverage and brewery industries. Dixon will be showcasing their range of hygienic fittings and actuated valves on a stainless steel fabricated display and new table stand engineered and built from their product range; along with a carousel of hygienic hoses assemblies offering odourless and taste free properties suitable for liquid foodstuffs. Dixon’s hygienic hose range includes a range of rubber, silicone, PVC and PTFE hose assemblies which can be custom made to exact requirements with accessories including wash down guns and steam lances. Also on show will be the newly launched Hygienic Breakaway Check Valve, which is proving to be ‘the right connection’, potentially saving companies thousands. Launched last year the new Dixon Breakaway Check Valve is an innovative solution that is designed to eliminate product loss too. It incorporates the Breakaway Coupling and a Hygienic Check Valve. It acts as a single unit that has a diverted breaking point which will break at a determined break-load. Then the check valve will close protecting the loading bay pipe system AND avoiding product spillage.

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The breakaway check valve is only one of the bespoke valves recently produced by Dixon. With an on-site valve actuation shop, 3D design, full technical and sales back-up and BSI approved manufacturing and engineering department, Dixon can design and produce individual bespoke valves and fabricated configurations to quickly and efficiently solve customer problems. Dixon’s Hygienic Product Manager will also be available on the stand each day to talk about correct valve selection, the effects of valve selection to your bottom line, eliminating contamination risk and new innovations in valve technology. By choosing the correct design and specification of valve for a process can save costs, reduce downtimes and minimise product loss or contamination. Dixon can advise on factors including the most effective seat material to the correct mounting considerations of an actuator, which can affect the wear and tear on a valve and in turn create problems with contamination and reduce a valve’s life cycle SEE OUR LATEST OFFER ON ISO QUICK COUPLINGS - CLICK HERE


October 2016

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allows up to 25% increase in cable diameters HARTING has introduced a new range of housing components which allow the company’s Han® 3A size connectors to be produced with larger diameters, enabling them to be used with cables up to 25% wider. As a result, customers will be able to use contact inserts with higher rated current and bigger cross-sections – such as the Han® Q series. The new housing components feature a narrow external geometry overall, terminating in the cable holding area. The housings are fully compatible with all the existing contact inserts in the series, and also meet the requirements of protection classes IP65/67. The new Han® 3A hood is available in a plastic version with a bigger M25 thread, allowing alternative types of mounting including direct mounting on control cabinets. For the metal versions of the housings, coupling hoods are also available in the M25 option alongside the existing sleeve housings. As with the plastic housings, this allows the use of flying connections in addition to alternative types of mounting – for retrofits, for example. Other versions, such as the EMV electrically conductive unit and the M type for stricter corrosion requirements, are also available. With the availability of metal or plastic HARTING M25 screwed cable glands, HARTING can now supply the complete range of screw fittings for all customer applications over the cable clamp range from 9 to 18 mm. Please click here to download a copy of the Han® 3 A hood thermoplastic. Please click here to download a copy of the Han® 3A cable to cable hood.

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Dymax BlueWave MX-150 high energy UV LED Spot Curing Lamp from Intertronics for superfast cures Leading adhesives specialists Intertronics have recently introduced the new Dymax BlueWave® MX-150™ LED UV Spot Curing Lamp which offers the speed, consistency, reliability and long service life associated with LED UV curing. The modular unit has a separate, compact light emitter, suitable for benchtop use but small enough to be readily integrated into robotic or other fully automated systems. The BlueWave MX-150 is designed to offer higher, more consistent UV curing intensities than traditional spot-curing systems - up to 40W/cm² at wavelengths of 365, 385 or 405 nm. The high curing energy is created using an LED chip in the emitter, located very close to the point of cure. The use of a lightguide, which can compromise cure intensity, is optional and the emitter can be mounted away from the controller in suitable locations and positions without loss of energy.

Its instant on-off capability saves energy and eliminates the need for warm-up periods. The curing profile can be optimised to protect heatsensitive substrates.

The BlueWave MX-150 is compatible with a variety of UV and visible light-curable materials, including adhesives, electronics encapsulants and coatings, and temporary masking products.

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Explosion Protection for screens and mills Screens do not normally have their own sources of ignition, so that explosion protection is usually only required in a very small number of cases, despite an high probability of an explosive mix within a screen. However, it is important to maintain a comprehensive perspective, as they can often be extremely hazardous, especially in combination with upstream dryers (e.g. spray dryers in the dairy industry, drum dryers in the wood industry and flush dryers in the starch industry). The tumbling and rotating movements of a screen may allow “open� to hot embers that were created in a dryer and which have often survived mechanical conveyors where they did not previously ignite. The latest stage at which such embers may be broken down and then cause an explosion is in the screen. This is precisely the scenario which caused one of the biggest explosions in a particle board factory in South America in 2012, when six people lost their lives. In such cases it is important to provide explosion protection for screens, although this poses special challenges to safety engineers, especially within buildings. The pendular movements usually require dedicated solutions where any vibration-prone elements must be decoupled. Moreover, such solutions need to be based on flameless venting principles (see Fig. 3). Other protection methods, such as explosion suppression systems, are often unsuited, as the extinguishing powder cannot be distributed homogeneously within the screen on account of the built-in screen deck. Mills It is in the nature of a mill to have metallic parts that collide with one another at high speed, so that ignition sources are highly probable. Again, this is a closed container with a high concentration of dust which may include oxygen, making an explosion extremely likely. Many mill manufacturers

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therefore offer their machinery in a design that is resistant to explosion pressure (up to 10 bar). Depending on the size of the mill, this may be very expensive for the operator. Alternatives would be flameless venting solution. In either case a decoupler should be attached both above and below the mill. One particularly smart solution for the air intake of the mill is to install a Q-Rohr LF. This is a modified version of the Q-Rohr, well-known in flameless venting, which does not contain the explosion vent that is normally included. As a result, it is possible to aspirate air under normal operation, and the air can then be fed through the stainless steel mesh filter without any trouble. If an explosion occurs, this filter removes the resulting heat and protects the environment from the flames and the explosion pressure. For further information please see QBOX. on the Rembe website.


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October 2016

RIFTEK’S new binocular triangulation laser sensor solves down-hole debris detection problem With the beam deflected at right angles and focused on the inner surface of the hole, the device is moved axially to scan and detect irregularities in the machined grooves using the triangulation principle. The integral signal processor analyses the surface profile and detects the presence of debris on the surface by comparing input and output signal profiles. The RF096-Insp is optionally supplied with a PC based service program that enables testing and parameter setting and display with FLASH-memory storage. The compact 22 mm diameter cylindrical sensor section easily fits into the small bore holes of the brake cylinders and the automated operation, which may be mounted on a robot or positioning system, can scan and report within a matter of seconds.

RIFTEK, represented exclusively in the UK & Ireland by Ixthus Instrumentation, has developed a new binocular laser triangulation based inspection system that solves the problem of detecting debris in machined grooves in small diameter internal holes. The RF096Insp was developed after attempts to use a machine vision system for inspecting debris in a customer’s brake cylinder components had returned poor results. Whilst the application was specific to the component, the inspection system and its unique principle has a high problem solving potential for automated inspection of similar components where debris detection and removal is critical. The cylindrical housing of the RF096-Insp supports a binocular semiconductor laser sensor mounted on a rotating module.

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The basic specifications for the RF096-Insp include inspected groove diameters from 35 to 53 mm and a minimum debris size of 30 microns thickness with a 0.1 mm2 area. RIFTEK’s binocular triangulation laser system could be adapted for larger or small diameter internal hole sizes. A video demonstrating the product is available on the Ixthus website at www.ixthus.co.uk/videos RIFTEK also designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of optoelectronic 2D and 3D measurement devices and systems for high precision inspection and test applications across industry and research.


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October 2016

Industry Excited as the World’s Fastest Growing Engineering Association Partners to Deliver Technical Programme Alongside Advanced Engineering 2016 The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has announced the programme for its paidfor technical conferences taking place at Advanced Engineering 2016, the UK’s largest annual engineering trade show. The two, one-day conferences, which will be running live on the show floor on 2 & 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC and will focus on the aerospace and automotive sectors. Both comprehensive technical programmes have major names delivering thought-provoking content about the future of each industry.

Aviation Aerodynamics 2016: 2 November As a result of recent UK government investment into the aerospace industry, which offered a further £365 million towards technological research and development, there is opportunity for significant advances to be made in aerospace technology. Aerodynamic engineering is at the forefront of these advances and this technical conference will give delegates a unique opportunity to explore the latest developments and network with specialists in aircraft manufacturing, testing and design. Highlights of the conference programme include: • An exclusive update from Clean Sky Joint Undertaking on the advances in aerodynamics under the new Clean Sky 2 programme. • Airbus, will present the “The Natural Laminar Flow Flight Test of the BLADE Project of CleanSky2”. This will give an introduction to the Airbus A340-300 BLADE (Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator) and enabling natural laminar flow through design. • Visitors will learn about the innovative SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) project from the Leading Aerodynamicist at Reaction Engines. This will include component aerodynamic challenges and the potential spin-outs from SABRE, applicable to civil aviation engines. • The European Space Agency will present on aerodynamics for re-entry space vehicles. This will include the role of aerodynamics on space configurations from HERMES to ExoMars, including mission successful vehicles like ARD, Huygens and IXV is reviewed. • QinetiQ will investigate the use of electric motors for engineer simulation in wind tunnel tests, including an overview of the research and work carried out so far. • Rolls-Royce will give two insightful sessions. The first will give an overview of the UltraFan™ project, including the aerothermal challenges of integrating sub-systems and maximising component efficiency, before discussing how these challenges were overcome. The second session will consider the application of boundary layer ingestion (BLI) on a large passenger aircraft.

Brakes 2016: 3 November As the automotive industry continues to introduce both new hybrid and electrical components, key challenges arise with integrating braking systems and new technologies. This conference will present those in attendance with the opportunity to learn from leading vehicle OEMs and senior level experts about key engineering solutions for the integration of new technologies and braking systems of the future. Attendees will also be able to participate in roundtable discussions with industry peers to tackle current and future challenges facing brake engineers. Highlights of the conference programme include: • McLaren Automotive, Honda and Bentley will be discussing advanced breaking systems and strategies for future breaking systems in road cars and other vehicles. This will include the future requirements in materials, components and vision for how they will be used. • Learn how Jaguar Land Rover delivers the required pedal feel for its customers and the impact of the Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). • Bentley will demonstrate the problems with advanced modelling for brake noise propensity prediction and discuss the new challenges in the Automotive Industry and the impact of this on NVH development. • Volvo Truck will discuss how they are integrating Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). This will include the safety and driveability benefits of AEBS and its use for vehicle control. • Experts from the University of Bradford will share the current and future challenges of brake noise, vibration and harshness.

For more information on the conferences and for delegate rates, visit www.imeche.org. In addition to the co-locating conferences, Advanced Engineering will also host the largest open conference of its kind and is set to have more exhibitors on board than ever before. The show is being held in Birmingham’s NEC on 2 & 3 November 2016. For more information about registration and exhibiting at Advanced Engineering, please visit www.advancedengineeringuk.com

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ärcher UK’s brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters will open for business at Banbury’s Brookhill Way on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

New UK Head Office for Kärcher

The move has been a long time in the planning and, as the new site includes a Kärcher Center shop, a large Academy for customer and employee training, and in phase two a Wash Center for the public, the move is expected to make a difference to staff, customers and the local community alike.

This autumn the global cleaning giant will have a new home – and it’s streets ahead of the old facility, if not streets apart.

When Kärcher in the UK launched back in the 1970s the world was a very different place, James Callaghan was prime minister, you could buy a house for £13K, and the now famous domestic range was still a decade away; Kärcher was at the outset a commercial and industrial supplier. Today the company has grown to employ almost 300 people and its product range now encompasses 380 machines across 13 product lines for both Home and Garden and Professional users. Commenting on the move, Simon Keeping, Managing Director of Kärcher UK stated, “While Kärcher is renowned for our commercial and domestic pressure washers, other products are increasingly coming to the fore among them our window vacs, steam A view of reception on moving day

Kärcher House on Brookhill Way

cleaners and professional floor care solutions. These are exciting times and this opportunity, afforded by the company’s expansion, is testament to the quality inherent in Kärcher - not only of our products but of our team and its ethos too.” “In order to maintain continuity amidst our growth and retain key Kärcher knowhow, remaining near to our Banbury roots was crucial” explains Keeping. Indeed the new site is only one mile from the old, albeit the environment will be very different. The company is confident that the Kärcher Academy, through its certified training courses and Kärcher Center Banbury, through informal advice and support, will each serve to help better acquaint visitors with smarter, greener and more efficient cleaning practice. The Kärcher Academy concept is a market-leading training facility for customers, distributors and employees. Tripling the size of the current Academy will enable the further development of the company’s already impressive training portfolio, in particular to accommodate larger floorcare and municipal machines and specialist industrial solutions like Ice Blasting, Ultra High Pressure and

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Industrial Vacuums. Moreover the new facility will enable year-round indoor training if the weather dictates, allowing more users than ever to access expert training, hands on. The development also includes Banbury’s first Kärcher Center - a one-stop-shop for both domestic and commercial customers, offering sales, service and advice for the entire Kärcher range. Kärcher Center Banbury will be the latest in a national network of 18 existing Centers, and, alongside flagship stores Bristol and Nottingham, the UK’s third Kärcher owned, Kärcher operated Center. Kärcher worldwide aims to have 1,000 Kärcher Centers operational across the globe by 2020. The new company address is: Kärcher UK Ltd Kärcher House Brookhill Way Banbury OX16 3ED Website, email and phone numbers remain unchanged: Web: www.karcher.co.uk Email: cleaning@karcher.co.uk Tel: 01295 752 000


October 2016

ENGINEERING STUDENT WINS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AWARD Engineering student, Lizzie Garside, has received the Environmental Awareness Award as part of the Future Industry Leaders’ competition, which is organised by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). The initiative recognises excellence across the EDT’s range of business and education programmes. Having received two awards in the South West regional competition, Lizzie (19) qualified for the national finals, where she was one of three award winners. She received her trophy at a special ceremony held at the Institution for Engineering and Technology in London on 7 September.

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he award was in recognition for her contribution to the business activities of Bristol based research, testing and development company, ECH Engineering, where she has spent a gap year placement as part of the Year in Industry (YINI) scheme. Lizzie joined the company to gain practical, hands-on engineering experience prior to studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering with Honours) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.. The judging panel recognised Lizzie’s considerable contribution to the company’s commercial projects, not least in her significant involvement in the design and installation of a state-ofthe-art test facility for Lowestoft based refrigeration innovator, Adande. Lizzie was a key member of the team which coordinated the many aspects of the project, enabling ECH Engineering to deliver this make-or-break project.

Lizzie has played an important role in helping ECH Engineering diversify from its core refrigeration business, facilitating the development of new contracts in new industrial sectors. Following a secondment to Reading Buses, she so impressed the chief engineer that she became a mentor for the client’s apprentice programme. Lizzie subsequently led the way in the development of a passenger monitoring system for this client, which has generated additional income and has opened the door for further projects with Reading Buses and other companies in this sector. During her YINI placement with ECH Engineering, Lizzie has also made a tangible contribution to the company’s procedures and processes, including the specification of new data logging software, the development of 3D printing technology and embedding knowledge amongst colleagues, relating to refrigeration testing and standards. ECH Engineering’s Managing Director, Dr Ed Hammond, observed: “Lizzie is enthusiastic, keen to try her hand at anything and always wants to learn new skills. Her technical performance has been outstanding, but her ability to keep everyone calm and happy, even at

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Lizzie Garside (left) receives her Environmental Awareness Award from Sarah Murray OBE, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Buddi.

times of extreme stress, has been priceless. Commercially, she is very astute, helping us to deliver a project in four months, which had a value equivalent to double our previous year’s turnover. Lizzie is a pleasure to work with and a massive support to our company.”

pressures where team work and planning were critical. For the Adande project the site was nearly 300 miles away, so I had to be sure to double check everything was loaded for each journey; with a 12 hour round trip we couldn’t just go back and collect things. Managing client expectations and contractors required clear communication and the ability to With typical enthusiasm Lizzie deal simultaneously with many different added: people with varying needs.” “My placement has given me the For further information on opportunity to develop and practice ECH Engineering please visit skills which will be invaluable in www.echengineering.co.uk or email my career. I have enjoyed working mail@echengineering.co.uk on real projects with real business


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New Global Study Proves Link Between Engineering And Economic Development • Most comprehensive study of its kind brings together engineering data from 99 countries • Sweden tops the new Engineering Index, which ranks countries by their engineering strength • The UK is ranked 14 th on the Index, above the US • India and Vietnam identified as future engineering hotspots • Developing economies such as Myanmar and Honduras have the highest proportion of female engineering graduates worldwide

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here is a strong positive correlation between engineering strength and economic development, according to a new global study undertaken by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), published to coincide with a global gathering of engineering and international development leaders in London, the Engineering a Better World conference. The groundbreaking report brings together analysis and insight from a range of sources to paint a picture of global engineering: its workforce, output, prospective recruits, the quality of research and where its impacts are most needed.

developing economies including Myanmar, Tunisia and Honduras lead the world in gender parity in engineering, with the highest proportion of female engineering graduates: 65%, 42% and 41% respectively. This compares to only 22% in the UK (with just over 15,800 female graduates in engineering per year) and Australia and 21% in the Netherlands.

The report, which was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering, also unveils the first ever ‘Engineering Index’, which ranks 99 countries by their engineering strength. Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands top the list, scoring well due to high employment in engineering, high average engineering wages, and good quality engineering infrastructure.

The UK also outperforms almost all other nations with the quality of its educational institutions – with nine British university engineering departments making the UK Times Higher Education University Rankings top 100 list. Only the US beats the UK in this field, with 31 engineering departments in the top 100, of which four are in the top five.

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Engineering in the UK The UK ranks 14th in the new Engineering Index. The UK’s position is thanks, in part, to the high annual salary commanded by UK engineers.

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other developed countries, with women only making up on a small fraction of the nation’s engineering graduates (22%). This compares to a European average of 28%; of the 34 European countries considered in the analysis, the UK only ranks 22 nd in gender parity. The size of the engineering workforce in the UK also compares less well to other countries, with latest data indicating that engineers only represent 0.7% of the UK population. This is less than half that of Finland (9 th on the Index), where engineers make up 1.7%. In the UK, 53% of all engineering employers are currently seeking new recruits with engineering and technology skills, with the highest demand in the construction (67% of employers), electronics (61%) and aerospace (60%) sectors. Data from the World Bank shows that UK GDP per capita was £27,100 in 2013. If the UK ranked 1 st in the Engineering Index, UK GDP per capita would have increased by 10% to £29,900. READ MORE...


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October 2016

A Letchworth prototyping company was dialled in to help the UK’s leading telecoms provider create a model for its latest phone designs.

Prototype firm called up for BT work Ogle Models was asked to create two unique phones and base chargers for British Telecom (BT) by Alloy one of the most creative design firms. The models required intricate detailing for the buttons and integrated lighting for the base charger, which have never before been seen on the market. Industrial Designer at Alloy Matt Harris said: “After paying a visit to Ogle, we were impressed by the range of equipment, the breadth of materials and processes they were able to perform and replicate. It was a pleasure to work with Ogle. “The determination of the team to deliver exactly what we wanted, and the openness to try new or different processes, is what sets them apart from others.” The finished version of the revamped BT DECT cordless telephone range needed to reflect the premium nature of the products for potential buyers. In order to create the highest quality of parts needed for the project, Ogle used the Stereolithography (SLA) process which is so accurate it can meet measurements as small as ±0.1 mm per 100 mm. To produce the brush metal effect, which was required for phones, Ogle also had to experiment with different techniques.

range, there were several processes and material finishes required that had not previously been used on the phones and required patience and accuracy, which we believe eventually paid off.” BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and across 180 countries worldwide. For more information about model making or prototyping contact Ogle on 01462 682 661, visit www.oglemodels.com or check out social media to #ChallengeOgle.

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Mr Harris added: “The fine-spun finish turned out to be quite difficult to replicate on the model, but the team at Ogle tried several approaches until they found the one that most accurately matched our reference sample. They even ordered additional tools for this part to achieve the best finish.” The base units for the phones had to incorporate a blue LED light to deliver a glow to the base of the phone. To avoid spots of light, the model making team at Ogle created a reflective funnel to sit within the base unit to deliver an even distribution of light. The team then applied the battery pack, switch and mock USB sockets. Dave Bennion, Marketing and Sales Director at Ogle, said: “It was a huge honour to work with the guys at Alloy on models for BT’s premium phone range. Being such a high quality product we knew we needed to deliver a superior surface finish. Dean Lear our Project Manager, was key to getting this detail right. “As the handsets would be part of the high-end DECT

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October 2016

FLIR Systems Receives Independent Validation for Its Optical Gas Imaging Cameras FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced that the FLIR GF320 and GF300 optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras have received sensitivity standard validation by UK-based National Physical Laboratory (NPL), making them compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) OOOOa Methane rule for the oil and gas industry. The EPA OOOOa methane rule references OGI as the best system of emission reduction (BSER) on specific sources at compressor stations and well sites across the United States. However, the rule also states that any OGI equipment used for compliance purposes must be capable of imaging a gas that is half methane, half propane at a concentration of 10,000 parts per millions (ppm), at a flow rate of less than 60 grams per hour, from a quarter inch diameter orifice.

Being independently certified to be compliant with this requirement, the FLIR GF300 and FLIR GF320 systems represent advanced technology for gas detection activities within the oil and gas industry. The GF320 and GF300 cameras incorporate the ability to tag image/video data with GPS location information, enabling operators to meet another key EPA regulatory requirement for reporting. Also, the FLIR GF320 camera is calibrated to measure temperature, allowing the user to ensure optimal thermal contrast between the gas compound and the background scene. 72|

“With the recent tightening of methane regulations – both in the US and globally – oil and gas producers need a reliable solution to find fugitive emissions,” says Rickard Lindvall, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Instruments division. “The NPL’s validation separates the GF320 and GF300 from other optical gas imaging technology as it confirms our cameras comply with the industry standards.” To learn more about the GF320 and GF300 please visit www.flir.com/OGI or contact FLIR Systems at gasimaging@flir.com or +32-3665-5100


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PTS Ltd have over 18 years experience managing a growing number of customer production lines on-site to ensure ‘just-intime’ delivery. We offer many variations of Direct Line Feed management to suit individual needs. Plating We have the facilities to plate standard and special screws in most materials.

The most popular of these is our ‘Touch-Dry’ ChemiBlack process, currently used by an increasing number of customers in high-tech industries. Also known as ‘Black Oxide’, the finish is so thin it does not affect any dimensional tolerances. Other finishes offered include Gold, Nickel, Silver and Zinc (Rohs Compliant).

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EPOS4 positioning controller Compact power for your motion control application. More performance and additional functionality The Swiss drive specialist maxon motor has equipped its range of CANopen positioning controllers with even more power, better control performance, and additional functionalities. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernetbased interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders. All these innovations are based on the successful principle of our Easy to use POsitioning System. The combination of a wide variety of operating modes and state-of-the-

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Motor control becomes a secondary concern, as the EPOS comes with maxon’s comprehensive know-how in drive technology.

Intuitive parameterisation

All these characteristics are combined with a large input voltage range of up to 50 VDC, extremely high power density, and up to 98% efficiency. This makes EPOS4 positioning controllers the first choice for your drive application.

Start-up and parameterisation are performed with an advanced, intuitive graphic user interface called “EPOS Studio�. Setup and parameterisation of the drive is facilitated by userfriendly menu-controlled wizards. The graphical user interface still has a sophisticated automatic PID tuning process which has also been part of the package for years.

Up to 98% efficiency

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