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AutoCoding Systems extends Partnership Relationship with SICK

AutoCoding Systems is one of SICK UK’s largest System Integrators in commercial goods. If you consider that the AutoCoding solution is installed on over 600 packaging lines in food and beverage factories throughout the UK and Ireland, with each line having at least one SICK barcode scanner on each, SICK understandably values AutoCoding Systems’ business partnership and is keen to extend this across other countries and markets. The past 10 years has seen the relationship grow, both commercially and technically, in the UK and across Europe and this is now extending internationally to North America, Australia and Asia.

turer. By automatically managing the set-up of all the devices, not only is the opportunity for date coding errors greatly reduced, but the downtime experienced in product changeovers is kept to a minimum. Additional modules

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a variety of SICK products to meet the challenges of a range of applications. SICK’s range of CLV6xx and Lector scanners are used for 1D and 2D barcode scanning to check retail barcodes, backweb label barcodes and packaging artwork barcodes. Additionally, AutoCoding Systems has a number of vision installations incorporating SICK ICR inspectors and IVC 3D cameras. With the increasing complexity of packaging types and the rising frequency of artwork changes and promotional offers, it is becoming more important to manufacturers to reduce, if not eliminate, any opportunity for error in relation to coding and packaging of products, particularly where mistakes can result in a risk to health. By implementing AutoCoding Systems’ software solution, integrated with SICK’s extensive product range, manufacturers can be sure of the integrity of their products.

solutions for in-line inspection. The full solution includes dynamic control of packaging line behaviour ensuring that the packaging line stops in the event of too many wrong or no reads from the SICK scanners or a device malfunction is detected. AutoCoding Systems and SICK UK have worked on numerous projects solution for the customer. A major bakery manufacturer has AutoCoding installed across 18 of their lines controlling inkjet printers and SICK scanners. The factory uses multiple packaging and to avoid errors and ensure the correct artwork versions are used, the AutoCoding solution manages 1D and 2D scanning to verify all card slippers, sleeves and menu cards.

As well as setting up SICK scanners, inspectors and cameras, AutoCoding’s advanced coding management software is designed to control and manage a wide range of different packaging line devices including inkjet, thermal transfer and laser printers, labellers, print & apply units, checkweighers and metal-detectors, irrespective of equipment manufac-


Whilst training on AutoCoding’s solutions is underway with SICK in Australia, Asia and the US, AutoCoding Systems are continuing to work with SICK UK to identify target markets where AutoCoding Systems’ solutions, using SICK products, can solve both basic and complex applications to deliver measurable results. They will

be running short demonstrations of the AutoCoding solution on the SICK stand at the forthcoming PPMA exhibition at the NEC – Stand E60. For further information, please contact: Janet Harrison – AutoCoding Systems Ltd Email: Tel : 01928 790444



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Fristams New Product Launching! At this year’s PPMA show, Fristam Pumps will be presenting its complete portfolio of hygienic powder mixers, centrifugal, positive displacement and high shear pumps. However, the company will be placing a special emphasis on unveiling its most recent hybrid innovation – the FPC pump. This new hybrid was designed by Fristam to transport gaseous liquids, after being compelled by the food and beverage industry to craft a pump “The decision came after hearing from customers for years that other pumps on the market were struggling to ensure continuous product flow through the system due to air locking” stated Alastair Black (Fristam Pumps UK).. In addition to being a product pump, the FPC also features a built in CIP self-priming function, which Fristam is notorious for including in their


designs. In fact, the newly developed FPC hybrid pump is as capable at evacuating pipelines on the suction side as it is at emptying tanks and vessels. The design of the FPC is based on the non-self-priming FP centrifugal pump series. On the suction side, this pump combines its open impeller with an upstream rotor screw. It’s this combination of the eccentrically mounted rotor housing and recirculating pipe which makes this hybrid the ideal pump to provide trouble-free pumping of liquids that contain gas. The FPC Is one of Fristam’s most trials proving it has a staggeringly low energy consumption and produces hardly any noise as it runs. pump is 80 m³/h, with a maximum discharge pressure of 6 bar.

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Space Mission UK lands aft Silicon Valley The next stop on our mission was Silicon Valley, California, known as a leading hub for innovation, startups and investments. Space Mission UK traveled to Utah, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles from 8-14 August 2015 and provided nine of the UK’s leading space and satellite application entrepreneurs with the opportunity to interact with world leading investors and potential collaborators. Innovate UK with the support of UK Trade & Investment organised the mission. The global space industry is in the midst of a fundamental shift, making room for private sector innovation. For companies such as venture capital entering the sector. The UK government recognises the potential of the space sector and how it can further boost the UK economy. Already, the UK space sector is thriving with an annual growth rate of 8.3 percent since 2008, with a growing workforce of 37,000 people. With great growth potential and a sector ripe with opportunity, nanosatellites, CubeSats and their applications were chosen as the focus for the entrepreneur mission.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a space mission without meeting with US space agency, NASA. The members of the mission met with Tony Freeman, manager of the Innovation Foundry at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He spoke to JPL’s leading global role in robotic exploration of the solar system and its innovative 10 instruments and 19 spacecrafts carrying out planetary, Earth science and astronomy missions. Freeman also discussed JPL’s collaboration with countries around the world and highlighted they have few partnerships with the UK, one with British-owned company Surrey Satellite Technology, who was Deep Space Atomic Clock payload sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The session provided an opportunity for each of the companies to pitch JPL for further collaboration as well as receive feedback and potential contacts to follow up with.


the work continued at an evening outdoor conference reception,

the nine startups to the 29th annual Small Satellite Conference hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Logan, Utah. As one of the top small satellite-focused conferences in the world with more than 1,800 participants, the companies networked with leading organisations in the small satellite industry.

opportunity to network with a wide range of conference participants. Many of the nine space companies involved were able to establish connections with investors and potential customers – connections


now that we are back in the UK.

There we met with Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, at their Advanced Technology Center. Executives from the company discussed their outlook on satellites, the bright future of the space industry, how the UK is a hub for innovation and praised the UK government’s investment in academia and small businesses. Lockheed Martin also spoke to the importance of startups in the industry to fuel innovation and new technologies and how Innovate UK is at the forefront of helping move the UK valuable insights from one of the world’s largest companies on how to grow and develop within the space sector. The mission then travelled to San Francisco to meet with O’Reilly Tech Ventures, a leading innovators and hackers of the status quo with a growing focus on groundbreaking satellite applications. There, the UK entrepreneurs were exposed to US investors who are looking for satellite technology that is disruptive and unique to break through the saturated satellite market in Silicon Valley. They also heard that patience and persistence is key as it can take up to three to four pitch rounds and sometimes even rejection before anything receives investment. The key is not to give up.

Los Angeles companies to sunny Los Angeles, where we met with the University of Southern California’s Space Engineering Research Center, one the US’s leading academic institutions. After a tour of the laboratories and meetings with space scientists, each entrepreneur gave their business pitch to

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Space Angels Network, an angel investing network that encourages private investment in commercial space, aerospace and aviation startups. Investor comments such as, “Are you still accepting investment?” “How can I be a part of this?” and “I have been waiting for an entrepreneur with this type of technology” were music to the entrepreneurs’ ears. There is a huge amount of potential in the UK space industry and as a part of Innovate UK, I’m enormously proud of the companies we’ve helped foster. After the pitches, UK Trade & Investment hosted an informal reception that allowed UK companies to network with investors one-on-one as well as talk to the other companies on the mission about opportunities for collaboration. Although it had been a long day, all of the companies threw themselves at the opportunity to network with industry leaders. The mission concluded with a trip commercial space line for Earth. CEO George Whitesides and his team spoke with companies about the big challenges facing the satellite industry, such as cost and launch

frequency as well as Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne, an orbital launch vehicle dedicated to the satellite market, which can help keep satellite launch prices low while providing customers with better launch availability and to pitch their ideas to Virgin Galactic leadership one-on-one. Overall, the nine entrepreneurs came away from the mission with new knowledge of the industry, new business leads, potential collaboration opportunities with leading investors and organisations and new friendships with fellow entrepreneurs in the space and satellite application industry. Mission accomplished.


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will highlight metrology as a business tool Being held for the ninth time this year the GTMA is set to once again host its popular Make Measurement Matter road show. On Thursday, 15th October 2015, the event will be held at the Kettering Conference Centre, Northamptonshire. An excellent event venue with brand new facilities, it has free parking for over 600 vehicles and free Wi-Fi. Free refreshments will also be provided.

Registration is now open at A key focus of the event will be over 45 of the top UK inspection, metrology and measurement services companies that will be exhibiting, along with extensive networking opportunities in an environment set to nurture strong business links. Demonstrating the very latest technology, these companies are active participants in creating successful engineering solutions for the current and future demands of all industry sectors. parking and free refreshments. Providing a focal point for the transfer of technology from the science of measurement into the most demanding manufacturing environments, MMM 2015 will deliver an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the very latest measurement and inspection technologies and services available.


“Knowledge gained here could provide a vital competitive business edge,” states association chief executive, Julia Moore. “With keynote speakers from industry-leading ‘blue chip’ manufacturing companies, such as Rolls-Royce, it is the must attend metrology event in the UK.”

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Following on from the huge success of the PR3913, ESI also incorporated dual redundancy into the transmitter design. Two completely independent sensors and electronic circuits are incorporated into the existing housing to create the PR3915. This means substantial cost reduction in materials used in the construction of the valves by making them more compact. Additionally

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of talented speakers available to us and the speed that this fascinating industry is developing. Our executive keynotes have decades of experience with 3D technologies between them (and sometimes decades each) but are all poised to have their biggest impacts in the years to come. Long-standing companies like EnvisionTEC, Stratasys and Mcor will share the stage with relative newcomers Formlabs and debutants HP — with Todd Grimm providing the energetic education that he has become famed for.”

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Industry 4.0 drIves the future of the IndustrIal connectors by Kevin Canham, HARTING Ltd. The concepts involved in Industry 4.0 mean that industrial networks based on cyber-physical systems are advancing dynamically. It is therefore no surprise that the scope of duties performed by industrial connectors is also changing. Connectors must not only transmit electricity reliably and without error: they must also relay data in real time. In the future, however, all lifelines – data, signals and power – will come into play. As a result, concepts such as smart power networks are being developed which go beyond pure communication and integrate functions such as power management into the switch. This illustrates a key point about Industry 4.0: that it is all about turning passive components – objects that until now have functioned purely in a mechanical manner – into intelligent ones. This trend has a huge impact on the design and construction of the connector of the future. We are already seeing components like Han® industrial connectors being equipped with RFID technology, ID modules and sensors to turn them directly into “smart objects” (Fig.1). The Han-Modular® system allows power, signal and data all in one connector, providing future proof, customisable connector solutions that support industrial developments as equipment gets faster and more intelligent.

The decentralisation and modularisation of production systems is at the heart of the concept of Industry 4.0. As a result, the need for industrialgrade connection technology to link the various modules and control cabinets will also rise. These connectors will have to embody certain characteristics: components used in the respective manufacturing environment must be ensured, and must meet the appropriate levels of protection. communication situation within a plant will have a direct impact on the number of mating cycles. Connectors now cease to be purely an installation-related feature and increasingly become multi-use components that must be repeatedly plugged in, disconnected and locked on a daily basis. Therefore, industrial connector inserts and housings are now available that permit up to 10,000 mating cycles (Fig.2). This feature is pertinent in industries such as testing or mobile machinery in which each step is accompanied by a mating cycle. The durable Han® HMC range has been developed connections of more than 10,000 mating cycles. Together with the Han-Modular® Hinged frame, Han-Modular® components can be integrated into HMC connectors.



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Must-visit exhibitions and conferences for light based and vacuum technologies. PHOTONEX/VISION UK is dedicated to applications, components and systems and all things utilising light technology, it is co-located with VACUUM EXPO for vacuum pumps and systems. Join in the event on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. What’s at these events for the engineer? With a broad light technologies remit, PHOTONEX/VISION UK provides industry with the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies in the exhibition and attend an indepth “Enlighten” conference covering applications and technology advances. At VACUUM EXPO attendees can attend the Vacuum Symposium and take part in Training Courses. The exhibitions includes applied optical instruments and systems, components, lasers, sensors, vision systems, vacuum


systems, pumps and much more. PHOTONEX is underpinned by a strong technical and application orientated conference with key growth sectors being discussed such as Optical Metrology, Industrial Vision and Laser Processes in Ultra Precision Manufacturing. Vision technologies features strongly at the event at Vision UK - for vision/ imaging/laser technology for industry | machine vision | factory automation. Vision UK is a place to solve your problems, learn how to utilise vision in your factory - amongst the exhibitors there is someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based technology question and to explain what technique will be suitable for your application. The UKIVA (The UK Industrial Vision Association) is running a programme “Vision in Action: Advances in Vision

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Innovation, Automation And Skills Gap At The Forefront Of PPMA Show 2015 Seminar Programme The PPMA Show 2015 will play host to an extensive seminar programme at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show with visitors invited to join the likes of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, Nestle, PepsiCo and Siemens who will speak about the latest industry trends and hottest issues impacting processing and packaging professionals.


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Exhibitors Flock to UK’s Biggest Lab Show More than 100 industry leading suppliers have already booked stands for Lab Innovations 2015, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 4 & 5 November 2015. These suppliers have been quick to show support for the UK’s only show dedicated to the latest laboratory technology and consumables, analytics and biotech equipment.

on day one of the show to present ‘Down to Earth’. During and Zinsser Analytic. These will join major returning names such as Anton Paar, Buchi UK, Mettler Toledo, Vacuubrand. Innovation will take centre stage, with numerous exhibitors using the show to launch new products and services to the laboratory market. For instance Asynt will be showcasing its Asynt CondenSyn, which is its new high synthetic chemistry experiments and requires no cooling water. The robust design uses a new borosilicate glass manufacturing technique, together with a proprietary as vapours pass along its length. More than just an exhibition, Lab Innovations 2015 will industry themes, including 3D Printing, Science in Space,


space craft on a comet. He will explore how the European craft Philae in November last year, analysing some of the statistics it has unearthed. He will share some of the properties and formation of comets and the award winning applications they have developed for use on Earth during the 10 year, four billion mile journey chasing the comet. UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, who will return to carry out its practical workshops and host its own paid-for conference. Lab Innovations 2015 will be held on the 4 & 5 November 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC. For more information please visit or Mauricio Montes on 020 8843




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Final countdown to SPE Offshore Europe 2015 Excitement is building in Aberdeen as exhibitors and visitors start to arrive in the city

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National Electronics Week

2016 National Electronics Week is returning to Birmingham next year to take part in the largest gathering of electronics and manufacturing professionals in the UK. Running alongside MACH, Drives & Controls and another 4 associated events, National Electronics Week will be taking up residency in Hall 2 at the NEC from 12th-14th April 2016. Covering four key areas of the industry in colour coded exhibition space; visitors can meet companies, source new suppliers and services plus attend free seminars in Components & Power, Design & Test, Embedded & Software and Production & EMS. Historically the show has hosted over 100 exhibiting companies and the technical content has always been at the forefront of the experience for every visitor. From live demonstrations and experiences to expert speakers and the Hand Soldering Competition, each of the three days is jampacked with a free program for all to attend.

global brands and products so make sure you visit our website to keep updated on what will our exhibitors will be featuring. The NEC is a great location to visit an exhibition and with the co-located events in 2016 it is a must attend event. Network with key industry professionals in a centrally located venue with ample parking, onsite international train station and airport plus

newly opened Resorts World at the NEC, meaning more onsite hotels, bars, shopping, restaurants and even a casino make those invaluable networking opportunities more plentiful and the opportunity to make business more social and enjoyable for everyone.

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International SAP Conference on Asset Management SAP and T.A. Cook are delighted to invite you to attend the International SAP Conference on Asset Management, taking place on October 5-6, 2015 in in Dusseldorf, Germany. The 2015 conference will be packed with high level SAP keynotes, solution updates and diverse customer case studies from a range of asset intensive organisations. The event is designed to demonstrate how innovation from SAP is allowing organisations to achieve greater and control across their assets. conference half-day ‘jump-start’

workshops on SAP’s Enterprise Asset Management solution and new functionality; and best practice SAP Multiresource Scheduling for Enterprise Asset Management. These workshops are an opportunity to dive into more detail, ask your questions and learn from experienced SAP solution experts. The workshops will be followed by the main conference, which will feature a mix of high level SAP strategy and solution updates, as well as customer case studies Discover how they are successfully using SAP solutions to improve asset performance and hear tips and lessons learned that you can take back to your own organisation. The event agenda is built with the customer in mind, and customer case studies will be delivered from a diverse range of organisations including Evonik Industries, EDF Energy, Gasunie, NedTrain, Lanxess, Marenco Group, Sitech, and more.

Events The International SAP Conference on Asset Management will be colocated with the International SAP Conference for Chemicals, which will feature a range of customer case from across the chemical industry. Our shared partner exhibition will give attendees a great opportunity to meet with partners and network with peers from across the two events. Take this chance to make valuable new connections that can support you in your future operations and projects. Whether you’re an existing SAP customer or are looking for a new solution provider, this event will equip you with the necessary expertise and insight to transform your business. Don’t miss this opportunity to join with your peers in Düsseldorf and maximize visibility and process For more information and to register visit:


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ExCeL London has been chosen as the venue for Infrarail 2016. The UK’s showcase event for railway infrastructure equipment, products and services will take place at the capital’s premier exhibition centre from 12 to 14 April next year, again bringing together leading suppliers and the industry’s decision makers and buyers.

access from London Underground’s Jubilee Line and London City Airport. Parking is available for 3,700 cars, and there are six onsite hotels and numerous bars and restaurants. ExCeL recently won the coveted ‘Best UK Conference Venue’ and ‘Exhibition Venue of the Year’ awards for an unprecedented third time.

London is served by main line and urban rail networks that rank among the world’s densest and busiest. Continuing high levels of investment in these systems by Transport for London and by government at a national level add to a strong case for staging this eleventh Infrarail in the capital, according to show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

Infrarail will again provide a valuable opportunity to develop new business contacts. The show will be colocated with CITE - the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition. CITE 2016 will shine the spotlight on wider transport, utilities and communications networks to form a perfect partner event for Infrarail. Together the two shows will form the UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to public infrastructure.

“Locating Infrarail in London provides a good balance with Railtex at the NEC in Birmingham”, says Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks for both events. “It will enable exhibitors to introduce their products and capabilities to the widest range of potential customers in the capital and the south of the country, as well as to visiting industry professionals from the rest of the UK and beyond.” Situated in a stunning waterfront location, ExCeL London now hosts many of the UK’s leading consumer and trade shows. Located in the capital’s Royal Docks and within easy reach of central London, the venue is served by three Docklands Light Railway stations and has easy


together Infrarail and CITE attracted some 6,600 visitors and more than 200 top rail infrastructure companies took part in the rail show. Next year’s Infrarail will incorporate the features that have contributed to the continuing success of the show – the latest in rail infrastructure technology plus keynote presentations from industry CITE Awards, and much more. Regular visits to www. will keep you up to date with the latest plans for the show. Contact kirsten.whitehouse@mackbrooks. for further information.


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The ExCeL London exhibition centre is to host two major engineering-focused events next spring. Infrarail, the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment, products and services, and CITE, the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition, will both take place at the striking waterside venue in the capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Docklands from 12 to 14 April 2016.

2014, and the show was visited by more than 5,100 senior managers, technicians and industry specialists. As well as serving as an unequalled showcase for the latest in rail infrastructure technology, Infrarail also provides everyone taking part with valuable insights into trends in technology and policy. Keynote presentations from industry leaders, updates on major projects, technical seminars and discussion groups will of free-to-attend activities forming Sharing the venue with Infrarail at showcase for civil infrastructure equipment, products and services. Taking place for the second time and focusing on infrastructure for transport, utilities, communications, civil engineering and construction services and products, plant and equipment, geotechnical services, tunnelling, consultancy and project management, IT products and the many other requirements of this vital growth area for the UK economy. supported by keynote speeches by project updates and discussion forums, enhancing an event for everyone involved in constructing, equipping, operating or maintaining any part of civil infrastructure networks. There is much common ground

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visitors will be free to move between shows. In addition, the Infrarail and achievements by companies participating in both shows, will one of many networking opportunities available during these events.

CITE 2016 will build on the success of the well-received launch of the first CITE in 2014 and again form an important part of the UK’s largest infrastructure exhibition. CITE will focus on infrastructure, civil engineering, energy, geotechnical, tunnelling, waste, water and utilities, whilst Infrarail will again shine the industry spotlight on rail infrastructure.

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Smaller motor sizes and 400 step motors: Mclennanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AMP stepper motor range expands Mclennan continues to expand its range of stepper motors from USA distribution partner Applied Motion Products Inc. (AMP) with new smaller sized high-torque stepper motors in NEMA frame sizes 8, 11 and 14 as well as a range of 400 full step per rev motors. The new miniature stepper motors will suit motion automation applications such as medical and laboratory equipment, camera controls, pumps and consumer electronics where installed space is limited but high torque and precision positioning is essential. The new 0.9 degree stepper motors, featuring 400 fullsteps or 800 half-steps per rev with normal stepper drives, will provide smoother and quieter performance than the standard 1.8 degree motors in applications where microstepping


drives are considered too elaborate, not available or where a basic half The new compact NEMA motors are all 2-phase, 4-lead bipolar connected and range from size 8 - about 20 mm square - to size 14 which is around 35 mm square. Through the range the motor length is from around 26 to 53 mm with available holding torque from 1.5 to 18 Ncm. in NEMA frame sizes 14, 17 and 23.

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orientation changes has been developed by the piezo-ceramic motor and systems manufacturer Nanomotion. Represented in the UK by motion control specialist Heason Technology, Nanomotion’s direct-drive piezo-ceramic motor

system directly drives an optronic device with a mass of around 25 to 35 grams over 20 mm travel to within 2.5 microns accuracy, based on an encoder resolution of 0.25 microns. With shock to 40g and vibration to 12g, the stage, which features a preloaded bearing arrangement, achieves the high accelerations and fast settling times required to maintain focussing. The

movement with high resolution and low settling times, 45 mm and weighs less than 50 grams. Temperature The piezo-ceramic motor used in the focussing stage is Nanomotion’s Edge 4X which provides 1.3N of a linear encoder integrated into the stage, the microsized motor is powered and controlled by a XCD2 using a simple user interface that facilitates set up and downloading of motion scripts. Proven applications for Nanomotion’s piezo-ceramic technology includes non-uniformity correction (NUC) shutters and variable aperture devices on aeronautical and military instruments as well autofocus stages for target acquisition and FLIR spectroscopy equipment.

Central Scanning, who are 3D and partner company Steinbichler Optotechnik, will be at the TCT Show at the NEC in Birmingham between the 30th September and 1st October. This year’s stand, number D20, is their biggest yet and carries a racing theme with the Vision Racer will once again be on display for visitors to come and have a go on. Last year the Vision Racer provided great entertainment and was a highlight of the TCT Show as a competition was held for the fastest lap. This year the Central Scanning stand will be going all out on the racing theme! As well as the Vision Racer. The full Central Scanning Artec Range of scanners will be present, including the Space Spider which was created with NASA to work on the

International Space Station. Grown out of the original Spider Scanner, the Space Spider had to achieve a is truly a unique piece of scanning equipment. In addition, the Steinbichler T-Scan equipment will be on display; a range of hand held and ultra-light devices that can make scanning in all the hard to reach places easier than ever before. Finally, there is the Steinbichler Comet L3D Scanner which is a high performing

With one of the largest stands at the TCT Show in 2015, Central Scanning and Steinbichler are going bigger and better than ever before, promising to be one of the highlights at this year’s event. Make sure you catch them at the TCT Show in Birmingham from the 30th September to 1st October. Stand D20.

of equipment that gives a new dimension to 3D data acquisition. There will be some surprise visitors and demonstrations to keep an eye out for too!


September 2015

Weber’s Latest High Speed Logistics Systems

Print, Apply & Verify On-The-Fly The UK’s warehousing, distribution and logistics sectors continue to expand to meet increasing demand from traditional and on-line retail sales. This has in turn placed ments of these sectors. There is little doubt that the humble label is a crucial element in the manufacturing and logistics chain. Whilst we the consumer, take little notice of this small and unassuming piece of paper, without it being properly applied and the correct information being printed to it, our eagerly awaited package or parcel would probably never arrive. With over 80 years of experience in labels and labelling Weber has become recognised as a market leader and the companies latest systems, targeted at pallet and package labelling serve to reinforce this reputation. The company’s new LA4050P pallet labeller, with its modular construction, is ideally suited to continuous pallet labelling in a high volume environment. The system is designed to apply labels to two adjacent sides of a pallet whilst the pallet is on the move. Depending on application, throughput of up to 7 pallets per minute can be achieved. Just prior to the label being dispensed, any variable data or barcodes are clearly and legibly printed to the label. An optional integrated scanning system

Weber’s LA4050 Parcel Line system can cater for a wide variation in package sizes.

Variable Height Labelling OnThe-Fly The growth of on-line shopping means logistics companies must deal with an ever-increasing range of package and box sizes to cater for the wide variety of products, which we applied and invariably each package

the label, as it is being printed and prior to application. An automatic door is also incorporated as a safeguard. For applications where greater HVE version provides the capability to deal with varying heights. This is achieved using an AC motor drive to raise or lower the system, at speeds of between 150 and 250 mm/second, being presented.


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busy logistics environment. Mounted to a gantry, the system can also be automatically moved to the side of the line for replenishment or maintenance Weber Packaging Solutions software, materials and expertise to meet the exacting printing and labelling distribution and logistics sector. Many blue chip companies are currently using Weber technology, with each solution precision engineered to address a

Weber’s LA4050 Parcel Line system caters for these variations which can sensing the product as it approaches the labelling system and adjusting the application height accordingly. Capable of printing and applying up the system has been designed for continuous 24/7 operation within a

For more information please contact: Mr Patrick Hughes Telephone - +44(0)1875 611 111 E-Mail – Web –

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Smart coding with HP technology. No one does it better!

Field-proven reliability with higher print speeds, better print quality and more connectivity options.

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Weber i-Jet Inkjet Coding system

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A SELF CLEANING FILTER IS THE SOLUTION ! Croft Filters can supply high quality self-cleaning filters manufactured by Heco A/S Denmark, and as it is the sole distributor in the UK, can offer a variety of assemblies to suit any business sector. These filters reduce the manual cleaning process and help to decrease downtime, ensuring your production stays efficient. Heco Auto-line Filters are compact self-cleaning automatic filters made from stainless acid-proof EN 1.4404 steel and can be used for a wide range of applications.

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The robust construction of the filter makes it suitable for cleaning the majority of liquids, including paint, lacquer, lubricating oil, bitumen, HFO, grease, paint, toothpaste, water, germination liquids, petrol, syrup, condensate, CIP liquids, antibiotic suspensions and many types of waste water.

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During the cleaning process, dirt is scraped into a sludge chamber from where it is drained away from the filter at appropriate intervals resulting in a defined and absolute cleaning of the filter. The drainage of the filter takes place through the bottom valve, which can be set to be activated after a certain number of scrapings. As a result, the sludge is concentrated before it is pushed out of the filter, meaning that product loss is reduced to a minimum. Heco filters can also offer huge savings as bag filters or cartridges do not need to be replaced, avoiding the inconvenience of disposing of them correctly.

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