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AEROSPACE TOOLING ROUTER CUTTERS WOODWORKING MACHINERY CNC ROUTERS isel Germany AG The isel CNC machines in the EuroMod and FlatCom ranges are CNC machines which use the proven rack construction method, built on a modular basis from isel special aluminium profiles. All linear axes are also from the isel product range and run on polished precision steel shafts with patented linear ball bearings. The drives we use are backlash-free ball screws with hardened and polished ball screw spindles, thread pitches are matched to the intended application. Our linear axes are driven by maintenance-friendly drive modules with servo motors. The machine table, made of face milled precision T-slot profiles, offers optimal clamping options for a wide variety of workpiece holding fixtures and devices.

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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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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.

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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Innovation by Automation – the three pillars As the trends towards digitalisation and the mobile information society gather momentum, consumers are demanding more information about the origin and content of the products they buy. Furthermore, they expect products, information and services to be increasingly targeted and personalised. Smart factories, with efficient and fully connected supply chains, are critical to manufacturing innovation. The concepts developed within the Industry 4.0 and IoT framework, the fourth industrial revolution, are now finding practical implementation amongst manufacturing industries, and are facilitating new production methods, intelligent process optimisation, and higher machine utilisation and production yields. In support of this progression towards the connected, transparent, smart and collaborative factory, machine and supply chain, Omron’s ‘Innovation by Automation’ philosophy is based on three key pillars: •

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Interactive Automation – harmonious interaction between humans and machines The use of robots in production lines is increasing significantly, even outside traditional application areas. With a rising demand for customised (personalised) products, requirements for flexibility in automation are also growing. In application areas where the flexibility and cognitive skills of humans are wanted, but the strength, accuracy and electronic data recording and reporting of robots are also required; a new generation of collaborative robots is emerging. The connected factory and personalised production For a connected factory, sourcing all automation equipment from a supplier such as Omron simplifies the network infrastructure. However, Omron also supports an open partner network with a standardised interface and connectivity architecture to allow other products to be specified.

Integrated Automation – integration through advanced control Any fully automated plant requires synchronous control of all machines and devices. Advanced integration of logic, motion, safety, robotics together with database connectivity all using open networks and communications protocols greatly assist this process. Omron’s integrated automation platform, Sysmac, provides the performance and functionality needed for a wide range of installations, from simple machines to complete manufacturing cells. It features a simple, uniform architecture, based on: •

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Manufacturing flexibility allows for smaller and smaller batch numbers to be produced. The personalisation of individual products and services is the ultimate goal and a good example of an innovation by automation concept. Individual customer requests are turned into individual production batch orders, each individually manufactured and packaged.


Intelligent Automation – turning factory floor data into high-value information Data collected from all relevant machine elements, including product quality inspection data, provides the base for intelligent analysis and visualisation of machine and process performance. Omron’s new generation of


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Automation for the People It’s a fact of life; mundane tasks are not something people passionately relish. Yet, the fear of job losses due to automation continues to unsettle workers in the manufacturing sector. Having experienced a 40% rise in industry robotic enquires in the last 12-months, managing director of Pacepacker Services Dennis Allison believes the growth in smart machines and automation will actually be a catalyst for new and more exciting knowledge-based jobs in the future. “When reports are released it creates an element of scaremongering among the workforce,” notes Dennis. “The fact is, robots and smart technologies are filtering into every work environment. For the manufacturing sector, rather than dehumanising people, many of the tools today can free workers from the labour intensive and mundane tasks, enabling them to focus on more creative aspects of their job, like problem solving.” According to the most recent research into automation adoption prepared by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), two million jobs will be created by 2020 because of the robotics industry. What’s more, a further 60,00080,000 new activity jobs will be created in the food industry alone by 2016*. “Our study proves that robots create jobs,” said Gudrun Litzenberger, General Secretary of IFR. “Productivity and competiveness are indispensable for a manufacturing enterprise to be successful on the global market. Robotics and automation are the solution. Certain jobs may be reduced by robotics and automation. But the study highlights that consequently many more jobs are created.”

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Using robots for repetitive tasks like product swapping and packing can make work more fulfilling for people.

Rather than people’s jobs being displaced, Dennis believes that these machines can help enrich people’s lives and create greater job satisfaction. People whose positions become redundant due to automation are invariably given roles elsewhere within the business, he claims. “Automation is often referred to as AI - artificial intelligence. I would argue that automation still requires personal input and numerous human attributes like problem solving. That means it isn’t artificial, but natural progression.”

Although there might be fewer jobs on the production line, automation will help manufacturing business models to evolve faster, increasing their chance of survival, points out Dennis. “It’s a tough time for manufacturers right now. Many are competing harder on price and business costs are being further compounded by recent policy announcements like the national living wage, new pension arrangements and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. Enterprises of all sizes are realising that they can take labour out of their costs and redeploy it elsewhere if they automate. In our view, automation safeguards the roles of the majority, making the business more efficient and enabling it to maintain and hopefully expand its contracts by improved quality and production throughput.” Summing up, Dennis says: “Work should be a source of inspiration and happier employees equate to more productive employees. If automation can assist businesses to survive, increase productivity and create greater human fulfilment, everyone benefits.”

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50% FASTER POUCH CODING WITH NEW RF1-V+ Rotech, the Hertfordshire designer of end-to-end coding and feeding systems, is using The PPMA Total Show as the launch-pad for a new offline coder dedicated to pouches. A customer-driven development of the RF1-V, the new RF1-V+ offers a 50% improvement in speed through design innovations including a shingling infeed and extended reservoir capacity. “The focus of our R&D is to increase throughput speeds and drive down cost. The aim of this project was to significantly increase the speed at which difficult-tofeed pouches with reclosable zippers can be coded. It was all about achieving better efficiency and utilisation by engineering an offline coder that is capable of running continuously without any stopping and starting,” says Richard Pether, director at Rotech.

printed pouch neatly onto another stack for collection. Whilst this represents an ideal solution for operations looking to print up to 40 pouches per minute, some of Rotech’s larger customers wanted to be able to achieve faster speeds. Drawing on its feeding system expertise, Rotech has engineered the RF1-V+, an offline overprinting system that is capable of coding up to 60 pouches, with a maximum width of 375mm, per minute.

Rotech has achieved this 50% improvement in speed by incorporating a shingling conveyor into the infeed, which in turn enables the hopper that supplies the system with unmarked pouches to be The stand-up pouch is one of the fastest enlarged to hold up to 300 pouches at a growing flexible packaging formats for time. a wide variety of end-use applications, but is not always easy to code online, as The shingling conveyor makes the infeed of unmarked pouches more efficient, as Richard explains: it eliminates the time taken for a vacuum “Pouches that are formed, filled and sealed arm to dip down below the level of the online are straightforward enough to code conveyor, pick the pouch and lift it onto prior to filling, but when using pre-made the coding conveyor. Pouches no longer pouches or trying to code onto filled packs, have to be lifted from a stack below - they online coding becomes problematic. In are presented at a level with the coding these situations, an offline coding system conveyor, so that all the vacuum arm has is preferable from both an efficiency and a to do is lift each pouch, push it forward code quality perspective, as pouches can and release it onto the coding conveyor. be printed offline before they are filled, and brought to the production line ready The addition of a shingling step also printed. Coding the pouch in its flat form allows an operator to keep the reservoir of results in a consistently clear, perfectly unmarked pouches replenished whilst the positioned code. This is why more and machine is running, enabling continuous more companies are coming to us in operation until a batch has been printed. search of offline pouch coding solutions.” “The pouches shingle out along the Most offline coders use friction feeding, conveyor, which helps loading at the back but because this technology is designed end as well as picking off the front end,” to feed packs or pouches of a uniform explains Richard. thickness, accommodating a resealing mechanism often means it cannot do the It also means that the hopper can be considerably larger than on a stack-tojob accurately. stack system, on which the speed is In developing its RF1-V offline pouch limited by the number of pouches that can coder, Rotech assuaged this issue by stacked in the hopper without overflowing. using vacuum pick and place technology When pouches feature a reclosable to pick a pouch from a stack, place it onto zipper, the number of pouches to a stack a conveyor for printing, and transfer the is reduced. There is no such limitation with


Stand-up pouches - one of the fastest growing packaging formats the RF1-V+, and the larger capacity hopper translates to faster speeds owing to less downtime for restocking the system. Once printed, the pouches are neatly stacked for collection by an operator, or, if higher speeds are a requirement, Rotech can fit a second shingling conveyor at the outfeed. The RF1-V+ can be fitted with a range of printing technologies, though a thermal transfer printer is generally the preferred option in this application, particularly when late customisation is required. This is due to thermal transfer’s ability to print wide formats with a print width of up to 200mm. If a simple ‘use by’ date is all that is required, an inkjet printer may be adequate. The RF1-V+ will be unveiled at The PPMA Total Show, where visitors will be able to see the first production-ready system on Rotech stand F12.

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Design for Manufacture Using Ultrasonic Technology The Engineering Design Show is the ideal venue for designers and engineers from a wide range of manufacturing sectors to meet with Telsonic and find out how ultrasonic technology can be applied to their specific applications. Telsonic engineers have an excellent track record of working with customer design and manufacturing engineers to assist in defining material selection, joint design, system configuration and process parameters, ultimately reducing risk and the time required to get a new product to market. Telsonic have gained an enviable reputation for applications such as: plastic welding and metal welding – with linear and torsional options available, plus wire splicing and cut ‘n’ seal applications across a wide range of industries. The Telsonic stand will showcase a number of different ultrasonic modules from their comprehensive range. The event takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry

between the 19th and 20th October 2016, where company representatives will be on hand on Stand C45 to offer advice and discuss specific applications. For more information please contact: Telsonic UK Limited 12a - 15 Birch Copse Technology Road Poole Dorset BH17 7FH Tel: 01202 697 340 Email: Website: Blog:


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Digital Rate & Totalising Flowmeter Titan Enterprises has announced the launch of the Pulsite Solo an affordable battery powered rate and total flowmeter.

Programming is simple using two push buttons and logical prompts in English on the LCD display. The replaceable battery life is estimated to be well in excess of 5 years when the Pulsite Solo is used as a totaliser. With rate readings the life of the Pulsite Solo will depend on the duty cycle but is still several years. The Pulsite Solo can also be externally dc powered if required. The meter will take frequencies from dc through to 2 KHz and scale them to display rate or total. The scaling factors are adjustable from 0.01 to 9999 and the time base is selectable as seconds, minutes or hours. For further information on the Pulsite Solo please visit the Flow Meters website or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 or

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HANDS UP IF YOU KNOW ONE ROBOT ARM FROM ANOTHER By Andrew Armstrong, UK Sales & Marketing Manager at FANUC UK What determines the choice of palletising robot to handle product X at point Y on the line? With a choice of 20+ FANUC robots arms all capable of performing palletising tasks, Andrew Armstrong, UK Sales and Marketing Manager at FANUC UK picks out some of the main criteria that factories should consider in order to specify the best robot arm for the job.

a.) Cycle time versus speed Most robots can be programmed to move extremely quickly - up to around 4000mm/second, but they will need to ramp up to this top speed, and then slow down from it. By using FANUC Roboguide robot simulation package the system integrator can check to see if the cycle-time is achievable and in turn this can aid robot selection. FANUC Roboguide will aid the programmer in developing a robot path program which can reduce unnecessary overheating and wear and tear on the robot whilst achieving required cycle-time.

b.) Payload A key element in productivity calculations will be the payload of the chosen robot arm, and how closely the integrator feels it is wise to approach the rated weight. For example, in a palletising pick-and-place application, a magnetic end effector may be able to lift, say, 20 cans at a time. But choosing a smaller number may make

more sense. In fact, it can form a substantial proportion of that payload. A 4-axis palletising robot may be able to lift 180kg, but the gripper on a palletising robot may contribute around 50kg of that load. In selecting a payload range, the customer will also be estimating future needs and how much of a margin to leave in order to accommodate any likely change in the robot’s role.

c.) Cost and returnon investment When a robot supplier or integrator visits a prospective customer, the first task is to determine whether the proposed process is viable at all. The next step is to determine what measurables the customer will use to calculate their ROI, whether it be resource, health and safety, production volumes or quality etc. It is because the working life of the robot is at the core of any ROI calculation that decisions about cycle time, payload and overall utilisation are of such importance. In Germany, for example, it is quite common to buy an additional robot cell rather than running a single cell at maximum utilisation, it also provides a level of redundancy to protect production.

d.) Reach If you are fortunate enough to be designing a new packaging line, then there should be few challenges in maximising efficiency and performance in the palletising robot. But if the line already exists, you are going to have to conform to it. You may have to perform some ‘surgery’ on the line, but you would normally try to minimise this.


One important element in the calculations around a palletising installation will be the reach of the robot. Making changes to the line to reduce the robot envelope may improve productivity and therefore make sense in terms of total cost. It may also mean that a lower-specification robot is needed.

e.) Number of axes Along with issues such as hygiene ratings (which are not normally significant at endof-line – unless of course it’s a cleanroom manufacturing environment), the number of axes of movement may be more important in pick-and-place applications. But there are reasons why the choice between a 4-axis and 6-axis robot may come up more often in palletising. In FANUC’s experience, a 6-axis robot may be needed in applications which would otherwise suit four axes because of unavoidable obstacles in the factory which the arm has to clear or negotiate. Finally, customers should push their robot suppliers to ensure that what is on offer is the best solution for that particular application. In this situation, even if you do not know all the answers, knowing which questions to ask your supplier can be very helpful.

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off prototypes to mould tooling to series of enduse parts from a variety of alloys and metals. These are real industrial parts—fully dense, ready to use, and fit for post-production machining—produced with 3D printing’s signature speed. CNC machining doesn’t have to drag down your timeline. QuickCutCNC® streamlines the inefficiencies of the traditional CNC machining process while maintaining its high-quality results. So you can move faster through production or prototyping of parts that require a specific metal or plastic material, and still enjoy the high dimensional accuracy and surface finish that makes CNC a goto production method. Injection moulded parts involves a significant economic commitment, we can help you ensure that your commitment pays off, so you can get quality parts faster. 3D System’s project managers know moulding and tooling inside and out, and they use that knowledge to help you identify design issues via a comprehensive Design For Manufacture (DFM) report, and determine tooling options to ensure timely delivery. From prototype to low volume production we remove the complexity and the risk for you and offer the best solution for your specific needs. We offer complete and tailored end-to-end solutions, from design to manufacturing. To learn more, visit us online at

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New Digital Multi-Mode Pyrometer Offers 3 in 1 Temperature Measurement Capability to Aluminium Industry AMETEK Land has released an innovative new pyrometer that provides high accuracy and a three-in-one capability specifically for the aluminium industry. This eliminates the need for separate pyrometers to be used at the extruder press exit and quench positions, as well as at mill entry and exit points in hot rolling mills, as this functionality can be carried out within one single pyrometer. The SPOT AL EQS (SPOT Aluminium Extrusion, Quench and Strip) pyrometer is an extremely flexible instrument with pre-configured algorithms for the vast majority of common aluminium alloys. Additionally, it can be customised and tuned for bespoke applications and specific aluminium grades.

Three in one capability Richard Gagg, Global IR Product Manager for AMETEK Land, said: “SPOT AL EQS has been designed for even greater accuracy and convenience. We are confident that we have developed a temperature measurement solution that will optimise efficiency and achieve cost savings for aluminium producers, who now no longer need a variety of pyrometers at different points in the aluminium process.” Cristiano Baiano – Senior Automation Engineer at SAPA Profiles UK, noted: “Implementing AMETEK Land’s SPOT AL EQS pyrometer at the press exit and after the quench have enabled us to continue to meet our customers’ exacting standards. It has given us the ability to take accurate measurements at very low temperatures, which is essential in ensuring product quality and performance. We now have all of the data available our operators need to enable them to make informed decisions.”

Ideal for low emissivity environments The SPOT AL EQS was specifically designed to work in low emissivity environments where regular pyrometers might struggle to provide accurate and reliable readings. It has the ability to measure a wide temperature range from 200o to 700°C / 392o to 1292°F. The pyrometer uses the latest, cutting-edge temperature detector design, combined with the most-advanced data processing algorithms to deliver a high level of accuracy and an industry-leading response time. In addition, SPOT AL EQS can be easily integrated into any plant control infrastructure.


Designed in close collaboration with industry-leading aluminium producers and plant control system engineers, the SPOT AL EQS pyrometer is helping lead the way in improving aluminium extrusion and strip plant throughput, quality and energy efficiency. This latest AMETEK Land temperature measurement instrument already has demonstrated its ability to provide immediate data for process improvement. For more details, visit

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EuroMod from isel: CNC Machining at its best

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September 2016

With more than 220 cutting edge companies exhibiting, including 16 brand new, dynamic international start-ups, and a conference programme that is tracking ahead of the main stream in terms of inspiration and innovation, this years’ TCT Show is the go to authority on 3D technologies. Celebrating its 21st year, TCT Show 2016 will take place from the 28th - 29th September at The NEC, Birmingham. The TCT Show will bring together leading industry experts with business-critical insight and companies with ground breaking developments ensuring that it remains the UK’s major arena for 3D manufacturing technologies. Areas incorporated in the show include 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining and product development technologies across the enterprise and industrial sectors. With both Trumpf and Stratasys amongst those showcasing new machines for the first time in the UK, the TCT Show continues to deliver the latest technologies and developments in the market. Trumpf will be introducing their TruPrint 100 3D metal printing machine which is ideal for the production of small metal components by LMF (laser metal fusion). Stratasys will use the show to introduce the recently launched J750 3D Printer, the world’s only full colour, multi-material printer. In addition, Stratasys will also have their Fortus 3D Printer, this printer has become a key element in the manufacturing process for a number of world


leading businesses including BMW, Airbus and Opel. 3D technologies have assisted organisations in reducing their production costs, slashing lead times, and streamlining their supply chain workflow to deliver their products more efficiently with a positive and direct impact on their bottom line. The 2016 speaker line up at the TCT Show cuts across a wide range of industries and includes real world applications from Caterpillar, Alstom, 3M, DARPA and leading research institutions from across the globe. This year’s keynotes will focus on digital manufacturing, cutting-edge applications and also a primer on what’s new, what you should look out for and the must-see technologies, leaving you inspired and eager to explore the wealth of information available at the event. Visitors can register for the free-toattend TCT Show 2016 at and 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 chance to network and invite.


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September 2016

Exhibition for Industrial Vision and Factory Automation 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.

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.

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THE UK’S LEADING EVENT FOR RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS • Five zones dedicated to resource efficiency - Recycling & Reprocessing, Professional Services, Energy from Waste, Handling & Logistics, Machinery & Equipment. • Free to attend and CPD accredited theaters - Local Authority, Energy From Waste and Circular Economy Connect. • Ride & Drive - a live showcase of the benefits of trucks and heavy equipment, allowing visitors to gain a practical understanding of their benefits. • Co-located shows - together with the Energy, Renewables and Water events, find answers to all of your sustainability questions. Major suppliers include: Viridor, Suez, Waste Logics, enevo, Wehrle, Fike, Denis Eagle, Johnston Sweepers, Liebherr and Steinert.




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September 2016

Figures say more than words Quantitative Models for Successful Asset Management Making the right decisions in the complex field of asset management is quite challenging. Costs, investments and risks must be balanced to achieve corporate goals whilst the asset performance should be constantly optimized and maintained. Some organizations manage their assets well, while others do not. Why are some outfits good at keeping costs low, reducing stoppages, spotting trouble, and achieving greater output, while others are not? An excellent way to gain these skills is by attending the Asset Management Certificate Program which is an intensive 5-day course offered by T.A. Cook in partnership with the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-More) at the University of Toronto. Designed to help those involved in plant operations, facilities management, maintenance management, or asset and maintenance controlling at large facilities, process industries or manufacturing plants – they will learn how to manage their assets efficiently regarding risks, reliability, resources and data as well as timely decision-making. In a group of like-minded professionals, attendees will discover necessary tools and techniques to competently and profoundly upgrade their asset management practices. They will learn how errors can be reduced, problems be detected early, costs be minimized and the greatest possible plant availability be achieved. This course combines fundamental need-to-know material with new, but proven, leading-edge approaches that have shown measurable pay-offs. Participants will receive five full days of instruction from world-renowned facilitators, including case studies which demonstrate how these principles have been successfully and widely applied. Andrew Jardine, the Director of C-More, has been training managers from around the world for more than 10 years in maintenance management based on quantitative models. He has been attentively following developments in plant technology and maintenance. In the view of magnitude of this investment, decisions about maintenance measures


Course Title: Asset Management Certificate Program 2016 Dates: 10-14October, 2016 Location: Berlin, Germany URL: certification2016 should be objectively verifiable. For that reason Jardine advocated that decisions should be more firmly based on a reliable dataset than in the past. Hence asset management should rely on quantitative terms and not solely dependent on the experience. With real-life case studies, methods from the field and calculation models, the course features current trends, expertise and lessons learned. Interactive assignments make the material come to life and reinforce theoretical findings. Attendees will get to know executable maintenance strategies and learn how to adapt their companies to a new and unfamiliar decision-making process. The Asset Management Certification Program will take place from 10 - 14 October, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The delegates will receive course materials, two evening networking events, one sight-seeing tour of Berlin, over 42 hours of classroom time, lunches and break-time refreshments, and two hard-cover books. For more details and a complete breakdown of all the course modules, please visit

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September 2016

Rt. Hon Lord Maude of Horsham to highlight importance of UK manufacturing at

PPMA Total Show 2016

The Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude of Horsham, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment and Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has been confirmed as the headline seminar speaker at the PPMA Total Show 2016, the UK’s premier Processing and Packaging Machinery and Packaging Materials exhibition. Opening the show on Tuesday 27 September, Lord Francis Maude will discuss the growing importance of global standards and the role of the British Standards Institution (BSI) following the recent EU referendum. He will also highlight the importance of the manufacturing industry for the UK economy and reveal the need in the post-Brexit world for business to cultivate a genuinely global outlook. Speaking about his appearance, Lord Francis Maude, said: “As Trade Minister I found huge goodwill for Britain around the world and a sense that we stand for real quality and reliability. It’s important now that we do not underestimate the importance of manufacturing in our economy. I look forward to sharing my experience and insights with exhibitors and visitors at the PPMA Total Show 2016.” Joining Lord Francis Maude, speakers including Emma Mcleod, Principal Engineer for Process Solutions Global Chocolate R&D Team at Mondelez International; Claire Shrewsbury, Packing Programme Area Manager for WRAP and Emma De-Alwis, Hygiene Specialist at Campden BRI will take to the seminar stage to share their insights and expertise on the latest industry challenges and trends. Additional speakers confirmed for the 2016 exhibition also include Neil Farmer of the Neil Farmer Associates; Ben Clarke, Training & Education Manager at GS1; and Nick Kesterton of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).


Taking place from 27 – 29 September 2016, the PPMA Total Show will showcase the UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design. Incorporating PPMA, Pakex and Interphex, the show aims to provide businesses across the packaging design and pharmaceutical sectors with an unrivalled opportunity to reach the right decision makers and showcase precisely how their solutions can address a number of particular packaging and processing challenges. With over 300 exhibitors already signed up to exhibit at the 2016 event, organisers are confident that the 2016 show will be bigger and better than ever before. Speaking about the 2016 seminar line-up, Grant Jamieson, Chairman, PPMA Group of Associations, said: “We’re

excited to announce Lord Francis Maude as our headline speaker for the 2016 show. He brings with him a wealth of experience on the global stage and we’re confident he will be both a valuable and insightful speaker at this year’s event.” The Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude will deliver the opening address at 10.15am on Tuesday 27 September. For more detailed information on this year’s seminar programme, please visit To register your attendance at the show please visit: For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visit or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page.


September 2016

Measurement in Manufacturing 2016 Speakers from Rolls Royce and JLR This year the GTMA is holding its popular Make Measurement Matter event

in association

with the British Measurement and Testing Association (BMTA) and Gambica representing Sensors, Instrumentation and Controls We are working together to launch the Measurement in Manufacturing Road Show on Thursday, 13th October 2016, at the Concord Sports Centre in Sheffield. This excellent event provides an excellent event venue and facilities. The venue provides free parking for visitors and free Wi-Fi.

Simon Gough-Rundle


key focus of the event will be over 50 stands providing a unique insight into metrology and measurement services and support services such as Jigs & Fixtures and Precision Engineering available to support the manufacturing industries in Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Marine, Medical and Energy markets. The event will provide an extensive networking opportunity in an environment set to nurture strong business links. Demonstrating the very latest technology, these companies are active participants in creating successful engineering solutions for the current and future demands of all manufacturing industry sectors. Visitors will also benefit from free parking and free refreshments. So please register to attend at This event provides a focal point for the transfer of technology from the science of measurement into the most demanding manufacturing environments, MIM 2016 will deliver an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the very latest measurement and inspection technologies and services available. “Knowledge gained here could provide a vital competitive business edge,” states GTMA chief executive, Julia Moore. “With keynote speakers from industry-leading ‘blue chip’ manufacturing companies, it is a must to attend, to learn about the latest leading edge technology in this field in the UK.” Our confirmed speakers include Simon GoughRundle Chief Metrologist for Aerospace supply chain at Rolls-Royce. Simon is also Chairman of Aerospace NADCAP Measurement and Inspection group Alan Olifent Powertrain Quality and Product Development for Jaguar Land-Rover Ltd. Our Chairman is Dr Roger Digby, Group Technical Director at Exova

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Good measurement systems and precision engineering equates to better business decisions, and MIM 2016 will provide the ideal opportunity for visitors to find out about how our exhibitors can influence and improve their businesses. Please register at

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September 2016

Factory Automation Getting it Right First Time

We rely heavily on robotics and automation in many manufacturing environments, however getting from the specification and concept stage to a robust production system can be fraught with pitfalls for the un-initiated. To help those individuals planning

or developing new products, or engineers considering automating their manufacturing lines, leading Automation consultants Automa8 have announced an ‘Automation Essentials: Effective Planning for Automated Manufacturing’ seminar, to be held at The Abbey Hotel in Redditch on Tuesday 4th October. This full day seminar will include comprehensive and in-depth presentations from industry experts. Many companies that look into bespoke automation tend to over specify what it is that they want and need. This can result in increased costs and may not deliver the results they want for a justifiable price. To help engineers make the right choices, this seminar will run through the entire process of finding and buying automation products. In short, it will allow informed decisions and reduce risk. The course is targeted at design engineers, purchasers, buyers, managers, and more generally, those people who are either planning automation or have started the automation process but could still take advantage of learning more. The seminar is also designed for those who are planning or developing new products.

The seminar will look at how to plan automation in the first place and, in particular, how to justify it through the business. “Many companies will consider automation; they may ask for quotes and when the responses arrive, it’ll be difficult to assess if the equipment will meet their needs, along with the complication of a possibly wide span of associated costs,” founder and Managing Director of Automa8, Mark Le Sueur says. “This complication may well put them off right away, or mean when they approach the management, it’ll be rejected out of hand, as it is perceived as high risk, with too many unknowns.” Understanding which systems integrators or suppliers are the correct ones to use for each specific business will be discussed in the seminar. The two processes that work hand-in-hand to provide a product that works and that can be assembled in the workplace, design for assembly (DFA) and design for manufacturer (DFM), will also be explained during the one-day course.

With reference to suppliers, Le Sueur points out that “not everyone is good at everything. Some companies are good at process control and some companies are good at high speed automation assembly. Some specialise in low speed, semi-automated equipment.” With the wide range of systems and suppliers on offer, the seminar will provide delegates with an understanding of what it is that they need and which supplier is best for them. This means delegates can then make informed decisions and get exactly what they need. Putting together a specification is a key element of the one-day event. Le Sueur explains that “because you’re buying something designed specifically for you, the specification must be crystal clear but the reality is that if you go out to three different companies, you’ll almost certainly get three different processes, all of which use different technologies.” The seminar will, therefore, aim to provide delegates with the ability to review proposals and understand what’s the best for their company.

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“The Must Attend Seminar For Success In Automation ” Who Should Attend? • • • •

Project, Engineering, Manufacturing & Purchasing Personnel Those planning or developing new products Those seeking to automate existing manufacturing lines Engineers looking for methods to improve current automation or robotic systems

Learn from Industry Insiders: • • • • • •

How to promote projects within your business Reduce risk and improve payback Understand routes to funding Make informed decisions Avoid common pitfalls Get exactly what you NEED

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Ian Millard - Innovate UK Dr David Hopper - Automation Advisory Service

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September 2016


Register now for free tickets to this autumn’s BULKEX16, the exhibition and conference taking place at the Harrogate International Centre next month. 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 A prestigious line up of prestigious industry speakers has been announced, which includes representatives from 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: 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.

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

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,

Register now at 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 BECOME A SPONSOR? Sponsorship opportunities are available to suit all budgets. ‘Headline’ gold sponsor, silver and bronze sponsorships are available, with hospitality and paid-for advertising options. For further information or any enquiries about BULKEX16, contact now on 01787 226995.







COME AND EXHIBIT Showcase your products and services to key decision makers across the bulk materials handling industry. New for 2016 is Speaker’s Corner, bringing the programme of high profile speakers and presentations into the heart of the exhibition hall. Those wishing to make an extra impact can take advantage of a range of sponsorship opportunities to suit all budgets.

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September 2016

Liftex Visitor And Delegate Registration Is Now Open


iftEx, the UK’s only exhibition and industry conference dedicated to overhead lifting and safe work at height, is heading to Aberdeen. Organised by LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) and now in its twelfth year, LiftEx 2016 will take place on the Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Admission to the exhibition is free-of-charge for visitors registering in advance. In addition, until September 9th, earlybird discounts are available for places at the LiftEx Industry Conference, which features an impressive line-up of expert speakers. Over 100 trade exhibitors are expected to take part, and the LiftEx Industry Conference will once again bring together an impressive line-up of respected speakers on topics related to safe, legal and efficient overhead lifting. The popular Innovation Fast Pitch event also returns, giving visitors a quick-fire introduction to the latest technologies and applications in this vital industry sector. In addition to end


users and suppliers of lifting equipment, LiftEx will therefore prove invaluable to professionals working in fields such as health and safety, training, plant engineering and maintenance. “I’m delighted that we are taking LiftEx to Europe’s ‘Energy Capital’ for the first time in its history,” said Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA. “The energy, offshore and maritime sectors are all heavily reliant on overhead lifting, and LiftEx 2016 offers the local business community an outstanding opportunity to catch up with recent developments in training, accreditation, legislation,

products and services.” Online visitor and delegate registration opened on 1st June at A limited number of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are currently available. For more details, contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0)7795 110646 or email Engineering Update members get 15% off conference entry – quote EU15 when booking!

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VISITOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN + Engineering Update members get 15% off conference entry – quote EU15 when booking!

23–24 NOVEMBER 2016 ABERDEEN EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE visit 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

LESS THAN 20% OF STAND SPACE REMAINING – DON’T MISS OUT! to secure a stand or one of our few remaining sponsorship opportunities Contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0)7795 110646 or email






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Rittal Automation System D Benefits to Peterboroug When the directors of Peterborough-based panel builders Pneumatechnique Ltd were looking at ways to improve efficiency and offer better production consistency they turned to Rittal and its automation systems for switchgear construction. Pneumatechnique’s aim was to find ways to lower both overheads and operational costs. One of the main issues the company faced was the underemployment of their highly skilled labour force. This had become obvious during an evaluation of work practices that considered how they were meeting customer demand, and how the company in turn made demands on production as an “internal customer”. “The interesting point is, that in conducting the review, we became commercially aware of the overheads and the opportunity costs inherent in our working practices and where savings could be made,” says Jim Venters, managing director of Pneumatechnique. “There is no advantage in employing a highly qualified workforce to do basic tasks like drilling holes, which is what was happening,” Following a detailed assessment and recommendations made by Rittal’s expert team, the decision was taken by Pneumatechnique to install a Rittal Automation Perforex CNC machine. Rittal’s team was able to advise on both the benefits that would be realised by installing the system, and potential limitations. It was quickly identified that the capital expenditure could clearly be outweighed by the cost savings and the Perforex installation became a “no-brainer” as part of the investment project. Adam Wilson, production manager at Pneumatechnique, advises: “The Perforex System has improved the quality, consistency and speed of our output, which has obviously been hugely beneficial for customers. A project that was taking four hours can now be completed in just 20 minutes and with a better finish!


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STEGO Filter Fan Plus expels more air from an enclosure. STEGO ‘the protectors of electronics’, launch a filter fan series that will create a sensation. Its new air-flap technology achieves considerably more efficient air circulation which is a big plus in operational terms. The filter fan series comprises the five market enclosure cut-out sizes from 92 x 92 mm to 291 x 291 mm, with 230 & 110v. ‘We cover all relevant fields of application with these sizes. A very customer-oriented approach!’ - STEGO CEO Elmar Mangold declares. Filter fan plus is also be available in 24v and 48vDC with three enclosure cut-out sizes from 92 x 92mm, 125x125mm and 176x176mm. Its new air-flap technology achieves considerably more efficient air circulation which is a big plus in operational terms, together with the novel ratchet mounting mechanism makes this truly innovative. Due to additional product variations the Filter Fan Plus system gives the customer further freedom to choose between two principles that differ in direction of air flow. The FPI-principle (‘in’) actively imports fresh air through the filter fan and expels it as warmed up interior air passively through the exit via flaps. The FPO-principle (‘out’) brings in the air passively through the filter at the base of the enclosure. The air then is actively drawn upwards by the fan and expelled through the flaps. The core of the product: the air-flap technology contrary to using two filter mats, allow for noticeably more air to exit. Consequently a smaller filter fan suffices to achieve the same airflow output, than a bigger device did before. Thus saving cost and installation space! Users can benefit quickly and easily from more air in enclosures. Due to a STEGO in-house development of mounting ratchet braces, the Filter Fans Plus can be inserted and mounted tool-free into the cut-out of the enclosure. By pressing of the ratchet braces the Filter Fan Plus is drawn to the cut-out, clicks into place and is firmly sealed. No additional gluing or screwing is necessary; the slim filter fan fits perfectly. On the other hand the hood of the Filter Fan Plus is deliberately designed to be opened with a screwdriver only. This allows for better access protection and consequently for more safety. STEGO ‘the protector of electronics’ - introduces a powerful product series to the market with the Filter Fan Plus and resumes its position as an innovation leader.




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50 Years of Passion for Technology The year 1966 witnessed it all: The Beatles coming together for the last time, the “Wembley goal” during the World Cup Final, and the premiere of Star Trek. And in Troisdorf, Hans-Josef Kitz was laying the foundation of his own mechanical engineering company. “’Passion for Technology’ had been his motive,” recalls his son Stephan Kitz, managing director of the company today. He went on to further describe his father as an “extremely creative and talented designer.” Products made in Germany are unsurpassed in their reputation for their high technical quality. Hans-Josef Kitz also shared this passion. As a young entrepreneur Hans-Josef Kitz started this first production facility over half a century ago in a garage of 15 square meters in size, that was attached to his parent’s house. One of the first designs by Hans-Josef Kitz included a celery washing machine for a farmer from the neighborhood. In the early years, as a contractor, he built machines and components for local companies. During this time, more and more of his own products were developed. And then in 1972 he developed his first standard conveyor. Even to this day, conveyor technology is a central pillar of mk’s business. The wealth of ideas and power the company has is evident in its global position 50 years after its founding. The mk Technology Group, which was developed from Maschinenbau Kitz GmbH, is currently in the European and American markets. It is among the leading providers of mechanical modules, components and system solutions for factory automation – a branch with good prospects for the future due to the globalized effort to modernize production facilities and improve processes. Many of the products that mk offers play a key role in this sector and modernization. mk’s customers include mechanical engineering companies and automobile manufactures and their suppliers as well as research and knowledge-driven hightech companies in the areas of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, semiconductor production and the food and beverage industry. The mk Technology Group with its headquarter in Troisdorf-Bergheim has construction and production facilities located in eastern Germany, North


America, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. Globally mk employs around 350 people. In 2015 mk Technology Group had sales of 47 million euros. Stephan Kitz attributes the success of the company to the human quality of entrepreneurship. He emphasizes, “What has always been important to me and my parents is the commitment within our family business; a company that is operating globally, but has roots in the region.” He further stresses that, “Most of the managers of mk Technology Group, today, have been developed in our company.” In addition to performance and expertise, especially collegiality and loyalty is a basis for the sustained success of mk.

Such individual characteristics are the basic human values that enrich engineering; and have thus helped the company gain a good position globally. mk offers competitive market prices primarily as a result of their problem-solving expertise, gathered over several decades. In addition to their superior quality in the design and manufacturing of components and systems, mk has the desire and ability to fulfil every customer’s needs accurately and on-time. To find out more about the mk Technology Group please visit, call (01949) 823751 or email

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Hydrostatic Level Measurement the ESI Technology Way….. What is Hydrostatic pressure and how does ESI’s Hydrostatic level measurement technology work? What is Hydrostatic pressure? Hydrostatic pressure is commonly described “The pressure equivalent to that exerted on a surface by a column of water of a given height due to the force of gravity”. A liquid column above the pressure sensor creates hydrostatic pressure, which is a direct indicator for the liquid level. Generally, the standard unit of measurement is calibrated in metres of water gauge (mWG). This may sometimes be referred to as metres of water column (mWC), or metres of H2O (mH2O). Other countries may use different units of measurement, such as inches of water column (“WC). How does an ESI Hydrostatic level transmitter work? The measuring cell of the pressure sensor detects small changes in hydrostatic pressure, which increases or decreases according to the filling level. The ESI sensor is powered by a vented cable and is submerged into the liquid to be monitored. The sensor converts the acting pressure into an electrical signal. Most users will typically require a 4-20mA output, enabling signals to be transmitted over long distances. Cable can be supplied in continuous lengths of up to 500m. In most applications the liquid is subjected to atmospheric pressure. To provide accurate electrical measurement it is important that readings are compensated to allow for any changes in atmospheric (barometric) pressure. This compensation is achieved by using a


vented cable which the ESI sensor to “breathe” to the atmosphere. This is done through a small nylon tube that runs through the cable which ensures that the output reading is relative to atmosphere. This is particularly important for the measurement of low levels of liquid, where changes in barometric pressure can significantly affect the true reading of level. For example, at high altitude where low atmospheric pressure is present. In order to calibrate the device, a factor is used to convert bar to mWG. This ensures the accuracy of the reading. The standard unit of measurement is calibrated in meters of water gauge (mWG). ESI can calibrate and label sensors in units of measure determined by particular applications. For example in a diesel tank application the sensor can be calibrated in meters of diesel. In most applications the sensor can be connected to a system via a simple IP67 rated terminal box, with glands to prevent water ingress. In certain applications, where over a long period of time moisture from high humidity may enter the vented tube it is advisable to use a desiccant filter. The desiccant absorbs moist air, preventing any moisture travelling to the sensing element and causing a short circuit. What types of applications are they useful for? Hydrostatic level sensors can be permanently immersed in boreholes for measuring the depth of the water table for example. The water table is the underground depth at which the ground is totally saturated. Deep boreholes with an average diameter of 25mm are drilled and left to fill to the level of the water table. A small diameter submersible pressure sensor is lowered down the borehole to accurately measure the level. In this type of application the control system would normally incorporate

a barometric sensor, which is used to compensate for changes in atmospheric pressure. ESI sensors are available with ATEX and IECEx certification and can therefore be used in similar circumstances where there is a risk of explosion. For example, monitoring the water levels in coal seam gas wells. ESI Hydrostatic Level sensors are also well suited to measuring the levels of fluids in storage tanks. The sensor is lowered to the bottom of the tank via an access hole in its top. The sensor cable is then connected back to a monitor, data logger, or PLC. Other areas where Hydrostatic level sensors can be effectively used are in the measuring of the level of water in rivers and reservoirs. Hydrostatic level sensors are typically manufactured from 316l stainless steel. This makes them suitable for immersion in most media. Other materials such as plastic, titanium and hastalloy C may be used to ensure compatibility with whatever medium is being measured, where stainless steel is not suitable. A polyurethane jacketed vented cable ensures excellent media compatibility, with oil for example. Other materials, such as nylon and PTFE may be used if the medium requires it. The advantages of using an ESI Hydrostatic level measurement sensor are that the vessel does not need to be disturbed or adapted to fit a level sensor. There is no need to install tank wells or sight glasses, etc. It allows levels to be measured under difficult conditions, such as down a deep shaft. The probe is easily extracted for cleaning and maintenance purposes. It is a highly reliable and robust solution. To find out more about our range of depth and level pressure transmitters visit or contact us: +44(0)1978262255/


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LumaSense’s new Ratio Pyrometer with Automatic Transition between 1-color and 2-color Measurement The IGAR 6 Advanced employs a unique switchover technology that transitions between modes, creating a very long temperature measurement range. LumaSense Technologies officially introduced the new IMPAC® IGAR 6 Advanced, a digital, compact pyrometer with 1-color, 2-color, and Smart operating modes for non- contact temperature measurement in ranges between 100 to 2000 °C. This product is unique not only because of the wide temperature range, but because of the seamless ‘switchover’ technology,” This technology, known as “Smart Mode”, allows the pyrometer to measure in 1-color mode at low temperatures (100 to 250 °C) and then transition to 2-color mode to provide the advantages of measurements in ratio mode at higher temperatures (280 to 2000 °C). The smooth automatic transition from1-color to 2-color measurement occurs between 250 and 280 °C. In addition, the pyrometer can operate in 1-color mode (100 to 2000 °C) and 2-color mode (250 to 2000 °C). The large temperature range, compact size and new smart mode make the new IMPAC Read More...


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New Thermally Conductive Adhesives from Intertronics The latest applications in energy and electrical engineering require ever higher levels of thermal conductivity, hence a new generation of thermally conductive two-part epoxy adhesives from Intertronics. These new high performance adhesives offer excellent thermal conductivity, so enhancing the effectiveness of heat paths found in applications such as LED heat sink attachment, chip assembly, encapsulation, potting of thermal sensors, assembly of power module, connection of pipes in heat exchangers and the bonding and potting of battery cells and electric motors. They can help optimise production processes with a choice of accelerated thermal cures in about 15 minutes or 24 hours at room temperature. A good example is Polytec TC 433, an advanced semi-rigid boron nitride filled adhesive. It features 2 W/mK thermal conductivity and a glass transition around 110°C after thermal curing, withstanding up to 220°C continuous operation temperature. For further information please see or visit their blog at – also see


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September 2016

Multi-Million Euro Manufacturing Plant Shows Bonomi’s Commitment To Global Expansion Customers of process valve and actuator supplier Bonomi (UK) are set to benefit from the opening of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in the company’s Italian homeland.

Officially unveiled in the presence of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Brescia-based factory covers some 120,000 square metres and is capable of producing an impressive 130,000 valves per day. Technologically advanced and constructed with environmental sustainability as its goal, the facility harnesses much of its electricity from solar panels, whilst heat is obtained partly via the cooling systems employed in its manufacturing processes, and partly from Geo-thermal ground-source heat pumps, thereby avoiding the use of fossil fuels.


Similar ‘green’ systems are employed to provide the building’s air conditioning and have resulted in it receiving a ‘Grade A’ environmental rating and being widely regarded as a paragon of manufacturing excellence combined with environmental sustainability. The global Bonomi Group comprises three companies; Rubinetterie Bresciane, Valpres and Valbia, with nearly 400 employees worldwide and an annual turnover exceeding €100M. Comments Bonomi (UK) sales director Jason Hill: “The new factory

has increased Bonomi’s output dramatically, thereby enabling us to improve our already impressive and dependable supply of products to customers. This huge investment demonstrates Bonomi’s total commitment to the future of our industry and comes at a time when many manufacturers are reducing capacity; bringing with it reassurance and buying confidence to Bonomi customers throughout Europe.” For more information please contact Bonomi UK on 024 7635 4535,


September 2016

Parker Hannifin to showcase motion and control solutions for rail at Innotrans 2016 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will be exhibiting at this year’s InnoTrans rail exhibition in Berlin. Visitors to the Parker stand will have the opportunity to see a wide range of components and solutions from multiple technologies on offer to the rail industry and discuss their applications with the company’s experts. Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will be exhibiting at this year’s InnoTrans rail exhibition in Berlin. Visitors to the Parker stand will have the opportunity to see a wide range of components and solutions from multiple technologies on offer to the rail industry and discuss their applications with the company’s experts. With its broad and innovative product range, Parker is able to satisfy a wide variety of customer requirements for motion and control systems and applications in the rail sector and help drive advancements in the industry. Parker’s stand at InnoTrans will feature products and solutions found in all areas of the rail vehicle. These include air treatment and filtration equipment for pneumatic systems, control valves and related components designed specifically for rail applications, plus integrated control systems for applications such as pantographs, doors mechanisms and couplings. The company’s range of rugged hoses and connectors

designed and approved specifically for use in rail applications will also be on display. Examples of Parker’s motors and drives used successfully in other sectors of the transportation industry, such as the on and offroad vehicle markets, with potential to be used in the rail sector will also be featured. These include technologies utilised in applications as diverse as electric racing superbikes recently seen at the Isle of Man TT Races, to bus e-steering systems and commercial vehicles ancillaries. For further information please contact Parker at or visit



September 2016

Precision Burner Control –

The Next Generation The use of burners in any industry requires careful gas control not only for the sake of safety, but also to maintain a uniform process and to achieve maximum efficiency. Achieving higher levels of gas metering precision and integrating the function into a system however can be a challenge. To meet this challenge Bürkert has developed a new package that can be customised to suit a range of applications that employs the latest in precision mass-flow control technology. Flexibility and precision are two of the key attributes required of gas blending equipment and Bürkert has a long standing reputation for designing gas and fluid control devices that can be integrated into existing process control systems. From individual components to complete control systems, Bürkert has the expertise to design and deliver products that meet or exceed industry standards.

This latest solution offers true plugand-play functionality with no need for a PLC. The self-contained gas control modules can be used as a mixer or as a distributor that can be easily programmed to control up to 16 MFCs through the touch-screen display. The unit also includes full data logging capability to provide complete records and ensure compliance with industry standards.

The MultiMFC Gas Box incorporates precision gas metering, flexible configuration, the latest network communication technology and a simple user interface. The modular system comprises an intuitive touchscreen display that includes a prominent system status LED which indicates the operational condition of the controller according to NAMUR standard NE107. The sensor housing module can be equipped with a variety of mass flow controllers (MFCs) and includes gas port connections and a polycarbonate window to enable sight of the LED status lights on the MFCs.

Accurate burner control should also be combined with safe operation which means the inclusion of safety shut-off valves within the design of the gas burner control loop. Bürkert offers a range of TÜV-certified solenoid valves which have been designed with stringent quality controls to deliver functional reliability and low maintenance operation. Suitable for the different performance classes and types of burner, the range of valves is designed for use in the main fuel feed, return lines and circulation lines where the fuel is pre-heated.

With such a range of measurement sensors and control valves that can be incorporated into the sensor module, the latest development from Bürkert has excellent flexibility in terms of the variety of gases that can be controlled. Combined with precision and reliability, the gas blending controller has all of the essential qualities required to form the heart of a burner control system.


Bürkert is a market leader in the control of fluids and gases, with extensive expertise and design capabilities, it can work with OEM’s and end users alike to develop solutions and improvements for a wide range of applications. Its design expertise includes complete gas control systems, ATEX testing facilities and prototype development for industrial and commercial applications.

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Global No.1 Exhibition for Industrial Valves to be held in Düsseldorf for the fourth time:

International Experts meet at VALVE WORLD EXPO 2016 They are made to work everywhere and still vary widely in size and application: fittings that ensure safety in the oil and gas industries, channel fluids through chemical plants, control the supply and drainage of water, gas or highly corrosive media or regulate the correct flow in the beverage industry. The entire spectrum of industrial valves will be covered by VALVE WORLD EXPO in three exhibition halls from 29 November to 1 December: the ranges encompass valves, valve components and parts, actuator drives and position controllers, compressors, engineering services and software, associations and publishers. For three days the exhibition halls 3, 4 and 5 will then become the No. 1 international meeting point for the industry, for valve specialists and expert users from many user industries. Users come from the fields of oil, gas and petrochemical industries, chemical industry, food industry, marine and offshore industries, water and waste water management, automotive and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical industry as well as power plants. At this early point in time over 19,600 square metres of net exhibition space


are already occupied. 638 exhibitors from 39 countries have registered. Most European companies come from Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. Overseas visitors will mainly come from the USA, India, Taiwan, South Korea and China. The accompanying technical “VALVE WORLD Conference Düsseldorf 2016” will again be organised by KCI in Hall 4. Alongside topics of the future such as material selection, new technologies and processes for the production and application of valves, new energies and the analysis of new services, an in-depth debate about the structure of the industry will be centre stage here. Lectures, workshops and seminars deepen the content covered by the Conference. Organisers expect experts from all over the world to exchange with conference

delegates on innovations from the dynamically growing area of valve technology including its upstream and downstream technologies. The Pump Summit, the International Exhibition & Conference for Pump Technology, will take place on the ground floor of Hall 7.0 on 29 and 30 November. Here networkers and pump specialists will come together and the producers, distributors and users of pumps, seals and compressors will present their products and exchange expert knowledge. The Pump Summit will be accompanied by a Conference. The agenda features talks and selected workshops on pump and seal applications in a wide variety of industries. For further information visit the web portal at: and



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Weighing, Batching and Filling

F or D ynamic A nd B atch W eighing A pplications With speed, precision, hygiene and price being some of the key considerations for manufacturers of production & packaging machines, HBM will be showcasing its world leading range of load cells and modules for dynamic and batch weighing ON STAND C86 at the PPMA Total Show on the 27-29th of September at NEC Birmingham..

HBM weighing technology solutions allow for convenient and precise control of complex sorting, weighing, batching and filling processes.


his will include their range of Aseptic & Easy to Clean load cells and Digital load cells, which have been specifically developed to cope with the demanding requirements placed on weighing constraints in modern manufacturing lines. Suitable for use in a wide range of production environments, the FIT7A and FIT5A Digital Load Cells from HBM are the perfect solution where speed and precision is a key consideration. Featuring a class C4 accuracy per OIML R60 and a maximum scale division Y of up to 25,000, the FIT7A addresses the problem of bottlenecks, which can slow down production rates. Dramatically increasing speed and reducing overall costs…

They enable scaled digital signals corresponding to the determined weight values to be fed to the control electronics. Our digital transducer electronics facilitate integration of analog load cell signals into dynamic weighing applications. Our load cells offer high torsional and bending stiffness as well as good durability through integrated overload protection from compressive load. More information at:

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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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September 2016

Electrical Length Measuring Instrument – Compact Amplifier – Millimar C 2100 PRODUCT FUNCTION


• • • • •

mm/inch Reversal of counting direction Selectable measuring ranges TOL (enter tolerance limit values) PRESET (for entering a numerical value) • Factor (adjustable) • Data transmission available

• D isplay - TFT colour display 11 cm (4.3“), 480 x 272 Pixel • Range of digital display 5000 μm • Compatibility – Mahr


INTENDED WORKING CONDITIONS The Millimar C 1200 is a Compact amplifier (compact electronic length measuring and evaluating instrument) for use in a production environment. An inductive probe can be connected to the C1200. The operating, maintenance and repair information specified in these operating instructions must be observed. In order to achieve the best use of this measuring instrument it is very important that you -first read these operating instructions. The scope of supply of this length measuring instrument includes: • Measuring instrument • Mains power supply unit with interchangeable adaptors • Operating instructions

PRODUCT FEATURES • High resolution and high contrast colour display • The display can be inclined for the ideal field of vision • Simple to operate • Can be operated with batteries or from the main power supply • When battery powered the C 1200 is fully portable • Compact housing • Wall mounting is also possible


BATTERY COMPARTMENT The battery compartment is integrated in the base • T urn over the measuring instrument through 180° • Remove the locking screw 1 • To open the battery compartment press in Tab 2 and lift off the battery compartment cover • Correctly insert 5 batteries or rechargeable batteries, type AA • If connected to the mains power supply, the measuring instrument will automatically switch to AC mains power supply!

Observe polarity of the batteries! • Close the battery compartment cover in the reverse order

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PRODUCT FEATURES ◼ High resolution and high contrast color display ◼ The display can be inclined for the ideal field of

vision ◼ Simple to operate ◼ Can be operated with batteries or from the main power supply ◼ When battery powered the C 1200 is fully portable ◼ Compact housing ◼ Wall mounting is also possible

PRODUCT FUNCTION ◼ mm/inch ◼ Reversal of counting direction ◼ Selectable measuring ranges ◼ TOL (enter tolerance limit values) ◼ PRESET (for entering a numerical value) ◼ Factor (adjustable) ◼ Data transmission available

TECHNICAL DATA ◼ Display - TFT color display 11 cm (4.3“), 480 x

272 Pixel ◼ Range of digital display 5000 µm ◼ Compatibility - Mahr

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INTENDED WORKING CONDITIONS The Millimar C 1200 is a Compact amplifier (compact electronic length measuring and evaluating instrument) for use in a production environment. An inductive probe can be connected to the C1200. The operating, maintenance and repair information specified in these operating instructions must be observed. In order to achieve the best use of this measuring instrument it is very important that you first read these operating instructions.

The scope of supply of this length measuring instrument includes: - Measuring instrument - Mains power supply unit with interchangeable adaptors - Operating instructions

September 2016

Bristol Based Engineering Student Wins South West Region Contribution to the Business Award


ristol based engineering student, Lizzie Garside, has been named as one of two winners of the South West Region’s Contribution to the Business Awards. The award scheme is operated by The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and is open to students participating in the Year in Industry (YINI) scheme. YINI matches talented gap year and undergraduate students with businesses for paid work placements before or during their degree course. Lizzie and fellow South West regional winner, Victoria Challes, will now progress to the national finals of the awards, to be held in London in September. Lizzie Garside (19) was one of six finalists, who delivered presentations to a panel of judges at the National Composites Centre in Bristol. Each candidate showcased their achievements, highlighting the contribution to the company for whom they had been working. The judging panel acknowledged the significant impact made by Lizzie during her YINI placement with Bristol based refrigeration and testing house, ECH Engineering. Lizzie joined the company to gain practical, handson engineering experience prior to studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering with Honours) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. During her placement with ECH Engineering, Lizzie has made a tangible contribution to the company’s procedures, processes and business, 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. She has influenced commercial projects with her significant involvement in the design and installation of a test facility for refrigeration innovator, Adande, enabling ECH Engineering to deliver this makeor-break project. Lizzie even enabled diversification, applying the company skill sets to new projects in new industries and is working on the development of a passenger monitoring system for Reading Buses, where she so impressed the chief engineer that she became a mentor for the client’s apprentice programme. In addition to the Contribution to the Business Award, the panel of judges also presented Lizzie with the Bandvulc Environmental Award, in recognition of the energy saving aspects of her work. Acknowledging Lizzie’s achievements, ECH Engineering’s Managing Director, Dr Ed Hammond, stated: “Lizzie has been a model employee and has made a major contribution to ECH Engineering and a number of our commercial projects. We wish her well for her studies in New Zealand and we are confident that she will go on to make a significant impact in the engineering sector.”

He added: “As a company we are committed to the YINI initiative, promoting engineering, and specifically the cooling industry, as a career for young people. Undergraduate summer placements and YINI appointments offer tremendous opportunities for

students to bridge the gap between school and university, preparing them for their roles in industry. With the support of companies throughout our industry, young engineers will be able to hone their skill sets and address the environmental and product development challenges, which face us all.” For further information on the EDT Year in Industry initiative, please visit:

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September 2016

Drop-in stepper drive upgrade:

Mclennan’s improved MSE570 Eurocard stepper drive now with microstepping and higher performance Mclennan has launched new pin-compatible version its popular MSE570 Eurocard series stepper motor drive that adds selectable microstepping resolution and features improved speed/torque capability. The completely redesigned MSE570M drive offers much improved smoothness, lower motor resonance and retains all of the useful control and monitoring features of the previous version, the MSE570EVO2.

At up to 4A per phase available the new drive boasts 15% more useful torque than its half-step predecessor making it a compelling proposition as a dropin replacement for older machines where improved throughput or quieter and smoother performance is desirable. The new drive will also suit new OEM or end-user applications where its competitive price and the convenience of the Eurocard format is essential. The new microstepping drive also features improved power input levels with provision for up to 48V DC regulated supply (up to 52 V DC unregulated). Its bipolar chopped constant current drive stage is compatible with permanent magnet or hybrid stepper motors with 4, 6 and 8 leads - typically with up to NEMA 34 frame sized microstepping motors. DIP-switches are used to select a number of user-adjustable features of the MSE570M including full/ half/microstep resolution (up to 51,200 steps/rev), current control (from 0.25 to 4 A per phase), standstill current (0 to 100% in four stages), thermal protection settings, direction and drive disable.

Further flexibility is offered with switchable signal level input and output settings (5V or 12V logic) with the drive configurable for use with step and direction signals that include CMOS, TTL open collector, opto isolated or switch type inputs. Four surface mounted status LEDs indicate power, drive disabled, over-temperature and overload faults. As well as manufacture the MSE570M and other motion control components, McLennan has distribution partnerships with a select number of global motion control manufacturers. The complete range includes DC brushed and brushless servomotors, stepper motors, and associated drive technologies together with motion controls, gearheads and miniature power transmission components. Mclennan offers these products with full technical support as component level solutions, or using its own in-house design and assembly facilities is able to integrate them into complete customised mechatronics assemblies and motion control system solutions.

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September 2016

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Vacuum to over 6000psi. CE marked where applicable. Stock and bespoke production. Unique bearing/seal design for longer life. ISO 9001.

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September 2016

Lee Spring @ Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, September 28th/29th Stand No. F115

Lee Spring will this year be exhibiting at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show in Manchester on September 28th and 29th. An event where northern based design, production and service engineers will have the opportunity to deal with spring related issues with highly experienced sales engineers. A conversation which can rapidly assess the suitability of ex-stock standard springs from the Lee Spring 23,000 component catalogue which is available free on the stand – or whether a custom item would be more suitable. Lee Spring’s expertise in materials from steel through stainless steel, plastic composite, Elgiloy (cobalt-chrome nickel) and many other nickel and cobalt alloys such as Inconel, Nimonic, Hastelloy, Monel, also phosphor bronze and beryllium copper, will be available to engineers whatever their application or area of interest. Lee Spring capability covers compression springs, extension springs, instrument springs, die springs, torsion springs, constant force springs and many speciality parts such as wire forms, stampings and fourslide parts. Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website - or follow them on twitter -


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

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

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

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September 2016

SCHURTER presents RS Components the award for outstanding performance SCHURTER Electronic Components and RS Components have a long history of commercial partnership. RS Components, based in Corby in UK, is one of SCHURTER’s most important High-Service distribution partners worldwide. “RS Components continues to be our largest High-Service distributor in terms of sales revenue and customer base worldwide. For us, an incredibly important partner for the commercialization of our products and brand. RS Components reaches our relevant customers in the different markets in Europe and Asia. RS Components has enjoyed a strong growth on


the sales in the last 12 months. They have proved it once again that RS Components and SCHURTER are a good match”, said Mathias Lischer, Distribution Manager at SCHURTER. SCHURTER thanked RS Components for their outstanding achievements in the global marketing of SCHURTER products with the delivery of this Distribution Award. RS Components helps SCHURTER in creating a continuous demand for the entire product portfolio and increasing the brand awareness of SCHURTER in the different markets. RS Components: “On behalf of RS, I am very pleased to receive this award, recognising the many years of successful

partnership and sales growth, currently out-performing competitors of SCHURTER. Ongoing strategic focus on the relationship and range, will undoubtedly continue to deliver success for the forthcoming financial year and beyond – globally”, said Joanne Bradbury, Global Product Group Manager at RS Components. Martin Zarges, President of SCHURTER Division Components, Mathias Lischer and Andreas Ziegler, Managing Director of SCHURTER Ltd. in UK presented the award to Joanne Bradbury, and Michael McIntyre, Product Manager at RS Components in the Headquarters of the SCHURTER group in Lucerne.


September 2016

We are the UK government’s innovation agency, we work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.


e have helped thousands of businesses grow, from start-ups to established large businesses with new innovative ideas. View our success stories to find out more.

Connect to experts, specialist support and facilities If you have an idea for an innovative product or service, you can get help from Innovate UK to develop it and make it successful. Innovate UK can help you access expertise, specialist support and facilities. You can: •

find partners locally, nationally and internationally

attend networking and collaboration events

get advice on funding opportunities and applying

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Innovate UK can also help you access funding and finance

Innovate UK provides support through 2 innovation networks. These are the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) KTN can help you: •

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How to access Innovate UK support This support is available for all UK based companies - from pre-startup to large multi-nationals. You may also be able to get help if you are an individual or an organisation.


September 2016


nnovate 2016 will provide a global spotlight on innovation

Over 2 days, Innovate 2016 will showcase the UK’s best innovation talent to a global audience. There will be inspirational keynote speakers and practical workshops. Innovators can attend exportfocused seminars and meet world-leading experts. This year’s event will bring together the UK’s most exciting innovators. It will help them connect with research partners, and find export opportunities and investors. Innovate 2016 will feature information about the technologies and innovation opportunities of the future. The Department for International Trade and Innovate UK host this annual event which is now in its 8th year. This year, it will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex from 2 to 3 November.

Innovate 2016 Explore future technologies and innovation opportunities and meet investors, academics and the UK’s best innovators at Innovate 2016. Meet more than 3,000 innovators, investors and academics

technologies of the future (day 2) - the technologies that have the potential to create brand new industries

There will be 4 themes over the 2-day event:

Other topics will include:

manufacturing of the future (day 1) - exploring the impact of digital technologies on manufacturing

the evolving shape of science and innovation support in the UK

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cities of the future (day 1) - the new challenges and opportunities of our growing urbanisation

the value of diversity in innovation

how bringing innovative products and services to market builds economic growth and improves quality of life

health in the future (day 2) how new technologies are revolutionising healthcare and biosciences

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September 2016


forms new partnership with Japanese manufacturing


Mitsubishi Materials Group, one of the world’s leading cutting tools suppliers, has signed up to be the latest member of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

he AFRC will act as a test facility for the development of new products and manufacturing processes, which will be used to produce metal components for use in a range of industries – including oil and gas, aerospace and automotive. The partnership will also give Mitsubishi greater access to the UK market and allow the company to trial its cutting tools in the UK. In return, Mitsubishi will provide the AFRC with training and equipment, helping the centre’s engineering teams to develop new machining strategies, pass on knowledge to industry and work to best practice. Lynne O’Hare, commercial team lead at the AFRC, said: “We are very excited to bring Mitsubishi on board as a new tier two member – our first cutting tool partner. It’s great to work with a business that places such an emphasis on its customers and has a strong commitment to manufacturing R&D – the company fits perfectly with the values of the AFRC. “Throughout this new partnership, we’ll be working with Mitsubishi to develop new, innovative machining solutions – products and services that can be used to solve real industry problems. Training from the company’s experts will also be invaluable in helping our machining team to create fresh machining strategies and reinvent best practice. “Interest in the centre has seldom been higher. In June alone we welcomed around 200 companies through our doors. With the pace of innovation continuing to increase, it’s more important than ever that manufacturers look to the expertise incumbent in the UK’s institutions to steal a march on their competitors.” Alex Saboulis, Northern Regional Sales Manager for Mitsubishi in the UK, added: “This is an exciting new venture for both parties. The benefit of joining the AFRC can only strengthen our knowledge and add to the capabilities of our cutting tools. This in turn provides the AFRC with benefits that can be passed on to industry, especially when combined with the latest machining strategies that they are working on with other tier partners”. 82|

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September 2016

PACK EXPO 2016 Apex Machine Company along with our sister companies, Desco Machine and Capex Corporation, would like to announce that we will be continuing our longstanding tradition of exhibiting at PACK EXPO in Chicago. PACK EXPO continues to be an excellent opportunity for The Apex Group to show off our marking, decorating, and handling solutions for the packaging industry. At the upcoming PACK EXPO, Apex Machine Company will proudly display their S-11-C Strap Printing System. Our S-11-C is capable of providing the same high quality print as the larger, more costly systems, at a great savings to our customers. The S-11-C is capable of: •

handling 1 to 6 lanes

printing 1 to 3 colors

speeds exceeding 300 feet per minute per lane

17 inch repeat pattern

run either inline or offline

Apex Machine Company offers an unmatched level of experience and expertise in designing and engineering customized part handling and marking/decorating solutions for 3-D products. Desco Machine Company specializes in designing and manufacturing printing machinery for the cap, closure, bucket, pail, and container industries. Our equipment is known for its superior construction and years of high quality production printing.


Capex Corporation offers full artwork and plate making services, using all of the latest technologies with guaranteed superior quality. We also supply all of the necessary inks, cleaning solutions, and consumable items you require for successful printing. View our latest printing and decorating solutions at PACK EXPO 2016 in Booth Number 3014, of the South Hall A. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with a corporate representative, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone: +1 954 566 1572; email:;orbyvisitingour website:


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

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

Weber Marking Systems UK Macmerry Industrial Estate, Tranent, East Lothian EH33 1HD, United Kingdom Tel: +44.18.7561.1111 E-mail: 86|

September 2016

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

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

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

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

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Engineering Update - September 2016