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Heat exchanger selection tips for food producers By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers

Heat exchangers are a well established tool for the thermal processing of materials, such as cooking, pasteurisation and sterilisation, as well as heating or cooling. When it comes to choosing the right heat exchanger for a particular situation, there is no substitute for professional advice, but you should have a basic understanding of the factors which need to be considered.

1. Is a heat exchanger the right technology?  While heat exchangers are preferable in many situations, they may be over-kill for simple situations where a straightforward heating element or simpler refrigeration system is sufficient.

2. What type of heat exchanger do I need?  The simplest forms of heat exchangers are plate heat exchangers. They are simple and cost effective and can do a very good job with simple Newtonian fluids like milk. However, for more viscous substances, non-Newtonian fluids and processes requiring high levels of heat transfer, tube-in-tube heat exchangers may be a better option.  These come in different forms including corrugated tubes to prevent fouling and improve operating efficiency. For high fouling and viscous fluids, reciprocating or rotary scraped surface heat exchangers are available. These maintain product characteristics while providing maximum operating efficiency.

right amount of heat transfer. Different materials have different thermal properties and factors such as viscosity, solids content and texture need to be assessed alongside product flow rates to ensure that the product receives the correct treatment.  If the system does not handle certain products correctly it can change or damage their quality. The installation should also be capable of handling the maximum amount of product required.

4. What other benefits could the system deliver?  One of the benefits of many HRS heat exchangers is their ability to recover heat from the end of the process and re-use it. This enables the system to be more efficient, or where the heat source is plentiful – then the recaptured heat can be used for another process or for general heating. These additional cost savings need to be offset against the capital and running costs of the heat exchanger.

5. What are the maintenance requirements?  These will vary according to the type of heat exchanger, its design, and its use. How easy is maintenance? For example, is it possible to remove individual tubes without dismantling the entire unit, and is it possible to service the unit without shutting down the whole process? These factors will have a key impact on how much the heat exchanger costs to service.

3. Will the system cope with my products?  The heat exchanger must be capable of providing the


Factors such as viscosity, solids content and texture will need to be assessed alongside product flow rates

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6. How much will the system cost?  Cost will be one of the most important factors in making an investment decision. However, it is important to compare both the capital cost and anticipated operating costs and service life. A higher purchase price may be recouped by greater product efficiency and reduced serving costs.

7. How will the system be designed?  Does the company use the very latest scientific information? While it is imperative that the heat exchanger performs correctly in terms of thermal transfer, other considerations, such as ease of installation and maintenance, are important.

8. What back-up and support is there?  Does your supplier offer features such as extended maintenance and servicing? Would you be able to take advantage of any future upgrades, such as improvement in tube design? It is obviously impossible to cover every potential situation in an article such as this, but I hope that I have highlighted some of the most common issues. Your individual circumstances will be unique and another key consideration when making your final decision should be how well your chosen supplier appreciates this.

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Tips for manually testing your food metal detector By Phil Brown, European Sales Director, Fortress Technology Metal detection testing procedures must be clearly documented and communicated to all relevant staff. In accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, testing should take place regularly, usually hourly, and between each product changeover. Intervals between tests need to be short enough that if a fault is found, products potentially affected have not left your premises and can be identified, recalled and retested. The costs of conducting these tests manually on such a regular basis can be high. Automatic testing tackles this drain on resources and helps to eliminate the risk of human error. For example, in one day, each metal detector system manually tested at least five times each day, may cost a manufacturer around £250 a day in machine downtime and testing time, especially in pipeline and gravity applications. To ensure more reliable manual metal detector tests: 1. Place test samples in the CENTRE of the aperture, the least sensitive spot. This is highly unlikely to be sitting on top of your product pack, or on the top of the conveyor belt. Test samples should be inserted into your product to ensure it passes through the centreline of the aperture. 2. USE good, fresh product. Remember that product characteristics, packaging and size will likely affect the detection level, so use the actual product your metal detector is inspecting. And when making test packs,


Tip 2: When making test packs use fresh products, as degradation can affect the product’s characteristics

use fresh product, especially for packed vegetables, salad or meat, as degradation can affect the product’s characteristics. Before inserting the sample, pre-check the packs to ensure they are free of metal contaminants. 3. Check ALL 3 metal samples – ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel. Because they are all detected at different levels, even if one metal sample is picked up, that doesn’t necessarily mean the integrity of the detector is proven. To ensure you are detecting stainless steel contaminants that are commonplace

in food production machinery, use a non-magnetic 3 series (i.e. 316) stainless steel sample. 4. Test using REALISTIC production conditions, including speed and the way products are presented. This ensures that your reject mechanism is operating correctly. Automatic reject systems must prove that it is rejecting the pack effectively, regardless of where the sample is located (e.g. front of pack or back of pack). An automatic test system must also ensure that subsequent packs are not damaged or trapped, or ignoring consecutive contaminated packs. Even belt stop systems should be checked to ensure contaminated packs are held at the point where an operative can recover them.

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Power Conversion Specialists Ideal Power Announce their Range of Smart Battery Charging Units for Various Chemical Compositions Ideal Power have been experts in power conversion for over 16 years with 40 years combined expertise. They offer a wide array of power products from External AC/AC and AC/DC PSU’s, Battery Chargers, and the more intricate internal AC/DC and DC/DC Converters. Responsible sourcing of highly approved and reliable units, along with flexible stock holding and call off systems has led to Ideal Power being a trusted brand for Engineers and Manufacturers Worldwide. When it comes to battery chargers, Ideal Power know only too well the essential challenges which arise when one is required. The company’s primary aim remains, in keeping with their fundamental values, of providing engineers with precise and accurate power supplies to optimise the performance of their products. Now that electronics have become more precise and dynamic, alternative chemistries and technologies have been introduced, challenging the battery charging market. These unique chemistries mean that different chargers are required to provide batteries with the correct amount of power to ensure optimum performance is safely achieved, and battery life-span is maximised. Ideal Power is chasing this innovation by providing the electronics industry with a versatile range of intelligent and smart charging units for a range of battery chemistries. These products are offered as part of the Ideal Power Bespoke Build system, which allows for a product to be custom built to exact technical specification. The range extends from the traditional SLA (Lead Acid) chemistry to Li-ion (Lithium-Ion), NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride), LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate), Lead Crystal and NiCD (Nickel-Cadmium) offering designers and installers the flexibility to achieve the desired charging systems without the worry of battery damage.


Certain models include smart technology systems, engineered to safely, efficiently and automatically switch between charging modes whilst battery condition is constantly being monitored and protected, allowing the charger to be left connected at all times. Ideal Power’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Jon Vallis advised, “Getting the right charge is essential for the longevity and performance of the battery, especially within such system critical applications as Uninterrupted Power Supplies, which rely on the battery to function correctly.” The invaluable experience that Ideal Power has gained from working closely with engineers dotted all around the globe has allowed the company to confidently expand into new sectors and introduce right product ranges to stay ahead of the market for innovative technology, approvals and efficiency levels. For more information about battery chargers from Ideal Power or their wide range of open frame power supplies and DC/DC converters, please call +44 (0)845 260 3400, email or visit

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UK TO STAGE THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL INFRARED USERS CONFERENCE FLIR Systems is delighted to confirm that this year’s ITC International User Conference will be held in Coventry from 27th – 28th September 2017. It is the opportunity for technicians, engineers, scientists and users of all types of infrared measurement equipment to exchange ideas and explore the huge potential of the technology. The first ever ITC conference was in 2005 but it was a very specialised event, focussing on the use thermal imaging in the R&D environment. Over the years, as the technology has broadened its scope of application, so too has the remit of the event. It is now a forum for everyone who uses thermal imaging in a professional capacity. The 2017 event will cover infrared physics and its applications in a wide variety of fields from inspection of electrical installations and buildings, control and automation and optical gas imaging to non-destructive testing and advanced research applications. Applications to present at the conference are warmly invited; abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 15th April 2017. For further information visit

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Faithful exhibitors right from the start: HARTING celebrates big Hannover Messe anniversary Technology Group hasn’t missed a date for 70 years / Wilhelm Harting’s vision for technology trends / “HARTING@Hannover Messe: a strong connection for 70 years”


e’ll all be celebrating an impressive anniversary at this year’s Hannover Messe (24 April to 28 April 2017, Hall 11, Stand C15). Long since the world’s biggest industry trade show, Hannover Messe will be exactly 70 years old this year. And the HARTING Technology Group has good reason to join the celebrations, too: this family owned and family managed company is among the handful of exhibitors who have made the journey to the capital of Lower Saxony every single year since 1947. Hanover is highly significant to HARTING for many different reasons. HARTING’s attendance at this year’s fair comes under the banner “HARTING@Hannover Messe: a strong connection for 70 years”. The HARTING Technology Group sees itself as a pioneering force for digital transformation, offering yet more innovative Integrated Industry products and solutions this year, too. “Integrated Industry creates value. At this year’s Hannover Messe, we will be demonstrating how HARTING products and solutions can make a real contribution to delivering increased customer benefit”, says CEO Philip Harting. How the partnership began in 1947 Back then, company founder Wilhelm Harting was not to know that, by 2017, his grandchildren Philip and Maresa Harting would be the head of a Technology Group employing 4,300 people – the third generation taking the company forward since1945. When “Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten” opened 1945 its doors in Minden, Wilhelm Harting was on the lookout for customers for his new business – initially successful for its electric fences, hotplates, energy-saving lights and irons. “He was looking to strike up a relationship with new customers”, remembers Dietmar Harting, who went along his father and with his brother Jürgen when they were children. Both boys found the “Export Messe” really exciting. “There was ice cream, bananas and cake”, says Dietmar Harting. The first fair in the summer of 1947 lasted 21 days and was open exclusively to German exhibitors.


Around 1,300 companies attended the event in Hanover, which attracted 736,000 visitors and generated export contracts to the tune of nearly 32 million US dollars. Because there were only 180 hotel rooms available, over 10,000 visitors had to stay in private accommodation. As it attended more fairs over the next few years, HARTING demonstrated its entrepreneurial vision and feel for technology trends and the needs of customers and markets. The following decade was marked by the production of medical apparatus, tape recorders and jukeboxes. The Han® connector patented in 1956 and the new types of connector that followed marked the beginning of a huge success story, attracting lots of attention to HARTING at the fair and confirming its market position. The production of modern cigarette vending machines also made a significant contribution to constantly rising sales. The end of the 1970s marked a new era, with the introduction of internationalisation - the first step towards becoming a global company. Coming in April, Hannover Messe has been the most important date in the HARTING trade fair diary for seven decades now. With a main stand covering 1,600m² and as a partner on several shared stands – as ever – HARTING continues to stake its claim as a highly innovative technology company. With complete hardware and software solutions for all applications in the field of industrial connection technology, the company has also developed into a solution provider for Integrated Industry (Industrie 4.0). HARTING’s commitment to the fair is not limited to its physical presence in the line-up, however. Its strong sense of belonging is also evidenced by Dietmar Harting’s long-term role as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Hannover Messe and the Construction and Investment Committee of Deutsche Messe AG Hannover, his work with the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Messe AG and, since 2002, his role as its Vice Chairman. Dietmar Harting was awarded the Lower Saxony Service Medal (2004) and the Trade Fair Honorary Gold Medal (2006) for his far-reaching commitment.

The first HARTING trade fair stand in 1947.

Marie, Dietmar, Jürgen and Wilhelm Harting heading to the trade fair stand in 1950.

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educing development times can be challenging, as every task and function in an automated system must be seamlessly synchronised in order to deliver high quality products to market at the right time, in the right quantities. Using different software packages for different tasks such as programming, simulation, visualisation or diagnostics, can further complicate this and cause delays, particularly if bringing multiple product lines online simultaneously. A solution that can substantially reduce machine development time is simply to use a more streamlined software package. Engineering suites are now available that bring all automation development tasks into one platform, supporting every stage from initial specification through hardware configuration right up to final commissioning, using a Windows-like interface with which engineers are already familiar. Simultaneously integrating software development throughout the lifecycle of a project, can greatly reduce the time to bring a machine or process online. WAGO’s e!COCKPIT software, for example, is based on CODESYS 3.5, and supports all IEC 61131-3 PLC programming languages plus CFC (continuous function chart) popular in the building automation world. This allows engineers to use a language, or several in combination, that they’re already comfortable with, spending less time learning and more time doing. Live debugging means that the system will catch and flag up errors before you move


Time is a valuable resource when it comes to software development for automation processes. The longer it takes to get a machine up and running, the more costly it will be, even without factoring in delays caused by errors and troubleshooting. onto the next programming step, reducing the time spent finding and eliminating them afterwards. e!COCKPIT introduces many other time saving benefits such as integrated web visualisations which avoids the requirement to program separately a traditional graphical HMI. With e!COCKPIT a full library of HTML 5 visualisation objects are included so that it only requires a low cost web panel to be used, as visualisation is created within the PLC rather than separately. This removes an entire step from the programming process, potentially saving a huge amount of time. It is also possible to access the HMI functionality quickly and simply via any standard browser, be it a PC, tablet or smart phone, further saving time while increasing monitoring flexibility and speed of diagnostics. Another time saving development is the adoption of the latest Windows-style interface which enables the representation of a full automation network with visibility of all nodes including both WAGO and third party devices. This further saves time through the ability to publish network variables between nodes and to simultaneously view multiple controller projects. For manufacturers, a reduced development time can allow an increased diversity of product ranges to be brought to market more quickly and at a lower cost, providing greater flexibility to adapt to changes and trends. For the engineers tasked with implementing new machine functions, a highly streamlined system can simplify the development process, and reduce the likelihood of errors creeping in, even for highly sophisticated processes. WAGO Limited Visit: Telephone: 01788 568008 Email:

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Automotive Drives Precision Micro’s Growth The overarching objective of car manufacturers the world over is make increasingly clean and increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles. As such, the demand for Gasoline Direct Injection (GDi) systems is growing, as GDi systems dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. The growth in the GDi market is staggering. In 2008 it was estimated that about 2% of cars built incorporated this technology, but recent predictions suggest that by 2020, 25% will include GDi systems as standard. This is great news for Precision Micro, the Birminghambased photo-etching specialist, which supplies photo-etched flexures used in GDis systems and this is stimulating major growth in the company. Precision Micro — acquired by world’s leading engineering group Meggitt PLC in 2012 — has been making major inroads into the automotive market in recent years with its photo-etched flexures. Today, it supplies flat springs to three of the five key global GDi manufacturers, and has made a five year agreement with Continental to supply it with flexures. It is currently producing more than 1,000,000 GDi flexures each month, and sends them all over the world to places including China, South America and the United States. With the forecast expansion in the GDi market, Precision Micro predicts revenue growth from its GDi customers to increase by 25% in 2017 and by 50% in 2018.


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New Impedance Head Launched DJB Instruments UK Ltd has announced the launch of the AF/50/5 and AF/100/10 IEPE Impedance heads which integrates an IEPE accelerometer and force sensor into one device to measure dynamic acceleration and force simultaneously. The AF impedance head is manufactured in stainless steel, has a mass of 30 grams and an operating temperature range of -40 to +121°C (-40 to +249°F). IEPE sensitivity options including 5mV/N and 10mV/N for measuring force and 50mV/g and 100mV/g for acceleration dependent on your requirements. With a low impedance voltage mode and an effective anti-jamming facility the AF impedance head is ideal for use in modal and structural analysis. It can be attached to an input stinger that is itself driven by a modal shaker and also attached to the test structure via the two M5 tapped mounting holes. The use of IEPE sensors provides accurate measurement of applied forces over a wide bandwidth providing extensive excitation range for Modal testing, unlike other strain gauge sensors which are used for static and quasistatic environments. As with all IEPE sensors, setup is easy and the AF can be connected directly to a data acquisition and analysis system equipped with IEPE signal conditioning within the range of 2-10mA and 18-28VDC. Cables of any length can also be supplied to suit all test set ups and the calibration certification supplied provides National traceability. Neill Ovenden, DJB’s Managing Director said of the launch ‘This is the next product in a full program of product launches in 2017. The AF represents a continued expansion of our traditional accelerometer range into new and wider variables


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collision avoidance into account, it then chooses the fastest picking option. If the part manager decides a pick has been unsuccessful or a part queue does not contain a part to pick, another image is taken and the process starts again using the new results.

3D AREA SENSOR FROM FANUC INCREASES ROBOT PRODUCTIVITY FANUC 3D Area Sensors enable robots to recognise and pick up randomly positioned objects. Capable of locating parts three dimensionally, the 3D Area Sensor adds flexibility and reliability to operations traditionally completed by humans or which otherwise require sophisticated and expensive dedicated machinery. Vision-guided robotics (VGR) is fast becoming an enabling technology for the automation of many different processes within many different industries. Object recognition technology is the ability to identify different items, based on their threedimensional geometry. Whether the process involves loose, mixed, irregular parts, sacks or bags, equipping a robot with a 3D Area Sensor provides an efficient solution that can be quickly adapted to handle different products. Typical applications for 3D Area Sensors include; de-palletising materials (including mixed boxes, sacks, bags and food packaging, bin picking - loose random parts, irregular items, and irregularly-shaped sacks or packaging, and sorting, placing and loading picked items into machines. Automating such processes is an effective way of increasing productivity and reducing costs on a vast range of general material handling applications. Even setups involving dirty, dusty or rusty products and/or difficult light conditions can benefit from such efficiencies. A range of grippers is available to handle a vast range of materials, based on mechanical, magnetic or vacuum principles.


3D vision systems that generate point clouds are very useful for VGR applications, because multiple parts can be located simultaneously. Multi-tasking background processing - part detection takes place while the robot is moving and does not interrupt the workflow- means that shorter cycle times can be achieved. Mastering new paths Teaching the robot new paths is easy. The 3D Area Sensor can be programmed on the shop floor using a graphical interface on iPendant Touch, which utilises FANUC’s familiar iRVision graphical interface. It can set up a bin picking application in a matter of minutes.

The FANUC 3D Area Sensor is available in two versions: the 3DA-400 for smaller applications (400 x 300 x 300 mm); and the 3DA-1300 for larger applications (1340 x 1000 x 1000 mm). They are easy to install - no interfaces to external devices or a PC are necessary - and setup wizards are available to reduce system commissioning time.

One robot can service up to four 3D area sensors. In bin picking applications, the 3DA/1300 Area Sensor can be topmounted on an auxiliary axis-powered rail, allowing the robot to directly control the movement of the sensor. Mounting the sensor this way gives the robot two bins in which to work from. As soon as the robot recognizes that one bin is empty it will automatically switch to the next one, saving downtime that would be required for an operator to change the bin manually.

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FANUC‘s 3D Area Sensor uses structured light projection to create 3D maps of its surrounds. By adding structured light to a vision system, features of the part are not located by identifying features via multiple cameras, but rather through each camera locating the object’s features created by the structured light. Typically, this is performed over a large area, with many 3D points detected for each snap. The result is a point cloud, which compiles several X-Y-Z locations in a tight array across the 3D scene being imaged.

The 3D Area Sensor can be used in cleanroom-certified applications in electronics and pharmaceutical applications, as well as for food handling. A cleanroom robot equipped with the iRVision 3DA/400 Area Sensor can locate and pick randomly orientated bottle caps from a bin. The 3DA/400 Area Sensor provides 3D location of the bottle caps in the bin. The robot picks the bottle caps from the bin and places them in a second bin at high speeds. iRVision’s Interference Avoidance feature prevents the robot and tooling from coming in contact with the bin walls.

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mk Conveyor Quick Designer with Additional Functions mk is expanding its service range and enhancing its QuickDesigner conveyor configurator. The available options now also include adjustable side rails and new stand systems. The wide range of conveyor system variants is almost endless so mk offer conveyor technology online for fast and easy configuration of an individual belt conveyor. The configurator can be found online at and generates a 3D model and quotation. There is an automatic plausibility check, detailed help and live preview. Customers can view all configurations in ‘My Account’ which can be then be saved, retrieved and edited at a later date. Three top selling models for different weight and requirement classes are available as a basis for the configuration. These can be adapted intuitively and with ease to meet individual requirements And now mk is setting the benchmark again. Two new options have been added to the QuickDesigner. Therefore mk can now respond to the customers’ requirements in even greater detail and provide an even larger variety of variants. One new addition is the adjustable side rail SF01, which is now available alongside the range of fixed side rails. This side rail is a particularly effective solution for


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FULTON CELEBRATES AS 1000th TRAINEE GAINS CITY & GUILDS CERTIFICATION Just three-and-a-half-years after their introduction, Fulton Limited – the leading heat transfer specialist – is celebrating having welcomed its 1,000th trainee onto its City & Guilds Accredited training course.


he City & Guilds-certified, one-day training course was introduced by Fulton in 2013 and offers a mix of theoretical and practical operational assignments which, the company claims, bridges the gap between the more expensive courses (that can cost many thousands of pounds per employee), and cheaper, straightforward ‘toolbox’ training. Commenting for Fulton, customer services manager Jeff Byrne says: “This is a real milestone for the company. We are delighted to have welcomed Muhammad Ateeb Farooq, our 1,000th trainee, who successfully completed the course and gained the City & Guilds certificate. We operate the courses throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and at our Bristol-based manufacturing facility, which has a dedicated training room.” He goes on to say that with no two boiler systems being the same, Fulton prefers to run its training courses at customers’ own facilities, so technicians and engineers learn on the equipment they will be monitoring day-to-day. However, Fulton’s in-house facility can accommodate training for its range of electric, gas, oil and dualfuel-fired vertical and horizontal steam boiler systems. City & Guilds certification adds value to the training courses and supports both the Safe Management of Industrial Steam and Hot water boilers Guidelines BG01 (SAFed) and INDG-436 (HSE) regarding operation and training. The Fulton Operator Routines & Maintenance course is designed for boiler operators and covers basic day-to-day operation and monitoring; and provides employees with the knowledge required to monitor a boiler and ensure it is running efficiently and safely. It also includes training in operational procedures, daily blowdowns, and checking of water levels, alarms, etc. the course also examines the importance of correctly treated feedwater and what boiler inspectors will look for during routine insurance inspections. “We have always promoted the benefits of operator training to our customers and enjoy seeing technicians and engineers grow in confidence as they improve their knowledge.” says Jeff. Fulton’s training has proven to be invaluable to employers, with operators managing more of their own maintenance and repairs and avoiding costly call-outs that require no more than the simple flick of a switch to resolve. “Real examples like this prove that a Fulton one-day Operator Routines & Maintenance course could potentially save the cost of many expensive and unwanted engineers’ visits.” says Jeff. For further information on Fulton’s City & Guilds Accredited training programme, call 0117 972 3322, or email

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LG Motion makes laser micromachining easy with Polaris CAD/CAM

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To complement their own range of products, LG Motion work closely with a number of International motion control specialists in order to provide a most comprehensive range of motion control solutions. Polaris Motion specialises in control solutions for CNC machines in laser-based manufacturing applications, diamond tool cutting and grinding of optical surfaces and many other high performance areas. Polaris CAD/CAM – new advanced software package Polaris CAD/CAM helps make laser micromachining and 3D printing easy. It is a single piece of software for the machine operator to design parts, import part files, run the machine and inspect the finished product. Fully featured, it’s used to control the laser source, positioning stage, Galvoscanner, and machine vision camera. Import 2D and 3D CAD Files DXF, DWG, STL, Gerber and NC Drill files can be imported into Polaris CAD/CAM. STL files can be sliced and hatched and used for 3D laser printing and laser engraving. DXF, DWG and Gerber files can be hatched, and offsets can be added for beam spot compensation. Draw Objects in Polaris CAD/CAM Lines, circles, arcs and rectangles are easy to draw. You can draw parts by hand, and add precise parameters for size and position. You can draw polylines and polygons with easyto-use tools. All closed shapes can be hatched with lines, hatchings, dots, and contours. Select motion speed and laser parameters for each shape, groups of shapes or the whole recipe.


Create Complex Recipes with Recipe Flow Tools All the parameters in the recipe such as size, position, motion and laser parameters can be entered as variables. It’s an easy way to change and control parameters for whole recipes. Logical commands can be used to create complex, yet flexible recipes. Use mathematical expressions, constants and formulas to create complex geometries. Control Positioning Stages and Galvo Scanners

Polaris CAD/CAM has a stitching tool and infinite field of view (IFOV) to combine fast motion of the Galvoscanner and the long stroke motion of the stage. Stitching allows the division of a large object into tiles, and centering each object in the Galvo field. Infinite field of view synchronizes and coordinates stage motion and Galvoscanner motion automatically. Device Control via I/O and Serial Port Hardware in the laser CNC machine can be controlled through digital and analog I/O and serial port commands. Commands can be included in the recipes or added as special buttons in the user interface. Support for specific devices may be developed on request.

Polaris CAD/CAM has a Virtual Joystick to control the positioning stage manually. There are pre-set positions for load-unload and automatic motion between camera and laser positions.

Polaris CAD/CAM integrates machine vision with laser machining processes. Machine vision can be used to inspect actual markings or it can be used to super-impose fabrication trajectories onto the image of the cut part. Camera view is calibrated to match the stage coordinates. Several cameras may be used, for both wide and zoomed-in views. The camera view can be co-linear with the laser or it can be off-axis. For off-axis views, the laser and camera may be shuttled back and forth over the feature of interest. Other camera uses include auto-alignment and auto-focus.

Polaris – advanced motion control system The advanced motion control platform, Polaris™, demonstrates speed, precision and programming flexibility. It is the world’s most advanced off-the-shelf platform for the control and synchronization of servo motors. Motor control applications can be realised by using Polaris software and hardware components which include controls, drives and, digital I/O. Extensive motion control software includes CAD/ CAM, operator interfaces, function libraries, executables, HMIs and applications. For more information about the products and services available from LG Motion please contact: Tel: +44 (0) 1256 365600

April 2017

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April 2017

HES Lubemec expands its Lubrication Service Offering HES Lubemec, the lubrication division of Group HES and official UK Distributor for SKF lubrication, is experiencing a period of exponential growth! With a large investment made in people, infrastructure and technology, HES Lubemec is on a mission to be the largest installer and supplier of lubrication systems in the UK! The company is excited about the mission and providing exceptional customer service to all customers from Land’s End to John O’Groats! HES Lubemec is working in partnership with SKF, world-class lubrication equipment and systems manufacturers including the Lincoln brand, to provide customers with an unbeatable product range, the largest stock levels in the country, as well as full installation and servicing capabilities. HES Lubemec now has nationwide sales, installation and service coverage, with fully equipped mobile workshop, which stocked and ready to visit customers on-site. Lubrication is so often overlooked but is the cause of 36% of machine


failures. By investing in an automatic lubrication system, you can save money of costly repairs as well as the cost of oil lubricating points by lubricating manually. You can save time and resources as well as reducing the risks involved with manually lubricating points. The HES Lubemec team are lubrication experts and will work with you to fully understand your business needs and will find a solution that works for you. For more information or to discuss your project please email or call the team on 01452 733 104.

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Compression spring basic features – white paper By Chris Petts, Managing Director, Lee Spring UK In this white paper Chris Petts, M.D. of Lee Spring UK discusses some basic features of compression springs and the factors that need to be specified for custom springs. This includes winding, coil number for open ends, closed ends (not ground), open and ground, closed, spaced and ground formats. Spring squareness and choice of spring shape are considered, including various types of cone compression spring designs. The full white paper can be downloaded here: Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website - or follow them on twitter -

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Universal Electric Motor Actuator for Lifting Valves Schubert & Salzer has developed its own lift drive for the sliding gate valves, seat valves and 3-way valves. With its actuating power of 800 N, this extremely compact 2032 electric motor actuator is optimised for excellent actuation precision. With a standard dead band setting of only Âą 0.6% of the entire stroke, this motor actuator achieves an exceptional repeat accuracy of up to Âą 0.3%.

defined fail-safe position if the supply voltage fails. In contrast to mechanical adjusting spring functions, fittings equipped with this new drive can also be set to a freely-selectable fail-safe position. If the supply voltage fails, e.g. in the water or gas industry, these valves move into the pre-defined position, meaning that processes are not necessarily interrupted. Of course manual operation is also available.

It is offered in two versions: an open/ closed version and as a regulating drive version. Furthermore, it also offers safety functions that can be individually defined. For this purpose, the monitoring of the lifting force, the target value, the temperature of the electronics, etc. are integrated in the drive. For diagnostic purposes, the motor and overall operating period as well as the temperature and lifting ranges are all recorded. These diagnostic functions can be retrieved directly via the Device Config software. At the same time, this software tool gives users of regulating drives the opportunity to adapt parameters such as the actuating time, characteristic curve, signal range and limit switch positions to the process conditions.

Bluetooth module for simplified configuration and communication In order to ensure simple connection to its control valves, Schubert & Salzer Control Systems has developed a Bluetooth module which is available as an option in the 2032 lift drive. When using the Bluetooth module, the Device Config V7 configuration software establishes a wireless connection with a range of approx. 25 m of this motor valve drive.

With its outstandingly stable aluminium housing and the metal coupling, this lift drive is also designed for tough operating conditions. Mains connections for 24 V AC/DC and 90-260 V AC are also optionally available. Safety is the top priority The 2032 motor actuator has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 as standard. As a result, it offers complete protection against contact and is not sensitive to dust and water showers. The electric drive can also be optionally secured against power failures. In order to reset this zero voltage, the condensers store sufficient energy to ensure that the fitting moves into a


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April 2017

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Engineering Materials Live: Making materials matter Connecting the right material, for the right application, with right people The UK is renowned for world-leading engineering design and innovation. At the heart of every product or design is the need to select appropriate materials and forming methods, which means working with partners that have the right materials engineering expertise and applications knowledge early in the process. So Engineering Materials Live has been created to help design engineers and UK manufacturers do this. Organised by MA Business, publishers of Engineering Materials, Eureka! and FAST magazines among more, this brand new event meets the needs of UK engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials. Taking place on 11th May 2017 at the National Motorcycle Museum, the event will provide a platform for materials buyers, production engineers, design engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business. Engineering Materials Live has already welcomed support from significant names in this industry including; Albis, Arrk Europe, Crown Plastic Moudings, EMS Chemie, Distrupol, K.D Feddersen, Laser Lines, Micro Epsilon, Ogle


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2. Discover ideas and solutions in lightweighting, materials selection, metal replacement, glass replacement, reinforced materials, structural materials, sustainable materials, multimaterial joining and more 3. Learn how to best apply new techniques and technologies in the free practical seminars and workshops 4. Meet some of the most experienced and knowledgeable leading suppliers 5. Free parking right outside the event, a free breakfast roll and tea/coffee on arrival and a free pass to see the Motorcycle Museum collection (otherwise priced at ÂŁ9.95)

Models & Prototypes, Pentagon Plastics, Plastic Products International and Plastribution. Just as important as selecting the right materials, is knowing which fastening and bonding methods to use. Engineering Materials Live is co-located with the established Fastening & Assembly Solutions and Technology Exhibition (FAST). Running since 2005, the FAST Exhibition provides visitors with direct access to experienced application experts in fastening, bonding and assembly. A number of technical seminars will also run during these co-located events, focused on helping visitors solve design challenges in lightweighting, materials selection and multi-materials joining. The co-location of these two high-quality exhibitions will allow so much more to be achieved in a single visit for delegates. Pre-registering for the event is easy and ensures free entry to the exhibition and seminar sessions. VIP visitors will also qualify for free access to the museum to experience the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest collection of British motorcycles. The exhibitor list and seminar programme can be found online. To register please visit:









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I can’t wait for the second The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo in November, if last year is anything to go by I am sure it’ll make for another great event!

nearly 10,000 miles across the breadth and width of the UK in search of the winners. Once decided, it’s a closely guarded secret, I can assure you only one or two people from our team know, so it’s as much of a surprise for us as it is for the winners!

What can visitors expect this year? Smart Factory Expo (SFE) was a great success – the country’s largest dedicated 4IR/Industry 4.0 gathering brought together over 3000 participants from across the country.

The whole process is of huge value to all those involved, not only those that take home an award on the night. The opportunity to host a site visit and receive the judges’ initial assessment report and an insightful judges’ report post-visit is a priceless tool for companies striving to be the best in class. All short-listed companies are also included in The Opus, our coffee table publication that is sent to heads of government and supporting institutions throughout the UK and Europe. So, it’s certainly not just about sharp suits and champagne on the evening of the 16 November!

2017 is going to be bigger and better, as we move to Liverpool to tap into the country’s biggest manufacturing region, the North West. There are over 3000 manufacturers in the vicinity of Liverpool alone, with a further 346,000 people directly employed by industry in the region, contributing £23.7 billion of output. Liverpool and the surrounding local authorities, combined with central government, have been eager to showcase the North West’s digital manufacturing ecosystem – and some of the biggest players in UK manufacturing, such as JLR, Siemens, Alstom, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, are generously opening their doors to exhibition attendees. As we focus on the future of UK manufacturing, 2017 will see the expo divided across four content zones - Smart Factory, Industrial Internet, Digital Transformation, Industrial Automation. In addition to this strong thematic focus – other new features for 2017 include:

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It looks as though there will be plenty of competition for “The Manufacturer of the Year Award 2017” at November’s The Manufacturer MX Awards ceremony. How do you decide the winners, with such stiff competition? The judging for The Manufacturer MX Awards is incredibly rigorous. The three-stage process, all involving independent experts and adjudicators comprises a self-assessment by those companies entering, a site visit and validation by a team of judges, followed by a further round of analysis and comparison. Last year, our judging team travelled


Entries for 2017 awards are open now, visit for more details. We have seen strong export markets recently; this is obviously great for UK manufacturers. Do you think we will see this trend continue? Absolutely! However, we must bear in mind that the recent weakening of the pound, although great for many UK exporters, can’t be relied upon in the longer term. Almost 25% of our exports still rely on imported materials. The route to sustainable, long-term growth for UK manufacturers (exporters and suppliers into domestic markets) will be through a combination of: • Homegrown innovation, improving productivity levels and output • A robust Industrial Strategy that supports investment by SMEs • Private and public sector collaboration in tackling the ongoing skills gap We are in uncertain times, no one knows what the next five years will look like. Brexit, geopolitical uncertainty, even the future of the United Kingdom is up for debate. But with disruption comes opportunity, and despite any doom and gloom in the mainstream media, UK manufacturing has always had an optimistic outlook. I have every faith that the sector will continue to grow, to create new highly skilled jobs and to export goods and services to support ever-rising global demand for the “Made in the UK” seal.

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April 2017

Magna Receives Multiple Supplier Excellence Awards • Recognition for ADAS business • Awarded by three different customers • Evaluated on customer satisfaction and overall performance

“Autonomous vehicle technology is setting the pace of change in the industry and with our ADAS leadership position, our business continues to grow as a result. The global recognition we are receiving from multiple customers reflects our overall performance and demonstrates our commitment to quality excellence,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer and President of Magna Electronics. 40|

As sales of Magna International Inc.’s vision-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) continue to increase, the company’s efforts are being recognized. Magna has recently received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award, Honda Good Supplier Award and Ford Q1 Preferred Quality Award. Magna’s Holly, Michigan, facility, which produces ADAS components for global automakers, received the General Motors Supplier Excellence Award. For the second consecutive year, the company’s electronics facility in Japan was presented the Honda Good Supplier Award in the Cost Performance category for its rearview and front facing cameras.

Additionally, Magna’s electronics facility in Monterrey, Mexico, received the Ford Q1 Preferred Quality Award. Magna has been innovating camera technologies since the 1990s. Many of the company’s innovations and patents from that time are now coming of age in the worldwide automotive market. Today, Magna supplies camera systems to more than 60 percent of major automakers around the world.

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April 2017

Driving this change in culture are a number of industry-leading executives, whilst a combination of key technologies will enable and shape utilities’ transformation and increasing flexibility. Explore the innovations and technologies that are transforming utilities. Meet the people who are driving this change.

Key people Ten individuals have embraced innovation and change in their respective companies, across the sector and more widely. They are the leaders in the transformation utilities are undergoing towards becoming more flexible, sustainable and suitable for the new world we’re all heading towards. Here are the Utility Week Live transformation leaders: Basil Scarsella, chief executive, UK Power Networks; Ben Jeffs, director and chief executive, MOSL; Cathryn Ross, chief executive, Ofwat; Cheryl Latham, chief executive, Brighter World Energy; Dermot Nolan, chief executive, Ofgem; Piers Clark, founder and chairman, Isle Utilities; Elon Musk, founder and products architect, Tesla and chairman, SolarCity; John Reynolds, chief executive, Castle Water; Simon Harrison, group strategic development manager Mott MacDonald, and chair of the energy policy panel, IET; Tony Cocker, chief executive, Eon UK.

Key technologies Ten technologies are fundamentally changing the shape and look of the utilities sector. These include technologies and innovations that are already a key part of utilities’ daily operations, and those whose influence and impact is only going to grow in the coming years. The top 10 technologies are: cloud computing; demand response and demand side management; electric vehicles; energy storage, including battery technology; geographical information systems (GIS); the Internet of Things (IoT); machine learning; smart metering; solar; and wind.

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More Railtex keynote speakers More keynote speeches by leading rail industry figures have been added to the supporting programme at Railtex 2017. On the opening day of the show, Gordon Wakeford, Chair of the Rail Supply Group and also Managing Director of Siemens Mobility UK, will be speaking. The following day David Waboso, Managing Director, Network Rail/Digital Railway will deliver a keynote address on plans to revolutionise railway traffic control in Britain. And on the closing day of Railtex, David Prout, Director General, Department for Transport/HS2 Ltd will provide insights into plans to implement construction of the high-speed line between London and the West Midlands now it has Parliamentary approval. These three presentations will take place at the Knowledge Hub, one of two areas set up in the main hall of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Details of other keynote speeches appeared in our last Railtex update. They all form part of a huge range of events running throughout the show that also includes technical seminars, project briefings and discussion forums. To gain maximum benefit from a visit to Railtex, check full programme details at Meanwhile, exhibitor numbers continue to increase, reaching nearly 450 by late March. Companies taking part will cover every railway engineering discipline – civils, permanent way, electrical and electronics, signalling and communications, rolling stock manufacture and maintenance, and much more. The latest list of exhibitors can be accessed at Register online for your free visit The UK’s premier rail industry event, Railtex 2017 takes place at the NEC from 9 to 11 May. Follow the link at to register for free entry


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April 2017


AQE announces agenda for Air Quality Conference

The organisers of AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, UK, 24-25th May) have published the programme for Day 2 of the event. Developed in partnership with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference), there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy. “The High Court has instructed the UK Government to produce draft plans on how it will tackle air pollution in

the UK’s towns and cities, and these are likely to be published in April, so AQE 2017 is perfectly timed,” comments AQE organiser Marcus Pattison. “The speakers will address the major role that monitoring can perform in helping to identify effective air quality improvement measures, such as those identified in the recent NICE guidelines. As part of its consultation process, NICE is looking for evidence of successful measures and specifically rules out studies which rely exclusively on modelling, so there will be a greater emphasis on monitoring.” Speakers from academia, local authorities and industry will provide delegates with the latest information on technologies, air quality strategy, and best practice in traffic-related pollution issues. The presentations will include cases studies on the deployment of monitors as well as initiatives to reduce pollution in urban areas, and on the collection and presentation of air quality data.

Air quality is also affected by industrial emissions, so the first day of AQE 2017 will focus on industrial emissions monitoring - regulations, standards, methods and technologies, and the agenda for this day will be published shortly. Visitors to AQE 2017 will also benefit from the opportunity to attend an Exhibition with more than 90 stands featuring many of the world’s leading organisations in air quality monitoring; providing a unique opportunity to see all of the latest developments in instrumentation and monitoring services. In addition, registered visitors will be able to attend over 50 free walk-in workshops, mostly provided by exhibitors, addressing a wide variety of monitoring themes including ambient air quality, stack emissions, process gas, occupational safety, fugitive emissions and boundary monitoring. For more information visit


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April 2017


BVAA Interview: Q&A with Rob Bartlett, CEO of the British Valve & Actuator Association (BVAA)




Hi Rob, Firstly thank you for your time with us today. We have heard great things from the recent regional dinner, what were the main topics of the supplier day in Feb? Also, not long now until the spring conference which we are all excited to hear more about especially in regards to the Keynote speakers. Can you share with us any confirmed speakers for the event? You’re right, the Yorkshire Regional Dinner is rapidly becoming one of the BVAA’s largest gatherings - unsurprising when one realises Brighouse is the spiritual home of the British Valve industry. The related ‘Supplier Day’ essentially recognises that BVAA’s not just about British Valve manufacturers, but that we also encompass the whole supply chain for the British Valve industry. It’s a day where our own OEMs ‘speed date’ with component

April 2017 and service suppliers, many of whom they are meeting for the first time. As well as giving our supplier-members a chance to pitch for business, it also gives our OEMs the chance to see what’s out there – something we’re usually more known for doing for our own industry’s customers. We facilitated nearly 100 official interactions in a single morning, with lots more going on in the mini exhibition that’s held alongside. And Yes, the May Conference & Golf Day at Celtic Manor is the highlight of the year. Speakers confirmed to date include Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne on trading with Iraq and the role of a trade envoy, Professor Joe Nellis of Cranfield is attempting to look beyond the horizon for us, in a similar vein Jeremy Leonard of Oxford Economics is introducing our new and unique Global Valve Markets Forecast Report, Steve Robertson of Douglas Westwood is speaking on the oil and gas sector’s prospects, and we’ve some exciting news to announce shortly about a major user coming to speak too.



We have had a strong start to 2017 and the BVAA Members make up a significant number of jobs within the manufacturing industry. How can we continue to grow nationally in the coming years? Oil & Gas, particularly the UKCS, has had something of a torrid time of late, and we are just beginning to see the feint glimmerings of some sort of recovery in Aberdeen and beyond, the extent of which has yet to be determined. This inevitably has had a knock-on effect to the valve industry which is heavily, although not solely, reliant on this important British asset. Government support for Oil & Gas – of all types - is essential. For one thing it’s a major revenue stream for the Treasury through taxation, but also it’s the phenomenal skills base it maintains and develops. Every step imaginable – and perhaps some that haven’t been envisioned yet – needs to be employed to support this jewel in the crown. That said, other valve end-user industries have borne the latest trials and tribulations quite well, and BVAA members in these sectors have proven very resilient – mainly due to their superior products and services. Investing in people is the key to everything however, and young people particularly. The resurgence in Apprenticeships needs to be boosted still further, and we need to get a grip on the out-of-kilter economic situation that denies these youngsters affordable housing and certainty in their employment. The BVAA have stood strong for 80 years now and their member contribute so much to our industry. What can expect in the future from you and is there anything our readers should look out for in the near future? We’ve had more Future Strategy meetings in the BVAA in the last 10 years than we have the preceding 7 decades I think! We’re constantly on the lookout for new and innovative services to members – no mean feat from such an incredibly diverse industry and thus diverse membership. We are also essentially a not-for-profit organisation and that brings its own challenges too. Our eye at the moment is on securing Business Development opportunities and we’ve a relatively new working group in the BVAA dedicated to finding and exploiting these for the wider membership. Our magazine ‘Valveuser’ is a great vehicle for members’ PR – indeed it’s so professional that many do not realise it is a trade association-led journal. We also run three different websites now, with a broad range of services to our own members, and their customers. That’s the key I feel – we are the interface between these two groups, both of which we can mutually benefit. The other major activity at the moment is our Future Leaders Programme. Each year we take a dozen or so talented individuals from member companies, usually in their first role with major responsibility, and ‘de-silo’ them by giving a range of industry site-visits and experiences days, technical training and a comprehensive personal development programme, all without charge. They attain a wealth of knowledge and experience in a fraction of the time, without having to leave their employers. The pilot programme was a runaway success, and we are already creating an alumni of young, enthusiastic and well-rounded individuals with all the skills the industry needs.


Lastly I wanted to ask you about how more businesses can get involved and become members? How would relevant companies get involved? The easiest way is to take a look at or – and I’m a shameless traditionalist on this – just call the BVAA on 01295 221270 and I’d be delighted to talk through how we can help.



April 2017

New and safe: Safety over IO-Link from Balluff

First Integrated Safety Solution via IO-Link Balluff is the first in the world to offer equipment manufacturers a simpleto-integrate, cost-saving safety solution based on IO-Link. Safety over IO-Link combines automation and safety in one system and represents efficient safety concepts from one source. Safety over IO-Link offers the proven IO-Link advantages such as simple data transport and information exchange, high flexibility and universal applicability. A logical step in the direction of economical Industry 4.0 for users and for Balluff. With integrated safety solutions and their own safety components, Balluff is now able to meet the demands of automation and safety equally. Safety over IO-Link from Balluff is open to the sensor level: Balluff safety components as well as safety devices from other manufacturers can be connected to the Balluff-developed I/O module, the yellow safety hub, using inexpensive standard M12 cable.

The module is connected to an IO-Link master, with safe communication with the control level provided by Profisafe/Profinet. Safety-relevant data is transferred through the master directly to the safety controller using the so-called tunneling procedure. Safety requirements up to PLe / SIL3 can be achieved. The simple and transparent system structure saves time and money in cabling, reduces the space requirement in the control cabinet, and enables leaner system concepts. The high degree of standardization results in savings over the entire life cycle of the machine. With Safety over IO-Link applications can be adapted quickly and easily to changing requirements. Both equipment manufacturers and users thus benefit equally.

Available soon – a new liquid transfer pump The new FL10 diaphragm pump with linear drive for OEM customers will be available from April 2017. With a nominal liquid flow rate of 100ml/min, the FL 10 features bi-directional flow-tightness, IP 65 protection, a long and maintenance-free lifetime, and other cost-saving attributes.

Features and benefits • Flow-tight in both directions • IP65 • Linear flow rate adjustment

The FL 10 pump is flow-tight in both directions in off-mode, making additional valves superfluous, thus saving on costs. The linear drive FL10 has sealing between the pump housing and the drive ensuring fail-safe operation, so liquid is kept away from other areas of the system. IP65 protection suitable for operation in demanding conditions such as wet or dusty areas. KNF’s well-proven diaphragm technology, makes handling sensitive fluids easier and safer. There is no pollution by abrasives, unlike gear pumps. Chemically aggressive fluids are handled by using different materials in line with customer requirements. In contrast to peristaltic pumps, the FL 10 does not require tubes to be exchanged. This results in maintenance-free pumps over the whole lifetime of at least 10,000 hours.


• Fail-safe operation due to sealing between pump housing and linear drive • Calibrated during assembly for high repeatability • Clean, gentle transportation of sensitive liquids

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• Chemically resistant options available • Long lifetime and maintenance-free • Offers costsaving potential


April 2017

Surface Technologies O Controlled Shot Peening O Laser Shock Peening O Thermal Spray Coatings O Dry Film Lubricants O Organic and Inorganic Coatings O Parylene Ultra-thin Conformal Coatings O Superfinishing O On-site Processing O Material Testing and Analysis O NADCAP, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485, AS9100 Rev C

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April 2017


Fluid Mechanics, one of the USA’s leading servicers of fuel injection systems for high, medium and slow speed industrial diesel engines is now as part of L’Orange, the German leader in electronically-controlled, high-pressure injection technology for diesel and heavy fuel oil engines. This year Fluid Mechanics celebrates its 60th anniversary and will continue in North America to use the same name and personnel but now as fully functioning operation of L’Orange, a Rolls-Royce Power Systems company. With all employees and the current management retained, Olav Altmann, Head of Sales at L’Orange, believes this will be the perfect starting point to expand in the important North American industrial engine sector and an ideal fit for both companies. “In China, we laid the foundations for the Asian market in 2009 with the opening of our office in Suzhou and now we are doing the same in the Americas with our long-term distribution partner in the US, building on our many years of experience with Fluid Mechanics and on its solid market presence.” Fluid Mechanics will continue to be a key operator for North American industrial engines market and has been providing engine services to power plants for more than 30 years. With continued growth in other parts of the Americas, in particular the Caribbean and Central America, Fluid Mechanics will play an increasingly important role in keeping industrial engines operating efficiently now with the roundthe-clock availability of L’Orange products 365 days a year. Fluid Mechanics will be the main point of contact for OEMs in the USA and from its new Avon Lake, Cleveland


headquarters, it will also serve markets on the East Coast of the US and in the future, the West Coast, Canada and South America will be added to the list. The company’s largest operating sector is in industrial power plants followed by shipping applications and military work. Fluid Mechanics sells injection systems, high-pressure fuel lines, intake and exhaust valves, and piston rings, among many other original parts for medium-speed engines. Its reputation has been built on providing reconditioning and repair services of injection pumps, injection valves, cylinder heads and other engine components to clients in these sectors. Formerly Senior Manager Production Common Rail Injectors at L’Orange, Herwig Flug has now become President & CEO of Fluid Mechanics and has welcomed the new operation as a tangible sign of success for both companies in the important North American market. “We will be analyzing the market very closely. In the future, we will gradually expand our service offer on site and further develop Fluid Mechanics into a central service and sales hub for North and South America.”

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April 2017

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April 2017

Improving Adhesion with Plasma Treating Dyne Technology, the UK and Irelands No 1 supplier of Plasma Treatment technology explain how Plasma can help to solve the problems of adhesion to “non-stick” plastics. factors is wettability, which can Environmentally friendly, Achieving good adhesion levels of paints, coatings, sealants and glues to traditionally “non-stick” plastics is a problem widely faced by engineers from many industries; printing inks will rub off, gaskets won’t bond and coating will not adhere. Despite problems of adhesion being wisely faced throughout engineering and manufacturing, it is a subject that is not widely discussed. Dyne Technology, the UK and Ireland’s Number One supplier of Plasma Treatment equipment, has cemented their reputation as the experts of adhesion issues. With the Dyne Technology engineers experience spanning over forty years, many applications, industries and problems have been encountered. So, how do you solve the problem of achieving strong adhesion to plastics when a clear majority are “nonstick”? Traditionally “non-stick” plastics include Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and EPDM, all of which have a low surface energy of between 29 – 36 Dynes/cm² (mN/m). These low surface energy materials mean that no matter how much cleaning or abrasion of the surface, they remain at best difficult or often impossible to paint, coat, print or bond to without resulting to harsh solvent based primers or high temperature flame torch treatments. How can adhesion to these plastics and rubbers be improved?

be determined by surface energy. “Non-stick” plastics have a low surface energy, meaning getting the adhesive to spread the substrate may be an issue, never mind achieving a strong bond! Throughout engineering, there are well known methods of increasing the surface energy and plastics and rubbers which include; hard, environmentally damaging wet chemical treatments, high temperature flame torch treatment, high voltage corona discharge and the plasma treatment of plastics. Plasma Treating plastics which is also referred to as Plasma Surface Activation is a highly effective, long lasting method of increasing the surface energy of plastics and rubbers, such as Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE). Which components are suitable for Plasma Treatment? A wide range of components are suitable for Plasma Treatment including (but not limited to); • Extruded products • Web material

• Complex three-dimensional It is widely recognised that the ideal surface to bond injection moulded parts, for to should meet several important pre-requisites to example, instrument panels etc. achieve good adhesion and one of these important


economical and efficient… Used throughout a vast amount of industries, Plasma Treating plastics and rubbers is the method of choice for solving their problems of adhesion. During Plasma Surface Activation, the component undergoes an environmentally friendly process which does not alter the bulk properties to the treated part and does not mark, discolour or damage the component in any way. Following Plasma Surface Activation, the material will now have the required surface energy to ensure good wetting and adhesion of printing inks, paints, adhesives, and coating, etc. Once the material has undergone Plasma Surface activation, there is no need for the use of environmentally damaging solvent based pre-treatments, which has the potential to lower work place hazards and benefit your bottom line.

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April 2017

Interroll’s new modular conveyor platform - an innovative solution for internal logistics Interroll’s modular conveyor platform helps its customers, system integrators and OEM’s, to react to the growing importance of efficient material flow to end users. The main element of the new platform is a robust, modular system that incorporates the various key elements of conveying systems. Modern material flow systems can now be planned quickly and assembled efficiently with the help of this modular concept. Smart, economical and flexible. Interroll’s new generation conveyor modules are the most versatile and durable systems available, assuring highest availability and scalability for future growth. The new modular conveyor platform offers cost and energy efficiency and is truly a plugand-play solution, with preassembled elements providing for simple on-site installation and reduced planning effort. Key sorting elements such as transfers, diverts, lifts, stops, etc., can be combined with belt and roller conveyors to realize basic conveying functions such as stopping, distributing, lifting and lowering unit loads. They are often critical in system layout planning as their sorting performance can have a significant impact on the overall system throughput.

Interroll’s design-winning modular conveyor platform

Thanks to the modular design of the platform, newly planned systems can be realised extremely quickly. Independently adjustable side guides, steplessly adjustable stands, integrated crossbars for electrical conduit and universally usable spaces for attachment parts make installation even easier. With the new “Interroll Layouter,” Interroll offers its customers a free AutoCAD plug-in software tool. This allows for modules to be integrated into the customer layout more easily. Because the entries are validated to minimise the risk of bad planning, the conveyor system can be configured much faster and with more planning security. Together with the world’s leading Interroll drive concepts, systems that feature maximum availability, energy efficiency and very low operating and maintenance costs can be built.


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The modules that make up the new platform are compatible with previous Interroll modules; therefore customers can easily extend or change their existing systems by simply integrating new modules. This also guarantees full flexibility for existing customers. The new system was subjected to the hardest possible endurance and performance tests for 10,000 hours to ensure excellent long-term performance and reliability, a quality associated with the name of Interroll. Full specification details are available covering Interroll’s comprehensive new modular conveyor platform.

April 2017

Just be smart Low energy Bluetooth data loggers facilitate real-time supervision of constantly changing temperatures via mobile devices


eeping an eye on temperature data has never been easier: T&D Corporation, Japanese market leader for wireless data loggers, has developed a new generation of devices. The TR4 series data loggers automatically collect temperature data and use low energy Bluetooth 4.0 to send it to any iOS/Android device. The loggers are automatically detected without the need for pre-registration. Data can be collected from multiple loggers simultaneously. Two dedicated apps make it easy to monitor temperatures 24 hours a day and enable instant saving and sharing of collected data: The ThermoREC app collects data and displays it in neatly arranged graphs and tables, while the ThermoStorage app uploads data to T&D’s cloud, the WebStorage Service. Every account has at its disposal 20 MB of free storage space, which offers enough capacity to save for example about 7.000 days of recorded data when using a TR42 logger at a recording interval of one minute. For added reassurance, a special auto archiving function makes sure that data files are zipped and archived before this limit is reached. To prevent unauthorized access to stored data, users receive a unique ID and password after registration. Should data need to be shared, access can be established by setting up a “read-only ID” that enables data to be viewed but not modified or deleted. Each TR4 logger can be set to 15 different recording intervals, from one second to 60 minutes, and has a logging capacity of up to 16.000 readings. Battery life is up to one and a half years. The TR4 series comprises three competitively priced models, two of them waterproof. With various sensor types and measurement ranges, these new

generation devices serve diverse application requirements: the TR41 covers temperature measurements from -40 to 80°C (waterproof, internal sensor); the TR42 measures from -60 to 155°C (waterproof, external sensor), while the TR45 for industrial use is available for thermocouple types K, J, T and S, covering -199 to 1.700°C, as well as for types Pt 100/Pt 1000 with a range of between -199 and 600°C. Thanks to this broad spectrum of measurement capabilities, the TR4 series offers huge flexibility for multiple applications. To name just a few opportunities, the devices

can be utilized for heating control in housing, climatic control of agricultural sites as well as for safeguarding refrigerators, sales cabinets and storage facilities. Their special features make them ideal for supervising transportation of sensitive goods like fresh or frozen food and products for medical use. Real-time monitoring of constantly changing data has never been so smart. Company Contact: T&D Corporation European Sales Office


April 2017

Curiosity leads to Success

STEGO nurtures their thirst for knowledge with innovations How can you improve operational safety in enclosures and control cabinets? How to avoid condensate and frost permanently? These questions are everyday business for the thermal management specialists from STEGO. 37 years after the founding of the company, STEGO preserve above all: a spirit of creative curiosity. This omnipresent spirit of research at STEGO pays off. Making the company the innovator of the industry, ensuring uncompromising, sustainable safety and reliability of all thermal management solutions produced. And most importantly, this spirit is responsible for the fact that sensitive electrical and electronic applications are safely protected against heat, cold and moisture. STEGO’s spirit is also reflected at this year’s Hannover Fair, where the company presents their booth as the “Home of Innovation” to visitors. This is substantiated by new product introductions as well as updates of tried and tested products. The filter fan series FPI/FPO 018, which has stirred up the market for over a year, provides impressive proof of the strong innovative power at STEGO. It scores through strong product features. The most obvious advantage is the innovative air-flap outlet technology. It optimises cooling by allowing more air to pass through freely. The innovative tool-free ratchet mount mechanism is another great plus. The benefits of these new features once used, are a must and unmissable in all future applications. The second generation of in-house developed hazardous area products from STEGO, designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, is premiering at the stand. This includes the series of panel heaters CREx 020, to avoid condensate and temperature fluctuations effectively. The explosion protection spectrum is complemented by the long-life mechanical thermostat REx 011, which features compact dimensions and high response accuracy. STEGO’s DC-Line is the next innovative highlight at the stand. Giving proof of STEGO’s focus on Industry 4.0 and the hereby increased demand for low-voltage applications. DC versions of the glare-free LED 025 light and the innovative filter fan FPI/FPO 018 were introduced at the end of 2016. Now at Hanover Fair 2017, STEGO is going to introduce four new DC devices: the DCR 030/DCR 130 fan heater, the DCM 010 switch module, the DCT 010 electronic thermostat and the electronic hygrostat DCF 010. Your interest is sparked? Find more information on all product innovations at the STEGO booth in Hall 12, Stand E35. The experts from research & development and sales will be happy to answer your questions and to inform you with profound knowledge. Living up the company’s long-standing slogan - “SIMPLY INNOVATIVE. BETTER FOR SURE.”


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April 2017

Success at Auspack 2017 AutoCoding Systems Ltd, specialists in packaging line automation, were demonstrating their world class code assurance and packaging verification solution, together with their Loma TRACS 2 Inspection Reporting tool at the recent Auspack exhibition in Sydney.


isitors to the AutoCoding Systems’ stand were able to see how the AutoCoding solution could help them reduce downtime and job changeover time by removing the requirement to manually set-up packaging line equipment. In addition, by removing human intervention in the set-up of the equipment, the risk of product recalls due to coding errors is avoided. As a further precaution, continuous in-line scanning of the packaging using 1D and 2D barcode scanners verify that the packaging is not only correct for the product, but that the most up-to-date artwork version is being used; particularly important when running promotions or similar packaging formats are used.


AutoCoding Systems and Loma Distributor, Inspection Systems, were delighted with the genuine interest shown by visitors to the stand. The obvious benefits offered by AutoCoding’s solutions were recognised immediately confirming AutoCoding Systems’ decision to expand their UK operation to the Australian market. Dean Rockstro, Business Development Manager heading up the Australian operation commented, “Up until now there hasn’t been such a versatile and robust code assurance and packaging verification solution available to the Australian market. AutoCoding Systems have over 750 lines in the UK already

protected by the AutoCoding solution and, over a 12-year period, they have developed an extensive library of drivers for multiple brands of equipment. Potential customers don’t need to be concerned about the solution being compatible with their existing equipment. The AutoCoding product plays nicely with all brands and types of equipment so there’s no requirement to standardise.” Enhanced functionality is available with the addition of modules such as the Loma TRACS 2 Inspection Reporting tool which monitors and reports on the performance of Loma and Lock inspection devices.

April 2017

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April 2017

Flow Meters Record Use of Agrochemicals Titan Enterprises reports on how agrochemical specialists - Stored Crop Conservation Limited ( has standardised on their 900 series and OG series flow meters to accurately record use of low volumes of regulated chemicals.


ygiene and the elimination of pests and fungus is a major problem in the growth and storage of bulk crops in modern agriculture. From the preparation of the buildings used for the food production through to the silos containing the mass storage of products cleanliness is essential to ensure the quality of the produce. Even when produce is being put into storage the application of various chemicals extends the life of the products. Stored Crop Conservation Limited (SCCL) has produced a system of “fogging” these spaces with a very fine mist which ensures the whole volume is coated with the appropriate chemical. The company has developed its own equipment and methods which ensure a much more even treatment than conventional methods. These chemicals are often regulated substances and careful control of the application volume is critical.


For nearly 15 years the company has been using Titan flow meters for the recording of the amount of chemical used. On current generation SCCL machines the volume of dispensed chemicals is recorded using Titan 900 series mini-turbines flow meters. These flow meters are coupled to a panel indicator recording total volume throughput on a re-settable display. In this way the machine operator can check the desired dosage for an area against the actual volume of chemical used ensuring safe dispersal of these controlled chemicals. To ensure consistent reliable measurements, SCCL’s in-house calibration rigs utilise Titan’s highly accurate oval gear (OG) flow meters. For further information on the 900 Series mini turbine flowmeter please visit or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 /

April 2017

Motorised Z-Axis Microscope Focus Blocks The FB series of Z-axis motorised focus blocks from Prior Scientific offer precise and repeatable positioning of loads with a weight of up to 14 kg


hen creating an imaging system it is often necessary to move components and samples, such as an XY microscope stage, vertically. Achieving precise movement in the Z-Axis is essential for high quality imaging, but can be difficult, especially with heavier components.

Designed and manufactured to the highest standards – Prior Scientific Z-axis motorised focus blocks deliver the repeatability (± 0.7 µm) and precision (± 20 nm) required for almost any imaging application. Even with a full load, these motorised focus blocks may be driven between 1 and 14 mm/sec over a travel range of 38 mm, making them a versatile

choice for integration with a wide range of imaging systems. Ranging from a simple standalone motorised linear axis focus block through mounts for holding stages for incident and transmitted light experiments to encoded devices where overall accuracy and precision is paramount, standard and custom FB series motorised focus blocks are available to suit most applications. FB series motorised focus blocks, as well as any mounted Prior XY microscope stage, can be controlled via Prior’s ProScan III control system. This control system integrates into a wide variety of imaging applications, potentially allowing every component of the imaging system to be controlled from a central point. For further information on the FB series of Z-axis motorised focus blocks please visit our website by clicking here or contact Prior Scientific on / +44-1223-881711.


April 2017

Diagnostics Made Easy Murrelektronik’s Cube fieldbus system offers extensive diagnostic options. A new diagnostics gateway makes access to this data even easier. This solution is easy to implement, provides clear information in case of failure and speeds up troubleshooting, resulting in maximum availability of machines and systems. The Cube system is a high-performance, decentralized fieldbus system that is used in many machines and systems. It has a modular structure and customized installation concepts can be realized with a large variety of input modules, output modules, mixed modules, and a wide range of function modules (e.g. IO-Link, RS 485, etc.). A one cable system transfers both communication data and supply voltages, whereby up to 32 modules can be connected to the four branches of each bus node. The major plus points of the Cube system are the one cable system, fully molded modules, multifunctional channels and comprehensive diagnostic options. Evaluation and use of diagnostic data were only possible with time-consuming programming. Very often, the same steps had to be completed for each new system, because different controls require different diagnostic concepts. So it has not been possible until today to reach maximum utilization of the diagnostic functions of various controls. The resulting problem: Errors could not be identified quickly enough, leading to long downtimes in the worst case. This costs time, money, and nerves.

No more of that! The new Cube67 Diagnostics Gateway is a practical module that provides an easy and fast method to read diagnostic data from the Cube system and to make this data available to the user. Its robust design and the tried and tested fully molded modules make the Diagnostics Gateway suitable for use in rugged industrial conditions. It is integrated in the cable between the Cube fieldbus node and the (maximum) four branches. A standard Ethernet interface connects the Diagnostics Gateway to the communication level.

Complete topology view When starting the Cube system, the Diagnostics Gateway reads the complete topology and also the entire process communication and all diagnostic messages. The module visually prepares this data and displays all information, independently of the control and without additional software, in each browser and, regardless of the platform, in the same way. Any user with access authorization to the communication network may access this data, for example via the HMI, a tablet or the locally installed computer in the control station.


The arrangement of the modules is automatically displayed as a clear topology and in tabular form on the screen. There the complete process data is output, for example the switching states of the individual inputs and outputs. The system’s diagnostic messages are displayed in the topology as well as in a clear tabular form. A major advantage of the tool is the diagnostics memory (logbook). It stores transient errors, which means errors that only occur temporarily, such as when a cable breaks in a drag chain or ‘overheating’ of the sensor due to direct sunlight occurring repeatedly at a certain point of time. In a control, a transient error that is no longer acute will not be displayed anymore. This error is considered to be ‘corrected’. This is very bad, since such an error is often a warning for a more serious problem.

Module designations and error messages in plain text The tool provides a clear table for download in CSV format. This table contains an overview of the modules and components as well as of all inputs and outputs of the read installation solution. In this table, you can assign names to the components and maintain designations for all possible errors in plain text. This table will be imported again to allow the tool to access these names and designations. Thus the topology view and the table no longer provide the user with cryptic error messages but with clear information such as ‘short circuit on the hydraulic unit’ or ‘wire break on the analog sensor of slot two of the transport unit.’ This information helps find errors quickly! To enable fast elimination of the errors, you may also import instructions for precise solutions via the CSV file into the systematics, for example ‘close valve’ or ‘replace cable’. In the ideal case, the article number of the replacement part has already been specified in the table. This speeds up troubleshooting. The log data of the Cube67 Diagnostics Gateway can be stored for dispatch or for statistical studies. This makes it possible, for example, to count the switching cycles of inputs and outputs and to use this information for structured maintenance at cyclic intervals. An exchange format allows the

data to be used also for other systems and to be integrated directly in different applications such as ERP or cloud systems.

Different fields of application Different process parties involved in the life cycle of machines and systems benefit from the Cube67 Diagnostics Gateway: • The start-up person who uses the Diagnostics Gateway to examine the topology and to detect weak points such as short circuits or topology errors (i.e. differences between the nominal and actual configuration) at an early stage. The module is also very useful for IO tests. • The service personnel of the machine or plant who, by integrating the Diagnostics Gateway, is able to identify and eliminate errors quickly, thus guaranteeing maximum machine availability. Permanent integration is also interesting in order to get remote access to the machine or system and to guide, for example, the electrician in the field. • The operator of a machine or system who incorporates the Diagnostics Gateway permanently in order to be able to react to potential problems in time. In the best case scenario, instructions for troubleshooting have already been implemented in the systematics allowing the installer to bring the required spare part right with them when they comes for repair Tel: 0161 728 3133

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Busbar Systems and IEC Busbars systems, or busbar supports are essentially heavy conductors, typically made of copper, which carry and distribute powerful electric currents to components that consume electrical power throughout an assembly.

Busbars are not only easy to install (certainly compared to cabling), they also play a major role in the design and safe operation of a switchgear and controlgear assembly. The recent introduction of the IEC 61439 switchgear and control standards has significant implications for the design and performance of the copper busbar system. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an area which engineers need to appreciate, not least because the new testing regime and the requirement for compliance has changed the way we think about the selection of the busbar system. One of the most important requirements of any switchgear power distribution system is to carry fault currents (short circuits) safely until a protection device, namely the fuse or the moulded case circuit breaker, interrupts the fault. This capability, and the product specification, is the subject of testing which is covered by the IEC 61439 standard and which provides vital information for building a safe assembly.

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61439 Standards Busbar testing, in fact, was revolutionised following the introduction of the standard which came into force in November 2014. It continued a determination across the sector to harmonise the low voltage industry through the creation of one standard which provided protection for both personnel and switchgear. IEC 61439 requires busbar systems to be tested â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by their manufacturers - within enclosures rather than (as previously happened) as a standalone arrangement. This is a step forward for the industry, providing access for system engineers to data delivered in situ which offered both a more realistic assessment and more accurate and reliable data than before. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.



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– Acoustic Cleaner Style Established in 1998, Primasonics® International Ltd is the worldwide leader in design, manufacture and supply of Acoustic Cleaning Systems and Technologies. Based in Penrith, Cumbria, and augmented by a network of agents spanning the globe, our products are used in a variety of industries such as Power Generation, Cement, Petro Chemical, Food, Gypsum, Carbon Black, Chemical, and many more. Acoustic Cleaning encompasses the realm of sound transmission through solids. It is best described by the creation of rapid pressure fluctuations. These pressure fluctuations are transmitted into the particulate matter or “bonded” dry material causing the solid particles to resonate and dislodge from the surface they are deposited on or bonded to. Once dislodged, the materials fall, either due to gravity or are carried away by the gas or air stream within the process. As one of the few companies in the world that specialise in this technology, offering the widest range of frequency models which can be tailor made to fit most installations and environments, we are continuously striving to develop the type of solutions we can offer and expand the range of applications and industries we can deploy them in. Our most recent area of R&D has been in the cleaning of Dry Cargo Ship Holds. After a great deal of


research was done into evaluating the challenges of such a task, our Primasonics engineers proceeded to carry out a trial with an interested party in Australia. In brief we used a new generation of Macrosonics™ Acoustic Cleaners placed within the ship’s hold once the majority of the cement powder had been mechanically removed. The covers were pulled over and the acoustic cleaners sounded. The powerful sonic de-bonding sound waves caused the cement powder which was clinging to the side walls to de-bond and fall onto the floor. This exciting new application remains a challenging one, and we have other important trial work to carry out both overseas and within the UK over the coming year, but the results from this initial testing has been very encouraging. The potential benefits to the ship owners and crew are enormous in that it would eliminate the need for dangerous and costly manual

cleaning of the hold side walls, plus a massive saving in dock time and expense. We are determined to make these benefits something we can offer in the near future and, as such, we will be seeking to work with other bulk tanker owners on further trials as we continue to develop this innovation. Acoustic Cleaning is a non-intrusive, affordable technology that can be used to aid, and often replace, more damaging cleaning methods such as Steam Soot Blowers, Air Cannons, Mechanical Rapping Systems and Vibrators. They can increase the efficiency of process plant, provide improved thermal conductivity, prevent material blockage and remove particulate build up wherever ash, dust, powders or granular materials are processed, generated, stored or transported. +44 (0)17684 80372

April 2017 Construction of the iceSheffield arena was completed at a cost of £15 million and consists of two Olympic-size ice rinks. The complex, which is well used by local schools, also provides skating and ice hockey lessons, leisure skate sessions and curling to visitors of all ages and abilities. iceSheffield also offers a perfect space for large scale conferences and events ranging from intimate meetings to exhibitions attracting up to 1500 people. With special sessions for over 50’s, wheelchair users, students and after school skating, iceSheffield is designed to be completely accessible for all. To ensure that the iceSheffield rinks are always in optimum condition, it is essential that temperature and humidity are closely controlled. Each of the two FlexiEdge D-313 fast-action doors has been installed to enable the arena’s Zamboni specialist ice cutting machine to access and exit the rinks quickly and smoothly. By minimising the time that the doors are open during these procedures, not only are the correct environmental conditions preserved but also expensive energy consumption is avoided. The FlexiEdge range comprises 16 models of many different types and styles including internal and external doors, allweather doors, cleanroom and freezer/ coldroom doors plus emergency exit doors incorporating breakthrough curtains. Standard models are available in widths up to 11 metres and heights of 5.5 metres whilst bespoke and special sizes may be specified. Alongside revolutionary design, FlexiEdge doors are manufactured using top quality materials including galvanised steel for structural strength allied to reinforced polyethylene side guides. The door curtains, which have been developed to offer flexibility and durability, incorporate no rigid elements. A hi-tech manufacturing process involves the insertion of reinforced polyester within a PVC sandwich to produce a high strength yet lightweight door curtain. Simple operation of FlexiEdge fastaction doors is assured via a user-friendly push button control box incorporating an innovative self diagnosis feature. The range provides standard travel speeds up to 2.7 metres per second (opening) and 1.2 metres per second (closing) to shorten work cycles and increase productivity. Frequency inverter motors and encoders ensure ultra smooth operation whilst a manual hand crank has been incorporated for use in the event of a mains power failure. FlexiEdge doors have been designed to set new standards of safety. The door curtain is fully flexible with a soft bottom edge which not only self-adjusts to seal on


STERTIL FAST-ACTION DOORS ENSURE TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY CONTROL FOR iceSHEFFIELD Stertil Door Products has recently supplied a pair of FlexiEdge fast-action doors to help control temperatures and humidity within the iceSheffield complex in the city’s Lower Don Valley.

an uneven floor but also avoids any possibility of causing injury to users. In addition, the incorporation of an infra-red photocell, fitted 300mm above floor level, supported by a bottom edge wireless detector ensures instant halting of all door movement in the event of sensing an obstruction of any kind. Also, the flexible soft-edge curtain provides maximum resistance to damage caused by a vehicle collision. If the door edges are knocked out by the collision, they are automatically re-inserted in the side guides as the door opens. A wide range of activation systems allows maximum versatility of FlexiEdge doors in many different applications. Alternatives to the standard push button pads include wired and wireless pull cords, key switches, induction loops, photocells, radar, radio or infra-red transmitters, presence detectors and touchless hand-wave detectors. Depending on the particular requirements of individual applications, the most appropriate activation method may

be specified to ensure that the doors may be used intensively, minimising ‘open time’ and meeting the needs of the busiest high traffic areas. iceSheffield specified the two FlexiEdge D-313 fast-action doors at a size of 3.2m wide x 2.95m high complete with a combination of radar and push button controls. This combination allows automatic operation of the doors to facilitate movement of the Zamboni ice cutting machine whilst also providing fast and easy access by pedestrians. “As a charitable not-for-profit Trust, we have a policy of buying from British companies, so we were pleased that the Stertil FlexiEdge doors offered the quality we demanded at a competitive price,” says Sean Midgley, Energy and Environmental Manager at iceSheffield. “The doors not only ensure constant temperatures and humidity but also help keep our energy costs to a minimum.”

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nanoDAQ The Ultimately Miniaturised Pressure Scanner

Equally at home in a wind-tunnel model or aboard the real thing, nanoDaq provides the solution for accurate correlation of scale or CFD with full size data. The difficulties of predicting the effects of scale on wind tunnel pressure measurements are now swept away by a pressure scanner that is suited to model or on-vehicle applications. Similar systems are also available for flight test. Acquisition parameters are configured on nanoDaq’s embedded web server, which gives the user complete control over the chosen measurement strategy.

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