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Get straight into the action! Register online for Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 Sensors & Instrumentation, the UK’s only national sensors show sponsored by industry giant Mouser, is creating an early buzz with hundreds having already registered to attend ahead of this year’s event at the NEC Birmingham on 26 & 27 September. Visitors can register online to get their free badge, allowing them to skip the queues on the day and get straight into the thick of the action! Plus, Sensors & Instrumentation is operating a one-ticket policy with co-located events Interplas, PPMA Show and TCT Show, meaning visitors will have access to the UK’s largest group of industrial events with just one badge. In line with the ever growing nature of the show, opening hours have been extended to 9am-5pm on Tuesday 26 and 9am-4pm on Wednesday 27, allowing visitors plenty of time to explore the vast range of products and technology being exhibited by over 80 marketleading suppliers including Binder, Bronkhorst, Charcroft Electronics, Dewesoft, DJB Instruments, Huba Control, Innovec Controls, Keller (UK), National Instruments, PR Electronics, TechniMeasure, VEGA Controls and many more.

As well as providing a one-stop shop for all test, measurement and control requirements, Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 will give visitors the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge via the brand new feature areas, Connecting Industry LIVE and the Drone Zone, and the well-established Micro|Nano|MEMS pavilion. The ever popular CPD accredited seminar programme is shaping up to be one of the most successful to date, as a host of prominent industry figures will explore contemporary issues and topics. Seminars already confirmed for this year’s programme include ‘Heroes of the Internet of Things’ (Neil Hamilton, Myriad Group AG), ‘Build your own sensor’ (Dave Boylan, Innovative Sensor Technology AG), ‘Vibration facility and their work with the ESA’ (Charlie Jarvis, NPL) and many more.

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High Speed Lasers for Permanent Markings Leading manufacturer of high specification laser cutting, marking and engraving machines, Trotec Laser, provides a range of galvo laser machines which are ideal for industrial applications. The Trotec SpeedMarker Series can be integrated into production lines to enable permanent and accurate marking of components, parts or finished goods. Within the industrial sectors, Trotec lasers are often used for creating permanent ID and quality standard markings as well as product information, part numbers and brand logos.

process, there is no damage or accidental marking of the material, and no tooling costs.

Integration of the SpeedMarker laser system with ERP systems enables serialised product information, QR codes and data matrices to be marked onto metals, plastics, foils and films quickly and easily.

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Progressive cavity pumps overcome the toughest processing challenges By Lesley Eaton, Business Development and Marketing Manager, SEEPEX

PC pumps are extensively used to treat waste water

Process pumps are the world’s most popular piece of rotating equipment, outnumbering all other process equipment such as compressors, mixers, blowers – in some plants they can represent as much as 85% of rotating equipment. Industries as diverse as oil and gas, food and beverage, water and waste water treatment, pharmaceutical and chemical, all rely on pumps to move products around their processes. Despite pumps being essential to many processing operations, there remain challenges associated with choosing the correct pump for the job. These selection issues can be resolved thanks to developments in the technology deployed in progressive cavity (PC) pumps, which can now deliver superior pumping ability – overcoming some of the common pumping challenges found across all industries.

Challenge 1: Maintaining product integrity The design of the PC pump moves the product through the pump in a series of cavities, which prevents slip from the discharge back through the pump. Slip creates shear, so compared to other pump designs, which have clearances between the lobes, screws or gears, PC pumps have a very low shear action, preserving the quality of shear-sensitive products, all of which are transferred without loss of integrity and functionality.

Challenge 2: Lifting products High suction lifts can be achieved by PC pumps, making them ideal for lifting products from IBC, barrels or mixing tanks. The ability to pump against almost a full vacuum also ensures the efficient use of degassing equipment. Furthermore, surface-mounted PC pumps can lift from wastewater sumps, removing the need for submersible equipment.


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Challenge 3: Batch and continuous dosing The cavities have a given chamber volume, ideal for both batch and continuous dosing applications where accuracy is important, such as batch dosing sauce directly onto pizza dough or the addition of chemicals to make up tanks. The flow has very low pulsation too, so dosing the correct amount into mixers or pipelines can be achieved with a smooth, continuous action, removing the need for complicated controls or lengthy calibration methods.

Challenge 4: Handling solid particles The PC pump is able to handle solid particles without compromising either the product or the pump efficiency, ideal in a wide range of applications, from waste water treatment to sauces containing vegetables and spices. They are used in any area where solid particles prove problematical for other pump designs, often causing check valves to stick resulting in failure and downtime.

Challenge 5: Variable flow rates PC pumps are available with flow rates from 100 ml/hr to 500 m³/hr and variable frequency drives can regulate pump speeds to increase or decrease flow rates without the need for pulsation dampeners or complicated calibration systems.

Challenge 6: Viscosity PC pumps can handle products with a wide range of viscosities – from water to over 1,000,000 cps. The pumping action means that variations in viscosity do not affect the flow rate, offering accuracy, process stability and reduced downtime compared to pumps that stall as viscosity increases.

Challenge 7: Solids pumping There are some instances where products don’t free flow, hence the development of open hoppers and integral augers to constantly feed non-flowable media

into the pumping elements. The auger is fabricated as part of the integral coupling rod between the drive and rotor, using the rotation produced by the drive to push forward viscous and even solid products. As a result, products that do not flow are pushed into the pumping elements and can then be moved through pipes (the alternative would have been to use a conveyor). This technique makes long distance transfer of high ds% products possible using PC pumps.

Challenge 8: Design compatibility Corrosive and abrasive products, industry standards, hygiene requirements and operating temperature are all factors that need to be considered when configuring or choosing a pump, to ensure that the build materials are suitable for the product and processing conditions. PC pumps can be constructed – and the product feed mechanism adapted – in line with specific application requirements.

Challenge 9: Operating pressures Pumps have to overcome pressure when transferring products. PC pumps are able to generate pressures up to 48bar as standard, meaning that they can pump long distances – many km in some cases!

Challenge 10: Installation and operation PC pumps are easy to operate and install. They can run both clockwise and counterclockwise, plus they can be installed horizontally or vertically if floor space is tight. Designs such as SEEPEX’s Smart Conveying Technology have smaller installation needs, plus inspection of the pumping elements, removal of blockages and planned maintenance can all be carried out without removing pipework, thus reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

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DISCOVERING how smart sensor technologies help to deliver manufacturing flexibility and predictive maintenance in Industry 4.0-enabled manufacturing and logistics environments will be the focus for SICK UK’s stand at the PPMA Show.

Driving Industry Forward At PPMA SICK will be unveiling the latest Smart Sensors in its rapidlyexpanding portfolio of intelligent solutions for real-time data sharing and IO-Link connectivity. SICK sensors are breaking new ground for better productivity and machine availability through benefits such as more rapid product changeovers, transparent track and trace and improved diagnostics. SICK’s packaging, processing and logistics product specialists will be on stand no: A26 to advise visitors how to select the best sensor technologies to make their operations Industry 4.0-ready.


Seb Strutt, Senior UK Product Specialist said: “Intelligent sensors are fundamental to fulfilling the opportunities opening up through digitised manufacturing. Sensors that capture and interpret the large volumes of data required at the field level are the life-blood of fully-connected networked production and control. “Smart sensing technologies guarantee transparency at every stage of this value added process. But that doesn’t mean that our customers have to resort to future-gazing. They can start reaping the benefits of Industry 4.0 right now. Our sensors can be integrated into existing automation architectures to

open up data sharing with higherlevel systems. That can bring immediate benefits such as greater production flexibility, right down to Batch Size 1 changeovers, and real-time condition monitoring, for example.” On the stand will be SICK’s next-generation KTS/KTX sensors which break new ground in reliability, accuracy and versatility for print, labelling, converting and packaging applications in the food and bottling industries. SICK’s expanding range of Industrial Instrumentation sensors for level, flow and pressure measurement include the SICK Dosic® Ultrasonic Flowmeter. With fully stainless steel wetted parts without in-channel seals or moving component, the Dosic® offers reliable inline measurement for applications where hygiene and corrosion resistance are essential such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical processes. Visitors will be able to see how smart technologies are influencing developments to SICK’s comprehensive 2D and 3D vision portfolio, as well as a its comprehensive auto-identification solutions from high-speed barcode reading to RFID technologies. As one of world’s leaders in machinery safety technology, SICK’s stand will also showcase the latest in safety light curtain and laser scanning technology - all supported within the versatile Flexi-Soft safety control software environment. For more information on the SICK range of products, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

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The battery-powered SICK PGT-12PRO is a pocket-sized programming tool, designed initially for rapid configuring and programming of SICK’s AHS/AHM36 programmable absolute encoders and TMS/TMM inclination sensors with CANopen or analogue output. With a large LED display and simple intuitive menu structure, the PGT12-PRO enables easy set up and adjustment of parameters such as node-ID and baud-rate without having to complete complex and time-consuming set up. “The PGT-12-PRO shows the future of flexible and easy-to-use programming in CANopen environments,” says Darren Pratt, SICK UK’s encoder specialist. “Integrating encoders and sensors into a CANopen fieldbus can vary significantly between different applications and often requires specialist programming knowledge and skills. “Whether in the design office, on the production line, or in vehicles out in the field, the PGT-12-PRO liberates the engineer from having to complete remote programming via a PLC or PC.” Sensor upgrades and new functions for the PGT-12-PRO programming tool can be installed easily via a


SICK’s Hand-held CANopener Liberates Encoder Programming SICK has developed the SICK PGT-12-PRO, the world’s first hand-held programming tool for encoders and sensors with a CANopen interface. firmware update. Configurations can be saved to the device’s SD card, then transferred quickly to enable device replacement and also cloned to enable easy installation of any number of identical applications and configurations The pre-configured node ID is easy to adjust with the PGT-12 PRO to eliminate conflicting addresses. Baud rate, frequency and type of parameter transfer are also simple to manage, allowing data load and transmission speed in the fieldbus to be controlled to the optimum. Mapping and assigning the process data objects for the encoder are quick with the PGT12-PRO, and monitoring the CANopen nodes can be achieved without choosing between node guarding and heartbeat protocol techniques. SICK’s award-winning 36mm programmable absolute encoder, the

AHS36 (single turn) and AHM36 (multi-turn), set the benchmark for an SSI and CANopen-compatible encoder. The PGT-12-PRO opens up new possibilities in particular for using the 36mm encoders, together with SICK’s EcoLine and HighLine wire draw encoders and TMS/TMM inclination sensors, for applications in industrial and outdoor vehicles. SICK will also offer variants of the AHS AHM36 with a compact, universal cable outlet and IP69K enclosure rating especially for installation into vehicles, where space is often tight later in 2017. For more information on the SICK PGT-12-PRO hand-held CANopen programmer, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

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Basingstoke based LG Motion design and manufactures a wide range of motion control products and systems. The capability is complemented by close working relationships with a number of other international manufacturers of drive systems and components.


ow in 2017 the company has started to work closely with two German manufacturers of quite diverse motion control products which will bring an exciting new dimension to the capability of the company to provide a suitable motion control solution, whatever the requirements.

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Vacuum Of particular interest are the products designed for applications in vacuum technology.

baumeister & schack – lifting devices Founded in 1980 the company which is located to the south of Stuttgart baumeister & schack design, develop and manufacture DC motor drive systems and actuation products for diverse applications in the automotive, medical, machine tool and furniture industries. Vacuum multi axis system LG Motion’s Managing Director Gary Livingstone believes that the addition of this innovative range of telescopic lifters opens another opportunity to provide a complete and diverse range of solutions for industrial and scientific applications. The compact and high rated units play a very important part in improving the ergonomics of the workplace, mainly in manufacturing/workshop equipment but also in many other applications where ergonomic considerations are important. The main highlight of the range is the industrial lifter Hexalift which is includes a wide range of telescopic lifters in different shapes and lifting capacities. Another outstanding product is the slideway lifter which is unique on the market and can be customised to lengths of up to 2000mm.


Steinmeyer – positioning technology Steinmeyer Mechatronics GmbH is a leading manufacturer of positioning technology products and operates from its factory in Dresden Germany where it has more than 120 employees. With a heritage stretching back over 140 years Steinmeyer is no new-comer to the industry and the development of its product range through well-proven manufacturing techniques is second to none. The addition of the Steinmeyer range of products will extend the capability of LG Motion and enable it to provide more attractive options to mid-sized OEMs.

Positioning items in a vacuum is a particular challenge. Only certain materials, components and lubricants meet the requirements in terms of low gas emissions. Often, it is not possible to use liquid lubricants. The bake-out process also puts a great deal of pressure on the positioning system; the thermal stresses which occur at temperatures up to 140°C must be taken into account. All the parts produced by Steinmeyer are vacuum-compatible, cleaned separately after production and assembled in a clean room. The choice of materials is restricted even further for nonmagnetic systems. If you would like more information about LG Motion and this exciting range of new products please get in touch: Tel: +44 (0) 1256 365600

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August 2017 He explained: “Our work for the company, Joe & The Juice, was an ideal application. It takes four minutes to print a plate and during these four minutes our print operators have to wait until the machine gives a “beep”. Then the operator replaces the plate with a new one and waits again. I noticed that for the most part the operator just waited.” Within the space of a week the UR robot was ordered, delivered, programmed and integrated with the company’s existing hardware; Søren Nielsen describes the programming and interface as being logical and intuitive. With a reach of up to 130 cm, UR10 is the largest robot that Universal Robots offers. It automates processes and manual tasks, where precision is crucial. And by using the integrated force mode, the robot arm can grab the plates and move them up to a facility in the printer so that they are precisely in place. “In four months, we have produced 4,500 plates on one of the machines, where the robot handles the plates at an average speed of two minutes. This has freed up a total capacity of 150 labour hours and saved around DKK 45,000 (over £5,000) in time savings alone,” says Søren Nielsen.

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UNIVERSAL ROBOT REMOVES HEAVY LIFTING AND EXTENDS SCOPE OF WORK A UR10 robot arm is helping the Danish printing company, InPrint A/S, pick and place print plates, reducing non-productive wait time while improving the work environment and freeing up two labour hours in capacity per day.


nPrint is a medium-sized printing company with 15 employees and as a turnkey supplier of printed matter the company carries out a broad range of printing tasks. Production often involves heavy lifting and operator down time while the machines are printing but the collaborative UR10 robot arm has reduced this significantly. Søren Nielsen, responsible for large-format production at InPrint, knew where in production the collaborative robot would be most advantageous.


The employees’ skepticism quickly changed to enthusiasm when they experienced the robot arm in action. The UR10 has reduced wait time and made production more efficient. According to Søren H. Nielsen it has also led to fewer overtime hours. All in all, the working environment has improved significantly thanks to the robot from Universal Robots. Søren Nielsen adds: “Standing by a machine waiting for it to say “beep” can drive you crazy. The person who used to wait for the machine now takes care of other important tasks.” The improved working environment and more efficient production isn’t the only advantage that the UR10 has to offer. Søren Nielsen also says that due to the robot’s helping hand, the printing company can now undertake work that was not viable before – first and foremost digital tasks with very large print runs. “With the UR10 robot, we are now competitive in areas that were previously beyond our capacity. Quite simply because we can now have the robot do the repetitive work of one employee, who now handles other tasks,” he concludes.

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ince I have begun working here at MIE Solutions UK Ltd, I have had so many fantastic opportunities to learn new skills and gain self confidence within the working environment. This is not normally the case for many apprenticeships today. Many are primarily set mundane and unchallenging tasks, and not given the chance to live up to their full potential by being given the chance to grow. I am glad to say that I have had a very different experience working here at MIE Solutions UK for the past two years. I feel a sense of pride whenever our software MIETrak Pro is installed into yet another manufacturing company. Knowing that the support I am able to give our customers is rewarding and I feel positive everyday in my job, especially when our customers go out of their way to thank us for all our support and help. The diversity of MIETrak Pro is largely one of the reasons I personally believe we do so well in the manufacturing sector. No two companies are the same in the way they work or process their requirements, and MIETrak Pro will always get the job done for every single customer. I also feel proud to be a part of a company which is successfully growing year on year. Their acceptance and encouragement of apprenticeship schemes and young apprentices is refreshing; especially as they are about to take on their 5th apprentice to date.

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Reliance Launch New Actuators Catalogue Reliance are pleased to announce the launch of a new, dedicated Motorised Linear Actuators catalogue. Containing full details and specifications for the whole product range, the catalogue is intended to be a useful reference tool in helping customers determine the right product for their application. The actuators, manufactured by Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, are ideal for applications that require high performance and exceptional endurance. Reliance offer a full range of NEMA frame sizes from 8 to 34 in a wide range of force outputs, across three design formats – captive, non-captive and external. The motorised linear actuators are driven by a stepper motor which uses a precision nut rotated by the motor. The shaft is replaced by a lead screw which passes through and engages with the nut. Hence the motive force which rotates the nut generates a corresponding linear motion of the lead screw. This approach can greatly simplify the design of linear motion solutions, whilst using a thoroughly understood and economic technology. The use of stepper motors also means high resolution and accuracy can be achieved where precision motion is required, as the individual rotary steps of the motor deliver corresponding linear steps of the lead screw. Reliance’s actuators have the potential to deliver up to 20 million cycles, and rotary motors can provide up to 25,000 hour’s service. The new catalogue features two types of motorised linear actuators: Hybrid and Can-Stack. Hybrid linear actuators are ideal for applications requiring a combination of precise positioning, rapid motion and long life, typically in medical equipment, semi-conductor handling and valve control. These unique hybrid stepper motor linear actuators use a proprietary manufacturing process which incorporates engineering thermoplastics in the rotor drive nut and a stainless steel acme lead screw. This allows the linear actuator to be much quieter, more efficient and more durable than the v-thread and bronze nut configuration commonly used in other linear actuators. Can-stack linear actuators contain a threaded rotor with a lead-screw shaft able to drive linear motion in both directions. The pressed steel body encloses precise


internal components, which means this design delivers an economic solution for electrically driven linear motion. Applications include medical instrumentation, machinery automation, semiconductor, robotics and other automated devices which require precise remote controlled linear movement in a broad range of temperature environments. Richard Wade, Reliance’s Product Manager for Catalogue Mechanical Products, comments “Although we’ve been a key distributor for Haydon Kerk for a number of years, we’ve found we’re not widely known for the supply of motorised linear actuators. The range not only complements the other catalogue products we offer, but also our approach to engineering in terms of precision, quality and reliability. The new catalogue contains a lot of technical information on the actuators range, explaining how they work, as well as detailing the correct selection process, ensuring customers get the right product for their application, with the reassurance it will perform accurately and reliably.”

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he Bernecker Group have companies located at four places in Europe and are a system supplier in the automotive industry. At their plant in Pausa Bernecker roll forming & tubes GmbH produce high quality roll formed products (e.g. pipes and stamped parts) for the automobile industry. (Source: Bernecker Group)

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Bernecker rollforming & tubes GmbH mainly use S7- CPUs from Siemens for the machinery control and now after trials they have integrated S7-CPUs from INSEVIS as well. Bernecker required a costeffective method of providing remote asset visualization and decided to invest in the Insevis Panel -HMI’s which were found to good performers but also easy to setup and manage. Upgrading to the Insevis PLC’s removed the need to upgrade from the version on Simatic Manager for S7 Programming as Insevis PLC’s are fully compatible – thus saving expensive license upgrades associated with the latest TIAPortal suite of Software. Mr. Peter Klamuth and his younger colleague Julian Werner further developed their HMI / remote HMI visualizations by creating a binary file from the existing visualization of a 10“-Panel-HMI and exporting

Julian Werner in front of the fix mounted INSEVIS-Panel-PLC and with a Windows- Tablet for a separated visualization of a Siemens-PLC this file into a commercially available Windows-tablet. Utilizing Insevis free software RemoteStage running within the tablet, the binary file connects the Windowstablet by WLAN directly with the S7- CPU from Siemens or INSEVIS. Identification of the S7-CPU is performed by IP-address and

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Suitable for Windows based tablets RemoteStage is resource friendly allowing it to run on inexpensive Windowstablets. Communication by WIFi with the target-CPU.

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Provide a viewport for management Equip them with behind the scenes access directly from their office Providing performance data of your plant With Free and easy remote visualizations.

Use an inexpensive TV-screen for a large display at the factories work room. A small box-PC with RemoteStage collects all data from your target-PLC and displays it on the (very) large

RemoteStage allows multiple instances, Several visualizations possible from separate PLC’s at the same time on a single PC

For further information contact Andy Morse,, tel :- +44 7960 496418.


August 2017

TE Connectivity Extends Servo Motor Solutions with Motorman Hybrid Connectors TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, now has a comprehensive portfolio of connectors for all types of electric motors, for use in diverse applications. The portfolio covers solutions for industrial motors such as servo motors, linear motors, spindle motors and stepper motors. “The popularity of servo motors continues to rise due to their high efficiency, especially in material handling systems and inside machinery,” said Claus Kleedörfer, TE’s global product manager for motor connectivity. “Our Motorman hybrid connectivity solution for decentralized motors and drives help extend the possibilities for cost savings and use in harsh environments, as well as simplify the installation process by reducing cable requirements.” The use of decentralized drives also reduces demands on the climate control system in the control cabinet (where the drives are traditionally located), providing a further cost saving. Decentralized servo drives are increasingly networked via Fast Ethernet, which offers the benefits of real-time control, but the nuisance of dual cabling for signal and power has largely remained. The Motorman

hybrid connector provides this decentralized technology with a single cable for power, signal and data, and enables manufacturers to optimize production to align with Industry 4.0. Two Fast Ethernet sockets offer the full benefits of real-time automation control while reducing cabling complexity and cost. TE’s Motorman hybrid connector is easy and safe to configure, and has simple diagnostic access through an easy-to-open side cover, allowing diagnostics and maintenance without disconnecting any cables. Reliable communication up to Cat5e in harsh environments is possible. System costs are kept low due to the use of TE’s MCON interconnection system with its stamped multiple-contact-point contacts, and processing can be done in application tooling, which guarantees high reproducibility. Customized coding features of the insert avoid connector displacement in use.

Earlier this year, TE extended its range of Motorman hybrid connectors, with a “Shroud” version that includes secondary locking for more advanced security, and a cable crimped version available for cabinet applications. These new versions supplement the original version for use on AC servo motors with a printed circuit board (PCB). The connectors are available with a robust metal enclosure suitable for harsh industrial environments or a lower-cost version with a plastic enclosure. Motorman hybrid connectors are rated IP65 for water and dust protection and can withstand 50 g crash shock. Operating temperature range is from minus 40 degrees Celsius up to 85 degrees Celsius. Rated voltage is 750 VDC; maximal voltage is 900 VDC and proof voltage is 4 KV. For more information about TE’s Motorman hybrid connectors, please visit For TE’s other motor connectivity solutions, please visit


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The intelligent path to customer-specific connections: ODU-MAC – our versatile modular connector solution enables the transmission of power, high current, high voltage, coax, high-speed data, fiber optics and other media such as air or fluid. For your made-to-measure connection.

COMPLETE SYSTEM SOLUTIONS ODU provides pre-assembled component solutions. Our development and manufacturing expertise, combined with our state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Europe, China and the USA, enable us to offer our customers outstanding assemblies and a full range of logistics services.


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Compact Structure for Optimal Integration mk Profile Systems’ new, extremely compact GUF-P 2045 belt conveyor is light, and compact. It is outstandingly suited for integration in units with minimal installation space. The 50mm Ă˜ motorized rollers combined with the weight-optimised 45mm high conveyor frame profiles, results in an extremely flat conveyor without interference contours. The permissible total load of 15 kg is suited for the majority of products that are typical in the packaging and plastics industry. The conveyor speed is configured via the associated control box that is also compact in nature for optimal integration and is prepared for connection to a customer-provided power supply (24 V DC). Four different belts are available, which either enable accumulated operation or ensure good traction. Reversing operation is also possible with the GUF-P 2045. Stands, side rails, Reglomats, as well as lateral belt cleats, are available as accessories! The motorised roller, the conveyor bedplate and the idler drum are optionally available in stainless steel.

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No other system within industrial automation will provide larger payback like passive distribution boxes and pre-wired connectors. Single-wire connectivity in machines and installations is troublesome and errorprone. Passive distribution boxes provide a much more convenient method for connecting sensors and actuators to the control cabinet. • Saves space - Fewer terminal blocks, fewer cable entry systems, and fewer terminal boxes in the field.

• Cost-effective - Distribution box installations can be setup quickly. Modular components allow easy and convenient exchange which saves time and costs.

Finding the right distribution box system for your application Murrelektronik’s wide range of passive distribution boxes includes solutions for food & beverage, packaging, assembly lines, production and handling machines, as well as machine tools, swivel tables, metal cutting, and industrial robotic applications. Here, we take a look at the modules and systems offered and outline their key advantages.


• Reliable - Integrated LEDs make troubleshooting easy. Practical and pretested plug connections help prevent wiring errors.

August 2017

Exact8 and Exact12 Distribution Systems Excellent visual diagnostics The passive distribution boxes from Murrelektronik’s Exact family feature improved troubleshooting making it easy for technicians to optically assess the status of systems and applications. Designed to reduce wiring efforts from concept to completion, they are also equipped with LEDs for each module and each port. These LEDs are ultrabright, making them visible even in the brightest or sunniest applications. Exact8 and Exact12 distribution boxes enable visual diagnostics through their unique service and maintenance

functions. One or two signals can be transferred per port. Each port on the modules has two ultra-bright LEDs: one white LED (pin2) and one yellow LED (pin 4) that indicates the status of those signals. This unique feature eliminates slow, cumbersome troubleshooting and allows visible LEDs to guide your diagnostics path. Each distributor also features a green, ultra-bright LED that indicates the supply voltage for the module. This supply voltage indicator is clearly visible and offers a quick overview – making service technician’s job easier.

MVP12 Metal Distribution Systems

Protect your system and eliminate unnecessary downtime MVP12 Metal distribution boxes perform great when used in the harsh environments of mechanical engineering and plant construction. They are fully potted and resistant to oils and cooling lubricants. The metal housing withstands extreme temperatures and intensive mechanical stress. The distribution boxes are designed for voltages of up to 125 V AC/DC. Tested shielding ensures safety even under extreme external interferences. MVP12 Metal passive distribution boxes also feature an additional protection function built into the module, helping to

reduce the damaging effects that shortcircuits and overloads can have on an entire system. Each module features integrated fuses at each port that switch off the affected port as soon as it detects an overload. MVP12 Metal makes it easy to retrofit passive systems with diagnostics functions. Now service electricians can simply look for the red LED on the module to visually assess the status. This improves troubleshooting, reduces cost-intensive error tracking, and helps reduce downtime by protecting the system.

Further solutions in the Murrelektronik’s range include: Exact12 Safety – for safe applications - Exact12 distribution boxes for safety applications connect up to eight safe actuators in addition to eight standard sensors. They meet the EN ISO 13849-2 requirements. The ports are easily identified by a yellow ring that encircles them.

XTREME Distribution Boxes - Plenty of power for extreme environments - Trucks and other heavy equipment have to deal with complicated conditions in extreme environments. With cordsets and distribution boxes from the XTREME series, Murr elektronik offers reliable and uncomplicated installation solutions for these environments.

MVP12 Steel – meeting the requirements of the Food & Beverage Industry - MVP12 Steel distribution boxes with stainless steel housings are IP69k rated to meet the requirements of the food and beverage industry. They are an excellent choice for implementing decentralized installations for the food and beverage industry. They replace terminal boxes and make the routing of extremely complex cables easier.

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XYZ heavy-duty machine tools meet the needs of the oil and gas sector

XYZ Machine Tools’ large capacity, heavy-duty, machine ranges cover machining centres with axis travels of up to 3000 by 1000 by 800 mm (XYZ), XL and Oil Country lathes with swings over the bed of 1100 mm and between centres distance of up to 12 metres, making them ideal for many applications across the oil and gas sector. They combine capability with reliability and excellent value for money The XYZ Super Heavyweight vertical machining centres, XYZ 2010HS, XYZ 2510HS and XYZ 3010HS, all feature an 8000 revs/min spindle rated at 42 kW/56 hp (23 kW continuous), agility is provided by axis travels of 16 m/min in all axes ranging from 2000 mm by 1000 mm by 800 mm (XYZ) on the 2010 model, through to 3000 mm by 1000 mm by 800 mm on the larger 3010 variant. Through use of a solid cast base and column the machines weigh in at 20, 23 and 25 tonnes respectively, creating a stable machining platform further enhanced by the use of six slideways in the Y axis to fully support the table. Control is provided by the Siemens 828D ShopMill system, making programming and operation of these large capacity machines straightforward. Complementing the large machining centres are the XYZ XL and Oil Country lathes. These start with the XL 780 featuring a 160 mm spindle bore; 30 kW/40 hp (1300 revs/min ) spindle with two gear ranges and, 3 metres between centres. Other machines in the XL range include the XYZ XL 1100 with 1100 mm swing over the bed and between


centre distances from one to six metres. Moving up the size range are the XL 1200, XL 1500 and XL 2200, with the designation referring to the swing over the bed, with between centre distance ranging from one to 12 metres. These larger machines feature a 37.2 kW (50 hp) spindle motor with the exception of the XL 2200 with a 59.6 kW/80 hp unit, with up to four gear ranges available, dependant on model specified. Solid cast, ribbed, beds are used for rigidity along with hardened and ground vee and flat ways. A Siemens 840D conversational Shop Turn control with its easy to program interface is fitted

as standard. The XYZ Oil Country lathe completes the large turning capacity, with its 1100 mm swing over the bed (750 over the cross slide) and between centre distances between 1.5 and 16 metres making it ideal for work in the oil and gas sector. For pipe work the machine is equipped as standard with a 420 mm spindle bore (310 mm diameter option). With the standard spindle the gearbox has three speed ranges up to a maximum of 250 revs/min, powered by a 63.3 kW (85 hp) spindle motor. The small bore option also has three gear ranges, with a maximum speed of 400 revs/min.

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• Ideal for IT or Telecomms Applications • 2U to 5U 19” rack mounting or free standing • Five models from 1kVA to 10kVA • Online with pure sine wave output • 230V or 115VAC output • Automatic Bypass as standard • Intelligent RS232 comms port • UPS management software • SNMP, USB or Dry Contacts optional • LED & LCD display shows battery parameters

Xi Series Online AC UPS

• Ideal for industrial applications • Available in either 230V or 115VAC version • Models from1kVA to 6kVA • 19” rack mounting or free standing • Dual AC feeds with auto switch over if one feed fails • Hot swap batteries can be changed without power down • Remote emergency power shut down • Digital display input/output V and Hz, battery voltage and load • Supplied with Xprotect software • Monitoring via RS232 or Network Email: Tel: 44-1635-521858

August 2017

Optimas Delivering high flexibility, ease-ofinstallation and available in multiple sizes and colours, a family of expandable braided sleeving products from Techflex is now available from Optimas Components. Techflex products suit a variety of markets that include applications within electronics, wire harness, power systems, automotive, white goods, medical and lighting. Techflex sleeving covers many forms, including general purpose, scissorcut, wrappable-split, flame retardant, ultra-high / low temperature and EMI, RFI, ESD protected. Halogen-free, general purpose FLEXO PET (PTN) grade is a low-cost, entrylevel cable bundling and protection product that is easy to expand over cables. It is UV, abrasion, fuel and chemical resistant and comes in a wide range of sizes and colours. A flame retardant VW-1-approved

variant is also available – FLEXO FLAME RETARDANT (FRN). Offering a high abrasion resistance, easy field-installation and wide operating temperature range of -70 to 125°C, FLEXO CLEAN CUT (CCP) sleeving can be cut with scissors without fraying – making it ideal for applications where access to a hot knife is difficult or impossible. A flameretardant version is also available. More flexible than split conduit or spiral wrap, FLEXO F6 (F6N) is a flexible, semi-rigid wrappable spilt braided type that opens up and wraps tightly around the installation.

grounding, FLEXO TINNED COPPER METAL BRAID (MBN) provides a superior EMI, RFI and ESD protection. It complies to CID-A-A59569 and ASTM-B 33. Withstanding ultra-high temperatures, flame retardant INSULTHERM TRU-FIT (FGL) delivers highly flexible protection for electrical applications. It is solvent resistant and can be cut with scissors – making it easy to install in harsh environments. All these Techflex products are available for order on-line at

Cut and abrasion resistant, the sleeving retains its shape and rigidity over a wide temperature range of -70 to 120°C. An orange colour is available for safety identification in electric applications. The F6 WOVEN WRAP (F6W) variant provides higher flexibility and is suitable for retrofitting to a cable’s full length. Ideal for electrical shielding and

TECHFLEX InTroduCIng THE uLTImaTE aBraSIon & CuT rESISTanT CaBLE ProTECTIon HigH Flexibility. easy installation. Multiple sizes. Techflex is the USA’s industry leading quality, expandable braided sleeving. It’s easily installed, provides high flexibility and is available now in multiple sizes from Optimas Components. With products for low cost entry-level, electrical shielding and grounding to ultra high temperature environments, Techflex is the ideal solution for bundling and protecting

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LaserCube From TLM Laser - The Cost Effective Solution For Laser Cutting Small Parts Laser cutting is often the preferred process for metal cutting, and indeed there are innumerable systems in production today cutting and profiling a wide range of metal parts for a multitude of applications. Many of these systems use high power CO2 lasers to process large sheet sizes, often 4.0 metres x 2.0 metres, and up to 25mm thick. However, many alloys and higher-value metals are only available in smaller sheet sizes and in these instances, and also when thinner sections are being processed, the larger CO2 laser systems are less cost effective and can also become somewhat unstable at the lower power settings needed for thinner materials.. Designed specifically for smaller sheet sizes, and ideally suited to smaller production runs and thinner sections, is LaserCube, a compact Fiber laser-cutting platform that delivers superior cutting performance combined with low operating costs. Available from Bromsgrove based TLM Laser, LaserCube is targeted at existing sub-contractors who wish to add cost effective capacity for smaller components. Manufactured by the worlds leading developer and manufacturer of highperformance fiber lasers IPG, LaserCube is flat bed cutter is the ideal cutting tool for metals, including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass and exotic alloys. Ideally suited to smaller part sizes, prototypes and smaller production runs, the LaserCube provides the most costeffective capacity addition and lowest cost of ownership of any professional laser cutter. Although compact in size, LaserCube is truly a general-purpose laser cutting system with high-velocity motion stages and high CW power lasers, providing fast and efficient cutting of carbon steel parts and reflective metals such as copper, brass and aluminium. With many alloys or higher-value metals only available in smaller-size sheets, the 1,250 mm cutting bed of the LaserCube is the perfect size for cost effective material processing. The system is also available in a wide range of different power configurations, allowing users to select the power they need. The range of


fiber lasers used within the system, are entirely solid state, with no mechanical cavity resonators or mirrors and no adjustable or replaceable parts within the laser. Light is delivered along a flexible optical fiber pipe that is plugged directly into the laser cutting head, eliminating the need for optics and any adjustments in the beam delivery path. With an emission wavelength of just 1 micron, fiber lasers’ efficiency in cutting metals is better than traditional CO2 alternatives, allowing higher cutting speeds or the option of using a lower power laser. Typical estimates show an IPG fiber laser cutting 1 mm thick steel approximately 3.5 times faster than an equivalently powered CO2 system. The IPG’s fiber lasers used within LaserCube offer the highest wall-plug efficiency of any commercial laser. Not only is less electricity consumed whilst cutting parts, but the cooling required to remove unwanted heat is also proportionally reduced. This in turn decreases the power rating required to support the installation. Achieving in excess of 37% wall-plug power efficiency, combined with improved material coupling characteristics, IPG

lasers typically use 70% less electrical energy than traditional CO2 alternatives in metal cutting applications. The LaserCube system is offered with lasers ranging in power from 500 W to 4000 W. By offering such a broad range of options, users are able to select the exact cutting solution required. For thinner materials, the YLR-500 provides good cutting performance in a small package that is integrated within the work-cell, reducing the overall system footprint. This laser is air-cooled, eliminating the need for a chiller and reducing still further, electrical supply demands. The higher power YLS-series lasers are mounted externally to the workstation. These are water-cooled and housed in a NEMA 12, air-conditioned and sealed cabinet, providing additional protection for harsh environments. IPG’s YLS lasers are modular, with output of several fiber laser modules combined into a single output fiber. In the unlikely event of a module failure, the remaining modules will immediately compensate for the loss by maintaining the output power and allowing part cutting to continue without

August 2017 control system offers high levels of flexibility. Stored process parameters allow precise setting and automatic adjustment of laser power based on changes in cutting head velocity for complex contoured parts. The system has computerised control of two process gasses, with automatic monitoring of cutting head conditions.

provide the best possible delivery of the fiber laser light to the cutting surface.

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TLM Laser will be happy to provide more information on LaserCube to subcontractors seeking a compact and cost effective solution for laser cutting smaller parts, smaller production runs and prototype development.

The FLC-30 cutting head use in LaserCube has been designed specifically for metal cutting applications. Taking advantage of the IPG fiber delivery, it has an extremely low weight to minimize moving mass when cutting small parts at high speed. Rated for laser power up to 10 kW and having an integrated height sensor, the FLC-30 head is compatible across the LaserCube product range. interruption. Each laser is equipped with a 100 micron output fiber and can be used over a dynamic operating range from 10% to full power with no change in beam divergence or beam profile throughout the entire range. This allows a single laser to be utilised for both high and low power applications, ideal for processing different thicknesses of metal. The use of high-force linear motors, built on a granite stage, provides the stability and acceleration needed for high-speed precision machining. The combination of IPG’s fiber lasers and cutting head technology means that LaserCube is inherently reliable with low operating and part-processing costs. The machine’s

Within the cutting head, a user-replaceable cover slide is situated between the cutting nozzle and the focusing lens and provides protection for the lens against any debris.

The LaserCube system is ideally suited to applications within the Aerospace, Medical and Automotive sectors where high precision cutting is required on materials, which are often exotic in nature.

For further information, please contact: Mr Andy Toms Director TLM Laser 2 Navigation Court Harris Business Park

An integrated sensor monitors the condition of the cover slide and provides a notification when a contamination threshold is exceeded. Cover slide replacement is a simple procedure that requires no tools or alignment and is completed in a few seconds.

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August 2017

HYCONTROL’S SHIELD BRINGS A NEW LEVEL OF PROTECTION Compact, budget-conscious new system is a game-changer for the field of silo pressure safety


fter months of development and testing, silo protection experts Hycontrol Ltd. are proud to announce the launch of the SHIELD Silo Protection System on Monday 17 th July 2017. The compact, all-in-one system comes after years of developing innovative technology to protect powder storage silos from pressure during tanker-fed deliveries. Utilising purpose-designed, state-of-the-art pressure monitoring and control equipment, SHIELD meets and exceeds best engineering practice and current guidance from the Mineral Products Association. The new SHIELD system has been re-designed from the ground up to offer customers the same comprehensive protection as Hycontrol’s original, award-winning SPS, but with a raft of new and enhanced performance features and at a significantly more competitive price.


Powder storage silos are commonplace in many industries but are at risk of over-pressurisation during tanker deliveries, which can happen when the filter unit gets blocked or if the pressure blowing in during the fill is uncontrolled. Air pressure from as little as 1 or 2 psi can easily rupture a silo or blow its filter unit off the top. This poses a serious health and safety risk, which is why a comprehensive safety and alarm system is vital. SHIELD incorporates the essential high-accuracy silo safety components into a modular design that can be adjusted to suit site requirements. Maintenance has been made easier and the long-term cost of ownership is significantly lowered. Along with many new features, SHIELD incorporates Hycontrol’s pioneering Ground Level Test technology enabling a one-button full-function test, and inbuilt system diagnostics aid preventative maintenance.

“Drawing on our years of industry experience, it is clear that there is still a widespread requirement for comprehensive silo safety systems,” said Hycontrol Managing Director, Nigel Allen. “From now on, cost is no longer a valid excuse for ignoring safety. Hycontrol has led the silo protection field for over a decade through both innovation and product performance. We have added new features and improvements to the SHIELD system, whilst lowering the cost to meet the needs of the competitive end of the market, particularly in ready-mix and concrete.” He adds: “With this exciting new product, we are confident that we are now making truly comprehensive silo protection systems available to, and affordable for, all sites and businesses. Safety for staff, contractors and drivers is, quite rightly, the number one priority. With SHIELD, Hycontrol is making complete silo safety achievable and affordable for all sites, however restrictive their maintenance budget.” 01527 406800

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August 2017

SMALLER JUST GOT STRONGER PFC100 Controller: High performance packed into a smaller footprint

Street CraneXpress picks up prestigious gold award Sheffield based Street CraneXpress has been presented with a prestigious gold prize at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards. The crane specialist – part of the SCX Group - has achieved the award for their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. The RoSPA Awards scheme is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. Judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Dave Kilner, assurance manager at the SCX Group, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety so we are very proud to have been recognised with a gold award. As a new entrant to the RoSPA scheme, a gold award is the highest


standard we could have achieved. “We take health and safety very seriously at SCX. The types of projects we are involved with could become very dangerous if we did not have particular measures in place to ensure our engineers, our customers and the public are protected from potential harm.” SCX is a family-run business founded 45 years ago and is based in Roman Ridge Road, Wincobank. It is renowned for being asked to design, build and install the retractable roofs over Wimbledon’s two premier tennis courts. The group has continued to grow and bought premises in nearby Tyler Street in 2016 for use by one of its three companies, Street CraneXpress, which undertakes overhead crane maintenance and repairs. SCX was recently granted the right to use the internationally famous mark of Made in Sheffield in recognition of its commitment to quality and excellence.

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August 2017 Multiple Battery Chemistries As a leading specialist with experience in all leading battery chemistries we are able to support your organisation with high quality, cost effective, battery power solutions. We understand that in today’s tough market place costs need to be reduced without compromising on quality. Battery Pack Building & Custom Design We started life as a battery pack manufacturer and remain the leading UK pack builder. We still manufacture large numbers of our original Cyclon battery packs and have gradually added more and more technologies and manufacturers. Using lithium, alkaline and NiMH cells we now build packs for applications ranging from Oil & Gas to Rail to Lighting. We can offer a basic shrink wrap solution to a fully moulded plastic casing with specific connection sockets. Value Added Distributor DMS technologies have been the Value Added Distributor for Enersys in the UK and Ireland for over 30 years and are also the largest distributor in the UK for the US-made Lifeline ( batteries.

Your Ultimate Battery Partner With over 30 years’ experience in the battery industry DMS technologies understands that today’s market requires more than just a battery supplier. Successful organisations require a battery partner to fully understand their requirements and provide solutions that combine physical, electrical and financial demands.

Within the lead acid market we also maintain close relationships with Exide, Haze and Yuasa. We also distribute Ultralife and Tadiran lithium batteries and cells. We also have our own brand of Red Flash AGM batteries that offer very high performance characteristics relative to cost. Quality Solutions ISO9001-2015 In the current market place with the need to reduce costs, we will help to give low prices by saving money where it counts. We aim to reduce your prices without compromising on our extremely high quality standards, providing quality goods that are still suitable for operations where failure is not an option. Online Shop To support our customer base that requires a quick and efficient way to order small quantities of our standard products, DMS technologies operates an online web shop with very competitive prices. Call Us Today In short DMS technologies are a one-stop partner for your battery power needs and are here to help you save costs whilst maintaining the highest levels of quality. Our dedicated Sales Engineers are eager to help you so contact us today on 01794 525400, email or visit DMS technologies, Belbins Business Park, Cupernham Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 7JF, UK


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August 2017

Impressive Interplas line-up makes for value-added visit

Interplas is returning in 2017 with not only a bigger show, but also a host of specialised features, conferences and events that will make it an added-value experience for visitors.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 26-28 September, Interplas 2017 is being used as a flagship event for many of the plastic industry’s biggest names to launch new machinery to the UK market. From moulding, extrusion and ancillary machinery, to process control and monitoring equipment, Interplas will showcase the very latest technology available, with experts on hand to explain how it can work to benefit productivity, efficiency and quality within the manufacturing process. There will be no shortage of information about the very latest new materials, compounds and additives available from some of the UK’s most experienced producers and distributors. In addition to its expanded size, Interplas 2017 is also running more specialist Pavilions than ever before;


These Pavilions are designed to group companies by type or service to provide advice, support or assistance with specific issues. They include the Knowledge Pavilion, where the importance of cooperation, experience and innovation will be emphasised in a dedicated space comprised of industry experts, as well as the Mediplas Pavilion, where exhibitors in the highly specialised field of medical plastics will be grouped. This year’s conference line-up has been tailored with the specific aim of adding value to every visit through new ideas, innovation and learning, with two stages providing content that will both highlight opportunity and impart advice. Keynotes on the ‘Main Stage’ come from Jaguar Land Rover, the Institute of Export and P&G, with specialist insights into the future of plastics technology presented on

the ‘Interplas Introducing’ stage. This new-for-2017 stage brings technical and specialist perspectives to the agenda across a variety of subjects in shorter presentations. Interplas has long been known as a show that champions UK plastics talent, and therefore will once again welcome back the ceremony for the Horners’ Award for Design and Innovation. The winner of the award will be announced by the Master Horner on the first day of the conference, during the break between morning and afternoon sessions in the Main Stage auditorium. Finally, Interplas visitors will increasingly benefit from a visit to the show thanks to its colocation with TCT Show, Sensors & Instrumentation, Micro Nano MEMS and the PPMA Show. Registration is free, visit for more information.










August 2017

EMO 2017 HANNOVER 18-23 September 2017



he latest addition to the highly successful Reiden Technik RXSeries of combination 5-axis universal milling and turning machining centres is to be exhibited at EMO 2017 in Hannover. The RX12 which is available in the UK through 2D CNC Machinery of Hinckley, incorporates Reiden’s patented double-drive spindle technology (DDT) with the new machine developed around Hydropol, a highly rigid specialised concrete and steel composite for the bed and column that can be completely recycled. The machine is demonstrated in cell form with two pallet system and has axis travels of 1,300 mm in X, 1,450 mm in Y, and 1,000 mm in Z with rapid traverse rates of 50 m/ min. In addition, the A-axis for the spindle is 0 to 90 deg to enable horizontal and vertical cutter positions with the 1,200 mm diameter rotary table which has a swing of 1,200 mm and rotates through a programmable gearless drive at up to 400 revs/min. The construction of the Reiden RX12 around its Hydropol composite provides high orders of inherent stability. It absorbs vibration and has significant levels of dynamic stiffness. In producing the composite against a normal cast iron frame, 30 per cent less primary energy is used and CO2 levels are 66 per cent lower.

The Reiden RX12 5-axis universal machining centre available from 2D CNC Machinery will demonstrate cell production combining turning cycles with milling and drilling operations at EMO 2017.

As a result of the construction, both 5-axis milling and turning operations can be integrated into a single machine setting and benefit from Reiden’s patented spindle DDT development. The spindle is able to swivel between horizontal and vertical planes within one second and the slim head design has pneumatic clamping to hold position when used for turning cycles in conjunction with the direct drive rotary table. This table has automatic imbalance detection and counterweights to minimise vibration.

coupling arrangement. According to the machine program, hydraulic power is used to engage or disengage the higher torque system which also enables the unused drive to freewheel. A hybrid bearing system is hydraulically pre-loaded to support the higher torque drive and the spindle head is water cooled through a specifically designed labyrinth of channels. The spindle arrangement has through-the-tool coolant supply.

Control is via either Heidenhain TNC 640 or Siemens 840D sI. A two pallet system is being exhibited but machines can be supplied with options of five pallets each 1,200 mm by 1,000 mm or a linear storage system.

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August 2017

Multi-million pound boost for West of England’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors is unveiled

A major investment in state-of-the-art industry facilities for the booming aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors has been unveiled at City of Bristol College.


he development of a £4m extension to the College’s Advanced Engineering Centre, funded by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, will reinforce the West of England’s reputation for hi-tech innovation and as a leading provider of skilled labour in these high growth industries. At a topping out ceremony the building was officially handed over by David Snell, Operations Director at contractors, Kier Western and Wales to Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal of City of Bristol College. The event was also attended by applicants who will soon be attending the new look facility when it opens for business in October 2017.

From left to right: Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal at City of Bristol College and David Snell, Operations Director at Kier Western and Wales

Probert said: “The region is renowned globally for its aerospace and engineering innovation which acts as a magnet for inward investment. The Advanced Engineering Centre is designed to support the growth of the regional economy through providing work ready students in these key sectors. By taking students from the classroom to the workshop, it forms part of our drive to create ‘passports to jobs’ for our students.” West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “The West of England region is the largest aerospace cluster in the country and we have some 1,500 manufacturing enterprises. This expanded facility at the College will support our local strengths in these sectors by providing a future skills pool for the region.” The extended facility will include a number of specialist labs to support skills development in the design and maintenance of aircraft and engineering systems. It will also include state-of-theart computer aided design and 3d printing equipment to support skills development in design and prototyping. In addition, there will be a dedicated aeronautical structures lab for Airbus, one of some 150


From left to right: David Snell, Operations Director at Kier Western and Wales, Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal at City of Bristol College and Adam Powell, Director of Skills at West of England Combined Authority/Local Enterprise Partnership

plus employers who are users of the facility. There are currently some 250 apprentices on site and a further 60 will come through the doors of the new facility over the next three years. Simon Young, Chief Executive of the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) commented: “This investment will add further strength to the South West Aerospace sector. It provides a significant boost to encouraging youngsters to enter the exciting world of advanced engineering and develop real hands-on skills that are vital for the future prosperity of themselves, their employers and their communities.”














August 2017

Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens and P&G to spearhead elite Interplas 2017 conference line-up A roll call of elite speakers are preparing to present their innovations, predictions and ideas at Interplas 2017, the UK’s leading plastics industry event.


op-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will bring a diverse wealth of knowledge to the three-day event on two platforms: the Main Stage and the Introducing Stage, a new feature for the September 26th-28th show. The Main Stage presentations on Day One will be kickstarted by Ian Ray, Materials Lead Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, whose keynote begins the day’s theme of ‘Automotives: Opportunities for the UK Plastics Industry’. Further trends and observations on the automotive industry and its relationship with the British plastics sector will be addressed by decision-makers from Nissan Europe, SMMT, 3M and many more. Day Two’s morning theme of ‘Advancing UK Plastics’ centres on international trade and Brexit, with the British Plastics Federation’s Mike Boswell and experts from KPMG, Siemens Financial Services and the Institute of Export presenting their insights on the uncharted territory of a modern UK plastics industry outside of the EU. The afternoon of Day Two is devoted to plastics technology in the medical arena. Mediplas @ Interplas will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in healthcare and the circular economy, marketing new plastics technology to the NHS and nanomaterials.

Ian Ray - Jaguar Land Rover - Materials Lead Engineer

Day Three brings ‘The Green Room Live’ to the Main Stage, shining the spotlight on sustainability. Neil Rogers, Packaging Development Manager at Proctor and Gamble, will begin proceedings with his keynote on how eco-product design and responsible packaging management will be presented within the wider roadmap to closing the plastics circular economy loop. Further specialist insights into the future of plastics technology will be presented on the Introducing Stage, which brings technical and specialist perspectives to the agenda across a variety of subjects in shorter presentations for knowledge-thirsty audiences. Day One will cover Machinery and Process Control with presentations from the likes of Sumitomo Demag and Stäubli Connectors. Day Two homes in on Materials and Design, featuring Plastribution and Albis. Finally, Day Three will put the spotlight on Inspex @ Interplas, a special platform for testing, inspection and measurement technology in the plastics industry, with technical talks from SolveTech, Micro Epsilon and Kistler Instruments. Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: “The programme this year is reason alone to pay a visit to Interplas. We’ve sourced speakers that can directly impart information and insight to specifically benefit, advance and grow the UK plastics industry, making it a value-added lineup that can’t be found elsewhere.”

Mike Boswell - British Plastics Federation - Chairman of Brexit Taskforce


Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. You can view the conference programme here.

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The Stage is Set for Success at TCT Show 2017 TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, this fantastic event continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes including moulding, casting and CNC machining. This year, visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to connect with almost 300 exhibiting companies displaying innovative technologies and services, but also from groundbreaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up including Intel, McLaren, Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and many more. The conference and seminar track has grown exponentially for 2017. Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the free-to-attend programme will deliver relevant content in the most efficient way. Visitors can plan their time wisely, attending only the stages where speakers cater to their specific needs. By its very nature, the enhancement of the conference programme presents more in terms of quality, inspiration, innovation and education.

Main Stage A celebration of innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing, the Main Stage will present applications and insights from some of the world’s best companies. Now CPD accredited, the programme will feature research developments and real-life examples of the ways in which 3D technologies are used within aerospace, automotive, medical and dental as well as consumer and industrial product design.

Tech Stage A varied line up of presentations, workshops and training will be seen on the Tech Stage; visitors will get to grips with the fundamentals of AM with Graham Tromans, evaluate a full reverse engineering work flow and get up to speed with the latest Health & Safety regulations.


Product Stage The Product Stage will feature both first-time and returning TCT Show exhibitors discussing their latest products and services including materials, software, inspection and scanning. With so many companies exhibiting on the show floor, these 20-minute presentations will give visitors the best chance of getting all the information they’re looking for in one place. In addition to the conference programme, visitors will be educated and entertained throughout the three-day event with exciting show features including Inspex which focuses on inspection and metrology technologies, and TCT Inspired Minds – a unique educational experience allowing over 300 schoolchildren to get hands-on with 3D technologies. The Start Up Zone will return, giving visitors the opportunity to see the ‘next big thing’ before it hits the mainstream. Start Up Zone participants will also be found on the Tech Stage pitching their products and ideas for the chance to win the Start Up Award!

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August 2017

igus showcases latest automation and industry 4.0 technologies at Northern Manufacturing 2017 igus is returning to this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition held at Event City, Manchester, on 27th – 28th September 2017. Visitors to the stand (D44) will see a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of applications.


redictive maintenance is the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow – igus’ smart plastics warn of potential failure in good time before unplanned and very costly downtimes occur. At the event, igus will be showing new and improved smart plastics products. These include, the isense EC.RC, a new system for monitoring e-chains, the optimised CF.Q module for the intelligent chainflex cables that customers are already using today and the intelligent iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings. Injection-moulded, 3D-printed or machined from bar stock, igus offers engineers a wide range of possibilities to obtain their self-lubricating parts, such as gears or plain bearings quickly and cost-effectively. During the show igus will introduce a new process for the production of 3D printed injection mould tools that allows engineers to solve difficult technical challenges quickly. The entire range of 50 iglidur highperformance plastics are available using this new process, including specialists for high load, food contact, underwater or high temperature applications. Depending on the iglidur material chosen, the mould is

either SLA or SLS printed and then used immediately in the injectionmoulding machine. Thus, parts are ready for shipment within a few days. The material structure of the printed injection mould ensures that it can withstand the high temperatures during injection moulding, which means that one mould can produce prototypes and small batches up to 500 pieces cost-effectively and quickly. Optimum use of installation space, light weight and high stability – these are just some of the benefits of the E4.1L lean energy chain from igus. Compared to the E4.1, the application-oriented design of the E4.1 L could save so much mass that the chain is about 30 percent lighter; this brings an additional advantage - a considerable amount of drive power can be saved, making the application more energy efficient. The E4.1L can also accommodate more hoses and cables in a given space envelope. The E4.1L lean energy chain is now available from stock in numerous interior heights and widths. As for the open energy chain, igus also offers an ESD version and even a high-temperature option for the enclosed energy tube to protect against hot chips and debris. Throughout the show, the igus team will be available on stand D44 to take visitors through the benefits and potential applications of their bearing products and cable management systems. To arrange an appointment, please email Hannah Durrant: and for further information, please visit: or call igus directly on 01604 677240.



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August 2017

BULKEX – the must-visit bulk handling event of 2017 With a dozen speakers giving presentations on topical and technical topics, plus a supporting exhibition and awards dinner, BULKEX17 is an event not to be missed. BULKEX speakers and topics include:

BREXIT, biomass, digitalisation and new technology are just some of the subjects that will be discussed during the two-day conference, organised by the MHEA, on 18 and 19 October. Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow is living up to its promise with seminars from a dozen key speakers from prominent organisations including the Institute for Government, UKTI, Port of Tyne and Siemens. The high-quality and diverse programme of presentations is proving a draw for professionals from within the bulk handling industry and across vertical sectors such as mining, quarrying, energy, ports and transport. Central location BULKEX’s new venue, Eastwood Hall near Nottingham, is a popular choice too - the delightful Georgian hotel provides a picturesque setting for the occasion. Its Midlands location, close the Nottingham and the M1, is easily accessible from most parts of the UK. Delegates can enjoy a special rate to stay at this relaxing spa hotel with its mix of period and contemporary elegance, bookable with their registration.


Joe Owen, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government – BREXIT and trade: Key considerations the government faces and the implications for businesses

John Pethullis, Director, Southdowne Solutions – Ecostore Biomass Storage

Steven Harrison, Operations Director, Port of Tyne – Build of a biomass import facility to cater for Lynemouth Power Station coal to biomass conversion

Andrew Cowey, Head of Digitalisation, Siemens – Digitalisation for the bulk handling industry, what it means in realising real value through asset and data management

Chris Every, Commercial Director, Coomtech – New non-thermal technology for efficient, low cost drying of granular and powdered bulk materials.

Darryn Quayle, Mining Engineer and Specialist, UKTI – Doing business in Latin America: a focus on the benefits and business opportunities in Chile

Matt Drew, Managing Director, Saxlund International – Designing a successful alternative fuel feed system

Dave Woods, Manager Application Specialists, Flexco – Documented reductions in breakage, dust and spillage at transfer points in the coal, grain and wood pellet industries

Declan Barry, Managing Director, Atex Explosion Hazards – How to establish your basis of safety for explosion hazards in bulk materials handling.

Valuable out-of-office time Many of the industry’s leading companies and key influencers will be attending BULKEX, and taking advantage of the chance to combine information gathering, business insight and networking under one roof with clients, colleagues, end-users and suppliers. Included in the ticket price (£60 for one day, £100 for two days) is the speaker programme and full access to a supporting exhibition of over 50 stands, plus lunch and unlimited refreshments. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet the speakers to find out more about their specialist subjects in addition to the 10-minute question and answer session which follows each presentation. Michael Kaye, President of the Materials Handling Engineers Association, said: “From ports, transport and power, to cement, steel, mining and quarrying, ‘Today and Tomorrow’ will be highlighting key sectors effecting change now and those planning for the decades ahead. “With so much change on the horizon for Britain, BULKEX17 looks set to be the best conference yet with such a broad range of subjects of significant interest to the bulk handling industry and beyond.

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August 2017

Dixon – Exhibiting at PPMA Show D

ixon will be showcasing their range of hygienic fittings and actuated valves along with a carousel of hygienic hoses assemblies offering odourless and taste free properties suitable for liquid foodstuffs. Dixon’s extensive hygienic hose range now includes Heat Traced, Hot Water Thermal and Duplex hose assemblies as part of the standard range along with a range of rubber, silicone, PVC and PTFE hose assemblies which can be custom made to exact requirements with accessories including wash down guns and steam lances. The new compact impact resistant sight glass is also going to be available to see. This new sight glass is used widely in the food, dairy and beverage hygienic processes to view products and fluids. This design is perfect for hoses and high traffic areas.


Also on the stand will be the Dixon Breakaway Check Valve which is an innovative solution that is designed to eliminate product loss too. It incorporates the Breakaway Coupling and a Hygienic Check Valve. It acts as a single unit that has a diverted breaking point which will break at a determined break-load. Then the check valve will close protecting the loading bay pipe system AND avoiding product spillage. With an on-site valve actuation shop, 3D design, full technical and sales back-up and BSI approved manufacturing and engineering department, Dixon can design and produce individual bespoke valves and fabricated configurations to quickly and efficiently solve customer problems. This has included pump carts, bespoke valve configurations and innovative display sight glasses used on beer pumps to infuse product.

Dixon are pleased to be exhibiting again this year and are looking forward to showing visitors the extensive range of hygienic process equipment. Dixon offers FDA and 3A approved stainless steel fittings, unions, tube, pumps and valves for the food, dairy, beverage and brewery industries. Dixon’s Hygienic Product Manager will also be available on the stand each day to talk about correct valve selection, eliminating contamination risk, new innovations in valve technology and the hose management programme Dixon-Hose Connect. Dixon-Hose Connect is a secure, user friendly web based app. It is a source to allow you to access your Hose Maintenance documentation, including Service History reports, Hose Asset Register via unique tag references and hose identifiers, as well as training videos for your site Find out more by visiting Dixon at the PPMA this year.

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August 2017

The growth in automation will lead to great job satisfaction according to the IFR

Packaging Gazette Question Time Is automation destined to rewrite all our futures and will any of the jobs that exist today still be around in 20 years? By Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services It’s a fact of life; mundane tasks are not something people passionately relish. Yet, the fear of job losses due to automation continues to unsettle workers in the manufacturing sector. However, we believe that the growth in smart machines and automation will actually be a catalyst for new and more exciting knowledgebased jobs in the future. When reports are released it creates an element of scaremongering among the workforce. The fact is, robots and smart technologies are filtering into every work environment. For the manufacturing sector, rather than dehumanising people, many of the tools today can


free workers from labour intensive and mundane tasks, enabling them to focus on more creative aspects of their job, like problem solving. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), two million jobs will be created by 2020 because of the robotics industry.* Certain jobs may be reduced by robotics and automation, but the study highlights that many more jobs are created, leading to greater job satisfaction. Enterprises of all sizes are realising that they can take labour out of their costs and redeploy it elsewhere if they automate. In our view, automation safeguards the roles of the majority, making

businesses more efficient and enabling it to maintain and hopefully expand its contracts by improved quality and production throughput. Technological advances also mean today’s robots can work safely in the same areas as existing staff without the need for additional outlay on protective measures. These robots are fast and reliable, making them perfectly capable of freeing up manpower to assist elsewhere in the factory. As manufacturers compete harder on price, and business costs are being further compounded by recent policy announcements like the national living wage and

new pension arrangements, automation will help business models evolve faster, increasing their chance of survival. Work should be a source of inspiration and happier employees equate to more productive employees. If automation can assist businesses to survive, increase productivity and create greater human fulfilment, everyone benefits.

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ANNOUNCES €4 MILLION INVESTMENT TO SERVICE EUROPEAN GROWTH Rapid prototyping and on-demand manufacturer Proto Labs reports its largest European infrastructure investment since the UK business was established in 2005. The business has financed a spend of around €4 million on new manufacturing technology and facility renovations; primarily in Telford, UK and also its other locations across Europe. The investment is in response to current and projected customer demand for Proto Labs’ advanced manufacturing services from across Europe. During June and July 2017, Proto Labs, digital manufacturing service providers in 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding, confirmed their large-scale purchase of Haas CNC machines and ARBURG injection moulding machines. “Proto Labs offers a supremely fast and reliable service,” said Lee Ball, Proto Labs General Manager in the UK. “Because customers today across all industries require fast turnaround, especially in product development. Our continuous investment allows us to meet the ever growing needs of our thousands of customers across all industries.”


The new Haas machines will be configured for either mould making or component machining, with both of these services growing at a rapid pace. Including the new machines, Proto Labs UK’s inventory now totals 130 CNC machining and 57 injection moulding machines. “We are seeing demand for moulded parts increase across the board year-over-year, from both long-standing and new customers, for a range of products and industries. To meet predicted levels of growth, a critical leverage is this investment in new technology.” said Lee Ball. Demand for the Proto Labs’ industrial 3D printing service, which operates from two sites in Germany, is also growing. “The rapid increase in order intake is being fuelled by more customers, across varied industry sectors, now realising the extensive possibilities to prototype parts with complex geometries cost-effectively using 3D printing technology. For certain parts, the only possible option is to manufacture using this technology.” said Daniel Cohn, Managing Director of the 3D printing

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“For example, our Eschenlohe facility is certified with EN ISO 13485:2012 quality management standards. For customers, they benefit from our technical capabilities to manufacture specific medical devices using 3D printing DMLS technology, including parts approved for human implantation,” continued Daniel Cohn. This recent capacity growth is reinforced by business expansion across Proto Labs’ European locations. Since 2015, the business has supported annual growth in excess of 20 percent in manufacturing and engineering, sales and administrative functions. “Additional space will be required within the next 18 to 24 months to accommodate our projected level of growth, both to our office space and manufacturing capacity,” said Lee Ball. A similar expansion plan is also in development to support expected growth in the company’s German facilities at Eschenlohe and Feldkirchen.

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Always under control – easy supervision of constantly changing temperature data Low energy Bluetooth data loggers enable smart monitoring via mobile devices Safeguarding temperature can be very time-consuming: constant monitoring of different locations that have to be controlled simultaneously and maintaining consistent documentation are complex tasks. But thanks to the development of simple Bluetooth data loggers, this doesn’t have to be the case. 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 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. 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. The loggers are ideal 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 the perfect way to supervise transportation of sensitive goods like fresh or frozen food and products for medical use.

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Innovative platform changes landscape of machinery management The Machinery Management People (TMMP), founders of the award-winning machinery auction site, CNC Online, has introduced the UK’s first total machinery management support service, providing the engineering sector with a highly cost effective route to all aspects of machinery trading, management and care. With over 35 years’ experience working with leading OEM’s, machine tool agents and end users, TMMP recognised the need for a far more efficient, personal service that allows customers to trade, buy, maintain, relocate and care for machinery all in one single place. TMMP delivers a unique, and much needed machinery service which truly caters for the full life cycle of engineering equipment, allowing customers to buy, sell and benefit from a full range of support services. The TMMP website allows those with unused or unwanted equipment to upload their machinery details online and sell for free using a simple, user-friendly platform and, because the equipment is marketed directly to the end user, they will receive a far more realistic value for their equipment as opposed to selling through an auction, a trade dealer or from part-exchange. The unique online platform also allows users to immediately buy, reserve an item, buy or make an offer, all of which is completely managed by the TMMP team, ensuring a swift negotiation and a far more efficient buying process. In addition to the customer-friendly online trade platform, TMMP also offer a valuable range of support services which include equipment valuations, relocation services, commissioning services, full aftersales service and maintenance options, PUWER assessments and repair services for all types of mechanical equipment. The Company also offer leasing options on new equipment from leading manufacturers, allowing customers to spread the cost when purchasing capital items. TMMP is also an official distributor for a number of leading OEM’s and they have recently been appointed by KNUTH Machine Tools, a leading German brand of CNC machine tools. Paul Bursnell, CNC Machine Tools Director said “The Machinery Management People have a huge market presence and are renowned in the machine sales sector for delivering a first class customer service. This mirrors our philosophy and was an extremely important factor when making this appointment”. TMMP’s Managing Director, Paul Lee, a mechanical engineer with a background in CNC machine tools for over 35 years, originally founded CNC Machine Tools Ltd

in 1990 and went on to develop the award-winning CNC Online Auctions platform before creating and building The Machinery Management People. On why he set up TMMP, now the UK’s leading, independent service support company, Lee says, “Having succeeded with CNC Online by offering a unique approach to buying and selling, I still felt that a more personal and comprehensive solution was needed to fully support end users, where they could access all of their machinery needs in just one place”. Lee went on to say, “Existing routes to market failed to return the asset’s true market value for the seller, whilst the buyer was met with premium purchasing fees and often faced the challenge of collecting and relocating the asset once acquired, whereas with our model we simply take a small service commission on items sold, allowing the seller and buyer to achieve a best value service. Having paid out large fees myself during my 35 year career in the engineering sector, I felt it was time for a fundamental change in order to offer a modern, truly customer-centric approach to quality machinery management”. For more information on the full range of products and services, or if you would like any free advice, please visit or telephone +44 (0)333 202 0850.


August 2017 Image sensor technology is a highly-developed field where a great number of manufacturers provide the market with thousands of sensor varieties for most off-the-shelf applications. However, for high performance systems in the fields of Automotive, Consumer, Medical and Security, sometimes a custom design is required. PYXALIS, having already created custom sensors in these industries, represents an interesting alternative to currently established sensors with capabilities in time of flight, super low noise pixels, processor based SOCs and very-high-speed, or high dynamic architectures. Camera manufacturers with the goal of creating premium products with more added value strive for customization, too. In addition, for consumer grade products, customization is a must for companies who want to differentiate themselves from competitors with an exclusive sensor.

FRAMOS and PYXALIS Expand Cooperation Worldwide for High Performance Custom Image Sensors FRAMOS as a leading global image sensor distributor, and PYXALIS, as an advanced custom image sensor supplier, have extended their collaboration. FRAMOS has been working with PYXALIS for several years and, after a very productive relationship, have entered into a formal agreement. This partnership provides FRAMOS partners with fully customized, high performance sensors, including sensor specification elaboration support, sensor architecture, design, prototyping, validation, industrialization and manufacturing using the best silicon imaging technologies worldwide. This technology partnership significantly enhances FRAMOS’ imaging solutions portfolio which includes Sony, ON Semiconductor, and Teledyne e2v. 64|

Sebastien Dignard, President of FRAMOS Technologies Inc., expresses the importance of the cooperation with custom sensor specialist PYXALIS: “In this day and age, as technology is rapidly changing in the sensor space, we are happy to partner with PYXALIS to offer our customers more options to suit their sensor needs. Our business innovation and coverage make this agreement a great complement to the FRAMOS portfolio to support our customers along the complete imaging value chain from now, as well as customized sensors to complete systems.” “We’re delighted to work with FRAMOS Technologies in Europe and North America. As a 7-year-old company supplying custom image sensors, we’ve built successful partnerships with customers in many applications from niche markets (aerospace, scientific, defense) to medium volume (industrial, medical) and consumer markets (biometrics, automotive). Thanks to this cooperation with FRAMOS, it is now time to reach a larger market and to provide our capabilities and technologies to a greater number of customers.” says Philippe Rommeveaux, PYXALIS’s President and CEO. The FRAMOS industry and product experts, with an in-depth knowledge from sensor to system, provide a full portfolio of imaging components and additional services like consulting and logistics, to the support of customers to obtain the benefit of customized sensors for their applications and projects.

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August 2017

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With Mico Pro®, the potential distribution concept is already integrated. Murrelektronik Product Manger Tobias Berner explains the benefits of this solution. Tobias, what advantages does the integrated potential distribution concept have? It allows potential groups to be built and several consumers to be connected directly. This decentralizes installations in the control cabinet and reduces wiring. In the final analysis, overall costs are less.” How exactly is potential distribution implemented? At each output, Mico Pro® has a 24-volt terminal as well as a connection option for zero potential. The use of potential distributor modules multiplies the number of monitored outputs. Since they are already supplied with 0 V through the bridge system, it is enough to run a wire from one monitored output to any positive contact of the potential distributor module. This offers maximum flexibility. How does this affect the space in the control cabinet? We have customers who have saved up to 80 percent of space. Entire terminal strips, which require a lot of space, are no longer needed. Are there other advantages? The installation provides you with clear organization. The entire Mico Pro® system has a plug-in design. This saves about 75 percent of the time needed for installation. During operation, this technology is also completely maintenance free and vibration resistant.


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Additional size of aluminium profile to MiniTec range opens new doors

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The Art of Simplicity Basingstoke based MiniTec has made a significant addition to its range of modular aluminium profile systems. A new intermediate size of profile, 90mm x 135mm is an important addition to the range as the very sturdy and stiff profile will open the door to new application areas where the standard smaller size profile is not suitable.

‘From drawing to delivery in just seven weeks’ – not a claim that many manufacturers of custom RF connectors can make, but by using locally sourced components and UK manufacture, IntelliConnect are able to offer this exceptional service – and at very competitive prices. Products include:

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The central bore of the new profile size has a diameter of 32mm and is suitable for radial ball bearings sizes 6201 or 6002, or it can accommodate compressed air piping or an additional guide for hydraulic cylinders. MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system has a contemporary design and is ideal for a wide range of industrial and lifestyle applications from assembly lines and workbenches to mobile sports seating areas and point of sale installations.

Keeping it simple, from design to installation Easy to assemble and disassemble, the profile system using standard M8 fasteners so all you need to is an Allen key to get started. You can design your product with the online iCAD tool which helps you select dimensions/shape and design. For more information about the MiniTec range contact Tel: 01256 365605


August 2017

Engis Solution puts Honing Capability onto Machining Centres Superabrasives specialist, Engis UK, is offering an innovative tooling solution which effectively replaces the expensive and highly skilled “black art” of honing and puts the process firmly into the range of standard, repeatable and cost effective machining centre tasks, on standard vertical and horizontal CNC equipment. The tooling’s advanced design overcomes the issues often caused by lack of height within many machining centres and has also removed the need for floating tool holders and adaptors - enabling the bore finishing tools to be held directly in the machining centre tool holders - while still providing the required high accuracy geometry demanded of bore finishing operations, e.g. roundness to within 1 micron, and surface finish up to 0.2 Ra. Using Engis’ flexible tooling system, the first tool passes through the bore with a single in-and-out stroke and its place is then taken by the following pre-set, single-pass tool. The number of tools used in any given application will vary depending on the amount of stock to be removed, the surface finish and geometry required and the material being machined. This innovative tooling solution is suitable for many applications including particularly the manufacture of hydraulic valves, aerospace and F1 components, and also opens up further opportunities as companies are able to bring low-volume bore finishing tasks in-house. Each of the new Engis pre-set singlepass bore finishing tools is coated in a single layer of diamond, which is permanently plated onto the tool, creating faster cutting/stock removal rates and meaning that tool sizes can be held for long periods without adjustment. For further information, contact: Engis (UK) Ltd., 9 Centenary Business Park, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1DS tel.01491.411117, email:


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THE NEW ISO STANDARDS AND WHAT ADVANTAGES THEY CAN BRING TO YOUR COMPANY Greg Elwell, Certification UK Technical Manager at Bureau Veritas summarises what the transition to two new updated standards means, and the benefits the certification can have for businesses. Organisations and their leaders are facing change at an unprecedented speed, as digital technology and increasing globalisation continues to impact on businesses. The new ISO standards are a response to these forces, allowing organisations to continue to add value, while helping them to face the future. One overall change is that the standard has a new structure. ISO 9001:2015 now follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards (known as the High-Level Structure), making it easier to integrate multiple management systems going forward. The changes in the new standards focus around three main areas; Context of the Organisation, Leadership, and Risk Management. In addition to these, Continual Improvement remains a key element of the certification process. These areas present opportunities for positive change through recertification to the new ISO standards.

Context of the Organisation The updated standards place new emphasis on an organisation’s specific context. Companies need to abandon the old precept of prioritising only product, employees, and process, and rethink the unique context of their activities in association with the needs and demands of a wider set of interested parties. This can be achieved through an examination of the business environment, the current market, competitors, new technologies, prices, perceived quality, and user trends, necessary to remain competitive. By focusing on process rather than procedure, the new standards give organisations more freedom to show how it controls its risks and impacts on stakeholders.

Leadership Now, the standards favour approaching change in a planned and systematic way, by taking into account: potential consequences; the integrity of the management system; the availability of resources or allocation of responsibilities.


A new specific requirement is embedded leadership – the concept that continuous improvement needs to be backed and led by top management, with employees now also fully understanding and taking ownership for their roles. The level of involvement by the CEO, board of Directors and Managers in certification, as favoured by the new standards, is ultimately designed to have a positive effect on customer satisfaction.

Risk There are a wide range of risks concerning an Organisation’s Leadership today, including; inadequate infrastructure and energy costs, access to key skills, staff retention, avoiding the loss of know-how, and social instability. The new standards reflect the view that risks can be seen as opportunities or threats, and part of the internal culture of prevention and improvement. They provide a guide to organisations to establish a strategy to eliminate the risks seen as threats, through options for addressing risk, which include: avoidance of risk, eliminating risk, hedging the likelihood or consequences of risk, or acceptance of risk by informed decision. One strong driver for certification is managing the risks to suppliers and other interested parties, for companies involved in exporting overseas. It is a challenge to produce the same products in different countries, and certification can provide reassurance in this context. Similarly, businesses entering new sectors, or subsectors, as they look to grow, can use certification to manage risk and provide security.

Continual Improvement Reviewing the standards is a good way for an organisation to identify new opportunities for continual improvement and for managing risk adequately. Key to this is re-evaluating the business and seeing the overall certification process as a guarantor of quality, not just final certification. As an organisation changes, certification needs to accompany and accommodate this change.

Organisations that match their strategy with an improved Management System, will be well placed to gain new opportunities. By revising standards and using updated standards to pursue the path of continual improvement, organisations can ensure they remain competitive in the long term.

Timings The new ISO 9001 was launched in September 2015, which means businesses have until September 2018 to transition from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015, if they wish to maintain their certification. Because these revisions are classed as new versions of the standard, businesses will need to ensure a new contract has been put in place with their Certification Body. At Bureau Veritas, for example, clients are to contact us in advance of the audit in which they intend to transition, then the contract and systems can be updated to allow us to support them in the best way.

Conclusion At a time of accelerated disruption, combined with a shift in the expectations of customers and other interested parties, recertification to the updated standards is a lever which can help your organisation achieve improved customer satisfaction, engage a broader risk management approach, and reflect the increased demands for accountability. Bureau Veritas has developed a white paper on ‘How Transition to the new ISO Standards adds value to your organisation’ which is available to download at: here. For further information please visit

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August 2017 Tamworth-based Thermaset Limited has, over more than 30 years, established a reputation in the powder coatings industry for stability and reliability. Marketing Manager Ben Jennens commented: “Manufacturers look to companies with a proven track record, but will always factor in quality, delivery and price. “We pride ourselves on our ethos of ‘challenge us to find a solution’ – whether it be colour, finish or application issues. Through early consultation, we will ensure that not only the right type of coating is selected for a particular application, but also recommend what preparatory work needs to be undertaken beforehand. “Our service covers the full spectrum of the industry. There is no colour that can’t be matched and no special requirement we cannot meet – whether it be BS, RAL, custom or match. “Thermaset can meet our customer needs from a few kilograms of powder coating - for a special order - through to tonnes for a long-term contract,” he said, adding: “We have one of the country’s biggest ranges of stock powders available for next day delivery across the UK. For bespoke orders – however complex the task – we guarantee formulation and manufacture of a unique new powder coating within five working days,” said Ben. As a Qualicoat approved manufacturer, Thermaset adheres to strict architectural standards and has the international standard ISO 14001 certification demonstrating its commitment to environmental management within the business. Among the industrial markets for powder coatings are: automotive, electrical/electronics, scaffolding/ form work, general engineering and steel partitioning. There are five different types of coating that Thermaset offers: anti-bacterial, epoxy polyester, epoxy powder, polyester powder and special powder. For further information Contact Ben Jennens at Thermaset Tel: 01827 55777 email: Web:


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August 2017

Flowtechnology UK is the largest distributor of Fluid Power products within the UK and Ireland. Trading since 1983, we are renowned for stocking and sourcing the widest range of Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Industrial products within the industry. Here’s just a few of the 60,000 high quality products that we supply: FTUK’s 100R6 Oil Return / Fuel Hoses are an ideal solution for low pressure hydraulic applications including return lines and drain lines. The three part construction of an oil resistant synthetic rubber inner tube, textile yarn braid and an outer cover of oil & weather resistant synthetic rubber means that it highly compatible for use with a host of fluids and air. With a working temperature range of -40°C to +100°C and a maximum working pressure of 28 bar, 100R6 hoses can be used in a wide variety of markets including transportation, construction, machine tool, materials handling and automotive. When combined with FTUK’s push style fittings (designed and tested to fully comply with the SAE 100R6 hose specification), they combine to become a formidable push style hose system with standard end configurations of Metric DIN 2523, BSPP and JIC with A3C plated steel: • High quality complete hose system • Fittings fully re-useable • No tooling required • Fittings available in steel, stainless steel & brass

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Superior Rubber Alloy Air Hose is the result of years of investment, research and development to find the optimum compound used to manufacture a hose which provides both amazing flexibility and extremely high tensile strength. Constructed with a high tensile polyester braid, these hoses offer an excellent tensile strength, yet are also highly flexible with an excellent bend radius and offer anti-kink capabilities. The smooth bore and consistent internal and external dimensions also ensure that flow through the hose is optimised. Their design also ensures that they are extremely durable, with excellent abrasion resistance and the outer cover makes is resistant to oil and a number of fuels. With excellent ozone resistance Superior rubber alloy hoses are the number one choice for outdoor applications and are a safe option due to a highly visible green stripe. A range of assemblies are also available which are fitted with a brass BSPP female fitting containing a 60° sealing cone fixed to the hose at each end giving a full mechanical seal.


August 2017

Amera directional control and modular valves provide proven quality and performance at a highly competitive price. The range includes both CETOP 3 and CETOP 5 options and are available with single and double solenoid operation and are interchangeable with all major brands.

The Professional Intelligence and Professional Mark 2 ranges of filters, regulators and lubricators are exclusive to Flowtechnology UK and offer a reliable, high performance and cost effective alternative to premium priced competitors. The Professional Intelligence range of heavy duty filters, regulators and lubricators have a metal construction and bowl guard and comes with a 40 micron filter as standard and 5 micron available on request.

Operating with fluid temperatures between -20°C and +70°C, both ranges can also be supplied to suit a variety of voltages including 110v AC, 220v AC, 24v DC and 12v DC, making them perfect for numerous applications including mobile hydraulics.

The CETOP 3 range of valves have a highly effective maximum flow rate of 80 litres per minute and can operate up to a maximum working pressure of 350 bar, whilst the CETOP 5 range (link to of have a maximum flow rate of 120 litres per minute and can operate up to a maximum working pressure of 315 bar.

Due to the success of the original Professional FRLs which were launched last year, the range has been further developed with the Professional Mark 2 range. They now come with even larger, stronger drip cups, extending the product’s life and advancements to the construction of the regulators mechanism has given extra sensitivity on the control to help ensure the system is working to the optimum pressure. As with the original Professional Range, the Mark 2 air preparation range comes fully assembled. We offer users the ability to assemble their own bespoke units with the use of connectors and wall mounting kits.

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The Amera range is completed with a number of Sandwich valves (CETOP 3 and 5), replacement coils and a host of manifolds (with or without pressure relief valves), side entry subplates and auxiliary plates.

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August 2017

Loma Systems® to Highlight Wide Range of ‘Check and Detect’ Inspection Equipment for the Food Industry Loma Systems® will be highlighting a wide range of ‘Check and Detect’ contaminant inspection equipment for the global food industry at PPMA 2017. The newly launched next-generation IQ4 metal detector series with improved detection sensitivity and compact X5C X-ray and Checkweighing combination machine, specially designed to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice and average weight legislation, will be on stand. The exhibit will also feature the company’s durable, flexible and factory-friendly X5 X-ray inspection models - used widely by food producers across the world. Loma’s revolutionary IQ4 series of next generation metal detection systems offer significantly improved sensitivity compared to previous models and a plethora of exciting ‘industry first’ features purpose designed to deliver optimum production efficiencies. With the combination of enhanced Auto Learn functionality, improved product screening and more sophisticated signal processing, the IQ4 provides significant improvements in detection performance. The IQ4 has enabled Loma to introduce true Variable Frequency technology to its Pipeline, Waferthin and Vertical Fall metal detectors for the first time. Operating between 31882 kHz, all metal detectors in the IQ4 range are capable of automatically selecting correct operating frequency so changes in products or packaging that necessitate an alteration in frequency no longer require costly and inconvenient operator intervention.

A unique new blue sealing arrangement coupled with a ‘beyond’ IP69K ingress rating helps make the horizontal search heads resilient to a host of tough factory conditions, including thermal fluctuations as a result of inspecting frozen food products and high temperature wash down with corrosive chemical agents. The IQ4 also offers Optimised for Aluminium capability for Performance Validation System (PVS) testing, product speed control, connection to TRACS software for centralised data reporting, support for biometric security and will include robust support for FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

In addition, Variable Frequency allows processors to easily run different pack sizes and shapes whilst benefiting from improved stability and sensitivity.

Loma’s popular X5C X-ray and CW3 Combo inspection system is capable of weighing products while simultaneously inspecting for foreign bodies, all in one integrated system. The integrated ‘detect and weigh’ technologies ensure food safety for brand protection, and consistency in weight, size and shape.

In an industry first, all models in the IQ4 Metal Detector range boast a newly designed 7” colour touchscreen with a modernised and more intuitive interface that has been developed to simplify operation.

Measuring just three metres in length, it can be easily integrated where production space is limited. Produced from 304 grade stainless steel, the combo unit is lead free and offers an unrivalled IP66 wash down design.


Capable of running at speeds up to 150 packs per minute, it has separate reject bins for out of weight and contaminated products. Loma’s X5C unit reduces the cost of ownership of X-ray technology when compared to conventional X-ray models, making it ideal for food companies keen to make the switch to X-ray for the first time or to replace lower performance ferrous-in-foil twin head metal detectors. The X5C is ideal for the detection of all metal types, glass, calcified bone, rubber and stone in various packaging. The machine is capable of handling products up to 100mm (height) x and 300mm (width) and weighing no more than 6kg – making it ideal for a wide range of inspection applications. Loma’s range of CW3 checkweighers offer peace of mind that every packed product leaving the production line will have the correct weight and meet strict legal or retailer requirements. For product enquiries please contact: Anita Miault, Telephone: +44 (0)1252 893300 Web: Email:


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SET NEW STANDARDS IN INSERT PRODUCTION AND TOOL MEASUREMENT Included among the Walter and Ewag innovations for tool machining will be developments in Ewag tool insert grinding and Walter tool measuring, Walter Ewag UK reports – and both set new standards in insert production and the measurement of complex tools.


aking its first public debut, the six-axis Ewag Compact Line is a high-precision, compact and flexible machine for the grinding - including peripheral grinding - of inserts in tungsten carbide, cermet, ceramic, PCBN and PCD. Applying protective chamfers on inserts’ main cutting edges is ensured by the machine’s optimised kinematics as well as by the new C axis. Machine downtime is minimised by the machine’s short travel distances and by the integrated six-axis Fanuc robot that offers agile handling and a high degree of flexibility for loading complex inserts. The Ewag Compact Line’s ‘threein-one’ dressing unit ensures grinding wheel concentricity and high process reproducibility, plus offers wheel dressing, regeneration and ‘crushing’ in a single package. Machine usability and effectiveness is also guaranteed by the integrated ProGrind software, and the Fanuc control system enables all grinding routines to be programmed quickly and easily via its user-friendly touch-screen panel. Also on the stand (after its debut earlier this year), Walter’s new Heliset Plus manual measuring device promises to help optimise the erosion (machining) times of complex tools by up to 30 per cent by being ‘integrated’ into the tool production process. Data output via XML to the Walter Window Mode software – in the Walter Helitronic Power Diamond or Diamond Evolution erosion machines, or Walter Helicheck measuring machines - also saves valuable working time. Heliset Plus replaces standalone tool measurement operations previously carried out remotely in the


Making its public debut, the six-axis Ewag Compact Line is a highprecision machine for the grinding - including peripheral grinding - of inserts in tungsten carbide, cermet, ceramic, PCBN and PCD

Walter’s new Heliset Plus manual measuring device promises to help optimise the erosion (machining) times of complex tools by up to 30 per cent.

tool preparation area or in the erosion machine, directed by an intuitive user interface and touch screen operation. With no need for formal training and with no machine programming, operators can now view a ‘live’ front light image of a tool for the fast positioning of measuring points and the representation of cutting edges already measured. Tools up to 350 mm diameter and 400 mm long can be measured. The Walter Heliset Plus workstation set-up includes manual axis adjustment, ISO 50 spindle, a front light and a back light camera with 45x magnification. The device can also measure grinding wheels.


August 2017

Perfect Motion for Liquid Products At drinktec 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry- From September 11-15, 2017, Baumüller will participate in drinktec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich. In hall B3 at stand 321, the Nurembergbased drive and automatization specialist will present its specific industry solutions for the beverage industry: From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. In addition, a compact high-torque motor with extremely low self-heating as well as a stainless steel flange for easy cleaning will be presented.

Fig. 1: In use on a conveyor belt with bottles: As a motor-gear combination, ETAŋ drive (right) achieves up to degrees of efficiency of up to 90 percent and due to its surface properties it is also suitable for aseptic applications, like in the beverage industry I Image left: 06photo/fotolia Fig. 2: The extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80 (right), which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines (left) in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning I Image left: Krones

Increased productivity due to the intelligent overall solution The drive system ETAŋ drive will be the highlight at the Baumüller stand. The motor-gear combination achieves degrees of efficiency of up to 90 percent and is also ideally suited for aseptic applications, like in the beverage industry, duet o its surface properties. The ETAŋ drive will be in use on a transport and conveyor belt for beverage bottles at drinktec. Minimal overall installed size and high system efficiency characterize the gear motor ETA drive, which was specially developed for the food and beverage industry. The drive system is equipped with an aseptic, completely enclosed housing and is therefore particularly suitable for transport tasks in the food sector.

Service 4.0: Digitization Increases Availability An innovation in the field of service is BAUDIS IoT, a system for the process optimization and for the predictive maintenance system of existing and new machines. BAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants. BAUDIS IoT, the latest version, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system. The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities. BAUDIS IoT allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.


Fig. 3: BAUDIS IoT is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. Smart data analysis is used to avoid production errors and to increase productivity, all automatically through a self-regulating machine learning process

Product Highlights The b maXX 2500 decentralized drive, which combines the converters from the b maXX 3300 series with robust DSD, DSC and DSP servomotors, is especially suitable for filling systems with many individual drives. This compact drive with integrated electronics is suitable for a power range up to about 6.5 kW and includes integrated safety technology with the degree of protection IP 65. Thanks to a variety of supported fieldbus systems and flexibility in terms of its installation location, the bmaXX 2500 offers mechanical engineers with a high degree of design freedom and allows for the realization of optimally adapted machine solutions. A new feature in drive technology is the extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80, which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning. The networking of man, machine or sensors is increasing in the industrial sector. To protect industrial security, Baumüller offers a secure solution for the remote maintenance of machines and systems with Ubiquity: The state of machines can thus be monitored worldwide and quickly responded to in a targeted manner if necessary. This capability of quick and accurate diagnostics and troubleshooting saves time and money. Ubiquity thus increases the productivity and efficiency of machines. The Ubiquity runtime environment is pre-installed in all Windows-based HMIs from Baumüller and can be used without separate hardware.

Lifecycle management 4.0 worldwide In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, Baumüller as a corporate group also covers numerous services for machine and systems construction as well as for machine operators. Starting with the project planning, design and commissioning all the way to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems. Mechanical engineers and machine operators at drinktec will have the opportunity to be consulted by service experts from the Baumüller subsidiaries Nürmont and the Baumüller repair facility on such topics as manufacturer-independent repair, servicing, relocation and installation. With over 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a globally reliable service partner with decades of local worldwide experience.

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