Engineering Update - Annual Review 2019

Page 1

Sponsored by


Also featured this issue:

Annual Review 2019

Short Courses for Industry Bulk Solids Handling Technology Course Calendar 2020

ry Februa 4

Measurement of the Properties and Bulk Behaviour of Particulate Materials An overview of methods for determining bulk behaviour of particulate materials


Undesired De-blending and Separation in Processes Identification of common segregation mechanisms and how to minimise the effects


Electrostatics in Powder Handling The cause and effect of electrostatic charging in bulk solids handling


Dust Control for Processes Dust prevention, capture and extraction methods

March 10 - 12 Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes Bulk materials handling and safety issues at ports and at sea, New for 2020 – optional practical session on Day 3 ….a very useful approach to a number of questions about bulk cargoes”; Duarte Bastos, Silopor

April 28 - 30 Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials Components of pneumatic conveying systems, system, selection and design techniques


12 - 13 Commissioning and Troubleshooting ‘Hands-on’ Pneumatic Conveying Systems A look at the practical challenges of starting up systems on site and making sure they work as the designer intended


9 - 10

Pneumatic Conveying System Design In depth exploration of detailed calculations for design of pneumatic pipelines and specifying plant

ok How to Bo

On line registration is available on the short course section of the website.

July 1 5 - 16 Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing A guide through the critical aspects of powder management for powder-based AM processing

ber Septem 22 - 23 Design of Equipment for Storing and Handling Bulk Materials Looking at the designing of bulk handling schemes and constructing equipment for storing bulk materials

r Octobe

Overview of Particulate Handling Technology 20 - 22 Introduction to the storing and handling of bulk materials, equipment selection and design methodologies for safe and reliable plant. …….very informative and I would recommend this course to anyone in the industry”; Chris Jones, Kemutec Group Inc. – A part of the Schenck Process Group

er Novemb 17 - 19 Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials Components of pneumatic conveying systems, system, selection and design techniques





Pneumatic Conveying System Design In depth exploration of detailed calculations for design of pneumatic pipelines and specifying plant Rotary Valves: Design, Selection and Operational Issues An exploration of the different valves and features available I appreciated the practical exercises to get a hands on feel of the parameters important for calculations and layout of a pneumatic conveying system”; Dr Tom Simons, BASF

Discounts are given for repeat attendances and multiple delegate registrations

Authorised Training Centre

Inventor Solid Modelling Training Course


This course teaches new Inventor users how to approach parametric design using Autodesk Inventor. The course provides a hands-on learning experience ensuring that you will acquire the knowledge needed to design models from conceptual sketching, through to solid modelling, assembly design and drawing production.


If you’re interested in the course or would like to book your place, please contact us on 01844 263700 or email



Wendy McManus 01843 267 690

Annual Review 2019

At the forefront of digital marketing, Engineering Update strives to bring its readers the latest in industrial engineering, in a format that provides the best usability and ease of use for it’s readers.

Editorial Assistant

Taylor Owens 01843 448 443

Sponsored by


Annual Review 2019

Publishing Director

Jodie Little 01843 448 443

Publication Manager

Tim Johnston 01843 448 443

Publishing House

Jet Digital Media Ltd, Suite 1 & 2 Spratling Court Offices, Spratling Street, Manston, Kent CT12 5AN

Also featured this issue:


SICK GOES FLAT OUT FOR SUB-MINIATURE PERFORMANCE WITH the launch of its G2 Flat family of photoelectric sensors, SICK has shrunk outstanding performance into a miniature format. The ultra-thin sensors are designed to integrate snugly into small machinery and conveyors, or for tight fits in robotic arms and grippers.


tarting at just 3.5mm thick, the SICK G2 Flat family of proximity and through-beam sensors achieve highly-reliable detection of objects of almost any size, thanks to the unrivalled precision of SICK’s PinPoint visible laser light spot technology, even for jetblack, transparent, mirrored or shiny surfaces. The SICK G2 Flat photoelectric proximity sensor impresses with unrivalled background suppression capability to detect objects down to 0.1mm in size at distances as small as 8mm. The SICK G2 Flat though-beam sensors present versatile options for machine integration with no risk of cross-talk, when the sensors are arranged closely in arrays. “The G2 Flat is a response to feedback from our customers that they wanted a high-performance photoelectric sensor at a sub-miniature size,” said David Hannaby, SICK’s UK product manager for presence detection. “The trend to miniaturise machine integration needs to be matched by higher detection performance, even at these extremely low detection ranges.


“Simple machine integration with the ability for easy commissioning and adjustment was just as important. So, SICK’s PinPoint visible LED light spot not only ensures precision detection, but also makes for quick and easy alignment, even at these extremely small tolerances.” The G2 Flat proximity sensor achieves exceptional detection repeatability in ambient light conditions, thanks to its unrivalled background suppression capability without any significant black/white shift, even where the background surface is near and made from similar materials. With a choice of fixed sensing ranges of 8 mm, 15 mm and 30 mm, the proximity sensors are sufficiently versatile for machine designers to use in many applications, therefore offering an opportunity to streamline their sensor inventories.

The G2 Flat through-beam sensors also offer detection down to 0.2mm at ranges as low as 40mm. The GSE2 Flat through-beam variant is focused on speedy commissioning and replacement with a bigger light spot for even quicker alignment and colour-coded cables to distinguish easily between sender and receiver. The SICK G2 Flat sideview has a small, clearly-defined light spot that is optimized for high-performance edge detection in side by side arrays without the risk of interference between the sensors. With a rugged IP67 VISTAL housing and a choice of robust, steel mounting plates and cable connections, the sensors can be integrated into the tightest of spaces. For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email



5 Comm ports inc. ethernet | Easy PID | Free no-limit programming | Hot-swappable I/O Built-in data logging | Integrated web-server | Motion made easy

Quality products, expert advice

020 3026 2670



SuperCORR A reduces premature drive chain wear with dry lubricant spray Premature chain wear is usually caused by poor lubrication and maintenance which is responsible for loss of production high maintenance labour costs and low productivity. Most hydrocarbon-based lubricants have relatively high viscosity and will not reach the bearing areas in the centre of the chain around the bush, pin and drive cogs. Reducing downtime of the increasing numbers of robots, handling and positioning systems and conveyors using chains in factory environments needs both scheduled and emergency plans to maintain reliability.

SuperCORR A aerosols from EnviroTech Europe are an innovative, simple solution to this problem, easily applied without mess or staining. The very low viscosity ultra-thin film dry lubricant with corrosion protective properties is dissolved in a fast drying, environmentally friendly carrier solvent. The spray cleans and removes dust, swarf and soils depositing an ultrathin dry film coating which penetrates the closest tolerances lubricates and protects surfaces, does not attract dust or dirt is unaffected by water or solvents and is resistant to high


temperatures and highly corrosive liquids and atmospheres such as salt water.

SuperCORR A complies with Mil Spec Mil-DTL-87177 B. and is approved by major companies and OEMs worldwide. The SuperCORR aerosol cans are supplied with fine probe tubes simplifying access and penetration into the difficult areas to make maintenance quick and easy even in the most difficult situations. For more information visit:


Introducing the next generation in filling and closing technology: the CWM 240i. CWM Automation’s latest innovation is designed for pot filling and sealing, providing higher speeds and up to 30% more control than a traditional inline machine. CWM Automation’s goal is to exceed customer’s expectations in quality, delivery and performance. Each of our machines are designed and built in-house at our site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Specialists in providing filling, heat sealing and lidding machinery, as well as end-of-line solutions, we target a wide range of industries including dairy, convenience foods, pharmaceuticals and many more. Key Features of the 240i Machine Built around Rockwell Automation’s iTrak technology, the electromagnetic modules combine continuous motion and dwelling on the same frame bed. The 240i machine is designed to have 14 moveable slats in groups of 2. Made up of intelligent conveyers, each slat movement on the 240i Machine can be recorded for data analysis, giving you a full insight into how effectively your machine is working. On a standard 4-lane machine, the 240i can fill up to 240 cups per minute. Due to the flexibility of the 240i, slat changeovers can be completed quickly for different sized pots and packaging formats, without causing any unnecessary machine down-time. Additionally, all operations are servo-driven, allowing for quicker and easier changeovers.


Hygiene is a top priority when it comes to the 240i: hygienic lines are maintained throughout the process to achieve 3A standards. CWM Automation’s Managing Director, Mick Williams discusses the 240i machine’s main benefits: “The 240i combines the flexibility of constant motion for filling and sealing and dwell for cup dispensing and ejecting. "This combination gives the ultimate control for filling liquid products at speeds normally restricted by the moving of the filled cups. A 4-lane i-Machine has an output of 240 cups/ minute compared to a standard

linear machine output of around 120 to 140/min. It also gives the flexibility of quick change overs between packaging sizes due to its innovative design.” The 240i can be manufactured in larger versions, with more lanes to allow for even more pot fills per minute. Offering a shorter footprint than a standard linear machine, yet allowing for a greater output capacity, the 240i can significantly boost production efficiency. In fact, payback is approximately 23% faster on the 240i, based on the machine being 75% faster than the aforementioned linear machinery.









+44 (0) 1844 204420 Email us at

Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd, Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF


SEEPEX slashes pump maintenance time with new smart solution

SEEPEX’s new, innovative Drive Joint Access (DJA) technology reduces maintenance time for its open hopper pumps by up to 75%, and costs by up to 90%. This smart maintenance concept – an industry first – has already been installed at Thames Water, Anglian Water, United Utilities and a wastewater treatment site in Ireland. The patented solution enables in situ access to Seepex’s open hopper pumps for dewatered and thickened sludges in just 11 minutes; maximising asset uptime, cutting labour costs and optimising operational performance. Overcoming space constraints Prior to the launch of Drive Joint Access (DJA), operators of these open hopper pumps faced a real challenge whenever their pump needed servicing or repair. They are typically located in tight spaces underneath large pieces of capital equipment such as dewatering machines - often obstructed by pipework, valves and structural steelwork. Even the simplest maintenance task could take three or even four days, as engineers were required to remove the whole pump from the installation – often with the aid of costly, heavy lifting equipment – before taking it to a workshop to complete the service or repair, and then reinstalling the pump. Full drive-side access Recognising the impact this complicated, lengthy and costly process had on their customers’ operations, Seepex engineers set about developing a solution. The company had previously designed a feature that enables the rotor and stator to be removed from the front end of the pump without requiring the whole unit to be dismantled. They took this proven concept and translated it to the back end of the pump. The result is the DJA: a detachable joint casing mounted on rollers, situated between the feed hopper and the pump-bearing housing. It enables engineers to reach the drive-side joint area, mechanical seal, plug-in shaft and gear box drive within just 11 minutes – a major step forward.


Situated between the feed hopper and the pump-bearing housing, DJA enables drive-side access in just 11 minutes

Reduction in downtime The result of this easy-access solution is that typical maintenance time has been reduced from three or four days – depending on the pump size – to under one day, delivering a significant uptime increase. This is particularly important in wastewater applications as the volume of sludge being treated remains constant. When a dewatering system is out of action for several days for pump maintenance, additional pressure is placed on the site to process sludge by either emergency removal using tankers or mobile dewatering equipment hire. Thanks to the DJA cutting maintenance times by as much as 75%, this is no longer a concern. Besides speedier maintenance, DJA also offers significant reductions in labour and equipment hire costs. Furthermore, it makes regular proactive inspection and maintenance of the joint, mechanical seal and drive side components quick and easy, enabling preventative, rather than reactive, maintenance to increase customers’ asset availability and optimise their operational efficiency. DJA in action Seepex has recently delivered a project at Thames Water’s Mogden WwTW to replace existing pumps located in a difficult to access area underneath 14 drum thickeners. Other sites which have adopted DJA are Anglian Water’s Rochford STW, United Utilities’ Davyhulme WwTW and a wastewater treatment plant in Ireland. “This innovation is a game changer. Maintenance times for open hopper pumps are significantly reduced and routine inspections can now be easily carried out,” says Simon Lambert, Global Industry Manager Environmental for Seepex. “With no removal of pipework, pump hopper structure or complete pump skid necessary, and no lifting equipment required to remove the pump, DJA has simplified maintenance, reduced costs and increased asset uptime for our wastewater customers.”

Protecting Your Plant Before

Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used whenever information or monitoring of shaft rotation, position, direction, speed, slip etc is required! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used for indication, control, interlocking, protection, sequencing, alarm initiations and many more functions! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used wherever materials are transported or processed By conveyors, elevators, screws, mixers, etc!






RELIABILITY Tel : +44 (0)151 356 2322 Website: Fax: +44 (0)151 356 2437 Email:

Monitoring the world

Realising the benefits of virtual commissioning on automation projects

Virtual commissioning is a valuable technology commonly used on large projects, typical of those found within the major automotive manufacturers, where systems containing hundreds of robots, PLC’s and complex devices are tested, validated and commissioned in a virtual environment. The benefits to these customers, who are generally working on tight project timescales, are both clear and significant. In these instances it is not unusual for valuable savings on project timescales to be realised as a result of the virtual commissioning process. In this article, Tim Bednall – Sales & Marketing Manager for Wood Automated Systems UK explains how the virtual commissioning process developed by the company can bring equally tangible benefits when applied to smaller automated systems, and why in time it is likely to become the standard approach for all automation projects. The usual method of commissioning for automation systems has generally followed a traditional route. The system will be designed, individual components parts either outsourced or manufactured, software, PLC and robot programmes created, and once the system build process is almost complete, initial commissioning will begin. Although a clear, structured and well-understood process, it is time consuming, and at the point where true commissioning begins, the project timescales are likely to already be compressed with the target completion date looming. As many smaller automation projects become more complex, especially in instances where there may be multiple technologies being integrated, the justification for and the potential benefits to be realised by using the virtual commissioning process become clearer. Therefore within today’s high-pressure and fast-paced environment, simulation and virtual commissioning is likely to become an essential part of many automation projects. Not only do these processes help mitigate risk, they also significantly reduce precious set-up time on site. Virtual Commissioning is the process of validating the operation of control system software against a model of the mechanism, machine or system. In this context, the model could be a 2D or 3D CAD “Digital Twin” of the actual facility. In the context of

Industrial Automation, Virtual Commissioning is used to test the operation of PLC, Robotic controls and other complex devices system software by connecting virtual or real controllers to the inputs and outputs of components and mechanisms that exist within a 2D or 3D virtual machine A Virtual Commissioning model or Digital Twin of the system is created, and the inputs and outputs of its components and mechanisms connected into the PLC, running the control code. The software is tested and validated through the Virtual Commissioning model. Test scripts can be designed up-front as part of the Functional Design Specification (FDS), including user interfaces, status and error messaging and fault diagnosis and recovery. Once the software had been tested and validated in the Virtual Commissioning environment, the PLC software and new mechanical equipment is installed on site. Wood - Automated Systems UK has made significant investments in simulation and virtual commissioning technology in order to prove automation solutions at the design stage. The company’s simulation expertise, gained from the use of their systems across many complex automation lines, reduces risk, cost and timescales for customers embarking on automation projects, delivering peace of mind ahead of the actual installation. Engineers are able to use advanced software to explore and analyse a whole host of ‘what if?’ scenarios, allowing the performance of each element of each solution to be optimised. Once the software for the particular programme has been written, a virtual model is created to demonstrate exactly how the solution will work. The virtual commissioning process also makes it possible to create production and maintenance scenarios that would otherwise be impossible or dangerous to implement in real life. As well as reducing costs, rigorous simulation and virtual commissioning also minimise the risk of damage to machinery and overcomes potential safety related issues keeping the project on schedule.


pressure sensors KELLER (UK) Ltd. Little Keep Gate, Barrack Road, Dorchester, DT1 1AH UK and Ireland: T. 0845 643 2855 F. 0845 643 2866 E-Mail: Web:



AND EMBEDDED SIGNAL CONDITIONING – No external components – Ranges 0…1 bar thru to 0…200 bar – Accuracy, error band +/- 0,5%, 0…50 °C – Sizes Ø 11 m, 15 mm, 17 mm, 19 mm bar – Very low power consumption

PRECISION PRESSURE TRANSMITTER 33 X – Ranges 0…0,2 bar thru to 0…1000 bar, adjustable – Output signals: 4…20 mA, 0…10 V, RS485 Digital – Mathematical on-board error correction – Accuracy, error band 0,1 %FS, 10…40 °C – Optional enhanced precision to ± 0,01 %FS



Manufacturing and industrial leaders must embrace a tech savvy approach to the future Very few leaders working within the manufacturing and industrial sectors are embracing technology, especially those working in the later stages of their careers, according to a new research report.


rom automation, to Artificial Intelligence (AI), right through to embracing digital marketing and social media opportunities, the report reveals that many business leaders lack the skills to implement future technology solutions. Jason Saunders, co-founder and director at TS Grale, said: “It seems that smaller businesses and those with younger CEOs and dedicated technology teams, are savvier and adopt a more connected approach to absorbing and implementing new technologies. “The report also makes it clear that some successful business leaders shy away from things like AI, as they don’t understand how it could work within their operation, or they can be intimidated by the pace of change. The research showed that CEOs who are in the later stages of their working careers, typically struggle more to fully understand how new technological advancements can benefit their business. “If veterans within the manufacturing and industrial industries resist the pace of change and fail to embrace technology, they risk losing out to their competitors. As a result, they need to recruit specialists with in-depth knowledge. Of course not every technological advancement is going to be relevant – but by bringing in tech-savvy people from other industries and learning from them, business leaders can embrace the future.”


Picture caption:- (Left to right) TS Grale’s founders Jason Saunders and Paul Fleming with the World Class Leader Report.

The UK Tech Innovation Index, which measures both current activity and potential for innovation in seven sectors for 36 UK cities, reveals that businesses based in London are by far the best at adopting technological advancements, followed by those in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Bristol and Birmingham. Businesses based in Glasgow, Norwich, Coventry and Manchester are also in the top 10. Jason added: “Businesses in the capital fare significantly better when it comes to technology, so those in the regions must strive to adopt relevant new technology in order to keep pace. The younger generation are critical to the manufacturing and industrial sectors and leaders that value their technical skills and learn about the latest technology advancements through them, will ultimately continue to succeed.” Researchers for the World Class Leader Report interviewed more than 20 board level executives and directors across private, listed and private equity backed businesses,

with turnovers ranging from less than £20m to more than £1bn. TS Grale provides executive search and recruitment services across the industrial, manufacturing, and engineered products sectors, as well as working in construction, the built environment and consumer sectors including food and drink, packaging and non-food FMCG. From its offices in Leeds city centre, TS Grale has attracted a global client base spanning the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, USA and Canada. The firm has recently secured retained contracts with several North American companies, which will see it identify and assess talent for senior sales and infrastructure roles. In addition, TS Grale has recently won projects with tier-one automotive and aerospace suppliers to identify Managing Directors for UK and European subsidiary businesses. The ‘World Class Leader Report’ can be downloaded from TS Grale’s website at

December 20191 ENGINEERING PDATE DS-OCT12-BLACKFAST_Layout 1 20/09/2012 16:28 Page

BSRIA Instrument Solutions Sales | Hire | Calibration

We specialise in the supply of equipment when you need it.



Tel: 0208 339 7370

Fax: 0208 339 7371 Unit 5 Russell House, Molesey Road Email: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 3PE





Manufacturers include: FLIR, ChaUvIn aRnoUx, SInERgy, RotRonIC, tESto, ELComponEnt, KatRonIC, FLExIm, FLUKE, vaISaLa, KImo, CIRRUS, dp mEaSUREmEntS.

Same day delivery service available Fully tested and calibarted Competitive prices Extensive product range

Contact us 0800 254 5566 (UK FREE) or +44 (0) 1344 459314



Talk2M Easy Setup makes machine connectivity easier than easy HMS Networks today announces a new set of features in the Talk2M®Easy Setup framework for Ewon® products, targeting to make secure remote machine access connectivity even easier for machine builders and end users.


arlier in 2019, HMS Networks released Talk2M Easy Setup for the Ewon Cosy and Flexy products. Users will now benefit from even easier and secure remote machine configuration, installation and connectivity thanks to new features and enhancements in updated versions of two key software components in the Talk2M Easy Setup framework: The new version of Connection Checker provides clear diagnostics and reports about the connection status and


performance between Ewonconnected machines in a factory and the Talk2M remote access cloud service. Users are notified whether a successful connection has been established or not, and any connectivity issue can be instantly located. Users also benefit from detailed information about which parameters need to be changed to solve the connectivity problem. The eCatcher Remote Access software has been updated to identify IP address conflicts, offering auto-healing capabilities which have been developed by

HMS based upon common internet connectivity issues in the field. In addition, eCatcher now also includes a new security feature which enables users to encrypt Talk2M Easy Setup configuration files including e.g. internet connectivity settings. “We want to make working life easier for our customers, and with the new features in Talk2M Easy Setup we definitely achieve this objective”, says Marie-Luce Bodineau, Head of Ewon product management at HMS Networks. “Factory networking and internet connectivity are getting more and more complex, and we estimate that about 70% of remote access support cases relate to Internet connectivity issues. In this context, the updated Talk2M Easy Setup tools will be key for our, offering an easy and secure path to achieve successful remote configuration and connectivity in an easy way without the need for IT-skills.” For more information, visit and the knowledge base articles at

Humidifiers from Humidity Solutions

Service & Maintenance

Steam Humidifiers

• Exclusive distributor • The only British made steam humidifier • UK stocked spares & units • Design, supply & installation services • Full after sales backup, technical support & maintenance 01372 571200


StocExpo Lines up a future-filled programme With topics such as the future demand for hydrogen being discussed and the latest technologies being launched, StocExpo, the world’s largest and longest running international bulk liquid storage event, returns to Rotterdam in March 2020 with an eye firmly on the future. Thousands of professionals, experts and analysts from leading oil majors, including Shell, BP and Exxonmobil, and the world’s key terminals and storage players, will attend the threeday exhibition and conference at Rotterdam Ahoy from 10 – 12 March 2020. These senior decisionmakers and buyers will be joined by exhibitors from at least 60 countries. Over 120 global brands from across the supply chain such as Matrix Applied Technologies, TRIAX SARL, Emerson, Kanon Loading Equipment BV and Endress + Hauser have confirmed they will be showing their latest innovations at StocExpo. In addition to these established industry names, iTanks will host the Innovation Zone, home to new technologies and the latest innovations from both inside, and outside, the sector. The future of the bulk liquid storage industry is the core focus of the show’s highly anticipated conference programme. Experts from across the globe will share case studies, the latest trends and data as they address not only the current challenges but also all the hottest future developments in terminal safety, efficiency and sustainability. Conference sessions will include future-thinking topics such as ‘Hydrogen: future demand and impact on the storage industry’ and ‘What will the storage terminal look like in 50 years’ time?’ Immediate, business critical issues such as ‘Brexit: the impact on trade flows and how to minimise disruption’ will also be covered within the programme. Mark Rimmer, StocExpo Divisional Director, said: “The bulk liquid storage industry is going through a period of significant transformation. New environmental and safety regulations, breakthroughs in technology, and changes to the political landscape are


among a long list of factors that will, without a doubt, have a significant impact on operations moving forward. As a long-established event, strategically positioned in the ARA region, the industry needs us to help it address all of these – and that’s exactly what we will do. In addition to covering the very real and present challenges, we’re lining up world-class content which will throw light on the future of the industry, and how we can adapt to thrive within it. StocExpo will be an unmissable event in 2020.” Several networking events will be hosted throughout the show, including the official late-night networking party, giving visitors the opportunity to meet industry peers and make new business connections. The Terminal Operators Lounge, sponsored by Tank Storage Magazine, will bring together an elite collection of the industry’s terminals operators, including Vopak and Saudi Aramco. Also on the show floor, the Delegate Lounge will provide a further opportunity for the event’s visitors to meet, discuss industry issues and debate the session topics. Visitors and exhibitors can arrange meetings using SEE Connect, a unique one-to-one networking platform that will help them plan their schedule, reach out to key industry contacts and book meetings ahead of time. Further networking will be done at the prestigious Global Tank Storage Awards. Held after day one of the show, these celebrate terminal achievements, equipment innovations, ports and successful individuals within the bulk liquid storage industry. StocExpo takes place from the 10th to the 12th March 2020 at the Rotterdam Ahoy. For more information on visiting the exhibition, booking as a delegate for the training, or exhibiting, please call +44 (0)20 3196 4300 or visit


> Corrosion resistant for up to 1000 hours in salt spray > Manufactured from a premium alloy with less than 0.1% copper content for corrosion resistance > IP tessng performed aaer impact tessng to verify the seal is maintained when the enclosure is treated roughly > Impact resistant up to 7 Joules > Reusable seals (Up to 200 compressions)

RMIG is the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of perforated metal and its related products. We know our customers’ requirements for price and quality and meet their demands with uncompromising service. Not only do we offer standard and bespoke perforated metal sheets, we are able to offer you a range of secondary operations as detailed below. Complete solutions With a continued investment in the latest equipment and a network of professional partners we are able to produce prime quality products and solutions – from a simple perforated sheet to the fully formed and coated custom made part.

Levelling For some applications a high degree of flatness is required, we have processes in place to ensure our perforated coils and sheets meet with your most demanding requirements. Rolling and forming We can roll, bend and form perforated sheets to match your design. Aesthetic finishes and protective coating We can offer powder coating and hot dip galvanizing solutions to meet your specifications. For more information please contact us email: Tel: 01925 839610

Cutting We can cut and shape perforated sheet to meet the needs of your final application.



Straightpoint’s Bluetooth CableSafe at Wastewater Project Central Environmental Inc. (CEI) used a 10t capacity CableSafe running line dynamometer from Straightpoint (SP) to honor a contract for Alaska Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU), which is currently delivering a major project in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.


tility contractor CEI applied the CableSafe, designed for measuring synthetic rope tension, and accompanying Bluetooth technology during installation of a water main pipe. CableSafe is more commonly seen in the broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service, and maintenance industry. CEI used the product with a hydraulic winch to monitor the slip lined 8-in. fusible HighDensity Polyethylene (HDPE) Standard Dimension Ratio (SDR)11 pipe, where the tensile strength could not exceed 25,000 lbs. Bluetooth prevented the need for personnel to stand next to the line under tension during the slip line operation; readings were taken on SP’s accompanying app and documented for the customer. Jay Stepetin, project manager at CEI, said: “The load cell was the only device that was practical for our situation; we measured the tension frequency at the default two-second intervals. The slip line operation was conducted using a hydraulic winch on the receiving pit and an excavator to aid in guiding the pipe into the 10-in. cast iron carrier pipe. The CableSafe allowed me to record the tension exerted on the slip line HDPE SDR-11 pipe, while also providing radio direction to employees at each end of the job during the slip line operation.” “The standout challenges were presented by dewatering the insertion pits and limited workspace,” he added.

Stepetin explained that CEI’s full scope of work centered on providing a redundant water supply to the approx. 110 customers East of the Muldoon Curve on Regal Mountain Drive and Chaimi Loop. It involved excavating, shoring, dewatering and exposing the existing 10-in. water main cast iron pipe (CIP) at Regal Mountain Drive and Tikishla Street to create safe insertion pits for installation of the new 8-in. fusible HDPE SDR-11 water main pipe. CEI replaced the existing, corroded 36-in storm drain corrugated metal pipe (CMP) that crosses the existing 10-in. CIP at Tikishla Street. Further, it required documenting the condition of the existing 10-in. CIP carrier pipe by video inspection and verified that it was clean and free of obstructions that could restrict insertion or slip line of the 1,120 LF of 8-in. HDPE SDR-11 pipe. SP recently updated its Bluetooth capability and launched an enhanced version of its popular HHP app. Load cells now use wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances to communicate with up to eight devices, carrying the information up to 100m (328 ft.) away. Collected data can be sent onto other recipients in the form of an Excel spreadsheet or PDF report. Users can send reports from the same device that captures data that is already on the user’s person—such as a mobile or cell phone. For more information please visit

Images, top to bottom: 1) Load cells use wireless technology to exchange data over short distances. 2) The slip line operation was conducted using a hydraulic winch. 3) Challenges included dewatering the insertion pits and limited workspace. 4) Straightpoint’s 10t capacity CableSafe running line dynamometer.



Fluid Carrying



Flexibility Articulated Torsion Pipework In Hoses Rotating Cylinders

Swivel Joints Swivel joints allow pipework to pressure 1/4” to 40” and beyond.

Resurfacing of badly worn floors and new build installations

Vacuum to over 20,000psi.

Impact, abrasion and point load resistance

Stock and bespoke production.

Anti-static, anti-bacterial, slip resistant, chemical resistant & suitable for heavy traffic plus high bay category one and two

Unique bearing/seal design for longer life. ISO 9001 CE marked where applicable.

Fast installation for minimum downtime Integrate corporate colour schemes, colour matching and corporate logos into the same hardwearing and durable flooring For a complete Nationwide service from FREE survey and recommendations, to preparation and installation with single source, uncomplicated warranties…

Call 01952

740400 or visit us online.

RESPOL - innovative flooring solutions GUARANTEED! Tel:

Bingswood Trading Estate Whaley Bridge | High Peak | SK23 7LY | UK

+44(0)1663 735003



Accredited Contractor



How igus makes automated guided vehicles more fail-safe The use of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in factories and warehouses is booming. They work around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For AGV manufacturers, achieving maximum uptime is a challenge, which can be overcome by using reliable and maintenance-free components. “iglidur tribopolymer bearings, which are used in the tilting devices and scissor lifts of AGVs, are up to 60 percent lighter than metal bearings,” says Robert Dumayne, dry-tech director at igus. “Fibres and fillers reinforce the bearings for absorbing high forces and edge loads. And integrated solid lubricants ensure a maintenance-free dry operation.” In addition to plain bearings, the AGV range from igus includes linear, slewing ring, spherical and


ball bearings, as well as electrically driven leadscrew modules. Global manufacturer Knapp Industry Solutions has benefitted from using the igus AGV range in its ‘Open Shuttle’ - a vehicle that drives autonomously through factory halls and transports boxes between roller conveyors. The roller tray of the Open Shuttle is flexible and able to adapt easily to different transfer heights via two drylin SLW leadscrew modules. Each are equipped with iglidur liners and leadscrew nuts to achieve high reliability and a long service life. Installation space in AGVs is also often limited; here igus energy chains

with very small bend radii, such as the E2 micro with an inner height of 5mm, can be used. igus also has matching e-chain cables in its product range, with or without connectors, including ones that can be used in AGVs operating in cold storage at temperatures down to -35°C. As the only provider capable of offering a unique guarantee of 36 months on its cables, igus gives AGV manufacturers and their customers additional peace of mind. For more information about the igus AGV product range, please visit: or call igus directly on: 01604 677240




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.


ODU-UK Ltd. Phone: +44 03301509 002 266433 0640



T CARDS INJECTS EFFICIENCIES FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DEALER Yeovil based SMV Commercials is one of the South West’s leading Volkswagen & MAN Truck authorised commercial dealers. Whether for purchase, maintenance or hire, they offer a fully comprehensive service at their Yeovil site with a wide range of new and used commercial vehicles in stock. Careful planning along with attention to detail is crucial to their ability in managing workflow and their investment in the innovative T CARDS ONLINE has proven to be a great success. As long term users of T CARDS, SMV Commercials recognise the important features and benefits combined with the simplicity of the online system and the vital contribution it makes in helping them to manage workflow. Service Manager Gareth Down confirmed, “We really appreciate the simplicity and ease-of-use of the online system. It really has made efficiencies in the way we manage our workshop. Both the virtual T Board and the T Cards design were configured with ease and were simple to tailor to our requirements. It was so simple to implement and reasonably priced. In addition, the staff at T Cards are always there to help with any changes or support we may need and that’s a big plus for us”. T Cards are a well proven and established tool in the motor industry and now the Online system has great advantages over other DMS systems when it comes to communicating the status of work. Utilising the “What if” feature means communication can be enhanced by using the Alarm, Signal and email notifications. The new “If This, Then That” technology is simple to customise and is just one of the many latest developments for T Cards. It has already had a big effect in helping dealers improve customer service. For example, it can automatically send e-mails to a defined address when a task or job is moved to a different category or status. Likewise, an automated alarm can be set-up if a T Card has been ‘inactive’ for a pre-set time period. The facility to attach external documents and photos on the system or via the APP also helps collate documentation for quick and easy access. Since a number of cards will appear on the same T Board they can be colour-coded for easy identification and as work progresses, they can be simply dragged and dropped into a new column. T Cards Online enables all this information to be displayed either on large office screens or work stations, whilst at the same time, viewed and


edited on mobile devices. This allows staff optimum access to information, helping them become more efficient and productive. In addition, the new ‘Quick’ reporting system is ideal for generating graphs and reports showing Key Performance indicators. Commenting on SMV Commercial’s satisfaction in using T Cards Online, MD Phil Heine says, “We have helped a wide range of automotive companies explore the benefits of our simple, yet highly effective online management tool. The result is a streamlined and more efficient job management process which contributes to improved productivity, saving time and money which ultimately leads to improved customer satisfaction”. Phil added, “We will be exhibiting at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, 28-30th April 2020 which has a Workshop Component. This is an ideal opportunity for us demonstrate the features and benefits of the latest T Cards Online system to all relevant commercial vehicle operators, especially as we have such an impressive catalogue of successful case studies in the automotive sector”. More information from: T Cards Online, Addington, West Malling, Kent, MER19 5BP, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1732 871417 email:




WATER IS NOW THE ONLY TECHNICALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY AND COMMERCIALLY VIABLE PROPELLER SHAFT LUBRICANT Thordon Bearings is alerting its customers to the recent publication of a DNV GL study that concludes the recent surge in propeller shaft bearing failures is indeed related to the use of certain environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). In conclusion to the first phase of an ongoing investigation, DNV GL reported that “there are transient conditions involving high oil film pressures and/or low oil temperatures where [synthetic] EALs will have a reduced load-carrying capacity. The vast majority of stern tube bearing failures in recent years occurred in the same type of transient conditions – during hard manoeuvring at high ship speeds, during mooring trials, and when operating with a partly submerged propeller”. George Morrison, Regional Manager, EMEA – ANZ, Thordon Bearings, said: “While no ship operating a propeller shaft bearing lubricated by water – an EAL designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency – has been immobilized to date, there has been conjecture concerning the poor operational performance of some synthetic lubricants. It is now unequivocal: the performance of these EALs is less than satisfactory.” The DNV GL report and a subsequent webinar, titled Environmentally Acceptable Sterntube Lubricants – How to Avoid Costly Failures, revealed a sharp increase in sterntube damage affecting all ship types and sizes following the 2014 introduction of rules prohibiting the use of mineral oil in oil-to-sea interfaces of vessels trading in US waters. DNV GL found that the dominant failure was bearing wiping – when oil film is lost, resulting in metal to metal contact. It concluded that synthetic EALs behave differently than mineral oils under different operating pressures and temperatures, affecting viscosity and load bearing capacity. EALs based on unsaturated esters were singled out as being particularly prone to failure.


“This investigation verifies our longheld view that these EALs can impede shaft bearing and seal performance, damage critical components and compromise oil-tight integrity, resulting in emergency remedial repairs at significant cost to the shipowner,” added Morrison. The investigation did not include seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings because this arrangement falls under different class rules to those relating to sterntube bearings lubricated by mineral or synthetic oils. “We have different rules covering seawater-lubricated bearings, and there is no problem to use those kind of designs for DNV GL classed ships [sic]. We did not see a necessity to include those in the same study,” said DNV GL in response to a written question put forward during the webinar. The report’s findings are likely to send a ripple of concern throughout the industry given its investment in EAL oils, which were widely seen as a technically viable solution to reducing marine pollution from mineral oilbased lubricants.

Craig Carter, Director of Marketing & Customer Service, Thordon Bearings, said: “I would not be surprised if the classification societies start to revise their shaft alignment and withdrawal rules for bearings using this kind of lubricant. There is no doubt that lubricating white metal bearings with biodegradable oil can be technically and commercially risky. With mineral oil-based lubricants now rightly regarded as environmentally unacceptable, the only proven EAL option available for lubricating the propeller shaft bearing is seawater.” Since 2014, DNV GL says it has noticed an increase in the number of ships adopting water lubricated propeller shaft bearing arrangements. The classification society aims to continue the EAL study, investigating oil film thickness and thermal properties. A third phase of the investigation will look at mid-to longterm degradation, hydrolysis and wear rates of those seals and bearings using these types of lubricants.

Custom-made, metrology-tested lenses, mirrors, filters, infrared optics for optimum precision, plus, stock of over 3000 components. Contact us for a no-obligation quote and guidance on your specification.

(UK & ROW) +44 1622 859 444 (USA & Canada) +1 401 583 7846


Designed for Optical Innovation, Engineered to Last

The Annual Review 2019


316L Stainless Steel Filters You Can Rely On Axium Process has developed its range of hygienic stainless steel filters ensuring ease of use, simple maintenance, dependability and outstanding quality is at the forefront of its design.


he standard filter range is available with short delivery times in order to meet customer demand and has a 90 degree or in-line housing option with fully interchangeable and replacement elements. The elements, which can be safely removed without specialist tooling, cleaned or steamed in place and quickly put back into service reducing unnecessary downtime, are available in wedge-wire, sintered mesh and perforated tube providing a filtration range from 5 microns up to 8000 microns. Axium’s filters provide a reliable solution for critical applications such as a pre-filter for pumps or debris capture for CIP. The popular wedge-wire design is widely used for applications where product consistency and smoothness is essential and for powder dispersing applications. The sintered mesh screen is ideal for high or low-temperatures and is used in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries for


the removal of suspended solids, micro-flakes, fibres and for glass contamination prevention. For process security duties or coarse filtration applications, the company’s perforated tube screen provides a robust and flexible solution. When more complex filtering is required, Axium’s innovative filter systems can provide improved process efficiencies and substantial cost savings by reducing downtime, maintenance and screen renewal costs. The filter’s robust construction enables automatic or manual backflush facilities which can be fitted to the filter without fear of damaging the elements. Axium's filter systems include duplex, triplex and multiplex options and are engineered to give a small footprint, high flow rates and substantial dirt holding capacity. Systems can be customised with support framework, sample points, drainage, vent valves and pressure gauges.

For further information please contact: Gale Rudd, Axium Process Ltd, Hendy Industrial Estate, Hendy, Swansea SA4 0XP Tel: +44 (0) 1792 883 882 Email:

Power Security & Back-Up

Instruments Ltd


CBI Series Input 90-305 V AC Output 12/24/48 V DC upto 20 A MODbus / CANbus Comms Remote Monitoring via ethernet Status Relay

Battery Chargers CB Series Input 90-305 V AC Output 12/24/48 V DC upto 20 A MODbus / CANbus Comms Remote Monitoring via ethernet Status Relay

Power Supplies

FLEX Series Input 90-500 V AC Output 12/24/48 V DC upto 25 A Single / Dual or 3 Phase inputs


h r A

Multifunction Meters | CTs, VTs and Shunts | Transducers | Energy Meters - MID Bargraphs | Earth Leakage Relays | Protection Relays | Battery Chargers | Power Supplies DC UPS | Generator Controllers | Remote Monitoring | Ventilation Control


Instruments Ltd

TVR Instruments Limited 143 Butt Road, Colchester CO3 3DP Essex United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1206 575755 Email:


The Annual Review 2019


Automatic Print Inspection using 4Sight Technology 2019 has been an exciting year for AutoCoding Systems with the launch of their new automatic print inspection solution, 4Sight, developed in conjunction with global partners, SICK. “Good Read” – all the characters have been located and identified

“No Read” - some characters are legible but below the threshold for a “Good Read”


anufacturers often experience problems with illegible or missing codes on consumer products, an issue which can have expensive, and sometimes serious consequences if the products have to be reworked or recalled. Inspecting and reading printed codes, particularly on high speed lines, has always been challenging due to the many application specific variables. Using the SICK AppSpace development platform, AutoCoding Systems has developed 4Sight, the first fully-automated vision inspection system for printed coding and marking. The 4Sight application communicates directly with any brand of printer, with no requirement to “teach” the camera what to look for. Unlike more traditional vision inspection techniques, no fixturing, such as an edge or logo, is needed; the software can automatically cope with variations in artwork, background and text location.

“Bad Read” – most of the characters are smudged and illegible

Additionally, the application offers full flexibility allowing users to determine acceptable print quality tolerances and define what is considered a good read, bad read or no read on a per product basis. As well as operating seamlessly with AutoCoding, the 4Sight software can be used as standalone solution or connected to any code deployment system and also offers full integration to various types of label editing software. When connected to a code deployment system, the accuracy of the printed code can be guaranteed, meaning that the need for full OCR is eliminated. Managing Director, Mike Hughes, considering some of the challenges of using vision technology to automatically inspect printed information commented, “Historically AutoCoding Systems has used its standard product to automate packaging line devices and, within a workflow, integrate its product to other customer infrastructure systems, as needed. Frequently, AutoCoding is used to deliver solutions in coding and packaging verification, where printed codes and variable information are fully controlled for all brands of printers and coding technologies by the AutoCoding software. The 4Sight application adds a much-desired vision solution to our coding management capabilities. Inspecting printed codes, particularly at continuous inkjet speed, has always been fraught with challenges, making living with a print vision system quite difficult in terms of nuisance stops or false rejections, causing unnecessary line stops. 4Sight uses new and innovative methods for print inspection, simplifying the process and making vision accessible to all budgets.”

All processing is undertaken onboard the SICK camera where the 4Sight software resides meaning no lineside PC is needed. There is a simple set-up process for camera position, set-up, focus, illumination and exposure time, with no requirement for operators to configure features or regions of interest. The software automatically adjusts to accommodate real-time message changes, such as date code and clock time. In addition, there are a number of configurable features, such as “inspection depth”, to allow the solution to be easily optimised for fast processing time, making it an ideal print inspection solution for high speed The 4Sight solution can be used as a standalone application applications. where an image of the code to be inspected is taken by the camera prior to job start, printer led where there is a direct Inspection depth allows users to choose between connection between the printer and the camera or integrated different levels of inspection, from simple code with code deployment software, such as AutoCoding. inspection through to full OCR, balancing the need for accuracy with processing speeds.



The Annual Review 2019

TF Automation focuses on process automation solutions in 2019 as well as community engagement TF Automation design, engineer and manufacture process automation solutions, supporting a wide range of manufacturing industries from, aerospace and automotive through to medical, food, printing and packaging. Investment in the latest automated manufacturing technologies is a key issue for many of our customers who see it as a viable strategy to tackle skills shortages while maintaining the agility to stay competitive in a global market and we work closely with them to ensure cost effective and efficient solutions. We have had another successful and varied year with projects this year ranging from product identity and traceability and laser marking to product assembly and electrical testing using robotics plus numerous work-stations for general testing product testing. This has meant our continued involvement in the supply chain for the automotive industry as well as aerospace, foundries, plus heating/plumbing products and personal protection. The need to improve process and productivity is a constant challenge for all our customers. Our focus is on providing solutions to reduce the risk of human error in tasks that are constant, predictable and repetitive. We engineer and program our machines to perform tasks repeatedly, offering accuracy and repeatability far superior to the same task carried out manually, thus ensuring increased output and efficiency. Community engagement is a key ethos for TF Automation and following on from the success in 2018, the company has taken part in Bradford Manufacturing Week - a unique event set up by Bradford Chamber of Commerce to engage local students with manufacturing and engineering companies in Bradford. TF Automation hosted over 100 GCSE and A level students over one week, showing them some of the technology incorporated into the machine build process and discussing manufacturing and engineering as positive and engaging

career choices. TF Automation has always worked with the local education providers, through apprenticeships as well as graduate placements and internships. We are already planning into 2020, looking forward to working with existing customers to further enhance their production processes and output and supporting a variety of new customers with challenging automation problems. With over 40 years’ experience, our strength is in our ability to assess and understand the requirements of each individual project, considering both end user and operative. We look at numerous possible designs for clients, ensuring that both their expectations and their clients’ are met and the optimum solution provided. To find out more or to discuss your next automation project with our design team, contact us on 01274 308005, email us at or visit our website


The Annual Review 2019


Thermal Camera Streamlines Industrial Inspections FLIR Systems has announced the FLIR T860, its latest addition to the high-performance T-Series family. This new thermal camera is the first to feature onboard Inspection Route software, ideal for streamlining inspections of critical assets, including power substation components, distribution lines, manufacturing equipment, or facility electrical and mechanical systems. By running a pre-planned route through the camera, thermal inspectors can spend less time in the field and face less hassle when creating survey reports. Featuring the FLIR T-series camera platform's award-winning design, the T860 has an ergonomic body, a vibrant

LCD touchscreen visible from low angles, and an integrated color viewfinder for sun glare conditions. The 640×480-resolution thermal camera incorporates FLIR's advanced Vision Processing™, including patented MSX® and UltraMax® image enhancement technologies to provide enhanced image clarity with half the image noise of previous models. Pairing the T860 with an optional 6-degree telephoto thermal lens allows users to inspect energized targets from a safe distance or measure small targets with greater precision. This thermal camera includes advanced measurement tools such as one-touch level/span and laser-assisted autofocus, which helps users quickly find problems and make critical decisions. It also features an onboard routing system that works with the FLIR Thermal Studio advanced reporting software to create numbered, labeled inspection routes that users can create from the camera. This system allows users to record temperature data, thermal, and visual imagery in a logical sequence for faster troubleshooting and repair. A

key feature of the T-Series product line is its ergonomic design, which reduces the strain of full-day inspections. A 180-degree rotating lens platform helps users diagnose hard-to-reach components at substations and on distribution lines. The T-Series also offers tools to optimize workflows, including Wi-Fi streaming to the FLIR Tools® mobile app for Android and iOS, in-camera GPS tagging, voice annotations, and customizable work folders. The T860 camera includes the new subscription-based software, FLIR Thermal Studio Pro. This professionallevel program provides access to all the time saving features and benefits of FLIR Thermal Studio Pro as well as free software upgrades. The FLIR T860 camera is now available for purchase through established FLIR distribution partners. For more information on the FLIR T860, please visit

Compact High Definition MWIR Cameras Compact in design, FLIR Systems A8200sc and A8300sc MWIR cameras offer the speed and sensitivity researchers need to capture rapid thermal events and record the most accurate temperature measurements. Incorporating cooled Indium Antimonide (InSb) detectors, the cameras produce crisp 1280 x 1280 pixel (A8200sc) or 1280 x 720 pixel (A8300sc) thermal images with very low noise. This allows these sensitive cameras to capture the finest image details making them perfect for electronics inspection, aerial thermal mapping, non-destructive material testing, and industrial R&D applications. Operating from 3 to 5 microns, these sensitive MWIR cameras can stream crisply detailed, low-noise HD data to a PC for live image

viewing and recording. The cameras also provide full user control over integration times, synchronization inputs, and window sizes. In addition, working in snapshot mode, FLIR A8200sc and A8300sc cameras are able to capture all pixels from a scene simultaneously. This is particularly important when monitoring fast moving objects which an uncooled thermal camera cannot not image without blurring. The camera can also support faster frame rates when operating in windowing mode. The A8200sc and A8300sc offer true “plug and play” connectivity, with standard GigE Vision® and CoaXpress™ interfaces to transmit full dynamic range digital video, and GenICam for camera control. The HD-SDI video interfaces are simultaneously active yet independently controlled allowing greater flexibility for recording and display purposes. Both cameras are designed to work seamlessly with FLIR's powerful, yet easy to use ResearchIR Max software or with third-party software such as MathWorks® MATLAB, for intuitive viewing, recording and advanced processing of the infrared data. A Software Developers Kit is optionally available. For further information on the A8200sc and A8300sc please visit or contact FLIR Systems on +32-3665-5100 /



Automation without limits In a fast changing world in which an increasing number of things are connected with one another, industrial automation is also undergoing a fundamental transformation Classic system structures are developing into cyber-physical systems. Futureoriented automation solutions therefore have to be flexible, open, and networked. PLCnext Technology offers a platform that opens up completely new levels of freedom.

Connected coworking

PLCnext Technology is a unique, open ecosystem for modern automation that is capable of meeting all the challenges of the IoT world.

You can therefore develop complex applications quickly using the advantages of the classic PLC world and the openness and flexibility of PLCnext Technology.

The combination of open control platform, modular engineering software, and systemic cloud integration enables simple adaptation to changing demands and the efficient utilisation of existing and future software services. With the PLCnext Store, Phoenix Contact provides the PLCnext Community with an open exchange platform for their software functions.

With PLCnext Technology, several developers from different generations can work on one controller program independently of each other using different programming languages.

Real-time execution across different programming languages

Open interfaces and cloud integration PLCnext Technology enables the integration of current and future interfaces and protocols for open communication in highly networked automation systems. Implement new IoT-based business models through direct connection to cloud-based services and databases. Use your favorite programming tool

Combine program sequences of different languages into tasks as desired. The patent-pending PLCnext Technology task handling system enables program routines of different origins to run as classic IEC-61131-PLC code – your high-level language programs become automatically deterministic. The platform ensures consistent data exchange and synchronous execution of the program code. Flexible integration of open-source software and apps PLCnext Technology enables any desired combination of independently created program parts and complete applications. The use of open-source software and apps, e.g. from our PLCnext Store,


increases the efficiency of your development processes. The sky is the limit when it comes to future expansions.

The openness of PLCnext Technology enables you to use your favorite programming language, be it IEC 61131 or high-level language. Develop your individual solution conveniently in a familiar development environment such as PLCnext Engineer, Matlab Simulink, Eclipse or Visual Studio. See PLCnext Technology live! Phoenix Contact will be exhibiting at Drives and Controls in April 2020, where you will be able to learn more about PLCnext technology and understand the power of automation without limits.

enhance your automation thinking

PLCnext Technology PLCnext Technology makes it possible to implement automation projects without the limits of proprietary systems. You work freely with your favorite programming languages and development tools, open-source software and apps. You can also integrate cloud services and future technologies individually. It is time for a platform that provides completely new levels of freedom for automation. It is time to think in new ways. It is time for PLCnext Technology.

#enhance #plcnext

CST02-17.001.L1 Š PHOENIX CONTACT 2017

The Annual Review 2019


Pan head screws with 6-lobe ˜ ISO 7380 Made of natural nylon, this new range is available from M4 to M8, lengths 6 to 60 mm depending on the diameter. These screws are used when a wider bearing surface or smoother, more finished appearance is desired, or in material too thin to accommodate a countersunk head. Due to their head geometry, Pan head screws with 6-lobe are designed for light fastening applications. The 6-lobe footprint offers many advantages: • It ensures a good alignment of the tool and enables the use of automatic, electric tools. • It allows an optimal force transmission since the driving force is transmitted by the surfaces and not by the edges. • No "came out" effect (tool removal during assembly) known with cruciform prints, • Internationally recognized 6-lobe footprints.

Like all our products, our polyamide fasteners are distinguished from metal screws by their light weight, stainless and electrically non-conductive nature. The excellent thermal properties and good mechanical resistance of the polyamide make these screws resistant to shocks. In addition to nylon, BÜLTE offers this range in PP, PE, PVDF, and PC on request, materials that are also stainless and therefore resistant to diluted acids, fats, oils, alcohol or petrol. Optionally available: glass-fibre reinforced nylon. This polyamide combines mechanical performance with longterm durability and is an ideal solution for highly stressed parts requiring shock absorption. Our business managers will assist you from design to implementation, and help you make the right choice. Free quotes and samples on request. 36|


The Annual Review 2019

Think you’re safe? Wolf Safety voltage alerts remove all doubt Working in potentially explosive atmospheres is hazardous enough without concerns that the voltage being supplied to temporary lighting is no longer within certified limits.


ow can anyone be absolutely sure what voltage is being supplied, especially in a typical, long cable FPSO situation? Could it be one volt more or less than the certified safe range?

If this does occur, SOVI™ ensures the light will pulse bright, indicating that the lamp is not within its certified voltage range, though the light itself is still safe as it is certified down to zero volts.

Reassurance is now available from Wolf Safety, whose latest technology gives immediate warning when voltage either slips below or exceeds certified limits, even by just one volt.

This differs from other ATEX lights, where a reduced voltage supply can lead to the light operating outside the certified voltage range.

Their SOVI™ technology - it stands for Safe Optimal Voltage Indicator – removes all doubt, giving operators the confidence that temporary lighting is operating safely, effectively and at the optimal voltage.

Wolf Safety’s clear, visual warning system and ‘plug in and play’ format means there is no safety risk in connecting too many lights together. For details of Wolf Safety temporary lighting incorporating SOVI™ visit:

Unique to Wolf Safety products, the groundbreaking technology is now incorporated into its ATEX and IECEx certified Hazardous Area Temporary Lighting range, further enhancing safety in potentially explosive atmospheres. It also ensures that a lighting solution is operating effectively and at the optimal voltage. In the unlikely event that a light is operating at a voltage above the maximum certified limit, the beam will pulse from bright to dim, giving a clear warning that action is needed to ensure that work can continue safely in the hazardous area. It’s more likely that issues will arise at the lower end of the voltage range. For example, if too many 24volt lights are strung together and the transformer is overloaded, voltage could drop below the optimal level and light output will reduce incrementally as the input voltage falls.


The Annual Review 2019


The evolution of the Energy Chain



With the MP 420 EVOCHAIN® Murrplastik Systemtechnik GmbH has developed a new energy chain series that combines Murrplastik’s latest innovations with its proven reliable technology. This new Energy chain system is ideal for self-supporting, gliding, hanging and standing applications, as well as for longer gliding travel distances for high dynamics and workload. This intelligent and powerful system solution is taking Energy Chain Technology to the highest level; ease of assembly, durability and noise reduction.

Here are 10 reasons why you should choose the MP 420 EVOCHAIN®

1. EVOLOCK®: Time-saving crossbar lock system

3. EVOCONTROL®: Gliding shoe with wear control system

• Extremely easy and quick locking with innovative locking slide • Configuration on both sides with cables and conduits with EVOLOCK® on the inside and outside bend • Great time-saving as the energy chain does not have to be removed from the guide channel when opening the crossbars • Opening of the crossbars is also possible with mounted gliding shoes from the inside bend or with damping shoes from the outside bend • Visible locking status through acoustic and optical control

2. EVORACK®: Shelf support

• Replaceable gliding shoes extend the service life many times over • Wear indicator indicates the on-time replacement of the gliding shoes • Gliding shoes are optional extra

4. EVOSHOX®: Damping shoe (external damper)

system hinged on both sides

• Low-vibration and quiet unrolling of the energy chain due to innovative two-component damping shoe • Changes in the installed position can be made quickly and easily thanks to the innovative shelf supports that can be opened from both sides


• Noise reduction by up to 25 dB(A). The test value is based on the comparison with and without the use of the external damper in combination with the internal damper with elas-tomer damping element


5. Two noise damping systems in the side link (internal damper)

• Standard noise damper with moulded stop buffer • Option: extremely durable noise damper. Due to the large-area and almost wear-free damping element in the chain link the energy chains roll up to 10 dB(A) quieter

6. Cable-friendly interior equipment

The Annual Review 2019 9. Highly flexible shelving system:

• Continuous detent system on the inside of the crossbars as well as movable separators allow extremely variable interior partitioning • Shelves can be used individually and flexibly in height, length and position • Modifications of installed systems can be made quickly and easily by opening the cross-bars on both sides • Less separators required due to further slots on the inside for shelves

10. Holder systems for the external fastening of energy packages

• Reduction of wear on cables and conduits due to extremely smooth surfaces of the inte-rior and rounded edges of the separators

7. Assembly plan with

integrated letter marking

• Fast and accurate assembly of the shelving system by providing an assembly plan with letter marking from the mp-ChainBuilder 3.0

The two lateral external fastening solutions of Murrplastik offer an inexpensive, space-saving and time-saving way of retrofitting the MP 420 EVOCHAIN® with additional and larger energy packages: with Velcro tape or with holder type UH (universal holder). • Space-, timeand cost-saving external fastening systems • Two different holder systems with Velcro tape or with universal holder are particularly suitable for the subsequent installation and repair • Easy, fast and safe assembly of wires, cables and conduits

Watch the video!

8. Side links with tongue and groove technology

• Long service life of the energy chains with lateral acceleration and lateral self-supporting applications due to undercut (stable connection of the side links)

To find out more about the MP 420 EVOCHAIN visit |39

The Annual Review 2019


Decentralization at its best The Cube system from Murrelektronik is a modular field bus system for on-machine installation concepts. It’s engineered flexibly to be the optimal solution for any application – meeting protection class IP20 through IP69K. C u b e 67 features great functionality, easy connections, a robust and compact design, fully molded modules, and multifunctional inputs and outputs. The modules can be installed right next to the sensors and actuators. Our one-cable-technology connects the modules to the bus node, transferring both data and power. Extensive diagnostics enable maximum transparency. The number of terminals in the control cabinet is reduced by moving field bus modules into the field, freeing up space.


ith the Hygienic Design modules for Cube67, the Cube system features the benefits you need for your machines and systems implemented in the food industry. The food industry has extremely demanding requirements when it comes to durability and cleanliness of components. The Cube67 Hygienic Design modules have been designed to fulfill every single requirement. They are housed in a closed stainless-steel housing and feature as well as threads in V4A (1.4404) and that facilitate cleaning. They meet the highest protection class IP69K. The Cube67 on-machine installation concepts can be used actively right into food areas. These features can reduce costs: • Eliminate the costly stainless-steel terminal boxes used in the food sector can be phased out completely by using Cube67 Hygienic Design modules.

The Cube67 field bus system makes it possible to change bus without changing system: installation concepts can be implemented independent of existing control concepts. Simply select the bus module with the desired field bus protocol; Murrelektronik can provide bus nodes for the most common field bus systems.

Cube67 at work

Cube67 solutions provide maximum cost-benefit ratio across the entire life cycle of a machine: through simplified design, fast application assembly, error-free commissioning, and maximized system runtime for productive operation.

Cube67 Hygienic Design

Suitable for food zones Cube67 from Murrelektronik is a field bus system with a modular design for on-machine installation concepts. It’s engineered flexibly to be the optimal solution for any application – meeting protection class IP20 through IP69K. • Parallel wiring over stainless steel mesh in food & beverage applications is extremely elaborate, and expensive specialized cordsets need to be used. The Cube67 HD system directly connections the processes with a one-cable-technology sytem. This saves space and greatly reduces the installation efforts! • Valve manifolds and intelligent sensors can be implemented in a cost-efficient way via the IO-Link master module.

Cube67 Hygienic Design modules

Cube67 Hygienic Design modules at work

Find out more about Murrelektronik I/O systems and decentralised automation 40|

Decentralized Automation Solutions

Each year, our customers install over 1.8 million I/O modules and the number keeps growing...

Benefit from our expertise in decentralized automation We are the experts for decentralized automation. Our global network of Application Engineers will help you future-proof your machine or plant installations. Flexible and economical solutions to connect sensors and actuators to the controller or the cloud. Call 0161 728 3133 to speak to the UK Applications Engineer.

Visit our highlights page Learn about our installation concepts and find the right one for you. Discover advantages for manufactures and benefits for plant operators.

The Annual Review


This year Hillside Product Design Ltd (HPDL) were delighted to win an Excellence in Customer Service award at the Exeter Business Awards. Customer care is at the core of everything we do - our mission is for our clients to achieve business success with innovative product design, made possible by flexible, open and collaborative relationships. We know our clients feel assured of our professionalism, our honesty and our commitment to their success when they are looking for creative product design. It is this ethos and level of customer care that has helped our clients develop and launch some very exciting and successful collaborative products during 2019. Our product portfolio is extremely varied and extensive. In addition to assisting our clients with New Product Development, we are often commissioned to redesign existing products. Our collaborative work with MK Test Systems, resulted in the recent launch of the game-changing ExLRT Loop & Joint Resistance Tester. The new version is significantly more compact than the current market leader and is usable in hazardous environments where there is an explosion risk. HPDL Director Chris Howsam says; “The challenge to design a product for use in such a hostile environment was only possible through the commitment and

professionalism of all the different disciplines and businesses involved. We did our bit as did everyone else and this product is top of its class because of the excellent collaboration between the parties involved”. The Eniscope energy management system, developed in collaboration with South-West based BEST Energy Ltd is helping to transform the energy profiles of facilities around the globe with companies such as Telefonica, 7 Eleven, IBM and CBRE. It is no idle boast that these products are saving millions of tons of CO2 every year. Hillside and BEST have collaborated very effectively to make this happen and will continue to do so. Four additional products are presently in

development which will further enhance the Eniscope energy saving platform. HPDL Director Chris Howsam says; “As designers, we have a responsibility to be mindful of the efficiency and global impact of the products we design. We take this very seriously and relish the opportunity to collaborate with companies like BEST. The Eniscope system and its supporting technologies has provided us with the opportunity to use our skills and expertise as product designers to make a tangible and well documented difference to businesses across the globe who are acting responsibly and looking to save energy by cutting their CO2 emissions.” If you have an idea for a new product, or wish to reinvigorate an existing one, HPDL can help you make your ideas a reality, guiding you all the way through from your initial concept to a market place-ready product. Whether you're a large corporation, SME, new technology start-up, or entrepreneur we offer a complete design for manufacturing service. Contact us today and who knows; Your product could be the next success story!




The Annual Review 2019

Providing solutions to save you from the cold winter

We realise that taking meter readings in the winter can be a ‘less desirable’ job to say the least. But… we do have a solution! So, if you would like to read up to 256 meters from your phone or PC carry on reading… remote reading! The colder months are upon us, and as the temperature drops we are bringing you one less reason to have to face the cold. Checking the meter readings from the comfort of your chair with a warm drink in hand, sounds good right?! What do you need for remote reading? All you need is a CMe2100, a Meter with M-Bus and finally you would need an internet connection or a mobile network. A CMeX Extender may also be needed and this will vary with network size – contact our sales team for more info. The CMe2100 is an M-Bus Metering Gateway for mobile networks. The CMe2100 reads up to 256 M-Bus meters, all without having to leave the warmth and face the cold. The CMe2100 (Gen 3) compiles meter data into customized reports and delivers it to a receiving system by a set schedule and integration protocol via GPRS. CMe2100 is further compatible with all other meters that use the M-Bus standard protocol. The product can be configured and updated remotely through text messages or HTTP, which means that settings can easily be changed without having to visit the installation site. DMS supply a wide range of remote reading solutions and M-Bus Meters. We are here to help Monday-Friday and deliver next day*

Give our team a call today and prepare for a warmer and less stressful winter. *Next day delivery is widely available but does depend on stocks at the time of ordering.


The Annual Review 2019


Using solid quality MuMETAL® for reliable and consistent shielding factors and results Advanced technology and sensitive applications requirements increase the need for EMI reduction


look back at Magnetic Shields news and significant activities for this past year include university and lab projects, ISO certification, custom parts and fabricated shields, and expanded shielding product line sizes offered to mitigate low frequency field disturbances. As the new year approaches, we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with our clients, partners, OEMS, engineers in the functions of design, electric, electrical, technical professions, scientists, physicists, students, professors and more. Our brands such as cold rolled MuMETAL®, Co-NETIC®, and CryoNETIC® alloy material compositions contain high, or mid percentages of soft magnetic nickel-iron alloys, except for NETIC® which is a high iron alloy that can be used in layers with spacing between to attain high saturation in combination with high permeability mumetal when necessary for stronger magnetic field forces. Whereas the Cryo-NETIC is a high Ni-Fe alloy used in extreme low temperature conditions or applications. Foil, sheet, and plate are readily available for rush orders and next day shipping when the project timeline and specifications indicate sourcing industry referenced MuMETAL for performance shielding. Magnetic Shield has you covered.

High Tech University and Lab Projects Significant news stories that were shared this last year briefly detailed our successful shielding installations at two prominent USA scientific technical universities. Our new state-of-the-art MuROOM® installation at the University of Illinois (UOI) Champaign-Urbana USA, Electron Microscopy (EM) facility within the notably renown Materials Research Lab (MRL) was completed. The UOI’s progressive research environment is considered to be at the forefront of industry in materials science, condensed matter physics, and materials chemistry. The MuROOM project built by Magnetic Shield Corporation USA, was constructed using our high permeability MuMETAL® for advanced low-field testing applications. A large scale custom modular MuROOM was built to their design specifications with perfection annealed sheet that is ready for design installations. Our high nickel-


iron composition sheet material is processed through our specialized heat treatment which produces the optimum shielding necessary to conduct high technology experimentation. Our MuROOM team builds the modular room on location at your designated area or facility. In addition, the next large scope project was finished at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the Carilion School of Medicine and Research center (VTCRI), located in Roanoke, VA. VTI designed and built the MuROOM® in partnership with Magnetic Shield Ltd. UK, and in cooperation with Magnetic Shield Corp. USA. Our MuROOM USA team from Magnetic Shield constructed the modular room on-site to their exacting specifications. National and government lab facilities, R & D institutions, and universities world-wide continue to trend showing increased interest in our specialty shielding alloys, Zero Gauss Chambers, and engineering lab kits for prototyping in addition to the MuROOMS.

Prototyping, Custom Shields, and Rapid CNC Production Since 1941 Magnetic Shield has been helping tech professionals resolve problems with EMI low field disturbances and bringing quality solutions to world-wide markets. We continue to offer our full capabilities from parts prototyping and fabrication, custom designed shielding enclosures, specialized hydrogen annealing, CNC low to high batch production, to manufacturing parts finishing, services and tooling. Highly in-demand raw alloy materials are stocked in various forms for low field shielding protection of parts, components, devices, equipment, machinery and systems. Both stressannealed and perfection annealed or hydrogen heat treated foil and sheet which are fabrication ready are stocked in warehouses either at the Chicago corporate office or the west coast California area. Other forms, shapes and products can be sourced in thicker plate, continuous coil, round bar, tube, mucans, mucores, and wiring products including our proprietary AA CABLE SHIELD®.

ISO Advantage

Retaining our ISO 9001:2015 earned certification is a major factor in helping us to increase consistent and accurate transactions and processes with methods to track and report items that need closer attention. The ISO program is ongoing and long term in order to manage and enhance our internal processes and operations, resources, and quality initiatives in our efforts to provide the highest level of client support and superior performance shielding solutions in the market.

Expansion of Product Lines Our MuMETAL® brand continues to grow with added coil, bar and plate forms. Expansion of thicknesses and sizes include our stock alloy types in foil and sheet, and the Zero Gauss Chamber. Read about our products below. • MuMETAL Deep Draw Quality Coil, continuous coil length quantity • MuMETAL Round Bar, ten sizes / thicknesses available • NETIC S3-6 Stress Annealed Sheet, layer with mumetal to absorb stronger fields • MuMETAL Perfection Annealed Foil (fully annealed) • Co-NETIC AA Perfection Annealed Foil, fabrication ready • Stress Annealed MuMETAL Plates, thicker plate for high permeability applications • Cryo-NETIC Stress Annealed Sheet, prototype and design ready • Zero Gauss Chamber, our smallest three-inch diameter chamber available

Get Technical Recommendations Our technical expertise is sought regularly for shielding material selection, design drawing reviews and tips, special technical considerations and applications. Request a technical consultation with an expert advisor by filling out our request information form and attaching any drawings or relevant documents. We look forward to serving our clients in 2020 and beyond.

T: 888-766-7800 Technical Consultation

The Annual Review 2019

Empteezy is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of spill control and spill containment products with more than 35 years’ experience.


ur wealth of experience gained over this time, coupled with the excellent working relationships we foster with our customers, ensures we create compliant products that set us apart from our competitors. With a range of steel and polyethylene spill pallets designed to house a range of drums and IBCs, we have something to suit a variety of needs. Whether you are looking for oil storage, chemical storage, drum or IBC storage, our secure Bunded Storage units are fully compliant with all the current UK regulations and the sumps are fully seam welded and fitted with base plinths to ensure the underside doesn't come into direct contact with the ground. The most popular of our indoor and outdoor Bunded Storage units are our Drum and IBC stores, ranging from the DS1P (designed to accommodate 4 vertical 205ltr drums) to our DPU96-24 (accommodating 96 205ltr drums or 24 1000ltr IBCs). Should chemical compatibility be a concern, our polyethylene spill pallets offer customers internal and external storage solutions compatible with a wide



range of chemicals. Within the range, our Hard Covered Spill Pallets, with either medium-density polyethylene or steel covers, provide a cost effective and secure way of keeping rainwater out of the sumps. Our galvanised steel spill pallet range complies with current UK regulations. Steel manufactured units are often the solution for the safe storage of drums or IBCs being used in a hostile or tough environment, for example a foundry where heat is an issue. Of course, if you are in the market for something a little out of the ordinary, we offer a bespoke service where we will design and build a product to your exact specification. Find out more by searching “empteezy bunded storage” or get in touch on 01506 430 309 today. Empteezy is an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 accredited company. We use the vast array of experience we have amassed over the years to provide practical advice over the phone or by email, regular blogs on industry related topics, a web based advice centre and free of charge confidential site assessments with detailed follow up reports.

The Sensor Show Congress


In pa rtn er sh ip

wi th

Munich, Germany • 16 - 19 June 2020 •

Connecting the global sensor ecosystem with emerging technologies and IoT for the manufacturing, automotive and transportation industries. World-class three track congress and company networking areas for the sensor supply chain

350 Delegates

115 Speakers

7500 Meetings

950 Exhibitors*

48,000+ Visitors*

Companies confirmed to participate include...

SPEAK • SPONSOR • EXHIBIT • ATTEND * Expected numbers of total participatesa at automatica and The Sensor Show † Standard congress delegate ticket price 799 EUROS

+44 (0)1273 805366

The Annual Review



What panel builders really want! CAE provider EPLAN has been at the forefront of engineering design technology for many years. Much of the company’s sustained pre-eminence is a result of listening to its customers and potential customers, to gain an understanding of their pain points and requirements. As part of this listening process, the EPLAN Customer Advisor Board has identified a number of specific issues that panel builders are having to deal with in their day-to-day work. Panel builders are looking for ways to make wiring easier and faster, whilst reducing errors. As long as control cabinets have existed, they have been wired according to a wiring schedule. Although it shows the engineer exactly which connections need to be made, it does not tell them anything about the physical situation. The wiring engineer must therefore first make a translation from theory into practice, and in order to see the end result, experience is needed! EPLAN Smart Wiring, which is a browser-based solution for wiring optimisation. Smart Wiring visualises the wiring and makes all the necessary data 100% digitally available. Users benefit from a significant drop in error rate and the substantial time savings from the solution not indicating desired connections, but a realistic functional wiring sequence based on the actual cabinet layout. Engineering in EPLAN Pro Panel represents the ideal solution as it enables engineers to design and layout switchboards and control panels. It handles all wiring,

component mounting and busbar configuration details, and produces 3D views so that engineers and customers can see exactly what the finished panels will look like, even before work begins on building them. The design can be seamlessly taken over into production without first converting as-designed into as-built. In addition, using CAE software like EPLAN Pro Panel addresses another important pain point for panel builders as it aids the testing process by ensuring uniformity of design approach and execution. It also ensures that specific requirements relating to the mounting and wiring of components are always met and that errors are detected early in the design phase when they can still be corrected easily and inexpensively. Another key challenge that the EPLAN Customer Advisory Board

has identified for panel builders is the ongoing shortage of skilled personnel. Despite the long-term decline in much of engineering manufacturing, there continues to be strong demand for engineering skills in the UK economy, especially in the fast-growing electrical and electronics industries. Skill shortages are apparent at all levels but especially in skilled areas like panel design, building and wiring. Fortunately, today’s CAE software helps panel builders to address this burden by helping design engineers to use their time more productively and reducing the skill levels needed for panel assembly and wiring. EPLAN Pro Panel and EPLAN Smart Wiring cannot directly aid recruitment, but they can help every panel builder to get the very best from the employees they already have.

More Speed. More Automation. More Schematic. EPLAN Cogineer.



The Annual Review 2019

Highly accurate, wide bandwidth, fully isolated and affordable current sensors are now available All in One, Easy to Integrate Current Sensor for Inverters and Motor Control, Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Systems, Telecom and Server Farm Power Supplies, Automotive EV Charging Stations, IoT Appliance, Home Automation and many other tech applications ACEINNA’s new MCx1101 family of ±5A, ±20A, and ±50A Current Sensors for industrial and power supply applications are the first high accuracy wide bandwidth AMRbased current sensors on the market. These integrated, AMR based Current Sensor family provides the best performance for the price in the industry. The MCx1101 are fully integrated, bi-directional current sensors that offer much higher DC accuracy and dynamic range compared with alternative solutions. For example, the ±20A version has a typical accuracy of ±0.6% and are guaranteed to achieve an accuracy of ±2.0% (max) at 85°C. These new current sensors also guarantee an offset of ±60mA, or ±0.3% of FSR (max) over temperature, which means that high accuracy can be achieved over a roughly 10:1 range of currents. This is a roughly 10x improvement in dynamic range vs. leading Hall-sensor-based devices. These devices deliver a unique combination of high accuracy, 1.5MHz signal bandwidth with industry benchmark phase shift vs. frequency and 4.8kV isolation making them ideal for high- and low-side sensing in fast current control loops for high performance power supplies,

inverters and motor control applications. AMR technology has significant advantages vs. other approaches such as Hall, CT (current transformer), and shunt resistors.

Compared to Hallbased current sensors, AMR provides significantly higher bandwidth and dynamic range; Compared with CT’s, AMR offers reduced size and cost, as well as response to dc; in comparison with a shunt resistor, AMR provides a fully integrated solution, eliminating the external amplifier and related circuitry required for high voltage isolation, which is a significant challenge at high frequencies. In addition, shunt resistors require enough IR drop to achieve accuracy goals at the low end of the current range, which often means they are dissipating

undesirable levels of power at nominal currents. By contrast, the AMR device only measures the magnetic field generated by the current, so the I2R losses can be minimized. For additional technical details, the ACEINNA MCA1101 and MCR1101 Current Sensor data sheet is available at Order the part from Mouser at Sensors/Current-Sensors/_/N7gqeu?P=1y91mso


The Annual Review



LEMO launches a 1000 Base T1- Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Push-Pull connector Based on transmission standards (IEEE 802.3), single-pair Ethernet (also called SPE or 1000Base-T1) is integrated into new generations of automobiles. 1000Base-T1 is designed to operate over a single twisted-pair copper cable supporting an effective datarate of 1 Gbit/sec in each direction simultaneously. LEMO provides two types of insulators 0B.511(2 contacts) and 1B.512 (4 contacts + screen) compatible with Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted Pairs (STP). The new product is available in the B series and also in a watertight version - the T series connector. The connectors are initially designed for automotive and industrial datatransfer. The role of SPE is also to gain space and weight (with a more simple cable) and can be used in other markets such as machine, robotics and rail technology.



The Annual Review 2019

INFRARED TEMPERATURE SENSORS FOR PROCESS-CONTROL IN STEEL MANUFACTURING Today’s increasing quality standards and higher energy costs demand more accurate and consistent control of power and resources. Steel processes such as coke oven heating, continuous casting, furnace reheating, hot rolling, forging, sintering and annealing are becoming more and more expensive. With energy prices at all-time highs, the cost of doing business has significantly increased. Steel facilities need the right tools to ensure they optimize energy usage across their facilities.


ith the acquisition of LumaSense, Advanced Energy addresses these needs by providing the most accurate measurements in the industry, enabling steel facilities to maximize their output. Without this level of accuracy, operators are forced to reheat more often than necessary, wasting valuable time, money and energy. Advanced Energy offers solutions for metal processing, developed specifically for high temperature applications in the steel and primary metals industries. The principal function of the Hot Strip Mill is to reheat semi-finished steel slabs of steel nearly to their melting point, then roll them thinner and longer and finally coiling up the lengthened steel sheet for transport to the next process. Infrared sensors measure strip and sheet temperature so that rolling mill stands can be efficiently set to match the steel’s temperature. Sensors can be used to detect the presence of hot metal and accurately time the roll stand operation. Pyrometers can be used to measure the roll temperature as water cools the roll during the quenching process. Steam is an issue with this application, requiring special spectral responses to accurately measure system temperature. Mikron MC320M thermal imagers and shortwave Impac pyrometers (IS 140 and IS 320) by Advanced Energy are ideal solutions to ensure uniform temperature and keep the slab within its working temperature range. They can selectively control the quench zones

Reheat Furnace

so that only the higher temperature part of the slab is quenched to the maximum extent allowed, resulting in greater working time. Ratio pyrometers e.g. ISR 6, ISR 6-TI, and IGAR 6 of Impac’s Advanced series help to minimize the effect of steam interference.

Advanced Energy

Rolling Mill

Steel Coils

Customer Benefits at a glance: •

Highly accurate and very fast temperature measurement.

Continuous process temperature monitoring.

Process control and management.

Documentation of process temperatures.

LumaSense Technologies is now Advanced Energy LumaSense Technologies, Inc., one of the world’s most trusted providers of innovative temperature and gas sensing devices was acquired by Advanced Energy, a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions, in September 2018.

are synergistic with Advanced Energy’s leading precision power and control technologies in both semiconductor and industrial markets.

Legacy LumaSense products are now part of the Advanced Energy family, adding a line of photonic-based measurement and monitoring solutions that


The Annual Review 2019


Rittal Supplies Bespoke Panels For Critical Controls The East Midlands Instrumentation Company Ltd (EMI), an electrical, instrumentation and control installation contractor for the power generation, power transmission, rail and industrial markets based in Gainsborough, had a complex specification from a client.

The client needed specially designed panels to protect critical equipment that controlled a remote pumping station and dam. A complex control and distribution system with Rittal’s Ri4Power system allowed segregation of the busbars from the controls. This meant three panels were needed for power and motor control, automation and control, and monitoring/ communications. The monitoring equipment needed to be installed within an area at risk of flooding, so it was decided to place the panel on a metre-tall frame to reduce the chances of the equipment being damaged by floodwater inundation. To overcome this, Rittal’s engineers designed a custom-sized Ri4Power panel to sit comfortably on the frame. All three panels had to withstand internal fires and each compartment was fitted with a special

fire resistant lining to stop fire spreading from one to another, and a smoke/fire rated venting system. In addition, special filters were installed for ventilation, which included a gel that expanded if heat was detected and closed any air gaps. The power and motor control panel was specially designed in an L-shape to fit neatly within its allocated space. The Rittal team also developed a busbar that was designed to accept a mains supply, but which could also accept a temporary generator supply, if needed, for essential loads. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

The Perforex solution ENCLOSURES







The Annual Review 2019



The Annual Review


Offering the Right Connection Founded in 1916, Dixon is a premier manufacture and supplier of hose couplings, made to order hose assemblies, valves, manifolds, drydisconnects, flame arresters, vents, bespoke fittings and other fluid transfer and control products. The company's global reach includes a wide range of products for numerous industries, including petroleum exploration, refining, transportation, chemical processing, food & beverage, steel, fire protection, construction, mining and manufacturing. At Dixon Europe based in Preston, Lancashire, we specialise in the support of bespoke engineered solutions from concept and design through to manufacture and delivery. Dixon’s ISO 9001 approved onsite manufacturing and engineering facilities means that new designs, animations and provide 3D modelling can be produced to support our customers coupled with a quality assurance underpinned by international standards and certifications. One of Dixon’s newest product developments is a loading arm which can be configured and built to a customer’s specification. Dixon’s loading arms are engineered for long life performance as well as ease of use in the field and can be used to overcome some of the typical issues and complications faced in the transfer of liquids. The design of the Dixon loading arm incorporates an additional safety factor by having a steel housing for the Counterbalance torsion spring rather than the conventional plastic housing for better durability and long life performance. The unique counterbalance adjustment mechanism allows the torsion spring to be safely adjusted easily and quickly without having to remove the housing. While not intended for adjustment under load the Dixon design allows for this once the weight of the arm is supported by simply turning the adjustment bolt to increase or reduce the tension on the spring. Dixon products can be relied upon, as quality control starts at the innovative design stage, and is further supported with technologically advanced engineering and manufacturing processes. Dixon will not compromise on high quality control, utilising assurance standards and inspection procedures at each critical step of the production process


Dixon has been building a credible reputation for over 100years, demonstrating that it's a responsible manufacturer producing and supplying safe, reliable and long lasting products. Open communication with customers and following through with solutions strengthens trust as a supplier of both current and future products. Looking forward to 2020 Dixon Europe are driven to provide ‘the right connection’ in meeting specific hose and coupling requirements across all industries. Their strength in service, technical support, training and advice ensure the correct specification of bespoke hose assemblies and couplings. To find out more about how Dixon can help you and the Dixon range head to or contact our customer sales department on 01772 323529 Contact Gill Platt @ Dixon Group Europe Ltd T: +44 (0) 1772 323529


Dixon’s Marine Water Strainers & Accessories Range

DNV Approved Hose Assemblies Duplex 2205 Stainless Steel Strainers Thru Hull Fittings Ball Valves 01772 323 529 • • • DE S IG N • C U S TOM E R S ERVICE • INNO VATIO N • M ANUFAC T U R I N G • Q U AL I T Y • T EC H N I C AL EXPERT I SE • U N C O MMO N EXCEL L ENCE • DE

The Annual Review 2019


maxon arrives in Ireland Martin Leahy has joined maxon, the global designers and manufacturers of DC drives, as the primary Sales Engineer based in Ireland. Martin, from County Kildare, worked previously as a Design Engineer in the agricultural and power transmission industries. He has a Mechanical Engineering and Masters (MSc) degree qualifications from the Institute of Technology, Carlow. ‘I chose maxon as they are market leaders in the supply of motors and drives. Maxon is a family run business with over 3,000 employees worldwide. It is an exciting prospect to be working with the team at maxon UK and Ireland, it proved a unique opportunity not to be missed.’ Said Martin. If you are seeking answers on mechatronic drive systems, geared


motors, positioning and speed controllers, solutions in a particular industry or just a copy of maxon’s latest catalogue, contact Martin at or +353 87 1173111.

Meet Martin at the following 2020 shows: • 29-30 January, National Manufacturing & Supply, Dublin • 27 February, Northern Ireland High Tech Manufacturing & Precision Engineering, Belfast • 23-24 September, Medical Technology Ireland, Galway

maxon maxon manufacture DC motors, gearheads and controllers. maxon offer standard and customised products as well as completely bespoke systems. From space to medical devices, robotics to drilling, maxon have expertise in a wide range of applications and industries. +44 (0) 1189 733337


The Annual Review

The demand for stainless steel clamps is especially high for the bottling, packaging and processing technology as well as for outdoor appliances and equipment bearing thermal loads. We work constantly and with great dedication on innovative products and solutions for our customers. The range of linear, lifting column, profile and connecting technology products include catalogue as well as tailor-made products, system solutions such as platforms, work stations and special projects. We are happy to advise you in choosing a product or to develop a tailor-made system solution with you from our extensive modular product range. RK Rose+Krieger 26 Faraday Road Aylesbury

API pump applications?

Buckinghamshire KTR manufacture a range of couplings to meet the special requirements of HP19 8RY applications in the oil & gas industry, in particular API 610, 671 and 685. pump Furthermore, KTR offers ATEX approved products - including jaw couplings, gear 01296 611660 couplings, steel laminae couplings and oil/air coolers - for hazardous operating conditions. For more info visit us at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 - stand 3G80

3-6 SEPT 2019


Stay Aligned To Avoid Problems In The Drive Train For drive couplings to be fully effective, it is essential that not only is the correct type of coupling specified for the application, but that the coupling is also correctly installed and aligned. Although certain coupling types are designed to accommodate some shaft misalignment or displacement in service, like any other piece of equipment, they do have limitations. Failing to ensure that a coupling is properly aligned, or has levels of misalignment outside of the manufacturers specifications, will result in premature failure of the coupling and potentially other drive train components. With a widely accepted figure of 50% of rotating equipment failures attributed to misalignment, David Proud of Reich Drive Systems UK discusses the importance of selecting the right coupling and also adhering to manufacturers specifications. The term coupling alignment is best described as ensuring as far as possible, a finely toleranced and common rotational centreline between the shafts that are to be coupled together. Achieving this will allow them to transmit power efficiently and operate reliably over extended periods. There are a number of different types of misalignment that can contribute to problems within a drive train. These may include angular, axial, radial or in extreme cases, a combination of one or more alignment issues. The reasons for misalignment can be varied, ranging from gradual movement of machinery over time or even just the fact that the drive train was not properly aligned at the time of installation. As for any other piece of engineering machinery, drive couplings should be installed and maintained in line with the original manufacturers recommendations. Spending time ensuring that a drive coupling has been correctly fitted and aligned will pay dividends in the form of long and reliable service. There are of course a number of different methods of aligning a drive coupling, ranging from using basic tools such as straight edges and feeler gauges, right through to sophisticated laser alignment systems. The benefits of using laser technology include the fact that many laser shaft alignment systems utilise software that can calculate accurate values for any adjustments that need to be carried out to achieve perfect alignment. At the end of the day, the important factor is making sure alignment is within specification, regardless of the method used. Misalignment outside of the coupling’s specification will cause it to wear at an accelerated rate. In addition there is the potential for negative impact on other components, for example bearings, causing them

to fail prematurely. There may be instances however where it is not possible to achieve perfect shaft alignment and in cases such as this, the choice may be to select a flexible coupling such as Reich’s MULTI MONT SELLA. These pluggable claw couplings have a long history, having been field proven over a number of decades. With the capability to compensate for axial, radial and angular misalignments, as well as absorb shocks and vibrations these couplings can help to mitigate the effects of alignment errors and vibration.

(Reich’s Multi Mont Sella is one of a range of flexible caw couplings, which can help mitigate the effects of shaft misalignment)

Additional benefits of this type of coupling are the ease of assembly and alignment, their maintenance free design and the capability to change the flexible elements radially, without the need to de-couple the drive train elements. With a history spanning over 70 years, REICH-KUPPLUNGEN has built up unrivalled expertise in the design and manufacture of drive couplings for use across a wide range of industries and applications. The company has earned an enviable reputation not only for the quality and performance of their product range, but also for their ability to provide application and customer specific solutions through the company’s D2C (Design to Customer) philosophy. Reich are also always happy to provide advice on all aspects of coupling selection and integration, including recommendations on how best to avoid issues from misalignment.


ENGINEERING PDATE December 2019 The demand for stainless steel clamps is especially high for the bottling, packaging and

Reich Drive Couplings

processing technology as well as for outdoor

appliances and equipment bearing thermal loads.

Keeping Industry Moving

We work constantly and with great dedication on innovative products and solutions for our customers.

Competence in power transmission whatever your industry or application

The range of linear, lifting column, profile

and connecting technology products include catalogue as well as tailor-made products, system solutions such as platforms, work stations and special projects. We are happy to advise you in choosing a product or to develop a ARCUSAFLEX RCTwith COUPLING tailor-made system solution you from our ARCUSAFLEX COUPLING


extensive modular product range.





RK Rose+Krieger 26 Faraday Road Test Bench Applications


Power Generation Applications

Mobile Applications

Pump & Compressor Applications

Industrial Applications

Marine Engineering

Buckinghamshire HP19 8RY 01296 611660

Unit 4 Bankside Business Park Coronation Street Stockport SK5 7PG T: Office + 00 44 161 714 4191 |




Pressure Transducers and Transmitters for Aerospace Applications Pressure transducers and transmitters are involved in a number of aircraft flight testing processes. The aerospace industry worldwide demands high quality instruments for such critical applications. Meet the ESI Aerospace Squad… The ESI HISPEC range offers the required quality that was previously unobtainable or overly expensive. The unique Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology, with titanium diaphragm, features prominently in the aerospace range, providing outstanding performance and excellent stability.

HI2000- High Specification If you’re looking for high accuracy, the HI2000 is perfect. Accuracy is 0.1% NLHR, and available in pressure ranges from 0-500 mbar to 0-1,500 bar. Electrical outputs of 10 mV/V, 0-5 dc and 0-10 Vdc. An optional ATEX and IECEx approved version of this product is available for explosion protection for flammable gases (zone 0), dusts (zone 20) and mining areas (group I M1).

HI2200- High Temperature The HI2200 range is constructed from components selected to operate reliably at elevated temperatures, with high accuracy and stability. The HI2200 has a stainless steel and titanium housing and is


suitable for use at operating temperatures of up to 200°C, but the real beauty of this product is that not only can it be used to measure high temperature media, but can also be used in applications where the ambient temperature can also reach 200°C such as inside an oven or furnace for example. It is available in pressure ranges from 0-1bar to 0-1500bar with un-rationalised mV output with temperature compensated options.


HI3000-TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheets) A TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet) contains the critical information needed by an instrument or measurement system to identify, characterize, interface, and properly use the signal from an analog sensor. The HI3000 TEDS transducer is the latest product in the aerospace range, that can store transducer identification, calibration, correction data and manufacturer related information via an onboard EEPROM. IEEE 1451.4 defines the method of encoding TEDS information for a broad range of sensor types and applications.

compensated temperature range is from -25°C to +135°C. Available in a range of outputs, and pressure ranges, and with a high accuracy option, it is our most flexible high temperature product. But don’t forget, ESI also offers custom solutions adapted to meet the light weight and small sizes required in aerospace test and measurement applications. If you’d like to talk to us about your application, please come along and visit us at Aerospace Wales Expo on 5th December at AMRC Building in Broughton, North Wales. Alternatively, our sales team are always on hand to discuss your requirements.

HI6000- High Temperature Amplified The HI6000 pressure transmitter series performs at constant media and ambient temperatures of up to 135°C and for limited periods up to 150°C. The




Everything you need to know about explosion safety Explosion safety covers a broad range of applications. Following our first part, this article gives you an idea of important explosion safety precautions.


epending on the results of the hazard and risk analysis, a number of proven precautions need to be taken. They are divided into explosion prevention and explosion protection. Preventive precautions are designed to prevent an explosive atmosphere and therefore to reduce the probability of an explosion. Protective precautions involve reducing the impact of a possible explosion to a more moderate level, so that the resulting damage is less severe. This includes conventional venting through the use of explosion vents, flameless venting, explosion isolation and explosion suppression. This kind of explosion safety is a vital necessity in virtually all plants. As protective precautions are of such high relevance, we shall briefly outline the most common safety systems at this point:

Fig. 1: Explosion vents differ from one application to another, and precautions mostly involve the use of rectangular products.


Conventional venting through the use of explosion vents If a plant is situated outside buildings or if parts of a plant are next to an outer wall, one frequent safety precaution is to install explosion vents. If an explosion occurs, the explosion vent protects the system by opening. This reduces any overpressure within the vessel, and the explosion is released to the outside. As virtually no processes are the same, there are numerous types of explosion vents which differ in shape and material and also in their resistance to temperature, pressure and vacuum. Flameless venting If a plant is situated within a building, however, explosion vents are not suitable for pressure relief purposes, as the safety area around them is inadequate to relieve the emerging dust and flames.


T +49 2961 7405-0 T +44 1234 783366

T +1 704 716 7022 T +39 02 62033057

Your Specialist for

EXPLOSION SAFETY and Š REMBEŽ | All rights reserved

PRESSURE RELIEF SOLUTIONS Consulting. Engineering. Products. Service.


Fig. 2: Quench valves, open and closed

Flameless venting is an option that is economical and effective. Let us have a look at one particular technology at this point: The special mesh filter that is used in a Q-Box, Q-Ball or Q-Rohr efficiently cools down any flames, preventing both flames and pressure from emerging and ensures particulate retention. The typical increase in pressure and noise is reduced to an almost imperceptible minimum, thus protecting both humans and machinery.


Explosion isolation In a production facility the individual parts of the plant are always connected by pipelines. The purpose of explosion isolation is to ensure that the pressure and the flames cannot propagate and so that any adjoining parts of the plant are protected. A distinction is made between active and passive isolation systems.


An active system is alerted to an explosion at an early stage, when an explosion begins to develop. Passive isolation, on the other hand, responds purely mechanically to the spreading or loss of pressure. This also applies to explosion valves. Under normal operation an explosion valve in a pipeline is kept open by the available flow. When an explosion occurs, the valve is closed by the spreading of the pressure front, thus effectively preventing the pressure and the flames from propagating any further. Explosion suppression It means eliminating the explosion at its very onset. A highly effective extinguishing agent is released within milliseconds, nipping the explosion in the bud straightaway. If required, an explosion suppression system can also be used for explosion isolation purposes.



The push and pull of composite manufacturing

From window and door manufacturers to the professional tree surgeon, weighing up material options usually comes down to cost — but there are a variety of factors to consider before making a purchase. Considering the pros and cons of the materials you choose can even come down to the process in which they are made. Here, Robert Glass, Head of Marketing at leading composites technology company Exel Composites, looks at the options. Tree pruning telescoping poles can be made from a variety of materials, from aluminium to fiberglass and plastic, and each has its own advantages. But for anyone who uses tools, safety is always a top priority. When thinking about safety, there is a huge argument for fiberglass in equipment like telescopic pruners. Lightweight and strong, fiberglass is non-conductive, presenting a distinct advantage in areas with high quantities of overhead cables compared to its aluminium counterpart. Due to the frequency of use and the force often exerted on the poles, the handles of tree pruning tools are prone to bend or snap. Strong fiberglass tubes, however, are resistant to corrosion and repeated hitting against tree branches, and they can last a lifetime, saving money in the long run. For many manufacturers, the benefits of composite materials are still being discovered. Combining the strength of glass or carbon fiber with the adaptability of a resin system that can be tailor made and costefficient to suit your exact technical requirements and needs is certainly


appealing to many manufacturers. At Exel Composites, we specialize in two types of continuous manufacturing processes — pultrusion and pullwinding. The earliest pultrusion patent dates back to the mid-1940s, but it was American plastics pioneer, W Brandt Goldsworthy, who is widely credited with inventing the process in 1959. Pultrusion technology perhaps gives the most flexibility in terms of profile design and the structural possibilities are near unlimited. The process almost does exactly what it says on the label. Rolls of fibres and optional matting are simultaneously guided and pulled together before being saturated with resin. The fibres are then pulled through a heated die, which cures the composite before the profiles are cut to the desired length at the end of the line. Pull-winding is very similar to pultrusion with the exception that fibers are wound around a profile before it enters the heated die. The advantage is in the fiber alignment possibilities in both the crosswise and longitudinal directions that enable us

to provide a wider range of solutions, and even thinner profile walls, such as those used for tubing. These manufacturing technologies are important solutions to help provide solutions for manufacturers who are looking to reduce weight, improve performances and efficiencies, and even reduce lifetime costs. At Exel Composites, our expertise gives engineers total design freedom, while technologies like pultrusion and pull winding give manufacturers the ability to produce some of the largest and most complex profiles on the market. The use of composite materials is increasing — from window and door frames to tool handles to automotive stiffeners. The many advantages of pultruded composite materials are clear and can be applied in a number of areas including transport, building, construction and infrastructure industries as well as helping lower the costs of wind energy.


20A 40Vdc EMI filters simplify compliance to MIL-COTS applications TDK Corporation (TSE 6762) announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda FQA series of EMC filters, with a rating of ±40Vdc at 20A. Housed in a rugged encapsulated quarter-brick package, it comes with a choice of flanged or non-flanged baseplates. These modules are suitable for use in a wide variety of harsh and demanding environments, including MIL-COTS vehicle and airborne applications.

quarter-brick heatsink, or conduction cooled via a cold plate. The nonflanged package size measures 60.6 x 39 x 12.7mm (L x W x H) and the flanged version 60.6 x 55.9 x 12.7mm. The total DC resistance of the filter is typically 12mΩ, which helps minimise power losses.

The FQA series is designed with a high differential and common mode noise attenuation. This simplifies system level compliance to MILSTD-461G standards. The modules also provide input spike protection to MIL-STD-1275D and RTCA/DO-160G. Qualifying testing is consistent with MIL-STD-883F and MIL-STD-202G.

The filters are available with standard production screening (-S suffix) and a baseplate temperature rating of -40°C to +115°C, or with enhanced screening (-M suffix) and an extended temperature rating of -55°C to +115°C. Enhanced screening includes functional testing at high and low temperatures and a 96 hour burn-in period with temperature cycling.

The PCB mount FQA can be cooled using either an industry standard


All models have been safety certified

to UL 60950-1, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 and IEC 60950-1, IEC/ UL/CSA 62368-1 (pending) and carry the CE mark. For more information about the FQA series of power line EMC filters, please call TDK-Lambda directly on +44 (0)1271 856600 or visit the TDK-Lambda website at: Follow us at uk/twitter, watch our videos at youtube and connect with us at and uk/linkedin, and read our blog at

hygienic furniture & equipment

ENJOY TEKNOMEXCELLENCE Adjective: to save you time and money by designing and making intelligent, outstanding hygienic furniture and equipment.

Reduced dirt traps

Easy access from both sides

Diamond bracing doesn’t collect dirt

Higher tie bar position for easier cleaning

Central tie bar, rear rail or undershelf option

For more information get in touch today Quality



W: T: +44 (0) 1603 788 833


Molex Collaborates with logi.cals on Open Architecture IAS4.0 Platform Scalable industrial automation solution addresses demand for embedded safety and security in machine building, robotics and manufacturing plants Molex announced in November a collaboration with logi.cals to empower the next generation of solutions for Industry 4.0. Specializing in engineering software for industrial automation, logi.cals streamlines the integration of control precisely tailored to the machine, plant or enterprise requirements. Leveraging Molex’s core competencies in the industrial market, Molex Industrial Automation Solutions 4.0 (IAS4.0) provides a safe and secure open platform to enable machine builders and system integrators utilizing the benefits of Industry 4.0 in their next generation of products. Molex and logi.cals are collaborating to develop a simple but very efficient engineering environment as one of the main pillars for Molex IAS4.0 endto-end solution—from a sensor to an enterprise application running on a cloud platform—the IAS4.0 platform encompasses multiple layers in IT, Edge, OT, engineering tools and operational applications. “Distributed control, real-time machine-to-machine (M2M) and connectivity to enterprise applications are driving a paradigm shift in the industrial automation world,” said Riky Comini, director, industrial automation, Molex. “By leveraging logi.cals software expertise, we have jointly developed the enhanced IAS4.0 solution offering safe and standard control in a distributed fashion along with engineering tools that create value for customers.” Increasingly, modern industrial machines and factories require autonomous, safe and secure devices able to communicate with each other in real-time over a variety of different networks using open protocols. Molex IAS 4.0 provides a solution for this need. The core of the solution supports a wide range of systems and devices from microcontrollers and various OEM platforms to multi-core industrial PCs. The highly scalable solution provides safe and secure control logic, multilateral communications in real-time using open protocols, and can run on a sensor or a complex device, on the plant floor, edge or cloud. “Industrial manufacturing production areas and assembly lines require flexible and scalable control and communication, and safety at a very high level. We are very pleased to collaborate with Molex in developing a software solution to simplify the programming environment not only for control engineers but also for embedded and enterprise application developers,” adds Michael Plankensteiner, CEO, logi.cals.


For more information, please click here


DS-OCT12-BLACKFAST_Layout 1 20/09/2012 16:28 Page 1

Tel: 0208 339 7370

Fax: 0208 339 7371 Unit 5 Russell House, Molesey Road Email: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 3PE



Tel: 0121 520 2444 |71


NEW VERSION OF HELICOIL THREADED INSERT ANNOUNCED Fastening expert Bollhoff has launched an all-new version of its legendary Helicoil® threaded insert. Known as Helicoil® Smart, it becomes the first new design unveiled by the company since the launch of its highly successful tang free version of Helicoil® in 2010. Specified by design and production engineers for more than 60 years, Helicoil® threaded inserts are used extensively in critical applications where high pull-out strength, resistance to elongation, long service life, repeated use and swift installation are key attributes. These are typified by the many industrial applications in which it has been used over the last half-century, and Helicoil remains the preferred choice of high performance threaded insert in a large number of todays’ projects too. From the original Helicoil® first seen in the 1954, the product has evolved as the demands of manufacturing industry have changed over the years. Bollhoff cites the example of the introduction of the ‘tang free’ version of Helicoil®, recalled by Industry Manager Clive Brown as an earlier waypoint showing how the insert has changed with customer needs and demands. “Some of our customers had observed that on rare occasions, a ‘lost’ tang presented a genuine FOD (Foreign Object Damage) challenge in certain applications. Although extremely rare, these occasions sometimes required the tang to be located before a completed structure could be signed off. So we set about designing a tang free insert for them which would obviate any possibility of this happening in future”.

in adding these locking devices or compounds during assembly was adding significantly to the factory-door price. So a screwlocking version of the Classic Helicoil® was introduced. Subsequently, when Bollhoff went on to design its next generation of product, Helicoil® Plus, (an enhanced version of the popular Classic, engineered to offer a variety of installation and technical enhancements) it was also made available with a screwlocking facility as well. Thus, when Helicoil® Plus was launched in 1998, the company was providing a variety of threaded insert solutions that allowed OEMs with vibration or loosening challenges to significantly reduce their costs whilst achieving the desired joint integrity assurances. An added benefit which Helicoil® Plus also brought to manufacturers was that the product needed no additional installation tooling on the shop floor, just the standard equipment. A raft of further advantages were also realised with the arrival of Helicoil® Plus, not least of which was an innovation in its first-thread. This meant that on installation, as it is only this first special thread which ‘leads’ the Helicoil® Plus insert into the hole, the remaining part of it which follows finds itself under significant and equalised radial compression inside the host material. This delivers reliable, repeatable and dependable threaded fastener security with industry-leading pull-out resistance. A step change in threaded insert design

The result, launched in 2010, was Helicoil® tang free which has subsequently become the standardfit threaded insert for a number of the worlds’ leading OEMs that are designing and producing global platform products. To accompany the arrival of its tangfree range at the time, Bollhoff also introduced a new range of installation tooling for use with the product, either electrically or pneumatically powered.

With the introduction of its new Helicoil® Smart in October 2019, Bollhoff states that it is raising threaded insert design technology and lifting production capability to an entirely new level. With its Registered Trademark name of Smart, the new Helicoil® Smart insert has a tang (the tanged insert still remains the most popularly used type of threaded insert industrywide), but it is a tang with a difference.

Going back even further (to when Helicoil Classic was launched), it had become apparent to Bollhoff engineers that an increasing number of customers, keen to assure joint integrity, were spending considerable sums of money adding mechanical or chemical locking products to their threaded fastener installations. The need to specify and purchase these additional items (and hold the inventory), coupled with the obvious increased time and labour content involved

Instead of needing to be broken off during the installation process, it simply bends backwards during spinning off and is then compressed. Commenting on the advantages now available to OEMs with the arrival of Helicoil® Smart, Clive Brown observes “We have broken new ground with this design, it is a real innovation which will bring significant benefits to users of threaded inserts, across all industries. In direct response to customer demands, the introduction of Helicoil


Smart has now removed the need to break off the tang, and reduced assembly time by around 20%”. The Helicoil® Smart thread insert, which is made from a wire with a rhombic profile, is also formed into an elastic spiral, with the free running version remaining a completely free running coarse thread. The result is a true-to-gauge internal thread (which also includes the last thread), delivering high-strength threads that transfer forces from flank to flank into the holding thread. The special first thread, which has been adapted from the Helicoil® Plus, allows users to position the insert like a screw and simply screw it in using the Smart installation mandrel of a similar size to the tap. A special feature of the Smart installation tool is its unique blade position control: for screwing in, the blade has a pull-in function, whereas for screwing out, it turns into a bending and compression tool for the new insert. Helicoil® Smart threaded inserts are made from austenitic chrome-nickel steel with a minimum tensile strength of 1400N/mm² to deliver high-strength, hard wearing threads with maximum wear resistance. The company states that compared to tapped threads, the surface roughness of Helicoil® Smart is reduced by up to 90%. Further, Bollhoff says that the elastic properties of the new insert allow for uniform load and stress distribution over the entire length of the installed threads: which in turn is said to lead to improved static and dynamic operating loads. Other advantages cited by the company include a reduction in both thread friction and scatter range, allowing users to benefit from more precise adjustment of the fastener preload force, which in turn can provide tighter clamping forces without the risk of breakage. Full details and a download on the new Helicoil® Smart insert may be found at this link:


API pump applications? KTR manufacture a range of couplings to meet the special requirements of pump applications in the oil & gas industry, in particular API 610, 671 and 685. Furthermore, KTR offers ATEX approved products - including jaw couplings, gear couplings, steel laminae couplings and oil/air coolers - for hazardous operating conditions. For more info visit us at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 - stand 3G80

3-6 SEPT 2019



Top five reasons to choose a career in engineering She’s one of the youngest people in her workplace – but Abbie Beaver hasn’t looked back since setting her sights on a career in engineering. And the 17-year-old apprentice hopes her experience will inspire other young women as the UK’s engineering industry faces an uphill battle trying to attract new recruits. Here she tells us her top five reasons for choosing a career in engineering: 1.

That’s why Abbie and her employers, the multi-disciplined engineering firm adi Group, which has presence across the UK, are backing this week’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8 November). The initiative, drawn up by Engineering UK, aims to showcase the broad range of lucrative careers available in the sector as well as educate and inspire young people into the trade. Abbie, who was recognised in June as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s top 50 women engineers in the UK, first started at adi Group on its pioneering pre-apprenticeship scheme, whilst still at school. It has provided young people like Abbie with a springboard into apprenticeships, having gained knowledge in electrical and mechanical engineering through a two-year in-house qualification. Abbie was praised by James Sopwith, Group Strategic Account Director, who said the company was proud of its work in developing apprenticeships. “Abbie epitomises the core values of our business,” he said. “We are extremely proud of the success of our apprenticeship programmes, which are helping to make our communities more sustainable. “We all have a responsibility to help address the skills shortage in the industry. Initiatives like Tomorrows Engineers Week help shine a light on why engineering is such a rewarding career.”


The sector needs to attract 186,000 skilled recruits each year until 2024 to reduce its skills shortage, according to the government. “We want every young person to see that engineering offers a varied, stimulating and rewarding career,” said Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO of EngineeringUK.

2. Work with top brands on interesting projects: I’m lucky that I get to work on projects in different sectors, such as Food and Beverage or Automotive. Every day I get to work on a project which is making a real difference to each client and how they operate. I am constantly learning new things and developing my skills. 3.

“The UK needs tens of thousands more engineers and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet this demand.” To learn about apprenticeships at the adi Group, see Businesses can also find out more about the Group’s pioneering PreApprenticeship programme here: For more information on Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, head to:

Inspire others: I’ve learnt some really valuable skills in mechanical and electrical engineering and most of my friends are impressed when I tell them what I’m doing. I think it’s important to inspire other women.

Share and make a difference as a team: I’ve progressed from adi’s PreApprenticeship programme into its Apprentice Academy, so I’ve really learnt the value of working together in different teams. We can be working on projects that need to be completed quickly, so understanding and communicating everyone’s strengths is key. Of course, you also make some great friends by sharing the same experiences, so it’s fun at the same time.

4. Earn while you learn: I really enjoy my apprenticeship course here and I’d say it beats going to college or sixth form to do A-Levels by miles. Of course, both of these are still great ways of getting into engineering, but for me I felt like an apprenticeship put me miles ahead of others at my age. I’ve learnt some core skills but also essential things like how to behave in the workplace and speak with customers – and it’s great to be earning my own money! 5.

Train for future careers: What I’ve learnt from my time as an apprentice is that there are so many career paths in engineering. For example, adi’s work can be in production lines, climate control systems and even digital billboards you see on motorways. It opens your eyes up in terms of what you can do and where your work could take you.


CME Confirmed As Key Partner In Multi-Million Pound Clinical Trials Project CME Limited announce today that the company has been awarded the contract to manufacture an automated clinical trial line, which will be the first major piece of equipment to be installed and developed within the new Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

CME’s automated clinical trial line will be the first major piece of equipment to be installed at the new Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre


he new centre will be located in Renfrewshire, Scotland and is a collaboration between CPI, University of Strathclyde, UK Research and Innovation, Scottish Enterprise, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). CME’s contribution to this prestigious project began when the company secured an initial contract for the design element of a complete bespoke system capable of receiving orders, filling bottles with the appropriate number of tablets or capsules of the requisite drug and strength, labelling bottles and consolidating those orders. CME’s innovative design solution for filling bottles with tablets or capsules, whilst vastly reducing the risk of cross contamination of the bottles and the surrounding equipment / environment was instrumental in securing both the initial


design contract, and now this new contract for the manufacture of the automated clinical trials line. Paul Knight, Managing Director of CME Limited commented: ”We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to manufacture this system, which reinforces our contribution as a key partner in this project. This is an exciting project which targets the use of new and disruptive technologies to help bring medicines to market more quickly, through the adoption of Just in Time (JIT) manufacture & supply.” It is expected that the automated platform and data integration solutions will be delivered in the second quarter of 2021. Telephone: Web: E-Mail:

+44 (0)1460 269500


NEW FP400 A LOW PULSATION DIAPHRAGM PUMP • Five diaphragm technology • Delivers up to 4.6 l/min • Low pulsation and low vibration • Great linearity and controllability

• Long life time • Robust and durable design • IP65

To discuss your application further contact our dedicated team of experienced technical pump engineers. KNF Neuberger UK Ltd Ave 2, Station Lane Ind Est, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4FA Tel: 01993 778373





“Everyone talks about the impact of edge computing in IoT” said Rex Lee, Director of Advantech Embedded IoT Group. “As a global leader in embedded platforms and IoT enabled solutions, Advantech sees opportunity in the market for cost-performance balanced architectures from cloud computing to edge computing. At COM-HPC, our innovative computer-on-modules will migrate server-grade performance to the edge. We are working together with PICMG and leading embedded companies to meet these market requirements.” Cloud computing, where servers can store and analyze high volumes of data uploaded by end users for specific applications, has been essential to this process. Data is collected, stored, and then analyzed on the cloud to solve problems related to an array of different application scenarios. In order to transmit and analyze big data, the cloud must be extremely powerful—offering high performance and wider bandwidth for successful transmission. As the volume of data increases, “edge computing” is emerging as a key solution to achieve effective data management and making computing processes significantly more efficient. Currently, there is strong and growing demand for edge computing. COM Express, a very popular standard, has been used for over a decade and the “Type 7” COM Express was created for this purpose. COM-HPC represents the “next generation” technology in this field. Compared with COM Express, COM-HPC supports significantly higher performance levels and features an innovative design that fulfills high-end computing demand. COM-HPC is a new industrial standard for embedded computer on module. There are two types of COM-HPC for different purposes: one is a server type for high performance computing and data transmission; and the other one is for embedded computing with graphics requirements. With unique form factors and optimized pin definition, COM-HPC supports powerful CPU, memory capacity up to 1TB, and it offers next generation super-speed interfaces such as PCIe Gen4/5 (16Gbps/32Gbps), USB4.0 (20Gbps), and 10G ports. Such features are highly suitable for edge computing. COM-HPC specifications are currently under definition. As a global leader in the embedded market, Advantech plays a key role in the process. This encompasses the early industrial specification ETX, XTX in 2006, COM Express 2.0 in 2010, and COM Express 3.0, including Type 7 in 2017. In 2019, Advantech is honored to work with other leading manufacturers and PICMG to engage in the COM-HPC concept discussion in its earliest stages. Advantech provides a comprehensive product design and validation process that includes schematics and layout simulation, power transient testing, power quality, and signal integrity using e.g. high bandwidth (25GHz) oscilloscope. This process is helpful for products using a super-speed interface and powerful design, such as COM-HPC. Reliability tests, like thermal shock and harsh environment testing, ensure products are stable and durable. Advantech strives to provide early sample stability, giving customers more time for product development and verification to accelerate the time-to-market. From embedded design-in service to IoT integration, Advantech provides a one-stop service model for the successful integration of embedded boards, systems, software, displays, and peripherals. A series of integrated IoT solutions and services—from edge computing to cloud services—accelerates IoT solution business development and implementation worldwide.


Global specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of industrial fastenings and Cat C products

Enclosure Hardware Our Enclosure Hardware range includes:

Locking Systems


Lock Components








Key Industries


Energy, Oil & Gas

Contact us: +44 (0) 8454 811 800 |




Variohm EuroSensor EPS series pressure switches suit a wide range of pressure switching tasks Image: Variohm EuroSensor’s EPS series pressure switches – left to right EPS-01, EPS02 and EPS-03

Aimed at industrial pressure switching applications for air, water, hydraulic fluid, other oil-based and liquid mediums, Variohm EuroSensor’s EPS series includes three different environment-matched models, each competitively priced for pressure ranges from 0.3 to 350 bar.

For general purpose low pressure switching, the EPS01 series includes a sealed brass housing with an IP65 rating and features silver plated microswitch contacts, NBR diaphragm and a G 1/8 pressure port (with other port thread types on request). Two models offer pressure ranges 0.3 to 2 bar and 1 to 10 bar with switch-point setting via a setscrew. For pressure switching tasks where the external environment requires a more resilient housing material, the EPS-02 series offers similar specifications and pressure range options as the EPS-01 series but is housed in a VA 1.4305 stainless steel. Additionally the EPS-02 offers a choice of silver or gold microswitch contacts. Both models offer a 100 VA switch breaking capacity with electrical connection via flat pins and a switch-back difference accuracy of under 10%. With a generous 20 bar overpressure limit, design options available for the EPS-01 and EPS-02 include a Viton™ diaphragm where increased switching resilience is needed. For higher pressure switching or for greater application flexibility, the EPS-03 series covers five model types as a spring loaded diaphragm design for pressures from 0.5 to 10 bar or a spring loaded piston design for pressures to 350 bar - with nitrile diaphragm/piston as standard or optional Viton on request. Generous working and overpressure limits provide safety and reliable use. A durable galvanised


steel housing offers an IP65 rating and is complete with a PG9 electrical connection for switch breaking capacity that suits AC-12 and DC12 resistance loads or AC-14 and DC-13 inductive loads. Where lower switched voltages can be accommodated (42 V), an M12 x 1 round connector is optionally available. With set-screw adjustment and switch back difference of 15 – 30%, application suitability and price flexibility is safeguarded with silver plated contact micro switches as standard or gold-plated contacts on request. Additionally, a wide choice of pressure ports covers G1/8, G1/4, M10x1 and M12x1.5. Throughout the EPS range, media temperature range is -25 to +85 °C with higher temperatures on request, whilst reliability and performance is ensured with a mechanical life of over 1 million cycles and a switching frequency of 200/min. The EPS series switches are part of a wide range of sensor technologies available from Variohm EuroSensor that measurement for position, displacement force, pressure, load, and temperature. As a manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner, Variohm provides complete sales and application support for demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.



M 5V )




T 0 4 0. .00 00 v AX








R (± OTA 5V T ) IN









5V )











OU 8
























IN 3
























23 1







0 A


m ph






5 LA

2 5






























1 10 0



alle ry ta


sc re en to s

hite par is

To uc ht he


35 5


















40 2





















fr id ge






id ge



ne id ge


ac ci


ne id ge


Vac ci ne id ge





Vac ci

Vac ci








rm s







/° F

ON IT OR 3/4




L Te ow m p



H Te igh m p

(° M C) 12 M in: ax 1 :1 0:5 : 6 .1º .2 C 2 ºC / t 15 / t od /1 a od y 0/ 16 ay @ 8.0 @ 10 6.0 11 :51 :3 :1 4.0 2:4 2 2.0 5 V

2. 4º

electronics 10 :3 0:0 0


12 :0 0:0 0

15 /1



Laser Marking of Optical Substrates MARKED IN HOUSE WITH PART AND BATCH NUMBERS Traceability and consistent quality of precision optical components are of utmost importance whether they are being integrated into your product or used as part of your own manufacturing equipment. Every coating run carried out by LASER COMPONENTS undergoes spectral characterisation on one of our in-house spectrometers. All optics are delivered with product codes and batch numbers along with copies of the spectral trace, with all witness samples being retained at LASER COMPONENTS for 10 years after coating for quality control and traceability purposes. Upon customer request, our optics can be laser marked in house with part and batch numbers on the edge. If required, we can also mark the parts with a customer’s company name and specific part code. LASER COMPONENTS has an extensive and ever growing in house measurement capability, currently including interferometers, spectrometers, microscopes, LIDT testing rigs and automated surface quality qualification to ISO 10110-7.



pressure sensors KELLER (UK) Ltd. Little Keep Gate, Barrack Road, Dorchester, DT1 1AH UK and Ireland: T. 0845 643 2855 F. 0845 643 2866 E-Mail: Web:



AND EMBEDDED SIGNAL CONDITIONING – No external components – Ranges 0…1 bar thru to 0…200 bar – Accuracy, error band +/- 0,5%, 0…50 °C – Sizes Ø 11 m, 15 mm, 17 mm, 19 mm bar – Very low power consumption

PRECISION PRESSURE TRANSMITTER 33 X – Ranges 0…0,2 bar thru to 0…1000 bar, adjustable – Output signals: 4…20 mA, 0…10 V, RS485 Digital – Mathematical on-board error correction – Accuracy, error band 0,1 %FS, 10…40 °C – Optional enhanced precision to ± 0,01 %FS



VIRTUAL ENGINEERING CENTRE AWARDED MAJOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CONTRACT The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) has been awarded a contract to support Phase 2 of the Government’s Digital Reactor Design (DRD) nuclear research programme.

The £3.6 million project, led by global project, engineering and technical services company Wood, is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to bring together experts from industry and academia to demonstrate cost savings from concept design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. VEC, part of the University of Liverpool’s Institute for Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems – IDEAS, will be working to further develop the digital framework to support future nuclear reactor build. Phase 1 of the DRD programme demonstrated an effective proof of concept by developing a computersimulated design and management platform, positioning the UK as a world leader in this area. The focus of Phase 2 is to implement new tools and disruptive technologies in a digital framework, utilising real-life case studies and applications to demonstrate improved efficiency, enable supply chain collaboration and ultimately deliver costsavings and a cultural change across the industry. Konstantin Vikhorev, Simulation Team Leader at VEC, said: “Being awarded this project shows strong recognition to our team’s capability in developing digital frameworks to support collaboration, design and improve operation. “When delivering complex national projects such as this, systems integration


is key. The framework provides an opportunity for project partners to combine their capabilities, it will ultimately offer an infrastructure for collaboration for organisations across the whole sector.”

Phase 2 will: •

Principal Investigator at the University of Liverpool, Professor Eann Patterson, said: “This project has already seen • huge success in reviewing and mapping existing cross-discipline design and modelling capabilities, proving the concept for a new and better way of designing nuclear power reactors. “We’re looking forward to working together with our partners in this next phase to further develop the digital framework across the design and operational lifecycle of nuclear plant to support collaboration in this complex industrial sector and achieve the Phase 2 project objectives which include strengthen capabilities across the sector for the future.” The Digital Reactor Design programme is part of a broader effort to put UK industry at the forefront of developing Generation IV and small modular reactors, which could provide the UK with secure and affordable energy and help meet carbon reduction targets. John Stairmand, Technical Director at Wood, said: “The University of Liverpool and its Virtual Engineering Centre helped us achieve all Phase 1 outputs in the development of a digital framework. Their specialist expertise has been invaluable in helping us to secure Phase 2 of this programme.”

Further develop the Phase 1 integrated digital framework to support future nuclear reactor build, from design through to decommissioning Provide infrastructures and architecture to enable users across the nuclear life cycle to collaborate between sites, operate digital twins, integrate analysis codes and computer-aided design, provide innovative solutions to manage ‘big data’, and ultimately to achieve real economic benefits through nuclear virtual engineering

Support the establishment of a strong UK nuclear manufacturing and materials supply chain

Demonstrate benefits in innovative, collaborative networks, economic cost savings, accuracy, safety and reliability

Help to ensure that the UK has a secure and resilient energy system while keeping energy bills as low as possible.

The Digital Reactor Design core team, supported by partners and subcontractors from industry, academia and science includes; Wood, EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, National Nuclear Laboratory, and the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC).


EVAPORATIVE COOLING • Requires 90% less energy than air conditioning • No harmful refrigerants • Energy Efficient Natural Cooling - low carbon footprint • New build and retrofit UK-based with over 3500 installations worldwide; with clients including BT, Cummins Diesel, Premier Foods, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-Porter, Cambridge University, Talk Talk and CGG Veritas. Case studies online!

EcoCooling internal and external ranges Industrial Cooling: Provides 35kW of cooling for only 1.5kW of electricty. 14,000m3/hr of cool air for less than 12p per hour. ROI in under 3 years. Data Centre Cooling: Acheive PUEs lower than 1.1 with ASHRAE compliant conditions. ROI in under 1 year. New CloudCooler© range of internal Plug & Play, rapid deployment High Performance Computing (HPC) equipment coolers. Large UK wide network of installers ready to quote on a solution to fit your needs. | T: 01284 810586 |


TORQSENSE SENSOR GUARANTEES TIP-TOP TAPS! An innovative TorqSense wireless torque sensor from Sensor Technology provided an effective solution to an interesting engineering challenge when Advanced Design Innovations (ADI), a specialist supplier of custom manufacturing and testing equipment, was asked by Bristan, one of the UK’s largest and most successful manufacturers of bathroom taps and showers, to develop a new durability test rig to help optimise product performance. Bristan prides itself on the quality and durability of its products, and backs them with a solid guarantee. In order to ensure that the products always meet its very high standards, the company regularly subjects samples to an exhaustive testing regime, an important part of which is durability testing for taps, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) and the rotary controls on its show units. Until recently, the company carried out these tests by continuously operating the taps and controls using a pneumatically operated test rig with fixed stop positions for the rotary motion. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory, however, as it made little allowance for any increase in operating torque that occurred during testing and it could not accommodate the effects of wear in, for example, the rubber washers used in taps. For help with devising a better method of testing, Bristan approached ADI, a company that it knew had wide experience in developing specialist test equipment. After carefully analysing the application requirements, ADI proposed a completely new test rig,

which would be driven by servomotors rather than pneumatic cylinders, as this would allow much more accurate and consistent control to be achieved. In addition, instead of using fixed stops for the rotary motion, the new test rig would be arranged to stop when the torque in the drive system reached a preset value. This arrangement was preferred as it would not only compensate automatically for wear in the component under test, but would also more accurately reflect the real life operation of the component, since users typically stop tightening a tap or rotating a control when a certain level of “stiffness” is reached. While the design of the new test rig was in many respects straightforward, ADI did face one particular challenge – how to measure the torque developed by the drive system accurately and in real time, so that the stopping points could be determined. Preliminary investigations revealed that typical torque sensors were far too bulky to accommodate in a reasonably sized test rig, and also that they were incapable of delivering accurate results over the range required – from 1.5 Nm to 3.0 Nm. In addition, most of the torque sensors had non-optional speed monitoring functions built in, which increased costs even though they were not required for this application. After further research, however, ADI discovered the innovative TorqSense range of sensors from Sensor Technology. “These versatile sensors were exactly what we needed,” said Jeff Lowe of ADI. “They’re tiny, so they were easy to accommodate on the test rig, they’re dependable, and they provide very accurate results in real time, even at the very low torque levels we are interested in. Also, because they’re not


tied to unnecessary extras like speed monitoring, they were a very cost effective choice for this application.” The TorqSense units are a new type of sensor based on patented technology that makes use of surface acoustic wave transducers. These transducers comprise two thin metal electrodes, in the form of interlocking “fingers”, on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz. When an RF signal of the correct frequency is applied to the transducer, surface acoustic waves are set up, and the transducer behaves as a resonant circuit. The essential feature, however, is that if the substrate is deformed, the resonant frequency changes. When the transducer is attached to a drive shaft, the deformation of the substrate and hence the change in resonant frequency is related to the torque applied to the shaft. In other words, the transducer, in effect, becomes a frequency-dependent strain gauge. Since the transducers operate at radio frequencies, it is easy to couple signals to them wirelessly. Hence, TorqSense sensors that incorporate the SAW transducer technology can be used on rotating shafts, and can provide data continuously without the need for the inherently unreliable brushes and slip rings that are often found in traditional torque measurement systems. “At Bristan we pride ourselves on our rigorous test procedures to ensure that our taps and showers are of the highest quality,” said Adrian Lowe, Test Laboratory Manager at Bristan. “Our previous test rig, while fit for purpose, didn't allow for such thorough and accurate testing. The new rig is an invaluable tool in ensuring that we continue to maintain the high quality for which our products are known, and also for helping us develop new and groundbreaking products in the future.”

Surface Technologies

Increasing life and performance of critical components Surface treatment or modification can improve and extend the operating life of components and structures, optimising performance to its maximum potential.

Range of Surface Treatments Our wide range of surface finishing services and products include: l

Controlled Shot Peening


Laser Peening


Engineered Coatings, including:


On-site Shot and Laser Peening



Thermal Spray – HVOF (High Velocity Oxy Fuel), Plasma, Arc Wire and Flame Spray


Everlube® Dry Film Lubricants


PROCOAT 100™ Corrosion Protection


Parylene – ultra high biocompatible conformal coating with moisture and barrier protection – USP Class V1, ISO 10993 tested and MAF 1176 on file with FDA


Organic and inorganic overlay and diffusion coatings suited to the gas turbine and aerospace industries

Material Analytical Services

For more information and full worldwide contact details: or contact 01635 279621


Chell Launch New Smoke Meter to Tackle Gas Turbine Emissions Chell Instruments has launched a new variant of their popular smoke meter for measuring emissions from gas turbines and jet engines. Established in 1976, Chell Instruments supply and manufacture pressure and gas flow measurement and control instrumentation. They design and build test and calibration systems for many of the most demanding and mission-critical applications. Their newest product is the CSM2001 MFC Smoke Meter which is a rugged rack or bench-top mountable measurement system, using the latest mass flow controller technology to improve accuracy and meet SAE ARP1179 requirements. Increasing awareness of the impact of emissions from engines on the atmosphere has driven demand for accurate measurement. Chell Instruments recognised the need for smoke meters with increased sensitivity, improved accuracy and rapid response to measure smoke


levels emitted by modern jet engines and gas turbines. Nick Broadley Managing Director at Chell Instruments said: “Much of our product range has resulted from customer enquiries. After successful trial, they’ve gone into production. The CSM2001 MFC Smoke Meter is a great example of that.” By using the CSM2001 MFC Smoke Meter, gas turbine operators concerned by emissions can ensure that an engine isn't emitting high levels of harmful gases. It utilises the flexibility and accuracy of mass flow controller technology, in place of a traditional dry gas diaphragm meter and manual flow control valve. “It’s smaller, faster and more accurate than our original CSM2000, which means it minimises costly test time,” adds Nick.

It has an LCD captouch display, totaliser, rate and temperature readings and leak, sample and manual modes with fully customisable test programming. It also has a bypass function and a flow rate of up to 20 l/min. Chell Instruments is a leading producer of pressure, vacuum and gas flow measurement and control solutions, designed by engineers for use by engineers. They have provided high-precision instrumentation for more than 40 years, to industries including Formula One, aerospace and pharmaceuticals. For more information on the CSM2001 MFC Smoke Meter and other Chell instruments capabilities, please visit

Rapidox 2100-OEM-RSB Small but mighty. Effortless integration into products and processes. The compact design (4.5� x 3.0�) allows integration into the tightest of spaces yet comes with the same performance specifications and features of our exisiting OEM analysers. The board is fitted with a robust cabled zirconia sensor, which is ideal for providing fast and accurate remote in-situ gas analysis over the the full oxygen range 10-20ppm to 30% O2. Zirconia oxygen sensors are extremely rugged and particularly suitable for monitoring inert atmospheres and aggressive industrial applications directly within manufacturing processes such as metal 3D printers, soldering ovens and furnaces.

Contact us today: + 44 (0)1480 462142


Schroeder to Oversee RUD, Caldwell and Renfroe Ranges Rockford, Illinois-based The Caldwell Group Inc. has named Jay Schroeder regional sales manager. He will oversee sales for RUD, Caldwell and Renfroe products in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. Schroeder, formerly sling team sales manager, has been at Caldwell since May 2018, following a move from RUD Chain Inc. For approx. 18 months, Caldwell and the RUD Group have united their sales and marketing activities in North America for material handling and lifting devices within a common organization. Schroeder was latterly regional sales manager at RUD having joined the company in 2009. He said: “The RUD / Caldwell partnership has been a very good move by both companies. Not only did it allow Caldwell to provide a complete below-the-hook solution, but also it allowed RUD to tap into the vast rep network and many of the current Caldwell distributors. Additionally, Caldwell has had a bigger impact on the rigging industry over the years and that added additional credibility to the RUD line.” Schroeder added: “I will be responsible for ongoing support of our sales rep force and of the end users. I will be charged with finding new markets and growing current markets with the Caldwell portfolio; we are always striving to find new opportunities to provide solutions to customers’ lifting needs.” Schroeder acknowledged that immediate challenges include building up a thorough knowledge of the entire Caldwell range. “I understand the lifting industry, but Caldwell has so many products to help the end user find a solution to their needs. That said, we have a great support staff at Caldwell and everyone is excited to help you learn about the offerings,” he explained. “Longer term,” he continued, “Not only is growth of sales a target, but


Jay Schroeder, regional sales manager at The Caldwell Group Inc.

we want to raise the profile of the RUD, Caldwell and Renfroe brands in the marketplaces we serve. We have so many great products and people behind those products—it is important that we get out and tell people about that.” Among those products are RUD’s German-made hoist chains and TECDOS range, which is a broad portfolio of components, from chains to drives, for technically demanding material handling and industrial applications. New products will also be an important component of continued growth, Schroeder said.

He added: “Customers’ needs are constantly changing and, being an innovative company, our growth will align with those requirements. We have the ability to offer standard products and specialty one-off, custom solutions. Both are important, as no two lifts are the same. Currently business is very good; manufacturing has continued to remain steady and construction has experienced a boost. Caldwell is strong across the board and we are lucky that when one industry hits a lull, other sectors keep on moving up.”



T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito, European Sales Office, Gronauer Straße 1, 61194 Niddatal, Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970

Unit 3A, Whitworth Court, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1WA. Tel.: (0044)-330 002 0640,

ECi Software Solutions

TR Fastenings LTD

Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA +44 (0) 333 123 0333

Trifast House, Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QW Free phone: 08454 811 800 E-mail:

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Blackfast Chemicals Ltd

26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660

Unit 5 Russell House , Molesey Road, Walton-onThames, Surrey, KT12 3PE 0207 339 7370,


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E:



Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF Tel: +44 1844204420



Foremost Electronics Ltd

Seepex UK Ltd.

14 Bluegate Business Park Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4PZ TEL: +44 (0) 1371 811171 FAX: +44 (0) 1371 810933 WEB:

3 Armtech Row Houndstone Business Park Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RW

HRS Heat Exchangers 0-12 Caxton Way Watford Business Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 8JY Email: Tel: +44 (0)1923 232 335

T +44 1935 472376

Ilapak Ltd 29 Riverside Way Uxbridge UB8 2YF

1 Brownfields Court Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL7 1AJ

BÜLTE GmbH Kunststofferzeugnisse Carl-Sonnenschein-Straße 22 D-59348 Lüdinghausen – Germany Phone: (+49) 02591 / 91 94 – 0

Wood Automated Systems UK (ATG – Systems) Tenter Road, Moulton Park Industrial Estate Northampton, NN3 6AX +44 (0)7827 327231

Lascar Electronics Ltd UK Module House Whiteparish, Wiltshire SP5 2SJ +44 (0)1794 884 567

Rotech Machines Limited