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Event Overview Flood and Coast is a unique event that advances the debate about flood and coast erosion risk, resilience and response between government bodies and local authorities with business, major infrastructure and asset managers, as well as affected communities. Embracing the concept of “a changing climate� the event draws on expertise and experience from different geographies – not only within the UK. The event brings together the specialists in the supply chain that deliver technology and solutions to control the increasing risk of flood and rising sea levels around our coasts to spread best practice, discuss new ways of working and to deliver excellence in FCRM. A three-day programme of workshops, presentations, debate and panel sessions tailored to the topics selected by the government and industry panel is accompanied by a trade show and exhibition which allows all stakeholders unrivalled networking opportunities, creating a real business benefit for the service and product providers to engage effectively with contractors, consultants and project owners.

Opening hours Tuesday 28 March 2017: 0830-1830 hours (Networking reception 1730-1830) Wednesday 29 March 2017: 0830-1800 hours (Conference dinner 1800-2300) Thursday 30 March 2017: 0830-1600 hours (Exhibition closes at 1430 hours)


Exhibition and Conference CONVENED BY

The UK’s largest gathering of Flood and Coastal Risk Management Professionals, led by the Environment Agency attendees include local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, emergency services, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, manufacturers, community groups, flood research consultants and universities.

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February 2017 BENEFITS OF GTMA MEMBERSHIP

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GTMA – TIME FOR ACTION IN A TIME OF CHANGE NEW STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT MEMBERS ACROSS THE SECTORS GTMA is developing a range of strategies to broaden its support for UK manufacturing and engineering supply chains. They include collaborations with other UK manufacturing organisations as well as international events and initiatives to widen opportunities for GTMA supplier members in sectors including automotive, aerospace, rail, medical and energy. “In a time of change it is important that we look outwards as well as at our traditional business base,” said CEO Julia Moore. “My focus is to make sure we know where the opportunities are and to help GTMA suppliers take advantage of them – wherever they are. “We are establishing links both in the UK and overseas to open doors to other markets.”

Our strategy is to continue to work hard to support the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chains develop new international connections through our GTMA website.

If you are thinking of expanding your business into overseas markets then look no further – the GTMA International Business Hub will be launching in early 2017. A focused resource for engineering and manufacturing companies, the International Hub will provide information and practical assistance with exporting products and services, and creating valuable international partnerships. The strategy continues to evolve with the European Automotive Technology Roadshow visiting OEMs in the UK and Germany as well as our Manufacturing Solutions Ireland Roadshow to Limerick and the Brazil Business Hub. If you are interested in further information please contact GTMA on 0121 392 8994

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Manufacturing Solutions

Ireland 2017

Speakers From Siemens Manufacturing, Stryker Medical

Wednesday, 24th May 2017 8.30am to 4pm Limerick Institute Of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland Telephone No: +353-61-293000 What you will find at Manufacturing Solutions 2017 Products/services covered include: Metrology Inspection Tooling Technologies Mould & Die Support Machine Tools Workholding Cutting Tools CAD/CAM/ PLM Manufacturing software And much more

Manufacturing Solutions Supported By

About LIT

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institute of higher education in Limerick, a modern urban city in the Mid-West region of Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology, Ireland (IOTI). LIT is the fourth largest IOT in Ireland, with more than 6000 full time and part time students and 500 staff. The Institute has five campuses and a learning centre across Limerick city, Tipperary and Clare. The main campus is located at Moylish Park, with two city centre campuses in Clare Street and Georges Quay in Limerick city. LIT in Tipperary is based in two campuses -Thurles and Clonmel. The LIT Ennis Learning Centre is based in the museum in Ennis town centre.

BRINGING BUYERS AND SUPPLIERS TOGETHER‌

GTMA is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services. We have a committed strategy to focus on major market sector opportunities including Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Rail, Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewable, Food & Drink plus other sectors. Our work with OEMs and Tier 1s has seen initiatives to raise standards in our membership base which is now seen as a valuable resource for buyers building manufacturing supply chains.

Contact & Info

Limerick Institute Of Technology Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland. Telephone: +353- 61- 293000 For further information about the event please contact: Ciaran.Oloughlin@lit.ie or david@gtma.co.uk

FREE ENTRY & FREE PARKING

For more information and to register for the show, please visit www.manufacturingsolutions.ie As we go to press we have only eight stands available at this event. To register to visit the Roadshow website www.manufacturingsolutions.ie

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Automated Manufacturing

Automating the manufacturing process is about increasing capacity without increasing headcount, by taking labour cycles out of the design or production processes. Using a combination of software integration skills and unique software platforms, Man and Machine has a powerful solutions set that can increase efficiency throughout the manufacturing workflow.

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February 2017

Fashion Logistics Perfection

A new logistics center by SSI Schaefer has recently become operational for omni-channel distribution by the Finnish Stockmann Group, one of the leading retail companies in Scandinavia and the Baltics. A combination of hanging and flat goods and a design concept based on Schaefer’s 3D-MATRIX Solution® facilitates the order processing of both over-thecounter and online trade from one single distribution facility.

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he capacities of four former warehouse locations were consolidated in the new facility at Tuusula. It houses about 100,000 different products – more than 1.8 million individual items in total. “All types of articles – from large products to cosmetics and decorative items to hanging textile goods – are now bundled together in one location for every distribution channel,” explains Stockmann’s Logistics Manager, Elina Laine. “The distribution centre is the central component of our omni-channel strategy.” In the middle of October, Stockmann held its thirtieth “Hullut Päivät” – literally ‘Crazy Days’ – five-day discount event. In this period, 1.4 million items were sold at the Group’s stores, including the flagship store in Helsinki. With more than 50,000 m² of retail space over eight floors, it is the largest department store in Finland and one of the largest in Europe. Over one million customers also visited the online shop during this period, with shoppers unpacking their internet orders the very next day. To overcome seasonal peaks like these and to build a firm foundation for further growth and the expansion of the firm’s operations, Stockmann in recent years completely overhauled its corporate logistics and became geared towards omni-channeling. The new operation is based on a system concept with the latest, future-proof automation components, a picking strategy according to the goods-to-person principle and a high-performance warehouse management system that coordinates the completion of orders for the different distribution

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channels. “An intelligent material flow concept, innovative system technology and attractive aftersales services for reliably supplying all distribution channels from a single installation,” are how Laine explains the decision to opt for SSI Schaefer. “SSI Schaefer offered us a thoroughly coherent overall package for long-term efficiency and investment security.” SSI Schaefer developed a solution that organises the complex order handling processes into clear structures. By considering how to make the most efficient use of the 29,000 m² of warehouse space available, the automation components and IT installed guarantee the requisite performance levels. Furthermore, a five-strong team of technicians – provided on location and round the clock as part of SSI Resident Maintenance® concept – ensure for the continual maintenance and constant availability of the installation. The centerpiece of the concept is a shuttle system with 130,500 bin storage locations for doubledeep storage. The warehouse was designed according to SSI Schaefer’s 3D-MATRIX Solution®. Forty-five shuttle lifts and 72 multilevel Navette shuttles guarantee the maximum availability and efficiency of the processes. “We were already looking for a shuttle solution when we issued the call for tenders,” adds Logistics Manager, Laine. “The modular and scalable solution concept from SSI Schaefer impressed us immediately, as it provides our business with that allimportant flexibility.” Furthermore, a pallet rack warehouse with 7,800 storage locations to replenish picking locations and a three-level

hanging goods warehouse for more than 350,000 garments characterise the installation’s design. “The material flows for store and eCommerce orders had been consistently separated due to the different shipment packaging and transport service providers,” says Rami Syrjä, Sales Manager for SSI Schaefer in Finland. “Coordinating this, structuring it according to staging times and different priorities and maintaining this all in perfect balance across a single installation presents a considerable challenge for the design of the warehouse management system.” Stockmann opted for SSI Schaefer’s WAMAS® logistics software. This is responsible for stock management, process control for a coordinated order completion and also offers complete transparency via its visualisation components. The system as a whole is currently designed to have a performance of 55,000 order items with 180,000 articles per day. The innovative concept has already proven itself: “In the new distribution centre we are now able to complete orders for department stores and online orders much more quickly and transparently than before,” summarises Stockmann’s Logistics Manager, Laine. “The thoroughly scalable system concept also offers us a high degree of flexibility for our variable range of articles and leeway for further growth. SSI Schaefer’s solution has thoroughly impressed us.”


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February 2017

Exploring a new solution to the problems caused by conventional cleaning and metal pretreatment systems in product finishing. Enviro Tech Surface Technologies looks at some of the traditional problems associated with solvent and aqueous degreasing prior to painting and powder coating and explains how the DriPHOS® option can offer a viable alternative to conventional processes. The DriPHOS® surface treatment process has evolved to produce a revolution in metal finishing. DriPHOS® the start of a great finish

What causes this to happen?

Traditionally jobbing painters and/or manufacturers of parts who have to subsequently degrease and then paint or powder coat have had the same problems that they have learnt to live with. These include: reject rates of between 3 - 8% after painting; residues of particulate that require further manual wiping after degreasing and prior to painting; paint schemes lifting or blistering; corrosion forming under painted areas; parts slowing down the production because the drying oven takes an excessively long time to dry sufficiently; or parts simply going rusty during the dwell time between cleaning and subsequent painting. Finally, when using conventional solvents, long dwell times whilst the components cool down to a temperature that can take the paint prior to curing in the oven. More recently, classification of Trichloroethylene has also caused concern. These and others must sound familiar to you.

Obviously a lot of factors come to mind but generally they fall into four main areas as follows: •

Inadequate degreasing

Residual contamination

Retained moisture or solvent under the surface of crimped areas, spot welds and seams etc

No protection from rusting whilst awaiting painting

Why does this happen? To try to simplify this we have broken it down into aqueous cleaning and solvent cleaning with some of the reasons under each of the four headings above as follows:

MAIN CAUSES

AQUEOUS METHOD

SOLVENT METHOD

INADEQUATE DEGREASING

• Solution out of spec or contaminated • Temperature to low • Rinses contaminated • Filters blocked

• Only vapour used • Poor loading • Wrong solvent used • Solvent turned acidic

RESIDUAL CONTAMINATION

• Wrong product used • Contaminated rinse water • Poor loading

• Particulate left by vapour • Solvent turned acidic • Poor loading

RETAINED MOISTURE

• Insufficient time to dry • Poor loading • Parts not designed to drain properly

• Solvent trapped in parts • Parts not designed to drain properly

NO INTERIM PROTECTION

• No corrosion inhibitor • Residual contamination • High temperature draws moisture from atmosphere • Solution out of specification

All of the above are avoidable but may mean tighter controls and different process methods are required. The way the components are loaded is vitally important as overlapping can prevent access for both the aqueous and solvent processes. Unfortunately most paint shop managers will not feel they can afford the time to load more carefully even when they realise the advantages.

What can be used as an alternative? The answer is DriPHOS® the new single tank surface treatment process.

What is DriPHOS®? It is a solvent-based degreasing and pretreatment process. Based on a well-tried and tested blend of solvents and sophisticated additives and surface activators, DriPHOS® really is the quickest, most economical answer to degreasing and surface treatment problems. Operating at only 42°C the parts come out of the process totally clean, dry and with a crystalline primed surface to enhance painting and cool enough to handle or to go straight into the paint area. One tank is all that is needed.

How does it work? It works by a combination of vapour and immersion stages in one tank. After initial degreasing in the vapour, parts are then

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immersed into the DriPHOS® boiling sump where the residual oils and particulate is removed and the phosphate coating is chemically bonded to the surface of all of the parts. After a mini rinse/ final vapour stage the parts are left in the freeboard area for a short time before coming out of the tank totally clean, dry and with a protective surface coating. This gives an excellent bond for subsequent painting operations, with minimal reject rates due to delamination or undercoat staining. . The crystalline coating gives inter-stage protection until painting is needed. Another bonus is the colour change of the metal surface gives a visual indication of quality. The process can be used on steel or aluminium components or mixed metal components or fabrications. For steel parts a total process time can be as little as 3 – 5 minutes. Aluminium parts will be 1 –2 minutes. Bath life averages 2 years. One tank needs little space and uses only small amounts of energy. A very fast, economical and simple to run process.

Why doesn’t everyone use it? The truth is that, like all processes, it will not work for every application but a quick visit by one of our DriPHOS specialists will confirm if it would be a practical solution to improve the finish on your products. We back this up with full technical support, solvent monitoring, equipment advice, operator training, and a lot more. For more information or to arrange a visit to our DriPHOS demonstration facility visit our website at www.metal-treatment.com or phone us on +44(0) 20 82816730.


February 2017

nanoDAQ The Ultimately Miniaturised Pressure Scanner

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

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Editor’s Choice

February 2017

Market leading attenuation for JSP’s new range of Sonis® Ear Defenders With a strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP’s Research and Development team have designed a new range of Sonis® Ear Defenders which peaks at an unbeaten SNR of 37. Developed in partnership with a leading research facility in the field of acoustic engineering, this new range meets the needs of an extensive range of industrial applications. This exceptional range of Sonis® Ear Defenders is Kitemarked and meets EN352-1. The advantages of this range is that it offers a wide spread of attenuation with SNR values between 27 and 37 meaning that selecting the right model to match the wearers requirements is really straightforward. The Sonis® range has been stylishly designed with a traffic light colour code for easy identification and selection. The range moves from the

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green Sonis® 1 for low level noise to the yellow Sonis® 2 and the orange Sonis® Compact for substantial Industrial noise through to the market leading SNR of 37 for the red Sonis® 3 to protect against extreme industrial noise. The over moulded headband has a built in comfort area with ventilation to help reduce heat build- up. The headband force and the sealing ring surface area work together to provide

optimum cushion pressure and therefore comfort, ensuring a good fit every time, delivering an ear defender which is a pleasure to wear. Manufactured in Oxfordshire, the Sonis® cups can be coloured to meet a corporate identity and can also be printed with a company logo for improved brand recognition and to prevent theft. JSP have invested in specialist acoustic and hearing test equipment to develop the Sonis® range in-house, and refine each individual component. The materials have been chosen for both performance and comfort for extended periods of use. The headband is manufactured from TPE so is easy to wipe clean, there is no adhesive or welded parts, so they can be easily disassembled to replace hygiene kits which are available for each model. www.jsp.co.uk


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The Sonisâ„¢ range of ear defenders have been designed by the JSP R&D team. Working with a leading UK acoustic engineering research facility they have developed an ear defender range that peaks at an unbeaten 37 SNR.

C ORANGE MEDIUM ATTENUATION SMALL / COMPACT CUP 107-112 dB

SNR 31

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RED HIGH ATTENUATION LARGE CUP 112-117 dB

SNR 32

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SNR 37

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February 2017

Loading bay doors

- is the investment worth it?

As temperatures plummet so too can the working environment in many warehouse situations. Heating costs can rocket. As businesses strive to not only improve energy efficiencies but also safety at work, we explore whether investment in high- speed doors for your loading bay area are worthwhile.

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he HSE have documented that loading bay areas are among the most dangerous for workplace operations with fork lift trucks, heavy goods vehicles and long goods vehicles all in use. Operating in a world that continually demands shorter delivery lead times takes its toll; accidents inevitably happen. But what can you do to further safe guard against avoidable incidents and improve your loading bays’ efficiency? Doors. There are a huge variety on offer to match application and budget; roller shutter, folding, high –speed versions but what advantages do the modern designs offer over more traditional styles? The cost of a high speed spiral door maybe initially more expensive, but once considered in the round, this capital investment can soon become an asset. For one, improved door opening speeds can significantly reduce energy costs since the desired temperature – whether that’s purposefully warmed or chilled – is maintained as a result of the fast opening and closing door speeds. Speeds of up to 4 metres per second ensures the loss stays low - you permanently save on energy costs. Examples of saving 4,600 litres of heating oil per heating period are not uncommon. Couple opening and closing speeds with thermal insulation of the door’s laths for even greater energy efficiencies. EFAFLEX were the world’s first manufacturer to provide thermally insulated laths for their spiral range, the EFA-SST®. The laths achieve outstanding heat insulation between 0.66 and 1.52 W/m²K making them ideal for closing off large halls and loading bays. Where high volumes of people, plant and machinery meet, incidents can occur but a well-designed loading bay can help mitigate these risks. Improving visibility and line of sight for the vehicle operative is a consideration. High –

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speed doors manufactured with crystal clear acrylic glass can be 70% transparent. This not only provides the vehicle operative with improved visibility, a clear line of sight either side of the loading bay door, but also enables natural daylight to enter the immediate area for improved staff well-being and reduced lighting costs. The door design itself is worthy of scrutiny. Traditional roller shutters when drawn up in the door open position, roll onto themselves with contact and wear. This is not so in the EFAFLEX EFA-STT® where the door blade is held apart in the patented contactless spiral design, ensuring next to no wear. As a result, the entire door ensures gleaming looks even in harshest working conditions. Maintenance and service costs of the door should also be taken into account when considering the whole life costs of the investment. The quality, engineering and longevity of high speed doors do differ. At the research stage of your planning it’s key to study load cycles, that’s the opening and closing of the door blades that is achievable between service intervals. Some of the highest quality doors are capable of up to 250,000 cycles per year. Clearly that lowers the overall annual operational cost of the high- speed door, but also reduces the number of service and maintenance visits required which in turn minimises down time. Here we have looked at just some of the advances in loading bay door technology to help drive energy efficiencies, reduce operational cost and improve safety. Every application is unique with its own set of considerations. The purchasing choice is important but hopefully here we have helped you to look beyond just the initial installation cost to consider the investment a long term asset to your business.


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Conveyor technology solutions from MiniTec – The art of simplicity MiniTec are manufacturers of modular aluminium profile systems and was first set up in 1986 in Bensheim in the south west of Germany. In 2005 Gary Livingstone founded MiniTec UK in Basingstoke, originally in a 450sqm facility before moving into a 1500 sqm facility in 2010 which offers a full design capability, sales support and manufacturing/assembly facility backed up by extensive stocks of profiles and accessories.

assemble a structure and move/ modify it as required without unnecessary cost in terms of time and material.

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iniTec aluminium profiling systems have proved themselves over the years in a wide range of industrial applications. From conveyor systems to ergonomically designed workstations MiniTec design and manufacture customised solutions for a wide range of applications for general industry, lifestyle and leisure applications.

Conveyor solutions MiniTec conveyor systems deliver a flexible and cost effective solution to conveyor handling for production lines. Manual stations and complex automated processes can be achieved cost-effectively with MiniTec’s conveyor systems consisting of standardised modules that can be combined in any number

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of ways to create tailor-made conveyor handling systems to suit the specific application.

Simple and fast assembly At the heart of the MiniTec system is the unique PowerlockÂŽ fastening method which requires no specific preparation, pre-machining or special tools and uses standard off the shelf fasteners. The use of standard M8 fasteners reduces the cost of the overall package of profiles and locking system considerably compared with many other systems which incorporate brand specific locking systems. Thus the only tool required to set up or dismantle a system is an Allen Key. The simple and effective assembly process means that it is just as easy to dis-

MiniTec conveyor systems can be supplied as modules for assembly or as ready-to-use handling systems including commissioning by MiniTec. The Engineering and Design team at MiniTec are happy to provide a full consultation and design service in order to ensure that the right solution is achieved for the job in hand. Online design aides such as iCAD are also available for those who want to configure, lay out and select the right components for the system themselves. For more information on MiniTec products and services please contact: info@minitec.co.uk Tel: 01256 365605 www.minitec.co.uk


February 2017

How the right choice of circuit breaker can open up new opportunities for savings Switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) have come a long way in recent years, and for many are now preferred in industry to their linear predecessors. Advantages include greater efficiency, smaller size and lower heat generation, making them ideal for use in densely populated cabinets.

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t’s important to choose a circuit breaker that will work in tandem with the power supply in order to extract the best reliability and productivity performance with minimal downtime. Specifying the right circuit breaker and power supply early on in the design process can greatly reduce development costs later on.

which create increased resistance. This can prevent the overload current from ever being reached, delaying the trip and preventing the circuit breaker from performing its job. An ECB continuously monitors the current, and switches off the circuit quickly in the event of a fault, even in low overcurrent conditions.

Whilst a modern SMPS is far more efficient than its linear counterparts, it is also far more complex. Despite recent advances, an SMPS supplying a 24 VDC system is not considered to be properly protected when employing thermomagnetic miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) as their reaction time can cause modern SMPSs to quickly go into overload, causing other branches and networks to experience a dip.

Some engineers may prefer to stick with older MCBs, perhaps due to familiarity or cost reasons, and there are solutions available for these configurations too. In such cases the reduced functionality of an MCB compared to an ECB can be offset up to a point by specifying a higher end SMPS and built-in overload features such as WAGO’s TopBoost function, which provides sufficient power with a multiple of the rated current for up to 50ms. The added functionality of a newer SMPS makes it more suitable with older MCBs, which means that companies can save time and money by only uprating the devices that they need to for the required level of protection.

However this can be mitigated with the use of an electronic circuit breaker (ECB), which constantly monitors current and react quickly to faults as a Z curve MCB would, while still allowing high inrush loads during start-up. This allows companies to save money by using a lower end power supply whilst pairing it with an ECB for enhanced overload protection. Modern ECBs are also very thin, which saves cabinet space and can allow a larger power supply to be accommodated. In an MCB circuit a low overcurrent can result in a slow trip, which can be exacerbated further by the use of long wires

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February 2017

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February 2017

Driving Innovation Forward Driving innovation is central to the ethos of Minesoft, a patent solutions provider for the intellectual property industry. With over 80% of the technological and scientific information available in patents inaccessible anywhere else, ignoring patents as an information source at best delays innovation and at worst, prevents it. “What we do offers a benefit to society because studying the existing patent literature helps scientists and engineers develop their best ideas,” says Ann Chapman, Minesoft Co-Founder. “Technologies of all kinds are continually driven forward. New ideas and innovative solutions to technical problems are published in patent documents every single week around the world, adding to the existing ‘State of the Art’”. Minesoft’s flagship product PatBase enables users, including corporations such as Audi and Siemens, to protect their designs by checking novelty against existing patents and to solve technical dilemmas by studying patent texts, patent drawings and non-patent literature. Our Users can access and understand the most up-to-date scientific research, new ideas and competitor information contained in patent documents with a range of search and display functionalities, including text and diagrams, semantic searching, translations and fully-incorporated PatBase Analytics. PatBase Express offers a streamlined and easy-to-use interface encouraging a wide range of Users to engage with patent information and identify opportunities for invention or licensing. Research and Development Business Units benefit from in-depth analysis of technological development in their field of expertise and identification of opportunities ripe for new product development and patenting activity. All this can be discovered and visualised using PatBase Analytics. Minesoft’s commitment to develop innovative products for the patent information market ensures organisations are empowered to explore new technologies and exploit patent literature. This commitment has resulted in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and new product development, such as Minesoft’s version of IET INSPEC (published by the Institute of Engineering & Technology in the UK). Access over 15 million articles of peer-reviewed Engineering & Technology research literature abstracted and indexed by experts; Minesoft INSPEC ensures easy navigation with time-saving search features. Minesoft recently launched Chemical Explorer, a new text-mined resource for chemical patent searching. With over 10 million chemical names and entities disclosed in English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Extract patent documents quickly by drawing chemical structures or searching the text. Over the past three decades, patent filings have tripled! Sifting through a mountain of science and technology data is daunting, hence, Minesoft is proving to be an essential resource for innovative companies and universities to help harness the power of patents.

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February 2017

Does your process require a Cleanroom? Go Modular! With the growing need for flexibility, modular cleanrooms are becoming increasingly popular. Any element of contamination within your production process has the potential to cause defects, delays, re-runs, product recalls and other concerns which can impact negatively on your organisation and customers.

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onnect 2 Cleanrooms modular, flexible and scalable cleanrooms create classified environments to protect processes from harmful airbourne contamination.

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More cost effective than a traditional cleanroom, modular designs are ideal if you anticipate product changes, process changes, an ISO class upgrade or a site change. The modular design can be tailored to your requirements allowing for expansion, reconfiguration or relocation. With the ability to manufacture to any size, Modular cleanrooms can be designed around your existing machinery and processes, as well as adapting to your changing business environment.

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Which modular cleanroom is right for your critical environment? There are several different factors to consider when choosing a modular cleanroom system. To ensure you get the cleanroom that suits your needs, you must firstly identify the level of cleanliness you require. All cleanrooms designed by Connect 2 Cleanrooms are modular, freestanding structures that can withstand the high volume of airflow required to achieve ISO classified, ultra-clean environments. They can also supply mobile cleanrooms or cleanrooms in a fixed, permanent position. Monobloc Panel System – Ideal for high ceiling rooms, the Monobloc panel system, built with a honeycomb construction, is an extremely robust and strong cleanroom structure ensuring reduced particle retention. With the ability to walk on the ceilings,

it makes filter maintenance easy. Suitable for ISO Class 6 & 7, the system offers increased customer choice.

Hardwall Panel System - Hardwall panel systems are a high-integrity modular cleanroom construction, mounted within robust steel frames to create un-breachable walls which enclose the clean area. Easy to maintain, the hardwall cleanroom construction is suitable for ultra-clean environments such as ISO class 5-6 cleanrooms, which require a higher level of control to achieve higher levels of cleanliness. The structure provides the flexibility of either doors or softwall strips for entry and allows for the ability to add branding to your panels. Softwall System – As the most economical type of modular cleanroom construction, the Softwall structures clear and flexible panels are mounted onto a robust, powder-coated steel frame. Suitable for ISO class 7-8 cleanrooms, this self-closing option lets in light for ambient working conditions and is perfect for full or part-coverage of machinery. More information on Connect 2 Cleanrooms’ modular cleanrooms can be found at www.connect2cleanrooms.com


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February 2017

Automate to minimise food product recalls By Robert Brooks, European Industry Marketing Manager, Food & Beverage, Omron Electronics. The amount of food product recalls rose significantly during 2015. Robert Brooks argues that effective and integrated plant automation can play a lead role in minimising those costly and damaging recalls. A recent news story* reporting figures for the UK market, made grim reading for businesses in the industry. Far from falling, it reported that the number of food industry recalls actually increased in 2015 from 89 to 159 – a rise of nearly 80% on the previous year. Those businesses need no one to remind them about the huge repercussions, financial as well as reputational, that such recalls set in motion. The report also made clear that the reasons behind these recalls were many and varied. Just under 60% were based on unlisted ingredients (including allergens), but other criteria such as contamination with bacteria, metal or other materials also featured prominently. What is fuelling this increase? Everwidening product ranges mean that manufacturers are producing shorter runs of more variants, each with their own labelling. Recipes for established products, too, are changing as NPD departments reformulate. New packaging grades and materials may be substituted for cost or environmental reasons. At the same time, audits from within the sector have increased both the pressure and necessity for factory traceability, both internally and externally. And as well as adhering to existing regulations such as the Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation in 2011, the sector is continually discussing new and improved regulations. Manufacturers will be only too aware of the plethora of existing and debated regulations, plus the advice given on handling a crisis should it occur. But our hope is that producers take a look at how existing technology can assist to meet targets to reduce recalls. It would be easy for food producers to simply throw their hands up and claim that there are too many factors triggering recalls, and that it would be impossible to address them all. Recalls happen because of many diverse factors. Also, they are detected in all areas of the supply chain from ingredient supplier to retailer and consumer.

Vision inspection is becoming an increasingly valued tool in food factories

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Of course, it is true that there is no single ‘silver bullet’ to eliminate all these threats on an enterprise-wide scale. But there are a number of productionlevel checks which can be integrated into control and information systems. Taken together, they can dramatically - and reliably - reduce the risk of recalls. If we take a common type of production line including primary packaging (robotic pick-and-place and tray sealing), secondary packaging (top-load cartoning), and tertiary packaging (case-packing and palletising), there are number of points at which faults can occur. These can in turn result in an out-of-specification product and the threat of a recall. So, for example, the servo-driven tool lift on the tray sealer could be losing position over time, or seal quality could be compromised by imprecise temperature control or a change in packaging substrate. During the pick-and-place, a mistake in the hygiene routine could introduce foreign bodies into the packing area, or items may be missed out of a multi-component pack. At the coding and checkweighing stages, the scales may be set up for the wrong pack size. Code quality may also be poor. Even when the overprinting is correct, the wrong product label may have been loaded into the labeller. Similarly, with cartoning and case-packing, the wrong packaging may have been loaded on to the machines and there may be errors in the variable coding. Even at the final, palletising stage, item codes might not be read, and a different product may be palletised and dispatched. Again, despite originating in the same few metres of the production line, many of these potential problems may appear to be unrelated. In fact, all of these functions can be managed and monitored from a single control system. Vision systems for verifying packaging, product and codes, temperature control, sensors and robot controls can all sit on a single machine control platform with direct two-way connectivity with factory or enterprise-level databases. Vision systems may not be a part of the quality control armoury of every food manufacturer, or may only be one of several technologies used. In the past, equipment pricing may have prompted

Database connectivity means that traceability and regulatory compliance can be ensured

potential beneficiaries to treat vision with caution. But that perception is changing, and it is not only end users who are choosing to fit vision systems on their lines. Increasingly, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are also integrating the technology into their packaging machinery. It can offer highspeed checking of codes, graphics (reconciling each with the product on the line), pack components, label presence, print legibility, shape, colour and optical character recognition (OCR). The multiple checks that vision can carry out even at the highest line speeds are making them an increasingly valued quality control tool. Database connectivity means that quality inspection and production data can be gathered, and traceability and regulatory compliance can be ensured. It also allows for the monitoring of collected data in order to spot adverse trends and trigger predictive or preventative maintenance. Sensitivity to temperature trends in areas such as primary pack sealing is also important in order to safeguard seal quality and product life. Growing numbers of today’s food packs rely on a combination of heat and pressure for a tight seal and to ensure freshness. The individual machine controller can offer this level of connectivity while bringing under one umbrella logic, motion, vision, safety, temperature control and robotics. Automation, as discussed here, has been adopted by other industry sectors, sometimes driven by strict regulation. There is no reason why the food industry cannot do the same, for reasons of efficiency and flexibility but also - increasingly - in order to minimise the risk of product recalls. Of course, the traceability function within automation also means that, if the worst does happen and product is recalled, systems will make it much easier to identify which product is affected and where it is located.

Integrated production-level checks can dramatically, and reliably, reduce the risk of recalls.

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Radiometer aids process control in broad spectrum or LED-based UV curing The new DYMAX ACCU-CAL™ 160 Radiometer from Intertronics is an essential tool for users of UV curing processes, where both validating and subsequent monitoring of the lamp output is vital to consistent production quality. It is designed to be used with both benchtop flood curing lamps and conveyorised systems, and comes in two versions for either broad spectrum or LED-based UV curing lamps. The radiometer will help process and quality engineers understand the curing energy of their lamps, and to ensure that their emissions are maintained within the required parameters. This is vital to full and consistent curing of light curing materials such as adhesives, coatings, potting compounds, inks, etc. The ACCU-CAL 160 simplifies cure process validation, and is recommended for checking curing lamps where bulbs will need replacing over time due to normal degradation. Suitable for outputs up to 10W/cm², it can be used to determine intensity (measured in mW/cm²) or total energy or dose as derived from intensity and exposure time (measured in mJ/cm²). It features an extended calibration cycle of 12 month intervals.

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The ACCU-CAL 160 may also be used to measure the light transmission rates of various wavelengths through substrates that absorb UV and/or visible light. To assure an effective curing process it is critical to measure the light intensity reaching the bondline below the intervening substrate, so ensuring consistent production quality resulting in reduced scrap and increased output. The unit is simple to operate and can be controlled manually via four buttons on the faceplate or by a USB remote interface. Measurement results are displayed on the integrated LCD display or transmitted by the USB remote interface to a computer. For further information please see www.intertronics.co.uk/accu-cal-160 or visit the Intertronics blog at www.adhere.uk.com – also see www.youtube.com/intertronicsadhere.


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February 2017

Pump Industry Awards – Final Call for Entries There is still time to submit your entries for the 2017 awards programme with the deadline set for Monday 23rd January Are you an engineer who has made a positive contribution to an interesting pump product or project? Or does your company have a pump product or system which has made a significant contribution to environmental issues?

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Entering is easy and free of charge. By putting forward an awards entry, you are demonstrating confidence in the quality of your work, people or products. All finalists will receive significant promotion throughout the industry, both online and in print, so what have you got to lose? And if selected as a Category Winner the promotional benefit is even greater.

New Appointment Strengthens Altec’s CNC Grinding Team With a heritage in CNC Precision Machining spanning almost 40 years, the Altec Engineering Group is widely recognised for its comprehensive range of machining services and capabilities. The continued investment by the Group in its facilities and new machine tools in recent times has been reinforced by the recruitment of a number of personnel in strategic roles. The latest recruit, Mark Bruce, has joined the Group as a CNC Grinding Specialist, bringing 37 years of subcontract grinding experience with him. The Altec Engineering Group already has a strong CNC machining capability, with state of the art facilities at Altec Engineering CNC, Sigma Technologies and Ronco Engineering. The appointment of Mark Bruce will further enhance the skills and capabilities of the CNC Grinding Department due to his extensive knowledge and experience of grinding machinery. Mark will be promoting and utilising the Group’s range of grinding facilities, including those of Altec Engineering Ltd who have the capability to offer subcontract surface grinding and cylindrical grinding services. Part of the Group’s significant investment in new machine tools involved the purchase of a Studer S33 Universal Grinder. Based at the Group’s Durham site, the Studer grinder has a combination of thread grinding capability, 2 sizes of steady and the capability to achieve tolerances of just +/- 2 microns giving Altec a unique competitive advantage in CNC Grinding, especially within the North East.

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Altec’s CNC Grinding capability includes the Studer S33 Universal Grinder

Mark Bruce – second from right is welcomed by Altec CEO Alastair Waite, left – Paul Lackenby, Managing Director Altec CNC, right, and centre Ritchard Breen – CNC Programmer

Mark’s expertise in grinding comes from his previous ownership of Gee Bee Grinding in Gateshead. Established in 1980, Gee Bee Grinding had a lengthy and close working relationship with Altec. It was this previous experience of working with the company that appealed to Mark, who explains “I am looking forward to joining a business I have watched grow since it was created by Ron Waite in 1978. It is clear that, although the Group has seen rapid growth within the last couple of years, the core values are

still prominent. Coming from a lean, small business myself I am looking forward to the challenge of applying my knowledge on a larger scale.” Mark’s role within the company will see him involved in a range of areas to enhance and strengthen the grinding department, including business development, technical & customer support and training strategy. For more information about the CNC capabilities within the Altec Engineering Group, visit www.altecenggroup.co.uk


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February 2017

Funding opportunity from Innovate UK. We are the UK government’s innovation agency, we work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. We run funding competitions which can help Using design to drive innovation: apply for business funding

you develop your idea and make it successful. View all our currently funding opportunities

Businesses can apply for a share of £1 million to support human-centered design activities that inspire new ideas for products and services. Innovate UK has up to £1 million to support business projects that use early-stage design activities to help them identify innovation opportunities and generate new ideas.

They may be in any sector but proposals are particularly encouraged in Innovate UK’s priority areas of health and life sciences; manufacturing and materials; infrastructure systems; and emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim is to encourage businesses to use design-led methods to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support decisionmaking and inform strategy.

Find out more about how Innovate UK supports design in innovation.

Early-stage design activity can help businesses to tackle the right problems and to generate ideas that are more likely to meet the needs of their customers. According to the Design Council, £1 invested in early-stage design can deliver as much as a £20 increase in revenues for a business. However, many businesses rarely or never use design, or tend to use it as a last finish. The competition will support businesses exploring ideas for physical or digital products, services and business models.

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Competition information the competition is open, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 15 February 2017 projects must be led by a single business of any size but it can sub-contract design services worth up to 70% of the total project cost we expect projects to range in size from £20,000 to £100,000 and to last between 3 and 9 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs Find out more about this competition and apply. For regular competition updates sign up to our competition round up email.


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MULTI-COMPONENT SENSOR FOR 3D MEASUREMENT FROM HBM Now available from HBM – market leader in the field of test and development – is the new MCS10 multi-component sensor, which enables multiple forces and torques along three axes to be simultaneously measured. The new MCS10 multi-component sensor features an optimised design which minimises the effect of crosstalk across the axes and offers a variety of configuration options to ensure simple integration combined with high precision. Suitable for use in diverse applications such as robotics, test bench design and assembly lines, the compact design of the MCS10 lends itself to a huge range of other applications where dual-axis measurement is required. Featuring a compact and cylindrical design, the latest range of multi-component sensors is also available in a six-component sensor version for additional acquisition of torques in the x, y and z direction. Easy to use, the new MCS10, which incorporates TEDS functionality combined with HBM measurement electronics, can be simply integrated into a system to achieve accurate test results across the entire measurement chain. For more information on the MCS10 Multi-component sensor, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: info@uk.hbm.co.uk or visit the HBM website at www.hbm.com/en/5626/multi-component-sensor-mcs10/

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February 2017

UKIVA announces new machine vision conference The UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) has developed a brand new event for the imaging industry in the UK.

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he first ever UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition will take place at ArenaMK in Milton Keynes on 27 April 2017. With 50 technical vision seminars planned and 30 live demonstration stands, this new one-day event will enable visitors to see and hear about real world examples of how machine vision delivers value and creates competitive advantage, learn about what’s coming next in terms of cutting edge research and gain valuable insight into the latest trends. PPMA Group Head of Marketing, Valerio Del Vecchio, said: “This free-to-attend Conference has been constructed to provide something for everyone, whether they are completely new to vision or experienced vision engineers. We already have 30 speakers confirmed and with 8 separate presentation theatres we are offering a rich program of the latest developments, technologies and applications as well as machine vision basics. Visitors can therefore tailor their day according to their particular interests and level of knowledge. This varied and interesting content, combined with plenty of opportunities to network with some of the leading exponents of machine vision technology, makes the MVC a ‘must attend’ event for anyone with an interest in vision.” Visitors can register to attend the event at the brand new website (www.machinevisionconference.co.uk). This also has profiles of the speakers, details of the Conference program and information about the companies who will be exhibiting alongside the Conference. The presentation theatres will cover vision basics; 3D vision; software; optics, illumination & lasers; camera technology and embedded vision. Two ‘system and solutions’ themed theatres will highlight areas where machine vision has become indispensable such as label inspection, direct part marking, metrology and robotics while also considering some of the newer challenges such as serialisation and Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. “Although this is a UK based event, we are delighted to have received significant interest from Europe as well”, continued Del Vecchio. “We are also pleased with the level of support we have received for the Exhibition that will run alongside the Conference. We already have signed up 30 of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of vision technology as well systems integrators to exhibit at the event.”

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A better way to perform maintenance inspections

Beamex has created a new, mobile, paperless solution for maintenance related inspection activities like checks for preventive maintenance, safety instrumented systems and hazardous area installations. Beamex bMobile is a new mobile app for Android devices. Combined with CMX calibration software, the solution creates a totally paperless system for maintenance checks.

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February 2017

Farleygreene Artisan sieve provides producers with quality controlled end product. When a small artisan producer approached Farleygreene looking for the solution to safeguarding the quality of their powdered ingredients, the Sievmaster 200-S Artisan sieve was exactly what they needed and was within the budget for this type of production set up.

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his unit is designed to sit on small containers, or even mixing bowls and allows the user to pour their ingredients through an electrically powered vibratory screen. It plugs into a domestic power supply and is light enough to hang on a wall bracket. The user was looking to sieve their flour, sugar and salt ingredients in order to meet their customers audit requirements. They required a simple and efficient means of carrying this out, but without the higher costs of a typical larger production type sieve.

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The sieve unit is supplied with 3 mesh screens to be utilised for fine, medium and coarse products, it can even be used for liquid filtration. It also strips down for cleaning without the need for any tools. Farleygreene offer the benefit of a try before you buy service with no cost to the customer, and can advise on the other options that are available for this small 200mm diameter machine. They can also offer the same service for its large brother, namely the SM500-S Bakery sieving unit.


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February 2017

Everything you need to know about finding a job in engineering this year By Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library

Has the New Year got you thinking about a potential new job? It’s a great time to be looking for work, with more businesses advertising their vacancies than any other time of year. That said, you’re probably up against a wealth of other candidates, and our data has explored just how competitive it is to find a job in the sector. In fact, our findings reveal that on average there were over 240,000 applications for jobs in the engineering sector last year, which equates to around 13 applications per job. The amount of jobs on offer stood at 19,021, a 5% increase on 2015, which is positive news for candidates looking for work in 2017. The top desired job titles across the industry were: engineer, design engineer, mechanical engineer, welder and project manager. And, further analysis into workers’ CVs on the CV-Library database found that the average desired salary for workers in the sector was £35,577.77. However, our data indicates that last years’ average salary stood at £34,222, 3.8% lower than what the average job hunter in the engineering industry expects to be paid. It’s definitely great to see the engineering industry’s job market so active, and it is hoped that this will continue well into the year ahead. That said, there is clearly a disconnect between employer and employee expectations when it comes to salaries, and it’s important

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to know what you should be entitled to given your skills and experience. For candidates looking for work in the sector, it’s also vital that you think about what you can do to stand out from the crowd, given that you’ll likely be up against thirteen or more people for the job! Alongside this, our findings reveal that candidates in the sector may have to work harder to stand out from their competition, as the CV analysis suggests that there are five most common skills and attributes on engineering workers’ CVs, which include: communication, engineering, problem solving, design and team work. For employers, the top locations whether candidates in the sector are looking for work are London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol. Furthermore, while over a third (34.3%) would be willing to relocate for their dream engineering job, the majority (65.7%) would not, and would only be willing to travel up to 20 miles. Our analysis suggests that there are similar trends across

the majority of engineers’ CVs, and while this is inevitable, given that roles in the industry require great communication, team work and problem solving skills, it’s important that any job hunter thinks about what they can do to set themselves apart from the competition. Whether that’s perfecting your interviewing skills, using a more creative format on your CV or taking the time to do a tailored cover letter, any additional action that you take could be all you need to bag yourself a great job this year!


February 2017

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February 2017

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Current monitoring modularized to the maximum extent Mico Pro is the new and innovative current monitoring system from Murrelektronik. The modular system enables you to adapt systems precisely to suit specific applications – offering a favorable cost-benefit ratio while also being economical in their use of space. The patented tripping process assures optimum machine availability. Mico Pro monitors load and control currents and identifies critical moments. It signals limit loads and switches defective channels off in a targeted manner – according to the principle of “as late as possible, as early as necessary.” Mico Pro is a modular system for 12 and 24V DC operating voltages. Components can be selected for the particular application from numerous Mico Pro modules. You can select between modules with one, two or four output channels. The tripping currents are fixed (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 16 A) or can be flexibly adjusted from 1 to 10 A or from 11 to 20 A. Mico Pro has an integrated potential distribution concept for +24 (or +12) and 0V that significantly simplifies switch cabinet wiring. There are connection options for +24V and 0V on each channel. The innovate bridging system consisting of two bars and lateral spring contacts for connecting diagnostic and control signals is easy to handle. It is designed for a total current of up to 40A. All inputs and outputs of the system are provided with push-in spring clamp terminals.

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Great importance is attached to the diagnostic functions of Mico Pro. Each channel is equipped with an LED for status indication on the device and digital status signals can be transferred to the PLC. A channel-specific switching function via an PLC signal allows the Flex modules to switch system components on and off without any additional contactors, relays,

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February 2017

Stepper motors for extremely hostile conditions – LG Motion steps up to the mark with a new generation of motors from Empire Magnetics. Stepper motors are designed to give graduated and precise motion control and are used extensively in a wide range of everyday industrial applications, some which might be quite surprising. For example the aircon systems in motor vehicles today with sophisticated automatically regulated temperature settings may be fitted with up to 30 or more BUS controller stepper motors. These are used to control precisely the opening of the aircon flaps situated all around the vehicle to ensure the correct cabin temperature is delivered. Now, consider for a moment the number of vehicles out there and you get an idea of the huge volumes involved. A different approach is required when designing and manufacturing motors for hostile conditions The challenge in this sort of application is that high volume manufactured components have to find the trade-off between delivery of the specification required and the unit cost of production which will be acceptable to both manufacturer and client. This means that, when considering a motor design for really hostile environments, it is not a good idea to start the process by taking the basic design of a standard product and trying to “design it up” to meet the demands of the new specification. Because the operating conditions can have such extreme demands on material, lubricants, sealing and the windings of a stepper motor the only sensible way to approach the design is to start with a blank sheet of paper and carefully assess the all aspects of the operational criteria from scratch. LG Motion the Basingstoke designer and manufacturer of motion control components and systems has a vast amount of expertise in supplying stepper motors from the US based manufacturer Empire Magnetics for the most difficult applications imaginable.

Motors in outer space and under water – that’s extreme! Motors operating in a vacuum or radiation sensitive environments, stepper motors required to operate under extreme temperature conditions in outer space for example or in cryogenic applications and last of all, stepper motors which need to be

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waterproof to withstand the presence of water, moisture and solvents.

Waterproof stepper motors Such motors need to perform at a minimum depth of 30 feet and are truly waterproof designed motors using shaft seals , O rings, hermetic cable feedthrough, pressure equalisation and other features. The main problem is that a standard stepper motor will be wound with a solid copper wire coated with enamels or a varnish. Even though the coating process is very good, the varnish will always have small pin holes in it and, even if only a small amount of moisture gets b through the holes and between the wires of the coil it will promote conductivity from pin hole to pin hole. A waterproof motor is designed to accommodate O-ring seals, allowing the watertight sealing that is not practical in a standard motor. Further, the wiring that leads to the motor coils in a waterproof motor requires a hermetically-sealed feed-through device to prevent water ingress into the motor via the cable conductors. Other seals are required. For instance, a threaded pipe plug at the rear of the motor is designed to allow the housing to be sealed after the motor connections have been made; this plug is also fitted with an O-ring seal. The motor shaft itself is provided with redundant shaft seals. Additional life-extending features include double insulation, coated laminations, and fittings for pressurisation.

Outer space – the final frontier for stepper motors as well Motors fitted to satellites rotating for example the panels are exposed to incredible temperature swings

from +200° C in blazing sun to -200° C freezing shadow in a matter of seconds. Contraction of metallic parts and hardening of non-metallic parts are the two primary factors that can cause failure of the stepper motor operating under these conditions. In the instance of contraction, if motor components with critical dimensions contract at different rates, the motor may lock. The resultant stress can crack metal parts made brittle by super-cooling. To combat these effects, special alloys must be selected for a low temperature motor, and all metal components must have comparable coefficients of thermal expansion. Both cable insulation and bearing grease are susceptible to hardening at cryogenic temperatures. Dry lubrication may be required and insulation polymers must be carefully selected to retain molecular integrity through low temperature cycling.

LG Motion UK based motor and control specialist Basingstoke based LG Motion design and manufacture a wide range of motion control products complemented by close partnerships with internationally recognised specialists in diverse motion control solutions such as US based Empire Magnetics. If you would like to learn more about the products and services offered by LG Motion, or if you have an application that you would like the team of engineers to advise upon please contact:

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

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Events

February 2017

What’s New in Electronics Live announces alliances to strengthen their offering as the UK’s only dedicated Electronics Expo. The team at WNIE Live are delighted to announce that two additional events will be running alongside them in the same hall for the 2017 event. Both EMC UK and The PXI Show will incorporate their events within WNIE Live and deliver exhibitors, technologies and technical content to the existing event. By expanding the range of exhibitors and technologies, these events compliment the existing footprint of WNIE Live and will ensure visitors get to see the widest range of products and services in the electronics sector. EMC UK is an event and conference previously run at Newbury Racecourse, it has previously had around 40 exhibiting companies and will have a dedicated area within the floorplan with a mix of companies offering solutions and products for the compliance and testing sectors. In addition to the stand holders there will be a separate high level paid for conference taking place in the facilities alongside the Expo. Alan Warner, on “We at EMC UK are delighted to have joined up with What’s New in Electronics Live, with both the exhibition and the Training & Technical Conference. It has given our exhibitors, delegates & visitors the opportunity of a more central location and a lager show, along with the combined promotional activities of both Companies.”

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The PXI Show be working with the WNIE Live event again and PXI companies will be highlighted on the show floor, PXI companies will be showcasing their capabilities in this technology alongside their other products and services. There will also be free seminars on this topic running over the 2 days of the Expo. Claire Saunders, Director of WNIE Live commented ‘What’s New in Electronics Live reaches out to the whole of the Electronics sector, it is a must attend event for industry professionals to network, learn and engage. It is free to attend and offers free WIFI, Parking and technical content. Visiting this event will offer you a host of business opportunities, we look forward to seeing you there – register now online.’ This event is supported by the all new What’s New in Electronics industry news hub www.wnie. co.uk Save these dates – 9th – 10th May The NEC, Birmingham. To find out more about how to get involved in the event as either a visitor, exhibitor or speaker contact the team via email live@ wnie.co.uk or call + 44 1428 609 382.


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Wednesday, 24th May 2017 8.30am to 4pm Limerick Institute Of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland Telephone No: +353-61-293000 What you will find at Manufacturing Solutions 2017 Products/services covered include: Metrology Inspection Tooling Technologies Mould & Die Support Machine Tools Workholding Cutting Tools CAD/CAM/ PLM Manufacturing software And much more

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Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institute of higher education in Limerick, a modern urban city in the Mid-West region of Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology, Ireland (IOTI). LIT is the fourth largest IOT in Ireland, with more than 6000 full time and part time students and 500 staff. The Institute has five campuses and a learning centre across Limerick city, Tipperary and Clare. The main campus is located at Moylish Park, with two city centre campuses in Clare Street and Georges Quay in Limerick city. LIT in Tipperary is based in two campuses -Thurles and Clonmel. The LIT Ennis Learning Centre is based in the museum in Ennis town centre.

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GTMA is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services. We have a committed strategy to focus on major market sector opportunities including Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Rail, Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewable, Food & Drink plus other sectors. Our work with OEMs and Tier 1s has seen initiatives to raise standards in our membership base which is now seen as a valuable resource for buyers building manufacturing supply chains.

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Limerick Institute Of Technology Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland. Telephone: +353- 61- 293000 For further information about the event please contact: Ciaran.Oloughlin@lit.ie or david@gtma.co.uk

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Events

February 2017

Big Engineering and Infrastructure names to gather for Flood and Coast 2017 Some of the largest names in the engineering industry will convene at the UK’s premier event to tackle flood and coastal erosion.

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ompanies such as Mott MacDonald, Arup, Royal Haskoning, BAM Nuttall and Landscope Engineering will make presentations at a conference and exhibition convened by the Environment Agency to tackle the increasing threat to UK coastal seaboards and inland flooding. The event taking place over three days comprises a full scale technical conference and a free to attend exhibition and seminar series. Passes for the technical conference start at a very competitive rate from £215 + Vat for a one day pass and £430+Vat for a three day pass. Some of the conference sessions include: • Panel: of major infrastructure asset holders facilitated by John Dora, Consultant

consented and delivered Gordon McCreath, Pinsent Mason • Is your infrastructure your most important asset? What strategies can be used to protect it against flood? • A dredging strategy for flood management on the River Parrett and River Tone in Somerset - David Ramsbottom, HR Wallingford • Delivering sustainable and cost effective channel management Richard Sharp, Environment Agency • Dams in the society: good or bad? Andy Hughes, Atkins Ltd • Are we safe from reservoir flooding? - Duncan Faulkner, JBA Consulting • Hinksey flood alleviation scheme: increasing the resilience of the UK rail network - Mark Davin, AECOM

• HS2 Approach to flood risk and resilience - Will McBain, Arup

• Port of Immingham sea defence improvements - Ryan Rooprai, AECOM

• Creating water sensitive airports in times of climate change - Nanco Dolman, Royal Haskoning DHV

• Don’t forget scour - managing erosion more naturally - Hamish Hall, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff

• A national policy statement for flood defences: A route-map to ensure critical projects can be

• Flooding and bridge scour protection - Martin Hawkswood, Proserve Ltd

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• The application of 3D sonar scanning for management of critical underwater assets - Tom Card, LandScope Engineering Ltd • Bridge scour management system (BRIDGE-SMS) to assess flood hazards at civil infrastructure assets - Panagiotis Michalis, University of Zagreb • York Flood Management Plan Christian Lomax, AECOM • Delivering a strategy to manage tidal flood risk to Bristol to maximise resilience and minimise impact on future prosperity - Robin Campbell, Arup • Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme - a model for the future - Michael Coulson, BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald • Sheffield Flood Protection Programme Engagement Strategy Will McBain, Arup • Scene setter - Delivering waterresilient and water-adaptive cities - Fola Ogunyoye, Royal Haskoning DHV For further information or to register visit www.floodandcoast.com


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Events

February 2017

Railtex continues to grow

ahead of May opening It is now less than three months before Railtex, the UK’s leading railway technology event, opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Strong demand for stands at the show has continued into 2017, and by late January the number of exhibitors had risen to nearly 350, with more firms still selecting their stands. Covering both fixed assets and rolling stock, they represent a complete cross-section of the railway supply sector, with plenty to interest anyone working in the industry or in engineering in general.

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mong participating companies will be highprofile suppliers such as Alstom Transport, Hitachi Rail Europe, Knorr-Bremse, Siemens and Wabtec. This year there will also be many first-time exhibitors, including train and locomotive builder Stadler Rail and SNCF fleet maintenance subsidiary Masteris, while making a return to the show will be Chinese rolling stock company CRRC Corporation, which claims to be the world’s biggest rail vehicle builder. High-speed future Indicative of the industry’s future direction of travel will be a stand presence by the National College for High Speed Rail, which in September this year takes in its first industry professionals and apprentices to develop the flagship skills needed for the future development of Britain’s rail network. Exhibiting too will be HS2 Ltd, the government company taking forward planning and construction of the high-speed network.

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There will be many smaller, specialised companies present as well including engineering firms covering many disciplines, and this thirteenth Railtex will provide a unique, comprehensive showcase all suppliers targeting the busy UK market. It will also be a great opportunity for British firms seeking to export their products and expertise. Of the 7,400 industry professionals that visited the last exhibition in 2015, 10% were from overseas. Lively supporting programme Show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions are now working with partners to finalise the supporting programme of keynote speeches, technical seminars, project updates and discussion groups that will take place in the exhibition hall. Open to all, these will provide great opportunities for learning about trends in rail policy and technology. Programme details will be added to the show website www.railtex.co.uk.

Online registration now open Railtex is the UK’s premier rail industry event, where visitors can discover companies new to the market, learn about innovative products, gain market insights from industry leaders and enjoy great networking opportunities – all good reasons to plan a visit. Registration for free entry to the show is now open via www.railtex. co.uk. Advance registration gives access to the exhibition and its supporting events over all three days. The website also features the latest list of exhibitors plus all the latest Railtex news. Railtex 2017 9 - 11 May 2017 National Exhibition Birmingham, UK

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Railtex is the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovations across all sectors of the rail supply market. Associated events include project updates, industry briefings and high-profile keynotes. Railtex brings together suppliers and buyers from all sectors of the industry. It will, once again, be the industry networking event of the year.

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Events

February 2017

Transformation and flexibility top themes for Utility Week Live Transformation and flexibility are the two headline themes of Utility Week Live, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 May 2017 bigger and better than ever. Today’s utilities need to rise to the challenges of changing models of consumption and competition, the demands of sustainability and extreme weather, and political and economic upheaval: all these require a new approach from the essential businesses delivering water, gas and electricity to UK homes and businesses. Transformation and flexibility are therefore not optional for utilities, but the key to survival and success. Utility Week Live 2017 will bring together these businesses with their supply chains and wider stakeholders to explore the new models of thinking and operating that are demanded by this challenging environment. With last year’s show featuring more than 100 speakers, 150 exhibitors and 3,000 delegates, the 2017 version promises to grow this still further.

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The pan-utility keynote conference will feature top utility leaders debating themes including resilience and decision-making amid uncertainty (including the potential impact of Brexit), skills, sustainability and new business models. ‘Meet the regulator’ and ‘meet the buyer’ sessions will give delegates the chance to pose questions to Ofgem and Ofwat, and for utilities to engage with major energy and water users. Meanwhile, seminar sessions will once again take place in individual theatres on the show floor dedicated to water and energy, and there will be a new customer theatre for retail and customer-focussed topics. Essential show features include the Innovation Zone (organised in partnership with the Energy Innovation Council); the Drilling and Tapping competition, including the World Water Cup (in partnership with the Institute of Water), the Streetworks Village, the Network Zone and the Outdoor Demonstration Zone.

To mark the opening of the nonhousehold retail market for water we will also be introducing the Water Retail Pavilion (co-hosted with our sister show edie Live), where water retailers can meet the major business buyers of water. “After the success of last year, I am extremely excited to announce that Utility Week Live 2017 has launched,” said Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Utility Week Live. “It is a great opportunity for the multi-billion pound UK utilities industry to gather over two lively days of networking and come face-to-face with the key decision makers across the gas, electricity and water sectors.” The Utility Week Live exhibition, technical seminars and keynote plenary sessions are all free to attend, while a paid ticket will be required to gain access to the keynote conference and panel discussions. Visit www.utilityweeklive.co.uk for more information.


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Events

February 2017

Experience the future in Gothenburg! During the 8 & 9 March, Advanced Engineering is launched at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The show is the only dedicated business arena for engineers in Sweden and will host two days of top level content and discussion, introducing and exploring the latest innovations in Scandinavia. Advanced Engineering is co-located with Sweden’s largest electronics trade show 2017 which creates a complete meeting place for the Swedish industry. The show gathers more than 120 exhibitors and over 30 seminars.

There will be over 30 free seminars with professionals working at industryleading companies such as Volvo, ABB, Siemens and Ericsson Research - providing you the latest trends and process at their companies. As a visitor of the show, you can become a part of the discussions when the industry meets, and experience the future of the Swedish industry. If you are interested in topics such as Industry 4.0, 5G, Graphene, JAS Gripen, Nanotechnology, Automotive, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for robots in industry or Volvo Drive Me – this is the place to be. Our speaker are at absolute top-level such as Leif Östling, Chairman of the Board, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Swedens most famous female

scientist Maria Strømme, Professor in Nanotechnology, Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Shilan Demir, Project Manager Drive Me London, Volvo Cars, Björn Ekelund, Head of Device Technology and Ecosystem, Ericsson Research and many more. In addition to all the speakers and exhibitors, we organize a variety of activities for our visitors. A Dragons’ Den will be held on stage on the 9th March. Entrepreneurs and companies gets to pitch their business idea to a group of investors and venture capitalists, our Dragons. As a visitor at you can also participate in a workshop within 3d-printing, take a look at a Volvo Drive Me Car, try tech piercing and much more. Chalmers University of Technology (ranked among the top universities in the world) will present a car they built for Formula Student. Formula Student is the largest engineering competition in the world. Each year, we recognize our region’s most influential innovators and this year is no exception. “Company of the year” within the electronics industry, Inission Innovation Award and GBG Innovation Award will be announced at the show. Gothenburg is one of the largest regions in Europe for research projects. There is also an advanced manufacturing industry here, as well as collaboration between trade and industry, academia and governmentowned businesses. This generates innovation and expertise that strengthen the region’s competitive power which makes Gothenburg the perfect location for Advanced Engineering. For more information, please visit www.advancedengineering.se

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Events

February 2017

New dates announced for Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems 2018 One of Scotland’s most popular trade shows, the next edition of biennial trade show Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems will take place on 4-5 July 2018.

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ocated at the heart of the offshore industry in Aberdeen, this biennial exhibition brings together the many companies that supply products and services specific to the offshore sector. The event also focuses on test, measurement and control equipment for North East Scotland’s other key industries, including processing, power generation, paper, distilling, water and waste, marine engineering and more.

Pre-registration and attendance is free, and visitors to the show can expect to see the latest products, technology and solutions from market-leading suppliers, as well as receive advice on affordable and efficient solutions. What’s more, the exhibition will feature a free Technical Seminar programme, with CPDaccredited contributions from notable industry experts covering topics that impact on a working day in the field.

The 2018 show will be the 13th edition of this long-running event for the offshore industry. This is testament to its enduring appeal and continued relevance for its visitors, who attend to source new products and services, identify the latest innovations in test, measurement and control equipment and to develop their expertise in processing, power generation, paper, distilling, water and waste or marine engineering.

The targeted and relevant list of exhibiting companies means that Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems 2018 will be the perfect opportunity to hold face-face meetings with new and existing customers and suppliers. Previous exhibitors include Beamex, Berthold Technologies, BLH Nobel, ESI Technology, Fischer Connectors, Green Hills Software, Hitex, IndustrialComms, InfraTec Infrared, Isothermal Technology, Jumo Instruments, Lee Spring, Michell Instruments, Miland Associates, Nikon Metrology, PCN Europe, PR electronics, Product Technology Partners, Profibus, Rivertrace Engineering, Shawcity, Sullivan and Sons, Swagelok Scotland and more.

For 2018, the show has been moved from the end of August, and will take place on the 4-5 July. Kathryn Ambrose, publishing and event director explains the change in date: “The 2018 edition of Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems will once again provide visitors and exhibitors with an excellent opportunity to network within their own region, as well as the chance to understand each other’s requirements and needs. The new dates will avoid conflicts such as school holidays to ensure maximum footfall at the event.” Neil Mead, managing editor of the Industrial Division at organiser Datateam Business Media added: “Following feedback from the industry, the new dates for the show have been selected to fit seamlessly into the calendar of both exhibitors and visitors in the sector. The Industrial Division at Datateam is anticipating hosting another successful and ground-breaking show for the offshore sector.”

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Located at the state-of-the-art Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in the North East of Scotland, the show is ideally situated to cater for the offshore market. The AECC and the historic city of Aberdeen are very accessible, with great transport links from road, rail, air and sea, as well as some of Scotland’s finest scenery and heritage. The AECC also has extensive parking facilities,

and free WIFI access to ensure you make the most of your time at the show and to minimise the impact of a day out of the office. The show will benefit from organiser Datateam Business Media’s dedicated marketing team, which will levy its print, online and social platforms to attract those who have specific problems to solve; are looking for new suppliers; wish to meet existing suppliers or simply want to update their product knowledge. For more information visit www.instrumentation.co.uk and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @ ISOSExhibition


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February 2017

Smart Sensors for die Industry 4.0: wenglor’s New C5KC and C5PC 1D-2D Code Scanners

New Code Scanner from wenglor: Scanning Without Software Unpack, plug in and you’re ready to scan: wenglor’s new series C5KC and C5PC 1D/2D stationary code scanners make time-consuming software installation and configuration superfluous. Auto-setup, auto-focus and newly developed decoding algorithms automatically provide for outstanding reading performance against almost any background.

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can settings can be accessed via the intuitively laid out user interface of the wenglor WebLink for optimized reading of damaged and highresolution codes. They boast the smallest available format for 1D/2D code scanners which makes them ideal for use in extremely compact machines and, thanks to a reading speed of 60 scans per second, they’re well-suited for applications with high throughput rates too.

Competence for Industry 4.0 Thanks to their integrated Ethernet port, the sensors are the perfect solution for customer requirements in the field of Industry 4.0: “Already today, the C5KC and C5PC scanner series are helping to transform the omnipresent vision of Industry 4.0 into reality”, explains wenglor product manager Stefan Winkler. “From scanner setup and the browserbased application solution, right on up to data read-out via Industrial Ethernet, these sensors unite all of the distinguishing factors of an intelligent smart machine.”

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All Codes on All Surfaces The diverse range of applications covered by the 1D/2D code scanners includes, amongst others, product identification and traceability, checking for completeness and quality inspection of 1D/2D barcodes and reading of all common 1D/2D codes (Code 128, UPC/EAN, DotCode, QR and DataMatrix), as well as scanning of 1D/2D barcodes on all surfaces such as PCBs, metal and pallets. Even laser printed and needle punched datamatrix codes are no problem for the new scanner series. With their extensive scope of capabilities and functions, these scanners are predestined for the automotive industry, the pharmaceuticals and foods industries, as well as the packaging and electronics industries where numerous track and trace tasks are part of the daily routine.

C5KC 1D/2D Code Scanners – the Highlights at a Glance • Auto-setup and auto-focus for automatic configuration • No software required thanks to wenglor WebLink (web server) • Miniature housing: 25 × 45 × 38 mm • Up to 60 scans per second • Various interfaces: RS-232, USB 2.0, Ethernet via USB • Reads all common 1D/2D codes • Various resolutions: 0.34 and 1.2 megapixels

C5PC 1D/2D Code Scanners – the Highlights at a Glance • Auto-setup and auto-focus for automatic configuration • No software required thanks to wenglor WebLink (web server) • Miniature housing: 25 × 45 × 45 mm • Up to 60 scans per second • Various interfaces: RS-232, Ethernet TCP/IP, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP • Reads all common 1D/2D codes • Various resolutions: 0.34 , 1.2 and 5 megapixels


February 2017

Reich - known for the Arcusaflex - but did you know we did other couplings?

ARCUSAFLEX VSK

MULTICROSS RILLO

ARCUDENT GEAR COUPLING

Based in Stockport, Reich Drive System UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dipl.-Ing. Herwarth Reich GmbH, headquartered in Bochum Germany. Expert in power transmission applications since 1946. For more than 65 years, REICH-KUPPLUNGEN has produced a wide range of torsionally flexible couplings.

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All couplings are manufactured in our state of the art production facilities coupled with our In-house test benches and inspection facilities ensure that the couplings that are produced by REICH- KUPPLUNGEN are of the highest quality and used globally by many Blue Chip companies.

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

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THE ALL-ROUND SOLUTION FOR MANUAL MATING AND AUTOMATIC DOCKING Compact modular connector system

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.

ASSEMBLY

ODU-UK Ltd. Phone: +44 03301509 002 266433 0640 sales@odu-uk.co.uk www.odu-uk.co.uk

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All the benefits of radar level measurement from only £296! Introducing the new Micropilot FMR10 Endress+Hauser’s new Micropilot FMR10 free-space radar offers all the benefits of non-contact radar level measurement at a fraction of the cost. From only £296, our new Micropilot FMR10 radar device offers reliable continuous level measurement in a multitude of applications such as storage tanks, open basins, pump stations and utilities. Save time and money Micropilot FMR10 features Bluetooth wireless technology, meaning you’ll save time, energy and costs with simple commissioning, operation and maintenance via our free SmartBlue app (available for Android and iOS devices). Signal curves can be displayed on any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet.

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More punch for your pound With its compact design (only 140mm tall) and wireless remote access, Micropilot FMR10 is easy to install in difficult-to-access applications with limited space e.g. stormwater basins, wet wells or pump chambers. And there’s more… not only does its full PVDF body guarantee a long sensor lifetime but also its hermetically sealed wiring (including 10m cable) and fully potted electronics eliminate water ingress (IP66 protection) to offer even more punch for your pound!


Hinge d esign fo r every ap plication

• conti nuous • lift-o ff • butt a nd bac kflap • speci al purp ose • heavy -duty Quality hinges for over 200 years

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February 2017

Say Goodbye to Tangled Cables with Rittal When it comes to cable entry points, installation engineers often need nerves of steel. Indeed, if enclosures are being set up directly at the place of use, installing the cable entry point by fitting cumbersome connectors through the gland plates is often an arduous and time-consuming job. This is where easy-install solutions are called for – such as connector grommets from Rittal. Without the right system, pre-assembled cables are always going to present a challenge when it comes to cable entry points. Thanks to connector grommets from Rittal, there is a simple, flexible solution for introducing pre-assembled cables into the base area of housings and enclosures. The sealing system features a modular design and comprises an outer cover made of polypropylene with thermoplastic elastomer and a rubber seal. This versatile system can create a secure seal that

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satisfies the IP 55 standard around cables with a diameter of between 8 and 36 mm. Simple handling means that entry points can be rapidly sealed, even after wiring. Cables are pushed into the cable entry plate to fix them in place, while the protection category of the enclosure is retained. Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @ rittal_ltd.


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February 2017

www.benchvent.com | 01423 790039 | info@benchvent.com

Manufacturer of High Quality

Anti Vibration Products Designed and manufactured in the UK for a healthier working environment. All products are independently tested and proven 99% effective in the removal of fumes, odours, paint and glue overspray and dust particles in an enclosed environment. Speak to the experts on 01423 790039 to find our more about BenchVent and how they can help your workspace work for you.

Email: sales@fibet.co.uk Visit: www.fibet.co.uk | Tel: 01282 878200

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SOFTWARE THAT FITS THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS M1 is flexible and customisable. We don’t feel bound by strict guidelines.” Dale Ball, President & COO, Ace Metal Crafts, M1 customer since 2014

M1 IS LEADING ERP SOFTWARE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR GROWING MANUFACTURERS

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See how Ace Metal Crafts improved their business with M1: www2.ecisolutions.com/Ace-Metal-EU

UK: +44 (0)333 123 0333

NL: +31 (0)88 6363 900

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© 2016 ECi Software Solutions Ltd. All rights reserved. ECi, M1 and the ECi Red Box logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ECi Software Solutions, Inc.


February 2017

THERMASET AWARDED ISO 14001: 2004 ACCREDITATION Leading powder coatings company Thermaset Limited has been awarded the prestigious ISO 14001: 2004 accreditation after placing environmental management at the heart of its business.

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he Staffordshire-based company, which has been established more than 30 years, believes that the accreditation will have major benefits commercially, as well as enhancing its environmental footprint. Frank Savage, Thermaset Quality Assurance and Health and Safety Technical Manager, commented: “ISO 14001: 2004 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an effective environmental management system. “It provides a framework for businesses to put into practice and improve their environmental performance by meeting the exacting standards of the accreditation. This is achieved through the ongoing evaluation of working practices by management and by educating employees to become more aware of the need to do this.

Over a period of 10 months we looked at our working practices and how we could address all environmental issues...

“Over a period of 10 months we looked at our working practices and how we could address all environmental issues relating to the business including air pollution, waste management and water and sewage issues,” he said. There are commercial benefits of 14001: 2004 accreditation which help provide a competitive advantage through the improvement of efficiencies within the business. Frank commented: “It has, and will continue to have, a positive effect on Thermaset through a reduction in costs achieved through management policies that have helped improve efficiencies across the whole of the business. “We may be the only medium sized manufacturing company within the powder coatings industry that currently has ISO 14001: 2004 and this will hopefully enhance our prospects of winning contracts from larger companies who look to suppliers with this,” he concluded. For further information about Thermaset please contact us on Tel: 01827 55777. Fax: 01827 53713. Website: www.thermaset.co.uk Address: Thermaset Limited, Claire Works, Anders, Lichfield Road Industrial Estate, Staffordshire, B79 7TA.

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ow in its 8th year and taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 26 – 27 September, the annual Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition is firmly established as the UK’s only focused industrial sensors event for the test, measurement and control sectors. The theme of this year’s event is ‘connectivity’ and with this in mind, organiser Datateam Business Media is introducing a number of fresh, interactive elements to bring all of new and exciting technologies to life. And that’s not all. It’s also moving to the larger and more accessible Hall 1, which is conveniently located right at the NEC’s main entrance, making Sensors & Instrumentation the stand out show of 2017! A number of exhibitors have already signed up, including Bronkhorst UK, Dewesoft, EA Technology, Fischer Connectors, Gantner Instruments, Huba , Infratec, Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Jumo Instrument Co Ltd, Keller, Korea Railroad Research Institute, Lighthouse (UK), M+P International, Meggit Sensing Systems, KDP Electronics, Metasphere, Michell Instruments, PR Electronics, Pressure Sensor Limited, Sensor Technology, Shawcity, Techni Measure, Visual UK Yokogawa UK and more. The popular seminar programme will be expanded to allow for more speaker slots and further opportunities for exhibitors to interact directly with a focused and highly engaged audience. Neil Mead, managing editor of the Industrial Division at Datateam Business Media said: “We will have some really outstanding speakers lined up to present on everything from new legislation to changing trends, manufacturing challenges and product application. Whether you are a buyer, specifier, designer, engineer or technician, our wide ranging programme will undoubtedly address key topics that impact on your working day and add value to your visit.” Exhibitors will also have a chance to showcase their products and solutions to a dedicated audience - live on stage - as part of our fully interactive and brand spanking new feature area, Connecting Industry LIVE!

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Sensors & Instrumentation is on the move! It’s back – the UK’s only national sensors show, in a new hall and with added features for 2017

Neil explains what it’s all about: “Connecting Industry LIVE will bring together leading suppliers from the many different sectors of manufacturing and provide design, mechanical, maintenance, systems and electrical engineers with the perfect opportunity to see the latest products, services and solutions in person and in one place. “Leveraging on the comprehensive and well-respected Connecting Industry portfolio of leading industrial publications, this event will forge a link between technology innovators and end users, enabling them find and discuss ways they can improve their operational efficiency, productivity and profitability. “The Live Demo Stage will be the centrepiece of this new event where exhibitors will have the opportunity to show the audience what they can offer via live technical product demonstrations. This will also give visitors the chance to learn and understand how these could benefit their own particular manufacturing operations and applications. “Providing a vital link between product developers, solution engineers and end users, Connecting Industry LIVE will offer two days of unmissable

networking, demonstration and learning opportunities for anyone involved in the manufacturing Industry.”

Innovation showcase Innovation Showcase is returning for a third year running. Located at a key destination point within the hall, this too has been expanded to allow even more exhibitors to display their latest products and technology. Event director Kathryn Ambrose comments: “With a number of new and enhanced feature areas, it’s going to be an action packed two days at the NEC this September. Our aim is to give visitors and exhibitors a much more interactive show experience and showcase the kinds of products and solutions that promote real innovation out in the field. The format of the show also allows our exhibitors do much more than just exhibit, they can engage with visitors on stand, in the seminar theatre, and as part of Connecting Industry LIVE or Innovation Showcase enabling visitors to listen, see, learn and try before making an educated choice.”

For more information visit www.sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk


“The Right Connection” For Your Hygienic Process

Fittings, Tube & Adapters Manual & Actuated Valves Food & Beverage Hose Assemblies Bespoke Design and Fabrications DIXON GROUP EUROPE LTD Tel: +44 (0)1772 323529 Email: sales@dixoneurope.co.uk www.dixoneurope.co.uk


February 2017

2017 CSA Awards – Call for Entries Your chance to prove to peers, clients and competitors that you’re at the top of your game!

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he Commissioning Specialists Association launched its industrywide awards programme in 2015 to bring together the entire commissioning sector in a celebration of business and professional excellence. The awards recognise and reward the achievements made by both business and their staff in the pursuit of effective, efficient and timely commissioning. In essence, they provide a high profile platform from which to acknowledge the skill, hard work and effort of those who ensure that our buildings work as they were intended. The Gala Awards Ceremony is now regarded as one of the leading building services events, so if you or your company have something to shout about, these awards provide the perfect platform to get noticed. Entering is easy and completely free of charge. By putting forward an awards entry, you are demonstrating confidence in the quality of your work, people or product. And if you’re lucky enough to be shortlisted by our panel of expert judges, you’ll be promoted throughout the industry by our press partners and our own marketing team. The presentation dinner caps off the awards programme in style, allowing you to experience amazing entertainment, celebrate with colleagues, network with peers and to be part of the commissioning industry’s biggest and best celebration!

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The CSA Awards focus on best practice in key areas of commissioning, including innovation and achievement, energy saving, sales growth, customer care and service provision. Nominations are now being sought for the following six award categories:• • • • • •

Project of the Year Product Innovation of the Year Commissioning Provider of the Year Investment in Training Award Student of the Year Engineer of the Year

To review the entry criteria for each category and submit your entries online, please visit the dedicated website – http://csa-awards. co.uk/enter. The deadline for all nominations is 31st March, so be sure to gain the recognition you deserve and submit your entry today. Additionally, you can reserve your place at this ‘not-to-be-missed’ event, by completing the online booking form - www.csa-awards.co.uk/buy-tickets. The third annual CSA Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony will be staged on Thursday 15th June 2017 at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel, near Gatwick.


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February 2017

Intelligent Andon light systems from WERMA

make the operation Lean and Industry 4.0 compliant. WERMA has developed two andon light based intelligent systems to improve the efficiency and transparency of the operation and make a significant contribution to moving companies towards Industry 4.0 compliance by reducing manual human/machine/process interdependency. WERMA has developed two andon light based intelligent systems to improve the efficiency and transparency of the operation and make a significant contribution to moving companies towards Industry 4.0 compliance by reducing manual human/machine/process interdependency. Werma has the application of intelligent software to their traditional core signal light products to deliver status information, safety and warning instructions and thus create a smarter factory environment less dependent on armies of supervisors walking the walk and talking the talk.

New intelligent systems such as the WIN wireless machine monitoring and call for actions systems developed by Werma not only issue automatic warnings in case of hazardous operating conditions but also collect relevant data from the machine or workstation to enable counter measures to be considered to enable durable safe and efficient operations.

WIN – innovative andon light based machine monitoring system

The system uses conventional andon lights to indicate changes in status of the machine as it moves, for example from a productive state indicated by the green light to a non- productive state amber/red. This status change is transmitted wirelessly to WIN software which presents clients with real time views of the operating conditions of the machines. Information is stored on a database which enable the client to produce with a couple of mouse clicks reports detailing the uptime/downtime detail of the machines and other information such as quantities produced and fault codes generated. The system will send automatically e-mails to those people responsible for intervening and getting the machines up and running again.

Andonspeed – speed up your logistics operation and reduce costs and delays A signal tower is manually activated by a member of staff on the shop floor to call for help from the appropriate service. By just pressing a button a signal light is illuminated on the workstation, clearly indicating the call for action required. The call for action can also be sent automatically by-email to the service concerned and response times can be monitored.

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Intuitive and easy to use – Andonspeed is quick to install, the simple activation of traditional traffic light colours green, red and amber make it suitable even for unskilled or seasonal staff. The manual system can also be upgraded very simply to include the WIN wireless software and functionality described above. As well then as giving a local visual signal that assistance is required the upgraded system will transmit the request wirelessly to the service concerned, maintenance or stores for example, whose response time to the call can be monitored easily. Simply reports will summarise the frequency of call outs, typical fault codes/reasons for call out and lead to countermeasures being implemented. Increase productivity immediately with intelligent systems from WERMA With an overview of various processes and identification of bottlenecks solutions can be found quickly and lasting counter measures implemented. To find out more about Werma’s intelligent systems or to arrange a free no obligation demonstration at your site, please contact: WERMA (UK) Ltd 11 Regent Park 37 Booth Drive Park Farm South Wellingborough NN8 6GR Tel: 01536 486930 uksales@werma.co.uk www.werma.co.uk


The right connector for every application

HEAVYCON complete heavy-duty connectors You can always create the right connection for your requirements with the combinable, robust housings from our three series, and matching contact inserts: For flexible combinations and compatible plug-ins. For additional information call 0845 881 2222 or visit www.phoenixcontact.co.uk/heavycon

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T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito European Sales Office Gronauer Straße 1 61194 Niddatal Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970 europe.office@tandd.de www.tandd.com

ECi Software Solutions Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA Tel: +44 (0) 333 123 0333   Website: www.eci.eu     Email: eu-sales@ecisolutions.com

Man and Machine Ltd Unit 8 Thame 40 Jane Morbey Road Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3RR www.manandmachine.co.uk marketing@manandmachine.co.uk

Weber Marking Systems UK Macmerry Industrial Estate, Tranent, East Lothian EH33 1HD, United Kingdom Tel: +44.18.7561.1111 E-mail: sales@weber.co.uk www.weber.co.uk 74|

February 2017

Polyformes Ltd Cherrycourt Way Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 4UH T: +44 (0)1525 852 444 E: sales@polyformes.co.uk

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques Ltd Scotts Business Park Bampton, Devon EX16 9DN www.fraser-antistatic.co.uk sales@fraser-antistatic.co.uk +44 (0)1398331114

Hone-All Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard. LU7 4UH. Tel: 0845 5555 111 E-mail: sales@hone-all.co.uk www.hone-all.co.uk

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


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

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

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

CERTUSS (UK) Limited Unit 45 Gravelly Industrial Park Tyburn Road Birmingham B24 8TG

Tel: 0121 327 5362 Fax: 0121 328 2934 sales@certuss.co.uk www.certuss.co.uk

Duty Standby with CVE Package Plant

CVE Package Plant • compact • Pre-pied, Pre-Wired • Skid mounted • Fully factory tested • Lightweight • Easily maintained

Containerised Plant • Easily relocated • Self contained plant room • Full lighting and heating • Fast site connection


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