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Introducing New Generation of Portable Dewpoint Hygrometers Experts in trace moisture measurement, Alpha Moisture Systems launches a powerful feature packed Dewpoint Hygrometer which offers fast & accurate measurement of dewpoint and moisture content in industrial gases and dry compressed air. For over 25 years, Alpha Moisture Systems has developed, manufactured, supplied and serviced portable dewpoint hygrometers for laboratories, industrial process, power, semi-conductor, pharmaceutical, aerospace, nuclear and many other industries. The latest development, in the form of SADPmini2 & SADPmini2-Ex, offers fast, accurate & reliable measurements consistently ensuring superior process control. The recently launched analysers have been designed using the latest technology offering many useful features, including on-board datalogging, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and very easy to operate menu driven interface. • Full colour screen displaying multiple units simultaneously • Desiccant Dry-Down Chamber for fast response • Automatic Calibration • Units selectable in °C, °F, ppm(v), ppm(w), g/m3 or lb/MMSCF • Display in choice of 10 languages • Full data logging capability • Real time logging with screenshot feature • Wireless Bluetooth & USB connectivity

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Learn the fundamentals of process safety IChemE’s flagship course, Fundamentals of Process Safety, provides an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management. It is essential for anyone who is involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard or process plant, or those who wants to gain a thorough overview of how process safety works and the human, environmental and business consequences of poor process safety.


undreds of people across the world have participated in this intensive course, taking the knowledge they have gained back to their workplaces and contributing towards producing safer working environments and lessening the likelihood of future incidents. It is essential for anyone who is involved in the design, modification, operation and maintenance of a major hazard or process plant, or those who want to gain a thorough overview of how process safety works. Fundamentals of Process Safety is a blend of theory and practical activities and all delegates undergo an assessment at the end of the course to review their learning. There is also an emphasis on the need for participants to take ownership of their own CPD beyond the course, thinking about how they will apply the learning to their day-to-day work and what further learning might still be required. The course references the six functional safety areas of IChemE’s process safety framework: knowledge and competence, engineering and design, systems and procedures,


assurance, human factors and culture. It is aimed at process industry practitioners seeking to expand or refresh their process safety knowledge across a broad range of topics. The course features a mix of interactive exercises and workshops, case studies and theory covering the core areas of a process safety framework, as outlined below: Day 1 • • • •

importance of process safety a model for process safety hazard and risk hazard identification and evaluation

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consequences – toxicity and fires consequences – explosions chemical reactions flammable atmospheres

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management of change management systems human factors leadership and culture process safety performance

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multi-stage case study emergency response course feedback course assessment

IChemE runs this course three times a year across the UK, as well as in multiple locations internationally. The course is also hugely popular as an in-company training option, with some organisations formally integrating the course into a wider staff training programme. The next course coming up is 2327 March in Manchester, UK, so visit for further details, as well as more dates.









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CWM Moves to New Site December 2019 saw CWM Automation relocate from its premises on Corringham Road Industrial Estate to a new factory in Gainsborough. The new site, located on North Warren Road, is over 4 times the size of our previous premises at 36,500 sq. foot and now boosts a proof of concept test area as well as enhanced facilities throughout.

Founded in 2006, CWM Automation are specialists in providing customers with a wide range of automation solutions with its core products being filling, heat sealing and lidding machinery, as well as fully automatic endof-line solutions. CWM’s equipment is suitable for use in many different industry sectors, including dairy, bakery, convenience foods, pharmaceuticals and household goods and can be tailored to meet exact customer requirements. After experiencing progressive growth, in terms of both new staff and upcoming projects, it was time for CWM Automation to relocate to larger premises. CWM’s expansion will enable them to accommodate more projects and reach their ambitious growth targets in the upcoming years. CWM’s Managing Director, Mick Williams says: “The investment in our new facilities at North Warren Road in Gainsborough shows our ambitions for the future of CWM Automation. It is our intention to become the automation partner of choice by offering not only our core products but tailoring full production line solutions to each customer’s individual needs.”


CWM Automation was acquired by Hexadex Ltd. in 2018, whose financial strength and manufacturing expertise has assisted in the development of CWM. Thanks to Hexadex’s funding, CWM Automation was able to achieve its goal of expanding on factory space and improving facilities, which, in turn, will allow CWM to reach their full potential in meeting the needs of customers. CWM will be hosting an Open Week at their new site, starting Monday 16th March. Visitors will be provided with a tour of the factory, along with refreshments and an opportunity to view some of our current machine builds and ongoing projects. Our latest innovation: the CWM 240i will also be on show at the open day and our team will be happy to answer any enquiries visitors may have about our new technology. There are limited time slots available for the open week, so be sure to get in touch with CWM’s sales team on 01427 614 222 or to avoid missing out.


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Expansion and new appointments at Advance County Durham-based conveying and automated handling specialist, Advance Automated Systems, is set to further expand their operation by establishing a satellite projects office in Leicestershire. The move coincides with the announcement of two new key appointments. Operating from a recently extended 30,000 sq ft manufacturing site, Advance provides a fully integrated single source for the design, manufacture and installation of conveyors, conveyor systems and controls. Alongside existing business and the addition of new contracts acquired throughout the UK, the company has taken a lease on office space in Lutterworth, primarily to bolster product support during the design, installation and commissioning phases of projects in the central and south of the country. Ahead of the office becoming operational in early February 2020, Advance has also appointed Brian Skelham as a senior project engineer to head-up the new venture. Previously employed as a business project manager at online retailer, Ocado, based in Tamworth, Staffs, Skelham brings nearly 30 years of materials handling experience to the role. Combining extensive skills in engineering, project management, finance, e-commerce and operational support, he will look after a portfolio of Advance’s key central and southern customers, as well as having business development and sales responsibilities. “With an increasing number of contracts in the southern half of the country and placing more of an emphasis on providing a fully integrated offering, we have had to extend our reach by creating a satellite projects office,” said Advance’s Bryn Roberts. “We also needed someone highly capable to manage this new undertaking, so by having someone of Brian’s calibre joining us, particularly at a time when we look to fully optimise growth opportunities, is ideal.”


Above: Brian Skelham Main image: Advance Automated Systems HQ

Advance has also reinforced their northern structure with the appointment of Adam Robinson. A former design engineer with the company, Robinson returns to a new position as a project engineer, with an emphasis on sales. “It’s really good to have Adam back in the fold,” added Roberts. “He’ll be working more on the simulation side of the business for the larger projects, out visiting customers and supporting external sales in the north of the country, as well as providing technical support as and when required.” For more information call 01325 328 930 or visit

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Fabrication Design Considerations For Low Field Shielding Applications Typically, hydrogen atmospherically controlled heat treatment process called perfection annealing or final annealing is required after stamping, machining, bending, rolling, severe forming or welding, and is crucial in relieving material stress and developing the alloy’s maximum shielding performance. Handle annealed magnetic shields carefully to avoid severe deformation which causes reduced attenuation. The perfection annealed fabricated shields and parts are then tested at our in-house quality control lab to certify that the demanding specifications are met. Perfection Annealing Heat Furnace Chamber

One of the most important design questions is whether the source field is internal or external, and which field is most economical and practical to shield. Internal interference is created by designed-in components located within a circuit, system, enclosure, piece of equipment or room. External interference or the H-field source is created by unwanted nearby fields radiating from power lines, circuits, electrical enclosures, transformers, electro-magnetic machinery and the earth’s magnetism. Secondly, should the source of interference or the sensitive device be shielded? The answer to this question depends on several factors. Shielding the source may involve stronger fields, and therefore thicker materials. All interference sources must be shielded, or the sensitive device will still be affected. The usual approach is to shield the sensitive device. This prevents interference from both present and future sources. A hands-on approach to solving a shielding problem can be accomplished with the use of a lab kit, testing, and prototyping. Material selection will depend on the strength of the unwanted field (Ho) and the amount of field attenuation required. MuMETAL® is the preferred solution because of its reliable performance for reducing low-frequency electromagnetic interference (EMI) between the range of 30 Hz to 300 Hz. Available as stress annealed (partially annealed for ease of machinability) sheet stock, it is used for fabricated shields such as enclosures, cylinders, cans, channels or 3-D boxes. Complex cylindrical shaped shields are the most efficient for redirecting and reducing magnetic fields. Magnetic shielding alloys have sensitivity to mechanical shock - bending, forming, even severe flexing may give some reduction in the alloy's magnetic permeability. But modern, vacuum-refined alloys have a lower sensitivity to shock, and normally withstand regular handling without significant loss of properties. Another consideration is cutting the alloy without affecting the alloy properties and degrading the performance. Cutting by shearing, EDM, waterjet, photochemical etching, or blanking dies typically only affects that portion of the alloy immediately adjacent to the edge, and the shield will exhibit normal shielding performance. If the alloy had already received its final magnetic anneal, re-annealing should not be necessary.


Magnetic shielding applications may occur at a high vacuum. Co-NETIC® AA alloy is specifically formulated for maximum magnetic shielding properties and has some physical properties similar to stainless steel. Out-gassing is minimal and cleaning for high vacuum applications can follow the same procedures used for stainless steel. Co-NETIC® and NETIC® magnetic shielding alloys have a positive coefficient of permeability with respect to temperature. This is a quick way of saying that the permeability increases as temperature increases. The Curie temperatures are between 850°F (454°C) and 840°F (449°C) for Co-NETIC®, NETIC® and MuMETAL®. At operating temperatures above the Curie temperature, the shield will not provide any attenuation of the magnetic field. Roll-off of permeability begins as operating temperature nears (within 25°F) the Curie temperature listed, so a safety factor for allowable operating temperature should be used. Temporary temperature excursions above curie temperature do not degrade the alloys. Shielding function is restored when the temperature again falls below Curie point. High permeability MuMETAL® and Co-NETIC® alloys have an optimal temperature range in which the permeability peaks. Permeability starts to drop below -40°C, making it unsuitable in low temperature applications. Cryo-NETIC® sheet, our proprietary cryogenic nickel-iron soft magnetic alloy is ideal for shielding magnetic fields at extremely low temperatures down to 4 Kelvin (liquid helium). Located in the USA Chicago metro area, Magnetic Shield Corporation has been a leader in the custom shielding fabrication market, manufacturer, and supplier for over 75 years; providing expertise and engineering consulting on thousands of projects, applications and shielding designs. For more information regarding our proprietary shielding alloys and forms available, wiring and cable shielding, Zero Gauss Chambers, and modular MuROOM® view our websites here, or

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(L+R) The HRS G Series of heat exchangers is specifically designed for exhaust gas cooling and thermal recovery

Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director at HRS Heat Exchangers

HRS helps AD plant tap into additional heat from existing CHP Operators of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants know how important it is to optimise energy use across all stages of the process. That is why many recapture as much heat as possible for reuse elsewhere, including from the hot exhaust gases generated by the combined heat and power (CHP) engines which turn the biogas from the AD plant into useful heat and electricity. Heat exchangers used for exhaust gas heat recovery need to be particularly robust in order to cope with the physical and chemical stresses imposed on them from the exhaust gases which are both hot and corrosive. HRS Heat Exchangers were recently asked to install just such a unit. An AD site belonging to one of the leading waste management companies in the UK, transforms some 45,000 tonnes of food waste from domestic and commercial sources into renewable electricity and high value digestate biofertiliser. From the beginning the plant had been designed to be as efficient as possible and included exhaust gas heat recovery. However, when the original heat exchanger fitted to the exhaust system failed after just a few years of operation, the client approached HRS to provide a more robust and reliable replacement. The ideal solution was an HRS G Series gas cooling heat exchanger: a complete stainless steel multi-tube heat exchanger specifically designed


for exhaust gas cooling and thermal recovery. The hot exhaust gases flows through the interior tubes of the heat exchanger while the service fluid, in this case water, flows though the surrounding shell. The use of stainless steel is a key factor in the longevity of the G Series and rapid corrosion of the original carbon steel unit was one of the reasons for the original’s failure. Other design features of the G Series also increase its operational life as Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director at HRS Heat Exchangers explains: “All HRS tubular heat exchangers include bellows in their design to allow for thermal expansion. The original heat exchanger we replaced was exposed to significant thermal stresses which contributed to its early failure. “You also need to consider the condensation which can occur when the hot gas meets the tubeplate and cooling begins. The resulting condensate is acidic and can be extremely corrosive, so the HRS G Series includes drains in the header to allow this condensate to

be removed, as well as a hatch to allow for manual cleaning and inspection.” As an operational plant, it was important to keep downtime at the plant to a minimum during the installation of the new unit. HRS manufactured the new heat exchanger to the same eternal dimensions and used the same connections as the original. This enabled a straightforward installation in just a few hours without any pipework modifications, with the installation being carried out just eight weeks after design approval. In operation the new G Series heat exchanger cools the exhaust gas from ~530oC to ~320oC and the heat recaptured from the process is used in the AD facility and to provide hot water around the site. Since installation the HRS G Series heat exchanger has performed so well that HRS has been asked to quote for the replacement of another unit which is used to treat the digested sludge from the plant, with an HRS DTI Series unit.


Bend and peel testing of laminated wood used in ready-made furniture Highlights



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Benefits • Software control runs the tests to the standard methods • Reliable, accurate and repeatable testing to industry and in-house customer standards • Automatic calculation of the relevant properties of the specimens • Consistent output of results report in customer-designed format

The European Norm EN 310 stipulates the method for determining the bending strength of wood-based panels by 3-point bend testing. Mecmesin’s MultiTest 25-xt tensile tester was the ideal choice as a bench-top model capable of applying the necessary compressive load and having the versatility to perform a range of other peel and tensile tests. A bend jig having a 400 mm span and cylindrical roller supports and anvil was used. The Emperor software of the MultiTest 25-xt automatically calculated the bending strength and modulus of elasticity for inclusion in the customer’s test report.

Peel test


One of Mecmesin’s Lithuanian customers is a leading manufacturer of wooden furniture. Specialising in finished particle board (FPB) impregnation and lamination, it produces primarily for a Swedish end-customer brand, delivering, amongst other items, over 5 million kitchen cabinets a year. Particle board is a waste-wood product made by heat pressing wood chips, shavings or sawdust and resin together to form structural sheets for a variety of uses in ready-made furniture. Compression is applied multiple times to the particle board sheet to create the tightest possible bond between the resin and the wood fragments. As the boards are significant components in load-bearing kitchen and household furniture construction, it was important for this manufacturer to test their physical strength to ensure they meet the rigorous performance standards required.


A further test was conducted in accordance with the consumer brand’s standards to measure the peel strength of melamine-faced strips which are bonded to the FPB structure. A dedicated peel jig was produced which allowed the veneer strip to peel at a constant 90-degree angle, whilst the Emperor software detected the areas of high and low bond strength to calculate the overall peel values.

Related test solutions Furniture suppliers wishing to test to a greater range of standards also consider the following methods: • EN 311 Tensile test to determine surface soundness of wood-based panels. • EN 319, ISO 1607 Tensile strength – perpendicular to particleboard and fibreboard. • ASTM D1037 – Compression parallel to surface, plus fastener-holding tests.


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

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Direct leak detection in enclosed GIS substation requires highly sensitive and reliable SF6 gas monitoring. GIS insulated switchgear require specific operation and maintenance procedures to prevent and limit the emissions of the insulating gas (SF6 – sulfur hexafluoride), which is a very potent greenhouse gas. New regulatory frames like the F-Gas Directive are mandating the use of leak detection systems in the vast majority of GIS insulated switchgear installation in order to better mitigate the risk of SF6 emissions. Indirect leak detection solutions are rapidly expensive as they require one monitoring device per gas compartment. Furthermore, the pressure/density switches that are currently used to monitor the SF6 gas compartment for safety consideration are lacking sensitivity for rapid leak detection. Direct detection is normally a preferred and more reliable method as it relies on measuring trace concentration for leaking gas in the ambient air. However, incumbent SF6 room monitors have detection limits around 1 ppm that is higher than the expected SF6 concentration range in a normally ventilated indoor substation (in the 10-100 ppb range).

Customer benefits at a glance · Cost-effective and reliable solution for integral leak detection · Superior sensitivity to detect SF6 leaks, even in large indoor substation rooms · Simple installation procedure, nonintrusive, not requiring any outage on your installation · Low maintenance needs. Calibration only required once a year · Direct detection method, independent from any pressure or density reading · State-of-the-art photoacoustic technique as referenced in CIGRE’s #406 bulletin “SF6 Tightness Guide”

The leak detection solution by Advanced Energy, based on Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS), is field-proven in several applications and was perfected for SF6 leak detection. The PAS technique is highly accurate and reliable, providing ultra-high sensitivity: With its very low detection limit (6 ppb SF6 in ambient), the Innova 3731 system is a direct leak detection solution capable of integral monitoring of large switchgear rooms. It verifies that GIS equipment operates below the industrial target of 0.5% yearly leakage rate or better. Advanced Energy’s Innova 3731 system can automatically detect any excessive increase in the leak rate with short response time. It enables a decrease in the number of periodic manual leak checks, hence the cost. With up to 24 different channels, the 3731 system enables an extensive distribution of sampling points over the whole monitored substation in order to maximize the coverage area and minimize the detection response time. Each sampling line (nylon tubing) can be extended up to 75 m. The detection system has extended self-test routines which maintain the reliability of the results. Besides, our stable PAS design only requires calibration once per year. Analog output is available for detection trending over time. Measurements are also stored in the internal memory and can be exported to a remote LAN computer. Finally, configurable zone alarms can be relayed to a local RTU.



Take a Different View of Vision See 4Sight in Action at one of our Technology Days AutoCoding Systems and SICK UK are holding two one day events where they’ll be demonstrating their new innovation in vision, the 4Sight automatic print inspection solution. If you sometimes have problems with partially printed, poor quality or missing codes on your products, you’ll be interested in seeing how 4Sight can resolve these issues. The free one-day events are being held at AutoCoding’s demonstration suite in Runcorn on Tuesday 11th February and at SICK UK’s offices in St Albans on Thursday 13th February. Visitors are being invited to see at first-hand how the 4Sight solution can check for presence, legibility and location of print, as well as deal with varying qualities of print. The 4Sight software is powered by SICK AppSpace and uses the InspectorP range of 2D cameras to create a camera-based solution for multiple inspection methods. The software is resident on the SICK camera, communicating directly with any brand of printer, with no requirement to “teach” the camera what to look for; the software understands the intended message for printing. 4Sight’s automatic setup means there is no requirement for operators to configure features or regions of interest; the camera automatically adjusts, coping easily with variations in ar t wor k , background and text location. A unique feature of 4Sight is “Inspection Depth”. By offering users different levels of inspection, they can decide what level of inspection they need. 4Sight can be used to confirm presence, legibility and location of printed code, but the standard product can also be configured to OCR thereby checking the accuracy of the printed code. Users can also determine acceptable print quality


4Sight works seamlessly with AutoCoding, but can also be connected directly to any brand of printer or used in standalone mode

tolerances and define what is considered a good read, bad read or poor read on a per product basis. The versatility of 4Sight means that as well as operating seamlessly with AutoCoding, or other code deployment soft ware, the application can be used as a standalone solution or directly connected to a printer. Managing Director, Mike Hughes, commented, “Inspecting printed codes, particularly at continuous inkjet speed, has always been fraught with challenges, making living with a print vision system quite difficult in terms of nuisance stops or false rejections, causing unnecessary line stops. 4Sight uses new and

innovative methods for print inspection, simplifying the process and making vision accessible to all budgets.” Each Technology Day will start at 9.30am and finish no later than 4.00pm. Registration is required by completing the form on either the AutoCoding website, or the SICK UK website . Who should attend? A nyo ne invol ve d wit h t he automated printing and marking of products or packaging who needs to ensure that the marking is verified, correct and legible will be interested in this event.

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British Encoder Products (BEPC) is the European branch of the Encoder Products Group, a worldwide manufacturer of motion sensing and control devices. As a customer driven company, BEPC is highly responsive in the areas of customer service and technical support, with an acute focus on high performance, excellent delivery and competitive pricing. These values work together to ensure BEPC provides products and services of the highest quality to guarantee great value for money for every customer. Indeed, BEPC prides itself on building long-lasting relationships, a principle which has facilitated the company’s impressive growth since its inception. Established in 1969 by Bill Watt, the Encoder Products Group celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. In the sixties, our founder Bill Watts invented an encoder to provide an output to feed directly into the growing number of counters and PLCs which were being used at the time. His invention, the ‘cube encoder’, revolutionised the encoder world and is now an industry standard. In addition to their wide selection of incremental and programmable encoders BEPC has recently released its new range of absolute encoders which provide a unique code for each increment of shaft rotation. This means that the encoder indicates both that the shaft position has changed, and the absolute position of the shaft. Now available with up to 16 bits for single turn resolution and 43 bits for multi-turn resolution, our encoders can measure with greater resolutions and have a longer run-time before reset. This range is ideal for systems which need exact position information in order to prevent damage to machinery and its operators. This is also particularly valuable during power loss when the absolute encoder will maintain its value without being powered so any movement during the loss of power is tracked and retained for immediate transmission once power is restored. Indeed, BEPC is cementing its status as an industry leader offering unparalleled expertise in the development of ground-breaking encoders for all sectors of automation, ensuring they stay ahead of the game to address the industry’s constant progression. This year BEPC will be showcase its full range of products at the Drives & Control held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on the 21-23 April 2020 where you can meet the team behind and check out their products and services, Or alternatively you can head to their website or get in touch using the contact details below. T 01978 262100





Ultrasonic Flowmeters Help Reduce Drug Production Costs Titan Enterprises reports that its Atrato and MetraFlow ultrasonic inline flowmeters are used by drug manufacturers to streamline production and reduce costs. These devices measure a liquid’s rate of flow with extraordinary levels of accuracy, helping drug manufacturers control small details that make a big difference during production. Production of pharmaceutical drugs presents difficult challenges for process instrumentation used to monitor and optimise the process. Typically drug production processes require devices able to cope with low flow rates and constructed from ultra-pure materials so as to maintain hygienic, sterile and sanitary conditions. The Atrato range of inline low flow flowmeters use patented ultrasonic technology, which enables it to operate with excellent accuracy over a very wide flow range (0.002 to 20 litres/ minute). The rugged, clean bore construction

makes the Atrato ideal for almost any low flow application. Different models of this non-invasive flow measurement device are available for metering fluid flow from -10°C to +110°C and pressures up to 30 bar (435 psi).

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The Metraflow ultrasonic flowmeter was designed for customers tasked with applications that pose fluid compatibility challenges. Using patented ultrasonic technology, with a single unbroken PFA measurement tube, the MetraFlow is able to reliably operate with excellent accuracy across flow ranges from 20 to 5000 ml/ min, having excellent turndown of 50:1; repeatability (+/– 0.1%); linearity and a reading accuracy of better than +/– 0.5% full scale. For further information please visit

Optical Flow Sensors Monitor Cooling of the World’s Most Sensitive Astronomical Camera Titan Enterprises reports on how optical flow sensor technology has solved a high-tech problem monitoring the flow of coolant to the world's most sensitive astronomical camera.

The world’s largest optical telescope, the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) on the Canary Island of La Palma, is equipped with a powerful astronomical camera built by the University of Sheffield, UK. This camera, called HiPERCAM, was commissioned on the telescope in 2018 and can take over 1000 pictures every second simultaneously in five optical colours. The five light sensors used in HiPERCAM are ultra-sensitive charge-coupled devices (CCDs), which require cooling to


183K (-90degC) to minimise noise in the images. This cooling is achieved using very high performance thermo-electric (Peltier) coolers, which in turn require a liquid coolant (a water-glycol mixture at +5degC) to remove the heat they extract. If the flow of coolant fails, the heat input from the Peltier power supplies would destroy the CCDs, which would cost over £500,000 and take years to replace. With so much at stake, the Sheffield team have developed a fail-safe system, where any disruption to the flow of coolant past the detector causes the power supply to the Peltiers to switch off automatically, thereby protecting their expensive equipment. Clearly, the most important element in this fail-safe system is an accurate and reliable flow sensor for the coolant. After attempts to use turbine and ultrasonic flow sensors proved unsuccessful due to metallic film build-up on the propellers and micro bubbles in the coolant the HiPERCAM team turned to Titan Enterprises for advice. After detailed

discussions around a type of sensor that could be used that is impervious to the undesirable (but unavoidable) characteristics of the telescope’s cooling fluid - the Titan FT2 optical flow sensor that uses an LED and photodiode to measure flow was proposed. When the rotor spins in an FT2 optical flow sensor the photodiode can detect the LED with a frequency proportional to the flow rate. When the rotor is static, the photodiode cannot see the LED, indicating no flow. Six FT-2 optical flow sensors have recently been successfully tested in the lab at Sheffield and are now on their way to the GTC in La Palma for final commissioning on HiPERCAM to enable this powerful astronomical camera to finally achieve its full scientific potential. For further information please visit or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 /


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

The client needed specially designed panels to protect critical equipment that controlled a remote pumping station and dam. A complex control and distribution system with Rittal's Ri4Power system allowed segregation of the busbars from the controls. This meant three panels were needed for power and motor control, automation and control, and monitoring/communications. The monitoring equipment needed to be installed within an area at risk of flooding, so it was decided to place the panel on a metre-tall frame to reduce the chances of the equipment being damaged by floodwater inundation. To overcome this, Rittal’s engineers designed a custom-sized Ri4Power panel to sit comfortably on the frame. All three panels had to withstand internal fires and each compartment was fitted with a special fire resistant lining to stop fire spreading from one to another, and a smoke/ fire rated venting system. In addition, special filters were installed for ventilation, which included a gel that expanded if heat was detected and closed any air gaps. The power and motor control panel was specially designed in an L-shape to fit neatly within its allocated space. The Rittal team also developed a busbar that was designed to accept a mains supply, but which could also accept a temporary generator supply, if needed, for essential loads. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.






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Compact distance sensors provide millimetre precision Precise distance measurement to the nearest millimetre is essential in many control and automation applications and the latest OGD precision laser distance sensors from ifm electronic provide important features and benefits for the most demanding applications.

The small, compact design of the OGD 592 / 593 distance sensors from ifm utilise the innovative on-chip, time-of-flight principle with PMD (photonic mixed device) technology which is vastly superior to conventional diffuse reflection used in laser sensors. This ensures outstanding precision to the nearest millimetre helping to determine the presence of parts and their correct installation, for example an O-ring. In addition, excellent reflection resistance and background suppression together with high excess gain, ensure reliable operation for the most demanding applications.


The OGD precision is available with an extremely small light spot at a 300mm range enabling detection of very small parts. The switch point can be easily set to the nearest millimetre via the three operating buttons, or alternatively via IO-Link, which allows read-out of the current distance value. ENDS. Further details available at: gb/en/shared/product-news/2018/hmi/millimetreperfect-the-new-ogd-precision-from-the-pmdline


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UKGSA TO TOUR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS Members of the UK Gasket & Sealing Association (UKGSA) have secured a technical tour of Prodrive, a world-leading motor-sport and advanced technology business, on 19 March 2020.

UKGSA Members will tour Prodrive’s headquarters and discover the design and engineering that goes into projects such as championship race and rally cars to complex active aero systems for hyper cars, electric and hybrid vehicles. During the two hour tour, Members will find out about Prodrive’s innovative engineering work in the automotive, aerospace, marine and other sectors, as well as the design and manufacture of advanced lightweight composites for a range of applications. The UKGSA is a trade association representing the specialised interests of companies engaged in the conversion of materials into gaskets and seals. The UKGSA organise a number of social and technical events during the year which are open to non-members. The technical visits & tours showcase insights into advanced manufacturing, best practice and technical developments. For more information and to download the booking form visit



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Solutions for power supply continuity Adel Systems are based in Italy and are a leading developer and manufacturer of industrial switch mode power supplies, ‘DC UPS’ and intelligent battery chargers.

checks on the connected battery through the Life Test, every 90 minutes, enabling the users to select the most appropriate charging curve to maximise the efficiency of the system and to support a life battery. BATTERY CHARGERS - CB Range The Adel System CB battery chargers are a range of microprocessors controlled chargers. Based on switch mode technology, they produce an output voltage stabilised at a pre-set value, even when not charging the battery. These battery chargers have three charging levels - recovery, boost and trickle charge. All the chargers have a relay output for a range of battery bank protection functions: replace battery or flat battery; fault in the main; high voltage at the battery ends; open or sulphated battery; reverse polarity, short-circuited element and wrong battery voltage. The CB battery charger checks the battery every 90 minutes. All the modes are automatic and other than selecting the battery type and charge current level no other set up is required Power Supplies for Mains Connection - DFlex & FLEX SERIES

DC UPS - CBI Series The CBI DC UPS combine the functions of a power supply, a backup module and of a battery charger in one unit. The CBI units switch from the mains to the battery in the event of a mains failure without interruption. They use switching technology with microcontrollers and optimise the supply to the DC load either when the AC mains is present or when on battery backup. The CBI units do not allow for deep discharge of the batteries.

They are equipped with two relays; one to operate to indicate the status of the mains or battery backup and another to indicate any of the eight battery protection functions that the unit monitors. The primary function of the CBI unit is to optimise the battery condition so when it is required the battery is as good as its life cycle will allow for. There are options for communication via CANbus and MODbus on certain modules, and the DYP351 displays allows on the CBI500W and the CBI280 series an option for a door mounted display for battery status updates locally. All units are DIN rail mounted and there is a range of battery carriers available to safely and easily fit the battery packs into the enclosure or panel. There is automatic protection without fuse against the reserve polarity, short circuit and overload and overvoltage. They carry out diagnostic


Adel System offers a truly complete range of industrial power supply units for different applications. The wide range of input voltages enables them to operate in any part of the world. The range is available with UL and CSA type-approved, with design based on experience gained over the years. The FLEX range of products is characterised from 1, 2 and 3-phase input up to 700W with current rating ranging to 25A and a power flexibility that reaches 50% of the rated current. They are characterised by their flexibility of use that allows them to satisfy the most varied applications and requirements, according to the existing norms. The declared ambient temperature operations field start from 40 to 60°C.

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Which alloy springs to mind? Choosing the right material for industrial springs In the Marvel cinematic universe exotic materials are portrayed as a must to achieve great things in fictional worlds. Superman’s kryptonite and Wolverine’s adamantium did exactly that for the superheroes. In reality, choosing a material for your design is not as simple as choosing the most extravagant alloy. Here Justin Lawrence, applications engineer at leading fastening and fixing supplier TFC, explains the suitability of different alloys for specific environments. When choosing a spring for your industrial application, one of the major considerations is the material, as this will determine the spring’s suitability for the environment it is working in. Choose the wrong one and you could be facing a costly redesign or repair job down the line. When choosing a spring, the choice of materials range from standard carbon spring steel, through a variety of stainless steels and all the way to more exotic nickel-chromium alloys. To make an informed decision regarding what material is best for your application a good understanding of the properties of each alloy with respect to temperature and corrosion resistance is essential. Temperature resistance The first environmental factor that can influence the material choice is temperature. When springs are used in environments close to or outside their recommended operating temperatures, it can lead to permanent deformation, or in the case of extreme cold, to a brittle fracture. For applications operating at ambient temperatures, SAE 1070-1090 carbon tempered steel’s maximum recommended temperature of 121°C will probably serve you well. This standard material is widely used in many industrial applications. Tensile and yield strength are maximised as a result of the oil tempered martensitic structure. For applications involving elevated temperatures, 17-7 Ph/C stainless steel offers up to 343°C as a maximum recommended temperature. Spring properties are achieved by precipitation hardening condition C to condition CH900. A286 stainless steel, or maybe Inconel 718 are the pinnacle of heat resistant alloys, boasting maximum recommended temperatures of over 500°C. However, these materials come with a much lower tensile strength, meaning careful consideration throughout the design process is critical to ensure the springs will function correctly.


For extreme low temperatures, such as those in cryogenic systems, choice of material is equally important. In these applications 300 series stainless steels or Nickel alloys are normally preferred. Corrosion resistance Alongside thermal damage, corrosion can also cause springs to fail. Corrosion occurs when metals react with their surroundings, this can lead to microscopic cracks that will eventually fail. As a result, corrosion is a much more relevant threat to carbon steel, which is vulnerable to atmospheric damage when not properly sealed. For improved performance 17-7 stainless steel has a similar corrosion resistance up to 302 stainless, whilst offering excellent spring properties. 316 stainless offers higher corrosion resistance due to its molybdenum content and is widely used in chemical or sea water applications. Highly corrosive environments can often require more than the protection offered by stainless steel. High-performance alloys such as Inconel and Elgiloy are specifically designed to survive harsh environments. Cost effectiveness By consulting with a fastenings and fixings company with a wealth of experience in springs, designers can learn about what options are available to them and which are most appropriate and cost effective for their application. They can then benefit from the experience of a specialist spring designer, who can develop bespoke springs to meet the required load characteristics and to operate in the harshest environments. For more information on how your application could benefit from a TFC / Smalley Wave Spring, visit


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he GRX is applicable for highest temperatures by using a unique chemical vapour deposition method (PyC coating). By this PyC coating, the rupture disc holds significantly longer at very high temperatures, while remaining permanently leaktight in comparison to other coatings and impregnations. For example: Rupture discs with a coating made of synthetic resin would no longer be able to offer this leak-tightness at temperatures far above 200 °C. With a maximum working pressure of 80 % of the minimum burst pressure, the GRX is usable for rupture pressures from 20 mbar g. Nominal pipe size is available from 1/2" to 24". Optionally, a vacuum


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support can be integrated, which is installed without adhesive components that would meld melt at very high temperatures). The GRX is also available with a burst indicator, upon request. The signaling device will inform you about the rupture disc response. The installation occurs directly between the flanges.

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Rotaflow Completes Loading Arm Job for Vulica Shipping Company Limited As a swivel joint specialist, Derbyshire-based Rotaflow are often called in to find solutions to problems that lie beyond the expertise of many engineering companies. One such example involved the design and manufacture of a bespoke swivel joint complex for Vulica Shipping Company Limited. Rotaflow were called in to design articulated pipework to supply water for a fire suppression system on the crane booms on two bulk carrying vessels. The crane had to be able to swing over 90 degrees in both directions, as well as up and down whilst allowing water to travel along its length. The system had to be retrofitted around existing equipment, meaning that spatial constraints provided a design headache. Innovative solutions to complex problems are what Rotaflow do best, so the design team set to work. There were two major issues the engineers working on the project had to overcome… 1.

The limited space in which the crane had to operate – it had to be long enough to satisfy its own operational needs, but be able to fold away into a small enough space to allow normal operations of the ships. This would require multiple swivel joints on the arm to give several degrees of freedom in motion.

2. The boat and crane ends had been designed by different companies, so Rotaflow had to design and manufacture a solution that allowed two completely different designs to work together. In writing, these issues seem easy enough to deal with, but when you consider the Rotaflow engineers had to design a solution that allowed a crane to extend to over 16 feet in length, but had to retract to less than 8 feet between connection points in



a crowded deck space, the realities of the issue become clearer.

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As the hose supplies a fire suppression system, reliability is paramount – there’s no room for sub-par engineering. The design and manufacture had to be perfect. Rotaflow had plenty of experience of dealing with this from previous projects, but the added dimension of making the hose articulate at a number of points added a level of complexity many other companies just weren’t willing to deal with.

After building and extensive inhouse testing, the design was sent off for installation on the ships, under the supervision of Rotaflow engineers. Thankfully the hard work was rewarded with a very successful integration of the parts.

The solution wasn’t an easy one – numerous iterations of the design were created and computer-modelled but each one had issues. The final design is constructed from stainless steel with a total of five swivel joints. It can extend to facilitate the crane’s full range of motion yet fold down to a small space allowing

The solution wasn’t easy to come by, but using specialists for specialist jobs has once again proved to be the most effective way to tackle the problem. The customer is delighted with the final product and Rotaflow have again won the trust of another international company. The high quality of UK engineering is recognised on a world stage, with Rotaflow currently engaged in projects in South America, the Middle East and of course, Europe.



Latest NSK bearings suit lean lubrication conditions in EVs NSK has developed a new tapered roller bearing for use in electric vehicles (including hybrid, fuel cell and battery electric variants) that offers long life even under severely lean lubrication conditions. The bearings dramatically boost seizure resistance under lean lubrication, in turn improving transmission reliability and efficiency, and enabling the use of smaller lubrication systems and more compact gearbox designs As public concern for the environment continues to increase, consumers and businesses around the world are demanding better fuel economy from road transport, leading to the rapid development of electric vehicles (EVs). To this end, improving the efficiency of the gearbox and reducing the size and weight of components is essential in extending the maximum driving range of EVs. Therefore, the bearings used in these applications need to be small and offer low energy loss. Conventional tapered roller bearings can bear relatively large loads for their size, but have rollers held in place at their end by a rib. As the quantity of lubrication is reduced, conventional tapered bearings will seize more frequently due to damage from sliding contact in this area, making it difficult to significantly simplify lubrication systems and reduce the amount of oil used. Accordingly, NSK set about developing a new tapered roller bearing to surmount this hurdle and clear the path to further progress. Among the design innovations of the new bearing, NSK created a special cage that retains and distributes oil in fine grooves via capillary action. The oil is held in the cage near the roller end and, when lubrication is low, seeps out of the fine grooves to the area most in need. Lean lubrication conditions in EVs are more common than many might think. After start-up and initial driving (which lubricates components), EVs often shut off the oil pump to conserve power, resulting in a reduced (lean) lubrication supply. There are also challenges to starting EVs at lower temperatures, such as a dramatically increased oil viscosity, making it more difficult to supply the bearings with oil. NSK's new tapered roller bearings achieve seven times higher seizure resistance after shutting off the oil pump in comparison with the company’s conventional alternatives. A further benefit is that gearbox bearings lubricated by oil bath systems can be redesigned to use a more efficient oil spray system.


NSK's new tapered roller bearings achieve seven times higher seizure resistance in comparison with the company’s conventional alternatives

Compared with NSK’s conventional tapered roller bearings, the latest bearings require 95% less lubrication oil to prevent seizure. As a result, a smaller pump can be used, eliminating any churning loss in the process. The bearings also offer a reduced width, which has been achieved by optimising the cage shape.In a comparison with NSK’s conventional tapered bearings, the latest product is 10% narrower and has 5% less mass.

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Counting on Cube67 When Every Machine Is Different Hager relies on Murrelektronik’s modular, decentralized and compact Cube67 system when building their own testing machines


nyone installing or renewing electrical systems in a house or apartment is almost certain to come across Hager products and solutions. The company is the world’s leading specialist in building automation and electrical installations. Not only is Hager represented worldwide, but they have production plants on every continent. They maintain the highest quality standards at these plants. No component leaves the plant without undergoing a meticulous function test, checking every single detail. To carry this out this successfully, it’s a must to have first-class testing facilities. And in this case, as the saying goes: if you have high standards and want the job done well, then it’s best to do it yourself. So Hager manufactures its own machinery and systems to test its products. The team responsible has remarkable expertise and is based in Obernai, a town in Eastern France. When it comes to choosing the optimum installation concept for the automation of testing facilities, the challenge facing the Hager team is that no two test machines are the same. New aspects have to be continually considered. Different products need to be tested for a wide, and ever-changing, range of quality characteristics and functions. Specifications where the test facilities are used from the factories around the globe have to be taken into account. Only a few installation areas can be repeated designs. The task is not made any easier by the fact that while I/O density is always very high, space is extremely limited. Bringing the machines quickly into circulation is also important because demand is high for efficient and reliable testing facilities within Hager Group and deadlines for rolling out new products are tightly scheduled and binding. In terms of the installation


Cube67 customized field bus modules: Hager engineers can decide whether they want to use each port as an input or output – this turn standard modules into customized modules.

Cube67 one cable system: In drag chains, whether space is often extremely limited, using a one cable system for both data and power is a major advantage.

concept, it means that it has to be particularly flexible – and this is why the team in charge at Hager opted for Murrelektronik’s modular, decentralized and compact Cube67 system. Top Advantage: Flexibility Hager’s top benefit from the Cube67 system is the flexibility: they can implement any number of different

I/O modules with the system. Depending on requirements, a component with four or eight ports can be integrated into the installation. In some machines, modules with M12 cordsets are used; frequently however, Hager selects the compact modules with M8 ports. This saves spaces and allows several I/Os to be grouped in a tiny area. The modules are mounted right next to the sensors and actuators – at the heart of the

ENGINEERING PDATE February 2020 represents a substantial advantage, especially in drag chains where space is often limited. The Cube67 cable is pre-wired and supplied to Hager in the exact the lengths required. This means that there is no need to wire connectors to the cables, which offers two benefits: Hager saves time and the company can rest assured that a whole bunch of potential error sources are excluded because pre-wired cordsets from Murrelektronik are 100 percent tested during the production process. High Machine Run-Time with Cube67 Diagnostics Cube67 on machine field bus modules: The modules are mounted right next to the sensors and actuators – at the heart of the process – for example on pneumatic devices or grippers.

Cube67 and valve manifolds: Valves can be easily controlled directly on-site via Cube67 valve cluster connections.

process – for example on pneumatic devices or grippers. This enables the design engineers connect sensors and actuators with short cables to reduce wiring effort and save costs. The second flexibility advantage for Hager is the multifunctional ports. Engineers can decide whether they want to use each port as an input or output – this turn standard modules into customized modules, making it possible to group both sensors and actuators close to a module. Thanks to this multifunctionality, the number of module versions and the total number of modules required can be reduced, which makes this solution cost, space, and installation-friendly. The Hager engineers can also easily control valves on site with the Cube67 valve cluster connections.

One Cable Technology Another main benefit for Hager is that the Murrelektronik Cube67 system modules are connected to the bus nodes using one cable technology. The single cordset transmits both data and energy and runs from one module to the next. It’s easy to design the system as needed since it is based on a star-line topology. The one cable technology transmits both data and power to supply the sensors and actuators – so there is no need to run two separate cordsets to the modules. This simplifies installation and maintenance for the engineers. They only need half the amount of cabling and are twice as fast – not to mention that significantly less space is needed for cabling in the first place. This

Since the cost effectiveness of Hager machines also hinges on high availability, detecting and eliminating errors quickly is essential. Hager engineers use the Cube67 system’s extensive diagnostics options for this purpose. They make it easy for maintenance personnel on site to find the problem, analyze it and take appropriate action to eliminate it. The technicians at the Hager plants are trained by their colleagues in Obernai. And, in the unlikely event that a tougher problem does arise, the team in Obernai can lend a virtual helping hand via remote access over the Internet. The experts at Hager already successfully switched from PROFIBUS to PROFINET some years ago. They have since been satisfied with the installation concept. Thanks to the Cube, existing systems can adopt new protocols simply by changing the bus module instead of the system. Cube67 makes it possible to simply replace the bus modules, changing the protocol with it and equipping machines for the higher level PROFINET system. The structure after the bus module can remain unchanged – cables and all! No longer does the team have to spend time on documentation and reprogramming, nor for new purchasing process or stock checks. Hager benefits from the Murrelektronik concept. While 80 percent of the machines and installations are designed for integration in PROFINET systems, 20 percent of them are designed for Ethernet/IP environments. The same concept applies here simply replace the bus modules to implement a different protocol – and leave existing cabling in place.




IoT Tech Expo Global 2020. Discover The Entire IoT Ecosystem and Innovations At The World Leading IoT Event The IoT Tech Expo Global is a world leading Internet of Things event introducing and exploring the latest innovations across the entire IoT ecosystem. Running for its fifth year, the show will return to the Olympia London on the 17-18 March 2020 to host 9,000 attendees including IT decision makers, developers & makers, OEM’s, government and council officials, automotive exec’s, operators, technology providers, investors, venture capitalists and many more. The show will apply case studies and solutions within industries including Engineering, Autonomous Systems, Smart Factories, Manufacturing, Transport, Logistics, Insurance and more. Over two days the event will also showcase the most cutting-edge technologies from more than 300 exhibitors and provide insight from over 500 speakers.

Conference Tracks and Sessions The event will highlight the most innovative advancements in technologies which are affecting IoT. There will be case studies and dedicated tracks covering: • Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems • IoT Digital Solutions • Digital Twin • Machine learning and Ai • Convergence of Manufacturing and Construction • Industry 4.0 in practice • Smart factories • IoT Connectivity & Infrastructure • Smart areas • Smart transport

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TWENTY IN 2020: BCMPA TO CELEBRATE MILESTONE BIRTHDAY AT UK’S LARGEST PACKAGING SHOW The British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA) will be turning 20 in 2020 – and will mark its anniversary at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment show in February. Formed in 2000, the BCMPA will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration dinner for its 150-plus members during the exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on Wednesday, February 26. The Contract Pack & Fulfilment show, which takes place on February 26 and 27, forms part of Packaging Innovations, the UK’s largest packaging exhibition. Fittingly, 20 BCMPA members will also be exhibiting, showcasing the full spectrum of services represented by the BCMPA, and reflecting its updated identity as the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics. A

number of them will also be presenting at the show’s fulfilment and e-commerce industry forum seminars, sharing knowledge and best practice with those attending. Rodney Steel, chief executive of the BCMPA since 2003, said: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary during such an exciting time for both the Association and the industry. “We can’t wait to share this milestone celebration with our accredited members and reflect on the success and growth of the BCMPA over the past 20 years.” The BCMPA, which will have its own Hospitality Lounge at the NEC show, is

internationally recognised for providing a valued resource for brand owners, retailers, manufacturers and e-commerce companies looking for professional outsourcing partners. Its membership numbers have grown significantly over the years and it now attracts members from a wide range of industry sectors, including food, drink, beauty, household goods, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. “Outsourcing is of increasing importance to UK business across multiple sectors,” said Rodney. “As a result, our industry now embraces a huge range of services right across the supply chain, as more and more companies look for extended support in their

manufacturing, packing, fulfilment and logistics requirements.” He said that growing demand from e-commerce businesses and companies requiring greater manufacturing flexibility meant that the role of outsourcing specialists was now much more pivotal. The BCMPA and its members have seen a shift in behaviour as brands and companies are appreciating the benefits of a full end-toend service as well as the traditional support with a particular part of the supply chain. “From providing additional packing capacity during peak periods, to assisting in a complete new product development project, to a total solution from manufacture to final delivery, accredited members of the BCMPA are able to provide tailored support in line with customer requirements,” Rodney continued. “The valuable conversations we will have with visitors to the show will create the perfect opportunity both to celebrate our 20 years as an Association and provide practical advice regarding the wide range of facilities and services our members offer.”





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Driven by connection: Rohde & Schwarz highlights leading

T&M solutions for the mobile industry at MWC2020 Rohde & Schwarz presents a comprehensive look at its test and measurement portfolio for wireless communications technology and secure networks at MWC2020 in Barcelona. While the company’s full test solutions for 5G devices and base stations, as well as for latest 5G mobile networks will be the main attraction, the connectivity specialist will also demonstrate its solutions for connected cars, smart factories and 5G broadcast technology. In addition, software-defined WAN and cybersecurity solutions will round out the display. Munich, January 20, 2020 — Presenting its industry-leading solutions under the slogan “Driven by connection”, Rohde & Schwarz will be welcoming visitors at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 24 to 27, 2020 in hall 6, Booth 6B30. The company will exhibit in an enlarged and newly designed show booth, covering not only various aspects of communications and connectivity, but also providing plenty of space for the visitors to connect and interact with the experts. 5G and wireless connectivity testing A great deal of the Rohde & Schwarz booth space at MWC2020 is dedicated to 5G and wireless connectivity testing. The solutions address chipset vendors, mobile device OEMs and base station manufacturers, as well as test houses and certification authorities. The focus will be on 5G signaling and non-signaling testing solutions for FR1 and FR2 and for the product life cycle, starting from R&D, to acceptance and production. Highlights include the combination of the latest state-of-the-art mobile phone tester generation with shielded test chambers for over-the-air tests (OTA) to provide best in class performance in all 5G frequency ranges and over temperature. 5G waveform generation and analysis is another area in which Rohde & Schwarz is exhibiting a wide range of customized solutions for the test of components, modules or integrated systems in development and production of smart phones, IoT devices and base stations. Mobile network testing The emergence of 5G opens up possibilities for new applications such as smart factories, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality. These applications bring a requirement to verify a novel, more complex air-interface and test more demanding network performance criteria. At MWC2020, Rohde & Schwarz will display advanced mobile network testing solutions to support 5G network roll out from lab testing to field deployment. The solutions include coverage and performance testing for providing network operators, infrastructure vendors, service providers and telecoms regulators a deep insight into enduser QoE. They enable them to make well-


informed investment decisions, maximizing the network performance and quality through accurate data acquisition, global-standard methodologies and high-quality data analysis based on machine learning. IP network analytics Application awareness is key to finding performance bottlenecks and to providing insights into data use in order to improve network performance and security and to optimize policies. To address this, Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate its OEM IP network analytics solutions including its market-leading deep packet inspection (DPI) engine, its software IP probe and the end-toend telco analytics solution for full visibility of IP traffic. Industry 4.0 network testing The arrival of 5G is leading to a rapid increase of wireless communication technologies in industrial environments. This also places high demands on the availability and reliability of wireless systems. To help achieve these goals and secure a reliable connection, Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate at MWC2020 how to best detect radio interference, measure coverage, optimize the network and monitor service quality of industrial networks. Automotive connectivity testing As autonomous driving necessitates wireless communication between vehicles and their surroundings, Rohde & Schwarz maximizes safety and reliability of C-V2X connections with its T&M solutions. The solutions presented in Barcelona will include PC5 Sidelink based C-V2X scenario testing of application layers in a lab environment. The company will also showcase its expertise in network and device testing with automotive dedicated solutions that ensure reliable vehicle connectivity. These applications serve as basis for traffic services in real time as well as future 5G based over-the-air updates. 5G Broadcast 5G will also enhance the mobile experience in media consumption since 5G Broadcast technology will offer the consumer a faster than ever connection to premium media content. Rohde & Schwarz has pioneered 5G Broadcast as one of the main pillars of the 5G ecosystem and at MWC2020 will

demonstrate the world’s first comprehensive 5G Broadcast solution. Using 5G Broadcast, network operators can offload media and entertainment content from the data network, deliver over-the-air software and traffic updates, enable live sports and premium content with consistent high Qualityof-Service (QoS) and higher Quality of Experience (QoE), using a 60 km cell radius for maximum coverage. This end-to-end solution offers network operators and broadcasters revolutionary opportunities in new business areas while offloading data capacity to create high spectral efficiency and reduced costs. Smart connectivity and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) Mega trends in a world of digital transformation such as IoT, industry 4.0, connected workplace and smart cities are affecting the processes of cooperation in an increasingly connected world. At MWC2020, LANCOM Systems, an independent subsidiary of the Rohde & Schwarz technology group, will demonstrate its know-how as a leading vendor of secure, reliable and future-proof networking and firewall solutions. The company will display how its SD-WAN solutions made in Germany meet the challenges of digitalization, and which opportunities they offer for IoT, smart cities, eMobility and many other use cases in the context of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. As an example of a future-oriented smart-city scenario powered by LANCOM SD-WAN, an innovative eMobility loadingbay will be showcased for the first time at MWC2020. Cybersecurity New technology also means new kinds of cyber threats that need to be addressed efficiently to ensure safe, efficiency-increasing use of mobile devices and networks.Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity is in the forefront of protecting networks, applications, devices and cloud services. At MWC2020, the company will present solutions for an effective protection of smartphones and tablets with secure access to business resources, centrally managed by an Enterprise Mobility Management/Mobile Device Management (EMM/MDM) system. These and other topics can be discussed with the Rohde & Schwarz experts in hall 6, Booth 6B30. For more information about Rohde & Schwarz at Mobile World Congress 2020, go to


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Sensors and Data Assimilation - the Opportunities are Limitless According to latest industry reports (and as Moore's law would have it), the opportunities for development, innovation and growth within the sensors market are immense… The global automotive sensors market is set to grow by $13.8 billion by 2025 with image sensors on target to be the fastest-growing technology segment due to the demand within the safety applications space (ADAS, APA, LDW, etc.). Whereas the fastest-growing application is forecast to be telematics as they are becoming drastically popular for infotainment and entertainment systems in low-budget cars (and not just in luxury vehicles). Since the method to transfer data without the need for human contact was established, IoT has continued to have a significant impact on future technology capabilities. For instance, by the year 2022, it is predicted that more than 12.3 billion global mobile devices will be 5G capable and global internet traffic flow will be 150,700GB per second due to demand increase for connectivity in cities, homes, cars, as well as for health, work and manufacturing purposes too. Established brands and innovative start-ups such as BMW, TWAICE, Hugo Boss, Lightwell, TMG Group, BehrTech, Toyota, and Konux are reaping the rewards of these sensor innovations and market growth opportunities as their engineers, technicians and product developers strive to advance efficiencies and discover further areas for improved data collection and assimilation.

throughout a multi-track two day programme led by industry experts on 17th & 18th June 2020. Set to share their success stories and recent results at this world-class congress are high profile speakers including:

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Amongst the brands who will be presenting their latest innovations, future technologies and application ideas on The Sensor Show networking floor between 16th and 19th June 2020 at Messe Munich are companies such as Towerjazz, LeddarTech, PROPHESEE, Fizoptika, SENIS and Lampert. With sensors, there is no limit to connectivity and data exploration opportunities - which is why The Sensor Show Congress and The Sensor Show are set to offer the worlds’ developers the greatest chance for discovery of likeminded professionals and future collaboration projects. The standard rate to attend The Sensor Show Congress is €999, however end users can apply for a significant saving of 60% with the Super Early Bird Rate by the 16th February 2020. To apply for the discount code simply email your contact details (full name, email address, company name and job title) to

With a focused gathering of end users and tier one manufacturers, The Sensor Show Congress at automatica 2020 in Munich, will offer significant connection and discussion opportunities on latest trends and developments


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NEW SWIVEL CASTORS WITH INTEGRATED LIFTING FEET New from Aldershot-based machine element experts FATH Components is a range of precision engineered swivel castors with integrated lifting feet that are stated to provide effortless movement together with safe, positive positioning once in place. They can be seen for the first time in the UK on Stand No G260 at the Southern Manufacturing show at Farnborough. 12 models are available in the new range, with individual castor/feet units that are rated to carry loads varying from 1kg up to 250kg each. All variants of the castor provide full, 360° rotation combined with a positive lock-in-place lifting foot for secure positioning. A unique feature of the new FATH swivel castors which is expected to hold special appeal for end users is that the footpedal used to deploy the feet that ‘lock’ moveable units into place is geared at 1:20. So a 200kg load can be lifted with just 10kg of effort – significantly less than the typical clutch pedal pressure on many cars. The M12 threaded feet on each swivel castor provide a 50mm diameter footprint together with a good range of adjustment for levelling purposes - up to 25mm dependent upon the model. Designers will welcome the news that every version in the new swivel castor lifting foot range comes with a special mounting plate allowing it to be readily fitted onto a variety of different frames and profile corners. Further, a unique feature of the new design ensures that the castor mounting plate fits flush to the edges of the frames, obviating the potential dangers or inconveniences of any unwanted protrusion. FATH says that the new range is suited to modular profiles of both 40mm and 45mm, and that all models can also be used to fit rectangular profiles of both 40x80mm and 45x90mm. The company adds that the new castors allow users to implement frequent changes of equipment location which is both swift and fuss-free. Detail touches like the covering on the foot-operated lifting pedal and the special antislip plate used on the base of the feet ensure that the movement of units is also both safe and operator friendly. Equally importantly, these new swivel castors


New swivel castors with lifting feet from FATH offer real advantages to users

with integrated locking feet allow users to experience total freedom of movement by leaving behind them the obvious limitations of the ‘floor track and chock’ method seen in many workplaces. Commenting on the arrival of its new range of swivel castors with integrated lifting feet, FATH UK Managing Director David Hayes says “For users wishing to move heavy units on the shop floor, or in an assembly area, warehouse or office, these new lifting foot swivel castors offer safety, security, significantly enhanced operational flexibility and durability”.


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SICK Conquers New Frontiers with World’s Smallest Safety Laser Scanner SICK has launched the world’s smallest safety laser scanner, the nanoScan3, designed for easy and economical integration into the smallest of machine designs, particularly for automated guided vehicles, carts, mobile platforms and service robots. The ultra-compact SICK nanoScan3 is just eight centimetres tall, so it can fit snugly into the spaces in machines where safety laser scanners could not previously have been located. Packing in all of SICK’s latest safety laser scanning technology advances, the nanoScan3 enables the highest level of responsiveness when safely adjusting a machine’s speed and direction. The SICK nanoScan3 features a full suite of programmable features such as multiple, dynamically adapting protective fields and contour detection. With SICK’s innovative safeHDDM® (High Definition Distance Measurement) scanning and evaluation technology onboard, the nanoScan3 promises maximum reliability with the option of precise data output for use in navigation, even under difficult conditions such as bright lights, sparks, dust and dirt. Measuring just 101 x 101 x 80 mm, the SICK nanoScan3 is also suitable for integration into stationary plant and infrastructure for hazardous point, area and access protection applications, as well offering opportunities for retrofitting into contour- or tape-guided mobile vehicles. A range of safe communication options over standard interfaces allows for easy configuration and diagnostics to be performed on the device or over the network, with minimal cabling. The SICK nanoScan3 is a Type 3 device (EN 61496-3) and can be used in safety functions up to SIL2 (EN 62061) and PLd (EN ISO 13849).

analysed, helping to optimise the configuration and avoid unscheduled machine downtime. LEDs and clear text displays provide instant operational status viewing from nearly any direction.

“The nanoScan3 is a safety designer’s dream in miniature form, opening the field for integrating safety laser scanners in all types of small-space applications with easy and economy,” comments Dr Martin Kidman, SICK’s UK product manager for machinery safety.

SICK’s Safety Designer software enables step-by-step configuration, as well as access to detailed diagnostic information. When the SICK nanoScan3 is combined with SICK’s FlexiSoft Safety Controller, Safety Designer ensures only one configuration and diagnostic tool is needed for the control of safety laser scanners and plant-wide safety systems.

“The nanoScan3 Core and the nanoScan3 Pro models offer a range of features to allow designers, integrators and endusers to incorporate safety laser scanning into existing equipment and systems, where they would not previously have fitted, as well as offering compact build possibilities for new equipment design.” The SICK nanoScan3 features a protective field range of three metres, with a scanning angle of 275°. The device offers a choice of eight (Core) or up to 128 (Pro) freelyconfigurable fields, including navigation data and contourdetection fields. More than 100 events can be stored and


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The Sole-Mate II testing station is typically located at the entrance to a hazardous area and plant personnel are afforded a quick ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ reading instantly. If the resistance of the shoes is too high, the Sole-Mate II tester will indicate that the shoes have failed the test via a red LED and buzzer alarm. If the shoes pass the test a green LED will indicate to the operator that the shoes are fit for purpose. For those companies that want to interlock the system to certain areas of their facility with entry access or audible alarms, an integral volt free relay contact makes it possible for the system to prevent access to a hazardous area without a pass reading on the tester, indicating that only suitable footwear is being worn upon entry. Read more about the Earth-Rite SoleMate on Newson Gale’s website.



Replacing Legacy Coders for Reliability, Uptime and Flexibility Boost Lincoln & York Ltd is one of the UK’s largest coffee roasting companies producing enough coffee to make 1,500,000 cups worldwide. The Need As a result of rapid growth and the nature of the business, Lincoln & York was looking to replace its ageing coding equipment with a more reliable and flexible solution capable of increasing uptime and delivering higher quality prints.

The Solution Clearmark identified that by replacing all existing equipment from another supplier across 12 lines with ICE Zodiac thermal transfer overprinters, would allow codes to be printed more efficiently across a range of flexible substrates in a variety of colours at the various throughputs required.

The Benefits The ICE Zodiac thermal transfer printers provide a considerable improvement over the legacy equipment, which was beginning to have a considerable impact on uptime. The Clearmark solution installed onsite has been specifically designed to ensure that the factory is able to meet current and future supplier demand without any risk to reliability or print quality. The ICE coders are also flexible enough to print dates in any format or size, and in any Windows true type font. Their class-leading ribbon capacity means less downtime for ribbon changeovers, reducing waste and increasing production efficiency by up to 25%. “It is essential that we are able to change our label designs as quickly as possible to meet growing supplier requirements, the ICE Zodiacs allow us to do this efficiently without having any impact on production.” – Marc Rockall, Engineering Manager at Lincoln & York.


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Track and locate components with RFID solutions from HARTING In order to fully digitise industrial processes, the ability to identify and locate components and tools is incredibly important. For example, it allows production facilities to optimise their processes, railways to speed up their maintenance services and logistics firms to track goods across their facility. HARTING’s range of UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products are robust, reliable and versatile, meaning they’re suitable for a wide range of industries and working environments. Our portfolio includes special transponders (known as RFID tags) for applications within transportation, on-metal smart labels for use on containers or identifying tools and antennae which can be seamlessly installed on conveyor belts or used to create reading zones for smart shelves in stores, allowing you track spare parts in service centres. An RFID system is also able to cope with harsh, industrial environments, as many HARTING RFID products are IP65/IP67 rated and can endure wide temperature variations, high humidity and continue to be readable in dirty environments where the tag may become coated in oil and grease. Tags can also be securely encrypted and password protected to protect sensitive data. In addition, RFID hardware is future-proofed through the addition of features like WLAN, Bluetooth Low Energy and GSM. A practical example of RFID being used to speed up processes and save money can be found within train maintenance and servicing. Using the transponders mentioned above, different components of a train are identified and tagged. The RFID reader then automatically identifies the train and its important components, such as the axles and individual carriages, as it enters the

maintenance area. The system then notifies engineers about the condition of components which require maintenance, allowing them to focus on the parts that urgently need attention and servicing. A key benefit of using RFID is that, unlike barcodes, you do not need direct line of sight to read the transponder. It’s also possible to get information and data from multiple tags at once, with the high-speed technology allowing you to read up to 300 tags per second. Another advantage for the rail industry is that tags can be read at a distance of several metres, even when trains are travelling at over 120mph. If you’d like to learn more about HARTING’s range of RFID products, including readers, tags, antennae, complete systems and integration software, please click here to visit our website.


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Seeq Corporation Expands Series B Funding with $24 Million to Fuel Advanced Analytics Growth Strategyt Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures joins Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, and existing investors to expand Seeq’s international and cloud-based businesses. These achievements will enable Seeq customers to rapidly investigate and share insights from process manufacturing data stored either on premise or in the AWS cloud. Seeq had previously made its advanced analytics software available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application on Microsoft Azure and in the Azure Marketplace. Cloud-based Seeq deployments enable engineers at companies like Royal Dutch Shell PLC to access faster insights and reporting on real-time data. Seeq Corporation, a leader in manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, announced today that is has secured a $24 million expansion of its Series B funding. This expansion round is led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venture subsidiary of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company, Saudi Aramco. It includes renewed participation by Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, Second Avenue Partners, and other existing investors. Seeq enables engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, collaborate, and share insights to improve production outcomes. Customers include companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries. The funding will accelerate Seeq’s expansion of development, sales, and marketing resources, and will also increase its presence in international markets. “Seeq is providing an important improvement in software for customers in process industries to


accelerate insights, action, and impact on their production and business outcomes,” comments James Sledzik, Venture Executive at SAEV. “We are pleased to be leading the effort enabling Seeq’s continued growth.” Upon final closing, Seeq expects the Series B expansion to reach approximately $30 million, which is in addition to Series B funding led by Altira Group. “With the backing of SAEV and our existing investors, Seeq is positioned to continue its rapid growth by addressing market demand for advanced analytics innovation,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “Through our direct sales personnel and more than 50 channel partners, our customer base has expanded to more than 40 countries with deployments as large at 5,000 users within one company.” This announcement follows a momentous 2019 for Seeq. Last month, the company announced it had achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Industrial Software Competency status and that its advanced analytics solution was available in the AWS Marketplace.

Other companies using Seeq include pharmaceutical industry leaders such as Merck and Roche, as well as chemical industry leaders like Lonza and Covestro. In addition to cloud support, Seeq partners with an extensive set of process automation vendors for on premise deployments by connecting to and working with systems sold by OSIsoft, Siemens, GE, Honeywell, Emerson Automation Solutions, Inductive Automation, AVEVA, AspenTech, Schneider Electric, and others. Highlighting the company’s momentum, in August 2019 Seeq ranked #369 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, and in November 2019 ranked #43 on the Entrepreneur 360 list. Seeq’s new release, R22, introduces features enabling support for the integration of structured data from SQL Server, MySQL, and CSV files; easier distribution of Seeq Workbench analyses to coworkers; and an expansion of Seeq machine learning integration and features. To learn more about Seeq Workbench and connectivity options, along with other Seeq products and features, visit


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SICK Extends Flow Sensors Portfolio with T-Easic® Thermal Flow Switch SICK has extended its portfolio of industrial instruments with the SICK T-Easic® FTS, a thermal flow switch designed as an easy, cost-saving answer to detecting liquid flow in pipes, for example in pumps, machine tool lubrication or industrial cleaning systems. Combining both flow and temperature measurement in one IO-Link enabled sensor, the SICK T-Easic® is available in a choice of IP67 industrial or IP69 hygienic stainless-steel versions. Ideal for use with water or oil-based liquids, the T-Easic® can be set up to work with almost any media and is suitable for use with process temperatures between -40°C and 150®C and pressures up to 100 bar. It is therefore a versatile instrument that can be put to work monitoring coolants and lubricants in machine tools, for oil management in hydraulic systems, or for run protection of pumps. It is also ideal for use with Clean-in-Place and Sterilise-in-Place systems in food processing, bottling and pharmaceutical industries. With probe lengths of 60mm, 100mm and 200mm, the SICK T-Easic® can be inserted in pipes from 25mm right up to 400mm in diameter. Unlike many other thermal flow switches, the industrial version with robust VISTAL® housing features a clear OLED 180° rotatable display, making it easy to read when mounted vertically in a pipe or vessel. “The new SICK T-Easic® combines economy and ease of use for essential liquid flow detection and measurement duties, such as protecting pumps from running dry, which could otherwise cause costly damage and downtime to pump and process machinery,” says Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK product manager for Industrial Instrumentation.


“The sensor’s compression mounting adapter; reduced wiring thanks to IO-Link; easy setup, and a low-maintenance, wear-free design, all combine to make the T-Easic® an economical choice for new machinery or as a versatile replacement device to reduce inventories.” With two digital outputs, the sensor monitors measured flow and temperature values and sends a signal to the higher-level machine control when either the high or low switch points are exceeded. On the industrial version the switch points can be adjusted via the onboard display. The measured flow rate and temperature values, as well as diagnostic data are available via the IOLink interface. The sensors are easy to set up with a PC or HMI via IO-Link or using SICK’s SOPAS engineering tool. While factory calibrated values are pre-set for water and oil-based media, nearly any liquid can be taught-in quickly and easily, and device replacement is simple. The SICK T-Easic® FTS thermal flow switch measures flow and temperature using the calorimetric measurement principle. The T-Easic® probe is heated and when liquid flows past the probe, it cools more quickly or slowly depending on the flow speed. In order to restore the temperature difference between the probe and the liquid, a temperature sensor in the probe automatically adjusts the power provided to the heating element. The required heating power is proportional to the flow, therefore providing the measured value. For more information about the SICK T-Easic® Thermal Flow Switch please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email


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Improving Radiation Tolerant Monitoring Systems The Model 357 range of Non-Browning Zoom Lenses from Resolve Optics has been designed for nuclear systems integrators to improve the performance of their radiation tolerant monitoring systems. The nuclear industry worldwide is investing billions of pounds to deliver new capabilities, maintain existing equipment and manage the challenges associated with legacy waste, through delivery of technologically complex projects. New and improved camera and

sensor systems are vital to safely monitor operational nuclear plants and to oversee nuclear waste reprocessing operations. Offering true high definition (HD) quality images, over a 10x zoom range, the Model 357 lens range is available in a range of formats (1/3inch, 2/3-inch, motorised) that provide an unmatched high performance imaging solution that can be used with most radiation tolerant cameras and sensors. The nonbrowning glass used in Model 357 lenses is proven to withstand long-

term exposure to radiation up to a dose of 100,000,000 radians and temperatures to 55°C without discoloration. Design optimised - each Model 357 lens provides high image resolution and minimum geometric distortion from 400 to 770 nm, and can image objects from 800 mm to infinity without using add-on adapters. When focused at infinity, the lens achieves high image resolution on axis at full aperture throughout the zoom range without refocusing. Incorporating next generation non-browning glass enables Model 357 zoom lenses to produce clear sharp images free of the strong yellow tint that has traditionally been a limiting issue when using radiation resistant lenses on colour sensors. For further information on the Model 357 non-browning lens range please visit or contact Resolve Optics Ltd. on +44-1494-777100 /

Low Distortion Large Format Lenses Highly experienced in vision applications, Resolve Optics is a leading developer of application optimised Large Format lenses that offer low distortion and uniform high performance across the entire focal plane. Resolve Optics large format lenses are custom lenses designed to match the performance abilities of the highend megapixel type camera used in your vision application. Custom large format lenses from Resolve Optics provide an optimised solution to enable the latest generation of high resolution area and line scan cameras achieve their full performance potential opening the door to exciting new application solutions. As well as providing very high resolution over a large image format – Resolve Optics has designed diffraction-limited large format lenses that deliver low distortion edge to


edge, application-specific F-number and exceptional contrast. Resolve Optics Large Format Lenses are typically very highly toleranced to eliminate tilt in the image plane, to ensure repeatable, accurate results unmatched by standard off-the-shelf lenses.

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Stay Safe With ATEX Approved Drive Couplings From Reich Safety is always a key consideration in any environment where manufacturing processes or machinery are involved. This topic is even more critical within industries such as petrochemical, refining and mining, where there may be potentially explosive atmospheres. In these critical areas a single spark may be all that is needed to trigger a potentially catastrophic series of events. The European Union’s Atmosphere Explosibles (ATEX) Directives, introduced in 2003 are intended to reduce the hazards created by potentially explosive atmospheres. In this informative article, David Proud – General Manager of Reich Drive Systems UK explains why the company’s ATEX certified MULTI MONT SELLA and ARCUSAFLEX range of drive couplings not only meet these stringent requirements, but also offer enhanced fail-safe characteristics. There are two distinct directives: the first ATEX 95, applies to the design, manufacture and in-service use of equipment within potentially explosive atmospheres. The second directive ATEX 137, sets out the minimum requirements to improve safety and protect workers from explosions. This places specific requirements on employers for risk assessment and implementation of measures to reduce explosion hazards. As a key component in any drive train being used with a hazardous environment, drive couplings must adhere to the ATEX 95 directive. Reich’s MULTI MONT SELLA range not only meets the directive requirements and is certified, but the design of these drive couplings incorporates features which further enhance the fail-safe characteristics of the coupling.

David Proud explains: “In addition to compensating for axial, radial and angular misalignments, shocks and vibrations, these couplings are designed with individual rubber compound saddles. This means that even if one or more of the saddles begins to deteriorate in service, the unit will still operate safely, minimizing the risk of metal-to-metal contact and any subsequent sparks. Although the coupling may exhibit signs of reduced performance, giving maintenance engineers the time to plan remedial work, the coupling will still operate safely.” A further benefit of the MULTI MONT SELLA range is that the rubber saddles can be replaced radially with the coupling in situ, by simply sliding back the retaining cap, saving significant amounts of time by eliminating the need to decouple equipment. This concept is shown in a video which can be viewed HERE.

Also certified for use within hazardous environments is the ARCUSAFLEX range of couplings. These also comply to explosion protection directive ATEX 95, and are suitable for use within hazardous location categories M2 and 2 which require high levels of protection, and 3 which requires normal levels of protection. David Proud continues: “The ARCUSAFLEX coupling is a highly flexible flywheel coupling with an axial plug-in facility. It provides a torsionally soft connection between the prime mover and the driven machine. The highly flexible torque transmission characteristic of the coupling is achieved by a disc-shaped rubber element that is subjected to a torsional load and enables both, the absorption of high torsional vibrations and the compensation of major misalignments. The toothed design of the rubber element is instrumental in maintaining safe operation within hazardous environments.” With a history spanning over 70 years, REICH-KUPPLUNGEN has built up unrivalled expertise in the design and manufacture of drive couplings for use across a wide range of industries and applications, including those within hazardous environments.

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Weighing the benefits of a loading arm over traditional hose assemblies One of Dixon’s newest product developments is our loading arm which can be configured and built to a customer’s specification. Dixon’s loading arms are engineered for long life performance as well as ease of use in the field and can be used to overcome some of the typical issues and complications faced in the transfer of liquids. Loading arms are becoming the standard choice over hoses for certain applications in refineries, chemical plants, food & beverage processing plants, rail terminals and truck terminals. There are many variables involved in making the decision to purchase a loading arm. They can be based on application, material, location, site limitations, etc. Safety should always be considered first when protecting your most important asset, your employees. Is a loading arm actually a safer option than a standard hose assembly? It is important to review key factors and examine the impact on safety when looking to make a choice between the two.

Weight & the benefits of a counter balance What is the media that is being transferred? Is the weight of the hose an issue? A 4 inch hose assembly filled with liquid could potentially weigh 6kg per metre. In this situation you could be asking your employees to drag a 100kg, 6 metre hose assembly. This could contribute to a high potential for back injuries and worker compensation injury claims. Even if the hose was shorter it would still add a significant amount of strain and stress on the worker. Switching this application to a loading arm would reduce the chance of an injury tremendously. The counterbalance mechanism of a loading arm


is designed to balance the weight and do the heavy lifting for you and, combined with a handle, it becomes a very ergonomic solution. The design of the Dixon loading arm incorporates an additional safety factor by having a steel housing for the Counterbalance torsion spring rather than the conventional plastic housing for better durability and long life performance. The unique counterbalance adjustment mechanism allows the torsion spring to be safely adjusted easily and quickly without having to remove the housing. While not intended for adjustment under load the Dixon design allows for this once the weight of the arm is supported by simply turning the adjustment bolt to increase or reduce the tension on the spring.

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involves consistent location, such as at a fuel terminal, a loading arm application would be the best choice. This application will last longer than a standard hose assembly due to the loading arm being suspended where it can not drag on the ground like a hose can. Many times a hose that is used on a consistent basis can only last weeks or months while a loading arm can last years or even tens of years with proper maintenance. Loading arms can be rebuilt so they can last decades by adding replacement parts and removing the old parts while the entire hose assembly will be replaced when it can no longer function properly.

Environment Are your hoses causing a tripping hazard? Are employees constantly having to step over or go around the hose assembly? A loading arm removes these hazards because they are mounted off the ground. They can be articulated into a folded position, out of the way to provide a cleaner, less-hazardous environment. Are your hoses continuously being dragged? This can cause hoses to wear and burst, causing a spill. If the media is potentially hazardous this could be even more serious than a minor spill clean up.

In Conclusion When choosing between a hose assembly or a loading arm, always examine the three topics above before making your decision. There are many other factors involved, but these three topics can be a quick indicator when studying the safety aspect of your decision. The best way to make an informed decision is to discuss your specific applications and needs with a market specialist. Loading arms are offered in various custom configurations and can be supplied as complete turnkey assemblies or individual components. Dixon are always ready to help you make an informed decision and select the right connection As part of its vast portfolio Dixon manufactures liquid and dry material transfer products for use within the transportation sector such as railcar connectors, cam and groove, overfill protection, level sensing equipment, drop elbows, API fittings and valves. To find out more about how Dixon can help you and the Dixon range head to or contact our customer sales department on 01772 323529 Contact Gill Platt @ Dixon Group Europe Ltd T: +44 (0) 1772 323529 E:



Dust extraction specialist announces attendance at UK’s premier manufacturing event Dustcontrol UK is set to exhibit its range of high-performance extraction equipment at the eagerly anticipated Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 Exhibition. Taking place on Tuesday, February 11th to Thursday, February 13th at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, Hampshire, the Dustcontrol team will be showcasing the firm’s extensive range of both fixed and mobile cyclone-based dust extractors and air cleaners at Stand A1028. The DC11-Module for example, which comes in several models, is an optimised stand-alone unit for source extraction and industrial cleaning. It has been designed to service up to six normal extraction points or several cleaning outlets at a time and is modularly built, meaning it can be tailor-made to suit any manufacturing and production environment. As with all of Dustcontrol UK’s equipment, the DC11-Module can be fitted with HEPA 13 filters, meaning exhaust air can be safely returned to the work environment. James Miller, Managing Director of Dustcontrol UK, said: "The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition promises to be another exciting event for those in the industry. With more than 800 exhibitors and 9,000 guests from around the world expected to be in attendance, we’re looking forward to hosting live demonstrations of our vacuum systems to showcase their impressive dust extraction capabilities.” The company, based in Milton Keynes, has over 45 years of experience in developing dust extraction solutions and centralised vacuum systems to fit client requirements in the manufacturing industry. They are experts in capturing dust at its source - both where and when it is created. Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the UK. Entering its 22nd year, the event has fast become a major pan-European showcase for new technology in machinery, production equipment, electronic production and assembly, tooling, components and subcontract services across a wide range of industries.


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What do Industry 4.0 and elite sport have in common? Did you watch the Cricket World Cup, the Rugby World Cup, The Women’s World Cup, Wimbledon Tennis or premier golf? You will have seen athletes at the top of their game. But spare a thought for the ground staff and the kit they use.


reating the perfect grass pitch or court is highly technical. It relies on very accurate mowers with very keen blades. These blades have to be sharpened using the world’s best sharpening machine (after every 10-12 hours use according to Cornell University). This machine only uses the most accurate components and these components include Accuride Slides, Strain Relief Bushings and Fir Tree Buttons from JET PRESS. Elite sport depends on specialist fasteners and components, so does Industry 4.0.

Work as well as play After all the sporting thrills and spills most of us will go back to work. For many people, the workplace is changing radically because of Industry 4.0. This is a series of innovations in the way products are manufactured that leads to Smart Factories. Industry 4.0 is all about the trend to add wireless connectivity and sensors to a system that sees the production line as a whole and autonomously makes decisions about how processes work, what components are required and even when the machines require servicing. But when it comes down to the nuts and bolts as it


were, do you need a new generation of Machinery Fasteners or can you use the same fasteners and hardware in the fourth industrial revolution as in the last three? It depends.

Functionality, maintenance and manufacture How well the machine functions is the most crucial consideration. Machines in a Smart Factory have to move smoothly and accurately. JET PRESS is increasingly supplying machine builders with Linear Motion and Telescopic Slides from Accuride to achieve this. Steel slides are the most popular but aluminium slides can help save weight and stainless steel is useful in harsh environments where corrosive chemicals are used.

Dealing with vibration Vibration is still an issue in Smart Factories. For now, the tried and tested solutions are the best. From Vibration Dampened Machine

Mounts to Palnuts and Lock Washers that keep nut and bolt assemblies secured in place, JET PRESS offer machine designers numerous ways to deal with vibration and movement.

Managing Cables and Hoses Most machines need power cables and may have other cables and hoses carrying coolant, hydraulic fluid or component liquids. They all need managing and if you speak to the experts at JET PRESS they will look carefully at each application before recommending the ideal solution.




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Better machine building When you are thinking about designing a new machine, especially a machine designed for a Smart Factory, the cost of fasteners is unlikely to be a critical factor. But the wrong choice can lead to complications when the machine is assembled - which may add real costs. They might suggest that all you need is a low cost cable tie. But they also offer a range of more sophisticated Cable Ties and Cable Management Fasteners along with Glands, Lock Nuts and O-rings. Sometimes JET PRESS will find a low cost off the shelf solution, but some applications require bespoke fasteners. For some customers JET PRESS pre-assembles and delivers solutions.

Maintenance made easier Maybe in Industry 5.0 machines will be maintained by robots, but for now it’s still done by humans. This means removing things like panels and guards. For heavy guards, JET PRESS

customers often use Accuride Slides or Gas Struts for ease of access. For smaller panels, bolts or screws may be the right solution, but not always. JET PRESS often recommends Bi-Fix Quarter Turn Fasteners for access panels. They are very easy to install and maintenance staff can open them with a simple quarter turn action and there’s no practical limit to the number of times they can be reused. At the design stage this might not seem important, but because these fasteners stay attached to the panel there’s no risk of fasteners being lost, or worse still, dropped into the machine.

You can select fasteners that may cost a little more but save time and money during assembly. For instance JET PRESS supply a customer with a bespoke Cable and Hose Management component that allows cables to be inserted at different stages of assembly, making the process easier and more cost effective. Whatever challenge you face the team at JET PRESS would be very happy to hear from you. +44 1623 551 800



UK’s largest stockholder of electric motors emphasises the importance of trade bodies to the market As an active member of the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT), TEC Electric Motors, holder of the UK’s largest stock of electric motors, is underlining the importance of standards when it comes to the replacement of rotating equipment. “TEC has been a member of the AEMT (Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades) since 2012 - we see the AEMT as the go-to authority for industry standards on the repair and rewinding of electrical rotating equipment,” says TEC Electric Motors’ Business Development Manager David Ede. “Members are fully invested in the latest standards that define best practice in electrical and mechanical servicing.” Notably: 60034-23, the repair, overhaul and reclamation of rotating electrical machinery, and 60034-1, Rating and performance of rotating electrical machines. “End users rely on them for comprehensive support, so when a rewind is not a suitable solution, MRO suppliers need to be able to access the 80|

right replacement in a realistic timescale, and that’s where we come in. TEC also uses the AEMT Ex Training services to ensure we have trained certified staff to support our ATEX Hazardous area motors.”

not just by us but also via the distribution network. We’re not just working with our partners to provide the best possible service to meet today’s industry requirements, we’re also planning for tomorrow.”

“Many of our UK distribution partners are also members of the AEMT,” says Ede. “Customers expect a consistent level of support for products in the field, provided

With a fast-growing customer base built on providing quality products with a customer experience to match, TEC carries a wide range of electric motors, gearboxes

and inverters, offering the largest motor stock in the UK. Three strategically placed branches for quick dispatch means TEC can react immediately to urgent requirements across the UK. This, combined with a range of motor test and modification services, makes TEC the one-stop-shop for many AEMT members’ power transmission needs.


XAAR’S 5-STEP SERVICE ENABLES EFFECTIVE INK JET FLUID EVALUATION FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS The service aims to help companies establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs. To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory. This is equipped with a number of custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing including a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer. Each new project starts with the initial fluid evaluation where guidance is provided on issues such as ink development and material compatibility as well as options for complex rheology testing and fluid physicals measurement. Stage 2 moves to jetting optimisation encompassing printhead waveform configuration, alongside application and fluid optimisation. Stage 3 involves actual sample production utilising one of the custom test rigs. 3D and other advanced sample production is made possible using a Notions Systems n.jet printer and Xaar 1003 GS12 printheads. This Photopolymer Jetting (PPJ) machine

is capable of printing layers between 0.0185mm – 0.0025mm taking approximately 6 seconds per layer, enabling features as small as 0.1mm.

Xaar has launched its 5-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing applications.

Once samples have been produced, stage 4 moves to upscaling the development application, focusing on the provision of the relevant Xaar inkjet system. Stage 5 then completes each project through providing continued support and delivering application improvements, testing and advice.

jetting of fluids with high viscosities. Most inkjet printheads are capable of jetting materials with viscosities with a range of 10-25 mPa.s (10-25 cP). Now, thanks to improvements in Xaar’s unique TF Technology, fluids which have significantly higher viscosities can be successfully jetted through Xaar’s printheads.

“Inkjet technology is now highly relevant across a multitude of new product development applications, and we wanted to enable companies to be able to review the suitability of inkjet printing in their product development programmes without the need for significant capital investment or upfront costs,” says Mike Seal, Xaar’s Business Development Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printheads.

“Providing access to our inkjet development expertise through our 5-step service helps clients get to market quicker by reducing their own development timelines and costs. From 3D printing through to functional fluid applications such as optics and flat panel displays, the possibilities and applications for inkjet printing are extremely diverse, and our dedicated team and 5-step service is here to support throughout each development project,”

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Bringing thermal imaging advantages to the single point pyrometer market Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has introduced two thermal imagers for industrial environments that are both compact and robust, offering advanced thermal imaging functions at a price level normally associated with single point pyrometers. The entry level thermoIMAGER TIM 8 features an 80x80 pixel resolution, 50Hz frame rate and autonomous operation that offers automatic hot or cold spot detection. As an imager, the TIM8 gives more freedom to check and look for faults. It isn’t reliant on the target being in the same place and can detect hot (cold) spots anywhere within its field of view. Once set up and configuration are complete by the included software, the TIM 8 is then capable of standalone operation without a PC connected, combining the advantages of a robust pyrometer with those of an infrared thermal imaging camera. Automatic hot and cold spot detection in automation, machine building and plant monitoring increases process reliability. The thermoIMAGER TIM 8 is specially designed for these types of application. The measured temperature can be output directly as an analogue signal or as a digital alarm output. Another feature of the camera is its integrated lens and motorised focus. The focus adjustment is software-controlled enabling the operator to set the target in focus without having to touch the camera – ideal if it is mounted in a hard-to-reach area. With three selectable temperature measurement ranges from -20°C to +900°C, the TIM 8 can be used, for example, to monitor the temperature in control cabinets, process control in production lines or to detect overheated, baked goods. When the pre-defined alarm threshold is reached, an alert signal is output via the integrated process interface. Setup is intuitive via the well-established TIMConnect configuration software, available as a free download from the Micro-Epsilon website. Communication with the camera is made by USB or Ethernet connection. A range of accessories are also available including air purge collars, protective windows and cooling housings, which enable the TIM 8 device to be installed in a wide range of industrial environments and is ideal for OEM customers looking to integrate more than just a pyrometer. For users who require an even greater optical resolution and frame rates for temperature monitoring of high speed thermal processes, Micro-Epsilon has also introduced the thermoIMAGER TIM 40 to its range. This robust industrial camera offers excellent optical resolution (382 x 288 pixels), a frame rate of 80Hz and an effective distance-to-spot-size ratio of 390:1. Selectable temperature ranges are from -20°C to +100°C/ 0 to 250°C/ 150°C to 900°C.


The TIM 40 also incorporates a motorised focus for easy adjustments on targets via remote control. Power supply and operation are via USB connection. With multiple measurement outputs available via the optional industrial process interface, this also makes the camera ideal for high volume OEM applications.

For more information on the thermoIMAGER TIM 8 and TIM 40, please call the Micro-Epsilon sales department on 0151 355 6070 or email


Standard and Custom Photodiodes and Photodiode Arrays from

Advanced Photonix Advanced Photonix is a leading manufacturer of custom photodiodes, photodiode arrays and related sub-systems, with more than 30 years’ experience. They offer comprehensive engineering, design, and manufacturing capabilities to create bespoke detector solutions for almost any application, from simple light detection, through spectroscopy to complex guidance systems.

Advanced Photonix also offers a wide range of standard photodiode and photodiode array products including detectors optimised for different wavelengths (X-ray to NIR), speed and detection area. Extensive packaging options are available including ceramic mount, TO can, compact plastic, and small footprint packages as well as packages with integrated optical filters. Hybrid detectors can also be supplied with the photodiode amplifier integrated into the package for a compact and high performance detector solution. LASER COMPONENTS is the official distributor for Advanced Photonix in the UK. If you have a light detection requirement, we would be pleased to help find or design the right solution for you. Further information |83


Stäubli Robots Drive Growth In Automotive Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Production The growth in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles available today demonstrates the automotive industry’s determination to act upon environmental concerns. Electric vehicles (EV’s) with their low or zero emissions are definitely becoming a highly strategic part of many OEMs' business strategies. This continued growth in demand for electric vehicles brings with it the need for a huge supply of the lithiumion batteries required to produce the power packs. In keeping with the automotive sector’s philosophy of automating manufacturing processes, battery production also needs to be automated, not only to keep pace with demand, but also to ensure the high standards of quality and safety required. Stäubli robots are already recognised within the electrical and electronics sectors for their precision, performance and reliability, and this has led to a natural progression into battery manufacturing applications. In this article, Simon Jenkins - Sales Manager for Stäubli Robotics expands on the different areas where the company’s robots are playing a leading role in the manufacture of lithium-Ion battery packs. Re-chargeable batteries have been with us for some time and are present in many of our every-day home items including our phones, laptops, vacuum cleaners and power tools. The technology within these items is very similar to that now being used in many electric and hybrid cars, where the batteries are of the lithium-ion type. However the battery packs in vehicles contain significantly higher numbers of individual cells to produce the power, and deliver the longevity needed, to make electric vehicles viable.


With the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for electric and hybrid vehicles alone estimated at around 35%, not to mention the increase in manufacture of energy storage facilities, which also use similar technology, it is clear that there is, and will continue to be for some time, a very high demand for lithium-Ion battery technology. Lithium-Ion batteries come in a number of forms including Prismatic, Cylindrical and Pouch, however for automotive applications, the individual cells are predominately of the cylindrical variety, typically 3.7 volts and 2600mAh. Simon Jenkins explains the different processes where Stäubli robots are playing an increasingly important role. “The battery pack in an electric vehicle comprises of a number of battery modules, which in turn are made up from individual battery cells. Some EV’s may have around 3,000 individual battery cells, so as you can imagine automation plays a key role in the manufacture of these items.” Simon Jenkins continues: “Depending upon the specific configuration of the automated production system, the applications for our robots can differ. The typical process steps where our robots add value include: initial unpacking of individual cells, handling and transferring cells through cleaning, voltage and resistance testing, laser marking and

segregation of any reject cells, before good cells are assembled into module bases” The demand for battery packs, although significant from the major OEM’s, is just one of the growth factors within this sector. The development of increasing numbers of autonomous vehicles, together with a move towards replacing conventional petrol and diesel powered last mile delivery transport with electric powered alternatives will continue to place greater demand on battery manufacturers. According to Stäubli’s Simon Jenkins “The EV revolution opens up tremendous opportunities for Stäubli, as our existing range of field proven robots dovetail neatly into this demanding production environment. In addition to the cleanliness, speed and precision, for which our systems are already renowned, we have recently introduced ESD compliant versions of some of our range, which makes them ideally suited for both applications in battery manufacture and motor assembly.”


Cobots versus industrial robots ~ What’s the difference? ~ Buying a new robot is a considerable investment for any business owner. Collaborative robots have been widely marketed as a cheaper alternative to industrial robots, but what’s the catch? Nigel Smith, president and CEO of Toshiba Machine partner TM Robotics, explains the crucial differences between these two robot types. Upfront costs Let’s kick things off with the collaborative robot, or ‘cobot’ as they are commonly called. The term cobot has been coined to represent an unguarded, easy to integrate collection of robots that typically carry out repetitive or unsafe tasks while the human workforce performs higher-value manual tasks up or downstream. In terms of upfront costs, most cobots are cheaper than traditional, industrial robots. These low costs have provided smaller businesses with accessibility to robots, which in itself is something to be celebrated. However, that doesn’t mean all small businesses need to opt for a cobot to board the automation train. The alternative is industrial robots. Think SCARA, 6-axis or cartesian models. These are heavy duty robots with high payloads that can tackle dangerous, repetitive and heavy applications. These robots are commonly used for parts assembly, pick and place and palletizing in many different industries — and they have been for decades.

Generally, industrial robots cost more upfront but can provide entirely different levels of performance. Plus, there’s much more to consider than the first financial transaction. Firstly, pricing structures are changing, meaning industrial robots are now a becoming more viable option for small businesses. TM Robotics’ is a good example of this. The company’s new pricing structure puts the company’s range of Toshiba Machine SCARA robots as the performance leader of the low-cost end of the market. The company’s latest SCARA model for instance, the THE400, can provide manufacturers 40 per cent faster speed compared with competing models in this price range. Using this model, the company can ensure small businesses and those that are new to automation, aren’t priced out of the robot market. Cost of ownership Whether we’re discussing cobots or industrial robots, a challenge for small to medium sized manufacturers is

determining the actual cost of ownership when investing in automation. These are the additional costs of maintenance, energy consumption and additional equipment requirements that enable the safe usage of the robot. For example, a risk assessment may determine a cobot needs extra fencing, or force limiters, if it is to be used safely alongside humans. This is a very common occurrence for misinformed cobot purchasers. Manufacturers would be forgiven to believe that cobots are automatically safe to use alongside humans, but this isn’t always the case. The risk assessment, and the heavy fees for additional safety equipment, can leave manufacturers thinking, ‘why didn’t we just buy an industrial robot for all this money we’ve spent?’ Cost of energy consumption also needs to be evaluated against the production output. As many cobots are relatively new inventions, many boast low energy consumption. Read more here.



Gestamp delighted by unexpected benefits from new RO System Llanelli based Gestamp, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of metal automotive components, is benefitting from significant environmental and process improvements following a decision to invest in Reverse Osmosis technology for its low conductivity process water generation requirements. As part of its Vision to promote sustainable economic and social development, Gestamp was primarily looking for a cleaner and cost-effective water treatment process to replace an ageing chemically activated ion exchange system. Gestamp contacted filtration specialists Axium Process to discuss the suitability of Reverse Osmosis for the application and after comparing the benefits of the technology against the ion exchange process, made the decision to proceed with an Axium standard reverse osmosis system. Equipment reliability, short delivery time, technical support and service backup were considered important elements in the scope of supply. “We chose an Axium RO system because the technology is safer to operate, eliminates bulk chemical and 86|

disposal costs and does not present a toxic pollution hazard to the environment. After using the Plant for a number of months we are happy to report unexpected benefits such as enhanced paint finish resulting from improved water quality, as well as less downtime because the system requires

minimal maintenance and has been programmed to selfclean” reports Simon White, Gestamp’s plant technician. Designed for ease of operation and low maintenance, Axium’s standard RO systems primarily remove salts and particulates from a variety of water sources providing a

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Celebrating 5 Years of Advanced-Engineering | Top 5 as pro engineering ltd. Projects Since 2014 Championship-Winning Formula 1 Cars, British-Built Bicycle Components and a 1,000mph World Landspeed Record Car: We Take a Look Back Over Our Top 5 Engineering Projects Since 2014. As 2019 draws to a close, as pro engineering ltd. celebrates 5 years since its formation back in 2014. What began as a small side-project, designing lightweight parts for BMW racing cars, has grown into an established advance-engineering design consultancy, with a proven reputation for high-quality and lightweight design. Since the company’s inception in 2014, as pro engineering ltd. has been involved in successfully delivering over 30 projects, from bicycle components to advanced, lightweight Formula 1 car parts. Here are our top 5 projects since 2014: • • • • •

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 - 2018 Championship-Winning Car Toyota TS050 LMP1 - 2018/19 Championship-Winning Car Chater-Lea Grand Tour Pedal Bloodhound LSR FIA World Landspeed Car BMW E82 1M Kumho Race Car

2018 | Mercedes AMG F1 W09 | 2018 Championship-Winning Car When we started out in 2014, there was no way we could’ve foreseen that 4 years later we would get the opportunity to work with the alldominating Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team. It was an honour to get the chance to play a small part in the design of their 2018 W09 F1 car, the car that would ultimately win the 2018 Formula 1 World Constructor’s Championship and secure Lewis Hamilton’s 5th Driver’s title in the process. Working alongside the best in the industry, as pro engineering ltd. assisted the Mercedes AMG team with the design of lightweight prepreg carbon fibre composite parts, tooling & fixtures- focusing on the

car’s electrical installation and rear wing structure.

German-based Toyota Gazoo Racing factory team on their 2018-2019 WEC Le Mans Prototype Hybrid contender.

The 1.6L v6 turbocharged 1,000Hp car went on to secure 11 Grand Prix race wins, 25 podium finishes and 10 fastest laps throughout the 2018 Formula 1 race season.

as pro engineering ltd. was contracted to design and develop ultralightweight carbon fibre bodywork for the front-end of the TS050 race car.

2019 | Toyota TS050 LMP1 | 2018/19 Championship-Winning Car

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In 2019, as pro engineering ltd. was fortunate to get a second opportunity to work on the design of another world championship-winning race car. This time, working directly with the




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