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ODU-MAC® Modular Connectors ODU-MAC ® Modular Connectors - three major variants provide the ultimate pick’n’mix - whether power [inc high-voltage & high-current], data/signals, coax, high-speed data, fibre-optics and other media such as air and fluids – all can be incorporated. ODU-MAC Silver-Line - the all-rounder for automatic docking - six different dockingframe types, each in customizable lengths, with multiple modules including 30 highspeed data options. Some customers have reported no failures in the docking-frame version of the ODU-MAC even after more than one million mating cycles. ODU-MAC White-Line - the option for manual mating - the same technical performance as SilverLine, but in a multiple choice of metal and plastic housings, with snap-in, spindle or lever locking. ODU-MAC Blue-Line - tool-free and clip-mounted – ideal for on-site assembly, with loading and unloading of the crimp contacts possible even after assembly and faulty clipping-in of modules prevented through mechanical and visual coding. See more at: http://www.odu-uk.co.uk/products-solutions/modular-connectors/

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ODU-MAC® Modular Connectors ODU-MAC ® Modular Connectors - three major variants provide the ultimate pick’n’mix - whether power [inc high-voltage & high-current], data/signals, coax, high-speed data, fibre-optics and other media such as air and fluids – all can be incorporated. ODU-MAC Silver-Line - the all-rounder for automatic docking - six different dockingframe types, each in customizable lengths, with multiple modules including 30 highspeed data options. Some customers have reported no failures in the docking-frame version of the ODU-MAC even after more than one million mating cycles.

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ODU-MAC White-Line - the option for manual mating - the same technical performance as SilverLine, but in a multiple choice of metal and plastic housings, with snap-in, spindle or lever locking. ODU-MAC Blue-Line - tool-free and clip-mounted – ideal for on-site assembly, with loading and unloading of the crimp contacts possible even after assembly and faulty clipping-in of modules prevented through mechanical and visual coding. See more at: http://www.odu-uk.co.uk/products-solutions/modular-connectors/

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TLM Laser Expand Product Offering Through Partnership Agreement With LasX Industries Bromsgrove based TLM Laser have further enhanced their laser products and systems portfolio through a partnership agreement, announced today, with LasX Industries, a technology and industry leader in high performance production class laser converting systems and services. Under this new partnership, TLM Laser will be responsible for the sales, marketing, installation and servicing of LasX Industries laser systems throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. As a firmly established and highly respected supplier of laser technology, TLM already has the technical and application expertise required to seamlessly integrate this new product range into their product offering. The comprehensive laser processing systems developed by LasX are used for laser cutting, scoring, and perforating processes, eliminating the need for costly tooling and lengthy set-up times, resulting in greater efficiencies and higher productivity for packaging manufacturers. TLM Laser will initially focus on “Breathable Packaging” and “Easy Open” applications, working closely and confidentially with packaging manufacturers and their engineers to develop new product specific processes or enhance and upgrade existing manufacturing processes. TLM Laser Director Andy Toms commented: “We are delighted to be representing LasX Industries. Their LaserSharp® digital converting technology brings a completely new dimension to our product offering and will undoubtedly open up many opportunities for TLM Laser within new markets ” LasX Industries President William Dinauer concluded: “TLM Laser are the ideal partner for us within the UK and Ireland. They are highly respected for their technical expertise, market knowledge and pro-active approach to customer support and service. We look forward to working with them in developing this partnership.” Tel: +44(0) 1527 959 099 E-Mail: sales@tlm-laser.com Web: www.tlm-laser.com


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January 2018

New m920 Series Semiconductor OEM module LumaSense Technologies, Inc. introduces the m924 (4-channel) and m922 (2-channel) Semiconductor OEM Modules, designed for Electrostatic Chuck, Chamber, and other device temperature monitoring during Etching and Wafer Fabrication processes. The LumaSense solution provides advanced and reliable temperature monitoring up to 330 °C. The new m924 Semiconductor OEM module sampling rate is five times faster than most other modules or converters, and provides +/- 0.1C high accuracy measurements with a wide range of industry specific communication capabilities.

These combined features provide users with better and more accurate temperature measurements to improve process control. The new product provides temperature monitoring for smaller linewidth devices at higher and wider temperature ranges with significantly faster sampling rates needed in


semiconductor wafer process measurements.

units, probes, and cables, allowing for a seamless upgrade.

The m920 Series Semiconductor OEM system is based on the LumaSense LuxtronÂŽ brand of FluoropticÂŽ probes and fiber optic extensions. This unique and long-standing Fluoroptic sensing technology lends itself well to variation in probe construction and is easily customized for OEMs.

With more than 25 years of experience and thousands of systems installed worldwide, the Luxtron brand has become a very reliable source for fiber optic temperature measurements. LumaSense semiconductor customers are known to experience low failure rates and better yields using their highly accurate solutions.

The LumaSense solution consists of the m920 Series Semiconductor OEM modules, contact and non-contact fiber optic probes, and cable extensions. The Company also provides experienced technical application engineering support and can customize fiber optic probes for dedicated applications. The solution also offers tremendous flexibility with the mix and match probe design, minimizing costs and error of matching probes to modules and channels. The new OEM modules are backwards compatible for Luxtron m822 or m602/604

Unlike competitors who are unable to meet the highperformance and reliability standards of Etching and Wafer Fabrication processes, LumaSense solutions are designed with a proven reliability history, custom probe capabilities, and high performance needed in demanding semiconductor processes. LumaSense Technologies www.lumasenseinc.com info@lumasenesinc.com +49 69 973 73-0

January 2018

HBM INTRODUCES LIGHTWEIGHT AND FLEXIBLE BU18 BUILD-UP SYSTEM Big things come in small packages.... Now available from HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is the BU18 build-up system, which has been developed to measure or calibrate large compressive forces as a smaller and less expensive alternative to existing direct loading machines. Featuring an accuracy class of 00 per ISO376, the BU18 offers precise calibrations, even for mobile purposes.  Suitable for a variety of applications, the BU18 can also be used to check material testing machines or force transducers with high precision on-site. 


The modular design of the BU18 offers users significant practical advantages for system assembly. All system components can be removed individually and are clearly marked for ease of assembly.  Moreover, significantly lighter than any other comparable 3MN force transducer in its class, the built in system can also be easily fitted and removed by one person, offering valuable time saving properties. The BU18 from HBM is suitable for use in a wide range of equipment such as test benches.  In addition, the three 1MN force transducers

can be used independently as stand-alone reference force transducers. HBM build-up systems have been successfully used in many prestigious research projects over the world with the objective of deducing behaviour of systems connected in parallel with the help of the results obtained in individual calibration. For further information, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: info@uk.hbm.co.uk or visit the HBM website at www.hbm.com

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January 2018

SICK’s deTem Core Light Curtains Set New Standards for Multi-beam Protection SICK has set new standards in the use of multiple light beams to safeguard the area surrounding hazardous machinery with the launch of the deTem Core family of safety light curtains for applications up to SIL3 / PL ‘e’ (Type 4). The deTem2 Core and deTem4 Core multi-beam range complement SICK’s popular deTec4 and deTec2 light curtain range. The deTem’s long range and space-saving capability enable the safety distances around machines to be minimised without compromising productivity. “The SICK deTem4/2 Core multibeam light curtains can be easily integrated into intralogistics machines, materials handling machines and packaging production lines,” says Dr Martin Kidman, SICK’s UK safety product specialist. “They are particularly useful where long range access protection is needed, or where an alternative is needed to extensive physical guarding, or if multiple light curtains are being used to protect a large area. “Setting up and commissioning the deTem light curtains does not require a PC, so operators can quickly be assured of protection against unsafe access with minimal interruption to operation. From the system integrator’s viewpoint, the deTem2 Core and deTem4 Core models are also simple to incorporate into the safety system design.” The SICK deTem4 Core and deTem2 Core offer protection with two, three or four beams with beam separations of 500mm, 400mm or 300mm respectively and can cover a range up to a massive 80 metres, adding further versatility. “Choosing the right solution depends on your application and standards such as EN ISO 13855 for the positioning of safeguards or the EN 415 set of standards for the safety of packaging machines can assist” adds Kidman. The SICK deTem4/2 Core multibeam light curtains are contained in slim housings for ease of installation, with IP65 and IP67 protection ratings, an operating temperature range of


-30oC to +55oC and offer protective field heights in increments of 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm. The deTem2units are Type 2 devices (IEC 61495) and can be used in SafetyRelated Parts of Control Systems (SRP/CS) up to PLc/ SIL 1. The deTem4 units are Type 4 devices (IEC 61496) and can be used in SRP/CS up to PLe/SIL3. As the SICK deTem4/2 Core light curtains work only in protective mode, configuration and range adjustment is automatic, requiring no additional setup. Diagnostic codes are simple and additional functions can be set up via safety relays, or the SICK Flexi Classic or Flexi Soft safety controllers.

A combination of the innovative mounting bracket, semi-circular contours and alignment LEDs greatly facilitate the set-up process, meaning the SICK’s deTem4/2 Core can be installed quickly and easily in seconds. SICK’s deTem4/2 Cores benefit from a rugged enclosure guaranteeing operation in harsh conditions and a variety of demanding industrial environments, including low temperature. For more information on the SICK deTem4 Core and deTem2 Core safety light curtains, or any of SICK’s safety and protective devices, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk

PTS Ltd have over 18 years experience managing a growing number of customer production lines on-site to ensure ‘just-intime’ delivery. We offer many variations of Direct Line Feed management to suit individual needs. Plating We have the facilities to plate standard and special screws in most materials.

The most popular of these is our ‘Touch-Dry’ ChemiBlack process, currently used by an increasing number of customers in high-tech industries. Also known as ‘Black Oxide’, the finish is so thin it does not affect any dimensional tolerances. Other finishes offered include Gold, Nickel, Silver and Zinc (Rohs Compliant).

Patchlocking Ideal for vibration resistance and added torque performance. We offer a number of options to suit your requirements. Screw Modifications We provide a modification service for our customers from 1.6mm diameter fasteners upwards to customer drawings and specifications. This can be a cheaper and faster option than manufacturing, especially where smaller quantities are concerned.

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January 2018

Making robots really useful A revolutionary type of robotic hand— marketed as the Shadow Dexterous Hand— is transforming the way many sectors use robots. Development of the ‘hand’ required precision parts for the fingers and fingertips, with services from digital manufacturer Proto Labs to help perfect them. The Shadow Dexterous Hand, from The Shadow Robot Company, takes a totally new approach to robotic manipulation, closely mimicking the dexterity of the human hand. With 20 actuated degrees of freedom, force sensors, and ultra-sensitive touch sensors on the fingertips, the hand can perform many tasks previously beyond the reach of robots. The hand can be used as a tele-operation tool or mounted on a range of robot arms as part of a robot system. Applications include product testing and manufacturing, in sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals to farming.

Matching the process to the product Proto Labs worked with The Shadow Robot Company during the hand’s development to mould the plastic parts for its fingers. With highly specific geometries required for the finger movement, the injection moulded parts achieved both the desired structure and surface finish. Proto Labs also CNC machined aluminium parts for the Pressure Sensor Tactiles, which make the fingertips highly sensitive

A productive relationship The Shadow Robot Company was founded in 1987 by a group of robotics enthusiasts in London. The group has since evolved into one of the longest running robotics companies in the UK, developing dexterous robotics manipulation technologies (‘hands for robots’) and using them to solve realworld problems. Proto Labs has worked with the company for several years, producing high-quality parts in the short timeframes demanded by the innovation process in this fast-moving industry. The flexibility of its production technology is perfectly suited to the high speed of development in robotics.


As The Shadow Robot Company’s Head of Production, Juan LaForga, says, “We have a strong commitment to pushing the boundaries in robotic manipulation. We know we can rely on Proto Labs to support this through its responsiveness and high quality standards.”


January 2018

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Monitoring Oil Flow to Critical Bearings in Heavy Machinery Titan Enterprises reports how it developed an adapted version of its OG5 flowmeter for a leading supplier of mobile rock crushers to monitor oil flow to the rotating cylinder bearing mechanism at the heart of their system. Industrial crushers are used in a wide range of materials processing sectors which include aggregates, landscaping, infrastructure and road building, construction and demolition, mining, waste management and recycling. To ensure reliable operation monitoring of lubricating oil flow and pressure to the main drive bearings in crusher units is critical. The specification for the flowmeter included that it could not impede lubricant flow and had to have a low pressure drop even at full flow with cold, thick oil. While Titan Enterprises standard OG5 flowmeter met the flow requirements the standard 1-inch diameter flow pathway was considered too small as it may restrict lubricant flow. After initial successful proof of concept trials with the standard OG5 flowmeter, Titan redesigned the aluminium version of the meter to have 1.25-inch diameter connections to reduce the pressure drop at minimum operating temperature and maximum flow. In addition, a transparent cover was fitted to the flowmeter so that the operator could visually verify oil flow. Further customisation allowed the flowmeter to be plugged directly into the customers wiring loom and the body of the meter was even anodised to match the colour of the crushing machines they were being fitted to.

An industrial crusher in operation

Customised version of OG5 flowmeter

The resultant flow monitoring device has proved to be very reliable and to date nearly 500 units have been installed in the clients crushing machines. Compact in design, Titan Enterprises OG5 oval geared flowmeter is designed to give high performance with a low cost of ownership. Fully IP67 / NEMA 4 compliant, the OG5 flowmeter is optimised for measuring the flow of viscous fluids at pressures of up to 400 bar and temperatures up to 150°C. With a standard flow range from 0.5 to 100 litres / minute on 30Cstk oil the rugged OG5 flowmeter can routinely achieve outstanding accuracy (0.5%) and repeatability (0.1%). For further information on the OG5 flowmeter please visit www.flowmeters.co.uk/og5-pdoval-gear-flow-meters-positivedisplacementswept-volumeflowmeters/ or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk. With over 40 years’ experience in flowmeter innovation and manufacture, Titan Enterprises philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a “little different and better” has resulted in sales to over 40 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase rate of 95%.


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KEEPING UP WITH EUROPE’S ELECTRIC TRANSITION By Nigel Blackaby, Director of International Conferences, PennWell The European electricity sector is evolving at an unprecedented pace, requiring the entire industry to innovate, transform and collaborate like never before. Electricity is set to become the medium for a clean energy future. But in the process, the power industry will morph into something that looks rather different to today. In particular, digital technology is sparking fundamental change in the generation, delivery and consumption of European electricity. Perhaps most notably, the rise of decentralisation and the move to electrify economic activity such as heating, cooling and transport are both crucial steps towards decarbonisation, and together are a driving force behind the focus on smart grids and smart cities. Of course, in order for this to work, the industry will need to embrace cutting-edge technological trends such as the Internet of Things. This won’t be easy. But the opportunities will come for the smartest and best prepared.

Giants in transition The power sector is becoming a platform upon which established utilities and technology providers are coming together with a plethora of new entrants. With this, established business models are changing, with major players such as ABB, GE and Siemens all developing into digital-first companies. This transition is set to redefine the future of the continent’s electricity market. As it gathers pace, there is a genuine and vital need for a platform that provides clarity, facilitates connections and defines the industry’s roadmap. For 25 years PennWell’s POWER-GEN Europe has been leading the charge. But such unprecedented change calls for a new approach. That’s why this year we’ve launched Electrify Europe – a unique platform where players from sectors across the whole electricity value chain can meet to share and develop new ideas and solutions.

Creating the narrative for change Electrify Europe is the world’s first platform event dedicated to the convergence of the power sector with the drivers of digitisation, decentralisation and electrification from both within and outside the sector, covering the whole supply chain. It is Europe’s largest hub focused on the unrivalled convergence within the electric power industry, as well as with the ICT, IoT & AI, Telecoms and eMobility sectors.


The event will provide an opportunity for the best and brightest business and technological minds, including R&D trailblazers, corporate and start-up visionaries and political leaders to provide insight into a market that is growing in complexity – building a dynamic and rapidly expanding ecosystem in which economic ideas, technical solutions and political visions co-operate, collaborate, and co-create. Ultimately, this is how we as an industry can keep up with the electric transition and take the power industry in Europe forward into a new, exciting future. Electrify Europe will take place in Vienna, 19-21 June 2018. For more information, visit www.electrify-europe.com

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January 2018

FKM seal material Vi 840

A breakthrough in the valves sector and gas industry One of the central demands from the valve sector and gas industry has been for a seal material that has suitable low temperature flexibility, and which conforms to the DIN EN 14141 standard. Up until now, there simply hasn’t been a suitable FKM seal material available. But now, the independent seal manufacturer COG has developed a special FKM compound which fulfils the requirements of the valve and gas industry.

A new high-tech compound for the valves sector and gas industry For some years now, one of the central demands from the valve sector and gas industry has been for a seal material that has suitable low temperature flexibility, and which conforms to the DIN EN 14141 standard. Up until now, there simply hasn’t been a suitable FKM seal material available. But now, the independent seal manufacturer C. Otto Gehrckens has developed the low temperature flexible ‘Vi 840’ FKM compound. This has been successfully tested according to DVGW DIN EN 682 (type GBL). What’s more, this material has that all-important low temperature flexibility of more than -40°C, which means it therefore fulfils the requirements of DIN EN 14141. With a TR-10 value of -40.1°C, this high-tech compound is suitable for use at temperatures of right down


to -46°C, and therefore fulfils the important API 6A and 6D standards. Furthermore, its resistance has been demonstrated and proven according to the DIN EN 13787 standard. According to the manufacturer, this combination of properties for an FKM seal material is hitherto unique in the market, and therefore represents an enormous advance in seal technology for the valves sector and gas industry. Firma C. Otto Gehrckens GmbH & Co. KG Dichtungstechnik Gehrstücken 9 D-25421 Pinneberg Henning WRAGE Phone: +49 (0)4101 50 02-963 Fax: +49 (0)4101 50 02-863 h.wrage@cog.de

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

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


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January 2018

mk Expands its range of Pallet Systems to include an Indexing Chain Conveyor System The TKU 2040 indexing chain conveyor system expands mk’s portfolio of pallet systems. It makes cycled supply and interlinking possible, for example in the machine tool and plastics industry as well as in the automotive industry. The TKU 2040 is especially well suited for defined, positionoriented supply and removal as well as for interlinking machining centres. The system’s timing can be individually configured to a fixed cycle. The TKU 2040 is based on the mk profile system and is modularly constructed, compact, flexible and extremely robust. It is constructed from a timing chain conveyor with 2 roller chains, which permits a total load of up to 700 kg. The conveyor body consists of two profile sections with gliding assemblies for the chain and the


workpiece fixtures. It is available in designs with a predefined width or with an adjustable width. The adjustable width makes it possible to use with workpieces of different sizes.

Key features of the TKU 2040 include:

According to the specific requirements, the workpiece fixtures can be prisms made out of either polyoxymethylene (POM) or brass, which are optimal for holding round work pieces. Alternatively, profile pallets can be individually equipped with customer-supplied workpiece fixtures.

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In addition to modules such as fixed and adjustable conveyor bodies, pallets, adjustment units, drives, tails and different types of frames, protective device guards, a drip pan and an automatic lubrication station are also available.

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Load capacity of up to 700 kg Permits loads of 6/10 kg (prism) and up to 20 kg (profile pallet) per workpiece Compact construction Flexible modular design Widths between 195 mm and 1500 mm on adjustable models Direct drive reduces maintenance and wear Conveyor speed up to 18 m/ min Repeatability of +/- 1 mm possible To find out more about this and the full range of conveyors manufactured by mk visit www.mkprofiles.co.uk or call (01949) 823751

Indexing Chain Conveyor System Interlink machining stations cost efficiently Sturdy system, total load capacity of up to 700 kg Flexible modular designs, variable lengths & widths possible


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January 2018

TPC Desktop - Total Packaging Control a MAP gas analyser with integrated leak + burst testing

To add to its TPC family, EMCO is launching the TPC Desktop, a Total Packaging Control system that not only analyses the O2 and CO2 MAP gases at the point they are pumped into pack but optionally incorporates leak and burst tests – thus offering complete control over the packaging process through a fast, single, sequential test. • • • • • • • • • •

O2 or O2 + CO2 with nitrogen balance Zirconia or electrochemical oxygen sensor options Option integrated leak & burst tester functionality for Desktop system O2 + CO2 + leak & burst in one single, sequential test Leak tester offers sensitivity down to 10 micron hole size Burst test pressure from 0 - 999 mbar Full traceability: operator, line, product, batch, date, time etc. USB port for external backup, bar code reader and / or printer Large, bright 8 inch colour touchscreen Custom stainless steel case

The systems’ rugged engineering is twinned with cutting edge technology to ensure it performs accurately and faultlessly over extended periods with virtually no downtime. Its three measurement systems can be used in any combination on any single pack, making it very efficient in terms of labour time, footprint & pack wastage. The system incorporates four highly accurate and independent sensor systems - an electrochemical oxygen sensor option, a NDIR sensor for carbon dioxide, and mass flow and pressure sensors to measure leaks and bursts. Unlike most systems, which need to use unrealistically high pressures for leak detection (often creating leaks in the process), the sensitivity of the EMCO detector means low (20-30 mbar) pressures can be used. The detector correlates results to EHS to evaluate the leak, displaying the equivalent hole size in microns. An intuitive red/green light pass/fail system guarantees simplicity in use. Traceability is via three separate routes - on screen; USB memory stick; or via the ethernet onto a network. The data can be opened & trended directly in Excel without the need to buy or learn bespoke software. The system is simple to operate via its large, clear and bright 8 inch LCD touchscreen. It also offers full traceability of the operator, product line, product, batch, date, time etc. which is accessed via a standard USB port for external backup, and a bar code reader or printer. As with other EMCO MAP and preservation related engineering products, the TPC is built to an exceptionally high and rugged standard and should give many years of trouble-free and down-time-free service. It also meets all appropriate British, European and other formal standards. Contact information email: info@emcouk.com web: www.emcopackaging.com


January 2018



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Selwood sponsors ground-breaking training scheme for young people A pioneering apprenticeship scheme to train the next generation of skilled workers is being supported by leading plant specialist Selwood. The company is sponsoring a Hampshire-wide training programme that is the first of its kind in the UK and sets up young people for a career in the civil engineering industry. The apprenticeship scheme is led by the Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group – a newly-formed consortium of prominent civil engineering companies in Hampshire. The group was created in response to a shortage of skilled staff in the industry, creating an overreliance on agency staff. The scheme puts young, enthusiastic people through an intensive training programme – based at the Civil Engineering Training Centre at HMS Daedalus at Lee-on-the-Solent – and prepares them for life on site while guaranteeing employment with one of the groups within the consortium. As a key supplier of plant equipment to many of the employers, Selwood offered to become official sponsor of the programme. Selwood, based in Chandler’s Ford, donated equipment for training, including a dumper and roller, as well a large number of other products such as grease guns and plant nappies for


containing fluid spills. This is the first year of the scheme, being run in partnership with Fareham College, and the first intake was in September. The two-year Civil Engineering and Groundworks Apprenticeship begins with 20 weeks of training at the Civil Engineering Training Centre before the course continues at site level. Apprentices are assigned a mentor on site who will assist in completion of the apprenticeship. Aaron Boyce, Key Accounts Manager at Selwood, who has been co-ordinating Selwood’s involvement in the scheme, said: “As I come from a long line of groundworkers, it was something that I was keen to support and this was backed up by the Selwood board who were only too happy to support this scheme. “It is a real honour for Selwood to be sponsoring a scheme that is skilling up young people and giving them the opportunity for a successful career in the civil engineering industry.” Kevin Miskella, who is Construction Director for Stockbridge-based Carlton Civil Engineering, a member of the Solent consortium, said: “We have been working since January to reach our goal of being set up and running for September and we have achieved just that.

“We could not have achieved so much, so quickly without the support of key partners such as Selwood. “The fact that companies like Selwood have been so willing to assist means that our dream is now a reality. “From early next year, thanks to a concerted team effort, we will be producing new local labour resources to man and run our sites to keep up with the demand for a younger bettertrained workforce in our area.” The Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group is being led by the directors of major companies across the Solent area including: Aeropark Developments, Baram, Blanchard Wells, Blaze Construction, Carlton Civil Engineering, Dyer & Butler, Gracelands, John Reilly, PTC, Knights Brown, R&W and Southern Concrete.

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January 2018

PCB Test Exhibition & Seminar ‘ElectroTestExpo 2018’ Date and Venue announced

The UK’s premier electronic engineering event for PCB Test and Debug engineers The ‘ElectroTestExpo’ consortium is pleased to announce the latest in its series of regional PCB Test and Debug exhibitions. Now enjoying its eighth year of free-to-attend events, ElectroTestExpo will commence its unique combination of drop-in tabletop exhibition and seminar on March 14th 2018 at one of the most picturesque event venues in the country – Towcester Racecourse, in the stunning Northamptonshire countryside. On show will be Test and Measurement instrumentation from across the spectrum; from oscilloscopes, RF generators and other bench tools to integrated production test systems based on advanced technologies that include PXI and JTAG/Boundary-scan. Exhibitors currently include TTi, Amfax, JTAG Technologies, YELO, Cobham Wireless, TestWorks, Elite Interfaces, MAC Panel, Cimbian, ASTER Technologies, Pico Technology and Pickering Interfaces.


The free seminar program will feature a program of short talks by industry experts tackling a range of topics in an easily accessible, relaxed environment. A schedule for the 30-minute presentations will be posted on the event web-site

www.electrotestexpo.co.uk Consortium member Nick Hickford comments: ‘The challenges in today’s test environment require a more focussed approach than the traditional wide-ranging exhibition. ElectroTestExpo is a dedicated event that aims to address the needs of electronic design, test and debug engineers looking to reduce cost and test time but maintain measurement quality. Pickering Interfaces is delighted to support this event.’ The event is open to all electronic engineering professionals; however, numbers are limited and so please register early at


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Manchester students show off their STEM skills with PPMA BEST More than 110 students from 10 Manchester schools joined the PPMA BEST for its first free, interactive STEM Day, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Monday 13th November. Participating students were invited to take on the Mars Rover Challenge, set by national education charity The Smallpeice Trust. The challenge, which used a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 core set and system, transformed students into engineers in space as they built and programmed a remote-controlled vehicle to traverse a simulated Mars landscape in search of water. Using a combination of criticalthinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills, two schools were identified for their innovation and team-work. Mosslands School was recognised for the most innovative design, while Walkden High School scooped the top prize for best overall team. The students were recognised not only for the time taken to complete the course, quality of build and innovation but for their exceptional team work and collaboration. To celebrate their success, the students at Walkden High School were awarded a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 core set and system, worth £360, to take STEM learning back to the classroom. Speaking about the event and the Mars Rover Challenge, Mrs. Dawson of Walkden High School, Manchester, said: “It was a challenge using an unfamiliar programming language but both groups rose to the task in hand. The judges were impressed by both teams’ enthusiasm and commitment to solving the problems. Students have said the day was


‘really fun, entertaining, challenging and interesting’. I am very proud to work with such gifted, respectful students, and when more when they announced our school had won!” Feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive, with one student claiming the experience ‘could help us in future’ as it gave ‘a good insight into the robotics industry.” The event, supported by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA), was the first in a series of STEM events to encourage UK students to consider a career in the engineering and manufacturing industries. STEM days are widely acknowledged to support the aim of the National Curriculum and schools’ agenda by linking the curriculum to the wider world and demonstrating the direct relevance of subjects taught in school with the world of work. Speaking about the importance of encouraging young people to consider a career in the engineering and manufacturing industries, Dr. Andrew Mint, CEO of the PPMA Group of Associations said: “We recognise that youth engagement is essential to what we do as we know that the skills shortage is putting productivity growth at risk. The aim of our STEM day is to ensure that today’s students understand the exciting opportunities available to them. We hope our efforts will be beneficial to our industry and the students themselves.” Addressing the importance of engaging with young people,

James Selka, CEO, Manufacturing Technologies Association, added: “It’s more than important – its vital and fundamental. We all talk about the skills gap and attracting young people into the industry, but if we don’t engage, how are our school’s teachers going to be aware of the possibilities for their students? We’ve got a worldwide reputation for engineering in this country, and if we’re going to keep that leading position, we have to do so much better. After all, what other industry offers joining at 16, a PHD and no debt?” Following the challenge, students were invited to explore the museum’s Robots exhibition which features a wide range of robotic innovations from an animatronic baby to ‘Harry’ – a trumpet-playing robot from Japan. PPMA BEST, established in 2014 by the PPMA Group of Associations, aims to encourage young people to enter and develop within the processing, packaging, automation and vision engineering industries. It offers a series of programmes including financial grants for engineering apprenticeships, match funded bursaries for engineering undergraduates and STEM days for secondary schools. By addressing the on-going skills shortage and tackling short and longer-term recruitment needs, the charity aims to help the industry and its 500-member companies by growing the pool of next generation engineers through education and training. The event was also supported by KUKA Robotics, Industrial Cadets, Siemens and Renishaw PLC. For more information on PPMA BEST, please contact Danny Reed on danny. reed@ppma.co.uk


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January 2018 Working area of Citizen Cincom D25-VIII.

Citizen D25-VIII showing next generation control.

MACH TO PROVIDE MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZEN MACHINERY TO EXPAND ITS APPLICATIONS OF LFV TECHNOLOGY MACH 2018 will be the first opportunity for a full exposure to visiting engineers of Citizen Machinery UK’s low frequency vibration (LFV) cutting technology on both its Cincom sliding head and the latest Miyano sliding headstock turn-mill centres which takes the LFV capability up to 42 mm diameter bar size. On stand H20570 will see the official launch of Miyano’s BNA-42GTYLFV, and the Miyano D25-VIII plus the first UK exhibition showing of the smaller capacity, high speed Cincom L12-VII with LFV. Such has been the take up of LFV technology that 500 installations were made worldwide during 2017 with massive predictions for future sales by Citizen as it progressively feeds the advanced technology feature across its product range.


LFV is controlled via programming special G-codes at the control to impart the ideal size of chip required to offset problems such as swarf ‘bird-nesting’. It is also able to improve tool life, often enables an increase in depth-ofcut and improved surface finish, for instance. This is achieved by introducing oscillation of the cutting tool to introduce air-cutting’ through the machine’s servo axis drives in the direction of feed while being synchronised to the rotation of the spindle. The hybrid 42 mm capacity 10-axis Miyano BNA-42-GTYLFV combines Citizen’s well-proven and advanced Cincom operating system with a Mitsubishi-based control platform. It has a 3-axis, 42 mm main spindle with hydraulic clamping, a 2-axis sub-spindle, a single 3-axis

Stand No: H20-570 MACH 2018 NEC Birmingham 9 -13 April 2018

8-station turret with half indexing and a gang tool slide. Tool capacity is 45 positions. The 10-axis Cincom D25-VIII has the next generation control to main and sub-spindle and has two 3-axis vertical gang toolposts, a B-axis, a back toolpost and opposite toolpost. Tool capacity is 59 positions. The compact Cincom L12-VLFV has a high speed 15,000 revs/min spindle and 10,000 revs/min subspindle with a 27 tool capacity. It has a 3-axis vertical gang toolpost incorporating a 30 deg B-axis. There are six turning tool positions, up to nine driven tools, eight gang drilling tools and a 16 mm spindle higher capacity option. www.citizenmachinery.co.uk

January 2018

Seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing 2018 announced.

The free seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 has been announced. Running in two lecture theatres on all three days of the show, February 6th to 8th, the 2018 programme features an impressive line-up of presenters and topics, and is guaranteed to be of interest to anyone involved in any form of industrial or manufacturing enterprise. The free seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is one of the key features of the show, drawing hundreds of delegates each year. The programme is a complementary blend of technical and business topics covering a wide range of issues facing manufacturing businesses today. From understanding lithium ion batteries and Industry 4.0, to the forthcoming GDPR regulations and life after Brexit, the sessions genuinely deliver something for everyone. Two of the most perennially popular speakers return for 2018. With examples from manufacturing, service and warehousing, Tim Scurlock, Director of ALC, will guide delegates through the benefits of Lean, include eliminating waste from existing processes, together the problems and pitfalls in bringing Lean into their organisations. Ailsa Carson of Onsite Insights shares the best practice methodologies and key activities

Events Preview 2018 that have made some of the world’s greatest manufacturers so successful. Using real world examples, the sessions look at how top firms remain innovative and produce the best quality product in terms of design, cost, performance, quality and delivery. Some of the more technical topics addressed include Nick Aitken and Dr. Alex Martin’s session on lithium-ion batteries; explaining their benefits and application while raising awareness of potential failings and regulatory matters. Using case study examples of the limitless applications of 3D Print, Colin Cater of Tri-Tech 3D looks at the benefits that this new technology brings across all sectors and the many opportunities it could open. Dr. John Loftus of HMK Automation & Drives takes a look at the future role of Cobots, collaborative robots intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workplace. This session looks at latest developments in the field with examples of industrial applications in the manufacturing process. Business management and strategy also comes under the spotlight for 2018. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018 affecting all personal data, and introducing new requirements and huge fines for transgressions. Dave Smith of Corpdata shares the essential knowledge to help keep your organisation compliant and safe. In two separate sessions by Andrew Mackenzie of Cleveland Scott York, and Kelda Style of Page,White & Farrer, delegates can gain a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of IP law; what can be protected and what tangible value IP protection adds to businesses. In total, the seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 includes an impressive 34 sessions, all of which are completely free to both visitors and exhibitors. A complete listing and the all-important pre-registration form can be found at http://seminars.industrysouth.co.uk Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 opens from February 6th to 8th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport. The free seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 offers 34 sessions over three days in two separate on-site theatres.


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Innovative solutions from HepcoMotion at Southern Manufacturing HepcoMotion will be showcasing a selection of its industry leading range of linear motion products at Southern Manufacturing on the 6th-8th February at FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire. From track systems for robot automation to complete production lines performing multi-assembly tasks, Hepco’s products have been developed to provide designers with a multitude of solutions. Hepco looks forward to welcoming visitors to its stand (G230). Key products on the stand include the highly-regarded GFX Hepco Guidance for the Beckhoff XTS (eXtended Transport System). This solution utilises Hepco’s PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance systems to work with Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear system to meet the needs of higher duty XTS applications where motion profiles and long-term durability requirements are particularly demanding.  The combination of technologies from market leaders Beckhoff and Hepco provides users with a robust, high production and flexible solution that will revolutionise production processes in many manufacturing applications.  This system is ideally suited to a range of applications, such as a variable speed lane divider to sort randomly positioned items into separate lanes, or a double-sided system for a compact application that requires multiple motion profiles. Visitors will be able to see the highly popular SBD Sealed Belt Drive in action, a product that has certainly carved a niche for itself in high duty applications.  SBD provides a higher level of performance in terms of load capacity and demanding duty cycles than other comparable sized linear actuators. Suitable for a wide variety of production and assembly needs, Hepco also caters for high load capacities (up to 68,000N) with its HDS2 heavy duty linear motion system.  This stainless steel linear guide can be configured for gantry systems and is available as an assembled system (reducing design and setting time) or in component form. Hepco is well known for its V guide technology – a unique wiping action that expels debris from the rail, keeping machines running and reliable. Hepco has been leading the development of V Guide technology since 1969 and continues to develop innovative linear products that offer new solutions to design engineers. With Hepco’s experienced team on hand to discuss applications and product offerings, Hepco looks forward to meeting visitors on Stand G230 at Southern Manufacturing on the 6th-8th February.


January 2018

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Date Announced For UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition 2018 The UKIVA is delighted to announce that its next Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition (www.machinevisionconference.co.uk) will be held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes, UK. It will follow a similar format to the highly successful inaugural event held in 2017, which attracted more than 300 visitors. Designed to provide an educational experience, the Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition will once again feature a comprehensive program of technical seminars across multiple presentation theatres. This will be supported by an exhibition of the latest vision technology and services from the leading companies in the world of vision. Paul Wilson, UKIVA Chairman, commented: “The date for the 2018 event was only announced at the recent PPMA Show, held right at the end of September. We already have 25 companies signed up for the exhibition, including several who are not UKIVA members. This year we had 57 exhibitors, so this early take up suggests that we are on track for an even bigger exhibition component in 2018.” “Key to the success of this year’s event, however, was the educational seminar program, which ran throughout the day,” he continued. “Visitors could choose their own timetable from 56 presentations held in 7 themed presentation theatres. The program was carefully designed to cover a wide range of topics and provide interest both for newcomers to vision and for highly experienced vision users and engineers. By co-locating the exhibition with the presentation theatre area, it was easy for attendees to switch between the seminar sessions and exhibition according to their own personal schedule. This format also provided excellent opportunities for networking between presenters, exhibitors and other visitors.” Keynote speakers for 2018 will be announced in due course, and the full seminar program will be published early in 2018 at www.machinevisionconference.co.uk. Companies interested in exhibiting at this event should contact Chris Valdes: +44 (0)20 8773 5517 |33

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MACH 2018 YOUR GATEWAY TO THE UK MARKET • The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition • 90% of exhibitor space allocated • New look and new location for 2018 • Easily accessible for International visitors What’s on show?


he UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition, MACH 2018, is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham, England, from 9th to 13th April 2018 with a new a look and new location. The biennial exhibition has over 100 years of heritage and a reputation for being at the forefront of the latest advances in engineering. MACH 2018 will take place on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it opened in 1976 and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. The new halls mean the show will take place in a single uninterrupted space on one level, making the show easier to navigate for visitors and providing a unique opportunity to showcase the full range of manufacturing technologies in the UK under one roof. James Selka, CEO of Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises MACH 2018 on behalf of the industry, said: “The shift in technology towards a more digitised, automated model of manufacturing is an exciting evolution of the sector, and MACH is at the forefront. As such, we as owners and organisers have decided to refresh the show and enhance the exhibitor and visitor experience by moving to this new location in 2018.”


The 2016 edition of the Exhibition was hugely successful, boasting soldout exhibitor space, a 10% increase in visitors on 2014 and over £150 million worth of business attributed to the show. The overriding theme running through the show is interconnected technology and the future of manufacturing. MACH showcases live working machinery and brings together the industry’s finest manufacturers across a range of technologies including: milling, turning, metrology, additive manufacturing, tooling and Industry 4.0 technologies. As well as all the technology on show, there is a vibrant seminar programme, which includes leading speakers from academia, as well as industry, marrying together the theoretical and practical aspects of 21st century manufacturing. With live demonstrations and a packed seminar programme, MACH 2018 is the place to get business done. So far, 90% of exhibitor space has been allocated for the show, a positive reflection of the health of the UK manufacturing market. James Fudge, Head of Events at the MTA, said: “MACH is a great barometer for judging the health of the UK’s manufacturing sector, and with 90% of exhibition space already sold, eight months before the show opens, we can gauge that our exhibitors are buoyant. Exhibitions are a fantastic way to do business, and we feel we have created the perfect environment for that to happen at MACH 2018.”

International visitors International visitors are encouraged to take advantage of MACH 2018’s prime location at the NEC, adjacent to Birmingham International Airport which operates regular flights from Europe, Asia and America. There are numerous hotels on the NEC site and the exhibition is a mere 10 minutes away by foot and monorail from the arrivals gate at Birmingham International Airport. Also, on the same site is Birmingham International railway station with regular connections to both the north and south of the UK. Central London can be reached in just over one hour and the centre of the England’s second City, Birmingham, is a just ten minutes away. Large contingents of international visitors, including many from all over Europe, attended MACH 2016, as well as substantial trade delegations from China, Russia and Turkey. MTA CEO James Selka, concluded: “MACH 2018 is in the perfect location for international visitors, with great transport links connecting Birmingham to the world. The UK has an exciting and vibrant advanced manufacturing sector and a reputation for innovation - MACH is the perfect entry point into the UK market, so come and see that the UK is open for business.”

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MACH 2018 Visitor Registration now LIVE! With just a few months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the team behind the exhibition are delighted to announce that visitor registration is now live.


ACH 2018 takes place from the 9th to the 13th April 2018 and will be located in a new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it first opened in 1976 and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. Visitors are invited to register early for their Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack on the MACH website at www.machexhibition.com. James Fudge, Head of Events at the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises the exhibition on behalf of the industry, said, “MACH prides itself on attracting top quality visitors with real buying power and the ability to invest in new equipment. The new hall layout will help create a brand new visitor experience which is easier to navigate, showcasing all the different technologies in action under one roof. It will be a more interconnected show, just as we have a more interconnected industry.” Fudge continued, “For MACH 2018, we have worked hard to provide visitors with a new way to connect with exhibitors. Our smart badging system provides every visitor with an interactive badge, allowing them to collect information from exhibitors in a quick and effective

manner, without the need to carry lots of cumbersome documents. Data is transferred live to the visitors’ online portal, ready to download as soon as they leave the show. This investment by the MTA in smart badging reflects the digital nature of the advanced technology on show at MACH. James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said, “The show will be 2018’s biggest display of live, working technology. At the core of the show, exhibitors will showcase the latest developments in metal cutting, forming and finishing along with tooling, CAD/CAM and laser technology. The number of companies displaying additive manufacturing technology has grown considerably and exhibitors tell us they will be focusing on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes on display than ever before. New for 2018 is a specific IT for Manufacturing Zone, where companies offering connected solutions for the fourth industrial revolution will be on hand with practical displays and demonstrations.”

Data Officers who are adopters of these disruptive technologies to find new suppliers and experience the latest solutions. The vibrant seminar programme at MACH will feature subjects such as digital manufacturing, disruptive technologies, additive manufacturing and key ‘meet the supply chain’ networking sessions. The content is designed to provide clear thought leadership at a time when manufacturing is experiencing huge change – and we believe visitors should allow more than one day to experience everything MACH has to offer.” Fudge concluded: “We know there are lots of regional and specialist shows people can visit to find out about manufacturing technology. The MACH difference is to bring all these technologies under one roof over a five-day period. So with a single visit, companies looking to invest in and adopt any one of a number of new technologies can assess the options and be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”

Selka continued, “So whilst the show will still attract the decision makers, engineers, designers and researchers who work in manufacturing, it is now a great place for Chief Information Officers looking at systems and Chief


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January 2018

MTA and Factory 2050 at the AMRC partner for exciting Industry 4.0 feature for MACH 2018 Low cost automation can revolutionise SME’s businesses The Manufacturing Technologies Association and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), have partnered to put together a unique feature to demonstrate cost effective adaption of Industry 4.0 Technologies at MACH 2018. MACH 2018 is the place to discover new technologies that shape the world we live in. The AMRC’s Factory 2050 is the UK’s first state of the art factory entirely dedicated to conducting collaborative research into digital assembly and flexible component manufacturing. The two are staging a joint showcase of cost effective solutions for the adaption and integration of Industry 4.0 technologies into SME manufacturing businesses. Recent figures (from the Made Smarter Review – see below) found that the positive impact on UK manufacturing of faster innovation and adoption of Industrial Digitalisation Technologies could be as much as £455bn over the next decade. James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said of the project “The Integrated Manufacturing Group at Factory 2050 and we at the MTA understand that it is vital to cut through some of the jargon and hyperbole around Industry 4.0 and show first-hand the practical advantages Big Data can bring to an SME business.” He continued “In the light of the publication of the Government’s Industrial Digitalisation Review – ‘Made Smarter’ we must demonstrate to British industry the benefits this technology can bring to their businesses. It is our job to bridge the gap between industry and academia and MACH 2018 is exactly the platform to do this.”


The idea behind the project stems from the perceived implications in terms of cost and complexity faced by SME’s when wanting to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies – a big barrier identified in Made Smarter. By providing a variety of solutions on how current capital equipment can be adapted to meet the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution the exhibit will demonstrate how Big Data can help companies streamline their production and improve cycle times - without making huge investments. The overriding theme running through MACH 2018 is interconnected technology and the future of manufacturing. MACH showcases live working machinery and staying true to this tradition the combined feature will demonstrate up to six separate manufacturing cells. These cells will replicate familiar manufacturing environments that have been integrated with Industry 4.0 Technologies. James Fudge, Head of Events at the MTA, said “This is an exciting project we have undertaken with the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group at Factory 2050. MACH has always been the place to go to find

the latest technologies and this joint venture should prove fascinating for visitors and exhibitors alike.” He continued “We understand the cost constraints that face SME businesses; it is important to let companies know that Industry 4.0 technology is accessible to them. You can take an outdated machine and retrofit sensors to it allowing you to get real-time data and to detect through-put fault. It will be really useful to businesses to be shown some of the thigs you can do to the installed base that can make a difference.” The AMRC’s Head of Digital, Dr Rab Scott, said: “The MTA’s MACH exhibition gives the AMRC a great opportunity to demonstrate that the adoption of digital technologies can be achieved at low cost and that the impact on businesses can be transformational. “This project is a prime example of the work that the AMRC does nationally with manufacturing SMEs. On the stand, we will also be demonstrating what the future of assembly and manufacturing could look like, showing what the value of these technologies could be.”

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Sensors & Instrumentation 2018: Bringing innovations to life Sensors & Instrumentation, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for test, measurement and control will return to the NEC, Birmingham on 25 and 26 September 2018 and will share a hall with, the country’s only electronics exhibition, What’s New In Electronics (WNIE) LIVE. Event and sales manager, Louise Pudney comments: “The 2018 edition of Sensors & Instrumentation will offer visitors even more opportunities to engage with new products, technologies and ideas; this new development is all part of the bigger picture in which our aim is to create a much more vibrant engineering experience.” Claire Saunders, event director for WNIE LIVE, says: “We believe that these events will complement one another and improve attendee numbers with the right visitors. The organisers of Sensors & Instrumentation are already embedded in this sector with several electronics publications, meaning we are able to work together to deliver a strong event for the UK electronics sector and ensure every relevant visitor is aware of it.”

many market-leading companies attended the 2017 event, including Emerson, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Sony Corporation and Unilever UK.

Connecting the industry

An exclusive new feature area

Sensors & Instrumentation has also undergone something of a rebrand for 2018, with an updated logo encapsulating the connectivity that lies at the heart of the show and reflects the exhibition’s ongoing aim to bring together all aspects of the test, measurement and control industry under one roof. The brand new website makes it easy for both exhibitors and visitors alike to find out more about the show, from the benefits of booking a stand to what visitors can expect when they get there.

Brand new for 2018 is the Flow Level Control Zone (FLC Zone). This dedicated specialist feature area will provide a platform for the latest technologies in the flow, level and control sector, showcasing a range of ground-breaking products and solutions. Covering a vast array of machinery ranging from the latest valves and flow metres to airbrators and vessels designed to optimise control, the FLC Zone is targeted at anyone involved in this essential field.

The exhibition is attended by buyers, specifiers, design engineers, engineers, technicians and over 85% of those are responsible for purchasing and influencing purchasing decisions. Visitors from

Sensors & Instrumentation 2018 will be co-located with PPMA, TCT and WNIE LIVE. For more information, visit www.sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk

FLC Zone Flow|Level|Control

Returning feature areas include the Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, the popular Formula 1 Simulation Car and the informative and educational seminar theatre covering vital topics at the forefront of the industry.


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• More than 150 of the best young engineering minds from 16 countries compete at Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge world finals in Abu Dhabi • Students use software coding to design and build miniature remote-controlled 4x4s • Competition unearths future talent for Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading investor in research and development

• More than three million young people have taken part in Jaguar Land Rover’s global education programme since 2000 • School team from Portugal wins 2017 prize, beating Malaysia and Australia • Watch the video here: https://youtu. be/QQHQ3DJwl10; https://youtu.be/ u34asFev_Fc


ore than 150 talented future software engineers from schools in 16 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi for the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge world finals. The bright young engineers, aged 11-19, used computer coding to programme miniature remotecontrolled four-wheel-drive vehicles they have designed and built for a two-day competition at the Yas Marina Circuit. One of the challenges saw the vehicles negotiate a demanding course that wound its way over and through Land Rover Discovery SUVs. The contest, which supports curriculum learning, included an autonomous car coding challenge, reflecting Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and a desire to recruit the next generation of engineers to design and develop future electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. The surprise coding task required them to optimise an existing set of code to help a model SUV complete a pre-set course in the fastest possible time. K-EVO from Portugal were crowned 2017 champions; with Panthera, Malaysia and Fair Dinkum 4x4, Australia in second and third places respectively. Alex Heslop, Director of Electrical Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “I am hugely passionate about engineering and inspiring more young people to consider STEM careers. The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools competition will help us fill exciting future roles in software systems, cyber systems, app development and


graphics performance. The new coding challenge is a great way to introduce young people to the importance of software innovation in our cuttingedge business.” Team leader Luís Ligeiro, aged 17, said: “The challenge has provided us with fantastic hands-on experience of running a mini-business and writing our own code. We were all interested in STEM before but now, after learning all about the Land Rover Discovery production processes and electronics, we’d love to be engineers innovating and creating vehicles in the future.” The global competition has helped the company reach more than three million young people since 2000. Teams qualify for the world finals through a series of regional and national events, with the winning team, K-EVO having come first in the Portuguese National Final.

The winning vehicle features multilink suspension, replicating the Land Rover Discovery, and was made using natural, modern and recycled materials such as biopolymers, plastics and aluminium which were a key consideration in the judges’ scoring. The UK’s leading investor in research and development, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a global initiative which aims to recruit more than 1,000 electronic and software engineers to its expanding business. In June this year, the company launched an innovative, mixed-reality recruitment app in collaboration with virtual band Gorillaz to find global future engineering talent. For more information, or to find out more about working for Jaguar Land Rover, visit www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com


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Infrarail 2018 picking up speed ahead of return to ExCel London Infrarail 2018, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment, products and services, is now less than five months away. The biennial event returns to ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands from May 1 to 3 - and with more than 120 exhibitors already signed up, it promises to be one of the biggest in recent years. Over 16% more space has already been sold compared to this stage in the Infrarail 2016 campaign. It is that growth that has exhibitors excited ahead of the 12th edition of the series, which has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the rail industry’s calendar. The event will showcase the very latest railway infrastructure technology and expertise, with a list of high-profile organisations exhibiting, including HS2, the Railway Industry Association, CEEQUAL, Rail Baltica, the Permanent Way Institution, RISQS and the Rail Supply Group as well as a broad spectrum of companies representing the entire supply sector. Infrarail 2016 featured 240 exhibitors, including those in the CITE Hub, while 5,300 industry professionals attended the show. Many exhibitors reported securing key new contacts and valuable new business leads, with 97 per cent achieving their pre-show participation targets. Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager for Infrarail 2018, said: “We are very excited by the continued growth shown by Infrarail in recent years, and anticipate another busy schedule next year. “2016’s show was a triumph and we fully expect next year’s event to be an even bigger success as hundreds of exhibitors from across the full range of sectors provide valuable insights into their markets. “Infrarail 2018 will once again provide a friendly and engaging platform for


rail industry professionals to meet, network, and do business while also discovering the rail sector’s latest technologies and innovations.”

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January 2018

INDUSTRY 4.0 SUMMIT & FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE EXPO 2018 The Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of the Future Expo provide a tremendous opportunity for companies to align themselves a leader in industry 4.0 and meet with their peers at the show. The 2-day Industry 4.0 Summit is a conference bringing together leaders from government, industry associations, academia & leading manufacturers to look at the latest developments in advanced manufacturing. Speakers include GE Digital Europe, Bosch Rexroth, Intel, Babcock International, Meggitt, AMRC, KTN, & GKN, to name a few.

EXHIBIT AT FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE EXPO 2018 Running parallel to the Industry 4.0 Summit, the Factories of the Future Expo showcases the latest products and services for Industry 4.0, IoT, smart factories and the future of manufacturing. The 2017 event attracted over 1,500 manufacturing professionals from the UK and across the world to see the latest advances in automation, robotics, software, sensors, virtual reality, 3D printing, Big Data, predictive maintenance, humanmachine interfaces and many other related areas. Over 25% were C-suite executives. Hosted in Manchester - the world’s first industrial city with the first factories and the first industrial estate – the Summit & Expo will bring together solution providers, innovators and technology buyers looking to get ready for this stepchange in global manufacturing. Comprising an exhibition, conference and plenty of those all-important networking opportunities, it is not to be missed. See Who Exhibited in 2017 See who visited in 2017


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January 2018

IGNITING BIOGAS GROWTH AROUND THE WORLD UK AD and World Biogas Expo, the largest international trade show dedicated solely to the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry, returns in 2018 to provide the latest market and technology news, sector by sector, as well as a platform for industry professionals from the UK and overseas to network, share experiences and do business. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a rapidly-expanding sector, with the potential to become a £1 trillion global industry making a significant contribution to the development of a green, circular economy. AD plays a critical part in meeting nine of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, providing solutions applicable to agriculture, urbanisation, waste and water management, transport and energy generation. This creates exceptional opportunities for the AD market to grow, both in the UK and abroad.


UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 is unique in bringing together an international gathering of new and existing players in this gamechanging sector. Over two full days, it will provide a dynamic platform for them to engage with each other and will offer:



Delegates will also be able to CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE and entertain guests at the AD and Biogas Industry Awards ceremony on 11 July. UK AD and World Biogas Expo is the global meeting place for the industry and an event not to be missed.

2018 Highlights Biomethane vehicle display Food-waste collections workshops and exhibition, in partnership with C40 and WBA Edina networking café The show is free to attend.

Opening Times 11 July 2018

The conference, dedicated seminars and workshops will enable delegates to discuss current issues with industry leaders.

Topics at a glance. INNOVATION The extensive exhibition will enable delegates to view the latest AD and biogas technologies, products and services and hear success stories from around the world.

INVESTMENT The event will provide market analysis and unrivalled opportunities for delegates to trade, agree partnerships and develop their business.

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January 2018

Fast & Reliable Tool for Testing Solar Panels FLIR Systems has published a technical note that discusses the advantages that thermal cameras offer for solar panel evaluation. Quality assurance is of fundamental importance for solar panels. The failure-free operation of the panels is a prerequisite for efficient power generation, long life, and a high return on the investment. To ensure this failure free operation a fast, simple and reliable method to evaluate a solar panel’s performance is required, both during the production process and after the panel has been installed. This technical note illustrates how thermographic inspection of photovoltaic systems, such as solar panels, allows the fast localization of potential defects at the cell and module level as well as the detection of possible electrical interconnection problems. Further, unlike other methods, thermal inspections may be carried out under normal operating conditions over large areas and do not require a system shut down. Thermal imaging cameras are already an established R&D tool for the

evaluation of solar cells and panels. For these sophisticated measurements, usually high-performance cameras with cooled detectors are used under controlled laboratory conditions. This technical note demonstrates that the use of thermal imaging cameras for solar panel evaluation need not be restricted to the field of research. The authors show how the latest generation of FLIR uncooled thermal imaging cameras are currently being used for solar panel quality control before installation and regular predictive maintenance check-ups after the panel has been installed. The technical note concludes that inspection with a new generation uncooled handheld thermal imaging camera, starting with the quality control in the installation phase, followed by regular check-ups facilitates complete and simple

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system condition monitoring. This thermal imaging inspection protocol has been shown to help to maintain the solar panels’ functionality and to extend their lifetime. Using thermal imaging cameras for solar panel inspections will therefore drastically improve the operating company’s return on investment. To download this technical note please visit www.flir.co.uk/instruments/ building/display/?id=41872. For further information on uncooled thermal cameras for solar panel inspection please contact FLIR Systems at research@flir.com or +32-3665-5100. FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.


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January 2018

Bsria Expert Speaking At The Smart Buildings Conference 2018 In Amsterdam BSRIA is delighted to be fielding an expert speaker at the Smart Buildings Conference taking place on Monday 5th February 2018 in Amsterdam. Henry Lawson, Senior Market Research Consultant in BSRIA’s World Market Intelligence division will take to the stage. Henry specialises in smart building solutions and energy solutions. Henry will be presenting ‘How Smart Homes are driving the Smart World’ where he will draw on recent BSRIA market studies of the smart homes markets in Europe, North America and China to show how fast these are growing, what is driving growth, how this varies between markets and how it will play out in the coming years and how it relates to the wider move towards smart buildings. The Smart Building Conference (SBC) is the “must-attend” summit for professionals working in smart homes, smart offices, smart buildings and smart cities. Taking place on the day before Integrated Systems Europe 2018, SBC is a one-day event that explores the latest technologies, business strategies, market research and workflow case studies through presentations from the world’s leading smart building experts and thought leaders. SBC is organised by Integrated Systems Events – the organisation behind a range of key business-to-business events for the professional audiovisual, electronic systems integration and IT industries.

The smart building is already upon us. My presentation will help you to answer such key questions as: how big is the smart homes market in terms of products and services? How fast is it growing in the main markets, and why? What are the main drivers of and barriers to this growth?

Henry said: “The smart building is already upon us. My presentation will help you to answer such key questions as: how big is the smart homes market in terms of products and services? How fast is it growing in the main markets, and why? What are the main drivers of and barriers to this growth? But the smart homes market is not just about numbers, it is also about different ways of approaching it. In this light I will also be looking at the way complete, integrated smart home solutions are competing with the more modular incremental approach of some of the big new players.” I will also be exploring some of the ways in which innovations in the smart home market are having an impact on the wider smart world.” Henry Lawson (MA, Oxon) is Senior Market Research Analyst in BSRIA’s World Market Intelligence division specialising in smart technology. His areas of specialist knowledge include the international markets for building automation and controls (BACS), building energy management solutions (BEMS), smart homes, hydronic controls, smart HVAC and structured cabling. He is particularly interested in the ways in which data and analytics are impacting on the industry. Henry is also a regular contributor to publications by BSRIA and other organisations on smart technologies and related matters and is a regular speaker at industry events in the UK and in other countries. www.smartbuildingconference.com


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BPMA Announces New President Mr. Duncan Lewis, Managing Director of Xylem Water Solutions UK Ltd has been announced as the new President of the British Pump Manufacturers Association Limited (BPMA). The role was officially passed on at the recent BPMA Annual General Meeting, where Mr Peter Reynolds, Managing Director of Grundfos Pumps Ltd, completed his two-year tenure as President and graciously handed the baton onto his worthy successor. Steve Schofield, Director and Chief Executive of the BPMA commented, “This is a great accolade and one that reflects the continuing efforts that Duncan makes to raise the profile of the industry in general and to tackle the tough issues that it faces today. The BPMA has enjoyed the support and engagement of some very talented people at its helm over the years, including of course Peter Reynolds, and we are delighted to have Duncan join that impressive line-up. I look forward to working with him as we continue to drive the association forward”. Duncan’s presidency coincides with the uncertainty that BREXIT is currently bringing to industry and when asked


to comment, Duncan said, “Being elected as President of the BPMA is a great honour and to take on the role in these somewhat trying times will no doubt be challenging. Brexit is clearly a very important subject with potential opportunities and threats for our industry, but I am sure with the help and support of BPMA staff, its Board and its Council we will meet this challenge”. www.bpma.org.uk

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Ceo Of Royal Academy Of Engineering Gowns Up to Receive Honorary Award Rear Admiral Philip Greenish received the award of Honorary of the University for services to engineering INNOVATIVE engineers are vital to the UK’s future prosperity, said Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering when he received his honorary award from the University of Huddersfield. Rear Admiral Philip Greenish, a former Royal Navy officer who has been RAE CEO since 2003. After receiving his award, the Rear-Admiral saluted the role played by the University of Huddersfield in many areas of technical advance. He said that: “In these challenging times, it is engineers that are leading the way in addressing so many of society’s needs, including the needs of the economy. The UK’s future success would depend on engineering innovation, researcher and entrepreneurship.” The Honorary Doctorate was bestowed by University of Huddersfield Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan – himself a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering – at one of the November sequence of awards ceremonies. The oration describing the career of Rear Admiral Greenish told how, as an engineering graduate, he served with the Navy for almost 30 years, beginning as weapons engineer in destroyers and frigates, with his career culminating in promotion to Rear Admiral with responsibility for engineering, personnel and front-line logistics support for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. “Philip is passionate about engineering,” said Professor Cryan. “He is positive about the progress that has been made in the understanding and appreciation of engineers and engineering by government, but is determined to increase the recognition of engineering in UK society more generally.” Rear Admiral Philip Greenish Philip Greenish joined the Royal Navy in 1969 as he started an engineering science degree at Durham University. He graduated in 1972 and spent much of the next 15 years in destroyers and frigates or in design and support roles ashore, including a spell working for the Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia. Later jobs were mostly in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. In his final role, as a Rear Admiral, he was


responsible for engineering, personnel and logistic support for the front-line of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies. The Academy has grown significantly under his leadership with a vision to put engineering in the heart of society where it is in reality, if not yet in perception. The Academy’s elected Fellowship of outstanding engineers provides leadership across all fields of engineering. With the UK facing a difficult future, its role, and the role of engineering, has never been more important. Philip sits on Southampton University Council and is a Board Member of EngineeringUK. He has served on two research councils, was a founding trustee of the Science Media Centre and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was appointed CBE in 2003.












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January 2018

NSK donates €20,000 to UNICEF As in 2016, NSK has again this year decided to forego giving any Christmas presents to customers across Europe, instead donating €20,000 to humanitarian charity UNICEF, which is working tirelessly to protect children and their families from danger all over the world. “We take our corporate social responsibilities very seriously,” states Dr Jürgen Ackermann, CEO NSK Europe Ltd. “We selected UNICEF for this year’s donation as it provides vital humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries across the globe. This year we have decided that our donation should support South Sudan. I am sure our customers will understand that this donation is being made instead of giving corporate Christmas presents, and will join with us in supporting the important work of UNICEF around the world.” The conflict in South Sudan, which first erupted in 2013, is having devastating consequences for the country’s population. Women and children face immediate risks of violence, displacement, hunger and lifethreatening diseases. UNICEF’s work in South Sudan includes the provision of screening and treatment of children for malnutrition, as well as safe water and sanitation. Children are immunised, while separated children are registered so they can be reunited with their families. Furthermore, with education interrupted for vast numbers of children, UNICEF’s ‘Back to Learning’ initiative aims to rehabilitate hundreds of damaged classrooms and provide thousands of children forced out of school with access to education. As an example of what UNICEF could do with the NSK donation, 54,545 portions of peanut paste could be acquired. This basic foodstuff offers around 500 calories and vital vitamins and trace elements. Each undernourished child would receive three packets daily for 4-6 weeks.


About NSK Established 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 31,500 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2017 NSK achieved a turnover of 950 billion Yen. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK’s objective of “No. 1 in Total Quality”. In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems. In 1963, NSK’s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe’s 3,600 employees achieved a turnover of over 1,000 million Euros as per March 2017.

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January 2018

Resolve Optics to Develop Lenses for Gigapixel Aerial Surveillance Cameras Resolve Optics Ltd in conjunction with IMAO SAS (Limoges, France) has received a Euro 1.68 million Horizon 2020 award to expedite the development of a 1GPixel resolution ultra-large format aerial surveillance camera.


orizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly ₏80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 is a flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Using ultra large format, low distortion lenses custom designed by Resolve Optics, IMAO was able to create a prototype aerial surveillance camera. Its patented design, which associates three optical chambers, a matrix of sensors and 3 ultra large format lenses, represents a disruptive development in the field of aerial data acquisition. The prototype 660Mpixel camera produces high quality images two to three times larger than the standard image size generated by other large format cameras on the market. As a consequence not only are less images


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Chair of US Chemical Safety Board to deliver esteemed process safety lecture Vanessa Sutherland, Chair and CEO of the US Chemical Safety and Hazards Investigation Board (CSB), will deliver the fourth Trevor Kletz Memorial Lecture, at the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Hazards 28 conference next May. The lecture will take place more than a year since US President Trump announced plans to scrap the federal agency, a proposal which shocked the process safety community. At the time, former Head of the US Environmental Protection Agency Christine Todd Whitman condemned the proposal as being short-sighted, and said; “If you want to put American people in danger, this is the way to do it.” However, Trump’s budget proposal is still not confirmed, and in the interim Sutherland has led the CSB in several important investigations. Most recently, the agency announced an investigation of the fires at the Arkema chemical plant in Texas, after it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey in August this year. The Board has had a major impact on the development of process safety legislation in the US. It’s Drivers of Critical Chemical Safety Change programme is aimed at implementing change that will achieve national-level safety improvements. Sutherland’s lecture will focus on identifying critical chemical safety challenges and improvements, based on her in-depth experience investigating serious incidents. Her talk will also focus on shared ownership of process safety principles, something Sutherland is particularly passionate about. Speaking at an event in April 2016, hosted by the American Institution of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), she said: “Process safety is always an evolution. You have to be open to learning. It is joined by


that common bond of shared responsibility.” Trevor Kletz died in 2013. A lecture in his name was created to preserve his legacy, and continue to develop best practice in process safety. Kletz was a regular contributor to Hazards from its inception in 1960, and is widely regarded as the founding father of inherent safety. Sutherland, on accepting IChemE’s offer to deliver the lecture, said: “I am pleased to accept this invitation and recognise the magnitude of having such an honour, as the past presenters are some of the most respected professionals in the industry. Formula One Analyst, Mark Gallagher delivered the lecture in 2017, and The Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (who led the RAF Nimrod crash inquiry) took to the podium in 2016. Hazards 28, in association with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, will take place on 15-17 May 2018, at the EICC in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over 100 leading experts from around the globe, including industry practitioners, researchers and industry regulators, will share their experience via oral presentations and posters. The registration portal will open on 8 December 2017 via www.icheme.org/hazards28.

This is a great opportunity for me to continue the inspirational works of Mr Kletz.”

January 2018

NORD wins Vanderlande Supplier Award On 12 September, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS received the Vanderlande Supplier Award 2017. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS was awarded for their outstanding operational excellence and responsive supply chain, high innovative capability and the company’s strong competitiveness. As part of the events of the Vanderlande Supplier Day 2017, Jan-Christoph Block, Director of Regional Management at NORD, accepted the award presented to him by Vanderlande. Vanderlande Industries is one of the world’s leading prime contractors for process automation in warehouse logistics and is the global market leader for value-oriented automation of logistic processes at airports and in the field of parcel distribution. As an expert for tailor-made drive technology, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has been closely collaborating with Vanderlande for years.

The award motivates us to strengthen our existing business relationship so we can face new challenges in intralogistics together.

Jan-Christoph Block regards the award as a major success: “We have been providing Vanderlande with drive technology for years and our contribution to many successful large-scale projects fills us with pride. The award motivates us to strengthen our existing business relationship so we can face new challenges in intralogistics together.” www.nord.com


January 2018

Demo van visits

showcase power tool accessories Power tool accessories and hand tool manufacturer, Starrett, is preparing to take its product demonstration van on another tour of distributors, wholesalers and apprenticeship providers across the UK and throughout Europe. The company is inviting interested companies and colleges to request a free visit from the demo van, by enquiring via the Starrett website here. Starrett’s Technical Support Team are welcoming requests for a visit from the company’s demo van.

Starrett’s demo van has been visiting the facilities of trade distributors, wholesalers and colleges across the country since 2004, exhibiting its power tool accessories to staff, tradesmen and apprentices. In preparation for its 2018 calendar, Starrett’s Technical Support team are welcoming requests for visits from the demo van. During the demo van visits, Starrett’s technical team provide product demonstrations and staff training on the company’s large range of hole saws, jigsaw blades and other popular power tool accessories. The visits also provide an opportunity for tradesmen to test the company’s products for themselves and ask any questions they may have about Starrett’s range, directly to the company’s experienced technical team. The demo van is regularly invited to attend calibration days at electrical distributors and various trade days held by distributors throughout the country.


The technical support team are also receiving an increasing amount of requests for college visits. Here, the team showcase Starrett products, providing a presentation and live demonstrations to students while also giving them a chance to win a few product prizes to take away on the day. “Starrett is already a reliable and renowned industry name,” explained Graham Munro, technical support team leader at Starrett. “However, our goal isn’t just to sell products. Our distributor trade days and demo van visits provide a hands-on opportunity for customers to test out our equipment and ask any questions. For us, it ensures customers are making the most of their tool investments and choosing the right equipment for their application.” Upcoming demo van visits are listed on the Starrett website. To arrange for the Starrett demo van to visit your facility, please contact Starrett on 01835 863501 and check availability with the Technical Support Team.


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January 2018

Pumped up about 4.0 potential

With the race towards Industry 4:0 on, progressive cavity (PC) pump specialist SEEPEX is assisting SME customers, particularly those starting from a ‘low tech’ baseline, to think ahead and utilise Smart pump technology to boost process productivity. “All processes, no matter how simple, can benefit from preparation for Industry 4.0 or ‘future proofing’,” states Lesley Eaton, Business Development and Marketing Manager for SEEPEX UK. “There’s a general misconception that enhanced connectivity, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4:0 are for big operations with ultra-sophisticated data capture strategies. Yet, like most decisions in business, whatever your size or sector, it’s about thinking smarter, selecting the right pumping equipment for the job and factoring in current and future demands.” At the start of 2017, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF published its 4IR report*. Gauging where organisations are in their transformation process, the research offered some valuable insight. However, this report, like many others, signals that there remains uncertainty from some about how it will apply to their business. While 99% agreed that the 4th industrial revolution will be about getting actionable insights from data, 58% of those interviewed reported that they are still getting to grips with the concept and are less certain about what it actually entails. Undoubtedly, technology and its application will be the enabler. And while there is a widespread expectation among companies that investment in new technology will be required, the EEF report indicated that 61% of manufacturers agree they could be using current digital technologies more effectively to boost their levels of productivity.

Joining the dots Smart PC pumps offer a perfect example of how embedded technology can help even the most common and straightforward equipment to optimise processes. Many – if not most – industries use pumps to transfer products between storage vessels and a variety of different processes. In addition to enabling product and range development, valuable data, when captured effectively, can assist with forward planning. Take the integration of software. Done effectively, this can assist with automated production, and online machine data capture, and this makes preventative and predictive maintenance a realistic possibility. Importantly for businesses tight on resources, it doesn’t mean more data is being generated; the data just becomes more accessible and relevant.

Sensors and sensibility Intelligent data generated by sensors is the basis for all smart machine control and automation, and is equally applicable in PC pump control. An example of application


could be using transducers as pressure or lever controls which speed up and slow down the PC pump, varying the flow rate as required. Rather than using an on/off response when fill levels are reached, these pressure transducers send a variable signal to a PLC integrated to a variable speed drive. Because the transducer detects differences in vessel product levels, the speed at which the product is delivered increases or slows accordingly. This in turn reduces the wear rate of the pump, extending the service life and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of equipment. Likewise, there are a number of PC pumps fitted with sensors using IO-Link interface capabilities to switch pumps on or off. Replacing these with variable sensing technology reduces the reliance on remote processing of data, enabling intelligent analysis of performance as well as enabling variable flow rates. In addition, flow meters linked to variable frequency drives (VFDs) allow for real time feedback and speed control of motors to achieve accurate product flow. When the information from flow meters is analysed in conjunction with pressure transducers then PC pump wear is determined and predictive maintenance schedules can be set up. Pip ewo r k , v al ve s a n d d ow nst rea m equipment can all affect the performance of the pump. As pumps become digitally integrated into customers’ processes a properly selected PC pump can collect data to provide diagnostic tools for the entire system. For example, an unexpected pressure increase could signal a product change, a closed valve or a pipework obstruction. Additionally, an increase in measured flow could indicate narrowed pipework. As pipework becomes fouled, for example, the diameter decreases yet this can often remain undetected until problems arise. Using a comparison of theoretical flow vs actual flow at a given pump speed can provide an early diagnosis of the condition of pipework, enabling remedial action to be taken before issues occur.

Scalable solutions catering to future demands When selecting pump technology, it’s equally important to consider existing technology infrastructures and industrial control systems and how your new technology will integrate into common supervisory platforms, such as SCADA. The development of progressive cavity smart dosing pumps (SDPs) by SEEPEX caters to these future requirements. Used either as

a standalone item or integrated easily into SCADA systems, these PC pumps maintain accurate flow using continuous real time feedback and adjustment to overcome product and process changes that affect flow rates. To simplif y integration, the SDP has an intelligent V FD incor porating a PLC and special software and fieldbus communications. Input interfaces can be via a centralised system, a handheld HMI or by analogue and digital devices, which means that in addition to controlling the pump operation, data can be collected remotely and a picture of performance becomes clearer. Pump and system protection can also be managed using temperature and pressure sensors linked to the integral PLC. The design of PC pumps is ideally suited to smart operation as the linear nature of the pump performance curve – flow rate vs pump speed – enables closed loop feedback. “The signal from a flow meter on the pump discharge is used to automatically adjust the speed of the pump when required,” explains Lesley.

Connecting to untold opportunities Despite enormous advances, technology connecting information with the physical world has barely scratched the service. Yet, the industrial revolution is rapidly pervading every part of our lives. Even a simple pump, tasked with distributing product from one source to another, becomes exponentially more valuable when connected. Data from one sensor can be combined with data from another and linked with cloud intelligence to make smarter, even autonomous, business decisions. Rather than just connecting for connectivity’s sake, many industrial businesses see connected devices as a transformational opportunity. As a recent report from KPMG concludes, ‘the real value of 4.0 comes not from component technologies or capabilities, but rather from smarter processes that integrate automation, data, analytics, manufacturing and products in a way that delivers unique competitive advantage and unlocks new business models’. “The reality is that data connectivity and Industry 4:0 permeate every aspect of every business, large and small,” adds Lesley. “With scalable options, there’s the potential to revolutionise how we work and cut machine downtime by providing continuous feedback on performance.”


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January 2018

Rockwell Automation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results Rockwell Automation reported fiscal 2017 fourth quarter sales of $1,667.5 million, up 8.4 percent from $1,538.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Organic sales grew 5.6 percent. Currency translation increased sales by 1.5 percentage points, and acquisitions contributed 1.3 percentage points to sales growth. Fiscal 2017 fourth quarter net income was $204.6 million or $1.57 per share, compared to $185.2 million or $1.43 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 fourth quarter Adjusted EPS was $1.69, up 11 percent compared to $1.52 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 we divested a business for $94.0 million and recorded a pre-tax gain on the divestiture of $60.8 million ($35.5 million after tax or $0.28 per share). In addition, we recorded $43.0 million of pre-tax restructuring charges ($30.7 million after tax or $0.24 per share) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The increases in EPS and Adjusted EPS were primarily due to higher sales and the gain on the divestiture, partially offset by higher investment spending, incentive compensation, and restructuring charges. Pre-tax margin, which includes the gain on the divestiture, was 16.4 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to 15.4 percent in the same period last year. The increase in pre-tax margin was primarily due to the gain on the divestiture and higher sales, partially offset by higher investment spending, restructuring charges, and incentive compensation. Total segment operating margin was 17.0 percent compared to 19.8 percent a year ago. The decrease in total segment operating margin was primarily due to higher investment spending, restructuring charges, and incentive compensation, partially offset by higher sales. Total segment operating earnings were $283.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, down 7 percent from $304.3 million in the same period of fiscal 2016. Sales were $6,311.3 million in fiscal 2017, up 7.3 percent from $5,879.5 million in fiscal 2016. Organic sales grew 6.1 percent. Currency translation reduced sales by 0.3 percentage points, and acquisitions contributed 1.5 percentage points to sales growth. Fiscal 2017 net income was $825.7 million or $6.35 per share, compared to $729.7 million or $5.56 per share in fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 Adjusted EPS was $6.76, up 14 percent compared to $5.93 in fiscal 2016. The increases in EPS and Adjusted EPS were primarily due


to higher sales, the gain on the divestiture, and lower effective tax rates, partially offset by higher incentive compensation and restructuring charges. Pre-tax margin, which includes the gain on the divestiture, was 16.4 percent in fiscal 2017, compared to 16.0 percent last year. The increase in pre-tax margin was primarily due to higher sales and the gain on the divestiture, partially offset by higher incentive compensation and restructuring charges. Total segment operating margin was 19.5 percent compared to 20.2 percent a year ago. The decrease in total segment operating margin was primarily due to higher incentive compensation and restructuring charges, partially offset by higher sales. Total segment operating earnings were $1,233.1 million in fiscal 2017, up 4 percent from $1,188.7 million in fiscal 2016. Commenting on the results, Blake D. Moret, president and chief executive officer, said, “We are pleased with our sales and earnings performance in the quarter. We delivered 6 percent organic sales growth and 11 percent Adjusted EPS growth, which were slightly above our expectations. We saw positive contributions from all regions and broad-based growth across most verticals, particularly automotive, food and beverage, semiconductor, chemicals, and metals. Importantly, we saw oil and gas return to meaningful growth in the quarter, which helped our process business grow above the company average. “In the quarter, we divested a small business and also initiated restructuring plans. These actions accelerate our ongoing efforts to sharpen our focus on The Connected Enterprise strategy and further enhance the competitiveness of our products, services, and solutions. We will continue to balance investments with our commitment to delivering profitable growth. “Fiscal 2017 was a very good year for us. Organic sales grew 6 percent, EPS grew 14 percent, and we had solid free cash flow performance. We had a strong finish to the year in orders, which were up high single digits in the fourth quarter. “Our employees, partners, and suppliers continue to differentiate us. I would like to thank them for their efforts every day.”

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January 2018

Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor, TR Fastenings, has invested in a new 3D printer. The printer is an SLA (StereoLithic Apparatus) machine which delivers a far superior quality to the FDM (Fused Deposit Modelling) equipment replacing the existing model.

TR Fastenings invests in new state of the art SLA 3D printer

Until recently, SLA printing was prohibitively expensive, but after a group of American MIT students designed and received funding for the ‘Form 1’ model, costs reduced. The Form 1 machine has now been replaced by the Form 2 model, which TR has purchased. While most of the components supplied by TR to its customers are metal, plastic prototypes are ideal to check the form rather than the function of a part. The printer will be used to create these prototypes for TR customers who want to explore new variations on existing parts or components used in their production process. The TR team will use its extensive library of CAD designs along with the printer’s sophisticated software to create variations of different fasteners for customers to view and test. Keith Gibb, Head of Web Development at TR, comments: “We first invested in 3D printing technology 3 years ago by purchasing the FDM machine, which is simple to use and ideal for our first foray into the process but doesn’t produce the best quality parts. “The speed and accuracy of the new printer has already allowed us to produce prototypes for a number of customers in both the automotive and electronics sectors. We made plastic prototypes of metal parts which meant one customer could check fit and form of a new part in 3 days rather than laying down expensive tooling and waiting for weeks. We’ve also produced fully working prototypes of injection moulded parts that were with the customer in 24 hours – the actual injection moulded samples would have taken 6 weeks.”



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January 2018

igus chainflex hybrid bus cables for Ethernet and Profinet moving applications in e-chains Motion plastics specialist igus introduces single-cable solutions for use in energy chains with Ethernet or Profinet elements and power cores in the CFBUS.PUR.H01 series. Thanks to the extensive tests carried out in the igus test lab, users can not only calculate their service life online, but also get a unique guarantee of 36 months. The oil-resistant PUR outer jacket makes them suitable for moving applications in machine tools and other demanding environments. In addition to the hybrid cables with Profibus and fibre optic elements, the CFBUS.PUR.H01.049 with CAT6 and the CFBUS.PUR.H01.060 with Profinet round off the wide range of combinations from igus. The special core structure is protected by a pressure-extruded, highly oil-resistant PUR outer jacket. To enable global use, the cable family has UL and NFPA approval and meets the requirements of EAC and CTP. Like all igus cables, the hybrid cables are tested under real conditions at different temperatures in the in-house 2,750 square metre test laboratory. Due to this real-world testing, igus is the only cable manufacturer in the world capable of providing a 36-month guarantee on its chainflex hybrid bus cables – even in the most demanding environments. With the chainflex service life calculator www.igus.co.uk/chainflex_servicelifecalculator, machine builders can calculate the expected service life of the hybrid bus cables for CAT6 and Profinet in double strokes. For further information, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/chainflex or call igus directly on 01604 677240.


January 2018

NSF CONTROLS APPOINTS RESPECTED CEO TO TAKE BUSINESS FORWARD NSF Controls, a leading UK designer and manufacturer of solenoids, switches, and a specialist provider of customised electro-mechanical assembly services, has appointed Julian Heyworth as CEO. An experienced and successful business leader, Julian will be taking the lead at NSF Controls to deliver an exciting new strategy for the business.


riginally, a degree-qualified engineer with extensive Mechanical design experience, Julian has built on this throughout his career. With more than 21 years’ experience in high profile, senior management roles, over 18 years’ experience at board level in engineering businesses and managing his own company Meltog, Julian’s commercial expertise is supported by valuable first-hand engineering experience. Commenting on his appointment as CEO at NSF Controls Julian Heyworth said: “NSF Controls is renowned for solving the actuation requirements of today’s technologically complex and changing world. Going forward, I’m looking to develop UK opportunities and capitalise on those presented by the wider global market. On-going development in our world-class UK manufacturing facilities is also a priority of mine.” “Working in the Yorkshire area and operating in engineering sectors, I’ve known of NSF Controls for some years and very much respected the company as a business entity. I’m delighted to be a part of the team now and am already submerging myself in understanding how it operates, familiarising myself with our valued customers and suppliers and most importantly, finding out about the company’s intricate working processes from our inspirational staff – it’s a fascinating experience and I’m looking forward to developing the business in every way I can.” NSF Controls’ spokesperson Doug Priestley said: “I believe Julian will be a great catalyst in leading the next phase of NSF Controls’ development. We’re excited to be looking ahead and embracing the changes that will be happening in manufacturing and identifying how we can support the exciting technological and engineering complexities of the markets in which we operate today.”


January 2018

Innovative solutions from HepcoMotion at Southern Manufacturing HepcoMotion will be showcasing a selection of its industry leading range of linear motion products at Southern Manufacturing on the 6th-8th February at FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire. From track systems for robot automation to complete production lines performing multi-assembly tasks, Hepco’s products have been developed to provide designers with a multitude of solutions. Hepco looks forward to welcoming visitors to its stand (G230). Key products on the stand include the highly-regarded GFX Hepco Guidance for the Beckhoff XTS (eXtended Transport System). This solution utilises Hepco’s PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance systems to work with Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear system to meet the needs of higher duty XTS applications where motion profiles and long-term durability requirements are particularly demanding. The combination of technologies from market leaders Beckhoff and Hepco provides users with a robust, high production and flexible solution that will revolutionise production processes in many manufacturing applications. This system is ideally suited to a range of applications, such as a variable speed lane divider to sort randomly positioned items into separate lanes, or a double-sided system for a compact application that requires multiple motion profiles. Visitors will be able to see the highly popular SBD Sealed Belt Drive in action, a product that has certainly carved a niche for itself in high duty applications. SBD provides a higher level of performance in terms of load capacity and demanding duty cycles than other comparable sized linear actuators. Suitable for a wide variety of production and assembly needs, Hepco also caters for high load capacities (up to 68,000N) with its HDS2 heavy duty linear motion system. This stainless steel linear guide can be configured for gantry systems and is available as an assembled system (reducing design and setting time) or in component form. Hepco is well known for its V guide technology – a unique wiping action that expels debris from the rail, keeping machines running and reliable. Hepco has been leading the development of V Guide technology since 1969 and continues to develop innovative linear products that offer new solutions to design engineers. With Hepco’s experienced team on hand to discuss applications and product offerings, Hepco looks forward to meeting visitors on Stand G230 at Southern Manufacturing on the 6th-8th February.


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January 2018

RockStar® ModuPlug More freedom – Less effort RockStar® ModuPlug is setting new standards combining power, signals and data in one connector and is the platform for future, innovative modular connectivity solutions Industrial applications are becoming increasingly complex. The demands being made of the connectivity used are growing at the same time. Functionality in the smallest of installation spaces, safe installation and a fast retrofitting process are just some of the product properties being called for. RockStar® ModuPlug addresses these demands by enabling the flexible combination of all the necessary functions for power, signal and data transmission in a single application-specific interface. New and more compact inserts allow for a significantly increased functional density compared to previous solutions.

Half the pitch size, twice the module slots Up until now, there were two standard module widths for heavyduty connectors: ‘Single 1.0’ and ‘Double 2.0’. Weidmuller have broken away from this standard, and are creating new dimensions with the intermediate sizes of ‘Half 0.5’ and ‘Single Plus 1.5’. Four different module widths make for unprecedented levels of flexibility and allow for the construction of particularly spacesaving connector solutions. The modules reduce the amount of space required and cut costs when compared with fixed-pole inserts and other modular plug-in connector systems. The sophisticated frames and modules can be installed with extreme ease and integrated into HDC enclosures with the IP65 and IP68 protection classes. You can even use the RockStar® ModuPlug to supplement existing applications without any need to make system adjustments.

More and Less - Discover your freedom with RockStar® ModuPlug More power – Less weight Users of the RockStar® ModuPlug have the option of either using more functional modules within the same installation space or having the same functions as before but with a smaller frame and housing. In addition to space savings, the latter option also helps to achieve weight savings, making it particularly suitable for applications in the fields of railway engineering and wind energy.

More signals – Less space - transfer more signals with the same enclosure dimensions: Thanks to a higher contact density – 36 signal contacts at a rated voltage of 250 V, the double module HD36 achieves 50 percent more contacts in the same space as the market standard.

More data – Less limits - A new level of data transfer Two Cat.6A cables each with 10 Gbits can now be integrated in a single module. The use of standard M12 connector technology achieves optimal EMC values and the 360˚ shield connection offers maximum protection against external interference.


More options – Less costs - save installation space, weight and costs: you can choose

between four different module widths. The halved pitch size allows twice the number of module slots in the frame, plus the reduced pitch separation allows more functionality in the same space.

More convenience – Less risk The innovative design of RockStar® ModuPlug offers assembly and disassembly without tools. A fixed locking position provides stability for faster and easier assembly. Incorrect connection is avoided through a unique coding system. In addition, there’s less wiring work required thanks to the ability to connect two PE cables of up to 10 mm².

RockStar® ModuPlug in use: Machinery High performance in the smallest of spaces with RockStar® ModuPlug

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Energy - Efficient and secure with RockStar® ModuPlug Wind turbines have to be operated efficiently, reliably and with low maintenance. Measurement data should be transferred using as little space as possible. The high-speed data module can accommodate megabit and gigabit data inserts. It offers transfer rates of up to 10 Gbits in the smallest of installation spaces.

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More freedom - Less effort RockStar® ModuPlug is setting new standards Let’s connect. Across all industries, the requirements placed on functionality are becoming more extensive and complex. RockStar® ModuPlug sets new standards. The modular connector system solves space problems by offering increased functionality with a reduced installation space. And all this with more convenient installation. Discover your freedom with RockStar® ModuPlug. Sales: 0845 094 2006 Tech: 0845 094 2007 Email: marketing@weidmuller.co.uk www.weidmueller.com/moduplug

January 2018

A powerful and cost-effective drive.

The brushless EC-i 30 DC motor from maxon motor. Several different versions of the hightorque, brushless EC-i motors from maxon motor are now also available in small diameters. They are perfect for hand-held devices and applications in robotics. 72|

With the EC-i 30, drive specialist maxon motor is introducing a new brushless DC motor (BLDC). It has a diameter of 30 millimeters and is therefore smaller than the EC-i 40 currently available. Like its predecessors, this motor stands out for its high dynamics, low cogging torque, and high torque. It is available in two lengths, each in a Standard and a High Torque version, with a maximum nominal torque of up to 110 mNm at 75 W. Many possible combinations Despite their impressive performance, EC-i 30 DC motors are a costeffective alternative to existing drives. Because of this and their compact design, they are especially suitable for hand-held devices and applications in robotics. In all versions, the new EC-i 30 motors can be expanded with encoders, gearheads, servo controllers, or positioning controllers from maxon motor – easily and conveniently in the maxon online shop: shop.maxonmotor.com

January 2018

An easy choice

Cost-efficient logistics drives in three preferred configurations

Three variants, much flexibility

Illustration 1: Standardization can save up to 70% of TCO for drives in conveying systems

In plants with many drive units, the total cost of ownership can be reduced by up to 70% through intelligent management of variants. Therefore, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has established three preferred sizes for efficient variable-frequency drives in materials handling and conveyor applications. These cover the typical functional and performance requirements in postal hubs, intralogistics applications, and baggage handling systems. The standardized drive systems greatly simplify purchasing, engineering, commissioning, and spare parts stocking. Moreover, they are particularly easy to install, operate, and maintain. Limiting the number of variants can yield greater total cost of ownership (TCO) savings than any other measure except for lowering energy consumption. Therefore, drive manufacturers should be able to provide viable drive system standardizations for specific industrial segments. Preferred variants will also benefit customers by simplifying the procurement process, from the first drive purchase to any orders that may follow. Fewer variants also make inventory management much easier. Furthermore, they make planning and engineering processes less complex for everyone – the drive supplier, the OEM, and the end user. The challenge is to select as few drive configurations as possible in such a way that they adequately fulfill the varied tasks without being oversized. Drive engineers therefore need to thoroughly analyze sector-specific patterns of drive operation and application-specific needs. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has been designing efficient drive technology for intralogistics and airports for many years. Based on this wealth of experience, the German manufacturer has developed the LogiDrive line of three preferred drive variants optimized for these applications. LogiDrive systems ensure leaner purchasing, engineering, system maintenance, and staff training processes. Only very few spare parts must be kept in stock. As a result, the TCO in postal hubs, warehouses, and baggage handling systems can be reduced by up to 70%.

The LogiDrive line is the solution for conveyor systems spanning many hundred meters. The variable-frequency drives (VFDs) allow for simple daisy-chaining; Illustration 2: short power lines Setup and service switches are easily can be connected from one drive to accessible on the field distribution system the next. NORD has tailored this line to intralogistics and airport technology. Three geared motor variants meet all typical performance requirements. IE4 permanent-magnet synchronous motors with power ratings of 1.1 kW, 1.5 kW, or 2.2 kW are combined with efficient two-stage helical-bevel gearboxes in two sizes for torques up to 260 Nm. Robust frequency inverters from the NORDAC LINK series enable a wide range of speeds. The systems feature a high overload capacity and offer a uniquely versatile range of functions. Interfaces for all commercially available communication protocols are available, including PROFINET, Ethernet POWERLINK, EtherCAT, and EtherNet/IP

Extremely user-friendly and efficient LogiDrive systems are easy, quick, and safe to install thanks to coded plug-in connectors. Maintenance switches, key switches, and direction switches on the devices allow for flexible direct access to individual drive axes for setup or service. Sensors and actuators can be connected via M12 plugs. Sensor data collected by the inverters can be passed on to higher-level systems, which reduces otherwise necessary wiring. Plug & play, pre-parameterized inverters also simplify maintenance. Drive components can be easily replaced. Instead of swapping out entire drive units, for instance, only the geared motor can be exchanged.

systems with frequent partial-load operation. By consuming significantly less energy, they pay for themselves in a very short time.

Integrated safety LogiDrive systems efficiently and safely power horizontal, inclined, and vertical conveyors. A load monitor protects the driven equipment by stopping the motor in case of blocked applications. NORD can even implement the STO and SS1 safety functions according to EN 61800-5-2 for every single drive axis by means of TÜVcertified electronic modules. Employing field-oriented vector control, the inverters achieve high-precision control. In hoist applications, for example, they provide full torque from zero speed and reliably deliver set speeds even under load fluctuations. Standard inverter features furthermore include connection


Illustration 5: A clip on the NORD YouTube channel about the NORDAC LINK series of field distribution systems demonstrates key features such as their simple and flexible connection options

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has extensive practical experience in the field of conveyor technology. The drive manufacturer has designed efficient drive systems for hundreds of intralogistics plants and airports worldwide. The company draws on a large modular program of drive components that are manufactured inhouse. The energy-saving motors are suitable for worldwide use and available in all common efficiency classes. The NORD gear portfolio comprises numerous gear types and covers an extremely wide range of torques and gear ratios. The Thanks to their light-alloy housings, the VFDs provide enhanced intelligence in plant segments and ensure high efficiency compact drives are especially in partial-load operation. easy to handle as Furthermore, electronic inverters enable well: on average, highly flexible speed adjustment. This they are about 25% allows for limiting the drive variants in a lighter than steellarger installation to only a few sizes and alloy drives. The gear ratios. The new LogiDrive systems LogiDrive systems’ for airport and other logistics applications IE4 or Super demonstrate the benefits of greatly Premium Efficiency simplified variant management and the synchronous motors take their Illustrations 3, 4: LogiDrive major cost savings associated with it. e n e r g y - s a v i n g systems are equipped with Product video: nord.click/vq7g potential to its full IE4 motors which pay for extent in conveying themselves very quickly in Product page: nord.click/kpgh applications with frequent partial-load operation



January 2018

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Engineering Update - January 2018  

Engineering Update - January 2018