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Canterbury Christ Church University and Primary Engineer Programmes set to inspire the next generation of engineers, before it opens its new engineering facilities in 2020 Canterbury Christ Church University and Primary Engineer Programmes have today launched the “If you were an engineer, what would you do!” competition across the South East. The competition, announced by The University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Professor Helen James, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Enhancement and Student Experience) and Chris Rochester (UK Director Primary Engineer Programmes) at Augustine Hall, Canterbury, will link primary and secondary schools across Kent, Essex, East Sussex with the University and engineering firms. As University partner for the new South East region, Christ Church hopes the competition will inspire a generation of young people from all backgrounds to seek a rewarding career in engineering, science and technology. Chris Rochester, UK Director for Primary Engineer Programmes said: “Canterbury Christ Church University has demonstrated its commitment to STEM education and the engineering sector ahead of its new School of Engineering Technology and Design even opening in September 2010! This collaboration is sure to have engaged schools, industry and those interested in following a career in engineering”. Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, ViceChancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The competition taps into the latest design and engineering skills that most young people have, it captures the creativity of young minds and nurtures that talent by showing them that engineering can be a rewarding and world changing career. We are delighted to be working with Primary Engineer Programmes as their partner for the South East, as well as the region’s primary and secondary schools and local engineering firms who will be providing their engineers to be interviewed and help with grading all the entries into the competition”. Last year the “If you were an engineer, what would you do?” competition, engaged with over 37,000 primary and secondary school students nationally to get them interested in engineering by asking the question and encouraging schools to work with engineers as they answer it. The competition concludes in the summer with


a special awards event and public exhibition. One of the inventions will be selected and made into a prototype by the University. The University, which has 16,000 students across Kent and Medway, delivers courses which span academic and professional subjects. Canterbury Christ Church University is funding the competition to strengthen its already solid reputation and track record, nationally and internationally, for delivering courses and research that address real-world issues and opportunities - equipping graduates with a breadth of relevant skills for their future careers. In partnership with local industry expertise, the University will deliver a new industry-informed flexible curriculum in Engineering, Technology and Product Design. This new exciting partnership will benefit Kent and the wider region by addressing higher level skills shortages in STEM subjects and support the regional economic growth, adding between £7.6m to £11.4m into the regional economy each year. “By working in partnership with local businesses and stakeholders we will be able to respond to the need for more trained STEM specialists; inspiring a generation of young people from all backgrounds and equipping them with the high-quality skills they need for a rewarding career in engineering, science and technology. The partnership with Primary Engineer Programmes is an integral part of this”. Added Professor Helen James, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Enhancement and Student Experience).

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Ammonia Filtration Key to Efficient Antibiotics Production Amazon Filters has installed a combination SupaPore FPW / SupaPore VPBA filtration system at a leading antibiotics manufacturer’s fermentation plant enabling them to reduce production downtime resulting in significant cost savings. Efficient antibiotic production requires high quality ammonia being used to adjust the pH of the fermentation process. However, the antibiotics manufacturer was receiving batches of ammonia of varying quality which required sterile filtering before use. Despite this precaution, the manufacturer was having to replace blocked final membrane filters on a daily basis resulting in unacceptable levels of production downtime and the high costs of replacement filters. After studying the production process, Amazon Filters recommended using a SupaPore FPW pre-filter to protect the final membrane filter the SupaPore

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Upon installation of the new filters, the customer saw immediate benefits. They are experiencing up to 300% longer life of the final membrane filter . making the filtration system much more cost effective. In addition, Amazon Filters has added value to the process by offering local and readily available support which is vital on such a critical system.

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VT 2000 OF: STAND-UP POUCHES WITH SEAL INTEGRITY As demand for stand-up packs continues unabated in the western world, ILAPAK has conceived an innovative bagger that can easily meet customer marketing expectations whilst maximising product shelf-life. The VT 2000 OF (Open Frame) has the highest seal pressure of any bagger available on the market today. This translates to tight seals and maximum seal integrity on the gusseted bags that are becoming increasingly popular among producers of sweet treats and snacks. “Whilst stand-up pouches improve a pack’s structural integrity, they introduce a variation in thickness in the seal area that makes them more complex to seal and more susceptible to leaks. The high seal pressure applied by our sealing system guarantees seal integrity on not only gusseted bags, but other vertical styles such as pillow, block bottom and quad packs,” says Andrea Boccolini, VFFS Division Product Manager at ILAPAK.

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EBE Engineering, a leading developer and supplier of Venturi orifice steam traps, has launched ECOFLOW, a market-leading steam trap that incorporates the flange into the main casting. The new trap’s body comprises of a modular design to incorporate low and high flow in the same housing. This new design extends the trap’s performance over variable condensate loads. Welding has been eliminated, resulting in a totally homogenous design that makes the trap physically stronger and safer. It also simplifies certification; thereby speeding up production and ensuring consistently high quality. “We are now able to assemble and supply multiple units very easily,” said Nigel Egginton, Managing Director of EBE Engineering. “The enhanced scalability offered by the new design, gives us far more scope to offer volume discounts to our customers”. Prior to launching ECOFLOW, EBE Engineering re-evaluated every aspect of the Venturi trap design. Then, working closely with a ferrous foundry, it developed and refined the casting geometry using 3D modelling and casting simulation software. A 3D printed prototype was then produced prior to full


Stainless Steel production samples being commissioned. “We have converted a complex fabrication into our castings which has resulted in a truly unique solution that delivers exceptional performance to our customers as well as providing EBE with a commercial, competitive advantage”, concluded Nigel Egginton. The ECOFLOW new flanged and threaded connections are specifically designed and manufactured to meet European market requirements allowing EBE Engineering to maintain its leading position. Recent growth has also seen expansion into a new UK Office, the founding of a wholly owned limited company in Germany and a completely new website. Because the ECOFLOW Venturi Orifice design has no moving parts to breakdown or wear out, it provides a lifespan that is the same as the pipework of the plant and considerably longer than mechanical traps. It offers the ultimate in reliability, requiring no spares or monitoring equipment.

The ECOFLOW Venturi steam traps work by using the difference in density between steam and condensate. Steam is 1000 times less dense than condensate, so at the entrance of the trap’s orifice, the lowdensity steam is literally squeezed out of the condensate. The high density, slow moving condensate is then preferentially discharged through the orifice, trapping the lowdensity steam behind it. For more information call 01635 282696, email: or visit

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Lanes invests in advanced materials separation technology It is investing in the CDEnviro D:MAX, a trailer-mounted material separation system, that can remove a variety of materials, including rag, plastic and grit, from large volumes of wastewater and sludge. Lanes is already using the technology, developed and manufactured by CDEnviro in Northern Ireland, to support water treatment tank and digester cleaning for water utility clients. As a mobile material separation and grading system, D:MAX can be used flexibly across a range of assets. It is also quick to set up and easy to operate. Lanes Group Technical Director Andy Brierley said: “This is excellent UK-developed technology that will help us deliver vital wastewater asset maintenance benefits for our customers. “It is a highly-sustainable way to support faster and more flexible tank cleaning. It will greatly reduce waste volumes going to landfill. It also has


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Lanes Utilities has already used a D:MAX to support tank cleaning at one of Thames Water’s largest water treatment works in Chertsey, Surrey. It acted as a secondary water treatment system while the tanks were taken offline, avoiding disruption to wastewater processing.

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Deploying D:MAX to separate solids from wastewater and sludge can also reduce wear and tear on water treatment centrifuges and pumps, reducing the risk of breakdowns and controlling maintenance costs. The system has a sophisticated screening system that separates materials at different stages of the process. This results in 90% of water being removed from silt and grit and a minimum of 70% from rag, mostly made up of sanitary products and wipes, wrongly flushed down toilets. It can be used to pre-treat sludge before it is sent for anaerobic digestion, reducing build-up of rag and

D:MAX is expected to save Lanes utility and industrial cleaning customers significant landfill costs, at a time when there is a growing shortage of landfill sites, which is likely to push up costs still further. Andy Brierley said: “Diverting waste from landfill is a key element of all our utility clients’ sustainability and cost-reduction strategies and is bound to be the focus of more Government regulatory control. Technologies like D:MAX are vital elements of a longterm solution to this problem.” As well as water utilities, D:MAX can be deployed in many other sectors where renewal energy is generated by anaerobic digestion, including agriculture, waste recycling, and variety of process industries.

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Instrumentation for plant and process engineering environments Today’s plant and process engineering facilities contain many critical environments where building services play an important role in the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors. Even the best-designed and built facility will need initial commissioning and constant monitoring to ensure peak performance throughout its lifecycle. Accurate, fit-forpurpose fixed and portable measurement instruments are required in many areas of a facility, from plant rooms to production lines, spray booths and clean rooms, to ensure that all areas are functioning correctly. BSRIA Instrument Sales Manager Dan Higgins says ‘data from measurement instrumentation is vitally important in modern plant and process engineering facilities, but the data can only be reliable if the instrumentation is fit-for-purpose. Working closely but independently with a wide range of OEMs and equipment suppliers means we can provide solutions to meet our customer’s specific needs. We recognise our clients need for a rapid service and have equipment available for hire and sale direct from stock or with short lead times. In areas where potentially hazardous materials are processed it is imperative there can be no environmental emissions of pollutants or exposure of personnel to these. Providing this effectively in terms of equipment ease of use and efficiently both in terms of the cost of instruments


and the cost of staff presents challenges to staff across many departments, including production management, facilities management and environments health & safety management. In a clean room facility, for example, staff need to monitor the pressure between rooms to stop the spread of contaminants and pollutants either to or from the room, the temperature within the room, supply or extract ventilation rates, the quality of the air in terms of particulate concentration, as well as the flow-rates of any process gasses. Where, all these parameters can be measured with fixed/ builtin devices or portable / hand held instruments from manufacturers such as Testo, TSI and Kimo”. When buying, or hiring, instruments the engineer now has a global choice as to which product will meet today’s challenging testing environments. Calibration of this instrumentation is, and always will be, of paramount importance to users, but keeping up-to-date of what is available especially in changes of technology and the scope of instrumentation available must also be considered during the selection process. Tests that often took hours to conduct can now be undertaken easier, faster, and more accurately than those conducted years ago. With such a wide range of instruments available to today’s plant and process engineer they need to look beyond any procurement source that is tied

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NEW ESSENTRA COMPONENTS “GUIDES TO CIRCUIT BOARD HARDWARE” Essentra Components have produced two new guides for electronics design and production engineers to assist in the selection and use of PCB hardware components. By sharing their expertise in component technologies Essentra Components short-cut the search process and save time in the development cycle.


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Technifast Offer Bespoke Marine Grade Stainless Steel Components Service CORBY 21st November 2018: Technifast Limited has broadened its marine components service, producing a range of precision engineered fasteners in Grade 316 Stainless Steel (A4) to combat the unforgiving environment both above and below the waterline. Choosing the correct fastener for a particular application probably won’t get you noticed. However, choosing the incorrect fastener could get you noticed for all the wrong reasons. We work closely with large companies in the marine industry to manufacture fasteners in Stainless Steel 316 (A4) to ensure the right fastener material is used for the application in which it is intended. This Marine Grade Stainless Steel is an austenitic chromiumnickel stainless steel containing


molybdenum and has specific properties which increase corrosion resistance, making it the ideal choice for the marine applications. Technifast’s manufacturing team has invested heavily in its machining capacity and has the capability to offer a wide range of bespoke marine grade stainless steel dowels, clevis pins and has also added a range of self-tapping inserts to their portfolio. Designed specifically for the marine industry the insert range has been successfully used in RIB boats, super yacht tenders and sailing masts. These type of inserts can be specifically created to a customer drawing and specification to ensure the perfect fastening solution for a particular application. Recent bespoke projects have included the production of prop shafts, boat stanchions, sea-water pump spindles, canopy fasteners and

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2019 If you aspire to make products more efficiently, to a higher quality standards and do so through a safe and highly engaged workforce, then the Manufacturing Management Show is for you The Manufacturing Management Show has been designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing best practice across all areas of factory management. The show takes place on 12th- 13th June 2019 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. We know running a busy factory can be frenetic, but by investing just a couple of days away from your desk, you could deliver some serious bottom line benefits. Our show offers you three efficient ways to learn: 1) Conferences The show’s conferences cover core topics including maintenance, leadership, CI and technology and has featured world-class case studies from prestigious leading operators such as JLR, Bentley Motors, Hozelock, Microsoft and many more. All sessions will provide practical, pragmatic advice that you can apply on site. All conference sessions are case study-led and packed with performance improvements that you can transfer back to your own site. 2) Exhibitions Check out the latest manufacturing plant and services on offer from leading industry suppliers at our exhibition area. From the latest forklift trucks and 5S shadow boards, to state-of-the-art PPE and upskilling employees in business improvement techniques: there will be an abundance of relevant products to see. 3) Workshops Sample hints and tips from suppliers on how their product or service could enhance your factory’s KPIs. Three workshop theatres will be operating at the show with topics including optimising PPE selection, Industry 4.0 and forklift truck solutions. This really is a must-attend event for any manufacturing manager who wants to adopt best-in-class operational excellence. In lean terminology, this is a golden opportunity to do the gemba. Go see our Show and discover how you can add more value to your operation.


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The FAST Live exhibition continues to be the UK’s only specialist fastening, bonding and assembly event for design engineers, production professionals, manufacturers and fastener buyers. FAST Live is configured to serve visitors with a specific interest in fastening and bonding technologies for manufacturing applications across every industrial sector and is your opportunity to meet with the true experts in fastening and bonding. Find an innovative solution - Discover lighter, cheaper and better alternatives to traditional fasteners, see new joining processes and connect with some of the UK’s leading fastening suppliers. Live product demos – Many exhibitors will be launching products, so come and experience interactive product demos in areas including adhesives, bonding, surface preparation, nut and bolt assembly and more. Learn from technical seminars – Known to be ‘standing-room only’, the seminars focus on a variety of problem-solving solutions covering many engineering applications and design needs, including structural adhesives, lightweight fasteners, multimaterials joining, and bonding. Network with fastening suppliers – You simply cannot beat faceto-face discussions to solve a design or production engineering problem, and this is an opportunity to meet with suppliers that have the materials expertise, fastening and bonding know-how and application knowledge. Given the direct connection between fastening options, material choices and electronic components, the co-location of FAST Live, Engineering Materials Live and PCB Design and Manufacturing Live, provides an ideal environment for you to find innovative ways to improve your designs and production processes and achieve so much in just a single visit. FAST Live is free to attend, and visitors are encouraged to preregister via the website.


The UK’s only specialist fastening, bonding and assembly event for design engineers, production professionals, manufacturers and fastener buyers. Featuring a leading exhibition of suppliers and technical seminars, the show is co-located with EM Live, the foremost exhibition for UK engineers to source and specify plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials.

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Engineering Materials Live is a specialist UK exhibition meeting the needs of engineers tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials. Selecting the right material for the right application is crucial to the success of any design project, which means working with suppliers that have the materials expertise and application knowledge - this is why Engineering Materials Live was created. The popular technical seminars return for 2019 and focus on a variety of practical solutions covering many engineering applications and design needs, including light-weighting, surface treatment, high temperature materials and alternative materials selection. Looking to replace traditional materials for lighter, cheaper and smaller alternatives? Want to improve surface preparation processes for better adhesion? Then come and meet the high-quality exhibitor portfolio, which includes some of the UK’s leading suppliers in plastics, materials forming, advanced composites, light weighting and rapid prototyping. Technical seminars Given the direct connection between fastening options, material choices and electronic components, the co-location of FAST Live, Engineering Materials Live and PCB Design and Manufacturing Live, provides an ideal environment for you to find innovative ways to improve your designs and production processes and achieve so much in just a single visit. Engineering Materials Live is free to attend, and visitors are encouraged to pre-register via the website.


Specialist UK exhibition meeting the needs of engineers tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials + co-located with FAST LIVE

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In 2017 New Electronics launched an event specifically for the PCB designer – PCB Design & Manufacturing LIVE. PCB Design & Manufacturing LIVE is the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for sourcing the electronic components and services needed to develop your Printed Circuit Board design and manufacturing processes. This one-day expo has been created to give the UK’s electronic design engineers a single place where they can discover the full range of electronic components, manufacturing processes and services needed to develop their PCB design. Whether you would like to explore the use of simulation for PCB thermal management, share advice and best practice on interconnected board design, focus on identifying and fixing impedance mismatches or look at prototyping in PCB assembly this is the event for you. This year we’ll be welcoming PCB designers and suppliers to a rather special venue, The Silverstone Wing, Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, for the event on Thursday 9th May. A full seminar programme will run across PCB Design & Manufacturing LIVE, delivered by industry experts focused on helping visitors to best apply new techniques and technologies that will improve your own PCB design skills. Beyond the technical seminars, there will be a packed exhibition hall where visitors can meet new supply chain partners and talk to industry-leading PCB design consultancies and electronics manufacturers. Visitors benefit from keeping up-to-date with technologies ranging from traditional-sized PCBs to small wearable boards, as well as sourcing services to streamline PCB design costs. The show is also co-located with FAST and Engineering Materials Live - the UK’s only specialist fastening, bonding and materials exhibition for design engineers, manufacturers and fastener buyers. Reasons why you can’t afford to miss PCB Design & Manufacturing Live: • • •

Technical seminars: Discover new techniques and technologies that will improve your own PCB design skills. Network with PCB experts: Speak with industry-leading PCB design consultancies and electronics manufacturers to learn how they can streamline your design processes and costs. Time-efficient: With an early opening time of 8:30am, you can get in, get round, get PCB solutions and get back to work with the minimum of time and fuss.

PCB Design & Manufacturing Live is the place to keep up-to-date with technologies ranging from traditional-sized PCBs to small wearable boards, and source services to streamline your PCB design and manufacturing costs.


The UK’s only dedicated exhibition for sourcing the electronic components and services needed to develop your Printed Circuit Board design and manufacturing processes.

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The Engineering, Electronics and Embedded Design Shows (EDS) return to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 16th-17th October. Now in its eighth year the 2019 show will feature the very latest technologies, tools, software and services. EDS continues to offer visitors a fully immersive experience of innovation, interaction, inspiration and insight. The pace of change and the growing complexity that confronts the design engineer, continues to have a profound impact on suppliers, customers and colleagues. Visitors to this year’s show will be able to meet with over 220 suppliers, offering new technologies and design engineering solutions. You can’t miss the biggest design event of the year. Whether you’re a previous attendee or a first timer take some time out to discover, learn and review what’s new and how you and your business can benefit. With more than 25 conference speakers, a wide-range of free-to-attend workshops, exciting feature zones and over 220 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, the Engineering Design Show is the only event that cater for all aspects of engineering design under one roof in an efficient and dynamic environment. The 2019 show will again provide more than 4000 attendees with unrivalled access to expert speakers exploring best practice, new design techniques and industry issues. The event sees the return of the Innovation Zone, a feature area focused on introducing visitors to ground-breaking technology, plus new additions including EDS TV. Add to this the New Electronics and Eureka! conference theatres, the Engineering Design Show is an unmissable event for the UK’s design engineers. 2019 will see the return of the EDS TV channel, an exciting new way for everyone to get the maximum benefit from attending the UK’s leading engineering, electronics and embedded design event. Now supplemented by it’s own YouTube channel, EDS TV delivers an up to the minute experience for everyone attending by creating a live content channel online and at the venue. It’s the ultimate way of experiencing the show buzz and enhancing engagement. There will be screens located around the show floor and a video wall to ensure you can find the information you need.


You’ll also find the production studio on the show floor. Look out for content including interviews with conference speakers, exhibitor promotions, conference and workshop reminders and social media chatter around the show. The Future Zone is also getting a face lift for 2019 exciting with cutting edge products and services for the design engineering community.


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Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019 This year marks the tenth anniversary of Sensors & Instrumentation Live. The UK’s only dedicated exhibition for test, measurement and control returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 25 and 26 September 2019.

visitors an insight into topics including training, apprenticeships and standards. In addition, there will be discussions on funding opportunities that are available to help businesses grow. Attending the Enterprise Hub is free so let the experts provide you with the guidance you need. Other new features will be announced in due course so keep an eye out for updates in Instrumentation Monthly or on the Sensors & Instrumentation Live website: Innovation Showcase


ensors & Instrumentation Live covers a range of industry sectors, including: sensors, data acquisition equipment, flowmeters, transducers, signal conditioners, strain gauges, thermometers, test instruments, thermal imaging equipment, monitoring equipment, cables, connectors and calibration equipment. With thousands of visitors looking to source the latest technologies every year, Sensors & Instrumentation Live presents market leading companies from across the test, measurement and control sector together under one roof. Some of the companies already confirmed for the 2019 exhibition include Charcroft Electronics, DEWESoft UK, DSL, Mantracourt Electronics, Techni Measure and Trafag. Engineering Symposium - Sensing Innovation To celebrate ten years of Sensors & Instrumentation Live, the exhibition will see the inclusion of some new feature areas. The first to be announced is the Engineering


Some of the exhibition’s most popular feature areas will be making a return to Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019. This includes the Innovation Showcase. There is a lot to be seen at the event so the Innovation Showcase provides an assembly of the most cutting-edge products and solutions available from exhibitors. Visitors can get hands-on with devices and make sure they do not miss out on a single thing. Symposium. In an exciting new partnership, DJB Instruments is working with Sensors & Instrumentation Live to present CPDaccredited training that is driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering. DJB will bring together a team of speakers from some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering companies to present a two day programme which provides a combination of technical training sessions on subjects including: Basics of signal processing; Analysis and control of noise sources in data; Accelerometer technology and other topics. In addition, industry based presentations will describe how innovative sensor technology has been applied in some of the most technologically challenging applications of the modern era. The Enterprise Hub Another new feature for 2019 is the Enterprise Hub. The Enterprise Hub will explore the different opportunities that are available to manufacturers. Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will give a series of invaluable presentations, giving

Networking Galore With the show attracting a highly engaged and focused audience, it serves as the ideal opportunity to strengthen existing business relationships and secure new connections with a range of spaces available for all important networking. And with the 2019 exhibition being colocated with the TCT Show, WNIE Live and IMHX, there will be more opportunities to network than ever before. The one ticket policy for Sensors & Instrumentation Live means that visitors only need to register once to get access to both TCT and WNIE Live. If you would like to find out more information about the exhibition, please visit the Sensors & Instrumentation website. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about exhibiting at the event, please contact event director Louise Pudney (

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• Subcon – the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show returns 4-6 June at the NEC • 2019 set to feature expanded exhibition space as Subcon co-locates with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo for the first time

January 2019

Subcon co-locates with The Engineer Expo and Advanced Manufacturing Show for the first time London, 13 December 2018, Subcon, the UK's premier subcontract manufacturing supply chain show, has confirmed it will return to the NEC for Subcon 2019, spanning 4-6 June. Now in its 43rd year, Subcon is the must-attend event for subcontract manufacturing professionals looking to source new products and partners.

In a first for the show, Subcon will be co-located with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo. Over three days, the three events will showcase the complete manufacturing solution, covering design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment. The Engineer Expo is dedicated to the advanced engineering that drives UK manufacturing and design. Building on the calibre of the 2018 programme, 36 free-toattend sessions will lift the lid on the latest industry developments and the most interesting engineering projects. Advanced Manufacturing Show is the global platform for next-generation technologies, showcasing innovative solutions that enhance advanced


manufacturing performance. Together the three shows will provide a compelling, valuepacked event that will enable visitors to not only save time sourcing new partners but also get ahead of the competition with new technologies and services. “The expo was great to meet suppliers and manufacturers and see what new technologies they had to offer,” said Michael Wilkinson, aerospace engineer, Airbus Operations Ltd, speaking of the 2018 event. “I found it extremely useful and hope to make use of the contacts I have made.” “Across all industry sectors, businesses looking to source suppliers and secure the right partners to keep them competitive, head to Subcon,” said Gordon Kirk, event director, Subcon. “We are incredibly excited to return to the NEC. We have already decided to expand the exhibition space for 2019 as we co-locate with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo for the first time.” For more details or to register your interest, please visit




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Hitaltech brings added value to the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition 2019 Hitaltech is returning to The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition in February, and in addition to showcasing the latest connecting technologies and enclosures, the company will also be focusing on the Value Added Services that make production more efficient.

Conex-It Hitaltech's own Conex-It range of screw and screwless terminal blocks will also be on display. These enable manufacturers to benefit from reliable connections, fast and accurate wiring and/or increased vibration resistance. Value Added Services

The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition is the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. The 19th edition of the exhibition takes place on 5-7 February 2019 at the brand new Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, and Hitaltech will once again be there. Building Automation & Industrial Control On display at Stand J75 will be Hitaltech's latest components designed for building automation and industrial control products. These components help make managing buildings easier, or are designed to support evolving cloud computing, cyber-physical and Internet-of-Things applications. They include high power terminal blocks to meet the demands of high power interface and energy metering applications; miniature terminal blocks and board to board connectors that enable manufacturers to pack large volumes of inputs and outputs into small spaces; and modular jacks and USB style connectors for building management data and communications applications.


For the first time at the show, Hitaltech will be focusing on its Value Added Services. These services bring together the myriad ways in which Hitaltech has always supported its customers, raising their profile to ensure that everyone can benefit from services designed to deliver products faster, simpler and more cost effectively. "Services such as kitting, printing, wiring loom assembly, machining and more can help our customers develop better-realised products that stand out from the competition," says Jack Walker, Sales Engineer for the South. "These services help refine processes, reduce assembly times and cut production costs, and we're looking forward to exploring the many ways we can tailor our services to benefit the companies attending the show." "2019 marks the sixth time we have been part of the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition," says Andy Fitzer, MD. "We are always excited to showcase our latest innovations and meet customers old and new. And this year we are particularly excited to bring our Value Added Services to the show to demonstrate how much more we can benefit our customers when we work in partnership with them." The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition takes place on 5-7 February 2019. You can register here. Hitaltech will be at Stand J75.

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Add Vacuum Expo to your diary! Why? Because Vacuum Expo which will be held at Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 9th & 10th October 2019. Two action-packed days of learning, networking and connecting of suppliers, trade groups, technology developers and consultants with users of vacuum technologies in manufacturing, R&D and machine building - it is a must-attend. Vacuum technology is used in a multitude of situations it is a central commodity in the technology for manufacturing a host of products which are now part of everyday living, such as the glasses we wear, TV screens, photovoltaic panels and the chips in our PCs and this leads to our slogan: Behind Everything in Life, there’s Vacuum. A facilitating technology Vacuum is a goto technology for facilitating a vast diversity of applications and processes. Leak detection is an example, at the core of a leak detector is a vacuum system. The number of components and systems which must be systematically checked for leaks is constantly rising around the world. This is because in many industries both the quality and the functionality of components and apparatus are closely connected with their tightness. Typical applications are; Pharmaceutical packaging, medical devices, automotive powertrain and fuel systems, HVAC manufacturers, aerospace and semiconductors. Opportunity to view live demonstrations. In the exhibition there will be live demonstrations of equipment and every step of processes from factory


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handling to accelerator science will be covered. Alongside there is a selection of specialist meetings as part of the co-located 10th Vacuum Symposium. Vacuum Expo offers a unique vantage point for engineers to develop their knowledge in vacuum technology handling and attend a range of expertlead training sessions which will explore the usage, implications and challenges of such technology in the UK’s highly-demanding industry. Speaking after the 2018 event about the Vacuum Symposium, Laurence Devereux, Event Director commented “Training places at the Vacuum Symposium were full very early in the year with the most popular training session being ‘Vacuum – the basic principles’. It just shows how important ongoing professional development is for engineers in industry and research” he added “Vacuum Expo has yet again increased its attendance and is firmly established as the No 1 meeting place for vacuum technologies.” More information please visit Co-located event

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Formula Student: now with Artificial Intelligence Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Formula Student (FS) has provided a platform for University students to apply engineering theory in a real world, real project scenario for over 20 years. FS requires student teams to design and build a complete race car and compete against other teams from around the world at Silverstone each year. 40|

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ormula Student – Artificial Intelligence (FS-AI) has been introduced to challenge student teams to develop an AI driver capable of controlling a purpose designed FS car through a series of racing challenges. There is also a series of ‘static’ event categories, including the requirement for the students to also consider Real World Autonomous scenarios. The competition is designed to evolve to keep pace with the skills requirements of the UK AI sector. FS produces some of the best ‘industry ready’ engineering graduates in the world. FS-AI will now extend this into the world of autonomy, producing software engineers ready to meet the ever growing demand for CAV skills to support vehicle manufacturers and their supply chain. Students have the option to design and build their own autonomous racer, similar to the traditional format of Formula Student, whilst also developing AI code. Simon Shapcott, Head of Research & Development at the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: “Rapid developments in CAV technology, and the new business models which will underpin their use, could fundamentally change the way people and goods move around in the future, offering huge potential benefits in safety, efficiency and productivity. AI is a critical enabler of this future, and FS-AI will help nurture talent on which the UK’s industry, from exciting young start ups to large corporations, will help realise this future for society” Alternatively, for those teams who prefer to focus on the task of creating control algorithms rather than the mechanical engineering of a car, a prototype a prototype vehicle, the ADS-DV, has been developed by the IMechE with funding from the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) via Innovate UK. FS-AI is the first competition of its kind to offer this alternative, lowering the barrier to entry for Universities for whom resources and budget would otherwise prevent participation. The ADS-DV allows students to create control algorithms to work with their chosen AI hardware in order to complete a set of predefined AI missions.

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KTR opening a new cooler production plant in China KTR has opened a new cooler production plant in Jiaxing/China. From the beginning of 2019 multimedia coolers for mobile machines as well as oil/air coolers for stationary hydraulics will be manufactured there. The manufacture of the first prototypes in the new manufacturing hall covering a surface of approx. 9,000 m2 in Jiaxing, about 100 kilometres southwest of Shanghai, started in October 2018. The processing of roughly 200 tons of aluminium per month into highquality cooling systems being used


as multimedia coolers in construction and agricultural machinery or oil/air coolers in stationary hydraulics has been scheduled. For that purpose KTR invested in state-of-the-art machinery. Nicola Warning, KTR’s CEO: „We will be in a position to produce even small batches via highly automated processes and consequently at a consistently high quality level in this plant.“ A prerequisite is the close cooperation of design engineers and developers at KTR’s headquarters with the manufacturing specialists in Jiaxing. „The engineering of the highperformance coolers will take place in Rheine now as before – this holds true both for special manufactures and standard solutions“, Warning underlines, supplementing:

„Manufacturing will exclusively take place in Jiaxing.“ The new cooler production plant is the affirmation of the expansion policy in China to which KTR have committed themselves. Only in 2016 the new plant for couplings and brakes in Jiaxing started operations. The surface comprising a total of 30,000 square metres combines in particular production, assembly and logistics as well as R&D performances for selected product segments: „We have scheduled to establish Jiaxing as a location for production and logistics to supply the whole of East and South-East Asia with tailor-made drive solutions from that site“, KTR’s CEO explains.

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We’ve been listening! What we’ve heard from our customers is they want better product information, easily accessible, easy to understand and order from. They also told us they value our way of doing things, our agility and our cutting-edge technology and they wanted the products and the company to look the part of the world class partner we are. Our purpose is to harness the Industrial Internet of Things to help you power your business. In order to give our customers this clarity we have re-branded to create a new identity and a true product family. Our company logo now represents the wireless solutions for IIoT that sit at the heart of all we do. Our standard hardware products service a wide range of applications and offer you the chance to immediately access the Industrial Internet of Things to power your business. They all seamlessly link to the CDLSmartHub™ where you can configure and manage assets, set alarms, view audit trails, integrate and export data, view trends and visualise data. Investing in the NanoULTRA and CDLSmartHub™ gives you access to a fully integrated end-to-end IoT solution to effectively manage your assets. The products within our range all have their own unique attributes that deliver solutions within specific application areas. But what they all do is log data and transfer it securely to our IoT asset management platform, the CDLSmartHub™, where the raw data can be turned into actionable insights, delivering you a quick return on investment. Our unique position of having application specialists, hardware, software and firmware engineers in house allows us to go a step further and custom build our standard range to ensure our customers get exactly what they need. This ability to adapt and remain agile can allow customers to engage us on these special projects and ensure that their Industrial IoT needs are met!

Introducing the NanoULTRA range! NanoULTRA – Edge Managing a network of field assets has never been easier with the NanoULTRA – Edge. It has the flexibility of up to 16 I/Os, integrated SD card and communication via mobile phone networks. Its high-resolution data transfer happens seamlessly and securely from multiple assets to our secure cloud platform, the CDLSmartHub™. NanoULTRA – Matrix The NanoULTRA – Matrix allows you to connect multiple wireless sensors to a single base station allowing measurement of temperature, humidity, CO2, WME and more. The analogue input wireless sensor option allows not only connectivity to our sensors but opens up the ability to connect with 1000s of available ‘off the shelf’ sensors, which creates infinite options for accessing the Internet of Things within your sensor networks. Our internally made, battery-powered wireless sensors incorporate state-of-the-art sensing technology to accurately measure and monitor data, before transmitting to the NanoULTRA – Matrix base station. The data is then transmitted via mobile phone networks to our secure cloud platform, the CDLSmartHub™, where raw data can be turned into actionable insights. Previously known as the RDL//1000 and the Nano//1000, we plan to build on this product’s capability. NanoULTRA – Vibe Monitoring the levels of vibration in a static environment has never been easier with the event based NanoULTRA – Vibe. It has been carefully designed to be robust for use in harsh enviWronments such as construction sites, yet simple to use and sensitive enough to capture low frequency vibrations providing you with valuable data on events as they happen. Formerly known ad the RDL//Vibe, this unit will continue to be a leader in event-based monitoring for the construction industry. NanoULTRA – Shock Managing the tracking and condition of assets on the move has never been easier. NanoULTRA – Shock is a battery powered, web based, real time monitoring system that tells you where your shipment is whilst in transit, and what shock loadings and environmental conditions your goods are subjected to. Previously known as the Shocktrail, this product is designed to meet our customers’ logistical tracking needs. NanoULTRA – Atom Deploying remote environmental sensors has never been quicker and easier. The NanoULTRA - Atom is a selfcontained, battery powered temperature and humidity data logger that seamlessly communicates its values to the CDLSmartHub™, recording temperature and relative humidity (RH). Formerly known as the NanoATOM, this compact unit quickly addresses your environmental needs. Investing in hardware from the NanoULTRA range and CDLSmartHub™, gives you access to a fully integrated end-to-end IoT solution to effectively manage your IIoT needs. We will continue to listen to our customers to build on this change and ensure we deliver the best service we can. We hope you are excited about our re-brand and look forward to hearing your feedback!


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Optimum protection for man and machine MVK Metal Safety from Murrelektronik facilitates field bus solutions for safety technology To enable data to be transmitted safety, MVK Metal Safety uses the PROFINET/PROFIsafe transmission protocol. Failsafe data are transmitted by PROFIsafe using the same bus line as non-safe signals. This enables the individual wires in a safe field bus solution to be integrated in standard modules without this imposing an unreasonable additional burden in terms of time and cost for engineering and installation specialists. This is the key to an enormous potential saving in terms of wiring. In addition, an existing field bus solution can be upgraded into a safe system without the need for major modifications.

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MVK Metal Safety from Murrelektronik in use in a logistics application

Questions relating to safety are high-priority in the automation technology industry. The MVK Metal Safety fieldbus module, Murrelektronik’s industrial solution for technical safety installations, reaches the highest standards: Safety Integrity Level 3 (in acc. with IEC 61508 and IEC 62061) and Performance Level e (in acc. with EN ISO 138491). Two versions of MVK Metal Safety cover many different applications: one version with only inputs, and a mixed version with inputs as well as outputs. In automation solutions with MVK Metal Safety, affected outputs are deactivated by targeted signals from the control unit. These kinds of applications require individual components to fulfill technical safety requirements to ensure that a safe control unit (F-PLC) can transmit safe signals, and also to assure the reliability of those transmissions.

The alternative to the F control unit With the IP67 MVK Metal compact module, safe inputs / outputs can also be connected directly to the Siemens Sinumerik 840D SL Profinet CNC, used worldwide, provided that ‘safety integrated’ is enabled in the control unit. This enables safe data to be transmitted directly from sensors to control unit via the bus protocol. They no longer need to be wired passively in the control cabinet. This enables high safety standards (SIL3 and PLe) to be achieved.

Perfectly matched The MVK Metal Safety fieldbus module from Murrelektronik can be equipped with only inputs, and also as a mixed module: with safe inputs as well as outputs. There are two inputs on each M12 input terminal. Depending on the application, these can be used for two single-channel or for one two-channel safety circuit. On two-channel applications, the channels can be configured to be equivalent or antivalent to one another. In addition, the discrepancy time is variable. This can be important factors if two sensors exhibit different response times and need to be set precisely to one another.


Anyone creating an installation based on the Cube67 modular fieldbus system and is required to meet the highest of technical safety requirements will find a combination of the compact and safe MVK Metal Safety fieldbus module with Cube67-K3 modules to be the right solution. With safe outputs on the MVK Metal Safety - controlled by a PROFINET/PROFIsafe controller – up to twelve safe outputs can be created on the K3 module. These are distributed across two safety circuits, each with three double plug locations. It is therefore a simple matter to multiply the number of safe outputs. Because this makes it possible to dispense with safety relays, this saves space in the control cabinet and the minimization of wiring reduces the resources involved in installation work.

Comprehensive diagnostic functionality Given that the key to cost-effectiveness when installing machines and systems lies in reducing unscheduled periods of downtime, these highly developed diagnostic functions are a major plus point for MVK Metal Safety. All channels are monitored independently for faults such as overload, sensor short circuits or cable breaks. LEDs display the locations of faults precisely at the affected slots and reports these to the control unit. This ensures that individual channels of the system can be shut down precisely, without any adverse impact on adjacent channels that are not affected by faults. In addition, the inputs on the modules are protected against crossfaults. Faults caused by crushed cables or shorts to ground are detected immediately and are reported precisely by channel. This indexing can be disabled when needed, e.g. when light curtains are used, and these can also be checked for crossfaults (i.e. for shorts across contacts). Alongside versions with 7/8“ power connection and M12 connection for field bus lines, Murrelektronik provides a module with push-pull connection technology, suitable for defined areas of the automotive sector. The advantage of these is that the lines to the module can be plugged in by hand, without the need for tools. Murrelektronik features a wide portfolio of EMERGENCY STOP and RESET buttons suitable for integration in technical safety applications. Just “Plug & Play” – they are easy to incorporate in the system. These control and monitoring devices can be connected via pre-configured M12 lines (with 4, 5, or 8 pins). A time-saving solution excluding the risk of wiring faults! The “Plug & Play” feature makes it possible to integrate command devices in machines and systems much faster. In particular the 42-millimeter versions can be installed remarkably quickly, simply by screwing on a metal clip to an aluminum profile, clipping in the housing and connecting up the M12 line. An accessory component can be used to connect a few versions of the EMERGENCY STOP button with lighting, or the RESET button, directly to the MVK Metal Safety fieldbus module. All components with an illuminated RESET button come with several colored inserts. It’s easy to attach these to the LED, thereby changing the color.

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Our wide range of solutions for excellent safety Safety technology is a major topic in the automation industry. Murrelektronik‘s decentralized installation concepts make it possible to reach the highest safety categories within the complete system. Murrelektronik offers various solutions for different applications and requirements – all with excellent price/performance ratios.

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Schmersal presents a new Industry 4.0-compatible solution: the PROTECT PSC1 safety controller with integrated OPC UA server.

Premiere at SPS IPC Drives 2018: Safety controller with integrated OPC UA server Schmersal presents new Industry 4.0-compliant solution Visit Schmersal at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg between 27 and 29 November 2018: Stand 460, Hall 9 The Schmersal Group is presenting a new Industry 4.0-compliant solution at SPS IPC Drives 2018: the PROTECT PSC1 safety controller with integrated OPC UA server. The connection from the PSC1 to the industrial machine-to-machine communication protocol will, in future, allow extensive information from Schmersal products to be included in manufacturer-neutral data exchange. In addition, this solution allows Schmersal products to deliver maintenance information, meaning that – in the sense of predictive maintenance – components can be replaced in good time before before they reach end of life or lose the performance level.


The PROTECT PSC1 from Schmersal is a programmable, modular safety controller. It is fitted with a universal communications interface in order to allow data exchange across different fieldbus systems with higher-level controllers. The various fieldbus protocols can be easily selected by software so that the PROTECT PSC1 can handle different fieldbus systems with just one hardware. Schmersal has now integrated an OPC UA server into this communications interface. This primarily allows safety sensors from the Schmersal range to provide comprehensive data in a machinereadable format, with semantic descriptions from the M2M

communications protocol. This includes, for example, status data of safety outputs, safety parameters, information on sensor lifecycle, order information, datasheets, drawings and images. Safety sensors with a Schmersal SD bus can also display information on the target, the temperature in the sensor, the device serial number and error messages (e.g. cross-circuit, excess temperature, internal device error, communication error, output Y1/Y2). “Thanks to the integration of OPC UA into the PSC1, the data of our products can be made available for a manufacturer-independent exchange, be it from one machine to another or for cross-company communication,” explains Ulrich Bernhardt, Head of Controller Sales at the Schmersal Group. “We consider OPC UA as a pioneer for Industry 4.0 as it standardises industrial communication and ensures interoperability between products from different manufacturers. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers an innovative solution in conjunction with this future-oriented standard. An abstract future concept becomes a tangible added value for our customers”.

Talk to the experts in oxygen gas analysis. Cambridge Sensotec has been specialising in the manufacture of oxygen gas analysis equipment for over 17 years. Dynamic and flexible, Cambridge Sensotec continues to expand with an established worldwide distribution network and ISO 9001 accreditation. Manufacturers of oxygen and multigas gas analysers means that Cambridge Sensotec can fulfil gas analysis requirements within a broad range of applications such as gloveboxes, welding, inert gas blanketing, solder reflow ovens, additive manufacturing, research and development industry and metal heat treatment. A range of servicing and support options are available such as calibration. This significantly increases the measurement, reliability and repeatability of gas analysis equipment. A full calibration service is available via state-of-the-art automated calibration stations, designed to calibrate Rapidox gas analysers accurately and efficiently. Telephone: 01480 462142

Dynali’s H3 EasyFlyer Sport ultralight helicopter

Dual redundant angle position sensing for safety critical tasks: Dynali’s ultralight helicopter includes Variohm Euro XPD series Hall Effect angle sensors The H3’s throttle assembly with Variohm’s Euro XPD angle sensor

The Dynali Helicopter Company, based in Thines - Belgium, designs and manufactures the H3 EasyFlyer Sport ultralight helicopter. The market leading two-seater microlight helicopter offers affordable pricing for both for purchase and operation and is aimed at utility, flight training and leisure use. As part of the sensing and measurement equipment on board the H3, Variohm EuroSensor supplies its Euro XPD series Hall Effect angle sensors with dual redundant output to provide position feedback for the throttle valve as well the aircraft’s collective climb and descend position. The H3 is an ultralight two-seat helicopter with a side-by-side cabin configuration. Designed to meet the latest global standards in the aviation industry whilst keeping all elements of the design very simple, a 4 cylinder – 1350 cc engine for 110 HP powers the aircraft. An overdimensioned monobloc tubular


stainless steel chassis carries all the principal components including engine block, cabin, tail structure and all the main and rear rotor transmission mechanics. The high-strength steel main rotor is controlled by rigid rods via a swashplate mechanism with the main rotor blades are manufactured in extruded aluminium or optionally in carbon. On-site manufacturing and careful selection of appropriate materials ensures that the H3 EasyFlyer Sport offers the highest possible level of safety and simplicity. For the throttle valve, the Variohm Euro XPD position sensor is factory configured for a range of 120 ° with a 135 ° offset (relative to the cable outlet), with its ratiometric output signal at 5% to 95% of the of the 5 VDC input signal. For the collective climb and descend position, a different factory set up is provided. Both variants for Dynali include special cable and connector

assemblies. As standard, the Euro XPD angle sensor series offers dual-track redundancy for safety-critical use with a full 360 degree range, or with factory configured angle output from 20o up to 360o. Variohm EuroSensor hold stocks of the Euro XPD which can be shipped, fully programmed, within 24 hours of order receipt. The fully encapsulated sensor is available in 32 and 38 mm diameter housing options and includes IP68 environmental protection and extreme resilience for shock and vibration. A reinforced mountingflange with stainless steel kidney washers adds further durability. 8 mm D-Shaft mechanical interfacing and non-contacting Hall Effect technology offers simple yet effective installation and extremely long operational life - in excess of 50 million movements.

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How to meet the manufacturing and DC facilities management challenge In this review of what sets manufacturing and DCs apart in their FM requirements, Steve Wengrow, Business Development Director of TCFM, reflects on how service providers need to adapt at pace, understand the plant inside out and work as silent members of the team

In this review of what sets manufacturing and DCs apart in their FM requirements, Steve Wengrow, Business Development Director of TCFM, reflects on how service providers need to adapt at pace, understand the plant inside out and work as silent members of the team. Factories and DCs are noisy places. Which is why, when choosing a FM service provider, it’s vital that you find one who can listen well. This is not an office environment. It’s critical that the plant operation is understood and worked around. There is precious little in the spectrum of FM services that can be delivered in a generic fashion here.

Factories and DCs are dynamic.

Which is why you need a provider A flexible approach and great who can listen well and also communication are essential to ensure that work can be carried out respond fast. around the scheduled machinery Just as manufacturing operations downtimes. It must also complement, have to deliver ‘just in time’, rather than disrupt, shift and work so must FM partners. They patterns. must adapt quickly to meet the constantly changing needs of To respond quickly to complex requirements, you need to call on a lean production processes. FM partner who can act as slickly as Here the relentless quest for a well-oiled machine. efficiency sees things changing To provide a service that meets your radically and rapidly. needs, you need a flexible partner Often fundamental shifts in who never tries to retro-fit their own manufacturing process or established procedures. operational procedure will require regular recalibration of FM service To discuss how we can help you overcome the challenges in your provision. plant or DC centre get in touch today. Factories are finely-balanced and sensitive to disruption. 01737 814 016 Which is why FM staff, essential though they are, should very


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January 2019

ESAB FOCUSED ON INDUSTRY 4.0, MECHANISED WELDING AND CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES THROUGHOUT 2018, CULMINATING IN A SUCCESSFUL EUROBLECH Throughout 2018, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products launched new and updated products, bolstering the industry’s broadest portfolio for manual and automated welding and cutting. The year culminated in a highly successful presence at EuroBLECH 2018. the new W8000 programmable remote weaving unit for weave welds up to 80mm wide and for weld path tracking, with stepper motors delivering smooth, high-precision motion.

ESAB’s Digital Solutions platform connects digital ecosystems for welding and cutting, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud computing and PTC’s ThingWorx® IoT platform.

For MIG/MAG welding using standard torches, the Miggytrac™ B5001 is a compact, battery-operated tractor. A modern, intuitive, colour TFT LCD interface differentiates the B5001 from the competition. Operators can program weld patterns and weaves, and adjust parameters to improve quality and productivity.

DMX is a next-generation automated plasma beveling system that, combined with iSeries plasma cutters and Combirex cutting tables, improves performance significantly.

the new ESAB PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) system has adjustable air flow. Visual and audible alarms for a blocked filter or low battery provide additional safety. Other features include a P3 filter and pre-filter, LED airflow indictor and an 8-hour li-ion battery.

Arcair, an ESAB brand, introduced the AirPro X4000 torch for manual carbon arc gouging. Previous torches required a 27 lbs grip to open the torch but the AirPro X4000 uses the torch’s compressed air to open the jaws pneumatically. A latching rocker switch controls the air flow for gouging.

ESAB’s Columbus® III v1.6 CAD/CAM software simplifies programming of mechanized cutting, marking and labeling, and adds a quotation generation facility

The PSF™ premium torch for manual MIG/MAG welding benefits from an ergonomic soft-grip handle with knuckle joints and spring supports, plus better water-cooling for high-heat applications. ESAB has also boosted the duty cycle of the MXL industrial series and now offers a full range of water- and gas-cooled torches.

A new modular system for SAW, GMAW and gouging incorporates the Versotrac EWT 1000 tractor, Versoarc EWH 1000 welding head and EAC 10 controller. This ultra-portable system benefits from no-tools disassembly/ assembly. The Railtrac™ B42V rail-mounted tractor for welding and cutting uses


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January 2019

Interlinking for Canister Transport with a Bridge When a customer came to mk saying that they needed to achieve continuous transport without complicated stopping and turning for their production line, mk said no problem!

Two machining stations in a plastic canister production process needed to be interlinked and the solution had to cope with inconvenient spatial constraints: Empty canisters needed to be conveyed along a curve and past another machine so that they could be brought back to the original feed height at the discharge point, where they were allowed to accumulate. The canisters were transported standing and transverse to the conveying direction, and they needed to have the same alignment at the end of the interlink that they had when they entered. Each canister weighs about two kilogrammes. The interlink needed to run reliably in a two-shift operation. Additional spatial constraints regarding the length and height of the interlink had to also be observed. mk devised a transport system built from the mk modular construction kit. A KMF-P 2040 curved modular belt conveyor was used to feed the products in. This allowed the canisters to be transported in the correct position without complicated stopping and turning. Two ZRF-P 2040 timing belt conveyors with a timing belt equipped with longitudinal grooves serve as the incline. They were positioned at an upward incline of about 30°. The canisters travel between the two lines. The high friction of the timing belt and gentle clamping between the lines


ensure that the canisters are transported upwards. A closed-loop controller is used to precisely synchronise the two timing belt conveyor lines so that there is no offset. A GUF-P 2000 belt conveyor serves as the bridge, while two additional timing belt conveyors transport the canisters downwards again. An additional belt conveyor with an end stop is used as the discharge and removal station. The entire frame is built using the mk profile construction kit.

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INTRALOGISTEX PUBLIC LAUNCH FOR RED LEDGE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEM • Uses state-of-the-art automation to optimise warehouse control • Features RFID goods tracking, automated goods routing and warehouse ‘lights out’ automatic storage and retrieval • Includes interface to Böwe Systec sorters controlled by smart order management system Red Ledge at IntraLogisteX, 26-27 February 2019, Stand 440


oftware engineering and automation specialist Red Ledge has chosen the 2019 IntraLogisteX exhibition for the public launch of ‘Red Ledge Warehouse Management and Control’. This state-of-the-art system makes extensive use of automation to optimise warehouse control and includes an interface to Böwe Systec Optimus sorters, controlled by a smart order management system. Other automation-enabled features include RFID-driven goods tracking, automated goods routing and ASRS (automatic storage and retrieval) for a fully automated ‘lights out’ warehouse environment. Additional benefits include order volumisation, automatic box erection, zonal picking software and intelligent links to ‘best for you’ couriers, chosen from a list of 70. The system can be deployed on site or in the cloud. “Machine control now enables smarter, more productive warehouse management” says Red Ledge managing director Andy O’Donnell. “As an automation integrator Red Ledge is well placed to take full advantage of this technology for logistics and manufacturing users”


January 2019



Process Critical Components Machine running, machine stopped….. Which is best? Insisting on a KTR coupling in your machine build specification will play a key part in reducing downtime and maintenance costs. KTR manufacture high quality backlash-free couplings, with integrated torque limiters, designed for easy assembly to reduce maintenance & downtime and protect your system in overload situations.



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he IT network is accessed via the IoT Ethernet socket on the unit completely separately from the automation network. Sensor information is transferred to the IT world via the established TCP/IP JSON interface, keeping automation data isolated and free from interruption, because machine uptime is of highest priority. This means that the other priority, of collating system information for maintaining productivity, can be safely sent to the IT and ERP systems. Full IO-Link 1.1 functionality, e.g. parameter saving, is an integral part of the AL19 series, which are

Linking Automation and IT IO-Link master for the automation and IT world New AL19-series panel-mount master units from leading automation company ifm electronic act as a gateway between intelligent sensors and the field bus, and at the same time create a link to the IT world. This means a manufacturer can control production but also monitor the process and machinery with asynchronous diagnostic data.

designed to work with common industrial field bus systems (Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat). ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products. For further information, contact Samantha Bromley, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD. Telephone: 020 8213-0000. E-mail – 58|


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Delta Shares its Experience in Enabling Low-Carbon Transportation at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018 – Affiliated Event of COP24 Delta, a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, participated in the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018, represented by its senior vice-president and general manager of its Information and Communication Technology Business Group (ICTBG), Mr. Victor Cheng, in the “Overcoming Infrastructure and Charging Challenge” panel discussion. The panelists, who also included reputable institutions in the field of e-mobility, such as the City of Milan, the City of Paris, and the Deutsche Post DHL proposed ideas to ramp up the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Moreover, Mr. Cheng underlined Delta’s unique capabilities in supporting low-carbon transportation through its cutting-edge smart green solutions, which include EV charging, energy storage technology and automotive electronics. During the panel discussion, Mr. Victor Cheng, mentioned, “Buildings and transportation are the key industries for mankind’s goal to contain further global warming by 1.5°C. Over the past twelve years, Delta has enabled 27 green buildings across the world by integrating its building automation solutions. In the transportation sector, we are supporting the world’s leading EV makers with our automotive electronics technology, such as, on-board chargers, DC/DC converters, traction motors, etc.. We have shipped more than 300,000 AC EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) units and over 3,500 DC EV chargers, and also have provided our energy storage technology to electric buses currently operating in Poland, the U.S.A., Spain and Turkey.” The aforementioned panel took special interest on the technologies and mechanisms that shall mitigate the impact of mass EV charging to the electricity grid. In this regard, Delta is advancing microgridsupported EV charging infrastructure capable of enhancing demand response flexibility by integrating its own renewable energy, power conditioning, energy storage


and smart energy management systems. Furthermore, Delta is developing vehicleto-home/vehicle-to-grid (V2H/V2G) EV chargers that shall allow users to use their EV batteries as mini power plants to support the grid. Delta’s R&D-fueled innovation drive is nurturing distributed energy resources to support low-carbon transportation for sustainable cities. Delta, with a growing global presence in five continents, has business development as well as R&D capabilities in Poland, home country of the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference (COP24). Our Polish R&D talents are focused on the development of power systems, renewable power and energy storage. In collaboration with partners, Delta’s battery technology supports electric buses currently servicing commuters in Warsaw and other Polish cities. In addition, Delta’s power systems feature industry-leading energy efficiency to enable improved energy savings and productivity in a wide range of missioncritical applications in Poland, such as airports, telecom operators and financial institutions. Lastly, Delta has integrated its EV charging solutions and energy storage to support its local partners’ EV charging infrastructure in major cities in Poland and Slovakia, including Katowice, the host city of COP24, providing EV charging services during the conference. The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018 is the 9th edition of one of the most relevant affiliated events of the COP conferences. The event delivers high-level policy discussion and debate, structured and informal networking and inspirational keynote speeches by leading ministers, cities, multilateral organizations, investors and private sector vendors and solution providers.

Download Dixon’s Quick Connect Interchange App Dixon makes finding the right quick release coupling quicker and easier thanks to the free App which allows a user to enter a part number of their existing coupling and be given the Dixon equivalent.

our customer including miniature and high pressure automatic connect couplings. A wide selection of materials including Steel, Aluminium, Brass, 316 & 303 Stainless Steel are available; thread configurations including BSP & NPT and body sizes ranging from 1/8” through to 2” ensure compatibility in a variety of installations.

Quick release couplings from Dixon comprises of a full range of interchange couplings for both hydraulic and pneumatic applications, engineered to the highest specification in order to flawlessly fit existing hoses and couplings.

To ensure you can find the correct interchange required Dixon has the developed Dixon Quick Coupling Global Interchange App which allows the user to quickly cross reference Dixon Quick Coupling part numbers with those of other manufacturers. This free app is available to download on your iphone/ipad or android mobile devise.

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The ideal filter in just 6 steps The causes of EMC interference can be of various kinds. Therefore, standard filters are not always the simplest and best solution. SCHURTER now offers an “Evaluation Board” with which an almost ideal filter for the specific incident can be built within a short time in an iterative process.


very developer of an electrical or electronic device is faced with the same problem: in the end, the device must comply with international EMC guidelines regarding emissions and immissions. In the age of the substitution of mechanical and mechatronic systems by purely electrical ones, EMC is becoming increasingly important. Internet Application Note EMC Evaluation Board [1]

and electronic manufacturing services. SCHURTER’s global network of representative offices ensures reliable delivery and professional customer service. Where standard products are unsuitable, the company develops client-specific solutions. Contact If you require further information, please contact SCHURTER using the following information: SCHURTER AG Werkhofstrasse 8-12 6002 Luzern, Switzerland +41 41 369 31 11

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January 2019

Universal Robots Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Selling the World’s First Commercially Viable Collaborative Robot Universal Robots marks a decade of pioneering collaborative robots, now the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation. The company is poised for continued growth as its cobots continue to lower the automation barrier within a wide range of industries. been widely adopted worldwide, with more than 45,000 users from 130+ countries signed up as modules have become available in eight languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai. UR is the only cobot vendor offering robotics training of this caliber for free. “We are facing a looming skills gap in the manufacturing industry that we need to bridge by all means possible. Facilitating knowledge creation and access to our robots is an important step in that direction,” says Østergaard.

Innovation is imperative


hen Linatex, a Danish supplier of technical plastics and rubber for industrial applications, bought a UR5 robot arm from Universal Robots (UR) to automate CNC machine tending in December 2008, they did something unthinkable. Instead of installing the robot behind safety caging, fenced off from people as was the norm for all industrial robots, they deployed it right alongside their employees. And instead of bringing in external programmers to master complex scripting, Linatex was able to program the robot on their own with no prior programming experience. Today, ten years later, Linatex still uses a cobot from Universal Robots. UR’s co-founder and CTO, Esben Østergaard, delivered the first robot himself after having led a small team through three years of development in a basement at University of Southern Denmark. For his pioneering role in developing cobots, he was awarded the Engelberger Award, the “Nobel Prize” of robotics, earlier this year. He still remembers the early days in 2008 when the small UR team delivered the first UR5s in Denmark and Germany. “10 years might seem like a long time, and it’s definitely been quite a journey; but we’ve only just started to scratch the surface,” says Østergaard. “I continue to see our cobots power new applications that we never imagined when we first launched.”


Esben Østergaard and the growing UR team launched the larger model, UR10, in 2012 and the table-top model, UR3, in 2015 – the same year Teradyne saw the company’s potential and acquired UR for USD 285 million.

Cobots are now the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, expected to jump ten-fold to 34% of all industrial robot sales by 2025, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). As a first mover UR has kept its market leader position with a 60% global share of the cobot market according to BIS Research, selling more cobots than all competitors combined.

“We’ve been the frontrunners of collaborative robots since the term was adopted. While safety is imperative, that’s simply the cost of entry into the cobot market now,” says the UR CTO. “We believe that being collaborative is just as much about being accessible and flexible by placing robots within reach of manufacturers who never thought they could deploy robots due to cost and complexity.”

As the cobot market is experiencing an increasing number of competitors – both from the established industrial players and start-ups – it is vital, however, to keep ahead of the curve. In June, UR launched a brand-new generation of its cobots, the e-Series, which is a platform that raises the standard for collaborative robots, and enables even faster solution development and deployment of a wider variety of applications.

Lowering the automation barrier

“As manufacturers increasingly embrace cobots, we see the need to support even more demanding applications with greater accuracy and tool integration. Launching the e-Series will help us continue propelling cobots forward into new applications benefitting companies of all sizes,” says Østergaard.

In 2016 UR launched Universal Robots+, a new platform that leverages the company’s innovative global ecosystem by enabling 3rd party developers to create products – such as grippers, vision systems, software, and other accessories – that are certified to work seamlessly with UR cobots. The UR+ showroom now includes around 130 certified UR+ products and 390+ approved commercial developer companies in the UR+ developer program. A year later, in 2017, Universal Robots Academy was launched to raise robot literacy. It consists of nine free-of-charge interactive modules of online training in mastering programming, set-up and operation of UR cobots. The program has

Last year the company grew 72% and earlier this year the company marked its 25,000th cobot sale by delivering a limited edition in gold. To date, the company has sold more than 27,000 cobots around the world. In celebration of UR’s decade of pioneering cobot adoption, the company has published this infographic marking the 2008-2018 milestones.

January 2019

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Secondary processes and finishes for springs and wire components

In the specification of springs and other wire components, secondary processes and finishes can be an important consideration. They can help the design engineer to address environmental considerations or meet the needs of aesthetics in high value applications. These secondary processes can tailor the properties of the component to its application.

Plastic coating gives an aesthetically pleasing finish, with a coating up to 0.5mm thick. As well as looking good, the coating can be useful in applications where it is advantageous to have some cushioning between metal components. A good example might be a component inside a car, where you would like to avoid direct metal-on-metal contact. It is important to note, however, that typical plastic coatings such as Nylon PA11 or PA12 are hydroscopic, so they suck in water. Further, the thickness of the plastic coating could interfere with the functioning of the spring. An alternative to plastic coating is to paint the component, with electrophoretic painting and delta-tone finishing being two popular options. Electrophoretic painting is a very thin coating that can provide an aesthetically pleasing product finish. William Hughes employs a KTL-black electrophoretic process to deposit a shiny black, coating just a few microns thick on the spring – thin enough not to interfere with the functionality of the part. The coating can provide outside protection for up to 800 salt spray hours – enough to meet even some quite challenging environmental requirements. High levels of corrosion resistance can also be provided by Delta-Tone® finishing. This organic paint process is particularly suitable for wire components because of its flexible finish. It also has a low curing temperature, so there is no risk of changing the properties of the spring. William Hughes can offer Delta-Tone finishing in a number of different colours, including red, green, blue, silver and black. Not only does this meet aesthetic requirements, it also enables components to be colour coded for easy identification in different applications. Another useful process is passivation. Primarily a cleaning process, it is typically applied to stainless steel components to remove any particles that might remain


on the component after machining or grinding, thus preserving the corrosion resistance of the part. Such is the quality of William Hughes’ passivation process that the company has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for the supply of parts to the aerospace industry. With the availability of a full range of secondary finishing and painting processes, William Hughes is well placed to advise on the most suitable finish for a specific spring application. For further details, call (01963) 363377, email or visit


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Direct part marking: getting it right Applying 2D Data Matrix codes correctly to components, at the very start of the process, ensures their full traceability and tracking, Alastair Morris, Sales Director at Pryor Marking Technology explains.

The marking of manufactured parts is often overlooked, though it can have huge ramifications for the whole supply chain. In these times of end-to-end part traceability, each manufactured component must have a unique identity, which includes its specific manufacturing history. Rather than simply assigning it a code number, manufacturers can apply a machine readable code, such as a 2D Data Matrix, which stores vital data and can be scanned at any point during the life of the part. This is critical in industries such as automotive and aerospace, where many components are brought together and assembled in the final product, and may later have to be recalled. Marking challenges Several methods, including chemical etching, dot peening and laser marking, can apply a permanent 2D Data Matrix to a part. The nature of the part, such as what it is made from and its size and thickness, may determine the best method to use.


For instance, lasers apply high contrast marks to any type of material, but may be too expensive for general use. Chemical etching gives similar mark contrast at a lower price point, but can be less reliable. Dot Peen is often an ideal method on metals as each dot forms a square of the Data Matrix.

2D benefits A 2D Data Matrix stores far more data than a 1D barcode, using a grid of squares to store information both horizontally and vertically. It is ideal for marking using laser etching or dot-peening, and can store up to 3116 numbers or 2335 alphanumeric characters, which can also be encrypted. Data Matrix codes ensure that, even if partially damaged or obscured, most of the data can still be recovered. However, if the Data Matrix is not correctly applied at the start, some of this built-in redundancy is lost. Getting it right For this reason, it is vital to apply the code properly in the first place.

When ‘populating’ the matrix, marks must be sized correctly, neither too big nor too small. They should typically be 60-105% of the ideal size, which is ensured by using accurate, reliable marking techniques. Positioning is vital: 2D matrices can be as small as 1mm2 but marks within them must still ‘line up’ within the theoretical reference grid, and not be misaligned. Again, reliability and accurate techniques are key. Distortion can also be a problem, especially with curved surfaces. X and Y axes should ideally be at 90 degrees, though slight variations can be tolerated. One way to minimise this is to ensure that the object is held firmly as it is scanned.

These 2D Data Matrix codes have revolutionised manufacturing, and complex supply chains. Manufacturers must ensure that they use the best, most appropriate marking techniques to take full advantage of them.

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January 2019

Breathing life into submarine systems Extending the lifespan of air purification components

Submarine life is no easy feat. Historically, these vessels would stay underwater for just a few days, before resurfacing to exchange stale air for fresh oxygen. Today’s submarines however, use oxygen systems to enable ocean travel for up to 90 days at a time. Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains how to extend the lifespan of components in these vital air purification systems.


ir purification systems are vital to maintaining human life in a submarine. They release oxygen based on a computerised system that senses the percentage of oxygen in the air, or in more traditional systems, the oxygen is released in periodical batches. Bearings are used to enable the flow and distribution of oxygen from fans in these systems. Bearings in these environments can be exposed to chemicals and solvents. SMB Bearings recently completed a project to replace the bearings in a submarine’s air purification system. The previous bearings were lubricated with


standard grease which was being stripped out of the bearing due to contact with solvent in the system. For the submarine air purification system, the solution was to relubricate the existing steel bearings with a highly chemically resistant grease. Not only is this important for bearings in air purification systems, but also for any equipment in which harsh chemicals are present such as cleaning equipment, chemical processing equipment and chlorine systems. For a submarine’s air purification system, problems with oxygen distribution could disrupt the balance

of gases in the submarine to a lifethreatening level. Most submarines have advanced technology to identify even the smallest discrepancy in oxygen supply. This enables engineers to recognise any problems quickly. For example, if the issue was related to bearing failure, the engineer could swiftly replace the bearing but specifying a bearing that can withstand solvents and chemicals will result in lower maintenance costs. Air purification for submarines ensure that the vessels can withstand underwater operation for up to 90 days at a time. While a bearing may seem like a tiny component in these large, complex systems, their functioning is vital to the equipment’s operation, and the lives of those on board. For more information on chemical resistant bearings and greases, speak to the experts at SMB Bearings. Contact the team directly on +44 (0) 1993 842 555 or visit the SMB Bearings website.

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January 2019

Cable Assembly Production Capability Expansion at LEMO (UK) LEMO (UK) is very pleased to announce an expansion of its UK cable assembly service. or quality. Offering a complete service, LEMO (UK) customers have access to a knowledgeable cross-functional team who have gained, collectively, over 250 years of experience working in the interconnect industry. All cable assemblies produced by LEMO (UK) Ltd are manufactured to exacting quality standards, using highly developed processes and specialist equipment. Furthermore, as part of the quality control process, each and every cable assembly manufactured will undergo an automated 100% electrical validation test ensuring compliance to specification limits. This manufacturing approach gives customers “peace of mind”, knowing that every product supplied by LEMO is of a consistent high quality.

As part of this expansion, the company has increased its manufacturing capacity and the support capability behind it to ensure optimum customer service levels are maintained throughout industry with the overall aim to provide its OEMs with increased value by offering, both, a complete cable design and manufacturing service.

The objective is to provide customers with bespoke engineered solutions, tailored to specific system requirements and optimised for both performance and manufacturing from the outset. This approach ensures that product costs and assembly as well as project leadtimes are minimised without the need for compromises in either performance

LEMO’s UK manufacturing facility is one of the Group’s leading fibre optic termination sites, with specialist assembly technicians trained to terminate both copper and fibre optic contacts to the highest standards. All technicians are certified to terminate SMPTE hybrid camera cables supplied with the broadcast industry standard LEMO 3K-93C connectors. This cross training ensures that the company has the skills and resources required to manage the largest of projects involving both copper and fibre or a combination of the two. LEMO is also able to offer an “in-house” bespoke cable manufacturing services to its customers through its sister company Northwire. Typical end markets for the cable assemblies produced by LEMO (UK) Ltd include, but are not limited to: Broadcast, Medical, Motor Sport, Defence, Test & Measurement and Nuclear For further details, contact: LEMO (UK) LTD, Tel: +44 (0)1903 234543, Email:, or Karen Mascarenhas, Mascarenhas PR LTD, Tel: +44(0) 208305 6050, Email:



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Filtration is our future.


ilterserve is the filtration division of Power Utilities Group. We independently provide filter equipment and consumables for many market sectors i.e Oil & Gas, Refineries, Power Generation, Aerospace, General Engineering and Food & Chemical. Our policy is to provide genuine proprietary product unless specifically requested by our customer. Even then, we will offer a direct proprietary replacement that is fit form and function. Filterserve has extensive stock of filters at its Walsall facility ready for immediate dispatch. We have many years of technical experience and offer impartial advice. Site visits are available to identify applications or to carry out no obligation stores surveys. Whether it is a small order or complex frame agreements, we can satisfy all of your requirements. Our long standing relationship with many of the leading filter manufacturers strengthens our knowledge and commitment to providing the best possible service to our clients.

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Complementing our supply of filters is our manufacturing facility, Metal Technique, where we fabricate mesh basket filters and filter silencers. We cater for metal spinning and welding, rolling and brazing operations. We can produce small batches or larger volumes as required. We pride ourselves in producing bespoke products from dedicated specifications. Our unique unbiased approach enables us to be versatile and mindful of customers’ requirements, striving to ensure the right competitive product is proposed. Our provision of filters into the food sector is strengthened by our International Nonwovens division. We have our own rolling and slitting facility where we produce predominantly viscose nonwoven filter rolls and sheets which are used to filter edible cooking oils. The nonwovens are also used within the metalworking industry for filtering coolant and neat oils. It is generally used on flat bed and vacuum filter systems for removing bulk solids from processes. Our varying filter divisions combine to deliver an extensive portfolio of product covering many aspects of filtration. This ensures we are capable of satisfying all our customer’s needs. Filtration is our future. Let us help find your solution.


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Introducing cost reduction KPI’s into your business plan? We work alongside our customers to formulate a strategy where they can get the best value from their investment.

A self-billing arrangement allows you to prepare your own invoice and forward us a copy along with the payment. Reducing administration costs and saving time.

We guarantee the products we source are of the highest quality, however in the rare case that something goes wrong we can trace your product to the point of manufacture.

Stores Audits


We offer bespoke stores audits dependent upon your company’s requirements.

Our exclusive stock holding service provides you with the option to let us hold all your critical stock with no extra storage charges.

January 2019

TR launches the EPW, a self-extruding high strength screw for thin sheet metal The TR patented fastening solution saves customers time and production costs TR Fastenings (TR), the global engineer, manufacturer and distributor of industrial fasteners, has designed, developed and patented a new fastening solution, the EPW thread-forming screw for thin sheet metal. The EPW screw is a self-extruding, high strength thread-form fastener which creates its own female thread in punched sheet metal, thereby dramatically reducing assembly times and costs. The screw works by being aligned to the pilot hole in the sheet metal, where it then forms the extruded collar, combining the forming of the thread and the creation of a strong extruded profile, before finally tightening and clamping into the metal. The key benefits of the EPW screw include: • Removable and re-usable strong screw joint • High stripping torque • High break loose and prevailing torque • Excellent vibration resistance. • Combined thread forming and creation of strong extruded profile • Very high radial compression on screw shank • Standard machine screws can be used in the thread created by the EPW screw • Can be used for electrical earth connections • Suitable for both manual and automated assembly The screw is designed to function best in thin sheet materials, typically

Steel (0.4-1mm thick) and Aluminium (0.4-1.5mm thick). They are available in a variety of surface coatings from standard Zinc plating to Zinc Nickel and organic Zinc flake for higher corrosion resistance. The screw is suitable for use in a variety of applications for home appliances, automotive, electronics, technology, energy, medical, telecoms and general industry sectors. Depending on size, the minimum economical manufacturing quantity is approx. 20,000 pieces. A fully interactive animation of the EPW and how it works can be viewed on the dedicated product page on the TR website. Download EPW brochure here Karol Gregorczyk, TR VIC Sales and Development Director, comments: “We are committed to providing the highest possible service to our customers, both in 88|

terms of the quality products we manufacture and how we deliver and distribute those products. The development and launch of the new EPW screw is a culmination of the hard work and talent of our TR VIC Italy design team, as well as the significant investment TR has made in the factory. “The EPW screw will allow our customers to make significant improvements to their manufacturing processes, reducing production times, increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

January 2019

New Year’s Resolution - Make Improvements Now to be Ready For Next Summer! By Karl Lycett, Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control


he temperatures may be feeling quite mild, but even if the thermometer hasn’t yet regularly dropped below zero, you’re probably no longer hearing the alarms on your cooling units. While this is likely to mean you’re spending less time maintaining overheating panels, it would be a mistake to forget about climate control. In fact, the opposite is true; this is actually the best time of year to turn your mind to your enclosures, carry out a climate review, and start to understand what changes or improvements need to be made. Last summer, of course, things were very different. Fans and filters weren’t cutting it as the ambient temperature in the workplace was higher than you wanted inside your enclosures! Now that everything has settled down, it’s worth assessing any problem enclosures and making the necessary changes to ensure that this summer you are free to spend your time on tasks other than firefighting. It’s important to remember that every degree above your setpoint will be time removed from the life of your expensive equipment, including PLCs, variable speed drives and transformers. Collectively, this can easily have a replacement value that tops £100k, even in a relatively small setup. If you replace only 2% of that equipment each year because of burnt-out componentry, then the costs can quickly mount up and it’s an entirely unnecessary spend.

But it’s not just the cost of repair and replacement of the actual componentry. There are also the add-on operations costs caused by componentry breaking down and stopping the processes it controls. This lost output will continue for as long as it takes to repair the fault, and is bound to have consequences for your wider business, impacting productivity and efficiency, and thereby reducing profits. Correct climate control is often overlooked during the installation of electronic equipment because the focus is all on the equipment, not on regulating the environment that it operates within. This is where Rittal can help you, we are the world leaders in enclosure climate control products and pride ourselves on being your trusted advisor. With our RiAssure service, one of our trained staff can visit you and provide a FREE Cooling Review. This review is a short visual inspection of your existing enclosures and cooling equipment; from this we can ascertain the next best step for your equipment and also provide ongoing, best practice, suggestions so that your operations benefit from increased longevity, life and profit. So make this your resolution for 2019 and reap the benefits of the optimising your climate control.

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January 2019

REMBE high pressure rupture disc HPRD


he production of certain plastics such as LDPE requires demanding process conditions including pressures up to several thousand bar and temperatures over 300˚ C. The LDPE process is a highly exothermic reaction which is nearly impossible to control and difficult to stop. Autoclaves, tubular reactors, and process elements require special overpressure protection measures to ensure that the process is safe. Since rapid pressure relief is required, Rupture discs are a common solution to overpressure protection but the challenging environment in these high pressure / high temperature applications can cause traditional rupture discs to fatigue over time. The common solution for high pressure applications is a rupture discs manufactured with a weld seam. This has an influence on the burst pressure and, after installation, the applied pressure is nearly fully-loaded on the welding joint. Over time the weld seam fatigues under pressure and results in an unnecessary rupture disc response which can even take place at a lower pressure than the defined burst pressure. In comparison, REMBE HPRD rupture discs have a much longer life time than the traditional discs as the pressure load applies only on the seat of the disc. By moving the weld seam out of the pressure loaded area of the disc, the burst pressure is defined only by well controlled parameters such as material thickness and it is not influenced by the strength of the weld seam. This

REMBE rupture disc HPRD


REMBE rupture disc HPRD precise control over the Rupture Disc response pressure also allows the tightest burst tolerances of +/- 3% and lower. “The challenge of high pressure applications such as LDPE production is one which our engineers relish and we are proud to be able to protect such processes.” said Claire Lloyd, Business Development Europe at REMBE. REMBE HPRD rupture discs protect various high pressure processes around the world. This long life version for high pressure applications has a lifetime which is 5-10 times higher than that of a standard rupture disc. That saves money and installation time by eliminating downtime caused by unwanted responses. An increasing number of companies are benefitting from reduced down-time and large cost savings by using a long-life rupture disc in their production facilities. REMBE were recently approached by one of the leading multinational companies in this field to protect their polymer plant in Belgium and help to bring them in line with European regulations on pressure equipment. REMBE’s experience for creating bespoke solutions for difficult engineering challenges spans over 40 years. Together with their desire to push the boundaries of pressure relief has made them market leaders in high pressure applications.

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

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