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July 2018

NEW SIP 8 Regulated DC/DC Converter Ideal for Industrial Applications Ideal Power specialises in sourcing high-end, reliable PSU’s, meeting all relevant and compulsory standards and surpassing rigorous quality assurance processes. This includes modules specifically developed to cater to the industrial sector, providing exceptional performance within challenging environments. One of the latest announcements from Ideal Power is the arrival of the new 43LDL03 series; a seamless solution to powering industrial automation, robotics and control systems, and developed by awardwinning manufacturers, P-Duke. This series has a lot to offer, operating at up to 3W power and presented in an ultra-low-profile of 21.8 x 11.2 x 9.1 mm with no minimum load requirement; making the series a suitable choice for a variety of products within industrial applications. The units are provided with optional remote on-off feature, robust plastic casing, SIP 8 standard pin out and extended operating temperatures of between -40°C and 75°C (without derating), together with meeting MILSTD-810F thermal shock & vibration standards; ensuring these modules easily integrate within extreme and demanding environments. In addition, the series boasts an impressive MTBF rate of 5,221,000 hours (MIL-HDBK217F) and incorporating continuous short circuit and under voltage protection. As well as, a low output ripple & noise of 10 mV peak to peak (typically) and an isolation voltage of 1600 VDC, with an isolation resistance of 1 GΩ and 1500 pF capacitance, suitable for unique requirements. These modules may also be used with external EMI filters to achieve EN 55032 Class B or A; depending on the intended environment. As expected, UL/IEC/EN 60950-1 has been met as standard.


It is also important to note that the series has been tested to meet Performance Criteria A in a range of scenarios including in environments where electrostatic discharge, radiated electromagnetic fields, electrical surges or bursts, conducted radio frequencies and power frequency magnetic fields (UL/IEC/ EN 61000-4), which are required within industrial surroundings. More information on the 43LDL03 series can be found at www.idealower.co.uk or by contacting the team at Ideal Power on 0845 2603400/ salessupport@idealpower.co.uk

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Accelerate your Design Process with Cloud-Based Engineering Simulation Studies show that 20% of the total energy consumed worldwide is used to run a pump. Moreover, two-thirds of them use 60% more energy than is required. While hand calculations and rules of thumb are widely used by design engineers, they don’t offer enough data to properly optimize a design for energy efficiency and performance. Already a standard in automotive and aerospace, engineering simulation is becoming a must in the design process not only of pumps, but also valves, industrial equipment and heavy machinery. Until recently inaccessible for small and medium companies due to the high investment, licensing fees and intensive training required by traditional on-premises providers, engineering simulation software has become affordable and easy to use through the launch of the SimScale cloud-based platform in 2013. Already an integral part of the design validation process for thousands of successful companies worldwide and over 120,000 individual users, SimScale gives instant access to professional grade computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation technology, helping engineers and designers to virtually test different design configurations early in the development process, which helps them reduce costs, development time and required number of physical prototypes. In pump design, you can use engineering simulation to compare different outlet blade angles, investigate the number of blades’ effect on the inner flow field and identify the best efficiency point (BEP). In heavy equipment design, predict structural strength under operational and misuse loads, prevent permanent deformation, and ensure a high factor of safety. Give cloud-based simulation a try and experience the quality of German engineering by creating a free SimScale Community account in minutes. Register for Free → www.simscale.com/product/pricing


July 2018

TF Automation supplies leak test and trepanning machine for automotive industry TF Automation has worked with Bolton Plastics, market leaders in the manufacture of blow-moulded automotive components, since 2007, supplying around 75 special purpose machines plus checking fixtures, test equipment and assembly aids.


Automation has recently been commissioned by Bolton Plastic’s to design a solution that required HDPE air ducts to cool batteries in their electric vehicles for their automotive client. The brief was to design and engineer a slave machine to fit Bolton Plastic’s host machines to be capable of producing parts to match the blowmould cycle time. The machine was specifically required to check every part for holes before manufacture, cut the ducts using swarfless cutting technology with no debris being left in the duct, whilst also minimising operator load / trimming time. Using the client’s CAD data to ensure a perfect fit, TF manufactured a one-station special purpose machine that clamps the parts into CadCam 3D machined nests, for leak testing prior to manufacture. Waste parts are then removed by careful knifing, ensuring no internal swarf or dust is left in the duct and then twin trepanning of two Ø50mm holes is performed. The disks are retained on the pin, lifted clear and ejected down a chute with sensors. If the discs are “not seen” the parts are automatically “locked” inside the machine and the operator notified. Any ejected disks or waste parts are fully recycled back in to Bolton Plastics manufacturing process, ensuring minimal wastage.


The electrical control cabinets were also built in-house and the machine plcs programmed by TF staff, ensuring that any changes could be accommodated quickly and efficiently. Once loaded into the host, the slave machine can be coupled via quick connectors and is ready for production within minutes. Equally efficiently, on completion, the slave can be quickly removed and “shelved” until required. Based in Bradford, TF Automation are designers, engineers and manufacturers of testing as well as process automation solutions for clients across the UK. Supporting a wide range of manufacturing industries from automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical, to beverage, printing and packaging, TF Automation provides clients with provide bespoke solutions bespoke designed to their particular requirements and specification. Specialists in providing solutions to improve manufacturing efficiencies, output and support continuous improvement programs, our experienced engineering and design team ensure we offer the latest technology across a wide range of disciplines such as robotics, assembly, laser marking, in-mould labelling, pick and place and leak testing. For further information, please contact Karen Pedersen at TF Automation on 01274 308005 or email Karen Pedersen.

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C6015 ultra-compact IPC is ideal for edge computing

Simple path to Industrie 4.0-enabled process technology using IoT edge device Modern system concepts tailored to Industrie 4.0 or the Internet of Things (IoT) offer numerous advantages in terms of process efficiency, costs and quality. The ultra-compact C6015 Industrial PC (IPC) is the ideal space-saving, high-performance IoT edge device to fully utilise these advantages for new and legacy systems in the process industries. C6015 as an exceptionally compact IoT edge device Measuring just 82 x 82 x 40 mm, the exceptionally compact C6015 IPC with multicore technology can be flexibly installed even in highly confined spaces. Equipped with an Intel ® Atom™ processor offering up to four CPU cores, the C6015 provides sufficient processing power for simple collection, processing and provision of process data and for the more complex tasks required of a modern IoT gateway. The Microsoft Azure™ certification of the C6015 underscores that thedevice is Measuring just 82 x 82 x 40 mm, the C6015 IPC with its Intel ® Atom™ processor represents the ideal for state-ofideal combination of compact design and high performance for use as an IoT edge device. the-art Industrie 4.0 applications. The C6015 By integrating comprehensive IoT and analytics is predestined for such communication tasks especially functionality, PC-based control technology opens up when retrofitting and connecting legacy systems. a wealth of options to optimise production. System Existing process technology systems can be easily consistency in the control platform ensures simple equipped with additional IoT capabilities using this implementation and high transparency: IoT edge device or they can be readied to meet future – A universal portfolio of components for explosion communication requirements. In this way, operators of protection, including the ELX series EtherCAT process technology systems gain access to the full wealth Terminals, enables end-to-end automation of even of IoT and analytics solutions supported by Beckhoff large and complex processing plants. technology, regardless of the automation technology used – be it PC-based control or third-party control platforms. – The TwinCAT software platform offers specific This reduces production costs, optimises product quality interfaces and libraries for process technology, and and improves the overview and transparency of all process enables convenient cloud integration via TwinCAT IoT workflows. In addition, system availability and productivity and data analysis via TwinCAT Analytics in perfect can be increased and cloud-based services used, for synchronisation with control cycles. example, to implement predictive maintenance. – A high-performance IoT edge device is available in the form of the C6015 ultra-compact IPC, a universally suitable machine control platform.


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Smart Leak Detection for Oil & Gas Pipelines

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FLIR Systems has published an application note that describes how IntelliView, a Canadian specialist video analytics company, developed a smart camera solution based on a FLIR thermal camera to remotely automatically monitor oil pump stations for leaks.

High Temperature Thermal Imaging through Glass FLIR Systems introduces the FLIR A6262sc – a high performance SWIR camera with very special ablilities. Using a proprietary VisGaAs detector, that provides extended spectral coverage down into the visible range, enables the FLIR A6262sc to uniquely make measurements through glass**. The FLIR A6262sc camera sets the standard for high temperature thermal measurement in ‘through glass’ oven, furnace, and environmental chamber applications by combining high-speed performance, unique spectral coverage and a suite of fully customizable features. The newly-designed high resolution detector offers improved sensitivity and linearity across the full dynamic range, making it ideal for radiometry and temperature calibrated applications. The FLIR A6262sc is a fully equipped thermal imaging camera. It is particularly flexible and versatile since users can fully configure camera settings such as frame rate, integration time and window size according to their wishes and requirements. The A6262sc is equipped with an indium gallium arsenide detector optimized to the 0.6 - 1.7 µm waveband, which produces crisp, 640 x 512 pixel thermal images. The sensor includes three user selectable gain states offering a 75x gain factor, making it an exceptionally flexible tool for imaging bright objects (laser beam profiling), low light scenes (nightglow imaging) and verification of silicon wafers. Its sensor offers a 75x gain factor. The A6262sc offers full customization of all settings, including integration time and frame rate, so you can tailor the controls to each unique application. Synchronize and trigger the camera with external events and devices, for maximum flexibility. The A6262sc also provides a built-in flat field shutter that can be either manually or automatically controlled for spatially-uniform image quality. The FLIR A6262sc cameras work seamlessly with FLIR ResearchIR Max software, enabling intuitive viewing, recording, and advanced processing of thermal data. They are fully compliant with GigE Vision® and GeniCam, making them plug and play with other software programs, such as MathWorks® MATLAB.

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Although pipeline leaks often start small, late detection and identification of leaks can be detrimental. For an oil and gas company, delayed detections can cause millions in financial losses, as well as damage to reputation and the environment. In an effort to avoid these loses, many pipeline operators are taking a more proactive approach to maintaining the safety of their infrastructure and securing high-risk areas from potential leaks. The application note describes IntelliView’s DCAM (Dual Camera Analytic Module) leak detection solution, a compact combination of visual and FLIR thermal cameras with built-in proprietary leak analytics, wireless connectivity and automatic climate control. Within its field of view, the DCAM has been shown to be able to see an oil leak as small as 0.36 cubic meters per hour from a distance of up to 60 meters. The DCAM software then automatically analyzes the event based on user defined leak parameters and, if a critical condition is determined, an alert notification with image and video is generated for instant verification. IntelliView’s DCAM is shown to not only detect leaks based on temperature differences presented by the thermal camera, but also based on smart video analytics that takes into account liquid movement and leak size. This resulted in a very low false alert rate. The analytics work together with a series of algorithms to filter out unwanted events, such as moving vehicles, snow, heavy rain, glare and shadowing. Overall, the Smart camera solution is demonstrated to provide a very efficient way to monitor the safety of pipeline facilities on a 24/7 basis, helping organizations to enhance response time, reduce man power and save costs. IntelliView engineers commented that they selected the FLIR A65 thermal camera for their system as it is a compact camera with a wide range of lenses offering the ability to discern absolute temperatures thereby providing critical information for use in the DCAM analytic algorithms. To download a copy of this technical note please click here. For further information on leak detection solutions for oil and gas pipelines please contact FLIR Systems at gasimaging@flir.com /+32-3665-5100.

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July 2018

Effective Nuisance Odour Monitoring

ABLE’s Best in Class Jerome Hydrogen Sulphide Analyser The water sector is responsible for more than a quarter of all serious industrial pollution incidents, making it the most polluting sector of UK business. Nuisance odour complaints pertaining to a sewage treatment works and emanating from the local populace can lead to an abatement notice and subsequent prosecution under the Environmental Pollution Act or the Human Rights Act if not resolved. The subject of those complaints is commonly Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), which produces a characteristically unpleasant “rotten egg” smell. This chemical odour, resulting from the breakdown of organic matter (sewage), is notoriously difficult to monitor and measure down at the 8 parts per billion level at which 50% of humans can detect it. The works may have many sources of sewage water where H2S is generated as part of the natural treatment process and maybe bordered by highly populated areas, thus exacerbating the nuisance value of the odour and increasing the likelihood of reputation damaging and potentially litigious complaints, culminating in financial penalties. There is a solution; Thames Water, as part of the £140M enhancement of its Mogden STW, has deployed Able Instruments & Controls’ Jerome J605 Gold Film H2S Analyser to upgrade its boundary monitoring capability. The Jeromes provide early, accurate indication of offensive odours allowing Thames to take remedial action before they reach levels perceptible by the human nose.

The unrivalled performance of the Jerome in terms of its precision, low level detection capability and high specificity has led to it becoming a recognised industry standard, used by many water companies to avert damaging odour complaints as well as regulatory bodies such as the HSE, EA, SEPA & Natural Resources Wales. Following the success of the Mogden upgrade, Thames has now implemented a similar, Jerome based solution at their Acton and Camberley works.


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DNVGLApprovedMarinePressureTransmitters ESI Technology Ltd has been awarded Marine Type Approval from DNV GL for a range of pressure transmitters www.esi-tec.com/certificate/dnv-gl.pdf

DNVGL (Det Norske Veritas Germanscher Lloyd) is the industry leader in Marine Accreditation and is accepted as suitable in even the most remote areas of the globe. Headquartered in Høvik, Norway, it was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organisations in the field - Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). In addition to providing technical assessment, certification, risk management and software development, DNV GL also invests heavily in research. Due to changing regulations in the shipping and the marine industry, it is becoming increasingly important that the components and equipment used are tested and certified as suitable for use in harsh marine environments. ESI Technology have recognized the demand, and submitted a range of products from vacuum to 5000 bar, which cover most eventualities in the Marine workspace. DNV GL approval confirms that ESI Technology pressure sensors are compliant to their manufacturing rules, and have demonstrated that they are fit for purpose and meet the required environment and performance criteria during the approval process. A rigorous testing schedule is involved during the approval process to prove


the how durable and rugged the products are. DNV GL approved pressure sensors offer distinct advantages and applications for ships, barges, offshore oil platforms and desalination. Having equipment that has been certified can reduce the risk of major incidents and can give piece of mind that failures will not be down to poor design of the equipment. It can be a requirement from Insurance companies and even some areas may restrict movement of vessels that do not have appropriate certification. There are various levels of marine approval ranging from the very basic for use in cabins and locker spaces, through engine room and bilges, to on deck and even up mast mountings. These are classified by DNVGL as location classes and it is important that the equipment used is suitable and certified for use in each location, in relation to temperature, humidity, vibration, EMC, and enclosure. The location classes are defined on the equipment certificate, but further guidance can be found from DNVGL. ESI have aimed for the highest level in each class so that the products can be used in the most diverse range of applications on-board.

Meet the Marine Range The range includes pressure transmitters for use on shipping systems such as marine engines, cargo storage tanks, fuel gauging, fresh water storage, wastewater management, and heating, cooling and ballast tank control. For oil, LNG and LPG tanker applications there are also ATEX and IECEx approved intrinsically safe options available. For liquid level measurement there are submersible options. Of course, SOS (Silicon-on-sapphire) sensor technology features heavily in the range. With high accuracy, virtually no hysteresis and unbeatable stability, the sensor is perfect for tough environments which require optimal performance. The GS4200, HP1000 and PR3900 cover pressure ranges from vacuum up to 5000 bar, with titanium or stainless steel options and rugged housing. The PR3110 is ideal for low pressure measurement from 100mbar and the PR3441 is a submersible transmitter available from 1mWG. Check out the product datasheets for more information by visiting the ESI website www.esi-tec.com or contact sales sales@esi-tec.com

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Cheers! Sun Hydraulics beats shop-floor bottlenecks with its Amada THV460 duplex milling machine – helped by Accurate Cutting Services from the start Coventry-based Sun Hydraulics Ltd has responsibility for all European production of ductile iron manifold and integrated packages, used to control force, speed and motion as integral components in fluid power systems, for the global Sun brand. So when operations manager and company director Mark Bennett describes the productivity gains achieved with an Amada THV460 milling machine as impressive, the story is one worth hearing.

“The Amada machines four sides of the workpiece for a single job set-up,” Mark explains. “Also, the operator can set up another job on the control unit, with one still running, for an immediate followon. The Amada even enables continuous cutting of a manifold block on the machine, while the operator is setting it up in readiness for the next job.” The Amada THV460, installed at Sun early in 2018, handles 50 per cent of its manifold production, replacing two Nichols machines which had been fitted with CNC controls by Sun. Only a Kearney & Trecker machine remains active, alongside the Amada. Mark reckons that the Amada duplex milling machine has


significantly reduced the job throughput times – which he says is ‘An amazing achievement!’ The Amada THV460 was supplied by Accurate Cutting Services, and Mark was impressed with the “very easy” operator training. “There were two days of training on site, with a further day on offer to check how well the operators had settled into their routines. The support from both Accurate Cutting Services and Amada has been very good.” The THV series of duplex milling machines handle up to 1200 x 1200 x 400mm material and are equipped with two milling heads which self-centre to the component to reduce setting time. Each head can be fitted with multiface cutter blocks to mill faces and corners in the same operation. These features offer a high angularity and parallelism, and speed of changeover, to reduce costs and time.

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Yorkshire-based metal fabrication supplier boasts 94% growth increase


eading supplier of laser cutting and metal fabrication equipment, MBA Engineering, has announced a rapid increase in growth over the past year, following an influx of machine sales. The Yorkshire-based fibre laser specialist reported a turnover of £1.4 million for 2017/W18, an increase of 94% compared to the previous year – meaning the company has almost doubled its turnover in the last 12 months alone. This unprecedented growth is partly thanks to MBA Engineering’s exclusive partnership with Polish fibre laser manufacturer, Kimla. With more manufacturers recognising the superiority of Kimla’s technology, MBA Engineering’s client base has grown considerably. MBA Engineering recently replaced two CO2 machines with one Kimla fibre laser for Cook Compression, a Cheshire-based compressor solutions supplier – an investment which saw the Bradley McBain, managing director of company’s capacity increase by 30%. Following MBA Engineering this, MBA Engineering supplied an additional Kimla machine to OVH, a French server manufacturer, after MBA Engineering team. We are dedicated to the company experienced unprecedented results the Kimla brand and spreading awareness with its original Kimla machine. of the advantages it has to offer is one of our priorities, alongside providing the best The impressive growth has sparked ambitious plans customer service in the industry. to invest and expand its machine moving service. MBA Engineering has already set the wheels in “The growth of the company has allowed motion with the addition of a highly experienced us to expand our team and develop specific technician to develop and manage this section of aspects of the business, such as the machine the business as the company strives to continue installations, which is a key area we’d like to this level of growth in the future. develop moving forward.” Bradley McBain, managing director of MBA Engineering, said: “Reflecting on the development of MBA Engineering over the past year feels like a great achievement with our 94% growth, which is thanks to the commitment and hard work of the 24|

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Re-mesh, Re-use, Refine Croft Filter’s refurbishing service Croft Filters Ltd are a leading UK manufacturer of over 31 years who specialises in supplying customised filtration solutions across the World. The Company supplies a range of industry sectors that including: Chemical, Oil, Gas, Energy, Pharmaceutical, Power Generation, Food and Beverage, Waste Water Management and Aerospazce. After refurbishment Before refurbishment

Over Croft’s three decades within the filtration and separation industry, the Company has supplied many unique products designed and manufactured in-house for a variety of applications. As a result of this, Croft now has a reputation for delivering both a quality product and service. However, what is not commonly known is that Croft offers a refurbishment service of existing filters. There are many reasons why Croft’s Customers decided to re-mesh and reuse their filter elements, whether it is to save on cost of a new element or whether they are happy with the design but require a fresh mesh. Some Customer’s have also been limited to the elements design flexibility within their operating systems therefore re-working a filtering element is not possible. Case Study For more than 10 years Croft have been re-meshing and refurbishing filters for a customer operating within the Chemical industry. A Stainless Steel 316 Leaf Filter is used to filter chemical products supplied worldwide. These 60” filters can filter to an absolute rating of 112-125 micron with a 24/110, Single Plain Dutch Weave mesh. A more open support mesh also sits beneath the filter mesh assisting with the flow through the filter leaf.


Croft has refurbished 100’s of these specific Leaf Filters for one Customer alone, other Customers have also benefitted from the service and continue to in order to make the most of their filtration frames.

Quality of both product and service has been the key to Crofts success; the Company takes great pride in understanding their customer’s needs, quickly supplying them with a high quality product that exceeds Customer’s expectations.

Custom Manufacture If re-meshing is not an option, Croft can also manufacture custom filtration solutions in any shape or design, including basket strainers, duplex filters, vacuum filters, cone filters, cylinder filters and screen filters in perforated plate, wedge wire and woven wire mesh.

For more information about Croft’s refurbishing service or other products available call Croft Filters: 01925 766265 or visit www.filters.co.uk

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July 2018

New hygienic inspection pipeline for liquid food lines tackles bug outbreaks At PPMA 2018, stand B01, Fortress Technology will unveil how its new Pipeline Ultra+ metal detector, featuring reduced flat surfaces, tackles cross contamination and the spread of bacteria to achieve optimal food safety. The Pipeline Ultra+ system, available across the company’s Stealth, Phantom and Interceptor range, has been specifically designed to offer food manufacturers a more reliable way to catch all metal contaminants when inspecting products in liquid form compared to trap magnet systems. This alternative, although less widely used, will typically only attract magnetic ferrous metals, but not stainless steel, which is more prevalent in food preparation environments. Consumer safety is cause for concern following recent findings from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland that allergen incidents have recently doubled and pathogen related food safety incidents are on the rise. In 2016/17, microbiological contamination accounted for 14% of the 2,265 incidents reported , the second largest hazard category after ‘non-determined’. Of these pathogenic incidents, 45% related to Salmonella. Given that bacteria multiples by doubling every 20 to 30 minutes depending on the conditions, and prefers high protein foods prevalent in liquid form, the new Pipeline Ultra+ system will appeal to food factories handling meat, poultry and dairy including yoghurts, viscous pet food, sausage meat, syrups, condiments, soup, beverages, ice-cream, fruit juices etc. To beat the spread of foodborne bugs and prevent bacteria accumulating in industrial food processing environments, the new pipeline system features smoother surfaces, resulting in fewer places where bacteria can hide and water droplets can build up. Furthermore, the pneumatic and electrical control panel is set flush against the machine plate, all pipes and connectors have been enclosed in a cabinet and the uses 30% fewer fasteners - another breeding ground for bacteria - than previous pipeline designs.


“Product spillage when inspecting liquid ingredients in food factories is fairly commonplace, so being able to withstand daily high pressured washdowns after every product changeover is paramount,” emphasises Fortress Technology’s European Managing Director Phil Brown. “By upgrading the structure and using plate metal plates, we’ve reduced the surface area external to the pipeline metal detector by over 60%. Also, by routing the connectors through an encased unit, there are fewer areas where bacteria can hide and thrive during repeated washdowns.” Average clean times should now take a matter of minutes, suggests Phil. “If sanitation employees have open areas and smooth surfaces to work with, they can more efficiently access and clean equipment to reduce machine downtime or speed up the changeover process from one product to another.” IP69K rated and USDA certified, the pipeline has a slim design and compact footprint measuring approximately 1 metre for the largest 100mm diameter pipe, including reject. Its modular design means the Pipeline Ultra+ can be ceiling mounted or freestanding, enabling food factories to change configuration if needed, without significant investment. In keeping with the Fortress Never Obsolete promise, customers can also upgrade their Pipeline Ultra+ from an automatic reject valve to a customised reject system to include full failsafe features that meet with all current codes of practice in circulation, including retailer guidelines. Applying digital signal processing technology, and featuring Contact Data software for remote interrogation the pipeline system can detect and reject product contaminated by metal particles, of all types, down 0.7 mm ferrous, 0.7 mm non-ferrous and 1.4 mm stainless steel.

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Get the Perfect Position with Technifast Threaded Spacers & Standoffs Technifast’s threaded spacer and standoff ranges form integral components in a wide variety of assembly applications, spanning industries such as automotive, aviation and most commonly, electronic hardware. Threaded spacers and standoffs are frequently used to create a specified space between two objects and to properly position parts within an assembly. The threaded spacers and standoffs supplied by Technifast are available with a rounded or hex exterior, which allows for easy tightening by hand or with a wrench. The majority of their standard range is stocked in Technifast’s warehouse facility, ensuring they can meet the demands of customers quickly and cost-effectively. Standard nominal thread sizes range from M4 through to M12 in the round threaded spacer, with diameters from 7mm to 15mm. The size range of standard hexagonal threaded spacers spans M2 to M6 with outside diameters from 4mm to 10mm. Threaded spacers and standoffs are available in three configurations: malefemale, male-male and female-female. The Corby-based engineering firm also has manufacturing capabilities to produce bespoke threaded spacers to a customers’ specification, in a variety of materials. Technifast are specialists in stainless steel and offer spacers and standoffs in 303 and 316 stainless steel grades as well as mild steel with a zinc and chromate clear finish and nickel-plated brass. Technifast is an ISO:9001 registered company, underpinning their reliability and the continual monitoring and quality management across all their operations.

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Metal detection is based on UPM inserting a search coil under the inclined section of the Swan Neck in the well of the machine and on detecting a foreign body will energise an audible / visual alarm and stop the belt conveyor so an operator can check and remove the contamination. This does not affect the moulding machine cycle as product continues to be produced and accumulated on the conveyor until the operator has reset to start again. The central control is a PLC controlling all aspects of the system interfacing with the variable speed drives on each conveyor and connecting to the weigh scale. Rutland expressed their total satisfaction with the UPM project team who installed and commissioned the system which is operating 24/7 trouble free.




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July 2018

Influential speaking programme for Shaping the Future at BULKEX 2018 The Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) has announced further details of its thought-leading speaker programme at the annual technical conference at this year’s BULKEX 2018. The theme for this year’s event is Shaping the Future to coincide with The Year of Engineering’s October theme. The conference programme will include speakers from Fairport Engineering Ltd; Network Rail; BEUMER Maschinenfabrik; Greenbank Group; PD Ports; Atex Explosion Hazards; Wolfson Centre; and HS2, alongside previously announced speakers from British Steel; Crossrail 2; The Department of International Trade; and Primary Engineer. John Connolly, President of the MHEA, said: “The calibre of speakers appearing at this year’s BULKEX conference and exhibition, in our 80th year, is exemplary. Our team is putting together an exciting programme that should prove to be a huge draw at BULKEX in October. “With the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline projections by Government showing £600 billion in public and private investment over the next ten years,1 there will be an


unprecedented demand for materials handling across our industry. The bulk materials handling industry is poised to respond to this demand with innovation, closer collaboration with partners and forward-thinking initiatives to ensure that we are ready.” The MHEA’s annual Excellence Awards are also open for entries, with five different categories of award available. The annual Excellence Awards coincide with the MHEA’s 80th Anniversary Dinner, and both take place during the annual conference and exhibition, BULKEX, in October this year. The five award categories are: Innovation; Project of the Year; Apprentice of the Year; Supplier of the Year; and a new category to support the Year of Engineering, Engineer of the Year. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 31 July 2018. Entries require 200 words explaining, with evidence, the reason for the

application, and a further 100 words giving the reason why entrants think they should win. Entry is free and should be submitted via the form on the MHEA website. The BULKEX18 Conference and Exhibition takes place between 17th and 18th October 2018 at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire, and is a mustattend event for anyone involved in the bulk materials handling industry or affected by it. The MHEA is a supporter of the Year of Engineering, a government campaign which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering.





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Advanced Engineering 2018, the UK’s largest annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals, has today (13 June 2018) opened registration for its 10th anniversary show, with the first 50 people signing up being offered a free Ultra High Capacity Power Bank for mobile phones and laptops to be picked up at the Show. Visitors will see cutting-edge innovations across the aerospace, automotive, composites, performance metals, connected manufacturing and nuclear industries. With 650+ exhibitors and some of the industry’s biggest names expected, visitors will have a unique opportunity to discover the latest developments in the advanced engineering landscape. Coupled with 200+ presentations and case studies the show is filled with experts in technical and business improvement, highlighting best practice and the secrets behind what is driving the industry forward. It also presents the chance to meet and do business across the supply chain from a range of engineering specialisms including: automation,


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July 2018

Countdown begins to the UK’s leading Processing & Packaging Machinery event The PPMA Show to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the NEC Birmingham 25-27 September 2018


elebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the PPMA Show will return to the NEC Birmingham from 25-27 September 2018 to showcase the latest innovations in smart manufacturing, processing technology and packaging machinery, aimed to increase production line efficiencies and enhance business performance and profitability. New to the show this year will be the Enterprise Zone, which will offer visitors a focal point for learning, networking, discovery and live debate. Presenting the biggest and most comprehensive line-up of production technologies and solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, toiletries and FMCG sectors, visitors to the show will see 350 exhibitors representing 1,500 brands, all under one roof. Leading players already confirmed include Schneider Electric, Ishida Europe, Bosch, ABB and Omron Electronics UK, creating an unrivalled platform to connect, engage and network with suppliers and industry peers. Commenting on the forthcoming show, Dr. Andrew Mint, Chief Executive Officer, PPMA Group of Associations said, “Our 30th anniversary show comes at a time when UK manufacturing is enjoying its longest period of expansion since 1968 and these positive signs will undoubtedly boost confidence throughout our sector. Against this future optimism, the PPMA Show 2018 looks set to be one of the biggest and best to date, where visitors can benefit from an unsurpassed skill set of experience, expertise and industry knowledge and witness the latest processing and packaging technologies in real-time demonstrations.” The Enterprise Zone The Enterprise Zone will include a series of educational features including live workshops, presentations, interactive discussions, question and answer sessions and panel debate covering key topical issues and industry trends. The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for Trade and Investment who will bring his years of experience as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership to the podium.


The morning of day two will focus on ‘The Future of Food Manufacturing’ hosted by Craig Leadley of scientific, technical and advisory services organisation Campden BRI. With presentations from the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NFCM), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Campden BRI, the session will cover robotics and automation, augmented reality and the virtual factory, as well as preservation technologies, food safety management and culture, and conclude with an interactive discussion. There will be a full speaker programme running throughout the show, delivered by a line-up of high profile and respected industry experts. Presentations and case studies will offer real examples of manufacturing best practice and excellence in processing and packaging production aimed to motivate and inspire visitors to increase efficiencies, explore new opportunities and take their businesses forward. Networking will also be a highlight of the Enterprise Zone, with dedicated meeting areas and organised activities to facilitate engagement and connection with industry peers. The Enterprise Zone will also feature a helpdesk and a free advice service for small start-up ventures and entrepreneurs as part of the PPMA’s new Start-up Ambassador Programme. Visitors will be matched and introduced to specialist knowledge experts according to specific requirements, who will be available during the show to offer advice, guidance and assistance. Also

present in the zone will be the British Plastics Federation (BPF) to discuss its latest developments in materials and handling technology. PPMA Group Industry Awards 2018 Celebrating industry excellence and recognising innovation and smart manufacturing, the prestigious PPMA Group Industry Awards ceremony and three-course gala dinner will move to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at the NEC. This year, the event, which will take place on the evening of the 25 September, the first day of the PPMA Show 2018, will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Brian Conley and include two new award categories; ‘Customer Service’ and ‘PPMA Best’. For further information and to enter, click here. Dr. Mint continues, “Having consulted with exhibitors and show visitors, we know that there is still a tremendous appetite to seek out new innovations, technologies and solutions and to discover the unexpected. We therefore look forward to opening the doors of the PPMA Show 2018 and celebrate its milestone anniversary with some of the biggest and brightest manufacturing leaders.” Free Visitor Registration Registration for the PPMA Show 2018 is now open.

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Calling all engineers! Xmark Media’s premier events are making their way to Ricoh Arena, Coventry for 2 actionpacked days of learning, networking and connecting with the industry’s top suppliers. With dozens of inspirational speakers, tonnes of innovation and a host of new features, visitors can expect an extravaganza of the latest light technology at Photonex Europe Live! The exhibition boasts over 100 companies at the forefront of science and innovation, spanning lasers, advanced manufacturing, sensors, camera systems, imaging, communications and optoelectronics. Leading companies include: Aerotech, Alrad Imaging, Hamamatsu, HORIBA, Pro-lite Technology and Reliance Precision, not to mention the array of university spin-outs and start-ups taking part in this year’s LaunchPad! With a stellar line-up of speakers at the Enlighten Conference, delegates can expect a high-level programme covering hyperspectral imaging, vision, laser technologies, laser safely and much more. The returning Metal Powderbased Additive Manufacturing meeting will be of particular interest to any


engineer looking to explore the latest developments in this field. Chaired by Dr David Brackett (Manufacturing Technology Centre) and Dr Ian Maskery (University of Nottingham), this forum will cover all aspects of this quicklyevolving technology and provides a unique discussion platform for likeminded experts. For anyone seeking the next generation of vision and imaging equipment, VISION UK is the place to be. On show will be cutting edge advances in camera and imaging technology, including: scientific, industrial, low light and night vision, thermal imaging, target acquisition, observation systems, sensors and more... Bringing together 50+ vacuum companies alongside a range of specialist meetings as part of the colocated 9th 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.

New for 2018 will be “Vacuum in Food Manufacturing” which will explore the usage, implications and challenges of such technology in this high-demand industry where shelf-live, packaging, cost and quality all play a vital role. Speaking ahead of the event, Laurence Devereux, Managing Director commented: “Photonex and Vacuum Expo are firmly established as being the primary meeting places for industry and academia. With an exciting new programme, this year’s event promises to offer the best opportunities yet. The use of light and vacuum technology across scientific research and industry is growing, as are both of these events.” For more information about sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Laurence Devereux on +44 (0)1372 750555 or by email info@xmarkmedia.com.

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July 2018

Bahco tools and equipment provide... SOLUTIONS for SAFETY Wherever they work, professional engineers want to work safely. Not just to meet rules and standards but because they know it’s not a good idea to finish any shift with an injury which could put their health or income at risk. Quality tools and safety equipment that do the job they’re supposed to do, as well as proving absolutely safe to use, are essential to achieving that aim. Bahco’s design and manufacturing teams understand how tough, unforgiving and downright unpleasant many work locations can be. Their ‘Solutions for Safety’ hand tools and equipment are designed and produced to do exactly that: provide what engineers need to work safely, no matter how challenging the conditions.


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Insulated tools: screwdrivers, pliers and other electricians’ tools, tested at 10,000V to ensure safe working at 1000V, all meeting IEC 60900 and many with VDE certification. VDE stands for Verband der Elektrotechnick, the original Association of German Electrical Engineers. To gain VDE approval tools must pass rigorous quality and safety tests.

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hardness of conventional tools they must be used with great care. Bahco NS tools are manufactured in aluminum-bronze (Al-Br) or copperberyllium (Cu-Be), making them both safe and suitable for use in hazardous environments. Tools @ Height: to help engineers prevent tools falling or being dropped from height, putting at risk anyone working or passing below, Bahco’s Tools@Height range incorporates fixings which enable hand and power tools to be securely tethered to lanyards, bags, pouches and belts. Several types of lanyard, including

carabiner, fixed loop, exchangeable loop, retractable and wrist lanyards, plus backpacks, tool pouches and belts are available. “Your safety is our concern,” says Alan Rankin, who leads Bahco’s industrial tools team in the UK and Ireland. “This year we’re celebrating 130 years of designing and manufacturing hand tools which help professionals work safely.” To find your nearest Bahco stockist or obtain technical info visit: www.bahco.com

Ergonomic tools: designed and manufactured to fit the contours of the hand, ergonomic tools pioneered by Bahco protect against the risk of hand or wrist muscle strain or injury. Using ergonomic, well balanced hand tools can reduce muscular stress in the hands, provide greater comfort, cut vibration through the hands and help avoid blisters and pressure points. Non-sparking tools: Bahco NS tools are designed and manufactured for use in potentially explosive environments, where conventional steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust. Because they can’t match the


July 2018

Ingenious Fastening Solution Simplifies Installation of Cables, Hoses & Lines A new fastening concept, designed specifically for use on aluminium profile sections, provides a simple yet ingenious solution for securing cables, hoses and lines. Available in the UK from Buttkereit Limited, the HEBOFIX 45 base is available to suit a wide range of aluminium profile sections The base is easily fitted, by inserting it into the profile slot and turning through 45 degrees, which securely locks the plastic moulded base in position. Hook & Loop fastening tape is then threaded through the base to neatly and securely hold and cables, air or hydraulic lines in position. This new range of products will be welcomed by system integrators and machine builders who are increasingly making use of aluminium extruded sections to build machine frames and guarding. The HEBOFIX concept offers a number of benefits over the more traditional “Cable Tie” approach. The Hook & Loop tape can be neatly tucked away providing a more aesthetic finish, and with the base re-usable, additional cables or lines can be routed and secured

simply by using a new length of Hook & Loop fastening. A further benefit is the tool-free installation and removal concept eliminates the risk of injury, as maintenance staff don’t need to take a knife to areas where there may be the risk of damage.

A drawback encountered with traditional cable ties, is that during maintenance procedures, cable ties are often removed and then not replaced at all. The HEBOFIX system makes it much more likely that everything will be put back properly. The HEBOFIX 45 base range is designed to suit aluminium profile sections from a number of manufacturers including Item, Bosch, Minitec and Maytec. There are also three clamping range bands covering 4-20mm, 8-35mm and 1060mm, supported with Hook & Loop tape widths of 7.5mm, 10mm and 20mm.

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The HEBOFIX 45 base is manufactured from polyamide, reinforced with glass fibre, and meets UL94-V0 selfextinguishing standards. The product range is suitable for use across all industry sectors, and in addition to the standard base, secured by twisting through 45 degrees, an additional range of bases, secured by screws, is also available.

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July 2018

Is the tide turning for uk manufacturing’s skills gap? Industry 4.0 and factory automation are fast approaching, but many manufacturers are concerned that their workforce is not going to be able to adapt, with the phrase “skills gap” hanging like a dark cloud over UK industry. But is it really as bad as people say it is? Anthony Bentham, Customer Service Manager at FANUC UK, explains why training and apprenticeships are helping to close the gap. These days, opening a newspaper feels like a test of character: economic uncertainty, global conflict, climate change and a seemingly endless parade of selfies, celebrities and scandals can make even the most optimistic of us see the glass as half empty. Even the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the future of manufacturing worldwide, is tainted by the warning that the UK in particular may not be ready to face it. Numerous studies have emerged with data that back this up. The Hays Global Skills Index has reported that Britain’s skills shortage is worsening at a rate of 8% a year, with one in four vacancies proving difficult to fill. If this is not addressed, the UK risks falling behind other countries in exploiting the latest technological breakthroughs to increase efficiency and productivity, from automation to the Internet of Things. We will then spend years playing catchup, by which time our exports will have diminished, putting both our workforce and our economy at risk. However, before we reach for the felt tips and sandwich boards to spread our message of doom, it’s important that we take a step back and look at what can be done to change things. Education has been, and will always be, the main tool at our disposal in gearing our workforce for the factory of the future. This needs to be done at every level, from teaching primary school children about the benefits


of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), to encouraging school leavers to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing, through either a degree or an apprenticeship. There have been commendable efforts to encourage young people to take up apprenticeships, but there still seems to be a persistent belief amongst employers that apprentices are both expensive and time-consuming. Apprentices do need looking after, but it’s important that we invest time and money in developing the engineers and manufacturers of the future who, more than any other generation, will be able to unlock the full potential of Industry 4.0. Furthermore, it seems odd that we worry about a skills gap, when more than half of UK graduates are currently working in non-graduate roles. This kind of waste of resource would be untenable in day-to-day business practices. After all, you wouldn’t fit your factory with the latest in automated robotics, only to employ them solely for the purposes of making the tea. It’s encouraging to see that the government is offering incentives to encourage employers to take on more apprentices, although the success of such incentives has, so far, been mixed. The Apprenticeship Levy, for example, subsidises smaller businesses to help them take on apprentices. Although this has been criticised as a “jobs tax” by some, it is

a step in the right direction. Further initiatives could help to subsidise employee training and development, either within the company or through external programmes. If you had asked me ten years ago if I thought that the skills gap in this country was reaching an alarming width, I would have answered in the affirmative. But, as the years have gone by, I have seen a noticeable shift in attitudes across the generations. Many now see learning as lifelong, and more investment is being made in training young people for careers in STEM. At FANUC, where once we had one apprentice working on the factory floor, now we have six. We also see customers coming to our training academy to learn how to make the most of their machines, from young companies making their first steps into automation, to industry veterans who want to build a new set of skills. I would encourage more people to book a course to experience for themselves how automation can be applied to their business. This positive, proactive attitude to lifelong learning is certainly a step in the right direction, but we must now strive to build this momentum. It’s the only way we will meet the challenges of the future. To find out more about the FANUC academy, or to book your place, please call 02476 053001, or email academy@fanuc.co.uk. Alternatively, please visit this web page.


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July 2018

Global production as per Industry 4.0 A state-of-the-art centre for manufacturing large enclosures is currently under construction at Rittal’s Rittershausen plant, based on Industry 4.0 principles. While work there is ongoing, Rittal is also installing new high-tech production lines for its new VX25 large enclosure, at a total cost of €120m. The company is gearing up its production to Industry 4.0 through consistent digitization of processes and fully automated profiling, welding and panel manufacturing units, making the new centre a model for all Rittal production plants worldwide. In 1961, Rittal made history by manufacturing the first volumeproduced enclosure at its Rittershausen plant and by launching its off-the-shelf delivery programme. It was a game-changer for the industry. Today, the plant is the company’s most efficient factory for manufacturing high-quality enclosures. The €120m investment sets the future direction for the plant, once work there is complete in 2020. “Our goal is to establish the world’s most modern centre for manufacturing large enclosures. To this end, we have started the transformation into the age of Industry 4.0. We are setting the next standard in the Rittal production system for our worldwide plants – based on the ‘one Rittal, one standard’ principle,” says Carsten Röttchen, Managing Director International Production at Rittal The Rittershausen plant already featured a high degree of automation in its subprocesses. “With the increasing digitization called for by Industry 4.0, we will be automating further sub-processes, increasing data consistency and integrating the production process into a completely digitized value chain through a manufacturing execution system”, added Mr Röttchen. The process improvements include knowledge-based systems that are constantly evolving through data networking and analysis. Trends can be detected in real time, as they arise, by means of continuous target-toactual comparisons of the production machines and statistical processes.


As a result, interference factors can be avoided before they occur and tolerances can be safeguarded in order to achieve the high quality demands of the process. In addition, predictive maintenance data is used to improve the technical availability of the production facilities. More than 30 Robots Required for VX25 Volume Production

be manufactured in one process. The volume production lines also have fully automatic welding systems. Thirtyone robots (for welding and handling) deployed in the fully automatic volume welding system will ensure that the transport and welding processes run reliably within the plant. They will also guarantee the Rittal quality standard of the new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system.

In contrast to the new Haiger plant, which is being built on a greenfield site and will be ready to start production at the end of 2018, the conversion towards digitized and automated processes at Rittershausen is taking place during ongoing operations.

“The development of the new VX25 production lines was only the first step on the way to the digital future of the Rittal production facilities. The global transformation of Rittal’s production towards Industry 4.0 is already going flat out,” Carsten Röttchen explained.

The first units for the VX25, such as the fully automated panel lines for mounting plates, as well as the profiling and welding systems, have already been installed.

The transformation has already begun in the Valeggio plant in Italy. The first Industry 4.0 principles are being applied there for manufacturing Rittal Blue e+ cooling units.

When completed in 2020, the new production facility will have three profiling systems, each 70 metres in length. This means that the horizontal and vertical frame sections of the new VX25 large enclosure system, which have perfect symmetry and a consistent 25-mm pitch pattern, will

Rittal is also planning to expand and reorganise the Chinese and US sites, focusing on digital transformation, and getting them ready for the future. Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

July 2018


July 2018

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July 2018

Putting the AI into maintenance ambient conditions and crew data can give clues as to what issues can crop up. The only effective way to navigate the abundance of variables is with an IoT platform with machine learning, such as GE Digital’s Predix platform and Asset Performance Management (APM) suite. Connecting an IoT-enabled machine to the platform allows Predix’s machine learning algorithms to analyse it with the APM’s combination of standard measures and advanced analytics. This allows maintenance staff to not only spot when a machine needs maintenance, but also why.

Machine learning is streamlining predictive maintenance Over the past five years, the industrial sector has begun to see the value in digitalisation and has invested more in adopting it. With this has come a cultural shift from reactive equipment maintenance to proactive maintenance that pre-empts problems. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial analytics platform supplier Novotek UK & Ireland, explains how plant managers can make proactive maintenance even more effective with machine learning.

responding to a breakage or conducting planned maintenance based on expected equipment lifespan, engineers can make informed decisions about when to maintain systems based on the equipment’s condition.

In 2006, UK mathematician Clive Humby claimed that “data is the new oil”. Whether you’re a food processing company or an automotive manufacturer, data from production processes is the cornerstone of better efficiency, effectiveness and overall performance.

This is where an opportunity arises for machine learning in industrial maintenance. With machine learning, algorithms can be trained to identify correlating factors in data to not only flag up a problem but also the root cause of it.

Plant managers that are familiar with the industrial internet of things (IIoT) will know that one of the concept’s biggest selling points has been the insight it can provide into equipment performance and process effectiveness, which in turn creates benefits for the company’s bottom-line. This has changed the culture of maintenance in plants that have started adopting IIoT technology. Rather than


Minimising unplanned downtime has obvious benefits, but it’s the reduction in scheduled downtime that adds significant value in terms of increased overall throughput for no new capital outlay. However, achieving this is challenging due to the volume of data and subsequent analysis that is required to confidently change maintenance schedules.

It sounds straightforward in principle, but the number of potential things to consider can be too high for a human to work through effectively. Within a single machine, there can be dozens of sensors or other health signals. To get a clear picture of all the things that affect reliability, that data should be evaluated alongside things like maintenance records and a history of what the machine was running. Even

For example, a semiconductor manufacturer might find that it rejects ten per cent of its output due to faults in the manufacturing process. Although all the machines may be IoT-connected, there is too much data for an engineer to reasonably analyse. With Predix’s machine learning algorithms, the APM could, for example, identify that a machine has elevated vibration levels, which is damaging the semiconductors. The algorithms can then assess this against historic data to spot patterns in how often this occurs, identify the performance signs that precede it and — if integrated into a management system — send alerts to engineers as the machine requires maintenance. This makes it possible for the machine to receive maintenance only when its conditions indicate it should, changing from preventative to condition-based predictive maintenance. In effect, machine learning allows maintenance data analysis to become a more automated process. In fact, there are certain industrial applications where the algorithms could be permitted to directly reconfigure a machine with the right settings. And as machine algorithms learn, this will become an increasingly viable way of improving efficiency. Whether you believe data is the new oil or not, it’s indisputable that it’s a valuable resource that fuels overall operational improvement for plant managers and maintenance engineers. The key to achieving this is to use industrial analytics intelligently and effectively to strike oil in industrial maintenance. www.novotek.com/en/

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July 2018

Safer Methods on the Warehouse Floor Handling heavy goods is part of everyday life in the production, retrieval, and storage processes of many companies. Signs of wear are the consequence, particularly among the employees. So it is little wonder that operators of warehouse facilities are increasingly focusing on the creation of ergonomic workplaces. Ergonomics in the workplace should not be seen by companies as a burdensome mandatory task. This is especially the case in view of the ever aging workforce and the skills shortage that is also affecting the field of storage logistics. As such, it is becoming ever more important to create an environment for employees in which they are as unhindered as possible when performing their tasks – and when it comes to the subject of ergonomics, this includes providing working conditions that are as safe and healthy as possible. The physical stress placed on employees is incredibly high in many industries. Average loads of ten kilos per unit are often moved, with the upper limit sometimes as heavy as 20 kg or more. This shows that there is still more to do when it comes to lifting and carrying, despite all the information available about ergonomics in the workplace. As a result of the intensive workrelated physical stress, employees within the industry suffer from musculoskeletal problems particularly frequently, leading to high costs and loss of productivity for companies caused by sickness and absence. These costs can be cut and working conditions simultaneously improved by using auxiliary equipment to pick heavy loads ergonomically. Accordingly, the following should be taken into consideration when manually handling loads: 1.

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2. Assess the individual physical requirements of the job and the employees’ state of health 3. Follow instructions relating to health risks and ergonomic lifting and carrying and implement measures to avert these risks


This is also one of the main reasons why many companies have reviewed their approach and are now increasingly focusing on the health of the employee. An ergonomically designed workplace is of primary importance for reducing the number of employees absent due to sickness and excessive stress. In addition to the health aspects, there are also economic reasons for establishing greater ergonomics in the workplace, because these measures help companies to increase

productivity. The use of labour-saving measures at the interface between man and machine is especially important in the area of warehouse technology, because the demands placed on the employees and the production resources are particularly high here and are also permanently present due to the high picking rates. If the processes are managed in line with the ergonomic goods-to-person principle, labour-saving measures such as the use of automated shelf storage systems and the integration of hoisting cranes into the storage systems can significantly improve productivity in terms of costs and speed. The advantages of the system are clear: 1.

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July 2018

Are your employees really working safely? Are you aware of the cost of an accident? Some businesses are wiped out by a major incident where a fatality has occurred. No one wants to be the one to tell our employee’s family that they’ve had a serious accident, followed by years of anguish as we wait for a court hearing. Even a minor injury such as a sprained ankle, can stop work for several people and have long-term implications. According to the HSE, the estimated cost of an accident causing an employee to be off work for seven days is £28,500. Can you afford to ignore unsafe behaviour in your workplace? Does your current health and safety system protect your business and people? Having arrangements in place to manage health and safety is proven to meet legal obligations and reduce risks! At THSP Risk Management we understand that people are the most important part of your business. A positive health and safety culture throughout your workplace will help to ensure that your employees get home safely at the end of the day. Need a consultant who understands your work? Our consultants have worked with clients in many sectors, including manufacturing. Their personal approach allows


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July 2018

Protective Enclosure made from 40mm Aluminium Profiles

A toothbrush manufacturer has used mk Profile Systems’ 40 series profile to create a protective device guard for their packaging area. The toothbrushes were already in their primary packaging, so there were no sanitary requirements but the protective guard is located in a typical cleanroom. The guard, which was all made from the mk 40 series profile, was made entirely to the bespoke specifications of the customer. The profiles were anodised, the cut edges are blank and closed with sealing caps. The profile slots are closed with sealing strips. An mk ZRF-P timing belt conveyor was also incorporated into the protective guard. It was crucial to ensure that the enclosure allowed easy access to the interior to allow for maintenance work to be carried out. This was done by incorporating two maintenance doors also out of the 40 series profile, with


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Finally, the enclosure was mounted on levelling feet, which can easily compensate for uneven floors. The customer has a perfectly tailored solution to their guarding requirements with integrated conveyor technology, all from one single source. mk Profile Systems offers over 250 different profiles across their 25mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm ranges. Their extensive conveyor range covers over 20 standard conveyor systems for all all types of goods in nearly all factory environments. The modular nature of the mk system means that all elements of the system work in

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July 2018

Adel Systems - Solutions for power supply continuity A

DEL system now offers a complete range of products for power supply and energy back-up in the industrial automation field. From the manufacturing and design facility in Reggio Emilia Italy, Adel produce a comprehensive range of power supplies, battery chargers and DCUPScombined battery chargers and power supplies for the automation and control panel industry. The three main families are the Power Supplies for single, two or three phase installation, Battery Chargers for 12, 24, 36 and 48V Dc up to 35 and THE CBI series of DCUPS, a combined power supply and battery charger in one self-contained unit. The FLEX series of power supplies are housed in a tough aluminium case for DIN rail mounting. The FLEX series are available with inputs from single (90-305V AC) 2 Phase (230V/400V) or 3 phase (400-500V AC).

when the battery is required it is in the best condition, dependant on age and number of charge cycles. The CBI series has a battery start button on the front, which allows the replacement of the battery cassette and the network to be energised without the need for AC. The communication options available are MODbus and CANbus.

The secondary range from 5, 12 24 or 48V DC. There are options with in the range for paralleling the power supplies without the need to fine tune the outputs as when the “Easy Parallel “mode is enabled. The range is complimented with a decoupling module in the form of the MR220A 10-60V DC 25A rating.

Utilising the DPY351 it is possible to connect several CBI units together and then have the DPY351 display as a device on the LAN or to use it as a gateway for remote monitoring the battery status. There are a range of battery carriers for holding the 12V batteries, so they can be easily mounted inside the enclosure safely and with the least hassle. They are available is 12 or 24V DC up to 18Ahr.

All the FLEX series Power Supplies are rate at three temperatures 40, 50 and 60 degrees C so that the DC load can be allowed for as the enclosure temperature varies.

All the Adel product are compact in design and come in a robust aluminium case.

The Range of Battery Chargers from Adel cover from 12,24,36 and 48V DC systems. They are available from 3-20A and the ability to parallel them together to have higher charging currents. All battery chargers have a charge current pot to allow the operator to set the charge current as specified by the battery manufacturer. There is also a jumper that is used to select the battery type so that the constant charge voltage is set correctly. NiCD and Lion charge options are available on certain models as a factory fit. All the chargers operate a 90 minute test cycle when in a stand by situation, whereby the battery is partially discharged and then recharged to ensure that when it is required it is an optimum condition. All chargers have a relay output to indicate the status of the supply, either on AC or on battery and s second common alarm for battery condition faults. There are 7 battery conditions faults which are constantly monitored. There are options for remote monitoring via MODbus and CANbus on various models and the ability to install the DPY351 door mounted display to show the status of the battery without entering a cabinet. THE CBI series of DCUPS units combine all the features of the Power Supplies and the Battery chargers into one compact powerful unit. The CBI series are DIN rail mounted with a separate output to the DC load and the battery pack. This allows for the battery condition to be maintained at al times so that

Current reserve: Adel system units are the best solution in case of hard start-up conditions: • Start-up with capacitive loads up to 50,000 mF • Current reserve always higher than 25% of rated current In World-wide certifications and Acceptance: cCSAus according to European Norms EN60950, USA UL60950, Canada CAN/ CSA C22.2 N. 60950-00, UL508 and some parts are EN54 compliant. As we are aware that even a short interruption in current may cause technical and logistical damage to all types of systems, we at Adel system have 100% control over our manufacturing. We submit every product to final running in testing at maximum working voltage and current for 12-24 hours, as well as isolation controls in line with legislation in force. This philosophy is aimed at a continuous improvement of the manufacturing process to guarantee customers satisfaction. We pay special attention to the components we use; all the ranges of we manufacture use long-life electrolytic condensers for working temperatures of up to 105°C. We have set up in the Adel system factory a specific laboratory for electromagnetic compatibility and safety testing. The wide range of products, from just a few to 500W, enables designers to have a wide choice of products at their disposal for every application. Any special requirements our customers may have will find a solution in our custom-built (“Custom”) products.


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July 2018

MathWorks Adds New Predictive Maintenance Product for MATLAB Introduces new toolbox for designing and testing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance algorithms

MathWorks today announced Predictive Maintenance Toolbox, a new MATLAB product that helps engineers design and test condition monitoring and predictive maintenance algorithms. Predictive Maintenance Toolbox offers capabilities and reference examples for engineers who are designing algorithms to organize data, design condition indicators, monitor machine health and estimate remaining useful life (RUL) to prevent equipment failures. With Predictive Maintenance Toolbox, engineers can analyze and label sensor data imported from files that are stored locally or on cloud storage. They can also label simulated failure data generated from Simulink models to represent equipment failures. Signal processing and dynamic modeling methods that build on techniques such as spectral analysis and time series analysis let engineers preprocess data and extract features that can be used to monitor the condition of the machine. Using survival, similarity, and trend-based models to predict the RUL helps engineers estimate a machine’s time to failure. The toolbox includes reference examples for motors, gearboxes, batteries, and other machines that can be reused for developing custom predictive maintenance and condition monitoring algorithms. Now, engineers can develop and validate the algorithms needed to predict when an equipment failure might occur

or to detect any underlying anomalies by monitoring sensor data. These algorithms are developed by accessing historical data that is stored in local files, on cloud storage systems such as Amazon S3 and Windows Azure Blob Storage, or on a Hadoop Distributed File System. Another source of data is simulation data from physical models of the equipment that incorporate failure dynamics. Engineers can extract and select the most suitable features from this data, and then use interactive apps to train machine learning models with these features to predict or detect equipment failures. “Predictive maintenance is a key application of the industrial Internet of Things. This is critical to reduce unnecessary maintenance costs and eliminate unplanned downtime. Engineers who typically don’t have a background in machine learning or signal processing find designing algorithms for predictive maintenance particularly challenging,” said Paul Pilotte, technical marketing manager, MathWorks. “Now, these teams can quickly ramp up by using Predictive Maintenance Toolbox as a starting point for learning how to design and test these algorithms.” Predictive Maintenance Toolbox is available worldwide, with more information available at www.mathworks.com/products/predictive-maintenance

Learn more about how engineering teams use MATLAB to reduce equipment downtime by forecasting failures, automatically determine the root cause of the failure, and avoid the costs of unnecessary maintenance at www.mathworks.com/discovery/predictive-maintenance.html


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Protocol Change in the Blink of an Eye SOLID67 is the new Murrelektronik line of compact I/O modules. They simplify installations in the field and are especially attractive for applications with IO-Link sensors and actuators. The modules provide eight IO-Link slots close to the process itself and can easily incorporate classic IOs into the system as well. Thanks to the fully encapsulated metal housing, and impressive vibration and shock resistance (15 and 5 G); the modules are ready for use in rough industrial environments, even in a temperature ranging from -20 to +70 °C. This opens the way for numerous applications. The extensive diagnostic functions of the module, available via the control system or an integrated web server, make troubleshooting a simple matter. •

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one protocol to another, all they have to do is simply turn a rotary switch on the device. And because fewer modules have to be kept in stock, it also simplifies inventory. This will also reduce costs.” Michael Greiner, Product manager at Murrelektronik •

Using all slots

The slots (pin 4) of the IO-Link master modules feature a multifunctional design that allows them to be used for IO-Link sensors and actuators or to be parameterized as classic inputs or outputs. Signals of all kinds can be read with just a single module. •

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The compact M12 power lines (L-coded) can withstand especially high current

loads of up to 16 A. Daisy chains of multiple modules can be assembled to supply power where needed. This simplifies the installation work and shortens the cable paths. PI, the user organization for Profibus and ProfiNet, views the L-coded M12 as the future standard for power connectors. •

Minimizing space requirements

With a unit width of only 30 millimeters, the thin IO-Link variants of SOLID67 are ideal for installations with limited available space. Modules can be installed extremely close to the process, and sensors and actuators can be connected with the shortest lines possible.

COMPACT SOLID67 Protocol change in the blink of an eye SOLID67 are the new compact I/O modules from Murrelektronik. They make installation in the field easier and are very attractive for applications with IO-Link sensors and actuators. They provide eight IO-Link slots directly adjacent to the process and can easily incorporate classic IOs into the system. Full encapsulation and impressive vibration and shock values (15 and 50 G) prepare the modules for use in harsh industrial environments – within a temperature range of − 20 to +70 °C. This opens a door to numerous applications. Comprehensive diagnostic options at the module, through the control unit, and through an integrated web server, make troubleshooting a simple exercise.

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The compact M12 power cables (L-coded) can transmit up to 16A in a smaller form factor. The power supply can be fed to several modules. This simplifies installation and reduces cable runs. PI (user organization for Profibus and ProfiNet) sees the M12 L-coded connectors as the future standard in power connectors.

The slots (pin 4) of the IO-Link master modules are multi-functional; they can be used for IO-Link sensors and actuators, but they can also be configured as classic inputs or outputs. Just a single module is needed to record signals of various types.

Having a width of only 30 millimeters, the slim IO-Link variants of SOLID67 are ideal for use in installations where space is limited. Modules can be connected directly adjacent to the process, and sensors and actuators can be connected using the shortest connection cables.

The SOLID67 modules are multi-protocol-compatible; they support ProfiNet and EtherNet/ IP. Depending on control concept, a switch is simply placed directly on the module. This reduces the variant diversity. Fewer modules of different types need to be kept on hand.

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July 2018 many items of distributed equipment, whether that’s an entire wind park or several different forms of renewable energy sources, into one system to provide a complete visualisation of the grid. Operators could go one step further, by overlaying geographical information systems (GIS) data into the software. This could provide a map-style view of renewable energy parks or even the entire generation asset base, allowing operators to zoom on the map to reveal greater levels of detail. This provides a full, functional map enabling organisations to make better informed decisions.

Monitoring and managing the unpredictable: Three challenges for renewable energy Energy sector investments in big data technologies have exploded. In fact, according to a study by BDO, the industry’s expenditure on this technology in 2017 has increased by ten times compared to the previous year, with the firm attributing much of this growth to the need for improved management of renewables. Here, Alan Binning, Regional Sales Manager at smart grid software provider COPA-DATA UK, explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting. Renewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. However, this diversification of energy sources creates a challenge for existing infrastructure and systems. One of the most notable changes is the switch from reliable to fluctuating power. Implementing energy storage Traditional fossil-fuel plants operate at a premitigated level, they provide a consistent and predictable amount of electricity. Renewables, on the other hand, are a much more unreliable source. For example, energy output from a solar farm can drop without warning due to clouds obscuring sunlight from the panels. Similarly, wind speeds cannot be reliably forecasted. To prepare for this fluctuation in advance, research and investment into energy storage systems are on the rise. For example, wind power ramp


events are a major challenge. Therefore, developing energy storage mechanisms is essential. The grid may not always be able to absorb excess wind power created by an unexpected windspeed increase. Ramp control applications allow the turbine to store this extra power in the battery instead. When combined with reliable live data, these systems can develop informed models for intelligent distribution. Britain has recently become home to one of the largest energy storage projects to use EV batteries. While it is not the first-time car batteries have been used for renewable power, the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales has connected a total of 500 BMW i3 batteries to store excess power. Combining distributed systems Control software is the obvious solution to better monitor this fluctuating source of power. However, many renewable energy generation sites, like solar PV and wind farms, are distributed across a wide geographical scope and are therefore more difficult to manage without sophisticated software. Consider offshore wind farms as an example. The world’s soon-to-belargest offshore wind farm is currently under construction 74.5 miles off the Yorkshire coastline. To accurately manage these vast generation sites, the data from each asset needs to be combined into a singular entity. This software should be able to combine

Reporting on renewables Controlling and monitoring renewable energy is the first step to better grid management. However, it is what energy companies do with the data generated from this equipment that will truly provide value. This is where reporting is necessary. Software for renewable energy should be able to visualise data in an understandable manner so that operators can see the types of data they truly care about. For example, wind farm owners tend to be investors and therefore generating profit is a key consideration. In this instance, the report should compare the output of a turbine and its associated profit to better inform the operator of its financial performance. Using intelligent software, like zenon Analyzer, operators can generate a range of reports about any information they would like to assess — and the criteria can differ massively depending on the application and the objectives of the operator. Reporting can range from a basic table of outputs, to a much more sophisticated report that includes the site’s performance against certain key performance indicators (KPIs) and predictive analytics. These reports can be generated from archived or live operational data, allowing long term trends to be recognised as well as being able to react quickly to maximise efficiency of operation. As investments in renewable energy generation continue to increase, the need for big data technologies to manage these sites will also continue to grow. Managing these volatile energy sources is still a relatively new challenge. However, with the correct software to combine the data from these sites and report on their operation, energy companies will reap the rewards of these increasingly popular energy sources.

July 2018

Burster announce How-To videos for sensor measurement amplifiers and force/displacement controllers Burster, the German measurement technology specialist represented in the UK by Ixthus Instrumentation, has released a series of instructional videos that show configuration and application examples for its DIGIFORCE® 9311 force and displacement controller and the 9250/51 series transducer amplifier and bus controller. Available with links directly from the Video section of the Ixthus website. The videos detail sensor channel set-up and recording for X/Y curve; curve elevation using the example of pass-through window, block window, trapezoid and threshold; curve evaluation using the example of an envelope; and sensor channel configuration and import using Burster’s TEDS software. Burster’s DIGIFORCE 9311 force and displacement controller is aimed at continuous sensor monitoring and test applications such as friction and torque monitoring for press-fit insertion, haptic pressure testing, jointing process evaluation, rivet testing, spring testing and more. The intuitive controller features a 3.5” colour touchscreen display and 16 pre-set measurement programs plus menu tools to quickly configure process parameters. With automatic sensor recognition from Burster TEDS configuration software, the 9311 also features synchronous logging of measurement data using DigiControl PC software for multichannel applications. Burster’s 9250 sensor amplifier provides single or combined measurement of bridge, potentiometer, voltage and digital transducers for force, pressure, displacement, rotational speed, and torque etc. The amplifier is sensor manufacturer independent and features automatic sensor recognition for fast and simple set-up. The amplifier may be combined with the 9251 bus controller for synchronous export of up to 8 modules/measurement channels for Ethernet based fieldbuses including

PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP or I/O interfacing – facilitating sensor data transmission to PLCs and other machine controllers where they can be combined, monitored and linked efficiently to other processes. These products are due for launch through 2018. Ixthus Instrumentation supports Burster’s full range of sensors and measurement solutions, and works closely with other selected global suppliers of non-contact sensing technologies - providing a complete service with knowledgeable technical staff available to solve customers’ measurement problems.

For more information and full support for Burster and other specialist measurement products, please visit the Ixthus Instrumentation website at www.ixthus.co.uk, email sales@ixthus.co.uk, or call +44 (0) 1327 353437.


July 2018

New Controllers Can Simplify Machines, Improve Safety Performance Rockwell Automation controllers scale to specific machine safety requirements and support faster reaction times The Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers can be scaled from safety system levels SIL 2/PLd to SIL 3/PLe. This scalability can help engineers optimise a safety system design and potentially reduce its costs, while adhering to the latest machine safety regulations. The high-performance controllers also use increased processing power to achieve faster reaction times and shorter safe distances. This can help create smaller machines, save valuable floor space and increase operator efficiencies. “Many engineers build safety systems to a higher safety level than an application requires,” said Dave Sullivan, product manager, safety systems, Rockwell Automation. “Such systems end up having more components than they need, leading to increased complexity and costing more than they should. Our new controllers allow engineers to right-size a safety system and its cost to meet appropriate safety levels, without excess.” The new high-performing controllers can also help engineers consolidate the number of controllers they use in complex machines. Having a single high-performance controller for both standard and safety control can help improve productivity and reduce the system’s cost, complexity and cabinet size. Other benefits of the new controllers include: Greater Communications Capacity: Embedded gigabit Ethernet on the GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers provides greater communications capacity to support the growing number of smart devices. This can help engineers meet data-intensive smartmanufacturing goals without adding extra hardware. It also can help future proof machines for end users that may someday need to collect and share more data. More Productive Machines: The controllers, when used with the Studio 5000 integrated development environment and Kinetix 5700 servo drive, support new safe-stop, safe-speed, safe-position and other safe-monitoring functions. These safety functions can create more flexibility in safety system operations, for example, slowing down a machine instead of stopping it when a worker approaches. This can improve machine productivity while still achieving a desired level of safety. These new functions are implemented using built-in safety instructions available in the Studio 5000 software.


Engineers can also use the safety functions to support applications like collaborative robots. If a human comes too close to the robot, the system can detect their presence and either slow down or stop the robot’s motion. The GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers are TÜV certified for functional safety.

July 2018

TLM Target Laser Cutting Growth With Universal Laser Systems Partnership TLM Laser has announced a further expansion of their laser technology portfolio to include the comprehensive Universal Laser Systems (ULS) range. This now enables the company to offer lasercutting solutions for the broadest range of materials including organics, plastics and metals. TLM Laser’s philosophy is one of building a portfolio of world-class laser processing technologies that is available within the UK and Ireland from a single source. The recent addition of the ULS range of laser systems now means that the company is able to offer industry leading laser-cutting solutions for the widest range of materials and applications. The Universal Laser Systems products provide TLM Laser with a range that includes desktop laser processing systems and stand-alone workstations using technology developed form a “Material Centric Approach”. Universal Laser Systems focus on the materials used by companies, together with their manufacturing processes, to develop highly efficient laser processing “Tools” that can be used on any laser compatible materials. Primarily based on CO2 laser sources with a maximum laser power of 30W to 150W, this comprehensive range offers working envelopes between 406mm x 305mm x 102mm in height to 1016mm x 610mm x 305mm in height. This broad choice of lasers, with wavelengths of 10.6μm or 9.3 μm, are capable of cutting and / or marking a vast range of materials. Revolutionary Technology Using Multiple Laser Wavelengths One of the latest developments from Universal Laser Systems is the XLS10MWH MultiWave Hybrid™, the first and only laser-system to combine multiple laser wavelengths and power levels into a single coaxial beam focused to a common focal plane. The XLS10 MultiWave Hybrid™ accommodates a fixed fiber laser source and two different CO2 laser wavelength sources that can be independently or simultaneously controlled for a virtually infinite number of wavelength and power combinations. The ability to independently control each component of this hybrid laser beam allows optimum laser processing flexibility for an unlimited

number of organic and inorganic materials. Moreover, the unique design of the optical system allows all wavelengths to focus into the same plane simultaneously. This makes it possible for the different wavelengths to work together to provide material processing capabilities that have never before been possible. As a result, the MultiWave Hybrid can process any material – even notoriously difficult multi-layered materials with conductive and nonconductive layers. One example of an existing application using two wavelengths independently is stainless steel cutting. In this application, a 1.06μm laser beam is used to heat the steel locally, thereby increasing its optical absorptivity. Once the material is heated, the 1.06μm laser beam is switched off, and a 10.6μm laser, which is much less expensive to operate, is used to complete the material processing operation. This allows one laser wavelength to modify the properties of the material so the second laser wavelength can carry out the material processing operation, in this case cutting, much more efficiently. Key features of the ULS range, which TLM’s customers will benefit from, include a modular architecture. This unique “building block” architecture easily reconfigures field-upgradable platforms, laser sources and focusing optics, offering unsurpassed flexibility as material needs change and businesses evolve. This rapid re-configuration is easily achieved as the full range of factory-aligned laser sources are designed to be field-interchangeable, with no special tools or training needed. Universal Laser Systems have also built up an extensive Materials Library, seen as the world’s premier source for information on laser material processing. It provides information on the types of materials that can be laser processed and the processes (laser cutting, engraving and marking) that are possible with a given material. In addition, the Materials Library highlights considerations for an individual customer’s laser system configuration that may be necessary to process a given material, in addition to how ULS technology innovations can be leveraged to obtain

the best possible results. This library is an evolving resource with updates made on a regular basis. Complementing TLM’s Existing Laser Cutting Offering

The addition of the ULS range complements LaserCube, which has been until now, the mainstay of TLM’s laser cutting range. Designed specifically for metal cutting applications on smaller sheet sizes, this compact Fiber lasercutting platform is also ideally suited to smaller production runs and thinner sections where it delivers superior cutting performance combined with low operating costs. Manufactured by the worlds leading developer and manufacturer of highperformance fiber lasers IPG, LaserCube is flat bed cutter is the ideal cutting tool for metals, including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass and exotic alloys. Ideally suited to smaller part sizes, prototypes and smaller production runs, the LaserCube provides the most costeffective capacity addition and lowest cost of ownership of any professional laser cutter. Commenting on this most recent partnership and the benefits it will bring to TLM Laser, Director Andy Toms said “Having access to such a comprehensive range of field proven laser systems, supported with extensive processing knowledge, will allow us to offer tailored solutions to a much wider range of laser cutting applications. This will undoubtedly open up opportunities for TLM Laser in a number of new market segments and be a driver for growth within our business”.


July 2018

Essential tips for Temperature Management in the Food Industry By Karl Lycett, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate Control Food processing is a sector that demands very high standards of efficiency to meet daily production throughput targets. Any unexpected breakdown of critical components which stops production lines can have a major impact, not just in terms of loss of output, but also unplanned maintenance. Electrical componentry is protected by an enclosure which is designed to protect the equipment from the ambient environment and create a secure atmosphere in which the climate is maintained within the required parameters. As the temperature rises due to the summer months or random heat waves throughout the year, these parameters can be breached. In turn, the overall life of the componentry within the enclosures can reduce and the probability of an unexpected system failure increases drastically. Care needs to be taken when implementing climate control equipment to ensure it is suitable to handle the rigours of the environment in which it is situated. Below are some key aspects to consider when reviewing your climate control solutions. Is your solution right for the environment? The type of product being processed onsite and/or the location of the equipment within the facility are likely to heavily influence your climate control solution. 1.

If the ambient temperature of your facility remains lower, year-round, than the desired enclosure internal enclosure temperature then fanand-filter units and air-to-air heat exchangers can be very effective. They use the ambient air to remove heat energy from the enclosure, releasing it back into the environment.

If the ambient temperature rises above the desired internal temperature then units with active cooling circuits must be used. Wall/roof-mounted cooling units and air-to-water heat exchangers include a refrigerant to remove the excess heat from enclosures and maintain the desired conditions. Already in 2018 we have seen unexpected jumps in average temperatures across the country, and this will only increase as we move into the summer months. These


jumps, as I’ve indicated, are what put cooling equipment under the most strain, therefore reviewing existing equipment sooner rather than later can reduce the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns. 2. Dusty or acidic contamination (e.g. flour or yeast/vinegar extracts) can interfere with switchgear and cause short circuits or a reduction in service life. Applying filter mats to fan and filter units will help, but if the environment is extremely contaminated you might be better off installing a cooling unit to ensure that the internal and external air-paths are exclusive thus ensuring contaminated air isn’t drawn into the enclosure. Cleaning/Maintenance Regime Establishing a regular inspection and cleaning of cooling equipment is very good practice. For example, vacuum cleaning units with filter mats to remove any dust and debris which might choke the fan. The will mean the unit works harder for longer and also reduces its cooling capacity. Cooling units must also be kept clean to maintain the highest standards of hygiene. Some will be cleaned daily with pressure washers and jet steam cleaners in which case use units which meet the required

ingress protection rating desired for your site and purchase additional cowls or covers as needed. Increasing Energy Efficiency = Reduced Costs Many food production facilities work around the clock and with energy prices rising globally, it’s vital to get early warning of any potential issue which could impact on productivity or costs. For example, unlike speed-controlled cooling devices, such as the new Rittal Blue e+ cooling units, conventional units start when the temperature inside the enclosure gets above set point (normally 35°C) and finish when the shutdown temperature of 30°C is achieved (at a typical hysteresis of 5K). If the device does not reach the shutdown temperature it will continue to operate at full output, using large amounts of energy. This is one good indicator that the unit is inadequate for the job and that too little cooling air may be getting to electrical components. The best course of action in all instances is to undertake a survey of your existing cooling equipment utilising the points above. Rittal is happy to offer you a free RiAssure Cooling Inspection in which one of our

July 2018

COMAU LAUNCHES MATE - a compact, lightweight wearable exoskeleton fit for workers at automatica 2018 Comau, the global leader in advanced industrial automation solutions, unveils MATE, its first innovative wearable exoskeleton at Automatica in Munich, the international trade fair for Automation and Mechatronics. MATE has been designed to improve work quality in an efficient and highly ergonomic manner by providing consistent and advanced movement assistance during repetitive as well as daily tasks. The MATE Fit for Workers exoskeleton uses an advanced spring-based passive structure. MATE delivers lightweight, breathable and highly effective postural support without the need for batteries, motors or other failure-prone devices. It is also compact and ergonomically designed thanks to the partnership between Comau, ÖSSUR, a leading non-invasive orthopedics company and IUVO, a spin-off company of The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) specialized in wearable technologies. MATE is fully able to replicate any movement of the shoulder while adhering to the body like a “second skin”. Tobias Daniel, Vice President Robotics and Automation Products Global Sales & Marketing, commented, “We are particularly proud to have developed this innovative wearable technology. MATE has been designed in close collaboration with factory workers, thus responding directly to their specific needs. With our exoskeleton, they will be able to do the same tasks but with less fatigue. For Comau, this is also an extraordinary opportunity to reach a global market that, according to the IFR, grew more than 60% from 2015 to 2017 and is estimated to continue growing at a rate of 25% each year until 2020. We believe that the industrial sector will represent about one third of the exoskeleton’s applications.” Reflecting Comau’s vision and commitment to innovative, open and easy-to-use technologies, MATE is an important part in the company’s HUMANufacturing Technology strategy, a concept in which people are protagonists within the smart factory together with cutting-edge, digital tools, enabling technologies and ‘intelligent’ industrial robotics within a networked production system. It is also the first of a series of wearable robotics that Comau is developing and commercializing in partnership with IUVO and Össur. A fundamental aspect of the collaboration is

the joint desire to progress and evolve human-machine collaboration within diverse sectors, including biomedical, manufacturing and consumer. MATE was designed and developed at the Comau HUMANufacturing Innovation Center in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy. At Comau’s booth (Stand 331 - Hall B5) from June 19-22, 2018, visitors can see MATE and the benefits of using it thanks to an application that shows the muscles when wearing an exoskeleton aided by sensors.

Features • Designed in close collaboration with factory workers engaged in manual activities • Naturally comfortable, breathable postural structure • Compact structure fully follows the movements of the upper limb without resistance or misalignment • Passive spring-based mechanism – no risk of battery or motor failure batteries because the system does not use them

Benefits • Reduction of shoulder muscle activity for some muscles of up to 50% • Users can do the same tasks with less fatigue • Consistent, ergonomically-assisted movement support increases the quality and precision of repetitive tasks • Users can improve their quality of work



July 2018

Safe and sound Is your smart factory secure? Alarms, cameras, locks and fences are all commonly recommended to keep burglars out of homes. Obtaining clear guidance for securing your smart factory isn’t quite as easy to come by. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation, discusses smart factory security and what manufacturers should consider when protecting their facility. In a connected factory, manufacturers have access to a constant data stream from the shop floor, commercial operations and supply. The Internet of Things (IoT) generates a huge amount of data, gathered from machines and components, which can be accessed and analysed remotely. Though it brings a facility a number of advantages, connectivity also introduces a vulnerability in terms of cyber-security. With information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) more closely connected than ever, systems are more vulnerable to attackers. The risk is increased by remote access or third-party access. According to Dark Reading magazine, the second most cyber-attacked industry after healthcare is manufacturing. With high profile ransomware attacks such as WannaCry disrupting large companies such as Honda, manufacturers know they must be vigilant. In the manufacturing industry, cybercrime is usually a type of data theft, ransomware or data manipulation.


Hackers can modify procedures to disrupt production processes, gain access to private patent data or cause system downtime, all of which can cause serious losses to a company. Engineering businesses must ensure that their operations, data and valuable intellectual property (IP) are protected. Businesses need to understand the limitations of their own capabilities and systems to form a well-rounded cyber-security strategy. For example, legacy equipment can be a target for cyber-criminals. Old equipment was not designed to be connected to the internet, which means that cyber security was not a priority during its design. Industrial control systems as well as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have become targets as a result.

Securing operations The first step to cyber security is to assess your digital footprint, understanding what data you collect and store. When updating or upgrading your system, the entire footprint must be considered. This includes accounting for any personal

devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops that are authorised to be in your network. Manufacturing businesses must take a proactive approach to cyber security. This includes having a firewall, but also involves network monitoring. By closely looking at activity in the network, any unusual activity can be marked as suspicious, helping you to identify risks more quickly. Companies should also consider segmenting their networks, limiting access to the network unless necessary. The more connection points, the greater the risk, so a segmented network can limit the damage done in the case of a data breach. It’s not as simple as securing your home from burglary but securing your smart factory from cybercriminals is just as important in keeping operations safe.

July 2018

ONE FLOW WRAPPER WITH MULTIPLE SEALING MODES COMBATS FOOD WASTE Dairy and meat packers welcome an industry first! On PPMA stand D10, Ilapak will launch the Delta 6000 3-Side Seal C (convertible) flow wrapper which is able to produce the two most commonly used, yet very different, pack formats – pillow bags and three side seal reclosable bags – on the same machine. The system has been designed with unique dual sealing configurations to provide unrivalled pack presentation, 100% seal integrity and most importantly innovative reclosable pack features to help keep perishable fridgefoods fresher for longer. Factories can save floor space and reduce their capital spend by investing in a single horizontal form-fill-seal system for multiple pack styles. Without a reclosable zipper or grip seal, packs of dairy and cooked meat products spoil quickly and are often thrown before completely consumed. The Delta 3SS C has been designed to help manufacturers produce multiple packs styles which keep food fresh for longer to prevent unnecessary food waste. According to ILAPAK Sales and Marketing Director Tony McDonald, it’s the first flow wrapper to be designed with two different longitudinal sealing heads to create both pillow and reclosable style packs without compromising pack function or presentation. “It’s common for cheese and meat factories to use both pillow packs and new reclosable bags when packing foods,” comments Tony. “Historically, if a single flowwrapper was to create both pack styles it would use the same sealing element configuration, but this would often lead to wrinkles in the material due to excessive heat damage and compromise both the pack aesthetics and shelf-life of the product.

Ilapak’s new Delta 6000 3SS C incorporates a sealing system dedicated to each pack style to improve pack quality and offer manufacturers a stable and efficient packing process,” adds Tony. With the UK cheese market worth an estimated £2.8bn a year* and the UK convenience food & grocery market forecast to reach £47.1bn by 2022**, it’s imperative that foods with a high-spoil risk, such as grated cheese and sliced meats, are packed in reclosable packs. The Delta 6000 3SS C is ideal for cheese and meat factories that require agile modular machines which can quickly flex with the latest pack trends, run compostable recyclable films and create reclosable pack styles to prevent food waste. Capable of 130ppm, operatives can complete a fully automatic changeover between pack styles via the touchscreen within minutes. The stand-up bags produced on the 3SS setting can easily be fitted with innovative reclosable features, opening up new presentation possibilities for cheese and meat portions as the snacks trend in this segment continues to grow. marketing@ilapak.co.uk Tel: 0208 797 2000 www.ilapak.co.uk

*https://uk.kantar.com/consumer/shoppers/2016/british-cheese-data/ ** Institute of Grocery Distribution Research https://www.igd.com/about-us/media/press-releases/press-release/t/igd-uk-food-and-grocery-forecast-to-grow-by-15-by-2022/i/16927


July 2018

Without a screen of its own, this HDMI enabled unit can work with screens of any size & resolution, so screen size is no longer limited by HMI manufacturers. The cMT-HDMI can also allow touch control via USB connection, which can be, for example, an industrial touchscreen display with USB interface, or a USB mouse or tracker. The cMT-HDMI is compact and well suited to many applications taking up a small amount of space in your control panel.

New from Weintek – cMT-HDMI

Multiple displays can be run from one unit by using a splitter cable, so for very little cost, you can have large HDMI displays showing machine alarms or production data - a real boon for machine maintenance. The cost of a cMT-HDMI combined with a large HDMI display is likely to be far less than a traditional LED matrix display and far more flexible. In addition to the display capabilities, the cMT-HDMI can not only log data and alarms, but also synchronise them to a MySQL or MSSQL database allowing for further flexibility making it a powerful addition to any control system. Weintek Labs are a world leading HMI manufacturer, with over 20 years of design and innovation behind them. Lamonde Automation are the UK & Ireland Partner for Weintek & offer full support & training for Weintek products. • Programmed using the FREE EasyBuilder pro software • Supports more than 300 major brands of PLCs and controllers. • Built-in MQTT server & client, and support direct connection with Amazon Aws IoT, which eliminates the need for hosting an MQTT server and allows connecting with low-cost and reliable AWS IoT MQTT server. Applications • Andon systems • Alarm annunciation & display • Large touch screen HMI applications • Data & Alarm Logging

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July 2018

We have all become accustomed to automation in its many guises across our everyday lives, from manufacturing the cars that we drive, the mobile devices we use and the medical devices that help us to stay healthy. We are even used to having automation around the home, but now with Güdel’s innovative gantry robot concepts, we can have robots and automation actually building our homes! This revolutionary concept could play a key role in addressing the UK’s housing crisis by reducing the time it takes to build new homes on site. The UK’s housing crisis is never far from the news, and despite a number of ongoing initiatives from Government in recent times, the number of homes actually being built still falls woefully short of our needs. The government manifesto of 2015 promised one million new homes by 2020, however between April 2015 and the end of March 2017, a total of just 287,600 homes were built, so to reach a million homes by 2020, there will need to be a considerable increase in the coming years to achieve this target. Once the decision is taken to start building however, the speed and progress of the build will be influenced by a number of factors including the availability of skilled labour post-Brexit and the unpredictable British weather. Güdel’s WoodFlex system is able to address these issues by automatically pre-fabricating many of the timber frames and wall panels required for new build properties, indoors and off site. This can reduce build times and the need for skilled labour in the process. The solution, which is based on a 6-axis gantry robot from Güdel, is a highly flexible handling and cutting system for pre-fabricating house walls, floors or roofs. The architect or builder produces the design, the connection points and the apertures for windows, doors and electrical equipment in the CAD system. This then sends the production data directly to the Güdel 6-axis robot. In this way the

Home Automation On A New Level

Güdel’s Gantry Robots Help Speed Up Home Building

Timber frames and wall panels can be produced quickly and repeatably by the Güdel system

A comprehensive array of interchangeable tools allow the system to perform multiple machining and assembly tasks

system can either produce high volume quantities of a particular set of components, as might be the case for smaller affordable housing units, or one-off components for a bespoke design. All of the handling, cutting, drilling and assembly operations are undertaken fully automatically by the robot system using a suite of interchangeable tools including grippers, saws, drills, routers, nail guns and measurement sensors. The open concept of the system, which is over 50 metres in length, offers a highly-flexible solution for

the accurate and cost-effective manufacture of a wide range of timber structures. Given that we clearly need mass production of new houses across the country, the adoption of automated manufacturing, as demonstrated by this innovative concept, can surely help the UK building industry to build the new homes that are so urgently needed. For more information, please contact: Mr William Bourn, Sales Manager Tel: +44(0)2476 695444 E-Mail: william.bourn@uk.gudel.com Web: www.gudel.com


July 2018

Reich Coupling Solutions Keep Rail Rolling Stock On Track The operating conditions encountered by drive couplings within the railway industry are often highly demanding. Confined engine spaces and frequent stops with the engines running can lead to high temperatures. In addition, diverse environmental factors, such as varying climatic conditions and a service life of more than one million kilometres, call for coupling solutions that are both highly reliable and durable. Reich couplings operate reliably every day across the most diverse applications including trams, railcars, locomotives, wagons, and track-laying equipment, and wherever they are, Reich coupling solutions continue to prove their value through their longevity. Reich offer a range of coupling solutions, which are available in different sizes and rubber compounds for rail sector applications: ARCUSAFLEX (AC) - Highly flexible rubber disc coupling, also with taper bush: from 200 Nm to 110,000 Nm ARCUSAFLEX- VSK - Highly flexible intermediate coupling for cardan shaft mounting from: 390 Nm to 20,000 Nm Highly flexible couplings are essential integral components of modern dieselpowered rail drives. Couplings for the main drive are required to provide secure and ready availability of power and performance. Other couplings, such as those used for power take off applications, perform a wide range of functions including those relating to the electrical power supply, the hydraulic system, and service units providing specific


additional functionality such as heaters, ventilators and air conditioners. To obtain maximum performance and reliability under these often-arduous operating conditions, both the main drive and power take off couplings must be designed and optimised to match the needs and specific requirements of each application. Reich-Kupplungen, with their many years of experience and comprehensive product range, are renowned within the sector for developing superior technical solutions.

TOK - Highly flexible coupling for flexibly mounted engines from: 1500 Nm to 86,000 Nm Multi Mont Sella (MMS) - Torsionally flexible claw coupling from: 40 Nm to 1,000,000 Nm RCT - Torsionally rigid flange coupling for pump drives from: 300 Nm to 5,000 Nm

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July 2018

Miniaturised IGBT power interfaces with integrated electro-optic conversion HARTING has developed a range of miniaturised power interfaces with integrated electro-optical conversion, enabling customers to save time and money by combining electrical connectivity and optical transmission in the same module. The new interfaces are designed for use with powerful electric drives controlled by IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) semiconductor elements. In order to achieve the necessary galvanic isolation between the controller and driver board, data is transferred via fibre-optic cable. Electric motors with more than 500 kW output, such as those used in ships, trains or pumping stations, use IGBT semiconductors for speed regulation. These can switch large loads using very low control power. Since insulation and voltage requirements are very high, plastic optical fibres (POF) transmit the signals required for IGBT control. The POF fibres ensure interference-free and galvanically isolated signal transmission. In order to simplify the connection of POF fibres, as well as saving space on the controller board and reducing downtime during service, HARTING has integrated the electro-optical conversion process into application-specific connectors.


For traction control on trains, a solution for up to 16 optical channels is available in a DIN D20 metal housing. In harsh industrial environments, a Han 10A housing variant with IP 65/67 protection offers up to eight channels. The range is completed by a pluggable 8-channel module for direct connection to the circuit board in the switch cabinet. In all variants, the fibres are connected by means of a metal clip which attaches them without any additional optical contact. In addition to the possibility of field assembly, HARTING offers the modules as ready-to-use and tested cable assemblies – a compact, robust and service-friendly solution that provides the user with security and cost advantages. For further information visit www.HARTING.co.uk

July 2018

The new PPE Regulation states that helmet mounted ear defenders must be properly accredited to the helmet being used Often users of Personal Protective Equipment need a combination of items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to make sure they are adequately protected in work environments. A very common combination is head and hearing protection. To work properly, however, the different types of PPE must be compatible and the end user needs to check that there is a relevant CE certificate to show that they have been accredited to be used together.


nder the new PPE Regulation - and with hearing protection moving to Category III -companies and officers of companies face the prospect of fines if helmet mounted ear defenders have not been properly accredited to the relevant helmet in use. Failure to operate such a policy could mean irreparable hearing damage is caused and claims from workforce. JSP’s Sonis® helmet mounted ear defenders are accredited for use with JSP’s EVO® helmet range and represent the safest hearing protection solution for end users using JSP EVO® range helmets. JSP have developed this new range of Sonis® Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which peak at an unbeaten SNR of 36. This new range is specially designed to be compatible to work with the company’s EVO® range of industrial head protection. The new Sonis® range of Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders easily attach and detach from the universal slot of JSP Helmets and through rigorous testing JSP can guarantee that correct SNR’s are reached when worn with their

EVOlite®, EVO®2, EVO®3, Global Standard EVO®5 Olympus Helmet, Skyworker™ and EVO®5 Dualswitch™ Helmet. Compatibility is key when fitting accessories to Personal Protective Equipment. The Sonis® helmet mounted cups can be coloured to match a company’s Pantone colour and can also be printed with a company logo for improved brand recognition and to prevent theft. This exceptional range of Sonis® Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders is Kitemarked, and meets EN352-3. JSP’s Sonis range of hearing protection is manufactured in JSP’s own factories in Oxford, England under ISO9001:2015 and kitemark scheme KM662534 which indicates continual batch production quality management - a requirement for a Category III PPE product in the new 2016 Regulation that became law on 21st April 2018. JSP has been producing quality safety equipment and selling it across the world for 50 years. www.jsp.co.uk



July 2018

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

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The Birches Industrial Estate, East Grinstead, RH19 1XZ, United Kingdom +44 (0)1342 410758, info@pts-uk.com http://www.pts-uk.com


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

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Engineering Update - July 2018  

Engineering Update - July 2018