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The CBI DC UPS combine the functions of a Power Supply, a Back Up Module and of a Battery Charger in one unit. They use switching technology with microcontrollers and optimise the supply to the DC load either when the AC mains is present or when the battery backup is in operation. The CBI units do not allow for deep discharge of the batteries. The CBI units switch from the mains to the battery in the event of a mains failure without any interruption.


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roft Filters Ltd, based in Warrington England, have been supplying custom filtration and separation solutions for over 32 years. Throughout this time Croft has developed a reputation for their quality, bespoke service through manufacturing a variety of products for a range of different industries. These including: • Chemical


Not Just a Filter Specialists Croft are ISO: 9001 certified and have a range of in-house capabilities to help meet customer demands. The company specialises in Additive Manufacturing (3D metal printing) and can deliver industrial components. Benefits of the Additive Manufacturing process, such as: part weight reduction, multi-part to single component and expanded design capabilities, allow Croft’s customers to re-think their approach to their designs in order to improve the efficiency and utility of their parts or to deliver other supply chain advantages. Croft can advise on how to get the most out of the AM technology in order for Customers to achieve their desired advantages. Whether that means to improve the function of a filtration solution or to develop a new solution all together. Croft also have in-house laser cutting and hydraulic punching facilities as well as a range of press brakes and welders, to help solve problems that customers are faced with. Quality of both product and service has been the key to Croft’s 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.

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The wrong hole can sink you

The buzz about Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 all sounds good. Using production data to improve operations and boost profits is fine, but a big question looms--what about security? How can you access live production data and still keep the plant secure? Until recently, this has not been an easy question to answer, because getting data out of a production system typically means opening at least one firewall port. And like a boat with an open drain hole, one open firewall port is one too many. Port scan attacks are incessant, and it only takes one open firewall port for a hacker to gain entry into your system. The problem is, industrial systems typically use client/server connections, where the client requests data from the server. When both are on the same network, behind the same firewall, all is fine. But when the client is outside the plant, it cannot ask for data without opening a firewall. Most industrial data networking protocols, including OPC UA, work this way and have this problem.


The most common work-around is a VPN. This may seem safe, almost like bringing the client into the secure environment of the plant. But actually, it's the other way around. Using a VPN simply expands the security perimeter of the plant to include the client. Now the plant is exposed to whatever risks the client is exposed to. This is how the NSA EternalBlue exploit propagated the well-known WannaCry virus, and still remains a serious threat today. A better solution is to make all plant connections outbound-only, which keeps all inbound firewall ports closed. This is how Skkynet's Cogent DataHub works. The DataHub connects to the server within the firewall, and then makes an outbound connection from the firewall to a DataHub running on a DMZ, or to a DataHub connected

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NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation & Why The Course is Important Since its establishment in 1928, RRC has helped millions of individuals across the world achieve professional, educational and vocational qualifications. RRC are the leading global provider of NEBOSH qualifications. We are one of the first training providers accredited to offer the new collaborative course from NEBOSH and the UK’s health and safety regulator – the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation course is designed to enable learners to be able to carry out solo accident investigations, produce risk control plans and contribute to team accident/incident investigations for large-scale investigations. The course is aimed at managers, supervisors, SHE champions, union representatives and aspiring health and safety practitioners. However, there are no entry requirements other than possessing an underpinning knowledge of health and safety issues - the course is versatile and can be studied by individuals from any background. One of the fundamental driving factors behind the development of this course is to teach learners to question the ‘how’ and ‘why’ when incidents occur, in order to recognise the signs and stop future incidents. Additionally, learners will be able to provide detailed plans on how to reduce subsequent incidents in the workplace. The course aims to aid individuals in positively impacting the safety culture within their organisations.


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Outstanding installation and servicing requires outstanding products

BSRIA Instrument Solutions prides itself on providing measuring instruments that meets and exceeds the needs of its clients by efficiently resolving both simple and complex problems alike. Building services engineering covers a wide range of measurement applications each requiring specialist expertise to understand, and this includes such diverse fields as the accurate measurement of air temperature, velocity and humidity in HVAC systems. Installation & Service Engineers alike face many diverse challenges and need fit for purpose measurement instruments. With such a wide range of potential applications the engineer requires bespoke tailored units that offer the

versatility to provide an accurate result at any measuring location. Condair plc who specialise in humidifier system advice, design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, planned maintenance and spares support, have recently purchased multiple Testo 440 humidity, temperature and air velocity measurement kits which have been configured to the exacting needs of their service & installation teams from BSRIA Instrument Solutions. The Testo 440 multifunctional product range provides solutions to meet a wide range of on-site demands with a comprehensive high-precision probe selection, robust design, accurate and reliable data output with the option of direct cable or SMART Bluetooth connectivity. Condair are recognised by their customers as providing a firstclass professional service demand the same from their suppliers, which is why they have chosen BSRIA Instrument Solutions as their preferred supplier. Commissioning and maintenance of humidifiers requires a high level of engineering expertise and reliable instrumentation. Condair’s engineers need to make on-site decisions based on real-time measurement data. Getting things right on site the first time is essential and having the right instrumentation for the job is paramount which is where Instrument Solutions excels.


Mr Colin Turnbull, the Condair Installation Manager said “It is important that all our engineers have access to reliable devices to carry out their work efficiently. While looking at a number of options to replace our team’s aging hygrometers and anemometers, Instrument Solutions offered us the Testo equipment on a Try-Before-You-Buy basis. This gave us the opportunity to assess the quality of the product and the ease of use was immediately clear. This combined with the option to connect multiple probes (wired or wirelessly) to a single handset, all stored in a rugged custom case, made it the obvious choice to continue to provide an outstanding service to our customers”. Mr Dan Higgins, the Instrument Solutions Sales Manager said “We understand that our client’s businesses are dependent on the need to have the right instrument available at any time so we focus on supplying exactly what they need. Product adaptability is especially important if our customers are offering a call out service, therefore whether it is a sale, hire or calibrating their instruments we work hard not just to meet their needs but to exceed them.” To discuss your instrument requirement please visit or call our team on freephone 0800 254 5566 (UK) or +44 (0) 1344 459 314.


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Interroll introduces new oil-free drum motor


lready back in 2010 Interroll introduced the first oil-free drum motors. Since then, thousands of oil-free motors have been installed and are currently in use as a proven solution for many applications, in particular in the food industry. The oil-free drum motors now being introduced into the market are drum motors based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform that has been on the market since 2017. Synchronous oil-free drum motors are by nature very efficient, which means less heat losses and a much higher power density, as opposed to asynchronous oilfree drum motors which are prone to overheating and power reduction and therefore loss in torque. Compared to standard drum motors, the oil-free motor’s performance is only minimally impacted by the different type of lubrication. Also, compared to a standard asynchronous motor, oil-free synchronous motors are stronger and better performing. But they require a frequency inverter and speed and torque are slightly reduced compared to a standard synchronous motor lubricated with oil. However, high-speed applications are still possible if the belt pull force is sufficient. This is also




Interroll is now introducing a new version of its oilfree drum motor based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform.

true for low-speed applications. Typical oil-free motor applications include transportation and packaging of lightweight goods such as candy, chocolate or pralines. No leakage issues in sensitive production processes Food manufacturers who have to comply with certain restrictions regarding food contamination benefit from this new option. Oil-free drum motors can be used for any application where the belt moves slowly (i.e., when the production process is in steps and accuracy is of paramount importance, like portioning and cutting for instance). When installed correctly, Interroll Drum Motors have no leakage issue. The oil-free drum motor makes the entire production flow safer as it eliminates any potential risk of oil contamination. It works well in cool temperatures, which are often a requirement in the food manufacturing sector. In certain industries such as fish processing, the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) recommends the use of oil-free motors.

July 2019


ROBO-TEND at your service

ROBO-TEND from XYZ Machine Tools is a robot-based automation cell with camera vision that brings true robot automation within the reach of traditional sub-contract engineering businesses. ROBO-TEND is fully compatible with the Siemens ShopMill and ShopTurn controls used on XYZ’s VMC’s and turning centres.

The pick and place drawer system with its pin locations makes setting up jobs a straightforward procedure


entral to the system is the KUKA Cybertech KR10 R1420 robot, with a rated total load of 10kg (larger capacity robots are available), managed via the KUKA KRC4 compact robot controller. This operates within a moveable compartment attached to the drawer system, where billets and finished parts are stored. This mobility means that ROBO-TEND is not restricted to one machine, it can be relocated to wherever it is needed in the factory. A camera vision system makes use of Fiducial markers on up to four vices on the table of a machining centre along with similar markers in the component storage drawers. This means that positioning of components or vices is not critical for efficient functioning of the system. Typically, there are four storage drawers with each drawer holding a maximum of 90 kg of material, with a maximum billet height of 120 mm. If access is required to the machine table for setting or maintenance purposes, the robot is positioned in a safe parking position and becomes in-operative, allowing ease of access. If greater access is required, ROBO-TEND can be disconnected and wheeled away utilising its modular and mobile features. ROBO-TEND’s interface makes programming the automation process as easy as possible as the operator


ROBO-TEND is a modular and mobile system that can be relocated within the factory quickly and easily from machine to machine.

simply enters the dimensions of the billets, whether they are round or square, the control calculates the location pin positions within the drawers, along with optimum stack height. ROBO-TEND then communicates with the Siemens control to select the correct part programme and unmanned operation can commence. Automation is now fast, straightforward and affordable for all, with payback possible in just a few months of operation calculated if purchased outright, or the option of finance from £2.00/hour. “Robot automation is nothing new, but the perception is that it is only suitable for high volume production environments. The XYZ ROBOTEND addresses this perception making automation viable for lower volume production,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director

XYZ Machine Tools. “The driver for this development is the lack of skilled labour, an issue that will not disappear. Automation of lower skilled jobs, such as machine loading, is an obvious way of addressing this for small to medium sized businesses. We are confident, that with our partner Adelphi Automation we have created a solution to that will open automation to a much wider audience at a very competitive price. Depending on the component ROBOTEND can be left unattended for a full shift, or even operate 24/7 with the only manual intervention being to restock the raw material in the part storage system. Here customers have the option of a second drawer system, which can be pre-loaded and ready to slot into place to further improve set-up time and logistics.”


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dvanced materials such as carbon fibre and graphene are becoming materials of choice for high-end applications such as bike frames, cars, surgical implants and aircraft wings. New materials are being developed to replace or support human body parts such as artificial hips and corneas. While these new materials have many unique and exciting properties, allowing engineers to design and make things that were just not possible previously, it is still vital that the physical properties of these materials are characterised, and any failure modes well understood. Standard tensile and compressive testing systems tend to be large making it difficult to test small samples. They also tend to work in ambient conditions and while ideal for testing bulk materials it is not easy to understand the microstructure of a material. We have been working closely with our customers to better understand their requirements and are now launching the latest version of the tensile stage, the new Modular Force Stage (MFS) The MFS series from Linkam Scientific are compact systems with a temperature, gas and humidity-controlled sample environment. They can be mounted on a microscope which can be used to directly image changes in the microstructure of a material while it is undergoing tensile testing. So called In-situ testing. Corelating this



optical information with the physical characteristics measured by the MFS stage provides invaluable information related to the overall performance of a material in a given environment. Of course, the traditional, large, tensile testers still have their place for testing large/ bulk samples or where high load forces are required. The MFS stage adds encoded distance measurement, improved force resolution, full compression capability as well a multi-point bending. To address the needs of life science applications we have developed a temperature controlled base suitable for a petri dish. Now tissue samples can be tested in an aqueous solution, so they are maintained in a close to natural environment. There is a range of heater options available from -196°C up to 350°C allowing the structural dynamics of sample materials to be observed and imaged while under defined temperature and tensile, compressive or bending profiles. The new tensile stage is fully encoded providing accurate distance measurement which is critical for precise strain measurement applications. The new tensile stage can be combined with the Linkam Humidity generator, RH95, to further expand the range of tests possible. There is even an option for electrical connections. These have been used to test some of the new photovoltaic (PV) materials and other sensors that are now being developed for wearable technology or fashion tech applications

New InSitu Mechanical Testing System from Linkam Understanding the micro and thermo mechanical properties of materials is increasingly important. Existing materials are being deployed in new environments and exotic new materials are being developed to meet ever higher engineering demands.

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Multi-Platform Software for Thermal Imaging Data Collection and Analysis FLIR Systems has introduced FLIR Research Studio, a new thermal imaging software for Research and Development (R&D) and science professionals. Available for a free trial download, FLIR Research Studio is designed for use across multiple platforms and in 22 languages, to allow R&D and engineering teams to collaborate on thermal data collection, analysis, and sharing. In combination with a FLIR thermal imaging camera for science applications, FLIR Research Studio provides an ideal solution for R&D teams. Easy-to-use and optimized for collaboration for users at all levels, FLIR Research Studio provides the powerful tools needed for analyzing complex live and recorded thermal data and collecting meaningful results. Available for Windows, MacOS, or Linux, Research Studio users can record and evaluate data across platforms from multiple FLIR science cameras and recorded sources simultaneously. The

software empowers users to visualize the impacts of temperature differences across their subject and generate line profile and time versus temperature plots from several data files at once. Rich with features such as custom workspaces, FLIR Research Studio helps research and development teams work efficiently and productively. Plugand-play connections with multiple FLIR thermal cameras and a simplified “connect, record, share” workflow allow users to quickly start collaborating. Users can also save their workspaces to allow colleagues to view the results and export videos, CSV files, and other third-party formats for easier sharing and reporting. With the addition of multiple language options for precise translation, these features help reduce the potential for misinterpretation of results and increase efficiency.

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Collecting Thermal Data at High Speeds FLIR Systems has published a new guide book for military scientists, engineers and ballisticians interested in using thermal imaging for long range measurement and projectile tracking. With the abundance of temperature measurement tools available, why should researchers and engineers consider thermal imaging? One of the greatest advantages of thermal imaging cameras for military research and range applications is their ability to image and record thermal data without the need to touch the target object under test. Many high-end R&D and science-grade cameras also offer the speed, spatial resolution, triggering, and advanced timing features required to characterize fast thermal transients and targets moving at high speed. Thermal cameras can also detect the most subtle temperature changes, with the best cameras able to measure differences of less than 0.02°C. Written by FLIR's thermal imaging experts this free guidebook will give you a comprehensive understanding of research and science thermography for military research and test range applications from how IR cameras work to how they can benefit your project. Chapters in the guidebook include: Finding resolution in a distant image; Measuring at the speed of light; The challenges of infrared radiance measurement and Software - a critical component of any thermal imaging camera. The guide also provides advice on what to consider when selecting a thermal imaging camera, and provides recommendations for different military test range applications.


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ACEINNA Launches Industry’s First High Accuracy Current Sensors based on AMR Technology Highly accurate, wide bandwidth, fully isolated and affordable current sensing “All in One”, Easy to Integrate Current Sensor for Inverters and Motor Control, Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Systems, Telecom and Server Farm Power Supplies, Automotive EV Charging Stations, IoT Appliance, Home Automation and many other tech applications


announced its new MCx1101 family of ±5A, ±20A, and ±50A Current Sensors for industrial and power supply applications. The first high accuracy wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors on the market, units and evaluation boards are available now for sampling and volume shipments. “Our new integrated, AMR based Current Sensor family provides the best performance for the price in the industry,” says Khagendra Thapa, VP Current Sensor Product for ACEINNA. “There are other AMR based current sensing solutions on the market, but they require a great deal of integration to make them work. Ours are plug and play.” The MCx1101 are fully integrated, bidirectional current sensors that offer much higher DC accuracy and dynamic range compared with alternative solutions. For example, the ±20A version has a typical accuracy of ±0.6% and are guaranteed to achieve an accuracy of ±2.0% (max) at 85°C.


These new current sensors also guarantee an offset of ±60mA, or ±0.3% of FSR (max) over temperature, which means that high accuracy can be achieved over a roughly 10:1 range of currents. This is a roughly 10x improvement in dynamic range vs. leading Hall-sensor-based devices.

enabled by wide band-gap switches. Output step response time is 0.3us. The MCx1101 also provides an integrated over current detection flag to help implement OCP (Over Current Protection) required in modern power systems. Over current detection response time is fast 0.2us.

These devices deliver a unique combination of high accuracy, 1.5MHz signal bandwidth with industry benchmark phase shift vs. frequency and 4.8kV isolation making them ideal for high- and low-side sensing in fast current control loops for high performance power supplies, inverters and motor control applications.

The family includes ±50, ±20, and ±5A ranges, and is offered in both fixed gain (MCA1101) and ratiometric gain (MCR1101) versions. It is packaged in an industry standard SOIC-16 package with a low impedance (0.9 milli-ohm) current path, and is certified by UL/IEC/ EN for isolated applications.

The fast response and high bandwidth of the MCx1101 is also ideal for fast switching SiC and GaN based power stages enabling power system designers to make use of the higher speeds and smaller components

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Bowman supports the UK’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 Following a commitment that the UK will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we were keen to find out how UK business are rising to this challenge. Bowman Power Group Ltd (Bowman) designs, develops, installs and maintains electrified turbomachinery products for improving internal combustion engines through reducing fuel consumption & greenhouse emissions and improving responsiveness.

Bowman is one company that has helped set this groundwork. For 15 years their flagship Electric Turbo Compounding system has been making gas and dieselpowered gensets work more cleanly and effectively, by recovering waste energy from the genset exhaust and converting it to free useful power. Paul continued “However, it is clear that much more will need to be done to achieve this in just over thirty years. Further investment in renewable energy and fuel sources, energy efficiency, and carbon offsetting measures will be required to make these goals a reality. Each of these areas will play a key role but the more we can reduce emissions at source, particularly through improved efficiency where fossil fuels are still used, the less we will need to offset which is likely to be costly. Whilst the UK is one of the nations best equipped to achieve this goal, it’s important that our engineering sector doesn’t lose sight of the role we can play in promoting these technologies and developments worldwide. For countries with less developed power infrastructures and widely distributed populations, we will have a large role to play in helping them tackle these challenges.”

This capability means they have already helped their customers work towards the 2050 goal. We spoke with Paul Dowman-Tucker, their CEO to get his views on the new target: “The Bowman team are thrilled that the UK is the first nation to commit to this necessary goal. The UK has long been a frontrunner in tackling the climate crisis, with a vibrant engineering community committed to developing solutions and working with worldwide partners to implement them. There have been significant strides made with energy efficiency technology within the last decade, both from OEMs and third parties, that have helped set the groundwork for this target,” explained Paul.


With 800 systems installed worldwide Bowman are already flying this flag. To date, they have generated in excess of 710GWh of free energy, saved over 350,000 tonnes of CO2 and removed the need for over £80 million of fuel to be burnt. Paul concluded: “We hope this commitment will see additional investment in technologies to bridge the gap from current fuel sources to renewables and ensure action on a global stage. We are excited to see how this policy will shape the UK’s strategy going forward and that of other nations.” For more information on Bowman, visit

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Krones uses Murrelektronik’s front plate interfaces in its control cabinets, creating safe access to the controls. (Photo: Krones AG)

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A practical and safe way to access the controls In machines and systems, you regularly need access to the controls: during initial start-up, for service work and when production has been halted (which is where things get time-critical). The Murrelektronik Modlink MSDD front panel interfaces provide plant operators with easy, safe access to the controls. Many different country-specific outlets and data connectors provide international solutions and comprehensive approvals allow a worldwide application. Normally, to access to the controls via laptop or a diagnostic device the control cabinet must be opened by a trained electrical engineer. Sometimes, the controls are installed together with electrically hot components. In this case, due to safety reasons, the entire system needs to be powered down and isolated, even for a simple software adjustment job. In the American market,


the control cabinet always has to be isolated electrically because the doors are connected mechanically to the mains isolator switch. That costs time and money. Also, it is easy for dirt and humidity to enter the interior of the control cabinet when the door is open, which can damage other components. This emergency solution negatively impacts EMC requirements.

With the Modlink MSDD front panel interfaces, a laptop or diagnostic device can be connected in a way that prevents these problems from occurring. Modlink MSDD is a modular system that consists of standardized single and double frames made of metal or plastic and can be installed into the control cabinet doors. More than 170 different inserts with countryspecific outlets and data inserts (for example SUB-D, RJ45 or USB) can be snapped into place. With this selection you can make up to 100,000 different combinations! This highly flexibility system is perfect for companies that deliver their products worldwide. After installing a standard frame into your door, you can easily snap in the corresponding inserts for the destination country. Murrelektronik offers one of the widest selections on the market. Modlink MSDD front panel interfaces have a protection class of IP65 ensuring that they can withstand rugged environments. EMC requirements are fulfilled via EMV cladding panels that sheath the full surface area of the data inserts. Ground straps can be connected to these plates to discharge any interferences. In industrial applications, outlets must be secured, according to the standard, up to 20 A using residual current devices (RCDs). This is stipulated by the following standards: VDE 0100-410 (Setting up low-voltage systems), EN 60204-1 (Safety of machines electrical equipment of machines)

ENGINEERING PDATE and, valid for North America, NFPA79 (Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery). Therefore, a commercially available 2-pin safety switch can be integrated in Modlink MSDD. The power outlet is fuse-protected and complies to the standards. If an error occurs, simply reset the circuit breaker without having to open the doors of the control cabinet. This insert can be equipped with a USB-A or RJ45 connection for data communication. The result is a complete programming interface including a secured electrical connection and features a range of country-specific choices. For international applications, approvals are important. The Modlink MSDD front panel interfaces are UL-approved and enable North American manufacturers to implement this solution easily and supports companies when importing their machines and applications into the region. Control cabinets in the American market are specified according to a UL Type Rating. Cutting into the door of a control cabinet prevents the cabinet from meeting this specification. To avoid this, the installation frame on the interface complies with the specification. The Modlink-MSDD installation frames are certified to UL Type Ratings 1, 4, 4x, 12 and 13 – ensuring that they comply with the standard. The Modlink MSDD service interfaces are frequently located in clearly visible locations on a control cabinet, a machine or a system. This is ideal for applying system designations, barcodes or warning notices to them. Murrelektronik can laser these types of information directly onto the lid of the Modlink MSDD – regardless of quantity and at no additional cost. This simplifies installation since fewer additional labels need to be attached.

July 2019 • Selection of over 100,000 possible combinations • Wide range of inserts – there’s an outlet for every application! • Service interface with an integrated FI/LS circuit breaker • International power outlets and data connectors worldwide application • Meets international approval standards

A solution with a strong track record Michael Keppler explains how well front plate interfaces have performed in practice. He is Head of Electrical Component Standardization in Research & Development at Krones in the Bavarian town of Neutraubling, and said, “We install Modlink MSDD interfaces in control cabinets and machine housings. This creates a way for us to access the controls. Our service engineers use this outlet for initial start-ups, and to maintain the laptop power supply. The RJ45 interface gives us a way to connect into the machine network.” One of the most best features for Krones is that they no longer need to open the doors on control cabinets. That is incredibly practical and important explains Keppler: “In our customers’ production facilities around the

world, environmental conditions are frequently challenging, with high humidity levels being just one example. This is why all of our control cabinets are equipped with air-conditioning units. When the cabinets are opened, dust and damp air inevitably find their way inside. Then condensation forms on components inside the cabinet and that causes a serious moisture problem. It can damage components and even cause them to fail. We avoid all of that by using Modlink MSDD!” Yan Hao Ming, from Shenyang Machine Tool Co., Ltd is responsible for initial start-ups. He goes on to explain even more benefits: “Whenever we are commissioning a system, we regularly have to access the controls. Until now, this always involved opening the control cabinet doors. That was dangerous because these control cabinets contain electrically live components. Before we started using Modlink MSDD, we had to construct elaborate safety fences to protect our employees, and also to prevent unauthorized access. Now we use Modlink MSDD and the control cabinet doors remain closed at all times. Since then, we have been able to get rid of the protective fences which saves us a lot of hassle and makes commissioning go faster. For us, the Modlink MSDD is a small component that delivers big benefits!”

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Empteezy and Dyce Carriers: A Partnership Worth Promoting With a focus on quality customer experience from start to finish, Empteezy Ltd recognised the need for a delivery partner of esteemed reputation which they found in Dyce Carriers.

Working together since 2017, the spill containment specialists approached the National Road Transport business that operates a fleet of 100 modern haulage trucks. With a variety of large steel units being manufactured at the Empteezy factory in Livingston, access to the Dyce Carrier range of HIAB vehicles and trailers ensures however big a unit may be, it is guaranteed the very best and safest of journeys. This is particularly prevalent in the bespoke compounds and bunded storage units manufactured by Empteezy. The latest project saw a three-part compound being delivered to the North of England with the ability to hold 192 drums or 16 IBCs. With dimensions of around 11 x 8 x 5 metres, the teams worked together to create a successful logistical solution. The magnitude of these products are handled by Dyce Carriers perfectly, who are more than equipped to deal with abnormal loads via their extended trailers and experienced drivers. It is not simply the quality of the fleet on offer that cements the strong working relationship between the two companies


however; for Empteezy, it is important to work with an organisation that has reflected values. Both hold ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations, improving on air quality and work hard to maintain the highest of environmental standards. Most importantly, the relationship fostered by both companies allows for a seamless and productive partnership, helping to achieve excellent customer service. From Depot Manager to Driver, Dyce Carriers provide a customer facing solution Empteezy can be proud of. Commenting on the successful relationship with Dyce Carriers, MD of Empteezy Bruce Wishart said, “It is important to us that not only do we work with a company we are proud to be represented by, but that the people behind the scenes, getting the job done, are reliable, hard-working and go above and beyond to strive for excellence. This is very much what we experience from Dyce Carriers and look

forward to working together for a long time to come. ” This was echoed by Dyce Carriers MD Jason Moir who reiterated, “Being a family run business, our values and principles are very important to us. We have such a fantastic working relationship with Empteezy because they have such a strong set of core values, that are very much in-line with our own. It is always a pleasure to work with a company with such a commendable approach to business.”.

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ACEINNA today announced that their industry leading MCx1101 family of Current Sensors now supports 3.3 volt applications. These highly accurate, wide bandwidth AMRbased current sensors are now available for a wide range of ADC and microprocessor based power systems and applications.

alternative solutions. For example, the ±20A version has a typical accuracy of ±0.6% and are guaranteed to achieve an accuracy of ±2.0% (max) at 85°C. These new current sensors are in an industry standard SOIC-16 package with a low impedance (0.9 milli-ohm) current path and are certified by UL/ IEC/EN for isolated applications.

flag to help implement OCD (Over Current Detection) required in modern power systems. Over current detection response time is fast 0.2us.

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These new current sensors also guarantee an offset of ±60mA, or ±0.3% of FSR (max) over temperature, which means that high accuracy can be achieved over a roughly 10:1 range of currents providing significant improvement in dynamic range vs. leading Hall-sensor-based devices.

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“Our integrated, AMR based Current Sensor family provides the best performance for the price in the industry,” says Khagendra Thapa, VP Current Sensor Product for ACEINNA. “Unlike other AMR based current sensing solutions on the market that require an extensive and time consuming integration to make them work, ours are plug and play.” The MCx1101 are fully integrated, bi-directional current sensors that offer much higher DC accuracy and dynamic range compared with

These devices deliver a unique combination of high accuracy, 1.5MHz signal bandwidth with industry benchmark phase shift vs. frequency, fast output step response and 4.8kV isolation making them ideal for current sensing in fast current control loops and protection for high performance power supplies, inverters and motor control applications. The fast response and high bandwidth of the MCx1101 is also ideal for fast switching SiC and GaN based power stages enabling power system designers to make use of the higher speeds and smaller components enabled by wide bandgap switches. Output step response time is 0.3us. The MCx1101 also provides an integrated over current detection


The family includes ±50, ±20, and ±5A ranges, and is offered in both fixed gain (MCA1101) and ratiometric gain (MCR1101) versions.

AMR technology has significant advantages vs. other approaches such as Hall, CT (current transformer), and shunt resistors. Compared to Hallbased current sensors, AMR provides significantly higher bandwidth and dynamic range; Compared with CT’s, AMR offers reduced size and cost, as well as response to dc; in comparison with a shunt resistor, AMR provides a fully integrated solution, eliminating the external amplifier and related circuitry required for high voltage isolation, which is a significant challenge at high frequencies. In addition, shunt resistors require enough IR drop to achieve accuracy goals at the low end of the current range, which often means they are dissipating undesirable levels of power at nominal currents. By contrast, the AMR device only measures the magnetic field generated by the current, so the I2R losses can be minimized. For additional technical details, the ACEINNA MCA1101 and MCR1101 Current Sensor data sheet is available at Order the part from Mouser click here.


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Over 60% of floorspace at Robotics and Automation 2019 has already been sold Due to its phenomenal success and rapid growth, the Robotics & Automation exhibition is moving to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry UK on the 29th and 30th October 2019. The exhibition is set to be double the size of the 2018 event showing the massive demand in the industry for robotics and automation solutions to maximise efficiency in warehouses and plants in the UK. The event has been a huge success due to its unique approach in only allowing end-users through the door meaning exhibitors are spending their time talking to a captive audience of keen buyers. The event will be a platform for key industry players to share the latest innovation with the industry and will be packed with live demonstrations of the latest technology. The two Conferences taking place on the show floor which boast a comprehensive line-up of topics and industry leading speakers will also be a big draw to visitors to attend the show. Here is some of the feedback from our 2018 exhibitors highlighting why Robotics and Automation is such a vital part of their marketing plan: “Exhibiting for the first time we found the show to be very productive as it gave us a great opportunity to meet with existing customers and new potential in the developing robotics sector; already looking forward to next year and the expanded show at the Ricoh” Stewart Goulding, Electro Mechanical Systems Ltd “The show was a great success for us, we will be taking more staff next year and have already booked a much larger stand right opposite the main entrance, already looking forward to it..” Chris Wood,


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the answer to the labour shortage in food and beverage manufacturing By Mike Wilson of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA), part of the PPMA Group

The food and beverage industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK in terms of the number of people employed, has long been regarded as a sector of great potential for the adoption of industrial robots, better suited than people to highly repetitive tasks that need to be carried out with precision and at speed, and to tasks that are a potential health risk. Nevertheless, compared with the automotive industry, for example, the adoption of industrial robots by food and beverage companies has until recently been very limited for a number of reasons. Labour rates are lower than in many other manufacturing sectors. In the food and beverage manufacturing environments, there are additional challenges around hygiene, so robots that can be washed down are needed, which, while they are available, are more expensive. Furthermore, the investment periods that food and beverage businesses tend to consider are short. They’re often looking for a return on any capital investment within 12-18 months, whereas in the automotive industry, companies will justify the purchase against the life of a particular production model, which is more likely to be over four to five years. Finally, while there’s a substantial technical capability within the food and beverage industry, the focus of that capability is on product development. The engineering capability in the sector, in terms of specifying, conceptualising and buying pieces of advanced engineering equipment, is therefore considerably lower. However, the reticence of companies in the sector to even consider the adoption of robotic systems is starting to diminish in the face of the growing skills shortage, which, for the whole manufacturing industry and for the food and beverage sector in particular, has been exacerbated by the impact of Brexit.


For some time, the sector has employed a high percentage of non-UK labour. In 2017, 31% of the workforce in food products manufacturing was born in the EU, but outside the UK.1. Many of those people have always sent back a significant part of their wages, but as the pound has dropped in value against the euro and other currencies, the money they’ve been sending recently is worth less. At the same time, the economies of their own countries – mainly in eastern Europe – are improving, so that labour rates there are increasing, making the journey to the UK to work a less appealing proposition. Add to the mix the ongoing uncertainty around what may happen, assuming Brexit still goes ahead, and it’s unsurprising that the level of immigration to the UK has declined to the point that the flow of people is actually now in reverse, affecting the availability of labour across multiple sectors. As a result, while manufacturing companies may not be keen on adopting robotic systems, the growing shortage of skilled labour is persuading them to investigate the technology, which, as a number of studies2 have 1 Migrants in the UK Labour Market: An Overview – By Dr Cinzia Rienzo. Published: 31/07/2018 ( uk/resources/briefings/migrants-in-the-uk-labour-market-anoverview/ ) 2 Graetz, Georg, and Guy Michaels. 2015. Robots at Work. Centre for Economic Performance McKinsey Global Institute. 2017. “A Future That Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity.” Zierahn, Ulrich, Terry Gregory, and Melanie Arntz. 2016. Racing With

demonstrated, improves productivity and competitiveness, enabling businesses to grow. The common misconceptions around robots – that they are too expensive, too complex and risky, and not as adaptable as people – are invariably that, misconceptions. They often cost less than people think and, while some investment in training is required, it is not complex and existing staff can usually be trained to operate, maintain and even programme the systems. Once installed, industrial robots are also very reliable pieces of equipment. As many manufacturers have limited experience of robot automation, we would always recommend that, as a best practice approach, they employ the services of an independent consultant in the first instance. This would be to provide assistance in identifying the most suitable opportunities and the development of appropriate specifications from which quotations can be obtained and a robot system purchased. The PPMA Total Show, taking place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, October 1 – 3 2019, will play host to an abundance of robotics systems from some of the leading names in robotics manufacturing. To register and attend the show for free, visit the PPMA Total Show website at:

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Explore a world of sensors, test, measurement & control at Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019 Now is the time to claim your free entry badge for Sensors & Instrumentation Live’s tenth anniversary edition, taking place on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 September in Hall 2 at the NEC, Birmingham.

With all things sensors, test, measurement and control gathered under one roof; the two day exhibition is an ideal opportunity for key decision-makers and engineers in the processing and manufacturing sectors to source new products and solutions while getting up to date with the latest industry developments and thinking. Among the companies that have already confirmed their presence at the show are Ashcroft Instruments, Kistler, PCB Piezotronics, Keller UK, Sensonics and LIMAB , to name just a few – and the line-up is still growing. A full A-Z of exhibitors is available on the Sensors & Instrumentation website. As well as presenting a unique opportunity to discuss individual requirements and applications with representatives from leading brands, the show is a chance to delve deeper and take home priceless information from the show’s four feature areas. Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will be on hand in the new Enterprise Hub. With an expertly curated two-day programme, manufacturers will be able to discover the vast array of opportunities at their fingertips – from funding to training, standards and beyond. Sessions taking place in the Enterprise Hub include: ‘Making it happen – a view from UK manufacturing and the challenges and choices that lie ahead’ led by Make UK’s Charlotte Horobin and ‘An introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications’ with Dan Canty of The Institute of Engineering & Technology. The hub will also host presentations led by key figures from GAMBICA, The


British Measurement & Testing Association, The Defence and Security Accelerator, the Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing and more. Also debuting in 2019 is the Engineering Symposium; an exciting partnership with DJB Instruments that is a mustattend for engineers visiting the show. A team of speakers from some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering companies will deliver CPD accredited training through technical sessions driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering, with topics ranging from signal processing to accelerometer technology. For a ‘snapshot’ of the products and solutions on offer at the exhibition, visitors can head to Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, or the Innovation in Action exhibit. Sponsored by PCB Piezotronics, this feature area will be showcasing live and interactive product demonstrations over the course of the exhibition - with sessions from the sponsor themselves, SIKA, Bronkhorst, Devtank and more. Plus, Sensors & Instrumentation Live is co-located with IMHX and TCT Show providing a bumper opportunity to source products and knowledge and network with over 15,000 likeminded professionals at the NEC, Birmingham. Sensors & Instrumentation Live has received the backing of headline sponsor Mouser Electronics, Bronkhorst, PCB Piezotronics and Sika – and the show’s 10th anniversary exhibition is not to be missed! Claim your free entry badge online now at


Sensors & Instrumentation Live will be celebrating its landmark ten year anniversary with the biggest event in the show’s history – taking place in Hall 2 at the NEC Birmingham from Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 September 2019. By bringing together market leaders, visitors will have the opportunity to explore all things sensors, test, measurement and control under one roof. In addition to discovering hundreds of products and solutions on offer from exhibitors, inuencers and decision makers will be able to pick up invaluable knowledge from experts, key institutions and organisations in a number of the show’s exciting and informative feature areas.

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Excitment is mounting for the show’s eleventh edition, which will feature a brand new Medical Device Engineering Zone

The hub of engineering innovation Advanced Engineering is back with its new Medical Device Engineering Zone


he UK’s largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, Advanced Engineering, is returning for its eleventh year on October 30 and 31, 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham. With some 15,000 engineering professionals in attendance, and seven zones spanning the advanced engineering sector, the show will offer exhibitors and attendees seven zones to present new technologies and get to grips with some of the industry’s latest innovations. One of the show’s latest additions is its Medical Device Engineering Zone. Brand new for 2019, the zone will be dedicated to high performance medical device design and manufacturing. Supporting 3,000 medical device manufacturers from across the UK, the zone is a marker of one of the nation’s most disruptive areas of engineering. The medical devices industry is booming. The UK medical device market is the third largest in Europe, behind Germany and France, and the sixth largest in the world. In 2018,


the UK market was valued at aroudn £8.4 billion, and is home to a strong foundation of SMEs. Supported by GTMA, Gambica, Medilink and other UK trade bodies, Advanced Engineering’s new zone will showcase researchers, medical parts and components manufacturers, software specialists and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Medical Device Engineering Open Forum to discover how medical device engineering is going to develop further in the future. And that’s not all. In addition to the new zone, the event will also be welcoming back it’s the popular Enabling Innovation Zone, which

will give ten start-ups and smaller businesses the chance to showcase their technologies in front of some of the industry’s biggest stakeholders. Boasting a total of seven co-locating zones, Advanced Engineering is truly a hub of engineering innovation. With the likes of Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering and Connected Manufacturing to name just a few of the show’s zones, businesses will be able to access a wealth of expertise to suit their business solutions. “In times of uncertainty, whether that’s in the marketplace, innovation or the choice of technologies available to you, industry leaders suggest that those who strive to invest will overcome doubt and make profit” explains Jeremy Whittingham, Head of Marketing at Advanced Engineering. “That’s why we believe in supporting and demonstrating the UK’s flourishing engineering markets here at Advanced Engineering”. Are you ready to meet with some of the industry’s most advanced innovators? If you’d like to attend Advanced Engineering 2019, register for your free place over on Advanced Engineering’s website.

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Teenage female apprentice wins praise from national women in engineering group MadCar A young female engineering apprentice is celebrating today after being named as one of the top 50 women engineers in the UK.


alented Abbie Beaver, 17, became the first female trade apprentice taken on by leading West Midlands multi-disciplinary engineering firm, the adi Group, when she joined last September. The teenager had already completed adi’s groundbreaking two-year preapprentice scheme aimed at inspiring local GCSE students to consider a career in engineering. Now she has been recognised by the prestigious Women’s Engineering Society (WES) after exceeding expectations in her current role. She has been selected to be one of the WES Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2019: Current and Former Apprentices. Abbie makes up an esteemed list revealed as the WES celebrates International Women in Engineering Day (June 23rd.) Abbie, who is based at adi Group’s Kings Norton HQ, Birmingham, said she was thrilled to be recognised on the list. “When I first came here I had plans to get to grips with the working environment and pursue something I enjoy, which is what has happened,” she said. “Having been here over two years now and gone through the pre-apprentice scheme, I’m really enjoying my job. I would definitely encourage other girls to consider going into engineering.” The WE50, first launched in 2016, aims to address the current skills shortage facing the UK engineering industry. Highlighting the exceptional work being completed by former and current apprentices, past winners include Professor Karen Holford CBE, from the School of Engineering at


Cardiff University, and Dawn Childs, group engineering director at Merlin Entertainments. Elizabeth Donnelly, the chief executive officer of the Women’s Engineering Society, said Abbie’s place on the list is testament to her hard work from a young age: “Abbie Beaver has been a keen advocate and spokeswoman for women in engineering since her school days. “Not only has she flown the flag for tomorrow’s engineers, National Apprenticeship Week and the WES LottieTour, she was also selected by WES to be one of just six female engineers in our Lottie Doll poster campaign to inspire primary age audiences into engineering.

The adi Group has consistently provided young people with a platform to develop a career in engineering, with both its pre-apprentice and apprentice schemes regularly taking on promising pupils from North Bromsgrove High School and the wider West Midlands.

“Abbie continues to encourage and inspire many women to get into engineering by showing her own capabilities. WES is delighted that Abbie is one of our 2019 Top 50 Women in Engineering and we look forward to seeing her career progress in years to come.”

The group has already exceeded its commitment to skills development, made as a member of The 5% Club, to employ five per cent of its total workforce as apprentices by 2020.

James Sopwith, adi Group Strategic Account Director, said it was a huge honour for Abbie and the company to have been recognised by the WES. “In just a short space of time, Abbie has not only proven consistently that she has an excellent aptitude for engineering but also demonstrated many of the key characteristics that have helped make adi what it is today. “This is a company with nearly 30 years’ experience of self-delivering multi-disciplinary engineering solutions to many of the biggest brands in the world. Thanks to our pre-apprentice and apprenticeship schemes, Abbie already understands our ‘right first time’ culture and we very much look forward to helping develop her fledgling career.”

Additionally, the firm has twice been publicly praised for its youth schemes by Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the company last October and name-checked adi in Prime Minister’s Questions just last week. Self-delivering robust turnkey solutions from more than 30 specialist engineering disciplines, the adi Group is one of the fastest growing engineering service providers in the UK. For more information, visit

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MHEA BULKEX anticipating strong attendance for 2019 The Materials Handling Engineers Association, (MHEA), is anticipating strong attendance at this year’s BULKEX, which takes place 16-17 October at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham. Featuring a full speaker programme, exhibition and Excellence Awards, this is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the bulk materials handling industry or affected by it. The Excellence Awards were launched in April and entry is free. Awards Entry packs can be accessed through the MHEA website With five categories to consider, the Excellence Awards are an essential part of the calendar and a real opportunity for MHEA members and nonmembers alike to demonstrate and celebrate the very best of their projects, people and ideas. The closing date is 20 September 2019 and members are urged to put together their entries before the summer holidays in order to prioritise the awards and the deadline. The five categories comprise Apprentice of the Year; Engineer of the Year; the Innovation Award; Project of the Year; and Supplier of the Year. The speaker programme is comprising bulk materials experts and industries who work with bulk handling partners. Confirmed speakers include Mike Brinkley of Network Rail; Gary Sinclair of Compass Materials; Martin Downey, Immingham Bulk Terminal; Declan Barry of Atex Explosion

Hazards; and Mike Bradley of the Wolfson Centre. John Connolly, President of the MHEA, said: “This year’s BULKEX is shaping up to be an excellent event, with high calibre speakers, a strong selection of exhibitors and Excellence Awards that will again shine a spotlight on this great industry of ours. We would urge anyone considering registering to do so as soon as possible and make sure they don’t miss out.” With a number of sponsors already signed up, there are still an exciting range of sponsorship packages available. With a host of flexible packages available for the awards dinner, and other opportunities during BULKEX, businesses should enquire as soon as possible if they are interested. Attendance at the two-day event is free but those considering attending should register and book overnight accommodation as early as possible. The registration form is on the MHEA website and the link is here

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July 2019


Siemens launches Industry 4.0

curriculum for Universities Siemens has announced a new academic teaching programme called Connected Curriculum, 18 months after launching its MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe), in partnership with higher education providers, The University of Sheffield, Liverpool John Moores, Middlesex University, Newcastle University and Manchester Metropolitan University have all already signed-up to the initiative. As a result, each institution will work closely with Siemens to bring advanced industrial tools, data and approaches into their respective apprenticeship, undergraduate and masters courses. Festo, the global supplier of automation technology and provider of industrial training and education programs is a key delivery partner for the new curriculum. At the heart of the Connected Curriculum is Siemens Digital Industries world-leading industrial software portfolio and cloud-based IoT platform MindSphere. MindSphere is a highly secure operating system which connects industrial machines and devices via IoT protocols. It allows data from multiple sources to be captured and analysed simultaneously, creating a real-time picture of the whole production process via a single, powerful and intuitive interface. The Connected Curriculum announcement was made by Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries, at the 2019 MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe) Symposium last week. Hosted at the University of Sheffield, the two-day event saw 15 academic institutions explore the potential for collaborating with Siemens, each other, and other companies, across Industry 4.0 projects and technologies including Industrial IoT. Since launching in 2017, the MINe program has engaged with over 50 businesses on more than 20 projects. Common feedback from all the collaborations has been the need to build the skill base in companies and universities alike. Brian Holliday, Siemens Digital Industries Managing Director, said: “Collaboration is central to delivering successful, robust and secure industrial IoT projects. Universities can be key partners in this process, often having expertise industry doesn’t such as data science, visualisation and insights into human behaviour including how people engage with technology. “This is why Siemens developed the MindSphere Innovation Network in partnership with several universities two years ago, which in turn has informed the Connected Curriculum we have announced this week. I am now looking forward to working with Sheffield, John Moores, Middlesex and Manchester Metropolitan universities to help explore the full potential of Industrial IoT with our MindSphere platform at the heart of the process.” Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “Following a longstanding strategic partnership with Siemens, the University of Sheffield was the first institution to adopt Siemens MINe programme with the launch of the MindSphere Lounge in 2017. We have worked closely with them over the last two years to maximise the incredible benefits of closer industry and academic collaboration. “I am therefore delighted that Siemens chose to launch their Connected Curriculum at Sheffield, and we are proud to be one of the


first UK universities to embed the programme into our teaching.” Manchester Metropolitan University will be the partner university in the Connected Curriculum that will focus on delivery to postgraduate students – embedding the programme in its new Industry 4.0 Masters courses in the Faculty of Science and Engineering that are launching in September to bridge the Industry 4.0 skills gap. Professor Andy Gibson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University said: “Manchester Metropolitan is focused on bridging the Industry 4.0 skills gap by equipping students with the skills for the new digital economy. "We are delighted to be collaborating with Siemens on the Connected Curriculum as our students and academic colleagues will benefit immensely from working with such a pioneering and transformational technology company.  Our partnership will ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of the digital revolution and continue to lead the way in innovation in postgraduate education, such as with the suite of six new Industry 4.0 masters degree courses launching in September.” Professor Sean Wellington, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology at Middlesex University, said: “Middlesex University has long established roots in practice-based learning and close partnership with industry leaders such as Siemens and Festo. I am delighted that we are taking part in this exciting and much needed pilot project, Connected Curriculum, where we will help shape and embrace it along with other partner universities to benefit our students and the wider industry sector as a whole.” Babak Jahanbani from Didactic Services at Festo said: “Festo is firmly committed to inspiring and developing young engineers for the future which encompasses support for schools, colleges and universities through a variety of programs and events. We have a track record helping institutions bring industry grade learning in to their programmes. By combining our innovative hardware packages with Siemens expertise through Connected Curriculum we have created a unique off-the-shelf package for Industry 4.0” Other participants at the Symposium included Dr David Pugh from the Digital Catapult, who gave the keynote speech, Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and Andy Gilchrist, Business Development Manager at the Science Division, University of Oxford.

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SICK’s ‘Tiny TiMs’ Are First to Plug the LowRisk Safety Gap SICK has launched the first 2D LiDAR sensors safetycertified to PL b, specifically designed to plug a gap for lower-risk applications where safety-rated integration is needed in small, low-speed Automated Guided Vehicles and Carts, service robots or collaborative robots. The SICK TiM361S and TiM781S 2D LiDAR sensors are economical, lightweight and compact with a safety certification to EN ISO 13849-1:2015 PL b and can be integrated inconspicuously into low-speed, small or lightweight mobile or stationary applications, following completion of an appropriate risk assessment. They can also be used where secondary safety detection is required to complement higher-rated systems already in place. Using SICK’s patented Safe HDDM+ time-of-flight infrared scanning technology, with a 270° scanned field of view, the sensors offer exceptional object detection and measurement accuracy with immunity to ambient light conditions. A total of 48 flexible fields can be set up and evaluated safely and simultaneously for responsive detection up to 5m at speeds of up to 1.6 m/s. The SICK TiM361S reliably detects both static and moving objects in a factory or warehouse, offering a robust solution for collision prevention in small, electrical autonomous vehicles, carts and platforms. It can also be used to control personnel access around light, industrial-duty pick and place robot arms. Sixteen preconfigured field sets, each with three protective fields, make commissioning quick and easy. The SICK TiM781S has been introduced to meet demand for a device that enables applications to be customised by integrators and machine builders using raw data output from the device. By combining intelligent field evaluation with safety-related measurement data output via Ethernet, localisation and navigation duties can be achieved using the same device. With the SICK TiM781S, both


the presence of an object and precise measurement data of the scanned surface, including size and shape, can be output to a safety PLC. “Many applications in modern automation require complex interactions with people and processes; AGVs and collaborative robotics are a prime example,” explains Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement & Ranging. “Risk evaluation in these applications can require a layered approach to safety and automation. “The Tim TiM361S and TiM781S can provide measures against risks that are not considered to be negligible and, on the other hand, do not require the adoption of more costly protection measures. For example, detection of overhanging loads on a small guided vehicle. “The SICK TiM361S and 781S offer versatile new options, including where a secondary LiDAR sensor with a lower safety rating can be deployed to operate alongside a higher-rated device.” Both weighing just 250g, the SICK TiM361S and TiM781S have a compact 60 mm x 60 mm x 86 mm IP67 aluminium housing, with the option of a protective hooded mounting kit. Advanced energy management and a low, 4W power consumption minimises drain of the vehicle’s batteries. Up to 48 flexible fields can be evaluated at the safety-rated distance of up to 5 metres and a relative speed up to 1.6 m/s. The SICK Tim361S has a non-safe monitoring field of 10m and the SICK TiM781S up to 25 metres. Set up is straightforward using SICK’s intuitive SOPAS configuration tool, via USB port and laptop. The SICK TiM361S / 781S have been certified by TŰV standards laboratories to conform to PL b according to EN ISO 13849-1:2015 and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/ EC, EN ISO 13482-2014, EN ISO 13855:2010 and DIN CLC/ TS 65046:2009. For more information about the SICK 361 781 Safe, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.


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Assessing Nanoparticle Antimicrobial Properties Testa Analytical Solutions e.K. reports on how a BI-200SM light scattering goniometer has been used to help assess the antimicrobial properties of silver and copper nanoparticles. In the study, various strains of Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus Aureus were treated with suspensions of suspended silver and copper nanoparticles. To assess the effectiveness of the nanoparticles, a BI-200SM goniometer was used to measure the size of the suspended nanoparticles by obtaining particle size distribution data via dynamic light scattering (DLS). Carlo Dessy, Managing Director of Testa Analytical commented “Silver a n d copper ions have been known to have antimicrobial properties and are used as superior disinfectants for wastewater generated from hospitals containing infectious microorganisms. Learning how to manipulate these silver and copper nanoparticles can lead to discoveries that may greatly impact applications in the fields of medical devices, food processing, and water treatment”. He added “ I am very pleased to see that the BI-200SM goniometer has helped the researchers that undertook this study to conclude “silver and copper nanoparticles show great promise as antimicrobial agents against Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus Aureus.” The Bl-200SM goniometer system is a precision research grade instrument designed for exacting light scattering measurements. Based on a special turntable with precision ball bearings and stepping motor, the Bl-200SM’s modular, automated design and quality construction guarantee precise measurements due to the wobble-free movement of the detector. As you would expect from a research grade system the BI200SM can measure light scattering over a wide angular range (8° to 155° with 25 mm cells) and offers fine adjustment of measurement angles to 0.01° directly using a large, fine-control knob. Fine-screw vertical adjustment makes centre of rotation measurement easier when aligning cells. Precise repeatable data is ensured by automated heating and cooling of the sample cell using and standard external recirculating system. Field proven in hundreds of labs around the world the BI-200SM light scattering goniometer system is ideal for even the most demanding macromolecular studies and submicron particle sizing applications. For a full copy of this study please visit For further information on the BI-200SM research goniometer system please visit html?dc=Scattering&sn=1 or contact Testa Analytical Solutions on +49-30-864-24076 / info@testa-analytical. com. Testa Analytical Solutions e.K. is a company dedicated to supplying the best possible instrumental solutions for characterization of polymers, particles, nanomaterials and proteins. Drawing upon over 30 years’ experience of technologies serving these markets, the staff at Testa Analytical are happy to share their knowledge with researchers worldwide to help provide them with a working solution for even the most demanding applications.


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July 2019


The Configurable Laser

A Universal Manufacturing Tool

“David Richter – Engineering Product Manager - for Universal Laser Systems Inc. explains why flexible laser systems will play an increasingly important role in both future product development and manufacturing.”


e live in a world where manufacturing processes and techniques are evolving as never before, with many different influences driving change in both the technologies that we use, and the ways in which they are applied. In certain sectors, such as automotive, there is a growing demand for vehicle customisation, meaning that higher levels of flexibility are required to deliver the choices that customers make. In other sectors, such as consumer electronics, product lifecycles are becoming shorter as companies compete for market share through the introduction of new product variants. Add to this the emergence of new high-performance materials, and the challenges for manufacturers are multiplied, as they strive to identify the production processes that will not only meet the demands of today, but also have the capability and flexibility for future production needs. Laser manufacturing has undoubtedly become one of the most precise and powerful cutting, marking and machining tools available to manufacturers in recent times. The inherent flexibility of laser systems as a non-contact multi-process technology, capable of working with a vast range of materials, will ensure that laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes. Although a highly flexible technology in itself, many industrial laser systems are designed and optimised to fulfil a specific process, delivering high performance within a narrow application range. Others claim multiple capabilities, but deliver lower overall performance levels, since they are not particularly suited to or optimised for any one task. In contrast, the systematic approach taken by Universal Laser has always been to deliver the highest levels of quality, accuracy and repeatability across the broadest range of material types, with no compromise in performance. This inherent flexibility ensures that users are able to configure and fine-tune their laser system for the broadest range of tasks.


These characteristics are essential attributes for the growing number of instances where flexibility is becoming the key word, as perhaps batch sizes become smaller, the range of materials to be processed expands, or indeed where the laser system will be required to perform more than one process. This is definitely a growing trend within several industrial sectors where OEM’s are placing greater demands for flexibility on their supply chain partners. Also for those working within the research & development, product development and prototyping environments, it is essential that they have the flexibility to configure and, if required, re-configure their laser system to enable the development of a production ready process. In addition, there are those who may be seeking to introduce laser technology for the first time. For them it is essential that the system they choose has the capability to meet not only their current needs, but have the capability to be easily and quickly re-configured to accommodate future requirements. The rapidly changing nature of manufacturing tasks require a laser solution that can be specified and configured to address the unique criteria required for any given application, if users are to achieve the best results. A package that allows the user the ability to quickly changeover production to new materials, processes or part designs will be the optimum solution for many. Universal Laser Systems David Richter explains how the company’s philosophy of designing highly modular solutions has never been more relevant. “It’s essential that companies purchasing manufacturing equipment within today’s dynamic business environment are able to maximise the return on their investment. This is true regardless of whether the system is to be employed in a prototype or R&D environment, or whether it is to be used as a production tool. In order to achieve this objective, the manufacturing tools, including laser technology, must be adaptable to changing needs as their business evolves, and this is where the modular flexibility of Universal Laser products comes into its own.”


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Users are able to select from a comprehensive range of laser system platforms which can be configured with a variety of options and patented technologies. The platforms can be equipped with fiber and CO2 laser sources for wide material compatibility, interchangeable optical configurations for laser beam control, choices on cutting / vacuum tables to suit different applications, and much more.

This allows the user to place oversized objects in the laser system for laser material processing or pass continuous objects such as rolls of material or conveyor systems through the laser system. In the standard Class 1 configuration, work envelopes range from 406mm x 305mm x 102mm to 1219mm x 610mm x 305mm, offering the capability to process a wide range of component sizes.

Universal Laser Systems is the only laser system manufacturer that offers Rapid Reconfiguration™. This patented technology allows users to switch laser sources to match their changing requirements, without the need for tools or any specialist training. Depending upon platform model, there are options on laser wavelength (CO2 10.6μm, CO2 9.3μm, or fiber 1.06μm), in addition to a choice of laser power from 10W to 500W – when combining dual 250W laser sources. There is also the capability in certain platforms for dual or multiple laser sources. At its core, Rapid Reconfiguration™ allows users to very easily install and reinstall any ULS laser source onto any ULS laser system. Because certain wavelengths and peak power levels are ideal for certain materials and applications, this feature allows for unprecedented flexibility in laser processing.

Universal Laser’s David Richter continues: “In addition to offering a comprehensive range of platforms, laser sources and peripherals, ULS systems provide the functionality that enables the user to precisely manipulate parameters such as wavelength selection, laser beam positioning speed, rate of energy delivery and air assist to achieve the highest degree of processing control. The ability to truly fine-tune the process for each material and application not only boost the flexibility of the laser system, but allows the user to consistently achieve higher accuracy and quality.”

The company’s newest platform, the highly flexible and easily customisable ULTRA 9 is able to accommodate up to three laser sources, comprising of two interchangeable CO2 lasers and one fiber laser. When the platform is configured with three lasers, users can take advantage of MultiWave HybridTM technology enabling up to three wavelengths – 9.3µm, 10.6µm, and 1.06µm – to be simultaneously combined into a single coaxial beam. Each spectral component of the beam is independently controlled and can be modulated in real time.

(Universal Laser’s technology processes multi-layered materials with high levels of accuracy and quality)

(MultiWave HybridTM Technology enables up to 3 wavelengths to be simultaneously combined into a single coaxial beam)

Bolstering the core technology is the company’s materials library, widely recognised as the world’s premier source for information on laser material processing for cutting, marking and machining.

The system, in this configuration, is ideally suited for use with multi-layered composite materials. If required, each laser can also be used independently for components that may require multiple consecutive processes using different wavelengths. The capability for such diversity in configuration is matched by the ease with which laser sources can be interchanged, a valuable asset for those using the laser systems in a demanding production environment.

This comprehensive and continually evolving database provides users with details on the recommended configuration for their laser system to process a specific material and obtain the optimum results. These technologies and innovations developed by Universal Laser Systems continue to provide a competitive advantage for manufacturing companies of all sizes, who are seeking to keep pace with the dynamic nature of today’s business environment by future proofing their manufacturing and production processes. Their continual commitment to improving laser technology allows users to benefit from laser systems that deliver high performance for the broadest range of material applications.

(Universal Laser’s ULTRA 9 Platform can accommodate up to 3 laser sources and offers MultiWave HybridTM Technology)

Additional flexibility can be achieved through the use of a patented Class 4 Conversion Module, which is available as an option. This makes it possible for the user to quickly and easily convert a laser system between fully enclosed Class 1 operation, and open Class 4 operation.

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Continuous level measurement even in harsh environments There is no shortage of level control technologies in the process control market, for either simple point level or continuous measurement of the level, and perhaps one of the favourites that can do both is GWR, or guided-wave radar. In a nutshell, this is where lowenergy microwave (it isn’t going to cook your dinner) signals are generated in the head unit to be transmitted along an attached antenna until they reach a surface that will reflect then back to the head unit. The benefits of such a system lie in several factors. Firstly, few substances absorb the signal, guaranteeing detection. Secondly, the waves will pass around any deposits that might adhere to the antenna, so they do not disrupt the true measurement. In addition, the antenna itself (also known as a probe, or simply a rod) is a passive component, allowing the user to cut it to the right length for the vessel. The GWR system can also ignore foam on the medium. As a major manufacturer of sensors for process control, ifm electronic has been supplying GWR sensors for a number of years. Here we look at some of the features of this series and recent developments.

constructed in deep-drawn stainless steel housings for robustness. The LR2050, for example, is clearly designed for hard work. It is suitable for medium temperature up to 100 °C and can fit into confined spaces. will detect all manner of substances, and a coaxial pipe is available for the LR2050 to improve detection of oils and to help eliminate false readings caused by foam. Over a dozen probes of different lengths, between 15 cm and 160 cm, can be attached to the LR2050, which will automatically adjust to these different rods. The user can even shorten the probes if required. The process connection is via a G3/4” thread Another example is the LR2750. Outwardly similar to the LR2050 but designed for hygienic application, the LR2750 naturally has a food-grade process fitting deigned to work with a common standard fittings. The LR2750 can also withstand a higher vessel pressures and medium temperature of up to 150 °C, and work with probes up to 200mm in length. Like all LR’s, the LR2750 has a high IP rating.

The LR series (L for level, R for radar) all consist of a modular system with evaluation unit and probe. The evaluation unit offers an intuitive pushbutton setting interface and a clearly visible 4-digit LED display. Setting the LR is simple, and can even be done before installation.

The most recent version of ifm electronic’s LR sensor is the LR9020 model. One of the most important features of the LR9020 is the lack of any buttons or displays. This rules out any unauthorised access to the settings. Nevertheless, what this new level sensor does have, like all of them, is an IO-Link interface for remote control.

Sensor parameters are accessible using the pushbuttons on the device, or remotely over IO-Link, and the LR even includes a simulation function to facilitate testing.

For the reliable level control in tanks and containers for waterbased media, oils and coolants there is nothing better than the LR range from ifm electronic.

The evaluation unit provides different output combinations depending on the model: standard output functions available are two programmable switched outputs, or one switched output and one scalable analogue (4...20 mA). Alternatively, IO-Link can transmit the true value.

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.

The newer versions of the LR range from ifm feature enhanced capabilities, compared to earlier models, and are

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The established range of HI-BAR® Safety Screens available from miniature component specialists THE LEE COMPANY now includes an insert retained option for high pressure applications. The new HI-BAR screen design option offers the key performance advantages created by Lee’s unique drilling techniques along with the installation and retention benefits associated with the insert locking end. Acknowledged as pioneers in miniature fluid control, Lee’s HI-BAR safety screens are widely used to protect critical components in both liquid and pneumatic systems in high-technology applications such as aviation, oil and gas exploration and other similar systems. The key features and benefits of the new screen include; simple and direct installation into fluid passageways with a field-proven locking end, stainless steel construction, a strong, one-piece screen element and a burst / collapse pressure rating up to 7500 psid. They provide effective and proven protection for critical components such as valves, nozzles and orifices from contamination. They also ensure additional levels of protection on subsystem components such as pumps, flow dividers, gearboxes, actuators and control valves. They are available in 4 different body diameters of 4.74mm, 6.35mm, 9.52mm and 12.7mm. Standard screen hole sizes include 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250,


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Hardide Coatings Receives Nadcap Merit Sttatus for Coatings Nadcap recognises Hardide Coatings for its superior performance and commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality Hardide Coatings announces that it has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for Coatings. Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings, which develops, manufactures and applies advanced technology tungsten/tungsten carbide metal matrix coatings to engineering components across a range of industries including aerospace, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded Nadcap Merit Status within two years of being Nadcap accredited. This is testament to the skill and dedication of our staff to delivering a top quality product and service.” Hardide Coatings has held Nadcap accreditation since 2017. Having demonstrated their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications, the Nadcap Task Group has determined that Hardide Coatings has earned special recognition. This means that, instead of having their next Nadcap audit in twelve months, Hardide Coatings has been granted an accreditation that lasts until 31 January 2021. “Nadcap accreditation is universally acknowledged as a significant undertaking. Validating compliance to industry standards, best practices and customer requirements, Nadcap has long been incorporated by the aerospace industry into their risk mitigation activity. Some companies, such as Hardide Coatings, go even further when achieving Nadcap accreditation to obtain


Merit status and they should be proud of it,” commented Michael J. Hayward, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “A less frequent audit schedule means a reduction in audit costs and associated pressures. It also demonstrates the trust that the aerospace industry has in Hardide Coatings, based on their past performance in Nadcap audits. It is with great pride that PRI supports continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Hardide Coatings be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.” Hardide Coatings is part of Hardide plc (AIM: HDD). The company develops, manufactures and applies advanced technology tungsten/tungsten carbide metal matrix coatings to a wide range of engineering components. Its patented technology is unique in combining, in one material, a mix of toughness and resistance to abrasion, erosion and corrosion; together with the ability to coat accurately interior surfaces and complex geometries. The material is proven to offer dramatic improvements in component life, particularly when applied to components that operate in very aggressive environments. This results in cost savings through reduced downtime and increased operational efficiency. Customers include leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and the production, valve and pump manufacturing, precision engineering and aerospace industries.


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July 2019


In Times Of Uncertainty, Make the Most of your Assets by Karl Lycett, Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control

It’s safe to say that there is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment; something which is being felt not just in the UK but in many countries across the world. In these circumstances, the best thing that businesses can do is protect their existing assets. It’s fundamentally important to ensure that all assets perform at an optimum level during their entire service life, and for an organisation to continue its journey towards increased efficiency and reliability so that it can remain competitive in a changing marketplace.

To prevent high temperatures being reached within the enclosure, correctly sized enclosure cooling products should be installed. This could be fans and filters, cooling units or air-to-water heat exchangers, dependant on both the amount of heat produced by the electrical equipment and the ambient temperature in the surrounding environment.

In the industrial space, a company’s lifeblood is its machinery and all machinery has critical components such as its electrical drives, motors etc. without which any very expensive robotic arm is nothing but a very elaborate statue, collecting dust. So it’s imperative that electrical equipment is housed within a protective environment, to ensure it operates to its full potential. 

Low Temperatures Can Also Damage Equipment

A protective environment takes the form of both high quality enclosures and correctly prescribed climate control equipment. The two items work together to safeguard your equipment from the following:

High Temperatures Impact the Lifespan of Equipment Prolonged high internal temperatures reduce the lifespan of your equipment. This will mean an increased chance of unplanned breakdowns, increased costs and reduced production output. Furthermore, your equipment cannot work at 100% output once its maximum operating temperature has been exceeded, which means you will experience an overall reduction in your machine’s efficiency and reduced manufacturing output.

Equipment needs protecting from low temperatures as much as high ones. In winter, when ambient temperatures drop, any equipment that has been idle over the weekend can be damaged as soon as it’s turned on from cold. In addition, motors or compressors can experience problems when oil contained within sealed systems begins to increase in viscosity.  This can damage the seals/components, again causing failures. To prevent this happening, you should fit a correctly sized enclosure heater inside the enclosure.  When connected to a thermostat, the heater will maintain an acceptable minimum temperature preventing any damage to electrical equipment caused when the low temperature minimum is exceeded.

Condensate Poses Safety Risk Condensate can be a real issue when it forms within the enclosure and on critical equipment in high humidity environments.   Condensate poses a real safety risk to the electrical devices and can cause catastrophic failure if left unchecked.

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You can combat this problem by using a high quality industrial enclosure with a minimum of an IP54 seal to prevent humid air from constantly entering the enclosure. This can be combined with a cooling unit featuring an integrated condensate evaporator; the cooling unit acts as a de-humidifier and removes excess condensate from the pocket of air within the sealed enclosure.

The above contaminants will attack the wires and electrical connections within your enclosure. In time, this can corrode or (worse) short connections, which in turn can cause excess heat and/or a panel fire. In highly contaminated environments, the best advice is to use a cooling product which does not allow dirty ambient air to constantly enter the enclosure, so fans and filters are a no-no.   Air-to-air or airto-water heat exchangers and cooling units are best solutions, dependant on the heat load as they will only treat the small pocket of air within the enclosure, but they will also reduce the level of contaminants entering the space.

Summary Any change or upheaval that impacts on a company’s trading environment brings with it challenges, but also opportunities. The trick is always to optimise your business for success, reducing costs wherever possible, while maximising productivity and efficiency. Rittal can provide you with a free inspection of your current cooling equipment regardless of manufacturer, age or condition. This will then allow us to advise you of any recommended improvements and (critically) confirm whether you are using the correct equipment.

Dust, Dirt and Corrosive Substances Many industries suffer from dusty or dirty environments, which can impact on electrical equipment and its optimum performance. For example: • Carbon dust in the steel or manufacturing industry • Yeast or vinegar extract in the food and beverage industry • Salt water vapour in the air in a marine or coastal application

The long term benefits of maintaining that protective environment and allowing your equipment to perform to its optimum will, in turn, help your business to flourish. Further information at and  or on twitter @rittal_ltd.  

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July 2019


Eaton’s extended blow out preventer hose range exceeds the requirements of AP1-16D drill well specifications

Power management company Eaton has announced an extension to its range of blow out preventer (BOP) hoses which meet or exceed the requirements of the demanding AP1-16 drill well specification. The newly released EC556 BOP hose forms a critical part of oil and gas drilling and exploration equipment, where reliability and safety are the number one requirements for in operation performance. Designed to meet the rigorous demands of the industry, the EC556 BOP hose is certified to withstand fire, high heat and pressure and is tested, rated and approved Lloyd’s register. “Building on a strong legacy of fluid conveyance product innovation, our EC556 portfolio of blow out preventer hoses are designed to offer outperform the competition,” said Johannes Kammerlohr, product manager EMEA, Fuel, A/C and Transportation, Eaton. “The EverCool A/C portfolio, along with our global footprint, gives our customers around the world confidence that no matter the application, Eaton has a product to meet their needs.” Eaton’s EverCool EC007 barrier hose is the newest addition to the portfolio, intended for truck, agricultural and construction customers. Designed to reduce refrigeration loss, the hose helps minimize environmental impacts from greenhouse gases as well as downtime and costs associated with needing to add refrigerant to the system. The EC007 barrier hose is constructed with a thermoplastic barrier layer between textile-reinforced elastomeric layers, with an outer cover built with a heat, ozone and UV-resistant synthetic elastomer.


The FC800 large bore hose is specifically designed for nominal sizes required for bus air conditioning systems. The FC800 EverCool core is made of a blended CR Rubber material, a synthetic characterized by its long-lasting elasticity, heat resistance and excellent resistance to a number of refrigerants and compressor oils. This core tube provides significantly greater flexibility than a corrugated hose and therefore withstands the high mechanical stress coming from the engine. The core is covered by a polyamide barrier layer, which reduces the hose’s permeation rate to just 0.5 kg/m²/year. “Our customers rely on hard working components to deliver consistent results on every job,” said Johannes Kammerlohr. “From minimizing permeation to improving fracture and kink resistance, our EverCool portfolio is designed to keep refrigerant inside the hose, even in difficult or tight installations.” The new EC007 barrier hose product joins Eaton’s GH001 veneer hose, which features nearly zero permeation, a tighter bend radius, EZ-clip compatibility, and the widest in-class temperature range to complete the EverCool line. All three hoses in the portfolio are qualified with multiple refrigerants, including R1234yf. To learn more about Eaton’s EverCool portfolio, visit


Our parent company Muller Coax was established 58 years ago and is now a recognised leader in valve design and innovation within the valve industry. We are synonymous for quality, experience and reliability in valve technology, this has been the case since the beginning of our dynamic development and it will continue to stay that way. Valve pictured was built for a specific application for one of our many blue chip clients, below is a case study and solution provided to match the requirement. APPLICATION: Customer required high pressure 2” BSP valve for

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controlling water at 200 bar for fast shut off and giving feedback position sensing. SOLUTION:The Muller Coax 5 VMKH50 valves meets all the criteria with leak tight shut off, and full open and close cycle of 200 milliseconds with reliable position sensors fitted. The reliable proven high valve solution met all the clients exacting criteria. For details of how we can assist with your requirements contact co-ax valves uk: or visit

NEW FP400 A LOW PULSATION DIAPHRAGM PUMP • Five diaphragm technology • Delivers up to 4.6 l/min • Low pulsation and low vibration • Great linearity and controllability

• Long life time • Robust and durable design • IP65

• Vibration Sensors (IEPE + 4-20mA) • Test & Measurement Sensors • Hazardous Area Vibration Sensors • Seismic Sensors • Hydrophones • Vector Sensors

• Proximity Probes • Inclinometers • Vibration Switches • Cable Assemblies • Vibration Transmitters • Supportive Instrumentation

Certifications Including FM, CSA, ATEX and IECEx Offer Compliance to Customers Worldwide.

KDP are able to offer the user a complete high-quality measurement chain that can be relied upon in the most demanding of applications.

To discuss your application further contact our dedicated team of experienced technical pump engineers. KNF Neuberger UK Ltd Ave 2, Station Lane Ind Est, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4FA Tel: 01993 778373

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July 2019


norelem’s internal hinges help engineers see new design possibilities Standard component specialist norelem has launched a new range of ‘invisible’ inframe hinges, giving engineers more choice, flexibility and design potential.

Fitted on the inside of the frame and completely invisible from the outside, they can be mounted left or right and vertically or horizontally to suit all applications. With a flat profile, they’re also space saving, a vital consideration when installing inside housings. As added benefits, their ‘invisibility’ reduces the risk of break-in and injury. The norelem product portfolio already includes an extensive choice of aluminium and sheet metal hinges, including adjustable friction and detent spring and torque models with opening angles up to 270°. The new internal hinges for covered installation mark a significant addition and can be used for overlay and inset doors and hatches or hoods. They’re available in three different versions with opening angles of 90°, 110° and 125°.


Hinges with opening angles of 90° and 125° are available in steel and stainless steel, while the version with an opening angle of 110° is a reinforced type made from steel. The entire range of hinges is available to order directly from THE BIG GREEN BOOK, norelem’s catalogue of over 45,000 standard components and complete reference guide for engineers. “Hinges are a vital part of a design engineers’ toolkit, and by adding our new in-frame range we’re offering them more choice and the potential to select the perfect hinge for their application,” says Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem. For more about norelem in the UK and its range of components, please visit


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Versamove Transfer System Boasts Compact Curve mk has expanded its modular pallet transfer system Versamove standard with a curved module which has an impressive space-saving design that enables 90° and 180° turns in the tightest of spaces. Versamove is a versatile, highquality pallet transfer system which can be used in almost all areas of automated production and material flow. Its modular design allows for quick and transparent scheduling and project planning. The system has the flexibility to be expanded or adapted according to conditions on site. The compact curve is a spacesaving module that enables 90° and 180° turns in the tightest of spaces and is available in 240, 320 and 400 mm widths. The pallets are moved along the curve track by round belts. This allows the workpieces to maintain their orientation as they traverse the curve. The cost-effective and compact curved module can be used in place of lifting-traversing units and lifting-rotating units for transfer onto a parallel conveyor line. The curved module is available with its own drive, or it can be operated via the adjoining section.

The system can therefore be used for a wide variety of application areas. While developing the system, we ensured its compatibility with systems that are currently available on the market. As a result, third-party pallets can be used on the Versamove standard. It is therefore possible to extend existing plants without any issues.

Advantages of the curved module • Compact and space-saving design • 90° and 180° turns in the tightest of spaces while maintaining orientation • Cost-effective alternative to lifting-traversing units and lifting-rotating units • It is available with its own drive or it can be driven by the adjoining section • Particularly suited to parallel conveyor lines that are positioned close to one another (180° turns) The Versamove system is available in three weight and size classes. The Versamove standard is designed for weights of up to 40 kg per pallet. The Versamove plus can handle dimensions of up to 1040 x 1040 mm and weights of 100 kg. The Versamove ultra can transport pallets with dimensions of up to 1200 x 1200 mm and weights of 300 kg per pallet.


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July 2019


Jenton International extends distributor agreement for Emplex bag & pouch sealing equipment Jenton International Ltd – part of The Jenton Group – has extended its distributor agreement for high performance Emplex bag & pouch sealing equipment with Canada-based flexible packaging specialist PlexPack from its current scope in the UK to include Benelux, with immediate effect.


enton offers a wide range of Emplex equipment for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and medical markets, including standard and custom-designed continuous bag sealers, hot air sealers, automated bagging, integrated systems and add-ons. Emplex continuous band sealers have sealing and pressure components designed for the medical industry and produce precise, consistent and strong seals whether the product is hand-fed or conveyorised. Richard Little, Managing Director at Jenton International comments: “We are excited to build on our successful partnership with PlexPack for the distribution of its Emplex bag & pouch sealing equipment. With packaging weight needing to be reduced whilst shelf life and performance is still required, we see great potential for the future and look forward to exploring new opportunities within key target markets across the Benelux region.”

Paul Irvine, CEO of PlexPack says: “We have had a very positive partnership with Jenton in the UK for many years where we have seen real synergies between the two businesses. In line with PlexPack’s ambitious growth strategy, we are delighted to be expanding this into Benelux.”


The Emplex models being offered by Jenton include the MPS 7103 & 7503 heavy duty, high speed vacuum band sealers equipped with vacuum and or nitrogen gas flush system. Both machines create high quality, moisture proof, oxygen free packages and are ideal for customers who require more than five bags a minute. The Emplex MPS 6100 series is a basic band sealer with a range of standard features and capabilities whilst the MPS 6500 is the conveyor version used for bags over 2Ib or for particular product orientation. The Emplex MPS 7000 is a heavy-duty band sealer engineered for demanding environments. Lastly, the MPS 8100 hot air rotary sealer is designed to create strong seals on pillow style bags without the use of bands. The concentrated stream of hot air blows soot, dust, flakes or other materials clean out of the way. Applications may include packaging of sands, salts, gravels, soils, bark, powders, chemicals and food products. At its Whitchurch-based facility, Jenton Group offers a full workshop for equipment repair and maintains an extensive stock of spares in addition to having a number of service engineers available for on-site repairs and maintenance.


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July 2019


SICK Launches Hygienic Stainless-Steel Safety Light Curtain With a hygienic stainless-steel housing exclusively developed to meet stringent pharmaceutical industry requirements, the SICK TWINOX4 safety light curtain is resistant to aggressive cleaning and decontamination regimes.

The TWINOX4 is a Type 4 device (IEC 61496-1) with 14mm beam resolution and can be used in safety applications requiring PLe (EN ISO 13849) and SIL3 (EN 62061). The SICK TWINOX4 safety light curtain protects operating personnel when interventions are required in the hazardous areas around machines that are subject to stringent hygiene requirements. It is ideal for use in Restricted Access Barrier System areas such as primary packing and filling stations.

photoelectric emitters and receivers in a single array across the full length of the housing to maximise use of space, with optimum performance that virtually eliminates blind zones and reduce the need for multiple spares. Visible LED indicators are installed along the full sensing height to indicate the functional state of each transmitter and assist in easy optical alignment. With specially developed brackets for rapid mounting, the light curtain has been designed for maximum machine availability.

Rugged, resistant to harsh cleaning media and designed without edges or gaps, the TWINOX’s elegant, 20 mm x 40 mm cross-section dimensions make it particularly suitable for integration in pharmaceutical machinery when space is limited.

The SICK TWINOX4 hygienic safety light curtain offers high levels of protection with integrated Restart Interlock, External Device Monitoring (EDM) and beam coding along with OSSD’s for connection to a safety controller such as the SICK Flexi Soft system.

“The SICK TWINOX4 offers pharmaceutical manufacturers the twin protection of hygienic design together with technology-leading machinery safety,” explains Dr Martin Kidman, SICK’s UK machinery safety product manager.

Each SICK TWINOX4 housing is made from high-quality AISI 316L / V4A / 1.4404 hygienic stainless steel with a surface roughness (Ra) of 0.8μm, either IP65 or IP67, and a front screen of chemically hardened float glass. It is designed without overlaps, overhangs or seams and with radiused corners to eliminate residual contamination.

“The TWINOX therefore offers a more flexible solution to protect hazardous areas on pharmaceutical production lines and clean room access points. Aggressive cleaning agents and disinfectants, such as hydrogen peroxide, require media-resistant materials. The SICK TWINOX4 offers the robust reassurance of maximum production availability and operating longevity.” The SICK TWINOX4’s has an innovative bracket concept and LED status indicators for rapid mounting and easy alignment, maximising machine and system availability. A pair consists of identical twin units incorporating both


Machine integration flexibility for both machinebuilders and end-users is assured with a choice of 300mm, 420mm and 600mm light curtain heights, over a width range of up to 4.5 metres. Operating temperatures range from -20°C to +55°C, hygienic and chemical resistant PUR cable is supplied with standard industrial M12 5-pin connections for the devices. For more information on the SICK TWINOX4 hygienic light curtain, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

July 2019


Bahco tools and equipment provide solutions for safety Professional engineers work safely, not just to meet rules and standards but because they don’t want to finish any shift with an injury which could put their health or income at risk. Ergonomic tools: designed and manufactured to fit the contours of the hand ergonomic tools, pioneered by Bahco over three decades ago, provide protection against the risk of hand or wrist muscle strain or injury. Using these well balanced hand tools can reduce muscular stress in the hands, provide greater comfort, cut vibration 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 hardness of conventional tools they must be used with great care. Quality tools and safety equipment that do the job they’re supposed to do and can always be depended on are essential to achieving that aim. Bahco’s design and manufacturing teams know how tough, unforgiving and unpleasant many work locations can be. Their ‘Solutions for Safety’ hand tools and equipment are designed and produced to deliver the performance engineers need to work safely, no matter how challenging the conditions. Bahco’s professional tool range includes: 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 the added assurance of VDE certification.


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. Working at height: to help engineers avoid 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. To find your nearest Bahco stockist or obtain technical information visit:


Our parent company Muller Coax was established 58 years ago and is now a recognised leader in valve design and innovation within the valve industry. We are synonymous for quality, experience and reliability in valve technology, this has been the case since the beginning of our dynamic development and it will continue to stay that way. Valve pictured was built for a specific application for one of our many blue chip clients, below is a case study and solution provided to match the requirement. APPLICATION: Customer required high pressure 2” BSP valve for

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controlling water at 200 bar for fast shut off and giving feedback position sensing. SOLUTION:The Muller Coax 5 VMKH50 valves meets all the criteria with leak tight shut off, and full open and close cycle of 200 milliseconds with reliable position sensors fitted. The reliable proven high valve solution met all the clients exacting criteria. For details of how we can assist with your requirements contact co-ax valves uk: or visit

NEW FP400 A LOW PULSATION DIAPHRAGM PUMP • Five diaphragm technology • Delivers up to 4.6 l/min • Low pulsation and low vibration • Great linearity and controllability

• Long life time • Robust and durable design • IP65

• Vibration Sensors (IEPE + 4-20mA) • Test & Measurement Sensors • Hazardous Area Vibration Sensors • Seismic Sensors • Hydrophones • Vector Sensors

• Proximity Probes • Inclinometers • Vibration Switches • Cable Assemblies • Vibration Transmitters • Supportive Instrumentation

Certifications Including FM, CSA, ATEX and IECEx Offer Compliance to Customers Worldwide.

KDP are able to offer the user a complete high-quality measurement chain that can be relied upon in the most demanding of applications.

To discuss your application further contact our dedicated team of experienced technical pump engineers. KNF Neuberger UK Ltd Ave 2, Station Lane Ind Est, Witney, Oxon, OX28 4FA Tel: 01993 778373

KDP are exhibiting, please visit us on stand 94



July 2019


New chainflex hybrid cables for SEW and Siemens motors available with 36-month guarantee

igus has developed the CF280.UL.H, a new hybrid cable for SEW and Siemens motors, designed for use for use in energy chains. Engineers working in intralogistics, machine tool construction or the automotive industry have the added benefit of purchasing the chainflex cable with a 36-month guarantee, either bought by the metre or supplied as a ready-to-connect readycable. The CF280.UL.H hybrid cable is suitable for applications down to a bend radius of 10x diameter in temperatures ranging from -25ºC up to +80ºC. Depending on the manufacturer’s specification, the cable has a black or orange oil-resistant PUR outer jacket, is coolant-resistant and flame-retardant. A braided shield with high coverage ensures good EMC protection over a long service life. igus regularly carries out continuous in-house tests on all its cable ranges. In a series of tests at 7.5x diameter, the CF280.UL.H hybrid cable lasted over 8 million cycles without damage. Another advantage of the new cable series is that it has UL approval for use in North America, as well as EAC and CTP certification for the Russian market.


Due to customer demand, igus offers all its cables as readycable with the appropriate connectors preassembled. With more than 4,200 drive cables available made in line with to 24 manufacturers’ standards, engineers will always find the most cost-effective cable for their application. All cables are tested after harnessing and receive an igus seal of approval. By testing all chainflex cables under real conditions, igus is in the unique position to offer a 36-month guarantee. For more information about the full range of chainflex cables from igus, please visit: or call igus directly on: 01604 677240

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LINE OPTICS: An Excellent Option for IMPAC ISR 6 and IGAR 6 Advanced Pyrometers Expanded functionality especially for wire production and pouring stream measurements These “line optics” feature a significantly wider measurement spot in shape of a line and provide additional advantages for dedicated applications, especially wire production or pouring stream measurements. The line shaped spot guarantees that vibrating or oscillating wires or a moving pouring stream do not move out of the pyrometer’s target spot. Thereby the wires respectively the pouring stream need to be aligned diagonally to the line shaped spot.

IMPAC pyrometers Series 6 Advanced represent the “flagship-class” of small-sized infrared thermometers by LumaSense. They are extremely fast and highly accurate digital pyrometers (single color or 2-color) with very long temperature ranges, analog output, digital interface, and focusable optics. Different models are available with integrated LED display with laser targeting light, view finder, or integrated color-TV camera, all prepared for exact temperature measurements, covering a wide range of industrial applications. The IMPAC ISR 6 Advanced by LumaSense is a high-class pyrometer for non-contact temperature measurements in temperature ranges from 600 to 3000 °C., for steel and metal processing applications as well as for silicon processing in the solar Industry and it covers many applications for glass industry. These pyrometers measure in the 2-color or ratio method in which two adjacent wavelengths are used for Contact: LumaSense Technologies GmbH -An Advanced Energy


exact temperature determination. The IMPAC IGAR 6 Advanced is also a very versatile pyrometer, which can be operated in different modes. Besides the 1-color mode (100 ... 2000 °C) a 2-color mode (250 ... 2000 °C). A special Smart mode can be selected in which the measurements between 100 ... 250 °C will be taken in 1-color mode, whereas in the range between 280 ... 2000 °C the measurements will be based on the 2-color method with a smart transition from 250 to 280 °C. Besides the standard optical heads these pyrometers are optionally also available with integrated line optics.

For wire production the orientation of the line spot is vertical for MB 14 (wire move horizontally). The temperature range of this version is 600…1400°C In terms of measuring steel pouring streams the orientation of the line spot is horizontal for MB 25 (as the pouring stream runs vertical), measured temperatures with line optics are from 800 °C…2500°C. In combination with the fast response time of 2 ms even very fast processes can be measured reliably. The optics can be manually adjusted at all distances between 210 mm and 5000 mm.


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TR Fastenings enjoys a 4th successful year at Automechanika Birmingham TR Fastenings (TR), the global specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial and Cat C fastenings, has completed its fourth successful appearance at Automechanika Birmingham, which ran from 4th-6th June at the NEC. Organisers claim that this year’s show was the busiest ever, since it began in 2016. The next event will be in 2021, as the show moves from an annual to bi-annual format and TR has already booked its place. TR has 31 business locations within the UK, Asia, Europe and the USA including eight high volume, high-quality and costeffective manufacturing sites. As a Full Service Provider (FSP) to Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses supporting global OEMs in the automotive industry, TR delivers comprehensive support to its customers giving an end2end service.

“Attending and exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham over the last four years has enabled us to further establish our excellent position within the automotive industry. Our strong links with organisations such as the SMMT, the DIT and the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) ensure we are constantly talking to the key players in the industry and keeping on top of emerging trends, issues and technologies. “Despite the often negative commentary around the health of UK automotive manufacturing, we believe the opposite is true. The growth of the EV market plus astonishing developments in engineering and materials makes this an incredibly exciting sector to be operating in and we are hugely proud of the role we play in the industry.” TR Fastenings

Having exhibited at all three previous Automechanika Birmingham shows, TR sees it as a must-attend event and the place to be seen for suppliers, Tier 1s and OEMs in the automotive supply chain. As well as exhibiting, TR team members also attended a number of high profile VIP events and networking receptions at the show, hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Department of International Trade (DIT). This year, the TR team was keen to showcase its product range suitable for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging units and EV batteries (EVBs) as the EV market gathers considerable pace. The product required for these areas are already within TR’s portfolio and the team held several meetings at its stand with existing, new and prospective customers to discuss these and other solutions. Glenda Roberts, Global Sales Director for TR’s parent company, Trifast plc comments:


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Equipment Corps Now Offering Hydra-Slide Range for Rental in Canada Equipment Corps, of Stoney Creek, Ontario is offering Hydra-Slide’s range of hydraulic skidding equipment for rental across Canada with immediate effect. Equipment Corps has two facilities—the other is in St. John’s, Newfoundland— and 35 employees. It specializes in the provision of industrial and construction tools, in addition to fabrication equipment. Both companies are proudly Canadian, and family owned and operated. Hydra-Slide™ skidding systems are a cost-effective, simple and safe method for moving heavy loads horizontally. They are built to last, engineered for field conditions, and designed with the rigger in mind. The product range, which features heavy track and low profile systems in addition to turntables, hydraulic power packs and rigging equipment completes Equipment Corps’ portfolio of solutions that lift, pull, move and now slide all types of heavy loads for applications in Canada’s crane, power generation, construction and transport industries. Luke Habza, technical sales and business development at Equipment Corps, said: “The partnership effectively gives the Canadian market access to skidding systems. Associating ourselves with the best brands has always been our goal; we pioneer by finding gaps in both our product offering and the overall industry. Hydra-Slide products allow us to achieve both of these things.” Janine Smith, vice president at HydraSlide, said: “We understand the value of having a rental partner to support a client’s needs that, for any number of reasons, may not be looking to purchase equipment. Luke and I started communicating a few months ago when a custom application arose for one of their customers. It became apparent how we know many of the same people and how much overlap there is in our client base and industry connections. Further, we operate our companies with the same mandate of excellent customer service and each


have a reputation for honesty and integrity in the market.” Global partners Hydra-Slide equipment is utilized globally on projects ranging from mega infrastructure and tunnels projects to equipment installations. The manufacturer, also based in Ontario, has cultivated a variety of partnerships—UK-based Rapid Response Solutions is its European partner, for instance—each of which is tailored to the company, its target audiences, and the marketplace. As Smith put it: “We have a handful of partners worldwide, some focus on rental, others distribution, and there are those that are more oriented for onsite support. The common thread between all of them is that we work to the same ideals with our partners without being bound to a specific model. This means working transparently and unselfishly to provide an unmatched product with unrivalled service, whether that is sale or rental.” She added: “It’s positive all around—our Canadian customers have a source for equipment rentals; more companies will be introduced to our brand and have a chance to use it without the full investment of equipment purchase; and Equipment Corps will have new tool to offer to the industry. Plus, we are supporting the local economy through our manufacturing, sales and distribution endeavors.” Equipment Corps has invested in a XLP150 system as a direct result of the rental agreement. The 150-ton capacity extreme low profile XLP150, meanwhile,

features a 1.25-inch (32mm) profile, and is suitable for applications where overhead space or clearance is limited, such as inside buildings or within live power stations. It is the most compact system designed by Hydra-Slide and is rated for 250 ton push and 150 ton pull function. As Habza explained, the fleet will expand and evolve in line with market demand. He said: “To begin, we will work closely with HydraSlide to establish the ins and outs of their products. Once we gain enough confidence in each other we hope to work with the product independently. Training will remain a 100% joint effort.” Smith concluded: “Equipment Corps has positioned itself as a supplier of some of the top brands in the heavy lift and moving industry. They’re taking the time to learn our product line and how it fits into the broader picture of a project. Only by understanding all these aspects can a partner truly promote the products confidently and successfully. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

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Managing Losses in Compressed Air Systems with Thermal Mass Flow Technology Monitoring Compressed Air within a manufacturing facility has become increasingly important as the associated costs have risen dramatically in recent years Air leaks can be a significant source of wasted energy and can be diagnosed by fitting thermal mass flow meters at strategic points in the system to calculate outflow generated air with downstream usage. Thermal Mass flow meters measure true mass flow which compensates for any differential pressures across the system, providing accurate comparative data from the installed locations.

Compressed air systems are found throughout industry and are often the largest excess user of electricity in a manufacturing plant.

The primary reason thermal mass flow meters are popular in industrial compressed air applications is the way they are designed and built. They feature no moving parts in a nearly unobstructed straight through flow path, require no additional temperature or pressure corrections

and retain accuracy over a wide range of flow rates. Straight pipe runs can be reduced by using conditioning elements and installation is very simple with inline and insertion models available TGF200 series micro flow meters offer a low cost solution for accurately measuring compressed air based on patented sensor filming technology and advanced thermal mass flow measurement technology. This range is designed to measure pressure and temperature compensated mass and standard volumetric flow within small pipe-lines in general industrial applications and laboratories, offering high turn-down and a choice of outputs

TGF450 Thermal mass flow meter was designed especially for the measurement of compressed air in larger pipes. It can provide stable and accurate measurement at a very economical cost and has 1.5% FS+0.5RD accuracy on a 100:1 wide turndown ratio. The compact design and thick probe are easily installed in high pressure pipelines with limited space. Manufactured from stainless steel, this insertion style flow meter has various power, signal output and mounting options a business to identify why is it so important to monitor the air flow rate in compressors?  

The fact of the matter is that compressed air is not cheap and is becoming a financial burden to both small and large companies operating expenditures. In this age of energy efficiency and widespread efforts to drive down associated costs in order to ensure a greener footprint, it is becoming more important for

There have been extensive studies done over the years on plant wide operating costs for the majority of Industrial businesses and one of the largest fixed overheads continues to be electricity. One of the major contributors to this excessive electricity draw in a large number of instances are the company’s air compressors. The simple actions required to reduce excess electricity usage and provide for a more efficient compressor throughput is to monitor the air flow rates and optimize the compressor’s efficiency or else replace any parts in a compressed air system as highlighted during this monitoring. Modern Thermal Mass Flow meters such as those above

can be integrated into Data logging packages such as the Squirrel 2020 via their analogue, digital or serial outputs. Time-base relevant data can then be evaluated to indicate problems with factory shift performance or individual operator technique. Installed flow meters can then also be used for allocating inter-departmental energy costs and managing budgets based on energy saving performance

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Compact, robust and versatile:

the Han 1A from HARTING ®

HARTING has over 70 years’ experience of producing robust industrial connectors. From the very beginning, the focus was always on developing a product which would be easy to handle, durable and adaptable for a range of uses. Another important consideration was an ethos of continuous innovation, which gives users reliable solutions even as markets and industries evolve. In the case of the Han® 1A, HARTING has recognised and responded to the demand for smaller interfaces to power engineering equipment. It requires up to 30% less space than the Han® 3A and provides all the benefits of a modern network. Constructed from lightweight, durable polyamide plastic, the Han® 1A employs a system of modular inserts, making it extremely versatile. For power, it can transmit a maximum of 16 amps and 400 volts. Modules for Cat. 5 or Cat. 6A are available for data transmission and up to 12 D-Sub contacts can be used for signal interfaces. A shielded version is also available for areas which are susceptible to interference.

The Han® 1A requires up to 30% less space than the Han® 3A

Only two components are required to quickly assemble an IP20 solution, while additional housing elements or single wire seals can easily extend the degree of protection to IP65, making it suitable for use outdoors. Accessories such as fasteners for wall mounting and colour coding pins to help identify different lines and reduce cabling errors are also available. What’s more, as the entire Han® 1A connector system is based on just a few components, material supply is greatly simplified as a plug-in connection consists of a maximum of twelve different contacts. This gives you the flexibility to easily create simple and efficient interfaces for applications in mechanical engineering, automation, robotics, transportation, traffic engineering and the energy sector.


The perfect solution for connecting tools and smaller machine modules

In mechanical engineering, it provides an efficient solution for connecting tools and smaller machine modules such as heating and cooling units, fans, control terminals, lighting systems, drives and vibration conveyors. As it complies with standard EN 455452 for fire protection on railway vehicles,

the Han® 1A is also ideal for use on door systems and ramps, door openers, push buttons, lighting systems and screens. To learn more about this miniaturised, lightweight innovation, click here or email

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REMBE high pressure rupture disc HPRD The production of certain plastics such as LDPE requires demanding process conditions including pressures up to several thousand bar and temperatures over 300˚ C. The LDPE process is a highly exothermic reaction which is nearly impossible to control and difficult to stop. Autoclaves, tubular reactors, and process elements require special overpressure protection measures to ensure that the process is safe. Since rapid pressure relief is required, rupture discs are a common solution to overpressure protection but the challenging environment in these high pressure / high temperature applications can cause traditional rupture discs to fatigue over time. The common solution for high pressure applications is a rupture discs manufactured with a weld seam. This has an influence on the burst pressure and, after installation, the applied pressure is nearly fully-loaded on the welding joint. Over time the weld seam fatigues under pressure and results in an unnecessary rupture disc response which can even take place at a lower pressure than the defined burst pressure. In comparison, REMBE HPRD rupture discs have a much longer life time than the traditional discs as the pressure load applies only on the seat of the disc. By moving the weld seam out of the pressure loaded area of the disc, the burst pressure is defined only by well controlled parameters such as material thickness and it is not influenced by the strength of the weld seam. This precise control over the rupture disc response pressure also allows the tightest burst tolerances of +/- 3% and lower. “The challenge of high pressure applications such as LDPE production is one which our engineers relish and we are proud to be able to protect such processes.” said Claire Lloyd, Business Development Europe at REMBE.


Fig. 1: REMBE rupture disc HPRD (open)

REMBE HPRD rupture discs protect various high pressure processes around the world. This long life version for high pressure applications has a lifetime which is 5-10 times higher than that of a standard rupture disc. That saves money and installation time by eliminating downtime caused by unwanted responses. An increasing number of companies are benefitting from reduced down-time and large cost savings by using a long-life rupture disc in their production facilities. REMBE were recently approached by one of the leading multinational companies in this field to protect their polymer plant in Belgium and help to bring them in line with European regulations on pressure equipment.


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Synthetic Chemistry Labs Benefit from Waterless Condenser Asynt reports upon a new scientific evaluation** of their Condensyn waterless condenser by the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in the key areas of performance versus Liebig water condensers, water savings potential and flood prevention. Driven by concern over numerous lab flooding incidents in their synthetic chemistry labs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels from the use of Liebig water condensers, TU Dublin were drawn to evaluate Condensyn waterless condensers. For commonly used ow-boiling solvents such as acetone and ethanol - the Condensyn was shown to provide superior performance to the water-consuming Liebig condensers. TU Dublin estimated over the course of an undergraduate laboratory session; a condenser would typically be used for 2 hours. This results in a total water consumption figure of at least 264 L per student pair, with each lab session catering for approximately 10 groups, and using approximately 2,640 L of water with a standard Liebig condenser unit. The report concludes that implementation of Condensyn waterless condensers will save 420,000 L of water in the undergraduate labs per annum, which equates to €970 of savings for TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus. They also predict even greater potential watersavings in the post-graduate research lab. where reactions often can be run for many day’s duration. Dr John Moran, a technical officer at TU Dublin commented “These waterless Condensyn units will result in significant environmental benefits through reduced water consumption, cost savings from massively reduced water consumption and eliminating potential damage due to water leaks from standard Liebig condensers. By using the Condensyn units in the undergraduate teaching labs, our investment will be recouped in under three years, with


water savings alone”. For further information on the Condensyn waterless condenser please visit asynt-condensyn-air-condenser/ or contact Asynt on +44-1638-781709 / TU Dublin ( is Ireland’s first technological university, formed by the recent amalgamation of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, and Institute of Technology, Tallaght. The institution has a continuous unbroken history stretching back to 1887, with the establishment of the first technical education institution in Ireland, the City of Dublin Technical Schools. Asynt is a leading supplier of affordable products, consumables and services for chemists in industry and academia. With staff of trained chemists - Asynt can draw upon this in-depth applications knowledge to provide a high level of customer support for its DrySyn Heating Blocks, Controlled Lab Reactors, Synthesis Tools, Evaporators, Circulators, Temperature Control Systems, Vacuum Pumps and Lab Safety Equipment. ** The scientific evaluation was run in conjunction with Lennox Laboratory Supplies ( – official Asynt distributor for Ireland.


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