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Big Data doesn’t need to be a Big Problem for food SMEs

Paul Wilkinson, Pacepacker’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager

The ongoing conceptual and hypothetical discussions about Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data are leaving many SMEs cold, and indeed are detracting from the wider debate about the importance of automation. But as Pacepacker Services Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson explains, even the most modest automation platform can help SMEs up the first rungs of the Industry 4.0 ladder, making better use of data to drive up productivity.

There is no doubt that Industry 4.0 has been gaining momentum over the last twelve months, with most manufacturers, SMEs included, developing a picture of what the smart factory of the future might look like. Given that SMEs in the UK food sector account for 96% of businesses, 30% of employment and 24% of turnover*, it’s vital that enterprises of all sizes recognise that Big Data isn’t just for the multinational elite organisations and that there are scalable options available that fit the needs of every manufacturing plant. Taking in the wider automation picture, all processes on the plant floor can derive greater value from Big Data and strengthen their overall supply chain strategy, with seamless communications to and from higher level business systems for more tightly integrated production. Upstream and downstream logistics processes and supply chain management forms part of this integrated system, ensuring production is optimised to match customer demand and raw materials supply. Already, we are beginning to see terabytes of plant floor data being transmitted to Cloud-based servers, with intelligent databases scouring this Big Data to uncover production trends, maximise throughput and availability, minimise energy usage and eliminate unscheduled downtime. In the ultimate picture, we anticipate seeing the ‘lights out’ factory, completely unmanned, with production lines able to optimise and reconfigure themselves to further boost availability and productivity,


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40 YEARS IN BUSINESS 40 years in business is an incredible achievement, our history and long-standing industry experience are key elements to our success. The immediacy of our service has contributed to our growth” Martin Baker, Managing Director of TMB Patterns Ltd.

Starting up in June 1977, Bridgwater based TMB Patterns is still owned and managed by Martin Baker. TMB Patterns is a cutting edge thermoforming toolmaker with diversification into sub-contract machining for the nuclear and aerospace sectors. With a multimillion pound turnover employing over 70 highly trained staff many of which are from the local community, servicing a truly international market. With continuing investment in both people and technology; TMB Patterns has grown and developed into a leading company in Thermoforming Packaging. TMB Patterns ethos of quality and precision, has led to the implementation of Quality Management Systems covering ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and Environmental ISO 14001:2015 certification, which underpins the company’s commitment to improve systems and processes. In addition,


TMB has also undergone the Fit for Nuclear (F4N) accreditation. With the ever-increasing demands for machines to run both fast and efficiently, tooling is getting larger and more complicated, this has led to major machinery investments including a dedicated Erowa CNC machining cell. This incorporates 4 5-axis CNC machines and a 6-axis EDM machine allowing for lights out engineering. At the beginning of 2017 TMB Patterns invested in 2 new surface grinders with a maximum bed size of 2000 x 1200; which is one of the largest surface grinders in the UK. These new surface grinders will be complemented by the introduction of a new Grob G750 horizontal 5 axis CNC machine, the first and largest machine that Grob have supplied into England, with a working area Ø1200 x 930. This machine will be delivered and commissioned in September 2017.

As the company looks to the future TMB Patterns is aware of the importance of keeping and developing the skills of its workforce. By working with the local college, TMB Patterns continues to train and develop via the apprenticeship scheme. This along with continued investment, TMB Patterns is still actively looking to be innovative and maintain its position within a thriving but competitive market for the next 40 years. www.tmb-patterns.co.uk

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The answer is simple. Your supplier must have the power to provide a flexible approach to facilitate your business needs in order for your supply chain to flow smoothly; and the products which you are using must be ideally optimised for use with your product. These two attributes will ensure that the performance of your company and products are fully supported and driven by the application’s Power Supply and source.

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Tensile System from Linkam Linkam have been developing solutions for sample characterisation to help push the boundaries of science for over 30 years. These are used in many industries and universities around the world to aid in the characterisation of materials from polymers to biological tissue. Understanding the micro and thermomechanical 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 demands. These include materials such as carbon fibre and graphene which are now becoming established materials for high end applications from bike frames, cars and even aircraft wings. New materials are being developed to replace or support human body parts such as artificial hips and artificial corneas. It is vital that the physical properties of these materials are well characterised and any failure modes understood.

rates. The temperature range can be extended down to -196 OC with the addition of liquid nitrogen cooling option. Tensile forces up to 200N can be applied and measured making it ideal for a wide range of materials.

The Linkam TST350 tensile stage allows the structural dynamics of sample materials to be observed and imaged while under defined temperature and tensile profiles. The temperature can be accurately controlled up to 350 OC with 0.01°C control and up to 60°C/min heating

The TST350 is designed to be easily mounted on an optical microscope and when combined with our LINK software and Imaging system time lapse series can be recorded and images correlated with temperature and tensile force. The TST350 is built with two precision ground


The sample chamber is sealed and can be purged with various gases via the built-in valves. Combining the TST350 with the Linkam RH95 humidity generator further extends the capability of the system enabling the study of the effects of humidity and temperature on samples. For x-ray applications, there is a special vacuum version with feed-through connectors for x-ray cabinets.

stainless steel lead screws to maintain perfect uniform vertical and horizontal alignment. Sample jaws move in opposite directions to maintain the sample in the microscope field of view. Linkam Scientific manufacture a number of systems for characterising the properties of materials including the CSS450 optical Shear stage and the new optical differential scanning calorimeter, DSC450. Common applications for these include the investigation, selection, comparison and end-use characterisation of the performance of materials in research, quality control and production environments. For more information, visit www.linkam.co.uk

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Telsonic ultrasonic systems are ideally suited to sub-contract assembly applications in plastic and metal

Telsonic Launch Subcontract Ultrasonic Plastic and Metal Welding Services at Sub Con 2017 Martin Frost, UK Sales Manager, Telsonic UK Ltd, UK

Telsonic UK will once again be a key participant in the forthcoming Subcon show, the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to subcontract and outsourced engineering services. Telsonic have just announced that the comprehensive range of ultrasonic modules and systems available from the company are now complemented with the launch of a new sub-contract welding service, for plastic and metal components, within their Poole facility. This service is available to manufacturers who may require additional production capacity or perhaps do not have sufficient volume to warrant the purchase of dedicated equipment. It also allows customers who are having bespoke systems built by Telsonic, the opportunity to manufacture components using the same ultrasonic technology until such time as their system is ready for delivery, an ideal scenario for pre-production or low volume production.

Manufacturers Turning To Ultrasonics The quest for greater productivity, reduced energy consumption and reduced costs are driving manufacturers to seek more efficient methods for assembly. This in turn has seen an increase in the demand for Telsonic’s ultrasonic technology in both plastic and metal welding application areas. Telsonic ultrasonic modules and systems continue to gain ground in the production of automotive interior and exterior plastic sub assemblies, whilst the company’s metal welding technology is finding its way into an increasing number of wire splicing applications on harnesses and within panel building applications. Exhibiting in Hall 3 on stand H11, Telsonic’s engineers will be on hand to discuss the wide range of ultrasonic products available from the company, their new sub-contract manufacturing service, and also provide advice and recommendations on customer’s plastic and metal welding applications. Subcon is being held at the NEC in Birmingham between the 6th and 8th June 2017. E-Mail – info.uk@telsonic.com Web – www.telsonic.com Blog – telsonicuk.wordpress.com


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Systems and machines controlled, monitored and maintained from anywhere in the world An Industry 4.0-ready wireless controller that allows machines and systems to be remotely controlled and monitored is available from WAGO.


ireless data transmissions are used for communication with machines and systems in difficult to access areas, such as those in the renewable energy sector or in mobile applications. As such, the PFC200 controller includes a 3G modem to connect to the mobile phone network to control, monitor, maintain and run diagnostics on decentralised machines and systems anywhere in the world, so long as network coverage is available. Accessing the controller via the Internet saves time and money by centralising control and monitoring capabilities, with modern data networks taking over the routing, communicating and delivery of data packets.

3G modem The PFC200 controller fits into the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 and is equipped with a 3G modem with standard (mini) SIM card. The only requirements for the mobile communication functions are a valid mobile phone contract and a SIM card. The PFC200 provides wireless GPRS Internet connectivity and allows bidirectional communication via SMS. The settings for the mobile communication network can be configured directly from the webbased management of the controller.

The controller With 600 MHz of processing speed, the PFC200 is capable of handling the automation of individual machines through to complex applications and algorithms. It has low energy consumption and passive cooling, and with no battery and no moving parts it is maintenance-free. A wide variety of fieldbus configurations along with specialist I/O modules make it suitable for a diverse range of machine and process automation applications.


Secure connection via OpenVPN and IPsec The 3G modem allows errorfree distance monitoring and secure data transmission, ensuring data cannot be accessed by unauthorised third parties. When accessed via the mobile network, the controller sets the encryption using a virtual private network (VPN). Different protocols such as OpenVPN and IPsec can be used depending on operator preference. The VPN tunnel transmits all data encrypted at SSL and TLS.

Telecontrol protocols In addition to the standard version, WAGO’s PFC200 is available with an extended temperature operating range from −20 °C to +60 °C and as a telecontrol variant. The PFC200 telecontrollers support IEC 608705-101, -103 and -104, IEC 61850, IEC 61400-25 protocols, as well as DNP3.

for the most demanding applications. The XTR range can operate from -40 °C up to +70 °C, with vibration protection up to 5 g and shock proofing up to 15 g (EN 61373). Spring pressure connection technology guarantees safe and secure connections even in the harshest operating environments.

Two Ethernet ports The 750-8207 PFC200 features two Ethernet ports and an RS-232/RS485 interface for seamless network integration. An integrated network switch enables easy bus topology implementation. Additionally, an integrated webserver provides the user with online configuration options and status information accessible from anywhere.

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EPLAN Coiner set to revolutionise

automated engineering designs CAE solutions provider EPLAN has launched an innovative configurationbased automation software package, which simplifies the changeover to automated working methods by enabling design engineers to generate electrical and fluid schematics at the push of a button – without the need for expert knowledge, specialist programming ability or extensive training.

Intuitive, flexible and easy to use, EPLAN Cogineer can be a central part of the design workflow, whether you take a function-based or machinebased approach. Your design method will not require any modification, it will simply become much faster. Fully integrated into the EPLAN Platform, EPLAN Cogineer provides the support of expert knowledge from configuration onwards. A mechatronic rulebook and configuration interface can be put together intuitively and quickly, without requiring knowledge of any complex programming language. "The 100% data continuity from one design project to the next allows users to work with EPLAN Cogineer in a very time-efficient manner," explains Ken Christie, Director at EPLAN UK. "With EPLAN Cogineer, the design process is completely independent of the people


involved, which means that consistency is guaranteed. The significant benefits of EPLAN Cogineer are great timesavings through automatic schematic planning, and increased quality through effective error prevention”. Complete electro-technical documentation can be created with EPLAN Cogineer at the push of a button. This guarantees error-free implementation of the defined rules and models and ensures the production of high quality documentation. Another added benefit of the new software is that it allows users to create more projects in the same time, thanks to its functionality for making use of pre-engineered macros. EPLAN Cogineer is flexible and easy to use as it offers data continuity from product structuring to final project implementation and supports

compliance with standards and directives. This ensures maximum accuracy and maximum efficiency. Subscribing to EPLAN”s "Learning by doing" motto, Cogineer is very simple to work with for occasional as well as the experienced users, making it very easy for anyone to develop projects. It does not matter whether machines and plants are already structured by functional aspects or by hierarchies of plant-specific viewpoints. The EPLAN Cogineer solution offers a scalable configuration approach in terms of selected working methodology, by mixing classical working methods and configurations — for example, with manual and configurable subprojects — in order to meet customer requirements. For further information please visit www.eplancogineer.co.uk.

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Güdel’s Gantry Advantage Flexible & Scalable Technology Robots in their many forms are at the heart of much of todays automated manufacturing, with the 6 axis variants perhaps most widely recognised due to the numbers installed within the automotive sector. Gantry robots however, with their capability to handle large payloads and span great distances, can be an attractive alternative and offer distinct advantages in many application areas where space and accessibility are at a premium. It is true that the 6 degrees of freedom available from an articulated arm robot brings distinct advantages where complex orientation tasks are required, but gantry robots have other attributes which can eclipse those of their 6 axis cousins in many ways. Generally if the concept or application under consideration requires compromises to make a 6 axis solution viable, then it is often the case that a gantry robot would be the better option. The mechanical configuration of a gantry robot is inherently rigid and provides the highest levels of accuracy and repeatability across its full, and often extensive working envelope. It is these characteristics that have seen Güdel gantry robots play an important role in many applications. A good example is machine tool loading. In this relatively simple application, usually requiring only 3-4 axes of motion, the main advantages of the gantry robot are the shape of the work envelope and the ability to access the machines from overhead. This means that there are no restrictions on operator access to the machine or its control panel at floor level, often a disadvantage when using 6 axis robots for these operations. Also, where there are a number of machine tools to be serviced, then a single gantry robot can be used to load and unload multiple machines.

All gantry robots supplied by Güdel, irrespective of working range or payload, are built upon a comprehensive range of high quality, robust, field proven modules manufactured in-house to exacting standards. Güdel’s reputation for quality and reliability, combined with the relatively simple mechanical configuration of gantry robots mean that uptimes are very high and the time required for any maintenance or remedial work is kept to an absolute minimum. The scalable concept of the gantry robot also allows the system to be tailored specifically to suit the application, meaning that there are no compromises on working range, accuracy and repeatability or payload. A further benefit is that, although a gantry robot might span a great distance, its actual footprint is small by comparison. This means a very high utilisation of precious floorspace, without the “dead zone” usually associated with a conventional floor mounted 6-axis robot.


Güdel gantry robot handles heavy concrete fiber plates

These unsung heroes of the automation world have a lot to offer and can often be a practical alternative to other robot types for a wide range of applications across multiple market sectors. For more information, please contact: This Gödel gantry system spans 50 metres and provides a highly flexible solution to the manufacture of modular building products.

Gantry robots allow unrestricted operator access to machine tools when applied to loading and unloading operations

the gantry the first choice solution. A shining example of the capabilities and benefits of a very large gantry robot solution is Güdel’s WoodFlex system, spanning an impressive 50 metres and installed to manufacture three-dimensional arched ceiling beams and other products for modular building construction. In addition to the extensive working range of this system, the impressive payload capacity of the gantry allows it to transport a range of interchangeable gripper and tooling systems on board, increasing efficiency and productivity as it performs numerous assembly tasks with multiple tools.

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New stylish range of market leading Helmet Mounted SonisTM Ear Defenders

Continuing their strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP understand that Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is one of the biggest Occupational Health problems facing us today so to help the industry combat this, the JSP Research and Development team have designed a new range of SonisTM Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which peak at an unbeaten SNR of 36. Developed in partnership with a leading research facility in the field of acoustic engineering, this new range offers unique acoustic performance in an extensive range of industrial applications. The SonisTM Helmet Mounted range moves from the green SonisTM 1 – SNR 26 for low level noise to the Sonis CompactTM 2 with slim cups offering SNR of 31 for substantial Industrial noise through to the market leading SNR of 36 for the red SonisTM 3 to protect against extreme industrial noise. This new SonisTM range of Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders feature adjustable steel arms so the wearer can tilt and adjust the position of the cup to give an excellent fit to the ear. The force the helmet adaptor applies and the cushion surface area work together to provide optimum cushion pressure and comfort.


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UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd has boosted its ultra-violet lining capability to meet growing demand for the rehabilitation of large diameter sewers and culverts.

ts lining division has invested in a new dual-core curing system designed specifically for lining pipes with a diameter of between 600mm and 1200mm.

UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd, part of Lanes Group plc, is using the advanced system to rehabilitate large diameter culverts for Network Rail. There are only two of these ultra-violet (UV) dual-core systems in the UK that can be used on mobile UV lining equipment. Most pipe rehabilitation contractors hire them project-by-project, passing on the high cost of this to the client. Eamonn Maloney, Head of Rail Maintenance for UKDN Waterflow (LG), said: “We are investing in technology that allows us to deliver the best service to our rail customers. “Having the system in-house will allow us to plan culvert and sewer rehabilitation programmes more effectively, making them easier to implement, and more costeffective for rail infrastructure customers. “Our ability to invest in this technology is an example of the benefits that have flowed from Lanes Group’s acquisition of the business 12 months ago. Indeed, the dual-core system will be made available to all Lanes Group sewer rehabilitation customers.” In an additional innovation, UKDN Waterflow (LG) has also devised a mobile UV lining pod to operate the dual core light train, which can be easily lifted on to and off rail trollies or all-terrain trailers.

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This allows the equipment to be more easily transported to and from the lining site, contributing to safer, faster and more efficient pipe rehabilitation procedures.

of the dual-core, so the operator can monitor the curing process. This is especially useful when lining curved pipes when the guide arms may snag on wrinkles in the liner.”

The ProKASRO dual-core UV light system has four lamps on each core. Once the guide arms have been set to a maximum diameter, a safety system will prevent the arms overelevating past the diameter chosen.

UV cure in place pipeline (CIPP) lining, where resin within the glass-fibre liner is hardened with UV light, is increasingly the pipe rehabilitation technique of choice in rail environments.

UKDN Waterflow (LG) Lining Manager Jack Talbott said: “We can remotely adjust the arms up or down to guide the light source through changing diameters, or sections of deformed pipes during the curing process.

It is faster and needs less installation equipment than traditional hot water CIPP lining. This makes UV lining easier to carry out in remote locations and confined spaces, which often apply to working on railway lines.

“The operator to keep the light source as close as possible to the liner all times. This allows the quickest curing time, which can be essential when lining rail pipes during short track possessions.

UV-cured liners are also structurally stronger. This means they can be made with thinner, lighter material, adding to the ease of installation. Also, unlike hot CIPP, UV lining does not create large quantities of toxic waste water.

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Power Jacks Has It All Configured Out Lifting and positioning specialist Power Jacks has introduced a new online engineering tool for customers with designs on instant access to the company’s product portfolio. The innovative portal system means design assistance or product selection is available to customers anywhere in the world, 24/7. “It’s our way of empowering customers who want to benefit from Power Jacks’ capabilities and expertise, and want to do so swiftly and efficiently,” says Marketing Director Bruce Hamper. “For businesses located overseas, or with multiple international bases, we believe this online engineering resource is a genuine problemsolver – an immediate solution when timescales are tight and product reliability is paramount.” The Power Jacks Portal – accessed via the company’s website www. powerjacks.com – offers a single point of access to twin services: •


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a Product Selector, allowing customers with less technical knowledge to enter their application parameters and let a built-in engineering intelligence system recommend the optimum product solution. The system then generates a CAD model and datasheet along with a summary of calculated values.

The service initially includes products for machine screw jacks, ball screw jacks, stainless steel screw jacks, linear actuators, bevel gearboxes and load links. However this is set to be enhanced as further products and system-building accessories are added.

The portal has a user-friendly dashboard facility and all its capabilities can be accessed via a single log-in – all customers have to do is register on the website. “We’re pleased to be adding this new dimension to our customer service capabilities,” adds Bruce. “We understand the issues and challenges our customers can face,

Power Jacks has chosen to base the portal on the CADENAS engine. “CADENAS is a world-leader in the development of CAD part systems and their delivery worldwide via the internet,” says Bruce. “Its commitment and development strategy mean our customers will have access to the best systems, using the latest technology. More than that, CADENAS has a global support structure in place to support our international customer base.”





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The first webinar will take place on June 27th 2017 at 9am (GMT) on the topic ‘Everything you should know about Aircraft Structural Testing’. As airframe structures must be thoroughly tested to ensure top performance through its operational life, this webinar is suitable for structural engineers who are working on the development of modern aircraft. Split into comprehensive categories, this webinar will start with looking at some of the reasons and common drivers behind aircraft structural testing and will move on to highchannel count testing and finally will then look at typical requirements of the testing engineers and a sketch of the workflow. Exclusively offered by the HBM academy, How to cope with growing demands regarding filling, dosing, check weighing and packaging technology’, will take place on June 28th 2017 at 9am (GMT). This webinar is all about weigh filling. Confronted with the demand for ever increasing precision and higher speeds for packaging – often with the expectations of reduced costs – this webinar looks at the advantages which can be achieved in comparison to other filling technologies, such as accuracy, which could result in costly over filling of products, speed and the prevention of contamination etc. Our third webinar in the series, takes place on June 29th 2017 at 9 am (GMT), ‘Measuring in 3 dimensions: Why you should consider choosing a multi-axis sensor as a space-saving alternative for your application?’ looks at the working principle of multi axis sensors and discusses the benefits. The webinar will also discuss the impact of cross-talk, which is an unwanted and inherent phenomenon which occurs when one axis of a sensor is stressed with a single load. Dirk Möller, Head of Product Management - Industrial Measurement Solutions at HBM offers practical guidance and explains how to minimise cross-talk effects, which can have a negative impact on measuring results. When it comes to deciding which force sensor is the right one for your


application, HBM’s final webinar in the series will be of interest ‘Piezoelectric or Strain Gauge Technology webinar’, takes place on June 30th at 9 a.m (G.M.T) With many different sensing technologies and the endless variety of products available in the market, finding the right sensor for your application can often be a daunting task. With piezoelectric and strain gauge technology being two of the measuring principles most commonly used in force measurement technology, this webinar will explain

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The new EPC3000 precision controller range from Eurotherm focuses on a robust cybersecurity strategy combined with IIoT connectivity • Eurotherm™ by Schneider Electric™ new range of programmable precision controllers designed to help optimize thermal processing and process automation • New EPC3000 precision controllers help deliver an efficient and secure process, maintaining high standards of production and helping to ease cybersecurity concerns • The EPC3000 range is a cost effective solution whatever your process, as it easily achieves the required stability, accuracy and repeatability across multiple industrial applications requiring precision control, with particular benefits in heat treatment for aerospace and automotive, life sciences, semiconductor, glass and food & beverage Data security in the industrial environment is paramount, and it all begins with system integrity at every level, from enterprise to device. Eurotherm has designed this new range around best practice for cybersecurity, and EPC3000 is the first Eurotherm process controller tested to the highly demanding Achilles® CRT Level 1 qualification, a unique solution designed to enable device manufacturers to conduct comprehensive quality testing throughout the product development lifecycle. At one of the launch events in India, a system integrator commented, “The performance of this controller is impressive and the certification for Ethernet robustness will help our cybersecurity strategy and give peace of mind for the future”

Precise and repeatable control improves quality, increases yield and minimizes waste With a high level of functionality and configurability, EPC3000 controllers are easy to install, commission and replace, and are built to last. Global certification to international standards allows EPC3000 to be adapted to a wide spectrum of markets and applications with a robust design for high reliability in demanding environments.


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June 2017

PACKED, SEALED, SOLD, SENT Packaging designers are constantly thinking up remarkable new packaging solutions that not only protect the product but are also intended to awaken our impulse to buy at the point of sale. Only producers with the right mix of in-house production and suitable components from other suppliers can meet the needs of this market. To achieve the level of flexibility and reliability required, Beck Packautomaten has relied on the conveyor technology modules of mk for a number of years now. Not one mk conveyor that we are using or have used has broken down,” says Marco Corrado. The conveyors are designed to meet every requirement and the areas of use are multifaceted: From small and light products of just a few grams up to full rolls of carpet weighing up to 100 kg per role, mk conveyors were able to demonstrate their strengths in every challenge. One of the biggest benefits of mk products is the variety of its system: Using the modular aluminium profile technology as the basis, every function of modern factory automation can be implemented with ease. “The system suits us very well. We can build the exact conveyor that we need, practically like you could with Lego.”

Beck can also use its mk conveyors for the most varied environmental conditions. Even with the abrasive contaminants produced when working with insulation boards, the mk products managed to operate effectively. And at the other end of the spectrum, Beck also uses mk conveyors for very clean environments with cleanroom conditions.

That is exactly what has brought mk so much success in the market for 50 years: On the one hand, mk offers a modular and sophisticated technical conveyor system based on its aluminium profile technology. On the other, mk has a particular and distinct expertise in the area of conveyor technology for creating solutions that deviate from the standard. Another benefit of mk products for Beck Packautomaten are the proportionally low installation dimensions of the mk conveyors. The Beck machines are the most compact ones with their capabilities on the market. mk also supplies small and short conveyors with a tail diameter of 22 mm or with a knife edge starting from a diameter of 10 mm. “These small conveyors are perfect for us, because we can integrate them directly into the machines,” explains Marco Corrado. “We have been very happy with the mk conveyors,” says Marco Corrado, “and we look forward to relying on mk products for our machines in the future.”



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June 2017 These advantages become particularly apparent in the Hygienic Design environment because ease of cleaning is one of the highest priorities. With the XTS Hygienic, which is so much easier to clean compared to more complex mechanical systems, the routine cleaning tasks along with those for product switchover – which are optimally supported by the XTS as standard – can be performed much more quickly. And there’s more: up to now, it was virtually impossible to implement mechanical solutions at all in many applications due to their high requirements for cleaning – the XTS Hygienic now allows for the automation of many of these processes as well.

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XTS Hygienic in stainless steel for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries XTS Hygienic, the stainless steel version of the eXtended Transport System from Beckhoff, opens up a wide spectrum of new applications, first and foremost in the primary food and pharmaceutical industries and for processing and filling liquids in general. Enabling optimal cleanability with the high protection rating of IP 69K, very good chemical resistance and without any hidden corners, edges or undercuts, the version in Hygienic Design offers a lot of potential for innovation in these industries. The advantages of the standard system as a highly flexible motion solution are combined with ease of cleaning, thus enabling process optimisations and maximum production line availability even when the demands made on hygiene are high. The XTS replaces mechanics with software functionality to allow for a high degree of design freedom in realising completely new machine concepts. As a result, applications with difficult environmental conditions, such as in product handling for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and in the production of paints and varnishes, will benefit from the new Hygienic Design. Benefits for machine builders and end users Through a significant reduction in mechanical engineering requirements, machines can be set up with the XTS more compactly, at a lighter weight and with less wiring. In addition, compared to conventional solutions, the systems are much more flexible, the processes quicker and maintenance needs lower. Thus, machine builders can now offer smaller, more powerful and more efficient systems and the end user benefits accordingly from a smaller footprint, higher productivity and quicker product switchovers.


Developed in close co-operation with the EHEDG The XTS Hygienic was developed in close co-operation with the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG). As a result, it meets all the requirements for system certification according to EL Class I AUX. The most important properties of this stainless steel version include the high IP 69K protection class, which guarantees the highest-possible degree of protection against ingress of dust and water. In addition, it exhibits very good chemical stability so that the surfaces are able to stand up to surfactants, acidic and alkaline cleaning agents, different alcohols and disinfectants and even hydrogen peroxide. The mechanical components used in the XTS are made of V4A stainless steel, while the seals and covers consist of very resistant plastic materials. In addition, all the joints between the individual components are protected against the ingress of dirt and liquid by a high-quality, elastic joint seal. Once installed, the XTS components form an even, smooth surface together with the machine that is easily accessible in all areas, which also makes it very easy to clean. These properties also apply to the movers, with the rollers placed at such a distance to the mover’s body that the gap can be cleaned with e.g. a finger. The rollers of the mover are sealed against the axis in such a way that it is possible to reliably prevent the ingress of dirt and any leakage of the bearing grease.

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June 2017

Precise metering of viscous fluid flows Titan Enterprises OG Series oval gear flowmeters provide precise metering of viscous fluid flows at flow rates up to 500 litres/min, temperatures at up to 150C and pressures up to 700 bar. Beneficially the measurement accuracy of OG flowmeters improves as the liquid viscosity increases, from a nominal one per cent to around 0.1 per cent of flow rate at higher viscosities. In a Titan OG flowmeter - oval shaped gear-toothed rotors rotate within a chamber of specified geometry. As these rotors turn, they sweep out and trap a very precise volume of fluid between the outer oval shape of the gears and the inner chamber walls with none of the fluid actually passing through the gear teeth. Magnets are embedded in the rotors which then actuate a reed switch or provide a pulse output via a Hall Effect sensor. Each pulse or switch closure then represents a precise increment of liquid volume that passes through the meter. The result is highly accurate flow measurement almost immune from the effects of varying fluid viscosity, density and temperature. Titan OG flowmeters are available in sizes from 1/4 to 2in, for flows between 1ml/min and 500l/min. Individually flow calibrated, they are supplied with a traceable flow test certificate, for flows both in forward and reverse directions, if necessary.

Options are available for monitoring of aggressive / hazardous fluids or inclusion of feature windows to allow visual flow checking. Each OG flowmeter provides an electronic pulse output enabling simple interfacing with flow rate indicators or machine control systems. Compact and ruggedly designed – Titan Oval Gear flowmeters uniquely combine high performance with a low cost of ownership. Viscous flow monitoring applications benefiting from Titan OG flowmeters including monitoring of lubrication-flow in compressors and rock-crushing machinery, forward and reverse fuel flows on marine diesel engines, syrup injections in beverage lines, automated dispensing of cooking oils, flow rate and volume of batch chemicals as well as monitoring wax finishes, perfumes and sizing chemicals that are sprayed onto paper. For further information please visit the overview page on flowmeters or contactTitanEnterpriseson+44-1935812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk

Informative Flowmeter Titan Enterprises has published an updated version of its popular ‘Top 10 Tips for Selecting a Flowmeter’ guide. Available to download from Flowmeters top tips the document provides informative and unbiased guidance to enable you to select the optimum flowmeter technology for your application. After discussing why you might need a flowmeter the guide then addresses the total life cost of different types of flowmeter technology, the importance of defining operating parameters (flow rate, line pressure, temperature and measurement accuracy required) and the chemical compatibility considerations of your application. The guide also looks at how your selection of the most


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Low Power 800-series Flowmeter for Battery Operated Equipment Titan Enterprises has introduced a new version of its popular 800 series turbine flow meter that enables integration with battery powered or portable equipment.

Guide to Selection appropriate flowmeter often can depend on the system it is intended to be a part of. To enable you to compare the 10 most common different flow metering technologies pragmatically the guide provides a helpful pentagram graphic representation for each technology to help you match a flowmeter type to your operating parameters, its cost of ownership, ease of use and the level of support it may require. Finally the guide looks at the importance of following flowmeter installation instructions carefully and offers some helpful troubleshooting checks you can try before having to call out a service engineer to your ‘faulty’ flowmeter. For further information please contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk.

Designed to operate with minimal power input, this competitively priced, low power 800 series flowmeter maintains high performance over 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 litres per minute. Totally non-metallic wetted components, including a moulded PVDF body and Viton ‘O’ seals, makes the lower 800 series flowmeter the ideal choice for the metering of even aggressive chemicals. The standard inlet tubes are barbed to accept a hose size of 8mm although for OEM use - alternatives are available. At the heart of the low power 800 series flowmeter is a precision turbine that rotates freely on robust sapphire bearings. The turbine contains fully moulded-in magnets that are detected through the chamber wall by an extremely low drag, low power detector. The output for the low power 800 series flowmeter is a stream of pulses that are readily interfaced with most electronic displays or recording devices. This combination of materials and technology ensures a long life, high performance product with continuous reliable operation. For further information on the new low power 800-series flowmeter please visit the overview on Flowmeters website or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 or sales@flowmeters.com.uk.

With over 40 years’ experience in flowmeter innovation and manufacture, Titan’s company philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 250,000 products into 40 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase rate of 95%. Today Titan supplies innovative flow measurement solutions to a broad range of market sectors, including medical, chemical, petrochemical, food and drink, laboratory and pharmaceutical. For further information please visit www.flowmeters.co.uk.


June 2017

Air Liquide to Supply Oxygen to the UK’s First Advanced Biofuels Facility Air Liquide has been awarded a five-year contract to supply a large volume of oxygen per annum to an advanced biofuels facility being constructed by Advanced Plasma Power and Cadent. The high-purity oxygen will be used to convert 10,000 tonnes per annum of household waste into 22GWh of biosubstitute natural gas (BioSNG), enough to heat 1,500 homes or fuel 75 heavy goods vehicles. Construction of the facility has already started and it is due to deliver gas to the grid in the first half of 2018. Once it has achieved full operation it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,000 tonnes per annum


Richard Murphy, Managing Director of Air Liquide UK said “Air Liquide are pleased to be working with Cadent and Advanced Plasma Power on this exciting project. It demonstrates our ability to deliver innovative solutions to new markets and our commitment to promoting the transition to low carbon alternatives to fossil fuels.”

Funding for the £25m facility has been provided by an £11m grant awarded in September 2015 from the Department for Transport’s Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition, the Gas Network Innovation Competition and the project partners.

Rolf Stein, Chief Executive of Advanced Plasma Power said “We have been really impressed by Air Liquide’s professionalism and ability to provide a cost effective and flexible oxygen solution. Production of BioSNG requires a highquality gas partner and we look forward to working with Air Liquide on future projects.”

The project will catalyse the development of further BioSNG plants. The technology has the potential to produce 100TWh of green gas per annum, enough to fuel all of the UK’s heavy goods vehicles or meet one third of our domestic heat demand. Achieving this potential will require 11 billion cubic metres of oxygen per annum.

David Parkin, Director of Network Strategy of Cadent said “Decarbonising heat will require innovative technologies such as BioSNG. This oxygen supply agreement shows that important role that industrial gases companies such as Air Liquide can play in the development and commercialisation of these technologies.”

June 2017

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ulton Limited – the leading heat transfer specialist – has supplied an oil-fired, skid-mounted steam boiler system to Neal’s Yard Remedies, a UK-based manufacturer of natural, organic health and beauty products including essential oils, moisturisers, shower gels and soaps. The 60J oil-fired boiler was supplied with the necessary ancillary items including hot-well, water softening, chemical dosing and blowdown vessels. Commenting for Neal’s Yard, a spokesperson says: “The Fulton boiler was suited to the processes demanded from Neal’s Yard Remedies and was of a style and type that was ideal for the location of the company’s new plant room, which is situated on a mezzanine floor.” This is Neal’s Yard’s first steam boiler installation and it replaces an old electric element heating process, which used de-ionised water – an important ingredient in most products – introduced into small mixing vessels and heated using electric elements to produce a steam jacket. The new process line uses steam from the Fulton boiler to provide indirect heat – in excess of 90 degrees – to a heating pot containing products such as coconut oil. Two larger mixing vessels on the same line are also indirectly heated and contain only naturally-occurring products, blended to produce cosmetics including hand lotions, shampoos, face polishes, etc. While the new process line features a much larger heating pot and mixing vessels, Fulton’s boiler system quickly raises steam and bring the vessels up to temperature, making it a very efficient way for the company to produce the indirect heat required for its processes.

The skid-mounted Fulton system has been designed to futureproof the Neal’s Yard operation and allow for the addition of a second boiler, which will be used during maintenance and shutdown periods and to cope with increased demands in throughput. “The combination of larger vessels and a move to a steam-based process has enabled us to more than doubled the potential throughput of the new line.” says the Neal’s Yard spokesperson. The Fulton name has been synonymous with steam since the company first introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in 1949 and Fulton was established in Bristol in 1966. Today, Fulton is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers, producing an unrivalled range of heat transfer solutions, including steam and thermal fluid systems, but increasingly these are ordered by customers as part of bespoke turnkey systems designed to meet exacting specifications. Fulton’s renowned ‘J’ Series vertical gas- and oil-fired steam boilers includes eight models covering outputs from 96 to 960 kg/h. Its tubeless design, invented by Fulton, eliminates the coils and tubes traditionally used in steam raising plant and enables the Series ‘J’ to raise its full steam output in just 20 minutes. The simple design and robust construction from top quality materials make them ideal for arduous applications in a wide range of industries. Fulton’s heat transfer solutions can be delivered as fullyprefabricated plant rooms or complete skid-mounted units, built to fit a prepared location and connect direct to pre-installed services. Using the latest CAD equipment, its design team can accommodate the most sophisticated engineering specifications in surprisingly compact spaces, locating components in the best possible position to suit the installation. Further information on the products and services available from Fulton can be found at www.fulton.co.uk, by emailing sales@fulton.co.uk or by calling +44 (0)117 972 3322.


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Maple 2017 Offers Increased Mathematical Power, Stronger Visualizations and Flexible Deployment Options New version of Maple expands functionality further with easy sharing of user-written packages

Maplesoft™ today announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the mathematical software that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve math problems. The result of over 30 years of development, Maple already has comprehensive mathematical coverage and extensive usability features, but with continuous development efforts, this release includes a large number of useful improvements that existing customers will welcome. As always, there are constant improvements in the mathematical engine, implementing new algorithms and adding more flexibility and efficiency to existing ones. New abilities include finding exact solutions to more PDEs with boundary conditions, finding new limits, solving more integrals, performing new graph theory computations, analyzing data in new ways, and much more. In addition, with customers can:



• Extend Maple’s power through user-created packages, with instant, seamless access to a rich collection of packages written by customers and shared in the MapleCloud.


• Construct even complicated plots easily using a redesigned Plot Builder Assistant that makes it even easier to create and customize a wide variety of plots, simply and without knowing a single plot command. • Password protect Maple documents while still allowing access to the procedures they contain, so users can share their work without sharing their intellectual property. • Expand their worldview with new map visualization tools and a geographical database for exploring and understanding world data in a highly visual way. Other enhancements include new visualizations, additional tools to support algorithm and application development, tools to enhance engineering computations, more comprehensive handling of usersupplied assumptions about a mathematical problem, which Maple takes into account when finding solutions , and speed-ups in fundamental computation routines. “Maple 2017 has a wide variety of advances that appeal to the broad spectrum of our users,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief

Operating Officer and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “Some will be very pleased with the ability to easily access customer-authored packages, and maybe even share their own. Some will appreciate the new Plot Builder and how quickly they can create and customize their plots without worrying about commands and syntax, while others will love all the extra information and practical examples they get from the Engineering Portal. Many will have fun exploring world map projections. And everyone will benefit from the under-the-hood computation and performance improvements, even if they don’t know it. While no single feature will ever be relevant to every customer, we made sure there is something for everyone”. Maple is available in several languages including French, Simplified Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese. A Japanese version of Maple 2017 will be available in a few weeks. For more information about new features in Maple 2017, visit the Maplesoft website. To learn more about the increased benefits of easy-to-use math software, please read this whitepaper.

June 2017

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why anti-fatigue matting is anything but pedestrian Sue Springett, commercial manager at Teknomek

There’s much to consider in the day-to-day running of any industrial site and it’s easy to overlook those elements that might be considered more mundane. However, even the smallest procurement choices can make a big difference to your bottom line. A sensible place to start is (literally) from the ground up. There’s much to consider in the day-to-day running of any industrial site and it’s easy to overlook those elements that might be considered more mundane. However, even the smallest procurement choices can make a big difference to your bottom line. A sensible place to start is (literally) from the ground up. In a manufacturing facility, much of the workforce typically spends a significant portion of the day on their feet, particularly those on the production floor. All that time spent stationary can result in health complaints ranging from muscle aches to swollen feet, and even varicose veins. This in turn leads to work days lost to ill-health. Moreover, slips, trips and falls are the third most common cause of sick days. No matter how wellmanaged your production line may be, any environment where oil or other lubricants are used is going to offer increased risks. Injuries relating even to low level workplace accidents can be extremely costly and the number of claims filed almost doubled (a rise of 42 percent)* in the first decade of the century. Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), more commonly known as ‘no-win-nofee’ legal service models, have made compensation culture a very real concern for employers. To place that in context, the cumulative cost of same level falls in the UK in 2011 amounted to £11 billion, an average of over £33k per slip or fall claim, rising to £68k per head injury claim. Investing in products that will minimise slip hazards and/or reduce the physical impact should


a fall happen is a shrewd move. As such, it will probably come as little surprise to learn matting ranges are fast becoming one of the biggest sellers in the Teknomek catalogue. A firm favourite is anti-fatigue matting, as well offering improved grip, these specialist mats employ rubber domes and nitrile-infused sponge backing to provide muscle relief for extended periods of standing. Electromyographic (EMG) testing, which assesses the condition of muscles and the motor neurons that control them, has shown this type

of matting improves muscle activity by around 50 percent, as compared to subjects standing on concrete floors. In practical terms, businesses installing these mats have reported an average drop in absenteeism of almost a quarter (23 percent) over the course of a year. Our philosophy has always been that the devil’s in the detail. It’s well worth considering the minutia because even something as pedestrian as a mat can offer health benefits to your staff, reduce business risk and save operating costs over time.

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IFSEC International adds another phenomenal inspirational speaker to the 2017 June Keynote programme Following the announcement last month of IFSEC’s best ever keynotes; rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes; and Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE, IFSEC International is thrilled to reveal a fourth inspirational speaker for this year’s event. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, will join these phenomenal speakers on stage to discuss operating at peak performance and making tough decisions. Taking place as part of the Protection and Management Series 2017, Europe’s leading events for security, fire, safety, workwear, facilities and service management, at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June 2017, these four keynotes will support over 80 hours of dedicated security seminars. This Inspirational Speaker Series gives visitors the opportunity to hear from leaders outside of the security profession, whose achievements are world-class and incredibly inspiring. Taking place in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Honeywell, these four keynotes will captain the 2017 speaker programme. About the inspirational keynotes: Nigel Owens MBE, presenting 21 June, 13.30 – 14.00, on Peak performance and tough decisions: a personal story from ‘the best referee in rugby union’ will give an insight into remaining firm and impartial under huge pressure. The World Cup Final referee is widely considered to be the best official in rugby union. He implements rules fairly but allows the game to flow; he imposes his authority – but he isn’t afraid to show a sense of humour on the pitch. He’s also the only openly gay official in what’s seen as an especially macho sport. In speeches Nigel talks about the hurdles he


had to overcome, and the skills you require to make tough decisions with tough characters. Following his keynote speech, Nigel will be around for questions, photos and autographs at the Autonomous FM Ltd’s stand, T840, in the co-located Facilities Show. Dame Kelly Holmes, presenting 20th June, 11.30 – 12.30 and joining a panel debate 12.30 – 13.15 is best known for her success in the 2004 Olympics, where she won two golds and became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1500m titles for British athletics. Prior to her success on the track she served almost 10 years in the military and was awarded an MBE for her services to the British Army. What many people may not know is that she has also battled with depression, and at Safety & Health Expo, following her keynote speech, Dame Kelly has agreed to share her struggles on the show’s mental health panel discussion. This will immediately follow her speech on ‘having the passion, compassion and courage to succeed’ on 20th June. Professor Brian Cox OBE, presenting 21st June, 11.30 – 12.30 is one of UKs most famous (and dare say favourite) physicists, having made the world of science so engaging and accessible to the masses. He has played a key part in the ATLAS and CERN Large Hadron Collider projects, whilst still finding time to take part in TV programmes such as ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’, which have been viewed around the world by millions. Many will also know him from his keyboardplaying days in ‘D:Ream, the pop band behind the 90’s hit single, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Professor Cox will be ‘Exploring the Universe’ with us on 21st June. Simon Weston CBE, presenting 22nd June, 11.30 – 12.30 was aboard

HMS Sir Galahad with the Welsh guard regiment when it was bombed by Argentinean planes during the Falklands War. The horrific burns he suffered required a series of operations that continue to this day. Despite his injuries and the physical and mental suffering, Simon’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. He is a true role model for positive mental attitude and overcoming hardship. Simon will share his very personal story about ‘turning adversity into opportunity’ on 22nd June. Brand Director for the OSH portfolio of events Chris Edwards commented “Since we launched the inspirational speaker programme at Protection & Management in 2015 we’ve seen a phenomenal amount of interest from visitors, so the keynote scheme is something that we continue to invest heavily in. I think it’s fair to say that for most events any one of this year’s speakers would be a marquee signing so to have all four appear is quite a coup. I look forward to seeing a packed auditorium at ExCeL in June.” IFSEC International is part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. The series incorporates major events IFSEC International, Borders & Infrastructure Expo, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Professional Clothing Show, Facilities Show and Service Management Expo, which attract more than 45,000 attendees annually over three days to ExCeL London, with 1,600 suppliers showcasing their latest products, and 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches. To register to attend IFSEC International and hear from these incredible speakers, plus much more, please click here.












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June 2017

CIRED 2017 – 24th iteration of Europe’s leading International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution will be held in Glasgow, Scotland 12th – 15th June 2017 CIRED, the leading forum where the Electricity Distribution Community meets, holds the major International Electricity Conference & Exhibition every two years in different venues in Europe with a worldwide perspective and participation. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are delighted to be hosting the 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution in the amazing city of Glasgow at the prestigious Scottish Event Campus (SEC) – the first time this international conference has returned to the UK in 20 years! CIRED 2017 offers the opportunity to interact face-to-face with up to 1500 key decision leaders in the field of Electricity Distribution. This will be your chance to network with a wide range of delegates from utility, product, consultancy, service or business sectors of the distribution industry.

CIRED 2017 Technical Programme The Technical Programme will be presented in the well-developed and successfully established CIRED format, where presentations and discussions are led by expert Chairs and Rapporteurs, and Poster Sessions, Round Tables, Tutorials and a major International Exhibition are all included in the busy schedule. The event will launch on Monday 12th June, with a series of Tutorials and a high-level Opening Forum addressing the ‘Energy Networks for Tomorrow’. The three-day conference will then commence on Tuesday 13th June with sessions on each of the six main specialist themes as follows:• Session 1 – Network Components • Session 2 – Power Quality and Electromagnetic Compatibility • Session 3 - Operation, Control and Protection • Session 4 – Distributed Energy Resources and Active Demand Integration • Session 5 – Planning of Power Distribution Systems • Session 6 – Challenges for DSO’s in New Business Environments


Five Tutorials will be run in parallel on Monday 12th June. Places are strictly limited for these Tutorials and must be booked in advance. 1. Data analytics in Smart Grids. 2. Modelling and dynamic performance of inverterbased generation in power system transmission and distribution studies. 3. Advanced distribution management system challenges incorporating distributed energy resources. 4. Supraharmonics (2 kHz to 150 kHz) in low voltage networks. 5. Short circuit current on distribution systems

Opening Forum and Social Activities The Opening Forum will be held in the SEC Armadillo on Monday 12th June at 15.00, and will be followed by a Drinks Reception – sponsored by SP Energy Networks – in Hall 4, thus marking the opening of the CIRED 2017 and its Exhibition. The Organising Committee have also arranged a Gala Dinner which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Tickets can be purchased via the event website.

Technical Visits The CIRED 2017 Programme concludes on Friday 16th June with some (now sold out!) Technical Visits. Conference delegates can also benefit from a 40% discount at the Glasgow Science Centre from 14.00 onwards on Friday 16 June if they so wish. Full details can be found on the event website www.cired-2017.org

Exhibition The Exhibition, which will be held in Hall 4 of the Conference Centre, will see over 100 manufacturers and industry leading organisations showcasing their latest and greatest technologies and developments. The exhibition will give those in attendance the opportunity to address the demanding challenges currently faced by the electricity industry, as well as enjoy engaging with these prominent companies and their products. For the latest exhibitor list, please visit www.cired-2017.org

Summary CIRED 2017 is a phenomenal opportunity for electricity distribution professionals to come together, expand their technical knowledge, network with fellow engineers and academics alike, and experience Scottish hospitality first hand. CIRED 2017 is about to kick-off, so secure your space today! For full registration details, please visit: www.cired-2017.org

CIRED works for the purpose of i n c re a s i n g t h e b u s i n e s s relevant competencies, skills and knowledge of the electricity distribution community across utility, product, consultancy, services, business and academic sectors. CIRED is dedicated to the design, construction and operation of public distribution systems and of large installations using electrical energy in industry, services and transport. CIRED also has an on-going collaboration with both CIGRE and EURELECRIC.


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June 2017

Tipping point for additive manufacturing

Renishaw AM Parts: Additive manufacturing is entering the mainstream for production components says Renishaw’s Marc Saunders


ccording to a new survey by Subcon 2017, additive manufacturing is on the verge of breaking through as a mainstream production process. Nearly a quarter of the respondents said that they use additive manufacturing or 3D printing for production components and 85% said they expected to do so in the next five years. Just a year ago only 21% said they would use additive manufacturing for production components in the next five years and 35% said they might. This trend is opening up a new market for subcontract manufacturing services, as a third of respondents said they would use an external supplier to produce these components. Of those companies that already have components produced by additive manufacturing, 37% use an external supplier. Subcon runs from 6 to 8 June alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design and Innovation Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The disruptive transition that additive manufacturing promises in component


production is a featured topic in the two free-to-attend conference streams that run alongside the three shows. Speakers include Marc Saunders of Renishaw, Prof Richard Hague of Nottingham University, Andreas Langfeld of Stratasys, Paul Adams of Vendigital and Desi Bacheva of HiETA. Marc Saunders says that additive manufacturing is undergoing a revolution as it moves from the model and tooling shop and onto the factory floor, allowing firms to create innovative new products that deliver increased performance in use and which could not be produced conventionally. Marc will explore the drivers behind this transition and the increased demands that series production places on AM to deliver predictable, consistent parts. He will also look at the chains of linked processes and tools that are needed to create an integrated manufacturing process with AM at its heart, and the controls that must be employed to make AM a mainstream manufacturing process. Andreas Langfeld will get to the core of the issue and look at the business case for 3D printing and how to understand where it can bring the greatest value, while Richard Hague will look at the next

generation of multifunctional additive manufacturing to produce complete products and Desi Bacheva will look at its potential to produce lightweight components for energy-efficient cars. Paul Adams will take a strategic perspective in his presentation entitled ‘Additive, Brexit and Aerospace Supply Chains’. He says: “Advancing low-cost competition is disrupting global supply chains and investment in 3D printing and other novel manufacturing technology has become missioncritical for manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive sectors, but a clear investment strategy is essential.” His presentation will show how to take a more strategic approach to manufacturing technology by understanding the risks associated with additive manufacturing, learning how to equip supply chains to cope with faster production methods and how to bring on capability quickly and securely. You can find out more about the conference sessions and register to attend Subcon at www.subconshow.co.uk






June 2017

A focus for

UK manufacturing Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show reunite to create a key event for UK manufacturing. They run from 6 to 8 June 2017 at the NEC Birmingham and are complemented by 36 free-to-attend presentations in two separate conference streams. Together the three shows cover the complete manufacturing cycle from concept to component, bringing together design engineering, product development, in-house production and outsourced supply chains. Around 500 exhibitors will come together with thousands of professional visitors who have current sourcing needs for equipment, software and manufacturing services. Established over 40 years, Subcon is the UK’s only event dedicated to outsourced manufacturing. It serves all sectors and all processes – from machining, sheet metalworking, casting and forging, to plastic moulding, composites and electronics. Supporting the Subcon show, sourcing specialist Qimtek is sponsoring the Buyer’s Programme and hosting a dedicated Qimtek UK Manufacturing Pavilion. The Subcon Buyers Programme offers a package of networking opportunities, services and benefits to buyers who have been identified as having a high level of spend on contract manufacturing services. Launched in 2013, the Advanced Manufacturing Show covers every aspect of production technology, including machining and turning centres, lasers and press brakes, tooling, ancillaries.


As well as machine tool and accessory suppliers, measurement technology is particularly strongly represented. The third piece in the jigsaw is The Engineer Design and Innovation Show. This offers everything a design engineer needs to create innovative new products – from CAD and simulation software to prototyping and components. The two free-to-attend conference streams will address key industry issues including additive manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Apprenticeship Levy and lightweight components. World-class speakers come from global blue-chip organisations including Microsoft, Siemens, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Bureau Veritas, Stratasys, Lloyds Bank and Renishaw. The programme will also feature leading technological experts from top research and development bodies and special presentations giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at companies showing the highest levels of engineering innovation and ingenuity in their products. These include Ocado Technologies, BAC Mono and leading HiFi turntable manufacturer Rega Research. You can find out more about the shows and conference sessions at www.subconshow.co.uk , www.advancedmanufacturingshow.co.uk www.theengineer-designinnovationshow.co.uk

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SMART EXPO The Digital Manufacturing Show

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June 2017

PPMA Show 2017

returns to reveal the best of manufacturing innovation

The PPMA Show, the UK’s unmissable, free-to-attend, processing and packaging machinery exhibition, returns to the NEC from 26-28 September to provide manufacturers with insights into the latest machinery products, technologies and materials. Registration is now open and easier than ever before – taking less than three minutes for attendees to secure their place to join all corners of the industry together under one roof this autumn. The PPMA Show is organised by the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) which comprises the PPMA, British Automation & Robot Association (BARA) and the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). Serving manufacturers within the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and FMCG industries to contract packers and more, the show will offer visitors a chance to see new machinery in action, find inspiration, new ideas and solutions, gain access to potential new suppliers and evaluate and


purchase the latest technology as well as talk face-to-face with the industry’s leading technical experts. Building on its reputation as a best-in-class exhibition, the PPMA Show 2017 will feature a new and improved Learning Hub, providing visitors and exhibitors with insights from leading industry experts as well as influential opinion leaders from the wider business world. A full speaker programme will be announced in the coming months but early confirmations include popular TED speaker and Chartered Engineer Peter Anderton. Peter,

who previously worked as Production Manager for United Biscuits (UB). Peter will introduce visitors to his two-rule approach to great leadership before revealing helpful insights into how to build a successful team. Along with insights on leadership skills, the new Learning Hub will also shine a light on a wide range of issues and trends facing the manufacturing sectors. Topics currently under discussion include how businesses are evolving to meet changing market demands, embracing the future of Industry 4.0; the challenges of coding and labelling with details on needto-know information; and the future of the retail landscape, with experts sharing their views on expected changes and how this will impact the processing and packaging industries. To register for your free pass to attend the PPMA Show 2017, please visit http://bit.ly/2pYjGK0. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are still available throughout the Show, which can be tailored to meet your individual requirements. Please contact the PPMA Show team on 020 8773 8111 to discuss in more detail. For more information on the PPMA Show please visit www.ppmashow.co.uk


26 – 28 September 2017


NEC, Birmingham


See the latest machinery in action

Network with industry peers

Gain valuable insights at seminars

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VISION UK is dedicated to vision in the factory, on the production line and in the science field. Subjects include applications, components, instruments and systems.


VACUUM EXPO is the premier event in the UK bringing together all aspects of industry and research, helping visitors develop strong business relationships, research solutions, examine technologies for academia, research and technology for manufacturing. Attend one, or multiple talks, or spend the whole day or days in a specific meeting - all offered free-of-charge - The Vacuum Symposium (all free except training courses) and free - Vacuum Technology Tutorials.

This event is THE place to solve your technology problems, come and learn how to utilise vision in your factory; amongst the exhibitors there will be someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based

technology questions and explain what techniques will be suitable for your application. VISION UK is a technology focus within a wider PHOTONEX exhibition and is co-located with VACUUM EXPO.


Every day, photonics finds ever more uses in research, industry and the consumer environment. Photonics technologies are of increasing importance to scientific research and for industry. Its use is growing... as is the PHOTONEX exhibition. PHOTONEX will feature every light-based technology imaginable. The event provides researchers and industry


engineers the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies, innovators & leading science groups and attend an in-depth Enlighten Conference covering applications, technology advances, innovations and emerging technologies in photonics based technologies.

THE ENLIGHTEN CONFERENCE In addition to the exhibition, the Enlighten Conference is a must-attend. This free event covers application and technology advances, innovations and emerging technologies, comprising of one and two-day programmes and educational tutorials.

With so much on show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 11th & 12th October 2017, we are sure that you will want to attend. To receive up-to-date event news and join our mailing list, please subscribe here Click here if you are Interested in exhibiting? For Further Information, please contact Laurence Devereux of Xmark Media, Organisers of Photonex, Vision UK, Enlighten Conference and Vacuum Expo.

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June 2017


The Manufacturing Management Conference is helping UK manufacturers create a blueprint to increase productivity

Does Industry 4.0 bring you out in a cold sweat? Would you love to know how to combine new technology, employee engagement and lean to drive up productivity – but you’re simply too busy getting product out the door? Yes? Then the organisers of the Manufacturing Management Conference want you to stop and invest time in developing a more strategic and profitable approach to optimising your manufacturing operations. Taking place on 13-14 June at Worsley Park, Manchester, the Manufacturing Management Conference will help you to discover the balance between people, process and plant that will help you create the smart factory of tomorrow, today. Delegates will benefit from case study advice from leading

operators including Siemens & BAE Systems; plus, practical coaching and an exclusive factory tour as part of the best practice-led programme. Keynote speakers provide how to advice on: • Engaging your employees in CI and managing conflict with those that won’t change • Demystifying Industry 4.0/ The Internet of Things and how you can use technology to enhance factory KPIs • Deploying 5S, Six Sigma, lean, hoshin planning and kaizen • Developing smarter maintenance strategies to optimise production kit • Choose a factory tour to see world class manufacturing in operation... • BAE Systems, Samlesbury • Jaguar Land Rover, Halewood • Frederic Robinson, Stockport • Newsprinters International, Knowsley

Practical hands on coaching will be provided by manufacturing and training experts to equip delegates with the knowledge and know-how they will need to drive meaningful change in their factories. Workshops will cover subjects including: • Employee engagement – your role as a CI leader in culture change • Six Sigma – your guide to the basic principles • Strategy deployment – delivering key strategic objective as part of daily activity • Proactive maintenance • Managing difficult people • Why now is the time for UK manufacturing to make the switch to robots This leading conference, promoting excellence in UK manufacturing, boasts a delegate list which includes representatives of companies as diverse as, Rolls Royce, Vaillant, Chivas Brothers, Agilent and Howdens. Anyone wanting to book a place at the conference can do so online at: www.mmconference.co.uk


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Book your ticket to Works Management’s Manufacturing Management Conference and enjoy : A trip lineside to a leading site with a choice of factory tours (includes coach transfers) Access to a keynote conference programme debating Industry 4.0, employee engagement and much more Best practice advice from Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems and Siemens Extensive networking opportunities

Choose your workshops from sessions on :

1Six Sigma

What you’ll learn: Six Sigma is the in vogue lean improvement tool. This session will debunk the kung fu mysticism surrounding the statistical improvement tool and discuss Six Sigma’s practical applications as a performanceenhancing tool within the factory. Trainer: Paul Allen, APL

2Hoshin Kanri

What you’ll learn: Delegates will discover how to translate corporate strategy into daily activities on the shopfloor with Hoshin Kanri (strategy deployment). The session will discuss how you develop and manage a system for keeping employees focused on the value adding tasks that matter. Trainer: Patrick Mroczak, MD, PSM


Lean leadership

What you’ll learn: How to engage your managers, employees and associates in creating the vision, values and behaviours that accompany lean excellence. Attend this workshop and you will discover a blueprint for bringing your people with you in a Continuous Improvement programme. Trainer: The Manufacturing Institute


Robots and the smart factory

What you’ll learn: The potential productivity benefits of robots in tomorrow’s factory and developing a business strategy that embraces opportunities for smart automation. Trainer: Mike Wilson, president, British Automation & Robot Association

5Shopfloor problem solving

What you’ll learn: This workshop will equip delegates with proven techniques for practical problem solving that will be embraced at shopfloor level much more readily than techniques such as Ishikawa or the 5 Whys. Trainer: Paul Bell, MD, Sponsors: Manufacturing Excellence


Technology and energy saving

What you’ll learn: Delegates will hear how they can harness the power of new technology to bring down their energy bills and reduce carbon footprints. Trainer: British Gas

Register at: www.mmconference.co.uk or call our bookings hotline on 01322 221144





June 2017

AD & Biogas Industry Awards shortlist announced ADBA and the World Biogas Association (WBA) have announced the shortlist of over 40 companies for the annual AD & Biogas Industry Awards, which this year has expanded to over 20 categories covering both the UK and international biogas markets. The Awards, which will celebrate the best of the best in innovation and achievement across all sectors of the AD and biogas industries both in the UK and globally, will take place at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham on the evening of 5 July 2017. New awards this year include Best UK Sewage Treatment AD Plant and Best International Sewage Treatment AD Plant. Nominees, sponsors, and other attendees will enjoy networking drinks and a black-tie dinner before the awards are presented to the winners in front of an audience of the top professionals from the UK and global AD industries. The ceremony will take place on the first evening of UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017, the leading global tradeshow for biogas.


ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “This will be the biggest celebration of the best of the best in AD and biogas globally and a great opportunity to network with the companies who are really making strides in best practice in this sector. We have a fantastic range of shortlisted companies, large and small, and with as many as 20 categories this year we’re looking forward to our biggest and best AD & Biogas Industry Awards yet.” WBA President David Newman said: ”This year the AD & Biogas Industry Awards will have an even stronger global element than previous years, reflecting how those working in biogas around the world can share knowledge and learn from each other.

The Awards will be the best place to celebrate the pioneers, innovators, and industry leaders of AD and biogas from all four corners of the globe.” Phil Gerrard, CEO of Privilege Finance, who are Gold Sponsor for the event, said: “As a company that prides itself on supporting the UK AD industry, Privilege Finance is delighted to be the gold sponsor of this year’s AD & Biogas Industry Awards. As we continue to look forward and invest significantly in the sector, we recognise the importance of reflecting on the achievements of those working within the industry, in the UK and wider afield. We’re an industry built on people and we should celebrate those excelling in their roles.” Those interested in attending the Awards can book a table by e-mailing gayle.brandonkirby@adbioresources.org


June 2017


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Visitors to the HRS stand will learn how the HRS 3 Tank Batch Sludge Pasteuriser System with Energy Recovery not only helps certify digestate (reassuring farmers of its quality), but importantly helps Muntons save up to 70% of the heat required for pasteurisation, by transferring energy from the hotter (pasteurised) sludge to the colder (unpasteurised) sludge.

carbon footprint of its supply chain came from the artificial fertiliser used by its barley growers. The company understood that if a proportion of the liquid waste from the 180,000 tonnes of malt it produces every year was treated through AD, it could produce a high quality organic biofertiliser for its farmers to use instead: closing the loop from farm to fork and significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

Two years ago, Suffolk-based Muntons commissioned a £5.4m onsite anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, after analysis showed that 60% of the

Now operating successfully for two years and cutting both costs and carbon, Muntons’ AD plant is also preventing 3,000 tanker movements

per year and generating around 12% of the site’s electricity demand through the use of the HRS equipment. Matt Hale, International Sales Manager at HRS comments: “Working with a company like Muntons to deliver a truly revolutionary waste treatment plant shows exactly what is possible in terms of implementing the circular economy. Both in trials and in the fields, the biofertiliser is demonstrating just what a valuable resource it is. We look forward to showing visitors to our stand how they can replicate the successful model being pioneered by Muntons.”



June 2017

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Panasonic presents the world’s smallest optical sensor for automation technology! Panasonic have been world leaders in the design and manufacture of small, compact photoelectric sensors for use in factory automation and industrial machine control for over 15 years. Now the latest technologies in electronics and product packaging have resulted in the introduction of the EX-Z Series of Ultra Miniature photoelectric sensors offering a reduction in packaging size of up to 50% on previous generation products. Innovators of product miniaturisation, Panasonic are world leaders in the area of optics with expertise gained from AV flat screen technology and award winning Lumix camera design. This knowledge and know-how is seamlessly transferred to a portfolio of state of the art factory automation products including an extensive range of sensing products that complement a compact range of PLC/HMI products and world leading Servo Drive and Robot control. The philosophy behind the


miniaturisation of these products ties in with the efficiency of smaller machines allowing increase in production capacity whilst reducing costs. The brief behind the development of the EX-Z Series photoelectric sensor was to build the most compact fully integrated sensor for the target markets of Medical Technology manufacturing, Electronic manufacturing and Assembly/Small Parts manufacturing. Integration of

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optics, electronics, LED indication and output circuitry in a single housing with a physical thickness of only 3mm is the result and offers exceptional performance from such a package with a resulting detection range of up to 500mm which is ideally suited to its target markets. The WL-CSP (Wafer Level Chip Scale Package) technology enables the miniaturisation of the EX-Z series and is a micro-SMD technique allowing the size of the semiconductor to occupy more than 80% of the total volume of the complete housing. The process means the “Die” is bonded face down on the circuit board and lacquered before the final mounting of the optical elements, which are integrated into the chip housing and are adjusted for optimal beam alignment during the process. The whole process is fully automated and the WL-CSP technology is a development of the processes used in medical technology in particular endoscopy. The high performance characteristics of the EX-Z series are aided by the integration of a powerful LED (peak wavelength 650nm, modulated) into the transmitter element of the sensor. This together with the small diameter transmission port results in an extremely concentrated beam source that is normally only associated with laser based technology. Read More


June 2017

Best-in-class sensors by HBM HBM is a world leader in developing and producing sensors and transducers to meet your specific needs. n■

Strain gauges are available for widely differing applications and at short notice


Load cells and force transducers measure static and dynamic tensile and compressive loads - with virtually no displacement


Torque sensors and transducers measure torque precisely


Pressure transducers can be used in hydraulic and pneumatic equipment


Displacement transducers measure precisely in the µm range and allow simple displacement monitoring


Strain transducers measure high forces


In addition: We develop and manufacture customized transducers that meet your specifications

Measure and predict with confidence. This is what we stand for. Further information: www.hbm.com/eu-sensors

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PW15iA HBM LOAD CELL OFFERS ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION TO AUTOMATED APPLICATIONS HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is pleased to announce the arrival of its new PW15iA Digital load cell, which offers a flexible and cost-effective solution to a wide range automated applications. The innovative PW15iA load cell from HBM is fully adaptable and features a range of integrated functions - which include a wide range of algorithms for check weighing, filling and batching – which eliminates the need to undertake these functions separately. This means that development times can be significantly reduced. Compatible with industry standard dimensions (SP4M footprint), the new PW15iA load cell can also be quickly and easily integrated into existing systems, without any additional construction effort, minimising costly downtime. Featuring an OIML certificate for C3, and a maximum scale division of Y up to 10,000, the new PW15iA dramatically improves speed whilst reducing overall costs, thereby increasing profitability.

Designed to achieve a degree of IP68/IP69 protection, the PW15iA is an extremely robust load cell which is housed in stainless steel and is compatible with all cleaning agents and disinfectant agents, which are commonly used in the production process. Precise, durable and reliable, the PW15iA from HBM can deal masterfully with malfunctions and can be integrated seamlessly into most existing designs. Suitable for a wide range of applications, which include packaging machinery; the PW15iA is also suitable for automated batching and even underwater measurement applications and is the perfect solution where speed and precision is a key consideration. For further information, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: info@uk.hbm.co.uk or visit the HBM website at www.hbm.com



June 2017

Available to order NOW! The NEW GD4200-USB Dynamic Pressure Transmitter Since the GS4200-USB© was introduced it has remained a unique character on the pressure measurement market and is used worldwide on hundreds of systems and applications. It has been a success! But we wanted to make it better, and something our customers have always expressed interest in is a faster response time. We have responded with the Genspec Dynamic USB Transducer, or the GD4200, which will be released within weeks. With a selectable reading rate up to 1000 readings per second (1200Hz) the GD4200-USB ensures that all pressure fluctuations are captured and you don’t miss a thing! Combined with all of its other features, we’re sure that the GD4200-USB will become your ideal digital pressure measurement solution… Measure and Monitor 16 Inputs at Once! Using a USB hub you can connect and collect data from up to 16 USB transducers and display live readouts on one screen at the same time.

Plug-in & Play Pressure measurement has never been so easy! With the ESI-USB© software you can connect your transducer to your laptop or PC and away you go. The software recognises the transducer by its serial number. All software updates are available online and are compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows 7 onwards.

Portable Whether you are looking to perform test and calibration, spot checks or local, direct monitoring the GS4200-USB is the convenient solution. With no need for any additional hardware or software you can test and record data on-site.

SOS Sensor Technology The GS4200-USB is manufactured with Silicon-on-Sapphire (SOS) sensor technology. Pressure sensors constructed using SOS exhibit exceptional performance and outstanding stability. The sapphire substrate allows the sensor to operate over a very wide temperature range without loss of performance due to its


outstanding insulation properties. The SOS sensor element is then bonded to a titanium diaphragm instead of traditional stainless steel. High overpressures, very low hysteresis and great corrosion resistance are the result.

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With pressure ranges from vacuum all the way up to 4000bar we have a GS4200-USB for most applications.

Got a question about the GD4200USB? Need a bit of technical advice? We are on the other end of the phone (or email) ready to help.

Accuracy The GD4200-USB boasts a standard accuracy of 0.15% making it the ideal solution for high accuracy applications. The temperature co-efficiency is excellent. From a chilly -50°C to a hot +125°C* you can rely on the data that the GD4200-USB provides.

Using the ESI-USB© software you can generate customised test certification with your own test parameters and company logos.

Would you like more information? Contact our sales team on +44 (0)1978 262255 or email sales@esi-tec.com.

Price We know how expensive data loggers can be. The GD4200-USB is an extremely cost effective solution for monitoring and recording pressure data with no need for costly I/O interface boards, and with two different speed versions, you can select the correct version to suit your budget and system needs.

Temperature Monitoring In addition to measuring and recording pressure the GS4200-USB also charts and collects temperature data for analysis by the user.

*The operating temperature range of the GS4200-USB is as follows; Ambient: -20°C to +85°C, Media: -50°C to +125°C


June 2017

Monitran, a leader in the design, development and manufacture of sensors and systems for vibration and displacement measurement

EstablishEd in 1986, Monitran rEMains a privatEly ownEd coMpany, basEd nEar high wycoMbE 35 MilEs wEst of london.

We manufacture in the United Kingdom and source the majority of our materials and components from selected quality-managed local and national suppliers. This enables us to respond quickly to orders both for standard products and for custombuilt solutions. Our products include general and special purpose accelerometers, velocity sensors, eddy current probes and LVDTs. They are used in a diverse range of applications, such as; automotive, aerospace, industrial processing, power stations and wind turbines. Also, as an OEM we can design and develop custom built sensors. With almost three decades worth of experience, and an extensive product portfolio and the ability to develop custom sensors, we deliver fit-for-purpose products on time and within budget. A product is only as good as the service and support that comes with it. That’s why at Monitran we have a dedicated team of professionals to help you at every stage. We strive to find the best product(s) to suit your individual needs. We can offer support by telephone, email and onsite visits. Monitran is committed to providing a high level of customer support both pre and post-sale to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. We have a dedicated team that includes sales professionals and engineers to guarantee that you receive fit for purpose and cost effective solutions as well as prompt and accurate technical advice and support.


Primarily a supplier of cost effective sensors, we are steadily increasing our portfolio of project management clients, providing sophisticated turnkey solutions, incorporating vibration sensors with monitoring and display hardware to integrate with other sensor types and customer control systems. We have recently introduced condition monitoring solutions that provide an early indication of plant and equipment wear and tear, and can be networked to feed data into condition-based predictive maintenance strategies. Our team of expert engineers and service specialists are always on

hand to help you integrate our products into your specific project and develop control and monitoring systems that are built around you and your needs. We are pleased to announce we have just this second launched our new look and user friendly website www.monitran.com The new site is quicker, easier to navigate and more user friendly. It includes a responsive layout for all platforms including mobile and desktop versions. We have also improved the structure of our content, so you should find what you are looking for with fewer clicks.

June 2017




June 2017

FREEDOM TO CONCENTRATE ON IMPORTANT TASKS With its RTR 500 series, T&D Corporation presents a data logger solution that can be easily adapted to individual monitoring needs Constant monitoring can be time-consuming and requires considerable manpower if it is traditionally realized with clipboard, paper and pen. It also opens up the potential for human error. Investing in a data logger system that monitors conditions electronically is far easier – and comes with many benefits. “Let the cloud work for you” is a slogan that inspired T&D Corporation to develop a range of products and services that are easy to configure into tailor-made systems.

Appropriate solutions for individual needs The Japanese market leader for wireless data logging systems designed the EN 12830-approved RTR-500 product family. It consists of wireless data loggers, devices for communication and data collection as well as cloud services and software. To fulfil the requirements of different types of surroundings, various elements of the range can be fitted in several ways. There are small and robust data loggers for monitoring many different parameters, including temperature, humidity, CO2 content, luminance, UV, 4-20mA, voltage and pulse. Base stations are available in GSM, USB, Ethernet (WLAN or LAN) versions as well as mobile data collectors. Up to 100 data loggers can be connected to one base station, and repeaters can be used to strengthen data signals over distances longer than 150 metres if required. A watchdog function ensures that non-communicating devices are always detected. All of these features permit effective and error-free monitoring of large areas and difficult to reach locations without the need to install cabling or to travel to collect the data. The base station also performs automated alarm monitoring via email, SMS messaging or app. Data can be managed on a computer or mobile device as well as on the spot with the wireless handheld data collector.


Non-stop access with cloud computing As it is automatically updated, cloud computing makes data monitoring incredibly simple by overcoming time and distance issues. T&D’s cloud, the WebStorage Service, was established in 2010 and has since been developed to offer additional valuable features. Users can easily alter settings when required, and they can view the readings, alert status, signal strength and battery level of each connected data logger. Current readings can be stored in the form of easy to read graphs and tables in files such as PDF or CSV. Auto downloaded data is stored in the 20 MB of free storage space allocated to each account. This is sufficient to store several years’ worth of data files in most cases. However, if the maximum storage capacity is exceeded, 5 MB of stored data, starting from the oldest first, will automatically be archived into a ZIP file to create space for new data. Users are notified by email as soon as this archiving has taken place. The system also makes it easy to share data. To prevent unauthorized access to stored data, each user receives a unique “read only” ID and a password that enables data to be viewed but not to be modified or deleted after registration.

Advantages for any stage of handling Along every step of the supply chain, wireless data loggers offer a flexible solution for multiple purposes. Simultaneously, they monitor different temperature zones in various locations, while measurements are automatically documented and stored without any requirement for manpower. This makes them ideal for use in laboratories, processing or storage areas where written proof of temperature is required, although they can be placed anywhere to track data – whether that is inside a refrigerator

or storage cabinet, or even on the move in chilled transportation boxes. Thanks to a GSM base station with GPS function, it is easy to track the location of on-the-move goods at any time. Via the cloud storage service, data can be shared throughout the whole process, such as between carriers, senders and receivers of goods. Effectively meeting the challenges of lean and economically sound processes along the supply chain, data loggers not only help to safeguard goods, processes and facilities, but also ensure accurate documentation of compliance with legal regulations. The advantage of combining elements effortlessly into a tailor-made solution makes it possible to achieve advanced performance for a surprisingly affordable price.

Further information www.tandd.com www.webstorage-service.com Facebook T&D Corporation Europe T&D Corporation European Sales Office Minoru Ito europe.office@tandd.de


June 2017

ADDITIONAL SIZE OF ALUMINIUM PROFILE TO MINITEC RANGE OPENS NEW DOORS The Art of Simplicity Basingstoke based MiniTec has made a significant addition to its range of modular aluminium profile systems. A new intermediate size of profile, 90mm x 135mm is an important addition to the range as the very sturdy and stiff profile will open the door to new application areas where the standard smaller size profile is not suitable.

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Custom RF Connectors ‘From drawing to delivery in just seven weeks’ – not a claim that many manufacturers of custom RF connectors can make, but by using locally sourced components and UK manufacture, IntelliConnect are able to offer this exceptional service – and at very competitive prices. Products include:

! Standard range RF connectors ! Waterproof (Pisces range) ! MMWave products ! Cable assemblies ! Multipin & Triaxial ! Dustcaps For further information, please call us on +44 (0) 1245 247145, email sales@intelliconnect.co.uk or visit our website.

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The central bore of the new profile size has a diameter of 32mm and is suitable for radial ball bearings sizes 6201 or 6002, or it can accommodate compressed air piping or an additional guide for hydraulic cylinders. MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system has a contemporary design and is ideal for a wide range of industrial and lifestyle applications from assembly lines and workbenches to mobile sports seating areas and point of sale installations.

Keeping it simple, from design to installation Easy to assemble and disassemble, the profile system using standard M8 fasteners so all you need to is an Allen key to get started. You can design your product with the online iCAD tool which helps you select dimensions/shape and design. For more information about the MiniTec range contact info@minitec.co.uk Tel: 01256 365605 www.minitec.co.uk


June 2017

Specialist enclosure locks, handles, hinges and gasket for HVAC panels The global HVAC industry is rapidly changing with a trend to natural refrigeration systems, although these still need controls and compartments. Such systems match the needs of a growing building industry worldwide including stores and offices with a parallel demand for large HVAC installations. This, together with constant upgrading of old systems with more efficient, lower energy equipment, means that the specialist hardware for HVAC packages is in increasing demand. EMKA manufacturers a continually expanding range of products for the HVAC industry and much of the range is modular, thus offering the designer and end user many options. This covers products that meet the relevant European standards such as: DIN EN 1886 and VDI 6022. Traditionally HVAC cabinets have had a unique combination of requirements which call for a specialist mix of hardware accessories. From the beginning we at EMKA have sought to meet the needs of the HVAC industry – a process which has culminated in availability of a complete program dealing with thick doors, IP65 sealing, personal safety (inner door handles etc.), large handles (for gloved hands), corrosion-resistance, heavy door weights, external viewing requirement, multi-level access (e.g. padlocking), inset handles, compression locking, pressure relief prior to opening, corner frame pieces, lifting lugs and much more. For EMKA this has culminated in a very special package of panel hardware – in fact “everything but the enclosure” for the HVAC panel builder. Designed for HVAC installations to meet the needs and regulations of HVAC enclosures and cabinets.


This includes thick insulated doors and panels requiring plastic handles to give a more comfortable grip, and plastic components to eliminate thermal bridging from one side to the other. Large operating elements such as handles allow for thick gloves and safety features are needed, such as the ability to open doors from inside. The extensive range derived from these requirements features long bodies for ¼ turn as well as traditional T and L compression handles with full 6mm gasket pull down facility. Where complete panel removal is required then a bridge clamp system is offered, along with lifting handles. Heavy duty and adjustable hinges facilitate door fitment – while frame components include corner pieces and heavy duty lifting/transport lugs. In particular EMKA have recently launched an innovative new compression locking hinge for HVAC installations which provides HVAC manufacturers with a full multi-function hinge/latch/lock for securing of big air conditioning units and similar. It provides door adjustment for correct sealing, 5mm gasket pull down with pressure relief and the ability to be used as both door lock and hinge. Read the full whitepaper here: www.emkablog.co.uk/hvacpanelhardware. Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website - www.emka.com. Readers can find the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – www.emkablog.co.uk or follow them on twitter http://twitter.com/emkauk.


...INCLUDING METAL & PLASTIC FASTENERS, ENCLOSURES, CABLE, CABLE MANAGEMENT & FINISHING PRODUCTS Optimas Components is a leading global supplier of C-class components, with a huge range of standard parts available from our online store. With nearly 50 years’ experience of industrial markets, we also have the in-depth technical knowledge to help you specify the correct solution for your application, based on materials, technologies and standards. To learn more visit optimascomponents.com OPTIMAS SOLUTIONS LTD - COMPONENTS DIVISION

June 2017

Best-in-class sensors by HBM HBM is a world leader in developing and producing sensors and transducers to meet your specific needs. n■

Strain gauges are available for widely differing applications and at short notice


Load cells and force transducers measure static and dynamic tensile and compressive loads - with virtually no displacement


Torque sensors and transducers measure torque precisely


Pressure transducers can be used in hydraulic and pneumatic equipment


Displacement transducers measure precisely in the µm range and allow simple displacement monitoring


Strain transducers measure high forces


In addition: We develop and manufacture customized transducers that meet your specifications

Measure and predict with confidence. This is what we stand for. Further information: www.hbm.com/eu-sensors

n 6151 n www.hbm.com KingdomnLtd 0208 515 n6000 info@uk.hbm.com n www.hbm.com HBM TestHBM andUnited Measurement Tel. +n 49Tel. 6151 803-0 Fax +49 803-9100 n info@hbm.com

Subcon Presents Major Sales Opportunity For Thermaset Industrial powder coatings specialist Thermaset has made a significant investment in the upgrading and expansion of its business over the past 18 month as part of its ongoing commitment to growth. As part of a concerted sales push throughout 2017, the company will be promoting its problem solving capability at Subcon (Stand B21) at the NEC from June 6-8. Commercial Manager Nigel Crane commented: “Whilst all companies have been mindful of Brexit and the possible impact on the economy and their individual sectors, it is important not to stand still. Therefore we are committed to investing in the infrastructure of the business and will adapt to any new trading conditions and plan accordingly. “Work on the first stage of a two phase development at our Claire Works facility in Tamworth began in January this year and has now been completed. This comprised the conversion of a vacant two storey building to provide a plush reception area, administration office centre, board and meeting rooms, as well as a training facility.”


The second phase of the development is due to be completed around July/August and includes the updating and doubling the size of the existing laboratory and a reception showroom. Nigel Crane added: “Our products are renowned for their stability and reliability; and stock colour orders can be fulfilled and delivered to the door within 24 hours. For bespoke orders – however complex the task – we guarantee formulation and manufacture of a unique new powder coating within ten working days. “UK customers benefit from dealing with us – as opposed to a foreign manufacturer - as the supply chain is inevitably shorter. We have an experienced and knowledgeable technical team who are able to answer customer enquiries directly ensuring that they are not passed from pillar to post looking for an answer,” he commented. For further information please contact us on Tel: 01827 55777. Fax: 01827 53713. Email: nigel@thermaset.co.uk Website: www.thermaset.co.uk

June 2017


June 2017

Oil can cause serious

food contamination

it can cause dormant micro-organisms to spring back to life. To prevent this, the compressed air must be dried. BEKO TECHNOLOGIES recommend online measurement procedures to ensure that compressed air is monitored at all “Critical Control Points” whether it be contact and non-contact with the product.


ompressors take in ambient air to produce compressed air. Ambient air however always contains dirt and microorganisms. This is a major concern where compressed air is used in food processing. Where the compressed air comes into direct or indirect contact with food, microorganisms are transferred to the foodstuff surface where they grow, live and die, releasing toxins. Silo trucks transport foodstuff such as flour or powered milk in bulk. The compressors in the vehicle used for unloading these products are often ran with untreated compressed air, which means the food is easily contaminated by particles contained in the diesel exhaust air as well as by germs and water from the ambient air. Compressed air provides an ideal environment for the growth of microorganisms: behind the compressor, the air is normally around 10°C warmer than the ambient air, and fully saturated with water. If an oil injection cooled compressor is used, there is also some residual oil for the micro-organisms to feed on. The moisture in the air is particularly critical, as it causes dormant cells to become reproductive. Foodstuffs in powder form have a particularly large surface exposed to the compressed air. Any oil contained in the compressed air therefore quickly contaminates the food. This does not only affect its taste, but also significantly shortens its shelf life. In addition, the intake air of compressed air systems always contains germs and moisture. Where the air is also contaminated with oil, microorganisms thrive, as they can feed on the hydrocarbons. This has obviously, a deteriorating effect on the quality of the foodstuff and further reduces its shelf life. Dry, powdery foodstuff such as flour and powered milk are often conveyed by means of compressed air. Even if the air itself is sterile, the moisture contained in


Periodic or even sporadic sampling and subsequent laboratory analysis would only provide a snapshot of the situation at the time of the sampling, and not continual, uninterrupted analysis of compressed air and therefore quality of the end product. To be able to deliver this conclusive and continual quality assurance, BEKO TECHNOLOGIES have developed online measurement equipment to monitor air quality standards down to ISO 8573-1 Class 1 for particulate, dew point and oil. We have also developed tailor-made solution concepts for the food industry, and we have implemented these solutions in partnership with the relevant industry. In conjunction with our measurement technology, we also offer an extensive downstream equipment range that meets all criteria set out in the ISO 8573-1 standards. Sterile compressed air through oil-free compression? With oil-free compression, the compressed air is produced without the injection of a cooling fluid (such as oil or water). As a result, the compression temperature might increase to up to 240°C. At such high temperatures, micro-organisms tend to be destroyed. Can we therefore assume that oil-free compressed air is sterile? To kill micro-organisms, the transferred energy rather than just the temperature is the decisive factor. While this energy is determined largely by the temperature, the moisture content of the air and the dwell time also play an important role. Where dry compressed air is used, its lower specific heat capacity must be compensated by longer dwell times. In oil-free compressors, the compression end temperatures are high enough to kill micro-organisms. However, the dwell time in such systems is normally less than one second, even under favourable conditions. Oil-free compression on its own is therefore not a suitable way of producing sterile air. To achieve this, sterile filters are required, which have been proven highly effective. To work properly, they must however be repeatedly sterilised, i.e. prior to commissioning, each time the filter element

is changed and after prolonged standstills or modifications to the compressed air system. In addition, routine sterilisation is required to meet the operator’s quality standards. A cost-effective alternative to sterile filters are validated catalytic converters, as they provide oil-free and germ-free compressed air, combined with much longer service intervals. As far as highly-sensitive applications are concerned, conventional compressed-air processing has technical and economic limits. BEKOKAT sets new standards in the compressed-air processing with a trendsetting catalysis technology. The device fully converts hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water through total oxidation. BEKOKAT makes achievable constantly oil-free compressed air with a maximum residual oil content of a barely measurable 0.001 mg/m³ of compressed air. A quality level which is required in particularly demanding production processes. The condensate accumulating during the cooling-down of the compressed air is also absolutely oil-free and can flow into the sewerage system without being processed. The enormously long service life of the special granular material of the BEKOKAT is also extremely advantageous as far as profitability is concerned: it only needs to be replaced after a good 20,000 operating hours. BEKO TECHNOLOGIES are offering food & beverage manufacturers a free air quality test, the air quality test is to help manufacturers know what quality air they are achieving and that they are meeting the standards required. We test oil content, particle and dew point to class 1 of the ISO standards. For more information and free advice on your compressed air system, please call us on 01527 575778 or email info@beko-technologies.co.uk.

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June 2017

Atlas Copco launches new large GHS VSD+ pumps capable of halving central vacuum supply energy costs Atlas Copco has extended its range of variable speed driven vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for large industrial vacuum users in the UK’s glass, plastics, canning and food packaging industries. Companies in these sectors stand to reduce their energy consumption by up to 50 per cent if they upgrade their existing centralised vacuum systems or switch from using multiple, decentralised point-of-use pumps to a central vacuum system based on one or two super-efficient GHS VSD+ machines. Richard Oxley, Vacuum Product Manager for Atlas Copco in the UK commented: “We see massive potential for further adoption of this technology in the UK and predict that the vast majority of large vacuum users in associated industries, potentially in excess of 90 per cent, could stand to halve the energy consumption of their industrial vacuum systems as a result. To ease the transition to a central vacuum system we’re offering free vacuum energy audits to new customers and a 30-day no obligation trial of the technology on certain models.” Oxley added: “To illustrate this, I recently visited a company in the food packaging industry who we predicted could save in excess of £16,000 a year in energy costs by replacing their existing centralised system with a smaller number of GHS VSD+ pumps. Following this, an independent energy auditor was brought in to verify the results, while the pumps were on trial, who further upgraded the potential savings to the region of £20,000 a year.”

Due to the extremely high oil retention capacity of the GHS VSD+, environmental impact at all operating pressures is significantly lower compared to similar sized oil-injected vacuum pumps. The range also now includes a patented oil separator that limits residual oil levels to a maximum of 3 mg/m³. “This means the exhaust air is significantly more environmentally-friendly in comparison to other pumps on the market” Oxley reports.

GHS VSD+ pumps provide significantly higher performance levels and reduced maintenance, noise and heat emissions compared to conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps. When installed as part of a central vacuum system, they can be used to precisely tailor vacuum production to meet customers’ demand. All the pumps are equipped with easy-to-use Elektronikon controllers that can be integrated into a process control system and also control other manufacturers’ vacuum pumps. They are also fitted with a Smartlink remote monitoring system and variable speed drive, making them extremely economical to run. Additionally, the pressure set point control function ensures the pumps deliver the lowest possible vacuum flow with which the required vacuum can be maintained. As a result, no excess energy is wasted and life cycle operating expenses are significantly reduced.

The cooling system is equipped with an electronic thermostatic valve that accurately controls the oil temperature. Consequently the oil retains its optimum consistency, as any entrainment of water to the oil cycle by condensation is avoided. The cooling system also operates with a speed-controlled fan to minimise energy requirements. The vacuum pumps in the GHS 3800–5400 VSD+ series are available with water or air cooling.

“The payback period for a converted system is extremely short,” adds Richard Oxley. “The new units deliver more cubic metre per hour, per kilowatt than any other vacuum pump of comparable capacity.”


The GHS VSD+ range, which previously offered a maximum flow rate of 1810 m3/h and has now been extended upwards to 5004 m3/h, is specifically designed to reduce maintenance requirements and ensure life-cycle costs are kept low. For instance, there are no rotary vanes to replace and the patented, sturdy screw element does not require maintenance for many years*. In addition, intake filters and oil separators can be replaced without dismantling any piping. Service intervals are generally very long and operators can obtain information on any required maintenance work in a quick time by connecting the pump’s integrated Smartlink remote monitoring system to a plant’s communication network.

*Maintenance of the screw element is recommended at approx. 48,000 operating hours.

Atlas Copco supplies GHS VSD+ pumps as part of a plug-and-play system within a single housing. Installation is very quick and simple, saving both time and space. The units have a smaller footprint than other pumps of comparable capacity: Even the largest variant of the GHS VSD+ series (3800-5400) is less than 2 m x 3 m. The models are also considerably quieter than comparable pumps and comply with environmental and energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001 and 14001. In addition, the technology enables shorter production cycle times because the pump reacts very quickly to changed process conditions in the pressure range relevant for the user. Meanwhile, the special inlet control valve, which is operated in close liaison with the variable speed drive, allows energy consumption to be minimised further. Optional energy recovery components can be integrated into the system, allowing users to recover a large amount of the heat that is unavoidably generated by compression without sacrificing pump performance. Atlas Copco reports that recoverable energy levels of about 75 per cent are possible in some applications. Energy recovery also keeps heat release in the vicinity of the units to a minimum. This means that air conditioning systems are not needed for nearby work stations, which is especially important in food packaging environments. www.atlascopco.co.uk/compressorsuk

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June 2017

cab selects signal towers from WERMA The labelling system manufacturer uses the most up to date LED signal technology

Cab – products need labelling

Print status with a signal tower

The development, design manufacture and sales of labelling systems are at the heart of the family run business cab. Label printing, automated labeling, laser marking – cab offers proper solutions for all requirements for product and package marking. The company, with more than 350 employees and over 40 years’ experience in the industry operates out of its HQ in Karlsruhe with other operating sites in Thüringen, Alsace, USA, Asia, Mexico and South Africa. Products manufactured by cab can be found in many industries, from automotive, electronics, logistics, pharmaceutical, chemical and aerospace.

The Hermes C system will print two colour labels in one pass for application to components or packaging. The system is especially popular for labelling chemicals and hazardous materials and can apply the label directly to the product after printing. “Should there be a problem with the labelling system it is possible that the complete line will come to a stop, and you can imagine what sort of consequences that might have on production lines, logistics or packing lines” observes Stadelmann.

When asked whether the use of warning lights might be seen as a little old-fashioned in this digital age Nagel answers with a wry smile; “As soon as the operator sees a red light he knows he has to step in immediately. This is far more effective than getting messages on a smartphone or laptop.”

Looking for a new solution “Nowadays LEDs are a must” responds Nagel when asked why the current solution using filament bulbs had been replaced by LED technology. “We have been using WERMA products for many years and we simply asked what was new as we wanted to make sure we stay one step ahead in terms of innovation, reliability and brightness.” KombiSIGN 40 provided cab with the answers they were looking for. The contemporary and slim design of the signal tower is perfect for cab’s printing and labelling machines. A major feature is the extreme brightness of the lights even under difficult environmental conditions. Nagel confirms that even during test of the new lights we were struck by the contrast, brightness and visibility of the lights even in bright sun-lit conditions. Excellent visibility is made possible with the new 360° OmniView lens and the external surface design of the lens ensures there are no dead spots. The KombiSIGN 40 seen left and right is not only significantly brighter than the traditional filament bulb design in the centre but also more economical, lower cost and has a longer life.

Labelling solutions for every requirement “Our customers can get everything to do with labelling and product marking from us. From desk-top printers to industrial solutions for end of line labelling and laser-marking for durable component or tool marking on metal or plastic,” says Guntram Stadelmann from cab’s Marketing Department, who comments further; “our customers are active in every conceivable industry and there is always a requirement for durable or even just temporary product and package marking.” Customised solutions are also available from cab. “Our Hermes print and apply production line system is fantastic with a huge range of stamps and applicators available for integration on virtually any production line” concludes Nagel.


Traffic lights make it clear In order to safeguard the integrity of the process it is essential that the operator can see the status of the printer at all times. For this reason cab has selected WERMA signal towers which show clearly the status in addition to whatever may be shown on the machine display. The operator can see the status of the printer from a distance and the moment he sees any light other than “green” he knows to spring into action promptly to activate a back-up system, resolve the problem and keep the downtime to a minimum. The classic traffic light colours of green, amber and red are used at cab. Red indicates a printer or label fault which needs immediate attention. The amber light signals that labels or transfers are running out whilst the green light indicates that the system is “good to go.

Innovative signal tower with many features KombiSIGN 40 is perfect for anyone who is not only looking for safe and reliable signalling, but also wants keep installation costs and stockholding of spares to a minimum. “Some of our customers want a blinking light and so the TwinLIGHT feature of KombiSIGN 40 is a real plus – the small dipswitch inside the light allows us to switch simply from permanent to blinking light status” continues Nagel. The terminal elements combine the two different light pictures in just one part number, all at the price of just one light. This makes it very easy for the end-user to choose between a permanent or blinking light. At cab they are sure that they have found the right partner with WERMA and will be using the brilliant LED lights from the Southern German Company in the future.

PTS Ltd have over 18 years experience managing a growing number of customer production lines on-site to ensure ‘just-intime’ delivery. We offer many variations of Direct Line Feed management to suit individual needs.

The most popular of these is our ‘Touch-Dry’ ChemiBlack process, currently used by an increasing number of customers in high-tech industries. Also known as ‘Black Oxide’, the finish is so thin it does not affect any dimensional tolerances.

Plating We have the facilities to plate standard and special screws in most materials.

Other finishes offered include Gold, Nickel, Silver and Zinc (Rohs Compliant).

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

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Reich TOK Coupling Range Gets Top Marks In Testing Environments In the arduous operating conditions found with power transmission test benches, it is essential that the drive couplings used are able to withstand the wide range of operating conditions often associated with this environment and allow meaningful test data to be collated. The drive train components predominately evaluated on test benches include, but are not limited to, engines, gearboxes, transmission elements and consumable or wear parts. With such a variety of component types to be tested, each of which can have its own specific test criteria, it is also essential that the drive coupling can be closely matched to the application. Reich Kupplungen’s modular and design-oriented TOK system makes this possible by providing tailor made, yet cost effective couplings, suitable for a wide range of test bench applications.

The TOK coupling range excels in test bench engineering applications

environment, Engine Testing for Durability – requiring on average continuous testing for periods of 5,000 hours in addition to other demanding duty cycles, Engine Testing on Road Simulation – with varying load parameters and Engine Testing for Production Quality Control – generally to check parameters such as Maximum Power, Maximum Torque, Oil Pressure and Temperatures.

The TOK coupling system can be used in almost all test bench applications, and on engine test benches in particular. The broad range of flexible coupling elements, adaptive designs and connection shafts provides standard solutions for a wide variety of different tasks, complemented by specific customised designs upon request. The prime features of TOK couplings are their efficiency and flexibility. A The success of Reich Kupplungen couplings multitude of rubber compounds, in the test bench arena can be attributed to developed in-house by Reich, ensures the company’s D2C (Designed to Customer) that the rigidity of the coupling elements philosophy which draws upon many years can be perfectly matched to numerous of experience in the design of couplings different applications. Bearings or for engine, roller dynamometer and racing integrated joints support the loads engine test benches. arising from the connection between the drive and output ends. Cardan The extensive range of testing applications shafts, constant velocity (CV) shafts where the TOK coupling products are and compact shafts are available as targeted include: Engine Testing in an R & D connections, which also compensate


for axial, radial and angular misalignments. These backlash and maintenance free components are connectable to flywheels conforming to SAE J620 or to any other standard. TOK couplings are suited for use at temperatures ranging from -40°C to +100°C and cover a torque range from 75 to 70,000 Nm and easily handle rotational speeds up to 13,000 r.p.m. In the words of the company’s C.E.O., Dipl.-Ing. Herwarth Reich, and his son, Dipl.-Ing. Christian Reich: ‘It is thanks to our decade long expertise in test bench couplings that the TOK system contributes to a significant increase in the lifetime of test bench installations and their components.’ For more information please contact Mr David Proud, General Manager, Telephone +44(0) 161 714 4191 www.reich-uk.com

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Challenge Europe support growing UK manufacturing industry demand for threaded fasteners As UK manufacturing industry once again uses all its ingenuity and determination to grow itself out of externally derived problems, Challenge Europe are geared up to help with design and production support in supply of standard and custom threaded fasteners. The Challenge Europe service packages provide advice in the design/development phase, coupled with a range of supply approaches through the production cycle. Typically this takes the form of stockholding, monitoring of usage patterns, inventory control and/or site management – all the way up to production system integration using a customer preferred production model, e.g. Kanban, Lineside supply, JIT or Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI). This is achieved with ISO 9001 systems and a fast response capacity for standard threaded fasteners as well as for security and custom fastenings, and related components.


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Easypack unveil next generation green packaging technology Easypack Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of environmentallyfriendly packaging solutions, has unveiled a new suite of packaging innovations that set a new benchmark in terms of packing efficiency and sustainability. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the launch of their new ‘pro’ range; packmaster™ pro and packmate™ pro, are among a number of new products being launched this year. These new solutions are the second generation of their market-leading packmaster™ and packmate™ systems, which convert 100% recycled, recyclable and biodegradable paper into a robust, highly versatile packing medium. The packmaster™ pro converts multiple grades of 100% recycled single or twin-ply paper at high speeds, creating ultra-strong, paper cushions that are up to 80 times the original paper roll volume. New high speed blade technology has also cut the cycle time by half, offering an increase in packs of up to 35% per minute. The new packmaster™ pro is Easypack’s most advanced protective packaging system to date. This innovative new solution combines and builds on the proven technology of their packmaster™ and packsolo™ systems, to offer a total packaging solution which delivers incredible versatility and efficiency, helping customers to reduce costs and save time. The Company has also launched the advanced packmate® pro, which shows


off its new slimline design and enhanced controls, along with a host of new benefits including its ability to convert multiple grades of recycled paper into cushion packs which are up to 16% stronger whilst using 25% less paper. The new ‘pro’ range was designed and engineered in the UK to offer customer’s even greater packing flexibility as the new, faster systems can now convert both single and twin-ply paper in multiple grades and colours, enabling customers to pack an extensive range of goods, from heavy industrial goods through to the most fragile of items. The new ‘pro’ range follows the launch in February of the new Airspeed® edge, an environmentally-friendly inflatable void fill system which offers a greener alternative to standard polythene air cushion packaging. The green-tinted, puncture-resistant film contains a natural organic additive that accelerates the breakdown of the film in landfill, making it a viable, green packaging solution for those currently using air bags.

of packing goods and their passion for innovation and sustainability led them to become the UK’s leading manufacturer of high-speed, ondemand, green packaging systems. They now have a network of offices and distributors across Europe and have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Export 3 times, which is an exceptional achievement. Operations Director, Jason Cox said “2017 is a huge milestone for Easypack. We set out in 1992 to make a difference to the environment through sustainable packaging innovations and we are so proud of our achievements. We are thankful to all of our customers, up and down the country and across Europe, for playing their part in helping to protect the environment, and for sharing in our beliefs and trusting in our solutions.”

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Further new product announcements are due in the Autumn but in the meantime, and as part of their 25 year anniversary investments, Easypack has launched a brand new website where you can find all of the benefits of their new and existing product range including product videos and brochures.

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stablished 17 years ago Ecopac Power Ltd is one of the largest Mean Well distributors in Europe with an unrivalled reputation for service, technical backup, stock and delivery. Offering the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest range of AC-DC power supplies, with products starting at 1 Watt and increasing to over 10,000 Watts. Many of our power products are world firsts, providing a large variety of mechanical formats including open frame, chassis mount, PCB mount, encapsulated, rack mount, external and DIN rail

Ecopac Power Ltd supplies over 10,000 different AC-DC power supplies from External to Open Frame, LED Drivers, LED Dimmable Drivers, DIN Rail to Battery Chargers, DC-DC Converters to DC-AC Inverters. Our objective is to continue to offer excellent products with outstanding value for money.

Ecopac Power also distribute for Motion, Powermate, Vox Power and Snappy supplying a comprehensive range of power products to meet worldwide requirements and product approvals to UL, CE, CSA, VDE and EN standards. We can also source and manufacture a range of power supplies and DC-DC converters for custom applications. From 1 Watt to 365 Watts in PCB mount, 15 Watts to 10,000 Watts in chassis mount, 10 watt to 960 watt Din Rails and 4 watts to 600 Watts in LED Drivers. With our extensive range of Ecopac Power DC/ DC converters, we can offer the choice of regulated or unregulated, standard or high isolation, standard or extra wide input voltages, all in industry standard plastic or metal packages. Mean Well is one of the leading switching power supply manufacturers in Taiwan. Established in 1982, Mean Well gained ISO-9001 certification back in 1994. Their product lines include AC/DC switching power supplies, DC/DC converters, DC/ AC inverters and battery chargers. Every product in the Mean Well range is the result of rigid procedures governing design, design verification test, design quality test, component selection, pilot-run production, and mass production. Mean Well has recently implemented a new and highly efficient computerized management system. This system allows improved administration of sales, manufacturing, purchasing,


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