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t is widely understood that the period of time between when the engine begins to turn at startup and the time when fresh oil from the sump reaches moving parts causes the vast majority of the wear an engine sees during its lifetime. A prelube pump puts the oil where it is needed before the engine begins to move, thus reducing this high wear period. Historically operators of large engines would avoid shutting them down. This was done to reduce startup engine wear in addition to other operational advantages. The largest engines might only be shut down every few months for periodic maintenance. Fuel was inexpensive and environmental concerns were not considered. As the price of fuel climbs ever higher and idle emissions are no longer acceptable, operators are shutting down engines more than ever before. Fuel costs as well as the EPA and other regulatory agencies are increasingly restricting engine idle time. As a result the number of times some engines need to be started in their lifetime may go up from as few as 80 or 100 to as many as 86,000 times. It’s easy to see how wear rates that were considered acceptable with only 80 lifetime starts would have a significant impact on engine life with 86,000 lifetime starts. In the end the decision as to whether


a prelube system is appropriate for a given installation comes down to the cost benefit analysis of three factors. The number of times the engine will need to be started in its lifetime, and the cost of replacing/rebuilding the engine (including equipment downtime), against the cost of adding the prelube system. As an example, a good prelube system may run in the range of 3500 euros by the time it is installed. So if the engine is small and only costs 10,000

euros a prelube may be impractical. As the engine size goes up in the calculation though, a 2500 euro investment could save many times its price in future repairs and downtime. Likewise if an engine were only going to be shut down every three months for maintenance, the cost of a prelube system might be unjustified but for a system that is restarted multiple times a day it would be a necessity. Check out the spreadsheet “Calculate Value of Prelube� www.ese.tc.

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June 2018

‘TouchMES’ Version 3 uses real time shop floor data to enable lean manufacturing Continuously monitors production including downtime

Touchpath launches latest performancedriven Manufacturing execution system International supply chain solutions provider TouchPath is launching a new version of ‘TouchMES’, its performance-driven manufacturing execution system (MES) which records and displays machine control and other shop floor data accurately and in real time. TouchMES Version 3 continuously monitors the status of all production processes including downtime to enable leaner manufacturing, at lower cost and with less waste says TouchPath. Production staff and managers now have instant decision-making access to key performance indicators (KPIs) for efficiency and productivity as well as work centre schedules, inventory location and availability, downtime, waste and other metrics, presented using real time dashboards and production status screens. TouchMES also automatically updates the ERP with production, scrap, material issue and labour information. It can be integrated with any ERP or related system, for example Quality Control.


Can be integrated with any ERP system

“The latest TouchMES sets a new standard to bring full manufacturing, machine control data to the ERP environment in real time” - says TouchPath international CEO David Myers

Commenting on the launch, TouchPath international CEO David Myers says: “The latest TouchMES deploys a new level of shop floor data delivery and systems integration. It sets a new standard to bring full manufacturing, machine control data to the ERP environment in real time, improving company performance”. Transparency Market Research forecasts that the MES market will grow to USD 18,067.9 Million by 2025. TouchPath uses smart, flexible modules that can be bolted together in almost any combination to deliver a customised solution at an off-the-shelf price, deploying systems technology that captures more information for better business performance and faster ROI, according to the company. TouchPath has operations in the UK (Halifax HX1 5ER) and the USA (High Point, NC 27265).

June 2018

Easily lock out circuit breakers for safer machine interventions Circuit breakers are easily switched on and off which can cause problems for professionals carrying out an intervention. Shocks and extreme injury can be the results of prematurely reactivating a circuit. To avoid these accidents, and to enable safer machine interventions, Brady Corporation offers a circuit breaker lockout solution that is easy to apply.

Easy to apply The new Universal Mini Circuit Breaker Lockout from Brady is easy to apply to a wide range of circuit breakers from various manufacturers. The small device is applied on a circuit breaker’s switch and fastened using an attached screw that is easy to handle. Fastening the screw pushes out a hole for a Lockout/Tagout padlock shackle. Locking the padlock will lock the circuit breaker’s switch in place to enable safer interventions.

Safer interventions By locking out circuit breakers with a padlock, accidents can be avoided that are related to prematurely and inadvertently reactivated machinery and other electrical devices. Once the padlock is locked in place, only the professional who locked it, and who is carrying out the intervention, controls when the circuit breaker will be reactivated. As a back up, Brady can include master keys for supervisors selected in a Lockout/Tagout padlock key plan.


Increased compliance With a solution to lock out circuit breakers, companies can increase compliance with the European Norm 1037 on equipment safety, and with the EU Guideline 89/655 that specifies minimum safety and health requirements at work. Find out more about safer machine interventions on the Brady website.

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Automated storage and retrieval – A SmArt AlternAtive Material handling in a typical machining or manufacturing operation can account for a large percentage of production time. With a focus on leaner efficiency it’s worth looking at more efficient storing, handling and retrieval of your materials. Automated storage and retrieval systems are a smart alternative to traditional shelving and rack systems. Vertical carousels and Lift systems solve many of the problems associated with poor utilisation of floor space, throughput restrictions, centralised stockrooms, information and inventory management, lean manufacturing and quick response/JIT disciplines. In the process, they can significantly reduce operating costs. Vertical storage and retrieval systems consist of two primary devices. One is called a vertical carousel that uses rotating carriers, or shelves, that move on a track (like a Ferris wheel) in response to operator commands. The other vertical device is a VLM (Vertical Lift Module). VLMs consist of a series of trays that are mounted on both sides of an inserter/extractor device. With both the vertical carousel and VLM, items are automatically delivered to the operator at an ergonomically positioned work counter, eliminating walking, searching, bending and stooping. These systems come in a wide range of capacities and configurations and can be used for a number of storage and retrieval requirements. There are vertical systems that can easily handle tools, dies and pallets with each carrier able to accommodate up to 11,025 pounds. Some of these units are available with up to 210 shelf levels for a total unit capacity of 2,315,250 pounds. Other vertical storage and retrieval systems are designed specifically to store small tooling and consumable safety items. “Standard” vertical storage and retrieval systems can hold items as large as heavy tooling and sub-assemblies and as small as screws and other fasteners. When looking at increasing productivity and leaner manufacturing options you need to consider the following: • • •

Nature of the load to be stored System throughput Defining control requirements

Conventional static storage systems like shelving require employees to spend up to 70 percent of their time searching for items. On average, in typical industrial applications, productivity throughput can increase by more than 2.5 times. One of the primary reasons for considering a vertical system is the improved space utilisation they offer. Depending on useable building interior heights, a significant percentage of a conventional storage system’s occupied floor space can be recovered. The small unit footprint makes vertical systems especially valuable for point-of-use storage and JIT manufacturing applications. Recovered floor space can be reallocated from cost-associated functions of inventory to valueincreasing production operations. Improved space utilisation can also extend the useful life of existing facilities, eliminating the need for expensive brick and mortar expansion to meet growth requirements.


Redundant or non-essential handling can be reduced with vertical systems, especially in applications frequent reuse of tools and dies. The time saved results in less operating costs and improved customer service. Labour costs are reduced due to the system’s quick retrieval times and the capability to meet varying throughput requirements while not being bound by thresholds imposed by limited-access systems. Typically, an operator’s walk and search time is reversed from that of conventional systems to 70 percent picking and only 30 percent dwell time. There are a number of important factors to consider when planning the installation of a vertical storage and retrieval system. A properly applied approach to planning and specifying can substantially enhance the benefits these systems offer. To learn more contact Kardex Remstar at contact.remstar.uk@kardex.com

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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June 2018

SICK Launches Plug-and-Play ‘Snapshot’ Sensor for 3D Detection SICK has launched a configurable, plug-and-play 3D detection sensor based on its Visionary-T range of industrial 3D imaging cameras, harnessing the imaging power of SICK’s single-snapshot Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology for a range of detection and collision warning duties. With on-board processing, the Visionary-T DT sensor can be easily configured for a variety of applications to detect the presence or absence of 3D objects. It therefore offers a versatile, entry-level option for collision warning on forklifts, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Carts (AGCs). Tasks that were previously difficult to achieve with a fixed camera are now quickly and easily accomplished by the Visionary-T DT, for example to detect whether a bin, tote or stillage is completely empty, part full, or overloaded. The sensor provides 3D image analysis with a simple yes/no, occupied or unoccupied, signal depending on the configuration. A discrete output signal enables easy integration with an automated system. Direct communication capability can be set up to a visual display, an acoustic alarm or a PC, and to enable activity recording for later appraisal of any incidents. The Visionary-T DT can assess the availability of a workstation or cell on a production line where a large object, such as a vehicle or other machineryassembly, is to be moved for the next phase and warn of any intrusions. “The SICK Visionary-T DT allows users to integrate 3D vision into automated systems without the need to process raw data or to perform complex programming,” explains Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging and Systems. It therefore opens up opportunities both for manufacturers of unmanned


vehicles, machine builders and OEM production engineers to easily achieve 3D detection tasks that were previously challenging to set up with a fixed camera. For example, knowing whether a bin, tote or stillage is completely empty, part full, or has similar parts in stacked layers, has often been difficult to check without moving the camera, or the bin and objects. SICK’s Visionary-T imaging sensors capture high-resolution real-time 3D images with one shot of light, dispensing with the need to profile a moving object through laser triangulation. The SICK singlesnapshot technology does not need movement to create the depth of field and object resolution required for high-performance 3D detection. The Visionary-T DT can be configured using a PC, SICK’s SOPAS software tool and a purposedesigned Graphical User Interface. 3D objects or detection zones can be taught from the camera without the need for complex programming. The IP67-rated SICK Visionary-T DT is designed for 24/7 industrial use in rugged conditions. With a sensing area range of up to 50 by 45 metres at 40 metres distance, the SICK Visionary-T DT provides excellent area coverage around objects and machinery. The powerful light burst illuminates even matt and dark coloured objects, and the adjustable filters allow application-specific optimisation for enhanced detection quality. For more information on the SICK Visionary-T range or other vision solutions, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

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About Our Business: kadops was founded as a natural progression from our respective leadership careers in UK and global manufacturing, where we forged a track record for effective leadership and execution. Our commercial, operational and financial ability has been tested from executive level to shop floor and it is this combined experience and qualification in cross functional leadership that presents the perfect platform to support UK manufacturing SME’s through growth or turnaround. Owners, CEO’s and Directors often get distracted by operational fire fighting. Whilst they may enjoy being on the front line, their primary role is to communicate the vision and drive capital value.

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The “kadops way� – as hands on leaders we use our combined expertise to elevate middle managers in their understanding of the vision, optimising their leadership potential to execute the tactical and operational needs of the business effectively.


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kadops engagement with your middle management team allows business owners to pursue growth, confident that the day to day management of your business is in safe hands.

kadops is not a franchise, kadops is Kirstie Allenby and Kieran Doyle We combine over 60 years commercial, operational and financial experience in manufacturing When you engage with kadops you work with kadops kadops Business Review

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Prior to formal engagement, we will conduct a preliminary kadops business review, resulting in a report outlining our initial observations, potential impact and recommendations for improvement.

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Campaign launched to find outstanding installations At Drives & Controls 2018 WAGO’s newest recruit was on hand to assist the interconnection and automation specialists in their campaign to locate the UK and Ireland’s most unusual installations using the company’s flagship connector. Legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes was spotted at the show searching for clues, handing out leaflets and questioning attendees regarding the whereabouts of the most intriguing, interesting or bizarre electrical installations using WAGO’s 221 series connector. After being approached by WAGO, Sherlock’s interest in the case was immediately piqued when he noticed his first clue – that the 221 connector shares its name with his own address at 221B Baker Street. The connector is believed to be used in a wide range of different building projects, from residential properties all the way up to historic landmarks. Paul Witherington, WAGO Marketing Manager UK & Ireland,

explained: “Our 221 connector is one of our most popular products, and we believe it has been used in all sorts of diverse applications from castles to theme park rides. However once installed, it often remains hidden from view and maintenance-free inside cabinets and junction boxes. We know these connectors are used on interesting projects, and so we are looking to find out where they all are.” The company is inviting electrical installers to submit the details of any projects they have worked on that utilise the connector, particularly those in which it has been used in unusual or creative ways, or in notable locations. Four holographic glass trophies will be awarded for the top four installations.

Sherlock Holmes will be back to resume the hunt at other trade shows and events later this year.

Lever connectors now up to 6 mm2 With a new model, WAGO expands the applications of its compact lever connectors. The 221 Series lever connector range was previously limited to conductor cross-sections of up to 4 mm2. The new 6 mm2 connector (right) expands the application scope for the 221 Series.

The new version, rated at 450 V and 41 A, is suitable for threephase installations or high-power lighting, signal and HVAC systems in commercial buildings. It is also used for wiring high powered appliances in residential properties such as cookers and showers. For applications like outdoor lighting it permits longer cable runs with less voltage drop compared to smaller connectors. The 6 mm² version now accommodates solid, stranded and finestranded conductors from 0.5 mm2 up to 6 mm2.


The 6 mm2 version utilises the same CAGE CLAMP® spring pressure technology found in all WAGO lever connectors, and is available in 2-, 3- and 5- conductor variants. To connect, simply open the lever, insert a stripped conductor into the conductor entry, and then lower the lever to close the clamp, which applies the optimum pressure to keep conductors secure without damaging them. Wires can be removed by reopening the lever. The transparent housing for visual inspection shows that the wire is inserted properly and stripped to the correct length. Two test slots allow connections to be tested from different directions, making the connector suitable for use in compact enclosures and other tight spaces. The 221 range provides a quick, safe alternative to screw terminals. No screwdriver is required, allowing wiring to be installed up to 50 percent faster, with much less physical effort compared to screws. Installers can save time on wiring, freeing up labour to concentrate on other tasks. Unlike screws, CAGE CLAMP connections will not loosen or fail over time due to vibration or temperature cycling.

June 2018

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New whitepaper questions the role of the modern battery in new applications


onsumer demand is driving innovation in battery technology in areas such as home automation, medical devices, military and robotics. As a result, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to ensure they are using the right battery for their application. That is the assertion from specialist battery manufacturer Accutronics in a new whitepaper released today, which asks the question: what is a battery? The rapid growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed internet-connected devices fitted with sensors to change the way homeowners control functions around the home. It is also revolutionising the way that medical devices are used in hospitals, the way that equipment is developed for soldiers and the way that design engineers make the next generation of robots. However, despite these advancements, OEMs are not


always aware of how to select the right battery to power the load. The whitepaper addresses these problems; exploring areas such as battery chemistry, industry regulations, cell structure, battery design and the needs of specific markets. “In sectors such as medical, we are seeing devices such as ventilators, infusion pumps, dialysis systems and anaesthesia machines move from mains AC power to portable battery power,” explained Johnathan Celso, applications engineer at Ultralife Corporation, the parent company of Accutronics. “This increased need for portability in the medical sector is driving the need for high-discharge batteries that can cope with continuous charge and discharge cycles efficiently and safely. This is where new chemistries such as lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) are allowing us to create batteries that improve on traditional sealed lead acid (SLA) technology.

“Today’s design engineers are under pressure to create ever-more compact devices, with more powerful features that push the limits of existing battery technology. If we are to avoid the numerous high profile battery recalls that we’ve witnessed in recent years, then OEMs need to reassess the batteries they specify, looking at challenges such as cell design and regulations on shipping.” The whitepaper looks at key milestones in the history of batteries, the challenges faced today — including high profile incidents of batteries on planes — and regulations such as IEC62133-2:2017. It also explores the most popular battery chemistries in use today, cell structures, and the considerations that design engineers need to make. Design engineers that want to ensure they make the right, well-informed decision when selecting their battery can download the whitepaper for Free from the Accutronics website.

June 2018

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June 2018

Fulfilment Distribution Centre Solution Engineers at modern fulfilment centres are required to maintain material handling equipment, conveyors and packaging machinery to ensure their smooth running and fulltime operation. Awkward and restricted access areas present additional hazards when working at height and maintenance tasks must routinely be performed where access is extremely difficult.

The LOBO System is scalable, adaptable and adjustable to meet your on-going and changing requirements. Simply add more components or alter your existing configuration to satisfy the demands of the next task. Protect your initial investment with a product that will meet all your access needs safely!

Areas, where typically, standard working at height equipment cannot fit. Safety management begins with an organisation ensuring that employees have fit for purpose, work at height safety equipment, on which they have been trained to assemble, inspect and use safely. Access equipment which is unstable or rickety, which does not fit properly and is therefore dangerous, should never be used.

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The LOBO Advanced Platform is the solution The LOBO System is a versatile work platform product that combines the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems. The unique and patented hand adjustable clamp, when combined with the tube, allows the technician to create a work platform, of any shape or size, without the need for any tools. The system is made from modular steel components, which are easy and quick to assemble and provide a rock steady and safe working platform. It flat packs for transportation and yet is incredibly strong. Areas previously awkward to get to, can now be accessed by your own engineers or technicians with ease, whenever required. The LOBO System comprises of trestle legs that vary in size and adjustable extensions with fixed side clamps. Steel tubes can then be passed through the clamps, which are hand tightened to form a structure to suit the application. Sway braces, toe boards, wheels, handrails, outriggers and a lifting slider beam can be added to enhance the construction.

The LOBO System can be transported and assembled fast and with ease from a flat pack, into any required configuration, by your own maintenance engineers and technicians. Options include Lifting Slider beams which can be fitted to the system. And it can be stored in a LOBO Towerstore unit when not in use. LOBO is a rigid and stable product, which meets or exceeds international safety regulations.

LOBO Systems provides fully certified training for safe assembly, inspection and use. For more information visit www.lobosystems.com

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June 2018

Hydra-Cell Reducing the Cost of Precision Metering and Dosing.


ydra-Cell pumps are claimed to offer the most economical solution for precision metering and dosing thanks to their simple, clever design with multiple hydraulically balanced diaphragms in a single pump head.

Unlike typical API 675 diaphragm pumps, which are big, slow moving and deliver a large volume on each stroke, HydraCell pumps work at high speed, delivering a small volume from each cell but at high frequency, which is why the pumps can be physically smaller in relation to flow capability and consequently less expensive to acquire and operate. Hydra-Cell’s multiple diaphragms work in sequence to produce a virtually pulseless liquid flow, removing the need for pulsation dampeners in most installations, saving further installation and maintenance costs. Pipe strain and system leaks are also reduced.


Hydra-Cell pumps are exceptionally energy efficient (80% and above), which also reduces power requirement and energy costs. Unlike plunger type metering pumps, Hydra-Cell pumps have no dynamic seals, cups or energy sapping packings through which hazardous fluids might escape or through which air could enter the system on the suction stroke to cause degradation or crystallisation of the pumped liquid. And most importantly, HydraCell pumps require no expensive seal maintenance. Compact in design, robust in construction, reliable in operation and exhibiting high energy efficiency, HydraCell pumps enjoy a long service life with exceptionally low lifecycle costs. www.hydra-cell.eu

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June 2018

Bell Flow Systems now offering the New Dynasonics TFX-500w Ultrasonic Clamp-on Flow Meter. The Dynasonics TFX-500W launched at the recent Hanover Messe exhibition in Germany by US manufacturer Badger Meter. The new Dynasonics line product is a versatile, cost-effective solution for measuring water flow in industrial applications. Providing an economical solution for measuring water flow bi-directionally in a variety of applications. This new model is remarkably easy to install - thanks to its clamp-on design. As a result, there is no requirement to tap or cut the pipe. Simply attach the meters sensors to the outer structure of the pipework to complete the installation. This makes the TFX-500w ideal for existing projects, as retrofitting to existing systems is simple and quickly completed, removing the requirement for any system shut down time. Furthermore, there is no loss of pressure as a result of the non-invasive design of this ultrasonic flow meter. The TFX-500w is capable of measuring flow rate, velocity and water flow with precision and accuracy. Finally, a large and user friendly display screen completes the design. The TFX-500w is available in sizes 1/2 inch to 10 inch, and can function in a temperature range of -40 to 70 °C. It is capable of measuring flow from 0.38 to 37,000 L/min. Data communications options include Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP. It also supports full integration with the Badger Meter BEACON® and AquaCUE® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) cloud-based software suites. The front panel buttons control the programming of the TFX500w, or alternative by programming it via USB cable using SoloCUE® configuration software.


Thanks to its flexible range of sizing and temperature handling abilities, the TFX-500w is an extremely versatile flow meter. The Dynasonics TFX-500w is well suited to a range of applications. Typical examples include water systems, wastewater effluent, agricultural irrigation and industrial discharge.

Further information on the Dynasonics TFX-500w Contact us at Bell Flow Systems for more information on the Dynasonics TFX-500w Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flow Meter.



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June 2018

CHALLENGING HIGH VISCOSITY GLUCOSE FLOW MEASUREMENT IN SODA MANUFACTURING Bell Flow Systems was approached regarding a rather challenging task of glucose flow measurement. A production line specialist needed a solution for controlling the glucose flow measurement in a newly built processing plant for a large, UK based soft drinks manufacturer.

The glucose was to be pumped through stainless steel dairy pipes and heated to a temperature of 45oC. Thus producing a viscosity of 5000 centipoise. Due to the kind of product being manufactured, it was essential to have hygienic connections. The application also specified the installation of digital batch controllers. This was in order to allow operator control of the production process. These dual stage batch controllers offer intelligent over-run correction and two-stage valve closure for accuracy and repeatability. The system would accurately dispense the exact quantity of glucose for the user-specified mixture each time. This was critical so that the recipe for the soda remained the same and the taste didn’t vary from batch to batch. Due to this high working viscosity, it was determined that a positive displacement flow meter was required.

Macnaught oval gear meters for glucose flow measurement Bell Flow Systems offered one of the Macnaught oval gear type positive displacement meters. This particular range of meters are constructed from food grade stainless steel. Thus making the meter suitable for hygienic application. High viscosity stainless steel rotors allow for measuring viscosities over 100,00 centipoise. Hygienic tri-clamp connections, FDA approval, and locally mounted IP67 rated batch controllers completed the selection.


The oval gear meter principle ensures that there is flexibility of installation. Because there are no straight lengths of pipe needed before or after the meter, they can be installed vertically or horizontally. Additionally, these meters create an exceptionally low pressure drop - which was critical to the application.

Further application examples include: • • • • • • • • •

Metering & monitoring aggressive liquids Marine fuel measurement Offshore chemical injection measurement Diesel additive injection Polymer blending and dispensing Calibration & test stands Dye & ink metering Brine measurement Abrasive oil measurement - tallow & palm oil

For more information on the products used please visit our website www.bellflowsystems.co.uk, or contact the Bell Flow Systems Sales team sales@bellflowsystems.co.uk

June 2018

Low stress on pressure vessel for longer life Low NOx gas burner Fully matched Fulton burner Low outer surface temperature Compact design with minimal footprint Fully supported servicing and maintenance Fully wetted design - no refractory > 6:1 turndown capabilities (480 kg/h model)

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ith anti-plastic waste sentiment growing and the UK Government pledging to tackle the plastic problem via its 25-year plan, packaging sustainability has never been higher on the corporate agenda. This drive to make packaging greener, recycle more and waste less isn’t just an abstract idea that is talked about in the boardroom. It is in evidence on the factory floor where there is a steady in-crease in the use of recycled materials such as cardboard sleeves and cartons.

CODING WITH A CONSCIENCE Steve Ryan, UK sales manager at Rotech Machines, on how coding can become a source of advantage in an age of heightened environmental awareness.

When contemplating the introduction of new, ‘greener’ packaging materials, one major considera-tion is how they will be handled by packaging equipment, including coders. In our experience, the best technology for coding onto recycled cartonboard is TIJ (Thermal Ink Jet). The surface of recycled board tends to be more fibrous and undulating than conventional board, causing the ink to spread, with the potential for codes to become illegible. This might be a problem for CIJ printers, which expel much more ink per drop than TIJ printers, which use finer gauge nozzles to achieve a larger number of smaller dots per inch. This results in a higher clarity code that is less susceptible to spreading. The build of the coder also needs to be able to stand up to the demands of handling recycled cartonboard. Rotech’s RF Auto, the latest machine in its range, employs an innovative friction feeding system that copes with sleeve and cartons made from thinner board which can be liable to twist and warp. Furthermore, the product is held on a pair of vacuum belts for presentation to ei-ther the printer (or labeller) to guarantee a perfect print in perfect register. Using packaging with recycled content is one policy FMCG manufacturers are adopting to divert waste from landfill. Another is to switch to biodegradable or compostable packaging. Films based on corn starch and sugar cane polymers are now becoming a commercial reality and potential users want to be confident that they can code onto these emerging substrates.


Rotech uses upgraded drive rollers on its RF Auto offline carton and sleeve coder as well as a film transport system with vacuum, to enable it to cope with the additional dust and fibres generated by recycled boards

The green agenda is evident on the factory floor where there is a steady increase in the use of recycled materials such as cardboard sleeves and cartons.

In-house tests under-taken by Rotech have confirmed that TIJ is capable of reliably coding a variety of biodegradable films. As a technique, TIJ is far cleaner than CIJ. Advancements in TIJ ink performance and the develop-ment of inks with high optical darkness have led to improvements in ink usage optimisation. As a result, TIJ uses far less fluid per code than CIJ and the ink is completely contained within the car-tridge. whereas the volatile inks used in CIJ printing are required to be dealt with under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations. A TIJ printer can be turned on and switched of at will and uses very little power. By contrast a CIJ printer controller is a far more complicated system, that needs to perform a start-up and shutdown routine to ensure correct operation.

We are entering a new era of sustainability in which environmental considerations have become an integral part of the running of any business. The coding operation is subject to the same scruti-ny as any other process and as companies explore more sustainable packaging materials and seek to make production cleaner and greener, this might well go hand in hand with a switch to TIJ. E sales@rotechmachines.com www.rotechmachines.com Tel: +44 01707 393 700

June 2018

Precise coolant filtration VDF vortex dynamic filter One-pass filtration: > 90% of 5µm particles One-pass filtration: > 99% of 25µm particles Filters both ferrous and non-ferrous Simple waste disposal options – automated operation available Wide range of sizes and capacities 9 models: flows from 10 lpm to 1,000 lpm Body materials: 9 in SUS13 & 3 in resin (PA6)

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June 2018

The plastic innovation specialist, Murrplastik has introduced a new UK website bringing all products and system solutions together into one, easy to use resource. www.murrplastik-labelling.co.uk Via the website, customers can access Murrplastik’s UK Labelling Service. A quick and easy way to design and order customised industrial labels and cable tags online. Alternatively, customers can speak directly to the UK Label Production Team. This outsourcing labelling service is an ideal solution for small to medium quantities or companies without an inhouse labelling system. Murrplastik labels are for industrial applications, including cable identification, wire marking, terminal blocks or control panels and system labelling. Murrplastik offers a wide range of base materials, colours and inscription techniques including engraving, laser, inkjet and thermal printed labels. Murrplastik labelling service offers a fast, easy way to source highly durable, bespoke industrial labels. Innovative solutions and products for all your cable and labelling needs. Murrplastik’s high-tech plastic products can be found in just about every industrial sector, ranging from the rail - and automotive industry through toolmaking and mechanical engineering to electrical and medical engineering, packaging and woodworking. The new website has been extended and now also includes the wider Murrplastik product range: • Cable Drag Chains • Cable Protection Conduits and Fittings • Cable Entry Systems & Holders • Complete Labelling Systems It also features a new section - Robotics and Automation Equipment. Murrplastik is able to provide fully populated robotic dresspack solutions for any robotic application.


Utilizing universally applicable fastening, conduit and protection elements for hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic cables and wires for all standard robots. www.murrplastik-labelling.co.uk provides customers with access new product information, downloads and full technical information via the links to the parent Murrplastik Gmbh website. Call 0161 728 3133 Email: sales@murrelektronik.co.uk

June 2018

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June 2018

Rittal’s Hygienic Solution for Large Control Systems Rittal’s Hygienic Design System enclosures combine the features of their Hygienic Design Compact enclosures with a modular, bayable configuration. They deliver a flexible and hygienic solution that protects installed electrical and electronic equipment, even in washdown areas. The addition of standard accessories from Rittal’s TS 8 range, plus the flexibility afforded by baying, as well as the ability to swap the door handles, gives users a solution that can be tailored to suit even complex control systems in production clean rooms. The Hygienic Design System enclosure eliminates dead space and dirt traps, which reduces the risk of both direct and indirect cross-contamination.

Features that help improve hygiene levels include: • the hinge and lock components are located inside the seal face • internally secured sloped roof and side panels • blue-dyed silicone seals

• special protruding lock inserts • hygienically designed accessories, including glands, levelling feet and viewing window

The lack of dead space and dirt traps makes cleaning easier, the more so because the roof is angled at 30 degrees and all gaps are at least finger-sized. The enclosure has an ingress protection category of IP 59K. As such, it shields installed equipment from dust, dirt, and powerful, high-temperature, water jets, during production and cleaning, even in washdown areas. As a result, the Hygienic Design System enclosure can have major business benefits. By making cleaning easier, and better protecting electrical and electronic components it reduces both scheduled, and unplanned, downtime. This means it can increase uptime and improve productivity while contributing to creating a hygienic production environment. Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.


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June 2018

Port of Tyne Steven Harrison and Ian Atkinson Spencer Group speakin g at BULKEX 2017

First Shaping the Future speakers confirmed for BULKEX 2018 The Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) has released news of its first confirmed speakers for its annual technical conference at this year’s BULKEX 2018. Speaking on the theme Shaping the Future, British Steel; Crossrail 2; The Department of International Trade; and Primary Engineer; have all been confirmed as participating in the flagship event this October. President of the MHEA, John Connolly, said: “With the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline projections by Government showing £600 billion in public and private investment over the next ten years,1 there will be an unprecedented demand for materials handling across our industry. It is within this context that yet again, we are attracting high profile, high calibre speakers, who are all thought-leaders in their respective fields. Delivering insightful, stimulating and industry-relevant papers at BULKEX 2018, members and non-members alike will benefit from this exciting seminar programme, which provides a topical, informative and forwardlooking forum, for the bulk handling sector. The excellent quality of the papers we have already received is indicative of the overall high standard of speakers that we are expecting, and we will be announcing further speakers shortly.”

involved in the bulk materials handling industry or affected by it. During the event, the MHEA will also be hosting its 80th Anniversary Excellence Awards Dinner. Entries for the Excellence Awards are open until 31 July 2018 and full details, including the categories and the entry form, can be found on the MHEA website. The MHEA has also signed up as a partner to support the Year of Engineering, a government campaign which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering. If anyone is interested in presenting a paper at BULKEX 2018, or for more information about exhibiting attending BULKEX18, please go to www.mhea.co.uk or contact Julie Claus by emailing jc@mhea.co.uk, or call the MHEA on 01787 226995.

The BULKEX18 Conference and Exhibition will take place between 17th and 18th October 2018 at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire, and is a must-attend event for anyone



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June 2018

MHEA members enlightened by Tunstead Quarry Visit The Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) has organised another successful site visit for its members. Working with Tarmac, the visit to Tunstead Quarry, Derbyshire, took place on 09th May 2018 and over 25 MHEA member companies enjoyed a worthwhile, insightful visit to the quarry, to learn more about the bulk handling requirements that quarries typically face. The visit was led by Richard Strawford, Reliability Supervisor (L&P) and Phillip Shimwell, Quarry Operations Manager, Tarmac, who welcomed the MHEA members and provided the tour. Commenting on the visit, Richard Strawford said: “It was good to see so many managers of key suppliers who will now have a better understanding of the impact that they can have on our business, especially regarding my role within reliability.” The guests had a full tour of Tunstead Quarry, which is one of the largest in


the UK, extracting between five and six million tonnes of limestone per annum. Members heard about some of the processes that can be heavily impacted by their bulk supplies for spares on the fixed assets of the quarry, such as the conveyors, crushers, screens and pipework. Speaking on behalf of the MHEA, Julie Claus said: “The MHEA organises this type of visit in order to foster greater understanding between our members and their key customers. The value that such visits provide, and the networking opportunities between different industries is greatly appreciated by all concerned. The visit to Tunstead Quarry has proved useful to our members who can go back to their businesses with fresh insight about how to meet this client sector’s requirements.” Members were also given the opportunity to see the primary crusher in operation, as well as witness a blast of around 35,000 tonnes of stone.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the MHEA as a member or visit partner, please go to www.mhea.co.uk or contact Julie Claus by emailing jc@mhea.co.uk, or call the MHEA on 01787 226995.

DESIGN • MOULDING • PLASTICS • RECYCLING • PACKAGING The PDM exhibition and conference is specifically aimed at the design, moulding, plastics, recycling and packaging aspects of the UK’s plastics sector.



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Farnborough International Airshow | 16-22 July 2018 | Hall 4 Stand 4163 Ecospeed five-axis machining centre

STARRAG DISPLAY ALLOWS AEROSPACE EXPERTS TO TALK TO AEROSPACE EXPERTS From the largest structural parts to the smallest workpieces, including blades and blisks, and in all materials especially aluminium and titanium, Starrag’s display at Farnborough will demonstrate how the company can provide machining solutions for the global aerospace market. Underpinned by guaranteed uptimes (up to 96%) and lowest piece part costs, whether the need is for a large-capacity Ecospeed five-axis machining centre or the smaller capacity five-axis Heckert 500 X and STC 800 X machining centres - and including the dedicated blade (LX) and blisk (NB) machines - Starrag has unrivalled expertise in meeting all machining demands in the most cost-effective and productive manner. With a vast product range of machines available under the Starrag brand - Berthiez, Bumotec, Dörries, Droop+Rein, Ecospeed, Heckert, Scharmann, SIP and Starrag – and a world lead in Industry 4.0 strategies, the Starrag stand will be manned by like-minded experts who have only one thing on their minds – ‘Engineering precisely what you value’. 38|


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Innovation in Plastics Design & Manufacturing at PDM 2018 PDM 2018 returns to the Telford International Centre on 19th and 20th June this year. The free-to-attend event offers an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging and recycling. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will run a series of live four half-hour injection moulding workshops for process technicians and engineers. Four half-hour courses running on both days offer a combination of practical and theory-based learning to enhance understanding. STV Machinery will be exhibiting a Yizumi A5 series 260 tonne machine for two component moulding and an FE series 60 tonne all electric machine, their first UK exhibition, while Borche Machinery UK will bring its latest BS150 machine. Negri Bossi is to launch its NOVA eT all-electric machine range to the UK market, running demonstrations on its stand. Other injection moulding machinery exhibiting include BMB Machinery, and Barcelona-based Itoplas Engineering. Key ancillary machinery providers with a presence include TH Plastics, Labotek, Piovan, Kongskilde, UPM Conveying and AB Systems. Automation specialists include Hanley Robotics and Star Automation. For the latest 3D printing technology head for the stands of CDG and Matsuura LUMEX. Plastic-IT offers visitors expertise in all aspects of plastic injection moulding including materials, product design, tooling and processing. Leading suppliers of material, masterbatch and compounds such as Distrupol, Biesterfield, Colour Tone Masterbatch, Burgess Colours and Ampacet will be showcasing their latest product ranges. Finnish bioplastics pioneer Aqvacomp makes


its first appearance at PDM promoting its biocomposite with pulp fibre reinforcement. Sustainable and reliable product design that is resource-efficient and prevents plastics pollution is a strong theme throughout the free PDM conference programme. Delegates will be given updates on the latest performance polymers and processes which offer exciting new design possibilities, as well as practical advice on how patents and marques can be used to create differentiation. Material developments will be covered by Plastribution who will introduce the new Vistamaxx performance polymers and EMS-Chemie who will talk about the advantages of using EMS-GRIVORY long fibre technology.

Processinnovationsinadhesivebonding, assisted moulding technologies and rotational moulding techniques will be covered in the afternoon of day two with expert speakers from 3M Centre, Helix Polymer, Uniqeroto and Rotomotive. Dr Paul Shipton, consultancy director, Smithers Rapra will address the challenges of selecting plastics for use in medical devices. PDM 2018 is free to attend. Register now at: www.pdmevent.com

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June 2018

Take a leap into the exciting world of Hyperspectral Imaging Xmark Media, organisers of Photonex - the UK’s premier showcase dedicated to photonics and light technologies, are delighted to announce the return of HSI 2018: Hyperspectral Imaging & Applications Conference on 10-11 October 2018 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Held biennially in collaboration with the Hyperspectral Imaging Centre at Strathclyde, this meeting will bring together participants from all fields of hyperspectral imaging including application engineers, manufacturers, researchers and users in industry for a very special two days of learning, networking and investigating the latest developments in this exciting technology. Hyperspectral imaging is one of the fastest growing techniques in the world today. It is used in surgery, remote sensing, in the food industry for the detection of contamination… what is next? This conference will discuss current hyperspectral challenges and solutions. Are the latest cameras becoming snap-shot rather than push-broom? How is hyperspectral imaging being used for real-time quantification of substances? How have developments in Deep Learning transformed the landscape since the last conference?


Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Stephen Marshall, Chair of the Hyperspectral Imaging Centre, University of Strathclyde, commented: “We are very excited for the Coventry event and looking forward to building on the success of our past HSI meetings. Running this conference alongside a significant exhibition of latest photonics technologies provides an additional benefit for delegates and a great opportunity to collaborate with fellow colleagues and suppliers on an unprecedented scale.” The call for abstracts is now open. Anyone wishing to present in the programme should submit their entry via the website by Friday 29th June. All submissions will undergo peer review overseen by the technical programme committee. For more information or to enquire about exhibiting opportunities, please visit www.hsi2018.com


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Express Engineering Showcasing Extensive CNC Machining Services for Large and Small Metal Parts at Subcon 2018 Express Engineering Ltd., a leading UK subcontract manufacturing partner, is exhibiting for the first time at Subcon 2018 (stand D32), which this year runs from 5 7 June at the NEC, Birmingham. The company will be promoting its extensive precision machining, milling, turning and boring capabilities and specialist services for producing complex, high performance metallic parts. During Subcon 2018, visitors to the Express Engineering stand will be able to meet with both key commercial people and highly experienced machinists who will be available throughout the show to discuss precision machining of exotic metals and answer questions about producing complex prismatic components. Express Engineering has over 45 years’ experience in accurately machining to tight tolerances both small and large parts up to 6m long and 2m in diameter with highly intricate designs and geometries. Parts are typically machined from a heat resistant or high performance ‘exotic’ metal such as: high tensile bronzes, nickel super alloys, cobalt, titanium and Inconel, or from Jethete® SS alloy, duplex and super duplex stainless steels. One off or multiple parts, integrated kits, fully finished components with special processing or coatings, and complete assemblies are made to order and supplied to customers in small to medium batches on a repeat project or continuous call off schedule as required. OEM customers supplied

by Express Engineering include major UK players in the aerospace, defence, naval marine, oil and gas, nuclear, IGT and power generation industry sectors.In the last 10 Years, more than £20 million has been invested in production expansion and cutting-edge CNC machining technology and QC inspection facilities in line with customer and market needs, especially from the Aerospace, Defence and Nuclear markets. Today, Express Engineering’s centralised facilities in Gateshead cover 105,000 sq. ft., with 90+ CNC machines and around 310,000 hours of installed annual capacity. There are six dedicated specialist production units for the extensive range of manufacturing capabilities provided: CNC multi-tasking, CNC machining centres, CNC milling, turning, VTL boring and EDM wire/ solid sink machining from bar stock, forgings or hipped forgings. The Express Engineering team also has extensive CAD/ CAM capabilities, plus drawing free manufacturing (DFM) expertise. For more information visit www.express-engineering.co.uk



June 2018

SENSOR+TEST 2018 The leading international trade fair for sensors, measuring, and testing technology – SENSOR+TEST – will be held from 26 – 28 June 2018 at the Nürnberg Exhibition Center. The SENSOR+TEST is a must-go venue for developers and engineers from all industries as well as for technically oriented engineering and science students. Without today’s sensor and measuring technology, appliances, machines, systems, and industrial processes could not be designed according to the state of the art or further developed in view of future innovations. Moreover, without the latest testing technology, the ever-increasing standards of quality could not be met within the cost limits imposed by external factors. There is no comparable platform where innovative users can meet so many important suppliers of sensor, measuring, and testing technology from all over the globe. More efficiency, productivity, security, and quality – that is what the new technologies of the industrial internet and Industry 4.0 promise. The key to these achievements lies in networking and analyzing the operating data of machines, systems, and processes. At the


special forum “Sensor and Measuring Technology in the Industrial Internet” exhibitors involved in this field will present their solutions and concepts for the application of sensors on the special forum, on their booths and in lectures. The trade fair with about 600 suppliers, two forums for company presentations, an action area for live demonstrations as well as two first rate conferences, the 19. ITG/ GMA-Fachtagung “Sensoren und Messsysteme” and the European

Test and Telemetry Conference ettc2018 offer efficient and comprehensive technical information. The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement and AMA Service as organizers expect more than 8,000 visitors. More information about topics, products, applications and programs, are available at www.sensor-test.com Do not miss to register in advance for a free admission ticket!


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Subcon is the UK’s only trade show dedicated to subcontract manufacturing supply chains. This is the must attend event to meet and outsource from the very best of British manufacturing, and world class suppliers from over 20 countries. Manufacturing professionals from all Industry sectors attend Subcon to benchmark new and existing suppliers, and develop new manufacturing partnerships. Subcon 2018 — A show designed around your needs; we’ve rolled out a number of initiatives to ensure that you have the very best experience prior to, and on the day of your visit.


This year’s conference feature’s three streams covering the latest thinking and developments from the worlds of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. Two theatres, that’s twice as much free content! 36 free to attend sessions will lift the lid on the latest industry developments and the stories behind some of the UK’s most interesting engineering manufacturing projects this year.

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Safe High Pressure Measurement up to 5000 bar! The HP1100 & GD4200-USB Series of ultra-high pressure transducers and transmitters take away the worries of dealing with very high pressures safely.


esigned to perform in demanding environments, the HP1100 & GD4200USB Series from ESI Technology will consistently maintain accurate performance whilst sustaining high durability. The wetted parts and diaphragm are machined from a single piece of titanium which means no weld joints and therefore high pressure integrity and overload capacity even at operating ranges up to 5000bar. A stainless steel housing gives unbeatable corrosion resistance whilst the Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology provides a very high performance level with high overpressures, virtually no hysteresis and excellent long term stability over a wide temperature range. The standard autoclave fitting enables safe and reliable sealing to such high pressures.

available in ranges from 2.5 bar to 5000 bar, with a selectable sample rate of up to 1,000 readings per second (1,000 Hz). All pressure fluctuations and potential spikes are captured. Whether you are looking to perform test and calibration, spot checks or local, direct monitoring the GD4200-USB is a convenient solution as there is no need for any additional hardware or software and you can test and record data on-site. It boasts a standard accuracy of 0.15%, making it the ideal solution for high accuracy applications as well as high pressure. Using a USB hub you can connect and collect data from up to 16 USB transducers and view & record live readouts on one screen at the same time.

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Available in pressure ranges from 0-400 bar to 0-5,000 bar and with electrical outputs of 0-100 mV, 0-5V dc, 0-10 Vdc and 4-20 mA the HP1000 series of pressure transmitters has always been popular choice for very high pressure applications including aerospace, laboratory and test, oil and gas monitoring equipment and general industrial. Standard accuracy is 0.25%, but a higher accuracy option of 0.1% is offered if required. An ATEX and IECEx certified version of the HP1000 series is available for explosion protection for flammable gases (zone 0), dusts (zone 20) and mining areas (group I M1).

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June 2018

RED LEDGE LAUNCHES ENGINEERING STORES AND COST CENTRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM • Addresses a common and costly industry problem – stores inefficiency • Automates engineering component re-ordering to maintain store stock levels • Asset-tracks all equipment to minimise displacement and loss • “Early interest in the system has been strong. The industry seems keen to improve its engineering stores management” says Red Ledge technical director Alan Wilcockson Software application and engineering company Red Ledge has developed an engineering stores and cost centre management system, the company announced today. Designed to improve stores stock control and asset management, ‘Red Ledge Engineering Stores and Cost Centre Management’ automates engineering component re-ordering to avoid out-of-stock as well as tracking assets that leave the stores to minimise equipment displacement and loss. System installation and training can be completed within two days and the typical payback period is around six months say Red Ledge. “Engineering stores inefficiency is surprisingly widespread. It can also be very costly given the project delays and equipment losses that result” says Red Ledge technical


director Alan Wilcockson. “But early interest in the system has been strong, and the industry seems keen to improve its engineering stores management”. Red Ledge Engineering Stores and Cost Centre Management has been developed using the ‘Red Ledge CORE’ systems development tool for manufacturing, asset and warehouse management systems. Red Ledge CORE speeds the development of logical, event-driven systems using a set of fast-build standard libraries, which also allow tailored solutions to be added while maintaining core system functionality and process integrity. www.redledge.co.uk

June 2018

ExVeritas Wins Prestigious ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ WE BSOFT ‘Ex’ Certification Body receives the highest business accolade that can be awarded to companies in the United Kingdom. Her Majesty The Queen has selected the ExVeritas as winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. The Queen’s Awards is regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country and recognises ExVeritas as one of the very best business within its field. ExVeritas are an ATEX Notified Body and IECEx Certification Body providing internationally recognised potentially explosive atmosphere product certification for global markets together with the necessary Quality System Certification including accredited ISO9001:2015 and API Q1/Q2. They also offer training (including CompEx) and inspection services and have developed our own proprietary Inspection Software ‘iEx’ for products used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

ExVeritas has grown significantly over the last five years with new offices in Singapore, Denmark and North America and new ‘CompEx’ training centres with partners in Malta and Ireland. Sean Clarke, ExVeritas Managing Director, commented “We are delighted to have been recognised with this award, it is a reflection on the quality and dedication of our staff and how they engage with our customers to deliver the very best service possible. As a Certification Body everything we do has to be to the highest standard and to grow a business of this type internationally is a superb achievement for the whole team”

Stephen D’Henin, ExVeritas Technical Director, added “I am extremely proud that we have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade by Her Majesty The Queen. To be recognised by the most respected awards in the UK is a real honour, and one that I share with every person in the company who has helped to make ExVeritas such a vibrant and successful international business.” Sean and Stephen will represent ExVeritas and receive the award personally at Buckingham Palace on June 28th FREE ATEX and IECEx Information Poster To celebrate our award, you can now get the very latest ATEX and IECEx information on your wall with our large A1 poster contact us for a free copy mailed to you! www.exveritas.com info@exveritas.com Phone: 0845 862 2447


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From Slovenia to Scotland Yaskawa technology is made in Europe Following the construction of the first European robot factory in Kočevje, Slovenia, YASKAWA is pursuing its expansion strategy in Europe. The company is planning to build more new facilities in Slovenia for the production of inverter drives, servo drives and servo motors.

by the end of 2018. YASKAWA is now building further production sites in Slovenia to meet the growing demand for drive technology. The new production facilities for the manufacture of inverter drives, servo drives and servomotors will be constructed close to the existing robot factory.

The first Motoman robots to be manufactured entirely in Europe are set to roll off the production line in Kočevje

Manfred Stern, President and CEO of Yaskawa Europe GmbH explained, “Expanding our production capacity


will enable us to further improve the supply chain, shorten our lead times and enhance the service for our European customers”. He added, “Yaskawa’s Cumbernauld plant in Scotland for servo drives and inverters will continue to operate at the current level of utilisation and remains a vital element of Yaskawa’s manufacturing capability needed to support the growing demand for drive products from Yaskawa in Europe. Further details available from Paul Seale: info.uk@yaskawa.eu.com Tel: +44 (0) 1295 272755 www.yaskawa.eu.com

June 2018

The latest Innovation from SEEPEX - Smart Air Injection (patent pending)- combines the advantages of two technologies, progressive cavity pumps and dense phase pneumatic conveying. With this combination it is possible to transport dewatered sludge with high dry solids content over long distances in an energy-efficient manner.

Dewatered sludge (or other highly viscous media) is introduced into the pipeline using a progressive cavity pump, forming compacted material which is split into ‘plugs’ and pushed down pipelines of up to 1,000 metres using compressed air.

Out with the old Traditionally long distance transfer of dewatered sludge has been carried out by belt and screw conveyors and bucket elevators, which require a lot of costly maintenance, especially working at heights if silos are filled. In addition, these systems are frequently open to the environment, resulting in unpleasant odours, rehydration by rainwater, and complications on vertical or inclined transportation. As an alternative, closed piping can be used in conjunction with multi-stage progressive cavity (PC) pumps and piston pumps. However, these require comparatively high investment costs


Overcoming the issues of transporting dewatered sludge By Lesley Eaton, Business Development and Marketing Manager, SEEPEX UK

for higher pressure-rated pipework and valves (in some cases more than 100 bar).

Plant-specific solution SEEPEX Smart Air Injection (SAI) uses a progressive cavity pump with an open hopper and auger feed screw to produce a solid ‘plug’ of dewatered sludge, which is then transported onwards by means of pulsed compressed air injection controlled via an algorithm optimised for the application. The pneumatically-transported sludge plug is lubricated with boundary layer liquid, for example dilute polymer solution. This reduces friction in the pipework and improves the energy efficiency of the system as a whole. SAI permanently reduces the pressure in the entire pipeline to below 6 bar, generated by the pump to set the sludge plug in motion. Adjusting system parameters, such as polymer and air volumes makes it possible to set a plant-specific, energyoptimised operating point.

Smart systems The reduction in friction losses and the discharge pressure requirements mean that pumps fitted with Smart Conveying Technology (SCT) can be used for long distance, high viscosity transfer duties. Pump maintenance time is minimal (rotor stator replacement in less than an hour), as pipework removal is not required for maintenance. The lower discharge pressure additionally ensures an increased service life for the components, which is further extended by SCT whereby the stator can be adjusted to maintain pumping performance as performance drops. Additionally, in the automated SAI system, process monitoring can be integrated into existing automation and control systems via conventional interfaces. All functional components, sensors and actuators are part of the scope of supply, and are integrated into the control software SAI, which is optimised for the respective application.

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Henry Kister presents Practical Distillation Technology 15–17 October, London, UK

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June 2018

How zoomorphism can teach us to make better robots ~ Making more natural robots may be the answer to industrial woes ~


oomorphism is the literary term used to describe the attribution of animal characteristics to inanimate objects. But, have you ever considered its potential to change the way humans innovate in the robotic sciences? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, explains how zoomorphism can teach us to make better industrial robots. The nation was touched when the groundbreaking BBC documentary, Spy in the Wild broadcast a group of Indian langur monkeys mourning the apparent death of a baby robot monkey that they had accepted into their group. The robot monkey was filming the goings-on of the group when it fell from a height and was taken out of action. As it lay still, a hush spread through the group and, one by one, the monkeys began to hug and console each other in a show of grief. This is a touching story that helped scientists learn about group behaviour in a new and novel way and it also demonstrates how engineers can create a robot so natural in its movements and mannerisms that a group of relatively intelligent animals could not tell it apart from their own. While humans are yet to overcome the same uncanny valley for human androids, there is a lot we can learn from the development of robots that exhibit animal characteristics. Three areas that are particularly interesting are grippers, limbs and artificial intelligence software.

Grippers One of the biggest barriers to the adoption of industrial robots in picking and packing lines has been the use of adequate grippers that can pick objects of varying size, shape and weight quickly and accurately without damaging or deforming the product. This is especially important in the food and beverage sector, such as supermarket fulfilment centres, where soft hand-like grippers with fingers covered in tiny suckers are used to pick and pack items of food such as heads of lettuce without damaging the


product. At the same time, the grippers are durable enough to handle glass bottles and heavier metal cans of soup continuously.

Limbs Although there is a tendency to create robots after our own image, why create robots with human limitations? Modelling the limb movements of robots after those of arthropods, insects and four-legged mammals, such as dogs and cheetahs, offers engineers the ability to create robots that can traverse rough terrain quickly and efficiently, recovering more easily from falls and setbacks. While this is particularly useful for military applications, it also offers opportunities for industrial use in factories and plants where such robots could provide use in a more diverse range of applications, replacing the need for single-use robots such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), cranes and forklifts.

Software and AI Creating hardware that is capable of mimicking animal movements is only half the battle. Creating the software and algorithms that can mimic the subtle nuances of human and animal interaction is another. Michael Mendelson, a curriculum developer at the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute was quoted in Autodesk’s Redshift publication

explaining that, “Without flexible algorithms, computers can only do what we tell them. Many tasks, especially those involving perception, can’t be translated into rule-based instructions. In a manufacturing context, some of the more immediately interesting applications will involve perception”. Although high resolution machine vision optical sensors exist already, making sense of the high volumes of data in fractions of a second will continue to improve areas such as quality control. Imagine a robot capable of seeing microscopic defects in an integrated circuit board, or a collaborative robot (CoBot) that can stop an accident when working alongside a human being by catching a falling object or swerving to avoid a collision without having to bring the factory to a halt. There are already companies leading the way in zoomorphism-based research and development. Companies such as German automation giant Festo and US robotics expert Boston Dynamics are already pushing the boundaries of what robots can do, having developed examples of birds, sea creatures and mammals in robot form. By learning the right lessons and embracing what the natural world offers, engineers can go beyond the ordinary and create robots that illicit a truly emotional response.

June 2018


June 2018

TE Connectivity recognized as outstanding employer in Germany by the Top Employers Institute TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has announced its recognition by the Top Employer Institute as one of the best employers in Germany. The certification as “Top Employer” is the result of a multi-stage evaluation process conducted by the Institute. The institute assesses personnel planning, talent strategy, corporate culture, performance management, career planning and other employee metrics. Only employers, which meet the high standards of the Top Employers Institute, are subsequently certified. In 2018, TE Connectivity submitted its story of enabling outstanding career opportunities and fostering favorable working conditions for technical professionals and engineers. With more than 14,000 patents, TE ranks among the top 100 most innovative companies worldwide. TE Connectivity connectors and other products can be found in nearly all everyday products, which contain electrical or electronic components. These products reach from automobiles to washing machines and televisions. In addition, TE Connectivity offers many opportunities for students and young professionals: Dual degree programs, thesis initiatives and support, international exchange programs for young professionals as well as mentoring programs. As a responsible company TE is engaged in the initiative JOBLINGE, where the company supports at risk


TE Connectivity receives award for being a “Top Employer” in the Engineering category for the second year in a row

youth in entering the job market. With the program, students are supported with a scholarship and acquire important social skills and job-related competencies in group projects. Through a six-monthly, intensive program, the youth also receive guidance on personal strengths and suitable career paths.

director, TE Connectivity in Germany. “We do not only see this certificate as an award, but consider it as a challenge, to continuously improve our offerings for and in cooperation with our staff. Our corporate slogan “Every Connection Counts” certainly includes that every single employee counts.”

Throughout its sites in Germany, TE Connectivity puts its awardwinning talent strategy into practice by introducing innovative and promising measures. In doing so, TE Connectivity takes up its role as a responsible employer within Germany.

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“The renewed certification by the Top Employers Institute demonstrates TE understood the most relevant issues of the year, which are important for the relationship between employees and employer,” said Bernd Seifert, human resources

June 2018



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The Bifold Circuit Designer allows you to design a bespoke modular solution or tubed valve circuit comprising a series of valves in any order or orientation (where applicable) using a schematic drag and drop system. The completed system can then be bought as a modular solution or as a list of separate valves from Bifold.

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June 2018

Host of big names announced as partners An impressive array of big names have been announced as official media partners for the 2018 National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Exhibition. Taking place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 26th of June the event promises a host of information sessions and debate from manufacturing leaders and academics. Partners for the 2018 event include: • • • •

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Media partners gear up for National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo This unique event will showcase some of the most innovative developments in manufacturing and provide opportunities for stakeholders to learn and engage with some of the most prominent figures in the industry. Company directors, researchers, engineers and academics can avail of endless networking opportunities and information sessions at the event. This years exhibitors include Osmond Ergonomics, Business Port, Veolia and Cobalt Systems Ltd among others. Manufacturers will also address key challenges facing the industry in addition to highlighting recent developments. Some of the topics being discussed include project management, supply chain optimization, procurement, information technology logistics, materials handling and robotics. To register for this years event please visit www.manufacturingevent.co.uk/register/



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June 2018

GE and Altair Sign Agreement for Exclusive Distribution of GE’s Flow Simulator Software GE’s patented engine system modeling technology to be distributed and enhanced by Altair as part of exclusive relationship Altair (Nasdaq:ALTR) and GE have signed a multi-year software agreement making Altair the exclusive distributor for GE’s Flow Simulator software. This comprehensive engine system modeling software provides the functionality of numerous tools for fluid systems to enable multi-disciplinary analyses. Altair will leverage its expertise in commercial software deployment and support, broad industry domain knowledge, and global footprint to expand the technology’s adoption. “We are very excited to work with Altair Engineering to commercialize our Flow Simulator software, a GE stateof-the art engine system modeling tool,” said Gary Mercer, Vice President and General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation. “This software helped guide GE to design world record efficient gas turbines and the more advanced aircraft engines in the industry.”

techniques that conquer the robustness issues of stiff fluid system designs. It currently serves more than 1,500 users as a single-fluid system modeling tool across the aerothermal and combustion engineering design communities at GE. “Flow Simulator’s mixed fidelity simulation capabilities for engine systems fill an important gap to help improve design processes and reduce development, manufacturing and operational costs for many organizations. It is a welcome addition to Altair’s strong multiphysics system modeling portfolio,” said Dr. Uwe Schramm, Chief Technical Officer at Altair. In June, Altair and GE experts will demonstrate Flow Simulator software at the ASME Turbo Expo taking place in Oslo Norway. Learn more and schedule a demo at www.altair.com/asme

Developed internally by GE with a modern Graphics User Interface (GUI), GE’s Flow Simulator is a robust multigrid based solver. It uses the powerful continuity-based Newton-Raphson method, encompassing several numerical

Engineer raises £385k to launch new range of offshore products A Darlington business which has developed innovative systems for laying and removing subsea pipelines has secured a £385,000 funding package from the senior management team and NPIF - Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. Laytrix was founded last year by Andrew Stevenson, who is also CEO of marine engineering consultancy Ardmore Craig. The new business will develop equipment for the offshore industry and the funding will allow it to bring its first two systems to market. Laytrix’s products - one for laying pipes and cables and the other for decommissioning them - greatly reduce the time and cost involved in carrying out the work. Designed for use in shallow waters including parts of the North Sea, they can be transported by road and attached to any flat-back support ship within 24 hours, removing the need to use specialist vessels which are costly and have to be booked well in advance. As part of the investment, the company has also appointed Gary Hogg, the former COO of Global Maritime as a NonExecutive Director. Gary brings a wealth of technical expertise and international business experience to support the company as it looks to develop a client base, both within the North Sea and further afield including the Middle East and Far East.


Simon Crabtree, Investment Manager with Mercia Fund Managers, said: “Andrew has a wealth of experience in designing and producing engineering systems on behalf of offshore sector clients. Laytrix will allow him and his team to develop their own branded products to market directly to the industry. The new systems allow for rapid mobilisation and address cost pressures in the industry and have already attracted interest from potential users. This investment will help fund the design and bring the products to market.” David Tindall, Finance Business Partner at British Business Bank, said: “The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund continues to make great strides in supporting ambitious businesses across the North. This latest investment is testament to that, and delivers equity finance that supports the launch of innovative systems as well as introducing additional talent to the business. We look forward to continuing our support for northern businesses.” Gareth Saynor and Caroline Walker of CMS provided legal advice to Mercia. The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.


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High accuracy pressure sensing with excellent corrosion resistance:

Variohm adds durable 316 stainless steel pressure sensor series for gas or liquid measurement to 10 bar Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of pressure sensors with the new and robust EPT7100 series featuring 316 grade stainless steel wetted parts and an integral Packard connector for excellent durability and convenient installation at competitive cost.


ith a choice of four hermetically sealed pressure ports and five standard pressure range options from 0.01 to 10 bar, the EPT7100 is an excellent choice for gas or liquid pressure measurement for on- and offhighway automotive, HVAC, compressors, industrial hydraulics and more. The new sensor is based on a well proven piezoresistive sensing element and latest ASIC circuitry which does not rely on O-ring sealing or silicon oil. This combines with IP67 environmental rating, additional EMI / RFI protection and MIL-STD shock and vibration specifications. Suitable for gauge, absolute and sealed gauge pressure measurement (gauge only on 0.01 pressure range), the EPT7100 series offers a compensated temperature range between -20 °C to +85 °C where the tolerance band including thermal effects is within ± 1% of span. Errorfree operation is guaranteed for media or environment temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C. Accuracy at room temperature is +/- 0.25 % BFSL. The output signal is 0.5…4.5 VDC from a 5 VDC supply. The new sensor is available as a stock delivered item with an M10 x 1 pressure port and a zero to 3.5 bar pressure range.


The EPT7100 is also available specifically configured for use in motorsports as an absolute pressure map sensor. With a pressure range from 0 to 3.5 bar this version includes all of the features of the full range model. The new sensor series is part of a wide range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies available from Variohm EuroSensor - a manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing complete sales and application support for demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.

June 2018


June 2018

Rulmeca drum motors rise to the challenge of cranberry production. A leading producer of Cranberries contacted Rulmeca to test and review a possible application for the use of motorised drums in their ceiling-mounted conveyors handling this deep-red fruit. The current handling system included the use of elevated and overhead conveyors. There was a concern to eliminate any possible risk of an oil leak from an exposed overhead drive that could risk contaminating the product below. Being difficult to reach, there was also the question of difficulties of maintenance and wash down capabilities.

further contaminate the products on the conveyor belt

sealing is ideal for dissolving caking caused by the dried cranberries.

This drum motor housing a helical gearbox is a very flexible component thanks to the wide range of powers and speeds. It is an ideal power packed drive for high duty conveyors with the capability of reversible operation.

The Rulmeca Drum Motor TM 138LS in stainless steel with its IP69 rated sealing system was the perfect solution for this application, mitigating any risk of oil leaking. A conventional geared motor could

The lower weight compared to geared motors and the centred mass of drum motors simplifies the design of selfsupporting conveyor technology. The high pressure wash-down capabilities of the Rulmeca 138LS with IP69

In addition, to the possibility of highpressure cleaning Rulmeca was awarded the contract to manufacture this custom Drum Motor in full Stainless Steel with IP69 rated seals and White Lagging. This was completed and easily installed into the conveyor frame and continues to provide remarkably low noise, trouble free, hygienic conveyance and requiring virtually no maintenance.


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June 2018

Bahco torque wrenches: synonymous with precision and quality wide range of toolboxes and cases tough enough to take the knocks and designed for use in all weathers. An ideal example is Bahco’s 4750 heavy duty rigid tool case, available with or without wheels. This is designed and manufactured to be indestructible. Mounted on ball bearing wheels, its reinforced angles and ribs provide maximum protection. It is corrosion, water and dust proof, Skydrol resistant and ideal for use in a wide temperature range. Designed, manufactured, tested and certified to withstand the toughest working conditions, Bahco torque measurement tools are ideal for use by engineers who demand absolute precision. They are already the first choice of many professionals working in the automotive, aerospace, mining, oil and gas industries. Bahco electronic torque wrenches can be supplied in several versions, including reversible head, fixed ratcheting or angle wrenches, manufactured in either aluminium or metal. Also available are electronic torque screwdrivers with fixed settings and an ergonomic screwdriver set with eight interchangeable blades, ideal for tightening precision fasteners.

Farnborough Air Show, along with the Bahco ergonomic tool management and storage system used by aviation and aerospace engineers in many countries. Using Bahco’s ‘Configurator’ software, engineers can choose the trolley size and colour combination they prefer, as well as the number of easy-slide drawers and the format of the Skydrol resistant drawer inlays. Clearly displaying every tool or group of tools in spacious, profiled drawers enables engineers to find exactly what they need, just when they need it. Colour coding makes clear which tools have been removed, providing an additional safeguard against foreign object damage. For engineers on the move Bahco manufactures a

A choice of Bahco tool assortments designed to fit the profiled drawers of the 4750 rigid case includes ratchet and socket sets, ergonomic screwdrivers, pliers, hammers and spanners. Engineers carrying their toolboxes on board aircraft have the reassurance of knowing that airport security staff have a specific key which will open the security lock fitted to the Bahco 4750 toolbox, averting the risk of damage during a security inspection. Visit www.bahco.com to see the full Bahco range of torque measurement and other specialist tools designed for use by professionals who demand the level of performance and all-important ‘feel’ which Bahco tools provide.

Several wrenches with scale, a break back version and a mechanical torque wrench with interchangeable head, plus torque wrenches with pre-set torque values and adjustable torque screwdrivers are all within the range, along with an electronic torque and angle measuring adaptor, ratchet inserts and a digital torque tester. Examples of Bahco torque tools will be displayed at next month’s


June 2018

Interroll’s conveyor solutions for chilled and deep-freeze environments Food processing as well as conveying, sorting and storing packaged food and beverage are crucial processes in the food industry and Interroll offers a wide range of solutions in the field even for deep freeze logistics.


nterroll’s new Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) for chilled and deep-freeze environments, with decentrally controlled RollerDrive drive technology, expands the range of applications of the company’s conveyor solutions.

Deep-freeze logistics poses special challenges for material flow solutions but can now benefit from an efficient, zero pressure accumulation (ZPA) material flow down to minus 30 degrees Celsius (−30 °C). The energy efficient 24-V roller conveyors and diverters support a zero pressure accumulation operation and increases the work productivity. It can also reduce manual labour in deep-freeze temperatures and leads to a better and safer working environment.


The new deep-freeze MCP from Interroll offers flexible and scalable configuration with standard plug-andplay components. It accommodates all conveying needs and offers flexibility for future growth. The new solution has been tested in several conditions and ambient temperatures and has proven to be a solution perfectly suitable to harsh temperatures. For further details contact Interroll or view online https://vimeo.com/260211891

June 2018

JSP is ahead of the Reg! JSP Ltd is pleased to announce that they have on day one of the enforcement of the regulation the vast majority of their product range certified to the new PPE Regulation, 2016/425. This is a year ahead of the cut-off date of 21st April 2019! Over 150 products on 15 certificates across the complete range of their above-theneck PPE offering including their market leading EVO® Industrial Safety Helmet Range and Force™ Respirators will be manufactured in accordance with the new regulation from day one. JSP Ltd has ensured that it is in conformity with the latest European requirements at the earliest opportunity. The regulation has been brought in to help make sure that the user of PPE is better protected than ever before, using products which they can trust. All PPE must be issued with declarations of

conformity by the manufacturer, and there are parts of the Regulation that will have direct implications on distributors and importers who are now responsible for ensuring they have a copy of the declarations of conformity and keep it for 10 years after the product has gone on to the market. To sum up - all enterprises involved in the supply of PPE in Europe now have the same obligations as a manufacturer to ensure that the product placed on the market will protect the user. JSP’s early conformity to the regulation demonstrates their continued commitment to manufacturing tested, traceable and trusted PPE products. The other main change of the PPE Regulation update is the reclassification of hearing protection to a category 3 risk product. It is now more important than ever for employers to provide their staff with the correct hearing protection and to fully understand that employees are adequately protected. All the JSP range of Hearing Protection meets this criteria including the new Sonis® ranges of Ear Defenders with market leading attenuation levels. JSP have confirmed that it is not just their latest innovations and class leading products which conform but also their tried and tested classic designs such as the Invincible MK®II industrial safety helmet which meet these new requirements. For further details on the new PPE Regulations please contact them on 01993 826050. www.jspsafety.com


The Power of Sharing

Disseminating IP information company-wide For any innovation-driven industry, it’s crucial to be aware of the IP landscape in your technology area. For example, consider the fact that 70-80% of scientific and technological information is available only in patents – by not monitoring this effectively, how much actionable intelligence is your company missing out on? The systematic retrieval and assessment of patent data can provide insights into competitor activity, potential collaborators, technology trends and opportunities. As awareness and appreciation of the value of patent data as a source of commercial insights grows, it is becoming more apparent that this information needs to be shared throughout the corporation in a manner that is easily understandable, contains the correct amount of information and can either lead to inspirational discussions or ground-breaking ideas.

Encouraging innovation company-wide In large corporations, an in-house patent or IP department will study the landscape to look for licensing opportunities, to challenge the validity of third party rights or for IP portfolio management and more… IP/patent departments work alongside R&D to make sure that resources aren’t wasted reinventing the wheel, to avoid infringement and identify white spaces in areas of interest.


In the past, IP lawyers and specialist search firms would’ve presented R&D departments with a huge stack of patent documents to be reviewed, but there are now time-saving and cost-effective alternatives to this process. Although R&D professionals might not have experience in the more complicated patent searching tools and training in patent analysis/landscaping etc. R&D departments still benefit from an in-depth analysis of technological developments in their field of expertise and the identification of opportunities for new product development in low-risk areas to avoid wasted R&D costs. Seeing the gap in the market for an enduser friendly patent search tool, Minesoft – in partnership with RWS – developed a streamlined and intuitive version of PatBase: PatBase Express. With over 50,000 users, many of our customers have hundreds or even thousands of IP-verified accounts, an ideal way to optimise productivity; express searching with no training required. All users, with any level of skill, are able to search and review large and highly complex patent datasets and to interact with and share this data company-wide.

Turning data into intelligence Having comprehensive, quality-checked data is crucial, but turning that data into clear, accurate and easy-to-understand information can be a challenge. Taking large, complex data sets and creating engaging visual content is time-

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June 2018

Engineers lead the way with quality accreditation Boulting achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification Engineering solutions provider, Boulting has achieved ISO 9001:2015 for its quality management system (QMS) that ensures a consistently outstanding service for its clients. It was accredited by the Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) for the updated 2015 standard, having previously been awarded ISO 9001:2008. ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised quality management standard. The 2015 update places a significant emphasis on leadership, requiring Boulting to demonstrate how its directors, board members and managers steer the business. In addition, the communication to staff of the potential effects of the decisions and directions must also be clear. Boulting is a multi-disciplined engineering solutions provider, operating in a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, renewable power and nuclear, both nationally and internationally. The company has consistently placed an emphasis on quality of service, incorporating this into its ethos, ‘engineering excellence’. The certification provides assurance to clients of this commitment to quality, by demonstrating the certified management system, which has been independently reviewed for its benefits and quality control. Boulting was required to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. Boulting aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of its management system, including processes for improvement of the system and assurance of conformity to customer requirements. “At Boulting, we strive to deliver the most innovative and forward-thinking solutions to the highest quality standards,” explained Gavin Punshon, quality and environment director


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June 2018

A fundamental guide to filtering ~ New whitepaper explains how to design cost-effective EMC filtering for electrical/electronic equipment ~

Choosing the right filter for an application is considered by many design and electrical engineers to be something of a dark art. Fortunately, help is at hand – a new whitepaper from electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) specialist EMC Standards. The whitepaper provides design engineers with a guide to designing the right filters for their products, and is available for download in the member’s area of the EMC Standards website. The whitepaper, by global EMC specialist Keith Armstrong, offers guidance on choosing the correct specifications and style of a filter. Armstrong states that the guidance is akin to taking “anti-Murphy” precautions — referring to the adage that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. The advice aims to pre-empt Murphy’s Law from affecting filters, through better specification in the design process. Correct filter specification is critical in ensuring the rest of the design process is completed with minimal project cost, with the remainder of the process often being a matter of trialling different filters and measuring emissions and/or immunity.


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Grayhill Launches Touch Encoder Development Kit with Tap, Swipe, and Turn Functions Flexible HMI component ideal for industrial equipment, digital audio and visual, medical device, or off-highway vehicle applications LaGrange, IL – Grayhill, Inc. introduces the Touch Encoder Development Kit, which provides product development engineers simplified designs for industrial, digital audio and visual, medical, and off-highway markets. With tap, swipe, and turn functions, the Touch Encoder Development Kit can meet a wide range of interface application needs. The Grayhill TE Series Touch Encoder Development Kit allows designers to replace many traditional user-input devices with a simple, easy-to-use device. Designers use an intuitive tablet development app that allow them to personalize multi-touch gestures, generate images, and customize the display. They can also use Trigger Logic™, which eliminates the need for a software engineer to configure the device. This kit features a 320 x 300 high-resolution display and an intuitive tablet-based development platform. The kit also includes customizable standard widgets to support limitless functions. Both USB 2.0 and CAN J1939 communications with the host device are possible. The encoder is IP67 sealed, and combines multiple devices into one, saving panel space. With a 32 GB memory, the encoder can store hundreds of screens.


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June 2018

Atlas Copco compressor and pipework combination boosts fast turnaround for Brinkley-Propeller’s maintenance and repair service


quipping its new purpose-built maintenance and repair facility with an energy-efficient Atlas Copco GX11 FF compressor and a complete AIRnet modular pipework system, supplied and fitted by premier distributor Anglian Compressors, has enabled Brinkley-Propeller to fulfil its drive toward fast turnaround of high quality work at competitive prices. A combined investment in facility infrastructure and its 24-strong team’s productivity has earned the company a world-wide reputation for offering exceptional levels of customer service. Operating from a state-of-the-art 14,250 sq. ft. premises in Stanton Business Park, Biggleswade, Brinkley-Propeller recently expanded both its site and capabilities; by adding aircraft landing gear brakes and wheels service, as well as an approved NTD (non-destructive testing) division that supports aviation, motorsport, marine, and space and satellite industry organisations. As director, Darren Carter explains: “As a rapidly expanding servicing organisation we needed a reliable compressed air system that would give us flexibility for future growth; as we are looking to extend our customer base further into Europe, the Middle East and certain developing countries. Cost and downtime are key issues for customers.


Our facilities have been purposely designed to enable us to work efficiently and deliver turnaround schedules that are consistently on time and in-budget.” Carter continued: “Our old compressed air system with galvanised pipework lacked reliability and we were experiencing pressure drops affecting our output, so improved air flow was a priority. We looked at a number of suppliers’ offerings and decided that the solution proposed by Atlas Copco’s distributor, Anglian Compressors in Peterborough, met all our needs.” Anglian supplied and installed an energy-efficient Atlas Copco GX11 full feature, rotary screw compressor, with integrated dryer, to provide an essential 7.5 bar quality air supply for the company’s air tools, component pressure testing and spray finishing operations. Compressed air is delivered to point of use via a complete new AIRnet ring main with multiple short drops to individual work stations. AIRnet is a fast, easy and reliable modular piping system, designed for compressed air, vacuum, and other inert gas applications from the source to the point of use. Low friction internal bore and seamless connections minimise pressure drop thus effectively reducing the cost of ownership of a piping system.

As the result of intelligent design and lightweight materials, AIRnet can be installed and fixed to walls and ceilings 70 per cent faster than conventional systems and, for many industrial applications, AIRnet pipes and fittings can be assembled in just a few steps by a single installer without the need for heavy machinery. All components are easily adjustable and re-usable to facilitate future network extensions. Further reassurance comes from the fact the system is future-proofed by a 10-year guarantee against any damages resulting from material defects. Since Brinkley-Propeller’s high-end, important clients visit the premises in the course of operations, the visual appeal of the pipework and fittings was an added bonus to the system’s design flexibility and potential for energy savings. Darren Carter’s final comment was complimentary to Atlas Copco’s offering and the quality and efficiency of the installation: “As cost efficiency is always at the forefront of our decision making, we felt the investment in this system produced the right solution. The brand has a reputation for quality and reliability and that was important to our long-term plan.”

June 2018

New 30ECT Ultra EC Brushless Motor – Ultra High Torque in a Compact Package Portescap is proud to announce the expansion of the Ultra EC™ range of brushless DC slotless motors with the introduction of the new 30ECT motor. This 4 pole motor offers ultra high torque and power (up to 245W, max continuous) without compromising on the smooth operation and long life you expect from Portescap’s brushless slotless motors. The new 30ECT motor is available in two lengths: the 30ECT64 and the 30ECT90. The 30ECT64 and 30ECT90 motors feature our patented Ultra coil technology which provides unparalleled torque and power density with limited core losses over a wide range of working speeds without friction & brush wear. These motors feature our patented highspeed rotor design as well to sustain speeds up to 30,000 rpm. The 30ECT90 is unique and opens new areas for slim/long package with impressive torque capabilities, while the 30ECT64 bridges the gap in terms of torque between the 22ECT82 and 30ECT90 allowing high speed capabilities. Thanks to its rugged design, the 30ECT can sustain peak torque during 2s up to 1.3Nm (30ECT64) and 2.4Nm (30ECT90). The 30ECT motors can be

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Engineering Update - June 2018  

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