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Last call for Engineers to join UK’s largest flood event The Environment Agency is calling all Engineers interested in attending the UK’s largest conference and exhibition for tackling the issues associated with the UK’s increased frequency of inland flooding and damage from coastal erosion. The programme is now complete and engineers will debate some of the most pressing issues with the Environment agency at Flood and Coast 2017 from 28-30 March. A total of 150 presentations and case studies will take place across the three days at the Telford International Centre. Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director of Strategy at the Environment Agency and Chair of the Flood and Coast Event said “Pressures on our cities and all urban areas coupled with climate change, require us to look for innovative ways to increase resilience and sustainability. Here we are looking for different sectors to showcase their best examples and learn from one another so we can offer communities the resilient services they need.”

Some of the presentations include; • Discussion Panel of major infrastructure asset holders • HS2 Approach to flood risk and resilience - Arup • Creating water sensitive airports in times of climate change - Royal Haskoning DHV • A national policy statement for flood defences Pinsent Mason • Carbon cost and efficiency – Environment Agency • A Sendai perspective on flood warning - Met Office • A dredging strategy for flood management on the River Parrett and River Tone in Somerset - HR Wallingford • Delivering sustainable and cost effective channel management Environment Agency • Dams in the society: good or bad? - Atkins Ltd • Are we safe from reservoir flooding? - JBA Consulting • Hinksey flood alleviation scheme: increasing the resilience of the UK rail network - AECOM • Port of Immingham sea defence improvements - AECOM • The application of 3D sonar

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Bluetooth – back to the future? With the launch of a number of devices across the industry, is process industry ready for instrument adjustment and diagnosis with Smartphones or Tablets? Wireless communication for industrial field transmitters has been a popular topic over recent years, with as many pro’s and cons as there are standards. But what about using an accessible and simple means of instrument set up and operation using a smartphone or tablet? Bluetooth has been a familiar feature in our everyday lives for many years now. For instance, every modern car has hands-free phone and music, keyboards and mice, remote controls, televisions and portable speaker systems in our homes are all using this communication protocol to increase safety and provide convenience. It’s secure too, every day, in shops and restaurants, we put debit and credit cards into wireless payment terminals that use Bluetooth communication for securely transmitting sensitive financial information. Now it is beginning to find its way into the process industry. This technology has the potential to configure, adjust, analyse and retrieve data in sensors from a safe distance using every day devices, whether they are supplied by the company or the users ‘own’. ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) is becoming a more familiar term in our language, not just at the ‘hi-tech’ companies. In industry it is emerging and already available on products like data loggers, controllers, analytical systems and valve positioners, now it is also being introduced to field transmitters for set up, monitoring and asset management. This is facilitated by the development and implementation of Bluetooth 4.0, which is now low power enough to be used on ‘loop powered’ field based sensors.

Security? This is probably the first and foremost question. Bluetooth communications are founded on three procedures:


Authentication & Authorization - This is the process of determining who is at the other end of a Bluetooth link and if their device should have access to yours. Encryption & Data Protection - Bluetooth encrypts your data (128 bit) and only allows approved devices to decrypt it, making it much more difficult to for unauthorized users to capture and decipher your information. Privacy & Confidentiality - In addition to encrypting the data being transmitted, the latest Bluetooth 4.0 also makes it possible to encrypt the address of the Bluetooth device itself.

Safer for inhospitable or dangerous areas, locations and industries Heat, dirt, noise, dust or gases (or even just horrible weather!) are just some of the hazards to personnel out in the process plant. Bluetooth 4.0 has a range typically around 25m, further, (50m+) in clear areas, enabling devices to be accessed and operated from a more secure, sheltered position. Another reason can be the location or position of the device itself, this can avoid prolonged awkward working positions, working at heights or even reduced exposure risk to harsh/toxic chemicals. These challenges all offer strong safety and productivity benefits to the user.

Hazardous Area use Smart phones and tablets with Hazardous Area cases and approvals are also becoming both more commonplace and affordable. Up until now, any sensor requiring set up in a hazardous area needs either key pads on or adjacent to the transmitter, via specialist communicator devices, or it can be done via remote communication methods such as HART protocol, with typically a handheld terminal or PC. But this is not always practical, it requires opening of housings, connection into junction boxes or cabinets (with associated time consuming ‘Hot work permits’), and the communication speeds can sometimes be slow. As Bluetooth carries no energy in itself, as long as the communication devices

at each end (e.g. sensor and smart phone) are appropriately protected and certified, there is no compromising of the hazardous area. Alternatively, with a 25m+ range, the Smartphone can also be used from a place of designated safety.

Back to the future! VEGA PLICSCOM universal display and adjustment module now has a Bluetooth and ATEX certified version. This is secure and encrypted, on/off switchable communication for both Android/IOS smartphone/tablet set up and diagnosis. Amazingly, it is also fully backward compatible with all plics® level and pressure transmitters manufactured since 2002, it can be easily retrofitted without any software update. There is also a Bluetooth dongle for PC connection via FDT/DTM / PACTware. These options offer a great opportunity for existing users to try out the future today. Download the VEGA Tools App at IOS or Android store or find out more at under ‘Wireless Adjustment’.

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User-Programmable 2D Vision with SICK’s InspectorP SICK has added to its Inspector 2D vision family with the InspectorP, its first fully user-programmable range of 2D cameras with the performance and flexibility needed for critical vision duties in verification, inspection and quality control. With the Inspector P63x/64x/65x family of 2D vision cameras, SICK has achieved versatile, high-resolution image processing capability with on-board programming to meet a wide variety of applications such as robot picking and part positioning, quality inspection, error proofing, sorting and precision measurement. The Inspector P’s high-performance optics and illumination, together with a resolution range of between 1 – 4 megapixels, deliver a choice of options for even complex, long-range or high-speed vision tasks. Users have the freedom and flexibility to develop their application software on the InspectorP using the SICK AppSpace programming platform and a flexible user interface. On-board image processing and object evaluation is provided via the preinstalled HALCON image library. Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging & Systems said: “With the new InspectorP, whether you are an OEM user or a system integrator you have all the application-programmability you need and you can develop your application software to suit. “The three programmable Inspector models are similar in size to standard embedded configurable smart cameras and offer the same advanced performance at a cost competitive with PC-based vision 2D cameras.” The SICK Inspector P63x, 64x and 65x models offer a choice of


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Efficiency Level VI Compliant External Power Supplies available now from Ideal Power Power conversion specialists Ideal Power announce the availability of a wide range of external power supplies which meet the requirements of Level VI Efficiency. This standard came into effect in the US on February 10, 2016 and brought in in some significant revisions and definitions to power supply performance. The legislation is intended to reduce the energy consumed by external power adapters and in some cases the reductions could result in as little as 20% of the levels allowed in previous standards. OEM manufacturers now need to be aware of new performance thresholds, direct and indirect operation models and exemptions for all new product designs. Ideal Power has over 40 years of experience in the power supply market and their IP Support engineering team works with customers and leading global manufacturers to source best-fit technical and cost effective power conversion solutions.

To meet the requirements of Level VI Efficiency Ideal Power has launched numerous new models to their comprehensive offering of external power supplies. This very extensive range offers output voltages from 3 to 30VDC with output power from to 6 to 300W. Power input connection options include internal IEC connector, 2 pin connector and universal interchangeable AC plug tops. Output options include fixed cable terminated with a jack plug, USB connector or interchangeable power connectors.

Typical applications for Ideal Power’s Level VI Efficiency compliant range of external power supplies includes, IT and consumer products, PoS, Industrial, Transport, Security, Defence and Telecoms. All models are CE Marked and fully safety agency approved Jon Vallis, Sales Manager at Ideal Power, comments. “We have one of the largest and most flexible ranges of Level VI compliant plugtop and desktop power supplies available anywhere. Our customers can select from a simple low cost single market power solution though to a multi-function model for global use with a wide range of output options. Our IP Sales Team will work with our customers to source the best fit standard product or develop a bespoke solution where required.” For more information on Level VI compliant external power supplies from Ideal Power or their wide range of battery chargers and open frame power supplies please call +44(0)845 260 3400, email or visit


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JSP launch VisiliteTM - Fibre Optic Illumination system for Evolution® Helmets JSP Ltd has launched a unique new lighting system for their Industrial Safety helmets called the VisiliteTM. This fibre optic lighting system has been developed as a method of increasing worker visibility without dazzling colleagues in close proximity. 10|

The VisiliteTM has tough ABS casings making it highly durable to withstand knocks and scrapes. It is easy to fit to the JSP Evo range of Helmets –clips slide onto the front sides and rear of the helmet to keep it in place allowing fibre optic light to shine all around the helmet. The VisiliteTM offers three lighting modes – static, fast flash or slow flash to suit the user’s needs and is visible up to 50M. LED lights shine low level light down the fibre optic which is refracted by the engraved logos on the flexible optic strip. The unit is USB rechargeable, comes with a Micro USB cable and can be charged whilst fitted to the helmet. JSP’s Research and Department team commented that the VisiliteTM has been developed in reaction to certain customers who wanted to draw attention to their Construction workers to keep them visible on site and when they are travelling back and forth to their working area. More information is available from, by emailing or calling +44 (0)1993 826050.

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New Tachometers: just the ticket for speed measurements in all Zones BEKA associates extensive new range of Tachometers simplify speed measurement and display in both hazardous and non-hazardous areas. Featuring panel and field mounting models which can be configured to function with most sensors, they have bold easy to read displays simultaneously showing speed and total time that the monitored machinery has been operating. All models can be supplied with an internally powered display backlight, dual isolated alarms, a synchronous isolated pulse output and a 4/20mA isolated output. Three types of panel mounting enclosure with two display sizes are available. All have IP66 front of panel protection and the range includes a model with a rugged 316 stainless steel enclosure and a toughened glass window for applications in severe or marine environments. The field mounting Tachometers have an IP66 impact resistant GRP case with stainless steel fittings suitable for use in harsh industrial environments, including off-shore applications. Accessories include an internally powered backlight, dual alarms, pipe and panel mounting kits and a stainless steel legend plate that can be supplied laser engraved with customer specified information. In addition to general purpose Tachometers, intrinsically safe models have ATEX, IECEx, US and Canadian certification allowing worldwide installation in gas and dust hazardous areas. For applications in Zone 2 or 22, Ex nA


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HIGH PERFORMANCE BANDSAW REDUCES CUTTING TIMES BY UP TO 50% German metal sawing and storage equipment manufacturer, KASTO, has introduced a new, high performance, economically priced bandsaw, called KASTOwin pro AC 5.6, said to offer short cutting times, long blade life and intuitive operation. Availability in the UK and Ireland is through the company’s Milton Keynes subsidiary. The automatic machine is optimised to extract the best possible performance from either a bimetal or tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blade. It is ideally suited to a wide range of applications cutting solid material, tubes and profiles, particularly in steel production and stockholding, machine manufacturing and the automotive industry. The bandsaw can significantly increase production speed and efficiency. Depending on the type of blade and the material being cut, processing times can routinely be reduced by up to 50 percent and more in some instances. An important feature of the KASTOwin pro AC 5.6 is its innovative, electromechanical downfeed. It is controlled via two ballscrews, each with a servo drive, for precise, infinitely variable control. There is a retraction unit for separating the blade from the material to protect the cut surface when the saw head moves back. It also helps to minimise tool wear. The drive unit and sensor are separate from the working area, ensuring reliable, trouble-free operation. Access to the machine is good, despite compliance with CE safety standards. The saw band is driven by an 11 kW, frequencycontrolled motor, delivering infinitely adjustable cutting speeds from 12 to 150 m/min and providing plenty of capacity for TCT sawing. Helping to dampen vibration are ‘Trum’ guides mounted at the return side of the blade, inside


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Tips for manually testing your food metal detectors By Phil Brown, European Sales Director, Fortress Technology

Metal detection testing procedures must be clearly documented and communicated to all relevant staff. In accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, testing should take place regularly, usually hourly, and between each product changeover. Intervals between tests need to be short enough that if a fault is found, products potentially affected have not left your premises and can be identified, recalled and retested. The costs of conducting these tests manually on such a regular basis can be high. Automatic testing tackles this drain on resources and helps to eliminate the risk of human error. For example, in one day, each metal detector system manually tested at least five times each day, may cost a manufacturer around £250 a day in machine downtime and testing time, especially in pipeline and gravity applications. 20|

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Finding out what the market has to offer can be a tricky business. It takes time, that costs money, and often it adds complication and uncertainty. It ought to be a simpler process… BVAA can help!

‘Can’t see the Wood for the Trees’ Few of us have time to devote to endless hours of supplier visits (potential, or existing), or to rove endlessly around the diminishing number of industry exhibitions, often in far flung places. Even trawling the internet can take hours, and then you have all the uncertainties of trying to do business with a new and unknown entity. But the breadth and depth of alternative sources of supply almost certainly could save many customers a great deal of work, heartache or indeed cash – possibly all three at once! So how do you see the wood for the trees?

Desktop Exhibitions BVAA recognized some years ago, the need for buyers and users of valves and actuators to have the industry come to them. They have particular constraints that mean getting away from the office is a nonstarter, and exhibition attendance is just wistful thinking. In many cases, the sheer number of people in the organisation needing to find out the information can also be quite large. The number of lost man-hours for what could be a few minutes of fruitful – perhaps repetitive - dialogue would be immense! That’s why BVAA introduced our ‘Desktop’ events. As the name implies these are mini exhibitions put on inside the user/


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And at no cost to host. We typically put our events on over the lunchtime to avoid any downtime and where possible also provide lunch for all the visitors so they still have an opportunity to eat as they peruse the event. We are also able to tailor the events to the specific needs of the host. Want to see established oil and gas suppliers only? – no problem. Must already be on the company AVL? We can do that. Or maybe just the opposite - only potential new sources? All and more are possible the host decides.

Size is NOT Important The beauty of Desktops is their flexibility, and the host doesn’t need to be a super-sized operator or contract engineering company. BVAA will happily arrange smaller events for customers who have more modest projects, say process plants etc., or who just want to see what the market has to offer. BVAA welcomes all – the events are equally useful for up and coming engineers for education purposes, as well as the senior procurement experts and specifiers. We can even arrange for some complimentary BVAA Technical Training to be delivered in conjunction with the event. We have a very long list of satisfied hosts, many of whom

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But Don’t Just Take our Word for It! Here is what our hosts say: ‘Thanks to BVAA, we were able to hold a fantastic event that gave our engineers and procurement specialists an excellent opportunity to study the valve & actuator industry up close and had the chance to question the experts in person over a few light refreshments. I was really pleased to see a great turnout across both our offices and I have received a lot of positive feedback from colleagues to say how much they learnt. We are very grateful to BVAA for all their hard work in organising this event and for bringing along their excellent Valve and Actuator Users’ Manual, which was so popular that we had to ask for more copies.’

KBR Procurement Specialist ‘The exhibition was well received within AMEC and we had a very good turnout on the day. It is important to us to keep staff up-to-date on the latest technological and mechanical innovations. BVAA managed the event very professionally, we are very thankful to Rob and his team’

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– Retrofit the machine monitoring and data collection system from WERMA Operating conditions in today’s manufacturing industry are constantly changing. Increasing complexity reduces transparency of the operation which itself can lead to reduced productivity. This is a simple reality for many companies today. In order to release trapped potential in the machine shop and on manual workstations a simple universal system for identifying and measuring non-productive time is essential – irrespective of machine type or age. be produced automatically which will The wireless transmitter unit is simply WERMA has the solution then show the possibilities to improve added to an existing WERMA signal – SmartMONITOR WERMA’s SmartMONITOR helps to make processers lean, faster and more efficient. The wireless based data collection and transmission system is easy to retrofit and enables analysis of the operation which in turn will lead to untapping growth potential and keeping you one step ahead of the competition. “SmartMONITOR is the intelligent machine monitoring system alternative for companies who are looking for a quick and uncomplicated way of optimising their processes” comments Christian Höhler, Technical Director at WERMA who continues; “the system will provide you with all relevant data on the performance of machines, equipment and manual workstations, simply with a couple of mouse clicks.”

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Many applications SmartMONITOR can be used in machine shops, automation processes and logistics applications, to name but a few. For example, when deployed as a machine monitoring system downtime and waiting times can be identified and reduced and productivity increased. The operation will benefit from improved transparency and the system can be installed on virtually any machine and equipment, irrespective of type or age, The wireless based system will provide transparency of operations dispersed over large areas or in multiple locations and help identify untapped capacity reserves. Manual workstations can also be integrated into the system and a “head of line” function allows machinery and equipment to be networked together enabling simple stop/start control.

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In stark contrast to other more complex machine data collection systems SmartMONITOR provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of machine and workstation performance. Easy to retrofit, the system transmits the data wirelessly and therefore considerably reduces and simplifies installation. Control station displays on the PC or automatic notification to your smartphone will help to reduce reaction to downtime considerably and help identify ways of optimising manufacturing processes. Detailed reports and analyses of the data can


WERMA’s SmartMONITOR consists of a receiver, wireless transmitters and a software package. The tried and tested robust system generates its own network for monitoring of machines and equipment and sits alongside tour own manufacturing process tools. The integrated software package comes with integrated analytical and report tools. The software is very easy to install and intuitive to use. The status condition of signal towers used in the monitoring process are displayed on a control station view and in other displays the user can analyse productivity, review fault conditions and thereby start to improve the efficiency of the equipment.

tower stack and is used to monitor the status of or output of machines and equipment. Status changes and output generated are transmitted wirelessly to the receiver unit and from there on it is logged securely in an SQL databased on the software.

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The innovative machine and workstation monitoring system has been recognised with an award in the German “100 locations for Industry 4.0 in the State of BadenWürttemberg” competition. This competition, organised by the Baden-Württemberg Alliance for Industry 4.0, searched for innovative concepts from industry which linked successfully value adding processes within a network. The jury evaluated not only the theoretical aspect of the concept, but also its practical application. “We are thrilled to have received this award for our Industry 4.0 solution which is particularly gratifying to have received it from within our home state in Germany” says WERMA UK MD Simon Adams, “it shows that we are on the right path with our monitoring system.”

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Permanent Remote Asset Monitoring Assures Increased Reliability The solution can combine multiple devices, including optional fixed thermal imagers and fixed single point infrared pyrometers, for the most comprehensive system solution for monitoring electric power substations. Data Automation Users



Each TS724DV-PT system also includes a stainless steel junction box with all of the necessary hardware for power and data transfer, including a hardened umbilical cable to easily connect the camera to the junction box. This cable serves as the communication link from the camera to the controller and allows for quick access to the camera’s thermal readings and configuration options.

Conditioned-based maintenance (CBM) is essential for electric utilities and most utilities have initiatives and investments to realize these goals. The use of thermography is a well-proven technique for monitoring conditions and detecting faults in electrical equipment by using non-contact measuring devices, safely, even while the equipment is in operation.

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Especially for aged electrical power substations, the potential for faults or the complete failure of these devices due to their age increases.

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Electric utilities need an automated, data-driven method to analyze electrical equipment, allowing for continuous and online monitoring providing early warnings in due time prior to critical incidents happen. By deploying thermal imaging systems at critical locations throughout the electrical power distribution system, electric utilities have continuous, online monitoring without the personnel constraints and limited resources.



Designed with advanced maintenance-free electronics, the ThermalSpection™ 724 system offers a high degree of accuracy while measuring asset temperature without contact in even the most adverse environments.

The ThermalSpection™ 724 Dual Vision – Pan Tilt (TS724 DV-PT) system includes both thermal and visual imagers in a hardened enclosure on a positioner with a continuous 360° pan range and tilt range of ±45°. The enclosure protects the cameras from weather and temperature changes and uses a solid state cooling system for reliable, long-term installation.

The local controller can be a utilityapproved computer or a server from LumaSense which will run the included LumaSpec RT software. This software allows the user to define automated “inspection tours” of the substation or industrial setting to monitor multiple areas. Operators can also use the software pan and tilt controls for manual positioning. Data from the controller is also published to existing data historians, for example PI from OSIsoft, using Modbus or OPC protocols. Realizing CBM using fully automated data collection and analysis While the ThermalSpection 724 system is a very accurate and reliable solution especially for substations and electrical switchgear monitoring of bushings, isolators, breakers, transformers aso., it is also used in industrial settings such as detecting hot spots in fuel storage facilities or monitoring for degradation of refractory in high temperature furnaces and vessels. Contact: LumaSense Technologies

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Just be smart Low energy Bluetooth data loggers facilitate real-time supervision of constantly changing temperatures via mobile devices


eeping an eye on temperature data has never been easier: T&D Corporation, Japanese market leader for wireless data loggers, has developed a new generation of devices. The TR4 series data loggers automatically collect temperature data and use low energy Bluetooth 4.0 to send it to any iOS/Android device. The loggers are automatically detected without the need for pre-registration. Data can be collected from multiple loggers simultaneously. Two dedicated apps make it easy to monitor temperatures 24 hours a day and enable instant saving and sharing of collected data: The ThermoREC app collects data and displays it in neatly arranged graphs and tables, while the ThermoStorage app uploads data to T&D’s cloud, the WebStorage Service. Every account has at its disposal 20 MB of free storage space, which offers enough capacity to save for example about 7.000 days of recorded data when using a TR42 logger at a recording interval of one minute. For added reassurance, a special auto archiving function makes sure that data files are zipped and archived before this limit is reached. To prevent unauthorized access to stored data, users receive a unique ID and password after registration. Should data need to be shared, access can be established by setting up a “read-only ID” that enables data to be viewed but not modified or deleted. Each TR4 logger can be set to 15 different recording intervals, from one second to 60 minutes, and has a logging capacity of up to 16.000 readings. Battery life is up to one and a half years. The TR4 series comprises three competitively priced models, two of them waterproof. With various sensor types and measurement ranges, these new


generation devices serve diverse application requirements: the TR41 covers temperature measurements from -40 to 80°C (waterproof, internal sensor); the TR42 measures from -60 to 155°C (waterproof, external sensor), while the TR45 for industrial use is available for thermocouple types K, J, T and S, covering -199 to 1.700°C, as well as for types Pt 100/Pt 1000 with a range of between -199 and 600°C. Thanks to this broad spectrum of measurement capabilities, the TR4 series offers huge flexibility for multiple applications. To name just a few opportunities, the devices

can be utilized for heating control in housing, climatic control of agricultural sites as well as for safeguarding refrigerators, sales cabinets and storage facilities. Their special features make them ideal for supervising transportation of sensitive goods like fresh or frozen food and products for medical use. Real-time monitoring of constantly changing data has never been so smart. Company Contact: T&D Corporation European Sales Office

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Semta Interview: Q&A with Anne Watson Engineering Update’s Tim Johnston interviews Semta’s Chief executive Ann Watson


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Ann, Thank you firstly for your time. My first question is in regards to the very positive feedback we have had from UK Manufacturers for 2017. What are your thoughts on this year’s forecast and how can we ensure another strong year for UK Engineers? A strong 2017 for UK engineering means protecting and enhancing our global reputation for quality and innovation above all else. With the new Industrial Strategy and technical education reforms putting advanced manufacturing, engineering and STEM at their heart, our sector has a great opportunity to play a pivotal role in the UK’s continuing prosperity. The UK’s top engineering firms are amongst the world’s best, and I’m confident that they start from a strong foundation as they enter 2017. March is going to be a very testing month for our industry. Post Brexit Britain will be a challenge for us all. How will we steer ourselves in the right direction and keep our position within the global Engineering industry? The fall in the pound has led to a recent boom in UK advanced manufacturing exports, which is good news. However, although we’ve seen a short-term boost, we have a lot of work to do to safeguard the global standing of UK engineering in a post-Brexit world – remember, the UK hasn’t even begun to actually leave the EU yet. The top priority simply must be skills – if exports are to keep increasing the sector will need to grow its skills base, but there are continuing skills shortages across a number of occupations and a number of sub-sectors as it is. We need to sell the good news stories coming out of UK engineering and encourage as many new entrants to our sector’s workforce as we can. Semta cannot be thanked enough for their impact on bringing through young engineers. How do we get more young people involved in the Engineering sector ?

We need to sell the good news stories coming out of UK engineering and encourage as many new entrants to our sector’s workforce as we can.

It’s actually quite simple, at least in theory – we need to tell more of them about the amazing career opportunities that are available in our sector. That means we need to strengthen careers advice in schools – so we eagerly await the government’s upcoming Careers Strategy. It also means we need to do better as a sector at selling ourselves, especially to underrepresented groups – our latest research report, Engineering Skills for the Future, examines in closer detail what all of us within engineering can do to encourage more girls to join us. And we need to be far better at communicating to young people exactly what engineering is, as the old stereotype of a man in greasy overalls working in a filthy workshop stubbornly remains. We need to show young people that modern engineering offers them the chance to be creative and inventive, and that a career in engineering can offer them the chance to shape the world around them – everything they touch has been engineered - their phones, their games consoles and their bikes – we need to get that message across. We’ve seen the great work the IAC have been doing and their work with Semta . Is there anything our readers could do to get involved and help with this programme?

The IAC has been doing a fantastic job as a strong and effective voice for engineering apprentices. The 2016 annual report has been quoted on the floor of the House of Commons, it’s been responded to by the Minister and the policy proposals contained within are influencing the ongoing debate as the government’s reforms take shape. I would encourage your readers to firstly read the 2016 report and champion it as widely as they can, as it packs a real punch and contains some very interesting – and in some cases concerning – research. Secondly, I would encourage readers to promote the 2017 IAC annual survey to their networks and to every apprentice they know, as the more responses it gets the stronger the 2017 report will be. It’s now open to apprentices from all sectors across the UK. And thirdly, I would ask readers to encourage the apprentices they know to consider getting involved with the IAC as members – again, apprentices from all sectors will be considered. Find out more about Semta at


March 2017

Height Adjustable Packing Machine

German company Steffes Pruf- und Messtechnik wanted to develop an innovative packaging system to expand its automation division and looked to the mk Technology Group to provide the solution.


ue to space limitations the customer required a height adjustable and compact system. For several decades Steffes have used the mk aluminium profile system as the basis for all of their machines. Experience has shown them the benefit of using the components and modules of this modular system as they can easily and quickly be changed or adjusted at a later date. mk were able to provide a design that met the requirements both flexibly and economically. The S-PACKPAL-T is a fully automatic machine for packaging various empty containers (eg bottles, cans, canisters) in cardboard trays and subsequent palletizing of the trays on a pallet. In addition to being robust, safe and easy to use the machine needed to have a packing height of 3m. A compact, boxshaped frame was necessary so that it can be transported easily on a lorry or a maritime container.


The required height of 3 meters turned out to be a major obstacle as the ceiling height on the assembly area at Steffes did not facilitate the option to build such a tall machine! The answer was to build a telescopic frame which could be extended by a further 1.5 meters. It was not only the telescopic frame of the system, but also components such as conveyors, frames and guarding, doors, windows and the gripper for the cardboard trays which were built from the mk system. After the concept of the packaging system was fully developed, the first prototype was put into service by the client in a semi-automatic version. This was considered a huge success and a little later two more machines followed as a fully automatic version. To find out more please visit, call (01949) 823751 or email

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Flowmeter for Metering Viscous Fluids Built for metering viscous fluids, such as hydraulic oils used in heavy machinery, at pressures of up to 700 bar and temperatures up to 150°C, the Titan Enterprises OG2-700 bar flowmeter is designed to be fully IP67 / NEMA 4 compliant.


ith a standard flow range from 0.03 to 4.0 litres / minute on 30Cstk oil the flowmeter is able to routinely achieve outstanding accuracy (0.5%) and repeatability (0.1%). Combining robust 316 stainless steel design, durable construction materials and proven technology ensures the OG2-700 bar flowmeter will provide reliable, accurate operation over an extended product lifetime. To download full technical specifications for this durable, high performance flowmeter please visit or for further information contact Titan Enterprises Ltd. now on +44-1935-812790 /

How to Specify the Best Flowmeter for your Application Titan Enterprises reports on a white paper written to assist design engineers looking to specify the best liquid flowmeter for their application.


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Mechanical Flow meters are back After Forty years of manufacturing in Sydney- Australia by Macnaught Pty , a decision to stop production of M-Series mechanical display flow meters in favour of digital models was taken last year. This has now been reversed for 2017 following a review of global distributor feedback and resurgence in customer demand. Oval gear meters are widely recognised as one of the most versatile principles of flow measurement, with their ability to accurately meter a broad range of low to high viscosity fluids without the need for flow conditioning. Incorporating this unique oval rotor principle into its design has enabled M-SERIES positive displacement flow meters from Macnaught to offer proven reliability and excellent levels of accuracy and repeatability. including a rugged design that minimises the number of wearable and replaceable parts and extends product life, easily fitted and operated mechanical registers, flexibility of installation options; meters can be mounted horizontally or vertically without flow conditioning and they exert minimal pressure drop allowing for economical pump selection or gravity flow applications.


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ith over 1,800 new standard parts anticipated for the Lee Spring catalogue in 2017, we are looking forward to a taster of new ranges at the Southern Manufacturing Exhibition at Farnborough on 21-23rd March.

These will include a new DIN-Plus series which match up in size with standard DIN2098 Part 2 and Part 1 series springs, but with added corrosion resistance (passivation for stainless EN 10270-31.4310-NS range and plating for spring steel EN 10270-1-SH range). This greatly expands the Lee Spring offering in DIN compression springs to meet increasing global demand for metric sizes with the added benefit of excellent corrosion resistance. They come in 2 sub-series Part 1 and Part 2 – Part 1 includes standard to large compression springs from 3mm to 135mm dia. Part 2 are available from 0.6mm to 5.4mm dia. Also in their new offering will be an expanded capability in AISI 316 stainless steel including extension and torsion springs in standard ex-stock sizes, as well as for custom applications across all industrial situations from machinery to instruments. Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website - or follow them on twitter.


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DATA CENTRE WORLD Data Centre World. March 15th & 16th, ExCeL London.


ata Centre World, for the first time, will be housed in its own hall at ExCeL London, to meet the growing demand of the data centre industry. The unmissable event will deliver focused streams around the future innovations in the data centre, expanding its cutting-edge conference to cover advancements from routing and switching, power, design and build, physical security, fire and security protection and robotic automation and much more. Having seen the global success, the 2017 edition will see the return of the Data Centre World’s Live Green Data Centre. The real-life, fully-functioning data centre will be the heart of the exhibition, housing products and solutions from over 30 sponsors such as 2bm, Splice group, Dencohappel, Dunwoody, Excool, Fireworks, Huber+Suhner, Riello, Pentair, Starline, TTK, Uninterruptible Power Supplies and many more. The interactive feature will showcase the practical implementation of products from cooling units and fans, to cables and perimeter fencing. Over the two days the Data Centre World’s one of a kind feature will be presenting how key data centre components operate in their natural environment. International visitors will benefit from a practical conference programme that will share invaluable insight and inspiration for all technology professionals, from data centre managers, IT directors, engineers, consultants or industry experts. Hosting a range of panel discussions, roundtables, seminars and real-life case studies and workshops, Data Centre World is tailored to address individual development, as well as business needs. A line-up of over 600 visionary speakers will be speaking in the world-class conference including Nicola Hayes, Managing Director at Data Centre Alliance, Gautham Gnanajothi, Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, Jeff Klaus, General Manager of Intel Data Center Software Solutions at Intel Corporation, Dr Gregory de Boer, Research & Teaching Fellow at University of Leeds and Russell Park, Solutions Development at Centrica Distributed Energy & Power. The exhibition floor will host over 500 industry-leading suppliers showcasing the latest data centre products and solutions including Cummins, Airsys, Amazon Web Services, British Gas, Corning, GE Critical Power, Huawei, LG, Munters, MPL, Rittal, Riello, Rosenberger OSI, Schneider-Electric, Socomec, Stulz, Yuasa. Data Centre World’s Event Director, Rabinder Aulakh, commented “Data Centre World 2017 is now bigger and even better than any global data centre event. We have a truly amazing cocktail of expert speakers from across the globe exploring and debating every facet of the industry. An exhibition hall full of exciting new and innovative products and services from some of the leading global suppliers in the world. Most importantly 6 brand new sectors to take the show to the next level and take data centres to the future; Power, Design and Build, Fire & security, Physical security,robotic automation and data routing & switching. And not only that, we are taking the DCW Live Green data centre feature to the next level, industry with a cloud data centre versus a tier 3 data centre” Registration for your free ticket here:





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AQE announces agenda for Air Quality Conference

The organisers of AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, UK, 24-25th May) have published the programme for Day 2 of the event. Developed in partnership with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference), there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy. “The High Court has instructed the UK Government to produce draft plans on how it will tackle air pollution in


the UK’s towns and cities, and these are likely to be published in April, so AQE 2017 is perfectly timed,” comments AQE organiser Marcus Pattison. “The speakers will address the major role that monitoring can perform in helping to identify effective air quality improvement measures, such as those identified in the recent NICE guidelines. As part of its consultation process, NICE is looking for evidence of successful measures and specifically rules out studies which rely exclusively on modelling, so there will be a greater emphasis on monitoring.” Speakers from academia, local authorities and industry will provide delegates with the latest information on technologies, air quality strategy, and best practice in traffic-related pollution issues. The presentations will include cases studies on the deployment of monitors as well as initiatives to reduce pollution in urban areas, and on the collection and presentation of air quality data.

Air quality is also affected by industrial emissions, so the first day of AQE 2017 will focus on industrial emissions monitoring - regulations, standards, methods and technologies, and the agenda for this day will be published shortly. Visitors to AQE 2017 will also benefit from the opportunity to attend an Exhibition with more than 90 stands featuring many of the world’s leading organisations in air quality monitoring; providing a unique opportunity to see all of the latest developments in instrumentation and monitoring services. In addition, registered visitors will be able to attend over 50 free walk-in workshops, mostly provided by exhibitors, addressing a wide variety of monitoring themes including ambient air quality, stack emissions, process gas, occupational safety, fugitive emissions and boundary monitoring. For more information visit

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Railtex on track for the NEC Railtex, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway technology, products and services, takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May. This will be thirteenth of these popular and successful industry events. The number of exhibitors taking part in the show continues to grow. By mid-February the figure had surpassed 400. And with participating companies covering all sectors of the supply chain – from the best known names serving the UK market to the smallest specialist firms – the event offers something of interest for everyone. Check the Railtex website at to see an up to date list of exhibitors. As well as showcasing the latest innovations from the industry’s supply chain, Railtex also offers great opportunities for gaining a better understanding of trends in rail policy and technology at a time when investments in Britain’s network are running at an unprecedented level. Taking place throughout the show, a programme of technical seminars, discussion forums and project briefings from highprofile industry representatives will all be open to everyone attending. Keynote speeches Daily keynote speeches will be the highlight of our education programme. On the first day of Railtex Rail Minister Paul Maynard will deliver a keynote address, as well as formally open the show. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on the 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Blackpool and Cleveleys in 2010. Prior to his parliamentary career Paul worked in politics within the Conservative Party and as part of the think tank Reform. From


2010 to 2012, Paul was appointed to the Transport Select Committee and has also worked as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Government, Oliver Letwin. Paul was educated at St Ambrose College, in Altrincham and was awarded a First Class History degree at University College, Oxford.

Technical Director at High Speed Two Limited in February 2012, following 2 years as Chief Engineer. Andrew is also Special Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University; a Visiting Professor of Engineering at both Imperial College London and Southampton University; Vice Chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group; Chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council and Special Advisor on rail to the Australian Government. He was previously Chief Engineer at Network Rail.

The keynote speech on the second day, 10 May, will be by Dr Francis Paonessa, Network Rail’s managing director Infrastructure Projects. Francis joined Network Rail in 2014, having most recently been managing director UK, Bombardier. He started his career with shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft in 1992, initially as a mechanical design engineer, and joined Bombardier in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock. Francis is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Francis is leading the delivery of £25bn of infrastructure renewals and enhancements, comprising thousands of projects around the country aimed at delivering a bigger, better railway enabling more trains to run, at higher speeds with more seats and better facilities at stations up and down the country.

Advance registration via gives free access to Railtex over all three days of the event, and enables visitors to join all the activities taking place as part of the event. There will be an entry fee for those who have not registered in advance.

On the third day the keynote speaker will be Professor Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director at High Speed Two Ltd, the government body charged with planning and delivering the UK’s high-speed network. Andrew McNaughton was appointed

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The Utility Week Live 2017 transformation leaders and technologies For all utilities, transformation and flexibility are not optional as they face the challenges ahead: they are the key to survival. Driving this change in culture are a number of people, whilst a number of key technologies will enable and shape the utilities’ transformation and increasing flexibility. Utility Week Live 2017 has identified the 10 most important transformation leaders and technologies, as voted for by the industry themselves. Key People The ten individuals set out have embraced innovation and driving change in their respective companies, across the sector, and more widely. They are the leaders in the transformation the utilities are undergoing towards becoming more flexible, sustainable and suitable for the new world we’re all heading towards. These people are: Basil Scarsella, chief executive, UK Power Networks; Ben Jeffs, director and chief executive, MOSL; Cathryn Ross, chief executive, Ofwat; Cheryl Latham, chief executive, Brighter World Energy; Dermot Nolan, chief executive, Ofgem; Piers Clark, founder and chairman, Isle Utilities; Elon Musk, founder and products architect, Tesla and chairman, SolarCity; John Reynolds, chief executive, Castle Water; Simon Harrison, group strategic development manager, Mott MacDonald, and chair of the energy policy panel, IET; and Tony Cocker, chief executive, Eon UK. Over the coming months, Utility Week/WWT/ WET News/Network will speak to the top ten people, speak to people in the industry about the influence and impact they have had, publish biographies detailing their careers and key decisions, or hearing from them direct with columns. Key technologies The ten technologies outlined opposite/below are fundamentally changing the shape and look of the utilities sector - in particular the energy side things. These include technologies and innovations that are already a key part of utilities’ daily operations, and those whose influence and impact is only going to grow in the coming years.

The Utility Week Live 2017 transformation technologies: • Cloud computing - Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet. It enables companies to use computer resources, such as data storage or an application, as a utility, rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures and servers in house. This could enable multiple devices, including tablets and mobiles, access to programmes and data remotely vie the internet. • Demand response/demand side management - Demand response and demand side management provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. The aim is to cut peak loads and remove the need to reinforce energy networks by better tying demand up with supply. • Electric vehicles - The last three years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK – new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to around 85,000 by January 2017. The increase in the number of EVs will potentially put additional strain on energy networks by increasing demand at peak times. However, there is also the opportunity to utilise EVs as mobile storage devices. • Energy storage (including batteries) Energy storage (ES) technologies offer great potential for supporting renewable energy and the UK’s energy system. The offer different ways to store the energy created by variable renewable technologies at times when demand is low, but supply is high. They will then be able to provide a variety of services when needed. There are a variety of energy storage solutions available and being developed, including battery technologies, pumped storage, and mechanical storage.

The top ten technologies are: cloud computing; demand response and demand side management; electric vehicles; energy storage, including battery technology; geographical information systems (GIS); the Internet of Things (IoT); machine learning; smart metering; solar; and wind.

• Geographical information systems (GIS) A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map. This enables people to more easily see, analyse, and understand patterns and relationships. For utilities, this will enable them to assess information about the land, such as the location of factories, farms, and schools, or storm drains, roads, and electric power lines.

Over the coming months, Utility Week/WWT/ WET News/Network will speak to experts in the technologies, look at examples of how they have been rolled out and assess the impact they’ve had, look at the numbers behind the innovations, and getting investor views on the development of the technologies and how close they are to transforming the business as usual operation in the sector.

• Internet of Things (IoT) - Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). For utilities, this could enable a variety of devices at different sites and locations to connect to one another and to communicate and take orders from staff or collectively follow programmes. This could include the


safe shutdown of assets at a substation in response to a failure, and another asset responding to ensure continuity of supply. At a domestic level, this could enable smart appliance to respond to external signals to turn on or power down. • Machine learning - Machine learning is the field of computer science that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. In the last decade this has provided innovations such as self driving cars and practical speech recognition. Moving forward, this could lead to improved and automated network management. • Smart metering - On a basic level, smart meters are electronic devices that record consumption of energy and communicate that information at back to the utility for monitoring and billing. The UKs smart meter programme is due to rollout 53 million smart gas and electricity meters by 2020. The technology is also thought to be an enabler technology, allowing for things such as 24 hour switching, smart appliances within a connected home, and opening up smarter local network management solutions. • Solar - Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Within the UK, 10 per cent of its renewable power comes from solar power, or 1.5% of total UK electricity. This comes from a total of 8GW of solar PV which has been deployed so far. Solar is owned by 670,000 homeowners, and thousands of businesses, farmers, schools and community groups. Despite cuts to subsides for the technology, it is expected to continue growing as the government strives to meet its carbon targets. • Wind - The UK is one of the best locations for wind power in the world, and is considered to be the best in Europe. It contributed 11 per cent of UK electricity generation in 2015, and 17 per cent in December 2015. The deployment of wind power is set to increase, despite government opposition to new onshore developments. Offshore wind is expected to be the biggest growth area, with bigger turbines and larger windfarms being developed. Utility Week Live returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23 and 24 May and will showcase the latest innovations and technical solutions for the industry. The theme for this year’s event is transformation and flexibility, and it is the show for essential services to showcase hundreds of new products from specialist suppliers and innovators, technical presentations, pitches and live demos. Plus, there is an extensive programme of seminars exploring the future of gas, electricity and water. For more information, please visit:

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What’s New in Electronics Live announces alliances to strengthen their offering as the UK’s only dedicated Electronics Expo. The team at WNIE Live are delighted to announce that two additional events will be running alongside them in the same hall for the 2017 event. Both EMC UK and The PXI Show will incorporate their events within WNIE Live and deliver exhibitors, technologies and technical content to the existing event. By expanding the range of exhibitors and technologies, these events compliment the existing footprint of WNIE Live and will ensure visitors get to see the widest range of products and services in the electronics sector. EMC UK is an event and conference previously run at Newbury Racecourse, it has previously had around 40 exhibiting companies and will have a dedicated area within the floorplan with a mix of companies offering solutions and products for the compliance and testing sectors. In addition to the stand holders there will be a separate high level paid for conference taking place in the facilities alongside the Expo. Alan Warner, on “We at EMC UK are delighted to have joined up with What’s New in Electronics Live, with both the exhibition and the Training & Technical Conference. It has given our exhibitors, delegates & visitors the opportunity of a more central location and a lager show, along with the combined promotional activities of both Companies.”

The PXI Show be working with the WNIE Live event again and PXI companies will be highlighted on the show floor, PXI companies will be showcasing their capabilities in this technology alongside their other products and services. There will also be free seminars on this topic running over the 2 days of the Expo. Claire Saunders, Director of WNIE Live commented ‘What’s New in Electronics Live reaches out to the whole of the Electronics sector, it is a must attend event for industry professionals to network, learn and engage. It is free to attend and offers free WIFI, Parking and technical content. Visiting this event will offer you a host of business opportunities, we look forward to seeing you there – register now online.’ This event is supported by the all new What’s New in Electronics industry news hub Save these dates – 9th – 10th May The NEC, Birmingham. To find out more about how to get involved in the event as either a visitor, exhibitor or speaker contact the team via email or call + 44 1428 609 382.



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Keynote Speakers Announced For UKIVA Machine Vision Conference


Dr Mike Aldred from Dyson Ltd and Dr Graham Deacon from Ocado Technology have been announced as the keynote speakers for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition to be held at Arena MK on 27th April 2017.

oth keynote addresses will illustrate how vision technology has relevance to everyday life such as household cleaning and shopping. Dr. Aldred’s presentation will cover the design journey that brought the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner to market. Dr.Deacon will look at the challenges in developing a 3D vision guided robot capable of picking and placing fruit and vegetables for shopping orders. Dr. Aldred is ‘Electronics Category Lead - Robotics and Cordless’ at Dyson and manages the robotics team on the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner. The 360Eye utilises images from a 360° Field Of View camera to locate itself within its environment. Mike and his team developed bespoke algorithms for everything


from exposure control to feature tracking to location recognition as part of the development cycle for the robot. Vision is the core enabler for the product and one of the keys to its success. Dr. Deacon is ‘Robotics Research Team Leader’ at Ocado Technology. Ocado is the world’s largest on-line only grocer. The robotics research team at Ocado Technology, under Graham’s guidance, has been investigating the use of robot manipulators to pack shopping orders. Given the number, the diversity and the variability of the products that Ocado stocks the robots need to be sensor-guided. This talk will describe some of the work that the team has done using 3D point cloud cameras in order to pick and pack groceries with robots. Dr. Aldred’s presentation will open the morning session of the

Machine Vision Conference at 10 AM, and Dr. Deacon will begin the afternoon session at 1.30 PM. More details can be found on the event website, The Conference itself will feature 50 technical vision seminars across 6 separate presentation theatres offering a rich program of the latest developments, technologies and applications as well as machine vision basics. Visitors can therefore tailor their day according to their particular interests and level of knowledge. The 6 theatres will cover 3D vision, Camera technology, Optics & illumination, Systems and applications, Software and embedded vision and Understanding vision technology. Visitor registration is now open at The Conference is accompanied by a dedicated exhibition featuring 45 of the world’s leading companies in the field of vision.

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Event Overview Flood and Coast is a unique event that advances the debate about flood and coast erosion risk, resilience and response between government bodies and local authorities with business, major infrastructure and asset managers, as well as affected communities. Embracing the concept of “a changing climate� the event draws on expertise and experience from different geographies – not only within the UK. The event brings together the specialists in the supply chain that deliver technology and solutions to control the increasing risk of flood and rising sea levels around our coasts to spread best practice, discuss new ways of working and to deliver excellence in FCRM. A three-day programme of workshops, presentations, debate and panel sessions tailored to the topics selected by the government and industry panel is accompanied by a trade show and exhibition which allows all stakeholders unrivalled networking opportunities, creating a real business benefit for the service and product providers to engage effectively with contractors, consultants and project owners.


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What’s new at IFSEC 2017?

If you thought IFSEC was just wall to wall CCTV – think again.

The only large scale security event taking place in Europe this year, IFSEC is going to be launching several new features in 2017 more closely geared towards the engineering, manufacturing, utilities, and logistics industries. Here are just 3 of the brand new, or revamped, features for 2017:

1. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Long the go-to event for security installers, IFSEC International has been adapting to its increasingly diverse visitor demographic for several years now. That is why 2017 marks the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Catering to senior security professionals from large scale manufacturing, utilities, transport, logistics, government, border control and law enforcement, Borders & Infrastructure will provide solutions and education around the protection of national infrastructure and key strategic assets, counter terror, and border security. This brand new show within IFSEC 2017 will host leading suppliers of innovative solutions in cyber, perimeter, UAVs, surveillance and other cutting-edge technologies. The expo will also feature an exclusive meeting service to pair high value buyers with exhibitors, as well as a dedicated seminar theatre tackling security trends, pitfalls and best practice for highsecurity sectors.

2. The Drone Zone Officially launched at IFSEC 2016, the Drone Zone will return to ExCeL London bigger, better and now more appropriately housed, centre stage, within Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Whether you want to find out how drones can aid your own security strategies, or protect your organisation against drones, or simply want to see this incredible technology in action, the Drone Zone will provide some compelling aerial theatre in the heart of IFSEC. You’ll have the chance to speak to experts from leading drone manufacturers and, of course, see them in action, flying above your head within ExCel London.

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SICK Unveils a “Snapshot” of the Future at Machine Vision Conference SICK UK will be revealing standout developments to its machine vision and imaging capabilities at the first UKIVA Machine Vision Conference on 27 April in Milton Keynes set to open new doors for Industry 4.0-ready manufacturing and logistics. The show will be the first time in the UK that vision specialists, system integrators and end-users will have an opportunity to experience at first hand, through interactive exhibits, key advances in user-programmability and ‘snapshot’ 3D Vision as part of SICK’s comprehensive 2D and 3D vision portfolio. The show will be a launch pad for: •

SICK’s unique new open software platform, SICK AppSpace which can be used to develop and implement tailor-made application solutions on SICK programmable devices. Hailed as an exciting new “eco-system” for bespoke application development, SICK AppSpace gives users unprecedented flexibility to exploit SICK’s growing range of smart vision systems and intelligent sensors. The new SICK SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine, a highperformance, one-box, multi-core processor that can integrate multiple cameras and sensors together with powerful image processing. The Inspector P, SICK’s first fully user-programmable range of 2D vision cameras with all the


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performance and flexibility needed for critical duties in verification, inspection and quality control. The Visionary 3D camera, which uses “snapshot 3D” camera technology to provide a robust solution for industrial applications which benefit from having 3D data delivered in one shot, for example obstacle recognition, collision warning systems or pallet handling applications.

Says Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging & Systems: “We are excited about the establishment of the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and have been proud to work closely with UKIVA in getting this important new industry forum up and running. “The show is a very timely one for SICK because we have a number of ground-breaking new developments to share that open up new opportunities for our customers to develop application-specific solutions and to implement them into their machines and systems with ease. “Visitors will even be able to see themselves imaged in our Visionary 3D ‘snapshot’ system on the stand, and discuss its potential for solution development with our team of vision, imaging and ranging experts on the stand.” For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

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Boosting Operational Efficiency

Meet SSI Schaefer at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show 2017

‘Maximising efficiency and process cost reduction’ is the overriding message from SSI Schaefer to all manufacturers attending Southern Manufacturing 2017.


Schaefer, the UK and world’s largest provider of automated materials handling and integrated storage solutions, returns to Farnborough to provide manufacturers with handson advice and guidance on a range of innovative, yet practical solutions to boost productivity and reduce costs. The company will be focusing on materials handling, assembly and component containers, component presentation and line feeding. Aaron Thornton, National Field Sales Manager, SSI Schaefer, said: “Every warehouse manager and production line manager is looking for ways to maximise efficiency and improve productivity levels while driving costs down. However, all too often there is a lack of time or resources to justify the changes needed to develop a streamlined, flexible solution to achieving such gains. The integrated approach of SSI Schaefer brings together a wealth of


disciplines, experience and expertise needed to devise and implement tailored, practical and efficient solutions to help manufacturers improve their efficiency, competitive position and profitability. In essence it’s about working with people, upskilling workforces and providing them with the knowledge and systems to move forward with.” With more than 50 subsidiaries worldwide, SSI Schaefer is a strong and reliable partner. Whether in industry, trade, commerce or public organisations, the company’s products are in use across all market sectors and support a wide variety of businesses efficiently and effectively. As the UK’s and world’s leading provider of integrated solutions SSI Schaefer satisfies the diverse needs of automated materials handling for production, storage and transportation within the manufacturing environment. Products ranging from plastic totes, through shelving, flow-racking, vertical storage machines and mezzanine floors to high bay pallet warehouses and related IT control and management systems. The organisation offers expertise in the design, build, installation and maintenance of major, and often bespoke, production and distribution centre operations across a broad spectrum of commercial and industrial sectors.

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Busbar Systems and IEC 61439 Standards Busbars systems, or busbar supports are essentially heavy conductors, typically made of copper, which carry and distribute powerful electric currents to components that consume electrical power throughout an assembly.

This capability, and the product specification, is the subject of testing which is covered by the IEC 61439 standard and which provides vital information for building a safe assembly.

Busbars are not only easy to install (certainly compared to cabling), they also play a major role in the design and safe operation of a switchgear and controlgear assembly.

Busbar testing, in fact, was revolutionised following the introduction of the standard which came into force in November 2014. It continued a determination across the sector to harmonise the low voltage industry through the creation of one standard which provided protection for both personnel and switchgear.

The recent introduction of the IEC 61439 switchgear and control standards has significant implications for the design and performance of the copper busbar system. It’s an area which engineers need to appreciate, not least because the new testing regime and the requirement for compliance has changed the way we think about the selection of the busbar system. One of the most important requirements of any switchgear power distribution system is to carry fault currents (short circuits) safely until a protection device, namely the fuse or the moulded case circuit breaker, interrupts the fault.


IEC 61439 requires busbar systems to be tested – by their manufacturers - within enclosures rather than (as previously happened) as a standalone arrangement. This is a step forward for the industry, providing access for system engineers to data delivered in situ which offered both a more realistic assessment and more accurate and reliable data than before. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

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Funding opportunity from Innovate UK. We are the UK government’s innovation agency, we work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. We run funding competitions which can help Using design to drive innovation: apply for business funding

you develop your idea and make it successful. View all our currently funding opportunities

Businesses can apply for a share of £1 million to support human-centered design activities that inspire new ideas for products and services. Innovate UK has up to £1 million to support business projects that use early-stage design activities to help them identify innovation opportunities and generate new ideas.

They may be in any sector but proposals are particularly encouraged in Innovate UK’s priority areas of health and life sciences; manufacturing and materials; infrastructure systems; and emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim is to encourage businesses to use design-led methods to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support decisionmaking and inform strategy.

Find out more about how Innovate UK supports design in innovation.

Early-stage design activity can help businesses to tackle the right problems and to generate ideas that are more likely to meet the needs of their customers. According to the Design Council, £1 invested in early-stage design can deliver as much as a £20 increase in revenues for a business. However, many businesses rarely or never use design, or tend to use it as a last finish. The competition will support businesses exploring ideas for physical or digital products, services and business models.


Competition information the competition is open, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 15 February 2017 projects must be led by a single business of any size but it can sub-contract design services worth up to 70% of the total project cost we expect projects to range in size from £20,000 to £100,000 and to last between 3 and 9 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs Find out more about this competition and apply. For regular competition updates sign up to our competition round up email.

March 2017

Reich - known for the Arcusaflex - but did you know we did other couplings?




Based in Stockport, Reich Drive System UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dipl.-Ing. Herwarth Reich GmbH, headquartered in Bochum Germany. Expert in power transmission applications since 1946. For more than 65 years, REICH-KUPPLUNGEN has produced a wide range of torsionally flexible couplings.



All couplings are manufactured in our state of the art production facilities coupled with our In-house test benches and inspection facilities ensure that the couplings that are produced by REICH- KUPPLUNGEN are of the highest quality and used globally by many Blue Chip companies.

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The intelligent path to customer-specific connections: ODU-MAC – our versatile modular connector solution enables the transmission of power, high current, high voltage, coax, high-speed data, fiber optics and other media such as air or fluid. For your made-to-measure connection.

COMPLETE SYSTEM SOLUTIONS ODU provides pre-assembled component solutions. Our development and manufacturing expertise, combined with our state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Europe, China and the USA, enable us to offer our customers outstanding assemblies and a full range of logistics services.


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March 2017

Industrial Labels direct from the manufacturer Murrplastik has opened a UK label production facility and online ordering service. Making sourcing your industrial labels tags and name plates quick, easy and cost effective. Labels for a diverse range of applications and industries Murrplastik use a wide range of inscription techniques, materials, colours and finishes to produce custom-made labels - making their new online ordering service a useful resource for a wide range of industries. From industrial labelling for identification or protection of man or machine, labelling for civil engineering projects to botanical labelling and display signage. The range extends to labels for food and beverage processing environments and other applications where durable labels or waterproof labels of industrial strength are required to withstand harsh conditions.

Variety and customisation for all your labelling requirements With a wide variety of materials, colours and finishes, labels can be produced exactly to suit requirements. Murrplastik’s suite of in house plotters, engraving machines, printers and laser machines means that the customer has a huge choice, ensuring that the end result is a perfect fit! With a wealth of expertise in label production, Murrplastik label creators can guide you to the most suitable solution or you can simply complete your order online at Brief history

State-of-the art UK production studio & technical expertise Marketing Manager Korina Parker explains “Our labelling technology has developed rapidly over the past couple of years and today we manufacture universal labelling systems including engravers and plotting machines, laser printers, thermal transfer printers and inkjet printers all compatible with our ACS labelling software. Up until now, customers have invested in a complete system bringing their labelling requirements in house, but for some this simply isn’t an option. So now we can offer customers a labelling service direct from our new production studio in Manchester, providing a valuable service to businesses that do not have in house facilities or the resources to produce labels themselves. Naturally, our technicians are the most experienced users of our technology - enabling quick, hassle free production of labels for a variety of applications. From small quantities to large volumes. And so far, the interest and feedback has been remarkable.” New website for quick and easy online ordering The new Murrplastik labelling service is now fully accessible on line The website is quick, easy to use and importantly, gives customers the peace of mind knowing they are ordering from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of manual and computercontrolled labelling systems. Single wires, cables, terminal blocks, control gear, push buttons, signal lamps and component – all can be produced quickly and extremely cost effectively via the on line ordering process.


Murrplastik Labelling Services is a division of Murrelektronik Ltd, the UK subsidiary of global electronic manufacturer Murrelektronik Gmbh and cable management manufacturer Murrplastik Gmbh. The UK branch has been supplying UK industry with German-made products, components and systems with over 30 years’. Combining reliable, individual customer service and technical support with first class design and production quality. Murrelektronik offers a comprehensive product range for electrical and electronic solutions from the control cabinet, via the interface and into the field. With over 40,000 components available to order individually, plus expert System Consultants for complete system builds and integration projects. Murrelektronik meets precise installation needs by lowering installation and/or operating costs and simply putting together a more efficient machine. Murrplastik is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of injection molded Cable Management Products for the Industrial Machine Automation & Robotics Industries. The product range includes: Cable Drag Chain Systems, Manual and Computer-controlled Labelling Systems and Software, Cable Protection Conduit and Fitting Systems, Cable Entry and Cable Holding Systems. For further information call 0161 728 3133 Or visit

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Research today: Flexible manufacturing on the road to production runs of one Fraunhofer enables intelligent manufacturing with help from a digital twin Manufacturing currently follows a series of fixed, separate stages. If machines or equipment suddenly fail, production stops. That costs time and money. Fraunhofer researchers now offer a better way with a digital twin.


achines today produce parts in networked, preprogrammed production runs: pieces are turned, milled and measured in a set order. But what happens when a machine fails or a customer changes its order? Production has to be re-configured, which is time-consuming and expensive. What if there was a better way? Instead of a central control program issuing commands, the workflow would develop flexibly, each part deciding for itself the best route through production. Sound like a pipe dream? To the contrary: Developers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen are working on such a system. It is called “Service-Oriented Architecture for Adaptive and Networked Production” and functions similar to an automobile navigation system that uses current data to determine the best route in real time. Each part carries information regarding the next production stage; which machine will be called into operation is purposely left undecided. Only when a production stage is pending does the system select a machine from those that are readily available. Each part bears a QR-Code identifying it as a unique entity. The software remembers what was done to each part at each production stage, for example, “Hole is drilled with machine parameter A and tool X”. A digital twin emerges from this history, displaying at any time where its physical counterpart is in the production process. Digital twins are especially valuable to manufacturers of a wide variety of goods because updating or changing a production run does not require a system overhaul.


Single parts thanks to flexible production, plug-and-produce for independence The “Smart Manufacturing Network” manages the digital twin, always analyzing and reusing its process data to improve process robustness and product quality. “Networking machines with parts will enable companies to produce one-off products in the future – production runs of one,” says Michael Kulik, project leader at Fraunhofer working on the software development. A unique aspect of the system is the menu which configures a production sequence. Using drag-and-drop, the user selects individual steps from a list of all services and arranges them in the desired order like building blocks. If a machine fails, a part is simply rerouted to another available machine. “Many machines in a production line can perform a variety of tasks,” explains Kulik. “For example, a sophisticated 5-axis milling machine can also do the job of a simpler 3-axis milling machine. In the future, the Smart Manufacturing Network’s service-oriented software can flexibly decide to do the job on an idle 5-axis machine.” Also important for flexible production: Machines from various manufacturers must easily integrate into the Smart Manufacturing Network. IPT is working on this with partners from science and

industry in Fraunhofer’s “Networked, Adaptive Production” performance center. “The plug-and-play that we know from everyday technology does not yet exist in industry,” says Dr. Thomas Bobek, coordinator of the Fraunhofer performance center. “Our goal is to make plug-and-produce possible.” Fraunhofer’s researchers will demonstrate how the digital twin, service-oriented software and Smart Manufacturing Network collaborate at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 as part of the trade fair “Research & Technology” in Hall 2 at Stand C22. HANNOVER MESSE technology first!



The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology will next be staged from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Hannover, Germany. With the lead them “Integrated Industry – Creating Value,” HANNOVER MESSE is the global hotspot for the digitalization of production (Industry 4.0) and energy systems (Integrated Energy). HANNOVER MESSE unites seven leading trade fairs at one place: Industrial Automation, MDA – Motion, Drive & Automation, Digital Factory, Energy, ComVac, Industrial Supply, and Research & Technology. Poland is Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2017.

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March 2017

Making the most of digestate

By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers The UK’s anaerobic digestion sector has grown exponentially in recent years. From a starting point of fewer than 50 plants in 2009 (outside of the water sector), the industry now boasts over 300 AD facilities, processing in excess of 12m tonnes of feedstock including food waste, farm waste, industrial residues and crops*. Historically, AD operators have focused on generating electricity and heat. But with over 90 per cent of an AD plant’s feedstock coming back out again in the form of digestate (the nutrient-rich biofertiliser left over at the end of the AD process), failure to implement a robust digestate management plan at the start of a project can prove a costly mistake. In addition, recent cuts to incentive schemes – the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is now severely constrained and the Renewables Obligation (RO) is closing to new applications in March 2017 – mean that AD operators must ensure that every aspect of the AD process is optimised if their business is to succeed. Ignoring the issue of digestate is not an option and rather than viewing it as a burden that needs to be disposed of, today’s astute operators are rightly treating it as a valuable resource that also represents a potential additional revenue stream. Pros and cons Rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, digestate also contains magnesium and sulphur, making it an ideal alternative to chemical fertilisers. WRAP’s DC-Agri project found that smart use of digestate by farmers and growers can increase yields and reduce bills, providing crops with a measured boost of nutrients and helping to maintain soil fertility. However, its high liquid content can make digestate difficult and expensive to transport, spread and store. Storage in particular is a crucial consideration. As well as Nitrate Vulnerable Zone requirements, which prohibit spreading at certain


times of the year, digestate is best applied when the crop has the greatest demand for nitrogen; for cereal crops, this is usually early in the growing season. Reducing the liquid fraction to make it easier to store, but without losing any of the valuable nutrients, is therefore imperative if digestate’s value is to be monetised. Technical innovations The Digestate Concentration System (DCS) from HRS Heat Exchangers significantly reduces digestate volumes while, at the same time, maximising the nutrient content. Using concentration under vacuum, the DCS removes up to 80 per cent of the liquid volume of digestate to produce a material containing up to 20 per cent dry solids. This makes it easier and cheaper to handle, store, transport and apply to land – in fact, storage and transport requirements can be halved. Not only that, AD operators can claim the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for using their heat within the DCS. The first part of the DCS process involves heating the liquid digestate in heat exchangers; the surplus water from the plant’s CHP engine (which is usually available at 85˚C) is used as the heating media, meaning that unlike conventional digestate dryers, which require a lot of heat, the DCS is extremely efficient. The digestate is then pumped into a cyclone separator; the high speed rotating airflow causes the steam to flash off under vacuum and the solid particles to fall to the bottom of the cyclone, where they can be removed. The steam produced from this first cycle (usually available at 70˚C) is then used as the heating media for the second effect, whereby the process is repeated. The subsequent steam (usually available at 60˚C) is used as the heating media for the third cycle – the number of effects is determined by the level of dry solids required, and the amount of surplus heat available, up to a

Digestate solutions in action Farming business D. Williams & Co grows arable crops and fresh herbs on more than 2,000 acres of land at Cattlegate Farm in Enfield. In 2008, it set up Willen Biogas to develop and operate a 1.5 MW food waste AD plant, producing 41,000 tonnes of digestate each year which it uses on its farmland. With such a large volume of digestate to contend with, the company needed a solution that would enable it to cut its digestate storage, transport and application costs while retaining the valuable nutrients. Willen Biogas invested in a Digestate Concentration System (DCS) from HRS Heat Exchangers, which significantly reduces digestate volumes while, at the same time, maximising the nutrient content. Using concentration under vacuum, the DCS has reduced the volume of Willen’s digestate by up to 60 per cent, taking it down from 50,000m3 per year to 20,000m3 per year. This has significantly reduced the amount of traffic going across the farmland (from 2,174 tanker movements per year to just 870), and enables the digestate to be easily stored until most needed by the crop, allowing the farm to have more efficient spreading windows and comply with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone requirements. The DCS also provides a valuable nutrient boost to the concentrated digestate, increasing the total compounds which are available for plant growth by up to 150 per cent. Nitrogen levels have increased from 5kg/m3 to 12.5kg/m3; phosphorus levels have increased from 2kg/ m3 to 5 kg/m3; and potassium levels have increased from 2.5kg/m3 to 6.25kg/m3.

maximum of four cycles. After the final effect, the steam is condensed back into water, which can then displace mains water used in the front end of the digester; a completely closed loop system. Additional benefits Besides being virtually energy and water self-sufficient, the DCS also reduces odours and maximises nutrient content by turning ammonia into ammonium sulphate. Furthermore, as a plug-and-play, fully automated system, it’s completely flexible and can be tailored to suit each individual AD operation. No longer an afterthought, investing in a system which reduces digestate volumes while increasing its nutrient content is enabling today’s successful AD operators to beat the incentive trap and make the most of this valuable resource. *ADBA’s Anaerobic Digestion

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March 2017

Interplas, the leading trade show for the UK plastics industry, is to expand outside of a single hall for the first time since 2005 following a huge surge in demand for space.

With the current floorplan being over 85 percent sold nine months out from the event opening, with both potential and existing exhibitors clamouring for space, the decision was made in December 2016 to increase the size of the 2017 floorplan. September’s edition will now encompass all of Hall 4, as well as half of neighbouring Hall 3A, representing an increase of 23 percent compared to the previous edition in 2014. The triennial trade fair, which will return to the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from 26-28 September 2017, will remain co-located with TCT Show, the leading event for 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies, which will be in the remainder of 3A and the whole of Hall 3. Interplas 2017 has already secured stand bookings from some of the industry’s biggest names, with many taking an increased floor space to replicate the high levels of success seen in the 2014 outing. This success is proven by the last edition’s post-show analysis, which revealed that 89 per cent of exhibiting companies achieved their objectives, 88 per cent rated the visitor quality and quantity as “good or excellent” and 56 percent said they had

won new business during Interplas 2014 or expected to because of their participation at the show. Commenting, Duncan Wood, COO of Organiser, Rapid News Communications Group, said: “The key to the continued resurgence of Interplas under the management of Rapid News is the level of business created and executed at the event. “The post-show feedback from 2014, along with the number of exhibitors clamoring for space at the 2017 edition, is the clearest indication yet that Interplas is the definitive event for the UK plastics industry and one in which exhibitors can be confident delivers worthwhile return on investment.” With visitor numbers reaching 10,293 at Interplas 2014, organisers are expecting another increase in footfall for 2017’s three-day event. Preparations are well underway for a number of new and exciting seminars, features, workshops and training sessions that will provide added value to attending the show. The show will also include a toplevel conference with some of the industry’s most interesting and authoritative speakers presenting in a purpose-built auditorium new for the 2017 edition.

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March 2017

HES Lubemec expands its Lubrication Service Offering HES Lubemec, the lubrication division of Group HES and official UK Distributor for SKF lubrication, is experiencing a period of exponential growth!


ith a large investment made in people, infrastructure and technology, HES Lubemec is on a mission to be the largest installer and supplier of lubrication systems in the UK! The company is excited about the mission and providing exceptional customer service to all customers from Land’s End to John O’Groats! HES Lubemec is working in partnership with SKF, worldclass lubrication equipment and systems manufacturers including the Lincoln brand, to provide customers with an unbeatable product range, the largest stock levels in the country, as well as full installation and servicing capabilities.


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March 2017

Safeguarding your powder quality, controlling dust, protecting operators, speeding up process times, all are possible with Farleygreene’s dispensing and sieving stations. When processing powders into a production line, consideration of the quality of the input material is of utmost importance and diligent handling is a prime factor. The protection of the operator from airborne dust and minimising the bulk load lifting are health and safety necessities that are often overlooked. Farleygreene offer solutions to this issue within one simple station. Utilising the Slimline vibratory check sieve units they have 2 options available, selection of which can depend upon throughput, powder type and what the next process the powder is being transferred to, they can advise the correct type as required. The Sievmaster 553-STS machine is essentially an open top sieve unit but with the added benefit of a sack rest table and a cover which can be connected to a new or existing dust extraction system. This unit gives a basic level of protection and assistance to the operator. The dust


cover can also be isolated via the swivel shut front access door when not in use. It is usually installed where a batch type process is used. The Easilift range is supplied in 2 variants using either a 600mm or 1000mm vibratory sieve unit. Each type has a power lift dusthood so the operator can gain access to the sieve components without any heavy lifting. All seal are self-docking and require awkward connections. The dusthood provides for a sack rest table and for connection to a dust extraction system. The ‘EASILIFT’ and ‘553-STS’ can be used in conjunction with any type of conveyor, either mechanical or pneumatic and the frames are adaptable to fit into almost any situation. Test units are available for use either at your site or in our test facility. Farleygreene can also offer options for low care to high care interfaces which are becoming a necessity, certainly

within the food industry, as well as dust extraction systems to provide the full protection package. With over 40 years’ experience Farleygreene offer a wide range of sieving machinery, their equipment and technologies cover almost every type of sieving and screening process. With their focus on customer’s specific requirements and their dedication to R&D they can offer the benefit of a tailored bespoke design service. For full details visit their website. +44 (0) 1256 474 547.

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

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

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MIE Solutions UK Ltd are based in Worcestershire and are the developers and suppliers of MIETrak Pro; an easy to use and all encompassing MRP/production control software solution. At the front end of the system there are functions for Quotations and Estimating and at the backend Shipping and Invoicing. What happens in the middle really brings MIETrak Pro to life and includes: Customer Relationship Management, Sales Order Processing, Job Card/Works Order generation, MRP, Purchasing, Shop Floor Data Capture, Inventory/Stock Control, Production Control, Capacity Planning, Quality Assurance (for ISO 9001 and other quality systems), Scheduling, Repair and Maintenance, Time Clock, Costing and Reporting, and Human Resources. MIETrak Pro will also export data into a variety of accounting packages if required. MIETrak Pro will ensure that you have total visibility throughout your company allowing you to increase your profit margins, reduce administration, utilise productivity and efficiency. This product gives you essential data at your finger tips and will assist you to improve your quality control and increase your all important customer satisfaction. Printed from: Serif PagePlus 15,0,5,30 Copyright Š 1991-2010 Serif (Europe) Ltd. All Rights Reserved T 01527 576444 Printed on: 29/02/2016 12:32:24 Publication name: Half_Page_Advert_Eng_Update_130x190, Page: 1

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March 2017

FLIR LAUNCHES LATEST GENERATION, ADVANCED THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS TO MINIMISE PRODUCTION LOSSES FLIR Systems announces three new Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras for electrical, mechanical, and building applications: the FLIR E75, E85, and E95. The redesigned, Wi-Fi-enabled Exx-Series features intelligent interchangeable lenses, laser-assisted autofocus modes and area measurement functionality, improvements to FLIR’s patented MSX® imaging technology, and a larger, more vibrant 4-inch touchscreen. These distinctive features, combined with increased sensitivity and increased native resolution, will help professionals identify hot spots or building deficiencies before potential problems become expensive repairs. In redesigning the Exx-Series, FLIR developed a new range of compact intelligent, interchangeable lenses that the camera automatically recognizes and calibrates, eliminating the need for manual calibration. The Exx-Series now also features laser distance measurement that assures precise autofocus to improve temperature measurement accuracy, and specifically for the FLIR E85 and E95 models, provides the data for on-screen area measurement in square feet or metres. In addition, the FLIR E85 and E95 models offer increased thermal detector resolutions with up to 464×348 (161,472 pixels), and measure temperatures up to 1,500 degrees Celsius.

faster, more intuitive operation, and coupled with enhanced Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Meterlink® connectivity, archiving and report generation has never been easier.

In conjunction with FLIR Tools™, the FLIR E75, E85, and E95 are the first Exx cameras to offer UltraMax®, FLIR’s embedded, super-resolution process that improves effective resolution by four times – up to 645,888 pixels – and thermal sensitivity by up to 50 percent. All models also feature significant improvement to FLIR’s MSX technology, which now utilizes a 5-megapixel visual camera for improved image clarity and readability. These improvements, combined with a display that is 33 percent brighter and 30 percent larger than previous Exx models, yield more vibrant and detailed thermal imagery.

“Redesigned from the handle up, the new series of FLIR Exx cameras is a significant achievement in terms of advanced functionality, performance, and ease of use in thermal cameras for electro-mechanical, plant, and building inspections,” says Andy Teich, President and CEO at FLIR. “With an ever-broadening base of users who demand thermal cameras that are compact, capable and easy to use, the advanced Exx cameras check every box.”

The Exx-Series cameras also feature a rugged, waterresistant design, and scratch-resistant Dragontrail™ cover glass over an optically-bonded, projected capacitive (PCAP) touchscreen. A simplified user interface delivers

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The new FLIR Exx is a powerful and non-invasive tool for ensuring all electro-mechanical elements involved in the production process are working optimally. As well as being suitable for electrical inspection, the camera can spot defective rollers on a conveyor, overheating motors and bearings, inspect moulds, detect tank levels and monitor thermal processes.

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While transmit pulse amplitude (signal size) has helped to make guided wave radar technology the standard for accurate, reliable level measurement, the fact is signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) represents a far more critical indicator of level control performance. For superior SNR in all process conditions, no other GWR device beats the Eclipse ® Model 706 transmitter from Magnetrol ®.

To learn more about the breakthrough ECLIPSE Model 706 GWR transmitter visit or contact your MAGNETROL representative today. • 01444 871313 •


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Glass Bending Excellence

Toughened Glass Bends Firman Glass new toughening plant includes two bending chambers which work alongside the standard flat bed. The smaller chamber will bend glass from 5mm to 12mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 1000mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 5mm, 6mm = 450mm 8mm, 10mm = 1000mm 12mm = 1200mm The large chamber will bend glass from 6mm to 19mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 3600mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 6mm = 1500mm 8mm, 10mm = 1800mm 12mm, 15mm = 2000mm 19mm = 2500mm

Working in conjunction with the flat toughening facility to a maximum flat size of 2850mm wide x 5000mm long. Firman Glass can now offer the Architect, Designer and Contractor a complete service for multiple uses such as balustrades, partitions, shower screens, revolving door enclosures, full height barriers, partitions and shopfronts. Curved Glass can be processed as with flat glass and can be decorated by sandblasting and back painting.

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Engineering Update - March 2017  
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