Engineering Update - March 2019

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MHEA launches BULKEX 2019 and issues a call for papers The Materials Handling Engineers Association has launched BULKEX 2019. The annual conference and exhibition takes place between 16 -17 October at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham, and is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the bulk materials handling industry or affected by it. The two-day event features a full speaker programme and industry awards dinner on the evening of 16 October.


he MHEA has issued a Call for Papers for BULKEX 2019 and is inviting anyone who has an interest in the materials handling industry to submit a paper to be included at the Conference by 19 March. The first speaker announced is Mike Brinkley Head of Strategy for Supply Chain Operations, Network Rail, with more to follow Papers presented at the conference will be determined by the contributions received but are likely to include: developments in materials handling; drives and transmissions; loading, unloading, storage and reclaim; crushing, screening and washing; control of impact, abrasion and erosion; spillage and dust control; storage and reclaim; biomass handling; waste and recycling; control, meeting and management systems; energy efficiency; operation and maintenance; regulatory compliance; HSEQ; feature a case study, or provide insight into industry developments or the economic outlook. Submissions relating to technical innovation or process improvements will be given preference, particularly those relating to heavy materials, such as minerals processing and cement, metal manufacture, power, port operations, mining, waste processing, transport and recycling, and should be sent by email to the During BULKEX, the MHEA will also be hosting its Industry Excellence Awards Dinner, a celebration of the

industry’s finest achievements. Entries for the Excellence Awards will open in March with full details available on the website. There are an exciting range of sponsorship packages available for the event. The headline sponsor has already been taken and the awards dinner sponsor is no longer available. With a host of flexible packages available for the awards dinner, awards categories and other opportunities during BULKEX, businesses should enquire as soon as possible if they are interested. Exhibition stands are £495.00 for members and £595.00 for non-members. Exhibitors are advised to contact Teresa at the MHEA early to ensure they obtain their preferred location. Availability is changing daily, as stands are already starting to sell due to high demand. John Connolly, President of the MHEA, said: “BULKEX is our must-attend flagship event, attracting industry leaders and influencers to exhibit. It’s an excellent forum to meet colleagues and peers; to listen and share the latest news, innovative ideas and good practice; as well as hear from leading industry experts. As we call for papers, we anticipate another high calibre programme that will make BULKEX unmissable this year.” For more information about exhibiting or attending BULKEX 2019 please go to or contact Teresa Glen by emailing or call the MHEA on 01787 226995.

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Changing out filters using SupaClean assemblies is quick and simple reducing the traditional high operational costs associated with cleaning and changing production filters. Each filter assembly can be simply and quickly lifted out of the housing and replaced by a new unit. As each SupaClean filter unit is supplied already assembled this eliminates the risk of operators not installing filters correctly

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Ypsomed and HARTING collaborate on development of Industry 4.0 digital control systems for retrofitting to plastic injection moulding machines Ypsomed Group, an international medical technology company specialising in the development and manufacture of injection and infusion systems for the self-injection of liquid medicines, has selected HARTING as a collaborative partner in a development project to retrofit legacy protocol plastic injection moulding machines with an integrated Industry 4.0 digital control system that is also linked with a factory-wide MES/ERP system. This approach offers simple and minimal physical integration with an existing production line for a reasonably low level of investment, with long-term benefits including improved productivity, cost savings and extended machine lifetimes. Introduction An important element of Industry 4.0 is the ability to apply digitisation to the production environment by adding more intelligence into existing processes. Initially manufacturers have been wary of Industry 4.0, on the assumption that effective implementation would require major (and expensive) changes to production lines. However, through a digital retrofit approach, it is possible to “smarten” up existing processes for minimal cost over a short period of time, resulting in a fast return on investment and immediate productivity gains. Digital retrofit provides four different ways to improve production processes, increase cost savings and extend the lifetime of different types of machinery: • Legacy machine protocol conversion • Condition monitoring (including energy measurement) • Asset management • Predictive maintenance. Legacy machine protocol conversion Central machine monitoring and process optimisation offer the best way to ensure that production lines and their associated constituent parts operate more effectively and economically. Many machines in


well-established production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully. However, they do so much less efficiently than their modernday counterparts. For example, they do not have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store relevant data, or the ability to communicate with their modern equivalents. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and communications protocols from the 1980s and 1990s, which are no longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs. A prime example of a production environment that accommodates mixed protocol legacy machines is a plastics injection moulding machine (PIMM) line. Such machines, when well maintained, can attain as much as a 30-year operational life. However, some of the older software protocol operating languages (e.g. EUROMAP 15) cannot be directly connected to a modern factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) without expensive annual custom software licensing charges. In many factories these machines still require individual programming by an operator, which can be very time-consuming in larger installations - potentially requiring input from multiple personnel.

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On-site measurement and testing Outstanding service requires outstanding service BSRIA Instrument Solutions (BIS) prides itself on providing the most up to date measurement solutions for its customers. Building services engineering covers a wide range of areas each requiring specialist engineering expertise and equipment, it can include such diverse fields as ventilation systems and humidifiers. Engineers face many challenges on-site and need fit for purpose, accurate and robust measurement instruments that can be used to make on the spot decisions. With such a variety of potential applications the engineer requires bespoke tailored units that offer the versatility to provide an accurate result at any measuring location. The Testo 440 range provides solutions to meet a range of on-site demands with a comprehensive high-precision probe selection, robust design, accurate and reliable data output with the option of direct cable or Bluetooth connectivity. Combined with its intuitive clear display and an unrivalled level of accuracy it is the cost-effective solution that every engineer needs in their kit. The instrument kits are configured to the needs of the end user and can cover diverse applications including measuring humidity, temperature and illuminance (Lux) levels. BSRIA Instrument Solutions recognise that their customers provide a first-class service and demand the same from their suppliers, therefore they choose BIS as their preferred supplier for their instrumentation purchases. Commissioning and maintenance of building services systems requires a high level of engineering expertise and reliable instrumentation. The end users of buildings systems need expert engineers to ensure they gain optimum benefit from their assets which is an area where service engineers deliver value. Engineers need to make on-site decisions based on real-time measurement data and mistakes can be costly to multiple


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AAEON single board computer UPS-P4-A10-08128 AAEON single board computers (including UPS-P4-A10-08128) have become an indispensable element of applications requiring an efficient and compact device with x86 architecture other than an industrial computer.

Areas of application: The UPS-P4-A10-08128 unit performs great in advanced systems, wherever the high computing power offered by small-sized devices is needed. Such requirements are increasingly being applied to applications from the industrial automation segment. Also Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are not end nodes, such as e.g. data flow control and conversion network gateways, are built using single board computers. Computer UPSP4-A10-08128 (Up Square, UP2) will work well in this role. Another area of application involve real-time image analysis and processing. The UP2 single board computer can cooperate with an mPCI-e card containing system that is part of a neural network (e.g. the Intel® Movidius® MyriadTM graphic processor). In such situation, its computing power increases significantly, enabling data analysis and processing directly at edge node nodes


(edge computing). Thanks to this, processing time is shortened and costs associated with data transfer as well as servicing and leasing of computing centers are minimized. In this way, a single board computer becomes a key part of the item detection system (e.g. products of a specific brand in a vending machine or license plates for cars entering a guarded parking lot), identification of persons (e.g., sex and age of people visiting the store at a given time of day). In the end, it can become a control unit in an autonomous vehicle that analyzes and processes camera images. The number of applications is limited only by the ingenuity of the designer. Single board computers are often used in small lot production, where it is required to reduce the design time until the product is released on the market. In addition, the cooperation with Linux and Windows operating systems makes the creation

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Advantages An important advantage of a single board computer are its small dimensions, which translates into the size of the final device. UPS-P4-A10-08128 computer works in a wide temperature range, and flash and operational memory in the form of integrated circuits is resistant to shocks and vibrations. An important advantage is also low power consumption. It translates not only to lower energy demand, but also to greater equipment durability and reliability. Thanks to the interfaces mounted on the board, it is possible to exchange data with external devices. The AAEON UPSP4-A10-08128 single board computer will be available at least until 2024. The device is CE/FCC Class A certified.

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Informative Guide to Flowmeter Selection Titan Enterprises has published an updated version of its popular ‘Top 10 Tips for Selecting a Flowmeter’ guide. Available to download from the document provides informative and unbiased guidance to enable you to select the optimum flowmeter technology for your application. After discussing why you might need a flowmeter the guide then addresses the total life cost of different types of flowmeter technology, the importance of defining operating parameters (flow rate, line pressure, temperature and measurement accuracy required) and the chemical compatibility considerations of your application. The guide also looks at how your selection of the most appropriate flowmeter often can depend on the system it is intended to be a part of. To enable you to compare the 10 most common different flow metering technologies pragmatically the guide provides a helpful pentagram graphic representation for each technology to help you match a flowmeter type to your operating parameters, its cost of

ownership, ease of use and the level of support it may require. Finally the guide looks at the importance of following flowmeter installation instructions carefully and offers some helpful troubleshooting checks you can try before having to call out a service engineer to your ‘faulty’ flowmeter. For further information please contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / With over 40 years’ experience in flowmeter innovation and manufacture, Titan Enterprises philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 500,000 products into 40 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase rate of 95%.

Flexible Flowmeter / Display Unit Combination Titan Enterprises have introduced a combination package of 800 series turbine flowmeter and Pulsite Solo display unit as a replacement for their 800 Series Displaying Turbine Flowmeter (800D). This new combination provides users with more versatility, more information and the possibility of remote display reading when your flowmeter is situated in an inaccessible or environmentally unfriendly location. Compared to the display used on the 800D flowmeter, the Pulsite Solo display unit offers better resolution as well as enunciators to confirm to the user the units and settings selected. Power consumption is less and the display can be located remotely from the flowmeter. Designed for ease of use, programming on the Pulsite Solo is simple using the 2 front panel keys and following the prompts on the LCD display. when used with the battery-power 800 series flowmeter the replaceable battery life is estimated to be well in excess of 5 years when the Pulsite Solo is used as a flow totaliser. With rate readings, the life of the Pulsite Solo


will depend on the duty cycle but is still several years. The Pulsite Solo can also be externally dc powered if required for example when used with an electronic sensor such as a standard Hall effect device. This versatile flow indicator will take frequencies from dc through to 2 KHz and scale them to display rate or total. The scaling factors are adjustable from 0.01 to 9999 and the time base is selectable as seconds, minutes or hours. The 800 series turbine flowmeter is designed to give high performance and competitive pricing with 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 L/min. Using totally non-metallic wetted components make the 800 Series the ideal choice for the metering of aggressive chemicals. The standard inlet tubes are barbed to accept two hose sizes 8mm and 12mm although for OEM use alternatives are available. The bearings are

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Employee upskilling: A healthy return on your investment? With the on-going disruption surrounding Brexit following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, never before has there been a more crucial time for organisations to think smart, particularly when it comes to investing for the future.


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Established in 1998 Hydratech is now the UK’s leading manufacturer of specialist heat transfer fluids, glycols, antifreeze solutions, inhibitors and cleansers. A long-term commitment to R&D has resulted in several key advances in coolant technology. Coolflow and the DTX range of products has been especially formulated for use in process cooling applications, to exploit the advantages Ethylene Glycol has over Propylene Glycol - whilst delivering a non-toxic solution. Specifically; More efficient heat transfer, easier to pump, especially at low temperatures, less volume for the same freeze protection and is cheaper per litre. Working with many of the world’s blue-chip companies for over 20 years, including; Mitie, Integral, Waitrose, Airbus and Siemens Hydratech has experience across many business and industry sectors such as power stations, data centres, water and waste, construction, food and drink, general industry and infrastructure. This has been achieved by providing detailed technical information and engineering support for each application and installation, matched with a unique ‘can do’ approach to logistics. Hydratech also have the expertise to formulate fluid solutions for bespoke applications. E.g. Combined Heat & Power, Pilot Cooling, Medical Devices etc. “We work closely with our customers and always consider from the perspective of functionality, energy efficiency, costs, environmental impact, ease of installation, and ongoing service and maintenance” Hydratech have the experience and expertise to provide you with the fluid that meets all the requirements for your systems. This is further supported by offering a range of Fluid Management Services to maximise, monitor and maintain long-term thermal efficiency. So, the next time you are looking for an innovative cooling solution, be sure to talk with the experts;


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What is a good relationship worth? Should you use one fastener supplier or several? The world of engineering and manufacturing is constantly changing. JET PRESS customers range from SMEs to global businesses and they have all dealt with the challenges like value chain analysis, supply chain management and just-in-time manufacturing. They’re now looking at new developments like 3D printing and Manufacturing 4.0. But whatever else changes one question always crops up – is it better to have one supplier or many?

Look carefully at your business needs The answer to the question of course is – it depends. It doesn’t matter if you check with industry experts like Dawson Consulting the Australian SME experts or Supply Chain Sourcing academics at Rutgers University in the US; they describe the same pros and cons. The downsides are summed up by the old saying; don’t put all your eggs in one basket. There is a risk that your sole supplier will fail and cause you serious production problems. The list of benefits associated with using a single supplier is longer and includes issues all businesses should be aware of.

The benefits of using a single supplier Starting with the obvious benefits, you have less admin if you order a lot of items from the same supplier. There is also potential to negotiate a better deal if you promise all your business to one supplier. Though of course it is essential to scrutinise the supplier to make sure they are financially secure, have a good record of reliability and can meet your needs. Another practical benefit is that you can share information with a trusted supplier and streamline systems to improve efficiency. There is also a single point of contact if you have issues with quality.


They have skin in the game It might be a bit less easy to quantify, but all the experts agree; the relationship you build with a good supplier can deliver significant business benefits. Firstly, if you are an important customer your supplier wants you to do well because it means more business for them. So they will focus on doing the best possible job for you. They are also likely to be more flexible and work around your requirements. For instance, JET PRESS stock over 70 million products in their warehouses, but for some customers they will hold stock on customer sites. These customers can pick products as they need them and JET PRESS will send them one consolidated invoice at the end of the month.

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TECHNICAL NOTE FLIR T500-Series Macro Mode: Single-Lens Solution for Imaging Small Targets Thermal cameras are used throughout many stages of R&D and quality assurance. Electronics inspection is one of the most common applications for thermal imaging, which typically involves finding hot spots on printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) and ensuring that various components are working within their design limits. In today’s world of shrinking electronics, the most common surface mount PCBA components can range in size from a 0603 (1.6 mm × 0.8 mm) to as small as a 0201 (0.6 mm × 0.3 mm). Accurate temperature measurements of these components require at least a 3 × 3 pixel area—or 9 total pixels—on the target, with a 10 x 10 pixel area or greater being ideal for greater measurement accuracy. For many thermal cameras, one pixel can cover 600 µm—or 0.06 mm—on a target; this represents the camera’s spot size. So, to achieve the minimum 3 × 3 pixel coverage on an 0201 component, you would need a camera and lens combination that provides a much finer spot size—say, 100 µm. An even smaller spot size would be needed to properly characterize the hot spots on a specific point on the 0201 component. While thermal imaging is a versatile technology, using a camera with a single prime lens can be limiting. Sufficient magnification for electronics testing often requires additional macro lenses to reach the spot sizes required to detect hot spots, measure temperature, and properly characterize the thermal response of small components. Having several of these lenses


on-hand will produce superior images but isn’t always cost-effective. FLIR’s Macro Mode offers a more flexible option when you want to inspect a wide range of small targets with a single lens. of 71 μm—no lens change needed. Macro Mode allows you to capture accurate temperature measurements of small targets without changing lenses (Figure 2). A FLIR infrared camera with a standard 24˚ lens and Macro Mode enabled can reach a spot size as small as 71 μm—no lens change needed. At this spot size, the camera can accurately measure temperatures and thermally characterize 1.6 mm × 0.8 mm sized 0603 components. It can even detect hot or under-performing components as small as 0.6 mm × 0.3 mm. Traditional macro lenses are often challenged by their short working distance. And with the tall components on some PCBAs it can be difficult to physically position a camera close enough to focus on shorter components. FLIR’s Macro Mode allows users to place the camera at a workable distance while still providing a small spot size. For example, a FLIR T540 with 24˚ lens needs to be at least 150 mm from its target to capture a focused image. At this distance, the spot size will be limited to 140 μm. Switching into Macro Mode reduces the minimum distance that a camera must be from its target, allowing you to focus on surface-mount components and other small objects instantly. The same hardware with Macro Mode enabled can provide a clear image from 60 mm and achieve a spot size

Macro Mode works by adjusting the camera’s detector position during the calibration process, which provides additional working distance between the sensor and lens. Enabling Macro Mode through a firmware update adds an “Image Mode” menu to the camera’s GUI. However, since the thermal image’s focus and clarity rely on the adjusted detector position, the visible light MSX imagery will be misaligned. This compromise means that a camera in Macro Mode will only save IR images. FLIR’s Macro Mode is an innovative feature that offers R&D, quality assurance and other professionals the flexibility required for testing PCBAs and other electronic components without the need or expense of additional lenses. The standard 24˚ lens can be used to investigate a larger area or entire PCBA. Once a hot spot or smaller area of interest if found, enabling Marco Mode allows for more in-depth examination and thermal analysis without changing lenses. Contact your FLIR representative to learn more about how Macro Mode can streamline your electrical testing. For more information about thermal imaging cameras or about this application, please visit

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PROSEAL SALUTES UNSUNG COG IN WINNING MACHINE Tray sealing specialist Proseal and its supplier LC Automation are celebrating a successful 20-year partnership during which the two companies have risen to become leaders in their respective fields. LC Automation provides Proseal with a reliable supply of quality electrical components that form a key part in the manufacture of its market-leading tray sealing machines. Since the beginning of the companies’ relationship in 1998 – the year Proseal was founded – Proseal has established itself as the UK’s leading manufacturer of tray sealers. This recently culminated in the company winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade 2018. During the same period, LC Automation has grown to become one of the UK’s leading technical distributors of automation, control and safety products. The company supplies Proseal with a range of electrical components from PLC’s, servos’ and a.c. Inverters, to sensors, power supplies and even the cables. “LC Automation supplied the Mitsubishi components for our very first machine, the Proseal PR30, and we’ve been using them ever since,” explains Steve Ballantyne, Purchasing Manager at Proseal. “Their first-rate service and innovative components are essential to

the smooth production & consistently high standard of our products – we count on them to continue delivering our leading-edge Proseal machinery.” An important benefit of the relationship is that LC Automation is fully integrated into the Proseal supply chain, receiving a regular forecast of their machine requirements. This allows LC Automation to predict usage and ensure the

components are always available when required, meaning there is no disruption to Proseal’s production schedule. In addition, Proseal receives expert technical support on all the products it purchases from LC Automation with additional support from a Key Account Manager. “LC Automation plays a vital but unsung role in what we do, and as we mark 20 years of partnership, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank the company for their continued excellent service,” says Steve Ballantyne. “We look forward to the next 20 years of working together, which I am sure will be even more successful!” “On behalf of everyone at LC Automation I would like to congratulate the Proseal team on 20 successful years and winning the Queens Award to Industry. I believe Proseal’s success is down to three factors; excellent customer service, outstanding engineering which meets customer needs and just being nice people to deal with,” says Malcolm Chadwick, Managing Director of LC Automation.


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Mouser puts its weight behind Sensors & Instrumentation Live Industry giant Mouser Electronics has signed up as the headline sponsor for this year’s Sensors & Instrumentation Live, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 25 and 26 September 2019. Mouser Electronics is a leading authorised distributor of semiconductors and electronic components for over 600 industry leading manufacturers. With 22 locations around the globe, Mouser specialises in the rapid introduction and distribution of new products and technologies for design engineers and buyers. With thousands of visitors looking to source the latest technologies every year, Sensors & Instrumentation Live presents market leading companies from across the test, measurement and control sector together under one roof. A number of companies have already confirmed their presence at the 2019 exhibition including SIKA, Rheintacho, DSL, Techni Measure, Shawcity, LPRS, Blubug, Bronkhorst, Measurement Solutions Limited, KEMO, Keller, Kistler, BINDER, Charcroft Electronics, Mantracourt Electronics, DEWESoft and Trafag. Covering a range of industry sectors, with equipment on display including sensors, flowmeters, signal conditioners and test instruments, Sensors & Instrumentation Live is the ideal event to source the right instruments to meet your requirements. The tenth anniversary edition of Sensors & Instrumentation Live is shaping up to be the biggest in the show’s history with new feature areas like the Engineering Symposium and


the Enterprise Hub and returning favourites like the Innovation Showcase. Engineering Symposium The Engineering Symposium is an exciting new partnership, DJB Instruments is working with Sensors & Instrumentation Live to present CPD-accredited training that is driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering. DJB will bring together a team of speakers from some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering companies to present a two day programme which provides a combination of technical training sessions on subjects including: Basics of signal processing; Analysis and control of noise sources in data; Accelerometer technology and other topics. In addition, industry based presentations will describe how innovative sensor technology has been applied in some of the most technologically challenging applications of the modern era. The Enterprise Hub The Enterprise Hub will explore the different opportunities that are available to manufacturers. Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will give a series of invaluable presentations, giving visitors an insight into topics including training, apprenticeships and standards.

Attending the Enterprise Hub and Engineering Symposium is free so let the experts provide you with the guidance you need. Innovation Showcase Some of the exhibition’s most popular feature areas will be making a return to Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019. This includes the Innovation Showcase. There is a lot to see at the event so the Innovation Showcase provides an assembly of the most cutting-edge products and solutions available from exhibitors. Visitors can get hands-on with devices and make sure they do not miss out on a single thing. Colocation The 2019 exhibition is colocated with the TCT Show and IMHX providing more opportunities to network than ever before. The one ticket policy for Sensors & Instrumentation Live means that visitors only need to register once to get access to the event and TCT. If you would like to find out more information about the exhibition, please visit the Sensors & Instrumentation Live website. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about exhibiting at the event, please contact event director Louise Pudney (

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JEC World 2019: Stratasys to Showcase Latest 3D Printing Advancements for Composite Production Tuesday 12th November, 10:30am – Stratasys Keynote Presentation: “Additive Manufacturing for Tooling and 3D Printed Composite Parts”


t this years JEC World (March 12-14, Paris, France), Stratasys will showcase its latest 3D printing solutions for composite production (Hall 5, Stand Q83). Visitors will be able to see the significant time and cost efficiencies that companies from a host of industries can enjoy when implementing additive manufacturing within their production operations. Stratasys will outline the versatility of its FDM and PolyJet technologies for the entire product development process, from fullyfunctional prototypes, to tooling applications and final production parts.

High-performance, costefficient 3D printed tools

Final production parts using 3D printing composite material Stratasys will also demonstrate how the impressive mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF enable engineers to explore the transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites. This carbon fibre-filled thermoplastic contains 35% chopped carbon-fibre and is strong enough to replace metal, allowing designers to develop more lightweight yet functional designs. The high stiffnessto-weight ratio of FDM Nylon 12CF is ideal for functional performance testing demands in automotive, aerospace, recreational goods, and industrial manufacturing sectors.

The impressive mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF allow engineers to explore the possible transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites

3D printed composite tooling offers dramatic cost and weight-savings compared to traditional tooling methods. Stratasys’ development of high-temperature materials, as well as the increased throughput of its FDM Production 3D Printers, enable the manufacture of complex composite lay-up / sacrificial tools in hours or Stratasys Keynote days, rather than the weeks or months it would Presentation: Tuesday take using traditional manufacturing. 12th November, Visitors to Stratasys’ stand will discover how these durable, yet lightweight 3D printed composite tools are being utilized across a range of industry sectors. On display will be a series of real-life customer examples that exemplify the benefits of additive manufacturing for composite production. This includes a new customer use case set to be announced at the show, which will reveal novel application uses of 3D printing for composite production. As part of JEC World’s application showcase program in the ‘Innovation Planets’ area, Stratasys will display a Santa Cruz bicycle featuring a number of carbon-fiber parts produced using 3D printed tools. Using Stratasys FDM 3D printing, the company is able to rapidly produce fully-functional prototypes and iterate more designs fast than ever before, which has significantly streamlined its overall design process. In addition, the company has overcome the limitations of traditional tooling for low volume composite production by 3D printing high-performance composite tools ondemand – resulting in significantly accelerated time-to-part, at a fraction of the cost.


10:30am The first day of JEC World will see Amos C. Breyfogle, Application Engineering Manager, Stratasys, deliver an insightful presentation entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing for Tooling and 3D Printed Composite Parts’. Part of JEC World’s ‘Process and Manufacturing’ track (Forum: Hall 6), this informative keynote will enable visitors to hear how, by using Stratasys Additive Manufacturing technologies, manufacturers can quickly develop both cost-effective tooling for composite parts, as well as direct 3D printing of composite parts . See Stratasys at JEC World in Hall 5, Stand Q83, at the Villepinte Exhibition Centre Paris, March 12-14 2019.

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Professionals from across the rail industry are being urged to secure their place at Railtex 2019, the 14th international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services, as visitor registration officially opens.

Railtex welcomes international audience as visitor registration officially opens Starting this month (February 2019), visitors will be able to confirm their attendance online, for the UK’s leading rail industry expo, which will take place between 14th -16th May at Birmingham’s NEC. More than 330 organisations will be exhibiting at Railtex, with a mix of UK and international suppliers appearing under one roof, spanning the full range of rail infrastructure and rolling stock sectors. Registration for Railtex 2019 also gives visitors access to a range of industry keynote speeches, project updates and technical seminars that are accredited by the CPD Certification

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The Smart way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET Based Technologies AMTC, Coventry, 26 March

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Co-organized by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) and the European Interreg Project INCASE (“Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering”, these free-to-attend seminars address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to Industry 4.0. Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, they focus on the practical aspects of using PROFINET and IOLink, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance. Supported by demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminars will be of great value to Designers, Technicians and Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant. Part of the day is with parallel tracks, so that visitors can either refresh their knowledge as beginners in PROFINET or as more experienced users find new ideas for applications.

Topics will include: • Overview of PI’s current and developing technologies for Industry 4.0 • PROFINET basics • Ethernet’s upper physical layer finally unveiled • IO-Link for the “last metres” communication • Process Automation networks with PROFIBUS and PROFINET • Network Safety & Security

Exhibition • Cybersecurity • PROFIBUS DP / PA diagnostics • EMC for networks • PROFINET diagnostics • Redundancy for PROFINET networks • Designing & virtual commissioning: co-simulation with Siemens NX • PROFINET’s “oversampling” and “I-Device” features: industrial cases for control and signal processing

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March 2019 existing processes, alongside the chance to discover the industry superstars of tomorrow in the brand-new Launchpad and meet the entrepreneurs powering the future of UK engineering and manufacturing. Building on partnerships: three events in one Maximising the value of the event, Subcon is once again colocating with The Engineer Expo and Advanced Manufacturing Show.

Innovation, partnership and operational excellence: Subcon is back! Subcon returns on the 4-6 June 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham. Now in its 43rd year, Subcon remains the UK’s only dedicated event to enable subcontract manufacturing buyers to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and form new manufacturing partnerships. Against a backdrop of profound uncertainty and change within the engineering and manufacturing industries, Subcon 2019 will show how the industry continues to innovate and deliver maximum value, with three events in one venue. Supporting innovation: The Subcon Launchpad For 2019, Subcon has unveiled the Subcon Launchpad and Launchpad Awards to showcase cutting-edge innovations from across the industry. The Launchpad aims to propel manufacturing and engineering-based


start-ups by giving them an opportunity to share their innovations with thousands of professionals with the power to guide them to success. The showcase and awards will deliver an unrivalled platform for eight engineering start-ups and a £10,000 prize package to the winner. For further details on the Subcon Launchpad or to submit an entry, please see exhibit/launchpad-launchpad-awards But Subcon has not forgotten its heritage. As with every previous year, Subcon will deliver the contacts, connections and content that engineering and manufacturing businesses in the UK need to succeed. Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from over 300 world class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimise productivity and improve flexibility while driving down costs to stay competitive in a global market.

The Engineer Expo delivers the innovation, inspiration and insight businesses need to optimise future engineering and manufacturing strategies. From an exhibition of next generation design and technology solutions from the UK’s most ground-breaking suppliers, to an unrivalled conference programme featuring industry leaders responsible for some of the UK’s most inspiring engineering and manufacturing projects, The Engineer Expo will keep visitors abreast of the biggest issues around, from Brexit and Industry 4.0 to the challenges of diversity and skills. The Advanced Manufacturing Show will showcase live demos and the latest efficiencyboosting innovations from hundreds of world class suppliers. This is an unparalleled opportunity to review outsourcing and procurement decisions and bring tools and technology up to speed, to reduce costs, cut lead times and increase productivity to stay competitive in a global market.

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• Subcon – the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show returns 4-6 June at the NEC • 2019 set to feature expanded exhibition space as Subcon co-locates with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo for the first time Subcon, the UK’s premier subcontract manufacturing supply chain show, has confirmed it will return to the NEC for Subcon 2019, spanning 4-6 June. Now in its 43rd year, Subcon is the must-attend event for subcontract manufacturing professionals looking to source new products and partners. In a first for the show, Subcon will be co-located with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo. Over three days, the three events will showcase the complete manufacturing solution, covering design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment. The Engineer Expo is dedicated to the advanced engineering that


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Asset Management How IIot gets you crucial data for insightful analytics. The movement towards and development of Internet of things technology has already considerably improved many organisations ability to manage their assets better. As organisations continue to develop themselves in their given field their ability to monitor their assets needs to remain agile to meet ongoing change. The way in which we get data and information from our assets must continue to provide rapid solutions and even swifter responses ensuring proactive rather than reactive intervention. Whatever your asset is however, machinery to man power, the ability to get them working as efficiently and effectively as possible is crucial to success. As we are currently working closely with the water industry, the intricate and vast pipe networks require a smart approach to monitoring and reacting. Typically to access certain points of the network it involves disrupting traffic whilst you protect your people who manually have to take readings. Via IoT devices and BLE this same gathering of data could be done in seconds with no need to intervene unless anomalies detected. Cutting time on investigative work and being able to deploy key people in the right location at the right time gaining huge business savings as well as having the collation of ongoing data. This example can be transferred to numerous industries with numerous assets. To keep up with the rapid changes and requirements of any business the way we access internet of things must move forward to. It is no longer sufficient for most businesses to rely on mains powered, large data logging units that aren’t easily transferrable and often lead to questions around costs to deploy. Development of battery powered, cost effective, cellular devices providing flexibility and agility must be addressed to answer these requirements.

Many of our clients require solutions that help them manage their assets over large locational areas or with assets that are in difficult places to reach once deployed. The challenge is to allow insight remotely whilst management remains local, deploying their people effectively and safely to resolve any issues. Development of Bluetooth (BLE) within remote monitoring units is a vital development in allowing field asset communication.

The powerful insight of data manipulation and analysis can develop the ability to work on a greater understanding and predictive modelling that can maintain an organisation at the forefront of their industry. The art of effective analysis comes down to the ability to acquire quality data. The data is the foundation to realising many aspirations around insight and knowledge that most organisations require for their future strategies. Of course, IIoT requires investment, but investment in the foundations can only lead to a strong base to build upon. If you would like to know more about our Industrial IoT solutions and how we can help you monitor your assets, please call us +44 (0) 1905 754 078 and ask for one of our IoT Application Specialists.


Our purpose is to harness the Industrial Internet of Things to help you power your business

Our five standard products cover multiple industry requirements, including asset, building, machinery and environmental remote monitoring.

CDL have in house firmware, hardware, software and server engineers along with an administration team geared solely to delivering scalable Industrial IoT solutions.

By using CDL you get a fast ROI, with light touch, quick to deploy systems from an agile and passionate company who care about your success.

We work with some of the world’s leading and largest businesses, as well as small niche players and have thousands of systems in service across more than a dozen countries.


March 2019

Lots to see at PROFINET in

Industry 4 seminar and exhibition

The Smart Way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET Based Technologies – Exhibition and Seminar - AMTC, Coventry, 26 March The Crystal, London, 28 March Organized by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) and the European Interreg Project INCASE (“Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering”), these freeto-attend seminars will address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.



The fieldbus display can be supplied with six isolated alarm outputs, each of which may be linked to any of the displayed fieldbus variables. Configuration and alarm setpoints are entered via the front panel push-buttons which may be protected by a security code.

In addition to a highly informative seminar covering the essentials of using PROFINET and IO-Link towards smarter manufacturing, the events will also feature an exhibition of the latest products from PI-UK member companies including: • • • • • • • • •

AJM Engineering Management BEKA Associates Belcom Cables Control Specialists Endress+Hauser HMS UK Hitex UK Industrial Communication Products Procentec

Exhibits in detail – watch this space, more to follow … AJM Engineering Management

Process Information and Control in Hazardous Areas BEKA associates will be demonstrating its range of buspowered eight variable Indicators and Displays. Panel or Field mounting devices to show operators process values in gas or dust hazardous or non-hazardous areas.

BELCOM PROFINET and PROFIBUS Cables Belcom Cables are a specialist cable distributor and we will be highlighting our ranges of Profibus, Profinet and Surelight fibre optic cables. We will have extensive samples available covering many different applications for these cables in both softskin and our Dataguard SWA versions. We work closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure our cables are of the highest quality and stock these in depth at our warehouse facility close to Stansted Airport. We hope you will find Belcom of interest to you and look forward to meeting you during the day. CONTROL SPECIALISTS LTD

The Schildknecht Internet of Things platform offers a unique combination of global connectivity, powerful security and manageable costs. Built around our DATAEAGLE 7000 series of IoT gateways, it gives you all the components and services necessary for a strong IoT solution from sensor to cloud. For optimal global operability we use mobile radio tech that offers the highest network coverage and secures independence from existing Internet infrastructures. This comes at a manageable cost as we use universal eSIM cards validated by countless providers and provides solid security to your data at any time since we use end-to-end encryption.


Control Specialists are a technical support and training organisation with 25+ years of practical experience. As well as providing support for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, AS-I and CANBus networks, we deliver PI-certified training courses for both PROFIBUS and PROFINET around the UK and occasionally abroad. We are an approved solutions partner of Indu-Sol, manufacturers of diagnostic and monitoring devices for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, AS-I and CAN Bus and will have some of their products on display. This year we are launching a one-day EMC-awareness training course aimed

at those people with a conventional, low-frequency, background in industrial automation systems. PROCENTEC Easy Troubleshooting, Maintenance and Monitoring PROCENTEC Mercury is a robust tablet which features our new cross-platform software package. This device is perfect for troubleshooting, maintenance and monitoring Industrial Ethernet and PROFIBUS networks, through in-the-field-use of our software. The PROCENTEC Mercury enables you to gain insight into the health and possible faults in your industrial network. While developing this innovative product, the user was, and remains, the main focus. This means the PROCENTEC Mercury offers an easy to use interface, remote and wireless connection, and mobility anywhere and anyplace. INCASE Interreg 2 Seas Project … plus a special demonstration of the INCASE Interreg 2 Seas Project provided by project partners UGent and KU Leuven from Belgium, and the University of Essex and the University of Kent. A joint experiment showing how redundant networks “survive” massive EMI disturbance, demonstration of oversampling techniques in IO Devices, I-Devices running MATLAB generated code, … all the way up to co-simulation technology using Siemens NX. More Information: Click here to view the Agenda in detail Click on links below to register: AMTC, Coventry, 26 March The Crystal, London, 28 March


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March 2019

Depalletising made easy Sensor package simplifies unstacking task Stacking a pallet with your own product is one thing, but the reverse is not so simple. At least not until ifm electronic produced the app with their 3D sensor that does all the hard work. As long as the packages on the pallet are all the same, they can be detected by ifm’s remarkable 3D sensor, which gauges their size and position, telling the robot exactly where to pick the next one.

Automated depalletising systems provide a clear increase in performance; it is quicker and more ergonomic than leaving it up to the operator.

Besides the data for robot control, the Ethernet process interface provides information for the material and warehouse management software.

The 3D sensor detects displaced loads and compensates for incorrect positioning with the depalletising system. Position indication allows fully automated depalletising of complete layers or individual packages, independent of the palletising pattern. The camera will also detect slipsheets between layers.

The ifm system automatically calibrates of robot and camera coordinates, so setting it up is also easy to do.


For further information, contact Samantha Bromley, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD. Telephone: 020 8213-0000 . E-mail –


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March 2019

Rupture discs: your most important safety device Rupture or bursting discs, a non-reclosing, fail safe device. Probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated safety device used in systems where pressure or vacuum are present and where excess pressures or vacuum may need to be controlled and relieved when conditions exceed the safe design parameters. The first discs were very simple flat pieces of metal, weakened to open, sometimes with very little accuracy or predictability, at a supposedly fixed pressure. Over the years the technology employed in controlling pressures in the various types of oil, gas, petrochemical and other downstream industries has improved and developed to high levels of safety, mostly through the use of electronics and pneumatics to maintain a safe working pressure regime in the various plants. In addition, the development of safety valves has also moved forward, again raising the safety level to one where many design and plant personnel lost sight of the most important safety device in the plant, the rupture disc. Today operators and end users have been lulled into a false sense of security that the design engineers and system process/instrumentation designers have covered all the possibilities with sophisticated control and monitoring systems, nothing can go wrong so why do we need a rupture disc? There are many reasons why we need rupture discs these include: •

Fast opening times, typically < 2ms, reacts to sudden pressure rises far faster than any valve

Full bore opening, unlike safety valves where the orifice restricts the flow

100% isolation of process fluids, no leaks until the disc opens

Isolate safety valves from corrosive process media when


installed upstream of the safety valve, can also be used downstream to protect the outlet •

Prevents rogue emissions, blockage of the safety valve and can be used to pop test the safety valve in-situ

The same false thinking and a lack of understanding of rupture discs has led over many years to the wrong belief that rupture discs are a problem because they open and then have to be changed. The whole point of a properly designed rupture disc is that it will ONLY open when the design pressure and temperature are reached or exceeded. A rupture disc and its holder are your most important safety device, as long as it has been specified correctly in the design stage. It is failsafe, whatever else goes wrong a properly designed and engineered disc

opens at its set pressure. Electronics, pneumatic and mechanical devices can fail, human error can cause operational errors in the pressure system, the rupture disc still opens, your best device to protect your plant. ITELSTORY REMBE has invested in technology advances in rupture disc design using laser technology and advanced engineering to produce the most reliable and cost effective rupture discs available. It does not stop there, REMBE is 100% German and from our headquarters and manufacturing plant in Brilon, Germany REMBE continues with our in-house R&D to push the engineered rupture discs and associated technologies further forward. Copyright: REMBE® GmbH Safety + Control

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March 2019

Power supply for harsh environments For reliable, heavy duty power supply in extremely harsh environments, choose the Emparro HD from Murrelektronik’s Emparro family. Whether your control cabinet deals with extreme temperatures or is exposed to the natural elements, the Emparro HD will continue to perform to the highest standard. In this article, Wendy McManus spoke to Murrelektronik to learn about the main advantages of the Emparro HD industrial power supply unit and how it can benefit your application. Advantages of the Emparro HD industrial power supply unit Murrelektronik understand that the elements can be unpredictable. A power supply unit that is located in an extreme environment must be able to function highly through these challenges. Their products are designed to exceed all expectations when it comes to delivering power. Operating between a wide temperature range of −40 to 80 °C, it is suitable for an extensive array of industries.

Vibration, shock and overvoltage protection Do you require a PSU that has high vibration and shock resistance? The Emparro HD is a heavy-duty power supply unit that meets these requirements easily, whilst guaranteeing power to your application. Not only is the Emparro HD shock and vibration resistant, but it also features maximum overvoltage resistance. This protects your power supply, for example, if a lightning strike causes a voltage peak.

Emparro HD with minimum power loss The Emparro HD power supply unit reduces operating costs through minimising power loss. As a result, it achieves a 95% efficiency rating. The Emparro HD’s low operating temperature also results in the long life cycle of the unit. A smaller control cabinet can be used because the low operating temperature eliminates the danger of heat building up within a smaller cabinet. This all contributes to the impressive efficiency rating of the Emparro HD.


This heavy-duty power supply unit also has an essential power boost element. For example, for higher loads up to 50% more power can be supplied. No support from a second device is needed.

Industrial power supply unit Preventing unnecessary and unpredictable downtime is essential in every application. The Emparro HD industrial power supply unit has a high MTBF value, which ensures its longevity. This PSU also comes with clear signalling in the event of short-circuiting, overheating and overvoltage.

What applications require a heavy duty power supply unit? Many applications require an industrial power supply unit in their control cabinet that is capable of withstanding exposure to external influences. The Emparro HD is able to achieve the highest levels of functionality for applications such as on construction cranes and spreaders. For more information about the Emparro HD or to discuss your application in more detail, contact Murrelektronik today. Visit the online shop for full technical details Tel: 0161 728 3133

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March 2019

Introducing New Generation of Portable Dewpoint Hygrometers for the Measurement of Moisture Content (Dewpoint) in Gases

SADPmini2 and SADPmini2-Ex are the latest Portable Dewpoint Hygrometers to be added to our trusted range of dewpoint hygrometers. Fully designed, built and calibrated by our expert engineers at Alpha Moisture Systems, the instruments are supplied directly from our base in the UK. Our portable dewpoint hygrometers have been the first choice for those who expect a rugged and quality instrument, whilst offering long term reliability, accuracy & repeatability. The SADPmini2 is for general purpose use and the SADPmini2-Ex is ATEX, IECEx & cULus certified for use in hazardous areas. Designed specifically to measure the moisture content of most gases and dry compressed air, the SADPmini2 incorporates the Dry-Down desiccant chamber allowing for spot


checks on sample gas with results within minutes. The instrument also features datalogging, which can easily be downloaded to a pc, printed wirelessly on a dedicated printer via Bluetooth or viewed on a smartphone via APP. Other notable features of the SADPmini2 & SADPmini2-Ex are: AUTOCAL function, which ensures optimum accuracy between laboratory calibrations; rechargeable batteries offering in excess of 150 hours continuous operation on a single charge; simple to use, incorporating easy navigation & intuitive control panel; user selectable choice of 10 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean; ergonomically designed robust & rugged construction; full colour graphical display

capable of displaying two readings of different units simultaneously, or of a calculated pressure dewpoint; “print screen� feature for instantaneous capture of process result for subsequent downloading to pc, or printing wirelessly on a dedicated Bluetooth printer.

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March 2019

Thermal Imaging Solution for “FurnaceSpection” Applications Special filters allow for accurate temperature measurement in high temperature furnaces monitor flame condition, thereby reducing the production of NOX pollution, resulting in less environmental impact, whilst maximizing the lifetime of the furnace. At a cost of several thousands of dollars per furnace and re-tubing costs in the millions, a significant amount of capital can be lost, if a furnace failure goes unnoticed or if the refractory linings are retired too early or too late.

LumaSense short-wave thermal imaging camera MCS640

Thermal Image of a furnace with temperature points documented with LumaSpec RT software


his FurnaceSpection™ thermal imaging system by LumaSense Technologies is designed and developed for continuous temperature measurement inside high temperature furnaces in refining, metals, and glass production.

The FurnaceSpection™ system provides users with a realtime tool for quickly and accurately identifying process abnormalities before they develop into problems that can lead to unplanned outages. This radiometrically calibrated imager accurately measures the temperature of product, refractory, and heat transfer surfaces inside natural gas fired furnaces. The new generation of this high-grade imaging system is equipped with a special borescope optics, which enables monitoring of the temperature distribution inside e.g. melting furnaces through the furnace wall. By utilizing high quality optics, a resolution of more than 300,000 pixels can be achieved, and the borescope lens system is available in a number of different lengths to suit virtually any application and need. FurnaceSpection™ helps operators monitor and control process temperature uniformity through streaming images documented by a powerful software for analysis and historical trending, outputs to automation and DCS, and a real-time web server to broadcast images on the plant’s local network. The radiometrically calibrated imager accurately measures the temperature of product and refractory, inside natural gas fired furnaces. The user is also able to


With the addition of special spectral filters the negative influences caused by burner firing can be avoided. Alternatively, a different setup of the camera with another spectral filter can be implemented, whereby the flame image is visible.

Dedicated Market Applications For glass melting tanks, this is a critical tool to ensure that refectories remain intact and that the melting process is working at its optimum efficiency. For petrochemical reformers, this is a critical tool to ensure tubes perform optimally for their longest possible life cycle. In metal annealing applications, FurnaceSpection™ cameras have allowed users to significantly reduce cycle times while at the same time improving quality and process repeatability. LumaSense Technologies has been developing industrial grade thermal imaging solutions for over 20 years, and have deployed custom systems around the globe to monitor critical processes and assets in power generation, refineries, steel, paper, and glass plants. CONTACT: LumaSense Technologies GmbH -An Advanced energy

March 2019

CLEVER LEVEL SWITCH HELPS THE BREWING PROCESS Whilst many people would probably be familiar with the Carlsberg advertising slogan from earlier days they may not appreciate the history and scale of today’s Carlsberg brewing operation. Founded in 1847 it is now the fourth largest brewery in the world producing 2.2 million hectolitres of beer annually, employing around 45,000 staff worldwide and selling around 120 million beers globally every day. Sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER have been supplying Carlsberg with instrumentation for more than 10 years, initially for the beer production lines in their plant near Copenhagen and more recently to a new production and distribution centre in Frederica. Yeast is an essential ingredient of the brewing fermentation process where it is used to convert the glucose in the wort to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, giving the beer its alcohol content and its carbonation. However, yeast foam can be a problem in terms of accurate and reliable level measurement and this is where Baumer have helped Carlsberg to solve a problem with yeast residues occurring within the fermentation process thanks to their CleverLevel switch. When fermentation is nearly complete (a process taking around 4 to 6 days) most of the yeast will settle to the bottom of the fermentation tank. It is then removed and reused for several fermentation processes before finally being stored in an excess yeast tank and sold off as animal feed. In this final stage of filling the excess tanks Carlsberg experienced overflow problems due to the heavy build-up of foam which was preventing triggering of the traditional level vibrating forks installed in the tanks. The solution provided by Baumer was the Cleverlevel switch for detecting the filling level in the yeast tanks. It utilises frequency sweep technology and is a universal level switch for all types of media. The CleverLevel device technology is effective regardless of whether the


media is wet, dry, sticky, or in this case is foam - as opposed to a traditional fork device which simply cannot recognise the condition of the media. Lone Højbjerg Petersen, Maintenance Coordinator at Carlsberg said, “The CleverLevel switch has solved the problems we were experiencing with overflow in the excess tanks due to its unique and easy configuration options. We are now considering using the switch in our CIP (Clean-In-Place) caustic tanks, where we experience similar issues with foam and overflow”. The change from using traditional level fork devices to the CleverLevel switch has completely eliminated the problem of overflow in the excess tanks with the added benefits of a more environmentally friendly solution. There has also been a cost-saving benefit to Carlsberg due to process optimisation and reduced maintenance. The Baumer CleverLevel switch is maintenance-free due to the minimal installation depth of 15mm and the self-

draining sensor tip. It also approved to both 3A and EHEDG standards and can be configured visually and easily via the dedicated software and the FlexProgrammer. The switching range can be adjusted as required to ignore foams during maximum or minimum monitoring. This function can also be used when the level switch is supposed to ignore adhesive substances, for example in tanks with liquid chocolate even when the tank is empty and the sensor and tank wall are covered with chocolate. ENDS Further details available at: Tel: +44 1793 783839 email: Contact: Jon Sumner, Baumer Ltd. 33 / 36 Shrivenham Hundred Business Park, Majors Road, Swindon, UK, SN6 8TZ

March 2019

AlphaGeo Partner with Stonex to Provide Specialist Survey Solutions for Civil Engineering Projects AlphaGeo is the sales brand of Geo-4D, providing equipment and software for survey applications, including professional fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones, sensors, survey equipment and software.


lphaGeo has partnered with Stonex to provide specialist survey solutions for multiple applications. Stonex has headquarters in Milan, Italy, and is the world leading company providing bespoke automated machine positioning and control, with over 80 qualified distributors worldwide. Using a combination of GNSS receivers, a control box and user-friendly software on a ruggedised tablet, STXSUITE solutions can be used to guide your work and implement automated workflows in line with your project requirements. Equipment can be easily integrated into third-party systems to improve productivity and efficiency.

Stonex Special Projects are solutions designed to facilitate field work in multiple sectors, including: • Piling on construction sites • Piling on solar farms • Construction excavator machine control • Installation of safety barriers • Installation of fence posts

• Installation of agricultural polytunnels • Agricultural planting • Marine rock placement • Marine dredging • Tunneling (using a robotic total station instead of GPS for positioning control)

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GPS guidance system for solar farm pile installation

GPS guidance system for road safety barrier installation

Survey information is uploaded to the field tablet in advance of site operations, and the safety barrier stake positions are determined based on slope distance. On-site the operator manually drives the rig towards the stake location until the drill head is within 40cm. Stonex control is then enabled, which automatically controls the rig hydraulics to position the drill head within 1cm of the proposed stake location. The operator then places the stake in to the guide and the hydraulic hammer drives the stake in to the ground to the required height. The next pile position is then automatically selected.

The double GNSS receiver system installed on the pile driver machine enables orientation and guidance direction for the machine via the STX SUITE software. When within 40cm of the proposed position the Stonex control is enabled, which automatically positions the hydraulic hammer within 1cm of the proposed stake location, and the guiding elements turn green. A biaxial inclinometer ensures the vertical position of the mast during the driving process. ​AlphaGeo offers flexible, high-performance positioning systems to meet the unique requirements of land and marine projects, however complex.

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March 2019

AN OVERVIEW OF mk’s PRODUCT PORTFOLIO FOR WORKING UNDER CLEANROOM CONDITIONS Working under cleanroom conditions has largely become the industry standard in the fields of electrical and medical technology as well as in the pharmaceutical, food and semiconductor industries. Due to the increased use of microelectronics in the automotive sector and the resulting rise in demands for technical cleanliness, cleanrooms are also set to become more common throughout the automobile industry and its suppliers in the future. In a cleanroom environment, constructions such as machine frames, protective device guards, workstations or work platforms must meet the relevant requirements of the room’s cleanliness class. To meet these requirements, mk offers a comprehensive portfolio of cleanroom profiles and corresponding accessories.

Aluminium cleanroom profiles mk cleanroom profiles feature a smooth, flat surface that prevents dirt from accumulating. The typical mk edge radius of just 1 mm ensures smooth connections between profiles, with virtually no gaps or spaces. Thanks to its clean, smooth design, a construction made of cleanroom profiles has the added advantage of having a high-quality, attractive appearance. A range of profiles are available with one to four closed sides and rectangular cross sections of 40 x 40, 40 x 80, 80 x 80 and 50 x 50 mm, as well as two round profiles with a diameter of either 28 mm or 40 mm. Traditionally, the open system slot is one of the most important product features in aluminium profile technology. It gives engineers the necessary flexibility to construct an infinitely adjustable profile frame. In

cleanroom profiles this slot is closed, but it can be partially or fully opened if needed. The opened slot can then be used to attach connecting elements or to mount other attachments.

Connecting elements In order to ensure proper cleanroom-standard connections between profiles, a connection must be created with as few obstructing contours as possible. It must be easy to clean properly with no unnecessary edges or corners where particles might accumulate. The mk cleanroom fastener is the perfect component for this job. It is made of stainless steel and connects Series 40 cleanroom profile components cleanly without any twisting. Likewise, the tension plug with thrust part is also suitable for use in a cleanroom as it does not need to be inserted into the face of a profile.

Closure strips and end caps As an alternative to cleanroom profiles or as a retrofit solution, the system slot of a standard profile can also be sealed with closure strips. This also acts to prevent the accumulation of dirt. Plastic end caps are used to seal the face of a profile. The end cap is fastened to the profile simply by inserting it into the end, thus creating a clean closure and an attractive appearance.


Curved modular belt conveyor Efficiently handle any route

Wide variety of layouts with a single drive Compact overall width and a maximum usable width Lateral movement of conveyed products are possible

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March 2019

Rittal’s Ri4Power Modular Busbar System Ideally Suited to Industrial Switchgear Application Rittal was approached to provide power distribution and motor control centre system for a replacement drives panel at a steel mill based in the North of England. The heavy-duty industrial switchgear system that drove the mill was no longer operationally effective. Its drives and controls were out of date, some of the drives were no longer working, and there had been a series of equipment failures over the years. The panel itself was located in a cellar below the rolling mills, which created a dusty, difficult and therefore challenging environment for highly sensitive electronic equipment. There were also size restrictions on the new panel imposed by the limited available space.

system fed via an air circuit breaker (ACB) while a standby busbar system fed critical loads.

Rittal liaised with the system’s principle designer and nominated Integrator, MAP Automation, and specified ABB’s drive systems and power components. The motor control centre system was based on Rittal’s Ri4Power electrical power distribution system and designed via Rittal’s Power Engineering planning software.

It was also clear that the new motor control centre had to accept the existing field cabling; an issue quickly resolved using Rittal’s maxi PLS which provided an easy connection to these large, incoming cables.

Ri4Power is ideally suited for this type of application. It supports reliable, low-voltage, switchgear systems for machines, plant, and buildings and has been subject to stringent testing under the most demanding conditions which has demonstrated its suitability to support the needs of industrial switchgear. Its welded modular design means power can be split at specified points, for ease of installation. Meanwhile, the Power Engineering software provides teams with comprehensive support in planning and verifying standardised Ri4Power switchgear, as required by IEC 61439-1/-2 standard.

The standby Busbar system (RiLine60) was fitted on a double mounting plate system located behind the variable speed drive sections. Shrouding was provided to prevent indirect contact if the rear steel covers were removed. The ACB was fitted using a new busbar supporting kit to deliver a quick solution which complies with switchgear standards.

In addition, Rittal’s energy-saving LED panel lights were specified to make future installation projects and on-going maintenance easy for users and operators. These fast-fit lights include plug-in power leads as standard and are easily controlled through a door switch. The installation had to be carried out within a limited timescale and during the mill’s shutdown period, but was built and delivered on time. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

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Comau further strengthens its position in the German Automotive sector, obtaining the VDA 6.4 Quality Certification Comau confirms its commitment to the adoption of a Quality Management System conforming to the best international standards with the acquisition of the VDA 6.4 Certification for its Automation Systems division in Italy, Germany and Romania. The VDA 6.4 Certification - an extension of the ISO 9001 Standard for the Automotive Sector - attests to Comau’s compliance with the quality standards required by German car manufacturers to production technology suppliers. This qualification confirms Comau’s leadership position globally and further underpins the commitment to all of our Customers and Suppliers within the EMEA region and Germany, in particular. “The implementation of the VDA 6.4 proves Comau’s willingness in investing to achieve the highest quality standards, with the goal to always meet its customers’ expectations,” said Melchiorre Salvo, Comau Head of Quality. “The certification obtained is part of a global strategy that puts quality and sustainability at the center of our company’s production processes.” In addition to increasing the operational efficiency and quality of its products, Comau’s compliance with the requirements of the VDA 6.4 certification allows it to optimize its workflow, further improving the overall productivity of the company.


In line with the quality mission and quality policy that distinguish Comau’s business globally, the new VDA 6.4 Certification enriches the company’s Management Systems, which complies with ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, dedicated to environment, safety and energy respectively.

March 2019

Prior Scientific is proud to announce the release of its new PureFocus 850 a revolutionary autofocus for biological and industrial imaging. The PureFocus 850 is a fast, precise and accurate focusing system that has been design to fit both upright and inverted microscopes using infinity corrected optics. The PureFocus 850 is able to precisely and consistently focus on your samples when the other systems fall short.

The PureFocus 850

The Ultimate in High Speed Microscope Auto Focus Easy to use and quick to set up the PureFocus 850 will provide the end user with a real time focus for a range of sample types. This then saves the user time hunting around for focus and keeping focus on the sample, so it doesn’t drift. It is the only system to reliably focus on slides, well plates, chamber slides and Petri dishes while maintaining clear images for long term studies. Product Manager Robert Haggart says “The PureFocus 850 will be revolutionary in the market and make a difference to users working processes”. The PureFocus 850 also works on samples with reflective surfaces including metallurgical, semiconductors, LCD’s and other samples with multiple reflective layers. It is also the ideal system for high speed slide scanning.

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March 2019

Revolutionary Solution from VERLINDE to Modernize Main GLAVKINO Tv and Film Studio. Providing customers using film set pavilions with convenient system of equipment suspension is one of the main tasks during film and television shooting. GLAVKINO complex chose solution from Sofit Light, purchasing 224 STAGEMAKER SR5 hoists. Layout of GLAVKINO complex pavilions GLAVKINO film and television complex was founded in 2008. Today it has nine equipped film studios with a total area of 21,000 m2. It is here that the shows are filmed, such as “You are Super”, “Where is the Logic”, other programs for TNT and other popular channels. Pavilions of the complex are also involved in filming of big cinema and popular television series. Even a year ago, to accommodate lighting equipment and scenery in the shooting pavilions, customers had to invite climbers, lay lines and solve other tasks of working at high altitude with the risk to their lives. It took time and money. Management of the complex faced with the need to extensively modernize “stuffing” of the pavilions. The main goal was to develop a system of independent suspensions which would reduce time required for installation and ease the task of preparing pavilions for filming. Sofit Light project became the ultimate solution. “We had a goal to provide our customers with the opportunity to use an automated suspension, since we have very high ceilings, not everyone has access to them, but this is necessary for work,” said Vlad Mazurov, head of the directorate for customers operations. “Sofit Light managed to submit such a project proposal that we were satisfied with, then to develop the project in full scope, and to successfully implement it.” “For our company, this is the largest sale of hoists to such a significant customer as GLAVKINO. We offered STAGEMAKER hoists of new generation to the management and technical specialists”, says Arkady Shakhidzhanov, Director of SOFIT LITE. “The feasibility of introducing innovation from VERLINDE has been estimated for several months. Considering all the advantages, specifications, and price/quality ratio, preference was given to our proposal.” Sofit Light specializes in complex equipping of facilities (theatrical/entertaining) of culture, sport, leisure, and business with light, sound, stage, and low-current equipment. The company has its own design office and production base. It provides equipment supply, installation supervision, training, warranty and post warranty service. Since 2011,


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VERLINDE is a leading manufacturer of lifting and transport equipment. The plant of the company was founded in France in 1858. In 1975, after the launch of the first electric lift STAGEMAKER Litachain L104, VERLINDE successfully entered the market of professional equipment for the show industry and became the world leader in the production of electric chain hoists and lifting mechanisms for the stage. STAGEMAKER electric chain hoists are designed to work with stage and theater equipment, providing accurate load positioning, smooth and silent lifting. VERLINDE annually provides maintenance training of STAGEMAKER hoists for dealers. Employees of Sofit Light are officially certified by VERLINDE and will provide after-sales service of STAGEMAKER hoists for GLAVKINO. It is clear that such a scope of purchased equipment requires high-quality maintenance, and availability of service is very important part of equipment and after-sales support complex for GLAVKINO. Denis Chuvilkin, head of the hardware complex in GLAVKINO: “After collecting feedback from companies that have been using STAGEMAKER hoists for many years, we took into account a large number of positive recommendations. STAGEMAKER hoists, indeed, justified our choice: besides the laconic design and reliable uninterrupted operation, we were surprised by hoist motor soft working – low noise during filming is very important.” Installation took place in difficult conditions – equipment had to be located in pavilions occupied for shooting, that could not be cleared. In some pavilions we had to work only during intervals between shooting, and all the scenery remained in place, while climbers worked atop. According to the installation diagram, hoists were mounted together with trusses. It is possible to strengthen the structure if necessary, for this part of the hoists are stored in the warehouse. Full installation took 4 months, during this time about a thousand meters of trusses and 216 hoists were mounted. Load capacity of STAGEMAKER SR5 model is 500 kg, and for this project was used D8 version with double brake. Read the full article here

March 2019

Assembly & Screw Applications A large component of product assembly involves some threaded parts that need to be accurately screwed together in a process that is repeatable every time. With closed-loop servo control and force and torque sensing throughout, very repeatable and high quality assembly can be achieved. Any poor thread, misalignment or out of tolerance parts can be detected early in the process. It could either be attempted again for example with another screw or cap or rejected before wasting any more time on the assembly.

This requires a form of “Intelligent Screwdriver” with position, force and torque feedback in both linear and rotary axes. It also needs to be accomplished at high-speed and act as a sensitive feedback device that can reject any faulty thread or assembly to maintain high quality control. As a leader in the development of high performance linear motors, LinMot have in the last few years pioneered combined Linear and Rotary motors. These provide independently controlled linear and rotary motions on one shaft with great advantages for Screwing and Assembly applications. The growing PR01 and PR02 Linear Rotary family of motors now offer extra features such as torque sensing

and force measurement. These can be used in combination with linear and rotary position and velocity measurement for detecting all of the conditions show in the diagram. There are many types of screw assembly such as attaching cartridge caps, checking and pre-assembly of threads and locating and tighten of screws. The process in each case are similar but with differences that need to be catered for. A typical procedure involves: • • • • •

Finding the screw/cap Finding the engagement points or slot Screwing to a position or torque Checking the force and torque during assembly Retracting back ready for the next cycle

This level of continuous monitoring of both linear and rotary axes is a huge step up in control and quality from using more conventional clutch and pneumatic methods combined with simpler motor control. As the Linear /Rotary motor is fully programmable, the parameters can be changed on-the-fly so that the same assembly station can carry out different operations and provide feedback on each one. A great advantage with LinMot products is that most of the main PLC networks are available on the drives such as EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink and many others. This allows this flexibility of control and information feedback to be integrated into almost any control system very easily. For more information, please contact Quin Systems, the UK LinMot distributor on 0118 977 1077 or Website:


March 2019

How to Avoid Residual Solvent When Drying HPLC Fractions


riven by the requirement for completely dry samples, pharmaceutical compound handling groups are increasingly using SP Scientific’s Genevac LyoSpeed™, a hybrid process combining conventional centrifugal evaporation and lyophilization, as their preferred method for drying HPLC reverse-phase solvent fractions. Using LyoSpeed™ technology on Genevac EZ-2 Elite and Series 3 HT evaporators, HPLC fractions can be automatically concentrated to a few milliliters, then frozen and rapidly lyophilized to produce a diffuse dry powder, which can easily be redissolved or weighed out. Traditional concentration of reverse-phase HPLC fractions to dryness in a Genevac evaporator is a fast and safe process. However, for certain compounds a fully dried result can be hard to achieve due to compound interactions with water, resulting in formation of a gum or oil. Such samples, which are not completely dry, are of little use in biological assays since accurate weights cannot be obtained. The application of LyoSpeed™ technology produces, with most samples, a dry powder rather than the traditional thin film, making downstream processing far easier since compounds can be more easily removed from the evaporation vessel. The resultant dry powder is not excessively fluffy as would be obtained from conventional freeze-drying. This avoids the problems associated with static formation, particularly when trying to weigh out such compounds, and also helps prevent the possibility of airborne contamination, especially important if the compound happens to be harmful or even toxic. For further information please visit or contact Genevac now on +44-1473-240000 Produced in Ipswich, UK, SP Scientific offers a comprehensive portfolio of Genevac evaporators and concentrators to suit almost any solvent removal application, purchasing budget or productivity requirement. SP Scientific is a leading manufacturer of centrifugal evaporators and concentrators, freeze drying / lyophilization, temperature control/thermal management, glassware washers, controlled environments, vial washing and tray loading machines. The company sells its products under well-known brands including Genevac, VirTis, Hull, FTS Systems, Hotpack and PennTech. SP Scientific has ISO 9001:2015 registered production facilities in Europe and USA.


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March 2019

IMfinity® high reliability induction motor range from Leroy-Somer Over a power range up to 1500 kW, IMfinity® is the latest generation AC motor developed by Leroy-Somer to offer the highest standards to satisfy customer expectation.

Designed to deliver high reliability in all installed applications, the IMfinity® range combines tried-and-tested induction motor technology with Leroy-Somer’s recognised drive systems expertise. Extremely robust, the motors are fitted with a latest generation frame housing using cast iron or steel flanges for drive-end and non drive-end bearings. In addition, they feature an advanced mechanical and electrical design such as magnetic core optimization, high grade components, high quality machining and winding process, increasing their life duration. The IMfinity® range represents a truly global drive solution: motors have been developed to guarantee efficiency levels for the main voltages and frequencies covering at least 80% of power supplies throughout the world, while complying with existing energy regulations. Energy efficient, their high-efficiency level at fixed speed - premium IE3 and


even super premium IE4 - makes it possible to achieve significant electricity savings. However, the range is perfectly suited for a use in variable speed, allowing further immediate operating profits, such as up to 50% energy savings (depending on the application and operating conditions) or increased productivity as a result of improving the process and reducing machine downtime. IMfinity® motors benefit from the Express Availability service, the Leroy-Somer global logistic organization offering very short lead times on many combinations. This means most standard models from the IMfinity® range of motors can be shipped within one day, while a wide variety of motors with multiple options for a perfect adaptation are available in 2 or 10 working days. Furthermore, the motors are suitable for the Leroy-Somer geared motors with various technologies: worm and

wheel, helical, bevel geared motors, inline or parallel output. They can also be combined with all variable speed drives in the Leroy-Somer range, including the new integrated Commander ID300 drive, offering a simple, effective, innovative and technological solution. At last, the association with the FFB brake motor provides a drive solution with a high level of safety and reliability. Whatever the required version (aluminium, cast iron, IP55, IP23, ATEX, liquid- or air-cooled, high-speed) the IMfinity range covers the majority of application and industry needs and thus meet most industrial demands for standard or special environments.

March 2019

Take control of emissions on site:

Casella Guardian2 with VOC monitoring Land pollution can be a major problem in the UK. Heavy industrial production was once a driving force for our nation’s economy and now many sites pose a major hazard for new construction operations1. In 2005, the Environment Agency estimated that up to 325,000 sites might be polluted because of former uses2 - a huge clean-up conundrum. The remediation of contaminated land sites can prove to be a challenging undertaking, however, effective boundary monitoring solutions can help to mitigate any environmental issues during construction by effective measurement of toxic compound exposure. Casella demonstrates its commitment to reducing environmental risks with the new Guardian2 site boundary monitor, designed to help site management remain compliant with emission levels, using remote monitoring and reporting of noise, dust and vibration levels, and now includes monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The innovative Guardian2 is equipped with a photoionization detector (PID) and measures for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) up to 6,000 ppm (parts per million), assessing the emission to any prescribed limits. VOCs are organic chemicals known for their potentially harmful properties that can be emitted from the top soil of polluted land. The levels need to assessed and continually monitored to ensure the site is safe for operation, and to safeguard people’s health in the surrounding area. Not only is exposure to VOCs harmful to the environment, but can lead to lasting health implications3. Site managers can rest assured as the Guardian2 system produces text or email alerts when limits are exceeded. The Guardian2 is a small, lightweight solution that is easy to transport and handle so its plug and play installation is simple and cost effective. The bespoke mHUB combines data-logging and telemetry capabilities, maximising data integrity and availability. Reporting is made easy with the Guardian2; a manual or automated report can be readily produced for site dust or noise compliance purposes and sent to multiple users. Casella is dedicated to reducing occupational health and environmental risks, and supporting businesses in solving their monitoring and analysis needs. For more information about the Casella Guardian2 visit, 1 2


March 2019

Schützinger Quick Release Terminals now available from JPR Electronics Specialist distributors JPR Electronics offers a wide range of quick-release terminals manufactured by market leading connector manufacturer Schützinger. Since the launch of their first quickrelease terminal an entire product family has emerged and successfully established itself in the market. Quickrelease terminals provide the ideal connection in any situation where a safe and rapid connection must be created quickly between a conductor or cable and another device. Typical applications for quick release terminals include instrumentation, burn-in, test and repair bays or any test applications in which cables, conductors or electrical devices need to undergo functional testing. Wires are connected to the terminals by pressing on the head of the terminal post and inserting them between the connection jaws where the strong internal compression spring guarantees good contact. Versions are available with 2 apertures as well as shock-proof versions for applications operating above protective low


In addition to the wide range of standard quick release terminals JPR can supply customised Schützinger products. Custom options include reduction of the spring force for frequent use with low electrical load, increased spring force for higher electrical loads, additional colours and colour combinations for casing and button, customised connection types and alternative typeface or customer logo. Other Schützinger products available from JPR include a wide range of 2mm and 4mm terminal posts, safety sockets and plugs including stackable variants, standard Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, and safety crocodile clips, packaged comments, “Schützinger quick release 2mm and 4mm test lead sets and a terminals are particularly suitable comprehensive multimeter test lead for quick connection and testing of and probe kit. electronic products and electrical appliances as they come off the end of For more information call +44 (0)1582 47 00 00, email production lines. They can be used for or visit both functional testing and burn-in if required.” voltage levels. Quick release Kelvin four-wire terminals are also available allowing measurements to be made without errors caused by transition resistance of the measuring leads and any thermovoltages. Schützinger quick release terminals are rated from 5A to 16A can accommodate panel thicknesses from 0.8 to 7mm and are available with options of termination safety shield and 4mm plug connection for converting existing terminals to quick release. Standard colours are blue, green, yellow, grey, brown, white, purple and green-yellow.

March 2019

NEW CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR ROBOTIC WELDING Motion Control and Robotics specialists YASKAWA’s expansion and investment program continues apace with the opening of a new centre for Robotic Welding, Milling and Material Handling Applications in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The Yaskawa Northern Technology Centre represents a significant investment in excess of £250K and will enable Yaskawa to showcase solutions for welding, cutting and palletising applications. The new centre will feature the latest robotic arc and spot welding applications using the full range of Yaskawa Motoman robots, positioners, power sources, weld controls and turnkey solution cell systems. It will enable Yaskawa’s customers to conduct customer demonstrations and trials on their products as well as customer product training for online and offline programming. Yaskawa Motoman’s ArcWorld robotic welding systems are pre-engineered, pre-assembled and shipped ready to weld, delivering the most flexible and cost-effective options to integrate robotics into welding processes. ArcWorlds can be configured with

multiple robots, a heavy-duty positioner or servo-controlled external axes for coordinated motion control. SpotWorld® is a complete work cell with robot, process equipment, part positioner and safeguarding package which leverages Yaskawa Motoman’s MS-series robots and welding positioners to pattern work cells. This, combined with Yaskawa’s popular ArcWorld® product line and servocontrolled spot guns with Direct Current (DC) spot timers, ensures optimum synchronisation and improved quality and reduced cycle times. ENDS Commenting on the new Northern Technology Centre, UK Sales &

Marketing Manager Jonny Grey said, “Yaskawa Motoman offers manufacturers a wide range of robotic solutions for today’s (and for future) welding, milling and materials handling applications. Our investment in the new Northern Technology Centre is another example of how we are bringing these benefits to as many of our UK customers as possible”. ENDS More details at: Contact: Jonny Grey, UK Sales & Marketing Manager, Motoman YASKAWA. Tel: +44 (0) 1295 272755



March 2019

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