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Engineering Materials Live: Material benefits

he UK is renowned for world-leading engineering design and innovation. At the heart of every product or design is the need to select appropriate materials and forming methods, which means working with partners that have the right materials engineering expertise and applications knowledge early in the process. So, Engineering Materials Live is back to help design engineers and UK manufacturers do this. Organised by MA Business, publishers of Eureka! and FAST magazines among more, this focused event meets the needs of UK engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials. Taking place on 10th May 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, this free-to-attend event will provide a platform for materials buyers, production engineers, design engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business. Engineering Materials Live has the support from significant names in

Connecting the right material, for the right application, with right people this industry including; 4PLAS, Albis, Arrk Europe, EMS Chemie, Distrupol, K.D Feddersen, Laser Lines, Micro Epsilon, Ogle Models & Prototypes, Pentagon Plastics, Plastic Products International, Plastribution and Rutland Plastics. Just as important as selecting the right materials, is knowing which fastening and bonding methods to use. Engineering Materials Live is co-located with the established FAST Live exhibition (Fastening & Assembly Solutions and Technology). Running since 2005, FAST Live provides visitors with direct access to experienced application experts in fastening, bonding and assembly.

5 reasons to attend‌ 1. Solve materials engineering challenges in design and production 2. Discover ideas and solutions in lightweighting, materials selection, metal replacement, glass replacement, reinforced materials, structural materials, sustainable materials, multimaterial joining and more 3. Learn how to best apply new techniques and technologies in the free practical seminars 4. Meet some of the most experienced and knowledgeable leading suppliers of advanced materials 5. Free parking right outside the event, a free breakfast roll (before 10:30am) and tea/coffee on arrival and a free pass to see the Motorcycle Museum collection

Several technical seminars will also run during these co-located events, focused on helping visitors find new and innovative ways to solve their design problems and meet the challenges of lightweighting, materials selection, surface preparation and the use of materials for high temperature applications. Pre-registering for the event is easy and ensures free entry to the exhibition and seminar sessions. VIP visitors will also qualify for free access to the museum to experience the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. The exhibitor list and seminar programme can be found online. To register please visit: www.engineeringmaterialslive.co.uk/register




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May 2018 • Design a circuit using drag and drop (new schematics added regularly). • Organise and manage your projects in the Project Centre. • View the modular solution code and description or a list of separate valves and fittings. • Create a PDF schematic diagram and description for sending with a quote. • View and print the Modular Solution Bill of Materials (BOM) or separate valves (BOM). • For users with Solid Edge ST6 and above, create a 3D model and dimensional drawing for a Modular Solution. • 3,500 + systems already configured. • New users configuring systems every week.

Bifold’s Circuit Designer

Modular solutions with drag and drop system The Bifold Circuit Designer allows you to design a bespoke modular solution or tubed valve circuit comprising a series of valves in any order or orientation (where applicable) using a schematic drag and drop system. The completed system can then be bought as a modular solution or as a list of separate valves from Bifold. Installation Download and run setup.exe from: www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuitDesigner.aspx

Further Information For more information, screenshots and Getting Started Guide, visit: www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuitDesigner.aspx


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May 2018

Optimising productivity at warehouse packing stations:

HARTING’s MICA edge computer enables workflow optimisation HARTING’s MICA modular industrial edge computer is at the heart of a system for workflow optimisation at warehouse packing stations that offers the benefits of process optimisation for increased productivity as well as integrating incompatible hardware and software and simplifying the jobs of the packing operatives. The system, requiring minimal outlay for fast return on investment (ROI) and ongoing reductions in operating costs, has proved its value in successful trials at HARTING’s own warehouse packing facility in the company’s state-of-the-art connector manufacturing plant at Espelkamp in Germany.

by the integration, and the packaging process is significantly accelerated. By utilising other features of the modular MICA device, successive additional KPIs and extra processes can be captured through its operating software. For example, by integrating an RFID antenna function module with dual antenna ports, it becomes possible to identify both the tagged transport containers of packed parts and the employee’s personal ID card. The MICA computer can thus automatically log on and assign the packed parts to the employee’s unique identification record. As a result, the packing process information can be integrated directly into a piecework payment system. By adding a single MICA device into the packaging process at a typical packing station, it becomes possible to reduce the overall packer’s process time by a factor of at least ten, representing a major productivity improvement. Three key benefits of the system can be summarised as follows: 1. Increased productivity at the packing station: Several separate operations that were previously carried out independently and manually are now automated and integrated by the MICA computer. 2. Integration of incompatible hardware and software: The open software architecture of MICA allows communication between incompatible devices and integrates them into the factory ERP/MES system.

The system is designed to address the challenges that are typically encountered where a customer order requires a wide range of separate component parts to be packed and shipped in one or more cartons. Previously, packers might have to interface with a range of different stand-alone computer control devices such as a weighing scale, a PLC that controls the packaging machine, and a printer for the labelling of the packaging films. In such a configuration, the employee would have to operate all these devices individually, enter the values manually into the management ERP system, and manually adapt work instructions.


By integrating a MICA edge computer at the packing station, the new HARTING approach combines all these actions, automatically executing the intermediate steps and transferring all the data from one system to the next and into the ERP system. For example, using SAP data transfer via OPC UA to SAP MII (SAP for Manufacturing Integration & Intelligence), the work instruction can be transferred from ERP via RFC, transferred to MICA via JSON, translated in STEP 7 and loaded into the PLC. The packer now has only one user interface. The number of manual work steps is drastically reduced

3. Simplification of the packer’s workstation job: Several operations that were previously carried out separately and manually are now integrated and automated, leading to a tenfold improvement in productivity. Further benefits of the MICA system result from the fact that the hardware is very compact and meets IP67 environmental protection standards, allowing it to be located in harsh factory and warehouse environments. In addition, the modular hardware design allows further enhancements and modifications to meeting changing application requirements. For further information visit www.HARTING.co.uk

May 2018

Rulmeca extend power range of compact 80LS asynchronous motorised drum Rulmeca has increased the nominal output performance of its 80LS drum motors within an 81.5mm diameter roller, from a maximum of 120 watts to a maximum of 160 watts. The 33% percent performance increase was achieved through the redesign of the stator. The shortest available width of the new drum motor is 300 mm. To optimally transfer the high power to the belt, the drum shell can be provided with a rubber coating with a maximum permissible thickness of 5mm. “Our 80LS is the world’s first 80 diameter drum motor with an output power of 160 watts in asynchronous design,” says General Manager, Grahame Halligan of Rulmeca UK Unit Handling. Grahame Halligan continued, “Many system builders prefer the much more load-tolerant asynchronous drum motors.


This compact motorised drum with steel gearbox is reversible and perfect for high torque applications with limited space or access. Because of its strength, reliability, low operational noise and zero maintenance requirements, this motorised pulley is perfect for small infeed conveyors with high-duty cycles. Applications are varied with functions in steel or plastic modular belt operations, packaging equipment, transfer conveyors in weighing or metal detectors, food processing equipment and pharmaceutical handling” For further details contact T:01536 748525 or visit www.rulmeca.com

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May 2018

RK Rose+Krieger have been manufacturing components for automation and machine building for over 40 years. Our extensive range of products in the fields of linear adjustment, profile technology, connecting and module technology are renowned and respected for their reliability and performance. As a company we are always striving to look for new ways to advance our products. For example, we have recently introduced a new 100% corrosion resistant unit to our popular range of E type tubular linear units within our linear technology range of products. This unit has an upgraded working temperature range of -30 to +80 degrees C and can operate with FDA approved lubricants. The range of linear units with screw and belt is extensive with many size and length options available. Within linear technology we also manufacture electric lifting columns for height adjustment of workstations and benches and electric actuators for positioning and adjustment. Our BLOCAN aluminium profile systems range offers flexibility and efficiency using aluminium profiles that are easily assembled and suitable for a variety of applications. A large range of different profile sections and accessory parts make almost every imaginable construction possible.

No drilling required! The aluminium profiles are simply cut to length and assembled! With more than 100 different profile sizes and crosssections that can be easily assembled using our simple and strong connection method, we offer you a cost effective system due to low assembly costs. Another new product we are delighted to launch is our RK monitor mounting compact. This is a new


smaller mounting expanding our range of extremely popular monitor mounting components which offer a high strength and flexible solution for the fixing and adjustment of monitors and touch panels. Our tube connection system offers a cost effective solution for the positive and easily detachable connection of a wide variety of systems – without the need for drilling and welding. Depending on the application and expected load RK Rose+Krieger have tube connectors made of plastic, aluminium and stainless steel. We work constantly and with great dedication on innovative products and solutions for our customers. The range includes catalogue as well as tailor-made products, system solutions and special projects. We are happy to advise you in choosing a product or to develop a tailor-made system solution with you from our extensive modular product range.

www.rose-krieger.co.uk www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk

PTS Ltd have over 18 years experience managing a growing number of customer production lines on-site to ensure ‘just-intime’ delivery. We offer many variations of Direct Line Feed management to suit individual needs. Plating We have the facilities to plate standard and special screws in most materials.

The most popular of these is our ‘Touch-Dry’ ChemiBlack process, currently used by an increasing number of customers in high-tech industries. Also known as ‘Black Oxide’, the finish is so thin it does not affect any dimensional tolerances. Other finishes offered include Gold, Nickel, Silver and Zinc (Rohs Compliant).

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

Telephone: +44(0)1342 410758

Fax: +44(0)1342 311464

eMail: sales@pts-uk.com


ECO-RAIL-2 FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS Eco-Rail-2 power supply units offer manufacturers of machinery and control cabinets the possibility to supply power to their consumers flexibly and economically. These units provide basic functionality and help to monitor the overall costs in the control cabinet.


Cost efficiency through an excellent price-performance ratio


Worldwide use, UL certified


Flexibility due to the range of versions and adjustable output voltage


Excellent mains failure bridging time up to 130 milliseconds


Practical handling during installation and commissioning

AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT VARIANTS The Eco-Rail-2 series is available in five units with current ratings from 1.3 to 20 A. The output voltage of the devices can be set from 23 to 28 V to supply the required power to the consumer regardless of the length of the power supply line. Connecting two power supply units in series allows the output voltage to be increased to 48 V.





Output: 23…28 V DC / 1.3 A

Output: 23…28 V DC / 2.5 A

Convenient online ordering: shop.murrelektronik.co.uk

ɳ Short-circuit and overload protected


Ordering data 24 V DC Input Input voltage Input current Inrush current after 1 ms Primary fusing (external) Output Output voltage Output current Efficiency Protection Parallel usage/serial usage General Data Standards Temperature range Mounting method Dimensions H × W × D Connection


Art.-No. 85131

Art.-No. 85132

100…240 V AC 0.7 A (100 V AC); 0.4 A (240 V AC) max. 10 A (230 V AC) max. 20 A

1.3 A (100 V AC); 0.6 A (240 V AC) max. 20 A (230 V AC)

24 V DC (SELV) ± 1 % ; 23…28 V DC adjustable 1.3 A (+40 °C); 1.0 A (+55 °C) 83 % (115 V AC); 84 % (230 V AC) short-circuit and overload protected (Hiccup-Mode)

2.5 A (+40 °C); 2.0 A (+50 °C) 84 % (115 V AC); 85 % (230 V AC)

no/yes (max. 2 units) EN 60950-1, EN 61204-3, EN 61000-3-2 0…+40 °C to 55 °C derating (storage temperature -20…+85 °C) DIN-rail mounting TH35 (EN 60715) 125 × 50 × 72 mm screw terminals

125 × 50 × 84 mm




Output: 23…28 V DC/ 5 A

Output: 23…28 V DC / 10 A

Output: 23…28 V DC / 20 A

ɳ Short-circuit and overload protected


Ordering data 24 V DC Input Input voltage Input current Inrush current after 1 ms Primary fusing (external) Output Output voltage Output current Efficiency Protection Parallel usage/serial usage General Data Standards Temperature range Mounting method Dimensions H × W × D Connection

Art.-No. 85133

Art.-No. 85135

Art.-No. 85137

90…132 V AC, 173…264 V AC 2.4 A (100 V AC); 1.4 A (200 V AC) max. 15 A (230 V AC) max. 20 A

4.3 A (100 V AC); 2.5 A (200 V AC) max. 18 A (230 V AC)

7.8 A (100 V AC); 4.6 A (200 V AC) max. 40 A (230 V AC)

24 V DC (SELV) ± 1 %; 23…28 V DC adjustable 5 A (+40 °C); 4 A (+55 °C) 87 % (115 V AC); 88 % (230 V AC) short-circuit and overload protected (Current-Limiter) no/yes (max. 2 units)

10 A (+40 °C); 7.5 A (+55 °C) 86 % (115 V AC); 87 % (230 V AC) short-circuit and overload protected (Hiccup-Mode)

20 A (+40 °C); 16 A (+55 °C) 89 % (115 V AC); 90 % (230 V AC) short-circuit and overload protected (Current-Limiter)

EN 60950-1, EN 61204-3, EN 61000-3-2 EN 60950-1, EN 61204-3 0…+40 °C to 55 °C derating (storage temperature -20…+85 °C) DIN-rail mounting TH35 (EN 60715) 125 × 50 × 123 mm 125 × 68 × 125 mm screw terminals

124 × 105 × 124 mm

ÔÔTel: 0161 728 3133

May 2018

Smart Solutions from AutoCoding Systems AutoCoding Systems has recognised that there is a growing requirement to communicate with and collect data from a wide range of devices, as well as interface to various business information systems to enable factories to work smarter. As a global provider of automation solutions to factory production and packaging areas, AutoCoding Systems has developed a suite of modular software products to facilitate

processes such as device integration, data collection and integrity, code deployment and packaging verification. The entry level web-based AutoCoding product can be used to set-up and control packaging line devices, such as coders, barcode scanners and inspection equipment, irrespective of brand. The centralised application automatically deploys secure set-up and message data to one or more packaging line devices, thereby reducing downtime, as well as eliminating the risk of coding and packaging errors. The resulting business benefits include increased speed and reliability of line set-up, reduced job changeover time, reduced risk of human error and the ability to manage complex packaging formats. The AutoCoding suite of modules gives additional functionality and greater scope for the collection of data. For example, the Paperless Quality module automates both in-line and off-line routine quality checks. The AutoCoding line terminal can be configured to individual requirements creating various methods for capturing data which can then be used for reporting purposes. Details of all QA checks are consolidated into the AutoCoding audit log resulting in a reduction in the amount of physical paper records that must be retained and subsequently stored. Other modules include Inspection Reporting to monitor the performance of, and collect data from, multiple checkweighers, metal detectors and x-ray equipment. Real-time data can be collected relating to contaminant detection rates, weight and overfill allowing corrective action to be taken, as required. Easy The Line Performance Reporting module captures real-time manufacturing data which can then visualised in customisable reports to display accurate packaging line / device / product performance data. The latest concept developed using the latest software engineering technologies is the AutoCoding IIoT Gateway. IIoT technology provides consistent mechanisms for cross-application and cross-device communication. This enables the collection of rich data and statistics from production line devices which previously could not easily participate in the movement towards a connected factory floor. The AutoCoding IIoT Gateway aims to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of integrating users, data and applications with data and equipment on the plant floor.


May 2018


PFC100 Controller: High performance packed into a smaller footprint

W: www.bsria.co.uk/instruments T: 0800 254 5566 (UK Free) +44 (0) 1344 459 314 (International)

• Extremely compact and maintenance-free design saves control panel space • 600 MHz processing power allows seamless automation of complex industrial systems • Cost-effective configuration via e!COCKPIT engineering software • Scalable modular system ready for future challenges • Comprehensive on-board data security packages • Two ETHERNET interfaces for extensive compatibility • Linux® operating system • CODESYS 3 runtime system Telephone E-Mail Internet Search for

01788 568 008 ukmarketing@wago.com www.wago.com “WAGO PFC100”


May 2018

Miniature connector range opens up smaller applications for pluggable connection systems Two smaller variants from WAGO introduce applications such as PCBs to the benefits of pluggable connection.

WINSTA DALI 2-pole connector


he 890 and 891 Series WINSTAÂŽ pluggable connectors offer fast installation for conductors from 0.25-1.5 mm2. This makes the new variants ideal for devices such as LED lighting modules, which due to technological advances are becoming increasingly smaller. Pluggable connection offers distinct advantages over traditional screw connectors, including lower installation time, reduced risk of wiring errors, improved reliability and lower costs. With the introduction of WINSTA MINI, the WINSTA family has now been extended to allow smaller devices such as sensors, actuators, lights and bus cables to be quickly and easily integrated into the WINSTA pluggable connection system. This helps to address the growing demand for cabling systems that are flexible, reliable and expandable to meet the needs of increasingly complex building and lighting systems. Whilst it was previously possible to retrofit devices for pluggable connection by refitting with a different housing, and making the electrical connection between the connector and the PCB terminals manually, this was typically a complex and timeconsuming process. With WINSTA MINI, the connectors can be soldered directly onto the PCB, saving installers a huge amount of time.


WAGO’s WINSTA pluggable connection system uses push in cage clamp technology to greatly reduce installation time compared to traditional screw terminals, and includes a wide range of products such as plugs, sockets, distribution boxes, pre-formed cable assemblies and accessories. Offering a compact size with a pole pitch of just 4.4 mm, the WINSTA MINI is ideal for tight spaces, while straight and angled sockets and plugs make it easier to work around other wiring. Connectors are colour-coded for easy identification, and are protected against mis-mating per IEC 61535, substantially reducing the likelihood of installation errors. A wide range of designs and pole configurations means that the connectors can accommodate control and bus signals, system voltage and three-phase current, switched circuits, and combinations of bus applications and power supplies. The WINSTA system also supports KNX, DALI and SMI protocols, allowing it to be easily integrated into all commonly used building and lighting automation systems. For additional information, visit http://global.wago.com/uk

May 2018

Reduce your downtime


It’s a known problem with electric motors; bearings fail prematurely due to misalignment and vibration causing downtime and increased maintenance costs. Choose quality to reduce these failures by half…… insist on a KTR coupling. Any pump to any motor, we’ve got a coupling to suit the job and our split hub ROTEX® and BoWex® designs offer one of the quickest maintenance turnarounds in the industry!



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May 2018

LasX Ripping Engine Revolutionises Digital Print With On-The-Fly Laser Processing The LasX Ripping Engine is the brain behind the digitalisation and collation of all aspects of carton and label manufacturing processes. The technology makes it possible for the Laser to change between different products on the fly and perform the processes needed such as cutting, scoring or etching as required for each individual item. The Ripping Engine is designed to work equally well with either sheet fed or roll fed digital printing. Bromsgrove based laser specialists TLM Laser are now able to offer this technology to customers in the UK and Ireland, under their recent partnership agreement with LasX Industries (www.lasx.com), a technology and industry leader in high performance production class laser converting systems and services. Flexibility has become an increasingly important element in many different processes as manufacturers endeavour to meet the demands placed upon them by multiple product variants and smaller batch runs. The development of the LasX Ripping Engine allows near instantaneous changeover between products or work orders, delivering the highest levels of flexibility and reducing waste by combining smaller jobs, thus optimising the use of stock material. The Ripping Engine interfaces with third party print management software and the laser system to prepare the information needed by the laser to fulfil the processing tasks. The files used by the Ripping Engine will originate from graphics design departments, who will typically use Adobe Illustrator, Corel or other graphics design packages for artwork


preparation. These PDF files use multiple layers to hold the specific information for material registration and job details, print design, cutting, scoring and etching etc. The Ripping Engine converts these files and sends print instructions to the printer software interface and processing instructions to the laser(s) for cutting, scoring or etching. Part of the data sent to the printer includes a 2D matrix code and alignment fiducials on either side of the web. Individual laser jobs and parameters are stored within and triggered by the 2D matrix that has been printed along the leading edge of the web or sheet. A camera positioned downstream from the printer and upstream from the laser, reads this code and in a fraction of a second sends the information it contains to the laser to allow specific programmes or jobs to be loaded and initiated.

The alignment fiducials provide reference points that allow the laser to compensate for any offsets in the x and y directions and any rotational skew. The fact that the laser processing information is taken directly form the design file, eliminates the potential for errors that could result from human intervention, and the closed loop nature of the system ensures that the correct programme and parameters are selected and verified for each product prior to processing. With the printing and laser processing fully integrated, users of this technology benefit from tangible cost savings and significantly reduced lead-times between design and shipment, when compared to more traditional print methods that require films, plates, die cutters and several different set up stages to produce the finished item.

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Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used whenever information or monitoring of shaft rotation, position, direction, speed, slip etc is required! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used for indication, control, interlocking, protection, sequencing, alarm initiations and many more functions! Rotech Motion Sensor’s can be used wherever materials are transported or processed By conveyors, elevators, screws, mixers, etc!






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May 2018

Lifting & Positioning CAD Portal Moves to a New Level The CAD Portal on Power Jacks website is already providing an invaluable resource for lifting and positioning applications with its fast and easy access to configurable 3D models for download in native CAD formats.


ow the CAD Portal has undergone a significant upgrade with the introduction of more products lines and more configurable options for each product. Power Jacks CAD portal was originally launched just over 1 year ago giving users all over the world interactive access to configurable CAD models for screw jacks, gearboxes and actuators from the device of their choice whether mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer. Since then the accessibility and downloads of the 3D models worldwide reflects the company’s customer base, which sees them export to over 80 countries. “Having CAD available on a website is a necessity today, however having the right products that are configurable, easy to access, fast and accessible on any device is the expectation of our customers.” says Marketing Director Bruce Hamper. “Originally we launched the system with our core products with key configurable options. Now we have expanded the products available and nearly tripled the number of configurable options so users can build highly configured models of our versatile and modular products”.

The new features include: • C-Series Cubic Machine Screw Jack product range added. • E-Series Single Face Machine Screw Jacks extended to include 1500kN & 2000kN versions. • All screw jack products now have 1015 configurable features each packed with up to 24 options. Everything from different screw end fittings, base mounting options, drive variants, feedback options, material types as well as paint & lubrication choices. • New System Components Section that currently has electric motors in IEC frame sizes and rotary cam limit switches.

“The electric motors and rotary cam limit switches have been added to help with system building. A section which will be extended further in the future so it is even easier for users to access all the required CAD to build a jacking system from the Portal,” says Bruce. The Portal is not the only place to interact with Power Jacks CAD models. Their website allows users without registering or logging in to use Interactive 3D Previews of models on the product pages. This is to help people unfamiliar with the products quickly learn about the product form and main variants. For those who don’t have a CAD system the Portal still has something to offer in the form of configured product information. This is primarily through the availability of fully configured PDF data sheets, which include configured and interactive 3D views within the PDF, a fully dimensioned 2D drawing of the configured model and a summary of the options selected for the model. “The wealth of information the portal provides is extensive and provides a valuable companion and engineering tool to the standard product catalogues,” adds Bruce.


Tel: +44 (0)1358 285100



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May 2018

SHEAR simplicity for drive protection‌

Gear Coupling Spacer

DIN / SAE Spacer

Pin & Bush coupling

Chain coupling

Unique Wedge construction gives ZERO backlash FAST RESET - drive re-set in minutes Clamping screws give positive axial location so the shear neck cannot be displaced from the correct position between flanges. Multiple pins gives a very high torque capacity within compact dimensions. Shear necks are standardised and coded, giving safe, tamper proof repeatability and spares economy. 'Fail safe' under all conditions, the Wedgegard is not effected by changes in temperature or humidity. The ability to release is not dependent on mechanism lubrication.

Sprocket coupling

Rigid coupling

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Control at its best! Our highly precise control and stop valves are the perfect solution for your process control! www.schubert-salzer.com

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May 2018

JSP’s range of Sonis® Ear Defenders can be branded with your Company Logo With a strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP’s Research and Development team have designed a range of Sonis® Ear Defenders which peaks at an unbeaten SNR of 37. Developed in partnership with a leading research facility in the field of acoustic engineering, this Sonis® range is available with a Headband or Helmet mounted. Manufactured in Oxfordshire, the Sonis® cups can be coloured to meet a corporate identity and can also be printed with the latest robotic printing machines with a company logo. Great for improved brand recognition and to prevent theft with a minimum order quantity of only 40 Sonis® Ear Defenders. This exceptional range of Sonis® Ear Defenders is Kitemarked and the Headband Sonis® range meets EN352-1 with SNR values between 27 and 37 and the Helmet mounted version meets EN352-3 with SNR values between 26 and 36. This means that selecting the right model to


match to match the wearer’s requirements is really straightforward. Since the PPE Regulation update reclassified hearing protection to a category 3 risk product, it is now more important than ever for employers to provide their staff with the correct hearing protection and to fully understand that employees are adequately protected. More information is available from www.jsp.co.uk, by emailing uksales@jsp.co.uk or calling +44 (0)1993 826050.



Cambridge Sensotec has been supplying gas analysis solutions for 20 years. Based in the UK, the company has an established worldwide distribution network and ISO 9001 accreditation. Specialists in oxygen analysis, we also offer a range of biogas, syngas, multigas and SF6 gas analysis instruments. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.


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May 2018

MEKALL – From Concept to Completion Mekall is one of the UK’s leading manufacturing and precision engineering subcontractors. With particular focus in membrane switch panels, graphic overlays, fascia panels, and labels, Mekall has over 25 years of manufacturing experience and has one of the most comprehensive ranges of printing services in the UK including: •

Membrane keypads / Keyboards / Switches

Graphic Overlays

Fascia panels – graphic overlays mounted on to steel or aluminum back plates

Screen Printed Labels & decals

Design and prototyping.

Mekall is part of the Rainbow Technology Systems group of companies, which delivers custom design innovative solutions to a wide range of industries. Key sectors include sensor technology, oil and gas, electronics, aerospace, energy, agricultural, instrumentation and premium consumer goods. David Westwood, sales and marketing manager, Rainbow Technology Systems, said: “Mekall continues to build on its’ reputation gained over 25 years for consistently meeting quality and delivery expectations, which are fundamental prerequisites for survival and growth in a competitive

market. We continue to manufacture all products in-house in the UK, and are currently expanding our product offering to include screen-printing for Biosensor technology, fineline printed electronics and LEDs.” He added: “We continue to make substantial investments in technology and skilled personnel throughout all areas of the business to aid our capability and capacity, and we are actively forming partnerships with like-minded companies both nationally and offshore thus ensuring we are at the forefront of modern subcontract manufacturing. Our mission will always be the provision of superb quality and delivery and value at highly competitive prices.”

For further information please visit: www.rainbow-technology.com/solutions/mekall/

Omega Plastics Go Green With New Sumitomo (Shi) Demag All Electric Acquisition Tackling climate change and protecting the environment is a hot topic in the plastics industry today. Pressure is mounting on plastics processors to carefully consider what equipment to invest in for the future, where energy efficiency and clean manufacturing is becoming even more important. It is clear that electric vehicles are gradually taking centre stage but is this the case for the plastics machinery business? Gary Powner, Managing Director at Omega Plastics not only thinks so, but is actively taking steps to ensure his company is playing its part by investing in the latest all electric injection moulding machines from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag. “It makes perfect sense to invest in the latest clean technology here at Omega,” Gary says. “At the moment, there is a premium of about 20% to pay compared to that of a hydraulic machine, but when you then subsequently save between 40% and 70% on energy costs, it doesn’t take long to recoup the additional cost and start making further savings.”


May 2018

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In industrial applications, ODU connections are also totally reliable connections – they work at 400°C in drying systems just as reliably as in mobile programming devices operating truck load-cells in Siberian winters.

ODU Connectors ODU are a niche manufacturer of ‘problem-solving’ connectors and assemblies into several markets, especially the military, medical and instrumentation. Founded in the 1940’s by Otto Dunkel, now a €150m company manufacturing in Germany, Romania, USA, Mexico and China. ODU’s expertise is in the design and manufacture of rugged circular multipole push-pull connectors and also modular rectangular connectors for industrial automation applications. The ODU-AMC® [Advanced Military Connector] is a new generation of circular push-pull and snatch connectors, meeting the needs of the military for ever-higher datatransfer rates in a rugged connector of minimum size. As a long-term supplier to the likes of Thales, Selex and General Dynamics, ODU has based these new connectors on feedback from several Future Soldier trials, as well as many existing programmes, For instance, In the UK, the Bowman programme has already utilised over 100,000 helmet ‘snatch’ connectors from ODU, so far without a single failure.

ODU-MAC® Modular Connectors allow a multiple combination of transfers within one connector signals, current, data, air, liquid or fiber optic and are available in three product variants.

Consistent performance and reliability are also crucially important in medical technology. This is why ODU connections are used, for example, in body-scanners and heart-lung machines. Reliable and robust components are also in demand for mobile medical use, such as for EKG measurements or an intra-oral camera system. The selection of the right medical connector system is a key factor in ensuring that everything functions flawlessly. Whilst smaller, lighter and cheaper are constant demands, the technical requirements are also evertightening:• • • • •

ISO 13485 approval autoclave-able high number of mating cycles extreme contact stability economical disposable cord-sets, etc.

The ODU-MAC ZERO is a recent addition to ODU’s hybrid connector product line and features a lightweight ergonomic design, high packing density, a variety of coding options and innovative locking technology. It’s considered a true eye-catcher in the connector market – not least for its sleek and compact housing design – and has already wonover a wide audience, including the jury of the German Design Council who awarded this connector the premium international prize, the 2018 German Design Award which honours innovative products and projects.

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maxon medical technology Applications in medical technology place high demands on drive

Heart pumps Drug delivery Surgical robots Hand and leg prosthesis Surgical hand tools

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components: Precision, sterilisability, smooth running as well as low heat build-up in DC and BLDC drives. maxon medical specialises in the development and production of microdrives for such applications, strictly

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May 2018

The new generation of LCI sensors are revolutionizing on-line quality control FocalSpec, a supplier of 3D Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) sensors and systems is introducing a renewed range of Line Confocal Imaging sensors. They offer compact sizes, the widest measurement range and the highest measurement speed to meet the requirements of today’s high-speed smart manufacturing environments for any surface material available in electronics, medical and plastics industries. FocalSpec develops their offering continuously to answer the high demands set by their customers operating in a wide field of manufacturing. According to Sanna Rantanen, VP Sales and Marketing, the renewed sensor family will help FocalSpec to further improve its product range’s competitiveness in its selected target market among integrators. “The new sensors are not only easy to take into use among wide range of applications but also to integrate into new and existing manufacturing lines among our key accounts in Asia”, Rantanen explains. FocalSpec’s new sensors, LCI401 and LCI1201, come in half the size and weight compared to their predecessors, LCI400 and LCI1200, with further improved measurement performance as well as better tolerance for harsh environmental conditions.


The proven optical measurement technology of FocalSpec LCI sensors goes beyond the limitations of traditional measuring methods: • No speckle noise • No interference • Submicron measurement accuracy even on fast moving objects • Measurement speed up to 5 million 3D points per second • First-rate performance for all surface types including dark matte, mirror-like and transparent surfaces Available applications for the sensors include the following: • • • •

Surface roughness 3D dimensions Burr height Seal integrity inspection

The FocalSpec range of LCI sensors is available for all third-party developers and systems integrators. The sensors come with FSSDK, which is a defined

software user interface, as well as a compatibility with all modern software development environments. The sensors will be globally introduced in Europe at Control tradeshow in April, in Asia in Touch China tradeshow in June and in USA at IDTechEx in November.

From sensor to SAP IO-Link from ifm electronic connects smart sensors to your field bus and beyond • • • •

Correct process value – Digital transmission of the measured value; 23.3° at the sensor = 23.3° at the PLC without conversion losses. Stable signal - Data transfer uses an interference-free 24 V signal. Screened cables and analogue input cards belong in the past. Error-free set-up and operation - set devices remotely and disable potentiometers or pushbuttons; change recipe easily. Device identification – interrogate device to ensure correct type; prevent down time due to incorrect unit.

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May 2018


y keeping the sensors out of the measured fluid have seemingly obvious advantages over immersed sensors such as float or capacitive devices, particularly if the liquid has suspended solids or other matter that would clog up or accumulate on the sensor making the outputs from them unreliable or inaccurate. However, with the introduction of an innovative new conductive level sensor from Gill Sensors, it is not such a clear-cut decision as it once was. Here we take a look at some of the issues faced when using the most popular technology – ultrasonics – which Gill’s new sensor helps to overcome. For outdoor installations in particular, changes in temperature can affect ultrasonic sensors. Temperature fluctuations alter the speed of sound waves, changing the ultrasonic signal time of flight, leaving the sensor inaccurate. Some ultrasonic sensor do have temperature compensation, but if the temperature measurement is in the sensor itself, this may be higher than the ambient temperature, particularly in direct sun. The Gill sensor remains stable across its operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C.

An ultrasonic sensor must be mounted where it will not become coated by material or condensation. Coatings dissipate the signal, sometimes to the extent that there is no longer enough power to get the signal through the coating and back again. Regular cleaning may be one way to overcome this. The Gill 7014 conductive level sensor has a smooth, non-stick FEP coating without any holes or cavities in it. This means that whatever is mixed with the water it will not clog up or become coated with solids, giving reliable ‘fit-and-forget’ measurement performance, whatever it is immersed in.

If it’s a liquid, Gill can measure it. If your process involves the manufacture or processing of liquids and you need to know the level of that liquid through your plant, then chances are you will start your considerations of the most suitable level sensor by looking at non-contact sensors.

Foam is the natural enemy of ultrasonic signals. Although ultrasonic sensors have come a long way in measuring foam in recent years, because it absorbs the signals from the sensor it can still degrade or absorb the signal completely making the sensor inoperable. The Gill sensor will penetrate any foam depth or density allowing it to measure the fluid level accurately underneath. To maintain a high quality return signal, ultrasonic sensors like a smooth and reflective surface to bounce off. In many process applications the liquid level surface can be turbulent, particularly if the liquid tank has agitators in it. This disrupted surface will scatter the sound pulse affecting the measurement performance of the sensor. Due to its unique, engineered design, the immersed probe of the Gill sensor can withstand the lateral loads imposed upon it by fluid flows while still providing a reliable, accurate output.


To find out more about this unique sensor, visit www.gillsc.com/level. Whatever the application Gill has a level sensor for you.


Liquid level measurement. Do all sensors really measure up? Our range of liquid level sensors measure nearly all water and non-water based liquid types. When you need to measure levels of liquids that contain contamination, suspended solids, is highly viscous, acidic or corrosive, a common assumption is to use a level sensor that does not come into contact with the fluid. This is not necessarily a panacea for reliable measurement however, as there are shortcomings with non-contact sensors that can lead to measurement unreliability or inaccuracy. This can include being affected by surface turbulence & foaming, false echos, humidity and fogging, for example. Gill has developed a range of liquid level sensors to provide reliable and accurate level measurement for these difficult liquids. Due to their ingenious and exclusive design, they can eliminate the shortcomings of non-contact sensors, without requiring regular cleaning or maintenance. For dependable measurement you can rely on in any liquid, clean or contaminated, fresh or foul, take a look at Gill. Whatever the application, we have the level sensors for you.

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May 2018

What’s New in Electronics Live - The UK Electronics Event The What’s New in Electronics team have announced some significant changes to the UK’s only dedicated electronics event, WNIE Live, establishing it as the essential show for the industry during 2018.

After its 2017 event, New Events did some extensive research with previous exhibitors and visitors, proactively responding to the key suggestions and recommendations made. The first change is the dateline move. WNIE Live has moved from the traditional April/May slot to September 25th – 26th. This has secured strong co-located events and allowed the organisers to keep to the preferred 2-day format. Additionally, this year WNIE Live will share Hall 1 with EMC UK, Embedded Live and Sensors & Instrumentation. The show will also co-locate with the PPMA (processing and packaging) and TCT (3d printing) events. This evolution will organically increase visitor attendance amongst relevant electronics professionals, offering them more to see and do. It also offers the organisers a wider platform on which to market the events, as each show will promote the others. For any company wanting to exhibit, stand pricing has been kept very competitive with inclusive PODs starting at just £1,000. In addition, every exhibitor receives a FREE marketing package


valued at £2,500 allowing them to benefit from the ever increasing readership of the www.wnie.online industry hub and weekly newsletter. As well as priority press release publication, this includes social media updates and free careers posting. This makes exhibiting at WNIE Live hugely beneficial for your entire marketing strategy, incorporating a holistic approach. The WNIE Live floorplan offers a mix of exhibition stands, live demonstrations, free seminars, debates, industry forums, WNIE TV studio, workshops and 2 dedicated conferences. What’s New in Electronics is a platform for the whole of the electronics community and this will be displayed in the content of the event. These events are free to attend and you can register now for WNIE Live by following this link Your visitor badge will also give you free access to all the other events running in conjunction with WNIE Live, allowing you to easily circulate from one to the other without having to re-register. If your business is electronics then make it your business to be at WNIE Live 2018.

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May 2018

DMT hits landmark production of ¼ billion cubic metres of green gas

Global biogas upgrading equipment specialist DMT Environmental Technology will reveal at UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 how its membrane technology has produced a quarter of a billion cubic metres of biomethane, which is enough green gas to heat 227,000 homes and power thousands of vehicles worldwide. Furthermore, the firm will announce the introduction of its first UK-based sales and service team. The new team will roll-out DMT’s highly successful collaborative based project service to UK customers and help new developers easily access DMT’s superior yieldgenerating upgrading technology. Visitors to stand D601 will learn how 30 international plant operators, including the UK’s first commercial biomethane to grid facility which opened in 2012 at Poundbury, have benefited from DMT’s Carborex® MS membrane technology: housed in a compact, modular, containerised unit, it boasts an uptime of 98 per cent and upgrades biogas to a methane concentration of 99 per cent, resulting in a higher yield. Heading up the new team, UK Business Director Stephen McCulloch proudly adds: “Converting organic matter into renewable gas also brings considerable carbon savings ¬– focusing on efficiency and effectiveness, DMT’s worldwide projects have achieved savings in excess of 642,382 tonnes CO2 equivalent, equal to 0.14 per cent of the UK’s


total greenhouse gas emissions. This is the same as taking 20 per cent of all buses in the UK off the road, or all fishing vessels in the UK off the seas and oceans.” Commenting on the commitment DMT is showing to the UK AD industry, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA and one of the organisers of UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018, said: “The new Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs are set to kickstart the second wave of biomethane plants in the UK. Having grown from 0 to 90 plants in the last five years, we expect this figure to grow further over the next few years, and it’s great to see DMT placing themselves at the heart of the UK’s biomethane sector.” Stephen outlines his plans for the UK team: “As well as expanding the UK market, we will be increasing the scope of our supply, including offering finance options. In addition, we have fine-tuned our offering and are issuing a five-year membrane guarantee on our Carborex® MS upgrading technology. With this improved strategy we look forward to helping to take the already thriving UK biomethane sector to the next level – and to producing our next quarter of a billion cubic metres of green gas.” UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 takes place 11-12 July 2018, NEC Birmingham, and is the world’s biggest gathering of biogas professionals. www.adbioresources.org/biogastradeshow/

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XYZ starts and ends MACH on a high In the two months prior to the MACH exhibition [February and March] XYZ Machine Tools recorded its two best-ever months for machine orders. This may have indicated that customers were pre-empting MACH and getting their orders in early, but this wasn’t the case with the exhibition delivering exceptional sales and enquiries.

All of which continues the positive trend for the Devon-based machine tool company.

machining centre, the high specification and capability of which is proving extremely popular.

Machine orders for February and March came to over £7.5 million with £4.5 million being taken in February alone.

“With these high levels of sales activity preceding MACH there was some slight concern that the exhibition would be quiet, how wrong can you be? From day one our stand was extremely busy and over the week we took orders for 24 machines valued at over £1 million,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools. “In addition to these firm orders, we also logged 640 enquiries, which will lead to more orders in the coming days, weeks and months. A fantastic result for us and all credit to the entire team at XYZ for making MACH the success it was.”

This figure was helped by an open house at XYZ Machine Tools’ Devon headquarters and a further three orders for its UMC-5X gantry-style, simultaneous five-axis

MACH 2018 saw a number


of debuts from XYZ which helped to raise interest, among these were ROBOTEND, a robot-based automation cell with vision system suitable for use on machining and turning centres that is both modular and mobile, allowing true robot automation to be within the reach of traditional sub-contract engineering businesses; The revolutionary HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer was also shown by XYZ for the first time, this system can improve 3D printing speeds ten-fold and move the technology into the production environment; the previously mentioned UMC5X also made its MACH debut along with a number of other machining centres from XYZ’s Linear Rail and Heavy-Duty ranges.


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Inspiring better rail networks at ExCeL London Infrarail, the biennial showcase for systems, equipment and services for the railway infrastructure market will return to the ExCeL London on May 1-3. The exhibition will host more than 200 companies showcasing the very latest equipment, products and services in the rail infrastructure market. Infrarail 2018 will feature a full programme of keynote speeches by leading figures, including Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Managing Director of Digital Railway, Network Rail, David Waboso CBE, the Rail Delivery Group’s Chief Executive, Paul Plummer, and Director of HS2 Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship, Lorna Pimlott. The show will also host a variety of industry seminars, project briefings and discussion groups, providing valuable insights into trends in technology and policy. Backed by a host of the industry’s biggest organisations and trade associations, including Network Rail, the Rail Supply Group, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Delivery Group, Crossrail Ltd and HS2, the exhibition will cover a huge range of sectors, from civil engineering, track, signalling and communications, depots and stations, to supply chain services such as cable technology, electronics, tools and workwear. Kirsten Whitehouse, Exhibition Manager for Infrarail 2018, said: “During this landmark period of investment in the UK rail network, and with major projects under HS2, CP6, East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the TransPennine upgrade in preparation, it is the perfect opportunity to attend Infrarail, make connections, showcase and get to know the latest products and services and the people that deliver them.


“Infrarail has a very strong reputation and is firmly established as a mustattend event for everyone in the industry. It is a genuine highlight in the rail sector’s calendar.” Kirsten added: “We remain in an era of high investment and modernisation that will enhance performance and prepare the industry for the future demands put on it. These are challenging times and Infrarail helps exhibiting companies and visitors to build partnerships and chart a way forward together.” A full programme of events is scheduled across the three days. For the third occasion, Infrarail integrates companies active in the civil infrastructure & technology sectors: the CITE Hub features companies supplying a huge range of products and services, from construction and contracting, to tunnelling and road infrastructure. This year will see a wide variety of companies exhibiting at ExCeL, including Bigorre Ingenierie, Blok N Mesh UK, CEEQUAL, Chauvin Arnoux, Dieselec Thistle Generators, Freyssinet, iLine Technologies, Channeline International, Maccaferri, Megger, Mixamate and Osprey, among others. The CITE Hub is located on the show floor and freely accessible to all participants at Infrarail 2018. Registration to Infrarail 2018 includes access to keynote speeches, project updates and technical seminars and education events that are certified by the CPD Certification Service, meaning they can be used by attendees and their professional bodies towards annual Continuing Professional Development.

The Rail Engineer-hosted Seminar Theatre based in the exhibition hall will feature keynotes by leading industry figures during the mornings as well as technical industry seminars from exhibiting organisations highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology. This year also sees the launch of a stand-alone Knowledge Hub at Infrarail: a dedicated educational theatre, organised in association with the Railway Industry Association, that offers a full programme of Project Updates and Industry Briefings. The Knowledge Hub will further feature a daily afternoon Keynote Address by a high-profile industry leader and will also host ‘The Platform’: an RTM-led panel discussion on a range of issues concerning the wider industry. A total of 6,596 visitors from 51 countries attended Infrarail in 2016 and organisers are expecting that number to increase for the 2018 exhibition. The event is free to attend. To book your place, or to reserve a stand, visit: www.infrarail.com/2018/












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May 2018

Countdown to the UK’s leading production line event begins The PPMA Show to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the NEC Birmingham 25-27 September 2018.


n light of Nick Peters’, author of the Annual Manufacturing report 2018, comment that “UK manufacturing has come a long way in recent years, as we have seen from their stellar performance in 2017,” it’s no surprise that the PPMA Show is gearing up for its biggest show to date when it returns to the NEC, Birmingham, between 25-27 September 2018. Set to fill the halls of the NEC with demonstrations of the most technologicallyadvanced processing and packaging machinery the world has to offer, the UK’s leading production line event will provide the platform for thousands of food, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and FMCG manufacturers to explore the latest innovations and do business live from the show floor. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the PPMA Show will welcome the return of some of the industry’s major players for its milestone event such as Baumer. The automated image processing specialist will join the exhibition for the first time since 2014, armed with its latest range of intelligent HeavyDuty encoders.


In a revamp of the original Learning Hub format, the PPMA Show 2018 will also hone its educational programme. A high profile industry speaker, to be confirmed in the coming months, will open the show and deliver an insightful address, followed by a smaller line-up of thought leaders sharing their industry knowledge in focused sessions over the three days of the show. As well as the chance to see working machinery in action, the PPMA Show

2018 will offer enhanced networking opportunities through dedicated meeting spaces around the show. Rewarding the hard work and innovation seen throughout the past year, the prestigious PPMA Group Awards will once again take place alongside the event. Returning to the first night of the PPMA Show the glittering ceremony and gala dinner is set to be bigger and better than ever – watch out for exciting news to be announced in the coming months.


Zoe Crockett, Marketing Manager, PPMA Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a completely new look and fresh new ideas for the 2018 Show. We’ve listened carefully to visitor feedback for more networking opportunities and devised a format that will ensure even the most time-poor visitors have the chance to meet, share knowledge and make new business contacts. Roll on September!”

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May 2018

Reduce digestate volumes with HRS A

t UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018 stand D603, HRS Heat Exchangers will showcase its novel Digestate Concentration System (DCS), which increases the dry solid content of digestate three-or four-fold, typically to between 1020 per cent. By reducing the liquid fraction and therefore the overall volume of digestate produced, the DCS minimises the economic and logistical challenges associated with digestate storage, transportation and application. Up to 60 per cent less storage capacity is needed and fewer tanker loads are required, helping to curb an AD plant’s transportation costs and carbon footprint. And with an average 1.5 MW AD plant generating 40,000 tonnes of liquid digestate each year, that can mean significant carbon and financial savings. By reusing heat from existing sources, such as the CHP engine, the DCS is virtually energy self-sufficient. Water removed by the process is recovered and can be mixed with AD feedstock at the front-end of the plant, increasing the efficiency of the digester. The DCS also overcomes odour issues and increases the nutrient content of digestate via acid-dosing with sulphuric acid – while the volume of digestate is reduced, the nutrient content actually increases. The HRS DCS is a plug-and-play, fully automated system which is completely flexible and can be tailored to meet the requirements of individual AD plants. The technology is installed at a number of facilities worldwide and is helping operators to reduce their storage, transport and application costs, as well as their water usage, while using spare heat which would otherwise be wasted.


International Sales & Marketing Director Matt Hale explains why increasing numbers of AD operators are specifying the Digestate Concentration System for their sites: “At a time when the efficiency of AD plants and bio-waste management is under scrutiny around the world, being able to maximise the financial and nutrient value of your digestate, while at the same time reducing storage, transport and application costs, is an exciting proposition. The HRS DCS represents the most efficient method of achieving these goals.” Learn more about how the HRS Digestate Concentration System (DCS) can solve your digestate challenges and improve your overall plant efficiency on Stand D603 at the UK AD & World Biogas Expo, NEC Birmingham, in July.


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May 2018

5-7 June 2018

- NEC Birmingham

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


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

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ahco’s reputation for quality, spanning more than 135 years, has always been strongly linked with safety. The top priority for their designers and production engineers is to ensure that any hand tool, or equipment designed for working at height, which bears the Bahco name is absolutely safe to use. “Your safety is our concern,” says Bahco industrial tools specialist Alan Rankin. “Our aim has always been to develop ergonomic tools which not only make work safer and less demanding but also protect users’ hands from muscle strain or injury.”

safely and easily. Blade diameter has been reduced by 30% using integrated insulation. It also enables a higher transfer of force with less effort, while its ergonomic features protect even the toughest hands from the risk of muscle strain or injury. The super sharp cutting edges of Bahco’s latest insulated side cutting pliers enable a soft cut for copper wire or plastic, a medium hard cut for steel wire and a heavy duty cut for piano wire or similar. In tests these side cutters completed 50,000 cuts and were still going strong. Non sparking tools

‘We aim to make work safer and easier,’ says Bahco expert

Working at height Bahco is a member of the international DROPS scheme, under which major tool manufacturers around the world exchange information and promote good practice to combat the risk of workplace deaths or injuries caused by falling tools. All Bahco Working@ Height tools and equipment meet DROPS accreditation standards. Bahco’s Tools@Height range includes lanyards, pouches and belts, hang bags and back packs ideal for working at height in any location and weather. Tools with integrated, heavy duty loops and other attachments enable secure tethering to lanyards and tool belts.

Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools are designed for use in potentially All Bahco insulated screwdrivers, explosive environments, where For further information on all Bahco pliers and other tools designed for conventional steel tools might create working on electrical equipment sparks in the presence of combustible tools and safety equipment visit: www.bahco.com are rigorously tested at 10,000V to or easily ignitable vapours, liquids ensure they are safe to use when and dust. They are manufactured in working live at up to 1000V, fully aluminum-bronze or copper-beryllium, meeting IEC 60900. Good examples making them both safe and suitable are Bahco’s ergonomic , narrow blade for use in hazardous environments. 1000V insulated screwdriver and their The Bahco range of NS tools includes 2101S insulated side cutting plier set. hammers, pliers, screwdrivers and The screwdriver solves the problem wrenches, as well as other striking and of how to reach sunken screws and construction tools. spring elements in confined spaces Electricians’ tools


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May 2018

NSF Accredited Flowmeters for Use with Food Products


itan Enterprises has achieved certification under NSF/ANSI 169 as equipment for food products for their 800 Series turbine flowmeters and Beverage meter. This accreditation is especially important for manufacturers of food production and handling machinery who can now include an 800 Series or Beverage meter secure in the knowledge that it has met NSFstandards for food production. NSF (www.nsf.org) are an independent, accredited organization, that test, audit and certify products to develop public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. Trevor Forster, Managing Director of Titan Enterprises commented “Increasingly food and beverage manufacturers wishing to meter production flow are requiring the assurance of NSF certification that the flow measurement devices they choose are completely compatible

with their products”. As part of the NSF-certification process Titan Enterprises were required to submit samples of the 800 Series and Beverage meter to NSF for analysis. The detailed analysis by NSF included a technical review, a materials review, physical evaluation and a literature/ marking evaluation. The supply chain for materials and components used in the 800 Series and Beverage meters was traced and needed certification of each element. In addition, NSF carried out a pre-audit check of Titan Enterprises UK production facility and control systems. To maintain its NSF listing, Titan Enterprises, as will all NSF listed companies, will be subject to further unannounced audits. The competitively priced 800 series turbine flowmeter is designed to give high performance over 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 L/min. The devices totally non-metallic wetted components make the 800-seies

flowmeter the ideal choice for the metering of food and beverage materials. Titan Enterprises beverage flowmeter is designed specifically as a flow measurement solution for the drink dispensing industries including beer wines and spirits. They give high performance and competitive pricing with a flow range up to 10 litres per minute. They have totally non-metallic wetted components which makes them the ideal choice for the metering of foodbased products. For further information please visit www.flowmeters.co.uk or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk.

Measuring Flow of Low Viscosity Fluids

Based on a radial flow technique, Titan Enterprises turbine flowmeter range provides the ideal way for accurately measuring the flow of low viscosity liquids. Classic turbine flowmeters use propeller type turbines in a closed circular conduit. The turbine is mounted on low friction bearings and its rotation is detected through the chamber wall by one of a variety of detector types. These flowmeters have good linearity in larger diameters but as the pipe bore reduces the efficiency of the flowmeter also reduces. For smaller diameter pipe applications – Titan Enterprise turbine flowmeters employ a design


where the flow of fluid is directed at the turbine that is mounted on robust low friction sapphire bearings. The geometry of the turbine and the fluid chamber ensures that the rotational speed of the rotor is proportional to the flow rate through the device. The use of this radial arrangement advantageously allows more energy to be imparted into the turbine so the bearing drag is far less important. Furthermore, because more energy is available the bearings themselves can be a lot stronger so increasing the life of the flowmeter. At higher flow rates – the Titan turbine flowmeter design allows some of the fluid to bypass the turbine chamber, which then behaves as a “shunt” to the metered fluid, as a result accuracy is still maintained and the output remains linear. Optimised Titan Enterprises radial flow turbine flowmeters are available for a diverse range of applications including measuring low viscosity flow in chemical plants, semiconductor fabrication, drink dispensing equipment and fire hydrant monitoring systems. All Titan Enterprises turbine flowmeters have rugged bearings and offer excellent repeatability. A wide choice of fittings is available to suit the function of the flowmeter. In addition to its standard range of products, Titan Enterprises is highly experienced in OEM custom designed flowmeters tailored to suit your application. For further information please visit flowmeters.co.uk or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk

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May 2018

TR Fastenings supports growing EV sector with tailored resources for charging units Global fastener firm has the extensive product ranges and expertise needed to support the design, manufacture and development of charging units for Electric Vehicles Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor, TR Fastenings (TR), is working with a number of firms involved in the design, manufacture and development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) with the main focus on the associated charging units. Along with the extensive product ranges typically used in electric charging units, TR also has the necessary technical knowledge, sector expertise and experience to support these customers as this sector continues to emerge and develop. TR is already actively supporting a number of key customers involved in the design or manufacture of EV chargers for both commercial and residential use. TR’s qualified engineers and sales staff are on hand to advise designers, production and purchasing teams on a number of matters, from Design for Manufacture (DfM) to new fastener technology, sourcing insight and cost reduction. Jeremy Scholefield, Director of Strategic Business at TR Fastenings comments: “The rapid growth of the EV sector is being exacerbated further by developments such as the Government’s initiative to ensure that by 2040, all new vehicles will either be electric or hybrid, zeroemission models. “Such measures, along with an increasing consumer interest in and awareness of EV technology, means that the manufacturing market in this area, particularly in terms of electric charging stations, is starting to gather pace. “Our product ranges, combined with our knowledge of and experience in design, distribution and manufacture, puts us in an excellent position to assist customers working in this field and advising them on the best ways to achieve cost-effective and quality-driven routes to market.”


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New! Nikuni 1,000 lpm Hydrocyclone At MACH2018 Aeration & Mixing revealed details of the new media-free Nikuni VDF CL-1000, a large capacity 1,000 lpm hydrocyclone, designed to service the separation requirements of large centralised coolant systems and other waste treatment processes requiring the removal of fine metallic and other particles. The Nikuni VDF range of stainless steel hydrocyclones now covers capacities from 10 lpm to 1,000 lpm which encompasses many applications from manufacturing industries. The well-known VDF characteristics of removing at least 95% of aluminium particles down to 10um in one pass is also found in the new 1,000 lpm units, which opens up new scales of opportunities to reduce levels of waste and recover valuable materials for re-processing. Amongst the major benefits users of VDF hydrocyclones gain is the complete elimination of environmentally sensitive waste filter media, something that is now of considerable concern to many operators. As with all Nikuni VDF hydrocyclones, integrating them into

existing systems is practical and almost always worthwhile, and the benefits begin to accrue immediately. And the applications of the Nikuni VDF range are not limited to removing the metallic particles generated by machining or grinding, as recent trials have proved successful in removing extremely fine powders with a metallic content and even diamond dust from a water-based slurry. As there is no filter media involved, the separated material is immediately ready for processing. Whilst the new VDF CL-1000 is best suited to a fixed installation, the rest of the range can be supplied as either a fixed or standalone format, a truly versatile product concept. The ROI of new concepts is often a

major concern to engineering and environmental managers and the Nikuni VDF hydrocyclone system is proven, it saves money by eliminating filter elements, it can improve machine tool performance and reduce coolant costs, it reduces waste and it requires no maintenance. Aeration & Mixing Ltd welcomes enquiries from applications in any sector and on-site demonstration equipment is available. Tel: +44 (0) 1302 215 156 E-mail: enquiries@aerationmixing.co.uk Web: www.aerationmixing.co.uk ŠAeration & Mixing Ltd 2018


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Then get the Internet of Things on us! If your product or equipment already has Modbus, then the NanoULTRA from Caption Data gives you the immediate ability to join them to the Internet of Things. From single units to 1000’s of units, with on line & real time control through the CDL SmartHub™ We have clients around the world using the NanoULTRA in their thousands to manage products with Modbus and increase value, for example: • A Leading global Air Processing OEM uses the NanoULTRA on products throughout Europe Middle East and Asia, to manage customer SLA’s

Every NanoULTRA will appear as a pin marker on your own SmartHub portal as soon as it is powered up. From the SmartHub you can name individual units, manage the MODBUS registers to poll, set alarm thresholds and monitoring frequencies, add users and alarm recipients, monitor audit trails, download data and graphics, etc. The SmartHub is available with no software to load via any internet device via any browser.


• A Leading US/UK water instrumentation company use the NanoULTRA in challenging field locations to give their clients real time data on Smart Water Grids

• A Leading maker of UPS systems use the product to provide award winning levels of service to their customers • A Leading maker of chillers uses the NanoULTRA to manage their rental fleet of products, speeding up commissioning and reducing complaints

So how does it work? The NanoULTRA is pre-configured to handle MODBUS. So the unit can be polling your chosen MODBUS registers in no time, using its on board intelligence to compare high and low thresholds. It will report in via its own secure GSM modem at user defined intervals, as well as any time a threshold is breached, so you can monitor assets via your own personal dashboard. See at a glance if all is as it should be, and drill down into any unit to see detailed data and make informed decisions in real time.

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May 2018

Keeping cool under fire It was the end of a typical day for Paul Roberts, security officer at a large building in Cambridgeshire, where he is part of the team from TC Security Services who provide manned guarding services.


he building is a new complex that is nearing completion and will become home to the 3-4,000 staff who are currently located in a number of buildings.

Paul was waiting to handover to the officer who was coming on duty at 6pm. They were running a little late so Paul had agreed to stay on until they arrived. While he was waiting, one of the team working on the construction came rushing to the reception desk to alert Paul that there was a fire in the building. The fire department were called to attend. Paul’s quick thinking led to him contacting the officer who was coming on duty, asking them to block off the building to prevent anyone entering it. Paul and a construction worker worked together to clear the building floor by floor pointing the 30 or so people on site at that time to safety.

The CEO of TC Facilities Management, Tony Reed recently visited Paul to express his thanks on behalf of TC Security Services for his sterling efforts. Rachel Donnelly, client contact at the site said, “A huge thank you for the way you handled the situation at site last month. The way you went above and beyond by lending your assistance to clear the building was exemplary. In taking charge and handling the situation in the way you did, you embodied the ‘one-team’ approach that we as an employer feel is so important to both internal and external staff. You are a true asset not just to TC Security Services but to us too.”

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

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orporate Risk Associates (CRA) is one of Europe’s largest integrated Human Factors, Safety, Risk and Reliability consultancies. CRA provides services to safety-critical industries including: Nuclear, Process Power, Rail, Business Risk and Defence. In the nuclear sector, CRA’s human factors specialists have observed a growing niche for human and machine interface development. This is due to the update of nuclear control systems bringing increased use of software control. Thus, CRA is currently investigating methods for determining the appropriate level of interaction between operators and automation for monitoring and controlling process control tasks. Three drivers for the rapid increase in automated systems are to: make tasks easier, more convenient or safer. Whilst these are laudable aims, many automated systems are developed with insufficient consideration of human requirements. Hence there is a tendency for the development of many automated systems to be seen as a purely engineering process, judged mainly against financial criteria with little or no consideration of the

real human requirements. So, it is perhaps not surprising that numerous instances have been reported where automated systems have failed to meet users’ expectations and resulted in severe consequences. These deficiencies can be avoided by taking a human-centred approach to the development of automation. This should start by undertaking a comprehensive task analysis of the human activities that are being automated, and understanding how humans will need to interact with the new system. This will provide vital insights into the human requirements to enable development and design of a system that operates effectively in a wide range of situations. A major human factors concern for automated systems is situational awareness. This centres on the user’s overall understanding of the operation of the systems that are being monitored or controlled by the automation. It is preferable to design the automation system to enable users to be aware of important state data, whilst avoiding information overload. Another important consideration is operator workload level. Whilst automated processing

can certainly help to reduce the risks of human errors due to high workload, if the automated support lowers workload too far, this can greatly reduce vigilance. For this reason, the methods being developed for determining interaction levels between humans and automation are also assessing how the level of interaction can be changed as overall workload is increased. It is important to enable users to diagnose automation failures, particularly when data may appear sound but is actually unreliable. Undertaking a human reliability assessment of the proposed system helps determine the potential for these situations to occur. By identifying potential error modes in this manner, the interfaces can be designed in ways that support operators in establishing any such failures. To discuss human-centred automation needs, please contact: Anthony Bell , Phone number 01925393282, Email: abell@crarisk.com

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May 2018

Palamatic Uni-LITE vacuum lifting systems – AGILE – ROBUST-SIMPLE

Palamatic Ltd, based in Chesterfield Derbyshire take great pride in developing materials handling solutions that solve a specific lifting problem, and refining our systems until we feel they reach our own engineering standards. With over 30 years in the business of designing, engineering and manufacturing vacuum lifting solutions to a global market place covering multiple sectors, we like to consistently look at what changes in manufacturing processes are taking place, and how we can adapt to meet these new requirements. This month saw the US and UK launch of our Uni-LITE range of one handed vacuum lifting solutions at Modex - Atlanta, Interphex - New York and Making Pharmaceuticals - Coventry. The Uni-LITE lift offers a range of end effectors that can be swapped over with just a small twist of the end effector. This means sacks, drums and boxes can be lifted using the same vacuum lifting system. Not only does this offer flexibility of palletising/ depalletising it offers speed as well as the unit is light weight in its operation, small in size but can still be used to lift up to 50kg. The unit is also ideal careful placing of objects in to packaging if required.


The Uni-LITE flex presents two solutions, the standard flex for order picking out of boxes, off pallets and conveyors whilst still leaving one hand to check the order from a tablet, and the extended flex allows items to be lifted on and off tall units and stacking up to 2.75m in height. The systems are stainless steel and have options for the Uni-LITE cGMP for use in sanitary areas which includes a magnehelic gauge, or the Uni-LITE Ex for use in hazardous areas. For more information please contact us on sales@palamatic.com Video Link click here

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WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY! NEW CLIPX FROM HBM SETS NEW STANDARDS IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESS CONTROL As an increasing number of companies focus on the digitalisation of industrial production, or plan to do so, the total market for Industry 4.0 continues to grow as manufacturers further optimise their products to meet the requirements. Sensors and measurement systems are the eyes of the production process and are key technologies for Industry 4.0. However, the more complex and dynamic production processes become, the more important is the availability of real-time and historical data regarding the states of the machines and plants. With this in mind, the latest generation of test and measurement systems supply information with which production sequences can be optimised. Offering high sample rates, they are equipped with their own intelligence, and guarantee fast transfer of measurement and diagnostic data thus, making decentralised control and system

optimisation possible. ClipX is the latest innovative signal conditioner from HBM. Designed to optimise production processes, ClipX is a dynamic signal conditioner that not only amplifies the signals and transfers them to the control unit, without any interference but also completes preliminary calculations and summaries, to reduce the load on higher level controls. This means that the revolutionarily ClipX is able to accomplish some of the tasks that would be otherwise taken on by the higher-level controller. Suitable for monitoring and measuring tasks in test benches, machines and production plants, ClipX can be simply mounted on a dim rail and used as a standalone device or as part of a system of networked devices. Featuring a modern automation interface which can be easily adapted to suit any measurement task, ClipX can be used to acquire force, pressure, torque and other quantities with a measurement accuracy class of 0.01. Controlled through a modern web interface, the responsive design of ClipX ensures optimal viewing across

all devices. Clear and intuitive, the latest signal conditioner comes complete with all the latest functions and is also equipped with an integrated health monitor, which provides device diagnosis and enables faults to be detected and fixed by remote control at an early stage. Particularly suitable for applications with a high degree of automation, the new ClipX from HBM assists with efficient production and ensures that all customers in the industrial automation sector are equipped and ready for the digitalisation of their production processes. HBM develops and produces perfectly matched sensors and measurement modules, that, when combined, provide precise and dependable measurement results without system discontinuities.

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May 2018

SSI Schaefer Equips Toolstation’s Milestone 300th Branch with Integrated Storage System Toolstation, the multi-award-winning supplier to the trade, has reached a milestone with the opening of its 300th branch. SSI Schaefer is proud to have played its part in Toolstation’s success by designing and installing the storage system, which holds the trade supplier’s entire branch stock, including out of gauge and longlength items. The system is based upon SSI Schaefer’s robust, high quality Regal shelving range, which is highly versatile, modular and easily adapted to accommodate Toolstation’s large and variable product range. After agreeing the final layout for the store, Toolstation placed their order with SSI Schaefer on 22nd January with the complete delivery being made in just over a week. Thanks to rapid assembly between 1st and 5th February, the first stock was on the shelves in the Eastleigh branch on 6th February, ahead of the store opening for trading, six days later on 12th. James Skilling, SSI Schaefer’s National Account Manager, said: “Having already supplied Toolstation


with storage solutions for 295 of its branches across the UK, we are delighted to have again provided the storage system for this landmark site.” The official opening took place on Friday 23rd February, the ceremony conducted by Councillor Maureen Sollitt, Mayor of Eastleigh, accompanied by James Mackenzie, Managing Director of Toolstation, and the company’s Retail Director, Simon Robinson. James Mackenzie, who joined Toolstation as Managing Director in July of last year, said that reaching the 300th branch milestone was great news for the business and a platform for further growth, commenting: “This landmark figure represents the start of a new phase in our growth, with an accelerated branch opening plan and an expanded range developed in response to customer demand, as well as lots of other initiatives in the pipeline. We want to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest standard of customer experience and stock availability, whilst maintaining everyday low prices.”

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May 2018

IS THIS THE END OF UNPLANNED DOWNTIME? Let’s talk about downtime. It can halt production, require expensive repairs or replacements, and has huge cost implications for manufacturers. But what if you could know, in advance, when repairs or maintenance are needed? And what if your schedule reflected this increased level of foresight? These kinds of capabilities may be closer than you think.


here are many ways in which FANUC products are recognised within industry. You might know us best by our distinctive yellow robots. Or perhaps as the market-leader for CNC. What you may not know, however, are the extensive capabilities we have to turn a FANUC robot or CNC-controlled machine into a fully-functioning, fully-automated, smart manufacturing cell. While some may find the subject daunting or confusing, Industry 4.0 was nonetheless the hot-topic of 2017, and 2018 looks set to be the same. The truth is, we’ve been doing it for years. In fact, the smart condition monitoring capability we launched at last year’s EMO was just one of many developments FANUC has had in machine-tomachine communication over the past few years. For those who missed it, the technology launched last year is known as “Zero Downtime” (ZDT), an automated software for monitoring robots and identifying potential faults. As manufacturers, we can all agree that unplanned downtime is a financial and logistical nightmare; yet, it’s one of the few certainties that we have. The solution lies in making sure that any potential losses are planned, and mitigated, ahead of time. That’s exactly what ZDT does. As a smart diagnostic tool, it connects to a FANUC robot and conducts a mix of maintenance scheduling and process health monitoring. It can also generate a digital twin, which helps the software to compare how the robot should work, to how it is actually


functioning. If there are discrepancies, these are noted using a simple traffic-light system to communicate the severity of the problem. Don’t worry: smart diagnostics aren’t as sensitive as your kitchen smoke alarm, and they won’t flash red at every minor discrepancy. Instead, they’re designed to track changes and observe patterns in machine behaviour within defined parameters or tolerance levels. It’s then up to you to decide the best course of action to prevent machine failure. Do technologies such as these signal the end of unplanned downtime? Unfortunately not. As you’ll well know, downtime is influenced by more than machine faults. Technology is evolving all the time, however, and we are seeing some exciting developments within artificial intelligence and diagnostics. Predictive maintenance is one of the easier wins for companies looking to invest in smart manufacturing, and it’s a great way to enhance an automated production line for true lights-out, unmanned manufacturing. If you’re interested in learning more, why not visit us at our impressive facility in Ansty Park, Coventry? Whether you’re new to automation, or looking to take the next logical step, we can help to get your journey started. Steve Capon, Technical Manager, FANUC UK For more information on FANUC, or to see its current product range, please visit: www.fanuc.eu/uk/en.


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HBM Provides Terex® MPS with a Flexible Solution When Terex Pegson® MPS needed a reliable and flexible system to measure stress on its LJ5139 stone crushing machine, it turned to HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – to provide a comprehensive and effective solution. Following a thorough study of the issues faced by Terex Pegson® MPS, HBM specified its rugged DAQ, SomatXR series, which is particularly suitable for use in harsh environments. To compliment this package, HBM also suggested the Somat MX1615B-R module and related accessories, which included RF-9 strain gauge rosettes. Given the demanding environment, it was important that Terex Pegson® MPS specified the correct equipment. “Often faced with wet and arduous conditions, the ability to operate reliably under harsh conditions and sudden impacts was a key consideration for the customer when it came to suggesting the SomatXR system” explains Gregg Todd, HBM


Mobile Data Acquisition Specialist. The powerful SomatXR data acquisition system is specifically developed for use in harsh environments. The modules provide a wide temperature range and are protected from humidity, dust, shock and vibration. The data acquisition system provides a web interface for simple operation without any software installation. This allows for convenient channel parameterisation, monitoring of measurement jobs and visualisation of measured data far away from the measuring point. This was a particularly significant feature for Terex® MPS, given the nature of the measurement task. Another factor which was taken into consideration when specifying the Somat XR series was the operating conditions. For instance, when operating under such extreme conditions, it’s often hard to anticipate all of the problems that may occur, such as losing measurement data due to unforeseen events, such as a power failure.

The SomatXR system enables data to be continuously recorded. This means that should a failure interrupt a test, recorded data up until that point will be saved. This was a particularly relevant feature in terms of the long term tests, typically performed by Terex® MPS. HBM data acquisition systems are suitable for a wide range of mobile testing applications. Despite the immense load requirements and extreme environmental conditions, HBM was able to provide Terex® MPS with a reliable and flexible solution. In addition to specifying and supplying Terex® MPS with a system to meet its needs, HBM also provided engineers with valuable training and continued support, where needed. For further information, please contact HBM on +44 (0) 1525 304980 or via email: info@uk.hbm.co.uk or visit the HBM website at www.hbm.com

May 2018

PROTECT PSC1: The PROTECT PSC1 safety controller by Schmersal is compact, has a modular structure and can be used flexibly. The PSC1 makes it possible to project tailormade safety-related solutions, whether for individual machines or highly complex installations. Furthermore, the PSC1 can make a contribution towards the realisation of Industry 4.0 concepts. The PROTECT PSC1 consists of freely programmable compact PLCs with IO extension modules for signal processing of mechanical and electronic safety switchgear. The compact controllers can be equipped with a universal communication interface. This enables the selection and implementation of different fieldbus protocols easily using software. The PSC1 therefore only requires one hardware element to create a connection to most common forms of fieldbus systems – which is a significant advantage, particularly considering aspects of cost. The modular structure of the new Schmersal control system is of interest particularly with regard to Industry 4.0 concepts. The aim here, among other

Turning Workplaces into Safer Places things, is to produce individualised products up to single units cost effectively. To achieve this, modularly assembled systems are often needed in which control functions are distributed on smaller, decentralised units that are networked together. Here, the PSC1 from Schmersal offers the means to configure individual protection systems on a software basis. Furthermore, safe communication between different PSC1 controllers is facilitated via Ethernet SDDC (Safe Device to Device Communication). This simplifies the setup of complex, multi-part installations with networked safety subsystems. Another advantage of PSC1: Owing to the optionally integrated SD bus gateway, additional non-secure diagnostic signals from connected sensors can be transmitted via a standard bus system to an automation control system. This also allows signals to be evaluated that are relevant for preventing downtimes and increasing plant availability – and this in turn facilitates a rise in efficiency. For more information on the PROTECT PSC1 range please visit our website www.schmersal.co.uk, or email swatkins@schmersal.co.uk with any literature requests.

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The Power of Sharing

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

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


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

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

consuming, takes specialist skills and requires hefty financial investment. But, what if end-users could easily transform the huge stack of patent documents they are required to read through into an easy-to-understand, interactive visualisation? A well-constructed visualisation can simplify complex information – making it easier to interpret data that would otherwise be hard to understand as meaningful information. Unlike simple articles, or data tables, data visualisations are processed much faster by our brains. They can be made concise and colourful and therefore easy on the eye but still effectively show the overall picture and the data that sits behind it. To further our goal of making complex patent data accessible and understandable by all people within a corporation, Minesoft recently launched PatBase Analytics V2. Fully compatible with PatBase Express – end-users can take very large and highly complex datasets, and easily present them in a visual way that is ideal for sharing to strategic decision makers in a boardroom environment. Minesoft solutions can transform the way you work, find out how at www.minesoft.com.

Penetrate the pool of patent information Harness the power of Intellectual Property with the Minesoft Patent Toolbox. • Search patents intuitively and comprehensively with PatBase • Explore the landscape and turn data into intelligence with Analytics V2 • Encourage innovation across the corporation with PatBase Express • Extract essential chemical information with Chemical Explorer Visit www.minesoft.com today! Minesoft offices worldwide: US +1 866 745 3621 UK +44 (0)20 8404 0651 DE +49 (0)211 7495 0930 JP +81 3 5403 9191

May 2018


DIVERSE CONNECTION SOLUTIONS FOR A BROAD RANGE OF TASKS Whether for transferring power, signals, data or media – when the demand is for perfect quality and absolute reliability ODU always delivers. We provide the connection you need, tailored to your requirements – we can also offer a complete system, including assembly, from a single source. As specialists in the development and manufacture of connections, ODU combines all the relevant vital skills in one company.





ODU-UK Ltd. Phone: 0330 002 0640 sales@odu-uk.co.uk www.odu-uk.co.uk

May 2018

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

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May 2018

Bell Flow Systems are leading distributors of flow measurement products and solutions. With over 20 years of experience serving fuel, oil, chemicals, water and gas industries worldwide.


fter Bell Flow’s establishment in 1997, we quickly expanded to include distribution of major brands Alpe Hydraulic Systems/ Watertech water meters, Gespasa fluid technology products, and our sister company Fluidwell instrumentation devices. The business grew, and relocated to Buckingham. Expansion saw us become sole UK distribution of the Australian brand, Macnaught. Macnaught are market-leading manufacturers of oval gear flow meters, renowned for producing quality, robust products. Our market position was further strengthened with WRAS & WRc approval for our range of ALFA, BETA and OMEGA water meters. After joining the Flowmax Group in 2010, Bell Flow acquired US company; DEA Engineering. Manufacturing of the new range of micro flow meters migrated to the UK. Shortly after, Bell Flow Systems was appointed UK agent for Badger Meter Europa. The highly respected, USA manufactured industrial flow meters were added to our expanding range. The Racine Federated flow meter range was added shortly after, following acquisition by Badger Meter Inc. 2012 also saw Bell Flow Systems achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in international quality standards. In 2013, Cortex Displays was formed from sister company; Fluidwell. Providing flexibility to design and develop a range of


instrumentation for the global market. The Bell Flow premises were refurbished, and capacity increased. Enabling the addition of our training & demonstration suite, testing & assembly department and clean production area. Two ISO 17025 certified oil and water test rigs and a micro calibration & test facility were added shortly afterwards. Today, we proudly offer a diverse range of flow measurement solutions. Our range includes turbines, ultrasonic (transit time & Doppler), thermal mass, positive displacement (oval gear, piston, oscillating disc, bi-rotator & helical gear), paddle wheel, Woltmann helix, electromagnetic, vortex, Coriolis and variable area meters. Including an extensive selection of instruments and displays for an infinite possibility of applications. Our dedicated team of industry trained experts deliver a uniquely flexible approach to flow measurement applications. With customers span across a vast demographic - from private individuals to multi-nationals, government defence to space agencies, farming and agricultural, to schools and universities. The future holds a continuation of our strategy to launch innovative new products and exceed the expectations of the ever-changing global market. We are Bell Flow Systems – contact us today to discuss your flow measurement needs.

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May 2018

High Temperature Thermal Imaging Through Glass FLIR Systems introduces the FLIR A6262sc – a high performance SWIR camera with very special ablilities. Using a proprietary VisGaAs detector, that provides extended spectral coverage down into the visible range, enables the FLIR A6262sc to uniquely make measurements through glass. The FLIR A6262sc camera sets the standard for high temperature thermal measurement in through glass oven, furnace, and environmental chamber applications by combining high-speed performance, unique spectral coverage and a suite of fully customizable features. The newly-designed high resolution detector offers improved sensitivity and linearity across the full dynamic range, making it ideal for radiometry and temperature calibrated applications. The FLIR A6262sc is a fully equipped thermal imaging camera. It is particularly flexible and versatile since users can fully configure camera settings such

as frame rate, integration time and window size according to their wishes and requirements. The A6262sc is equipped with an indium gallium arsenide detector optimized to the 0.6 1.7 µm waveband, which produces crisp, 640 x 512 pixel thermal images. The sensor includes three user selectable gain states offering a 75x gain factor, making it an exceptionally flexible tool for imaging bright objects (laser beam profiling), low light scenes (nightglow imaging) and verification of silicon wafers. Its sensor offers a 75x gain factor. The A6262sc offers full customization of all settings, including integration time and frame rate, so you can tailor the controls to each unique application. Synchronize and trigger the camera with external events and devices, for maximum flexibility. The A6262sc also provides a built-in flat field shutter that

can be either manually or automatically controlled for spatially-uniform image quality. The FLIR A6262sc cameras work seamlessly with FLIR ResearchIR Max software, enabling intuitive viewing, recording, and advanced processing of thermal data. They are fully compliant with GigE Vision® and GeniCam, making them plug and play with other software programs, such as MathWorks® MATLAB. For further information on the FLIR A6262sc camera please contact FLIR Systems in Europe on +32-3665-5100 or research@flir.com.

Optical Gas Imaging Camera Guidebook FLIR Systems has published a new guidebook that provides informative tips to enable engineers and scientists to get the most out of their Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera. OGI cameras use spectral wavelength filtering and Stirling cooler cold-filtering technology to visualize the infrared absorption of gases such as methane, sulfur hexafluoride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and Freon refrigerants. FLIR Systems produces a range of optimized OGI cameras, each with a filter that matches the spectral absorption of the gas it is designed to visualize. Through OGI technology, the industries including petrochemicals, chemicals and power generation can

incorporate a safer, more efficient ‘Smart LDAR’ (Leak Detection and Repair) program. Inspectors can detect fugitive emissions and leaks faster and pinpoint the source immediately, leading to prompt repairs, reduced industrial emissions, and greater conformity to regulations. In addition, OGI saves money, not only through efficiency but more importantly by improving the safety of company personnel and assets. The new guide provides tips on understanding the application,

environmental considerations, qualitative and quantitative measurements, safe operation, measuring temperature correctly, working with ATEX permits, industrial emissions regulations, available training and return-on-investment. To download a copy of ‘Top 10 tips for getting the most out of an Optical Gas Imaging camera’ please visit www.flir.co.uk/ogi/display/?id=62550

or contact FLIR Systems in Europe on +32-3665-5100 or gasimaging@flir.com


May 2018

Specialists in small Diameter Dowel Pins

Technifast has increased its machining capabilities with the commissioning of additional Citizen CNC machinery to keep pace with increasing demand for their small diameter dowel pin services. The new addition to Technifast’s established manufacturing division will give the Corbybased firm increased capacity to produce very small diameter dowels, from 1mm – 5mm diameter, which will bring reductions in leadtime, but retain the high-precision accuracy that Technifast customers demand. “Our increased machining capabilities allow us to provide a rapid response to the many enquiries and orders we receive for the production of small diameter dowel pins,” said Technifast’s Managing Director, Louis Speed. “We have seen this area of our business evolve over recent times and the acquisition of our new machinery is an example of how Technifast continually strives to deliver a greater field of dowel pin options. There is no ‘fit-all’ solution for fasteners, so it is important we are able to offer our customers a product tailored to their unique requirements.” As a specialist in the production of precision components in stainless steel materials, the small diameter dowels can be manufactured in stainless steel grades 303 and 304, plus marine grade stainless steel 316. Technifast also has the capabilities to produce dowels to larger diameters, with 32mm being the maximum size. Technifast is an established supplier and manufacturer of specialist engineering fasteners and components. They offer an extensive portfolio of precision fasteners, which includes pins, dowels, spacers, inserts and keys, which are reliably and efficiently supplied to industries Worldwide, including automotive, aviation and marine, at competitive prices.


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May 2018

Simple Workplace Dust, Noise and Vibration Monitoring


orkplace monitoring can improve employee health as measurement enables the identification of areas and activities that increase exposure. Casella’s monitoring solutions ensure quick, simple and precise data. Hand held devices for walk-through surveys Casella’s 24x, 62X and 63x Sound Level Meters and Microdust Pro™ dust monitor, are ideal for spot checks and walkthrough surveys to identify problem areas. These rugged instruments are easy to use quick, accurate and instantly provide data. Bodily worn solutions for precise personal sampling. Casella’s Apex2 I.S™ personal air sampling pumps monitor an individual’s exposure to dust, fumes and gases and offer class beating performance and long battery life. Casella have just introduced the Flow Detective™ air sampling pump calibrator. The first with airflow pulsation measurement to ensure the correct flow, with traceable results. This electronic calibrator can measure to 2% accuracy and can send results via the Airwave app to email. The device alerts if pulsation exceeds 10% to adhere to ISO 13137, as excessive pulsation can have a detrimental effect on the collection of the correct fraction of respirable dust. The Flow Detective™ can be used with any manufacturers’ air sampling pumps. When used with Apex2 I.S personal sampling pump, the Apex2™ and Flow Detective™ can be connected via the Airwave™ App allowing for closed loop airflow calibration with the ability to remotely set the flow via Airwave™, without manual settings needed. This drastically saves time when calibrating pumps. Casella’s dBadge2™ personal noise dosimeter is small and unobtrusive, and can record the actual audio a worker has been exposed to, to be played back to determine exposure sources. The Apex2 I.S™ as well as the dBadge2™ are intrinsically safe for use in potentially explosive areas. These devices are able to remotely monitor via using the Casella Airwave app which means that you can manage your assessments from your mobile phone. This means that you do not have to disturb your workers from their task and you can monitor and make interventions as necessary. Ensuring environmental compliance The Guardian2 boundary monitor can cater for dust, noise as well as meteorological agents in one enclosure with 24/7 access to real-time data and reports readily produced for compliance purposes. Alerts and reports can be sent to multiple users via text or email should limits be exceeded. Casella monitoring solutions support real-time rapid decision-making, equipping users with greater knowledge to improve workplace health programs. To find out more about our monitoring solutions, visit www.casellasolutions.com, call 01234 844100 or email info@casellasolutions.com


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T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito, European Sales Office, Gronauer Straße 1, 61194 Niddatal, Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970 europe.office@tandd.de www.tandd.com

ECi Software Solutions Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA +44 (0) 333 123 0333   www.eci.eu     eu-sales@ecisolutions.com

Unit 3A, Whitworth Court, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1WA. Tel.: (0044)-330 002 0640, sales@odu-uk.co.uk www.odu-uk.co.uk

Aztec Environmental Head Office, Aztech Environmental Services, The Stables, Llwyndu Court, Abergavenny, NP7 7HG 01873 850222, info@aztechindustrial.com www.aztechenvironmentalservices.co.uk

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Precision Technology Supplies Ltd

26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660 www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk

The Birches Industrial Estate, East Grinstead, RH19 1XZ, United Kingdom +44 (0)1342 410758, info@pts-uk.com http://www.pts-uk.com


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E: info@monitran.com www.monitran.com



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