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Calling all Flood and Coastal Risk Management Professionals and Engineers! The Environment Agency with Trio Events will convene the second Flood and Coast conference and exhibition and are seeking all flood and coastal risk management professionals to attend what promises to be the largest gathering of thought leadership for flood defence and coastal erosion in the UK. change. The 2016 event featured 170 speakers, over 100 exhibition stands and attracted visitors from all over the UK and abroad. Flood & Coast 2017 will build on this success giving all those involved in managing flooding and coastal erosion the chance to swap ideas, listen, learn and plan for the future.”

Led again by the Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, businesses, community groups, flood research consultants and universities from across the country. Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director, Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency and Chair of the Advisory Committee, said “We are trying to reach a wide audience covering the whole flood risk community. If we can help to connect people and share ideas, then I think that we will be better

placed as a community to support businesses and people at risk. I would like people to leave the conference and exhibition with far more contacts in the flood and coastal risk management community, with ideas to help their work area and to help them understand the part they play in shaping the future of flood and coastal risk management.” Val Johnston-Jones, Flood and Coast Project Director said “Our first Flood & Coast event in February 2016 was set up to tackle exactly the sort of flood disasters that happened in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Somerset and the devastating effects of coastal erosion in Cornwall, Norfolk and other parts of the UK due to on-going climate

“We will be showcasing the latest thinking from academics leading research at our top universities, as well as from the practitioners and specialists who deliver FCRM excellence on the ground. If you have a story to tell about your research or how you’ve applied new technologies or approaches to FCRM problems, we want to see you at the event.” The conference and exhibition aims to share the latest ideas and showcase up to the minute flood defence solutions and explain what the Environment Agency can offer to help prevent future flooding for local authorities and stakeholders. The event, taking place at the Telford International Centre, 2830 March 2017 will host fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM. For further information see www.floodandcoast.com

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5 Ways Predictive Maintenance Cuts Down On Costly Downtime Manufacturers are being encouraged to utilise data capture to improve their approach to maintenance. The industrial sector is undergoing massive transformation like never before. Sundeep Sanghavi co-founder of DataRPM looks deeper than preventative maintenance into the realm of predictive maintenance. According to a World Economic Forum study, if the first Industrial Revolution was driven by steam, the second by electricity, and the third by digitization, we are now in the midst of a fourth: one driven by data. In this “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) era, an explosion of IoT-connected devices has created a new level of big data possibilities for enterprises of all types. In the search for how and where manufacturers can best reap the rewards of the IIoT, look no further than maintenance protocols.

Prevent or predict? For much of the modern manufacturing world, the prevalent approach to IT maintenance can be best described as “preventive” — performing maintenance on a schedule, even if machines don’t actually require updating or repair. According to a 2015 study, 85% of companies utilise this strategy. This is a non-optimal approach because scheduling maintenance leads to unnecessary labor (and, therefore, unnecessary costs). Additionally, a potential problem that goes undetected between scheduled maintenance can pose huge risks to the financial health of the company and the physical health of its workers. Currently, manufacturers tend to devote their technology toward creating and enforcing maintenance schedules — but now’s the time to begin evolving toward a predictive methodology.

The biggest perks of predictive maintenance Using technology to drive a predictive maintenance approach, manufacturers can stream data from sensors mounted on their machines to uncover key usage and performance patterns in real time. This allows them to identify potential malfunctions in the making and avoid the hefty costs of unexpected breakdowns. As a whole, predictive maintenance offers manufacturers a tremendous opportunity to boost operational efficiency. The process can be easily automated through machine learning and cognitive data science, meaning there’s no need to hire an army of data experts or assign additional human capital to the cause. Here are five specific benefits manufacturers will see from a predictive maintenance approach: 1. Reduced wrench time: Since the turn of the millennium, American factories have spent trillions of dollars a year performing maintenance. A predictive approach would render a great portion of these costs unnecessary or completely avoidable. For example, manpower would no longer be wasted on routine machine diagnostics, and companies could avoid huge outlays purchasing and installing new machines to replace those that broke down between inspections.Human intervention will be required only for a necessary repair, and because the issue is caught before it results in a complete mechanical breakdown, the wrench time will be much shorter. 2. Less downtime: “Downtime” is a word manufacturers despise. About 5% of the average factory’s production is lost to downtime every year, costing the global manufacturing community roughly $647bn annually. However, with a

predictive, data-driven maintenance approach, companies are much less likely to be blindsided by equipment failure and face lengthy, costly periods of inactivity. As an example, robotics company FANUC partnered with Cisco to create a “zero downtime” program that ended up saving one auto manufacturer $40 million.IoT sensors can detect if a machine is beginning to break down and automatically order a new part. Then, the company can schedule the necessary repair or installation during a low-volume or after-hours window, minimizing lost productivity. 3. Improved safety: Manufacturers undoubtedly take pride in creating safe environments for their workers, but one study found that up to 30% of all manufacturing deaths occur during maintenance activity. A predictive approach to maintenance does wonders toward increasing workplace safety by preventing dangerous scenarios. Companies can set safety parameters and receive immediate notification when a machine shows preliminary signs of reaching that threshold. 4. Better inventory management of parts: By predicting what will fail, one can manage what parts he needs to order or have in his maintenance inventory. 5. Better field personnel management: By predicting what will fail, manufacturers can better plan what kind of expertise would be required to perform maintenance. Furthermore, they can better plan schedules, too (rather than when ad hoc failures occur). The lowered costs, higher productivity, and improved product quality made possible by predictive maintenance all lead to the ultimate benefit of happier customers. And further, employing this strategy arms companies with cuttingedge technologies empowered by cognitive data science that produce high-level business insights — unlocking countless opportunities for improvement and innovation. Preventive maintenance can only carry you so far; join the next revolution by embracing predictive maintenance.

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Is it time to recycle more nickel? Written by Dr Tim Johnson and Lesley Vernon. Tetronics International


ow you might think me a little sad, but I have to confess that as a metallurgist, I always find it interesting just how closely the history of mankind is linked to advances in metal working. The first evidence of metal working in Europe dates from around 5500 BC with the extraction of copper, lead and precious metals and this was followed by the working of bronze from around 4000 BC, both of which mark key points in the emergence of modern civilisation more generally. The growing use of new techniques to extract iron from its ores in around 1200 BC then marked the transition to the iron age, a period of time that only came to an official end in around 600 BC as pre-history transitioned to history with the widespread use of writing. Rather later on, the industrial revolution was largely triggered by the advent of improved cast iron production methods in the early 18th Century, whilst the rapid industrial expansion of the Victorian period was only made possible by the cheap and plentiful supplies of steel provided by Bessemer’s converter. It could also be argued that the expansion of air travel and the more recent digital revolution in the 20th Century owe debts of gratitude to revolutions in the production of alloys based on aluminium and silicon respectively.

One of these metals is Nickel, which now reaches into many areas of our lives and whilst it is mostly used to produce stainless steel, it is also used in many other applications, rechargeable batteries, coins, coating materials and as a basis for many catalysts. It is becoming more important again as a lower-cost alternative in several important reactions, including the hydrogenation of vegetable oils, reforming of hydrocarbons, and the production of fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. Consequently, the demand for nickel across the whole range of applications has been increasing by around 5% per year since 2010 and looks set to continue this trend, significantly faster in fact than during the huge boom in nickel prices in the years leading up to the crash in metal prices in late 2007. When China’s manufacturing sector was booming, demand for nickel soared and nickel prices took off. It is extraordinary to think that back in 1880, ores commonly contained over 10% nickel, whereas by 2010


‘good quality’ ores were down to only 1% to 2% nickel. So, with declining ore quality, falling mining output and growing demand, is it time to recycle more nickel?

Is it time to recycle more nickel…we think so! Tetronics’ DC plasma smelting technology has proved itself to be very adept at extracting nickel and other key metals such as chromium and molybdenum from dusts generated in the melting and production of stainless steel. Plants in Italy and the North of England have been processing these wastes for nearly 25 years, providing a source of these valuable metals back to their adjacent steel plants in place of metals extracted from mining operations.

And for the last 10 years or so, Tetronics’ plasma smelting plants have been used for extracting precious metals from industrial catalysts and catalytic converters. As the use of nickel as a catalyst in chemical processes is expanding, so these two strands of Tetronics’ experience have come together to produce a growing interest in the recovery of nickel from petrochemical catalysts. Whilst other major sources of nickel wastes, such as scrap stainless steel, are ideal for recycling directly back to the steel industry, petrochemical catalysts are both less plentiful and lesssuited to this well-established recovery route. Meanwhile, other methods (often based on various types of wet chemistry) also have significant drawbacks, such as poor recovery rates or the generation of large quantities of other wastes. Instead, the highly compact, environmentally friendly and efficient nature of Tetronics’ DC plasma smelting plants makes them an obvious choice for this increasingly important niche secondary source of nickel. So, as the world looks for new environmentally-friendly methods to satisfy the growing demand for nickel, here at Tetronics we feel plasma is the right technology at the right time.

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Neutronic Technologies has produced a unique report in time for the campaign, examining what exactly is holding the industry back

Research conducted by industrial components and engineering services specialists Neutronic Technologies has revealed that 72% of people believe that not enough is currently being done to encourage children to study STEM subjects. The UK is already facing such a substantial shortage of engineering talent. But a recent report by The Institution of Engineering and Technology showed that 68% of employers are concerned that our education system is struggling to keep up. A further 40% believe that recruitment will be hit hard over the next few years due to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Given these recent statistics, and the urgent problems facing the modern world, the need for industry-wide change has never been more apparent. To help inspire the shift that is needed, Neutronic Technologies has produced its own report to thoroughly examine what can be done to get more children interested in STEM. Entitled ‘Inspiring a Generation: How can we get more kids into engineering?’, the report takes an in-depth look at the condition of the engineering industry. It explores what is holding us back, and calls on expert opinion to discover exactly what we can do to overcome these issues.


Neil Gallant, Managing Director of Neutronic Technologies, hopes the report will help to inspire change: “The shortage of graduates seeking out careers in engineering is a huge concern for everyone in the industry, and the issues between the UK and Europe are likely to only exacerbate the problem. Global demand for talented engineers is growing. If we are to tackle the problems we face, such as global warming and the need to use less energy, we need to increase the supply to meet the demand. But to do that we must show children that exciting careers can be found here, and that’s why we need national campaigns like Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.” Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 7th - 11th November, and is a national campaign dedicated to showcasing the incredible jobs that real-life engineers do, and changing people’s perception of the industry. The campaign is now in its fourth year and aims to inspire young people, particularly girls, to consider engineering careers they may not have known existed. Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, who provided a comment on the future of the industry for the Neutronic report, said: “Engineers help to save lives, make our days easier, and create amazing innovations that astound us and keep us entertained. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week showcases what engineers do and it gives young people from all backgrounds the chance to take on engineering challenges and imagine their future as an engineer. “The aim of the Week is ultimately to address the skills shortage in engineering. 1.82m people with engineering skills are needed this decade, meaning we need to boost the number of apprentices and graduates entering the industry. To achieve this the community must work together to inspire more young people (boys and girls) and encourage them to think of engineering as an exciting career option.”

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Linkam’s debut at Advanced Engineering is a direct result of discussions with exhibitors and attendees of last year’s meeting. The advent of 3D printing and the need to characterise the materials being used presents an excellent opportunity for the application of thermal microscopy tools from Linkam. Come and explore the range of temperature controlled stages on stand J122. The clue to Linkam’s microscope stages is in their name. As well as measuring specific physical properties, the user can observe and simultaneously collect images of their materials providing a wealth of bonus information. The new TST350 stage provides mechanical measurements under tension and compression. It enables users to test the tensile properties of samples relative to temperature and capture high resolution images of the structural changes. As is expected of Linkam equipment, temperature control and accuracy is second to none, with a range from -196 to 350 °C with 0.1 °C control and up to 60 °C/ min rates Complementing the TST350 is the new optical differential scanning calorimeter, DSC450. It provides easy temperature control from liquid nitrogen levels of -196 °C up to + 450 °C with an accuracy of better than 0.1 °C and heating/ cooling rate control at rates of up to 100 °C/min. DSC is used to measure temperatures and heat flow associated with thermal transitions in a material. Common usage includes investigation, selection, comparison and end-use performance evaluation of materials in research, quality control and production applications. Properties measured using DSC techniques include glass transitions, phase changes, melting points, crystallisation and degradation temperatures. Available with variable humidity control, the DSC & TST stages may be mounted on most commercial light microscopes or if preferred, Linkam’s own Imaging Station with integrated camera and analysis system. The RH95 provides control of humidity inside Linkam stages or any other sealed chamber up to a volume of 2000 cc from 5 to 90%. Unlike other humidity systems, no costly dry air supply is required. Ambient air is dried through a specially designed automatic recycling desiccant system and so can be left controlling humidity for months at a time. Rather than simply monitoring the humidity of air supplied to the chamber, a sensor is placed inside the chamber to create a feedback loop to the controller. For more information, visit www.linkam.co.uk.


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Schwer Fittings Ltd Company Background

Schwer Fittings Ltd started in Warrington in 1994, twenty years later as an established and still growing company, the UK branch continues to improve, innovate and, most importantly, manufacture.

adapters (BSP, NPT metric & JIC), aseptic fittings, screwed fittings and valves.

Recent improvements include expanding into the adjacent building, provision of an updated trade counter, purchase of new CNC machinery and a bending machine.

The u2-Lok range of twin ferrule fittings is uniquely, European Manufactured, using NACE & NORSOK approved material, DNV certified and laser marked ensuring 3.1b material certification and traceability.

Investment in a test bench and hose swaging machinery, means that Schwer can now provide compatibility testing of hoses and fittings. The new training facilities are being used for BFPA courses, available to individuals and companies. With patented developments and specialized departments with professional product management, Schwer has opened new markets and continually developed the company.

Products Specialists in stainless steel connection technology, Schwer offers a wide range of fittings, including single and twin ferrule compression fittings, hose end fittings, including interlock, (BSP, NPT, metric, ORFS & JIC), hydraulic


Increased stock in the UK allows for next day delivery for most items.

Quality Management Uniquely, all Schwer products are laser marked, this number allows for complete traceability from the raw material, to the machine used for production. Item specific 3.1b certificates and test reports, may be supplied up to ten years after manufacture. Schwer holds many quality certificates including ISO 9001 & 14001, Lloyds, DNV, ABS and DVGW. Combining a highly skilled workforce and cutting edge CAD design with the newest machine technology. Schwer produces the highest quality products all of which are subject to rigorous testing, from raw material through production to despatch.

Expertise and technical support A technically trained team in the UK with many years’ experience and knowledge is equipped to provide a continuously improving service, both over the phone and on site. Schwer’s new website now offers product search, downloadable certificates and technical information, whilst paper catalogues are also available from the Warrington office. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Girls have the power Female engineers breakthrough in Semta skills competition Eight talented young female engineers have reached the national finals of the sector’s elite competition to be held at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month (November). Semta, the national organising partner for the engineering WorldSkills UK competitions, which represents more than 148,000 companies, has been campaigning tirelessly to break down the gender barriers and increase the number of women engineers working in industry. The ‘great eight’ represents a significant breakthrough for the cause, as there were just four females in an entourage of more than a hundred in last year’s finals – a hundred per cent increase. No less than 44 per cent of the women that entered the 2016 regional heats were awarded a place in the final – compared to 39 per cent of men.

Semta CEO Ann Watson

“There is still much work in terms of re-educating parents, teachers and careers advisors ”However, this does show that female engineers who enter the industry can compete at a very elite level.

All finalists have risen to the challenge having completed the required tasks in the regional heats and are now battling to be the nation’s best.

“The only barriers in the way of creating more women engineers are ignorance, misinformation and outmoded gender stereotypes.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said: “This is a major milestone and testament to the work that we are doing to encourage females to enter both the sector and competitions – but it only goes to underline the scale of the problem.

“In order to close the skills gap - it is an absolute necessity for huge numbers of women to pursue a career in the sector. Why should the majority of women miss out on an extremely exciting, rewarding career? Why should the nation not benefit from utilising their true potential?”


Among the disciplines practised by the female finalists are: Aeronautical Engineering: Avionic, Robotics, Industrial Electronics, CNC Turning, Mechatronics and the Manufacturing Team Challenge. The winners of the national finals in November will be considered for selection to Team UK – with the chance to represent their country at WorldSkills International in Kazan, Russia in 2019. Further information on a rewarding career in engineering can be found here.

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MiniMax 06 now commercially available

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New ultra-miniature high-density connector now commercially available

Last May, Fischer Connectors expanded its high-density product range, the Fischer MiniMax™ Series, with an even smaller ultraminiature connector: MiniMax 06. This connector is now commercially available, and its full Technical Specifications can be found under this link. As a reminder, the Fischer MiniMax™ Series marks an important technological breakthrough in the connectivity market: thanks to this


high-density connectivity solution, which combines signal and power and ensures premium performance even in extreme environments, design engineers can replace several connectors with only one, thus making electronics lighter and smaller.

The Fischer MiniMax™ Series connectors are also rugged, with IP68 sealing (2m/24h), both mated and unmated, an unbreakable keying system, and over-molded cable assemblies. Available in three locking systems (push-pull, screw and quick-release), they are easy to connect and disconnect up to 5,000 times. The new MiniMax 06 connector was unveiled as a world premiere on 2 May 2016 at XPONENTIAL, the trade show organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in New Orleans. Contact our sales force to buy the new MiniMax 06 or get free advice. More info:

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X5c is multilevel password protected for improved data management allowing the system to log events against individual operators. Produced from brushed stainless steel, it also offers an ultra-hygienic design for easy cleaning and low maintenance and serviceability. A quick release belt can be removed without the need for tools and the tension eased for cleaning. The sloping surfaces stop food particles and washdown droplets accumulating in crevices and reduce drying time.

VIP visitors learn how latest streamlined X-ray model can help fish processors introduce a new level of certainty by detecting bones, shell fragments and grit At the inaugural Iceland Fishing Expo held recently in Reykjavik, the President of Iceland, Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, and Minister of Fisheries & Agriculture, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, visited distributor, Eltak Ltd’s stand where they learned how Loma’s (www. loma.com; +44 (0) 1252 893300) X5c X-ray inspection system can help fish processors identify contaminants such as *bones, shell fragments and grit.

fit into most production lines without making any major modifications, generated lots of interest at the show and we were honoured that the President of Iceland and Minister of Fisheries & Agriculture took the time to visit our stand on the opening day. It really was a great opportunity for us to explain how the X5c can help introduce a new level of certainty for fish processors.

In addition, Icelandic television station, INN-TV interviewed Eltak Ltd’s Managing Director Jonas Agustsson for an episode titled ‘Hrafnathing’.

Jonas adds: “For example, in fish processing plants the X5c can be easily integrated into a line to detect the presence of most bones in fish fillets coming out of automatic bone removers.”

Jonas comments: “Over the past few years, the Icelandic fish processing industry has grown considerably with lots of businesses, including startups, developing innovative new products. As a result, we welcomed this annual exhibition to showcase equipment such as Loma’s exciting X5c X-ray system which is ideal for detecting contaminants such as bones, shell fragments and grit in both fresh and processed fish products. “The plug and play machine, which is designed to be flexible enough to


Loma’s X5c X-ray inspection system adheres to the company’s ‘Designed to Survive’ ethos whilst significantly reducing the cost of ownership of X-ray inspection technology. It represents considerable investment by Loma in developing a fully specified system that offers high quality contaminant inspection using a reduced number of well-proven subcomponents and streamlined design. To comply with CFR21 part 11, Loma’s

Ideal for the detection of glass, calcified bone, rubber, stone as well as ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metal in various packaging, Loma’s X5c operates at line speeds up to 50 metres per minute and measures just one metre in length. It is capable of handling products up to 100mm (height) and 300mm (width) but weighing no more than 3kg. With the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and retailers’ Codes of Practice further recognising the use of X-ray inspection systems in the food industry, Loma used its considerable knowledge, experience and resources to build a system that offers major cost advantages, and opens up X-ray inspection technology to those companies who previously considered it too expensive. As with all Loma’s products, customers benefit from a high level of service and receive a tailor made solution to their inspection requirements. *Except pin bones and dependent on density of bone in relation to the density of the fish product. For product enquiries please contact: Anita Miault, Telephone: +44 (0)1252 893300 Web: www.loma.com Email: enquires@loma.com

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Another Bright Idea from Rittal Rittal is launching a new generation of lights designed specifically for enclosures. The range sets new standards for energy and high performance using LED technology which will deliver up to 1,200 lumens, and for easy installation, there are simple connection and mounting options. Lighting is an area that is often neglected in the design of enclosures and yet it plays a vital role in helping with installation and maintenance. The ability to easily identify different wire colours, for example, is clearly vital for both. “Working within an enclosure is far simpler if the space is illuminated with our state-of-the-art lighting technology,” says Paul Metcalfe, Rittal’s Product Manager for Enclosures. “High-performance lighting also helps to avoid errors during installation, maintenance or repair work, and avoid expensive delays. Added to which, the simple mounting of the lights saves valuable workshop time.”

Targeted illumination Two models of the new enclosure lights are being launched with luminous fluxes of 900 and 1200 lumens. They use LEDs which provide outstanding energy efficiency and have a much longer lifetime than other light sources. Their transparent plastic lens


with integrated Fresnel lenses focus the light in such a way that the entire enclosure is illuminated, even down at the bottom. It means the light can be targeted towards areas where it is needed – without being scattered into the exterior.

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The lights can be used across the world thanks to their wide-range voltage input, which will be of considerable benefit to controllers, switchgear manufacturers and mechanical engineers who work across international markets. There is no need to change electrical planning or the parts list and the lights all come with the appropriate internationally important approvals (e.g. from the UL, for the US market).

The new enclosure lights fit perfectly into the Rittal TS 8 baying enclosure system and can be installed without any loss of space. They can be mounted by just one individual without the need for any additional help and If required, the system can also daisy- each model has three mounting options: a chain up to 15 lights from a single power magnetic retainer, a clip fastener in the TS 8 source. section or by screw fastening.

There are a range of options for turning the lights on and off - by an integrated switch, a door switch or a motion detector. Each light is also equipped with a socket. The connections have been designed to simplify assembly work and allow rapid installation. For example, the lights can be attached using pre-assembled cables with connectors. The lamp connection can also be swivelled through 90 degrees, allowing a cable to be easily fitted even in enclosures which are just 600 mm wide.

Purchasing and assembly is also simple with easy ordering and storage processes as well as options within the range to suit every need and requirement.

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New Thermal Fuse from Foremost has the Highest holding and Open Temperature on the Market Foremost Electronics, the Essex based specialist distributor of electromechanical components, announces the availability of Therm-O-Disc’s new G4 257C Microtemp® Thermal Fuse which offers the highest holding temperature and highest open temperature available in the market.

MICROTEMP® thermal fuses from Therm-ODisc® represent the global standard in thermal fuses. MICROTEMP® thermal fuses offer an accurate, reliable solution to the need for upper limit temperature protection against overheating by interrupting an electrical circuit when operating temperatures exceed the rated temperature of the thermal fuse. The G4-series is rated for continuous operating currents up to 10 amps at 250 VAC. The global agency recognition of the G4-series enables use in a wide range of applications including major and portable appliances including high speed blenders as well as personal care products such as high power irons, steamers and hair straighteners. The hold Temperature (Th) of the MICROTEMP G4 257C has been increased to 220ºC to ensure applications with higher normal ambient temperature requirements will have added assurance of maintained operation for a minimum period of 168 hours without opening, as tested per IEC 60691. Other key features include fully safety agency approved to UL, VDE, CSA and CCC and evaluation in laboratory conditions to maintain continuity for 1,000 hours at continuous thermal fuse body temperature of 220ºC Full application notes are available for the Microtemp® to ensure users can determine the suitability of the control device for their specific applications, including the level of reliability required Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics, comments, “MICROTEMP® thermal fuses from Therm-O-Disc are available in a variety of standard and custom configurations, providing reliable one-shot over-temperature protection for a wide variety of applications. The new G4 series offers a safe and reliable safety cut-out for the growing number of high power and high speed products being introduced almost daily.” Foremost serve a wide number of diverse markets from industrial, instrumentation, audio/broadcast, rail, medical to education. Established in 1989, Foremost Electronics Ltd. are long established agents and distributors of electro-mechanical components including switches, connectors, cabinets, enclosures and handles, control knobs, thermal fuses and optoelectronics. Foremost are also a supplier of joysticks and controllers for both OEM and stand-alone applications and have specialist online stores for Rotary Switches, IP Joysticks and Electric Vehicle Connectors and Accessories www.enclosures4u.com For more information on the G4 257C Microtemp® Thermal Fuse and all products available from Foremost Electronics call +44 (0)1371 811171, email sales@4most.co.uk or visit www.4most.co.uk


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New ultrasonic sensors from ifm electronic Ltd As market leader in industrial sensors ifm electronic Ltd is committed to delivering the best in sensing technologies to detect just about anything. It comes as no surprise then that ifm electronic also offers a new family of sensors using the ultrasonic principle. Sensing ranges up to 2200mm can be achieved with the UG range of sensors. For both space saving and ease of installation the UG range from ifm electronic consists of M18 housings. Some are standard barrel types while others are in a combination rectangular housing with an M18 section, for more flexibility. ifm electronic is naturally concerned that the UG range are not only reliable object sensors, but are provided at affordable prices. Users won’t be disappointed. Setting switchpoints is simply done via pushbuttons or over IO-Link. IO-Link also presents an ideal way of transmitting distance data. In addition to housing options, ifm also offers two sensing principles using sound. Diffuse reflection devices, like their optical counterparts, send out pulses which are reflected by the surface of an object. Alternatively, there are retroreflective sensors that transmit to a solid surface behind the position of the target, and the object breaks the beam. This is particularly useful when the position and angle of the target object cannot be predetermined. For many industries handling objects that optical sensors struggle with, ultrasonic is a very useful addition. Tricky surfaces for photocells include basket-type structures, uneven or dark surfaces, or even very shiny ones.


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Sensors wenglor’s new sensors are based on a patented measuring method in accordance with the calorimetric principle. Thermal differences are measured in flowing media and are converted to physical quantities such as flow velocity and temperature. The measurement results of most common sensors provide just one value – not so with the new weFlux² generation which measures flow velocity and temperature simultaneously with a single sensor, regardless of the medium’s direction of flow. And installation in any desired position assures greatest possible flexibility with regard to system layout. The maintenancefree, non-wearing sensors offer tremendous pressure resistance with values of up to 100 bar. In order to be able to deliver precise measurement results in hygienically sensitive environments at temperatures ranging from -25 to +80° C, the FDA-compliant housing made of 316L stainless steel is not equipped with a display.

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wenglor Presents New Fluid Sensors for Flow Rate and Temperature weFlux² from wenglor is the new generation of highperformance, compact Fluid Sensors which unites electronics and analysis module in a single housing. A patented measuring method determines the flow velocities as well as the temperatures of liquid media – regardless of position and direction of flow. The combination of two measuring functions in a single sensor reduces the number of measuring points in closed systems by 50% and minimizes installation, service and inventory costs.

Intelligent Fluid Sensor for the Smart Factory Thanks to wTeach2 software, weFlux² sensors can be conveniently configured via the integrated IO-Link interface – without any IO-Link software tools or further previous knowledge. The analysis of measurement and diagnostics data ensures high levels of system availability, in addition to which the sensors’ switching points can be adjusted individually in diagrams. Furthermore, existing data records can be transferred automatically to new products.

New Generation Distinguished by Use in Diverse Industry Sectors Wherever liquids are monitored, regulated and controlled, weFlux² sensors are made use of in closed piping systems. For example, weFlux² flow sensors are responsible for monitoring coolant water at welding robots in the automotive industry. In the textiles industry they provide for clean rinsing water in textile finishing machines. Thanks to their outstanding features, the compact fluid sensors can be ideally integrated into blast furnaces with extreme temperatures or bottle cleaning processes in the beverages industry. “With its rugged design and various interfaces such as IO-Link, the new generation of weFlux² sensors assures efficient and flexible fluid management which can be taken advantage of in innumerable industry sectors”, explains wenglor product manager Maria Boos. “Numerous customers from the food, chemicals, automotive and textiles industries are already benefiting from the advantages of our innovative weFlux² sensors.”


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November 2016

Cloud system for Profinet simplifies

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The new Proficloud system from Phoenix Contact enables easy and secure communication and control of machines and systems across different locations worldwide. The unique combination of the Profinet standard and Proficloud services opens up brand new possibilities for automation. The system consists of a coupler, the controller, the

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THE HEARTBEAT OF INDUSTRY 4.0 Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? Ready for intelligent manufacturing systems that flexibly respond to new demands? We move products, processes and people, because our intelligent sensors and networking solutions are setting the pace for Industry 4.0 If you want to learn more about how our heart also enlivens your company, visit us at www.balluff.com/industry-4.0

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The basis of Industry 4.0 is the availability of all relevant information in real time as well as the ability to at all times derive the optimal value creation flow from the data. This can only succeed if all the entities involved are networked together. Balluff sensors and identification systems collect the relevant data and ensure seamless communication with higher-level systems such as controllers or clouds. Balluff with its products and solutions is a core and pacesetter of Industry 4.0 development and implementation. A key interface for intelligent communication for Industry 4.0 is IO-Link, the new fieldbus-neutral communication standard whose development Balluff has been consistently driving and promoting for years. It is as easy to use as USB with a computer, simplifies the installation of a system, saves costs and for the first time enables intelligent diagnostics and parameterizing concepts all the way to the fieldbus level. Experts consider it as an enabling technology for Industry 4.0. Many applications from the Balluff portfolio are already components of Industry 4.0. You only need to apply them accordingly. One example here are the Heartbeat power supplies with a condition monitoring function. By means of IO-Link they tell the user when there is an overload, that the ambient conditions have worsened, or warn him of a pending failure. This allows unplanned downtimes to be prevented, since a replacement can be made as part of a scheduled maintenance activity.


Mould ID is a clear and practical example for how Industry 4.0 easily finds its way into production. By means of industrial RFID, Mould ID makes the use of injection moulds traceable, ensures their optimal utilization, and supports predictive maintenance. The best part: via LAN, W-LAN or Powerline all Mould-ID systems can be connected to the control level, an ERP or MES system via web services. The result is access to the data and processes from anywhere. And when the objective is to implement the smart factory with short changeover times and decentralized production control, Balluff BTL transducers with the IO-Link interface are important control elements. Using them you can automatically change recipes for new requirements, for example in response to a different package size (format changes). And when products and packages need to be labelled and the workflow has to be flexibly controlled throughout production, the proven RFID systems from Balluff are a highly efficient solution (traceability).

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Liftex 2016: Record number of visitors and exhibitors announced

LiftEx, the UK’s only exhibition and industry conference dedicated to overhead lifting and safe work at height, is pleased to announce a record number of visitors registered to attend the show, as well as exhibitors confirmed for its 2016 edition. For a full list please visit www.liftex.org/floorplan


rganised by LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) and now in its twelfth year, LiftEx 2016 will take place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November in Aberdeen (UK). Admission to the 2-day exhibition is freeof-charge for visitors. On day one entry to the Conference costs £99 + vat for LEEA members and £125 + vat for non LEEA members. Over 1500 visitors and 100 trade exhibitors are expected to take part, and the LiftEx Industry Conference will once again bring together an impressive line-up of respected speakers on topics related to safe, legal and efficient overhead lifting. The popular Innovation Fast Pitch event also returns, giving visitors a quick-fire introduction to the latest technologies and applications in this vital industry sector. In addition to end users and suppliers of

lifting equipment, LiftEx will therefore prove invaluable to professionals working in fields such as health and safety, training, plant engineering and maintenance. “I’m delighted that we are taking LiftEx to Europe’s ‘Energy Capital’ for the first time in its history,” said Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA. “The energy, offshore and maritime sectors are all heavily reliant on overhead lifting, and LiftEx 2016 offers the local business community an outstanding opportunity to catch up with recent developments in training, accreditation, legislation, products and services.” Visitors and delegates can register online at www.liftex.org. A limited number of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are currently available. For more details, contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0)7795 110646 or email Leah@liftex.org

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November 2016

So What’s New in Electronics in 2017? The UK Team behind National Electronics Week have been busy over the last 6 months and to compliment their new industry hub What’s New in Electronics (www.wnie.co.uk) they have re-branded and are re-developing their event which will return to The NEC from 9th – 10th May 2017 as What’s New in Electronics Live.


lthough the website and the exhibition are two separate things the team are excited about how the website will help develop and build the technical content of the show. Since the What’s New in Electronics website has been launched there has been a real strong engagement from industry and the level of news and updates coming through means that www.wnie.co.uk is helping companies reach out and speak to one another in a completely unique way. The team at New Events have been embedded in the Electronics industry for decades and Managing Director Claire Saunders comments “We feel that this website offers us the opportunity to allow the industry

we feel passionately about the chance to post news, match make and find new employees, list their company within our directory and post training and white papers. It is a totally unique concept and is giving the UK Electronics industry and those further afield an independent tool to engage with likeminded people. This event is for anyone in this sector, it will serve as a platform for industry to bring to life What’s New in Electronics, to network, to exchange ideas and to re-connect. Opening up to people of all levels from academia to senior management, Engineers, Directors, CEO’s, Designers, Technicians, Programmers, Business


Development Managers, Purchasers and Consultants from every aspect of the world of electronics. We can then track the responses we get from our news and as we get closer to the Expo we can ensure our technical content is in line with the key trends being followed. The website also offer companies who choose to exhibit with us added benefits such as priority news posts, first chance on seminar slots, upgraded company profiles and a continual 365 days a year marketing platform and route to key decision makers. Engagement so far has been amazing on the website, the monthly newsletter and via social media – therefore we expect this to continue with Live next year.” “As in previous years we continue to offer cost effective stand space and build options, however this time you get even more for your money with the support of www.wnie.co.uk The exhibitor list is shaping up nicely and we already have some of our features confirmed such as the return of the Hand Soldering Competition, which gets more contestants every year. There will be workshops, seminars and key industry forums. Our team would be happy to tell you more about how What’s New in Electronics Live can form part of your annual marketing campaign – call us now on + 44 1428 609 382.” Contact the team – live@wnie.co.uk or visit www.wnie.co.uk/live



November 2016

HARTING features efficiency improvements in manufacturing logistics based on Integrated Industry 4.0 and IoT

At Smart Factory Expo, HARTING (Hall 2 - Stand number 51/52) is demonstrating its range of automation solutions for improving the efficiency of manufacturing logistic processes based on the concepts of Integrated Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT). HARTING’s approach to smart manufacturing is based on the addition of intelligence to manufacturing processes with the aim of achieving a high level of connectivity, visibility, awareness, and adaptability at all stages in the supply chain. By enhancing users’ processes with RFID technology, HARTING makes it possible to implement solutions that deliver real profitability gains without the need for re-engineering already proven, stable manufacturing processes. The two key elements of HARTING’s approach are machine-to-machine communications and manufacturing logistics. Machine-to-machine communications is typically concerned with the transmission of information obtained from the monitoring of production equipment to improve diagnostics and to enable effective preventative maintenance. Manufacturing logistics replaces the existing supply chain management model with the use of intelligent systems to implement functions such as supplying the line with discrete and accurate quantities of materials; ensuring goods flow on a “just in time” schedule, and faithfully tracking assets and inventory in the warehouse and in transit. HARTING’s approach to manufacturing logistics involves the use of RFID sensor


networks to collect manufacturing data which is then “operationalised”, allowing, for example, production lines to be adjusted, maintained, or re-tooled, based on live information. The ability to use this manufacturing data rapidly to inform IoT systems can be invaluable to users in creating a competitive advantage in complex markets. New developments in RFID technology being featured by HARTING include the unique Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® flexible coaxial travelling waveguide antenna, which can sense multiple transponders via an RF field radially extended over its length of up to 10 metres. It can be applied in limited space applications where normal patch antennas would be difficult to install. Also on show is the compact Ha-VIS RFID RFR300 reader, whose rugged construction and IP67 degree of protection means that it can be sited in harsh environment conditions, and a comprehensive range of passive transponders that can be applied on all types of materials, in particular metal surfaces. HARTING now allows manufacturers to integrate together the two key manufacturing IoT elements of machineto-machine communications and manufacturing logistics through its new open-source industrial computing device known as MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture). MICA can save, evaluate and process data from sensors, and can then either act as a stand-alone offline computer that can either make local decisions or operate as a gateway via the internet to allow access to a higher-level IT system. It operates with open architecture

software, allowing it to be very easily customised. Software applications run in Linux-based containers which hold all the necessary libraries and drivers. As a result, there should be no concerns over data security when MICA is allowed access to a higher-level production operating network. “By applying both of these innovative HARTING solutions - passive UHF RFID and MICA technology - production line manufacturing managers can monitor the condition status of key machinery in real time for material supply chain management or preventative maintenance issues”, comments Howard Forryan, Product Market Specialist: “They can then carry out continuous control adjustments through the separate simple, compact and reliable computing device which provides secure access to the main operating software system to maximise process efficiencies. As a consequence, users can achieve important productivity gains.” Also targeting smart factory applications is the new module from HARTING’s Han-Modular® family of industrial connectors: the Han-Modular® Switch US4 connector, which integrates a very compact but fully functioning ‘store and forward’ 4-port Ethernet active switch device into the Han-Modular® I/O mixed connector, allowing network devices to be deployed closer in the field while reducing the effort of retrofitting new Ethernet modules. For further information visit www.HARTING.co.uk or email gb@harting.com

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November 2016

Call for Nominations Staged on Tuesday 9th May 2017, at the National Conference Centre near Birmingham, the MCI Gala Awards Dinner will once again bring together the entire motion control industry in a celebration of business and professional excellence. Recognising and rewarding the achievements of both individuals and companies operating within this important industry sector, personal endeavour, technical innovation, engineering advancement and commercial acumen will all be acknowledged and celebrated. Industry wide engagement Produced by Touchwave Media in conjunction with the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA) the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) - which collectively comprise the UK Motion Control Alliance - and GAMBICA, the awards will build on the successes of the inaugural 2016 programme. With well-deserved recognition given a host of leading industry names, such as, Rockwell Automation, Danfoss Drives, Mattei Compressors, PI, Parker Hannifin and Brammer and sponsorship provided by the likes of Bosch Rexroth, Beaumanor Engineering, BEKO Technologies, ABB and Hydraulics & Pneumatics, the MCI Awards can already claim wide industry engagement.

Award categories Eight awards are up for grabs at the 2017 event. • Technical Innovation of the Year • Environmental Contribution/Energy Efficiency Award • Project of the Year • Distributor of the Year • Manufacturer of the Year • Contribution to Skills & Training Award • Engineer of the Year • Lifetime Achievement Award

Call for nominations Entries are now being sought for any company, product, application or individual within the motion control arena whether in Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Compressed Air or Electro-Mechanical Drives. Individuals can put forward entries for themselves and their own company, or they can nominate others that they know merit recognition. The online entry process couldn’t be easier, so anyone wishing to play their part in highlighting engineering excellence should visit the MCI Awards website www.mci-awards.com.

Closing date for entries The closing date for all entries is 5.00pm on Friday 24th February 2017. So for those wanting industry-wide recognition for a job well done, be it for technical innovation or application know-how, for environmental consideration or distribution and supply, they should make a note of this key date. It is completely free of charge to enter the awards, but the promotional value associated with being selected as a finalist is worth many hundreds of pounds. And for those individuals and companies who become one of the eight winners, the promotional benefit is even greater.

Further details For more information, visit the website www.mci-awards.com or call the producers, Touchwave Media on 07785 290034. (andrew@touchwavemedia.co.uk)



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PPMA Total Show 2016 confirms the future is bright for the British processing and packaging industry The UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design solutions were on show at the PPMA Total Show 2016, which returned to the Birmingham NEC from the 27 – 29 September. The triannual PPMA Total Show welcomed 1,200 leading packaging and processing machinery manufacturers to showcase the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities with more than 7,300 visitors. With the outcome of June’s referendum looming large, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment opened the 2016 exhibition and delivered the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Lord Maude, who drew a substantial crowd, addressed the future of the UK processing and packaging sector, discussed the potential aftermath of Brexit negotiations and future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign. Presenting an optimistic outlook on the future, Lord Maude said: “Britain is bigger; its pattern of trade and investment is much more closely intermingled with the EU; and we should aim for and I hope achieve something much more bespoke than Norway, Canada, Switzerland or even Albania. “When we leave the EU Britain will be able to negotiate its own free trade agreements with what are today third world countries. Yes, we have less clout on our own to negotiate with India, the US, Japan, China and so on. But we have several advantages. First, we unequivocally want Free Trade Agreements. Second, we can focus on what is of interest to us and us alone. And, third we don’t need to aim for perfection. “I’m not going to pretend that the road ahead will always be smooth and straight. It won’t be. There will be twists and turns and bumps along the way. But I have no doubt that there are huge opportunities as well; and that British manufacturing companies are incredibly well-placed to exploit them.”

Expertise on display Visitors to the PPMA Total Show 2016 were privy to not only headline speaker the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, but a range of industry experts who tackled the most pressing issues such as hygiene compliance, food and packaging waste and the skills gap. Adding to growing national debate on food and packaging waste, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, educated visitors on the number of government programmes that promote both environmental improvements and the cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and the benefits of developing recycled food grade PP processes. In addition, Emma McLeod, Principal Engineer for Process Solutions Global Chocolate R&D Team at Mondelez International, gave aspiring engineers insight into the engineering opportunities in the largest industry in the UK on the final day of the show. Emma discussed her own career as well as how Mondelez are responding to the skills gap, mentoring young engineers

from the beginning of their career to build their skills quickly to become chartered professional engineers. Commenting on the seminar programme, PPMA Total Show visitor Tim Bednall, Business Development Manager, Lorein Engineering Solutions said: “Having attended a number of the seminar sessions, I must say they were great. It is nice to hear real industry experts addressing the problems of the industry as a whole. By coming to a show like this, I am able to listen to a range of expert opinions all under one roof.”

Demonstrating the latest innovations in manufacturing The food and packaging waste debate was not restricted to the seminar stage with debut exhibitors such as TIPA Sustainable Packaging revealing its flexible food packaging that behaves just like an orange peel to the UK market. TIPA, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough bio-based, fully compostable, flexible packaging, also announced its partnership with UK social enterprise, Snact, who make snacks from surplus product. Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA, says, “Our partnership with Snact marks a first step in the UK market. We’re currently trialling our products with a number of UK brands within the grocery retail sector and hope to see further partnerships announced as brands recognise the benefits of our technology”. “Working with such an eco-conscious brand like Snact was a natural fit for us and we’re excited to see the roll out of our fully compostable, flexible packaging in support of such a worthy brand in the fight against food waste.” Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC also witnessed a number of new product launches. Fortress Technology unveiled the latest version of its Halo automatic test technology. Building on Emma De-Alwis’s seminar session on hygiene and contamination, the solution is designed to automatically check that a metal detector is identifying ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel contaminants as well as testing the reject system. For food suppliers, it offers a more robust, objective and auditable testing procedure, satisfying the most demanding retailer Codes of Practice. Speaking about the 2016 exhibition, Phil Brown, Sales Director, Fortress Technology said: “There was a good mix of visitors to the show and we welcomed a number of customers to the stand, both well-acquainted and new. We took a number of orders on the stand and achieved a great deal of interest on our new Halo automatic testing technology that we unveiled and demonstrated at the

show, particularly from the pharmaceutical industry.” Discussing the success of the 2016 show, David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager said: “The PPMA Total Show 2016 has been extremely successful and the expanded show format was well received by visitors and exhibitors alike. The show was busy and there was a real buzz on the show floor particularly on the second and third day”. “Over 150 exhibitors have already booked stands at the PPMA Show 2017, which is a testament to how good the event was. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to exhibit or visit the show and made it a success”

Celebrating industry excellence Celebrating manufacturing success, over 400 industry leaders, government representatives and press came together on the first night of the PPMA Total Show to see the winners of the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016 revealed. Awards were presented in 14 hotly contested categories, covering every facet of the industry from processing and packaging to the environment, vision and automation. Among the winners, Festo & Siemens bagged two awards on the night including Most Innovative Automation System and Partnership of the Year while DC Norris took the Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year and HepcoMotion walked away with the PPMA BEST (business, education, skills and training) accolade for their apprenticeship programme Commenting on their success at the PPMA Awards, Peter Jones, HepcoMotion Marketing Manager said: “The PPMA Group Awards were a great event, honouring the latest innovation in the industry. The skills gap is a hot topic at the moment, and we’re very proud to be acknowledged for work we do in training young engineers.” The PPMA Group CEO, Dr. Andrew Mint said: “The PPMA Group Industry Awards was a fantastic evening, celebrating the best that the British processing and packaging industry has to offer. The sheer volume of entries we received this year gave the judging panel an extremely tough task and we’d like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted and those who were successful on the night!” The PPMA Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, 26 - 28 September 2017. For information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities please email PPMA Exhibition Sales Manager scott.mckenna@ppma.co.uk.

Seminars & Training

2016 9th November

*New* Introduction to Operational Excellence

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17th November Machinery Directive

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22nd November Introduction to Project Management

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6th December

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November 2016

20 Top Early Stage Innovators Secure Enabling Innovation Spot Advanced Engineering has announced the 20 SMEs which will take part in this year’s Enabling Innovation, a special area at the show which has been created in partnership with Magna International and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) at the event next week.


dvanced Engineering, the UK’s largest dedicated advanced engineering event, established Enabling Innovation to provide SMEs and early stage innovators with the unique opportunity to present their breakthrough concepts, products and solutions to the UK’s largest and most diverse advanced engineering and technology audience. The 20 featured companies for 2016 have gone through a rigorous selection process and have been selected, by Magna International, as the most innovative and disruptive technologies in the market today. As part of its support Magna will also hold a pitching competition live on the Enabling Innovation theatre where it will award £5,000 to the technology with the most potential.

Competing for the cash prize is 8power which will present its patented vibration energy harvesting devices and sensors - an attractive, low-cost alternative to limited lifetime batteries. Following the same theme is Aceleron which will be displaying its technology that transforms end of life lithium batteries into affordable energy storage solutions. 3D Printing is set to be a key focus with Adaptive Moulding bringing its reconfigurable tooling solution, allowing the process of faster and cheaper plastic parts. Whilst, Photocentric will be detailing the largest 3D printer of its type, which operates on daylight sensitive resin, creating the highest definition objects.


Ross Robotics has developed robots that harness automation and reconfiguration to imitate the adaptability of living creatures. Singularity Insight will showcase its Expert Teleportation, which allows specialists to see a situation through a technician’s eyes, from potentially thousands of miles away. Plus, Braci - The Smart Ear has created a sound recognition platform that detects and converts sounds in to sensory and visual notifications through smart devices back to the wearer/user. For those with a more manufacturing and power focus HPC-Blade is debuting its innovative design and manufacturing solution for wind-turbine blades, which offers weight saving, improved reliability, faster manufacture and lower cost. Libertine has developed high performance linear electrical machines and free piston devices for power and motion. While Neuron Soundware’s team of machine learning experts are building a framework of neural networks to understand, learn from and process sounds, allowing the diagnosis and prediction of technical problems in heavy machinery, car engines, turbines and more. Smart seems to be the words on everyone’s lips at the moment, and the Enabling Innovations Zone does not disappoint. Smartlife will show its textile soft-sensors, electronics and software that are capable of detecting and processing biophysical signals from the body. These ‘smart garments’ can wirelessly deliver accurate and insightful information to users about their heart rate,

breathing pattern, muscle activation, movement patterns and more. Also on show and competing for the Magna prize will be WICASTR, a patented SMART Wireless Platform that enables the creation of wireless networks and content distribution everywhere, enabling SMART Transport and Locations. Katie Crocombe, Event Director of Advanced Engineering comments: “It is our priority to make our event the home of innovation across the engineering sector. We are thrilled to be able to offer these companies in their infancy the opportunity to present the most ground-breaking technologies and services to our 13,000 strong audience, full of dedicated buyers. It just shows how much innovation is on offer in the UK engineering sector, and more than that just, how bright the future looks. Obviously we want to thank Magna International and KTN for the continued support of the show and for being part of this excellent show feature. I can’t wait for the doors to open and to see these innovations first hand. For the full list of 20 organisations taking part in the Enabling Innovation please follow the link. Advanced Engineering takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 2 & 3 November. For more information about free registration please visit www.advancedengineeringuk.com or contact one of the Easyfairs team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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Global technology leader in diaphragm pumps and systems for liquids and gases KNF have been designing and manufacturing diaphragm pumps for use in demanding applications across a wide range of diverse industries for more than 60 years and are recognised throughout the world for their quality, reliability and performance. We specialise in high quality OEM vacuum pumps, air compressors, liquid/ metering/dosing pumps and also offer an extensive range of laboratory pumps and systems. All of our pumps are 100% oil-free offering quiet, reliable and efficient transfer of air, gases and liquids. KNF provides its customers with extensive advice, reliable service and customized, flexible solutions. Our standard pumps can easily be modified to suit a wide range of customer specific solutions for your application. We work closely with you to design customised project pumps that give you a competitive edge in your target market. From its configuration to its testing conditions and packaging, your project pump is tailored to your particular needs. From medical equipment and instruments, to environmental engineering and analytics, to printing equipment and new technologies such as fuel cells, customers working in any field benefit from KNF’s expertise and many years of experience in diaphragm pump technology. KNF UK has a dedicated team of experienced technical pump engineers. At our facilities in Witney, Oxfordshire we offer sales, full services capabilities, local stock, system builds and technical support. So whether your pumping application is for use in an OEM product or in the laboratory we will be happy to discuss your requirements further. Visit our website to see our range of pumps – www.knf.co.uk or call us 01993 778373 to discuss your application.

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November 2016

Schaffner introduces the newest generation of 690/600 VAC dv/dt filters Motor drive output filters protect motor windings against excessive voltage peaks and inadmissible voltage pulse rise times generated by the inverter PWM output voltage. Dv/dt filters are required to fulfil the IEC 60034-17/-25 standards defining the limits for IEC-and NEMA AC-motors and prolonging their lifetimes. Schaffner, the international leader in the fields of electromagnetic compatibility, power quality and motor drive output filters, introduces the new FN 5060 HV standard dv/dt filter series for 690/600 VAC motor applications. These innovative filters are designed according to Schaffnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patented concept which enables dv/dt filter damping performance without using resistors or capacitors. This simplifies the installation, saves mounting space and is a reliable long life time solution. The new filters are designed to offer minimum power loss, low voltage drop and thus help to maximize the system efficiency.


Several industries can benefit from the use of the new 690/600 VAC dv/dt filter, including chemical, cement, metal, oil and gas and, mining as well as applications in buildings and infrastructure environments (pumps, fans, HVAC) and other industries. Dv/dt filters are not only for use in areas where pumps and fans are controlled by drives with short motor cables, but are also recommended to be used for applications with frequent braking, danger of flash-over voltage and motors running at high temperature New and existing motors and installations will benefit from

a longer life time and a continuous long lasting operation, if Schaffner dv/dt filters are used with variable speed drives. The standard 690/600 VAC filter series are available with current ratings from 16 A to 1,200 A. Higher or other ratings can be engineered and delivered on demand. All models are CE, UL, CSA and ENEC approved and RoHS compliant. More detailed information is available on www.schaffner.com and from all Schaffner partners.


November 2016

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Atlas Copco to exhibit energy efficient compressors and vacuum pumps at EMEX 2016 Atlas Copco Compressors will showcase its latest range of energy efficient compressors, vacuum pumps and energy assessment services at the Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) taking place in London (Excel) from 16th to 17th November. One of the highlights on stand E15 will be the GA VSD+ compressor, which offers average energy savings of 50%, as well as having a very small footprint and low noise levels. The GA VSD+ compressor range is available from 7 up to 75kW. A VSD compressor automatically adjusts its motor and element speed to the air demand, considerably cutting energy use and costs. This range also improves the Free Air Delivery (FAD) and Specific Energy Requirement (SER) by up to 9%. This means customers get up to 9% more air while using the same energy with the GA VSD+ compared to the GA VSD. Alongside the GA VSD+, Atlas Copco will display its revolutionary GHS VSD+ vacuum pump, which also offers average energy savings of 50%. The GHS VSD+ range, which was recently extended to include new models offering power of up to 1900 m3/h, incorporates

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state-of-the-art VSD technology that enables users to precisely adapt their vacuum generation requirements to match the demands of their process. Coupled with an innovative motor design and inlet control valve, the range sets new standards for energy efficiency in rough vacuum pumps, leading to a dramatic reduction in total cost of ownership. In addition, visitors to the stand will also have the opportunity to see the quiet operation of Atlas Copcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GA7 VSD+ FF: a full feature air compressor with variable speed drive. Attendees can also learn more about free energy audits, comprehensive AirScan services, energy recovery options, as well as AIRnet pipework. For more information about Atlas Copco at EMEX, visit www.atlascopco.co.uk/EMEX2016


November 2016

How much will your pump really cost you? When it comes to specifying pumping equipment, many companies, particularly those under increasing pressure to cut costs, could actually be making decisions that will cost them more in the long run. In this article, Steve Schofield, Director and Chief Executive of the British Pump Manufacturer’s Association (BPMA), explains how lifecycle costing can help to reveal the true cost of a pump. The need to cut costs wherever possible is an increasingly familiar requirement for engineers charged with ensuring the continued smooth operation of plant on a limited budget. When it comes to pumping systems, although choosing the lowest cost option may seem like the best short term solution to achieving cost savings, it will almost always result in additional costs being incurred that could have been avoided by spending a little more time and money during the specification and design stage. According to statistics from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies, pumping systems can account for between 25 and 50% of the total energy consumed by certain industrial processes. Add to this the need for ongoing service, repairs and maintenance throughout a typical service life of 20 years and pumps quickly begin to represent a substantial area of expense. The expectations of some pump users can be unrealistic when it comes to the cost of pump ownership, in many cases they focus too much on initial outlay, opting for the least cost alternative, which is not always actually the best solution for the application. So what is the answer? The BPMA and many of its members are keen to emphasise the importance of life cycle costing (LCC) as a vital part of


any pump purchasing and ownership strategy. Life cycle costing takes into account many factors, all of which impact on the total cost of owning and operating a pump, which includes much more than just the initial outlay. A pump’s life cycle cost encompasses the total overall costs that accumulate throughout the life of a pump, from installation, energy consumption, operation, maintenance and down time, even environmental and through to the final decommissioning and disposal of the pump. By carrying out an analysis of the costs that are likely to be incurred throughout the operational life of the pump, it is possible to objectively compare all the potential options at the outset.

Lifecycle costing can be useful not only for selecting new equipment but also for justifying the upgrade of existing systems. Throughout the lifetime of a pumping system, it is unlikely that the same operating conditions will continue to prevail. Factors such as the addition of new equipment upstream of the pump or changes in production techniques can all cause variations in pump duty away from the pumps ‘Best Efficiency Point’ (BEP). This is the point where pump capacity and head pressure combine to provide the maximum efficiency performance from the pump. If the pump is incorrectly sized and is operating too far from the BEP, wear and tear can occur which can shorten its operational life. Read More...

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CITIZEN TAKES £2 MILLION ORDERS OVER 3 DAYS FROM 300 VISITORS TO OPEN HOUSE Citizen Machinery’s launch of its Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) cutting technology plus integrated laser cutting on two of its Citizen CNC sliding head turn-mill centres drew almost 300 potential customers and visitors to its three-day Open House where 18 machines from the Citizen and Miyano fixed head ranges were being demonstrated. As a result of the event, over £2 million of machine tool future investment orders were placed by visitors to the Bushey headquarters with some travelling from as far away as Scotland and Ireland and internationally from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Portugal. Said Sales Director Darren Wilkins: “We have often demonstrated how new machine tool technology reduces non-cutting time. However, this was the first time we have radically broken new ground in changing the machining process and the cutting of material. It has certainly created interest with us taking orders for machines with integrated LFV technology due for delivery in January and considerable longer term pre-order intent.” Visitors were also able to view live demonstrations on some of their own components being manufactured on the latest Cincom L20-VIII using ‘programmable’ LFV technology to control chip removal on materials that are normally challenging to manage even with high pressure coolant. Said Mr Wilkins: “Most visitors were able to appreciate the opportunity to remove or reduce the need for high pressure coolant as well as the potential advantage to increase productivity and reduce the cost of expensive consumable tooling.” Added Mr Wilkins: “Many sliding head users immediately recognised the advantage of LFV in greatly improving the removal of swarf from the machining


Citizen’s 2016 Open House attracts almost 300 visitors over 3 days ordering machines worth £2 million.

area and its help to reduce downtime as a result of damaged or worn tooling. As the vast majority of our customers run Citizen machines unattended they therefore welcomed the opportunity to extend their production capability and were enthusiastic over the ability to switch, as required, to suit the application between the ‘programmable’ chip control development and a conventional non-LFV machine.” Luke Dealhoy of Gedore Torque drew the top prize of an Orange mountain

bike fitted with high specification Hope equipment produced on both Citizen and Miyano machines installed in its factory in Bartnoldswick, Lancs. To qualify for the draw Mr Dealhoy remembered to bring along his token from his visit in April to the Citizen stand during MACH 2016 at the NEC. Meanwhile, Simon Lilley of S. Lilley & Son is now the proud owner of a new Citizen Eco Drive watch from the visitors card draw at the event. www.citizenmachinery.co.uk


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November 2016

Traceability in harsh wash cycles The PCB assembly industry is implementing more aggressive cleaning processes to remove contaminations from tighter and more complex boards. These cleaning processes use higher volumes of water and pressure, more caustic chemicals with a higher PH value, and higher temperatures than typical cleaning systems. Brady’s B-777 has been developed to remain legible and stay attached in these extreme conditions in order to enable full PCB traceability.

New Extreme Wash Resistant PCB Traceability Label As PCB designs become tighter and more complex, increasingly harsh cleaning processes and agents are used in assembly. Brady’s new B-777 polyimide label is designed to stay attached and remain legible to enable traceability throughout multiple harsh wash cycles.

New traceability label and ribbon In combination with the new R-6300 ink ribbon, the new B-777 UltraTemp label performs well in harsh cleaning processes, with and without reflow. The white glossy polyimide B-777 label offers excellent resistance to fluxing and wave solder environments and performs in temperatures up to 300°C. The label is also extremely receptive to small font prints in text or barcode and is available in custom sizes.

Print and apply on-site The B-777 UltraTemp label for harsh washing processes works seamlessly with the BSP™61 Print and Apply System, the ALF Label Feeder and other auto-apply systems. Together they provide a reliable and flexible on-site traceability solution for high heat applications in manufacturing. Companies who do not print traceability labels on-site, can order pre-printed B-777 labels for their harsh wash PCB traceability solution. 56|

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November 2016

Lasers Light Up Automotive Components Today, many top of the range cars welcome their drivers with a backlit film on the door-sill. A key technology behind this illuminating application is Plastic Laser Welding, which is used to ensure precision joining of the individual components whilst maintaining the aesthetics of the component part. LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, represented in the UK and Ireland by Bromsgrove based TLM Laser, is the world market leader in various sectors of micro-material processing with lasers. The company’s Welding Equipment Division is recognised as experts in applying innovative technology for laser plastic welding. At the company’s Fürth site in Germany, it combines expertise in the industrial application of laser technology, laser optics, precision drive technology and control technology - combining these skills to create high performance, lowmaintenance and economic laser systems. LPKF’s Laser Plastic Welding Application Centre in Fürth was challenged by an automotive subcontractor, specialising in the development, design and high-end production of door-sill strips, to securely weld the surface of an 800 mm long and 200 mm wide film onto a white carrier housing. Following comprehensive initial material testing, a sample production phase, and prototype production, a customised, robot-controlled laser welding machine, with special clamping technology, was delivered to the customer. Laser welding - the optimum joining technology Unlike other joining methods, laser welding demonstrated that it was the most suitable method for this application. Only a narrow strip approximately 3 millimetres wide was available on the component for the welding process, and no additional material could be added during welding. The precise control of the energy input protects the electronics and stabilises the narrow welding surfaces. Laser welding demonstrated its advantages here because only a very narrow welding seam was required. This ensures that the black paint on the film directly adjacent to the weld seam remained undamaged.

A special feature is the white LED film welded onto the housing. This required a special absorber in the carrier housing. The laser beam penetrates the laser-transparent LED film and releases its energy in the laser-absorbent housing. Applying a constant clamping pressure transfers the heat to the overlying LED film. Both of the joining components then melt locally along the weld seam to create a permanent joint once cooled. Welding large film surfaces homogeneously A constant clamping pressure everywhere is required for a reliable weld seam, and this in turn requires a suitable clamping mechanism. The solution was found in a bottom-up glass clamping method. This involves the component being transported on a tool carrier and pressed upwards against a quartz glass plate. This lifting process needed to be extremely precise to ensure very accurate welding, and therefore boasts a repeatability of 50 μm. The clamping pressure reaches up to 10,000 Newton over the whole area. This in turn demands very robust tool carriers, guides and glass plates. The clamping technology can be changed very quickly when a different model variant is required, as part of a robotcontrolled special machine designed for mass production with short cycle times. The laser welding system delivered to the end user uses a conveyor belt to perfectly synchronise the workpieces. The system has both input and output areas whose compartments close when the component has been presented, so that the system achieves laser safety class 1 during production operations. The laser source is housed in a switching cabinet outside of the machine and a robot controls the welding on large work-pieces. Sensors are used to identify the coded work-piece and automatically select the values

for clamping pressure and laser parameters. Leaks or optical defects along the weld seam are immediately identified by an integrated process control system. In this application, Laser Welding has once again demonstrated its economic efficiency when joining films with large dimensions. The system can produce one-off pieces, small batches, as well as production level volumes with a high degree of automation. The laser welding method ensures that door-sills for top of the range cars display the highest levels of optical quality. For further information, please contact: Tel: +44(0) 845 260 2220 E-Mail: sales@tlm-laser.com Web: www.tlm-laser.com


Glass Bending Excellence

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

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

To find out more visit www.firmanglass.com Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email: sales@firmanglass.com www.firmanglass.com

November 2016

Free guide to enhancing pump performance in mining NSK has introduced a free guide entitled ‘Bearings for Pumps and Compressors’, which contains detailed information on the latest bearing designs and technologies, helpfully matching them to various pump types used commonly in the mining and quarrying industry. Optimised ball and roller bearing selection ensures that pumps and compressors are able to deliver increased performance and economy. Furthermore, choosing the right bearing can help reduce the physical size of pumps and extend the prime maintenance metric of mean time between failures (MTBF). At mine and quarry facilities, pumps are a vital part of many extraction, handling and processing tasks, where any failure can result in a sudden loss of productivity and cause maintenance costs to spiral. Depending on the design, pump bearings can run under axial loads, radial loads or a combination of the two. In addition, running speeds can vary widely, as can lubrication conditions, but long life, or a high MTBF, remains a constant demand. Pumps come in many variants, including centrifugal, piston, vortex, impeller and screw types. Depending on the media being transferred, each has its own requirements in terms of bearing design, which has resulted in NSK providing application-specific solutions.

A good example of this would be centrifugal pumps which require a bearing that can accommodate elevated axial loads while delivering minimal play. Here, NSK’s recommended solution is its HR High Reliability Deep Groove Ball Bearing, which has larger rolling elements than standard deep groove ball bearings. This design can increase dynamic loading capacity by up to 19% and improve pump life. Piston pumps are often required to operate under heavy axial and radial loads, with a need for precise bearing mounting and compatibility with the lubricating oil. In this case, NSK has developed a Cylindrical Roller Bearing with special L-PPS cage, which has superior heat and wear resistance, and offers chemical stability. Extended running with minimum maintenance are principal demands placed on submersible pumps. However, the life of the pump’s top bearing can be reduced significantly by creep, which is caused by the combination of a light radial load and a loose fit in the housing. Wary of this common industry issue, NSK has developed a creep-free solution that integrates double O-rings into the bearing’s external surface.

Much more information can be found in NSK’s guide to ‘Bearings for Pumps and Compressors’, which offers details on specific mine and quarry pump applications, and the bearings best able to ensure efficient and reliable service. The guide also highlights the latest technology developments as well as industry case studies. The guide is available in print and online by clicking here.

New EMKA stainless steel AISI 316 hinges for specialist cabinets The new EMKA stainless steel hinges in AISI 316 offer all the high performance strength and advanced corrosion resistance benefits of that material. They are suited for use in especially demanding situations such as on cabinets and housings for use in tunnels or offshore. 62|

The presence of molybdenum in the 316 grade alloy confers a much improved degree of corrosion resistance compared to the more common 304 grade, especially in saline/chloride conditions, as well as a range of other industrial solvents. The new introductions include the Program 1110 180° lift-off hinge for inline cabinets with adjacent doors, alongside the

Program 1031 which is a 125° concealed hinge for single cabinets, with a retained hinge pin. Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website - www.emka.co.uk. Readers can find the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – www.emkablog.co.ukorfollowthem on twitter - twitter.com/emkauk.

November 2016

EPLAN enables Saint-Gobain’s machines to talk more easily EPLAN CAE software has been used to increase the efficiency and accuracy of design processes in many of the Saint-Gobain manufacturing facilities in the UK. It has most recently been adopted by Bristol-based Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, High Performance Bearings Group to help with the interconnection of individual machines to form integrated production lines.


his part of Saint-Gobain is a global division supplying highvolume international OEMs in markets that include automotive, leisure and industrial. The company delivers standard and custom solutions featuring RENCOL tolerance rings that provide a simple, reliable and inexpensive way of mechanically connecting many types of rotating components, and NORGLIDE plain bearings. “This Saint-Gobain division buys machines from various manufacturers, which it then needs to integrate into an effective and efficient production line”, explained Deep Nandhray, Regional Sales Manager at EPLAN.

“With the help of Electric P8, the company is able to interconnect the machines with much less engineering effort. In addition, the datasheets and documentation are now much easier to maintain”. Kyle Tansill, Automation and Control Project Engineer at Saint-Gobain, needed a software package to identify and formulate modifications and changes to the machines purchased by the company, so that they will work together efficiently when integrated into a production line. It was, therefore, essential that the CAE software should be able to import schematic diagrams and other engineering information provided by the machine suppliers.

He found that EPLAN Electric P8 met this requirement perfectly and as a professional software package, also offered great functionality combined with ease of use. The EPLAN Data Portal, a global online component library, which is integrated into the software was another major benefit. It meant Kyle could quickly access accurate and comprehensive information for almost all of the components used in the machines Saint-Gobain Bristol had purchased, even though these machines came from multiple suppliers. Using information from the Data Portal also ensured that the documentation generated for the project was based on the most up-to-date data for the components. EPLAN Electric P8 also offers users auto-referencing for component location within a project, automatic wire numbering, generation of reports – including terminal reports – and intelligent generation of PDF documents. This saves a large amount of costly engineering time, as well as minimising the risk of errors. In addition, users can always access precisely the information they need quickly and easily. Read more...


November 2016

Heavy duty rotary position feedback: Contelec Vert-X 48E non-contacting magnetic sensor suits extreme environment applications Contelec’s latest Vert-X 48E series non contacting magnetic encoder is aimed at precision angle measurement on agricultural, mining or construction equipment, and other applications where extreme environment conditions exist and accurate control is required for steering, guiding or positioning etc. Contelec’s Vert-X 48E available from Variohm EuroSensor

Available with full product and application engineering support from Variohm EuroSensor, the new sensor is a two-part design with no mechanical bearing or joint between the magnet and sensor components for an effectively limitless life and the capability for continuous rotation. The 48 mm diameter and 17 mm high sensor housing is fully sealed to IP68/IP69K and a choice of magnet designs allows maximum installation flexibility. The Vert-X 48E has resolution options of 12 or 14 bits with a choice of single and redundant output types for 0..10 V, and 4…20 mA as well as single and redundant CANopen versions. The wide ranging supply voltage of 8…35 V DC will suit a wide variety of position feedback tasks. With simple installation between rotating and stationary components in steering, drive chain, guide or other transmission mechanics, the sensor works with a generous air-gap of up to 13 mm depending on the sensor type and an optional ‘detection of magnetic loss’ feature will signal a system shut-down in case of the magnetic actuator moving out of a valid air-gap range. The equally liberal axial alignment allows up to 13 mm between the sensor and magnet rotation axes as well as a good tolerance of tilting and radial misalignment. These factors combine with outstanding resilience to humidity, damp and dust as well as EN 60068-2-6 shock and EN 60068-2-27 vibration rated mechanical specifications, for exceptional levels of reliability and endurance. Other options for the range include selectable electrical angle in 10 degree steps up to 360 degrees, settable midpoint, start and end point, gradient and more. One metre cable connection is standard with customised lengths and special connector options available on request.

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PSS 4000 - Simplify Your Automation

De-centralised Safe Automation System PSS 4000 Instead of a centralised control system, the PSS 4000 provides a modular user program within a centralised project which enables a consistent distribution of control functions across multiple PLCs and remote I/O. • Flexible and easy implementation • Control data, failsafe data and states are exchanged and synchronised via the real-time Ethernet SafetyNET p • SIL 3 / PL e capable for functional safety • Economical hardware solution for high I/O counts • Cost effective software licensing model, no up-front cost • High speed FAST input cards are available for high-speed safe logic functions Pilz Automation Technology Corby NN18 8TJ 01536 460766 sales@pilz.co.uk www.pilz.co.uk

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November 2016

Kollmorgen ICH direct drive motors maximise power density for high-throughput tasks Kollmorgen’s ICH series iron-core linear motors are aimed at high precision positioning applications that require extremely high speeds and accelerations for maximum production throughput. Available from Heason Technology – Kollmorgen’s UK Gold Partner – these direct drive motors deliver continuous operation linear force between 175 and 5341 N with maximum force available for acceleration to more than 12,000 N. When assembled into linear positioning systems with associated mechanics for appropriate loads and matched servo drives, this translates to speeds ranging from a few microns per second up to five metres per second with accelerations to 10 g. Kollmorgen’s ICH series iron-core linear motors – available from Heason Technology


ith the ICH series optimised for maximum heat dissipation and for voltages up to 700 VDC, these compelling performance specifications will suit elevated speed production and assembly tasks such as laser & plasma machining, pick & place equipment and high-speed packaging machinery. For precision speed control tasks such as step and scan/repeat processes the ICH series also features excellent constant velocity characteristics thanks to a minimal cogging design, with ultra-smooth motion even at even at low speeds. These non-contacting and wear-free linear motors provide direct-drive power transmission based on integral Hall Effect sensors for commutation and are perfectly suited for use with Kollmorgen AKD and S700 series servo drives offering the added benefit of cogging compensation. The next generation AKD is available in a wide choice of platform options including the EtherCAT equipped AKD-N which offers multi-axis synchronised and decentralised control with a single cable for power and feedback; whilst the S700 series offers extended functionality for complex drive and automation tasks. The ICH series is available in a choice of four basic platen length sizes from 64 to 512 mm that progressively offer increasing force performance for platen/rail widths from 60 to 280 mm. The travel range for the ICH is essentially unlimited - by stacking rails even 100 metres is feasible. Electrical cable connection is a choice of flying leads to 1200 mm or single bayonet connector for power and commutation.

The frameless ICH series’ compact dimensions facilitates straightforward installation in space restricted envelopes and with very long life and clean operation all that is required for high performance positioning is linear bearing mechanics and linear encoder feedback. The Kollmorgen ICH series is available from Heason Technology as fully supported component-level products or using its in-house design and build capability the West Sussex based motion systems integrator can supply these high performance linear motors as an integral part of customised and fully automated positioning sub-assemblies that are complete with bespoke mechanics, servo drives, feedback sensors, cable management and other system components.



November 2016

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November 2016

Ward CNC Machines Give Alpha a Lot More Punch On Both Shaft-Type and Prismatic Workpieces The success of a Hyundai Wia E200C slant bed two-axis lathe in reducing the machining times of punches and dies, as well as the resulting improvements in product quality, have not only enabled Alpha Punch & Machinery to expand its order book but have also spurred the company to install a new Hartford PRO - 1000 vertical machining centre – which is now producing similar productivity and quality benefits in the machining of both contoured and prismatic punch tools.

According to Julian Smith, managing director of the Rotherham-based specialist punch and die manufacturer, the new machines – both supplied by T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for the Huyndai Wia and Hartford brands – “have transformed our productivity and quality levels, enabling us to gain new overseas customers while also further improving our service to UK clients”. Indeed, Mr Smith adds: “Most orders received by 1pm are machined, heat-treated and dispatched on the same day.” The company has more than 21 years’ experience in the manufacture of punches and dies to suit a large variety of steelworkers. It was, however, the desire to improve manufacturing methods and cycle times, initially on shafttype workpieces, that a new two-axis lathe was sought. “With the Hyundai Wia, Ward CNC and tooling supplier Kyocera put together a superb ‘package’ for the machining demonstrations held by Ward CNC at its Sheffield headquarters,” continues Mr Smith. “They got everything right – and their process methods, which include the use of carbide tooling, were replicated when we installed the E200C.” With swings over the bed and carriage of 550 mm and 350 mm, respectively, plus turning diameters and lengths of 350 mm and 300 mm, respectively, the Hyundai Wia E200C adequately copes with the wide variety of punches and dies processed. This capability is enhanced by the machine’s 12-tool turret, 78 mm spindle bore, 4,000 revs/min spindle speed and rapid traverse speeds of 36 m/min.


“Compared to our former methods, the new Hyundai Wia from day one slashed cycle times on the S1 tool steel punches and dies, and it was this success that immediately made us look at a new machining centre for producing the various shape contoured tools,” adds Mr Smith. With a pallet working surface of 1,150 mm by 600 mm, travels in X, Y and Z of 1,000 mm by 600 mm by 630 mm with rapid traverse rates of 20 m/min, plus 8,000 revs/min spindle and feed rates of 12,000 mm/ min, the Hartford Pro Centre 1000 vertical machining centre also accommodates all possible requirements on Alpha’s prismatic workpieces. “In both cases, we did look at alternative machines but the back-up and support from Ward CNC have been faultless from day one with the lathe,” says Mr Smith, “so much so that we had no hesitation in returning to Ward CNC when we wanted a new machining centre.” Alpha Punch & Machinery using a Hyundai Wia E200C lathe and the Hartford PRO - 1000 vertical machining centre for producing punches and dies, including these sets for export to Germany and Portugal


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November 2016

New torsion springs from Lee Spring Standard catalogue company Lee Spring have recently announced 3 new variants of their torsion spring range with new free angle leg end options of 120°, 210° and 300°. This will enable users to specify even more closely and to optimise their device design whether for electronic devices, chair controls, clipboards, swing-down tailgates or other applications. These extra choices will enable return hinges, counterbalances, ratchet and lever return specifications to more closely meet many desired product criteria.

Lee Spring now offer a total of 7 angle sections for their torsion springs in all standard ex-stock sizes, both left and right hand wound, which also facilitates usage in pairs to provide a balanced force at each point, so ensuring that the returned piece seats properly. They are available in plated music wire and passivated stainless steel. Torsion spring ends can be bent, twisted, hooked or looped to suit project needs, and are offered in a choice of 90°, 120°, 180°, 210°, 270°, 300° and 360° free leg position. Specialist design engineers are also ready to help with custom leg end style choices including straight torsion, straight offset, hinged, short hook ends, and hood ends. Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website - www.leespring.co.uk or follow them on twitter - www.twitter.com/leespringuk.


November 2016



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November 2016

ASCO Numatics 651 Series FRLs Feature Industry’s Highest Flow Rate for their size Emerson has introduced the ASCO Numatics 651 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products. This new FRL line broadens the company’s high flow-rate 650 Series family to include products with G1/8 and G1/4 port sizes. “The 651 Series FRLs require less space and are designed to fit in compact applications and in machines that require a high volume of air,” said Enrique Pelayo, ASCO European Product Marketing Manager. “With the highest flow rates for their size, these highly versatile air preparation products are ideal for packaging and other applications that require space-saving designs.” The 651 Series extended high and low temperature capabilities (-40° C to 80° C) enable them to be used in applications across a broad range of industries, including those in harsh environments. The modular FRL products are of a robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount, and position. The new manifold endplate flanges allows the maintenance engineer to remove the manifold assembly out of service without disconnecting from the piping. Front-facing, low-profile gauges are easy to read and are unique in products of this type. For more information about our 651 Series air preparation products please visit our website www.asco.com


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

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November 2016

Fabrication specialist is offering its expertise to even more industries ECS Engineering Services is increasingly being recognised for its multi-faceted fabrication capabilities, broad ranging expertise, capacity and commitment to quality. Already well known in the water control industry, ECS is also building a reputation in industries as diverse as rail, nuclear, renewables, electrical, processing and manufacturing, and materials handling; its work in structural systems and skid mounted projects is recognised for its excellence. With its well-equipped fabrication facility and highly skilled engineers, ECS can complete bespoke fabrication work to the highest standard. The company’s Kevin Agutter, says: “As an expert steel fabrication supplier, ECS has experience in producing a wide range of bespoke fabrications, large and small, on time, to budget and often meeting demanding or unusual briefs. For the process industries and power sector, for instance, we have worked on specialised pipework projects. Offsite fabrication of skid mounted equipment has also become a forte.” One of ECS’s areas of expertise is in large fabrication contracts. Its state of the art 50,000 sq ft fabrication works is equipped with laser cutting, plasma cutting, CNC cutting, milling, drilling and welding facilities, as well as heavy duty cranes and other ancillary equipment. Its highly trained, flexible workforce is able to work 24 hour schedules to complete large fabrication contracts, such as roof beams for rail tunnels, structural steelwork for the stunning new Paris Philharmonic building and large sluice gates for water control installations. Typically, at the start of a project ECS ensures clear information is available to all concerned. For instance it can pass the initial drawings through its highly experienced design office, converting them into CAD files and double-checking all the dimensions and details. This enables the end customer to confirm shapes and tolerances before fabrication and other physical work begins, thus providing an additional layer of reassurance for the client and all other partners in the project.


In order to complete such work on time, to budget and meeting all the detailed requirements of the project, ECS has considerable planning and management expertise and looks after every detail. It provides full traceability of all the steel and every component used in its fabrications. It tracks and traces them from initial sourcing from trusted suppliers, all the way through the various stages of production to the finished fabrication and final delivery to site. Since 2014 all fabricated structural steelwork has had to meet the harmonised European Standard BS EN 1090 and carry the CE mark. For ECS, this is not simply a fixed requirement; it maintains its investment in both personnel and quality control systems to ensure that it always re-achieves certification, which is determined by an independent annual assessment. Part of the Standard, BS EN 1090-2 requires that for any project, the quality of fabrication or Execution Class must be specified, according to the type of fabrication, height, area and purpose. There are four Execution Classes: EXC1 for farm buildings, EXC2 for other general buildings, EXC3 for bridges, stadia etc, and EXC4 for special structures. ECS has been accredited to EXC3, meeting this arduous approvals standard allows it to fabricate the vast majority of steel structures. Further, the Construction Products Regulations, introduced in 2013, make CE marking mandatory and require fabricators to demonstrate that their internal training, qualifications and quality control procedures meet the necessary standards. As members of the British Constructional Steel Association (BCSA), clients and insurers can be assured that ECS’s CE Marking compliance and adherence to Standards and legislation is guaranteed. ECS further underlines its professional and dedicated approach to fabrication by being approved to or otherwise meeting many other recognised standards, such as BS EN14001 for Environmental Management, BS OHSAS 18001 for Health and Safety Management, and multiple Gold Awards from RoSPA.

Adding value ECS is always looking for ways to add extra value to the fabrication services it supplies. A simple way it can do this is by operating a delivery and collection service between the client, ECS and other organisations involved in a project. The expertise here is in maximising the efficiency of moving the materials, equipment and personnel involved, which can be a significant contributor to keeping costs under control, meeting scheduling requirements and ensuring right-first-time quality. A more sophisticated way ECS adds value is by making use of its highly developed prefabrication skills. For the processing and manufacturing sector for instance, ECS can incorporate pipework into structural steel fabrication, thus reducing the amount of on-site installation work required. For the building and construction sector, ECS has the ability to fabricate structural modules, pre-fitted with building services equipment. These are delivered to site, craned into position and, by making a few plumbing and wiring connections, create a service core or tower for the building under construction. This service is becoming increasingly popular as the building and construction industry moves to using BIM (building information management) techniques based on 3D modeling for project

management, which – in contrast to traditional management techniques - makes almost comprehensive technical information available from the outset of the project. Kevin Agutter sums up: “ECS offers a full range of services from simple fabrications, to multi-faceted project management in which we deploy many skills and techniques to support the main production work and ensure smooth progress and the best final outcome.”

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November 2016

Better Signal-to-Noise Ratio Means Better Level Control. Guided wave radar represents the standard for accurate, reliable level measurement, but not all GWR transmitters are equal. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is a critical performance indicator - and the Eclipse® Model 706 has a SNR nearly 3 times higher than competitors

The Impact of Signalto-Noise Ratio on Guided Wave Radar Transmitter Performance In recent years, much has been said in the industry about the importance of the amplitude (size) of the guided wave radar (GWR) transmit pulse.

Worse yet, if SNR is bad enough, the adverse signal interaction can actually result in a loss of the level signal. While it would be desirable to eliminate all the unwanted impedance discontinuities, it is simply not possible. The good news is that today’s most advanced GWR solutions address this critical design issue.

Transmit Pulse Amplitude and Signal-to-Noise Ratio

While the size of the transmitted radar pulse is certainly important, it is a fact that pulse amplitude alone will not always yield accurate level measurement under all process conditions.

Many GWR manufacturers talk about transmit pulse amplitude; however, beyond the point at which the transmitter signal amplitude is sufficient to detect a given dielectric, amplitude plays virtually no role in the detected SNR.

A far more important parameter in reliable level measurement in difficult applications is the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which essentially describes the difference between the desired signal and the unwanted noise.

In fact, if too many sources of unwanted reflections are present, a larger transmit pulse amplitude will simply elevate the noise at the same rate it elevates the level signal.

If the amplitude of the noise approaches that of the level signal, loss of accuracy or linearity is the first observed effect due to distortion of the level signal as it passes through and interacts with the noise.


The resulting change to the SNR is zero – the larger pulse provides no benefit in and of itself to SNR. The only role of a larger transmit pulse is to assure that noise in the

system does not become dominant in the overall SNR in low signal return cases (such as long probes under low dielectric conditions). Too small of a transmit signal would result in too small of a received signal in these cases, requiring excessive signal amplification in the level transmitter.

Diode Switched Front End Design The new Eclipse® Model 706 uses a new design concept called the diode switched front end, which enhances front-end performance. The design of this advanced GWR transmitter features front-end circuitry innovations that enhance the transmitted pulse amplitude, improve the received signal strength and, most importantly, increase the SNR.

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

To learn more about the breakthrough ECLIPSE Model 706 GWR transmitter visit eclipse.magnetrol.com or contact your MAGNETROL representative today.

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November 2016

Telsonic Ultrasonics At The Heart Of Audi Cam-Shaft Cleaning Cell system with the help of the ProfiNet bus module so that the PLC system controller can configure the settings and provide a read out of the process data. With many years of experience and ongoing technological development, Telsonic offers advanced ultrasonic generators, resonance systems and system solutions that meet the diverse and demanding needs of the Automotive industry. The system installed at Audi was built by Austrian based TMS Turnkey Manufacturing Solutions GmbH, an automotive supplier based in Linz, with responsibility for the entire project.

The ultrasonic cleaning cell at Audi, uses Telsonic technology The use of ultrasonic technology within the Automotive sector has become widely recognised as an efficient, clean and environmentally friendly method of welding, joining and even trimming plastic components and sub assemblies. The capabilities of ultrasonics however extend far beyond these applications, and the technology is also used as a highly efficient method of cleaning the precision machined components which make up today’s high performance engines. Ultrasonic cleaning has become an integral part of many industrial production processes. Eliminating dirt and debris is important for process reliability, and ultrasonic technology can be used to prepare components for further downstream processes or for cleaning finished products. Amongst a wide range of household names using this technology is German car-maker Audi, who use the system shown here to clean camshafts and other parts. The system is fitted with a pre-wash chamber to which pallets containing the cam-


shaft parts are delivered before being washed and blown down. The system comprises of a work-cell containing a robot, the ultrasonic tanks, a delicate-wash chamber and a vacuum-drying chamber. The ultrasonic chambers have been designed specially to optimise the ultrasonic radiation from the tube resonators. The cleaning chambers are fitted with either one or two Telsonic ultrasonic tube resonators and the RS-25-55-P type resonators are available in various lengths producing power of up to 1200W with a suitable generator. The tube resonators boast a compact design, a 360-degree ultrasonic vibration field and efficiency of over 95%.

Telsonic UK offer a comprehensive range of ultrasonic modules and systems for a variety of plastic welding, sealing, food cutting, textile cutting, metal welding and cleaning applications For more information please contact:Telsonic UK Limited 12a - 15 Birch Copse Technology Road Poole Dorset BH17 7FH Telephone – 01202 697 340 E-Mail – info.uk@telsonic.com Web – www.telsonic.com Blog - www.telsonicuk.wordpress.com

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November 2016

Surplus food waste sent to AD could generate 124 MWe this Christmas No food company deliberately creates unnecessary waste. However, the volume of food waste created over the festive period is typically 30 per cent higher than the rest of the year. Finding a cost-effective, speedy and green way of treating this additional waste can be a headache for food firms at their busiest time of year. Fortunately, there is a solution. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an increasingly popular food waste treatment option turning waste into renewable energy, biogas. The last seven years have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of AD plants throughout the UK, rising from less than 50 in 2009 to 381 today (excluding the water sector)*.

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As waste volumes increase during the festive period, waste hauliers’ capacity fills up fast. Food companies can suddenly find themselves faced with a mountain of surplus Christmas food waste that their usual waste A fifth of these plants (79) process food waste, turning this carrier is unable to take – or will only treat for a vastly valuable resource into renewable energy and biofertiliser inflated fee. (digestate). In December, it is estimated that 230,000 tonnes of additional food waste is generated in the UK**. If this extra No company wants its waste hanging around for waste was sent to AD, it would create 124 MWe of energy*** – longer than is absolutely necessary, and some sites enough to power 220,000 homes throughout December, or a also have the additional issue of waste permits, which city the size of Southampton. may prohibit them from keeping their waste on site for any length of time. The price of food waste Food firms should plan ahead for an alternative place While the priority for food businesses should always be food to send their additional Christmas food waste and seek waste prevention and minimisation, the increased complexity out their local AD plant. and uncertainty around Christmas ordering and production schedules means that an increase in food waste at this time Headache gone – waste collected within 24 hours of year is inevitable. Last Christmas, food businesses based in London, Each Christmas, two million turkeys, 11 million potatoes, 17 Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire million sprouts, 12 million carrots and 7.5 million mince pies sent thousands of tonnes of mince pies, sprouts and are wasted, as shopping habits change and consumption turkeys to London-based AD plant Willen Biogas. rises. The cost of this additional festive food waste to the UK economy is an eye-watering £64m per year****. But not only ¬We helped a number of local food companies with does this increase in food waste impact on food firms’ profit their last-minute Christmas waste problems, arranging margins, there is also an environmental price to pay – leaving collection, transport, depackaging and treatment of food waste to rot in landfill causes the release of methane their food waste at short notice,” says Willen Biogas into the atmosphere, a gas with 25 times the global warming Chairman, Adrian Williams. potential of carbon dioxide. “Our cost-competitive waste treatment options can be Once food is no longer fit for human consumption, AD is the used for one-off loads or we are happy to discuss longer best treatment option – a fact which is recognised in the waste term contracts depending on our client’s requirements.” hierarchy and transposed into UK law through Located just off junction 25 of the M25, the state of the The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. Sending food art, modern 1.5 MW AD plant processes around 60,000 waste to an AD (or biogas) plant significantly lowers greenhouse tonnes of food waste every day – and has capacity to gas emissions compared to landfill and incineration, and is a handle any local Christmas surplus. waste treatment option that is quickly becoming a favourite of food manufacturers, producers and retailers. And it’s not solely Fitted with sophisticated front-end depackaging down to the associated ‘green halo’ that comes from doing equipment, it can handle all types of food waste, the right thing for the environment; today’s modern AD plants including packaged, (with the exception of palletised are a flexible, cost-effective and hassle-free way to treat waste loads) and accepts deliveries with as little as 24 hours’ food. notice.


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November 2016

High-Performance Galvo Scanner Control Closed-loop, two-axis servo drive for Aerotech’s AGV series scanners

Nmark GCL with AGV-alt Infinite Field of View (IFOV) seamlessly combines scanner and servo motion to expand the scanner working area

real-time 2D calibration ensures accurate beam placement over the entire field of view. Position Synchronized Output

Full servo state control with “zero-tracking error” eliminates speed-related part distortion such as necking on circles and rounding of corners Position-based laser firing (PSO) with windowing maintains consistent spot spacing over a wide range of operating speeds External clock input for synchronization with modelocked lasers The Nmark® GCL controls Aerotech’s AGV series scanners resulting in industry-leading settling times, longterm thermal stability, and micron-level tracking accuracy due to advanced features such as full state feed-forward, 200 kHz servo rates, and look-ahead-based velocity control. The Nmark GCL uses advanced interpolation electronics to provide up to 26-bits of effective resolution Onboard


The ability to accurately place a laser spot as a function of X/Y axis position is a key feature of Aerotech’s linear positioning stages for laser processing applications, and with the release of the Nmark GCL, this functionality is now available for scanner applications. The ability to accurately trigger the laser as a function of position removes the need to program mark, jump, and polygon delays, resulting in reduced programming complexity. Scanner-based processes can now be programmed in the same fashion as traditional X/Y stage-based applications by using the Position Synchronized Output functionality. For further information, please contact Steve McLane at 412-967-6854 (direct), or via e-mail at smclane@aerotech.com. In addition, more information is at: https://www.aerotech. com/product-catalog/drives-drive-racks/nmark-gcl.aspx

November 2016

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November 2016


AMD FirePro W7100 Workstation Graphics The Ultimate Engineering and Media & Entertainment Solution “The last iteration of AMD cards have been very compute-focused. They’ve run our software an order of magnitude faster.” - Michael Lancaster, Managing Director, The Pixel Farm

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November 2016

TE Connectivity Brings Latest Innovations in Connection Technology to SPS IPC Drives DARMSTADT, Germany – October 25, 2016 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, will introduce numerous new innovations and applications enabling the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 at SPS IPC Drives 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany from November 22 to 24. The company will have its booth 210 again in Hall 10. “SPS comes at a good time for TE as we are integrating Intercontec, our recent acquisition, into our automation and control (A&C) portfolio,” says TE’s A&C Vice President and General Manager Craig McDonnell. “In addition, we are growing organically with new and innovative products. Our customers will be able to see and talk about our innovations, products and applications with our experts at the show, and of course see the Intercontec product extensions to our connector portfolio.”

New Motorman hybrid connectors Motorman hybrid connectors are now also suitable for decentralized servo motors as well as on AC servo motors with PCB. The Motorman hybrid connectors integrate communication, signal and power transmission within a compact rectangular connector. Two fast Ethernet sockets offer the full benefits of real-time automation control and create more flexibility and space in machine architecture while reducing cabling complexity. This version includes metal and plastic hoods with secondary locking to secure the product. A thermoplastic docking frame for HMN inserts in heavy duty connectors (HDCs)

Products under the spotlight on the TE booth will include:

The HDC docking frame enables blind mating of HDCs in drawers, allowing the connectors to guide themselves into the correct mating positions in environments where direct visibility or access is limited. With guide pins that replace a locking system, the HDCs ensure ease of handling.

Intercontec product family premiere

Dynamic First Made Last to Break (FMLB)

With the successful acquistion of Sibas end 2014, TE expanded its range of connectivity solutions for harsh environments. Now with the latest Intercontec acquisition, the Intercontec product portfolio will be presented for the first time at the TE booth at SPS.

FMLB Dynamic Series connectors are designed for applications where there are specific grounding requirements, allowing the ground to be established prior to the power connections being made. Similarly, the ground is maintained until after the power connections are broken. The latest addition to the family is the D-3000 FMLB 5.08mm option, which offers FMLB solutions from signal level circuitry to power circuit connectivity up to 30A - in a ruggedized, industrialized package.

New products and expanded solutions

Intercontec has an established reputation as an innovation leader in hybrid connectors, quick lock systems, rotatable servo-side connectors, and reliable electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and ingress protection (IP) performance. The acquisition represents an important step in TE strengthening its role as a full solution provider, particularly for factory automation and machinery customers.


Remote Input/Output Terminal System (RITS) connectors Thin wiring can be quickly and easily attached to connectors that incorporate TE’s RITS solution. The connectors, which are recognized by

UL to U.S. and Canadian standards, use insulation-displacement contact (IDC) technology. With no need for any wire preparation such as stripping, this makes joining wires to connectors up to five times faster than with traditional connection technologies using a crimp or screw clamp. RJ45 product family addition The new field installable RJ45 Cat 6A plug can be terminated easily, quickly and without tools with Cat 6A cables. It is capable of terminating the most commonly used wire variant Cat 6A and can handle 10 Gbps rates, supporting bandwidths of up to 500 MHz. A surface-mount PCB header for the industrial mini I/O series TE’s portfolio of industrial mini I/O connectors is enhanced with the addition of a surface-mount PCB header with optimized EMI and signal integrity performance, which makes the industrial mini I/O PCB header now scalable for use in future system upgrades to Cat 6A performance classes. This new product incorporates all the benefits of existing industrial mini I/O connectors, such as compact size, vibration resistance for industrial environments, ease of use, and durability. Read more: www.engineeringupdate.co.uk/te-connectivity-bringslatest-innovations-in-connectiontechnology-to-sps-ipc-drives/

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November 2016

Connectivity Technology by Belden Already Meets Future PROFINET Standard for 24-Volt Power Supply New L-coded M12 Power Connectors Stand Out with their Compact Design, High Current-Carrying Capacity and Connectability to Functional Ground Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for missioncritical applications, has developed Lumberg Automation M12 Power Connectors as an economical solution for power transmission in harsh environments. At its technical strategy meeting this September, PROFINET International (PI) decided that the L-coded variant, which is internationally standardized through the standard 61076-2-111, will be the future single standard for 24volt PROFINET devices with round connectors. The key factors behind this decision were compact design and its high current-carrying capacity (16A) at a conductor cross section of 1.5 mm². In addition, L-coded M12 Power Connectors for PROFINET devices in a TN-S system can be connected via the fifth contact for the functional ground to a Common Bonding Network (CBN), a meshed grounding concept in accordance with DIN EN 50310. In the current PROFINET guideline “PROFINET Cabling and Interconnection Technology,” two round connectors with screw connections are specified for the 24-volt power supply in addition to a push-pull rectangular connector. This is an A-coded M12 connector for power class 1 to 4 A; the version with a 7/8” connection is for power class 2 to 16 A. “In the future PROFINET guideline, which is expected to be published in April 2017, these two variants will be replaced by the L-coded M12-Power Connectors,” explains Uwe Widmann, responsible for standardization and technology at Belden, Germany.


“This connection technology is more powerful and is almost 50 percent smaller than other comparable power connectors. This miniaturization has also been applied to PROFINET devices, so future PROFINET networks can be built more flexibly and efficiently.” The L-coded M12 Power Connectors of the Lumberg Automation brand are approved in accordance with UL and VDE, and are offered in both straight and angled versions, as well as molded, for customer assembly or as an installation variant. They have an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to +125°C and are available with protection classes IP65, IP67 or IP69K. The five-pin versions with functional ground are clearly recognizable by a gray cable jacket and gray contact carriers for pins and sockets. For more information on the Lumberg Automation L-coded M12 Power Connectors, click here.

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November 2016

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November 2016

Wide Range of Pinrex PCB and D Connectors available from JPR Electronics PCB and D Type Connectors and Covers, Phono Sockets and Accessories



pecialist distributor JPR Electronics stock a comprehensive range of connectors from market leading connector manufacturer Pinrex. The range includes Pin Headers from 0.8mmx1.2mm SMT to 3.96mm straight stack type. SMT and straight Female Headers, 0.8x1.2mm to 2.54mm. Box Headers, Mini Jumpers, IC sockets, FFC/FPC Connectors from 0.5mm to 2.54mm. IDC & D-Types. Micro USB, Mini USB, USB A/B, vertical, right angle and stack types. Wire to Board headers from 1.0mm to 5.0mm. 3.0mm Micro Fit, 4.0 & 4.2mm Mini Fit. 5.08mm Power Connectors.

Pinrex Technology Corp. has been developing and manufacturing connectors for over 22 years and now have three wholly-owned factories offering customers worldwide high quality connectors at competitive prices and with short lead times.

Pinrex connectors are suitable for all forms of board to board, wire to board and wire to wire applications in industrial, commercial and IT applications.

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“We have been supplying Pinrex connectors for over 20 years, ”Says Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics” they offer our customers a wide product range of reliable, cost effective PCB and Cable mounted connectors for a very wide range of applications.”

November 2016

nanoDAQ The Ultimately Miniaturised Pressure Scanner

Equally at home in a wind-tunnel model or aboard the real thing, nanoDaq provides the solution for accurate correlation of scale or CFD with full size data. The difficulties of predicting the effects of scale on wind tunnel pressure measurements are now swept away by a pressure scanner that is suited to model or on-vehicle applications. Similar systems are also available for flight test. Acquisition parameters are configured on nanoDaq’s embedded web server, which gives the user complete control over the chosen measurement strategy.

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