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Cable Management and Protection is Key to Reliability and Productivity Cable management and protection within industrial applications covers many different facets ranging from the humble cable tie, through to sophisticated cable entry products, drag chain systems and conduits that can withstand the extremes of temperatures. These products and systems often play a key role in ensuring the highest levels of reliability and productivity in machines and automated manufacturing systems. This can only be achieved however if consideration is given to specifying high quality and appropriate products at the design stage. In this article, Martin Buttkereit of Cheshire based M. Buttkereit Limited, offers advice on how to avoid potential problems, by thinking carefully about the specific application requirements when selecting cable management and protection products

For engineers and designers working on new machine concepts, cable handling and management is just one aspect that needs to be considered. On occasions, what may seem one of the more straightforward parts of the project can actually turn out to be the difference between success and failure. Carefully planned routing, management and protection of cables within industrial control systems and machines, will play a key role in achieving the reliability and high uptimes demanded in manufacturing environments today. One of the main influences that affects cabling within industrial systems is the working environment. Cables may need protection against multiple factors including heat, liquids, swarf and abrasion. For cable routing into control cabinets, a careful review of the IP rating required will avoid unnecessary downtime resulting from ingress during use. Another consideration here is whether pre-terminated cables will be used, and selecting a cable entry system which uses split frames and inserts will allow these cables to be safely routed without having to remove and re-assemble connectors. This also has the additional benefit of maintaining the original cable warranty and significantly reducing the time required for maintenance or exchanging cables in-situ.


For applications where movement is required, retaining or enclosing the cables within a suitable drag chain will eliminate stresses on the cables, whist providing a physical barrier from adverse influences. With these systems available in plastic or metal and open or closed configurations, there is a solution for every application, including very large or long travel applications. In instances where hot swarf or chips are present, an enclosed steel cable chain will provide the ultimate protection and deliver long service life. Cable conduits are available in a multitude of different configurations and offer excellent protection in many different applications and environments. Available in metal or plastic they are food safe, liquid tight, resistant to solvents and UV light and can even be supplied coated with silicone for added protection. The wide temperature range that this type of product can withstand, -60OC to + 300OC, and IP ratings up to IP69 K available, mean that cables will have the highest levels of protection even in some of the most hostile environments. These products are also suitable for use in medical or clinical environments, meeting the strict hygiene requirements and can be easily sterilised. It is also important to make sure that the less complex products such as those used to provide strain relief or EMC protection are not overlooked.

Integrating these products during the panel build stage will be simpler and less time consuming that realising that they are required once the panel is complete and perhaps even on site and in production. It is also important that any cable clamps and trunking used is of a standard that will not jeopardise operational performance or safety. The maximum service temperature of trunking should be checked and it is also essential that it has past glow fire testing and does not propagate flame. For cable clamps, they should all be short circuit tested, capable of operating in a wide temperature range, typically from -40OC to +1,200OC, and also capable of accommodating individual cable loads, typically 600amp. Within today’s state of the art machines and systems cables transmit power, control signals and data. It is essential therefore that the products used to locate, guide and protect them are capable of meeting the demands of modern manufacturing. Martin Buttkereit will be happy to provide advice on product specifications and selection for specific applications. For further information, please contact: Telephone 0161 969 5418 E-Mail Web

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Isolating signals in harsh environments In industry we’re seeing more and more sensors being installed in, on and around industrial equipment and processes to measure everything from voltage, current and temperature to pressure and flow.


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However the more sensors we have, the higher the likelihood of signals being polluted by interference, whether it’s radio frequency interference (RFI), transient signals, commonmode voltages or fluctuating ground potentials. This can be exacerbated by long cable runs, as well as the sheer number of electrical circuits built into modern industrial machines, all of which will generate some level of electronic noise that can affect signal clarity. This is why we use isolation amplifiers and signal conditioners to isolate, convert & boost signals, compensate for losses, and protect against noise and interference to ensure more accurate measurement data is sent back to the control systems. This in turn allows more precise monitoring and control of equipment to reduce errors, diagnose faults or inefficiencies, and prevent shutdowns. Sensors in harsh environments present further challenges. Heat, cold, humidity and vibration can all take their toll, requiring signal conditioners/isolation amplifiers that will ensure optimal signal integrity while withstanding tough conditions. One way to help mitigate this is by using spring pressure connections such as those used in WAGO’s JUMPFLEX® range. These ensure high contact quality with strong resistance to vibration, shock and temperature cycling, and are free from maintenance, combining effective signal conditioning with high dependability and reduced maintenance costs. In addition, an operating temperature of -40°C to +70°C makes JUMPFLEX highly suitable for harsh environments. Consider for example tractor units and mobile baggage conveyors at an airport. These applications are constantly vibrating, with large temperature variance, and often have very little cabinet space to spare. This can create a challenge if for instance measuring parameters such as battery voltage or current, conveyor belt speed, or operating temperature. For applications such as these, JUMPFLEX offers several options depending on the particular circumstances and customer preference, whether it’s using a millivolt transducer to measure voltages across a shunt, or feeding the current through a current signal conditioner, or using a frequency signal conditioner to convert to standard 0-10 V or 4-20mA for control systems. With a width of 6 mm and uniform profile across the whole range, JUMPFLEX provides great flexibility for signal isolation, particularly within tight spaces, while extensive vibration and temperature protections provide stability and reliability even in harsh conditions. For more information about JUMPFLEX signal conditioners and isolation amplifiers, contact Product Specialist Phil Thompson at WAGO on 01788 568008.


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Automating With Robots

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If you’re thinking about automating and you’re not sure where to start, here is a quick guide for your first steps towards automating your manufacturing processes. 3. Determine available space on the factory floor

1. Decide on the processes you’d like to automate Look at your manufacturing facilities and identify the different processes you would like to automate. Start with the simplest and most cost efficient project where minimal changes need to be made to the production line. Look for manual processes that are repetitive, and don’t require on the spot decisions, critical thinking or human dexterity. Machine tending and pick-and-place operations are a good place to start. Choosing the simplest and most cost efficient project will allow you to achieve a high success rate and keep your investment to a minimum. It will also be easier to train your workers to operate the machines.

2. Decide whether mechanical components within the processes need to change When you automate a process, it doesn’t necessarily mean a robot with a gripper will be deployed. Often manufacturers need to make changes to the mechanical components around the robot so they’re able to consistently feed products to the robot for handling. It’s important to decide whether such changes will need to be made to your production. If so, think about what these changes will look like for you and whether or not there will be any additional costs if you decide to automate. If you’re prepared to incur additional costs after the initial investment, you’ll receive benefits and great value in the long term.


Look at the processes you would like to automate and determine whether you have the space available on the factory floor to deploy the robot. Consider your needs now and in the future. If space is tight, look for solutions that are small, flexible, easy to implement and that don’t take up a lot of room. Today there are compact and lightweight solutions available that will fit in the smallest of spaces and operate efficiently and safely. This means you don’t have to wait until you’re in a bigger factory to automate. With solutions like collaborative robots, you can start now, save money on property costs, while at the same time increasing your production, growing your business and being the leader in your market.

4. Choose flexible automation solutions If you have a low-mix high volume manufacturing environment look for flexible automation solutions. You may be producing the same product now however in the future things may change which is why it’s important to look at solutions that will grow with your business. Automation will bring you long-term value if you adopt flexible solutions that can be used in different areas of your business. You will receive a much greater return on your investment if you look at your short-term and long-term business goals. For businesses with a high-mix low volume production, flexible solutions are critical because they will allow you to meet the changing needs of your customers and make it easy to reconfigure your workspace quickly for the production of different products and processes in your business.

5. Keep your workers safe Worker safety is critical when you integrate robots into a production. Most automation solutions require safety fencing so the robot can operate in a closed off area away from workers keeping them safe. Keep in mind that fencing can increase costs, it takes up a lot of space and having fenced systems/solutions can make your manufacturing processes inflexible. Consider solutions that don’t require safety fencing (subject to a risk assessment) for example collaborative robots, which have certified safety measures allowing them to work alongside workers safely. Unfenced solutions bring many benefits including the ability for workers to stand in for the robot to prevent downtime if the need arises.

6. Consider the value of automation When considering your options think about your future needs. Look for solutions that will create efficiencies in your business now and that will grow with your business. Automation isn’t about reducing staff numbers; it’s about integrating new technologies that will support and work alongside your staff. Automation will allow you to create and grow a sustainable business, be more competitive in your market, reduce your production costs and allow you to consistently produce a higher quality product time and time again. You will receive short-term and long-term benefits though automation that will maximize your return on investment and bring immense value to your business both in the shortterm and the long-term. For further information please visit

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Hillside Hillside Product Design Limited offer a complete design for manufacturing service, making ideas a reality and guiding clients from initial concept to marketplace-ready product. We can help you whether you’re a large corporation, SME, new technology start-up, or entrepreneur. Q2 Hillside are known for being a very diverse product design company. Can you tell us a little bit about some of the projects you have undertaken in recent times and how they vary from job to job? We do design products for a broad range of industries covering the consumer, engineering, retail and smart sectors. We are very proud to have been included in the development of these projects, some allowing for lots of innovation making it particularly unique upon launch. Some have complex mechanical design including moving parts which can be challenging to resolve within the constraints sometimes imposed. And some projects we are particularly proud of because of how elegantly they solve some complex problems. However, we have a policy of confidentiality regarding our clients and our relationships with them, so unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to single out a particular product by name. Q3 How long does it take on average from the first idea to a finished design and then a final product on the shelves?

Q1 Hello Louise thank you for meeting with me today and taking time out of your busy schedule. So let’s start with the company, Hillside Product Design has been a key player in the frontline process of manufacturing for many years now. Where and how did it all begin for you guys? Hillside Product Design is guided by Managing Director Chris Howsam, who has worked in product design consultancy since 1985 advancing through the usual career path to being a partner. Fifteen years ago, Chris made the decision to relocate to Devon and set out on his own. Hillside Product Design has been going from strength to strength ever since. With a career spanning over 30 years, Chris has accumulated a unique blend of visual, practical and technical expertise. Forever staying abreast of current trends and innovations he is supported by a team of highly acclaimed design and engineering experts who all share a passion and drive for creating fresh, innovative and successful products across a broad range of industries.


This can vary greatly depending on the complexity of a product, the availability of funding, intellectual property searches, compliance testing, toolmaking and deadlines for trade shows and exhibitions. We generally say that launching a new electronic product would take nine months. However, a simple single part product could take as little as a few weeks, or a complex product requiring extensive research and development including intellectual property searches and patent applications could take eighteen months or more. Q4 Devon is a beautiful part of the world. Do you find there is a real sense of community between yourselves and the companies you work with locally? We do enjoy close working relationships with a large number of great South West based companies. With the continued advancement of improved IT and communications the South West has become a force to be reckoned with in terms of technical, professional and manufacturing industries. Devon and the greater South West have a fantastic number of diverse manufacturing

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Interview industries which offer a broad range of skills and services which prove invaluable in bringing a new product to market. Over the years we have built up a strong network of alliances. In addition, our contacts include Intellectual Property Lawyers, marketers, graphics designers, packaging experts and investors. In fact, we pride ourselves on being able to assist clients to bring a product to market regardless of how little experience or knowledge they may have in the process. And yes, Devon is beautiful. We are very fortunate to live and work in a stunning part of the country with incredible sea views – it could be said it helps the creative thought processes. Q5 Where do you see current trends in product design? Our industry was one of the early-adopters of 3D-printing technology, for the purposes of quickly producing prototypes and physical models. As the cost of the technology has decreased, it has put it within the reach of small businesses, so that we can produce cost-effective prototypes in-house, and it’s now cheap enough for consumers themselves to buy a 3D printer, download designs from the Internet and print them at home. As the technology matures and new applications and materials are found to use with it, this trend will continue for a long time to come.

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The other main trend we’re seeing is the growth of the Internet of Things, where products have the capability to connect to the Internet. The potential for the Internet of Things is huge and so far we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities there may be, not to mention the questions and challenges it brings. Q6 If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young designer, who is just starting out in the world of product design, what would you tell them? Don’t stop learning! Product Designers need to be up to date on a huge number of topics. New developments and advances are occurring all the time in manufacturing, electronics and materials. Styling trends come and go and return. Regulations and compliances for products change all the time. Every designer should spend some part of their ay expanding their own understanding of local, national and global issues.


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Seatools Exhibits Quality with Appearance Models from 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing delivers durable and high quality detail in 3D printed appearance display No matter how many leagues under the sea your underwaterproblem is, Seatools exists to design, build and test custom equipment to solve subsea challenges. Based in the Netherlands, Seatools is a global provider of bespoke subsea solutions for companies ranging from offshore oil and gas to offshore renewables and aquaculture development. In light of its expansive and diverse scope, Seatools faced a distinct challenge in quickly and effectively communicating its range of custom offerings at the highly attended Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, TX. As the largest event in the world for the oil and gas industry, OTC attracts over 2,300 exhibitors a year and counting. Therefore Seatools knew it needed to make a splash with a creative trade show display to ensure a positive return on investment and do everything in its power to attract attention and engage new business. With the help of 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing services, Seatools devised a unique subsea landscape to display seven distinct 3D printed appearance models of its various custom underwater technologies. Offering expansive prototyping and manufacturing services to support the entire product development lifecycle, 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing experts deliver quick, high quality parts ranging from fast turn and advanced prototypes to appearance models and low volume production.

High quality appearance models As Seatools explored the various options available for achieving scale equipment models, the company first defined the outcome it had in mind. When all was said and done, Seatools needed high quality, highly detailed models that would reflect company standards and withstand transatlantic shipping. “It was very important to me that the models arrive in Houston in one piece,” said Johan Sol, a member of Seatools’ supervisory board and marketing and business development office. “We are a company that sells high-end equipment with high quality, so if we were to show broken models on the show floor, it would not be in line with the quality we sell to our customers.” With seven distinct models identified for display and the show deadline looming, speed of production was also a factor.


CHALLENGE: Quickly and effectively communicate diverse range of high quality equipment offerings with a creative trade show display.

SOLUTION: 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing and craftsmanship for durable, highly detailed SLS 3D printed appearance models.

RESULTS: • Seven distinct, high quality 3D printed appearance models • Durable nylon material survives transatlantic shipping and shows high detail • Service quality of 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing unburdens client • Effective and eye-catching models draw a crowd, start conversations and help build new business relationships Due to the extensive time and costs involved in hand built scale models, conventional methodologies were soon ruled out in favor of 3D printing. It was then only a matter of selecting a technology, and Seatools’ careful research pointed to selective laser sintering (SLS). “The 3D models had to be transported by freight, and we knew from other scale equipment models in the past that they endure a lot of shock loads,” Sol said. After a dialogue with 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing experts in the Netherlands, Seatools confidently opted for high strength nylon 3D prints produced on 3D Systems’ sPro™ 230 SLS machines in DuraForm ® PA. Once 3D printed, the scale models were finished, painted and assembled by 3D Systems’ manufacturing experts and delivered precisely to specification. Robust scale models on demand Seatools’ choice of SLS technology proved advantageous both in terms of durability and visual appeal. Favored across industries for the material properties it can offer, SLS is widely used for functional applications, such as snap fits and living hinges, which came in handy for this project. To help Seatools achieve 3D appearance models that

matched the company’s quality standards, 3D Systems’ on demand team engineered separate components for each equipment model to paint and piece together into an accurate final assembly. According to Sol, the results were striking and effective. The diversified scale equipment models survived their journey from the Netherlands to Houston and represented the full sized machinery accurately in appearance and innovation. Due to the material properties of SLS printing and the ability to achieve thin walls with good strength, Seatools was ultimately able to include more high quality details than alternate 3D printing technologies could have provided. In addition to allowing trade show visitors to grasp the diversity of Seatools’ offerings, the models reflected the level of care, focus and quality Seatools’ customers can expect when working with the company. The 3D models far outperformed their original task of helping Seatools avoid getting lost in the trade show shuffle, and played an instrumental role in the company’s trade show display. Based on Sol’s experience he

October 2017 experts was central to the timeliness and quality of the final products delivered. Like Seatools, 3D Systems places a priority on understanding and answering the needs of its clients. Throughout CAD file optimization, 3D printing, painting and assembly, Seatools could rely on 3D Systems for technical mastery, multidisciplinary talent, honest comparisons and collaborative support. The high service level 3D Systems provided unburdened Seatools from all concerns related to scale model production, and allowed the undersea solutions company to focus on its core preparatory efforts.

New depths of innovation As a leader in its field, Seatools constantly innovates to solve unique problems. The company treats trade shows no differently and took an insightful approach to sharing the complexity of the work it does for its various global clients. Not only was Seatools successful in clearly and creatively communicating the work it is capable of doing, but the 3D printed subsea world it presented opened the door for inquiring companies to see and understand what Seatools is all about. “The subsea landscape was really an eye-catcher,” says Sol. “It drew a crowd and helped introduce us to new companies to start building new relationships.”

says there are only a few seconds to catch people’s attention in a trade show setting. The models not only helped Seatools draw a crowd to its booth, but they also enabled the Seatools sales team to make a more effective and interactive sales pitch. “Our team could use the subsea world to reference the various models and tell a story about the company while showing the diverse capabilities of Seatools,” he says.

For help with your next trade show display or for more information on 3D Systems’ complete range of product lifecycle support services, contact our On Demand Manufacturing experts. Whether you need fast turn 3D printed parts, advanced prototyping with assembly and finishing services or low volume manufacturing including CNC, urethane casting and injection tooling, 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing services can help advance your project, timeline and goals.

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WAGO expands robust automation system for use in extreme environments A variant of the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750, the XTR range, is available to deliver I/O for industries and applications that are frequently required to withstand harsh conditions. With high protections against environmental and electronic interferences, the system is suitable for hazardous areas such as underground, offshore, particularly hot or particularly cold environments, or environments that are subject to strong shocks and vibrations. The range includes programmable fieldbus controllers, fieldbus couplers, digital and analogue inputs and outputs, and a wide range of communication, supply and segment modules tailored for particular industries and applications such as marine, renewable, petrochemical, rail and water. Automation systems are increasingly being located in outdoor and remote locations where components are directly affected by widely fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions, for example wind turbines both on and offshore, or transformer stations. The XTR range provides comprehensive protections against harsh surroundings to ensure high system availability. With up to 16 channels in a 12 mm wide module housing, and no additional protective measures or external heating/cooling required, the system is highly suitable for situations and applications where cabinet or DIN-rail space is at a premium.


Able to withstand temperatures from -40°C up to +70°C, the XTR range requires no air conditioning and has no moving parts, resulting in lower energy and maintenance costs, while reducing the risk of mechanical failure.

WAGO’s push-in cage clamp connections mean that wiring is quick and easy, and that connections remain secure and protected against disturbances, even in unshielded areas.

It is also able to function at elevations up to 5,000 m, making the range suitable even for high altitude applications.

The controller supports all major protocols including MODBUS TCP/ IP, MODBUS/UDP, MODBUS RTU, SNMP and FTP.

Vibration protection of 5 g and shock protection up to 20 g defends the system against constant and sudden impact, ensuring maximum uptime and security of investment.

The I/O system is scalable enabling automation of individual machines through to entire systems. Additional modules are available tailored to specific industries, applications and requirements for maximum versatility and flexibility.

The XTR is protected against electronic interference with isolation up to 5 kV of impulse voltage, lower EMC emission of interference and higher insensitivity against EMC interference compared to conventional I/O systems.

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BSRIA continues to expand its UKAS accredited calibration operations Martin Trotter, Calibration Manager, BSRIA Instrument Solutions, said: “The opening of our second laboratory is a significant milestone for Instrument Solutions as it not only doubles our UK capacity for testing fans, pressure gauges and temperature devices used by engineers throughout the UK, it also gives BSRIA a northern base which allows clients to drop-off and collect their goods from a regional facility. Similar to the existing business located in Bracknell, Berkshire the new Preston operation holds stock of many new products from a number of the major instrument manufacturers such as Testo, Kimo and TSI�.

The summer months of 2017 has continued to see BSRIA Limited expand its Instrument Solutions UKAS ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration business with an extension to its scope covering activities conducted in the newly opened laboratory in Preston, Lancashire known as BSRIA North. This extension covers the calibration of temperature and pressure devices including barometers, as well air volume flow devices (fans) which are used in many sectors of industry.


Attainment of the UKAS extension to scope is the second piece of quality accreditation received for BSRIA North over recent months. BSI extended BSRIA ISO 9001 scope to cover the Preston operations earlier in June: this covers the Equipment Hire, Calibration and Sales operations. For further details of the Instrument Solutions equipment hire, sales and calibration capabilities visit or call free from the UK on 0800 254 5566

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Ultrasonic Welding Maintains Assembly Integrity For Automotive Intake Ducts The automotive sector within the UK has become an increasingly important part of Telsonic UK’s business, as the company’s ultrasonic technology becomes the mainstay of many plastic-joining applications on a wide range of automotive parts and sub assemblies. In the company’s most recent application, a twin head machine is used to weld inlet aperture mouldings into left and right hand blow moulded ducts for MGS Technical Plastics Ltd. The HDPE (high density polyethylene) blow moulded ducts have PP (polypropylene) injection moulded apertures at each

end of the part. These apertures are designed to engage with a nominal clip fit to produce an initial, loosely held sub-assembly. A supporting twin spot weld, on one side of the large aperture end of the assembly, is also required to maintain the integrity of this subassembly until the parts are finally assembled into the vehicle.

Why ultrasonic welding? The ultrasonic process offers a fast, consistent and repeatable process, capable of penetrating these thick walled parts. Other, mechanical fix methods such as staples were ruled out as being unsuitable. The process also fits the recyclability requirement of the parts as no further fixing methods or materials are used. The materials are dissimilar, preventing a true fusion weld, however a spot-weld through the HDPE into the PP moulding at two strategic points creates a mechanical locking action of sufficient strength to retain the assembly until it is finally presented to the vehicle on the production line. The machine, built by Telsonic UK, is a free standing, fully guarded compact design incorporating dual Telsonic AC1900 actuators. Each of these units has Titanium Mother / Daughter twin


tipped staking horns, powered by a switched MAG2024 2.4kW 20kHz generator system. The operator interface is via a touchscreen, which offers weld setting recipes, weld limits and manual set up menus. The component nests have 3D CAD cut location features, accommodating a pair of left and right hand parts in each cycle. These in turn are mounted on a sliding table that is fully interlocked with an auto start and power out facility. Actuator driven integral clamping arms ensure repeatable location and tight closure of the parts, important aspects of the spot welding process. Telsonic UK were selected as the supplier due to their extensive application experience within the automotive sector, and their ability to support MGS Technical Plastics Ltd at all stages of the project. This included the in-house subcontract manufacture of pre-production assemblies whilst the production machine was being built. Telsonic UK offer a comprehensive range of ultrasonic modules and systems for a variety of metal and plastic welding, sealing, food cutting, textile cutting and cleaning applications.

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Flow Chemistry System for Heterogeneous Catalysis Uniqsis has introduced FlowLab Column™ – an optimised flow chemistry system for heterogeneous catalysis applications. Catalysts can be divided into two main types - heterogeneous and homogeneous. In a heterogeneous reaction, the catalyst is in a different phase from the reactants. This facilitates both separation of the reaction product from the catalyst and re-use of the catalyst. Moreover, intimate contact between a large excess of catalyst and a small quantity of reagent at any point in time can lead to enhanced reaction rates and higher overall efficiency.


esigned to provide highly efficient mixing, excellent control over reaction parameters and unmatched performance the FlowLab Column™ flow chemistry system offers the potential to replace conventional stirred batch reactors for continuous, heterogeneously catalysed liquid phase reactions. Built around the same high-quality components as used in the widely acclaimed Uniqsis FlowSyn™ system, the FlowLab Column™ offer uncompromised performance at an affordable price. At the heart of the FlowLab Column™ system is a HotCoil™ heated reactor module fitted with a HotColumn adapter to enable operation up to +260 °C (300 °C as an option). This set-up has been designed to hold six 316 stainless steel columns in individual insulated holders, each capable of operation up to 100 bar. This configuration facilitates easy scale-up whereby the required number


of identical columns are simply connected in series. The FlowLab Column™ system includes pressure regulating non-return valves before the column reactor to prevent the possibility of back flow into the pumps at any time. FlowLab™ application software provides control of the system via a step-through interface that can be learnt in minutes and is highly intuitive to use. Programs can be designed and saved reactions run automatically, including priming and washing. The program is monitored on a real-time display showing temperatures and pressures. FlowLab™ software also automatically detects any modules that have been added to the system. For further information on the FlowLab Column™ flow chemistry system please visit or contact the company on +44-(0)845-864-7747 /

October 2017

Shine a light Howdon have installed 28 solar panels that will produce almost half the power they use as a business (43.9%). They can monitor the production and performance of each panel at any time, either online ( or using a smartphone app. Staff love checking up to see just how much power the company is producing, with the added benefit of being able to quickly identify any faults in the panels, should they occur. Howdon’s engineer says: “Our 9.16kWp solar PV array consists of 28 SunPower 327W panels. The power generated by the panels is fed back into the grid via a SolarEdge SE10K inverter through the three-phase industrial power supply.” Howdon have also fitted LED lighting in their offices, which has halved the company’s power consumption in the process. The kitchen, corridors and stairwells now have PIR sensors that automatically switch the lights on and off, saving yet more electricity when the lights aren’t needed.

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environmental challenges Manufacturing businesses aren’t known for their eco credentials, but Howdon Power Transmission is bucking the trend. The Stroud-based engineering company is taking giant steps to become more environmentally friendly, tackling a number of challenges to reduce their carbon footprint, and to meet the commitments outlined in their environmental policy.

Howdon’s engineer says: “Replacing 12 old 6-foot fluorescent tube lights with 14 30W LED panels has reduced the power we use from 840W to 420W. The lighting in the works has been changed to 18 30W LED panels, which replace 36 double 8-foot 100W fluorescent tubes. Meanwhile, fitting the PIR sensors has saved 3,480W.”

Getting warmer… Howdon had been relying on an old, energy-hungry methods of heating their test room, R&D workshop and offices. These have been replaced by infrared, ceiling-mounted heaters and a wallmounted heater – all controlled by a timer for maximum energy efficiency. With the exception of the test room, which has to be kept at a constant temperature, only inhabited areas of the company’s premises are now heated. This new, efficient system will reduce the company’s fuel consumption for heating by almost two-thirds. Howdon’s engineer says: “We replaced an inefficient 47kW gas space heater with Herschel Select XL and IRP4 ceiling-mounted heaters and a Herschel Advantage IR3 wall-mounted heater, all run on a seven-day timer. The new heating system has a total output of just 16.5kW.”


Reduce, reuse, recycle Howdon generate cardboard waste from the deliveries of stock such as bearings and sprockets. Staff currently take this to the local recycling centre, but management are considering investing in a cardboard shredding or bailing machine that can turn this waste cardboard into packaging – which can then be used to protect customer orders in transit. All the company’s paper waste (such as printed paper, trade magazines and envelopes) is shredded and used as

packaging material, while pallets that contain deliveries from subcontractors are returned to the subcontractor next time they deliver. The Howdon team continue to look for ways in which they can reduce their impact on the environment, but for now they’re pleased to have saved 5,798kg of CO2 emissions – equivalent to powering 44,800 lightbulbs for a day.

October 2017



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Accelerometers and velocity meters are used to measure a wide range of frequencies, including low frequency vibrations found in building maintenance. They occur at less than 2Hz, and can also be useful in monitoring bearing wear in cooling tower fans and gearboxes for example. To characterise the performance of its low frequency sensors in that range, which is too low for most test shakers, Monitran has developed a new high displacement test rig that can generate oscillations accurately at frequencies as low as 0.2 Hz. The system allows real-time back to back testing between different devices and its own inbuilt, calibrated MEMS sensors.

Oscillating beam rig helps test Monitran low frequency sensors The horizontal linear beam oscillator has a powerful motion control system that incorporates a precision AC servo with 17 bit encoder feedback. Running on two precision rails, it uses magnetic springs and magnetic damping to ensure smooth operation. Its software produces fast code, at 1.7 milliradians per step, which generates fine sinusoidal motion for the linear track driven by a rotary motor.

The intelligent shuttle, which can carry a sensor payload of up to 0.5 kg, incorporates seven MEMS accelerometers, signal processing and a microcontroller to monitor its motion. It also includes a mechanical low pass filter and has an operating distance of up to 1000mm, exerting up to 8g acceleration to the devices under test. That amounts over 35 kilometres per hour peak velocity, down to nearly 1/20th of walking speed. “The new oscillating beam rig gives us accurate extreme low frequency data and is a highly useful addition to our accelerometer test and calibration capabilities,� said Andy Anthony, Monitran’s managing director. View the story online at: News/entryid/27/oscillatingbeam-rig-helps-test-monitranlow-frequency-sensors To find out more about us and the products and services we have on offer please have a look at our new look and user friendly website


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October 2017

Delta Named to the DJSI World Index for the Seventh Consecutive Year Ranks first in four criteria among world-leading electronic equipment,instrument and component companies Delta Electronics outperformed 37 leading global companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instrument, and Component sector of the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), and was selected for the DJSI World Index for the seventh consecutive year. Placing among major global enterprises, Delta was also selected for the DJSI Emerging Markets Index for the fifth consecutive year. Delta ranked first among world-leading electronic equipment, instrument and component companies in the DJSI criteria of “Product Stewardship,” “Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy,” “Labor Practice Indicators,” and “Materiality.” Delta is dedicated to fulfilling its corporate mission “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow” through the development of sustainable technologies and solutions. Delta’s high-efficiency products and solutions have contributed to a total savings of 20.8 billion kWh of electricity and a reduction of carbon emissions by about 11.07 million tons of CO2e for the past seven years. Delta has always focused on global warming and environmental issues, while promoting environmental education and green buildings through the Delta Electronics Foundation. In 2015, Delta held an official side event with the theme of energy conservation during the COP21 conference in Paris. Delta also organized a green building


exhibition at the Grand Palais to share its experience in creating energysaving green buildings with climate change opinion leaders. In line with its company mission Delta held its green building exhibition in both Beijing and Taipei in 2016, and has also published journals, and produced micro movies on environmental issues. Delta’s longterm, continuous efforts have received much favorable recognition from international evaluation organizations. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indexes are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. Each year, they invite the world’s 2,500 largest companies, measured by free-float market capitalization to report on their sustainability performance. The results of the Corporate Sustainability Assessment provide an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indexes serve

as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies that want to adopt sustainable best practices. This October, Delta will exhibit 25 green buildings at the Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to demonstrate energy conservation and carbon reduction in practice. You are welcome to visit the show

October 2017



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Let’s be honest, most people find it hard to get excited about cleaning. However, it plays a hugely significant role in the efficient running of an industrial facility. Whether it is 5S or lean engineering, a clean workplace supports health and safety and an effective operation.


rom a practical perspective, maintaining a wellordered factory floor can substantially speed up production efficiency and cleaning procedures. Supporting the 5S culture, just 15 minutes saved on a daily basis can greatly improve operating performance over the longer term. We’ve previously addressed the risks to your bottom line from slips, trips and falls in relation to sick days and compensation claims previously (see the June issue), so I won’t labour this point… Other than to reiterate that it always pays to be safe. It helps if you make it easy for your staff to keep all areas clean, for instance ensuring there are an adequate number of bins for each station on the production floor and putting best-practice guidelines in place to ensure these will be cleared in line with your co standards. Be certain there are adequate cleaning materials sufficiently close at hand in any part of the facility that generates waste by-products, or where oil or other lubricants are used. It’s a good idea to install shadow boards to help ensure mops, brooms and dustpans are easy to locate when you need them most. It’s also well worth investing in


Simple cleaning shake-ups for 5S shining efficiency support materials that are robust enough to survive the rigours of the factory floor. Stainless steel is far less likely to break with wear and tear. Also, think carefully about the furniture you buy and where it’s placeed, welldesigned equipment can reduce clean down time simply by offering easier access – for example, how quickly can it be cleaned, or whether it has built in inherent dirt traps. The material it’s made of can also play a big part in speeding up cleaning routines. Stainless steel is as easy to clean as glass or china, only much more resilient. It’s also resistant to corrosion, which means it can be cleaned using high pressure and high temperature methods. Cleaning can place a significant demand on resources, and that’s time that could be better spent elsewhere. Making relatively minor changes in procurement can have a major impact on how timeconsuming it is. You can also be pretty sure it’s a change that will equally popular with senior management and the staff on the factory floor alike.

October 2017

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The rectangular connectors in the Lapp EPIC® range cannot be beaten regarding unwavering quality and longevity. Rectangular connectors are used for a number of applications, including factory automation, lighting & sound, and particularly machinery within the packaging industry.

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The various components of the heavy duty rectangular connector are purchased individually and made up on a modular principle. A wide range of housings, inserts and contacts make it possible to design the ideal connector for each application.

In recent years, a wide range of colour coding and connection and installation options have been developed for M8 and M12 plug-in connectors. Plug-in connectors with wires or round cables cannot be integrated into automated PCB soldering processes. As a result every device undergoes an automated soldering process for the surface-mounted components on the PCB and a manual assembly process for the device connections in the housing wall. The two-part male and female contact carriers are made of temperature resistant plastic, which enables them to withstand the high temperature loads associated with reflow soldering processes. Advantages •

M8 and M12 circular plug-in connectors can be automatically positioned via pick-and-place processes.

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Fortress removes costly equipment risks with Remote Management Software In fast paced, harsh or cramped food production and packing lines, where metal detectors are subject to rigorous washdowns and knocks from operatives, modern machine control panels are especially vulnerable to damage.

While most are designed to withstand water ingress, Fortress Technology reports that these delicate screens can be a costly item to replace, with machine inoperability caused by a single panel failure significantly impacting line productivity.

displays to improve communications. Yet, these advances actually make control panels less robust in wet, dusty and harsh production environments, increasing the risk of damage and subsequent machine downtime. Plus, they are more costly to replace.”

The answer, unveiled by the company at PPMA 2017, is take the high risk item out of the environment and manage operations from anywhere in the world using wireless machineto-machine (M2M) communication on any portable device.

When developing the technology, Fortress intentionally moved away from creating an app, as this would have to be hosted, refined and updated on Android and IOS operating systems.

Believed to be the first-of-its kind webbased browser, Remote Management Software (RMS) connects multiple Fortress metal detectors to familiar consumer electronics, including mobiles, tablets and laptops. The rationale is to enhance the reliability, safety and production efficiency within factories while safeguarding valuable machine assets, emphasises Fortress’ newly appointed MD, Phil Brown: “Traditionally, food inspection OEMs make screen display membranes bigger, easier to use or introduce colour


Instead, customers can log in and access the system via a local website built within the detector. This in turn means that the detector also has the potential to be accessed from any location in the world. Straightforward to monitor and connect machines via a single gateway, user can log into the RMS browser from a laptop and mobile phone. Reports can be exported on demand, in Excel or PDF format providing fully traceable Quality Assurance information, for a specific production line and/or time period. Each event is automatically time stamped to comply with Hazard

Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management systems and principles.For large or multi-site factories, this level of oversight is especially helpful for supporting flexible production. It means one operative or production manager can monitor all their company’s metal detectors, analysing comparative data for different inspection zones, side-by-side. “When it comes to digitisation in the food factories of the future, data analytics and intelligence will be central,” notes Phil. “With RMS, Fortress is helping to bridge the gap between consumer and industrial technology and theory and commercialisation.” RMS is being installed as standard on all new Fortress Interceptor metal detectors from 2018.

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October 2017

Versamove Transfer System Boasts New Compact Curve mk is expanding its modular pallet transfer system Versamove standard with a curved module which has an impressive space-saving design that enables 90° and 180° turns in the tightest of spaces. Versamove is a versatile, high-quality pallet transfer system which can be used in almost all areas of automated production and material flow. Its modular design allows for quick and transparent scheduling and project planning. The system has the flexibility to be expanded or adapted according to conditions on site. The new, compact curve is a space-saving module that enables 90° and 180° turns in the tightest of spaces and is available in 240, 320 and 400 mm widths. The pallets are moved along the curve track by round belts. This allows the workpieces to maintain their orientation as they traverse the curve. The cost-effective and compact curved module can be used in place of lifting-traversing units and liftingrotating units for transfer onto a parallel conveyor line. The curved module is available with its own drive, or it can be operated via the adjoining section. Advantages of the new curved module •

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The Versamove system is available in three weight and size classes. The Versamove standard is designed for weights of up to 40 kg per pallet. The Versamove plus can handle dimensions of up to 1040 x 1040 mm and weights of 100 kg. The Versamove ultra can transport pallets with dimensions of up to 1200 x 1200 mm and weights of 300 kg per pallet. The system can therefore be used for a wide variety of application areas. While developing the system, we ensured its compatibility with systems that are currently available on the market. As a result, third-party pallets can be used on the Versamove standard. It is therefore possible to extend existing plants without any issues. To see the full range of mk’s conveyors please visit or call (01949) 823751.


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October 2017

Double packing boost for global hand hygiene company Wanting to improve the versatility of its production plant and increase line packing speeds, Pacepacker was brought in to automate two labour intensive manual packing production lines and palletising operation, creating a centralised, fully automated turnkey line. By solving the factory’s reliance on multiple workers overseeing each packing element, Pacepacker estimates that it will cut annual workforce costs by around £400,000 a year. Comprising 15 individual elements, featuring products from nine different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), this is one of Pacepacker’s most complex, largest and innovative projects. One of the key challenges was the packing line needed to handle up to six different wholesalesized occupational hand sanitiser bottlers, plus a combination of 70 pallet types and stacking patterns. Done manually or automatically, picking up bottles and placing into cardboard outer sleeves can make it difficult to insert the last product into the box. To address the issue of high waste as a result of damaged bottles being forced into boxes, Pacepacker designed an alternative automated option that picks up an entire layer of product, adapting itself to the exact quantity of bottles required per box. To maximise production and investment efficiency, Pacepacker designed two packing lines feeding one palletising robot. A Simple Capture Automation vision system checks the barcode and checks bottle caps are secure.


This is followed by a Thermo Fisher conveyor style checkweigher, and then an Endoline case erector, which automatically tapes each case bottom to form boxes for loading. The software driven adaptable robot end-effector, designed by Pacepacker through the use of the very latest 3D modelling and 3D printing technology, grabs hold of the top of each bottle in one layer in a four, six or eight bottle formats. Meanwhile, Pacepacker’s fully adjustable case loading flap opening device, located beneath the conveyor, holds all four box flaps 10mm clear of the loading operation. This helps to stop flaps

Pacepacker has more than doubled the output for a world leading hand hygiene supplier by automating the case erection, loading and palletising tasks previously performed manually. becoming inverted during the loading process, making sure box integrity isn’t compromised. Pacepacker believes this could be the UK’s first installation of an adaptive gripper that picks up and gently places a full layer of heavy bottled products (weighing between 1kg and 4.5 kg each) into boxes using this method. Several elements of the line, including how Pacepacker now deploys 3D modelling and printing to produce bespoke components, was showcased at PPMA 2017. To read the full case study please visit

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October 2017

CODING WITH THE RF AUTO: MORE VERSATILITY DELIVERS MORE PRODUCTIVITY Rotech has developed its new off-line RF Auto sleeve and carton friction feeder in response to the coding and handling challenges of the latest ‘lift-the-flap’-style luxury pack sleeves. Without any human intervention, the system’s patented auto-gate feature automatically adjusts to accommodate the varying thickness of each flat pack.

In addition to being able to handle cartons and sleeves the design of the RF Auto allows for a range of pouch/ doy bag type products to be handled. This combines with a range of other features to deliver a significant increase in coding productivity. The RF Auto stack-to-stack feeder combines with a non-contact thermal inkjet coder or continuous inkjet coder to offer a complete, cost-efficient, off-line overprinting solution. This sleeve coding solution enables users to overprint essential information onto the latest cardboard sleeves, which can vary considerably in thickness. Conventional stack-to-stack carton and sleeve feeders ensure that the packs feed through the printer correctly by manually setting a separation finger to allow one pack through at a time. That setting varies depending on the thickness of the carton and making adjustments can add several minutes to the set-up each time. In contrast, the RF Auto’s auto-gate function eliminates these delays. Simple controls and the use of quick-set hopper guides also help keep downtime to a minimum. This


added versatility boosts productivity by eliminating set-up time and minimising sleeve waste, which can otherwise cost up to £20k per annum in a typical coding operation. In addition, the RF Auto can handle a larger stack height, increasing the number of packs per run by around 20% and calling for less-frequent operator interventions. This nudges productivity up further. Offline coding is an increasingly attractive option for companies in industries such as food and pharmaceuticals, especially since unusual pack designs and the need to maintain a high-end finish can prove challenging for online solutions on today’s fast-paced production lines. The RF Auto system can run at up to 90 metres per minute, while the high torque of its friction feed system retains reliable control over the cartons as they are automatically separated and dispensed. Its small footprint allows the RF Auto to be moved easily between production lines. The system also benefits from a belt-infeed for fast reliable feeding of product and can accommodate larger

carton sizes than its predecessors, up to a maximum of 400 by 350 mm. In addition, the unit can be used with flash labelling or over-labelling units. There is a broad trend towards luxury packaging globally, which is seeing the market growing at a rate of 5% per annum. That far exceeds the growth of general consumer goods packaging. Some styles of packaging are especially challenging for conventional coding operations. For instance, the lift-the-flap sleeve style is increasingly being used by premium brands to deliver value add product information to consumers, but the addition of an extra information flap means the packs vary considerably in thickness. Market research provider Neil Farmer Associates, explains the impact on coding: “Forecasts predict the market for luxury packaging to be worth $17.6 billion by 2019, compared to 14.2 billion in 2014, which adds to the pressure for manufacturers to maximise the versatility of their coding operations”. Rising demand for added-value packaging and the introduction of new technology and innovations is driving this growth. Rotech has quickly responded with the launch of the RF Auto to facilitate this fast-paced market.

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October 2017

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October 2017

More great reasons to visit LiftEx 2017

Organisers of LiftEx, the UK’s only trade show and conference dedicated to overhead lifting and work at height solutions, have announced details of another impressive line-up of speakers. Further attractions unveiled for this year’s exhibition include a new ‘hands on’ workshop led by technical experts from LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association) that will give visitors the chance to identify common – yet potentially dangerous - faults with lifting equipment.


aking place at the Telford International Centre on November 29-30th, LiftEx once again plays host to a one day conference that will put the spotlight on topical issues and critical challenges related to safe, efficient and legal lifting across numerous different industries.

testing of wire rope is set to play a wider role in lifting equipment examinations. Richard Halsted, membership engagement director north at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, looks beyond the lifting industry, discussing the latest trends in UK manufacturing and the importance of building a new, post-Brexit relationship with Europe.

Speakers signed up for 2017 include Cristiano Giavedoni, director at BLUMANO, specialists in lifting and load bearing solutions for the events industry. Cristiano will outline how end users in this sector can stay on the right side of the law when integrating and utilizing chain hoists and winches. He is joined by Barrie Mordue, director of Tensology, who will explain to delegates how and why magnetic

Running alongside the conference is a free admission, two-day trade show that brings together around 100 leading suppliers. Combining live equipment displays with expert faceto-face advice, the LiftEx exhibition offers a unique opportunity for end users to catch up with all the latest product and service developments in just a couple of hours. In addition to the fault-finding workshop, visitors


can also take their seats for Innovation Fast Pitch, where suppliers deliver a series of rapid-fire presentations on their most exciting new products, services and applications. “For overhead lifting and work at height end users, LiftEx represents a unique opportunity to keep up to speed,” said Christine Littlewood, marketing manager for LEEA. “Now entering its thirteenth year, no other event gives visitors the chance to listen to so many authoritative speakers, or meet so many key suppliers, in such a short space of time.” LiftEx 2017 conference places can now be booked online at, along with free online registration for the exhibition.

RAISING THE BAR JOIN US AT LIFTEX, THE MARKET LEADING ANNUAL EVENT FOR THE LIFTING INDUSTRY! If you work in the lifting and rigging industry or you want to learn about the latest solutions then why not visit LiftEx where you can network with other likeminded professionals, gaining advice on the latest regulations and best practice to save time and money.


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• Warranties – your questions answered • A seminar on engineer recruitment and retention • An update on forthcoming regulations and legislation • Surgeries on the Gas Regulations, refrigeration and warewashing problems

ceda and CESA to Joint Host the Catering Equipment Industry Technical Conference on 11th October 2017 This year’s ceda and CESA organised technical conference will see a range of expert speakers deliver updates and seminars on the latest industry specific topics. Taking place on 11th October at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, the conference is a must for anyone involved in project sales and management, design and after sales service including senior engineers.

The frequent refreshment breaks throughout the conference provide an ideal opportunity to network with industry peers and browse the exhibition which will feature amongst others:


his year’s conference includes two industry firsts – the first presentation on the updated DW172 ventilation regulations and the first introduction to the safe installation, operation and maintenance of solid fuel fired foodservice equipment in commercial premises.

• Catering Spares Solutions - new video technology for engineers

For designers and project staff the business day will feature sessions on:

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• The new DW172 ventilation specification and European ventilation standard to be launched by BESA in November 2017 • New Industry Guidance on the safe installation, operation and maintenance of solid fuel fired equipment compiled by ceda together with HETAS • A seminar on water problems and their treatment • Surgeries on refrigeration and warewashing problems For after sales service staff, the conference will feature • Apprenticeships • Engineer training initiatives

• S&S Northern – new ventilation controls • First Choice Group • Mechline Developments • Commercial Catering Spares Previous visitors to the conference have found the event extremely useful; here are few of their comments: “Listening to the speakers, who are often the people setting our standards, I always leave the conference with far more knowledge regarding our industry than when I arrived” Steve Skivington – Sco Mac Catering Equipment “It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from industry specialists. Sitting in a room full of your peers and discovering common issues that are raised in Q&A sessions are really useful to take back and share with colleagues within your own business.” Gary Mackness Design

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SMART EXPO The Digital Manufacturing Show

15–16 November 2017 Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Is your business prepared for a revolution in manufacturing agility, innovation and thinking? Technology Zones - Smart Factory, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet and Digital Transformation Mentor Clinics - Drop-in 15-minute consultations Innovation Alley - Showcasing manufacturing innovation Discover - The latest innovation in your industry Network - With over 4,000 of your peers Generate - Quality leads Source - Cutting edge products & services

Industry 4.0 is the future of our business: we have a good understanding of where we are going, but implementation will be difficult, and we know we have a long way to go.

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PHOTONEX EUROPE LIVE! The UK’s key exhibition for light technologies in 2017 PHOTONEX is a key UK event for light technologies and will feature applications including Machine Vision, Metrology, Additive Manufacturing, Lasers and Inspection. It is held at what has proven to be an excellent venue - the centrally located Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Visitors this year will be greeted by the broadest event in years, the biggest in terms of exhibiting area and the number of rooms required to host the conference. PHOTONEX will feature every light-based technology imaginable. The event provides researchers and industry engineers the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies, innovators & leading science groups and attend an in-depth Enlighten Conference covering applications, technology advances, innovations and emerging technologies in light-based technologies.

Machine Vision features in Vision UK VISION UK is a dedicated feature at PHOTONEX for vision in the factory, on the production line and in science. Subjects include applications, components, instruments and systems. This event is THE place to solve your technology problems, come and learn how to utilise vision in your factory; amongst the exhibitors there will be someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light-based technology questions and explain what techniques will be suitable for your application. BREAKING NEWS: Vision UK to be launchpad for Hikvision machine vision cameras

The Enlighten Conference 120+ speakers . 15+ programmes The Enlighten Conference was one of the first to adopt a new business model for events, the offering of free attendance financed by sponsorship and the exhibition. The Enlighten Conference features high quality, committee organised meetings, readers are invited to review the programmes on the website which include; • Hyperspectral Imaging • Metal Powder-based Additive Manufacturing • Optical Metrology for Manufacturing • Photonics Application


tutorials • Vacuum Application Seminars • Vision & Imaging Programme.

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October 2017

EXHIBITION AND AWARDS DINNER AT BULKEX ARE A SELL-OUT The MHEA is pleased to announce that the supporting exhibition at its two-day conference, BULKEX, has sold out. Similarly, tickets for the MHEA Excellence Awards dinner, held on the first evening and featuring comedy hypnotist Ian Dee, have all been snapped up. There’s just one month until BULKEX gets underway at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, on 18 and 19 October. Visitors can expect a packed programme including 13 speakers giving presentations on a range of topical business-centred and industry-relevant subjects. Topics covered will include BREXIT, biomass, digitalisation, new technology and new business opportunities. Michael Kaye, Chairman of MHEA, said: “For BULKEX17, we have put an emphasis on high quality speakers and technical subjects that will appeal to professionals within bulk materials handling and in industries affiliated to it. “Everything is ready for an extremely memorable two-day event with the conference supported by an excellent variety of exhibition stands, plus the opportunity to network between speakers and over a complimentary lunch. “Add to this the lovely setting of Eastwood Hall and the Awards Dinner, and we are confident that delegates will be returning to the office with a host of ideas and plans to put into practise.” To register for BULKEX complete the form via or contact the event team on 01787 226995. To view the full twoday seminar programme visit











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October 2017

FLIR Launches Primed Online Learning Tool FLIR Systems announces a new and highly informative CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive materials) training video series - FLIR PRIMED.

Available in English, French, German and Italian - FLIR PRIMED videos are a free, educational resource designed to provide first responders and security professionals with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and CBRNE attacks. Throughout the video series, Grant Coffey, a retired Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert of nearly 40 years, delivers best practices, industry insights, and street truth. In addition, each video concludes with a field checklist that responders can use right now. The first 5 episodes are available now for viewing at,, and FLIR PRIMED episode 1 introduces the video series and the importance of CBRNE best practice using the Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience and Decision methodology.


FLIR PRIMED episode 4 focuses on Explosives 101. Explosives are one of the weapons of choice for terrorists. They are easy to make and easy to trigger. This episode discusses the key actions and considerations at an explosive scene. FLIR PRIMED episode 5 discusses BioAgents. Biological agents are some of the most toxic substances known to man. But unlike other agents, their effects are usually delayed and can spread like wildfire unseen. This episode covers appropriate personal protective equipment and what actions to take at a suspected biothreat scene. Moving forward, every 2 months, 5 new FLIR PRIMED video will be available describing best practices, industry insights, and real-life experiences to help you stay prepared.

Each episode will be accompanied by a field checklist or downloadable guide that you can use right now. For further information contact FLIR Systems in Europe on +32-3665-5100 or primed@ Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit and follow @flir

October 2017

Greater design flexibility for PCB Connectors through new TE Connectivity M8/M12 Panel Mount connector system Cost-effective, field-installable M8/M12 panel mount and PCB connectors are IP67 rated for harsh industrial environments TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has further extended its range of M8/M12 connectors by introducing an M8/M12 panel mount connector system for machine industrial automation and control applications. With its extensive portfolio, TE’s M8/M12 connectors help to create design flexibility for printed circuit boards (PCBs). Suitable for use in harsh industrial applications, these new competitive, right-angle M8/ M12 panel mount connectors are IP67 rated to meet the demands of the industrial market. Available in male and female as well as shielded and unshielded versions, these gold-plated connectors are suitable for a wide range of applications, including industrial automation, automobile manufacturing, machine tools, semiconductor manufacturing, factory automation machines,

manufacturing of solenoid and sensor valves, and vision systems. “The new M8/M12 panel mount connectors offer maximum flexibility and reliability, enhancing performance and extending the lifetime and durability of equipment,” said Andy Yang, product manager in TE`s Industrial business unit. “Due to short lead times and high inventory of products, TE helps its customers to decrease downtime and accelerate go-tomarket time.” Yang added: “Our extensive M8/M12 connector system provides a full range of solutions including connectors, IO modules and cable assemblies. With such a broad portfolio and its many configurations, our M8/ M12 connector system helps to establish safe, reliable and efficient communication in nearly all industrial environments.”

For more information, visit TE, TE Connectivity and the TE connectivity logo are trademarks of the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies.

Greater design flexibility for PCBs within TE’s extensive portfolio of new M8/M12 connectors (Source: TE Connectivity, PR195)


October 2017

Advantech Introduces Two New EKI-1221IEIMB & EKI-1221IPNMB Protocol Gateways for Seamless Protocol Conversion Advantech, a leader in iFactory and Industrial IoT solutions, extends their protocol gateway product line with the introduction of two new EKI-1221IEIMB & EKI-1221PNMB Protocol Gateway Series for protocol conversion.


hese new protocol gateway devices support protocol conversion from Modbus TCP to EtherNet/IP, and Modbus TCP to PROFINET. They provide a cost-effective solution and enable seamless connection between different devices with different protocols, and also provide a high level of device management efficiency. EKI-1221IEIMB & EKI-1221PNMB are designed for reliable protocol extensibility and seamless integration with existing network devices. They offer a viable solution for efficiently converting data from legacy devices and reduce the possibility of expensive device purchase or software programming errors. With the addition of these protocol gateway devices into existing network infrastructures, customers can build a seamless data path between otherwise incompatible network devices and extend their useful life without a heavy price tag or major upgrade. The implementation of Advantech’s EKI-1221IEIMB/PNMB Protocol Gateway Series is simple and fast. They are easy to setup and configure, and they are compatible with Siemens’ and Rockwell HMI/PLCs. They have a built-in diagnostic tool that can connect data and monitor the status of connected devices in real-time. This allows operators to utilize collected data, analyze it, and find suitable solutions to prevent potential problems. Instrument data from each machine/device can be sent via EtherNet/IP or PROFINET PLC protocol conversion performed by an Advantech Protocol Gateway for further analysis in order to monitor the condition of in-service equipment. Their fast deployment not only facilitates a productive workflow, but also enables easy machine automation management and maintenance on the shop floor. This is a crucial function for predictive maintenance management. Advantech’s EKI-1221IEIMB/PNMB Protocol Gateway Series are available now. For pricing and detailed product features, please contact your local Advantech sales representative. Further information can also be found on the EKI-1221IEIMB/PNMB Product Page.


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Pressure sensor with E1 automotive approval:

Variohm EuroSensor’s new SMO3100 provides wide ranging automotive pressure application solutions With E1 automotive approval, a wide selection of pressure ports and electrical interfaces plus an extensive choice of range options, Variohm’s new and competitively priced SMO3100 series ratiometric transducer will suit applications in demanding automotive environments such as motorsports, off-road vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery Durability is ensured with a high strength 304 stainless steel housing including optional IP69K environmental protection. The excellent EMC properties of the 0.5 to 4.5 V output sensor include successful model testing up to 300V/m. High resistance to shock and vibration coupled with generous over-range and burst pressure and up to 10 million pressure cycles, plus a 100 year MTTFd factor demonstrate its endurance. Further environmental specifications include measuring medium temperature range from -40 to +125 °C with a compensated range from -20 to +85 °C. The sensor is based on well proven technology with a piezo resistive sensing element and latest ASIC circuitry to provide high accuracy, linearity and repeatability through twenty pressure range options from 0.5 to 4000 bar.

The SMO3100 is available for absolute, gauge and vacuum pressure measurement. Nine port configuration options include most commonly required types in NPT, UNF and metric thread sizes whilst electrical interfacing covers cable, miniature and standard EN175301 plus M12 and Packard Metripac connectors. The complete SMO3100 series is covered by a new datasheet available from Variohm EuroSensor’s website at


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New: Safety over IO-Link Automation demands safety. Safety over IO-Link bridges the gap between the safety architecture and the standard automation bringing both systems together, further simplifying complexity of today‘s automation. Using state-of-the-art technology and quality that you come to expect from Balluff, Safety over IO-Link from Balluff significantly enhances the value of your investment.

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October 2017

The risk with vertical axes Monitoring and controlling brakes are part of functional safety technology at KOLLMORGEN Safety of people and machinery is a constant challenge, particularly with applications that involve loads transported and positioned vertically. There are challenging issues that arise from the design to the construction stages especially when the goal involves ensuring the safety of vertical axes with high loads using just the holding brake installed in the drive motor. The traditional solution for safe brake control turns out to be problematic on account of new safety standards, as the motor brake needs to be tested periodically in order to ensure that it is functioning properly. This is accompanied by the fact that embedding the test function into the standard controls conflicts with the requirements under safety standard ISO 13849-1. What options are available? KOLLMORGEN’s solution is based on drive-based safety technology – specifically in the form of the “Safe Brake Control” safety function with integrated brake test. The new AKD2G generation of servo drives from KOLLMORGEN is a good example of how to achieve additional benefits in machinery and system construction with increased safety. The product which is ready to launch in the market will provide important safety functions on the controller side with Safe Brake Control (SBC) and Safe Brake Test (SBT). The innovative feature of implementing safety functions with the holding brake integrated into the drive motor applies especially to areas where redundant dual-channel safety brakes are too complicated or too expensive. These areas of application will also become more and more frequent, not least as a result of collaborative production. Customers are increasingly moving towards plant automation, whether for setup operations, assembly or maintenance. These types of activities with a close relation between man and machine are only possible if the relevant cooperation is a safe one. Safe brake monitoring


What inferences can be drawn from this for vertical loads? The general principle is that the holding brake installed in the drive motor must be

designed in such a way that it is able to hold the load acting vertically on an axis. There are two effects that follow from this in terms of implementation: adequate sizing for the holding brake with a torque surplus of 30 percent to the maximum load and secure identification of faults or errors which result in the braking torque ascertained not being achieved. In the second case the individual could no longer be guaranteed protection, as the risk increases that loads may slip through. With “Safe Brake Test”, KOLLMORGEN is launching an effective safety function for the servo drives in the S700 series and the AKD2G series to be launched in market in 2017, so that any faults or errors can be safely identified. The “Safe Brake Test” (SBT) safety function is responsible for carrying out regular tests on the spring-applied brakes installed in the servomotors of KOLLMORGEN’s AKM servo motors and AKM2G ranges. The required braking torque derived from the application is reviewed automatically by the safety technology in the drive controller at regular intervals, thereby ensuring safe functionality. There can be multiple root causes for losses of the nominal braking torque of a spring-applied brake. Typical ones involve glazed or worn friction pads, oil residues, as well as broken springs. The spring-applied brake can no longer achieve its full braking torque if springs break as a result of material fatigue. As it can be assumed that not all brakes will break at the same time, the decrease in the braking torque will occur gradually – a process that can be monitored using SBT. These tests will be carried out at least once per shift depending on the risk assessment for an application. Test routines from the drive Since torques need to be applied for the SBT, integrating this Safety Test function into the drive controller is the only option, as the controllers have to produce this torque. Similar test functions carried out previously by system PLCs are problematic under current standards. ISO 13849 is particularly relevant here. This stipulates that the parameters for the brake test must be configured safely. However, as an external Safety PLC is unable to apply torque, integration of the SBT into the KOLLMORGEN servo drives is a suitable option with the aim of reaching performance levels in conjunction with the Safe Brake Control (SBC).

Slim design for safety technology KOLLMORGEN is bringing a further safety function to the drive level during ongoing operation with Safe Brake Control. This can be conveniently configured via the KOLLMORGEN Workbench graphic user interface – without requiring any additional application software for the safety technology. Since safe motion guidance also logically requires secure communication, the new AKD2G range of devices uses the safety protocol for Ethercat FSoE. As a result the communication for the safety technology is incorporated into the machine’s existing real-time communication. This means that no additional wiring is required together with I/O modules in order to control the Safe Motion functions. The advantages: space savings of around 15 percent in the control cabinet with costs for the safety technology reduced by up to 20 percent at the same time. Availability also increases as some components and cables are known to improve overall system reliability. KOLLMORGEN supplements this slim approach to implementing drivebased safety solutions for vertical loads with safe power reduction for the motor brake. The background to this: a magnetic coil is used to raise a springapplied brake. It is worth reducing the power accordingly since a higher level of power is required for raising than that required for maintaining a raised state. There are two benefits to this: energy consumption is reduced during machine operation and amount of heat dispersed inside the motor is less while motor output increases. The bottom line The original task for spring-applied brakes in servo motors involves holding loads or taking hold directly during an emergency stop. These components are not safety components by design and do not therefore have their own PL or PFH values. Ensuring that the drive controllers are able to control the spring-applied brakes safely and monitor these safely means that safety level SIL2/ PLd can be achieved simply and cost-effectively; with a second redundant brake it will be feasible to achieve a safety level up to SIL3/ PLe.

October 2017



esigning precision connectors for over 70 years, LEMO, offers high quality, reliable connectors in a vast number of product combinations which can be designed into a variety of challenging application environments including broadcast, automotive, medical as well as aerospace and defence. LEMO will be showcasing a range of its push-pull multipin connectors accompanied by a variety of cable assembly solutions at this years’ Electronic Design Show held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 18-19 October 2017 on Stand H52.

LEMO will be exhibiting its wide range of high quality interconnect products and technologies at Electronic Design Show 2017 LEMO is the acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection and cable assembly solutions which the company will focus on at the Electronic Design Show this year by exhibiting its latest high performance connectors and cables.


October 2017

Belden Introduces New Products to Enhance Productivity at SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 New product Innovations from Hirschmann and Lumberg Automation Introduce a Number of Industry Firsts - Hall 10 Booth # 120, November 28-30, 2017 Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, will demonstrate at SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 in Nuremberg how the company can deliver connectivity solutions that will help to leverage the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, the Belden team will present a number of new products and technologies from its Belden, Hirschmann and Lumberg Automation product ranges designed to enhance the productivity of industrial systems and machines. These include: Hirschmann DRAGON MACH4000/4500 Layer 3 Backbone Family

Hirschmann RSPE35 and RSPE37

To meet the need for increased network bandwidth and flexible future-oriented solutions Hirschmann has designed a next generation Layer 3 Ethernet backbone product family: DRAGON MACH4000/4500. Available in two major open variants, they offer a maximum of 80 x 1Gb/s modular ports and 8 x 10G fixed ports. The DRAGON MACH4000 family supports redundant internal power supplies to increase device availability, and low-cost future expansion is easy thanks to spare slots for a total of 48 additional ports in copper or fiber. Hirschmann BAT450-F LTE Industrial Wireless LAN Access Points Features multiple interface configurations and a new cellular module that provides a WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) interface. This ensures greater flexibility for deployment, as well as maximum cost effectiveness. In addition, a wider range of wireless applications is now possible. Customized design allows the selection of elements needed to meet the unique requirements of any network and its environmental conditions.

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) is a state-of-the-art set of protocols to enable the transmission of time sensitive data across an Ethernet network. The solution requires Time-aware Scheduling (802.1Qbv) plus extremely accurate networks clocks based on IEEE 1588v2. The Hirschmann RSPE35 and RSPE37 support both these functions, which are available as a software upgrade. Other hardware will support TSN in the near future. The Lumberg Automation brand is introducing a number of industry firsts. These include: • Lumberg Automation LioN-Power μDCU, the first device to combine the benefits of a field I/O and a programmable logic controller (PLC) providing multiprotocol support with M12 power L-coding technology.

• Lumberg Automation LioN-Power Universal 16DIO, the world’s first I/O modules to support all three standard Industrial Ethernet protocols PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT in one single device.

• Lumberg Automation LioN-Power IO-Link, the first LioN-Power IO-Link I/O Hub with 16 digital inputs, featuring IO-Link V1.1 specification and port type Class A, so it can be connected easily to all IO-link Masters.

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October 2017

Surface Technologies

Improving component life and performance l Controlled Shot Peening l Laser Shock Peening l Thermal Spray Coatings l Dry Film Lubricants l Organic and Inorganic Coatings l Parylene Ultra-thin Conformal Coatings l Superfinishing l On-site Processing l Material Testing and Analysis l NADCAP, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485, AS9100 Rev C CWST will be exhibiting at Advance Engineering Show Nov 2017, Stand L83

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October 2017

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October 2017

Power Jacks Supports Defence Effort For Flood-Hit Community Power Jacks products are being used to protect people and property in a community which has experienced major flood problems in the past.


he lifting and positioning specialist provided a set of electric linear actuators which play a pivotal role in averting the build-up of debris in a waterway during flood events. The actuators are used to lower bridge railings which would otherwise gather objects caught up in the flow – materials such as tree branches have previously combined to form a barrier that exacerbates local flooding. Power Jacks worked with main project contractor ECS Engineering Services,

the Environment Agency and local residents – has been designed to further improve local defences which have taken shape since two major flood events in 2000. The introduction of the automated system to lower the railings on Stone Row Bridge from a vertical to horizontal position – a task which was previously done manually – enables local flood wardens to focus their efforts on closing flood doors which form part of the wider defence network in the area. A review of the arrangements indicated that there was not always enough time to safely lower the barriers by hand before the flood






7. Bridge Railings Raised

Close Up of Actuators with Railings Raised

Bridge Railings Lowered

delivering a total of four Rolaram actuators in support of the latest flood defence improvement works in the Yorkshire village of Skinningrove. “It’s good to see one of our key product ranges being used to help safeguard a community that’s suffered extensively from flooding,” says Power Jacks Marketing Director Bruce Hamper. “We were pleased to contribute to a project that has not only significantly enhanced the local flood defence infrastructure, but was completed on time and to budget. “It once again demonstrates how our products can be applied to great effect in a highly diverse range of engineering and industrial settings.” The most recent work at Skinningrove – instigated by the local council,



9. 10. Close Up of Actuators with Railings Lowered

doors had to be closed. Chris Leary, Operations Manager for ECS, says: “This scheme aims to improve the speed of response as well as the integrity of the existing defences and thereby provide better protection for the local community.” The Rolaram M050 actuators are controlled from a sealed and protected station next to the flood doors, and possess a series of taskspecific features. Ten of the main features included in the design of the Rolaram Linear Actuators are: 1. Three different Rolaram linear

actuator configurations to meet space constraints and railing linkage requirements. High Anti-Corrosion Resistance using extensive stainless steel materials throughout construction. Each actuator is housed inside an Anti-Vandal enclosure that also protects against damage from wildlife such as nesting birds. Enclosure is hinged so it can be fully opened to gain full access to the linear actuator inside. Single phase electric motor drive with thermal and condensation protection. Backup manual drive with safety interlock in case of local power failure. Specially designed side arm fittings to connect each actuator to the bridge railing raise/lower mechanism. Integrated anti-rotation mechanism for the actuators’ ram prevents the ram from rotating with the drive screw as the railing linkage is not fully rotationally constrained. End of stroke limit switches. Finished in a special green water resistant paint to blend into environment.

Flood Defence Rolaram M050 Actuator

October 2017

CEEMA Ceema has a long, wellestablished history as technical innovators within the UK design and engineering market. This privately-owned company, based in Biggleswade, offers a fully integrated line-up of design and engineering solutions which are seen from conception right through to completion. Ceema has been entrusted over the past 35 years with innumerable high level electronic and mechanical design and engineering projects for UK and international businesses across a range of industries including aerospace, defence, automotive and science. Ceema Technology aim to delivery each and every project with consistent high-end reliability, punctuality and integrity. We have five main core values with which we aim to portray with every project we undertake, these values are: •






Here at Ceema Technology we are experts in Engineering System Integration. We can offer conceptual design, specification & standards, detailed design, implementation, project management, commissioning, ongoing support and much more. We offer Rugged Systems and products that are built for the harsh environments seen in military and industrial applications. We utilise

best-in-class design, test and manufacturing methodologies to provide necessary ruggedisation solutions. As a Certified Engineering Provider (CEP) Ceema Technology is endorsed by PTC in the use of their software packages. We use CAD design and detailing to help our customers get the most from their investment in design technology. Test equipment is another service we offer at Ceema Technology. Each project is unique to develop the exact solutions required by the customer.

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October 2017

The Design Engineer’s Guide to Photo Chemical Etching Precision Micro offers a maximum sheet/component size of 600 mm by 1500 mm – one of largest sheet sizes in the industry. Unique characteristics can be designed into products manufactured using photo etching such as conical openings used to direct fluid flow. In this the first of a two part article (part two in the next edition), photo etching is reviewed, and some of the key issues that design engineers must consider when using this versatile precision metal fabrication technology. Albert Tsang — Technical Manager, Precision Micro As a precision sheet metal machining technology, photo etching achieves exacting tolerances, is highly repeatable and in many instances is the only technology that can cost-effectively manufacture precision metal components with the accuracy necessary in demanding and often safety critical applications. Once design engineers select photo etching as their preferred metalworking process, it is important that they fully appreciate not just its versatility, but also the specific aspects of the technology that can affect — and in many instances enhance — product design. This article analyses the key considerations that design engineers must appreciate in order to get the most from photo etching and benchmarks the process against other metal machining technologies. Photo etching has many attributes that can truly stimulate innovation and ’stretch the boundaries’ with the inclusion of challenging product features, enhancements, complexity and efficiency. It is vital that design engineers fully exploit its potential, and Precision Micro advocates that its customers view it as a product development partner – not just a sub-contract manufacturer – early in the design stage allowing OEMs to optimise the potentials that this versatile metal machining process can offer. General Technology Attributes Metals and sheet sizes. Photo etching can be applied to a vast spectrum of metals in a variety of thicknesses, grades, tempers and sheet sizes. Precision Micro stocks over 2000 material types and in addition can supply specialist materials on request as well as work with customer materials on a case-by-case basis. The process is typically applied to thin metal sheets (sub-1.5 mm) with a maximum sheet/component size of 600 mm by 1500 mm – Precision Micro offering one of largest sheet sizes in the industry. Metals include steel and stainless steels, nickel and nickel alloys, copper and copper alloys, aluminium and hard to machine metals, including highly corrosive materials such as titanium and its alloys.


Standard etching tolerances. Tolerances are a key consideration in any design and with photo etching varies dependent on the material thickness. For materials between 0.025 mm and 0.250 mm the minimum standard tolerance achievable is ±0.025 mm and between 0.250 mm and 1.5 mm ±10% of the metal thickness. In some instances, traditional metal machining technologies can achieve tighter tolerances, but there are limitations. For example, laser cutting can achieve accuracy to 5% of the metal thickness, but it is limited to a minimum feature size of 0.2 mm. Photo etching can achieve a minimum standard feature size of 0.1 mm and openings below 0.050mm are possible with development, as is accuracy to ±8% metal thickness. In addition, it must be appreciated that laser cutting is a “single point” metal processing technology, which means that it is usually more expensive for complex parts such a meshes, and it cannot achieve the depth/ engraved features necessary for fluidic devices like fuel cells and heat exchangers which are easily attained using depth etching. Burr- and stress-free machining. When it comes to the ability to replicate the exacting accuracy and minimum feature size capabilities of photo etching, stamping probably gets the closest, but the trade-off is the stress that is imparted in the metal when it is processed and the residual burrs that are a characteristic of press-working. Stamped parts need costly post-processing, and as expensive steel tooling is used to produce the parts, it is not viable for short runs. In addition, when processing hard metals, tool wear is an issue, with expensive and time-consuming refurbishment often

necessary. Many flexure spring designers specify photo etching due to its burr- and stress-free nature, zero tool wear and speed of supply. Unique features at no additional cost. Unique characteristics can be designed into products manufactured using photo etching due to the inherent edge “cusp” (see below middle) created during the process. Precision Micro can control etch cusp, and by doing so introduce a range of profiles allowing the manufacture of sharp cutting edges, such as those used in medical blades, or conical openings, such as those used to direct fluid flow in filtration meshes. (See below left) Part two of this article will consider additional advantages of photo etching including low cost tooling and how the technology can be used economically for prototyping, before summarising the key ways in which photo etching can be used in exacting precision manufacturing applications. Albert Tsang is the Technical Manager at Precision Micro, Birmingham, UK, with over 16 years’ service. For over 50 years, Precision Micro has pioneered photo etching, a manufacturing technology using subtractive chemical erosion to produce burr- and stress-free precision metal components. The company creates highly innovative solutions to a wide range of engineering challenges using a 2-D process to create 3-D components that cannot be created with other technologies and, often, by any other competitor. That is why Precision Micro has won a reputation as an industry innovator, trusted to deliver by major global manufacturing concerns across multiple markets.

Left: Etch cusp can be controlled, and by doing so introduce a range of profiles allowing the manufacture of sharp cutting edges or conical openings.

Below: Unique characteristics can be designed into products manufactured using photo etching due to the inherent edge “cusp” (see Figure 1) created during the process.

Below right: Precision Micro offers a maximum sheet/ component size of 600 mm by 1500 mm — one of largest sheet sizes in the industry

We stretch the boundaries of possibility Photo etching delivers metal parts other manufacturers can’t, thanks to Precision Micro Where our competitors fail, we excel; developing new production methodologies in partnership with our global customer base to ease manufacturing and ultimately reduce their cost. ...and we do it to exacting tolerances, often not achievable with conventional machining. To create even smaller, even finer components, we combine photo etching with laser direct imaging, additive layer techniques and fine-wire EDM.

This means ultra-light and complex, burr and stress-free components to 20μm accuracy — from virtually any metal. Using digital tooling, design iterations are possible in days, not weeks, without incurring excessive cost. Once the perfect prototype has been developed, we have the capacity to move seamlessly from development to true high volume production — and all from the very same tooling. Think big with Precision Micro.

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October 2017

Renishaw’s founder awarded honorary doctorate The University of Huddersfield has awarded an honorary doctorate to Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and Chief Executive of global engineering technologies company, Renishaw. Sir David is a visiting professor at the University, which is a leading centre for the study and research of metrology, the science of measurement. He will receive the doctorate at a ceremony in November, 2017.


Renishaw was then founded in 1973 by Sir David and John Deer to commercialise the touch-trigger probe. The company is committed


“The firm was a key industrial partner in our EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology and now has the same role with its successor, the EPSRC-funded Future Metrology Hub,” continued Professor Dame Jiang. “An Honorary Doctorate is a natural development of this deeplyembedded relationship with Sir David and the world-class firm that he co-founded. We are privileged to offer the award and proud that he has accepted,” concluded Professor Dame Jiang. “Sir David is a true innovator and visionary,” explained Chris Pockett, Head of Communications at Renishaw. “He has an extraordinary technical ability, which he combines with his business and leadership skills to drive the company forward. He also recognises the value of intellectual property, innovation and people to the business.

Sir David McMurtry, Renishaw’s Chairman and Chief Executive has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Huddersfield University.

ir David started his career as an apprentice, working his way up to Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Whilst there he invented the touch trigger probe for co-ordinate measurement machines to solve a specific inspection requirement for Concorde’s Olympus engines. This invention led to a revolution in three-dimensional coordinate measurement.

Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield.

“We are pleased that his achievements have been recognised by the University of Huddersfield, and Renishaw looks forward to the ceremony in November.” to research and development (R&D), investing between 14 and 18 per cent of annual sales back into R&D. The company is an expert in precision measurement, but has branched out into products and services used in applications ranging from jet engine and wind turbine manufacture to dentistry and brain surgery. “At the University of Huddersfield, we have a well-established and highly fruitful relationship with Renishaw and with Sir David McMurtry, who is a long-standing Visiting Professor,” explained Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang DBE, Renishaw/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in

In 2001, Sir David was knighted for services to design and innovation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Royal Society. Sir David is one of four people selected from the worlds of business, engineering and science to be honoured at the November 2017 awards ceremony alongside Beth Butterwick, Philip Greenish CBE and Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE.

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October 2017

COMAU RECEIVES THE “KEPNER TREGOE BRONZE AWARD 2017” The Company, a member of FCA Group, has obtained a worldwide prize for the application of Kepner Tregoe’s Problem Analysis method throughout the development of a new Body Assembly solution


omau has been awarded as the “Bronze Winner” at the International Rational Process Achievement Awards 2017 organized by Kepner Tregoe. The prize was obtained for the implementation of the Kepner Tregoe PA (Problem Analysis) Method in the development of a new body assembly framing station, which allowed Comau to enhance its reliability. The station is a modular, highly flexible and expandable system, employed in body-in-white applications. The new framer, developed by Comau, is adaptable to any existing plant and can be used to assemble any type and size car - from small cars to electric vehicles. In addition, it is Industry 4.0 compliant thanks to the ability to transfer work data and status information to the central system, both remotely and in real time. Its launch is scheduled for the last quarter of 2017. The implementation of the new framer project was spearheaded by Comau’s engineering team and began in 2015. The design validation step, which began in the middle of 2016, involved cooperation between the Comau working team and the FCA Reactive Group, the training program regarding problem solving methodologies that was launched at Maserati by Judson Estes in 2013, and was deployed at the FCA EMEA level in 2017 with the coordination of Luca Baciarello. The Body Framer was a pilot project for Comau’s involvement in this training program, in which the KT-PA methodology is taught and

applied. The good results achieved during the validation process allowed the engineers to successfully test the plant in an extremely short time, ensuring that all technical parameters required to start the production were reached. This project shows Comau’s commitment to a continuous improvement strategy, characterizing the design and the manufacturing of innovative and cutting-edge industrial automation solutions. In addition, it demonstrates the Reactive Program (started by the FCA EMEA Quality unit and adopted by the NAFTA Team in 2013) is a key feature for the development of FCA Group’s problem solving skills and their quality know-how. The Kepner Tregoe Bronze Award 2017 was officially delivered to Comau’s team during a ceremony recently held at FCA Group’s plant in Turin. Bill Baldwin, Chief Operating Officer of Kepner Tregoe, Salvo Melchiorre, Comau’s Head of Quality, Aleksey Gaponov, FCA EMEA’s Head of Quality, Marco Bo, Manager of EMEA Quality Planning and Warranty Manager, Luca Baciarello, EMEA Reactive Program Manager & KT Program Leader, Luigi Migliore, ‎Comau’s V.P. Global Solutions Development, Gian Marco Garbellotto, Comau’s Product Engineering & Management Director, and Roger Alessandro Vitrotti, Comau’s Head of Quality Powertrain Machining, attended the award event.


October 2017

BPMA Membership Continues to Grow With Two New Member Sign-Ups The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has signed up two new members recently, which it attributes to nothing more that its consistent and ongoing commitment to fully represent the business interests of UK and Irish suppliers of liquid pumps and pumping equipment on both the domestic and international stage. One such company who will begin to enjoy the benefits of membership is Cumbrian based water services and booster specialist, Flowtech Water Solutions, which began life in 1996, supplying a large number of standard and bespoke products from their base in Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria. In 2010 the company underwent a massive transformation with additions to the management structure and movement of their base to a purpose built unit in Flookburgh, Cumbria. Significant investment has followed, projecting the business forward and bringing it up-to-date with the latest industry requirements. Flowtech Water Solutions now has a comprehensive portfolio of products that are supplied or manufactured to exactly meet the client’s needs. Working nationally with Local Councils, Design Engineers, Mechanical Contractors, Developers and End Users Flowtech is now firmly established as a major force in the market.

Another company who has recently taken the decision to become a BPMA Member is Koller UK Ltd. A member of the Koller Wordwide Industry Group, the business specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of whirlpool components and systems. Having been operating for more than three decades, its enviable market position has been achieved through its ongoing development of hydrodynamic technology and its ability to produce a complete range of products in-house. Speaking of these recent additions to the BPMA family, Steve Schofield, Director and Chief Executive of the BPMA said, “We are delighted to welcome these two companies into the BPMA, and afford them all of the support services at our disposal. Their varied product and service offerings dovetail nicely with that of other members, and we look forward to developing strong and mutually rewarding relationships with each of them.”

Managing Director, Andrew Leech, commented: “We’re delighted to be joining the BPMA, which we feel sure will help us in our continued efforts to deliver the best possible service to both our existing clients and of course to our expanding list of new customers.” He added, “We’re looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing our work amongst fellow industry professionals and to network and share ideas and best practice with our peers.” 70|

October 2017

BPMA E-Learning Courses Receive

CPD Accreditation Following on from the recent announcement that the BPMA’s ‘Lecture to Student’ training courses are now CPD accredited, the organisation is delighted to announce that both of its E-Learning courses have also achieved CPD status.


he independent pump training courses, which the BPMA have been successfully running since the mid 1990’s, have helped equip many hundreds of individuals with the knowledge and skills required to assist pump companies to stay one step ahead of the competition. As part of its ongoing commitment to this important aspect of its service provision, the BPMA has embarked on a process of securing CPD accreditation across its full training programme. Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘reskill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.

The final BPMA course to get the CPD treatment will be the ‘Certified Pump System Auditor’ scheme; an industry specific professional qualification developed by the BPMA. Its objective is to help improve the levels of professionalism in the sector by creating a universally recognised and respected “standard” for individuals assessing the operational performance of a pumping system.

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The two E-Learning courses to achieve this much valued accreditation, both of which are already independently accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN), cover the following key subjects:•

Introduction to Pumping Technology

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October 2017

Double the life span of your variable speed drives for less per day than the cost of a cup of coffee


he idea that living things shut down instead of wearing down has received substantial support in recent years. Researchers working on the now famous worm C.elegans (the little nematode worm behind research that led scientists to receive the Nobel Prize, not just once but twice, in a decade) were able to produce worms that live more than twice as long and age more slowly, simply by altering a single gene. Scientists have since come up with single gene alterations that increase the life spans of fruit flies, mice and yeast – and Quantum Controls have come up with a solution that will double the life span of your variable speed drives.

A little bit of history The majority of evidence goes against the idea that our life spans are programmed into us. For most of our 100,000 year existence excluding the last couple of hundred years - the average human life span has been 30 years or less. Research shows that subjects of the Roman Empire had a life expectancy of 28 years. The natural course was to die before old age. Indeed, for most of history, death was a risk at every stage of life and had no obvious connection with ageing at all. As Montaigne wrote, in the late 16th century: “to die of old age is a death rare, extraordinary and singular, and therefore so much less natural than the others: it is the last and most extreme sort of dying”. So today, with our average life span in much of the world climbing past 80 years, we are already oddities living well beyond our appointed time. When we study ageing, what we are trying to understand is not so much a natural process as an unnatural one. Leonid Gavrilov, a researcher at the University of Chicago, USA, argues that human beings fail the way all complex systems fail: randomly and gradually.


Getting back to equipment As us engineers have long recognised, simple devices typically do not age. They function reliably until a critical component fails, and the whole thing dies in an instant. A variable speed drive for instance, works smoothly until the capacitors start discharging dielectric or IGBT devices fail, and then it does not work at all. But complex systems - such as your manufacturing process - have to survive and function despite having many key critical components such as motors and drives. That’s why engineers design machines and production processes with multiple layers of redundancy: with backup systems, and backup systems for the backup systems. These may not be as efficient as the first line components, but they can allow the machine and process to keep running even when damage accumulates.

in modern medicine. We can do the same to prolong the life of drives and motors with regular maintenance carried out by expert engineers according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and by adopting all that ‘industry 4.0’ now has to offer. The smart monitoring technology available today can go a long way in preventing and pre-empting equipment failure. While this somewhat eradicates the element of surprise, there is still a need to have a plan in place for when equipment sensors and monitoring devices flag the risk of failure. So what if we told you that if you have a problem of any kind with any of your installed variable speed drives, Quantum’s expert engineers are just a phone call away and can GUARANTEE a first visit fix? Let us introduce you to The ONE CALL Contract from Quantum which guarantees: • 24/7 direct telephone access to our drive experts • Immediate ‘engineer to site’ request • Our unique ‘First Site Visit Fix’ guarantee

Unless process equipment is correctly maintained, the defects in your process equipment increase until the time comes when just one more defect is enough to stop your whole process. With the average cost of one hour of lost production due to drive failure in UK manufacturing being £12,000, this condition known as frailty must be avoided, and it sits with engineers like ourselves to prevent this occurring.

Coming full circle It happens to motors, variable speed drives, softstarts and it happens to us - eventually too many joints are damaged or one too many arteries calcify. There are no backups. We wear down until we can’t wear down anymore. But we can avoid and slow the inevitable by leading healthy lifestyles and with advancements

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