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Preview PPMA 2017 Stand F10

Interroll presents greater efficiency, greater power and new platform in drive solutions Interroll will exhibit key products for material handling including its energy-efficient 24V drive technology, its powerful drum motors and modular conveyor platform concept. Interroll will display the world’s most powerful, stainless steel synchronous drum motor for belt conveyor systems, with a proven output of up to 1.1 kilowatts, a particularly high torque up to 100 Nm and extremely high belt tension. With this drive solution the food and pharmaceutical industries have an ultra-hygienic and energy-saving option at their disposal. Its particularly compact design supports smaller turning diameters and thus also makes it possible to convey smaller items and handle a wide range of products on one single system.

Efficient 24V drive technology minimizes energy consumption By contrast with conventional conveyor systems that are equipped with a drive in continuous operation, the Interroll RollerDrive makes it possible to build up an intelligently controlled conveyor system divided into zones. Therefore, the drives of each individual conveyor section are only powered when material is actually conveyed.


At throughput rates of 600 to 1,800 units per hour, this achieves energy savings of up to 50 per cent by comparison with continuously running motors. Moreover, thanks to the demand-driven operation and the elimination of additional driving mechanisms, the noise level and the plant wear are substantially lowered as well.

Interroll’s new drum motor platform cut costs and lead times Interroll’s new motor platform is completely modular in design and encompassing both synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Available first in 80mm-diameter drums, plans are underway to expand to the entire range.

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September 2017 and beyond. Adding in Exact’s Macola, JobBOSS and MAX businesses gives ECi an even broader and deeper product suite to fit the ever-changing needs of manufacturers.”

Exact Software’s Macola, JobBOSS and MAX businesses will be combined with ECi Current majority owner The Carlyle Group to continue as minority investor Funds advised by Apax Partners (“Apax Funds”) today announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to acquire ECi Software Solutions, a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) across the distribution, field services, building and construction and manufacturing industries. ECi has invested heavily in its core verticals to transition all product sets to the cloud. The Apax Funds investment will accelerate this initiative as ECi continues to provide best-of-breed, industry-specific functionality. Concurrent with this transaction, the Macola, JobBOSS and MAX businesses of Exact Software (a current Apax Funds portfolio company) will be combined with ECi. These businesses are based in the U.S. and provide ERP software applications to a wide range of SMB manufacturers. The combination of Exact’s Macola, JobBOSS and MAX businesses with ECi will create a diversified SMBfocused business offering end-to-end technology solutions. The current ECi senior management team, including Chief Executive Officer Ron Books, will continue to lead the combined company, which will be


known as ECi Software Solutions. It will remain headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. ECi is currently owned by affiliates of The Carlyle Group and Level Equity. Carlyle will retain a minority ownership position in the combined company. The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Jason Wright, a partner at Apax, said, “Apax is excited to back Ron and his team’s vision of accelerating organic growth through the transition to SaaS. The combination of Exact’s Macola, JobBOSS and MAX businesses with ECi will further enhance our offering in the manufacturing vertical and provides a compelling platform for future acquisitions.” “Apax Funds’ acquisition of ECi is the start of another exciting chapter in our history of supporting the growth of small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Ron Books, CEO of ECi Software Solutions since 2009 and with the company for over 19 years. “As one of the largest private SaaS businesses in the world, this transaction will allow us to continue to deliver innovative solutions to our nearly 15,000 customers – expanding our footprint in our current vertical markets

Carlyle Managing Director Steve Bailey said, “It has been a tremendous pleasure working with Ron and his team to transition ECi to a software-as-a-service business model, a strategy Carlyle has employed in many software companies. We see significant upside in ECi and are pleased to continue as an investor and to partner with Apax and its vision for the continued growth of, and investment in, the company.” The legal and financial advisors to Apax Partners are Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Ernst & Young LLP, respectively. The legal and financial advisors to ECi are Latham & Watkins LLP, BofA Merrill Lynch and PwC, respectively.

About ECi ECi Software Solutions provides industry-specific business management software and services, focusing on cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi has served small to medium sized manufactAuring, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field and IT services organizations. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., England, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. For information, email, visit or call (800) 959-3367. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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IP69K stainless steel distribution boxes open the door for decentralization of applications in the Food and Beverage industry


achine components and installations in the F&B industry have to be easy to clean. As a result, Murrelektronik’s new MVP12 Steel distribution box is made of high-quality stainless steel. It is an ideal solution to implement a decentralized approach in F&B machines and installations. The F&B industry doesn’t make any compromises where cleanliness and corrosion protection are concerned. Dirt must be easy to remove. Parts are exposed to high pressure wash downs with aggressive cleaning agents. This makes stainless steel the preferred material. Murrelektronik’s MVP12 Steel distribution boxes feature a closed stainless steel housing and threaded sleeves made of V4A stainless steel ensuring an IP69K rating. No matter if you are cleaning, rinsing or disinfecting MVP12 Steel will always operate reliably.

One Homerun Cable Instead of Eight Single Cables Prior to the introduction of MVP Steel, individual cables had to be routed through a system - a very complex task in the F&B industry because of the cleanliness requirements. Now a single homerun cable replaces the individual ones. This reduces material costs, the amount of wiring and space required. Moreover, terminal boxes are no longer required in the field. MVP12 Metal is installed close to the process so sensors and actuators can be connected to one of its eight ports with the shortest possible cables.

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A Versatile Pneumatic Quick Disconnect System

Developed for demanding aerospace test applications, Chell’s wide range of quickdisconnects allows quick test stand configuration changes as well as bespoke connection designs. Several customers have reduced test gas turbine hook-up times from nearly a week to less than a day. The application of aerospace quality components to industrial test applications immediately improves reliability and serviceability, leading to an improvement in measurement uncertainty.

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ingle-way to 32-way designs for tube sizes from 1mm to 1/8 inch OD to operate in temperatures from -50 to 325 degC in stainless steel and to 200degC in aerospace aluminium alloy. The latest fully tested development is an all-metal 8-way coupling that will run continuously at up to 760 degC (ie. red-hot!). With the development of ever larger aircraft engines, traditional climatic test chambers are now too small to accomodate them under test so constructors are flight testing their new designs. Chell’s AQDC is now a low weight hook-up solution that is fully tested to the usual flight ambient temperatures and vibration envelopes. Chell’s Cablerange QD’s may be used to create multi-way pneumatic interfaces between coupling systems of differing types and sizes. All have o-ring seal faces and these may be specified with Nitrile, Viton or Perlast seals depending on the temperature likely to be seen by the QD. Plates may be assembled with compression tube fittings or tubulations suitable for push-on connection to nylon, PTFE or similar tubing.


Chell’s 40 year’s experience of designing and manufacturing this wide range of couplings in our own facility enables us to adapt designs and sizes very quickly to our customer’s individual needs. Many user’s test stands have a multiplicity of fittings in a range of sizes, for which we are able to create bespoke, multi-port quick-disconnect solutions very speedily. More information from: Chell Instruments Ltd Folgate House Folgate Road North Walsham Norfolk NR28 0AJ Tel: 01692 500555 Fax: 01692 500088 e-mail:

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Size matters: selecting the right heat exchanger for your food processing needs By Arnold Kleijn, Product Development Director, HRS Heat Exchangers Thermal processing is an essential part of food production. Whether cooking, pasteurising or sterilising, or heating or cooling a range of products, it’s a safe bet that most food producers will be using a heat exchanger to carry out their thermal processing requirements. Yet, with such a variety of applications possible, it’s important that food processors select the right heat exchanger for their individual requirement.

surface of the tube (which may or may not be present). 3.

The thickness of the tube wall and the material used, which will govern the resistance to heat flow though the tube itself.


The fouling layer formed by deposition of solids or semi-solids on the outside surface of the tube (which may or may not be present).


The outside ‘boundary layer’ formed by the fluid flowing in close contact with the outside surface of the tube.

Know your process There are a number of types on the market: plate, tubular, corrugated tube, scraped surface, etc. Each is suited to a particular application, so think carefully about your process, including the nature of the material/s to be heated or cooled, the objective of the process (such as cooking or pasteurisation) and any restrictions of the environment where the heat exchanger is to be used. The driving force for heat transfer is the difference in temperature between the two substances (often, but not always fluids). In the case of a smooth tubular heat exchanger the temperature of two simple fluids, such as water and milk changes as they pass through the heat exchanger. One of the reasons for making corrugated tube and scraped surface heat exchangers is that they are suitable for fluids and materials with complex properties, such as viscous and non-Newtonian fluids like custards and sauces, or for materials containing particles or sediment such as fruit purees. You should therefore always be mindful of the material to be processed before selecting your heat exchanger and it’s a good idea to seek professional advice from manufacturers and their agents, to help with the selection process. One size does not fit all Once the correct type of exchanger has been chosen, food processors must then make sure that the model supplied is correctly sized for the job. In other words, that it offers the right amount of heat transfer for the fluid/s being treated and at the throughput required. The heat exchanger must have a large enough heat transfer area for the specified fluids and their specified inlet and outlet temperatures. Most calculations should also factor in variables such as whether the heat exchanger operates using counter-flow or parallel flow.

Arnold Kleijn Product Development Director HRS Heat Exchangers

The values for numbers 2 and 4 can usually be supplied by the client based on experience, while the designer of the heat exchanger will select the tube size, thickness and materials to suit the application. The resistance to heat flow resulting from numbers 1 and 5 (known as the partial heat transfer coefficients) depends both on the nature of the fluids and the geometry of the heat transfer surfaces themselves. Creating turbulence One way to prevent the build-up of these layers is to increase the speed at which the fluid passes through the heat exchanger so that turbulence is formed and the boundary layer breaks away from the surface of the tube. This is the point at which so-called laminar flow (with the fluid passing through in smooth layers, where the innermost layer flows at a higher rate than the outermost) becomes turbulent flow (where fluid does not flow in smooth layers but is mixed or agitated as it flows). The speed at which this occurs is influenced by many different factors, but in order to quantify it for specifying heat exchangers, engineers use something called the Reynolds number. This is determined by the diameter of the tube, the mass velocity of the fluid and its viscosity. Reynolds numbers of less

Breaking down barriers Another important factor controlling heat transfer is the resistance to heat flow through the various ‘layers’ that form a barrier between the two fluids. There are effectively five of these layers: 1.

The inside ‘boundary layer’ formed by the fluid flowing in close contact with the inside surface of the tube.


The fouling layer formed by deposition of solids or semi-solids on the inside


than 2,100 describe laminar flows, while numbers above 10,000 describe full turbulent flows. Between the two values is an area of uncertainty called the transitional zone, where we see a general transition from full laminar to full turbulent flow. In practice, engineers try to provide solutions outside of this zone. Tube deformation such as corrugation helps to increase the heat transfer performance once entered the turbulent flow area (Reynold > 2100). This is the main reason for using corrugated tube heat exchangers. However, it is also important that increasing turbulence in the flow of the material does not create issues with the product itself. For example, with pizza sauce, excessive turbulence can make the sauce sheer, leaving it runny and unsuitable for use. In such cases, corrugated tube heat exchangers are unsuitable and scraped-surface models can be applied, optimizing the scraper speeds to optimize on shearing behaviour. In turn, this requires a different set of calculations to be performed although the thermal and physical properties of the product remains the same. State of the art calculations As with any kind of science, the mathematics and understanding of thermal dynamics is continuing to evolve and improve. However, much of the literature commonly used to build calculations and model heat exchanger performance can be up to 80 years old, and does not always reflect the most recent science. Also, while there is scientific literature for the behaviour of fluids in smooth and corrugated tubes, there is little published data on scraped surface heat exchangers. Using our experience, and the most recent scientific data available, HRS has produced a new state of the art software programme which we use to calculate the necessary size of our heat exchangers. It is already producing some interesting results and giving new insights into how best to design tubular and scraped surface heat exchangers which provide the very best levels of performance.

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Analogue input modules for two-conductor sensors pack more channels into a smaller footprint WAGO’s two-wire analogue input modules significantly reduce cabinet space requirements by packing eight channels into a 12 mm wide housing, reducing the number of modules required per node. The modules have a high measurement accuracy and resolution. The three new analogue input modules excel at quickly and accurately transmitting the measured values (e.g., temperature, pressure or flow) as digital variables to the controller. They can be calibrated quickly and easily using WAGOI/O-CHECK software or via fieldbus description files, allowing programmers to adjust parameters to suit the application and operating conditions.

8-channel analogue input module 0-10 V/±10 V Eight voltage inputs allow the 750497 module to record standard input signals for the 0-10 V and ±10V measurement ranges, while two-wire sensors can be directly connected to the inputs. The measurement range can also be expanded from 0-11 V/±11 V if required. Each of the channels can be configured individually, allowing extensive diagnostics to be adjusted to suit the application.

8-channel analogue input module 0-20 mA, 4-20mA The eight current input channels of the 750-496 module allow standardised signals to be recorded for 0-20 mA and 4-20 mA, as well as the 3.6-21 mA ranges per NAMUR specification. The measurement ranges are individually adjustable to suit application requirements. Power is provided by the analogue input terminal for each channel, eliminating the need for an external power supply connection for 2-wire sensors (loop powered).

8-channel thermocouple module The 750-458 8-channel thermocouple module connects standard thermocouples (including type K, J and B) to offer mV measurement and extensive diagnostic capabilities.


These settings and additional application thresholds are individually configurable for each channel. For the required temperature reference of the thermocouples, internal cold junction compensation is included with the thermocouple module to offset the clamping unit voltage. The module is suitable for the majority of industrial applications that require temperature measurement, such as kilns, or electric arc furnaces in the steel industry.

Complimentary to existing 8-channel input modules These new additions complement the recently launched 8-Channel PTC digital input module for connecting to PTC thermistors, as well as configurable 8-channel analogue input modules for 2–wire resistance (RTD) sensors. The PTC Digital Input Module (750-1425) comes with eight channels for connecting up to six PTC thermistors in series per channel. Use this PTC Digital Input Module to connect up to 48 PTC thermistors according to DIN 44081 and DIN 44082 for thermal monitoring, e.g. overload protection of motors.

Advantages for all modules The modules fit into the WAGO-I/OSYSTEM 750 automation platform, and are compatible with all of the latest WAGO fieldbus couplers and controllers. Spring pressure connection technology ensures that wire terminations in all modules are robust, easy to connect and free from maintenance, reducing installation time while improving reliability. The modules are compliant to EN 610006-2 immunity and EN 61000-6-3 emission standards. Communication between fieldbus couplers/controllers and the I/O modules is carried out via the internal bus. All inputs can be configured individually via software such as WAGO-I/O-CHECK and fieldbus device description files. This Windows-based application allows users to operate and represent nodes from the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 without the need to connect the node to a fieldbus system. This allows channels to be tuned to the needs of a particular application, and streamlines the development process, saving time and money.

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GB Precision Expertise Boosts Mould Tool Productivity Birmingham-based precision engineering firm, GB Precision, provides complex bespoke solutions including multiimpression mould tools, as well as components and sub-assemblies to customers in demanding industry sectors such as medical and pharmaceutical packaging, aerospace and F1.


ne recent challenge tackled by the company was for a rapid-cycle, multi-impression medical packaging mould tool where the specified moulding material, a high performance, engineering polymer, had a known tendency to “string” during the moulding process. From the outset, the customer had specified the use of a hot runner system for the tool, however, as GB Precision Director, Paul Turner, observes; “there are hot runner systems and hot runner systems, and you tend to get what you pay for. The original specification had assumed quite a simple system, which, although it would have been perfectly adequate for a less challenging application, would, in this case have resulted in a reduced cycle time and a narrower moulding window, due to the nature of the material being moulded.”


Cycle-Time Significantly Reduced During discussions with the customer, GB Precision convinced them that incorporating a gated hot runner system would not only allow the optimisation of the tool design regarding filling and cavity orientation and so reduce the moulding cycle-time – the customer had been looking for a 10 second cycle, in the event the tool was able to operate on a much-reduced cycle – but the moulding window would also be substantially increased and material wastage reduced. As Paul explains; “By providing our engineering expertise at the tool design stage we could provide our customer with long term benefits in his tool’s productivity. We were able to show that the initial additional cost of incorporating the more complex valve gated hotrunner system would be quickly outweighed by savings in accurate mould control, setting optimisation and waste reduction, which is particularly important in medical applications, where scrap often cannot be re-used.”

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Ecospin Now Funds Its Orders Without Asking for Cash Upfront When Ecospin found itself losing orders because it needed cash up front to fund the build the future looked grim. How could Ecospin find a way of satisfying orders while giving customers time to pay? Ecospin manufactures the Raptor – an innovative three-wheeled electric vehicle. Aimed at the law-enforcement community, it’s the only road-legal vehicle of its type and has been adopted by police forces and security firms around the globe. Ecospin exports virtually all its production. A product as technologically advanced as the Raptor is expensive to build. This was a constraint for both Ecospin and its customers. Paul Loomes, Ecospin’s Managing Director explains: “The Raptor’s USP is its Type Approval; this is what makes it road legal. However, to get Type Approval cost £200,000; we managed this without investment but by the time we had an approved product to build we had no money left in the company. “Having no cash in the business meant we couldn’t fund build costs. So on every order we had to ask for 50% up front. This was losing us business.”


This is clearly a difficult sell to a customer. It takes around twelve weeks to fulfil an order so asking a dealer in Singapore to stump up £25,000 on a £50,000 order three months before receiving anything is bound to cause consternation. Paul was concerned that without a capital injection from an investor Ecospin’s future looked bleak. Then he found a way forward. “I was describing the problem to a friend, Stuart Garner at Norton Motorcycles. Stuart uses URICA, he explained to me how it works and it sounded like just what we needed. I set up a meeting with URICA and we’ve never looked back. “A recent order from a new dealer in Mexico is a great example. The opening order was for $191,000. We put it through URICA and once approved I know the money will appear in our account immediately while the customer doesn’t have to pay for three months. This means we have the cash

to pay our suppliers and fulfil the order, and by the time the customer has to pay the goods have been shipped. Without URICA we might lose an order like this. “For any business that is exporting URICA really is the solution. You can’t put a value on peace of mind but that’s what the URICA solution gives us. We know we’ve got money in the bank and we know the customer is solid because URICA has checked them out.” About URICA - the global supply chain funding network: URICA combines funding, leading credit insurance technology and forex management to accelerate invoice payments between businesses of all sizes, removing entirely the need for debt. To find out more, head to:

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Bespoke Filtration Equipment Enables Pharma Manufacturer to Fulfil Critical Contract Amazon Filters has supplied a major pharmaceutical manufacturer with bespoke filtration equipment enabling them to fulfil a contract to deliver critical drugs to a leading children’s hospital. Faced with a shortfall of the required critical drugs, as they couldn’t get the right filtration equipment to filter them and carry on production, the pharmaceutical manufacturer turned to Amazon Filters for a solution. Neil Pizzey, Managing Director of Amazon Filters, commented “Faced with the possibility of children not receiving critical drugs, we prioritised our production schedule enabling us to meet the 4 week lead time given to deliver the bespoke filtration equipment to the customer This was met and we are proud to report that they went on to produce the required medication on time and to a high quality”.


He added “Amazon Filters’ understanding and knowledge of pharmaceutical processes and applications is our strength. We are fully conversant with the US FDA and European regulatory requirements for the design and use of filtration products”. Amazon Filters supplies some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with a wide range of high quality product and utilities filters. Drawing upon its ISO90012008 approved manufacturing facility, and talented workforce, the company can provide a bespoke design and manufacture service that enables them to provide filtration systems with improved

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Ransom Naturals choose Axum Process to design and build a mobile ATEX Zone One rated Membrane Filtration System Ransom Naturals Ltd (RNL), part of the OBG Pharmaceuticals Group and a leading developer and manufacturer of natural products and extracts to the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Cosmetic, Food and Drinks industries has been working closely with membrane filtration specialists, Axium Process, to develop a system that would process an aqueous or solvent based extraction process to reliably remove suspended solids and bioburden from raw plant extracts to meet product specifications. Following previous experience with extraction technology involving membranes, Ransom Naturals Ltd commissioned Axium Process to design and build a mobile ATEX Zone One rated membrane filtration plant able to move to a number of positions in their factory.


Membrane technology provides excellent results for the removal of bacteria, yeasts and moulds from extracts and Ransom Naturals chose Axium Process as their preferred supplier due to their experience of natural extract separation from a wide range of products utilising membrane filtration technologies and its ability to design and build ATEX rated systems. The system which is manually operated for batch operations with safety cut outs for level and temperature was designed to EudraLex (Vol 4, chapter 3 Equipment) and ASME BPE standards and was certified by an ATEX Notified Body. The plant which was finished to pharmaceutical standards was designed and built in house; the system fully installed, commissioned and operator training carried out by Axium’s specialist engineers in a very short window.

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Why you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of IT support!

MIE Solutions UKs’ MRP & Production Control Software is some of the most diverse software available on the market today. We firmly believe that the technical support you will receive is essential to maximising what a business can get out of MIETrak Pro. Our technical support engineers are the customer’s first point of contact, with that contact an endless resource of knowledge is available. Our technical support teams’ purpose is to tackle the more technical side of customer service. When a customer is facing a problem and is in need of a more specific solution, our support engineers will find value in knowing how to resolve the problem in the fastest, most effective and efficient way. Our goal is to achieve complete satisfaction by getting a clear understanding of what the question is, from this point we are able to approach the issue and find a resolution with accuracy and detail. Within technical support you must have a thirst for knowledge, problem-solving and customer care, support is what keeps customers happy and the great feeling you get when not only have you resolved an issue for a customer, however big or small, you have also taken the time to


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Fulton. The Best Kept Secret In Thermal Fluid Technology The Fulton name is synonymous with heat transfer solutions and offers a range of thermal fluid heaters and multi-fuel-fired steam boilers, meaning they are well placed to offer customers an unbiased review of their heat transfer requirements. Thermal Fluid: The Facts Water and steam are typically used as heat carriers in heating systems, but at high temperatures, both require a corresponding high operating pressure. For industrial heating systems, a high temperature is often a great advantage, but establishing this with water and steam can be controversial and expensive. Thermal fluid heaters use specialist oils as heat carriers and operate at atmospheric pressures up to 300°C. To gain a similar operating temperature from traditional water- or steam-based systems would require a pressure of 85 bar. Thermal fluid heaters are therefore an ideal source of heat for industrial processes where high process temperatures are required and there are circumstances, especially where low running costs is a requirement, where they are more suitable for heat transfer than steam systems. A properly designed, installed and maintained thermal system that uses 26|

the correct thermal fluid for the application’s operating conditions should give 20 to 30 years of reliable service. However, like with water and steam systems, maintenance is essential for safe and effective operation; and the thermal fluid should be checked regularly to verify that it has retained its heat transfer properties.

Thermal Fluid v. Steam But at what point does thermal or steam become the best or most cost-effective solution for a process? The choice between adopting steam or thermal systems is determined by the requirements of the process and its temperature range. In general, if the process requires a temperature below 180°C, steam is usually the first choice. However, if the

required process temperature is above 180°C, thermal fluid is often the better solution. Thermal systems, unlike steam, provide useable temperature with very little pressure and a variety of cost savings should be expected. The additional control provided by thermal systems also allows multiple, easy and accurate temperatures throughout a single system that can also include cooling. There are also no freezing hazards, they provide rapid start up and shutdown with minimal heat losses and there’s no requirement for blow down or condensate losses. The whole life costs for thermal systems can also be cheaper because they require fewer insurance inspections, which minimises production downtime and shut down periods. There’s also no requirement for water treatment or chemical dosing, which leads to zero waste disposal and minimal maintenance costs. For further information on its heat transfer solutions, call Fulton on +44 (0)117 972 3322, email or visit

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CCTV Border Surveillance Station Developing a battery pack that can withstand the harsh climate of the Middle East and provide backup power capabilities in a remote location. The Challenge The client was developing an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system to be used in the Middle East for a border surveillance station. The problem they faced was in identifying the correct battery that can act as a UPS battery and be able to cope with the high temperatures present in such a location. Furthermore, not only would the battery have to cope with the environment but it would have to fit into the available space. Added to this was the need for the battery packs to be shipped easily transportable by air and/or surface transport which precluded the use of lithium batteries. Fortunately, weight wasn’t a key factor.

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SSI Schaefer expands its picking solutions technology with ABM takeover To further build on its competencies in the engineering and software sectors in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg, the world-leading system provider SSI Schaefer acquired ABM (Automation Beyond Measure). The strategic decision was completed on August 2, 2017, with the signing of the contract. With the takeover of ABM bvba (Ltd. in English), SSI Schaefer is underlining its ambition of providing the widest range of products for intralogistics solutions around the world. It also represents another step in strengthening its local presence in Benelux. “With the purchase of ABM, we are expanding our range of services in Benelux. With the synergies created, we can deliver to the Benelux region holistic concepts in keeping with our company’s philosophy,” explains Harrie Swinkels, CEO of SSI Schaefer Automation GmbH, on the strategic thinking behind the takeover of ABM. “Localisation and customisation are the keys to success. By joining with ABM, we are even closer to the customer and will also benefit from ABM’s strong expertise in the field of individual picking solutions.” ABM was founded in 1994 as part of the Alltech Group with a strategic focus on Pick to Light subsystems. The company has since developed

the picking technology sector and has its finger on the pulse of the latest trends with cutting-edge technologies such as Pick to Colour, Pick to Image, and Pick to Label. In 2009, ABM also introduced a seamless humanmachine interface (HMI) known as COMPASS Pick to Graphics. The PickART concept, introduced in 2012, combines smart batching, intelligent navigation, user-friendly communication, and an intuitive and flexible drop cart architecture. Since 2014, the multi-disciplinary team of engineers has been developing and implementing holistic, customeroriented solutions, ranging from storage systems and transport concepts to software integration services. “In addition to its Benelux home market, ABM serves customers in Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Our core sectors include food retail, food & beverage, fashion, and e-commerce,” says Jan Maertens, Managing Director of

ABM. “We are convinced that we can be a strong force in driving forward SSI Schaefer’s local know-how and shaping a consistent market-sector approach in the Benelux region. We are delighted to have gained such a strong partner, both strategically and commercially.” High standards paired with an unwavering customer focus are areas of significant common ground between ABM and SSI Schaefer. As a family-owned company with a long-term strategy, SSI Schaefer takes a holistic view of the future and relies on stable, continual, and secure growth. The global strengths of the intralogistics specialists are developed through the targeted expansion of local competencies and locations. This is reflected in the development of local expertise in Benelux.

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A Patent Triumph for Intellectual Property Creators From its London offices, Minesoft has developed online databases that assist the patenting process From Thomas Edison’s light bulb to pioneering drug treatments, inventions are essential for mankind’s progression. This is why driving innovation is central to the ethos of Minesoft, a global patent solutions provider for the intellectual property industry. Based in Richmond, Surrey – and with offices in Germany and the US – Minesoft has been developing solutions since 1997. Minesoft’s flagship product, PatBase, is a global patent database enabling users to search millions of patent documents. This huge resource spans 105 patent-issuing authorities worldwide and features even the tiniest innovations, such as a new baby bottle or a shopping bag. PatBase enables Minesoft clients, which include leading corporations such as Siemens and Unilever, not only to protect their own designs by checking for existing patents, but also to find solutions for technical dilemmas by studying patent texts and drawings. Ideas can also be closely analysed through Pat-KM, another flagship Minesoft product. “What we do benefits society because it helps scientists and engineers develop their best ideas,” says Ann Chapman, who founded Minesoft with husband Ophir Daniel in 1996. “It drives technology forward. For example, new ideas are generated by a chemist studying drug-related patents and experimenting further by combining X and Y, adding to the ‘State of the Art’”.

Minesoft’s commitment to develop innovative products for the patent information market ensures organisations are empowered to explore new technologies and exploit patent literature. This commitment has resulted in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and new product development, such as Minesoft’s version of IET INSPEC (published by the Institute of Engineering & Technology in the UK). Access over 15 million articles of peer-reviewed Engineering & Technology research literature abstracted and indexed by experts; Minesoft INSPEC ensures easy navigation with time-saving search features. Minesoft recently launched Chemical Explorer, a new text-mined resource for chemical patent searching. With over 10 million chemical names and entities disclosed in English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Extract patent documents quickly by drawing chemical structures or searching the text. Patents form the backbone of scientific and technological advancements. A rich and unique source of legal, business and technical information; a vital company asset, no less. By analysing patents, companies ensure their resources don’t get squandered reinventing the wheel. With Minesoft’s portfolio of patent solutions, users can turn information into intelligence, empowering them to maintain their competitive edge. Driving forward new ideas might not exactly be a reinvention of the wheel, but Minesoft provides an unparalleled level of support through the oft-complicated patent process.

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September 2017

Geared motor cruising along Seaworthy drives make engineering easier for marine equipment supplier Navalimpianti not only found the high gearbox quality and reliability more than satisfactory, but especially appreciated the German drive manufacturer’s readiness to implement specifications such as IP66 ingress protection or stainless-steel output shaft fittings. A number of other application-specific features were then jointly defined by the customer and NORD, whose engineers were able to draw on decades of experience and advise on the optimum drive selection and configuration.

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or their extensive drive program that enables suitable configurations for almost all torque, speed, and duty type requirements, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS also ensures that adequate extras and options are readily available to facilitate operation in challenging environments. This was a particular boon to Italian ships outfitter Navalimpianti, as they found that adapting drives for maritime use no longer required a great applicationspecific engineering effort. Components and systems for maritime applications must be especially rugged and durable because of their continuous exposure to a moist, salty atmosphere. In addition, suitability for widely differing operating temperatures becomes necessary for ships that pass through several climate zones. Navalimpianti, an experienced Italian marine equipment provider, used to individually select and procure all required equipment including electric drive components. All configurations and adaptations of the drive solutions were then done in-house to comply with rigorous demands, all to ensure totally reliable performance for many years. Obviously, this required a very substantial effort. All of that changed almost instantly when Navalimpianti found that drive provider NORD DRIVESYSTEMS was able to flexibly implement the required options from their standard catalog, and supply suitable drive systems everywhere in the world.


Individually designed for each ship, Navim Skydomes are a stand-out product in the portfolio of the experienced passenger vessel outfitter. These elegant sliding glass roofs are composed of numerous movable segments and are equipped with a motor. When they are completely closed, they keep out wind and rain and enable air conditioning of the upper deck. The glass roofs add value to any cruise ship because they allow the yearround use of outdoor swimming pools, which are among the main attractions for many travelers. They are opened and closed gently and quietly by specially configured NORD drives. Two or four parallel-shaft geared motors are used depending on the span and weight of the roofs. In addition to a high resistance to maritime climates, these drives must withstand the chlorine-saturated atmosphere around the pool. Notably, they must ensure failure-free operation for many years, because once the roof is installed, they are not easily accessible for maintenance or repairs.

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Drive over board – window cleaning on the high seas Moving window cleaning platforms into position is another task NORD drives take care of. “We are outfitting two ships right now,” says Silvano Lonzar, chief designer at Navalimpianti, “one with six and one with seven motorized window cleaning platforms for the ship’s right, left, and stern side.” Four bevel and worm geared motors per window cleaning system power the winches that move the platforms horizontally along. The wormgeared motors are self-holding and therefore need no brakes to stop. The fans of the vertically installed motors are protected from rain ingress by double canopies. Further safeguards in this outdoor application and its salty and chlorine-saturated atmosphere include terminal boxes sealed with epoxy resin and stainless steel hollow shafts. A fivelayer coating for offshore operations with sturdy multi-component paints ensures class C5 corrosion protection according to EN 12944.

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Top tips for young structural engineers ~ How budding structural engineers can succeed in the industry ~ In arguably the greatest achievement of the twentieth century, the average life expectancy has almost doubled since 1900, when people would seldom pass the age of 50. However, we now have an aging population, which is reshaping infrastructure and increasing demand from younger generations of structural engineers. Here, Sam Carigliano, CEO of cloud based structural engineering software provider SkyCiv, shares his top three tips for budding structural engineers. According to a report from the National Institute of Aging in the US there has been a significant life expectancy increase that averages out at approximately three additional months of life in newborns with every passing year. This means that that those born in 2017 will, on average, live one year longer than those born in 2013. With many experienced structural engineers nearing retirement, young engineers are beginning to take on more responsibility in the workplace. With little experience, they may feel overwhelmed by the pressure and high standards expected in the profession. Fortunately, there are three key steps that young structural engineers can take at the start of their careers to maximise their personal effectiveness and increase their prospects.

Be social and network Although networking has been a valuable tool for many years, younger engineers are now armed with social media platforms such as LinkedIn, allowing them to network more effectively than previous generations. Budding structural engineers should attend events, whether they are general ones such as steel structural engineering shows or niche ones such as oil and gas and event rigging shows. Engineers should take a digital copy of their resume with them to send across to potential employers and be prepared to connect on LinkedIn. An effective way of managing this is to keep it attached in a draft e-mail or saved on a cloud drive. If you haven’t already, create a LinkedIn profile, write a short introduction, post engaging updates and grow your professional network.

Brush up on your software Structural engineering software is used to ensure designs are practical, safe and compliant with the relevant regulations, as well as to safely analyse and virtually test the load bearing capacity of structures.


Yet the software used in each structural engineering sector can vary. Young structural engineers should ensure they are familiar with a variety of general and niche software packages. The problem is that, because many traditional software programmes require expensive licenses and costly hardware, they’ve historically been inaccessible to students and those new to the industry. Fortunately, recent developments in cloud computing mean that there is software that can be accessed on a cheaper subscription model, using nothing but a web browser on a variety of devices. SkyCiv’s structural engineering software, for example, is cloud based so that it can be used on any system with an internet connection, whether it is a Windows PC, Linux system or a Mac. SkyCiv uses a monthly subscription payment model that provides the same standard of structural analysis and testing as traditional software, with frequent free regulatory updates.

Find your passion Finding an industry niche that sparks your interest is one of the most important things a young structural engineer can do. Use your time at University to experiment with different projects and hobbies in a variety of sectors before choosing a sector that appeals to you most. Hobby projects can also be really fruitful. For example, SkyCiv began as a hobby project and now, two years later, has been used on more than two million structural engineering projects around the world. Passion is a powerful tool for success. While longer life expectancies mean that the average age of retirement is increasing and younger generations can work longer, the first step onto the career ladder is often the most difficult. Whether it’s as part of an infrastructure company or as a freelance project engineer, structural engineers that consider these three points can take that first step easier.




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xhibitors already signed up to launch new products, showcase software and provide technical advice include HS2, CEMEX, Breedon Group, Creagh Concrete and Bluebeam. Leading figures from across the industry will also attend the show, such as Crossrail, Heathrow, BAM Nuttall, Kier, Transport for the North and Highways England, where they will debate the industry’s most pressing topics and discuss the challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector. The seminar programme for Civils Expo has been designed to inform and educate visitors about the planning and implementation of significant projects, as well as introduce them to suppliers so they can learn about new products, gain skills and make long-lasting contacts. One of the show’s biggest attractions will be The Infrastructure Hub, which will explore the process of planning, designing and building a variety of projects from road infrastructure and rail infrastructure through to airports and seaports. Topics such as future proofing infrastructure and construction, sustainability in business, drones, offshore wind turbines and connecting Britain to the world postBrexit will be discussed at the show, while projects that are having an important impact on the sector such as Crossrail, Ordsall Chord and Hinkley Point will be explored by those leading them in front of a live audience. To tackle the issue of building safety head on, Civils Expo will also bring together leading authorities to deliver free CPD advice and guidance on key issues such as fire prevention and safety in buildings; guidance on sprinklers, fire doors and dampening; health and safety and how to improve safety through technology, as well as the latest advice on cladding and other flammable building materials. These free CPD and workshop sessions will be hosted at The Infrastructure Hub and have been specially tailored for those responsible for building safety. The sessions are expected to book up quickly, so registration is encouraged. Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10, which runs the show, said: “This year’s Civils Expo will bring together the UK’s largest and most important infrastructure projects with the latest products and


Rebuilding the UK’s infrastructure at Civils Expo 2017 The UK’s leading event for civil engineering and infrastructure returns Civils Expo, the UK’s leading event dedicated to civil engineering and infrastructure, will once again bring together leading suppliers of the latest technologies, systems and products for the sector when it returns to Birmingham NEC from 10-12 October 2017. innovations being used to build them. Our programme is evolving with more speakers, exhibitors and suppliers signing up every day, and we’re committed to making this our most successful show to date. In addition to showcasing new products for the sector, we will also tackle the issues surrounding building safety head on with a carefully chosen schedule of talks, workshops and events.” Consisting of Build Show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2017, Smart Buildings 2017, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2017 and Grand Designs Live, UK

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LiftEx aims even higher for 2017 Visitor and delegate registration is now open for the most important event in the lifting industry calendar. LiftEx 2017, the UK’s only exhibition and conference dedicated to overhead lifting and workat-height, takes place at Telford International Centre on November 29-30th, and will once again provide attendees with a unique insight into the latest developments across both these vital sectors. Now in its thirteenth year, LiftEx combines a free-to-attend trade exhibition featuring around 100 leading suppliers with a one-day conference that brings together an impressive lineup of expert speakers. LiftEx also incorporates Innovation Fast Pitch, where a succession of exciting new products, services and applications will be introduced to the audience in a novel, rapid-fire format. Visitors can then vote to determine which one walks away with the coveted Innovation Fast Pitch Award. LiftEx is organised by LEEA, the leading representative body for the lifting industry with over one thousand member companies worldwide. The event provides an unrivalled networking opportunity, attracting a diverse range of professionals with a shared interest in overhead lifting and work-at-height. In addition to the exhibition and conference, LEEA will also host a drinks reception and dinner dance on the evening of Wednesday 29th November. For the first time, this will be open to both members and nonmembers.


Announcing the association’s ambitious plans for LiftEx 2017, Christine Littlewood, marketing manager for LEEA, said: “Lifting plays a critical role in a truly diverse array of manufacturing, extraction and logistics industries. LiftEx offers anyone responsible for ensuring safe, legal and efficient lifting operations the chance to meet leading suppliers, industry experts and fellow professionals – all under one roof. The event has grown every year since its launch in 2005, and once again we have

worked hard to enhance the visitor and delegate experience in 2017. We are particularly excited about the line-up of speakers planned for the conference, and the extended networking opportunities now available to members and non-members alike.” Full details and online registration for LiftEx 2017 can be found at www. Admission to the exhibition is free-of-charge. Further information on delegate bookings and the conference schedule are also provided online.

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What’s New in Electronics Live? What’s New in Electronics Live (WNIE LIVE), the UK Electronics Expo, previously National Electronics Week (NEW) has made some big changes to their 2018 event after receiving feedback from a postevent survey sent to all previous exhibitors.


ncouragingly 97% of the respondents confirmed that they wanted a dedicated UK Electronics Event which was great to hear, as an organiser they pride themselves on reacting to industry feedback and want to continue to develop and improve the event, making it a strong advocate for this sector.

With all of this in mind they have been looking at opportunities to improve the 2018 event, and beyond and are pleased to confirm that moving forward, they will be co-locating with Sensors & Instrumentation and Micro Nano Mems with a shared hall but separate events. The Expo will run over 2 days from 25th - 26th September at The NEC.

Other key points that came through from the survey were: Claire Saunders, Event Director said, “We believe that these events • Having good features and are a strong complement to WNIE technical content is key, this Live and will improve our attendee is something they are going numbers with the type of audience to develop and concentrate that will have purchasing influence particularly on those features or decision for your products and that worked well before and services. The organisers of these introduce new elements that will events also have several electronics complement - so any ideas or publications, which means for us, suggestions please feel free to let we are able to will work with them them know. alongside our other international • A 2 day event is what industry media partners and associations. wants - 3 days doesn’t work for The key aim is to deliver a strong this sector. • Co-located events are good as long as they are relevant. • The date line being in the Spring isn’t necessarily the best time of year.


event for the UK electronics sector and ensure every relevant visitor is aware of it.” In addition to the new date announcement, WNIE Live welcomes back EMC UK for the 2nd edition, plus both the PPMA Expo (Processing & Packaging Machinery event) and TCT (3D Printing Expo) will be located in adjoining halls. The WNIE Team are planning to run an open day at the upcoming Sensors and Instrumentation 2017 event and more details on this will follow. In the meantime, as the floorplan is prepared, any companies interested in getting involved in the exhibition are advised to either call the New Events office on + 44 1428 609 372 or email For more information claire saunders, event (

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Decommissioning debate to take centre stage at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 Decommissioning will be a special focus at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 with a range of expert speakers announced as part of the plenary and new Decommissioning Zone technical programme. Supported by Decom North Sea, the new Decommissioning Zone will deliver an extensive line-up including presentations hosted by ITF, The Society for Underwater Technology, ImechE and Decom North Sea. Panellists offering expert insight throughout the three day conference include Stephen Hall, CEO Society for Underwater Technology; Pieter voor de Poorte, Subsea Decommissioning Lead, Premier Oil and Bill Cattanach OBE, Head of Supply Chain, Oil & Gas Authority. The zone is set to bring together thousands of highly targeted technical, business and government industry professionals with exhibitors including Diaquip, Integrated DECOM, EMAS Energy, Fairfield Energy, Petroplan Europe and Xodus Group among those signed up. With more than 100 offshore platforms forecast for full or partial removal in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and 1,800 wells to be plugged over the next decade, SPE recognised a need to place decommissioning high on the 2017 Offshore Europe agenda. As several assets in the North Sea reach the end of their lifespan, the latest cost estimate from the Oil and Gas Authority has predicted the cost of decommissioning the UKCS oil and gas infrastructure is £59.7 billion with an ambitious goal of completing this work for less than £39 billion.


Roger Esson, Decom North Sea CEO said: “Operators and regulators are planning for the inescapable responsibility of decommissioning. The inaugural Decommissioning Zone at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is an important step for the sector and wider industry to further discussions around planning, regulation, execution optimisation and technology.

“Not only will this zone showcase the innovative capabilities of its exhibitors, but its comprehensive programme of conference sessions will provide knowledge and insight into the opportunities and issues arising within the sector.” Gareth Rapley, SPE Offshore Europe exhibition director, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing the latest advances in decommissioning and the theatre in the new zone will give a platform for debating and sharing lessons learned. We anticipate a lot of interest in the zone as the industry takes stock of the challenges and opportunities around dealing with assets reaching the end of production. ” SPE Offshore Europe takes place 5 – 8 September in Aberdeen and will feature 1,000 exhibitors with 65 free to attend technical presentations and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches. For full details of the SPE Offshore Europe 2017 Decommissioning Zone including how to become an exhibitor and the programme of events visit: Decommissioning-Zone/

SMART EXPO The Digital Manufacturing Show

15–16 November 2017 Exhibition Centre Liverpool

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Trelleborg Improves Safety through Collaborative Innovations at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 being acquired right now. We need to figure out how we can use the data and how we can make efficient decisions based on it. When we discuss the Internet of Things and machines talking to each other, being an intelligent system, I think that is quite a distance away for offshore oil and gas.” In light of these challenges and opportunities, events like the SPE Offshore Europe are central to sharing knowledge. At this year’s show, Trelleborg will highlight some of the ways in which the market can improve safety through collaboration and innovation, optimize productivity and retain competitiveness as barrel prices recover. Multi-functional Designs

In the second annual roundtable hosted by Trelleborg, industry experts agree that the silver lining in the low barrel price is the willingness of the industry to embrace innovative solutions that can lower overall costs while not compromising safety. The roundtable explored issues raised from Trelleborg’s 2017 ‘Next Level Report’ that gathered views from individuals involved in the offshore oil & gas industry. On the roundtable for Trelleborg was Antony Croston, Business Group Director of Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Houston. He said, “Adversity creates innovation and brings people together. With less activity in the industry, people have more time to investigate solutions and are more receptive to new innovations, but a key first step is defining the needs of the customer. Forward thinking companies are taking the time to spend money upfront to be more efficient in the long term. Advantages of the Internet of Things “The Internet of Things is a great idea. The limitation we have in the oil and gas industry includes what we do with our data. As an industry we are just getting to grips with what we can obtain and there is lots of data


Looking ahead to September, Trelleborg will introduce its new Standardized Buoyancy Module system at SPE Offshore Europe. This innovative ‘off the shelf’ solution can be adjusted to operate in seawater depths from surface to 2,500 meters by adding or removing elements based on customer specifications. The new ‘off the shelf’ option reduces lead times and costs for customers looking for quality buoyancy with a quick delivery. Jonathan Fox, Senior Product Development Engineer with Trelleborg’s offshore operation, states: “We recognized a requirement to deliver buoyancy products in less time for projects with short lead times. Because the product consists of known volumes and up thrusts, we are putting the upfront engineering into the hands of our customers, reducing the time needed to achieve an approved product design. In addition, we were able to ease handling of the buoyancy modules by incorporating synthetic rubber feet to the bottom of the finished assembly to prevent handling damage and reduce assembly time.”

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Eric Bucci, Oil & Gas Segment Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions says: “Trelleborg is exceptional at solving complex challenges for its customers as demonstrated by its newest innovation of Isolast® FFKM compounds that surpass traditional thermal, chemical and high temperature steam resistant limitations. Trelleborg has built its reputation on listening to customers and delivering advanced engineering, high quality, performance and safety.” Safety Critical With safety a priority Trelleborg delivers many material grades that are compliant with international industry standards and have been subjected to comprehensive third-party testing, qualifying materials from elastomers to PEEK- and PTFE-based compounds to a range of specifications including NORSOK M-710, ISO 23936-2, ISO 10423/API 6A Annex F. and Total GS EP PVV 142. Test data for over 30 of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions best-in-class materials for the oil and gas market can also be found online at its dedicated microsite, In addition, Trelleborg’s offshore operation is working to certify its flexible pipe ancillary equipment to industry standard API 17L, which determines the minimum requirements for the design, material selection, manufacture, documentation, testing, marking and packing of flexible pipe ancillary equipment. Trelleborg’s offshore operation currently holds API certificates for bend restrictors, bend stiffeners, distributed buoyancy modules and Uraduct®. All certificates can be found online on our API 17L Certificates page.

Advanced Compounds SPE Offshore Europe 2017 Trelleborg will also announce the introduction of three technically advanced multi-purpose perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) compounds for oil & gas applications. Developed to be compatible with virtually all chemical media and over the widest temperature range possible, the newest Isolast® formulations provide real benefits and cost advantages

Trelleborg will exhibit its range of innovative offshore solutions at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 in hall 1 on stand 1H81. Products are designed with quality, performance and efficiency front of mind and include high performance buoyancy, insulation, passive fire protection, and sealing solutions.





September 2017

The PPMA Show 2017’s new Learning Hub to provide a fresh perspective on industry trends With the UK manufacturing industry seeing the fastest growth in production since January 1995 , there has never been a more fitting time for industry leaders to come together and share their insights at the UK’s unmissable processing and packaging machinery show. The new and improved Learning Hub at the PPMA Show 2017 will provide the platform for this expert knowledge-share, covering hot topics including the role of robotics and automation in the factory of the future. This year’s influential Learning Hub will see Martin Glenn, CEO of the Football Association, as keynote speaker on the first day of the show (26th Sept, 11.00am – 11.30am). The marketing veteran, whose illustrious career includes roles within United Biscuits and Walkers, will share how his extensive experience in the food manufacturing industry has informed his new role as head of the FA. With more than 300 confirmed exhibitors and over 10,000sqm of show floor, the 2017 event is set to be the largest PPMA Show of the past 12 years. Exhibitors confirmed include Schubert UK, Omron, ABB Limited, Ilapak Ltd, and MINEBEA INTENC, which will all showcase their latest innovations. The PPMA Show 2017 will also feature all-new entertainment and interactive features, including RoboKeeper, a computercontrolled goalkeeper. Described as the World’s Best Goalie, RoboKeeper has already taken on the likes of footballers Lionel Messi and Neymar and will challenge visitors and exhibitors to try and score a goal live at the show. After making his debut at the PPMA Total Show 2016, Titan the Robot will join the crowds at the NEC in September to entertain and excite visitors and exhibitors alike. Appearing on the PPMA


Group of Associations stand (B110/C110) on the second day of the show (27th Sept), Titan will dazzle visitors with his “unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music.” Andrew Mint, CEO of PPMA Group, said: “Alongside enabling exhibitors to showcase their latest technologies to an audience of thousands plus benefit from unparalleled networking opportunities, the PPMA Show provides a platform for crucial discussions on issues that affect the processing and packaging machinery industry. I for one am greatly looking forward to hearing from some of the industry’s thought leaders.” To register for your PPMA Show 2017 free pass please visit: For more information on the PPMA Show 2017, please visit or join the conversation on twitter @PPMAShow #PPMAShow, in the PPMA Show LinkedIn group or on Facebook.


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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


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Listen, meet, see, discover and network BULKEX, the leading event for bulk materials handling, is taking place in just a few weeks’ time at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham on 18 and 19 October.

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With its line-up of topical and technical speakers plus supporting exhibition, it is drawing attention from far and wide. Visitors to BULKEX17 can register online for the two-day conference which provides a one stop shop for insights and updates on the bulk materials handling industry both in the UK and internationally. Aimed at professionals from across the industry and those in allied industries such as ports, cement, transport, energy, quarrying and steel, BULKEX is the ideal opportunity to learn about upcoming projects and discover new technologies. It’s also the perfect place to meet and greet some of the most notable names in the sector. Seminar Focus The highlight of BULKEX is its variety and quality of speakers – this year increased to a dozen following the success of 2016. Delegates will be able to listen to BREXIT specialist Joe Owen from think tank Institute for Government answer searching questions on this significant subject. He will be discussing how BREXIT might affect trade with the UK, what our options are and what they mean in practice.


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Other speakers include Darryn Quayle from UKTI revealing opportunities for business in Chile, and Andrew Hodgson from Siemens describing how to realise the value of digital assets in your business. Several further presentations will give insights into the Lynemouth Power Station conversion to biomass and projects arising from this major undertaking. Meet the speakers and continue the conversation over the complementary seated lunch in the hotel’s main restaurant. Lunch is included in the ticket price of £60 for one day or £100 for both days. Central location BULKEX’s new venue, Eastwood Hall near Nottingham, is a delightful Georgian hotel providing a picturesque setting for the conference. Its Midlands location, close the Nottingham and the M1, is easily accessible from most parts of the UK, as requested by last year’s delegates.

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design and manufacture, belt conveyors, valves, screens, drive technology and a host of other materials handling disciplines. Tremendous response Michael Kaye, President of the Materials Handling Engineers Association, said: “Convenient location, musthear seminars, extensive supporting exhibition and networking par excellence – what better reasons could there be to take some extremely productive time away from the office? We have had a tremendous response to this year’s BULKEX format, venue and speaker choices. It’s going to be an event you won’t want to miss.” For more information and to register visit

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Seminar programme Theatre 1 9:30-10:10 Thermoplastic Compound Solutions for Healthcare - Collaborate to Innovate Mark Tibbetts, Technical Service & Application Development Engineer, ALBIS

Engineering Materials Live returns at Duxford After the success of the inaugural Engineering Materials Live Exhibition back in May, the event is back again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September. Engineering Materials Live aims to meet the needs of engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced materials. Visitors will have the opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with a wide range of materials suppliers – and it is completely free to attend. What’s more, the exhibition is once again co-located with the FAST Exhibition. Running since 2005, the FAST Exhibition provides visitors with direct access to experienced application experts in fastening, bonding and assembly. The exhibitor portfolio includes leading suppliers showcasing the latest technologies in plastics, metal replacement, materials forming, sustainable materials, advanced composites, lightweighting and rapid prototyping.


You can view the full FAST and Engineering Materials Live exhibitor list online at A series of technical seminars delivered by fastening and materials experts including ALBIS, ANSYS, EMS-GRIVORY, Henkel, Intertronics and Staytite will also take place at the event. These seminars will focus on the latest technology developments in areas including additive manufacturing, prototyping, injection moulding, bonding, thermoplastic compounds and surface preparation. The Imperial War Museum in Duxford is home an impressive collection of more than 100 aircrafts. As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to experience a tour of this decorated collection and get up close to WW2 classics including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Tiger Moth.

13:30-11:10 Long Fiber Technology - light weighting solutions via injection moulding Nigel Barrow, technical services manager, EMS-GRIVORY 11:30-12:10 Optimisation for additive manufacturing John Lin, senior application engineer, ANSYS

Theatre 2 09:30-10:10 Hybrid’s – the new direction for development in adhesive technology John Dubber, senior technology specialist, Henkel 10:30-11:10 Adhesive & Coating Dispensing – meeting the challenges of technology manufacturing Peter Swanson, managing director, INTERTRONICS 11:30-12:10 Securing against vibration – A solution to the loosening of fasteners Michael Moore, technical sales manager, Staytite Entry to Engineering Materials Live at the Imperial War Museum is by preregistration only. To register, please visit: By pre-registering, you will qualify for a VIP visitor badge and claim free exhibition entry, free parking, and a free bacon roll and brew on arrival. The exhibition opens for business at 08:30 especially for those wishing to make an early start.





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Register now for the UK’s only national sensors show Sensors & Instrumentation, the one-stop shop for all test, measurement and control requirements, is just around the corner. Sponsored by industry giant Mouser Electronics, this year’s show will take place in Hall 1 at the NEC Birmingham on 26 & 27 September with new opening times of 9am-5pm on Tuesday and 9am-4pm on Wednesday. The first 200 visitors through the door on each day will be treated to a free early bird breakfast, courtesy of Keller, providing the perfect start to a day of exploring the lively exhibition floor and exciting feature areas. With the show fast approaching, the line-up of exhibitors continues to grow as companies secure the final spots. A full directory of exhibitors is available online here. Visitors at the show will be able to get a snapshot of what is available from exhibitors at the Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, which will host a range of products, technologies and solutions. Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 will see the introduction of two brand new feature areas which are set to propel the show to new heights. Connecting Industry LIVE, where exhibitors will take to the stage to carry out live demonstrations and presentations, giving visitors a deeper understanding of the products on offer and how they can be beneficial to their own ventures. The Drone Zone will explore the advancing technologies at the heart of unmanned aerial vehicles, potential industrial applications and the obstacles that will need to be overcome - with presentations from key industry figures and live flight demonstrations.


Micro Nano Mems will return for its ninth year, serving as a specialist pavilion for those interested in small and ultra-precision process technology. The focused CPD accredited seminar programme will also return with a host of unmissable presentations, with titles including ‘Build your own sensor’ presented by Dave Boylan of IST AG and many more. The full seminar schedule and synopsises are now live here. Visitors are invited to make a pit stop at the PR Electronics Formula 1 car simulator, where they will be able to compete for the fastest lap and take advantage of a prime networking opportunity. Sensors & Instrumentation is co-located with Interplas, TCT Show and PPMA, and this year there is a one-ticket policy giving visitors an all-access pass to the UK’s largest group of industrial events taking place at the same time. Register online now at

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Process Ready Ultrasonic Flowmeter Designed to IP65 standards the Process Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter from Titan Enterprises is built for use in demanding process and control environments. Durably constructed from 316 stainless steel and PEEK, and incorporating proprietary ultrasonic flowmeter technology, the Process Atrato offers reduced cost of ownership compared to existing flow measurement devices used in the process environment. Rated for use up to 65°C and 20Bar the compact Process Atrato is available in 4 models operating over flow ranges from 2ml/min to 15litres/ min, featuring an accuracy of ±1% over the whole flow range. Each Process Atrato is calibrated with a pre-set ‘K’ factor so all meters of the same flow range are fully interchangeable simplifying assembly and set-up procedures for OEM manufacturers looking to integrate the flowmeter into their process and control set-up. Using patented technology that enables it to operate accurately over wide flow ranges, the Process Atrato signal processing system permits flow measurement across the whole Reynolds number range allowing both viscous and non-viscous products to be metered. For further information on the Process Atrato please visit the Process Atro web page or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790


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The future of maintenance engineering ~ What is the role of the maintenance engineer in the factory of the future? ~

The music industry has experienced rapid change in the last 20 years. We’ve seen the decline of cassettes, the rise and fall of CDs and the move towards digital music downloads. The manufacturing industry is no different, having increased its digital processes, changing the way the industry operates and work is done. One role that is changing significantly is that of the maintenance engineer. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses how Industry 4.0 is changing the way businesses approach maintenance.

Proactive vs reactive

Maintenance engineers ensure machines and processes in a facility run smoothly. This relies on both preventative and emergency maintenance to keep operations running with as little system downtime as possible. This often involves periodic inspections, commissioning or recommending of system upgrades, troubleshooting equipment and repairing or installing replacement parts. If a problem is found, it is commonly the responsibility of the maintenance engineer to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

The risk of downtime means that maintenance engineers need to make sure equipment is kept functional. As factories have become smarter, so too has maintenance. By using data from sensors on the factory floor, maintenance engineers can plan a schedule and use predictive maintenance to tackle any equipment problems before it causes downtime.


With the onset of Industry 4.0, manufacturers are moving towards more a proactive approach to maintenance. The sector has been particularly receptive to automated and smart technologies because of their ability to reduce downtime and improve productivity. A traditional reactive approach to maintenance revolves around waiting for equipment to fail before performing maintenance. The obvious downside to this is that the company is not prepared for unplanned stoppages, which can lead to downtime and the waste of raw materials. For example, if batch production is halted on a food manufacturing line, it can lead to the fouling of ingredients and in some cases damage to the system.

The increasing number of connected sensors in manufacturing facilities means that maintenance is now performed with a

data-based approach. Condition monitoring equipment that uses techniques such as vibration analysis and infrared imaging allows the maintenance engineer to perform preventative action.

Looking forward In the highly automated manufacturing facilities of the future, machine-to-machine communication, sensor developments, big data and analytics will change the relationship between the factory and the maintenance engineer. Systems could be able to selfdiagnose any part failures, order replacement components from a supplier, and install them with minimal human intervention. More data will be available for maintenance engineers to analyse, which steers staff time away from manual data input and towards high value roles such as updating and monitoring the plant’s digital twin — a realtime simulation of the plant in operation. Just as the way we listen to music is evolving, so is the role of the maintenance engineer. The factory of the future will require human staff to oversee maintenance and monitor and analyse data from the factory floor to maximise productivity.

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Engineering Design Show CAE software expert EPLAN will be presenting EPLAN Cogineer, its new groundbreaking configuration-based design software at Engineering Design Show which will take place on the 18th and 19th October 2017 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to evaluate EPLAN Cogineer and other EPLAN software packages suitable for all design applications on stand C50, where they will also have the opportunity to discuss their own specific requirements with EPLAN’s experienced engineers.

Visitors to the EPLAN stand will be able to see firsthand the capabilities of EPLAN Cogineer through live demonstrations. And, for those who want to ‘test-drive’ Cogineer, EPLAN will be making available booths for one-on-one trial sessions and demonstrations.

EPLAN Cogineer is an innovative configuration-based automation software package, which simplifies the move to automated working methods. It enables design engineers to generate electrical and fluid schematics at the push of a button – without the need for expert knowledge, specialist programming ability or extensive training. Intuitive, flexible and easy to use, EPLAN Cogineer is an ideal foundation for design workflow, irrespective of whether a functionbased or machine-based approach is adopted.

At the show, EPLAN will also be highlighting the Siemens TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal, the latest version of which was launched in August 2017. EPLAN will have its very own new interface to the Siemens TIA portal, which provides a fully integrated engineering framework for all automation tasks.

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September 2017

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How drylin linear technology will benefit your next application drylin linear technology spans many different configurations and options for every application, from simple pick-andplace machines to high-tech 3D printers. This week’s video provides viewers with a quick overview of what’s available in the range and explains why engineers are choosing igus linear technology over another.

Industrial linear motion systems often feature recirculating ball bearings, which require very careful installation, set-up and periodic maintenance. Lubrication with oil or grease is also essential, which contributes to them not coping well in environments where contamination via ingress of dust or dirt is a hazard. drylin linear technology, on the other hand, uses plastic plain bearings that are dry-running and self-lubricating, and therefore run maintenance free. In applications where strict hygiene standards apply, such as in the food and packaging and pharmaceutical industries, the absence of lubrication is also a key benefit. Line, surface or room gantry linear robots deliver scalable, flexible, reliable and quiet linear motion through one, two or three axes. Engineers can use igus online tools to specify their application requirements and to configure


combinations of complete linear robotic systems, including motors, drives, initiators, supply cables, limit switches and mounting components. igus drylin linear technology has been extensively application tested at its 2,750m² test facility in Cologne, the industry’s largest and most advanced facility for testing motion plastics. To watch the video, which provides an overview of the drylin technology range, please visit: To find out more information about the drylin linear technology range, please visit or call igus directly on 01604 677240.

September 2017

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September 2017

Keeping chemicals safe

Cory Riverside Energy is a waste to energy plant to the East of London. With a population approaching nine million people, London has an incredible appetite for energy. Keeping the lights on in the face of increasing demand is one of the major challenges facing the city today. It produces around 22 million tonnes of waste every year. Or, to put it another way, enough to fill the largest skyscraper at Canary Wharf every eight days. At this site they utilise this waste to help provide London with a safe, secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply, which also makes great environmental sense. The site at Belvedere uses these materials, that would otherwise have gone to landfill, as a feedstock to generate electricity. As one of the largest operations of its kind in the UK, this facility generates c.525,000 MWh of electricity each year from processing around 750,000 tonnes of waste. What’s more, they use the River Thames as a ‘green highway’ to move the waste from the centre of the city to the facility on their fleet of tugs and barges, removing around 100,000 truck movements a year off the UK capital’s congested roads.

Chemical storage on site The energy from waste combustion process presents many challenges, from bulk handling of the incoming waste streams to the careful monitoring and control of the outputs to the environment. At various stages chemicals are used on their purified water systems. These chemicals are stored in bulk storage tanks at strategic points across the plant, in one such area there are 4 polypropylene plastic chemical tanks containing Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda) 32% and Hydrochloric acid (32%) - each product utilising a ground floor bulk storage vessel and a smaller ‘day’ tank’ on an upper floor, used for the process-critical dosing and neutralisation. All tanks had been originally supplied fitted with low cost ‘back pressure’ level systems that failed due to corrosion and build up. With fumes and vapours escaping through the housings, they were unreliable, inaccurate and very unsafe.

Risks with chemicals To get the right sensor specification means it needs to be made of the right materials, sometimes needing expensive alloys and elastomer seals in the construction. During fitting or removal, both sensor and process will also require containment, isolation and decontamination, as well as comprehensive personal protection equipment ( i.e. COSSH regulations). This often results in mandatory closing off an area of the plant while any equipment installation or removal is taking place on the vessel. These necessary health and safety procedures incur extra safety risks and cost.


Cory Riverside Energy plant at Belvedere East London

When storing chemicals, especially those that are highly acid or alkali, they are generally highly toxic, corrosive substances that can leave residues and readily give off vapours and fumes. Any contact with, or release into the atmosphere can quickly create a very hazardous environment for personnel. At Cory, these chemical products require careful monitoring and accurate level measurement to remove any risk of overfill, and ensure the process has ample supply. “We wanted a new level system that would avoid any repeat of the issues with the original sensors, ideally eliminating process contact and any risks experienced with the previous technology.” Said the Cory instrument engineer. VEGA proposed to use contactless radar sensors mounted above and outside the vessels looking through the vessel top to measure the liquid level inside.

Contactless level measurement benefits When it comes to liquid level measurement of chemicals a sensor generally requires a process connection into the vessel to get its ‘sensing part’ to connect into the process - even when using a top mounted ‘non contact’ device - it could be a rod, cable or diaphragm. So, to be able to measure any process variable completely without contact provides many benefits; from longevity of operation, protection from chemicals and the process, along with the increased safety through reduction or complete elimination of exposure to harmful substances. Radar has quite a unique ability to measure the level of a liquid down right through an opaque plastic vessel top or window on a nozzle, completely from…


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September 2017

New Partnership With Global Steam Specialist Will Grow Support Services Industrial services provider ERIKS UK & Ireland has formed a strategic partnership with steam specialist TLV to expand its asset management, condition monitoring and support services. The partnership will allow ERIKS customers to benefit from TLV’s experience, as well as its portfolio of steam products. The company, which is headquartered in Japan, has been working with steam for over half a century and has acquired over 3,700 patents to date. TLV’s main priority is providing a holistic approach to steam system integration for its clients. ERIKS’ customers will now also be able to take full advantage of the company’s Steam System Optimisation Programme (SSOP), a three-phase evaluation of an entire system to improve safety, efficiency and productivity. ERIKS will also be able to recommend products from TLV’s extensive portfolio, such as the Cospect, which provides a compact, all-inone solution for steam systems. The Cospect is one of the few products available in the steam market that combines solid particle removal, steam separation, condensate removal and pressure reduction. ERIKS has a number of partnerships with specialist providers of industrial products and services, from sealing technology through to power transmission, gaskets and flow control. The new partnership with TLV will expand its support capabilities for the flow control portion of ERIKS’ business, providing customers with access to TLV’s risk-based analysis and Lloyd’s-approved testing systems.


Nigel Ord, General Manager of ERIKS UK & Ireland Flow Control business, said: “The direction of travel for ERIKS is to move beyond being simply a supplier to a business that can offer services across the entire life cycle of a piece of equipment, through specification, installation, repair, and operation. “Partnering with specialists such as TLV will enable us to leverage further knowledge and advice and to help support our customers looking to make the most of their steam systems, whether this be from an asset management or a condition monitoring perspective. This will also pave the way for ERIKS to build relationships with existing TLV customers, who may benefit from other products and services that we supply.” Michael Povey, General Manager of TLV UK, said: “Having worked with steam for over 60 years, TLV is well positioned to provide the support and guidance that ERIKS needs for the flow control portion of the business. This partnership is designed to be mutually beneficial, helping to raise our profile within the UK and showcasing our expertise and the benefits of our three-phase steam programme, as well as providing our clients with a range of other products and services offered through ERIKS.” For more information on ERIKS UK & Ireland, please visit

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Output Stability • Range spring’s 1.25” range of motion and turbulence- and vibration-dampening effect deliver outputs 4x more stable than torque tubes

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Structural Integrity • Range spring not susceptible to friction, eliminating wear • Enclosing tube is 0.09” thick, for robust, corrosion-resistant pressure boundary • Static pressure seal prevents fatigue failure

• Knife-edge bearings create friction as the displacer moves, inducing wear and tear • 0.01” thick enclosing tube prone to corrosion • Flexing torque tube serves as process pressure seal, promoting fatigue failure

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Adaptsys device programming system boosts productivity and flexibility for Action Circuits (UK) Limited An advanced automated programming system supplied by Adaptsys is boosting productivity and enhancing the flexibility of the device programming service offered by Action Circuits, one of the largest European providers of electronic device programming and reeling services. The BPM 3900 Universal Automated Programming System is the first of its type to be installed in Europe, and combines a programming speed of 100 Mbyte/s with the largest memory support in the industry: 256 Gbyte. Action Circuits (UK) Ltd., based in Luton, Bedfordshire, was formed in 1987, and has been specialising in device programming and reeling services since 1990. The company is continually investing in the latest hardware, and the decision to purchase a state-of-the-art automated programming system resulted from the changing landscape of the market for surface-mount programmable devices. Not only were production volumes increasing and devices shrinking, but the range and diversity of the programmable devices themselves was growing. “The increased throughput of small footprint devices coupled with the range of technologies and packaging types has increased dramatically”, says Martin Harvey, Commercial Director of Action Circuits (UK) Ltd.: “To be able to support all these devices with a single machine gives us several advantages - particularly a reduction in the number of systems, sites and sockets we require, which in turn saves money, simplifies our processes, reduces the need for training on different systems and cuts the size and space requirements.”


Action Circuits was already familiar with Adaptsys and the BPM Microsystems range of programmers: “We have considerable experience of the company’s technology and products, and the product they were offering meant that we could incorporate it seamlessly into our existing processes and work flows. In addition, they are always open to suggestions for improvements within their product range and subsequent software updates”, says Martin Harvey. Programming speed is very important and the fact that the BPM 3900 offers the highest speed of any universal programmer on the market ensures that the programming process is efficient and that Action Circuits can turn orders around more quickly. The system incorporates a new feature known as WhisperTeach with Auto-Z, which reduces setup time for precision placement of the industry’s smallest chip scale packages and removes reliance on the operator. The company was also able to use existing peripherals such as device feeders and programming sockets from existing handling platforms on new programming products, and could preserve the intellectual property created from working with other BPM Microsystems products. “To summarise, the key reason we chose this product was that no other automated programmer on the market offered the same universal support for all the device types that we needed to programme as well as the speed we needed”, says Martin Harvey. “It provides us with a constant and stable programming and SMT handling solution with the flexibility and high quality that is expected by, and delivered to, our own customers.” About Adaptsys Adaptsys is an innovative system solutions company that supplies the electronics and precision mechanical manufacturing industries. For 10 years, Adaptsys has distributed for the world’s leading names in device programmers, tape & reel and carrier tape. Adaptsys also offers a range of its own products, including custom tape and integrated programming systems. The company’s customers rely on its industry knowledge and technical support capabilities to help in finding solutions to their current and future production needs.

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