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January 2017

ODU-MAC® Modular Connectors ODU Connectors announce a major expansion of their ODU-MAC modular connector range – the result of technology transfer from their pedigree in military connectors – now incorporated into this industrial connector series. Three major variants provide the ultimate pick’n’mix - whether signals, current, data rates, air, or light waves – all can be incorporated.

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ELECTRONICS L I V E ! Redefining the Trade Show Experience What’s New in Electronics Live is open to everyone in the Electronics industry, it will serve as a platform for companies to display new products, to network, to exchange ideas and to re-connect. Opening up to people of all levels from academia to senior management, Engineers, Directors, CEO’s, Designers, Technicians, Programmers, Business Development Managers, Purchasers and Consultants from every aspect of the world of electronics. Supported by the industry hub website What’s New in Electronics - a totally unique concept giving the UK Electronics industry and those further afield an independent tool to engage with likeminded people. Formally National Electronics Week this newly branded event will return to The NEC from 9th – 10th May 2017 and will offer visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to network with key decision makers and industry experts over 2 days. Contact the team now to find out how What’s New in Electronics Live can compliment your annual marketing campaign and what benefits you get from being an exhibitor or visitor.

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How infrastructure robots can keep countries efficient Robots which can crawl in pipes, climb lamp posts, fly over power lines and traverse train tracks will be key to identifying and fixing infrastructure problems in the future, saving money and helping keep countries efficient and competitive.

Improving efficiency

Exactly how they do that and what the priorities should be are set to be the key themes of a challenge launched by the University of Leeds as part of the 2017 UK Robotics Week.

Speakers from the University’s team will be at the June event to explain their work, as will leading figures from industry and other institutions.

The University is inviting companies, academics and student groups to join a two-day event to share knowledge and identify the areas where robots could, or already do make a difference. By bringing key people together to examine options and celebrate examples of success, the organisers say a significant contribution can be made to the future direction of infrastructure robotics research and application. As part of the challenge, participants will be able to submit existing robots for judging by experts to highlight those where a specific role has already been conceived.

From fixing broken street lights to patching potholes, or identifying corroded utility pipes, the Leeds team believes robots stationed around cities could significantly improve our efficiency.

Full details of the two day event are still being finalised, but Professor Richardson says it will be a landmark in exploring how robots can help to support the structures and systems of future cities. “Keeping the world’s great cities competitive and open for business is one of the most important ways countries will grow in the future. By bringing knowledge from different sectors together with policymakers and stakeholders we will identify priorities and explore what is already being done to meet them. Further details about the UK Robotics Week Infrastructure Robotics Challenge at the University of Leeds are here.

The International Robotics Challenge event is due to take place in Leeds on 27-28 June next year. Participants can attend as delegates or as competitor teams which can submit robots for assessment and demonstrate their leading-edge work to peers and potential users.

Robotic fixers The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds the University’s £6.5m National Facility for Innovative Robotics Design. Its researchers including Professors Rob Richardson and Phil Purnell, and Dr Raul Fuentes are also leading a £4.2m project to develop robotics fixers of the future. Their vision is to create self-repairing cities, where robots are developed and programmed to fix many of the day-today problems which slow countries down. This vision is the driving force behind the University’s decision to host the UK Robotics Week’s challenge. By sharing ideas, opening up potential collaborations and exploring how robotics research can drive real world improvement, everyone involved in the sector can together make a difference.


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Upcoming funding opportunities from Innovate UK. We are the UK government’s innovation agency, we work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. We run funding competitions which can help you develop your idea and make it successful. Open programme

Technology solutions for society in India

Business can apply for a share of £15 million to support development of new products and services in any technology or industrial area.

UK businesses are invited to apply for a share of £1.6 million to work with Indian partners on healthcare and technology solutions in India.

Innovative ideas can come from any sector or technology area and at any time. So as well as our sector-focused funding programmes we have a programme open to all innovative businesses. Applications can be from any technology or sector.

Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million in this competition. Projects must provide solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India. The aim is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and India. Innovate UK and the Indian government are funding this competition which the Newton Fund will administer.

The Innovate UK open programme provides businesses with funding for an innovative idea. It can also help them access knowledge and skills from the UK research base. This will help them become more competitive. As with our sector-based competitions, our open programme supports innovation at various stages. It helps companies develop projects from proof of concept through to prototype development and demonstration. The open programme also helps businesses work with the research base. This will improve their ability to innovate and increase their competitiveness, through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Projects should address one or more of the following societal challenges: • clean technology • affordable healthcare • electronic system design and manufacture (ESDM) technology solutions for urban, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, disaster management and environmental challenges This competition is open now, the registration deadline is noon on Wednesday 15 February 2017 To find out more and apply click here

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Analysis for innovators Businesses can apply for a share of £6.5 million to work with world-leading organisations on solutions to analysis/measurement problems. Innovate UK, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), LGC (formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist) and NEL (formerly the National Engineering Laboratory) are to invest up to £6.5 million in innovation projects to improve business performance and productivity through the use of advanced analytical technologies. The aim of this 2-stage competition is to help companies overcome intractable product or process performance problems through advanced analytical technologies. Proposals should clearly outline the problem faced by the business. They should also show the value to the business of solving that problem, both in terms of financial and operational performance. The competition opens on 9 January 2017. You must apply before noon on 1 February 2017. To find out more and apply click here


Innovation in infrastructure systems Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to support projects to develop new integrated infrastructure solutions and business models. Innovate UK has up to £15 million to fund innovative projects in: • • • •

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The competition aims to stimulate innovation in the infrastructure that provides critical services for the economy, the environment and society. Infrastructure systems are vital to continued economic growth, competitiveness, productivity, environmental sustainability and social wellbeing. They also represent a huge market opportunity for UK businesses. There is £425 billion of planned public and private infrastructure investment in the UK between 2016 and 2021. Proposals could be in a number of areas: • smart infrastructure that improves functionality, capacity, productivity, resilience, and sustainability and reduces costs and risk of failure • smart solutions for energy systems • innovations in the civil nuclear market • reducing costs for offshore wind • improving efficiency in the transport network • holistic solutions to challenges in urban areas This competition opens on 16 January 2017, and the deadline for registration is at noon on 15 March 2017 To find out more and apply click here


January 2017

nanoDAQ The Ultimately Miniaturised Pressure Scanner

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

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Compact bidirectional data memory module Machine operators will profit from the fact that when a milling head is switched from one machine to another, all the identifying and usage data will be automatically copied and loaded from the milling head memory into the NC controller through a cable. When maintenance or repair work is needed, the service personnel can read out all the data from the memory chip on a PC or laptop and update it as needed. This gives the plant operator continual and transparent information about the current status of the milling head. Once again IO-Link proves to be a key technology for high-performance, space-saving Industry 4.0 concepts. http://www.balluff.co.uk BALLUFF GmbH Schurwaldstrasse Neuhausen a.d.F. IO-Link Memory module Balluff offers a compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces. The compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size and can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centers. This means the assemblies can carry their actual operating data along with them. With the following advantage: When a machine is changed, all the data such as the number of use


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January 2017

How to Specify the Best Flowmeter for your Application Titan Enterprises reports on a white paper written to assist design engineers looking to specify the best liquid flowmeter for their application. Choosing the best flowmeter for your application can be a daunting task as the optimal specification can vary considerably according to a wide range of operational parameters including pipe bore, flow path, liquid viscosity, particulate levels, measurement accuracy, measurement dynamic range, maintenance required and target purchase price. Drawing upon over 40 years of designing and supplying liquid flowmeters to meet stringent specifications – the engineering team at Titan Enterprises produced an informative and unbiased white paper that discusses the benefits, limitations and ease of applying different flowmeter technologies (differential pressure, turbine, propeller, positive displacement, vortex, ultrasonic, electromagnetic and mass flow measurement) to metering liquid flows. In addition the paper discusses the many elements that make up cost of ownership over and above the flowmeter purchase price that a design engineer should consider when specifying the best system for their application. To assist the specification process the paper includes an easy-to-use selection guide that takes 13 different application examples and charts them against 14 different types of flowmeter, highlighting the good, the bad, and the questionable techniques for each application. To download a copy of this white paper visit www.flowmeter.co.uk/PR2.php. To discuss the optimal liquid flowmeter for your application in more detail please contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 or sales@flowmeters.com. With over 40 years’ experience in flowmeter innovation and manufacture, Titan Enterprises philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 500,000 products into 40 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase rate of 95%.


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Microscopic Imaging of Large or Irregularly Shaped Samples ProZ focus stand with stereo microscope mounted

compound microscope head, the ProZ can be mounted onto a range of bases, or bolted straight onto an optical table. Coupled with other products from Prior Scientific’s ranges of motorized microscope components you can create a tailored flexible system optimised to suit your exact requirement. For example, a motorised focus block, and X-Y stage could be added – combined with a ProZ stand, Prior’s H112 stage, with a travel range of 300mm x 300mm, is ideal for allowing a large sample to be finely positioned in the X, Y and Z axis. For even greater precision in the Z axis, a motorised focusing block can be added to the system. The ProZ is also flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of illumination sources, including commercial microscope illumination bases. For further information on the ProZ motorised focus stand please visit www.prior-scientific. co.uk/Products/MicroscopeStands/ProZ-MotorizedXYZ-Stand-System.aspx or contact Prior Scientific on uksales@prior.com / +44-1223881711.

The ProZ motorised focus stand from Prior Scientific is the ideal solution for viewing and imaging of samples that may be too large, or irregularly shaped, to be fitted onto a standard microscope frame or stand, but still require high quality imaging. Offering a large travel range of 250mm and flexible mounting adapters, to mount most zoom, stereo and compound microscope heads means using the ProZ you are no longer restricted by the small focus travel of standard microscope frames and stands. Accommodating the optical head of high quality zoom, stereo and compound microscopes such as the Nikon AZ100, SMZ 25 and Ni, or the Olympus MVX10, SZX2 and BX models, the ProZ stand enables the imaging of samples that until now could not easily be analysed. The ProZ uniquely combines large focus travel movement with precise encoded resolution (0.25 µm). Designed to securely accommodate components up to 23 kg in weight, more than sufficient for a zoom, stereo or


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Ultrasonics more accurate than radar – its official There are many independently tested open channel flow measurement MCERTS devices on the market. These tests finally put an end to the age old argument of accuracy - It’s now official ultrasonics are more accurate than radar! MCERTS is the UK’s Monitoring Certification Scheme established by the Environment Agency (EA). The MCERTS certification promotes public confidence in monitoring equipment and provides a framework for choosing this type of equipment. It can be seen, from the certificates available on the EA’s website, that the top 7 devices (all Class 1) are all ultrasonic technology and that radar appears first at number 8 (Class 2).


As these devices have all been subjected to the same vigorous independent testing, including solar radiation - which is a key element, there is no argument that ultrasonics are the more accurate technology than radar for open channel flow measurement. One supplier of these ultrasonic MCERTs certified products is Pulsar Process Measurement Ltd. Pulsar has actively supported the MCERTS flow meter scheme from its initiation and since their first product submission in 2009, have held the title of ‘Most Accurate MCERTS device’. A further 7 years later, Pulsar has installed 1000s of MCERTS systems within the UK and now has 3 product offerings – all Class 1. With 0.044% accuracy (MCERTS

As the industry has developed, Pulsar has been committed to developing and pushing boundaries – resulting in recently adding a further MCERTS Class 1 certified product to their product offering. A cost effective ultrasonic device incorporating a FlowCERT Lite and dB3 with twin sunshields and internal temperature compensation (0.193% accuracy MCERTS certified) – reducing the need and costs involved with an external temperature compensation sensor. Pulsar has a wealth of experience within the water and wastewaster industry and as they approach their 20th anniversary, Alistair MacKinnon said: “It’s pleasing to see ultrasonics are more accurate than other technologies and has been proven from independent tests rather than hearsay. We continue to create innovative products for the worldwide water/wastewater industry and are also keen to provide the best accuracy possible.”

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New IP65 compression latch/ lock from FDB Panel Fittings The new Dirak 6-500 compression latch from FDB Panel Fittings is a novel cylinder lock design to IP65 which makes light work of gasket clamping over the extended range of 20mm. This makes it ideal for large doors with soft gaskets. It is also vibration resistant, so, in addition to public access areas, it is suited to transport or other vibration prone environments such as gensets. The 6-500 is installed with through door fixings with no protruding handle or knob, and may be fitted with an external protective lock cover. It is particularly suited to rod locking systems where it may also be used in a horizontal orientation. FDB Panel Fittings and sister company FDB Electrical share their online shopping website at www.fdbonline.co.uk. Further information on FDB products and services may be found at: www.fdb.co.uk. Find the latest information and news on the FDB blog – www.fdbnews.co.uk, or follow them on twitter: www.twitter.com/fdbpanelfitting - also see www.youtube.com/fdbpanelfittings.

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Belden Industrial Cellular Router Delivers Reliable, High-Speed Wireless Connectivity OWL LTE M12 Cellular Router Meets Transportation Industry’s High-Bandwidth and Remote Access Needs Venlo, The Netherlands - December 13, 2016 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced the new OWL LTE M12 industrial cellular router, designed to address the high-speed wireless connectivity needs of railway and public transportation applications. “Today’s passengers have high expectations while traveling by train, subway or bus – from free WiFi to instant travel updates. To meet these expectations, while also achieving the overall transportation system’s networking needs – rail vehicle manufacturers are faced with delivering fast, reliable wireless connectivity,” said Khachig Arjinian, product manager at Belden. “Our OWL LTE M12 cellular router uses high-speed cellular technologies and embedded GPS functionality to provide wireless connectivity, onboard internet and remote


access solutions.” With a rugged, vibration-proof design and its adherence to many standards and approvals, the OWL LTE M12 industrial cellular router offers specific value for the railway and public transportation sectors by transferring voice, video and data at high speeds. Its feature set makes it useful in mobile applications too, such as on robots or cranes, where exposure to the elements or heavy vibration is common. “Reliable wireless connectivity also helps the transportation industry maintain networks and manage alarms remotely. Now, you can easily access the diagnostics data you need to make informed, realtime business decisions – all from a central office location. This helps operators save time and money,” added Arjinian. The feature-rich OWL LTE M12 device is easy to install and customize, even with minimal product knowledge. It provides fast, reliable wireless through

high-speed cellular technologies, including LTE, UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. As an early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows industrial IT and delivers the next generation of industrial networking solutions, including wired, wireless and embedded products. With its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – Belden helps companies minimize downtime and take advantage of the realtime data access and control made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through a seamless, secure and scalable industrial Ethernet infrastructure, companies are equipped to revolutionize their operations and achieve improved efficiency, productivity and agility. Visit www.belden.com/products/ industrialnetworking/index.cfm to learn more.

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MKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Accumulating Pallet Recirculation System used by Leading German Appliance Manufacturer The accumulating pallet recirculation system SPU 2040 enables cost-effective and dynamic feeding, buffering, positioning and separating of workpiece pallets (WT). In this application the SPU provided the perfect solution for transporting the housing of dishwashers for a leading German white goods manufacturer. When linking multiple cycle or changeover times the SPU 2040 allows a countercyclical operation with automatic recirculation of the workpiece. A flat top chain carries the workpieces on the WT to the assembly plant. After removal of the workpieces the empty pallets are safely carried over the return roller and then conveyed back on the underside of the conveyor. They are then once again available at the starting point of the conveyor waiting to be loaded with new workpieces. A second conveying level and devices for lifting and lowering with complex control elements are no longer required. No additional manual or automated loading of pallets in necessary either. In this particular application the SPU will equalise and buffer each dishwasher housing carrier between two machines through the process of becoming a welded unit and a fully assembled unit. There is also a requirement to stop the carriers for optical inspections via image processing and for mounting further components. Although the SPU is available as both a single and dual lane solution, due to the size of the dishwasher housing (approximately 800 x 600 x 400mm) a double lane solution was provided in this instance. Additionally the carriers consist of two parts, to ensure navigation around the return roller. The SPU 2040 is very compact in comparison with other systems on the market so meant low space requirements for this appliance manufacturer. It also offers the benefit of good ergonomic properties for workers who place or remove the dishwasher housing from the system. Due to the proven mk modular design the SPU 2040 is adjustable so can be further enhanced or adapted as the white goods manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production requirements grow or need adapting. To find out more please visit: www.mkprofiles.co.uk, call (01949) 823751 or email info@mkprofiles.co.uk.


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January 2017

InnovatIve solutIons from HepcomotIon at soutHern manufacturIng

HepcoMotion, the linear motion specialist, will be exhibiting its solutions for moving applications at this year’s Southern Manufacturing on the 21st-23rd March 2017 at FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6XL. Catering for an array of industries, including food, automotive and aerospace to name but a few, Hepco’s innovative range of products can meet practically any requirement from linear to circular, and heavy duty to XYZ systems. Key products on the stand include the highly-regarded HepcoMotion Guidance System for the Beckhoff XTS (eXtended Transport System). This solution utilises Hepco’s  PRT2  and  1-Trak  guidance systems to work with Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear system to meet the needs of higher duty XTS applications where motion profiles and longterm durability requirements are particularly demanding.  The combination of technologies from market leaders Beckhoff and Hepco provides users with a robust, high production and flexible solution that will revolutionise production processes in many manufacturing applications.  This system is ideally


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and pharmaceutical industries to name but a few. Visitors will be able to see Hepco’s DTS system in action with an Omron Delta robot. The ‘spider like’ robot will be picking up chocolate bars and, at speed, moving them to the other side of the Hepco will also be showcasing its track system - demonstrating how core V guide linear system: GV3.  the two leading technologies can be GV3 is designed to serve a diverse combined to reduce process time range of automation and linear and increase efficiency. applications and is suitable for a wide variety of environments from clean Hepco is well known for its V guide rooms to hostile conditions.  Highly technology - a unique wiping action accurate, GV3 is particularly suitable that expels debris from the rail, for high precision applications in the keeping machines running and medical and scientific industries, or reliable. Hepco has been leading the any application where accuracy is development of V Guide technology paramount.  One of the quietest linear since 1969 and continues to develop systems on the market, GV3 offers innovative linear products that offer high speeds of up to eight meters per new solutions to design engineers. second. Hepco’s experienced team will be Further products on the stand include on the stand to provide visitors with the DTS2 driven track system – an practical advice and guidance on ideal choice for a food or packaging selecting Hepco products for their application that requires high specific applications. Hepco looks positional accuracy and a demanding forward to meeting visitors on the duty cycle.  Widely used to facilitate 21st-23rd March on stand P26 at high speed automation of assembly FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 processes, the DTS2 is popular in a 6XL. number of industries including the packaging, automotive, electronics

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Events Preview 2017

January 2017

New dates announced for Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems 2018 One of Scotland’s most popular trade shows, the next edition of biennial trade show Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems will take place on 4-5 July 2018.

For more information visit www.instrumentation.co.uk and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @ISOSExhibition

Located at the heart of the offshore industry in Aberdeen, this biennial exhibition brings together the many companies that supply products and services specific to the offshore sector. The event also focuses on test, measurement and control equipment for North East Scotland’s other key industries, including processing, power generation, paper, distilling, water and waste, marine engineering and more. The 2018 show will be the 13th edition of this long-running event for the offshore industry. This is testament to its enduring appeal and continued relevance for its visitors, who attend to source new products and services, identify the latest innovations in test, measurement and control equipment and to develop their expertise in processing, power generation, paper, distilling, water and waste or marine engineering. For 2018, the show has been moved from the end of August, and will take place on the 4-5 July. Kathryn Ambrose, publishing and event director explains the change in date: “The 2018 edition of Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems will once again provide visitors and exhibitors with an excellent opportunity to network within their own region, as well as the chance to understand each other’s requirements and needs. The new dates will avoid conflicts such as school holidays to ensure maximum footfall at the event.”

meetings with new and existing customers and suppliers. Previous exhibitors include Beamex, Berthold Technologies, BLH Nobel, ESI Technology, Fischer Connectors, Green Hills Software, Hitex, IndustrialComms, InfraTec Infrared, Isothermal Technology, Jumo Instruments, Lee Spring, Michell Instruments, Miland Associates, Nikon Metrology, PCN Europe, PR electronics, Product Technology Partners, Profibus, Rivertrace Engineering, Shawcity, Sullivan and Sons, Swagelok Scotland and more.

Neil Mead, managing editor of the Industrial Division at organiser Datateam Business Media added: “Following feedback from the industry, the new dates for the show have been selected to fit seamlessly into the calendar of both exhibitors and visitors in the sector. The Industrial Division at Datateam is anticipating hosting another Located at the state-of-the-art Aberdeen Exhibition and successful and ground-breaking show for the offshore Conference Centre (AECC) in the North East of Scotland, the sector.” show is ideally situated to cater for the offshore market. The AECC and the historic city of Aberdeen are very accessible, Pre-registration and attendance is free, and visitors to the with great transport links from road, rail, air and sea, as well show can expect to see the latest products, technology as some of Scotland’s finest scenery and heritage. The AECC and solutions from market-leading suppliers, as well as also has extensive parking facilities, and free WIFI access to receive advice on affordable and efficient solutions. What’s ensure you make the most of your time at the show and to more, the exhibition will feature a free Technical Seminar minimise the impact of a day out of the office. programme, with CPD-accredited contributions from notable industry experts covering topics that impact on a The show will benefit from organiser Datateam Business working day in the field. Media’s dedicated marketing team, which will levy its print, online and social platforms to attract those who have specific The targeted and relevant list of exhibiting companies problems to solve; are looking for new suppliers; wish to means that Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems meet existing suppliers or simply want to update their product 2018 will be the perfect opportunity to hold face-face knowledge.


January 2017

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ow in its 8th year, the annual Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition is firmly established as the UK’s only focused industrial sensors event for the test, measurement and control sectors. And with sensors at the heart of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, this show provides a great opportunity for exhibitors to discuss the latest developments with the many new customers looking for the perfect solution for their increasingly diverse applications. Can you afford to miss it? industry trends and hot topics Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 will take • ‘Innovation Showcase’, a special display area within the show floor place at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday for exhibitors, seminar speakers and industry leading companies to 26th and Wednesday 27th September demonstrate their latest innovations 2017. It is co-located with Micro Nano MEMs, TCT, Interplas and the PPMA Show, making it part of 2017’s largest group of Commenting on role the show plays in advancing the industry, managing editor, Neil Mead says: “Sensors & Instrumentation reinforces just how industrial trade shows. important instrumentation is for the design and implementation of measuring, monitoring and actuation systems. Highlights include: • A dedicated exhibition of the latest products, technology and solutions from market-leading suppliers • A focused technical seminar programme with presentations from leading suppliers in the test, measurement and control industry • The Machine Building, Automation and Industry 4.0 Zone, focusing on current

The show also covers data acquisition and processing, which, as Neil says, “now plays a major role in many technological areas, including certification, control and information.” Besides a great line-up of exhibitors showcasing all of the latest products and solutions will be another lively and informative seminar programme, the full CPD accredited programme for which will be announced in August. Companies and individuals interested in speaking at the event are invited to submit a short synopsis online at sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk for consideration. Neil says: “We are looking for really outstanding speakers to present on everything from new legislation to changing trends, manufacturing challenges and product application. Whether you are a buyer, specifier, designer, engineer or technician, our aim is to create a wide ranging programme designed to add value to your visit,” says Neil. Event director Kathy Ambrose comments: “Sensors & Instrumentation has grown year-on-year in terms of both visitor and exhibitor numbers. With the introduction of new feature areas and CPD accredited seminar programmes, it offers visitors the perfect environment in which to make the right buying decisions and exhibitors the right platform from which to deliver them.” For more information visit www.sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk


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January 2017

Transformation and flexibility top themes for Utility Week Live Transformation and flexibility are the two headline themes of Utility Week Live, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 May 2017 bigger and better than ever. Today’s utilities need to rise to the challenges of changing models of consumption and competition, the demands of sustainability and extreme weather, and political and economic upheaval: all these require a new approach from the essential businesses delivering water, gas and electricity to UK homes and businesses. Transformation and flexibility are therefore not optional for utilities, but the key to survival and success. Utility Week Live 2017 will bring together these businesses with their supply chains and wider stakeholders to explore the new models of thinking and operating that are demanded by this challenging environment. With last year’s show featuring more than 100 speakers, 150 exhibitors and 3,000 delegates, the 2017 version promises to grow this still further. The pan-utility keynote conference will feature top utility leaders debating themes including resilience and decision-making amid uncertainty (including the potential impact of Brexit), skills, sustainability and new business models. ‘Meet the regulator’ and ‘meet the buyer’ sessions will give delegates the chance to pose questions to Ofgem and Ofwat, and for utilities to engage with major energy and water users. Meanwhile, seminar sessions will once again take place in individual theatres on the show floor dedicated to Water and Energy, and there will be a new Customer Theatre for retail and customer-focussed topics. Essential show features include the Innovation Zone (organised in partnership with the Energy Innovation Council); the Drilling & Tapping competition, including the World Water Cup (in partnership with the Institute of Water), the Streetworks Village, the Network Zone and the Outdoor Demonstration Zone. To mark the opening of the non-household retail market for water we will also be introducing the Water Retail Pavilion (co-hosted with our sister show edie Live), where water retailers can meet the major business buyers of water. “After the success of last year, I am extremely excited to announce that Utility Week Live 2017 has launched,” said Amanda Barnes, Chief Executive of Utility Week Live. “It is a great opportunity for the multibillion pound UK utilities industry to gather over two lively days of networking and come face-to-face with the key decision makers across the gas, electricity and water sectors.” The Utility Week Live exhibition, technical seminars and keynote plenary sessions are all free to attend, while a paid ticket will be required to gain access to the keynote conference and panel discussions. www.utilityweeklive.co.uk 28|

December 2016

IFSEC and FIREX International will once again welcome thousands of fire and security professionals from across the supply chain to ExCeL London in 2017. From 20-22 June IFSEC, Europe’s largest security exhibition, will feature the biggest and most innovative suppliers of security technologies, networking opportunities with the entire security buying chain and education across four theatres. Exhibitors specialising in everything from access control, video surveillance and intrusion detection to gates and bollards as well as smart buildings and home automation, will include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Axis Communications Bosch Genetec Hikvision IDIS Europe TDSi Maxxess Systems Raytec Vanderbilt Industries Veracity And countless more…

The Drone Zone, which will showcase live demonstrations of the latest drones, will return for a second appearance after its successful 2016 launch. Brand new for 2017 is IFSEC Borders & Infrastructure, a “show within a show” dedicated to border security, counter-terror and the protection of critical national infrastructure.

The new area will feature products and content aimed at central and local government; transport and utilities; sports stadia and events; logistics; and border security and law enforcement. Championing an underappreciated discipline and recognising a crisislevel skills gap in UK engineering, IFSEC will once again feature the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. Dozens of young engineers will compete against one another in a 90-minute installation challenge, identifying faults and recommissioning and recalibrating the system accordingly. World-class education will be delivered by some of the biggest, most authoritative names in the industry. The Security Management Theatre is pitched mainly at heads of security, security buyers and operators of security systems, while the Installer Theatre is targeted at installers, integrators and engineers, with topics spanning health and safety, regulations and cyber security. The Smart Theatre, meanwhile, focuses on smart buildings, home automation and the internet of things. The always popular Tavcom Training Theatre will once again feature practical how-to sessions for installers, systems designers,

technical support personnel and end users. IFSEC International has the support of numerous major associations, including ASIS, ASC, BRE, BSIA, CoLCPA, DHF, ECA, FSA, NAHS, NSI, Security Institute, SSAIB, LPCB, IPSA, ISIO, ISMI and London First. IFSEC is co-located with FIREX International, which will feature the latest fire-safety education and products such as fire doors, fire alarms and fire extinguishers. The ASFP Passive Protection Zone will be a star attraction at FIREX, offering advice, products, services and best practice in relation to ‘built-in’ fire protection. The fourth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference, which runs for the duration of FIREX, will be dedicated to design and fire engineering in tall buildings on Tuesday 20 June. Recognised by the Institution of Fire Engineers, the conference will cover case studies, fire-risk management and firefighting in relation to tall building fires. To find out more about IFSEC and FIREX 2017 and to register to attend (for free), visit www.ifsec.events and www.firex.co.uk.

January 2016

Save The Date Welcome to 2017, the team at What’s New in Electronics want to wish everyone a very successful and prosperous 2017 – they are confident that they have just the thing to help your business improve and flourish over the next 12 months. So save these dates in your diary now – 9th – 10th May – NEC Birmingham. The all new, ‘What’s New in Electronics Live Expo’ will be running from 9th – 10th May at The NEC in Birmingham and offers a refreshing mix of exhibition stands, live features, seminar programmes, live debates and forums. If you are in Electronics then this is a must attend event. Register now free via the website www.wnie.co.uk/live and benefit from FREE onsite Parking, FREE Wifi and the opportunity to network with industry specialists and professionals. What’s New in Electronics Live is the only event in the UK that offers a platform to everyone and everything in electronics. Bringing the latest technologies and advancements from companies Live and allowing companies to display new products, network, learn, exchange new ideas, engage, interact and reconnect. This year the Expo welcomes back the ever popular IPC Hand Soldering Competition in association with Advanced Rework Technology, it will have even more technical content and free seminars than in previous years, PLUS it will be the home of EMC UK which will have a dedicated village within the Expo and host a separate conference which will cover the hot topics in compliance. The 2 days of the Expo will allow visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to network with key decision makers


and build strong business relationships. With the latest technologies on show from leading global electronics companies, this event will deliver a professional platform to source new products and services, improving your businesses capabilities. Register now at www.wnie.co.uk/live What’s New in Electronics Live will return to The NEC in its centrally located venue as it has great access for all via road, rail and air. Plus, with the new Resorts World facility onsite, the trade show networking can continue as customers can now stay onsite in a choice of hotels and enjoy the wide range of restaurants, bars, cinema and casino after the show. With the rebranded, new look Expo supported by the new industry hub www.wnie.co.uk the team know that they are delivering unrivalled visitor engagement across multiple platforms. Visitors also benefit with a host of free things including Free Parking, Free Wifi and Free Entry. To find out more about getting involved contact the team at info@wnie.co.uk or call + 44 1428 609 382.




SAVE T HE DATE What’s New in Electronics Live is open to everyone in the Electronics industry, serving as a platform for companies to display new products, to network, to

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January 2017 “IoT is set to revolutionise the way that modern maintenance engineers go about their daily tasks and it’s important that this trend features prominently at the show.” Confirmed speakers include Steve Brambley, a director at Gambica, the trade association for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology in the UK, who will speak about smart maintenance, focusing on how the industrial base can get involved with IoT demonstration efforts. Professor Rajkumar Roy, director of Through-life Engineering Services Centre, Operations Excellence Institute at Cranfield University, will speak on how digital technologies will underpin the concept of continuous maintenance, focusing at the foundations and technologies required to offer such service.

Maintec 2017 will discuss how the Internet of Things will change the face of Maintenance Engineering The digitisation of manufacturing and the transformation in the way that products are serviced through the Internet of Things (IoT) are just some of the forward-looking trends that will be discussed at Maintec 2017, the UK’s leading maintenance and asset management show. The event takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 21-23 March, and will also be accompanied by a wide-ranging educational programme, featuring global perspectives on topics such as predictive maintenance and remote monitoring. IoT will be a dominant theme at the show. The fitting of myriad equipment with sensors, and the ability to collect, transmit and interpret data in real-time, is enabling improved connectivity across industrial environments. It will provide companies with far better visibility of their assets, bringing the potential for smarter factories based on preventative maintenance methodologies.


“The move towards predictive methodologies means the maintenance role will become less about how quickly employees can fix assets, and much more about preventing equipment from failing in the first place,” says Lee Hibbert, industry analyst and content curator for Maintec 2017. Maintec will also focus on how IoT will transform the way that equipment is monitored and repaired out in the field. For maintenance professionals, the increased connectivity will prompt the use of new technologies such as augmented reality and wearable devices, changing the way they perform their daily roles, and moving them up hierarchical structures. These are also some of the topics, which are included in the extensive conference program accompanying the event. “We felt it was important to increase the educational aspect of Maintec to reflect the rapid pace of technological change in the industrial sector,” says Tim Else, Event Director.

Meanwhile, Cyril Deschanel, head of IoT in Northern Europe for Vodafone, will discuss the role of IoT-enabled technologies in supporting reliable preventative maintenance programmes, while Chris Mitchell, principal consultant at US-software giant PTC will look at how augmented reality and wearable technology will change the way that factory equipment is maintained. In addition to the conference activities, the exhibition halls at Maintec also promise to be packed full of clever companies showcasing interesting technology. Maintec 2017 is expected to feature more than 100 exhibitors, covering a wide range of sectors including electric motors, pumps, lubricants, hydraulic equipment, vibration analysis software and safety products. There will also be interactive demonstration areas, where visitors can view machinery and safety equipment in operation. The show is expected to attract more than 5,000 delegates from leading companies. Maintec 2016, for instance, had visitors from blue-chip companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Robert Bosch. To register to your interest in attending Maintec 2017, please visit www.maintec.co.uk For more information: Contact Ines Astrug at Technical Publicity on 01582 390980 or email IAstrug@technical-group.com.

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January 2017

GTMA – TIME FOR ACTION IN A TIME OF CHANGE NEW STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT MEMBERS ACROSS THE SECTORS GTMA is developing a range of strategies to broaden its support for UK manufacturing and engineering supply chains. They include collaborations with other UK manufacturing organisations as well as international events and initiatives to widen opportunities for GTMA supplier members in sectors including automotive, aerospace, rail, medical and energy. “In a time of change it is important that we look outwards as well as at our traditional business base,” said CEO Julia Moore. “My focus is to make sure we know where the opportunities are and to help GTMA suppliers take advantage of them – wherever they are. “We are establishing links both in the UK and overseas to open doors to other markets.”

Our strategy is to continue to work hard to support the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chains develop new international connections through our GTMA website.

If you are thinking of expanding your business into overseas markets then look no further – the GTMA International Business Hub will be launching in early 2017. A focused resource for engineering and manufacturing companies, the International Hub will provide information and practical assistance with exporting products and services, and creating valuable international partnerships. The strategy continues to evolve with the European Automotive Technology Roadshow visiting OEMs in the UK and Germany as well as our Manufacturing Solutions Ireland Roadshow to Limerick and the Brazil Business Hub. If you are interested in further information please contact GTMA on 0121 392 8994



January 2016

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Manufacturing Solutions

Ireland 2017

Speakers From Siemens Manufacturing, Stryker Medical

Wednesday, 24th May 2017 8.30am to 4pm Limerick Institute Of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland Telephone No: +353-61-293000 What you will find at Manufacturing Solutions 2017 Products/services covered include: Metrology Inspection Tooling Technologies Mould & Die Support Machine Tools Workholding Cutting Tools CAD/CAM/ PLM Manufacturing software And much more

Manufacturing Solutions Supported By

About LIT

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institute of higher education in Limerick, a modern urban city in the Mid-West region of Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology, Ireland (IOTI). LIT is the fourth largest IOT in Ireland, with more than 6000 full time and part time students and 500 staff. The Institute has five campuses and a learning centre across Limerick city, Tipperary and Clare. The main campus is located at Moylish Park, with two city centre campuses in Clare Street and Georges Quay in Limerick city. LIT in Tipperary is based in two campuses -Thurles and Clonmel. The LIT Ennis Learning Centre is based in the museum in Ennis town centre.


GTMA is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services. We have a committed strategy to focus on major market sector opportunities including Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Rail, Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewable, Food & Drink plus other sectors. Our work with OEMs and Tier 1s has seen initiatives to raise standards in our membership base which is now seen as a valuable resource for buyers building manufacturing supply chains.

Contact & Info

Limerick Institute Of Technology Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland. Telephone: +353- 61- 293000 For further information about the event please contact: Ciaran.Oloughlin@lit.ie or david@gtma.co.uk


For more information and to register for the show, please visit www.manufacturingsolutions.ie As we go to press we have only eight stands available at this event. To register to visit the Roadshow website www.manufacturingsolutions.ie




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January 2017 contractors, community groups, research consultants and universities. The high profile conference programme will focus on the key leadership, learning and engagement issues facing the industry today. Delegates will hear a broad range of global perspectives on innovation and best practice from over 150 speakers including:-

Registration Now Open for Engineers attending Flood and Coast 2017

Robin Campbell, Senior Engineer, Ove Arup

Lindsey Ions, Associate, Ardent Consulting Engineers

Brian Golding, Research Fellow, Met Office

Fola Ogunyoye, Technical Director, River, Deltas & Coasts, Royal HaskoningDHV

Paul Mackie, Strategic Development Manager, Coastal Partnership East (on secondment from Cambridge University)

Jonathan Walker, Science Programme Manager, Moors for the Future Partnership

Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy said “Pressures on our cities and all urban areas coupled with climate change, require us to look for innovative ways to increase resilience and sustainability. Here we are looking for different sectors to showcase their best examples and learn from one another so we can offer communities the resilient services they need.” Chrissy Mitchell of the Flood and Coast advisory committee added “with regard to infrastructure and cities, it is vitally important from an economic perspective, to integrate with wider partners in transport, communication, energy and be smart in our UK approach.” There are two parts to this event running side by side - a free exhibition and series of free-to -attend seminars, and an in depth technical conference, visitors may attend either or both. VIEW THE FULL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME The technical conference is an in-depth programme that will share ideas and solutions and learn from some of the most experienced professionals in the industry.

The conference programme for the Flood & Coast Conference & Exhibition is now complete and registration is open to all engineers that wish to take part or visit. Convened by the Environment Agency, Flood & Coast 2017 will tackle the big questions and challenges in flood and coastal erosion risk, resilience and response in a changing climate. The event will draw together the key stakeholders from the FCRM community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, utilities, emergency responders,


Delegate pass prices start at £195 (1 day) / £387 (3 day), which includes an early bird discount available until 30th December 2016 - FULL PRICING & REGISTER HERE FREE EXHIBITION AND SEMINARS It is free of charge to visit the exhibition with around 100 exhibitors and take part in the free ‘Seminar Live’ series in the seminar theatre on the exhibition floor. Flood & Coast 2017 exhibition and conference is the largest gathering of thought leadership for flood defence and coastal erosion in the UK. The event is sponsored by Van Oord, VBA, CH2M, Flood Modeller Suite, Aecom, HR Wallingford, Mackley, IBS Group.

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The UK’s largest gathering of Flood and Coastal Risk Management Professionals, led by the Environment Agency attendees include local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, emergency services, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, manufacturers, community groups, flood research consultants and universities.






For further information: Tel: 0330 088 1417 Email: info@floodandcoast.com www.floodandcoast.com



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January 2017

NEC to showcase technologies to meet growing rail demand

With headline-grabbing projects like HS2 and Crossrail, and transport infrastructure investment widely seen as an urgent priority, rail now occupies a prominent place in the UK’s political agenda. Passenger numbers continue to rise – journeys made on the national system increased by 15% in the last five years to 1.69 billion in 2015-16. This is leading to measures to squeeze more capacity out of the existing network as well as plans for new or reopened lines. Business opportunities generated by this expansion and enhancement of the system are a driving force behind the strong support being shown for next year’s Railtex exhibition in Birmingham. Covering every aspect of rail technology – from fixed assets such a civils, track and signalling to the complex rolling stock market, the thirteenth Railtex opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre from 9 to 11 May. Already, three-quarters of stand space at the event has been sold, with more than 280 companies demonstrating their need to be part of the country’s premier rail technology event. The list of exhibitors features prominent names supplying the UK rail market, including global firms Alstom Transport, Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens. Also taking part will be top UK and foreign companies, among them China’s CRRC Corp, Faiveley Transport, Knorr Bremse Rail UK, MTU Friedrichshafen, Stadler Rail, Unipart Dorman, Voith Turbo and Wabtec. The exhibitor list further reveals the broad scope of


Railtex – Bakerail Services, supplier of rail infrastructure systems and asset management, LPA Group, specialising in electromechanical systems, Mechan, manufacturer of depot and workshop equipment, Pfisterer, providing products for electrification, energy and telecoms cable company Prysmian Cables & Systems, and telent, specialist in communications and signalling technologies – these provide just a snapshot of the diverse capabilities of companies taking part. Check the latest list of exhibitors here! More than 7,400 engineers, managers and buyers attended Railtex 2015. Nearly 10% were foreign visitors, underlining the event’s international dimension: as well as providing an opportunity for firms to target the busy UK market, Railtex is also a showcase for British railway technology and expertise aimed at overseas customers. The exhibition additionally plays an important role in the exchange of knowledge and opinions through an extensive programme of keynote speeches, technical seminars by exhibiting companies, project updates and discussion forums. These will be open to all, and as usual, entry to the exhibition will be free for visitors who register in advance to attend. Place your company front-of-mind with new and existing customers by booking your stand today!

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Railtex is the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovations across all sectors of the rail supply market. Associated events include project updates, industry briefings and high-profile keynotes. Railtex brings together suppliers and buyers from all sectors of the industry. It will, once again, be the industry networking event of the year.

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January 2017

PowerBreaker – Relaunched, Refreshed, Revitalised! GreenBrook has relaunched its market leading brand of Powerbreaker RCDs by increasing the range to offer the most comprehensive selection of RCD safety products on the market. An informative new brochure detailing the range of 10mA, 30mA, Active & Passive products entitled “A Guide to Electrical Safety” is available now, along with a new website solely dedicated to this impressive range (www.powerbreaker.co.uk).

PowerBreaker were the first to create the RCD back in 1975 where we used our in-house expertise to produce the very first RCD to be totally housed within a 13A plug. Residual Current Devices are electrical devices which when incorporated into an electrical installation, will provide the highest degree of protection against the risks of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults.

The 17th Edition of Building Regulations recommends the use of RCD for sockets as well as for inside consumer units, but, despite this recommendation – there are still approximately 13 million homes in the UK that have no RCD protection at all. Approximately 10% of all fires are caused by electrical faults and many of these could be prevented by using RCDs.

RCDs are available in different variants, namely Passive or Active, and can be used for different applications. Many people are unaware of the differences between these two products and do not understand where best to use what! For Passive RCDs a typical application would be a refrigerator or freezer that would return to their regular mode of operation as soon as the power supply resumes normal operation. An active RCD is better used for electrical equipment such as hedgetrimmers or power tools where unexpected restarting of the equipment could present a danger to the user in a powercut situation.

PowerBreaker 10mA RCDs are super sensitive and are ideal for use in hospitals and nurseries or areas where you would find vulnerable people. The PowerBreaker 30mA RCDs trip at least 10 milliseconds faster than the BSEN standards require. PowerBreaker socket RCDs also offer MFBL (make first break last) technology, which is critical to avoid upstream RCD nuisance tripping at the consumer unit. PowerBreaker – anything else is a compromise… Available in all good wholesalers. www.powerbreaker.co.uk


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Higher Process Temperature Ratings for E3 Modulevel® Displacer Level Transmitter Magnetrol® International has now the E3 Modulevel® displacer level transmitter with an increased upper temperature rating. E3 MODULEVEL transmitters now handle process temperatures of up to +450 oC (+850 oF) for non-steam applications and +425 oC (+800 oF) for steam applications. This capability helps protect downstream equipment by providing accurate, reliable liquid and interface level control in extreme process conditions. Using linear variable differential transformer (LVDT)/range spring technology, E3 MODULEVEL transmitters offer outstanding output stability, structural integrity and ease of use. Vertical in-line design of the transmitter results in low instrument weight and simplified installation. For a technology overview of E3 MODULEVEL transmitters, visit e3modulevel.magnetrol.com


A SIMPLE GUIDE TO ROBOT SAFETY Industrial robots are automated moving devices with multiple axes. Motion paths, sequences and angles can be freely programmed and controlled by sensors. Robots can also be fitted with grippers and other tools, enabling them to manipulate objects and carry out production tasks. Robots are well suited to carry out many different automated tasks and make frequent changes to batches and products. Traditionally, the automotive industry has led the way to use robots on a large scale. However, if used without care, robots can be dangerous to humans. Back in 1961 when General Motors introduced the first industrial robot to its production line, humans were at high risk inside a robot’s work zone. Since that time, robot manufacturers such as FANUC have spent enormous effort and money to produce models with the best possible safety levels. As robots have become more refined, and applied across more industry sectors, mainly for heavy work, devices are used to monitor a robot’s surroundings, such as vision and force sensors that allow robots to see and feel what is around them. Using smart synthetic skins, scientists are even looking to endow future robots with a human-like sense of touch. Collaborative robots In recent years, collaborative robots (Cobots) have emerged: in contrast to traditional robots, which cannot operate in an operator-occupied workspace without safety fencing, these cage-free robots can work side by side with humans on shared or separate tasks. Although collaborative robots do not eliminate the need for workplace risk assessments, the increased adoption of peripheral safety devices is enabling robots and humans to work in close proximity of each other, eradicating the fear of interrupting production or worse, an accident. Cobots are equipped with force sensing to limit their power and force: in any situation they can feel or detect an abnormal force and stop their motion immediately. Although they still cannot avoid a crash, Cobots can reduce its impact and avoid certain types of incidents, like crushing accidents. This makes them safer to work

alongside humans. Dual Check Safety (DCS) Position Speed Check Dual Check Safety (DCS) Position/ Speed Check features check the speed and positional data of motors with two independent CPUs within the robot controller. These functions can detect any position and speed errors immediately and shut down the motors power. Safety data and processes are cross-checked by two CPUs. Self-diagnosis of safety hardware and software is executed periodically to prevent potential failure accumulation. The DCS position speed check software monitors allows safety zones to be quickly and easily designed: •

DCS Position Check ensures that the robot stays in the designated safe areas, with adaptive zones that allow for more compact cell layouts and which allow robots and humans to share a common space in a controlled way. DCS Speed Check monitors the speed of the robot to ensure safe operation. Using the inputs from devices such as floor scanners, the robot slows down to a safe speed, which is then safely monitored by the DCS function. If the robot goes over the monitored speed, the DCS function will stop the robot.

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January 2017

Binder all-plastic, snap-in, waterproof, modular connectors available from Foremost IP67 industrial and medical connectors - waterproof when not connected Foremost Electronics, the Essex based specialist distributor of electromechanical components, announces the availability of the Binder 620 and 720 sub-miniature and miniature all-plastic snap-in modular connectors.

The lightweight and compact NCC (non-connected closed) design features internal seals that provide protection to IP67 with excellent electrical characteristics. NCC connectors are designed to protect their contacts to IP67 when not connected without the need of a protective cap, removing the possibility of damage to cables and systems by moisture ingress. They are ideal for all types of portable equipment, control devices and other applications where it is required to make rapid or frequent set-up changes. The connectors have been designed to have an industry leading working life in excess of 5,000 mating cycles. The unique snap-in mating provides users with an extremely convenient and safe connect and disconnect action. Colour coded versions in blue, green and red are available, as are versions pre-moulded on PVC cable. Binder 620 and 720 connectors are suitable for industrial and instrumentation applications and a new RAL 9002 colour option makes them ideal for medical equipment and industrial devices that require light coloured connectors.

The 620 and 720 connectors are manufactured from a robust polyamide 66 material that offers excellent dimensional stability and rigidity and high levels of resistance to acetate and alcohol-based disinfectants. The new bright RAL 9002 grey/ white finish integrates very well with light coloured enclosures commonly found in medical equipment and aids visibility of any contamination or soiling when used for medical instrumentation. Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics, comments, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been supplying our customers with Binder connectors for many years. These new sub-miniature and miniature waterproof connectors will increase the markets we can address to include medical and end products which require colour-coordinated connectors which can be connected and disconnected frequently.â&#x20AC;? Foremost serve a wide number of diverse markets from industrial, instrumentation, audio/broadcast, rail, medical to education. Established in 1989, Foremost Electronics Ltd. are long established agents and distributors of electromechanical components including switches, connectors, cabinets, enclosures and handles, control knobs, thermal fuses and optoelectronics. Foremost are also a supplier of joysticks and controllers for both OEM and stand-alone applications and have specialist online stores for Rotary Switches, IP Joysticks and Electric Vehicle Connectors and Accessories www.enclosures4u.com For more information on the Binder 620 and 720 sub-miniature and miniature plastic connectors and all products available from Foremost Electronics call +44 (0)1371 811171, email sales@4most.co.uk or visit www.4most.co.uk.


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ODU-MACÂŽ MODULAR CONNECTORS Connection systems with modular designs The flexible modular design allows you to combine the most varied types of transfers within one connection. Whether signals, current, data rates, media such as air or liquid or light waves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all types of transfers can be selected from the kit and integrated into the individual connector solution. The mating options are just as versatile. There are many possibilities available for the widest range of applications in industry or medical technology: For example, installed in a stable frame for rack-and-panel applications or automatic docking, or also in a robust housing.


January 2017

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Based in Stockport, Reich Drive System UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dipl.-Ing. Herwarth Reich GmbH, headquartered in Bochum Germany. Expert in power transmission applications since 1946. For more than 65 years, REICH-KUPPLUNGEN has produced a wide range of torsionally flexible couplings.



All couplings are manufactured in our state of the art production facilities coupled with our In-house test benches and inspection facilities ensure that the couplings that are produced by REICH- KUPPLUNGEN are of the highest quality and used globally by many Blue Chip companies.

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January 2017

£10m paint shop investment for Coventry automotive supplier One of the West Midlands’ fastest growing automotive suppliers has given a post-Brexit vote boost to UK industry by announcing a new £10m investment designed to increase capacity. One of the West Midlands’ fastest growing automotive suppliers has given a post-Brexit vote boost to UK industry by announcing a new £10m investment designed to increase capacity. Brose UK, which employs 900 people at its two plants in Coventry, is in the process of installing a stateof-the-art paint shop that can e-coat more than 3.5 million seats every year. The announcement was made during a high-profile visit by the Group CEO Jürgen Otto and fellow board member Periklis Nassios, who is responsible for the seats division.

They viewed the early stages of the paint shop’s construction and met with staff from across the business. Due to be completed by August next year, the e-coat line brings an important process in-house that will improve scheduling of production and ensure all structures are finished to the highest quality standards. It is a move that will create an additional 30 jobs at Brose UK, taking the total number of people at its factories from about 500 in late 2014 to over 1000 by the end of 2017. “This is a massive show of faith in Coventry and confirms the group’s intention of giving us the technology and capability we need to take on and successfully deliver higher volumes for our UK customers,” explained Juergen Zahl, Managing Director.


“Having the paint shop in-house means we control our own destiny and can have a much more joinedup approach to assembly. “

“Coventry is very special to the Group, as it was one of the first locations to be launched outside of Germany almost 30 years ago. “

“The seat structures are also coated to such a high standard that they would be accepted by all of the major car manufacturers in the world.”

“The last decade has seen significant challenges, but the backing and financial support has always been there and our faith is now paying off with significant growth,” explained Jürgen Otto, CEO of Brose Group.

He continued: “2017 will see the launch of three new model platforms and will take the number of front and rear seats we produce annually to over 2 million for the first time in our 30-year history.” Over the last 12 months, Brose UK sales have increased by 25% to £195m and this has included new contracts to supply seats and window regulars to customers including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota.

He continued: “I am delighted to see how passionate everyone is about working at Brose and their desire to continually improve. “ “This investment in Coventry is part of the long-term strategy we pursue as a family company.” Over the last three years alone, Brose has invested more than £50m into its UK operation.

January 2017



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Specialist accountancy firm Finsbury Robinson have made significant efficiencies and streamlined their processes with the implementation of T Cards Online. Jamie Featherstone, Director comments, “The software is great, our accountants use it all the time and personally I love how simple it is. It has been really easy to implement and train the staff”.

With a broad range of services and a large client base it’s critical that Finsbury Robinson maintains complete control over work-inprogress, enabling directors and all stakeholders to check progress, even when away from the office. As users of the manual T Board for many years they appreciated the simplicity of a visual planning system. When they were looking to upgrade to an online/ software solution their criteria required that the system provide instant access, faster reporting and status information, minimised human-error and, crucially, provide the ability to check WIP when off-site. Jamie continued, “We agreed that we needed to upgrade to an online


workflow management system and looked at various options of accounting and non-specific software. However, these tended to be considerably more expensive (compared to T Cards Online) and offered little in additional functionality that was useful to us. Therefore, we decided to upgrade to T CARDS ONLINE, initially committing to a 4 user monthly subscription.”

What have been the key benefits of T Cards Online? Jamie elaborated “It all adds to helping us make better and more informed decisions. Directors can simply check on progress when working from home, we have the ability to produce quick basic reports, and have more accessible information about each job. The alarm functionality is particularly useful for reminders and encourages action when tasks are overdue”. Asked about what specific problems the online version has solved, Jamie confirmed, “The system itself has created accountability and traceability with the individual logs on each particular Job. The issues of lost information and

illegible handwriting have been eliminated, but more importantly we are less likely to miss deadlines, or have delays as the information is now available to all”. Based in Greenwich, whilst described as ‘accountants’, Finsbury Robinson provide a lot more services than just accountancy. Their wide range of clients, including engineering firms and other SME’s, rely on them for business plans, budgeting and forecasting, finance, funding and grants, HR services, tax planning, wills, estate planning, trusts and even web, SEO and graphic design. Offering this onestop shop approach generally appeals to smaller companies who find that outsourcing to the right partner, can be a cost-effective solution.  Finsbury Robinson is the latest company to benefit from the implementation of the T CARDS ONLINE workflow management system which has proven to be quite literally, a better way of keeping tabs on work-in-progress. www.tcardsonline.com

January 2017


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A food plant guide to obtaining PAS 110 Certification for anaerobic digestate By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers

‘PAS 110’: six characters which, depending on your point of view either strike terror into your heart or show the wider world, and customers in particular, the attention to detail and quality that lies behind your AD process and your digestate. What is PAS 110 and why should you consider it? Whatever your reaction, there is certainly no need for plant operators to be wary of the requirements of PAS 110. Achieving the voluntary standard can provide significant benefits – not least an increase in the value of digestate sales – and, contrary to some perceptions, the standard is not overly prescriptive. PAS 110 actually stands for Publicly Available Specification number 110. As it suggests, this means that unlike many British and International quality standards which must be purchased, it is available free of charge to anyone. Although there are a number of links available on the internet, to make sure you find the most up-to-date version, you should use the link on the WRAP website – visit www. wrap.org.uk and search for ‘PAS 110’. The standard was first published in 2010 by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the latest (second) version was updated in July 2014. When used in conjunction with the Quality Protocol for the production and use of anaerobic digestate it provides the best evidence of the safety and consistent quality of digestate produced by an AD plant, allowing it to be classified as an organic fertiliser product rather than a waste, and certified under the Biofertiliser


The DCS system has not only reduced the volume of digestate, but increased its agronomic value as well

Certification Scheme (BCS) Rules. This provides another potential income stream for AD plants using food waste as a feedstock, which can be increasingly important in the current economic climate. The scope of PAS 110 – Understand your feedstock A number of plants in the UK meet the requirements of the standard, including several which handle food and mixed organic waste. But before attempting to join them, it is important for an AD operator to understand what PAS 110 is, and is not. It is a voluntary industry-led specification designed to boost the market for digestate and act as a precursor for a potential full British Standard at some time in the future. It is not a statutory document and, as such, compliance with PAS 110 does not absolve plant operators and digestate producers from other legislative requirements, such as compliance with Animal By-Products (ABP) regulations and environmental permitting. The standard requires producers to have sufficient control processes and to undertake hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) planning through an appropriate quality management system (QMS). It also has specific definitions for different terms, including ‘catering waste’ and ‘source-segregated.’ Much of the standard is about ensuring that producers have the right management policies in place to prevent contamination and ensure the quality and safety of the end product. However, it is the requirement for pasteurisation which tends to scare off plant operators considering applying for PAS 110.

The role of pasteurisation The standard does not specify the type of pasteurisation to be used, or where in the process it should occur (i.e. treatment of feedstock before digestion or treatment of the digestate itself). It does provide some exemptions where pasteurisation is not required, such as where the plant is already covered by Animal By-Products Regulations, or where certain specified feedstocks arise within a holding where the digestate will be used exclusively. In terms of the actual pasteurisation requirements, PAS 110 specifies: ‘all digestates shall be produced by an AD process that includes: a) a pasteurization step capable of heating all material to at least 70 °C for one hour; or b) an equivalent alternative treatment validated for its efficacy at reducing a suitable plant pathogen indicator species.’ It can be seen from this that the reasons for pasteurisation are as much to protect agricultural soils and crops from the risk of spreading crop diseases and pests as they are about preserving human and animal health. This means that plant operators and their equipment suppliers have a large degree of flexibility about how and where to install a pasteurisation step. Reducing energy use and maximising efficiency As the temperature of material leaving the anaerobic digester is generally warmer than the feedstock entering it (typically around 35 ... read the full story here

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January 2017

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE? NO, JUST AGILITY. Autodeployment, or using a complex decision making algorithm to decide the best resource to carry out a piece of work without the need for human involvement, might sound like something from the future, but it’s available in the here and now. The healthcare sector is already benefiting from this technology; autodeployment has revolutionised the way that Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia works. Using Agility and the RTLS (Real Time Location System) they automatically deploy work to their support staff, AGV’s (Automatic Guided Vehicles) and other business systems. This has already seen benefits of significantly reducing administration and streamlining their workflow. ‘Real Time Location System’ might sound like a something from another dimension, and right now you may be thinking, “how on earth is this relevant to me?”. After all, the majority of existing factories and facilities will probably be struggling to get the most out of their existing assets and systems and in reality have very little or no new investment available. But even just based on the work we’ve done, the scope for including autodeployment as part of everyday working practises is massive. Simply by using Agility we can automatically deploy work to your team saving you time and money.


In fact, Agility will do this all for you quietly and cleverly in the background so you can just see the improvements and savings. Of course, there is some upfront investment of time to set up the system, but once this work’s been done, Agility is able to take over and automatically schedule work to your team based on their position, skill sets, the priority of the work being done and the urgency of the request. Agility can even break work down into prioritised separate sequential tasks, so tasks are allocated in priority order only on completion of the previous task. So something as simple as a leak can be dealt with in a sophisticated way; the priority is to make the area safe, the leak then needs investigating and fixing and finally the area cleaning down. This could involve multiple skill sets and individuals so rather than the cleaner hanging around and twiddling their thumbs for an hour, they receive their work request only when the leak is fixed. Everyone’s time is managed, workflow is streamlined, administration is reduced, time and money are saved regardless

of sector. But just pause for a second and take a further leap; think about the potential of using autodeployment with the Internet of Things (IoT) where sensors are capturing building, asset and environmental readings and information. These are then read and interpreted by intelligent systems such as Agility and actions are automatically triggered. That leak would be prevented as increased moisture levels would be detected by an IoT sensor, resulting in a job being autodeployed to a plumber. Autodeployment will be available in the next version of Agility launching early 2017, to sit alongside our already existing IoT capabilities. We’re on a very exciting journey with Agility, harnessing new technologies, streamlining workflow and bringing efficiencies to organisations. To find out more please contact us on 01924 200344 or visit www.softsolsgroup.com For immediate release. Contact: Kate Pullen kate. pullen@softsolsgroup.com

January 2017


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Belden Industrial Cellular Router Delivers Reliable, High-Speed Wireless Connectivity OWL LTE M12 Cellular Router Meets Transportation Industry’s HighBandwidth and Remote Access Needs Venlo, The Netherlands - December 13, 2016 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced the new OWL LTE M12 industrial cellular router, designed to address the high-speed wireless connectivity needs of railway and public transportation applications. “Today’s passengers have high expectations while traveling by train, subway or bus – from free WiFi to instant travel updates. To meet these expectations, while also achieving the overall transportation system’s networking needs – rail vehicle manufacturers are faced with delivering fast, reliable wireless connectivity,” said Khachig Arjinian, product manager at Belden. “Our OWL LTE M12 cellular router uses high-speed cellular technologies and embedded GPS functionality to provide wireless connectivity, onboard internet and remote access solutions.” With a rugged, vibration-proof design and its adherence to many standards and approvals, the OWL LTE M12 industrial cellular router offers specific value for the railway and


public transportation sectors by transferring voice, video and data at high speeds. Its feature set makes it useful in mobile applications too, such as on robots or cranes, where exposure to the elements or heavy vibration is common. “Reliable wireless connectivity also helps the transportation industry maintain networks and manage alarms remotely. Now, you can easily access the diagnostics data you need to make informed, real-time business decisions – all from a central office location. This helps operators save time and money,” added Arjinian. The feature-rich OWL LTE M12 device is easy to install and customize, even with minimal product knowledge. It provides fast, reliable wireless through high-speed cellular technologies, including LTE, UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. As an early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows industrial IT and delivers the next generation of industrial networking solutions, including wired, wireless and embedded products. With its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – Belden helps companies minimize downtime and take advantage of the real-time data access and control made possible by

the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through a seamless, secure and scalable industrial Ethernet infrastructure, companies are equipped to revolutionize their operations and achieve improved efficiency, productivity and agility. Visit www.belden.com/products/ industrialnetworking/index.cfm to learn more. About Belden Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com; follow us on Twitter: @BeldenInc.

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Modular plug-in connectors in snap-in frames User-friendly plug-in connectors need to be adapted to the application at hand easily and quickly. Phoenix Contact’s new Heavycon modular contact inserts for power, signals and data fulfill these requirements. The modules are snapped into the new snap-in frame and precisely aligned and fastened using holding springs. Connected modules can also be subsequently attached to a panel mounting base that is already installed. The five-pin power modules with push-in connection technology ensure simple and fast installation. The wire fitted with a ferrule is inserted directly into the contact chamber. RJ45 data modules for patch cables and RJ industrial plug-in connectors with Quickon quick connection technology are available for secure data transmission. Preassembled fiber optic cables with SC and LC contacts can be installed in the matching fiber optic modules. Rapid module installation in combination with optimised connection technology results in up to 40 percent time savings during installation. Various modules for signals, data, power, and pneumatics can be combined flexibly in a single frame. This way, Heavycon modular offers just the right plug-in connector for every application. For news updates from Phoenix Contact visit: Phoenix Contact Press Room – http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/phoenix-contact-uk Twitter - @phoenixcontactuk YouTube – Phoenix Contact UK Blog – www.phoenixcontact.co.uk/blog LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/phoenix-contact-uk


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