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ODU-MAC® Modular Connectors ODU-MAC ® Modular Connectors - three major variants provide the ultimate pick’n’mix - whether power [inc high-voltage & high-current], data/signals, coax, high-speed data, fibre-optics and other media such as air and fluids – all can be incorporated. ODU-MAC Silver-Line - the all-rounder for automatic docking - six different dockingframe types, each in customizable lengths, with multiple modules including 30 highspeed data options. Some customers have reported no failures in the docking-frame version of the ODU-MAC even after more than one million mating cycles. ODU-MAC White-Line - the option for manual mating - the same technical performance as SilverLine, but in a multiple choice of metal and plastic housings, with snap-in, spindle or lever locking. ODU-MAC Blue-Line - tool-free and clip-mounted – ideal for on-site assembly, with loading and unloading of the crimp contacts possible even after assembly and faulty clipping-in of modules prevented through mechanical and visual coding. See more at: Also featured this issue:

May 2017

‘Start your day right, start it with us!’ KELLER to sponsor ‘early bird’ complimentary breakfast at Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 Sensors & Instrumentation, the UK’s only national exhibition for sensors, instrumentation, test, measurement and control, returns to the NEC Birmingham on 26th and 27th September 2017, and visitors are invited to attend the show during its new opening hours, and to start their day right with a complimentary breakfast. To celebrate the show’s new location in the larger and more accessible Hall 1 – conveniently located at the NEC’s main entrance – doors will be opening at the earlier time of 9am, and each day as an ‘early bird’ reward the first 200 preregistered VIP visitors will be treated to a delicious breakfast sponsored by KELLER, which will provide the perfect start for a day of exploring the range of market leading exhibitors, exciting feature areas and attending CPD accredited seminars. KELLER, Europe’s leading manufacturer of isolated pressure transducers and transmitters, are delighted to be involved with this year’s show, with commercial director Mike Hole commenting: “KELLER is looking forward to welcoming all of

this year’s visitors and our sponsorship is a small token of how valued your presence is to us.” “KELLER has always participated in this event since the first show in 2010, it has become an important focal point for the sensor industry, attracting visitors from a wide selection of markets. The Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition offers KELLER the opportunity to meet face-to-face with many potential buyers,” he explains. “From the visitor perspective this show offers a one stop event for anyone who is seriously interested in sensor technology and instrumentation.” Event director, Kathryn Ambrose, says: “We are proud to have KELLER as a sponsor for this year’s Sensors & Instrumentation show. This sponsorship further demonstrates the connection between suppliers and their end-users, which is what the show is all about!” Ambrose continues: “This year’s show promises to be our most successful to date, with over 80 market-leading suppliers already confirmed. One of the main benefits of moving to the larger Hall 1 at the NEC

Birmingham is that, even with the high numbers of confirmed exhibitors and new feature areas, there are still spots available for companies who wish to get involved with the event.” This year’s show will now be open from 9am to 5pm on Day 1, and 9am to 4pm on Day 2, allowing visitors ample time to explore the latest products and technology on show from exhibitors, including: Bunting Magnetics Europe, DAQLOG Systems Ltd, Friatec Technical Ceramics, Meggit Sensing Systems, M+P International, National Instruments, KDP Electronics, Sensorland, SIKA Instruments, Techni Measure, TIS Smart Home and many more. Registration for Sensors & Instrumentation will open in May. For more information on visiting or exhibiting visit

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New floating caliper brake

with one-piece brake caliper KTR developed a floating caliper brake which is made of one single piece. The new XS series is optionally available with a hydraulic or electromechanical operating principle and can both be operated in an active and passive mode. The brakes are suitable for sub-zero applications with temperatures ranging down to -40 °C. The brake caliper of the new XS series combines the housing, spacer plate, and counter plate as one piece and is made of special LT nodular iron. This makes the floating caliper brakes suitable for sub-zero applications with temperatures ranging down to -40 °C. All other components such as pad retainers, pistons and guide pins are made of steel. The brake pads are made of “organic mixture” or “sinter metal” and can easily be replaced by one single person. Depending on the application’s preference and basic conditions, the XS brake can be

operated either hydraulically or electromechanically, with clamping forces up to 15 kN being generated in the passive design and 16.5 kN in the active design. The brakes are mounted to the respective machine each by two screws size M16. “Since the brake caliper of the new series is made of one piece, there are no more exposed contact surfaces“, Fabian Liekam, Product Manager for Brake Systems in KTR explains. “In doing so we improved the brake’s corrosion resistance. In addition, the one-piece design allowed us to

extend the guide pins and double the number of bushings, improving the brake’s floating operation and the efficiency of transmission of force from the caliper to the base plate. This makes the brake even stronger.“ The new floating caliper brakes series “XS” are intended for applications in the most demanding environmental conditions, both above or underground, onshore or offshore, and can be used both as service brakes, for high numbers of cycles, and as holding brakes. The brakes are selected and adapted in the “KTR Competence Centre for Brake Systems” located in Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock/East Westphalia. At this location KTR pool their activities for brakes under the umbrella of KTR Brake Systems GmbH. Apart from developing and producing brake systems, tests and functional testing of prototypes and serial products are performed here as well. As an example, tests are performed on a universal brake test bench for rotor and yaw brakes, a tension test bench, a vibrating table or a cryogenic temperature cooling chamber allowing for tests with ambient temperatures down to – 40 °C.`


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May 2017 RhinoCFD offers a special-purpose variant called FLAIR designed for architects and built-environment engineers. It includes: • • • • • •

EMPOWER YOUR DESIGNS WITH INTEGRATED CFD ANALYSIS RhinoCFD brings the power of CFD to users of Rhino5 enabling them to investigate the interaction of their model with the surrounding fluid and allowing for rapid testing and optimisation.

Medical: Arterial flow, respiratory flow, effects of nonNewtonian fluids combustion processes, emissions testing

Pollutant hazard models for both internal and external flows Comfort indices, draught ratings, dry and wet bulb calculations, humidity levels Fire growth curves and smoke movement, density and visibility Mean-age-of-Air and AirChanges-per-Hour calculations Various diffusor models Vegetation drag and humidity models

Marine One of the main driving factors in the Marine industry is drag reduction, which has led to a multitude of new designs that include hydroplanes, rigid sails and improved propellers. All new designs need to be tested exhaustively to guarantee their performance. CFD is reducing the cost of this testing phase as it reduces the need to construct physical models and run expensive wind tunnels.

Architecture The general-purpose nature of RhinoCFD means that users in all industries can benefit from CFD analysis at a low cost and without leaving the familiarity of the Rhino environment. Who uses RhinoCFD CFD can be used in any area where fluids may have an impact on a design and therefore its applications are numerous: • •

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Marine: design of hulls, sails, propellers Architecture and building services: External/internal ventilation, thermal comfort, HVAC, contaminant dispersion Jewellery: Investment casting optimisation Aerospace: Aerodynamics Turbomachinery

Other Uses A notable use of RhinoCFD is by architects and MEP engineers wishing to assess cooling solutions within buildings. RhinoCFD users are able to improve power usage and ensure that internal conditions remain comfortable while taking into account effects such as solar radiation, mechanical and natural ventilation, thermal stratification and also investigate fire, smoke and pollution hazards.

Such is the breadth of RhinoCFD’s operation that it can be used by CFD experts and non-CFD experts alike to simulate complex flow phenomena such as multiplephase and compressible flows, heat transfer, radiation and nonNewtonian fluids. To find out more and download the FREE DEMO version of RhinoCFD contact:

May 2017

Power Conversion Specialists, Ideal Power, Announce Their New Range of DIN-Rail Power Supplies Offering high performance and reliability, a new range of DIN-Rail mounting AC/ DC PSU’s and DC/DC Converters has now been introduced to compliment Ideal Power’s existing portfolio. The units are ideal for such applications as; Medical, Rail, Industrial, Communications and Semi-Conductor equipment, and are certified to numerous Worldwide Approvals. The new 40 to 150 Watt AC/DC PSU range offers various protection features contributing to its reliable and precise performance. This includes up to 4,000VAC isolation, low leakage currents of under 300μA and boasting high MTBF. They operate within a wide temperature range of -40°C~+85°C with high operating altitudes of up to 5,000 meters. Similar to the AC/DC range, the new series of 15 to 255 Watt DC/ DC Converters is well equipped with various features, resulting in high performance power conversion. High isolation voltages are common within this series, with some models meeting 5,000VAC isolation. Certain models are available with a built-in EMI filter. EMI, or ElectroMagnetic Interface, is a high frequency of electronic noise which is generated as a result of switching electrical currents. The filter is designed to reduce the amount of noise which is produced by the power supply. This means that disruptive frequencies are reduced, allowing the PSU to be used in conjunction with sensitive equipment. Both ranges offer different specifications, designed with both application and industry requirements in mind, optimising performance to various different specifications. Jon Vallis, Sales and Marketing Manager of Ideal Power commented, “We are proud to be able to offer such a vast and extremely versatile range, and are confident that we will be able to find the ideal PSU for any electronic application.” As well as DIN-Rail mounting option, the products can also be supplied in different mechanical features. For the AC/DC range, this includes; Open


Frame, U-Chassis and Enclosed type layouts. The DC/DC range is available in; Open Frame, U-Chassis, Enclosed, Quarter Brick, Half Brick, SMD and SIP/ DIP packages. Ideal Power provides its customers with a dedicated IP Support team, providing assistance throughout the whole design process from concept, samples

and testing, approvals and standards compliance, smart logistics and aftersales service. For more information on Ideal Power’s product range, or to discuss an upcoming project, please call 0845 260 3400, send an email to or visit

May 2017

Vapour – A Big Industrial Problem You Probably Didn’t Realise You Had By Christopher Roberts, Director, Versaperm ( Most people hardly give vapour permeability a second thought, which is a pity as it creates severe problems in almost every industry - costing UK industries several billion pounds a year! Problems range from equipment breakdown to spoiled foods and from electronics failure to poor print quality, buildings that fall down or leaking hydrocarbons. It has even caused missiles to fail and pizzas to go soggy. So, what is vapour permeability? It‘s the ability of a gas / vapour to “permeate” through any material or barrier, even those that keep liquids out. The vapours then condense back to a liquid on the other side where they become trapped and cause all of the problems above – and many more. You can’t prevent it happening - but you can usually reduce it to a level where it doesn’t cause a problem. What you need is to be able to measure this effect and choose materials, composite materials or product designs that are right for your specific application. An additional problem is that manufacturing processes themselves can change permeability by some 400%, especially when they involve bending, forming, joining, sealing or heating. Until thirty years ago permeability was measured by sealing a little cup of absorbent with the material, weighing it, waiting weeks or months then weighing it again to see how much vapour had accumulated. This takes time and money but is still widely used.


However, a series of instrumental techniques have been developed which can quickly produce a precise measurement, sometimes in just 30 minutes. There are two ways to measure the permeability of a finished component or product. The most reliable is to include, a vapour source within the container which has a dry gas pumped around it. Any vapour that escapes is measured using a variety of techniques. The alternative involves passing the dry gas through the enclosure itself, but placing the component in a controlled chamber. Material samples are tested using a special enclosure. The right equipment can measure the permeability of either the finished component or a material sample– even if this is a coating. You can even measure the permeability of an edible film, in-situ, in a pizza (they to keep the base firm and the topping moist!). Testing and QCing materials and products is the only real solution and we can provide the equipment, lab tests or consultancy to help – but the right choice boosts efficiency, reduces failure, enhances printing, preserves content and extends both working and shelf lives. And that’s not bad for a solution to a problem you didn’t know you had! For more information e.mail or visit

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SURVIVING A CRISIS – IT’S ALL IN THE PLANNING Knowing how your premises and your industrial plant & equipment will cope in a disaster from a fire, flooding, power loss or system breakdown is incredibly important. Here Russ Baker, UK Sales Director of the hire division at leading temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy, sets out the five key steps that will help you survive a crisis. can often be found in a plant room or alongside the process machinery. In the event of a breakdown or replacement, how easy is it to remove or replace that piece of equipment? Make a note in your plan not only of the equipment required but also where it will be located - a designated slot in the car park, close to the building, may be all that’s needed. Wherever you chose, access points and any remedial works required should be identified in advance of any crisis.


Conduct a site and operations audit. Understanding where the risks lie needs to cover all site operations and not just the big stuff. In an industrial setting, process temperature is paramount so chiller equipment should be high on the list. It’s crucial to understand where and why equipment is used as part of the auditing process.

required with your equipment supplier, as well as an activation plan. Check whether your supplier can activate your plan 24/7 – there’s no point having a contingency plan if they’re only available during standard office hours.

2. Keep a record. Make sure the audit information is recorded alongside any power or utility requirements, and that the information is easily available. Key personnel may be off site during a crisis so make sure others have the plans, hard copies kept on site and that other copies are stored in an off-site location because a central server may also be knocked out.

4. Carry out any remedial works. All chiller equipment requires electrical and mechanical connections, but this can be a major problem when you’re up against it and coping in a crisis. Remedial works can include simple solutions such as new pipework being installed or new power connections so the site is ready to accommodate emergency equipment that will get you back up and running quickly.

3. Putting a Plan B into place. With a site assessment complete, this is the basis for deciding what contingency equipment is

5. Consider access. What about access to the site itself. Consider where existing kit is located, for example large industrial chillers


A contingency plan is an important part of any business strategy and therefore finding the right partner is essential. They can help guide companies through the site assessments, organise the remedial works and be at the other end of the phone 24/7 in the event of any breakdown or crisis. When downtime is not an option, it really does pay to be prepared. ICS Cool Energy offers a 24/7 nationwide service with stocks available for immediate delivery and dedicated on call engineers across the country. For more information about ICS Cool Energy, please visit email info@ or call 0800 774 7426. Follow ICS Cool Energy on Twitter @icscoolenergy.

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May 2017

Güdel Keeps Heavy Duty Robots On Track The ever-expanding range of industrial robot applications has led to the development and introduction of new models from the worlds leading six axis robot manufacturers that can handle vast payloads of up to 1,300 kg. Although easily capable of manipulating these impressive weights, the horizontal reach of these robots, generally less than 4.0m, can still be a limiting factor in certain applications. Güdel Track Motion products have always been recognised as a robust and reliable method of extending the work envelope of robot systems, and the company’s latest TMF-5 linear track has been developed to provide this enhanced functionality to the new generation of heavy-duty robots. Güdel is the only company dedicated solely to auxiliary linear motion for robots and automation, and adding this new TMF module to its heavyduty range, further reinforces the company’s reputation as a valued partner to the world’s leading robot integrators. The TMF-5 is currently the only standard module available on the market that can move an articulated robot weighing over six tonnes, with a payload of 1300Kg, and sustain a static payload of over ten tonnes. Working as a fully integrated seventh axis for robots, the TMF-5 opens up new possibilities in a number of production processes. A range of adaptor plates, designed to suit the increasing number of heavy-duty robots now available, maximises the potential for integration with different manufacturers and their respective robot models.

With the capability to accommodate up to four independently driven carriages, multiple robots are able to share the same track if required, delivering the highest levels of utilisation and flexibility for heavyduty applications. The carriages used on the TMF track have been designed to handle the often-high dynamic loads of a moving robot, including those associated with emergency stop conditions. The use of hardened and ground helical racks, coupled with planetary gearboxes, deliver the highest levels of positional repeatability (+/-0.05mm) plus smooth and quiet operation. The TMF-5 is also available as an enclosed version to meet the demands of specific operating environments such as those found within a cleanroom. Available in lengths from 3m to 100m in 1m increments, the optimum track length can be specified for any

TMF-5 Linear Track

The TMF-5 Linear Track can handle a static payload of over ten metric tons and can be up to 100metres in length


particular application. Another feature of the TMF track range is that the length can be extended, should this be required to increase flexibility or to future-proof existing installations. Güdel’s reputation for quality and engineering excellence is clearly evident in the design, the materials used and build standard of the TMF5 linear track, ensuring high uptimes and a long service life. From a maintenance perspective, the ability to adjust the guide-way rollers from the outside of the unit and the availability of an automatic lubrication system for the rack & pinion, will keep planned maintenance times to a minimum. Güdel’s linear track range can be found operating within the automotive, tyre, metal, rail, intra-logistics, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, wood and aerospace industries. Güdel not only provides sophisticated automation solutions but is a manufacturer of high-precision machine components including linear guide-ways, racks, pinions and drives. These high quality components are at the heart of all Güdel linear axes and gantry robots. For more information, please contact: Mr William Bourn Sales Manager Tel: +44(0)24 76 695 444 E-Mail: Web:

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Introducing SICK AppSpace

the Open Software Platform with Far-Reaching Potential SICK UK has launched SICK AppSpace, a unique open software platform for programmable sensors that system integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) can use to develop and implement tailor-made application solutions on SICK programmable devices. The first UKIVA Machine Vision Conference on 27 April in Milton Keynes will be a launch pad for SICK AppSpace and an early opportunity for developers and end-users to experience its far-reaching programming potential first hand. Hailed as an exciting new “eco-system” for bespoke application development, SICK AppSpace gives users unprecedented flexibility to exploit SICK’s growing range of smart vision systems and intelligent sensors. SICK AppSpace is supported by the new SICK SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine, a high-performance, one-box, multi-core processor that can integrate multiple cameras and sensors together with powerful image processing. The SIM4000 offers up to 25 interfaces for Ethernet-based fieldbuses, cameras, illumination, sensors and encoders. Its functionality includes 10-gigabit Ethernet interfaces for 2D or 3D cameras, and in some cases features a voltage supply over Ethernet (PoE). Sensors including RFID and laser scanners can also be integrated via IO-Link for distance and height measuring purposes. Data from SICK sensors and vision devices can be merged into a point cloud, evaluated, archived, and transmitted via the SIM4000. It can be used in factory and logistics automation for multi-sensor or camerabased inspection for measurement and identification, as well as for data acquisition, archiving for quality control, process analysis or predictive maintenance.

User-Specific Requirements Says Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging & Systems: “SICK AppSpace is all about integrating hardware and software to achieve user-specific requirements efficiently through made-to-measure sensor apps. SICK’s programmable sensors, such as the new Inspector P family of programmable 2D vision cameras provide the foundation. The SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine then enables multiple device image processing and data collection, where needed.


“Meanwhile, on the software side, the solution encompasses the SICK AppStudio for application development and the SICK AppManager for implementing and managing apps in the field. The SICK AppSpace Developers Club forms the final part of the concept. This is a growing community where developers from SICK and our customers can exchange information and ideas.”

Development Freedom With SICK AppSpace, developers have the freedom to design, develop and deploy their own customised solutions, perfect easy-to-use web-based graphical user interfaces for operators and distribute their applications across multiple hardware platforms and locations. Developers have access to industrystandard image processing libraries including HALCON. They can work with their preferred programming technologies including graphical flow Editor, the widely used and powerful Lua scripting tools as well as C++ or Java. There are many integrated support functions such as auto completion, so that programmable sensor app developments will insert themselves easily into existing development processes. Helpful utilities such as emulators, debuggers, resource monitors, and an extensive range of documentation and demo apps also make the development process easy. All software components are combined by the PackageBuilder into a single package that safely defines access rights. “SICK AppSpace opens up amazing potential for specifically-crafted application solutions and for integrating multi-sensor data input,” concludes Neil Sandhu. “In the Industry 4.0 organisation, whatever the application, global connectivity will be complemented by very specific individual and localised solutions with distributed, decentralised intelligent hardware and software integration.

The SICK AppSpace eco-system will be the creative platform that supports this development for SICK customers for many the years to come.” For more information on SICK AppSpace, SIM4000, the programmable SICK Inspector P63x/64x/65x family please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

May 2017

Turning workplaces into safer places The safety control system PSC1 consists of freely programmable compact safety controllers with I/O extension modules for signal processing of emergency stop switches, guard door switches, light grids and additional mechanical and electronic safety switchgear. Additionally there is the possibility via numerous functions to monitor axes. Using the universal communications interface a connection can be established to all the standard field bus systems. For more information on the PSC1 Safety Controller, please see our website

• Programmable, modular safety controller • Flexible and scalable application adjustment • Field bus connection via integrated communication interface • Reliable axis monitoring of up to 12 axes

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June 2017 The prestigious Kitemark™, one of the most recognised global symbols of quality, integrity and safety, demonstrates without doubt that JSP personal protection meets the applicable British, European, International and other recognised standards for quality, safety, performance and reliability. The BSI Kitemark™ is a quality mark owned and operated by the British Standard Institution. It is one of the most recognised symbols of quality and safety and offers true value to consumers, businesses and procurement practices. A BSI Kitemark™ gives JSP’s products immediate status – hard earned through rigorous testing of their products at a BSI centre of excellence and gives reassurance that JSP products are consistently batch tested at all times, that they undertake ongoing factory assessments and that they are manufactured under their worldwide Quality Management System . With UKAS accreditation benefits of the Kitemark™ include risk reduction, increased customer satisfaction , it demonstrates JSP’s duty of care to industry, employees, suppliers and end-users that JSP products may be totally relied on to perform to a consistently high level over and above the EN standard every time. JSP is the first manufacturer to get a combined range of respiratory products on a Kitemark™ licence.

Europe’s leading independent manufacturer JSP are proud to manufacture under the BSI’s KitemarkTM scheme – the recognised mark for quality, safety, performance and trust

JSP always strives to be one step ahead and by specifying the BSI Kitemark™, procurement managers can rest assured that they have insisted that the Head, Respiratory, Hearing and Eye Protection they have chosen are the very best products - reliable and safe, performing effectively and efficiently every single time – delivering real peace of mind.

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TAKE THE STRAIN OUT OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT FILTER Filtration specialists, Axium Process, manufacture stainless steel filters that are customised to suit specific site or process requirements for applications ranging from pump and instrument protection to critical applications where filter failure or collapse is not an option. Working closely with their customers, Axium Process’ engineers are able to help select the right filter from a comprehensive range of stainless steel wedge wire and sintered mesh designs that are tailored to suit a given application, flow rate and pressure. “Customers can have complete confidence that they are being supplied with the best solution for their application” states Axium’s Business Development Director, Derek Davies. “Axium’s filters are successfully used in a broad range of applications and the wedge wire design is excellent for products where smoothness and consistency are essential such as creams, emulsions, yoghurts, soft cheese and paints. All filter types are very easy and simple to maintain and do not require tools to dismantle. We have also fitted a 316 stainless steel safety clamp closure onto all our filters so that they can’t be knocked or accidentally opened in order to enhance plant safety. ” Delivering filtration levels between 5 micron up to 6000 micron as standard, Axium’s robust and versatile PureScreen and Fine-Screen filter ranges are in daily use throughout the pharmaceutical, food, beverage, dairy and chemical industries. Available as 90˚, in-line and straight thru designs, filters are fabricated in both standard and compact options with either 4” or 6” housings. All filters can be fully customised as jacketed, duplex, triplex or multiplex options and supplied with a stainless steel support frame when required.


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

COMPLETE SYSTEM SOLUTIONS ODU provides pre-assembled component solutions. Our development and manufacturing expertise, combined with our state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Europe, China and the USA, enable us to offer our customers outstanding assemblies and a full range of logistics services.


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NSSE are UK leading Power Protection specialists. Since 1992, our clients have relied on us for Emergency Power Strategies to ensure security, peace of mind and continuity of operations. To celebrate 25 years in the power protection industry and the launch of our new website and eCommerce store, we are giving away free IEC Lock cables with all UPS (up to 3kVA) and on our range of ePDUs...

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• Ideal for industrial applications • Available in either 230V or 115VAC version • Models from1kVA to 6kVA • 19” rack mounting or free standing • Dual AC feeds with auto switch over if one feed fails • Hot swap batteries can be changed without power down • Remote emergency power shut down • Digital display input/output V and Hz, battery voltage and load • Supplied with Xprotect software • Monitoring via RS232 or Network Email: Tel: 44-1635-521858

May 2017

Reich TOK Coupling Range Gets Top Marks in Testing Environments In the arduous operating conditions found with power transmission test benches, it is essential that the drive couplings used are able to withstand the wide range of operating conditions often associated with this environment and allow meaningful test data to be collated. The drive train components predominately evaluated on test benches include, but are not limited to, engines, gearboxes, transmission elements and consumable or wear parts. With such a variety of component types to be tested, each of which can have its own specific test criteria, it is also essential that the drive coupling can be closely matched to the application. Reich Kupplungen’s modular and design-oriented TOK system makes this possible by providing tailor made, yet cost effective couplings, suitable for a wide range of test bench applications. The TOK coupling system can be used in almost all test bench applications, and on engine test benches in particular. The broad range of flexible coupling elements, adaptive designs and connection shafts provides standard solutions for a wide variety of different tasks, complemented by specific customised designs upon request. The success of Reich Kupplungen couplings in the test bench arena can be attributed to the company’s D2C (Designed to Customer) philosophy which draws upon many years of experience in the design of couplings for engine, roller dynamometer and racing engine test benches. The extensive range of testing applications where the TOK coupling products are targeted include: Engine Testing in an R & D environment, Engine Testing for Durability – requiring on average continuous testing for periods of 5,000 hours in addition to other demanding duty cycles, Engine Testing on Road Simulation – with varying load parameters and Engine


The TOK coupling range excels in test bench engineering applications

Testing for Production Quality Control – generally to check parameters such as Maximum Power, Maximum Torque, Oil Pressure and Temperatures.

temperatures ranging from -40°C to +100°C and cover a torque range from 75 to 70,000 Nm and easily handle rotational speeds up to 13,000 r.p.m.

The prime features of TOK couplings are their efficiency and flexibility. A multitude of rubber compounds, developed in-house by Reich, ensures that the rigidity of the coupling elements can be perfectly matched to numerous different applications. Bearings or integrated joints support the loads arising from the connection between the drive and output ends. Cardan shafts, constant velocity (CV) shafts and compact shafts are available as connections, which also compensate for axial, radial and angular misalignments. These backlash and maintenance free components are connectable to flywheels conforming to SAE J620 or to any other standard. TOK couplings are suited for use at

In the words of the company’s C.E.O., Dipl.-Ing. Herwarth Reich, and his son, Dipl.-Ing. Christian Reich: ‘It is thanks to our decade long expertise in test bench couplings that the TOK system contributes to a significant increase in the lifetime of test bench installations and their components.’ For more information please contact: Mr David Proud. General Manager, Reich Drive Systems UK Limited, Unit 4, Bankside Business Park,. Coronation Street, Stockport., Cheshire, SK5 7PG. Telephone +44(0) 161 714 4191

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May 2017

PIEZOELECTRIC OR STRAIN GAUGE TECHNOLOGY Which Force Sensor is the Right One For My Application?

When it comes to deciding which force sensor is the right one for your application, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement has the answer in its free Piezoelectric or Strain Gauge Technology webinar, which takes place on June 30th at 9 a.m (G.M.T) When using strain gauges any elastic deformation of the measuring body is first converted to a change in strain gauge resistance, so that a Wheatstone bridge circuit electrical output signal can then be generated. By contrast the basis of the piezoelectric effect is that crystals under compressive loading generate an electric charge that is directly proportional to the force applied. This charge is then converted to a proportional output voltage with the aid of an amplifier. With many different sensing technologies and the endless variety of products available in the


market, finding the right sensor for your application can often be a daunting task. With piezoelectric and strain gauge technology being two of the measuring principles most commonly used in force measurement technology, this webinar will explain the functional principle of both types of sensors and advise on what technology is more suitable to the task at hand. Looking at how force sensors and load cells actually work, this exciting new webinar weighs up some of the advantages associated with both technologies. This webinar will also look at the rise of piezoelectric sensor technology, successfully used in a variety of applications, such as medical, aerospace, nuclear instrumentation, and as a tilt sensor in consumer electronics, and discuss the inherent advantages which have resulted in the rise of this technology.

Presented by Thomas Kleckers, Product Manager of HBM Force Measurement Technology, this informative seminar has been designed to fit in with challenging time constraints, which can often make attending relevant training courses difficult. This webinar will take a maximum of one hour and can be easily accessed at a later date or simply used as a refresher course. As an added benefit, all registered participants will receive a link to the webinar, via email, after the presentation. All HBM webinars are free of charge. However, spaces are limited and are available n a first come, first served basis. Please reserve your space by booking at For further information, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: or visit the HBM website at

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One device with multiple options Economical stand-alone data loggers for easy cloud monitoring Thanks to the cloud, 24/7 monitoring of sensitive temperature and humidity readings is no longer complicated nor time-consuming. T&D Corporation, the Japanese pioneer of wireless data logging solutions, has established a convenient range of stand-alone devices to serve individual needs. The TR-7 series consists of three WiFi models (TR-7wf) and three wired LAN models (TR-7nw), which store measured data in T&D’s cloud. Each of the small and easy to fix data loggers attend to various measurement ranges: Depending on the sensor, they can capture temperatures ranging from -40 to +155°C and relative humidity from 0 to 99%. All devices can also connect via USB for setup and data download onto a computer when an internet connection is not available. If a disturbance should occur when the data loggers are in use, warning notifications can be sent via e-mail or the T&D ThermoWeb app, which is available for iOs and Android. If no WiFi access point is available for the TR7wf model, direct communication with ThermoWeb app-enabled mobile devices is possible. All models operate via battery power, USBBus or AC-adapter, and there is an additional PoE supply available for the TR-7nw models. Automatic upload and storage of current readings is taken care of on the WebStorage Service – T&D’s cloud, which offers users 20 MB of free storage per account. This allows for storage of, for example, about three years of recorded data when using 10 units of 2-channel (temperature and humidity) data loggers at a recording interval of 5 minutes, or storage of more than 7 months of recorded data using 50 units. Data can be accessed at any time from any place and can


also be shared if required, with a read-only ID. To make it easy to view, data is neatly arranged in graphs and tables. Their high precision and wide range measurement facilities combined with their flexibility makes the TR-7 data loggers ideal for use in private, industrial or public areas. There are several fields of application for these economical stand-alone devices. They can be utilized, for example, in food processing and catering as well as in storage and conservation. In facilities management, they can support heating control and safeguard climatic conditions in locations such as hospitals, laboratories, museums and more.

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May 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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May 2017 Solutions


More process data for less installation effort Wireless connection of measuring points with Liquiline CM44

Measured values are transmitted wirelessly by the Dataeagle to the PLC

In wastewater treatment plants, thorough monitoring of all relevant parameters is essential for effective treatment. However, due to the wide spread outdoor environment, building up a wired network of measuring points can be expensive and complicated.


In a nutshell  Installation of several measuring points at a wastewater treatment plant without wiring thanks to wireless data transmission. Challenges  A wastewater treatment plant in Southern Germany wanted to improve process control. To obtain this, additional measurement values at different locations in the plant needed to be collected: • Sludge level at the final clarifier to determine the necessary frequency of sludge removal • online measurement of pH, turbidity, SAC and nitrate at the outlet to improve the outcoming water quality and to optimize treatment • SAC at denitrification

However, installation was not that simple. Some serious restrictions had to be considered: • No free wires/cables available at the measurement points for connecting the 0/4..20mA signal of the measuring points to the PLC • Installation of additional wires would be extremely expensive (digging up the ground) • For one location, installation of new wires was completely impossible (turning bridge at final clarifier) • At the PLC, too few 0/4..20mA Inputs for obtaining all values were available. Extra input modules would cause additional costs • Profibus DP was available

May 2017

Measuring points in detail 

At the master station (left), data are received wirelessly and fed directly into the PLC by the Dataeagle Modem (right, at the top).

Our solution  Sensors, assemblies and controllers were installed at the requested locations. Each Liquiline CM44 controller was equipped with Profibus DP and connected to the Dataeagle (Wireless Profibus DP modem) At the PLC, a Dataeagle modem converted the signals and supplied them into the Profibus DP network. The visualisation of these additional measurements was just a small programming effort at the customer’s scada system.

The results  • Better process control with additional measurements values • No installation costs for connecting the measuring point to the PLC • Time savings: staff doesn’t need to visit each measuring point individually to read off measured values • Higher flexibility: further parameters can be added easily • Easy and fast installation and integration into the DCS/Scada system visualisation • Better monitoring: Status signals directly available in Scada system

• Secondary clarifier: Liquiline CM444 controller + Turbimax CUS71D sludge level sensor connected to Dataeagle Slave • Denitrification: Liquiline CM444 controller + Viomax CAS51D SAC sensor connected to Dataeagle Slave • Outlet 1: Liquiline CM444 controller + Orbisint CPS11D pH sensor + Viomax CAS51D COD sensor • Outlet 2: Liquiline CM444 controller + Turbimax CUS51D turbidity sensor + Viomax CAS51D nitrate sensor connected to Dataeagle Slave • PLC with Profibus DP: Dataeagle Master • All Liquilines/Sensors were installed with holder CYH112 and assembly and CYA112

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May 2017

FAST-ACTION EXTERNAL DOOR FROM STERTIL WITHSTANDS HIGH WINDS A FlexiEdge fast-action external door supplied by Stertil Door Products ensures safe access for pedestrians and wheeled vehicles in an area of high wind loading for Greencell Spalding. Established in 2000, Greencell is a member of the Westfalia Fruit Group and is a leading supplier of fruit and vegetables throughout the UK. A workforce of 100 operates from three separate locations – Dartford, Spalding and Paddock Wood – to service a growing number of customers including retail, government, food services, food processors and wholesalers. At the company’s Spalding plant, set in the heart of England’s vegetable garden, a Stertil FlexiEdge M2 fast-action door was specified to replace an existing external door that had reached the end of its working life. The FlexiEdge range comprises 16 models of many different types and styles including internal and external doors, all-weather doors, cleanroom and freezer/coldroom doors plus emergency exit doors incorporating breakthrough curtains. Standard models are available in widths up to 11 metres and heights of 5.5 metres whilst bespoke and special sizes may be specified. Also, the range provides standard travel speeds up to 2.7 metres per second (opening) and 1.2 metres per second (closing) to shorten work cycles and increase productivity. The door curtain is fully flexible with a soft bottom edge which not only selfadjusts to seal on an uneven floor but also avoids any possibility of causing injury to users. In addition, the incorporation of an infra-red photocell, fitted 300mm above floor level, supported by a bottom edge wireless detector ensures instant halting of all door movement in the event of sensing an obstruction of any kind. Also, the flexible soft-edge curtain provides maximum resistance to damage caused by a vehicle collision. If the door edges are

knocked out by the collision, they are automatically re-inserted in the side guides as the door opens. A wide range of activation systems allows maximum versatility of FlexiEdge doors in many different applications. Alternatives to the standard push button pads include wired and wireless pull cords, key switches, induction loops, photocells, radar, radio or infra-red transmitters, presence detectors and touchless hand-wave detectors. Depending on the particular requirements of individual applications, the most appropriate activation method may be specified to ensure that the doors may be used intensively, minimising ‘open time’ and meeting the needs of the busiest high traffic areas. At Greencell Spalding, rapid opening and closing of the FlexiEdge door is activated by overhead sensors installed both inside and outside although pedestrians can opt to use the adjacent push button control panel. Apart from pedestrians, the door is used by personnel driving a range of forklifts and pedestrian operated pallet trucks. By minimising the time that the doors are open during these procedures, internal temperatures are maintained and expensive energy consumption is avoided. Due to the exposed nature of the Greencell Spalding plant, the Stertil FlexiEdge door has to cope with adverse weather conditions including unusually high wind loadings. However, the incorporation of top quality materials including galvanised steel for structural strength allied to reinforced polyethylene side guides ensures that the door’s performance and reliability is not compromised. Furthermore, the door curtains, which have been developed to offer flexibility and durability, incorporate no rigid elements. A hi-tech manufacturing process involves the insertion of reinforced polyester within a PVC sandwich to produce a high strength yet lightweight door curtain. “Our FlexiEdge door has performed extremely well in a busy and demanding environment,” says Vernon Harris, warehouse manager at Greencell Spalding. “This is vital when you’re dealing with fresh produce and can’t afford to be let down by equipment failures. One of our staff members had previous experience of Stertil products and recommended that we look at the FlexiEdge doors. I’m very glad we did – the door is excellent and the service support is first class.”


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May 2017

BULK HANDLING TODAY AND TOMORROW The Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) has announced a new format for BULKEX17 – a programme of eminent speakers and a new venue. Appealing to all engineers in the sector as well as associated industries, the annual conference of the association will be held in October with a distinctly technical perspective. A two-day event, on 18-19 October, the conference is entitled ‘Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow’ and focuses on current and impending opportunities and technical achievements in the industry. Luxurious Eastwood Hall in Nottingham is the new venue, bringing the conference to the Midlands making it easily accessible from every part of the UK. Delegates can take advantage of a special rate to stay at this picturesque spa hotel with its mix of period and contemporary elegance.

Engaging Speakers A planned programme of engaging speakers from key projects form the heart of this must-visit event. The seminar programme, together with an evening awards ceremony and supporting exhibition brings together professionals, organisations and academics from across the bulk handling world and fields such as mining, ports, transport, power, cement and steel.


A premier occasion on the bulk calendar, BULKEX provides an opportunity to hear about the technical challenges of large projects across the UK as well as the opportunity to network with others from this busy and thriving industry.

Great reasons to visit Michael Kaye, President of the Materials Handling Engineers Association, said: “The UK is about to embark on significant infrastructure investments and the technical conference will encompass a range of industries MHEA is closely involved with. “From ports, transport and power, to cement and steel ‘Today and Tomorrow’ will be highlighting key sectors effecting change now and those planning for the decades ahead. “As well as listening to our keynote presentations, delegates can celebrate the successes of the last year during the awards and find out about the latest services and products available via the exhibition.”

Exhibition and sponsorship BULKEX17 is also inviting companies to exhibit, with 50 places for exhibitors to showcase their products and services. As in previous years, there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available to suit all budgets.

About MHEA The Materials Handling Engineers Association works to support the interests of companies supplying and using bulk handling equipment around the world. Currently the MHEA represents members’ interests in animal food, coal, cement, chemicals, ferrous and nonferrous metal production, food and drink including confectionery, grain and derivatives, minerals and coal, mining, offshore oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubbers, ports, quarrying, solid biofuels, water and waste treatment. Vital benefits to members include: industry-level promotion; networking opportunities; representation at events; knowledge sharing; education and professional development; access to vast technical expertise.










Technical Conference • Awards Dinner • Exhibition Nottingham 18-19 October

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• Hear presentations and insights with a technical focus by a line-up

of eminent speakers on topical issues and key infrastructure projects.

• Join us to celebrate the achievements in materials handling at the evening awards ceremony and network with industry contacts.

• Get noticed! Take advantage of exhibition space and a range of sponsorship opportunities.


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May 2017

56 Exhibitors Support UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition The vision industry has provided excellent support for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition which will take place on 27th April 2017 at Arena MK. The exhibition will feature 56 companies, showing some of the latest vision technology available. Arranged in the centre of the hall with the Conference presentation theatres located around the periphery, the exhibition provides easy access for visitors throughout the entire day, whenever they are not attending any seminars. Full details of all exhibitors can be found at

A large number of vision component manufacturers will be showing products such as cameras, optics, illumination, frame grabbers, software, 3D systems, cables and components. Many of the UK’s leading vision technology suppliers and distributors for these and other


vision systems and components will also be exhibiting. A number of vision systems integrators will also be available on their stands to discuss how their specialist expertise can help integrate vision inspection systems in to existing or new production lines or OEM equipment. PPMA Group Head of Marketing, Valerio Del Vecchio said: “We are delighted to have attracted so many world class exhibitors to this event. We also have a large number of presenters for the Conference, meaning that we have an impressive array of very experienced and knowledgeable vision specialists gathered under one roof. We will have the perfect environment for attendees to network both with these specialists and with each other. There is bound to be someone attending who can provide advice on any vision challenge faced by a visitor”!

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May 2017

Network, Engage, Learn and Connect at What’s New in Electronics Live If you are in the electronics industry make sure you attend this event. Open from 9.30 – 5pm on Tuesday 9th and 9.30 – 4pm on Wednesday 10th you can register for speedy entry here – Visiting What’s New in Electronics Live you can see over one hundred companies and brands showcasing all aspects and processes of the electronics manufacturing industry plus 2 full days of free technical content. tThe event runs in Hall 8 of The NEC from 9th – 10th May and is free to attend plus visitors will receive free parking and free wifi throughout the whole venue. Here are some of the key highlights you can look forward to: • An international exhibitor list showing a host of products and services from all corners of the electronic process. • 2 full days of technical content • An Innovations Forum bringing electronics industry professionals together from up and down the supply chain to discuss “Open Innovation as a New idea, Device or Method.” Driving towards 2020, what does innovation mean to you and your business? • Round table debates covering topics including UK Manufacturing Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, SMART Factory, Brexit, Manufacturing Trend, Automation & Robotics, Innovation as a competitive Advantage and more • The IPC Hand Soldering Competition • Female Leaders in Tech Europe Networking Lunch • The EMC UK Expo and Technical Workshops • Embedded and Developer Expo • WNIE TV What’s New In Electronics Live is your opportunity to Network with key industry contacts, see the latest products & services in the electronics industry, join live debates, forums & competitions and improve your business or facilities productivity and output. What’s New in Electronics Live is the UK’s only event completely dedicated to the electronics industry. There is no more cost effective use of your time than visiting an exhibition relevant to your industry sector, with 100’s of companies represented ranging from components, design, production to contract manufacturing. In an online world this is a unique opportunity to see, hear and touch What’s New in Electronics. We look forward to seeing you there.


26 – 28 September 2017 NEC, Birmingham

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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. Email:

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May 2017

Railtex exhibitors make final preparations for NEC show Some 470 exhibitors are now making their final preparations to welcome visitors at Railtex 2017, which opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May. The list of companies taking part this year includes around 140 firms making their first appearance at a Railtex event, plus no fewer than 80 exhibitors from outside the UK – so there will be plenty of new products, equipment and expertise covering all aspects of railway engineering for visitors to discover.

With many of the industry’s best known names present, visitors will be able to talk to a wide range of companies supplying or targeting the UK rail market – as well as British firms seeking export business. They will have opportunities to hear keynote speeches from industry leaders, join more than 30 technical seminars and presentations on industry projects and programmes, and take part in ‘Platform’ discussion forums covering key rail industry topics. There will even be a chance to explore new career opportunities with Railtex exhibitors via the Recruitment Wall – and to relax and network at the Reception at the end of the opening day of the show. Speaker programme changes As a result of the announcement that a General Election will be held in the UK on 8 June, a number of changes have been made to the programme of speakers at Railtex. This because restrictions are imposed on government figures and certain public sector executives that prevent them from speaking on topics with a political or policy dimension in the run-up to an election. To gain maximum benefit from time spent at Railtex, visitors are advised to check full programme details at Have you registered yet? Entry to Railtex 2017 and all accompanying events is free if you register in advance via the show website. This avoids payment of an entry fee for registering on arrival at the NEC and speeds up access to the exhibition. Registration remains open until the evening of 8 May, the day before Railtex welcomes its first visitors. Register today via and invite your colleagues to join you at the UK’s leading rail event this year! Railtex 2017

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May 2017

Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show reunite to create a key event for UK manufacturing.

The machining services sector is strongly represented with new services including the launch of a subcontract CNC cylindrical grinding at Perfect Bore. Investment at Carlton Die Castings has seen the installation of a Mazak twin pallet horizontal CNC machine which enables it to supply customers with fully machined castings ready for assembly. And specialist subcontract engineering company Mini Gears Group will be showcasing its complete new range of machined components.

The three shows run from 6 to 8 June 2017 at the NEC Birmingham and are complemented by 36 free-to-attend presentations in two separate conference streams.

Supporting the Subcon show, sourcing specialist Qimtek is sponsoring the Buyer’s Programme and hosting a dedicated Qimtek UK Manufacturing Pavilion.

Together the three shows cover the complete manufacturing cycle from concept to component, bringing together design engineering, product development, in-house production and outsourced supply chains.

Launched in 2013, the Advanced Manufacturing Show covers every aspect of production technology, including machining and turning centres, lasers and press brakes, tooling, ancillaries.

New investments come on stream

Established over 40 years, Subcon is the UK’s only event dedicated to outsourced manufacturing. It serves all sectors and all processes – from machining, sheet metalworking, casting and forging, to plastic moulding, composites and electronics. This range of manufacturing technologies is reflected in some the new services and investments being featured at the show. In plastics, Hepworth Group has launched a new RIM Moulding Division, which adds an additional manufacturing option to its extensive range of fabrications services. In forming and fabrication, Kloeckner Metals UK, the multi-metal stockholder and distributor, has continued its investment in its processing portfolio with the installation of a new laser and press brake. Materials coatings expert NikaWorks has partnered with Surgical Holdings to develop new functional coatings for surgical instruments.


The Engineer Design and Innovation Show offers everything a design engineer needs to create innovative new products – from CAD and simulation software to prototyping and components. Running alongside the three shows are two free-toattend high level conferences. Running alongside the three shows are two free-to-attend high level conferences. These cover innovation, design best practice, advanced manufacturing and manufacturing supply chains. Speakers come from organisations including Ocado, Microsoft, BAE Systems, JLR, Siemens and top-end British HiFi manufacturer Rega Research. One of the star presentations will be from Neill Briggs of BAC telling the story of the sensational BAC Mono single-seat, road-legal supercar. You can find out more about visiting and exhibiting at the three shows at: and

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May 2017

“EoT promotes engineering apprenticeships to young people interested in a career in the electronic security sector. The competition is fun and encourages their employers to appreciate them as a valuable asset within their organisations.” Simon Banks, Founder and Group Managing Director, CSL

The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which sees young security apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge, returns to IFSEC International this year for the 19th time. Given the growing engineering skills gap undermining the industry as well as the wider economy, the need for such an event has never been greater. Taking place over three days at London ExCeL, the competition will pit more than 60 young engineers – working in teams of two – against each other. The heat winners – one team per day – will then be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November, where an overall winner will be announced. The winner will claim a £1,000 prize. Spaces are now full for 2017, but click here to enquire for 2018.

Competitor Benefits There are a lot of great reasons why you should enter the Engineers of Tomorrow competition: • Prove your skills on an international platform • Gain credits towards your Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ Portfolio • Raise your profile in the industry • Be in with a chance of winning heat prizes, which will be presented on each day of the competition • Stand a chance to win up to £1,000 in cash • Overall winners will be presented with their awards at the Security & Fire Awards in London in November Be the star performer in your company's workforce, and get great exposure to the IFSEC International audience. See the challenge take place live on the show floor


What is the competition about? Employer benefits There are many benefits for employers in putting forward their apprentices to take part in the competition: • Free exposure of your business to the global security industry • Demonstrate to clients your commitment to employee development • Encourage the development of young engineers • Promote of your young talent, and give them the chance to win up to £1,000 in cash • You will be given a complimentary seat at the Security Excellence Awards with your winning apprentice(s) Not only will participation highlight the company’s skilled workforce, but it will also give you great exposure to the IFSEC International audience.

The practical bit Competitors undertake a 90 minute assessment, working in pairs to install and commission an intruder alarm system. Each entrant has been marked by a panel of judges from the security inspectorates, NSI and SSAIB, and points were allocated based on performance in the various disciplines. There is also a theory test for competitors to complete. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Eaton -

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IET Innovation Awards The IET Innovation Awards, the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual prestigious awards ceremony, celebrate the very best innovations from both industry and academia, sharing landmark work and developments taking place across so many important areas of science, engineering and technology, and from all around the world. The awards aim to inspire change and innovation through these awards, and provide the opportunity to highlight and showcase the achievements made by great innovators every day. The 2017 call for entries is open, with 15 categories within the awards spanning the length, breadth and depth of engineering. Each of them is judged by a panel of individual, impartial experts in each field that the categories cover. The awards, well renowned and regarded in the industry for their prestige and accolade, are the place to go to raise your profile and align yourself with engineering excellence. They are entirely inclusive and open to any individual, company or organisation anywhere in the world with any idea, product or technology development. What the awards can do for you: The IET offers plenty of benefits to both shortlisted entries and winners alike with extensive opportunities: • Fantastic media coverage by the IET’s dedicated PR agency • Your entry listed in E&T magazine, circulated to the IET’s 167,000 members • The bespoke opportunity to network with other innovators and showcase your innovation at our popular and prestigious award ceremony • Innovation Award winners receive a personalised trophy and additional media coverage after the ceremony 48|

The Innovation Awards attract over 300 entries each year and are growing in size, popularity and reputation in the engineering and technology community, with a further 500 guests attending the ceremony dinner to celebrate the successes of those shortlisted entries. Past winners regularly use the accolade of receiving an Innovation Award to further their product development, business growth and engineering reputation. “Winning awards like this is a real validation for the company and the technology itself.” Arnab Basu, Kromek Group Plc 2016 Navigation and Surveillance Communications & Intelligent Systems Awards winner “It’s fantastic recognition for us as a start-up.” James Harding, FlexEnable 2016 Emerging Technology Design & Start-Up Awards winner How to enter For information on how to enter the IET Innovation Awards please visit your chosen category page and to download the entry pack. The deadline for entries is 7 July 2017.


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Rheology system from Linkam Linkam microscope stages measure specific physical properties while the user can observe and simultaneously collect images of their materials providing a wealth of bonus information. The CSS450 optical shearing system allows structural dynamics of complex fluids to be directly observed via standard optical microscope while they are under precisely controlled temperature and various shear modes. Using the optical shearing cell pictured above, it is possible to study the microstructure evolution of complex fluids in great detail for many physical processes. These include coarsening of binary fluids during their phase separations; flow-induced mixing and de-mixing of polymer blends; defects dynamics of liquid crystals; It is then possible to correlate micro structural dynamics with rheological data for gaining insight into rheology of complex fluids. The CSS450 uses two highly polished quartz plates that are parallel to within 2 µm. Each plate is in thermal contact with an independently controlled pure silver heater utilising platinum resistors sensitive to 0.1 °C. The bottom plate, on which the sample is placed, operates in either oscillatory, steady or step shear modes programmed within a motor control spread


sheet. To facilitate various textures or particle sizes in different samples, the gap be-tween the two plates can be precisely set from 5 to 2500 µm, the speed of this change in gap setting can also be varied. The CSS450 can be modified to be used with X-Ray techniques and also with a liquid nitrogen cooling option (Cryo CSS450) further extending the temperature range to -50 °C which has enabled work on the effects of shear on ice crystals. Complementing the CSS450 are a number of different stages measuring different physical properties as a function of changing temperature. These include the new optical differential scanning calorimeter, DSC450, and the tensile stage, TST350. Common usage includes investigation, selection, comparison and end-use performance evaluation of materials in research, quality control and production applications. Properties measured using DSC techniques include glass transitions, phase changes, melting points, crystallisation and degradation temperatures while the TST provides mechanical measurements under tension and compression. For more information, visit

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KNF introduces the new FL 10 diaphragm pump with linear drive for OEM customers. With a nominal liquid flow rate of 100ml/min, the FL 10 features bi-directional flowtightness, IP 65 protection, a long and maintenance-free lifetime, and other cost-saving attributes.


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Fast results for oil tan delta Megger’s new OTD test set, which measures dissipation factor (Tan Delta) of insulating oils and fluids has been designed for increasing productivity in oil test facilities.

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With features that include induction heating and forced cooling for the oil sample, and an oil drain to allow the test vessel to be emptied in situ, the OTD has been designed from the outset to deliver accurate and dependable results in the minimum time possible.

It can measure dissipation factor in the range 1 x 10-6 to 4 with high accuracy, and also offers facilities for measuring DC specific resistivity from 2.5 MΩm to 100 TΩm, as well as relative permittivity from 1 to 30.

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Featuring a bright 3.5-inch colour display, a simple keypad and an intuitive user interface, Megger’s new OTD test set is easy and convenient to use.

The test voltage range is 500 V to 2,000 V AC and 125 V to 500 V DC. The quasi-square wave required for IEC 61620 is fixed at 100 V.

Thanks to the integrated high precision test cell induction heater and efficient forced cooling system, the time required to carry out tests is kept to a minimum. The instrument has a temperature measuring range of 10 to 110 ºC, with an accuracy of ± 1 ºC. As with all Megger instruments, the new OTD test sets have been designed with user safety firmly in mind. They incorporate dual redundant high voltage cut-off circuitry, and tests can be terminated at any time by pressing any key on the keypad, which will instantly shut down the high voltage supply. To further aid productivity and user convenience, OTD test sets are supplied with sixteen standard test sequences pre-installed. The instrument can also store up to 6 additional user-defined custom test sequences. Test results are identified by asset ID, which is entered via the instrument’s keypad, and are automatically time and date stamped. To facilitate the organisation, analysis and archiving of test results, a copy of PowerDB Lite, Megger’s powerful and versatile asset and data management software, is bundled with the instruments at no extra cost. Megger OTD oil dissipation factor test sets include an internal printer, which provides a permanent record of results in the form of an ink-based printout that is unaffected by heat.


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ommitted to growing the John Handley name under the umbrella of its own brand, Bowman will work closely with the highly-experienced John Handley team to improve stock availability for its three key technical partners; Thomson Industries, Cooper Bearings and NSK Linear. Commenting on the acquisition, Paul Mitchell, Managing Director of Bowman International, said:

Bearing specialist, Bowman International, has announced the acquisition of Midlands-based John Handley Bearings Ltd.

“John Handley is a well-respected and established family-run business, which offers a range of high-quality linear bearings, split bearings and rod ends. These products complement our existing portfolio and together we have identified many positive synergies between our two companies – including a customer- centred approach to innovation and a long-standing commitment to service and quality.” Lucie Tait-Harris, Commercial Director for John Handley Bearings, added: “The time is right for our business to seek the strength and financial backing of a larger company and we feel reassured by Bowman’s commitment to retaining the John Handley Bearings identity. Our technical partners and customers are supportive of the acquisition and we are confident that together we can enjoy further growth of our respective businesses.” Over the coming months, John Handley bearings will benefit from a new website, advertising and reliable levels of stock availability for its expansive customer base, whilst Bowman will benefit from a Midlandsbased stock holding of its plain bearing portfolio, such as the


innovative BowMet®, Oilite®, Bowman Oilless® and wrapped bearing ranges. With 50-years of industry heritage, John Handley Bearings will benefit from a period of brand modernisation as it becomes ‘John Handley Bearings, a division of Bowman International Ltd’. Moving forwards, Bowman envisages larger premises for its new division to accommodate improvements in logistical capacity and supply chain management; meaning quicker, more reactive product supply throughout much of the UK. Speaking in support of the acquisition, Darren Perry, Regional Sales Manager for Thomson Industries, one of John Handley’s technical partners, said: “Thomson Industries is delighted to hear that the future of John Handley has been secured thanks to this acquisition. Even at this early stage in the transition, Bowman has already demonstrated its commitment to maintaining and growing the close-working relationship between Thomson and John Handley Bearings. “John Handley is a key part of our distribution network and we are confident that with Bowman’s backing, our mutual customers will benefit from Handley’s future stability, improved stock levels and more responsive delivery capabilities.” David Burns, European Sales and Marketing Manager of Cooper Bearings, said “John Handley is a long-standing and highly valued technical and sales partner of Cooper Bearings and will continue to count on our support given the renewed impetus provided by Bowman.” For more information about Bowman International, visit and to read about John Handley Bearings, go to

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Hi Kirsten, thank you for taking the time out to speak with me today. Not long now until the 4th annual NWED (23rd June) We have been lucky enough to cover the day in previous years. What should our readers look out for that day? With the success of the event over the past three years, this year the event seeks to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations by going global. This year, therefore, will be the first International Women in Engineering Day (INWED17), coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society under the patronage of UNESCO. INWED is the UK’s largest such women in engineering initiative, consisting of hundreds of events and activities, from talks, tours, open days and debates to competitions, networking events, site visits, videos and campaigns – more than 550 last year. Through partnership with The Daily Telegraph, INWED also highlights the achievements of inspiring younger women through the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35’ list announced on 23 June 2017.


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With the support of UNESCO, and as international events have already been included in previous years’ programmes, INWED has the potential to spread far and wide to many other countries. Working in partnership with many of the engineering world’s globally recognised names, we seek to foster a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and enthusiasm to celebrate the role of women in engineering, to highlight positive role models, and to inspire future and current generations to achieve their potential.



WES will support this through the 100for100 programme will be a key activity of WES2019. This follows on from the 90for90 – 90 inspirational women for WES 90th anniversary.

As an industry some fear we are heading into testing times over the next few years. What can we do as an industry to encourage more women to remain in the engineering sector following a career break?

This is a programme of engineering employer collaboration bringing together 100 partners who share our vision for a more diverse engineering workforce. We are now looking for interested and ambitious partners to become part of this elite group of 100. There are three elements to this programme:

Returnships is a top priority in the engineering sectors and engineering companies, including many of WES’ partners, are attempting to readdress the gender diversity balance. Although it is very much on their agendas, many employers are unsure of what actions to take and this is reflected in the low number of engineering employers offering returnship programmes.


A big step would be for employers to be clear that they welcome those that have had a career break and offer support once back at work including mentoring. Being clear that they also offer flexible working is important. A further step would be to also consider how women can use their skills by transferring from other engineering sectors.


I really enjoyed the launch of the 90 for 90 campaign. This was great way of letting people know about influential women engineers of the past and present. are there any plans coming up soon for our readers to keep an eye out for?

Recognition in the form of Awards to 100 Companies – for actions and impact in the area of gender diversity in engineering, applied sciences and technology

2. Knowledge Share – through identifying the actions that work, WES will be able to create a library of 100 examples of good practice that could be emulated by others

I have spoken to lots of engineering companies who genuinely want to take positive action, but who are not sure where to start. One of the key issues is that recruiters often hesitate to put those that have been on a career break forward as a “gap” on a CV is frowned upon; employers also see this as a loss of skills. In addition, women that have been on a career break, especially if it is over 6 months, lose confidence and often do not apply for roles or apply for roles that are below their skills level. Finally, engineering companies are not perceived to offer flexible working, which is often needed by women who bear most of the caring responsibilities outside work.

WES has its centenary in 2019, which is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of women in engineering and support a transformation in gender diversity in the sector. The Centenary Challenge is 30 by 30 so that 30% of engineers are female. This aligns with other partners’ aims.

3. Pledges for Future Change – with the Award comes the responsibility to promise 100 further steps to further diversity and inclusion. This may include projects with WES. Please contact us to hear more about this exciting programme! Please email or telephone 01438 765506.


We are nearing a 100 years of WES and what a great century it has been. What does the future hold for not only WES but the female engineers of tomorrow? WES2019 will be about telling compelling stories from our past to share our legacy; to celebrate our achievements as a society, as women engineers and as partners; and to shape our future by leading transformation. There is still a lot of work to be done and WES will continue to increase its reach, encourage more women in engineering and to return to engineering, and support more women into leadership positions. As I mentioned earlier, working with partners, we are challenging the engineering sector to achieve 30 by 30 and we would be really pleased for partners to join us in this!


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Tim Johnston meets Chris

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Thank you Chris for sitting with me today, Salop Design have been at the forefront of manufacturing pressings and assemblies here in the UK. What has been the key to your continued success? Salop Design has built a reputation on tackling problem product and processes, and turning them into positive results for our customers. We have expertise in standard presswork, deep draw and heavy gauge, we have a machine capacity list that allows us to look at very varied projects and this has meant we are active in many manufacturing sectors. We are committed to investing in new capability, and have looked to grow our service range, all housed in our large manufacturing site in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. With a forward looking owner, and a dynamic management team, we are always looking for new markets and opportunities that complement the existing portfolio. The company has been built on quality of product and service, and investment in new equipment leads to competitive pricing, this backed up with our own haulage company means we have quality, price and delivery covered. Being part of the Midlands is key to our work, we look to the region for customers and suppliers, and also work with many companies to ensure that we keep as much of the wealth and spend within the region.


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The UK is made up predominantly of SME’s. How important are they to the future of the UK Economy? As most companies in the UK are SME status, is seems strange to me that there is not more engagement with them from policy makers, the government seems to focus on OEM’s and bigger business, and is missing that the next capacity leap for the UK will come from engaging and supporting SME’s. Industry 4.0 is the next industrial revolution, and there needs to be more focus in including SME’s in the discussion. From productivity improvements and automation can come increased outputs and this can lead to growth from all business, we need to make sure that business in the UK is ready for the next stage of revolution.


business in general. New funding and a resurgence in the main infrastructure of this country, from making our own steel, to road and rail improvements, right through to high speed broadband roll out are all things that can keep us competitive.

As we all know there will be big changes happening over the next few years here in the UK, what can we do to maintain our prominent position within the global manufacturing industry? We need to make sure that the UK is ready for the Brexit road ahead, this includes strengthening our position in the wider world market. A good start has been made by the announcement of the industrial strategy, this as the name suggests is a commitment by the government to increase awareness and indeed support for manufacturing and

The made in Britain brand respects high regard from around the world and this is something that we can optimise and maximise on, we can look to other markets rather than just the EU and this will lead to globalisation and a better understanding of where we stand on the world stage.


Thanks again Chris for your time today, final questions. After such a successful half century what can we expect from Salop over the next 50 years? Salop Design continue to invest and support the region, we are ready for the coming years, and look to the future with optimism. Manufacturing is a great sector and there are real opportunities for ongoing careers, and we need to make sure that the next generation of engineers are fully informed and enthused to make a decision on their futures. There will be new ways of working, new processes and exciting developments that will need a resolve and bravery to tackle, and as always Salop Design will be ready to be at the fore front of these exciting times.


May 2017

THERMASET EXHIBITS AT SUBCON FOR FIRST TIME Staffordshire based powder coatings specialist Thermaset Limited is going for growth through a significant investment in expanding its Claire Works site in Tamworth and showcasing its products at a number of trade shows during this year. The company, which is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of industrial powder coatings, will be exhibiting at Subcon at the NEC from June 6-8 (Stand E24).

During 2016, Thermaset competed the overhauling of its business infrastructure with the installation of an integrated computer system linking all departments for enhanced efficiency and communication.

Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator Ben Jennens commented: “In order to promote our products and expertise we exhibited at Surface World Live in March this year. The show enabled us to reconnect with a number of former customers, who have already placed new orders; as well generating orders from businesses new to us.

In January this year work commenced on the first of a two phase development on the Thermaset site including the refurbishing of a two-storey vacant unit to re-house a plush reception area, an administration office centre, board and meeting rooms, as well as a training facility.

“We are looking to build on this success by exhibiting at Subcon for the first time and promote our problem solving capability. Thermaset offers customers a choice of more than 600 stock items which are available for next day delivery. In addition, bespoke orders – however complex the task – can be formulated, manufactured and guaranteed to be delivered within five working days. “Thermaset is a small to medium sized family business that has built up a reputation for quality over more than 30 years. As a Qualicoat approved manufacturer we adhere to strict architectural standards. More recently, we have been awarded the prestigious ISO 14001: 2004 accreditation after placing environmental management at the heart of our business.”


Part two is scheduled to begin towards the end of April this year and take somewhere between three and four months to complete. The work will include the updating and doubling the size of the existing laboratory, reception showroom, panel library, a new kitchen and refurbished showering facilities for the production team. For further information please contact us on Tel: 01827 55777. Fax: 01827 53713. Email: ben@ Website:

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May 2017 Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, the UK based specialist manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors, announces the introduction of the new Taurus range of low cost high quality, industry standard coaxial connectors and adaptors available from stock in the UK and delivered on a 1- 3 day lead time. Intelliconnect Taurus connectors are supplied with the same high level of quality control as Intelliconnect’s market leading Precision and Pisces ranges. Taurus connectors are available in widely used industry standard formats including BNC, SMA, SMB, MCX and N Type.

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Typical applications for the new Taurus range includes medical, telecoms, satcoms, instrumentation military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine systems. The new low cost connectors can be found and specified on the recently updated Intelliconnect website which offers visitors easier navigation and improved search facilities and a new “Quote Basket” facility allowing customers to automatically request a quotation for selected products. The latest brochure featuring all Intelliconnect products may also be downloaded from the homepage. The new online cable selector enables customers to build a custom cable assembly on the website and send it to Intelliconnect for a quotation by return. Customers can choose required The new Intelliconnect website also has full information on their established and very successful Precision Range, Pisces IP67/IP68 Waterproof Range, Covert, Triaxial and Multipin connector ranges. “Our new Taurus range of low cost RF connectors opens up new markets for us and allows us to compete for price sensitive standard product business.” Comments Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect Europe Ltd. “The new products support our very successful custom connector designs which we can turn around in just seven weeks. The Taurus Range of RF connectors are available ex-stock and makes us a one stop shop for our


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customers. This wide new range of products combined with our recent award of Bronze Signatory Status to the SC21, Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry Supply Chain Programme, will enable Intelliconnect to grow rapidly over the next few years.” Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd is the largest UK based manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors suitable for applications including wearable technology, medical, telecoms, satcoms, military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine. Intelliconnect also manufactures

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FAST, FLEXIBLE SERVOTUBE MOTORS WITH BEST- IN CLASS SPEED AND REPEATABILITY Developing Tubular Linear Motors that allow machines to operate at increasingly higher speeds whilst maintaining pinpoint precision, using considerably less energy and with low noise and minimal maintenance is an important focus for motion control specialists DUNKERMOTOREN. Their new ServoTube XTA25 and XTBA25 options are good examples of their close working relationships with customers with the objectives of improving processes, cutting energy costs and ultimately helping them to increase profitability.


These new ServoTube motors are designed to provide optimal solutions for linear movement, increasing the peak performance of a standard product line by between 10 and 18% (force and speed) when compared to the standard STA25 and STB25 ServoTube range. They provide a performance that is faster than a ballscrew with the clean reliability of a tubular linear motor and also are a cost-effective alternative to air cylinders in applications requiring greater flexibility and control. The tubular linear motor incorporates an IP67 rated forcer and a sealed stainless steel thrust rod enclosing rare-earth magnets. The range comprises 16 models which deliver a continuous force range of 51~118 N with peak forces up to 860 N and linear speeds up to 11m/s. XTA and XTB models have been designed to produce maximum peak forces and speeds compared to the STA models producing a lower, but more even force. More details on the XTA/XTB range on the Dunkermotoren website. Or contact: +44 (0) 1243 833418. Dunkermotoren UK AMETEK Ltd,

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

FOR HIGH VISCOSITY PRODUCTS SEEPEX progressive cavity pumps with open hoppers and auger feed screws transfer highly viscous and non flowable products. Customised solutions with adaptable feed configurations mean that even the most challenging products can be handled.

y Modular system enables rapid customisation for your application y Optional knife system for cutting within the pump

Hygienically designed options for food products are also available.

y Designed for easy maintenance

y Conveying capacities up to 500 m3/h

Whatever you want to pump, your product handling problems can be solved by SEEPEX’s open hopper pumps.

y Handle up to 50% high dry solids y Liquid addition and mixing within the auger and compression zone for optimum solids content



y Optimised feed hopper for efficient pump feed – no bridging

Save 90% On Cooling Costs With EcoCooling Energy Efficient Cooling Ventilation and Evaporative Cooling Use outside air most of the year in the UK | Energy efficient natural cooling | No refrigerants | 3500 installations worldwide | UK based

Data Centre and IT Cooling Achieve PUE of <1.1 | ASHRAE Compliant| ROI in 1 year | Telecoms | Data Centres | IT and Server Room | UPS Rooms

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May 2017

SEEPEX pumps reduce operating costs for Thames Water Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and sewage treatment company, providing wastewater services to 15 million customers through 305 sewage treatment works. SEEPEX have been working with Thames Water to deliver process improvements at their Sewage Treatment Works (STW) in Reading. SEEPEX progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) have reduced onward sludge transport costs, as well as the operating costs associated with piston pumps. Thames Water replaced the piston pumps, which transferred de-watered digested sludge from the energy generation plant to storage silos, with SEEPEX PCPs. Thames engineers identified that if they increased the ds content of the dewatered sludge from 22% to 25% this would deliver a large saving in disposal costs. However they needed reliable pumps to transfer the dewatered sludge over 80metres, with a static head of 30m, without increasing system costs. The existing piston pumps were identified as a limitation, as they had frequent maintenance requirements and generated high operating pressures and running costs - using 31KW of power. This all added up to a high cost of ownership for Thames Water.


In contrast SEEPEX supplied pumps to transfer the higher ds% sludge with a lower energy consumption and pressure rating, operating as the principle project manager, and working with Thames Water approved contractors to deliver a turnkey installation. The SEEPEX open hopper PCPs deliver the higher ds% sludge with 50% reduced power consumption (15KW) and up to 75% reduced discharge pressure, enabling de-rating of pipework and valves to suit.

The pressure reduction has been achieved in 2 ways

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PCPs have a low pulsation action, which generates a lower in-pipe pressure than piston pumps

A boundary layer injection system reduces friction losses in the 80m length of pipework, using a polymer injection pump linked to discharge pressure, controlled by a SEEPEX control system.

The pumps have been installed for over 18 months, requiring no maintenance interventions in this time. The SEEPEX system has delivered a hat-trick of cost reductions: lower sludge disposal costs, lower energy use and reduced maintenance costs.

May 2017


Our precision motion control systems are used in the renewable energy sector to help deliver clean energy now and for future generations. Why not contact us to find out more about our motion control systems in the renewable energy industry, from R&D to manufacturing.


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May 2017

New Plastic hinges and mounting adjustment devices Industrial component and standard machine element manufacturer Elesa recently launched their new CFAX plastic hinge in high resilience polyamide technopolymer designed for enclosures, cabinets and machine access panels. The CFAX range offers wide angle opening (215°) and secure rear mounted fixing in a range of sizes (40mm, 50mm, 65mm). They are notably rigid in situ which derives from their multileaf design especially matched to the material properties. Alongside the CFAX are the PCM-TH and PCM-SP stainless steel door spacers for sister hinges from the CFM/CMM/ CMM-SST and CMMY series, where they allow evening up of door/frame heights. Where the SP spacer has plain holes it permits stacking in thicknesses from 1mm to 10mm in combination, while the TH version with threaded holes permits the use of screws from either inside or outside the enclosure without the need


for individual nuts. Both the TH and SP are manufactured in non-corroding AISI 304 stainless steel. Further information regarding Elesa products may be found at: or follow them on twitter:

Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Toughened glass Processing CNC shaping Laminated glass Toughened and laminated constructions • EVA and Vanceva coloured interlays • Fabric and decorative interlays • Saflex DG41 structural interlay

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Specialist insulating glass units Anti–slip glass Fire rated glass UV bonding FIRMALITE electric switchable glass Heated glass Decorative glass Sandblasting ColorfirmTM back painted glass

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Staircases Treads and stringers Shower screens Shelving Glass doors Acoustic reduction Fire rated

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Structural glazing Glass floors Partitions Roof lights Balustrades Full height barriers Canopies

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Decoration Wall cladding Splashbacks Privacy Technical Support Nationwide Coverage

Further information is available from our sales and technical offices or visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

May 2017

Clif Bar & Company ensure coding and packaging accuracy with AutoCoding Systems For Clif Bar & Company brand integrity is everything. The private family and employee-owned company based in Emeryville, California produces organic foods and drinks, including their flagship product the CLIF BAR. When the company wanted to ensure all products leaving their factory were correctly coded and packaged, they chose a coding and packaging verification solution from AutoCoding Systems.

The new 275,000 square foot bakery in Twin Falls began production in May 2016 with 2 production lines with a 3rd line scheduled to be commissioned this year. All 3 lines will run a complete mix of 150 to 200 varieties of CLIF and CLIF Kid ZBar products. The solution had to be scalable to incorporate other packaging types and formats, as required. AutoCoding is utilised for date code deployment and package verification across the entire packaging operation. The AutoCoding product has been integrated with the following: •

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Apex Manufacturing Solutions Wonderware-based MES for Production Order launching and Line Control Markem-Imaje 9232/9450 Ink Jet Printers on Wrappers and Cartons Markem-Imaje 5200 Large Format Inkjet for Case Coding Markem-Imaje 2200P for Print & Apply for Pallet Labels Cognex 260Q barcode scanners for Package Verification

Data relating to the products and work orders is retrieved from the ERP system through Wonderware MES and stored in the central database. All date coding rules,


equipment parameters, label layouts, allergens, barcode formats, product images etc. are also stored in the database. Setting up the packaging line to run a specific order is quick and easy with all the relevant information automatically deployed to the line devices at the start of the production run, with minimal human involvement. Not only can Clif be sure of error-free printer set-up, the changeover times are significantly reduced. Continuous inline scanning of the packaging using 1D and 2D barcode scanners verify that the packaging is not only correct for the product, but that the right artwork version is being used, where applicable. Staff can access the system from any web-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, giving remote access to their production line activity. With comprehensive line reports and a 100% audit log, full traceability of all packaging line events is provided. Considering the overall project, Jeb Sloan, Senior Project Engineer, commented, “The team from AutoCoding Systems are creative solution providers with an appreciation for shop floor dynamics. The solution works seamlessly with our existing systems and adds an additional layer of security to our already robust processes.”



Actuator Controls

At least 25% cost saving

 Configurable patented design

Maximise flow of any circuit up to 2''

 Circuit simplification through balanced


Bifold Fluidpower Ltd, Bifold Group, Broadgate, Oldham Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Greater Manchester, OL9 9XA. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Email:

May 2017



The VEGATRUCK ‘on the road’ customer training facility is returning to the UK in June and July this year. After an amazing tour in 2016 with over 600 visitors, it is stopping at a number of venues where you can come along and visit, these include Aberdeen, Grangemouth, Grimsby, Ellesmere Port and South West London. In case you haven’t heard, it’s a specially built and equipped expanding formula 1 style team trailer pulled by a very impressive and unique American Kenworth W900 truck. The training room is equipped with working instruments, functioning models, in a 64m2 presentation area. Our level and pressure experts are on hand for demonstrations and to answer your questions on the full range of products on board. Featuring our new 80 GHz radar, Bluetooth communications for all instruments and VIS inventory system. If you would like to come along for a visit, or book it for a tour stop now or in the future, contact for further details, locations and timings. Click this link if you would like to see the truck in action!


“The Right Connection” For Your Hygienic Process

Fittings, Tube & Adapters Manual & Actuated Valves Food & Beverage Hose Assemblies Bespoke Design and Fabrications DIXON GROUP EUROPE LTD Tel: +44 (0)1772 323529 Email:

May 2017

IO-Link by Murrelektronik

Easy to use MKV Metal and Impact67 IO-Link fieldbus modules take you directly to where you want to go. They are ideal for integrating IO-Link devices into installation solutions. The advantages: fast integration, brief commissioning times, yet maximum flexibility. The basic feature of this easy integration is ‘IODD On Board’, an innovative technology by Murrelektronik. The sensor and actuator parameter data stored in the IODD (IO Device Description) are directly incorporated into the GSDML files of the Murrelektronik MVK Metal and Impact67 fieldbus modules. If these devices, for example IO-Link sensors or valve terminals, are connected, you can access this stored data directly and very conveniently via your control software, with no need for manual parameter setting or special tools. This greatly simplifies matters, as to date every new IOLink device had to be integrated into the software individually, a time-consuming process. All of


this is proof that it is best to store parameter data in the control. For series machines, this benefit can be multiplied because once created, configurations can be copied & pasted many times to other systems and machine controls. One particularly interesting aspect is that device parameterization can already be done on the computer in the office and no longer needs to be performed during machine commissioning on the shop floor. The parameter data is displayed in plain text (and not as HEX value) – this makes it easy to keep track of your data. This also facilitates the validation of machines and systems.

However, the freely configurable modules offer considerable time savings for nonstandard machinery as well. The auto-configuration mode makes speedy commissioning a reality, since setting parameters for digital inputs and outputs is eliminated, the channels do as the control system commands. In practical terms: The IODD of the new Emparro67 hybrid power supply unit from Murrelektronik makes it possible to parameterize the current values of the Mico channels and to exchange a variety of diagnostic data with the control – Murrelektronik’s IO-Link master and devices are easy to use.

Don’t think we can take the heat?

Think Again. The stable performance of the E3 Modulevel® displacer transmitter better protects downstream equipment because now it can handle up to 450 °C (425 °C for steam applications). E3 MODULEVEL linear variable differential transformer range spring technology is the straightforward choice for accurate, reliable liquid level measurement and control, even at extreme temperatures. • 01444 871313 •

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May 2017

High Pressure Springs from Lee Spring This specialist range of High Pressure Springs from Lee Spring save space to enable compact product design by combining an unusual range of performance characteristics to suit small applications with high loading requirements. They match small physical size with high force capacity operating over short distance and small deflections. High Pressure Springs feature heavier than normal gauge wire in a smaller than normal diameter compression spring configuration. They are the compression spring of choice for ball detent fixtures, quick change tooling, switches, safety relief valves, electrical contact actuation, vice clamps, toys and many production line fittings or accessories.

PH stainless steel with preset, and are shot peened and passivated for enhanced performance.

The comprehensive catalogue range is offered in many ex-stock sizes with options of 300, 400 and 500 psi pressure ratings. They are only available in type 17-7

Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website - or follow them on twitter -


This “High Pressure” compression series include selections to work inside holes from 1/8” (3.18mm) to 1” (25.40mm). They are available in a range of free lengths, starting at 0.250” (6.35mm) up to 2” (50.80mm).

May 2017

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Volume Booster & Filter Booster


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High Flow Volume / Filter Booster – 500% Highest Flow Reduces Costs Bifolds patented unique volume and filter booster range in 316L stainless steel provides up to 500% higher flow than the market equivalents. By removing all elements from the main flow line, including, regulators and filters, the effective CV of the patented filter booster is multiplied, resulting in significantly reduced tubing sizes.


Where safety is critical, Bifolds range of volume and filter boosters are SIL 3 third party certified to IEC 61508 Parts 1 & 2.

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In applications where a fast response time on modulating service, in combination with a fast shutdown time (ESD), is required, the VBP also eliminates the need for an additional poppet or Quick Exhaust Valve to achieve the required closing speeds. This results in reduced material and labour costs and simplifies positioned set up and control. Amplification of any control logic can be achieved by incorporating the volume booster with our ‘AXIS’ and modular system solutions. The pneumatically balanced design minimises the impact of both downstream and upstream pressure variations allowing for improved control along with the block before bleed function. BFD546 March ‘17

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PNEUMATIC Volume Booster & Filter Booster

500% Higher flow, reducing cost

Safe by design

Configurable patented design

SIL certified

 Maximise flow of any circuit

up to 2''

 Circuit simplification through

balanced design

Bifold Fluidpower Ltd, Bifold Group, Broadgate, Oldham Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Greater Manchester, OL9 9XA. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Email:


T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito European Sales Office Gronauer Straße 1 61194 Niddatal Germany

Polyformes Ltd Cherrycourt Way Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 4UH

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ECi Software Solutions Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA Tel: +44 (0) 333 123 0333  

Star Hydraulics Ltd Severn Drive Tewkesbury Business Park Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 8SF England (U.K.)

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Man and Machine Ltd Unit 8 Thame 40 Jane Morbey Road Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3RR

Weber Marking Systems UK Macmerry Industrial Estate, Tranent, East Lothian EH33 1HD, United Kingdom Tel: +44.18.7561.1111 E-mail: 84|

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Engineering Update - May 2017  
Engineering Update - May 2017