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October 2015

ABB wins $90-million order to supply world’s longest extruded ‘power from shore’ cable 200-kilometer cable system to deliver 100 megawatts of electricity from ABB has won an order worth around $90 million from leading international energy company Statoil, for a high-voltage cable system to supply power from shore to the Johan Sver-

platform which was commissioned in

Located 155 kilometres (km) west of Stavanger in the North Sea, Johan Sverdrup is considered one of the -

“Delivering enhanced customer value through close customer collaboration is an important element of ABB’s Next Level strategy and we are delighted to be supporting Statoil with this cable system as well as the HVDC converter stations,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems

fully operational, production is estimated at 550,000 – 650,000 barrels of oil per day, accounting for nearly 40 percent of total oil production from the

cable solution, ABB will once again be pushing the boundaries of technology and lowering environmental impact, in line with our vision of power and pro-

ABB will design, manufacture and install an 80-kilovolt (kV) extruded direct current (DC) cable system with a capacity of 100 megawatts to transmit power from the Norwegian power grid to the it will be the longest extruded submarine cable system to an offshore oil Supplying electric power from shore for offshore oil and gas production avoids the need to burn diesel or gas out at sea to power the equipment and machinery on the platforms, resulting ering the cluster of platforms from shore, the cable solution is safer and


will be the world’s longest alternating shore installation and the link to the Goliat power from shore installation in the Norwegian sector of the Barents engineering and design for the entire Johan Sverdrup HVDC power-fromABB is a global leader in high-voltage cable systems across applications such as integration of renewables, city centre infeeds, oil and gas platform power supplies and subsea intercon-

to supply the two high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations for onshore at Haugsneset, where it will turn alternating current (AC) from the grid into DC, which can be transmitted

er and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering

station which is on one of the oil platconverted back into AC and distributed ABB leads the way when it comes to cable systems delivering power-from-

er major references include the Gjøa

of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 For more information please contact:


ONE NAME, A MULTITUDE OF POSSIBILITIES In addition to new high speed presses, Bruderer UK Ltd can offer pre-owned presses together with full refurbishment & overhaul services. Here are some of examples of finished machines.




In addition to the above, we can offer our customers full service, maintenance and on-site repairs. Contracts are available for planned maintenance, to help you to accurately budget for planned work. All work carried out by BRUDERER UK LTD is performed by our own UK based service engineers, who collectively have in excess of 100 year of experience on our presses and ancillary equipment. full access to the extensive resources at our Swiss based head office Not only do we supply new and refurbished presses, but we also have an extensive portfolio of products to suit all of your press-shop requirements, including‌ Servo Feeds


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Do you have to wait 12/14 weeks for bulk deliveries of MIL-DTL-26482 (MS3116 etc.) Amphenol 62GB, ITT PT, AB AB05, KPT bayonet coupling | MIL-DTL-5015 (MS3106 etc.) threaded coupling | VG95234 reverse bayonet | MIL-DTL-38999 (D38999/26 etc.) circular connectors? In2Connect UK Ltd is a franchised distributor for Military, Aero, Defence, Harsh Environment and Industrial market sectors for Kukdong Electronic Precision, South Korea (you know the country that Samsung, Daewoo, Hyundai, LG and Kia come from!) With bulk deliveries on circular connectors at 4 to 5 working weeks, what are you waiting for? Call In2Connect UK Ltd Rd, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 0EF Tel: +44(0)1962 773004 Fax: +44(0)1962 600034


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Engineering the future

It’s just six weeks away; the biggest innovation event of the year. On 9th and 10th November 2015 the world of innovation will be uniting in London at Innovate 2015. The UK is carving a global reputation as a powerhouse of innovation. The UK’s unique heritage, robust research base and successful economic recovery makes it perfectly placed to provide the infrastructure to commercialise emerging technologies on a global scale. The UK has built a powerhouse economy around pioneering research and innovation. Inventors such as Dyson and entrepreneurs such as Branson are household names, but a claim to leadership in industries that are changing the way we live and work. The UK is deeply involved in making machine-to-machine technology, better known as the Internet of Things, a reality, but this is only one revoluswering the question of how agri-tech can help feed growing populations, whilst resources are dwindling and the climate is changing. UK companies and making London a leading light. Companies are building intelligent transport networks, developing driverless cars, commercialising alternative energies like hydrogen fuel cells and


looking at using satellites to perform tasks as diverse as turning data into sound. All of this is anchored in a broad research base, nurturing expertise from

grow. According to Tech Monitor the number of new tech sector start-ups reached a seven year high in 2014 and the tech sector, in general, has experienced the strongest growth out of all

research-intensive universities. Innovation and disruption is becoming the ‘new normal’. Challenger companies, with disruptive ideas and new solutions in advanced materials such as graphene, in biosciences, electronics, sensors and photonics, as well as information and communication technology. These are high value products throughout the supply chain answering demands across a wide range of industrial sectors, and answering pressing societal needs that require urgent answers. Innovation is growing not just in London but in many of the regions, and these game changing technologies have created a swell of new investment, internally and overseas, as the markets become increasingly aware of the UK’s ability to consistently deliver trailblazing technologies. In particular, technology research and development is playing a vital role in adding value and helping companies

up by 8%. It is no wonder that the UK, currently the sixth largest economy in the world, is predicted to be the largest economy in Europe in 2030. UK companies, supported by dedicated agencies like Innovate UK, are helped to go international and access new markets with the help of UKTI. UK companies are in demand worldwide. Innovate UK and UKTI provides the help to ensure businesses grow faster, get funding, make connections and go global. Company representatives, alongside investors, experts and buyers, will gather at a global event on innovation to be held in London in November. Innovate 2015, co-hosted by Innovate UK and UKTI, will bring together high-growth, high potential businesses, international investors and buyers, leading academic institutions and global corporates to deliver networking opportunities and discover support tools to take businesses to the next level. Learn more here.

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10 Killer Features in 20 minutes


nitronics and i4 Automation recently released a short video titled ‘10 Killer Features in 20 minutes’ to show case their market leading software to the ever sceptical PLC programmers out there. In this short video they show you

hardware, set up and implement communications, and more.

or a modern day bus protocol such as Ethernet IP, communications

slash development time by 50%” says manager from i4 Automation Ltd the

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“It’s very easy to use and several applications where we have been asked to communicate to third party

control communications the user can then view the screen data by using the

most precious resource, Time. and Rockwell inverters) have taken a fraction of the time that using traditional PLC control would have taken” explains Tony. “and given our

features comes from the combined PLC and HMI being programmed by a single software package that uses a common variable database with each name. This software enables users


All adding to saving on costly site visits” Communication is the key to at this with other items of industrial control equipment. Whether it be by

web browser or smart phone whenever there is an appropriate network. Plus VNC protocol allows for the display to be easily remotely viewed without the need for any more programming. The video shows you more and if you would like to arrange a no obligation demonstration or challenge the team at i4 Automation to communicate with an industrial third party, please contact them at

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Atlas Copco puts the air into aircraft A compressed air system from Atlas Copco is playing an integral role in supporting maintenance procedures carried out by Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) within its multi-million pound, giant hangar facility at Birmingham International Airport.

MAEL is the engineering division of The Monarch Group. Its 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham complements the company’s existing engineering operations at London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports, and supports MAEL’s ability to provide both existing maintenance, repair and overhaul services. Compressed air plays an essential role in aircraft maintenance procedures so special consideration of the air supply access locations, such as positioning channels to limit clutter and allow proximity to the point of use, was all part of the original system design and procurement process. This approach has enabled optimum utilisation simultaneous maintenance operations on a mix of wide-bodied and narrow-bodied aircraft to be carried out at any time. The Atlas Copco compressor system, supplied and installed by the company’s premier distributor, Air Kraft Ltd, based in Coventry, comprises two GA30 VSD FF full-


feature, rotary screw compressors and ancillaries. These compressors, each with an integrated refrigerant dryer, supply 7bar quality air for combination with air movers for the ventilation and emptying of aircraft fuel tanks, to the operation of air tools for structural fastening and assembly tasks and the blind riveting of fuselage panels. A particular feature of the system is the 300 metre, multi-drop air ring main, constructed from Atlas Copco’s AIRnet modular piping system. The pipework is made from robust, lightweight, powder-coated aluminium tube and designed for easy, low-cost installation with a large selection of adaptable, AIRnet low-friction, seamless pipework is corrosion free so it minimises pressure drop in the

Commenting on the MAEL’s purchase decision, John Swords, the company’s Team Leader of Maintenance, Planning and Control said: “We performance of the Atlas Copco

compressed air solutions already installed at our Luton maintenance operation that there was no hesitation in specifying the system for this milestone development The MAEL facility in Birmingham can accommodate almost every aircraft type in its two bays. It incorporates industry-leading design and build standards and capacity for Boeing 787 Dreamliner capacity for other wide body aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350. The hangar is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow-body aircraft and contains a number of component-repair and back shops. The dimensions are impressive; the vast building, covering around 2.5 acres is big enough to house four full-size football pitches, 2,400 Minis or 450 double decker buses. For more information: contact us on 0800 181085,

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October 2015

New Central Weighing Terminal B+L Industrial Measurement announces the release of a new user weighing terminal

central communication hub means it can be sited outside

engineers have produced a product application precisely

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head and adjusting its weight parameters are targeting the same weight then this is entered once and sent to all the controllers cost savings and programming


Field operators in the physical plant often face a labyrinth of pipes and instruments relying solely on past training and experience to know where they need to be. To easily navigate the ever evolving COG physical plant, Brady offers durable signage solutions for a more efficient turnaround. Navigate the labyrinth with durable COG signage!


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BSRIA is delighted to announce that it has signed a supporting partnership agreement with The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) conference and exhibition at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on 3rd – 4th November 2015. This Building Performance conference addresses design, construction, maintenance and operation of buildings to

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The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. With this in mind Ecotile was the natural choice when the University needed to replace the

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Unique RFID antenna is adaptable to customer applications HARTING has developed a unique type of RFID antenna, the Ha-VIS LOCFIELD(R) antenna, which uses a coaxial travelling-wave concept to

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October 2015

WTU 2010 Transfer System The new mk WTU 2010 transfer system provides a modular transfer or assembly automation process enabling safe transfer of pallets via timing belt conveyor, chain conveyor or accumulating roller chain conveyor. The application shown here demonstrates a WTU Transfer System incorporated into the customers automated assembly process. Several transfer levels are possible with safe stopping and separation and a maximum load of up to 150kg/m and 100kg per pallet. Due consideration will be given to the position of the product being transported to ensure smooth and fault-free transport. Within given system limitations, pallets of variable dimensions can be realized ranging from 400 x 400mm to 800 x 1040mm, with product-

are among the features of mk transfer systems. Equipped with modules

requirements; they can be delivered completely pre-assembled or for assembly on a do-it-yourself basis.

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available for mk transfer sections to suit the application. These are

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drive and indirectly or directly driven versions. The speed can be variably adjusted using frequency convertors if so desired. Other drive versions are available upon request. mk will work alongside the customer to establish a bespoke solution which will be tailored to meet each customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual requirements. Long-standing experience, robust products and innovative technologies


with a combination of standard modules, lift and transfer conveyors, features can be included and incorporated during the design phase. This model shows the combination of various circulation examples planning of layout including on-site customer consultation services, while accounting for individual on-site conditions. The variable dimensions of pallets and slots enable use of the transfer and promptly.

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Advanced motion performance: Applied Motion Products’ new SV200 series digital servo drives are available from Mclennan

Recently announced by Applied Motion Products Inc. (AMP), the USA based motion innovator and available from Mclennan, the new SV200 series intelligent servo drives provide advanced motion performance and extensive functionality to suit a broad range of precision motion applications. These compact servo drives include a direct-on-line power supply for convenient stand-alone operation 220 VAC nominal (single- or threephase). Continuous current ratings from 3.0 and 4.5A and a 300% peak current capability combine with cutting-edge features such as vibration algorithm and auto-tuning to enable smooth motion and fast settling times over a wide dynamic range. Designed to suit servo motors with power ratings from 100 to 750 W, such as AMP’s J series which include 2500 line encoders, the new digital drives include multiple communication and control options that will allow machine builders


With all models featuring a USB port for set-up and tuning users can choose RS232, RS485, CANopen or Ethernet communication ports whilst a broad choice of control options covers pulse & direction, analogue torque or velocity, streaming commands, stored program execution, CANopen and EtherNet/IP. complement includes eight regular and four high-speed digital inputs at 5-24 VDC that can be used for over-travel switches, coordinated event handling and fast positon capture in motion synchronisation applications such as packaging machines, process controls or dispensing equipment. Six digital outputs at 30 VDC maximum and two +/- 10 V analogue inputs balance the SV200’s machine interfacing handshake and interact with PLCs or other automation controllers or even provide complete machine control for single-axis applications. The high level ‘Q’ programming language option for the SV200 provides complete multitasked motion and machine control

with conditional processing, maths functions and high speed position registration, for instance in complex move sequencing and electronic gearbox applications. AMP’s SVX Servo Suite software provides a central programming and application SV200 series intelligent drives and is available free of charge for use across the AMP range of servo and stepper drives, allowing motor technologies to be freely mixed in applications for component costs. The SV200 range also features comprehensive fault protection and the compact panel mount drive includes a combination of front panel screw terminal and D-type connectors for fast and uncomplicated installation. A front mounted control panel and 5-digit LED display provides parameter setting/reading, error and operational status information. details are available on request from Mclennnan at or .

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The PS500 gas detector measures and displays up to 5 gases simultaneously. Featuring a wide range of VOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with 2 different PID sensors, the PS500 uses an internal pump or selectable diffusion modes. This ATEX approved gas detector includes a shock-resistant, hi-viz rubberised case. For more information, visit or contact sales at

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October 2015

Is there a new solution to keeping cooling costs down and controlling the environment? Hot factory or work place, non-compliant warehouse, unbearable conditions on the mezzanine are all common complaints from managers and their workforce â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but what can be done about it that


precooling as required. The cooling that uses wetted cooling pads and the fresh air throughout the building. This single phase electricity and a mains -

takes inputs from temperature, relasors and produces control signals to operate fans, dampers and control trollers will communicate with all the ing system to optimise heating, cooling and fan energy use.

feature that can also be used to send



As in the case of control equip-

times the balance between capital outlay and operating cost has tipped

for integration into building managecooling system will see it enter cool-

added enough bells and whistles to could start a samba band! -

ploitation of the physics behind fans. ed through integration of a robust yet ing the interface can be accessed re-

ture and humidity for supply to sen-

point adjustment are not the only features gained by the inclusion of a


the operator in understanding sensor readings and set points whilst data


conditions. The controller typically


control comparable with any refrigerant based system at an energy cost that the operating costs of fresh air control refrigeration based system!

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October 2015

Induction Hardening with IR Temperature Measurement Exlusive Road Test In many industries, the use of non-contact temperature measurement has become essential in monitoring and controlling production processes. In fact, high quality standards can only be guaranteed by precisely controlling temperature for even the smallest components. During induction hardening and tempering, a particular spot of the workpiece (such as precision parts made of steel or cast steel) is heated up and subsequently quenched rapidly. For such contactless heating methods, usually only a special area on the surface of the workpiece is selectively heated. This method of selectively heating and quenching induction heating process Temperature measurement via ISR 6-TI Advanced with simultaneous display of the thermal image (image below) a workpiece is critical in achieving the desired hardness of the mate- In order to detect and rial. If the temperature is too low, it will lead monitor the temperature distribution on the workpiece, the temperature is too high, it may damage a special hybrid-pyrometer the workpiece so that it becomes unusable. w i t h t h e r m a l i m a g i n g functionality has been By adjusting the induction coil, pieces in developed by LumaSense. various shapes can be correctly heated up This new solution, IMPAC ISR 6 TI Advanced, for the hardening process. combines accurate two-color pyrometer measurement Solutions: with thermal imaging display For efficient process monitoring and capability. This allows a control through temperature measurement, LumaSense Technologies offers a wide the objects surface. range of infrared pyrometers. They are The new ROI functionality contained in the supplied InfraWin software enables and can be configured for accurate measurements, even in the harshest with an optional I / O module, it is possible for example to trigger external working environments. The portfolio (switching-) contacts based on the temperature data of one or more ROIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. includes a wide range of instruments from standard-pyrometers and two-color Conclusion: pyrometers to composite solutions, which consist of pyrometers with integrated The use of pyrometers for controlling induction thermal imaging functionality. For measurement tasks with high reproducibility (as required in hardening processes), LumaSense offers Series 6 Advanced pyrometers, which are available

quick and easy process optimization maintaining exact quality-standards creation of robust, repeatable processes for monitoring of production

Contact: this series a ratio pyrometer version (ISR 6 Advanced) is also available, covering a wide scope of metal applications.


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Mass Flow metering of compressed air and gases. Compressed air is the most expensive form of energy in production plants ! Many companies are not aware of the fact that the generation of compressed air can account for up to 2O % of their overall energy costs. Measurement of handling of expensive compressed air. Detailed knowledge of the actual energy costs.

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Dewpoint Monitoring of Compressed Air Reliable dewpoint monitoring also plays an important part in avoiding unnecessary costs from compressed air systems with a refrigeration dryer. The EE354 dew point transmitter from E+E Elektronik has been designed spaces. The measurement range of the EE354 is -20 to +50 Deg C Td, and the unit is pressure tight Analog outputs, or MODBUS RTU digital interface. Drying processes and air pressure pipelines can have a requirement for precise dew point measurement. More exact monitoring is increasingly requested in many industrial applications, and for these purposes the multifunctional EE35 user-friendly, housing concept. A specially developed autocalibration process enables measurements in a measurement range of -60...+60 degC Td with a Td measurement accuracy of for the two measurement values (Td, T). An optional hygrostat output, which can be set by means of a potentiometer, provides an alarm signal in a simple way when a threshold of the permitted dewpoint is exceeded. An optional display for the measurement values and the associated MIN/MAX values allows a quick overview of the current situation. |35


October 2015

High Pressure, No Worries! The HP1100 Series of ultra high pressure transducers and transmitters takes away the worries of dealing with very high pressures safely. Designed to perform in demanding environments, The HP1100 Series from ESI Technology will consistently maintain accurate performance whilst sustaining high durability. The wetted parts and diaphragm are machined from a single piece of titanium alloy which means no weld joints and therefore high pressure integrity and overload capacity and with operating ranges up to 4000bar, the Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology ensures a high performance level even with high overpressures.

Stainless steel housing gives unbeatable corrosion resistance whilst the Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology provides outstanding performance with virtually no hysteresis and excellent long term stability over a wide bles safe and reliable sealing to such high pressures.

gases (zone 0), dusts (zone 20) and mining areas (group I M1). Pressure ranges from 0-400bar to 0-4000bar All titanium wetted parts with no seals or welds Excellent accuracy High operating temperature Autoclave high pressure process connection Intrinsically safe option Contact the ESI sales team on +44 (0)1978 262255 and or visit our website


High Precision MEMS Inertial Sensors and Systems Recent developments mean that Silicon Sensing can now provide high precision MEMS IMUs, gyroscopes and accelerometers with low output noise and bias instability able to meet the accuracy requirements for all applications.

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October 2015

Variohm EuroSensor’s ELPM linear position sensor has improved sealing option for even more reliability Variohm EuroSensor’s ELPM motorsports series linear position sensor is well-proven over several years for demanding applications that include ride height, suspension displacement and steering angle measurement. Recent developments to the IP67 rated sensor, which is UK designed and manufactured by Variohm, includes an optionenhanced reliability and improved endurance. The option will suit all areas of motorsports as well as industrial applications where unpredictable wet and hostile environmental conditions may exist mising reliability and topmost performance is an imperative. The S option (ELPMS) is available across the full range of the sensor series, covering electrical stroke lengths from 12.5 mm to 175 mm (in 25 mm increments) for both the standard self-aligning pivot bearing version and the ‘Pop’ version that includes snap-on mountings for rapid installation or removal. Furthermore, the improved sealing option does not increase the 9.5 mm diameter cylindrical housing or the overall mounting length which is shorter and more compact than competitive linear sensor devices. The independent linearity across the range is +/-1% for the 12.5 to 50mm versions and +/- 0.5% for the 75 to 175mm versions. The ELPM has a temperature range of -30ºC to +150ºC continuous with a short term rating to 175ºC. Rated at 25 million operations and with a maximum speed of 10 m/ sec, the long life and high reliability of the ELPM and ELPMS series wiper system which maintains full and complete contact with the linear sensor’s conductive plastic resistance element - even under the most arduous physical and environmental conditions and with very low electrical noise. The 24 VDC supplied sensor has a recommended use and is supplied as standard with a 500mm free cable with a Viton® seal. The ELPM series is also available with a spring loaded shaft and protective covers - custom options for stroke length, mounting and electrical connection are available on request.


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Engineering Managers: Why is it so difficult to get control of machinery safety? John is an Engineering Manager. John, like most engineering managers, has huge responsibilities and not enough time or resources. He is stuck in the middle between the demands of PRODUCTION and those of SAFETY. If you’re like John, we know you have a hell of a lot on your plate. engineers are unable to identify hazards It is an unfortunate truth that CE in a clear and consistent way.” Identifying marking does not guarantee that hazards… that’s easy!?” we hear you cry….’’ something is right and PUWER requires that John check for It should be easy but often it is hard ‘obvious faults’ in a CE Marked to see the wood for trees and remain piece of work equipment…. So, we independent when so many characters are back to John inspecting his work are pulling your strings. Often your equipment… time is up. The machine engineers become numb to the hazards needs to run! around them in order to rationalise their predicament. Our Story has no direct relation to production but the ‘production is king’ voice seems louder and more immediate than any others so always seems to take precedence. John is responsible for ensuring that machines are, and continue to be, safe to operate. He relies heavily on his team of engineers to keep him well informed, therefore the competence of John’s engineers is crucial. On the other hand, John doesn’t need ‘Surely, if this wasn’t safe enough to them to be dedicated safety engineers. operate it wouldn’t be here?!?! ‘ It’s a heavy load for anyone’s shoulders, Inspection for hazards is not terribly but we know that John will do his very interesting and often when being best to maintain the equipment day to completed in parallel with other activities day and he is the best placed person for is easily over-looked. We feel your pain. identifying any deterioration that results We know it’s a laborious job where a in risk to people using a machine. small oversight could potentially lead to Sounds easy? No – we know it’s not. an accident. everything is in a continuous state of change: Production requirements change, so machines change New machines are ‘dropped’ on you from nowhere and the pre delivery checks missed issues which are now yours to work with


write this article. We have helped managers like John a machine safety hero by going to site and identifying all his machinery problems and what he should do about them. We also helped him to check the quality and suitability of the corrective actions proposed by

were going well. It still not a perfect world and some risk remains which Unfortunately it is a necessary evil. You needs to be addressed over the see, the engineering manager cannot long term but he has painted a clear prioritise his resources and demonstrate picture to senior management who he or she is meeting their duties unless those actions are ranked in order of risk, and, he or she can’t know the risk unless We are guessing he can sleep well in his bed at night knowing he is top of his game and probably looked a place. little something like this….. because Now that John knows there is an issue, he is ace. what should he do about it?

Management change, so systems of work change him during the weekend? The law, EN standards and best practice How does John know if the people all change Unless John’s engineers are familiar with the above as well as the machine John can’t discriminate between changes/ deterioration which introduce risk and those that don’t. This is because John’s

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Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team helps FLSmidth develop revolutionary mining equipment In the mining industry, processing plants are generally constructed on the site of extraction. Mined ore gets transported by super-heavy duty trucks to the plant, where it gets crushed Besides the ore, the mine typically has to move four times as much overburden as ore. Big mines typically have to move 700,000 tonne of material per day. As the mine gets larger, the trucks have to travel longer distances to deposit their load, maintenance. To address this problem, FLSmidth engaged the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team to develop design and analysis tools that would help them design a Dual Truck Mobile Sizer (DTMS) – an innovative machine that can be relocated throughout a project, as the haul distances increase.

investigating the dynamic loading on the bearings, and estimating As part of developing and testing the skip model, Maplesoft’s technical teamalso evaluated the design, to identify the sources perform stability analysis, which was made possible by the fact that the skip model provided easy access to key geometric features and dynamic properties of the design. The stability analysis approach was demonstrated using a case study in which the location of the feedback sensor was varied. The enabling engineers at FLSmidth to develop a more robust design.

Once the truck clears the end of the skip, the skip can be raised. As the skip is elevated, it pours material from the discharge of the skip and deposits the material into the apron feeder hopper. As material is introduced onto the apron feeder, it conveys the material to the sizer where it is crushed to the appropriate size. After being crushed, the material is deposited onto the discharge conveyor where it is taken to the bench conveyor. This process is performed while another haul truck is depositing material into the twin skip, thereby increasing the number of truck cycles.

“The stability analysis performed by the Maplesoft team was very insightful,” said Fourie. “Knowing about a potential issue early on enabled us to design with it in mind, rather than having to go back and rework our design at a later stage. This contributed to keeping our project on track, and saved us millions of dollars down the line.” The stability analysis design approach and all the other analysis tools developed by Maplesoft were delivered to FLSmidth, enabling them to apply them to future projects. Once the modeling and testing of the skip system was completed,

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incorporated all the key components of the skip – from its geometric structure and mechanical operation, to the hydraulic circuits and controllers. “The DTMS is a very large and complex machine,” says Willem Fourie, Global Product Line Manager – Mobile Sizer Stations, FLSmidth. “The ability to model all aspects of its operation during the design phase using MapleSim gave

and professional service,” concludes Fourie. “Their team worked tirelessly to accommodate our schedule, and the power of the Maplesoft toolset is second to none. The level of design detail and the amount of insight we gained have enabled us to revolutionize onsite crushing through the development of the DTMS. We could not have achieved this without the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team.”

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October 2015

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With the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital very much the focus for major rail and civil infrastructure projects, two co-located exhibitions taking place next year at the ExCeL London exhibition centre are attracting companies serving both sectors.


CITE 2016 will build on the success of the well-received launch of the first CITE in 2014 and again form an important part of the UK’s largest infrastructure exhibition. CITE will focus on infrastructure, civil engineering, energy, geotechnical, tunnelling, waste, water and utilities, whilst Infrarail will again shine the industry spotlight on rail infrastructure.

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October 2015

OmrOn demOs path tracing delta rObOt with freehand pattern recOgnitiOn A demonstration robot cell at the 2015 PPMA show will highlight innovative applications in pattern recognition and path tracing. Visitors to the show’s Robot Feature Area, will be able to draw their own freeform shapes, present them to the vision system within the cell, and then watch as the delta robot traces the shape. The system accurately follows the path even as the shape is rotated or moved back and forth on a linear slide to demonstrate on-the-fly conveyor synchronisation.

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The demo cell features an Omron delta robot, controlled by a Sysmac NJ controller, and linked to Omron’s FH vision system, with a light curtain to ensure user safety. When a drawing of a shape is presented to the cell through the

background suppression improves the scan for outline detection. From the outline, the vision system splits the output XY data of equally spaced points. The whole process happens at high speed, with the vision algorithms executed over a multicore processor system to reduce inspection time. The algorithm skips the traditional pre-calculation that would conventionally be used in pattern recognition – a task that has high computational cost. This allows faster calculations to be performed and the cell to operate within a real time control systems context. The XY data is sent to the NJ PLC, which connects these output data points using interpolation to create a smooth curve. The total length of the path is calculated from the number of points and distance between pairs of points, supplied by the FH vision system. With the total distance calculated and the curves smoothed, the trajectory data used to calculate the distance from the initial position to the current position. A key feature of the system is its ability to synchronise with the speed of a conveyor – simulated in the demo cell using the rotary turntable and linear slide. A third degree polynomial interpolation is recalculated at every CPU tick and accelerations, which are checked constantly during the path execution. The demo highlights a host of applications for path following where it is either not possible or desirable to have the path generated within a CAD system. The ability


Omron demonstrates pattern recognition and path tracing

to draw a closed shape freehand and have it accurately traced saves time and could have important applications in areas such as food production, packaging, healthcare and more, enabling new levels of customisation for short batch in the design. The demonstration addresses a number of key issues and trends across industries. The fast teaching time means minimal downtime on the production line, and eliminates can be a time consuming operation in itself. It also highlights how the use of integrated robotics and vision

improve throughput. Further, the robot cell highlights the ease of integration builders. With Omron’s Sysmac platform, the controller, robot, vision system, safety technology, drives and servos are all connected over EtherCAT and programmed using

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GE Healthcare partners with FANUC UK to build a packaging line The Challenge GE Healthcare, a leading manufacturer of high quality medical technologies and services for the healthcare industry needed to transform an ageing packaging line for its signature ‘Drytec’ product, a generator of the injectable radio nuclide TC99m used in hospitals all over the world for patient diagnostic imaging. A new handling and packaging solution was required at The Grove Centre in Amersham, headquarters of the GEHC Life Sciences business as well as ‘Drytec’ manufacturing and distribution. The existing packaging facility was struggling to keep up with demand, with the short lifetime of the product requiring a 24 hour turnaround to ensure timely patient care. Packing line components were becoming outdated and/or unavailable repair or upgrade. GE Healthcare needed production output, and at the same time ensuring safety due to the radioactive composition of the product. GE needed to respond rapidly to improve its packaging line processes without disrupting current operations. The Solution GE Healthcare partnered with FANUC UK, the world’s largest robotics and automation solutions provider, to build and install a reliable and safe solution for its packing line. In conjunction with GE Healthcare, FANUC designed the complete solution, and a FANUC facility in Rugby was used to build and test the packing line, including fully mocked-up shield walls, for an extensive FAT (Factory Acceptance Test). The test demonstrated functionality of all time and the software managing the scheduling and product tracking through the system to despatch and shipping. For the above mentioned software, FANUC commissioned SOLCOM Ltd, a leading provider of industrial software and systems, to deliver this aspect of the project. Validation of the system was completed in-house. Once the automated packaging process was successfully installed and operational DRYTEC products were collected from the manufacturing production line and loaded onto the packaging line in stillages. The packing materials were pre-loaded


onto the line during nonproduction, after which the packing process ran automatically, packing the Drytec generators, associated ancillary box and paper documentation into the individually labelled shipping boxes, followed by palletising and wrapping. Shipment inventory documents are created for each pallet. A wide range of Drytec generators are available, with each order individually manufactured and packed with appropriate literature for the destination country. A total of six FANUC robots were integrated into this solution. The software provided by SOLCOM Ltd, working in conjunction with visual barcode reading and OCR was integrated into several stages of the packaging process ensuring that only the correct product could ever be shipped to a given address, whilst managing and prioritising delivery for clients around the world.

Previously, the unreliable automation caused a high degree of manual intervention to the line, increasing operator radiation dose rates. Also occasional failure of the plant for even a few hours directly impacted supply to the end customer, resulting in cancelled patient appointments. Using robots to automate the packaging vastly improves the line reliability, and reduces risk. The





zero outages, and guaranteed timely delivery of the product to the end user. At the same time, reductions in manual handling reduced operator dose rate, and improved working conditions. Outcomes Since the installation of the plant in January 2014 manual handling and rework has gone down from 10 per cent to 1 per cent, and much needed capacity for growth has

been created; with the ability to produce in excess of 500 generators per 8 hour shift. Robert Scivier, Technical Authority for Controls & Instrumentation, GE Healthcare said: ‘We chose to work with FANUC due to their reputation as the world’s leading provider of automation solutions. FANUC were able to supply us with a safe and reliable end-to-end packaging process and at the same time support and maintain existing operations. The new robotics packaging line supplied by FANUC our supply chain. It has delivered major improvements to our manufacturing operation through improved reliability and the ability to meet regulatory expectations and safeguards, whilst reducing manual handling/dose uptake for operators and ensuring capacity for future growth. In short, it has been a major success.”

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Must-visit exhibitions and conferences for light based and vacuum technologies. PHOTONEX/VISION UK is dedicated to applications, components and systems and all things utilising light technology, it is co-located with VACUUM EXPO for vacuum pumps and systems. Join in the event on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. What’s at these events for the engineer? With a broad light technologies remit, PHOTONEX/VISION UK provides industry with the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies in the exhibition and attend an indepth “Enlighten” conference covering applications and technology advances. At VACUUM EXPO attendees can attend the Vacuum Symposium and take part in Training Courses. The exhibitions includes applied optical instruments and systems, components, lasers, sensors, vision systems, vacuum


systems, pumps and much more. PHOTONEX is underpinned by a strong technical and application orientated conference with key growth sectors being discussed such as Optical Metrology, Industrial Vision and Laser Processes in Ultra Precision Manufacturing. Vision technologies features strongly at the event at Vision UK - for vision/ imaging/laser technology for industry | machine vision | factory automation. Vision UK is a place to solve your problems, learn how to utilise vision in your factory - amongst the exhibitors there is someone to answer any vision, sensing, remote sensing or light based technology question and to explain what technique will be suitable for your application. The UKIVA (The UK Industrial Vision Association) is running a programme “Vision in Action: Advances in Vision

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BULKEX 2015 In October the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) is debuting BULKEX 2015, the combined exhibition and conference for the bulk and materials handling industry. The industry presenters for the seminar sessions at the Harrogate International Conference Centre on 21-22 October.

The full programme for the seminar sessions will be published shortly and will cover areas relevant to the materials handling engineering sector, including commercial and technical case studies from power, cement, ports, mining, aggregates, recycling and building products.

highly-regarded professionals that visit an exhibition that will include leading suppliers of the technical services and products our industry demands. We can expect more speakers to be added to the list in the coming months leading to the

“We are very pleased to announce the Speakers said Mike Redmond, MHEA Chairman. “The amount of experience and representatives and their organisations is already attracting delegates and exhibitors from all aspects of bulk and materials handling, from users to manufacturers to distributors. “Delegates are registering to attend BULKEX not only to hear from these


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October 2015

RiskMach for PUWER Has Arrived RiskMach is distributed by Spiers Engineering Safety, purpose built platform for managing PUWER inspection, risk assessments all resulting documentation in a closed loop process. It is intended to provide an open platform for all stake holders in the industry to record and action their risk assessments. No more 500 page PDF reports…. No more printing…. No more administrative burden through once PC…. Now everyone can have access to all the risk assessments, anywhere, anytime… in real time. (If you let them) RiskMach was released in Beta 3 years ago and has been used by Spiers Engineering Safety during that time as the primary development partner. After a lot of changes and hard work it is now ready for commercial release. Spiers is a growing, thriving machinery safety business working with clients such as Jaguar Land Rover, KP Foods, Nestle and Unilever to mention but a few. RiskMach had to

RiskMach is a suite consisting of a cloud portal and an App for the purpose of PUWER inspection, risk assessment and documenting the evidence that actions were completed and approved: Planning for PUWER Asset management for companies, sites and areas Teams management Scheduling PUWER inspections Record keeping inspections and checklists Risk Assessments, revisions, closeout Approvals process Tools RiskMach App for making observations with photos and multi colour quick sketch functions Advanced Filtering Advanced Reporting Individual and team permissions Guest invites for suppliers or third parties

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CITE 2016 will build on the success of the well-received launch of the first CITE in 2014 and again form an important part of the UK’s largest infrastructure exhibition. CITE will focus on infrastructure, civil engineering, energy, geotechnical, tunnelling, waste, water and utilities, whilst Infrarail will again shine the industry spotlight on rail infrastructure.

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October 2015

National Electronics Week Birmingham NEC 2016 National Electronics Week is returning to Birmingham next year to take part in the largest gathering of electronics and manufacturing professionals in the UK. Running alongside MACH, Drives & Controls and another 4 associated events, National Electronics Week will be taking up residency in Hall 2 at the NEC from 12th-14th April 2016. Covering four key areas of the industry in colour coded exhibition space; visitors can meet companies, source new suppliers and services plus attend free seminars in Components & Power, Design & Test, Embedded & Software and Production & EMS. Historically the show has hosted over 100 exhibiting companies and the technical content has always been at the forefront of the experience for every visitor. From live demonstrations and experiences to expert speakers and the Hand Soldering Competition, each of the three days is jam-packed with a free program for all to attend.

days to provide insight and assistance to everyone involved. The show provides a good mix of exhibitors across the four sectors with some that have been exhibiting for years and some that are new to the show each year. Many companies represent global brands and products so make sure you visit our website to keep updated on what will our exhibitors will be featuring. The NEC is a great location to visit an exhibition and with the co-located events in 2016 it is a must attend event. Network with key industry professionals in a centrally located venue with ample parking, onsite internationthroughout the venue to ensure you can keep up with what is happening

National Electronics Week has always had huge support from the industry and once again will be working with companies and associations such as The SMART Group, NPL, Electronic Product Design & Test Magazine, Engineering Update, Electronics Weekly, Electronics Specifier, The PXI Show and The IET amongst many others. These partners help us to put technical content together, promote the event to their readers, members and associates and to be on hand throughout the 3


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ExCeL London has been chosen as the venue for Infrarail 2016. The UK’s showcase event for railway infrastructure equipment, products and services will take place at the capital’s premier exhibition centre from 12 to 14 April next year, again bringing together leading suppliers and the industry’s decision makers and buyers.

access from London Underground’s Jubilee Line and London City Airport. Parking is available for 3,700 cars, and there are six onsite hotels and numerous bars and restaurants. ExCeL recently won the coveted ‘Best UK Conference Venue’ and ‘Exhibition Venue of the Year’ awards for an unprecedented third time.

London is served by main line and urban rail networks that rank among the world’s densest and busiest. Continuing high levels of investment in these systems by Transport for London and by government at a national level add to a strong case for staging this eleventh Infrarail in the capital, according to show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

Infrarail will again provide a valuable opportunity to develop new business contacts. The show will be colocated with CITE - the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition. CITE 2016 will shine the spotlight on wider transport, utilities and communications networks to form a perfect partner event for Infrarail. Together the two shows will form the UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to public infrastructure.

“Locating Infrarail in London provides a good balance with Railtex at the NEC in Birmingham”, says Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks for both events. “It will enable exhibitors to introduce their products and capabilities to the widest range of potential customers in the capital and the south of the country, as well as to visiting industry professionals from the rest of the UK and beyond.” Situated in a stunning waterfront location, ExCeL London now hosts many of the UK’s leading consumer and trade shows. Located in the capital’s Royal Docks and within easy reach of central London, the venue is served by three Docklands Light Railway stations and has easy


together Infrarail and CITE attracted some 6,600 visitors and more than 200 top rail infrastructure companies took part in the rail show. Next year’s Infrarail will incorporate the features that have contributed to the continuing success of the show – the latest in rail infrastructure technology plus keynote presentations from industry CITE Awards, and much more. Regular visits to www. will keep you up to date with the latest plans for the show. Contact kirsten.whitehouse@mackbrooks. for further information.


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Atlas Copco VSD compressor realises major energy savings for Yorkshire packaging specialist

Crossgrove Associates provides innovative packaging and design solutions for a diverse range of UK businesses. When Atlas Copco Compressors’ premier distributor Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS) was called to service the company’s original 37kW screw compressor, which was supplying the 22,000sq ft production plant, it found that the unit capacity was greater than necessary and there was potential for VSD compressor.

eligible businesses up to £5,000 (up to a maximum of 50%) towards capital purchases that provided energy savings and reduce a company’s environmental impact. The council representative carried out an energy and environmental impact company would qualify for the grant. Dave Jones, Area Sales Manager at PPS commented: “Because the old electricity usage, the new Atlas Copco

PPS carried out a data logging survey and simulation exercise on the company a one-month free trial with the installation of a new GA11VSD+FF variable speed drive compressor. The trial established that with the new Atlas Copco compressor, annual running costs would be just £770, even lower than originally predicted, representing a saving of £5,680. At the same time, PPS put Crossgrove Associates’ Director, Marc Auty, in touch

reduced further, to just seven months. What’s more, the customer was also impressed by the small footprint of the new compressor, which takes up much less space than the old one.” The savings achieved by Crossgrove Associates’ demonstrate how compressed air users are taking advantage of energy and cost-saving by Atlas Copco’s UK distributor network.

Alan Wood (General Manager Crossgrove Associates)

came up, I thought it was a sales pitch – trying to talk me into to put a machine in free of charge to prove the statistics. I

in any business at the moment, but getting 50% of the costs paid by Kirklees Council was a big factor. It was a great idea for PPS to have the relevant contact details with him when he came. It was almost pre-packaged for me; it made my job as simple as possible. When you bear in mind that we were going to get half the new compressor paid for, plus we knew from the monitoring exercise that it was going to save us a fortune in electricity, it was a no brainer.” 68|

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