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1 JUNE 2023 COMPANY SPOTLIGHT The new Dalby EQ Spray Booth, with Pro Active energy saving technology. 4 INDUSTRY NEWS Midland Handling Equipment Celebrates 50th Anniversary. 8 QUALICOAT Members Meet in Cork. 12 Engineering should be made more visible in schools, says poll of academics. 14 Industry Recognised Training Courses from the IMF. 16 HMG Paints Ltd Honoured as the 2023 Manufacturing Family Business of the Year. 18 SURFACE WORLD 2023 Trade shows can be a vital business platform for companies. 22 CONVEYORS & MATERIALS HANDLING Is it time for some conveyor TLC?. 26 Improve your efficiency using an overhead conveyor. 28 ELECTROPLATING, ANODISING & GALVANIZING Rare Rhinos Housed for the Future Thanks to State-of-the-Art Enclosure. 30 TESTING & MEASUREMENT Reduce Costs With Inline Measurement For Electroplating Reel-To-Reel Applications. 32 Paint Cure Monitoring – PhoenixTM Helping drive Quality and Coating Oven Economy. 34 PRETREATMENT, SURFACE PREPARATION, DEGREASING & CLEANING Equipment Modernisation Programmes E.M.P. 40 Should you automate your cleaning process? 42 Offering Intelligent Cleaning Solutions for Demanding Applications. 44 Achieving substantial annual cost savings and improving sustainability. 48 PAINT & POWDER Datalec is always looking at ways to better service its customers. 52 PRODUCTS & PROCESSES Innovations in greener manufacturing and technology. 56 First life cycle analysis of ultraviolet/electron beam curing shows benefits over other coil coating technologies. 60 MATERIAL & EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS 66
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The new Dalby EQ Spray Booth, with Pro Active energy saving technology

The new Dalby EQ Spray Booth, with Pro Active energy saving technology. Now with game changing cost per job software to give accurate cost analysis of gas and electric consumption on each individual job.

The new Dalby Evolution EQ combination spray booth oven incorporates the very latest technology, providing the optimum paint application environment, whilst minimising running costs.

The ‘Pro Active’ control system constantly monitors the activity within the spray booth and automatically adjusts airflow, temperature and lighting to optimise overspray clearance and bake performance as efficiently as possible.

The control system allows the booth to operate in Performance, Smart and Economy modes. With invertor controlled automatic pressure

balancing, the airflow is automatically controlled to provide power consumption as low as 1kW in Economy mode. This unique spray booth technology will provide your

business long term cost savings without compromising the quality or performance of the equipment.

With the high visibility LED mode indicator and countdown timer display fitted above the 3 leaf, large vision panelled doors, the booth operating mode and count down timer is easily visible across any workshop.

The factory-built air handling unit incorporates the fans, dampers and pilotless burner into a single unit, enabling a fast installation and unrivalled levels of reliability. Access to the plant for maintenance is gained from inside the EQ booth. This allows for corner positioning within the workshop with no side or rear access required. This space saving design helps maximise usable floorspace and is a major benefit for clients with limited room.

With rear extraction as standard, there is no requirement for a pit. However, if you prefer, the Dalby EQ can also be supplied with downdraft air movement via pit extraction or with an internally ramped raised floor.

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Pro Active Energy Saving Technology

The Dalby ‘ProActive’ touch screen control system enables full control of all the booth’s functionality and allows the user to switch between modes at a touch of the screen.

PERFORMANCE mode, is ideal for spray and flash off processes where maximum airflow is required.

PERFORMANCE mode will offer 20,000m3 / hour airflow whilst ECONOMY mode will deliver 10,000m3 / hour, dramatically reducing the energy consumption, saving you money.

SMART mode enables the booth to actively reduce energy consumption without affecting productivity. This is done by targeting periods when the booth is running without spraying activities taking place.

The Dalby control system constantly monitors operations inside the booth and will actively switch between modes to reduce electricity and gas consumption where possible. The EcoSave mode further reduces power consumption with active use of stop/start technology when the booth is not being used for spraying or curing activities, such as when masking up or paint mixing is taking place.

Cost Per Job Analysis

The Dalby evolution booths now have game changing technology which can monitor the real time running costs of

your booth. New software means you can now track the usage of the booth, recording data against each individual or job reference number and monitor how long the booth is operational in each mode giving you accurate energy costings per job.

This data is displayed on screen and can also be downloaded onto your laptop for more detailed performance analysis. With the rapid cost of energy increases we have seen recently this is an innovative, new way to monitor costs in real time and see where operational improvements can be made to make further energy savings.

The ‘ProActive’ control system has a number of other innovative features designed to optimise the performance and efficiency of the booth. These include:

Automatic Pressure Balancing, this automatically maintains the negative pressure balance in the booth cabin.

Integrated Mist Clearance Indicator. When spraying has finished, the ‘ProActive’ control displays the mist clearance time remaining.

Automatic Filter Condition Monitoring. The control system warns you when the input and extract filters require replacement.

Maintenance Scheduler, this gives you advance warning of when the next scheduled service is due.

Fault Finding and Diagnosis. The ‘ProActive’ control system provides fault diagnosis information in the event of a breakdown.

Customisable Display. You can also select from a library of car images to customise your display.

“HighLight” LED Lighting System with PIR Control

The EQ booth has The Dalby “HighLight” LED lighting system fitted as standard. This system significantly reduces power consumption, with typical power savings in excess of 60% versus traditional lighting systems.

The “HighLight” LED light boxes are mounted at corner roof level and shine through our unique, laser cut, highly efficient light shaping diffuser to provide diffused light inside the booth which replicates daylight. The diffused light reduces spotting and decreases vision issues as operators do not see the individual LEDs.

With average light levels at the spraying face in excess of 1400 lux and with excellent colour rendering, the “Highlight” LED lighting creates an optimally lit spraying environment.

With heat control designed into the light, the “Highlight” LED lighting has a much greater life span that traditional fluorescent lighting leading to very low

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ongoing maintenance costs and minimal reduction in light output.

PIR control saves energy by ensuring that the lights dim and then turn off when no movement is detected in the booth cabin, and instantly turn on when an operative enters the booth.

Spray Booths

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Harry Dalby Engineering is proud of its tradition of manufacturing in the UK. Operating from our two factories in Leicester with a combined area of 49,000 sq ft, we manufacture almost every part of our spray booths in house. The process starts in our drawing office where, using the latest 3D CAD software and our modular design concepts, we specify each and every spray booth to suit our client’s individual requirements. The designs are then issued to our factory floor where, using state of the art CNC machines such as our Fibre Laser, CNC Punches, 6 Meter CNC Press Brake and Robot Welders, we manage production from start to finish.

We manufacture in house all the major components such as the insulated booth enclosure panels, vehicle and personnel doors, fans, dampers, control system (including state of the art PLC controls), direct gas fired burners, and we even have our own ducting shop and spiral duct forming machine.

By manufacturing these components in-house we are able to constantly evolve our designs to ensure that every part of each spray booth is perpetually reviewed and optimised for its function within a paint application environment, thus ensuring the highest performance and long term reliability of our Spray booths.

Dalby spray booths are recognised by many of the UK’s major OEM’s and Tier 1 industries who work with Dalby

because of our reputation for Quality, Technological Innovation and the ability to offer a complete package from concept to installation and commissioning.

To find out more about our new cost per job software or our EQ energy saving spray booth please contact us on telephone: 0116 2916000 or email: or visit our website

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Midland Handling Equipment Celebrates 50th Anniversary

February 2023 saw the 50th Anniversary of Midland Handling Equipment Ltd, a leading manufacturer of Material Handling Equipment, especially Overhead Chain Conveyors.

Founded in 1973 by brothers Keith and Mike Deacon, who had already established themselves as sub contract installation engineers for many conveyor companies of the period, they decided to begin manufacturing their own conveyor products.

And so Midland Handling Equipment was formed to supply a range of conveyors mainly to the Paint Finishing Industry. The Trakmaster range of

Overhead Chain Conveyors quickly became a firm favourite in the industry, and remains so today, with ranges from the light duty ‘152’ to the heavy weight ‘406’.

As customer demands and manufacturing techniques evolved so too did Midland Handling’s products with the development of a range of Power and Free Overhead Conveyors which is now amongst the most

popular product range, with capacity to handle loads from a few kilos to 10 tons.

But in addition to Overhead Conveyors the company produces a wide range of Belt, Roller and Slat Conveyors, as well as special purpose bespoke handling equipment.

With such clients as JCB, BAE Systems, Bosch Rexroth, Airbus, Jaguar Landrover & Toyota, amongst many others over the years, Midland Handling is able to meet the demands of modern manufacturing to supply quality and reliable products on time and within budget.

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Today the company occupies a 10,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Great Glen, Leicestershire and is staffed by a dedicated team of experienced engineers and management team. From here the company can take an initial concept idea through the design stage, manufacturing and installation, with after sales service for spare parts and maintenance.

The company looks forward to the future with the recent accusation of

the firm by Richard Deacon and John Donohoe, the company remains very much a family business that still offers a personal and dedicated service, backed up by the skills, knowledge and manufacturing capabilities gained over decades of experience in the material handling industry.

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QUALICOAT Members Meet in Cork

As the Association covers both the UK and Ireland, the second members council meeting of the year was held at Architectural & Metal Systems (AMS), based in Cork, who kindly offered their meeting room facilities for the event which was attended by thirty members.

AMS was established in Cork in January 1990 by Chris Martin, Pat O’Hara and the late Dave Rawlings to supply fenestration systems across the region. The company has grown significantly since 1990 and now offers system design, aluminium extrusions, powder coating, anodising thermal break and fabrication services. Early members of QUALICOAT UK & Ireland, this year marks AMS’s twentieth year in membership. As early adopters on new technology, AMS have utilised only chrome-free pretreatment since joining QUALICOAT for all of their architectural aluminium powder coating, citing chrome free technology as a robust pretreatment system.

The meeting took place within the AMS offices, overlooking the ‘Lough Mahon’ on Little Island and despite the warm weather outside, the meeting was opened by Chair, Angus Mackie, who welcomed everybody to the meeting and thanked AMS for their hospitality and assistance in organising the meeting.

Following a round table delegate introduction, the Chair welcomed two new member companies at the meeting, Ross Hartshorn & Eddy Webb from Garnalex and Declan Deane from Deane Roofing. Both companies were awarded their licences in early 2023. After matters of business were covered, the Members discussed the upcoming Surface Live Show at the NEC on the 4th & 5th of October and attendance at the ZAK World of Facades in London later in the year on the 8th November. The Surface World Live show brings people together from all the surface coatings businesses and associations to discuss and review the Industry. Supporting the event, QUALICOAT Members will be present to discuss the benefits of membership of the Association.

The ZAK World of Facades event, which takes place in London, brings together the complete facade supply chain including specifiers who are working on projects in the UK and overseas. QUALICOAT is taking a tabletop stand at the show and will be on-hand

during the conference break-outs to offer guidance on specification of architectural powder coatings which adorn the majority of facades around the globe.

Most UK & Ireland members are now using chrome-free pretreatment systems and the Members were reminded that the use of hexavalent chromate in the UK for pretreatment will be banned by the HSE from September 2024 due to its carcinogenic properties. Pretreatment systems Members confirmed that their products will be withdrawn for sale in the UK at that time but that the product will continue to be used in other countries around the globe as it remains within QUALICOAT approval. Two further companies applying for QUALICOAT application licences are very close to being awarded. One UK systems company in the West Midlands and an applicator business in the South East. Both companies have recently cleared initial inspections, with these two companies in membership later in the year, twenty eight of the UK’s leading architectural powder coat applicators will be QUALICOAT approved licensed applicators.

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Training for the members laboratory technicians, which takes place once a year and is obligatory for members to attend at least once every two years, will be held in the Midlands on the 21st November and be run by the independent German test house IFO. More information will be available on the website prior to the event.

On the technology, front there will shortly be a further appendix added to the QUALICOAT Specification. The new appendix will cover post forming of powder coated profiles. As technology in the metal curving world has advanced allowing specifiers freedom in design, there has been little research undertaken to determine the life expectancy of the coatings on the profiles that have been shaped after powder coating. The appendix will cover the appropriate specification of powders and pretreatment systems that will ensure powder adhesion on such profiles. Some powder formulations are more flexible than others, using a more brittle coating, could cause issues over time for a coated curved profile. The appendix will offer specification advice which has been researched by a QUALICOAT working group of members from around the globe. The appendix will be launched later this year.

QUALICOAT 3.0 continues to gain traction with specifiers where the aluminium itself forms part of the coating specification. Whilst the mechanical properties of extrusions

with high recycled content is well understood, the level of trace elements and the structure of the aluminium at the molecular level is less so. With some slight adjustments in the extrusion process, mainly around the heating of the billet and die, a more consistent grain structure can be achieved and this, together with the reduction of ‘tramp’ elements in the aluminium, can further extend the life of powder coating by several decades.

The next Members Council Meeting, to be held on the 22nd November, will be the Members 2023 AGM which also coincides with the UK & Ireland Associations twenty fifth year anniversary. The event is to be marked with a dinner and meeting in the West Midlands.

The meeting closed at lunchtime and after a short lunch break, Members were treated to a guided tour of AMS extensive facility.

The current QUALICOAT Specification is freely available for download via the Association website, and offers an up-to-date list of licensed UK and Ireland Powder Suppliers, Pretreatment Suppliers and Applicators. Telephone support is available from QUALICOAT UK & Ireland Head Office in Birmingham on 0330 236 2800, the Association can also be followed on Twitter @ Qualicoatuki or on Linkedin www.


Engineering should be made more visible in schools, says poll of academics

Plus, universities are adapting courses to spotlight sustainability

The UK’s engineering academics have called for greater visibility for the subject in schools as a way of tackling labour shortfalls and the need to find environmental solutions, following a poll by NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering) and the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC).

NMITE and the EPC worked together to conduct the survey of the nation’s engineering academics in advance of the EPC’s ‘Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress’ which NMITE hosted in Hereford from 12th June. The three day event saw engineering academics from universities all over the UK come together to explore issues in education and engineering.

When asked what should be done to elevate the status of engineering, almost two thirds (63%) of respondents felt that engineering should be made more visible in schools, with one commenting: “help to educate parents about what a fantastic career choice a Professional Engineer is.” This emphasises the importance of raising awareness of engineering as a career choice, as many school leavers are either unaware it’s an option, think they must have maths or science qualifications to be considered, or hold the view that it’s a career path just for certain types of people.

James Newby, CEO at NMITE, gave his thoughts on the results: “It’s clear that more needs to be done to help inform young people about engineering as an option, earlier in their learning journey. This is not a finger pointing exercise targeted at schools. They have enough on their plates. It’s important that the national curriculum reflects the diversity of careers available to school leavers within STEM. In September 2022, T level courses started in Engineering, which is a promising sign that things are moving in the right direction.

“We are also seeing impressive initiatives from industry trying to assist with the education piece, alongside institutions like ours going into schools and engaging directly with students. It’s about putting engineering on their radar and changing some of those perceptions that engineering is only for boys, or for those who excel at maths for example. Our new model of education is open to new and different kinds of thinkers and the old stereotypes don’t apply.”

Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the EPC, commented: “The UK has a skills shortage in engineering running into tens of thousands every year. Without plugging that gap, we cannot hope to address the environmental, technological, economic and social challenges we face and that many young people care passionately about. But you cannot be what you cannot see. We need to be clearer in schools about what engineering is – a creative subject that applies

science and design to real-world problems and which leads to fulfilling and rewarding careers for all kinds of students.”

Not far behind the need for more visibility of engineering in schools, the EPC research also revealed that 60% of respondents felt that making ‘engineer’ a restricted professional title in the UK, as it is in many other countries, could elevate the status of the profession.

Demonstrating just how important climate considerations are for the industry, 61% said they last changed their curricula to place a greater emphasis on sustainability, followed by 54% who did so to improve student satisfaction. This emphasis is certainly true of NMITE, with its Centre for Advanced Timber Engineering which aims to create a new workforce skilled in the use of sustainable construction materials and techniques, to drive the development of a much more sustainable built environment.

In line with the theme of the Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress, which was ‘New Models’, when asked what the most promising new models for engineering education are, over half (54%) answered project-based learning, with 49% choosing problem-based learning. Either way, both show that practical, hands-on learning by doing is the way forward, something that NMITE embraces wholeheartedly. Newby comments: “We teach our courses in studios, not lecture theatres, and in small teams –not large groups. Most importantly, the programmes involve, at every stage, engagement with employer partners and work on real life projects.”

The EPC and NMITE research also included an open-ended question around the gender gap in the engineering workforce, which highlighted a strength of feeling around the topic. While some rallied against the question and argued that women do prosper, others felt that concerns around unconscious bias and the industry being maledominated were a barrier. Off-putting workplace attitudes and culture, inflexible working patterns and a lack of accommodation for family commitments still present an issue for many women in engineering.

Fittingly, as part of the programme of events for the Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress, worldrenowned physicist Prof Dame Athene Donald DBE gave a lecture on 12th June, at Hereford Cathedral chaired by Karen Usher DL, NMITE Founder. The lecture, entitled: ‘Innovation: new ideas & new people’, explored the disadvantages and gender bias women face and explored common myths which could deter women from science. She made a compelling case for greater diversity in modern research to improve science and tackle the great challenges we face today.

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Become an Acknowledged Leader in Surface Engineering and Materials Finishing: Industry Recognised Training Courses from the IMF

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If so, the courses offered by the Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF) could be your solution!

The IMF have been promoting knowledge in the surface finishing industries, both inorganic surface treatments including plating and the application of organic paints, lacquers and varnishes for many years. Large numbers of engineers and technicians across a multitude of industries have benefitted from the knowledge gained to enhance their careers, their standing within industry and the ability to

problem solve the many challenges they face in their daily working lives!

Starting with the Foundation level course, students gain knowledge on all aspects of materials finishing, specifically aimed at their own industry requirements, but to include sections on Health & Safety, the Environment and Surface Finishing and Corrosion Protection. There is no need for a

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The Foundation Course requires study of 15 sections and requires the submission of 2 marked assignments followed by an end examination. The course, conducted by distance learning will take 16 weeks to complete. There are three specific study routes to choose from; electroplating, organic coatings and aerospace finishing. On successful completion, the student is awarded the Foundation Certificate. To follow on, students can then elect to progress to the Technician level modules, which give more in-depth knowledge for key finishing technologies, their application and best practice methods. Again, both inorganic and organic technologies can be studied to match the industry requirements. There is a choice of eight modules, which provide study in applicable areas of surface finishing best matched to your needs.

Like the Foundation course, study is by distance learning, and the student is required to complete four marked assignments and pass an examination. Passing two technician modules leads to the award of Technician Certificate; passing four modules leads to the award of an Advanced Technician Certificate.

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HMG Paints Ltd Honoured as the 2023 Manufacturing Family Business of the Year

HMG Paints, a leading manufacturer of paints and coatings, has been named the Manufacturing Family Business of the Year at the prestigious Family Business of the Year Awards 2023. The awards, hosted by Family Business United, took place in the serene Medicine Garden located within the grounds of the Royal College of Physicians. The event aimed to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions made by family firms to the national economy.

“Family businesses are the engine room of the UK economy and with 6 million family firms employing around 14 million people in all corners of the country they make a massive impact each and every day” commented

Paul Andrews, Managing Director of Family Business United. “Incomes are generated, jobs provided and wealth created but as one of the family members said to me, ‘That is just the tip of the iceberg. Family businesses care

and want to be seen as doing the right thing, doing business the right way.’”

The accolade of Manufacturing Family Business of the Year is a testament to HMG Paints’ commitment to excellence, innovation, and the preservation of its family legacy, with the judges also recognising the companies support for the wider family business community. As a multi-generation family-owned business, HMG Paints has consistently demonstrated its dedication to producing high-quality paint products and industry-leading solutions for over nine decades.

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John Falder, Chairman of HMG Paints, expressed his gratitude for the recognition received by the company, stating, “Being named the Manufacturing Family Business of the Year is an incredible honour for HMG Paints. We are immensely proud of our heritage and the values that have guided our family business since its inception. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who consistently strive for excellence in everything we do.”

HMG Paints Ltd has been at the forefront of the manufacturing industry, continuously delivering innovative

products and solutions to a diverse range of customers. The company’s commitment to sustainability, customer satisfaction, and community engagement has further strengthened its reputation as an industry leader.

Paddy Dyson, Marketing Manager “Being able to collect the award on behalf of all the team back at Riverside Works is an honour. We’re extremely proud just to be nominated for the award and be in the company of so many fantastic family businesses but to receive the Manufacturing Family Business of the Year Award was a fantastic surprise.”

Family Business United, the host of the Family Business of the Year Awards, is a leading resource centre and advocacy group dedicated to supporting and promoting family businesses throughout the United Kingdom. The awards ceremony provides a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of family enterprises and their significant contribution to the nation’s economy, you can find out more about FBU and the awards by visiting

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Trade shows can be a vital business platform for companies

Trade shows offer a unique opportunity for companies to showcase their products or services to a targeted audience of potential customers and industry professionals. They can also be a great way to network with other companies in the industry, learn about the latest industry trends and developments, and gain valuable insights into customer needs and preferences.

Why you should consider

brand awareness and reach a larger audience than they would through traditional marketing channels. This is particularly important for new businesses or those looking to expand their reach into new markets.

2. Generate leads

By exhibiting at a trade show, you have the opportunity to engage with potential customers, demonstrate your products or services, and collect contact information for follow-up after the event. This can lead to increased sales and revenue for your business.

3. Network with industry professionals

Trade shows also provide an opportunity for businesses to network

1. Build brand awareness

Trade shows provide a platform for businesses to showcase their products and services to a targeted audience of potential customers. By exhibiting at trade shows, businesses can build

with industry professionals. This can lead to valuable partnerships and collaborations that can benefit your business in the long term.

4. Showcase new products or services

By exhibiting at a trade show, businesses can get feedback from potential customers and industry professionals on their new products or services. This can help businesses refine their offerings and make improvements based on customer feedback.

5. Stay ahead of the competition

Businesses can learn about their competitors’ offerings, pricing, and

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marketing strategies. This can help businesses identify areas where they can improve and stay competitive in their industry.

In conclusion, exhibiting at trade shows can be an effective way for businesses to build brand awareness, generate leads, network with industry professionals, showcase new products or services, and stay ahead of the competition. If you’re looking to grow your business and reach a larger audience, consider exhibiting at trade shows as part of your marketing strategy.

as it needs to be eye-catching and memorable. Make sure it stands out from the other booths and is visually appealing.

5. Marketing materials

and distributors of surface coatings. This targeted audience provides businesses with the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the right people who are interested in their offerings.

1. Audience

Check the profile of the attendees expected to be at the trade show. Are they the right fit for your product or service? Will they be interested in what you have to offer? Make sure the trade show attracts the kind of audience you’re targeting.

2. Competition

Research and identify your competitors who will also be exhibiting at the trade show. You want to understand their marketing strategy, product offerings, and pricing to be able to position yourself effectively against them.

3. Booth location

Consider the location of your booth. Is it in a high traffic area? Will your booth be easy to spot? Is it located near any key players in your industry? These factors can all impact the number of visitors you receive.

4. Booth design

The design of your booth is important,

Ensure you have plenty of marketing materials on hand, such as brochures, flyers, business cards, and samples. Make sure they are high quality and visually appealing to attract potential customers.

6. Networking opportunities

Trade shows provide an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals in your industry. Take advantage of this by connecting with other exhibitors and attendees.

7. Follow-up strategy

Have a plan for following up with potential leads after the trade show. Collect contact information and ensure you have a system in place to track and follow up on these leads in a timely manner.

By considering these factors, you can ensure that attending a trade show is a productive and valuable experience for your business.

2. Networking opportunities

The trade show provides an excellent opportunity for businesses to network with other industry professionals, potential customers, and suppliers. Networking can lead to new business partnerships, collaborations, and sales opportunities.

3. Product launches and demonstrations

The trade show provides businesses with an opportunity to launch new products and demonstrate their products to potential customers. This can help businesses generate buzz around their offerings and attract new customers.

4. Market research

Surface World 2023 allows businesses to conduct market research by observing industry trends, competitor offerings, and customer preferences. This information can be used to improve business strategies and offerings.

Overall, the Surface World 2023 is a valuable platform for businesses in the surface coatings industry to showcase their products, network with industry professionals, launch new products, and conduct market research.

Surface World 2023 is being held at The NEC in Birmingham on 4th & 5th October 2023.

1. Exposure to a targeted audience

Surface World 2023 attracts a specific audience of industry professionals, including manufacturers, suppliers,

If you are interested in exhibiting or visiting this event, please contact Nigel Bean at:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1442 826826


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As an exhibitor attending a trade show, there are several things you should look out for. Here are some key considerations:
Surface World 2023 is a leading international trade show for companies in the surface coatings industry. This event is considered a valuable platform for businesses connected to this industry for several reasons:
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Is it time for some conveyor TLC?

Regular service and maintenance of your conveyor belts and equipment will save you in the long run. Breakdowns due to infrequent servicing and lack of spares can lead to down time and major disruption. By ensuring your equipment receives regular service and maintenance you are sure to save yourself a lot of hassle.

If there is one thing our many years of experience here at Midland Handling Equipment Ltd have told us it is that even the most reliable and highest quality conveyors will eventually break down. Regular maintenance and servicing may be viewed by some as unnecessary, but the reduced output and capacity can cost a lot.

Planning Maintenance

Here at MHEL we offer full installation, service and breakdown cover for our customers. To ensure your conveyor system is running at full capacity and reduce unnecessary faults and damage, it is key that you regularly service the machine. Our trained engineers will ensure the machine is fully working and safe. If any issues are found, we are happy to quote to fix the fault for you. The majority of faults we find are able to be fixed on site and on the first visit. We also offer a ‘Service Contract’ giving you fixed service costs over the year (we would advise two services a year), priority breakdown response and 5% discount on spares.

Spare Equipment

It is advisable for customers to carry some spare equipment in the event of breakdowns. We can send you a list of essential spares for your system. Our conveyors are also backed by our comprehensive spares stock, quick delivery and fast breakdown response time.

Are you interested in acquiring a conveyor system for your workplace? Have you a system in place that requires servicing to ensure it continues to run smoothly in future? Or perhaps you wish to guard against future problems by acquiring some spare equipment for your system?

If so, you have come to the right place. Contact the conveyor system experts here at MHEL for all your conveyor needs.

Telephone: 0116 259 3175



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Touch the color with color2view The revolution in color management

The new color2view is your objective eye to evaluate total color impression: 45°c:0° Geometry – 20° & 60° Gloss – Built-in fluorimeter to predict lightfastness – Jetness

The new color2view is focused on easy and intuitive operation – an unprecedented user experience: Color touchscreen like your smart-phone – Smart sample clamp – Integrated standard storage – Exchangeable apertures

The new color2view has a superior technical performance to set-up a global color QC system: Digital standards exchange among portable & benchtop without extra profiling

Improve your efficiency using an overhead conveyor

The Railtechniek van Herwijnen Group of companies, which Stewart Gill Conveyors Ltd have been a long time member of, provides complete solutions for complex requirements in the field of materials handling. They produce a wide range of overhead conveyors and materials handling products, such as manual conveyors, chain conveyors, power and free conveyors and crane systems. For the surface finishing industry the most frequently delivered systems are Power and Free conveyors. P&F conveying systems offer a high degree of flexibility and they can be completely automated.

P&F systems are equipped with load bars to attach the products. The products can be transported through the complete process (Power) or stopped for buffering or treatment (Free) without stopping the complete system. Stewart Gill Conveyors Ltd offer a wide range of P&F systems, suitable for carrying capacities up to 9.000 kg per load bar.

They specialise in systems for wet paint and powder coating lines, blasting installations, assembly lines, logistic and storage systems. A system that they offer specially for the surfacetreatment industry is a dipping tank crane system. Dipping cranes transport metal products in and out of a series of pre-treatment tanks.

Advantages of a Power & Free Conveyor

Compact and save design with movable parts inside the tack

Modular system with standard parts

Flexible design for optimal lay-out planning

Advanced automatic control system with touch screen user interface and remote access.


Different standard components are available to design the most optimal conveyor lay-out. The track sections are available as Power & Free, Free or only Power in standard or cut-tolength sections.

Bends can be horizontal or vertical. The radius of the bends is often standard. Non standard bends can be made on request.

The power chain comes in standard chain link pitches and can be fitted with open or closed bearings.

Depending on product dimensions and the conveyor lay-out the product carrier can have different trolley configurations. Using multiple trolleys the load capacity of carrier can be increased.

A Power & Free system needs a drive system. Depending on system parameters the drive mechanism can be a caterpillar drive or a screw drive unit. For safety all drive units are utilised with a torque limiter that disconnects the drive force between the drive unit and gear motor.

Stop stations are available as standard design, ATEX or high temperature for curing ovens. Stop stations are controlled and monitored by the PLC/PC control system.

Switches are installed at the position where carriers must divert to other directions. Pneumatic cylinders with position sensors are used to actuate the switches. Depending on the position in the lay-out switches can also be self-switching. Switches are also controlled and monitored by the main control system.

To avoid as much as possible wear of the chain and trolleys a lubrication unit can be used. This automatic controlled device lubricates parts such as the chain links and bearings on a pre-set interval. Special parts are available such as lift- and drop sections, transfer chains, pneumatic pushers and product rotation units.

There are also solutions to have a dipping tank crane system take over the products from the carriers and after the dipping process hang them back onto the carriers.

To find the best conveyor solution for your needs contact Stewart Gill Conveyors Ltd.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1926 641424



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Product Overview

Manual Monorail Systems

Unit loads up to 3000kg

Handling Solutions

Stewart Gill Conveyors Ltd have been supplying overhead conveyors into all sectors of industry for over 70 years.

As a long time member of the Railtechniek van Herwijnen BV Group based in the Netherlands, Stewart Gill Conveyors can offer a comprehensive range of overhead conveyor products which are capable of handling unit loads up to 7000kg.

Monorail Chain Conveyors

Unit loads up to 300kg

Stewart Gill Conveyors Ltd offer complete manufacture, installation and commissioning, coupled with fully documented instruction, operation and maintenance manuals.

We do:

 In-House 3D CAD engineering

 In-House manufactoring in the UK and EU

Power & Free Conveyors

Unit loads up to 7000kg

 In-House design of PLC/PC control systems

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 Remote support, service & inspection

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Rare Rhinos Housed for the Future Thanks to State-of-the-Art Enclosure

A new rhino enclosure at Knowsley Safari has been protected for decades to come thanks to two firms involved in its major redevelopment.

CLM Services Ltd were asked by the park’s team to provide assistance with the design, fabrication, and installation of six new paddock fence lines, four keeper areas, a dedicated veterinary area, and a VIP area for the brand-new rhino enclosure.

One of only a few fabrication companies registered as a Member with the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), CLM Services called on its long-standing partners, Merseyside Galvanizing Ltd, to galvanize the steel and ensure the structures would be protected against corrosion and rust.

Eight white rhinos are now housed in the new enclosure, including a rare southern white rhino which was born shortly after work was completed.

“As a family-run business and member of BIAZA, we’ve worked on many zoological projects over the last 15 years,” explained Matt Hayes of CLM Services. “To be asked by the team at Knowsley Safari to develop a permanent new environment for its endangered white rhinos has been a real privilege, and we’re pleased to have

been able to deliver a fit-for-purpose solution for each of their requirements.”

A fence line structure was part of the scope of works, consisting of over 50 tonnes of precast concrete panels and 15 tonnes of galvanized steel, which allows staff to safely access the rhinos and undertake a range of vital animal welfare activities.

Six sliding gates, each weighing 500kg, were also installed along the fence line to allow keepers to transfer the rhinos safely from paddock to paddock, including a keeper porch designed to provide them with close access whilst remaining fully protected by a solid partition.

“One of the most innovative parts of the overall design was the vet area, which weighed five tonnes and included two manual and fully adjustable sliding gates to safely contain rhinos, allowing staff to adapt the size of the area based on the individual rhino’s size and conduct hoof inspections and weigh-ins,” Matt added.

“It’s always beneficial to use galvanizing for an environment like this where steel is open to the elements, and often harsh weather conditions. It can also

be washed down with ease and without worry of damaging the structure, helping keepers to maintain a clean habitat and ensure the continued welfare of animals. The team at Merseyside Galvanizing once again delivered on the brief and provided us – and the safari team – with the reassurance that the steel structures will last for decades to come.”

Richard Smetham, Sales Manager at Merseyside Galvanizing (part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd), added: “We always look forward to working with CLM Services as we know the structures we’re galvanizing play such an important role – whether it be for animals, or for key construction projects and ariel amusement rides.”

Merseyside Galvanizing Ltd is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.

For further information, please contact Wedge Group Galvanizing on 01902 601944 or visit

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Hot dip galvanizing provides you with long-term protection against rust and corrosion of steel products. With 14 plants across the UK, Wedge Group

Galvanizing is the UK’s largest hot dip galvanizing organisation offering a national service, collection and delivery and 24hr turnaround on request. The group can process anything from small components to 29m structural beams.

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Reduce Costs With Inline Measurement For Electroplating Reel-To-Reel Applications

Keeping the tolerance limits for layer thicknesses

Electroplating reel-to-reel production lines need to maintain minimum and maximum tolerance limits for the applied coatings. To save costs, layers are coated as thin as possible - especially when using precious materials. However, a certain margin between the minimum limit and the nominal applied layer thickness is necessary to ensure the adherence of the lower tolerance limit due to process variations.

Efficient Coating Processes

Usually, strips at the beginning and at the end of a reel are cut out manually and measured offline. This is time consuming for the staff and the reaction time is too long: If a tolerance limit is violated, it is too late to interfere since the coating process is finished and the reel already left the production line.

The X-ray fluorescence method (XRF)

Inline measurement equipment –based on the x-ray fluorescence (XRF)

principle – provides continuous data about the applied coating thickness and allows immediate production process control. Feedback loops can be set up either with automatic communication between XRF instrument and coating line or manually by the operator. Therefore, the nominal applied thickness can be chosen to be closer to the minimum tolerance limit which significantly saves costs. Obviously, this is most effective for valuable metals but it also adds up for other coating materials. Additionally, products with rather tight tolerance limits can be manufactured only if there is a measurement system in the production line to determine the actual applied coating.

Saving Cost and Time with the Right Measurement Technology

The following example where a gold (Au) coating of 2 – 4 µm needed to be applied shows the cost saving effects of such inline process control: Using offline instruments for quality control the nominal coating thickness was set to 2.8 µm Au to ensure not to violate the tolerance limit. After installing the inline measurement system FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY 4000, the nominal coating thickness could be lowered to 2.3 µm Au.

Just by saving the 0.5 µm gold coating, the investment was amortized within half a year! Additionally, the production is now 100% documented. Every customer buying an electroplated reel gets a protocol with a statistical summary and a profile ensuring that the whole strip is coated properly within defined tolerance limits.

The Optimum Measurement Device for Production-Lines

Using the FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY 4000 production cost can be lowered significantly by reducing material consumption, especially effective for precious materials, and by eliminating scrap production. Additionally, 100% of the applied coatings on the product are recorded and therefore traceable to comply with ISO9000 standards. For further information, your local FISCHER partner will be glad to assist you.

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Paint Cure Monitoring –PhoenixTM Helping drive Quality and Coating Oven Economy

Monitoring what is happening inside your cure oven is critical to understand how your paint or powder coating operation is working. PhoenixTM understands the challenges you face running your operation, to not only get the coating cure quality you need but keep your oven technology up and running as economically as physically possible. With energy costs and ever increasing labour costs you need to make your operation run efficiently and make those costs savings wherever possible. To help you get the best out of your oven PhoenixTM offer a monitoring toolbox to suit your specific needs.

Comprehensive Product Temperature Profiling

consistent Phoenix Factor. A value close to 1.00 equals perfect theoretical cure with < 1.00 potential under cure >1.00 potential over cure.

With the current energy crisis, the tool provides a further benefit in that is allows operational characteristics of the oven (zone set temperatures / line speeds) to be optimised with confidence and with no risk to the cure quality. Consider what effect potentially dropping your set-point temperatures by 10 °C could make to the operating cost of the oven over a month or year! When setting up new processes or changing energy / heating sources you can monitor your process to permit quick effective optimisation. As they say look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. Even in coating every little counts!

Oven Temperature Uniformity Surveying (TUS)

The PhoenixTM Thru-process temperature profiling systems provide you with an accurate record of what temperature your product experienced in the cure oven. Thermal View Finishing software provided with the system converts the raw temperature profile data into meaningful information. The software is designed with all the analysis and process documentation tools to fully interpret and communicate paint cure performance.

To provide an accurate method to quantify cure PhoenixTM have developed its own mathematical index of cure calculation referred to as the Phoenix Factor. The Phoenix Factor gives the paint technician a perfect numerical tool to easily and accurately confirm that the cure process is working to the coating supplier specification, guaranteeing quality of cure and eliminating rejects or need for rework and corresponding cost. Irrespective of the profile shape, as all profile data is utilised, it’s as simple checking for a correct

To perform a TUS to comply with CQI-12, PhoenixTM have developed a software package specifically designed to allow efficient surveying of the oven. At critical TUS temperature levels data logger recorded data can be analyzed to check that at all points on the TUS frame (oven working zone) are within a specified tolerance (Target TUS temperature ± Tolerance) and remain in tolerance for the period of the specified TUS test. Graphical tools and analysis tables allow easy clear data interpretation.

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Accuracy of data can be maximized through auto application of both data logger and thermocouple correction factors. All analysis and reporting requirements of the CQI-12 are provided by the software to verify full compliance.

For continuous processes the data logger can travel safely, protected by a suitable thermal barrier, with the TUS frame through the process. Live data can be transferred if RF telemetry is used, otherwise, the TUS run can be simply downloaded post run for full TUS analysis and reporting.

For batch oven processes the data logger can be used externally to the oven trailing TUS thermocouples without need for thermal protection. Each thermocouple is fixed to the designated location on the TUS frame positioned in the oven cavity. Live data generated during the run can be viewed in real time in the survey software during the TUS run. Data transfer from data logger to PC can be performed by either a hardwired comms cable, Bluetooth or optional RF telemetry feature.

Oven Optical Profiling

Thru-process temperature profiling provides a great understanding of what temperatures the product sees travelling through the cure oven. In terms of paint quality

though, in particular cosmetic finish and paint defects, this is not the complete story. During the journey through the oven the painted part can experience many problems that are not temperature related that can affect the quality of the cured paint. Problems such as paint runs, drips, or paint inclusions from dust or particulates can only be detected post process without any specific knowledge of the root cause / location in the oven of the problem. The Optic system developed by PhoenixTM travels through the paint cure oven with the product capturing a live video of exactly what the product sees on its journey. The optic system shown above can combine temperature and optical profiling in a single run. The technology is perfect to detect the source / root cause of paint inclusions. Dust contamination in the oven can be detected as streaks of light passing across the torch illuminated video image, just like a shooting star across the night sky. The same system can detect damage to the inner oven walls / insulation which may be the cause of heat losses resulting in inefficient operation and wasted energy.

To understand, control and optimise your coating operation why not PhoenixTM your finishing oven today!



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Straaltechniek UK Shot Blast & Shot Peen Equipment Modernisation Programmes E.M.P.

With over 150 years of combined experience Straaltechniek UK can offer extensive Equipment Modernisation Programmes for all types of Surface Preparation Blasting & Shot Peening Equipment at a fraction of the cost of new installations.

Why EMP? Jay Dorling (Sales Director) at Straaltechniek UK explained ‘that many of our customers we service and supply spare parts to have older generation shot blast and shot peening machines and although well maintained by the Straaltechniek UK Service Division for various reasons do not fulfil the latest health & safety legislation and increased production demands of improved modern day processes.

This usually results in the request for significant capital investment for the latest new design modern replacements.

However, in highly competitive industries this investment may not be forthcoming straight away but in the short & medium term all is not lost! Older machines can be retrofitted and upgraded with the latest technology.’

What are the Main Drivers for EMP?

1. Health & Safety

2. Manufacturing Method Changes

3. Inability to meet Output Demands

4. Increased Cycle Times

5. Superior Cleaning Standards Required

6. Higher Levels of Contaminant to be removed.

7. Production Demands V Preventative Maintenance

8. Dust Emissions legislation changes.

9. Increase Profitability of Older Equipment

10. Limited Investment Budget in difficult times

Straaltechniek UK have a wide range of EMP programmes to assist customers when legislation and production demands require more from their existing equipment. Health & Safety, Dust Filtration, House-keeping, Handling & Ergonomic issues are classic examples. The health & safety of all employees is paramount in any modern businesses who must comply with the latest H&S regulations. Straaltechniek UK can assist these businesses with advice and upgrades to meet with these mandatory demands. Whether it is working from heights, near to powered moving machinery, excessive noise, dust or ergonomic issues

Straaltechniek UK can provide the latest bespoke solutions. Many customers are operating without suitable Simple Safety Interlock

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Automatic Abrasive Replenishment, Acoustic Enclosures, Handling Systems and ATEX Dust Filters.

Jay went on to say ‘that if Companies are unsure of their obligations

Straaltechniek UK would be happy to help with any issues they may perceive they have including any other process, production or operational issues with their shot blasting equipment that our EMP Programmes may help them with’.

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Should you automate your cleaning process?

Well, that depends on the type of cleaning process you have, but the good news is, they can all be automated in some way, but the bigger question is, what are the benefits of automation in a cleaning process? Initially it is probably the usual most common issue of operator costs to load and unload parts into the cleaning system. This is an easy one, just compare the cost of the operator with the cost of automation.

A lesser understood reason to automate the cleaning process is “Process Control” and this can be a more difficult justification depending on the application. Many applications have a forgiving process however if corners are cut or untrained operators are asked to pick up the slack during busy times this can lead to problems much further down the production line. In addition, many applications require a clearly defined and repeatable process to comply with either a customer’s specification or to ensure the cleanliness specification is consistently met and it is critical the components go through the correct predefined process. For example, some components may not be allowed to go through a process with Ultrasonics while others can, some parts may require to only go through a certain limited process or miss out one tank or other components require longer to dry. With basket flagging or bar code recognition, automation can control all these variables, in addition you can process multiple components through different processes in the same system saving time and money. Add to that data logging, remote access and data downloads you can rely on the automation to select the correct process every time, insuring repeatability and have full traceability.

A lesser known advantages of many automation systems in the cleaning sector is process monitoring. While the equipment may well do this, the automation can control whether or not to process parts depending on the input from the cleaning system its self, for example, chemical

temperature can greatly affect the performance of a process, likewise chemical concentration, with a go/no go option depending on the criteria of the process this can be controlled and baskets held until these parameters are met. Additionally, DI water quality can be a good indicator of effective final rinsing and depending on the mix of component or quantity which can vary from batch to batch the recovery time of a DI water tank can vary, again, automation can control this element as well.

There are many variables and cost benefits to automating a cleaning process, some are obvious however some are more subtle but can have significant cost implications further down the line if the controls are not put in place.

Having spent over 30 years in this business it is amazing to see how automation has moved on from the early pick and place systems to todays fully automated and connected systems however, it is vitally important to not get carried away and over specify a system and you should always keep one eye on the cost, performance benefits.

With over 55 years of experience in component cleaning, across all areas of manufacturing, Fraser Technologies is the name to trust. For more information, visit or call 01506 443058.

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Offering Intelligent Cleaning Solutions for Demanding Applications

Kemet International is a leading provider of intelligent aqueous cleaning solutions that cover a wide range of industry-demanding applications. With a complete turnkey solution to your cleaning requirements, Kemet can help you find the optimal solutions to your cleaning needs, whether it’s a completely new cleaning project or a review of an existing one.

Achieving effective and efficient aqueous cleaning can be difficult, and it requires a harmonious interplay between chemistry and equipment. To address this challenge, Kemet offer more than 300 cleaning solutions, tailored to meet the specific needs and regulations of new applications. Additionally, Kemet has the resources of

its partners at NGL’s Laboratories, where chemists study, formulate, develop, and manufacture cleaning solutions. This partnership assists in process validation and approval of preliminary tests, saving time in the development of customer projects, and guidance and assistance in preparing specifications for equipment investment.

In addition to Aqueous Ultrasonic Cleaners, Kemet also offers; Vacuum Solvent Cleaning machines operate in a complete vacuum treatment cycle in all phases, ensuring excellent cleaning of finished products from wastage and oily substances, without releasing harmful substances into the environment. Utilising modified alcohols with a flash point exceeding 60°C under vacuum, eliminates the need for manufacturing machines with ATEX approved ratings, resulting in reduced construction expenses.

Passivation machines are designed to comply with ISO 7 clean room standards, ensuring that your parts are

properly prepared for their intended use. The machines are furnished with validation software compliant with ‘21 CFR part 11’. This software guarantees adherence to the stringent regulatory standards imposed by the aerospace and medical sectors, making them the perfect choice for deployment in these tightly regulated domains.

Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection machines are specifically engineered as a highly efficient NDT method for detecting surface-breaking flaws, cracks, and defects that may remain undetected by other means. Engineered to adhere to the widely recognised ASTM E1417 FPI standard, extensively utilised in the aerospace and medical sectors.

Vapour Degreasing Cleaner is designed for efficient and safe degreasing using compatible solvents. This innovative cleaner offers a highly effective method for removing oils, grease, contaminants, and other unwanted substances from various surfaces. By harnessing the power of vapour degreasing, this system ensures thorough cleaning while minimising environmental impact and promoting operator safety.

Spray Washing machines for cleaning parts before maintenance or between production phases. Offers an optimal solution for swift and efficient part cleaning within a closed chamber, promoting a better working environment.

Contact Kemet International today for intelligent aqueous cleaning solutions. Benefit from their expertise and the feature-packed Versa Genius+ ultrasonic cleaning system at their dedicated test centre. Kemet, in partnership with NGL’s Laboratories, delivers tailored cleaning solutions for a wide range of industry applications. Trust Kemet International for exceptional cleaning solutions.

Visit or contact +44 (0) 1622 755287 or for more information and to arrange cleaning trials.

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Cleaning of industrial pre-treatment liquids with centrifuges Achieving substantial annual cost savings and improving sustainability

Goals like sustainability and saving valuable resources are increasingly becoming competitive factors across practically all industries. When it comes to cleaning a variety of industrial processing liquids, the cleaning centrifuges from Rösler offer a substantial potential for reaching these goals. Along with significant savings in the use of chemicals, they help reduce the consumption of water by up to 90 %. With these benefits the Dutch company Ulamo, specialised in powder coatings, could not only make a contribution towards environmental protection but was also able to reduce the annual costs for pretreatment by thousands of Euros.

Over the past 60 years Ulamo has grown to become a provider of complete coating solutions and today is a leading supplier for the manufacturers of radiators. The company, located in Ulft, Netherlands, offers powder coatings to customers all over Europe for various products made from aluminium and different steel grades. Ulamo also produces decorative radiator panels, which the company sells to its customers under the trade name “Sentimo”.

Problems with the pre-treatment liquids

Before they can be powder-coated, the components must generally be de-greased and undergo a “wet” chemical cleaning process in the form of a spraying operation. The cleaning liquid, contaminated with dust and grease, is collected in a special tank. To maintain the cleaning characteristics of the liquid and re-use it, certain chemicals have to be added. The downside of this approach is that the degree of contamination is rapidly increasing. To partially offset the progressive contamination, the amount of added chemicals has to be continually raised. In addition, the dirt contained in the liquid migrates into the spray nozzles and, subsequently, is passed onto the components. This created numerous problems:

Plugged up nozzles prevent the cleaning liquid from reaching all surface areas of the components, resulting in a highly erratic pretreatment.

Therefore, frequent controls of the nozzles and their exchange are becoming indispensable. This causes frequent interruptions of production and high labour costs.

Moreover, the liquids must be regularly replaced and cleaned, which is also costly and disturbs the production flow. In addition, the discharge of the tanks and refilling them is an environmental hazard.

Simon Wagenaar, manager of the technical services department for coating at Ulamo Coating BV explains: “The contamination of the cleaning liquids was costing us thousands of Euros for personnel, lost sales and scrap parts.”

Cleaning centrifuge eliminates the problems

It is not surprising that Ulamo was looking for a solution to this problem and finally found one at the Dutch subsidiary of Rösler. The solution consists of a cleaning centrifuge: A charging pump transfers the liquid from the tank into the rotary basket of the centrifuge. The high centrifugal force of the rotary basket causes the tiny dirt fines to be deposited on the basket wall in the form of sludge. The liquid, now free of the contaminants, is transferred back into the cleaning process. Simon Wagenaar continues: “Any investment in new equipment should amortise itself relatively quickly. Therefore, it is always good to learn that an investment really pays for itself. Rösler allowed us to test the centrifuge free of charge for a month. So, we only had to commit to a purchase after we had learned that our requirements can be met. For my department, where we are coating aluminium components, we installed a semi-automatic centrifuge.”

A second centrifuge for coating of steel components

Later on, for the coating of steel components, primarily radiator components, the company purchased a second cleaning centrifuge. Norbert Becking, production manager for coating at Ulamo Metaal B.V., adds: “Once we saw how well the centrifuge technology works, we purchased a fully automatic centrifuge for my department. We had previously tested a unit from another supplier. But this was too big and complex.”

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Semi-and fully automatic centrifuges

The semi-automatic centrifuge is used for the pre-treatment of aluminium components and is handling very contaminated liquids. The insertable basket containing the sludge separated from the liquid is manually exchanged and emptied once per day. This work is done without having to interrupt production. The fully automatic centrifuge for pre-treating steel components is connected to two tanks containing pre-treatment liquid. The centrifuge cleans the liquid from one tank at a time. Switching from one to the other tank is handled by a special valve. The fully automatic centrifuge removes the sludge from the drum wall automatically and

dumps it into a large, mobile container that must only be emptied once a month. Norbert Becking explains: “Rösler helped us in organising the switch from one tank to the other. The compact machine is easy to operate. Twice a year it is thoroughly checked by Rösler and, therefore, demands very little attention by our technical department.”

Zero scrap parts, higher productivity and less environmental pollution

Both centrifuges have been in operation for over a year. And both investments have been a win for Ulamo. The spray nozzles are not plugged up anymore and must, therefore, not be checked and

replaced so frequently. The pretreatment liquids must only be replaced once a year instead of three times before. Because of the substantially more stable quality of the liquids fewer chemicals must be added. And finally, the employees became free to perform other, more productive tasks. Overall Ulamo is highly satisfied with the centrifuges.

Simon Wagenaar concludes: “In a few years we want to replace the tanks in our production line. On this occasion we will replace the semi-automatic centrifuge with a fully automatic unit. Moreover, we plan to expand our production capacity with an additional line. For this project we will again use the products and service from Rösler.”,

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Simon Wagenaar, manager of the technical services department for coating at Ulamo Coating BV and Robin Rohde, account manager at Rösler Benelux, standing in front of the fully automatic centrifuge that cleans the pre-treatment liquids from two tanks.

Datalec is always looking at ways to better service its customers

From a standing start in 2012, Datalec Precision Installations (DPI) has grown into a substantial business delivering high quality and cost-effective design, supply, installation, commissioning and managed services to the demanding data centre sector.

Constantly in the pursuit of perfection, Datalec is always looking at ways to better service its customers and is continuously innovating, improving and developing its portfolio. The result is a ‘one call, one team’ solution for its customers that is designed to deliver a seamless and integrated end-to-end result.

Datalec approached Gema UK & Ireland to explore the options to bring its coating facility ‘in-house’ as part of their continuous improvement strategy. The team at Gema engaged with Datalec and its selected pre-treatment & oven supplier to ensure that the design brief was fully met and obtained the best all round value for the Datalec business strategy.

Datalec manufactures a wide range of aisle containment and caging solutions including security cage partitions, enclosures, and louvres plus a variety of other metal products to provide

a complete end-to-end solution for the data centre industry.

Their brief included a focus on overall sustainability, scalable platform, quality, reliability and process repeatability combined with the lowest running costs. The team from Datalec visited installations from different manufacturers and chose Gema to provide their new powder coating system. Datalec had the opportunity to view various Gema systems and engage with Gema customers to understand their experience in installing and using this powder coating system. Datalec was able to verify the performance criteria outlined

Delivered towards the end of 2022, the new system is enhancing Datalec’s portfolio by providing quality products and bringing this service in-house.

The design includes a quick colour change facility with up to 60 standard colours being used in the business, with special finishes available upon request. The line operates at up to 1.5m/min and is capable of processing parts within a 300mm wide x 1,500mm high x 4300mm long work envelope.

The new system includes the latest Gema BA04 Magic Compact booth which is a double skinned enclosure with an Equiflow self-cleaning floor. The whole structure is designed to minimise the amount of powder adhering to the structure and enables extremely quick colour changes with the minimum of operator input. When the unit is in operation, the majority of reclaimed powder is recovered automatically, recycled and fed back to the guns in a seamless flow. We expect powder reclaim efficiency of up to 97%. This high efficiency is possible due to the powder flow circuit being optimised to ensure that the powder is conveyed smoothly to reduce powder

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The Gema OC06 All in One Powder Center keeps the powder flowing accurately and allows the reclaimed powder to be dosed back into the main feed tank (OptiSpeeder) with incredible accuracy to maintain a consistent blend of virgin and reclaimed powder. This keeps the finish uniform. The Gema OptiCenter also has a facility to adjust the blend ratio of reclaimed powder which is particularly advantageous when processing metallic powders. The cleanliness of every Gema OptiCenter is a primary benefit and the inbuilt filtration system ensures the unit operates under a high negative pressure, keeping all powder spills within the confines of the enclosure. This negates the need for external doors which are fitted on other systems, which means all the features for the operators and maintenance technicians are easily accessible at any time.

The Magic Compact Gema booth has four automatic GA03 guns fitted, two on each side of the booth to accurately coat the parts suspended on the overhead track. A manual gun is also fitted at the exit side of the booth which allows operators to manually touch-in complex parts. All the coating guns have the ‘precise charge control’ and ‘Direct Valve

Control’ features built in. This means a superior finish is achieved with the minimum over application of powder.

To comply with the ATEX and Health & Safety regulations, Gema systems are supplied with a zone map and fire suppression and detection equipment. Separate to the automatic booth, a smaller open fronted Classic Gema booth is also fitted in the conveyor line. This booth includes an offline manual OptiPro coating gun and allows for parts to be coated in very small batches without having to change the colours on the main line. This feature helps maintain a high level of production.

Brian Alexander, Quality Manager at Datalec, has shared his thoughts on the new system purchased from Gema. “Making the change from using multiple outsourced suppliers to creating an in-house powder coating facility required a detailed business plan. After a thorough evaluation we selected GEMA given their extraordinary reputation together with an impressive operational capability relating to useability, scalability, and reliability. The plant has been fully operational for only a few months but has already proven to be a great investment for us. Our powder coating facility is highly sustainable, efficient and enables us to responsively deliver results to the same exacting standards and quality assurance we are already known for.”

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In order to remain competitive, the market requires shorter and shorter reaction times, higher quality and lower prices. Our task is to produce processes in surface technology using efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Environmental friendliness, especially in electroplating, also plays a major role in health, corporate image and sales strategy. In order to be able to withstand these requirements and the constantly growing competitors, the automation of companies is of the greatest importance for today’s and future competitiveness.

Based on cyber-physical approaches in electroplating, new potentials can arise that meet customer requirements and the processes promote continuous development.

Adaptable modules that describe electroplating processes help to increase process transparency. In just a few steps, environmental and production key figures can be calculated according to customer orders, but electrolyte additives can also be determined and controlled. Through well thought-out automation, the quality is kept constant, complex processes are visualized, project management is digitized, productspecific refinement, analyses are carried out, quality management is digitized and many other activities that take place before or after are intrigued.

Examples such as increasing your system productivity, digital production key figures, batch tracking, quality assurance, production reliability, incorrect diagnosis, remote maintenance support are standard in every control today.

The automation for each factory that is intrigued with Electroplating expertise, we have linked the plant control with quality features, sensors, cameras, robotics and the corresponding department.

With today’s 3D printing technology, selective processes for the finishing processes such as nickel, tin, silver, gold can be produced in a few days, inexpensively and in an environmentally friendly manner. Thus, with well thought-out automation and environmentally friendly process technology, greener production is produced.

This lecture is intended to enlighten the audience about how important it is to transfer the specialist knowledge of production to automation and environmentally friendly technology in order to be able to keep up with the competition and to make your own company transparent.

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Through well thought-out processes, company standards and automation, the productions are connected with each other, as in the example before and after.

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First life cycle analysis of ultraviolet/electron beam curing shows benefits over other coil coating technologies

Beckers has conducted the first Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of three existing coil coating technologies to quantify the sustainability benefits of ultraviolet/ electron beam (UV/EB) curing – including significant CO2e savings.

Beckers, the global market leader in coil coatings, adapted the use of UV/ EB curing technology for the coil coating industry and has been developing and testing suitable paint formulations since 2005 as the application technology itself has developed. Beckers’ first coil coating radiation curing system has been launched earlier in 2023 and our LCA study highlighted significant sustainability benefits for UV/EB coil coating compared with conventional techniques.

Significant LCA CO2e savings

Beckers conducted LCAs for conventional solvent-borne and water-based coil coating techniques, as well as the new UV/EB technology. The assessments covered a cradle to

customer gate perspective – including the manufacture of the coating, its component raw materials and the customer’s coil coating process for each coating technique.

The LCAs excluded steel manufacturing, the end use of the coil coated product and its end of life as these life cycle phases are outside of Beckers’ sphere of influence. However, minimising the impact of coil coating formulations and their application is becoming increasingly important for our customers as they work to significantly decarbonise primary steel and aluminium production and respond to the challenges and requirements placed on them by legislation such as the EU Green Deal.

The LCAs were made as comparable as possible by simulating the same coating system, thickness and coil coating line speed, all from cradle to coil coating customer’s gate.

“The LCAs highlighted that UV/EB coil coating significantly reduces CO2e emissions and enhances resource efficiency compared with conventional coil coating techniques,” explains James Maxted, Global Product Sustainability Director. “Sustainabilityrelated savings are primarily realised from the cold-cure UV/EB process that

does not require natural gas and can instead use electricity from renewable sources. UV/EB curing also requires much less paint per square metre than standard solvent-based formulations which carry significant quantities of solvents that are necessary to facilitate application, but which are removed in the ovens and combusted via Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTO).”

Accurate and credible LCAs

As this is the first time a comparable LCA study of three different coil coating application processes has been conducted, the quality of the data and credibility of the analyses were essential. Real-world industrial coil coating line data from ECCA and some Coil Coaters was used for standard coating technologies, and UV/EB data was sourced from our own development work and from a specialised UV/EB equipment manufacturer. All the data and the LCAs were scrutinised by independent third-party LCA experts.

“As LCAs are only as good as the data you put in it, we worked to obtain the most accurate and reliable primary data sources we could for the analyses,” says Maxted. “Our LCAs were

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also conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, which stipulate that studies are critically reviewed by third parties. We contracted three external LCA experts to verify our assessments to ensure they were able to provide the best possible comparison of the different coil coating technologies.”

Results indicate gamechanging potential

The LCAs show that UV/EB curing has the potential to revolutionise the coil coating industry by significantly reducing the environmental impact of the coating process.

“All customers are working to decarbonise their value chain and our LCAs highlight that UV/EB could be an important step on their journey towards decarbonisation,” claims Maxted. “UV/EB curing has other additional benefits, such as enabling customers to more than halve the length of their coil coating lines while reducing coating line complexity.”

The important insights provided by the

LCA study are also improving the way we work with sustainability by further developing our tools. For example, after the LCAs, we saw the need to refine our sustainable product development tool – the Beckers Sustainability Index – to include customer processes. This will help us to develop more sustainable products that bring even greater value to our customers and the environment.

The European Coil Coating Association (ECCA) considers UV/EB curing technology to be the most significant gamechanger in terms of decarbonization of the coil coating industry1

Learn more about UV/EB curing technology and its sustainability benefits. https://www.beckers-group. com/en/about-us/news-archive/2023/ world-first-beckers-ultraviolet-andelectron-beam-coil-coatings-readyfor-market-launch

Contact our press office to get in touch with our LCA experts to find more about our findings from our coil coating LCAs, and how UV/EB curing

can make your operations more sustainable.

1 ”Zero Carbon Coil Coating Line – Decarbonisation Project” – Webinar 26th January 2023

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72 JUNE 2023 MATERIAL & EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS AUTOMATIC & MANUAL METAL FINISHING PLANT & EQUIPMENT Fume Extraction Plastratum Ltd 100 Armoury Road Birmingham B11 2RH TEL: +44 (0) 121 314 1191 Effluent Treatment DI Water Generation • PLANT CONTROL SYSTEMS • DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS • BARRELS - PROGALVANO ROTOR • BARREL AUTO LOADING SYSTEMS • PROGALVANO FILTERS • SEMI/AUTOMATIC FILTER SYSTEMS • CENTRIFUGAL DRYERS (Large Range • AUTOMATIC DRYING SYSTEMS • ROTARY PAINTING/LAQUERING • TOP COATING/SEALING SYSTEMS • VIBRATORY POLISHING EQUIPMENT • LUBRICATION EQUIPMENT • RECTIFIERS Conventional & Pulse • A/HOUR METERS & DOSING PUMPS VAPOUR DEGREASING VIBRATORY DEBURRING, POLISHING & SURFACE FINISHING 4th & 5th October 2023 To find out more about Surface World please contact Nigel Bean on +44 (0) 1442 826826 or email NEC, Birmingham VIBRATORY FINISHING EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS FOR ALL YOUR VIBRATORY FINISHING EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS Sharmic Engineering Ltd Telephone: +44 (0)1299 822135 or +44 (0) 1299 878123/4/5 Email: SHARMIC FOR FAST, FRIENDLY SERVICE Experienced Engineers After sales technical support Nationwide deliveries To advertise in these pages under an existing or heading of your own choice please call Nigel on 01442 826826 or email SURFACE FINISHING & EFFLUENT TECHNOLOGIES • Up to 50% energy savings • Compact size • Easy & safe to use • Works up to 350°C • Low exhaust emissions • High efficiency • Requires no specialist knowledge • Corrosion free operation • No chemical treatment Thermal Fluid Heating Technology now for the future Tel: 020 8953 7111 THERMAL FLUID Thermal Insulation Spheres Frogspawn™ by Manufacturing in the UK since 1957 THERMAL INSULATION ��>������>������>����>����>�����>���>�������>���������������>����������>���>��� >>>�������>������� > �����>�>����� >>>�������>����������>������� >> ������>��������>��������� >>>��������>�������>����������> >>>>������>�>�����������> ����������>������>�>��������������� ���>��>���>�������>���>���������>��>��� >��>���>�������>������������>������� >>>>>>�����>�������������>��>����>�����>��> > >��������>������� > ����������> >>>�����>������>����>�����>������ ��>���>����>�����>���������>�����������>���>�������>��>���������>�����>��> �����>������������>�������>���>��������>��>����������>���>����������>�������> ����������>���>���> WATER PURIFICATION

Straaltechniek UK Limited

8 Valley Works, Grange Lane, Sheffield, S5 0DQ, United Kingdom

Table Wheel Blasting Machines

• Work zone mm; 1803 Dia x 1500 H

• Work zone mm; 2743 Dia x 400 H

• Work zone mm; 1500 Dia x 1000 H

• Work zone mm; 1000 Dia x 400 H

• Work zone mm; 1200 Dia x 1200 H

• Work zone mm; 1100 Dia x 500 H

Tumblast Wheel Machines

• Type; Rubber Belt

Volume Litre; 420 Litre

• Type; Steel

Volume Litre; 425 Litre

• Type; Rubber Belt

Volume Litre; 50 Litre

• Type; Rubber Belt

Volume Litre; 150 Litre Belt

• Type; Rubber Belt

Volume Litre; 170 Litre Belt

• Type; Rubber Belt

Volume Litre; 180 Litre Belt

Hook Wheel Machines

• Type; I Track

Work Zone mm; 1800 Dia x 1800L

• Type; Y Track

Work Zone mm; 1500 Dia x 1700L

• Type; Y Track

Work Zone mm; 800 Dia x 1200L

• Type; Y Track

Work Zone mm; 1100 Dia x 1600L

Roller Conveyor Wheel Machines

• Type; Roller Conveyor

Work Zone mm; 1000 x 500

Wheel No; 4

• Type; Roller Conveyor

Work Zone mm; 1000 x 500

Wheel No; 4

Air Blast Hand Cabinets

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 900W x 600D x 350H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 900W x 700D x500H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 900W x 700D x500H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 900W x 700D x500H

• Type; Suction

Work Zone mm; 700W x 500D x400H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 800 Dia Turntable

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 500 Dia Basket

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 1200 x 750 x400

• Type; Suction

Work Zone mm; 700W x600D x300H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 600W x 500D x 400H

• Type; Pressure

Work Zone mm; 1400W x 700D x 600H

Blast Rooms

• Work Zone mm; 4000L x 2000W x 2000H

Type; Room

Abrasive Recovery; Waffle Floor

• Work Zone mm; 4000L x 2000W x 2000H

Type; Room

Abrasive Recovery; Waffle Floor

• Work Zone mm; 20ft x 8ft x 8ft

Type; Container

Abrasive Recovery; Sweep Up

• Work Zone mm; 20ft

Dust Filters

• Various Types & Sizes

For more information please contact:

| Jay Dorling | Sales Director | Mob: 07872 599925 | DD: 0114 2571077 | Web: |

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