Automation Update - Issue 85

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Issue 85

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Forerunner Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. The Sensor People have been setting technological standards in industrial automation for more than 50 years. In the field of safety at work, we convince right from the start with trend-setting inventions, such as the development of the first protective sensor ever, to our latest safety innovation, “Smart Process Gating” – the space-saving solution for access guarding on conveyor lines. This is how we ensure the success of our customers in an industry that is ever evolving. Automation Update - 3

Snap-on’s Level 5™ asset management system is network ready As engineering managers come under pressure to meet demanding schedules, often with fewer skilled hands and tighter budgets, the benefits of professional tool storage and management become stronger than ever.


nap-on Industrial’s Level 5™ automated total asset management system brings order to any workplace, enabling engineers and technicians to know exactly where to find every tool they need, when they need it, saving time and easing stress. How useful would it be if all valuable tools could be tracked from one central point? Snap-on’s Level 5™ system

makes that possible. It provides complete reports on everything managers or supervisors need to keep an eye on.

Major benefits of the system include:

And then there’s FOD. The threat of foreign object damage is a real and present danger in many engineering workplaces. Using Snap-on Level 5™ minimises the risk of human error, as automated tool control constantly tracks every tool and detects which tools have been removed or returned, ensuring greater protection against FOD.

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Engineered to track individual tools by user, without bar codes, scanners, RFID tags or other add-ons, the system works at the speed its users demand. Other systems require additional steps to scan or log activity. The Snap-on system does this automatically so users save time and don’t have to depend on other steps to ensure accurate results. Snap-on’s Level 5™ ATC boxes are network ready, using either Ethernet or wireless connection. That enables users to review activity at all Level 5 boxes in their location from one central computer, avoiding the time consuming need to inspect each box. 4 - Automation Update

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No individual tool scanning required; No RFID tags to install or replace; No limitations on tool size: from ¼” screwdriver bit upwards; Intuitive interface, with an easy to use touchscreen Audible voice announcement of tool removal and replacement Automatic locking for maximum security Errors announced and displayed to indicate incorrect tool position or advise when a drawer is not closed.

Says Richard Packham, Director UK & Europe for Snap-on Industrial: “Snap-on’s automated system takes asset management to an entirely new level. The ability to monitor several boxes from one central computer offers a huge advantage to engineering managers.” For technical details visit: call (01536) 413904 or e-mail:

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reparing DCs for the coming year means understanding the onslaught of potential new business. Online sales are expected to exceed $1 trillion in 2022, according to eMarketer, which is a milestone that was not originally projected to be reached until 2024... This unprecedented growth and the labour shortage, DCs must address the management of their processes now going forward... As customers continue to demand faster delivery, DCs are forced to have more inventory on hand than ever have before. “Just in time” inventory strategies no longer cut it. In 2022, DCs will pivot to “just in case” inventory strategies that will help reduce or prevent future supply chain disruptions. By holding more inventory, DCs will attempt to avoid inventory shortages faced in 2020 and 2021 due to global supply chain interruptions. Once the supply chain begins to return to normalcy, DCs will slowly transition back to typical “just in time” inventory strategies.

What’s trending for Distribution Centres in 2022 UK Distribution Centres (DCs) in 2022 have some major challenges if they want to keep up with demand and unprecedented rapid e-commerce growth, plus Covid-19 and Brexit has increased labour problems, which is leaving DCs struggling to find qualified workers.

Many DCs were built to pick cases of goods, place them on pallets and ship them to retailers. But now, DCs must not only fill retail shop orders, but also send out – one item, rather than a case of items – directly to a consumer. To successfully fill online, in person and phone customer orders, as well as orders for retail shops - all at once and as quickly as possible – DCs are seeking new fulfilment strategies in an effort to pivot from a classic distribution model to omni-channel distribution. More and more retailers will be utilising existing brick and mortar shop locations for fulfilment. DCs will leverage existing retail shops (or locations that have recently closed) into micro-distribution centers that are closer to customers, resulting in quicker delivery. This does come with a unique set of challenges – inventory visibility across locations, order fulfilment routing and disrupting the in-store customer experience. By 2023, same-day delivery is expected to be the standard for most e-commerce purchases, a direct result of customers who prefer to use their mobile devices for purchases and expect immediate delivery. 6 - Automation Update

In the meantime, you need to figure out how to accommodate more inventory in the short-term – and automated storage and retrieval solutions can be a great solution. A consequence often overlooked are returns. As e-commerce retail sales are expected to increase yet again this year, so will returns. In response, DCs will be forced to focus on growing returns, particularly by streamlining the returns process to be more efficient. In 2022, DCs will look to implement automated returns processes (also known as reverse logistics) to help them identify returned items quickly, assess the items for restocking and return the value of the item to the customer. All of this is impacted by the demand for space, DCs will look to utilise automated storage and retrieval systems to “build up” existing facilities – utilising ceiling height to get more space in the same footprint.

For older buildings with shorter ceiling heights, these solutions can be built within an outside enclosure and accessed from within the building to create more space. As evidenced by each of these trends there is no doubt about it – DCs need to evolve to survive. Embracing innovation while creating a more flexible fulfilment strategy is going to help overcome the labour shortage, supply chain disruption and rapid e-commerce growth in 2022. As you prepare for the year to come, consider implementing automation to modernise your operations. Kardex Remstar offers automated storage and retrieval systems to enhance throughput and expand storage space. Kardex Remstar solutions will help overcome these challenges and provide the flexibility you need in the future. To download the free Distrubition Centres white paper please click here

One IO-Link system for all Whether digital, analog, or IO-Link signals, these perfectly matched components offer simple plug & play solutions for every signal. Preconfigured devices such as hubs, converters and lights make it easy to switch to IO-Link installations. They work immediately – without having to be configured.

IO-Link Master 8x multifunctional IO-Link master ports (synchronized), with intelligent supply voltage switching and power management for setting current values Provides additional data for preventive diagnostics via integrated sensors for energy and condition monitoring IIoT connectivity via OPC UA, JSON over REST API and JSON over MQTT L-coded M12 power supply connectors with up to 2x 16 A – output currents up to 2 A per pin / 4 A per port

IO-Link Hubs IO-Link Class A or Class B with electrical isolation – COM3, according to V1.1.3 and Common Profile Identification & Diagnosis (I&D) M8 and M12 I/O variants with up to 16x multifunctional DIO channels with automatic signal detection (input or output) or manual parameterization – up to 2 A per output Preconfigured plug & play variants for fast commissioning or multifunctional variants with extended parameter range for flexible use

IO-Link Analog Converter Converts any conventional analog signal to IO-Link – current, voltage, resistance and temperature Interference-free transmission of measured values thanks to digital data communication via unshielded M12 standard cordset Preconfigured plug & play variants for fast commissioning or multifunctional variants for flexible use

IO-Link Power Supply Moves power from the control cabinet to the field – with up to 93.8% efficiency Integrated IO-Link interface enables extensive and transparent communication as well as remote configuration and monitoring L-coded M12 power supply voltage output. Two integrated channels with up to 10 A for 24 V DC and load circuit monitoring (MICO)

IO-Link Stack Lights LED stack lights for signaling process states Integrated IO-Link interface enables simple connection with an M12 standard cordset Plug & Play models for fast commissioning and control via the process data

Ethernet Switches IP67 Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switches as managed and PROFINET managed variants – with integrated web server DHCP, SNMP (v1, v2c, v3), RSTP, STP, LLDP, NTP, RMON, SSH (CLI) Syslog, Port Mirroring, VLAN (QoS), IEEE 802.1q L-coded M12 power supply voltage connections

IIoT Protocols Using the IIoT protocols OPC UA, JSON REST API and MQTT, the IO-Link masters and connected devices can be parameterized in a completely standardized, fieldbus-independent manner and thus across systems Fieldbus and IIoT communication run in parallel over one cable

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4Sight Granted UK Patent AutoCoding Systems are delighted to announce that they have received a Certificate of Grant of Patent for their automatic print inspection solution, 4Sight.

level of confidence, that the print is of adequate quality for the specific application. The user can decide using print quality tolerance thresholds to define what is considered a good read, bad read and poor read on a per product basis. The deeper the inspection depth, the greater the processing time, but even at the highest inspection depth with the lowest tolerances, delivering exceptional results both in terms of quality and accuracy, the speed of inspection is faster and more reliable than conventional OCR. I asked Robin why he felt there was a need for a different method for print inspection. He responded, “Having spent many years seeing vision systems at trade shows demonstrating OCR on high quality, high contrast laser printed samples, I wanted to find a different way to handle printed codes that were not so easily "readable", such as those produced by CIJ printers. After all, the majority of FMCG production lines controlled by AutoCoding Systems use inkjet printers, and these are the ones that suffer from slow degradation of print and other readability issues. I wanted to develop a system that detected printed codes that was much more than a simple presence detection and did not suffer from the usual issues associated with classical OCR.”


he innovation in print inspection was invented by Technical Director, Robin Eatch, after considering alternatives to OCR (optical character recognition) technology as a method of inspecting printed codes. Robin worked directly with SICK to develop the application which resides on the Inspector P range of SICK cameras.

4Sight, an application powered by SICK AppSpace, which directly connects the SICK camera to the printer.

With AutoCoding System’s intimate knowledge of coding equipment acquired through the development of their coding management software, AutoCoding, Robin was able to build

The unique feature of 4Sight is Inspection Depth which gives users the ability to define the level of quality required for their inspection. The objective is to determine, with a high

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The UK Patent Office recognised the merits of the innovation and granted the patent for Systems and Methods for Printed Code Inspection, identifying the unique aspects of the application which differentiates it from other print inspection methods.

So why is the patent important? Robin went on to explain, “Having developed such a system, it seemed appropriate to protect the method with a patent. The granting of the UK patent is a very important step to safeguarding the time, effort and ingenuity in the method and is a true endorsement of the originality in the process. It makes me very proud to be the named inventor of 4Sight and hope we can go on to secure worldwide patents to further protect the product.” As well as a commemorative patent plaque in recognition of his achievement, Robin received a personal letter of thanks from Brian Deck, Chairman and CEO of JBT.

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February 2022 ENGINEERING

This month Engineering Update editor Taylor Owens sits down with Chris Slay, Director of Skill Provision. We discussed the continuous issue regarding skill shortages within the engineering sector. Hi Chris, thank you so much for taking the time out to sit with us today. I would like to firstly ask for a brief introduction to Skills Provision. Can you give our readers an insight into what you do as a business? A – We are a global recruiter. Through our network we currently cover 187 countries which is about 95% of the world. If a client needs to move very quickly into a new territory, we can get this underway within days in most sectors using “employers of record”. Whilst partners manage this aspect we get stuck into the recruitment once we have been fully briefed by the client and we are confident they are ready to recruit. Q - We are aware there has been a shortage for some time within the engineering sector here in the UK. Can you let our readers know what your mission is to bridge the gap? A – Largely education. The government has provided tools that cover virtually every job description within in the engineering sector but there are processes that are unavoidable that have to be followed and costs that need to be paid but it is a clear pathway to tackling skills shortages here in the UK but it needs detailed corporate planning and commitment which is something UK PLC has not had to do previously when there was visa free access to European Union nationals. Put simply as an Engineering company leader you need to get in an application into the government for a license as soon as possible if you see hiring challenges ahead. None of it is complicated but it is paperwork heavy so many clients chose to outsource. Again, we can introduce you to specialist lawyers that will undertake the work for you, but original documentation must come from the employer.


Do employers really have an option? Even with full government support it will take at least a decade to replace lost skills let alone developing those needed into the future.

We all now live in a global village and UKPLC is competing for skills internationally and contract offers need to be internationally competitive. Skilled employees have free choice and will understandably chose the Couple this with a recruitment contract best overall package available to them. and the search for new talent can start but realistically from the date of signature of a We are here to help and aim to grow our contract and getting the license underway businesses together with our clients. you need to allow 60-90 days for delivery. Reinforcing the need for proper corporate Q - We are now two months in to 2022. What changes would you like to see from planning. government to entice young people to start Secondly automation. In business every a career in engineering? time you touch something it costs you A – It would be lovely to think that money. Are processes necessary? Do the government is some kind of fairy they add value? Can they be automated godmother with an answer to everything reducing or changing the workforce need? but there is one thing they should do in my opinion and that is to look at the STEM Q – Aren’t you shooting yourself in the shortages (science, technology, engineering foot here? If processes are automated will and mathematics) + healthcare and say recruitment services be required? that if graduates work for British industry for a set period their student loans would A – At Skills Provision we play the long be written off over say 5-10 years. We game. Ultimately the stronger our clients seriously need to grow our own talent. are the better it is for us. Requirements will change as routines are changed and lower-level jobs are eliminated raising the quality of people needed. This helps both our clients and Skills Provision, but the full benefits cannot be covered in a short interview. Q. What are the costs? A – It is not cheap, and it isn’t fast. Let me provide you will a table that you can share with readers. This we will try to simplify, but it takes some comprehension even if you are dealing with this on a daily basis. This is why we offer a cost-free consultation, but definitive numbers can not be given until a client decides on the offer they wish to make. What employers need to think about is that without the right employees the business future is grim, especially with an aging workforce and a lack of local skills.

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Q - Do Employers need to engage with an immigration expert on visa processes immigration ? It is a complex area and we work with specialist partners such as Silk Route Legal which provide the table for this article. Immigration is a legal process and professional advice, whilst optional, is recommended. Q - One thing we are an advocate for here is women in engineering, are there any initiatives to look out for in the industry to get more women involved? A – With the use of technology this will come. Again, employers should hire the bast candidate irrespective of gender. Q - At Skills Provision we know that you and the team work tirelessly to involve

as many people as possible to learn new skills, do you have anything for the engineering sector that our readers should be looking out for? Also, what is the best way to get in contact? A – There are about 1.2 million businesses in the UK but less than 50,000 hold licences either through a lack of awareness of the Skills Shortage list or the unwillingness to roll up their sleeves and to get on board a process that will solve their skills shortages. A strange statement to make but that is the reality as we approach Spring 2022. Fastest way to make contact is to use the chat facility or a contact form at

Thank you very much for your time today, Chris, it has been a pleasure speaking with you. In summary, can you send a message to young people who are aspiring to join the world of engineering? A – The UK lead the industrial revolution. Brits are some of the most creative innovators in the world of Engineering, but historically the UK Government has been slow to support British entrepreneurialism. Getting Engineering skills will set you up for life whether you want to work in the UK or globally. Use your time well at university and look at future fields like automation and robotics which are the future of engineering.

Advanced Engineering returns to the NEC in November 2022 The UK’s leading annual gathering of engineering and manufacturing supply chain professionals will return to the NEC, Birmingham on November 2 and 3 2022.


ringing together thousands of attendees from OEMs, tier 1 manufacturers, and supply chain partners, Advanced Engineering is the UK’s leading annual advanced engineering and manufacturing event, promoting supply chain business and technology transfer across any sector that involves high-value manufacturing, R & D and innovation.

Building on the recent success of the 2021 show, which attracted over 7,000 professionals, Advanced Engineering is the place to present exciting products, services, and systems to a collective audience of decision-makers from all industries. Over 75% of exhibitors said they would return for 2022, and 83% of exhibitors would recommend the event. “We’ve had a brilliant show,” said Lisa Bingley, Operations Director at MIRA Technology Institute at the 2021 event; “it’s been busy and it’s great to get back to a live event. We’ve had some really good quality interest whilst we’ve been here, and we’ve already booked for next year!”

The show focuses on all aspects of engineering across a wide range of sectors including space and satellite, aerospace, automotive, composites, marine, medical and more. Advanced Engineering also hosts the Enabling Innovation zone, dedicated to start-ups displaying the newest and most innovative technologies. Advanced Engineering will again be co-located with its sister show, Lab Innovations, allowing visitors to move freely between the two shows and exhibitors from both shows can benefit from the merging of two relevant audiences. This year also sees the addition of the new Product Testing and Quality Control zone on the show floor. With networking opportunities as a key focus of the event, the Connect matchmaking service is available to all exhibitors, allowing them to pre-arrange meetings with key visitors at the show to make the most of the two days. Stand space is fast filling up – to enquire to exhibit or to be the first to hear when registration opens visit

2 & 3 November 2022 | NEC Birmingham

The UK’s LEADING annual gathering of OEMs and engineering and manufacturing supply chain professionals An absolutely outstanding event! We’ve met many great people who we will be looking to work with in the future, and overall it has been a very successful couple of days.. Matt Travis, Engineering Manager, JCB

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SICK Releases All-in-One Muting Sets for its deTem4 Active/Passive Light Curtains

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SICK has released ‘allin-one’, plug-and-play muting systems for its deTem4 Active/Passive range of safety light curtains, providing a fast-track to improved productivity for safe entry/exit applications. The compact SICK deTem4 LT Muting Active/Passive multiple light beam safety systems are supplied as complete muting sets designed for rapid mounting, connection and commissioning. Customers can choose between a ‘T’shaped system for bidirectional muting, or a left- or right-handed ‘L’-shaped system for exit-only muting. Each set has pre-mounted and pre-aligned SICK GL6 retro-reflective muting sensors for ‘plug and play’ integration.

Smart Safety Diagnostics simple brackets with alignment aid and autoconfiguration ensure that mechanical and electrical connections are simple and cut commissioning time d r a m a t i c a l l y. The simplicity of this system ensures that muting works as it should, allowing movement of, say, palletised goods but preventing personnel from accessing hazardous areas.”

The SICK deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems are ideal for many safety applications in material handling or logistics applications where access protection is required with muting for automated flow of material to safely protect operators from hazardous areas.

The SICK deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems are smart, with IO-Link connectivity to enable remote access to status and diagnostic data. Using NFC (near-field communication), diagnostic data can be viewed on a smartphone using the SICK Safety Assistant app. This means that maintenance engineers can react rapidly and accelerate faultfinding. As a result, machine downtime can be minimised, while plant efficiency and availability are protected. The integrated top LED status indicator is also a popular feature of the SICK deTem4 light curtains. With a compact design, the SICK deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems minimise wiring effort and machine space and the auto-configuration, premounted aligned sensors, simplicity and optional restart interlock all support maximum uptime of the safety system to optimise productivity.

Minimum Commissioning Time The SICK deTem4 A/P safety light beam systems are Type 4 devices (EN 61496), enabling compliance in applications with requirements up to PLe (EN ISO 13849) and SIL3 (EN 62061). Commissioning time is minimised thanks to automatic parameter setup, with integrated status LEDs and alignment aids. Easy adjustment of the muting arms is also possible if required.

Easy Set Up of Muting “With the deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems, SICK is enabling quick and easy implementation of muting,” states Dr Martin Kidman, Product Manager (UK & Ireland) – Safety Solutions at SICK UK Ltd. “One part number covers the complete kit of parts, which is partly pre-assembled prior to delivery. Standard M12 connectors,

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Agenda updated for PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Scotland seminar INCHINNAN, 24TH MARCH. This free-to-attend seminar addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).


overing key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.


Live Demonstrations Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/ Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant. If you would like to reserve a place and be kept updated, please do register now.

Sign up here for more information and to be kept updated: Scotland, 24 March 2022 Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. Places are limited so don’t delay – book today! 20 - Automation Update


09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introduction to exhibitors

Chris McComb, iTech

09:15 – 09:35

Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies

Mark Freeman, Siemens

09:35 – 10:20

PROFINET Network Design

Andy Gilbert, Siemens

10:20 – 10:50

Coffee and exhibition

10:50 – 11:35

Industrial network commissioning and testing (focus on PROFINET)

Dave Tomlin, Hitex

11:35 – 12:20

EMC for Industrial Networks

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

12:20 – 13:05

IO Link Case Study, benefits and practical application

Spirit Aerospace & iTech

13:05 – 14:00

Lunch and Exhibition

14:00 – 14:45

Industrial networks safety & security

Peter Brown, CSA Group

14:45 – 15:30

Ethernet APL – PROFINET PA over Ethernet

Phil Waterworth, Endress & Hauser

15:30 – 15:35

Questions & close

Abstracts Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies Mark Freeman – Siemens Ltd An overview of the Group’s structure and global representation, taking a look at the protocol basics and their differences, plus showing the progress of the number of installed devices from the group’s supported technologies and relating these figures to their market share.

PROFINET Network Design Andy Gilbert, Siemens It is widely accepted that the most important decisions are made at the design stage of a project. This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET systems, although many of the ideas are applicable to PROFIBUS and other networking systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, faultfinding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability. The presentation

will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and redundancy can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Industrial network commissioning & testing Dave Tomlin, Hitex Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET (or any other industrial Ethernet) against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

Industrial networks safety & security Peter Brown, CSA Group The concept of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing has gained plenty of traction in the marketplace. What does this greater acceptance of Industry 4.0 mean for Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)? In this presentation, we will quickly discuss the basics of Functional Safety and Cybersecurity for PROFI-based applications and then we will consider the impact on these areas from Industry 4.0 in the short and medium-term. What should System Integrators and Product Manufacturers be doing now and what can you expect to be seeing from PI in the not too distant future. We will also consider the impact of open architectures/systems, common technology, international standards and last but not least trust in technology.

Ethernet APL – PROFINET PA over Ethernet

overview of what APL is, its benefits for process plants and timelines for availability.

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Important Information re: COVID precautions at PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Seminar

With over 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

In order to minimise risk, we are putting in place the following arrangements:

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated process plant and manufacturing facilities. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

• Maintaining reasonable social distancing

More information and online Registration Scotland, 24 March 2022 Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. Places are limited so don’t delay – book today! In case of difficulty contact Ann on tel: 00 44 207 193 8018 or email

Ventilation, cleanliness and social distancing We providing hand sanitisers in the reception area, on the exhibition tables and around the room. In addition, we will encourage delegates to consider: • Wearing a face covering when moving around

• Using the hand sanitisers provided regularly throughout the day. Food and refreshments The venue’s catering staff will be wearing masks and gloves when they deliver food and refreshments to the self-serve buffet area. The staff will then only return to the buffet / refreshments for replenishment purposes. In order to avoid queues, we are planning on calling delegates up to the buffet in limited groups. General The venue management has assured us that they are following Government guidelines closely and will apply any new instructions that may have come into effect by the time of our event. At the present time, there are no plans to cancel the event, but with the situation changing daily, we may have to postpone it, in which case we will let you know as soon as we know.

Phil Waterworth – Endress+Hauser Ltd Ethernet APL brings Ethernet technology and ethernet protocols, like Profinet, to the field of process plants, where topics like explosive environments, loop powered devices and longer cable runs all have to be considered, meaning traditional ethernet networks are not always suitable. This section will provide an Automation Update - 21

February 2022 ENGINEERING


ARTING has delivered connectors and rail accessories to the railway industry for many years, a successful partnership marked by a long tradition of trust and cooperation. The technical expertise and data gathered over these many years of collaboration has provided the foundation for numerous innovations, including Ethernet network systems, current measurement, and the Han® HPR (High Pressure Railway) VarioShell, a housing system which has been specially designed for jumper applications. Thanks to a circumferential internal seal and mounting frame, the two-piece VarioShell housing/hood achieves IP69K rating. As the cover is removable, the housing/hood can be installed from both inside and outside the rail vehicle. This also simplifies servicing and maintenance, meaning faulty conductors or contacts can be replaced without disconnecting all the connections. The contours of the VarioShell allow dirt deposits to slide off while channels guide water away from the housing screws so that rust does not form. Special curvatures on the upper side ensure that ice and snow slide off without exerting pressure on the wall and housing, increasing the service life of the interface. The VarioShell is an open system that also houses mounting frames, cable managers and shielding plates to route and hold cables with different diameters. It can be used as a surface or panel mounted housing and is a robust alternative to distribution boxes for installation on the roof, outer wall, or bogie.

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As a leading supplier of connectivity technology for data, signals, and power, HARTING have built strong working relationships across the rail transportation market in the UK.

Alongside these new innovations, HARTING have also launched the latest edition of their reference manual, the User’s Guide Transportation, which gives in-depth technical analysis of HARTING products used in the rail industry along with assembly manuals, best practices, and application examples. The User’s Guide for Transportation explains how to use HARTING products and solutions in railway vehicles and stationary rail applications, bringing together information that will make the user’s job easier, whether that job

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Standardisation is the key. Han® HPR VarioShell – The next dimension of flexibility.

The next level of inter-car jumper solutions ■ Longer lifetime due to optimised design against water, dust and ice ■ Time savings during the whole installation process due to free access from all directions ■ Weight savings due to the replacement of distribution boxes and shorter cable runs ■ High flexibility due to full compatibility with the whole Han® HPR portfolio (retrofit) One Range. No Limits:

HellermannTyton Heat Shrink Tubing available from stock at market beating prices from Lane Electronics High Performance Heat Shrink Tubing for Motorsport, Aerospace and more

Lane Electronics, a leading franchised distributor for many of the industry’s major electrical and electronic connector manufacturers, can offer a wide range of high-performance HellermannTyton heat shrink tubing products for immediate shipment from stock at highly competitive prices. Developed for demanding applications the SE28 Series is increasingly being used by designers across the motorsport, aerospace, defence and railway sectors. Customers can order HellermannTyton SE28 heat shrink tubing, by the reel or metre online 24/7 with same day shipping from stock, depending on time order is received. Nick Wheeler, Sales Director of Lane Electronics says, “Our current stock holding means we are in a strong position to offer our customers immediate delivery and attractive prices 24 - Automation Update

that have not risen in a materials supply environment that is typically seeing long lead-times and high price increases.” HellermannTyton’s SE28 Series heat shrink tubing is designed to protect cable and cable harnesses from mechanical damage such as abrasion and resist a wide range of destructive fluids including diesel and aviation fuels, and fluids found in hydraulic systems. Made from cross-linked elastomer with an operating temperature range of -75ºC to +150ºC the ultra-wide temperature range makes the tubing ideal for applications across most motorsport platforms, and as with DR-25, SE28 tubing is qualified to VG95343T05D. The SE28 high performance elastomeric 2:1 heat-shrink tubing is available from Lane Motorsport, a specialist division of Lane Electronics, and is a direct

equivalent to the popular DR25 tubing. It is currently available from stock in sizes 3.2/1.6, 4.8/2.4, 6.4/3.2, 9.5/4.8, 12.7/6.4, 19.0/9.5, 24.4/12.7, 38.0/19.0 and 51.0/24.4mm. To see the complete range of products for the Motorsport sector please visit market-sector/motorsport With a multi-million-pound connector and piece-part stockholding and nextday delivery, Lane Electronics are the preferred source across many industry sectors including motorsport, defence, avionics, marine, communications, medical, test and measurement, general industrial and geophysical. For more information call +44 (0) 1403 790 661, email or visit

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New workholding products to be launched, including for automated production Sensor-based zero-point clamping At MACH 2022, Roemheld will show for the first time in the UK a new, modular, sensor-based system that digitalises zero-point clamping by enabling digital recording of its status. STARK.intelligence enables data on workpiece loading and unloading to be integrated directly into an automated manufacturing process. Information is also provided on the condition of the clamping equipment to facilitate its scheduled maintenance. Each fixture is equipped with its own sensor box to measure position, temperature and pressure in realtime. A master unit receives data from several units and outputs the information to different devices via an IO-Link. The device can be the machine tool’s control screen, computers in the quality assurance department or the service engineer’s smartphone. STARK.intelligence can be combined with various STARK zero-point clamping systems and may be retrofitted easily to machine tables and quick-release fixture plates. Due to the modular design, users are able to choose between individual components or a complete solution, which may include the integration of an RFID interface that automatically detects pallets and workpieces.

Compact bore clamps Another introduction at the show will be a range of compact bore clamps with a large clamping range for five-sided machining. The devices hold internally, exerting force both radially outwards and downwards against a support surface. The new models enable safe location in bores from 5.2 mm to 13.7 mm, so are suitable for clamping small workpieces. Bore size can be adjusted easily through interchangeable bushings while the clamping element remains in its fixture. Worn bushings can be replaced within a few minutes. The support height is also easily adjustable to suit workpieces having clamping surfaces at different 26 - Automation Update

levels. Air blast helps to keep the bushing clean and ensures reliable operation. It is possible to check if the workpiece is clamped or unclamped, whether it is correctly located and if the clamping bolt is intact, so the devices can also be used in automated applications.

New flat lever clamp A third innovation at the exhibition will be a compact flat lever clamp designed for use on fixtures in machine tools with low pressure hydraulics between 70 and 120 bar. It complements the successful Roemheld series rated at up to 250 bar. The hydraulic, double-acting element is suitable for mounting in any position. There are built-in and block-type varieties as well as versions without a housing for installation in restricted spaces. Due to the flat clamping levers, even surfaces only a few millimetres above the clamping level can be machined without any problems. Depending on the operating pressure and lever length, clamping forces of up to 33 kN are possible. As with the 250 bar versions in the series, the status and position of clamping can be pneumatically checked.

Machine vices Roemheld will also show two models from its large range of machine vices. Most flexible is the Hilma VarioLine, which is used vertically or horizontally and may be quickly adapted to different workpiece sizes due to magnetically-secured, quick-change jaws that can be exchanged in a single action. They can be individually configured using various parameters to adapt them to different machines and applications. The other vice will be the Hilma MC-P, intended for securing parts during 5-axis machining. It is able to grip on just 3 mm of stock, reducing raw material costs and offering excellent accessibility to the workpiece yet providing precise, stable workholding for completing first and second operations in a single clamping. The compact design enables collision-free tool paths and the use of short, standard tools.

The hydraulic, double-acting element is suitable for mounting in any position. Automation Update - 27

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