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CONTENTS Kane’s Notes At the forefront of digital marketing, Engineering Update strives to bring its readers the latest in industrial engineering, in a format that provides the best usability and ease of use for it’s readers.

Publication Director Kane Weller 01843 580 460

Hello readers! Bear with me, as Publications Director this is my first time doing this blurb. Unfortunately they haven’t invented any robots to do this instead, so it falls to me. Fortunately, they have invented robots that do a multitude of other tasks and robotics is one our key focuses this month. We hear from CWM Automation, Kardex, Schaeffler, Schmalz and others about the various processes they employ in an industry that is becoming ever more reliant on automation. Thinking about the technology that’s integral to this, we also look at IoT and Sensors, and our industry spotlight this month is on 3D Printing and the Energy sector. We hope you enjoy the issue!

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Why Move To Automation?


Sustainable Solutions for the Food Industry and Innovations for Robotics


Enhancing Robot Performance With Smart Gripping Solutions


Social Media and Stemming the Engineering Shortage


Robotics for the Nuclear Industry


Monitoring of Energy Networks


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ADVANCED SERVO MOTORS TRANSFORMING 3D METAL PRINTING The combination of the latest Servo Motor designs, extremely flexible robots and an eclectic mix of other advanced technologies are the key factors driving the rapid growth of new fabrication processes in manufacturing.

Specifically, servo motors and robots are transforming additive applications and revolutionising the way prototypes, parts and products are made. Additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques are two prime examples which have provided fabricators with the efficiency and cost-savings helping them to remain competitive. Referred to as 3D printing, additive manufacturing (AM) is a non-traditional method


that utilises digital design data to create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing materials, layer by layer, from the bottom up. Often making near-net-shape (NNS) parts with no waste, the use of AM for both basic and complex product designs continues to accelerate in industrial applications, such as automotive, aerospace, energy, medical, transportation and consumer products. On the contrary, the subtractive process entails

removing sections from a block of material using high-precision cutting or machining to create a 3D product. Despite key differences, additive and subtractive processes are not always mutually exclusive because they can both be used to complement various stages of product development. For example, an early concept model or prototype is often created by the additive process and once that product is finalised larger batches may be required which opens the Continues page 6...


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door to subtractive manufacturing. In time sensitive applications hybrid additive / subtractive techniques are being applied to repairing damaged or worn parts, or even creating quality parts with less lead time. The benefits of advanced Servo Motors is an important factor in the transformation of 3D printing applications, where dimensional precision and finish quality is key and it’s why end-users are turning to 3D printers with servo systems (as opposed to stepper motors) to ensure optimal motion control. Motion control specialist YASKAWA has developed its range of servo motors which includes the SIGMA-7 series which are proving to be transformative in helping fabricators overcome the common issues via printer boosting capabilities. For example, these robust motors incorporate vibration suppression filters as well as anti-resonance and notch filters which together ensure


extremely smooth motion that can eliminate visually unpleasant stepped lines caused by stepper motor torque ripple. Also, the latest speed enhancements mean print speeds of 350mm/sec are possible, more than doubling the average speed of a 3D printer using a stepper motor. Similarly, a travel speed of up to 1500 mm/sec can be achieved using rotary or up to 5 metres/sec using linear servo technology. This extremely fast acceleration capability enables 3D print heads to be moved into their correct positions more rapidly removing the need to slow down the entire system to reach the desired finish quality. This means users can fabricate more parts per hour, without sacrificing quality. Automatic tuning on servo systems means users can independently perform their own custom-tuning so they can adapt to changes in the mechanics of a printer or variances in the process. Stepper motors don’t utilise position feedback, so

it’s impossible to compensate for process changes or discrepancies in mechanics. Additional benefits of servo systems include absolute encoder feedback so users only need to perform a homing routine once resulting in increased uptime and cost savings. Systems with stepper motors lack this feature as they need to be ‘homed’ every time they are powered-up. Servo systems also incorporate feedback sensing whereas stepper motor systems do not. The extruder of a 3D printer can cause bottlenecks and jams in the printing process which if undetected, can ruin an entire batch. With over 22 million servo systems in the field Yaskawa has the experience and technical knowhow in motion and control. The result: excellent performance and outstanding reliability.

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Why move to Automation? The Corona pandemic might have accelerated e-commerce and disrupted supply chains, but it has also increased interest in automation as a highly efficient warehousing solution.


s a result of the pandemic, inventory management experts such as Kardex have noticed that many companies are now considering automation. This is particularly noticeable within e-commerce, where companies are seeing an increase in demands to meet the needs of their customers. This increase in orders has resulted in a need to maintain service levels. Optimised warehousing processes are one way to fulfil this need. Businesses currently working with manual inventory management face several challenges. For example, the need for staff to stretch and bend while retrieving certain goods and the time to search, pick, check, compile and send out orders. Automation reduces these steps. By making optimal use of the building's ceiling height, the goods are stored on a very compact surface or footprint. This significantly reduces running time. Items that are usually stored on 300-350 m2 with traditional storage shelves can instead be accommodated in a machine that only occupies 10-20 m2 of the storage space. Storage systems such as Kardex Compact Buffer are connected to the customer's business system and provide the means to pick up the desired items, deliver them directly to an ergonomic picking opening where laser pointers show exactly which goods are to be picked, thereby reducing the risk of error. Kardex Robomotive utilises modern robot technology to pick and deliver a seamless connection between the storage machines and

the sorting or picking/packing line. Because the solution is an "add-on", existing Kardex customers can easily upgrade their semi-automated solutions to fully automated systems. This is an advantage because they can streamline their processes significantly with minimal impact on existing structure. "Since then, we have had many examples of customers where staff have been forced to stay at home due to covid symptoms," says Debra Wilkins, UK MarCom Manager. "Automation gives an incredible advantage. The machines can work 24 hours a day if needed and they are designed to make it easy for staff to be trained in their use. At the same time, you can give the staff other tasks so that they avoid an often very monotonous and demanding job with its associated long-term ergonomic problems." Automation suits most companies that handle small and medium-sized products. Kardex collaborates with all its customers in a long-term partnership so that challenges can be overcome jointly, and smarter warehouse solutions can be developed. Their scalable system allows you to start with a smaller installation then gradually increase automation in line with business’s growth and increasing logistical challenges. Kardex is one of the world's leading manufacturers of warehouse vending machines and offers flexible, tailor-made warehouse systems. They install and service both simple, scalable solutions and large, fully automated flows for customers within such fields as e-commerce, electronics, the automotive and food industries. To understand more on the benefits of automating your warehouse; sign up for the latest webinar that covers the top trends in distribution centers in 2022


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CWM Announces New Robot Test Facility at Gainsborough Site CWM Automation Ltd. are delighted to announce their new robot test cell facility, built at their factory in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. This facility will allow customers from a wide range of industries to see proof of concept for all of their pick and place solutions. Formed in 2006, CWM Automation specialises in providing customers with robust and reliable filling machinery, as well as end of line and fully bespoke equipment. Their mission is to exceed customers’ expectations in quality, delivery and performance through continuous improvement and customer interaction. Project Details CWM’s cutting-edge robot test cell facility comprises of an Autonox Delta Robot. Autonox pride themselves on designing lightweight, hygienic robotic solutions, with all equipment built at their site in Germany to ensure maximum quality and reliability. Attached to the delta robot is a Soft Robotics mGrip modular gripping system, which enables reliable, highspeed picking of traditionally hard-tograsp items. mGrip’s proven soft gripper technology allows robots to safely and efficiently pick and pack products while also increasing throughput and efficiency. CWM’s Bespoke Solutions With over 15 years’ experience in the automation industry, CWM Automation has gained the knowledge and expertise to offer bespoke solutions, including multi-robot systems. In 2017, CWM became official OEM partners with Rockwell Automation, facilitating their continuous improvement goals and providing them with access to high-quality Rockwell components. Following a period of progressive growth, CWM relocated to new premises in December 2019. Based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, their


newly refurbished 36,500 sq./ft factory boasts enhanced facilities and enables them to accommodate more projects to meet ambitious growth targets. Their robot test cell is just another example of their growth and dedication towards innovation. More Information If you would like to learn more about CWM Automation’s robotic solutions, please visit their website: Alternatively, if you are interested in arranging a visit to their site and utilising the robot test cell, get in touch with CWM by calling +44 (0)1427 614 222 or emailing


The AZM150 solenoid interlock can be combined with three different actuators for different installation situations: a straight actuator for sliding doors, an angled actuator for large revolving doors and a movable actuator for smaller revolving doors. One of the plus points of the interlock is the rotating actuator head which can be locked simply by putting the lid on rather than a screw fitting. The rotating actuator head has two feeder slots to enable a range of installation positions and approach options. This makes the interlock really flexible to use. The AZM150 is an electromechanical design which can be combined with high safety standards. The interlock comes with a low coding level as standard but is also available with an optional high coding level. The benefit for users: In accordance with ISO 14119, a higher coding requires fewer measures to prevent the bypassing of locking mechanisms, such as fitting out of range or in a concealed position. Schmersal is the only manufacturer which can offer electromechanical safety switches and solenoid interlocks with high coding levels. Scan the QR code to see the AZM150 in action or visit our website for more information.

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Cable certifier power doubled with launch of new LanTEK IV-S TREND Networks has launched LanTEK IV-S, its fastest, most powerful and easy to use copper and fibre cable certifier to date. “LanTEK IV-S has double the power of the original LanTEK IV model, which was a trailblazer when it was first introduced in 2019,” says Tim Widdershoven, Marketing Director for TREND Networks. “LanTEK IV-S builds on the exceptional functionality and reliability of the original model, with a new dual core processor, new 3.0 operating system software and twice as much memory storage, enabling 5,000 tests to be saved.” Testing links with LanTEK IV-S can now be done 16% more quickly and to help manage the test data, the best-inclass TREND AnyWARE Cloud system has also received a major speed improvement powered by Microsoft® Azure. Plus, it now includes a unique, intuitive folder structure (similar to that found on a PC) that makes organising tests much easier between the project, building, floor, room, and rack. “We know that it is important to cable installers to work smarter, not harder, so the dependable LanTEK IV-S is designed to optimise speed and efficiency,” says Tim. “We’re providing the fastest Cloud system for certification, giving customers the quickest way to upload tests and create reports, alongside a more responsive touchscreen user interface that is 42% quicker, and faster operating system software.” To maximise value, the LanTEK IV-S cable certifier will also be available to purchase as part of costsaving bundles. These offer extras such as the Sapphire Care Plan, FiberTEK IV adapters and cables, FiberMASTER video inspection probe and FiberMASTER OTDR, with total savings of up to 20%. A choice of six bundles is available. Existing LanTEK IV users that have a Sapphire Care Plan can upgrade to


the new LanTEK IV-S at no extra cost. Trade-in discounts are also available for those with LanTEK II and LanTEK III certifier models. In addition, those with a LanTEK IV can install the latest software update for free to benefit from a faster user experience. As part of the TREND Networks Depend On Us Philosophy, LanTEK IV-S is also covered by a lifetime support promise. In the event that the product is no longer supported, a 30% discount is available on a new model.

“With LanTEK IV, we brought a new standard to the industry, helping boost productivity and accuracy with one of the fastest Cat 6A test times in the world,” says Tim. “With the next generation, LanTEK IV-S, we’ve built on this core functionality with refinements that offer the power and speed that we know busy installers need.” Order LanTEK IV-S now from TREND Networks distributors or direct from the online shop at

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The complete range of quality access hardware from Swedish manufacturer Industrilås is now available direct from its Telford office and warehouse. Most items are ex-stock.


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RMIG is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of perforated metal and its related products. We know our customers’ requirements for price and quality and meet their demands with uncompromising service. Not only do we offer standard and bespoke perforated metal sheets, we are able to offer you a range of secondary operations as detailed below. Complete solutions With a continued investment in the latest equipment and a network of professional partners we are able to produce prime quality products and solutions – from a simple perforated sheet to the fully formed and coated custom made part.

Cutting We can cut and shape perforated sheet to meet the needs of your final application. Levelling For some applications a high degree of flatness is required, we have processes in place to ensure our perforated coils and sheets meet with your most demanding requirements. Rolling and forming We can roll, bend and form perforated sheets to match your design. Aesthetic finishes and protective coating We can offer powder coating and hot dip galvanizing solutions to meet your specifications.

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Fixed focus radiation resistant lenses For close-up inspection tasks in high radiation environments. Resolve Optics offers both a standard range as well as customer specified fixed focus radiation resistant lenses.


ark Pontin, Managing Director of Resolve Optics commented “Over the last 20 years we have supplied hundreds of radiation-resistant camera and sensor lenses for monitoring radioactive processes in nuclear power, reprocessing and waste storage plants. Where an application does not require the versatility of a zoom lens – a fixed focus lens can be more compact and lightweight as well as being more cost effective.

He added “Producing clear, sharp images free of a strong yellow tint has traditionally been a limiting issue when using radiation resistant lenses on colour cameras. To provide a solution for this problem, we developed the Model 313 - a 25mm focal length (f 1.4) fixed focus radiation resistant lens. Using specially selected glasses with the least amount of yellow tint, so that the image would be as natural as possible, the Model 313 offers excellent non-browning performance in environments subject to radiation”. Manufactured to the highest quality standards from cerium doped glass, Resolve Optics range of fixed focus non browning lenses can withstand radiation exposure of up to 100 kGy (100,000,000


Selection of fixed focus, radiation resistant lenses (courtesy : Resolve Optics Ltd)

rads) and temperatures up to 55 degrees centigrade without discoloration. Starting from these proven fixed focus lens designs – Resolve Optics is also to quickly design and produce custom fixed focus radiation resistant lenses fully optimised to production the best results from your camera or sensor. For further information on fixed focus radiation resistant lenses please visit or contact Resolve Optics on +44-1494-777100 /

Resolve Optics offers an extensive range of non-browning (radiation resistant) fixed format and zoom lenses for use in environments subject to radiation. All these lenses are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and performance. In keeping with Resolve Optics tradition of designing unique lenses the company is also able to provide custom non-browning lenses to meet your exact specification.




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3dgbire Announces New Partnership To Deliver Metal Additive Manufacturing


print specialist 3DGBIRE has announced a partnership with CMG Technologies – a leading provider of Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) – to bring UK-based debinding and sintering capabilities for parts which have been 3D printed with BASF Ultrafuse 316L and 174PH stainless steel filaments. The move will enable customers to rapidly introduce metal additive manufacturing into their businesses and produce pure, industrial grade metal prototypes and end use parts in as little as five days, without having to export them overseas for de-binding and sintering after printing. Leah Melling, marketing, sales and technical support manager at 3DGBIRE, explains: “This partnership with CMG Technologies will make it easier and faster than ever for customers to print metal parts and prototypes on FFF or FDM 3D printers and finish them with debinding and sintering - all here in the UK. “Previously, parts had to be shipped to Germany for processing, which was costly and time consuming, so we were naturally very keen to


bring a de-binding and sintering offering into the UK that will ultimately enable business to realise the enormous cost and time savings of additive manufacturing.” The development helps businesses to reduce lead times, allowing them to quicky produce prototypes and begin production with additive manufacturing, whilst avoiding expensive tooling and mould costs if high volumes are not required. Parts are produced with Ultrafuse 316L and 17-4PH filaments, which contain high levels of stainless steel and polymer binders to enable easy printing. The binder content is then removed from the printed part via a catalytic de-binding process and the part is then sintered to a high density

to achieve its hardness and strength. The parts produced by this process are virtually identical to those produced by MIM or CNC, which are more costly manufacturing methods for small batches. Rachel Garrett, managing director of CMG Technologies, adds: “We’re very pleased to partner with 3DGBIRE and provide this full end to end service. By merging our specialist manufacturing processes, we have essentially helped businesses to cost-effectively begin producing stainless steel metal components in smaller volumes, with the flexibility to easily iterate them if they need to.” To learn more about 3D Printing with BASF filaments, visit









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On track: Rail supply sector to meet at Railtex / Infrarail 2022, setting out roadmap for progress

Following last year’s successful return from the pandemic, it’s now full steam ahead for the spring edition of Railtex / Infrarail, the number one showcase for railway technology and infrastructure in the UK. Taking place from 10–12 May 2022 at Olympia London, the popular exhibition will once again bring the entire rail supply sector together, presenting the latest developments in sustainable and smart rail operations. Plenty of live machinery, impressive on-track displays and a high-profile conference programme will help buyers to find, assess, and source the best suppliers and technical solutions for their specific railway needs.

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On–Track display: Placed in the hall, one length of track will be used by exhibitors to display and demonstrate tools and equipment in an authentic rail setting. Strong conference programme with 40+ speakers: A comprehensive supporting programme, including insights from leading industry figures, keynote addresses and industry seminars centred on the latest developments in the industry, organised by the main show partner Railway Industry Association (RIA).

CPD accredited programme: The sessions are all free to attend, and CPD certified.

Matchmaking: Numerous networking opportunities, allowing exhibitors and attendees to foster new relationships and strengthen existing ones.

Plant and Machinery exhibits: Exhibitors can bring and display larger plant and machinery products for railway works.

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Railtex / Infrarail 2022 will take place from 10–12 May 2022 at Olympia London. Opening times are from 10am to 5pm on 10th & 11th May and 10am-4pm on 12th May. Visitors can now register in advance via the show website and benefit from FREE entry tickets and fast-track admission to the event. Entry tickets are valid on all three days of the exhibition and include free access to all conferences and associated events.


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10 – 12 May 2022 | Olympia London For the first time, Railtex / Infrarail takes place at Olympia London, covering all aspects of railway technology, including:

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Sustainable solutions for the food industry and innovations for robotics • Sustainable engineering and new product portfolio for the food and packaging industry • Expansion of the product range for lightweight robots and cobots • Presentation of strain wave gears with an integrated sensor system

Ralf Moseberg, head of the Industrial Automation business unit at Schaeffler

• Enlargement of the solution portfolio to include high-precision planetary gearboxes


he food and packaging industry and the robotics industry, are two sectors with a high global demand for innovative solutions. These will be the main focus of Schaeffler’s attention at this year’s Hannover Messe. As Ralf Moseberg, head of the Industrial Automation business unit at Schaeffler, emphasized, the food and packaging industry is currently caught up in a maelstrom of sustainability, lower production costs, and strict hygiene guidelines. Schaeffler will be presenting its new food-based product range in Hannover, as well as demonstrating ways of solving the challenges faced by the industry using automation solutions which have been derived in practice. Ralf Moseberg and his employees view “sustainable engineering” as a major instigator in reducing energy and raw material consumption, while simultaneously securing considerable benefits for the customer. Designers and developers are encouraged to conduct more extensive analyses of existing solutions with regard to the use of resources, durability and wear, and operating costs, and to look for alternatives. Examples of


how digitalization and sustainability can be combined to ideal effect in everyday operations will also be demonstrated in Hannover. For the second year in a row, robotics will be one of the Schaeffler topics taking center stage at the Hannover Messe. A substantially expanded range of precision strain wave gears and a sensor-based strain wave gear will be presented for the first time this year, both for use in articulated arm robots with a payload of up to around 20 kg. “We are adopting a new, innovative approach with the integrated torque sensors for each cobot joint, both in design and technological terms, which has aroused considerable interest among our pilot customers,” explains Moseberg. Schaeffler will also present its portfolio of PSC-series high-precision planetary gearboxes for industrial robots in Hannover. These are characterized by a torsional backlash that is ten times lower and a service life that is three times longer than the market standard. Such large leaps in development are seldom seen in mechanical engineering and allow new fields of application to be opened up.

New precision strain wave gear from Schaeffler with integrated torque sensor

Schaeffler will introduce its new product range for the “Food, Beverage & Packaging” sector at the Hannover Messe 2022. The plastic used in the new radial insert ball bearing and housing units has been optimized from a hygiene perspective.

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Unique precision manufacturing method CPL™

High quality and precise burst behaviour, even in harsh processes Ever-changing challenges in various different manufacturing processes are increasing the demands of plant operators for smooth efficient and totally safe processes.


he continued development of in-house technology by the German rupture disc manufacturer REMBE® allows the company to manufacture rupture discs with sustainable advantages and industry-leading performance characteristics for a wide range of industries and sectors. The secret lies in the so-called Contour Precision Lasering (CPL™) process where the predetermined breaking points are sublimated using a laser with high-tech equipment and not, as is the case with other manufacturing methods, mechanically scored. This hightech production method includes a digitisation of the rupture disc contour, whereby extremely high structural stability of the rupture disc as well as the most precise burst pressure and opening geometries are achieved when bursting. Based on this innovative technology, the Sauerland-based company is creating the CPX technology series. Thanks to its improved, high-precision and at the same time robust features, CPX is excellently suited for industries with harsh conditions, aggressive process media and even for processes in which strict hygiene standards must be met. In contrast to traditional mechanical scoring, with the CPL™ manufacturing method, the material structure of the rupture disc (including the opening lines of the rupture disc) is not thermally affected or mechanically integrally weakened. The surface facing the process remains completely smooth and without unevenness,


Fig. 1: REMBE rupture disc SFD scratches or indentations, which means that the rupture disc cannot be affected by product deposits from the often aggressive process medium. Two common causes for a premature failure of the rupture disc, namely corrosion and pin-holing, are therefore virtually eliminated. These phenomena in conventional scored rupture discs can ultimately lead to leaks in the process or to premature bursting of the rupture discs. The loss of toxic or expensive process media into the environment as well as the premature operational shutdown are only the most serious examples for the undesired and sometimes devastating consequences of a rupture disc failure in running processes. The known IKB®-, IKB®-X- and SFD types are the “classics” of the CPX series. Even rupture discs already installed in plants can easily and quickly be replaced with a CPX

version, which means that, in addition to maximising plant availability, the incurred operating costs can also be reduced without much effort. In summary, rupture discs of the innovative manufacturing method CPL™ offer the following advantages: • Durability thanks to a robust design • Lower burst pressures with tighter tolerances • Precise bursting behaviour and extreme reliability • Resistance to corrosion and pinholing • Cost efficiency thanks to the high production speed For further information please visit

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“Every time you touch something it costs you money” The labour market continues to be challenging with new pressures that hinder efficient and sustainable production. We offer unique services to help the short-term pathways for greater productivity with existing staffing, and cost justifiable automation with shortest return on investment. The challenges and opportunities • When did you last consider automation of your processes? • Are you up to speed on market innovations, harnessing technology and people? • Do your current processes involve specific manual action or series of actions? • Have you considered using automation for each and every task carry out by people? • Are your processes seamless? If not, why not? • Do you operate a ‘pull’ method of production? • Have you applied agile and lean production principle? • Do you require training at management level to embrace best practice, or technology, or management of change for greater efficacy? • Double handling is a financial killer. Eliminate it. • Do you have a skilled workforce challenge? • Are you looking to improve and advance the profile of your workforce? • Are the skills needed available in the UK marketplace? • Could you use input from experienced experts with proven track record, improving operations performance, scope your automation possibilities and plan procurement of proven robotics and automation technologies?

What we can help with? • Improving current manual practices. • Implementing immediate change(s) that increases productivity. • Design of production lines for efficient flow, avoiding double handling. • Scoping proven automation to combine with best practice for ‘lean’ and ‘agile’ operation.


• Management of projects for procurement of automation, including legal contracting for a smooth installation process. • Supply of proven low-cost robotics as may be appropriate and investment justified. • Development of automated solutions on exclusive basis. • Improving labour planning through use of existing government legislation. • Assisting with funding solution as applicable, including grant finance for new automation.

How we would help and engage with your team? • A free initial 60-minute remote meeting. • Day visit to scope opportunities for improvements (this will be on a confidential and fee basis). • Initial assessment and immediate presentation with first recommendations, to be elaborated and submitted after the visit. • Report to be submitted within 5 days of the visit.

Who is in our team? • Skills Provision International: A leading Global Recruiter: • Culmstock Technology Centre: A world leading authority on Robotics and Lean Production www.

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Application optimised machine vision lens (courtesy : Resolve Optics Ltd)

Application Optimised Machine Vision Lenses Resolve Optics is a leading designer and supplier of high performance custom machine vision lenses.


achine vision is a rapidly evolving sector of the photonics industry. With new high-resolution cameras and sensors appearing almost weekly It is becoming increasingly rare to find a standard format device. Consequently, sourcing a lens optimised for your vision application has never been more critical to ensure the quality of the final image and has an impact on factors including speed, measurement accuracy, error-free operation, reproducibility, and downstream analysis reliability. Managing Director of Resolve Optics, Mark Pontin commented “We are uniquely placed to design and develop custom optical lenses for all vision applications no matter what the format or required resolution. When developing a new custom vision lens, we take the demands of your application into account from the very beginning. We can optimise lens performance for a certain working distance, over a specific waveband and design a lens to camera mount to exactly meet your requirements. Resolve Optics has also worked with customers to produce specialist machine vision lenses


that provide wide fields of view with little or no distortion and compact lens designs where the target application is space limited. Our vision lenses can also be athermalized and ruggedised to withstand the harshest environments. To ensure security of supply, Resolve Optics will guarantee that your vision lenses will be available for as long as they are required”.

Resolve Optics offers an extensive range of nonbrowning (radiation resistant) fixed format and zoom lenses for use in environments subject to radiation. All these lenses are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and performance. In keeping with Resolve Optics tradition of designing unique lenses the company is also able to provide custom nonbrowning lenses to meet your exact specification.

Over the last 25+ years, Resolve Optics Ltd has accumulated considerable experience of developing fixed and zoom lenses for vision applications including parts recognition, precise aplacement and automated inspection of manufactured components. For further information on design and development of a custom lens optimised for your vision application please visit call Resolve Optics on +44-1494-777100 or email


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How MRP software helped electronics manufacturer Vincico reduce stock by 30% in six months Vincico Electronics, based in High Wycombe, bucks initially started with a budget MRP system. The company moved to another system, but it too had shortcomings, so they looked for another replacement. In 2019 they started to review the market; Operations Manager Tom Tew said; “I looked at different systems, but we had sales reps coming in trying the ‘hard sell’. We found 123insight online and booked to attend an Evaluation Workshop event in July. It was very refreshing, as you get to see the system first-hand. Naturally you start to look for holes, but I couldn’t find any.” Vincico attended the six days of ‘NoObligation Training’ in January 2020 on the understanding that if they decided not to proceed, they could walk away with nothing to pay. Shortly after completion, COVID-19 hit, with continues on page 30...


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...continued from page 28 Tom being furloughed until early September 2020. He immediately started work on data migration, with a 123insight implementation session taking place remotely. “The implementation session was great. I was already pretty clued up from the training, so getting the system set up and migrating the data was straightforward.” The company went live in October 2020 across all departments – less than six weeks after starting the implementation, with COVID-19 restrictions still in place. Immediately there were significant time savings in administration. Invoices and delivery notes that previously took 30 minutes each to create were done in seconds. Stock control massively improved, and in the six months after going live Vincico saw a 30% reduction in stock. The impact was so significant that they were able to reclaim space that previously contained floor to ceiling racking as a new office for their designer. Better visibility of stock movements and future requirements allowed Vincico to purchase much more strategically, with more products being held for call-off by suppliers rather than being paid for and held by Vincico. A further knock-on benefit is that the company no longer needs to rely on an invoice factoring service, which paid 80% of an invoice’s value immediately. “It cost us around 2-3% per invoice, but because we

"123insight is not only the cheapest employee in the company - it’s also the hardest working." have reduced our stockholding and are taking advantage of purchase contracts, we no longer need to use this service.”

dozen calls logged since starting the implementation; “The support has been fantastic. Everything is answered in detail and always promptly.”

Vincico’s largest customer introduced a very structured and constant review process of its suppliers around the same time that 123insight was implemented, and on-time deliveries are currently tracked at 99.89%.

The company is currently pushing to achieve ISO9001 accreditation, and this was one of the major reasons behind selecting 123insight.

Support is an important aspect of any mission-critical system, and Vincico fit within 123insight’s average of one call per customer per month, with only a

With 123insight being the third MRP system in use within 7 years, Tom is now confident that the system will help them to make further savings while ensuring future growth. He concluded; “I don’t think I ever put a financial value on the time I used to spend on things, but 123insight is not only the cheapest employee in the company - it’s also the hardest working. You don’t appreciate the areas that it will save you money until it’s in place, and it far exceeds the capabilities of other systems we’ve seen without having to be tailored specifically to the company. Moving forward, we plan to use 123insight for advanced serial tracking, shop floor data collection, managing staff working hours as well as being the backbone for our ISO9001 accreditation.” 30|

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Enhancing Robot Performance With Smart Gripping Solutions from Schmalz

“As the physical interface between a robot and the product it is handling, grippers play an essential role in ensuring high levels of productivity whilst maintaining product safety and integrity during transfer and handling operations.” Robots come in a wide variety of configurations, and within the rapidly expanding warehousing and logistics sector, it is now not uncommon to find either six-axis robots, gantry systems, or in some cases a combination of both, handling products of many different types and sizes as they are prepared for shipment and delivery. In order to interact effectively with their environment and perform the tasks at hand, robots require appropriate end effectors, and in many cases, these are vacuum gripper systems. Vacuum gripping systems make it possible to handle workpieces gently, and the concept of gripping from above offers an efficient and space-saving design. Also, as there are no mechanical gripper fingers to get in the way, items can be placed adjacent to each other with no gaps, a major benefit in many product handling and packaging applications. At the heart of many handling operations is Schmalz vacuum gripping technology, which is used to handle products and pallets at various stages of the order fulfilment and distribution process. The company’s comprehensive product range includes special palletising and de-palletising solutions.

Product layers on pallets can have not only a wide variety of sizes and weights, but also very different properties. For example, some may be permeable, or some can become deformed during handling. Large area gripping systems or layer gripping systems from Schmalz adapt flexibly to the different products and surfaces which they encounter. This means pallets can be populated with different product variants as opposed of just one type.

The individual components and technologies available from Schmalz combine to form a highly efficient overall system, whilst at the same time enabling maximum flexibility in the specific application.

The Right Gripper for Every Robot and Every Task The growth in the use of small and lightweight robots, many of which are collaborative variants, has been significant in recent times. These robots, which generally have a payload of less than 25 kg, are finding their way into numerous applications within companies of all sizes and especially in small to medium sized organisations. Alongside the growth in the use of these flexible production tools is the demand for efficient and reliable gripping systems to deal with the multitude of different products and applications where these robots are being used. Schmalz offers grippers and vacuum generators for all of the common collaborative and lightweight robots currently on the market, providing individual and optimum solutions for a wide range of applications, with technology that is easy to select and easy to integrate. Lightweight robots and collaborative robots can be found across a wide range of assembly, handling, packaging, and logistics applications. They also offer the potential to automate quality control or loading and unloading operations on machine tools, areas where to date automation is still generally lacking. As the market leader in automation with vacuum technology, Schmalz is active in all manufacturing and processing sectors. Customers include small and medium-sized companies as well as large industrial companies and corporations. One of the major advantages for small to medium sized companies is the often rapid and simple commissioning for Collaborative Robots together with their vacuum grippers.

Many of these intelligent and highly efficient systems do not require complicated robot programming and instead use intuitive guided teaching methods. To make commissioning even easier, the Schmalz ControlRoom Smartphone app can be connected to the vacuum generator via NFC, allowing the user to view and evaluate data, adjust settings for the vacuum generator and if required order spare parts. As the robot and Cobot revolution continues at a pace, Schmalz vacuum gripping technology will continue to be a key part of the growing number of automated solutions which will be at the heart of our diverse manufacturing and logistics sectors.

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De-risk your shipping business with 5 Star packing crates It may not come as a surprise to learn that a damaged product can cost your business up to 17 times more than the original cost of shipping it. The financial impact goes hand in hand with reputational cost, with damaged goods causing reduced customer loyalty and loss of business. Packaging plays a crucial role in customer satisfaction and ultimately, retention. At 5 Star, we are obsessed with our packaging, be it flight cases that we have been manufacturing for over 40 years to our latest addition, wooden packing crates. As with all 5 Star flight cases and foam inserts, our custom-built packing crates are CNC-machined for accuracy and repeatability and feature sprung metal clasps to secure the individual panels to each other as well as heavy-duty castors for easier transportation without the need for a dolly or hand truck. As every single component is vital, 5 Star works with leading flight case and crating hardware manufacturer Penn Elcom because they produce the highest quality steel products, ensuring maximum performance, reliability and durability. Penn Elcom’s spring locks, for example, have been custom designed to allow secure fastening of our crates, particularly those that need to be reused or retained for the return of goods, but also allow ease of opening once the crate has reached its destination. The spring design allows for tolerance in the wood to minimise damage to the crate panels and other crating components, and are easier to use than conventional screw fixings.


Companies that haven’t yet invested in quality packaging should remember that damaged goods and the resulting perception of lack of reliability are a major block to repeat business. That is why at 5 Star, we serve our clients with stress-free packaging experience, with our products made to transport almost anything, anywhere, safely and securely. Again and again and again. T +44 (0)1945 427000


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ifm electronic to show smart sensors for digitalisation Sensor and controls specialist ifm electronic will be showcasing the edgeGateway - a reliable connection between sensors and IT - at this year’s Smart Industry Expo at Drives and Controls. Visitors to ifm’s stand J64 will be able to see the edgeGateway technology in action as well as automation solutions for making products safely, error-proofing the production process and sending data analytics securely to the cloud. edgeGateway provides an easy and convenient way to send sensor data to the cloud. The system does this by first translating the sensor data into readable information and then sends it to the IT infrastructure. It’s easy to integrate into your existing systems as it supports Miscrosoft Azure, Google, AWS and Cumulocity. Designed with ease of use in mind, edgeGateway benefits from intuitive on-device set-up thanks to its 12’’ multitouch display. Alternatively, users can opt for quick set up via the web front-end. Robust and reliable, edgeGateway enables safe mounting even in harsh environments with high ingress protection to IP 65 and can withstand extended temperature ranges. Visitors to Smart Industry Expo will also be able to see ifm's specially developed tank demonstration with the new LW2720 radar level sensor. Accurately measuring the level of liquid media in deep tanks and vessels is no longer a problem; this innovative sensor has a measuring


accuracy of ± 2 mm at ranges up to 10 m. In addition, it is fully certified for use in hygienic areas, making it an ideal choice for food and pharmaceutical applications, including those that involve CIP and SIP operations. For processes where precise temperature control is essential and deviations could have costly implications, TCC self-checking temperature sensors provide an invaluable added level of assurance. The sensor continually monitors its own performance and, if an internal failure occurs or excessive drift is detected in measurement accuracy, it gives a visual warning and sends an alert message to the plant control system so that immediate action can then be taken to minimise the impact of the problem. The ifm team will be on hand to discuss how sensors, such as position sensors, process sensors, control systems and connection technology, can support digitalisation and achieve maximum uptime.

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EXPANDED IOT OPTIONS FOR MICROSOFT AZURE Companies using Microsoft Azure for Industrial IoT now have a wide range of new options available through the Skkynet DataHub® service for Azure. "The Skkynet DataHub service provides a way to securely integrate operations technology with IT on the popular and powerful Microsoft Azure platform," said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet. "Users can now securely acquire, monitor, control, consolidate, and share their live process data. With support for standard industrial protocols like OPC UA or MQTT, they can connect directly to popular applications and programs that run on Azure, or at remote locations. Some key benefits of the Skkynet DataHub service for Azure: • • • • •


Solve your IoT connectivity issues. Secure your OT to IT data communications. Move your IoT projects from pilot to production. Cut your Industrial IoT project costs. Reduce your cyber-security risk profile.

Powering AI AI needs data, reliable data. Ideally, an industrial AI system could securely access process data in real time, as well as send signals back to the plant floor. The Skkynet DataHub service for Microsoft Azure seamlessly feeds production data to Azure IoT Hub or any analytical engine running on the Azure platform, and can relay commands back to SCADA systems, equipment, and processes, all in real time.

Integrating live processes on Azure IoT Hub Connecting to Azure IoT Hub should not require any engineering or custom code. With the Skkynet DataHub service, connecting to IoT Hub is fast, easy, and secure. Connect to IoT Hub at the edge or aggregate multiple connections in the cloud. You can integrate your live processes using standard protocols like OPC, MQTT, MQTT Sparkplug B, and Modbus, and connect SCADA systems, data lakes, and historians.


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New Interface Software Gives Improved Functionality For Atrato Flowmeter Titan Enterprises launches their advanced interface software for the Atrato® ultrasonic flowmeters.

The Atrato’s data-logging capability makes it the ideal ultrasonic flowmeter for laboratory and research applications


he Atrato line of patented ultrasonic inline flowmeters consists of four models operating over a flow range of 2ml per minute up to 20 litres per minute. The USB connection gives the Atrato computer interface capability, enabling the user to directly monitor the flow rate being measured and alter the operating parameters using a PC. Titan’s development of the Atrato’s new interface software features four key functionality improvements: 1.

The ability to connect, configure and operate multiple Atrato flowmeters on a computer simultaneously whilst minimising CPU usage.


Additional capability to run simple local and remote-control batching operations using an inbuilt relay.



Remote start / restart capability for long shut-down periods.


The ability to increase signal gain via the software for liquids with poor acoustic properties.

Neil Hannay, Senior R&D Engineer with Titan Enterprises, says: “We are continually pushing our product design and performance windows and we are confident these latest software improvements for our ultrasonic flowmeters will be welcomed by our customers.”

The Atrato interface software enables the user to log the flow data directly via the USB. This datalogging capability gives a continuous picture of the flow characteristics of the system being monitored, such as flow, alarms, relay and pulse. The upgrade integrates developments in both the Atrato’s internal software and the PC interface software, providing a combination of increased versatility and advanced operational features, giving a convenient platform for users to integrate into their processes or systems and supporting better diagnostic capability.

The rugged, clean bore construction of Titan’s Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter makes it the perfect choice for a broad range of low liquid flow applications. Operating with excellent accuracy over wide flow ranges, the Atrato flowmeters are industry proven with good chemical compatibility, ideal for laboratory applications, cooling equipment, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical processes, water and OEM high precision applications. With no moving parts, mechanical wear is virtually eliminated, critical for long-life and repeatability and reducing the requirement for recalibration.


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Connect, configure and operate multiple Atrato ultrasonic flowmeters

Taking advantage of proprietary embedded signal processing software developed by Titan Enterprises, both viscous and non-viscous liquids can be routinely measured precisely. The low flows that the Atrato flowmeter is capable of measuring vary from laminar to turbulent and are highly immune from viscosity. With unparalleled turndown, repeatability, and linearity, the Atrato can monitor flow over a range of 250:1. Using the Atrato USB port, users can now directly connect their laptop PC to multiple flowmeters and monitor the rate and total flow while also being able to alter a selection of operating parameters.

The Atrato interface software is supplied with the flow meters and can also be downloaded from Titan’s website. Although the upgraded software is ‘backward compatible’ and will work with older Atrato models, not all the new features will be accessible. For further information on the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter please contact Titan Enterprises on +44 (0)1935 812790 or Visit our website at

Drawing upon over 40-years of flowmeter innovation - Titan Enterprises Ltd is a leading manufacturer of highperformance flow measurement solutions, including the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter, Oval Gear flowmeters, low flow Turbine flow meters and a flow instrument range. Titan’s company philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 2 million flowmeters and components into 50 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase percentage of 95%. All flow meters produced by Titan Enterprises are designed and manufactured to ISO9001 and calibrated to an uncertainty of ±0.25%.


April 2022


Combination Inspections using 4Sight Technology AutoCoding Systems at UKIVA 2022 : 28th April 2022 AutoCoding Systems will be at the 2022 UKIVA Machine Vision Conference in Milton Keynes where they will invite visitors to learn more about the unique benefits of 4Sight – their new automatic product inspection solution. Following the success of the automatic print inspection solution, 4Sight has now been further developed to include enhanced functionality and additional types of inspection. Using SICK’s Programmable Inspector P cameras, AutoCoding’s 4Sight software can now run different multiple inspections on one capture without the need for an expensive line-side PC. This allows the system to inspect detailed information such as date code and batch information, as well as complex artwork within a single, easy-to-use platform. The software has recently been granted a UK Patent which recognises the innovative methodology used for inspecting printed codes, differentiating it from other print inspection solutions. As well as automatic print inspection which checks the presence, legibility and location of printed information, 4Sight can simultaneously inspect 1D/2D barcodes for packaging verification offering greater versatility and flexibility. Additionally, the edge matching feature allows artwork comparisons to be carried out against a reference image to verify the packaging artwork is correct. The function “Classify” can be used for checking the quality of actual products, for example toppings on biscuits/ pies, by comparing image histograms against reference images and selecting the best match. 3D Dimensioning uses the SICK Inspector P 3D camera to inspect the quality and size of packaging against reference points. All these inspections, without a vision system, would be done manually which is time consuming and often unreliable. The software offers users the flexibility to decide what level of inspection they require and the ability to configure the application accordingly. It can be used standalone, printer-led or integrated with a code deployment system, such as AutoCoding. AutoCoding Systems’ Vision Specialist and Project Manager, Chris Sharples, will be delivering a presentation to delegates explaining how 4Sight’s innovative methodology and inspection depth feature are utilised in the solution and how these methods compare with conventional vision techniques.



Packaging Innovations & Empack 25 & 26 May 2022 | NEC, Birmingham

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Social media has an important part to play in stemming the engineering shortage Written by Tom Smith, Managing Director at Advanced Dynamics

I want to start by telling you a story about my dad. 46|


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ou see, my dad is a fantastic engineer. He’s a master with anything that involves mechanics. He can strip an engine down and put it back together in 30 minutes flat with his eyes shut. His mathematical skills are fantastic and after turning to engineering, despite leaving education with no qualifications, he’s made an excellent career for himself. Why is that important? Well, because apparently, there aren’t enough people like my dad anymore in the UK. Let’s start with the well-documented facts and the statistics:

Engineering is an ageing profession - in 2021, there was a spotlight shining on the state of engineering, with one report stating that the average age of people within the profession is increasing into the 50s.

Substantial skills gaps - aside from that, a report carried out by Search Consultancy back in March 2021 showed that manufacturing and engineering was the worst affected sector for skills shortages, with 85% of businesses currently feeling the strain from a lack of skilled workers.

Worsening situation - go back a little further and statistics registered in 2020 by Jonathan Lee showed that 19.6% of engineers in the UK are expected to retire in 2026.

Big demand, not enough takers - a report by NewEngineer showed that EngineeringUK has been tracking the annual demand for engineers and technicians needed just to keep pace with infrastructure and other engineering projects. It was estimated, last year, that 203,000 roles are required annually more than half of which are engineers.

What is an engineer - this is a key point here. Last year, EngineeringUK found that there was insufficient awareness of what engineers do as well as a misperception of what engineering is in schools across the UK. A report also stated that almost half of those between 11 and 19 years old say they know ‘little or nothing’ about what engineers do.

What we have known for a long time is that more needs to be done to promote a career in engineering at the school level, something that, in my opinion, is just as essential as subjects like Maths, English and Science. Movement in that area is starting to take place. continues...


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You may have heard of the fantastic #EngineeringKidsFutures initiative, which is being led by a formidable group of more than 150 world-leading engineers and scientists, including major figures like Major Tim Peake, Carol Vorderman, MBE, and For context, #EngineeringKidsFutures is being led by Professor Danielle George, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and has been built to urge the Government to help tackle the UK’s skills shortage by embedding engineering into current primary school learning. “This focus and support for schools is fundamental if we want to futureproof the next generation of engineers,” Professor Danielle George said.

Her words could not ring more true. However, there is another strand to this. We cannot dismiss the role that social media is already playing in re-engaging young people in a career in engineering. In fact, it can be argued that it, scarily, is doing a better job than education right now.

Engineering influencers are a growing trend It’s impossible to argue with the trends. We live in a world that is dominated by social media, a world in which billions of short videos are being consumed every day on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

Instagram (posts with hashtag)

TikTok (video views with hashtag)

#engineering = 12,108,445

#engineering = 4.5 billion

#engineeringlife = 1,005,385

#engineer = 2.4 billion

#engineeringmemes = 870,092

#engineerlife = 136.9 million

#engineeringstudent = 652,098

#engineeringstudent = 195.3 million

#civilengineering = 2,616,928

#civilengineering = 639 million

#mechanicalengineering = 1,481,667

#mechanicalengineering = 241.1 million

#electricalengineering = 898,114

#electricalengineering = 169.3 million

#structuralengineering = 412,667



#structuralengineering = 7.6 million Note: the above data is correct as of Monday 7 March and is based on global information


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With that in mind, we hopped on both platforms to find out how hashtags - used as a primary tool to reach specific audiences - relevant to engineering are performing.

What is driving this popularity Natural curiosity is the biggest driver of the above engagement figures. It’s no secret that video is the most popular form of content right now on social media. The dance phenomenon is a great example of this, constantly reinventing itself and creating trends and sequences for others to replicate and follow. Engineering has gone down a different path, with its creators tapping into consumer curiosity by using video to showcase clever how-to guides and creative experiments. And not that engineering isn’t a cool discipline, but some of the content that is being created is by influencers like Mark Rober (767,000 followers) and Colin Furze (446,000 followers), as well as profiles like engineering_everything (198,000 followers), that are leading the way in promoting a career in engineering to a younger audience.

Final thoughts Engineering has evolved as technology has. It’s my feeling that, actually, engineering is becoming cool again. People are beginning to understand that it’s not a boring job and a large part of that is down to the technological advancements we have seen over recent years. Engineering is a very futuristic, almost robotic, career. That is attracting more youngsters into the industry and it is platforms like social media that are, right now, leading the way in raising awareness about this.

But far more intervention is still required if we are to engage younger audiences and get them excited about a career in engineering. For far too long, education in this area has been neglected and as a result, we have a generation in which there are more people that are leaving school with no basic knowledge of DIY than those that are. As a nation, we’re far less hands-on than we used to be and over time, that has created a burden and reliance on those that have been engineering for years. In the short term, the engineering industry has some difficult hurdles it needs to overcome. But by incorporating elements of engineering from primary school age and better engaging with tools like social media, we stand a far better chance of engaging Gen-Z and bridging the gap in the long term.

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April 2022


Quantum Design UK launch new Lake Shore Cryotronics Temperature Brochure Check out the QD-UKI new temperature products brochure, covering the Lake Shore Cryotronics Temperature Sensors, Temperature Controllers and Temperature Monitors. “The range is so extensive, we thought it would be helpful to have the products all in one place in order to quickly compare them.”

What’s Included? Cryogenic Temperature Sensors Measure temperatures from <20 mK to over 1,500K A wide selection of diodes, RTDs, thermocouples, and mounting packages are available Cryogenic Temperature Controllers Monitor & control temperatures from <300mK to over 1,500K - Choose from variety of sensor inputs, sensor excitation ranges, display features, and interfaces. Cryogenic Temperature Monitors ​ onitor temperatures from 1.4 K to M over 800K - Choose from one or eight standard inputs. USB, IEEE-488 and RS-232C interfaces, relays, and analog outputs available.

Who are Lake Shore Cryotronics and what is their relationship with Quantum Design UK and Ireland? Leading researchers around the world trust Lake Shore Cryotronics for measurement and control solutions that drive the discovery and development of new materials for tomorrow’s technologies. In electronics, clean energy, nanotechnology, and many other applications, Lake Shore provides the products and systems needed for precise measurements over a broad range of temperature and magnetic field conditions. Quantum Design UK and Ireland (QDUKI) offers components and systems used in materials science, imaging, spectroscopy, photonics, nanotechnology, and life science research.

QDUKI, like Lake Shore, possesses a deep understanding of the needs of researchers exploring next-generation technologies. The partnership between Lake Shore and QDUKI combines the knowledge and application expertise of two industry leaders in scientific measurement, characterisation, and test to deliver bestin-class solutions to the research community. Quantum Design UK would love to chat with you about your applications and areas of research. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated technical experts: SHAYZ IKRAM – SATYAM LADVA –

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Fuzzy Logic and Visionic: robotics for the nuclear industry PRIMUS (Platform for Robotic Inspection and Maintenance for Unstructured Settings) developed by Fuzzy Logic and Visionic for Framatome Intercontrôle is a robotic NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) system for nuclear infrastructures. This software and hardware package is designed to be used by non-roboticist NDT operators, a major differentiating factor compared to existing solutions on the robotics and NDT markets. The collaboration between Fuzzy Logic, Visionic and Framatome began when they were working on RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance), a European Union project that aims to establish a network of digital innovation hubs and industrial associations to support the development of robotics.


o be deployed efficiently, today’s NDT technologies require a controlled, laboratorylike environment, which is precisely what is difficult to achieve in field conditions. This same challenge is what Framatome Intercontrôle is confronted with when inspecting components in the primary circuits of nuclear power plants (CNPE), especially in the case of specific welds such as tappings at the junction points between primary and secondary piping systems.



In order to overcome these challenges, Framatome Intercontrôle uses industrial robots in an innovative way to solve many NDT problems. Ultrasonic detection performed by a robot characterizes the internal volumetric defects of the weld to detect possible cracks. Currently, these inspections are prepared in advance on site and require a 3D scan of the weld and measurement of the environment, each weld and environment being geometrically unique. A roboticist then calculates the robot trajectory for the future inspection. At the time of inspection, if the environment is different from the initial measurements or does not correspond exactly to the archived scan, it is no longer possible to directly adapt the prepared trajectory; the measurements and trajectory calculations must be adjusted again. However, the nuclear environment is complex and subject to very restrictive safety regulations. Each intervention is therefore costly in terms of human resources, especially since the threshold for radiation exposure of personnel is 12 millisieverts per year, which increases the cost of repairs when they become necessary.

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According to Mr. Yannick Caulier, Expert I, VTI level III, COFFMET level II at Framatome / Intercontrôle: “preparing the inspections is a complex, time consuming and costly task, because the environment is not easy to model. That is why we were looking for a software package that would allow us to easily redefine trajectories so that we could adapt our inspections to the conditions in each nuclear site”. Current industrial robots and programming tools are not designed for unstructured field environments. Moreover, using and programming them requires a high level of expertise. To overcome these constraints, Fuzzy Logic and Visionic have developed the PRIMUS platform.

Primus, a unique software platform The PRIMUS Software and Hardware platform allows NDT service providers to respond to infrastructure inspection requests quickly and efficiently. It works simply, the first step is to model the environment as it is at the time of the inspection. Any additional elements that could potentially

hinder the trajectory are then integrated into this modelling step, the simulation of the process before the on-site inspection is then complete. In the second step, a robot is placed next to the welded areas of the pipes. The inspection probe must be moved with great precision, this requires the use of a robot to achieve accurate positioning and orientation. Using software developed by Fuzzy Logic, operators can set up the robot quickly, without needing to position it with great accuracy on the pipe. The 3D sensors integrated on the robot allow the robot to be quickly and easily realigned to its real environment. Trajectories can be determined in seconds with a few mouse clicks. The combination of the complex trajectory calculated by the Fuzzy Studio and the 3D scan of the weld structure by Visionic generates the inspection path adapted to the real surface. The last step consists in the inspection of the weld by ultrasound. This method has never been used for NDT before, and the results obtained are much more accurate thanks to the control of the probe positioning, with prior adjustment based on a 3D scan of the surface.


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Visionic supplies the robots and their optical system. Fuzzy Logic provides the enhanced agile programming environment, allowing programming to be done by non-roboticists and eliminating many of the setup steps. Framatome Intercontrôle contributes both the know-how and a robotic NDT weld inspection test bench for developing, testing and validating the PRIMUS solution in an operational environment.

Thanks to the PRIMUS system, Framatome Intercontrôle’s inspection time has gone from two weeks to one day. In addition, PRIMUS increases the efficiency, quality and safety of non-destructive testing while decreasing operator radiation exposure. Aided by the cooperation and support of the partners in the RIMA network, the PRIMUS system was developed, deployed and tested in a record time of


14 months, bringing industrial robotics to the forefront of nuclear infrastructure inspection. Yannick Caulier states, “the no-code, ergonomic and versatile software, usable on all PRIMUS robots, offers us greater accessibility than ever before. We can place the robot where we want it and generate its trajectory in a few clicks. This is one of the aspects that attracted us the most.”

A successful collaboration Ryan Lober, CEO and co-founder of Fuzzy Logic: “Framatome, like many other industrial corporations, are pushing the limits of what we think we can do with industrial robots. However, expert-level tools are a limiting factor. By offering a solution that is accessible to nonexperts, we are paving the way for using robots in these applications, which were once thought impossible. “ According to Xavier Savin: “This specific application for Framatome, which solves a particular problem,



can be transposed wherever material integrity inspections are carried out by ultrasound on surfaces whose geometry is not fully predictable. Our solution can be extended to robotic applications where a different trajectory definition is important. The more variability there is in the trajectories, the more meaningful the solution will be.” Yannick Caulier explains that the software developed for this application can be adapted for inspections of other weld types. “It is planned to develop the prototype further, with new features and fluidity in the inspection chain.”

RIMA, a bold move The collaboration between Framatome, Fuzzy Logic and Visionic was formed in the fall of 2019, via the RIMA consortium. Framatome had a requirement that was atypical in the field of robotics. It needed a robotic solution that

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could be used by non-experts. The challenge was to design a software platform to define the robot trajectories in order to adapt the inspections of pipe welding in a nuclear site. Visionic and Fuzzy Logic jointly responded, convinced of the unprecedented technological potential of their solution. RIMA subsidized the R&D costs for the Visionic and Fuzzy Logic consortium up to €300,000. “RIMA financed a technology that never existed before, in response to an atypical need. RIMA’s bold move has paid off because in 14 months, our PRIMUS solution, developed by a start-up and an innovative SME, has demonstrated the significance of its impact in a sector that is considered very demanding”, said Ryan Lober, pleased with the success.

behind our technical solution. There are real opportunities for Primus on the international market. All 56 nuclear reactors in France will have to undergo major refurbishment, to enable them to continue production after 40 years of operation. Replacing piping in a nuclear plant is costly and complex. Our solution, which characterizes the defects and whose gives reliable results, makes it possible to decide on the most appropriate maintenance steps after inspection. Our solution offers the potential for considerable economic benefits. This potential can be multiplied by the number of power plants in operation in Europe and worldwide.”

Xavier Savin, explains, “We were aware of the commercial potential


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Monitoring of energy networks - How to make it easy and secure. Cloud and cyber security in critical energy applications Digitalization and IoT (Internet of Things) is a clear trend within power plants and substations, just as it is in industrial automation. The Smart Grid is certainly a driving factor, but there are also other reasons for this change. Operators often find that only having data available in the control room is insufficient. Instead, they want to monitor transformers remotely, implement new maintenance concepts from anywhere, optimize utilization and commissioning, or retrieve environmental data online. This requires a solution with a high level of cybersecurity that guarantee critical control data to be strictly separated from monitoring data. The solution should also be easy to use and have a compact form factor to ensure that it is suitable for retrofitting and that it fits into existing cabinets. 58|


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Cybersecurity of utmost importance Substations which convert high transmission voltage into consumer voltage are an important part of the electrical grid, not only for municipalities but also for the railways and industrial companies to name but a few. They usually consist of power transformers, switchgear and a lot of equipment for measurement and control. Substations are usually managed from a control room, or remotely from control centres. This control path is subject to strict security regulations as a successful hacker attack could have catastrophic consequences. There is also a need for cloud-based monitoring. But how can this be achieved without neglecting the required cybersecurity?

Two separate data streams

with the substation or individual devices. Control data means sending commands such as “Turn switch on”, “Measure now” or “Send measured value”. This critical communication runs in real time according to the protocols used in the energy sector such as IEC61850 or IEC60870-5-104. The security requirements are high and unauthorized data must be excluded.

In principle, there are two different data streams in substations: the first is the control data with which the control room communicates

The second data stream delivers monitoring data from sensors and devices to the control room. Realtime communication is not required

here but the data packages are usually more extensive for this IoT data. Of course, the data must not be compromised here either, which is why communication is usually handled via TLS or VPN, for example. There are also event-based alarm notifications that can be transmitted via independent data channels such as MQTT or SMS. Since the data only flows one way towards the control room or the cloud, this data stream and the transmitting device are well protected against attacks.

Typical data that is monitored The data typically transmitted along the monitoring path includes, for instance, temperatures of transformers, high-voltage lines and motors, or oil pressure in transformers. If we take SF6-insulated circuit breakers as an example, it is possible to monitor gas pressure, temperature and gas humidity, and transformers, cables or battery back-up systems can provide voltage data. Data from building management can also be made available via the monitoring path. For example, door sensors of the access control system, air conditioning values or even a robot lawn mower can be monitored. The data involved can come from various sources. Some data comes


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directly from the “heart” of the substation – values of the IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices), i.e. the control computer for the switchgear or measuring devices in the station. Other data is provided by additional sensors that are commonplace in the industrial environment or in building management.

The control unit of the UPS communicates with the gateway via Modbus and is connected to the control room via an IEC61850-based gateway. The status data of the individual battery cells is sent in parallel via MQTT to the manufacturer’s private cloud.

How to gather and forward the data?

via Modbus and analogue interfaces (for example).

So how is it possible to gather the various data and how is it transmitted to ensure the required level of cybersecurity?

Monitoring and added value

There are readily available gateways for this task (Fig. 1), such as the Ixxat SG gateway from HMS Networks. These gateways combine the functionality of RTUs (Remote Terminal Units), controllers and gateways; opening up possibilities to digitize substations and distribution networks. Existing systems, new devices and control systems can be connected quickly – regardless of the communication technology or manufacturer. Here is an example to demonstrate how the monitoring works in practice:

A gateway collects the data from the various sources via the relevant ports. A gateway collects the data from various sources via the relevant ports (Fig. 2). It supports the communication protocols used in the energy sector, including IEC61850 and IEC608705-104, and can simultaneously feed in the data from IoT sensors connected


Protocol conversion and, where applicable, media disruption, mean that such a cloud connection is very secure. In addition, the data is only transmitted in one direction; access options are initially not provided but can be defined as exceptions if necessary. Configuration of these types of gateways is usually graphical and does not require any programming knowledge or additional software. There are many use case scenarios. For example, a sensor manufacturer can use a Smart Grid gateway as a platform for communication with its private cloud, for remote monitoring, surveillance and maintenance planning. Substations can digitize the energy supply in an easy way: The gateway feeds the measured data – either from IEDs or sensors into the control system and can forward it directly to the cloud (MQTT) via an integrated LTE modem where it remains available for continual status monitoring.

The control unit of the UPS communicates with the gateway via Modbus and is connected to the control room via an IEC61850based gateway. The status data of the individual battery cells is sent in parallel via MQTT to the manufacturer’s private cloud. Another example of an application can be found in battery back-up systems for local control networks, for example in converter stations in the railway power supply system (Fig. 3). The control unit of the Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) communicates with the gateway via Modbus and is connected to the control room via IEC61850. The status data of the individual battery cells is sent in parallel via MQTT to the manufacturer’s private cloud. This guarantees functional reliability through continuous monitoring and prompt, plannable maintenance. It can even lead to new business models, e.g. renting a UPS system according to usage. And the best part: thanks to the ability to retrofit, older existing facilities can also benefit from the new possibilities of digitalization.

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Experience Rittal live! There are only weeks to go until the 2022 Drives & Controls exhibition which is held at the NEC Birmingham from the 5th-7th April. With a wide and diverse range of over 400 companies exhibiting , the show provides a unique opportunity for engineers to experience latest technologies in Automation, Power Transmission, Motion Control Equipment and Systems.


s a global leader in mechanical and electrical infrastructure, you would naturally expect Rittal to have a strong presence at the show, this year we are on stand E100. For our total presence, also exhibiting is our sister company, EPLAN a leader in electrical design software on the same stand. Rittal and EPLAN provide a partnership that delivers a unique approach to the industrial automation process from design to deployment and all points in between. Discover at this year’s Drives & Controls how Rittal and EPLAN bring together a modular engineering philosophy, precise and automated Rittal Automation Systems machines, and powerful, database-driven electrical engineering.

Rittal – The System” on show at Drives and Controls 2022 Visitors to Rittal’s Stand E100 will be able to see Rittal’s renowned infrastructure solution - widely specified as the No.1 choice for protecting critical equipment.

With a range of innovative enclosures for internal and external applications, climate control heating and cooling systems, power distribution switchboard and motor control products on display – plus some exciting new product innovations. We’re taking the opportunity to take not only our VX25 baying system but also our AX and KX range of small enclosures. These innovative ranges demonstrate how Rittal can offer time saving cost effective solutions for a wide range of industries. In addition, we’ll be show casing our new VX 25 Ri4power system, the modular based switchgear system ideally suited for both Power Distribution Systems and Motor Control Centre’s. Cooling solutions are key to effective and efficient enclosure solutions, at this year’s Drives and controls be sure to check out the new IIoT Interface. This allows Blue e+ cooling units to be networked with customer-specific monitoring and energy management systems. This in turn makes it possible to add new applications such as

predictive analytics.




The Blue e+ range has become the industries leading enclosure cooling solution, with energy savings of up to 75% its difficult to see how Rittal could improve the range. Be sure to check out our stand for a sneak peek at our latest ground-breaking development to the Blue e+ range The Rittal team will be on-hand to discuss key issues: Our experts will be available at the show to answer some of the key issues facing the industry in today’s challenging and ever-changing environment. • How can systems and people be reliably protected against danger? • How can power consumption be made transparent and significantly reduced? • How can maintenance scenarios for cooling devices be planned in advance?






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• How can enclosures in the food industry be hygienically climate controlled? • How can controller and switchgear manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 solutions, automate production processes and set up data centres quickly and easily? • How can Smart Production facilities face the change of creating IT infrastructure in harsh environments So let our teams guide and assist you with any current applications or requirements you have for protecting critical equipment and delivering game-changing industrial automation. The digitalisation of Smart Production - Shielding your IT equipment in harsh environments The development of Smart production facilities creates challenges when creating the IT infrastructure to support the latest technologies such as IOT devices, robotics and the collation of industrial analytics. Frequently these new technologies require IT to get closer to Smart production equipment to improve the speed and reliability of data communication. This means that increasingly IT has to move out of its secure computer room and be located on the factory or shop floor. Rittal will be using the event to exhibit quick and easy IT solutions for all

applications. IT product highlights on display at the show will include the NEW VXIT Rack and IT cooling units.

Smart Engineering at Eplan Thanks to the synergies between EPLAN systems and Rittal products, almost all aspects of control panel manufacture can be automated, which shortens processing times, minimises the risk of errors, optimises the use of materials and increases productivity. At this year’s Drives and Controls 2022 EPLAN will be showcasing innovative solutions for enhanced engineering

efficiency and the use of the digital twin. So, If you’re attending the show be sure to visit Rittal & EPLAN on E100 to Discover how Rittal & EPLAN can deliver major productivity enhancements in your business and see how both companies provide the winning combination that will help improve efficiencies for your business. For further information on the entire Rittal range visit or check out our linkedin page @rittal-ltd-uk

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Industrial Super Store IS open for business Launch of a new online source for industrial, factory and premises management equipment and consumables Industry Superstore (ISS) is a new, online source for adhesives, sealants, technical sprays, hoses and fittings, flood prevention, spill kits and containment products, tools, hand sanitisers, disinfectants, industrial surface wipes, hand driers, dispensers and more. The brainchild of Steve Moorey, founder of PVL the long-established specialist sensor distributor, he says,” We noticed a huge increase in demand for online purchasing of cleaning and hygiene products during the early days of the covid lockdown. Enquires were also being made for purchases of tools, industrial consumables and protective products. We created a prototype online store


for these products and were amazed by the response. We are now very pleased to be able to fully launch the Industrial Super Store as a source for these products and much more.” In addition to hygiene, cleaning, adhesives and technical sprays customers can now purchase: • • • • • •

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17TH YEAR! LiftEx 2022, the leading lifting equipment networking event, provides the first major opportunity in 3 years to meet face-to-face with the industry. Taking part is your chance to reconnect, meet new vendors and get back to business!

Book your free visitor ticket now at At LiftEx you’ll meet global and local vendors of lifting equipment and services supplying vertical markets including Oil & Gas, Ports & Maritime, Offshore, Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive, Utilities and Entertainment. If you are responsible for purchasing or decision making in this sector, you can’t afford to miss this exhibition. New this year - 10 hours of free content for visitors:

Day 1 - Knowledge Sharing and Industry Insights - Panel discussions, guest speaker interviews, case studies and interactive sessions delivered by industry experts. Day 2 - Education Zone - Learning and development, with free

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Packaging Innovations and Empack 2022 Makes Anticipated Return to NEC Birmingham Packaging Innovations and Empack 2022, the UK’s flagship packaging event, will reunite the industry when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 25 and 26 May. The event will feature leading exhibitors from across the entire packaging spectrum, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience the most cutting-edge products firsthand and create new industry connections.


any of the exhibitors will be using the event to launch new products to market. Companies will highlight their latest innovations across the entire packaging process, including solutions aimed at professionals specialising in packaging design, development, packing, and fulfilment. Consumables Manufacturing, Bobst, Jindal Films, Epson, Cerm, Global One Pak, Roberts Mart & Co, Ranpak, Thermal Printer Support, and Yorkshire Packaging Systems are just some of the big names already signed up, presenting their new products live on the event floor. Also present at the event will be the likes of Actega, Damati Plastics, Esko, GMG Color, Jointak, PEFC UK, TAWI, WePack, and Zakka Multitec. Alongside a busy exhibition floor, the event will host an industry-led seminar programme across three stages to address packaging’s most pressing topics. The Empack Technology stage will feature sessions aimed at the manufacturing, processing, and logistics sectors, whilst the Innovation and Design


stage and the Ecopack stage will dissect the latest industry news affecting packaging designers, agencies, and technologists. The event’s headline feature, The Big Debate, will tackle the latest packaging regulations, whilst the Dragon’s Den-style Ecopack Challenge will make its hotly anticipated return. Renan Joel, Easyfairs’ Divisional Director, comments: “After two years without the Birmingham event, we cannot wait for everyone to see the exciting things we have planned for this year. We have a wide range of manufacturing exhibitors presenting the latest innovation, developments, and technology, as well as a seminar programme packed with industry experts. There truly is something for everyone. We can’t wait to see you there!” To register to attend Packaging Innovations and Empack NEC 2022, please visit the registration page. For any further information, please visit the Packaging Innovations and Empack NEC 2022 website or contact the event team on +44 (0)20 196 4300 or


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