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Linear Motor Development

Over the last few years, Linmot have been developing new modular designs based on their renowned range of high-speed linear motors. This has expanded from replacing pneumatic cylinders to fully integrated modules that are much easier for customers to build directly into machines. On capping and assembly machines for example, the new range of PR02 combined linear rotary motors provide a clean compact unit. Quin Systems, as the Linmot UK distributor, have been directly replacing motor and clutch systems in many capping and assembly applications with great success. Just announced are a new DM01 linear motor module which includes a high-stiffness linear guide. Loads up to 30kg can be directly mounted on the end and the clean design makes it very suitable for food and pharmaceutical applications. The range provides strokes up to 575mm and peak force up to 572N and slider lubrication is not needed. The unique Linmot MagSpring® can be added to provide weight compensation for vertical applications. Two DM01 modules can also be combined to form a 2 axes x/y pick and place system for example.

Sensor feedback With the advent of Industry 4.0, it is becoming increasingly important to bring together automation and real-time analytics through enterprise-wide connectivity. As a result, the new products from Linmot such as the PR02 Linear Rotary family of motors now offer extra features such as torque sensing and force measurement. These can be used in combination with linear and rotary position and velocity measurement for detecting multiple


conditions during capping or assembly for example. They can also be used for monitoring and maintenance purposes. With closed-loop servo control and force and torque sensing throughout, very repeatable and high quality assembly can be achieved. Any poor thread, misalignment or out of tolerance parts can be detected early in the process. It could either be attempted again for example with another screw or cap or rejected before wasting any more time on the assembly. A great advantage with LinMot products is that most of the main PLC networks are available on the drives such as EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink and many others. This allows flexibility of control and information feedback to be integrated very easily into almost any control system. For more information, please contact Quin Systems, the UK LinMot distributor on 0118 977 1077 or Website:

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With 95mm of range and up to 2m separation, this new compact laser micrometer offers much greater measurement flexibility Precision sensor supplier Micro-Epsilon has extended its optoCONTROL 2520 series of optical laser micrometers with the optoCONTROL 252095, which provides double the measuring range (95mm) of the existing optoCONTROL 2520-46. The increased range allows for measurements on larger diameter parts without the need to use or combine additional sensors.

The new optoCONTROL 252095 offers double the measuring range (95mm) of the existing optoCONTROL 2520-46.


he optoCONTROL 2520-95 is a compact laser micrometer characterised by its high accuracy, high repeatability and a large measuring range of 95mm. The micrometer is flexible too; measurements can be taken at any position within the light curtain whilst preset optimum distances are selectable in the controller. Due to its high linearity (<± 15µm), high repeatability (≤ 6µm) and measuring speed (2.0 kHz), the sensor is suitable for all applications where large measuring ranges are required. The optoCONTROL 2520 series outputs up to 2,500 measurements values per second depending on the measuring range. Measurement modes such as Edge Tracking, Diameter, Gap and Centre Axis can be selected, whilst the Segment mode allows multiple targets to be measured that are within the optical beam. An option with an angled (90-degree) flat receiver is also available on both ranges for measurements in confined spaces. Configuration of the sensor is performed via the web interface, enabling parameters to be set up including video signal, filter and the various measuring modes. The optoCONTROL 2520 micrometers are equipped with an integral controller and are rated as laser class 1M. Analogue, RS422, Ethernet and EtherCAT outputs are provided

to simplify integration of the sensor into the customer’s own production control environment. Profinet and Ethernet/IP can also be used via the IF2030 interface converters. Glenn Wedgbrow, Business Development Manager at Micro-Epsilon comments: “The optoCONTROL 2520-95 is extremely versatile and so will find applications across many different industry sectors in the UK, from food and pharmaceuticals, to automotive and machine building. The micrometers can be set up in production lines to inspect continuous material or single parts. For example, in strip material processing applications and cutting machines, several strips can be measured simultaneously by using multi-segment measurement. In addition, the sensor is ideal for hose and extruder products, including bars and plastic pipes.”

Wear-free and a long service life All optoCONTROL laser micrometers from Micro-Epsilon work without rotating mirrors and so are completely wear-free. The parallel light curtain is created by using special optics in the light source. High quality components in the receiving optics, including filters and lenses, enable the high accuracy of the micrometers. The optoCONTROL 2520 series of laser micrometers from MicroEpsilon offer high accuracy and measuring rates. The improved linearity, different measuring ranges and variable mounting distances between transmitter and receiver, allow for a wide range of dimensional measurement applications in production control, quality control and inline inspection. 6|

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FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus: The new battery-operated hand-held marking system convinces with versatility, compactness and power

MARKATOR ® presents a new product from the FlyMarker ® series The mobile dot peen marker FlyMarker® mini 85/45 plus convinces with its versatility and additional power, as well as with its low weight of only 3.1 kg and its compact design, all at an attractive price/performance ratio. The new battery-operated handheld marking system is equipped with a marking field of 85 x 45 mm. It combines the strengths of the already existing models FlyMarker ® mini 65/30 and FlyMarker ® mini 120/45 plus in one device. It is compact and handy like its little brother FlyMarker ® mini 65/30 and at the same time at least as versatile and functional as its big brother FlyMarker ® mini 120/45 plus. Thus, the compact FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus becomes a professional partner for durable and unforgeable markings in the industry. Due to its versatility, high functionality, robustness and additional power, the new battery-operated hand-held marking device deserves to be highlighted and differentiated in the product name. For this reason, the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 model is given a name extension with the addition "plus". The word "plus" makes it clear that there is a lot more to this device than in the basic model FlyMarker ® mini 65/30. This new development perfectly complements the existing portfolio in the field of battery-powered handheld marking systems. One highlight is the optionally exchangeable strong magnet, which is very easy and quick to exchange thanks to its innovative Plug & Play system. With the use of the extra strong magnet it is possible to create very deep markings remaining visible after subsequent processing steps such as sand blasting or coating. Additionally, the marking force of the solenoid can be adjusted individually to the material and the needed marking depth. With the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus nearly all materials from plastics up to hardened steel can be marked fast and reliable. Among marking characters and numbers, optionally individual company


logos, test symbols or Data Matrix Codes can be marked as well. Two prisms on the positioning plate of the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus help to mark round work pieces very easily (radial and axial). Due to its automatic height compensation from up to 5 mm the marking system guarantees even on uneven work pieces a constant high class marking result. The extremely stable guide system and the robust and durable mechanics of the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus guarantee a marking result of highest quality. The high-quality guide system consists of double-guided linear guides in X and Y direction, which precisely and warp-free creates multi-line markings with constant marking depth over the entire marking field. In comparison to similar systems using a swinging axle this cannot be guaranteed. The robust base with integrated positioning plate additionally provides a high degree of mechanical stability. As an option, the integrated positioning plate can be replaced by an adjustable aluminum positioning plate. With this positioning plate, the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus can be easily and flexibly adapted to customer-specific requirements and devices. Hot materials can also be marked and the marking needle can be immersed into the workpiece. In addition, the stable design of the aluminum positioning plate guarantees an optimal positioning and precise marking results. The compact and break resistant design allows the battery operated FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus to be transported from A to B like a conventional cordless screwdriver. This is of great use when big and unmovable work pieces need to be marked. Due to its ergonomic design, the battery driven marking system fits perfectly in the hand and can be used effortless in any position. An additional handle, allows an ergonomic one- or two-hand operation, which prevents any slipping during the marking process. The scope of supply contains two Lithium-Ion-Batteries which enable a completely mobile work and time consuming marking tasks can be done without interruption.

The device software is self-explanatory and intuitive to operate and simplifies the programming of the marking files. The marking commands can be entered quickly and easily via the dirt-resistant and durable keyboard with integrated numeric keys. In addition, the operator software is available in numerous language versions, which makes the operation of the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus easier for users from all over the world. The high resolution LC colour display provides a practical preview function which enables to picture the marking file before the actual marking. Additionally, the FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus is equipped with an integrated laser pointer. The laser pointer shows the position of the marking needle and can simulate the marking process. With this incorrect markings can be avoided and are almost impossible. The dot peen marker has a large internal memory that offers enough space for several hundred marking files. Created marking files, fonts or logos can therefore be stored easily and conveniently directly on the device. The transmission of the files can easily be carried out by using the USB-interfaces of the unit. These interfaces can also be used for optional available accessories as for example a barcode scanner. For special application as for example marking round work pieces on the face, etc. several optional accessories are available. Are you interested in the new hand-held marking system FlyMarker ® mini 85/45 plus? Please contact us via email to or visit us online on









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MONITOR AND CONTROL THREE KEY PROCESS VARIABLES – WITH A SINGLE SENSOR Volumetric flow, flow velocity and temperature measurement – three of the most important variables which help to ensure efficient process control. So, wouldn’t it be convenient if you could measure ALL of these variables in a single flow meter? With the latest range of electromagnetic flow meters, the PF55S and PF75H/S from sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER, it’s now possible. Designed for industrial applications these compact flow meters are suitable for applications with high flow velocities up to 10 m/s, with the PF75H/S capable of measuring media with a conductivity of 5 µS/cm and available in a hygienic or a robust industrial design. When measuring these critical variables precision is paramount with millimetres making all the


difference. Thanks to the design of these electromagnetic flow sensors, precision combined with long-term stable and reliable measurement is assured with accuracy of up to 0.2%. The combination of precise measurement of volumetric flow and flow velocity means tasks such as volume balancing, mixing and dosage processes can be optimised and controlled very accurately. The result is the use of valuable resources such as liquid foods, chemicals, or fresh water can be minimised, helping to save energy, generating less waste and reducing costs. The flow meters feature coreless air coils which generate a stable, temperature independent magnetic field. This, combined with a continuous, free-flowing measurement tube without constrictions or other fittings, contributes to more efficient process

control, prevents pressure loss in the system and helps to optimise the pump performance. The familiar CombiSeries display provides all the key information needed at a single glance, even from a distance. This helps users to monitor increasingly complex process data and measured values, including the indication of alarm limits and also enables adjustments via the touch display. This means important advantages, such as uniform operation and process monitoring across the entire CombiSeries sensor range, including temperature, pressure, conductivity and flow measurement. These electromagnetic flow meters are available with all standard process connections for hygienic and industrial applications. Also, customised options are available, such as temperature and vacuum-resistant linings to suit more demanding media as well as a large range of pipe diameters from DN3 to DN250. More at: gb/en/save-costs-with-the-preciseelectromagnetic-flow-meters-frombaumer/n/save-costs-with-theprecise-lectromagnetic-flow-meters


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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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INTRODUCING THE NEW DRIVE CHAIN SOLUTION RANGE The Donghua Chain Group have re-categorised their extensive Drive Chain products into three new ranges to make it easier for customers to identify the right chain for their needs.

The three new ranges are: Standard, Solution and Premium.

Solution Range Donghua’s Solution Range incorporates their existing HSP Chain, SLR Chain and CP Chain as well as their newly launched EXL Chain.

HSP Chain is suited to agricultural and industrial applications and boasts ultimate tensile strength up to 50 per cent higher than DIN standard chains. HSP has widewaist plates to give extreme fatigue strength and high interference fit between pins and plates.

SLR Chain:

The Solution Range offers customers a genuine solution to problems with chain wear, chain fatigue, corrosion, high speed, lubrication, chain length accuracy and chain strength whilst being designed for arduous environments.

Donghua’s Self-Lubricating Roller (SLR) Chain incorporates special oil impregnated sintered bushings which extend beyond the inner plates to prevent dirt ingress, giving these chains their self-lubricating characteristics.

EXL Chain:

Nickel plated throughout to prevent corrosion, and with chemically plated and tempered pins, SLR Chain offers improved wear resistance and added protection in the bearing area. This chain is ideal for use in areas where chain lubrication is difficult or undesirable.

Recently launched in the UK is the premium EXL Chain which offers significant benefits over standard Roller Chain. Utilising different materials, material treatments and layer technologies, the EXL Chain offers the best possible quality/price ratio for all applications. Aimed specifically for the after-market, EXL Chain is designed, manufactured and tested for unbeatable accuracy and performance in arduous conditions, offering enhanced wear and fatigue resistance and greater precision. The chain is designed with a new hardened, shot-peened wide-waist plate for increased fatigue strength and a seamless cold forged solid bush and roller to give full contact between the pin, bushing and roller for higher durability. The EXL Chain has optimised cylindrical parts which improve sliding contacts to help increase service life. It also incorporates Donghua’s unique ‘Easy Break Technology’ which enables the EXL Chain to be cut in the field using Donghua’s Plate Extractor tools.

HSP Chain: Donghua’s Heavy Super Power (HSP) Chain is specifically designed for aggressive environments and a popular chain in the UK.


CP Chain: Donghua’s Chromized Pin (CP) Chain offers increased wear life over standard roller chain. It is designed with a chromized pin; adding a chrome surface coating to the pins results in super-hard pins which extends the wear life of the chain. With a 1100 Vi surface hardness, CP Chain is ideal for dirty / dusty conditions, giving high abrasion resistance. With increased precision, higher wear resistance and greater fatigue resistance, Donghua’s Solution Range is the perfect solution for UK stockists. For more information about Donghua’s Solution Range call 01902 866 200.


SAFETY LIGHT CURTAIN APP MAKES COMMISSIONING AND SERVICE EASY The first safety light curtain from Schmersal with a built-in Bluetooth interface. The SLC440/COM with Bluetooth BLE is an active optoelectronic protective device that makes all status and diagnostic data on the operating status of the device available on smartphones or tablets via a Bluetooth interface on a real-time basis. In combination with the Schmersal App "SLC Assist" the operator uses this diagnosis tool for a safe operation, setup and documentation of a Schmersal AOPD by using a smartphone or tablet. THE "SLC ASSIST" APP


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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR REICH COUPLINGS IN THE MARINE SECTOR As for many industries in recent months, there have been significant challenges for those operating within the marine sector. However, unlike some areas of business such as hospitality and retail, where the impact of the pandemic has hit hard across the board, there are sub-sectors of the marine industry which remain positive. Many marine and shipbuilding projects, by their very nature are long term and although impacted by the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, remain in place if delayed somewhat. There are however sub-sectors where, for example, the availability of attractive finance rates has encouraged investment in the commissioning of support vessels for marine renewables projects. Also, the large leisure marine sector, which includes Superyachts, remains largely unaffected by current events. Marine & Industrial Transmissions’ Sales Manager Tom Binns, Reich’s partner within this sector commented: “ We have definitely seen some positive trends in a number of the sub-sectors within marine. In addition to the investments in support vessel’s for renewables, we have also seen an increase in activity with military and defence related projects. Currently we are also bidding for a new project which will represent an investment of over £9 million in nine new vessels for port operations within the UK” Reich’s TOK coupling range, renowned for its robust design and reliability, is at the heart of many of the coupling and driveline projects undertaken by MIT. Success for MIT with the new multi vessel project, will see a requirement for a total of 18 Reich TOK units, representing a significant project for both parties. (Reich’s TOK Coupling has been at the heart of many MIT projects so far in 2020)

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Georg UK Partner with WMG, University of Warwick to Test Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles Heinrich Georg (UK) Limited has partnered with WMG, University of Warwick to design and build a Test Rig to test battery powered small motor units for use in light vehicle transport. The Test Rig will be used for research & development and quality assessment of off-the-shelf motors, with the main focus of the project being urban mobility projects (small electric vehicles). Martin Summers, Special Purpose Machine Manager at Georg UK, explains: “The design of the Test Rig aims to control the application of force profile that replicates what would precisely be happening to the motor when used in the real world. “To understand this, we have to generate a similar load profile to that seen when the unit is in active service. This requires an understanding of changes in power from active to reactive, ie the generation of power when under load (for example when driving up an incline), and then the regeneration of power when braking or going down an incline and what effect this has on the on-board battery and its charging capability.” Built within the Test Rig is sophisticated power analyser systems to record data and feed-back via a closed loop system using a cause and effect process. To achieve an effective closed loop system, Georg UK have used National Instruments hardware combined with their unique, in-house designed software package to perform those exact requirements. The software has been developed following many years’ experience building regeneration rigs for the rail industry.


High accuracy mechanics have also been employed to ensure critical fine alignments of all dynamic components, along with a robust bed to prevent vibration or loss of control. As the Test Rig will incorporate high speed rotational components safety is of paramount importance and the Rig will be fully CE certificated with safety guarding and shut down safety systems. Steve Heinrich, Chief Engineer at WMG, University of Warwick, said: “We have earned a reputation for the quality of our research and are one of the UK’s leading research-led universities with strong links with industry. By pushing the boundaries for science and technology-driven businesses, we enable the transfer of knowledge into new areas that make a real impact on society and the economy.

“We have forged a new partnership with Georg UK in Wolverhampton to provide a unique dynamometer Test Rig for our research into powertrain technology for urban mobility. The project, which uses WMG centre High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult funding, is being led by our Special Vehicle Projects team and the equipment will be available across WMG for research, teaching and external contract work. “We have worked closely with Georg UK and it has been a team effort to arrive at a world class product.” The Test Rig is currently being built at Georg UK’s Wolverhampton factory and will be completed later this year.

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Engineering Update – End of Year Review

TF Automation have over 40 years’ experience in the design, engineering and manufacturing of process automation solutions, supporting a wide range of manufacturing industries and have just completed another successful year. It has been an interesting and challenging year for all and at TF Automation, we are no exception. We remained fully open during lockdown to support our varied customer base working in critical industries, both with bespoke machine build projects and the supply of pneumatics and industrial components. Our testing and manual workstation projects have continued at a pace this year, supporting our Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to the automotive industry. We have also engineered machines for clients in the textile, aerospace, motor sport and industrial sectors, with laser marking, pick-and-place, product testing, hot air welding and plasma treatment machines. Plas ma t rea t m e n t is n e w technology for TF Automation and we were commissioned by Kostal, with whom we have a very longstanding partnership, to design and build two plasma treat machines to address the increase in demand for cleaning new automotive switch products. The company has also made some significant investment this year taking delivery of a new 3Axis CNC Milling Machine to add additional capacity to production and enable the 3-dimensional machining increasingly required by its customer base. The new machine ensures that our machining capabilities are more innovative, versatile and flexible, enabling us to support customers with their on-going requirements.


TF Automation plays a vital role in supporting its local student community in Bradford and took part in Bradford Manufacturing Weeks again this year. This innovative initiative was set up by the Chamber of Commerce to engage local schools with local manufacturers to showcase both manufacturing and engineering as valid careers. We are also working closely with The University of Bradford supporting MSc Marketing Communication students for the second year with a live project to create a marketing campaign. We were delighted to receive the “Highly Commended” Award for Outstanding Business Contribution in the Careers and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Awards 2020, having been nominated by Hanson School, Bradford. CTE is a pioneering way in which young people can gain skills and experiences planned around the requirements of local employers. The need to improve process and productivity is a constant challenge for all our customers and our focus is on providing solutions to reduce the risk of human error in tasks that are constant, predictable and repetitive. To find out more or to discuss your next automation project with our design team, contact us o n 01274 3080 05 o r or visit our website


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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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Casella providing life changing solutions for workplace and environmental hazard monitoring Casella takes its commitment to developing lifechanging monitoring technology seriously. Where workplace hazards include excessive noise or vibration levels, dust, vapours and gases that can pose potential risks to worker health, Casella is dedicated to providing innovative solutions to monitor these hazards, allowing operators to assess potent risks to health and take the necessary steps to control these.

Where workers might be exposed to high levels of dust, fumes or gases that may be hazardous to health, Casella’s range of personal sampling pumps are designed to consistently assess chemical, biological and fume exposure levels. Both the Apex2 and VAPex are pocket-sized, intrinsically safe pumps that minimise work disruption with long lasting battery life and wireless Bluetooth connectivity, allowing results to be analysed remotely.

Casella’s range of monitoring solutions provides Occupational Hygienists and workplace safety managers with necessary tools to capture data around a wide range of workplace risk areas, whether monitoring individual workers with body-worn equipment or covering emissions from site with boundary monitoring.

While personal monitors give a focused view of the risks individuals are exposed to, often a whole site must be monitored to assess the impact work can have on the surrounding area. Casella’s Guardian2 combines several monitors in one award-winning and comprehensive solution, giving users access to monitoring and reporting on particulate, sound and vibrations levels, as well as levels of Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOC’s).

Casella offers a complete solution to workplace noise monitoring. Equipping workers with body mounted dBadge2 dosimeters allows consistent checking of levels of sound exposure throughout a shift, and when combined with a Sound Level Meter enables managers to undertake control measures.


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HARTING Ltd announce new UK Managing Director

Simon Asbury new UK Managing Director, HARTING Ltd Simon Asbury has worked in the electronics and electrical sector since 1988, gaining experience in a range of engineering and sales roles. He joined HARTING Ltd in 1997 as a Sales Engineer, before taking over management of HARTING’s distributors. In 2001 he became Field Sales Manager, with responsibility for the electrical arm of the business, before a promotion to Director of Sales and Market Development in 2007. Since 2018, he has held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing. Following the announcement, Simon commented; “I would like to begin by thanking Peter for his successful time as Managing Director of HARTING Ltd; myself and the team wish him a long and healthy retirement. I am delighted to be appointed as the next Managing Director of HARTING Ltd. Alongside the great team in the UK, we will continue to develop our digital strategy including marketing, ecommerce and technical support. We will bring market-leading connectivity and networking solutions to our customers to enable them to digitise, modularise, miniaturise and customise their products and operations. We will also continue to

HARTING Ltd, the German electrical and electronic connector technology company, will be under new management from January 2021. Current Managing Director, Peter Hannon, announced his retirement earlier this year and will step down in December. He will be succeeded by Simon Asbury, who will step up from his current role as Director of Sales and Marketing. invest in our manufacturing facility in Northampton to bring design support and manufacturing close to our UK and Ireland customers.” Simon has worked alongside with Peter for several years, which will allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership. Peter Hannon has worked for HARTING for over 22 years, joining initially as Financial Controller in September 1998. Three years later he became Finance Director, before being appointed Managing Director in October 2005. Commenting on his time at HARTING, he said: “Fifteen years has flown by and a lot has happened during that time. The company has matured and grown significantly and it has exciting plans for the future. I thought it was time for someone else to have a go and I am delighted that HARTING have chosen Simon as the next Managing Director. I am proud of what the HARTING UK team has achieved together and there are excellent prospects for the future under Simon’s leadership.”

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In-line Flow Meters for Pure Water Dispensing Titan Enterprises have been offering in-line flow meters for dispensing liquids such as pure water for nearly 40 years. Today, this type of flow device can fulfil critical roles in measuring the rate of flow and volume of pure water in areas including laboratory water purification dispensers, semiconductor cleaning processes and in a growing number of pharmaceutical applications.

In all these applications, contamination of the pure water must be avoided. Consequently, it is crucial that any flow device is constructed from clean materials that cannot contaminate the fluids being measured. Affordably priced, Titan's 800-Series turbine flow meter is designed to give high performance over 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 litres per minute. Its’ totally nonmetallic wetted components make this the ideal choice for highly repeatable dispensing (+/- 0.1%) of pure water. The bearings of the 800-Series flow meter are made of sapphire for long life and reliability, the body is moulded from inert PVDF to ensure there is no contamination to any fluid passing through it. For ultra-pure water dispensing applications - clean bore devices such as the Atrato or Metraflow ultrasonic in-line flow meters are the devices of choice. Both the Atrato and Metraflow have no internal moving parts, relying on patented ultrasonic time of flight measurement to totalize the flow with excellent accuracy over very wide flow ranges (0.002 to 20 litres / minute). To discuss an optimised flow device for your pure water dispensing application please contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 or 22|

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A clean connection for the food and beverage industry The newest addition to the HARTING Han® portfolio is the Han® F+B, a range of connectors which have been specially designed for the requirements of the food processing, bottling and packaging industries. Within these sectors, hygiene and safety are key considerations, meaning machines and equipment must be both easy to clean and designed so dirt pockets and bacteria cannot accumulate. The Han® F+B has been specifically developed as a suitable product for the food zone and splash zone and there are several innovations which make it the ideal solution. Firstly, all hoods, housings and seals are IP69K rated, so the connections are fully protected and resistant to the water jets used to clean equipment. They also have large nooks and surfaces in accordance with the guidelines of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG), which allows cleaning and disinfecting agents to flow unhindered. The range is Ecolab approved, so it is resistant to the highly aggressive cleaning agents used in the food and splash zones. As the housings are constructed from polypropylene, they conform to the directives of FDA 21. All surfaces also have a smooth finish, which prevents impurities and bacteria from accumulating, whilst the portfolio can function in a wide temperature range from -40 to +125° C. As well as hygiene and safety concerns, HARTING have also considered the impact of machine downtimes, designing in features which keep disruptions on the production line down to a minimum. With the Han® F+B, operators do not need to open any cable glands on the control cabinet in order to decouple field devices, eliminating the complex disconnecting and reconfiguring of fixed wiring. This solution also allows for fast replacement of defective components and a more efficient configuration when changing components, allowing businesses to shorten set-up times and reduce production stoppages.


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FILTERS FOR INDUSTRIAL SEPARATION AND PROTECTING OPERATIONAL SYSTEM Filters can be used not only as separation devices but also as protection of the operational system. Croft Filters are a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of custom filtration solutions. Having supplied a wide range of industrial sectors for 34 years, including Food and Beverage, Energy, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals amongst others, the Company can deliver products and services with a high level of expertise and consultancy to tackle different filtration issues.

Basket and cylinder strainers These filters make up one of the most widely used products for solid and liquid separation due to their well-establish designs. Composed of a layer or

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Last chance filters These filters play a crucial part in reducing chances of system failures which could lead to unexpected downtime and even serious accidents. Often use as a barrier, they will provide final protection of critical components from in-built and system generated contaminates. Croft can design and produce last chance filters to interface with customer units using both traditional method and additive manufacturing. This allows Croft to provide filters to exact customers’ requirements.

Croft Filters’ capabilities Croft Filters can manufacture filters in various shapes and designs, such as duplex filters, vacuum filters, cone filters, screen filters and filter elements in perforated plate and woven wire mesh; as well as supply wedge wire products. Croft Filters work with a wide range of metals including Stainless Steel, Mild Steel, Copper, Brass, Inconel®, Monel®, Hastelloy® and Aluminium Alloys. Quality of both product and service has been the key to Croft’s success; the Company takes great pride in understanding their customer’s needs, quickly supplying them with a highquality product that exceeds customer’s expectations. For more information about Croft’s quality custom filters:


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GASKET & SEALING COMPANIES SHARE IMPACTS OF CORONAVIRUS The UK Gasket & Sealing Association (UKGSA), which supports UK businesses who convert materials into gaskets and seals, report on the results of their latest Member Survey (which closed ahead of the second lockdown).

Has Coronavirus impacted your business? It comes as no surprise that none of our members were immune from the impact of Coronavirus: Has Coronavirus impacted your business?



A Moderate Amount

A Little



Operating at Full Capacity

No Impact

Members were asked if they had used the Government’s Furlough scheme:

When asked about current capacity levels the majority of members were operating below capacity, although the 40% operating at full capacity must be viewed as extremely encouraging for the industry and may reflect investment highlighted elsewhere in the survey:

The survey did not establish the percentage of staff working from home during the height of the lockdown. The fact that almost 50% of all members still had personnel permanently working from home and 7% of members had over 50% of their staff working from home will, to some extent, reflect safety concerns for vulnerable members of staff: % Staff Working from Home

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Second Lockdown: When asked if members felt their business could cope with


another lockdown or increased social distancing measures, the overwhelming view of members is that they were confident they could cope, having presumably invested in safety measures and PPE:

increase in the National minimum wage and ongoing costs of enhanced safety measures for staff:

Pricing 90% 80%

Second Lockdown



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Finance costs

Overhead costs

Other costs


Outlook for 2021 Yes


Despite Coronavirus and Brexit, members were generally optimistic about the outlook for 2021:

Investment Members told us about investment in key business areas since March 2020 and whilst many have reigned in spending on training and marketing, there has been a major focus on product development:

Outlook for 2021

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20% 13%



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• Business development / sales • Continuity of demand • Employee wellbeing and mental health Compared to the previous quarter, the continuing impact of Coronavirus and further lockdowns plus Brexit are significant areas of concern, whereas previously Brexit, increased costs and competitor activities were more prevalent. Simon Winfield, chairman of the UKGSA and director of MacLellan Rubber Limited, said: “The survey has been a useful exercise to gauge the views of our Members at this difficult time. I was proud to see our Members’ response during the first lockdown to diverting supplies and manufacturing to support our NHS. “The continued lack of confidence in Government policy and communication regarding Brexit continues to affect UK businesses in all sectors, and organisations such as the UKGSA provide a forum for member to member support, the exchange of information and the sharing of ideas.”

Main Business Concerns The main challenges members were facing were:

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• Another country-wide lockdown • Another global lockdown • Recovery, specifically for manufacturing, following lockdown/s • No deal Brexit • Brexit – little time for planning impact due to Coronavirus



How engineers are helping to save the world by Emma Johnson, partner at Forresters This year we’ve seen engineering companies switching focus and working collaboratively to produce ventilators and PPE, as well as help increase hospital capacity.

It’s not surprising that this ‘wartime’ effort from our country’s engineers and designers has led to an increase in enquiries about how they can protect these new medical devices.

usually on the front line when it comes to innovation. They are often leading the way when it comes to designs and inventions, especially at times of crisis.

At Forresters, we are now working with a number of people and companies that have created a Covid-19 related design, and want the security of IP (Intellectual Property) protection. They know that, even when their company has diversified away from its normal product ranges and practices, patents are an important part of the process.

However, sometimes engineers don’t realise that what they have created can be patented – this is when it’s best to arrange a consultation with a patent attorney. A patent attorney can give inventors advice, talk them through the process and draft a patent application that will help ensure the invention is protected.

Patents can provide protection for a range of things, from concepts and designs through to processes, components and finished devices. IP protection is critical for companies that want to maintain both their market advantage and their reputation. This is particularly important for engineers, who are


One of the most awe-inspiring responses to the pandemic came from the Ventilator Challenge UK where a number of the country’s engineering firms, including car and aerospace manufacturers, worked together to increase the production of ventilators. Even rival companies joined forces and this collaborative working saw prototypes created in

days, and complete devices finished within weeks. So what is the next challenge facing engineers as they move forward in the fight against Covid-19? It’s clear that engineers are leading the way when it comes to creating technology that can be used now, and to battle future diseases. We know that essential workers need to be applauded, but a pat on the back also needs to go to the heroes who work behind the scenes creating the high-tech solutions that have helped to save lives, both now and in the future. For more information about protecting your intellectual property contact Forresters at


SAFETY LIGHT CURTAIN APP MAKES COMMISSIONING AND SERVICE EASY The first safety light curtain from Schmersal with a built-in Bluetooth interface. The SLC440/COM with Bluetooth BLE is an active optoelectronic protective device that makes all status and diagnostic data on the operating status of the device available on smartphones or tablets via a Bluetooth interface on a real-time basis. In combination with the Schmersal App "SLC Assist" the operator uses this diagnosis tool for a safe operation, setup and documentation of a Schmersal AOPD by using a smartphone or tablet. THE "SLC ASSIST" APP


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Rittal’s VX25 Ri4Power Panels Deliver “Impressive” Solution for Renewable Energy Project Rittal was approached by Powerfish, a Scottish-based panel builder and electrical engineering business, with a brief to design and deliver robust, flexible, and easy-toinstall panels for a renewable energy customer. All the consultations, as well as the design work on the panels, were done remotely, in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. The copper connections were created in-house from drawings produced by Rittal’s online configurator, saving the client both time and money. The project was turned around quickly while still maintaining Rittal’s high standards across engineering and customer service. Powerfish is a progressive electrical engineering and panel building company based in Perth, Scotland. Its engineering and manufacturing facility delivers a full range of engineering capabilities for the power generation and controls industry. The company’s G99 control system provides clients with a remote monitoring and a web interface for control and automation systems; access is provided through proprietary Powerfish® monitoring and datalogging software. Powerfish approached Rittal about building three new panels for three new hydro-turbine generators at a site in the Scottish Highlands. The panels needed to accommodate large 400mm incoming cables from below via a trench. They also needed sufficient space within the panels to house new voltage transformers and G99 control equipment. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions on movement meant that the panels had to be constructed without a site visit from a Rittal engineer, however, the VX25 Ri4Power was the obvious, ideal choice for this project. Its maxi PLS busbar system could easily contain the cable lugs and its design makes it extremely flexible and able to accommodate changes during the build (such as the compartments’ size).


Rittal’s New VX25 Ri4Power Panels for Three New Hydro-Turbine Generators in the Scottish Highlands. Source: Rittal Limited

The ACB connections were created in-house by Powerfish from drawings produced via Rittal’s online configurator. Connection clamps were used for a voltage reference, avoiding any drilling of the busbar; the clamp simply clips on the copper bar. Added to which, VX25 Ri4Power has a robust welded frame, wellsuited to large power applications and (as indicated above) they are easy to install. Powerfish provided a written specification from which a detailed design and panel layout was completed for two types of panel: the 2500 amp system and the 2000 amp system. The PLC section contained the G99 controls as required from the local DNO company. The entire panel is automated and, of course, they can be monitored remotely through the Powerfish software. The ACB section and the outgoing section have a total of 24 x 400mm2 cables, however, the VX25 Ri4Power MAXI PLS incoming busbar system meant all the connections were easy to manage.

David Kirkhope, Director of Powerfish, says: “The three systems were built, programmed and factoryacceptance tested incredibly quickly and well within our customer’s timetable. “Sourcing the copper connections for the busbar system in-house, from the drawings created by Rittal’s online configurator, reduced costs and increased our control. “This was the first time we’ve used the VX25 Ri4Power on a project of this complexity. The panels look impressive and they have met both our expectations and those of our customer.” Further information at www.rittal. and www.friedhelm-loh-group. com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

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SENTRY G3 - TAKING MACHINERY PROTECTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL The ability for plant engineers to rapidly identify abnormal conditions and better manage the dynamic behaviour of their rotating plant with proven, flexible and easy-to-install monitoring systems has never been more important. With this in mind machine monitoring specialists SENSONICS has continually developed and refined its successful Sentry G3 machinery protection system which provides outstanding protection combined with flexibility of hardware in a single, easy-to-use module type for all sensors. Advanced features include; Vibration, position and speed parameter trending facilities, including log and view of up to 60 days of data, ‘look back’ at trends and alarms, plus download data for further analysis in Excel. It is also now possible to directly view proximity probe gap and vibration transducer bias voltages, to verify correct transducer operation and calibration. The Sentry G3 single module concept minimises the need for spares holdings helping to reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Furthermore, it also lowers the risk in retrofitting applications where the need to interface monitoring systems quickly and correctly with previously installed sensors is key. The system is fully software programmable and upgradable which ensures adaptability moving forward as inevitably application requirements change. It’s also easy to expand, simply by adding additional G3 monitors. The system offers excellent channel density with up to 24 measurement channels housed in a compact 3U x 19” rack mounted format which can halve the space needed on existing installations. Multiple outputs are available on the back of the rack for up to 3 alarm levels and 2 analogue outputs per channel. Dual redundant Modbus communications to a module level provide a robust communication system, while the in-built LCD display offers readings,


sensor integrity voltages, trending and FFT, all important features which confirm the accuracy of the installation.

Turbine Specialist Measurement Shaft eccentricity, order tracking, dynamic pressure and mark - space differential expansion.

The system is compliant to API 670 and therefore meets the most stringent protection requirements as well as meeting IEC 61508 up to SIL3 standards.

The additional features incorporated into the latest Sentry G3 system ensures more than just machine protection, providing a set of tools to assist plant engineers to optimise the control and management of their rotating plant now and into the future. ENDS.

In summary, Sentry G3 today provides state-of-the-art, flexible, easy-to-install and maintain spacesaving protection for the following modes: Measurement - Absolute bearing and relative shaft vibration, displacement and thrust position, speed, phase and reverse rotation, differential and casing expansion, rod drop and temperature.

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Grayson Thermal Systems’ new solution provides extra Covid-19 protection to London bus drivers A Birmingham manufacturing specialist has helped to further protect London bus drivers against Covid-19 after developing a new way of pushing air around their cabs.


ommissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and taking expert advice from University College London (UCL), Grayson Thermal Systems (GTS) came up with a way of changing air conditioning recirculating systems into units that circulate fresh air into the driver’s cab from outside the vehicle.

Grayson Thermal Systems, which designs, manufactures and supplies engine cooling, heating and air conditioning products to customers around the globe, created a new positive air retrofit unit for each vehicle type and then set about a capacity plan to convert each of the 1200 vehicles in London.

The company’s team of engineers took just three weeks to come up with the prototype solution and was then invited by eight London fleet operating companies to convert more than 1200 buses over a two-month period, meaning all 9,300 buses in London’s fleet meet TfL’s strict driver safety guidance and new specifications.

Six centres were set-up across London and a fifteen-strong team of engineers from GTS and Alexander Dennis were trained up for the project, the latter proving a perfect fit as over 1000 of the buses were their models.

The work joins a raft of measures taken by TfL to protect bus drivers against Covid-19, including improving the screen around the drivers’ cabs to prevent the virus entering the cab area and a rigorous cleaning regime. Ian Hateley, Group Aftermarket Director at GTS, explained: “The loss of London bus drivers to the pandemic is tragic and we were pleased to be part of a solution to build on TfL’s existing safety measures to reduce the potential spread of the virus. “We looked at our existing air conditioning systems and developed a way of converting them so that they created positive pressure in the enclosed driver cabin, forcing existing air out and replacing it with air from outside the bus. “Now complete, the modification gives in excess of 100 air changes per hour within the driver cabin and ensures that a wider initiative to seal the driver cabin away from passengers is enhanced, as air is no longer moving from the entrance into the cab area.”

A specialist scaffolding gantry was designed and built by partner London Network Scaffolding so experts could work on the roof of the vehicles whilst being completely secure. They completed a weekly inspection process on all structures to ensure safety was paramount. All 1200 air conditioning systems were additionally health checked upon modification and a triage system was set up to rectify any vehicles where faults were identified within the GTS standard 5-year warranty. “This was a massive logistical task and one that we overcome as every partner in the project was fully on board, so that we could make the changes as quickly as possible and further protect London bus drivers who are doing a great job. In the end, the final project delivery came in ahead of plan for every site,” continued Ian.

“I’m very proud of how our designers and engineers came up with a solution and delivered it in a very strict timeframe, playing a small but important role in helping to combat the spread of Covid-19.”

Tom Cunnington, TfL’s Head of Bus Business Development, said: “We always put the safety of our bus drivers first and making changes to the driver cabs, along with other measures like our enhanced cleaning regime, has played a role in minimising risk of infection. “By working with Grayson Thermal Systems, UCL and bus operators, we were able to act quickly and add an extra layer of protection to the cabs to prevent the air from the passenger section of the bus being recirculated into the driver cab and ensure our drivers breathe the safest air possible.” GTS, which employs 200 people at its base in Tyseley, design and manufacture original equipment and aftermarket cooling and heating products for bus and coach, specialist off-road vehicles, commercial vehicles and rail. It boasts extensive manufacturing facilities, a service centre and dedicated engineering research and test operations in Birmingham and, from the heart of England, serves customers in more than 50 different locations across the world. For further information, please visit or follow @graysonts on twitter



SAFEGUARDING FOOD WITH REAL-TIME REPORTING In most westernised economies, food processors document all potential product risks, including naturally occurring hazards. To facilitate this automated reporting, Fortress Technology’s metal detectors offer secure, flexible logging of data capture, as well as a range of Industry 4:0 solutions to support track and trace. From a Quality Assurance perspective, this level of surveillance provides valuable peace of mind, especially for food processors sourcing ingredients from multiple suppliers. And from an operational viewpoint, production efficiency within factories is enhanced. Contact Reporter is a robust automated record keeper developed by Fortress to help processors keep track of and record logs for all metal detector events, such as rejects, faults, quality performance verifications and more. Available on all Fortress digital Stealth and Interceptor metal detectors, and compliant with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management systems and principles, each event is automatically time stamped. The data output provides a fully traceable and


auditable QA report documenting what happened and when. As food legislation suggests, traceability is, and will continue to be, a key priority. In the wake of the pandemic, food safety concerns will be further heightened, likely resulting in greater regulatory pressure. Digitising processes that have largely been paper based is a fundamental step change in building sturdier suppler chains. In many European countries, BRC Global Standards drive the adoption of food and beverage track-and-trace technologies. Deployment of these digital solutions will be even more imperative for building supply chain resilience. Being able to zoom in on production bottlenecks, reconfigure supply chains and swiftly identify and respond to issues with agility can be expedited. Checking that metal detection systems are failsafe forms part of this agenda. Frequently, data from a production line is fed back to a common collection system.

However, it is critical to ensure the data that being sent is readable and compatible by whatever the plant is using. Here, food processors can benefit from having equipment adapted to common OPC standards. Doing so means that they can then collect and export data, which can be used to inform future and sensible production decisions. Included as standard on all Stealth and Interceptor metal detectors, Contact Reporter Software from Fortress uses a powerful back-end SQL database to monitor activity and generate reports in either PDF or Excel format. Auditor-approved, reports can be selected for a specific production line and/or time period. For record keeping, event and performance information is stored securely for a minimum of 10 years, with the option to extend storage capacity to 20+ years. For simplicity and ease of use, data can be transferred from the detector to a centralised computer via USB or an optional secure Ethernet connection.

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New wireless torque technology Sensor Technology has launched a new range of non-contact torque sensors based on a full four element strain gauge bridge design, complementing its existing non-contact sensors that use surface acoustic wave (SAW) detection. Sensors Technology’s new TorqSense SGR510/520 series torque sensor is based on a full four element strain gauge bridge design.

the signal due to shaft rotation and generates a digital sample rate of 4000 samples per second. Other features include an optional adjustable moving average filter, power supply range from 12VDC to 32VDC, user configurable analogue output voltages, a choice of RS232 communications, USB interface, CAN bus interface, external Ethernet gateway, and LabView virtual instruments. “For ease of use there is a built-in test function,” says Mark, who summarises the new TorqSense SGR510/520 with: “Most torque sensors require the use of slip rings to transfer torque readings from the rotating shaft to the static readout. These are noisy in use, slow and fiddly to set up and, as wearing parts, are not always reliable.


esignated the TorqSense SGR510/520 series, the new units have a 250% overrange reading capacity, allowing sudden spikes in torque to be measured and recorded accurately. The design also compensates for any extraneous forces, such as bending moments, inadvertently applied to the sensor, improves sensitivity and has a wide temperature tolerance. The bridge is essentially four strain gauges glued onto the shaft that is to be monitored in a square formation set at 45deg to the axis of rotation. Thus, when torque is applied to the shaft two gauges are stretched into tension and two go into compression. A rotor mounted ultra-miniature microcontroller, powered by an inductive coil, measures the differential values in each strain gauge and transmits them back to the stator digitally, via the same coil. The SGR510/520 series transducers then use state of the art strain gauge signal conditioning techniques to provide a high bandwidth, low cost torque measuring solution with high overrange and overload capabilities. “This design gives the TorqSense SGR510/520 several significant


advantages over conventional torque sensors,” says Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology. “Firstly, it eliminates the sort of noise pickup and signal corruption associated with slip ring and other analogue methods of transferring torque data from rotor to stator.” Mark explains that external noise pickup into the wiring is virtually eliminated due to the short distance between the strain gauge elements and the rotor’s measuring circuits. Further, multipoint calibration reduces any linearity errors within the sensor. He goes on to say that the large functional overrange capability allows the peaks of a torque signal to be captured faithfully without any clipping when operating the sensor close to its full-scale rating. This, combined with a mechanical overload capability of over 400%, make the SGR510/520 series torque sensor a very robust torque measuring solution. The measuring range of the SGR series is 1Nm to 500Nm (with models up to 13000Nm available shortly), accurate to +/-0.1% and with a resolution to +/0.01% of the transducer’s full scale The digital transmission between rotor and stator cuts out all cyclic fluctuation of

“Our TorqSense ranges operate without slip rings, using noncontact signal transfer instead, so these problems are designed out at a fundamental level. The new SGR510/520 series will be suitable for torque measuring, testing, feedback control of drive mechanisms and process control applications.

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Water jetting operatives in line for a competent skills boost A new level 2 competent water jetting qualification will allow contractors to enhance critically important skills and support career pathways, says the Water Jetting Association (WJA). The WJA says the new qualification will give greater assurance that water jetting services, including high and ultra high pressure jetting and sewer cleaning, are of a high standard. It will overcome the limitations of a current NVQ in water jetting by combining training and assessment, giving operatives a high quality learning experience. WJA Director David Kennedy said: “The new WJA level 2 competent water jetting qualification will be 50% training and 50% assessment, while the current NVQ is just assessment. “It introduces a new proof of competence. This is good for the operative, the contractor and for the client as it gives greater assurance over service quality, productivity, and safety. “The qualification allows water jetting

operatives to hold a WJA competency card and will qualify successful candidates for a CSCS skills card.” The WJA says the qualification will also help improve safety, pointing to the outcome of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) prosecution following the most recent water jetting fatality in the UK in 2017. A contractor, which had not been a WJA member, was fined £2m ordered to pay £30,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. A worker suffered a fatal injury while cleaning pipes at the paint shop of a large manufacturing facility with a hand-held flexible jetting lance. The investigating HSE inspector urged contractors to consult the WJA’s codes of practice which

provide clear safety guidelines relating to flexible lances. David Kennedy said: “The WJA’s two codes of practice are designed specifically to prevent such incidents. However, training and skills development is another critical component, to ensure our codes of practice are followed. “The WJA Level 2 competent water jetting qualification will help instil skills and attitudes that safeguard against hazardous behaviours and support positive cultures.” To join the course, accredited by City & Guilds, operatives must pass the one-day WJA safety awareness course plus the one-day surface preparation practical module and one other practical module. They then undergo work-based assessment for at least one year. Operatives will complete a workbook in a process overseen by WJAapproved assessors. Once, successfully completed, it is a qualification for life. The operative must still follow WJA procedure by retaking the safety awareness course every three years. Contact the Water Jetting Association: 020 8320 1090, Web:



Electrostatically Recovering Copper Wire A combination of an ElectroStatic Separator and a Metal Separation Module is enabling the recovery of fine copper and other metals from a waste product at a UK metal recycling company. Bunting is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of metal separators for the recycling and waste industries with European manufacturing and product testing facilities just outside Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The Bunting ElectroStatic Separator significantly enhances the ability to recover fine metals such as copper wire. In this project, the fine feed material is from airextraction post-shredding; a mix normally classified as waste despite the valuable metal content. Prior to ordering the equipment, controlled tests conducted at Bunting’s Customer Experience Centre determined that a three-stage separation process would enable high levels of metal recovery and purity.


On site, between one and two tonnes per hour of the metal mix initially passes through the Metal Separation Module before the final stage of ElectroStatic Separation. The Metal Separation Module consists of a Ferrite Drum Magnet, Vibratory Feeder and high-intensity Rare Earth Roll Separator. The Ferrite Drum Magnet removes strong magnetic metal with the remaining mix passing onto the Vibratory Feeder. This regulates and presents an even, monolayer of material onto the belt of the Rare Earth Roll Separator. The Rare Earth Roll Separator has a belt feeding material onto a head pulley constructed from highstrength neodymium rare earth magnets. As material passes over the head roll, weakly magnetic metals are attracted to the radial highintensity field and held on the

belt before being deposited underneath. A strategically placed splitter enables the separation of the attracted metals (including fragmented stainless-steel) from other non-magnetic materials (e.g. fine copper wire and aluminium). This non-magnetic metal mix passes onto the third separation stage to recover fine copper wire at a feed rate of approximately one tonne per hour. The ElectroStatic Separator produces a separation by exploiting

the difference in electrical conductivity between various materials. This enables the recovery of metals such as fine copper wire. In this project, the recovered copper wire has a purity of +95%. Additional information on metal recovery and separation using the ElectroStatic Separator, magnetic separators, and eddy current separators is available on the Bunting website. Bunting-Redditch website –


Explosion isolation system Q-Bic wins the Red Dot Design Award When it comes to the winners of design awards, most people think of futuristic automobiles, furnishings or everyday objects. However, for the first time, protective systems have now also received an award. Two in-house developments from the German safety manufacturer REMBE, known as the world market leader in the explosion safety scene, have received the Red Dot Design Award: the Q-Bic extinguishing barrier and the design study for a new generation of the EXKOP quench valve, both products for explosion isolation. The REMBE engineers have thus demonstrated that, besides the highest standards of safety and reliability, they also have an eye for the visual.

Fig. 1: Winner of the Red Dot Design Award: REMBE Q-Bic


However, not only does the new Q-Bic isolation system look good but the design has been developed with functional and hygienic aspects in mind. The Q-Bic extinguishing barrier offers a variety of visible and invisible highlights: the firmly attached transport handles, which allow safe installation and transport of the extinguishing barriers, are obvious. They are very helpful, especially when the Q-Bic is installed in hard-to-reach places or at high altitudes. Thanks to the convex dirt protection cap, neither

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water nor dust deposits can accumulate on the Q-Bic. The “inner values” of the Q-Bic are also remarkable: the blue-green extinguishing powder QXP prevents cross-contamination and the patented SJX nozzle ensures an optimum application of the extinguishing powder. Thanks to the specially developed release mechanism without explosives, the Q-Bic can be easily imported worldwide. The Q-Bic is particularly suitable for large pipes attached to dryers and filters or complex shaft geometries such as conveyors and elevators.



by introducing the extinguishing powder QXP. The special nozzle system SJX ensures optimum distribution of the extinguishing powder in the pipe. This guarantees a secured isolation. The explosion isolation system Q-Bic is specifically suitable for large pipes or complex shafts geometrics for example in conveyors or bucket elevators.

Q-Bic as chemical barrier The Q-Bic explosion isolation system registers the beginning of an explosion and extinguishes the explosion flames within milliseconds

Fig. 2: Q-Bic explosion isolation system



Inspect and Troubleshoot Faster than Ever For the first time, FLIR Inspection Route is now offered as a standard feature on every Exx-Series camera and is complemented by the FLIR Thermal Studio Pro software with Route Creator plugin, sold separately as an annual subscription. The complete routing bundle enables professionals to create and export custom inspection and pre-planned routes, ideal for large or multi-location electrical or mechanical projects.

FLIR Systems announced four new additions to its Exx-Series of advanced thermal imaging cameras: the E96, E86, E76 and E54. Compared to predecessor Exx-Series cameras, the new cameras offer enhanced thermal resolution for more vibrant, easy-to-read images and on-camera routing capability to improve field survey efficiency. The new Exx-Series cameras are designed to help professionals detect the early signs of building issues, identify hot spots, troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems, and prevent problems before they cause damage that leads to expensive repairs.


The E96, with a 640x480 resolution and eight-times digital zoom, is the most advanced ExxSeries thermal camera to date. It delivers improved measurement results over the greatest distance to target, so professionals can safely diagnose electrical faults or locate hidden anomalies at very high temperatures up to 1500 degrees Celsius (2732 degrees Fahrenheit), including in harsh industrial environments such as steel mills or kilns, to help keep the workplace running smoothly.

The E96, E86, and E76 include UltraMax® high-definition image enhancement technology and improved contrast with one-touch level and spanning functions to view greater image details. In addition, interchangeable AutoCal™ lenses offer complete coverage of near and distance targets, with the builtin laser distance meter ensuring the crisp focus needed for accurate temperature measurement. Through March 31, 2021, customers who purchase an Exx-Series camera will receive a free threemonth Thermal Studio Pro and Route Creator trial bundle. The FLIR Thermal Studio Suite is also available separately through an annual subscription in Standard and Pro versions, while the Starter version is offered at no charge.

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Innovation and care for the environment: Parker introduces new low GWP refrigeration dryer series for effective removal of water vapour from compressed air Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, prioritises continuous innovation and attention to the environment. It is introducing two new refrigeration dryer series, PSE (Polestar Smart-E) and SPS (Starlette Plus-E), to bring its complete range of low-pressure refrigeration dryers up to date, using the new low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerant gas R513A. Energy-saving capabilities available as standard on all models, and variable speed fans on larger models (from PSE460), together with low-pressuredrop heat exchangers, reduce both the adsorbed power and the running costs. Highly efficient micro-channel condensers minimise refrigerant charges on all units, with a reduction of about 40% compared with traditional condensing solutions.


oth series are designed for efficient removal of water vapour from compressed air in all industrial and generalpurpose applications requiring a pressure dew point as low as 3°C. With a GWP as low as 573 compared with the current refrigerants R134a (GWP 1430) and R407C (GWP 1774), the new ranges are fully equipped to meet the requirements of the European F-gas regulation EU 517/2014, in terms of GWP reduction and impact on the environment.

the previous, successful SPE range (Starlette Plus-E), with the additional value of the new low GWP refrigerant R513A in place of R134a. The new PSE family, with dualfrequency models from 12 to 180 m³/ min, replaces and updates the globally renowned Polestar Smart (PST) range, with completely new models. In addition to the new low GWP refrigerant R513A in place of R407C, the new models benefit from low running costs, low refrigerant charges, new controller interfaces, greater connectivity capabilities and state-of-the-art components.

A modern range of controllers, with touch screen versions available from 22 m3/min (PSE220) and enhanced communication capabilities, make the units easy to use, and the data easy to access. Industry 4.0 Modbus protocol available on all units as standard, and IIoT capabilities from model PSE460, via MQTT protocol or optionally OPC UA, simplify remote supervision and connectivity for data management, maintenance, and servicing needs.

For the end user, investing in a solution that works with a low GWP refrigerant is not only an environmentally sound decision, but also guards against potential disruptions (associated with higher GWP gases), such as shortages, price increases and future bans. The new SPS family, with dualfrequency models from 0.4 to 10 m³/ min, retains all the features, versions (including the energy saving version from model SPS026) and benefits of

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Visual Inspection in Nuclear Environments Resolve Optics reports on how its non-browning lenses are helping a specialist camera manufacturer to supply a turnkey solution for monitoring remote operations in high radiation environments. For the high radiation environments experienced in Nuclear Power stations, Nuclear fuel recycling plant and high energy physics facilities, conventional TV cameras and lenses have a very short life due to radiation damage. Cameras and lenses specifically designed for such environments can operate for 10,000 times longer. Tony Moon of Custom Cameras Ltd (Wells, UK) said "Our radiation resistant cameras are used in a growing number applications within the Nuclear power industry and large scale physics facilities. In designing cameras for these applicactions, we have to consider the tolerance to radiation of all components as well as the overall design. A key component of this radiation resistant camera system is the lens. We choose to use fixed focus and zoom nonbrowning lenses from Resolve Optics because of their in-depth knowledge of the requirements of optics used in a nuclear environment, willingness and ability to adapt designs to suit customer requirements, excellent technical support and competitive pricing”.

Drawing upon nearly 30 years experience – Resolve Optics has built a strong reputation for specialist lens design and manufacture of smaller production quantities of radiation resistant lenses and optical products on time to strict quality and target price guidelines. All optical elements within Resolve Optics non-browning lens designs are made using cerium oxide doped glass or synthetic silica enabling them to withstand radiation doses of up to 100,000,000 rads and temperatures up to 55°C without discolouration or degradation of performance. All Resolve Optics radiation resistant lenses provide high image resolution and minimum geometric distortion from 400 to 750nm.

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Radiation Hard Lenses for Satellite UHD Video Cameras Resolve Optics has supplied video streaming specialists - Sen (Didcot, UK) with radiation hard lenses for their satellite-based Ultra-High Definition (UHD) video cameras. Sen launched its first set of UHD video cameras into space in 2019 and successfully demonstrated the excellent performance of its video streaming platform. The next step in Sen’s plan is to launch its own satellite constellation so that it has full control over its live data stream. To make technology work in space is not straight forward, with both mechanical and environmental challenges, such as extreme temperature changes and radiation that can damage electronics and hardware. Space is also very mass sensitive because each gram costs money to launch. As a consequence,

Sen decided they needed a specialist provider who could custom design and manufacture cameras to meet both the unique constraints of spaceflight hardware and the environmental challenges of operating in space for several years. Commercially available camera lenses were not suitable for this application because the glass would increasingly suffer from radiation ‘browning’ – meaning that image quality would gradually deteriorate over the life of the satellite. Sen approached Resolve Optics to assist with this project because of its expertise in custom designing low mass, high performance lenses using radiation resistant glass that could meet the harsh demands of the space environment. Charles Black of Sen commented “It has been great working with Resolve Optics, who took our requirements in terms of optical performance, mass and mounting points and designed lenses that addressed both the mechanical


and environmental challenges of our spaceborne application. After the first satellite has launched in 2021 - Sen will be sharing videos of Earth using Resolve’s lenses and we can’t wait to share them. After that, we plan to launch many more satellites and we are confident Resolve will continue to meet our requirements and high standards”. Drawing upon nearly 30 years experience - Resolve Optics has built a strong reputation for specialist lens design and manufacture of production quantities of radiation-hard (non-browning) lenses and optical products on time to strict quality and target price guidelines. For further information on radiation hard lenses for spaceborne applications please visit radiation-resistant-lenses-3/ or contact Resolve Optics Ltd. on +44-1494777100 / To watch a Sen 4K UHD video of Earth from space: watch?v=wVn6ANxuJrc



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Reduce unscheduled shut downs, reduce maintenance costs and improve plant safety with our Valvescan Diagnostic Monitoring System. Our revolutionary system is an end-to-end solution that captures data from every valve operation, analyses it and provides targeted alerts on the valve health without any requirement for involvement from plant personnel or any potential impact on the asset real-time control integrity. It is a true IIoT solution for automated valves. This system is not only a pioneering development in valve monitoring, it is also; ● Cost effective and easy to install ● Works with all existing valve systems ● Enables data retrieval and transmission to the cloud ● Provides a ‘real time health’ check on the valve and alerts when performance drop off is detected

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MICRO DOSING PUMPS PLAYING VITAL ROLE IN AUTOMATED ANALYSIS DEVICES TESTING AGAINST CORONA VIRUS Highly automated analysis devices have become commonplace in many scientific and biotech applications, for example being used as the essential basis for extensive test capacities for the Corona virus. As a result of the development of these parallel and faster processes, automation has significantly increased the number of tests, saving manpower whilst ensuring process reliability. Micro dosing pumps are one of the essential components in these automated systems a good example of which are the HNP Micro Annular Gear Pumps available through UK pump specialists MICHAEL SMITH ENGINEERS. The MZR Mikrosysteme low pressure series of pumps have been successfully used for sample preparation for SARSCoV-2 where a few microliters (minimum dose of 0.25 µl) of a solution of chemicals and enzymes are dosed with exceptional precision and reliability. In some cases these fully automated analysis devices can contain up to 16 dosing pumps handling up to 4000 samples in 24 hours and this is where the very small footprint of the HNP pumps are really appreciated – the smallest pump / motor unit is under 8cm long and 2cm diameter. Other HNPM Mikrosysteme micro annular gear pumps such as their hermetically inert pumps are also used in the production of vaccines and therefore from diagnostics and research through to future vaccine

production, HNPM pumps are playing a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. HNP Mikrosysteme MZR low pressure pumps are ideal for analytical instrumentation applications providing precise dosing of low viscosity and non-lubricating liquids at low pressures. They are designed to handle liquids with capacities from 0.0015 to 272 ml/min at differential pressures to 5 bar and viscosities from 0.3 to 1000 cP. When used with DC mini-motors they have a small footprint and low power consumption and can be easily be integrated into OEM applications. Their compact, close-coupled design means small space requirement, helping to reduce possible alignment issues and increasing operational life while the positive displacement performance ensures accurate, repeatable output helping to improve product quality and reducing wastage.

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Quantum supports refit of $300m Superyacht with Conversion of Shore Mains We received a request from a European company specialising in Superyacht Refits, they had a 140 meter Superyacht, worth $300 million, coming into dock to undertake important required works and needed to convert shore supply to be able to carry out the project.

They needed to convert shore supply at 400V, 50 Hz to 440V, 60 Hz with a total demand of 1200Amps continuous during full load periods. Furthermore, this had to be built, tested and shipped to site (in France) within a 4-week lead time to accommodate the vessel coming into dry dock for its required works. Converting shore mains instead of using Diesel Generators have several benefits, including; more cost effective, greener and cleaner (no air pollution), quieter (no diesel engine noise), no fuel storage required and a more stable and reliable solution for the work required. Quantum Controls were the only company worldwide that could carry out the request in the proposed time scale. We were able to supply all the equipment required from our own extensive hire fleet (largest known in Europe) utilising our 1200KW VSD and sine filter solution, combined with step up transformer to convert the shore supply to ship demand. The 40ft container housing the system was designed and built by our own


engineers offering a full Turnkey in house solution, this included a housing container to make it not only weather proof, but shore / dock proof, also with our unique forced cooling and ingress protected design to suit the further potential harsh sea salt conditions. The unit was designed, built, tested and ready for its journey (in excess of 1000 miles) within the lead time requested, finally reaching site in time for the vessel requiring mains power in the dry dock. During the 7 month hire period, Quantum Control continue to offer 24/7 emergency support and planned site visits to offer maintenance of the system whilst on hire, giving the customer not only peace of mind but a robust and professional service required for such prestigious projects. Quantum Controls have an extensive range of hire equipment, not only Weatherproof Variable Speed Drives up to 4.5MW power rating, we have a fleet of; electric motors, mains cables, data loggers, flow meters, transformers, generators and

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SIP’S ULTRA HIGHPRECISION BORING MARKET STANDS THE TEST OF TIME! The five machines under construction at SIP’s Vuadens (Switzerland) factory

Starrag Group company SIP is currently assembling a series of ultra high-precision jig boring machines destined for installation by multiple customers active in the aerospace industry. The five machines – comprising a four-axis horizontal model and the remainder three-/five-axis vertical designs – are scheduled for installation and commissioning during the second half of 2021. These SIP machines will be used to produce a range of different workpieces including gearboxes, structural components and satellite guidance systems. They have been chosen by customers because of their ability to consistently produce ultra high-precision, right-first-time results over many years, with no material wastage – even after resetting to suit different/ redesigned workpieces. The machines’ impressive build qualities and performance specifications will ensure these demands are met. Based on a closed rigid frame supported on three points, the machines’ extreme levels of high accuracy – for example, in some cases positioning repeatability is quoted as close to 1 micron - is also endeared by SIP’s renowned hand scraping of features such as machine bases, linear guideways and spindle heads.


The quartet of vertical machines under construction will be able to accommodate workpieces weighing ranging from 2,500 to 4,000 kgs, and have clamping surfaces from 1,200 mm by 900 mm to 1,700 mm by 1,200 mm. The horizontal machine will handle components weighing up to 4,000 kgs on a clamping surface of 1,200 mm by 1,200 mm. In all cases, the standard spindle rating is 6,000 revs/min, but optional 8,000 revs/min spindles are available. All of the vertical models have automatic tool changers, and two have high-pressure through-coolant. SIP sales manager, Adriano Della Vecchia, says: “Underpinned by the SIP mantra of ‘Precision without compromise’, several thousand SIP machines are in operation worldwide, among them a SIP 600 model from 1963! SIP enjoys a worldwide reputation in ultra high-precision jig boring, not only in the niche markets of aerospace and aircraft industries, but also in the transportation and energy sectors in territories that include China, India, USA and Europe.”

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Siemens Virtual Commissioning tools via Connected Curriculum comes to Middlesex University’s Mechatronics students’ rescue in completing their onsite project remotely

Siemens technology helped postgraduate MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering students to complete a vital academic project after Covid-19 closed the campus and stopped them accessing any physical equipment in their labs. The students, who were initially concerned about their ability to complete their project, were impressed by the versatility of the solution.

A challenge common to many in industry because of the pandemic, the students’ only option was to design, develop, and test a solution in the virtual world before deploying and commissioning it remotely. In this case to go from physical to virtual commissioning of their assessment task “prototype a conveyor belt system that acts as a segue between a robot arm and a Festo CP Factory”. To prepare students for a future where digital and advanced manufacturing technologies were combined, Siemens introduced its innovative Connected Curriculum initiative in 2019 in partnership with Festo, a global leader in automation and technical training. Connected Curriculum bundles Industrial hardware and software with simulation environments, data, curriculum examples, case studies, and real-life problem-solving tutorials. The Initative was created because the rapid pace of technology development means the only way academia can keep-up is by partnering


more closely with industry. Steve Jones, the lead for Connected Curriculum program at Siemens, commented: “It was a challenging assignment, but one that these students will actually face in industry. In Siemens we see these challenges every day and Connected Curriculum is our way of helping the next generation of graduates have a head start by working on real world problems with real world tools”. Luke Bennett, Associate Lecturer in Design Engineering at Middlesex University, said: “This is the first time we applied the remote solution. The main advantage was its phenomenal connectivity. The system allowed connectivity to different technologies and hardware and software. We can use these digital techniques again for giving access to a much wider number of students to be able to get access to a system like this, particularly using Mindsphere. We can also use this as a vehicle to train undergraduates in terms of

being able to model digital twins.” According to Bennett, the main challenge was access to hardware, a key requirement for any student. But thanks to Connected Curriculum, they could get access to hardware remotely. The students chose to use Siemens NX Mechatonrics Concept Designer with TIA Portal and PLCSim advanced to produce a ‘digital twin’ of their solution, which mirrored exactly the physical hardware in the inaccessible labs. Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu, Head of Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics, said: “It’s been a rewarding learning curve for all parties involved. I was delighted by the results, especially since the students benefitted greatly. I imagine the prototype will be used for other ongoing projects, but no specific plans yet. We believe the bespoke layer that the prototype has given us will certainly open up new possibilities across sectors.”

Chung Hing Woo, a 43-yearold Malaysian student of the Mechatronics course, said: “It was amazing that we got to be familiar with hardware and software using solutions from Siemens and Festo. We could build our confidence in handling mechatronics-related prototyping and system integration involving different systems packages.” Naresh Bandlamudi from India said: “I gained a lot under the mentorship of our tutor, Luke Bennett. Our group project was a huge success. I was impressed by the Siemens NX Simulation software that made our work easy. I am sure that the knowledge I have gained will empower me to achieve great heights in my career.” Shumaila Ansari from India who aims to be a design engineer in automobile and aircraft industries, said: “The project we completed with the help of Siemens and Festo solutions is a remarkable achievement, especially during Covid-19 restrictions. The Siemens solution made concept designing and product designing simpler.” Connected Curriculum is a solution that is available to all universities and is part of a package of support from Siemens to help bring industrial insight and experience to all learners.

ENGINEERING PDATE December 2020 “The SICK deTem4 A/P offers all the functionality you would expect from a high-performance SICK safety light beam system, and more. Its slim housing and active/passive functionality lend themselves to machine layouts where space is limited. With IP65 and IP67 protection ratings, an operating temperature range of -30oC to +55oC, the deTem4 is ready for harsh industrial environments.” Guided by the SICK Safety Assistant smartphone App, and with integral dip switches and automatic range adjustment, in-situ configuration and commissioning are quick and simple and there is no need to use a PC.

SICK’s ‘Sceptre’ Crowns Safety System King of the Active/Passives With the innovation of its Sceptre high-performance prism optic reflector, SICK has extended the range of its deTem 4 A/P multiple light beam system to eight metres, the longest ever available for an active/passive safety device, suitable for applications up to SIL3 / PLe.


he extra-rugged and compact SICK deTem 4 A/P safety light beam system offers wide flexibility to install safe access protection with entry/exit monitoring (muting) in production and logistics environments. With sender and receiver integrated into the active device, SICK deTem 4 A/P minimises wiring and helps achieve compact machine designs. With integrated muting functions there is no need for an external module and additional wiring effort. With real-time diagnostics accessible by smartphone through Near Field Communication (NFC), and also via IO-Link, the SICK deTem 4 A/P is a smart system

The SICK deTem4 A/P is a Type 4 device (EN 61496), enabling compliance in applications with requirements up to PLe (EN ISO 13849) and SIL3 (EN 61508). Ranges from 500mm right up to 8 metres are offered, thanks to the Sceptre’s high-performance optics, with a choice of two or four beams and separations of 300mm or 500mm. The coded light beam option prevents optical interference between devices in side-by-side applications. The SICK deTem4 A/P allows the connection of a restart interlock and/or the facility to monitor external devices (EDM) which can reduce wiring and the need for additional devices in the control cabinet, saving further space. For more information on the SICK deTem4 A/P safety light beam system, or any of SICK’s safety and protective devices, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

that enables operators to respond quickly to machine downtime. Engineers can access a range of diagnostic status and process data to manage maintenance interventions effectively. Dr Martin Kidman, safety specialist with SICK UK explains: “The SICK deTem4 Active/Passive light beam system offers operators fingertip diagnostics to respond quickly to stoppages in common access protection applications such as warehousing, palletising or packaging machinery. You can find out straight away what caused a lockout just by using the easy-to-use status display on your smartphone.



Telsonic’s HandyStar Energy Flexible ultrasonic technology for prototypes and production The benefits that ultrasonic technology brings to a broad spectrum of joining and cutting applications, is leading many manufacturers to transition from other methods to the ultrasonic process. In many cases Telsonic’s ultrasonic technology is integrated as part of a comprehensive manufacturing system. However, there are other instances where perhaps production volumes do not require an automated solution, or where prototype or development work is being undertaken. The solution in these circumstances is the compact, yet powerful, HandyStar Energy system, which can be used for a variety of applications. Equally suited for use within a manual workstation or as an entrylevel device, the HandyStar is a great introduction to the ultrasonic process. Typical applications for this lightweight hand-held system include spot welding, inserting, riveting and cutting. The MAG ultrasonic generator, integrated at the heart of the HandyStar Energy unit, is designed for maximum process stability and maximum flexibility. Thanks to the comprehensive range of configuration options, the HandyStar Energy is capable of being used on even the most sophisticated of applications, providing a reliable, cost effective and high quality solution.


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Virtual and real world united Digital engineering offers enormous potential for efficiency in mechanical engineering - all the more so, the earlier the right course is set More flexible, more powerful machines and plants not only require more elaborate control programs, but the development process is also becoming increasingly complex. Digital engineering already provides relief here today, and the positive effects will be even greater in the future. Lenze offers integrated tools and services across the entire lifecycle to simplify processes, reduce costs and minimize the use of time and resources in engineering. The automation specialist will present what is possible in speeches and roundtable discussions at SPS Connect from 24 to 26 November 2020. Modularization has proven its worth in the development of machines: because tried and tested functional units can be reused and do not have to be redesigned again and again. Machine manufacturers and users benefit over the entire life cycle: from system design, programming, and commissioning to warehousing

and spare parts logistics. The most important prerequisite for being able to fall back on information from previous projects is, that this information is available in a standardized form. This is exactly where the digital twin, also known as the administration shell, comes into play. It digitally maps physical components and machines and acts as a collection point for all relevant information. Modern design tools With its apps and tools, Lenze is already making this concept applicable and making a significant contribution to consistent data use. One of the central tools for digital engineering is the EASY System Designer, which covers the first engineering steps such as idea, design, and concrete development. With this web-based tool, all persons involved in the planning process from the various disciplines can carry out the complete planning of automation

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Deritend eyes £1m revenue boost after signing IESA partnership A leading engineering solutions provider has been announced as a preferred supplier to IESA in a deal that could be worth up to £1m per year. Deritend Group, which recently completed a major relocation project to larger facilities in West Bromwich, has completed the quality assurance exercise required to be listed in the Motor and Gearbox category. This means the firm will now be part of the global outsourcing specialist’s central list of suppliers that companies like Astra Zeneca, Bentley, 2 Sisters Food Group, Michelin and Molson Coors use for their maintenance, repair and operational (MRO) requirements. It is the result of a year-long discussion, a number of assessments and the creation of a specialist team to respond to enquiries within 24 hours and provide immediate technical support and access to industry-leading equipment and solutions. Richard Hale, CEO of Deritend Group, commented: “This is a big moment for our business and one that will hopefully lead to lots of new opportunities for us across multiple sectors. “It’s a really good fit as IESA is looking to offer move than just products and want suppliers who can deliver solutions, something we are experts in. Our experience in motors, gearboxes and pumps is second to none and we have a team of engineers ready to meet emergency repair requirements and provide advice on getting the most out of these vital pieces of equipment.” He continued: “We estimate that it will be worth £1m in our first year and comes on the back of a very busy period for us, with the relocation of our Midlands operation to West Bromwich underway and a number of new framework contracts secured.” Deritend is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading providers


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igh Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is nowadays one of the most widely used techniques in analytical chemistry. The range of applications soluble using HPLC covers a vast range of sample types, concentrations and compositions. However, all HPLC separations have one detail in common: they are reliant on a stable and constant flow rate of solvent and by this they all require constant HPLC pump performance. This technical report describes the shortfalls of traditional flow measurement techniques and demonstrates how a novel method of continuous monitoring of flow rate can provide real-time validation of the total HPLC system performance and as such, improve reliability of results. Introduced in 2020, the TESTA Analytical Liquid Chromatography Flowmeter is based around a thermal flow sensor that is not only extremely accurate, sensitive and high-resolution – but it also offers the advantage of being non-invasive. As this device does not interfere with the measurement itself, and can operate over a wide dynamic range, it offers the potential to be the perfect flow monitoring tool for almost any liquid chromatography system. To download a copy of this technical report please visit For further information on the new Liquid Chromatography flowmeter please visit or contact Testa Analytical Solutions on +49-30-864-24076 /



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