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Automation security enhanced with PROFINET’s additional protection measures From the very beginning, in parallel with the first PROFINET specifications, PI published an extensive security concept, which was further refined and adapted in multiple steps. It was not sufficient simply to protect plant networks and automation components, but more importantly, the used protective mechanisms and concepts should not interfere with the running of production operations. Moreover, protection concepts had to be easy to implement and remain affordable. But even more important is that the concepts must be able to be adapted time and again to suit current developments. With these factors in mind, PI has now expanded its IT security concept.

Defense-in-depth The IT security concept used for PROFINET employs a defense-indepth approach. With this method, the production plant is protected against attacks – particularly from the outside – by means of a multilayer perimeter (including, among other things, firewalls). In addition, further safeguarding within the plant is possible by dividing into zones through the use of firewalls. Furthermore, a security component test ensures the ability of the PROFINET components to withstand overloading in a defined scope. This concept is supported by organizational measures in the production plant within the framework of a security management system. A never-ending task Security is, however, a topic that must be continuously adapted to the current development and, as a result, is never finished. This applies in particular with respect to the


increasing networking of production plants. The use of PROFINET components with added value, e.g., web or OPC communication, thereby ensures increased, direct communication with higher-level systems outside of the security zone. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate PROFINET networks. Moreover, the networks are becoming larger, meaning that more and more components are connected together to form a network and interact with one another. A successful attack on a single (PC) system within such a cell therefore bypasses upfront security measures. Widely distributed plants also hinder the physical protection of networks and access points. Unauthorized persons could possibly gain access to the PROFINET network. Additional measures for end-to-end security For this reason, previous concepts, which rely primarily on isolating

the production plants, must be supplemented with new concepts that enable protection within the cell. PI, therefore, expanded the previous measures with further-reaching protective measures. This includes a credential management system, e.g., for authentication of the devices and an end-to-end security expansion for PROFINET communication as a configuration option. As not every application has the same security requirements, three security classes were defined for PROFINET. More Information Further technical details and practical examples can be found in the Industry 4.0 Highlight "Security" at https://www.profibus. com/technology/industrie-40/. In this section on the PI website, current topics, issues and trends from Industry 4.0 applications are addressed so that the user can easily implement and realize them in practical work. Click here to view PROFINET Security video



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otion Control and Robotics specialists YASKAWA continue to develop their MOTOMAN range of robots to meet these demands as illustrated by their newly developed MOTOMAN-PL series. The new MOTOMAN-PL series represents 4 additional options of palletising robots complementing their existing models covering lightweight palletising applications and those which can handle larger, heavier items such as building materials.

New Yaskawa Motoman-Pl Palletising Robots For Improved Handling & Control Using Less Energy Increased automation, adapting to new labour-saving manufacturing practices and the consequences of COVID-19 is accelerating the demand for effective robotic solutions. This is especially the case in industries where logistics are key such as food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics where there is increased urgency to improve efficiencies by automating the packing and stacking of individual products.

The new PL Series are compatible with the established and successful YRC1000 robot controller ensuring easier set-up and ease-of-use, along with improved energy-saving performance thanks to a power generation function. In addition, the 2 new PL models (the 190 & 320) are designed to be more user-friendly, slimmer than the previous MPL series and have an improved payload capacity. Where manufacturing applications involve the loading / unloading of bulkier items the weight of the final item can be compounded with heavy packaging such as cardboard which can be easily damaged or will deform if not handled correctly. These situations require the combination of a soft grip as well as strong power and typically air-drive or suction is the solution although this requires larger, more intrusive piping. With the new PL models Yaskawa adopted a large diameter hollow structure for the wrist shaft at the tip of the arm which eliminates the risk of interference with peripheral equipment and the robot arm itself. This design also provides a wider operating range in the height direction so it’s more flexible as it can be loaded up to the optimum pallet size. The improved energy saving performance is thanks to the YRC1000 robot controller used on the medium and larger robots which features the power regeneration function enabling energy to be generated when the motor is decelerated. This has proven to reduce power consumption by up to 30%, depending on the operating conditions at each installation. Also, as the connection between the controller and the robot is via a single cable, users benefit from reduced wiring and therefore less setup time. Optimising communication between the robot controller and manipulator is crucial to the overall system performance and its maintainability and these new PL models include features which help. For example, when the communication line inside the manipulator is disconnected or an encoder



error of each axis servo motor occurs, an error alarm is displayed on the programming pendant making it easier to identify the error on the corresponding robot shaft. In addition, they are equipped with a multi-port as standard in each part which enables quicker restoration should the communication line be disconnected. Finally, Yaskawa’s palletising application software ‘MotoPal’ enables automatic generation of robot operation programs, simply by setting conveyor and station positions, product sizes and loading / unloading patterns. More details at: newsrelease/product/36574

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17.02.2021 How to select the appropriate rupture disc for your process Key points for consideration and why Corc Bahcecioglu – Team Leader Global Sales Process Safety

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17.03.2021 Two phase flow sizing of rupture discs – Dead end route vs. highway Dr.-Ing. Mondie Kimandi Mutegi – Process Safety Engineer & Development Specialist Advanced Engineering Solutions Mathias Meyer – Project Engineer Advanced Engineering Solutions

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– Success event continues via video conference In recent years, the ‘REMBE Safety Days’ series of events has repeatedly made Brilon a meeting place for global explosion safety and process safety. The content of the events was to present and discuss current topics in these areas as well as to create a platform for networking. In November 2019, 150 participants from five continents were welcomed to the Sauerland region. Unfortunately, no live events can take place due to the current situation. In order to nevertheless enable such an important exchange of knowledge, REMBE is offering a digital version of the REMBE Safety Days.


afety is essential – especially in difficult times like this. REMBE has launched the ‘REMBE Safety Days Digital Home Edition’ to enable experts to continue to exchange their experience in the field of safety technology. “We are proud to be able to provide a platform like this,” says Claire Lloyd (Team Leader Process Safety Europe and one of the speakers at the REMBE Safety Days – Digital Home Edition). This format is an ideal solution to exchange up-to-date expert knowledge, the latest experience and safety approaches. The presentations are aimed at operators, planners, technicians, engineers, maintenance personnel, safety officers, experts and inspectors in monitoring organisations. The event has aroused great interest in recent months. The REMBE Safety Days Digital Home Edition was launched in April 2020 and had 1,000 participants by end of the year. Every two weeks on Wednesday from 1:15pm, a 45-minute presentation from the REMBE Safety Days - Digital Home Edition will take place on a wide range of topics relating to explosion safety and process safety. As the participants have always been an international audience, there will be both German and English presentations. The overview of all presentations can be found at: If you are interested in participating in one or more of the presentations from the REMBE Safety Days - Digital Home Edition, please register at or via the form on the website stated above.


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First UK installation of Konecranes’ S-series crane Konecranes has supplied a material handling system, incorporating an S-series crane, at ABB Limited’s Drives Service Workshop (DSW) in Coalville, Leicestershire. The contract represents the first installation of the new generation S-series model in the UK. Konecranes has completed the first UK installation of its S-series crane at ABB’s Drives Service Workshop in Coalville.


he system supplied comprises a 16.1 m span overhead single girder gantry and a 3.29 t SWL S-series electric rope hoist. The crane has cross and long travel speeds of up to 20 m/min and a hoisting speed of up to 3.1 m/min, with a 4.29 m height of lift. The crane is operated via a radio remote controller. ABB is a worldwide leader in the fields of electrification, robotics, automation and motion technology, with an emphasis on energy saving and sustainability. Its UK operation employs 1,800 people, operating from 15 locations and supplies £0.5 billion of innovative solutions, products and services to a broad range of market sectors. The DSW provides reconditioning, preventative maintenance, service, repairs, genuine spare parts and cleaning for low voltage variable speed drives and drive modules, which cannot be undertaken in the field. The company identified the need for a material handling system for the safe, ergonomic and efficient movement of drives within the workshop. Initially, ABB’s engineers had been considering a lightweight crane system, but the fact that an increasing number of large and heavy drives were being serviced prompted a rethink. The company specified the S-series crane on the grounds that its features are particularly suited to the DSW’s maintenance operations. The S-series crane uses synthetic rope, which requires no lubrication, eliminating


the possibility of delicate electronic components within the drive units being contaminated with oil. Smooth movement and accurate load positioning, which are critical factors for the workshop’s processes, are assured by the crane’s infinite and stepless speed control. Other features of the crane design are its tilted drum and offset reeving, which also ensure smooth and accurate load handling, whilst eliminating peak rope forces to reduce the wear on reeving components. The remote radio control allows the operator to use the crane from anywhere within the workshop for increased safety and operational freedom. The compact nature of the crane met ABB’s requirement for a heavy-duty lifting solution, which did not take up too much room in the workshop. Neil Rayns, ABB’s drives workshop engineer, reports that several lifting equipment providers were invited to tender for the project: “There were a number of options on the table, but the Konecranes’ proposal was the most appropriate for our requirements, representing the best engineered solution and value for money. Konecranes’ worldwide reputation for product quality, reliability and after sales support also gave us confidence that we were making the correct decision.”


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A successful start for new but highly experienced business in Leicestershire “Abacus Flooring Solutions Ltd.” A major success story in 2020 is the new industrial and commercial flooring business Abacus Flooring Solutions. Managing Director Nick Megson decided after 30 years of experience to set up his own business in the midst of the global pandemic. This may seem like a difficult starting point but after just 4 months they have exceeded their anticipated 12-month turn over. This comes as no shock as Nick has been a highly regarded and well-known figure in this industry for over three decades. Abacus Flooring Solutions specialise in the industrial resin flooring industry and


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have undertaken multiple jobs since their incorporation back in August 2020. They have carried out work for some of the UK’s leading engineering businesses including Sub- CNC Precision in Bedfordshire and Swift Plant in Leicestershire, Perfectos of Nottingham, The CBE Plus Group plus numerous other companies to include Aerospace companies in the south of England. This year is already looking very bright with what has been already a great start to 2021 for the team at Abacus, we sat down with Nick Megson to see what’s in store – do have a lot of enquiries to deal with. This will ensure I have more face to face time with our Customers.” have always shown a great Q. You interest in the Environmental side of your business, do you intend to pursue this further?


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“We currently employ the services of a Media & Marketing business who work closely with our Web site design team. These two companies ensure we are using all the social media available to get our relatively new name out there. We see marketing as an important part of our business and have secured some major projects via LinkedIn. We will continue to expand on our marketing strategy.” mentioned you have carried out Q. You some great works for engineering companies in particular, do you work in all industries? cost of their investment. Holding the role of Ambassador for our Industries governing body, FeRFA for 10 years allowed myself to pursue the diversion of waste from landfill and the recycled content of our materials.” “I proudly won no less than 10 industry awards for environmental and sustainability. As a business we will continue this approach and along with our Customer Care programme we will continue to strive to offer the best systems available.” Marketing play a part in your Q. Does plans for the future?


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CEINNA ( today announced the general market availability of ACEINNA OpenRTK330LI EVK, a complete evaluation and development kit for the OpenRTK330LI GNSS/INS module. The OpenRTK330LI EVK accelerates development and reduces time to market of custom navigation and guidance systems fusing inertial measurements and multi-band RTK/GNSS positioning. The OpenRTK330LI Module is a very compact, low cost, stateof-the-art, high performance RTK/GNSS receiver with built-in triple redundant inertial sensors. The development kits are available for purchase directly through ACEINNA or at one of ACEINNA’s authorized Distributors. Instead of wasting time building and debugging prototype hardware and firmware, ACEINNA’s OpenRTK330LI EVK provides the essential hardware, firmware, and development environment that engineers working on autonomous applications need to quickly start developing algorithms and solutions. Within minutes of receiving the OpenRTK330LI EVK, engineers can be logging and visualizing positioning data with centimeter precision. Development of custom positioning and localization solutions with the OpenRTK330LI is supported by ACEINNA Navigation Studio, and MS VS-Code by installing the free ACEINNA extension. Customers can use ACEINNA’s position engine or develop and implement their own in the open-source framework. Source code and libraries for the OpenRTK330LI module are available on GitHub. At the heart of ACEINNA’s OpenRTK330LI EVK is the OpenRTK330LI Evaluation board (EVB). The EVB provides built in RJ45 Ethernet, Micro-USB, Bluetooth, SWD/JTAG Interface, SPI, UART, CAN, SMA, power and 1PPS out connections,

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simplifying access to the OpenRTK330LI module installed on the EVB, and enabling quick and convenient connection to a PC and access to RTK correction data via the internet. The OpenRTK330Li EVK can monitor all major global constellations (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS) and simultaneously track up to 80 channels. In addition to the EVB, the kit includes a GNSS antenna, ST-Link/v2 debugger, 12 V Supply, USB Cable, and for customers in the continental USA, a complimentary 30-day subscription to ACEINNA OpenARC correction service. OpenARC is ACEINNA’s precise positioning platform that provides secure GNSS corrections powered by a dense RTK network and cloud-based architecture. More detail on OpenARC can be found at More detail on the OPENRTK330LI can be found at


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Multicar – Horizontal and Vertical Monorail Solution Multicar is an innovative monorail solution manufactured by Telelift Logistics in Munich and distributed in the UK by Quirepace.


ulticar is a network monorail system which can be configured to travel both horizontally and vertically (and at any gradient) throughout a building or facility. On this network autonomous “trolleys” can carry payloads up to 40kg from anywhere and to anywhere on the network. Each transaction can be initiated either through an HMI or via an interface with a SCADA, WMS or other external system. The throughput capability of the network is a factor of the track layout and the number of the trolleys. High throughputs can be obtained with trolleys operating in close sequence. Payloads are carried by a load handling device designed to suit the application. The load handling device usually keeps the payload horizontal throughout the transaction journey either through a gravitational pendulum effect, or through dynamic rotation by dedicated motor drive. The load handling device can be configured for automated load-unload if required and can, for example, interface with buffer roller conveyors for loading and offloading crates and cartons. Applications within industry are, for example, collecting output from manufacturing processes and delivering to storage and delivering components to the production line.


Multicar is a very smooth transport and is ideally suited for sensitive payloads. A unique feature of the Multicar monorail system is the ability to operate on both horizontal and vertical track. This not only allows Multicar to service different levels and floors within a facility, but also allows payloads to be transported across a facility at high level, keeping production areas and accesses clear, and descending only within the vicinity of the point of use. Multicar is a mature product developed over more than 30 years of Electric Track vehicle systems and is a development of the lighter duty Unicar system (with maximum payload 15kg).

It has been proven in operation within automotive manufacturing (BMW, VW) and within the UK for specialised nuclear applications. The similar, but lighter, Unicar system has been chosen for the new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre currently under construction at Harwell, Oxon. The Multicar standard specification provides for comprehensive inputs and outputs with external systems, including fire-door and fire-door control system which are part of the Telelift equipment. For more information contact us today! Quirepace Ltd 023 9260 3700


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What sets Lake Shore Cryotronics Temperature Sensors apart and why you should choose them over cheaper alternatives Focus on Temperature Sensors


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ENGINEERING PDATE February 2021 Lake Shore is able to measure the lowest temperatures available for a PRT – down to 14K PT-100 platinum resistance thermometers (PRTs) are an excellent choice for use as cryogenic temperature sensing

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Everlube Coating Protects Neodymium Magnets

The new Everlube anti-corrosion magnet coating combats the increasingly arduous working environments for magnets and magnetic components. The Everlube coating prevents oxidation and deterioration of high-powered permanent neodymium rare earth magnets.

Bunting is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnets, magnet assemblies, and magnetising equipment. The Bunting European engineering and manufacturing facilities are in Berkhamsted and Redditch, both in the United Kingdom. The Everlube coating was originally developed as a brand of dry film lubricant products specifically designed to enhance and improve the performance of critical components and meet a wide variety of industry, defence, and customer specifications for critical components. Manufactured by Curtiss Wright, the coatings are widely used by companies including Boeing, Airbus and NASA. Some permanent magnets, including neodymium, react negatively to exposure to water or humid conditions. In neodymium magnets, the neodymium-rich layers at the grain boundaries react to form neodymium hydroxide. The effect of this conversion from Nd to Nd(OH)3 is a large volume increase along the grain boundaries, leading to cracking and degradation of magnet properties. The speed of this is enhanced when salt is present. The Everlube coating prevents such degradation. The original Everlube coating was a thermoset coating, containing PTFE, molybdenum Di-Sulphide (MoS2) and phenolic resin adhesive. Everlube is an aluminised barrier coating specially formulated to maximize adhesion and corrosion protection when applied to rare earth magnets. The coating is very durable and provides excellent chemical and corrosion resistance to a wide range of substances including aviation fuel and anhydrous ethanol.


Figure 1 (above)- Everlube coated Neodymium Magnet Ring Figure 2 (below) - Everlube coated Neodymium Magnet Rods

The application of an Everlube coating to a magnet surface is more complex than a NiCuNi coating or an Epoxy Coating or even a dual NiCu+Epoxy Coating. However, it has distinct advantages including significantly improved corrosion resistance, a much better range of chemical compatibility, and excellent quantified performance when exposed to salt spray in a minimum 500 hours test environment. The coating also provides a 4H coating hardness. Everlube coated neodymium magnets are ideally suited for high-performance applications in the automotive sector, especially for electric vehicles (e.g. motors), aerospace, and electronics. Free samples of new Everlube coated neodymium magnets are available on request (email “The working environments for magnets are getting increasingly tougher,” explained Matthew Swallow, Bunting’s Technical Product Manager. “The Everlube coating provides the necessary protection when using Neodymium, the highest strength of all permanent magnets, in very challenging environments and applications.” Bunting-Berkhamsted –


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February 2021


The Camtorc Actuator: A Short Case Study An Optimised Design for Valve Actuators The Camtorc series actuator is a mathematically derived cam system first manufactured in 1975. It has been in continuous production since, gaining a base in industries all over the world. Imtex Controls acquired all rights to the design in 2006 and integrated it into a modular assembly that is particularly suited to space-sensitive or remote/inaccessible locations. The unique Camtorc design has many advantages over other actuator systems, and it is important for end users and buyers to be aware of these differences. This case study will explain the advantages of Camtorc, outline the modular components, compare Camtorc to other actuator systems, and also demonstrate how fail-safe valves, or applications where Maximum Allowable Stem Torque (MAST) is a concern, will benefit from improved torque-efficiency and a reduced risk of valve failure. Finally, there is discussion of how Camtorc can prevent spurious trips and false alarms on assemblies where valve testing, especially Partial Stroke Testing (PST), is in use.

Advantages of the Camtorc Actuator The Camtorc actuator is a linear to rotary motion convertor primarily used for the pneumatic or hydraulic actuation of quarterturn pipeline valves and dampers. Consequently, the design has seen a big uptake in the oil/gas, marine and power generation industries. What really sets this design apart is the mathematical profile of the cam which ensures a constant output torque during the piston stroke. This eliminates backlash. The combination of zero backlash and constant output torque means


Other Valves that Benefit from a Camtorc Actuator there are fewer moving parts – reducing possible causes to fail, which contributes to a longer service life and lower maintenance costs. Additionally, this optimised system also avoids two more, related problems. Firstly, the constant torque negates large side-forces which require additional infrastructure within the housing. This in turn avoids the problem of side-loads, which require more complex assemblies. As a result, Camtorc actuators are more compact and generally have lower installation costs.

Camtorc offers significant safety benefits for certain types of applications listed below: • Modulating Valves: zerobacklash and high run torques make Camtorc very suitable to modulating valves. • High Cycling Valves: The simple mechanism and lack of side-forces means Camtorc is not prone to excessive wear and will run for extended periods on high cycling valves. Camtorc has been tested in excess of 1 million operations (Third Party verified to 0.5 million operations by CEGB in the UK).

The Camtorc Actuator Outperforms Other Systems

• Remote Valves: The lack of sideforces increases the intervals between service maintenance making Camtorc particularly suited to remote and inaccessible valves.

Compared to other actuator systems, such as the scotch yoke design, Camtorc offers substantial advantages. The scotch yoke actuator employs a piston that moves a yoke via a sliding pin. It is easiest to think of Camtorc as an optimised version of this design, clamping the yoke apparatus (attached to the pistons) around the cam so they remain in contact along a frictionless surface. Performance differences between the two actuator designs are summarised in the table (top right).

• Space Sensitive Applications: The compact design makes Camtorc the obvious choice where space is a limiting factor (on Offshore rigs for example). • Valves Required to Fail-Open: Extra torque generated on the spring stroke allows for smaller Camtorc models to be fitted on fail-open valves. Typically, Camtorc actuators fitted to fail-open valves are a third smaller than the equivalent scotch yoke.


Summary For the buyer, all of the design benefits of the Camtorc actuator system result in a significantly reduced Whole Life Cost (Whole Life Cost is the projected cost of an asset over its entire life). Overall, companies that choose Camtorc benefit from:

Valves Fitted with Testing Apparatus (i.e. Partial Stroke Test) On safety critical valves (i.e. ESDVs) it is increasingly common to carry out some form of valve assembly testing, such as Partial Stroke Testing (PST). The advantages for plants and rigs are that critical valves are tested for integrity without the cost burden of shutting off the valve. There are two distinct advantages to the Camtorc design when it comes to PST: •

In the dual pistondesign of the Spring Module less air needs to leave the actuator to start the piston moving, and a much larger pressure drop is required to complete the stroke. This significantly decreases the risk of overtravel (spurious trips).

To prevent over-travel a maximum pressure drop is often set, but on a scotch valve actuator this is usually very close to the pressure required to start moving the valve. Therefore, if the valve sticks a little (which often happens when a valve has been inactive) the test might fail erroneously: since a slightly

lower pressure would cause the valve to move. With Camtorc, the larger pressure differential on the spring stroke allows for much more control of the PST system, and the maximum permissible pressure drop is far less likely to abort the test. False fails and spurious trips are costly and risky on a plant or oil rig where they might lead to a partial or complete shutdown of operations.

Lower installation costs

Lower maintenance costs

Improved safety (and reassurance where MAST is a design criteria)

A longer service life (particularly important in aggressive environments)

Significantly lower risk of both spurious trips and false-fails during PST

Reduced Whole Life Cost

The Camtorc series is available for pneumatic and hydraulic applications in either double acting or spring return configurations with a full range of modular control accessories. Please contact Imtex Controls on +44 (0)8700 340 002 or email for more information.


February 2021


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Encoders are indispensable wherever precise measurement and supervision of speed, direction of travel, distance travelled, and position of mechanical elements or number of rotations performed is necessary. In any case, the encoder invariably affects the proper and efficient functioning of machines and systems. It is therefore a small investment in great profits of enterprises. British Encoder Products (BEPC) is the European branch of the Encoder Products Group, a worldwide manufacturer of motion sensing and control devices. As a customer driven company, BEPC is highly responsive in the areas of customer service and technical support, with an acute focus on high performance, excellent delivery and competitive pricing. Encoder Products Company Inc. (EPC), a leading designer and worldwide manufacturer was founded in 1969, beginning operations with a small line of custom encoders (the original Cube series!). Today, 50 years later, EPC manufactures the most complete line of incremental and absolute shaft encoders in the industry, meeting the diverse needs of a wide range of global customers. BEPC offers two major types of encoders, linear measurement encoders, as the TR1 Tru-Trac™ or New Draw Wire Encoder (LCX), and rotary encoders like the Model A58HE which is an EtherCAT or PROFINETready. Linear encoders have a read head and track. The read head will slide along the track with a predetermined scale. This will produce an output for distance travelled typically in pulses per inch (PPI). A rotary encoder converts the angular movement of a rotational device and will have an output for rotation about the fixed axis typically in pulses per revolution (PPR). Within linear or rotary encoders there are two basic types of electrical output formats; incremental or absolute. Absolute encoders have a unique digitally coded output or address for every distinct position of the encoder. Incremental encoders will output a count or pulse at periodic predetermined intervals. Rotary incremental encoders are the most used encoders.


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Performance boost of Speedy laser machines Retaining the proven and equipping with innovation The laser engravers Speedy 100 and Speedy 300 have been further developed. The ultimate goal was to make laser users’ work simpler, faster and more profitable by setting new standards again.

Laser engraving at highest quality The newly developed Ceramicore laser source for Speedy 100 and Speedy 300 enables laser engraving of finest structures, lines and characters thanks to a very small beam diameter. In addition a homogenous engraving appearance over the complete working area is guaranteed. This technology was already standard for higher laser power and is now available also for 30 watts. The patented laser source concept represents reliability, high

engraving quality and longevity. The resonator body where the laser radiation is generated is made of 100% ceramic.

Valuable time savings in laser file preparation OptiMotion™- now also available for Speedy 100 and Speedy 300 - automatically searches for optimal speed parameters. In other words: The operator only needs to determine the power and speed required to cut through the material or to vector engrave - regardless of the cutting geometry. When processing the job, OptiMotion™ adjusts the speed and acceleration in real time depending on the geometry. For the operator, valuable time can be saved in laser file preparation. In addition OptiMotion™ boosts productivity: Maximum cutting speed at highest cutting quality is guaranteed.

Increased Safety In principle, all Trotec laser machines are CE-compliant and thus meet the essential safety and health requirements of the EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. In addition Trotec develops machine-specific safety and protection devices, which make our lasers one of the safest in their class all over the world: The key switch and emergency button on the new Speedy 100 and Speedy 300 moved now next to the keypad, so that the laser process can be stopped immediately in dangerous situations. Moreover a new uniform keypad was implemented with an intuitive arrangement of the symbols including haptic elements for blind operation.

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February 2021

Maintaining heating systems at optimum performance The series of Covid-19 restrictions have led to periodic closures of industrial and commercial premises. While many businesses throughout the UK have shown themselves remarkably resilient, the disruption caused by the pandemic emergency has been intense and widespread. Safeguarding the employment of the workforce and ensuring business activities can resume whenever possible are major priorities. However, companies also have had to ensure that their building services are well maintained and functioning safely and efficiently. Gas-fired heating systems are widely used in factories, warehouses and a range of other large space interior settings. They are complex and sophisticated installations that require the highest standards of servicing and maintenance on a regular basis.

Safety and efficiency The requirement to ensure the safe operation of large space gas heating systems is covered by the Gas Safety


(Installation and Use) Regulations. On the subject of maintenance of gas appliances in industrial or commercial working environments, the regulations states that: "It shall be the duty of every employer or selfemployed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under [their] control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person." Safety is not the only issue of course. Regular servicing and maintenance will also ensure that a heating system will provide optimum levels of performance and energy efficiency. This means that energy usage can be reduced, thus saving on operating costs and also lessening the carbon footprint of the building in question.


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Corrotherm are delighted to announce the extension of their stock range of Nickel Alloy Pipe in their Uk and European stock facilities alongside the doubling of their Netherlands stock facility.


s a specialised stockist and supplier of seamless pipes, fittings, flanges a in nickel and nickel alloys, the Corrotherm Group has served its customers in some of the world’s most demanding applications for over 27 years. The company specialises in supplying nickel and nickel alloy seamless pipe,, as well as a range of complementary fittings and flanges. The company serves a global customer base through its offices in UK Europe Middle East and Australia.


Corrotherm has an unprecedented range of pipe sizes from ½”to 8” NB in Nickel 200/201, Incoloy 825 , Monel 400 , Inconel 600 , Inconel 625, Inconel C276 and have the only European based stock of Alloy 20. In addition the range uniquely includes heavy wall thickness of Sch160 and XXS. The company has undergone a robust investment trajectory over the past two years and has made increased the stock levels four-fold for seamless pipe across the company’s stock locations. The focus is on constantly increasing

The company’s global team is highly experienced in these specialised materials , and in the UK team alone count over 200 years of experience in nickel alloys and the metals industry between them. Alongside the wide range of stock , one of the company’s greatest strengths is the range of expertise in the team , which covers everything from welding and mechanical engineering and material specification , through to detailed knowledge of the material production process ,expertise that is in short supply today. Corrotherm’s expert knowledge of how these products are made, what is and isn’t possible, and their knowledge of what goes on inside the production plant is a highly valuable tool for their customers.


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February 2021


Sectigo IoT Security & Identity Management Advancements Speed Integration and Use in Multi-Vendor Ecosystems New SDKs and PKI Clients Make it Easier for OEMs, Utilities, Government Organizations, and Enterprises, to Secure Their Connected Devices and Products


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of automated digital identity management and web security solutions, has released multiple advancements to the company’s award-winning IoT Security & Identity Management Platform , making integration and management of secured connected devices even easier for OEMs and enterprises. The innovations include a PKI Client software development kit (SDK) for Sectigo IoT Manager and Secure Boot SDK, which eases development efforts and reduces time to market for manufacturers across industries. Sectigo’s all-in-one IoT security platform simplifies securing and authenticating connected devices, so that enterprises can protect their infrastructure in a way that is scalable, cost-effective, and easy to manage. “No other platform makes it as easy to ensure that connected devices are authenticated and to maintain reliable security from initial production on the assembly line, through installation and operation, until final decommissioning. The integrity of connected endpoints in healthcare, transportation, energy, financial services, and smart city sectors—our critical infrastructure— depend on it,” explained Alan Grau, VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions, Sectigo. The Sectigo IoT Security Platform delivers end-to-end security services for every class of connected device, from manufacture through its lifecycle, enabling OEMs to build secure devices that are compliant with security standards and new IoT security regulations. Best-practice features, myriad technology integrations, and single pane of glass management empower enterprises to protect their IoT infrastructure in a way that is scalable, cost-effective, and easy-to-manage. In addition, Sectigo’s IoT Identity platform leverages the infrastructure used for issuing public certificates, providing IoT OEMs with the same high levels of security as public roots are provided.


New IoT Manager Advancements • Multi-vendor Ecosystem Support – IoT Manager now provides greater configurability and customization of certificate profiles, enabling support for the unique requirements of emerging IoT ecosystems. • Sectigo PKI Client for IoT Manager SDK – Making it easier for Sectigo customers to programmatically issue certificates from the Sectigo IoT Manager platform using the REST API interface. • Sectigo EST PKI Client – A new client using the Enrollment over Secure Transport (EST) cryptographic protocol for PKI enables automated use of EST for customers using Sectigo Certificate Manager.

New IoT Device Identity & Integrity SDK, Integration, and Alliance • Embedded Firewall SDK – The latest release of Sectigo’s Embedded Firewall SDK includes support for Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY RTOS microkernel architecture, designed for critical embedded systems that demand proven separation, security, and real-time determinism. The SDK enables device manufacturers to easily add firewall protection to

enforce configurable packet filtering rules on connected devices. • Secure Boot NetObjex Integration – Sectigo has integrated the company’s Secure Boot SDK with the NetObjex PiQube IoT development platform, providing manufacturers using the NetObjex platform with secure boot functionality, thereby ensuring authenticity of the firmware on their devices. • WBA Ecosystem – Sectigo has been selected to provide PKI services for the Wireless Broadband Alliance OpenRoamingTM ecosystem. “Sectigo’s Secure Boot SDK delivers code signing and validation tools, ensuring the firmware on our devices is protected from hackers. The easy to use SDK enabled us to quickly and easily add secure boot to our device,” said Raghu Bala, CEO, NetObjex, providers of an Intelligent Automation Platform for tracking, tracing, and monitoring digital assets using AI, Blockchain, and IoT. “The growth of edge devices has increased the risk of devastating data breaches. Offering Sectigo’s embedded device hardening technologies and purpose-built third-party certificate issuance and management provides our customers with assurance that their important data and devices are protected.”


Remote connection means that all system programs and operating parameters can be viewed or set remotely

HRS offers remote equipment monitoring The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the benefits of working remotely utilising new and existing technologies to monitor and manage operations from a distance, whether a few meters away on the factory floor, or on the other side of the world. While many forward-thinking businesses had already embraced the concepts behind remote working, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, there is no doubt that Covid-19 has increased the speed of uptake in many sectors and shown the real benefits of this way of working to the most sceptical of observers. One feature which is increasingly being specified on HRS systems (such as pasteurisers, sterilisers, fillers and food processing systems) is the fitment of remote monitoring and telemetry systems.

These are normally based on an ethernet connection, but where the necessary infrastructure is not available, an integrated data SIM can be used instead. This allows clients to easily manage, operate and analyse equipment performance within their own business, something which is particularly useful for larger companies operating over multiple sites or even across different countries. Another benefit is that HRS engineering staff can easily access the system remotely for troubleshooting or to allow the

installation of software upgrades for example. Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director at HRS Heat Exchangers, comments: “This remote functionality has been available for some time, but it is noticeable since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic how much more popular remote monitoring and operation has become. Our clients can be assured that we are able to meet their requirements in terms of remotely connecting to our heat exchangers and other systems.”


February 2021


Dyneo+ from Nidec LeroySomer is a new range of super premium efficiency permanent magnet-assisted synchronous reluctance motors which incorporate alone all the benefits of induction and synchronous permanent magnet technologies. Dyneo+ offers in addition significant advances in terms of smart drive solutions.

DYNEO+, THE NEW RANGE OF CONNECTED MOTORS WITH VERY HIGH EFFICIENCY LEVELS With an IE5 energy efficiency level, Dyneo+ makes it possible to achieve substantial energy savings in real use on cycle at variable speed and load. As a consequence, the range achieves the lowest Total Cost of Ownership on the market. The range has been developed alongside the Nidec LeroySomer speed drives to optimize the motor performance for operation with or without position feedback. Thanks to the new Systemiz interactive application, Dyneo+ benefits from a variety of digitalized services to facilitate the exchange of information between the systems and trigger the subsequent action. Offering accurate speed and torque control, the Dyneo+ drive and motor assembly guarantees constant torque over extended speed ranges, with no derating or forced ventilation. This is also an easy-to-implement solution, highly-effective for applications requiring high torque at high speed. High starting performance in sensorless mode avoid the need for an encoder. Nidec Leroy-Somer has developed the Dyneo+ range based on the mechanical platform of its IMfinity® induction motors, known for their robustness and reliability. The use of proven components provides these new motors a great strength of design and an extended service life. Dyneo+ was designed to ensure fast installation, simple parameter setting and easy maintenance. Equipped with a large terminal box for easier wiring, the motor can be assembled or dismantled as simply as an induction motor. Through the technology using rotor low losses, Dyneo+ reduces maintenance costs particularly in increasing greasing intervals.


Ranging from 11 to 500 kW for speeds up to 6000 rpm, Dyneo+ is available in a compact version to address any of space and weight constraints, or in an interchangeable version with an IEC standard motor for the upgrade of equipment with high-performance solutions. With the widest range of aluminium-housing motors on the market, Dyneo+ is also characterised by its great adaptability to different environments, thanks to its cast iron version. These advantages make Dyneo+ an extremely versatile range in full compliance with the requirements of markets in the industrial refrigeration, compression, pumping, ventilation, extrusion, grinding, etc. Dyneo+ adapts to process applications, combining energy imperatives and productivity needs.

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February 2021


Industrial Energy Management: A Short Guide for Engineering Managers

A key challenge facing many Engineering Managers in the product development life-cycle is the introduction of new corporate sustainability goals. Having a comprehensive understanding of energy consumption and usage across the plant enables managers to balance the corporate sustainability goals as well as prioritising product development.


good starting point is having standardized meters. These will ensure consistent data collection that can feed into a central platform for end-to-end visibility and accurate analysis. Ideally, the platform should be capable of automatic data capture, in real time, regardless of utility source or data. If meters are unavailable in certain areas (or not all of the same type) understanding how much energy is being used, by what and when, will be far more difficult than it needs to be. Industrial energy management is about efficient energy monitoring and reallocating resource at the right time to support production initiatives. Implementing an Energy Management System (EMS) will streamline data integration and reporting, allowing business units and functions to be compared in context, as well as providing the means to compile


accurate data. The EMS can also correct issues, identify patterns and address anomalies.

the EMS without issue, and support corporate sustainability goals.

With data standardized and an EMS in place, you now have a complete overview of energy consumption and can devise realistic energy targets and a strategy to achieve them. Targets can be set in the EMS based on aggregated data (ensuring no skewed reporting), meaning everyone in the business can see the progress towards the goals. It’ll also be far more consistent and less error-prone than manual reporting.

Energy Management System will help to reduce operational costs and improve performance. As critical components in the production lifecycle are further bolstered by resource from non-essential plant functions, it becomes possible for Engineering Managers to balance conflicting priorities: deal with industrial energy management and get the product out the door.

New reporting and data visibility will lay the groundwork for a successful change management program and ensure continuous improvement. Employees at all levels will understand the energy key performance indicators (KPIs) and can access the detailed data they need to report on energy saving targets, address problems, use

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Marketing Tips for Small Businesses Wanting to Attract More Customers

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Identify and run ePromotion campaigns with media partners who offer lead generation services in your key target markets.

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Croft Filters Quality bespoke filtrations solutions with quick turnaround time Filters are critical components throughout many different supply chains. These include key industries that continue to work hard to meet demand, such as: Food and Drink, Energy and Pharmaceutical. These vital industries are operating at full capacity and a breakdown within their production lines now will have catastrophic effect on delivering their goods to their customers. Croft Filters have been providing rundown screens and slot tubes for solid and liquid separation to the Food and Beverage industry; filter baskets to Energy industry; cone mill screens used in granulation process to the Pharmaceutical industry and many other products to support these key industries and their production lines. Based in Warrington, England, Croft Filters are a leading UK manufacturers with over 34 years of experience in supplying quality filters to various industries. Croft’s capabilities include: cone filters, baskets, screens and disc filters amongst others, made to precise requirements. Depending on the specifications, products are available in wire mesh, wedge wire and perforated plate with EU origin certificate. Croft Filters take great pride in the quality of the products and services and speed of manufacture and despatch. The Company is committed to delivering products and services with a high level of expertise and consultancy, and offering innovative solutions to maximise filtering effectiveness and efficiency. Croft understand that

downtime is costly and disruptive to the production lines, therefore, the Company make the best effort to help minimise customers’ downtime by manufacturing and despatching filters in as little as two days. Croft Filters can also clean, repair damaged filters and filter elements, and replace filter media, allowing customers to save cost and reduce waste to landfills. A particular customer operating within the Chemical industry has benefitted from these services for over 10 years (See the case study here). Croft Filters work with a range of different metals, including: Mild & Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Inconel®, Monel®, Hastelloy® and Aluminium Alloy’s.

Croft Filters also specialise in Additive Manufacture (3D Printing) of complex metal components. Benefits of the Additive process, such as: Part weight reduction, Multi-part to single component and Expanded design capabilities, allow our customers to rethink their approach to their designs in order to improve the efficiency, utility or aesthetics of their parts. The Company can advise on how to utilise the AM technology, deliver high quality components with enhanced performance or develop a new solution all together. For more information about Croft’s quality custom filters call 01925 766265 or email or visit:


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Accurate Flow Measurement Helps Reduce Drug Production Costs The Atrato and MetraFlow ultrasonic flowmeters from Titan Enterprises have been designed to enable drug manufacturers to streamline production and reduce costs. These devices measure the rate of flow of fluids with extraordinary levels of accuracy, helping drug manufacturers control small details that make a big difference during production.


harmaceutical drug production can often present difficult challenges for process instrumentation used to monitor and optimise the process. Drug production processes typically require devices able to cope with low flow rates and constructed from ultra-pure materials so as to maintain hygienic, sterile and sanitary conditions.


The Atrato range of inline low flow flowmeters use patented ultrasonic technology, which enables it to operate with excellent accuracy over a very wide flow range (0.002 to 20 litres/ minute). The rugged, clean bore construction makes the Atrato ideal for almost any low flow application. Different models of this non-invasive flow measurement device are available for metering fluid flow from -10°C to +110°C and pressures up to 30 bar (435 psi).

The Metraflow ultrasonic flowmeter was designed for customers tasked with applications that pose fluid compatibility challenges. Using patented ultrasonic technology, with a single unbroken PFA measurement tube, the MetraFlow is able to reliably operate with excellent accuracy across flow ranges from 20 to 5000 ml/min, having excellent turndown of 50:1; repeatability (+/– 0.1%); linearity and a reading accuracy of better than +/– 0.5% full scale. For further information please visit atrato-ultrasonic-flowmeters and metraflow-flowmeter or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 /

February 2021


Universal vandal-resistant switches by SCHURTER A new dimension of “durability”.

Where are vandalresistant switches used?

What are the types of vandal-resistant switches?

Today, we encounter electronic devices not only at home and at work, but also in public spaces. At this stage of the technological revolution, there is a need to use exceptionally durable and weather-resistant user interface elements. The simplest of these elements is an ordinary button – the one we find on a bus, train, car park gate, lift, ATM or at a pedestrian crossing. These buttons, called vandal-resistant because of their universality, seem to be something trivial. Nevertheless, they are a result of years of experimentation, precision engineering and specialised production technologies.

A classic solution among vandalresistant switches are push button switches, i.e. specially designed mechanical switches. They are mainly applied in closed spaces, in areas with heavy traffic. Their construction is based on a microswitch enclosed in a tight housing, resistant to “nonsensitive” use. Thanks to such a design, this component can be successfully connected to a circuit that is adapted to ordinary switches (which is important e.g. when using standardized modules). These products are usually galvanised, made of acid-resistant steel or aluminium, which prevents corrosion and makes it easier to keep them clean and regularly disinfected. Some models have a built-in LED, i.e. the backlighting or illumination of the button, which can also serve an informative function (for example, a flashing light that signals the movement of the lift or confirms pressing). All these features can also be found in other types of vandalresistant switches.

1241.2434.8 - An example of a vandalresistant, piezoelectric switch with IP67 rating by SCHURTER

SCHURTER is a Swiss manufacturer specializing in electrical and electronic circuit protection components. Apart from fuses, suppression filters or power connectors, the company also offers a selection of vandal-resistant switches for various applications. Their manufacturer, a global leader in its field, makes every effort to ensure that products labelled with the SCHURTER logo meet the most demanding (international and industrial) standards and are durable and reliable.


Piezoelectric switches have no moving parts. After touching the button surface, an electrical impulse is transmitted to the circuit. These are durable components with the additional advantage of sparkle-free design. Thanks to their characteristics, they can be applied in damp interiors (e.g. shower cubicles), as well as in rooms where flammable substances are stored. They are also used in outdoor applications, which is why SCHURTER are manufactured to meet the IP67 rating. As they can handle currents of up to 1A, these switches are usually used in control circuits.

3-101-403 - RBG backlit capacitive switch by SCHURTER

The last type of vandal-resistant switches are capacitive switches. They operate on the same principle as capacitive touch sensors fitted e.g. in smartphone screens. They are characterized by exceptional sensitivity and durability. This category also includes cutting-edge solutions by SCHURTER, such as RGB LED illumination or backlight. The full range of colours can be used as a signalling component or serve an aesthetic function.

Which properties of the switch should be taken into account? Choosing the right switch will depend on a number of factors. Depending on the application, the designer may need a specific contact configuration, button design or number of stable positions (1 or 2). That is why our catalogue includes buttons with DPDT, DPST, SPDT, as well as SPST (also in NO versions) configurations; concave and convex components equipped with seals etc. Perhaps the most important feature of the elements presented here is their manufacturer. Thanks to its many years of experience and care for the quality and durability of its products, SCHURTER deserves the title of one of the world leaders in the production of vandal-proof buttons. That is why we recommend exploring the solutions by this manufacturer – which are available directly from our warehouses.

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The Future of Stationary Energy Storage is Led by Policy and Renewables, Reports IDTechEx


lectricity generation from renewable energies is growing on a daily basis and, to integrate their variable nature, energy storage systems are growing in parallel. IDTechEx have investigated the evolution of the energy storage market, forecasting its growth in the next ten years, in the new report: “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2021-2031”.

The report “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2021-2031” aims to provide the reader with a clear picture of the current status of the development of these two branches in the main countries currently adopting battery storage systems.

The evolving energy storage market is separated into two branches, Front-of-Meter (FTM) and Behind-the-Meter (BTM). The FTM sector is related to the operation of the electricity infrastructure; therefore, batteries are employed to maintain a smooth and continuous flow of electricity to the consumers. The BTM market instead is the customer side of the market; hence batteries are used by consumers to decrease electricity costs mainly.

The future adoption of green policies will drive the adoption of renewable energies in both segments of the market, although other parameters like grid infrastructure and the energy sources adopted by countries (e.g. nuclear, coal, and lignite power plant) will play an important role in the adoption of energy storage systems.

The services provided by the batteries are similar most of the time, although on a different scale.

IDTechEx’s forecasted battery installation breakdown by application. Source: IDTechEx, “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 20212031”.

To better understand the future evolution of the energy storage market, IDTechEx performed an in-depth analysis of the main countries adopting energy storage systems (including the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, Germany, and others), investigating the latest policies in terms of renewable energy and energy storage, as well as interviewing leader companies in the field of energy storage, to understand the market approach and the possible effect of COVID-19. The result of this analysis shows a similar but different scenario among the investigated countries. The renewable energy target, with the current status of the grid infrastructure, in consideration of the different types of energy sources adopted by the country, defined a specific scenario for every country. As well as the differences, a clear point has been identified: the stationary storage market is only in its early stages, from both technical and policy aspects. For more information on this report, please visit or for the full portfolio of Energy Storage research available from IDTechEx please visit


February 2021


TR VIC continues to invest in the latest high precision fastenings machinery International fastener specialist TR VIC spa, part of the Trifast plc group of companies, has made a substantial investment in the very latest fastening machinery in response to increasing and evolving requirements from European customers. The high precision Carlo Salvi cold former is the newest addition to its growing portfolio of machinery, which further increases manufacturing capacity for high level applications within automotive, household appliances and electrical sectors in Europe. High-tech cold forming capability The advanced Carlo Salvi 1 Die 2 Blow Header provides the highest productivity in cold forming and has been specially developed and designed for the production of screw blanks as well as solid parts at high speed up to 190 parts per minute. Complementing TR’s application engineering expertise, this high-tech header machine enables the technical precision and versatility required in manufacturing fasteners for evolving applications across several different industries into which TR supplies.

Investment and responding to changing markets Since its acquisition in 2014, TR VIC has invested significantly in manufacturing equipment, including an automated packaging and labelling machine, a heat treatment line, a high quality pointing machine and laboratory equipment including a high class Keyence microscope. All of these upgrades have resulted in a sharp rise in productivity, in some cases doubling output in half the time. The company has grown considerably by expanding its workforce, customer base, improving processes and technologies whilst also achieving quality accreditations, most recently the IATF 16949 during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been business as usual these last few months and TR VIC is responding to the evolving market by continuing to invest in the company and in newer, faster equipment to the benefit of customers.


Karol Gregorczyk, Director of Sales and Operations at TR VIC in Italy, said: “Machine capability is an area we are continually reviewing as part of our on-going improvement of operational efficiencies. With our onsite manufacturing we can add real value to our customers by developing bespoke products – our new machine is a boost to our already impressive manufacturing credentials. “We understand that investment is critical to thrive and that is why we are committed to the continued growth and development of our production capabilities and competitive position. The sectors we work in are extremely demanding requiring a combination of precision, speed and quality that only the most advanced machining techniques can deliver.”

Marco Pizzi, Chief Operating Officer at Carlo Salvi commented: “We are pleased to support TR VIC in their continued investment in cold forging machinery, supplying modern/plugin machines. Great collaboration between Carlo Salvi and TR VIC allowed fast commissioning and the machinery being up and running within 48 hours from delivery.”

Installation of the latest Carlo Salvi machinery The delivery and installation of this new machine - in just one day, was captured in a fascinating time lapse video which can be viewed on TR Fastening’s YouTube channel and website.


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Simple Zoom Lens for use in Remote or Hazardous Environments For remote and hazardous environments where simple optical design offers significant benefits - Resolve Optics has developed a new optically compensated zoom lens design that vastly reduces the moving parts to just a single push pull movement. One of the biggest advantages of using a zoom lens is that it allows you to change focal lengths without changing your lens. A zoom lens also provides a range of variable focal lengths which can be adjusted using the zoom ring on the lens. Because of this inbuilt versatility – zoom lenses are complex with lots of close tolerance components sliding and rotating within each other. This is fine under normal conditions, but at extremely low and high temperatures or in the vacuum of space producing these movements presents a challenge.

He added "We are looking for partners to ‘road-test’ our new optically compensated zoom lens over the coming months. Organisations wishing to learn more about the optically corrected zoom lens should send us details of their target application via our online form at

Mark Pontin, Managing Director of Resolve Optics commented "In our new zoom lens design there are two groups of optical elements that move together in relation to a middle group. The movement is linear so there is no requirement for complex cam profiles. Our optically compensated 4x zoom lens beneficially also maintains focus and resolution throughout its zoom range".

Extended Range Non-Browning Zoom Lens Based upon a proven design – Resolve Optics new Model 192-001 non-browning 6x zoom lens offers high performance over an extended 24-144mm focal length range making it perfect for remote monitoring tasks in nuclear reprocessing and power plants. The compact lens’s speciality glass components can withstand long-term exposure to radiation, up to a dose of 100 million RAD and without loss of transmission and minimal colour change. Operating at f/3.6, the Model 192-001 provides good image resolution and minimum geometric distortion from 400 to 750 nm. When focused at infinity, the Model 192-001 will maintain focus throughout the zoom range without the need to refocus.

Available in 1/2-inch and 2/3-inch image formats the C-mounted Model 192-001 can be simply mounted on Newvicon tubes, Chalnicon tubes and CCD devices. For further information on the Model 192-001 nonbrowning 6x zoom lens please visit: or contact Resolve Optics on +44-1494-777100 / Nuclear industry applications require lenses and optical systems that can withstand exposure to high levels of radiation and sometimes endure extreme temperatures. Resolve Optics has considerable experience of developing lenses and optical systems for applications in hazardous or difficult to access industrial environments. The Resolve Optics team has worked with leading companies in the nuclear industry to provide radiation-resistant, high performance solutions including non-browning lenses (fixed focus and zoom), through-wall endoscopes as well as vision and remote inspection camera systems.


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February 2021


Tests demonstrate corrosion protection of SuperCORR spray on unpainted metal in highly corrosive environments

These are photographs of 3 unpainted copper components that were exposed for a month next to the "digester" at a Pulp and Paper Mill. The part marked #1 was the control and not sprayed with SuperCORR A corrosion protection spray. Half of part marked #2 was sprayed with SuperCORR A and half left uncoated. Component #3 was completely treated with SuperCORR A. The main atmospheric corrosion was from hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas, produced during the cellulose digestion process, which combines with the atmospheric humidity to form a mild acid. Any unpainted or untreated metal surface, copper, brass, mild steel or alloys of zinc and manganese or magnesium will be corroded by this acid when it condenses on the metal surfaces. This is especially important in electrical motors and power control systems where these metals are used as conductors or switch contacts on printed circuit tracks and all types of connectors which although sealed in control panels will be exposed whenever the boxes are opened or contactors operated and connectors plugged and unplugged. In most cases it is not possible to paint these conductive surfaces or apply other forms of protection without loss of conductivity leading to arcing or supply failures.


These tests demonstrate the amazing properties of SuperCORR A to protect unpainted surfaces from acidic corrosion. As an example, copper and aluminium condensers on water coolers usually last about a month in the acidic environment of pulp production facilities because the corrosive atmosphere around the plant corrodes the metal surfaces on fins and connections. A trial was set up by the works engineering department at the plant who sprayed a new condenser with an aerosol of SuperCORR A. This applies a very thin protective film of a proprietary formulation containing extremely long-lasting anticorrosion inhibitors, which also give superior lubrication coefficients and protect components against moisture. This unique, water displacing lubricant, with synthetic corrosion prevention compounds is tested and proven non-flammable and environmentally friendly without sulphates, chlorides, or other halogens.

After a few months the treated condenser showed so little signs of corrosion that further controlled trials were set up to test for long term protection of untreated metal in this extremely corrosive environment experienced in paper and pulp mills, water processing plants and oil drilling rigs. The improvement is clear and demonstrates the savings in costs of parts and labour for maintenance and replacement untreated metal components exposed to these corrosive conditions. For more information please visit supercorr-a

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THE IMAGING SOURCE - Embedded Vision Camera Modules In order to efficiently access the performance features of the NVIDIA and Raspberry Pi 4 platforms for embedded vision applications, ALRAD offers The Imaging Source portfolio of MIPI CSI-2 board cameras. Many embedded machine vision applications (especially multi-camera applications) require cable lengths longer than the maximum 20 cm reached with MIPI CSI-2 cameras. Using the FPD-Link III bridge, cable lengths of up to 15m can be achieved. Image data is transmitted via a thin (Ø 2.8 mm) coaxial cable at up to 4.16 Gbps, with image data, control commands and power supply being transmitted simultaneously. The bandwidth is sufficient, for example, for the transfer of image data from a 5-MP camera at 30 frames/s. Developers can choose between MIPI-CSI-2 and FPDLink-III board cameras as well as FPD-Link-III cameras with IP67-rated housing. The compact cameras are available as monochrome and colour versions with the latest CMOS image sensors from Sony and On Semiconductor (global shutter and rolling shutter with resolutions from 0.3 MP [VGA] - 8.3 MP).

The Imaging Source provides MIPI CSI-2 and FPDLink-III camera carrier boards with up to 6 camera inputs (platform dependent) for connecting the board cameras to the NVIDIA™ Jetson Nano®, Xavier NX, AGX Xavier and Raspberry Pi 4. Some users might be left wondering what the reasons are for using MIPI CSI2 or FPD-Link-III cameras instead of USB-3 or GigE cameras. The answer lies in the hardware features of the embedded platforms themselves, namely the hardware-accelerated image signal processor (ISP). The embedded platforms’ MIPI-CSI-2 interfaces are directly connected to the ISP to avoid latencies and data conversions. The Imaging Source’s MIPI-CSI-2 cameras have been specifically designed to pass the raw image data directly to the interface. Since these embedded board cameras include only essential functionality, they are particularly cost effective. The ISP handles hardware-accelerated operations such as removing bayer effect, colour correction, colour space conversion, white balance, lens correction and image data compression (e.g. H.264/H.256).

For challenging environments Alrad also offer the IP65 rated housed versions of the embedded FPD III link camera Carrier board with six FPD Link III camera modules using the Jetson AGX Xavier.

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February 2021


thernet switches build a network connection, allowing

devices to talk to each other. Switches are essential tools in the networking structure; enabling swift and efficient delivery of data packets between devices, whether they’re at opposite ends of a factory or on different sides of the world. Unlike Ethernet hubs that transmit incoming data packets to all ports, unmanaged Ethernet switches are able to work within addressing schemes and limit data collisions by only sending specific data packets to their destination ports. Unmanaged switches automatically detect the network speed of each device, identifying and remembering network devices through the MAC Address function. This intelligence allows the switch to sort all messages by their specific identification code and send to the correct port, vastly improving transmission performance. • Establish network connections between multiple devices • Traffic between connected devices won’t interfere with other devices on the same network • Control and monitor access to various parts of the network • Allow usage monitoring • High speed communication within your network

Fast Ethernet Switches Fast Ethernet enhances the speed of Ethernet with a transfer rate from 10 Megabits per second (10 Mbps) to 100 Megabits per second (100 Mbps). The industry standard for Ethernet Switches is the RJ45 port also known as a network port. With 8 positions and 8 conductors (or contacts) formed into 4 twisted pairs; a type of wiring that twists two conductors of a single circuit together to improve electromagnetic compatibility, the Fast Ethernet switch works over Cat5 cables to connect devices.

Discover Industrial Ethernet Switches Whilst Gigabit switches offer obvious advantages of speed and performance; not every application requires that speed. In automation and monitoring projects that don’t require Gigabit speeds, such as train ticketing machines, lighting controls, and control panel expansions, Fast Ethernet switches offer reliable remote functionality and can reduce the number of service call outs.

Backwards compatible; Gigabit switches can plug into older networks, and are able to connect to devices that are 10Mbs, Fast Ethernet (100Mbs) or Gigabit, whilst detecting the highest common speed between both ends of the connection.

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Brainboxes SW-515 Compact Industrial 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Brainboxes SW-005 10/100 5 Port Light Industrial Ethernet Switch One of the biggest names in the UK for electric vehicle charging solutions; BP Chargemaster utilise Brainboxes SW-005 Fast Ethernet switches in their Ultracharge 5kW free standing chargers. The data transfer rate afforded by 10/100 Ethernet is sufficient for purpose, and the compact design of the Ethernet switches means they integrate neatly into the innovatively designed rapid vehicle chargers.

G​igabit Ethernet Switches With data transmission at 1000Mbs per second; the Gigabit standard provides simultaneous sending and receiving of data at a speed 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet (100Mbs). Designed for network intensive applications where rapid data transmission is key, Gigabit Ethernet switches boast increased speed, efficiency and performance, making it easier to configure and support highspeed data transfer between devices and/or the central controls.

Product Spotlight: Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Designed to withstand extreme conditions, industrial Ethernet switches have a more rugged spec than commercial switches. Industrial power considerations and a wide operating temperature range make industrial switches suitable for a multitude of environments including factories, HVAC, oil and gas fields, military applications, and security/surveillance control. The Gigabit standard is targeted for mission-critical applications where speed is essential, without compromising on reliability, quality, or safety. Recognised throughout the world as a leading Designer and Manufacturer of intrinsically safe and explosion proof equipment, Don Electronics use Brainboxes industrial Gigabit Ethernet switches in bespoke hazard monitoring systems. Used in Zone 21 approved systems (flammable or explosive areas) for critical safety monitoring, the switches are rugged and reliable enough to detect particles in mines, and withstand cement dust in construction.

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February 2021


Make 2021 the year of reshoring urges Birmingham manufacturing chief The boss of a Birmingham-based stamping specialist is urging UK companies to make the most of a growing desire to reshore.


owan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer, believes manufacturers have a once in a generation chance to reclaim some of the work that emigrated to low-cost countries during the early 90s and throughout the 2000s. A lot of major OEMs have been stung by extended supply chains with Covid-19 interruptions creating a ripple effect of production stoppages and cost penalties from not getting product out the door and to market quick enough. The former engineering graduate, who has led the company to a Queen’s Award for International Trade, insists companies, based in the UK and EU, will be more reluctant to place all their work in far-away, lower cost economies, where they could be subject to higher tariffs, quota restrictions and shipping delays. A reduction in capacity - causing longer raw material lead times from the EU and Asia – will also exacerbate this, as will consumer demand for UK-made products that are more sustainable and friendly to the environment. There is also a recognition for what the UK is known for, including innovation, science and outstanding research and development. “This isn’t going to be easy to take advantage of, quite the opposite. However, it is definitely something that manufacturers should be exploring, and Government should be actively backing, whether that is through tailored support, incentives to bring work home or financial support for companies wishing to embark on these types of projects,” explained Rowan, who is also Vice Chair of Make UK’s West Midlands Advisory Board. “We have been very proactive in targeting new opportunities and this approach is already reaping dividends with contracts in the EU zone secured in construction and medical sectors, with our engineers also currently looking at new opportunities with North American customers in automotive electrification, pharma and renewables.” He continued: “Naturally, when changing the source of supply, it comes with risk. New terms, new relationships,

possible R&D investment to make it work and above all will the new supplier live up to its promises and deliver? “This is where due diligence comes into play and a clear cost/risk benefit analysis must be used to determine whether the advantages of reshoring outweigh the issues of leaving your components where they are.” Brandauer has embedded standard processes around existing tool transfers and new product introductions that are proven to recognise and manage the risks and provide potential new clients with a clear path to successfully reshore their critical components. Managing long supply chains to the benefit of its customers is something else it has honed to the changing needs of the 22 countries it currently supplies into. An example of this is having multiple options to purchase non-functional elements of tooling and jigging and/or raw material and bespoke processing equipment on behalf of customers and moving it to the UK. This means the firm is taking a significant proportion of the risk and headaches on their behalf. Rowan concluded: “In the UK, we are sometimes a little guilty of underselling our strengths, values and capabilities in manufacturing, but with all that is going on in the world, now is not the time to ignore the first signs of a reshoring trend. “Instead, we need to get behind it, promote it, explore where we can deliver new competitive advantage and make it happen. Could 2021 be the year of reshoring…why not?” For further information, please visit or follow @cbrandauer on twitter


February 2021

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The ODU-MAC® RAPID modular connector with spindle locking has successfully established itself on the market. Its practical, space-saving locking mechanism is based on a simple rotary movement and has proven especially popular in measuring & testing technology and other industrial applications. Now, in addition to the existing version, this housing is also available in a smaller connector in size 2, and in black or white, with the white connector perfectly complementing the design of medical devices. Thanks to the 2-part shell, the ODU-MAC® RAPID is quick and easy to assemble. Cable routing is simplified by the fact that the housing remains open during cable assembly and can be re-opened later,


meaning subsequent adjustments can be easily carried out, resulting in time savings of up to 50%. Also, strain relief can be created for each individual strand by attaching them on the optional grid plates, ensuring increased durability and stability. The cable outlet can be adapted to suit the application and no special tools are required – it can simply be cut with a knife. This housing lets the user create a flexible system, with a high degree of freedom and customization, whilst also saving time.



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Smarter Social Distancing: Casella Launches Orbi-Trace Smart-Tag to Support Workplace Social Distancing

Workers and businesses have never been more aware of the need for positive occupational hygiene culture than they are as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenge industry now faces in reopening is balancing worker health, the concerns of employee and legal and legislative responsibility around operating a ‘Covid secure’ workplace. Casella, expert manufacturer of smart monitoring technology, has developed an innovative, technologyforward solution to simplify social distancing in the workplace with the launch of the Orbi-Trace smart tag – a flexible social distancing solution that provides simple proximity alerts all the way up to full effective contact tracing. The body-worn Orbi-Trace smart tag is simple to operate, with a stop/start input and single LED power alert. It gives the wearer fully configurable vibration and audible alerts whenever a 2m safe distance is breached, and can operate indoors and out, with a battery life of up to seven days. The sophisticated Ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity is accurate in detecting distances down to

10cm accuracy – making it 20 x more accurate than Bluetooth. The connectivity will not cause interference with WIFI or other RF technologies. When combined with the wallmounted anchor unit and proprietary, free to use Infection Insights software, the Orbi-Trace can be used to generate connection graphs and risk and contact assessments, should an employee test positive for Covid-19. Adding additional anchor units to

the system expands this to full realtime contract tracking, giving users access to heat-maps of areas where social-distancing may be consistently challenging and a full contract tracing history, making enforcing controls much more straightforward. For those mediating employee privacy concerns, the Orbi-Trace system is also fully GDPR compliant. “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone on a business and personal level. But where there are challenges, there are inevitable solutions,” says Tim Turney, Casella Global Marketing Manager. “Businesses have proved their resilience and adaptability in getting staff safely back to work through the Pandemic, and now as those businesses look towards the future with a large-scale return to work, we are here to support them.” “The Orbi-Trace smart tag is a combined solution to the challenges employees and employees alike face in ensuring a Covid-secure, compliant workplace; maintaining social distancing, enforcing the correct control measures, contact tracing where needed and, most importantly, giving workers and workplaces vital peace of mind that their safety is top priority.”


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Altec Reinforces Focus On Automation and Engineering Capabilities in 2021 County Durham base Altec Engineering begins 2021 with a strengthened focus on the company’s automation and engineering capabilities following the sale of its CNC division in the latter part of 2020. Altec Engineering’s heritage spans four decades and the company’s reputation for high levels of quality and customer service over the years were the catalysts for diversification and growth. As the company developed, two distinct business units emerged – Engineering: covering special purpose automation, integration, tooling and fixtures, and CNC: responsible for the production of high quality and high complexity machined components. The recent sale of the CNC division now enables Altec Engineering to maintain a distinct focus on their core business areas, as explained by Lee Kerswell, Head of Business Development: “Now as a separate business Altec Engineering can forge ahead and implement our strategy of building upon our existing customer base and market sectors. The renewed focus within the UK on manufacturing and re-shoring brings with it an increase demand for

automation and technology based solutions, to allow manufacturers to achieve the productivity, quality and cost structure needed to remain competitive in a global market.” With an already strong team, the company is also currently recruiting additional resource within a number of areas of the business to facilitate the growth planned in 2021. Altec Engineering has established itself as a trusted partner to many different UK manufacturers, supplying a wide range of services and solutions including; automation, special purpose equipment, system integration, engineering support and toolmaking. The company is also recognised as integration partners for a number of the major industrial robot suppliers and many of the systems designed and manufactured for customers incorporate robots alongside a wide range of other proprietary technologies. The success of the business lies in its ability to design and build innovative and bespoke production automation systems, tailored to meet the demanding specifications of customers within multiple marketing sectors. The example shown here is typical of the systems designed and built by Altec, where multiple technologies are integrated to provide a fully automated production solution. Here a SCARA robot, together with a rotary indexing system, machine vision system and welding system are used to produce a range of different component parts at the rate of one every 6 seconds. A combination of quick change tooling and part variant selection via the machine HMI, makes for simple and intuitive operation whilst minimising the time required to change between part types. Altec also provide full system documentation and operator training for each system as part of a turnkey solution, including ongoing service and support. Altec’s Lee Kerswell concludes:” With an increasing number of UK companies now seeking to adopt greater levels of automation to mitigate the effects of skills and labour shortages, Altec, with our new focus is ideally positioned to support the drive to automate UK manufacturing.”

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Dual Detector Enables Sensitive Determination of Molecular Weight Distribution Testa Analytical Solutions e.K reports on the development and OEM supply of a novel combination refractive index / viscometry detector for Brookhaven Instruments Corporation (Holtsville, NY, USA).


olymer and plastics manufacturers offer very many different grades of commodity polymers such as poly(vinyl chloride), polyethylenes and polystyrenes. The Molecular Weight Distribution (MWD) of such polymers is a key item of information in tailoring their implementation for different end uses. The Brookhaven Instruments BI-RIVS is a combination RI and Viscometry detector used in SEC/GPC determination of polymer MWD using universal calibration. The BI-RIVS is a true dualdetector, refractometer and viscometer, the only one of its kind available. The refractometer is an integral component of the viscometer bridge, measurement of concentration and viscosity take place on the exact same sample segment, at the very same time. Compared to the more common “external” connection of the two detectors, the BI-RIVS Dual-Detector provides a factor of 2 to 5 higher sensitivity, near zero delay volume and unsurpassed overall performance. Carlo Dessy, Managing Director of Testa Analytical said, "Brookhaven Instruments is a leading supplier of state-of-the-art scientific instruments for solving challenging macromolecular characterisation problems. Brookhaven Instruments selected us to to develop this combination detector due to our decades of experience with GPC/SEC technology and applications“.


"TESTA Analytical is a highly respected manufacturer of specialist chromatography detectors with an impressive record of designing innovative solutions to target challenging and niche applications. They have proven themselves to be a reliable OEM partner who is capable of understanding the specific chromatographic needs of our target application and transforming these needs into a high-quality tailored solution“ Brookhaven Instruments reports. For further information on the BI-RIVS, please visit Backed by decades of experience, Testa Analytical has created a range of high-performance GPC/SEC detectors, GPC/SEC Pumps, accessories and software products customizable to meet your exact needs. Our team of knowledgeable technical and engineering staff are available to discuss your OEM needs and to provide seamless integration of our technology into your existing or new product. For further information please contact Testa Analytical Solutions on +49-30-864-24076 or Testa Analytical Solutions e.K. is a company dedicated to supplying the best possible instrumental solutions for characterization of polymers, particles, nanomaterials and proteins. Drawing upon over 30 years’ experience of technologies serving these markets, the staff at Testa Analytical are happy to share their knowledge with researchers worldwide to help provide them with a working solution for even the most demanding applications.

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February 2021


Pitch drive controllers from KEB play a central safety role in wind turbines KEB Automation is seeing an increase in demand for its drive controllers, motors and brakes for onshore and offshore wind turbines. Pitch and yaw drives, pitch motors, as well as pitch and yaw brakes from KEB, are proving popular as a central safety component in wind turbines, including the latest high power (10MW and above) turbines. "The trend is clearly towards ever larger, more powerful wind turbines," says Sebastian Eicke, applications engineer in the wind energy team at KEB Automation. "This is closely linked to the repowering of existing plants and the expansion of offshore wind farms." The manufacturers of wind turbines have special requirements that must be met. "In the wind sector, robustness plays an important role, as do long maintenance intervals, because the turbines are exposed to a wide variety of environmental conditions," explains Roger Brohl, product manager for the wind sector at KEB Automation. "From very cold to very warm, with high vibrations in the nacelle, which means drives and brakes have to withstand everything." Brohl continues: "The keyword here is safety. The pitch drives are a central safety component of the wind turbine. In the event of a power failure, a storm or a fault, they must ensure that the turbine blades reach a safe position – the so-called vane position." "In the Chinese market, we can probably call ourselves, without false modesty, one of the market leaders in pitch inverters," says Eicke. "For example, the new COMBIVERT 23P6 pitch inverter from KEB is particularly well suited to large wind turbines of around 10MW and above. The pitch drives are also joined by yaw drives for aligning the turbine in the direction of the wind – so-called wind tracking. The system can be completed with the use of KEB brakes and motors. The COMBISTOP range of spring-applied brakes, for example, are specially optimised for use in wind turbines, enabling universal installation on synchronous or asynchronous motors, for onshore, nearshore or offshore wind turbines."

Pitch drive controllers Specially developed for use in electrical pitch systems, the COMBIVERT P6 meets all the requirements for rotary use in the hub of wind power facilities with the


prevailing local vibration and temperature loads. In active operation, the electrical system output and speed of the hub are controlled by the rotor blade position. In case of failure of the turbine itself or in the supply network, the pitch inverter fulfils the task of protecting the wind power facility against dangerous overspeeds or brings it to a halt by fast turning of the rotor blades away from the wind.

Pitch motors The KEB Pitch Motor is specially designed to withstand these harsh environmental conditions and is based on the knowledge and experience gained from more than 10 years’ practical application 10,000plus installations. The KEB Pitch Motor is a synchronous servomotor with integral spring pressure. The Pitch Motor stands out due to its high efficiency, compactness and low weight. The motor is easily adapted to existing gearboxes by using different flange configurations. KEB Pitch Motors also meet the very highest requirements in terms of quality, dynamics and positioning accuracy.

Pitch and yaw brakes COMBISTOP spring-applied brakes from KEB are specially designed for use in wind turbines, enabling universal installation (onshore, nearshore and offshore) as addons for synchronous and asynchronous motors. The brakes are protected from corrosion, high vibration and impact and are configured for 100% power-ontime. The brakes are easy to install and are failsafe through the use of special continuous stroke-safe springs.

Yaw drive controllers Wind turbines with increasingly large rotors and tower heights are being built in the landscape. As the size and capacity increase, so do the requirements for drive controllers used to regulate and control them – in both the hub and the nacelle. Yaw drive controllers handle ‘yawing’ and are a key component for maximising turbine availability. In the offshore sector, minimising maintenance with maximum failsafe performance are key criteria. KEB offers variants from industrial use for azimuth applications using COMBIVERT drive controllers.

Remote maintenance COMBIVIS Connect software from KEB offers a VPN-based connection platform that provides reliable, secure access from anywhere in the world. The properties and possibilities of remote maintenance are directly integrated in many KEB control products. If third-party control systems are used in the wind power facility, the COMBICONTROL C6 router from KEB offers a universal solution for incorporating these components. Software drivers are currently available for more than 50 different manufacturers. The C6 router can also be equipped with the COMBIVIS HMI visualisation system. For more information on the KEB product porfolio for wind turbines, please visit


Renishaw launches the FORTiS™ range of nextgeneration enclosed linear absolute encoders Renishaw, the global metrology specialist, launches the innovative FORTiS enclosed linear absolute encoder series, for use in harsh environments such as machine tools. The FORTiS design is built upon industry-proven RESOLUTE™ encoder technology and provides high resistance to the ingress of liquids and solid debris contaminants. It features an extruded enclosure with longitudinally attached interlocking lip seals and sealed end caps. The readhead body is joined to a sealed optical unit by a blade, which travels through the lip seals along the length of the encoder. Linear axis movement causes the readhead and optics to traverse the encoder’s absolute scale (which is fixed to the inside of the enclosure), without mechanical contact. Customers can choose from two different extrusion profiles to suit their space requirements. The FORTiS-S™ linear encoder is the standard-sized encoder, available with measuring lengths from 140 mm to 3040 mm and is installed directly to a machined surface via flexure holes in the extrusion’s body. The FORTiS-N™ encoder, available with measuring lengths from 70 mm to 2040 mm, features a narrower cross-section extrusion and a more compact readhead to enable installations in confined spaces. This model can be mounted directly to a machined surface via two end cap mounting holes or a mounting spar for greater rigidity. Ian Eldred, FORTiS Principal Mechanical Engineer at Renishaw, highlights a range of unique and ground-breaking design features: “The new FORTiS enclosed absolute encoder range is the culmination of years of R&D effort at Renishaw. It delivers superior repeatability, reduced hysteresis and improved measurement performance due to an innovative non-contact mechanical design that doesn’t require a mechanical guidance carriage. Five years of accelerated life testing, under the harshest conditions, has enabled Renishaw to develop and refine the new advanced DuraSeal™ lip seals.

These offer excellent resistance to wear and machine tool lubricants, superior sealing and ingress protection up to IP64 when combined with air purge.” He continues, “FORTiS absolute encoders also feature integrated, specially-designed tuned mass dampers that deliver class-leading 30 g vibration resistance and push the limits of what enclosed encoders can endure. Installation of FORTiS encoders is quick and easy, which will help our customers save manufacturing and servicing time.”

Benefits of FORTiS absolute encoders The FORTiS absolute encoder series is designed to be robust and resistant to a wide range of mechanical shock and vibration effects. All FORTiS-S encoders, and FORTiS-N encoders when installed with mounting spars, are rated up to 30 g which ensures dependable metrology for even the harshest environments and demanding motion control applications. In addition to its extruded enclosure, FORTiS encoders are also protected against contamination by a further level of sealing: the readhead optical unit (which runs inside the enclosure) is itself sealed to IP67 to prevent contamination by liquids, swarf and other debris. Moreover, improved sealing of the FORTiS encoder enclosure reduces air leakage from the air purge system, resulting in lower operating costs and greater system longevity. FORTiS encoders feature a range of serial communications protocols

including BiSS C, BiSS Safety, Siemens DRIVE-CLiQ, FANUC, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic. The encoder dimensions also ensure space and bolt-hole compatibility with a wide range of alternative current and legacy systems. Unlike traditional installation methods, peripheral diagnostic equipment is not essential. Renishaw’s patented set-up LED and carefully designed installation accessories ensure intuitive and right-first-time installation that is substantially faster than more conventional systems, even in restricted locations. For enhanced functionality, installers can connect the Advanced Diagnostic Tool, ADTa-100, via a standard USB connector, to a PC running Renishaw’s ADT View software. This provides a user-friendly graphical interface of advanced diagnostic information, including key encoder performance parameters such as signal strength along the axis length. A permanent record of installation data can be saved providing confidence to both machine builders and users. Renishaw FORTiS absolute encoder systems have CE approval and are manufactured in-house using strict quality-controlled processes that are certified to ISO 9001:2015 and backed by a global sales and support network. Please contact your local Renishaw sales representative to discuss how the FORTiS absolute encoder series can help solve your metrology challenges. For more technical information about Renishaw’s new FORTiS enclosed linear encoders, visit


February 2021


double stage 3 phase mains filter SCHURTER introduces the FMBC EP doublestage filter family for 3 phase systems. Thanks to its particularly compact dimensions and high performance, the new filter series is ideally suited for the tight space conditions in today's machine and industrial plant construction. Due to versions with high nominal voltages, a particularly wide field of applications is possible.


Suitable for high EMC emissions The double-stage filter family is therefore also appropriate for applications with particularly high EMC emissions, as is frequently encountered in industry. Typical applications include machines and systems for automatic production, motor drives and industrial plant machinery. These powerful filters are also the first choice for modern frequency inverters for motor control.

Mounting The FMBC EP series features screw terminals for absolutely safe wiring. Thanks to the metal flange, an excellent earth connection is ensured when screwed to the chassis.

Wide temperature and voltage range The standard types can be used over a wide temperature range from -40 °C to 100 °C. The filters are designed for currents from 16 A to 230 A at an ambient temperature of 50 °C. They have both ENEC and cURus approval and are recommended for applications up to 520 VAC or even 760 VAC.

Leakage current The standard versions are designed for industrial applications with leakage currents <4 mA. Special variants with leakage currents <1 mA are available for leakage current critical applications. The completely redesigned FMBC EP models are the ideal replacement for all types of SCHURTER FMBC and FMBC NEO filters. They offer identical performance with significantly reduced dimensions and weight.

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pace is scarce in control cabinets for industrial applications in the 3-phase range. SCHURTER has addressed this problem with another complete filter redesign, which is much more compact than previous generations. The new, almost cuboidal design makes


optimum use of the space in the housing. Thanks to a double-stage filter and the use of the highest quality components (generously dimensioned film capacitors, chokes with highly permeable cores), the new development shines with exceptional broadband filter attenuation.

• Compact design with small footprint • Double-stage filter for high attenuation • High voltage versions • Wide temperature range

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LEEA Academy Awards recognise global achievement

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented the Academy Awards for 2020 during a special Zoom event on the morning of 17 December 2020, which celebrated the achievements of the Association’s global learners. The annual Academy Awards scheme acknowledges students who have achieved the highest of standards in learning and development, and is an important contributor to LEEA’s drive towards sustainability of the sector. Members of the Association’s Learning and Development committee presided over the categories to determine which students have excelled on their courses during the LEEA academic year to September 2020 to win the celebrated awards. The Gordon Loveridge Memorial Prize for the highest score in the Foundation Certificate Assessment went to Gavin West of Sprint Lifting Equipment Ltd; Danny Woodfield of Konecranes Demag UK Ltd; and Chris French of Bunzl Brand Operations. The Cyril McCaully Memorial Prize for the best paper in each of the advanced programme subjects was presented to Omar Alaa-ElDien Bahbah of Delta Inspection and Petroleum Services (DIPS) as the winner for Lifting Equipment General; Robert Clarke of OES Oilfield Services as the winner for Lifting Machines Manual; Gordon James Pilling of SNC-Lavalin Industrial Atlantic Inc for Lifting

Machines Power; Christopher Killen of Walter Watson for Runways and Crane Structures; Sajo Thundiyathu Jose of ABS Group Inc for Overhead Travelling Cranes; and Shafik Mohamed Shafik Mostafa of Tetralift SAE for Offshore Container Examination. The prestigious Harry Brown Memorial Shield for the best overall Advanced Programme assessment paper across all categories was awarded to Sajo Thundiyathu Jose of ABS Group. Ross Moloney, CEO of LEEA commented: “With winners coming from Australia, Egypt, Canada and the UK, the LEEA Academy Awards really showcased the international nature of our learning. These courses are ideal for our global industry and are accessible even during the pandemic – perhaps more so than ever before – and in non-English languages. I would like to congratulate all this year’s successful recipients and thank the LEEA team for organising the 2020 Academy Awards. We are looking at exciting developments for 2021.”


February 2021


Miniature precision bearings for dental drills In dental air turbines, miniature rolling bearings must overcome a very demanding set of challenges. As well as rotating at speeds of up to 500,000 rpm, these bearings must provide extremely quiet operation and meet rigorous hygiene requirements. NSK offers precision miniature bearings made from stainless steel especially for this application. Driven pneumatically by a turbine wheel, the two bearings in the head of the instrument ensure stable guidance of the drill during dental procedures. Miniature bearings, which have an outer diameter of just 6.35 to 7 mm, need to attain speeds of up to 500,000 rpm and stop very quickly. In addition, the bearings must avoid the generation of micro-vibrations and tolerate frequent cleaning and sterilisation, usually with hot, moist air in an autoclave environment.


or many years NSK has been developing and manufacturing precision miniature bearings for dental air turbines. Historically, these bearings were destined exclusively for the Asian dental equipment market, but today also for Europe. Among the materials used to make the bearings is ES1, a special stainless steel developed by NSK that provides significantly increased purity and corrosion resistance compared with the commonly selected AISI 440C (equivalent to ISO 1.4125). The high purity of ES1 stainless steel has a positive effect on bearing service life, since any inclusions or structure irregularities can cause stress cracks or flaking on the bearing raceway. Using ES1 also increases corrosion resistance. The rolling elements of NSK´s miniature bearings for dental drills are made of highperformance ceramics, while the cage material is either PEEK (a high-performance plastic) or Torlon® PAI (a polyamide-imides thermoplastic).


All of the components used within these miniature precision bearings achieve the highest levels of accuracy. This outcome applies equally to the reproducibility of the ball diameter as it does to the surface quality (roughness) of the raceway, and the roundness of the raceway and cage. NSK also offers dental bearings in the highest accuracy class ABEC9 (P2) while attaining a bore diameter sorted tolerance class from 0.0025 to 0.00125 mm, and from 0.00125 to 0 mm. The consequence: NSK bearings produce significantly less micro-vibration and emit less noise than comparable bearings from other manufacturers. These characteristics derive from factors such as considerable investment and research

in production technology, as well as the development of dedicated test and measurement processes for the various bearing sizes and types. NSK's range of precision miniature bearings for dental air turbines includes four series of deep groove ball bearings and angular contact ball bearings, with more than 40 different types and sizes. Along with typical external diameters of 6.35 to 7 mm, the bearings have a typical bore diameter of 3 mm for widths of 2.3 to 2.8 mm, while the lubricant is CF1, a low-viscosity, high-performance oil. Press pictureDental air turbines are equipped with two high-precision miniature bearings that reach speeds of up to 500,000 rpm


Vintage aeroplane restorer soars with Mazak machine investment Kennet Aviation, a leading restorer of vintage aeroplanes, has increased its capacity and ability to produce challenging bespoke parts by investing in a new turning centre from Yamazaki Mazak.


ennet Aviation specialises in the renovation and servicing of historic aeroplanes, including Supermarine Seafires used in World War II, to the stringent standards required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. With the aim of enhancing inhouse manufacturing capacity and growing its existing business, the company has invested in a stateof-the-art Mazak QUICK TURN 250MSY CNC turning centre. The new machine, which was built in the UK at the company’s Worcesterbased European Manufacturing Plant, has enabled Kennet Aviation to quickly produce high-accuracy, bespoke aircraft components, and significantly reduced the time taken to restore the aircraft. The investment has also opened up new business opportunities for Kennet Aviation by enabling the company to subcontract its capability to manufacture rare parts for vintage aircraft restorers and collectors worldwide.

A leading restorer of vintage aeroplanes has increased its capacity and ability to produce challenging bespoke parts by investing in a new turning centre from Yamazaki Mazak.

require very small batches, requesting parts from general subcontractors can be expensive and result in long lead times. We therefore decided to invest in a high-quality CNC machine tools to manufacture parts at Kennet, so we could bring selection, quality control, and timing in-house. “Mazak provided a brilliant service, and we have been very impressed with how quickly and accurately the QUICK TURN has been able to produce parts. In fact, it has been so successful that we have since invested in a second machine, a VCN530C vertical milling machine with an additional rotary axis, which arrived in December. Now it is up and running, we have 100 per cent capability to produce any parts we need for aeroplanes and even classic cars, which is a market we’re now making great strides in.”

Alan Mucklow, Managing Director UK & Ireland Sales & Service Division at Yamazaki Mazak, adds: “A nation’s history can be found in its vehicles, so it is fantastic organisations such as Kennet Aviation exist to preserve and protect our aviation heritage. “We are thrilled to have played our part in helping the company expand its machining capacity and generate new business in its highly specialist field. We are also excited to see how they have used Mazak machinery to expand into general subcontracting and renovating vintage cars.” For more information on Kennet Aviation, click here. For more information on Yamazaki Mazak’s QUICK TURN 250MSY CNC turning centre, click here.

Kennet Aviation’s new QUICK TURN 250MSY CNC has enabled the company to quickly produce high-accuracy, bespoke aircraft components, and significantly reduced the time taken to restore aircraft.

Tim Manna, Director at Kennet Aviation, comments: “Existing components for these older aeroplanes can be very rare, hard to find, and often not available anywhere. As we may only


February 2021


Wave Spring or Coil Spring? A comparison of Crest-to-Crest™ wave springs and round wire coil springs Crest-to-Crest™ wave springs can offer similar loads and deflection to traditional coil springs, but at around half the height. They can reduce axial space by up to 50 per cent, leading to an overall decrease in assembly size, weight and cost. For design engineers looking to utilise these benefits and discover if a Crest-to-Crest™ wave spring can replace a coil spring in their application, Simon Ward, technical manager at TFC, European partner of Smalley, answers some common questions about wave springs. What are the key differences? Wave springs and coil springs are both types of compression spring, primarily used to provide an axial force in either a static or dynamic application. However, there are differences. Coil springs are typically made of round wire, whereas wave springs are made from flat wire. This provides an opportunity to significantly reduce working heights within any assembly. Space-saving is key in medical applications, such as handheld instruments like dental tools and insulin pens, which must be lightweight and compact. A wave spring, true to its name, utilises a sinusoidal waveform to generate the required axial force. A Crest-to-Crest™ wave spring has multiple turns to build up the free height of the spring to achieve the required deflection characteristics. Another difference is the way that wave and coil springs store and release energy. A coil spring has a pitch angle and is torsional so it can twist as it compresses, meaning not all force is necessarily aligned with the axis. On the other hand, wave springs rely on bending — as load is applied, the waves begin to flatten, providing an upward force, allowing for complete axial load transmission.

How do I swap from using a coil spring to a Crestto-Crest™ spring? For design engineers currently using coil springs, switching to a Crest-toCrest™ wave spring needs careful


consideration. There is an extensive range of standard sizes that may suit but in 70-80 per cent of cases we will develop a bespoke design to maximise the benefits. Before designing any wave spring, it helps for TFC to understand the space constraints and the spring performance characteristics. The final design is then achieved by modifying the number of waves and turns, adjusting material cross section and wave heights. Choice of material also affects the design and will normally be dictated by the operating temperature and environment where the spring must function.

If a Crest-to-Crest™ spring does not suit the application, then we have several other options including single turn and nested springs. To identify the correct wave spring for your application, the best thing to do is work with a specialist. An experienced TFC engineer can help you find the ideal wave spring, to help you achieve design breakthroughs. For more information, visit smalley-wave-springs-spiroloxrings/wave-springs.


Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 8GB Starter Kit from OKdo now available through RS Components and OKdo Exclusive starter kit provides high-level experience at entry-level price RS Components (RS) and OKdo, trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, have announced the exclusive availability of a starter kit based on the 8GB version of the latest Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC). The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 8GB of RAM is the most powerful version of the Raspberry Pi SBC produced to date and the kit provides everything needed to take full advantage of that performance. This includes a 32GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Linux (NOOBS 3.1.1), a 5V power supply, HDMI and USB cables, an SD card reader, and an aluminium case with fan and heatsinks, along with OKdo’s ‘get started’ guide and ‘get inspired’ project handbook. As stated, in addition to an aluminium case and cooling fan, the kit also includes three heatsinks that can be attached directly to the board’s processor, the RAM and the USB controller. These hardware features enable users to make full use of the processor’s maximum operating speed of 1.5GHz. With 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM memory, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B supplied in the kit can outperform many desktop PCs. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B also features two micro-HDMI ports, meaning it can drive two external displays at the same time at up to 4Kp60 resolution. The two micro-HDMI to HDMI leads supplied in the kit allow users to make use of this new feature for even easier connection. The processor on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the most capable ever to be used in a Raspberry Pi; the Broadcom BCM2711 is a quad-core processor featuring four Arm® Cortex®-A72 64-bit cores based on the Armv8 architecture. Furthermore, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B extends its interface options and now offers two USB 3.0 ports alongside the two USB 2.0 ports. This is complemented by 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 BLE wireless connectivity, as well as Gigabit Ethernet. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B development kit with 8GB RAM, developed by OKdo and available exclusively through OKdo and RS globally, really does give makers and engineers easy access to the most powerful SBC available today. It can form the basis for the latest and most demanding applications in the fields of AI, robotics and Industry 4.0. Despite this high performance, it still provides easy access for educators and students a way to explore the highest level of processing performance at an entry-level price.



February 2021


T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito, European Sales Office, Gronauer Straße 1, 61194 Niddatal, Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970

Unit 3A, Whitworth Court, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1WA. Tel.: (0044)-330 002 0640,

Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

TR Fastenings LTD

European Corporate Office, Hambridge Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5TU 01635 279621

Trifast House, Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QW Free phone: 08454 811 800 E-mail:

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Blackfast Chemicals Ltd

26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660

Unit 5 Russell House , Molesey Road, Walton-onThames, Surrey, KT12 3PE 0207 339 7370,


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E:



Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF Tel: +44 1844204420



Foremost Electronics Ltd

Seepex UK Ltd.

14 Bluegate Business Park Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4PZ TEL: +44 (0) 1371 811171 FAX: +44 (0) 1371 810933 WEB:

3 Armtech Row Houndstone Business Park Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RW

HRS Heat Exchangers 0-12 Caxton Way Watford Business Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 8JY Email: Tel: +44 (0)1923 232 335

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Mecmesin Ltd Newton House, Spring Copse Business Park, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0SZ w: t: +44 (0) 1403 799979 e:

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BÜLTE GmbH Kunststofferzeugnisse Carl-Sonnenschein-Straße 22 D-59348 Lüdinghausen – Germany Phone: (+49) 02591 / 91 94 – 0

Wood Automated Systems UK (ATG – Systems) Tenter Road, Moulton Park Industrial Estate Northampton, NN3 6AX +44 (0)7827 327231

Lascar Electronics Ltd UK Module House Whiteparish, Wiltshire SP5 2SJ +44 (0)1794 884 567

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