Engineering Update - November 2021

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Next steps in manufacturing automation In today’s uncertain economic climate , there has never been a greater need for manufacturing to turn to bespoke automated solutions to bring new products to market faster.


nsuring business growth and success, by investing in automation that is designed fit for purpose, businesses can improve the efficiency of current operations, reduce costs and overheads, and create long-term sustainable processes..

Automate to thrive Strategic investment in automation helps businesses maximise profit from new and existing products, allowing teams to actively improve current operations and meet the ever-growing demands of clients, all with increased flexibility and fluidity. At Innomech, we understand the need to reduce cycle times, improve quality and ensure consistency across the board. And we know that manufacturing today focuses on productivity, profitability, and quality compliance. That’s why we define robust processes for the design and development of bespoke automated equipment. Providing you with: • Expertise in complex machinery design from the ground up. Designs involving mechanical and electrical design, software design, 3D design concepts, mechanical and electrical assembly, software integration, machine testing, and more. • Machine integration – working together, we understand there is often a requirement to integrate 3rd party equipment into existing machinery; we have the expertise and the systems to help.

Innovative solutions in: Assembly : Testing : Inspection Investing in the application of technology Customising routine processes, complex systems, and manual functions allows businesses to increase productivity and improve product quality and eH&S, whilst generating a substantial return on investment. Innomech has extensive experience and expertise in the design and integration of key technologies areas such as

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Polymer Additive Manufacturing – Not just for prototypes Not all polymer 3d printers were born equal. You may be familiar with rough surface finishes, poor material options and run-of the-mill, low-quality prototypes, but the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry has taken huge strides in material and machine development since the first polymer 3d printers came on the scene in the 1980’s. The number of technologies that now fall under the 3d Printing (or AM) umbrella and the quality of these is constantly increasing, as is the opportunity to use 3d printing for production components too.


olymer 3d printing is now regularly used to create robust engineering solutions for aerospace, automation, automotive, medical, and many other industries. Industrial-grade machines using laser sintering to additively manufacture components are among the most common used for serial production of AM parts. The beauty of this technology (laser sintering) is the absent need for support structures and the subsequent minimal requirement for post processing and finishing of parts. The result is a greater surface finish and part quality direct from the build process. The automotive industry is making large transitions in exploiting additive manufacturing and all the benefits it has to offer, with many car manufacturers making huge investments to bring the technology in house to develop and produce parts faster. Due to the fact there is zero tooling needed for 3d printing, the inherent design freedom allows for rapid iteration of prototypes as well as smaller batch production, without the high cost of moulding on in applications where the number of vehicles being produced is lower - examples of this being supercars, hypercars and race cars (Formula 1 etc.).

There are also many other instances where 3D printing can be used to improve a design and reduce its complexity for manufacture. For example, in robotic grippers where the ability to integrate complex channels alongside fixture areas and touch points for the objects to be picked reduces the need for assembly and complex machining strategies. This means that channels can be designed for functionality rather than machinability. Moving parts and part marking can also be built in to designs to reduce the need for further assembly or etching/tampography once a part has been manufactured. With the technology and materials now on offer, polymer 3D printing opens many doors to companies looking for solutions to complex design needs, tighter lead times, and cost reduction. AM is now an appropriate solution for serial production challenges that other technologies present and further machine and material developments will continue to disrupt conventional manufacturing as time goes on. Prototal UK, based in Newbury, have been 3D printing polymer parts and helping customers to exploit the benefits of the technology in a high number of applications for over 20 years. For more information visit Written by: Victoria May, Sales & Marketing Manager at Prototal UK


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Double-double: A paradigm shift in composites design and manufacturing

Quad laminates in collections of 0, ±45, 90 plies are more than 60 years old, and can be replaced by double-double (DD) in [±F/±Y] that are field-based with 4-ply thick building blocks, that can be repeated to become homognized laminates that are naturally symmetric, can be anisotropic in both in-plane and flexure, with ply drops in singles, positioned on the exterior surfaces so there are no defects in the laminate interior, and thinner laminates for lightly loaded areas that can save 50 percent weight, and greater cost savings. A simple card sliding technique was applied in the tapered stringer seen in Figure 1 by Erik Kappel, of DLR at Braunschweig. Weight savings of 41 percent with tapered feet and toes for strong bond to any base panel. Being a homogenized DD, no void and warppage were found. Similar application to a fuel tank shown in Figure 2 that also saved 38-40 percent weight.

The technology of DD is more rational, and the needed skills and knowledge can be acquired at the online Composites Design Workshop XXII, January 2428, 2022. Visit: for information and registration. Fee for full time graduate students is waived. New topics include a new e-book, 3D trace, master charts for buckling, more tapered components fabrication and test data, and unexpected features (negative Poisson’s ratio, and zero strain) from anisotropy over orthotropy. All made possible by DD laminates, which are as conceptionally simple as metals, but superior in their mastery over directional properties and to use tapering to reduce weight to less than 1/2 of aluminum. No more same old, same old, and famliar party lines: no need for mid-plane symmetry, balanced laminates, 10 percent rule, ply contiguity, 45 degree max angle differene, blending, many archaic philosophies and self-inflicted complexities. Our approach is based on innovations by practicing engineers, based on first principles in their books and journal publications, and supported by design tools, manufacturing technology and test data. There is only one material constant (trace) for laminate stiffness, not 4, 6, or 18; one laminate isotropic failure criterion with no need for ply-by-ply; oneaxis layup for multiaxial with no cross plying; one DD for entire component, not dozens of elements; and fully automatable processes with no internal discontinuities from exterior ply drops, and zero warping from homogenization. All sessions are recorded.

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

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Windows 11 versus Windows 10 IoT:

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he launch of Windows 11 is imminent; many in the industrial market will be evaluating what to use for their next project, this article gives a brief look at the benefits and/or the challenges presented by these two Operating systems. What is Windows 11? Windows 11 is the successor for Windows 10, it uses the same core architecture but with a range of functional and cosmetic differences, designed for use in a desktop environment. What is Windows 10 Enterprise IoT LTSC? It is generally known as Windows 10 IoT, but in a nutshell Windows 10 IoT is a stripped back version of Windows 10, with all the extraneous features such as Cortana, games etc. removed to make the overall footprint smaller. What are the key differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10 IoT? Footprint – Windows 10 IoT has a much smaller footprint when installed allowing for smaller drives. Cost – Pricing is dependent on which Processor is being used, meaning that Windows 10 IoT can be a more cost effective solution for Atom or low I core based systems. Productivity – Windows 11 offers the ability to easily layout desktops with a range of windows and when a second display is disconnected and then reconnected it will remember where those windows were and what was displayed.


Microsoft Team’s integration allows for easy communication between colleagues and customers. Compatibility – This is a tricky one to quantify as Windows 11 hasn’t been released into the public domain. However, Windows 10 IoT does can sometimes have compatibility issues with custom software, not often but it does happen. Windows 11 is built on the same core architecture as windows 10 but there are some differences which could give rise to compatibility issues in the short term. Longevity – For applications where you require long term OS support Windows 10 IoT is by far the better choice with availability of 10 years from launch without any changes other than patches and security updates. Windows 11 will go through a cycle of major yearly updates including feature updates. Hardware requirements – To install Windows 11 the motherboard must have UEFI secure boot and a TPM 2.0 module whereas

Windows 10 IoT has very few specific hardware requirements. Legacy – Windows 11 is 64bit only, 32bit software will still run under Windows 11 but 32bit processors are not supported, Windows 10 IoT supports both 64bit and 32bit Windows, processors and software. For more information visit Conclusion Windows 11 looks to be a great platform for office based tasks, with its easy desktop management and Teams integration. However, it may not fulfil many of the requirements of the industrial market which typically demands long term availability and support for a wide range of hardware Windows 10 enterprise IoT 2021 is due to be launched before the end of this year giving another 10 years of Windows 10 support which will likely secure Windows 10 IoT as the preferred OS for the industrial market.


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WOLF PROVIDES CERTIFIED LIGHTING FOR SAFE USE IN HYDROGEN ATMOSPHERES Hydrogen, a clean, carbon neutral energy source emitting no CO2, is often described as the fuel of the future, though it’s already used across a growing range of applications in the UK and overseas.


hile acknowledging that hydrogen’s ‘green planet’ credentials are highly encouraging, technical experts at Wolf Safety believe the risks it can potentially cause should not be underestimated. Hydrogen is an element which creates a highly hazardous explosive atmosphere, not only because of its low ignition and high combustion properties but also due to its tendency to leak easily from storage tanks. It is increasingly being used to power fuel cell vehicles including buses, trucks and a test train now on trial in Scotland. Future applications could include powering construction machinery, ships, even aircraft. Wolf Safety, global leaders in the design and manufacture of portable and temporary lighting for use in hazardous areas, are well aware of hydrogen related risks and offer safe, certified lighting solutions for use in hydrogen atmospheres. Says Michael Morley, the company’s Technical Director: “It is important that while developing new applications for hydrogen in pursuit of green and clean solutions, no-one should lose sight of its potential to cause explosion. “Engineers and technicians working in locations where hydrogen, or other explosive gases or vapours, could be present can be confident that Wolf has a safe, certified and effective portable and temporary lighting solution which can be tailored to meet their specific needs. “The use of ATEX or IECEx certified lighting is a vital safety precaution in hydrogen atmospheres.”


The company’s range of portable lighting, temporary lighting and power distribution solutions includes products already certified for safe use in workplaces where hydrogen gas could be present. They include Wolf’s robust yet highly portable WF-300®XL and WF-250XL LED floodlights which are used worldwide, especially by engineers inspecting, repairing and maintaining

storage tanks in the oil and gas industry. Mains and low voltage versions of floodlights and luminaires, battery powered LED work lights, torches, handlamps, head torches and warning lights are also available from Wolf Safety. For technical information visit:



ULTRASONIC THICKNESS GAUGE WITH HIGH TEMPERATURE PROBE The Cygnus 4+ General Purpose thickness gauge is a light, tough multi-mode thickness gauge. It features a sunlight readable display with Live A-scan, intuitive menu and sequential data logging for easy reporting and analysis. Used with Cygnus High Temperature Probe, the Cygnus 4+ can measure remaining wall thickness of high-temperature, in-service assets without shutdown or isolation.






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Additive Manufacturing for Semiconductor Capital Equipment Experience Performance, Productivity, and Reliability Improvement in Semiconductor Capital Equipment Semiconductor lithography and wafer processing equipment require constant innovation to meet the accuracy, speed, reliability, and productivity demands of increasingly complex microchip production. Additionally, the continual need for increased quality, improved total cost of ownership, reduced time to market, and minimized supply chain disruption persists. With decades of expertise in semiconductor applications and metal additive manufacturing, 3D Systems has a dedicated team that understands these challenges and can help semiconductor OEMs and suppliers overcome them. As a complete solution provider, we will collaborate with you on application development, helping you transition from prototype to production and enabling your own metal additive capabilities.

and reliability improvements for semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers and suppliers. We will look at how 3D Systems partners with manufacturers to build their AM capabilities, explore the five phases of our technology transfer process, and share additional ways we provide support and services to help you achieve your goals. We can help you quickly scale your manufacturing capabilities in order to improve accuracy, maximize performance, and achieve a higher lifecycle value.

How 3D Systems’ Technology Transfer & Consulting Services Benefit Semiconductor Capital Equipment Manufacturers In this eBook, you’ll learn how 3D Systems’ decades of experience and expertise helps integrate metal AM to drive performance, productivity,


Read this executive brief to see how semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers can integrate metal AM into their manufacturing processes to rapidly deliver optimized precision components that maximize the performance, quality, yield, and reliability of their equipment. With over two decades of semiconductor and additive manufacturing experience, 3D Systems will help you quickly adopt metal AM technology, giving you the control you need to produce highperforming, optimized parts.

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How Pump Selection Can Affect Total Cost of Ownership While considerations should be made on the total cost of ownership (TCO) when specifying a pump, the most important criteria should be that it is fit for purpose, to ensure optimal productivity. Selecting the wrong pump can prevent the pump from performing to its full potential and lead to unnecessary downtime, wear, maintenance and energy consumption, product damage or reduced uptime of the process. Before: Build-up in the pumps affected the flow, requiring 2-3 hours to clean each pump and equipment being replaced every 6 months. After: SEEPEX transfer pumps offer reliable performance, and ease of maintenance due to their simple pump design.


hen selecting a pump, factors such as the viscosity of the product being conveyed, flow rate or the operating temperature should also be considered. Not all pump technologies are equal. Some are designed to handle low viscosity, others for highly viscous and high solids content products. Shear-sensitive media, for example, requires a pump with low shear action. In wastewater treatment processes, polymers are used to thicken sludge by attracting all suspended fine particles to produce larger groups of solid materials through a process called flocculation. These flocculants are often extremely viscous and shear-sensitive once hydrated. Incorrect pump selection can affect the metering accuracy, damage

the polymer structure and potentially the efficiency of the thickening process. Wrong selection affects process performance A Water Company was using two multi-stage vertical centrifugal pumps to handle polyelectrolyte for use as a flocculant agent and transfer it from a ‘make-up’ tank where the powdered polymer was mixed with water to their daily service tank. However, build-up around the volute casing and impellers in the pumps severely affected the flow which required the pumps to be dismantled and cleaned – a process which took 2-3 hours per pump, and the pumps being replaced every 6 months. The use of centrifugal pumps to transfer viscous media reduces their

performance due to factors such as the effect of viscosity on the impeller, reduction in flow and the increase in horsepower required. But also their pumping action generates high shear, making them unsuitable to handle shearsensitive products. To address these challenges, SEEPEX was engaged to offer a costeffective pumping solution. The right pump for the duty To meet the application’s requirements, SEEPEX selected progressive cavity pumps from their BW range for transferring the viscous polymer. Simple and compact for quick and straight forward maintenance.

speed and have minimal pulsation, producing the lowest mechanical stress and minimising product shear damage. Additionally, in a PC pump the stator is cleaned by the action of the rotor, eliminating any chance of product build-up and subsequent blockages which would otherwise affect pump performance. No onward cost since installation SEEPEX’s intervention has resulted in cost-savings for the customer as the new PC pumps have not suffered from blockages, used any spare parts or required maintenance since they were installed in 2018.

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KMF invests over £1m in new equipment to increase efficiency

Precision Sheet Metal firm KMF has invested in two new Laser Profiling Machines which will increase cutting speeds, reduce operating costs and allow a greater range of materials to be processed.


MF has ordered two 3030 (L95) New Generation machines. The machines are state of the art, fibre lasers from Trumpf and join a full array of high end Trumpf sheet metal processing equipment. Laser profiling is the first physical stage in the processing of sheet metal-based products and so any gains are felt throughout the manufacturing process. The new lasers are estimated to improve average run times by up to 50% and potentially result in 60%+ reductions in the average machine running cost.. The £1.2m assets have been ordered to replace two existing older machines. The existing machines comprised of an early technology fibre machine and a traditional Co2 laser, both of which have been operational in a 24/7 capacity since early 2012. Commercial Director Keith Nicholl said: “Faster machines means that we can continue to offer a competitive solution to our customers at a time when resource costs are rising. As well as being faster the machines are more


comprehensive and more accurate which allows us to build on our reputation of producing consistent quality products in high volumes. We’ve had a very positive first half of the year and we’re continuing to grow, so we need to invest in newer, better machinery to accommodate our customers and their ambitions.” The new lasers also have more capacity to cut through heavier gauge and a larger range of sheet-based materials. One of the existing lasers is a 3030 (L41) and has a maximum cutting thickness of 20mm of mild steel, 15mm of stainless steel and 10mm of aluminium. Both new lasers add 5mm more scope on the steels and an additional 10mm in aluminium. They will also cut through 8mm copper and brass. Keith added: “We have now signed for the equipment and we’re looking forward to the delivery and install dates in the new year.” To find out more about the KMF Group visit:


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Compact, electromagnetic benchtop marking system with integrated control unit The compact benchtop marking system FlyMarker mini 120/100 STATION is the perfect addition to the already proven FlyMarker mini series. The dot peen marking system is an all-in-one device, which means that the control unit is directly integrated in the housing. Due to the electromagnetic driven marking pin, no compressed air supply is needed. Besides the attractive price-performance-ratio, the marking system convinces due to its easy handling. The benchtop marking system must only be set on the work surface and be connected to the power supply – now the work can already start. The large marking area of 120x100 mm is equipped with a switchable LED-lighting, which makes the adjustment of the workpieces to be marked very easy. Due to the integrated, highquality guiding systems, highest stability and with this a very precise marking result can be guaranteed. In addition to the standard fonts in the 9x13- and 5x7 grid, logos and Data Matrix codes can be marked optionally. The marking force can be adjusted individually depending on the material to be marked. Nearly all materials can be marked – from plastics, aluminum, stainless steel up to hardened steel. The input of the marking file can be done either via an USB-keyboard or optionally via a capacitive touchscreen. The input screen is integrated directly on the marking head – no further screens or control units are necessary. For the data transfer an USB-A, an USB-B and an Ethernetinterface are available. Thanks to the lever movement of the release handle, work pieces can be exchanged very fast and easy, without the need to adjust the marking pin distance each time. Using


the laser pointer which is integrated on the benchtop marking system, the marking process can be simulated directly on the work piece and with this incorrect markings can be avoided.









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REMBE goes West:

New Premises in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA REMBE Inc., the American Branch of REMBE GmbH Safety + Control, headquartered in Brilon, Germany has just moved into its new premises in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The brand name REMBE is worldwide renowned for superior quality and performance in industrial safety solutions such as Turn-Key Dust and Gas Explosion Protection Systems and Pressure Relief Devices like rupture discs or breather valves. REMBE has successfully protected numerous sites across the U.S. and Canada ranging from wood manufacturing factories to critical processes in chemical, food and pharmaceutical industry. "When we started our operations in 2006 we faced tough times to convince American Prospects to rely on a non-American product“ reflects Stefan Penno, CEO of the parent company in Germany. "However, the REMBE Quality convinced not only multi-nationals but local producers as they quickly recognized how much money they save with a tailor-made solution that keeps their process running without unwanted interruptions“ adds Stefan Penno. REMBEs approach is not just selling commodity items but develop bespoken solutions and engineer total safety concepts including full service from Start-up to regular maintenance.


The company had a first breakthrough end of the 80s when introducing the technology of flameless venting. Most famous product those days was the Q-Rohr, a quench pipe with incorporated vent panel that retards not only explosion flames but reduces heat emission. Allowing operators to vent an explosion wherever they want allowed OEMs to position their equipment according to efficiency criteria rather than placing filters, hoppers or bins close to a wall to vent the explosion to outsides but compromising with unnecessary pipe length. "Guaranteeing both, a safe process and maximum business continuity is worth a few bucks more than just installing something and hoping for the best“ underlines Dr. Gerd Mayer, President of REMBE Inc.

With office, Assembly, Warehouse and Manufacturing Space of more than 1000 sqm and a total 23,000 sqm Ground, REMBE Inc. has enough room for expansion over the next years. Currently employing 17 Engineers and Workers the company is constantly exploring new fields of Business in North America whilst serving its existing Customer Base. Located only 20 Minutes away from Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC and with mobile Senior Consultants all over the continent, REMBE Inc. is ready to support their clients with on-site Consultancy and Engineering within hours. Spare parts are stocked in Fort Mill and sameday delivery now is just another Pro to protect equipment with REMBE Technology. Contact:

Today REMBE also offers a complete range of rupture discs. Applications such as FPSOs or infrastructure critical Power Supply Stations like Transformers are protected by the German engineered products named STAR or SFD, so-called forward acting rupture discs that are produced from noble alloys and with the REMBE typical passion and precision.

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SICK’s NextGeneration Ruler3000 Offers a Fast Track to Breakthrough 3D Vision Power SICK has unveiled the first in a new generation of Ruler3000 3D streaming cameras, designed to offer a fast track for integrators to harness the unmatched speed and measurement precision of SICK’s high-definition 3D imaging technology. The SICK Ruler3000 sets a new standard for high-speed 3D image quality in an easyto-integrate, pre-calibrated device. The Ruler3000 combines SICK’s groundbreaking Ranger3 streaming camera with a Class 2 eye-safe laser, pre-selected optics and fixed geometries to enable much simpler configuration and commissioning. With industry-standard compliance giving comprehensive access to machine vision software tools, the Ruler3000 dramatically cuts time and complexity when integrating more demanding inspection, measurement and robot guidance tasks across a wide range of industries. “With today’s demands for higher throughputs, more accurate quality control and flexible, batch-orientated production, the pressure is mounting to deliver more speed and accuracy from 3D machine vision systems,” says Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement and Ranging. “The SICK Ruler3000 is an exciting prospect for OEMs, system integrators and accomplished 3D vision end users. Because so much of the configuration and commissioning work is already done, you can rapidly shortcut to integrating a continuous stream of industry-standard data into higher level systems or robot controls. And, with accurate 3D, reflectance and scattered light measurements in one device, you can evaluate several aspects of the inspection simultaneously to achieve optimum control and measurement confidence.” Powerful Streaming Camera Powered by SICK’s highly sensitive CMOS sensor and innovative ROCC (Rapid


On-Chip Calculation) technology, the Ruler3000’s integrated streaming camera scans reliably at rapid production speeds. It processes up to 15.4Gp/s to enable up to 7000 full-frame 3D profiles per second. The Ruler3000 extracts the true 3D shape of an object, regardless of its contrast or colour, as well as simultaneously capturing greyscale and scattered light measurements, so image processing and measurement precision can be optimised. The Ruler3000’s high light sensitivity enables accurate inspection of even very dark or highly-reflective materials, while its High Dynamic Range (HDR) function allows components with widely-differing light remissions such as tyres and shiny metal assemblies to be captured successfully in a single scan. Outstanding Performance The SICK Ruler3000’s outstanding performance on light, dark, reflective and contrasting surfaces, together with its guaranteed field of view, make it ideal for high-end inspection and precise localisation duties, when mounted above a conveyor or on a robot arm. It is therefore likely to find diverse applications in industries including electronics, automotive components, consumer goods, food and beverage and pharmaceutical production. Simple and Versatile Integration Integration is made even simpler by the user-friendly Stream Setup interface. The newly developed SICK GenIStream API facilitates integration for C# and C++ users. Full compatibility with industry standards such as GigEvision and GenICam, provides plug and play access to third party software such as HALCON and LabVIEW. In addition,

developers have all the flexibility of SICK’s AppSpace software development platform with its wide range of image processing tools and application examples. The highly accurate SICK Ruler3020 is the first release in the Ruler3000 product family. It delivers 3D profiles at up to 7kHz full format, or up to 46 kHz with a reduced region of interest. Measurements are output in millimeter values with a Z-resolution from 8-15µm and an X-resolution from 63-88µm, assuring very high definition to inspect even extremely dark or reflective surfaces, as well as to output precision data for accurate robot guidance. Accurate measurement values are assured down to 8 µm in height. The guaranteed field of view concept of the SICK Ruler3020 ensures commissioning is easy. SICK plans to release more variants with differing fields of view during 2021. With a compact design, the IP65/67 SICK Ruler3020 can cope with harsh industrial environments without the need to design expensive protection in the machine. For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

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Forresters supports companies with their commitment to cut carbon As the UK works towards its goal of reaching net zero by 2050, Forresters is proud to be one of the many companies that is committed to cutting carbon emissions.


he leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys has made a number of changes to ensure it is working towards a greener future. At the same time, it is helping other businesses create technologies that are enabling the UK to work towards its ambitious environmental targets. It is thanks to the many innovative businesses across the UK that the country has been able to set a target of reaching net zero emissions. Recently, it was revealed that the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy generation – and that includes floating offshore wind energy projects. The UK has more capacity than anywhere else in the world, and some of those


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Adapting Lens Field-of-View or Image Format Lens adapters from Resolve Optics Ltd. are characterised by their ability to change the field of view or image format of the lenses they are designed for, while maintaining high resolution, distortion-free images. The Model 287 wide angle zoom lens adapter was designed to provide a true 0.5x field of view whilst maintaining minimal distortion and high resolution throughout the zoom range of your camera The excellent performance of this product was achieved by designing the adapter to work with the moving entrance pupil of a zoom lens. Adapters that are not designed for s specific zoom lens are likely to display reduced image quality and possibly clipping of the image through the range of the zoom. The Model 287 lens adapter is an example of an adapter designed for a block camera with integrated 30x zoom lens. The 287 adapter offers full ‘zoom through’ capability resulting in high contrast images regardless of zoom position whilst still maintaining both resolution and focus to the very edges of the image.

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Flexible Format Non-Browning Zoom Lens The Model 290 from Resolve Optics is a motorised 6x non-browning zoom lens with a range of mechanical options to optimally suit different applications that may be subject to radiation.. The Model 290 is a versatile non-browning zoom lens that is widely used in nuclear fuel handling operation, reactor active zones and radioactive waste storage plants. For applications where space is limited the version of the Model 290 with concentric motor is recommended. In environments subject to electronic interference a version of the Model 290 is available with noise suppression to minimise degradation of optical performance. Employing special cerium doped glass elements, the Model 290 can withstand long term exposure to high levels of radiation (up to a total dose of 100,000,000 rad) and temperature (55 °C) without loss of transmission. Zoom, focus and iris movements on the Model 290 are motorised using radiation-tolerant DC-motors to facilitate remote operation in hazardous environments. Operating at f/1.8 the Model 290 provides high image resolution and minimum geometric distortion throughout the spectral region 400-750nm. The Model 290 is optimised for use with single chip 1/2" and 2/3" CCTV cameras as well as Newvicon and Chalnicon tubes. For further information about the Model 290 Motorised NonBrowning 6x Zoom Lens please visit non-browning-lenses/ or contact Resolve Optics on +441494-777100 /


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TREND Networks launches seven new fibre testers TREND Networks has expanded its fibre testing range with seven affordable new products in the FiberMASTER series. A simple handheld OTDR, PON OTDR, Power Meter and Light Source, and Inspection Probe will enable cable installers to get the dependable test results needed, while saving time on training, and thousands of pounds. The new testers uniquely feature industry-leading dynamic range, enabling users to test longer fibers, PON systems and to maintain accuracy on high-loss fibers.

models, the OTDR includes easy to understand visual event maps to help even novice users to interpret test data correctly.

“Demand for fibre cable is growing as high data volumes and bandwidth requirements are increasing. At the same time, skilled technicians are hard to find and technicians coming into the industry often have minimal training,” says Tim Widdershoven, Marketing Director for TREND Networks. “The new range is designed so that even those with limited experience or training can quickly be up and running, carrying out accurate tests while saving more than 50% compared to other premium brands.”

Convenient and handheld, installers can quickly access a wide range of key troubleshooting data with the OTDR, such as distance to fault, length measurement, and distance to connectors or splices via the tester’s intuitive user interface. For dependable accuracy, distance is independently verified by German test laboratory GHMT AG in accordance with the Telcordia GR-196 specifications. Professional PDF reports can also be generated at the end of the job. A PON (Passive Optical Network) OTDR model for telecoms applications is also available.

For instance, the new FiberMASTER OTDR, designed for Tier 2 fibre cable certification, is among the smallest touchscreen OTDRs in the world and is designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA to ensure quality. It features simple setup to ensure test accuracy to ISO/TIA/IEEE standards. Available in Quad, Multi-Mode and Single-Mode

The range also includes a high-quality Power Meter and Light Source kit to get reliable, instant results to identify how much loss there is on a cable, to support reporting of multi-mode and single-mode cabling. Fibre optic connectors are tested to industry standards to provide a Pass/ Fail result, and test records and reports can be saved and generated.

The FiberMASTER OTDR, PON OTDR and Power Meter and Light Source all work with the compact new FiberMASTER video inspection probe to capture images of the connector on each end of the cabling, so that users can check for dirt or damage. The handheld tester provides automatic Pass / Fail results to the standard for connector end faces. “A video inspection probe is truly an essential for any kind of fibre optic measurements or troubleshooting,” says Tim. “When fibre optics have problems it’s usually due to contamination on connectors that you can’t see with the naked eye. You should always check a connector is clean before you test it, as dirt will affect the accuracy of your results. Similarly, you can avoid wasting time on repairs if it is only cleaning that is needed.” The new range of FiberMASTER products has been developed at TREND Networks’ Research & Development excellence centre for fibre products in the USA, which has more than 30 years’ experience developing OTDRs and other fibre testing equipment. “Testers are renowned for being a significant investment, so our new product range is affordably priced so that cable installation companies can ensure that all technicians have the quality testers they need, whenever they need them, and don’t have to share equipment,” explains Tim. “As a global brand, our efficiencies in production, vast experience, and economies of scale in engineering and development enable us to keep costs competitive, while still maintaining all the product benefits.” The FiberMASTER series ideally complements the existing range of TREND Networks testers. It is available to pre-order now from TREND Networks distributors or direct from the online shop at .


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Engineering: Your recruitment for 2022 and beyond Unless you have been under a rock for the last few years you or your business will have been impacted by Covid, BREXIT supply challenges and skills shortages.


he Government has repeatedly stated that employers need to help themselves by using the existing solutions and here the engineering sector is potentially in better shape than most. The Government wants a high skilled, high wage workforce but has acknowledged that in certain areas skills gaps exist and has provided a route through the immigration maze. However few engineering entities have pursued getting a license to provide visa support. It is hard to know why? It is true that the application process is paperwork heavy, but it is straight forward. A license lasts for 4 years. You can use a DIY route by applying directly, but it is not recommended and any mistakes along the way sends you to the back of the queue.

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STERTIL CLOSED DOOR DOCKING SYSTEM ELIMINATES TEMPERATURE AND HYGIENE PROBLEMS Stertil Dock Products has an enviable reputation for developing proven handling solutions for manufacturing companies, distribution centres and warehousing sites throughout the world. This expertise often embraces the introduction of solutions to meet the specific requirements of the food industry where temperature control and hygiene is of the utmost importance. The unique Stertil Closed Door Docking system combines a smooth and safe loading and unloading operation with comprehensive protection against external temperatures, draughts, dust, insects and vermin. This is achieved by a controlled sequence of movements involving lorries, inflatable dock shelters, dock levellers and loading bay doors. At the heart of the Closed Door Docking System is the Stertil WI-Series inflatable


dock shelter which features inflatable top and side cushions to ensure a virtually airtight seal between docked lorries and the warehouse building. This allows all loading and unloading operations to be completed swiftly and safely. For those applications where improved seals are required, the WI-Series dock shelter may be installed with additional draught sidecurtains to help seal the gaps created by vehicle ‘barn’ doors. Installed to operate in tandem with the WI-Series inflatable dock shelter is Stertil’s X-Series stepped frame dock leveller. Incorporating an infinitely adjustable telescopic lip, the leveller ensures the smooth and safe movement of loads between a vehicle and the loading bay. To accommodate the widest range of load sizes, the X-Series leveller may be specified complete with varying lip lengths up to 1000mm. The leveller is also easy to operate using a

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Sludge Cake to Liquid in Minutes Yorkshire Water Knostrop is a large wastewater treatment plant servicing a growing population of 800,000 people. The decision was taken to rebuild the works with standard digestion and a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. The contract was given to build a facility to process indigenous sludge and imported dewatered sludge cake.


EEPEX had previously installed 12 large progressive cavity pumps on site, pumping sludges to an incinerator which had come to the end of its asset life. Over many years these pumps had proven to be reliable, and SEEPEX had built a well-established relationship with both the end user and their logistics hub.,

Reliable operation under extreme conditions Knostrop is a sludge treatment centre that not only produces indigenous sludge but also receives five daily loads of dewatered sludge by truck five days a week from satellite sites in West and North Yorkshire. Each load had to be processed in under an hour to prevent vehicle backup. The application required a pump to receive imported dewatered sludge from a large reception belt facility and process 28 tonnes of 30% DS cake with high grit and rag content into a 6% DS homogenous mixture. The resultant total volume after mixing was 150m3/h which was then fed to the digesters. The pump had to run up to eight hours a day and achieve a constant dry solids mix and operate reliably under these extreme conditions.

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selection software and algorithms. Choosing the correct amount of dilution/side stream liquid to thin the cake is important to achieve the 6% DS required to optimise digestion. Two large TVE open hopper pumps with an auger feed screw were selected, these were fed from the imported sludge reception facility. Each pump was designed to handle a capacity of 150m3/h of back mixed sludge and pump 30% DS dewatered sludge cake in the absence of dilution liquid. A homogenous mix was achieved within the pump hopper by the auger feed screw and appropriately positioned dilution connections. A reliable 6% DS mixture was delivered by monitoring the pump’s speed and discharge pressure by controlling the amount of dilution liquid being added to the pump hopper.

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Bespoke Diamond Tooling at its best for over 60 years John Emptage – Sales & Marketing Manager, DK Holdings Limited

Diamond is pure carbon in a cubic crystal structure and the hardest of all known materials to man. Many applications in the Engineering industry benefit from the use of this natural resource, especially processes machining difficult materials such as Tungsten Carbide, Glass and Composites. Diamond tools enable faster production cycle times, as well as extended life and allow accurate tolerances of shape and size required. All this aides production lines to operate at a competitive level and also helps reduce environmental impacts due to efficient workflows.


Holdings designs, manufactures and supplies bespoke and off-the shelf diamond and CBN products including electroplated, resin bonded and its renowned flexible material to name a few from their modern ISO accredited production facilities in the heart of Kent. On the 3rd and 4th November, the company’s specialist team of sales engineers will be showcasing bestsellers old and new at the hotly anticipated Advanced Engineering show at the NEC in Birmingham, stand L52 in hall 3/3A. The team will be exhibiting a selection of their special tools including blades,

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Autumn is here! --- Time to Karl Lycett – Rittal UK Climate Control Product Manager Finally! The temperature seems to be reducing to a more bearable level, the nights are slowly drawing in and... do I see a hint of colour change in the trees? That’s right Autumn is upon us once again and that can only mean one thing… It’s time to stop, look back at the summer period and understand how things went. Did you see • Electrical equipment under stress? • Unexpected breakdowns? • Emergency repairs needed on critical equipment? If any of this sounds familiar or has happened to you, now is the perfect time to put plans into place to make your life easier when next summer hits. Servicing, upgrading or even specifying some brand-new Climate Control to protect your equipment is one of the most effective ways of creating a protective environment

for your sensitive electrical equipment within your enclosures and ensuring it lasts for many summers to come. Even if your cooling equipment is upto date, there is always an opportunity to make small improvements which will increase your overall efficiency. A great example is the implementation of Industry 4.0 principles, simply put this is taking any data generated by cooling equipment and allowing it to be directly reported into your building management systems or straight to the relevant person in charge of managing the health of your electrical equipment. This reduces the need for daily walk round with a clipboard, making notes of any issues. This old-style approach can result in

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reflect things being missed and breakdowns occurring unexpectedly, however, with solutions now available you can choose to have e-mails sent directly to key personnel whenever limits have been reached and warning flags are showing. This means staff are utilised more efficiently and can be safe in the mind that they will be notified if any issues begin to arise. Now never fear, we know that your sole focus doesn’t lie on Climate Control, you have more important things to worry about, mainly keeping your business up and running and producing for your customers. That is where Rittal is here to help. Over the next three months we are going to cover a different theme related to Climate Control but with the focus on how you can utilise this information to get the most out of your equipment, by creating that protective environment and allowing it to thrive and stay healthy. This takes the workload off you when the temperature starts to rise again and allows you to concentrate on more important matters on site while in the back of your mind knowing you have implemented systems to keep your equipment chugging along.

replacement of spare parts etc. If items are tripping out every year, this causes a high level of wear on components which can result in more order being produced to replace burnt out cards etc.. All of these small changes are going to impact your bottom line and overall efficiency. The next Three months topics are going to be as follows, with different media every week to support the overarching theme –

The additional benefits of undertaking this action is the reduction in energy usage and costs related to the


September of Cooling

If you feel like any of the topics mentioned above would be of benefit to you, then keep your eyes peeled on our social channels for the contact to begin rolling in September. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions or would like the information sent straight to your inbox, send an e-mail to and one of our colleagues will get in touch to help

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Design Engineering Expo, taking place on the 8-9 June 2022, is the brand new dedicated event for future-thinking design engineers (of all levels) to meet, share ideas, source innovative solutions and be inspired.


ith innovation at its heart, the free to attend 2-day event will invite attendees to uncover the latest innovations and technologies driving the sector, celebrate the successes and reveal those breaking engineering boundaries. It provides an unrivalled opportunity to connect with suppliers to help gain a competitive edge and optimise future design strategy. Running alongside Design Engineering Expo will also be Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo and Maintec, the events together will showcase end-toend manufacturing and engineering solutions, under the umbrella of Manufacturing & Engineering Week.

Inspiring keynotes Packed with invaluable content, the main stage will host an unrivalled line up of inspiring leaders and innovators pushing the boundaries of design engineering, they’ll explore the latest success stories, debate current challenges and offer how-to sessions to improve process and strategy.

CPD accredited sessions Delivering tangible value for time away from the desk, Design Engineering Expo will provide a programme of CPD accredited workshop and conference sessions, imparting practical advice and know-how to contribute to personal and professional development.

Whatever your current design challenge, this is an incredible opportunity for design engineers to meet face to face with experts and leave armed with ideas and solutions to apply.

Market leading suppliers Design Engineering Expo showcases leading-edge innovation together with the latest advances allowing design engineers to speak directly with those who are driving the industry. Here, the UK’s design engineering community can connect directly with leading suppliers from design ser vices, electronics components, embedded design through to testing and measurement to drive efficiencies and propel the future of design engineering in the UK.

Industry backing The Institute of Engineering Designers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, MAKE UK, the Women's Engineering Society & Advanced Propulsion Centre are official partners and are joined by an esteemed panel of experts on the Advisory Board including; Libby Meryick, CEO, Institute of Engineering Designers, Eric Wilkinson, CEO, Cambridge Consultants, Andrew Burrows, Director, PA Consulting, Philippa Oldham, Partnerships Director, Advanced Propulsion Centre and Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive, MAKE UK. The incredible industry backing indicates the importance and timely relevance of the event for the sector. “Design doesn’t stop – it’s dynamic, forthright and exciting, and the IED is supporting the launch of Design Engineering Expo to help showcase all of these elements and the outstanding work of the design community now and in the future.” Libby Meyrick, Chief Executive, Institution of Engineering Designers

Why now? The UK remains a global force for engineering and manufacturing; driving


innovation, leading on the industrial agenda, the green economy, industry 4.0 and being at the forefront of the response to the global pandemic, however in a post-Covid and postBrexit world, Britain’s standing, and its future, will require engineering and manufacturing to grow and strengthen. Design Engineering Expo, part of Manufacturing and Engineering Week, seeks to celebrate the sector, showcasing innovation, sharing successes and future insight, raise critical discussion and is a destination for professionals to source suppliers and solutions in order to secure the right partners to keep them competitive and grow the UK sector. “There has never been a more important time for our sector to pull together and to work together, to create a shared agenda, help promote and encourage manufacturing and engineering innovation, and see our sectors grow and Manufacturing and Engineering Week will do exactly that. I am delighted to be part of the Advisory Board and that MAKE UK are a partner for this groundbreaking event.” Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, MAKE UK

Get involved Design Engineering Expo, together with the collocated events of M&E Week, offers an undeniably value packed event celebrating the sector. Visitors will save time sourcing new partners, have unrivalled access to industry leaders through inspirational content, stay up to date and return with ideas and solutions in order to stay ahead of the competition. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to meet face to face and do business with thousands of design engineers from OEMs large and small. To find out more about Design Engineering Expo and M&E Week visit or follow us on Twitter @DesignEngExpo and LinkedIn @DesignEngExpo.

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Image top: Both the LPML and the LPL fit in conventional trusses. Image below: The LPML weighs a modest 12kg (20kg with 18m lifting height) and delivers a lifting capacity of half a ton.

Lift Turn Move Expands GIS Chain Hoist Stock Lift Turn Move (LTM) has expanded its stock of GIS lightweight D8 chain hoists of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector. GIS-owned LTM is the UK supplier of the Swiss-made electric chain hoists, control systems, and additional material handling equipment. As riggers continue to demand the lightest possible chain hoists, Wirralbased LTM is receiving heightened demand for the LPML and higher capacity LPL chain hoists—both capable of lifting over 40 times their own weight. The LPML weighs a modest 12kg (20kg with 18m lifting height) and delivers a lifting capacity of half a ton. The LPL meanwhile lifts 1,000kg, and when fully equipped for an 18m lifting height weighs in at just 39kg (23kg net weight). The hoists were originally introduced as a supplement to the popular GIS D8+ hoists, used for static suspension of loads over people. Hoists to the standard D8 specification may also be used for static suspension of loads, but it is essential to have a secondary suspension, such as a load arrestor, for example. The hoists are manufactured in accordance with EN14492 and DIN56950. David King, managing director at LTM, said: “Both hoists are highly robust yet still light, thanks to the aluminium housing and covers. The design of the chain hoists in accordance with protection class IP65 (as standard) protects them against dust and


water. This makes them ideal for both mobile and outdoor use. They are extremely quiet running due to closed threestage transmission with helical gearing and grease permanent lubrication.” Other standout features include case-hardened profile steel chain with minimum five-fold static safety, modular configuration, quick assembly and disassembly thanks to polygonal couplings and low maintenance. King added: “In comparison to a round steel chain, the case-hardened profile steel chain offers approx. 11% more capacity with the same nominal diameter. This is one of the main reasons behind the optimisation of the net weight. The skeleton load hook with stable, guided hook safety catch and damping system offers maximum safety.” A second independent DC spring-loaded brake can be mounted on the existing shaft in just a few steps without the need of a housing extension. Further options include low voltage control, limit switch for highest and lowest hook position, load, and path measurement (LPL), trolleys, flight cases and controls. Thanks to the compact design, both the LPML and the LPL fit in conventional trusses. Transporting the chain hoists from one event to the next can therefore take place while still installed to save space, or in a transport case.

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

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Efficient material flow thanks to Kanban components The Kanban principle is usually used to optimise material supply in assembly and production processes. Workpieces and assembly material are supplied to the individual process stations via flow racks with roller tracks or roller conveyors. This ensures fast and efficient provision of material in accordance with production control. By avoiding unnecessary lifting tasks, there is also less strain on the employees. Roller tracks are used in flow racks or Kanban racks to ensure that the handling cases and cardboard boxes are transported safely. They are available in lengths of up to 4500 mm. The roller spacing is either 33 mm or 49.5 mm. In the case of longer roller tracks or higher loads, it is advisable to place profiles underneath for support. The rollers are mounted on steel axles and are available with and without flanges. This application uses mk’s RBS-P 2065/2066 gravity roller conveyor which is ideal for use as a roller carrier transporting material flows between picking stations. Depending on the total load and the required spacing, rollers with dimensions from 20 to 50 mm can be selected. An inclination of 1–2° usually ensures a reliable component feed. Over longer lines and steep inclines, it is possible to reach high speeds. In this case, the kinetic energy requires a damped deceleration. The mk roller conveyor system with gravity drive (RBS) is typically used in industrial applications for semi-

automatic interlinking at picking stations or kanban shelves. An extensive selection of different roller types makes the system extremely flexible and suitable for a wide range of applications. The conveyors are available in both straight and curved configurations. The roller diameters of 20, 40 or 50 mm ensure that

both large and small workpieces can be transported reliably and without interruption. The longitudinal slots in the profile beams can be used to attach side rails, stands, sensors and other accessories. Products can be transported along a decline either by hand or using gravitational force. A slope of 1 to 2° is usually sufficient for transporting products with gravitational force. Please note that high speeds can be reached with long lines and/or steeper slopes. This kinetic energy will require dampened deceleration. To find out more about the complete mk conveyor range please visit, call (01949) 823751 or email


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HARTING help to futureproof machine building The machine building sector evolves quickly as new manufacturing machinery becomes increasingly adaptable so it can meet the demands of industries. At HARTING, we are constantly refining and updating our product range to keep pace with the latest developments.

Both monobloc and modular inserts can be inserted into the Han-Eco® B housings, the latter in combination with the Han-Modular® hinged frame, giving you an unparalleled choice of data, signal and power options. Furthermore, the Han-Eco® B is entirely compatible with standard metal Han® B housings, meaning both variants can be integrated into your production equipment.

Han-Eco® B is a new series of hoods and housings in the Han-Eco® portfolio, available in a range of designs including bulkhead, surface mount and cable-to-cable. The Han-Eco® range, which also includes Han-Eco® Modular and Han-Eco® A, is manufactured from high-performance plastic, which complies with standards IEC 61948 and EN 45545-2, and offers IP65 protection and substantial weight savings compared to traditional metal housings. In addition, the hoods and housings are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, thanks to their resistance to environmental impacts.

HARTING has also responded to the trend towards connector miniaturisation with the Han® 1A. As the requirement for smaller interfaces on equipment grows, space becomes a premium. Therefore, the 1A has been designed to take up less space and provide the user with all the benefits of a modern network.

A big advantage of using the Han-Eco® B in control panels is the time-savings that can be achieved, thanks mainly to the ability to rear mount inserts. There is no longer any need to install cables through the bulkhead mounted housing before assembling the contact inserts; instead, pre-assembled inserts are directly snapped into the housing from the rear, simplifying cabinet assembly. You can also assemble the switch cabinet units and cable harnesses separately if you wish.

Only two components are required to quickly assemble an IP20 solution, while additional housing elements or single wire seals can easily extend the degree of protection to IP65, making it suitable for use outdoors.


Constructed from the same material as the HanEco® B, the 1A employs a modular system of inserts, meaning it can integrate contacts for the delivery of data, signal and power.

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Smart ideas make work more efficient and faster. Han-Eco® B. Rear mounting option allows for the separate pre-assembly of cable harnesses.

The new connectors of the Han-Eco® B series provide valuable time advantages for equipment using the Han® B industry standard. Learn how! Han-Eco® B. Thought differently. Done better.

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Short Courses for Industry: Course Calendar A mix of online and campus based courses. New for 2022: Practical Workshops - see demonstrations in our laboratories Course fees: Prices held from 2020: starting at £450 per delegate. Discounts are offered for returning delegates and multiple registrations. Registration and online payment Contact: +44 20 8331 8646 or


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25 – 26 January Tue & Wed 2 – 5pm

Measurement of the Properties and Bulk Behaviour of Particulate Materials An overview of methods for determining bulk behaviour of particulate materials


1 - 2 February Tue & Wed 2 – 5pm

Caking and Lump Formation of Powders and Bulk Solids Concentration on issues relating to keeping powders and granules in a freeflowing, lump-free condition


8 - 9 February Tue & Wed 2 – 5pm

Undesired Deblending and Separation in Processes and Equipment Identification of common segregation mechanisms and how to minimise the effects


16 February Wednesday 9am - 5pm

Practical workshop for above 3 courses An opportunity to see demonstrations of test equipment used for different characterisation techniques in the on-site pilot plant

On campus

21 – 25 February Mon – Fri 2 – 5pm

Biomass Operations and Handling Technology An investigation of issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of different biomass materials; Held in association with ABTO


14 - 17 March Mon – Thur 9am – 1pm

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes Bulk materials handling and safety issues at ports and at sea; Held in association with ABTO



ENGINEERING PDATE November 2021 4 - 8 April Mon – Fri 9am – 12pm 26 – 27 April Tue - Wed 9am- 5pm 28 April Thursday 9am – 5pm 9 – 13 May Mon – Fri 9am– 12pm 24 – 25 May Tue – Wed 9am – 5pm

Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials A basic course covering the operation, design and specifications of hoppers and silos for reliable discharge

Practical workshop (Storage & Discharge) An opportunity to see demonstrations of equipment used to test storage and discharge conditions in the on-site pilot plant

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials Identification of components of pneumatic conveying systems, system selection and design techniques


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On campus


On campus

26 May Thursday 9am – 5pm

Practical workshop (Pneumatic Conveying) An opportunity to see demonstrations of different pneumatic conveying pipelines in the on-site pilot plant

On campus

8 – 9 June Wed - Thur 9am – 5pm

Pneumatic Conveying System Design An in-depth exploration of detailed calculations for design of pneumatic pipelines and specifying plant (Advanced course)

On campus

20 – 24 June Mon - Fri 1 – 4pm

Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing A guide through the critical aspects of powder management for powder-based AM processing


26 – 30 September Mon – Fri 9am – 12pm

Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials Assessment of storage and handling requirements of bulk materials for drawing up specifications and designing hoppers and silos


10 – 14 October Mon – Fri 9am – 12pm 25 – 26 October Tue – Wed 9am – 5pm

Overview of Particulate Handling Technology An introduction to the storing and handling of bulk materials, equipment selection and design methodologies for safe and reliable plant.


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27 October Thursday 9am – 5pm

Practical Workshop (Overview of Particulate Handling Technology) An opportunity to participate in demonstrations of test equipment in the on-site pilot plant

On campus

8 – 9 November Tue – Wed 9am – 5pm

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials Identification of components of pneumatic conveying systems, system selection and design techniques

On campus

10 November Thursday 9am – 5pm

Practical Workshop (Pneumatic Conveying) An opportunity to see demonstrations of different pneumatic conveying pipelines in the on-site pilot plant.

On campus

22 – 23 November Tue – Wed 9am – 5pm

Pneumatic Conveying System Design An in-depth exploration of detailed calculations for design of pneumatic pipelines and specifying plant (Advanced course)

On campus

24 November Thursday 9am – 5pm

Rotary Valves; Design, Selection and Operational Issues An exploration of the different rotary valves and features available

On campus

6 - 7 December Tue - Wed 9am – 5pm

Commissioning and Troubleshooting ‘Hands-on’ Pneumatic Conveying Systems A look at the practical challenges of starting up systems on site and making sure they work as the designer intended

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PPMA Show 2021 celebrates great success as it leads the way to build back business The UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery event returned to the NEC, Birmingham (28-30 September) following the postponement of the 2020 Show. Hailed as a great success by exhibitors and visitors, over 250 exhibitors and 1,250 brands showcased the latest innovations in smart manufacturing, processing equipment and packaging solutions. The event attracted a solid audience despite the fuel crisis that no doubt affected visitors plans. Richard Little, Show Director said, “Notwithstanding the impact of the pandemic on all live events, the PPMA Show has once again proved to be a successful event for both visitors and exhibitors. We’re thrilled to have delivered our first live show since 2019 and evidence is that buyers have visited our event with active projects in mind. Improving line speeds, efficiency and automation of lines has been of primary interest with manufacturing companies having the joint challenge of labour restrictions and increased demand for packaged goods from retailers. It’s great that the PPMA Show will help make a contribution to building back business.” EXHIBITORS SEE THE VALUE For the exhibitors at PPMA 2021, the calibre of visitor and quality of leads were significant positives: “Our stand attracted a good number of visitors; most importantly, the quality was excellent too, with key decision makers such as Heads of Engineering and Engineering Managers all coming by to speak to us. We have come away from the event with some strong leads that we are looking forward to following up on.” said Steve Bradley, Sales Director, AVE UK. “The show was livelier than expected,” commented Stuart Coulton, Market Development Manager at Omron UK. “Our stand was consistently busy from the moment the doors opened, with labour proving a major issue for manufacturers. Overall, it was a very successful show for us, attracting senior representatives from both SMEs and large corporations alike.”


Phil Brown, Managing Director, Fortress Technology Europe, also felt PPMA Show 2021 proved a big success. “We were extremely happy with the turnout at this year’s event. Our stand was constantly busy, with visitors spending longer than usual talking to our team. Most were looking to fulfil live projects taking place in the next 3-6 months, so they were ready to talk details. We met


year’s show, with a constant stream of high-quality visitors spending time on our stand,” said Tony McDonald, Sales and Marketing Director, IMA Ilapak. “Sustainability was a key driver for many of the people we spoke to. The impending Plastic Packaging Tax is prompting manufacturers to look towards recyclable films.

with a number of decision makers from key food manufacturers across the confectionery and dairy sectors, among others. I can honestly say it was one of the most successful PPMA Shows that we’ve ever exhibited at.” Akeel Ahmed, Business Development Manager for Kemtile says: “We were really happy to be back in front of prospective customers and get a taste of pre-pandemic life.” “We picked up some promising leads, mostly in the fresh produce and ready meals sectors” adds David Jahn, Managing Director at Brillopak.” I was

pleased to note that the quality of visitors seemed higher than usual, with less junior team members and more Project Managers, Directors and company owners.” Meanwhile, Craig Burgess, Managing Director of Lechler, said: “Another well organised show - the quality of people attending has been excellent. Visitors really know what they wanted, and this has led to some very interesting conversations.” Sustainability was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the agenda, “We were delighted with the turnout at this

“Nothing beats being able to engage with customers and prospects face to face. It was great to sit down and grab a coffee with our customers who we had been previously unable to visit due to the pandemic. It was a pleasure to be able to showcase solutions to visitors in person again.” In response to all the positive feedback received, David Harrison, Chief Operating Officer of PPMA Group of Associations concluded: “There is evidence that, despite the challenges posed post COVID and the unforeseen fuel crisis, the packaging and processing industry continues to thrive.“ “The footfall has been fantastic and quality of visitors exceptionally high. It’s just what all our members deserve after pulling together as an industry over the last 18 months.”



MagDev Acquired by Bunting The acquisition of UK-based magnet and magnet assembly manufacturer MagDev Ltd by Bunting expands the range of magnetic solutions and technical expertise offered by the global magnetics group.

The Bunting Group is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnets, magnet assemblies and magnetising equipment. Bunting’s European engineering and manufacturing facilities are in Berkhamsted, Redditch and now Swindon, all in the United Kingdom. MagDev was part of the Delta Magnet group of companies, based in Swindon UK. The facility features testing and in-house machining facilities as well as over 1,100 square meters (12,000 sq ft.) of warehouse space. MagDev is a leading custom magnets and industrial magnets manufacturer specialising in supplying permanent magnets, magnetic assemblies and soft magnetic solutions in various shapes, sizes and grades, with magnetic properties tuned to specific applications. The origins of MagDev date back to 1973, with the company becoming part of the MMG group of companies in 1986. In August 2003, the merger of MMG GB Ltd and Magnet


Developments Ltd in Swindon, UK formed MMG MagDev Ltd. After the Delta Magnets Ltd acquisition of MMG MagDev Ltd in June 2010, the company became part of the DMG group of companies. With an experienced technical development team, MagDev Ltd has the capability of meeting a wide range of magnet material requirements, both with permanent and soft magnet materials, whether from a stock of standard parts or through bespoke development. MagDev magnetic applications engineers join forces with the existing team at Berkhamsted to form a formidable team. As one engineering entity, the scope of magnet design and specification extends across an expansive range of sectors and applications. This includes the dynamically changing automotive, aerospace and electronics sectors, especially concerning low carbon transportation.

“The acquisition of MagDev expands our range of magnetic solutions, especially in relation to soft magnet materials,” explained Simon Ayling, Bunting’s European Managing Director. “The present demand for magnet application engineering has never been higher. We are working with companies across the manufacturing sector, especially in automotive, aerospace and electronics. The addition of the MagDev products and, more importantly, the technical team, significantly expands our magnet knowledge and capability. This is an exciting development enforcing Bunting’s position as the leading European designer and supplier of magnets, magnetic components and magnetising equipment.” For further information, please contact us on or visit our website: Bunting-Berkhamsted –

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2D/3D laser profile sensors now offer larger measuring fields up to 290mm by 300mm Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has extended its scanCONTROL 30xx range of laser profile sensors (laser scanners) with two larger measuring fields now available. With Micro-Epsilon’s Configuration Tools software, more than 40 measurement programs with a total of more than 90 evaluations are available. The programs are transferred to the SMART sensor, which performs the measurement, evaluation and output in standalone mode. High volume OEM applications The scanCONTROL range includes the scanCONTROL 25x0 series designed for high volume OEM industrial measurement applications. With its compact design, versatility and high signal stability, the sensors offer an excellent priceperformance ratio and good all-round capabilities. Profile speed is up to 2000 Hz with three measuring ranges and is available with Blue or red laser technology, as well as a range of accessories that include protective housings, different cable lengths and interface adapters. Finest details

In addition to the existing 25 mm and 50 mm models, there are now 100 mm and 200 mm versions available offering measuring fields of up to 170 mm x 131 mm and 300 mm x 290 mm respectively. The larger measuring fields open up greater opportunities for 2D/3D profile measurements in a wide variety of industrial applications including automation, robotics, machine building, quality control, production and process monitoring. In addition, Micro-Epsilon has also introduced a new streamlined feature version of the scanCONTROL 3000 with the scanCONTROL 30x2 series. Based on the same next-generation platform and available also with the new larger measuring fields, the sensor has a compact housing with integrated controller, allowing fast integration into confined spaces.

whilst the high end scanCONTROL 3000 continues to offer the highest accuracy and versatility. The scanCONTROL 3000 and 30x2 models are available in COMPACT or SMART versions, with either red or blue laser technology. The COMPACT scanners provide calibrated profile data that can be further processed on a PC with software evaluation provided by the user. SMART scanners operate autonomously and provide selected measurement values where they can measure and evaluate profile width, height, depth, edges, beads, angles, steps, gaps and roundness. Laser scanners for every measurement task

The scanCONTROL 30x2 sensor matrix offers a resolution of 1,024 points across the profile line and a maximum profile frequency of 5kHz providing calibrated profile data with up to 5.12 million points per second.

The wide selection of sensor models and measuring ranges now available in the scanCONTROL range of laser scanners enable engineers to solve every profile measurement task. Smart laser scanners with integrated data processing allow users to solve common measurement applications without the need for external data processing.

The scanCONTROL 30x2 model is targeted at OEM customers and system integrators,

For more complex applications, sensors with programmable software are available.


The scanCONTROL 29x0 series is the only model available with a 10 mm wide profile line that offers point resolution down to 7µm. The controller is integrated in the sensor housing, simplifying cabling arrangements and mechanical integration. Due to its compact design and high profile resolution (up to 1,280 points in the x-axis) this series is well suited to static, dynamic and robotics applications that require the highest precision. Measurement speed is up to 2kHz and a Blue laser option is available. Fast, high precision 2D/3D measurements The scanCONTROL 30x0 series is among the highest performing profile sensors in terms of their size, accuracy and measuring rate. They provide calibrated 2D profile data with up to 7.37 million points per second. A profile frequency of up to 10kHz enables precise profile measurements in dynamic high speed processes. The high resolution sensor matrix offers a resolution of 2,048 points with an ultimate point distance of just 12µm, enabling extremely fine details to be detected reliably. The sensors are available with either blue or red laser diodes. For more information on the scanCONTROL series of laser profile sensors, visit or call the MicroEpsilon sales department on +44 (0)151 355 6070 or email


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Murrelektronik enters the world of vision systems


Vision installation solutions from Murrelektronik (from left to right): The Xelity Hybrid Switch handles data communication and power supply, the Injection Box is a four-way power and signal injector with 24V, the Master Breakout Box distributes power and signals, and the NEC Class 2 Splitter is a pure power and signal distribution box.

Murrelektronik expands its decentralized automation technology to provide new “Plug and Play” solutions for industrial image processing.


ision systems are becoming increasingly important in industrial manufacturing and logistics. When it comes to Industry 4.0 technologies, industrial image processing cameras are a crucial component. By developing its vision installation solutions, Murrelektronik now offers decentralized installation solutions specifically for industrial image processing. With Murrelektronik, machine and system builders have a powerful partner at their side when it comes to power supplies and signal/ data management for the smart networking of cameras in industrial production processes or logistics. Murrelektronik’s decentralized components includes switches, distributors and feeders that can be mounted on the machine, as well as the corresponding high-performance cable and connector technology. These components minimize installation effort and maximize performance for both new and existing machines and systems.

“Plug and Play” for vision systems Efficient power supply and reliable data communication are the pillars of a functioning installation concept. The goal is to combine a machine or plant’s devices into a system efficiently and economically. Murrelektronik’s modular vision installation solutions allow you to integrate a decentralized installation concept into existing system architectures as well as new machines and systems. These components include the Xelity Hybrid Switch (which has connections for up to four cameras, handles smooth and error-free data communication), the Master Breakout Box (a power and signal distributor) and the Injection Box (a voltage and signal feeder). Each is designed to be mounted directly in the machine environment near the respective vision system.

Carl Tyler from Murrelektronik UK explains, “Our decentralized installation concept has the unbeatable advantage that we save our customers the time-consuming and expensive control cabinet installation. Switch cabinets are not required as everything is IP67 and designed to be mounted in the field. Another advantage, with Murrelektronik’s modular plug & play solutions is that vision systems can not only be put into operation quickly and flexibly, but they also facilitate and accelerate further diagnostics during operation - significantly reducing system and machine downtime. Our solution works with all the major camera manufacturers”

Intelligence where it is needed “With our vision installation solutions, we focus on the processes that take place between the camera and the system controller.” Where industrial image processing was not possible in existing systems due to overcrowded control cabinets, Murrelektronik’s vision installation solutions provide a remedy with shorter cables and less cable clutter. Thanks to a data transmission rate of 1 gigabit/ second (Gbit/s) via X-coded cables, highresolution image processing is possible for many industrial applications. Network communication takes place at up to 2.5 Gbit/s. “The data processing takes place at the machine. We bring the intelligence to where it is needed. With Murrelektronik’s vision installation solutions, our customers can trim their production processes to greater efficiency and higher throughput. As a result, they increase quality and avoid costly rework and also reduce the footprint of the machine with smaller or in some cases no cabinets.”

This diagram demonstrates the paths of Ethernet, power & IO in a system using Murrelektronik‘s components. Notice that the trigger and encoder signals are carried through the same power daisy-chain cable as the 24V


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Plug and Play for industrial image processing With Murrelektronik‘s Vision Installation Solutions, you can get started with industrial image processing and immediately benefit from the advantages with little effort, guaranteeing a quick return on investment.



Overcoming the rare earths shortage with the circular economy A report by Adamas Intelligence predicts that if the global rare earth industry continues to exploit these resources in the same way, in three to five years demand will outgrow supply. This is worrying news for manufacturing, as a scarcity of rare earths would affect the production of high-tech products like electric vehicles and robots. Here, Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation part supplier EU Automation discusses the importance of rare earths in manufacturing and how a circular economy model can help limit their use. According to the author of The Structure of Rare-Earth Metal Surface, rare earth elements that we use today were born in a supernova explosion around ten billion years ago. They are in many products that are part our daily lives — inside fluorescent light bulbs, in the hard drives of PCs, mobile phones, electric vehicles and many other everyday products. Physically, rare earths are not scarce. They are even more common in the earth’s crust than many other metals such as gold, uranium, or tin. However, they are considered rare because their mineable concentrations are less common than for most other ores. Since there is no way of reproducing them artificially, we have only a limited supply of these materials and no alternative to them can be found. Applications of rare earths Featured with unique magnetic, catalytic and optical properties, rare earths are widely

used in many high-tech and low-carbon technologies, from hard disk drives, electric vehicles and fibre optic cables to missile guidance system, medical devices, and clean energy technologies. Five rare earth minerals, tantalum, silver, lithium, gallium and indium, are widely used in modern technologies. For example, tantalum has been commonly used in the electronic capacitors in computers and mobile phones for its energy-storing capacity. Owing to its low failure rate, it has also been used in automotive and aerospace electronics, atomic energy and wind turbines. Another important rare earth mineral, gallium, is used in its liquid form for human machine interfaces (HMIs), screens and solar panels. Since it has a low melting point but a high boiling point, it is used in gallium arsenide (GaAs) and gallium nitride (GaN) compounds in semiconductors for its heattransfer and cooling properties. In short supply The complicated recycling process and environmental impacts of these materials is one of the reasons why rare earth minerals are in short supply. Some minerals like gold can be extracted from legacy technology through recycling. However, it’s more difficult to recycle rare earth minerals

because the process, known as smelting, is very energy-intensive, may produce harmful emissions, and requires further downstream separation processes. The fact that nowadays people own more technology items but don’t know how to reuse or recycle them is also contributing to the scarcity of rare earths. According to an Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry, 51 per cent of UK households have at least one unused electronic device. Of these, 82 per cent have no plans to recycle or sell their devices. Hoarding redundant tech has become even more common during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many people shifted to remote work and education. Rare earth elements are used to produce high-strength permanent magnets that have enabled the production of consumer electronics, such as mobile phones and laptops, as well as automation technologies adopted in manufacturing. For example, servo motors rely on magnetic materials containing neodymium and dysprosium. If no measure is taken, the rapidly growing demand for magnet rare earths like neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium might exceed their supplies in the next two decades. Circular economy To contribute to limiting the global use of rare earths, manufacturers could consider replacing their traditional linear economy model with a circular model. In the circular economy model, products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of their service lives. That being said, when automation parts that contain rare earths break down, sourcing obsolete or reconditioned parts could be a more sustainable solution. EU Automation offers a comprehensive supply of refurbished and obsolete automation parts. For more information, please visit:



ODU Connectors Exhibiting again at the Engineering Design Show with new medical products. Medical equipment manufacturers are increasingly turning to ODU, to provide specific solutions to their ever-tightening technical requirements.


or instance, the ODU MINI-SNAP® portfolio now includes inserts that are specifically designed to comply with the levels of user and patient protection prescribed in the IEC Standard IEC 60601-1 (2 MOOP / 2 MOPP) – making them the first choice for anyone looking for a circular connector with a metal housing for medical applications. Approval procedures to comply with IEC 60601-1 for electrical medical systems are highly complex. So, involving ODU in the design-in process from the outset can both lower development costs and significantly simplify the risk management process. Furthermore, approval procedures can be fast-tracked when components are already fully compliant with IEC 606011 upon delivery - another benefit of this connector.

Features: • Robust metal housing • Available in 3 sizes with a wide range of • Advanced configuration options electromagnetic shielding capabilities • Reverse-gender use possible • High mechanical strength • Rated at 7A

Other IEC 60601-1-compliant products include ODU MEDI-SNAP® and ODU MINI-MED®. Also, a white paper on IEC60601-1 is available to download. To further ensure a completely hygienic and resilient medical system, ODO also offer silicone over-moulded solutions - a complete system of connectors, cable assembly, overmoulding and optional labelling. The smooth surface prevents any sticking or the stick-slip effect, guarantees easy cleaning and meets absolute hygiene standards. The system can withstand up to 500 autoclave cycles and is subject to medical technology testing according to ISO 10993-5. In addition, the smoothly transitioning over-moulding ensures bend protection.

Learn more View video now Download brochure So, if you’re facing a connector or packaging conundrum, then why not drop by Stand K8 and tell them about your problems – they may have an answer.



MACHINERY PROTECTION SYSTEM MEETS DEMANDS OF TOUGHEST AUDITS FOR TURBINE UPGRADES The ability to quickly identify issues affecting the performance of rotating plant as well as being able to optimise dynamic behaviour is vital to all plant engineers. Established and proven monitoring systems like the Sentry G3 machinery protection system from SENSONICS combines the flexibility of hardware in a single, easy-to-install and easy-to-use module type for all sensors and so is a highly effective solution. The system is compliant to API 670 so meets the most stringent protection requirements, in addition to meeting IEC 61508 up to SIL-3 standards. The Sentry G3 system is being continually developed to meet the ongoing challenges and also those arising from specific applications, such as for gas turbine upgrades at major UK nuclear power stations. For these applications ‘Emphasis’ audits are considered to be the most complex and rigorous (for software) and users will be assured that Sentry G3 meets these standards. The emphasis method assesses a device’s compliance with IEC 61508 for functional safety standards, along with other requirements specific to the UK nuclear industry. It provides end-users with the confidence that both the hardware and software components in these protection systems meet the required high levels of design, testing and production which minimises the risk of systematic failures.


Advanced features include; Vibration, position and speed parameter trending facilities, including log and view of up to 60 days of data, ‘look back’ at trends and alarms, plus download data for further analysis in Excel. It is also now possible to directly view proximity probe gap and vibration transducer bias voltages, to verify correct transducer operation and calibration. The Sentry G3 single module concept minimises the need for spares holdings helping to reduce ongoing maintenance costs whilst also lowering the risk in retrofitting applications where the need to interface monitoring systems quickly and correctly with previously installed sensors is key. The system is fully software programmable and upgradable which ensures adaptability moving forward as inevitably application requirements change. It’s also easy to expand, simply by adding additional G3 monitors. It offers excellent channel density with up to 24 measurement channels housed in a compact 3U x 19” rack mounted format which can halve the space needed on existing installations. Multiple outputs are available on the back of the rack for up to 3 alarm levels and 2 analogue outputs per channel. Dual redundant

Modbus communications to a module level provide a robust communication system, while the in-built LCD display offers readings, sensor integrity voltages, trending and FFT, all of which confirm the accuracy of the installation. In summary, Sentry G3 provides stateof-the-art, flexible, easy-to-install and maintains space-saving protection for the following modes: Measurement - Absolute bearing and relative shaft vibration, shaft position and thrust wear, speed, phase and reverse rotation, differential and casing expansion, rod drop and temperature. Turbine Specialist Measurement - Shaft eccentricity, order tracking, dynamic pressure and mark - space differential expansion. The additional features incorporated into the latest Sentry G3 system ensures more than just machine protection, providing a set of tools to assist plant engineers to optimise the control and management of their rotating plant now and into the future.


Sensata Technologies’ New Aircraft Autothrottle Assembly Enhances Flying Safety for Light Jet Applications •

A leading aircraft manufacturer has selected Sensata’s new autothrottle assembly for its flagship light jet aircraft.

Sensata’s solution reduces pilot workload, enhances flight safety and convenience, and works seamlessly with the flight controls and decks from many suppliers.

Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST) today announced its new autothrottle assembly is available for integration into aircraft cockpit controls to improve flying safety and convenience for light jet applications. “Our autothrottle assembly greatly reduces the pilot’s workload, offering a significant safety benefit for single pilot aircraft like light jet and turboprop applications, and is now being implemented into a major manufacturer’s flagship aircraft,” explains Stuart Parker, Aerospace General Manager at Sensata Technologies. “This is an exciting shift in single pilot aircraft design. While this type of solution is not new for larger aircraft, it is now available for smaller light jet applications as well.” An automatic throttle sits in the cockpit at the pilot’s side and is used to modify fuel flow to the engine, controlling engine power and thrust. Like cruise control on a car, it allows the pilot to control an aircraft’s power settings automatically. The pilot can set the desired flight characteristics

rather than manually controlling the thrust levers. In high workload situations or where the pilot may get distracted, the autothrottle can prevent the aircraft from getting into a situation that might lead to a stall and loss of control. Sensata’s solution provides a luxurious look and feel for pilots and features: • Stylized thrust levers for each engine with leather wrapped handles • Two highly precise, reliable Sensata Rotary Variable Differential Transducers (RVDTs) per lever complete with protective anti-backlash gearing • Thoughtfully designed pilotfeel clutch mechanisms for proper feedback • Stylized light panels with detached dimming modules • Independent sliding Foreign Object Debris (FOD) covers to protect the assembly from spills

The autothrottle function is enhanced with: • Seamless integration with the latest avionics platforms • Long life, brushless motors and position sensors for each thrust lever • Precision gearing for smooth, reliable operation and realistic feel during operation • A lightweight, attractive enclosure • Autothrottle disconnect switches to safely disengage as desired • Maintenance-free performance Sensata’s cost effective, safe and reliable cockpit autopilot solutions are based on decades of proven success in developing position sensors and cockpit controls. To learn more about Sensata’s autothrottle assembly for light jet and turboprop applications and its solutions for urban air mobility and electric aircraft, please visit cockpit control solutions online, or Contact Us.



IET YWE: Young women engineers make national final and get set to inspire more girls to join the industry To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, six young female engineers have been announced as finalists for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2021. These prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls. As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. Just 14.5 per cent of those working in engineering occupations are women (source: Engineering UK). 2020 Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Ella Podmore, said: “The IET’s YWE award has completely changed my life. To be recognised by an institution as prestigious as the IET has not only been the greatest achievement of my professional career, but it has also given me the platform of a lifetime to share what I do with the world, whilst reincarnating the passion of why I chose

engineering in the first place. “Since winning the award, I have featured on the BBC and BT Sport, met incredible inventors and innovators, hosted international competitions and have been invited to some of the world’s most interesting events. I have honed skills during this time that have positively impacted my career as well as made me a better person. I am so grateful to the IET for this opportunity, and I aim to give back to the institution and STEM for many years to come.” Danielle George, President of the IET said: “Engineers bring ideas to life, turn dreams into reality and make solutions to big challenges possible. Engineering is a fantastic career where you really can make a difference and even change the world, but the shortage of women in the industry is a huge problem. “With a lack of understanding around what engineering is, perceived gender norms and not enough role models for the next generation, there are a lot of reasons as to why the UK struggles to attract women into engineering.

“Our Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards are all about shining a spotlight on the incredible engineering talent up and down the country, to find role models to get girls and the engineers of tomorrow excited and inspired about a career in engineering. “I’d like to congratulate Anna, Ciara, Dilani, Eftychia, Lauryn and Nipuni for making the final six and in helping to demonstrate the tremendous female engineering talent in our industry today.” The winner will be announced at the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday 2 December 2021. For more information, visit This year’s YWE Awards are being sponsored by BAE Systems, Boeing, BP, Collins Aerospace, Capgemini, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, GCHQ, Leonardo, MBDA, Northrop Grumman, Nucleargraduates, Ofcom, RAF, RollsRoyce, Royal Mail, RS Components Grass Roots, Teledyne and Thales.

Anna Will (27), Dr Ciara McGrath (30), Dilani Selvanathan (22), Eftychia Koursari (35), Lauryn Jayes (23) and Nipuni Karunaratne (28) have all been shortlisted for awards. The finalists are: Anna Will is a Systems Engineer for Frazer-Nash Consultancy. She is responsible for delivering complex solutions to clients as part of the company’s System Design and Management team. Product development is the focus of her work, in particular for innovative medical products and at the cutting edge of autonomous systems. Alongside delivering a huge range of technical multidisciplinary projects, Anna leads the medical technology and asset management service offerings for the company, presenting and exhibiting at conferences. Anna is passionate about promoting STEM to young people and has attended many events at schools and universities, as well as undertaking individual mentoring of other female engineers.


ENGINEERING PDATE November 2021 Dr Ciara McGrath is a Lecturer in Aerospace Systems at the University of Manchester. Ciara carries out engineering research projects in the areas of astrodynamics and space mission design, working with industry and policy makers to design space systems that can help support life on Earth. She also teaches university courses and supervises student projects in space system design, to support the education and development of the next generation of engineers. Ciara’s public engagement aims to make complex ideas accessible to everyone, through hands-on examples, podcasts, radio interviews, written articles and public talks.

Dilani Selvanathan is a Junior Software Engineer for Herotech8, where she works alongside the technical delivery team to support growing technical requirements and helps build the products and services. Dilani recently completed a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship with the BBC, where she worked on a variety of projects and learnt about the different aspects of Software Engineering. Dilani is a STEM Ambassador and took part in the STEMazing programme, giving online interactive sessions to primary schools. She is also a WISE role model, promoting young women in STEM. Eftychia Koursari is a Senior Civil Engineer for Amey Consulting, specialising in scour, the main impact of climate change on infrastructure, whilst also undertaking part-time PhD Research on scour at the University of Glasgow. Effie is developing innovative scour monitoring and prediction tools and methods, protecting infrastructure, whilst also aiding in the response to the Climate Emergency. She is part of Amey Consulting’s Carbon and Climate Change Working Group, as well as the Women’s Engineering Society’s Climate Emergency Group and a member of CIRIA’s steering group, producing the new engineering manual on scour. Effie is an active STEM Ambassador and has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2020 and was also awarded the Women Leaders Association Rising Star in STEM.

Lauryn Jayes is a Building Services Engineering Apprentice for Arup, specialising in mechanical engineering. She designs and coordinates building services systems for commercial and residential buildings and is on course to become Assistant Mechanical Engineer post-graduation. Lauryn dedicates her time to promoting women in STEM careers, ensuring everyone has good access to strong female mentors within the industry. She was awarded the Nottingham Post Women in Business Apprentice of the Year in 2018.

Nipuni Karunaratne is a Digital Technology Model Factory Manager at Rolls Royce Plc, where she manages and leads a team of experts who are responsible for delivering and improving advance analytics, using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to deliver a major digitalisation programme. In 2019, whilst being at Rolls Royce, Nipuni started her own Research & Development company with a focus in fourth generation industry solutions. Nipuni is actively involved in STEM activities, helping the younger generation by mentoring, coaching and inspiring. She has been a motivational and STEM panel speaker in many leading events worldwide and was elected in 2019 as the UK chair for the Gender Diversity Network at Rolls Royce.



Investment in the engineers of the future as iconsys creates 16 new jobs One of the UK’s leading independent system integrators has created 16 new jobs ahead of the official launch of its new smart building in Telford. iconsys, which provides industrial automation, enterprise integration and sustainable services, is in the final stages of its relocation to a 17,500 sq ft site on Stafford Park that will deliver a substantial increase in available manufacturing floorspace, a new technology demonstration/training area, an amphitheatre and an office of the future for agile working. As part of the move, additional software, electrical and mechanical engineers have been recruited to help the company continue to provide end-toend solutions to blue chip customers in their core sectors of automotive, construction materials, fast-moving consumer goods, food & beverage, marine, metals, pulp & paper and smart infrastructure. There has also been investment in generating the workforce of the future, with the firm expanding its apprenticeship programme even further by welcoming Jack Evans and Zack Guillemin to the business. Nick Darrall, Managing Director of iconsys, commented: “UK manufacturers are recognising the importance of implementing automation and digital solutions into their operations so they can compete in the global market. “This has seen a major surge of interest in what we offer, and we have been proactive in investing in our new ‘smart’ HQ that will officially launch shortly and increasing our workforce by 30% to 65.” He continued: “We always have one eye on developing the future talent for iconsys and have been working with Telford College of Art & Technology (TCAT) for some time now on shaping an apprenticeship programme that really delivers for the young person and our business. “This involves creating a three-year course that at the end of it will see


our apprentices gain a recognised Level 3 NVQ diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and, importantly, offering ongoing professional development so they can develop and progress through the company.”

team, learning to build, test and install iconsys’ electrical control systems, as well as how to resolve technical issues.

In addition to spending two days per week at TCAT, Jack and Zack will both complete in-house workshops and spend time working on a diverse range of manufacturing and engineering related business across several industrial sectors.

“This has worked really well in the past and we want to encourage them to look at how they can develop, with Jack and Zack both having the opportunity to complete a further year of studying for a HNC in Electrical Electronic Engineering.

They will work alongside experienced staff and benefit from a ‘buddy-type’ system that helps the apprentice ease into their new role by sharing in their knowledge and experience and tapping into guidance on work and development issues. The duo will gain hands-on experience from the internal engineering and design

“It’s all about creating an apprentice that has a solid all-round understanding of our sector and our business,” added Nick.

“The next three months will be an extremely exciting time for our business, with the official launch of our new smart home and even more new jobs on the way.” For further information on the new positions, please visit


UK launches world-first breakthrough landfill wastewater technology which slashes operating costs by nearly half A ground-breaking onsite landfill wastewater (leachate) thermal treatment and separation process called LAT™ (Low temperature Ambient pressure Technology) has demonstrated a 48% reduction in operating costs and a 70% reduction in energy usage at Viridor’s Broadpath landfill site in Devon. Now commercially available, LAT™ is set to change the way local councils and landfill operators manage leachate forever. LAT™ uses low-grade onsite waste heat or renewable energy sources which considerably reduce energy usage by up to 70% while cutting carbon emissions. Local communities also benefit from better air quality due to the reduction of road tankers currently used by many operators to truck raw landfill wastewater to remote offsite treatment facilities. Over one year, using LAT™, Viridor’s Broadpath landfill site is set to save the equivalent emissions of nearly one million car-miles. Existing global leachate treatment technologies consist of outdated, energy-hungry processes which contribute significantly to climate change. LAT™ challenges these techniques head on by removing the need for traditional leachate treatment processes: Reverse Osmosis – membrane type solutions that cannot effectively operate beyond moderate water recovery levels (little beyond 50%), and Thermal Boiling Solutions that use boiling water techniques and pressure vessels to treat leachate. To date, most research in the field has focused on incremental improvements in base technologies rather than seeking a step

change solution in the treatment of leachate, both in landfill and across other water intensive processes. LAT™ takes a whole new approach to return up to 90% of water to be reused and/or recycled, onsite and at new levels of efficiency. Mark Hardiman, CEO of LAT Water said: “We’ve been running the pilot at a 10 m3/day demonstration trial for six months at Viridor’s Broadpath landfill site in Devon and the results speak for themselves. We have also been operating a 120 m3/d LAT™ in China for the past eighteen months, so we know that LAT™ is scalable. We’re now making LAT™ available to all landfill operators and local councils across the UK on a lease basis, which reduces the CAPEX hurdle and shortens the ROI”. The use of waste heat provides net carbon savings as well as putting to use heat sources which would otherwise be polluting the environment and contributing to global warming. Product concentrate can be treated within existing discharge consents, without the need for the costly addition of new permits. LAT™ is a vital technology in the decarbonisation goals of landfill operators and local councils while delivering a significant return on investment (ROI) through efficiency savings. The pilot has been partly funded by the department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of their Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The programme is managed by The Carbon Trust with supports from Jacobs and it provides funding for energy efficiency process technologies, alongside incubation and commercialisation support. Tim Rotheray, Innovation Director of Viridor commented: “The future of the landfill industry depends on managing the legacy issues of the site. More than 50% of the costs for us related to the disposal of the leachate and by reducing these costs and recovering the resources from the leachate, we take an important step towards a circular economy. We are hugely excited to be working with LAT Water on this game-changing technology and look ahead to substantial cost and efficiency benefits in the years to come”. Paul McKinney, BEIS IEEA Programme Manager at the Carbon Trust added: “LAT Water has demonstrated a step change energy efficient solution for treating contaminated water which could form a key technology within the UK’s drive to reduce energy use and consequently achieve reductions in carbon emissions.” The LAT™ process makes use of waste heat which would otherwise be discharged into the environment, as the key energy source to drive the process. Combined with the reduction in diesel fuel used by reducing the number of tanker movements, and more energy efficient separation technology, the process is set to shake up the wastewater management sector as a whole.



CKF Systems to share the latest technology to speed up and streamline your operations with visitors to the Robotics and Automation exhibition CKF Systems will be sharing the latest technology and solutions available to increase productivity, reduce overheads and give added flexibility on their Stand 608 at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition on the 2nd and 3rd November 2021 at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

CKF are an established UK Robotics and Automation systems integrator who have been operating for over 30 years with a wealth of experience transforming the operations of their customers in the manufacturing and logistics industries. CKF specialise in installing palletising systems and have extensive experience designing and installing robotic, layer and gantry palletiser systems in a wide range of sectors including food & beverage, e-commerce, automotive and pharmaceutical. CKF will have a live demonstration of an ABB robot on their stand which will show the latest technology available to increase throughput, streamline and


increase safety and adaptability. They will also be sharing with visitors some video footage of successful installations to demonstrate the breadth and extent of the team’s expertise and previous success. The CKF technical team will be on hand both days of the event to chat

to visitors and run through their unique requirements and discuss the possibilities and potential for their operations. If you would like to join them make sure you register for a free pass at To beat the crowd,s please book an appointment with one of the team by emailing


Monitor objects easily with ifm’s measuring light grids The new OY51xx measuring light grids from ifm electronic provide a fast and convenient way of checking the size, orientation and even the shape of objects in intralogistics applications.

Ideally suited for ensuring that objects are correctly positioned for safe transport on conveyor systems and for many other applications, the light grids provide high resolution for accurate object detection. And thanks to their IO-Link interface, they are easy to set up and integrate without the need for complex programming. Using multiple infrared beams with a spacing of 10 mm, ifm’s new measuring light grids can precisely determine the height and width of pallets and boxes, while simultaneous evaluation of multiple beams allows the orientation of the objects to be determined, as well as providing information about their contours. Depending on the application, the distance between objects can also be measured. In addition, the light

grids automatically capture diagnostic information based on operating hours, which can be used as an aid for planning needs-based maintenance. Measuring light grids in the OY51xx range are currently available in six versions. The smallest of these has 15 beams and a measuring height of 140 mm, while the largest has 255 beams and a measuring height of 2540 mm. Maximum range for all versions is 10 m, and all can simultaneously measure five values. Data from the light grids is transmitted digitally via an IOLink interface which is also used for parameterisation.

measuring light grids operate reliably even in demanding environments, while optional accessories that include mounting brackets and a laser adjustment aid make installation fast and straightforward.

Robust construction and an IP65 ingress protection rating together with an operating temperature range of -10 to +55 ºC ensure that OY51xx


November 2021 ENGINEERING


Achieve competitive gain with NSK TL spherical roller bearings


SK TL series spherical roller bearings are active across the world in a host of papermaking machinery applications. Set against conventional spherical roller bearings with standard heat treatment, this advanced product is proving increasingly popular due to a number of distinct benefits that include enhanced inner ring strength, longer service life and dimensional stability at high operating temperatures. The original development of TL (tough and long life) bearings was to solve a specific problem: inner ring fractures of spherical roller bearings with tapered bores, particularly when used with a relatively high interference fit. This issue can occur on dryer cylinders (including Yankee dryer rolls) and calender rolls, where super-heated steam passes through the hollow journals of dryer rollers and the centre of bearings. The subsequent temperature difference increases the interference fit, producing a tremendous increase in hoop stress (circumferential force) on the inner ring that enhances the potential for cracks.

rotational speed of 1800 rpm, while simultaneously applying a measured hoop stress value.

Part of the reason for this high performance was the residual stress (after heat treatment) present in the crack-tested inner rings made from TL specification steel. Residual stress was notably higher in TL steel test pieces in comparison with those made from bearing steel featuring either standard heat treatment or bainite treatment. Residual stress works in the opposite direction to hoop stress, serving to supress this unwanted force.

Proven advantages

NSK knew the key to providing a successful solution hinged on the development of a bearing that could better withstand hoop stress. The company therefore set about creating the TL specification based on a steel with a formulation for casecarburising, but using a special method of heat treatment. From a metallurgical standpoint, the raceways are harder than conventional bearing steel but the core remains soft. This contrast delivers the shock resistance needed to prevent fracturing, as well as the necessary surface hardness for long bearing life.

In fatigue life tests, the TL series bearing all demonstrated far superior performance against the other bearing material types when comparing Weibull plots of the test results.

The popularity of TL series bearings is rising across Europe. For instance, a well-known Russian company in the paper industry that wanted to modernise its cardboard-making machine has recently taken delivery of TL series spherical roller bearings for 108 drying cylinders (drive and non-drive side). Excellent performance and product characteristics were the predominant reasons behind the purchase decision. Many TL series bearings are also in service within the drying sections of paper and cardboard-making machines at other plants in Russia, including for a felt roll application.

Benchmark tests The resistance of inner rings that meet the TL specification is higher than the resistance of inner rings made from bainitic steel or standard bearing steel, as demonstrated in a series of benchmark fracture tests. The tests involved subjecting inner rings to a radial load of 2000 kg at a


Notably, the rings made from bearing steel, some with standard heat treatment and others with bainite treatment, fractured under hoop stress of 400 MPa after 1 x 107 revolutions and 7 x 107 revolutions respectively (on average). In contrast, the TL specification steel did not fracture under hoop stress of 430 MPa, even after 3 x 108 revolutions. The TL rings also marginally outperformed those made from carburised steel with dimension stabilising treatment.

Another significant characteristic of the TL specification is higher surface hardness of the raceway in comparison with bearings made from bainitic steel or case-hardened steel. Measurements of TL specification steel revealed a hardness of 710-720 HV (60.5-61.0 HRc). This value compares favourably against bearing steel with dimensional stabilised treatment (690700 HV, 59.5-60.0 HRc), bearing steel with bainite treatment (670-680 HV, 58.5-59.3 HRc) and carburised steel with dimensional stabilised treatment (680-700 HV, 59-60 HRc). NSK´s proprietary material heat treatment technology also serves to support dimensional stability at high temperatures, as demonstrated by further tests. Bearings made from TL

NSK spherical roller bearings with TL technology deliver twice the service life of conventional counterparts

specification steel (at 150°C bearing temperature) showed a negligible rate of dimensional change (around 0.002%) after 10,000 hours - less than bearing steel with dimension stabilising treatment (at 130°C) and far less than bearing steel with standard heat treatment.

Ultimately, NSK TL specification bearing steel provides 60% more hoop stress resistance and five times the fatigue life of bearing steel with bainite treatment, and 180% more hoop stress and twice the fatigue life of bearing steel with standard heat treatment. These performance advantages translate into higher productivity and genuine competitive gain for users.

With increasing numbers of machinery manufacturers and paper mills seeking to maximise operating life and uptime, NSK today produces over 100 different TL bearing sizes/types, helping a wide range of customers achieve better and more cost-effective performance.


Nexa3D to put the power in your hands at Formnext 2021 • Be the first to experience a powerfully expanded 3D printing ecosystem • View newly launched end-to-end validated workflow • Unlock 20x 3D printing productivity Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast polymer 3D printers, today announced its plans to attend Formnext 2021. From November 16 to 19 at Messe Frankfurt, Nexa3D can be found in Hall 12.0 at booth E01, exhibiting its end-to-end validated workflow, which brings 20x productivity compared with competitive technologies. The company will also launch its latest product line, set to increase access to reliable high-speed 3D printing. To learn more about the workflows Nexa3D will exhibit at Formnext 2021, view the media kit. At Formnext, Nexa3D will unveil the details of its newest 3D printer. Visitors to the show will see first-hand how quick, easy, and affordable the future of 3D printing will be, with a new desktop system putting the power of production directly in the customer’s hands. The system carries the same 20x printing advantage as other Nexa3D equipment and will enable engineers and nonspecialists alike to turn ideas to reality from their desks. “Nexa3D’s latest product launch takes the power of ultrafast 3D printing directly onto the desktop and this

means anyone can bring the magic of ideas to life in minutes,” said Avi Reichental, CEO and co-founder of Nexa3D. “The market is ready for a product that offers rapid 3D printing, material flexibility, a compact size and an affordable price rolled into one easyto-use technology, and that is exactly what we are there to provide.” The full end-to-end validated workflow will showcase the breadth and depth of benefits that can be achieved by applying Nexa3D’s growing portfolio. The exhibit will include the NXE 400 and NXD 200 ultrafast 3D printers alongside xCURE and xCLEAN postprocessing equipment. Also on the booth will be the QLS 350 high-productivity industrial sintering station along with three post-processing units for the system. Designed for higher operating temperatures and broader powder processing windows, the QLS 350 offers the highest part throughput in its class, delivering unprecedented production throughput and flexibility. The system is a compelling alternative to traditional injection molding, designed with full Industry 4.0, lightsout manufacturing capabilities.

Among the real-world use cases highlighted on the booth will be work with WeMed and Arcimoto. WeMed turned to Nexa3D technology to create SKOP, the world’s first additively manufactured connected stethoscope. Finely detailed SKOP devices will be 3D printed at scale to expand access to on-demand medical care. SKOP came to life through collaborative work with WeMed, Nexa3D, Henkel, and contract manufacturer Third. Also shown at Formnext will be Arcimoto’s Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV). Nexa3D worked with Arcimoto to design and 3D print parts for the FUV to get a multi-use vehicle rolling out more efficiently and effectively. To register for Formnext 2021, visit the Formnext website here. For those not able to attend in person, the digital event runs from November 30 to December 1. To be the first to hear the details of the new product, register here. For more information on Nexa3D and its products, visit like on Facebook, or follow on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.




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