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Visible efficiency for process automation : VEGA extends its level and pressure device portfolio New compact VEGABAR pressure sensors and VEGAPOINT level switches mean VEGA is now a full-range process automation level and pressure supplier. These new lower-priced instruments are designed for standard applications – in line with the latest industry demands. New standard sensors with a focus on hygiene In many basic process areas, simple, cost-effective automation sensors for efficiency improvements are often the key requirement. To meet this, VEGA has introduced a new compact level and pressure instrument series, designed to be simple and highly efficient - without sacrificing dependability, hygiene or accuracy. Standardisation gives birth to efficiency A hygienic universal adapter

system can be flexibly selected and adapted according to individual needs and, if necessary, quickly exchanged between devices. It is fully compatible across these new pressure and level switches. They can also withstand intense CIP processes, and along with hygienic designs and surface finishes comply to industry approvals and standards.

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The sensor development focused on simple use, and this includes fast and easy indication. A 360° status display means switching states can be quickly seen on the plant, an ultra-bright LED ring, has 256 freely selectable colours and the remains clearly visible, even in daylight. This immediately and efficiently shows operators both the switch and process status. Fit for the future with IO-Link The devices all feature IO-Link options, this enables sensor parameters to be stored and re-written to devices


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System Integrators – An Important Consideration For Successful Robot Applications Robot systems have become an essential part of a growing number of production processes, as manufacturers leverage the capability of the robot to offer high levels of flexibility and reliability. A successful robot system installation will deliver the performance, productivity and quality levels required to justify the initial investment, however for this to be achieved there needs to be a close working relationship and a clear understanding of expectations between the end user, the robot supplier and importantly, a qualified system integrator. This article by Stäubli’s Simon Jenkins explores the relationship between the different project stakeholders and discusses what end users should look for when selecting a system integrator. When the industrial robot first made an appearance, although revolutionary at the time, their functionality and capability was somewhat limited. In many cases robots would be purchased directly from the manufacturer and often integrated by the end user to perform relatively simple pick and place, handling or palletising tasks. By comparison, today’s robot systems are mature, high performance production tools with a proven track record within a multitude of applications and industry sectors. The sophistication of current robot models, together with their ability to interface with other proprietary technologies such as machine vision systems and lasers etc. requires a different approach to integration if the optimum solution is to be achieved. This is where the system integrator now plays a crucial role. However, the choice of system integrator can mean the difference between a smooth and successful project, which meets all of the specific criteria in line with anticipated project costs and timescales, and a potentially difficult and costly process. Simon Jenkins comments: “It is important that end users seek to work with a system integrator with


a proven track record in their sector. This means that they will already understand the nuances of the sector and be familiar with appropriate standards and regulatory compliance measures. In addition, the integrator should ideally have previous experience of working with the robot supplier.” Jenkins continues: “Clearly, as the robot manufacturer, Stäubli engineers are the experts in understanding how to get the most from the robot in terms of programming and performance. Therefore, our part in the three way partnership of end user, robot supplier and system integrator is initially to ensure that the correct robot model is identified to meet the unique characteristics of the application and operational environment. We then continue to work with the chosen system integrator to fully understand the detail behind the application, identify robot features and functionality to enhance the application, and of course contribute to the generation of the final user requirements specification. From the end user’s perspective, it is essential that they clearly communicate the

project requirements, objectives and goals to both the robot supplier and system integrator.” Although the robot(s) will become part of a larger system to be built and installed by the system integrator, the robot supplier still has a key role to play in the training of operators and maintenance personnel to ensure that they get the most from the robot(s). Training by the robot supplier supports both the system integrator, in ensuring installation proceeds smoothly and that anticipated cycle times are achieved, and likewise the end user, by helping them to become self-sufficient in the operation and maintenance of the robot systems. Simon Jenkins concludes: “Stäubli has formed working partnerships with a number of highly respected and sector specific system integrators throughout the UK. These long term relationships mean that the integrators have in-depth experience of applying our robot systems within a broad range of often challenging and high performance applications. We will always be happy to introduce customers who may be considering the introduction of robot systems to one of our trusted partners.”

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pecialising in ‘High Pressure Containment’ and ‘On-Site Machining’, the company has developed both products and services for the oil and gas and power industry. Formed in 1969, Destec now takes pride in its most versatile and a very wide range of inhouse designed and manufactured portable machine tools. With their distributors spread across the world in six continents, Destec has become indispensable to the oil and gas industry. The company is committed to the design and manufacture of portable machine tools, where accuracy is of paramount importance. Destec has a fully equipped machine workshop with a wide selection of CNC lathes, vertical boring and milling machines. Powered by an experienced design staff who are actively engaged in the design and development of their products, Destec provides

supporting calculations and stress analysis for their products and use in-house developed computer programmes. Serving clientele all across the oil, chemical and petrochemical related industries, power generation, steel, marine and others, Destec’s wellequipped team backed by the most modern design and manufacturing equipment works closely with the clients to reduce costs. Destec Engineering has designed, developed and built special purpose machines for the oil, petrochemical and nuclear industries. Their multi-disciplined trained technicians combined with the years of expertise provide the best on-site services which not only significantly reduces the personnel on the field but also is less harsh on the client’s pockets.

Known for their quality assurance, their clients are drawn to the versatility and adaptability of their products coupled with accuracy. Destec serves the client’s needs best through their cost-efficient solutions and their perfect surface finished products ensure that they hold well in-situ. Over the years, they have generated a sense of trust in their clients with their quality-assured products and onsite services. Destec stands tall as a one-stop solution for all the machinery requirements. This implies cutting down significantly on the costs of stripping down, transporting to a machine shop, returning to site, and reassembly. That is why their clients rely on trustworthy services of taking a special-purpose machine to the job instead. Destec’s products are the mosttrusted by the oil and gas industry with their years of experience on the use of high-pressure and high-temperature metalto-metal static sealing. Their engineers are driven by quality assurance and follow established codes and standards for design modifications. Destec’s onsite machining service uses portable machines to carry out those modifications and re-build on site. With their years of experience on the field and a passion-driven team of engineers, Destec has created a niche for its products and services which are unparalleled in the industry.



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Precise Flow Measurement for the Food & Beverage Sector Titan Enterprises is a leading supplier of precision flow measurement devices for the food and beverage sector. Flow measurement is widely recognised as a critical tool for food and beverage manufacturers looking to control operations including filling of vessels, measurement of liquid ingredients and controlling cleaning processes.


or these and other flow measurement operations, Titan offers a range of flow meters incorporating NSF certification for use within food and beverage production facilities. Titan Enterprises maintains certification under NSF169 as equipment for food products for their 800 Series turbine flowmeters and Beverage meters. This certification is especially important for manufacturers of food production and handling machinery who can now install these flow meters secure in the knowledge that they meet NSFstandards for food production. Carrying NSF certification, Titan Enterprises competitively priced, 800 series turbine flow meter is designed to give reliable, high performance over 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 L/ min. Incorporating only non-metallic wetted components makes the 800-seies flowmeter the ideal choice


for the metering of food and beverage materials. Titan Enterprises beverage flow meter is designed specifically for precise metering of lower viscosity beverages including coffee, wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Based upon a unique Pelton wheel design, Titan Enterprises 800-series and beverage dispensing flow meters are inherently reliable and proven in tens of thousands of installations around the world. At the heart of each beverage flowmeter is a precision Pelton wheel turbine that rotates freely on robust sapphire bearings and contains over-moulded magnets

that are detected through the chamber wall by a Hall effect detector. The output from Titan's 800-series and beverage flow meters is a stream of NPN pulses that are directly interfaced with either PLCs or an electronic display. This combination of materials and technology ensures a longlife product with reliable operation throughout. In addition to its NSF certified flow meters, Titan Enterprises is also experienced in supplying optimised flow meters for monitoring the flow of more viscous food grade fluids such as chocolate, cream and syrups.

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The Use of Laser Alignment and Measurement in Industry


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Alrad provides an outstanding range of laser diode modules for many industrial, medical and imaging applications, which can provide a rapid and extremely accurate method of precision measurement and alignment allowing non-contact measurement of position, distance, motion and vibration over long distances. Laser alignment has solved some of the most difficult manufacturing problems in the aviation, shipbuilding and automotive industries, where precise measurements and positioning are often mission-critical and are needed across long spans and distances.

In the medical field ensuring that instruments are well aligned with the patient helps to ensure high quality imaging, giving clearer information and ultimately helping to achieve swift and accurate diagnoses. Patient-positioning systems typically use a laser module mounted alongside the imaging instruments, clearly showing where images will be taken and allowing the instruments and patient to align to get the best image. Usually a red (635 nm) laser line or cross is used, to give a high level of visibility. In some cases a green laser module may be used because of the human eye’s enhanced sensitivity to green and the need for clarity when projected onto the skin of patients. Co-axial alignment of the laser beam with the body of the laser housing is critical to achieve a high level of accuracy for the positioning system In the field of Machine Vision, Coherent’s highperformance StingRay laser diode modules, measuring only 19 mm in diameter, offer the user a wide variety of possibilities. With a modular design, using the industries’ premier laser diodes, the StingRay laser modules deliver best-in-class performance. High-quality glass optics and drive electronics deliver the power and control to your application to improve signal-to-noise and measurement speed. High laser line uniformity adds to the sophistication of this module series


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The Benefits of Automated Tensile/ Compression and Torque Testing From its headquarters in West Sussex, Mecmesin has been designing and manufacturing force, materials and torque measuring solutions for over 40 years. The company’s flexible testing systems are used in R&D centres, quality control laboratories and manufacturing facilities across the globe.


n addition to standard products Mecmesin designs and manufactures bespoke semi-automated and fully automated test systems. Designed to eliminate operator error, improve test consistency and reduce costs in time and labour, Mecmesins’ test systems are combined with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and customised material handling equipment to create test systems tailored to uniquely suit your specific test application. These automated testers are particularly suited to production environments where the volume of throughput is high, where repetitive tasks can lead to operator error and inconsistent test results, and where consistency of sample mounting is important.

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OmniTest Universal Testing Machine with VectorPro MT Software Mecmesins’ OmniTest provides the ideal solution to materials testing at a competitive price. Properties of metals, plastics, polymers, alloys, composites, wood, fabrics, glass, laminates and ceramics can be characterised in tension and compression up to 50 kN, without breaking the budget. The OmniTest range features exceptional rigidity with minimal deflection at full extension and load and ample space to accommodate most sizes of test specimen. At the heart of the OmniTest lies VectorPro MT control and acquisition software. Powerful, intuitive and touch screen friendly, VectorPro MT has been designed with ease of use at the forefront through an intuitive drag & drop test builder. It is intuitive to use with minimal training. The icon-based interface acts like a ‘wizard’ taking the user quickly step-by-step through even the most elaborate and complex

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Why using SuperCORR A for connector maintenance on portable gas generators improves electrical supplies in extreme conditions. Gas Turbine generators are used for electrical power supplies by extraction industries and manufacturing plants in remote and hostile locations. Dusty and wet environments in deserts, mines, grinding mills, pulp and paper mills and on land or sea drilling rigs for gas and oil production. Portable generators maintain aircraft services at standings are connected and disconnected many times a day in extreme weather conditions. These applications and locations test connector seals allowing dust or water to infiltrate. This with the flexing of the connecting cables allows sufficient movement between the metal surfaces of the connecting pins to produce fretting corrosion which reduces, interrupts or produces failures in electrical supply. Regular maintenance of electrical connectors and control systems is vital to be certain of uninterrupted supply. A leading manufacturer of connectors tested SuperCORR A to see what the "life" of the lubricant was in a "rub test". The typical test is 20,000 cycles, i.e. unplug, plug in is one cycle. The test results demonstrated that after 20,000 cycles there were no failures. It was decided to take it one more step and run the same tests for

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SICK Launches its IntegrationSpace Digital Services Platform SICK has established a new web-based platform, SICK IntegrationSpace, to be the home for its growing data-based digital software and services portfolio. Seen as a key strategic development for the company, its aim is to align the operating efficiency goals of its customers in automated factory, process and logistics with enterprisewide business improvement systems. As the distribution channel for a modular portfolio of digital tools, services and cloud-based applications, SICK IntegrationSpace will enable users to vertically integrate sensor data from device through to the Cloud, creating transparency for users both to the sensors themselves, and the data they generate. Though SICK IntegrationSpace, data from SICK sensors and other thirdparty devices becomes a valuable raw material to be collected, represented and manipulated using the appropriate webbased service. All SICK IntegrationSpace modules are non-sector specific and are designed to work seamlessly with SICK’s sensor technology portfolio and its AppSpace software framework to serve the company’s wide-ranging customer-base across factory, process and logistics automation. A range of asset-focused digital services are among the key foundation modules included in the initial launch: • The SICK Installed Base Manager database smartphone app • The SICK AssetHub digital-twin asset management system • The SICK LiveConnect real-time access capability from sensor to cloud • The SICK Monitoring Box real-time analysis and condition monitoring tool. Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement and Ranging explains : “The modular concept of SICK IntegrationSpace allows you to


subscribe only to the services you use. You can connect your SICK devices in three simple steps: Firstly, create a virtual representation (digital twin) of your device, then pair the real device with the virtual representation. Finally, via the virtual device, manage how the data is routed and forwarded to other SICK data applications, such as individual dashboards, digital maintenance services, as well as to your third-party dashboards or business improvement systems.” Customers may choose to start their IntegrationSpace journey by using the SICK Installed Base Manager smartphone app to build a database with fingertip access to information about both SICK and third-party installed devices. By simply tagging the 2D code label on the SICK device, users can collect data on their entire installed sensor inventory. The SICK Installed Base Manager also enables non-SICK devices to be added. For every SICK device, the App will automatically detect and log the serial number and its age, assign it to the machine and plant, with the option to add photos and the exact GPS location. Individual sensors can then be located quickly using the search function, with quick access to technical data and product manuals. All stored device data can be exported for use in the customer’s own systems. A key foundation of the IntegrationSpace platform, the SICK AssetHub is a web-based enterprise asset management (EAM) that enables users to manage a digital twin of their assets along their entire life cycles. The AssetHub presents a feature-rich and interactive view of all sensors, systems and other devices. The SICK AssetHub evaluates device data so that maintenance happens at the right times, software and firmware are up to date and that inventories are well planned and optimised. The AssetHub also provides transparency for SICK

field services to support customers effectively and enables maintenance programmes to be optimised. In order to access the virtual representation of the sensor and its data, SICK uses LiveConnect to deliver a standardised connection from an edge gateway, such as the SICK SIM1012 or the TDC-E, to the SICK Asset Hub. This visualises the sensor status, thereby providing a foundation that opens up new opportunities for optimising plant availability and process efficiency. The LiveConnect service creates a digital trail linking hardware to SensorApp, and to the Cloud. The SICK Monitoring Box allows for the early detection of status changes in sensors, machines, and plants. It enables visualization of data in a browser-based dashboard for condition monitoring and real time analysis. Integration with sensors is facilitated through standard SensorApps for SICK devices and implemented via the SICK cloud, or at a customer’s premises. Process changes can be tracked directly from devices and users have realtime access to sensor parameters, for example whether pre-set limits have been exceeded. Alarms and notifications can be set up, and historical data and events are presented clearly in a log book format, so they can be used to make application-specific predictions. Guided by the principle of standardised, secure, open frameworks, and easy customisation for individual business processes, SICK IntegrationSpace promises to add value to many business processes. SICK plans to release further modules for the IntegrationSpace platform at a rapid pace supporting asset-focused digital value adding services, as well as cloud-based processes and applications. For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

October 2020


MUTING REINVENTED - Smart Process Gating


onveyor systems often contain danger zones which must be protected against unauthorized access. However, goods/ product must be able to enter and exit the danger zone. Examples of systems such as this can be found in intralogistics and in the automotive and packaging industries. In practice, the safety requirements are met using optoelectronic protective devices. These protective devices must be designed so that they detect the approach of the goods/ product and then temporarily bridge the protective field to allow the good/product to pass through but detect a person and emergency stop the system should they try to access the danger zone. Until now, additional sensors were required for distinguishing between goods/product and people. These are referred to as ‘muting sensors’. The "Smart Process Gating" (SPG) principle meets the abovementioned requirements without the need for additional sensors and therefore saves installation space. The risk of misalignment or damage to the sensors is eliminated as is the costs for their installation and maintenance.


The "Smart Process Gating" muting process is based on the MLC safety light curtains from Leuze electronic and is integrated in the MLC 530 SPG model. The MLC 530 SPG safety light curtain specification is designed in accordance with the safetyrelevant, international standards and is type 4 (IEC/EN 61496), performance level PL e/ category 4 (EN ISO 13849-1) and SIL 3 (IEC 61508). For more information click here.

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October 2020


Trotec Laser Makes the Cut at Printed Electronics Device Manufacturer The team at M-Solv has recognised additional uses for the laser cutter, also using it to create jigs and templates for use elsewhere in the production plant. Dr Rumsby said: "M-Solv has over 10 years of experience and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovation and technology, providing our customers with reliable and innovative products and services. We chose Trotec because we'd seen one of our partner companies using a Trotec machine for a similar application, the build-quality and local support has been infallible. "The laser cutter has integrated well into our already established production line and as a result we have seen significant improvements in the accuracy and speed of this part of the production process."

Oxford-based equipment manufacturer and innovation leaders, M-Solv choose Trotec for precision laser cutting of polymers during printed electronic devices manufacture.


nitially specialising in the production of high-end laser and inkjet printing tools, M-Solv has gone on to develop a number of specialist production processes and now manufactures printed electronic devices, such as biomedical sensors and capacitive touch screens, for businesses who prefer to outsource this activity. During the production of capacitive touch sensors it is necessary to laminate the sensor to the cover lens with a layer of transparent polymer. It is at this stage of the complex production process that M-Solv relies on the Trotec Speedy 360 laser cutter. Although M-Solv has a suite of laser and printing tools in its arsenal, the process of cutting these polymer sheets had always been a manual process; M-Solv needed to find a more accurate, reliable and faster method.


David Brunt, manager of M-Solv’s Printed Electronics Device Fab said: "We make Industrial grade capacitive touch sensor modules with sizes from a few inches up to over 24 inches. The process of laminating the cover lenses to the sensors for critical display applications requires high precision as the polymer sheets have to be handled carefully and cut with intricate contours and are often very large. "We have added the Speedy 360 to our production line and haven't been disappointed by its ability to precisely laser cut the materials with minimal wastage. It increases yield and also saves us time compared to the manual method we'd previously been relying upon, so we are capable of producing higher volumes."

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October 2020


Heavy Duty Vacuums for Industry Quirepace have been manufacturing BVC heavy duty industrial vacuum cleaners since 2008 when they took over the BVC business from Barloworld. However, the machine designs have a long pedigree stretching back to when British Vacuum Cleaners were part of the Goblin Empire, and are still manufactured using some of the castings and metal pressings that have stood the test of time. In 2016 Quirepace brought the metal pressings in-house and now operate their own pressshop with two new 30 tonne and 55 tonne presses. The largest range of BVC machines is designated “Centurion” and consists of two models; the Ti60 and Ti80 both of which are available with several choices and variations of motor size, capacity, filtration and hoses/tools. The range spans from 4kW up to 15kW. All units require a 3 phase supply, although petrol and diesel variations can also be supplied. The power of Centurion Industrial Vacuum Cleaners is required primarily when heavy aggregates and materials have to been cleaned and recovered or the machines have to run continuously in a production environment, so customers come typically from manufacturing, heavy engineering, and construction. Ti60 and Ti80 have 60 litre and 80 litre collection tanks, but for heavier materials it is often appropriate to use an intermediate interceptor skip which can be both manoeuvred on its own wheels or picked up and carried by FLT. Similarly Centurion Ti80 is equipped with fork lugs. Using a separate skip interceptor provides several advantages; a single vacuum unit can be shared between several interceptors, for emptying the vacuum unit


does not have to be detached from the power supply, and having the vacuum plant separate from the collector reduces the weight to be carried from the work place to the disposal point. The motive power for Centurion Industrial Vacuum Cleaners is a combination unit consisting of a continuously rated 3 phase electric motor of a rating suitable for the application combined with a BVC multistage vacuum pump designed for heavy duty use. The BVC multistage design is much more forgiving in an industrial application than typical side channel exhausters and vacuum pumps found on competitor machines. Side channel units are very efficient at handling air, but the tight internal tolerances are rapidly destroyed should anything else find its way into the unit. BVC multistage vacuum pumps operate with much wider tolerances between Impellers and casings and in most cases are not affected by accidental ingress of material or liquid, giving the units a very high durability in the toughest environments. As in all Industrial Vacuum Cleaners, filtration is as important as the machine power in determining the overall efficiency of the unit. Filters must not blind easily, or performance quickly degrades, and must also be robust enough to handle continual operation with aggressive materials. All BVC Centurion vacuum cleaners may be specified with either standard bag filters or, for finer materials, the unique BVC Clearflow filter which naturally agitates continually in use helping to prevent filter blinding. All standard filters may be combined with HEPA secondary filters for enhanced filtration where required.

BVC Centurion machines are available with 38mm, 51mm and 76mm hoses and various combinations and lengths of hose may be used depending on the application. Additionally, the larger machines are capable of operating multiple users simultaneously through either Y pieces or fixed pipework systems. Similarly heavy-duty tools are available in several different designs depending on the application. For some materials special aerating tools are necessary to mix the material with air to enable it to flow easily If materials to be cleaned are organic such as wood or plastic products and where fine material dusts may create an explosive atmosphere, it is necessary to use ATEX rated vacuum cleaners. Both Ti60 and Ti80 are available in ATEX rated versions with similarly rated hoses and tools. Whilst the BVC range of Industrial Vacuum Cleaners manufactured by Quirepace is available in a wide range of standard configurations, it is also possible to manufacture

special units for particular applications. For example, it is possible to equip machines with PLC interfaces so that the equipment starts and stops automatically determined by external signals and processes. This is particularly of interest where the Industrial Vacuum is integrated in to the production line. BVC Centurion Industrial Vacuum Cleaners are manufactured for durability in the most aggressive environments, and have stood the test of time in many diverse industries. Machines used in the UK are provided with a 5 year parts warranty against manufacturing defect, and spare parts are available for all units from a comprehensive warehouse in Fareham. Quirepace also provide spare parts for many older units up to 30 or more years old, and it is not unusual to find BVC vacuum cleaners still in use after several decades. BVC from Quirepace – Tough Machines for Tough Jobs. 023 9260 3700


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


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October 2020


A new LEMO production site is inaugurated! The new REDEL 2 production site, at 400m from the main site (St-Croix, Switzerland), was officially inaugurated on 3rd September 2020. +34% REDEL production surface area, 7038m2 +16% REDEL staff, 157, of which 44 people at REDEL 2. The REDEL factory is part of the LEMO group and is specialised in manufacturing connectors for the REDEL brand, as well as components in various materials such as copper, aluminium and stainless steel. As of now, this additional production capacity will help to better serve our customers around the world and to meet their requests with better lead-times, which will strengthen LEMO’s competitive position. For more information visit 34|


October 2020

Introducing CWM Automation’s Latest Innovation: CWM 240i This month marks one year since CWM Automation unveiled their latest innovation: the CWM 240i, at the 2019 PPMA Show. Designed to provide you with a more efficient pot filling and sealing solution, the 240i allows for significantly higher speeds and up to 30% more control than a traditional inline machine, combined with the flexibility of a rotary.


ncorporating Rockwell Automation’s iTRAK independent cart technology, the CWM 240i provides continuous motion and dwelling on the same frame bed. This eliminates the need for traditional chains and sprockets, which can experience frequent wear and tear and, in turn, high maintenance costs. As opposed to traditional conveyer systems, the CWM 240i has only got 14 platens in groups of 2. These platens are quick release, allowing for swift product changeovers and use of a number of different packaging formats on one machine. Increased speeds on the CWM 240i mean you can expect higher throughputs. In fact, the 240i provides a 75% rise in product throughput versus a linear machine, delivering you a financial payback up to 23% quicker. While the 240i’s footprint is considerably smaller than a standard linear machine, the output capacity is much greater. On a fourlane machine, the 240i can fill up to 240 pots per minute. Connectivity is another noteworthy element of the CWM 240i: it is fully networked, which means that real-time operational

information can be shared with your ERP systems. Each individual slat movement can be recorded for data analysis, giving you a full insight into how effectively your machine is operating. This connectivity also enables CWM to deliver remote maintenance and real-time diagnostics, minimising the risk of any costly down-time. Through combining CWM Automation’s vast design capabilities and

Rockwell Automation’s technological expertise, CWM have created a revolutionary piece of equipment which boasts speed, flexibility, reduced footprint and 3A hygiene standards. CWM Automation are specialists in providing customers with a wide range of filling, heat sealing and lidding machinery, as well as fully automatic end of line solutions. Catering for applications in the dairy, convenience foods, bakery, pharmaceutical and many other industries, CWM are also able to offer bespoke solutions that meet exact customer requirements. If you would like to learn more about what CWM Automation can offer your business, then give their experienced sales team a call on 01427 614 222 or email


October 2020


RS Components stocks Bluetooth®-enabled Smart Torque Wrenches from FACOM® for faster and more precise tightening The new torque wrenches leverage Bluetooth connectivity and digital interface for accurate and efficient fastening and full traceability RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, is now stocking the FACOM® E.516ST range of Smart Torque Wrenches for greater precision and safety in critical fastening applications. The digital tools leverage Bluetooth® connectivity, enabling fast and accurate torque tightening and a transparent audit trail across a variety of workshop and maintenance applications. The Smart Torque Wrenches can be paired to any mobile device in seconds thanks to a dedicated FACOM app. Torque values can be entered into the tool via the app, enabling users to make all necessary tightening adjustments quickly and accurately. To speed the process further, favourites can be recalled from the app database for recurring tasks where required torque values are repeated throughout the day. Another key feature is the haptic sensory warning that is emitted through the handle whenever a user is nearing the required torque level. A positive audible and tactile ‘click’ then notifies the user when the maximum permitted torque is reached, reducing the risk of over-torque. Users can also monitor, at a glance, how tightening is progressing thanks to four LEDs that change from amber to green to a red flashing light. The fastening status is also displayed on an OLED screen and on the connected device through the app. The LED light, screen and app also alert users when calibration is required and provide updates on battery level and memory status. Full traceability is another key benefit that the Smart Torque Wrench range brings to users. All values entered throughout the day are recorded and synced via the FACOM app database, generating a log of tightening tasks


with related applied torque figures. In this way, workshop, garage, or production managers can count on accurate activity analysis and a reliable audit of the work completed for the end customer. Other features include a robust charging dock that can be installed horizontally, or wall mounted for greater flexibility and resistance to water and dust ingress in line with IP54 requirements. The Smart Torque Wrench is ideal for a variety of applications including fastening of cylinder head nuts, vehicle, aviation parts production, railway maintenance, and industrial repair in workshops and small-tomedium production lines. The FACOM® E.516ST Smart Torque Wrench range is now available exclusively from RS in the UK.

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MetLase launches ‘smart’ products to connect and increase speed of manufacturing processes One of the UK’s leading specialists in tooling, intelligent fixturing and components is launching a new range of ‘digital’ solutions that will connect manufacturing processes and enable easier, faster automation. MetLase, a joint venture between Unipart and Roll-Royce, commissioned a dedicated team to develop ‘smart’ products, including the Digital Gauge (conducting a digital dimensional inspection process), Smart Bench (ensures nofault forward in the assembly process as well as connecting up-front supply chains) and Smart Cell. The latter covers multiple manufacturing processes and can enable human interaction with cobots and robots. This means tasks, including stock control and direct-tobench supply of components, can be more easily automated. Engineers at the Rotherham-based firm haven’t stopped there, taking a similar approach to Smart Machining by creating a smart fixture that can gather critical data from a component such as clamping forces, vibration, temperature, and dimensional measurement. This provides better process control and ongoing improvements. Richard Gould, Business Development Manager at MetLase, commented: “Our digital products have to deliver bottom-line benefits to our clients, who operate in the automotive, aerospace, construction and renewables sectors.

He continued: “With these new products, we have been able to demonstrate how easily and cost effectively data can be harvested, automatically digested and analysed, and then put to use immediately, in order to get the maximum benefit from it.” MetLase’s digital products are already having an impact on industry, with one of the most striking examples being a project with Kautex Unipart Ltd and a leading supercar manufacturer to support in-line composite pre-form measurement. Digital gauges are being used to support the inspection of blowmoulded plastic fuel tanks in just four seconds, replacing an inspection system that would usually take 45 minutes, during which time the line would churn out parts. If a fault was found at this stage, all the components made in that period would be destined for the scrap pile. In addition, it also allows data to be collected that is ‘actionable’ for process improvement and machine learning. Richard added: “This is just the start. More and more customers are switching on to the benefits of digital manufacturing in the overall process.

“This involves taking traditional manufacturing principles focusing on assembly, bonding, measuring, workholding and assembly workstations, and exploring how we could digitise them in a way that would allow them to provide their core function whilst also gathering data.

“And we’re not just talking about impact on shopfloor. One project we’re currently exploring is the introduction of a Smart Bench to support a maritime application, where a global business has won a contract that includes an element of regenerating a region’s manufacturing sector.

“For us, digital manufacturing is not a standalone entity. Instead, it should be a critical aspect of the process and operation, and it should revolve around data and, specifically, digestible, actionable data.”

“The bench potentially helps in that it instructs and inspects so well that operators, who are not highly skilled engineers, can now carry out a complex operation, providing more people with employment


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October 2020


Siemens Mobility’s first Goole apprentices start college •

12 apprentices embark on a three-year Siemens Mobility engineering training programme Onboarding marks a major milestone for the Goole facility

Selby College, Siemens Mobility Limited’s training partner for its planned rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, has welcomed its first cohort of apprentices. The 12 apprentices are the first of up to 700 employees who will work at the pioneering rail facility when it opens in 2023. The new starters are undertaking a Level 3 Rail Technician Apprenticeship programme, spending their first year at the college developing core engineering knowledge and competencies. In their second year, they will spend one day a week at college and four days a week on placement at Siemens Mobility traincare facilities, building up their practical skills and experience.

Their third year will be split between working full-time at the Goole facility and a six-month placement at the company’s rolling stock factory in Vienna, Austria. This will enable expert knowledge transfer from colleagues in a well-established, global manufacturing operation. The 12 apprentices were selected by Siemens Mobility after receiving over 200 applications, with the majority of applicants from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. They join Selby College two months after construction work began at the nearby Goole site in July 2020, following a visit from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. When complete, the state-of-the-art factory will manufacture and commission trains –

the first of which will be new Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly line with plans for additional train manufacture in the future. This could include additional vehicles for the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City line Tube trains, plus mainline suburban and intercity trains. Siemens Mobility’s Goole plant will be complemented by research and development, digital innovation and supplier facilities, together forming a unique “rail village”. Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Siemens Mobility’s first 12 apprentices to Selby College. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to be a part of an incredibly exciting project and develop the engineering skills which are so vital to the UK’s future. “Our significant engineering facilities and partnerships with industry mean that we offer unparalleled training opportunities for apprentices in the sector,


and we hope our new joiners gain maximum experience and knowledge from the programme during their time with us.” Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director, Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “The onboarding of our first apprentices at Selby College represents another major milestone for our Goole facility and our plans to create and develop local jobs. With an outstanding track record of delivering apprenticeships and excellent facilities, Selby College is a brilliant place for these ambitious people to train and grow their skillset in engineering. “The government has a clear commitment to ‘levelling up” and rebuilding the nation’s economy following COVID-19 and employing and training local people is key to this. As supporters of this ambition, we are committed to upskilling the next generation of engineering talent, so they can play a key role in delivering important UK infrastructure projects, like TfL’s new underground trains.”



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October 2020


FURTHER INVESTMENT IN POST PROCESSING EQUIPMENT AT 3DPRINTUK EXPANDS COLOUR PALETTE OPTIONS 3DPRINTUK, a leading service provider of polymer powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing processes for manufacturing applications, continues its impressive investment in post processing equipment that allows it to increase its range of services and materials for its customers. Hot on the heels of its recent announcement introducing the PrimePartST flexible PEBA material, and the announcement of a shot peening service for low, medium, and high volume parts to enhance surface finish, today 3DPRINTUK unveils multiple new colour options through its £50K investment in another DM60 machine from DyeMansion. Nick Allen, CEO at 3DPRINTUK says, “During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3DPRINTUK made a pragmatic decision that we would use this time to reach out to our community to find out what they wanted from us. The feedback was extensive and highly informative, and we reacted by further refining our 3D printing services in order to offer an expanded and versatile palette of options for our customers. Introducing PEBA means we can now provide a flexible, rubber-like material in addition to nylon 12 and shot peening means we can provide a superior surface finish than ever before to our nylon parts. Our investment in the new DyeMansion machine, and our traditional exhaustive testing, means that we can now provide parts in blue, green, red and yellow, with more colours to follow. We have


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New laser triangulation sensor offers unique combination of size, speed and accuracy for a wide range of control and automation tasks Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon continues the development of its comprehensive laser triangulation sensor range with the addition of the optoNCDT 1900. Ideally suited for both dynamic and high resolution measurement tasks, it features a completely new compact sensor housing with innovative mounting sleeves that ensures a repeatable sensor position and alignment to the target. This new performance class of laser sensor is perfect for high speed distance, displacement and position measurements in a wide range of automation tasks, including machine building, robotics, automotive production, 3D printing and coordinate measuring machines. The new optoNCDT 1900 laser triangulation sensor offers a unique combination of speed, size and performance. The sensor itself has dimensions of 70 x 31 x 45mm and weighs just 185g. The measuring rate is continuously adjustable up to 10kHz and can be individually adapted to suit each measurement task. Newly developed, high performance optics create a small spot size onto the target, which enables tiny objects and surface details to be measured. A new larger aperture for the receiver ensures greater accuracy and repeatability when compared to other sensors of similar measurement range. The sensor itself is also extremely robust with the ability to withstand high shock and vibrations, like those seen in vehicle testing, as standard. Two-stage averaging For the first time, a two-stage measurement average is available for signal optimisation. This enables the sensor to provide a clean signal output at edges and steps. The high performance averaging ensures a stable, precise signal output and is particularly suitable for high speed measurements of fast moving parts. The sensor uses the newly developed Advanced Surface Compensation (ASC) algorithm that allows it to operate almost regardless of the target material and colour. The


exposure time or amount of light produced by the laser sensor is optimally matched to the reflection characteristics of the target surface, which enables reliable measurements even of difficult, changing surfaces. The sensor is extremely resistant to ambient light interference and so can be used in high illumination environments including those situations where lasers are combined with Vision Systems and their associated LED lighting. The new software algorithms compensate for ambient light up to 50,000 lux, which means operation in direct sunlight is also improved. Mounting sleeves and highly flexible cables Mounting the sensor is also fast and easy, with new fitting sleeves provided that automatically align the sensor in the correct position. This enables both easy sensor replacement and ensures continued high precision measurements to be taken with confidence that the new sensor is looking at the same point on the target. Highly flexible cables and a robust IP67 protected aluminium die cast housing make the sensor ideal for industrial use. Using the now familiar Micro-Epsilon web interface, the optoNCDT 1900 is incredibly easy to set up and use without requiring any installed operating software. The settings for the measurement task can be quickly selected using applicationspecific, predefined presets. These are available to suit a wide variety of materials and surface types, including metals, plastics and organics. These presets enable rapid, straightforward set up and help to optimise the sensor for specific tasks. New advanced features for peak separation and peak width determination enable reliable measurements on coated materials, measurement objects located behind glass and on film-sealed

components. Data output is via analogue or digital RS422 interface. By using the Micro-Epsilon IF2030 interface module, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are also available. Glenn Wedgbrow, Business Development Manager at Micro-Epsilon UK comments: “The combination of enhanced performance, compactness and wide range of new features result in a laser sensor that sets new benchmarks for advanced automation tasks. Due to its compact design, integral controller, flexible mounting options and advanced surface compensation features, the optoNCDT 1900 is extremely versatile and will solve a wide variety of applications on industrial plant, machines, automated production lines and robots.” The optoNCDT 1900 series is available in measuring ranges from 10mm up to 50mm (with higher ranges from 100mm up to 500mm planned for launch in 2021). Linearity is from <± 2.0 microns. For more information on the optoNCDT 1900, please call the Micro-Epsilon sales department on 0151 355 6070 or email

October 2020


Bright Green Plastics Creates Next Generation of Engineers with Apprenticeship Roles The Yorkshire-based plastic reprocessing firm, which employs 104 people at its Castleford site and recycles over 40,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste into reusable material each year, has taken on its first two new apprentices as part of the firm’s mission to develop the next generation of engineers through an ongoing training scheme. Lewis Davison, 17, has just completed his studies at Campsmount Academy, Doncaster, where he received a distinction in engineering and technology, and Callum Levantiz, 21, switched from a business studies course at Castleford Academy to this apprenticeship opportunity when he realised he was drawn to a career in engineering. The pair, who began their training at Bright Green Plastics on 1st Sep, will initially shadow Bright Green Plastic’s current team of six established engineers across the full range of requirements within the business, from breakdowns and preventative maintenance to fabrication, with Lewis focusing more on the electrical side of engineering, whilst Callum concentrates on mechanical aspects. The ultimate objective is to develop Lewis and Callum to become highly qualified engineers, capable of leading a team within Bright Green Plastics’ business within the next five to six years. Their new line manager, Bright Green Plastics’ Head of Facilities and Maintenance, Danny Cookson, who started his own career as an apprentice, comments on their appointment: “When I first met them, Lewis and Callum demonstrated maturity in their approach and I could see immediately that they would be a great fit for us, both technically and culturally. They both expressed a desire to study up to HNC level, which is exactly the type of attitude and drive we want to see at the firm”. Steve Spencer, managing director at Bright green Plastics, believes the manufacturing and reprocessing sectors must invest more in young people: “With evolving technology continuing to drive growth in the field of engineering, young people must be


encouraged to join and help build a lasting legacy for UK industry, whilst driving our economy in the long term.” Bright Green Plastics has a history of successful apprenticeships, with line manager, Danny Cook, joining the business as an apprentice 20 years ago. Danny adds: “Engineering is an exciting, thriving industry, rife with innovation and new technology, and the perfect career for any young person who enjoys fixing things and possesses a natural curiosity to know how things work. Apprenticeships are a tried and tested route to establishing a long and varied career - without the thousands of pounds of university debt." “It’s an honour to pick-up the baton as line manager to our new apprentices, and I’m excited to see what the coming years bring as we invite more young men and women onto our site to become the next generation of British engineering talent.” Apprenticeships at Bright Green Plastics were already part of

the firm's long-term business strategy. However, it welcomes the introduction of the Government’s Plan for Jobs scheme, where employers are being offered support to develop emerging talent in the UK, particularly in-light of the recent shortage in hands on apprentices and the requirement for more trainees in the UK’s engineering workforce. Steve Spencer elaborates: “We need younger people in our business to develop them to become future managers. The addition of youthful energy, fresh eyes and new ideas can only add value to any organisation, and we are fully behind the government’s drive to up-the-ante on apprenticeships.” This move is part of Bright Green Plastics long-term strategy to upgrade and grow the business and follows its recent £750,000 investment into the development of its new plastics sorting plant, which has been fully operational since July 2020.

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Atlas Copco introduces SMARTCLAMP performance monitoring solution for compressors under 30 kW Atlas Copco has launched SMARTCLAMP, a solution for compressor and vacuum pump performance monitoring where no built-in controller is fitted. The easy-to-install SMARTCLAMP gathers valuable insights on the running hours and service status of equipment rated up to 30 kW. Paul Clark, Business Line Manager of Atlas Copco Compressor Technique Service Sales & Marketing commented: “With SMARTCLAMP, no extra energy source is needed for operation, as it is simply attached to the incoming power cord to harvest energy from the machine while it is running.” SMARTCLAMP has been developed to operate with specific types of equipment that feature an electrical cubicle and nominal power ratings of 2-30 kW but operate without a controller. The SMARTCLAMP function is particularly suited to small to medium compressed air users, such as garages and workshops. Supported machine types include fixed-speed compressors – to monitor running hours and loaded hours – and for monitoring the running hours of VSD compressors, as well as dryers and vacuum pumps. Installation and commissioning is a quick and easy procedure. It comprises the simple steps of checking the machine power of the installation and the suitable SMARTCLAMP configuration for the equipment. This is followed by adjusting the clamp-on unit’s rotary switch to match the right value, scanning the QR code, then simply clamping to the incoming power cord. An in-built permanent SIM chip allows remote performance data monitoring via 3G smartphone connection to the equipment installation. This enables the SMARTCLAMP to upload the running hours from the compressor/dryer/pump at specified intervals. This data can then be used to identify when the next service is imminent. Furthermore, the option of signing up to a monthly report revealing the total running hours over a given period helps to highlight which type of regular service best suits individual operators’ needs. SMARTCLAMP is the latest addition to Atlas Copco’s suite of SMARTLINK data monitoring and remote connectivity solutions that include SMARTLINK Service, Uptime or Energy program software, the SMARTBOX compressor monitoring internet modem, and the SMARTLINK SPM which allows users to analyse the condition of main rotating components, compensate for speed variation and maximise operational life. For more information please contact: Joanna Canton Long, Marketing Communications Manager, Atlas Copco Compressors +44 (0)1442 222240 or Chris Butcher, Account Director, Publitek +44 (0)1582 390980 or



October 2020

WEG supplies electric motor for REPSOL hyper compressor Motor and drive manufacturer, WEG partnered with REPSOL to replace a 40-year-old ABB machine with an electric motor for the activation of REPSOL’s hyper compressor. Replacing old machines present several challenges, but WEG successfully supplied an electric motor and an excitation panel to REPSOL’s unit in Sines, Portugal. The project, which involved the development and implementation of a synchronous motor (Exp, 7.2mW, 30 pole) and an excitation panel, was required to provide an interconnected and protected automation solution for REPSOL’s hyper compressor. The new SEL 2000, 7.2mW, 200rpm, 6kV, 50Hz motor, was supplied for a line 2-PEBD Ethylene hyper compressor, triggering maximum pressure (2000 bar). The project required the design, manufacture and supply of an electric motor and the removal of the old machine. This involved a series of procedures, starting with the removal, packaging and storage of the existing motor.

Replacing an older motor, which was installed more than 40 years ago, does not come without its challenges. WEG initiated a detailed analysis of the motor’s dimension, protection, wiring and pressurisation system, to ensure the new WEG motor could be installed with existing certification standards.

WEG’s motors are developed for the most diverse market segments, adhering to the quality and performance requirements of any given application. In this case, the unique requirements of replacing a motor which has been in place for over 40 years.

“WEG intends to leverage and expand its know-how to fulfil any customer requirement — regardless of the complications,” explained Patricia Guedes of WEG Portugal. “The new automation system for REPSOL was difficult to implement, but will integrate the excitation system, auxiliary systems to protect the synchronous motor for safe operation.”

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October 2020


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Robotiq teams up with industry leaders to build high-performance cobot application solutions Collaboration will help manufacturers automate their production faster and increase ROI Robotiq is making the world of collaborative robots even more... collaborative – by joining forces with 3D vision pioneer Pickit and industrial linear motion specialist Festo. “Collaboration is not just for robots,” said Annie Giguère, VP of product management and marketing at Robotiq. “Working together with other industry leaders, namely Pickit and Festo, will help us provide manufacturers with better application solutions for their production floor.” Pickit and Robotiq technologies have previously been used together in bin-picking applications, leveraging Pickit’s renowned 3D vision and Robotiq’s quick-to-production


grippers. With the new strategic partnership, Robotiq and Pickit will develop even better application solutions for the manufacturing world. “At Pickit, we share Robotiq’s positive impact and creative values,” said Bart Houben, VP of sales and marketing. “We’ve worked together in the past and we are excited to launch what we’re creating together.” “Festo Canada and Robotiq worked closely together to make this partnership a success,” said Achim Kottmann, product manager at Festo. “We are looking forward to launching joint products that will

widen access to cobot applications for even more manufacturers.” Festo is bringing its world-class industrial automation product range to the table. Combined with Robotiq’s philosophy of ease of use and quick integration, manufacturers will benefit from a new range of allin-one solutions to start production faster. “We are proud to be working with Pickit and Festo, both industry leaders in their respective fields of 3D vision and industrial linear motion. Our shared commitment to getting factories automated quickly, easily and efficiently will be multiplied by combining our expertise,” said Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq.


October 2020

Automation specialist Sewtec completes move to 75,000 SQ FT design and manufacturing facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire Industrial automation specialist Sewtec has completed its move to a multi-million-pound state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. As part of the company’s ongoing growth and transformation strategy, Sewtec Automation has signed a 15-year lease for its new 75,000 sq ft headquarters, situated at Silkwood Park near junction 40 of the M1. The new location is more than double the total size of its seven previous sites in Dewsbury and design office in Wakefield combined, with all 120 of the company’s employees now based under the same roof for the first time. There is also adjacent land available for extending the building should growth exceed expectations. Sewtec Automation invents, designs, manufactures, installs, and supports complex industrial automation systems for global blue-chip clients in the pharmaceutical and medical devices, cosmetics and personal care, pet care, food and beverage and tobacco industries. More than 85 per cent of the company’s sales are exports and its customers include Nestlé, AstraZeneca, Tata, Mars, Greencore, McVities, Twinings, Huhtamaki, Proctor & Gamble and Imperial Brands. The new facility includes modern R&D and office spaces, with breakout areas to further enhance the business’s inventive approach to problem-solving. It also provides new production and quality control offices whilst significantly increasing the sizes of the company’s assembly area, machine shop, fabrication bays and stores, creating space for future expansion. This project received investment from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region. As part of the move, the company

estimates the new location will eventually create up to an additional 70 high skilled jobs. Commenting on the move, Sewtec managing director, Mark Cook, said: “The move to our new facility is hugely significant as it provides the launch pad for the continued implementation of our ambitious growth plans. “By moving to this new location, we’ve been able to bring all our people together under one roof in an excellent design and manufacturing environment, increase our capacity and improve our operational efficiencies. Just as importantly, we now have a facility which showcases our capabilities and has created an immensely positive impression on existing and potential customers, partners and suppliers, and future employees who have visited us. We plan to build on this by hosting open house events, and customer and supplier days which will enhance the understanding of our capabilities. “Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we’re experiencing growing demand for our inventive approach to automation, both here in the UK and overseas. Our new facility will enable us to maximise our potential and meet that growing demand.” Roger Marsh OBE DL, chair of LEP and NP11, added: “Investment is a key factor in helping our businesses to grow, improve productivity and ultimately create new jobs. “I’d encourage all businesses to get in touch with the LEP Business Support Service and access the support available for growing businesses.” For further information and to arrange a visit to Sewtec Automation’s design and manufacturing facility, visit


October 2020


SICK’s on the Level with its CQF Capacitive Sensor Compact, economic and quick to install, SICK’s CQF16 capacitive level sensor has been developed to provide a universal, non-contact solution wherever the fill level of water-based liquids must be detected in non-metallic vessels, tanks or pipes.

The robust, ECOLAB-certified SICK CQF16 level sensor is supplied with a one-clip mounting bracket that can be fastened securely to the wall of any pipe or container. Using the capacitive measurement principle, it accurately detects water-based media regardless of foam, moisture or deposit build-up on the inside of the vessel. The SICK CQF16 is a cost-effective alternative to continuous analogue measurement with a diverse range of fill-level detection uses. For example, it is ideal for detecting levels of oils, milk or honey in food processing machinery, or for checking condensate water in freezers. It will prove useful for detection of ink-cartridge levels in printing and packaging machinery. In medical and pharmaceutical machinery, it could be


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Said David Hannaby, SICK’s UK Product Manager for presence detection: “The CQF offers an economical new alternative for a wide range of level sensing duties. Wherever there is a requirement for on/off or low/high switching, for example, the CQF offers all the reliability and flexibility you would expect from a SICK device.

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New "Intelligent Guided Vehicle" (IGV): Autonomous counterbalanced forklift is guided by swarm intelligence After the “ONE” comes the “OCF”: AGILOX expands their line of intelligent guided vehicles by introducing a new autonomous omnidirectional counterbalanced forklift, operating with swarm intelligence. In doing so, AGILOX has entered a new area of ​​application: classic intralogistics in inbound/outbound warehousing and storage. With the ONE, AGILOX's ultralight, high-efficiency forklift product line, the company has reshaped the concept of AGVs. The fleets operate without a central control system, meaning the vehicles navigate the production facility or warehouse in a truly autonomous fashion. The exceptionally compact AGILOX IGVs organize their routes according to the decentralized principles of swarm intelligence, making them much more flexible than traditional AGVs. Additionally, programming or “teaching” the vehicles becomes significantly easier, while central software programs including maintenance, updates, etc. are rendered obsolete—an innovation that lowers operating costs. AGILOX is now expanding its range of IGVs to include the OCF—an abbreviation for “Omnidirectional Counterbalanced Forklift”. While the ONE is equipped with a scissor lift to function as a load handling device (and thus transports the load within the vehicle contour), the OCF is designed according to the principles of the counterbalanced forklift. Hence, it can pick up pallets, lattice boxes, and other load carriers with a maximum weight of 1500 kg (3300 lbs), transport them to the destination, and set them down at a height of up to 1600 mm (63 in). AGILOX’s intelligent and costsaving IGV concept opens up new application areas. While the


ONE vehicles are mainly used for material supply in production, the OCF enables classic intralogistics tasks in incoming and outgoing goods, order picking and storage, as well as in production— provided that the transport is palletbound. Just like the ONE, the OCF uses an omnidirectional drive concept. It can therefore also drive sideways through narrow aisles, turn on the spot, and maneuver in the tightest of spaces. The same lithium-ion (LiFePO4) battery technology ensures short charging and long operating times - just three minutes of charging allows for up to one hour of operating time. The IGV fleets can be connected to customer software systems (LVR, ERP, WMS, MES, etc.) via an open API interface. An optional IO box enables the integration of external infrastructure, such as rolling gates and stationary conveyor systems, in the intelligent control system. An analytics module provides the user with all relevant operating data and KPIs. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Franz Humer, M.A. Co-Founder and CEO of AGILOX, notes “The OCF is a logical

addition to round out our product portfolio. With it, we open up opportunities in storage and order picking technology, and thus, a large market in which the IGVs can showcase their advantages over both AGVs and manoperated forklifts.” The combined operation of the ONE and OCF in a “swarm” also provides a great advantage. For instance, while the smaller vehicles carry out delivery services to assembly workstations or tend to e-Kanban shelves, the OCF can, using the same control system and WiFi infrastructure, take over pallet transport. The OCF pilot series has already been successfully tested in Vorchdorf, Austria. Series production will begin shortly, with the first OCFs set to be delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2021.


October 2020


Rittal's LCP Industry – Liquid Cooling for the Industrial Space By Karl Lycett – Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control Rittal’s Liquid Cooling Package Industry (LCP Industry) has been protecting critical equipment in industrial spaces for many years, ensuring sensitive electrical components are kept within their optimal operating conditions. It’s been so successful that, as part of our programme of continuous improvement, the unit has now been updated to make it fully compatible with Rittal’s recently launched, marketleading, VX25 enclosure system. But why and how is liquid cooling so effective and what benefits does the LCP Industry offer for installers?

Water vs Air Cooling It’s often the case that due to factors such as the location of industrial equipment, the amount of equipment involved, or physical space restrictions, traditional cooling methods are unviable or simply not especially effective. Liquid cooling, however, is an option open to all, and one that is much more effective than air at removing waste heat and reducing the temperature within the enclosure. Rittal’s LCP Industry is a scaledup Air to Water Heat Exchanger which connects seamlessly to the end of, or within, a suite of enclosures. It can provide up to 10kW of cooling power with a minimal width of 300mm and a low overall footprint (0.24m²). If it is installed within a suite, the unit can be configured to supply 10kW of cooling in one direction only, or 5kW in either direction, to fit with the enclosure design. This amount of power means that even the most challenging installation can be protected, ensuring that the equipment operates within an acceptable


environment. This protection allows it to work at maximum output and helps extend its operating life thereby reducing annual spares and maintenance costs. The LCP Industry is designed to avoid any equipment jutting into the gangway, which can be a concern on mezzanine floors or tight spaces in terms of both practicality and worker safety.

Flexibility in Installation The LCP Industry has in-built recesses for routing busbar systems and cables. It has a space for the busbar system at the top of the climate control enclosure and there is room for the N/PE rails below. Additional cabling can be addedin to both positions, making the LCP Industry extremely flexible, notably in large switchgear units with full-length busbar systems. Many industrial sites already have an operational chilled water supply to service other procedures and equipment. Where this is the case, it can be tapped off and used for the LCP Industry. If not, Rittal can provide advice and quotations to supply a standalone chiller to supply the LCP. Depending on the source, the water supply can be channelled into the unit via connections located at the top and back, to help make installation easier. Further information at,, and on twitter: @rittal_ltd.

October 2020

Cognex Introduces Next Generation of High-Performance Handheld Barcode Readers Cognex Corporation announces the launch of its DataMan® 8700 Series of handheld barcode readers. Built on a completely redesigned platform, this next generation of handheld readers delivers cutting-edge performance and ease of use with no tuning or operator training required. “Cognex specializes in reading the most difficult barcodes at the highest speed and accuracy,” said Carl Gerst, Cognex Senior Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Identification Products. “With the 8700 series, we’ve developed the world’s fastest line of industrial handheld readers, offering unprecedented response times and durability right out of the box.” Featuring advanced image formation and quick processing, the 8700 Series can instantly read challenging direct part mark (DPM) and label-based codes, even when vital elements of the code are missing or damaged. Designed with oil-resistant and waterproof plastics, the readers are built to last in the harshest manufacturing environments. The new readers include built-in OLED display screens to enable quick setup and operator feedback, such as wireless signal strength, read string data, and remaining battery life. They also support



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V-817 linear stages deliver cost-effective precision automation for industrial applications Physik Instrumente (PI) has launched the V-817 high load linear stage series for the semiconductor, electronics and laser industries, setting a new standard of price-toperformance for highly dynamic and precise processing, testing and inspection tasks. These stages are suitable for applications such as sensor and camera positioning, laser welding, and optical and tactile testing, as well as wafer processing and inspection. The V-817 linear stages are specifically designed for applications with high operating cycles, offering constant loads up to 600 N, high accelerations and velocities up to 3,000 mm/s. Friction-free, three-phase magnetic direct drives use no mechanical components in the drivetrain, instead transmitting the drive force is transmitted directly to the motion platform. These ironless motors are particularly suited for highly demanding positioning tasks requiring exceptional precision, as they do not give rise to undesirable interactions with the permanent magnets, ensuring smooth running even at the slowest velocities, and eliminating vibration at high velocities. Incremental linear encoders offer a resolution down to 0.3 nm, for high path accuracy, minimum tracking errors and short settling times. The calibrated positioning accuracy of the linear stages is up to ±2.5 µm, and the travel range extends to 813 mm.

PI’s high performance, cost-effective V-817 linear stages are ideal for precision industrial automation. The space-saving, flat design allows them to be integrated into compact machine assemblies as single axes or XY structures.


When easy machine integration and flexibility are required, the V-817 product range is the answer. These flat linear stages are only 63 mm in height, minimizing moving mass and tilting errors, and enabling easy integration in compact machine assemblies. An optional motion platform, with a triple M6 hole pattern, allows the axes to be used individually, or two stages can

easily be combined to create XY assemblies for multi-axis applications. The V-817 linear stages are suitable for use in clean working environments, as their movement does not loosen any particles. They can be easily and quickly aligned during installation, thanks to a specially-formed edge with a parallelism better than 30 μm to the guides or direction of motion. Industry-compatible connectors with a high degree of ingress protection offer secure connectivity. The V-817 linear stages can be controlled by PI’s G-901 electronics solution, which combines an ACS Motion Controller and drivers for up to four axes, as well as an integrated STO (Safe-TorqueOff) module. Alternatively, individual ACS drivers – such as udmHP/BA, udmPM or udmPA – can be combined with the ACS Motion Controller for single and multi-axis applications.

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October 2020

EGV HYP – EHEDG certified vent panel for production facilities with highly elevated hygienic requirements

Fig.1: Certified in accordance with EHEDG: EGV HYP with patented, bevelled sealing concept for absolute hygiene.



Meeting safety and process requirements at the same time is sometimes a challenge, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Dust-handling equipment has to be equipped with explosion protective systems, which must also comply with all hygiene and sanitary requirements in production. The solution: Vent panels that can be used to produce hygienically sensitive powders. The EGV HYP vent panel is an economical solution to the problem described, according to the strict criteria of the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group). Specially designed for hygienically demanding processes, it protects the vessel in the event of an explosion by releasing flame and pressure. The smooth surface with the patented, full-flat, chamfered gasket system prevents deposits during the production process and during the cleaning of the system and thereby cross-contamination between batch processes. The EGV HYP can be used without hesitation in critical systems such as spray dryers with / without CIP cleaning, fluid bed dryers and mixers and therefore offers a cost-effective safety solution according to the requirements of hygienic design.


October 2020

T +49 2961 7405-0 T +1 704 716 7022 T +39 02 62033057

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About REMBE - the REMBE Alliance introduces itself REMBE is mostly associated with REMBE GmbH Safety and Control - the specialists for explosion safety and pressure relief worldwide. The company offers customers cross-industry safety concepts for systems and equipment. All products are manufactured in Germany and meet the demands of national and international regulations. The customers who purchase REMBE products are among the market leaders of various industries, including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical oil and gas as well as wood industries. The technical engineering expertise is based on more than 45 years of application and project experience. As an independent, owner-managed family company, REMBE combines expertise with highest degree of quality, and is also actively engaged in various professional bodies worldwide. Short alignment routes enable the achievement of quick responses and customer-specific solutions for any kind of application: from standard products, all the way up to high-tech special designs. In addition to REMBE GmbH Safety + Control ( with approx. 250 employees worldwide, headquarter in Brilon (Germany) and numerous subsidiaries worldwide (Italy, Finland, Brazil, USA, China, Dubai, Singapore, South Africa, Japan), four other companies are also engaged under the REMBE family brand: REMBE Research & Technology Center GmbH REMBE Advanced Services + Solutions GmbH REMBE Kersting GmbH REMBE FibreForce GmbH


October 2020


Physik Instrumente’s ACS Laser Control Module the ideal add-on Fast shuttering and accurate firing of laser pulses is essential to ensure consistent, high quality processing. One option is to link laser power to pulse rate and modulation; if the power is fixed, then the motion system will need to run at a constant speed to ensure that the correct level is delivered across the surface. This suits operations such as raster scans, where the laser is fired following the motion in one direction, or during the constant velocity phase between acceleration and deceleration phases. However, cutting and welding applications may also need the laser pulses to overlap at a consistent ratio, even when the motion path speed is not constant, and laser pulses occur at a fixed frequency; nonuniform pulse delivery could create heat-affected zones, weak regions or breaks in the cut or weld path. One of the simplest methods of controlling laser power is to link it to the velocity of the motion path, by connecting the analogue output in the controller to the power input of the laser. Most controllers will allow you to do this, but jerky motion may result in bad processing, and poor placement accuracy can lead to low quality parts. Another approach is to precisely control the laser by pulse placement along the motion path, regardless of the vector velocity. It is also possible to combine these two methods to control scaling of the power output, which overcomes undesired features of the laser electronics or optic path. Physik Instrumente’s ACS Laser Control Module (LCM) offers a reliable, modular way to construct motion systems. Based on EtherCAT industrial network technology, it does not rely on encoder data, and allows drives to select specified axis requirements. The simple architecture of this add-on module is ideal for laser control: there is no need to change the drive types, which greatly simplifies the cabinet design; there are no changes to the existing hardware, which reduces stock requirements for spare parts; and there is no additional wiring except a simple Ethernet cable. Combined with graphical script creation in SPiiPlusSPC – which automatically generates the code necessary to overcome language issues – this makes it really quick, easy and extremely cost effective to construct a universal drive offering high performance laser control for virtually any application. For more information about the LCM, visit 70|

Renold Gears OQSx Oil Quality Sensor

The Renold Gears OQSx Oil Quality Sensor is your ideal solution for accurate real time gearbox oil condition monitoring. Easily and quickly installed the OQSx detects all wear and contamination elements to an exceptionally high level and provides an accurate statement of oil condition second by second – in any oil type and in any application, giving you a true 360 degree view of how your oil is performing.

> Accurately reports precise condition of oil in real time > Patented technology > Independently certified for accuracy, sensitivity and reliability > Robust and reliable in the harshest conditions > Easy to install > Configurable for any oil type, in any application




October 2020


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

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

Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

TR Fastenings LTD

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

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

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Blackfast Chemicals Ltd

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

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


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

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



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



October 2020

Foremost Electronics Ltd

Seepex UK Ltd.

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

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

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

T +44 1935 472376

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

1 Brownfields Court Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL7 1AJ

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

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

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

Rotech Machines Limited


We bring colour into view! Compact pressure sensors and switches with 360° custom-colour status display

256 colours Individually selectable: Measurement in progress Sensor switching Process malfunction

15 cm

Compact design

Hygienic adapter system

Adjustment via smartphone

£262 VEGABAR 39 G½"

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