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DK Holdings lifts off into 2024!

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JANUARY 2024 Contents 4

How do we inspire the next generation of engineers?


Optimised UVVisible lens for crime scene investigation


DK Holdings lifts off into 2024!


Titan Enterprises Pushes Worldwide Flowmeter Sales Beyond Expectations

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How do we inspire the next gene of engineers? The UK holds a global reputation for engineering excellence, with our nation’s civil and structural engineering services in high demand worldwide. However, the profession has come to a crossroads, or rather a skills gap, with fewer than 10% of UK graduates currently pursuing a career in engineering. It’s a concerning issue and one which, if left unaddressed, runs the risk of damaging our standing within the global construction sector and losing a niche but highly lucrative revenue stream, both at home and abroad. The good news is that we have the tools and resources to tackle this problem and build a pipeline of talent to help maintain our international position. However, the road to recovery will not be without its challenges. Crucially, it will require current practitioners to step up and strike down many false perceptions around engineering, which have gained traction amongst school pupils, teachers, and parents over the past few decades. First and foremost, we need to break the current stigma surrounding a career in engineering. This has manifested itself since the 90s as the education system sought to place more people in university and greater emphasis on traditional ‘white collar’ qualifications. Effectively, engineering was seen by some as a ‘blue collar’ choice with few prospects hence not promoted as a profession. This could not be further from the truth for a profession that plays a vital role in designing and constructing the built environment we rely on, daily. Unfortunately, much of this narrative has been lost,


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with the ‘engineer’ role erroneously related to someone who fixes and maintains photocopiers and washing machines. This is to take a very narrow view and it’s still disseminated through the education system. It’s little wonder we’re finding it harder than ever to attract the brightest and the best. Many teachers still lack knowledge about engineering careers, leaving students unaware of their potential to excel in this dynamic field, so we urgently need a root and branch shift in cultural attitudes, and it all begins with early school engagement. If we’re going to affect real change, then engineering must be embedded into the mainstream curriculum. After all, it bridges the gap between theoretical subjects and their practical applications, engaging students and offering a clearer career path. It’s also time for the practitioners themselves to do more to support the initiatives led by the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers to help spread the word about civil and structural engineering careers to young people, parents and teachers and inspire the next wave of talent. It’s something we’ve witnessed first-hand at Perega where we’ve been extensively involved with our local education networks to showcase the benefits of a career in engineering. It’s not just at the highest level, we’ve encouraged engineers at every stage within the business to participate. Crucially, this holistic approach makes the process more relatable, not only showing prospective, ambitious, and impressionable candidates where they can go but also how to get there; it maps out a clear route to success. We also need to bang the apprenticeship drum a lot louder. At Perega a number of our civil and structural engineers have gone through our apprenticeship scheme offering hands-on experience from age 16. Yet too many bright young minds only discover these opportunities late into their university degrees, which is unfortunate

as this delayed exposure means it will take longer to bring talent online. Women also remain woefully underrepresented in STEM fields, which also accounts for the currently small talent pool. Whilst there’s plenty of crossindustry activity and government initiatives underway dedicated to getting more young women into construction, inspiring the next generation requires more. For example, The Women’s Engineering Society’s ‘Lottie Tour’, showcases engineering to young girls and offers clear advice on how to get into the profession from an early age. It’s a remarkable initiative, leveraging social media to transform perceptions and inspire the female engineers of the future. It’s safe to say there’s no shortage of jobs in the sector, with 1 in 4 UK job posts for engineering roles1, however, we need skilled professionals to fill them, especially as the existing workforce gets greyer with fewer school leavers or graduates to replace them. Ultimately, getting youngsters to pursue these jobs requires improved communication, accessible routes, and diverse workplaces. To achieve this end, we must evolve society’s and our outlook to better attract untapped talent, securing a brighter future for the profession and maintaining the UK’s position as a centre for engineering excellence. Fraser Robb, Managing Director, Perega

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Tantalum capacitors from KYOCERA AVX An overview of solutions from one of the leading global suppliers.

Tantalum capacitors are commonly used in many branches of electronics, mainly thanks to their durability and small size. At TME, we offer a wide choice of components from one of the leading global suppliers.

KYOCERA AVX is a renowned brand, created as a result of a merger of two companies which had been manufacturing electronic components for decades. Among other things, the supplier offers a wide selection of tantalum capacitors, i.e. components related to electrolytic capacitors, whose electrodes are made with the use of tantalum and its oxide – resulting in higher durability and improved mechanical strength. Below, we present the products, including the newest additions to our catalogue, divided according to their series, purpose, characteristics and strong points.

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In this article, you can read about: • Classic THT capacitors • A wide selection of SMD components • Structure of compact voltage converters • Components for consumer electronic circuits • Tantalum capacitors with extended thermal tolerance • Polymer tantalum technology TAP series, THT capacitors First of all, it is worth noting that KYOCERA AVX offers “classic” THT components, included in the TAP series. Their rated voltage ranges from 6.3 V to 50 V DC. At TME, you can find variants with capacitance of 0.1 µF to 220 µF (with ±10% or ±20% tolerance). Notably, the products boast a wide thermal tolerance of -55 to 125°C. The capacitor’s body has been coated with a thick layer of synthetic resin (which is flame retardant), ensuring high security and mechanical strength of the components. All these products are leadfree and compliant with TAP104M050SCS the RoHS directive The capacitor has a 2.5 mm or 5 mm lead pitch


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SMD tantalum capacitor The majority of the products presented here are SMD components, designed for surface mounting. KYOCERA AVX divided them into a number of series, according to their specific applications. TPME687M006R0018 The TPM capacitors exhibit ultra-low ESR.

Voltage converters and drivers Most of the manufacturer’s products included in the TME catalogue are intended for voltage converter circuits (mainly DC/DC). This is one of the typical applications of tantalum capacitors. In our offering, you can find components designed for voltage regulators of low (the F93 series), medium (the F91 and TPS series) and relatively high power: the TPC and TPM series (the latter exhibits ultra-low ESR and the operating temperature of up to 125°C). For such applications, we also recommend using the TAJ series – the most versatile group of SMD capacitors from KYOCERA AVX, which can operate at even 50 V DC and display capacitance from 1 µF to 1 mF.

Precision electronics The components can also be widely applied in compact electronics, i.e. portable consumer devices (smartphones, e-readers, tablets, etc.). Many KYOCERA AVX products are small or housed in special packages, enabling you to build miniature microprocessor systems, motors or drivers. Such components belong to the F72, F95, TLC and TLJ series. The TLN low-profile capacitors and the truly miniature TAC capacitors (available in 0603 and 0805 package sizes) are certainly worthy of your attention. In the manufacturer’s offering, you can also find components which conform to the requirements of small USB devices (the F92 series). Thermal resistance It is also worth mentioning the capacitors with a very wide thermal tolerance, reaching up to 175°C (selected variants). These solutions are intended for the most demanding applications in the automotive and aviation sectors as well as in

industrial circuits, i.e. wherever high resistance to environmental factors is needed. Such capacitors are included in the THJ, TRJ and TRM series. Hybrid components What is more, the manufacturer also offers hybrid capacitors, specifically polymer tantalum capacitors (the F38 series). Such a structure makes it possible to create compact capacitors (in 0603, 0805 package sizes, according to the imperial system) which exhibit high efficiency and are perfectly adapted to tasks such as microprocessor or SoC circuit (System on Chip) decoupling in smartphones, tablets and other small electronic devices. Text prepared by Transfer Multisort Elektronik Sp. z o.o. For more information, click here

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Optimised UV-Visible lens for crime scene investigation

The Model 228 lens from Resolve Optics has become an industry standard for Reflected Ultraviolet Imaging Systems (RUVIS) used to detect fingerprints or bloodstains undiscovered during an initial crime scene investigation. Collection of evidence, after a crime has been committed, is essential to establish facts associated with the crime and identify potential suspects. Traditionally law enforcement officials have relied on their eyesight and evidence collection methods, such as lifting fingerprints with tape, which are prone to errors or omissions. These techniques are being replaced by crime scene investigators using RUVIS camera operating in the deep UV (320 – 400nm) The Model 228 lens offers many advantages to RUVIS scope


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manufacturers and crime scene investigators both in terms of performance and ease-of-use. This unique lens provides high performance in both the UV and visible wavebands enabling investigators to identify and focus on a target in the visible and then quickly slide the UV filter across to take images in the UV without having to refocus. By using a telescopic focusing mount the Model 228 lens offers a large movement in an extremely compact form. This unique lens offers a true high-resolution crime site macro viewing capability by imaging onto a RUVIS scope with a 1:1 lens magnification whilst exactly matching the optical resolution of both lens and image intensifier. Designed to provide a wide field of view the Model 228 lens is widely deployed in RUVIS scopes used to produce macro images for fingerprinting and human skin damage applications. For further information and a Model 228 case study please visit or contact Resolve Optics on +44-1494-777100 or

Architecture & Engineering Firms Optimistic That Technology Can Drive Profitability and Growth in Times of Uncertainty, Research from Deltek Reveals. • • •

Deltek’s Digital Trends Unwrapped: Tech Powering Architecture and Engineering (A&E) Project Success in 2024 report reveals that 40% of A&E firms believe that investing in new technologies is key to profitability in 2024 As one in five firms don’t have a clear defined strategy for achieving growth, technology adoption ambitions lead the way for next twelve months Nine in 10 firms believe that if they fail to make significant progress on their digital transformation journey, they will lose market share.

A new report from Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, has uncovered that while almost a fifth (18%) of architecture and engineering (A&E) firms do not having a clearly defined strategy for achieving steady growth, digital transformation will help unlock growth and profitability in 2024. The report, Deltek’s Digital Trends Unwrapped: Tech Powering Architecture and Engineering Project Success in 2024, finds that 40% of A&E businesses believe that the key to building long term resilience in this fastmoving macro-economic environment is investing in new technologies – with IT infrastructure investment the biggest growth opportunity for engineering firms (44%). Currently, 42% of engineering and 33% of architecture firms describe themselves at an ‘advanced’ or ‘mature’ phase of their digital transformation journey. Where firms aren’t in this phase, there is still an ambition to implement digital transformation. Almost one in four (38%) of A&E firms state that they’re in an exploratory phase of their journey. The report reveals that firms understand the importance of digital transformation on their bottom line. PostCovid, there has been a global economic downturn, but the majority of firms (92%) believe that if they make significant progress in their digital transformation, they will not lose out on market share. However, despite a strong appetite towards using digital transformation to rejuvenate the market, firms are realistic about timelines. Technology can significantly aid growth and profitability by helping firms understand their businesses better and make informed decisions based on real-time insights. One area likely to be prioritized is using technology in how KPIs are tracked and measured. Currently, confidence is low in this area, with over a quarter (26%) of A&E firms saying they track operating profit ‘badly’, while 18% say the same for tracking


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project profitability. Through better visibility provided by technology, these metrics can be more easily tracked and KPIs adjusted to ensure projects stay on track and remain profitable. Neil Davidson, Group Vice President, Professional Services Sector at Deltek, said: “It’s reassuring that so many firms connect that digital transformation is intrinsically linked to long term resilience. With the right investment strategies, firms can make the most of limited resources while still driving their business forward in a way that aligns with a long-term strategy. Digital transformation, including AI adoption, does not happen overnight. Implementing the right technology tools, proven in the industry, will secure the insights and streamlined processes, invaluable to growth in the architecture and engineering industries.” The report also revealed new priorities for firms. Nearly sixty percent (58%) of A&E firms surveyed believe that social responsibility should be at least equally important to their company as its profits are, while one in four (25%) said that, compared to the start of 2022, their firms are placing significantly more importance on Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) issues.

Digital Trends Unwrapped: Tech Powering Architecture & Engineering Project Success UK & Ireland Architecture & Engineering Firms

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DK Holdings lifts off into 2024!

2024 marks an important year for DK Holdings Limited, a manufacturer of bespoke and off-the-shelf Diamond Tooling solutions and Precision Engineered Components. Not only is it the company’s 65th Anniversary, a milestone that will be celebrated thoroughly, but also one which sees the team attending several trade shows, starting with JEC WORLD in Paris. From the 5th to the 7th of March the team will be available via the Composites UK Pavilion to meet and greet partners and peers alike, showcase the latest innovations and discuss recent and upcoming projects and developments in this fast-paced industry. “We are very much looking forward to being back in Paris and discussing Diamond Tooling requirements with our partners and industry specialists,” John Emptage, the company’s Sales & Marketing Manager tells Engineering Update. “One of the fascinating factors when it comes to Composite materials is the overlap in application and sectors. Take the aerospace and aviation industries for example, where we have longstanding partnerships with companies utilising our electroplated Diamond Tooling used in the manufacture of both, exterior and interior components. “Customers within this industry utilise a vast range of our bespoke and standard products such as our electroplated diamond holesaws which are perfect for the accurate and economical cutting of most composite materials. Our team can manufacture these to exact requirements. Another popular application for our diamond products is for customers repairing exterior composite panels with our Flexible Diamond D-Loc Discs, a tool of choice when it comes to achieving a precise and smooth finish”, John explains. “Our partners in the aerospace and aviation sector are dynamic and our Diamond Tooling range continues to provide solutions to the most challenging requirements, with our team of experts always on hand to design, manufacture and supply the right tool to optimise production processes. Our facilities have expanded over the past six decades as has the team, but what has not changed is our dedication to provide an expert service to our customers,” John concludes. Engineering Update

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ODU Connectors Data Transmission with Fibre Systems

Innovative surgical robotic systems are revolutioni data transmission at tremendous speed and low la





As a leading manufacturer of connectors for medical applications, ODU’s

Data Transmission Connectors

connectors meet the demanding requirements of the MDR and IEC 60-601-1 standard.

1. Miniaturization and Space Limitations:


need to be compact enough to





without restricting the robot’s freedom of movement. 2. Robustness and resistance: The connectors must be able to withstand the physical stresses, such as vibration or accidental shocks. 3. Cleaning and sterilization: Connectors must be designed to survive this process without sacrificing performance. 4. Data integrity: There must be no data loss. The interfaces must ensure data integrity and



communication. 5. EMC



Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is crucial to avoid interference



electronic devices. Connectors must




interference while enabling high data rates.


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e-Optics in Surgical Robotic

ising precision and efficiency. These sophisticated devices require reliable atencies – only very special fibre-optic connections meet this high demand. ODU’s high-speed fiber optic connectors are perfectly suited for use in surgical robotic systems.They are compact, rugged, easy to sterilize, and offer outstanding data transmission performance, even in EMC-intensive environments. With the help of our high-performance expanded-beam technology, the highest data rates can be achieved, together with extremely low attenuation rates.

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Titan Enterprises Pushes Worldwide Flowmeter Sales Beyond Expectations

Liquid flow meter specialist Titan Enterprises, has achieved a 33% increase in sales revenue over the last 2 years. With momentum continuing across the 3 key regions – UK, Europe and the USA – Titan looks set to reach a similar level by the end of the 2023/24 fiscal year. 16

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A UK-based manufacturer specialising in small-bore liquid flowmeters, Titan has developed an expansive network of distributors and partners around the world to extend its reach. With a strong market presence in Europe, America, Australia and East Asia, Titan is meeting the international demand for its quality flow meter products across key industries. “We value our global partners as they provide our international customers with local support and technical expertise. They also enable our flow measuring products to reach markets that might otherwise be restrictive, such as the USA,” says Jeremy Thorne, Operations Manager for Titan Enterprises. In Europe, growth continues to be strong despite the combined impact of Brexit, Covid, and sharp rises in raw material and energy costs. Titan’s robust and reliable flow meter technology is being utilised within innovative designs and development of products that have a direct impact on sustainability, waste reduction, alternative energy use and broader environmental and financial savings. We continue to believe in the fundamental strength of our business, heavily investing in R&D and manufacturing our lowcost turbine meters which contribute to 55% of global product sales. We will continue to invest in marketing and innovation to drive sustainable long-term growth and broaden our product portfolio to meet customer needs, both with our standard flowmeter products and OEM applications. Titan’s flowmeter range delivers a variety of parameters and technology, including chemical resistance, long-life, clean bore and low flow. This enables us to provide liquid flow control solutions to a diverse range of industries, from breweries to pharmaceuticals, laboratories to medical, bio-engineering to chemical and petrochemical, agriculture to high-performance vehicles. Visit Titan Enterprises’ website for further information on flow measurement or to discuss specific OEM applications, please contact Titan Enterprises on +44 (0)1935 812790 or email Engineering Update


The importance of corrosion protectio for air conditioning units Corrosion problems in air conditioning units can be caused by various factors including exposure to harsh environmental conditions like humidity, salt, pollutants, chemicals, and other airborne particles, poor maintenance, manufacturing defects or inferior materials, equipment ageing and general wear. To prevent or minimize corrosion in air conditioning units, regular maintenance, proper installation, timely repairs of leaks, and protection against environmental elements are crucial. This includes routine cleaning, inspections, and addressing any issues promptly to extend the lifespan of the AC unit and ensure its optimal performance. Corrosion protection for air conditioning units can be vital in various situations, here are some important considerations: 18

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Harsh Environments:

corrosion is important. Acidic or corrosive fumes can

In areas near the coast or where the air is laden with

deteriorate the unit’s components over time.

salt, the risk of corrosion is higher due to saltwater exposure. Corrosion protection measures, such as

Long-Term Maintenance:

coatings or materials designed to resist corrosion, can

Corrosion protection measures can reduce

help extend the lifespan of the air conditioning unit.

maintenance costs and downtime by preventing or

High Humidity Environments:

delaying the onset of corrosion-related problems. This

In regions with high humidity levels, the potential for

is especially important in commercial and industrial

moisture-related corrosion is increased. Protective

applications where HVAC systems are essential for

coatings and treatments can be beneficial in


preventing moisture-induced corrosion. Extended Equipment Lifespan: Industrial and Chemical Exposure:

Proper corrosion protection can contribute to the

In industrial locations with exposure to corrosive

longevity of the air conditioning unit, saving money on

chemicals, protecting air conditioning units from

replacement costs.

Corrosion Protection Coatings:

Use of Corrosion-Resistant Materials:

Applying anti-corrosion coatings or paints to the unit's

Investing in air conditioning units made from materials

components to create a barrier.

that are inherently resistant to corrosion can be a wise

Galvanized Steel: Using galvanized steel for components and frames can provide resistance to rust and corrosion.

choice for long-term durability. Implementing corrosion protection measures for air conditioning units should be based on specific

Regular Maintenance:

circumstances and environmental conditions. It is

Regular cleaning and maintenance to remove

advisable to consult with HVAC professionals or

corrosive materials like dirt, debris, and salt deposits.

manufacturers for guidance on the best approach to

Placement and Enclosure:

protect your equipment from corrosion.

Positioning the air conditioning unit in a way that minimizes exposure to harsh elements, or enclosing it in a protective housing, can be effective.

SuperCORR A Specialist Barrier Film Corrosion Protection

EnviroTech Europe supplies advanced corrosion protection products, based on approved synthetic materials, to provide quality solutions to a diverse range of lubrication and corrosion problems. SuperCORR A is a unique and proprietary formulation with long-lasting, anti-corrosion inhibitors providing a superior lubrication coefficient and protection against moisture, wear, general and fretting corrosion, static electricity, corona, and other electro migration problems. The non-flammable film is only 7 microns (0.007mm) in thickness, is not a wax or oil-based

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product and is formulated without sulphates,

Reliability increased, maintenance intervals increased

chlorides, petroleum-based material, or halogens, to

and costs reduced, manufacturers save costly

meet the EU RoHS directive.

warranty service calls or product re-call.

The use of SuperCORR A for corrosion control can not


only bring financial savings in reduced maintenance and replacement costs but more importantly greater

Industry approval from: NASA, Boeing Aircraft,

safety. It is much simpler and a lot less costly to

Bombardier, Embraer, Lear, Gulfstream, Hawker-

prevent corrosion than to repair or replace the

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damaged equipment or component that failed

Northrop-Grumman, Royal Navy and Royal Norwegian

because of corrosion.

Air Force.

SuperCORR A is packaged in aerosol cans making

Exceeds Mil C 81309 Corrosion Prevention

access to component parts easy for engineering crews


in difficult locations and conditions. Unpainted mild steel will not rust on exterior surfaces directly exposed

Approved in US Tri-Service Corrosion Manuals.

to sea water environments for at least 6 months, protecting electrical connectors, switches, chains, drive


shafts from corrosion while maintaining lubrication on moving surfaces.

Please visit our website www.envirotech-europe. com/supercorr-a for information about other uses


and applications for SuperCORR A.

Extremely long-lasting, specially formulated and proprietary anti-corrosive inhibitor.

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Eliminates premature failure of components created by moisture, general or fretting corrosion.

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Prevents deterioration and contamination on all

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surfaces of electronic and electrical equipment and

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mechanical close tolerance moving components.

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5 Essential Features of an OPC DA/UA Gateway

Integrating a legacy system with Industry 4.0 often requires updating networked data communications. Many legacy systems use OPC DA, while the protocol of choice for Industry 4.0 has become OPC UA. Integrating OPC DA with OPC UA is a high priority moving forward. A good tool for this is OPC DA/UA gateway middleware. Here are five things to look for when evaluating OPC gateway software: 1. Multiple connections - Gateway middleware should be able to connect to any number of data sources and provide the resulting data to any number of users. 2. Integrated data set Ideally, the data from any of the various sources should be available to any of the connected clients. There should be no need for one-to-one connections. 3. Server and client capabilities for both OPC DA and UA - Some systems may offer an OPC DA server interface, and require an OPC UA client to connect to it. Others may have an OPC DA client that needs data from an OPC UA server. Having both gives you more flexibility. 4. Maintaining the data model - As the data passes through the system, you don’t want to flatten the data hierarchy. A good DA/UA gateway will preserve the data structure from the DA side and reproduce it, as much as possible, in OPC UA. 5. Automatic discovery - Let the software discover what data points are in the server and make all of them available to the client to choose from. Secure, reliable data connectivity is essential for Industry 4.0. As you move in that direction, you can get the benefit of OPC UA-enabled hardware and software right away. You can integrate your legacy systems with state-of-the-art equipment whenever you need to, using an OPC DA/UA gateway like the DataHub OPC Gateway from Skkynet. Engineering Update


Spillard seals deal with Lancashire coach firm for its ‘Human Detection’ system

A Ribble Valley coach firm has become one of the first transport operators in the UK to install technology created in Wolverhampton that protects passengers, drivers, cyclists, and the public. Bretherton’s Gold Line Tours, which has been a

Launched in the middle of last year, the

family-run company since 1987, has equipped its

HDS has been fitted to the side, front

latest 53-seat Volvo tri-axle 990 coach with Spillard

and back of the vehicle and intelligently

Safety Systems’ innovative Human Detection System

detects only the shape of a pedestrian,


cyclist or motorcyclist within 20 meters – all in real time.

The equipment has been developed over the last two


years and is now being rolled out across the bus and

Once detected, an audio alert is delivered

coach sector, delivering an additional measure that

to the driver, as well as clearly visualising

is proven to prevent accidents and thus reducing

the distance by measurement and colour

injuries and saving lives.

codes displayed on the cab monitor.

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The HDS will help bus and coach operators and, importantly, ensures they are compliant with The Direct Vision Standard introduced by the Mayor of London in March 2021. “We always have one eye on new things coming out that can improve the experience and safety of our passengers,” explained Jon Paul, the third-generation family owner of Bretherton’s Gold Line Tours. “Our long-standing relationship with Thomas Hardie Commercials brought Spillard’s Human Detection System to our attention and we decided that we’d fit it to our latest vehicle to see what difference it makes.” He continued: “First and foremost, it has eliminated all blind spots which is massive for us – especially in crowded towns and cities. The fact it also only picks up the human shape is also a major benefit as our driver knows if he gets an alert he needs to act. “There was a bit of resistance at first, like there is with all types of change. However, every driver who has used it would happily say they prefer to drive the Volvo 9900 over other ones in our fleet. That includes myself, as I still drive on some of the tours – I’ve been very impressed.”

Pete Spillard, Managing Director of Spillard Safety Systems, added his support: “It is great to see Bretherton’s Gold Line Tours embrace our Human Detection System and, importantly, enjoy such a positive experience. “Like with all new products, we are listening to and building in feedback to make it even better for existing and new users.” Bretherton’s Gold Line Tours operates a fleet of eight vehicles, ranging from a 16-seater minibus to the £300,000+, 13 metre Volvo 9900. Employing 10 people, the company has emerged from the shackles of Covid and expects to go past its pre-pandemic turnover later this year as it adds more destinations to its UK and European portfolio. Jon Paul went on to add: “There is no doubt that we will add the Human Detection System to any new vehicle that we purchase going forward. In addition to increasing safety and giving driver’s greater visual awareness, the platform can also be used to prove responsibility if an incident does occur. “This can help with reducing insurance premiums and can avoid expensive pay-outs if you have been wrongly accused of an accident.” For further information, please visit or

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The importance of understanding your manufacturing environment: IP ratings iPhone users can dive to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30

minutes with the new iPhone 15, rated IP68. Ingress Protection (IP) ratings, provide valuable information about the protection level of an electrical enclosure against the intrusion of solid objects and liquids. Here, David

Strain, technical director at systems integrator Technidrive explores the

importance of IP ratings to protect equipment from common environmental hazards in industrial applications. 24 Engineering Update

IP66, offer better protection against dust, rain and even corrosive substances, safeguarding equipment and ensuring uninterrupted functionality. However, higher IP ratings do not necessarily mean better protection. For example, an IP rating of 68 provides protection against dust and continuous immersion in water, but it might not be suitable for areas with high humidity levels because it may not protect against condensation. The degree of protection against solid contaminants is indicated with a number from zero to six. A higher number indicates a higher level of protection against finer contaminants. In the case of the liquids, the degree of protection against ingress is indicated with a number from zero to nine. However, for liquids, higher numbers do not necessarily indicate the component’s ability to withstand a larger amount of water. If you are unsure about what IP rating your equipment requires, an expert system integrator can assist you and recommend the most suitable solution tailored to your business needs. Many industrial sectors require components with IP ratings, including marine, food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and the agricultural sector. In fact, almost all industrial settings will experience some risk of ingress — particularly if the environment in which it operates is outdoors or in an environment subject to water, heat or dust. In these cases, their electrical components must be able to withstand solid contaminants, water splashes and intensive cleaning. Motors and gears have specific IP ratings because these are also affected by solid and liquid contaminants depending on the environment conditions. For example, a gear IP






introduced for


performance electrical

enclosures and mechanical casings. It’s essential to understand the IP rating system established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as it provides a clear indication of industrial equipment’s ability to withstand environmental factors, particularly water and dust. IP ratings are composed of two digits, each establishing a specific level of protection. The first refers to the protection against solid objects, while the second indicates the protection against liquids. Devices with higher IP ratings, like IP65 or

motor with an IP54 rating is dust proof and provides protection against water splashed from all directions. In the case of the water treatment industry, operators should note that electrical systems will react differently to freshwater than to salt water, leading to more extensive corrosion. Consideration must also be given to how often exposure occurs and where the system may be submerged. Even in some situations, previous testing may be required to ensure that an IP rating is appropriate for a particular industrial application. As you wouldn’t take underwater photos with an iPhone without checking its IP rating, similarly, ensuring that your plant equipment can function optimally in its environment is fundamental. Water and dust resistant products are essential for ensuring the continued productivity of manufacturing equipment and processes. To prevent component failures and unplanned downtime, manufacturers need to understand IP ratings to choose a suitable device for their business. For further information about systems integrator Technidrive, visit the website or speak to a specialist today by emailing

Engineering Update


Enhancing sustainability through accurate biogas upgrading Introduction In an era where sustainable and renewable energy

sustainable applications. Pentair has been instrumental in

sources are imperative, biogas stands out as a

deploying sustainable solutions, including CO2 recovery

promising solution. However, maximizing its potential

plants and biogas upgrading systems.

necessitates efficient utilization, achieved through accurate biogas upgrading. These systems play a

Biogas upgrading systems play a pivotal role in maximising

pivotal role in enhancing the quality and utility of

the potential of biogas as a sustainable and clean energy

biogas, propelling it beyond a mere source of energy.

source. These systems enhance the energy content of biogas by concentrating methane and reducing impurities,

One notable example is Pentair, a recognised leader

enabling it to match the quality of natural gas. This upgraded

in engineering advanced biogas upgrade systems.

biogas, often termed biomethane or renewable natural gas,

Pentair’s expertise lies in designing and implementing

can be seamlessly integrated into existing natural gas grids,

cutting-edge solutions that elevate biogas to a

providing a direct, clean, and renewable energy supply. It

standard comparable with natural gas. With precise

serves as an environmentally friendly fuel, significantly

engineering and innovative technologies, Pentair

lowering carbon dioxide emissions when utilised for

empowers biogas to seamlessly integrate with

electricity generation, heating, or transportation. Moreover,

existing infrastructure, unlocking a spectrum of

the ability to store and transport upgraded biogas efficiently

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enhances its role as a reliable and sustainable approached Pentair to evaluate the biogas upgrading system that energy storage solution.

had been installed by Pentair at the SFP site, located in Westdorpe, in the Netherlands. This collaboration extended further through

By transforming organic waste into valuable Pentair’s partnership with Vaisala, a leading provider of measurement energy and supporting a circular economy, instruments, which played a crucial role in the successful assessment these systems contribute to waste reduction of the biogas upgrading system. and the efficient utilisation of biomass resources. “In our pursuit of sustainable

The Challenge

progress, we believe in remaining vigilant and The assessment of the biogas upgrading system at SFP presented thorough, implementing careful controls to a specific set of challenges that demanded a meticulous approach. minimize revenue losses for our customers Firstly, achieving precise analysis of both the biogas feed flow and while ensuring that our biogas upgrading the process permeate flow (offgas) was deemed critical due to the plants




during complex composition of gases involved. Any inaccuracies in the purification, making a positive contribution to process had the potential to cause elevated methane (CH4) levels in the energy transition and sustainability goals,” the permeate flow, which could significantly impact the revenue of explains Machiel van Essen, NPD Project biogas upgrading sites. Operating under challenging wet conditions Manager - Technology at Pentair.

was an additional hurdle, requiring analysers that could function

Pentair operates a facility called Pentair effectively despite high relative humidity in both the biogas feed and Haffmans in Venlo, in the Netherlands, where permeate flows. Moreover, compliance with ATEX zones and safety they engineer and manufacture analysis requirements in biogas facilities, had to be ensured. Conducting inequipment for breweries, CO2 recovery situ analysis was also vital, minimising the need for new analysis lines installations, and biogas upgrading systems. and providing a more accurate representation of real-time conditions. Sustainable Fuel Plant (SFP), an innovative Lastly, the analysis was intended to be temporary, necessitating easily facility dedicated to the production and implementable and removable analysers that could adapt to evolving advancement of sustainable energy solutions, requirements during the assessment process. Engineering Update


The Solution To surmount the array of challenges




biogas upgrading assessment, Pentair




Vaisala, utilising their extensive experience in the field, to propose a strategic solution for the evaluation. The cuttingedge








recommended, which proved to be instrumental in addressing the specific requirements of this assessment. The MGP261 and 262 multigas probes offered a remarkable capability to provide real-time process values, within the defined levels of accuracy and ranges for both CH4 and CO2. A significant advantage was their adaptability to challenging wet conditions, ensuring reliable performance even in high-humidity environments – a crucial factor given the nature of biogas processing. In addition, these probes were simple to install, and comply with the ATEX and safety regulations of biogas facilities. By synergizing the data obtained from the biogas feed, retentate, and permeate streams, a comprehensive analysis of the entire process

“We are committed to sustainable progress, and we always strive to prevent revenue losses for our customers by applying rigorous controls,” Machiel






upgrading plants also reduce methane emissions which we measure with Vaisala MGP261 and 262 multigas instruments to optimise the purification process. This way, we contribute positively to the energy transition and sustainability goals.”


was conducted. This holistic approach allowed for a thorough


assessment, enabling a deep understanding of the dynamics and

Pentair and Vaisala, leveraging the MGP261

efficiency of the biogas upgrading system. The analysis revealed

and 262 multigas probes, demonstrated the

that Pentair’s process design conformed rigorously to the specified

effectiveness of these instruments in verifying

design criteria. This validation provided strong assurance to SFP

the performance of the biogas upgrading system

that the biogas upgrading system was functioning precisely as

at the Sustainable Fuel Plant site. The ease of

intended, in alignment with the set objectives and performance

installation and their reliable performance make


these probes a valuable extension of Pentair’s





process analysis kit. This solution has the The MGP261 and 262 multigas probes delivered accurate and

potential to be offered to Pentair customers in

precise measurements throughout the assessment period.

the future, enabling the tracking of both process

Accurate measurement and optimisation of CH4 and CO2 levels

and material performance, aligning with Pentair’s

enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the biogas upgrading

commitment to sustainable and responsible


solutions in the field of gases.

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In-Comm Training celebrates record year by launching new blueprint for growth One of the UK’s leading training providers is celebrating a record year after it completed several strategic projects and saw demand for engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships and upskilling courses soar. In-Comm Training, which operates two state-of-the-art Technical Academies in Aldridge and Telford, has seen revenue increase by 25% over the last twelve months. This has been driven by the firm’s largest ever cohort intake (nearly 200 apprentices in Autumn) and a significant rise in the number of companies looking to take advantage of modular courses and the managed services offer that navigates management teams through Quality Accreditations and Health and Safety compliance. It marks what has been an exciting twelve months for the business, including the £3m opening of its Telford Technical Academy at the start of the year and JLR becoming the first commercial client for the Precision Tooling Academy in Aldridge. The brother and sister owner management team of Bekki Phillips and Gareth Jones are already setting their sights on further growth next year, with learner numbers predicted to rise to 2300 and the strategic appointment of a new Managing Director expected in the first quarter to help it fulfil its growth. Gareth Jones, Managing Director at In-Comm Training, commented: “This has been some year, from moving into a purpose-built site in Telford and securing a £429,000 funding package from the West Midlands Combined

Authority (WMCA) to the launch of a dedicated training centre in Gestamp for 60 learners every year. “Our employer-led approach to training is really starting to pay off, with revenues increasing by 25% and new companies, including VA Technology, Ansaldo NES, Altrad Babcock, Travis Perkins and 2 Sisters Food Products, deciding to make the most of the InComm Training offering. “This is the start of our new 5-year business strategy, and we want to build on a strong 2023 by hitting the ground running in the new year – there’s exciting changes, partnerships and some new investments to announce, all geared towards supporting industry for today’s sustainability and tomorrow’s growth.” In-Comm Training, which has won three industry awards for its performance this year, has taken on 20 new industrially competent staff, taking its total workforce to 70.

The recruitment drive will continue with up to 15 new positions currently available, and these include Engineering Assessors, Internal Quality Auditors, Engineering Tutors, and Higher Education delivery experts. In a first for the company and to maximise expansion plans, Bekki and Gareth are planning to take Executive Director roles and will look to bring in a new Managing Director to oversee day-to-day operations. “There are so many opportunities out there for In-Comm to partner with industry to bridge the competency gap and give companies the skills they need to be successful. This will mean a change to the operational structure to enable us to maximise our potential through our growing number of collaborative partnerships,” added Bekki Phillips. Click here to continue reading the article on our website >>>

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Protecting consumers from unsafe food processing practices is a shared responsibility. Partnerships help to foster greater innovation, more robust safeguards and streamline processes. Which in turn can reduce food waste, increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. For





Pulling in expertise when a project requires it, both businesses have worked

Technology and AIB International

collaboratively together to resolve specific production challenges and boost

(AIBI) have pooled their respective

standards on food processing lines. They have also coached front line staff in both


businesses, as well as manufacturers, on common hygiene, culture, production,



detection and GMP inspection expertise




sectoral insight and intelligence. This partnership of food safety minds


documentation and food safety shortcuts to watch for.


PROMOTING BEST PRACTICE Food safety can be a moving target. Workforce patterns change. Seasonal


products (and staff) come and go. Packaging materials are replaced with new

assisted multiple UK and global

substrates and labels. Inspection codes of practice evolve. Critical control points



and food defence plans need to be regularly reassessed. And when it comes to

multi-national fast food chain, to

hygiene and health and safety standards, food processors cannot take their eye

develop robust GMP standards.

off the ball.



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As a machinery manufacturer, Fortress Technology

prevalent contaminant, data and COP risks that might

is constantly refining its inspection and contaminant

compromise food safety.

detection features and integrating these onto food production lines. Founded over a century ago, AIBI

To assist AIBI, Fortress delivers coaching, sharing how

meanwhile is on the ground in food factories performing

equipment supports processes, productivity and supply

GMP inspections, training, & GFSI certifications and

chain transparency. Building this collective knowledge

helping processors to identify and address gaps in their

can help AIBI Food Safety Professionals to recognise data,

food safety plans.

documentation and reporting vulnerabilities and ensure innovative features on inspection plant and equipment

Individually, the two companies have clearly-defined

are being utilised properly, without compromising food

business strategies. With food safety the overlapping

or workforce safety.

theme. To support Fortress with machine R&D, AIBI meets


regularly with the team to relay common production

The two companies have also come together to consult

challenges and issues that could jeopardise food safety.

on a number of flagship food safety projects. This includes

This information helps Fortress to review and refine

advising several of the top food companies directly on what

machinery, hygiene and communication features, issue

they should include in Codes of Practice documentation,

new software updates, and develop documentation tools

audit templates and continuous improvement programs.

that cannot be performed retrospectively. Protecting workers and mitigating against the risk of the most

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