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The challenges of benefitting from new technology

We’re used to technological advancement in today’s fast-paced, digital society. However, as increasingly innovative and intelligent solutions are released, there’s often a split reaction between the digital innovators who want to be the first to implement them and those who hold back, preferring more traditional methods.

System saves energy

An infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT has reportedly dramatically reduced energy costs in the coating of board for food packaging at the Stroud factory of The Olympic Varnish Company.

Extended power range

RULMECA has announced it has increased the nominal output performance of its 80LS drum motors within an 81.5mm diameter roller, from a maximum of 120 watts to 160 watts. The company says the 33% performance increase was achieved through the redesign of the stator and to optimally transfer the high power to the belt, the drum shell can be provided with a rubber coating with a maximum permissible thickness of 5mm.

Routeco Live 2018

RITTAL says it will once again be joining Routeco Live in 2018, to showcase its renowned infrastructure solutions – widely specified as the no.1 choice for protecting critical equipment – and demonstrate how its products and services can address specific problems faced by different industries.

New intelligent signal conditioner

Following the launch of its new ClipX amplifier, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the date of its latest free webinar, “Advantages of Digital Force Measurements”, which will take place on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 9am (GMT).

Exhibiting for second year

TUFNOL COMPOSITES has announced it will be exhibiting for the second year running at the Engineering Materials Live show at the National Motorcycle Museum on 10 May 2018.

ISO 9001 certification

DIRECT AIR & PIPEWORK says its continued commitment to putting the customer first, has resulted in it recently becoming ISO 9001 certified - ISO 9001 is recognised worldwide as the international benchmark for quality within an organisation. The company says by achieving its ISO 9001 certification, it is able to demonstrate to customers and suppliers that the systems it has in place meet the high standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

New hydra-cell pumps on show

WANNER INTERNATIONAL has announced it will display its full range of Hydra-Cell diaphragm Process and Metering pumps at Achema 2018 on Stand D51 with the theme: “Hydra-Cell seal-less pump technology… It’s different” and says the unique and advantageous differences will be highlighted with product displays, working demonstrations and cutaway pump models.

Digital water measuring system

Adding a preset quantity of water to a mix has long been carried out using pails or hosepipes. This is not very accurate and certainly not consistent. Now, Hertfordshire company AQUAMETER has announced it has developed the ABACUS digital water measuring system for dispensing accurate preset quantities of water straight into mixing vessels, tanks etc.

Resist corrosion, embrace possibilities

SANDVIK says it is inviting customers to resist corrosion and embrace possibilities at this year’s Tube 2018 exhibition, with the focus being on a combination of knowledge, expertise and product excellence. The company says its key focus for Tube 2018 is the high standard of technical knowledge and experience that is available to support its customers across many sectors.

Taking control of GHS

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LTD (ESL) says many in industry find there are two major issues facing them when dealing with safety in the workplace. Firstly, it is a well-known fact that many find the information on a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) “too technical” to understand. In addition, many are still trying to get to grips with the changes brought about by the introduction of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Regulation.

Chain guide products

Nationwide specialist bearing distributor, INDUSTRIA BEARINGS & TRANSMISSIONS, reports it is highlighting its range of chain guide products from Murtfeldt, which are suitable for multiple industrial applications. Key products from the German manufacturer include chain guides, which are available for both roller and round link versions to provide quiet, smooth running protection for chains that operate on metal guides. Optimum running properties are combined with reliable and long term operation.

Liquid ring vacuum pumps

BUSCH VACUUM PUMPS AND SYSTEMS has now launched an entirely new series of liquid ring vacuum pumps. The company says the new Dolphin LM/LT vacuum pumps have been completely redesigned but are based on proven liquid ring vacuum technology and with these new vacuum pumps, it has been able to optimise an existing product that has become an established part of many industrial processes, resulting in the development of extremely powerful, yet energy-efficient vacuum generators.

Next-generation photoelectric sensors

Launched recently in a global release, SICK says its next-generation W16 and W26 smart sensors with “BluePilot” alignment are at the helm of a streamlined portfolio of photoelectric sensors, radically-upgraded to optimise ease-of-use with complete object detection reliability. The company says the W16 and W26 proximity, reflex and through-beam sensors are manufactured at a purpose-built, fully-automated production facility in southern Germany and they mark the culmination of a two-year, €multi-million research and development project involving extensive consultation with SICK customers worldwide.

Easy way to machine rails

Manufacturing switchgear can be very labour intensive, despite the advances in automation, there is still a huge amount of manual work involved in cutting and machining busbars, support rails and cable ducts. RITTAL AUTOMATION SYSTEMS says it is now offering new and improved machines and tools that will help automate or part-automate these previously time-consuming activities.

Clamp-on flowmeter fleet

Flowhire is a specialist in flow measurement rental services for liquids, steam and gas and supports process industries as diverse as paper and pulp, brewing, oil and gas and engine development with a wide range of equipment, from mag flow meters through to more complex vortex and Coriolis installations. The company also maintains a fleet of sixteen non-invasive KATRONIC clamp-on portable ultrasonic flow meters.

Process panel meters

Saffron Scientific Equipment, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of Gloveboxes, reports it is using BEKA Advisor A90 universal process panel meters to display critical containment pressures. Each meter has a multicolour negative liquid crystal display, with the display colour linked to the meter's alarm status providing very conspicuous multiple alarm warnings. Although Advisor A90 meters are easy to configure and calibrate on-site, they are supplied pre-calibrated to Saffron's requirement including a printed slide-in scale card showing the units of measurement.

Latest aerospace accreditation

Birmingham based TUFNOL COMPOSITES reports it has achieved the latest internationally recognised accreditation from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), which acknowledges the company’s high standard of manufacturing process and the quality of its products and services. Tufnol says the AS9100 Rev D is the latest revised version of the standard which recognises that its methods, systems and quality control from the design and development stage, through to the finished product, fully comply with the standard.

Innovative IoT solutions

RITTAL says companies that employ machine-to-machine communication to streamline manufacturing require real-time capabilities and IT resources deployed in close geographical proximity ensure that latency is low, and data readily available. The Rittal Edge Data Centre can provide an effective answer to this need. It is a turn-key, pre-configured solution based on standardised infrastructure. It can be implemented rapidly and cost-efficiently – paving the way for Industry 4.0 applications.

Safe and simple alternative

ECOCOOLING is an industry leading manufacturer of ventilation and evaporative cooling equipment, with over 4500 installations worldwide. The company says EcoCoolers provide a natural, safe and simple alternative to air conditioning for large industrial areas or factories and uses natural evaporative cooling methods to cool any area where cooling is required while reducing cooling costs by up to 90%.

Energy-efficient heating system

A custom-built, fast response medium wave (FRMW) infra-red heating system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is helping in the production line fitting of sound-deadening pads to the Jaguar F-TYPE at Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing site at Castle Bromwich. Following successful tests carried out at Heraeus’s Neston Applications Centre, a compact 12 kW medium wave infra-red oven was installed at the pad fitting location on the production line. This is contained within a 1.6m aluminium framework, which features two heated zones, each equipped with three, 2kW fast response medium wave emitters with integral gold reflectors for maximum efficiency.

Stainless steel hygienic encoders

SICK has announced it has launched stainless steel versions of its fully-programmable DFS60 incremental encoders and AFM60 and AFS60 absolute encoders making them available for duties in hygienic and corrosive environments for the first time. The company says the SICK DFS60 Inox, the AFM60 Inox and the AFS60 Inox programmable encoders feature a rugged stainless steel housing, flange and shaft and they deliver high-resolution, precision performance in aggressive environments such as chemical washdown, salt and high humidity atmospheres with an operating temperature range from -30°C to 85°C.

Smart actuator

To obtain the precision required of many PLC flow control systems, Badger Meter has launched its next generation Smart Electric Valve Actuator (SEVA). The company says available through PUMP ENGINEERING, the actuator is built with military grade components to withstand extreme conditions while the microprocessor controlled linear stepper motor provides exceptional positional accuracy to give the reliability, accuracy and repeatability needed.

Deciding to rewind or replace an electric motor

Although infrequent, electric motor failure can have serious consequences and, in many cases, it can be difficult to know just what to do. As business downtime and losses mount, it can be very easy to make a panicked decision over whether to rewind and repair, or replace a motor.

Up to date with measurement technology

Following on from a successful series of webinars, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the date for its latest free webinar, ‘Minimising Measurement Uncertainty: how to set up strain gauge based precision measurement chains’, which will take place on February 22nd 2018 at 9am (GMT).

Ultimate metering accuracy

HYDRA-CELL Metering pumps are said to enable users to meet or exceed API 675 performance standards with virtually pulse-less, linear flow. The company says these pumps achieve superior levels of accuracy, repeatability and linearity, while delivering precise, constant flow by employing unique hydraulic oil management systems.To maintain accuracy in a hydraulically-actuated metering pump, the volume of oil on the non-process side of the diaphragm must remain constant.

Agile new fleet

AGILITY FLEET has announced it has supplied a new fleet of vans to Motivair Compressors. The company says the new iconic Vauxhall Vivaro supplied completely rebranded, strengthens Motivair further with an agile, refined fleet to service its customers needs. Motivair is one of the UK’s largest independent compressed air management companies with engineers strategically placed to provide national coverage.

PURE Technology approach

FULTON says its all-new gas-fired, vertical spiral-rib tubeless steam boiler, the VSRT, is the first range to emerge from the company’s new ‘PURE Technology’ approach, an initiative that has resulted in a world-first design that is durable, long-lasting and boasts the highest efficiencies and ultra-low NOx emissions as standard.

New leadership

On 1st December 2017, Iain Beadle joined MOTIVAIR as CEO. The company says Iain has an extensive background in building and growing B2B industrial service organisations, including the last 5 years as a managing director at Synectics and he brings experience in the implementation and delivery of large scale technology engineering led projects, emergency service and PPM based contracts and the efficient deployment of rapid response engineering, all of which represent the core product offering at Motivair Compressors.

Weighing up the best solution

As part of its series of free informative webinars, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the date of its latest session, “Precise Weighing in Your Packaging Machine”, which will take place on February 21st 2018 at 10am (GMT).

Top German Industry 4.0 award

BOGE COMPRESSORS reports it has beaten off stiff competition to win this year's Diamond Star 'Best Industrial Business Solution 4.0’ Award. Demonstrating its strong commitment to the digital transformation of industry and the concepts of Industry 4.0, BOGE says it has scooped a major industrial award at this year's Diamond Star Excellence in Business Awards - Best Industrial Business Solution 4.0 category.

Slimline motor controllers

RITTAL says small drives for machines and equipment are typically powered up to 9.0 A and are protected by conventional motor circuit breakers. However, when space in the enclosure is limited, it can be very difficult to find room for significant numbers of protective components. Rittal says its new motor controllers for its RiLine Compact power distribution system offer a sophisticated solution and to help engineers, it has also produced a 3D configurator that reduces the time required to generate Compact RiLine busbar systems.

62 Million and counting

LAMINA DIELECTRICS specialises in the manufacture of heat shrink tubes and endcaps for electrical insulation applications and says it has developed unique spiral-winding and extrusion technology which uses UL recognised materials for its range of tubes and endcaps. During 2017 Lamina says it made significant investment in its manufacturing systems which included updating its statistical process control software as part of its ongoing support for its automatic inspection equipment.

Water treatment? On your bike

ADEPT PURE WATER, a specialist in water purification equipment, reports it has supplied a reverse osmosis plant to Brompton Bicycle, the folding bike manufacturer. The high quality finish on Brompton’s bikes is the result of corrosion resistant powder coating. “We are looking to meet at least 1000 hours in salt spray testing”, says factory manager Tony Hobbs, “and that means that surface preparation is absolutely critical. The best way of achieving high quality surface is by using pure water.”

Logistics centre now open

The new logistics centre at the JACOB headquarters in Porta Westfalica, Germany, is now fully operational. The company says with more than 7,500 square metres of space, the state of the art hi-rise logistics centre became effective during January, following the transfer from the existing warehouse over the Christmas holiday period.

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David Ray, technical director at PRYOR, has been named on The Manufacturer Top 100 list for 2017, cementing his position as one of the most inspiring and influential individuals in the sector in the UK. The company says his pioneering work in identification and traceability solutions saw him selected by a panel of eminent industry figures, including McLaren Automotive and Institution of Engineering and Technology chief Nigel Fine.

Cold forming capabilities

DAWSON SHANAHAN reports it has further boosted its capabilities in cold forming by investing in a high-throughput Formax machine and says this takes the company’s investment in new machinery to £500,000 for the third year in a row and additional investments have been made in the company’s turning, milling and grinding capabilities, as well as in metrology and cleaning systems. The Formax FX54M is a four-die, high-speed cold former that will boost output while extending Dawson’s offering to customers.

£5,000 for Make A Wish Children’s Charity

With customer care at the centre of its business activity, RENOLD COUPLINGS says it recently conducted its annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. For each unique survey response collected, the company pledged to donate £5 to Make A Wish, a leading UK Children’s charity who exist for one reason - to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Short wave infra-red oven

A custom-built, short wave infra-red oven from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is reported to be helping to facilitate the manual fitting of fuel pipe hoses to the Jaguar XJ at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing site.

Southern Manufacturing 2018

HENKEL says its adhesives continue to influence how products are designed and manufactured and none more so than its newly introduced range of LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonders. The company says what makes these products stand out from the crowd is their unique formulation and their many attributes are achieved through Henkel’s patented hybrid technology to achieve bond strength, speedy cure and durability – performance qualities that historically have not been available from a single product.

Most powerful extraction system to date

BOFA INTERNATIONAL says industrial laser operators can now benefit from the most powerful fume extraction system ever manufactured.

New logistics centre

JACOB has announced the opening of a new 7,500 square metre hi-rise logistics centre in Porta Westfalica, Germany, to serve its markets in the UK, across Europe and the rest of the world.

Compressed air drains offer value and performance

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has launched its new HTD condensate drain into the UK market. Featuring an isolation valve for strainer cleaning to 250 micron, the latest-generation HTD offers a 100% ED rated solenoid coil and multi-voltage timer controller to ensure automatic compressed air system drainage.

Hydra-Cell metering solutions

WANNER says its new Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions model MT8 triplex metering pump is designed to handle a variety of processing liquids with very high accuracy at very low flow rates; delivering a smooth virtually pulse-less flow for a very homogeneous injection of liquids at process pressures from 0 to 245 bar.

New laser machining centre

Electrical engineering firm, LCA Controls, reports it has switched its control panel operations from manual production to laser-machining and the move is expected to transform its productivity and efficiency. LCA Controls says it has invested in a RITTAL Perforex LC 3015 3D laser machining centre – a system which will revolutionise construction of its stainless-steel panels by automating processes previously done by hand.

Selecting filler metals

ESAB says the capabilities that make stainless steel so attractive — the ability to tailor its mechanical properties and resistance to corrosion and oxidation — also increase the complexity of selecting an appropriate filler metal. For any given base material combination, any one of several types of electrodes may be appropriate depending on cost issues, service conditions, desired mechanical properties and a host of welding-related issues.

Pump specification

ALBANY PUMPS, a leading manufacturer of positive displacement pumps in the UK, says it has made it simple and easy to specify and purchase the most appropriate pump for engineers building and maintaining fire-fighting installations. The company says it has extensive experience in supplying a range of foam concentrate gear pumps and has now created an easy to use brochure, clearly setting out each available pump by type, range and key capabilities.

Ultrasonic thickness gauge

CYGNUS says designed for the engineer who needs to take quick, accurate thickness measurements, the ‘Cygnus 4+’ is a highly reliable, extremely rugged and simple to use ultrasonic thickness gauge. The company says the unit is perfect for testing levels of wear and corrosion on industrial machinery, factory infrastructure, boiler tubes and pressure vessels.

In-process testing

INSPECTpro, the new portable measurement and evaluation instrument from Schatz, a KISTLER Group company, offers a convenient way to test torque and rotation angle on bolted joints. The company says this system provides graphic analyses of assembly processes to ensure that bolted joint assemblies meet optimum quality standards.

Unexpected price + performance

ENDRESS+HAUSER says fast, precise, compact and certified, its Easytemp TMR31 and TMR35 temperature transmitters are entry-level instruments with a difference: they exceed expectations in terms of price and performance. The company says Easytemp has been developed to deliver high performance and reliability at a cost-effective price, starting from just £66 and with a quick-sensing measuring element the Easytemp transmitters deliver fast recognition of any process changes with a response time of under two seconds, one of the fastest on the market today, which offers huge improvements to the efficiency of any production or monitoring system.