Plant & Works Engineering
Flexible real-time reporting

IDHAMMAR Monitor is designed to present key performance information to any browser on any PC or display, any time. The company says maintenance teams will benefit from real-time reporting of asset performance by being actively alerted to issues as they arise, speeding up repair processes and shortening lead times. Idhammar says real-time customisable screen alerts continuously refresh data, to provide an instant indication on the status and priority of work orders and configurable and customisable reports present multiple report data sets, through a single access point.

Blast-room ensures perfect finish

The manufacturer of two iconic brands in grass-care and grounds maintenance equipment used at international sports venues around the world reports it has upgraded production with a self-contained blast-room from HODGE CLEMCO. Dennis mowers were used at stadia for the FIFA World Cups in South Africa and Brazil and will be in action again in Russia this year. Like SISIS ground-care machinery manufactured by Howardsons, Dennis mowers are also used by top sports clubs in many countries as well as local authorities and education establishments.

Essential product guide

SAFEGUARD reports it has updated its essential product guide with a new, fourth edition that provides crucial information on specifying its market-leading ranges of damp and waterproofing technologies. Safeguard says a result of its 30 years of product innovation and expertise in the sector, the 54-page guide covers the Dryzone, Stormdry, Vandex, Oldroyd and Brickfix brands, to name a few. Product areas include: rising damp, replastering, damp-proof coatings, condensation and mould, rain penetration, masonry repair, basement drainage, and tanking and waterproofing in general.

Digital multimeter for industrial and benchtop electrical inspection

FLIR recently announced the FLIR DM91 Industrial true-root mean square multimeter for electrical inspection and says built for industrial electricians and benchtop workers, the 18-function DM91 digital multimeter is capable of datalogging and storage for up to 10 sets of 40k scalar measurements, with a recall function for data review.

Tank base protection

BPGIC is a prominent tank storage operator whose activities in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, include the storing of crude oil, fuel oil, and all types of oil products and gas. Denso Steelcoat Tank Base Protection System was recently applied on all BPGIC's tanks in the new Fujairah storage facilities terminal.

Tank floor inspection technologies

As part of its new rental partnership with Silverwing, ASHTEAD TECHNOLOGY has announced it has added a range of tank floor inspection technologies to its fleet of rental instruments. The company says manufactured by Eddyfi Technologies, the new equipment is all from the Silverwing product line and includes the Floormap 3DiM tank floor scanner and the Handscan manual tank floor scanne.r

Refurbished welding equipment

WESTERMANS INTERNATIONAL says the benefits associated with the supply of its refurbished welding equipment have now become well-established on a global scale. The Leicestershire-based organisation, which sources, renovates and supplies a vast range of welding and associated units, says it has built on its extensive UK and European sales by making the service available to a truly international market. The company highlights a key customer in China by way of example –

Survey reveals importance of innovation

A survey undertaken by SANDVIK has revealed the importance of adopting new technologies, while at the same time keeping costs down for customers purchasing stainless steel. Visitors to the Sandvik stand at the Stainless Steel World 2017 exhibition were surveyed on a series of topics and issues relating to the current stainless steel market and the elements they see as important when making their purchasing decisions.

Emergency repair adhesive

HENKEL says new to its LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonding range is LOCTITE HY 4060 GY, a five-minute-curing, general-purpose repair adhesive for a wide variety of metals, plastics, wood and rubber materials. Henkel says what makes this product so special is its patented hybrid technology that, as well as providing universal adhesion, achieves a fast cure through a large gap, excellent structural and environmental durability. It also has enhanced safety credentials.

Free technical guide

A new guide from coding and marking specialist INTERACTIVE CODING EQUIPMENT (ICE) helps to explain the importance and relevance of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in ensuring an efficient production line and also the key role coding can play in its successful implementation.

Customised blast cabinet

From mobile phones to vehicle bodies, most products and equipment undergo vibration testing as part of their development or quality assessment. One of the leading companies specialising in vibration test system repair and maintenance has installed a customised blast cabinet from HODGE CLEMCO to upgrade its services. Repair and rewinding of the electric coils in vibration equipment is a key service offered by Cambridgeshire-based 1G Dynamics and involves stripping existing copper wiring off the aluminium armatures along with any aluminium tube used for cooling the equipment. Before being rewound, the surface of the armature and cooling tube are prepared to provide a key for the final resin coating.

Compact industrial oil skimmer

OIL SPILL PRODUCTS reports it has added a new compact oil skimmer to its range of weir skimmers and says specifically designed for industrial applications, the Osprey 150 mini skimmer is manufactured from robust 316 stainless steel. The company says it is ideally suited for use in sumps, tanks and confined areas and it will fit through a 610mm manway. The central weir can be adjusted to suit recovery rate, with mooring eyes on each float to easily fix in a specific location.

Local manufacturers focus on ‘Industry 4.0’

Sussex manufacturers will need to focus on upskilling and digitisation to reap the benefits of ‘Industry 4.0’ – the so-called fourth industrial revolution.

Threadlocking adhesives

More than 50 years ago, LOCTITE says it introduced the world’s first ever anaerobic threadlocking adhesive and despite the maturity of the technology, it has been continually developed to provide new benefits and the company now asserts that its latest generation threadlockers are ‘the best ever’. Henkel’ says its LOCTITE threadlocking adhesives prevent self-loosening and secure any threaded fastener against vibration and shock loads and many are easy-flowing liquids which completely fill the gaps between mating threads.

Improving maintenance costs

By installing a 10-zone gas catalytic infra-red oven from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT, a Mexican manufacturer of gas propane tanks has reportedly been able to switch from batch processing to in-line coating to meet increased sales demand, while at the same time improving coating quality and reducing energy and maintenance costs. Metsa, has been involved in the manufacture of propane tanks for over 50 years. However, when demand for products increased, it was realised that the existing powder coating facility would have problems meeting this demand.

Service & maintenance

dp DOORS & SHUTTERS says it is now a legal requirement in accordance with the Machinery Directive, 98/79/EC and the workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulation 1992 that all power operated and automatic doors must be subject to a controlled and regular maintenance and service procedure with emphasis on the safety features.

‘Next Generation’ materials

SANDVIK says it is among the sponsors of the upcoming Stainless Steel World (SSW) Conference & Exhibition 2017 in The Netherlands (November 28-30), one of the world’s most important events relating to the manufacture and use of corrosion resistant stainless steels and other corrosion resistant alloys.

Retirement of EX range

After many years in production, AIRBENCH says it has made the decision to stop production of its EX model. This is its lighter duty range, and is rarely supplied to new customers. Airbench says its FN type can be purchased at comparable prices for comparable sizes, and is a heavier duty unit, the FN type is welded and powder coated so is also a more robust product and the company thinks it offers better value and solves the same range of issues.

Structural bonding development

When HENKEL started to explore the best way to convey the merits of its latest LOCTITE structural bonding development, it set its sights on creating a demonstration that would really make industry take notice. Henkel engineers decided to show the strength and durability of new and patented LOCTITE hybrid adhesive technology by designing a bonded coupler that would pull freight train wagons weighing 208 tons.

Top achiever

SANDVIK has announced it has once again been selected as a member of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The top 10% most sustainable companies in each respective industry are included. The 2017 DJSI has awarded a percentile score of 97, which means that Sandvik performs better on the indicators overall than 97% of assessed companies in the same sector, Capital Goods.

Health check

SOFTSOLS GROUP says forward-thinking companies are continually analysing their business efficiency and that is why it has introduced the Agility Health Check, providing clients with expert advice and tangible feedback so they can make intelligent decisions and improve the way their business operates.

High-precision distance measurement

The SICK OD1000 displacement sensor is said to set new standards in high-precision distance measurement with its extremely long 1 metre scanning range and a resolution down to 450µm. Developed by SICK to achieve high consistency and linearity in measurement results on many different surfaces and colours, even at high production speeds, SICK says the OD1000 goes the extra distance for performance and value.

VSD breakdown cover

QUANTUM CONTROLS says it can provide 24/7 variable speed drive cover for any business for less per day than the cost of a cup of coffee.As a leading UK supplier of variable speed drives, motors and maintenance/repair services, Quantum has recently launched its newest service offering - The ‘One Call’ Contract.

New production manager

Birmingham based TUFNOL COMPOSITES has announced the appointment of Tim Rowson as its new production manager. Prior to joining Tufnol, Tim worked for Meggitt Aerospace where he was a team leader and also spent time with GE Unison Engine Components and IMI Nuclear. In his new role at Tufnol he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the production processes for the company.

Contacts in no time

Wires and cables routinely have to be connected to copper busbars when manufacturing control gear and switchgear systems. The conventional approach can be time-consuming and uses screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps. But RITTAL says help is at hand, thanks to the launch of its new range of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps. The clamps utilise push-in technology, providing users with a fast, easy and secure method for connecting conductors to busbars.

Can 3 grams of adhesive pull 208 tons of freight train?

HENKEL says when it started to explore the best way to convey the merits of its latest LOCTITE structural bonding development, it set its sights on creating a demonstration that would really make industry take notice. Henkel engineers decided to show the strength and durability of new and patented LOCTITE hybrid adhesive technology by designing a bonded coupler that would pull freight train wagons weighing 208 tons.

Sealing cable entries

Flood Control International of Tavistock, Devon, reports it is completing a project at a Thames Water site near Maple Cross, Berkshire for sealing cable entries with WINN & COALES Densoseal 16A and says there will be further Thames Water sites to follow in a major refurbishment of their sites resulting from a Flood Prevention report.

Upgrade to maintenance facilities

Two custom-designed blast cabinets from HODGE CLEMCO have upgraded surface preparation processes on a wide range of aircraft components at Kearsley Airways, one of the UK’s leading companies in the aerospace component repair sector.

Hidden business costs to be aware of when starting a venture

Underestimating the costs that a new business may absorb could lead to premature business failure. It’s important to plan for and understand exactly what it will take to be successful. Fortunately, being aware of these three hidden business costs should help get a venture started on the right step:

New structural bonders

HENKEL says its latest introduction is another milestone for its LOCTITE brand. The company says it has developed a new range of Universal Structural Bonders whose many attributes have been achieved through new, patented hybrid technology and this innovative approach substantially extends the application scope of these adhesives which also afford improved health and safety benefits.

New design storage box

Following the successful revamping of its Denso Tape packing labels and boxes, WINN & COALES (DENSO) has announced it has given a new lease of life to the packaging for its Densostrip precast concrete sealing strips.

Machinery management support

THE MACHINERY MANAGEMENT PEOPLE (TMMP), founders of an award-winning machinery auction site, CNC Online, reports it has introduced the UK’s first total machinery management support service, providing the engineering sector with a highly cost effective route to all aspects of machinery trading, management and care.

The rag revolution

NORTHWOOD HYGIENE PRODUCTS says its Resource Rag continues to challenge long held beliefs that using bags of rags is more than adequate for most wiping needs. The company reports well-known and forward thinking lift manufacturer, Stannah is the latest major company to conduct trials comparing the two options and Resource Rag was an immediate success with wastage halved.

Cut maintenance costs with affordable maintenance software

SHIRE SYSTEMS says Pirana CMMS is the complete CMMS solution, at a realistic price, available on-premise or Cloud and now Pirana offers a NEW and improved Key Performance Indicators Module, a sensible utility to help you reach business objectives and sustainability goals.

Damp-proof coating

Drybase Flex Membrane from SAFEGUARD, a leading UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology, is the latest product in the company’s Drybase Damp-Proof Coatings range and is designed for direct application to floors and walls that have been affected by dampness and salt contamination; and when it is not possible to stop the damp at its source.

Transmission of data

RITTAL says capturing, transmitting and processing data lies at the heart of what has been dubbed “the fourth industrial revolution” and continues it’s one of the reasons why cutting-edge connectivity has become so important in factories and similar environments to facilitate new, smarter ways of working, such as predictive maintenance.

Smart power distribution

RITTAL, a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control, reports it is offering manufacturers of small control panels and switchgear an innovative and tested power distribution system. The company says the new RiLine Compact allows the user to mount different types of protective and switching devices onto a system, and then supply it with electrical power and says its standardised and standards-compliant technology means it is suitable for use in control panels in both the IEC and UL markets.

Open Innovation portal

With needs growing exponentially along with population, SANDVIK says it believes it’s vital to find smarter, safer ways forward and says with the launch of its new Open Innovation portal the company seeks to collaborate with like-minded innovators to deliver the next generation of products and solutions that will make a true difference.

New online Steel Navigator

OVAKO says visitors to Subcon 2017, the UK’s subcontract manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to outsourced engineering services, now in its 41st year, can take part in special interactive demonstrations of its Steel Navigator and says the powerful and exciting digital platform allows customers to search and find the most suitable steel for their applications.

Flame arresters and breather valves

ELFAB says its latest generation of flame arresters offer a brand new and patented construction concept for both deflagration-proof and detonation-proof designs and says the new concept contributes to better performance, easier maintenance (for 100% cleanliness) and easy assembling and disassembling without any risk of damage to the parts.

New online Steel Navigator

OVAKO says visitors to Subcon 2017, the UK’s subcontract manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to outsourced engineering services, now in its 41st year, can take part in special interactive demonstrations of its Steel Navigator. The powerful digital platform allows customers to search and find the most suitable steel for their applications.

Damp-proof coverings

The Drybase range from SAFEGUARD EUROPE – a leading UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is said to be designed for use when it is not possible to protect building materials and interior surfaces from the sources of dampness, like rain penetration or rising damp. A collection of damp-proof coverings, coatings and membranes; the Drybase range aims to provide solutions to a wide range of dampness issues, whether in small residential properties through to larger industrial facilities.

Daylight quality lighting

MURRELEKTRONIK says its Modlight Illumix series of machine lamps illuminate machines and plants with maintenance-free and long-lasting LED technology in daylight quality.The company says “Slim Line” lamps with their compact construction are a reliable solution in machines and plants with minimum spaces and in harsh industrial environments, lamps of the “Classic Line” are the ideal light source with their aluminum housing and 4-millimeter thick, single-pane safety glass. For this reason, they are also specified for use in classic plant and machine construction environments.

Vehicle design challenge

MAKITA, a professional power tool manufacturer, reports it will support Formula Student (FS) 2017, the vehicle design and build challenge run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Formula Student is an established educational vehicle engineering competition. Teams from across the globe design, build and enter their race cars to be judged by industry experts. The sole aim of FS is to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up an engineering career.

Automated welding system

ESAB reports it has supplied an automated welding system to EWP Windtower Production AB for making longitudinal welds in sections of wind turbine towers. The company says the highly efficient submerged arc welding system comprises a CaB 460C column-and-boom that manipulates a tandem single + twin welding head, with a FFRS Super flux feed and recovery system complete with heaters and filter unit.

Dedicated YouTube channel

HENKEL has announced its dedicated YouTube Channel is now live and is regularly being updated with application videos, best practice, webinars and success stories all instantly available in a few key strokes at:

Asset management software trends

COMPARESOFT reports that the convergence of Bring your Own Devices, a technology-savvy workforce and the influx of multiple data flows have made asset-intensive industries lean heavily on technology and as a result, asset-intensive industries are tackling asset management differently from before.

Compliance to international standards

Spill containment and spill control industry expert EMPTEEZY says it has proof positive from three independent tests that its emergency tank shower (SE-VTS-1 tank shower) meets the rigorous standards set out by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the three European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI).

Footbridge suspension protected

WINN & COALES says its Denso Steelcoat 100/400 system was chosen by Hampshire Rigging Services to protect the suspension of the footbridge at Thames Ditton Island. The company says for this recently completed project the Denso Steelcoat was applied to a steel wire rope which was fitted to the four tower tops from which the footbridge is suspended and particular attention was given to the application of Denso Steelcoat on the four tower tops and the anchorage bars, which had previously suffered from some corrosion.

Work management without the guess work

SOFTSOLS GROUP says Maintec 2017, (21st to 23rd March at the NEC) will see it showcase its brand new intelligent work capture and deployment solution AUTOAgility. The company says based on over 30 years’ experience in managing work across a variety of sectors; AUTOAgility uses dynamic, behind the scenes rules to ensure the right detail and quality of information is captured for each work request and then automatically deploys it to the most appropriate resource for completion.