Plant & Works Engineering
Wireless networking technology

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies is to drive Whitworths’ planned warehouse modernisation with new voice picking and wireless networking technology it was announced recently.

Automated palletising solution

Palletising is a simple, repetitive task that can lend itself perfectly to robotic automation and RARUK AUTOMATION says its new kit makes the transition both simple and quick. The company says its new Robotiq Palletising Kit provides the means to install, set-up and configure the solution to boost production efficiency, with hardware and software supplied ready-connected for a plug and play solution.

Expanded line of filler metals

To expand its line of filler metals for chrome-molybdenum weldments in the refinery, petrochemical, power generation and pressure vessel applications, ESAB has announced it has introduced its new series of B3 SC electrodes and fluxes for SMAW, GTAW and SAW for 2.25% Cr 1% Mo alloyed steels, SA-387 Grade 22, A335 Grade P22 and similar materials.

Nitrogen system installations

Over the years, THORITE says it has completed numerous specialist projects for universities throughout the UK, with the latest being an installation of a series of compressor systems and Nitrogen generators for brand new laboratories at The University of Liverpool.

Large-scale gas heat recovery

At CHEMUK 2021, stand E31 (15-16 September 2021, NEC), HRS HEAT EXCHANGERS will showcase its range of products for recovery from exhaust gases in the chemical industry. HRS has supplied a K Series large gas heat exchanger for a Belgian chemical plant to cool the exhaust gases leaving a catalytic reactor (which can reach temperatures of up to 500 deg. C) and use the recovered heat to pre-heat the cold gases entering the reactor.

Oil condition monitoring technology

PARKER HANNIFIN a leader in motion and control technologies, has announced an innovative oil condition monitoring technology that is set to help marine operators reduce downtime, reduce costs, and protect assets. Developed in close collaboration with marine experts, the DIGI Plus has been designed to offer rapid on-site and on-board oil condition monitoring to improve productivity and increase uptime for the marine industry.

Award winning pressure sensor

The innovative design features and benefits of a robust pressure sensor have been recognised with the Innovations Showcase Award which was recommended by a panel of experts at the recent Process Expo event in Chicago. The award, within the Dairy Product category, was given to sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER for its PP20H pressure sensor. The sensor prevailed against the 17 finalists due to its wide range of features ensuring outstanding performance in challenging hygienic applications.

Calibration & site support services

SENSONICS is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of turbine supervisory and high integrity protection equipment to industry. The company says this position has been established thanks to over 40 years of experience in providing vibration, position and speed instrumentation solutions. Sensonics has confirmed the expansion of its service offerings supported by important investment which will help it to meet the growing and changing requirements of its customers.

50:50:50 Offer to celebrate anniversary

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced a new offer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production of the Vapac brand of humidifiers in the UK.

Redditch facility officially opened

After twelve months construction work, BUNTING’S European managing director Simon Ayling officially opened the extended Bunting-Redditch facility. The revamped facility includes additional manufacturing and storage space, a new ‘Customer Experience Centre’, and offices.

Improved flux for industrial environments

ESAB has announced an improved OK Flux 10.99, an agglomerated neutral basic flux designed for submerged arc welding in heavy industrial environments like petrochemical plants, offshore construction, transport, LNG and LEG tanks, pressure vessel, and pulp and paper industries.

Next generation of controllers

AIRMASTER, the CMC-owned embedded air compressor controls brand for OEMs, has revealed its next generation of controllers after launching AIRMASTER FIT.

High-performance polymer material

CDI ENERGY PRODUCTS, a leader in high-performance polymer components, has announced its latest material to achieve API 610 recognition outperformed service life expectations under extremely corrosive sulfuric acid conditions. API 610 is the standard for centrifugal pumps for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

Safer and sustainable building

ABB ROBOTICS says it is driving automation in the construction industry with new robotic automation solutions to address key challenges, including the need for more affordable and environmentally friendly housing and to reduce the environmental impact of construction, amidst a labour and skills shortage.

New smart service plugs

HYDROSCAND has announced it is launching specially designed service plugs in carefully selected materials, that enable both reuse and recycling. Service plugs are important tools for minimising the risk of environmentally harmful leakage. For example, during oil changes, service, assembly and hose changes.

New miniature SMD PMS

OMRON ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS EUROPE has announced it has launched a new, exceptionally compact reflective photomicrosensor (PMS) with a sensing distance of 3-4mm, plugging a gap in the market for an SMD device addressing applications such as 3D printers, mini printers, e-locks and factory automation equipment.

New braking distance simulator

ABB says its new RobotStudio now offers unprecedented accuracy for calculating robot stopping distances to optimise operator safety

Continuous level measurement

SICK says its innovative non-contact radar sensing technology is opening up the prospect of robust and reliable real-time monitoring of the levels of liquids and bulk solids in challenging industrial applications. The SICK SicWave uses higher-frequency 80 gigahertz free-space radar to overcome the limitations of lower-frequency radar sensors or mechanical devices to achieve precision continuous level measurement in demanding environments.

Compact modular safety controller

WIELAND ELECTRIC says designed with maximum functionality in mind, its samos PRO is a compact modular safety controller for machine and automation control. Part of the samos range of safety systems, it has multi-functional base modules that are modularly interlinked, extending its safety functions module by module.

Twinning sensors with the Cloud

SICK has announced that its new LiveConnect web service will be the standard for bringing live data from SICK sensors to their digital twins in the Cloud, supporting customer progress towards Industry 4.0 digitilisation.

Touchless control solutions

OMRON Electronic Components Europe has announced a new addition to the B5W series of optical sensors. The new B5W-DB diffuse reflector sensor has a longer sensing distance of 550mm, longer than light convergent resistance sensors of the same size making it ideal for COVID safe user interfaces.

Boosting environmental credentials

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has released the 2021 version of its energy-efficient Tundra refrigeration dryers.

Desiccant dehumidifiers

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS offers the Cotes range of desiccant dehumidifiers in the UK. Cotes is one of the world’s leading experts in desiccant dehumidification technology, providing superbly engineered, low-maintenance humidity management solutions that are remarkably energy efficient.

Red Dot Award for product design

ESAB has announced that its Robust Feed wire feeder has received the highly coveted Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021.

Longevity and success

Motion control technology group YASKAWA has announced it has delivered its 30 millionth inverter drive and also reached 20 million units in its servo drives division.

Quick Flex elastomeric couplings

Quick Flex elastomeric couplings from Lovejoy Europe / R+L Hydraulics are durable couplings for harsh environments. They need minimal maintenance, are easy to install and require no lubrication.

Mini smart sensors

SICK has announced it has launched the versatile W4F family of miniature smart sensors, developed to achieve next-generation detection performance and incorporating powerful new optical technologies, each purpose-designed to master common sensing challenges with complete reliability.

Pressure sensor benefits set in concrete

Pressure sensors perform a vital role in the development of effective robotic solutions for an ever-increasingly diverse and in some cases highly specialised manufacturing applications. One recent example of this is a high-precision pressure monitoring application for concrete processing using 3D printing robots resulting in automated concrete prints, without the need for complex formwork.

SteamPack fire tube steam boilers

Industrial process heating equipment and solutions specialist BABCOCK WANSON has launched the SteamPack range of Fire Tube Steam Boilers, for steam outputs from 3500 kg/h to 8000 kg/h.

High-performance seals for butterfly valves

In order to ensure that process plants meet hygiene requirements, industry-specific approvals and resistance to CIP/SIP media, FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHNOLOGIES has developed a new series of high-performance seals for butterfly valves. The company says the seals have been developed in conjunction with French customer Definox, one of the leading manufacturers of first class process valves and stainless steel equipment for high-end applications in sectors such as food, beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and animal feed.

Liquid-tight conduit system range

Flexible conduit manufacturer, FLEXICON has announced it has extended its flexible conduit system offer to include a new liquid tight flexible metal conduit (LMFC), which complies with UL and CSA standard UL360 / CSA C22.2 No. 56-17.

Nickel-free stainless-steel pipe

VIEGA has announced it has further expanded its range of piping solutions for building services, with the introduction of the new Inox 1.4520 pipe. The company says this nickel-free stainless-steel pipe has been designed to ensure consistent quality and regular dimensions that will offer installers a competitive alternative to copper pipe in non-potable, heating and industrial applications.

Support for steel manufacturer

Fully integrated steel producer, Liberty Steel Group, has appointed global compressor control, performance and monitoring solutions expert, CMC, to install AIRMATICS at the UK’s flagship Speciality Steels site in Rotherham.

Mechatronics offer expanded

RUBIX UK has announced it has acquired Matara – a specialist supplier of industrial automation products to UK industry - as part of the Group’s network development strategy.

Investment in new extrusion line

PLYSOLENE has announced it has recently invested £1.5m in the installation of a brand new Kuhne machine at its site in West Sussex to begin producing ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) in the UK.

Rib cooled induction motor

ABB says its rib cooled high voltage motor is available from stock for immediate delivery to the UK. The company says the motor provides high power density for compact installations, packing more power per kilogram compared to conventional motors.

Vision sensors win top award

Providing the right vision sensor for robotic applications which provide maximum functional and operational flexibility combined with easy process integration has become an increasingly important focus for sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER.

£1m revenue boost after signing partnership

A leading engineering solutions provider has been announced as a preferred supplier to IESA in a deal that could be worth up to £1m per year.

Precision engineering machines meet demand

DAWSON SHANAHAN, a specialist precision engineering firm, says it looks set to exceed its investment targets this year to meet increasing demand from the power distribution, e-mobility and medical sectors, which is expected to increase further in 2021.

50th Anniversary Celebration

LABFACILITY says it is proud to announce that in 2021 it will be celebrating its 50th birthday. The company wants to say a big thank you to everyone who has made this 50th year anniversary possible.

Extensive range of valves

ARI ARMATUREN UK Ltd. is a subsidiary of a large German engineering company, reputed to have the largest valve stock in Europe.

Hygienic sealing portfolio

FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHNOLOGIES has announced it is expanding its sealing portfolio for hygienic systems in the process industry to include two new products: Hygienic Forseal and Hygienic Pressure Seal. Both are specially developed for food applications that experience high pressures and temperatures. The company says the unique combination of high-performance elastomers (EPDM or Fluoroprene XP) and premium PTFE materials (Quantum) also makes the seals resistant to a wide range of aggressive media.

Solid wire reduces spatter

ESAB’s OK AristoRod 38 Zn is a solid wire with a specially alloyed formula that can minimise porosity and spatter on galvanised steels. The company says it significantly reduces or eliminates rejects and rework, delivering optimised results when welding the galvanised steel components used in transportation, white goods, agricultural tanks and troughs, HVAC systems and construction.

Open service for IO-Link function blocks

Sensor manufacturer SICK has announced it has launched a pioneering open software service that creates ready-made IO-Link function blocks to integrate data from any IO-Link device into a wide range of common PLC control systems.

Air apparent

The electric motor may be the most common source of mechanical power in modern industrial environments, but that doesn’t make it the best solution for every application. David Lockett, managing director at Huco Dynatork explains the benefits of an alternative approach, using the power of air.

Industrial magnets

ELESA has announced it has recently revised its extensive range of high quality industrial magnets for use in positioning and clamping applications across almost all industries, from mining to food processing and machining to farming. With high pull force and many shape options available in different alloys, these popular magnets are suitable for a variety of purposes which are frequently difficult to appreciate, as they are often located internal to the equipment where they are installed. 

Sustainable Product of the Year Award

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced it has won the prestigious Sustainable Product of the Year award in the recent HVR Awards, for its desiccant dehumidifier from Danish manufacturer, Cotes A/S.

Compressed air leak detection

UE SYSTEMS discusses best practices for ultrasonic compressed air leak detection: Contrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, for what it takes to produce it, to what is generated it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility. Air Compressor experts have also estimated that as much as 30% of the compressed air generated is lost via leaks in the compressed air system.

Process gas burner technology

Romold, a manufacturer of plastic spill containment products, has announced it is now benefiting from the latest process gas heating technology from LANEMARK COMBUSTION ENGINEERING. Rotational moulding operations now undertaken by the Livingston-based company feature a Lanemark FDGA forced draught burner system which is delivering clear benefits in terms of both improved operations and greater energy efficiency.

Electrostatically recovering copper wire

A combination of an ElectroStatic Separator and a Metal Separation Module is enabling the recovery of fine copper and other metals from a waste product at a UK metal recycling company.