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Early bearing failure detection reduces machine downtime

Condition monitoring is the best way to detect developing bearing problems before they become the cause of costly production machinery failures, says Phil Burge, marketing and communications manager at SKF.

Ball valve lapping gel

ENGIS UK, the European Division of Engis Corporation, has announced it has launched its new innovative ball valve lapping gel. Engis says it has worked closely with valve manufacturers to create the new LD Gel, which has been developed specifically for this application and offers a number of significant benefits.

Less copper, more power

RITTAL reports it has unveiled the new Ri4Power; a streamlined copper busbar that has been designed around the new VX25 enclosure.

Metering pump shows versatility

WANNER says to call its new Hydra-Cell MT8 a low flow high pressure metering pump would do it a serious injustice. The company says this amazing triplex diaphragm pump can achieve a minimum flow rate of 0.227 litres per hour with the accuracy, linearity and repeatability demanded by API 675, but is capable of generating a maximum flow of 30.28 lph. The Hydra-Cell MT8 is designed to perform at pressures, up to 241 bar, while generating a smooth virtually pulse-less flow for homogeneous metered injection.

Smash-proof, 3D printed guitar

Rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades, few with more enthusiasm than Swedish born guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen. Sandvik says it decided to test its cutting edge techniques by building the world’s first all metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills on it. View the film, in which Malmsteen plays the guitar than does his very best to destroy it.

The benefits of new technology

As we’re all aware, technology advancement is a happening at a rapid speed in society, but many of us are not fazed by the release of new technology. However, despite there being an increasing rate of innovations and intelligent solutions being introduced to us, there’s often a split reaction between the digital innovators who want to be the first to implement them and those who discard them in favor of traditional methods, and therefore hold back on them.

Medium wave infra-red heating system

A fast response, medium wave infra-red heating system is being used to assist in composite materials thermoforming research at the National Composites Centre. The system is acting to ensure controlled and precise pre-heating of thermoplastic carbon fibre laminates before forming in a press, designed and built by press manufacturers, PJ Hare.

Critical moisture measurements

Compressed air supplies are a necessity for industrial applications around the globe. In Europe alone, it is estimated 10% of all industrial electricity consumed is used to produce compressed air. Compressed air can also be used as a safe alternative power source in hazardous locations where there is a risk of fire or explosion, such as mines and oil rigs.

Careful bearing management boosts performance of rotating equipment

Taking a proactive approach to bearing health can reap dividends in manufacturing, with one company reporting annual savings of around £2 million.

Data embedded barcodes

With the demand for a reduction in food waste increasing, most major retailers are now taking steps to improve their supply chain and help reduce food wastage with one initiative being the use of data embedded barcodes on some of their shorter shelf life products.

Compressed air pressure dew point monitoring

On-site compressed air pressure dew point monitoring is now said to be accurate and easy with the S505 handheld tester from SUTO-iTEC GmbH and MEASURE MONITOR CONTROL. The results can be read straight from the screen and the S505 measures pressure dew point directly through internal pressure and dew point sensors, removing the need for calculations or correlating readings, saving time for more tests.

New operational leadership

MOTIVAIR, a UK air compressor expert, has announced the appointment of Nigel Paton as chief operating officer. Nigel has an extensive background in large scale service delivery and project execution, gained over the last 4 years as operations director at Synectics and 21 years at G4S.

Authorised value provider appointed

ABB has announced Betech has been appointed the first UK ABB authorised value provider for low voltage motors covering the North American NEMA standard.

Make the most of your assets

Karl Lycett, RITTAL UK’s product manager for climate control reports: It’s safe to say that there is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment; something which is being felt not just in the UK but in many countries across the world.

Industrial imager pinpoints compressed air leaks

Compressed air systems can lose a significant amount of air through leakage. FLUKE says its new ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager enables maintenance teams to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks even during peak production periods and leaks can be detected in a matter of minutes.

High performance motor control

ABB has announced it has expanded its all-compatible drives offering to include the ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drive for critical applications. ABB says the new drive introduces a breakthrough control technology, it has developed, that brings high performance motor control to demanding processes used in industries such as mining, metals and marine and the drive also enables plants to operate more efficiently and produce higher quality output.

Manufacturer gains from international service

“Our work with Westermans International enables us to integrate new technology into the manufacture of our full range of pressure vessels in a very cost effective way – enhancing the performance and value of our service to customers.” Henry Price, MD of Abbott & Co. (Newark) , is clear about the value of the refurbished welding and machining equipment available from Westermans International.

Combustion management system

LAMTEC says its CMS Combustion Management System is now available and based on an innovative modular architecture it offers the most flexibility on the market allowing users to meet the most demanding combustion applications.

Safe handling of lubricants

Belgian lubricant manufacturer WOLF OIL CORPORATION has announced it has developed a range specifically for the construction industry that optimises operating times, improving the efficiency of the machinery fleet.

Temperature monitoring for metals and steel

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has announced it will present its range of thermal profilers and infrared temperature measurement solutions at the THERMPROCESS trade fair, Stand C73.

Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo

DAWSON SHANAHAN, a specialist in cold-forming and specified machined components, has announced it is attending the Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo in Stuttgart, Germany next month, Stand G6380.

British humidification – better together

From the beginning of April, HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS - based in Leatherhead – has announced it will be the sole UK distributor for the West Midlands manufactured Vapac range of electrode boiler steam humidifiers.

Sludge disposal costs reduced

By using a BORGER Rotary Lobe Pump, a leading disposal company reports it has made substantial savings on traditionally high procurement and operation costs by being able to use its PE tanks as mobile units.

Pumping problem solved

HYDRA-CELL METERING SOLUTIONS has announced it has solved a pumping problem for one of the world’s largest suppliers of polyurethane foam production equipment. The company was using external gear pumps to deliver a curative catalyst in the production of ‘sound deadening’ foam for the automotive industry.

Want insights into improving bearing specifications on your applications?

Finding the correct bearing for an application can be daunting but SKF has developed an eight step plan to help achieve maximum performance.

IEC Food Safe motors

ABB has launched a full range of IEC Food Safe motors designed for applications in the food and beverage industry that need frequent sanitation. The new IEC Food Safe motors are part of ABB’s Food Safe family that includes stainless steel NEMA motors, mounted ball bearings and gearing.

Online marketplace for industrial components

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies says it is creating a turning point in the purchasing of B2B seals and components with its "Industrial Supply and Services" online platform exclusively starting in the UK as the first local market.

Compact and lightweight robot

ABB has announced it has launched its smallest, lightest robot yet as part of its growing offering of solutions for small parts assembly. The IRB 1100 was designed to meet the challenges of semiconductor, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers needing to handle small and often delicate parts while working at speed without compromising productivity or quality.

Advanced CAE technology

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT reports The National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol is using its sophisticated Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology to optimise the thermal input and control, necessary for selected composite pre-preg lay-up operations. CAE has been extensively employed to determine the precise positioning of infra-red modules during laying up of pre-preg material.

Precise, repeatable temperature profiling

At the 2019 SMTconnect, FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS reports it will be presenting its new Datapaq DP5 data loggers for inline temperature profiling in reflow soldering processes. Launched at last year’s show, the profilers are now in serial production. The company says they will be showcased along with a comprehensive array of system components building on the established Datapaq Reflow Tracker program, which also comprises a dedicated software suite.

Fast-mount wire holders

CONTA-CLIP has further enhanced its range of usability aids for VK cabling ducts, adding fast-mount wire holders. The wire holders can be clipped into the cabling ducts without tools. The company says they make it easier to neatly arrange conductors and keep signal and power lines clearly apart and they also simplify adding new wiring, since existing cables stay put and do not come lose and entangled when the cover is removed and last but not least, users will find it easier to clean their well-organised cabling duct of dust.

Be smart

When it comes to optimising production, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – says it has the answers in its latest free webinar, which takes place on 5th and 16th April 2019.

‘Rubber Stamp’ approval from KNPC

SANDVIK’S Mehsana production unit in India has received approval from the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for the supply of its product Category 12.20: tubes, heat exchangers, stainless steel and alloy steel to its refineries.

Activated carbon towers

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, a leading UK supplier to the compressed air sector, has unveiled a range of Activated Carbon Towers to suit a number of diverse applications, including those involving breathing air equipment or food production, for example. The company says the new carbon towers are manufactured from the same high-quality vessels used for Hi-line’s dryers, and filled with either zeolite minerals or carbon to suit the suit the specific application.

Emission free air compressor

GENAIR UK, a leading hire company specialising in the supply of air compressors, desiccant dryers and associated equipment is celebrating having one of its new products selected as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Hire Association Europe, Hire Awards of Excellence.

The State of the UK’s car manufacturing sector

In March 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), recorded a 17-year high for manufacturing. There were over 170,691 vehicles manufactured at UK-based plants throughout that month, which was up by 7.3% compared to March 2016. The launch of the new registration plate concludes that March is the busiest month for those working in the automotive industry. March and September are always forecast to be the industry’s busiest months for sales, meaning manufacturing is also up in the months of March and September to meet the high demand for new registrations. But 2017 saw the most cars produced in Q1 than the past 17 years – 471,695 units in total, a 7.6% increase on previous years.

TKS transformer terminal

CONTA-CLIP reports it has added a transformer terminal for wire cross-sections up to 16 mm² to its TKS series. The terminals are used to adapt coil ends to screw connections to implement power supply of specific devices or machinery in a larger system. The company says their hinged cover elements open wide and can be fixed in place when opened to enable comfortable, time-saving soldering of the coil ends.

Industrial heat exchanger solutions

The UK’s largest provider of design, manufacture and support services for heat exchanger and boiler equipment has reportedly been created through a new partnership between Green’s and THORNHILL.

Multi-diaphragm seal-less pump

WANNER reports it has launched the Hydra-Cell T200 Series Medium Pressure, multi-diaphragm pump range, which in terms of flow rate and pressure are the highest performing pumps in the Hydra-Cell range and the biggest pumps ever produced by the company. The company says they feature a seal-less design that eliminates leaks, hazards and the expense associated with seals and packing; lowering the cost of ownership and giving a longer service life than competitive pumping technologies.

Infra-red toasting

A purpose-built infra-red heating system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT, is being used by Edrington, the premium spirits company, to assist in regenerating casks. This is achieved by replacing the existing ends of refill casks with new toasted ends toasted in the Hereaus Infra-red toaster.

Safurex to ‘Star’ at Nitrogen + Syngas 2019

Set to take centre stage at the Sandvik booth 35 at this year’s Nitrogen + Syngas conference and exhibition, is the Safurex brand. The range has now been expanded to include Safurex Star, which will be on show for the duration of the event.

Vertical air receivers

As a company that listens carefully to changes in market demands and industry trends, HI-LINE INDUSTRIES says it now holds a range of class-leading Vertical Air Receivers in stock and the top-quality vessels are available immediately at highly competitive prices.

FNT 16 neutral disconnect terminal

CONTA-CLIP has announced it has expanded its range of single-level push-in installation terminals, adding the FNT 16 neutral disconnect terminal for wire cross sections between 2.5 mm² and 25 mm² (up to 16 mm² with wire-end ferrules). The company says the push-in connection system allows for safe connection of wires without tools. When a solid wire or ferrule is inserted, the pressure spring opens automatically and establishes a secure contact.

IECEx-certified processing units

EGE has announced it now offers IECEx-certified signal processing units for the growing range IECEx-approved two-wire sensors. The company says the certification greatly facilitates exporting the intrinsically safe sensors to many countries around the world – machine manufacturers and plant engineers can now use them in applications where they were previously barred or had to be specially certified in a tedious process.

Wafer ball valve range

Valve specialist BONOMI (UK) has announced it has extended its range of Valpres products with the introduction of new stainless steel (723100) and carbon steel (724100) 2-way flanged direct mount wafer pattern ball valves. Featuring an ISO 5211 Direct Mounting pad which allows actuators to mount straight on to the valve, Bonomi says the new wafer ball valve eliminates the requirement for an additional valve mounting kit.

The path to smart automation

KISTLER INSTRUMENTS says it has a wide range of options for using sensors and process monitoring systems to support Industry 4.0, all of which are developed to deliver gains in quality and efficiency. Production monitoring systems combined with a wide range of sensors are the basis of enhanced digital system integration. Kistler says its sensors are used in a variety of assembly processes to provide intelligent monitoring and control of production, generating improved product quality and enhanced productivity.

Switching to robots

ABB ROBOTICS says its seminar and workshop for UK SMEs explains how investing in robots can help transform performance. ABB will be demonstrating how robots can help UK SME manufacturing companies to become more productive and competitive at its forthcoming Switch to Robots seminar. Taking place at ABB’s Milton Keynes site on Tuesday 19 th March 2019, the event will provide a simple guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.

Pipes, tubing and permeability

Pipes and tubing are ubiquitous and form the arteries of most equipment, machines and systems, yet all can suffer from the same problem - whatever is in them can permeate out. VERSAPERM says the solution is its latest range of vapour permeability testing.

Wide-ranging safety solutions

WIELAND ELECTRIC says the expanded functions within its samos PRO COMPACT PLUS module enables comprehensive motion monitoring. Increasingly profound digitalisation and automation allows companies to respond more efficiently, more quickly and more flexibly. The progressively dynamic nature of processes and production sequences, however, also involve tougher requirements for the safety of man and machine. Against this background, Wieland says it has upgraded its safety controller samos PRO COMPACT and made it fit for motion monitoring.

New KDS-FB cable entry

CONTA-CLIP says it continuously expands the KDS-FB flat ribbon cable entry system and the portfolio currently comprises a total of 13 cable entries with four frame widths and various divisions for flat and round cables. The latest addition is a pre-configured cable entry with five sealing elements to accommodate round cables. The new variant has a 39 mm x 120 mm frame size. The company says like all KDSClick cable management solutions, the KDS-FB line is based on a few basic components designed for tool-less assembly and tool-less placement into a frame. Once the one-piece frame is screwed on the opening from outside the enclosure or distribution cabinet, flat or round cables fitted with suitable sealing elements can simply be pushed in from the inside for a snug insertion.