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Advancements within the UK’s manufacturing industry

Technology is evolving across every business, allowing companies to become more productive and efficient. Whether it’s the food takeaway industry utilising mobile apps or sports events using video assisted refereeing, technological advances are helping our world progress and become better.

Direct Modbus connection

CONTA-CLIP says its GSM-PRO2 series communication modules feature a Modbus RTU (RS485) interface that enables easy data exchange with other controllers. The modules operate in slave mode and can, for example, provide a PLC with added GSM functionality via an easy plug connection to the RS485 port directly on the C-type mounting rail.

Spherical roller bearings cut installation time

ABB has announced it has launched Dodge Safety Mount spherical roller bearings with a built-in patented locking mechanism that reduces installation time by up to 75% compared to traditional products. ABB says best suited for bulk material and air handling applications, the new bearing mounts by tightening fasteners instead of using a hammer and other tools. The new system also allows for simple installation and removal from the same side of the bearing, which means only one person is needed for the task.

Coiled tubing line

SANDVIK has announced it has opened a state-of-the-art coiled tubing line for premium grades of seamless stainless steel products in smaller dimensions at its Zhenjiang tube mill near Shanghai, China. The commitment to produce longer lengths of weld-free coiled tubing locally will enable customers in the Asia Pacific region to receive deliveries within 28 days, instead of waiting four to six months for longer length reels to arrive from abroad.

Managing losses in compressed air systems

Monitoring compressed air usage within industrial applications has become increasingly important as the associated costs continue to rise dramatically. Compressed air systems are often the largest excess user of electricity for a business, with air leaks or poorly performing components contributing to a significant amount of wasted energy.

Hydrostatic level sensor

EGE has announced it has extended its DGC line of hydrostatic level meters, adding a new sensor for measuring liquid media levels up to 20 m. The sensor consists of a measuring head with integrated electronics and an IP68 probe attached to a cable. The cable is up to 20 m long to ensure the probe can be lowered to the bottom of large tanks.

Digitally supported switchgear engineering

What do American footballers, and the workings of their teams, have in common with system technology from RITTAL and EPLAN? Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s product manager for industrial & outdoor enclosures says “more than you might expect.”

Sheet-metal puncher

CONTA-CLIP now offers a combination of a hydraulic hand pump and sheet-metal punching tool. Users can thereby produce break-outs in control cabinets for KDSClick, KDS-FB, KDS-KV, and KES cable entries within a few minutes. The company says the hydraulic hand pump contains no hose and features a user-friendly, compact design.

3-phase fantasy

“Working on 3-phase systems is more dangerous than working on single-phase domestic circuits simply because of the high energy loads they are designed to deliver,” said Brendan Beaver, manager of METREL UK, provider of innovative test solutions. “Making and breaking connections can be a risky business particularly when you are working live.”

Temperature profiling in vacuum processes

At the SVTM vacuum technologies and materials treatment exhibition (Stand 96), FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS says it will present powerful temperature profiling systems based on robust Datapaq TP3 data loggers. Featuring up to 20 thermocouple channels and an outstanding 3.6 million data points memory, the loggers perform up to 10 consecutive measurement runs.

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.