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Finnish multi-utility Alva is the first in Scandinavia to trial OVARRO’S PIONEER asset investment planning (AIP) software. The six-month trial, which started in May focuses on Alva’s water distribution network, but will also assess the potential benefits of optimal investment planning right across its asset base.

Why is it important to bleed the air from a hydraulic system?

Air that enters a hydraulic system can cause many problems that could subsequently lead to system failure. Here FPE Seals discusses how to spot these potential problems and why it is so important that air is bled from a system as soon as it is detected.

Give workplaces a clean bill of health

With the UK Government continuing to ease lockdown measures, increasing numbers of companies and commercial premises are opening for business after a hiatus due to COVID-19. To help protect the health of those making their way back to the office, factory, shop, pub, gym or any other place of work, a new ultra-effective surface sanitiser – Hi-KLEEN – is being introduced by HI-LINE INDUSTRIES. The company says spraying a single coating of HI-KLEEN on to surfaces such as doors, handles, handrails, chairs and desks will not only kill coronavirus, it will provide protection against further contamination for up to five hours.

Offline mobile CMMS

Offline mobile CMMS

Hassle free and easy monitoring – anywhere with WiFi

LASCAR ELECTRONICS’ EasyLog EL-MOTE WiFi-based temperature and humidity sensors and their EasyLog Cloud together can provide an inexpensive monitoring system, streaming temperature and RH data remotely to a secure Cloud site for access from any internet-enabled device. Operators can monitor and manage compact systems with just a few measuring points or corporate solutions with hundreds of sensors around the globe. The system only requires an existing WiFi network with no additional infrastructure requirements.

Using Lascar’s temperature data loggers to monitor vaccine storage conditions

Typically administered in the late summer, surgeries across the UK stock up on vaccines in anticipation of greater footfall through their offices. But storing these vials can also prove a challenge. Flu vaccine, like many other pharmaceuticals, has to be kept in a strictly temperature-controlled environment. Stored between 2 and 8 degrees C, if the temperature of the vaccine rises above or below these thresholds for a certain period of time, because of a faulty fridge or door left open for example, the medicine loses its potency and must be destroyed. 

New catalogue now available

ROTRONIC says its latest catalogue features all the current products for its many measurement parameters with technical specifications; QR Codes to view Rotronic informative videos, and useful explanatory measurement theory.

Manage inventory remotely

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are ideal for the safe storage and transportation of liquids – but they raise a number of challenges for level measurement. They’re often located remotely, and several IBCs can be scattered over a wide area. ENDRESS+HAUSER says its Micropilot FWR30 radar sensor solves these difficulties by offering remote access to the tanks to provide complete asset and inventory information, including measured value, ambient temperature and container location.

Universal bonder in larger pack size

HENKEL says when a repair needs to be made, every second spent searching for the right adhesive for the job, or waiting for it to set, costs money in downtime. To address these issues, it has developed its LOCTITE Universal Bonders, adhesives born out of hybrid technology, that will bond almost any material, with fast fixture and cure speeds, in all types of operating conditions.

Fully integrated proximity probes

The extensive range of proximity sensors available from condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS now includes its fully integrated PRI Series. Building on their established Senturion proximity probe range, the PRI Series offers a single probe assembly solution with direct processed outputs which eliminates the need for a separate driver.

Online support & CPD

Business couldn’t be further from normal right now but HENKEL reports it has a long-established online network for its customers to access support and instruction to ensure the wheels of industry keep turning. Take LOCTITE threadlocking, for example, there are now multiple ways for customers to learn more about the technology.

Enhanced form design

PEMAC Assets CMMS contains a customisable form design module enabling paperless working practices - supporting businesses as they aim to maintain social distancing. Using this software allows customers to remove the requirement for paper completely across all business functions, and increase visitor and contractor tracking by embedding new COVID-19 forms within not only contractor management workflows – but all workflows.

Simplified machine health monitoring

When used in combination with one of two smartphone apps, the SKF QuickCollect sensor can greatly simplify the collection and interpretation of balance of plant machine condition data.

Ultrasonic leak detectors

BEHA-AMPROBE has introduced new ultrasonic diagnostic tools for HVAC/R, mechanical and electrical inspection and troubleshooting, the Beha-Amprobe ULD-400-EUR Series Ultrasonic Leak Detectors.

New e-commerce site

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced the launch of humiditydirect.co.uk - a new e-commerce site for the sale of humidification and dehumidification equipment and spares.

Industry 4.0 ready valve island

CAMOZZI AUTOMATION says being fully equipped for smart manufacturing whilst also delivering outstanding price efficiency, were key factors in the development of its new Series D Valve Island, which is Industry 4.0 ready thanks to Camozzi’s futuristic CoilVision innovation.

Linear motor feedback encoders

SICK has announced it has released safety-certified versions of its TTK70 and TTK50 magnetic absolute linear encoders with Hiperface interface, widening the opportunities for accurate, absolute motor feedback systems to be integrated into safe linear drives.

Repairing automation parts can save up to 60% against buying new

RADWELL reports it has compared its automation repairs against brand new replacement parts and has found that customers are saving up to 60%. The company says with a 2-year warranty, 2,600 global repair assets, hundreds of on-site technicians and all types of models and manufacturers repaired, it’s no wonder global brands rely on Radwell for HMI, PLC, Drive, Servo, Scanner and Robotic repairs.

Comprehensive condition monitoring

SPM INSTRUMENT AB, Sweden, a leading provider of condition monitoring technology and products, has announced the launch of Condmaster Ruby 2020 and says the new version of this comprehensive condition monitoring diagnostics and troubleshooting software is the result of intensive development efforts to provide truly flexible software, offering capabilities unique to SPM as well as optimal digitisation and data exchange opportunities in IIoT environments.

Enhanced-sensitivity amplifier

EGE has announced it has developed a new compact, rugged MDVH amplifier with enhanced sensitivity for its System 3000 industrial metal detector. The company says the completely redesigned amplifier is characterised by higher adjustable sensitivity levels, reduced susceptibility to interference, and a more robust housing with IP67 ingress protection.

Thermal imaging camera ideal for industrial maintenance

FLUKE has introduced the new TiS60+ thermal imaging camera and says it is the ideal troubleshooting and preventive maintenance tool for industrial maintenance technicians and engineers. The new Fluke TiS60+ features IR-Fusion technology, which blends visible and infrared images to varying degrees to help pinpoint exactly the location of a problem. The company says this model is ideal for users who are new to thermal imaging or if being used by a team with varying levels of thermal imaging experience as the TiS60+ offers easy-to-use fixed focus.

Several simultaneous vibration measurements with the PCE-VM 5000

Shocks or vibrations occur wherever work is carried out with the help of machines. To a certain extent, these vibrations are acceptable but if they become too strong they can cause damage to machines and, in the worst case, even threaten people’s lives. For this reason, machines that are sensitive to shocks and vibrations should be monitored regularly.

MRO Consolidators: what are they and why might you need one?

By Jamie Mitchell, key account director, Brammer Buck & Hickman

Keeping lifts running smoothly

SLG GROUP UK says when lifts fail, the issues can be severe – loss of operational continuity (potentially resulting in failed order deadlines or loss of contracts, with associated reputational damage) or even serious injuries or fatalities, with prosecution an all too likely consequence. Lifting gear plays a crucial role within the supply chain and its maintenance is a vital element in ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of lifting equipment. 

New industrial digital multimeter

FLUKE says its 87V MAX true-rms Digital Multimeter (DMM) defines a new standard for operating in extreme conditions with the features and accuracy to troubleshoot most electrical problems. A development of the popular Fluke 87V, the 87V MAX is ideal for use in harsh environments with an IP 67 (waterproof and dustproof) rating, an extended operating temperature range of -15°C to 55°C (-40°C for up to 20 minutes) and up to 95% humidity, and has been designed and tested to withstand a 4m drop in its removable holster. It offers CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V safety ratings.   

Construction industry shows support for new Common Assessment Standard

The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process.

Empowering women in STEM

Over the last four decades more women have entered into STEM careers than any other, according to data analysis by LinkedIn. Philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft, Melinda Gates, said: “Innovation happens when we approach urgent challenges from every different point of view. Bringing women and underrepresented minorities into the field guarantees that we see the full range of solutions to the real problems that people face in the world”. Contributing to this positive change, Lookers, who offer a range of car service plans, launched a female apprenticeship scheme back in 2018.

Quarry company halts production stoppages

Hills Quarry Products says it has reduced pump failures and cut maintenance and energy costs using an ABB variable speed drive.

Upgraded mist filters

AIRBENCH has announced an upgraded range of AOF oil mist filters. The AOF range is designed for extraction of oil mist and smoke from machining applications. AOF units can be machine-mounted, or supplied with separate stands where required.

CEA’s Senior Managers’ conference

Final tickets are still available for the CEA’s Senior Managers’ conference this month. The event is at The National Motorcycle Museum on October 30th and includes talks from members of the CEA as well as technical specialists and chief engineers. Confirm your place today via www.cea.org.uk/events-archive/senior-managers/ or contact info@cea.org.uk for all further information

New system on show

SPM INSTRUMENT UK has announced a new addition to its Intellinova suite of systems for continuous monitoring of rotating machinery, and says the high-performance online system Intellinova Parallel EN is its most advanced.

Leading the charge

METREL,  test equipment manufacturer, says the unreliable charging infrastructure is preventing the EV (electric vehicle) roll out, according to an article in Autocar and this is hardly surprising given the ad hoc manner of the development of the infrastructure and the lack of strategic control.

UKAS accreditation achieved

The company’s calibration laboratory has been recognised by the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom

Controlling coolant problems

The New BD1000 from AIRBENCH helps control coolant problems. The company says AirBench BD is a self-contained blowdown station for the removal of coolant and swarf from machined parts. An operator can simply place parts in the cabinet, lower the screen, and use the integral blow gun to clean parts using factory compressed air.

How to produce an internal audit successfully

No matter what industry you’re based in, a business success thrives on improvements being made and one of the most effective ways to do so, would be to appoint an internal auditor out of one of your staff, or hire a third-party internal auditor. The job of an internal auditor is to act as a fresh pair of eyes on your business processes, reviewing the behaviour of them on a daily basis to see whether:

Industrial DMM special offer

Until 31st December 2019 and while stocks last, FLUKE has announced it is offering the Fluke 87V Industrial Multimeter, which provides accurate measurements on variable frequency drives (VFDs) and other electrically noisy equipment, together with a FREE i410 AC/DC current clamp and free Fluke L215 SureGrip Kit which includes a probe light and probe extenders. This Fluke 87V offer – Fluke 87V/i410/L215 - and other Fluke Specials can be seen at www.fluke.co.uk./promotions   

Simplified machine health monitoring

The SKF QuickCollect simplifies the collection and interpretation of critical machine condition data, when used in combination with one of two apps. Simple and robust, the sensor monitors both vibration and temperature, transmitting this data wirelessly to a mobile device, where an app is used to provide machine diagnostics for analysis. Designed to be used as part of a walk-through data collection routine the SKF QuickCollect require no special skills to use, yet it can monitor many assets quickly and efficiently, providing an analysis of each asset's condition in real time. Click here for the full release.

New pump sales engineer

Electro mechanical engineering specialist HOUGHTON INTERNATIONAL has appointed Chris Weston as its new pump sales engineer. Highly experienced with an excellent track record within the pump industry, Chris will support the existing pump services team as it continues to develop its service offering to reflect the evolving needs of the market. Offering hands on technical sales support, Chris will work with customers throughout the UK providing responsive solutions to their maintenance issues and pump needs.

New hoodies and sweatshirts

SNICKERS says its new range of hoodies and sweatshirts for craftsmen and women are probably the most comfortable it has ever designed.

Smash-proof, all-metal guitar

Global engineering group SANDVIK has announced it will showcase its cutting-edge 3D-printed stainless steel guitar at the upcoming Engineering Design Show on 16 October 2019 in Coventry.

Proximity probes prove ideal solution

Among the many performance and monitoring tests required to ensure dependable and durable engine performance across a wide range of power applications is the need to measure relative shaft vibration in dynamometers. This is where condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS says it excels with a range of proximity probes which make an essential contribution to overall engine performance.

Showcasing digital innovation

Plant reliability specialist AVT RELIABILITY has announced it will demonstrate its ground-breaking intelligent condition based maintenance (CBM) expertise at an event for the maintenance engineering community in October.

Open gear cleaning solution

TOTAL UK says its unique new service enables open gear drives to be cleaned in as little as one hour, without the need to shut down equipment, saving up to 48 hours of downtime.

High-temperature industrial thermal camera

FLIR SYSTEMS, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has announced the FLIR TG297 industrial thermal camera, which provides non-contact high-temperature measurement and thermal imaging for professionals in one tool. The company says this versatile camera for industrial troubleshooting boasts a unique filter that enables maintenance, repair and operations inspectors to visually identify and find the source of many common issues in high-temperature applications, including kilns, furnaces, refractory and manufacturing.

High-current clamp meter

FLIR SYSTEMS, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has announced the FLIR CM94 2000-amp AC/DC electrical utility clamp meter. The company says designed to tackle high current electrical measurements in demanding utility and industrial job sites, the CM94 features an oversized jaw to easily manage larger conductors and busbars.

High performance thermal camera

FLIR SYSTEMS announces the FLIR T860, the latest addition to the high-performance T-Series family. The company says this new thermal camera is the first to feature onboard Inspection Route software, ideal for streamlining inspections of critical assets, including power substation components, distribution lines, manufacturing equipment, or facility electrical and mechanical systems.

The class-1 sound level meter PCE-430

With the latest sound level meter PCE-430 from PCE INSTRUMENTS, sound level values can be measured and saved.

Humidity Solutions recognised in the Parliamentary Review

An important event in the diaries of both politicians and business leaders, the September release of The Parliamentary Review highlights the best practice of organisations across the private and public sectors. The document shares some of the most exciting and forward-thinking work that has occurred in the country over the last year and is edited by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry.

DMM Safety Bundle

Until 31st December 2019 and while stocks last, FLUKE has announced it is offering a DMM Safety Bundle consisting of a Fluke 179 Digital Multimeter (DMM) with a free Fluke TLK-225 SureGrip Master Accessory set of leads and connectors representing a discount of over 20% (manufacturer recommended prices) on the items purchased separately. Said to be ideal for electrical and electro-mechanical applications, this Fluke 179/TLK225-1 offer and other Autumn Specials can be can be accessed via the Fluke home page at www.fluke.co.uk

Focusing on condition monitoring

PCE INSTRUMENTS says the category condition monitoring in its online shop keeps growing and this category includes various types of tachometers / rotation meters, inspection cameras, thermo hygrometers, contact and non-contact thermometers, infrared thermometers, environmental meters, noise meters / sound level meters, stethoscopes, phase rotation meters, strobe rotation meters / stroboscopes, ultrasonic thickness gauges, UV lamps / UV lights, shaft alignment tools as well as vibration meters and sensors. Some of these meters have a data logging function, some do not.