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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.

Industrial UHF RFID read/write device

SICK reports it has launched the smallest industrial UHF RFID read/write device of its kind, the RFU610, creating new opportunities to integrate RFID track and trace capability in automated machines and mobile vehicles across production, materials handling, and logistics environments.

New business development manager

AIRBENCH has announced that Ryan Yates has joined the team as business development manager and says Ryan brings a wealth of experience from previous roles in the extraction industry and specialises in technical solutions to oil mist issues.

Climate control maintenance is no false economy….

By Karl Lycett, Rittal’s product manager for climate control

Attending Cenex-LCV 2019

DAWSON SHANAHAN will be exhibiting at this year’s Cenex - Low Carbon Vehicle Show 2019 from the 4-5th of September on stand C3- 117, in collaboration with the Welsh Assembly. Dawson Shanahan, a cold-forming and machining specialist based in Welshpool, says it will be showcasing a variety of new components, as well as its expertise on connectors for the electric vehicle market.

Correct dismounting adds to machine performance

Proper dismounting of damaged bearings – using one of four proven techniques, and the correct tooling – is as important to machine lifetime and performance as the initial installation, Phil Burge, marketing and communications manager of bearing specialist SKF explains.

Bridge your energy gap with Aggreko’s temporary solutions

Generating your own power makes business sense. But there are many barriers to overcome. Payback periods are long and capital expenditure is high. Recruiting in-house technical expertise isn't easy, and choosing the right technology is more challenging still.

Protecting roof trusses

As part of ongoing work to replace roof trusses in a Potash Storage Shed, A-V Dawson, a Middlesbrough based freight-logistics provider reports it has again used WINN & COALES (DENSO) Steecoat 100 SystemTM to protect the roof trusses from the aggressive materials being stored in the shed.

Smart QR code system

SELWOOD has announced it has launched a new smart QR code system to allow customers to easily access comprehensive information about the equipment they have hired.

4G-enabled I/O communication modules

Introducing GSM-PRO2 and GSM-PRO2E communication modules, CONTA-CLIP has announced economic 4G wireless remote control and maintenance solutions for decentralised applications. If no 4G network is available, the modules automatically fall back on 3G or 2G networks.

Wireless vibration sensors

SPM INSTRUMENT AB, a leading worldwide provider of condition monitoring technology and products, has announced the release of AiriusTM, a range of wireless vibration sensors for remote monitoring of industrial equipment. The company says providing warning of vibration-related problems as well as gear and bearing faults, Airius is a wireless, battery-powered sensor ideal for remote condition monitoring of standard production equipment such as pumps and fans.

Long term corrosion prevention

The old Central Bank Building in Dame Street, Dublin, is currently being redeveloped and WINN & COALES (DENSO) has announced it is supplying corrosion prevention coatings for major structural sections and also an outer wrap prior to fire protection.

Seals deliver long life

Based on a proprietary and patented crosslinking system that has been developed specifically for the chemical processing industry, DuPont Kalrez Spectrum 7275 seals are reported to exhibit minimal swelling and improved retention of physical properties when exposed to aggressive chemicals such as concentrated nitric acid, organosilanes, chlorosilanes, pure ethylene oxide, butyraldehyde, amines, vinyl monomers and acrylic monomers. Kalrez 7275 seals are available in the UK from authorised distributor DICHTOMATIK.

Revamped industrial thermal imager line

“Give the customer more than they expect” is the philosophy that John Fluke built his company on - and that still drives it today. FLUKE says in that spirit, its Fluke Ti400 PRO and TiX500 series Thermal Cameras bring accessible 640 x 480 resolution, establishing the new baseline for today’s professional industrial imagers.

Customisation of cabling ducts

CONTA-CLIP says it provides all necessary tools for customising its UL- and VDE-certified VK series cabling ducts. The company says the VK-S cutter allows for shortening up to 125 mm wide standard or halogen-free cabling ducts to the required length. Cuts are clean, without burrs, and with the exact required angle.

Plugging the gender gap in STEM

There has long been a stereotype surrounding the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. Unfortunately, despite the stereotype being very out dated, its presence still lingers, with women in the industry still at a very low level.

New analyser kits

TESTO has announced new to market are three Testo 340 analyser kits for commercial and industrial flue gas analysis. The company says the kits make it easier to buy a Testo 340 for a particular application and whether it’s standard combustion analysis, true NOX measurement, or SO2 and NO measurement, these preconfigured kits are available through all Testo flue gas analyser distributors.

Clamp seals provide secure connections

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies reports it has unveiled a series of newly developed clamp seals that ensure rapid and extremely secure tube connections in food and beverage production machines that are required to operate on a continuous basis.

Getting tough at the centre

“Working in London got tougher this month with the introduction of the ULEZ (Ultra low emissions zone) charge to add to the daily congestion charge” said Londoner, Brendan Beaver, manager of METREL UK, an innovative provider of electrical testing solutions. “Relatively new diesel engines are public enemy number one in London, and it is going to be the same in many city centres in the next year or so if councils get their way.”

Online self-service portal

To enable fast-track information sharing, SANDVIK has announced it is launching a new self-service online platform that will allow customers to access information regarding round bar, hollow bar, pipe, flanges and fittings. The new platform, said to be an industry first among steel producers, provides customers with a personalised dashboard overview and includes a number of benefits:

Take advantage of controlled bolting techniques

For all operations, controlled bolting is highly important. It ensures that the tightening and loosening of bolts are done in a controlled manner. If you rush through this process, then you could risk complications further down the line. If you correctly use a controlled bolting technique, then it can help you meet tighter deadlines and also has a number of benefits and advantages.

Thermal studio software

FLIR SYSTEMS has introduced FLIR Thermal Studio, a thermal image analysis and reporting software designed to manage large sets of thermal images and videos. The company says engineered for thermographers who use FLIR thermal handheld cameras, optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with thermal cameras, FLIR Thermal Studio’s advanced processing capabilities and automation are designed to streamline workflow and increase productivity.

Sheet-metal puncher

CONTA-CLIP has announced it now offers a combination of a hydraulic hand pump and sheet-metal punching tool and says users can thereby produce break-outs in control cabinets for KDSClick, KDS-FB, KDS-KV, and KES cable entries within a few minutes.

Own-design condition monitoring system

A Monitran-designed 32 channel condition monitoring system will be the star of the company's stand at Maintenance Bilbao this June. The MTN/5032 can monitor velocity, envelope g and temperature across all channels.

Achieving new standard ISO 45001

MAKE BUSINESS, the business services division of Make UK (formerly EEF), reports it has supported leading international information technology company, Fujitsu, in achieving the new standard ISO 45001, the first organisation to be awarded the new standard by global testing, inspection and certification expert, Bureau Veritas.

ET-Link certification software

MARTINDALE says with the 18th Edition now fully in force, using its ET-Link certification software is a great way to stay up to date with the latest certificate changes.

Protection for bridge

One of the earlier Omnia Bridge Deck Units in use is that forming part of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan. PBS Construction from Hull was awarded the contract to construct the road bridge now in use over the Gypsey Race at Beck Hill.

Advanced wireless sensor

AVT RELIABILITY offers a full range of products and services for asset management professionals including: vibration, oil analysis, thermography and ultrasound as well as training.

How the role of a builder is changing

Technology is having a profound impact on many job roles. Within the construction and engineering sector, it is influencing the required skills of core jobs, such as builders. With software and hardware being developed every day, practical tasks are shifting more and more to super-accurate and fast technology. But does this mean that technology will soon replace human effort entirely? Building design software specialists, Oasys, investigates. Click here for the full release

ITC training programme

To make it as easy as possible for would-be thermographers to deepen their understanding of the science behind infrared inspection and apply it successfully in their working lives, FLIR Systems’ Infrared Training Centre (ITC) reports it has extended its training options.

Making predictive maintenance simple, safe and fast

By using the capacity of cloud-based software to combine the real-time and historical data from Fluke Connect-enabled tools and sensors, FLUKE says it can now enable maintenance engineers and managers to monitor a comprehensive picture of equipment health throughout the facility.