Plant & Works Engineering
Business acquisition

RUBIX UK has announced it has acquired the business and assets of Advanced Industrial Rewinds (AIR), a leading British specialist electrical motor repair company. Established in Durham over a decade ago, AIR provides expertise in the rewind, refurbishment and mechanical repair of electrical motors.

Security chains & cables

KASP, a leading brand in safety and security from CARL CAMMERLING INTERNATIONAL, has announced it has expanded its existing security chains range with three new additions, all offering high quality cost-effective security solutions for a multitude of environments. These include:

Machinery UKCA Compliance Audit service

TÜV SÜD has announced it has launched a Machinery UKCA Audit service which will support end-users to verify their equipment complies with new UK regulatory requirements.

Mobile technology lifts productivity

The AFI GROUP, a specialist in powered access equipment, has announced it is boosting the productivity of its nationwide team of engineers and drivers with workforce management technology from BigChange. The cloud-based, 5-in-1 solution enables AFI to build custom workflows underpinned by job-specific documentation, contributing to a reduction in engineer call-outs. Improved planning and visibility have already boosted driver productivity by 30% and AFI says it is looking forward to further benefits as it introduces BigChange to other parts of its business.

Tickling the SPD nerve

“With Surge Protection Devices (SPD) becoming increasingly common in installations it is surely time that there was an accepted test to confirm their efficacy” says Brendan Beaver, manager of METREL UK, a manufacturer of innovative test solutions.

Creating predictability from uncertainty

Creating predictability from uncertainty, Agility works to pre-empt and reduce asset or equipment failure, enabling you to optimise your asset and maintenance team performance whilst maximising outputs and efficiencies. Contact<> today to bring predictability to your business.

New Kasp catalogue for 2021

KASP at CARL KAMMERLING INTERNATIONAL, a leading security brand, has announced the launch of its 2021 catalogue. Available to download now, the Kasp catalogue includes an unbeatable range of premium quality padlocks and security products. The company says reassuringly renowned for being locks you can trust and precision engineered from premium grade materials, Kasp locks are ideal for a wide range of applications.

Integrated service partnership

A partnership spanning 20 years between the electromechanical service provider, AVONMOUTH ENGINEERING SERVICES and Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, provides one of the UK’s leading aerospace companies with onsite integrated maintenance support. This minimises downtime and leaves the manufacturer free to design and build the helicopters which help defend national security and deliver life-saving care.

Storage and workstation unit

TRESTON says have you ever really thought about how much time is wasted as a result of fetching and returning tools, supplies and components between the product under work and a fixed workstation?

New spare parts platform

MACHINE COMPARE, a leading B2B marketplace for industrial equipment, can now add e-commerce to its mix, following the successful soft launch of its spare parts platform, Marketplace.

Five day repair reduced to eight hours

By comparison with conventional assembly methods, the use of an engineering adhesive to secure bearings, bushes and cylindrical parts into housings or onto shafts has many merits. These retaining compounds provide an effective and economical method of eliminating loosening, backlash, fretting corrosion and wear by unitising the assembly and ensuring uniform stress distribution.

Planned maintenance

In most manufacturing and production processes, maintaining consistent environmental conditions is essential in achieving optimum performance, and relative humidity is often a critical variable.

Rescue nut & bolt extractor set

Always looking to introduce innovative products to make life easier for professional tradespeople, C.K TOOLS a leading brand has announced it is set to launch its new Rescue Nut & Bolt Extractor Set (T4360), a handy solution that can quickly and efficiently remove broken/damaged nuts, bolts and fasteners.

Innovative vibration sensor

Reliable and effective vibration measurement of low speed machinery (typically less than 300 RPM) helps to ensure that machinery and plant is functioning at optimal levels and is one of the areas that condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS can provide effective solutions.

Man's best friend

A BABCOCK WANSON BWD40 Fire Tube Boiler has been installed in the Real Petfood Company’s manufacturing facility in Bodelwyddan, north east Wales, where it is being used to heat retort cookers and mixing vessels for high quality baked semi-moist pet treats and super premium biscuit products.

New actuated valve range

ALIAXIS says demonstrating its continued commitment to product development, it is excited to introduce the new PROFIBUS Actuated Valve range, as part of its portfolio of solutions for the industrial and waste water treatment markets.

Electric desk suits industrial use

TRESTON says its new Electric Desk TED comes with quick, silent and wide height adjustments and this ergonomic standing desk perfectly suits light-duty assembly work, packing applications, R&D and industrial offices. The company says the desk can be customised with accessories which further enhance ergonomics, free desk space and provide order, often expected in Lean compliant industrial environments. The table withstands high loads up to 200 kg and is stable at all heights.

Cost-effective monitoring

SENSONICS says it has been working with industry for nearly 40 years, developing effective and affordable monitoring and protection devices including those for smaller items of plant where the need for low-cost sensors which offer direct connection via 4-20mA current loop, is more important than ever. However, matching this type of product to the application is not always straightforward.

Socket sets combine strength with durability

CK a leading brand says it offers a fantastic range of innovative tools, all engineered to offer great performance, durability, and strength. The company says the new C.K Sure Drive Socket Sets are no exception and successfully combine high quality with high performance, manufactured from forged chrome vanadium alloy steel, making each part resistant to rust, as well as providing excellent longevity. Each set features the patented Sure Drive System which applies torque evenly to the flats of the nut, alleviating the risk of rounding-off.

2021 Trade Promotion

CARL KAMMERLING has announced it is launching its exciting new Fusion 21 trade promotion - running from 1 February to 28 May 2021 - offering retailers fantastic savings on more than 150 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K Classic, Avit and Kasp.

Getting started with predictive maintenance

SKF has unveiled its new entry level asset health system, said to make predictive maintenance accessible for all. SKF Plug and Play allows key data to be quickly measured and assessed, preventing asset downtime. If an alert is triggered, this can be sent directly to the experts for analysis and advice.

Performance and portability

ESAB says its Rogue ET 180i and 200iP PRO inverters deliver professional arc performance and full-featured digital controls for TIG and MMA welding. The 200iP PRO has a pulsing feature with frequency adjustable from 0.2 Hz to 500 Hz to control heat input on thin metals, delicate parts and stainless steel. Pulsing also narrows the weld bead profile and increases travel speed.

Highlight 2021 promotion

Running until April 30th 2021, CARL KAMMERLING INTERNATIONAL says its exciting Highlight 2021 promotion offers retailers and consumers fantastic savings on its leading range of C.K Magma tool storage solutions.

Managed Switches

WIELAND ELECTRIC says its Managed Switches allow full control and diagnosis of industrial Ethernet networks. By means of standard ring topology, the switches allow redundant topologies and thereby boost network availability. These switches offer protection against unauthorised access/data traffic, greater resilience and prioritisation of data with real-time requirements.

Proximity probes

Condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS offers an extensive range of proximity sensors which includes its fully integrated PRI SERIES which build upon the success of its established Senturion proximity probe range. The company says the innovative PRI Series is a single probe assembly solution featuring direct processed outputs which eliminates the need for a separate driver. The benefits are a more cost-efficient and easy-to-install solution as there is no driver, extension cable or associated driver housing, so capital and installation costs are kept to an absolute minimum.

Programming software

ABB has launched its Wizard Easy Programming software for its IRB 1100 industrial robot, allowing first time users to introduce robotic automation into their production lines without the need for specialist programming skills or any knowledge of RAPID code.

Powerful multiprocess welder

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products says it has launched its Warrior 750i CC/CV, a multi-process welding power source with a 750-amp output at 100% duty cycle and top output of 850 amps, which is up to 100 amps more power than competitive systems. Warrior 750i can carbon arc gouge with 13 mm electrodes, creating a stable gouging performance. The unit’s extra power also enables greater productivity with larger diameter electrodes in such applications as flux cored welding, hardfacing, cladding and mechanised applications.

Proactively manage obsolescence

Radwell can help your business proactively manage obsolescence by improving reliability, managing risks and preventing machine-down situations. The product life cycle of a technical system is often longer than the availability of spare parts. Everyday manufacturers around the world discontinue products, so end of life is announced and with it support ceases and the risk of a defective component increases. By planning for obsolescence we can help you create a long term strategy that includes support, replacement parts and repairs. Our comprehensive analytical reports provide a real time view of the inventory of automation assets at your plant and their value. Through graphical representations of data we give clear lifecycle status updates including active, phased out and obsolete parts. These are coming to, or have already seen their end of life, and are no longer supported by the manufacturer.

Cutting edge power tool accessories

C.K says, renowned for high quality power tool accessories, it offers everything trade professionals need to power through jobs quickly and efficiently. With that in mind, C.K has enhanced its range with innovative new products, including three new Multitool Blade Sets; a new 40mm HSS Cobalt Sheet Steel Hole Saw; and a Glass and Ceramic Drill Bit Set of 5, all designed to consistently achieve the best results.

Lighting the way with new products

C.K has announced it is set to extend its successful lighting range, with a fantastic selection of innovative new products, including a range of high performance site lights and head torches, that offer a host of advanced features and benefits, including the very latest in LED lighting technology.

“Game-changing” new service

NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL has launched a new service aimed at safeguarding manufacturing businesses from downtime during obsolete equipment breakdowns. The company says SparesVault offers guaranteed access to a bespoke automation spare parts inventory with the intention of balancing the cost of holding obsolete and end-of-life spares against the threat of machine downtime.

New aftermarket manager

At 18, Jonathan Kinsella joined THORITE as an apprentice service engineer, and thanks to the Thorite policy of promoting from within, he graduated to become a capital sales engineer. Jonathan then decided to progress his career away from Thorite to gain greater experience, but three years later, Thorite has announced his appointment as aftermarket manager, working closely with the capital sales and service teams.

Taking machinery protection to the next level

The ability for plant engineers to rapidly identify abnormal conditions and better manage the dynamic behaviour of their rotating plant with proven, flexible and easy-to-install monitoring systems has never been more important. With this in mind machine monitoring specialists SENSONICS says it has continually developed and refined its successful Sentry G3 machinery protection system which provides outstanding protection combined with flexibility of hardware in a single, easy-to-use module type for all sensors.

Premium tool storage solutions

C.K MAGMA says working with trade professionals gives it a great insight into what works best to make tasks much easier and its range of innovative tool storage products do just that, offering the very best options for high quality, efficient tools and test equipment storage solutions. Hardwearing, strong and durable, C.K Magma’s wide range of cutting-edge products are built to protect and organise valuable toolkits, with great features and benefits designed to suit everyone’s needs.

Precision acoustic imager

FLUKE says its new ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager uniquely enables the detection of corona and partial discharge from a safe distance of up to 120 metres. Teams can operate safely, minimise the risk of fires and help reduce outages. It also offers greater sensitivity to detect compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks, again reducing potentially costly downtime. 

New FORS practitioner

FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS has announced that Rachel Pearson is its new Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) practitioner, she joined the team on 19 October. Rachel has more than 13 years working in the fuel card industry and over 6 years’ experience working with members of FORS.

Automated integration

PEMAC ASSETS CMMS has announced it has released another exciting update – an automated integration with Google Maps with zoom capability right to an asset on the plant floor.

Dedicated branch now open

KEYLINE CIVILS SPECIALIST, supplier of civils and drainage products and solutions in the UK, has announced it has opened its first dedicated Keyline Plastics Specialist branch, to provide an even more extensive range of stock and a higher standard of support and expertise for plastic procurement.

Welding systems for extreme environments

ESAB launches high-performance, multi-process welding systems for extreme environments.

Safe and reliable position monitoring solution

WIELAND says its new sensor PRO safety limit switches (series SLS) provide safe position monitoring in virtually any industrial application. With a metal actuator that can be turned and swapped without tools, sensor PRO SLS switches are a highly reliable position monitoring solution rated to IP66/ 67.

New EVSE kits

“We are releasing a new EVSE testing kit that will save you lots of cash and help get your business back on the road” said Brendan Beaver from METREL an EVSE expert. “Post COVID19 there has been lots of chatter that the electric cars’ time has come”

Downflow workstation for fume control

AIRBENCH has announced the release of its new DF range. DF down flow workstations are designed for light duty fume extraction applications, particularly in situations where installation of a full AirBench downdraught bench system is not convenient.

Managed print service

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is expanding to meet escalating demand for its ‘Renovotec Managed Print’ service by opening a 50% larger service centre in Wellingborough, Northants. Renovotec Managed Print is the only service of its kind in the supply chain manufacturing and logistics industries says Renovotec.

Remote diagnostic monitoring solution

DES-CASE CORPORATION, a global manufacturer of specialty filtration products that can improve process equipment reliability and extend lubricant life, has announced the launch of a new remote diagnostic monitoring subscription plan for industrial lubricated assets where customers can have peace of mind knowing the lubricant health, cleanliness and humidity inside their critical assets have real-time monitoring by a team of experts.

Weld productivity analyser tool

ESAB’s Quick Weld Productivity Analyser (QWPA) is an online tool for total weld cost analysis. Users can generate a PDF report that includes a QR Code users can scan with their mobile phone that takes them back to their original calculation; users can then adjust input variables to create alternative calculations and generate a new PDF.

Manufacturing Post COVID-19: Marching Toward Innovation

Manufacturers find themselves navigating the new normal of split team working, digital platforms, and remote working that can make worker connectivity and productivity challenging. Problems caused by the global pandemic will not disappear overnight and Manufacturers that hope to survive in this new normal must quickly embrace innovative technologies and focus on comprehensive proactive modelling. Radwell International discuss in more detail in their latest blog…

New mobile app from SKF simplifies bearing mounting

SKF Bearing Assist app, developed together with customers, provides detailed mounting instructions for a comprehensive range of SKF bearings. It is suitable for use by all engineering and maintenance teams and will minimise the problems of incorrect mounting, reducing installation time and cost, and helping to extend the operating life of bearings.

Asset investment planning software

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.