Plant & Works Engineering
Full-service rental partners

Construction companies, fabricators and others can now gain immediate access to metalworking equipment, as ESAB has launched a partnership with rental companies throughout Europe. The initial roll out includes rental partners in France, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal and UK. ESAB equipment available for hire includes a range of ESAB’s most innovative equipment with outputs for MMA, TIG, MIG/MAG, flux cored, multi-process welding, gouging and manual plasma cutting.

Duo of directors appointed

LORIEN ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS has announced it has appointed two new directors to its UK board.

AS9100 Certification

CDI ENERGY PRODUCTS has announced its North America manufacturing facility has received certification to the AS9100D quality management standard through Lloyd’s Register. AS9100 is the international quality management system standard for the aviation, space and defence industry. AS9100 provides manufacturing suppliers with a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products. The certification program is managed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).

Milestone update

T Cards has announced it has reached it’s 2021 milestone update with the latest release and says now it’s even easier to plan and improve task management; helping customers to be more agile and quicker to respond to changing requirements.

DCO Systems to support heart bypass recipient's quest to cycle the length of Britain

DCO Systems says it is proud to sponsor Dean Jacobs in his quest to cycle the length of Britain for British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Accelerating digital transition

Trusted by leading cruise vessel owners, prominent global commercial ship operators and the UK’s Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, James Fisher Mimic’s condition monitoring software is renowned for its powerful ability to seamlessly capture, connect and combine any vessel data. Whilst Mimic is commonly used in the marine sector and on-board ships, it is a solution which can be used for any rotating equipment in any industry.

Five key factors to consider when choosing a CMMS/CAFM solution

When choosing CMMS or CAFM software you need to ensure that you choose a system that is right for your business now and in the future. Here’s an outline of five key points to consider while selecting your solution:

Supply chain rental campaign

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is launching a rental campaign for the latest Epson Colorworks C6000 and C6500 Series custom label printers, targeting manufacturing and logistics users. Epson Colorworks are highly flexible, custom printers, capable of printing one-stage colour labels on demand, in user-defined quantities and designs - slashing print time and label inventory costs says Renovotec. 

Joint sales and support initiative

BRAMMER BUCK & HICKMAN, a leading UK supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has announced a new structured, proactive sales and customer support programme developed with SKF a leading bearings manufacturer. The company says the initiative is being backed by a colossal investment in SKF stock, creating the fastest and most reliable supply chain in the industry, to ensure customer demand is met.

Integration of HSE and maintenance management

ULTIMO SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS has announced it has produced a new whitepaper entitled Simplifying and optimising HSE management in the chemical processing industry. The paper proposes that to simplify HSE management, and maximise both its effectiveness and efficiency, it should be integrated with maintenance into an Enterprise Asset Management system. The paper is available to download at:

Kickstart predictive maintenance deployment

SENSEYE, a leading AI driven asset health management company, has announced it has launched its new plug and play Starter Parks to help organisations rapidly begin their predictive maintenance journey.

Wastewater mixers reduce maintenance

Following a highly successful upgrade to its wastewater process, Glatfelter, a leading global supplier of engineered materials, says it has made further investments in mixers made by LANDIA.

Driving efficiency with paperless working

Fleet Dynamic, a commercial vehicle rental and leasing company, says it is using the latest mobile technology to transform its fleet management. Providing complete automation across the entire hire and leasing lifecycle, the cloud-based, 5-in-1 solution from BIGCHANGE has helped Fleet Dynamic switch to paperless working. The system has also contributed to a 30% improvement in workshop efficiency as well as a reduction in lost charges and operating costs.

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.