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New factory service centre

MAKITA UK has opened a third regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) in the London borough of Hounslow. The company says this new FSC joins Makita’s HQ facility in Milton Keynes, which serves the whole of the country, as well as Glasgow, which supports the rapidly expanding market penetration of the brand in Scotland and northern England.

Earth leakage is just one parameter

With the 18th Edition’s increased emphasis on earth leakage and the associated problems, electricians are being encouraged to get a dedicated clamp-meter. However, METREL, a provider of innovative test solutions, says it thinks this is a wasted opportunity, and that’s why its earth leakage clamp meter, MD 9272, includes a range of power quality functions too.

Improved lubricant sourcing

Lubricant specialist ROCOL says it is making it easier for customers to source industrial lubricants with the launch of a new website.

Six-figure sum invested

An engineering firm, operating in the print industry, reports it has invested £110,000 in its digital marketing strategy. Absolute, based in Huddersfield, has appointed Leeds-based creative agency, TALL to strengthen its online presence.

3D printing capability

HENKEL is a leading innovator in adhesive technology and reports it has consistently introduced new developments for industrial applications at successive Southern Manufacturing shows. The company says these products have been for the core engineering applications for which the Henkel brands LOCTITE, TEROSON, BONDERITE and TECHNOMELT are best known and they include structural and general bonding, threadlocking and sealing, gasketing, retaining and functional coating.

Continuous thermal imaging

Steel breakouts can be catastrophic process failures that are both extremely dangerous and costly. Monitoring the health of ladles and torpedoes using thermal imaging can greatly minimise the risk but a handheld infrared camera can only provide a periodic check on the health of these critical transport structures. ANT Automation reports it has overcome this limitation by developing a system that provides continuous thermal monitoring and at its heart is FLIR thermal imaging.

Seals available in food-grade materials

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, a leading global specialist in sealing products and their application, says it has made its proven and successful Simmerring seals available in two new materials to suit food industry applications. Availability for the new products is via DICHTOMATUK UK, the exclusive provider for Freudenberg’s food and beverage related products in the UK.

Online advent calendar is back

LENZE has announced its Advent Calendar is back for 2018 and is full of fun, information and hundreds of prizes and says as the festive season gets underway it’s Lenze’s traditional online Advent Calendar that is bringing the festive cheer to engineering this Christmas.

Brexit and Industry 4.0 - what it means for people, skills, and talent

The UK and its manufacturing sector are going through a defining, disruptive period in history. With Brexit on the horizon, businesses are faced with the short-term uncertainties.

Engineering centre doubles in size

Following a doubling in workshop space, ABB says its UK Engineering Centre now offers its customers extended services including engineered upgrades, retrofits and tailored replacements.

Celebrating 50 years of Swiss engineering

Measurement and automation specialist ENDRESS+HAUSER says it is in great shape as it is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary on 11 November 2018. Now employing over 200 people, and with an estimated turnover of £46 million in 2018, the measurement and automation engineering specialist says it continues to break new sales records.

Added value thermal imaging

FLIR SYSTEMS says whether you are a builder or electrician new to thermal imaging or someone who already appreciates the power of the technology and wants more functionality, it has good news - from 15th October 2018 to the end of this year, the company is running an incentive programme that also includes special, cost-saving product bundles.

COSHH management briefing

ALCUMUS SYPOL a market leading COSHH management service, has announced it will be hosting a series of free breakfast briefing seminars which started at its Stratford office on Wednesday 17th October and will be finishing in Cardiff on Tuesday 6th November 2018. The interactive seminars will cover two of the hottest topics within the industry:

Celebrating a 35 year anniversary with a prize draw

TESTO UK says it will give away a total of 35 Testo Instruments between now and the end of 2018 to celebrate its 35 year anniversary, the prize draw is free and open to all.

Harnessing technology and insight

Manufacturers; maintaining a competitive edge in an age of uncertainty and opportunity.SSG INSIGHT reports it partnered with academic industry experts from Sheffield Hallam University to commission an extensive piece of research among leading manufacturing executives, to understand their optimism and concern around one of the most critical challenges facing modern manufacturing; the relentless rise of technology - particularly in the form of Industry 4.0.

Shortlisted for two awards

ALCUMUS, together with its client William Hill, has announced that it has been shortlisted for two coveted awards: ‘The Fraud Awards 2018 for Most Innovative In-Store Solution’ and ‘Risk Management Awards 2018 for Best Use of Technology in Risk Management – Partnership’.

Multi-purpose drill bits

MAKITA says the new OmniBohrer range of drill bits joins its extensive range of high performance accessories and bits in this multi-purpose collection are suitable for use with a diverse range of materials including concrete, tile, brick, slate, limestone, wood, composite materials, aluminium and plastics, totally eliminating the need to switch between bit types.

Key maintenance test tools

FLUKE says while stocks last at its authorised distributors, as part of the celebrations of its 70th year it is reducing the recommended sale price of two key maintenance test and measurement tools with a saving of around 20% until the 1st of October 2018.

Infra-red emitter

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT says its new Spotlight infra-red emitter precisely targets a concentrated beam of infra-red energy onto surfaces of plastic components which offer difficult access to allow deburring, clenching or welding.

Thermal imaging camera for smartphones

FLIR SYSTEMS has announced the launch of the FLIR ONE Pro LT, a new lower price thermal imaging attachment for smartphones in the FLIR ONE Pro series and says the FLIR ONE Pro LT features many of the professional-level tools and advanced thermal image quality that define the FLIR ONE Pro series.

Maintenance software solution

SHIRE SYSTEMS has announced new FM Modues for Pirana CMMS, its complete maintenance software solution and says it’s affordable.

Support for school

PREMIER COATINGS has announced it is supporting The Wyvern School in Ashford by presenting the staff and pupils with their own brand-new minibus.

Regulations advice

RITTAL says it embraces the need for a high degree of responsibility for the safety of users and the electrical equipment its enclosures are designed to protect and as such the company has a policy of always being on the front foot when it comes to fully complying with international regulations.

Dealing with hazardous waste as a business

Waste expert RECONOMY says if you’re a business that is handling hazardous waste, no matter the type, then it’s vital that you have an effective waste management plan put in place to tackle any problems that could occur and can cause unpleasant damage to your company. It’s something that all companies should avoid, especially when the waste can be harmful to employees and the environment.

Mobile working drives evolution

SSG INSIGHT has announced a new extension of its mobile solutions offering to provide customers with access to its market-leading Agility 9 asset management system via Apple mobile devices.

Improved productivity

A production facility that turns barley into malt for use in beer and whisky production reports it has increased productivity and safety by installing a new germination machine controlled by an ABB variable speed drive (VSD).

Major flow control contracts

ROTORK reports it has received major contracts to supply electric and pneumatic valve actuators and valve gearboxes to Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Refinery Co. Ltd. for flow control in its new refinery and petrochemicals complex, one of the largest in China, at Changxing Island in Dalian City.

VertEx booth delivered

AIRBENCH reports it has delivered a large VertEx booth to a major customer in France and says the customer will be installing its own mixing equipment within the booth area. The system is designed to capture dust from the whole contained area, with various operations taking place within the booth.

Brushless threaded rod cutter

For the first time MAKITA says it has introduced a machine to the LXT range of cordless tools designed specifically for the cutting of threaded rod. The new DSC102ZJ Threaded Rod Cutter is powered by a brushless motor and is compatible with both 14.4v and 18v Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.

Temperature management in the food industry

Rittal_nl_fri110344400v2_crop.jpgRITTAL says food processing is a sector that demands very high standards of efficiency to meet daily production throughput targets and any unexpected breakdown of critical components which stops production lines can have a major impact, not just in terms of loss of output, but also unplanned maintenance.

TRMS thermal multimeter

P0607fl_-_Fluke_279_FC_with_iFlex_002.jpgFLUKE says it is now including an iFlex flexible current probe with its 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter with no increase in price. The iFlex flexible current probe allows users to work in tight, hard-to-reach spaces and make current measurements up to 2500A.

Network cable organiser

RITTAL says modern network infrastructures are reliant on optimum performance and maximum flexibility with their cabling and its new Network Cable Organizer (NCO) is indispensable for ensuring this. The company says it revolutionises patching work on the enclosure, with 8 times faster assembly and this not only nets huge time savings, it also creates space and order in the rack.

To extend or end asset life — which is best?

shutterstock_669718798.jpgFor many UK companies, cutting costs and bringing sustainable practices into operations are key targets. Offshore operators are faced with the decision of extending or concluding production asset life — and pre-decommissioning planning has emerged as a key challenge for the industry. Mitigating uncertainty, enabling decision making and justification as to whether to end or extend asset life, as well as detailed knowledge of asset conditions is crucial.

World Nuclear 2018

SANDVIK_Logo.jpgSANDVIK MATERIALS HANDLING has announced it will be exhibiting at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, 26-28 June, stand 7-D89 and will be focusing on the extent and quality of its products and customer service.

Essential manufacturing maintenance toolkit

SSG_Insight.pngSSG INSIGHT says ensure your maintenance strategy is up to scratch with its free set of resources:

Solving corrosion with science

Sandvik.jpgSANDVIK has announced it is exhibiting at ACHEMA for the first time this year and along with the theme of ‘solving corrosion with science, together we can do it’ will be focusing on a range of products and services designed to combat corrosion problems in numerous applications.

Cloud-based software

Softrader.pngNorfolk-based software company SOFTRADER has announced it has released its first fully browser based ERP system designed for suppliers of industrial equipment to the oil and gas and related industries and says Softrader Cloud handles all the major tasks in a companies workflow from enquiry to invoicing; including enquiry and order entry, purchasing, stock control, document creation and storage and so on.

Is technology and advanced software changing the way we build?

shutterstock_226824577.jpgWe’ve come a long way since the traditional methods of building and with the advancements in technology, we’ve never looked back. Together with Oasys, we consider how software has been used in the planning process of city spaces.

Expert servicing

RITTAL says the servicing and maintenance of enclosure climate control units is an area that is often overlooked in manufacturing. However, regular servicing has been shown to significantly reduce unit failures and thus prevent production downtime. Rittal After Sales Service offers tailor-made, fast response, service packages, direct from the manufacturer, worldwide, and around the clock.

ISO 9001:2015 certification

Riley_Surface_World.jpgRILEY SURFACE WORLD is a leading reseller of new and used surface finishing plant and machinery. The company has been trading since 1966 and operates from 5000 square metre premises in Aldridge, West Midlands. In recent years, Riley says it has invested heavily in technology and people in order to become a global force in the surface finishing industry and the next logical step was to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification to move the company to a different level.

Expanded product portfolio

Bsria_Instruments.jpgBSRIA INSTRUMENT SOLUTIONS reports it has recently added the new TSI PortaCount respirator fit tester to its hire and sales portfolio, providing users with the ability to easily undertake the testing of full and half face masks, SCBAs, and disposables. Designed to be run from a tablet or PC these fit testers provide a consistent and objective testing experience across all respirator types.

WiFi video brochures

Curve_Ball.jpgAnglo American print specialist CURVEBALL PRINTED MEDIA has announced the launch of its WiFi enabled video brochures with Android Operating System and touch-screen user interface - http://www.curveballprintedmedia.com/wifi-video-brochures/ .Adam Hazelwood, CEO, stated, “The second generation of video brochures has arrived. Our customers can now update brochures already in the hands of their clients or users by uploading content over the internet using a desktop app’”.

Spill containment products

New_2018_products_-_Empteezy.jpgSpill containment specialist EMPTEEZY has announced it is launching an array of new products which are tailored to meet the requirements of working environments from industrial and commercial to military, marine and educational. Among the new additions are galvanised steel pallets, secure economy walk-in stores and three sizes of secure storage boxes to the Chemstor range.

Win a helicopter ride for two

HK330_SITECO.jpgThe latest news, products and processes from the HENKEL surface treatment specialist is now available to everyone via the recently launched, dedicated website: www.bonderite-solutions.co.uk. The company says visitors to the site can register to be kept up-to-date via regular newsletters and early registrants will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win The City of London Helicopter Discovery Tour for Two. This extra special aerial tour is not to be missed, so register now or by the 3rd April 2018 latest.

Free clamp meter

P0303fl_-_Fluke_offers_a_free_clamp_meter_with_TiS75_Thermal_Imager.jpgUntil 30th June 2018, FLUKE has announced it is offering a free Fluke true-RMS AC/DC clamp meter when purchasing a Fluke TiS75 thermal imager. Both use the Fluke Connect system, enabling users to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphone or tablet for secure storage on the Fluke Connect Cloud and allow team access from the field.

Flexible real-time reporting

ID_Hammar.jpgIDHAMMAR Monitor is designed to present key performance information to any browser on any PC or display, any time. The company says maintenance teams will benefit from real-time reporting of asset performance by being actively alerted to issues as they arise, speeding up repair processes and shortening lead times. Idhammar says real-time customisable screen alerts continuously refresh data, to provide an instant indication on the status and priority of work orders and configurable and customisable reports present multiple report data sets, through a single access point.

Blast-room ensures perfect finish

Hodge_Clemco.JPGThe manufacturer of two iconic brands in grass-care and grounds maintenance equipment used at international sports venues around the world reports it has upgraded production with a self-contained blast-room from HODGE CLEMCO. Dennis mowers were used at stadia for the FIFA World Cups in South Africa and Brazil and will be in action again in Russia this year. Like SISIS ground-care machinery manufactured by Howardsons, Dennis mowers are also used by top sports clubs in many countries as well as local authorities and education establishments.

Essential product guide

Safeguard_Europe.jpgSAFEGUARD reports it has updated its essential product guide with a new, fourth edition that provides crucial information on specifying its market-leading ranges of damp and waterproofing technologies. Safeguard says a result of its 30 years of product innovation and expertise in the sector, the 54-page guide covers the Dryzone, Stormdry, Vandex, Oldroyd and Brickfix brands, to name a few. Product areas include: rising damp, replastering, damp-proof coatings, condensation and mould, rain penetration, masonry repair, basement drainage, and tanking and waterproofing in general.

Digital multimeter for industrial and benchtop electrical inspection

FLIR917_-_DM91.jpgFLIR recently announced the FLIR DM91 Industrial true-root mean square multimeter for electrical inspection and says built for industrial electricians and benchtop workers, the 18-function DM91 digital multimeter is capable of datalogging and storage for up to 10 sets of 40k scalar measurements, with a recall function for data review.

Tank base protection

Winn__Coales.jpgBPGIC is a prominent tank storage operator whose activities in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, include the storing of crude oil, fuel oil, and all types of oil products and gas. Denso Steelcoat Tank Base Protection System was recently applied on all BPGIC's tanks in the new Fujairah storage facilities terminal.