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Maxim Solutions launches Rapitainer

Maxim Product Solutions Ltd. designs and supplies returnable transit packaging (RTP). Maxim’s innovative products are gaining interest from both retail plc’s and industrial SME’s. The company’s unique Rapitainer is entering trials with various organisations including a ‘household name’ retail group.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Pump System Audits

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations 2014 came into force on 17 July 2014 and are a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups). The scheme applies throughout the UK. ESOS Energy Audits have the potential to increase businesses profitability and competitiveness by identifying cost-effective savings which, if implemented, will improve energy efficiency. The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings.

Another North Sea Coating Contract Successfully Completed

The Industry:

Oil & Gas

The Challenge:

Over the past few years, Corroserve was been awarded many pipe lining contracts for platforms in the North Sea. This latest contract, for the internal and external corrosion protection of a 36” diameter caisson was awarded to Corroserve thanks to their outstanding track record for this type of work and the premature failure of other coatings on similar structures. Carried out in Corroserve’s Leeds facility, in all the caisson and its associated pipework weighed approx. 27 tonnes and measured 30 metres in length.

Munters to Acquire HB Group

Munters and HB Group Combine Expertise and Products to Provide High Quality Air Treatment Solutions to Customers 

Munters AB last week announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HB Group (, an international company that specializes in customized hygienic climate control systems for the food/dairy industries. HB Group has locations in Almelo, the Netherlands (headquarters, with sales and manufacturing) and a Joint Venture in Hrusky, Czech Republic (manufacturing facility).

Designing a chiller – in just four steps

Designers and technical buyers in mechanical engineering can now plan machinery and process cooling more easily than ever thanks to the new Rittal TopTherm Configurator.

The online tool will help users precisely determine the necessary cooling output, quickly select the appropriate solution, and automatically compile all the technical data –in just four steps.

“We have had more than 8,000 requests about the configurator in just three months, which underlines just how interested Customers are in the benefits it offers,” says Christian Westwood, Rittal’s product manager for climate.

Innovative Moisture Measurement Technology by INADCO

INADCO Moisture Measurement BV located in the Dutch city of Eersel is expanding with their innovative moisture meters. Novelty is the Moisturemeter II which has a patent pending. The Moisturemeter II will allow the users to have continuous measurements of moisture levels.

Since 2000 INADCO is the market leader in Europe for equipment that measures the Bulk Density of Growing Media like potting soil and peat according to the European standard EN12580.

HBM Waves to Success With Tidal Power Plant

HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has been successfully awarded the contract to install strain gauges inside Deep Green, the latest tidal power plant from Minesto, which is the largest marine energy company in the Nordics.

As part of the rigorous development work undertaken by Minesto, HBM was able to play a key role in verifying how the plant behaved in the water and how it measured the forces to which it was exposed.

Calibrating Temperature Sensors with a New Range of Portable Calibrators

Isothermal Technology Ltd (Isotech) has been providing temperature calibration solutions since 1980, clients vary from National Metrology Institutes to calibration engineers working on-site.

ISOTECH – Solutions for all levels of temperature calibration

Many nations rely on Isotech for their Primary Standards. For example metrology furnaces are used to melt and freeze pure metals providing a fixed temperature (ITS-90 Fixed Points) in order to calibrate standard thermometers. Accredited laboratories use Isotech Stirred Liquid Baths in which thermometers under test are compared to standard thermometers. In industry portable heat sources such as ‘Dry Block Calibrators’ can be used for calibration and Isotech produce Dry Blocks covering -100°C to 1200°C.

ERD Stainless Steel Linear Actuators with up to IP69K rating designed for washdown to maximum durability and to extend product service life

Bournemouth, UK, May 2015: Motion Control Products Ltd recently introduced new ERD22 electric rod linear actuator from Tolomatic is a low-cost, versatile replacement for pneumatic cylinders and an alternative to manual processes. With force capabilities up to 7000N (1,700 lbf), the all-300 series stainless-steel ERD22 is a standard catalogue item featuring hygienic design and IP69k rating. Ideal for medium-force washdown applications, the ERD22 linear actuator is USDA-approved for meat, poultry and dairy applications such as pumping, fluid dispensing, volumetric filling, slicing, cutting and chopping.

How to ensure your forklift maintenance programme is good to go

The forklift is rightly considered the workhorse of the warehouse, whether used for loading/unloading, stacking pallets onto racking or simply moving products from point A to B. This ability to multi-task means that it is an essential component in many factories and warehouses, and key to maximising performance efficiencies.

Often operating in testing conditions and relied upon for a variety of heavy lifting tasks, keeping the truck in good working order becomes a major factor to the smooth running of a business. To meet the requirements of PUWER and LOLER an annual thorough examination must be completed (similar to a car’s MOT).

Save time and money with Lindapter

The adjustable nature of Lindapter’s steelwork connections is providing time-saving and cost-effective solutions for contractors installing pipework.

Specifically designed to provide a faster alternative to drilling or welding, Lindapter clamping systems allow stepless lateral adjustability ensuring quick alignment of pipework before tightening with simple hand tools.

Thousands of swivel options… Figure in our custom design service and the possibilities are unlimited.

Super Swivels® has provided superior products for a large variety of hydraulic uses for nearly 30 years. Designing and manufacturing heavy-duty, leak free, live swivels at a competitive price with outstanding performance.

Trotec Laser Launch New Engraving Materials Range

Through the acquisition of ILC, the expert for laminated plastics, Trotec now offer a full range of consumables

Engraving materials with proven quality

Trotec has worked with ILC, who have a wealth of experience in producing plastics and laminates, for a number of years.

David Lenehan, Northern Industrial honoured at Young ’Uns Awards 2015

Lancashire’s young business people celebrated at Lancashire Business View’s Young ‘Uns Awards 2015 as the next generation of movers, shakers and decision makers were crowned at the wild west themed shindig held at Winter Gardens’ Spanish Ballroom in Blackpool.

From legal eagles to digital dynamos, red-hot retailers to globetrotting international traders, those making waves in business in the county were recognised across 13 categories including High Flying Young ’Un and the Young ’Un of 2015.

IP66 stainless steel fanless 15, 19 and 21.5 inch PanelPC family

The extensive range of PanelPCs available from BVM Limited has been augmented with two new models, designed for use in harsh environments.  The robust anti-corrosion stainless steel units have resistive touch screens and fully sealed to IP66, enabling them to be used in areas such as food preparation where they can safely be washed down during routine cleaning. Similarly, the IP66 sealing means that they can also be used in aggressive environments where dust and dirt are frequently present. All models feature M12 metal IP68 interface connectors and IP67 power and I/O connectors to preserve the integrity of the environmental sealing. Three units, based on Ivy Bridge i3/i5/i7 or Celeron processors, the HM65 chipset and HD 4000 graphics are designated the WTP-9A66 versions, with up to 16 GB of 1600 MHz DRAM available. The two lower power WTP-8B66 units are based on the Celeron J1900 quad core processors with up to 8 GB of 1333 MHz DRAM and are available in the 15 and 19 inch screen sizes.

Motion Control Products Ltd: Electric actuators vs. pneumatic cylinders…

Electric actuators vs. pneumatic cylinders:

A comparison based on total cost of ownership

Tolomatic electric actuators are distributed in the UK and Ireland by Motion Control Products Ltd. please click here to visit our website for the product ranges and information.

 Pneumatic cylinder actuators, known for their low initial cost and durability, have been a staple in factory automation equipment for decades. They are simple, easy to maintain and provide reasonable control over machine movements in industrial plants. However, since the developmentof more flexible, precise and reliable electric actuators, there has been an ongoing debate over which technology offers the best overall solution for industrial plant optimization. The case for switching to electric actuators has focused on the ability of electric actuators to achieve more precise control of motion (position, speed, acceleration and force), along with providing superior accuracy and repeatability.

Exciting Gas Analysis Products to be Showcased on New Website

UK based European Spectrometry Systems (E.S.S.) will be launching a new, application-based website soon to celebrate the introduction of its exciting recent product developments. Listening to, and collaborating with customers has always been one of the fundamental philosophies of E.S.S. product development, and this has been at the forefront of the design of the new products. Danny Smith, of E.S.S. says “First and foremost we would like to express our sincere thanks to our customers for their kind assistance in helping with our development efforts.

Sensors UK – Long Distance Lasers

Dimetix laser distance measurement sensors represent a cost effective solution not only at extreme temperatures such as -40°C, but also in harsh industrial environments. Built to exacting Swiss engineering standards their sturdy construction and pin point accuracy combine to deliver a range of market-leading solutions.

Red Lion Unveils Next Wave of Compact NT24k Gigabit Ethernet Industrial Switches

Over 100 Mixed Copper, Fiber, SFP and PoE+ Configurations Provide Full Range of Connectivity Options.

YORK, Pa., June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the addition of 18 new compact models to its N-Tron® series NT24k™ managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform. The new NT24k 10-to-14 port DIN-rail mountable switches feature Fast Ethernet, Gigabit or dual-mode fiber ports alongside eight Gigabit copper ports with optional IEEE 802.3af/at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support.

Heico Fasteners UK

Heico-Direct is the online shop from Heico Fasteners UK. All your upholstery supplies requirements can be purchased with secure payment and next day delivery available.

Heico Direct provides a quick and efficient form of purchasing upholstery supplies for all your upholstery repairs, hobby and DIY jobs alike.

Finder PLC

The new multi-voltage MasterPLUS interface relay from Finder is the latest addition to the popular 39 Series of fully featured interface relays that continue to push the boundaries of flexibility and space saving well beyond that of conventional relays.

Specifically, it has a multi-voltage capability to accept an input/coil voltage anywhere between 24 V and 240 V, be it AC or DC, all in the same unit. Additionally it boasts the option of Push-in terminal technology as well as an optional output fuse module, with or without LED status indicator.

Martindale Electric Provides a Flexible Solution to a Current Problem

Manx Utilities, formerly known as Manx electricity, is a Statutory Board of the Isle of Man Government responsible for providing its customers with safe, reliable, efficient and economic supplies of electricity, natural gas and clean water; as well as collecting/processing waste water, and delivering flood risk management services.

On a daily basis Manx Utilities electricians perform complex electrical tests and maintenance work to keep the systems working flawlessly.

Power & Energy Monitoring made simple with Fluke’s latest Three-Phase Energy Logger

picThe Fluke 1730 Three-Phase Energy Logger simplifies power and energy monitoring and enables you to produce simple load studies for your company’s complete facility, individual pieces of industrial plant or office departments. Simple energy surveys can be produce before and after energy saving equipment or methods have been introduced. If you are looking for support with your energy monitoring requirements then please contact our Power & Energy experts at the Test Tools Shop.

Reduce down-time, equipment failure and Energy use

Running manufacturing automation systems at high temperatures will have a major negative impact on the system’s performance and reduce its service life. By not keeping their drives at or close to their Optimum operating temperature manufacturers Risk huge consequential costs when the production line grinds to a halt as a result of system failure.

A typical electrical component’s life expectancy is approximately halved for every 10 °C increase in its ambient temperature. Controlling the temperature within enclosures is therefore critical for manufacturers
to avoid premature component failure and the consequential interruption to production if the automation system falls over.

Reduce the Risk Of Pollutants Accessing Your Drainage System

Pollution incidents associated with run-off from spills and or fire water accessing surface water drains and then accessing the wider environment are well documented, as are the fines and penalties imposed by the UK Environment Agencies. Systems available to combat this range from simple response measures such as drain covers right up to interceptor systems which normally involve some form of civil engineering which can be disruptive and costly.