Category Archives: Latest News

Sensors that Learn Take the Guess Work out of Maintenance

In the chemical and petrochemical industries, plant safety and process reliability often rely on analytical instruments operating correctly. Maintaining process analytical instruments and keeping them in good condition can be cumbersome and costly.

Boskalis invests in a new, environmentally friendly high flow pump unit

Boskalis Nederland is a part of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. Boskalis was established in 1910 and has expanded from a local dredging contractor to a leading global maritime services company with over 11.000 employees. Originally, dredging and earth moving were the core activities of the company. They are now additionally active in the construction and maintenance of harbours, land reclamation, inland infra, and offshore energy sectors.

Parker Chomerics enhances thermal management solutions with the release of its latest THERM-A-GAP™ gel with conductivity extensions to 6 W/m-k

As more and more high performance electronics are utilised across a wide range of applications, it has stimulated a growing need to provide new innovative thermal materials that can effectively manage the heat dissipation challenges. In line with this need Parker Chomerics is constantly evolving its range of THERM-A-GAP™ thermally conductive dispensing gels in order that customers can maintain both system performance and reliability.  As the market leader in this domain Parker Chomerics has recently extended its range of gels to offer thermal conductivity up to 6 W/m-k and typical applications include high performance devices requiring minimal thermal resistance, ranging from automotive electronic control units (ECUs), power supplies and semiconductors, through to memory/power modules, microprocessors/graphics processors, flat panel displays and consumer electronics.

the Bülte wing grip! – How to fix, secure and release easily and quickly?

Bülte has added two new wing grips BPF 251 and BPF 252 to its Handwheel and Knob range. The body’s ergonomic shape and use of small raised strips enable a good grip. We offer two versions: screws and nuts. For the screws, lengths are from 8 to 50mm and are available in M4 and M5 x 28mm across the wings for BPF 251, and M5 and M6 x 31mm across the wings for BPF 252.

Technical expertise for industry: enhance your coating systems with Technicoat!

Market leaders in the surface coating industry, Technicoat have specialised in the application of industrial coatings for over 25 years. Providing job-coating services, they apply coatings to finished products as well as production equipment parts; aiming to deliver surface engineering solutions and improvements in efficiency of production processes, adding value to final products.

KECOL . . . STILL NO.1 FOR VISCOUS PUMPING SOLUTIONS

With over 25 years experience in pumping viscous materials, Kecol is the number one choice of many of The World’s leading pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food manufacturers.

Kecol equipment is used to transfer flowable & non-flowable materials from drums, IBC’s, mixing vessels and process vessels of various shapes, sizes and designs, without heating the material.

NORMA Group obtains major order from leading German automotive supplier

Maintal, Germany, 22 January 2015 – NORMA Group, a global market and technology leader in the area of engineered joining technology, has received a major order for quick connectors for use in cooling water systems from a German supplier to the automotive industry. The order includes manufacturing of more than five million NORMAQUICK PS3 quick connectors per year. These quick connectors in the nominal sizes 16 and 32 will be manufactured at NORMA Group’s site in Maintal, Germany, starting in February 2015.

In2Connect UK – M12 style connector

Whether used in traffic guidance systems, photovoltaic systems, industrial Ethernet, CCTV, offshore wind farms, or to connect sensors and actuators in factory automation systems, the M12 style connector from In2Connect UK is screw lock mating and offers 4 to 8 contacts; is IP67 rated, can be screened, and is well suited for wet, moisture-laden process environments ~ they’re as individual as your ambient conditions.

When three pumps are better than one

Engineers at Wanner have designed a high flow rate skid that incorporates three of the Company’s Hydra-Cell G35 pumps operating in parallel.

The system can pump up to 420 litres per minute at 83 bar pressure or up to 200 litres per minute at 100 bar pressure. Installing three Hydra-Cell pumps means three times the flow as they are true positive displacement pumps. This is not the case in a centrifugal pump system. With Hydra-Cell pumps the flow is maintained but the friction losses manifest themselves in increased system pressure.

Redex Group – MEROBEL’s new DGT300+

With MEROBEL’s new DGT300+, Web and Wire Tension Control has never been so easy to manage.
Efficient Tension Control system includes brakes, controllers and sensors, in order to guarantee a consistent web or wire tension during all the manufacturing process. Thus, beside to its well known range of EMP (ElectroMagnetic Particles) brakes, MEROBEL has developed and industrialized the electronic control solution making authority on the international market.

New FREE Shire Roadshow Schedule Published

The UK No 1 producer of maintenance software, Shire Systems, has published the full 2015 roadshow schedule. Shire roadshows are FREE and a fantastic way of experiencing the popular solutions first hand.

As usual, the Shire Team will on hand to answer any questions and demonstrate any aspect of the Pirana CMMS suite of products.

Rubber Expansion Joint for Abrasive Media

Rubber expansion joints are components for pumping and piping systems, suitable to compensate movements, noise and vibration.

For media containing abrasive components, Elaflex now offers the new type ERV-BR made of a highly abrasion resistant special rubber compound. Except for extreme strain (e.g. sharp and rough-edged matter) it is now no longer necessary to use an additional inner protection sleeve.

Portability key to success of oil in water analyser

Quantitech first launched the InfraCal 2, a portable oil in water analyser, in 2013 and the company’s Dr Andrew Hobson says: “There has been a heavy demand for this instrument in the oil sector because of the new functionality that now comes as standard. The InfraCal 2 can now be operated from an internal battery and also provides lower detection limits. However, the original InfraCal was not able to store multiple calibrations or to log readings, so the latest instrument can be more independent, making it better suited to remote operation. We are therefore hoping that it will also become popular in a wider range of other manufacturing and processing industries, including wastewater and fracking.”

Financing Critical Power Solutions Using C-PaaS

EcoPowerSupplies has launched a new way for datacentres to invest in uninterruptible power supplies and protect their operations from a worsening UK electrical supply grid. Standing for ‘Critical Power as a Service’, the C-PaaS model allows organisations to spread the cost of power protection investments including UPS systems and standby power generators over a fixed term.

Optional maintenance costs, future battery replacements and system upgrades can also be included, in addition to any initial project and electrical installation works.

DO YOUR EMERGENCY SHOWER SYSTEMS MEET THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED ANSI PERFORMANCE STANDARD?

The ANSI Z358.1-2009 standard establishes universal minimum performance and use requirements for emergency eyewash & drench shower equipment used for the treatment of the eyes, face, and/or body of a person who has been exposed to hazardous materials and/or chemicals. First implemented in 1981 the standard was modified in 1990, 1998, 2004, and most recently in 2009.

ExVeritas Provide Free ATEX and IECEx Update Training for Manufacturers

CompEx and Specialist Ex Training for 2015

Exveritas only ever use our senior working practitioners to present training, all of whom have at least 20 years’ experience. We are a CompEx licenced centre and are one of only a couple of centres worldwide that can present ‘Ex12′ for Designers, the highest level of CompEx training available. We are also the only training facility to run specialist courses such as ‘Intrinsically Safe circuit design for electronics engineers’ and  ‘ATEX turbine and engine  safety’.

Boosting Cooling Tower Price-Performance Ratio

Engineered plastic cooling towers offers unmatched performance plus design options and factory support – all at a competitive price

When evaluating the purchase of most types of capital equipment, the obvious factor to consider is price/performance. Yet, an important factor that most people would agree should not be overlooked is value added, an amenity or service – such as warranty or engineering assistance – that substantially increases the worth of the product, or potential ROI.

ALLTEC Manufactures the Dynashield® ADSx2F Series of Hardwired AC Surge Protection Devices

The new ADSx family provides a greater standard of protection for mission critical infrastructure. Smaller, lighter, tougher. The Dynashield® ADSx2F Series of Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) are fast responding, high current handling devices designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment and systems from damaging transient surge events.

Chancellor opens University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, officially opened the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park today (Friday, January 16, 2015).

DATA ACQUISITION AND MEASUREMENT UNCERTAINTY TRAINING COURSES WITH HBM

Following on from a successful series of training and workshops in 2014, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the first dates for its 2015 training courses, which take place at the end of February.

Composites Reach the Antarctic

Fibrelite’s design and technical team were recently called upon to help an engineering team constructing a specialist waste water treatment system for a facility in the Antarctic.This specialist system is essential for treating all black and grey waste water generated on the base before it can be safely discharged into the sea.

William Hughes opens £3 million new factory to meet growing demand for wire products

William Hughes, the specialist manufacturer of wire based products and springs, formally opened its new offices and manufacturing facility in Stalbridge, Dorset at the end of last year.

IMPCO’s award nominated Reserve Fuel Tank System. For all LPG powered forklifts

 

Did you know…? 
The average returned fuel cylinder is estimated to have around 15% of the original fill volume of LPG left unused. Simply by using all the fuel paid for would shave that 15% off your fuel cost.

Alternative technologies to fluid switches: affordable, reliable and robust

Traditionally the use of float switches has dominated this market as the low cost solution for fluid level detection. Alternative technologies such as optical sensors have historically been viewed as desirable but too expensive. SST Sensing Ltd have taken the challenge to bring very reliable and robust optical fluid sensors into the market at a cost which is now comparable to float switches.

Lockout/Tagout implementation: partner up with Brady’s 3IN1 Solution!

Brady’s extensive Lockout/Tagout support offer enables a fast and secure implementation of lockout/tagout procedures, including machine-specific procedure writing, communication support, training and Lockout/Tagout hardware, spearheaded by our critically acclaimed LINK360™ software for procedure approval and roll-out!

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Thornton Science Park’s High Growth Centre and Energy Demonstrator shares industry and academic expertise in the North West

A new centre to support economic growth and develop innovative products for North West businesses has been launched.

The newly-developed High Growth Centre is located at Thornton Science Park formerly Shell Technology Centre at Ince, near Chester. Co-funded by the University of Chester and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the High Growth Centre offers SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and new start-up businesses valuable advice and support. Designed specifically for companies operating in the Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Engineering and Environmental sectors the unique blend of industry, innovation and academia will deliver a much needed boost to the region.

Radical new PROFIBUS network design opportunities

The long running single speed PROFIBUS DP network arrangement is now challenged by the release of a revolutionary multi-speed repeater from Procentec, designers of the industry leading ProfiTrace PROFIBUS test kit. The new ProfiSwitch x5, distributed in the UK by Hi-Port Controls, allows mixing of different network speeds, as may be needed for slower speed slaves and/or longer segment lengths. This radically new product opens a totally new way of thinking to PROFIBUS network designers!

Ensinger acquires British specialist supplier Elekem Expansion of the product and technology spectrum

Ensinger Group Ltd has acquired the UK company Elekem Ltd. Based in Rossendale near Manchester, this specialist supplier produces semi-finished products made of fluoropolymers and polyaryletherketone. Elekem uses different manufacturing techniques to process these high-performance plastics, with the focus on isostatic moulding and dynamic centrifugal moulding of tubes.

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.

Diamond HMI introduces Custom Piezo Keypads

Diamond HMI, the custom Interface division of Diamond Electronics Ltd, has signed an agreement to act exclusively for ALGRA AG promoting their custom Piezo Keypad technology in the UK market. Piezo keypads are Force Sensing rather than Touch sensing devices and use integrated Piezo elements to sense very small deformations of a facia panel.