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System Devices: Opto 22 announced groov 2.3, adding Modbus/TCP communication to groov web-based mobile interface software.

With Modbus/TCP support, thousands of industrial devices can now be monitored and managed using eff ective, scalable operator interfaces on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Modbus/TCP is a widely adopted, TCP/IP-based communications protocol used in level sensors, rotary encoders, drives, meters, and industrial controllers and I/O, plus thousands of other devices deployed in diverse industries. 

Aquatic Solutions Conference on electrical actuated underwater applications now open for registration

The Aquatic Solutions Conference (ASC) is an international, independent conference dedicated to advance the professional and scientific understanding of underwater solutions, focusing on electrical actuated units. By providing an independent platform, the ASC is able to generate a strong network where science and practice meet, to find real solutions for real challenges.


The Fulton name has been synonymous with heat transfer solutions since the company first introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in 1949 and Fulton was established in Bristol in 1966. Today, Fulton is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers and produces an unrivalled range of multi-fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers but, as Ian Halliwell (the company’s recently appointed national thermal fluid specialist) explains, Fulton isn’t a name many have considered when specifying thermal oil systems. Until now!

Fluke – With a 14.5cm LCD touchscreen, the Fluke TiX Expert Series takes Infrared Cameras to a whole new level

With a full 180° articulating lens and 14.5cm touchscreen, the new Fluke® TiX520 and TiX560 Infrared Cameras allow thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images. The new Expert Series cameras are ideal for predictive maintenance, in R&D, oil and gas, and utility applications, where flexibility and higher resolution are essential, and they enable users to share their data in real time via Fluke Connect™.

The responsive 14.5cm LCD touchscreens of the TiX520 and TiX560 offer a large viewing area, which enables thermographers to quickly identify issues while still in the field, as well as easily edit images directly on the camera, eliminating time in the office. SuperResolution mode boosts resolution four times, so the normal 320 x 240 pixels resolution of the images captured increases to 640 x 480 pixels, revealing even greater detail. Optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses add versatility to meet a wide variety of applications.

Low Energy, Low Temperature Liquid Source Evaporation

Many industries require a liquid source to be converted into a homogenous vapour. Traditional methods have involved either bubbling a carrier gas through the liquid source whilst precisely controlling the temperature and pressure, or directly introducing the liquid source onto a hot surface or plate. The former is extremely reliable, well-proven and offers high repeatability/reproducibility once the controlled process parameters have reached steady state. It is, however, less suited to applications where step changes in concentration are required, where fast switching on-off is required or where multiple liquid sources need to be introduced through one, single evaporation system. Furthermore, this system requires a large volume of potentially hazardous liquid to be housed in a pressurized (glass) container close to the application – often not ideal in highly populated laboratories. The latter has benefits as a highly simplified system however the temperature required for evaporation is much higher, the energy consumption is extremely high and variable control of flow rate/concentration can only be achieved on long cycle times.

Rittal’s TS 8 enclosure system

In 1999, accompanied by the slogan “infinite possibilities”, Rittal launched its TS 8 enclosure system. Today, with over ten million enclosures manufactured so far, the TS 8 bayed enclosure has become established as the standard for many industries worldwide.

Key success factors of Rittal’s TS 8 include its high level of flexibility and efficiency, high quality and safety standards, as well as its availability worldwide. The TS 8 enclosure is used in 92 percent of the world’s 1,005 branches of industry and has thus conquered nearly every industrial market within 15 years.

Starret – Support for WorldSkills

Competitors in the WorldSkills Competition represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions held in member countries and regions. The technical abilities demonstrated both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks are rigorously tested and measured and, as a proud sponsor of the competition, Starrett has supplied a set of measuring equipment that contestants and mentors can use to check and prove their abilities.

A global hub for skills excellence and development through international co-operation and development between industry, government, organisations, and institutions, WorldSkills promotes the benefits of and need for skilled professionals through grass-roots community projects, skill competitions, and knowledge exchange. It highlights how important skills education and training is for youth, industries and society by challenging young professionals around the world to become the best in the skill of their choice.

Pole Mount Enclosures Now Available From ROLEC

Plastic enclosures designed specifically for pole mounted electronics are now available from ROLEC.

Its technoPLUS range features a dedicated bracket for horizontal or vertical mounting on poles, masts and other street furniture.

ROLEC technoPLUS enclosures have been built to withstand exposed outdoor locations. They are rated to IP 66 (IP 67 optional) and moulded from UV stable ASA Luran (UL 94 HB).

Each enclosure is pre-moulded with screw ports for the mounting bracket so no machining is needed. They can be installed ‘lid closed’ to help protect the electronics inside.

Modular MAG system from Johannes Hübner Giessen: breathing space for design engineers to customize encoder solutions

The specialist for robust encoder and drive technologies Johannes Hübner Giessen now offers its bearing-free magnetic encoder series MAG as a modular system. The flexible mechanical design makes it possible to individually adapt the encoder system to the installation situation on-site at customer applications. That not only facilitates tailor-made solutions, but most of all it offers a huge amount of design freedom. Design engineers as well as mechanical and systems engineers are now able to implement encoder solutions in situations where it is not possible to use standard encoders. For instance, it is possible to design extra slim encoders for confined spaces or with additional wide magnetic tracks for applications involving large axial shaft movements. “Most importantly, the safety and reliability of our encoders is decisive”, emphasizes Thomas Brandenburger, head of technical project management at Johannes Hübner Giessen.

Kecol Pumping Systems Ltd

For more than 25 years Kecol has been the leading UK manufacturer of pumps and priming systems for the transfer of viscous materials in the food pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Kecol has introduced a new follower plate system for use with all its priming systems, which incorporates an inflatable wiper seal to wipe the inside walls of a drum clean during pumping. Manufactured from FDA approved materials, the inflatable wiper system is suitable for drums with different internal diameters, including tapered drums and drums with liners. As well as the standard system, Kecol can manufacture bespoke inflatable wiper seal systems to suit almost any size of drum or vessel. The system can also be added to existing Kecol priming units (Maxiprime, Powerprime, Megaprime etc.).

Munters optimises climate conditions for hydrotheraphy pool

Munters have created the perfect indoor climate conditions for a special needs schools swimming pool.  Hillside Primary School in Cumnock, East Ayrshire provides the local community with education and support for children with severe and complex care needs including access to their hydrotherapy pool.


Independent waste management company Cleansing Service Group (CSG) has underscored its eagerness for growth by announcing its fifth business acquisition in two years.

Just a few weeks into 2015, the company has confirmed it has acquired part of the business and assets of Tradebe Refinery Services (TRS) based at Sandycroft, North Wales, and formerly known as Willacy Oil Services.

Willacy, founded in 1989, is a specialist in petrochemical tank cleaning and oily sludge treatment and recovery systems.

Advanced decoupling protection for renewables offers easy set up and safe grid connection

The new VMD460 Interface Protection System from Bender UK makes it easier than ever to set up advanced decoupling protection for the critical link between renewable power electricity generating equipment and the National Grid.

S&S Plastics Ltd

S&S Plastics Ltd based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield wants to encourage more young people into manufacturing.

The company which started from a one-man operation in Ilkeston in 1989 now has a workforce of 70 and a turnover of £4 million.  We are supplying over 30 different industries which include Agriculture, Medical, Electronics, Plastic Critical Bearings and many others.

Who’s that knock knocking on your door?

If your business processes emit harmful substances you will be aware that you need a system to control them and also that those systems need to be tested on a regular basis. This potentially can lead to a lot of paperwork in the form of reports, so how prepared would you be if the HSE arrived on your doorstep?

To ensure their clients are prepared, Vent-Tech, who specialise in the control of hazardous substances, have just introduced the LEV Vault – enabling companies to keep all their LEV compliance documents together and accessible.

Recycling of the BEKOMAT 31U / 32U / 33U service-unit

An important contribution to the environment – recycling service-units of BM31U / BM32U / BM33U 

BEKOMAT is by far the most successful electronic level controlled condensate series – and that for a good reason. It represents the benchmark for all global competitors. This does not only apply to the reliability. In particular, the sustainability aspects throughout the entire life cycle are world leading:

SMD REED RELAY 10 W CONTACT RATING & 6 GHZ BANDWIDTH From the Comus Group of Companies

Comus International is proud to introduce our latest addition to our Reed Relay line. The new CGSM series offers superior reliability for the Instrumentation and automatic test equipment markets. With contact ratings up to 10 Watts and a 1 Amp carry current our new relay boasts an impressive 50% increase in power and capability over any similar size industry standard SMD packages presently being offered today.

When the going gets hot, join In2Connect on the Edge

Edge card connectors are embedded devices that mate with the edges of single-sided or double-sided printed circuit boards (PCBs) in order to provide an external electrical connection. Industry standards define power specifications such as voltage levels, power pin placements, and power requirements.

LumaSense presents the PULSAR 4 for Condition Based Monitoring of Petrochemical Combustion Vessels at SOGAT 2015

“The PULSAR 4 is the best way to keep valuable refinery assets performing and prevent unwarranted downtime”

 SANTA CLARA, Frankfurt/M, Mar. 2015 – LumaSense Technologies, Inc.® will showcase the next generation petrochemical infrared sensor, the PULSAR 4 at SOGAT 2015, a very targeted congress for Sour Oil and Gas Advanced Technology in Abu Dhabi.  With installations at over 550 petrochemical facilities worldwide, the PULSAR 4 is LumaSense’s latest addition to its E2T line of petrochemical infrared sensors.

Flow-Technology Ltd boasts large stocks of Stainless Steel fittings

Flow-Technology Ltd, West Yorkshire have been manufacturing Stainless Steel components in house at its Brighouse base for over 35 years and the products are on site in various national and international markets

Atlas Copco GA 250 250kW Screw Air Compressor (x4)

BRAND NEW – NEVER UNPACKED £50,000 in the region (EX VAT)

Due to contract reconfiguration Atlas GA 250 compressors for sale. Quality compressors held in storage – viewing most welcome – Full Technical Specification available. Each with 14 months manufactures warranty (valid until March 2016).

World’s First 4G ATEX Zone 1 Smartphone Now Shipping!

The Smart-Ex 01 is an ultra-rugged smartphone and is the first Zone 1 device to run the latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system. You can now scan an RFID tag, capture inspection data, communicate with colleagues and take a high quality picture of a defect using just one device.

Power station operators demand safety analogue technology

The difference between a permanent random fault and a dynamic random fault is driving a continuing demand from power station operators and other industry sectors for vital monitoring of three phase AC systems up to 690 V in pure analogue technology.

Nanotec Germany`s range of high-performance BLDC motors is increasing.

Cannock January 27, 2015 – Nanotec Germany, represented in the UK and Ireland by Alldrives & Controls is happy to announce the Nanotec range of high performance Stepper Motors, Brushless motors and drives, is growing.

Borough Council introduces Power Quality Measurement to nurture Energy Savings Initiative

Measurement of power quality at several council buildings, schools and leisure facilities.

The council will use a Fluke 435-II power quality analyser at council buildings to re-balance loads