The right robot for the job

In September 2017, ABB’s dual armed robot, YuMi®, made history by becoming the first robot to conduct an orchestra. YuMi® conducted three pieces at the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli and Maria Luigia Borsi. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation, discusses his top considerations when purchasing a robot.

 Maximizing Heater Performance: Operation and troubleshooting strategy

 

Heat is a form of energy that is transferred between two systems or a system and its surroundings by virtue of a temperature difference. Heat is energy in transition. Heat furnace is the equipment referred to as heater. It is in such equipment that the internal energy of material is converted to work so that chemical transformation can take place.

MACH 2018

With over two years of planning coming to a climax, MACH 2018 is nearly upon us. The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase is set to fling open its doors at the Birmingham NEC between 9th and 14th April.

BENTLEY MOTORS NAMED TOP EMPLOYER WITH FOCUS ON THE FUTURE COMMENDED

Bentley Motors has been recognised as a Top Employer for the seventh consecutive year, reflecting the company’s investment and focus on personal development, future talent and employee conditions.

PROBLEMS WITH SLUDGE? ENERGY PUMPS RE-INFORCED VALVES AND DIAPHRAGMS

DON’T BUY INFERIOR PUMPS ENERGY PUMPS ARE THE SUPERIOR CHOICE

Our success in the pumping of Primary and Humus sludge is based on the fact that we approach sewage sludge as a chemical mixture, which varies greatly from site to site. Since sewage is in constant contact with the rubber parts of any Pump, these parts must cope with a combination of mechanical fatigue and chemical attack. There are different types of Valves used in Energy Diaphragm and Ram Pumps. These Valves are commonly known by our own trademark of ‘Bullfrog’ Valves. Flap Valves are also available, but are only truly reliable on aqueous solutions. We also manufacture Ball Valves, which will pass sludge provided that there are no rags, sticks, disposable razors, etc.

EUROLEC REVEALS NEW WARRANTY AND AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2018

Following on from a successful buyout by Scientific Measurements Pte Ltd in 2017, Eurolec Instrumentation has enjoyed significant investment in equipment, infrastructure and marketing.

Atom Consultants

Atom Consultants are a multi-disciplined Consulting Engineering & Project Management Practice based in Edinburgh, with offices in Dornoch, Leeds and Canterbury. Originally as Thomson & Partners we were established in 1995 and have grown to become the leading Food Factory Designer in Scotland.

Seikis ystems

Seiki has been specialising in digital manufacturing solutions since 1992, so we understand the importance of connecting the right data with the right people to make informed decisions. We also know that optimising the productivity of manufacturing resources is critical. That’s why we recommend companies look to the shop floor first to understand the tangible and quantifiable benefits of digitalisation.

Management changes at Hart Door Systems

Hart Door Systems, the Newcastle upon Tyne-based global supplier of advanced industrial door solutions has appointed Dan Ward as general manager, operations, and Callum Hamilton as manager, site operations.

Avoiding the pitfalls of prioritising cost over quality

The importance of having new technologies available while at the same time keeping costs down was one of the key outcomes of a survey undertaken by Sandvik.  In recent years, since the global economy has been challenging, those responsible for sourcing stainless steel may have been tempted to try and make budget savings by purchasing cheaper materials. Inevitably this will often prove to be a false economy in the long run and could result in costly operational failure in some cases. Here Hans Boudewijn, Regional Sales Director for Sandvik, discusses the survey findings and gives his advice on the key areas to consider when purchasing stainless steel.

Putting cleaning at the heart of sustainability

When we consider the food and beverage industry, it’s one which continues to see growing demand, placing a pressure on producers themselves to meet heightened targets and do so with finite resources. But from carbon emissions through to waste, operators within the industry face an array of ambitious sustainability targets, placing the subject at the top of the agenda.

Need a better test solution?

Find out how XJTAG’s advanced testing and programming tools can make fault detection fast and easy, even under BGAs. Whether you need a low cost manufacturing test system or faster board bring-up, XJTAG boundary scan products can give your productivity a boost.

Got MODBUS? Then get instant access to the Internet of Things

If your product or equipment already has Modbus, then the NanoULTRA from Caption Data gives you the immediate ability to join them to the Internet of Things. From single units to 1000’s of units, with on line & real time control through the CDL SmartHub™

Easily identify electrical panels with just one printer

The BSP41 Wire & Panel Identification Printer can efficiently identify electrical panels because it can print rigid identification tags for all major terminal block and component brands. The new printer enables you to quickly offer insight into how an electrical panel is connected for future maintenance and improvement projects.

Wiseman Threading Tools Ltd

Wiseman Threading Tools Ltd. has been supplying threading tools and gauges since 1987.This is all that we do, so we consider ourselves to be specialists in this field.

Glasdon Launch Steel Citadel™ Industrial Cabinets and Enclosures

The new versatile Citadel range by Glasdon, offers a cost-effective solution to the secure housing of equipment for a variety of industrial applications. Available in five industry standard sizes, the cabinets can be supplied with or without vents for IP56 rated protection.

BULK BAG FILLER TRIPLES CAPACITY AT NETHERLANDS MINERAL SUPPLIER

HATTEM, THE NETHERLANDS – One of the world’s major producers of hydrated alumina (AL[OH]3) is TOR Processing & Trade B.V., a branch of TOR Minerals International (www.torminerals.com). From its specialty mineral processing plant in Hattem, TP&T refines and ships hydrated alumina in bulk bags for applications such as flame retardants and fillers for laminates, solid surface, ceramics, plastics and composites.

Best Value Solutions for Process Flow Measurements

Liquid flow measurement in Process industry applications can present varied and challenging requirements and Micronics has had 35 years of experience in providing cost-effective and reliable solutions for applications in various industries including Nuclear Power, Dairy, Food Processing and the Semi-conductor industry.

Magna Supports New G-Class with World-Class Contract Manufacturing

For nearly 40 years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been built in Graz, Austria, initially by Steyr-Daimler-Puch and since 1998 under the flag of Magna International. The tradition of excellence continues with the new G-Class, introduced this week at the North American International Auto Show.

Sulzer doubles capacity of high voltage testing to improve repair times

Performance testing of high voltage motors and generators is usually carried out to determine benchmark data following a major repair. However, increasingly, customers are requiring this information as part of a problem diagnosis or to verify performance figures for a component when its essential data has been lost. To keep up with growing demand, Sulzer has made a major investment at its Falkirk Service Center that will enable the test-bed load capacity to be doubled.

Chicago Pneumatic ATEX Certified Impact Wrenches!

The CP6748EX, ATEX certified (94/9/EC and 99/92/EC) and IP6 rated, industrial duty ½” impact wrench. Designed with ATEX classification I M2 / II 2GD c IIB 85°C X, to provide a higher level of protection against accidental ignition of flammable gasses and dust in both above and below ground environments. It combines the benefits of ATEX safety with efficiency, ergonomics, and advanced design to provide a tool for use in hazardous areas which is unmatched in the industry today.  With an ultimate torque of 1,085Nm and 1,200 blows per minute, this ATEX wrench will meet or exceed the industrial/heavy maintenance operations’ needs in the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and processing industries.

Stocking up on specialist bearings

Specialist supplier of miniature bearings, SMB Bearings, has introduced a new range of 316 grade stainless steel ball bearings to its catalogue. These have been specially selected for customers with applications in harsh environments, which the bearings can withstand due to their marine grade stainless steel construction.

Mechanical Sensor for Detection of 1 or 2 Positions

Microprecision is introducing a family of mechanical sensors for very accurate position detection. The new MP600 series of mechanical position sensors is designed to detect two positions within a single, compact electromechanical component. Two independent commutations can sense two previously defined positions to within a few microns of accuracy. The two positions can be set specifically for each application, between 0.3mm and 1.5mm. The fixed NC and NO contacts activate with no measurable hysteresis. Repeatability is less than 5 µm and, depending on cable selection, the operating temperature can go from -40°C up to 130°C. The cable can be supplied with a connector termination, typically M8 or M12.

hfx launches innovative cloud-based Access Control solution supporting local data with the resilience of the cloud

New Solution-as-a-Service hfx Access Control available standalone or fully integrated with Flexitime Management, HR and Workforce Management

Many Options, Fast Choice

German refuelling specialist ELAFLEX offers online configuration tools to cover the comprehensive product range of hoses and couplings, nozzles and rubber expansion joints for the safe transfer of dangerous goods and sensitive media.

Working in Confined Space and Local Exhaust Ventilation

The combination of dependable power and practical design makes the Miniveyor Air VAF series fans and ventilators from VAF Air Ltd the professional choice for portable dust and fume extraction.

STUVEX Safe-Ground Truck Earthing System

Prevents explosion by eliminating static.

Over 30 years worth of experience to deliver the ultimate filtration solutions.

Croft Filters Ltd is a leading UK manufacturer of over 31 years who specialises in manufacturing customised filtration solutions and supplying Self-Cleaning filters. The Company supplies a range of industry sectors across the World, including the Food and Drink industry.

Wireless pressure sensor transmitters and receivers from Cynergy3.

Wimborne, UK, based company – Cynergy3 Components Ltd – have further expanded their range of industrial pressure sensors by developing the IWPT series of wireless pressure transmitters and receivers.  The easy to set-up, DIL switch paired devices can save significant installation costs in remote or difficult to access locations and plants.  With an active range of up to 750m (line-of-sight) and a battery life in excess of 5 years, each pressure transducer sends data at a user-selectable update rate to either a single or 5-channel receiver.  The receiver then produces either 4-20mA or 1-5Vdc analogue outputs of the measured pressure ranges.  The transmitters are available in a wide variety of ranges from 0-50mbar to 0-400barG.

New Video Illustrates Smart Linear Actuator Benefits for Automation Applications

A new video from Thomson Industries, Inc. explores how smart electromechanical actuators are meeting demands for greater connectivity, application flexibility and cost efficiency, and illustrates their use in factories, on- and off-highway vehicles, and structural automation.