Evaporative cooling option

Evaporative cooling is a low energy alternative to refrigeration, which runs on less than 10% of the energy!! It uses the natural process of evaporation to cool air as part of a ventilation system rather than compressors or refrigerants. Its low capital and operating cost make it an attractive solution for a variety of environments including manufacturing, industrial, commercial & data centres.

Ultrasonic cleaning for best results

Ultrasound is used widely throughout industry for removing problem contamination from all kinds of hard surfaces. Its unique properties can be harnessed to clean items of all shapes, sizes and technical complexity, penetrating holes and cavities that are impossible to reach using ordinary cleaning methods.

New pressure-relief online ordering system & engineering portal

Elfab Limited; leading pressure relief manufacturers have developed its innovative online ordering system, “ElfabTech” which embraces brand new functionalities to benefit both new and existing customers worldwide.

Bedatec

Established for over thirty years, Bedatec is a leader in custom-engineered filtration solutions, systems and technology and our years of experience working with clients in the automotive, manufacturing, aerospace pharmaceutical and medical industries allow us to provide technical solutions to improve operation and efficiency.

Using Non-Sparking tools? Here’s some sound advice from Bahco

Bahco hand tools and specialist equipment have been synonymous with safety for almost 130 years; the global brand’s design and manufacturing teams are passionate about user safety.

The latest range of Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools has been designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where ‘traditional’ steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Size matters when it comes to CO2 gas sensing

If you’ve already had a sneak preview, you’ll know that we’re talking about our new CozIR LP CO2 sensor.

Not only is it our smallest sensor to date, it’s our lowest power sensor too. That makes it ideal for balancing performance and energy needs with aesthetic demands.  

Riello introduces low NOx versions to popular RS series

Riello has introduced low NOx (<80mg/kWh) ‘blue flame’ versions to all sizes of its RS range of burners. This is achieved through the use of a low NOx combustion head to ensure emissions conforming to EN 676 Class 3 in capacities from 3,600 kW to 6,250 kW.

Pumps Limited – a very British Manufacturer exporting globally

UK specialist pump manufacturer Flotronic Pumps Limited was founded by Lew Norris in 1981. The engineering design consultancy ‘Norris Brothers’ had been involved in the design of  specialist pumps, packaging machines, spool valves, lift trucks and explosion proof boxes since 1952.  They had also been involved in the design and development of the high speed Bluebird boats and car in which Donald Campbell broke post-war water and land speed records.

Durably identify pipes in any facility anywhere

Finding the best pipe marker material for your sites all over the world can be a time consuming task. Brady offers Indoor, Outdoor and Outdoor+ pipe markers in any colour standard that can identify pipes in any factory anywhere in the world. Do not miss our Guide on using the correct pipe markers.

Coriolis Mass Flow Meter

The FMC-5000 Coriolis Mass Flow Meter is designed according to the Coriolis Force Principle. It is widely used for flow measurements and custody transfer in many industries such as petroleum, petrochemical, chemical, Pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, food and dairy, and more. As an advanced flow and density measurement instrument, it is widely used in the measurement of liquids, gases and slurries, and garners a high reputation among customers around the globe. Coriolis meters are typically used in applications like batch control, blending, filling, dosing, custody transfer, process gas measurements, and more.

New Fluke ProcessMeter combines the functionality of a loop calibrator with an industrial safety-rated DMM

Fluke has introduced the Fluke 787B ProcessMeter™ which offers double troubleshoot­ing capabilities by combining the power of an industrial safety-rated digital multimeter (DMM) and a mA loop calibrator into a single, compact test tool. Based on the trusted measure­ment capabilities of the Fluke 87 DMM, the 787B adds the ability to measure, source and simulate mA with the accuracy and resolution you would expect from a Fluke mA loop calibrator, giving the ideal tool for troubleshooting and calibrating current loop applications. When it is fitted with a Fluke ir3000 FC module, technicians can wirelessly monitor, log, and share data from the field with their team using the Fluke Connect® mobile app.

Dropped object prevention platform www.preventdrops.com launched

This new online platform off ers advice and simple solutions to keep your employees and contractors safe while working at height, or multi-level worksites. Dropped object risks account for a signifi can’t number of severe accidents in the off shore and other labor intensive industries. Westmark BV’s website off ers simple and aff ordable solutions to prevent such accidents and improve safety.

THE ULTRASONIC THICKNESS GAUGE THAT MEASURES UP

Designed for the Engineer who needs to take quick, accurate thickness measurements, the ‘Cygnus 4+’ is a highly reliable, extremely rugged and simple to use ultrasonic thickness gauge.

The Magnetic Level Indicator: A Technology Overview

Demands for increased safety and improved efficiency in processing facilities have made the magnetic level indicator an indispensable level control device. With the ability to perform reliably under extreme process conditions, as well as offer dual-technology redundancy for safety critical applications, magnetic level indicators, or MLIs, such as those manufactured by Magnetrol International and it’s daughter company Orion Instruments can make a smart alternative for a wide range of level measurement and control needs. Here’s a closer look at the applications and operating principle of MLI technology.

Flameless venting for gas explosions with ATEX approval acc. to EN 16009

If the encounter of hazardous atmospheres with ignition sources cannot be prevented, the explosion protection remains as the only reasonable protection measure for operators. Even if this presumably only the third-best alternative, numerous applications have proven the contrary, because the prevention of explosive atmospheres as well as ignition sources, is often associated with an enormous burden. This applies to the construction of the plant, as well as for the costs of the plant operation.

MB Components are a franchised distributor for Central Semiconductor

Central provide an extensive range of surface mount products in packages ranging from the SOD-923 to the D2PAK.
Additionally many functions are now available in the Tiny Leadless Module, TLM and the TLP Tiny Leadless Package.

Ruggedized Axial-Leaded Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor Meets Specs from -40 ° to +150 °C

High-performance device handles up-to 28A RMS continuous ripple current and 20g vibration.
Liberty, SC – March 20, 2017 – Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) has introduced a new line of axial-lead aluminium electrolytic capacitors for applications which require very high performance under all operating conditions. The AXLH is a uniquely-designed axial-lead electrolytic that has the performance characteristics required for mission-critical circuitry. Continuous ripple current is rated at up to 28 amps RMS. With a load life rating of 2,000 hours at full-rated voltage and 150 °C, and a shelf life of 10 years, the AXLH will stand the test of time.

We’ve Got Your Systems Under Control

Averna is renowned for its leading edge, automated control and quality assurance systems for production testing and verification of vehicle drive-trains, dashboard assemblies, medical devices, food, packaging and many other products.

PP pushes the button on £1m factory extension

One of the West Midlands’s fastest growing manufacturers is dismissing uncertainty surrounding Brexit by investing more than £1m on a new factory extension.
PP Control & Automation has pressed the button on ambitious expansion plans that will see it add 1,000 sq metres of production space to its existing site in Cheslyn Hay, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area.

Nimble palletising robots give production factories more flex for their money

With consumer buying trends influencing greater product diversification, production and packing facilities throughout the UK and Europe are increasingly leaning towards flexible robots that straddle several lines and perform multiple tasks. As testament, Pacepacker Services reports that enquires for single robots dedicated to the entire end-of-line palletising station has doubled in the last 12 months as customers move away from traditional application-specific palletising work cells.

Addressing the issue of frequent product changeovers, the FANUC M410 series has the payload and multitasking capability of stacking anything, ranging from 25kg potato sacks, to tubs of animal feed and bales of pet bedding. For increased flexibility, this high-speed robot can be fitted with different multi-purpose end effectors to suit the application. What’s more, the robot can be easily moved to other production areas to suit business demands, boosting a packer’s investment even further.

Designed specifically for palletising tasks, the M410 robot family is capable of multiple palletising configurations and features a large vertical work envelope. Pacepacker’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson, explains: “We are increasingly designing palletising cells with three to four in-feed conveyor lines, often carrying different product sizes, packaging types and weights. Thanks to the maximum 3.1m reach of the M410, one robot can pick up different pack formats from multiple lines simultaneously and stack up to three pallets up to 2.4 metres high.

“Because of the choice of end-effectors available, we can select a multifunctional tooling that automatically adjusts to all of the functions it has to perform: picking pallets and slip sheets before palletising commences, as well as bags and boxes,” continues Paul. Adding to its flexibility, hundreds of pallet patterns can be programmed and stored by the robot. And even if operatives need to change the end-effector for a specific pack format, quick changeovers means this can be done in just a few minutes, minimising production downtime.

Palletising payloads within the M410 family range from 140kg to 700kg, and the robots are capable of completing 1,700 cycles per hour. The robot’s generous payload also opens up possibilities for handling and palletising several heavy items simultaneously, for example two filled keys of beer or several sacks of aggregate.

In order to provide stability and strength, Pacepacker typically recommends integrating a four-axis robot for palletising operations. For maximum flexibility the robot can be floor, angle, wall or ceiling mounted, although typically customers opt for a pedestal base with integral controller or a compact base with remote controller, claims Paul. Pacepacker has even designed a portable palletising cell, mounting an M410 onto a base plate with a conveyor and safety guarding, so it can be transported by a teleporter to another production location.

To extend the life of the gripper, the most recent additions – the M410-iC range – features a hollow upper arm and wrist to prevent snagging, tearing and rubbing of the connecting cables.

For more information please contact: www.pacepacker.com

SKF launches new spring insulating automotive suspension

SKF launches new spring insulating automotive suspension

Advanced chemical and mechanical bonding enables reduced part count, improved durability and lower total suspension cost

SKF are launching a new product designed to offer greater durability, improved comfort and reduced noise and vibration in automotive suspension applications.

The spring insulating suspension bearing takes SKF’s robust, proven main suspension bearing unit (MSBU) technology and incorporates a polymer spring that is mechanically and chemically bonded to the lower bearing washer.

The spring insulator plays a critical role in automotive suspension systems, damping road vibrations that pass from the spring, through the bearing and into the passenger compartment. Conventional spring insulators are installed separately from the MBSU.

This approach creates a potential failure point in the vehicle suspension, since the insulator is susceptible to damage due to the ingress of dirt and contamination between it and the bearing.

The new spring insulating suspension bearing eliminates this point of weakness by building the bearing and spring insulator as a single component, with high strength chemical bonding used to connect the spring to the bearing. Additional optimisation of the bearing geometry ensures a secure mechanical connection between the two elements.

For manufacturers, the spring insulating suspension bearing offers further advantages, reducing the number of components required in the suspension system and simplifying assembly to reduce total suspension cost. The material selected for the spring element can be adapted to suit the precise requirements of the application, and SKF can offer a wide range of material options, all optimised for high volume manufacturing using injection moulding.

SKF has applied for no less than three patents covering innovative features of the new design, including the spring material, insulator design and fixation technology. Prototype units are already undergoing evaluation by leading Automotive OEMS.

For more information please contact: www.skf.com

Expert challenges business to increase competitiveness via robots

Technology-shy businesses are being offered the chance to discover the benefits of robots by leading robotics expert Jeremy Hadall.
Hadall, chief technologist for robotics and automation at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, will host a two-day course next month – Improving Competitiveness Through Automation – targeting key ‘decision makers’ to understand the benefits of automation and robotics.


In Robotics: manufacturing the future, an article he co-authored for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hadall states: “Britain still lags behind its major economic rivals in the uptake of robots. Statistics from the International Federation of Robotics on robot densities reveal the UK has only 33 robots per 10,000 employees compared to Japan (213), Germany (170) and Sweden (154).

“So how do we encourage UK industry to invest in robotics and automation to reap these benefits? Perhaps the first step is as simple as demonstrating that these benefits are truly benefits.”

Hadall, is looking to demonstrate the tangible benefits via the course on March 8th and 9th. Limited to just 20 attendees, it will provide the necessary tools, techniques and processes to evaluate the opportunity, develop the business case and deploy the implementation plan to integrate automation into business.

This two-day course is being supported by ROBOTT-NET, a collaboration between the following leading European research organisations: Danish Technological Institute, Germany’s Fraunhofer IPA and Spain’s Tecnalia.

The price for the course is £600 plus VAT. For more information go to the events section of www.the-mtc.org.

Pryor to showcase leading marking and traceability solutions at Factories of the Future Expo 2017

Pryor, a world leader in marking, identification and traceability solutions, will be exhibiting at this year’s Factories of the Future Expo. The Sheffield-based specialist is set to showcase its advanced traceability software and a selection of its laser marking technology.

Güdel Keeps Heavy Duty Robots On Track

The ever-expanding range of industrial robot applications has led to the development and introduction of new models from the worlds leading six axis robot manufacturers that can handle vast payloads of up to 1,300 kg. Although easily capable of manipulating these impressive weights, the horizontal reach of these robots, generally less than 4.0m, can still be a limiting factor in certain applications.

Güdel Track Motion products have always been recognised as a robust and reliable method of extending the work envelope of robot systems, and the company’s latest TMF-5 linear track has been developed to provide this enhanced functionality to the new generation of heavy-duty robots.

Güdel is the only company dedicated solely to auxiliary linear motion for robots and automation, and adding this new TMF module to its heavy-duty range, further reinforces the company’s reputation as a valued partner to the world’s leading robot integrators.

The TMF-5 is currently the only standard module available on the market that can move an articulated robot weighing over six tonnes, with a payload of 1300Kg, and sustain a static payload of over ten tonnes. Working as a fully integrated seventh axis for robots, the TMF-5 opens up new possibilities in a number of production processes. A range of adaptor plates, designed to suit the increasing number of heavy-duty robots now available, maximises the potential for integration with different manufacturers and their respective robot models.

With the capability to accommodate up to four independently driven carriages, multiple robots are able to share the same track if required, delivering the highest levels of utilisation and flexibility for heavy-duty applications. The carriages used on the TMF track have been designed to handle the often-high dynamic loads of a moving robot, including those associated with emergency stop conditions.

The use of hardened and ground helical racks, coupled with planetary gearboxes, deliver the highest levels of positional repeatability (+/-0.05mm) plus smooth and quiet operation. The TMF-5 is also available as an enclosed version to meet the demands of specific operating environments such as those found within a cleanroom.

Available in lengths from 3m to 100m in 1m increments, the optimum track length can be specified for any particular application. Another feature of the TMF track range is that the length can be extended, should this be required to increase flexibility or to future-proof existing installations.

Güdel’s reputation for quality and engineering excellence is clearly evident in the design, the materials used and build standard of the TMF-5 linear track, ensuring high uptimes and a long service life. From a maintenance perspective, the ability to adjust the guide-way rollers from the outside of the unit and the availability of an automatic lubrication system for the rack & pinion, will keep planned maintenance times to a minimum.

Güdel’s linear track range can be found operating within the automotive, tyre, metal, rail, intra-logistics, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, wood and aerospace industries.

Güdel not only provides sophisticated automation solutions but is a manufacturer of high-precision machine components including linear guide-ways, racks, pinions and drives. These high quality components are at the heart of all Güdel linear axes and gantry robots.

For more information, please contact: www.gudel.com

New SCADA system brings efficiency and flexibility to Scottish malting barley plant

Effective site-wide energy management is a key function of the new control system which is being used to synchronise heat systems that include new biomass boilers.
A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions. The new software is providing control and visualisation for product movement, processing and storage, including the integration of biomass boilers and heat recovery systems.

Highland Grains Ltd is an agricultural cooperative, owned by its 89 members, which dries, conditions and stores malting barley and other crops. It primarily supplies the Scotch whisky distilling industry, but also exports high quality grain to other countries.

Based just north of Inverness, Highland Grains was founded in 1978 with a capacity to handle 4,400 tonnes of barley a year. Steady expansion has seen its annual throughput grow to over 40,000 tonnes. Today the plant consists of five continuous flow dryers, seven wet and fifteen dry storage silos (ranging from 250 tonnes to 2,300 tonnes) and two warehouse-like flat stores of 7,500 tonnes each. Committed to constant development, the site also includes innovations such as heat recovery on its drying systems, power synchronisation and biomass boilers.

 
The facilities were always automated, and the control system and software were frequently expanded to meet new requirements and accommodate new equipment. The control system has been maintained and developed over many years by specialist local firm Coldcurve Ltd, which most recently was commissioned to replace the existing much-extended control system with an efficient state of the art one.

The project was lead by Coldcurve engineer Daniel Castle, who explains that although the site’s operations are relatively complicated, a simple system architecture was achieved: “Lorries are constantly delivering grain from the growers, while others collect dried malting barley for the distilleries – it’s a 24/7 process at busy times, plus there are several different drying processes. There are also a number of subsidiary processes to control, such as incoming and outgoing weighbridges, boiler operations and heat recovery for energy efficiency.”
The whole site is now controlled from a single, powerful PLC supporting 29 separate I/O cards. There are also two PCs and a number of touchscreen HMI’s on the system, providing main and secondary control stations.
“The system now runs Movicon SCADA software,” says Daniel, “which has been used successfully in many food and beverage applications, as well as for materials handling and in many other industries.”

Movicon provides constant real-time production process information, collecting data from multiple sensors on the plant and processing it into high level information. This allows Highland Grains to efficiently manage its plant and processes to meet customers changing needs.

Movicon is based on an XML technology that offers an all-in-one development environment for managing all HMI, SCADA and statistical production data analysis applications. This allowed Highland and Coldcurve to minimise project development times and also to achieve a powerful, open, solution that is easy to maintain and flexible so that it can accommodate future developments.
Movicon also supports web services, scalable vector graphics, OPC, SQL, ODBC, and many other functions that allow highly integrated information and control systems to be developed, whether they be large or small.

Paul Hurst of Products4Automation offers an expert view on today’s SCADA: “Flexibility is one of the major needs in modern automation. Plant operators increasingly insist that their control systems have the ability to easily adapt to new demands.”


Movicon protects plant owners’ investments because it is able to satisfy all automation application needs from field control level (PLCs, HMIs, sensors etc) right through to SCADA/MES and enterprise management levels. Thus it can provide a systems architecture that is as simple as possible, containing initial set up costs and allowing easy subsequent developments.
“Movicon is a real-time flexible platform with high levels of connectivity, capable of adapting to all modern automation application typologies, so is the only software needed in the system,” says Hurst.

Movicon includes a large number of tools for easily creating powerful visualisation and control projects and its comprehensive connectivity capabilities means simple integration with other, related systems such as MES, ERP and the web. This ability reduces initial project costs and goes on to control total lifetime operating costs.
Highland Grains has been successful over nearly forty years because of its willingness to adapt to new and changing demands. Now, with the Scotch whisky industry once again resurgent (it is worth about £5bn to the UK economy and growing at 5% a year according to the ‘Scotch Whisky Association’), it is expecting to further develop its site and facilities over the coming years. The simplicity of its control architecture and flexibility of the Movicon software should make this as straightforward and efficient as possible.

 
Products4Automation (P4A) is a specialist supplier of new and innovative software and hardware solutions to the UK market. Product ranges available from P4A include the latest touch-screen HMI’s and flat panel PCs, SCADA software and plug-ins, a wide range of SCADA enabled hardware, Alarm plug-in software for large automation systems, and a full range of Production Intelligence software solutions.

For more information please contact: www.products4automation.co.uk