Optical Level Sensor Finds Success in Refrigeration Industry

A combination of clever optics, modern electronics and innovative manufacturing has led to Product Innovation Ltd’s optical level sensor finding a niche market in the UK’s refrigeration industry. Since it was first trialled by Tesco several years ago more than 2000 units have been supplied. Most of these have been fitted in Tesco refrigeration plant and used to measure the level of liquid refrigerant.

Buyers Guide to Used Process Equipment

Buying used equipment can provide significant cost savings against new, but despite this many people are
deterred by the plethora of myths that surround the industry.

This guide takes some of the more common myths and exposes them, so that you, and your company, don’t miss out on the advantages of buying used process equipment.

Limescale Elimination… Us Government Tests Prove Efficacy of UK Manufactured Product For Elimination Of Limescale In Heating Systems

Every year the US Government under their green proving ground programme take a select number of products that they believe will have a beneficial environmental impact and test the claims made for them by the manufacturers.

In 2012 The General Services Administration installed a Fluid Dynamics Catalytic scale preventer in a pipe line feeding a boiler in a Courthouse in Salt Lake City Utah. The courthouse in question was suffering from severe scaling.

Introtek’s Newest Innovation for Non-invasive Liquid Level Sensing – Introtek International

Introtek International presents their latest non-invasive Continuous Liquid Level Detector (“CLM”). The CLM delivers the answer for challenging non-invasive liquid level monitoring for a variety of fixed tanks and vessels. The CLM is designed for easy install and withstands the rigorous and demanding usage often found in the industrial process automation industry. Learn more.

New ultrasonic top seal module TSM 35 – your fast way towards series production

If packaging producers specify ultrasonics as their sealing technology, the manufacturers of packaging machines are now able to integrate the appropriate technology faster and better thanks to the slim design and the standardized interfaces of the new top seal module TSM35 by Herrmann Ultraschall. Opening widths of 50 to 100 mm between the anvil and the sealing tool, i.e. the sonotrode, cater for both rotary tables and longitudinal processing designs, also in the form of multi-track lines.

Cost Effective Explosion Protection for High Temperature Applications

– Avoid costly heat and energy loss with a thermally Insulated Explosion Panel –

For safety critical applications handling hazardous materials Explosion Panels are commonly installed to protect against potentially damaging explosions. For many applications it is critical to the functioning of the vessel and performance of the product that the internal temperature is maintained. Avoiding costly heat loss while ensuring consistent flow of the process is a challenge faced by many customers with high temperature applications who require the need for reliable explosion protection.

BRAMMER Partners With Grundfos To Pump Up The Value

As part of its commitment to providing customers with the broadest possible range of quality maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products, leading supplier Brammer has announced a new partnership with Grundfos Pumps Limited, with an extensive range of pumps now stocked in its centrally-located National Distribution Centre (NDC).

VIBROTEST 80 – Field Balancer, Data Collector and/or Vibration Analyser

VIBROTEST 80 is the newest vibration measurement handheld from Brüel & Kjær Vibro. Its lightweight, rugged compact design makes it ideal for route-based data collection, and it can easily be upgraded to a comprehensive four-channel vibration measurement device providing extensive analysis and balancing functionality.

BluVac: Intelligent compact unit substantially reduces energy costs

SAVE MORE THAN 55% ON ENERGY (for extruders in the plastics industry)

The new BluVac unit from Speck ABC reduces energy consumption by controlling vacuum required by the process. When less vacuum is created, less energy is being consumed. The highest energy saving is reached by using optimised calibration tools with minimal air leakage achieve the highest savings. Pre-series models of these systems reached savings of 67% by a major manufacturer of window profiles.

Starrett Core Ejector addresses an age old problem

Following comprehensive product testing and evaluation at its facility in Jedburgh, the L.S. Starrett Company is launching a cost-effective and simple solution to an age old problem. The company’s new Core Ejector for bi-metal hole saws has been designed and developed to effectively remove the slug of material that usually ends up inside the cup of the hole saw once it passes through the sheet material being cut.

Heraeus Installs First Gas Catalytic Infra-Red Oven in the UK for Customer Trials at its Neston Applications Centre

Complements Existing Range Of Electric Infra-Red Systems

Heraeus Nobleight has installed a gas catalytic infra-red oven at its Neston, Wirral, Applications Centre. This complements the range of electric infra-red systems at Neston, so that customers, and potential customers, will now, for the first time, have the opportunity of trialling their products using various infra-red technologies, to achieve the optimum process to meet their heating, curing or finishing requirements. The new oven is particularly suitable for powder coating and the Neston installation also includes a powder-coating station and an overhead conveyor to simulate real process situations. Other applications include food drying, thermo forming, textiles drying, leather curing and curing coatings on heat-sensitive substrates, such as MDF.

Measurement made easy by the most advanced gauge in the world, designed and manufactured by Eley Metrology

The Vertex VMS

This is the next generation of height gauge development, offering many unique features combined with the latest onboard software. The Vertex is verified to ISO 10360. Gauge sizes range from the A3 model (300mm/600mm) to the A10 model (1000mm/1350mm).

SCT’s Big Brother has arrived!

Increased Productivity and lower energy requirements, these 2 benefits complement each other in the latest development to SEEPEX’s Smart Conveying Technology (SCT), the innovative technology for progressive cavity pumps

In addition to the well-established 1-stage design for pressures up to 4 bar, SCT is now available in a 2-stage design for pressures up to 8 bar. The 2-stage design has the same features as 1-stage SCT: a stator split into two halves, which can be removed from the rotor without dismantling suction or discharge pipework, a quick release rotor, and an intelligent re-tensioning system.

Higher Corrosion Resistance for Hydra-Cell G35 Pump

In response to customer requests, Hydra-Cell G35 pumps are now available to order with Nickel Alloy (Hastelloy CW12MW) wet ends.

This material has excellent corrosion resistance in many chemical process environments, including hydrochloric and sulphuric acids below 52°C. Corrosion resistance is also excellent against organic acids, chloride, caustic and H2S, while the material is particularly resistant to stress corrosion cracking and localised attack.

HY-ALERTA™ 600B/610B Fixed Area Hydrogen Monitor

H2scan’s HY-ALERTA™ 600B Fixed Area Hydrogen Monitor will provide hydrogen-specific leak detection and measurement for hydrogen concentrations as low as 4000 ppm. The monitor is designed for either ceiling or wall mount and has an RS422 capability. The electronics contains all the circuitry necessary to operate the sensor and present calibrated hydrogen readings to a voltage or current analog output and an RS232 or RS422 digital output that extends the interface from the sensor to the controller to several hundred feet. H2scan’s hydrogen-specific sensor technology has no cross sensitivity to any other combustible gases, thus eliminating false positive alarms and increasing system reliability.

Status Instruments

A series of handy new free Android Apps has been developed and launched by leading UK Instrumentation company, Status Instruments Ltd.

Developed specifically for use by process engineers, the Apps are designed to assist with calibrating, configuring or testing temperature or process conditioning equipment.

Lorien Opens 2015 Graduate Applications

Lorien has announced that it is looking to recruit high performing and talented engineering graduates during 2015.  It is hoped that the new recruits will play a pivotal role in contributing to and shaping the future of the globally operating company, while also embarking on a development path leading to Chartered Engineer status.

As a division of GP Strategies Ltd, Lorien Engineering Solutions provides engineering design, project management, technical consulting and safety compliance services to manufacturing companies across the Food, Drink (including Brewing), Life Sciences and Sustainable Energy & Waste sectors.

Eurobox announces the arrival of Multi-Box enclosures to the UK

Multi-Box GMBH, Germany, is already an established manufacturer of enclosures for more than 30 years. All thermoplastic tooling is in house; this means very short lead times.

Full machining and factory customisation is also available at Multi-Box.

IT4Automation Limited

Moxa University™ have announced further dates for their series of Automation Network Courses and you are invited to take part.

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 (www.hbgroup.nl), 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.

WES Ltd win Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) annual award for innovation

After being shortlisted for an award, WES Ltd was represented by electrical engineers Warwick Palmer and Wayne Daysh at the annual ECA awards dinner in Westminster last Saturday.

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.