High Performance Alloys – a short history


J Ward CEO Corrortherm International Ltd

Almost 250 years ago in November 1751 nickel was discovered as an element. Monel*400, a nickel copper alloy was one of the first high nickel alloys introduced to industry in 1905 . Today almost 100 years later it is still widely used and will continue to be used due to its outstanding corrosion resistance in many industrial applications.

Innovative Glary DC:DC Converters available from IdealPower

Power conversion specialists Ideal Power are now offering a wide range of DC/DC converters from Glary Power Technology, one of the leading innovators of small footprint board mounted power conversion. Glary are renowned worldwide for producing extremely reliable power converters that exceed 90% efficiency, are thermally efficient and have an impressive power density to size ratio. These innovative DC/DC converters are Available in industry-standard encapsulated and “brick” form factors ranging from 40W to 2KW and are ready to be fully customised to meet individual project requirements.

The benefits of factory floor automated set-up and data collection to improve compliance and overall performance

“A wealth of data exists on the Factory Floor if only we could turn it into valuable information early enough to be of use to us” has often been said.

Well now you can.

A number of problems surround the automation of factory floor data, ie moving away from paper based systems.

Firstly, it has to be said that paper recording has served the food and drink industry well for many decades and this fact alone makes it more difficult to dump it in exchange for computer based data collection.

PROton Embedded Controllers

The PROton PR25 is priced at just £45 for a one off industrial target controller. The PROton PR25 may be the ‘baby’ of the family measuring just 60 by 67mm but even this packs a serious punch. Based around an ARM Cortex M0+ core with 256K flash and 32K RAM running at up to 48MHz is a USB port, numerous timer/counters, two channels of high speed I2C serial, two SPI ports, Real Time Clock, 16-bit Analogue to Digital converter, 12-bit Digital to Analogue converter, Touch Sensing Interface and up to 64 general purpose I/O channels.

There’s No Room For Slip-Ups On A Roof

The Brymore Group are a successful property and estate management company. One of the many properties they own is an office block in Guildford Business Park, Surrey. They had an issue with the roof, because workers needed to access the air conditioning units to service them.

A green alternative to air pistons

Sapa Profiles has worked closely with Direct Thrust Designs Ltd to provide the extrusions for a game-changing piston for the automation market. Powered by electricity rather than compressed air, ‘ElectroPiston’ greatly reduces energy consumption and running costs.

ElectroPiston is the first purpose-made piston that is a viable and low cost alternative to air pistons for providing end-to-end forced linear motion. It uses electro-magnetism to create a smooth, continuous force for industrial applications requiring a push/pull motion.

January 2015 sees the launch of CTAC Associates LTD

CTAC Associates LTD is a network of practicing professional consultants and academic researchers in control theory and its applications, spanning a diverse range of industry sectors from automotive systems, industrial processes to biomedical engineering. CTAC provides consultancy, contract research, student placements, bespoke training courses and manpower access to well qualified engineering graduates.

Adelphi Process Equipment


Respected suppliers to the food, cosmetic, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries since 1947.

An extensive range of high quality transport, storage and mixing vessels, and other stainless steal containers.

West Special Fasteners: Boosts quality experience, by recruiting a Quality Consultant

West Special Fasteners, the Dronfield based manufacturer of high integrity fastening products to the oil , gas, pumps and valve industries has been gaining approvals during 2014 from Major companies and is looking to continue the trend, by recruiting a quality consultant.

‘Our BVAA membership is helping new oil and gas end users find our company,’ said Director James Hawkins ‘and so recruiting an additional quality consultant to help with the analysis of complex specifications is the next logical step to help our existing team.’


Unilever have enjoyed three years of eminently satisfactory service from Linkx Systems high-performance automatic collation and shrink wrapping machine. The machine has been complimented by excellent on-going support from Linkx, so much so that Unilever has now added a second Linkx machine to its PG tips production line at their Trafford Park plant. The existing machine will be retained, with the new machine providing extra capacity and flexibility.

Respol Industrial & Commercial Flooring Solutions

RESPOL’s have for over thirty years provided their customers with an outstanding service and innovative, technically advanced commercial and industrial flooring solutions, designed and guaranteed to perform to the highest standards and provide years of cost-effective service in the most diverse and demanding environments.

Murrelektronik’s New Online Shop – Ordering Made Easy

Murrelektronik presents a new online shop: very modern and incredibly easy to use. With only a few clicks you reach the right product and proceed to ordering.

Search and find, compare products, upload release lists, check availability in real time plus customer specific pricing. These are just some of the many features that make Murrelektronik’s new online shop a new and vital resource. A single source for electrical equipment in machine and system design, installation and maintenance.

Better Control of Plastic Lamination in Less Space with Heraeus Infra-Red

A fast response, medium wave infra-red system from Heraeus Noblelight of Neston, Wirral, has allowed Weatherfast Ltd of Great Barr to achieve better control over the PVC Membrane laminating of steel sheets/coil used in the gutter industry, while requiring much less space than the convection oven which was used previously. The controllability has also provided an improvement in quality.

Andrews celebrates 50 years as hire specialist

Andrews Sykes this year celebrates 50 years in sector that has seen them grow to become a dominant player in the hire of industrial equipment such as air-con, dehumidifiers, boilers and chillers, heaters and ventilation equipment. “Now firmly established as one of the UK’s leading specialist hire firms, we have much to celebrate as we look back on five decades of sustained growth,” says Paul Wood – Managing Director. 

Z-LASER launches the 3rd generation of ZM18 machine vision lasers

Freiburg, Germany.After having established the innovative lightning ZM18 machine vision lasers five years ago, Z-LASER now provides even more powerful versions of ZM18 – the ZM18S3, ZM18H3 and ZM18DM53. The new driver electronics will offer significantly improved power stability over the whole temperature range.

New Element Silicon Drift Detector from EDAX Delivers Power Performance in Compact Design

MAHWAH, NJ, December 11, 2014 – EDAX, Inc., a leader in X-ray microanalysis and electron diffraction instrumentation, has introduced the Element Silicon Drift Detector (SDD), a new product line focused on serving the needs of the industrial market segment.

Eliminating Costly Process Downtime During Maintenance Schedules

–  Test-Tel™ is a non-invasive tool to check the status of a rupture disc device in situ –

To ensure all plant processes remain safe and continue to be efficient, a regular maintenance schedule is a key part of every site’s operation. While rupture disc devices are essentially low maintenance, they still form part of this schedule.

How to handle products with poor flow characteristics

New dosing equipment for more efficiency and rationalization of workflow

Decanting and filling operations in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are day-to-day tasks and even though the handling of granules and powders is commonplace, operators are facing major challenges. Various factors such as containment, space, powder flow characteristics etc. need to be considered during the facility design.

Beakbane Covers Protect Water Jet Cutter

A bespoke cover from machine protection specialist Beakbane is helping a water jet cutting company reduce costs, prevent breakdowns and ensure quality. Cheshire-based Aquacut was established in the 1990s and pioneered the use of water jet cutting in the building sector.

Setting the bar high

RSL 400 – the new safety laser scanner series from Leuze electronic

The entire RSL 400 series consists of 16 device versions with operating ranges up to 8.25 m. The safety laser scanners can be configured easily via Bluetooth and Ethernet TCP/IP. Despite the large number of possible field pairs (100), the creation of independent configurations with application-oriented one-step configuration is simpler than ever.

The New ATEX Directive joins the New Legislative Framework

The proposed texts for the alignment of nine Directives, including ATEX, with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) were agreed by the European Parliament on 5 February and have now been published. The Commission will be starting work on guidelines for the new ATEX text and a new version of the ‘Blue Guide’ is expected soon.

GO-5000 now available with USB3 Vision and GigE Vision interfaces

COPENHAGEN – December 15, 2014 – JAI today announced that its small and versatile 5-megapixel entry-level industrial camera – the GO-5000 – is now available in models with USB3 Vision or GigE Vision interfaces. This is in addition to the original Power-over-Mini-Camera-Link model introduced in late August. The new models enable users to leverage two of the industry’s most popular “grabber-less” technologies for direct connection to PCs or other image processing hardware.

AFOLUX GEN III PanelPC packs high performance into a tablet-sized unit

The AFOLUX Gen III PanelPC family announced by The BVM Group brings high-end computing capability and speed to compact, IP65 sealed rugged units, which can be embedded in other equipment to provide an advanced HMI. First of these to be released is the AFL3-W07A-BT, which features a 7 inch HD 1024 x 600 projective capacitance screen supporting multi-touch functionality and offering landscape and portrait screen modes.

AutoCoding Systems “Soups-up” Coding and Packaging Integrity at Greencore, Kiveton

When Greencore Prepared Meals wanted to reduce the risk of coding and packaging errors across their factories, AutoCoding Systems were their first port of call. The site at Kiveton comprises a bakery, a ready meals factory and a soup and spreads factory.  AutoCoding has been installed across most of the packaging lines, removing the human element of setting up the line devices and manually checking the packaging.


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.