Avancer UK Ltd is a Key Partner in the Development of a New and Innovative Insulated Rail Measuring Wheel for the Rail Industry.

Feedback from rail workers and cross-industry collaboration have led to the development of a new insulated rail measuring wheel for use in third rail areas.
Network Rail, VGC Group , Lawton Tools, Avancer UK and Jafco Tools have worked together on the development of the bespoke insulated measuring wheel, which complies to the requirements of BS8020:2011 for tools used in areas where conductor rails are present.The rail measuring wheel was designed and developed by Peter Lingard, technical director at Avancer UK. As part of Avancer UK Limited’s commitment to UK Manufacturing the new Rail Wheel is British Made from the highest quality components using the latest manufacturing Techniques and processes. The new tool will give more flexibility in planning access to the track for walkouts.

VGC Project manager William Dalton said: “We have been pleased to work with all our partners on developing this new piece of equipment. It will allow the measurements to be undertaken in full compliance with the rule book without needing costly isolations, so it will benefit our rail delivery teams and the industry as a whole. We expect that it will be used widely across the rail infrastructure in future.”

Tony Potts, Technical Support Manager for Lawton Tools, said: “The development of this tool has been a collaborative exercise involving VGC, Network Rail, Lawton Tools and our partners Avancer (UK) and Jafco Tools. Working together to improve safety of teams working on the railway has been very satisfying, and we are delighted with the result.”

The insulated rail measuring wheel is accepted for use on Network Rail’s infrastructure on certificate reference PA05/06192 and PADS reference 0094/007203.

Their Technical Director Peter Lingard (pictured) commented “We are very excited about the prospects of growing the Avancer Made in Britain range of products. We are already working on more new product developments both in house and with external partners who have asked for our expertise in bringing new products to production”

Instrumentation range grows further.

One of the largest available ranges from a single manufacturer Autonics cover every input type in process, temperature and instrumentation control. Sizes also mean panel builders and machine builders can chose from a wide range of DIN standard sizes making their panels and machines look more stylish and uniform. Supplying from stock over 90% of our deliveries is direct from our UK warehouse.

  • Digital PID Controllers from £39.00

Temperature controllers include analogue, single loop PID, multi loop PID, DIN rail models BCD setting models and freezer and refrigeration controllers.

  • Analogue Temperature Controllers from £23.00

Temperature controllers include 8 pin analogue as well as analogue models up to 1200°C and capable of taking J or K thermocouple and PT100 inputs.

  • Digital Preset Counters from £59.00

Counters are available include digital switch setting models, which can be set on the fly, single and dual preset dual

  • Digital Panel Meters from £41.00

Panel meters include universal input, process input, pulse input, thermocouple input and specialist inputs for process control.


Avancer supply one of the most comprehensive ranges of sensors from a single source. Autonics have for over 30 years been supplying sensors to some of the worlds’ largest manufacturing companies into a vast range of industries and are now found all over the world. So if you are looking for a standard 12 mm proximity sensor or a glass detecting sensor Avancer UK have the solution.

  • Inductive Proximity Sensors from £12.00

Sensors available include inductive and capacitive sensors in a wide range of packages including cylindrical, rectangular and flat. Sensing distances range from 1.5 mm to 50 mm.

  • Photo Electric Sensors from £35.00

Sensors available include through beam, diffuse and retro reflective with sensing distances from 0.1 m to 20 m. The range includes miniature sensors as well as fibre optic sensors with digital displays.

  • Rotary Incremental Encoders from £68.00

Our range or encoders includes miniature rotary encoders 20 mm in diameter up to 30 mm hollow shaft encoders with 10000 pulses per revolution, fittings include shaft, hollow shaft, flange and side mounting.

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