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In-Comm Training turns to virtual learning as part of its Coronavirus response

One of the UK’s leading training providers has developed a new way of making sure apprentices are able to continue their learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In-Comm Training, which operates three technical academies in Aldridge, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, will be delivering all courses via a virtual platform, ensuring its 750 learners still have access to industry experienced trainers and assessors when they need them most.

Seeley International: your trusted experts for industrial and commercial efficient cooling solutions

We will not be able to meet at MACH show (rescheduled to 2021) but Seeley International experts are ready to guide you through the best cooling solutions for your company.

PROCENTEC provides critical companies with free diagnostic software for industrial networks

In a time where we all need to stand together to battle the debilitating corona virus, Procentec wants to help those who work around the clock to maintain our way of living.

For the duration of this corona crisis, Pieter Barendrecht CEO of Procentec, offers companies that are currently hard at work creating a vaccine or antidote, or companies that are critical to keeping everything running, our newest Diagnostic solution – Osiris as a Software – for free.

Discover health and safety best practice at Safety & Health Expo 2020

Safety & Health Expo 2020 is the UK’s largest dedicated event for the international health and safety profession. Taking place at ExCeL London on 19–21 May 2020, it connects you to thousands of professionals and hundreds of leading exhibitors showcasing the latest solutions, ideas and innovations within the sector.

A look at the best 3D printers on the market

The growth of technology

Ten years ago, the idea of a 3D printer was unthinkable. They are like something from a futuristic movie – something radical, which would generally never come to fruition. Yet here we are, and here they are. They have been used to create such wild and wonderful things as hovercrafts and acoustic guitars, although they are more commonly used for smaller items and have revolutionised engineering. In fact, it is said that in the future they will even be used to build large-scale constructions like skyscrapers.

Our society is at present experiencing a technological revolution in which all areas of engineering are developing rapidly; manufacturing, internet tools and apps and technology-based products, services and devices that support our apps and machines are all advancing quickly. Our leisure and work lives can be made easier by applications and devices like these, and the usage of such technology even extends to the entertainment sector that is taking up new technologies to the more functional ones used in our daily lives and jobs. The entertainment world has embraced technological advances and is always improving on the systems and devices that they use. It appears that the rapidly advancing world of engineering and technology is revolutionising everything.

When it comes to 3D printers, there is a whole wealth of choice on the market. Whether you are looking for something as a hobbyist, or to use in a professional capacity, there are options to fit your every need. This includes a vast range of designs and prices. Obviously, for a piece of technology as hi-tech as this, nothing comes too cheap, but there is a marked difference between the most expensive models and the cheaper ones – and the prices are coming down all the time. 

XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini +

This is the perfect budget printer and is most certainly the most affordable and accessible option on the market. If you are just getting started or are looking for the perfect something for family use, then this is the one for you. It prints to a good standard considering the price you pay for this model. As the name suggests, it is a compact model that is well-suited for usage in small spaces and yet copes well with everything asked of it. 

Original PRUSA i3 MK3s

This is most certainly the best option available if we are talking about value across the board. It is the ultimate all-rounder. Brought to you by PRUSA, one of the giants of the 3D printing world. It is available for you to construct yourself, or to be assembled as part of a kit. The expert-build format is by far the highest quality option and it is one of the very best choices for retail. The print-speed is extremely quick, and it makes as close-to-zero noise as a 3D printer can. With a superb final product and second-to-none features, it is a printer at the highest level. 

Ultimaker S3

This is one of the slickest 3D printers available on the open market. It is another expensive model, so it is aimed primarily at use within the world of education and commerce, rather than individual, smaller-scale, or lower-level use. It is one of the quickest, the best, and the most dependable options out there. It features touchscreen UI and Cura slicer software, along with swappable cartridge hot ends. 

CEL-UK RoboxPro              

A superb option when looking for a 3D printer for business use to meet commercial needs. With swappable print heads and a fantastic print quality, it is perfect for commercial use. With WIFI, auto-filament loading and auto-bed levelling it boasts some of the most practical features and best attributes of any printer on the market.

A technological future

The future is a mystery and who knows where technological advancements will take us in the coming years, but it is clear that we are living in an exciting time, where new realms of possibility are constantly being opened. If you haven’t seen a 3D printer in action yet, then I strongly advise you to check them out. The things they are capable of will blow your mind and you are certain to add one to your wish list!

MACH Exhibition, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event, to be rescheduled to January 2021

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from April 2020 to January 2021.

5 Health and Safety Checks You Should Carry Out Today

Health and safety isn’t something that you can simply put in place then forget about. It’s an ongoing task that takes a lot of effort, and it’s important to make basic checks on a regular basis to ensure your workplace is as safe as possible. Here are a few of the things you should check in your workplace right away, and regularly in the future.

Ultrasonic Clamp-on Meter User Issues

Ultrasonic Clamp on Flowmeters can provide solutions for onsite flow calibration, and with the latest user-friendly wizards, obtaining reliable and accurate measurements should pose no problems. A recent study conducted by four different engineers on the same pipe installation paints a different picture, with alarming issues in measurement reproducibility.

Latest Advancements in Dental Technology

Dental technology is continually progressing and evolving as it seeks to keep up with the demand for comfort and convenience from consumers. The advancement of technology has had a significant impact on the dental industry. It’s helped to create products and treatments that are more efficient and ultimately make oral care more bearable.

Safe and Robust – GEMÜ’s BioStar Offers Aseptic Valve Solution

Looking for safe and robust manual diaphragm valves for use in sterile or hygienic applications? The GEMÜ 653/654 BioStar diaphragm valve has a stainless-steel bonnet and is available in two versions. The GEMÜ 653 with high temperature plastic handwheel and the 654 with a stainless steel handwheel to allow minimal heat sink for safe manual operation.

EMMA Safety Footwear added to the Hultafors Group PPE portfolio

As customer demands for accreditation, safety, quality and value increase, the Hultafors Group continues to stay one step ahead of the competition.

The Hultafors Group’s PPE portfolio already includes market-leading tools, workwear and protective wear brands such as Snickers Workwear, Solid Gear and Toe Guard safety footwear, Hellberg Safety and Hultafors Tools.


The Anti-Counterfeit Forum’s 11th annual seminar, to be held on Wednesday 1st April 2020 at BAE Systems Park Centre in Farnborough, will focus on current trends and threats and new developments in combating counterfeits in the supply chain. As well as current and emerging new threats, delegates will also be able to hear about current and developing best practice for the management of counterfeits in the supply chain, current and developing new methods for the detection of counterfeits and how to access further information, much of it free of charge.

Snickers’ Work Gloves for Healthy Hands

There’s one thing that Professional Tradesmen and Women can’t do without if they want to get their jobs done properly – Healthy Hands!

So take good care of your most important tools and choose a pair that’s right for your work to ensure the ultimate in dexterity, durability, comfort and protection.

Manufacturers turn to ‘outsourcing’ to combat economic uncertainty

An increasing number of manufacturers are looking to mitigate their risk by choosing to use strategic outsourcing according to one industry boss.

Tony Hauge, CEO of PP Control & Automation, believes recent uncertainty, Brexit and global trade wars are making firms reassess how they balance short-term term pain with the medium and longer-term picture and how they can best manage capacity and inventory whilst protecting their cash.

New digital refractometer from PCE Instruments

After adding lots of hand-held refractometers last year, PCE Instruments have recently launched a new tabletop Abbe refractometer that stands out by its high accuracy (4 decimal places). It measures the refractive index and the sugar content in % Brix, it has 100 memory locations and users can save user profiles and samples.

ISO 17025 Calibration Services

Accredited calibrations for pressure, electrical, flow and air velocity instruments via UKAS Laboratory 0604, offering reliable, quick turnaround and affordable sensor calibration for process & control instruments. Many of the calibrations are also available as onsite services, both traceable and ISO 17025 accredited.  Bespoke services are available for thermal uniformity surveys of for ovens, freezers and autoclaves.

The Best Valve Solution for Aseptic and Hygienic Applications!

The GEMÜ 650 BioStar 2/2 way stainless steel diaphragm valve is designed according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for use in sterile or hygienic environments. It is CIP/SIP and Autoclave capable depending on the version with surface finishes down to 0.25 μm, electropolished.


Fairham Mouldings Ltd, have been manufacturing FDA rubber products for the Food & Drink Industry for 20 years.

Our Approved Food Quality materials can meet a wide range of temperature, chemical resistance and elastomeric properties expected in the manufacture of food stuff.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 on course for record numbers

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from February 11th to 13th 2020. The exhibition, which is the longest running annual engineering exhibition in the UK, is already progressing towards full occupancy of the 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre and the organisers are confident of exceeding the 8,644 individual visitors achieved in 2019.

Ness Heat Shrink

Ness Heat shrink is a part of CPL Industries.

We aim to maintain a comprehensive stock of heat shrink sleevings and mouldings for a wide variety of applications, high temperature, electrical insulation, protection against moisture, abrasion or the most hostile of environments or simply for an aesthetic finish, we have the material for the job.

Customizable 1U rack-mount (AFA) All Flash Array NAS (Network Attached Storage) with raw capacity up to 122TB.

Cepoint’s Industrial Automation, Instrumentation, and Process Control Computers accelerates industrial automation processes with HyperNAS All-Flash rugged computer servers and workstations.

Trust in Tool-Temp to take control

Supplying high-quality temperature control devices for a number of industries, we are the sole UK distributor of the market-leading Tool-Temp range. Whether you’re looking for system design and installation or repair and refurbishment, you can trust in us. With Tool-Temp, temperature control has never been simpler.


Coax valves UK are proud to introduce the new FMX range of compact, high flow, stainless steel externally controlled valves. With a new unique seat arrangement gives greater flow than comparable valves:

Providing quick, simple and accurate thickness measurements with minimal preparation

Cygnus Instruments has been manufacturing high quality ultrasonic equipment for over 35 years.   During that time, Cygnus has built an enviable relationship with customers not only for the physical quality of the instruments it makes, but also for making the most reliable and accurate products too. 

3 Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

The environment and the dangers it’s currently facing are a hot topic wherever you look, and should be the top of your priorities too, especially if you run a business. The rise in global warming can contribute to changes in resource availability, cost and demand, as well as a change in regulations and harsher working conditions for you and your staff, meaning it can have huge effects for your business. And with the rise in public awareness and pressure, improving the carbon footprint of your business will not only help keep your business safe and efficient, but will improve your business’s appeal to your target audience. Here are three ways to make your business more eco-friendly.

New Heights in Heat-Resistance: CLIBOS High Temperature Fan

In collaboration with supply partner Casals Ventilation, Axair has recently launched a new high temperature fan designed to handle the hottest air yet. Listening to the requirements of customers in industries that have the challenge of extremely high temperature operations, a solution has been developed to move air and gases up to 350°C.

An Acquisition With Good Chemistry

Petrochemical sector engineering market shifts with strategic purchase of GTC Technology by Sulzer.

FLIR T860 High-Performance Thermal Camera Streamlines Industrial Inspections

The FLIR T860 is the latest addition to the high-performance T-Series family, and is the first to feature onboard Inspection Route software, ideal for streamlining inspections of critical assets, including power substation components, distribution lines, manufacturing equipment, or facility electrical and mechanical systems. By running a pre-planned route through the camera, thermal inspectors can spend less time in the field and face less hassle when creating survey reports.

New NSK deep groove ball bearings for electric motors boost energy efficiency

The low energy consumption of electric drives is an important target in many industrial applications, and rolling bearings can play a role in delivering this ambition. NSK demonstrates this effect with a new series of deep groove ball bearings that generates up to 80% less energy loss, a factor that has a positive effect on the energy efficiency of electric motors.

“PIC” your test

Today’s bandwidth boom is being driven by photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Tiny but mighty, this disruptive technology is shaping our future in various sectors. Often compared to the electronic processor, PICS unlock the best of both photonic and electronic worlds by merging optical components (e.g., lasers and modulators) with opto-electronic, electro-optical, fully electronic or even RF features. The result is a chip with endless potential in applications ranging from medicine to data centers, autonomous cars and quantum computing. But testing PICs comes with its challenges.

Laptop – Server – Workstation – Small Form Factor PC – Industrial PC

The EUROCOM 780W AC/DC adapter/power supply brings an unprecedented level of mobile power to owners of high-performance laptops and overclockers who require more power than has been available before this innovative solution.


Best value

Don’t overpay for automation. Our clean and simple robotic arms do everything a robot arm should do- at a much better price than you’ll find elsewhere. Our years of experience have led us to a wonderfully simple design, making an ST robot affordable to buy and affordable to run!

A Q&A Guide to Etching Metals

Chemical etching is a metal machining technology that has numerous advantages over traditional sheet metalworking processes, key among which is its applicability to a range of metals and alloys — even ones that are difficult or even impossible to machine using traditional metal fabrication technologies.


Coax valves UK are proud to introduce the new FMX range of compact, high flow, stainless steel externally controlled valves. With a new unique seat arrangement gives greater flow than comparable valves:

New Fluke industrial thermal imaging camera Ideal for Industrial maintenance and troubleshooting

Fluke has introduced the new Ti300+ professional 320 x 240 resolution thermal imaging camera. The Fluke Ti300+ has the resolution and accuracy needed to clearly reveal temperature differentials or demonstrate progressive heat changes over time. Equipped with LaserSharp™ AutoFocus, the Ti300+ ensures focused images every time and enables the user to get clear images while maintaining a safe distance from operating equipment.

Qimarox shortens delivery time to two weeks

A top-quality product elevator that is ready for delivery in two weeks. That is the promise that Qimarox makes with its new Fast Lane Service. System integrators from around the world now have access to reliable, durable and affordable material handling components faster than ever before. And all at the same low prices.