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“North Yorkshire Manufacturer appoints new General Manager”

A North Yorkshire based manufacturer has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new general manager.

Lamba Welding Systems, based on Gallowfields Trading Estate, in Richmond, has been operating since 1988.  They are the market leader in the manufacture, supply and repair of resistance welding machinery, and have developed a full range of temporary fence welding machines that are in use worldwide. 

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.

ESOS is the UK Government’s approach to transposition of Article 8(4) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which requires all large (non-SME) enterprises to undertake energy audits by 5 December 2015 and every 4 years thereafter.

MIT Tests New Energy Valve Technology at Charles Hayden Library And Reaps the Rewards of Higher Delta-T!

Low Delta-T Syndrome is a common (and costly) problem in many large facilities, especially on sprawling campuses with central chilled water plants. This was and still is the case at The Massachusetts Institute of  Technology (MIT). But the problem isn’t as bad as it use to be. Facility engineers within the University’s Sustainability and Utility Planning are now optimistic that it will continue to improve. This is in thanks to new valve technology from Belimo that was applied to MIT’s Charles Hayden Library as a beta test for a new Belimo product – the Belimo Energy Valve™. The results are promising for any large facility currently battling Low Delta-T

ST Robotics International

ST aims to provide robots that are affordable, easy to set up and use and easily programmed by any individual regardless of experience. We provide free and unlimited support throughout the learning curve. We equally aim to provide a low cost solution to experienced users for a diverse range of advanced or complex tasks. Some users manage with our acclaimed manuals, some need more support and advice. It’s what we do.

Birmingham Manufacturer Launches World’s Smallest Battery-Powered Counterbalance Truck

The smallest and most powerful battery-powered counterbalance truck in the world has been launched by Wilmat, the West Midlands based manufacturer of materials handling equipment.

The Bulldog heavy duty counterbalance truck was developed by the firm in Steward Street, Birmingham, to offer unprecedented manoeuvrability in even the smallest of spaces coupled with real lifting power.

Wilmat’s Managing Director, Teresa Hands, says: “It’s fantastic news to be able to announce that as a Birmingham manufacturer we are proving to be a real world leader in our industry.

New guides announce ABB’s service offerings for flow calibration and valve testing

ABB’s flow and valve services explained by new publications

ABB’s Measurement and Analytics business has released two new guides covering its services for flow calibration and valve testing. Available on request from, the guides explain how ABB’s flow calibration facilities at its Stonehouse and Workington factories can be used to help check the accuracy of flowmeters and control valves.

For flow calibration, the facilities enable a wide variety of flowmeter types to be calibrated to the leading international standards. All calibrations are carried out to ISO9000, with the option of a UKAS accredited calibration where the certificate carries the ILAC and UKAS Calibration Laboratory 0255 logo.

The Filter Press co. Ltd

The Filter Press Co. Ltd is celebrating becoming an Authorised EU distributor for one of the top Filtration Equipment Manufacturers in China. As our company is an established supplier of filtration and separation equipment, we are fully committed to the development, design, manufacture, sales and services of our equipment, and feel that this commitment between our companies is the next step forward in our development.

The Filter Presses that we supply are manufactured with professional CAD/CAM production technology, modern manufacturing equipment, and ’State of the art’ inspection & testing. In order to meet the many varying filtering requirements of our customers, we are constantly developing and improving our product technology, quality, process automation and after-sale service, to be able to give you the service you would come to expect from our company.

Nordson EFD fluid spray systems reduce costs and downtime

Nordson EFD’s MicroMark® precision spray marking systems produce neat, consistent spots and stripes from 3,3 to 30 mm wide without overspray or clogging. Designed for reliability and low maintenance, the MicroMark systems dramatically reduce downtime on automated and semi automated production lines.

Based on EFD’s proven Low Volume Low Pressure (LVLP) precision spray technology, the MicroMark valves provide fast, controlled application of a wide range of marking materials.The system’s high transfer efficiency and quick cutoff improve part appearance and keep work areas clean. A short microburst of air after each shot keeps the nozzle from clogging and reduces maintenance. The valve spray nozzle defines the pattern of the spray – the 787MS valve enables 3,3 to 5mm sprays, where the 781S-SS valve allows round or oval shaped covers from 5 to 30mm.

Hydra-Cell® Pumps in Oxygen Scavenging

Following site trials pumping aggressive oxygen scavenging chemicals, Occidental Petroleum in Oman has approved Hydra-Cell pumps, from Wanner International, for use in one of their most demanding applications.

Dissolved oxygen in injection water can cause destructive oxygen corrosion to metal pipes and process equipment. By-products of this corrosion form sludges that cause plugging and blockages. This oxygen is generally removed through the introduction of oxygen scavenging chemicals into the high-pressure stream.

Reece Safety Products Choose Fibox Arca To House Their Srk24 Substation Rescue Kits

When it comes to staff safety,personnel who are tasked to enter HVsubstations to carry out specific duties are in the main, fully trained to recognise the dangers associated with high voltage power equipment.

Even so,high voltage substations are still seen as major potential accident areas where rapid intervention can determine whether your engineer will survive the accident.

In such an incident, loss of life or serious injuries can be reduced by having immediate access to the correct equipment to enable rapid and safe assistance has been proven successful and this wall mounted kit, developed by Reece Safety Products has been designed to be located inside an electrical substation for just such an event.

Rising to a lining challenge for Alstom

Repair Protection and Maintenance (RPM) has now completed the difficult internal lining of two Braithwaite bolted panel tanks for Alstom Power at Ratcliffe-on-Soar near Nottingham.

The tanks had been redundant for many years before it was decided to line them to use them to contain water for use with a new project.

RPM used the Nu Tank lining system, which only required manual surface preparation to ST 2. This system was developed in the early 80s to provide a good, long term coating for water tanks in roof spaces in sensitive buildings such as hospitals, food processing plants and high rise offices or flats, where grit blasting would be both impracticable and potentially too messy for the surrounding environment.

HBM Provides Precise Measurements in Tough Conditions

As more and more applications in harsh environments require powerful force transducers, which feature a high resistance to external influences, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is pleased to announce it has expanded its range of IP68 rated products to meet this need.

The new Stainless Steel C10 Force Sensor provides maximum precision in compressive force measurement, for even the most demanding of environments.

The new sensor offers 75 ppm and presents excellent linearity and hysteresis values. The sensors accuracy classes, which are between 0.03 and 0.06, depending on the nominal force which ranges from 2.5 kN to 1 MN, can be freely configured according to the application with a variety of options.

Last chance to register for your FREE visit to Railtex

Tuesday will see the opening of Railtex 2015, the UK’s three-day railway technology showcase, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Online registration to visit this unique event free of charge remains open at until midnight on Monday 11 May. This is your last chance to gain entry to the exhibition and its extensive programme of accompanying features without paying a fee on the door.

J. R. Boone’s Mixer makes Stable Landfill for Augean

J. R. Boone Mixers have supplied a large continuous mixer to Augean PLC to process waste prior to land filling at their Kings Cliffe site near Peterborough, The 90Tonne per hour paddle mixer is capable of processing up to 750 Cubic metres of material per day, stabilising and consolidating the waste to form a stable material, allowing WAC non-complaint materials to become safe for landfill.

J. R. Boone’s already have a successful track record with Augean, having previously supplied another paddle mixer to the company for a similar application. Although Augean did compare J.R. Boone mixers with others, this successful history along with a competitive quote, led to J.R. Boone Ltd being awarded the contract.

Non-Invasive Flow Measurement Solutions

Dynasonics have developed a comprehensive range of simple-to-fit, ultrasonic clamp-on liquid flow meters with portable, hand-held and fixed models for pipes from 13mm to 5000mm in diameter.

Dynasonics meters simply clamp on to the outside of pipes and do not contact the internal liquid, technology that has inherent advantages including: zero pressure head loss, no moving parts to maintain, no fluid compatibility issues, and a bi-directional measuring range at very low and high flow rates.

Rittal Limited – The System

Since its foundation in 1961, Rittal has continuously evolved into the world’s leading systems provider for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure and software & services.

Today, “Rittal – The System.” offers you a perfectly coordinated system platform. It unites innovative productions, pioneering engineering solutions and global service to accommodate the most diverse requirements. It caters to a whole host of industries, from machinery and plant engineering, to the automotive industry, through to information technology.

New Straightpoint Catalogue Contains Series of New Products

Straightpoint’s new catalogue includes a number of new products and enhancements to its industry leading range of force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell technology.

The catalogue contains over 30 pages of technical information and illustrations, giving the UK manufacturer’s global partners and distributors a unique reference point to the growing portfolio of equipment.

JSP’s New Fall Arrest Range – Bringing JSP Flair to Work at Height

JSP is proud to introduce a brand new complete range of stylish fall protection equipment designed with the user in mind.

Every detail of the range, which includes top-quality harnesses, lanyards, restraint systems, lifelines, retractable fall limiters, rescue equipment, full specialist kits and accessories, has been meticulously thought through from start to finish. Quality, comfort, style and affordability are its hallmarks.


JSP’s new collection of harnesses and lanyards covers everything needed for working safely at height, from the Spartan™ economy range, ideal for occasional and short term use, through to the Pioneer™ mid-range, and then through to the premium K2™ collection, which conforms to the highest standards of technology, comfort, safety and ergonomic design.

Hydrostatic Pressure Measurement the ESI Technology Way…..

What is Hydrostatic pressure and how does ESI’s Hydrostatic level measurement technology work?
What is Hydrostatic pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure is commonly described “The pressure equivalent to that exerted on a surface by a column of water of a given height due to the force of gravity”.  A liquid column above the pressure sensor creates hydrostatic pressure, which is a direct indicator for the liquid level. Generally, the standard unit of measurement is calibrated in metres of water gauge (mWG). This may sometimes be referred to as metres of water column (mWC), or metres of H2O (mH2O). Other countries may use different units of measurement, such as inches of water column (“WC).

Seton launch new range of construction signs to protect the workforce on site

Construction is a high risk industry with 31%* of all UK workplace fatalities occurring in construction.  Employers are legally obliged to eliminate and reduce risks to physical health by displaying signage, and Seton has launched a brand new range of construction safety signs to assist with this. With the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 coming into force in April this year, employers are reminded of the importance of complying with legal requirements to ensure site safety.  Construction signs provide clear visual warnings reducing potential dangers for employees, sub-contractors, and visitors.

Achema 2015 – Safe Connections

Elaflex is exhibiting at Achema and will be presenting innovations in their hose and coupling range. Cam and groove couplings are popular fittings for quick connection of hose assemblies. In recent years, there has been a market trend towards ever worsening qualities. Elaflex is confronting this by presenting a quality product line from their own production. Guaranteed to EN 14420-7 standard, reliable and operationally safe. Samples of these new cam and groove couplings ‘Made by Elaflex’ with ergonomically designed levers will be shown in sizes DN 25, 32 und 50 mm.

Mixing Downtime outpaced by Chemineer’s new Express service

Chemineer, a leading manufacturer of mixers and agitators for the water and wastewater industries, has launched a new Express Service that is designed to offer customers immediate help in achieving operational performance goals for agitation and mixing processes.

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Enviropower maintains constant power output with ABB gas analyzers

ABB gas analyzers have helped the energy plant achieve operation targets whilst meeting the requirements of the Environment Agency Highly reliable ABB gas analyzers that have not suffered a single time loss failure in five years have allowed a waste to energy plant in West Sussex to achieve its target of 85% percent operating time.

The plant, owned and operated by Enviropower in Lancing, has a 5MWe capacity, burning around 60,000 tonnes a year of biomass fuel derived from construction and demolition waste.

Built in 2008, the plant uses an ABB ACF-NT multi-gas analyzer on each of its two combustion lines.

UK’s premier rail event prepares to welcome visitors

More than 470 exhibitors are now making final preparations for Railtex ‘15, which opens its doors at the NEC in Birmingham from 12 to 14 May. Firmly established as the UK’s premier showcase for the very latest in railway technology and services – and the biggest of these popular exhibitions in over a decade – this is an event not to be missed by anyone involved in managing or equipping one of the world’s busiest and fastest growing networks.

Vortec’s Hazardous Location Enclosure Coolers Receive ATEX Certification

Industrial facilities with hazardous locations, which require ATEX Certification, gained new safe cooling options as Vortec’s line of Hazardous Location Enclosure Coolers received official ATEX Certification.

“The ATEX Certification means that industrial facilities can now save thousands of dollars while cooling electrical, electronic and control system enclosures in ATEX Zones 2 and 22. Previously, industrial facility managers had to spend thousands of dollars to modify traditional Freon air conditioning units for hazardous locations or purchase expensive ATEX Certified air conditioners,” said Vortec Engineering Manager Steve Broerman.

Hydrogen Detection in GC Oven Return on Investment in two weeks

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND Due to the shortage and high price of helium, the gas chromatography (GC) lab at an ExxonMobil refinery in the US decided to change carrier gases from helium to hydrogen. This posed a potential safety hazard due to the explosive nature of hydrogen. Therefore, adequate means of hydrogen detection within the GC oven was required in case of a column break.

OMEGA announces new PLATINUM™ Series of PID controllers

The most powerful PID controller on the market t is now also the easiest to use!

Designed and Manufactured by Omega, thePLATINUM™ series of microprocessor-based PID controllers offer unparalleled flexibility in process measurement. This extremely powerful and versatile CE, UL and CUL compliant product is also easy and intuitive to use. It features bright 3-color (red, green, and amber) 9 segment LED display, high accuracy inputs and outputs, full auto-tune PID with fuzzy Logic Adaptive Control, up to 99 chainable Ramp Soak programs with 16 Ramps and Soaks including Ramp/Soak Events, and  built-in excitation firmware selectable at 5V, 10V, 12V, and 24V.

Aktis Engineering Solutions

Aktis Engineering Solutions is a highly focused and specialist engineering Solutions Company, who enjoy the advantage of being niche in the areas of engineering design, analysis, prototyping & manufacturing.

Innovative Moisture Measurement Technology by INADCO

INADCO Moisture Measurement BV located in the Dutch city of Eersel launches their innovative Moisturemeter II, which will allow the users to have continuous measurements of coarse bulk materials moist levels. In addition to this the Moisturemeter II, which has a patent pending, will also provide real time information on a wide range of physical parameters of that bulk stream also.

Molex widens its industrial automation offering with the addition of Heavy Duty Connectors

Molex Incorporated has announced the addition of a range of Heavy Duty Connectors to its portfolio following the recent acquisition of the GWconnect® range of products of the Italian industrial connector manufacturer Westec Srl. The Heavy Duty Connector range widens the Molex offering for industrial automation applications and aligns well with its Brad® Power and Micro-Change® M12 interconnect solutions.

Clever thinking helps Tata Steel solve tricky temperature device upgrade

ABB solution helps customer replace 30 year old devices with minimal time and disruption ABB’s latest generation of head mounted smart temperature transmitters have helped to provide a clever solution to a tricky upgrade project at Tata Steel in Port Talbot. ABB’s solution involved thirty TTH300 temperature transmitters being used to replace Hartmann and Braun field mounted units installed in 1981 without the need for extensive retrofitting work.

Rockwell Automation Launches PanelView 800 Graphic Terminals With Faster Boot-Up Time

Increased CPU processing speeds and memory in new terminals are supported in Connected Components Workbench software Release 8.0

Rockwell Automation reduces boot-up time and increases installation flexibility with the new space-saving Allen-Bradley PanelView 800 family of graphic terminals.

All chemicals labelled? Get our free CLP/GHS Guide!

After June 2015, all dangerous chemical substances and mixtures need to carry a predefined CLP-label.

Now is the time to act! Take your chance and get our free CLP/GHS Solutions Guide!

In June 2015, the transition period ends for mandatory CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) chemicals labelling in the European Union. Brady’s quality printing systems provide companies with compliant CLP label templates and symbols, creating a flexible and easy to use in-house CLP Label printing solution. Now is the time to act! Download our free CLP/GHS Solutions Guide!

Ambitious valve manufacturer Bifold continues to grow developing 48hr despatch for efficient and quick delivery

Bifold’s 48hr Despatch

Bifold has recently moved to larger premises in Chadderton (see below for full address) and so have been able to develop many different initiatives due to their expansion within the factory and growing workforce. The initiative that has the biggest impact for customers is that Bifold now has the capability to deliver products, configured and built to order within 48 hours.

Insulation Resistance Testing reduces Electrical Shock Risk

Under normal conditions, an electrical device produces a minimal amount of leakage current due to voltage and internal capacitance, but the insulation can break down, resulting in excessive leakage current that can cause shock or in extreme cases, electrocution.

Insulation resistance testing is carried out by applying a high DC voltage, causing a small current to flow through the insulator surface. Insulation resistance is measured in megohms, so an insulation resistance tester is also known as a megohmmeter or megger.