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More Protection for Louvered Filter Fan Kits

Orion Fans low-cost louvered filter fan kits, louvered guards and filters, protect against dust, dirt and moisture from entering industrial, electrical and electronic cabinets, prolonging operational life and reducing maintenance costs. Orion’s louvered filter fan kits are now available with easy access slide and hinged louvered guards for rapid installation and replacement of filters.

Inline and robot-mounted 3D inspection system enables fast, reliable defect detection on non-reflecting surfaces

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has launched a 3D non-contact surface inspection system for defect detection and for inspecting the aesthetic appearance of non-reflecting (matt, unpainted, plastic and bare metal) surfaces. The turnkey system enables fast, reliable 100% surface inspection and can be integrated directly into processing/assembly lines or on robots.

Dealing with Brexit uncertainty through investment

Contrary to public opinion, the UK is one of the leading nations when it comes to manufacturing. We currently rank ninth in the world, and produce £3.82 billion to our economy from our manufacturing businesses (Office for National Statistics).

Memory Lane Cakes Creating Creamy Success with Boone Mixers

Market-leading Memory Lane Cakes in Cardiff, part of the Finsbury Food Group, have replaced old mixing equipment and expanded production capacity with new rotating discharge Horizontal Helical Blade Mixers (HHBM) from John R Boone of Congleton, UK. The HHBM mixers are being used to produce a wide range of cake batters, buttercream fillings and toppings that find their way into branded and own label cakes sold in the majority of the UK’s major retailers.

Hydra-Cell Pumps Achieve Ultimate Metering Accuracy

Hydra-Cell Metering pumps enable users to meet or exceed API 675 performance standards with virtually pulse-less, linear flow.

These pumps achieve superior levels of accuracy, repeatability and linearity, while delivering precise, constant flow by employing unique hydraulic oil management systems.

Advanced metal detection for challenging applications

Food processors face many pressures, including maintaining a hygienic production area, adhering to stringent regulations and standards and reducing product waste. Product inspection specialist, Mettler-Toledo, works with customers across the world to develop robust inspection programs.

Mechanical Sensor for Detection of 1 or 2 Positions

Microprecision is introducing a family of mechanical sensors for very accurate position detection. The new MP600 series of mechanical position sensors is designed to detect two positions within a single, compact electromechanical component. Two independent commutations can sense two previously defined positions to within a few microns of accuracy. The two positions can be set specifically for each application, between 0.3mm and 1.5mm. The fixed NC and NO contacts activate with no measurable hysteresis. Repeatability is less than 5 µm and, depending on cable selection, the operating temperature can go from -40°C up to 130°C. The cable can be supplied with a connector termination, typically M8 or M12.

Become fluent in Italian

Davall, an AS9100 RevD accredited company, focused on design and manufacture of high precision geared products [since 1885].

Aberdeen Marine Choose SeaShield 2000FD™

When Aberdeen Marine Ltd were awarded the contract to protect six  piles on the Eriskay Causeway Bridge in the Western Isles they suggested  the use of the Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd SeaShield 2000FD™  System as an alternative to the original specified system.

Bi-Metal Thermometer Temperature Gauges

Labfacility now offer Bi-Metal Stainless Steel Thermometers with bottom or back entry and ‘any-angle’ versions available to buy direct from our ecommerce website.

High temperature cables explained

Finding suitable cable can be challenging when it needs to operate at extreme temperatures. Leading electrical cable supplier FS Cables discusses the differences between typical high temperature cable ranges.


Designed for the Engineer who needs to take quick, accurate thickness measurements, the ‘Cygnus 4+’ is a highly reliable, extremely rugged and simple to use ultrasonic thickness gauge.

The NEW ProtecWork Protective Clothing From Snickers Workwear

Fully accredited, advanced Protective Wear for heat and flame, electrostatic and chemical risk environments from the UK’s leading workwear innovator.

ProtecWork is a new collection of protective working clothes and accessories from Snickers Workwear, which has developed out of over 40 years leading the workwear industry – and through close consultation with users and employers in the railway and energy sectors around Europe.

Detecting and managing High Temperature Hydrogen Attack

Productive and profitable industrial plants rely on safe, reliable equipment to sustain expected production levels and quality standards. High temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) can cause serious damage such as decarburization and micro-cracking in steels exposed to hydrogen at elevated temperatures and high pressure. Such damage can negatively affect tensile strength and toughness and ultimately cause failure without warning, as was the case in the disastrous 2010 Tesoro Anacortes refinery incident, where the shell of a heat exchanger ruptured catastrophically, killing seven workers.

RMIG is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of perforated metal and its related products.

We know our customers’ requirements for price and quality and meet their demands with uncompromising service. Not only do we offer standard and bespoke perforated metal sheets, we are able to offer you a range of secondary operations as detailed below.

FOAMplus® Bag Packer² foam pads by Storopack For complete product packaging protection

Storopack a leading global protective packaging supplier has the perfect solution for packaging valuable, delicate or
irregular shaped products and eliminating transit and handling damage.

NSK launches J-Line – a new range of JIS standard bearing units

NSK is expanding its existing RHP branded Self-Lube® range of bearing units to include products made to the JIS standard. With this new J-Line series, NSK also introduces a new packaging design.

Endgame: Is McCue’s Superhero Stopper ‘CrashCore’ the Ultimate Bollard?

In the world of Health and Safety, there is a golden rule: If something can happen, it will happen. Smart managers know that once a potential danger has been identified, they must find a solution to prevent accidents eliminate and protect people and assets.

The new Fluke ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager pinpoints compressed air leaks in minutes to reduce utility bills and maximise productivity

Compressed air systems can lose a significant amount of air through leakage. For example, according to the United States ‘Compressed Air and Gas Institute’ (CAGI), the average compressed air system loses 30 percent of its air through leaks. Locating those leaks has been a time-consuming and tedious process. The new Fluke™ ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager enables maintenance teams to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks even during peak production periods. Leaks can be detected in a matter of minutes. More information can be found at

Rheintacho UK celebrating 100 years of existence in Leeds

On 23rd August 1919 Rheintacho UK was founded in Leeds. Is was founded as Foundrometers Ltd and after a turbulent century of takeovers, sales, mergers, spin-offs, management buy-outs and name changes, Rheintacho UK Ltd, as it is now called similarly to other companies in the Rheintacho Group, is more successful than ever in an ever changing market.

New Product Release from Micronics

The New U1000MKII-FM is a “Best Value” Clamp-on, Ultrasonic flowmeter alternative to traditional inline meters, for non-invasive water flow applications, which offers significant installation cost and dry maintenance benefits over traditional in-line products.

New DIN Rail AC inrush current limiter for capacitive & inductive loads

Powersolve’s new PSICL series is a low-cost peak inrush current limiter designed for capacitive and inductive loads in a variety of applications. These include installations across complex automation systems and machinery as well as isolation transformers or LED lighting applications where they are particularly useful because you can have a large number of LED driver power supplies operating in parallel and all taking high peak currents together on switch on.

TF Automation working with manufacturers to provide bespoke process automation solutions

TF Automation design, engineer and manufacture process automation solutions as well as supplying pneumatic and industrial components. Supporting a wide range of manufacturing industries from automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical, to food and beverage, printing and packaging, we provide special purpose machinery designed to clients’ bespoke requirements.


Crocodile began as a family company back in 1991 in response to a growing demand for innovative and versatile industrial packaging solutions. To this day Crocodile remains entirely family owned and run and the goal of providing high quality sophisticated packaging solutions that add genuine value to clients has not changed.

Ceramic bearings are opening new avenues of research

The global ceramic bearings market set to grow at a CAGR of around eleven per cent between 2017 and 2023, with lab equipment representing a key application for this growth. Chris Johnson, managing director of ceramic bearing specialist SMB Bearings, examines the link between ceramic bearings sales and the output of successful scientific research.  


Emerson introduces the ASCO™ Series 551-553 pilot operated solenoid valves, featuring the ability for use in temperatures as low as -60°C, thus considerably expanding its application options for our customers in the process industry. Due to the increasing interest in oil and gas exploration in environments with extreme (arctic) conditions, this extension of the temperature range offers a reliable solution.

Submersible Load Cells Lower the Cost of Large Tidal Turbine Designs

AIM – Assess the Performance of Alternative Large Scale Tidal Turbine Designs

One of the costlier items in current large >15m diameter tidal turbine designs are the rotor blades.

Lowering the cost of rotor blade manufacture would make this renewable energy more economical to use and widely accessible.  Plus, benefiting not only the UK tidal energy markets but developing tidal energy countries too.

BLACKFAST CHEMICALS are proud to announce the launch of its new online store and website!

If you work in the engineering, tooling, automotive or manufacturing industries and regularly need to black small metal parts and components thus enhancing both appearance as well as tested corrosion resistance, then BLACKFAST’s chemical products are what you have been looking for.


Faults on underground power cables are almost always disruptive and costly to fix. So there’s a very big incentive to minimise the risk of such faults occurring. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to use partial discharge (PD) testing, which looks for the characteristic electromagnetic signature of produced by small electrical discharges in air gaps, voids and cavities in cable insulation, and in joints and splices. These discharges typically start long before these problems develop into a fault, so detecting them early gives time for action to be taken to avert outright failure.

Henry Howard Finance

The newly created Hard Asset Vendor section at Henry Howard Finance have increased their team with two new appointments, to support companies who offer finance solutions to their business customers.

Ben Bennett, Senior Account Manager at Henry Howard Finance, joins the team from DLL.  Prior to this Ben held financial roles spanning 25 years, at GE Capital.


Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has introduced a new Linear MOTIONEERING™ online tool that helps design engineers accurately size and select electric linear actuators. The powerful, self-service functionality of the tool provides an interactive series of questions, making it easier for users to benefit from Thomson’s extensive application engineering knowledge base. The online questionnaire starts with an analysis of motion control requirements, which leads quickly to an ideal actuator solution.

A Compact Proximity Sensor Built to Last in the Most Extreme Environments

Emerson presents the TopWorx™ GO™ Switch model 52MTopWorx, a low profile, dry contact, proximity sensor with a 316L stainless steel sensing face in an industry standard 12mm package. The temperature ranges from -40°C to 100°C and it’s suitable for IP69K applications. The 52M does not require power to operate and is polarity insensitive with zero need to specify NPN or PNP circuits and maintains the ability to be a plug-and-play replacement for inductive proximity sensors.

TLM Laser Business Levels Point To Continued Growth In 2019

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Laser processing technology, TLM Laser has a comprehensive portfolio of systems for welding, marking, engraving, cutting and 3D metal additive manufacturing. Such a broad product offering means that the company is always active across a diverse range of market sectors.

New Rotork Master Station launched for valve actuator control

Rotork has launched the latest generation of its innovative monitoring and control system for valve actuators and plant equipment.

Finding an IOT platform as a service [PaaS] that really works for Industrials!

If you have an asset base that runs into hundreds, thousands or more and you want to connect them to an Industrial IOT platform there are a few key questions you will need answering. For example:

Does this platform really work? Whats the evidence? Whats the  installed user base? What sort of comm’s protocols will it handle? What happens when comm’s are interrupted? Is it multi national [not just language but date stamping events, storage of data, and of course language as well]? What about Cyber security – is it hackable? Whats the evidence? And crucially how easy is it to configure, deploy and scale? And a host more besides!

Dots make the difference

“Industrial Process and Control Engineers want something very different when they are making electrical measurements from the average commercial or domestic electrical contractor. Because they are endeavouring to predict the life span of electrical equipment such as motors and relays, they need more and better information” says Brendan Beaver, UK manager of Metrel® Ltd, the innovative provider of electrical test solutions.