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A sunset date has now been set for nPB (normal Propyl Bromide) of the 4th July 2020. After this date, its use is banned, unless an authorisation has been granted for a specific use and no alternative is available. nPB is a solvent commonly used in the cleaning and degreasing process for the aerospace, precision engineering, medical, optical and electronic industries. If you’re still using nPB, now is the time to act and look into alternative solvents.

MANUFACTURER OF FDA APPROVED RUBBER COMPONENTS

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.

How to organise a pick-up in a brewery

While brewing in Britain pre-dates the Roman invasion in 54AD, its evolution has helped to propel the food and beverage industry to become the country’s largest manufacturing sector. As techniques have been honed over the subsequent centuries, numerous breweries have established themselves as household names. Adnams still operates out of its original 18th century site in Southwold, but its commitment to tradition has not stopped it implementing a 21st century end-of-line automation solution.

IBASE Europe, reputable manufacturer of industrial systems, panel PC’s and SBC’s

IBASE Europe (TMC Technology), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBASE Technology Inc. (Taiwan),  is a reputable manufacturer and supplier of single board computers, motherboards and systems in the Industrial PC market based on x86 and RISC architectures. The product lines include a comprehensive range of embedded boards in various form factors, box PCs, Panel PCs and network appliances.

NEW MENTOR Handles Microsite

NEW MENTOR Handles Microsite

An easy-to-navigate Engineer’s Road Map!

An invaluable tool to help Engineers Select Handles

The new microsite includes 50 new handles added in 2017 to MENTOR’s range of Chrome, Plastic, Aluminium and Steel Handles, the majority being available ex-stock and at low MOQs.

MENTOR is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality industrial, enclosure and equipment handles and knobs. Their eclectic selection offers elegant and functional solutions for any application requiring a handle. It includes hundreds of plastic (some two-component), anodised aluminium, chrome, steel and stainless steel variants to choose from, all with multiple size options.

See a quick overview of the range from the rolling thumbnails on the new microsite and then drill down to the engineering detail:

 

PLASTIC HANDLES
These handles are made using a single-plastic or two-plastic construction, offering single-colour or two-colour options. MENTOR’s plastic handles are cost-effective, versatile and easy to install. They are designed for different load capacities and versions for high temperature requirements are offered. More
ALUMINIUM HANDLES
The characteristics of aluminium – lightness, strength and a high-quality surface finish- make it an ideal material for many handle applications. MENTOR’s wide range of standard aluminum handles include equipment handles, bow-type handles, fingertip handles, folding handles and handle systems. More…
CHROMIUM PLATED STEEL HANDLES
Handles made of steel are ideal for high bearing loads and are suitable for pulling, pushing, and lifting actions in equipment and machinery applications. Options include fixed and folding types, black plastic hand grips and a choice of chromium plated or black anodised versions. Many new handle type are available. More…
STAINLESS STEEL HANDLES
If elegant design, high strength, chemical resistance or food hygiene are important in your product design, then stainless steel handles are a very good solution. MENTOR’s standard range offers handles made of round or flat oval stainless steel, folding handles and a handle system. Many new versions are available. More…
RECESSED, FOLDING & STRAP HANDLES
A wide range of recessed, “tray”, folding and carrying handles are offered, made of different materials and profiles: plastic recessed handles, plastic folding handles, aluminium, or mixed plastic/aluminium handles, and spring-loaded handles.Space-saving, and ergonomic, they are suitable for high carrying loads. More…
PROP-UP / FLIP-UP CARRYING HANDLES
Easy to assemble and stable in use, these carrying and prop-up handles are made from a mix of plastic and aluminium or steel. Non-slip elements are available as an option – MENTOR’s prop-up carrying handles make a robust and cost-effective solution for devices, enclosures and industrial equipment applications. More…
Visit our new Equipment Handles microsite:
multitron.co.uk/equipment-handles
Established in 1920, MENTOR GmbH is an extremely successful, self-funded and highly-invested company with legendary standards of efficiency. It has 600 employees and is German headquarted with additional substantial manufacturing facilities in Germany, Poland and Tunisia.

Standard stocked parts encompass opto and light guides, handles, knobs, switches, sensors etc. Around 50% of turnover comes from MENTOR innovatively fulfilling customer-specific requirements from design to finished component, all in-house and very cost-effectively.

Opto design and manufacture is a core and world-leading MENTOR competency and they are 1st tier suppliers to many major auto companies.

This experience has resulted in MENTOR developing unique skills; they are able to virtually design optics and take these to in-house production without the need for prototyping. Many non-automotive companies are now exploiting these capabilities.

 

Brexit – Making Your Exports Simple

Manufacturers are facing an increased volume of export orders since Article 50 of Brexit has been signed and sealed. Two of the main issues which manufacturers might think about with the up and coming delivery of Brexit are on-time receipt of components and the ability to maintain low costs.

Luso signs deal with Excelsys to distribute power supplies including fanless high-efficiency 600W module across Europe

London – 21 March 2017: Luso Electronics has become a European representative for Excelsys Technologies and will sell the company’s extensive range of high-efficiency, high power density and high reliability power supplies and related components – primarily for industrial, medical communications and military markets.

Eaton White Paper Reviews Short-circuit Protection Requirement Changes to the North American National Electrical Code

SLOUGH … Eaton has published a white paper entitled “Current-limiting devices: Strengthening the weakest SCCR link”, and an associated UL 508 A control panel design guide, to help OEMs who export comply with new short-circuit protection requirements being implemented by the North American National Electrical Code (NEC) in 2017.

PAT TESTING MADE EASY, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE WITH MARTINDALE ELECTRIC

When it comes to testing portable appliances, the HPAT Series of portable appliance testers from Martindale Electric – one of the most trusted brands in electrical safety – enables both contractors and competent in-house personnel to quickly and safely verify the electrical safety of all types of appliances.

PP pushes the button on £1m factory extension

One of the West Midlands’s fastest growing manufacturers is dismissing uncertainty surrounding Brexit by investing more than £1m on a new factory extension.
PP Control & Automation has pressed the button on ambitious expansion plans that will see it add 1,000 sq metres of production space to its existing site in Cheslyn Hay, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area.

Nimble palletising robots give production factories more flex for their money

With consumer buying trends influencing greater product diversification, production and packing facilities throughout the UK and Europe are increasingly leaning towards flexible robots that straddle several lines and perform multiple tasks. As testament, Pacepacker Services reports that enquires for single robots dedicated to the entire end-of-line palletising station has doubled in the last 12 months as customers move away from traditional application-specific palletising work cells.

Addressing the issue of frequent product changeovers, the FANUC M410 series has the payload and multitasking capability of stacking anything, ranging from 25kg potato sacks, to tubs of animal feed and bales of pet bedding. For increased flexibility, this high-speed robot can be fitted with different multi-purpose end effectors to suit the application. What’s more, the robot can be easily moved to other production areas to suit business demands, boosting a packer’s investment even further.

Designed specifically for palletising tasks, the M410 robot family is capable of multiple palletising configurations and features a large vertical work envelope. Pacepacker’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson, explains: “We are increasingly designing palletising cells with three to four in-feed conveyor lines, often carrying different product sizes, packaging types and weights. Thanks to the maximum 3.1m reach of the M410, one robot can pick up different pack formats from multiple lines simultaneously and stack up to three pallets up to 2.4 metres high.

“Because of the choice of end-effectors available, we can select a multifunctional tooling that automatically adjusts to all of the functions it has to perform: picking pallets and slip sheets before palletising commences, as well as bags and boxes,” continues Paul. Adding to its flexibility, hundreds of pallet patterns can be programmed and stored by the robot. And even if operatives need to change the end-effector for a specific pack format, quick changeovers means this can be done in just a few minutes, minimising production downtime.

Palletising payloads within the M410 family range from 140kg to 700kg, and the robots are capable of completing 1,700 cycles per hour. The robot’s generous payload also opens up possibilities for handling and palletising several heavy items simultaneously, for example two filled keys of beer or several sacks of aggregate.

In order to provide stability and strength, Pacepacker typically recommends integrating a four-axis robot for palletising operations. For maximum flexibility the robot can be floor, angle, wall or ceiling mounted, although typically customers opt for a pedestal base with integral controller or a compact base with remote controller, claims Paul. Pacepacker has even designed a portable palletising cell, mounting an M410 onto a base plate with a conveyor and safety guarding, so it can be transported by a teleporter to another production location.

To extend the life of the gripper, the most recent additions – the M410-iC range – features a hollow upper arm and wrist to prevent snagging, tearing and rubbing of the connecting cables.

For more information please contact: www.pacepacker.com

SKF launches new spring insulating automotive suspension

SKF launches new spring insulating automotive suspension

Advanced chemical and mechanical bonding enables reduced part count, improved durability and lower total suspension cost

SKF are launching a new product designed to offer greater durability, improved comfort and reduced noise and vibration in automotive suspension applications.

The spring insulating suspension bearing takes SKF’s robust, proven main suspension bearing unit (MSBU) technology and incorporates a polymer spring that is mechanically and chemically bonded to the lower bearing washer.

The spring insulator plays a critical role in automotive suspension systems, damping road vibrations that pass from the spring, through the bearing and into the passenger compartment. Conventional spring insulators are installed separately from the MBSU.

This approach creates a potential failure point in the vehicle suspension, since the insulator is susceptible to damage due to the ingress of dirt and contamination between it and the bearing.

The new spring insulating suspension bearing eliminates this point of weakness by building the bearing and spring insulator as a single component, with high strength chemical bonding used to connect the spring to the bearing. Additional optimisation of the bearing geometry ensures a secure mechanical connection between the two elements.

For manufacturers, the spring insulating suspension bearing offers further advantages, reducing the number of components required in the suspension system and simplifying assembly to reduce total suspension cost. The material selected for the spring element can be adapted to suit the precise requirements of the application, and SKF can offer a wide range of material options, all optimised for high volume manufacturing using injection moulding.

SKF has applied for no less than three patents covering innovative features of the new design, including the spring material, insulator design and fixation technology. Prototype units are already undergoing evaluation by leading Automotive OEMS.

For more information please contact: www.skf.com

Expert challenges business to increase competitiveness via robots

Technology-shy businesses are being offered the chance to discover the benefits of robots by leading robotics expert Jeremy Hadall.
Hadall, chief technologist for robotics and automation at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, will host a two-day course next month – Improving Competitiveness Through Automation – targeting key ‘decision makers’ to understand the benefits of automation and robotics.


In Robotics: manufacturing the future, an article he co-authored for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hadall states: “Britain still lags behind its major economic rivals in the uptake of robots. Statistics from the International Federation of Robotics on robot densities reveal the UK has only 33 robots per 10,000 employees compared to Japan (213), Germany (170) and Sweden (154).

“So how do we encourage UK industry to invest in robotics and automation to reap these benefits? Perhaps the first step is as simple as demonstrating that these benefits are truly benefits.”

Hadall, is looking to demonstrate the tangible benefits via the course on March 8th and 9th. Limited to just 20 attendees, it will provide the necessary tools, techniques and processes to evaluate the opportunity, develop the business case and deploy the implementation plan to integrate automation into business.

This two-day course is being supported by ROBOTT-NET, a collaboration between the following leading European research organisations: Danish Technological Institute, Germany’s Fraunhofer IPA and Spain’s Tecnalia.

The price for the course is £600 plus VAT. For more information go to the events section of www.the-mtc.org.

Güdel Keeps Heavy Duty Robots On Track

The ever-expanding range of industrial robot applications has led to the development and introduction of new models from the worlds leading six axis robot manufacturers that can handle vast payloads of up to 1,300 kg. Although easily capable of manipulating these impressive weights, the horizontal reach of these robots, generally less than 4.0m, can still be a limiting factor in certain applications.

Güdel Track Motion products have always been recognised as a robust and reliable method of extending the work envelope of robot systems, and the company’s latest TMF-5 linear track has been developed to provide this enhanced functionality to the new generation of heavy-duty robots.

Güdel is the only company dedicated solely to auxiliary linear motion for robots and automation, and adding this new TMF module to its heavy-duty range, further reinforces the company’s reputation as a valued partner to the world’s leading robot integrators.

The TMF-5 is currently the only standard module available on the market that can move an articulated robot weighing over six tonnes, with a payload of 1300Kg, and sustain a static payload of over ten tonnes. Working as a fully integrated seventh axis for robots, the TMF-5 opens up new possibilities in a number of production processes. A range of adaptor plates, designed to suit the increasing number of heavy-duty robots now available, maximises the potential for integration with different manufacturers and their respective robot models.

With the capability to accommodate up to four independently driven carriages, multiple robots are able to share the same track if required, delivering the highest levels of utilisation and flexibility for heavy-duty applications. The carriages used on the TMF track have been designed to handle the often-high dynamic loads of a moving robot, including those associated with emergency stop conditions.

The use of hardened and ground helical racks, coupled with planetary gearboxes, deliver the highest levels of positional repeatability (+/-0.05mm) plus smooth and quiet operation. The TMF-5 is also available as an enclosed version to meet the demands of specific operating environments such as those found within a cleanroom.

Available in lengths from 3m to 100m in 1m increments, the optimum track length can be specified for any particular application. Another feature of the TMF track range is that the length can be extended, should this be required to increase flexibility or to future-proof existing installations.

Güdel’s reputation for quality and engineering excellence is clearly evident in the design, the materials used and build standard of the TMF-5 linear track, ensuring high uptimes and a long service life. From a maintenance perspective, the ability to adjust the guide-way rollers from the outside of the unit and the availability of an automatic lubrication system for the rack & pinion, will keep planned maintenance times to a minimum.

Güdel’s linear track range can be found operating within the automotive, tyre, metal, rail, intra-logistics, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, wood and aerospace industries.

Güdel not only provides sophisticated automation solutions but is a manufacturer of high-precision machine components including linear guide-ways, racks, pinions and drives. These high quality components are at the heart of all Güdel linear axes and gantry robots.

For more information, please contact: www.gudel.com

New SCADA system brings efficiency and flexibility to Scottish malting barley plant

Effective site-wide energy management is a key function of the new control system which is being used to synchronise heat systems that include new biomass boilers.
A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system from Products4Automation (P4A) to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions. The new software is providing control and visualisation for product movement, processing and storage, including the integration of biomass boilers and heat recovery systems.

Highland Grains Ltd is an agricultural cooperative, owned by its 89 members, which dries, conditions and stores malting barley and other crops. It primarily supplies the Scotch whisky distilling industry, but also exports high quality grain to other countries.

Based just north of Inverness, Highland Grains was founded in 1978 with a capacity to handle 4,400 tonnes of barley a year. Steady expansion has seen its annual throughput grow to over 40,000 tonnes. Today the plant consists of five continuous flow dryers, seven wet and fifteen dry storage silos (ranging from 250 tonnes to 2,300 tonnes) and two warehouse-like flat stores of 7,500 tonnes each. Committed to constant development, the site also includes innovations such as heat recovery on its drying systems, power synchronisation and biomass boilers.

 
The facilities were always automated, and the control system and software were frequently expanded to meet new requirements and accommodate new equipment. The control system has been maintained and developed over many years by specialist local firm Coldcurve Ltd, which most recently was commissioned to replace the existing much-extended control system with an efficient state of the art one.

The project was lead by Coldcurve engineer Daniel Castle, who explains that although the site’s operations are relatively complicated, a simple system architecture was achieved: “Lorries are constantly delivering grain from the growers, while others collect dried malting barley for the distilleries – it’s a 24/7 process at busy times, plus there are several different drying processes. There are also a number of subsidiary processes to control, such as incoming and outgoing weighbridges, boiler operations and heat recovery for energy efficiency.”
The whole site is now controlled from a single, powerful PLC supporting 29 separate I/O cards. There are also two PCs and a number of touchscreen HMI’s on the system, providing main and secondary control stations.
“The system now runs Movicon SCADA software,” says Daniel, “which has been used successfully in many food and beverage applications, as well as for materials handling and in many other industries.”

Movicon provides constant real-time production process information, collecting data from multiple sensors on the plant and processing it into high level information. This allows Highland Grains to efficiently manage its plant and processes to meet customers changing needs.

Movicon is based on an XML technology that offers an all-in-one development environment for managing all HMI, SCADA and statistical production data analysis applications. This allowed Highland and Coldcurve to minimise project development times and also to achieve a powerful, open, solution that is easy to maintain and flexible so that it can accommodate future developments.
Movicon also supports web services, scalable vector graphics, OPC, SQL, ODBC, and many other functions that allow highly integrated information and control systems to be developed, whether they be large or small.

Paul Hurst of Products4Automation offers an expert view on today’s SCADA: “Flexibility is one of the major needs in modern automation. Plant operators increasingly insist that their control systems have the ability to easily adapt to new demands.”


Movicon protects plant owners’ investments because it is able to satisfy all automation application needs from field control level (PLCs, HMIs, sensors etc) right through to SCADA/MES and enterprise management levels. Thus it can provide a systems architecture that is as simple as possible, containing initial set up costs and allowing easy subsequent developments.
“Movicon is a real-time flexible platform with high levels of connectivity, capable of adapting to all modern automation application typologies, so is the only software needed in the system,” says Hurst.

Movicon includes a large number of tools for easily creating powerful visualisation and control projects and its comprehensive connectivity capabilities means simple integration with other, related systems such as MES, ERP and the web. This ability reduces initial project costs and goes on to control total lifetime operating costs.
Highland Grains has been successful over nearly forty years because of its willingness to adapt to new and changing demands. Now, with the Scotch whisky industry once again resurgent (it is worth about £5bn to the UK economy and growing at 5% a year according to the ‘Scotch Whisky Association’), it is expecting to further develop its site and facilities over the coming years. The simplicity of its control architecture and flexibility of the Movicon software should make this as straightforward and efficient as possible.

 
Products4Automation (P4A) is a specialist supplier of new and innovative software and hardware solutions to the UK market. Product ranges available from P4A include the latest touch-screen HMI’s and flat panel PCs, SCADA software and plug-ins, a wide range of SCADA enabled hardware, Alarm plug-in software for large automation systems, and a full range of Production Intelligence software solutions.

For more information please contact: www.products4automation.co.uk

Morgan Advanced Materials launches endless rotating axis for automotive industry

Morgan Advanced Materials, a global leader in the development and application of advanced material technologies, has launched a flexible rotary distributor to help customers in the automotive industry maximise efficiencies and reduce maintenance costs.

The latest innovation from Morgan’s Electrical Carbon business, can be used in six axis robots, welding turntables and trunnions. The component allows for cumbersome cables to be replaced by a slip ring transmitter, which also comprises a full 360-degree rotating axis, with an unlimited angle manoeuvrability that eliminates defective drag chains.  As a result, the unit can offer continuous rotation. As the system does not have to operate in reverse, this can deliver cost and time savings, while offering customers greater flexibility in terms of programming.

The slip ring can be utilised for continuous rotating transmission across a host of precision applications including welding, handling and gluing. Significantly, the system can operate 24 hours a day, for between five and eight years. Effectively eliminating the need for any costly downtime or recurring maintenance works, it delivers a full return on investment in as little as 12 months.

In contrast, a traditional cable carrier system has an average life-cycle of just 12 months. At any given time, the robot is limited to +-310 degree turns in either direction.  A traditional system is also constrained by ongoing maintenance costs as a result of trailing cables and potential subsequent damage to the robot.

The endless rotating robot axis from Morgan’s Refoka® product offering provides a comprehensive solution as the system is capable of housing both data, media and electrical currents, within a single compact interface.

Ingo Carnott, Key Account Manager – Automation, at Morgan comments: “In an on-demand environment, product optimisation and performance remain critical components of the global automotive industry. As a value-add partner to the sector, we have therefore invested heavily in developing new problem-solving tools. Critically, these solutions not only enable customers to meet engineering challenges, safely and efficiently, they also deliver wider commercial benefits as a result of their ability to boost overall productivity through improved operational effectiveness.”

The advanced technology, which has a high current >200amp and 24V power supply, provides a range of flexible programming options which can help streamline data through a fast PROFINET certified Ethernet cable/connection, or for the transmission of video signals and media such as air, cooling water, primer or oil. Crucially, the components are all contained within a single robust housing unit, offering a level of protection in line with IP67.

The technology is also supported by a remote diagnostic facility. Customers can benefit from live data analysis across the whole PROFINET-certified system.

Thanks to the internal shielding and metal housing unit, the system is fully protected, ensuring full functionality in Electromagnetic compatibility-critical environments, particularly those where welding equipment is used.

Morgan offers a range of standard solutions to meet the varied automation demands of the automotive industry, and can offer custom-made solutions to meet specific customer requirements.

For further information, please visit: www.morganelectricalmaterials.com/rotating-axis

Automated system boosts performance

A Dutch manufacturer of pre-packed meat products has automated its in-house logistics using an IT solution from CSB-Automation and CSB-System. The new system is helping ProMessa BV meet the needs of its customers more efficiently, with a delivery performance of over 99 percent, and therefore enhance its market position.

With the CSB solution, the entire materials flow at ProMessa has been automated – from packaging following production, to storage and picking, and loading onto trucks. In the past, goods and crates were moved manually, whereas today, state-of-the-art robotic technology, conveyor systems, sorters and the CSB software work seamlessly together to get the job done.

The software organises and monitors a network of machines, including two automatic crate storages, robot units, four automatic weigh labelling lines with connected sorters, a dispatch warehouse and a conveyor system. Integrated production scheduling ensures precise tuning of workflows in terms of time and quantity. Any important details, such as up-to-date order, production and inventory data, are captured and processed in real time. This high degree of networking facilitates fast and error-free processes and enormous productivity.

“We deliver a vast range of products to about 1,200 supermarkets,” explains ProMessa’s Managing Director Harold Rouweler. “The logistics system helps us to pick and deliver even small quantities in an efficient manner. Our customers can order any item even on short notice. Everyone who places their orders in time usually will receive the goods on the very same day.

“We have nearly doubled our output – sometimes to more than 100,000 packages per day,” he continues. “We would never have achieved such growth rates without the new logistics system, which was established in the existing buildings without any major staff increase.”

In accordance with the company’s FIFO policy (first in, first out), the software from CSB-System constantly reorganises the warehouse by re-stacking the plastic storage containers. Next, it groups together order data, products and containers, before supplying them to the picking lines for weigh labelling. It also calculates quantities and volumes, necessary material flows and optimal conveyor tracks for loading the trucks. At special CSB-Racks, staff can easily see which order is being processed, which products and quantities belong to what order, and which labels need to be attached.

“Our staff at the sorters can handle numerous orders in parallel without any errors, and pick items directly for the dispatch crates,” says Harold Rouweler. “The work stations have an ergonomic design, avoiding unnecessary motion. As a result, we can process our large variety of products in an efficient manner, irrespective of the quantities ordered by our customers. The order quantity virtually has no effect anymore on the logistics costs.”

The entire intralogistics system was designed to offer a high level of productivity and flexibility. For example, the high-performance despatch warehouse secures optimal picking of customer orders with the CSB-System generating individual sub-orders, depending on the availability of the goods. The four weigh labelling lines are capable of compiling between 5,000 and 7,500 packages per hour in mixed containers, depending on the order structure.

ProMessa can now also respond even quicker to reorders without having to build up large stocks. Daily deliveries to customers can be realised even with very short order lead times. The delivery performance is currently over 99 percent.

“This project has demonstrated the importance of choosing the right partners for the technical advancement of our production facilities,” concludes Harold Rouweler. “CSB-System and CSB-Automation are valuable partners for us because they always contribute new ideas and develop innovative, practical solutions that enhance our competitiveness sustainably.”

For more information please contact: www.csb.com

 

CKF develops low cost robot palletising cell

CKF Systems Ltd, the leading supplier of automated handling, robotic solutions and conveyor systems to manufacturing industry, has developed a range of cost effective robot handling cells designed specifically for those businesses currently operating a manual palletising line. The AC25, a direct replacement for existing manual operations, is exceptionally easy to install and operate and at a cost of just £80,000, will typically provide a payback in under two years.

“Our objective was to design a low cost robot palletising cell that can be installed as a standalone operation or combined for multiple feeds with a common discharge into secondary palletising operations such as spiral wrappers or pallet stacking, “explains Kevin Staines, Sales Director, CKF Systems Ltd. “All aspects of the cell are based on proven technologies and utilise user friendly interfaces for both operatives and engineers. The operational simplicity of this palletising cell means that we have addressed one of the biggest concerns of those SME’s still resistant to change; that their businesses are unprepared for the complexities of automation.”

A typical manual palletising line is, by its very nature, a labour intensive handling operation with inherent limitations in respect of box sizes, weight and restricted flow rates. The AC25 will operate at 15 cases per minute and, unlike a human operative, is not compromised by the introduction of layer cards or heavy boxes. Furthermore, current legislation restricts the maximum unit weight that an operative can lift and also defines the maximum achievable stack height on a pallet. The AC25 Robot Palletising Cell has none of these limitations, its versatility includes increased stack heights that provide better trailer utilisation, reducing transportation costs and therefore providing a subsequent environmental benefit.

Manufactured in the UK, the cell utilises an ABB 4-axis robot and industry standard equipment and comes with full support, including training and spares, a 12 month warranty and the option for a range of add-on features. It is capable of handling cases with dimensions of up 400mm long x 300mm wide x 250mm high and a net weight of 25kg. It is designed with enhanced handling capabilities and high reliability levels. The CKF Palletising Cell will handle Euro or UK pallets with layer cards as an option. In addition, the cell can easily be expanded to accommodate a series of additional modules such as vision cameras, layer cards, open-flap detection and pre-collation of boxes for increased throughputs and alternating pallet patterns.

Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) has welcomed this latest CKF initiative. “The pressures on operating costs and output levels and the difficulty of attracting people for arduous tasks are real threats to the long term sustainability of businesses that do not embrace automation. CKF’s AC25 is a cost effective solution that can significantly improve the overall efficiency and flexibility of a business. The cell works in a small footprint and removes all issues related to human interface such as repetitive strain problems, rest breaks and availability of labour. There is also the peace of mind of working with a proven system from an established UK provider with a long and successful history in the field of robots and automation.”

For more information please contact www.ckf.co.uk

Reduce alarm rates efficiently

Process control system facilitates sustainable alarm management

The alarm statistics report in B&R’s APROL provides a clear, intuitive overview and makes it easy to reduce the frequency of nuisance alarms. A sustainable approach to alarm management can relieve plant personnel and improve safety.

Clearly organized and intuitive

APROL helps users process alarms efficiently and reliably. The alarm statistics report provides an overview of alarms that is clearly organized and intuitive. It provides key performance indicators (KPIs) for efficient alarm management per the requirements of EEMUA 191, ANSI/ISA 18.2 and IEC 62682.

Fewer consequential alarms

The consequential alarm report effectively identifies cause-and-effect relationships between alarms to help minimize the occurrence of consequential alarms. APROL alarm reports are available via the intuitive web-based user interface that requires no additional software other than a web browser. With APROL, implementing alarm management could hardly be easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APROL helps users process alarms efficiently and reliably. The alarm statistics report provides an overview of alarms that is clearly organized and intuitive. For more information, visit www.br-automation.com

Panasonic introduces new high temperature, long life Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery

Panasonic developed a new high temperature, long life type Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery. With a discharge range of -40°C to 85°C, the new BK1100FHU is suitable for applications requiring high capacity in a wide range of temperatures.

Toshiba Introduces Compact Photorelays with Improved Isolation Voltage of 3.75kV

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced two new halogen-free [1] photorelays, that guarantee minimum isolation voltage of 3750Vrms.  The TLP172AM and TLP172GM are housed in 4-pin SO6 packages that can operate at a maximum temperature of 110°C.

 

Both products can be used to replace mechanical relays and are suited to designs demanding high-performance switching, electrical isolation and extended temperature operation. Potential applications include factory automation, battery management systems (BMS), telecommunication equipment and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

The photorelays utilise multi-chip technology and were developed as high specification, pin-compatible versions of Toshiba’s existing 2.54SOP package products, the TLP172A and TLP172G. A double-mould structure improves minimum voltage isolation to 3750Vrms against the 1500Vrms of existing products.

 

[1] Toshiba Corporation Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company defines halogen-free and antimony-free products as those meeting all of the following requirements: (a) containing bromine (Br) and chlorine (Cl) at no more than 900 parts per million (ppm) by weight for each element, and containing bromine and chlorine in an aggregate amount not exceeding 1500 ppm by weight; and (b) containing no more than 1000 ppm antimony (Sb) by weight. For the avoidance of doubt, Halogen-Free/Antimony-Free products may not be entirely free of bromine, chlorine, or antimony, and may contain other element of the halogen family.

For more company information visit TEE’s web site at www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com.

Warner Electric clutch drives forward hybrid transmissions technology

As fossil fuels continue to diminish, engineers are working hard to perfect alternative power transmission. While fully electric systems still have many flaws, in recent years hybrid designs have surged in popularity: they are now found in trains, boats, agricultural equipment and even the latest generation hyper-cars. Warner Electric has designed a customised E220 electromagnetic clutch which transmits high torque, high speed and high power from a diesel engine to an electric transmission system when the batteries begin to lose power.

Switchtec’s high power PCB terminal blocks range is versatile and easy to use

Meeting the need for PCB terminal blocks for use in applications requiring higher current and voltage capabilities, distributor Switchtec has introduced Euroclamp’s MV series of high power terminal blocks. 

Manufacturers are demanding higher rated PCB terminal blocks for use in applications such as AD/DC inverters, motor control and battery storage, which due to their nature require terminal blocks capable of handling high voltages and high currents.  Euroclamp has designed the new range of high power terminal blocks specifically to fulfil these requirements.

The expansive range of MV terminals embraces many different types and formats to exactly meet the needs of the specific requirements; they are ‘no compromise’ components.  The range includes models with current carrying capabilities from 16A up to 125A.   Specifically they are the 16A rated MVE27, the MVSP25 and MVSP27 at 24A, the MV46, the MV47 and MV49 at 32A, MVL47 at 41A, MV10VA at 49A, MV10 at 70A, and the ‘monster’ MVP35 at 125A. Voltage ratings up to 1000V are available.

 Not only are the terminals versatile in their range of power ratings, but also in terms of pitch size, embracing options of 5.08mm, 7.5mm, 7.62mm, 6.35mm, 9.52mm, 10.16mm, 12.7mm and 15mm. Some pitch sizes were chosen to address specific market needs and demands, whilst others were needed to meet the capacity and clearance requirements of the PCB pin and cables commonly used.

Euroclamp’s MV high power PCB terminals from Switchtec are available as standard in green, but as with all Euroclamp’s terminal blocks they can also be purchased in red, yellow, blue, orange and black.  Euroclamp is also able to offer special colours upon request if a particular shade of colour is needed. Other customised versions are available such as with a longer pin length, or even with modifications to the plastic or metal parts, as needed to meet a particular requirement.  The terminals can also be manufactured from plastics that comply with EN60335-1 ‘resistance to heat and fire’ suitable for use in domestic appliances.

The MV PCB terminals have been designed to make cable entry quick and easy, as sometimes manufacturers fall down on this simple point, making wiring frustratingly difficult and time consuming.  They are designed to accept cable sizes up to 35mm2 (2AWG) stranded or rigid (solid) cable or 2 x 10mm2 (2x8AWG) cables. 

Euroclamp’s high power PCB terminals series are CE marked and are cUL, VDE and IMQ approved.  They are all IP20 ‘touch proof’ as standard and have an impressive operating temperature range of -40 to plus 130 degrees C, and are manufactured from PA –UL94V0 plastic, making them suitable for many applications.

As a true specialist in the field of designing and manufacturing terminal blocks, Euroclamp used its vast experience to produce the MV high power PCB terminal block series.  By adapting and developing existing technologies and processes, together with its extensive knowledge of the marketplace, Euroclamp has been able to add the MV PCB terminal series terminal to its range.

Euroclamp MV PCB terminal blocks from Switchtec will find favour with OEMs, CEMs, the photovoltaic industry, electronics manufacturers, PCB manufacturers and assemblers and those in building automation. 

www.switchtec.co.uk

THE SENSOLUTION: The smallest photoelectric sensors in the world

Key features of the photoelectric sensor EX-Z
• Dimensions 14 x 8 x 3mm (front type)
• Thru-beam type with a built-in amplifier
• Slim design of only 3mm – of course including optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output.
• Sensing range of up to 500mm (EX-Z13)
• Detects objects with a diameter of as little as 0.3mm (EX-Z11)
• Front and side sensing type available
• Clearly visible LED spotlight
• IP67 degree of protection

• Robot-cable version available
• Like to know more, check out the product page EX-Z or the movie.

 

Request a free sample
Who can apply to get a free sample?
• Engineers/companies working in Europe within the field of machine building and industrial production
• People with an adequate technical background
• Companies with a concrete application which allows them to test the product in the field

What to do to get the sensor EX-Z?

• Request sample of the EX-Z as long as stocks last. We offer you the most common model EX-Z13FB-P (sensing range 500mm, PNP, Dark-ON) for free.
• Just fill out the application form.
• For further information, please send an email to sensors.peweu@eu.panasonic.com or contact one of our local offices.
Win 1 of 10  Panasonic cordless screwdrivers

• All participants who filled out the complete form can participate in the lottery organized by the Panasonic Electric Works European headquarter. German law applies.
• The drawing of the 10 winners of a Panasonic cordless screwdriver (model EY7410) will take place in April 2017.
• Just fill out the application form

www.panasonic-electric-works.co.uk

Twin robots learn to live and work with each other

A robot cell developed using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots has used the latest robot control technology to ensure their movements are perfectly synchronised. The production cell in question prints and assembles over three million components per year, changing over seamlessly on-demand to assemble a range of different parts.

Most industrial robots working in close proximity to each other are programmed simply to avoid each other, this system however uses a Mitsubishi Electric iQ PLC (programmable logic controller) to control both robots in full synchronisation. Part of their movement is physically taught, part is programmed and an element of working together is left for them to learn how to achieve in the most efficient way.

Paul Judge of Mitsubishi Electric comments, “The advantage we have here is that the robot controllers don’t have to be standalone separate units. The robot control CPU (central processing unit) modules we used are actually mounted on the same backplane as the PLC, so there is no lag or communication hysteresis in the system, it operates and learns, in real time. It sounds highly advanced, which it is, at the same time it is a standard feature on this iQ PLC model.”

The project actually started at one of Mitsubishi Electric’s Robot Integration Seminars where an engineer from an authorised Mitsubishi Electric System Integrator was impressed by a demonstration of a robot working with a 3D vision system. His level of interest was such that immediately following the seminar a robot was loaned to his customer to put on trial. Paul Judge adds, “We have a number of robots that we send out to customers and integrators to trial systems with, it helps with building knowledge and familiarity for the engineers and the end user. We also find that, more often than not, the project ends with a sale.”

Technically each iQ PLC can support up to four separate processors, so could be configured with their own core CPU plus three robot controllers. The two-robot system is therefore well within the iQ control system’s capabilities. For this cell the two robot controllers were integrated into the iQ PLC rack along with some additional input and output cards and a couple of specific output modules used to interface to specialised sensors.

The project was based on standard Mitsubishi Electric automation components and even the robots were supplied from stock, which proved very cost effective. The robots are standard RV models with a 2kg payload capacity and six axis movement. They pick loose parts from a feed tray and manipulate them into different fitting, testing and printing stations. They also collaborate on dealing with reject parts.

The robots work in close cooperation with the cell’s vision system, the integration of their respective control systems being simple plug-and-play processes. The vision data is communicated to both robots simultaneously for maximum control clarity. The controllers have the capacity to communicate with up to seven vision systems, so can be used in very sophisticated multi-function systems if required. Production progress and cell activity can all be monitored on Mitsubishi Electric GOT 2000 HMI (human machine interface) panels installed as part of the control system.

Built-in temperature sensors make adjustments to compensate for hot and cold running conditions (and will shut down operations if pre-set limits are breached). The robots can be programmed from a simple to operate teaching box. Using this, the programmer walks the robot through the cycle of movements and functions, which are recorded in the controller’s memory and used as the basis for the operating program. Alternatively they can be programmed directly from a Mitsubishi Electric GOT 2000 HMI.

The RT ToolBox2 software has a 3D graphic display function which makes visualising the robot’s functions very easy and from which set point coordinates can be captured. The software also has a simple pick-and-mix system allowing various jobs or tasks to be readily selected as required.

The RV-2Fs have an arm geometry that gives maximum movement in every plane and extends the operating envelope of the robot in all directions. With the latest models the wrist joint is particularly strong and flexible. The RV-2F robots can also be mounted on turntables or linear slides so that they can move between two or more workstations, with the movement being managed by the robot controller.

www.mitsubishielectric.com

Mantracourt launches a unique wireless, telemetry sensor system for hazardous areas

Mantracourt, a leader in high performance measurement electronics, has launched an intrinsically safe version of its established T24 wireless telemetry sensor system. The new X24 range of products is ATEX and IECEx approved for Zones 1 & 2 and was developed after feedback from existing users of the T24 system, many of whom wanted to extend this versatile system into hazardous areas. In the field, X24 has been found to be particularly suited to the petrochemical and industrial processing industries.

Alongside its ATEX / IECEx status, modularity is the key feature. The X24 system comprises 3 products that are certified for use in hazardous areas – the X24-HD handheld display unit, X24-ACMI-SA cased transmitter and X24-SAe OEM transmitter. These new products currently operate with strain bridge inputs and gather and transmit data from force, weight, torque and pressure sensors. Being fully compatible with Mantracourt’s T24 system, the data is transmitted to T24 receivers within the safe zone. This compatibility also means that the X24 system can be retrofitted, so companies can extend its existing T24 wireless network into hazardous areas, reducing installation costs and providing quick setup.

 All three units display many of the notable features seen in equivalent products in the T24 system including high resolution/low noise electronics, long battery life of up to 5 years, proprietary license-free 2.4 GHz radio and a system range of up to 800m. However, new X24 products are manufactured with intrinsically safe electronics and are approved for use in explosive atmospheres Zone 1 and Zone 2, with the X24-SAe extending to dust Zones 21 and 22.

The transmitter module, X24-ACMi-SA measures strain bridge input and delivers it to the T24 receivers in the safe zone, or X24-HD in the hazardous area. It is housed in an environmentally sealed IP67 enclosure with battery holder for two Lithium Energiser L91 AA batteries. 

The X24-HD is a lightweight, portable design and certified to IP67. With simple and intuitive button control it receives data and displays data from the remote transmitter module such as X24-ACMi-SA as well as any T24 transmitter. The product can display data from any transmitter detected or the operator can define up to 24 specific transmitters.  The functionality is complemented by the ability to rename each channel to whatever you require.

The X24-SAe is a product specifically for OEM sensor manufacturers. This transmitter, comprising a PCB board with antenna measures strain bridge input and transmits data to X24 and T24 receivers. The PCB module provides OEMs and those who supply approved strain bridge sensor products with a quick route to manufacture. 

 Once in the safe zone, users of the system have access to the complete T24 product range. This includes the base stations and T24 Toolkit and visualisation software. The Toolkit can be used to configure both the T24 and X24 systems, 

The free data logging and visualisation software allows users to log up to 100 channels and build visual displays. Alarms can be set that can indicate under and over range and can alert users to loss in communication, low battery and error reports. In recognition that we now work in an increasingly mobile world, Mantracourt has also included a built in web server that provides a summary view page to other computers, tablets and smart phones, both Apple and Android.

 

“We are very excited about the new opportunities this product provides for our customer base.  In the past we were frequently asked for a wireless solution in explosive environments and our design team have worked diligently to develop the X24 product range in response. We have extensively field-tested these new products in a wide variety of applications and customers have been impressed with how seamlessly the new products could be integrated.” says Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager at Mantracourt.

www.wirelesssensorsystem.com 

Luso introduces industrial isolated Power Factor Correction modules for industrial AC-DC power supplies

Primarily aimed at designers of AC-DC power supplies used in industrial applications, Luso Electronics announces availability of a family of Power Factor Correction (PFC) modules, generating an isolated regulated output and completely encased to provide protection from harsh environments.

SynQor’s industrial PFC modules accept a wide AC input voltage of 85–264 Vrms and deliver isolated, regulated voltages of between 12–48V with a power output of 325W. With a high overall efficiency of 92%, the devices provide a usable mains to isolated DC output with a minimal number of external components. This approach eliminates the need to utilise another brick after the PFC thereby reducing overall component costs.

The family of half-brick modules are the PFICU12HTx27 (12V output voltage), PFICU24HTx14 (24V), PFICU28HTx12 (28V) and PFICU48HTx07 (48V). Regulated and semi-regulated (droop version) modules are available.
When used in conjunction with SynQor’s AC line filter and a hold-up capacitor, the system draws nearly perfect and well-balanced sinusoidal line currents (PF>0.99).

SynQor’s industrial PFC modules can operate at full power from -40°C to +100°C baseplate temperature, and are perfectly suited to harsh environments. Protection features include an input current limit and auto-recovery short-circuit protection along with auto-recovery input under/over-voltage protection and auto-recovery thermal shutdown.

Besides the new industrial PFC modules, SynQor’s full portfolio of Mil-spec PFC modules are also available for evaluation and purchase from Luso Electronics in the UK and Ireland.
Luso will showcase SynQor’s latest range of power modules on stand G74 at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show at Farnborough, UK, held between 21–23 March 2017.

www.lusoelectronics.com

Cliff USB FeedThrough Connectors in stock at JPR Electronics

Specialist distributor JPR Electronics is now stocking the very successful USB FeedThrough connector range manufactured by Cliff Electronics. USB 3.0A to USB 3A, USB3.0 B to USB 3.0A, USB 2.0B to USB 2.0A and USB 2.0A to USB 2.0A versions are available from stock and provide true FeedThrough data connection for developing custom I/O configurations for rack panels, wall plates and control boxes.

The FeedThrough connectors fit into an industry standard 24mm XLR connector cut-out simplifying panel design and manufacture and use common cabling for front and rear. No soldering or punch terminations are required; simply use a standard cable for the selected connector style, simplifying and speeding up assembly times. Cliff’s FT range features a low rear profile to minimise space required and may be front or rear mounted.

The Cliff FT connector range available from JPR Electronics allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio/broadcast, instrumentation and industrial applications.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments; “FeedThrough connectors offer system designers, VARs, Integrators and Panel Builders a simple, flexible and elegant connection system. They are very simple to mount, connect and reconfigure. Further versions of FeedThrough connectors will be added to our product range over the next few months.”

For more information call +44 (0)1582 47 00 00 or visit www.jprelec.co.uk

Eaton’s new platform of HMI workstations optimise productivity and increase plant safety

LUTON … Eaton has expanded its range of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products – a Thin Client (TC) and Personal Computer (PC) version. The company can now offer a complete range of workstations based on a common platform design. As such, plant managers can reduce operation costs, optimise productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and future-proofing the plant.

The TC and PC versions complement the existing MTL GECMA Remote Terminal (RT) which has a unique modular design. These next generation HMIs feature state-of-the-art technology to offer unparalleled levels of safety, and are approved to global hazardous certification for Zone 1 environments. As a result they offer safe handling on site and guarantee high reliability in hazardous EX zone areas in chemical, pharmaceutical, refinery plus the oil and gas industries worldwide.

The TC version is designed for virtualisation applications, for example for batch control. The workstation works with a client server in the safe room across a LAN. This saves space in the cabinet as users don’t need a dedicated PC and the user can control up to 255 HMIs from a single server.

The PC version is stand-alone working across the LAN. It has state-of-the-art system hardware, which meets the needs of the most complex applications with high computing power demand, for example packing. The workstation has a ‘watch dog’ function which automatically monitors the operating system and if there is no input from the system it automatically re-starts itself. This avoids hard re-starts, which saves time associated with turning the system on and off, and minimises any stress on the system for increased reliability.

RT is a point-to-point device, with one workstation assigned to one PC in the safe area. It features a keyboard, mouse and video and is perfect for controlling tablet coating or dry granulation machines. The RT terminal’s modularity means upgrades to existing installations are quick and easy, which can save time, and minimise costly maintenance and downtime. Traditionally, the whole unit would have to be dismantled off site, but with MTL GECMA, individual parts can be replaced simply on site, increasing plant availability.

“With our MTL GEMCA range of HMIs, users have the flexibility of the platform design and can change between the workstations easily depending on the applications and specific needs of the plant,” says Jan Thriene, GECMA product line manager at Eaton. “The MTL GECMA platform exceeds current hardware requirements and provides a reliable, future-proof solution.”

For more information on Eaton’s safe and reliable MTL GECMA hazardous area workstations visit www.gecma.com or contact CSCKerpen@Eaton.com.

High-End Humidity and Temperature Transmitter with Multi-Functional Display

The highly accurate EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for demanding process control. The modern multi-functional display with data logging function enables intuitive operation and offers an optimum overview of the measuring task. Extensive settings and diagnostics can thus be performed directly on the device.
The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature, and calculates dew point temperature, frost point temperature, wet-bulb temperature, water vapour partial pressure, mixing ratio, absolute humidity and specific enthalpy.

The 3.5” TFT colour display shows simultaneously up to four measured or calculated values. All settings and even error diagnosis are easily performed with push buttons. The integrated data logger stores up to 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be shown on the display, or downloaded via the USB interface for further processing.

The EE310 transmitter is available for wall or duct mount, as well as with remote probe. Various remote probes can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The probes are also available as pluggable versions for quick and easy replacement.
The E+E proprietary sensor coating brings relevant advantages when it comes to use in harsh industrial environment. It protects the sensing elements from corrosive and electrically conductive contamination, which leads to reliable and long-term stable measurements.


The modular enclosure simplifies installation and maintenance of the EE310. The upper part of the transmitter, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be easily plugged off for service or adjustment, while the wiring remains untouched.

The measured values are available on two analogue outputs and the Modbus RTU interface. Two freely configurable relay outputs can be used for control or alarm purposes. Configuration and adjustment of the transmitter can be performed via display or with the free EE-PCS software using the USB interface.
More information about the EE310: www.ee310-humidity-transmitter.com

1U Mounting Panel for XLR Format FeedThrough Connectors Simplifies Panel Building and System Integration

Cliff Electronics has introduced a 1U 19” rack mounting panel to aid system builders with integration of their very successful range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors. The panel has a black anodized finish and will accept 16 FeedThrough connectors and features a labelling strip for end users to identify the function or individual connectors. The panel is also fitted with a strain-relief bar for tying internal cables to, relieving pressure on internal cable assemblies and improving system reliability.

Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors provide one of the widest ranges of digital, optical and analogue available to system builders. The range now includes Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets, high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations – A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2017 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

Cliff’s very extensive FT connector range is designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics. Models are available with plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of the product range. All models may be front or rear mounted to control panels and the Firewire and HDMI models may be specified with an optional socket sealing cover to prevent the ingress of dust when not in use or when in transit.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “The introduction of our new FeedThrough connector mounting panel enables us to supply system builders with a complete panel mounting interconnection system. Demand for our FT connectors continues to grow and we are being asked to support more applications on a regular basis. The industry standard XL format speeds up our development time and allows our customers to simplify and standardise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost.  Our FeedThrough connecters are being employed in our traditional audio broadcast market and many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.”

The FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

.All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connector mounting panel available direct from Cliff and via major Distributors in the UK and Europe.

For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email end_of_the_skype_highlightingsales@CliffUK.co.uk or visit Cliffuk.co.uk

First 79 GHz High-Accuracy Radar Instrument for Level Measurement in Liquids

Endress+Hauser presents. the world’s first radar with a transmission frequency of 79 GHz for level measurement in liquids. The new Micropilot NMR81 for high-accuracy custody transfer applications is certified by independent test authorities to an accuracy of ±0.5mm. The sharply focused microwave beam angle ensures safe and reliable measurements without any interfering signals even in narrow tanks with baffles. 

Man vs Machine

“Man vs. Machine?” – A plea for rethinking their collaboration

On the way to Industry 4.0 many people wonder: “Will machines substitute human workers?” Since its beginning, the fourth industrial revolution has been discussed alongside with this question. It is as old as automation itself; however, it looks at the winds of our times from the wrong perspective. It is not about “man VS machine”, but “man WITH machine”.

Cable entry made easy

Support arm systems for machine operation don’t just need a smart design and high load-bearing capacity; they should also offer operators easy  and straightforward cable management capability.

Linde Material Handling launches driver assistance system

Global industrial truck manufacturer, Linde Material Handling, has launched a new driver assistance system to support the safe operation of forklift trucks both in and outside the warehouse. Linde’s new ‘SpeedAssist’ system helps operators move more safely between the indoor and outdoor areas

Flip-Chip Pressure Sensor Dies: You Can Do More with a Single Sensor Die

BCM SENSOR has recently released a newly developed flip-chip pressure sensor die for mass production. This flip-chip sensor die, model SE105, is based on piezoresistive working principle and is manufactured by 6” silicon micro-machining process.