PECM Magazine - Issue 44

Mechelec moves forward with universal trolley packer

Bedfordshire‐based Mechelec Automation have taken their revolutionary new bottle collation and trolley packing system for the dairy industry to new heights. 

Addition Manufacturing Technologies Expands Tooling Capabilities in Preston, UK Operation

Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom February 4, 2018 – World-leading tube bending and end forming technology specialist Addition Manufacturing Technologies has expanded production capabilities by adding a manufacturing cell for consumable bending tools.

Cirrus Research unveil Optimus+ and doseBadge5 special offer at NEC Health & Safety Event 2018

Team also celebrating shortlisting as finalists in Safety & Health Excellence Award for Campaign of the Year
Noise monitoring specialists Cirrus Research have some great offers ready to unveil at this year’s Health & Safety Event at the Birmingham NEC, April 10-12 – as well as a sneak preview of the Optimus+ sound level meter prototype.

Online Gaming Engineering

The online gaming industry is growing at a rapid pace. New online casinos and gaming sites are appearing on a regular basis. Established sites are experiencing a growth in visitor traffic. With new additions that offer a variety of games and options to play mobile pokies, there is room for new growth. Online gaming engineering deals with the development of new games as well as the demands that they place on IP networks. It’s up to them to develop IP services that can successfully deliver a seamless gaming experience.

Oil Condition Monitoring for Industrial Applications

Tan Delta Systems is the global leader in oil condition monitoring technologies. Unique full spectrum holistic monitoring allows owners and operators to improve the financial return on their equipment investments and improve operational reliability and safety. Tan Delta have developed application kits which can be quickly and easily fitted to industrial engines, hydraulics and gearboxes enabling oil to be monitored and tracked continuously in real time.

Lubrication Engineers

Lubrication Engineers is a one-stop shop for lubrication reliability. Our global LE distributors will work closely with you to learn about your specific equipment and lubrication needs, and then help you create an effective lubrication reliability programme that will provide equipment protection and enhanced profits. We start with an onsite equipment assessment. A trained, local LE lubrication consultant will provide a detailed report recommending lubricants, application methods, usage amounts, and drain or lube intervals. In addition to LE’s premium line of lubricants, your LE consultant can offer you several other best practice products and services – available through our lubrication reliability partners – to ensure the effectiveness of your programme:

German Component Distribution Posts Double-Digit Growth

The German component distribution market (according to FBDi e.V.) grew 12% in the fourth quarter 2017; orders remain high.

Bad Birnbach, February 2018 – 2017 was a record-breaking year for the German component distribution, measured in terms of turnover. In the fourth quarter sales grew by 12% to 845 million Euros. Although this is 10 percent less than in the third quarter, it is still impressive. Considering the very stable order situation (plus 14% to 976 million Euros and a book-to-bill rate of 1.16) the first quarter of 2018 could remain positive.

HST: The new benchmark for oil-free compressed air

BOGE’s high speed turbo (HST) technology represents a quantum leap in compressed air innovation! Its radical design has enabled drastic improvements in efficiency to be achieved – allowing for a 30% reduction in total cost of ownership.

Applying “Selective” Technology to Limit Arc Flash Risks

Electrical engineering textbooks and standards guides describe an arc flash event as occurring during an electrical fault or short circuit that passes through a physical arc gap, or bridge, between two electrodes.

Online auctions of industrial assets & equipment

Surplex is Europe’s leading online auctioneer for used metal- and woodworking machinery. In 2017 alone, more than 60 000 items were sold to customers throughout the world. We have more than 500 000 customers per month at www which features a wide choice of machinery and equipment – including Hand Tools, Forklifts and Handling Equipment, Storage Racks, CNC Machining Centres, Borers, Lathes as well as complete production lines and manufacturing facilities. Most items are available for sale by auction – which could prove a decisive factor compared to delivery times for new machines.

Non-invasive thermometry system, Celsius, set to be demonstrated at FOODex 2018

Cerulean will be showcasing their accurate and sustainable equipment this April, in front of 30,000 attendees at the Birmingham NEC.

The UK show for processing, packaging and logistics is expected to be particularly well attended this year, possibly due to the current Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigation of meat cutting premises and cold stores taking place. This investigation has resulted in businesses reviewing their processes and aiming to upgrade to the safest and most accurate equipment currently available.

Quality By Design Symposium: 21 March 2018

The techniques and philosophy of Quality by Design are now being widely embraced by pharmaceutical and other manufacturing companies.  Instead of a system that assures the quality of the finished product after production, the manufacturing plant is designed, monitored, operated and optimised to achieve or exceed quality targets from the start.  The result is less waste, more right-first-time product, less time to scale up from development to full production, and lower operating costs. 

Heraeus Fast Reponse Infra-Red Heater Provide The Answer at Tarkett

Four fast response, medium wave infra-red (IR) heating modules from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Tarkett Ltd to significantly reduce the danger of flooring product manufactured at their Maidstone factory being spoiled or damaged in the event of unanticipated power cut-out or unexpected stoppage of the production line.

Heavy duty PT100 probe fitted with terminal head

Labfacility have launched a NEW online purchasing website featuring our full range of Temperature Sensors, Thermocouple Connectors, Thermocouple Cables and associated Temperature Instrumentation – Please visit for immediate despatch from stock worldwide .


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.

Tailored asset & component labels

Any size, any colour & ultra-durable. Design your asset and component labels with the highest flexibility in any way you need them. Get the durable labelling guide!

Brady’s Durable identification labels guide book supports industries in choosing the ideal label for their identification needs. It shows what is possible in the world of labelling and presents solutions that enable companies to easily design and print their own, trusted identification labels.

Achieve a Masters and work towards Chartered Engineer status.

As well as demonstrating your expertise within the sector, Chartership may also increase your earning potential and career opportunities.

Become a Chartered Engineer
Through the combination of our master degrees and work based learning, you can achieve the academic qualifications and professional development required to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Choose from two courses:

Professional Engineering MSc
Developed with the Engineering Council, our online Professional Engineering MSc is a highly flexible, part-time route to obtaining an engineering Master’s without taking time off work. The course is recognised by a wide range of engineering institutes including ICE, IMECHE and IET and will help you to develop skills and knowledge within leadership, research, ethical responsibilities, problem solving and innovation in technology.

Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc
Ideal for people with experience in any engineering discipline, or from an analytical background such as physics or geology, the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing course provides the opportunity to demonstrate your academic knowledge and develop your technical ability within a cutting-edge, high-tech industry. It will prepare you for roles in component design and manufacturing, or at a strategic level formulating business plans based on industry 4.0 concepts.

Study part-time, 100% online to achieve your Engineering postgraduate degree

Through the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) we offer a choice of two work-based MSc qualifications that can be completed part-time, 100% online, allowing you to achieve your qualification from anywhere in the world and providing you with the flexibility to study alongside your work or personal commitments.

My ultimate goal was to be a better Engineering leader. I progressed my own Engineering knowledge in a work-based environment by pushing for projects proactively that I may not have been suitable for without the online learning support. This led to a great deal of visibility and positive recognition, whilst expanding my network. I have also gained experience to apply for Chartered Engineer Status (CEng) something that I can now do following the completion of the course.”   Matthew Day, MSc Professional Engineering.

Read Matthew’s story  

Apply now to start in May or September

If you would like to apply for either of our Master programmes, simply completing our online application form on our website.  You can apply now to start in May, term starts on Tuesday 29 May or September, term starts on 24 September.

Ready to find out more?

For more information about UDOL or our Engineering courses visit our website or call us on +44 (0)1332 594000 or email

The precision bearings, engineers can trust

Koyo is the JTEKT Corporation brand for Bearings. JTEKT engineering and manufacturing capabilities range from super large bearings with outer diameters of seven meters to miniature bearings with inner diameters as small as one millimeter. Utilizing new materials and the latest in manufacturing technology, JTEKT Corporation has developed hybrid ceramic bearings and a variety of extreme special environment bearings to meet the increasingly severe and demanding requirements of modern industries. JTEKT Corporation stands at the forefront, as a technological leader in the world bearing industry.

A celebration for the inspired

As children, we grew up with big ideas and active imaginations that led us to think we could do anything we wanted. We were inspired by the world around us and driven by a belief that everything was possible.
Our customers keep that magic alive. So ‘for the inspired’ is a celebration of the people in our industry – their achievements, moments of ambition and inspiration to make things happen.

On the level, every mm counts

Every engineer wants the best accuracy level sensor they can get, but this specification often comes at an extra premium. Not today. The VEGAPULS 64 80Ghz contactless radar level transmitter now has increased its accuracy down to 1mm as standard, at no extra cost. This means, whether in storage or processing, you will get the best repeatability and accuracy of measurement on ranges up to 30m.

Advance SmartLine conveyor solution upscales efficiencies at ZyroFisher

As one of the leading distributors of parts, accessories and clothing to the UK and Irish cycling markets, Darlington-based ZyroFisher, looked to increase warehouse productivity by improving the efficiency of their daily order fulfilment process. With high levels of manual handling dominating their pick, pack and dispatch operation at their 100,000 sq ft facility, ZyroFisher needed a solution to make the movement of goods from the packing area to dispatch more efficient. Leading UK conveyor manufacturer, Advance Automated Systems, were asked to quote on providing a suitable conveyor solution.

Reliability Programme Maximizes Gearbox Life

The number one failure cause in any mechanical application is contamination. Industrial plants have a big investment in their equipment and the lubricants protecting that equipment, so it makes sense to protect these assets.

A good lubrication reliability programme is one that prevents contamination, oil foaming, overheating and emulsification – all caused by use of the wrong oil leading to lubricant failure and mechanical wear.   


Gloss is often difficult to describe, let alone measure, and everyone has their own idea of what “gloss” is. It’s an important factor in quantifying the appearance of a product in many industries from painted finishes to plastics – in fact, anywhere the perception of product quality is dependent on its reflective properties.

Production & line feed

We offer a wide variety of electric vehicles to move materials to feed the assembly process quietly with zero vehicle emissions. The Bradshaw Load Carriers can carry up to 3,000kgs and the range of Tow Tractors can tow up to 25,000kgs. The 4 wheeled tow tractors are amongst the most compact and manoeuvrable on the market providing superior stability.  The tow tractors have been ergonomically designed proving all-round vision and view of the tow hitch, easy vehicle access with a low single step and an external inching control assists with trailer hitching.

Advance SmartLine conveyor solution upscales efficiencies at ZyroFisher

As one of the leading distributors of parts, accessories and clothing to the UK and Irish cycling markets, Darlington-based ZyroFisher, looked to increase warehouse productivity by improving the efficiency of their daily order fulfilment process.

Hot water heater with touch design

PolyIC presents new series-production applications for PolyTC sensors

Reusable Pallet Strap Eliminates Waste in Supply Chain

Save time, money and reduce pollution with this simple and effective solution by the VELCRO® Brand.

The VELCRO® Brand LogiStrap® fastener is a revolutionary way to secure goods in a warehouse environment. This product is unique in that it eliminates the need to re-wrap any palleted item once it has been received in a facility. As such, this tool should help reduce plastic shrink wrap usage in warehouses and distribution centres significantly lowering packaging, recycling and maintenance expenditures.  This product is environmentally friendly and will reduce waste when replacing one use alternatives such as shrink wrap, stretch wrap, plastic or metal ties.

The UK’s longest-standing steam expert

There’s only one steam boiler company that can boast over 120 years of operation, class-leading energy-saving solutions, and UK-manufactured steam boilers – CFB Boilers.

Accutool Ltd

Accutool Ltd. is a company, offering precision engineering solutions to manufacturing companies. In 2015, Accutool celebrated its 30th anniversary and looks back on a long tradition of producing high quality engineering solutions.

High Speed High Volume Production Innovation – It’s time for a rethink.

SK Wiring Products Ltd is one of the World’s premier Thermocouple cable manufacturing companies; supplying the temperature measurement market globally.  Our mission is to be the primary choice supplier for the Thermocouple, RTD and specialist cable products industries.  SK’s R+D department is constantly looking for ways to break with the traditional mentality of cable makers and to bring new high speed high output machinery into our production environment; benefiting our customer base with improved delivery times and higher quality products

Low output from glass lapping machines has been an issue for a number of years, although the accepted wisdom is that there are physical limits to the speed with which you can rotate glass fibre yarns, the knowledge behind that accepted wisdom is dated.  SK decided to look at the problem using new knowledge and technology.

CrazyMill Cool Ball Z4 A Milling Cutter for perfect surface finishing in Stainless Steels & Co.

The Swiss Cutting Tool manufacturer Mikron Tool presents a new 4-flute Finishing Milling Cutter with shank integrated cooling, available in the diameter range of 1-8 mm, for milling depths of up to 5xd. This milling cutter is suitable for machining all materials up to a hardness of 54 HRC, focusing on stainless steels, titanium, heat resistant alloys based on nickel and chrome-cobalt-alloys. Hence it is not surprising that these tools are especially convincing with highest performances when working with these materials. All characteristics of the new milling tool are designed to reach highest milling performance as well as best surface quality. Primarily, this means that due to poor heat conductivity of stainless and heat resistant materials, overheating of the tool cutting edges must be avoided. Several factors are instrumental.

Drive Productivity with real-time Attendance Recording

Autotime Solutions provides the latest cloud-based Time & Attendance for manufacturers of all sizes, with a low cost monthly fee.

Key features include real-time absence alerts, emergency muster reports, remote enrolment and automatic timesheet population for streamlined payroll.


Corroserve is a member of the Corrosioneering group, which works closely with its sister company Corrocoat, to provide an industry leading selection of corrosion protection and engineering service. Working together with our research and development division Corrolabs, we provide the ultimate one stop shop for our customers.

Hart comes clean                                   

This Speedor, manufactured and installed by Hart Door Systems, has been fitted in a pharmaceuticals production wash-down area facility in Cambridge.

Saving with more performance.

Richard Chambers is internationally recognised for his products, which are either unique or the best in the world, covering most areas in industry and transport, and also private areas..

VarioCAM® HDx – The x-factor in thermography by InfraTec

For all those who want to take the next step in thermography, there is a complete package with infrared cameras of the premium class together with efficient thermography software for just 14,950 Euro plus VAT available. With VarioCAM® HDx InfraTec introduces an additional performance variant of uncooled microbolometer cameras, based on high-performance detectors in (640 × 480) IR pixels format and fast interchangeable lenses in proven Jenoptik quality. It is aimed primarily at price-conscious users with universal measuring, testing and monitoring tasks in many sectors.