Sensor device and method for detecting gear damage in rotating elements in housing GTR-01

The company PCE Process Control Electronic GmbH in cooperation with DELTEC electronic GmbH has developed a sensor device and a method to detect damage to rotating parts in a closed housing. Tests on ferromagnetic gears have been successfully carried out so far.

K 2019: Coherent with new laser solutions for polymer processing

Laser manufacturer Coherent will present a range of sub-systems and systems that service a variety of plastics processing tasks, including welding, cutting, degating and marking. Whatever the application, these tools enable the plastics fabricator to reduce production costs, improve quality and yields, and implement more environmentally friendly processing.

Emerson completes Reliable valve offering to the Life Science industries by adding the ASCO™ Series 224 Aseptic Valves

Pharmaceutical and Biotech customers are producing under the most stringent conditions to ensure the highest quality and safety of their final products. In order for these customers to avoid an accumulation of process fluids and contaminants, which can affect quality, they need a reliable product with a clean design and high traceability.

Introducing New Generation of Portable Dewpoint Hygrometers

  • Full colour screen displaying multiple units
  • Desiccant Dry-Down Chamber for fast response
  • Automatic Calibration
  • Units selectable in °C, °F, ppm(v), ppm(w), g/m3 • or lb/MMSCF
  • Display in choice of 10 languages
  • Full data logging capability
  • Real time logging with screenshot feature
  • Wireless Bluetooth & USB connectivity
  • View display screen on smart phone or tablet
  • Wireless printing to dedicated printer
  • Integral pressure calculator to display pressure dewpoints
  • Easy to use with icons and intuitive control
  • Strong, durable and rugged, IP66 construction
  • Rechargeable batteries, 150 hours use in continuous operation
  • Certificate of Test & Calibration
  • Generous 2 Year Warranty

Industrial Quality Power Supplies

TMDC Series DC-DC Converter 20, 40 & 60 Watts output power 9-36V or 18-75V DC input range 5V,12V, 24V or 48V DC output versions Fully encapsulated, chassis or DIN rail mounting

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.

Smart energy monitoring technology for commercial and industrial applications

  • Smappee modular energy meter provides a cost effective solution for any metering situation.
  • Allows sub metering of supplies previously considered too expensive.
  • Adaptable, easy to install and configure Smappee is ideal as a standalone system or part of a larger energy management solution.

Almatec® C-Series AODD Pumps

Almatec® C-Series AODD Pumps feature an industry-leading design engineered to be more a cost-effective alternative to similar plastic pumps. They offer increased bolt torque to improve pump safety when compared to competitive pumps. What further separates the C-Series is the incorporation of Almatec’s exclusive Perswing P® air control system, which offers superior efficiency to optimize production rates and lower energy costs.

Available in five pump sizes, C-Series pumps ensure the suction and discharge ports are available as separate housing parts with different footprints. This allows the C-Series to be easily matched to existing installations. C-Series pumps do not have any mechanical seals, drives or rotating parts that cause wear over time, which improves reliability and extends product life. C-Series pumps feature self-priming and dry run capabilities, critical considerations for most pumping applications.

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Adding connectivity from your devices to a cloud based IOT portal to manage your assets has never been easier!

Using products and the IOT platform from Caption Data Ltd in Worcester provides an “out of the box” or  “plug and play” solution with immediate access..

Linux is not dead

Windows operating system (OS) has over 79.46 per cent market share of the desktop computer sector. However, in every other computing sector, the complete opposite is true with Linux OS holding the majority of the market share. Here Florian Froschermeier, technical sales manager of industrial router manufacturer INSYS icom, explains why Linux is in such a dominant position.

Virtual and augmented reality in manufacturing

Originally developed as technologies for gaming and entertainment, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are rapidly gaining traction in the manufacturing industry. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at automation parts supplierEU Automation, explains how VR and AR can be used in the factory to improve safety and increase productivity.

The Rise of the Cobots—Friends, Not Foes, in Today’s Manufacturing Landscape

Cobots—robots that physically interact with humans in a shared workspace—first appeared on factory floors two years ago. These robotic partners were hailed as ‘the future of work’, particularly in the manufacturing sector, but concerns about widespread robotic implementation are rife. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in March claim that 1.5 million people in England alone are at risk of losing their jobs to automation, suggesting that these fears are justified.

Pick it, place it, ship it, all automatic

Warehousing is becoming an increasingly automated system, with robots storing, retrieving and delivering packages day in, day out. In fact, some warehouses use aircraft control style systems to organise and control their robots, due to the complexity of the system. As such, precision is fundamental for the successful running of automated warehouses.

The cabling guide from FS Cables ‘the little red book’

FS Cables ever popular cabling guide ‘the little red book’ has been updated for 2019 and contains technical information, application data and images for over 8,000 products, a must have resource for those involved in buying or specifying electric cables. 


Not every company’s projects run over time and over budget. There’s a significant sub-set that consistently deliver projects twice as fast as their competitors. The secret is a radically different approach to project execution – Critical Chain.

Phase 3 plastics

Phase 3 plastics design and manufacture thermoformed plastic and packaging solutions for the Aerospace, Defence, Electronic, Medical and Healthcare Industries – providing you with complete confidence in their progressive design applications.

The Evolution of Slot Machine Engineering

Photo by Linnaea Mallette / CC0

Slot machine technology has changed significantly over the years

The last 100 years have seen unprecedented technological advancements. From moon landings and computer science to mobile technology and transportation systems, our knowledge and understanding of technology continue to improve and expand each and every year. But it’s not just solutions and exploration that technology seeks to improve. It’s also the way we have fun!

AC-DC Battery Backed Power System Rack Mounting up to 300 Watts in 1U

The PFD Series Battery Backed Power Supply is a no break system to provide constant power without interruption in the event of an AC mains failure. Available in 150W and 300W versions and nominal DC outputs of 12V, 24V or 48V. Higher power versions can also be built to customers specification. Consult sales office for details

Phoenix Systems UK Limited are a highly skilled Sub-Contract Service provider, with an AS9100 Quality Management System.

The company is truly world class in every way, and predominantly serves the Aerospace, Defence, Automotive and Industrial industry sectors.

New low cost Audio Test & Measurement solutions: dScope M1 Analyzer and Loudspeaker Test Chambers

Prism Sound Test & Measurement relaunches as Spectral Measurement with two great new solutions: the dScope Series III M1 range of high-performance, low cost audio analyzers and the range of Loudspeaker Test Chambers designed by Hill Acoustics.

dScope Series III M1 range provides the features you’d expect from a professional instrument costing many times as much, complete with automation. Please tell us about your needs and we’ll propose a solution you’ll find impossible to beat!

Obsolescence is here to stay but it can be managed!

Globalisation, business consolidation and short development and production cycles, particularly in electronics, mean that components and equipment are often withdrawn from the market within 5-10 years of their launch; if the economic life of your asset is 30 years, sustaining the asset quickly becomes problematical. Obsolescence management becomes important in this business environment and is now formalised in the new standard IEC62402:2019, which describes how to assess and mitigate obsolescence risk. Obsolescence management covers all types of parts (electronic, electrical, mechanical), as well as materials, software, skills and infrastructure, and is essential to the sustainability of many businesses.

The whole spectrum of plastic joining

It’s time again – The K fair 2019 (16 to 23rd October) in Düsseldorf opens its doors to the plastics industry. bielomatik will be there with the full range of experienceable added value. Some of the bielomatik highlights are: “Industrial Augmented Reality – Industry 4.0” for groups, a specially developed app for access to relevant production data of your plant, completely in line with digitalization. In addition: solutions for all relevant processes in the field of joining and welding, automation and the use of robots and cobots. Interested parties can see and get to know the whole world of plastics joining live at the bielomatik stand G60: our 2-stage laser welding Turn2Weld opens up completely new possibilities for complex part processing and masters new joining tasks such as electric battery housings and cooling systems. Joining (not only of plastics), automation, design, prototyping, standards, testing and consulting from a single source – this is only possible with bielomatik. Find out more about the entire bielomatik spectrum at K fair in Düsseldorf in Hall 11, Stand G60.

Energy Management for Increased Plant Efficiency

One of the most important components for lowering operating costs and reducing energy waste is identifying key areas of a plant where leveraging the attributes of a technology in any given scenario has the most profound effect on efficiency, with a quantifiable return on investment falling in the one-to two-year time frame.

The extremes of additive manufacturing

When Norway based Kongsberg Maritime, a specialist in technology for use in extreme conditions, was designing a chassis for a subsea measurement instrument, it turned to 3DPRINTUK to help with the manufacture of key components. MEPCA found out more.

Spiroflow to showcase remote monitoring system at PPMA

Bulk materials handling specialist, Spiroflow, will be using the PPMA Total Show to promote their new innovative monitoring initiative known as Spiroflow Active Monitoring (SAM). The system remotely provides real time information on the performance of their complete machinery range.

SAM is able to automatically monitor customers’ equipment through sensor-based technology, thereby providing key performance related, safety and operational data. As an ‘upgrade’, the system is built into the standard electrical panel on Spiroflow’s machinery by an in-house team of skilled electrical engineers and connected remotely via 4G/5G or Wi-fi.

Camloc Motion Control continues growth of worldwide distribution network with Appian Fasteners partnership

Leicester-based gas spring and damper manufacturer, Camloc Motion Control, is expanding its worldwide product reach after appointing Ireland-based Appian Fasteners to its global distribution network.

Elesa unique Ergostyle® design – a market responsive approach

As a worldwide manufacturer/distributor, Elesa have rather shorter lines of communication with their customers than might otherwise be the case – a situation which allows them to focus their manufacturing expertise on rapid response and highly detailed product designs.

Elesa at PPMA Exhibition, 1-3 October @ NEC, Stand No. E03

The PPMA Total Show 2019 is said to be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to processing and packaging machinery. As such is very much a place Elesa looks forward to networking with customers to discuss best practice and new solutions including many that have not yet been identified. Stand E03 at PPMA is exactly the place where engineers and buyers can explore opportunities in standard component products, service and technologies for industries including food, beverage, baking, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, confectionery, cosmetics/personal care, tobacco/vaping/E-liquids, building supplies and materials, pet food/pet care, household products, contract packers, microbrewers and distillers.

Cable Entry Connectors with New Control Circuit

Leading encapsulated coil, industrial connector and sensor supplier ATAM,has upgraded its cable entry connectors with a new control circuit for solenoid valves, whilst also employing advanced new techniques to dramatically speed up manufacture.

Hellberg Safety – SECURE Active – active listening headsets.

Hellberg Safety specialist PPE products include highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal wellbeing on site.

The SECURE ACTIVE headsets enable workers to communicate safely with colleagues, hear signals and other important information while protected from hazardous noise. The built-in, level-dependent microphones provide perfect directional hearing with an electronic protection system that limits all sounds through the speakers to a safe sound level.

Aggreko launches bridging gap decentralised energy service

Manufacturers can now start the process of implementing a decentralised energy solution to their facilities, after Aggreko officially launched its bridging gap service.

Cooling tower optimization

Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance. Here Darcy Simonis, food and beverage group vice president at ABB, explains how to optimize cooling towers.

SensorPRO – a new development in Bender Residual Current Monitors for even smarter networks

A new improved range of SensorPRO residual current monitors (RCM) is available from Bender.

Three new Bender sensor ranges have been announced – Modular, Compact and Split Core. Resulting from recent product investment the new improved sensors are designed for use in demanding industrial applications. With improved functionalities, enhanced flexibility and modular construction, the SensorPRO range is simpler and less expensive for users to integrate, install and retrofit into electrical installations, machinery and final circuits.

ACEINNA Current Sensor for May PECM Issue

The new ACEINNA MCX1101 current sensor is the industry’s first high accuracy current sensor based on AMR Technology

Providing quick, simple and accurate thickness measurements with minimal preparation

Cygnus thrive on developing a product range that is application-driven and user-focused. This UK based ultrasonic manufacturer are the pioneers of the multiple-echo measuring technique, which has long been an industry standard for through-coating measurement of material thickness.

Chemical Protective Clothing: Could you be Sitting on a Health Time Bomb?

There are thousands of chemicals used globally with a wide range of associated hazards – acid burns, poison, toxicity and so on. Yet whilst some have short term effects that will be immediately apparent (it will hurt if you receive a splash of acid on your arm!), many have no immediate effects, but can cause irreversible damage to health – or even death – in the long term. Such chemicals are more difficult to deal with simply because contamination might not be noticed at all.