PECM Magazine

ExVeritas Provide Free ATEX and IECEx Update Training for Manufacturers

CompEx and Specialist Ex Training for 2015

Exveritas only ever use our senior working practitioners to present training, all of whom have at least 20 years’ experience. We are a CompEx licenced centre and are one of only a couple of centres worldwide that can present ‘Ex12′ for Designers, the highest level of CompEx training available. We are also the only training facility to run specialist courses such as ‘Intrinsically Safe circuit design for electronics engineers’ and  ‘ATEX turbine and engine  safety’.

Boosting Cooling Tower Price-Performance Ratio

Engineered plastic cooling towers offers unmatched performance plus design options and factory support – all at a competitive price

When evaluating the purchase of most types of capital equipment, the obvious factor to consider is price/performance. Yet, an important factor that most people would agree should not be overlooked is value added, an amenity or service – such as warranty or engineering assistance – that substantially increases the worth of the product, or potential ROI.

ALLTEC Manufactures the Dynashield® ADSx2F Series of Hardwired AC Surge Protection Devices

The new ADSx family provides a greater standard of protection for mission critical infrastructure. Smaller, lighter, tougher. The Dynashield® ADSx2F Series of Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) are fast responding, high current handling devices designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment and systems from damaging transient surge events.

Chancellor opens University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, officially opened the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park today (Friday, January 16, 2015).


Following on from a successful series of training and workshops in 2014, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the first dates for its 2015 training courses, which take place at the end of February.

Composites Reach the Antarctic

Fibrelite’s design and technical team were recently called upon to help an engineering team constructing a specialist waste water treatment system for a facility in the Antarctic.This specialist system is essential for treating all black and grey waste water generated on the base before it can be safely discharged into the sea.

William Hughes opens £3 million new factory to meet growing demand for wire products

William Hughes, the specialist manufacturer of wire based products and springs, formally opened its new offices and manufacturing facility in Stalbridge, Dorset at the end of last year.

IMPCO’s award nominated Reserve Fuel Tank System. For all LPG powered forklifts


Did you know…? 
The average returned fuel cylinder is estimated to have around 15% of the original fill volume of LPG left unused. Simply by using all the fuel paid for would shave that 15% off your fuel cost.

Alternative technologies to fluid switches: affordable, reliable and robust

Traditionally the use of float switches has dominated this market as the low cost solution for fluid level detection. Alternative technologies such as optical sensors have historically been viewed as desirable but too expensive. SST Sensing Ltd have taken the challenge to bring very reliable and robust optical fluid sensors into the market at a cost which is now comparable to float switches.

Lockout/Tagout implementation: partner up with Brady’s 3IN1 Solution!

Brady’s extensive Lockout/Tagout support offer enables a fast and secure implementation of lockout/tagout procedures, including machine-specific procedure writing, communication support, training and Lockout/Tagout hardware, spearheaded by our critically acclaimed LINK360™ software for procedure approval and roll-out!

Sign up now for a 30 day free trial!

Thornton Science Park’s High Growth Centre and Energy Demonstrator shares industry and academic expertise in the North West

A new centre to support economic growth and develop innovative products for North West businesses has been launched.

The newly-developed High Growth Centre is located at Thornton Science Park formerly Shell Technology Centre at Ince, near Chester. Co-funded by the University of Chester and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the High Growth Centre offers SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and new start-up businesses valuable advice and support. Designed specifically for companies operating in the Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Engineering and Environmental sectors the unique blend of industry, innovation and academia will deliver a much needed boost to the region.

Radical new PROFIBUS network design opportunities

The long running single speed PROFIBUS DP network arrangement is now challenged by the release of a revolutionary multi-speed repeater from Procentec, designers of the industry leading ProfiTrace PROFIBUS test kit. The new ProfiSwitch x5, distributed in the UK by Hi-Port Controls, allows mixing of different network speeds, as may be needed for slower speed slaves and/or longer segment lengths. This radically new product opens a totally new way of thinking to PROFIBUS network designers!

Ensinger acquires British specialist supplier Elekem Expansion of the product and technology spectrum

Ensinger Group Ltd has acquired the UK company Elekem Ltd. Based in Rossendale near Manchester, this specialist supplier produces semi-finished products made of fluoropolymers and polyaryletherketone. Elekem uses different manufacturing techniques to process these high-performance plastics, with the focus on isostatic moulding and dynamic centrifugal moulding of tubes.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Pump System Audits

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations 2014 came into force on 17 July 2014 and are a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups). The scheme applies throughout the UK. ESOS Energy Audits have the potential to increase businesses profitability and competitiveness by identifying cost-effective savings which, if implemented, will improve energy efficiency.

Diamond HMI introduces Custom Piezo Keypads

Diamond HMI, the custom Interface division of Diamond Electronics Ltd, has signed an agreement to act exclusively for ALGRA AG promoting their custom Piezo Keypad technology in the UK market. Piezo keypads are Force Sensing rather than Touch sensing devices and use integrated Piezo elements to sense very small deformations of a facia panel.

Programmable electric actuators get IP6x rating

Electric moving coil actuators from SMAC are designed to replace pneumatic cylinders in applications where high speed, long life and precise control of force and position are required. In order to target industries with harsh environmental conditions, SMAC can now supply certain models with IP65 and IP67 ratings, with IP69K in development. Of course, these units still offer the same unique features that make SMAC actuators stand out from more traditional technologies.

IBC Mixers – a cost effective mixing solution

“Using the IBC or Drum as a mixing vessel offers significant benefits including cost savings on transfer and cleaning time on a range of applications”

Euromixers unique range of IBC mixers have been designed for use on industry standard 800 and 1000 litre Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s) with a 150mm screwed cap, the E-400 folding impeller fit through the standard opening to transforming the IBC into a versatile mixing vessel, quickly re-mixing the contents when settled out during transportation or storage in preparation for use directly from the IBC.

AK Precision Ltd

AK Precision Ltd is a thriving sub-contracting machine shop with a reputation for using the highest quality components to achieve the right product, delivered at the right time, for the right price. Each product, from a 1mm diameter pin through to a complex hydraulic valve body, is 100% Made to Order and has to meet the most exacting quality standards. Serving a wide range of industry sectors including sub-sea, offshore, motor sport, aerospace, oil and gas exploration, the company has grown steadily throughout its 10 year history and now has 14 machine centres and a skilled workforce of 20 employees.

Introducing Airmatic- Experts in Dust & Fume Extraction, Odour Extraction and Heat Removal

Based in North Manchester and covering the whole of the UK, Airmatic specialise in the removal of dust and fumes, odour and excess heat produced by chemical & industrial process.

Condensation control – The need for high performance insulation

Correctly specified insulation can prevent condensation forming on refrigeration pipe work systems. Here, Michaela Störkmann, Armacell Technical Department Manager EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), looks at how a better understanding of condensation and advances in insulation performance is leading to improved specifications.

“Whilst hot installations (heating and hot-water pipes) are predominantly insulated to save energy, cold systems (such as the chilled-water pipes of air-conditioning systems or the suction lines of commercial freezers) need protection against condensation. On refrigeration systems, where the line temperature is lower than the ambient temperature, condensation is formed when water vapour comes into contact with the colder surfaces of the pipework and equipment.

Data acquisition & measurement uncertainty training courses from HBM

Data acquisition & measurement uncertainty training courses from HBM

Following on from a successful series of training and workshops in 2014, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the first dates for its 2015 training courses, which take place at the end of February.

The first of the training courses is on ‘Data Acquisition’ and takes place on the 24-25th February. This course is suitable for all personnel who would like to plan and conduct measurements with transducers and measurement data acquisition systems.


To increase metalcutting capacity in response to an upturn in orders for automotive pumps, the UK’s leading manufacturer, Concentric, has installed three Fanuc Robodrill machining centres at its manufacturing facility in Erdington, Birmingham. The company’s oil, water and fuel pumps are used mainly in diesel engines that power light to medium duty trucks and off-road plant.

Two engine manufacturers have recently awarded significant new contracts to Concentric for machining, assembling and testing of an oil pump and a transmission pump. Consequently, a new production cell has been set up at the Erdington factory based around three α-D21LiA5 Robodrills dedicated to machining the aluminium pressure die castings.

HepcoMotion acquires automation specialist Severn Automation

Hepcomotion, world leaders in linear motion, have acquired automation specialist Severn Automation.

The new operation will trade as HepcoAutomation, retaining Severn’s existing staff and premises in Telford, Shropshire. Severn have built up a fine reputation for innovative automation solutions and excellent customer service, not just in the Telford area but across the UK.

HepcoMotion have been working closely with Severn for over 18 months. In that time customers have experienced the benefits of the close integration between the two companies. With a flexible approach to solving customers’ problems manufacturing organisations will be able to obtain automation systems that provide real value for money.

Enhanced Resolution and Widescreen Options With PanelView Plus 7 Standard Operator Interface From Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation announces the release of the Allen‑Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Standard graphic terminal, giving machine builders new options in the size, functionality and connectivity of their graphic terminals. The terminals are available in five screen sizes, including widescreen options.

“As facilities work toward achieving a Connected Enterprise, machine operators are relying on graphic terminals more than ever to monitor and react in real time to a growing amount of critical data,” said Scott Oakley, global product manager, Rockwell Automation. “We’re introducing a wider range of terminal options and increasing screen resolution to help ensure data can be quickly and easily viewed in a manner that best fits each user’s application.”

How a £10 Wager Started a Business Relationship that Spans the Globe

Before A-SAFE, barriers came almost entirely from the ‘rigid lump’ school of engineering. Facility procurement managers with a pressing need to guide traffic, or protect equipment, or segregate pedestrians from workplace vehicles would more than likely take a trip to their local metal fabricators and ask them to ‘come up with something’ to address their problem.

NBC Group

NBC Group Limited is a leading UK bearing and power transmission components company based in Shropshire, England. As a key supplier to most major industries, including mining, construction, agriculture & offshore oil and gas, NBC has developed expertise over the decades a s a technical partner , providing integrated solutions to original equipment manufacturers worldwide.

Thermocouple Wall Port: tackling the risk of Legionnaires’ disease

Help is on hand for engineers that are serious about tackling the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. TME presents the TC Wall Port: a low-cost wall accessory allowing discrete fine wire sensors to monitor temperature testing points up to 20m away.

Keeping Abreast of the Wiring Regulations 3rd Amendment

The 5th January 2015 publication of the latest version of BS7671 introduced the 3rd Amendment to the 17th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations. The enforcement of the content within this latest edition will be required for the design, installation and commissioning of electrical installations, inspection and testing from the 1st July later this year, so electricians need to get up to speed with Amendment 3 advises Carole Jameson Training Centre Administration Manager at PASS Electrical Training Courses.

Accutool Advance in High Speed Machining

Irish engineering company Accutool has installed new machinery and innovations to best provide customers when producing quality parts. They have a dedicated medical cell with a fully validated production line, ultrasonic cleaning, laser marking, bead blasting, hex shearing, and a Brown & Sharp CMM with a Renishaw 5 axis measuring head in a temperature controlled room.

Hone-All Orders Two Deep Hole Boring Machines

The relentless growth at Hone-All has now seen the deep hole boring and turning specialist invest over £650,000 in two new deep hole boring machines from TIBO Tiefbohrtechnik. The Leighton Buzzard subcontract machining company has purchased the German built TIBO B250 and B80 units to increase capacity and extend the maximum boring dimensions from its existing 200mm diameter up to 250mm with a length capacity of 3.2m.

Training Dates

13/04/2015         Introduction to Valves   £390 + vat      £260 + vat            More info

14/04/2015         Introduction to Valve Actuators            £390 + vat            £260 + vat            More info

Poundland seek Dexeco’s expertise to switch to LED for recent expansion

Leading single price UK retailer are quids in with Dexeco’s array of outstanding energy saving luminaries.

Dexeco manufactured and delivered an impressive total of 776 high level LED products for Poundland’s new flagship depot in Harlow, Essex. The 31,000 m2 distribution centre is the retailer’s largest facility, serving its entire store network and driving their business expansion in the UK and across the Channel.

Techsil Launch New Range of Epoxy Adhesives which Cure within Seconds

Curing with UV-LED-light has helped to elevate light curable adhesive bonding to new levels of advancement. Until recently, UV-LED-hardening adhesives were limited to free-radical curing acrylates. With the recent development of new and innovative photoinitiators, cationic curing epoxy systems can now also be hardened in seconds.

CDR launches non-metallic self-priming pumps

CDR Pumps has launched a range of non-metallic self-priming pumps, designed for handling toxic, corrosive and aggressive chemicals in applications such as tanker unloading and bund emptying.

The units are suitable for priming up to 6m of suction lift, with capacities from 1m3/hr to 40m3/hr.

SEEPEX metering pumps with integrated flow control

SEEPEX have recently introduced a new generation of dosing pumps – a progressive cavity pump range that combines accuracy, reliable metering and the option for remote control.

Our dosing pumps are suitable for low and high viscosity products, they can handle aggressive chemicals and abrasive products and are suitable for high pressure applications.

Non-Invasive Continuous Liquid Level Detector

INTROTEK INTERNATIONAL, Edgewood, NY, a global leader in ultrasonic technology has announced the launch of their latest Non-Invasive CONTINUOUS LIQUID LEVEL DETECTOR (“CLM”). The CLM delivers the answer for challenging non-invasive liquid level monitoring for a variety of fixed tanks and vessels comprised of, Stainless Steel, Copper, Aluminum,Teflon, Plastic and Fiberglass.