PECM Magazine - Issue 44

Ready to tackle increasingly demanding PCB assembly projects

Customers outsourcing the manufacture of high-complexity or mixed-characteristics boards to benefit from Speedboard’s investment in Vapour Phase technology Windsor,United Kingdom – Speedboard Assembly Services has enhanced its Printed Circuit Board (PCB) assembly capabilities, following its investment in an IBL BLC 509 Vapour Phase oven; where Vapour Phase affords much better control and stability over the entire soldering process, compared to traditional reflow soldering, regardless of board characteristics.

Rockwell Automation Eases Recipe Management and Protection With Advanced FactoryTalk Batch Software

New capabilities help track recipe changes, manage approvals and help protect intellectual property

The latest release of FactoryTalk Batch software from Rockwell Automation eases the process of modifying and creating new recipes by managing the approval process for changes and automatically tracking the genealogy of recipes. New security-authority binding features also help manufacturers protect their intellectual property.

Valve Ranges Complement Hydra-Cell Pumps

Wanner International offers a wide selection of Back Pressure Valves and Pressure Relief Valves that it claims are ideal for use in chemical dosing systems and complement its Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps.

Wanner Back Pressure Valves help ensure that Hydra-Cell pumps provide accurate predictable flow, while the Pressure Relief Valves protect pumps and systems from over pressure situations.

New Low Cost Flow Meter Calibration Services

Where accurate flow measurements are required or even critical, it is imperative that the flow meter being used is producing correct and consistent results. Only by calibrating a flow meter can you provide assurance that it is performing accurately and within its stated specifications.

Bell Flow Systems, a leading manufacturer and supplier of flow meters recently commissioned an in-house flow meter calibration facility to offer low cost, flexible calibration services for flow meters of many measuring principles and sizes.

Winter is Coming | Protect your business with Drum Heaters from Hawco

Hawco offer a full range of drum and IBC (Intermediate bulk container) heaters for both plastic and metal drums.

Drum heaters are widely used for melting or warming:

  • Resins
  • Glucose
  • Soaps
  • Wax
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfume
  • Food products

C3412 – The new generation “Compact Crane”

With unique infinite outrigger positioning technology, the versatile C3412 can be set up and operated in the most demanding of confined spaces. Hybrid technology allows it to operate internally or externally around production lines or construction sites


Cleansing Service Group (CSG) has been appointed by SSE Enterprise Contracting, a leading supplier of multi-discipline mechanical and electrical services, to deliver waste equipment maintenance services for schools and other sites owned by Hampshire County Council.

SSE Enterprise Contracting currently delivers a range of mechanical and electrical services for the council and has appointed CSG on a one year rolling contract. CSG’s support will include regular servicing of pumping stations, sewage treatment plants, interceptors, septic tanks and storm water holding tanks at 43 sites across the County. The majority of site visits by CSG are being scheduled to take place during the school holidays.

Rittal offer advice on HCFC ban

From 1st January 2015 it will be illegal to use any recycled or reclaimed ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) R22 refrigerant gas to service cooling units.

R22 remains one of the most commonly used refrigerants in the UK used, in the past, to charge cooling units and chillers that provide electrical enclosure and process cooling. Rittal advise this legislation may dramatically affect users ability to service and maintain existing cooling products, which could result in costly downtime for important manufacturing processes.

Let us “turn” your designs into reality!

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 as a technical partner, providing integrated solutions to original equipment manufacturers worldwide.

New Tinytag Ultra Radio Data Loggers

Tinytag data loggers monitor parameters including temperature, RH, CO2, voltage, current and count, enabling conditions to be recorded, analysed and validated.

As well as stand-alone loggers, which record data that is downloaded to a PC for analysis, a Radio Data Logging System is available which is ideal in premises requiring multiple monitoring points. Environmental data is gathered automatically and sent via a receiver for direct viewing on a PC, across a LAN, or remotely across the internet.


Babcock Wanson, a provider of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, is leading the new DEMOXYA research project which aims to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency of burners.

DEMOXYA stands for ‘DEveloppement et déMOnstration de brûleurs à très faibles émissions d’oXYdes d’Azote’ (Development and demonstration of burners with very low nitrogen oxide emissions). It has been awarded funding by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, as part of a call for projects in support of Research & Development programmes that are aimed at improving air quality both indoors and outdoors.

‘Fit & Forget’ – high performance tubing for added value and cost savings manufactured by Fine Tubes

Fine Tubes has been manufacturing high performance tubing for critical applications for over 70 years, and the offshore oil & gas sector has long been a key market for the company. From the technological advances that came with the first subsea drilling in the 1970s through to the deepwater challenges of the present day, Fine Tubes has responded to changing customer requirements with a consistent record of new product design and innovation.

Rapidox 7100 Rack Mounted Multigas Analyser

Cambridge Sensotec launch its new generation of Rapidox Multigas analysers

The Rapidox 7100 Multigas Analyser is an all new high specification instrument designed and manufactured by Cambridge Sensotec for the analysis, control and monitoring of emission or process gas. This is the first 19” rack mountable gas analyser to be developed by the company, with features including touchscreen control and fully configurable gas sensors.


View our Advent Calendar and win a fantastic prize!

How would you like the chance of having something made on our metal 3D printer?
Well here’s your chance! Croft Filters is offering a prize to the lucky winner of our competition.


The Middle East is fertile ground for the deployment of advanced emission control technologies designed to ensure that key industries can offer improved environmental protection whilst sustaining economic growth. With the region’s fragile environment increasingly under stress due to climate change and population growth, preventing future problems is now at the top of the agenda for politicians, industry and regulators alike.

Munters Win Global Freight Innovation Award

Amidst a 500 strong prestigious audience of the world’s top freight companies Munters accepted the Global Freight Innovation Award for Drytainer.

The award recognises new products which approach everyday freight transport in new ways, enhancing performance, decreasing costs and spearheading an operational change that the industry hadn’t even considered.

RMIG Bridge Slot screens cut process drying times

 An innovative range of drying screens has been launched in the UK by RMIG, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of precision perforated products. Bridge Slot screens are specially designed for use in drying and storing all sorts of solid materials, such as grains, herbs, and more recently wood-chip, which is now primarily used to fuel biomass boilers. 

“NIS” Completes A Successful 8 Months Field Trial Of Its NanoLub® Diesel Engine Power Generation Oil Additive At A Power Plant In Ecuador.

NIS completes an 8 month long field trial of its NanoLub® Power Generation lubricant solution, at “TERMOGUAYAS GENERATION S.A. (TGSA)” diesel engine power plant in Ecuador. The results showed a significant increase in the facility’s power output, intervals between major maintenance cycles and reduction of unexpected down-times, leding to a successful commercialization of the project.

Castle goes Crackers!

Castle Group have gone absolutely Crackers this Christmas, sending you a Free Christmas Cracker with every single purchase!
With this one time offer Castle are enlightening safety professionals around the country, giving a little joy back to industries that are so heavily legislated, and we think that’s a cracking idea.

Parker Chomerics enhances thermal management solutions with the release of its latest THERM-A-GAP™ gel with conductivity extensions to 6 W/m-k

As more and more high performance electronics are utilised across a wide range of applications, it has stimulated a growing need to provide new innovative thermal materials that can effectively manage the heat dissipation challenges.

Mydax’s New CryoDax Chillers Are Meeting the Cooling Challenges of New Emerging Markets

As the world shifts away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy, new technologies are fueling new markets.

One such source of energy is hydrogen. Powering fuel cells to generate electricity, hydrogen is an environment friendly alternative to other means of electric generation since its byproduct is pure water.

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JSP’s Press to check™ Calculator Shows the Huge Cost Savings of the Most Effective Mask on the Market

JSP has introduced a new calculator on its PressToCheck™ website that quickly and easily illustrates the extent of the savings that can be made by using a reusable Force 8™ half-mask with PressToCheck™ P3 filters, compared to disposable masks.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds can be saved over a matter of months by using the system, which estimates replacing the filters every five days rather than after just one use. JSP invites you to visit website to check for yourself.

Cambridge Sensotec launch the new range of Rapidox SF6 6100 gas analysers

October 201 New Range of Rapidox SF6 Gas Analysers are Launched in China

Cambridge Sensotec announced the launch of their new Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back gas analyser at the EP China Exhibition in Beijing this month. The analyser is designed for monitoring SF6 gas within medium and high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment. EP China is an international event organised by the China Electricity Council, showcasing electrical power automation equipment and technology to an international audience.

Cirrus Research is THE ONE after appearing on prime time TV show

When the BBC needed a noise expert to appear on their flagship The One Show, it didn’t take long for them to call on Cirrus Research.

The current affairs programme that goes out every week day evening at 7pm, was covering a story about movie etiquette, following on from a national survey that look at annoying habits when people are sat in the cinema.

Three Counties Fluid Power

Three Counties Fluid Power has launched a new web catalogue for access to the many Fluid Power product ranges that they supply.


Engineers in every industry enhance processes where human interaction is needed and achieve better control with improved safety

Effective and essential communication is provided where equipment failure can lead to damage or personal injury with resultant criminal liability

AOD®=Price Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps

AOD® is a patented range of metal and plastic body pumps. Connections are available, DIN, BSP, NPT and custom designs. Atex compliant models in both materials, Computer selection assures correct model selection.

Claim your free copy of my new DVD, “The Quick and Easy Guide to ABB Drives Programming”

For many years now, customers have been asking me why I haven’t put our tutorial videos on to single DVD. It’s a good question.

I’d always said that if I was to commission a ABB Drive programming DVD it would be a reference tool, a guide and a constant companion to the engineer busy with every other issue they are faced with on a daily basis.   No waffle or jargon, just straightforward advice, tips and strategies presented by an engineer, not a salesman or actor

The 2015 Oil & Gas UK Technology Roadshow

At last an opportunity to do something a bit different! Come and meet all of those people who don’t make it to the more traditional trade show any more – THE ENGINEERS!.

The Oil & Gas UK Technology Roadshow hits the road again in June 2015 visiting the major sub-contractors across Aberdeen, Dunfermline and the North East.

Munters protects electronics

Managing overall environmental control is essential for electronics manufacturing processes and operations as well as facilities that provide mission critical services. Room temperature must be kept low in order to keep hard working servers from overheating. However, lowering the temperature can cause condensation, which can be dangerous in an electronic environment.

Automation, Robotics and Traceability

Pryor Marking Technology will be exhibiting at Innovate UK in November with its very first scale model of their Robotic Laser Vehicle Chassis Marking Cell. It is this innovation that won Pryor the prestigious Made in Sheffield Innovation award, has the compa- ny shortlisted for The Manufactur- er Innovation and Design award, and has moved Pryor into a different market segment to its global competitors.

Bifold Releases Solenoid Operated BXS Pneumatic Valves

Bifold has built on the experience and skills of its workforce to continually broaden its product range. Bifold are proud to announce the launch of their solenoid operated BXS Pneumatic valve range.
Bifold’s BXS valve range offers a compact and flexible solution to low pressure applications. Specifically, the solenoid operated types are compact, two-stage valves.

Process Loop Calibration optimises Plant Stability

The calibration of analogue signals from myriad sensors and transducers in a process plant is essential not only to ensure correct readings on instruments but also for the feedback signals required for stable process plant operation, argues Barry Atkins.

A typical process plant will generate outputs to several sensors and transducers as shown in the accompanying diagram. These outputs include process parameters like temperature, pH, pressure, flow and level, and mechanical parameters from devices like tachometers, accelerometer and position encoders, amongst others.

November webinars cover wide variety of important DAQ subjects

HBM has announced a series of free on-line webinars starting in the latter part of October and taking place throughout November. The first of the November series starts on 4th November by looking at how the mechanical stress testing of elastic materials validates finite element analysis (FEA) for material development and testing.

Engineers will learn how to perform these tests including selecting appropriate strain gauge rosettes, various modes of strain gauge connectivity, data acquisition setup, acquiring strain data and calculating principal stress. The webinar will also discuss how to determine the von Mises reference stress, class counting and sector monitoring.