Flowhire is a specialist in flow measurement rental services for liquids, steam and gas and supports process industries as diverse as paper and pulp, brewing, oil and gas and engine development with a wide range of equipment, from mag flow meters through to more complex vortex and Coriolis installations. The company also maintains a fleet of sixteen non-invasive KATRONIC clamp-on portable ultrasonic flow meters.

Saffron Scientific Equipment, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of Gloveboxes, reports it is using BEKA Advisor A90 universal process panel meters to display critical containment pressures. Each meter has a multicolour negative liquid crystal display, with the display colour linked to the meter's alarm status providing very conspicuous multiple alarm warnings. Although Advisor A90 meters are easy to configure and calibrate on-site, they are supplied pre-calibrated to Saffron's requirement including a printed slide-in scale card showing the units of measurement.

Birmingham based TUFNOL COMPOSITES reports it has achieved the latest internationally recognised accreditation from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), which acknowledges the company’s high standard of manufacturing process and the quality of its products and services. Tufnol says the AS9100 Rev D is the latest revised version of the standard which recognises that its methods, systems and quality control from the design and development stage, through to the finished product, fully comply with the standard.

RITTAL says companies that employ machine-to-machine communication to streamline manufacturing require real-time capabilities and IT resources deployed in close geographical proximity ensure that latency is low, and data readily available. The Rittal Edge Data Centre can provide an effective answer to this need. It is a turn-key, pre-configured solution based on standardised infrastructure. It can be implemented rapidly and cost-efficiently – paving the way for Industry 4.0 applications.

ECOCOOLING is an industry leading manufacturer of ventilation and evaporative cooling equipment, with over 4500 installations worldwide. The company says EcoCoolers provide a natural, safe and simple alternative to air conditioning for large industrial areas or factories and uses natural evaporative cooling methods to cool any area where cooling is required while reducing cooling costs by up to 90%.

A custom-built, fast response medium wave (FRMW) infra-red heating system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is helping in the production line fitting of sound-deadening pads to the Jaguar F-TYPE at Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing site at Castle Bromwich. Following successful tests carried out at Heraeus’s Neston Applications Centre, a compact 12 kW medium wave infra-red oven was installed at the pad fitting location on the production line. This is contained within a 1.6m aluminium framework, which features two heated zones, each equipped with three, 2kW fast response medium wave emitters with integral gold reflectors for maximum efficiency.

SICK has announced it has launched stainless steel versions of its fully-programmable DFS60 incremental encoders and AFM60 and AFS60 absolute encoders making them available for duties in hygienic and corrosive environments for the first time. The company says the SICK DFS60 Inox, the AFM60 Inox and the AFS60 Inox programmable encoders feature a rugged stainless steel housing, flange and shaft and they deliver high-resolution, precision performance in aggressive environments such as chemical washdown, salt and high humidity atmospheres with an operating temperature range from -30°C to 85°C.

To obtain the precision required of many PLC flow control systems, Badger Meter has launched its next generation Smart Electric Valve Actuator (SEVA). The company says available through PUMP ENGINEERING, the actuator is built with military grade components to withstand extreme conditions while the microprocessor controlled linear stepper motor provides exceptional positional accuracy to give the reliability, accuracy and repeatability needed.

Although infrequent, electric motor failure can have serious consequences and, in many cases, it can be difficult to know just what to do. As business downtime and losses mount, it can be very easy to make a panicked decision over whether to rewind and repair, or replace a motor.

Following on from a successful series of webinars, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the date for its latest free webinar, ‘Minimising Measurement Uncertainty: how to set up strain gauge based precision measurement chains’, which will take place on February 22nd 2018 at 9am (GMT).

HYDRA-CELL Metering pumps are said to enable users to meet or exceed API 675 performance standards with virtually pulse-less, linear flow. The company says these pumps achieve superior levels of accuracy, repeatability and linearity, while delivering precise, constant flow by employing unique hydraulic oil management systems.To maintain accuracy in a hydraulically-actuated metering pump, the volume of oil on the non-process side of the diaphragm must remain constant.

AGILITY FLEET has announced it has supplied a new fleet of vans to Motivair Compressors. The company says the new iconic Vauxhall Vivaro supplied completely rebranded, strengthens Motivair further with an agile, refined fleet to service its customers needs. Motivair is one of the UK’s largest independent compressed air management companies with engineers strategically placed to provide national coverage.

FULTON says its all-new gas-fired, vertical spiral-rib tubeless steam boiler, the VSRT, is the first range to emerge from the company’s new ‘PURE Technology’ approach, an initiative that has resulted in a world-first design that is durable, long-lasting and boasts the highest efficiencies and ultra-low NOx emissions as standard.

On 1st December 2017, Iain Beadle joined MOTIVAIR as CEO. The company says Iain has an extensive background in building and growing B2B industrial service organisations, including the last 5 years as a managing director at Synectics and he brings experience in the implementation and delivery of large scale technology engineering led projects, emergency service and PPM based contracts and the efficient deployment of rapid response engineering, all of which represent the core product offering at Motivair Compressors.

As part of its series of free informative webinars, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the date of its latest session, “Precise Weighing in Your Packaging Machine”, which will take place on February 21st 2018 at 10am (GMT).

BOGE COMPRESSORS reports it has beaten off stiff competition to win this year's Diamond Star 'Best Industrial Business Solution 4.0’ Award. Demonstrating its strong commitment to the digital transformation of industry and the concepts of Industry 4.0, BOGE says it has scooped a major industrial award at this year's Diamond Star Excellence in Business Awards - Best Industrial Business Solution 4.0 category.

RITTAL says small drives for machines and equipment are typically powered up to 9.0 A and are protected by conventional motor circuit breakers. However, when space in the enclosure is limited, it can be very difficult to find room for significant numbers of protective components. Rittal says its new motor controllers for its RiLine Compact power distribution system offer a sophisticated solution and to help engineers, it has also produced a 3D configurator that reduces the time required to generate Compact RiLine busbar systems.

LAMINA DIELECTRICS specialises in the manufacture of heat shrink tubes and endcaps for electrical insulation applications and says it has developed unique spiral-winding and extrusion technology which uses UL recognised materials for its range of tubes and endcaps. During 2017 Lamina says it made significant investment in its manufacturing systems which included updating its statistical process control software as part of its ongoing support for its automatic inspection equipment.

ADEPT PURE WATER, a specialist in water purification equipment, reports it has supplied a reverse osmosis plant to Brompton Bicycle, the folding bike manufacturer. The high quality finish on Brompton’s bikes is the result of corrosion resistant powder coating. “We are looking to meet at least 1000 hours in salt spray testing”, says factory manager Tony Hobbs, “and that means that surface preparation is absolutely critical. The best way of achieving high quality surface is by using pure water.”

The new logistics centre at the JACOB headquarters in Porta Westfalica, Germany, is now fully operational. The company says with more than 7,500 square metres of space, the state of the art hi-rise logistics centre became effective during January, following the transfer from the existing warehouse over the Christmas holiday period.

David Ray, technical director at PRYOR, has been named on The Manufacturer Top 100 list for 2017, cementing his position as one of the most inspiring and influential individuals in the sector in the UK. The company says his pioneering work in identification and traceability solutions saw him selected by a panel of eminent industry figures, including McLaren Automotive and Institution of Engineering and Technology chief Nigel Fine.

DAWSON SHANAHAN reports it has further boosted its capabilities in cold forming by investing in a high-throughput Formax machine and says this takes the company’s investment in new machinery to £500,000 for the third year in a row and additional investments have been made in the company’s turning, milling and grinding capabilities, as well as in metrology and cleaning systems. The Formax FX54M is a four-die, high-speed cold former that will boost output while extending Dawson’s offering to customers.

With customer care at the centre of its business activity, RENOLD COUPLINGS says it recently conducted its annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. For each unique survey response collected, the company pledged to donate £5 to Make A Wish, a leading UK Children’s charity who exist for one reason - to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

A custom-built, short wave infra-red oven from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is reported to be helping to facilitate the manual fitting of fuel pipe hoses to the Jaguar XJ at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing site.

HENKEL says its adhesives continue to influence how products are designed and manufactured and none more so than its newly introduced range of LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonders. The company says what makes these products stand out from the crowd is their unique formulation and their many attributes are achieved through Henkel’s patented hybrid technology to achieve bond strength, speedy cure and durability – performance qualities that historically have not been available from a single product.

BOFA INTERNATIONAL says industrial laser operators can now benefit from the most powerful fume extraction system ever manufactured.

JACOB has announced the opening of a new 7,500 square metre hi-rise logistics centre in Porta Westfalica, Germany, to serve its markets in the UK, across Europe and the rest of the world.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has launched its new HTD condensate drain into the UK market. Featuring an isolation valve for strainer cleaning to 250 micron, the latest-generation HTD offers a 100% ED rated solenoid coil and multi-voltage timer controller to ensure automatic compressed air system drainage.

WANNER says its new Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions model MT8 triplex metering pump is designed to handle a variety of processing liquids with very high accuracy at very low flow rates; delivering a smooth virtually pulse-less flow for a very homogeneous injection of liquids at process pressures from 0 to 245 bar.

Electrical engineering firm, LCA Controls, reports it has switched its control panel operations from manual production to laser-machining and the move is expected to transform its productivity and efficiency. LCA Controls says it has invested in a RITTAL Perforex LC 3015 3D laser machining centre – a system which will revolutionise construction of its stainless-steel panels by automating processes previously done by hand.

ESAB says the capabilities that make stainless steel so attractive — the ability to tailor its mechanical properties and resistance to corrosion and oxidation — also increase the complexity of selecting an appropriate filler metal. For any given base material combination, any one of several types of electrodes may be appropriate depending on cost issues, service conditions, desired mechanical properties and a host of welding-related issues.

ALBANY PUMPS, a leading manufacturer of positive displacement pumps in the UK, says it has made it simple and easy to specify and purchase the most appropriate pump for engineers building and maintaining fire-fighting installations. The company says it has extensive experience in supplying a range of foam concentrate gear pumps and has now created an easy to use brochure, clearly setting out each available pump by type, range and key capabilities.

CYGNUS says 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. The company says the unit is perfect for testing levels of wear and corrosion on industrial machinery, factory infrastructure, boiler tubes and pressure vessels.

INSPECTpro, the new portable measurement and evaluation instrument from Schatz, a KISTLER Group company, offers a convenient way to test torque and rotation angle on bolted joints. The company says this system provides graphic analyses of assembly processes to ensure that bolted joint assemblies meet optimum quality standards.

QUIREPACE reports it has designed and installed six central vacuum cleaning/bulk removal systems for one of the largest biomass projects in a UK power station conversion. The company says the systems were designed to cover the whole of the project's mechanical handling, storage and out-loading system, including rail reception, screen house, conveyor gantries, dome loading/out-loading, transfer towers and onward to processing silos.

ENDRESS+HAUSER says fast, precise, compact and certified, its Easytemp TMR31 and TMR35 temperature transmitters are entry-level instruments with a difference: they exceed expectations in terms of price and performance. The company says Easytemp has been developed to deliver high performance and reliability at a cost-effective price, starting from just £66 and with a quick-sensing measuring element the Easytemp transmitters deliver fast recognition of any process changes with a response time of under two seconds, one of the fastest on the market today, which offers huge improvements to the efficiency of any production or monitoring system.

COMPRESSED AIR CENTRE, a leading South East distributor of high quality compressed air products, has been acquired by private entrepreneurs Ben Richardson and Serge Santos.

Niall McQuitty, (pictured) architectural director at Stamford-based design firm ARCTICA, has announced he will be discussing best practice in hygienic factory design at a Food and Drink Federation conference entitled Hygiene by Design taking place at the FDF’s London premises on 16 November.

RITTAL has announced that users of its enclosure cooling technology are being offered free on-site inspection surveys to ensure that their production and process critical equipment is being adequately protected.

DAWSON SHANAHAN a leading precision engineering specialist and automotive components supplier has announced it has been unveiled as the newest member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The Gas Appliances Directive (GAD) is changing. From 21st April 2018 all products in the market will have to comply with the new Gas Appliance Regulation (GAR). Nick Winton (pictured), divisional manager for NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC UK explains more about the changes and the absence of any transition period:

HANSFORD SENSORS, a leading UK manufacturer of industrial accelerometers, reports it has launched the latest versions of its proven HS-100 and HS-150 Series vibration sensors and says the new sensors are over 10% smaller and lighter than existing versions, and offer even greater frequency response, with a significant improvement in resonant frequency.

BOGE says it has placed itself at the cutting edge of compressor manufacture by investing €2 million in creating a ‘smart factory’ at its German headquarters in Bielefeld. The company says the 2,000m² smart factory, which manufactures BOGE’s HST (high-speed turbo) oil-free compressor, monitors, controls and optimises manufacturing to maximise product quality and reliability, and ensure there are no faults during production.

Anti-corrosion and sealing specialist WINN & COALES INTERNATIONAL reports it held its biennial International Sales Conference in September and says the company, currently enjoying its 134th year of trading, is well known in the world of corrosion prevention for its high quality product brands including Denso, Premier, Protal, Archco, Steelcoat, Premier Shrink Sleeves and SeaShield.

BOWMAN INTERNATIONAL, a leading manufacturer and distributor of bearings and sintered components, reports it has introduced a range of high temperature, self-lubricated PEEK-lined steel or bronze backed wrapped bearings. Bowman says its new W/MP range is designed to combine the durability and anti-corrosive properties of Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK), with the production and cost reduction benefits of conventional wrapped steel bearings and it delivers optimised performance in applications operating at up to 250OC, alongside low torque properties and impressive corrosion resistance.

ABB reports it has expanded its Quantis modular gear drive range to offer four and five stages of gear reduction for all three types of gear arrangements: in-line helical (ILH), offset parallel (MSM) and right angle helical bevel (RHB). The company says Quantis reducers and gearmotors can now be configured in ratios over 7500:1 with an output torque range up to 14,000 Nm, making the new output speed range 20 times greater than before.

SICK reports it has launched the DUS60 incremental encoder and DUV60 measuring wheel encoder with DIP switch programmability to provide users with a versatile and economical user-configurable motion control sensor.

The new Hydra-Cell MT8 seal-less triplex metering pump from WANNER is said to handle the low flow metering applications in oil & gas (on-shore and off-shore), water & wastewater treatment, polyurethane foam manufacture and chemical processing.

RITTAL says we live in a world of rapid change, driven by the growth of ‘smart technology’, automation components are becoming more compact, both for centralised and decentralised applications, while still delivering considerable computing power and sensors and actuators are also getting more ‘intelligent’.

HBM, a market leader in the field of test and measurement, has announced the date for its latest free webinar on ‘Checkweighing with Load Cells’, which will take place on October 5th 2017 at 9am (GMT). HBM says checkweighing is most commonly used to control completeness of products, assembles or kits and this process describes weighing a certain object against a preset target.

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