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.

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS has announced the launch of the XZR250 oxygen analyser for monitoring combustion control in industrial boilers and says it was developed to meet customer demand for a cost-effective, easy to operate instrument with a probe designed to cope with the high temperatures in the flue. Effective combustion control has growing importance for operators as it not only helps increase fuel efficiency but also ensures compliance with legislation on allowable emissions.

RITTAL, a leading global provider of industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, reports it has developed a new busbar supporting system for air circuit-breakers. The system has been developed to enable 4 x 120 mm x 10 mm coppers to be secured safely to the top and bottom of the air circuit-breaker.

Two gas catalytic ovens from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT have been installed at Life Fitness in Illinois, USA, where they are said to be helping to double production and save costs in the manufacture of high quality gym equipment. The company says they were fitted quickly and easily within a scheduled shut-down period, in the limited floor space available and were operational in less than a month.

When a major producer of heavy-duty industrial cleaning machines was commissioned to design and manufacture a high-pressure cleaner/de-scaler for an agricultural equipment manufacturer, it turned immediately to HYDRA-CELL seal-less pumps.

RITTAL is warning users of manufacturing automation systems to check that they are prepared for the summer heat and, if necessary, arrange for an inspection of their equipment to check the level of risk and says high temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing.

Steam boiler manufacturer, CFB BOILERS reports it has launched a budget-friendly reverse osmosis unit, the BoilerRO, which is capable of achieving almost 100% purity of boiler feedwater for superior quality steam. Designed in Britain by CFB Boilers, the BoilerRO is said to cost around half that of many comparable units, making reverse osmosis accessible to steam boiler users that may previously have found the technology to be price-prohibitive.

When it comes to processing panels, CNC machining centres, such as Perforex from RITTAL AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, are said to be light years ahead of the alternative, manual approach when it comes to productivity and efficiency. In fact, machining centres can speed up processing by as much as 66% compared to the traditional hand-tooled method.

Samuel Taylor, a specialist manufacturer of bimetallic strips, reports it has improved the reliability of its production line by retrofitting two applications with ABB variable speed drives (VSDs). The production line consists of a leveler, grooving and inlay machines, a bonder and a recoiler. The recoiler originally used a DC motor but the need to replace the commutator brush gear meant the motor was often in for repair.

GAST, a leading designer and manufacturer of precision air products reports it has launched new LubeFree options for its AM series air motors that utilise a proprietary vane material that provides versatility, allowing users the options to oil or not oil the motor. GAST says this new LubeFree option has expanded its range of 2AM, 4AM and 6AM Series air motors and affords operators the flexibility to modify their maintenance schedules or save money by eliminating oil, lubricator components and system maintenance.

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT says its new solid reflector infrared module (SRM) can significantly speed up heating or improve quality in the processing of thin and sensitive materials such as textiles or tissues and its special construction, incorporating external, top-mounted radial fans, air inlets and outlets, eliminates any air movement over the substrate to be heated, avoiding heat losses due to convection and any possibility of thermal shock.

RITTAL says its new System Catalogue 35 showcases the company’s portfolio of products for the IT and manufacturing industries, which are designed to address the needs of design engineers, switchgear manufacturers and data centre operators.

Reynolds, a leading supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, reports it has partnered with temperature control and mobile power specialist AGGREKO to provide additional cooling capacity for its vegetable packing lines during the warmer summer months. Because temperature integrity is critical to Reynolds, it wanted a cooling package capable of delivering a stable 4-5 °C across one of the packing lines, in order to help maximise the freshness of its produce.

Chemical manufacturer Chemoxy reports it has accelerated a new business project at its custom processing plant by renting a temporary process cooling package from AGGREKO. Chemoxy needed additional cooling capacity to successfully develop a new production process with a major client. Rather than halting the project while a permanent solution was found, Chemoxy approached Aggreko to design and deliver a temporary alternative.

At this time of year plant and works engineers are often faced with the need to remove scale and debris from heating and cooling equipment to restore efficiency. KAMCO says it has a range of chemical cleaning pumps designed to clean heat exchangers, boilers, chillers, air compressors and cooling waterways without the need to strip them.

A leading manufacturer of bridge bearings and other critical structural components reports it has invested in a self-contained blast-room from HODGE CLEMCO as part of a major project to upgrade finishing processes at its West Midlands premises.

Most producers use glycols, to remove water vapour from the gas stream. This prevents the formation of hydrates that cause freezing and blocking of pipelines and valves, reduces system corrosion and produces gas that meets pipeline quality standards. Pressures in excess of 150 bar may be necessary in order to inject these treatment chemicals into the gas stream in the absorber tower. WANNER says its Hydra-Cell pumps are being used increasingly for this application thanks to their seal-less design, controllability, long term, low maintenance durability and ability to meet the pressure and flow rate requirements.

BEKA says its new timers and clocks simplify process timing in both hazardous and safe areas, are able to display elapsed time between events, or control external devices, and cycles can be repeated continuously or a specified number of times. Beka says as a clock the instruments display local time in various formats and two sizes of panel mounting instrument with IP66 front of panel protection and a rugged 316 stainless steel instrument for applications in severe or marine environments are available.

INEOS reports it is now specifying Venturi Orifice steam traps on ‘drip leg’ and ‘trace heating’ applications at its plant in Cologne and says the decision to generally allow Venturi Orifice steam traps follows a trial carried out by Ines Zießau, a student of Energy Systems Technology, for her dissertation entitled “Evaluation and Performance of Steam Traps in the Chemical Industry” for her degree at the University of Applied Science. The eight month trial was overseen by Prof. Reinhold Altensen of the University and Dr. Stefan Krämer, Energy Manager at INEOS’s Cologne site. The trial proved it was economically viable to replace conventional mechanical traps with Venturi Orifice steam traps supplied by EBE ENGINEERING.

Alco Valves and ACTION SEALTITE report they have released high-pressure valves to the UK market, suitable for any application with a gauge or transmitter, for measurement or isolation. Alco says it manufactures an extensive range of technically advanced, high integrity valve products, with pressure ratings of up to 10,000 PSI and it manufactures its products in the UK under ISO 9001. The company says in this way, it is able to retain stringent quality control checks, provide accountability and absolute material traceability.

STERLING SEPARATION has reported exceptional market responses to its new range of oil/water separators for compressed air condensate and says investment in the all-new CS75 separator for 11kW compressors has proved particularly well placed, with sales well above expectations. A low cost and serviceable device, CS75 offers an affordable solution for users of smaller compressed air systems. Also available are all-new separators with capacities of 150, 450 and 1000 scfm offering quality construction with consistent performance at modest cost for the widest possible range of applications. The company says with over 40 years in the business, every STERLING separator is ‘The Product of Experience’.

A purpose-built carbon infra-red oven has reportedly been instrumental in allowing Duerr’s of Manchester to change from a hot water rinse system to a cold air rinse system at its Wythenshawe jam-making site. As a result, water-usage and water-heating bills have been significantly reduced and more effective control has been established over the total jar heating and rinsing process.

BOFA INTERNATIONAL, a leader in fume and dust extraction technology for industrial processes, has announced it has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in its 30th anniversary year. BOFA says it has been awarded the prestigious accolade for the development of its Intelligent Operating (iQ) System, which is transforming the way that organisations around the world are able to protect the health of employees and improve production processes through more effective extraction of airborne contaminants in the workplace.

The enclosures that protect manufacturing automation systems should have strictly controlled internal environments with interior temperatures that are carefully maintained within a few degrees. If not, the impact can be harmful to the inverter drives, power supplies, contactors, PLCs and other electrical and electronic components operating within them. This requires careful control of the climate within the enclosure.

INDUSTRIA BEARINGS & TRANSMISSIONS reports it has been awarded an important internationally recognised accreditation for the products and services it provides to customers in the aerospace industry. The company says it has received the coveted EN 9120 Bureau Veritas Certification, which verifies its Quality Management Systems conform to both BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and EN 9120:2010, which is also technically equivalent to AS9120.

HYGIENA says as well as providing a rapid and convenient test for the detection of gluten residues on food processing surfaces, its AllerFlow Gluten is equally effective at detecting gluten in liquid samples, making it ideal for final rinse water samples and this means that the simplicity and convenience of AllerFlow Gluten can be applied to both surfaces and liquid samples and a wider range of food and beverage manufacturers.

ANDREWS SYKES says the launch of a new 1,500kW, lower pressure hot-water boiler brings to the industrial fleet hire market an advanced, fully packaged boiler hire unit that features 3-stage NOx (Nitrous Oxide) burner technology to maximise fuel savings and meet all current EU emission legislation. Its introduction follows research by Andrews Boiler Hire that highlights in major projects where large capacities of hot water are required it is often common practice to link a number of boilers. In many such applications the new higher capacity unit will eliminate this general practice, making for a faster and more efficient solution.

C.K TOOLS reports it has launched a pioneering range of next generation cable rods, which, featuring advanced technology, are set to enhance its already extensive range of cable routing tools and says the C.K MightyRod PRO cable rods fuse a series of advanced technological features to deliver the ultimate in performance.

ElfabTech, an online engineering resource developed by ELFAB, a leading pressure relief expert, has now been enhanced to include a wider selection of advanced web tools. The company says users can sign up for free and gain access to engineering calculations such as rupture disc and explosion vent sizing calculations to support with the design process and validate critical calculations and NACE tables are also available to support with rupture disc material selection for specific process conditions.

Gosport-based Lean business specialists, Fedden USP, says it has recently commissioned a report entitled Productive Nation? which looks at how leading organisations define productivity – a key area of focus for many businesses in 2017.

Hydra-Cell pumps from WANNER are said to meet the challenges of flue gas scrubbing in terms of corrosion resistance and their ability to handle abrasive particulate matter. The company says in the wake of the recent automotive emissions scandals, air pollution control has again taken ‘centre stage’ and the challenge of minimising the environmental impact of industrial processes has never been greater.

The Speedor pictured, manufactured and installed by HART DOOR SYSTEMS, has been fitted in a pharmaceuticals production facility in Cambridge. Mark Richardson, sales manager, says the door was installed in a wash-down area for parts of the plant used in the manufacturing process.

RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced its advanced PAX2C PID controllers have been enhanced to feature new Ramp Soak capabilities and FlexCard plug-in options that enable users to reduce costs by easily changing or adding functionality to meet industrial requirements without inventory stocking.

KISTLER says its new KiTorq torque measuring flange is now available in eight ranges from 50Nm to 5000Nm and with speed and angular measurement capability. The open stator design is said to allow easier installation whilst minimising the risk of damage and easier visual inspection during testing.

The new Verderflex Vantage 5000 is said to be a highly advanced next generation peristaltic pump system with touch screen technology and intuitive operating system. The company says easy to operate, the Verderflex Vantage 5000 offers an extremely user- friendly operations menu structure with highly visible, color coded on-screen status alerts and alarms indicators.

Increasingly components are expected to operate efficiently over longer periods of time and OVAKO says its engineering steels can facilitate production advantages with time and cost savings along with improved safety and operational life.

Specialist blower, screw blower and turbo manufacturer AERZEN MACHINES has announced it has been appointed as one of the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Capital Delivery Alliance framework suppliers for the design, supply and installation of its innovative and efficient range of oil free units for water treatment aeration applications.

Specialist blower, screw blower and turbo manufacturer AERZEN MACHINES reports it has been awarded a new framework for the design, supply and installation of its innovative and efficient range of oil free units for water treatment aeration applications and says the framework will be in place for the next 5 years.

HYDRA-CELL pumps are reported to be finding favour in filter press applications for both chamber feeding at high pressure and for fuelling the cloth washing operation.

BUNTING MAGNETICS and eMagnets UK report they will be magnetically attracting visitors to stand U74 at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show to be held at FIVE in Farnborough, UK (21st to 23rd March 2017). On the stand will be a range of magnets, magnetic assemblies, magnetic factory solutions, and magnetic separators.

  ABB has announced it is supporting global innovation and seeking engineers, entrepreneurs and      innovators to write the future together by announcing a global competition with the IdeaHub  innovation platform.

QUANTITECH has announced the publication of a free White Paper on the simultaneous measurement of multiple gases in a wide variety of applications using FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) technology.

MINITEC says it has proved its expertise once again in delivering unique and custom-made products to its broad range of clients – with its one-of-a-kind 9-metre conveyor belt. The Basingstoke-based engineering company was approached to find a solution for a client with a very specific wish list for its factory, including an unusually long and seemless assembly line.

Thompsons, a leading UK truck tipper body builder, says it is now offering customers a premium-quality paint finish for their equipment following installation of a self-contained blast-room from HODGE CLEMCO as part of a major investment in finishing facilities.

RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the appointment of Bruce Macpherson as vice president of sales for the EMEA and SAARC regions, where he will oversee customer relationships and business growth. Prior to joining Red Lion, Bruce was MD for SMAC, he will report directly to president Jack Lee and will serve on the company’s leadership team.

BUNTING MAGNETICS has announced it will be exhibiting at Arabplast 2017 in Dubai, UAE (8-10 January 2017) and says this is part of a continued export business development plan and is the first time the company has exhibited in the Middle East. Bunting Magnetics is a leading supplier of magnetic separators and metal detectors. The European manufacturing headquarters is based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire,  and it has an extensive overseas network of distributors and marketing agents.

SICK has announced it has launched the STR1, a Transponder Safety Switch that uses non-contact RFID technology to provide highly-reliable and tamper-proof personnel protection on removable guards to PLe/SIL3, with easy installation and safety system integration.

QUANTITECH says it has supplied large numbers of MCERTS approved FID analysers in the UK for many years and these instruments are employed for the monitoring of TOC gas emissions in regulated processes. However, the company says the Bernath 3006 analyser has been discontinued so it has launched the portable SK Elektronik Thermo-FID PT, which offers improved performance and enjoys MCERTS approval.

RITTAL reports it is expanding its production capabilities and building an advanced production plant for compact enclosures in Haiger, Germany, with completion scheduled for 2018. The company says the total capital expenditure will amount to 250 million euros, making it the largest single investment in the company’s history and state-of-the-art infrastructure and digitisation will underpin highly-efficient production, logistics and communications processes.

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