Gugu Moyo is a quality and planning engineer at British UV water disinfection specialist Hanovia. As National Women in Engineering Day is on June 23, she reflects on the challenges and opportunities of a profession where only 6% of professional engineers are women.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL says its exclusive new "Control Freak" electronic controller provides motor speed control for Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions pumps (or Hydra-Cell bare shaft pumps in metering applications) and is able to control multiple pumps with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) from a single point and because motor speed is directly proportionate to flow rate in a Hydra-Cell pump, high accuracy can be achieved through the use of VFDs.
A market-leading power distribution system for enclosures has just extended its range. RITTAL says its popular 185mm Ri4Power busbar provides trusted, safe and compact power distribution within enclosures.
QUANTITECH has announced that the Gasmet CEMS II e continuous emissions monitoring system has successfully completed EN 15267-3 testing using FTIR technology for the analysis of low range HF, low range NO, CH4 and Formaldehyde. “This means that it meets the performance specifications for a larger number of components than any other FTIR in this market,” commented Quantitech MD Ken Roberts.
Professor Olle Wijk, former head of research and development at SANDVIK, has been awarded the Jernkontoret’s grand gold medal in recognition of his life’s work devoted to the development of steel and the Swedish steel research network. “I was extremely touched by receiving this award and feel proud and humble at the prospect of this distinction – it means a lot to me,” said Professor Olle Wijk.
OVAKO says a unique wear resistance testing rig will be featured on its stand at Euro Mine Expo 2016, to show visitors the company’s dedication to research and development in producing engineering steels that meet the exacting demands of the mining industry.
MICHELL has announced its new web shop – www.michellonline.com/eu – is now open for business, giving customers in Europe a quick and simple way to order and pay securely for a comprehensive range of relative humidity transmitters.
VALVEFORCE, a leading UK independent steam and control processes expert provides turnkey solutions including specifying and design, supply and installation, service and maintenance. As a control valves specialist Valveforce says it provides outstanding technical knowledge and support to a wide range of business sectors including but not limited to the heating, cooling and ventilation industries. Valveforce also holds an extensive stock of valves for immediate dispatch and sensible delivery times for very large valves.
Rupture discs and holders are commonly used in combination with pressure relief valves (PRVs). Even though rupture discs can be used on their own, the benefits of using both are said to be making this solution a popular choice in the process industries. ELFAB says not only can this combination extend valve life, it can also improve maintenance schedules and support with emission control, while helping to reduce long-terms costs.
A self-contained HODGE CLEMCO blast-room with high-performance abrasive recovery system and sound insulation has expanded finishing facilities for specialist castings produced by Furniss & White Foundries in South Yorkshire.
The extensive range of Viking Pumps is said to provide one of the widest choices of pumping technologies and designs available today underpinned by Viking’s breadth of fluid handling knowledge and application expertise in solving the most challenging pumping problems. These pumps are available from MICHAEL SMITH ENGINEERS who says it is able to provide Viking pump users with a wealth of practical and technical experience for the complete range of Viking positive displacement pumps.
The unique multi-diaphragm arrangement of Hydra-Cell metering and dosing pumps from WANNER is claimed to remove the need for pulsation dampeners in many circumstances. Hydra-Cell pumps from Wanner have multiple, hydraulically balanced diaphragms in a single head, that operate sequentially, dramatically reducing system pulsation and the damage it causes.
AXFLOW has announced it has extended its range of positive displacement pumps with the introduction of the LB suite of elastomer coated rotary lobe pumps for flows of between 5m³/hr to 130m³/hr. AxFlow says the LB pump has been designed from scratch following an assessment of products currently on the market with a view to producing a process quality pump, positioned above the more agricultural designs yet without attracting the high costs of high end products.
A fast response medium wave (FRMW) infra-red heating system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is reported to be helping Dura Automotive Systems of Castle Bromwich to ensure the reliable and precise adhesion of molded thermoplastic sealings to custom-designed, automotive glass windows. The system is located in a robotic cell and integrates exactly with the robot cycle.
OVAKO says as the pressure mounts for designers to develop smaller, lighter and stronger components, its clean engineering steels, with their increased fatigue strength, can turn possibilities into reality.
To meet a growing need for coiled tubing in very long lengths, SANDVIK has announced its high-precision tubing unit in Germany has developed a breakthrough method enabling the production of stainless tubing in lengths exceeding 1,000 meters from a single 125 kg hollow – with zero welds.
PNEUMATICS DIRECT has launched its new 2016-2017 online catalogue, now offering over 50,000 products from a range of industry leading brands. The company says, working extensively with its suppliers has enabled it to give customers the lowest prices in the UK for online sales.
RED LION CONTROLS, an expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced its Sixnet series RAM 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have received ATEX zone 2, category 3 approval and are safe for use in potentially hazardous environments. This approval follows recent announcements that Red Lion’s rugged RAM industrial cellular RTUs support high-speed 4G LTE worldwide.
WANNER says its new, seal-less, hydraulically balanced diaphragm pump offers flow rates up to 366 lpm at pressures up to 103 bar.
QUANTITECH reports it has prepared a comprehensive White Paper on the measurement of oxygen gas in furnaces and other industrial processes. Quantitech’s Craig Day says:“Oxygen gas concentration measurements are essential for the effective management of many industrial processes,
When a food processing plant in North Yorkshire found that oil coolers were running too hot, and heat exchangers used for pasteurising food were struggling to keep up, the cause was quickly identified as being scale and corrosion debris in the water side of several plate heat exchangers.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL says its Hydra-Cell Metering and Dosing solutions range includes variants with integrated variable speed drives and says the innovative design combines an AC induction motor with a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD inverter) mounted on the motor.
Bridgewood UK utilises a range of vacuum forming, polyurethane reinforcement and composite moulding processes and says it has been trying to find a safe and simple method to remove unwanted material from both product and employee’s clothing for years, but has consistently experienced issues with compressed air solutions.
AIR CONTROL INDUSTRIES specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of industrial fans, blowers and accessories.
The new HygroSmart HS3 advanced interchangeable relative humidity and temperature probe from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS is said to be 100% configurable to allow maximum flexibility to the user. This gives users the ability to alter their RH and temperature measurements to keep step with changes or developments in their process, with no extra costs.
UK based magnet and magnetic separator equipment manufacturer, BUNTING MAGNETICS EUROPE, reports it has launched a new dynamic and responsive website as part of a fresh digital marketing strategy to reflect several years of growth and changes in the business.
Cleaner steels by OVAKO are said to be opening up new design opportunities and extending service life for high performance parts. Ovako says today, more than ever, high performance components are expected to withstand higher loads over longer periods of time and the company says its clean steels can facilitate significant opportunities to rethink design solutions for improved safety, time and cost savings in a range of applications.
SANDVIK says demonstrations of tube bending will be on its stand at Tube 2016 which will be used to show the versatility and how the controlled hardness of Sandvik tube sets a standard of its own for easy bending and leak free connections of the company’s hydraulic and instrumentation tubing.
MICHELL INSTRUMENTS says its new HygroCal100 humidity verifier provides a practical option for companies that are not able to invest in a full humidity calibration laboratory to verify their humidity probes in-house.
FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS reports it has introduced the Endurance series of high-temperature infrared thermometers. Featuring a stainless steel IP65 housing and galvanically insulated I/Os, these units are said to enable continuous process monitoring of the most demanding industrial applications, including primary and secondary metals manufacturing, carbon processing, and silicon production.
HBM , a specialist in the field of test and measurement, has announced the dates for its latest series of free measurement technology webinars, which take place on 22nd – 26th February 2016.
Storing liquids in tanks is essential for many process industry applications, as is the need to agitate the contents to avoid separation and sedimentation. Fluids can be recirculated through tanks to achieve separation, although the process can be enhanced by the introduction of eductor nozzles.
Advanced technology electrical testing equipment is reportedly helping a specialist manufacturer of electrical wiring harnesses and control panels for diesel engine applications demonstrate compliance with rigorous industry standards.
QUANTITECH reports it has launched a range of process gas analysers based on tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). “Over 8,000 instruments have been installed around the world, but the manufacturer Focused Photonics Inc (FPi) is new to the UK,” says Quantitech MD Keith Golding.
BOWMAN INTERNATIONAL reports it has launched the new BowMet range of rolled bearings, billed as the biggest advance in plain sliding bearings in more than 70 years.
A poll of over 350,000 people from UK Industry have voted QUANTUM CONTROLS the ‘ABB Motor and Drives Supplier of the Year 2015’. UK Corporate Excellence presented Kevin Brown, MD with the award in November 2015.
At a port operator in the UK, an extremely durable chocking system was required to ensure a new boiler would remain secure and protected, even when subjected to aggressive vibration activity.
Designed to share the latest information and expert knowledge on the best and most economical methods of machining duplex and super-duplex material, SANDVIK says its recent machining day attracted more than 60 customers.
OVAKO says as companies push the limits of performance in cold climates and harsh environments, demand for strong, safe and well-proven materials is on the rise. Components like pipeline bolts, hydraulic parts and offshore lifting devices must offer greater reliability at sub-zero temperatures.
SILTBUSTER PROCESS SOLUTIONS (SPS) reports it has designed, built and commissioned a full scale pilot plant for treating the main effluent flow at Tata Steel Colors, production site at Shotton. The aim of the pilot plant was to test a new treatment process for the site – one which would reduce treatment costs and meet the site’s longer term needs.
WANNER has launched the Hydra-Cell T8030, a Triplex diaphragm pump that it claims eliminates leaks, hazards and the expense associated with replacing seals and packing.
WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has introduced a range of Hydra-Cell, ATEX approved Dosing Performance Pumps with precise mechanical variator control, all mounted on a substantial stainless steel base plate.
Uxbridge based INDUSTRIA BEARINGS & TRANSMISSIONS has confirmed it has been appointed as exclusive distributors of GMN high precision products for the UK.
“Prepare your panels now and be ready for next summer” - that’s the message from international panel manufacturer and climate solutions specialists, RITTAL. By getting expert advice, and planning and putting in solutions now, Rittal says managers can get ahead of the game, safeguard production processes – and not be caught out by rising ambient temperatures.
A new range of process gas analysers based on tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) is now reportedly available from QUANTITECH. “Whilst these instruments are new to the UK and Ireland, the manufacturer Focused Photonics Inc has an installed base of over 8,000 instruments, so this is a well-established technology,” says Quantitech’s Keith Golding.
Octavius Hunt is a large European smoke manufacturer, the production of dust during the manufacturing process of smoke products is unavoidable, and managing its containment in and around the manufacturing facility is a vital process for the company. To manage the situation the company says it installed an ACI Personnel Cleaning Booth. The company had previously tried a number of different solutions, but none provided a practical or user-friendly solution. The company chose the ACI Personnel Cleaning Booth following extensive research.
Transferring high viscosity creams, pastes and gels which do not flow readily can present challenges across many process applications. An effective and practical solution is said to be available from liquids handling specialist PUMP ENGINEERING who offers a CSF piston pump mounted in the centre of a follower plate which fits into a drum and seals against the inside of the drum.
WHITELEGG MACHINES says some process motors could be close to failure with others running inefficiently.A motor running hot could be due to the mains power supply, the motor itself, or its load. Sometimes the problem is not apparent and it is often difficult to find the cause, as many motors are tucked away in hard-to-access areas.
The CEA reports one of the single most important directives for many years in the combustion industry is about to become EU law and will soon be transposed into UK law. Owners or operators of any combustion plant with a thermal input of between 1MW and 50MW will be affected. This means anyone with a boiler generating around 1.5 tonnes of steam or more, or using a CHP or diesel generator of around 500kVA or more, will need to know about this directive. There are estimated to be at least 15,000 such plants in the UK alone.
SICK UK has announced the launch of the PLd / SIL2-certified DFS60S Pro incremental encoder, enabling motion to be safely controlled in automated guided vehicles or machinery requiring frequent operator interaction. SICK says the DFS60S Pro enables safe operator interaction at slow speeds without the need to stop the machine.
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