RILEY SURFACE WORLD has announced site clearances of robotic welding and coating plant and equipment from two former GKN automotive production facilities in the UK.

MASTERFLEX has launched the Master-PUR Performance. The company says the launch is a world first in the field of spiral hoses and the Master-PUR Performance has been created to meet many requirements in one product. Master- PUR Performance is said to offer totally smooth surface for improved transport flow, greater durability and reliability while maintaining excellent flexibility, especially in comparison to other heavy-duty PU hoses. A result of extensive research and development in the construction design, materials and manufacturing processes applied, the Master-PUR Performance is reported to be the only spiral hose in the world to combine all of these - otherwise contradictory - features in one. Even with its highly robust design, the company says it can easily be installed in the tightest of spaces.

Highland Biosciences Ltd, creator of leading edge diagnostics technologies, has partnered with PRECISION MICRO in the development and manufacture of a miniaturised ‘tuning fork’ biosensor.

The XZR200 Oxygen Analyser from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS offers users added peace of mind with a built-in early warning system that alerts operators of any faults with the unit. A 3.3 V DC logic output acts as a ‘heartbeat’ and enables operators to check on the health of the sensor preventing incorrect measurements. False oxygen measurements may result in a faulty combustion process causing higher fuel costs, and leading to loss of revenue or penalties.

KISTLER INSTRUMENTS says its new NCFB electro-mechanical joining modules have been value engineered to provide a cost effective solution to many assembly and joining processes. Two versions of the new design are available, each with two measuring ranges. The smaller version has measuring ranges of 5 and 15 kN with 200 mm stroke at a speed of 250 mm/s and the larger version has ranges of 25 and 50 kN with a 400 mm stroke length at 150 mm/s. Both types retain the precision and flexibility of the NC modules with stroke length repeatability in real world conditions of 0.01 mm.

The Essex-based process cooling specialist, ISOCOOL, has provided a turnkey solution to Neproplast, a plastic extrusion company which is part of the IKK Group, a large construction group in the Middle East.

SPIRAX SARCO reports it has launched the industry’s most comprehensive range of desuperheaters for precise control and efficient heat transfer when cooling superheated steam. Featuring a high turndown of up to 50:1, the desuperheaters are said to be suitable for a wide range of applications and increase process efficiency by allowing waste and residual heat to be recovered and recycled. They can also protect process plant from damage caused by overheating.

“Ultra Boost”, a project, partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is aiming to develop a supercharged petrol engine with the same power output and only 35% of the exhaust emissions as a current 5L V8 engine but only of half the size.

Hydra-Cell high-pressure coolant pumps are claimed to provide long life durability, unmatched by other pump technologies.

Pressure management specialist ELFAB has developed a two-way rupture disc to prevent vessel damage under vacuum or from overpressure.

The latest addition to DIXON’S valve portfolio is said to be the most hygienic designed diaphragm valve available in the market. Designed and manufactured in Germany by SED, Dixon high purity diaphragm valves are EHEDG and 3A certified. Dixon says its product offering of standard 2-way valves, innovative custom fabrications and modular designs solve the more demanding process problems.

PILZ has launched new advanced multifunction light curtains without dead zones.The new PSENopt advanced light beam devices allow the highest flexibility thanks to their multifunctionality: muting or blanking and cascading are implemented within the same light beam device.

AUMA has announced that orders can be placed for its new SQEx .2 part-turn actuator. The product is the explosion-proof version of AUMA’s SQ actuator introduced to market at the beginning of 2013.

GEA Niro Soavi, a Parma-based manufacturer of homogenisers and high pressure pumps has appointed MOODY DIRECT as an authorised UK dealer.

ECOFLAM, a leading manufacturer of high quality burners, has announced it has moved to new premises to accommodate continued sales growth and the introduction of an expanded product range. The company, previously based in Pershore, has relocated to tailored office facilities in Worcester.

HERTZ KOMPRESSOREN and SMART COMPRESSORS will be exhibiting at Air-Tech 2014. Hertz/Smart offer a full range of air compressors and related products developed by highly trained and experienced designers and engineers.

CAT PUMPS has announced enhancements to one of its 345 bar high pressure pumps used extensively for pressure testing, heavy-duty pressure washing including graffiti removal and in industrial processes.

The overriding majority of valve actuation applications in today’s industries are fulfilled with standard products. In some cases an actuator may need to be modified to suit specific operating requirements, but here again a solution based on a standard product can usually be found.

New TopGas Cascade modular gas-fired condensing boiler systems from HOVAL are reported to combine design flexibility with exceptional ease of installation. They are supplied as a kit complete with boilers, LTHW and gas pipework header(s), inter-connecting flexible LTHW and gas pipework, pumps and valves.

Providing a reliable source of hot water, delivered at the correct temperature and pressure is said to make the CSF Steam Water Mixer the safe and easy-to-use device for most cleaning, or wash down applications in just about every industry, especially in all food and beverage manufacturing processes.

SICK says it has expanded its highly-respected Flexi Soft modular safety control system to include the new SICK FX3-MOC Drive Monitor, promising increased flexibility for safe operator intervention through a wide range of drive safety functions to reduce machine downtime and aid productivity.

HBM has developed LabVIEW Virtual Instruments (VIs) reported to give system manufacturers an integrated solution to ensure convenient control in system tests with the simultaneous measurement of high-precision data acquisition from equipment such as HBM’s QuantumX family.

SMITH FLOW CONTROL has launched TorkDrive, a device that can be mounted to either the valve input handwheel or directly to the valve input shaft to safeguard the valve from excessive torque.

A-Gas one of the most successful speciality gas and refrigerant suppliers is unveiling a global brand identity that is said to reflect the company’s dynamic and technological innovation whilst providing an instantly recognisable world-wide brand.

New from IFM ELECTRONICS, a sensor market leader, is a version of the established metris compressed air meter for a variety of pipe sizes, up to and including 254mm internal diameter.

The Tundra range of refrigerant air dryers from HI-LINE INDUSTRIES are now supplied with an ultra high-efficiency, single-cell heat exchanger, providing improved condensate removal ability combined with a reduction in energy usage. The company says these dryer products, which were initially introduced in 2012, have established performance credentials which have now been even further enhanced following this latest development.

The need for material verification is an increasingly important issue across a range of industries. The chemical analysis of metallic materials is one such procedure and it involves determining the precise elemental constituents of a test piece, to establish that it meets the required specification, to overcheck bought-in stock, to identify unknown material or to provide evidence in a product failure investigation.

OMNIFY SOFTWARE, a leading provider of web-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software for discrete manufacturers, has unveiled its latest Empower PLM application story featuring Genetec Inc., a leader in unified IP video management system (VMS), access control and licence plate recognition (LPR) solutions. Genetec moved from its legacy open-source PLM system to Empower PLM to gain important functionality and achieve time and cost savings.

TÜV SÜD PRODUCT SERVICE has launched a new certification mark service for machinery manufacturers in the UK. Manufacturers can now apply for the TÜV SÜD Octagon Mark to prove that their machines fulfil safety and quality requirements.

A major Scandinavian producer of Biogas has selected MICHELL INSTRUMENTS’ XTP601 oxygen analysers to monitor O2 levels for safety and quality at two sites in Sweden.

The ready-to-install UNIGATE bus nodes and gateways from DEUTSCHMANN AUTOMATION facilitate the connection of devices or networks into infrastructures based on different protocols, this is reported to relieve automation manufacturers from developing fieldbus interfaces themselves.

In the short time since Killala Precision Components was acquired by a brother and sister partnership, the company has taken major strides forward. One of the key initial decisions was to invest in PSL DATATRACK production management and business administration software. This was based on its ability to interrogate the information recorded from the shopfloor and use it to inform other areas of the system including order entry, purchase orders, stock control and deliveries. Killala says this seamless use of data has enabled it to provide a highly efficient service to customers.

A self-contained blast-room with an internal volume approaching 2000m³ and a high-capacity media recycling system has been completed by HODGE CLEMCO for one of the UK’s leading industrial painting contractors.

ELCO UK, formerly MHS Boilers, has launched a new website - www.elco.co.uk. The new site features an updated design for an improved user experience, as well as enhanced resources and functionality for easy navigation. Visitors can browse the full range of ELCO UK products, discover recent case studies and example installations, plus view the latest service and maintenance offers.

MOODY DIRECT has installed a Fogg Filler rotary filling system to Freshways in London, with the ability to fill a range of bottles. Freshways has used a Fogg Filler for 12 years and has been very happy with the equipment and the after sales service from Moody Direct.

Short wave infra-red emitters from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT have allowed Mettis Aerospace to reduce the time required for the heating of tools and dies used in the manufacture of high specification titanium aircraft components to one seventh of the heating times required by a previous gas system. This has provided significant energy savings and improved controllability, as well as improved forging practices at the company’s Redditch site.

This year’s SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition, FSG (hall 4A, stand 201) will focus on measuring and sensor technology for crane systems which must fulfill high requirements on precision and durability. Amongst other components, FSG FERNSTEUERGERAETE

CERTUSS reports all its steam generators are type tested according to European Pressure Equipment Guideline DGRL 97/23/EG. Certuss offers seven construction groups within its range of fossil fuel generators with outputs ranging from 80kg/hr to 2000kg/hr and operating pressures of up to 32 Bar G. To accompany the generator, Certuss also offers its CVE Package Plant Module, where all of the associated ancillary items are pre-piped, pre-wired and factory tested.

RED LION CONTROLS a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced a new EtherTRAK-2 I/O module (E2-MIX20884-D) and enhanced firmware for its Sixnet series RTUs. Red Lion’s new Sixnet EtherTRAK-2I/O module is said to be ideal for both distributed and local I/O applications that require a high density of mixed I/O types.

FULTON reports its FB range of rugged, robust and reliable horizontal firetube boilers can be configured for gas, oil or dual-fuel installations and for either steam or hot water applications. The eight boilers in the range include two FB-S models with outputs of 4,699 kg/h and 6,266 kg/h and operating pressures of 12.8 barg, and six FB-C models with steam outputs from 7,810 kg/h to 25,000 kg/h at 10.34 barg. All models can deliver up to 20 barg on demand.

In 2011, CLEARWATER CONTROLS – a division of ID Systems (UK), Scottish Water’s Supplier of the Year – patented a new cost-effective solution to the widespread problem of wastewater pump blockages.

Drake Extrusion, a leading European manufacturer of polypropylene fibres and yarns, has installed two new BABCOCK WANSON TPC1000B Thermal Fluid Heaters in its Huddersfield plant.

With an operating temperature range from -54°C to 165°C, the Type 8766A miniature triaxial accelerometers from KISTLER INSTRUMENTS are said to be ideal for use in harsh environments such as automotive engine bay and under vehicle measurements, aerospace subsystem vibration testing and industrial quality control applications.

Pumping shear sensitive materials can be problematical. Shear helps non-Newtonian fluids flow but too much shear can cause temporary or even irrevocable damage. Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps from WANNER INTERNATIONAL are claimed to impose only low levels of tangential stress on the pumped fluid making them ideal for pumping a wide range of shear sensitive materials.

Transferring liquids from small drums and buckets using hand-operated, manual pumps can be a time-consuming and messy process, even if correct procedures are followed. An easier, safer and more efficient method is said to be by using light and compact motor driven drum pumps like Finish Thompson EF Series drum pumps.

ALL DRIVES & CONTROLS has introduced the new Unitronics EXF-RC15. The EXF-RC15 digital, high-speed IO module adds an elevated level of flexibility to the Unitronics PLC + HMI product lines, including the new Unistream range.

SCHENCK PROCESS reports it has successfully completed the refurbishment of key process equipment at the Proctor and Gamble site in London to ensure the efficient running of the plant. The work was carried out in the purpose made Refurbishment Cell at the Schenck Process’ factory near Doncaster and caused minimal disruption to the client’s operations.

Hydraulics specialist R+L HYDRAULICS GmbH is offering a system for reducing hydraulic equipment noise emissions. Consisting of a textile shrouding for hydraulic unit bell housings, the patented NRS system can reduce the total acoustic power output by up to 50%.

Pressure relief specialist ELFAB has been awarded ISO/TS 29001:2010 approval for its quality management system. Elfab reports it is the first rupture disc manufacturer to satisfy the third edition of technical specification ISO/TS 29001, developed specifically for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

Staff and visitors at the newly built Portway Lifestyle Centre in the West Midlands will benefit from a low carbon heating and hot water system from MHS BOILERS, which is expected to contribute to a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

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