Sussex manufacturers will need to focus on upskilling and digitisation to reap the benefits of ‘Industry 4.0’ – the so-called fourth industrial revolution.

More than 50 years ago, LOCTITE says it introduced the world’s first ever anaerobic threadlocking adhesive and despite the maturity of the technology, it has been continually developed to provide new benefits and the company now asserts that its latest generation threadlockers are ‘the best ever’. Henkel’ says its LOCTITE threadlocking adhesives prevent self-loosening and secure any threaded fastener against vibration and shock loads and many are easy-flowing liquids which completely fill the gaps between mating threads.

By installing a 10-zone gas catalytic infra-red oven from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT, a Mexican manufacturer of gas propane tanks has reportedly been able to switch from batch processing to in-line coating to meet increased sales demand, while at the same time improving coating quality and reducing energy and maintenance costs. Metsa, has been involved in the manufacture of propane tanks for over 50 years. However, when demand for products increased, it was realised that the existing powder coating facility would have problems meeting this demand.

dp DOORS & SHUTTERS says it is now a legal requirement in accordance with the Machinery Directive, 98/79/EC and the workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulation 1992 that all power operated and automatic doors must be subject to a controlled and regular maintenance and service procedure with emphasis on the safety features.

SANDVIK says it is among the sponsors of the upcoming Stainless Steel World (SSW) Conference & Exhibition 2017 in The Netherlands (November 28-30), one of the world’s most important events relating to the manufacture and use of corrosion resistant stainless steels and other corrosion resistant alloys.

After many years in production, AIRBENCH says it has made the decision to stop production of its EX model. This is its lighter duty range, and is rarely supplied to new customers. Airbench says its FN type can be purchased at comparable prices for comparable sizes, and is a heavier duty unit, the FN type is welded and powder coated so is also a more robust product and the company thinks it offers better value and solves the same range of issues.

When HENKEL started to explore the best way to convey the merits of its latest LOCTITE structural bonding development, it set its sights on creating a demonstration that would really make industry take notice. Henkel engineers decided to show the strength and durability of new and patented LOCTITE hybrid adhesive technology by designing a bonded coupler that would pull freight train wagons weighing 208 tons.

SANDVIK has announced it has once again been selected as a member of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The top 10% most sustainable companies in each respective industry are included. The 2017 DJSI has awarded a percentile score of 97, which means that Sandvik performs better on the indicators overall than 97% of assessed companies in the same sector, Capital Goods.

SOFTSOLS GROUP says forward-thinking companies are continually analysing their business efficiency and that is why it has introduced the Agility Health Check, providing clients with expert advice and tangible feedback so they can make intelligent decisions and improve the way their business operates.

The SICK OD1000 displacement sensor is said to set new standards in high-precision distance measurement with its extremely long 1 metre scanning range and a resolution down to 450µm. Developed by SICK to achieve high consistency and linearity in measurement results on many different surfaces and colours, even at high production speeds, SICK says the OD1000 goes the extra distance for performance and value.

QUANTUM CONTROLS says it can provide 24/7 variable speed drive cover for any business for less per day than the cost of a cup of coffee.As a leading UK supplier of variable speed drives, motors and maintenance/repair services, Quantum has recently launched its newest service offering - The ‘One Call’ Contract.

Birmingham based TUFNOL COMPOSITES has announced the appointment of Tim Rowson as its new production manager. Prior to joining Tufnol, Tim worked for Meggitt Aerospace where he was a team leader and also spent time with GE Unison Engine Components and IMI Nuclear. In his new role at Tufnol he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the production processes for the company.

Wires and cables routinely have to be connected to copper busbars when manufacturing control gear and switchgear systems. The conventional approach can be time-consuming and uses screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps. But RITTAL says help is at hand, thanks to the launch of its new range of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps. The clamps utilise push-in technology, providing users with a fast, easy and secure method for connecting conductors to busbars.

HENKEL says when it started to explore the best way to convey the merits of its latest LOCTITE structural bonding development, it set its sights on creating a demonstration that would really make industry take notice. Henkel engineers decided to show the strength and durability of new and patented LOCTITE hybrid adhesive technology by designing a bonded coupler that would pull freight train wagons weighing 208 tons.

Flood Control International of Tavistock, Devon, reports it is completing a project at a Thames Water site near Maple Cross, Berkshire for sealing cable entries with WINN & COALES Densoseal 16A and says there will be further Thames Water sites to follow in a major refurbishment of their sites resulting from a Flood Prevention report.

Two custom-designed blast cabinets from HODGE CLEMCO have upgraded surface preparation processes on a wide range of aircraft components at Kearsley Airways, one of the UK’s leading companies in the aerospace component repair sector.

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HENKEL says its latest introduction is another milestone for its LOCTITE brand. The company says it has developed a new range of Universal Structural Bonders whose many attributes have been achieved through new, patented hybrid technology and this innovative approach substantially extends the application scope of these adhesives which also afford improved health and safety benefits.

Following the successful revamping of its Denso Tape packing labels and boxes, WINN & COALES (DENSO) has announced it has given a new lease of life to the packaging for its Densostrip precast concrete sealing strips.

THE MACHINERY MANAGEMENT PEOPLE (TMMP), founders of an award-winning machinery auction site, CNC Online, reports it has introduced the UK’s first total machinery management support service, providing the engineering sector with a highly cost effective route to all aspects of machinery trading, management and care.

NORTHWOOD HYGIENE PRODUCTS says its Resource Rag continues to challenge long held beliefs that using bags of rags is more than adequate for most wiping needs. The company reports well-known and forward thinking lift manufacturer, Stannah is the latest major company to conduct trials comparing the two options and Resource Rag was an immediate success with wastage halved.

SHIRE SYSTEMS says Pirana CMMS is the complete CMMS solution, at a realistic price, available on-premise or Cloud and now Pirana offers a NEW and improved Key Performance Indicators Module, a sensible utility to help you reach business objectives and sustainability goals.

Drybase Flex Membrane from SAFEGUARD, a leading UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology, is the latest product in the company’s Drybase Damp-Proof Coatings range and is designed for direct application to floors and walls that have been affected by dampness and salt contamination; and when it is not possible to stop the damp at its source.

RITTAL says capturing, transmitting and processing data lies at the heart of what has been dubbed “the fourth industrial revolution” and continues it’s one of the reasons why cutting-edge connectivity has become so important in factories and similar environments to facilitate new, smarter ways of working, such as predictive maintenance.

RITTAL, a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control, reports it is offering manufacturers of small control panels and switchgear an innovative and tested power distribution system. The company says the new RiLine Compact allows the user to mount different types of protective and switching devices onto a system, and then supply it with electrical power and says its standardised and standards-compliant technology means it is suitable for use in control panels in both the IEC and UL markets.

With needs growing exponentially along with population, SANDVIK says it believes it’s vital to find smarter, safer ways forward and says with the launch of its new Open Innovation portal the company seeks to collaborate with like-minded innovators to deliver the next generation of products and solutions that will make a true difference.

OVAKO says visitors to Subcon 2017, the UK’s subcontract manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to outsourced engineering services, now in its 41st year, can take part in special interactive demonstrations of its Steel Navigator and says the powerful and exciting digital platform allows customers to search and find the most suitable steel for their applications.

ELFAB says its latest generation of flame arresters offer a brand new and patented construction concept for both deflagration-proof and detonation-proof designs and says the new concept contributes to better performance, easier maintenance (for 100% cleanliness) and easy assembling and disassembling without any risk of damage to the parts.

OVAKO says visitors to Subcon 2017, the UK’s subcontract manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to outsourced engineering services, now in its 41st year, can take part in special interactive demonstrations of its Steel Navigator. The powerful digital platform allows customers to search and find the most suitable steel for their applications.

The Drybase range from SAFEGUARD EUROPE – a leading UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is said to be designed for use when it is not possible to protect building materials and interior surfaces from the sources of dampness, like rain penetration or rising damp. A collection of damp-proof coverings, coatings and membranes; the Drybase range aims to provide solutions to a wide range of dampness issues, whether in small residential properties through to larger industrial facilities.

MURRELEKTRONIK says its Modlight Illumix series of machine lamps illuminate machines and plants with maintenance-free and long-lasting LED technology in daylight quality.The company says “Slim Line” lamps with their compact construction are a reliable solution in machines and plants with minimum spaces and in harsh industrial environments, lamps of the “Classic Line” are the ideal light source with their aluminum housing and 4-millimeter thick, single-pane safety glass. For this reason, they are also specified for use in classic plant and machine construction environments.

MAKITA, a professional power tool manufacturer, reports it will support Formula Student (FS) 2017, the vehicle design and build challenge run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Formula Student is an established educational vehicle engineering competition. Teams from across the globe design, build and enter their race cars to be judged by industry experts. The sole aim of FS is to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up an engineering career.

ESAB reports it has supplied an automated welding system to EWP Windtower Production AB for making longitudinal welds in sections of wind turbine towers. The company says the highly efficient submerged arc welding system comprises a CaB 460C column-and-boom that manipulates a tandem single + twin welding head, with a FFRS Super flux feed and recovery system complete with heaters and filter unit.

HENKEL has announced its dedicated YouTube Channel is now live and is regularly being updated with application videos, best practice, webinars and success stories all instantly available in a few key strokes at: www.youtube.com/henkelindustrialadhesives

COMPARESOFT reports that the convergence of Bring your Own Devices, a technology-savvy workforce and the influx of multiple data flows have made asset-intensive industries lean heavily on technology and as a result, asset-intensive industries are tackling asset management differently from before.

Spill containment and spill control industry expert EMPTEEZY says it has proof positive from three independent tests that its emergency tank shower (SE-VTS-1 tank shower) meets the rigorous standards set out by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the three European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI).

WINN & COALES says its Denso Steelcoat 100/400 system was chosen by Hampshire Rigging Services to protect the suspension of the footbridge at Thames Ditton Island. The company says for this recently completed project the Denso Steelcoat was applied to a steel wire rope which was fitted to the four tower tops from which the footbridge is suspended and particular attention was given to the application of Denso Steelcoat on the four tower tops and the anchorage bars, which had previously suffered from some corrosion.

SOFTSOLS GROUP says Maintec 2017, (21st to 23rd March at the NEC) will see it showcase its brand new intelligent work capture and deployment solution AUTOAgility. The company says based on over 30 years’ experience in managing work across a variety of sectors; AUTOAgility uses dynamic, behind the scenes rules to ensure the right detail and quality of information is captured for each work request and then automatically deploys it to the most appropriate resource for completion.

RITTAL says busbar systems, or busbar supports are essentially heavy conductors, typically made of copper, which carry and distribute powerful electric currents to components that consume electrical power throughout an assembly. The company says busbars are not only easy to install (certainly compared to cabling), but they also play a major role in the design and safe operation of a switchgear and controlgear assembly.

Senior refining and technology industry players share their knowledge at ERTC: Ask The Experts. Refinery engineers are invited to join senior figures from the world of refining and technology at ERTC: Ask the Experts 2017. Delivering practical solutions to address everyday refining challenges and the low margins currently faced by the European industry, this two-day event comprises of a series of interactive Q&A sessions, poster session career development workshops, and networking activities. Running from 20-21 June 2017 in Cologne, Germany, it is the only event in Europe aimed specifically for process and maintenance engineers.

SANDVIK says a stock of more than 16,000 standard stainless steel items at its distribution centre in Halesowen, West Midlands, help service on-demand and scheduled supply requirements for stainless steel and advanced alloy materials to customers throughout the UK and worldwide.

RITTAL reports it is to launch two new versions of its LED system lights, thus completing the range and says its series of specially designed lights will include 600 and 400 lumens of light output (luminous flux), to add to the current 1200- and 900-lumen versions. Rittal says this means that it can now offer lighting solutions to suit all sizes of enclosure, from small housings right up to large systems.

Devonshire Pine reports it has completed the installation of 4 large VertEx dust extraction units from AIRBENCH, creating a wide area dust control zone.

INDUSTRIA BEARINGS & TRANSMISSIONS has announced it has appointed Andrew (Andy) Blackler as its new sales development engineer.

OVAKO says its Steel Navigator is a digital platform that allows customers to search for and identify the best steel for their applications. The company says the investment in Steel Navigator is part of its global digitalisation strategy and underscores the group’s objective to provide its customers with the best service in the industry.

SANDVIK has announced it has opened a new distribution center in Singapore to meet increasing demand for its advanced stainless steel and special alloy products, particularly in South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Sandvik says its new distribution centre, which is strategically located adjacent to Changi Airport, East Singapore, is key to the company’s customer service commitment as well as its expansion plans in the region.

Henkel has announced it has produced an updated Maintenance Expert Guide to support LOCTITE products which offer maintenance solutions to keep plant and operations running smoothly. The company says this easy to use, pocket-sized guide offers quick reference via product category, such as threadlocking, gasketing, retaining, structural bonding, cleaning, lubrication and anti-seize and each product section has a how-to-apply guide providing useful application hints and tips.

WANNER says its Hydra-Cell seal-less pumps, have solved a pump seal wear problem for a major producer of acoustic panels. When pumping abrasive coatings, pumps with dynamic seals can eventually wear and leak, performance accuracy deteriorates and maintenance downtime for seal replacement can prove expensive as the Corporation found to its cost.

AIRBENCH has announced the release of a larger version of its FPW welding and grinding bench. The company says following customer requests, the new FPW269084 is 600mm longer giving an overall area of 2550 x 960mm, and a ventilated area of 1800 x 600mm and this represents a 50% increase in extracted area over the previous model, allowing for larger workpieces and processes.

3M has announced an expansion to its range of Novec engineered fluids. The latest addition to the range is Novec 73DE engineered fluid, designed for the more demanding types of metal cleaning applications. 

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