MACSA ID UK – a division of Barcelona-based laser coding, marking and scoring equipment manufacturer, Macsa ID – has announced it will be showing its upgraded iLaserbox 450 laser marking work station at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show. The company says ideal for first time laser users, the more ergonomically designed unit now features a lateral instead of vertical door for improved ease of operation.

In a “UK first”, electrical engineering firm, LCA Group, reports it has switched its control panel operations from manual production to end-to-end automation, including laser-machining (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d27sUtLL0U) and says the move is expected to transform its productivity and efficiency.

WIELAND ELECTRIC says its new wienet Managed Switches allow full control and diagnosis of industrial Ethernet networks and by means of standard ring topology, the switches allow redundant topologies and thereby boost network availability. These switches offer protection against unauthorised access/data traffic, greater resilience and prioritisation of data with real-time requirements.

Thermalert 4.0 spot pyrometers from FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS are said to enable precise monitoring of critical glass manufacturing processes such as annealing of glass bottles and containers. The noncontact infrared sensors measure product as well as belt temperatures. The company says that way, operators can ensure that the lehr is set correctly for products with different glass thicknesses and sizes, and that the transportation belt is heated correctly. The latter is especially important for glass containers with a thick bottom, to prevent uneven cooling and breakage. Continuous monitoring helps operators improve quality and uniformity and reduce reject rates. It also supports troubleshooting by detecting faulty burners under the transportation belt.

EGE has introduced the IGEX20a inductive proximity switch, and says it provides a very compact sensor for zone 0/20 hazardous areas that can be used without additional amplifiers. The company says IGEX20a is certified according to ATEX and IECEx and the IECEx certification simplifies worldwide use of the sensors. Certified for use in Ex zones 0 and 20, the proximity switches can be employed in hazardous areas with gas or dust atmospheres, for example in gas stations and facilities with gas-conveying parts.

Karl Lycett, Rittal UK’s product manager for climate control advises customers to make improvements now to be ready for next summer: “The temperatures may be feeling quite mild, but even if the thermometer hasn’t yet regularly dropped below zero, you’re probably no longer hearing the alarms on your cooling units. While this is likely to mean you’re spending less time maintaining overheating panels, it would be a mistake to forget about climate control.

Hydra-Cell High Pressure Coolant Pumps from WANNER are claimed to be the most energy efficient, machine tool coolant pumps available, measured at upwards of 80%, pump shaft to hydraulic power.

US DIGITAL has announced its E4T and S4T miniature optical encoders are now available at even higher resolutions than before and with two new CPRs of 512 and 1,000 it has successfully doubled the resolution while keeping the housing unchanged.

FLUKE has introduced two new motor drive analysers to simplify complex motor-drive troubleshooting. The company says the portable Fluke MDA-510 and MDA-550 Motor Drive Analysers save time and eliminate the hassle of setting up complex measurements, while simplifying the troubleshooting process. Guided graphical test set-ups show where to make connections and a built-in report generator provides records of actions taken. For more information about these two inverter type motor-drive test tools, visit www.fluke.co.uk/MDA-5XX.

SANDVIK and Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals have announced they are entering into a partnership for the supply of Sanicro 25 high alloy, austenitic stainless-steel tube to specifically target the expanding market for low emission coal fired power generation.

SANDVIK has announced that TW Metals UK will be a preferred distributor for a range of products including Sandvik hydraulic & instrumentation tubing and high temperature piping products in England.

MAKITA reports it has launched its first cordless twin 18V LXT Brushless Angle Drill featuring all the power and performance of a mains machine whilst benefiting from the freedom and manoeuvrability that only a battery powered tool can provide. The DDA460ZK is powered by two Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries giving 36V power from the Brushless motor which not only extends runtime but substantially increases power.

The British Compressed Gases Association reports it has completed a comprehensive review of one of its most widely consulted safety guidance codes within the manufacturing sector.

Combining two devices using two different temperature measurement technologies, FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS says it provides the glass industry with more information on high-value applications like float glass manufacturing, glass tempering, and windshield forming and laminating.

Winch systems may need protection when lowering a load to prevent the possibility of over speeding and consequential damage or injury. Typical transmissions comprise a motor fitted with failsafe brake and hand release, connected to the geared winch system. However such control does not always protect against over speeding whilst lowering a load or when manually controlling decent in the event of power failure.

RITTAL reports it has added 20 and 35 kW output classes to its portfolio of refrigerant-based IT cooling solutions, meaning it can now offer a cooling solution from 3 kW right through to 55 kW.

HAIX says for the first time in its seventy year history, international dealers and team members alike gathered in Croatia for a two-day event between 11 - 12th October 2018. HAIX distributors from 27 different nations across Europe, Asia and South America met for a behind the scenes glimpse of the brand: from updates on top-secret product developments set to launch in 2019, to an access all areas factory tour.

Rittal says it is offering UK customers the chance to ‘test drive’ its Perforex machining and automation systems before they buy.

MOOG, a designer and manufacturer of high performance motion control products, solutions, and services, has announced it has launched a new version of the D680 Series Proportional Valve.

A high-performance abrasive blasting system has been installed by HODGE CLEMCO within an existing chamber for surface preparation of steelwork for commercial trailers and vehicle bodies manufactured by Tiger Trailers in Winsford, Cheshire.

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT reports its range of gas catalytic, infra-red heaters has now been certified to ATEX 2 2G standard and this makes them suitable for applications in above-ground areas which may contain explosive atmospheres caused by gases, vapours mists or air/dust mixtures. The company says the heaters are designed for fitting in infra-red ovens, which are particularly suitable for powder coating and applications ranging from food drying, thermo forming and textiles drying to leather curing and curing coatings on heat-sensitive substrates, such as MDF.

DIRECT AIR & PIPEWORK says it will be on stand 82 at Maintec 2018 offering free full compressed air system assessments with the potential to reduce business costs and improve carbon footprint.

Baxters Food Group says it is using an ABB variable speed drive (VSD) to help ensure consistent mixing of its range of sauces, dressing and marinades. The drive is used to adjust the mixer motor’s speed based on requirements for a particular product.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS says it provides a dedicated temperature profiler for aluminum vacuum brazing furnaces. The company says the Datapaq Furnace Tracker system automatically generates CQI-9 and AMS 2750E reports and it is designed for frequent use, even during normal production.

RITTAL says a new electronic motor controller is now available for its RiLine Compact busbar system. The company says all it takes is a matter of seconds for the controller to simply clip the controller onto the busbar and its easy wiring means installation costs are lower than those for traditional electro-mechanical devices.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that it has acquired Gas Control Equipment (“GCE”). With headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, GCE is a leader in European gas equipment, offering full solutions for general industrial, healthcare, high-purity and science and research applications. GCE employs more than 900 people.

In September 2018, AIRBENCH says it is proud to celebrate 25 years in business. The company says since beginning operations as WorkPoint Environments, it has supplied in excess of 10,000 dust and fume extraction units to customers across the UK, EU, and Worldwide and since the AirBench name change came into effect in February 2011 the AirBench brand has been the Go-To name for downdraught dust and fume extraction.

A series of comprehensive tests carried out at the HERAEUS NOBELIGHT Applications Centre in conjunction with Whitford, are reported to have demonstrated that Whitford's Xylan coatings are capable of being cured more quickly with Infrared than by using conventional, large footprint, hot air convection ovens.

A Chopper Pump made by LANDIA is said to be playing an important role in a new effluent treatment plant for a leading Texas-based supplier of automotive lubricants.

The tough demands of industrial environments and challenging outdoor applications inevitably tests the durability and reliability of components such as sensors and encoders.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has launched a new range of data loggers for temperature profiling in short and medium-duration processes in the electronics and paint and powder-coating industries. The company says the Datapaq DP5 series is optimised for ovens with a low clearance and reflow solder applications.

FEIN POWER TOOLS UK says as an inventor of the electric power tool, it is proud to have served British industrial workers for 30 years. Whilst the manufacturer is a father of electric power tools, and following a cordless evolution now offers a large range of cordless tools to the industrial sector, the company says one of its bestselling machines to this day remains a pneumatic pipe saw. Not only that, but the pipe saw remains relatively unchanged from the initial model sold some 30 years ago, with only the air motor receiving minor adjustments during the last generation of machine.

WANNER INTERNATIONAL says it will be exhibiting the latest developments in high-pressure coolant delivery on stand 8E78 at AMB Stuttgart.

Henkel says its innovative BONDERITE M-PP coating process delivers a simple and economical alternative to electro coating and for one European manufacturer, adoption of the technology has underpinned its survival. The process not only provided conformity with increasingly tight environmental legislation, enabling production to continue, but it also boosted product quality too.

Compiling thermal images of objects that move at extremely slow speeds can be a challenge. FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS says it has solved this measuring task for a chemical waste incineration plant. Hazardous wastes are combusted in a rotary kiln that turns at 4 to 6 revolutions per hour.

Manufacturers keen to develop a flexible digital production strategy are being invited to join free masterclasses being organised by METALL, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Alliance supporting businesses across Sussex and south Surrey.

RULMECA UK has announced it will present a comprehensive range of conveyor rollers and innovative hygienic drive solutions, whilst highlighting its new generation of smart 24 VDC Rulmeca Drive Roller technology at the PPMA Show 2018 25th – 27th September, NEC – Birmingham.

Extending its seal-less, packing-free product range, WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has launched the Hydra-Cell G66, a new powerful, positive displacement, multiple diaphragm pump capable of flow rates up to 249 litres per minute, (65.7 US gpm) at pressures up to 48 bar (700 psi).

ABB reports it has extended the reach of its UK variable speed drives (VSD) and mechanical power transmission products with an expansion of the ABB authorised value provider network.

A fast response, medium wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is helping to maintain the high quality of woven silks at the factory of Stephen Walters. The silk finishing machine at Stephen Walters needed modernising to improve the control of the process, both in terms of the steam delivery to the fabric and the consistency of temperature across the heated rollers. Fortunately, a simple and elegant solution was found in the use of fast response, medium wave infra-red heaters from Heraeus and two 17kW, stand-alone cassettes fitted to heat the outer surface of the rollers.

FSG says the cost-efficient two-axis inclinometers from its PE-MEMS-x/y-i/GS60L series measure tilt angles of the x and y axes up to ±60° and measured values for each inclination axis are transmitted via a 4 – 20 mA output. FSG says featuring a wear-free micro-electromechanical measuring system, a robust, IP67-rated plastic housing, and easy connection via a 4-pin M12 plug, the tilt sensor is ideally suited for use in mobile machinery.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has announced a new line of thermal imagers with integrated visible-light cameras: ThermoView TV40 and says the fixed-installation imagers enable 24/7 temperature monitoring in a -10 °C to 1200 °C range. The company says developed to meet today’s demanding industrial automation requirements, they support GigE streaming of images, automatic alarms, analysis and archiving and images from multiple devices can be combined for display and analysis. Various field-interchangeable lens options are available, including wide-angle lenses.

INDUSTRIA BEARINGS & TRANSMISSIONS, a specialist bearing distributor, has announced the arrival of a new range of JTekt Hyper Strong spherical roller bearings from leading Japanese manufacturer, Koyo.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS reports it offers a dedicated, robust solution for monitoring Claus reactors during the recovery of elemental sulfur from process streams. In this setup, ATEX-certified infrared thermometers measure temperatures inside the furnace with short response times. Temperature control of the sulfur recovery process is vital since temperature variations can upset the chemical reaction. Conventionally, thermocouples are used for this application.

CONTA-CLIP says accompanying the KDSClick cable entry system, it supplies easy-to-install, galvanised EMC rails for safe and secure shield termination of cables. KDS-EMV-SAB type rails are attached to the KDSClick mounting screws inside control cabinets and secured with a nut.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has announced it has launched the Thermalert 4.0 spot pyrometer series for automatic noncontact temperature monitoring between -40 °C and 2,250 °C. The series currently comprises 13 models with varied spectral responses, including dedicated sensors for metals, glass, and plastics products.

Hydra-Cell pumps are claimed to offer the most economical solution for precision metering and dosing thanks to their simple, clever design with multiple hydraulically balanced diaphragms in a single pump head.

ABB says its new service gives users of medium- and high- power variable speed drives complimentary access to a host of services throughout the warranty period. Drive users now receive access to on-site repair, rapid exchange of faulty parts with access to original spares, telephone support during office hours and technical query escalation.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has this week officially opened a new state-of-the-art corporate head office in Poole, Dorset for BOFA International, a  leader in industrial fume and dust extraction technology.

Grow your knowledge and expand your skills with the latest series of free webinars from HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – which take place in June 2018. Providing advice and focus on a variety of topics, the first of the webinars, “Mobile Durability and CAN FD”, takes place on Tuesday 12th June 2018, this webinar will discuss what CAN FD means for mobile data acquisition.

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