When motion equipment is being used in harsh environments, it needs to be of resilient design and manufactured from highly durable materials. Matara UK, a specialist in automation, pneumatics and linear motion products, can provide customers with Armoloy TDC coated linear rail and ballscrews for maximum longevity in demanding applications and locations.

BABCOCK WANSON, a leading player in the design and maintenance of industrial boiler rooms, has announced it has completed its first acquisition and strengthened its position in the UK with the purchase of Steam Plant Engineering (SPE), a leader in the field of industrial boiler services.

MENZEL ELEKTROMOTOREN says it has realised an unusual motor configuration to help out a customer: the operator of a large chemical plant needed a replacement for a failed pump motor. It seemed difficult, at first, to find a machine able to accommodate an existing oversized pump flange dimension.

By Karl Lycett – Rittal UK climate control product manager.

As a systems provider, ABM GREIFFENBERGER develops and manufactures drive systems for stationary and mobile intralogistics applications. The company says upon request, customers can be supplied with individual solutions allowing them to reduce their costs – and with conveyor systems quickly accelerate even heavy loads from a standstill. This is made possible by the ABM’s close cooperation and partnership with customers.

When projects are being designed, whether they are airports, warehouses, or distribution centres, the planning and, more importantly, the acceptability of the electrical systems can be a major challenge for project planners and designers. If the components utilised have the necessary approvals, the effort involved can be considerably reduced. This is exactly what Wieland Electric's podis 5G6 energy bus system gives, having recently gained UL system approval, adding to its’s existing TUV compliance. This means that exporting companies in particular, benefit from less testing and save time when it comes to getting their electrical systems approved.

ABB says it is responding to the growing consumer demand for choice and fast delivery with the launch of its FlexBuffer application cell. ABB says the FlexBuffer brings new levels of flexibility for logistics, food and beverage, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, restaurants and retailers, offering a highly adaptable multi-functional solution for handling a variety of tasks such as sequencing, buffering, storage and order consolidation.

Uniper Maasvlakte Power Plant is located at Rotterdam- Maasvlakte, Netherlands, and was commissioned in 2015 by UNIPER and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power GmbH. Uniper assets play an important role in ensuring that the region has a reliable supply of energy. Uniper supplies a range of innovative energy products to its partners and customers throughout the Zuid-Holland region.

A survey of 250 UK SME and large manufacturing companies carried out by ABB ROBOTICS reveals a change in attitudes towards robotic automation in the UK, with 81.2% of companies saying that they are considering an investment in robots because of recent events including COVID-19.

Thorite is one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of pneumatic, compressed air and fluid handling products and systems, which has been achieved through staff experience, technical expertise and providing customers with a wide range of products from industry-leading suppliers.

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS says the new Michell S8000 –100 is a high-precision, low dew-point hygrometer designed to meet the demands of humidity calibration and standards laboratories. Michell says its engineers have used the latest developments in chilled mirror technology to achieve reliable, repeatable measurements of low dew points down to -100 °C, with an accuracy of ±0.1 °C, without the need for additional cooling.

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A new fully connected factory is applying game-changing technologies – including MiR Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) supplied by RARUK AUTOMATION – to help advance the manufacture of the UK’s next-generation combat aircraft system, Tempest. Located at the Warton facility of BAE Systems, the ‘Factory of the Future’ has been designed in such a way that it can flex to manufacture different products within the same area, leveraging the advantages provided by the MiRs and intelligent systems to accommodate changes quickly.

WILLIAM HUGHES GROUP has announced that it has perfected a method of composing and forming complex automotive electric vehicle (EV) bus bar geometries out of pre-coated copper stock; and can do so in such a way that the insulation/protective cover remains completely viable along the length of the bar.

M&C Engineering says it has helped a water company bring an end to a costly and time-consuming diesel pump application, by introducing a new skid-mounted unit from Borger.

ABB Robotics range of robot training courses have been available online for almost 12 months. Built on the same materials used in its classroom-based courses, the Virtual Classroom Training programme is ideal for beginners and experts alike, covering topics including programming, safety and operation.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established and reputable UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has announced it is able to offer a cost-effective and proven way of meeting the ongoing demand for replacement compressed air filters. The company says rather than pay for expensive and often low-efficiency OEM filters, an increasing number are turning to Hi-line’s vast range of alternative elements, which frequently provide an ‘upgrade’ on competitor solutions at less cost.

Pioneering engraving specialist, BRUNEL ENGRAVING, has reported a significant growth in demand from the plant and works manufacturing industry following its investment in specialist state of the art engraving equipment.

IndEx Enclosures, a Kent-based manufacturer of hazardous area and industrial control gear enclosures has announced it has just dispatched the latest consignment of Activated Isolation, Modulation, Fire & Gas Damper junction boxes bound for the Tengiz oilfields of Kazakhstan.

For fabrication and construction firms that need reliable and efficient welding systems that can withstand rugged industrial environments, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced it has introduced its Fabricator EM 401i, EM 401iw and EM 501w inverter-based welding power sources and associated wire feeders for MIG/MAG and flux cored welding.

Mark el Baroudi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta, Canada-based Exchanger Industries Limited

Exchanger Industries Limited (EIL), a Canadian market leader and designer and manufacturer of heat transfer products for the energy, petrochemical, industrial and clean power generation sectors, has acquired HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd (HRS). Financial terms have not been disclosed.

FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHNOLOGIES has announced it has developed a broad portfolio of Simmerring radial shaft seals to meet the diverse challenges of the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. This includes various product families in different materials that meet the industry specific legal requirements.

RUBIX has announced it has acquired CompCare Compressed Air – a specialist in optimising compressed air systems- as part of the Group’s network development strategy.

PANDUIT has launched its new FlexFusion cabinets which can be custom configured to meet the specific needs of any ITE environment.

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies is to drive Whitworths’ planned warehouse modernisation with new voice picking and wireless networking technology it was announced recently.

Palletising is a simple, repetitive task that can lend itself perfectly to robotic automation and RARUK AUTOMATION says its new kit makes the transition both simple and quick. The company says its new Robotiq Palletising Kit provides the means to install, set-up and configure the solution to boost production efficiency, with hardware and software supplied ready-connected for a plug and play solution.

To expand its line of filler metals for chrome-molybdenum weldments in the refinery, petrochemical, power generation and pressure vessel applications, ESAB has announced it has introduced its new series of B3 SC electrodes and fluxes for SMAW, GTAW and SAW for 2.25% Cr 1% Mo alloyed steels, SA-387 Grade 22, A335 Grade P22 and similar materials.

Over the years, THORITE says it has completed numerous specialist projects for universities throughout the UK, with the latest being an installation of a series of compressor systems and Nitrogen generators for brand new laboratories at The University of Liverpool.

At CHEMUK 2021, stand E31 (15-16 September 2021, NEC), HRS HEAT EXCHANGERS will showcase its range of products for recovery from exhaust gases in the chemical industry. HRS has supplied a K Series large gas heat exchanger for a Belgian chemical plant to cool the exhaust gases leaving a catalytic reactor (which can reach temperatures of up to 500 deg. C) and use the recovered heat to pre-heat the cold gases entering the reactor.

PARKER HANNIFIN a leader in motion and control technologies, has announced an innovative oil condition monitoring technology that is set to help marine operators reduce downtime, reduce costs, and protect assets. Developed in close collaboration with marine experts, the DIGI Plus has been designed to offer rapid on-site and on-board oil condition monitoring to improve productivity and increase uptime for the marine industry.

The innovative design features and benefits of a robust pressure sensor have been recognised with the Innovations Showcase Award which was recommended by a panel of experts at the recent Process Expo event in Chicago. The award, within the Dairy Product category, was given to sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER for its PP20H pressure sensor. The sensor prevailed against the 17 finalists due to its wide range of features ensuring outstanding performance in challenging hygienic applications.

SENSONICS is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of turbine supervisory and high integrity protection equipment to industry. The company says this position has been established thanks to over 40 years of experience in providing vibration, position and speed instrumentation solutions. Sensonics has confirmed the expansion of its service offerings supported by important investment which will help it to meet the growing and changing requirements of its customers.

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced a new offer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production of the Vapac brand of humidifiers in the UK.

After twelve months construction work, BUNTING’S European managing director Simon Ayling officially opened the extended Bunting-Redditch facility. The revamped facility includes additional manufacturing and storage space, a new ‘Customer Experience Centre’, and offices.

ESAB has announced an improved OK Flux 10.99, an agglomerated neutral basic flux designed for submerged arc welding in heavy industrial environments like petrochemical plants, offshore construction, transport, LNG and LEG tanks, pressure vessel, and pulp and paper industries.

AIRMASTER, the CMC-owned embedded air compressor controls brand for OEMs, has revealed its next generation of controllers after launching AIRMASTER FIT.

CDI ENERGY PRODUCTS, a leader in high-performance polymer components, has announced its latest material to achieve API 610 recognition outperformed service life expectations under extremely corrosive sulfuric acid conditions. API 610 is the standard for centrifugal pumps for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

ABB ROBOTICS says it is driving automation in the construction industry with new robotic automation solutions to address key challenges, including the need for more affordable and environmentally friendly housing and to reduce the environmental impact of construction, amidst a labour and skills shortage.

HYDROSCAND has announced it is launching specially designed service plugs in carefully selected materials, that enable both reuse and recycling. Service plugs are important tools for minimising the risk of environmentally harmful leakage. For example, during oil changes, service, assembly and hose changes.

OMRON ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS EUROPE has announced it has launched a new, exceptionally compact reflective photomicrosensor (PMS) with a sensing distance of 3-4mm, plugging a gap in the market for an SMD device addressing applications such as 3D printers, mini printers, e-locks and factory automation equipment.

ABB says its new RobotStudio now offers unprecedented accuracy for calculating robot stopping distances to optimise operator safety

SICK says its innovative non-contact radar sensing technology is opening up the prospect of robust and reliable real-time monitoring of the levels of liquids and bulk solids in challenging industrial applications. The SICK SicWave uses higher-frequency 80 gigahertz free-space radar to overcome the limitations of lower-frequency radar sensors or mechanical devices to achieve precision continuous level measurement in demanding environments.

WIELAND ELECTRIC says designed with maximum functionality in mind, its samos PRO is a compact modular safety controller for machine and automation control. Part of the samos range of safety systems, it has multi-functional base modules that are modularly interlinked, extending its safety functions module by module.

SICK has announced that its new LiveConnect web service will be the standard for bringing live data from SICK sensors to their digital twins in the Cloud, supporting customer progress towards Industry 4.0 digitilisation.

OMRON Electronic Components Europe has announced a new addition to the B5W series of optical sensors. The new B5W-DB diffuse reflector sensor has a longer sensing distance of 550mm, longer than light convergent resistance sensors of the same size making it ideal for COVID safe user interfaces.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has released the 2021 version of its energy-efficient Tundra refrigeration dryers.

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS offers the Cotes range of desiccant dehumidifiers in the UK. Cotes is one of the world’s leading experts in desiccant dehumidification technology, providing superbly engineered, low-maintenance humidity management solutions that are remarkably energy efficient.

ESAB has announced that its Robust Feed wire feeder has received the highly coveted Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021.

Motion control technology group YASKAWA has announced it has delivered its 30 millionth inverter drive and also reached 20 million units in its servo drives division.

Quick Flex elastomeric couplings from Lovejoy Europe / R+L Hydraulics are durable couplings for harsh environments. They need minimal maintenance, are easy to install and require no lubrication.

SICK has announced it has launched the versatile W4F family of miniature smart sensors, developed to achieve next-generation detection performance and incorporating powerful new optical technologies, each purpose-designed to master common sensing challenges with complete reliability.

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