The new Easidew Advanced Online Dew-Point Hygrometer from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS measures dew point, moisture content and now also pressure. It features a touch screen interface for set up and operation. Michell developed the Easidew Advanced Online as a versatile, premium-performance hygrometer system. Incorporating the latest Michell ceramic metal-oxide technology, the hygrometer provides stable, reliable and repeatable trace moisture measurements.

SANDHURST INSTRUMENTS and H&B Sensors have announced that they have entered a strategic partnership and this collaboration means an all-inclusive service for every measuring solution. From temperature, depth and pressure sensors to remote calibration equipment, each company can be helped with its decision-making process, with accurate, robust, reliable and proven measuring equipment. The partnership offers bespoke instruments, tailored and made to individual and specific requirements.

BRAMMER BUCK & HICKMAN, a leading UK supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has released two new brochures, produced with bearing manufacturer SKF, aimed at the construction and aggregates industries. The new brochures address the specific challenges faced in these demanding sectors, along with SKF product solutions and advice on bearings best practice.

For any company looking to improve the life and energy efficiency of its compressed air system, HI-LINE INDUSTRIES now offers its range of class-leading Vertical Air Receivers from stock to help factories and plants quickly take advantage of these innovative devices. Hi-line says its high-quality painted and galvanised vessels are available immediately at extremely competitive prices. Vertical Air Receivers are a type of pressure vessel that receive air from the compressor and hold it under pressure for future use. Storing compressed air allows the system to average the peaks in compressed air demand over the course of a shift, delivering steady air flow. The air in the tank is even available when the air compressor is not running.

TREND NETWORKS has launched LanTEK IV-S, and says it is its fastest, most powerful and easy to use copper and fibre cable certifier to date.

Large control cabinet space requirements, bulky cable trays, and complicated distributor box installation: When motors in conveyor systems are safely turned off in the traditional manner, the wiring and energy distribution involved is typically very complex. WIELAND ELECTRIC wanted to reduce the complexity in installation and make it more user friendly.

In the port city of Yeosu in South Korea, pump optimisation specialist RIVENTA says it has created significant savings at a global tyre manufacturer’s water pumping plant, including an annual energy reduction of 13%.

Controls and automation specialist, CARLO GAVAZZI will make its debut appearance at this year’s Drives and Controls exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC on 5 - 7 April 2022 on stand no. G74 - the UK’s must-attend and leading event for drives, power transmission and motion control.

Industrial process heating manufacturer BABCOCK WANSON has launched two new brochures: a guide to the company’s Steam Solutions, and a Thermal Fluid Heating Solutions brochure with a focus on the applications and industries most suited to this energy efficient, easy to use process heating technology.

Blackburn-based NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL says it has enhanced its obsolete equipment buying capabilities in response to the global shortage of semiconductors currently affecting businesses across the world. The company says the global chip semiconductor shortage is an ongoing crisis affecting more than 169 industries which has led to major price increases, shortages and supply stream delays for all products that require semiconductors.

Industrial compressed air brand, WORTHINGTON CREYSSENSAC, has launched the new ‘Class Zero’ oil-free compressors for the UK & Ireland markets. The company says certified to be 100% free of any traces of oil or other contaminants, the new OF 20-75V range has been designed for use in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical sectors, where production of air quality to the ISO 8573.1:2010 class is essential to maintain high standards of manufacturing.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, an established and reputable UK manufacturer of high-quality compressed air purification equipment, has announced it can now offer a fully featured range of desiccant air dryers. The company’s series of HPSA heatless dryers includes new standard models, the recently launched HPSA-CT (Carbon Tower) version, plus the bespoke HP-HPSA (High Pressure) model. As a result, Hi-line says it can fulfil the needs of any company that needs dry, clean compressed air or nitrogen, whatever the application.

Now available in the UK from R.A. RODRIGUEZ (UK) is the new KHK R series pinion for speed reducers. The new pinion is said to be not only ideal for Nabtesco GH series gearhead reducers, but can provide superior compatibility with flanged speed reducers from a host of leading OEMs.

Sensing and Instrumentation specialist BAUMER will be promoting its expanding range of innovative IO-Link devices and supporting software at the upcoming Drives & Controls show. Sensors are becoming increasingly important in the advances of robotic and automated systems and Baumer says it is at the forefront of sensor technology helping customers to develop ever more sophisticated manufacturing systems.

KANSAI HELIOS Group has announced it has expanded its production of coatings at two locations – Helios Coatings Italia and Helios Coatings Deutschland – using a COPERION twin screw extruder at each site.

Advanced assembly, forming and fabrication assets from Sertec’s recently closed springs and wire forms division have been given a new lease of life at Dorset-based WILLIAM HUGHES.

To meet the demand for faster, more efficient production, ABB has announced it is adding two new members to its OmniCore controller family. Available for a range of robots across ABB’s portfolio, the new E10 and V250XT controllers offer best-in-class motion control, as well as 20% energy savings and future-proofing through built-in digital connectivity and 1000+ additional functions to meet changing requirements. The company says these two new controllers extend the possibilities for enhanced robot control in a variety of industries, from electronics assembly to automotive, logistics, and general manufacturing.

VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES UK (VWT UK) has announced it has supplied organic based water treatment chemicals from its Hydrex range to help food manufacturer, AB World Foods optimise its effluent treatment. The company says the innovative VWT solution has helped the production facility in Leigh, Lancashire to reduce costs by approximately 50% or £1000 per month, streamline process management and ensure compliance with the conditions of its trade effluent discharge permit.

SICK says it has reimagined the industrial light stack as a versatile and customisable Smart Light Tower that can be easily set up with a wide range of parameters to communicate the real-time operational and maintenance status of machinery.

TE-TECH PROCESS SOLUTIONS has announced a strategic partnership with Spanish IT developer Createch360 to provide intelligent control solutions to key clients within the UK water industry. CREA is an operational intelligence platform that allows management and optimisation of integral wastewater treatment processes using real-time data monitoring of key process parameters. CREA provides intelligent decision support, multiple control strategies and automatic reporting on key data analytics and achieves quality consent limits with reduced operational costs and enhanced reliability.

BCN3D, a leading 3D printing solutions manufacturer, has announced it has launched its Metal Pack - containing Ultrafuse Metal Filaments from Forward AM - for its line of Epsilon Series 3D printers.

Guntamatic operates internationally producing high-tech biomass heating systems. From fully automatic log wood heating systems through to pellet heating, Guntamatic says it continually demonstrates itself to be the leader in innovation in its industry. The company has always used FRONIUS welding technology to ensure the high-quality production of its products. Since 2020, the Austrian family-run company has also put its trust in the Fronius TransSteel 4000 Pulse to improve overall manual welding efficiency in production.

BEAMEX has announced it has expanded its CENTRiCAL product family with a new Temperature Calibration Trolley. The company says the trolley, which is designed for use with the state-of-the-art Beamex MC6-T Multifunction Temperature Calibrator and Communicator, gives calibration technicians a mobile station for temperature calibration with all of the tools required within easy reach. The trolley can also be equipped with pressure calibration capabilities by adding the new External Pressure Module for CENTRiCAL.

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.

Image courtesy of BAE Systems

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.

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