The electric motor may be the most common source of mechanical power in modern industrial environments, but that doesn’t make it the best solution for every application. David Lockett, managing director at Huco Dynatork explains the benefits of an alternative approach, using the power of air.

ELESA has announced it has recently revised its extensive range of high quality industrial magnets for use in positioning and clamping applications across almost all industries, from mining to food processing and machining to farming. With high pull force and many shape options available in different alloys, these popular magnets are suitable for a variety of purposes which are frequently difficult to appreciate, as they are often located internal to the equipment where they are installed. 

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced it has won the prestigious Sustainable Product of the Year award in the recent HVR Awards, for its desiccant dehumidifier from Danish manufacturer, Cotes A/S.

UE SYSTEMS discusses best practices for ultrasonic compressed air leak detection: Contrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, for what it takes to produce it, to what is generated it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility. Air Compressor experts have also estimated that as much as 30% of the compressed air generated is lost via leaks in the compressed air system.

Romold, a manufacturer of plastic spill containment products, has announced it is now benefiting from the latest process gas heating technology from LANEMARK COMBUSTION ENGINEERING. Rotational moulding operations now undertaken by the Livingston-based company feature a Lanemark FDGA forced draught burner system which is delivering clear benefits in terms of both improved operations and greater energy efficiency.

A combination of an ElectroStatic Separator and a Metal Separation Module is enabling the recovery of fine copper and other metals from a waste product at a UK metal recycling company.

SCOPE is an all-new, PLC-based boiler sequencing control system from FULTON. The company says it is suitable for up to four steam boilers and optimises installations, ensures energy efficient operation and improves boiler longevity. It can be retrofitted to existing vertical and horizontal fuel-fired boiler installations, including Fulton’s own range of existing and planned products and those manufactured by other boiler OEMs.

KISTLER has announced a new flexible, miniature charge amplifier with IO-Link, saying it’s a world first which complies with industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) and combines analogue and digital communication technology to pave the way for Industry 4.0.

Tim Bone, cylinder parts manager at FPE Seals explains some of the reasons why an excavator can be operating slowly.

Obsolescence is an unavoidable part of any manufacturing environment but nearly 70% of companies faced with obsolescence admit they do not know when vital equipment will require repairing, replacing or upgrading. Manufacturers that hope to avoid the pitfalls of obsolescence need to focus on several crucial points as part of an obsolescence strategy and in the current climate, it is more important than ever to manage risk. RADWELL INTERNATIONAL’S team of experts can help businesses to proactively manage obsolescence by assessing installed parts and developing a strategy for mitigating and ultimately eliminating risk. Read the top 7 Tips here for more advice.

As an international component manufacturer of high quality items from handwheels to positioning indicators, ELESA says it knows what helps to ensure best practice in production. Therefore it is pleased to launch this powerful new MM range of pneumatic clamps (up to 475Nm) which offer fast repetitive clamping cycles on manual or automated production lines to aid achievement of lower costs and more efficient output. 

MENZEL ELEKTROMOTOREN says it has customised a motor for a compressor drive operated by Tata Steel, shipping it within just two weeks. A motor failure had stalled the booster air compressor, which is integral to one of the corporation's Indian steelworks, providing oxygen necessary for steel production. Thanks to its modular warehousing strategy, Menzel was able to speedily configure a squirrel-cage motor in accordance with customer specifications. The MEBKSL-type motor was electrically and mechanically adapted to enable installation and commissioning by the customer without further modifications of the motor or the site.

The latest addition to the range of temperature sensing products from sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER is the TER8, a compact sensor based on RTD (Resistance Temperature Detection) technology. These front-flush, low-invasive resistance thermometers are specially designed for applications which demand optimum measurement accuracy combined with the need to meet stringent hygienic standards.

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies is launching ‘Renovotec Network Alert’, a proactive, 24/7 network monitoring and alerting service that tracks the health and performance of the entire network infrastructure remotely and in real-time, enabling organisations to take corrective action anywhere, anytime to avoid network downtime through to complete failure.

BRUNEL ENGRAVING has announced it has made a major investment in state of the art technology to significantly increase its efficiency and output, providing a rapid one stop service to the engineering industry.

With photolithography systems for semiconductor manufacturing becoming ever more sophisticated, component suppliers need to be able to provide products of the highest quality to meet the current and future demands in chip production. Based on ongoing in-house research and development, CERAMTEC says its “Rocar SiF” plates made of high-performance SiSiC as a lightweight silicon carbide ceramic achieve an optimal balance of material properties which contribute to higher chip quality.

MENZEL GREAT BRITAIN has supplied a synchronous generator with a power rating of 11380 kVA to Westfield Power Station in Scotland. The plant operated by the Independent Power Producer Melton Renewable Energy UK had suffered a failure of the existing generator.

KISTLER says its new single axis accelerometer for vibration monitoring delivers reliable results at temperatures up to 700 °Celsius over the long term and up to 1000° for short periods of time. The company says the 8211A sensor is certified to ATEX and IECEX for use in explosion protection making it suitable not only for monitoring purposes, but also for use under extreme conditions in a wide variety of applications.

WIELAND says its new HMI ECO touch panels have become essential for machines and systems in their use for visualisation, operation, and diagnostics. The company says when used in conjunction with the samos PRO safety controller they offer complete automation, including seamless data exchange between the visualisation software hmiPLAN and the planning software samos PLAN6. The unit offers flexible communication and seamless integration with over 40 different PLC and device manufacturers, including convenient data exchange of export and import functions.

Where aggressive environmental and challenging production conditions combine to put the most demanding stresses on control systems the functionality, durability and reliability of the components is critical. Control applications in quarrying, construction and agriculture are just a few examples of harsh operating conditions and are where heavy duty encoders, supplied by BAUMER have excelled.

REYNOLDS CONTAMINATION CONTROL says it may not have ‘written the book’ on lubricant degradation – but now it’s working closely with someone who has.

Earlier this year THORITE, a leading UK specialist of pneumatics, air compressors, air tools, and fluid handling equipment announced its intention to relocate its UK headquarters to a new location nearer to central Bradford.

WILLIAM HUGHES says it has come to the aid of a leading automotive tier-one seat manufacturer; a rescue mission that was only made possible by the company’s broad set of skills and advanced capabilities in the world of complex wire forms.

High-quality industrial materials are essential for cost-efficient filtration processes. CERAMTEC says its porous ceramic membrane tubes that are used for cross-flow membrane filtration combine key properties that provide customers with enhanced performance and ultimately save cost on filtration units.

BUNTING says the largest Electro Overband Magnet ever built at its manufacturing plant in Redditch, is destined for installation in a gold mine in Northern Finland. Over a twelve-month operating period, the Overband Magnet will lift and separate damaging tramp metal from approximately 2.7 million tonnes of conveyed ore, protecting crushers, screens and other up-stream process plant.

ENERPAC says its new ECS-Series Cutter Spreader combination tool features powerful jaws that can cut and spread, bringing a versatile and simple tool to offshore engineering.

NORELEM, a Global standard components specialist, reports it has launched its new compact monitor brackets and accessories range, providing security and flexibility for all technology equipment within the manufacturing workplace.

FULTON says it is well aware of the effect that COVID-19 has had on customers and the wider industry and appreciates that many steam boilers have been shut down during this period. So, as operations are ready to resume, businesses need to make sure boilers and steam systems are ready too and meet the Health & Safety requirements and operational demands required of its processes.

During the recent lockdown period, MENZEL GREAT BRITAIN says it has served UK customers in emergencies, backed by a unique stock base from Menzel Elektromotoren, Berlin.

The Gerromatic radial shaft seal from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies comprises a stainless steel retaining element and a high-performance PTFE wave-shaped sealing lip that runs in a novel sinusoidal pattern on the shaft surface. As the shaft rotates, each point of the sealing lip repeatedly covers a new area of the shaft that is wetted with medium. The Gerromatic radial shaft seal is available via DICHTOMATIK, the exclusive provider for Freudenberg’s food and beverage related sealing products in the UK.

RADWELL can support customers with replacement automation parts and repair solutions.

MDM50 and Easidew Portable from Michell Instruments. Controlling moisture is critical for many applications, saving companies £1000s on energy consumption and avoiding maintenance costs due to damage by corrosion. Order before end of July 2020 and receive 15% off standard price. Michell’s portable hygrometers are designed for tough, industrial conditions:

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS has announced it has upgraded its compact portable hygrometer, the MDM50, with an extended range and a fast response speed. Featuring Michell’s new SF82 dew-point transmitter, the upgraded MDM50 now offers a measurement range of -60 °C to 60 °C dew point, with an accuracy of ±2%.

By Matt Hale, international sales & marketing director, HRS Heat Exchangers :

BUNTING says the launch of its new ElectroStatic Separator is in response to enhanced material separation requirements in the recycling, plastics and minerals industries. The ElectroStatic Separator uses tungsten electrode wire to generate electrostatic charges to separate dry liberated particles. The company says the new technology significantly broadens separation capabilities, opening up new opportunities for recovering materials from waste and optimising mineral reserves.

ESAB WELDING & CUTTING PRODUCTS has launched Rogue, its new series of portable and affordable MMA/Lift TIG inverters with professional arc performance and controls such as adjustable hot start and adjustable arc force.

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS says that there are plenty of examples one could give of mainstream product manufacturing or use that are obvious candidates for humidity solutions: pharmaceuticals, food and IT equipment are just a few.

SICK says its innovative new FTMg thermal flow meter simultaneously measures gas flow, pressure and temperature then computes the combined values to detect leaks in pneumatic systems and monitor compressed air energy consumption in real time.

To suit every individual application, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies says it can offer bespoke flange seals that meet the highest standards in hygiene. Developed for customer-specific sealing grooves in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the customised flange seals are available via authorised distributor DICHTOMATIK, the exclusive provider for Freudenberg’s food and beverage related products in the UK.

WANNER has announced it is expanding its range of high horsepower pumps with the introduction of two new High Pressure variants of its Hydra-Cell T200 multi-diaphragm, packing free, seal-less API674 pump.

Atacama-CT Plus adsorption dryers from HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, a leading UK supplier to the compressed air sector, now feature upgraded diaphragm valves that are helping these point-of-use units prove even more reliable for Class ‘0’ breathing air applications in the medical and hospital sectors. Hi-line Industries says it will remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help serve the medical and healthcare industry, as well as those involved in food production. The company’s service and main reception numbers, as well as the mobile numbers of key staff, remain available to support customers.

WANNER reports its Hydra-Cell T100 & Q155 Series high horsepower pumps have achieved ATEX certification 2014/34/EU Zone 1 for use within industrial environments where flammable gases could be present.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, a leading UK supplier to the compressed air sector, reports it has a solution for all companies seeking a temporary way of delivering high-quality, dry compressed air and says an affordable and responsive rental scheme is now in place at the company, covering its comprehensive range of class leading compressed air dryers.

ALFA LAVAL has announced it has recently introduced the Alfa Laval ThinkTop IO-Link, a new version of the company’s second-generation Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 sensing and control units for hygienic valves. Inside the ThinkTop IO-Link is the Industry 4.0-ready communication protocol to enhance point-to-point communication between smart hygienic valves and advanced automation systems. The company says this enables smarter, more agile valve control due to real-time data exchange, improved diagnostics and simplified configurability and control. Click for more

WITH the release of Inox versions of its GR6 rectangular and GR18 cylindrical sensors, SICK says it has delivered rough, tough, high-availability photoelectric performers for detection duties in harsh environments such as chemical washdown or the presence of aggressive oils, lubricants and dust.

GRAPHITE METALLIZING CORPORTATION, manufacturer of self-lubricating GRAPHALLOY bushing materials, has announced the availability of bearings and wear rings specifically designed for use in corrosive liquids.

SICK has announced it has extended its portfolio of industrial instruments with the SICK T-Easic FTS, a thermal flow switch designed as an easy, cost-saving answer to detecting liquid flow in pipes, for example in pumps, machine tool lubrication or industrial cleaning systems.

Temperature and relative humidity play a decisive role when it comes to air quality. The 2-point controller PCE-RE22 from PCE INSTRUMENTS is a compact PID controller for use in various areas. The controller PCE-RE22 is available in two versions: the PCE-RE22T and the PCE-RE22P. The PCE-RE22T version offers the possibility to connect Pt100 or Pt1000 probes or thermocouples of the types J, T, K, S, R, B, E, N, and L.

PCE INSTRUMENTS says current clamps are used for non-contact measurement of the electrical current of current-carrying conductors and have the great advantage that the measurement can be carried out during operation - in contrast to direct measurements which require opening of the circuit to be measured.

PCE INSTRUMENTS says proper earth connection is a basic requirement for safe operation of electrical systems in residential or commercial buildings and serves to protect technical equipment and people. Inadequate grounding is a hazard, because without an effective grounding system there is a risk of electric shock.  

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