SANDVIK’S Mehsana production unit in India has received approval from the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for the supply of its product Category 12.20: tubes, heat exchangers, stainless steel and alloy steel to its refineries.

HI-LINE INDUSTRIES, a leading UK supplier to the compressed air sector, has unveiled a range of Activated Carbon Towers to suit a number of diverse applications, including those involving breathing air equipment or food production, for example. The company says the new carbon towers are manufactured from the same high-quality vessels used for Hi-line’s dryers, and filled with either zeolite minerals or carbon to suit the suit the specific application.

GENAIR UK, a leading hire company specialising in the supply of air compressors, desiccant dryers and associated equipment is celebrating having one of its new products selected as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Hire Association Europe, Hire Awards of Excellence.

In March 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), recorded a 17-year high for manufacturing. There were over 170,691 vehicles manufactured at UK-based plants throughout that month, which was up by 7.3% compared to March 2016. The launch of the new registration plate concludes that March is the busiest month for those working in the automotive industry. March and September are always forecast to be the industry’s busiest months for sales, meaning manufacturing is also up in the months of March and September to meet the high demand for new registrations. But 2017 saw the most cars produced in Q1 than the past 17 years – 471,695 units in total, a 7.6% increase on previous years.

CONTA-CLIP reports it has added a transformer terminal for wire cross-sections up to 16 mm² to its TKS series. The terminals are used to adapt coil ends to screw connections to implement power supply of specific devices or machinery in a larger system. The company says their hinged cover elements open wide and can be fixed in place when opened to enable comfortable, time-saving soldering of the coil ends.

The UK’s largest provider of design, manufacture and support services for heat exchanger and boiler equipment has reportedly been created through a new partnership between Green’s and THORNHILL.

WANNER reports it has launched the Hydra-Cell T200 Series Medium Pressure, multi-diaphragm pump range, which in terms of flow rate and pressure are the highest performing pumps in the Hydra-Cell range and the biggest pumps ever produced by the company. The company says they feature a seal-less design that eliminates leaks, hazards and the expense associated with seals and packing; lowering the cost of ownership and giving a longer service life than competitive pumping technologies.

A purpose-built infra-red heating system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT, is being used by Edrington, the premium spirits company, to assist in regenerating casks. This is achieved by replacing the existing ends of refill casks with new toasted ends toasted in the Hereaus Infra-red toaster.

Set to take centre stage at the Sandvik booth 35 at this year’s Nitrogen + Syngas conference and exhibition, is the Safurex brand. The range has now been expanded to include Safurex Star, which will be on show for the duration of the event.

As a company that listens carefully to changes in market demands and industry trends, HI-LINE INDUSTRIES says it now holds a range of class-leading Vertical Air Receivers in stock and the top-quality vessels are available immediately at highly competitive prices.

CONTA-CLIP has announced it has expanded its range of single-level push-in installation terminals, adding the FNT 16 neutral disconnect terminal for wire cross sections between 2.5 mm² and 25 mm² (up to 16 mm² with wire-end ferrules). The company says the push-in connection system allows for safe connection of wires without tools. When a solid wire or ferrule is inserted, the pressure spring opens automatically and establishes a secure contact.

EGE has announced it now offers IECEx-certified signal processing units for the growing range IECEx-approved two-wire sensors. The company says the certification greatly facilitates exporting the intrinsically safe sensors to many countries around the world – machine manufacturers and plant engineers can now use them in applications where they were previously barred or had to be specially certified in a tedious process.

Valve specialist BONOMI (UK) has announced it has extended its range of Valpres products with the introduction of new stainless steel (723100) and carbon steel (724100) 2-way flanged direct mount wafer pattern ball valves. Featuring an ISO 5211 Direct Mounting pad which allows actuators to mount straight on to the valve, Bonomi says the new wafer ball valve eliminates the requirement for an additional valve mounting kit.

KISTLER INSTRUMENTS says it has a wide range of options for using sensors and process monitoring systems to support Industry 4.0, all of which are developed to deliver gains in quality and efficiency. Production monitoring systems combined with a wide range of sensors are the basis of enhanced digital system integration. Kistler says its sensors are used in a variety of assembly processes to provide intelligent monitoring and control of production, generating improved product quality and enhanced productivity.

ABB ROBOTICS says its seminar and workshop for UK SMEs explains how investing in robots can help transform performance. ABB will be demonstrating how robots can help UK SME manufacturing companies to become more productive and competitive at its forthcoming Switch to Robots seminar. Taking place at ABB’s Milton Keynes site on Tuesday 19 th March 2019, the event will provide a simple guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.

Pipes and tubing are ubiquitous and form the arteries of most equipment, machines and systems, yet all can suffer from the same problem - whatever is in them can permeate out. VERSAPERM says the solution is its latest range of vapour permeability testing.

WIELAND ELECTRIC says the expanded functions within its samos PRO COMPACT PLUS module enables comprehensive motion monitoring. Increasingly profound digitalisation and automation allows companies to respond more efficiently, more quickly and more flexibly. The progressively dynamic nature of processes and production sequences, however, also involve tougher requirements for the safety of man and machine. Against this background, Wieland says it has upgraded its safety controller samos PRO COMPACT and made it fit for motion monitoring.

CONTA-CLIP says it continuously expands the KDS-FB flat ribbon cable entry system and the portfolio currently comprises a total of 13 cable entries with four frame widths and various divisions for flat and round cables. The latest addition is a pre-configured cable entry with five sealing elements to accommodate round cables. The new variant has a 39 mm x 120 mm frame size. The company says like all KDSClick cable management solutions, the KDS-FB line is based on a few basic components designed for tool-less assembly and tool-less placement into a frame. Once the one-piece frame is screwed on the opening from outside the enclosure or distribution cabinet, flat or round cables fitted with suitable sealing elements can simply be pushed in from the inside for a snug insertion.

WANNER reports it has introduced intelligent pump control for its Hydra-Cell pumps that it claims will generate significant savings while improving machined part quality.

For flow monitoring of aqueous or oily fluids in hygienic applications, EGE says it provides the STD flow controller with an aseptic Varivent F process adapter. The thermal sensor is suitable for use in category 2 hazardous areas. It detects flow velocities between 1 cm/s and 10 cm/s in water and between 3 cm/s and 200 cm/s in oil.

At an amine recycling plant, a BORGER Rotary Lobe Pump has been introduced to add sulphuric acid to an important neutralising process. Borger says this new pump has replaced a screw pump that had reoccurring problems with its sealing system.

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.

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