EGE has announced it has extended its DGC line of hydrostatic level meters, adding a new sensor for measuring liquid media levels up to 20 m. The sensor consists of a measuring head with integrated electronics and an IP68 probe attached to a cable. The cable is up to 20 m long to ensure the probe can be lowered to the bottom of large tanks.

What do American footballers, and the workings of their teams, have in common with system technology from RITTAL and EPLAN? Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s product manager for industrial & outdoor enclosures says “more than you might expect.”

CONTA-CLIP now offers a combination of a hydraulic hand pump and sheet-metal punching tool. Users can thereby produce break-outs in control cabinets for KDSClick, KDS-FB, KDS-KV, and KES cable entries within a few minutes. The company says the hydraulic hand pump contains no hose and features a user-friendly, compact design.

“Working on 3-phase systems is more dangerous than working on single-phase domestic circuits simply because of the high energy loads they are designed to deliver,” said Brendan Beaver, manager of METREL UK, provider of innovative test solutions. “Making and breaking connections can be a risky business particularly when you are working live.”

At the SVTM vacuum technologies and materials treatment exhibition (Stand 96), FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS says it will present powerful temperature profiling systems based on robust Datapaq TP3 data loggers. Featuring up to 20 thermocouple channels and an outstanding 3.6 million data points memory, the loggers perform up to 10 consecutive measurement runs.

Condition monitoring is the best way to detect developing bearing problems before they become the cause of costly production machinery failures, says Phil Burge, marketing and communications manager at SKF.

ENGIS UK, the European Division of Engis Corporation, has announced it has launched its new innovative ball valve lapping gel. Engis says it has worked closely with valve manufacturers to create the new LD Gel, which has been developed specifically for this application and offers a number of significant benefits.

Taking a proactive approach to bearing health can reap dividends in manufacturing, with one company reporting annual savings of around £2 million.

With the demand for a reduction in food waste increasing, most major retailers are now taking steps to improve their supply chain and help reduce food wastage with one initiative being the use of data embedded barcodes on some of their shorter shelf life products.

On-site compressed air pressure dew point monitoring is now said to be accurate and easy with the S505 handheld tester from SUTO-iTEC GmbH and MEASURE MONITOR CONTROL. The results can be read straight from the screen and the S505 measures pressure dew point directly through internal pressure and dew point sensors, removing the need for calculations or correlating readings, saving time for more tests.

MOTIVAIR, a UK air compressor expert, has announced the appointment of Nigel Paton as chief operating officer. Nigel has an extensive background in large scale service delivery and project execution, gained over the last 4 years as operations director at Synectics and 21 years at G4S.

ABB has announced Betech has been appointed the first UK ABB authorised value provider for low voltage motors covering the North American NEMA standard.

Compressed air systems can lose a significant amount of air through leakage. FLUKE says its new ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager enables maintenance teams to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks even during peak production periods and leaks can be detected in a matter of minutes.

ABB has announced it has expanded its all-compatible drives offering to include the ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drive for critical applications. ABB says the new drive introduces a breakthrough control technology, it has developed, that brings high performance motor control to demanding processes used in industries such as mining, metals and marine and the drive also enables plants to operate more efficiently and produce higher quality output.

“Our work with Westermans International enables us to integrate new technology into the manufacture of our full range of pressure vessels in a very cost effective way – enhancing the performance and value of our service to customers.” Henry Price, MD of Abbott & Co. (Newark) , is clear about the value of the refurbished welding and machining equipment available from Westermans International.

LAMTEC says its CMS Combustion Management System is now available and based on an innovative modular architecture it offers the most flexibility on the market allowing users to meet the most demanding combustion applications.

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has announced it will present its range of thermal profilers and infrared temperature measurement solutions at the THERMPROCESS trade fair, Stand C73.

Belgian lubricant manufacturer WOLF OIL CORPORATION has announced it has developed a range specifically for the construction industry that optimises operating times, improving the efficiency of the machinery fleet.

DAWSON SHANAHAN, a specialist in cold-forming and specified machined components, has announced it is attending the Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo in Stuttgart, Germany next month, Stand G6380.

From the beginning of April, HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS - based in Leatherhead – has announced it will be the sole UK distributor for the West Midlands manufactured Vapac range of electrode boiler steam humidifiers.

By using a BORGER Rotary Lobe Pump, a leading disposal company reports it has made substantial savings on traditionally high procurement and operation costs by being able to use its PE tanks as mobile units.

HYDRA-CELL METERING SOLUTIONS has announced it has solved a pumping problem for one of the world’s largest suppliers of polyurethane foam production equipment. The company was using external gear pumps to deliver a curative catalyst in the production of ‘sound deadening’ foam for the automotive industry.

Finding the correct bearing for an application can be daunting but SKF has developed an eight step plan to help achieve maximum performance.

ABB has launched a full range of IEC Food Safe motors designed for applications in the food and beverage industry that need frequent sanitation. The new IEC Food Safe motors are part of ABB’s Food Safe family that includes stainless steel NEMA motors, mounted ball bearings and gearing.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies says it is creating a turning point in the purchasing of B2B seals and components with its "Industrial Supply and Services" online platform exclusively starting in the UK as the first local market.

ABB has announced it has launched its smallest, lightest robot yet as part of its growing offering of solutions for small parts assembly. The IRB 1100 was designed to meet the challenges of semiconductor, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers needing to handle small and often delicate parts while working at speed without compromising productivity or quality.

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT reports The National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol is using its sophisticated Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology to optimise the thermal input and control, necessary for selected composite pre-preg lay-up operations. CAE has been extensively employed to determine the precise positioning of infra-red modules during laying up of pre-preg material.

At the 2019 SMTconnect, FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS reports it will be presenting its new Datapaq DP5 data loggers for inline temperature profiling in reflow soldering processes. Launched at last year’s show, the profilers are now in serial production. The company says they will be showcased along with a comprehensive array of system components building on the established Datapaq Reflow Tracker program, which also comprises a dedicated software suite.

CONTA-CLIP has further enhanced its range of usability aids for VK cabling ducts, adding fast-mount wire holders. The wire holders can be clipped into the cabling ducts without tools. The company says they make it easier to neatly arrange conductors and keep signal and power lines clearly apart and they also simplify adding new wiring, since existing cables stay put and do not come lose and entangled when the cover is removed and last but not least, users will find it easier to clean their well-organised cabling duct of dust.

When it comes to optimising production, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – says it has the answers in its latest free webinar, which takes place on 5th and 16th April 2019.

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.

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.

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