ESAB Welding & Cutting Products says it has launched its Warrior 750i CC/CV, a multi-process welding power source with a 750-amp output at 100% duty cycle and top output of 850 amps, which is up to 100 amps more power than competitive systems. Warrior 750i can carbon arc gouge with 13 mm electrodes, creating a stable gouging performance. The unit’s extra power also enables greater productivity with larger diameter electrodes in such applications as flux cored welding, hardfacing, cladding and mechanised applications.

Radwell can help your business proactively manage obsolescence by improving reliability, managing risks and preventing machine-down situations. The product life cycle of a technical system is often longer than the availability of spare parts. Everyday manufacturers around the world discontinue products, so end of life is announced and with it support ceases and the risk of a defective component increases. By planning for obsolescence we can help you create a long term strategy that includes support, replacement parts and repairs. Our comprehensive analytical reports provide a real time view of the inventory of automation assets at your plant and their value. Through graphical representations of data we give clear lifecycle status updates including active, phased out and obsolete parts. These are coming to, or have already seen their end of life, and are no longer supported by the manufacturer.

C.K says, renowned for high quality power tool accessories, it offers everything trade professionals need to power through jobs quickly and efficiently. With that in mind, C.K has enhanced its range with innovative new products, including three new Multitool Blade Sets; a new 40mm HSS Cobalt Sheet Steel Hole Saw; and a Glass and Ceramic Drill Bit Set of 5, all designed to consistently achieve the best results.

C.K has announced it is set to extend its successful lighting range, with a fantastic selection of innovative new products, including a range of high performance site lights and head torches, that offer a host of advanced features and benefits, including the very latest in LED lighting technology.

NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL has launched a new service aimed at safeguarding manufacturing businesses from downtime during obsolete equipment breakdowns. The company says SparesVault offers guaranteed access to a bespoke automation spare parts inventory with the intention of balancing the cost of holding obsolete and end-of-life spares against the threat of machine downtime.

At 18, Jonathan Kinsella joined THORITE as an apprentice service engineer, and thanks to the Thorite policy of promoting from within, he graduated to become a capital sales engineer. Jonathan then decided to progress his career away from Thorite to gain greater experience, but three years later, Thorite has announced his appointment as aftermarket manager, working closely with the capital sales and service teams.

The ability for plant engineers to rapidly identify abnormal conditions and better manage the dynamic behaviour of their rotating plant with proven, flexible and easy-to-install monitoring systems has never been more important. With this in mind machine monitoring specialists SENSONICS says it has continually developed and refined its successful Sentry G3 machinery protection system which provides outstanding protection combined with flexibility of hardware in a single, easy-to-use module type for all sensors.

C.K MAGMA says working with trade professionals gives it a great insight into what works best to make tasks much easier and its range of innovative tool storage products do just that, offering the very best options for high quality, efficient tools and test equipment storage solutions. Hardwearing, strong and durable, C.K Magma’s wide range of cutting-edge products are built to protect and organise valuable toolkits, with great features and benefits designed to suit everyone’s needs.

FLUKE says its new ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager uniquely enables the detection of corona and partial discharge from a safe distance of up to 120 metres. Teams can operate safely, minimise the risk of fires and help reduce outages. It also offers greater sensitivity to detect compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks, again reducing potentially costly downtime. 

FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS has announced that Rachel Pearson is its new Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) practitioner, she joined the team on 19 October. Rachel has more than 13 years working in the fuel card industry and over 6 years’ experience working with members of FORS.

PEMAC ASSETS CMMS has announced it has released another exciting update – an automated integration with Google Maps with zoom capability right to an asset on the plant floor.

KEYLINE CIVILS SPECIALIST, supplier of civils and drainage products and solutions in the UK, has announced it has opened its first dedicated Keyline Plastics Specialist branch, to provide an even more extensive range of stock and a higher standard of support and expertise for plastic procurement.

ESAB launches high-performance, multi-process welding systems for extreme environments.

WIELAND says its new sensor PRO safety limit switches (series SLS) provide safe position monitoring in virtually any industrial application. With a metal actuator that can be turned and swapped without tools, sensor PRO SLS switches are a highly reliable position monitoring solution rated to IP66/ 67.

“We are releasing a new EVSE testing kit that will save you lots of cash and help get your business back on the road” said Brendan Beaver from METREL an EVSE expert. “Post COVID19 there has been lots of chatter that the electric cars’ time has come”

AIRBENCH has announced the release of its new DF range. DF down flow workstations are designed for light duty fume extraction applications, particularly in situations where installation of a full AirBench downdraught bench system is not convenient.

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is expanding to meet escalating demand for its ‘Renovotec Managed Print’ service by opening a 50% larger service centre in Wellingborough, Northants. Renovotec Managed Print is the only service of its kind in the supply chain manufacturing and logistics industries says Renovotec.

DES-CASE CORPORATION, a global manufacturer of specialty filtration products that can improve process equipment reliability and extend lubricant life, has announced the launch of a new remote diagnostic monitoring subscription plan for industrial lubricated assets where customers can have peace of mind knowing the lubricant health, cleanliness and humidity inside their critical assets have real-time monitoring by a team of experts.

ESAB’s Quick Weld Productivity Analyser (QWPA) is an online tool for total weld cost analysis. Users can generate a PDF report that includes a QR Code users can scan with their mobile phone that takes them back to their original calculation; users can then adjust input variables to create alternative calculations and generate a new PDF.

Manufacturers find themselves navigating the new normal of split team working, digital platforms, and remote working that can make worker connectivity and productivity challenging. Problems caused by the global pandemic will not disappear overnight and Manufacturers that hope to survive in this new normal must quickly embrace innovative technologies and focus on comprehensive proactive modelling. Radwell International discuss in more detail in their latest blog…

SKF Bearing Assist app, developed together with customers, provides detailed mounting instructions for a comprehensive range of SKF bearings. It is suitable for use by all engineering and maintenance teams and will minimise the problems of incorrect mounting, reducing installation time and cost, and helping to extend the operating life of bearings.

Finnish multi-utility Alva is the first in Scandinavia to trial OVARRO’S PIONEER asset investment planning (AIP) software. The six-month trial, which started in May focuses on Alva’s water distribution network, but will also assess the potential benefits of optimal investment planning right across its asset base.

Air that enters a hydraulic system can cause many problems that could subsequently lead to system failure. Here FPE Seals discusses how to spot these potential problems and why it is so important that air is bled from a system as soon as it is detected.

With the UK Government continuing to ease lockdown measures, increasing numbers of companies and commercial premises are opening for business after a hiatus due to COVID-19. To help protect the health of those making their way back to the office, factory, shop, pub, gym or any other place of work, a new ultra-effective surface sanitiser – Hi-KLEEN – is being introduced by HI-LINE INDUSTRIES. The company says spraying a single coating of HI-KLEEN on to surfaces such as doors, handles, handrails, chairs and desks will not only kill coronavirus, it will provide protection against further contamination for up to five hours.

Offline mobile CMMS

LASCAR ELECTRONICS’ EasyLog EL-MOTE WiFi-based temperature and humidity sensors and their EasyLog Cloud together can provide an inexpensive monitoring system, streaming temperature and RH data remotely to a secure Cloud site for access from any internet-enabled device. Operators can monitor and manage compact systems with just a few measuring points or corporate solutions with hundreds of sensors around the globe. The system only requires an existing WiFi network with no additional infrastructure requirements.

Typically administered in the late summer, surgeries across the UK stock up on vaccines in anticipation of greater footfall through their offices. But storing these vials can also prove a challenge. Flu vaccine, like many other pharmaceuticals, has to be kept in a strictly temperature-controlled environment. Stored between 2 and 8 degrees C, if the temperature of the vaccine rises above or below these thresholds for a certain period of time, because of a faulty fridge or door left open for example, the medicine loses its potency and must be destroyed. 

ROTRONIC says its latest catalogue features all the current products for its many measurement parameters with technical specifications; QR Codes to view Rotronic informative videos, and useful explanatory measurement theory.

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are ideal for the safe storage and transportation of liquids – but they raise a number of challenges for level measurement. They’re often located remotely, and several IBCs can be scattered over a wide area. ENDRESS+HAUSER says its Micropilot FWR30 radar sensor solves these difficulties by offering remote access to the tanks to provide complete asset and inventory information, including measured value, ambient temperature and container location.

HENKEL says when a repair needs to be made, every second spent searching for the right adhesive for the job, or waiting for it to set, costs money in downtime. To address these issues, it has developed its LOCTITE Universal Bonders, adhesives born out of hybrid technology, that will bond almost any material, with fast fixture and cure speeds, in all types of operating conditions.

The extensive range of proximity sensors available from condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS now includes its fully integrated PRI Series. Building on their established Senturion proximity probe range, the PRI Series offers a single probe assembly solution with direct processed outputs which eliminates the need for a separate driver.

Business couldn’t be further from normal right now but HENKEL reports it has a long-established online network for its customers to access support and instruction to ensure the wheels of industry keep turning. Take LOCTITE threadlocking, for example, there are now multiple ways for customers to learn more about the technology.

PEMAC Assets CMMS contains a customisable form design module enabling paperless working practices - supporting businesses as they aim to maintain social distancing. Using this software allows customers to remove the requirement for paper completely across all business functions, and increase visitor and contractor tracking by embedding new COVID-19 forms within not only contractor management workflows – but all workflows.

When used in combination with one of two smartphone apps, the SKF QuickCollect sensor can greatly simplify the collection and interpretation of balance of plant machine condition data.

BEHA-AMPROBE has introduced new ultrasonic diagnostic tools for HVAC/R, mechanical and electrical inspection and troubleshooting, the Beha-Amprobe ULD-400-EUR Series Ultrasonic Leak Detectors.

HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS has announced the launch of humiditydirect.co.uk - a new e-commerce site for the sale of humidification and dehumidification equipment and spares.

CAMOZZI AUTOMATION says being fully equipped for smart manufacturing whilst also delivering outstanding price efficiency, were key factors in the development of its new Series D Valve Island, which is Industry 4.0 ready thanks to Camozzi’s futuristic CoilVision innovation.

SICK has announced it has released safety-certified versions of its TTK70 and TTK50 magnetic absolute linear encoders with Hiperface interface, widening the opportunities for accurate, absolute motor feedback systems to be integrated into safe linear drives.

RADWELL reports it has compared its automation repairs against brand new replacement parts and has found that customers are saving up to 60%. The company says with a 2-year warranty, 2,600 global repair assets, hundreds of on-site technicians and all types of models and manufacturers repaired, it’s no wonder global brands rely on Radwell for HMI, PLC, Drive, Servo, Scanner and Robotic repairs.

SPM INSTRUMENT AB, Sweden, a leading provider of condition monitoring technology and products, has announced the launch of Condmaster Ruby 2020 and says the new version of this comprehensive condition monitoring diagnostics and troubleshooting software is the result of intensive development efforts to provide truly flexible software, offering capabilities unique to SPM as well as optimal digitisation and data exchange opportunities in IIoT environments.

EGE has announced it has developed a new compact, rugged MDVH amplifier with enhanced sensitivity for its System 3000 industrial metal detector. The company says the completely redesigned amplifier is characterised by higher adjustable sensitivity levels, reduced susceptibility to interference, and a more robust housing with IP67 ingress protection.

FLUKE has introduced the new TiS60+ thermal imaging camera and says it is the ideal troubleshooting and preventive maintenance tool for industrial maintenance technicians and engineers. The new Fluke TiS60+ features IR-Fusion technology, which blends visible and infrared images to varying degrees to help pinpoint exactly the location of a problem. The company says this model is ideal for users who are new to thermal imaging or if being used by a team with varying levels of thermal imaging experience as the TiS60+ offers easy-to-use fixed focus.

Shocks or vibrations occur wherever work is carried out with the help of machines. To a certain extent, these vibrations are acceptable but if they become too strong they can cause damage to machines and, in the worst case, even threaten people’s lives. For this reason, machines that are sensitive to shocks and vibrations should be monitored regularly.

By Jamie Mitchell, key account director, Brammer Buck & Hickman

SLG GROUP UK says when lifts fail, the issues can be severe – loss of operational continuity (potentially resulting in failed order deadlines or loss of contracts, with associated reputational damage) or even serious injuries or fatalities, with prosecution an all too likely consequence. Lifting gear plays a crucial role within the supply chain and its maintenance is a vital element in ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of lifting equipment. 

FLUKE says its 87V MAX true-rms Digital Multimeter (DMM) defines a new standard for operating in extreme conditions with the features and accuracy to troubleshoot most electrical problems. A development of the popular Fluke 87V, the 87V MAX is ideal for use in harsh environments with an IP 67 (waterproof and dustproof) rating, an extended operating temperature range of -15°C to 55°C (-40°C for up to 20 minutes) and up to 95% humidity, and has been designed and tested to withstand a 4m drop in its removable holster. It offers CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V safety ratings.   

The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process.

Over the last four decades more women have entered into STEM careers than any other, according to data analysis by LinkedIn. Philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft, Melinda Gates, said: “Innovation happens when we approach urgent challenges from every different point of view. Bringing women and underrepresented minorities into the field guarantees that we see the full range of solutions to the real problems that people face in the world”. Contributing to this positive change, Lookers, who offer a range of car service plans, launched a female apprenticeship scheme back in 2018.

Hills Quarry Products says it has reduced pump failures and cut maintenance and energy costs using an ABB variable speed drive.

AIRBENCH has announced an upgraded range of AOF oil mist filters. The AOF range is designed for extraction of oil mist and smoke from machining applications. AOF units can be machine-mounted, or supplied with separate stands where required.

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