In most manufacturing and production processes, maintaining consistent environmental conditions is essential in achieving optimum performance, and relative humidity is often a critical variable.

Always looking to introduce innovative products to make life easier for professional tradespeople, C.K TOOLS a leading brand has announced it is set to launch its new Rescue Nut & Bolt Extractor Set (T4360), a handy solution that can quickly and efficiently remove broken/damaged nuts, bolts and fasteners.

Reliable and effective vibration measurement of low speed machinery (typically less than 300 RPM) helps to ensure that machinery and plant is functioning at optimal levels and is one of the areas that condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS can provide effective solutions.

A BABCOCK WANSON BWD40 Fire Tube Boiler has been installed in the Real Petfood Company’s manufacturing facility in Bodelwyddan, north east Wales, where it is being used to heat retort cookers and mixing vessels for high quality baked semi-moist pet treats and super premium biscuit products.

ALIAXIS says demonstrating its continued commitment to product development, it is excited to introduce the new PROFIBUS Actuated Valve range, as part of its portfolio of solutions for the industrial and waste water treatment markets.

TRESTON says its new Electric Desk TED comes with quick, silent and wide height adjustments and this ergonomic standing desk perfectly suits light-duty assembly work, packing applications, R&D and industrial offices. The company says the desk can be customised with accessories which further enhance ergonomics, free desk space and provide order, often expected in Lean compliant industrial environments. The table withstands high loads up to 200 kg and is stable at all heights.

SENSONICS says it has been working with industry for nearly 40 years, developing effective and affordable monitoring and protection devices including those for smaller items of plant where the need for low-cost sensors which offer direct connection via 4-20mA current loop, is more important than ever. However, matching this type of product to the application is not always straightforward.

CK a leading brand says it offers a fantastic range of innovative tools, all engineered to offer great performance, durability, and strength. The company says the new C.K Sure Drive Socket Sets are no exception and successfully combine high quality with high performance, manufactured from forged chrome vanadium alloy steel, making each part resistant to rust, as well as providing excellent longevity. Each set features the patented Sure Drive System which applies torque evenly to the flats of the nut, alleviating the risk of rounding-off.

CARL KAMMERLING has announced it is launching its exciting new Fusion 21 trade promotion - running from 1 February to 28 May 2021 - offering retailers fantastic savings on more than 150 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K Classic, Avit and Kasp.

SKF has unveiled its new entry level asset health system, said to make predictive maintenance accessible for all. SKF Plug and Play allows key data to be quickly measured and assessed, preventing asset downtime. If an alert is triggered, this can be sent directly to the experts for analysis and advice.

ESAB says its Rogue ET 180i and 200iP PRO inverters deliver professional arc performance and full-featured digital controls for TIG and MMA welding. The 200iP PRO has a pulsing feature with frequency adjustable from 0.2 Hz to 500 Hz to control heat input on thin metals, delicate parts and stainless steel. Pulsing also narrows the weld bead profile and increases travel speed.

Running until April 30th 2021, CARL KAMMERLING INTERNATIONAL says its exciting Highlight 2021 promotion offers retailers and consumers fantastic savings on its leading range of C.K Magma tool storage solutions.

WIELAND ELECTRIC says its Managed Switches allow full control and diagnosis of industrial Ethernet networks. 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.

Condition monitoring specialist SENSONICS offers an extensive range of proximity sensors which includes its fully integrated PRI SERIES which build upon the success of its established Senturion proximity probe range. The company says the innovative PRI Series is a single probe assembly solution featuring direct processed outputs which eliminates the need for a separate driver. The benefits are a more cost-efficient and easy-to-install solution as there is no driver, extension cable or associated driver housing, so capital and installation costs are kept to an absolute minimum.

ABB has launched its Wizard Easy Programming software for its IRB 1100 industrial robot, allowing first time users to introduce robotic automation into their production lines without the need for specialist programming skills or any knowledge of RAPID code.

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.

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