PPMA Total Show 2016 confirms the future is bright for the British processing and packaging industry @PPMATotalShow

The UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design solutions were on show at the PPMA Total Show 2016, which returned to the Birmingham NEC from the 27 – 29 September. The triannual PPMA Total Show welcomed 1200 leading packaging and processing machinery manufacturers to showcase the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities with more than 7,300 visitors.

Creativity is the key to deliver Additive Manufacturing’s £5bn dream, says leading disruptive manufacturing company

Industry and Universities will need to broaden the scope of mechanical engineering education and professional development to include greater creative thinking and problem solving, if the UK Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry’s objective to win 8% of the global market by 2025 has any chance of being realised. That is the view of Kieron Salter, managing director of KWSP, the high performance engineering consultancy that contributed to the report entitled Additive Manufacturing UK (September 2016) – http://www.amnationalstrategy.uk/.

New torsion springs from Lee Spring

Standard catalogue company Lee Spring have recently announced 3 new variants of their torsion spring range with new free angle leg end options of 120°, 210° and 300°. This will enable users to specify even more closely and to optimise their device design whether for electronic devices, chair controls, clipboards, swing-down tailgates or other applications. These extra choices will enable return hinges, counterbalances, ratchet and lever return specifications to more closely meet many desired product criteria.



Pixel numbers are important in thermal imaging. The more there are, the clearer the thermal picture and the easier the diagnosis.  Until the end of the year, FLIR Systems is offering its customers higher image resolution for the same price in a promotion to demonstrate pixel power.  That means it’s now possible to buy a FLIR E6 for the price of a FLIR E5 and a FLIR E5 for the price of a FLIR E4.

Comparing the Capabilities of Thermocouples & Infrared Cameras

FLIR Systems has posted a recorded version of a popular webinar that compares two common instruments used for measuring temperature: thermocouples and infrared (IR) cameras.

Comparing the Capabilities of Thermocouples & Infrared Cameras

FLIR Systems has posted a recorded version of a popular webinar that compares two common instruments used for measuring temperature: thermocouples and infrared (IR) cameras.

Its all in the price!


A new Bluetooth radar level sensor for the water sector

The  new VEGAPULS WL S 61 contactless radar sensor is an ideal solution for applications in the water and sewage sectors. Its very competitive price combines with globally-proven success and comprehensive features to deliver a compelling radar based level sensor.

Atrato Flowmeter Chosen for Major Peruvian Mining Project

Titan Enterprises reports that JLC International Inc, its agent for North & South America, has recently shipped thirty-nine Atrato ultrasonic flowmeters to Dynaflux S.A, an engineering company located in the Lima District of Peru.

FLIR Systems to Acquire Point Grey Research, Inc. for $253 Million

Acquisition expands FLIR’s presence in machine vision, intelligent imaging for retail analytics, and visible spectrum camera solutions. 

Save floor space, go vertical!

Vertical storage (toast racks) in manufacturing and distribution can be a valuable asset in creating space efficient work-areas. High volumes of inventory can be stored efficiently, even in sensitive environments where it is important to meet rigorous standards. For example in the pharmaceutical, health and beauty care sectors.

Precision Etalon Plates for Fabry Perot Interferometers

Optical Surfaces Ltd is a leading supplier of ultra high precision Etalon plates for use in Fabry-Perot interferometers.

Pacepacker Services leads the way with Automation Awareness Workshops

Pacepacker Services is teaming up with renowned equipment manufacturer and training provider Festo, to offer Automation Awareness Workshops for its customers, involving all those with a stake in the automation process in smoothing the journey, while maximising the benefits and, ultimately, ROI. 

Lee Spring announce big expansion of standard Die Spring range

As major suppliers of ex-stock die springs Lee Spring are keen to expand their standard ranges – in this case their Die Spring catalogue has been greatly extended with 71 new items. These new items in music wire or OTCS (chrome silicon steel) reduce the gap between different standard lengths with additional options over 6 inch lengths, so making it easier to choose a suitable standard spring. New lengths include 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5 and 8 inch with 8 different outer diameters to suit medium (grey), medium-heavy (purple), heavy (black) and extra heavy duty (orange) loadings.


Redditch, UK-based level measurement and silo protection experts Hycontrol Limited are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Morrison as their new Regional Sales Representative. Phil will be assisting customers across the Midlands and beyond, covering an area that stretches from Powys to Lincolnshire.

Preeflow Volumetric Adhesive Dispensing helps ensure integrity of life-saving medical device

Intertronics’ customer BPR Medical, based in Mansfield, Nottingham, is a perfect example of a small British company which combines expertise, creativity and entrepreneurialism to design, develop and manufacture world-beating products for export worldwide and use in the United Kingdom, for which it was rewarded in 2012 with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. As with any manufacturing company, the success of its products depends to a considerable degree on assembly methods.