Pure innovation


Panasonic presents the world’s smallest optical sensor for automation technology!

Panasonic have been world leaders in the design and manufacture of small, compact photoelectric sensors for use in factory automation and industrial machine control for over 15 years.  Now the latest technologies in electronics and product packaging have resulted in the introduction of the EX-Z Series of Ultra Miniature photoelectric sensors offering a reduction in packaging size of up to 50% on previous generation products.


This year, Rotech Machines, the coding integration and feeding systems specialist, celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark this milestone, company director Richard Pether looks back through the decades on coding technologies and what is instore for the future.  

Development of new and combined sensors with real-time and continuous monitoring will expand growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Measurement & Instrumentation team

London – 25 May, 2017 – The need for optimal safety, high yield, and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors. Maintaining correct moisture ratios stimulates higher yields in chemical and petrochemical industry sectors, while the control of moisture levels in fuel gases and fuel oils helps ensure required combustion values and avoids explosive reactions. Humidity & moisture sensors are based on eleven different contact and non-contact technologies which are application dependent. However, the absence of a single technology with multiphase application capability, and a lack of common standards are hindering market growth.

New £350K R&D competition tasks tech innovators with solving real-world challenges @TheIET

A new initiative launched today by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) is seeking innovative UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) whose technology can be adapted and commercialised to solve societal and industry challenges in sectors that are new to the company.


The Horizontal Innovation Programme, which promotes the transfer of technology from one sector to another, offers UK SMEs access to advanced technology support to enable their innovation or product to be commercialised and help solve problems in one of seven sector categories: healthcare, agri-tech, energy, food and drink, transport, construction and nuclear.


The winner in each category will be awarded up to £50,000 worth of applied R&D support to help adapt and scale up their innovation to for use in one of the seven challenge sectors.


This new Horizontal Innovation Programme builds on the success of its inaugural year in 2016, when the IET teamed up with the Manufacturing Technology Centre to call for UK SMEs to solve a real-life healthcare issue. Warwickshire-based 3P innovation, a growing, high technology business was awarded £35,000 for their idea to repurpose a simple ketchup and mayonnaise sauce ‘squeezy’ bottle technology to help solve the problem of catheter associated urinary tract infections in UK hospitals.


IET President Jeremy Watson CBE, said: “The IET’s Horizontal Innovation Programme offers financial support to SMEs to bring exciting and industry-cutting innovations to market. The UK is internationally renowned for its creativity, research and innovation, but often technologies or processes can get locked into one sector or industry. We want to break down barriers to sharing ideas to enable innovations to be used where they are needed, and not just in the sector in which they are created.


“Our aim is to reward and recognise some of the UK’s most promising small businesses in using horizontal innovation to deliver economic and societal benefits.”


HVM Catapult CTO Sam Turner said: “Taking learning and technology from one sector and adapting it to achieve success in another sector, is a core part of what we do. Our work with the Construction Industry for example, involves introducing established manufacturing technologies from aerospace and automotive into a construction setting. This is proving to be a speedy, cost-effective and lower-risk way of innovating which has the potential to create real benefit, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.”


To be considered for the programme, SMEs should submit a proposal that demonstrates how their technology solution can be used and commercialised to solve a real-life issue in one of the seven sectors.


Our simple online application portal is open until 31st July 2017 23:59. For more information and to apply, please visit www.theiet.org/horizontal-innovation


Ultra High-Speed Imaging Helps Advance Material Science Research

Specialised Imaging reports on how its Kirana ultra high-speed video camera has become the system of choice for many leading edge research groups in the material science community in Europe, North America and in the Asia / Pacific Region.

Challenge Europe support growing UK manufacturing industry demand for threaded fasteners

As UK manufacturing industry once again uses all its ingenuity and determination to grow itself out of externally derived problems, Challenge Europe are geared up to help with design and production support in supply of standard and custom threaded fasteners.


Nearly 1 million British teens could solve engineering skills crisis, but they don’t know where to start…

Air Liquide to Supply Oxygen to the UK’s First Advanced Biofuels Facility


Air Liquide has been awarded a five-year contract to supply a large volume of oxygen per annum to an advanced biofuels facility being constructed by Advanced Plasma Power and Cadent.

FLIR Systems Announce Live Tutorial @flir

FLIR Systems, through its Infrared Training Centre (ITC), has announced a live online tutorial on 25th May 2017 that addresses the subject ‘Discover how you can use infrared technology for gas detection’.

School of Engineering aims to expand University’s reputation for world-leading research and teaching

The University of Plymouth has launched a dedicated School of Engineering, with the aim of expanding its expertise in the field and offering new opportunities to students, academics and industry.

Market Leaders WAM Engineering to Exhibit at Utility Week Live 2017

WAM Engineering, the one-stop-shop for engineering companies involved with waste water treatment, (WWT), is set to exhibit its latest cutting-edge products and solutions at Utility Week Live, NEC, Birmingham, from 23-24 May, Stand #E16.

HRS Heat Exchangers – The potential role of AD in tackling climate change

With a few notable exceptions, such as new US president Donald Trump and our own Nigel Lawson, the scientific consensus on climate change is well established. As far back as 2004, 75% of US scientific papers accepted the premise of human modification of the climate. Today, as the evidence and scientific literature has grown this figure has risen to 97% or more.

Easypack unveil next generation green packaging technology

Easypack Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of environmentally-friendly packaging solutions, has unveiled a new suite of packaging innovations that set a new benchmark in terms of packing efficiency and sustainability.


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Martindale Electric – UK market leader in safe isolation solutions – will be exhibiting its new extended range of comprehensive lock out kits and associated test equipment at this year’s Safety and Health Expo 2017, 20-22nd of June at Excel, London.


The ST Series linear motor from DUNKERMOTOREN is now available with Profinet drive, DME 230×4 and so further extends the range which already offers CANopen and EtherCAT drive options. In combination with this new Profinet drive option, the ST linear motors can now be easily integrated into Siemens controller environments.

High Precision Mirrors for Schlieren Imaging

Optical Surfaces Ltd. is a leading producer of high precision mirrors for Schlieren imaging applications involving airflow turbulence, explosive shockwaves, gas leaks and visualisation of transparent thermal phenomena.

Powerstax relocates to offer customers economies of scale and single point of contact

Powerstax, one of Europe’s leading value-added and industrial power solutions manufacturers is consolidating its two business divisions into a single facility in Essex. In 2012 Powerstax acquired the ‘Drake’ brand of power conversion products and their manufacturing facility in Wickford, Essex. From Monday 8th May 2017 both product ranges will be sold, manufactured and supported from this facility.

Schools Failing Extraction Exam


Under-extraction of laser pollutants is creating a student health risk.

MTA CEO to address Stuttgart Moulding Expo on Brexit and Manufacturing in UK

Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka will be speaking at the Stuttgart Moulding Expo which takes place from 30th May to 2nd June.  Mr Selka will address the European Tooling Platform seminar, which will be located at the ISTMA Lounge in Hall 4 – C30. The seminar will take place on Wednesday May 31st at 14:30 (CET) and the theme of the talk will be Brexit and Manufacturing in UK.

PowerBreaker – Relaunched, Refreshed, Revitalised!

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GreenBrook has relaunched its market leading brand of Powerbreaker RCDs by increasing the range to offer the most comprehensive selection of RCD safety products on the market.   Vibrant new packaging and an informative new brochure detailing the range of 10mA, 30mA, Active & Passive products entitled “A Guide to Electrical Safety” is available now, along with a new website solely dedicated to this impressive range.