On line retail warehouses use WERMA andon light systems to improve productivity

Disruptions to productivity can be reduced significantly by deploying andon light systems on packing and despatching lines.

New Elesa standard industrial components catalogue

Elesa’s new 2017 printed catalogue no. 166 defines over 40,000 components used in the manufacture of machines and equipment, including for production, warehousing, agriculture, general office equipment and industrial systems housings and enclosures.

Semefab gets £220,000 for equipment from Scottish Enterprise


According to Scottish Enterprise, the foundry’s investment will mean an injection of £1.25 million into the Scottish economy as the organisation improves cost-efficiency while exploring more niche and newer technology MEMS sensors. Three new local full time new jobs are expected to be created.

“We really appreciate this support from Scottish Enterprise,” said joint-MD Alan James. “The investment is an important step in our drive to reduce lead times and fully utilise the capacity of our three wafer fabrication facilities here in Glenrothes.”

GloFo fabs 14nm 56Gb/s SERDES


As a part of GLoFo’s high-performance ASIC offering, FX-14, the 56Gbps series is designed for customers seeking to improve power and performance efficiency while handling the most demanding long-reach high-performance applications.

GF’s 56Gbps SerDes core supports both PAM4 and NRZ signaling, with the capability to equalize over 35dB of insertion loss, eliminating the need for expensive and power-hungry repeaters currently employed in the most challenging system environments.

62 new fabs coming on-line in 2017-20


The 62 facilities and lines range from R&D to high-volume fabs. Most of the newly operating facilities will be volume fabs; only seven are R&Ds or Pilot facilities.

Between 2017 and 2020, 26 facilities and lines begin operation in China, about 42 percent of the worldwide total currently tracked by SEMI. The Americas region follows with 10 facilities, and Taiwan with 9 facilities.

Cambridge deal creates major graphene centre in the UK


A majority stake in Cambridge Graphene, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge, has been acquired by UK-based firm Versarien.

Cambridge Graphene develops inks based on graphene and related materials using processes developed at the Cambridge Graphene Centre. The spin-out company has commercialised graphene inks for novel technology applications.

Christmas gift ideas from Labfacility


We offer a large range of great value hand held temperature sensors and digital thermometers which make ideal stocking fillers. Any orders placed after Thursday 22nd December will be processed in the New Year. We wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017!

Temperature Sensors from Stock!


Labfacility have recently extended their product offering for Thermocouples and RTD probes , all available from stock for immediate despatch – please visit www.labfacility.com.

Temperature Sensors

Labfacility are the UK’s leading manufacturer of Thermocouple and PRT sensors, made in our South Yorkshire site.  Standard configurations are offered in all of the widely used calibrations, type J,K,T,E,N,R,S and B.. Depending on the choice of sensor type and sheath materials, temperature ratings of up to 1750oC are available with single or duplex elements.

Pinch valve flow characteristics


A pinch flow valve has different flow characteristics that depend on its design and body construction. The pinch valve flow characteristics determine the flow of the amount of media through its bore when the valve opens. This allows you to calculate how much material will flow out within a specific duration from the valve. Using this information, you will be able to better control the choke/throttle of the pinch valve. For effectively managing the amount of flow, it can be a good idea to equip the pinch valve with a proportional pressure regulator to partially close the rubber liner when the media is passing through.

Help to inspire the UK’s next generation of manufacturers and engineers


EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is urging parents, teachers and employers to make 2017 the year they help to inspire the UK’s next generation of manufacturers and engineers.

The call follows concerns that young people are missing out on vital opportunities for a long-term, dynamic and well-paid career because they are being put off by outdated myths and misperceptions about the sector. 

ABB announces IdeaHub Innovation Challenge


ABB is supporting global innovation and seeking engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators to write the future together by announcing a global competition with the IdeaHub innovation platform.

ABB and the IdeaHub are recruiting innovators worldwide to take on the challenge of transforming the role of variable speed drives in an industrial setting which may include improving the design, use and operation of drives or finding entirely new use cases for drives. Successful applicants will pitch their ideas to ABB in spring 2017 and secure uniquely tailored support packages to maximise their venture’s commercial potential.

Polling for IPPR and Siemens reveals public view of business


The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) is calling for Britain’s businesses to urgently address their lack of consumer trust to ensure sustained future growth and success. Following the launch of a Government consultation into corporate governance – which aims to strengthen customer voices in the boardroom – new research from IPPR, commissioned on behalf of Siemens, finds UK businesses facing a startling trust gap when it comes to how consumers perceive them.

ODU-MAC Modular Connectors


ODU Connectors announces a major expansion of their ODU-MAC modular connector range – the result of technology transfer from their pedigree in military connectors – now incorporated into this industrial connector series. Three major variants provide the ultimate pick’n’mix – whether signals, current, data rates, air, or light waves – all can be incorporated.

Free webinar to guide employers through critical next steps of the Apprenticeship Levy


EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is running a free webinar in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency, to guide employers through the crucial next steps of the Apprenticeship Levy – registering for and setting up their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.

Industry 4.0 summit in Manchester gathers momentum


April 2017 will see two major manufacturing events hosted in the UK – Industry 4.0 Summit and Factories of the Future. Showcasing thousands of innovations to help manufacturers digitise and upgrade operations, these are Europe’s only events dedicated to the future of manufacturing.

A stellar line-up of speakers from leading companies who recognise the importance of the 4th Industrial Revolution will be sharing their experiences – including Bosch Rexroth, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Unilever, Cisco, IBM, Dassault Systèmes & Airbus.