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Connection Clamps

Wires and cables routinely have to be connected to copper busbars when manufacturing control gear and switchgear systems.  The conventional approach is time-consuming and uses screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps.

Get More for Less – Product Design and Manufacturing Collection

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Have you heard about the new Product Design and Manufacturing Collection? As of the 7th August 2017, Autodesk have adapted and extended the Product Design Collection, to provide new product entitlements to HSM Ultimate for Integrated CAM and Nastran In-CAD for Integrated Simulation.

Existing Product Design Collection customers will automatically be upgraded to the new Collection gaining access to FREE CAM and FREE Simulation software.

If you’re an existing HSM or Nastran In-CAD customer, at your next renewal date, you will be provided with the new Product Design & Manufacturing Collection (PDMC), providing you access to far more value at a lower subscription price.

Fokker presents Souriau Esterline Connections Technologies with the 2016 top connector supplier award at the Paris Air Show 2017 at Le Bourget.

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Fokker presents Souriau Esterline Connections Technologies with the 2016 top connector supplier award at the Paris Air Show 2017 at Le Bourget.

PROTO LABS ANNOUNCES €4 MILLION INVESTMENT TO SERVICE EUROPEAN GROWTH

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Rapid prototyping and on-demand manufacturer Proto Labs reports its largest European infrastructure investment since the UK business was established in 2005.  The business has financed a spend of around €4 million on new manufacturing technology and facility renovations; primarily in Telford, UK and also its other locations across Europe. The investment is in response to current and projected customer demand for Proto Labs’ advanced manufacturing services from across Europe.

During June and July 2017, Proto Labs, digital manufacturing service providers in 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding, confirmed their large-scale purchase of Haas CNC machines and ARBURG injection moulding machines.

WALTER & EWAG SET NEW STANDARDS IN INSERT PRODUCTION AND TOOL MEASUREMENT

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Included among the Walter and Ewag innovations for tool machining will be developments in Ewag tool insert grinding and Walter tool measuring, Walter Ewag UK reports – and both set new standards in insert production and the measurement of complex tools.

High-tech sensing illuminates concrete stress testing

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Using the principles of light, University of Leeds scientists have discovered a new way to measure the strength of modern forms of concrete – giving industry a better way to understand when it could fracture.

Their approach was based on applying a complex light-refracting coating, designed to display stress positions, to the surface of concrete beam samples.

Rotech Machines – ROTECH SHARES ENGINEERING ENRICHMENT ROADMAP AT INDUSTRY DAY

As part of its pledge to bridge the engineering skills gap, Rotech, the Hertfordshire designer of end-to-end coding and feeding systems, participated in a two day ‘Insight into Industry’ conference at The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans.

Joining other national and local companies, including Marks and Spencer, Rotech used their presentation slots on the 5th and 6th July to engage with more than 200 year-9 students and showcase the exciting and varied career engineering pathways available to young people.

Multi-million-pound modernisation programme lifts Icon Aerospace Technology to new heights

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A £7m investment is transforming a Victorian factory into a modern, state-of-the-art production facility for Icon Aerospace Technology.

Together with its landlord Strawsons, Icon is investing the sum as part of its ongoing vision to create a 21st century manufacturing business which succeeds the requirements of its customers for the long term. This includes providing its workforce, suppliers, and customers, with an attractive and productive environment in which to work, as the business works through an order book worth c. £150m over the next few years, a figure based on data released from Teal Group.

CeMAT shines spotlight on Logistics 4.0 applications

Hannover, Germany. Digitization is having a major impact on logistics supply chains. The “Logistics 4.0 Experience Hub” at CeMAT will spotlight the supply chains of the future as well as the challenges facing the industry. Running the length of CeMAT from 23 to 27 April 2018, this special showcase will consist of some 30 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology involving goods transport, incoming goods, production, warehousing, order picking, packing and outgoing goods.

S and E Series multi concentric contact connectors

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Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.

LaserCube From TLM Laser – The Cost Effective Solution For Laser Cutting Small Parts

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Laser cutting is often the preferred process for metal cutting, and indeed there are innumerable systems in production today cutting and profiling a wide range of metal parts for a multitude of applications.

The PFEIFER Positioner INVERTO convinces with new features

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No matter how you look at it: since its introduction to the market in the year 2014, the PFEIFER positioner INVERTO ranks by all means among the allrounders when it comes to handling coils. If slewing or turning of steel coils, injection moulds or other tools – the INVERTO can be used everywhere, offers high safety standards, an outstanding price-performance ratio as well as fast delivery times thanks to an easy modular system – and all that in realiable PFEIFER premium quality. Now the sturdy handyman was revised and complemented by numerous useful additional features.

Cardiff University ‘Formula Student’ team become first UK winners in race history

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Cardiff Racing’ team make history by picking up Formula Student 2017 title at Silverstone

Cardiff University’s student racing team have won the annual Formula Student competition at Silverstone, becoming the first UK winners in the competition’s 19-year history.

The ‘Cardiff Racing’ team, made up of 56 students from the University’s School of Engineering, beat off competition from over 100 university teams from all over the world.

University of Hertfordshire’s Formula Student UH Racing team beats competition in acceleration demo at Formula One British Grand Prix

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Students from the University of Hertfordshire revealed their Formula Student (FS) car to thousands at F1 qualifying ahead of this week’s educational engineering competition

Machine and workstation wireless monitoring and data collection systems from WERMA

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Are you interested in reducing your downtime?

Does it take too long to react to stoppages or calls for help on the line?

Would you be interested in learning more about the innovative, low cost, easy to retrofit andon light based systems from WERMA?
And much more.

Batch Controller for Flowmeters

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The Metra-Batch from Titan Enterprises is a batch controller specifically designed for flowmeters or machinery with pulse or frequency outputs.

Ruggedly constructed to provide years of trouble-free operation, the Metra-Batch is proven to deliver precise control of batch dispensing, blending and bottle / tank filling of beverages, chemicals, food ingredients, fuels and solvents.

Online Resources for Flow Measurement

Titan Enterprises has added a new informative customer resources section to its website – www.flowmeters.co.uk.

Designed for engineers and scientists tasked with making flow measurements – a new series of flowmeter selection charts facilitate easy selection of the optimum flowmeter and instrumentation for your application using parameters including technology, accuracy, flow rate, maximum temperature, maximum pressure, fluid type and cost.

Machine and workstation wireless monitoring and data collection systems from WERMA

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  • Are you interested in reducing your downtime?
  • Does it take too long to react to stoppages or calls for help on the line?
  • Would you be interested in learning more about the innovative, low cost, easy to retrofit andon light based systems from WERMA?

LG Motion’s laser machining made easy!

LG Motion has launched a new piece of software to make laser machining and 3D printing easier. The Basingstoke-based firm, which designs and manufactures a wide range of motion control products and systems, has released the new CAD/CAM software from Polaris which enables a machine operator to design parts, import part files run by the machine and inspect the finished product.

Southern Springs and Pressings posts record sales and profits

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South of England based spring manufacturer, Southern Springs and Pressings Ltd, has achieved record turnover and profit for their last financial year. The company has generated an increase in turnover of 12% in 2016/17. Pre-tax profits also increased by 20%.

Portescap

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From medical devices to various industrial applications that save, improve, and enhance lives, Portescap offers miniature motor technologies to solve the motion needs of a spectrum of end markets. We serve our customers through breadth of innovative product technologies encompassing brushless DC, brush DC, can stack motors, disc magnet motors and stepper linear actuators to optimize application performance.

Application – Distribution and Logistics

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Warehouse logistics and material handling system solutions require planned and reactive maintenance programs, often in elevated areas. The movement of goods in a distribution or manufacturing operation requires sophisticated automation systems. The higher the volume of movement the greater level of complexity required.

LGC AUTOMATION WEIGHS UP THE OPTIONS AND PUTS HBM LOAD CELLS IN FIRST PLACE THANKS TO ITS OUTSTANDING PRODUCT WITH FLAWLESS CUSTOMER SERVICE.

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Confronted with the demand for ever increasing precision and higher speeds in packaging – often with expectations of reduced costs at the same time – weighing and packaging machine manufacturers in the food and agriculture industry are faced with a challenge.

Trescal’s Manchester Facility Achieves First for UK IAC Scanner UKAS Accreditation

Trescal, the international specialist in calibration and measurement solutions, has streamlined processes at its Manchester facility by investing in an IAC Master Scanner. Following extensive assessment this has now been fully commissioned and can be used for UKAS accredited measurements, full details of our capabilities can be found on the UKAS website.

BLFT Turbine Installation for Sir Bob Geldof’s Winery

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Bell Flow Systems has recently supplied a Stainless Steel Turbine Meter to Awash Winery in Ethiopia. Not only is this winery the largest in the country, but it is also part owned by UK equity firm chaired by Sir Bob Geldof.

Awash currently bottles seven million litres of wine annually. It plans to boost production under 12 brands, including the well-known Axumite, Awash and Gouder names.

2017 celebrates 10 years of WERMA in the UK

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Just ten years ago Werma UK Ltd opened up in the UK and what a lot has happened in that short time. The company was not an entire newcomer to the UK market then as had distributed a range of products imported by a third party and they were sold through the major electronic distributors RS Components and Farnell.

MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system– constructing made simple

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Engineering firm MiniTec is offering clients a modular aluminium profile system to construct any rigid structure, large or small, complex or small.

Often referred to as industrial “meccano”, the system is not only designed in-house at ­the Basingstoke firm, but is also manufactured and assembled either in the factory or on the customer’s site.  ­

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A recent example involved designing and constructing a customised unit for a scientific instrumentation project.  The customer, Precision Acoustics, is a global leader in ultrasound test equipment and requires customised cabinets to house a new product to be used for the measurement of medical diagnostic and physiotherapy equipment.

Key features of the cabinet include:

  • Magnetic door catches.
  • Brushed cable entry points to ease set-up whilst minimising airflow which can disrupt measurements.
  • Multiple doors for access and avoidance of disturbing the balance of the equipment.

Here is the complete unit assembled with the final customer’s test equipment installed.

Supported by extensive stocks of profiles and accessories MiniTec are ideally placed to support both large and complex projects as well as smaller “one-offs” and offer the degree of customisation to ensure that the customer gets the most appropriate solution for their requirement and not just “nearest best fit”.

If you have an interesting project you would like to discuss with the team at MiniTec please contact:

info@minitec.co.uk

Tel: 01256 365605

www.minitec.co.uk

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LG Motion becomes UK distributor for Baumeister & Schack GmbH & Co. KG

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Basingstoke based LG Motion design and manufactures a wide range of motion control products and systems.  The capability is complemented by close working relationships with a number of other international manufacturers of drive systems and components. LG Motion is now pleased to announce that it will represent baumeister & schack in the UK.

WERMA UK Ltd is pleased to be part of the NEAA (North East Automotive Alliance)

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Werma designs and manufactures signal technology products – beacons and sounders and also intelligent systems for optimising process control in manufacturing.  Already the automotive industry in the UK is a significant partner to WERMA and it therefore made complete sense for the company to join the NEAA.