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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.  ­

Case study: customised unit for scientific instrumentationRFB-2016(2)

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:

Tel: 01256 365605

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


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.

Young Tech Enterprises – high-profile stage for entrepreneurs

Young Tech Enterprises - Katalysator für Startups (Mission TU Mars, Halle 3/B40)
  • Strong growth for startup scene at HANNOVER MESSE
  • Forum program informs on all days of fair

Hannover. Fast and crisp 3D scans, surface coating via flamethrower, wireless and mobile monitoring, or online sourcing. Whoever is interested in innovation in industry will find inspiration at the 150 startups exhibiting at Young Tech Enterprises in Hall 3 at HANNOVER MESSE. The Fraunhofer Venture, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and the Leibniz Association are also present with select spin-offs and research projects, while Ernst & Young, Siemens and Partner Country Poland organize group exhibits.

Dura Composites Honoured with Prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Dura Composites Wins Queens Award

Dura Composites, a leading supplier of composite products for flooring, structures and facades has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017 in the international trade category as a result of its sustained and impressive international growth.

The Queen’s Awards celebrate the best of British business and recognise companies who are making an outstanding contribution to enterprise. In winning the award, Dura Composites joins an impressive list of organisations who have previously been honoured in this way, including Dyson, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens.


ROD471 - Alec Jackson

RARUK Automation has appointed an additional product specialist, principally to develop the huge interest British manufacturers are showing in its MAFU disentangling and feeding technology.  Alec Jackson has joined the Letchworth-based company as Senior Automation Sales Engineer.

Alec has been involved in engineering for more than thirty years as a designer of systems, a manager of projects and latterly in sales.  His most recent post was General Manager with a specialist engineering company in the Aylesbury Automation Group.

Clif Bar & Company ensure coding and packaging accuracy with AutoCoding Systems

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For Clif Bar & Company brand integrity is everything.  The private family and employee-owned company based in Emeryville, California produces organic foods and drinks, including their flagship product the CLIF BAR.  When the company wanted to ensure all products leaving their factory were correctly coded and packaged, they chose a coding and packaging verification solution from AutoCoding Systems.


Comau_Hannover Messe
  • HUMANufacturing: humans and machines working side-by-side
  • Worldwide premiere of the e.DO “people make robotics” professional robot kit
  • European launch of the Agile AGV
  • AURA collaborative robots
  • Robot Application Park demonstration
  • Targeted Digital Manufacturing training seminars

Comau’s Industry 4.0 automation solutions can be found in Hall 17, Stand C04


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The latest addition to the Mitsui Seiki Vertex 5-axis simultaneous control series of vertical machining centres introduces a multi-sensor thermal growth monitoring system MAMS (Mitsui Accurate Milling Support) that enables enhancements in accuracy by creating up to a 35 per cent improvement in minimising Z-axis thermal displacement against previously used machine tool technologies.

Vibration sensor performance monitoring: New Hardy Shaker vibration reference sources available from Ixthus Instrumentation


Available exclusively in the UK from Ixthus Instrumentation, two new Hardy Portable Shakers from Metrix Instrument Co. offer significant enhancements for self-contained vibration condition monitoring and sensor validation.

Delta Demonstrates its Energy-Saving and Highly-Integrated Building Automation Solutions at Hannover Messe 2017


Delta Demonstrates its Energy-Saving and Highly-Integrated Building Automation Solutions at Hannover Messe 2017

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, starts displaying today at Hannover Messe 2017 its various building automation solutions, some of which are already contributing to the enhanced annual energy savings of up to 89% in the lighting system of the Manchester Airport, UK and up to 12% in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a major facility of Telecom Italia, Italy.



As multi-axis sensors become ever more popular in applications, such as medical equipment and robotics, to name but a few, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is pleased to announce the date for its latest free webinar on measuring in 3 dimensions.

Leuze electronic presents the world’s first data transmission photoelectric sensor for location-independent remote diagnosis


With the world’s first data transmission photoelectric sensor, the DDLS 500, which makes location-independent remote diagnostics possible thanks to an integrated web server, Leuze electronic sets new standards in terms of performance and transparency.

BPE strengthens new office with senior appointment

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BPE has strengthened its team in the North West with the appointment of Fiona Smith at its Daresbury base.

BPE opened the doors to its second office, at Daresbury Innovation Centre, last year. A welcome reception from local manufacturers, particularly those in the chemicals sector, has seen demand for the company’s services grow and Fiona has been appointed to lead process engineering projects.

Annual financial statements of the SCHURTER Group 2016


The turnover of the SCHURTER Group grew by 3.5 % to CHF 198.2 million in 2016. The Lucerne-based family company with actually 22 subsidiaries, achieved a cash flow of 9.0 % and a profit after tax of 4.2 % of sales.

With the negative impact of the strong Swiss franc, the SCHURTER Group was still struggling in 2016. However, the countermeasures introduced at an early stage showed their effect: bottom reached but not yet fully crossed. However, the signs are positive.

Novel UV-Visible Detector for In-Line Flow Chemistry


Uniqsis Ltd has introduced Flow-UV™ – an affordable in-line UV-Visible spectrophotometric detector for flow chemistry applications.

Designed for use with almost any commercial flow chemistry system – the compact Flow-UV™ detector (18 x18 x 17cm) fits conveniently into even crowded fume cupboards. Using the UV-visible absorbance data from a Flow-UV™ detector allows dispersion experiments to be monitored in real time and enables product collection to be controlled according to the onset and decline of steady state conditions.

Surviving a Crisis – it’s all in the planning

A contingency plan is an important part of any business strategy

Knowing how your premises and your industrial plant & equipment will cope in a disaster from a fire, flooding, power loss or system breakdown is incredibly important. Here Russ Baker, UK Sales Director of the hire division at leading temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy, sets out the five key steps that will help you survive a crisis.