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Rittal’s Solutions for Centralised or De-centralised Automation


We live in a world of rapid change, driven by the growth of ‘smart technology’.  Automation components are becoming more compact, both for centralised and decentralised applications, while still delivering considerable computing power.  Sensors and actuators are also getting more ‘intelligent’. 

Truck rental firm boosts compressor performance with BOGE

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By replacing its existing compressor with a state-of-the-art BOGE C 15 DR model, a truck rental and fleet management company in Greater Manchester is saving money, effort and energy. The original compressor, used to inflate tyres and operate impact wrenches, air tools and oil pumps, had an air-end and motor bearing life of just 25,000 hours. The truck rental site runs 8,400 hours a year, which meant the compressor needed a full overhaul in its third year.

SIESO announce support for IChemE medals – open for nominations


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is calling on the profession to put forward nominations for its 2017 medals and prizes.

Two of the medals have received new support this year, from SIESO – the association for professionals involved in the prevention and response to industrial and commercial incidents. The association has announced that it will sponsor the Frank Lees Medal and the Franklin Medal, which recognise achievements by chemical engineers working in the area of safety and loss prevention. 


Mess and spillages are commonplace with traditional CIJ_systems

Industrial thermal inkjet (TIJ) printing provides a cleaner, safer alternative to continuous inkjet (CIJ) technology in coding applications for food, pharmaceuticals and other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), says Steve Ryan, UK sales manager at Rotech.

ECS Engineering Services wins ninth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award


Building on an exemplary reputation for safety, ECS Engineering Services has been awarded with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety for the ninth consecutive year.



The final line-up of speakers for BULKEX17 has been published and the packed seminar programme includes 12 presentations from 14 different people. Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow is set to be an unmissable bulk materials handling conference, with its variety of topical and technical talks on subjects such as BREXIT, new infrastructure projects, digitalisation, BIOMASS and new technology.

Ultra Stable Mounts for Large Diameter Mirrors


Optical Surfaces high quality OS 300-600 series mounts are designed to provide a secure platform for larger, high precision flat, spherical and off-axis mirrors in applications where stability is critical.  Robustly designed in black anodised aluminium – OS 300-600 mounts are available in four standard sizes to accommodate high precision mirrors from 305 mm (12 inches) to 550 mm (21.6 inches) in diameter.

Danfoss delivers strong first six months with high growth

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Danfoss’ first half-year announcement shows high top line growth and continued massive investments in digitalization and new technology.

Cable Management And Protection Is Key To Reliability And Productivity

solar panel for alternative energy, Dust-free workshop.

Cable management and protection within industrial applications covers many different facets ranging from the humble cable tie, through to sophisticated cable entry products, drag chain systems and conduits that can withstand the extremes of temperatures.

Water Vapour – the world’s most expensive terrorist


Or why things fail, jam and rust

Rust alone cost’s the world a staggering US $2.2 trillion a year*, and if you add product, system and equipment failure and jams, the cost just goes higher. The big problem is water vapour – because it has the ability to permeate through any seal, seam, barrier or connector. It seeps into all the wrong places, it can even pass through the walls of any container or enclosure.

ASCO 330 Series volume booster from Emerson can be used in control and on/off applications, and where partial stroke testing is required

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Unique features enable improved reliability and easier maintenance and commissioning. Emerson has introduced the ASCO 330 Series volume booster to enable faster process valve opening and closing speeds.

HARTING and PEI-Genesis expand Partnership to distribute Connector Solutions across Europe

HARTING PEI-Genesis Distribution Agreement

HARTING and PEI-Genesis will now offer harsh environment connector solutions and engineering design expertise to customers across Europe, thanks to a new distribution agreement effective September 1, 2017. The new Pan-European agreement expands on a successful 14-year North American distribution partnership. 

A Modern Electric Bus Fleet: Improving Public Transit with System-Level Modeling


As cities across the world continue to increase in both population and density, public transportation plays a critical role in creating liveable cities by reducing the total number of vehicles operating in urban centers. An effective transit system also has the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions generated from the transportation of people, resulting in improved urban air quality and sustaining a healthy environment for generations to come.


Bowman PEEK-lined

Leading manufacturer and distributor of bearings and sintered components, Bowman International, has introduced a range of high temperature, self-lubricated PEEK-lined steel or bronze backed wrapped bearings.

The Versatility of Infra-Red

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The application of heat is an important stage of many areas of the engineering and process sectors. This can range from curing of adhesives and paints, assistance in plastics forming and lamination, browning of food toppings, prevention of thermal shock during hot filling of bottles and jars even the heating of metal tool moulds. There are many other manufacturing processes where heat is used and often this heat needs to be applied selectively and in a targeted fashion. This can often be achieved most efficiently and cost-effectively using infra red heating.

Cryogenic technology brings rocket science to screwdrivers

A Bahco stainless steel screwdriver with Torx head

It’s not rocket science,’ people often say when describing how easily a problem might be solved.   But cryogenic technology, now being used to produce stainless steel screwdrivers, is now enabling rocket science to benefit automation engineers and technicians. The principals of cryogenics, used by NASA and other space agencies to develop rocket fuel, have been used by designers and production engineers at Bahco to develop a ground-breaking new range of stainless steel screwdrivers.

Contacts in No Time

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


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.


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


ARBURG machines

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.


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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

Concrete stress testing University of Leeds

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.


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

Icon new production facility

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


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

Cardiff Racing

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.