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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

Carton Verification1 Low Res

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


5415 Vertex 55X_III


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

Fiona Smith

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.  


Bowman International

Bearing specialist, Bowman International, has announced the acquisition of Midlands-based John Handley Bearings Ltd.

Committed to growing the John Handley name under the umbrella of its own brand, Bowman will work closely with the highly-experienced John Handley team to improve stock availability for its three key technical partners; Thomson Industries, Cooper Bearings and NSK Linear.

Automation for Food and Packaging


At Interpack 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry- – specific components
High hygiene standards, difficult ambient conditions or extreme demands on machines and systems: Baumüller offers the right drive and automatization solution for every application. From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. At Interpack from May 04-10, 2017, Baumüller will present systems, components and services as well as its latest developments in food and packaging in hall 15 at stand E34.

The New EMC Standard, EN 55032:2012 is now in force


Ideal Power Ltd would like to make you aware of the most recent changes within the dynamic regulatory environment of electronics, which could effect you.

As of 5th March 2017, EN 55032:2012, the standard for Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment – Emission requirements, came into force affecting the 1999/5/EC, 2004/108/EC, 2014/30/EU, 2014/53/EU Directives. This new standard redefines and updates the criteria for certain electrical products that have to meet the above listed directives.

HARTING’s “smart” Han-Modular® ID connector module enables Industry 4.0 machinery production process improvements

Harting Han-Modular(R) connectors

HARTING is expanding its range of so-called “smart” connectors which can provide identification of key machine components or functional control elements and are also increasingly being deployed for machinery predictive maintenance. Communication can be performed using inexpensive bidirectional systems like the I2C bus, as well as standardised bus systems such as CAN Bus.

Following on from the already established I2C ID module, the new CAN ID module is the latest product in the smart Han® series. Implementation as a Han-Modular® module ensures that identification is flexibly integrated into interfaces which comprehensively supply machines with power, data and signals, in the most optimum space-saving manner possible.

Swindon Silicon Systems and Dukosi to Partner on Next Generation Battery Management Technology

Dukosi Electronics

Companies sign strategic design and development agreement for wireless chip-based solution

Edinburgh, UK – April 4, 2017 – Dukosi, the battery management technology innovator, and Swindon Silicon Systems, a world leader in the design, test and supply of complex, custom, mixed-signal electronics for automotive and industrial applications, today announced they have signed a strategic agreement to bring Dukosi’s disruptive semiconductor chip based battery management solution to market. 



P&M Pumps Ltd of Sawtry, Cambridgeshire has gained a ‘shop window’ with companies in the utilities sector by joining Achilles UVDB an online community that enables companies to manage supply chain risk and comply with EU regulations. P&M Pumps Ltd, which has 7 staff and provides sole UK distributorship of Vaughan Chopper pumps in the UK and Ireland, will now be able to share on an online platform of its capabilities in key business areas, such as health & safety and compliance.


TIJ system relies on a self-contained cartridge

Cost savings are welcome at any time, but the exceptional pressure being put on British manufacturers by today’s rapidly rising raw material prices is forcing many to re-examine their operations for fresh ways to save money and protect their margins. With that in mind, we can expect a surge in popularity for coding systems based on convenient, cost-effective thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology, argues Steve Ryan, UK sales manager.

Zoom Lens Enables Safe Viewing of Nuclear Fuel Assembly


Resolve Optics Ltd. is supplying a North American camera manufacturer with small batches of a custom UV zoom lens enabling safe remote viewing of nuclear fuel assemblies through 10 metres of water.

MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile system nominated for “Tomorrow’s Health and Safety award 2017”

MiniTec are very proud to have been nominated for this prestigious award by the readership of Tomorrow’s Health and Safety.

The modular aluminium profile system is used extensively throughout Industry and lifestyle in a wide range of applications where safety of personnel and equipment is a prime concern.

Buy With Confidence – and enjoy peace of mind


The UK pump industry, through the auspices of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), has over recent years been working closely with the UK Government and the European Commission, along with its various consultants, to implement a range of pump related legislative programmes dealing with product safety, environmental impact and energy reduction.10

Talking the torque at Hannover

Talking the torque at Hannover Mar 17

Sensor Technology Ltd, the UK manufacturer of wireless torque and load sensors and strain gauge amplifiers is expecting this year’s Hannover Messe, (24-28 April) to generate several potential new clients and also some new distributors.

Businesses excited by 3D printing potential, but relaxed about risks

Robert Ganpatsingh_DMH Stallard

New research from law firm DMH Stallard has found that while many companies are excited by the use and potential of 3D printing, they currently don’t see it posing much of a threat to their intellectual property (IP). This is despite the fact that 3D printing can make counterfeiting goods easier.

The qualitative research spoke to companies working across such areas as using 3D printing to produce prototypes as well as finished parts, and those developing software relevant to 3D printing, design protection and data logistics.

Prior Scientific Appoint New Global Strategic Marketing Manager


Prior Scientific has announced the appointment of Manuj Patel as Global Strategic Marketing Manager. Manuj will report to Prior Scientific CEO, Tom Freda.

New Awards Programme Celebrates Electrical & Mechanical Trades – Call for Nominations now open!

Staged on Wednesday 29th November 2017, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, UK the inaugural AEMT Gala Awards Dinner will bring together the entire electrical and mechanical trades sector in a global celebration of business and professional excellence.  Recognising and rewarding the achievements of both individuals and companies operating within this important industry sector, personal endeavour, technical innovation, engineering advancement and commercial acumen will all be acknowledged and celebrated.

MiniTec’s aluminium profile system used as innovative camera rig. The art of simplicity

Whilst a significant part of MiniTec’s modular aluminium profile systems are to be found in classic industrial applications such as machine guarding, conveyors, work stations and the like, the application possibilities extend to retail, sports and lifestyle projects as well.

One could say that the possibilities are as limitless as the imagination is to construct a framework or structure out of metal parts – an industrial building set in fact.