Protolabs, leading supplier of technology-enabled, rapid manufacturing services, announces the addition of Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. This production-grade 3D printing technology, developed by HP, builds fully functional plastic prototypes and parts with accelerated speed, detailed precision, and consistent mechanical properties.

Using Non-Sparking tools? Here’s good advice from Bahco

Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools are designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where conventional steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Because NS tools can’t achieve the hardness of conventional tools special care is needed when using them.  Mark Haywood, who leads the Bahco team in the UK and Ireland, offers the following recommendations to users of NS tools:

New har-flex® variants with pre-leading contacts to protect sensitive electronics

The HARTING har-flex® series of miniaturised PCB connectors are now available with pre-leading contacts which offer sequential switching that can protect sensitive electronics from damage during operational plugging and unplugging.

Interview with Ann Watson, Chief Executive, Semta

Q: It’s lovely to catch up with you, Ann. A lot has happened since we last spoke in 2017! We saw a very strong end to the UK manufacturing industry last year.

I can scarcely believe that it’s been a year since the last time you interviewed me! It’s been an eventful year, to say the least, and this year promises to be even more eventful than 2017 as it’s the Year of Engineering.

Got MODBUS? Then get the Internet of Things on us!

If your product or equipment already has Modbus, then the NanoULTRA from Caption Data gives you the immediate ability to join them to the Internet of Things. From single units to 1000’s of units, with on line & real time control through the CDL SmartHub™

We have clients around the world using the NanoULTRA in their thousands to manage products with Modbus and increase value, for example:

UK engineering explores world of opportunity in Hong Kong #GREATinnovation

Engineering and the role it will play in managing population growth in the future will take centre stage at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong next month.

Using maxon motors in Robotics

By Amir Janjua, Technical Engineer, maxon motor UK [email protected]

maxon technology is widely used in robotics, where high power density and precision are prerequisites. This article explains which products are most suited to robot applications and why.

Energy Networks Association launches new Electricity Innovation Forum for Britain’s energy innovators

Energy Networks Association announces today that it will host the first Electricity Innovation Forum next month, a joint event between Great Britain’s electricity networks. The forum is aimed at sharing the latest knowledge and findings from the networks leading energy innovation projects.

International Consumers Prepared To Pay Up To 22% More For British Goods @BarclaysUK

  • As UK exports continue to thrive, new Barclays research shows the premium that international consumers are prepared to pay for ‘made in Britain’ labelled goods.
  • The perception of quality drives international consumers’ willingness to pay more for British goods (42%).
  • Overall foreign demand for British-made products is up – a third (36%) of people in the global study said they are buying more British products than they were five years ago.
  • Emerging markets offer growing opportunities – consumers in China and India perceive British products to be of a superior quality and are willing to pay the highest premiums.
  • The Union Jack has the biggest pull with younger people – nearly half (47%) of 18 to 34 year olds said the inclusion of a British flag on a product would encourage them to purchase it, compared to a quarter (24%) of over 55s.

Shortlist announced for the Safety and Health Excellence Awards

The shortlist has today been announced for the inaugural Safety and Health Excellence (SHE) Awards, which will take place at The VOX, Birmingham on the night of the 11th April 2018.

Informative Spring 2018 Freeze Drying Webinars Program

The new Spring 2018 program of LyoLearn™ educational webinars has been announced by SP Scientific. Devoted to lyophilization current research interest and related topics, and delivered by industry experts, attendees to each of the free live sessions are encouraged to ask questions of the presenter and get their answers in real time. 

The quantum leap with EMF Motor

Twenty years ago, this Engineer co-developed a new concept of electric motor, which was supposed to be far superior to the traditional motor. The synchronous torque motor should achieve a much higher torque at low speeds and thus be more efficient than traditional motors. If the best German manufacturer in this industry achieves an efficiency of 76 percent, then the EMF motor is 94 percent – “a quantum leap,” says Prokopp confidently. At the same time half of the costs are saved!

Reich Enhances Product Range With API Certified Couplings

Reich Drive Systems UK today announces a new working relationship with Italian transmission components manufacturer Compomac SPA.


In the fifty years since its formation Camozzi has enjoyed sustained growth due to a carefully implemented policy of continuous innovation of its products, processes and people. Today the Group enjoys a presence in more than 70 countries worldwide, with 30 subsidiaries and assistance centres. This in turn amounts to 2,500 employees across 10 companies that operate in the fields of automation, textiles, machine tools, raw material processing and digital.

Engineering Materials Live: Making materials matter

Connecting the right material, for the right application, with right people

SICK Adds Safe Network Integration to Its microScan3 Safety Laser Scanners

SICK has expanded its next-generation microScan3 family with the addition of EtherNet/IPTM and PROFINET compatible variants to enable easy integration of safety laser scanners into a safe network. This also facilitates simultaneous field evaluation of up to four fields, instead of the single field offered by standard I/O scanners.

Student and apprentice engineers gear up for railway engineering competition

Competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers requires teams of up-and-coming engineers to build, design and run a locomotive

Launched: vapour permeability measurement for every gas used in Engineering

Versaperm has launched a mass spectrometer version of its successful vapour permeability measurement system which works across every gas or group of gasses used in modern engineering. This is important as vapour permeability issues effect many performance and safety critical aspects across the engineering industries.

Becoming smarter through real-time GIS and information: GIS for the energy industry

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are not a new phenomenon. The technology was first used during the Second World War to gather intelligence by taking aerial photographs. However, today’s applications for GIS are far more sophisticated. Here, Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software provider, COPA-DATA UK, explains how the world’s energy industry is becoming smarter, using real-time GIS.

On the level, every mm counts

Every engineer wants the best accuracy level sensor they can get, but this specification often comes at an extra premium. Not today. The VEGAPULS 64 80Ghz contactless radar level transmitter now has increased its accuracy down to 1mm as standard, at no extra cost. This means, whether in storage or processing, you will get the best repeatability and accuracy of measurement on ranges up to 30m. Combine this with the sensors proven focusing, its ability to deal with build up, how it can operate even on the smallest of mounting connections, or that it even works through valves and down long nozzles – this all results in a great level solution for your process. Don’t take our word for it, ask the tens of thousands of users already utilising this 80 GHz technology.

DNV GL certifies NSK’s Super-TF bearing material

Of direct relevance to the wind energy sector, international accredited registrar and classification society
DNV GL has confirmed that roller and ball bearings made of NSK’s Super-TF material exhibit significantly
higher dynamic load ratings. Such is the effect of the higher load rating that bearing service life is effectively
doubled in wind turbine applications.

Grayhill Introduces New Rugged Series 04JT Joystick with Tactile Feedback

Perfect motion or cursor control for harsh outdoor, military or industrial applications

HRS Heat Exchangers – Fuelling the UK’s green gas revolution

The use of biomethane as a transport fuel is at once both the most exciting prospect for the further development of biogas in the United Kingdom, and also the part of the industry that has been most disappointing in terms of its development to date.

Danfoss Drives & controls 2018

Visitors to the Danfoss Drives stand at this year’s Drives & Control Show will be able find out about the important benefits of ‘Doing it Differently’ –  making informed and independent choices about motors and drives rather than settling for a package solution that may be less than optimal. The stand – D751 – is themed around the Do it Differently concept, and features displays that showcase its three key pillars – ‘Equip Differently’, ‘Collaborate Differently’ and ‘Optimise Differently”.

ABB appoints new US food and beverage segment leader

Todd Gilliam to head ABB’s food and beverage business in United States

Global automation and robotics expert ABB has announced the appointment of Todd Gilliam to the position of US segment leader for the company’s food and beverage operations. He succeeds Cliff Cole, who has taken on the role of leader of commercial and strategic integration after three years in the position.