Innovative sensors now also determine correct positioning for the world of Industry 4.0

The detection of objects in systems is an important part of automation today. Objects have to be reliably detected and measured, as well as verifying that they are correctly positioned. The scope of possible applications is almost limitless and is continuously expanding (for example, detecting valve and flap positions, the position of PV panels for optimal exposure to light, the position of a ship’s rudder, automation tasks in the machine-tool industry, etc.)

MIRA Technology Park to Showcase Prime Real Estate at MIPIM 2018

MIRA Technology Park, the UK’s leading automotive technology park and Enterprise Zone, is set to showcase its offer at the world’s leading International property event, MIPIM.

During the event, which is set to take place in Cannes from March 13 – 16, MIRA Technology Park will launch the marketing of its Southern Manufacturing Sector, which is an extension to the existing world-renowned site, as it actively seeks potential land users.

Young engineers descend on Parliament to quiz MPs

Three young chemical engineers descended on the House of Commons on Tuesday, to participate in Voice of the Future 2018. They were there to represent the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), having previously submitted questions they were keen to ask MPs.

Subcon partners with Automechanika Birmingham to open doors to all


  • Organisers make it easy for visitors to register just once to experience two industry-leading events designed for engineers
  • A total of over 900 exhibitors on display over three days

16 March 2018: Centaur Media today announced a unique partnership between Subcon, the defining event in the manufacturing supply chain calendar, and Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector.

Latest Series of Free Webinars From HBM Provide Valuable Information.

HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is pleased to announce the dates for its latest series of free webinars, which take place in April 2018. 

Siemens’ Teamcenter updated certification on Microsoft Azure delivers PLM cloud diversity

Cloud-based strategy can help eliminate large upfront infrastructure cost and simplify PLM deployments

Lasers – Cutting Through The Choices

There is little doubt that lasers have become a firmly established production tool for cutting within many industries and applications. Choosing the correct laser cutter however can seem like a daunting task, especially for those planning to use the technology for the first time. In addition, even although lasers have been mainstream for many years, there are still issues with incorrect perceptions and assumptions surrounding the technology.

In this article, TLM Laser’s Andy Toms discusses the different laser types, applications and materials, reinforcing the fact that there is no “one size fits all” approach to laser cutting.

Heater Module for Flow Chemistry Glass Static Mixer Chips

Uniqsis announces HotChip™ – a new standalone heater module that provides precise temperature control of flow chemistry glass static mixer (GSM) chip reactors.

The Uniqsis range of chemically-resistant borosilicate glass chip reactor blocks can be used as static mixers to ensure effective mixing before a coil reactor or to perform fast exothermic experiments such as nitration’s or bromination’s where reaction times are often less than 1 minute.

Manufacturing firm boss engineers new metal products business

15 March 2018 – The owner of a full service sheet metalwork manufacturer has utilised his vast industry knowledge and experience to set up Fresh Metal – a new firm manufacturing design-led metal products.

New Product: Single stage NORDBLOC.1 helical gear unit

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has extended its successful NORDBLOC.1 series with a single stage gear unit for applications with high speeds and torques. The new NORDBLOC.1 helical gear unit features ultimate efficiency, high torsional rigidity, low running noise and long service life. In addition, they also meet even the most stringent hygiene requirements thanks to their wash-down design. The innovative gear units do not have any separating joints or closing caps. This increases the stability of the product and at the same time provides a smoother surface on which neither liquids nor solid materials can accumulate.

Rolls-Royce Approve Vacuum Brazing, Plasma Nitriding and Heat Treatment at Wallwork Cambridge @RollsRoyceUK

Following on from Rolls-Royce approval at Wallwork’s Manchester site, their Cambridge plant has secured the aerospace giant’s seal of approval for vacuum brazing, Plasma nitriding and heat treatment. These processes are seeing soaring demand and Wallwork is making significant investments to ensure they are in prime position for new orders.

Transducers enable true RMS value measurement for AC currents up to 5 A

Illustration: AC/DC high voltage transducers: P 43000 TRMS from Knick

Berlin, Germany – Knick Elektronische Messgeräte is a globally recognized manufacturer of high quality signal, sensor, current and voltage measurement devices for utility, rail, ship, and other rugged environments. With the announcement of their series P 43000 TRMS AC/DC high voltage transducers, Knick have defined a completely new class of AC/DC transducers for true RMS values. Input values range from 100 mA up to 5 A AC. They are output as standardized analog DC signals (0…20 mA, 4…20 mA, 0…10 V).

ECS upgrades culvert winches at Trent/Soar outfall

ECS Engineering Services has installed three new winches for opening culvert flap valves or gates at Sawley Bank in Nottinghamshire, part of the Trent Soar Outfall system.

EVO ®5 Dualswitch ™ – the only helmet to be certified to EN397 and EN12492

JSP’s EVO®5 Dualswitch™ is the ONLY helmet which is certified to both EN397 and EN12492 on one certificate, with the ability to change between the two standards easily at the flick of a switch. This changes the retention strength of the helmet’s fully adjustable 4-point chinstrap to give conformity to either the Construction Helmet EN397 or the Climbing Helmet standard of EN12492 for working at height.


TPG Engineering, the Dukinfield-based specialist manufacturer of heat exchangers and condensers, has established an integrated, advanced manufacturing centre that will “revolutionise tube sheet manufacturing on the site”.

The Greater Manchester company is a subsidiary of TP Group – a major Tier 2 supplier to prime contractors in industrial, energy, process and defence sectors. The Group has invested almost £2 million in machines, facilities and personnel to build one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the North-West of England.

Automation markets across the sea

Did you know that it takes over twelve hours to fly from China to the United States? With such a large distance between them, it is not surprising that the regions differ in many ways, from culture to industry. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation explains the main differences between the manufacturing markets in the United States and the Asia Pacific region.

New Autoclavable BLDC Motor Controller from Portescap

Portescap introduces a new autoclavable Brushless DC motor controller, the CNT1530, for driving large bone orthopedic handpiece motors. The controller leverages Portescap’s market leading autoclavable design capability and surgical application expertise to provide a reliable, customizable solution to the orthopedic market. This new controller will help improve your surgical hand tool’s performance and reliability, and take your application to market sooner.


SICK will be returning to the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference with news of its pioneering AppSpace programming environment and how the concept is starting to bear fruit for automation and robotics development.

At last year’s event, SICK successfully launched AppSpace, an open software platform that allows free and flexible customisation of applications on SICK programmable sensors and devices. Rather than being restricted to the available pre-developed proprietary software, AppSpace enables system integrators, Original Equipment Manufacturers and end-users to develop their own tailor-made solutions with ‘click-and-drop’ ease.

Video of the Week – How igus robotic technologies combine for low-cost automation

The term ‘low-cost robotics’ refers to the rapid growth of robotic production enabled by simple and affordable automation components. Depending on the scope of the application, entire processes can be automated.

To demonstrate how this can be achieved, igus has combined its robolink, drylin E and energy chain technologies to produce a multi-axis articulated pick & place unit. This week’s video shows two such units operating in unison via a matching control unit.

Seven machine HD VMC range launched by XYZ Machine Tools

The ongoing development of its machine range continues at XYZ Machine Tools with the announcement of the arrival of its seven machine HD (Heavy-Duty) range of vertical machining centres. These new machines supersede the previous range of box-slideway machines in the XYZ range and compliment the new Linear Rail machines that have been added to its catalogue.

Starrett celebrates 60 years of UK manufacturing

Starrett, is celebrating six decades of UK manufacturing. The company, which was founded in the US, opened its UK factory in Jedburgh, Scotland, in 1958 and has since grown to become one of the global business’ main manufacturing sites.

Schaeffler at the Hanover Messe 2018 – Hall 22, Booth D49

Schaeffler DuraSense is now also available for linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway assemblies

Schaeffler integrates sensors and vibration analysis into its linear guidance systems and offers these mechatronic components with automated relubrication. The function was integrated into linear recirculating roller bearing and guideway assemblies in 2017 and is now also available for linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway assemblies. The benefit extends far beyond the basic relubricating function.

TLM Laser Showcase UDI Compliant Intelligent Part Marking

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Laser processing technology, TLM Laser will be a key participant at the forthcoming Med-Tech Expo 2018 event.

As the UK and Ireland distributor for FOBA Laser, TLM will use this venue to showcase FOBA’s unique and innovative closed loop machine vision and laser solution. Provided as a completely integrated solution within the laser system, the patented vision system IMP (Intelligent Mark Positioning) ensures consistent and correct marking with pre- and post-mark optical validation, as part of a three stage closed-loop marking process. This vision-supported laser system helps manufacturers build a more robust and cost effective UDI marking process.


The opportunity for any company to be more profitable by achieving significant reductions in machining cycle and overall processing times is an offer that cannot be ignored by anyone across all industry sectors. And for companies involved in the oil and gas market – where such savings are being achieved on workpieces like fluids ends, gate valves, drill bits and pump housings – this has even more relevance as the industry surveys the longer-term background of a diminishing need for fossil fuels.


Bonomi (UK) Ltd has published a hydraulic components brochure, showcasing the comprehensive selection of products available to customers from its network of specialist European manufacturers. Couplings, high pressure ball valves, flow control valves and check valves are included.

Thanks to its impressive stock holding capacity – recently extended even further due to its expansion into new larger warehousing facilities – Bonomi can despatch the vast majority of orders on a same day basis.

Over the phone technical advice and support is available with Bonomi also able to offer on-site support if required.