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FLIR Announces FLIR CM275 Industrial Thermal Imaging Clamp Meter

New FLIR Test and Measurement Clamp Meter Offers Datalogging, Wireless Connectivity and Infrared Guided Measurement Technology

FLIR recently announced the FLIR CM275 industrial thermal imaging clamp meter, which combines thermal imaging with electrical measurement features in one powerful inspection, troubleshooting, and diagnostic tool. Offering electricians a visual way to identify hot spots and overloaded circuits, the FLIR CM275 makes inspecting and servicing plant equipment and facilities safer and more efficient.

EPLAN highlights benefits of EPLAN Cogineer at Drives & Controls Show

CAE solution specialist EPLAN will be showcasing the benefits of EPLAN Cogineer, their new configuration-based software package at the 2018 Drives and Controls show. The show takes place from 10th to 12th April, 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC. Visitors to the EPLAN stand D712 will also have the opportunity to meet with EPLAN partners, including Weidmüller and Festo.

BSRIA LAUNCHES ITS FAMOUS BLUE BOOK 2018

BSRIA is delighted to announce that the launch of The BSRIA Blue Book for 2018.

The famous Blue Book contains invaluable industry information. This includes: key contacts (including BSRIA North); conversion data; key performance indicators; market statistics; legislation and financial information. BSRIA’s services, training courses and current publications are also covered.

Zero Liquid Discharge – removing liquid waste for good

Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) is a liquid waste stream treatment. It involves transforming liquid waste streams from industrial plants into clean water, which can be reused in the process, and the minimum amount of solid residues, which often include valuable by-products that can be sold or reused.

HiPEAC18 provides the expertise needed to advance computing in the face of crisis

  • Manchester is this year’s setting for Europe’s largest computing research conference, which takes place from 22-24 January
  • As the world reels from the exposure of major chip-level security flaws, HiPEAC’s community of experts is more essential than ever
  • Three keynote talks, 27 workshops, eight tutorials and 33 papers over the three-day conference will cover everything from machine learning to secure critical real-time systems

Novel and compact alternative for linear measurement: Novotechnik’s TFD-4000 series short-stroke touchless transducer

Novotechnik’s TFD-4000 series short-stroke linear transducers are an ideal and economic solution where minimal size, high environmental protection, extremely long life and high reliability are key factors for medium to high-volume OEM position control applications. Available from Variohm EuroSensor, they feature single or optionally redundant ratiometric output; a typical repeatability of +/- 0.1 % FS; a measurement range of 5 to 50 mm; and 12-bit resolution.

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!

Safe Detection of Carbon Monoxide Leaks

FLIR Systems Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera technology allows you to see chemicals that are invisible to the naked eye.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that results from the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels. It’s most often used in the production of bulk chemicals and steel manufacturing. Vent stacks and pipe leaks that allow CO to escape can be dangerous, especially if the gas is allowed to collect in an enclosed area.

Amazon Introduce Junior Filters for Space Restricted Applications

Amazon Filters has introduced 2.5-inch and 5-inch SupaPore Junior cartridge filters for processes where a compact filter system would be advantageous.

These new cartridge filters are ideal for low flow (up to 2m3/Hr of fluids and 100Nm3/Hr of gas) processes including a wide range of pharmaceutical, beverage, coatings and industrial gas applications where available space is at a premium.

Networked drive electronics and IoT features at SPS IPC Drives

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS will showcase innovations in drive electronics at the 2017 SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg (hall 3, stand 218).

The new NORDAC LINK series of field distribution systems, designed for networked intralogistics facilities with many drive axes, provides an especially good user experience. These frequency inverters and motor starters enable flexible configuration of features and functions to perfectly suit application requirements. Coded plug-in connectors for power, communications, and sensors enable swift and safe commissioning. Integrated maintenance switches and direction switches facilitate servicing these systems later on. Size 2 NORDAC LINK frequency inverters will premiere at the trade show – these latest field distribution systems are suitable for motor ratings up to 7.5 kW. The various models in this series now offer solutions for all typical tasks in postal hubs, airport baggage handling systems, and warehouses. The AC vector drives are suitable for horizontal conveyors as well as inclined and vertical conveyors. They integrate hoist functions and the safety functions STO and SS1 according to EN 61800-5-2.

Identify outdoor items up to 12 years in 4 colours

The toughest outdoor label in the market resists UV-light, weathering, fluids and abrasion and keeps outdoor equipment, vehicles, components and facilities clearly identified for up to 12 years. The B-8591 outdoor identification label from Brady Corporation is now available in more colours to serve more applications.

Automated Compound Library Production

Uniqsis has published an application note that describes an efficient 2-step synthesis of a library of pyrazoles under continuous flow-through conditions developed by chemists at GalChimia (Coruna, Spain) on a FlowSyn™ continuous flow reactor system.

Pyrazoles are an important and well represented chemotype in drug discovery displaying wide ranging biological actions that include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, tranquilizing, muscle relaxing, anticonvulsant, antidiabetic and antibacterial activities. Their preparation typically involves condensation of a hydrazine with a 1,3-diketone or Michael acceptor.

Engineers complete offshore survival training

Boulting Group certified to work offshore on wind farms

Seven employees from engineering solutions provider Boulting Group have successfully completed a GWO accredited offshore wind health and safety survival training course. Completion of the globally recognised training will allow Boulting Group to expand its operations within the offshore renewable energy sector.

First clinical study patient has novel drug delivery system implanted for Parkinson’s trial

On November 8th, 2017 the first patient in a new clinical study was implanted with a novel drug delivery system, developed by Renishaw. The procedure took place at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. The implantation marks the beginning of a joint clinical study between Renishaw and Herantis Pharma. This phase I – II clinical study will investigate the treatment of Parkinson’s disease using Cerebral Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor (CDNF) delivered with Renishaw’s system.

A Smooth Path To Drive Coupling Selection

Engineers and designers working on power transmission applications can often face a daunting task when it comes to specifying the most appropriate drive coupling for the task in hand. Detailed consideration must be given to both sides of the drive equation, input and output, with regard to torque, shock loads, starting frequency, temperature and environmental conditions, but where to begin.

In this informative article, David Proud General Manager of Reich Drive Systems UK explains how to navigate through what can sometimes be seen as a technical minefield for designers and engineers.

Drive couplings vary greatly in their design and capabilities, so for any given application engineers must ensure that they specify the drive coupling correctly to ensure reliable efficient, and in the more challenging applications, safe operation.

Structural engineering software as a service

How cloud computing supports the sharing of structural expertise

Chances are you’ll be familiar with the term software as a service (SaaS). Even though some people may be unaware, most of us have probably used such software recently. The concept boasts a lot of benefits to users, such as ongoing technical support, but can SaaS providers go further? Here, Sam Carigliano, co-founder of structural design software provider SkyCiv, explores the potential of SaaS for structural engineers.

Intelliconnect now a member of the British Cryogenics

To engage fully with this specialist community and increase knowledge of and access to markets for Cryogenic Cables and Systems

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, has become a member of the British Cryogenics Council in order to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field.

80 GHz level radar helps recycle APC residue into concrete blocks

Another success in challenging applications

Figure 1 Useful construction blocks produced using recycled APCr, rather than sending to landfill

Figure 1 Useful construction blocks produced using recycled APCr, rather than sending to landfill

Castle Environmental is a leading supplier of specialist waste treatment, recycling and disposal services, handling in excess of 250,000 tonnes of waste each year. They operate three fully permitted  sites in the UK and are proud to be ISO 14001 and ISO 9002 accredited.  One type of waste processed at their Cardiff site is APCr (Air Pollution Control residue), the fine powder that remains following the cleaning of gases from Energy from Waste  facilities. It contains lime which is alkaline, and consequently APCr is classified as hazardous waste. 

Climbing the ranks in automation

As the world’s largest exporter of manufactured goods, many companies rely on China to provide them with cost-efficient products. However, should we be looking to smaller countries to provide high quality products at low prices? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explores the role of countries emerging as leaders in manufacturing.

WALTER ADDS TO ITS DIGITAL ENGINEERING KOMPETENZ BY ACQUIRING COMARA

With the acquisition of its long-standing software partner Comara GmbH, tooling expert Walter is reinforcing its decision to strive for further growth in the digital sector and build on the company’s Engineering Kompetenz.

As Walter AG President, Mirko Merlo, states: “This is a key strategic step towards expanding our digital portfolio and further developing our company towards Industry 4.0.”

BUMOTEC IMPRESSES WITH ‘PERFECTION THROUGH PRECISION’ TURN-MILL CENTRE

Dozens of engineers recently saw for themselves the Starrag Bumotec s191 linear CNC multi-function turn-mill centre’s capabilities for profitable one-hit machining of small workpieces when the machine was put through its paces at the AMRC with Boeing Centre in Sheffield.

Renishaw vacuum casting technology accelerates innovation for automatic juicer manufacturer

Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has collaborated with leading designer and manufacturer of automatic juicers, Zumex, to facilitate a faster development cycle and cut third party costs. Renishaw supplied a 5/01 PLC vacuum casting machine, as well as tailored machine training, so that Zumex could produce prototypes for its innovative juicer designs faster than ever before.

Trace Software International Announces Strategic Partnership with Circutor

Trace Software International (TSI)- successful company with 30 years of experience in the development of software solutions for electrical engineering and with a unique expertise in the design of electrical installations- is glad to announce its strategic alliance with CIRCUTOR.

TCFM and Remploy partnership wins prestigious PFM award

TC Facilities Management, who provide a range of FM services to some of the UK’s most recognisable companies and Remploy, the UK’s leading disability employment specialist have won the Partners in CSR (Charitable and Social Enterprise) category at the highly respected Premises and Facilities Management awards 2017.

Cryogenic technology brings rocket science to screwdrivers

It’s not rocket science,’ people often say when describing how easily a problem might be solved.   But cryogenic, ice hardening technology, used by NASA and other space agencies to develop rocket fuel, is now being used to manufacture stainless steel screwdrivers. Previously, stainless steel hard enough for industrial or construction applications has been too brittle for everyday use. Bahco design engineers have overcome this by using cryogenic technology, giving their stainless steel screwdrivers and torsion bits superb hardness and durability.

Higher definition imaging and simplified operation: KEYENCE unveils its new VHX-6000 series digital microscope with adaptive multi-lighting

Recently launched by KEYENCE, the new VHX-6000 series digital microscope integrates next-generation adaptive multi-lighting, advanced auto-focussing and high-definition imaging in an all-in-one system that will streamline and simplify quality inspection across all industries.

Building upon the success of its well proven VHX series microscope line and following close attention to customer feedback, KEYENCE has unveiled a new model that is easy-to-use yet offers much improved imaging with substantial time and cost saving benefits.