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The most cost effective oil and diesel fuel cleanliness monitor on the market just got better! Introducing the new Particle Pal V2

Filtertechnik’s Particle Pal is a self-contained portable measuring system that gives ISO, NAS and SAE Cleanliness readings and the option of Water Content analysis for Oils and/or Diesel Fuels. Complete with a re-chargeable battery, high pressure internal gear pump and controlled flow rate. Whether on-site or in the laboratory, the Particle Pal will provide cleanliness readings in real time to allow an Engineer to fully understand the condition of their oils or fuels.

CorDEX Announces Launch Of All New TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM Digital Imaging Camera Series

The CorDEX DIGITHERM are the most advanced, intrinsically safe portable digital imaging cameras yet.

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK. (October 9th 2017) CorDEX have announced the release of the all new TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM camera series, comprising of a world’s first – an intrinsically safe combined 5mega pixel digital camera and onboard thermal imager.

TR Fastenings prioritises information security with ISO 27001 certification

Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor TR Fastenings (TR) has demonstrated its commitment to information security by gaining ISO 27001 certification for its IT service desk and technical teams in the UK. The certification has been awarded after an official audit of these departments which took place earlier this year.

The quality stamp from BSI (British Standards Institution), which is voluntary, relates to the handling and storage of data and information on staff, the company and its customers.

TF Automation working with manufacturers to provide bespoke process automation solutions

TF Automation are specialist engineers, who design and manufacture process automation solutions as well as supplying pneumatic and industrial components. Supporting a wide range of manufacturing industries from automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical, to food and beverage, printing and packaging, we provide special purpose machinery, designed to clients bespoke requirements.

Oscillating beam rig helps test Monitran low frequency sensors

Accelerometers and velocity meters are used to measure a wide range of frequencies, including low frequency vibrations found in building maintenance. They occur at less than 2Hz, and can also be useful in monitoring bearing wear in cooling tower fans and gearboxes for example.

To characterise the performance of its low frequency sensors in that range, which is too low for most test shakers, Monitran has developed a new high displacement test rig that can generate oscillations accurately at frequencies as low as 0.2 Hz.  The system allows real-time back to back testing between different devices and its own inbuilt, calibrated MEMS sensors.

Truck rental firm boosts compressor performance with BOGE

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.


When it comes to deciding which force sensor is the right one for your application, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement has the answer in its free Piezoelectric or Strain Gauge Technology webinar, which takes place on June 30th at 9 a.m (G.M.T)

When using strain gauges any elastic deformation of the measuring body is first converted to a change in strain gauge resistance, so that a Wheatstone bridge circuit electrical output signal can then be generated.  By contrast the basis of the piezoelectric effect is that crystals under compressive loading generate an electric charge that is directly proportional to the force applied.  This charge is then converted to a proportional output voltage with the aid of an amplifier.

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

The latest range of Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools has been designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where ‘traditional’ steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Bahco hand tools and specialist equipment have been synonymous with safety for almost 130 years; the global brand’s design and manufacturing teams are passionate about user safety.  

Watkins Hire rolls out new WASPS service to cover mandatory steam boiler inspections and emergencies

A leading UK packaging manufacturer is among the first companies to sign up for the pioneering Watkins Annual Steam Protection Service (WASPS), which guarantees business continuity during mandatory steam boiler inspections.

All steam boilers are subject to an annual insurance inspection, resulting in downtime for the boiler and potential interruption of manufacturing. The standard solution is to hire a temporary boiler; however, equipment availability cannot always be guaranteed, leaving manufacturing facilities potentially exposed and open to rapidly escalating downtime costs.


Velden Engineering is a British family owned precision engineering company, established in 1973, with a proud reputation for delivering quality machined components to an array of blue chip customers across many industry sectors.  Committed to using Industry 4.0 practices throughout their smart factory, they also set themselves apart from their competition by offering a single source production facility and offer tailored solutions to simplify the procurement process. Their product range covers anything from small turned items in high volume to precision machined components, all the way through to larger ASME IX fabricated assemblies or fully built and tested systems with full certification.

LOBO Systems launches construction plant work platform

Construction plant is used in landscaping, agriculture, construction, waste management, forestry and mining applications. Deploying a wheel loader, back hoe, loading shovel or excavator makes your material handling and loading jobs safer, faster, more precise and more profitable.

The Best ABB Drive Prices Just Got Even Better

Don’t miss a further 10% off the UK’s best ABB drive prices in May, plus free Quantum gift box!

If you buy variable speed drives, be it the market leading ABB type or any other manufacturer, then you simply must look at the prices Quantum Controls are offering you for ABB’s newest drive.

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

The latest range of Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools has been designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where ‘traditional’ steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Bahco hand tools and specialist equipment have been synonymous with safety for almost 130 years; the global brand’s design and manufacturing teams are passionate about user safety.

Because NS tools cannot reach the hardness of conventional tools their use has to be carried out with special care.   Mark Haywood, who leads the Bahco team in the UK, offers the following recommendations to users of NS tools:

Nikuni VDF Hydrocyclone Separators

A&M is the exclusively authorised EU distributor of Nikuni VDF robust stainless steel hydrocyclones, which provide the proven element-free method of removing metallic contamination in the machining, cutting and forming coolants used in machine tools.   Nikuni VDF hydrocyclones are available in a range of sizes from 20 lpm to 300 lpm.

Nikuni VDF hydrocyclones will remove as much as 95% of aluminium particles at 10μm and above in one pass.  The product can provide a number operational benefits that include increased capital equipment life, the elimination of filter element replacement, reduced machining costs and can contribute to a better surface finish – often in a reduced cycle time.

Digital manufacturing and traceability: enhance efficiency and profitability

Alastair Morris, Sales Director at Pryor, explains how digital manufacturing and traceability combine to enhance efficiency and profitability.

The digital revolution is happening all around us. Nowhere is this truer than in manufacturing, where businesses are taking advantage of recent technology development to drive innovation. It looks like this is just the start of things, as industry analysts forecast a 7.6 percent growth in digital manufacturing between 2016 and 2020.

Novotechnik sensors with IO-Link communications are Industry 4.0 ready

Through its exclusive UK distribution partnership with measurement technology leaders Novotechnik, Variohm EuroSensor supplies and supports linear and rotary sensors that feature the standardised communications protocol IO-Link.


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 2017. Designed to teach delegates how to significantly accelerate the process of generating an efficiency map for an electrical machine, with the help of HBM’s revolutionary eDrive solution, “Accelerated efficiency mapping of electric machines with 3 or more phases” takes place on April 25th.

Motioncompass provides engineering expertise 24 hours a day.

Portescap is pleased to announce a new motor selector tool, MotionCompass™ – a web-based application that facilitates choosing a motor based on your application needs. MotionCompass will provide you with recommendations for our brushless DC and brush DC coreless products that best fit your needs, including all relevant data and performance curves. We invite you to register and set up an account with MotionCompass.

Industrial Floor Coatings from RESPOL

Industrial floor paints are a necessity in workshops, showrooms, and walkways, They are also essential in a laboratory, an aircraft hangar or a warehouse. The range of demands for heavy-duty resins depends on the use to which the environment is dedicated. Some require a more decorative appearance with custom coloured finishes, while other surfaces need to be resistant to chemicals or heat resistant.

Shell Oil, GE Oil & Gas and Bilfinger Industrial Services choose The LOBO System over scaffolding, to increase safety and optimise cost.

Innovative scaffolding solution saves leading oil & gas companies millions of dollars.

Shell Oil, GE Oil & Gas and Bilfinger Industrial Services choose The LOBO System over scaffolding, to increase safety and optimise cost. This month the LOBO advanced platform system has been fully approved for use by the above companies at their sites in the UK and North America.

Jasic launch 500 Pulse AC/DC TIG

The latest product from leading Welding Equipment Manufacturer JASIC is the TIG 500 Pulse AC/DC with digital control.

Supported by a 5 year warranty key features of this product include programme memory storage, pre-post flow time, up/down slope, AC function for aluminium and aluminium alloys, DC TIG function for carbon steel, copper and non ferrous materials, remote control interface, pulse adjustment and digital display.

TR Norway’s Space Odyssey: Supplying Fasteners for the New Mars Rover

 TR Fastenings Norway, part of Trifast PLC, is pleased to have been asked to supply essential rivets and tools for a Radar Imager for the new NASA Mars Exploration Rover which launches in 2020. This is the first time components that TR have supplied have gone into space, and it is exciting to be a small part of future history.

Versatile SICK Lector 630 Image-based Code Reader Ready for Any Task

SICK UK has added the versatile Lector630 to its family of image-based code readers to offer a compact, high-resolution reader with wide-ranging adaptability for high-speed, high volume production duties.

For comprehensive code reading duties in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry, the compact SICK Lector 630 offers up to 2 megapixel resolution reading with adjustable integrated lighting and a choice of exchangeable optics, so engineers can tailor the best performance to each application.

How to Cut Maintenance Costs with Affordable Maintenance Software KPIs.

Free up time, meet compliance, reduce costs and minimise downtime.

Pirana CMMS is the complete CMMS solution, at a realistic price, available on-premise or Cloud.

Now Pirana offers a NEW and improved Key Performance Indicators Module.  Pirana KPIs is the perfect utility to help you  move towards business objectives and sustainability goals.  

Productivity 2000® – a Programmable Controller That Packs a Punch

The Productivity 2000® Programmable Controller was designed from the ground up by Automation Direct to do things better, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

The free Productivity Suite software was developed with customer satisfaction as the primary concern. The result is programming software that is not only powerful and efficient, but easy to use. Tag name based programming style provides flexibility with no pre-defined, fixed memory maps and no wasted, unused memory allocations.