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OEM standardises using ABB drive to improve boiler range efficiency @ABB

ABB machinery drive chosen by boiler maker after embedded control loop helps stabilise boiler control and improve system efficiency.


Moving into Phase 2 of its programme for Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) cutting technology, Citizen Machinery UK is launching its Miyano BNA-42GTYLFV, a 42 mm bar diameter hybrid development, moving headstock turn-milling centre.

An exceptionally talented engineer and innovator.

Upon the death of Bodo Fütterer:

On February 1, 2018, the maxon motor group’s longtime CEO and chairman of the board of directors passed away at the age of 91. The story of the maxon motor group could not have been written without Bodo Fütterer. He was one of the key figures who made the company a global market leader in the development and production of high-quality drive components and systems.


Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS have introduced the ECPHS Eddy Current Probe Holder which is designed for use with their range of API 670 compliant XPR04 Proximity Probes.  Developed as a new option from their well proven Senturion X range, these reverse mount probes fitted in the holders, are used in machinery protection systems on the most critical of industrial machines.


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  • UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain event returns to NEC, Birmingham, 5-7 June 2018
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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!

Reduce waste and increase production

Industrial component supplier, CP Automation, now supplies SmartMotion web guide controllers from converting industry component manufacturer, RE-spa. The controllers improve feed accuracy and reduce waste for anyone winding, unwinding or printing on paper, aluminium, plastic or card.

Remove at your own risk: The importance of safety eyewear

Most people who need to wear safety eyewear are aware of the main dangers their glasses protect them from. However, Khurram Akhtar, Director – Sales & Products at Supertouch, identifies some of the less obvious risks it’s worth knowing about.


When you are contemplating how to complete a challenging, tedious, dirty (or even dangerous) job there is usually a heightened sense of satisfaction when you actually get it completed. That sense of accomplishment on completing the job will occur the first time you do it and perhaps even after the first few times. However, over time, these types of jobs are likely to become more tedious and subsequently could have a negative impact on operators and may also prevent them from spending time on higher value tasks in the manufacturing plant.


Roscomac invested some £750,000 with Citizen Machinery UK in the first six months of 2017 for the installation of a Miyano BNE-51MSY multi-axis turn-mill centre and  two Cincom sliding head turn-mill centres a top-of-the range M16-V, and a L20-VIIILFV.  But, such was the immediate success in productivity uplift and problem solving terms of using low frequency vibration (LFV) technology on the L20, that Managing Director Joe Martello ordered two further Cincom machines, a duplicate specification L20 and a smaller capacity L12-VII, both to have LFV technology.

Vision systems make the difference in logistics and intralogistics: FRAMOS presents logistics automation solutions at LogiMAT

Image processing is one of the key technologies in automation and digitization. With the focus on dimensioning, classification and sorting intelligence, imaging specialist FRAMOS will exhibit its range of logistics technologies and products in hall 3 / booth A08 at the LogiMAT trade fair in Stuttgart from 13th to 15th March. FRAMOS will showcase a new generation of cognitive systems powered by Intel®’s RealSense™ Technology demonstrating various logistics applications.

Smart Industry Expo 2018 gears up for the 4IR revolution

Monday 5th February 2018 – The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

KTR U.K. welcomes new sales manager

Power transmission component manufacturer KTR U.K. has appointed Joseph Parry as its new area sales manager.

Robust diaphragm pressure switching up to 10 bar: Membrane pressure switch targets HVAC, pneumatic and process applications

Variohm EuroSensor has launched a new range of robust diaphragm-type pressure switches aimed at demanding HVAC and industrial processes for air, water, hydraulic fluid and other oil mediums in measuring ranges from 0.3 to 10 bar. Available in a choice of brass (EPS01) or stainless steel (EPS02) housings, these competitively priced switches offer generous overpressure limits and a choice of NBR or Viton® diaphragm materials for maximum application flexibility.

Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates partners with British Safety Council to update its national curriculum on health and safety

The British Safety Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates which is planning to update the national curriculum including health, safety and environmental management information.

Interroll Pallet Control PC 6000 enables zero-pressure pallet conveyance

Interroll is expanding its decentralized control and drive concept, which has been used successfully for years with the Interroll 24V DC RollerDrive and the Interroll MultiControl for zero-pressure unit load handling. Now, the portfolio also includes a special solution for pallet conveyance.

The Interroll Group, the world’s leading provider of material flow solutions, now also enables zero-pressure pallet conveyance. The new Pallet Control 6000 control unit, available now, is a key component of the complete solution, which also includes the conveyor rollers, the MultiControl and the Interroll Pallet Drive. It allows the use of 400V AC drive technology.

Starrett at MACH 2018

Band saw manufacturer, Starrett, will be exhibiting its range of band saw blades and machinery at MACH 2018. The company will host a demonstration of its manufacturing equipment from its dedicated booth, H6-336. MACH 2018 is held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham on April 9 to 13, 2018. Attendees are encouraged to register their attendance in advance on the MACH 2018 website.

Described as the UK’s premier event for engineering and manufacturing technologies, MACH 2018 will welcome over 25,000 visitors across the five-day event. Starrett is one of over 600 exhibitors at the show and will be bringing its technical support team to demonstrate its band saw equipment to attendees. 

TLM Laser Deliver Expert Advice On Navigating the Challenges of UDI

Since the introduction of UDI by the FDA (U.S. Federal Drug Association) a demanding series of requirements have been laid down for manufacturers of medical devices. There is however, still some ambiguity relating to the implementation of product labelling. Manufacturers must not only make their products UDI compliant, legible and securely traceable, they also have to adapt and validate their manufacturing processes at the same time.

Fulton’s PURE Technology approach achieves world-first vertical steam boiler design with highest efficiencies and ultra-low NOx emissions

The all-new gas-fired, vertical spiral-rib tubeless steam boiler from Fulton, the VSRT, is the first range to emerge from the company’s new ‘PURE Technology’ approach, an initiative that has resulted in a world-first design that is durable, long-lasting and boasts the highest efficiencies and ultra-low NOx emissions as standard.

Hammond 1553 Ergonomic Handheld Enclosure family from JPR Electronics now available in additional colours and with battery compartment

Specialist distributors JPR Electronics are now stocking an extended range of the very successful Hammond 1553 enclosures, ergonomically designed for hand-held comfort. Manufactured in rugged ABS the enclosures are available in three sizes and are suitable for instrumentation, POS, mobile data gathering and test equipment. A soft grey edge grip may be specified for secure and comfortable handling.

Britain prepares for Industry 4.0:

The optimist’s view on the future of work

Released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018, the ‘Readiness for the Future of Production’ report highlights Britain as one of 25 countries in a positive position to benefit from Industry 4.0. However, much of the media coverage following the release of the report has centred on the threat these technologies pose to jobs. Here, Martyn Williams, Managing Director of automation software provider, COPA-DATA UK, explains why automation could create more jobs than it replaces.

First Keynote Speech For UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition Announced

The first Keynote presentation for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition will be delivered by Henry Harris-Burland, VP Marketing from Starship Technologies, creators of self-driving delivery robots. He will give a presentation outlining the capabilities of the robot and discuss the future, what they’ve learned so far, the challenges they have faced, social acceptance and more.

New Online Guide on Strain Measurement

HBM Test and Measurement  has launched a new Strain Measurement online guide, focusing on the selection, installation, data acquisition, and analysis of electrical as well as optical strain gauges. The new portal contains comprehensive information about measuring strain, including valuable tips from leading strain measurement experts.

When it comes to strain measurement, businesses and asset owners may feel intimidated due to the lack of information or, on the other hand, information overload.

New BSP41 to easily identify electrical panel

Well identified wires, cables and components give you an immediate insight into how an electrical panel works and how it is connected.

£680,000 project to make maintenance more effective on the railways

Huddersfield Institute of Railway Research teams with London Underground to investigate Smart Maintenance and the Rail Traveller Experience

Experts at the University of Huddersfield are playing a central role in a £680,000 project designed to transform the maintenance of rail vehicles – and they will test their new techniques on the hard-working trains operated by London Underground.