Pumped up about 4.0 potential

With the race towards Industry 4:0 on, progressive cavity (PC) pump specialist SEEPEX is assisting SME customers, particularly those starting from a ‘low tech’ baseline, to think ahead and utilise Smart pump technology to boost process productivity.

“All processes, no matter how simple, can benefit from preparation for Industry 4.0 or ‘future proofing’,” states Lesley Eaton, Business Development and Marketing Manager for SEEPEX UK. “There’s a general misconception that enhanced connectivity, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4:0 are for big operations with ultra-sophisticated data capture strategies. Yet, like most decisions in business, whatever your size or sector, it’s about thinking smarter, selecting the right pumping equipment for the job and factoring in current and future demands.”

At the start of 2017, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF published its 4IR report*. Gauging where organisations are in their transformation process, the research offered some valuable insight. However, this report, like many others, signals that there remains uncertainty from some about how it will apply to their business. While 99% agreed that the 4th industrial revolution will be about getting actionable insights from data, 58% of those interviewed reported that they are still getting to grips with the concept and are less certain about what it actually entails.

Leading female chemical engineers top the bill at Chemeca 2018

Transpower’s Chief Executive, Alison Andrew, and University of Auckland’s Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson, are the latest plenary speakers to be announced for Chemeca 2018. The annual gathering of Australasia’s chemical and process engineers will take place, for the first time, in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Rockwell Automation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results @ROKAutomation

Rockwell Automation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

Elite apprentice claims double win at ECA awards

~ Boulting Group apprentice wins two apprentice of the year awards ~

Chair of US Chemical Safety Board to deliver esteemed process safety lecture

Vanessa Sutherland, Chair and CEO of the US Chemical Safety and Hazards Investigation Board (CSB), will deliver the fourth Trevor Kletz Memorial Lecture, at the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Hazards 28 conference next May. The lecture will take place more than a year since US President Trump announced plans to scrap the federal agency, a proposal which shocked the process safety community.

Professional Media Opt for High Definition Thermal Cameras

FLIR Systems has created a powerful visual gallery of media clips illustrating how a growing number of professional media outlets are using FLIR High Definition thermal imaging cameras for shooting TV commercials, feature stories and music videos.

Thermal Imaging Enhances Solar Panel Testing

FLIR Systems has published a technical note that discusses the advantages that thermal cameras offer for solar panel evaluation.

FSL launches inaugural supplier performance awards

FSL Aerospace today (4th December 2017) announced the results of its first annual supplier performance awards. The specialist supplier of fasteners and fixings set up the scheme to celebrate the professionalism of its network of suppliers throughout the year.

HELITRONIC POWER TRIO GIVES ROTHERHAM FIRM AN ELITE POSITION IN AEROSPACE TOOLING

A trio of Walter Helitronic Power multi-axis tool grinders, plus a Walter Helicheck tool measuring machine, are enabling Elite Tooling to consistently reinforce its standing as a manufacturer of world-class special-purpose tooling for customers in the aerospace industry as well as medical and Formula One sectors.

Optical Surfaces Delivers Key Optics for Ultra High Resolution Interferometers

Optical Surfaces precisely matched etalon pairs are being used by The Table Stable Ltd (Mettmenstetten, Switzerland) as a key component in their ultra high resolution JRS series interferometers.

Operating in a uniquely stable manufacturing environment – Optical Surfaces’ skilled production team is able to routinely produce the 50mm diameter fused silica etalons pairs for Table Stable with matching accuracies of better than lambda /200. Etalon manufacture places extreme demands on a company’s production capabilities. Material purity, optical figure, plate parallelism, plus surface, spacer and coating quality are all critical to the overall performance of an etalon.

unique energy chain applications wanted – vector award goes into the sixth round

Motion plastics specialist igus has announced a call for entries for the vector award 2018. Now in its sixth year, the biennial event recognises the innovative use of energy chain systems in numerous applications, from handling energy and data safely on the arm of an industrial robot to an outdoor camera system that films high-speed track events without interruption and vibration.

EPSILON ENGINEERS AIMING FOR LAND ROVER 4×4 IN SCHOOLS WORLD FINAL GLORY

Silverstone Park is to support five teenagers aiming to become the first all-female team to win the world final of the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge in Abu Dhabi next month.

HBM INTRODUCES LIGHTWEIGHT AND FLEXIBLE BU18 BUILD-UP SYSTEM. Big things come in small packages….

Now available from HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – is the BU18 build-up system, which has been developed to measure or calibrate large compressive forces as a smaller and less expensive alternative to existing direct loading machines.

SICK’s deTem Core Light Curtains Set New Standards for Multi-beam Protection

SICK has set new standards in the use of multiple light beams to safeguard the area surrounding hazardous machinery with the launch of the deTem Core family of safety light curtains for applications up to SIL3 / PL ‘e’ (Type 4).

GRAND OPENING DAY FOR OMRON NORDIC AUTOMATION CENTER

Successful opening event at the Nordic Automation Center signals enthusiastic response from the region’s manufacturers wanting to embrace the digital factory

OFFLINE CODING DELIVER ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR MULTIPLE PACKING LINES

A high-speed offline RF2 coding system from Rotech has enabled contract packer Speedpac to meet all its coding requirements using a single printer, as well as eliminating the need to apply separate coded labels to its gift packs.