The Health & Safety Event educational programme, run by the British Safety Council, will tackle profession’s hottest topics including the future of work and risk

The Health & Safety Event | 10th – 12th April 2018, The NEC, Birmingham

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!

HepcoMotion apprentice excels in national award

HepcoMotion is pleased to announce that one of its apprentices has excelled in a highly-respected national award. Calum Hutcheon has been crowned ‘Highly Commended’ at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards in the national Business Apprentice of the Year Award.

adi Group Offers Compliance 360 – Cloud-Based Manufacturing Compliance Management Solution

Engineering firm, adi Group, is now offering manufacturers an innovative route through the compliance management minefield, with Compliance 360. The cloud-based system enables industry to rationalise compliance and testing regimes across thousands of critical site assets, and minimise risk exposure in the process.

Compliance 360 serves not only as a manufacturing site’s asset inventory, accounting for everything in a consistent format, but also as a framework within which adi Group’s engineers can comply with all the legal or best practice testing regimes those assets require.


Ion Science ( – leading manufacturer of advanced gas detection instrumentation for global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications – has invested some £500,000 in a new state-of-the-art Europlacer iineo pick and place machine to increase the capacity and efficiencies of its MiniPID PCB assembly process.

The MiniPID is a simple plug-and-play sensor able to deliver a dynamic and dependable response to thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) across many diverse applications.

Simple – quick – cost-effective

New control panel with built-in SD interface

Energy efficiency expectations

According to the Data for the Public Good report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in December 2017, a digital twin of UK infrastructure is necessary to identify inefficiencies in national energy use. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager at systems integrator Boulting Technology explains how to manage energy efficiency across sectors.

High Temperature Endoscope for Power Generation Research

Resolve Optics has supplied several high temperature Short Wavelength Infrared (SWIR) endoscopic viewing systems to enable inspection of the blades in a gas turbine while in operation.

Engineering apprentices on track to lead major tourism project

A team of young engineers at complex metal specialist Grainger and Worrall is taking the lead on a new project expected to boost tourism to the town of Bridgnorth (Staffs).

Are you ready for an apprentice?

The Government’s apprenticeship levy has been making headlines for a while now, and not all those headlines are positive. However, this shouldn’t put small businesses off employing an apprentice. Here, Laura Neish, HR manager of power tool specialist Starrett, explains how to get the most out of hiring an apprentice.

Manufacturing extravaganza set to return to NEC in April 2018

Monday 12th February 2018 – The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, 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.

Advanced design skills given boost with investment in laser cutting machine from HepcoMotion

Design students at Tiverton High School are taking the first step towards a career in engineering with a new laser cutter machine that has been part-funded by local manufacturing firm HepcoMotion.

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said about the Government’s plans to phase out diesel-only trains by 2040:

“Phasing out diesel-only trains is an important step. But achieving the transition to a low carbon transport network will require the introduction of a mix of different technologies and policies.

“The Government has outlined plans to phase out diesel trains by 2040 and over the course of the next 20 years we may see the introduction of hybrid trains using diesel and battery technologies as well as hydrogen trains on lines where electrification is cost prohibitive.

Smart Industry Expo: The Future of Integrated Automation

NEC, Birmingham, 10-12 April 2018

HARTING features efficiency improvements in manufacturing logistics based on Integrated Industry 4.0 and IoT

At Smart Industry Expo, HARTING is demonstrating its range of automation solutions for improving the efficiency of manufacturing logistic processes based on the concepts of Integrated Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) (Stand S244).

Rittal Improves Cooling Communications in the Cloud @rittal_ltd

Industry 4.0 scenarios, such as predictive maintenance, are based on the provision of data, as well as integrated, networked communication.  

Only 6 Drill Bodies capable of drilling 13mm – 65mm diameter holes

PLUS – One Tool performs multiple applications

Tim Johnston Interview with Ann Watson, Chief Executive, Semta @SemtaSkills @SemtaIntl

Interview with Ann Watson, Chief Executive, Semta

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.

Tayside pupils take on STEM challenge

Abertay University hosted the launch of the Engineering Development Trust’s Tayside Go4SET programme.

The initiative encourages school pupils to pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology, getting them out of the classroom and giving them first-hand experience of the workplace.

On the level, every mm counts

Every engineer wants the best accuracy level sensor they can get, but this specification often comes at an extra premium. Not today. The VEGAPULS 64 80 GHz contactless radar level transmitter now has increased its accuracy down to 1mm as standard, at no extra cost.

This means, whether in storage or processing, you will get the best repeatability and accuracy of measurement on ranges up to 30m.

Schmersal with new sales partner for safety light grids in Turkey

Ilke Otomayson deals with leading international brands

Wuppertal, 8 February 2018.  The Schmersal Group is expanding its businesses activities in the booming Turkish market: the specialist in machine safety has entered into a sales partnership with Turkish company Ilke Otomasyon. “Turkey is currently one of the most important growth markets.

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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