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Engineering Update
July 2017
The July issue is here! This month we take a look at the PPMA Show 2017 as well as features on pumps and valves.
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Confronted with the demand for ever increasing precision and higher speeds in packaging – often with expectations of reduced costs at the same time – weighing and packaging machine manufacturers in the food and agriculture industry are faced with a challenge.
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Application – Distribution and Logistics
Key Problems


Warehouse logistics and material handling system solutions require planned and reactive maintenance programs, often in elevated areas. The movement of goods in a distribution or manufacturing operation requires sophisticated automation systems. The higher the volume of movement the greater level of complexity required.
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From medical devices to various industrial applications that save, improve, and enhance lives, Portescap offers miniature motor technologies to solve the motion needs of a spectrum of end markets. We serve our customers through breadth of innovative product technologies encompassing brushless DC, brush DC, can stack motors, disc magnet motors and stepper linear actuators to optimize application performance.
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Southern Springs and Pressings posts record sales and profits
South of England based spring manufacturer, Southern Springs and Pressings Ltd, has achieved record turnover and profit for their last financial year. The company has generated an increase in turnover of 12% in 2016/17. Pre-tax profits also increased by 20%.
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TR Fastening
Sussex students powered by TR Fastenings to design, build and race electric cars
TR plays its part in the Greenpower race series promoting sustainable engineering to young people. Uckfield firm TR Fastenings is playing its part in supporting the next generation of engineers by supplying parts to a team of Sussex students taking part in the Greenpower race series. The scheme gives young people the opportunity to design, build and race an electric-powered racing car.
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Quantum Controls
Faced with a drive breakdown and loosing production?
Renting a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind for engineers in this situation, but it is the best way to guarantee your plant back up and running in the minimum time scale. In fact, VSD hire was largely unheard of until 2006 when Quantum Controls established their unique rental division. However, there are many compelling reasons why you should consider hiring VSD’s rather than making an outright purchase – and it can often be the best solution for you and your business.
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Accuride introduces a range of plain bearing friction guides
Well known as a global manufacturer of telescopic slides, Accuride has used all its experience of sliding systems to design a range of friction guides well suited to the automation industry. The tough anodised tracks, which can be cut to required length or butted together for longer tracks, along with the superior polymer sliding surface within the guides will mean that these are both hard wearing and long lasting.
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Mean Well HDR-100 series, a 100-watt Ultra Slim DIN Rail power supply now available from Ecopac Power.
With the HDR 15 watt, 30 watt and 60 watt series already available, these new generation ultra slim step shape DIN rail power supplies are ideal for building automation and household control systems. The Mean Well HDR-100 series is designed with a step shape plastic housing meeting the European Union standard DIN EN43880 with height of 90mm and width of 70mm. Universal 85-264VAC input, low no load power consumption of less than 0.3 watts. High working efficiency of 90%, adjustable DC output voltage and wide working temperature range of -30° to +70°.
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Engineered Latching for Enhanced Usability
In today’s highly industrialised and automated world, with increased focus on equipment security and operator safety , the user experience in terms of a human’s interaction with a product or appliance has gained tremendous importance.
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SG Transmissions
SG Transmission’s magnetic clutch saves military vehicle
SG Transmission has designed and manufactured a magnetic clutch for a military vehicle. With a diameter of 118mm, the non-conventional friction clutch has a multi-pole design which gives a comparatively high torque of 35-40NM for its diameter.
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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.
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