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Pump reliability improved with variable-speed drive and motor upgrade
Scottish Water has cut the risk of pump set failure at its Mannofield water treatment works in Aberdeen with the installation of an ABB motor and low harmonic variable-speed drive (VSD).
Three steps to effective degreasing
It is not uncommon to overlook important aspects of a process if the end result is acceptable. This is particularly pertinent for maintenance engineers, who may not necessarily consider everything when selecting an industrial degreaser. Here, Peter Crossen, VP of the Maintenance and Partsmaster Inno
Power connector system extended with T-coded mating interface
Following the recent introduction of its Brad M12 Power F-coded connector system, Molex introduces a complete range of T-coded cordsets and receptacles that delivers three times the power of standard M12 connectors.
Free booklet explains bearing designation systems
A compact, 48-page booklet has been published by NSK that explains bearing designations in concise and clear terms, thus making it easier for engineers to choose bearings and order spare parts.
Pressure switches offer reliable medium-to-high monitoring within space-constrained environments
There is a growing industry need for high-accuracy OEM hydraulic pressure switches which can be used where space is limited. The Model PS61P Series is a family of OEM sub-miniature, steel-hardened, piston-actuator-based pressure switches. It is aimed at the hydraulic pressure monitoring of forklifts
Industrial Computer System Security: Three Ways to Get Started
Cyber security is a topic of high concern at the top levels for all companies. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is connecting more devices and systems to the control network, increasing the likelihood of cyber incidents. It’s more important now than ever before to understand the princi
Single-make endurance car benefits from upgraded dynamometer rig
Ginetta Cars has recently embarked on a new project to convert a Schenck 750 kW water brake dynamometer which will be fully utilised in a development project for a new Nissan V8 engine which now powers its G55 GT3 - a latest evolution endurance racing car that has enjoyed success across national and
Industrial control based on force-sensing touch technology challenges capacitive switches
The addition of a software team has enabled Peratech to create complete industrial control systems based on its QTC touch technology. A demo was conducted at Hannover Messe 2015.
IP65 version added to ergonomic handheld enclosure family
The new 1553W IP65 sealed version of the stylish, ergonomically designed 1553 handheld enclosure family from Hammond Electronics is intended for housing any electronics that will be used in environments where dust and water is likely to be present.
Medium voltage variable speed drive with twice rated power
For medium voltage three-phase induction and synchronous motors across a broader power range, WEG has more than doubled the maximum power of its air-cooled MVW01 medium voltage variable speed drives - from 6.5 to 16MW for voltages from 2.3 to 4.16kV. The drive is targeting pumps, fans, mills and agi
VdS approval for rugged metal enclosure fire system horn sounders
E2S Warning Signals has gained VdS approval and CPR compliance to directive 305/2011/EU for its AlertAlarm D112 alarm horn sounder by testing to EN54-3. It combines the field-proven electronics of its AlertAlarm A Series with a robust, corrosion resistant marine grade LM6 aluminium alloy enclosure,
Expanded range of solid state relays for the food industry
Distributor of switching components Switchtec has been appointed as sole distributor for specialist solid state relays (SSRs) manufacturer Kudom Electronics. The agreement covers the whole of the UK and is with immediate effect. The Kudom range greatly expands Switchtec’s current SSR offering,
Vapour transmission meter exposes leaks in O-rings and seals
Versaperm's latest generation of Seal and O-Ring permeability testers offers a simple way to test and check products, samples and components with its fast and simple-to-use equipment.
Adhesives manufacturer adopts Profibus-controlled dispersion system
In its small component metering in the explosive area, adhesives manufacturer Henkel is using Bartec’s remote I/O system Antares for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf.
Milestone certification in diesel engine development programme
Kubota, provider of oil and water cooled diesel and dual fuel engines, has reached a landmark in its engine development programme after its new V3800-TI and V6108-TI models achieved EU Stage IV / US EPA Tier4 Final certification. These diesel engine models were certified by EPA, Tier 4 Final on 17 J
Measuring viscosity wirelessly
If precise mixing is a crucial process variable, viscosity measurement may be the most accurate way to ensure optimum performance. But rotating mixers can lead to very tangled wiring, so here Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd looks at wireless options.
Multi-port industrial firewalls gain flexibility and security
Belden has updated its Hirschmann multi-port firewalls - the EAGLE20-0400 and EAGLE30-0402 - to offer additional flexibility of deployment, as well as state-of-the-art security functionality. With new router redundancy and wide area network (WAN) interface, the EAGLE family helps achieve maximum net
Plastic bearings - tribo makes all the difference
Rob Dumayne, Director at Igus, reviews the latest developments in plastic bearings, and how industrial manufacturers can use them to produce cost savings while increasing their environmental credentials.
Torsionally soft shaft coupling for high misalignments
The Hexaflex range of shaft couplings, available in the UK through Techdrives, is a rugged design with high misalignment capacity. Suiting shafts from 15 to 95mm, rated torques are 100 to 2200Nm in six sizes. The Hexaflex design is based on two aluminium hubs connected by bolts through a reinforced
Inversion-protected marine engines use linear actuator in novel valve design
The Special Products Division of EP Barrus designs and builds customised marine engines for the RNLI, UK MoD and many global search and rescue organisations. Following application support from Heason Technology, the company has selected Thomson Electrak 1 series linear actuators to drive the inversi
The role of adhesives in safe food packaging
More than 77 billion litres of milk, juice and other beverages – even some wines – were sold to customers last year in a simple box, the famous liquid carton. Around 173 billion of these cartons were filled by one of the 8700 filling machines in use around the world, many of which were b
Experts meet to discuss air quality challenge
Government, local authority and representatives from the Department for Transport have attended a workshop in Gainsborough to assess the role that emissions reduction technology can play.
Plant monitoring software displays self-diagnostics intuitively
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.12. PRM is a software package that is capable of centrally managing large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment, thereby allowing their status to be monitored and di
Tough photosensors for washdown applications
Specifically developed for the food and beverage industries, photoelectric sensors in Omron’s new E3FC range are detergent resistant and are ideally suited for use in operating environments where they will be subjected to regular washdown with high-pressure jets. In these tough operating conditions,
SCADA supervision software upgrade supports over 150 protocols
ARC Informatique introduces PCVue 11, its latest SCADA-based supervision system. It supports an extensive range of industrial protocols and offers a variety of architectures. PCVue 11 integrates new tools that simplify application development, maintenance and enhance data viewing and processing.
Integrated, intelligent IP69K drives for chemical, pharmaceutical, and food
Developed for strict hygiene requirements and featuring IP66/IP69K ingress protection, Nord Drivesystems has launched a range of smooth-surface motors with an integrated frequency inverter in the 0.37 to 1.1kW performance range. These SK 180E drive units are for dynamic speed control and automatic p
Piezoelectric switches, keypads and access controls have no moving parts
CamdenBoss has added a series of switches, keypads and access control products featuring piezoelectric technology to its product range. With no moving parts, piezo switches have a long operating life of 50 million operations and are highly resistant to environmental factors (IP68 sealed) as well as
Membrane contactor for dissolved gas control targets moderate liquid process flow rates
Membrana-Charlotte has introduced a new 8x20in stainless steel Liqui-Cel membrane contactor to its portfolio of dissolved gas control products. This FDA-compliant device provides beverage and pharmaceutical customers with an option to economically design membrane-based systems with flow rate require
Rugged protected uninterruptible power supplies for crictical national infrastructure
Harland Simon UPS is unveiling its latest range of rugged uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems – Harland ProtectUPS- at this year’s Counter Terror Expo.
Champagne producer supervises its tanks
Champagne house Veuve Clicquot now has a PCVue smart system that supervises fermentation in its 400 fermentation tanks where the Veuve Clicquot champagne is stored.
Smart thyristor raises alarm in the event of critical fault condition
CD Automation UK has announced a further enhancement of its smart thyristor range. The new REVO HP continuously monitors itself, raising an alarm in the event of critical fault conditions. The new product will find a home in high power applications such as industrial heat treatment, power stations a
Institution to host showcase of 40 of the most promising green UK technologies
EcoConnect CIC’s Cleantech Innovate event gives UK investment-ready companies the opportunity to present their cutting-edge green technologies to a diverse audience including potential investors and corporate buyers.
White paper released on structural aspects of sealing profiles
A major part of the performance of a typical sealing profile comes from correctly understanding the structural factors which support and control the rubber profile of whatever specification chosen and which must be correctly determined in order to ensure a satisfactory installation in the long term.
Production facility for air and gas purification opens in the Netherlands
Atlas Copco Air & Gas Purification has inaugurated its new production facility in Oosterhout, The Netherlands. The facility will provide custom engineered air and gas purification systems and biogas upgrading.
Plant will convert 60 tons-per-day of landfill plastic into higher value energy products
Rockwell Automation has won a $15 million engineering, procurement, construction and management contract from Vadxx Energy LLC for its first commercial-scale, plastic waste-to-synthetic crude energy facility in Akron, Ohio.
Modules for distributed and local applications requiring high density of mixed I/O types
Red Lion has announced a new EtherTRAK-2 I/O module (E2-MIX20884-D) and enhanced firmware that is now available for our Sixnet series RTUs. The new Sixnet EtherTRAK-2 I/O module is ideal for both distributed and local I/O applications that require a high density of mixed I/O types.
Photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors with the same design
With the U500 sensor, Baumer now expands the portfolio of NextGen sensors to include ultrasonic technology. The new sensors are identical in design and size with their series O500 electronic counterparts. This OneBox design also applies to every available sensor principle and offers the user maximum
Sanitaryware machine costs cut without sacrificing functionality or safety
In the late 19th century, potter and Englishman Thomas Twyford secured his place in history as one of the pioneers of 'sanitary science’ when he built the first modern-looking toilet; a one-piece, all china design that he would refine and promote for the good part of a decade. Almost 130 years later
Atomic layer deposition equipment finds application in 3D high-k capacitors
Sistem Technology has announced that the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment it supplies from Picosun Oy is being used in the fast, cost-efficient mass production of next generation 3D capacitors, as part of an EU development programme. These devices will be suitable for use, for example, in pac
Shallow water pipelay vessel ensures positional accuracy
With a length of 120m, the Stingray is a huge factory at sea. Dutch Van Oord's first shallow water pipe lay vessel. Her infrastructure holds KVM hardware from German Guntermann & Drunck, the computer applications required for the process of laying pipes.
Portable photometer and field kit for on-site water testing
The upgraded Photometer 8000 Field Kit from Palintest has now been launched for use in the drinking water, wastewater, surface water and process water markets.
Carbon infra-red emitters allow printing inks to dry at high speed
An investment of £180,000 in Carbon infra-red (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight have allowed GI Solutions to achieve the rapid drying of water-based inks at line speeds of up to 300m/min on printing machines at its Leicester factory.
Enclosures protect electrical connections from the elements
GreenBrook Electrical had added to its extensive Weatherproof range with the launch of the new KingShield DriBox. GreenBrook provides the DriBox in two sizes, giving greater choice and allowing for larger sockets, timers and transformers to be used.
Compact soft starters feature advanced intelligence
Eaton is now offering the new S811+ compact soft starter for operating currents from 11-1000A. One of the smallest intelligent devices in the industry, the S811+ comes with integrated overload protection and by-pass contactor.
Position transmitter for simple stroke measuring and feedback up to 160mm
Festo has launched a new range of pneumatic cylinder position transmitters, the programmable SDAT-MHS. Economic and easy to set up, the high performance pneumatic cylinder mounted sensors give accurate position feedback over stroke lengths up to 160mm.
Extruded gasket range exceeds 700 sealing profiles
The already extensive EMKA range of enclosure gaskets has greatly expanded with the addition of many new profiles.
Field-deployable shielded Cat 6A cable - digital audio format on Ethernet
Belden has introduced a range of rugged high performance shielded Cat 6A cables for use in studios or in tactical field deployable audio/data installations. These exceptionally robust cables can be used in the harshest of environments, yet deliver reliable performance for maximum uptime.
Waste seashells can solve waste water problems
The thousands of tonnes of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector are being put to use by the University of Bath in a new waste water cleaning project. Bath University’s Department of Chemical Engineering is exploring the use of waste mussel shells to create a cheaper and more environm
Heat pump inverter matches building's heat loss to extend product life
Launched this month by renewables company Thermal Earth, is the MasterTherm range of high efficiency heat pumps. The heat pumps use award-winning inverter technology not only on its air source versions but also for its ground source pumps, a first from a UK supplier.
Fire-rated LED downlights cut energy and maintenance costs
Power management company Eaton has announced that its Cooper Lighting and Safety business has launched the Solstar FR. The new fire-rated, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) downlight enables users to save up to 70 percent on energy and maintenance costs when compared to MR16 tungsten halogen models.
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