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SUBJECT DESCRIPTION CONTACT ENQUIRY NO Sensors Labfacility have launched the LAB FACILITY 201 www.labfacility.co.uk website which features information on the company's range of thermocouple and PRT sensor assemblies and accessories. These include industrial and laboratory probes for temperatures between -200[degrees]C and 1700[degrees]C in a variety of configurations; from heavy duty 12mm to quick response 0.5mm diameter sheaths, with versions to suit most, situations. Special requirements are catered for including surface, gas flow, penetration and high thermal sensitivity. Filters Effective filtration of the MAHLE 202 machining fluids used in the metalworking industry is vital. Systems which have to be cleaned manually or which are designed to be thrown away after use are being replaced by automatic inline filters. These inline pressure filters can be cleaned without interrupting operation so that no special maintenance or disposal measures are necessary. This makes the Mahle Automatic Filter a compelling solution. Pumps The Grundfos Group has GRUNOFOS 203 completed the purchase of the German dosing pump group Alldos, Alldos, with an annual turnover of 40 million euros and a 36-year history in developing and manufacturing dosing pumps will enable Grundfos to further grow within this sector offering a wider range that include hydraulic diaphragm pumps, TrueDos M self calibrating digital dosing pumps and disinfection technology. Pumps Grundfos Pumps is a shortlisted GRUNDFOS 204 finalist in all for categories of the BPMA Pump Industry Awards 2005, with entries for Technical Innovation of the Year, Environmental Contribution of the Year, User Application of the Year and Global Customer Service. In November 2004, Grundfos was announced the winner of the Environmental Awareness Award at the National Business Awareness Awards. Sensors From part handling to error BALLUF 205 Proofing, Balluf BGL sensors are designed to streamline and assembly process. No more alignment problems, fragile installations, and fibre optic complexity. Their rugged features and built-in reliability make them a natural choice for the demanding assembly applications such as part position, feed tracks, grippers, pallet transfer, pick and place and Poke-Yoke. Measurement Starlite 150 from OGP UK brings OGP UK 206 video-based non-contact measurement within the reach of virtually every manufacturer. Starlite offers semiautomatic functionality, automatic edge detection, full intuitive metrology software, programmable zoom lens, colour image capture and high accuracy X,Y, Z measurement. Starlite replaces traditional shadowgraph technology to improve productivity, making it easy for non-skilled operators to use. Lasers Synrad's sealed CO-2 lasers are LASER LINES 207 used in a variety of processes including cutting, welding, drilling and marking. The new Firestar f400 400-watt laser opens the door to new applications in the automotive industry. The f400's best-in- class mode quality of TEM00, 98% purity and beam quality of M2 < 1.1 [+ or -]0.1 provides a higher delivered power density than many competing 500 watt lasers. In addition to a clean, burr-free edge, lasers provide a narrower cut width (kerf) than competing methods. Hot-air Under a two-year rolling WELWYN TOOL 208 tools agreement, Welwyn Tool has been contracted to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to supply Leister hot-air tools for a key role in its process to produce luxury leather-covered interior components and trim for the new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The tools comprise the light but robust. Leister Electron hot air blower featuring high-heat efficiency with stepless electronic temperature control and the smaller Leister Triac S hand tool. Leak The Incotech air leak detection INCOTECH 209 detector test unit operates by filling a component, cavity with compressed air to reach a certain pressure, whereupon the supply is isolated locking the air in the test cavity. The pressure is read and then after a certain period is tested again. If the difference between the two readings is greater than the test limit then the product will have failed. The unit is completely self-contained in a desk style enclosure. Sensors The S700 is a range of CONTRINEX 210 extremely rugged, yet highly sensitive inductive sensors from Contrinex. Machined from a single peace of stainless steel means that the sensors, including the sensing face can withstand extreme impact, high shock levels and are resistant to chemical stress making them ideal for aggressive manufacturing environments. The use of new sensor technology produces a sensing distance that is three times that, of conventional sensors. Handling Portasilo Bulk Handling Systems PORTASILO 211 systems has been appointed by Veenstra Coevorden BV as their sole agent for the UK and Ireland. Veenstra's long and established market within the UK bulk handling industry supplying their fluidising products, loading spouts and valves will be strengthened with Portasilo's half century of experience. After many years of service, Mr John Ballard of SEMEL has relinquished the Veenstra Agency and taken retirement. Motors Parvalux, the UK's leading PARVALUX 212 manufacturer of small geared motors believes in offering its customers a choice. In fact when the options of motor type (AC or DC), power rating, torque, voltage, speed, type of fixing, shaft styles and dynamic brakes are taken into account, the result is over 100 million possible combinations. Take fixings as an example, there are the options of flange, stud or spigot mounting, providing the design engineer with a wide range of methods for attaching the motor to the machine. Blast-room A self-contained blast-room HODGE CLEMCO 213 unit custom-built by Hodge Clemco has dramatically reduced abrasive costs and improved working conditions for subcontract surface preparation specialist. AIA Shot Blasting. The unit contains a blast chamber and sealed plant room within the one structure, which is 3.65m wide and 12m long. Double doors at one end provide access for large items, and walls are lined with rubber curtains. Paint Leading paint finishing plant DELTA PROCESS 214 finishing specialists. Delta Process SYSTEMS Systems, has launched an integrated water-wash paint spray booth and sludge removal system, which is said to achieve considerable cost savings over conventional booths that utilise manual or semiautomatic sludge removal methods. The new Aqua-Flow booth is manufactured in modular form, so can be sized to suit virtually any paint spraying requirement. Micro DED Limited announce the DED 215 printers arrival of the Axiohm Electron 58mm micro thermal printer mechanism. The Electron offers extremely simple integration, high printing speed of up to 70mm/sec and particularly easy paper loading thanks to the clamshell design--all resulting in the high performance and reliability you have come expect from Axiohm. With a footprint of 68.6mm and 26.3mm the printer is suitable for most portable devices. Gears Another manufacturer's gearbox FLENDER 216 failure on a drag chain conveyor at Rugby Cement's South Ferriby works gave Flender the opportunity to prove how effective its fast- track service really is. The benefits of the Flender FZG B45H12 gear unit include a torque rating of 75,000Nm; a single unit combining gearbox and motor flanged on, more efficient design, lower service intervals. The whole unit was constructed and delivered within 14 days. LEDs The new OEM 4-LED is an LASCAR 217 extremely compact, four-digit, ELECTRONICS LED data display module from Lascar Electronics. Communication with the display is via a serial interface making this product ideally suited to micro-controller based applications. Each of the seven-segment digits and three decimal places can be addressed individually and use low power red LEDs to produce a display that while highly visible has a current consumption of 20mA at 5V. Tools Bahco has gained a world-wide BAHCO 218 reputation for the professional quality of its tools and the thoroughness of its Swedish- driven Ergo 11-point ergonomic design programme. Now its other well-known mechanical tool brand. Belzer, is being rebranded under the Bahco name. The quality remains the same and the rebranding process creates a greater tool selection within the Bahco brand. Measurement The Top-Laser TRUMMY from INA INA 219 FAG represents the latest edition to the company's comprehensive product portfolio for the optimised adjustment and monitoring of different types of drives. The rugged and easy-to-use Top-Laser TRUMMY is a high-precision optical electronic measuring instrument, enabling optimum measurement, and adjustment of belt tension in belt drives. Automotive Blue Diamond, the Southampton BLUE DIAMOND 220 components based engineering company, has extended its services to cover the supply of a wide range of automotive components. Working with carefully vetted suppliers in Europe and the Far East, sourcing from Blue Diamond provides all the benefits of global procurement with the reliability and convenience of a single UK store. Products include power steering, power train seals and components. Automation In the autumn of 2004 Okura OKURA 221 Automation completed the AUTOMATION installation of a turnkey conveyor system for the alloy wheels production line at the Montupet Ltd plant in Belfast. The system incorporates chain driven, lineshaft and gravity roller conveyors with triple strand chain transfers being employed at the deburring stations. The control system includes a panel view with an operator interface touch screen displaying the system status, cell outputs and shift statistics. Seats Rescroft, the leading UK RESCROFT 222 designer and manufacturer of seating for multi-passenger vehicles, has launched a new, improved website: www.rescroft.com. The green and grey Rescroft branding welcomes visitors to the site, which as well as giving interesting company information, provides a very easy route to every single product in its range. Each product page has a link to a printable page with specification details. Power supply Omron has extended its switch- OMRON 223 mode power supply range with a super-compact model that sets new benchmark standards in performance. The S8VS Micro provides 100 per cent performance, without any derating, right up to its maximum operation temperature. Available in 15W and 30W models, with a choice of 5VDC, 12VDC or 24VDC outputs, the S8VS Micro is an ideal solution for customers who seek a suitable power supply for their downsized machines. Ethernet Omron has redefined the OMRON 224 threshold for distributed control over 100 Mbit/s Ethernet by integrating a 100Base-TX Ethernet interface on its smallest modular PLC. Three new CPU models in the CJ1M PLC range add a reliable, high-speed Ethernet interface to the existing two serial ports, providing an economical method of connecting a PLC to industrial Ethernet networks for seamless and smart distributed control. Welding ESAB has introduced the ESAB 225 machines OrigoMag range of super- regualted MIG/MAG welding power sources for those who want high-quality equipment for producing good results on less complex tasks. The key to the success of the single phase OrigoMag C150, C170, C200 and C250 machines is a Power Smoothing Device that delivers performance comparable with that of three-phase machines. Other features include easy change of polarity. Testers The latest edition to the Clare CLARE 226 range of electrical safety INSTRUMENTS testers is a set of specialist cable and wiring harness testers. The Horizon 1500 series of cable and harness analyser tests everything from simple data cables to complex wiring assemblies associated with the automotive, aerospace, computing, medical, military and telecoms industries. The Horizon is equipped with 128 high voltage test points as standard. Adhesives Following the highly successful ROCOL 227 launch of a new range of industrial adhesives 12 months ago, market leading lubricants manufacturer Rocol is preparing for continued growth in this specialist sector. The range, which comprises a comprehensive collection of sealing, bonding and thread locking adhesives has been successfully launched in 15 countries. This has led to the establishment of an adhesives unit at Rocol's headquarters in Leeds. Dispenser A new Loctite dispensing unit LOCTITE 228 designed for two part epoxies has been introduced by Henkel Technologies. The Dual Piston High Volume Dispenser is a volumetric system for self- levelling two part adhesives. It has been especially designed for potting applications at manual and semiautomatic workstations. Data Campbell Scientific has opened CAMPBELL 229 acquisition its third continental office to SCIENTIFIC further enhance the service and support it can provide throughout Europe. The new office in Bremen, Germany, was opened after the appointment of Jens Lamping as regional manager. The company, which manufactures rugged and accurate data acquisition products including weather stations, has also launched a new website. www.campbellsci.co.uk Data logging A leading supplier of equipment DATATAKER 230 to the rail industry has chosen the DataTaker DT800 data logger to monitor and record performance of its braking systems. A DataTaker 800 data logger complete with DeLogger Pro software and GSM modem were supplied satisfying the operational needs. All units were mounted in a suitable box, conforming to regulations and the box was mounted to the train that was to be monitored. Fastenings Fastener specialist PSM PSM 231 International has announced the INTERNATIONAL opening of its new state-of- the-art manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic. The investment, in excess of 10 million euros, is described by the company as the cornerstone of its strategy to double its share of the European fastener and joining systems market in the next three years. At the same time the company is planning new investment in its UK facilities. Fume Monmouth Scientific are pleased MONMOUTH 232 cupboards to announce the launch of a SCEINTIFIC brand new range of filtratrion fume cupboards, downflow benches and downflow workstations. The entire range has been designed by probably the most experienced team of engineers in the UK. Monmouth cabinets are available in a variety of different sizes and configurations and they can design and manufacture cabinets for any special requirements. Data Campbell Scientific's product CAMPBELL 233 acquisition range is full of robust SCIENTIFIC instruments for users who need to be sure of their data, often in rugged and extreme conditions. The AllegroCX hand held PC is designed to meet those expectations. The case is rugged, shock resistant and chemical resistant. Gaskets completely seal the case from water and dust. It even floats. The Allegro operates in temperatures ranging from 22 to 130 degrees F. Springs When a manufacturer of seats WILLIAM 234 for passenger cars had HUGHES problems with the spring mechanism used to raise the driver's seat, it contacted William Hughes. The specialist spring manufacturer decided to use a special spring made from hexagonal section material. By tightly controlling the manufacturing tolerances and specification of the hexagonal material, the new spring could be manufactured very accurately to ensure consistency and reliability. Foundry Thomas Dudley has enhanced the THOMAS DUDLEY 255 manufacturing capability of its foundry division. The company's automated foundry already produces grey/ductile iron castings. Castings are engineered to customer specifications using CAD/CAM and CNC pattern making, design and prototyping plus a full range of finishing and coating. The new Air Set facility manufacturers casting up up to 1.5m X 1m and 200Kg in batches from one to hundreds. Catalogues Compressed air and fluid THORITE 235 process systems specialists. Thorite, announce the availability of their biggest- ever, free catalogue. Running to over 400 pages, new full colour publication contains the finest selection of products at the most competitive prices available. The catalogue features best selling ranges of pneumatic control equipment, process control products, industrial and workshop compressors, air handling equipment and safety equipment. Flow control As an official UK distributor PVL 236 of Honsberg products, PVL can now offer an extensive range of flow control and level switches with ATEX certification, extending the scope for uses of these products in hazardous and potentially explosive areas. The range includes piston valve designs, piston inline designs and paddle designs for flow control, plus a float switch for level control. Switch heads are certified to ATEX directive 94/9/EC. Cleaning Clayton Thermal Processes CLAYTON 237 Limited is pleased to announce THERMAL that its dedicated contract PROCESSES cleaning shop opened in 2005. The facility will enhance the service to the polymer and paint industries for the removal of paint and plastic from metallic parts and the to the foundry industry for the decoring of castings. Clayton Thermal Processes offers fast turnaround for cleaning of jigs, fixtures and painted parts, hot runners, pumps, dies, filters and screws. Crack Veritec Sonomatic, VERITEC 238 detection one of the world's leaders in SONOMATIC non-destructive testing using advanced ultrasonic systems for defect characterisation and product sentencing, has developed techniques specifically aimed at the paper and print industries. Using time-of-flight diffraction techniques, the company is able to carry out in-situ tests to detect cracking on both the internal and external surface of steel rolls. Cooling Rittal now offers specially RITTAL 239 treated cooling units for use in corrosive environments. With the enclosure's external surfaces and internal components coated to protect them against hostile air bound substance, the units offer the ideal solution for industries such as food and beverage, water, marine, oil, gas and chemical. Comprehensive treatment is available on standard, stainless steel as well as NEMA 4X units. Power For the new generation of RITTAL 240 distribution busbar systems, Rittal's broad range of component adaptors, ranging from 12A to 250A, offer a flexible solution in power distribution. Component adaptors are available prewired or with terminals for self-wiring for simple control panel design. Using prewired component adaptors the time required to install a combined contractor and motor circuit breaker is less than five minutes. Scaffolding Lobo Systems, the Derby based LOBO 241 company producing the world's SYSTEMS most sophisticated scaffolding system, has won orders from some of the US'sbest know companies including Boeing, Ford General Motors and NASA, Lobo scaffolding provides access to almost any piece of ground based equipment without the use of tools. It is made up of trestle legs that vary in size with adjustable side bracing clamps. Healing Four carbon medium wave HERAEUS 242 infrared heating systems, from NOBLELIGHT Heraeus Noblelight of Neston, are helping Magna Speciality Confectioners to achieve better control over the quality of their filled chocolate products, as well as saving energy and space when compared with the previous chocolate heating system. Heraeus Noblelight specialises in the production and application of high-quality energy sources covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Furnace Azmusebat(umlaut over u), one CARBOLITE 243 of Turkey's biggest razor blade producers, has increased throughput at its factory in Istanbul with the installation of a second specialised heat- treatment furnace from UK manufacturer Carbolite. The furnace, which is designed to harden and temper four strands of thin stainless steel strip simultaneously in a continuos process join an existing Carbolite unit, installed three years ago. Motors At SPS, Baldor is demonstrating BALDOR 244 an innovative solution for Ethernet controlled motion that supports advances in the efficiency and ease of control system building, without forcing OEMs to completely reengineer their automation architectures. Based on real- time and deterministic Ethernet Powerlink protocol. Baldor's Ethernet-compatible motion controller and servo motor drives connect with cost- effective CANopen devices. Motors A high-integrity motion control BALDOR 245 system, capable of positioning patients to within half a millimetre, is currently being commissioned for commercial operation at Europe's first proton beam therapy facility, the Rinecker Proton Therapy Centre in Munich. A novel eight-axis control system has been designed for the machine by IPG of Switzerland. It is based on motion control components from Baldor. Automation Parker Automation has launched AJM 246 an all-new highly-affordable AUTOMATION range of human/machine interfaces, the PA Powerstation, which is available in 5in. 6in. 8in and 10in screen versions. The whole range is made by CTC Parker Automation and available in the UK through the partner organisation AJM Automation in Derby. All units are centred around a colour touch screen with the connectivity of Parker's Interact HMI software. Filters ACS have added a new filter to AIR CLEANING 247 their range of 'fit and forget' SYSTEMS filters for the control of oil emulsion mist, which offers an efficiency of 99.99 per cent. Designed primarily for the machining industry the OMF has an air handling capacity of 1000m3H and is intended as a stand alone filter to service one or two extract positions. Its aim is to control oil/emulsion mist and smoke at source arising from machining operations such as turning, hobbing and grinding. Passive Tyco Electronics, the world's TYCO 248 Components largest supplier of passive ELECTRONICS components, has accorded Arrow Electronics its title of UK and Ireland Distributor of the Year 2004. The award recognises Arrow's achievements in new demand creation as well as increasing sales with its existing Tyco Electronics customer base. Richard Bragg of Tyco Electronics said the award was well deserved following a 42 per cent increase in sales. Testing KTL an independent testing KTL 249 laboratory, officially recognised by the DSL Forum, today announced that the company will cooperate with Texas Instruments Incorporated, a leading digital subscriber line customer premises equipment supplier, to improve more extensive interoperability testing. The collaboration with KTL ultimately allows TI's customers to reach the market faster and more cost- effectively with leading DSL CPE products. Displays PremierView-WF is the latest CALIBRE 250 LCD monitor from specialist display manufacturer Calibre UK. Designed to connect directly to the Seimens WF470 it is also compatible with many later high-resolution Seimens systems too. Two sizes are available, and 18.1in and a 15in. Both provide bright, sharp high-contrast images from the WF470 control system. Both models are housed in industrial quality metal cases. Cleaning MSS discovery racing team were CLEAN-TEK 251 Solution looking to move to aqueous cleaning of performance bike engines, they turned to Clean-Tek. The team relies on outstanding performances from its Kawasaki road bikes. To improve speed and quality of engine preparation, they purchased a B150 aqueous rotary basket washer and AquaTec MD cleaning solution. "The B150 has made a tremendous improvement in the preparation of our bike engines" commented Stuart Simmons (co-owner) Air Synergy is a unique solution, THE FROGBOX 252 Conditioning integrating refrigeration and COMPANY air conditioning within a single compact housing. Synergy had been designed for retail outlets, but is equally effective with any environment using heating/cooling technologies. Synergy eliminates the drawbacks of heat pump technology and dramatically increases efficiency, in part by utilising the heat generated by the refrigeration plant to increase the overall efficiency. ECM To help demystify the new EMC REO 253 DIRECTIVE Directive, REO has published a GUIDE series of FREE mini guides, which can be downloaded from their website. The new Directive put the onus on virtually everyone in the supply chain from designers, to equipment owners, to ensure that equipment, whether it is a finished appliance or a fixed installation conforms to the essential requirements of the Directive. For more information and to download the free mini guides, vist www.reo.co.uk. Packaging As one of the world's leaders NEFAB 254 in outdoor maintenance products and power tools, Husqvarna adopt the Nefab PlyPak solution for their chainsaws and cutters. When buying a power product it usually comes with accessories and conventional packaging can be expensive and also unreliable. PlyPak solution from Nefab offers superior protection during distribution, smarter image at point of sale and acts as a durable toolbox.
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|Date:||Mar 11, 2005|
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