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Standard components can help address industry skills shortage

Engineers are now being challenged with rapid advances in technology, changing age-old processes and methods, resulting in an increasing skills gap. Head of norelem ACADEMY and Product Trainer, Martin Ahner, discusses how standard components can help bridge that gap. 


Increase the pressure with annular space heat exchangers

Annular space heat exchangers, such as the HRS AS Series, work by passing the product through the gap between the inner and outer tubes (the annular space), which makes them suitable for thick, highly viscous products such as fruit purees, thick sauces, honey and syrups. 
Heat transfer

Work on new expanded Thorite UK Headquarters gets underway

Due to continued growth, Thorite have outgrown their home of the last 50 years and need to bring all their value-added services together under one roof.   

Liftvrac saves time and increases production

In Offranville, France, The Taste Workshop specialises in supplying ready to cook dishes for the catering trade. By using the IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) freezing process, The Taste Workshop is able to pre-coat many of these dishes with sauces. The problem was that as the product is conveyed to the packing lines, it starts to de-frost. This leaves a trace of sauce on the conveyer belt meaning a significant amount of time spent cleaning before a different dish can be processed. 
Mixing, weighing & conveying

Make Room for Your Standard

Why are so many isolating switching amplifiers and pneumatic valve terminals still installed in large control cabinets to send intrinsically safe signals and pneumatic drives from Ex zoned areas?



Schmersal produces access control systems to support retailers during coronavirus crisis

The Schmersal Group is helping retailers and other companies to cope with the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The company has developed a digital access control system that makes it ... 


Process steam and heat transfer specialist Fulton has launched SCOPE, an all-new, PLC-based boiler sequencing control system that can optimise installations to ensure energy efficient operation and ... 

Renovotec Launches New ‘Warehouse Power’ Products With Three Years Interest-Free Credit

Renovotec, the UK’s fastest growing rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies is introducing a new range of ‘warehouse power’ products that are available now with ... 

EUROMIXERS – Industrial Fluid Mixers & Agitators

Euromixers design and manufacture Industrial Fluid Mixers and Agitators. Our team of Chemical and Mechanical engineers have over 30 years experience! Over the years, Euromixers have developed and ... 

Magnetrol, ABLE’s partner s pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the Eclipse Guided Wave Radar (GWR) family

Magnetrol, ABLE’s partner for the supply of best-in-class level and flow instrumentation to the process industries, is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the Eclipse Guided Wave Radar (... 

Ethernet solutions for hazardous areas

APL passes practical testing!

The question of how Ethernet should be handled in potentially explosive atmospheres has been keeping users in the process industry busy for many years. With the ... 


Getting back to a new smart factory – technologies for better remote support for businesses

COVID-19 has revolutionised all our lives. The next big challenge that the manufacturing sector faces is getting employees back to work, safely, and kick-starting production. 

Masterclass in preparedness – getting ready to return to work after COVID

With lockdown easing up and the prospect of returning to work causing many to feel anxious — due to spending the last three months being told to stay at home, respect social distancing and losing touch with a work routine — it’s vital for workplaces to evaluate the best ways to re-introduce staff successfully and safely. 


X-Weigh feature identifies packaged product waste discrepancies

As a result of a clever innovation by ‘Check & Detect’ market leaders, LOMA SYSTEMS®, food manufacturers are able to provide retailers with assurances that their packaged products contain at least the quantity displayed on the label, and not less. 
Mixing, weighing & conveying

Flexicon introduces base model carbon steel flexible screw conveyor

Flexicon has introduced a new base model 1450 flexible screw conveyor with 115 mm O.D. polymer conveyor tube and low cost carbon steel floor hopper and discharge housing. 
Mixing, weighing & conveying

ABB software helps optimise operations

ABB launches analytics software and services that combines operational data with engineering and IT data to deliver actionable intelligence.

Process Automation & Control

FANUC expands range of handling robots

FANUC has expanded its range of handling robots with the introduction of the M-10iD/8L and M-20iD/12L models.


Scottish Water Horizons, Xylem Water Solutions UK announce partnership

Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, and Xylem Water Solutions, a world leading water technology company, have announced an exciting new partnership that will help ... 

At OMEX we understand the importance of keeping the wastewater treatment facility at optimum performance

Below our operations manager, Dimitris Theodoridis, highlights the key points to achieve the best performance from your WWT plant:

Keep the biology strong and healthy In order for the plant to ... 


Grundfos to acquire Eurowater

The organizations share similar missions when it comes to water treatment.

-- Today it was announced that Grundfos has entered into an agreement to acquire Eurowater, and thereby significantly ... 


Foremost Electronics, the engineering-led Essex based importer and specialist distributor of electromechanical components

Foremost Electronics, the engineering-led Essex based importer and specialist distributor of electromechanical components, has a wealth of experience supplying cabinets and components to the Water ... 

Innovation and optimism are the keys to sustainable growth

Sabine Busse, Division President of ABB Measurement & Analytics explains to Stephen B. Harrison, sbh4, how her team are unlocking opportunities despite the Coronavirus pandemic.


Is your manufacturing firm unknowingly eligible for thousands of pounds?

Barrie Dowsett, CEO of Myriad Associates, explains how manufacturing companies can benefit from R&D Tax Credit claims.


Holmach upgrades soup cooling facility with NIKO cooler

Leading thermal process solutions provider, Holmach Ltd has installed a NIKO raining water tunnel cooler for hot-filled product in their customers soup manufacturing facility. Holmach’s partner, NIKO of Germany has been a market leader in producing pasteurising and cooling tunnels for nearly 50 years. When this long standing customer needed to promptly merge sites and rapidly increase production volume, Holmach and NIKO were the obvious choice. 
Food processing & packaging

One design fits all

Introducing the new CSA and CSI Pump Ranges from HMD Kontro Sealless Pumps

Pumps, valves & seals

Will automation rule over human interaction thanks to Coronavirus?

Thanks to advancements in technology, the need for human interaction — when you shop for groceries, book a taxi, order a takeaway or watch the latest blockbuster — has gone from necessity to nice-to-have, with self-service checkouts, apps to order cabs and kebabs, and streaming services all examples of automation that have everyday use.  

Keep your staff and production lines healthy

Manufacturers and FMCG businesses are being urged to give their laser production lines a health-check to minimise the risk of a process contamination leading to costly unplanned downtime. 

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