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UK reduces its oil imports by over 75 million barrels in five years

The UK has reduced its oil imports by more than a fifth (21%) in five years, a new online tool from has revealed.


Caple supports the Biopharma Group to acquire Easytesters

Alternative SME credit specialist Caple has helped Biopharma Group, a leading biopharmaceutical company, to access a £1.25m eight-year unsecured loan. 

Future Oil & Gas confirms Advisory Board and 2020 agenda

The organisers of Future Oil & Gas have announced the 2020 Advisory Board and agenda for the 4thannual high-level conference and exhibition taking place at P&J Live in Aberdeen on 9-10 June 2020.  

SME manufacturers offered free access to industry experts to design and develop digital strategy

SME manufacturers are invited to an immersive workshop to equip them with the tools they need to develop a digital strategy. The event, Powering Your Manufacturing Through Digital Transformation, is run by Made Smarter, and is aimed at companies looking to understand more about how digital tools and technology can create efficiencies and growth in their business.


Schmersal uses Plasma-SealTight technology in its AZM300 solenoid lock

A new, innovative process to manufacture plastic-metal bonds is currently being tested in an industrial application. Plasmatreat GmbH has developed a process for hybrid injection-moulded parts in ... 


Pipeline Inspection Using Optical Gas Imaging

FLIR Systems has published a new application spotlight that highlights the role its Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras are playing in detecting gas ... 


Test plant personnel’s footwear - don’t be in for a shock

Through their own movement people can generate large amounts of static charge if they are not grounded. Over 30,000 volts can be carried by people who are completely unaware that they themselves are ... 

Reduce the risk of injury and death in your most hazardous workspaces

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) statistics for work related injuries and deaths in the UK show that in the year 2017-2018, there were a total of 555,000 non-fatal injuries and 144 fatalities in ... 

Quick and easy IoT ecosystem with Tosibox

OEM Automatic Ltd is proud to announce new collaboration with Tosibox! With Tosibox, secure IoT infrastructure that is tailored to your needs can be built in minutes.





Spiroflow encourages businesses to take advantage of new for old swap-out initiative

Materials handling specialist, Spiroflow, is currently encouraging businesses to take advantage of a government-backed swap-out scheme to replace their ageing inefficient plant motors for more environmentally friendly models. The initiative, which runs until April 2020, allows firms to claim 100% back in capital allowance. 


Industry experts reveal top manufacturing trends for 2020

In a recent industry roundtable discussion, entitled ‘Is UK manufacturing ready to harness the power of new IoT technologies?’, industry experts revealed the top manufacturing trends for 2020—which is anticipated to be a particularly turbulent year for UK manufacturing.


Apprenticeships forging the way ahead for innovative, global Britain

As National Apprenticeship Week begins, Make UK is celebrating the success of manufacturing apprenticeships which are providing a much needed skills boost for our sector and playing a key role in upskilling employees for new exciting digital roles as in automated production.


Aggreko commits to a greener future

Aggreko has cemented its position as a green supplier of temporary power, heating and cooling solutions after being certified to the Carbon Trust Standard and achieving certification to ISO 50001:2018 international standard for energy management. 

Albion Valves, the story so far...

Formed three decades ago employing five people, Albion Valves (UK) Ltd has gone from strength to strength and says it has built an enviable reputation amongst some of the UK’s leading manufacturers.

Pumps, valves & seals

Sensors & Instrumentation Live teams up with What’s New in?Electronics Live

Sensors & Instrumentation Live returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 29 and 30 September 2020. This year, the exhibition will be running alongside What’s New in Electronics Live following the ... 

It’s a Revolution, not an evolution. Masterflex® Ismatec® Reglo Peristaltic Pumps

Cole-Parmer is excited to announce the NEW Reglo Peristaltic Pump Series! These are the first highly accurate low-flow (<100-mL/min) models to receive MasterflexLive® capability and 21 CFR Part 11 ... 


Optimising production processes by improving energy efficiency and reducing costs are likely to be high priorities for most manufacturers and they can be achieved, thanks in part to the availability ... 

A new cutting system sets the pace in production at JACOB

Jacob UK Ltd are pleased to announce the installation of a new laser cutting machine at their production headquarters in Porta Westfalica, an investment of around 2.5 million euros. With an output of ... 

Fulton to continue showcasing award-winning VSRT and promote aftercare solutions

Heat transfer specialist Fulton will be using Foodex to showcase its range of fuel-fired and electric steam boiler solutions, launching its all-new boiler sequencing control system and promoting the ... 

A clean connection: Han® F+B for the food industry

Businesses in the food industry who want to shorten set-up times and reduce production stoppages can do so by using connectors. As a result, HARTING have developed the Han® F+B series. The series is ... 

Game-Changing UltimusPlus™ Dispenser from Nordson EFD

Nordson EFD, introduces UltimusPlus — an industry-leading pneumatic fluid dispenser with time-saving features that amplify production throughput while delivering highly precise, repeatable ... 

Make UK and Alcumus SafeContractor announce new partnership

Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation today announced that it has selected Alcumus SafeContractor,  in a new partnership to reduce workplace accidents and increase sustainable growth, making British manufacturers safer, healthier and stronger. 

Raising the bar in partner excellence

As part of Mitsubishi Electric's commitment to providing customers with a high level of expertise and support, it has developed an elite 'Innovation Partner' status.

The 'Innovation Partner' ... 


Schmersal uses Plasma-SealTight technology in its AZM300 solenoid lock

A new, innovative process to manufacture plastic-metal bonds is currently being tested in an industrial application. Plasmatreat GmbH has developed a process for hybrid injection-moulded parts in cooperation with the plastic compound manufacturer AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH. This new process provides a significant improvement to bonding in hybrid plastic-metal components and can be integrated into series production lines. The Schmersal Group is now using this innovative Plasma-SealTight® technology process for the first time in a pilot project to produce its AZM300 solenoid lock. Used on safety doors, this interlock features a metal bracket integrated into a plastic actuator. The bracket engages with an interlock cross-head to ensure that safety doors are securely closed.



Hazardous area & safety

Making a quick connection in explosive atmospheres

As automation continues to expand into diverse industrial sectors, the demand for multi-channel fibre optic cable is following suit. However, there is an increasing need for high-count, high-bandwidth fiber, capable of delivering the ever-increasing amount of data required in a single cable. This requirement is often most pressing in locations where space limitations simply won’t permit installation of extensive runs of low-count fibre, such as offshore platforms. 
Hazardous area & safety

Over 60% of jobs in manufacturing require specific digital skills from applicants

For many, the start of a new year is the perfect incentive to make important changes to their life. One aspect a lot of Brits will tend to focus on is their job – as they look to move to another company or even pursue an entirely new career path.  


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