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  • Motion Control Products Ltd., the Bournemouth based motion control specialists, have now introduced new MKN series MACK Nano drive, which is an ultra-compact, versatile and powerful universal drive, offering high performance control and excellent power-to-dimension ratio, to drive multiple motor types including brushless DC motors, stepper motors and DC Brushed motors range up to 400W.

  • As industry today strives for more efficiency, increased output and reduced costs, Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.

    There are three Elfin "cobots" in the series. They have a pay load of 3kgs, 5kgs and 10Kgs to ensure that there is a product offering for a wide range of applications. The product is compact, is easy to programme and offers the user a fast set up solution. Motion Control Products are available to support the user through correct specification, commissioning and training if necessary, thus ensuring that the collaboration in the work-place is optimised and safe. This can then relieve existing manual staff from often dull, repetitive tasks to enable them to support the company in more challenging roles.

    The Elfin robot arm system integrates the motors, harmonic gearboxes, brakes, feedback devices/sensors, drives and cables into a compact structure. This achieves high precision and flexible automation control in 6-axis of rotation, each with a full 360˚ of movement. The 3 robot arms are desktop or surface mounted system, and have a working range up to a maximum of 1000mm and a working life of 35000 hours.

  • Leuze electronic, the sensor people, has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. As one of the world's leading manufacturers in the field of optical sensors and solution provider in electrical automation. The product range includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, image processing solutions, data transmission and safety components and systems. Leuze electronic is a pioneer and enabler for Industry 4.0. By coupling to Microsoft Azure, Leuze electronic has created the infrastructure for predictive maintenance and machine learning solutions for sensors. The IoT certificate increases customers' confidence in having a safe and stable Cloud connection. "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers' IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations," said Herbert Köbel, Head of Competence Center Software. "Decreasing the usual customization required for compatibility ensures Leuze electronic helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution."

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    The new F31K2 completes the Pepperl+Fuchs product program of “open solutions for valve position feedback on valve actuators “with dual inductive sensors. The products in the range meet all the requirements of modern applications in process automation, from the compact F25 for small standard actuators to F31 sensors with or without a terminal compartment and flexible actuator system to the ultimate F31K2 outdoor sensor that offers maximum robustness, impermeability and an extended temperature range.

     

  • Absolute, precise linear measurement is now easy to interface to virtually any industrial control network. The Balluff BML SL1 absolute magnetic linear encoder with IO-Link provides absolute position measurement, over lengths up to 8 metres, and with position resolution to 1 micrometre.

     

  •   The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

     

  • Today, EtherCAT is becoming more and more popular with control and system engineers. One of the reasons for this is the flexibility of the fieldbus system.

  • Antech Hydraulics Ltd has been appointed as UK distributor for Settima Screw Pumps. Antech’s managing director Andy Newell said: “We are very excited to have this opportunity. We know Settima produces quality pumps with great reliability and the low noise design is something many sectors will appreciate.”

     

     

  • The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is on it’s way and will be transposed into UK law by 19th December 2017. The MCPD  places strict controls on emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates to the atmosphere for all boilers, burners, turbines and engines more than 1MWth input.

    This means that anyone with a boiler generating around 1.3 ton/hr of steam or more, or using a CHP or diesel generator of around 400kVA or more, will need to take action. The Environmental Agency (EA) has been appointed as the regulatory body to oversee compliance. 

    If your company runs any combustion plant from 1MW thermal Input up to 50 MWth you will fall into the MCPD. The emission limits have already been set for the European Union and a number of staging dates set for the various sizes and types of industrial plant.

    JBC have invested time and resources in order to advise our customers on how and if MCPD affects them and what their options are.

    The directive fills in the gap between the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (the IED) and the “Eco-Design” Directive 2009/125/EC and applies to both new and existing equipment. In some cases, plants may be exempt if covered by another directive.

    Emissions Limit Values (ELV’s) will vary depending on the type of plant and fuel used and will take into account the date it was commissioned. Carbon monoxide (CO) will also need to be monitored under the new regulations.

    New plants are required to have a permit from 20th December 2018 before they are eligible to operate.

    installations up to 20 MW will be inspected every 3 years and those between 20 MW and 50 MW annually. 

    Existing plants will not need to obtain a permit until January 2024 if over 5MW and 2029 for smaller plants.

    Any plant that is not compliant can only run for a maximum of 500 hours per year over 5 years and must not exceed 200 mg/Nm3.

    For help, advice and updated information on MCPD contact info@jbcmail.co.uk, putting ‘MCPD Advice’ as the subject header or contact 0113 220 3830 and ask for Matthew Schofield.

  • Save time, save your bearings and improve plant reliability.

    UE Systems, the world leader in ultrasonic inspection instruments and solutions, has launched the 4Cast – a smart alert system for bearings monitoring, that records data and sounds continuously, issues alarms and sends data and sound samples to specialized software for analysis and reporting.

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