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The Future of Robotics In The Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries

YANGEBUP, Perth, Western Australia, 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The petroleum and petrochemical industries, although booming, face numerous challenges. These are only set to intensify as obtaining crude oil and petrochemicals by conventional and non-conventional means becomes more demanding financially, environmentally and in ever more hostile habitats. For these reasons the use of robotics and autonomous systems to carry out practical tasks is virtually a necessity for the industry to progress.

The time of the robot is well and truly upon us, and strategic use of such technology is set to bring about significant safety advances and cost efficiency for global industry. And this is particularly true when it comes to the production of petroleum and petrochemicals.

Because of the colossal value of these industries, with assets totalling billions of dollars, it’s understandable that those held responsible for ensuring continued profits are decidedly cautious when it comes to embracing new technology.

This means that the use of robots for inspection and maintenance is by no means the norm quite yet. But as more and more proof of the advantages becomes common knowledge, such solutions are becoming more widespread.

Inspection and maintenance challenges 

Historically, achieving efficient inspection and maintenance of assets is a necessary but expensive task that needs to be carried out on a regular basis. Challenges posed include:

  • Significant downtime of assets causing reduced revenue
  • High costs associated with the opening, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of assets
  • Lengthy preparation periods to set up scaffolding and vent toxic gases to create a safe environment for human entry
  • The risk to human life when entering confined spaces and non or reduced oxygen atmospheres
  • The high cost of specialist inspection and maintenance teams
  • Worker compensation following accidents or incidents
  • The risk of human error during inspection
  • Inadequate visualisation of certain structures that are inaccessible for humans

Such challenges have meant that inspections and necessary maintenance can take weeks – even months – to complete. While this is taking place revenue ceases, so the need for speed is paramount. In addition, such challenges create little enthusiasm for companies to carry out proactive inspection over and above what’s required by legal industry standards. 

Enter the robots

Rapidly advancing technology over the past decade has brought us to an era that’s truly able to overcome many of these challenges. And whilst we’re not quite in the realms of the most futuristic of sci-fi movies yet, the tech continues to advance. Today, robots such as crawlers and drones are able to reduce multiple challenges of inspection and maintenance, providing the opportunity for companies to not only meet health and safety requirements, but to exceed them, therefore reaping the benefits of proactive asset analysis and associated reduction in maintenance costs

Advantages of using robotics

As technology increases it becomes possible for companies to take advantage of robots to carry out tasks that present significant hazards to human life. Not only does this lower exposure to danger in this high-risk industry, but also provides a financial edge thanks to minimizing employee costs and improving manufacturing efficiency.

The latest in robotic developments have been dedicated towards ensuring they can be employed in real world situations, not simply in a laboratory. Over recent years the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been pivotal in pushing such technology forwards, organising various tests and challenges for robotic manufacturers to overcome. These include the ability to handle tools, open doors, overcome unexpected obstacles, open valves and more.

Manufacturers have also had to ensure that such automaton tools are able to withstand explosive blasts. 

Recent advancements

The speed of technological advancement is expanding fast. Perhaps the most significant progression is that of increasing autonomy. Once only able to perform the basics, the capacity for robots to carry out more complex tasks is now either in existence or poised on the cusp of becoming reality. These include:

  • The ability to navigate autonomously
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Learning from their experiences and those of others
  • Sharing a workspace with humans and interacting with them. 

Current and future opportunities

The four major industry processes of exploration, development, production and site abandonment are all ripe for increased usage of robotic technology to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase safety.

Throughout all these stages there are many opportunities for robot use, especially in that of inspection and maintenance. Current and potential applications as the industry and technology moves forward include:

  • Using robots to enter confined spaces to carry out tasks. Not only does this dramatically decrease human risk, but negates the need for unnecessary downtime to prepare for human entry. Currently such health and safety procedures account for up to 80% of asset downtime, therefore the adoption of a robotic element within the workforce provides cost reduction on a significant scale.
  • The use of robots for other potentially hazardous tasks: These include working at height, working within low or non-oxygen environments, firefighting and working in non-temperate conditions.
  • As a replacement for humans in remote locations: Robots that can carry out more complex operations will reduce the need for human operators in locations such as offshore sites.
  • Reducing safety preparations in hazardous work locations: For example, a robot working at height or in a difficult to reach location will not require health and safety measures such as scaffolding and other preparations, therefore reducing costs, downtime and risk.

Furthermore, the reduced cost and time effect of using advanced robots allows for the adoption of much improved inspection and maintenance programs. Proactively carrying out such tasks leads to a considerably reduced chance of any unplanned maintenance issues and/or the occurrence of catastrophic events.

In short, the use of robots in the future will lead to a significant reduction in downtime of industry assets, lowered costs, increased human safety and the ability to work in ever more hostile, hard to reach environments.

In a global marketplace that’s predicted to reach over $7 trillion US dollars* (Oil & Gas) by 2024 and $958.8 billion** (Petrochemical) by 2025, companies, although sensibly judicious in their eagerness to take advantage of such technology, are fast-becoming aware of the competitive edge it can bring.

* https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/07/12/1536385/0/en/Oil-Refining-Market-worth-over-7-trillion-by-2024-Global-Market-Insights-Inc.html

** https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-petrochemical-market

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The Upside of COVID? Closing Australia’s Skills Gap

The fate of Australia’s diminishing manufacturing industry has long been hanging in the balance – and then?

BIBRA LAKE, Perth, Western Australia , 23-Nov-2020 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Along came COVID-19. For a sector that had been neglected for decades, while the pandemic wasn’t quite the final nail in the coffin, it certainly brought with it the shock wave that made our government sit up and take notice.

And maybe – just maybe – the situation might bring the stars into alignment that will help close the country’s chasm of a skills gap.

Manufacturing is Crucial for Our Economic Recovery

Change is always hard to come by, especially at the extent manufacturing needs. But there are some green roots showing. Thanks to the new government taskforce set up in response to an industry-led recommendation plan, the desperately needed funding for investment and growth is beginning to trickle through.

So what does this mean for the industry, and in particular the small and medium-sized businesses that make up the majority of the sector?

To fully comprehend this we need to drive deep into the rot that’s now endemic throughout. Only by understanding the mistakes that’ve been made and why we have such a major skills crisis, can we begin to turn this unfortunate turn of events around.

By far the most effective way of doing this is to lay bare the biggest error of all, and it all boils down to this: we’ve forgotten the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this occurred, but if COVID has brought about anything, it’s that we’ve had a hard, sharp lesson as to the importance of local support and expertise. Suddenly the crucial need for home-grown supply chain capabilities has become vital for our businesses and industries, and this can only be brought back up to scratch with a long-term strategy and, most importantly, the necessary funding.

Manufacturing Provides the Building Blocks from which All Other Industries can Grow

The world desperately scrabbled for commodities (ventilators, PPE, toilet roll!) and we were among them. Once upon a time our powerhouse nation boasted some of the best skilled workers on the planet. Today we are but a shadow of our former selves.

So has COVID achieved what many industry experts have failed to do over the previous few decades, and forced the hand of our government to invest in the sector? Perhaps so… What has definitely happened is the following:

  • We’re beginning to understand the many benefits of local support and expertise
  • We’ve realised that the value of local business and manufacturing capabilities is more about quality and service, and less about price
  • The importance of great B2B relationships is something our economy relies on

These are the reasons that, at last, the funding is starting to be put into place for SMEs to be able to upskill their workers and invest in advanced manufacturing processes. It’s only through initiatives such as these that we can become competitive on a global scale. In addition, it gives these companies the opportunity to innovate and commercialise new technologies.

So… Is 2020 the year that manufacturing turns the corner and provides the bedrock necessary for our country to begin to close the skills gap? Only time will tell for sure. But what it has meant is that companies such as SixDe have begun the slow uphill climb – and long may it continue.

An example of this is SixDe’s expansion in preparation of the commercialisation of Magneto, a robotic platform that is the future of inspection robotics. The industry relies on such innovation. With such projects and advancement, we not only get the chance to retrain our current workers, but we lay the foundations that will attract the brightest young minds from around the world to come and live, study and work in our wonderful country. So perhaps, just perhaps, we can drag some positivity from the awful situation that is COVID, and use it to bring about a greater good for Australia.

To find out more about Magneto and the home-produced precision machine components from SixDe, visit www.sixde.com.au or call 08 9434 1112.

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New Online Deck Designer Wowing Pontoon Boat Owners Nationwide

New Paris, Indiana, United States, 2019-Oct-15 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Veada Industries recent relaunch of the company’s website focused on Boat Seats and Boating Accessories included the introduction of Veada’s all new, Pontoon Boat Deck Designer application tool.

The drag and drop designer application allows users to customize their pontoon boat deck with over 20 different pieces in a variety of seating sizes, shapes, features, and color options. A Veada representative said, “We’re already getting positive reviews on the boat seat Deck Designer tool. It gives boat owners the ability to customize the planner to their boat’s length, width and door arrangement, then easily drag and drop the individual pieces to the deck. They can then can rotate and position each piece to visualize how everything will look and fit before they buy.”

The company collaborated closely with their web developers at Precept Partners in redesigning the website and creating the Deck Designer software. Precept manager, Stephen Antisdel said, “We paid particular attention to making the Deck Designer tool both intuitive and fun to use, with instant pricing calculations as each piece is added to the user’s virtual boat deck.”

Veada’s redesigned website also features a wide variety of helpful information on installing boat seats, boat seat cleaning, and a marine upholstery guide in the FAQ section, along with fishing boat seats, helm boat seats, seat pedestals, boat cup holders, marine vinyl upholstery, tent and camper coverings, plus payment options that includes Free Shipping offerings and Free Fabric Samples.

The company also offers free marine vinyl samples sent on request. A summary of applications and helpful tools for all boat owners:

https://veada.com/deckdesigner
https://veada.com/sample-request.html
https://veada.com/about-us/free-shipping.html
https://veada.com/about-us/seeit.html
https://veada.com/pontoon-boat-seats.html
https://veada.com/pontoon-boat-seats/clipper-boat-seats.html
https://veada.com/pontoon-boat-seats/regatta-boat-seats.html
https://veada.com/boat-seats.html
https://veada.com/boat-seats/helm-seats.html
https://veada.com/boat-seats/fishing-boat-seats.html
https://veada.com/boat-seats/boat-consoles.html
https://veada.com/boat-seats/pedestals-hinges.html
https://veada.com/boat-accessories/marine-vinyl-upholstery.html
https://veada.com/boat-accessories/boat-cup-holders.html
https://veada.com/boat-accessories.html
https://veada.com/about-us/cleaning.html
https://veada.com/faq.html
https://veada.com/faq/ask-question.html

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Automotive Paint Robots Market: Collaborative Robots to Steer Future Trajectory of Automotive Industry

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 08-Nov-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS — Robotics in the automotive industry has been acclaimed as the impetus behind driving optimization and rethinking of production and process through innovative measures. Prospect of artificial intelligence is promising, with the ability to eliminate various inefficiencies in the automotive manufacturing, ranging from design and planning to maintenance and sales.

Robots have become increasingly palpable in supporting repetitive operations of car manufacturers, with the consensus that the robotics process automation (RPA) has translated into a proven technology, providing tangible benefits to automakers who deploy it. As in case of most technologies, with time, expenses linked with implementation and maintenance of RPA have diminished sharply – gaining significance as a manufacturing efficacy and capability enhancing option among small and large businesses alike.

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Automotive paint robots are already a standard practice in the industry, wherein robotic arms spray bodywork – depriving the need for proficient manual painters and providing a more even, faster, and smoother finish. Automotive paint robot sales worldwide are foreseen to bring in revenues nearly US$ 700 Mn in 2018, recording a Y-o-Y growth of approximately 8%. Automotive paint robots have evolved over the years to become faster, lighter, and integrated with several activators and sensors.

Collaborative Robots to Steer Future Trajectory of Automotive Industry

Automotive industry continues to remain one of the largest and quickest adopters of the industrial robotics technology. Carmakers have huge plans for next-generation development of their factories, with smarter designs, collaborative robots and artificial intelligence emerging as secret ingredients to the flexible manufacturing – humans. For example – GM’s plant in Shanghai will soon produce electric vehicles with the aid of machines that work quietly in self-directed harmony.

Collaborative robots, or “cobots,” unrestrained by steel cages are being programmed in GM’s plant for working abreast humans on production lines – one unusual operation being handling installation of gears in transmissions. Automakers worldwide are embracing industry 4.0 and the concord alludes lesser intervention of humans. Focus is currently on improving efficiency and flexibility between humans and machines, while automakers concentrate on development of multiple models that are powered by electric motors or gas engines or both.

Approaches toward using collaborative robots and relevant digital tools will determine future layout and size of automotive manufacturing facilities. Ford Motor Co.’s future vision for electric vehicle production alludes the requirement for lower investment, fewer workers, and relatively compact floor area. The company has installed few collaborative robots in its recently renovated truck plant at Louisville, Kentucky. Digital tools such as augmented reality and predictive analytics for mapping new assembly lines and scheduling maintenance & repairs prior to machine breakdowns are also being deployed by this leading automaker.

Reluctance to Enormous Infrastructure Investment and Scarce Skillset Undermine Permeation

Most artificial intelligence systems and robotics are witnessing slow rate of adoption among leading players. For instance, Ford Motor Co has been reluctant to investing more on dedicated electric vehicle manufacturing unless there is consistent and sufficient demand for justifying the expense. Even Tesla, which long acclaimed implementation of robots to translate into an “alien dreadnought,” recently concluded at the fact that human intervention is underrated and excessive automation could involve more technical glitches.

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Automotive companies are partly cautious in huge infrastructural investment, sensing future production orders might fall in line with new vehicle sales in the next economic downturn. Manufacturers currently favor lower debt loads to rid huge loan payments in case of stagnant revenue generation in the down market.

Scarce skillset is a key challenge being addressed by the automotive industry when it comes to RPA-driven plants. This can be attributed partly to Millennials’ distaste for manufacturing work as robots steadily replace humans against the backdrop of pressures on automakers to reduce the overall vehicle cost.

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Study: Europe automotive headliners market revenues to witness a 7.5% CAGR through 2026

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 16-Oct-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — The broader disruption in the automotive sector is rubbing off on the Europe automotive headliners market, as vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) adds to the litany of factors that influence buyer behavior. The growing consumer emphasis on interior air quality isn’t lost on component suppliers and OEMs. Incorporation of low-VOC materials and modular designs is gaining ground in the US$ 6.5 million Europe automotive headliners market, according to Fact.MR’s new study.

The Fact.MR study maintains an optimistic long-term outlook on the automotive headliners market in Europe. The study projects revenues to witness a 7.5% CAGR through 2026, with Western Europe at the forefront of sales and innovation. The lucrativeness of Europe’s automotive headliners market is likely to create a fair share of opportunities, as well as challenges for OEMs and component suppliers in the region.

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Europe’s preeminence in the global automotive landscape is not limited to high production and exports alone – the region leads the way for enacting stringent emission regulations and their implementation. “Automotive headliner manufacturers can expect institutions like ACEA and VDA to focus inward, leading to stringency in VIAQ regulations,” says Nandini Roy Choudhury, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “Considering the fact that Europe exports a sizable number of vehicles to Asia Pacific, where most of the action is taking place, European OEMs and aftermarket suppliers also need to comply with the domestic regulations, such as the Guobiao and JAMA,” adds Ms. Roy

Growing Adoption of Low-VOC Materials in Manufacturing Automotive Headliners 

According to Fact.MR’s study, a combination of global and region-specific factors will influence Europe’s automotive OEMs and aftermarket players to invest in low-VOC components. The transition of headliners from a simple covering to an integrated platform for vehicle peripherals has created the need for design innovation. The challenge to improve VIAQ has also led to experimentation with new materials, ranging from thermosets to water-based adhesives.

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“The evolving consumer demand is multipronged – it is not going to impact only a specific set of players in the supply chain, but its effects are being felt across the spectrum. Unwavering focus on cabin air quality is driving adhesive companies to innovate, bringing recyclable and biodegradable raw materials to the forefront,” adds Ms. Roy.

Germany leads the Europe automotive headliners market, accounting for over one-fourth revenue share in 2017.

Players in Germany’s automotive headliner supply chain are reliant on the broader prospects of the automotive landscape, which has been encouraging in the last couple of years.

According to Germany’s Federal Motor Authority (KBA), Germany’s new car sales reached 3.44 million in 2017, witnessing an increase of 2.7% over the previous year. German headliner and adhesive manufacturers were also supported by positive momentum in Asia Pacific, where new car sales have created significant opportunities. “Germany is not only the leading production and sales market in Europe, but also a key exporter of cars and LCVs. We can expect Germany to take the lead in this new era of flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective headliners and other interior components,” opines Ms. Roy.

The European automotive headliner market may well be dominated by Germany, but France and UKclosely follow suit. The strength of the triumvirate can be gauged from the fact that these three markets collectively held a revenue share of over 65% in 2017. Automotive headliner sales in these three top markets are driven by encouraging sales in compact and mid-sized cars.

The design innovation and incorporation of new materials in headliners and interior parts manufacturing is likely to remain concentrated in the OEM landscape. “Aftermarket sales account for less than 30% share of the European automotive headliner market, so the onus is on OEMs to take the lead,” concludes Ms. Roy.

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SOURCE: EuropaWire

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Use Precision Laser Alignment

Perth, WA, Australia, 2018-Sep-18 — /EPR Network/ — A laser alignment system eliminates all the guesswork and unknowns associated with traditional measurement systems like dial gauges, straight edge methods and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs).

But their advantages stretch way beyond just the quality of the results that they deliver. Here are 10 of the top reasons why your operation should switch to precision laser alignment.

  1. PINPOINT ACCURACY. Unlike other systems, a laser tool can measure down to 0.001mm, even over long distances. The laser beam is always 100% straight and what’s more, laser systems automatically calculate for shims and adjustments values, so the results are always accurate. Unlike older technologies where accuracy may also be compromised because of reading errors, sticky dial hands and low resolutions, laser tools have extremely high resolutions for pinpoint accuracy.
  2. QUICK AND EASY SET UP AND FASTER RESULTS. The equipment is lightweight and easy to learn as well as use which means much shorter set-up times, preparation and measurements. It can also measure three axis directions in a fraction of a second, which results in further time-savings.
  3. MORE RELIABLE. Because lasers eliminate the possibility of human error and inconsistency, they’re more reliable and precise than any other method. Repeatability is another significant benefit and regardless of who is using the equipment and taking the measurements, the laser equipment will always deliver the same consistent results.
  4. ELIMINATES HARDWARE SAG. When a dial gauge is used, there is always a risk of some of the fixtures sagging which can compromise the accuracy of the displayed value. With a laser tool however, there is nothing to worry about with regards to fixtures dropping or sagging.
  5. SAVE BOTH MONEY AND TIME
    Faster set-up and operation coupled with the absolute precision of the results mean a laser tool can easily pay for itself in a matter of months.
  6. SOFT FOOT – HARD RESULTS. Machine frame distortion and soft foot issues can be problematic but unlike a dial gauge which only tells half the story, a laser alignment tool provides a true representation of what’s going at the feet of the rotating machinery as well as what’s happening with the movement between the axes of the shafts being aligned.
  7. VERSATILE. A quality laser alignment system does more than just measure alignment. These versatile tools enable optimum equipment set-up and operation, measuring base flatness, twist, squareness, bearing condition, spindle direction and straightness amongst others.
  8. ABILITY TO MEASURE WITH A SMALL SHAFT ROTATION. Measuring with a traditional dial gauge can require a rotation anywhere between 1800 and 3600. However, a laser alignment tool can take a complete measurement with a much smaller shaft rotation, sometimes as little as 400 which is advantageous especially when machine parts prohibit a full rotation.
  9. ENHANCED DATA MANAGEMENT. Advanced software solutions bring data management to a new level. PDF reports can be generated directly from the instrument, results can be examined in real time and the information can be integrated with an existing software system for record-keeping and reference purposes.
  10. REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Half of all machine failures are caused by alignment errors, so it is critical that errors are identified and removed as early as possible – or better still, are prevented from happening in the first place. When machinery is well-aligned and running smoothly, it will consume less energy than a poorly-aligned one which is another compelling reason for choosing fast, accurate and reliable laser alignment technology.

Given that laser alignment tools are simple to learn, easy to use, highly accurate and deliver a wide range of benefits, there’s no need to continue using complicated dial gauges and other older technologies which may be compromising the efficiency of your rotating machinery as well as compromising your bottom-line.

Nexxis has worked with many customers across a diverse range of industries to develop customised solutions for their particular alignment requirements. Deciding to go for laser technology is a major step towards more efficient, cost-effective and productive machinery, but it’s critical that the tool – or combination of tools and accessories – that you choose are right for your unique needs in terms of cost, functionality and relevance to the application.
For expert, practical advice on a tailored solution, please contact Nexxis at nexxis.com.au to see their extensive range of quality technical equipment including world-class laser alignment products from Easy Laser and Rotalign.

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MTS Russia leveraged iBwave Design’s planning, propagation and capacity modelling features to deliver one the largest deployments of Massive MIMO in Europe to date

MONTREAL, Canada, 06-Jul-2018 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — iBwave, the global standard for designing multi-technology in-building networks announced today that MTS, the leading telecommunications group in Russia, has successfully used iBwave Design to plan, design, deploy and manage modern high density and high capacity wireless networks for the 2018 Soccer tournament.

One of the main challenges during a major event like this is to be ready for the massive data demands put forward by excited fans using multiple devices in a stadium’s complex environment. To enable a fast, reliable fan experience during the 2018 Soccer, MTS Russia leveraged iBwave Design’s planning, propagation and capacity modelling features to quickly deliver one the largest deployments of Massive MIMO in Europe to date. iBwave Design was used to successfully plan and deploy high capacity networks for the following stadiums and surrounding areas: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (capacity: 80,000), Spartak Stadium, Moscow (capacity 45000), Rostov Arena Rostov-on-Don (capacity 45000) and Kazan Arena, Kazan (capacity 45000).

Through iBwave’s ability to design mobile networks in large complex venues such as stadiums, operators like MTS can create the ultimate wireless experiences by meeting the demands of a large number of people at a specific time without compromising on speed and quality. There is no margin for error in such an environment when the service is needed then and there without any disruption. Many players are needed to create this experience and iBwave’s design capability ties this all together. With iBwave on its team, MTS was able to deliver a great end user experience by leveraging design features such as signal and capacity modeling right down to inclined surfaces, complex architecture and body-loss calculations when the stadium is filled to capacity.

“It is always difficult to predict mobile consumer needs in high density, high capacity environments- particularly for a world class sporting event such this, where thousands of sports fans are simultaneously using multiple devices across multiple technologies,” says Seth Roy, Vice President Product Line Management at iBwave. “Based on our experience of connecting major sporting events such as past World Cups and the Olympics, our tools are the ideal choice to prepare for the huge amounts of data requirements during the 2018 World Cup. We are proud to support MTS in this project and extremely excited to be part of the design and deployment of Europe’s largest Massive MIMO experiences”, he added.

More than 3 million spectators are estimated to watch the games live during this month-long event, which is underway until July 15th.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Improve Your Palletising To Save Money And Increase Business Efficiencies

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AccuPak are Australia’s leading supplier of packing, filling, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment, and they have the answers on how you can increase your productivity, reduce your personnel requirements and minimise the risk of injury. Accupak helps business owners save money and improve efficiencies with automated palletising systems. The advantages of automatic palletising are numerous, as detailed below.

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies.

Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve.

Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, cases, cartons, bottles, sacks etc) are loaded onto pallets. Semi-automatic and automatic palletising systems have undergone major changes in recent years, with advances in robotics technology driving significant improvements in terms of pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, cycle times as well as the presentation of the stacked pallets.

In basic terms, a robotic palletiser utilises various end-of-arm-tools which alleviate the need for manual stacking of bags, cartons or drums onto a pallet, thereby increasing productivity and profitability while allowing greater flexibility and versatility.

Although automated palletising equipment requires a capital outlay, many businesses are surprised at just how quickly they get a return on their investment. It doesn’t take long before the companies’ bottom-lines reflect the improvements in productivity and efficiencies that are made possible by the new equipment – and customer satisfaction levels are also a lot higher.

Let’s take a closer look at how palletising equipment will benefit a business:

Speed of operation. Humans can’t compete with automated or even semi-automated palletising equipment when it comes to speed. The equipment works faster than any person possibly can, plus it can operate continuously.

Quality control. Because human error is eliminated, a robotic palletiser ensures that quality standards are consistent and deliveries/outputs are always correctly counted and packed. The overall consistency of the loading and unloading processes improves, thereby reducing costly stoppages required to fix errors and inconsistencies as well as reducing the likelihood (and therefore, the cost) of returns or damaged goods.

Reduce labour costs. Eliminating the human element or substantially reducing the level of human intervention leads to substantially lower labour costs and greater efficiencies. The likelihood of error and contamination from human handling is minimised plus there are the obvious productivity and profitability benefits as a result of lower labour costs. Another reason why automated palletisers can improve business efficiencies is that personnel who are no longer required on the manual packing line can be redeployed to other areas within the organisation and used to greater effect.

Greater flexibility. Versatile palletising equipment makes it easy to reconfigure systems to handle different shapes, case sizes, pallet stacking patterns, layers of product and weights as well as handle multiple production lines. This means faster turnaround times and productivity improvements.

Improved working conditions. An automated palletising system reduces the need for workers to do heavy lifting and repetitive work, and minimises the likelihood of OH&S issues. This means a safer working environment with reduced likelihood of workplace injuries and costly workers compensation claims.

Improved data handling and reporting. Computerized controls and a seamless interface with other business software systems allow improved data gathering, real-time reporting and analysis as well as reducing invoicing errors and enabling a more streamlined and secure information chain.

More efficient use of floorspace. A robotic palletiser generally occupies less space than a manual operation which means businesses can use their square meterage more cost-effectively. In some instances, operations are even able to reduce the size of their factory or warehouse, which results in substantial cost savings.

Find out more by calling the AccuPak professionals on 1300 793 476 or visit www.accupak.com.au to learn more about their extensive range of palletising equipment and solutions.

Express Cleaning Supplies Pressure To The Industrial Washer

Express Cleaning have a full range of cleaning equipment for the commercial and industrial market and they deal with some of the best manufacturers in the market today. Karcher is one of the top names in Pressure Washers and they supply a range that covers form the small householder job to the major industrial equipment. In some cases the item to be cleaned can be brought to a cleaning station where there is a good water supply and an electrical power supply but there are many cases where the item to be cleaned has to be cleaned in situ and the cleaner brought to site and Express Cleaning and Karcher have the ideal piece of equipment for the job.

Express Cleaning Supplies are pleased to promote the Karcher HD801B Cage Industrial Pressure Washer, which has been designed with the industrial or construction industry in mind. The Karcher HD801B Cage Industrial Pressure Washer is an excellent piece of equipment and has been constructed to be able to be taken to the point of operation by mechanical means. The pressure washer is mounted in a large tubular steel cage, which offers fantastic protection against the knocks and bumps suffered in site movement. The cage has a large lifting hook to enable it to be taken around the site by crane or fork lift truck or JCB type machine; it also has two large pneumatic tired wheels so that it can be easily manoeuvred when close to its final destination. This machine is ideal for rugged work and will take the hardship of a large industrial site.

Express Cleaning Supplies is delighted that this machine is powered by the excellent Honda 5.5 Horsepower GX160 engine. This means the machine is self-powered and only requires water on site, which can of course be tanked to site if there is no other way. The engine provides a water supply with a working pressure of 140 bar and a flow rate of up to 650 litres per hour. The machine has a 10 metre high pressure hose to enable flexibility around the work place.

Express Cleaning Supplies notes that the Karcher HD801B Cage Industrial Pressure Washer uses a long spray lance, which is some 550mm in length and works with a triple nozzle. Karcher have designed the triple nozzle to provide either a high pressure pencil jet for spot and difficult small area cleaning, a high pressure fan jet that works with a 15 degree angle and a low pressure 40 degree angle jet. The low pressure jet is very important as it gives the operator the option of using a detergent to loosen the dirt from the desired surface.

This Karcher HD801B Cage Industrial Pressure Washer is a real workhorse in the industry and Express Cleaning Supplies is delighted with the flexibility and reliability of this piece of cleaning equipment. A quick look at the Express Cleaning web site will show just how good the washer can be.
Express Cleaning Supplies are a UK online retailer of commercial cleaning equipment, from simple cleaning products through to durable and tough cleaning machines for day to day jobs.

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Laundry 365 Can Put A New Spark In Your Laundry With A Reprogramming Of That Machine

Laundry 365 are always trying to keep ahead of the game and they have put a great deal of work into getting the service right for the customer after he has set up and run his laundry. Laundry 365 is able to supply a vast range of laundry equipment from virtually every major supplier and this goes across the full range of laundry requirements from washing machines, tumble dryers, hydro extractors, ironers, finishing stations and drying cabinets. They are also able to offer excellent repair and servicing options to ensure that the equipment once purchased and installed will work well and stay working. This even includes a 365 day a year contact and repair service.

Laundry 365 have realised that there are other requirements that are needed to ensure longevity in the laundry and to help all the servicing side of the business they maintain a vast store of spare parts for most major machines. They also have a vast store of knowledge on old and obsolete machines and are excellent at sourcing spare laundry parts for the machine that may have been super-ceded many years ago but which still does an excellent job most of the time but requires a part, which is not easily found. Laundry 365 are very proud to have achieved a great deal of success in repairing and finding the right parts for good machines that would have had to have been thrown on the scrap heap.

One of the more recent work projects has been carried out in trying and most often succeeding in bringing older machines up to date by reprogramming them to a new and more efficient routine. Most modern day machines have a computer capability that allows them to be programmed to a user defined capability which will enable the customer to deal with problems or work programmes specific to his customer base. The programming system can be difficult to understand at times but Laundry 365 has expertise, which can help and return that older machine to deal with the intricacies of modern cleaning equipment. It is not just washing machines that have programmed machines but also tumble dryers and many of the finishing machines.

Laundry 365 can re-programme the washing machine to include an Ozone Disinfection Infused rinse cycle something that was not available years ago, also it may be that the operating temperature requires reducing. The advantage of re-programming is that it may be possible to significantly reduce the operating costs of running the machine and hence the cost per unit laundered lowered to increase the competitivity of the laundry in the market place. It can also help to improve the “Green” credentials of the laundry.

Laundry 365 is willing to discuss any problem that the customer may have and hopefully find a solution. There is a saying which comes to mind, that “if it is not broke do not fix it” but if Laundry 365 can reduce the running costs by 10% to 20% perhaps it is broke.

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A New Device Prevents Elevator Accidents Result From Moving Elevator With Open Door

FSSG In a nutshell 

FSSG is a patented electrical device installed in series with elevator door locks safety circuit, to detect any by-pass that may result in elevator running with open door, upon detection FSSG prevents elevator “NORMAL” operation and changes elevator control into “SERVICE” mode, thus prevents automatic movement with open door, thus prevents horrific elevator accidents.

How FSSG protect the public riders 
Elevator runs with open doors because of 2 reasons only, either Mechanical or electrical failure, Mechanical failure (machine brake or suspension) that led to elevator runs with open door, has been resolved by the Unintended Car Movement( UCM) protection. the only problem with it, in case of door locks by-pass the UCM is disabled and cannot protect the public.

Electrical failure (door lock by-pass, car switch by-pass) up till now considered to be Human error / unresolved, with the FSSG this problem has been resolved, Human error is not valid any more.

Today’s news, we’ve successfully implemented a new safety method for which, FSSG employs the UCM to creates for the first time in elevator history a comprehensive elevator protection, to ensures that no matter what’s the failure, “this elevator will not run automatically with open door.”

FSSG Description & Functions

  • FSSG is an electric device that connected in series to any safety chain to be monitored, such as landing door locks or car gate switch.
  • FSSG detects any by pass of safety circuit, either intentionally by elevator mechanic or unintentionally by-pass resulting from Short-Circuit in elevator controller or the shaft.
  • FSSG upon detection of such by-pass, switches elevator control into inspection mode. thus prevents accidents results from automatic movement with open door, but allows elevator mechanic to run the elevator under inspection mode.
  • FSSG does not disable the UCM protection during by-pass as it’s distinguish between elevator runs on by-pass, or elevator runs on safety circuit., even though by-pass exist FSSG detects also a single landing door by-pass or car gate switch by-pass, based on car door position, according to international elevator code A17.1 & EN81-20.
  • FSSG is self protected, it detects and alert any attempt to disable / by-pass the FSSG by placing a jumper wire over it.
  • FSSG detect and alert an internal failure of the FSSG
  • FSSG employ the UCM to prevent either mechanical or electrical failure that result with car running with open door.
  • FSSG is easy to adapt to all kinds of existing elevators
  • FSSG is Highly reliable, low cost and easy to install

Do not wait for the next accident act Now, FSSG

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Express Cleaning Supplies Gives Any Carpet The Clean Sweep

Express Cleaning Supplies can supply any cleaning equipment from small to large along with all the proper chemicals required for a good operation and quality cleaning with the equipment involved. This equipment can also be supplied at very competitive prices from a company, which has the experience to deal with all cleaning needs.

Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to be able to supply the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner to the carpet and upholstery cleaning trade. Prochem manufacture some excellent equipment for all sorts of cleaning work but this piece of equipment is designed to meet the needs of the travelling carpet and upholstery cleaner who needs to be totally self-sufficient.

These days even the householder does not want to be inundated with large portable cleaners which take over the house and for a hotel or office complex this is often totally unacceptable as corridors or working space cannot be clogged up even out of normal working hours. The Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is usually mounted in a typical small van with a side door, the cleaning head is attached to a water and chemical supply hose and also a 2 inch vacuum hose and these are fitted to the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. These hoses are some 250 feet (75 metres) long and can work long distances from the truck mounted carpet cleaner. Setting up for a job is simple and quick and with an extra water tank fitted the unit is totally self-sufficient.

The cleaning chemicals are added to the supply tanks but there is no need for careful measuring and mixing as the machine is set to mix the chemicals automatically. The machines works with a Briggs and Stratton 2 stroke engine and is therefore not reliant on a local power supply.

Express Cleaning Supplies are delighted with the quality of cleaning of the Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner as it is very quick in its operation and very effective. The unit works at a pressure of some 300 to 500 psi unlike the smaller units that work at less than 100 psi. This increased pressure gives a much better cleaning, which is maintained at long distances from the van. Being just a set of trailing hoses allows the operator to move freely throughout the home or building complex and the ability to use many different chemicals allows it a full ability to deal with all the different problems that the operator may encounter. The machine can work continuously with no stops required other than enforced ones, it is also able to clean upholstery exceptionally well so that a complete cleaning operation can be carried out at one time. The Prochem Blazer GT Truck Mounted Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is a great machine for dealing with large building cleaning as it can reach throughout the building, hoses and gun can be taken up external stairways or through windows to avoid entrance ways and hallways and there is no machine noise inside the building. Express Cleaning Supplies – http://www.express-cleaning-supplies.co.uk – notes that this is definitely a major player in the cleaning game

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Express Cleaning Succumb To Pressure For The Karcher HD 5/11C Washer

Express Cleaning Supplies have been supplying high quality pressure washers for a long time and the range covers all different requirements required by households and industry. This range keeps getting better and Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to promote the newest addition to the range in the form of the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer. This new pressure washer is a compact machine with a number of new features that has turned a small machine into an excellent piece of cleaning equipment. Aimed at the lower end of the market this machine is very reasonable priced but has a great workload potential.

Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased with the upright, space saving designed machine, which has a retractable handle that retracts and then collapses to help with storage. This is an ideal machine for the place with little storage space or for the outlet where the machine has to be transported on a regular basis. The overall weight of the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer is only 19 kg so single man handling is more than possible.

Operating the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer is ideal as the machine produces a flow rate of 500 litres per hour of water at a pressure of 115 bar, uses a standard 240 volt power supply and is powered by a 3 piston axial pump, with hardened steel pistons. This design configuration guarantees a smooth and quiet operation but it is extremely effective and powerful in its cleaning operation. Although quite a small machine Express Cleaning Supplies notes that it is fitted with an excellent chemical metering system, which enables the chemicals and detergents to be added quickly, and accurately at the correct rate. The designers of the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer have taken note of the problems with chemical damage to the pressure washer’s pump and have designed the pump with a brass cylinder head to make sure the cylinder head is resistant to the detergent usage.

Express Cleaning Supplies believe that the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer is ideal for a range of companies who require regular pressure washer cleaning. The lightness and portability of the machine makes it useful for operations like fleet cleaning where the vehicles are brought in on an “Ad hoc” basis or on a planned basis and can receive a regular washing. The farm or animal shelter is another obvious user where muck and slurry must be cleaned out on a daily basis. This machine will do that job quickly and very well in a very short time. Fish, meat and vegetable markets can be totally cleaned as required with a minimum of fuss and cost. In places where detergents and disinfectants are required the machine can work for long periods between refilling. The overall cost of the machine at less than ?400 means that many companies who might only have irregular but essential usage can afford such a machine. Express Cleaning Supplies welcome any enquires and invite the reader to examine their web site or contact them directly to see if the Karcher HD 5/11 C Pressure Washer is suitable for there operation.

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Ferco Provides Seating to Major London Olympics Legacy Venues

Few will ever forget the sights and sounds of the historic London Olympic Games, but they might not realise that one of the UK’s premier stadium seating manufacturers had been at work behind the scenes; providing seating solutions for some of the most high profile arenas of the games.

But the Olympic legacy is still alive and well, and Ferco is also manufacturing seats for brand new developments outside of London which maintain the spirit of excellence and achievement that was born during the games; developments such as Orford Jubilee Park in Warrington, a state of the sporting facility for Sports, Leisure and Health Education students at Warrington College.

The Orford Jubilee Park is the latest Olympic legacy development outside of the capital. This £30 million arena is designed to house an array of exciting sporting activities and course provisions for the college, and thanks to the team at Ferco seating it can comfortably accommodate a host of interested spectators.

The project used riser mounted Ferco FCB-M seats which, while cost effective, boast a unique design and ergonomic build. Widely regarded as the most comfortable plastic spectator seat on the market, the Ferco FCB-M stadium seating solution was the ideal choice for this exciting new sports venue.

Of course, sporting arenas are rarely more breathtaking than the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and this premier sports facility at the heart of the Olympic experience also opted for the high quality Ferco FCB-M stadium seats.

The Aquatic Centre was designed by the award winning architect Zaha Hadid, who endeavoured to incorporate fluid motion into the building’s design. The Ferco FCB-M seats were the perfect solution to maintain this effect thanks to their fluid, curved design. The architects chose the beam variant of the FCB-M in order to provide the flexibility required by the stringent legacy requirements. The Olympic Games might have closed, but the Olympic legacy lives on and the Aquatic Centre will continue to host major sporting events. Ferco seating was chosen to provide a long lasting seating solution which will be in place for years to come.

The genius of this Olympic seating solution is that it was designed for simple reconfiguration after the Olympic Games. The Aquatic Centre is currently being redeveloped into a multi-faceted venue and the FCB-M beam mounted stadium seats have allowed for comprehensive reconfiguration of the spectator area which retains the same high quality seating solution.

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Express Cleaning Supplies Clean Up With The Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track

Express Cleaning Supplies offer the full range of Rug Doctor machines and ancillary equipment and one of the stars of the range is the Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track carpet cleaning machine. This machine is a powerful piece of equipment and has been designed and built to cope with large carpet areas quickly and efficiently. This is particularly important in many areas of its intended usage as it is often essential that the work be completed quickly so that area cleaned can be put back into operation as soon as possible. This is true of hospitals, care homes and hotels where the area cleaned may be in almost continuous use day and night. It is also the fact that the cleaning has to be done on an emergency basis as well as on a scheduled cleaning cycle as accidental soiling is part and parcel of the work.

Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to supply the Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track machine as this machine is able to handle even the largest jobs and yet it is able to be stored easily and whilst it is not a small machine it will fit into a small cupboard and is only a few inches higher than the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro machine. The Rug Doctor Wide Track Machine is extremely efficient in its cleaning process with a vibrating brush that works at 3,200 strokes a minute, the vibrating brush allowing the cleaning of both sides of the carpet strand. It is this accurate cleaning that Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to promote and which is the major advantage of the Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track Machine. The ability to clean quickly so many different soiling problems is the problem for any carpet cleaner but this machine is able to deal with most problems. Express Cleaning Supplies is able to supply all the different cleaning agents quickly as requested by the customer.

The Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track Machine has a cleaning width of 28.5 cm and will clean some 15 cubic metres of carpet before the machine needs refilling with cleaning agents. It also extracts the fluid from the carpet at a superb rate so that the carpet is damp dry when finished and will be totally dry in a very short time. This is ideal for a heavy duty continuous operations.

Express Cleaning Supplies also notes that the Rug Doctor Pro Wide Track also comes with a hose and hand tool system which can deal with cleaning on stairs, upholstery and car interiors which gives a great flexibility in its usage. The hand operating system has a separate tool system which allows individual cleaning for small accidental problems or will allow full cleaning of upholstered furniture within a building.

Express Cleaning Supplies is pleased to discuss the requirements of any individual problem area and can communicate by email or phone. The company has a great deal of experience in the cleaning business and is able to help with the best solution to any cleaning problem.

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IntelLiDrives, Inc. releases XY Table with Air bearings for precision manufacturing

IntelLIDrives, Inc. has released a new XY table http://www.intellidrives.com/systems-c-18.html utilizing planar linear motor technology in a single plane direct drive positioning stage. This innovative design offers the unique capability to operate two axes of motion in one plane with one motor.

Two component system consists of passive, magnet-free stationary platen, constructed of lightweight composite materials, and dual axes moving forcer, gliding on the air bearings over special “waffle-like “surface called platen. Planar forcer contains two or four linear motor modules oriented 90 degrees to each other. As linear motor modules respond to varying currents, forcer moves across the platen to produce continuous linear motion. Forcers can be controlled in translation and rotation modes to perform XY and theta (couple degrees) motions.

Stage is built with field replaceable cable track, enclosing electrical cable and air supply, and a panel, containing user electrical and air connectors for a “plug-and-play” installation in less than 5 minutes.

Scalable forcer design provides forces from 25N to 500N, motion repeatability 2 microns, travel length up 1.5 m x 1 m.

IntelLiDrives, Inc. Cartesian system is capable of velocities 2 m/sec, compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a cost effective, compact envelope planar linear positioning system.

This system is designed for high accuracy, repeatability and speed, simplifying design by eliminating problem associated with stackable XY tables, where one axis is being carried by another. As a result positioning stage with the Planar XY table offers greater reliability and performance through design simplification and elimination of wear-prone components.

Planar XY table system can operate in any orientation (side wall, upside-down) with multiple forcers installed and operated independently on a single platen for high throughput and flexibility in many robotic automation applications

Typical applications include pick and place automation, electromechanical assembly, material transfer systems, laser cutting, testing, dispensing and many others.

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IceTech America, Inc. Is Expanding To A New Location In West Chester, OH

IceTech America, Inc., a world leader in manufacturing high performance Dry Ice Blasting and Dry Ice Production equipment is expanding to a new location in West Chester, OH. The response to growing demand for their blasting machines along with state of the art dry ice production equipment has prompted the move.

“Since expanding to the United States, we have seen growth every year” says Dennis Hjort, President/CEO of IceTech America, Inc. “With our growing presence in North America we have outgrown our current facility. This new facility at 5217 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, OH will allow us the room we need to hire additional employees, expand our service department and continue to add value for our customers.”

IceTech America, Inc. first opened their doors in April of 2006. With the expansion, IceTech America, Inc. will be more than doubling their campus. “We have our customers to thank for our continued growth”, says Hjort. “We invest a lot of time and resources to build close working relationships with each of our customers, and we are seeing a lot of referrals and repeat business as a result.”

With the new location IceTech America, Inc. will now host a state of the art training and conference center unmatched by any in the industry. “When our customers walk in the door, they will be very impressed” says Mr. Hjort. “The new location will offer an expanded service center along with room to meet our growing demand for more customized and automated solutions.” Automated systems have increased in demand over the last couple of years, and with the new facility IceTech is now capable to offer detailed engineered automated solutions for Dry Ice Blasting to their customers.

IceTech America, Inc. will also continue to stock every part for their blasting machines, and now will carry a complete line of parts needed for their pelletizers to continue to meet their guarantee shipment of parts within 24 hours.

Dry Ice Blasting is rapidly growing as a first choice cleaning method in all industries, from automotive to historical restoration. Dry Ice Blasting offers a non abrasive, non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning method with zero secondary cleanup involved and no moisture. Dry Ice as a blasting media is approved by the USDA, EPA and FDA. IceTech offers the only line of blasting equipment that is approved and listed by UL.

IceTech America, Inc. has recently launched all new state of the art Dry Ice production equipment that is revolutionizing the industry from older technology to the 21st century. IceTech offers the fastest line of Dry Ice Production equipment in the industry.

IceTech was first founded in 1998 in Denmark. Since inception, IceTech has continued to change the industry while engineering the most versatile line of Dry Ice Blasting equipment and high performance Dry Ice Production equipment. IceTech has supplied equipment to over 180 countries around the world both directly and with their network of over 30 distributors. For more information, please visit www.icetechworld.com.

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Direct Drive Air Bearing Rotary Tables

IntelLiDrives newly released RTH Series rotary tables combine planar air bearings and RotoLinear motor technologies in the compact, direct drive configuration.

These rotary tables eliminate friction, backlash and the wear problems associated with worm gears and belt driven stages.

Small 1.5” height profile tables manufactured with diameters 4”, 6”, 8” and 12”, operate on air bearings for frictionless, maintenance free operation, and can be supplied with aperture opening through the center.

Torque ranges from 5 to 50 lb*ft, resolution up to 1 arc-sec, repeatability 5 arc-sec, speed up to 200 rpm with unlimited rotation.

Series RT rotary tables are compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a low cost, compact envelope direct drive rotary positioning systems and can also be supplied with high resolution tape encoders for ultra-precise positioning and closed servo loop operation.

Typical applications include semiconductor assembly equipment, wafer inspection and cutting, fiber-optics alignment, optical applications, precision part indexing and robotics.

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New Cleanroom-optimized Humidity and Temperature Transmitters from Vaisala

Continuous humidity and temperature monitoring is essential in ensuring the high quality of both processes and end products in life science and microelectronics industries. To ensure accurate and stable measurement data, Vaisala introduces two new humidity and temperature transmitters, designed for use in cleanrooms and demanding HVAC applications specifically.

The new Vaisala HUMICAP® Humidity and Temperature Transmitters HMT120 and HMT130 complement Vaisala’s existing offering of relative humidity measurement instruments that covers various applications from monitoring to ventilation and process control in demanding environments.

In addition to delivering accurate and reliable measurement data, the new transmitters are durable, easy-to-use and easy-to-install. Further, their smooth enclosure finish is resistant to dust and cleaning agents, which means that the transmitters are ideal for installation in cleanrooms and other critical environments with very high level of cleanliness and air quality requirements.

“Maintaining constant environmental conditions in production and storage environments is everything to our customers. The new transmitters incorporate Vaisala’s state-of-the-art HUMICAP® humidity sensor technology with guaranteed high measurement performance, which – especially when used in conjunction with the Vaisala Veriteq Continuous Monitoring System – means that our customers can rest assured that their products remain protected at all times,” says Jan Grönblad, Regional Market Manager for Vaisala’s Life Science and High Technology business.

Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the transmitters can be either wall-mounted or used with a remote probe for installation in ceilings, chambers or air ducts. Calibration and maintenance are made simple, quick and cost-effective by making the transmitters’ measurement probes fully interchangeable. As a result, calibration does not need to be done onsite, and the probes can be replaced without having to remove and re-adjust the transmitter.

For further information and detailed product specifications, please go to vaisala.com/HMT120.

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I-TECH And KT Web Printing Ltd. Partner To Install The First I-TECH Automatic Register Control System In Canada

Imaging Technologies, Inc. (I-TECH, www.i-technologies-inc.com) I-TECH and KT Web Printing Ltd. (Toronto, Canada) have formed an alliance to install the first I-TECH automatic register control system in Canada. KT Web Printing, a cold-set web printer, has been specializing in printing newspapers and magazines in Toronto, Canada since 1983. I -TECH’s automatic register control system will be installed on KT Web’s existing Ventura 4-High presses beginning in December and will go live in January 2010.

Thomas Kim, President of KT Web Printing Ltd., says, “I-TECH’s impressive software interface, online support and troubleshooting, and almost invisible registration dots compelled us to really examine I-TECH’s advanced system. Their highly competitive pricing and guarantees, as well as their friendly staff, helped make our decision easier.”

Bill Brandenburg, I-TECH’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says, “The KT Web partnership allows us an opportunity to provide register motorization on their 4-High’s as well as give them a state-of-the-art productivity solution. Having a Canadian demo facility will also help us in our expansion efforts in the greater North America.”

Imaging Technologies, Inc. and Richner Communications, Inc. (Garden City, NY) also have partnered to put the first I-TECH automatic register control system on the East Coast. The I-TECH closed loop, automatic register control system will be installed on Richner’s existing DGM 430 press in January 2010 and will go live in February. Stuart Richner, President of Richner Communications, Inc., says, “We chose the I-TECH register system after a thorough investigation of the alternatives. The I-TECH system’s advanced technology, ease of use, and nearly undetectable register marks—coupled with its team of dedicated, attentive personnel—gave I-TECH the edge over competing products. The fact that the system is extremely well priced, and offers excellent guarantees and online support, made our decision that much easier.”

Bill Brandenburg, added, “We are excited to have Richner as a partner in this project. Richner will receive lowered make-ready waste and time as well as helping their “Green” profile. At the same time, I-TECH will get another first class demo site to bring in other prospective printers.” Brandenburg also points out that “We now have our equipment on heatset, coldset, and UV presses at newspapers as well as commercial printers. Furthermore, if we combine these two orders with our existing customer base, it gives us 22 webs of register, ribbon, and/or cut-off control on 9 different presses at 6 sites. That’s a pretty impressive record for a company who installed their first system just 18 months ago.”

About Imaging Technologies, Inc.:
Established in 2006, Imaging Technologies, Inc. (I-TECH) provides state-of-the-art machine vision systems for industrial process automation. The company designs and manufactures innovative press automation products that include Automatic Register Control, Ribbon and Cutoff alignment controls. I-TECH’s automation products improve production quality, enable time savings and help operators to reduce waste.

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