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30/3/2017
Phase Analysis: The Missing Weapon in The Fight Against Machine Downtime (Part II)
Part I (in Issue 17.1) explained that analysing the frequency spectrum is not the only way of monitoring machine vibration, and that measurement and analysis of phase, which is neither difficult to do nor to understand, can enhance the ability to correctly diagnose machine faults. More...
30/3/2017
Maintenance & Asset Management Journal Guest Editor's Foreword
There is a business process continuum. At the start is no process,where all outcomes are random, like kindergarten children playing together. At the other end is absolute control and accuracy, as in a robotic production line. More...
30/3/2017
How a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) Calculation Becomes a Trap
It is explained that calculating a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) as a measure of the reliability of a plant is by no means a straightforward exercise and may be misleading. More...

Magazine

30/3/2017
A Food Manufacturing Asset Care Training Model - and the corollary of increased productivity
Recent business press articles have reported the low level of productivity in the UK*. Simon French, economist at Panmure Gordon & Co, argues that: “The only way an economy becomes wealthier or delivers economic growth is to increase productivity”. More...

Product Reviews

27/4/2017
Next Level Half-mask Respiratory Protection
The new AVIVA is the latest innovative half mask from Scott Safety, a world leader in the design and manufacture of respirators and personal protective equipment. More...
27/4/2017
Safety Locking of Machinery Guards
SICK has introduced the TR10 Lock for highly-reliable mechanical locking of moveable safety protection on machinery, such as guards, hoods, flaps, doors and screens. More...
27/4/2017
Stay Safe with Toolbox Talks
Keep up to date with the most recent changes to Health & Safety Guidelines for safe electrical maintenance with the latest ToolBox Talks on Safe Isolation from Martindale Electric at your workplace. More...
27/4/2017
New Safety Footwear
U-Power’s brand new RedLion range is the latest in the company’s collection of original, Italian-designed, work-to-leisure safety footwear. More...
27/4/2017
Safety Tank Shower meets International Standards
Spill containment and spill control industry expert Empteezy has proof positive from three independent tests that its emergency tank shower (SE-VTS-1 tank shower) meets the rigorous standards set out by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the three European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI). More...
27/4/2017
New Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders
Continuing their strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP understand that Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is one of the biggest Occupational Health problems facing us today so to help the industry combat this, the JSP Research and Development team have designed a new range of SonisTM Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which peak at an unbeaten SNR of 36. More...
26/4/2017
ABB and Sulzer sign UK service agreement
Framework agreement gives ABB customers access to Sulzer’s extensive expertise in the repair and maintenance of large rotating machines. More...
30/3/2017
Sealmasters’ Easier Bearing Removal With Time Saving Performance Mounted Ball Bearing
Setscrew locking mounted ball and roller bearings have been around for over 100 years. Removal of setscrew locking bearing can be time consuming the two main problems with removing this type of bearings are the burrs created from setscrews and fretting corrosion. More...
30/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - 100 Years of Innovation
It’s not every year a company can celebrate 100 years of business so Dixon are proud to be celebrating their centenary. Founded in 1916 Dixon has grown to become a world leading manufacturer of hose fittings and related accessories for all industries with footprints across the globe More...
30/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Lubrication - When Is Anti-Seize The Best Choice?
The typical function of a lubricant is to protect against friction and wear but it can also be used to inhibit corrosion by displacing moisture and leaving a continuous coating on the part. When choosing a lubricant, it is important to consider the intended application as well as the environmental conditions to which the assembly will be exposed. More...
30/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Seal-less Pumps Excel in Emissions Control
Hydra-Cell pumps from Wanner are said to meet the challenges of flue gas scrubbing in terms of corrosion resistance and their ability to handle abrasive particulate matter. More...
30/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Rotary Hydraulic Directional Control Valves
From March 2017, Webtec will be able to offer rapid 7-working-day lead-times on all single piece hydraulic rotary directional control valve orders. More...
28/3/2017
NDT Conference and Materials Testing Exhibition 2017
The 56th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) will take place from 5-7 September 2017 at The International Centre, Telford, UK. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Pneumatic Actuator Controls
Bifold offer configurable valve control products, simplified for ease of selection with the highest safety factors and reduced spares requirements, offering the highest flow at the lowest cost. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New Tachometers For All Zones
BEKA associates extensive new range of Tachometers simplify speed measurement and display in both hazardous and non-hazardous areas. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Stainless Steel Motorised Drum
Rulmeca did not compromise when developing the hygienic, all-rounder stainless steel 113LS motorised drum to provide a powerful, continuous drive for light and medium duty conveyors. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Supplier of the Year 2016
Specialising in the sale, rental, service and support of ABB Variable Speed Drives and Motors since 1994, Quantum Controls has won the ABB Drives and Motors Supplier of the Year Award for the second year running. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Speedor Storms for Dunstable
Hart Doors Systems has completed the installation of two Speedor ‘Storms’ at a recently opened packing and distribution facility for a major online retailer. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Switchback to Comfort
For lasting comfort through a hard day’s graft on site the Scruffs Switchback boot has it all. Made for demanding jobs it combines underfoot protection with hard wearing features. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Protection for LNG Tank Bases
Winn & Coales Denso Tank Base Protection System is being used at the Isle of Grain National Grid site on four of their LNG storage tanks. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Ramping Up The Benefits
The nature of business can be fluid, with peaks and troughs affecting most aspects of a company, from staffing levels to equipment use. This is particularly noticeable within companies that rely on loading bays for product import and despatch. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Water Mains 28 Year Protection
Anglo American Platinum is the world's leading primary producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and provide a complete resource-to-market service. An inspection was carried out at the South African site to determine the condition of the fire water mains, which was protected by a Denso system since its installation in 1988. More...
27/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - 2017 Product Catalogue
FREE to professional tradesmen and women around the UK, it’s packed with details of the world’s most innovative Hand Tools and accessories for working effectively - wherever you are on site. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New 'Ergo Wing' Industrial Drills
The new range of ‘CP Ergo Wing’ Industrial Drills has been designed to provide operator comfort during high usage and productivity. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Backlit Monochrome Displays
Alicat Scientific has added backlighting as a standard feature on monochrome LCD displays for its core range of mass flow meters, mass flow controllers and pressure controllers. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Up Close With New Microscope Video
Blue Diamond Technologies, the Hampshire-based engineering firm specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke mechanical components, has added a new video to its YouTube channel to demonstrate the effectiveness of its Optimax Evo-Cam full HD digital microscope. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Integrating IR Camera Data with LabVIEW and MATLAB
Fluke has introduced a new software feature that integrates high-resolution thermal data from the company’s TiX580 and TiX560 infrared cameras with National Instruments’ LabVIEW and MathWorks’ MATLAB software More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - FREE Clamp Meter
Until 30th June 2017, Fluke is offering a FLK-1507/323 KIT which comprises a compact, rugged and easy-to-use Fluke 1507 Insulation Tester with a free, rugged true-rms 323 Clamp Meter. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New, Proprietary Vane Material
GAST has launched NEW LubeFree options for their AM series air motors that utilize a proprietary vane material that provides versatility, allowing users the options to oil or not oil the motor. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New 3-Axis Sensor
Hansford Sensors, the specialised manufacturer of advanced industrial accelerometers, has launched a new high performance triaxial vibration sensor, capable of providing simultaneous measurement in three axes. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Ultraprobe 9000 ATEX Kit
Maintenance activities in hazardous environments can be a challenge. UE Systems has the perfect solution: the Ultraprobe 9000 ATEX - a digital ultrasonic inspection instrument which is ATEX rated, versatile and easy to use. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Anglian Water's Handling Problems Solved
The UK’s leading forklift attachment company has helped an Anglian-based water company to streamline its manual handling operations. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - 30 Years of Lift Truck Manufacturing
Crown has been producing highly successful products at its European production plant in Roding, Germany, since 1986 More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Accredited Gas Inspectors Courses for 2017
ESAB has published its schedule of Gas Inspectors Training Courses for 2017. These will be held at ESAB’s facilities in Waltham Cross and Chorley, and there are courses for both certification and re-certification. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New Safety Footwear Catalogue
The 2017 Product and Price Catalogue has full details of the complete range of the UK’s most stylish Safety Shoes, Boots and Trainers from Hultafors UK’s own SolidGear and ToeGuard brands. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Spring Making Secrets on YouTube
Ever wondered how springs are made? William Hughes Ltd, one of the UK’s foremost spring makers, has produced a video demonstrating the manufacturing processes involved in producing the hundreds of thousands of bespoke springs delivered to customers each week. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Manufacturing Under The BSI's KitemarkTM Scheme
Europe’s leading independent manufacturer JSP are proud to manufacture under the BSI’s KitemarkTM scheme – the recognised mark for quality, safety, performance and trust More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - UK's First Platinum Distributor
ESAB has appointed Weldsafe Limited as its first Platinum Distributor in the UK. Based in Glasgow, Weldsafe has been an ESAB distributor for 33 years and the company easily met the stringent criteria necessary More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - VSW-100 Vibration Switch
Meggitt’s VSW-100 vibration transmitter is a cost effective stand-alone solution that continuously monitors the vibration of simple rotating machinery such as motors, pumps and fans to more complex units such as reciprocating compressors or cooling tower gearboxes. More...
23/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Classic Work Trousers
A classic to rely on with superb fit and functionality - whatever work you’re doing on site. More...
17/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Knee & Elbow Protection
Comprehensive range to suit every application More...
10/3/2017
Training for Ex-Forklift Engineers
Safety company Pyroban is advising companies that their forklift engineers may need new training ahead of the introduction of the updated EN1755:2015 standard for explosion protected forklifts in November 2017. More...
10/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - Rethink Water – To Maximise Benefits
New year. New challenges. New ways of thinking. With ever increasing sustainability, regulatory and financial pressures, now is the time to Rethink Water with the help of Veolia Water Technologies. More...
7/3/2017
Company News & Product Review - New 3-Phase Electrical Energy Loggers
Fluke has introduced the Fluke 1732 and 1734 Three-Phase Energy Loggers, intuitive, easy-to-use tools with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities. More...

News

27/4/2017
Unique Corrosion Inspection Tool Now Available To Rent
Ashtead Technology has expanded its NDT equipment rental pool following investment in the latest Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technology to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections. More...
26/4/2017
Box clever boiler hire
The process of commercial boiler repair or replacement is no longer the logistical headache that many organisations and institutions have had to grapple with in the past thanks to the development of easy and efficient containerised boiler hire. More...
25/4/2017
The Future of Robot Safety
Part of the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0. collaborative Robots, or cobots, are designed to work alongside humans where they can perform tasks simultaneously. This means that unlike more traditional machines, which have a guarding mechanism, collaborative robots often operate in the human-occupied workspace without safety fencing. However, not all collaborative robots are guard-free, depending on their function and related safety requirements. More...
25/4/2017
Borger’s Pumps Are The Right Angle
Within a very confined bunded area at Severn Trent Water’s Minworth Sewage Treatment Works, the upright design of Borger’s recently installed rotary lobe pumps has significantly reduced maintenance costs and downtime. More...
25/4/2017
Enhanced Process Safety Through Understanding Human Failures
This article elaborates the need for process safety in highlighting the significance of Human Factors Engineering (HFE) in design by reducing the potential for human failures. More...
10/4/2017
New Sales Director
Michael Rutter, who joined Keighley based Byworth Boiler Hire in 2006, has been promoted to Sales Director. Originally appointed as Hire Sales Engineer over the last ten years he has been involved in many aspects of the business including training, service work, sales and hire of industrial steam and hot water boilers. More...
3/4/2017
Wearable Technology Revolution
Snickers Workwear has always been renowned for its modern designs, innovative functionality and market-leading fabric technology. Now its WorkTrousers are getting even ‘smarter’ with the integration of technology to improve performance and wellbeing at work. More...
31/3/2017
Iconic Hadrian’s Wall Sculpture Unveiled
A spectacular piece of public artwork to mark the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend will be unveiled on Friday 24 March. More...
30/3/2017
UK Thermal Imaging Training 2017
Although thermal imaging cameras are becoming more intuitive, this should be no substitute for operator skill. It is still vitally important that those who use these smart cameras have a thorough understanding of the science and its application in order that they can accurately interpret the findings. More...
28/3/2017
Intelligent Automation Systems New Operations in the UK
Intelligent Automation Systems Ltd. recently officially inaugurated its new establishment at Hyde Park Hayes, a West London business centre, located less than three miles from Heathrow Airport. More...
20/3/2017
Armed Forces Covenant Gets Royal Approval
Alcumus, the UK’s market-leading provider of technology-enabled business assurance and compliance risk management solutions, was delighted to introduce its Armed Forces veterans working for the company to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during its official head office opening on 24th February. More...
17/3/2017
NDT Conference 2017: Call for Papers
This is a Call for Papers for the 56th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), taking place from 5-7 September 2017 at The International Centre, Telford, UK. More...
16/3/2017
Fast-Action External Door Withstands High Winds
A FlexiEdge fast-action external door supplied by Stertil Door Products ensures safe access for pedestrians and wheeled vehicles in an area of high wind loading for Greencell Spalding. More...
14/3/2017
Small Parts Make a Big Difference
Few would deny the logic of ensuring the continued performance of production equipment, but recent findings show that not everyone is aware that the quality of spare parts can have a significant effect in terms of costs and efficiency. More...
7/3/2017
Reflecting On ERP…
As a regulation that affects the industrial market on a daily basis, Andrew Jones, Technical Product Engineer at Axair Fans, reflects on previous industry legislation and explains how the next ERP directive (Energy related Products) could have the biggest influence yet on the industrial fan market in general. More...
7/3/2017
Reduce Down-Time, Equipment Failure and Energy Use
Running manufacturing automation systems at high temperatures will have a major negative impact on the system’s performance and reduce its service life. More...
24/2/2017
Advanced Thermal Imaging Cameras
FLIR Systems announces three new Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras for electrical, mechanical, and building applications More...
23/2/2017
Sweet Caroline
HMS Caroline is a decommissioned C-class light cruiser which saw combat service in World War I and served as an administrative centre in World War II. HMS Caroline was launched and commissioned in 1914. Due to the refurbishment, she is currently closed to the public, but is due to re-open in 2017 More...
21/2/2017
Putting CHP Aftercare Front of Mind
While Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems continue to grow in popularity, aftercare all too often remains an afterthought. Here Carl Main explains the importance of servicing and maintenance in order to protect what often is a sizable investment. More...