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SME collaboration is the key to success

Two companies have joined forces to offer a complete electrical and mechanical inspection and testing service to their industrial clients.

Lee Grears, CEO of Whitehaven's Responsive Ltd, and Ryan Bound, owner of Cleator Moor-based RB Electrical, have come together to sign a memorandum of understanding offering to support one another.

Lee said: “Responsive has been offering mechanical testing such as radiography and ultrasonic testing of welds since 2011 from our bases in Lillyhall and Whitehaven and have been asked many times to offer electrical inspections. We just couldn’t find the correct partner, until now.

“Collaboration is key to Responsive’s future growth, allowing us to concentrate on our core business and helping to enhance other SME businesses around us.”

A combining of services takes the core staff numbers of both companies to 31.

RB Electrical was also founded in 2011 and has grown from Ryan being a sole  contractor to six staff with two apprentices working in both domestic and commercial  settings. 

Ryan Bound said: ‘Collaborations such as this with Responsive will help our company  grow. Immediately we have secured work on Sellafield allowing us to take on further  staff and target new premises at Cleator Moor.”

Both companies believe that working together will open the door to new opportunities  by offering a complete service for industrial clients on Sellafield and elsewhere around the UK meaning more staff, training, and apprenticeships.

Earlier this year Responsive was the winner of the Nuclear Waste Services (LLW Repository Ltd) ESAT Lot 1 framework for the next four years and has also opened premises in Southampton in addition to its staff in the Manchester area. 

RB Electrical and Responsive are members of Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC,) which helps enable businesses to come together in collaboration. 

Dianne Richardson, CEO of BECBC said: “Our purpose here at Britain’s Energy  Coast Business Cluster is to create an environment for our members to do business  and RB Electrical and Responsive have made the most of that environment. 

“Collaboration of this type, bringing together specialisms to offer easier solutions for  customers, are so great to see. We are looking forward to seeing both companies  thrive as a result.”

The move is also in line with the aspirations of the Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) which by enabling collaboration between businesses, academia and other organisations, aims to solve industry challenges in a way which will create jobs and opportunities and help regenerate the community of Cleator Moor and the wider West Cumbria region.

John Maddison, managing director of iSH, said: “The way Lee and Ryan have come together for this business partnership is just the type of collaboration which will help create more jobs and opportunities in Cleator Moor and beyond.

“We are already discussing with a whole range of businesses and organisations  multiplying the effect of this type of collaboration in Cleator Moor and across the wider region through the development of iSH.

“These collaborations help the economy and the community to grow in a sustainable, dynamic and adaptable way, creating jobs, building resilience, and helping make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

Further information about Responsive is online at www.responsive.ltd and RB  Electrical www.rbes.co.uk

Pressure on for safe cleaning

The Water Jetting Association is introducing a new purple code of practice for pressure washing to counter ignorance about the risks associated with the powerful cleaning technique.

The code lays out the steps needed to optimise the safe use of pressure washing equipment. It also explains why these steps are important and what needs to be done if something does go wrong.

The Water Jetting Association (WJA), the UK’s trade body for the water jetting industry, says awareness of water jetting risks has not remained in step with the development of pressure washing technology and its increasing use.

WJA Training and Safety Committee Chairman Darren Hamilton said: “Over recent years, companies and individuals have been able to buy evermore powerful pressure washing systems.

“However, many people don’t realise the risks they face if they don’t handle this equipment properly or if it malfunctions. Our new Pressure Washing Code of Practice addresses these issues, giving users of this very useful technology the guidance needed to work safely at all times.”

The WJA points to incidents like an experienced operative who suffered severe injuries, including 4th degree burns, when a 3,000 pounds per square inch pressure washing jet pierced his boot, filling it with 1100C water.

This incident is just one of many pressure washing injuries. In another, a dockyard operative slipped due to the unexpected power of a pressure washing jet, allowing the nozzle to swipe across his supervisor, lacerating his upper thigh.

The WJA has already developed two codes – the Blue Code for high pressure and ultra-high pressure water jetting, and the Red Code for water jetting used for drain and sewer cleaning. The pressure washing code also has a colour – purple.

The Purple Code will support safe and productive water jetting at lower pressures, introducing a new operational standard and health and safety support for companies and agencies that carry out pressure washing and who rely on its advantages.

The code of practice gives the WJA’s definition of pressure washing, or power washing as it is also called. This is any jetting activity with a water pressure of up to 3,000 psi, or 207 bar (20.7 MPa).

Pressure washing is used to clean equipment and machinery in factories and engineering environments. It is also used to clean brickwork, remove graffiti, and clean mud and oil from the carriageway during highway repairs and construction.

In all these tasks, without a clear operational framework that a code of practice provides, there is opportunity for field teams to improvise and develop both unsafe and suboptimal practices.

The new code of practice includes sections on training and competency, site and equipment set-up, and the different types of pressure washing pumps and equipment, including hot water systems.

Extend Lifespan of Wind Turbine Blades with New Leading Edge Repair and Protection Solution

In response to growing market demand, polymeric technology company, Belzona, now offers a complete leading edge repair and protection solution. Optimised to be easy-to-apply, fast-curing and hard-wearing, the combination of Belzona 5711 and Belzona 5721 is specially designed to fortify wind turbine blades with outstanding protection against leading edge erosion for the long term.


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Fast, in-situ application of leading edge repair and protection solution, Belzona 5711



New Thixotropic Paste Repair System Builds on Success of Leading Edge Protection (LEP) Coating

From Norway to North Dakota, since its launch in October 2019, Belzona’s leading edge protection coating, Belzona 5721, has already been deployed at numerous wind farms worldwide to great success. Lauded as an “extremely fast and cost-effective solution for protecting leading edges” by Jæren Vind Energi AS in Norway, the turbine blade coating provides a quick and straightforward means of protecting leading edges in situ.

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2-part leading edge protection coating, Belzona 5721, being applied in situ at a wind farm

Now, building on this knowledge and experience in the field, the Company has developed Belzona 5711 – a thixotropic paste specially designed to be applied in conjunction with the Belzona 5721 protective coating (amongst other product options). This solvent-free, 2-part repair paste is specially formulated for the in-situ repair and rebuilding of leading edge erosion and impact damage on wind turbine blades.

New Leading Edge Repair Paste Facilitates Fast Turnaround Time

Commenting on Belzona’s new polymeric solution for the wind industry, Jason Horn, Research and Development Manager, said: “Whilst offering rapid cure, Belzona 5711 also has a good working life which allows for the material to be perfectly contoured/formed to the leading edge of the blade. This removes the need for sanding, therefore, eliminating a step in the repair process and simplifying the application.”

He continued: “Belzona 5711 cures quickly and can be directly overcoated with Belzona 5721 in as little as 30 minutes at 20°C/68°F - without the need for any additional preparation. At the same temperature, Belzona 5721 will be fully cured within five hours, allowing the turbine to be returned to service in the same day.”


He concluded: “With the combination of Belzona 5711 and Belzona 5721, the balance between usability and rapid return-to-service makes the products ideal for in-situ repair across a broad application temperature range. The long shelf-life also makes Belzona an ideal stocking material for wind turbine maintenance.”

Key Benefits of New Belzona Leading Edge Repair Product VS. Leading Competitive Products

• 60-minute cure time in ambient temperatures ensures rapid return-to-service
• Product is suitable for all climates (5-40°C / 41-104°F) with a maximum overcoat window of 24 hours
• Cartridge packaging ensures good mixing quality and ease of use
• Easy to contour and long working-life ensures a smooth finish
• Reduced health and safety risks (CMR free labelling in EU)
• Durable technology provides a long-lasting repair
• Sanding is not required prior to overcoating with Belzona 5721, thus speeding up the application process
• Single component rather than two grades for all climates
• Three-year shelf life allows for flexibility in application planning 
• Higher volume per cartridge ensures reduced packaging waste
• Can be applied either at offshore or onshore wind farms
• Can be used to repair manufacturing defects

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Belzona 5711 cartridge packaging facilitates a fast and simple application procedure

In addition, Belzona 5711 is available worldwide through the network of Belzona international Distributors. In order to ensure that the product is applied correctly, Contractors can be trained in the application of Belzona 5711 locally on site by one of the local Distributors.

Repair not Replace: Leading Edge Repair and Protection System Supports a Circular Economy

According to the European Wind Energy Association, the estimated lifespan of a wind turbine is typically 20-25 years. Environmental factors, such as weathering, lightning, icing, birds and insect collisions, can seriously limit this lifespan. In addition, there is evidence that damage to the leading edges of a turbine blade can lower the annual energy production, with energy losses that range between 4 to 20% when the damage is severe. 

By investing in a high-performance leading edge repair and protection system, asset-owners can protect wind turbine blades against the environmental damage outlined above. In doing so, polymeric systems support a circular economic strategy as this technology helps to extend the lifespan of wind turbine blades. In turn, this reduces the demand for blades to be manufactured and, eventually, disposed of. Therefore, by giving the blades a new lease of life in this way, the combination of Belzona 5711 and Belzona 5721 will help towards mitigating the carbon footprint of the wind power industry.

In addition, by bypassing the expensive process of both replacing and disposing of damaged blades, asset owners will be able to make significant financial savings as well.

Safeguarding Wind Turbine Blades with Polymeric Technology Supports a Net-Zero Future


According to the 2021 State of Climate Action Report, authored by the world’s top climate analysis coalition, Climate Action Tracker (CAT), in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s net-zero by 2050 target, the share of wind and solar energy in electricity generation needs to increase from 7.03% (based on 2018 figures) to 37 - 72% by 2030. By 2050, the share needs to rise further to 80 - 82%. 

This means that by 2050, wind and solar electricity generation needs to increase by between 72.97 – 74.7%. In order to support this seismic growth, leading edge repair and protection systems, such as Belzona 5711 and Belzona 5721, play a critical role in extending the lifespan of wind turbine blades and, therefore, supporting a net-zero future for the planet.

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Polymeric repair and protection systems support a net-zero future for the planet

More information on Belzona’s leading edge repair and protection solution can be found here.

Fluke develops new European HQ in Eindhoven with customer experience at its heart

The new European Headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands is home to a 400sqm customer experience centre designed to showcase Fluke’s world-class tools and allow customers to experience using them in realistic environments.

 

Eindhoven, Netherlands. 9 May 2022: Fluke, the global technology leader in the manufacture of compact, professional electronic test and measurement tools and software, has today announced the launch of its new European Headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which includes a 400sqm customer experience centre. For the first time, customers will not only be able to see Fluke’s range of world-class tools, but experience using them in a variety of real-world applications.   

It has been described by Fluke Strategic support and training manager, Eric van Riet, as a dream come true. “What we wanted was for customers to experience our tools in an environment as close to reality as possible to show where and how our products are used, and provide the opportunity to deliver training,” he said.  

Give every asset a unique digital identity

With Brady Corporation's complete RFID solution, assets in any industrial environment can be given unique digital identities just by applying a label. Users will be able to identify and locate labelled assets all at once, from a distance, in real time, without needing line of sight.

Your needs. Your solution.

To make RFID driven efficiency possible in any unique workplace, Brady leverages its global manufacturing capabilities and services to customise each of the components in its complete RFID solution. Label read range can be adapted, as well as all other label properties that enable labels to stay attached to any user's asset selection in a wide range of industrial environments. Sensors can be embedded to capture environmental data including temperature or moisture levels. Scanners can be equipped with custom programmed apps that processes data to unlock the benefits a specific business needs, and Brady can integrate the entire solution with existing ICT infrastructure.

Discover Brady’s RFID complete solution >>

A major leap in workplace efficiency

Well implemented, quality RFID solutions enable a major leap in operational efficiency for many industries. With a handheld RFID scanner, multiple assets can be located, identified, tracked and traced from a 15m distance without needing line of sight. Fixed RFID scanners can even cover the entire workplace to considerably accelarate asset tracking. As a result, employees can quickly find any labelled asset they need, inventories can be automated, and outgoing cargo can be checked for completeness in seconds.

Business at your fingertips

Automatically collected data on all labelled assets can help inform strategic decision making on capital asset numbers, their locations, preventive maintenance and environmental elements. Decisions on stock levels can be supported by the latest data, all generated and collected automatically, to further drive business efficiency and profitability, all by giving assets a unique digital identity.

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Brady Corporation

www.brady.co.uk

Dollinger series GP-146 filters from Celeros Flow Technology offer highly efficient removal of trace contaminants from process gas

 Dollinger series GP-146 high efficiency filters from Celeros Flow Technology are designed to remove dirt, pipe scale and other contaminants from process air and other gases.

Acting as the last line of defence against particulates that could contaminate the end product or damage expensive equipment, the Dollinger GP-146 is equipped to deliver reliable filtration over extended periods while lowering total cost of ownership.

At the heart of the GP-146 unit is an efficient radial fin filter element that provides the largest filtration area for a given element size. It offers operational integrity up to a differential pressure of 50 psid as standard, with special designs available for applications which demand higher differential capabilities.

Dollinger GP-146 filters come in an extensive range of synthetic and natural fiber filter media suitable for use with most process fluids. Interchangeability of the filter elements makes it simple to vary the degree of filtration within the unit. The filter elements can be cleaned and re-used many times with no loss of performance, which makes the Dollinger GP-146 an excellent choice in applications with high levels of contamination. It also reduces operating costs compared to purchase and replacement of entire filter units.

The filter housing is generally constructed of carbon steel or stainless steel. Special housings to accommodate low temperature applications can also be accommodated.

Dollinger GP-146 high efficiency particulate filters are designed and constructed in accordance with the ASME VIII, Division I Pressure Vessel construction code. Compliance with other international codes - including Korean, SELO, PED, TV, and GOST – is available on request.

To learn more about Dollinger GP-146 particulate filters, visit: https://www.celerosft.com/en-us/brands/dollinger/products/gp-146-particulate-filters

Altus Supports Heller Industries with the Introduction Of a New Vacuum Reflow Oven

Altus, a leading supplier of capital equipment in the UK and Ireland, will be supporting their supplier, Heller Industries, the market leader in reflow oven technology as they introduce an innovative new Vacuum Reflow Oven at SMTconnect, Nuremberg from 10-12 May 2022.

As electronic products continue to become smaller, more advanced and complex in construction, it is important to have soldering processes which can be adapted to achieve solder joints with fewer voids to increase reliability. Heller Industries’ new Nitrogen Vacuum Reflow Oven 1911MK5-VR is helping manufacturers to achieve the best results thanks to its ground-breaking design.

With 11 zones, a vacuum chamber, closed loop nitrogen atmosphere control and the company’s award winning COOL-PIPE flux management system, which traps the flux so it can be easily removed and replaced while the oven is running, it has all the elements to ensure fast throughput and process flexibility.

Mike Todd, Operations Manager Assembly, Soldering & Cleaning Products said: “Heller Industries will be introducing visitors at SMTconnect to their newest reflow oven, which is a real game-changer. Heller vacuum reflow ovens provide best-in-class performance for removing voids in solder joints and interfaces. The 1911MK5-VR not only achieves ambitious performance metrics to assist manufacturers in streamlining SMT assembly, but it targets voiding ratios of less than 2% and cycle times of 40 seconds for single lane implementation and 20 seconds for dual-lane systems, impressive figures that will positively impact those that use it.

Fresh identity for Hart

Hart Door Systems has redesigned its logo and launched a refreshed website to improve the visibility of the company online.

“Both the identity and the website are important elements of the company’s marketing mix and refreshing the website and the overall identity go hand in hand. This is the first major overhaul of these elements for over seven years,” says Nick Hart, Hart’s managing director

“Within the web we have focused on four core sections – high speed doors, fire and security shutters as well as general industrial products, underlining our engineered for endurance mantra as well as emphasizing our World class technology and global delivery.

“Further the website is very visitor friendly with access to datasheets and other downloads so that we engage with our customers and potential customers.”

Hart has also taken the opportunity to modernize its logo as part of the process.  “It is clean and says everything about us – we are Hart after all and our business is designing and manufacturing door systems,” adds Mr Hart.

www.hartdoors.com    t: 0191 214 0404

WJA gives water jetting standards an annual audit boost

The Water Jetting Association, the UK member organisation for water jetting, has introduced an annual audit system to help set uniformly high standards across the industry.

The measure is designed to ensure all members fully understand and meet the criteria for joining the WJA and continue to meet those standards as their membership is renewed each year.

It also promises to give members a commercial edge as they will be able to promote their audited status with a special WJA logo.

Jeff Haigh, a member of the WJA Ruling Council, is leading the audit initiative. He said: “Members have responded very positively to our new audit system.

“It is allowing us to be more certain that organisations seeking to join the WJA meet our criteria and that members continue to meet these standards as their activities develop.

“We’re also able to give companies who want to join the WJA better support and advice, as well as identifying where we can improve ongoing advice for members and raise standards still further.

Major energy supplier revolutionises electrical maintenance inspections with partial discharge detection

Kenter, a Dutch energy metering and management company, detects partial discharge using Fluke’s ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager to prevent the degradation of medium voltage applications which can impact SMEs and large multinational organisations

 Kenter, a leading Dutch energy metering and management company with more than 30,000 customers, has transformed maintenance inspections through the fast and safe detection of partial discharge. Left undetected partial discharge can cause degradation of medium voltage installations which pose significant safety, efficiency and financial risks that are critical considerations in maintenance inspections.

Kenter is part of Alliander, the largest energy network operator in the Netherlands, and works to install, rent and maintain safe and reliable energy supplies to a wide range of businesses from small family-run bakeries through to electric vehicle manufacturers and large multinational chemical companies. Kenter offers innovative energy supply and measurement solutions to aid companies wanting to optimise their energy consumption. The company’s team of 300 maintenance specialists have greatly improved the speed and accuracy of scheduled maintenance inspections using an innovative handheld tool, the ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager from Fluke.

Managing maintenance schedules

Kenter provides 24/7 maintenance on the equipment required to deliver a safe and reliable power supply to customers nationwide. This service includes scheduled maintenance cycles which typically occur every three, five, six or 10 years. During scheduled maintenance, Kenter looks to coordinate a series of works to minimise disruptions to operations, including checking for partial discharge.

Partial discharge is typically caused by a minor defect which can result in thousands of smaller repetitive electrical discharges. The phenomenon often occurs around insulation on pieces of equipment, such as high-voltage lines, transformers, turbines, busbars and the inside of cabinets, and can impact energy supply due to mechanical, heat, and chemical damage to insulators and conductors.

Trelleborg Accelerates Product Development and Small Batch Production of LSR Parts

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is supporting manufacturers with iCast™ LSR, a new fast and flexible digital manufacturing process for product development and small batch production of Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) parts.

Trelleborg’s unique iCastTM LSR process offers a cost-effective way for manufacturers to develop product variations or try out different design concepts before investing in serial production tools. In addition, the process enables the start of pre-series and series production with small batches, to close the gap between low and high-volume production.

Felix Schädler, Project Manager Innovation & Technology at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “iCast™ LSR is an adaptable five-step modular process that utilizes digitization and new manufacturing techniques. It can dramatically cut concept to production time for prototypes from several weeks to a few days for the average part. This helps manufacturers meet the pressures of rapidly moving markets that are demanding faster new product introductions, improvements, and advancements.”

The Trelleborg iCastTM LSR process starts with the submission of 3D part data and order details. A feasibility study based on artificial intelligence (AI) is triggered to confirm if the iCastTM LSR process is suitable for production of the part. Upon completion of the feasibility study, the part design is analyzed, and the individual digital mold layout is created based on 3D data. If necessary, this undergoes mold flow simulation. In a virtual environment, this process identifies the optimum production process for the use of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies in order to achieve the best possible quality.

With iCastTM LSR technology, quick and multiple design iterations of components in standard industrial grade two-component platinum-cured LSR can be made. These demonstrate the properties and quality levels of high-volume injection molded parts. Currently suitable for production of one to 2,500 parts, Trelleborg’s iCast™ manufacturing process can be utilized to produce a wide range of 2-D and 3-D LSR components including O-Rings, profile seals, diaphragms and custom-molded parts.

To view a technical webinar on iCast™ LSR digital manufacturing, go to: https://www.trelleborg.com/en/seals/resources/technical-library/webinars/webinar-icast

To find out more on iCast™ LSR digital manufacturing, go to: https://www.trelleborg.com/en/seals/products-and-solutions/latest-innovations/icast-lsr

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