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Cascadia's Aerospace & Defense Industry Update | Q1-2024

Cascadia Capital’s Aerospace team is pleased to share with you our newest industry report focusing on Aerospace & Defense (“A&D”). To access the full report, click here: Aerospace & Defense Industry Report | Q1-2024

Packed with insightful analysis and comprehensive market trends

Key Highlights

  • The products and services in the A&D markets have had a surge in demand with many key indicators that point to strong 2024 and foreseeable future:
    • Despite the rising price of airline tickets, revenue passenger miles have spiked to $97.9B in August of 2023
    • Airbus and Boeing have current combined backlogs of 14,000 planes
    • Both the U.S. and Global Defense Budgets continue to increase
  • Supply chain constraints have created opportunities for suppliers that can get quality product to their customers on time
  • Industry 4.0 technologies are having a substantial effect on the ecosystem
  • Wars are being fought with technology and driving demand for drones and other technologies to fight offensively from remote locations 
  • The Aerospace & Defense M&A Markets have been one of the most stable over the last several years and valuations have remained at relatively high levels 
  • Private Equity funds have contributed the most to this, especially in consolidating many of the privately-owned companies
  • Larger companies have been interested in acquiring higher technology companies that can round out their capabilities

New Fixed RFID Reader and New Antenna GA25

When companies update their products, they often include new features or bug fixes. The improvements which they implement generally represent responses to user feedback about the product. This is precisely what Brady has done with their new hardware products: the fixed RFID reader FR22 Lite is a response to users of the FR22 which needed a simpler reader, and the new antenna GA25 will satisfy all users who do not require the extreme performance of Brady’s other antennas.

The Fixed RFID Reader FR22 Lite

The Brady FR22 Lite is the entry variant of the powerful Brady FR22 RFID reader. The FR22 Lite has the same RFID engine and processing platform as FR22. The need for an external computer or tablet is eliminated with this reader, as a processor is integrated. It does not have the same wireless connectivity, video capability or support for Brady external modules as the FR22, however. “But that is precisely what we wanted and what the customers said they needed”, explains Lluis Bueno, Senior Product Manager for RFID & IoT Devices and Software. “Not all use cases require the kind of capabilities which the FR22 has, with video output, wireless connectivity and 16 port multiplexer. Many customers simply need a basic RFID reader.” The FR22 Lite is exactly that. It features a new UHF RFID engine based on the very latest technology and a full set of API‘s available for controlling the reader. Read capacity is at 1.000 tags per second.


The New Antenna GA25

Brady has, historically, always impressed with very special antennas which have not been available elsewhere. “Our customers loved our readers and devices, that was clear”, remembers Lluis Bueno. “But time and time again we saw that customers needed a generic purpose antenna rather than a special one. And we could not provide such antennas.” Some time ago, work on these generic purpose antennas begun, and in 2022, Brady launched a high-performance generic antenna, the GA30, to great acclaim. The new Brady GA25 goes even further in the direction of a generic antenna: it is a robust and extremely cost-efficient antenna with circular polarization. It has a high gain and achieves a long RFID reading distance, is usable on all surfaces, including metal, and shows excellent performance in every orientation.


Application Areas

Brady FR22 Lite and Brady GA25 can be integrated in one and the same installation. Suitable application areas include asset tracking, Inventory management, people or vehicle access control and document tracking. They can also be used to great advantage in RFID gates and tunnels.

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As National Apprenticeship Week 2024 approaches (February 5th – 11th), a thriving Whitchurch-based business is keen to recruit its latest up and coming engineer.

Landia UK, the pump and mixer manufacturer, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has offered work experience and career opportunities to local students at its Waymills site for the past 17 years. Several apprentices have gone on to develop their skills with the company, working their way up to become full-time, qualified engineers, as Landia’s Paul Davies explains:

“Managing products that deal with the wastewater from food, sewage and farm waste might not sound that glamorous at first (!),” he said, but an apprenticeship with us is ideal for somebody who enjoys the challenge of problem-solving. Every day is different here. There’s lots to learn.”

He added; “Take Josh Edge, for example. Not that long ago he was a brand-new apprentice at Landia, but here he is now, using valuable experience gained on our shopfloor to work on sales and projects, including a role just recently at the big LAMMA agricultural show to meet new and prospective customers.”

In advance of National Apprenticeship Week, Landia has already been liaising with local schools, colleges, and training organisations in the search for candidates. This follows several important new orders gained by the Whitchurch company in the final quarter of last year.

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The Importance of Calibrating Fixed Gas Detectors for Safety

Fixed gas detectors play a critical role in safeguarding people, places, and the planet against potentially life-threatening gases in environments ranging from high value industrial complexes to laboratories and hazardous confined spaces. However, to ensure their accuracy and reliability, regular calibration is an indispensable practice.

Calibration is usually a two-step procedure – the zero and the span. In the first step, the sensor is zeroed using ambient air after confirming that the target gas is not present or by using a suitable gas from a cylinder. The second step is to expose the instrument to the calibration gas that contains a known concentration of the target gas the sensor is designed to measure. The readings are then adjusted to match these values.

Whether an instrument warns and/or alarms at the proper time depends on its ability to translate the detected concentration of a target gas into an accurate reading

During calibration, gas detectors perform relative measurements. Rather than independently assessing the quantity of gas present, they measure the concentration of targeted gas within a test gas mixture by comparing real-time sensor response to the sensor’s response to a known concentration of target gas that the instrument is configured to detect and measure. This “known concentration” test gas serves as the instrument’s measurement scale, or reference point.

So, why is this important? Here are a few reasons to consider:

1. Ensuring Gas Measurement Accuracy and Reliability

A gas detector that isn’t accurately calibrated can lead to mis-readings, false alarms, and inadequate responses to hazardous situations. Proper calibration fine-tunes the detector’s sensor(s) to maximise speed of response, measurement accuracy, and provide reliable information to personnel required to make informed decisions in critical moments.

2. Meeting Regulatory Compliance

Safety regulations and standards are in place for a reason – to protect people, property, and the environment from potential hazards. Many industries are subject to these regulations that dictate the calibration and maintenance of gas detectors.

3. Mitigating False Alarms and Detection Failures

A poorly calibrated gas detector can lead to unnecessary evacuations, disruptions, and complacency due to frequent false alarms. Conversely, improper calibration might render a detector insensitive to dangerous gas levels, leaving people and operations vulnerable to potential harm.

4. Accounting for Changing Environmental Conditions

Fluctuations in temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure can impact the performance of these instruments. Regular calibration adjusts for these variables, ensuring that the sensor maintains its accuracy despite ever-changing conditions.

5. Combating Sensor Drift and Aging

Just like any mechanical or electronic component, gas sensors can experience signal drift or degradation over time. When the detector’s current readings deviate from the known reference, proper calibration procedures enable necessary adjustments to the sensor’s output. This adjustment effectively brings the sensor’s response back in line with the original calibration reference, minimising the impact of sensor drift.

6. Upholding Record Keeping and Liability

In the age of accountability, maintaining thorough records of gas detector calibration is a prudent practice. It demonstrates a commitment to safety management and can serve as a valuable resource in case of incidents or accidents. Having well-documented calibration records can potentially mitigate legal liabilities and bolster an organisation’s credibility.

7. Fostering Confidence in Safety Systems

An accurately calibrated gas detector is not just a piece of equipment; it’s a testament to an organisation’s dedication to safety. Regular calibration instils confidence in employees and management that the safety systems are in optimal condition, ready to provide accurate information and timely alerts in case of emergencies.


Routine calibration helps ensure accurate measurements, regulatory compliance, and a reliable defence against hazardous gases. Onsite safety and instrument availability is maximised while mitigating against false alarms at the same time. In a world where safety is paramount, the simple act of calibration speaks volumes about an organisation’s commitment to the well-being of its people and the environment.

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Q-mation adds IFS Ultimo to portfolio to improve customers maintenance & safety IFS Ultimo expands international footprint by extending operations in the United States through a partnership with Q-mation


IFS Ultimo and industrial software provider Q-mation have signed a partnership to help support customers in the US to benefit from IFS Ultimo’s Enterprise Asset Management / Collaborative Maintenance Management Solution (EAM / CMMS) platform. Q-mation is the world’s largest and most comprehensive sales, support, and training organization for AVEVA software solutions. The partnership allows Q-mation to add IFS Ultimo’s EAM solution to its portfolio and offers maintenance and asset management features to its industrial customers.

Both IFS Ultimo and Q-mation are strongly connected to joint partner AVEVA. For IFS Ultimo, this first reseller partnership in the US is another step in its global growth strategy. In recent years, IFS Ultimo already onboarded AVEVA Select partners in the UK, Spain and Italy. Both companies presented their partnership to their customers at AVEVA World 2023 in San Francisco.

Freddy Vos, VP International Sales and Channel at IFS Ultimo, commented: “The strong combination of the AVEVA and IFS Ultimo solutions allows Q-mation to offer the IFS Ultimo platform across multiple industrial sectors in the US. Customers will benefit from having local access to IFS Ultimo and the expert support and industry knowledge provided by Q-mation. Our solution is well known for rapid deployment, ease of use and seamless integrations. We already have more than 2200 customers across the globe. We are delighted to now serve more customers in the US through this collaboration with our valued and experienced partner, Q-mation.”
Ralph Gordon, Vice President of Expert Solutions at Q-mation added, “We’re proud to be working with IFS Ultimo as its EAM system aligns perfectly with AVEVA’s Asset Management Solutions. The integration with AVEVA Insight and System Platform enables greater business insight through the transference of seamless data connections for optimized productivity, efficiency and safety. The IFS Ultimo partnership helps to build a bridge between production and asset management for our customers and puts them in control of their data and digital transformation future.”

Image description, from left to right: Freddy Vos, VP International Sales and Channel, IFS Ultimo; Ralph Gordon, Vice President of Expert Solutions, Q-mation; Cody Galeggos, Channel Account Manager, IFS Ultimo.

About IFS Ultimo  
IFS Ultimo is a SaaS EAM / CMMS solution from IFS, focused on maintenance & safety and well known for a rapid deployment, ease of use and an unparalleled time to value. IFS Ultimo is part of IFS.

IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers — at the Moment of Service™️. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 5,000 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers.

About Q-mation 
Q-mation has delivered automation solutions in industrial environments since 1987 and is the world’s largest and most comprehensive sales, support, and training organization for AVEVA software solutions. The company is a leader in applying software and technology to build sustainable solutions, ranging from SCADA through MES. Q-mation serves corporate end-users, single manufacturing sites, and OEMs and often partner with system integrators to bring world-class software solutions and best practices to the world.   

Enerpac Workshop Presses - Combine Safety and Superior Performance


Enerpac announces two series of workshop presses—the XLP-Series H-Frame Workshop Presses and VLP-Series Benchtop Presses. Whether for differential assembly in the automotive industry, gear components assembly in the aerospace industry, or bearing maintenance in the mining industry, the Enerpac VLP and XLP presses offer superior performance. 

New XLP-Series Workshop Presses
Available in 25-, 50-, and 75-ton models, the XLP-Series Workshop Presses feature adjustable side-to-side cylinder movement, a locking winch for easy height adjustment of the press bed, and high-performance manual, pneumatic or electric pump options with remote valve operation. The 25-ton press has a simple, welded design and the 50- and 75-ton presses have an open frame and bolted design. The 50-and 75-ton models come standard as unassembled kits, and include complete press frame, winch, cylinder, pump with gauge, couplers and hose. 

New VLP-Series Benchtop Presses
Enerpac VLP-Series Benchtop Presses work with manual or air pumps. They feature a welded frame and are available in 10-ton models.

To learn more about the Enerpac VLP and XLP Presses, visit

Historic pub strikes it lucky with horseshoe manufacture

When the Horseshoe Inn, a historic 17th Century pub in a small Staffordshire village, wanted a large horseshoe symbolic of its name made from heavy-grade steel, it was unsure where to turn. Fortunately, businessman and Managing Director of successful manufacturing company Hi-line Industries, Steve Smith, lives nearby. Hi-line takes its support for local businesses very seriously, particularly ones that play such an important role in the community. The company therefore gladly stepped in to manufacture the customised horseshoe on the pub’s behalf free of charge.

Hi-line Industries is a UK-based leader in the design, manufacture and installation of energy-efficient compressed air purification equipment, serving a rapidly expanding customer base across the UK. Although manufacturing large horseshoes is far from core business, the company has the know-how and expertise to turn concepts into reality at its production facility in Burton-upon-Trent. Notably, Hi-line is a proud supporter of the ‘Made in Britain’ campaign, highlighting the passion around British brands and UK manufacturing.

“Our facility in Green Street is only a couple of miles from the village of Tatenhill, home to the Horseshoe Inn,” explains Steve Smith. “I know the pub personally because I live not far away. So when I heard about their requirement, I knew we could help. As a successful company prospering on a national scale, we always try to show our support for enterprising local businesses. We were very pleased to assist such an important establishment as the Horseshoe Inn, which has been at the heart of its community for centuries.”

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The Horseshoe Inn is a family-friendly pub with a warm atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home, whether they are drinking or dining. This old village coaching inn, which dates back to the late 1600s, retains much of its charm despite extensive renovation over the years. The wood-panelled public bar has a homely feel and several of the linked rooms feature low-beamed ceilings and assorted breweriana. The new horseshoe custom-made by Hi-line Industries from 10mm thick steel will make a striking addition to this landmark structure and, hopefully, bring lots of luck for many years to come.

Further information is available from: Hi-line Industries Ltd,

Green Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire  DE14 3RT

Telephone: 01283 533377                                           Fax: 01283 533367              

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How do you know when a bearing needs to be replaced?


The ISO guidelines for acceptable levels of vibration in rotating machinery form a very good basis for setting alarm levels in the context of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM). These levels can be used to indicate machine status on a “traffic light” basis, e.g. acceptable (green), warning (amber) and critical (red).

By intention, the ISO frequency range of 2Hz to 1kHz covers the vast majority of rotating machinery typically encountered (motors, pumps, fans etc.) and allows the detection of faults such as unbalance, misalignment and looseness. Uncorrected, these faults will lead to premature bearing failure and potential damage to the machine.

But what about the bearings themselves? How do you know when a bearing needs to be replaced?

The ISO frequency range will not detect bearing wear, unless the bearing is so badly worn it is on the brink of collapse. This is because most bearing noise results from high frequency vibrations of the bearing elements and is in the frequency range above 1kHz, the upper limit of the ISO range. This high frequency vibration is the typical “whine” you hear from a worn bearing. In practice, it is usually inaudible until the bearing becomes so bad it is probably about to fail. Fortunately, a vibration analyser can detect the inaudible bearing noise well before it gets to that point.

Although there are no formally agreed standards for acceptable levels of bearing noise, some “de facto” industry standards have been established to quantify bearing condition, such as the use of Bearing Damage Units (BDU). The BDU reading is the measured high frequency (above 1kHz) vibration acceleration in units of g (Earth’s gravity) multiplied by 100. So 1g = 100 BDU, 2g = 200 BDU etc.

As a “rule of thumb” for typical induction motors running at roughly 1500 RPM in Europe (1800 RPM in North America) vibration analysts consider 1g (100 BDU) as the threshold for a worn bearing. Hence, it is tempting to think of BDU as “percentage bearing wear” for typical motor run speeds. Manufacturers of CBM instruments will sometimes give guidelines for acceptable levels of bearing noise, but to diagnose a bad bearing the best thing to do is to look at the TREND of the BDU readings.

The example VibTrend plot shown here shows the BDU readings of a large bearing on a wire saw. The vibration readings were taken roughly every two weeks and the increase in BDU values as the bearing begins to deteriorate is very clear. The decision was taken to replace the bearing after the reading reached a level of roughly 350 BDU. The readings taken after the bearing was replaced then established an approximately 30 BDU baseline for a “known good” (i.e. new) bearing.

Comparisons between “known good” bearings and bearings that are known to be worn soon enables patterns to be observed. In the case described here, alarm levels for similar bearings were subsequently set at 100 BDU for a Warning (amber) and 200 BDU for Critical (red).


Fortunately, simple-to-use, low-cost vibration analysers capable of trending readings are now available. The TPI 9080 (from £1,100) comes complete with VibTrend PC based trending and reporting software that includes automatic report generation and email notification of alarms, implementing a full CBM solution. The TPI 9080 can store lists (routes) of machines to be measured (up to 1,000) with full vibration waveform and frequency spectrum capture for each.

Routes and readings can be transferred between the TPI 9080 and the included, license free, VibTrend software in a variety of different ways.  Via the included USB docking cradle, wirelessly via Bluetooth or remotely via a Bluetooth link with a smart phone or tablet running the free TPI Bridge App. This allows service personnel to receive routes and return readings, no matter where they are in the world.  

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Arco Professional Safety Services, the UK’s leading safety products and services provider, is expanding its equipment hire capabilities nationwide with new funding into four fully stocked hire centres in key locations across the UK.

The expansion of hire products will enable customers to access a wider range of hire equipment from leading specialist suppliers, including quality-assured confined space, gas detection, respiratory protective and other fall arrest prevention equipment. All hire orders will be available direct from the Arco Bracknell, Doncaster, Linlithgow and Warrington Safety Centres or can be ordered and collected at local Arco stores via a new collection service. 

Arco offers two types of hire solutions, standard hire, for short term requirements with a minimum contract of one week that can be extended as needed and contract hire that is offered for longer terms, up to five years, that also includes inspection, servicing and maintenance of equipment during the hire term.

Alongside this expanded hire proposition, customers can also purchase any of the equipment from Arco’s range of safety products should they require a permanent solution.

Gareth Liptrot, Hire & Maintenance Manager, Arco Professional Safety Services said: “As experts in safety, we are committed to providing a joined-up approach for customers offering accessible, high-quality equipment that can be acquired in the most convenient way.

“Our increased investment in hire stock at our nationwide Safety Centres and our new store collection service demonstrates our commitment to improving customer convenience and will enable greater access to quality stock and ease of service for any job our customers are undertaking.”

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Preventing Fire and Explosions Aboard Commercial Ships


Fire and explosions are among the most significant dangers aboard any sizeable vessel. This is true for all seafarers, including military, commercial, and privately owned ships. All crew members should be well trained in fire fighting, but the best training is on how to prevent fires from happening in the first place. The proper choice of portable LED lighting can reduce the risk of fire and explosions.

Three elements are needed for a fire to occur: a fuel source, oxygen, and an ignition source. The ignition source is the easiest part of this equation to remove using Intrinsically Safe (IS) lighting. So what does IS actually mean? Generally speaking, an IS-rated portable light is carefully designed and manufactured so that it cannot release enough electrical and thermal energy to ignite combustible gases or vapors.

One of the many IS rating requirements is that lighting must be constructed of a non-sparking substance. Engineered polymer is the most commonly used material. Because of its saltwater and chemical corrosion resistance properties, this makes polymer ideal for maritime use. Additionally, IS lights must be completely waterproof, another feature sailors appreciate. Innovative Manufacturers that create lighting specifically for use aboard commercial ships also add useful features such as rare-earth magnets and dual lights. In smoke-filled environments, dual lights allows the user to activate the spotlight and downward-facing floodlight simultaneously, navigating around trip hazards while also lighting the path ahead.

The combination of magnets and a floodlight gives the ability to attach IS portable lighting to the bulkhead to operate equipment hands-free without the intense glare of a spotlight.

Because of the knowledge, time, and expense required to engineer and produce IS-certified lighting, few companies achieve this. Nightstick is a global manufacturer of over 50+ Intrinsically Safe LED lighting products used worldwide in 70+ countries. Find a distributor near you at

UE Systems revolutionizes Bearing Maintenance with the launch of OnTrak Wireles


UE Systems, a pioneering force in developing ultrasonic detection instruments and solutions for maintenance and reliability, unveils its latest innovation – the OnTrak Wireless system.

This cutting-edge solution transcends traditional bearing health monitoring by actively preventing failures through precision autonomous lubrication, addressing lubrication-related issues which account for a significant portion of premature bearing failures. This cutting-edge innovation arrives hot on the heels of the recently launched Ultraprobe 15,000, showcasing UE Systems' relentless pursuit of innovation in maintenance and reliability solutions.

"The OnTrak Wireless system is set to redefine the approach to bearing maintenance," said Blair Fraser, Vice President of Business and Technology Development. "Beyond merely monitoring for defects, the OnTrak Wireless system proactively prevents them, leveraging autonomous precision lubrication. Considering that lubrication issues are implicated in up to 80% of premature bearing failures, this technology is a game-changer."

The OnTrak Wireless system integrates the new 950BT Wireless Sensor, which combines ultrasound, vibration, speed, and temperature monitoring into a single unit. This multi-faceted approach to asset monitoring not only identifies but actively prevents the most common causes of bearing failure.

"Our ultrasound-first strategy is elevated by the inclusion of vibration and temperature metrics," Fraser continued. "The 950BT sensor is unmatched in its ability to detect and prevent asset defects, offering a new level of confidence in bearing health assessments."

UE Systems' OnTrak Wireless is powered by UE Insights, an AI-driven platform that offers adaptable, browser-based visualizations for any asset. With its advanced anomaly detection, UE Insights empowers users to identify and address unusual operational patterns early, before they lead to failures.

"We're not just innovating; we're reimagining the role of ultrasound in maintenance," Fraser emphasized. "The OnTrak Wireless system, backed by our extensive experience and commitment to excellence, represents the future of predictive maintenance."

For more information about UE Systems and the OnTrak Wireless system, please visit

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