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AN INNOVATIVE academy programme is on the hunt for engineers to develop their skills while working on a pioneering project aimed at making power generation across the UK more sustainable.
Co-Lab Engineering Managing Director Clyne Albertelli is looking for participants on the next project of the newly launched Engineering Academy, with the cohort challenged to help develop technology which will convert water supplies intoelectricity within domestic and community settings.
Through a unique partnership with Technology Consortia Limited (TCL - Cumbria), the engineers will work with TCL founder Ian Stephenson, who has 50 years of experience in applications engineering, to manufacture Compact Hydro Energy Devices (CHEDs) to change the face of power generation by reducing carbon emissions usage and improve sustainability across the UK, and beyond.
Supported by Innovate UK, Ian has developed a concept design of the CHEDs but is teaming up with the Engineering Academy for assistance in manufacturing the electro-mechanical and electronic control components of the devices, providing budding engineers with the opportunity to develop their skills while working on real-world, industry wide challenges.
During the six-week ‘sprint’ project, Academy participants will work with other organisations to identify the challenge, design a model and build a prototype for testing to ensure the devices can operate successfully.
Ian said: “I have been working to develop devices which can be installed and adapted to main water supplies to convert hydropower into electricity to provide a more sustainable way of generating power, and the feasibility of the concept has been researched and proven.
“My strengths are in fluid engineering, but my weaknesses lie in micro-electronics, so this is why I reached out to Clyne and his exciting Engineering Academy to provide assistance where my skill sets are lacking, while allowing the participants to develop key skills needed in the industry.
“The Engineering Academy is such an interesting formula as it helps engineers wanting to improve their skills and gives them the chance to work on a real industry challenge. I have 50 years of experience in engineering so I think there are a few bits of advice I will be able to pass on.”
The Engineering Academy was launched by 26-year-old Clyne in November and the first cohort are nearing the end of its challenge to find a mechanical or chemical method of cleaning unwanted biofouling from the hulls of submarines and boats.
The CHEDs project, the first of five currently planned for 2023, will run for six weeks from January 16 and Clyne is keen to hear from candidates wanting to upskill by developing project management, business, practical problem solving, teamwork and collaboration skills.
He said: “The partnership with TCL is a really exciting one and it will be the first of its kind in this field as we pool our resources to help develop the skills of a local workforce.
“We are very much looking forward to creating a concept that has huge potential to have such a positive impact on the UK’s sustainability agenda, and the end result of the project could help change the face of power generation across the world.
“In my opinion, working on this project is such an appealing prospect for engineers looking to improve in the industry and we can’t wait to hear from candidates who want to join us on this exciting journey.”
Community regeneration initiative iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub), which was created to promote collaboration between industry, SMEs, academia and other organisations across Cumbria, will sponsor two places on the next Engineering Academy project; a placement for a student wishing to develop their skills in the sector and a placement open to a SME which would like one of its staff members to benefit from the programme’s activities.
The Engineering Academy is being supported by delivery partners the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), University of Cumbria, the Centre for Leadership Performance and TEDx speaker Jo Corbishley, who will all feature in the activities during the six-week programme.
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Under the brand name ExpertDAQ, Acceed offers a comprehensive range of scalable and cost-efficient IO modules for networks in demanding operational environments. The modules with analogue and digital inputs and outputs also serve to link distributed sensors, actuators, meters or relays in extensive areas or via the Internet. They are robust, energy-efficient and can be installed and commissioned without any great effort. The EX9250-MTCP is a digital I/O module with ten inputs and six outputs. Two Ethernet interfaces enable the linking of several modules. Here, the auto-bypass function ensures the further operation of the other modules in the chain if one fails.
The digital I/O module EX9250-MTCP has two Ethernet ports (RJ-45, 10/100-Base-T) for network connection and establishing daisy chain connections. It offers ten insulated digital inputs (dry/wet) and six digital output channels with 3750 Vrms galvanic insulation. All digital input channels support the latch function for signal processing. Simultaneously, these DI channels can also be used as 300 Hz meters. The digital output channels also support the pulse output module. The protocols Modbus/TCP, TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP and ARP are supported. With the automatic DIO synchronisation (peer-to-peer), the direct allocation of two EX9250-MTCP modules can be defined so that the input values are directly transferred to the output channels. Therefore, an output channel (local or remote) can be activated, dependent on the data pattern of the input channels (1/0 or toggle): if the data pattern changes from "agreement" to “non-agreement", the corresponding output is set to active (1 or 0).
The particularly narrow module with its 2.75 cm is prepared for top-hat rail assembly, the connections for the power supply (10 to 30 V DC) are designed as plug-in screw terminals, the inputs and outputs as plug-in terminals. The admissible ambient temperature for operation is specified with -10 to +70 °C in accordance with industry requirements. LEDs on the front display the most important information on readiness for operation and data communication within the network. A comprehensive manual explains commissioning, use options and switching and provides an additional detailed overview of further modules with specialised functions and properties. All modules are available at short notice from acceed (www.acceed.com) Also, drivers and utilities are available for Windows.
Scalable ultrasound and volume flow sensor platform for optimising energy efficiency in industry
Scalable ultrasound and volume flow sensor platform was nominated for the XXV. Innovationspreis Thüringen 2022
On Nov. 30, 2022 in Weimar, the IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH (IMMS GmbH) has been nominated in the category "Industry and Material" for the scalable ultrasonic and volume flow sensor platform "sUSe" on the XXV Innovationspreis Thüringen 2022. The platform is intended for the optimization of energy efficiency in industry. The system will be prepared for market launch with the development partner SONOTEC GmbH from spring 2023.
Platform helps save energy for compressed air in industry
"Even before the energy crisis, industry was combating leaks in compressed air lines, as they cause the most energy losses and thus also unnecessary costs. In view of the current price development, it is even more important for companies to find such leaks, evaluate losses and initiate maintenance measures," explains Dr. Tino Hutschenreuther, subject area manager for system design at IMMS.
Up to 10% of electrical energy is used in a wide variety of industries to generate compressed air alone, for example to drive machines and cylinders, transport materials or small parts, cool molded or cast parts, flush gas tanks or operate exhaust, ventilation and drying systems. On average, 30% of this compressed air is lost due to leakage.
In order to significantly reduce such losses, the IMMS has developed the sUSe electronics platform for an automatable solution for the sensors of the cooperation partners SONOTEC GmbH and Postberg+Co. GmbH. The sUSe system consisting of platform and sensors can be retrofitted in industrial compressed air systems to
permanently monitor them, improve energy efficiency and save CO2 emissions.
For the first time worldwide, the system combines hybrid sensor technology and data fusion in one device which allows for a holistic and continuous monitoring
Until now, leaks in compressed air systems have been measured, analyzed, located and documented in reports by service technicians, usually commissioned externally, using individual sensors or various devices. Continuous monitoring usually does not take place and the data can neither be networked nor connected to ERP systems.
The sUSe platform developed at the IMMS forms the basis of a worldwide novel, holistic monitoring system for compressed air systems. It consists of the platform and several ultrasonic and volume flow sensors that are distributed over a compressed air system, networked and permanently installed.
On the one hand, volume flow sensors from the partner Postberg measure the amount of compressed air flowing through at various points in the system. This is related to the quantity fed into the compressed air system. On the other hand, ultrasonic sensors from SONOTEC GmbH, which are also integrated in the system, acoustically locate leaks and evaluate their loss.
With the sUSe platform, all data from a wide variety of sensors are merged and digitally processed. This data fusion enables a comprehensive evaluation, because now leakage points and total volume flow are considered together. As a result, the share of losses in the total consumption of compressed air can be precisely allocated.
"With this completely new concept of evaluating compressed air losses holistically, companies can concentrate on the major construction sites with sound data," Hutschenreuther continues.
"After all, about 70 percent of compressed air losses can be attributed on average to about 10 percent of leaks, which you can now target and eliminate first with maintenance measures."
Electronics platform, AI-based signal processing, communication solution, performance features
Since compressed air is supplied in varying quantities at changing points for many applications, such as for various actions of an industrial robot, the sUSe platform and all associated sensors must operate synchronously in terms of time. Therefore, IMMS has taken a modular approach to the design of the hardware components. The sensors acquire data simultaneously via a synchronization mechanism to ensure the real-time capability of the system. The algorithms implemented by IMMS are used to evaluate the different channels within the system and make a statement. AI accelerators can be retrofitted via an expansion slot to significantly increase processing power.
This edge AI platform for decentralized data processing is used for each measuring point of the monitoring system. In order to be able to adapt the system very flexibly for different applications without having to make changes to the hardware, the IMMS developed the signal processing components using a model-based design technology and configured the application algorithms for FPGA integration on this basis. Suitable communication interfaces and protocols were implemented for integration into maintenance systems and the corresponding communication capability of the platform was established.
In detail, the platform offers a completely digital data structure, sampling rates up to 400 kHz for synchronous and phase-accurate sampling for analog and digital sensors, broadband measurements, exchangeable algorithms, scalable computing power, sensor data fusion, calibration function, cloud integration and networking via various techniques and protocols, and connectivity to ERP systems.
Market launch 2023 and potential for further applications
"In view of the current dynamics on the subject of energy saving, the market launch planned for 2023 comes at the right time," says Michael Münch, Managing Director of SONOTEC GmbH. Beyond the monitoring of compressed air systems, he also sees versatile application potential in predictive maintenance, process monitoring and quality assurance. He added that the modular platform architecture has been developed in such a way that very specific market requests can be effectively handled with different sensor combinations. "We assume that completely new market segments can be opened up with the technology," Münch concludes.
About the Innovationspreis Thüringen
The Innovationspreis Thüringen annually honors outstanding innovations from Thuringia. The aim is to honor innovations as well as the players behind them and to motivate companies to incorporate the competitive factor of innovation even more intensively into their corporate philosophy and to make greater strategic use of it. The competition shines a spotlight on innovative achievements, publicizes success stories, supports networking and achieves greater visibility beyond the borders of Thuringia. With a total of 100,000 euros in prize money, the Innovationspreis Thüringen is one of the most highly endowed state innovation prizes in Germany and is awarded in four categories. An independent jury of regional and national experts from business and science evaluates the submissions according to, among other things, degree of innovation, entrepreneurial performance and market potential.
About the IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH (IMMS GmbH)
The IMMS supports companies in launching internationally successful innovations for health, environment and industry and accompanies them from the feasibility study to series production. It advances companies with application-oriented research and development in microelectronics, systems engineering and mechatronics and transfers results of basic research into applications. The IMMS was founded in 1995 as a state-owned company of the Free State of Thuringia and an institute of the Ilmenau University of Technology. It operates with a team of around 90 people at its headquarters in Ilmenau and at the institute's branch in Erfurt. https://www.imms.de/
The SONOTEC GmbH is a leading specialist in ultrasonic measurement technology solutions. With more than 190 employees, the technology company based in Halle (Saale) develops and manufactures customer-specific ultrasonic transducers and sensors as well as testing equipment and measuring technology solutions. https://www.sonotec.de/
Croda Europe Ltd has become the latest organisation to join EEMUA as a corporate member.
Croda is a global speciality chemical company creating ingredients and technologies that bring innovation, high performance and sustainability to an array of products used by industry and consumers around the world. All the company’s UK operations fall within scope of membership, which covers manufacturing sites at Rawcliffe (East Yorkshire), Leek (Staffordshire) and Ditton (Cheshire) producing a range of chemical products.
EEMUA provides valuable information through guidance and other activities for members that assist with tackling issues within industry, whether that is in relation to new or ongoing industry-wide issues, conforming to regulatory standards or discussing incidents. As a membership organisation EEMUA aims to benefit its members continuously across all areas of concern, including the challenges of decarbonisation and sustainability.
EEMUA corporate membership is open to companies that own and/or operate industrial facilities or that are significant purchasers or users of engineering equipment and materials.
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Compressed air and fluid power specialist Thorite has appointed Jim Allen as Business Development Manager to support its £10 million growth plan, bringing the nationwide team to 13.
Jim joins the Bradford-based company as Business Development Manager for the Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield areas of Yorkshire. He has a decade of sales and management expertise in the pneumatics and general industrial sector, most recently as regional manager for Leeds based specialist hazardous equipment manufacturer, Thermac.
His responsibilities will include setting and maintaining strategies for growth, strengthening customer relationships and developing new business.
Jim, who is based at Thorite’s Huddersfield branch, said: “I really enjoy working for companies such as Thorite, who want to not only supply products, but work in partnership with our customers to help them work in safer, efficient and more profitable ways.
“Anyone can sell products and move boxes but only experts in their field can work in this way.”
Jim will work alongside Thorite’s branch and operational teams to identify key growth potential and ensure that existing and new customers are able to optimise efficiency and productivity through the company’s bespoke solutions and comprehensive aftermarket services.
His appointment follows the announcement of Gregg Blyth as Business Development Manager for the North East region in July.
Thorite Sales Director, Mark Yates, said: “We’re on track to achieve our goal of £10 million growth over the next five years and Jim’s appointment is the latest in a number of roles that are critical our plans.
“His appointment will greatly enhance our services and support to customers in his area.”
Following its recent contracts to supply security and fire shutters for airports in Saudia Arabia and Scandinavia, Hart Door Systems of Newcastle upon Tyne has won major contracts for projects in Hong Kong involving the delivery of 73 of its Typhoon shutters.
It was earlier last year (2022) that Hart launched its Typhoon shutter after considerable testing and development as two variants 3000 pascal or 4,000 pascal rated. However testing has showed the shutter was capable of sustaining pressures at 5030 pascals, equivalent to the pressures generated by a Typhoon blowing at around 165 mph.
Though the majority of Typhoons develop in the six month period beginning in May, Typhoons are a phenomenon at any time of the year, capable of delivering considerable damage to property, often causing many deaths.
“As a result there are procedures in place across South East Asia to protect people, businesses and property,” says Doug Hart, chairman, Hart Door Systems. “We are delighted that our quality and standards are recognised on such a large-scale and that our Typhoon shutters are part of this protection.”
The order is to supply 73 Typhoon shutters, a record for Hart in one contract, for a 1.2m sq ft data centre in the Tseung Kwan O district of Hong Kong. It follows the recent delivery of 19 Typhoons for another datacentre and two Typhoons for a shopping mall.
Doug Hart adds: “Throughout the development of our business the focus has remained on innovation and quality. After all our leading high-speed door brand, Speedor was first launched in 1983 and this has continued to be a significant part of the high-speed door sector.
“We have just launched the latest variant, Speedor ECO which will complement Hart’s very successful Speedor Storm, Speedor Mini and sub brands such as Speedor Conveyor and Speedor Cleanroom.
CAPTION The data centre in Hong Kong where Hart’s Typhoon resistant roller shutters are being installed to each of the 19 floors, highlighted in red, to allow for heavy computer network equipment access.
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Marine engineers,Ecomar Propulsion, and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), operated by the University of Strathclyde, have kicked off an ambitious research and development (R&D) project aimed at bringing the manufacture of key parts used in zero-emissions electric boats to the UK.
Funded by the Scottish Inward Investment Catalyst Fund, the project seeks to bring production to Scotland to overcome a global supply chain shortage ofelectric outboard motors, which are currently made in Japan.
Ecomar Propulsion will tap into the knowledge of experts from NMIS and the Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing (FEMM) Hub,which is leading research in electrical machines and manufacturing to put the UK at the forefront of green energy.
Eugene Bari, CEO of Ecomar Propulsion, said: “We’re looking to establish a Scottish manufacturing base and revolutionise shipbuilding across the UK as we edge towards a decarbonised marine sector.
“The UK shipping industry has historically been seen as a polluter but there is a real potential for clean boats in Scotland.Alongside the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, and with support from Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde, we’re benefiting from a rich network of connections and tremendous expertise and academic knowledge.
“For the next generation of outboard motor, we need to establish a new, shorter supply chain and refine product development with sustainability at the forefront from the outset.”
NMIS is part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult and provides access to industry leading expertise and resources that help de-risk innovation, turn ideas into a reality and solve real world manufacturing and engineering challenges.It has recently announced two other high-profile R&D projects aimed at revolutionising UK ship building in collaboration with industry partners including BAE Systems and Malin Marine Consultants.
EcomarPropulsion research, develop and producehigh performance electric and hybrid hydrogen marine propulsion systems and have set an ambitious goal to reduce maritime greenhousegas emissions by 10 million tonnes within 10 years.
Gladys Benghalia Head of Electrification Manufacturing Programmes at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, said:“Our goal at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is to transform manufacturing in Scotland and the wider UK, helping toincrease productivity, stimulate local investment, create jobs and strengthen supply chain links.
“Using our expertise and knowledge of electrification we’ll support this project by identifying a clean and efficient supply chain for electric outboard motors. This means we will look to source the materials and produce the final product in Scotland, reducing our reliance on importing and opening up opportunities for new jobs within the sector.
“Scotland has a legacy for shipbuilding and together with manufacturers large and small, we can establish a more vibrant future for manufacturing and marine technology.”
Enterprise Minister Ivan McKee said: “Scotland has a rich shipbuilding heritage with the skills, technology and expertise to play a leading role in the decarbonisation of the marine sector going forward.
“Through investments in NMIS and the Inward Investment Catalyst Fund, which supports businesses and companies to invest in Scotland by establishing partnerships with Scottish academia on R&D projects, we are creating the conditions to support the transformation of Scottish manufacturing through de-risking innovation, attracting investment, creating jobs and supporting a cleaner, greener future.”