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New Battery Powered Machine Skates for Industrial Movers

Enerpac announces the new EMLS/EMV Series Battery-Powered Machine Skates for moving heavy industrial machinery in confined spaces where conventional methods are either labour intensive or unsafe. Designed especially for industrial machine movers and millwrights, the Enerpac Skates allow a single operator to safely and remotely position loads of up to 55 tons. 

The EMLS/EMV Series Machine Skates are self-propelled, eliminating the need to manually push or pull the load. They also ensure the safety of the operator by allowing them to work at a safe distance away from the load. Single user operation allows machine movers to tackle more projects with fewer resources, therefore more quickly recouping their initial investment.

Fully compliant to the ASME B30.1 standard, the battery- powered machine skates keep the load close to the ground, reducing the overhead clearance required to move the load through a facility, and more importantly, increasing safety.

High manoeuvrability, precise control

The EMLS/EMV Series dual-drive motors and a 360-degree tilt swivel saddle provide agility in small areas and around tight corners. Precise control is enabled with the wireless remote-control including two joysticks to advance and steer the load, and variable speed control for changing conditions.

The onboard battery power source makes it easier to move the load when the condition of the floor isn't perfectly smooth or level. It provides the capability to travel over inclines of up to 3% and across ground gaps of up to 14mm. The setup process is easy, as the wireless controller automatically pairs with the machine skates immediately on start-up.

Up to 4 times faster

According to Enerpac, the EMLS/EMV Series Battery-Powered Machine Skates allow moves to be completed up to 4 times faster than conventional methods. Fully loaded, the skates travel up to 8m per minute and run for up to an impressive 3 hours on a single charge - giving you the potential to move loads over 1200m without the need to switch the battery.

The EMLS/EMV Series 55-ton model makes it possible to both lift and transport from the single unit, significantly speeding up the load moving process by reducing the number of tools involved.

For more information on the Enerpac EMLS/EMV Series Battery-Powered Machine Skates, visit www.enerpac.com.

 

Cobic-Ex: new supplier specialized in explosion proof lighting and equipment

Cobic-Ex was born from ATEX equipment manufacturers Armadex & Ex-Machinery, based in the Netherlands. Whereas the latter companies are known for modifying state of the art equipment to comply with ATEX regulations, Cobic-Ex is a company focused on supplying a broad spectrum of third-party products.  

An extensive product range  

To better serve customers and fulfill more needs, Cobic-Ex works with known manufacturers within the explosion protection industry. Cobic-Ex offers a much broader product range in terms of equipment type and certifications to existing customers and new parties. The emphasis here is on providing customers with different lighting solutions dependent on the type of hazardous area. Cobic-Ex offers lighting solutions for every different ATEX zone.   

Specialized in explosion proof lighting 

Cobic-Ex is specialized in explosion proof lighting, an essential part of any hazardous area. Collaborations with renowned brands such as NightSearcher (based in the United Kingdom) and Underwater Kinetics (based in Germany) ensure that the best ATEX equipment is offered.  

Both portable and fixed lighting solutions are available, certified for ATEX zones 0/20, 1/21 & 2/22, IECEx, UL, Mining, UKCA, et cetera.  The explosion lighting solutions are divided into the following categories:

 

  • Explosion proof flashlights 
  • Explosion proof flood lights 
  • Explosion proof headlamps 
  • Explosion proof search lights 
  • Explosion proof work lights

Of course, we also supply equipment offered by Armadex and Ex-Machinery such as explosion proof cameras and air conditioners. 

Worldwide shipping 

Cobic-Ex offers worldwide shipping, leaning on the logistics experience of both Armadex & Ex-Machinery. Land freight is available to European companies and the United Kingdom. Customers from other continents can choose between transport by air or sea. Transport by air is usually faster, whereas sea freight is often the cheaper alternative. In both cases Cobic-Ex ensures that the products are transported smoothly by taking international regulations into account. 

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Enerpac pumps up cordless XC-Series with more tool options

The Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps, now with single and double-acting valves, provide the power of an electric powered pump with the portability of a hand pump. It gives operators access to a wider range of single and double-acting tools for tackling such jobs as servicing machinery and nut splitting and cutting in remote locations or hard-to-access areas.

Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps will actuate a hydraulic tool as fast as a basic electric powered pump and create up to 700 bar pressure. This means the XC-Series cordless pumps up to five times faster than manual hydraulic pumps and up to two times faster than popular pneumatic powered pumps.

Featuring a lightweight design with integrated handle and shoulder carrying strap, the XC-Series cordless pumps is one of the safest, most ergonomic hydraulic pumps available, and easily transported from job to job. The pump includes a bladder reservoir that eliminates venting, prevents contamination and provides leak-free operation in any position. The XC-Series pumps are also equipped with an efficient electric motor powered by an industrial grade 28-volt, Lithium-Ion battery, delivering exceptional speed and run time.

Designed to provide optimal safety to operators, the XC-Series offers several safety features, including zero trip hazards through cordless design, overload protection circuitry from excessive amp draw or temperatures and a trigger lock-off mechanism to protect against unintended operation during transport.

Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps are ideal for a wide range of industries such as mining, construction, industrial and power generation, solving diverse and demanding applications, including: lifting rail carriages and rail alignment, mobilising heavy equipment, servicing machinery and nut splitting and cutting.

For more information on the Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps visit www.enerpac.com.

New Babcock Wanson TwinPack Twin-Furnace Firetube Boilers Combine High Efficiency with Low Emissions

Industrial process heating equipment and solutions specialist Babcock Wanson has launched the TwinPack range of twin-furnace firetube boilers for steam outputs from 30 t/h to 58 t/h, providing maximum efficiency with very low CO² and NOx emissions.

With energy efficiency top of the agenda, Babcock Wanson has designed its Burner Management System and matched combustion head for precise control of excess air throughout the modulating range, and non-degraded operation at very low load.  The simultaneous operation of the burners guarantees an exact thermal load distribution while ensuring maximum flexibility in operation and burner turndown ratios of up to 30:1 on natural gas (mixed and dual fuel firing options are also available). Efficiency can be further enhanced by up to 105% when a TwinPack boiler is specified in conjunction with a Babcock Wanson economiser and heat recovery system. 

This precise match between the boiler and burners not only ensures optimal combustion, but also impacts emissions levels with TwinPack boilers boasting the lowest practicable CO² emissions. The specialist burner technology employed by TwinPack boilers also ensures very low NOx emissions to readily meet and often exceed environmental regulations.

A further environmental benefit to the TwinPack range of boilers is their long life. Featuring a tubular construction flue gas reversal chamber, unique to Babcock Wanson, TwinPack boilers do not require furnace tube tie rods which require regular replacement, and minimises boiler refractory requirements. This design allows high variations of steam demand whilst minimising mechanical stress on the pressure body for a long, reliable operational life.

When maintenance is required, TwinPack boilers provide easy tubeplate and furnace tube access via large, easy use doors on the boiler front and lateral openings. A rear inspection port also provides enhanced access. An in-built upper platform provides safe access to boiler mountings and ease of maintenance and operation.

TwinPack boilers are fitted with comprehensive instrumentation and controls for easy and economic operation. These include the Navinergy system which allows local operation via the boiler HMI plus remote monitoring through a web interface, plus Babcock Wanson’s exclusive unattended operation modes (three days, seven days and even 30 days of continuous operation within authorised limits).

Highly versatile, TwinPack boilers come with a range of options including economisers, combustion air pre-heaters, O2 and CO trim and even superheater variants.

The TwinPack range of twin-furnace firetube boilers is the latest addition to Babcock Wanson’s range of firetube boilers. In addition to these, Babcock Wanson offers a complete range of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, including coil type steam generators, thermal fluid heaters, hot water boilers, VOC and odour treatment by thermal oxidation, water treatment and process air heating solutions. The company aims to help optimise customer’s energy production with high quality products and efficient service.

For more information, please contact Babcock Wanson on 020 8953 7111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.babcock-wanson.com/products/steam-boilers/twinpack/

Fluke launches eBook to help process and manufacturing companies improve energy efficiency and productivity

The new eBook, ‘Fluke leak detection tools – Guide to acoustic leak detection technology’, features testimonials from users of digitised leak detection tools as well as in-depth technical articles, case studies, product data and an online cost savings calculator for demonstrating ROI.

 

Eindhoven, Netherlands. 15 September 2022: Fluke, a global technology leader in the manufacture of compact, professional electronic test and measurement tools and software, has today launched a new eBook describing the many benefits of using digitised acoustic leak detection technology for facility and maintenance managers.

Entitled Fluke leak detection tools – Guide to acoustic leak detection technology, the eBook showcases how customers can boost energy efficiency and productivity in process and manufacturing facilities using powerful handheld and online tools.

A major global food and beverage production plant located in Germany confirmed Fluke’s innovative technology for detecting leaks in air, gas and vacuum systems has “already produced enormous savings”. The Plant Energy Manager estimated an energy cost saving of between €120,000 and €150,000 per year could be achieved.

Eliminate wasted energy and reduce costs

Available for download in English and German, the exclusive eBook includes in-depth technical information and customer case studies which illustrate how acoustic imaging can transform plant efficiency through the fast identification of leaks in compressed gas systems, which have long been the cause of wasted energy and increased costs.

The eBook explains how the technology can be a game changer for factory managers seeking to meet an organisation’s energy efficiency and productivity goals. Maintenance teams used to rely on the archaic and time-consuming methods of listening out for leaks or using the soap and water technique to identify faults in compressed gas systems. Today, advanced leak detection tools from Fluke can achieve real-time results within minutes, eliminating the need for unscheduled downtime.

Mark Bakker, Field Application Engineer at Fluke said: “Leaks are wasteful and can cause factory owners to overcompensate by using compressors that are larger than they need to be, increasing capital expenditure as well as the amount of energy used in a facility. Leaks can also lead to production delays, avoidable downtime and quality issues as well as increased maintenance of factory equipment.”

“Not only can finding and fixing leaks save money, but it can remove the need to build additional capacity into existing systems. Every facility or maintenance engineer will benefit from the insights shared within our new eBook and develop a greater understanding of the most advanced leak detection tools available from Fluke.”

 

Fast and efficient leak detection

Some of the most common areas that problematic and costly leaks can occur include couplings, hoses, tubes, fittings, threaded pipe joints, quick disconnects, FLT (filter, regulator and lubricator) combinations, condensate traps, valves, flanges, packings, air lines and pneumatic holding tanks. One maintenance manager quoted in the eBook stated that leak-related downtime at their factory costs more than €98,000 an hour in lost productivity.

A series of in-depth technical articles are featured in the eBook covering how the digitisation of leak detection has finally caught up with high-tech processing and manufacturing, and how easy-to-use maintenance tools can deliver huge energy savings for factories while reducing their carbon footprint.

The eBook also showcases Fluke’s online return-on-investment (ROI) calculator that enables users to demonstrate the level of savings that can be made by quantifying leaks using the Fluke ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager and Fluke ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager. These sophisticated devices use an array of ultra-sensitive microphones with a range of 2kHz to 52kHz to locate the source of the problem. Capable of pinpointing leaks in even the noisiest of factory environments, the acoustic imagers provide users with a visual SoundMap of leaks displayed as a video or still image on a large 7” LCD touchscreen. Reports can be easily generated along with conducting fast routine inspections by maintenance teams once leaks have been repaired.

The new Fluke leak detection tools – Guide to acoustic leak detection technology eBook is available for free download in English and German.  

AIRBENCH RELEASES NEW WELDING AND GRINDING EXTRACTION SYSTEM

AirBench have released a new model in their range of VertEx Cross-Draught Extraction Systems designed specifically for extraction of welding fume and grinding dust.

 

The new VAW range uses AirBenches proven spark protection system to protect a high-grade final filter. VAW units, like all VertEx models, can be combined into a full booth configuration alongside the VB modular booth system; or used as stand-alone systems to create a filter wall.

Working within a filtered booth provides a significantly more effective method of capture for dust and fumes when compared to flexible arms and similar systems which rely on continuous operator adjustment to work effectively.

The VertEx modular approach allows for reconfigurable production and units can even be reconfigured for different dust or fume extraction issues.

for more information, or contact AirBench Ltd to discuss your extraction issues.

Visit www.airbench.com/vaw

ISS Spill Recovery Machine Saves Money, Materials, and the Environment.

Industry Superstore (ISS) is pleased to announce the availability of SRM-22 Spill Recovery Machine. The hand operated SRM-22 has been designed to get more out of spill absorbing materials, reduce waste, increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Companies frequently waste materials because of an inability to recover valuable resources after spill absorption following an accidental oil spill or during day-to-day overflow leakage while handling Intermediate bulk containers (IBC’s) or other containers. Such waste fluids can prevent organisations from meeting environmental standards when they could improve their performance by recycling them.

Additionally, the expense of using universal absorbent pads to remove spills only once before disposal quickly adds up. As do the monthly costs of paying for waste removal services.

The ISS SRM-22 can easily solve these problems making absorbent materials last longer, while keeping and reusing recovered spilt liquids. Key benefits of using the SRM-22 to recover absorbents include:

  • Rapid ROI - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportsthat on average, a hand wringer pays for itself in just three to five weeks.
  • Further cost savings quickly add up through spending less on supplies along with reducing waste disposal costs. Absorbents by the box instead of in high volume pallets.

The SRM-22 also improves users Green Credentials by allowing the recycling of recovered fluids, improving environmental compliance. In addition, waste minimization goals can be met by sending less materials to landfill. This can also help minimize risks of them potentially leeching toxic hazmat chemicals.

 

By employing the SRM-22 in an industrial facility, the EPA reports that annual savings of 51-75% can be achieved. Greatly reducing expenditure on purchasing brand new absorbent pads.

The SRM-22 also reduces the costs of buying chemicals and other liquids used in manufacturing and engineering processes. Simple recovery of fluids ensures they last longer, reducing procurement costs. Extending the useful life of fluids will also reduce the costs of monthly waste disposal management services.

 

ISS have conducted exhaustive tests and have found that the absorbent matts manufactured by Darcy work best with the STM-22 while the use of socks and pillows are not recommended.

 

Once a spill clean-up, from an IBC or drum leak is carried out, the wet absorbents are passed through the SRM-22 which provides a simple means to recover and recycle the otherwise wasted spilled fluids!

 

Note - the SRM-22 is only for use in the recovery of liquid materials that are non-flammable. Which typically excludes many solvents, paints, or combustible fuels.

For more information on the SRM-22 Spill Recovery Machine, please call ISS on (+44) 01892 664499, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://industrysuperstore.co.uk/

SICK Launches Cost-Cutting Real-Time Energy Monitoring of Compressed Air

As manufacturers face rising energy bills, SICK has launched the FTMg with Monitoring App, an Industry 4.0 solution that helps them see the data they need to reduce energy consumption through better control of compressed air.

The SICK FTMg with Monitoring App enables production and maintenance teams to monitor compressed air continuously so they can reduce leaks, improve operating efficiency, and cut costs.

Compressed air is the ‘fourth utility’ of manufacturing. According to the British Compressed Air Society, it accounts for 10% of energy use in a typical operation and rises to 30% in heavy use industries.

Using data from strategically-positioned SICK FTMg flow meters, the cloud-based SICK FTMg Monitoring App visualises a wealth of both real-time and historic data about compressed air usage. It enables continuous energy management, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of compressed air systems from any internet-enabled device.

Targeted Energy Reduction

The SICK FTMg with Monitoring App is a scalable system that can target the compressed air energy use of individual machine cells through to entire production or logistics halls. With no programming needed, it can quickly start visualising continuous compressed air data in a way that is easy to use and interpret. As well as enabling more sustainable use of resources, the data insights support better operational efficiency and help achieve reduced carbon targets, contribute towards ISO50001 Energy Management certification or compliance with the UK Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Industrial Instrumentation explains:

“Compressed air is one of the biggest consumers of energy in manufacturing and logistics, and costs are skyrocketing. Many production teams are currently restricted to conducting periodic spot checks, and all too-often, not enough is known about where leaks are, or which machines are the biggest consumers.

“We are already seeing how early adopters of the FTMg Monitoring App are gaining remarkable, and sometimes unexpected, insights. They have been able, for example, to make start-up and shutdown management of processes and machines more efficient, improve compressor control and manage peak loads.”

Continuous Compressed Air Monitoring

The SICK FTMg is a multifunctional flow sensor that enables the measurement of live values for compressed air energy in kWh. Data from the FTMg flow meter is presented via the SICK FTMg Monitoring App, which has been developed from SICK’s proven Industry 4.0 Monitoring Box condition monitoring platform. As well as values for pressure, temperature, flow velocity, mass flow rate and volumetric flow rate in real time, it provides totals for energy use, volume and mass over a pre-defined period.

The user-friendly dashboard makes it easy to interpret data to detect leaks or overconsumption and to look for changes and trends. Email alerts can be set up for maintenance reminders or to give pre-defined warnings with job recommendations, for example when data strays beyond pre-defined limits. Users can drill down to identify costs, for example for individual production centres or by shift.

 

Secure Connectivity

Up to eight FTMG flow meters can be configured via each SICK Smart Services Gateway, which collects data, aggregates and encrypts it before sending it securely via the customer’s own IT infrastructure through a firewall to the SICK cloud. Alternatively, it is possible to by-pass the IT infrastructure by using mobile communications over 3G or 4G. Individuals then have access through a personal SICK ID from any device with a web browser.

The SICK FTMg, which stands for Flow Thermal Meter for inert gases, uses the dynamic calorimetric principle for precision measurement, enabling it to detect even the smallest changes reliably. Its straight measurement channel design ensures highly-accurate measurement with almost zero pressure loss as gases flow through the sensor during measurement.

SICK also offers alternatives for customers who do not require the FTMg Monitoring App. For customers wishing to integrate SICK FTMg flow meters into their own IT systems, one or more devices can be used with an IIoT gateway, such as the TDC-E from SICK, for data pre-processing and integration into customer-specific MES, cloud or energy management systems. The FTMg flow sensor also features an onboard web server or a variety of Industrial communication outputs.  This flexibility in communication technology enables easy integration into existing control or data acquisition architectures.

www.sick.co.uk

New Babcock Wanson Horizontal E-VAP Rapid Steam Generator Provides Simple, Reliable Operation

Industrial process heating equipment and solutions specialist Babcock Wanson has launched the E-VAP horizontal Rapid Steam Generator, with steam outputs from 1700 to 5700 kg/h produced in 5-15 minutes from cold.

A multi-pass coil Steam Generator, E-VAP has been designed for simple, reliable, long-life operation. It comes with a fully integrated digital control panel including easy-to-use touchscreen operator interface, along with auto start and stop plus an option for full sequence control. A specialist low maintenance pump contributes to this simple operation, whilst E-VAP’s horizontal configuration ensures easy access to all components for both operation and maintenance.

Safety is at the heart of E-VAP. Babcock Wanson has designed this latest Rapid Steam Generator to operate with low water content for safe operation and only simple water and chemical treatment are required. Safety is further enhanced through the use of a fully modulating burner and feed water pump control by variable speed drives which improves pressure control and reduces the electrical load, which also saves energy and improves performance.

Other efficiency features include an integral combustion air preheater as standard, plus the option for a flue gas/feedwater economiser.  The E-VAP’s small footprint for such a high output means low heat loss and fuel savings, further increasing plant efficiency. The high overall efficiency of the E-VAP also results in substantial environmental advantages and low overall emissions. Flue Gas Recirculation ensures compliance with emissions regulations on all readily available fuels.

The E-VAP Rapid Steam Generator has been designed by Babcock Wanson for maximum flexibility, enabling it to be used across a multitude of industries. It has a wide range of operating pressures, with standard 12 barg working pressure, although higher steam pressures up to 100 barg are available on request.  Most types of liquid or gaseous fuels can be used. Extended unattended operation is available to suit local operating requirements.  A wide range of ancillary services and equipment are readily available.

Comprehensive factory testing by Babcock Wanson enables easy site installation and quick and simple commissioning of the E-VAP Rapid Steam Generator.  

The E-VAP Rapid Steam Generator is the latest addition to Babcock Wanson’s range of coil type boilers, which are energy efficient, easy and safe to operate. In addition to these, Babcock Wanson offers a complete range of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, including thermal fluid heaters, hot water boilers, VOC and odour treatment by thermal oxidation, water treatment and process air heating solutions. The company aims to help optimise customer’s energy production with high quality products and efficient service.

For more information, please contact Babcock Wanson on 020 8953 7111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.babcock-wanson.com/product-category/coil-type-steam-boilers/

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Riello offers premix burners up to 3MW

Riello RX premix packaged burners are available in outputs up to 3MW, offering NOx levels of less than 40mg/kWh, with high turndown ratios of up to 8:1, across a wide range of models.

Riello RX burners feature an exclusive design that includes a patented woven wire gauze ‘sock’ covering the combustion head cylinder. Gas and combustion air are mixed upstream of the combustion head and then pass through precision-located ports and the gauze ‘sock’ to ignite on the external surface of the combustion head. This arrangement enables a very compact flame with a diameter directly related to the burner firing rate, ensuring precise heat control and optimum efficiency at all loads.

The high turndown makes RX burners ideal for systems with variable heat loads where low NOx levels are also required. These range from condensing boilers through to process applications such as spray booths and industrial ovens.

RX burners can be used in conjunction with variable speed drive motors to reduce electricity consumption and lower noise levels even further than the typical 30% noise reduction compared to many other combustion applications. Control options include progressive two-stage operation and fully modulating via 0-10V or 4-20 mA. Full electronic control with operational and diagnostic display is also available.

 

For further information visit www.rielloburners.co.uk

AIRBENCH RELEASES NEW MODULAR MIST FILTER SYSTEM

AirBench Ltd have released an upgraded range of OMF mist filtration units to strengthen their range of coolant mist filters.

The new OMF models are based on a modular design allowing multiple variants and filtration systems to be assembled to suit customers machining processes. Available in nominal airflow capacities ranging from 500m3/h up to 4000m3/h, or 8000m3/h using our manifold system, the latest OMF range also benefits from an upgraded door seal system and improved filter clamping to reduce maintenance requirements.

The modular approach allows for the addition of secondary filtration stages where applications demand; for example, the addition of prefilter stages to reduce main filter loading on processes with heavy coolant contamination.

OMF mist filtration units are designed to capture coolant mist from machining processes; and are usually installed either to larger machine tools, or as central systems servicing multiple machines to minimise maintenance and operator involvement.

AirBench Ltd have released an upgraded range of OMF mist filtration units to strengthen their range of coolant mist filters.

The new OMF models are based on a modular design allowing multiple variants and filtration systems to be assembled to suit customers machining processes. Available in nominal airflow capacities ranging from 500m3/h up to 4000m3/h, or 8000m3/h using our manifold system, the latest OMF range also benefits from an upgraded door seal system and improved filter clamping to reduce maintenance requirements.

The modular approach allows for the addition of secondary filtration stages where applications demand; for example, the addition of prefilter stages to reduce main filter loading on processes with heavy coolant contamination.

OMF mist filtration units are designed to capture coolant mist from machining processes; and are usually installed either to larger machine tools, or as central systems servicing multiple machines to minimise maintenance and operator involvement.

 

Contact AirBench Ltd for an assessment of your coolant mist issues – visit www.airbench.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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