Addressing the Hidden Dangers of Arc Flashes in Automated Operations
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by James Burke
3d ago
Welding is one of the more hazardous processes in manufacturing. Arc flash injuries are particularly concerning, as they arise suddenly and carry severe consequences. Given these risks, many manufacturers have turned to robotic welding solutions, but these systems are not a perfect fix. While automation does reduce welding-related hazards, it does not eliminate them. Robotic machinery may even carry risks that manual processes do not. Manufacturers must adapt their arc flash safety protocols to these new concerns. Automated Welding’s Impact on Arc Flash Injury Risks Automated welding is a net ..read more
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Teledyne FLIR Boosts Boson+ Infrared Thermal Camera Performance with Embedded Software Upgrade
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by James Burke
3d ago
Enhanced LWIR thermal performance with leading SWaP provides low-risk integration for unmanned platforms, security applications, handhelds, wearables, and thermal sights GOLETA, Calif.,― Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, today announced the next-generation embedded software for the ITAR-free Boson+ thermal camera module, delivering high performing uncooled thermal imaging technology for defense, firefighting, automotive, security, and surveillance applications. Featuring industry-leading thermal sensitivity of ≤20 mK, Boson+ has been upgraded to provide even sharper th ..read more
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Explosion proof lifting for hazardous environments
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by James Burke
3d ago
Lifting equipment specialist, Konecranes, has launched its range of EX C-series electric chain hoists, engineered for explosion proof lifting in hazardous environments. The models are suitable for a wide range of industrial applications where gases, flammable substances, dust and other ignition sources create the potential for explosions. The EX C-series electric chain hoist has been designed and tested specifically to fulfil ATEX and IECEx requirements for use in Zone 1, 2 and 21 explosive environments. EX C hoists offer inherently safe workplace operation. In addition to their explosion pro ..read more
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Key Considerations for Sustainably and Ethically Minded Businesses
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by James Burke
3d ago
Article by Glen Smith Strategic Buyer at the double environmental-award winning Adelphi Group of Companies Here at Adelphi, our suppliers play a pivotal role in our Net Zero and B-Corp vision, engaging with best-in-class manufacturers. We are developing our own Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy ourselves, and are paying forward our experiences, successes, challenges and learnings to other like-minded businesses. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) involves intentionally selecting products and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment, when compa ..read more
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Hotel Chocolat invests £10m in British manufacturing plant
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by James Burke
3d ago
Hotel Chocolat, a prominent UK-based chocolatier, is set to invest £10 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Royston. This significant investment will facilitate the creation of 50 new jobs, reinforcing the company’s dedication to the UK manufacturing sector. Hotel Chocolat plans to launch 25 new stores across the UK next year, with locations including Belfast and Glasgow, and to expand existing stores in Nottingham and Chichester. Angus Thirlwell, CEO and Co-founder of Hotel Chocolat, emphasized the company’s commitment to the UK, both in terms of the high street and manufacturing indu ..read more
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IDS uEye ACP series provides added customisation options for board-level cameras
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by James Burke
4d ago
Cost-effective from lot size one, readily available, highly variableModular system ensures great scope for customisation As versatile as the IDS industrial camera families are, sometimes customer requirements are so particular that a customised development would be desirable. However, this often only makes sense for larger quantities. For this reason, the company has developed the uEye ACP series: its modular design principle allows for a vast range of camera variants. The online configurator helps to put together unusual models that are available from stock. True to the philosophy: be uncompr ..read more
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How HARTING and Altium Revolutionized 3D-Circuits DesignPCB Expander in Altium Designer Software
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by James Burke
5d ago
The relentless miniaturization trend in electronics presents a constant challenge: cramming ever-more functionality into ever-shrinking devices. Traditional Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are reaching their physical limitations, forcing engineers to seek innovative solutions. The 3D-Circuits technology, which integrates electrical circuits with three-dimensional mechanical parts, offers a promising answer. However, designing these complex structures presented a significant hurdle – a lack of user-friendly design tools. HARTING, a global leader in connector and interconnect technology with a pi ..read more
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Flowmeters for ultra-reliable dispense solutions
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by Sam Cole
5d ago
MEPCA discovered how Titan Enterprises’ robust flowmeter technology is helping beverage manufacturers solve sticky situations.  Soft drinks are typically formulated from a combination of water (which may be carbonated) and a syrup flavouring. Soft drinks manufacturers such as Coca Cola, use a twin dispense system to carefully combine and control each fluid to the exact concentration, ensuring the quality and consistency of flavour that their customers expect. Dispense systems ensure consistent and accurate measures of syrup are supplied during the dispensing of each soft drink. For low-vi ..read more
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Animation series brings mixing to life
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by Sam Cole
5d ago
The Mixing Science series of videos produced by Silverson Machines uses animations to explain and demonstrate a range of mixing topics and terms, such as homogenisation and emulsions. The latest animation to be released in the video series explains the pumping capacity of high-shear in-line mixers.   When mixing continuously in larger batches, in-line mixing is often the method chosen by manufacturers to get the best results; it also offers greater energy efficiency over in-tank mixers as the mixer’s effort is concentrated on the small volume in the mixing chamber rather than having to ci ..read more
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AR data visualisation and error analysis in your pocket
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by Sam Cole
5d ago
SICK UK has officially launched its SICK Augmented Reality Assistant (SARA), providing limitless data visibility and information via augmented reality at the exact location it is needed through handheld digital devices. In June, SICK UK unveiled its SICK Augmented Reality Assistant (SARA) at Smart Factory Expo 2024. The intuitive augmented reality app provides data visualisation and error analysis by merging machine, sensor and diagnostic information with the real environment using technology most people carry in their pocket. With the unique SARA app, users can take data from any source and m ..read more
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