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16-02-2017

Weigh feeder for standard applications

Multi useable weigh feeder Jesma has developed the JesBelt Mini to a higher level in cooperation with some customers. The enclosed weigh feeder is now avalaible with (automatical) layer control system, stainless steel version and FDA approved belt.
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14-02-2017

Vortex Slide Gate Engineered for Aqua Feed

Conveying a fragile product in a lean/dilute phase Pneumatically conveying open water fish feed is never an easy task. Product breakage must remain minimal to ensure the feed floats or sinks at specific rates. There is also an added complexity of highly variable fatty oil content, ingredients, and bulk density amongst the different blends. In 2008, Vortex collaborated with an international aqua feed manufacturer to develop a slide gate that would deliver fish feed pellets directly into a lean/dilute phase pneumatic conveying line. The success of the original slide gate design led to further cooperation on an additional aqua feed project in 2012. Many of the design parameters were similar to the previous installation, but with more specific considerations:  * Minimize material breakage by eliminating ledges through the inlet,  * Seal the pneumatic conveying pressure in the lines below the valve to prevent a pressure drop in the system,  * Handle the wide range of product variation,  *
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13-02-2017

ALFRA machine parts printed in 3D

At the end of 2016, KSE started using 3D printed parts for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems. At first this was chosen because it was the quickest solution. “The designs and drawings were ready and the delivery time of the parts was simply the shortest when printed in 3D”, says Michiel Willemse – Manager Mechatronics Development. “In addition to that, the costs for the made parts are competitive compared to the conventional way of manufacturing”. This brings more benefits for KSE. “We supply various machines, each with its unique features. This means one and the same part can differ from machine to machine. By using 3D printing, we are much more flexible in manufacturing. This allows us to take the developments into service even better and faster in a short time”, Willemse adds enthusiastically. KSE sees a lot of future opportunities for 3D printing. With a brand new assembly hall and many product innovations it continues to invest in the future to meet customer requirements.
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13-02-2017

New magnetic liquid filter system

Metal is one of the most commonly used raw materials in any industry. In finished products, however, these materials are not always wanted and so needs to be separated from other materials. During many industrial processes liquids can get contaminated with (very small) iron particles. To get these out of your fluids we re-engineered our magnetic liquid filter system. Between the in and outlet flanges is a housing filed with magnetic filter bars. These bars form a maze to make sure the iron particles pass multiple filter bars. Equipped with very powerful magnets these bars then separate the iron contamination from the fluids. The magnetic bars can be cleaned by pulling them out of the housing and out of their extractor tubes. The new magnetic liquid filter system can be executed as a single or double walled version. The double walled version can be connected to a hot water circuit to keep the liquids inside the housing fluid and at the right temperature (for example
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13-02-2017

Understanding Bulk Materials Storage and Discharge Problems

Hoppers, silos, bins and bunkers are widely used in industry for storing bulk solids materials. To ensure regular discharge from these storage systems, it is important to understand the flow characteristics of the materials being handled, and to ensure that the bins have been designed accordingly. Attendance on the following 2 courses will help delegates gain the knowledge to do just this. 7 - 9 March 2017: Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials This course includes an optional 3rd day in the on-site laboratories in Chatham. 25 – 26 April 2017: Advanced course: Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials Is this for me? If you are a plant/equipment designer, plant manager or work in maintenance, these courses will improve your ability to deal with the design and troubleshooting of plants. Course fees: £765 for each 2 day course / £1185 to include the practical session
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09-02-2017

New Pharmaceutical Director appointed at Matcon

We are pleased to announce that Richard Lockwood has been appointed as our new Pharmaceutical Business Line Director, taking over from Shaun Baker who leaves Matcon after 8 years with us. In his previous role within our Sales Team, Richard worked tirelessly to create successful markets for Matcon in South America and South Africa, with several large orders being secured in recent months. Richard has a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bradford and brings 20 years’ experience in Engineering & Manufacturing Sales in the food, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas sectors to the role, having joined Matcon almost 7 years ago from Alfa Laval. Richard will be responsible for the continued growth of the Pharmaceutical side of Matcon’s business with a continued focus in India and Bangladesh, alongside providing strategic support to our global sales teams. Matcon’s Managing Director, Stephen Ball says “Richard’s customer centric approach
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08-02-2017

UGB-KLT series Universal Gate Boxes incorporating Safety Int

Robust Safety Interlock switches with multifunction control features Stainles steel safety Interlock switches with multifunction control features built into one box housing. 2 or 4 function housing for incorporating wide choice of standard 22mm push buttons, lamps, or E Stops. Choice of standard actuators, sliding handle actuators or rotary handle actuator. Rear escape release option with rotary one way escape handle (cannot be re-closed from inside the hazardous area). Anti-tamper RFID coding technology or standard mechanical interlock technology. LED diagnostics of switch status - easy to read label legends. Easy to mount Stainless Steel 316 or Die-cast versions housings. Holds guards closed and locked up to 2000N. sliding doors or 4000N. hinged doors. Can be padlocked off for safe working. Up to PLe according tot EN ISO 13849-1.
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03-02-2017

Extract technology supply two aseptic formulation isolators

Extract Technology supplies 2 Aseptic Formulation isolators for a NASDAQ-listed client Thanks to Extract Technology’s previous experience in providing Aseptic Isolators worldwide, along with the strong brand identity, Extract was recently chosen as the supplier of choice in providing two Aseptic Formulation isolators for a NASDAQ-listed client, one of the top 5 pharmaceutical generics manufacturers in the world. The company was tasked to create a positive pressure isolator with an ‘EU Grade A’ environment whilst safeguarding the operator and outside environment from the highly toxic API guaranteeing less than 0.1ug/m3 OEL. The process involved weighing and dispensing of the API via a drum utilising two off two-decimal-place scales within each isolator. The isolators had proven VPHP (Vapour Phase Hydrogen Peroxide**) fully integrated gassing systems on-board capable of providing a 〖10〗^6 reduction in bacterial spore population using Bacillus Stearothermophilus challenge. The chamber was designed with UDAF (Uni-Directional AirFlow)
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02-02-2017

Versatite, hydraulic and mechanical tensioning

VersaTite by Superbolt allows hydraulic and mechanical tensioning and removal – all in one Bolting expertise combined Mechanical tensioning and hydraulic tensioning are common methods to tighten large size bolts, each with its own strong advantages. Superbolt multi-jackbolt tensioners have been on the market since 1984, allowing bolted joints to be tightened mechanically without specialized skills or heavy tooling. But what if there was a product that combines the strengths of both Superbolt mechanical tensioning and hydraulic tensioning into one? At the Power-Gen International show in December 2016, a completely new generation of combined tensioning is introduced. A world first in versatility The new VersaTite Hydraulic Mechanical Tensioner from Superbolt will revolutionize the tensioning business by combining the speed and uniformity of hydraulic tensioners with the accuracy of Superbolt mechanical tensioners. Superbolt VersaTite gives versatility in multiple ways: • VersaTite products can be hydraulically pressurized to achieve a fast and uniform
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31-01-2017

NEW. High capacity load cell type 740 now available up to 60

This development reduces the boundaries for weighing technology. After all, with four sensors now carrying capacities up to 2,4 x 106 kg or 2 400 tonnes come available. The 740 series, available from 15 tonnes off, is really heavy duty. The sensor is completely out of stainless steel and has the protection classes IP68 and IP69K. Moreover, there is a version for hazardous areas up to the zones 0 and 20. Because of outdoor applications a lightning protection is integrated. Despite these robust features, the accuracy is high, 0,025 or 0.1% of the weighing capacity. Loading assemblies ensure proper operation. For all capacities suitable accessories are available. Each assembly has a prevention against transverse forces, loads in the horizontal plane. The self-aligning construction contributes. Integrated in the attachment is a device to make the weigher wind-resistant with one or two bolt(s). So by mounting the attachment horizontal you meet all requirements.
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30-01-2017

Perfectly balanced: Mobile weighing frame conveyor

Would you like to meter your bulk material straight out of the big bag, mobile and with no intermediate steps? You can, with our mobile weighing frame conveyor; and not only does it make your work easier, it also saves costs. In addition, the dust-free loading provides for even more safety during bulk material handling. Simply move the conveyor up to the desired container or mixer, hook up the big bag, connect the system to a power outlet and you are ready to go. The system stops as soon as the control unit has reached the set discharge amount – at an accuracy of +/- 200 g. All advantages at a glance ◾Moveable conveyor system with an integrated scale ◾Product impurities are avoided by means of residual emptying ◾Materials and weighing units are perfectly adjusted to the bulk material ◾Upstream or downstream check weighers and prior reloading become obsolete ◾Gravimetric weighing for more exact metering (+/- 200 g) ◾High
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26-01-2017

Safe lockout for large gate valves

Brady has developed a durable solution to safely lock out gate valves with diameters ranging from 3 up to 18 inch. The new Collapsible Gate Valve Lockout also features a tri-folding system to allow for easy storage. Save lives The Collapsible Gate Valve Lockout can block gate valves up to 18 inch to neutralise or secure the flow of energy or materials to machines. Every worker servicing a machine can apply a padlock to the lockout device to lock a gate valve in the off-position while maintenance is ongoing. This prevents other workers from inadvertently re-energising machinery which could lead to impactful workplace accidents. Collapsible Gate Valve Lockouts can also be used to secure the flow of water to firefighting systems for example. Easy and flexible to use The Collapsible Gate Valve Lockout can easily be rotated around a valve to lock it in the off- or on-position. The device’s tri-folding system makes it practical to store or carry, while still being

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