Owners of mobile plant equipment are plagued by theft, so must invest heavily to try and minimise this happening. However, the need for convenient access means that a single key code is often used for a number of vehicles – making a thief’s job easier. Around only 5% of stolen plant equipment is ever recovered so owners are keen to increase protection but without sacrificing flexibility. Engineered access solutions specialist Southco has an answer: it is working with equipment manufacturers to develop keyless entry systems – similar to the wireless keyfob used to open your car – that trigger an electro-mechanical latch. Each vehicle can then have a unique entry code, yet still be easily accessible to authorised people. As an added benefit, the locking mechanism can be incorporated within the vehicle, so there is no visible lock for a thief to target. Such systems could be designed directly into the machinery, rather than being added as a retrofit device.
MEDRIX applies permanent direct marking to surgical instruments by micro-percussion. As well as being the market’s least-expensive marking solution for hospitals, MEDRIX features outstanding ease of use and compatibility with sterile environments.
Engraving technology specialist Gravograph now offers a new Braille option, available for most of its machines. The kit is based on an ergonomic interface that integrates the transcription codes from more than 80 countries using a patented system – which inserts balls into cavities to create a raised surface. Machines already in service can be easily upgraded. Several hundred units of the Braille Dispenser kit have already been sold around the world in the last few months.
VERLINDE is proposing a new hollow profile for its family of handling rails for stages in EUROSYSTEM ALU aluminium. Available in a black anodised version, and particularly specialised for the entertainment industry, this fourth profile, called AL08, is intended for loads up to 500 kg.
The new Roof Top from CIAT, designed to heat or cool commercial offices, is a compact unit – placed in roof space – that is notable for its high energy efficiency. At equivalent power, its energy consumption is 30% less than earlier models. Available in ‘cold’ and ‘reversible’ versions, New Space has the largest range on the market – with 17 models, gas heater version, and seven mounting types, with power ratings up to 390 kW.
With its 25 years of experience in thermal energy storage systems, the CIAT Group, is currently the world leader in the sector. In particular, the Company installed the first Ice storage system in China in 1992, for Electro Building Shenzhen. The new UFIDA Software Park contract is one more reference to be added to the 2,000 CRISTOPIA systems in operation worldwide, including Kempinski luftansa center in Beijing and the Hong Kong Asia World Expo. More than 5,000 MWh of electrical energy are saved every day thanks to CRISTOPIA equipment. Its range of use from -33°C to +27°C and its energy efficiency levels of 20% higher than those of the other solutions on the market are among the major factors contributing to its success.
With the TF420 fibre laser marking solution, Technifor have brought out a unit that is twice as compact as the previous generations, while keeping the same marking quality level, and providing a writing speed of up to 2.5 m per second, and a skipping speed of up to 5 m/s. It is designed for applications involving medium to large production runs: motor vehicles, medical fields, electrical or mechanical components, etc.
The TECHNIFOR XF510Cp micro-percussion marking machine is the world’s fastest in its category. It can mark up to 10 characters per second, twice as fast as the preceding generations. It is also twice as compact and has multiple communication interfaces, making it particularly easy to integrate. The XF510Cp is the ideal solution for precision marking applications in mass production: automotive, locks and keys, pneumatic components, electronic components, sensors, etc.
The Westermo DDW-220 is an Ethernet extender enhanced with a built-in four port Ethernet switch which allows this one unit to be used to create entire Ethernet solutions. Existing twisted pair cables can be used to establish a high speed remote connection between two Ethernet networks. With transfer rates up to 5.7 Mbits/s and with an operating distance of up to 10 kilometres at lower data rates, this is an easy-to-install alternative to fibre optic or radio systems when linking remote Ethernet networks. The DDW-220 uses a transient blocking unit on each DSL line to provide both over-current and over-voltage protection on the line allowing it to handle indirect lightning strike transients, power induction and short circuit problems.
The Channel Tunnel is the most heavily used railway line in Europe, with annual traffic of more than 100 million tons, which causes rapid degradation of the rails both in the tunnel and in the terminal loops. Studies initiated by Corus with its bainitic and MHH extra-hard heat-treated rails are aimed at increasing their life by 50%.