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FlexiDrive II Remote Valve Operator

confirms the launch of FlexiDrive II, dependable,


Control a


and cost effective remote valve operator. The FlexiDrive II includes a new fully integrated counter mechanism,


even in the most aggressive of environments. The counter mechanism displays valve position (open/closed), providing the operator with a clear indication of valve status. Smith Flow Control’s FlexiDrive II valve operator can be applied to any handwheel operated valve, including lever operated valves (quarter turns) in oil, gas or petrochemical processing plants to make them constantly accessible and

safe, regardless of location.The FlexiDrive II

system allows the user to operate a valve in a place of safety/convenience.

It is adaptable to any

conventional valve with no modification requirements. A patented, flexible, linear drive cable effectively delivers rotary torque for distances up to 30 metres. The system can be passed through and around walls, bulkheads and floors, and is completely sealed and lubricated for maintenance-free, continuous loop operation. FlexiDrive II is constructed from corrosion- resistant, 316 Stainless Steel and can be submerged into flooded pits. It is designed to withstand temperatures from -30 to 175 degrees Celsius and is delivered as a complete sealed unit.

Smith Flow Control Ltd Tel: 01376 517901 Web:

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GNB sets benchmark safety and Operational Standards with ATEX137 Compliance

NB Industrial Power, a supplier of industrial batteries and chargers, today announced the successful certification of its service management, engineers and product support team who can now perform the necessary work on explosion- protected batteries according to the Workplace Directive 1999/92/EC or ATEX 137 refers to the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers who are potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. GNB Industrial Power’s ATEX 137 certified Engineers are an asset to customers who depend on ATEX certified Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) - such as fork lifts and industrial trucks - to keep their business running. The certification ensures that GNB Service Engineers are now trained

G and equipped Directive to carry requires out work on

batteries at customers’ premises affording them a greater degree of convenience. Workplace

The ATEX 137 companies


demonstrate that they have organisational and technical measures in place to effectively control explosion risks. The Directive covers all plants where explosive or flammable materials occur. These include factories that produce chemicals, oils, inks, petrol, solvents, gas refineries and other flammable and dusty environments where a potentially explosive atmosphere may be present. ATEX is a European Standard that has been developed in part by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Hazardous Atmosphere standards were applied initially in the mining industry. However, they evolved and spread to other areas, most notably the oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Additional Hawker® XFC™ 2V batteries E

suitable for a

applications including counterbalance trucks, reach trucks, trucks, order

pickers and automatic

range of guided

maintenance free and no water topping-up is necessary.

The Hawker XFC range of batteries radically changes discharge/recharge operating procedures compared with conventional lead-acid batteries. The batteries can be used when in a partial state of charge and deliver superior and stable performance even at high discharge rates. The charging profile of the Hawker XFC technology allows a rapid recharge in less than four hours from 60 per cent depth of discharge and opportunity charging as often as needed without damaging the batteries. This means that Hawker XFC batteries can be specified for power-on-demand applications where charging can be done whenever the operator requires, whatever time is available. In this way they enable complete flexibility in the deployment and utilisation of handling equipment to support multi-shift operations. By comparison, conventional batteries only provide optimum performance when discharged to a specific level before being fully recharged for 8-12 hours which means extra batteries are required to support continuous operations or else equipment is unavailable.

The batteries with 2V cells builds on the success of the original Hawker XFC range with 12V blocs introduced by EnerSys in 2007. The 30 models in the range are designed to match the industry standard shape and size for materials handling equipment applications which means original equipment manufacturers and operators have more choice and greater freedom to specify batteries that meet their performance requirements. Hawker XFC overcomes the fitment issues of other alternate technology solutions.

EnerSys Motive Power Tel: 0161 794 4611 Web: enter 826 / MATERIALSHANDLINGLOGISTICS materials

industries and since July 2003 are subject to the European

ATEX Directive. Government

organisations are justifiably concerned about the risk posed by explosions – particularly on the general population, as the distance between industrial and residential areas gets even smaller. All industries now come under the jurisdiction of ATEX including food processing, manufacturing and warehousing. The end user has to assess the operation and determine if any part of it could be classified as a hazardous atmosphere.


are unique amongst the products covered by the ATEX Directive in that they need to “breathe”. A battery generates its own gases that are potentially explosive. For this reason, the design of the ventilation of the battery and its ability to resist water and solids ingress are all important features which require regular inspection and maintenance to maintain their certified status.

GNB Industrial Power UK Tel: +44 845 606 4111 Web:

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nerSys has extended its range of Hawker® XFC™ batteries with 2V cells to provide materials handling equipment manufacturers

and operators with even more choice and greater flexibility to specify plug-and-play power sources that can be charged for as long and as often as required to support total operational autonomy. There are now 30 models in the range with capacities between 130 and 750 Ah (C5) in a variety of industry-standard sizes. The batteries combine advanced performance and high efficiency with low overall cost of ownership and are

handling pallet

vehicles. Minimum

gassing ensures they can be used in retail areas, public spaces and sensitive manufacturing locations.

The battery is virtually C

The weQube Smart Camera

One that can do everything ompact, clever, and highly

talented: The new

weQube product platform by wenglor offers all features of an advanced image processing sensor while being superior to its peers in all regards. Being the founder of vision sensors (image processing and sensor in one) the Tettnang

based system provider

sets another mile stone in the industrial image processing segment. A look at the inside of the versatile all-rounder reveals what makes this innovation so unique and makes the heart of every automation expert beat faster. weQube is different. weQube is extraordinary. weQube is the future. The pioneering image processing concept of this smart camera opens up hitherto undreamed-of possibilities and opportunities for the automation industry. Whereas many cameras provide illumination and communication interfaces as external individual components, weQube combines all components and features required for smooth image processing in a compact housing.

wenglor Sensoric Ltd Tel: 01536 313580 Web:


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