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• • • NEWS • • •


SICK launches miniature PowerProx sensor


SIGA broadens wound components capability


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IGA (Electronics) Ltd has extended


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ICK has shrunk its versatile, high-performance PowerProx


sensor into a space-saving miniature housing to reach the longest distances ever achieved with such a compact device. The tiny SICK WTT4SL PowerProx Mini photoelectric sensor measures just 12.2 x 41.8 x 17.3 mm yet delivers outstanding performance to detect objects up to 1.3metres away. It is therefore ideal for high-speed packaging applications. The PowerProx Mini can be


integrated into tight machine spaces, such as the grippers of picking robots, deployed e.g. for high-speed counting on a conveyor, or web and roll control in printing and packaging machinery.


its capability to include design, manufacture and test of a new varied range of transformers, previously manufactured and supplied by Stabilised Transformers Limited. The move follows


SIGA’s acquisition of the business and assets in February of Wolverhampton-based Stabilised Transformers Limited. Their current transformer capability includes open or enclosed types of dry transformers and inductors, and extends through double wound and auto wound components, toroidal wound instrument transformers for current and voltage measurement. High voltage transformers catering for systems up to 13.8kV and offer capability for motor starting applications up to 5000kW. Typical applications for the transformers include renewable energy,


airfield lighting, variable speed drives, shipbuilding, mining, telecommunications, switchgear and instrumentation, motor control centres and major utilities encompassing water pumping and purification. Customers throughout the UK and Europe benefit from SIGA’s in-house transport, export experience and expert handling facilities.


Delta Launches 200kW Ultra Fast Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger in EMEA D


Electric digger wins award for UK engineering innovation


electric digger (19C-1E) as the winner of the 2020 MacRobert Award, the most prestigious prize for UK engineering innovation. The winning team receive a £50,000 prize and a gold medal. The 19C-1E excavator is the


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world’s first volume-produced fully electric digger and with it, JCB has shown it is possible to make powerful construction machinery without an internal combustion engine. To date, the current fleet has saved the equivalent of 15,100kg in CO2 emissions across 5,616 hours of work, but if used across the global construction sector, which contributes 39% of all carbon emissions, these savings could reach billions of tonnes. JCB’s winning team are; Tim


elta has launched its next-generation 200kW Ultra Fast Charger (UFC200) in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Delta's UFC200, which is capable


of enabling a 100km driving range with roughly 8 minutes of charging, aims to serve next-generation EVs, e-trucks and e-buses in a broad range of applications such as highways, parking lots, service stations, logistics companies as well as urban traffic hubs. With its modular power system design, remote accessibility for improved uptime service, and its backend compatibility with most of the EV charging network management systems in the market, Delta's UFC200 EV charger will prove to be an ideal solution for EV charging site operators in EMEA. Commenting on its introduction, Vincent Lin, senior director of e-Mobility & Smart


Energy Solutions business development, Delta EMEA, stated: "Foreseeing more and more EV coming to the market with extended driving range, we have not only extended the existing product line of UFC 150kW to 200kW, but have also integrated a credit card payment solution, as well as a mechanism to adhere to Germany's Eichrecht MID-metering calibration rules, to make this product ideal for charging point operators (CPOs) and fleet charging requirements."


flexibility services in the Bridgwater area using a cohort of domestic Powervault batteries. EDF’s expertise, alongside Powervault’s smart energy storage systems, will give the distribution network operator access to demand flexibility for its network, without the need to install costly infrastructure upgrades.


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EDF and Powervault win WPD contract E


DF has been awarded a contract by Western Power Distribution (WPD) to supply local grid


The domestic batteries will be optimised


through EDF’s Powershift platform in one of the first cases of commercial domestic flexibility provision in the South West. This will both facilitate the country’s transition to a more efficient, low carbon energy infrastructure, and allow participating customers to save money by storing electricity at home from their solar panels or from the grid.


Burnhope FREng, Chief Innovation Officer, Bob Womersley, Director of Advanced Engineering, Lee Harper, Chief Engineer – Electrified Machines, Lee Milward, Design Manager, and Corey Smith, Test and Development Manager. As well as significantly reducing


carbon emissions, the electric digger has zero exhaust emissions and very low noise levels. This combination makes it much better suited than traditional construction vehicles to operating inside buildings or in areas where noise must be kept to a minimum, for example near hospitals and schools.


he Royal Academy of Engineering announced JCB’s


Joe Warren, CEO of Powervault, said: “Our


Powervault systems are now providing vital grid services as we transition to a smart and green electricity network. By working with EDF’s Powershift platform, we are unlocking the value of domestic electricity storage for the whole electricity system, as well as reducing customers’ electricity bills.Decarbonising electricity is key to reaching the UK’s 2050 net-zero carbon targets.


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