Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Dr Clive Hickman has been appointed to head a new body aimed at leading the resurgence of manufacturing industry in the Midlands. The Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, to be known as M2R, will review the Midlands’ manufacturing landscape post-COVID, contribute to the creation of a wider Midlands manufacturing strategy and develop recommendations to help build the region’s manufacturing resilience and its subsequent economic impact. Contributions will be invited from senior representatives from industry, academia and government. Hickman said, “Through the recent crises we

have seen the manufacturing sector respond to the needs of the hour, including through vital


Welcome to the June issue of Instrumentation Monthly. Lockdown restrictions in the UK

continue to be relaxed. Many workplaces are reopening but businesses are now presented with new problems: workplace safety needs to be addressed to protect the returning workforce. To do this, some businesses have introduced thermal imaging technology to monitor worker temperature to screen for a fever. Indeed, COVID-19 has created a worldwide demand for infrared cameras. But how can you be sure the camera you choose can actually do the job? We consider this in our Pharmaceutical and Medical feature on page 14. Whether individual workplaces will be adapting social distancing into existing workflows, or changing workflows to introduce social distancing measures, flexibility of monitoring equipment will make either approach much easier to integrate. In an article on page 12, Casella explains how body-worn monitoring equipment that incorporates remote monitoring advancements can give users the ability to adapt to socially distanced working while continuing to account for traditional workplace hazards.

Victoria White, Editor

initiatives such as the Ventilator Challenge and the production of much needed PPE. We are proud of what we achieved, but we believe there are lessons to be learned, not least in terms of how we, here in the Midlands, can work together to maximise our impact, and develop a strategy that will put our region on the map, not only nationally but also internationally.” “In these challenging times, we must build on our strengths; our skills, our heritage and our willingness to respond and adapt to new challenges. I look forward to leading this process and delivering a commission that will make a real difference to our region,” he added. The Mayor of the West Midlands, lead sponsor of the Commission, said, “I am pleased to support this vital initiative. I know how important

manufacturing is to the region through jobs, investment and growth. We need an overarching report that will identify how we can work better together. The lessons we have learned through the last few months have given a real urgency to understanding what we need to do to be at the forefront of world-class manufacturing, something which is very close to my heart.”


Evolution Measurement is celebrating achieving the BSI quality management system - ISO 9001:2015. Work for the accreditation has been ongoing since October last year, but production manager, Mark Adams, finalised the process with the BSI auditors using a remote video call during which they were able to verify the processes in use. The BSI ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organisation needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. Managing director, Paul Crowhurst said, “This is a momentous day for our

businesses, having successfully completed our ISO9001:2015 certification. This is not an easy thing to accomplish, the demands in the 2015 edition are much more stringent and demanding than the earlier 2008 edition. To achieve it first time is also a great feat especially in the current circumstances.” Crowhurst added, “This is an important moment for us as a business, as it visibly demonstrates our full commitment to quality and to our customers..” FLIR INSTALLS EST SCREENING SOLUTION AT THE PENTAGON

FLIR Systems has installed its EST screening system at the Pentagon Visitor Centre in Washington DC. The company’s integrated EST screening solution, the A700 EST-IS, features the FLIR A700 thermal imaging camera. The system is being used to screen visitors for elevated or higher than expected skin temperatures, which can help guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The installation of its EST system at the Pentagon is one of many

efforts FLIR is currently discussing with United States Department of Defence officials for applications across the armed services. The news follows statements made by FLIR president and CEO Jim Cannon on a recent earnings call that the company booked roughly $100 million in new EST business in the first quarter of 2020. More recently, General Motors announced it will use FLIR cameras at many of its sites to screen

Instrumentation Monthly June 2020

workers in an effort to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. For applications in public buildings, hospitals, airports, schools, sports venues, or manufacturing, FLIR Systems’ EST cameras can be a first line of defence in managing the risks associated with the global pandemic. These groups and others are using FLIR thermal imaging cameras and software for the initial screening needed to help detect people with signs of elevated skin temperature. 5

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74