national robotariuM construction bEgins


onstruction has started on a world-leading research facility for robotics and artificial intelligence, which will be the largest and most advanced of its type in the UK. Based at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus, the

National Robotarium is supported by £21 million from the UK Government, and £1.4 million from the Scottish Government as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The National Robotarium will be a centre of excellence for

pioneering research and is expected to open in Spring 2022. It will create innovative solutions to global challenges using cutting-edge research, product design and industry collaboration. Bringing together academics and global companies, the facility will provide a catalyst for entrepreneurship and is expected to deliver sustainable economic benefit to Edinburgh, the UK and beyond. Although research projects led by the National Robotarium

have already begun, the new building will provide extensive world-class facilities for researchers and knowledge exchange. Key areas of research application will include hazardous environments, offshore energy, manufacturing, healthcare, human-robot interaction, assisted living and agritech.

ElEctro rEnt unvEils its MyEr Portal

asset base. This helps them improve their testing operations and ensure teams always have access to the equipment and information they need. The portal encompasses everything needed for simple and easy contract


and asset management, in one central place. Via this highly-intuitive, multi- faceted online tool, managers, test engineers and purchasing staff will now be able to fully align their test equipment assets with ongoing demands. Key information about rental and purchase contracts, asset details and

documentation plus their whereabouts can all be rapidly retrieved. As a consequence, appropriate actions can be taken directly online, such as extending rental contracts, requesting calibration and assign assets to projects and cost centres. This approach safeguards against contract end dates being missed and ensures that asset visibility and sharing remains at the highest levels. By knowing where assets are located and required, it is possible to avoid keeping them at a location for longer than necessary – they can be reassigned to other projects instead.

carbon caPturE tEch dEvEloPEd with bürkErt’s PrEcision valvEs

of C-Capture, perfecting the carbon capture process requires precision control of a solvent and the solution was delivered by Bürkert. One of the major challenges with reducing CO2 levels is the amount


of energy required by many of the leading processes. This is being challenged by C-Capture, which has developed technology that uses a

new class of solvents to capture CO2 and enable it to be processed and stored, either permanently or for use in another industrial process. The

company designs chemical processes for capturing CO2.Using in-house test rigs data is generated which lay the foundations for industrial-scale solutions that are set to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. C-Capture chemists and process engineers must find the right technology for accurate measurements to generate data. To help with specifying the parts, C-Capture worked with Scattergood

& Johnson, a specialist supplier of electrical engineering and fluid control components. An in-house test rig involves the flow of the solvent into a wetted wall column. It was important to precisely regulate the solvent flow to enable the collection of accurate test data. The process required an all-electric flow control device, since a

pneumatically controlled valve would only add further cost and complexity to the project, both at the pilot stage and beyond. Scattergood recommended the Bürkert Type 3361 2-way globe control


s the importance of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continues to increase, companies are developing new

technologies that will enable this on an industrial scale. In the case

lectro Rent, a provider of test and technology solutions and services, has launched the MyER Portal digital platform to enable customers to manage contracts and have better visibility of their

valve as the best solution due to its precise and fast flow control. The Type 3361 also offers a flexibility of design to meet the

requirements of the application. As part of an experimental project, the need for precise data was paramount and the valve offers both analogue and digital outputs. Furthermore, the option of five interchangeable valve seats allows the Kv value to be optimised, while the ability to add a position controller or a process controller to the application makes it suitable for both centralised and de-centralised systems. March 2021 Instrumentation Monthly

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