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INDUSTRY UPDATE


Elesa hygiene levelling feet now EHEDG Certified


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New FNT 16 neutral disconnect terminal for 2.5 – 25 mm²


disconnect terminal for wire cross sections between 2.5 mm² and 25 mm² (up to 16 mm² with wire-end ferrules). The push-in connection system allows for safe connection of wires without tools. When a solid wire or ferrule is inserted, the pressure spring opens automatically and establishes a secure contact. Standard screwdrivers can be used to connect and


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disconnect flexible wires without ferrules. The disconnect terminal integrates a receptacle for the 10x3- mm neutral busbar. There is no need for an additional fixing plate. The neutral busbar is securely connected via a screw-less slider. Like FRKI feed-through terminals and FSLI PE terminals, the neutral disconnect terminals can be used alongside FDLIS three-level installation terminals, because the position of the neutral busbar is identical in both versions.


CONTA-CLIP  christian.quade@conta-clip.dewww.conta-clip.com


ONTA-CLIP expands its range of single-level push-in installation terminals, adding the FNT 16 neutral


lesa’s LM.F-HD-SST series of levelling feet in stainless steel with permanent floor mounting facility are now


EHEDG certified (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group). This means that they offer significant advantages in


improved hygiene and reduced cleaning time (and resources), so enhancing the environment of industrial areas such as in food production, pharmaceutical, paint and dye manufacture and similar, as well as saving on use of cleaning materials and time taken in wash-down cycles. For example, there can be up to 25% time saving with


less consumption of water, energy and cleaning agents, by use of specific design criteria with high grade stainless steel and FDA/EU compliant plastics. Elesa explain that in the food industry, medical


technology and the pharmaceutical industry, product safety and consumer protection are becoming increasingly important.


Elesa  01526 322670  www.elesa.com


beams by joining three plates. Often the material will be rusty mill scale plate that has to be welded directly without any preparation. Cost pressures mean the welds must be made as quickly as possible and the need for rapid, trouble-free on-site assembly dictates that distortion and deformation are not acceptable. ESAB was recently approached by a customer with


exactly the requirement outlined above. In this case, a 10 x 470mm web needed flanges to be attached along both edges; the flanges were 15 x 200mm and one needed to be attached at an angle rather than being perpendicular to the web. Clearly some form of semi-automated welding would


improve the situation and it might be thought that the obvious answer would be to use the best technologies available, such as pulse welding that reduces heat input and, therefore minimises distortion. However, ESAB says this is still a relatively time-consuming process that would require two welding operatives.


ESAB  01992 768515  www.esab.co.uk


Dawson Shanahan celebrates 10th anniversary


of FloForm acquisition and manufacturing in Wales


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awson Shanahan, a specialist in precision engineering since 1943, celebrates 10 years since the


buy-out of FloForm and manufacturing at its plant in Welshpool, Wales. It’s been a decade since Dawson Shanahan came to the


rescue of FloForm, a manufacturer of automotive parts based in Welshpool, Wales. As a business that had been in decline over a two-year period, the company finally went into administration in 2009 and 80 jobs were sadly lost. Hertfordshire based Dawson Shanahan, took the


SICK’s NAV-LOC Localisation Sets AGVs Free from Reflectors


all-in-one NAV-LOC localisation solution, enabling them to navigate more reliably and efficiently around shop floor and warehouse environments. The SICK NAV-LOC (Localisation On Contour) is an easy-


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to-set up solution based on a SICK NAV 360o LiDAR scanner that can be integrated into new or existing AGVs. By recognising the pre-mapped contours of a factory or warehouse interior, the system eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly installation of reflectors, special paints, tracks, magnetic strips or coloured tapes. The SICK NAV-LOC system uses precise 2D data from


the SICK NAV310 LiDAR scanner to match its position to a reference map stored on a SICK SIM2000 Sensor Integration Machine, which is also mounted on the AGV. As the data is processed, a SICK algorithm continually compares the distances retrieved from the scan data with


40 March 2019 | Automation


ICK has set Automated Guided Vehicles free from the need for reflectors or other physical markers with the


the reference map to provide position and orientation information to the AGV controller. Setting up the NAV-LOC system begins by simply


‘teaching’ the on-board SICK LiDAR scanner prominent contour features, such as walls, large static machinery, racking or bays, as the AGV is driven manually around its working environment. Then, this data is used by SICK Service to create a


precise reference map on behalf of the customer or machine builder, before being uploaded on the SIM2000, and easily commissioned on-site using SICK’s SOPAS engineering tool. Designed for robust operation in tough industrial


conditions, the SICK NAV-LOC scans its contours 8 times a second.


SICK  01727 831121


www.sick.co.uk automationmagazine.co.uk


decision to purchase the business and all its assets. They made the strategic decision to retain the Welshpool site re-instating 12 employees. Dawson Shanahan had been in business with FloForm


for 30 years, they knew the staff with their skills and expertise, had to be harnessed. They moved all operations from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire to Welshpool, an important strategic decision and part of its ongoing success today.


Dawson Shanahan  01938 551700  www.dawson-shanahan.co.uk


Cutting welding time and cost A


common requirement in the construction sector is the production of H-section or I-section structural


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