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Aerospace technology will help to monitor earth-based machines

A new British company called Senseye is developing a technology for predicting the health of industrial machinery, based on concepts that are already being used in the aerospace and defence sectors to help cut operations and maintenance costs by 20%. The company says that the technology, which “costs less than a pump”, could be affordable for smaller manufacturers and machine-users for whom this type of condition-monitoring has previously been too costly.

Delphi buys HellermannTyton for £1.07bn

Delphi Automotive is buying the UK-headquartered cable management specialist HellermannTyton Group in a deal that values the business at around £1.07bn ($1.67bn). Delphi’s main interest is thought to be in HellermannTyton’s automotive portfolio, but the deal will also strengthen Delphi’s position in the electrical architecture market, while providing a platform for it to expand in HellermannTyton’s other industrial end-markets, including aerospace, defence, alternative energy and mass transit.

Vipa UK distributor is reborn as Gapp Automation

The UK automation distributor Vipa has changed its name to Gapp Automation, reflecting the wide range of products and services from a variety of manufacturers that it now supplies.

Martin will drive Danfoss’ integration with Vacon in the UK

John Martin, sales director for Danfoss’ drives business in the UK, has been appointed country manager of Danfoss Drives UK, the new business that combines the activities of Danfoss and Vacon. He will oversee the merger of the Danfoss and Vacon operations to create what is expected to be the UK’s largest dedicated drives team.

Network aims to boost UK’s robotics capabilities

The work of robotics experts in the UK will be coordinated nationally for the first time following the launch of a network that will encourage academic and industry collaboration to accelerate the development and adoption of robotic and autonomous systems.

O’Carroll succeeds Bangs as MD of SMC in the UK

Kevin O’Carroll has been appointed managing director of SMC Pneumatics (UK), succeeding Steve Bangs who has stepped down after leading the company for 17 years. O’Carroll, who has been with SMC for 28 years, was previously assistant MD.

Drive systems tour hits the road in England and Scotland

Siemens is taking a custom-built exhibition truck on a three-week tour of the UK in July, starting in Cambridge on 2 July and finishing in Aberdeen 22 July. The Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) roadshow is designed to demonstrate how the company’s integrated drive systems can improve productivity, reliability and efficiency across many sectors.

Exico motors name is reborn after a 10-year absence

The Exico name is returning to the UK motors and inverters market after an absence of ten years. Jerry Hodek who ran the business previously, is back as managing and technical director of the reborn Exico, with Lucie Hodkova as sales director.

Motion specialist takes control at ultrasonics firm

The Basingstoke-based motion technology specialist, LG Motion, has acquired a controlling interest in the Dorchester-based ultrasonic measurement equipment manufacturer, Precision Acoustics.

Online power transmission shop makes its debut

A new Web-based business has been set up to sell power transmission products in the UK and Ireland. Ipswich-based Drive Parts Direct is the brainchild of Nigel Rose who has more than 30 years of experience in the sector, initially with Pix Europe, and later at Distag QCS.

Chain-maker enters production in the UK

A Wolverhampton-based supplier of industrial chain has started to manufacture chain in the UK. Donghua, the UK arm of the Chinese Hangzhou Donghua Chain group, has invested in equipment to produce bespoke attachment chain, thus offering its customers more choice and shorter delivery times. It has also expanded its technical workshop.

Motor-maker’s move will enhance customer service

Lafert Electric Motors has moved to new UK premises in Crewe, bringing together its product and support services under one roof. The site consists of a 465m2 warehouse and workshop area, and 65m2 of office accommodation.

Hudson takes the helm at Centa, as Arnott retires

Darren Hudson has been appointed managing director of the Bradford-based couplings specialist, Centa Transmissions, following the retirement of Bob Arnott after 17 years with the firm.

Mitsubishi and Brook Crompton agree on a package deal

Mitsubishi Electric and Brook Crompton are getting together to offer matched and tested packages of inverter drives and motors to help UK users to comply with tightening energy efficiency regulations.

2016 Drives show will be 40% bigger than in 2014

With just under a year to go to the next Drives & Controls Show, more than twice as many stands have been booked, compared to the same stage before the previous event in 2014. As a result, around 40% more floorspace has beAir-Tech, en allocated to the show than at the 2014 event.