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Not All Secret Ingredients are Good for Your Brand

15-Aug-2017 05:32:00

Coca-Cola has some. So does KFC. Barr’s Irn Bru and Worcestershire Sauce both contain ingredients they don’t want us to know about. But what if your food or drink product has a secret ingredient even you don’t know about – until it’s too late?

Those famous products’ recipes have ingredients which are deliberately added to enhance the flavour. And of course, those ingredients have all been thoroughly and carefully checked and approved for complete consumer safety. But accidental contaminants in your product are another matter. They’re potential “ingredients” of food and drink products that no producer wants in their recipe.

That means you have to eliminate the potential for contaminants to enter factory processes at any stage, including during plant and equipment maintenance.

Maintenance at the required intervals is essential, but using the correct food-grade lubricants is essential too. So choosing the FOODLUBE® range of high-performance lubricants from ROCOL® is your safest option.

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Topics: Innovation, News, Food & Beverage, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

How to Save Lives With A Padlock

21-Jul-2017 05:01:00

Servicing, maintaining, cleaning and repairing equipment are dangerous activities. A worker only has to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the machine starts up, and injury or even death could result. And with one death and 160 work-related accidents every 15 seconds1, the odds don’t look good.

Making sure the machinery simply can’t start, or be started, is the obvious answer. The only way to be absolutely certain of that is to isolate it from all its energy sources. The only way to be absolutely certain of that is to use the safety procedure that’s becoming more and more popular, as well as being best practice in all European countries and law in some.

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Topics: Innovation, News, Tools, Safety and Maintenance, Health & Safety

Be Prepared for Winter Maintenance with Loctite

13-Feb-2017 17:33:55

When the going get tough and temperatures hit sub-zero, the meet the beast, Loctite adhesives save you time and money. 

This powerhouse is responsible for grooming ski slopes at night when others are enjoying their après-ski.  It operates in temperatures around 30 degrees below freezing on slopes that can be more than 45 degrees steep and for this performance it relies on Loctite engineering adhesives to secure components and seal hydraulics. 

Although such extremes are not the norm in the UK, for any enterprise reliant upon plant and machinery for the smooth running of their business, the winter months bring additional risk. Mechanical failure costs time and money; dismantling and overhaul, overtime, hire of temporary plant, replacement parts - or in the worst case, the machine itself – and loss of profits.  Far better to avoid failure right from the start through preventative maintenance with MRO adhesive products that are truly fit for purpose.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Innovation, Adhesives, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

All You Need To Keep Quarry Plant Working Efficiently

02-Dec-2016 08:43:31

Everyone wants maximum productivity and reliability from their quarry plant and equipment but it’s a difficult task due to the harsh environment and machinery is subject to heavy vibration, shock and corrosion. 

Nuts and bolts shake loose, hydraulic and pneumatic systems leak and bearings fail.

LOCTITE® engineering adhesives and product systems for equipment build, repair and maintenance are available to rectify problems caused by wear, abrasion, erosion, corrosion and mechanical damage. 

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Adhesives, Quarrying & Mining, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

DeWalt Cutting the Cord - Not The Power

09-Nov-2016 06:33:00

Cordless power tools have always been a compromise between cordless convenience and mains power. Do you want tools that work anywhere – until their battery power runs out – or do you want unlimited power, but only as far as the power cord will reach?

Now you don’t have to choose. DeWalt® claim to have changed the game, with the launch of the DeWalt® XR FLEXVOLT battery pack. 

The world’s first 18/54V convertible battery pack, the XR FLEXVOLT means power tool users no longer have to choose restricted movement with a cable or reduced power with a battery. Now they can have all the power they need to work anywhere they want.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Efficiency, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Giving Food Production a Clean Sheet

21-Oct-2016 08:46:47

Finding faster, more sustainable ways to assemble, bond, seal and repair equipment parts is always a challenge. It’s especially tough in the food and beverage industry, where the regulations are strictest, and constantly changing. However, even as the rules multiply and grow ever-more demanding, one manufacturer of machinery products has found a solution.

Adhesives and sealants are a high strength, reliable and cost-saving way to deal with many of the tasks machine builders and maintenance engineer’s face on a daily basis.

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Topics: Best Practice, News, Innovation, Adhesives, Food & Beverage, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Putting Health, Safety and Productivity on a Firmer Footing

21-Jul-2016 12:10:28

Is your business experiencing more sickness absence than it should, lower productivity than you might reasonably expect, and demands for higher insurance premiums? And do you know why?

A year-long ergonomics research study in one company showed that simply standing and moving about during a normal working day caused employees significant pain and discomfort, as well as costing the business almost £200,000 in lost productivity.

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Topics: Best Practice, Innovation, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Would a Coat Make Your Pump More Efficient?

23-Jun-2016 08:27:24

Wear and corrosion are major threats to equipment and systems in mining and quarrying. Pump castings, impellers and volutes, for example, wear due to corrosion, erosion, cavitation and mechanical damage. But a solution to restore performance and efficiency, and even extend operating life, can be as simple as a new coat.

The combination of ERIKS’ proven engineering know-how and Henkel’s experience and expertise in ceramic and energy-saving coatings, results in repairs to the highest standards, using the best products for the job. The products in this case being Henkel’s range of Loctite® surface engineering products and systems, for equipment build, repair and maintenance.

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice, Adhesives, Quarrying & Mining, Efficiency, Bearings & Lubrication, Pumps

In Hazardous Environments How Does Your PPE Fair?

07-Jan-2016 15:01:18

The Health and Safety at Work Act and the PPE Equipment at Work Act make the employer’s responsibilities clear.

But when working in highly hazardous environments, how do you choose the right protective equipment that is not only right for the job but complies with all the Health and Safety legislation relevant to your industry?

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Protecting Your Employees

17-Jun-2014 07:22:00

Protecting your employees is key, ensuring the correct Personal Protective Equipment and Spill Control is in place, safeguards your employees futures.

ERIKS has an extensive range of personal protective equipment, from safety footwear and eyewear through to ergonomic matting and respiratory masks. Each and every one of these products is as critical as the other, and in all industries ERIKS knows that safety always comes first.


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Topics: News, Health & Safety, Quarrying & Mining, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

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