SKF Seizes Counterfeit Bearings in West Yorkshire Raid

21-Mar-2017 18:15:45

SKF has participated in a raid against a company trading counterfeit bearings in the West Yorkshire area.

A raid, led by members of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards authority alongside staff from SKF's Brand Protection Team, has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings which otherwise could have been sold on to unsuspecting industrial customers and end-users. Several thousands of bearings, of more than170 different types and sizes were seized, with an estimated total weight of 1.5 tons. A wide range of products was seized, including items used in automotive applications as well as industrial machinery.

During the raid, SKF learned that counterfeit goods had been sold on to many customers in the UK by the non-authorised distributor. Bearings from other brands, allegedly sourced from the same suppliers as the counterfeit SKF products, are also suspected to be non-genuine.
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Topics: News, Bearings

The Inside Story to ERIKS Regional Hubs

20-Mar-2017 11:57:47

What’s inside the new ERIKS Regional Hubs to help your productivity, efficiency and sustainability?

An earlier issue of Know+How looked at the new ERIKS Regional Hubs, and how they’re bringing the resources of a national organisation to easily accessible, local hubs. So exactly what kind of resources can you expect to find in your nearest ERIKS Regional Hub, to help improve your performance, productivity and profitability?

What the Regional Hubs are not is just as important as what they are. Because they’re definitely not just a shop front or a forwarding address, trying to put a regional presence on a centralised organisation. What they are is a fully resourced, fully stocked, fully supported source of ERIKS know-how, products and experience, brought right to where you want it.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice

Simply Safer in Waste and Recycling

01-Mar-2017 07:26:05

Five in every hundred workers were affected by work-related illnesses in the waste industry in 2014/15. Five thousand were injured at work. 16,000-145,000 working days were lost on average in 2009/10 to 2014/15. And fines across the waste and recycling industry totalled over £2,063,000.* Ignoring health and safety is clearly not a safe thing to do.

It’s very easy for an employee to forget that their safety gloves won’t last forever or to think that standing on a concrete floor won’t do any harm. But in the waste sector, it’s not easy to overlook a fatal injury rate that’s up to twenty times the all-industry standard, and an injury rate that’s around double.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, PPE, Waste & Recycling, Skincare

Simple Status Monitoring System Keeps Hotel Chain Open for Business

21-Feb-2017 11:32:33

Failure that can cost your business, and your reputation. 

A major nationwide hotel chain with hundreds of sites nationally, including 20 within central London were looking for a solution to keep their pumps running.

All the hotels depend on providing constant hot and cold running water and a fully-functioning effluent removal system for guests. If and when these fail to be operational, it is an offence to let rooms. So in the event of a breakdown in either system, the hotel has to be closed down and guests ejected. In a central London hotel, with rooms costing around £100 a night or more, this incurs considerable costs in refunds, not to mention inconvenience and reputational damage.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Condition Monitoring, Preventative Maintenance

Industry 4.0 We've Got Your Number

17-Feb-2017 08:31:21

It’s never been easier to find out what’s going on with your machines. Thermography, oil analysis and vibration monitoring give you the best picture you’ve ever had of the condition of equipment. But data doesn’t always add up to answers. And more data doesn’t necessarily mean a clearer picture. So how can Industry 4.0 help you make the best use of the data available?

Industry 4.0 – sometimes described as “the next Industrial Revolution” – uses the cloud and the Internet of Things to make data more readily available so it can be more effectively applied or acted on. Essentially it’s about maximising connectivity – and for machine condition monitoring that means helping you keep constant tabs on key measurable parameters, without having to be standing by the machine and without having to wait for a written report.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Automation, Efficiency

Improved Cleanliness, Lower Downtime with Fenner

15-Feb-2017 14:05:52

How long would it take your business to recover from a product recall? Probably longer than you think. Research shows that a product recall due to contamination can slash sales by at least 25% in the two months following.

And how big a fine or how long a prison sentence could you be facing as a result? Under new sentencing guidelines effective from 1st February, an unlimited fine and/or two years’ custody if health and safety guidelines have been breached.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Efficiency, Motors, Fenner, Gearboxes, Food Industry

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, Innovation, Best Practice, Adhesives, Sealants

Less Work, Less Cost, Less Stress

10-Feb-2017 06:22:00

As engineers spend 40% of their time sourcing parts why waste precious limited resource sourcing parts rather than fixing the job in hand?

A recent project ERIKS collaborated with Festo, shows how having the correct parts ready can not only save you precious time but also can reduce the cost and length of failure!

 The initial problem

ERIKS were contacted by a customer who was experiencing issues when building parts in one of their machines which were large, difficult to handle and time consuming to assemble.

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Topics: News, Pneumatics, Fluid Power, Fluid Power, Transfer & Control

Lasts Longer Than Long-Life Milk

09-Feb-2017 08:30:30

How do you ensure as long a life as possible for a bearing?

That’s simple: with lubrication. But what if the bearings are located in an inaccessible area of your plant, and lubrication is impossible?

Not so simple. That was the problem faced by a UK-based milk processor, who asked NSK to deliver a solution to their doorstep.

Because bearings on one of the plant’s principal conveyors were inaccessible, they failed repeatedly and regularly, through lack of lubrication.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication

5 Top Tips to Improve and Maintain Machine Performance

07-Feb-2017 13:14:39

Managing industrial automation machinery is complex these days. Limited budgets and production pressures challenge busy maintenance professionals.

But small tweaks in the right places can make a big difference,

For example, cutting energy consumption is a big priority for many OEMs and end users. The good news is, improving conventional technology can sometimes achieve major savings for your business without breaking the bank. 

Take a look at Parker's Top 5 Tips to improve and maintain machine performance...

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Topics: Best Practice, Efficiency, Savings, Hydraulics

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