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Addressing the UK manufacturing skills gap EDITOR’S COMMENT www.hpmag.co.uk HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 3 The skills gap is more than just a theoretical concern; it’s a tangible threat with real-world implications. ‘ ’ The UK’s manufacturing sector stands at a crucial crossroads, embracing the digital industrial revolution to bolster productivity, enhance energy efficiency, and confront the dual challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and the impact of Brexit on supply chains. With four out of five manufacturing firms now primed to boost digital investments within the next two years, the need for growth and resilience is clear. However, there is growing concern that a shortage of skilled labour threatens to impede the sector’s transformational drive and hamper its quest to work smarter and greener. As manufacturing companies gear up for a digital future, the demand for skilled workers to take advantage of these changes has increased significantly. The skills gap is more than just a theoretical concern; it’s a tangible threat with real-world implications. Businesses are grappling with operational capacity issues, and their ability to seize growth opportunities is hindered by this talent shortfall. Many firms have responded by investing in training initiatives and offering higher pay to retain existing staff and attract new talent. However, the unintended consequence of these measures is noteworthy: the exertion of significant pressure on productivity-boosting investments, such as training and automation. Striking the right balance between cultivating a skilled workforce and capitalising on the potential of innovative technologies has become a challenging tightrope walk. It’s crucial to overcome these challenges to fuel the growth of a higher-wage economy. To create the conditions necessary for increased investment and innovation, a comprehensive approach is needed, addressing the barriers that hinder British workers’ access to the job market. Tackling issues like the lack of affordable childcare and adopting a pragmatic stance on immigration can pave the way for broader growth prospects. The current economic landscape has compounded the problem of labour shortages, and short-term solutions alone will not suffice. A sustained, collaborative effort is needed between businesses and recruitment agencies to devise longterm, sustainable recruitment strategies. These strategies must encompass robust attraction and retention policies, significant investments in training and development, and a steadfast commitment to fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion. It’s imperative to nurture an environment that not only fosters skilled workers but also emphasises the environmental performance of organisations, aligning with the broader global sustainability agenda. As we traverse this intricate path toward a digitally transformed manufacturing sector, navigating the challenges of labour shortages, the need for a united approach is evident. By prioritising the development of digital skills, addressing the UK’s labour gap, and nurturing a workforce prepared for the future, the manufacturing industry can navigate these obstacles, building resilience, and embracing a smarter, greener, and more prosperous future for the UK’s manufacturing landscape. Aaron Blutstein Editor
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NEWS 6 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has appointed Cliff Warne as Executive Director. Cliff, who joins the Society with a wealth of engineering and commercial experience gained in manufacturing and process roles, will work alongside Vanda Jones, during an initial transition period. Starting his career as an engineering trainee at Mars Confectionary, Cliff is a well-respected figure in the pump and process market, having worked for over 20 years at AxFlow. This included 15 years in leadership roles as well as engineering and product management roles. It is this proven track record of engineering sales and building strong commercial relationships that Cliff will take into his new role with BCAS. Warne commented: “I have supported customers in a diverse range of industrial sectors, from chemical to oil and gas, food and beverage to nuclear industries and understand the challenges they face. British Compressed Air Society appoints Cliff Warne to Board Tom Parker named exclusive UK distributor for Oetiker Whether it’s the rising cost of energy, managing raw materials and costs or compliance with legislation, endcustomers are looking for the best advice from their suppliers to mitigate for these risks. “This is where BCAS has an important role to play – acting as an independent, trusted source of advice and I very much look forward to working with end-users to help improve the efficiency of their compressed air systems. “Our BCAS members are equally important, and I am keen to build on the excellent achievements of Vanda and the team and to continue to work closely with our distributor, manufacturer and end-use members. This includes our important lobbying work to ensure the best outcomes for end-users as new legislation and regulations are introduced, as well as continuing to develop our training portfolio.” Commenting on Cliff’s appointment, Mark Ranger, BCAS President added: “We are delighted to welcome Cliff to the BCAS team and send him a very warm welcome from all of the BCAS board members. His wealth of experience in the industrial sector, combined with his proven leadership skills will be a great asset to the Society. “Vanda and Cliff will work together during this transition period to continue to deliver best value for our members and to ensure the Society remains a source of independent and trusted advice to compressed air end-users.” Tom Parker Ltd has been named as the official Authorised UK Distributor for Oetiker in the UK, the Swiss-based global leader renowned for its pioneering ear clamp invention and top-tier connection technology. With an 80-year track record, Oetiker attributes its longevity and reputation to the production of high-quality, reliable products, coupled with exemplary service and strong, trustworthy supply chain partnerships. One such enduring partnership is with Tom Parker Ltd, which has been distributing Oetiker’s range of solutions in the UK for over two decades. Oetiker’s connection technology is widely applicable across numerous industries, ranging from automotive, industrial, and plumbing, to medical treatment lines, food and beverage, home appliances, irrigation systems, and electric vehicle chargers. Its solutions find versatile usage with various hose types, including flexible and inflexible thinwalled, rubber, and welding hoses, plastic tubing, and electrical cables. Oetiker’s original 1 and 2 ear clamps, invented by Hans Oetiker in 1942, remain a cornerstone of their product offering. Over time, they’ve introduced new solutions such as the DualHook Adjustable 259 range, featuring an internal StepLess smooth clamp, tailored for demanding high-performance applications. The StepLess 167 series ear clamp, constructed in stainless steel, represents another standout offering from the company. This clamp ensures a secure, smooth, leak-free seal, with uniform 360° compression, reflecting Oetiker’s commitment to precision engineering. Richard Parker, Sales Director at Tom Parker Ltd, voiced his enthusiasm as the chosen UK supplier for Oetiker by highlighting the long-standing partnership which reflects the trust in Oetiker’s products and its commitment to quality. Gary Powell of the Oetiker Group also emphasised the significance of reliable partners in upholding its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. He added that the collaboration with Tom Parker Ltd as part of the Authorised Distributors Programme has yielded outstanding results, setting the stage for a promising future.
8 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk NEWS New patent for rotary valve technology in the USA Domin has been granted a new patent for its rotary valve technology in the United States. The South West based hydraulic and pneumatic systems company says this is a significant milestone and further strengthens its position in the high-performance servo valve market, bolstering its existing coverage in the UK and EU. The newly awarded patent for our rotary valve technology also underscores Domin’s commitment to innovation and technological advancements in the field of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. “We are incredibly proud of the technological breakthrough represented by this new patent for our rotary valve technology in North America”, says Simon Jones, the CTO at Domin. “It is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our team at Domin. This innovative technology has revolutionised the highperformance servo valve market, offering unmatched precision, reliability, and efficiency. With this patent, we solidify our position as industry leaders and pave the way for continued advancements in hydraulic systems. We are excited to bring this cutting-edge technology to our customers, empowering them to achieve exceptional performance in their critical applications.” Domin says its rotary valve technology has changed the industry, which it says has garnered widespread recognition for its ability to optimise performance in critical applications across various sectors, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and industrial. The new patent provides Domin with the legal framework to prevent any unauthorised manufacturing or sale of products that infringe upon this new technology within the United States. This expanded protection complements Domin’s existing coverage in the UK and EU, allowing the company to maintain its competitive edge worldwide. “Receiving this new patent is a tremendous achievement for Domin and a testament to our unwavering commitment to innovation,” said Marcus Pont, CEO of Domin. “This patent not only strengthens our position in the high-performance servo valve market, but also reinforces our dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions to our valued customers. We are proud to be at the forefront of technological advancements in the industry, setting new benchmarks for performance, reliability, and efficiency.” Domin says the latest patent reinforces its reputation as a leader in hydraulic systems, demonstrating its firm commitment to pushing boundaries and driving advancements in the hydraulics industry. The processing and packaging machinery exhibition, PPMA, will once again take place at the NEC Birmingham, between 26-28 September. This is a complete production line event with something for everyone involved in processing and packaging machinery, robotics and industrial vision systems. The show will be a representation of this fast-growing industry, featuring food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, pet care, micro-brewery and distilleries, FMCG, as well as contract packers and more. Visitors will be able to take advantage of the networking opportunities, live demonstrations, source new ideas and solutions, and meet with potential new suppliers and technical experts. Richard Little, the PPMA Show Director commented: “Between the 350+ companies exhibiting there are thousands of years of experience in packaging, processing and automation machinery. Visitors are encouraged to bring their problems and requirements to the show. There will be people in the show who know what to do and there will be plenty of machines to look at actually doing it.” The best and brightest businesses of this industry will be eager to demonstrate to visitors how they can improve their businesses with the latest and greatest technologies. Some of the companies exhibiting include Advanced Conveyor Group, BrilloPak, Clearview Imaging, Excel Packing Machinery, IDEM SAFETY Switches, Lafert Electric Motors, Mil-Tek UK Recycling & Waste Solutions, Premier Labellers, and Westrock Packaging Machinery & Automation. This is a rapidly growing industry with immense potential with exciting new products and technologies are being developed all the time; an industry that is constantly innovating and evolving. For more information: https://www.ppmashow.co.uk/visit PPMA Show set to showcase latest developments in the UK’s processing and packaging industry
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NEWS 10 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk Webtec awards two Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Webtec, the St Ives, Cambridgeshire, based hydraulic measurement and control company, has awarded two Arkwright Engineering Scholarships to Arthur Cooke and Sam Burnell this year. Webtec has been proud supporters since 2014 and the Roy Cuthbert Scholarship, which is part of the national scheme, was named after Webtec’s founder, a passionate engineer and entrepreneur who passed away in 2013. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, part of the educational charity ‘The Smallpeice Trust’ is a national scheme. Now in its 31st year, it aims to widen access and provide young people from all backgrounds the chance to experience the exciting world of engineering. This scholarship scheme acts as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in the UK schools and helps to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline, in the critical 16 to 18 age range. Martin Cuthbert, Webtec’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted that this year we have awarded the two scholarships to students that are local to Webtec. We continue to work with local schools and this national scheme is a great way to recognise hard work and talent in students. Webtec is passionate to support and encourage students into engineering and the Arkwright Scholarship offers a great opportunity to help them to achieve their full potential.” In addition to the Arkwright Scholarships the company also actively supports other programmes including the Primary Engineer Leaders Award, the National Manufacturing Day run by Make UK and works with local schools to offer career guidance and job opportunities at Webtec. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme for 2023 is now open to applications from Year 11 students in England and Wales, S4 students in Scotland and Year 12 students in Northern Ireland. Schools or students who would like to apply for the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme, can visit www.arkwright.org.uk to learn more. M&E Week becomes industrial sector’s biggest event Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2023 has become the biggest industrial sector event in the UK in just its second year, according to statistics released by event organisers The Nineteen Group. Over the course of the live shows on the 7 and 8 June, 10,355 manufacturers, designers, engineers and maintenance professionals attended the event at the NEC which had 342 exhibitors. Senior manufacturing leaders attended the Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit and the SME Growth Summit, while also finding time to visit the Google Leaders’ Lounge. As part of the STEM programme more than 450 students attended the exhibition on the final afternoon finding much to inspire them in the Made
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NEWS 12 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk Smarter Innovation Alley, the Innovation Village and beyond. Haf Cennydd, Portfolio Director for Manufacturing & Engineering Week said: “To have built the biggest UK event for the industrial sector in just two years has surpassed our expectations and clearly demonstrates that bringing together Smart Factory Expo, Design & Engineering Expo and Maintec was a great idea. With industrial events also taking place at the same time and venue run by other event organisers plus the addition of Drives & Controls, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems, there will only be more to see and do in 2024.” Manufacturing & Engineering Week has the support of most of the highprofile organisations, institutions and trade bodies representing the UK’s industrial and manufacturing sector, none more so than Make UK. Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO of MAKE UK and chair of Manufacturing & Engineering Week said of this year’s event: “Manufacturing and Engineering Week has gone from strength to strength from last year to this year and we expect it to grow even further next year. Key challenges were high on the agenda for the second year with skills, supply chain and sustainability discussed in detail. It was great to see the show also offset their carbon emissions once again by planting thousands more trees in the M&E Week Forest.” Maintec in particular has benefited from its inclusion in M&E Week with Chris Hansford of Hansford Sensors commenting: “I have been coming to Maintec for 36 years and this is the busiest one I can remember. The event has had a shot in the arm which is great for our business and the maintenance sector as a whole.” Engineers Without Borders UK, the official charity partner for Manufacturing & Engineering Week, used its presence as an opportunity to launch a global responsibility competency compass to address the sustainability skills gap in engineering. John Kraus, CEO said: “The event has given the whole team a boost. It’s given us a platform for our launch and an opportunity to network directly with people working in industry and their representative bodies. Our ambitions and those of Nineteen Group align in that we wish to ensure that responsible engineering principles are being embedded at every level and that decisions made balance the needs of all people with the limits of our planet.” Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen Group commented on the success of the event: “We gave our team the licence to disrupt the accepted norms of what an industrial sector trade show looked like, felt like and achieved and they have overperformed by every measure. From the Nexa3D guitar players’ competition to the festival-like stilt walkers and branding to the sheer sense of excitement generated on the exhibition floor it’s been superb, and it will only get better next year as we add Drives & Controls, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems into the mix.” Dates for the live events for M&E Week in 2024 have been confirmed as 5-6 June for Smart Factory Expo, Design & Engineering Expo and Maintec (2 days, Hall 4) and 4-6 June for Drives & Controls, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems (3 Days, Hall 5). For more information visit: www.mandeweek.co.uk PCL celebrates 85th Anniversary raising over £3k with charity bike ride for the NSPCC To celebrate 85 years of developing trailblazing products for global markets, directors and staff from Sheffield-based pneumatics expert PCL got on their bikes to raise over £3000 and counting for the NSPCC. The challenge was to cycle a 500km relay in just 90 minutes and the team clocked up an impressive 609km within the timeframe – more than tripling their initial fundraising target of £1000 in the process. So far, the JustGiving page has raised £3424, with donations still coming in for the team’s celebratory ride for the UK’s leading children’s charity. Team members put their success down to PCL’s newly launched Digital Bicycle Inflation Station, which helps increase efficiency and reduce tyre wear for users – and more importantly, keeps them safely on the road. The riders cycled smoothly through the lakeside laps at Rother Valley Country Park with tyres pumped up on the fantastic new bike inflation station. Developed in association with Sheffield Hallam University, this new product is designed to make cycling safer and more enjoyable for all riders, from the novice to the experienced or professional cyclist. The company highlights how it has come a long way since it was founded in 1938, when the very first pressure gauges were designed and manufactured in Sheffield. Since then, PCL has experienced significant growth, joining the HORNGROUP of companies, along with the TECALEMIT brand in 2011. Today PCL is recognised as the global leader in the design and manufacture of the most advanced and comprehensive portfolio of tyre inflation and compressed air products on the market. Famed as a trusted “Made in Sheffield” brand, PCL remains committed to its Yorkshire roots and to UK manufacturing. Therefore, the company says that a charity event incorporating the UK’s first ever air tower for bike tyres was a fitting tribute to PCL’s 85 years of success in leading the way with innovative products for new markets. PCL Managing Director, Lee Wright, commented: “We are over the moon to have smashed our target, with funds still coming in. I would like to say a huge thank you to our partners for their support at this unique event and for the many generous donations to the NSPCC. Also, thank you and congratulations to our intrepid cyclists who tackled the relay with such energy and enthusiasm. “Every pound raised will go toward the charity’s fight to protect children and prevent abuse, reaching millions of those in need. We feel both proud and privileged to have been able to contribute to this cause, whilst celebrating PCL’s ability to develop innovative new products like the Digital Bicycle Inflation Station. “As a leading provider of tyre inflation equipment, we are passionate about providing solutions that help keep people safe on the road and raising awareness around the benefits of accurate tyre inflation. Not only is the Bicycle Inflation Station a terrific convenience and maintenance aid for cyclists; it’s a great addition for infrastructure providers as a method of encouraging cycling and environmentally conscious transportation.
NEWS 14 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk Meanwhile the contactless pay air variant can be a tremendous revenue driver for facility managers and landowners looking to improve profitability and footfall at their location.” Lee concluded: “This has been an extremely rewarding way to celebrate our 85th anniversary and take pride in the ongoing hard work and dedication of the colleagues who make up the wonderful PCL family.” If you would like to donate, please visit its JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/page/pcl500k-cycle-challenge PCL’s Directors and Staff photographed at Rother Valley Country Park with PCL’s new Bicycle Inflation Station Hose assembly equipment company, Allswage, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023. The milestone represents not only a significant achievement for Allswage but also a testament to the invaluable experience it brings to its customers. Allswage’s roots trace back to the early 80s when David West founded the company under the name “Albion Hose.” Beyond their dedication to hose assembly, many on the Allswage team share a passion for West Bromwich Albion, aligning with iconic figures such as Julie Walters, Lenny Henry, and Frank Skinner as devoted fans. While the name later changed to Allswage Ltd, the company’s headquarters remains in West Bromwich, upholding their original connection to the community. The journey began by selling and servicing the popular Beattie swaging system, with a significant portion of their business involving the export of hoses, fittings, and swaging equipment, along with the repair of machines overseas. However, a pivotal moment came in the mid-90s when Allswage sought a modern, high-quality swaging alternative, leading them to embrace the Techmaflex distributorship. This decision proved to be transformative, propelling Allswage to new heights in partnership with Techmaflex, a collaboration that has thrived since its inception in 1995. A notable milestone in this journey was Allswage’s debut at the International Fluid Power Exhibition (IFPEX) in 1995. This marked a significant step forward, allowing the company to showcase its expertise and forge connections in the industry. Collaboratively, Allswage and Techmaflex developed swaging heads for mobile machinery, addressing the growing demand for “on the road” hose assembly solutions. Reflecting on this journey, David West, emphasised the company’s dedication to innovation and customer solutions. The strategic partnership with Techmaflex played a pivotal role in elevating Allswage to new levels, enabling them to adapt to evolving industry needs and deliver high quality hose assembly solutions. As Allswage commemorates its 40th anniversary, it not only celebrates its own achievements but also the lasting impact it has had on the hose assembly industry. Its commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction continues to drive its success, with a strong foundation built over four decades of serving the industry. The journey started with Albion Hose and has now evolved into Allswage Ltd, a key player in the hose assembly equipment domain, rooted in the heart of West Bromwich. Allswage celebrates 40 Years
NEWS 16 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk The number of jobs in manufacturing has grown in six of eight English regions along with Wales, highlighting the importance of the sector to hopes of levelling up across the UK by creating high skill and better paid jobs. According to Make UK, the figures also counter the long-held narrative of inevitable decline in manufacturing employment and show, as is happening in the US, that growing manufacturing jobs and the sector’s share of the economy is a realistic prospect given a supportive policy framework. The findings come in the Make UK/BDO Annual Manufacturing Outlook Report which provides a comprehensive analysis of the contribution of manufacturing to each English region and devolved Nation. It analyses a number of metrics including industry’s share of regional and national economies, number of jobs and share of regional/national employment, together with sectoral analysis. However, despite the increase in the number of jobs across most English regions, Make UK stressed that substantial labour challenges remain. According to the latest official data, 74,000 vacancies remain unfilled, at a cost in economic output of approximately £6.5bn. Verity Davidge, Director of Policy at Make UK, said: “Industry remains critical to the growth of the economy, providing high value, high skill jobs and aiding the process of levelling up. But, if we are to address the current anaemic growth prospects for the sector and the economy overall we need bold measures at national and regional level. This must include both a national industrial strategy which allies with local growth strategies to fit with the priorities and strengths of each region, including infrastructure, innovation and skills in particular.” According to official data, Yorkshire & Humber saw the biggest growth in manufacturing jobs adding 46,000 jobs in 2022 compared to 2021, bringing the total number to 316,000, more than one in ten (11%) of the region’s workforce. According to Make UK this is possibly due to the growth of Food and Drink sector post pandemic given it accounts for almost a fifth (16.3%) of regional output. The second largest sector in the region is Chemicals which has also performed strongly in recent years, closely followed by Basic Metals. The South West saw the second highest increase, a further 28,000 jobs bringing the total to 249,000, 8% of the region’s workforce. This was closely followed by the East of England, adding 27,000 jobs bringing the total to 228,000, 7% of the region’s workforce. The East and West Midlands, together with London and the South East, Wales and Northern Ireland also saw increases in the number of manufacturing jobs. The report also highlights the importance of manufacturing and jobs to so-called ‘red wall’ areas where the sector occupies a substantially higher than average contribution to the regional economy. The average regional share of manufacturing nationally in the UK is just under 10% (9.8%), whereas in Wales the sector accounts for almost a fifth of the economy (17.3%), whilst it is also substantially above the average as a share of the economy in the East Midlands (16.4%), Yorkshire & Humber (15.4%), North East (15%), West Midlands (14.4%) and the North West (14%). UK regions and nations see manufacturing jobs boost
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KNOWLEDGE BASE According to new research, one in five British teenagers aspire for a career as a social media influencer. The field of engineering is currently far less popular among young people. A study by Engineering UK demonstrated that 11 to 19-year-olds have a negative perception of the engineering field, presuming the industry is “difficult, complicated and dirty.” In fact, nearly half of this age group stated that they knew very little about what engineers actually do. The failure of engineering companies to attract young recruits is a real issue across industry and has a few contributing factors. One is geography. Because industrial jobs are no longer in economic centres for communities, young adults — from the North of England, South Wales or the Midlands for example — want to flock to London. Another issue is that, of the young people who are interested in STEM 18 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk careers, many have been misled that jobs in these fields are more closely aligned with Elon Musk than Frank Whittle, James Dyson or Ada Lovelace. None of whom, at least to my knowledge, boasted of ping pong tables and free beer Fridays in the office. Many of today’s STEM graduates would rather work for a company like Google that they perceive as modern, clean and exciting, than in a more traditional engineering field. This is particularly prevalent in fields that are perceived as difficult, complicated and dirty, such as in oil and gas, as cited in EngineeringUK’s research. These trends are also reflected in education. The low value placed on teaching traditional engineering skills has been an issue for a long-time. Educational establishments generally favour engineering courses relating to software or web development. What’s more, some are actually running courses on how to become social media influencers. The result is an over-abundance of wannabe influencers and, in the engineering field, newly-qualified programmers with underused degrees in software or computer science. This is a stark contrast to the availability of graduates with traditional engineering skills. Recruiter Sterling Choice reports that the drastic lack of new skilled workers has led to increased recruitment, training and temporary staff costs, adding up to £1.5bn a year in the UK. Social causes So, what can manufacturers do to reverse these trends and attract more young people to the engineering industry? For a start, there needs to be greater collaboration between businesses and education. Experienced C-Level engineers could be doing a lot more to enter How industry can attract young engineers to tackle the engineering skills shortage Martyn Williams, managing director of COPA-DATA UK, explains how industry can help to tackle the skills shortage in the sector, with just a little influencing required.
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KNOWLEDGE BASE education establishments and teach young people about the benefits of careers in engineering. I’m taking part in the STEM Ambassador program for this very reason. Values are also very important and something businesses should consider. According to Forbes, “The younger generation is vocal and insistent that businesses also take part in important impact, but two-thirds said a job in green energy was appealing. In other words, young people today are demanding jobs that mirror their green values. With this in mind, educators and industrial companies must collaborate to show young people how engineering and technology can positively affect social issues. More accessible roles So, how can industry better inform young people about the positive impact of their business? Let’s use the climate crisis as an example. Energy software, like zenon from COPA-DATA for example, can play a crucial role in helping businesses strive towards net zero. zenon is the de facto standard software used on the UK’s offshore windfarms, including the world’s first ever floating offshore wind facility. Business leaders from other companies need to shout about projects like these to enthuse young people to join their organisation. Young people can find plenty of opportunities in engineering that mirror their own values. Tackling the worldwide shortage of young engineers is crucial for the future of industry — and is essential to save us from another generation of influencers. social causes.” Increasingly, younger people seek purpose in their working lives, and they want to feel they are making a difference by working for companies with values that match their own. For instance, A recent survey by EY found that most young people don’t wish to pursue careers in the oil and gas sector due to its negative environmental Proud distributor of Euroswitch, the leader in sensor design and production PRESSURE LEVEL FLOW TEMPERATURE Engineers Supplying Engineers Sensors worth making a show of email@example.com 01892 66 44 99 pvl.co.uk The leading UK distributor of switches, sensors, valves, meters and gauges.
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HYDRAULICS 24 HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS July/August 2023 www.hpmag.co.uk Next generation sealing solution for hydraulic aircraft systems Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace has launched Turcon VL Seal II for hydraulic sealing of actuators in flight controls and landing gear, and seals in landing gear shock absorbers. Based on the Turcon VL Seal, this new generation seal offers enhanced sealing efficiency, easier installation, and even greater reliability. Trelleborg says its extensive testing proves its outstanding ‘zero’ leakage performance, to extend service life and minimise planned maintenance. Torben Andersen, Director Aerospace Segment Management, said: “With Turcon VL Seal II, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions clearly shows that it is leading the revolution in aircraft hydraulic sealing. The performance of this seal is well beyond other seals on the market.” Torben continued: “During the five year development period, we undertook among other tests, rapid multi-million cycle testing on an advanced test bench that achieves pressure rise rates of up to 360,000 psi per second, and enables accelerated high frequency cycling up to 5 Hz, under maximum pressure or extreme temperature conditions. This meant that testing of potential designs for the improved seal occurred in just weeks rather than months, considerably shortening the proving time, and enabling us to reach the perfect seal design early in the testing phase.” Demonstrating the performance of Turcon VL Seal II against Turcon VL Seal, which now represents the standard for this type of hydraulic seal, back-pumping performance was more than doubled up to 3000 psi and almost doubled up to 5000 psi. Accumulative leakage was around 4 millilitres less and significantly lower (around a half) from 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 cycles. Optimised seal design improves leakage control eases installation Turcon VL Seal II is a unidirectional rod seal for reciprocating movements, consisting of an “L” shaped Turcon jacket energised by an O-Ring. The design of the seal combines the unique back pumping capability of Turcon VL Seal with new patented features. An angled seal back allows seal width adjustment to service pressure, improving leakage control, while a leading protective front lip safeguards the sealing edge during hardware assembly. In addition, the seal’s FEA optimised design improves support for and containment of the ORing. ‘Sealed for life’ means the seal lasts as long as the actuator itself. In addition, negating the need for drain lines and with a profile that allows smaller hardware design, the seal can make a significant contribution to an aircraft manufacturer’s goal of weight saving and fuel efficiency. Used in a tandem sealing system, flight safety is increased, and back pumping enhanced. Turcon VL Seal II is available in a range of Turcon materials for use in a wide variety of extreme operating conditions. These are combined with ORing compounds suitable for use in all hydraulic fluids and service parameters. Exceeding current aerospace standards for seal performance, Turcon VL Seal II is designed for installation in AS4716 O-Ring housing grooves, enabling fitment in place of other O-Ring-energised and Turcon solutions, including the original Turcon VL Seal, Turcon Plus Seal, Turcon Wedgpak and Turcon Variseal, as well as other seal designs for these housing grooves. A metric version is also available. Parker Polymer Hose Division Europe, a division of Parker Hannifin, has launched a flexible crimper power unit (85CEPDP). The new unit joins the wide array of portable crimper power units from Parker, to increase productivity and versatility for smaller hose assembly needs, with more flexible options for customers. Parker’s new 85CE-PDP crimper power unit offers an efficient and flexible way of crimping hose anywhere, independent of power and air supplies. This will make hose crimping far more productive, as it will be possible to crimp hose electrically rather than manually. The 85CE-PDP works with any commercially available cordless screwdriver. This makes it flexible in use, especially in agriculture, forestry, construction and mobile hydraulic applications. It can be used anywhere, without the need for special power units, other power sources or air supply. Together with existing crimping tools from Parker, Karrykrimp 1 and 2, it provides even more flexible and productive options for crimping hose fittings. The 85CE-PDP crimper power unit offers a flow rate of up to 2.2 (0.68) l/min and a nominal pressure of 70 MPa (700 bar). The pressure can be measured with the integrated pressure test Flexible crimper power unit launched LEFT: The new Parker crimper power unit 85CE-PDP works with any commercially available cordless screwdriver and, together with the Parker crimping tools Karrykrimp 1 and 2, offers an efficient and flexible method of hose crimping
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