September 2021

RUBIX has announced it has acquired CompCare Compressed Air – a specialist in optimising compressed air systems- as part of the Group’s network development strategy. Based in Shropshire with a team of experts bringing over 70 years’ combined experience, CompCare’s focus is on extending the life and improving the efficiency of compressed air systems so that customers generate full value from their assets. This drives down the total cost of ownership, realising real energy savings and delivering on sustainability goals. Rubix says the acquisition enables it to provide greater and enhanced access to technical services related to compressed air in the UK. It also supports the Group’s ongoing drive to remain the leading multi- specialist supplier of industrial products and services. w | Exchanger Industries Limited (EIL), a Canadian market leader and designer and manufacturer of heat transfer products for the energy, petrochemical, industrial and clean power generation sectors, has acquired HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd (HRS). Financial terms have not been disclosed. The acquisition creates new opportunities by combining HRS’s capabilities and market sectors with EIL’s accelerating expansion into power generation, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), renewable energy, power storage and biofuels applications. It provides EIL immediate access to a global footprint with scalable hubs in both India and Spain, and a combined portfolio of anti- fouling technologies. The HRS management team will be retained, playing a critical role in executing plans for international expansion. Mark el Baroudi, CEO of EIL, stated: “The acquisition of HRS Heat Exchangers provides EIL an extraordinary opportunity to expand our exposure to an impressive international customer base across the U.S., UK, Spain, Mexico, India, the Middle East, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.” As evidence of this, HRS was ranked 161st in the Sunday Times HSBC international league table that tracks the international growth of UK-based companies. “Our combined manufacturing capability and leading-edge product technologies will strengthen our value proposition and increase market penetration internationally,” continued el Baroudi. “This acquisition combines the capabilities of both parties to enhance an already differentiated market position, creating better outcomes for everyone we serve.” Steven Pither, founder and CEO of HRS, added: “We’re thrilled to join the EIL family and continue our journey to building a highly respected global supplier of heat transfer products.” e| w | / PANDUIT has launched its new FlexFusion cabinets which can be custom configured to meet the specific needs of any ITE environment. The requirements of data centres are constantly evolving, it is therefore essential to have rack solutions capable of offering maximum scalability. With the growth of edge data centres and colocation sites, these arrays must not only be flexible in their design, but also be configured for specific environmental and equipment needs. FlexFusion cabinets provide a single universal platform for all types of data centres and enterprise service needs, including Hyperscale, Edge and Multi-Tenant Data Centres. Built with the best-in-class weight load of 3,500 lbs (1.59 tons), and doors with a maximum airflow of 80%, the company says FlexFusion can accommodate the most complex cabinet installations. w | New generation cabinets UK reliability services strengthened Company acquisition FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHNOLOGIES has announced it has developed a broad portfolio of Simmerring radial shaft seals to meet the diverse challenges of the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. This includes various product families in different materials that meet the industry specific legal requirements. The company says the original Simmerring serves as a flexible and highly durable solution for sealing drive shafts. There are special designs made of elastomer materials for use in the process industry, such as 75 Fluoroprene XP 45, 70 EPDM 291 or 70 NBR 335. These have been specially developed for contact with foods and pharmaceuticals and are also certified in accordance with industry- and country-specific standards. The Simmerring product family consists of different designs for the process industry: BAUM as a friction-optimised standard design with a rubberised outer sleeve, BAUMSL with a protective lip for heavily contaminated environments, and BAC as a partially or fully encapsulated radial shaft seal for increased hygiene requirements. The Simmerring offers many advantages, such as high resistance to media, good adaptability to customer-specific requirements, and the availability of numerous tools in standard dimensions. The Simmerring offers many advantages, such as high resistance to media, good adaptability to customer-specific requirements, and the availability of numerous tools in standard dimensions. t | 01332 524422 e | w | w | 28 | Plant & Works Engineering September 2021 Process, Controls & Plant Radial shaft seals meet diverse challenges Steven Pither Mark el Baroudi