Monthly Archives: March 2019

March 2019
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The most affordable high-end cladding control system continues its research, development, and upgrade journey.  Please check below the latest extensions and examples of the application ~ including the virtual training environments now being used at the client-end to optimize the throughput of the new systems.


Records any alarms such as end of wire, speed lag, machine and servo faults.


As you can see above, easy USB data transfer in CSV format is available for export and further analysis of data.


Both tables may be servo or AC/DC driven, i.e. each table has standalone or integrated control to your 2M control system.


Can do horizontal and/or vertical linear seams which is especially useful in the making of cylinders.


Capable of treating up to 16 cross sectional bores to the main bore.


Welds the intersection of 2 bores from within ~ a very complex application.


Including ring groover.

With our control systems’ functionalities consistently undergoing appreciable improvements, it’s great to see that at the partner-end once again the most progressive attitudes are underway in terms of ongoing, safe, and time & resource savvy development which prioritizes the user experience.

Below is a welding simulation illustration used by our partner TPS.  Virtual welding training allows practice with not only different types of material and welding position, but so too with different welding torches.

The 3D helmet immerses you in the weld environment and saves each students full welding profile and finish.  Being able to practice safely whilst data is logged allows both freedom and flexibility for apprentices and shop floor trainers.

This is a really interesting video!

Further Reading

New Cladding Control System with TPS

From data logging to diagnostics, twin tables to sector welding

The Ironclad Case for Cladding

Cladding - what is it and why is it so important? One of the fastest growing industries in the world tries to bridge the ethical dilemma facing energy consumption.
March 2019
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19 billion pounds of plastic is pumped into our oceans EVERY YEAR, and 20,000 plastic bottles are bought every second.

Given it takes plastic bags up to a 1000 years to decompose, and a plastic bottle up to 450 years to decompose ~ it’s imperative to not only find solutions for our existing waste, but to also reduce the use of plastic as much as possible.

An increasing number of whales are dying from plastic consumption each year.  100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are merely the ones found and reported.  Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic per year.

It goes without saying that plastic in the oceans, especially those minute fibres which escape in washing machine washes, is ingested and consumed by sea life and mammals.  Entering the food chain here, plastic goes on to enter humans.


  1. Skip straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw and make it your handbag/rucksack companion.
  2. Use a reusable produce bag, canvass ones are especially longstanding.
  3. Switch boxes for bottles.  Detergents for instance are available just as freely in cardboard boxes.
  4. Wherever possible, purchase food like pulses, cereal, pastas, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging and many shops are now installing these options.
  5. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  6. Use reusable bottles and mugs for your daily drinks such as teas, coffees, water, and juices on the go.
  7. Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam.
  8. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
  9. Avoid using plastic-ware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.
  10. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back.  If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
  11. Transition to glass and lidded containers for lunches.  Again, many sets are now available which are completely dishwasher/ microwave/ and hob friendly (minus the non-leak lids).
  12. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

Every little helps!

Further Reading

Hope Tech

A new thread to track the progression of our industry and the coming-of-age of tech

An Apple A Day…

An apple a day keeps the doctor away* (*when you clean it thoroughly of wax and pesticides)

Research & Development of Equality & Power

Benefits for industry shouldn't mean sacrifice for the general public. Ethical solutions balance the needs of clients and future generations.

Wood It Be Magic!

The breathtaking (or should that be, breath-giving) magic of trees & automation's role in saving our forests