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Maintec marks its 34th year as the UK’s leading maintenance and asset management show, when it returns to the Birmingham NEC from 17-19 March

With the recession forcing plant managers to prioritise cost-saving measures, easyFairs Maintec 2009 is arguably the most pertinent in its history.

The event will showcase a host of new products designed to optimise plant availability and productivity by avoiding unplanned shutdowns, cutting maintenance costs and improving efficiency…concerns that are more crucial than ever in today’s challenging industry environment.

easyFairs UK Managing Director Peter Heath, said: “In tough times, when budgets for new capital expenditure are tight, effectively maintaining existing assets and machinery is paramount for factory bosses.

“easyFairs Maintec is a unique trade show for the kinds of technologies and products needed to achieve this”.

Many of the 150 exhibitors have chosen easyFairs Maintec 2009 to launch their latest advances in hazard detection and predictive maintenance technology.

But in addition, this year’s show also embraces suppliers of a wide range of mechanical equipment, buildings and facilities management services, lubricants and energy efficient products.

And it also features a new Maintec Summit Conference.

Chaired by former trade union chief Lord Bill Jordan CBE, the March 18 conference includes papers and case studies from leading lights in the fields of ‘lean’ plant management, lubrication technology, condition monitoring, automation, and energy efficiency.

Peter Heath, added: “The show evolves every year…and in 2009 there’s a mass of new products scheduled to be unveiled and a significant number of exhibitor debutants alongside show stalwarts.

“Our Summit Conference is an exciting new addition, plus visitors can tap in to a wealth of free information through the industry experts delivering learnShops seminars.

“The easyFairs ethos of cost- and time-effective shows means smaller suppliers with niche product offerings are able to exhibit alongside multi-nationals turning over in excess of GBP1-billion”.

Last year’s show attracted almost 2,000 of the most influential manufacturing and processing industry leaders – and with this year’s expo acting as a platform for new maintenance technology, organisers easyFairs expected to break visitor attendance records.

Here’s just a glimpse of the latest products that will be on show.

* Holroyd Instruments will be launching its new ViTAE Pro software that allows users to remotely interrogate dynamic sensor signals on inaccessible or moving machinery.

* ViTAE Pro affords analysis of the FFT spectrum of the detected activity for rotational speeds down to 10rpm.

In addition, users can convert the same signal into a .wav file and listen to it in order to identify sporadic occurrences or missed teeth.

* Another new product launch comes from Enercon in the form of its 3Gt Automatic Meter Reader.

Like its predecessor the 3Gt uses pulse data from motors to provide water, electricity and gas measurements which, when converted into statistical CSV files, show consumption across an entire site.

But the new model – which allows operators to identify abnormal usage or machinery that is performing inefficiently – also features a temperature probe capable of working up to 20 metres away from the device.

* Whitelegg introduces a new Automatic Winding Analyser with high-current test capability for traction armatures, whilst a new range of enhanced AC accelerometers designed for vibration analysis will be on display for the first time by leading sensor manufacturer Monitran.

* Hansford Sensors – specialists in industrial accelerometers for vibration monitoring on rotating machinery – also arrive at easyFairs Maintec fanfaring a new product development.

Their compact HS-130 vibration sensor is fitted with a slimmer connector and several new additions from the HS-500 series of monitoring modules.

* Jena Rotary Technology unveils its new, ultra low-friction XLF ball screw series that, according to the manufacturer, promises improved accuracy, extended operational life and reduced noise levels thanks to the use of hybrid materials and changes in the design of the raceway profile in the ball screw.

* Swedish manufacturer Elos Fixturlaser AB, through its UK distributor Monition, introduces the UK market to its new, easy-operate Fixturlaser GO shaft alignment system.

* Elos says that the Fixturlaser GO symbol-based graphic interface simplifies measurement and alignment and speeds up the process by reducing the risk of user error.

* An array of industrial and ATEX plug and socket systems will be on show by Marechal Electric, including the company’s new motor disconnect decontactor socket that has an integral switch mechanism doubling up as an isolator.

* The latest Fluke UK thermal imaging cameras – the Fluke Ti10 and Ti25 – will be available for visitors to check out.

Offering 3D imaging, both cameras utilise IR Fusion a technology that integrates infrared and visible light images for enhanced problem detection and analysis.

* FLIR Systems hopes it new range of entry-level cameras will enable more maintenance managers to incorporate thermal imaging into their predictive work.

Appearing for the first time at easyFairs Maintec, the FLIR i40 and i60 cameras are the first of the FLIR compact models to feature a laser pointer whose location is captured on the infrared image and enables the camera to quickly find faults.

And the company will also give a UK show debut to its new P660 detector for non-contact scanning of wide areas.

It features an industry-leading sensitivity of >45mK and wireless remote control allowing the camera to be set-up in sensitive, dangerous or difficult to access locations.

NEW FEATURE ON LUBRICATION.

With the 2009 show reaching out to new sectors, in-particular lubricants, a sizeable number of oil, grease, spray and paste manufacturers will attend – and notably these include Shell UK Oil Products.

With increasingly complex machinery comes the need for careful fluid management in order to prolong working life and increase productivity.

And in a first appearance at easyFairs Maintec, Shell UK Oil Products will illustrate how effective fluid management can help reduce operational costs and boost efficiency.

The company will focus on its Cassida range of specialist food grade lubricants, plus its new energy efficient products that are specially formulated to give substantial energy savings.

It’s estimated that three-quarters of all hydraulic component failure can be attributed to contaminated oil as parts of pumps, motors, cylinders and even hoses are worn away by fine debris.

Antech Hydraulics brings a new specialist filtration product to easyFairs Maintec that is designed to tackle the problem, whilst also reducing the amount of waste oil produced by businesses.

Designed by Dutch company NTZ, a manufacturer likely to be new to many UK maintenance managers, the Radial Bypass Micro-Filtration system reduces contamination by filtering oil in a hydraulic system to two-micron at a constant flow and pressure.

Elsewhere, Rocol Lubricants plans to launch its ‘Sentinel’ lubrication management system – a web-based, bespoke system offering multiple users access to up-to-the-minute lubrication schedules.

Rocol is also using the show to unveil Foodlube Premier, a triple-life food grade grease that contains performance enhancing ingredients suitable for high temperature and high speed applications such as linear bearings, slides, electric motors and fans.

MCP Consulting and Training is among the maintenance management consultancies that will be providing advice on effective training and lean initiatives, whilst FSI demonstrates its advances in Computer Aided Facilities Management, and specifically its new Concept Evolution.

Accessible from any web-enabled system, Concept Evolution centralises data and provides a single, integrated view of facilities and maintenance activities across all locations, divisions, operations, people and projects.

Artesis, SKF UK, Eurotron Instruments, Hawk IR International, Schaeffler, Festo, and SPM Instrument UK are among the other leading exhibitors.

NEW EXHIBITORS.

And amongst the first-time easyFairs Maintec exhibitors are circuit breaker retrofit specialists Santon; cable supplier Lapp Group; multi-key management solution providers Keytracker; Olympus Industrial – a leading manufacturer of advanced testing instruments such as remote visual inspection devices, ultrasound, eddy current, and high-speed video – and Eurotron, experts in calibrators, infrared thermometers and combustion gas analysers.

Register to attend for free by going to the website: or to book a place at the Maintec Summit Conference, and to take advantage of ‘early bird’ delegate prices, call Lucy Daley.

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