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Industry-leading Servo Ram offers higher efficiency more speed with less noise

Wauseon Machine, a leading provider of automation solutions, tube forming technologies, precision machining, and fabrication, reveals its next generation 1004EL Electric End Forming Machine. This tube forming machine is ideal for automotive, stainless steel medical products, HVAC, and other appliance applications. The machine features an industry leading Servo Ram for precise tool positioning, and stroke adjustment for different length tools.

The Servo Ram offers users multiple position capabilities with unmatched efficiency. Not only is the Servo Ram faster than comparable hydraulic tubing machines, it’s also less noisy. Users can save time and space with Wauseon’s updated tube forming machine, featuring a streamlined design and lower profile. The Servo Ram also has an integrated tube stop. With the tube stop being controlled through the HMI you can achieve fast repeatable machine set-up times and optimize the stroke of the machine for faster machine cycle times. There’s no need to manually set the tube stop or stroke.

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The 1004EL Electric End Forming Machine has 7 tons of ram force and 9 tons of tube clamp force, comparable to other Wauseon end formers. The new 4-hit machine features an increased ram velocity of 14″ per second, compared to the previous 9″ per second, providing users with an impressive cycle rate improvement. The latest industry innovations are now included as standard features, rather than options, to ensure customers operate as efficiently as possible.

To further maximize efficiency, the 1004EL machine features a touch screen (HMI) that stores previously run part numbers, enabling ease of fast repeatable part setup, it’s CE certified, ensuring the utmost customer safety. 

For more information about this electric tube forming product, please see the “electric” section here:

About Wauseon

Wauseon Machine is your single-source partner for automation solutions, tube forming technologies, precision machining, and fabrication. WM started as a small contract machine shop in 1983 and is proud to be celebrating its 40th year in business. WM has five separate focus plants located in Wauseon, Ohio , Delta, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina. By combining our advanced knowledge and engineering expertise with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, we are able to craft the right solution for your unique needs.

Commenting on today’s (Friday) deal between Tata Steel and the government, TUC General Secretary Paul Nowak said:

“This is a devastating blow for workers at Port Talbot and the opposite of a just transition.

tatasteellogo“Ministers must press pause and urgently get around the table with unions. It beggars belief that they have been locked out of talks.

“Instead of safeguarding livelihoods in the steel industry, this deal will see thousands of good, unionised jobs potentially lost forever.

“An electric arc furnace-only model for Port Talbot is simply the wrong approach for making our steel greener.

“We need a proper long-term plan for zero-carbon steel-making in this country – not 1980s-style deindustrialisation.

“Other countries – like America and Germany – are working in partnership with unions and employers to protect their manufacturing heartlands. We should be doing the same.

“Tackling climate change can go hand in hand with creating and protecting good jobs. The Conservatives are presenting a false choice.”

About the TUC: The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together the 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

Nordec, the leading steel frame structure supplier in the Nordic countries, will supply 300 tonnes of steel frame and platform structures, gratings and stairs to Vantaa Energy’s High-Temperature Incineration Plant under construction. Nordec also installs the structures it supplies. 

What is special about the high-temperature plant project is that Nordec's project manager and installers are the same as in the companies' previous joint projects. This is to ensure seamless cooperation and smooth project. Nordec and Vantaa Energy have previously cooperated in connection with the construction of Vantaa Energy's waste-to-energy plant and waste-to-energy plant expansion.

2023 09 18 101956"The High-Temperature Incineration Plant currently under construction plays an important role in maintaining the security of heat supply in Vantaa, as the new plant will enable us to safely produce energy from raw material that cannot be utilised in any other way," says Kalle Patomeri, Business Director of Vantaa Energy's City Energy business.

At Vantaa Energy's High-Temperature Incineration Plant non-recyclable waste classified as hazardous, such as ordinary household waste delivered for separate collection, such as paints, adhesives, and varnishes, is recovered safely and climate-friendly into heat. The high treatment temperature in the drum furnace and afterburning chamber enables the safe handling of waste classified as hazardous. The plant introduces a recovery method for waste fractions that could not otherwise be utilised. It will make Finland more self-sufficient both in the treatment of waste classified as hazardous and in terms of energy raw materials, and will contribute to phasing out fossil fuels. The plant will be completed in 2025.

The project installations for Nordec are already underway and are progressing according to schedule. According to the original plan, Nordec Oy's installations will be completed in early 2024.

About Nordec Group Oyj

Nordec Group Oyj is one of the leading suppliers of steel frame structures and façade solutions for construction projects in the Nordic countries. The company has a strong position in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, including Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Nordec Group Oyj has extensive experience in the design, manufacture and installation of frame structures, facades and bridges. The company's service offering covers single-storey buildings, multi-storey buildings, heavy industry buildings, bridges and façade structures.

Net sales in 2022 were EUR 310 million and adjusted EBITDA EUR 17.4 million.

Further information about Nordec Group Oyj is available on the company's website at

Vantaa Energy

Vantaa Energy is one of Finland's largest city energy companies. Our goal is to be a carbon-negative circular economy energy company by 2030. We are constantly developing new things to produce affordable, reliable and climate-friendly energy and services that improve energy efficiency for Vantaa residents now and in the future.

One of the UK’s leading strategic outsourcing manufacturing specialists has launched a five-point mandate to explore a potential £multi-million opportunity in the AgriTech sector.

PP Control & Automation (PP C&A), which supports 20 of the world’s leading machinery builders, believes its ability to deliver cost savings, ‘scale-up potential’ and speed to market will be essential for companies looking to deliver new innovations that will drive global food security.

It is already in the final stages of negotiations with one critical supplier to the sector and is now targeting over £3m of work in this arena in the next eighteen months.

2023 09 18 101639Part of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), PP C&A has also signed-up as the latest member of the Agri-EPI Centre Network.

The latter, which was established as part of the UK Government’s AgriTech Strategy to develop, fund and commercialise new precision agricultural technologies, is doing amazing work to bridge the gap between the people creating the innovations and those who will benefit from them.

“We’ve had so many conversations with AgriTech innovators over the last twelve months, some of which are now reaching a conclusion and how they manufacture at scale,” explained Garry Myatt, Sales Director at PP Control & Automation.

“Our world class facility in the West Midlands can be the perfect ‘outsourcing’ home for these types of projects and we believe that the best way of spreading the message is by collaborating with partners like the Agri-EPI Centre.”

He continued: “We can help people build smart tractors, automated irrigation systems and machines that transform traditional farming into a data-driven operation that boosts crop yields, conserves resources and reduces waste.

“Our membership of Agri-EPI Centre will open new doors, create more partnerships and, through its calendar of events, we’ll have every opportunity to showcase the PP C&A capabilities.”

PP Control & Automation will be pushing its 5-point outsourcing mandate when targeting customers involved in AgriTech.

It starts with the company’s expertise and in-depth manufacturing knowledge that can cater for the intricacies of this industry and flows through cost efficiencies gained from resource allocation, supply chain optimisation and scale-up capacity.

By outsourcing non-core functions, machine builders and innovators can focus on the R&D activity that makes them different, whilst flexibility to grow in keeping with market fluctuation can be achieved easily.

Finally, PP C&A can deliver complete quality assurance that aligns with specific AgriTech regulations, with UL508a accreditation already in place for dealing with the North American market.

Garry went on to add: “Our manufacturing capability has touched more than 20 different sectors, ranging from automotive, aerospace and med tech to food weighing, production and clients involved in the circular economy.

“Now is the time for us to take our proven track record and open it up to OEMs and machinery builders who are striving to deliver sustainable food security.”

Paige Boardman, Membership Engagement Manager at Agri-EPI Centre, concluded: “We are thrilled to have PP C&A on-board and look forward to working together moving forward.

“Garry and his team will be able to benefit from our wide-reaching network and the array of events we host both on and off the farm.

“We have a large variety of companies attend and there are always new people to talk to and opportunities to uncover – many of which could be suitable for PP Control & Automation.”

For further information, please visit

AFRY Management Consulting has published a report summarising the second phase of its study on reform of electricity market arrangements in Great Britain.

Over the past 15 months, AFRY has completed a review of electricity market arrangements in Great Britain, in response to a government consultation. Using its power modelling expertise, AFRY assessed proposals to switch to locational electricity markets. Changing to a zonal or nodal market could dent investor confidence and comes with little modelled benefit. Investor confidence is particularly important considering the recent offshore wind auction that received no bids, in the context of the target to decarbonise the power system by 2035 and the limited window to do so. Due to the risks associated with changing the market design radically, a more evolutionary approach to improving to market arrangements is recommended.

On locational energy pricing, AFRY Management Consulting concludes:  

  • the potential economic welfare benefit of moving to locational markets is only around 1% and would be overshadowed by wealth transfers between parties;
  • these potential economic welfare benefits disappear, and costs outweigh benefits, if investment risk in generation increases due to the change;
  • the distribution of benefits between consumers and producers is very dependent on the nature of any specific mitigation measures such as grandfathering of rights for existing parties; and
  • the increased complexity of locational markets may create barriers to entry, and at least some of the benefits of locational markets can be replicated in a national market framework with less risk to investment. 

Overall given the trade-off between additional benefit and additional complexity, AFRY recommends that: 

  • nodal pricing, the most granular form of locational market, should not be progressed;
  • any further exploration of a zonal market design should be accompanied by a programme of work to explore ways in which the risks – and wealth transfers – could be mitigated; and
  • if the existing national market is retained, action should be taken to improve incentives and achieve some of the benefits of locational markets.

2023 09 15 101530“We aim to decarbonise the GB power system by 2035, and investor confidence is essential. We do not recommend a move to a nodal market, which would be a severe departure from today's arrangements. We have found rather small potential benefits of a move to a zonal energy market, but this would come with risks which could outweigh the benefits which must be mitigated if zonal markets are to be considered further. Alternatively, the continuation of a national energy market should be accompanied by efforts to improve operational efficiency, especially for interconnectors and plants behind constraints. We reaffirm our recommendation of evolutionary rather than revolutionary market design to maintain the pace of investment” says Stephen Woodhouse, Director at AFRY Management Consulting and market design expert.

Sign up for the study webinar on 26 September 2023 at 11am BST here

Read the Key Messages and Recommendations here

Read the Executive Summary here


The study was initiated in response to the electricity transmission operator National Grid’s programme for net zero reform, and the Review of Electricity market Arrangements (REMA) process, which was launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, now the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) in July 2022. One of the most divisive topics in the REMA consultation is whether the current national wholesale energy market should be subdivided into zones or nodes, in which energy wholesale prices would vary by location. This change would result in a locational energy market.

Since the Phase 1 report in October 2022, AFRY has quantitatively addressed the issue of locational energy pricing. The Phase 2 report, which has been informed by a wide range of market participants, and detailed modelling of proposed electricity market arrangements. Phase 2 of the study confirms that evolutionary change is advisable to maintain the investment momentum which is required to deliver a decarbonised power sector by 2035. 

AFRY Management Consulting works globally on market design and provides commercial analysis, strategic and operational advice for private investors and operators. With experience of a wide range of global electricity markets, AFRY Management Consulting experts possess a deep insight into the merits of alternative electricity market designs. 

AFRY provides engineering, design, digital and advisory services to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society.   

We are 19,000 devoted experts in industry, energy and infrastructure sectors, creating impact for generations to come. AFRY has Nordic roots with a global reach, net sales of 24 BSEK and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.  

Making Future 

Port Houston in Texas has ordered 5 Konecranes hybrid RTGs for its Barbours Cut Container Terminal to support its long-term improvement program covering channel development and land infrastructure investment. The order was booked in Q3 2023, with the cranes to be delivered at the beginning of 2025.

Port Houston is continuing to hybridize RTG container handling in its Barbours Cut and Bayport operations to meet growing container traffic in an eco-efficient way. Houston’s current RTG fleet consists of 116 Konecranes RTGs, of which 26 are hybrid RTGs. By early 2025, the hybrid RTG fleet will grow to 57 following this order and another one announced last October.

“Konecranes RTGs are very popular in North America and it’s good to see the hybrid version populating the RTG fleet of Port Houston, which is always forward-looking, especially when it comes to eco-efficiency,” said Jussi Suhonen, VP Regional Sales, Port Solutions, Konecranes.

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The hybrid Konecranes RTGs on order have advanced Li-ion battery technology and a battery management system that monitors the charge level and general health of the batteries. Konecranes can monitor the status of this system via TRUCONNECT® remote connection. The hybrid power system is completely modular and retrofittable. It includes an eco-efficient Tier 4f diesel engine that charges the batteries when necessary.

This repeat order is part of EcoliftingTM, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease the carbon footprint of our customers. From eco-optimizing diesel drives, to hybridization and fully electric fleets, we will continue to do more with less.

A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.

For a concise overview of Konecranes’ business, please click here. More on Konecranes RTGs can be found here, while more on Konecranes RTG power options, including the hybrid option, can be found here.

Konecranes is a global leader in material handling solutions, serving a broad range of customers across multiple industries. We consistently set the industry benchmark, from everyday improvements to the breakthroughs at moments that matter most, because we know we can always find a safer, more productive and sustainable way. That's why, with around 16,300 professionals in over 50 countries, Konecranes is trusted every day to lift, handle and move what the world needs. In 2022, Group sales totalled EUR 3.4 billion. Konecranes shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).

Industrial organisations can push decarbonisation forward by shifting process heater systems from fossil fuel-burning to electric. This kind of electrification needs to be done with a systems approach in mind — by considering the entire thermal loop. Of all the components needed to switch to electric, control panels are one of the most important. For large-scale applications, control panels need to be designed to maximise reliability, accessibility and safety. In this article, Jeff McClanahan, business segment leader at industrial technology company Watlow, explores why systems approach thinking is key in the manufacturing of components for electrification.

The question of electrification is less of an if or a when, and instead how. Globally, companies are prioritising the reduction of their carbon footprint. There is a huge push across different industries to “go electric” as part of a larger program of decarbonisation. But the details for doing so can be elusive. It’s not as easy as swapping out gas-fired heaters for electric heaters, for example, without also considering the size, location and connectivity of the control panel that will regulate those electric heaters. These considerations will, in turn, have a bearing on how and when the system needs to be maintained, how long downtime lasts and what the prospects are for future expansion.

The point of a systems approach is to take a step back, seeing how different design considerations impact on the system and process might have as a whole, rather than focusing on the functioning or replacement of a single part. A systems approach also has an impact on the business aspects of an industrial process, as it encourages engineers to consider the total cost of ownership when comparing different options.

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Taking a systems approach to process heating was a foundational consideration behind the design of Watlow’s L and XL WATCONNECT control panels. Here, we take a deeper look at what went into that design as a way of illustrating the power of this kind of thinking.

A systems approach means finding not just one or two solutions to meet a challenge, but finding as many solutions as possible to optimize a given outcome. Take reliability, for example. What are all of the different ways a system can be optimized to ensure near 100 per cent uptime? One way this was done in the design of the WATCONNECT panels was by looking at the thermal design of the system. All systems generate some heat, and excess heat is the nemesis of electronics. Therefore, optimising the system to keep heat under control is critical.

Watlow’s design looked at adding to the insulation of the system, reducing power where possible, and improving the airflow throughout the system. Airflow itself was improved by using high-reliability EC inlet and outlet fans with advanced monitoring, which provide up to twice the airflow compared to industry standard fans. Therefore, by better controlling waste heat within the panel, Watlow can extend the life of the electronic components and significantly increase reliability.

Other design considerations include accessibility options. A smaller panel door in the unit provides access to 90 per cent of the system while still shielding the user from high-voltage components. This allows a person to troubleshoot the system while running, and without the safety concerns that come from opening the panel while “hot.” This also ensures longer uptime, as the panel does not necessarily need to be shut down for investigating smaller issues.

WATCONNECT panels are also designed with solid copper internal power interconnect for less expansion and contraction. This is especially important at high-resistance junctions, because the more this component heats up when made from an alternative to copper, the higher the risk of failure.

Lastly, while the panels are categorised as large, they use only 50 per cent of the space that competitive panels require. This can make it easier to install the panels when space is limited. Or, if replacing current equipment, the savings potentially frees up space for other critical equipment, allowing for future expansion.

Industrial organisations can push decarbonisation forward by shifting process heater systems from fossil fuel-burning to electric. But this is not a simple swap-out. A systems approach must be taken to consider how individual components will affect the entire system.

While control panel technology is nothing new, there are fresh new challenges that come with building control panels for large-scale applications. To be effective in solving electrification challenges, these control panels need to be designed to maximize reliability, accessibility, safety and provide a smaller footprint.

To learn more about Watlow’s electrification solutions, visit

Heat storage specialist Caldera has engaged the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to design a heat cell gigafactory to mass manufacture its unique low carbon heat storage system at scale. The company plans to commence commercial production in 2025 and scale up rapidly thereafter, with thousands of heat cells being rolled out UK-wide.

In June, Caldera was awarded £4.3 million from the UK Government to develop its groundbreaking industrial heat storage technology – which takes cheap, green off-peak electricity and onsite solar and stores it in heat cells made of scrap aluminium and volcanic rock, ready to be released as hot water or steam when required.

The heat pioneers have already piloted the technology in homes across the south of England, where small-scale boilers delivered low carbon hot water and heating to a number of domestic customers.

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Caldera is using the £4.3 million fund to build a full-scale industrial electric storage demonstrator – comprising up to 20 heat cells – at its base in Hampshire. The demonstrator will deliver process steam between 80 and 200℃, the ideal temperature for around 31 percent of the UK’s total industrial heat demand, in sectors including pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing and brewing.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre specialises in advising business on the latest manufacturing techniques and Caldera has now brought the MTC on board to design a new gigafactory to mass produce its electric boiler for a UK and global market.

“To date, all of our manufacturing has been on a near-bespoke unit-by-unit basis which is labour intensive with a high unit cost,” states Caldera CEO James Macnaghten.

“In order to drive down costs and meet growing future demand we need to explore how we can scale rapidly and automate as many processes as possible. A great benefit of our system is it is modular – our electric boiler is made up of multiple highly insulated cells, each of which is relatively small at around two metres high – and this really lends itself to manufacturing at scale,” James says.

Caldera has engaged the Manufacturing Technology Centre to define an efficient and lean method of manufacturing (MoM) and assembly for high volume production, to design a suitable factory layout and simulate in 3D the manufacture and assembly sequence of the product as a ‘virtual build’.

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It is anticipated this will include automated production with robotics and state-of-the-art-processing. Work on the project has commenced already and will complete in late 2024 – giving Caldera a greenprint for production facilities which can be built in the years ahead.

“Industry is a major user of heat, and typically this is provided by steam boilers that burn gas or oil,” James continues.

“Our product delivers process heat at the sweet spot which many industries need. With continuing pressure to decarbonise we believe there will be strong global demand for Caldera’s electric storage boiler which offers a low cost, low carbon alternative to fossil fuel.

“Our partnership with the MTC will enable us to design a gigafactory with the very best technologies and processes baked in. Once demand for our product has risen sufficiently, we will then be able to build the facilities we need to scale up rapidly and roll out a commercial product with a vast potential market worldwide,” James concludes.

MTC’s Director of Power and Energy Matthew Kite said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Caldera in such a high-profile project, to rapidly automate and upscale their processes, ultimately in support of decarbonisation.

“We have a proven record across many different industrial sectors in defining efficient manufacturing operations and management (MOM) and assembly for volume production and this project aligns perfectly with the MTC’s support of the UK’s drive to ‘net zero’, where we are also working in many sectors such as hydrogen, nuclear power, offshore and onshore wind and in clean maritime.”

About Caldera

Caldera's mission is to eliminate fossil fuels by storing renewable energy as heat, ready to be used when required.

Caldera’s systems can replace or supplement any industrial or commercial fossil fuel boiler. They cut carbon, and when paired with on-site solar or wind also cut costs. For businesses that need process heat they provide the same energy storage benefit as batteries more affordably, and can generate high temperature hot water or steam up to 10bar.

Caldera's solution is affordable, safe, scalable and durable.

About The Manufacturing Technology Centre

Established in 2010, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is an independent Research & Technology Organisation with the objective of bridging the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, the MTC works in partnership with industry, academia, and its members to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies. The MTC’s areas of expertise are applicable across a wide variety of industry sectors, including Aerospace, Defence & Security, Power & Energy, Built Environments, Space, Food & Drink and Healthcare.

In addition, MTC Training is creating the next generation of engineering talent while upskilling and reskilling existing workforces to support the industry and accelerate technological adoption. The MTC Apprenticeship programme helps learners develop the skills needed for delivering the technologies of the future in the high value manufacturing sector.

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The world’s number one aggregates and ready-mixed concrete firm Heidelberg Materials has revealed a new single-step alternative fuel production line in India, with the help of UNTHA shredding technology.

The system has been installed at the Yerraguntla cement plant in Andhra Pradesh, owned and operated by Zuari Cement — a Heidelberg Materials Group company. This well-known Indian firm has a cement manufacturing capacity of 7.1 million tonnes per annum.

Handling both pre-sorted and unsorted municipal solid waste collected from throughout the region, it can process 20 tonnes of 100-500kg/m³ density material per hour, to produce a renewable fossil fuel substitute, used to fuel the cement plant.

An UNTHA XR3000C shredder designed for continuous operation in 50°C temperatures, lies at the heart of the facility. With in-feed and discharge conveyors including a magnetic belt for metal separation, the plant can achieve a high-quality, homogenous 80mm output in a single pass. The segregated metal content is separated and the residual on-specification fraction is used by Zuari Cement as RDF (refuse derived fuel).

Commenting on this co-processing project, Heidelberg Materials’ AF expert Robert Sweigart, said: “When we began the search for a shredder for this facility, we had stringent requirements. We sought heavy duty technology that can withstand the pressures of shredding unsorted waste, and achieve refined fuel, in impressive quantities, in only one step. Our global experience was helpful in drawing up a shortlist, then we found the UNTHA XR3000C to have a number of technical advantages over competitors. The machine operates at a lower speed without compromising on capacity, for example, which results in lower wear. This means more uptime and lower whole life running costs.”

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Mr Manish Shah, Head of the India Technical Center, added: “This shredder is easy to install, operate and maintain, meets our expectations in terms of performance and allows us to vastly improve our flexibility to co-process various kinds of alternative fuels available in the market. The goal is for our co-processing facility to produce 8000-10,000 tonnes of RDF per year.”

The versatile UNTHA XR3000C shredder has been engineered to handle a range of input materials with ease — including those notoriously considered too difficult to process or economically unshreddable. Zuari Cement has already proven the machine’s flexibility, having shredded MSW, as well as industrial plastics, textiles, tyres, rubber, paper and biomass materials requiring further refinement for optimal co-processing.

Co-processing is an emerging market in India, and one that Zuari Cement and Heidelberg are keen to spearhead, concluded Technical Director Vimal Jain.

“We are passionate about driving environmental progress throughout our business, and the use of alternative fuels is one way to do that,” he explained. “But this waste-to-energy feedstock comes at a cost, which is why co-processing makes so much sense. When designing this plant, we needed to ensure versatility to allow for changing market conditions, and an investment in technology that makes commercial sense and is built to last.”

Commenting on the project, UNTHA's business development manager Taner Topcu said: "As a brand, we are working hard to further develop our relationships with cement manufacturers on a global basis, with recent success in countries ranging from Türkiye, France to Brazil – as well as now, India. I am delighted to be working with an organisation as prestigious as Heidelberg, and I look forward to seeing how our collaboration progresses in future."

UNTHA has commissioned alternative fuel production shredders in countries throughout Asia, with more than 13,000 shredders now in operation worldwide.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new MELSEC FX5S PLC is designed to support businesses on their digital transformation journey, offering a cost-effective, easy-to-use control solution. The latest addition to the MELSEC iQ-F series of compact, high-performance PLCs is ideal for simple, straightforward applications in the food and beverage, water and machining industries, for example. It offers Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) functions for effective entry-level industrial automation applications.

The FX5S is easy to configure and use, streamlining deployment and enabling users to quickly set up installations. This intuitive system also delivers the level of high-speed performance required by accurate positioning applications.
End users and machine builders can leverage Mitsubishi Electric’s FX5S to develop and implement cost-effective machines with up to 60 I/O points. These solutions support IIoT connectivity and functionalities. Therefore, they minimize the investment necessary to advance in the digitalisation of key operations and start creating future-oriented smart factories.
In particular, when looking at IIoT capabilities, the solution offers data logging and data flow analysis functions to speed up and enhance troubleshooting and root cause analysis. As the PLC features a built-in web server, operators can also remotely access these functions and monitor operations at any time, further improving responsiveness and flexibility.
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Thanks to its compatibility with CC-Link IE Field Basic, an open industrial Ethernet technology, the controller can be seamlessly linked with other factory automation devices such as HMIs, drives and remote I/O. This ensures reliable communications and facilitates the creation of interconnected shop floors.
Mitsubishi Electric’s FX5S is a compact and highly capable controller that can support companies in advancing on their digitalisation journeys. For additional information on the product, please visit:

About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With more than 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Mitsubishi Electric enriches society with technology in the spirit of its “Changes for the Better.” The company recorded a revenue of 5,003.6 billion yen (U.S.$ 37,3 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023.  For more information please visit

*U.S. dollar amounts are translated from yen at the rate of ¥134=U.S.$1, the approximate rate on the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2022

About Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Business Group
Offering a vast range of automation and processing technologies, including controllers, drive products, power distribution and control products, electrical discharge machines, laser processing machines, computerized numerical controllers, and industrial robots, Mitsubishi Electric helps bring higher productivity – and quality – to the factory floor. In addition, its extensive service networks around the globe provide direct communication and comprehensive support to customers. The global slogan “Automating the World” shows the company’s approach to leverage automation for the betterment of society, through the application of advanced technology, sharing know-how and supporting customers as a trusted partner.For more about the story behind “Automating the World” please visit:

About Factory Automation EMEA
Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Factory Automation EMEA has its European headquarters in Ratingen near Dusseldorf, Germany. It is a part of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. that has been represented in Germany since 1978, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan.
The role of Factory Automation EMEA is to manage sales, service and support across its network of local branches and distributors throughout the EMEA region. For more information, please visit:

About e-F@ctory>
e-F@ctory is Mitsubishi Electric’s integrated concept to build reliable and flexible manufacturing systems that enable users to achieve many of their high speed, information driven manufacturing aspirations. Through its partner solution activity, the e-F@ctory Alliance, and its work with open network associations such as The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), users can build comprehensive solutions based on a wide ranging “best in class” principle.
In summary, e-F@ctory and the e-F@ctory Alliance enable customers to achieve integrated manufacturing but still retain the ability to choose the most optimal suppliers and solutions.

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