New ceramic bearings are harder than nails

~SMB Bearings launch ceramic bearings for extreme applications~

Specialist supplier of miniature bearings, SMB Bearings, has launched its new range of non-magnetic, highly corrosion resistant ceramic bearings. These bearings can face extreme conditions at either ends of the temperature spectrum. With implications for the chemical, food and beverage, marine and pharmaceutical industry, this product launch will keep machinery moving smoothly in the harshest of environments. 

These full ceramic bearings, not to be confused with hybrid ceramic bearings, can be made from Zirconium Dioxide (ZrO2) or Silicon Nitride (Si3N4) and can perform in temperatures ranging from -200 degrees Celsius to 800 degrees Celsius. This means businesses operating in harsh environments can now use bearings that are fit for purpose.

"As these bearings can face extreme environments both in terms of temperature and pH level, they have positive implications for a range of industries," said Chris Johnson, managing director at SMB Bearings. "An order has even come in for use in a vehicle on Mars, a planet that can face temperatures as low as 125 degrees Celsius. The pharmaceutical industry is another good example of where these bearings can be used. With strong acids and alkalis used regularly, there is a great need for highly corrosion resistant bearings.

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"In these extreme applications, it just as important for the correct lubrication to used with the right type bearings," continued Johnson. "We have a range of chemically resistant lubricants that can be used at extreme temperatures to ensure these ceramic bearings last the lifetime that they were designed for."

SMB Bearings' ceramic bearings are available as full complement (no cage) or with a cage made from PEEK or PTFE. The company also provide a bespoke relubrication service to maintain bearings throughout their use.

More information about SMB Bearings’ full ceramic bearing range can be found on the company’s website. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to one of the technical experts at SMB Bearings, you can contact the company’s base in Oxfordshire on +44 (0) 1993 842 555.

About SMB Bearings: SMB Bearings originally specialised in miniature bearings, thin-section bearings and stainless steel bearings. By natural progression, the company expanded the range to include other corrosion resistant bearings such as plastic bearings, 316 stainless bearings and ceramic bearings.

Remaining a specialist business, SMB Bearings provide a high level of product knowledge, providing bearing and lubrication solutions to existing or potential customers, whether individuals or large corporations. SMB Bearings does not just sell bearings, but helps to solve your problems.

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Fish feedstock for AD as Landia wins important new contract

Landia has been awarded an important new turnkey contract in Scotland to supply pumping, mixing, ensiling and pasteurization equipment for fish morts that will be utilised as feedstock for an expanding AD plant.

The 8m3 pasteurizer, which is fitted with Landia’s side-entry propeller mixer and equally robust dry-installed chopper pump will process the fish morts in accordance with ABP (Animal By-Products) regulations, fully approved by vets.

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A 10m3 ensiling tank with an 18.5kW stainless steel long shaft chopper pump will also be designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned by Landia’s team of skilled engineers.  This unit recirculates and blends the fish morts into a smooth purée, before being discharged into the pasteurizer.

With the fish morts suitably mixed, pumped and pasteurized at 70 degrees Celcius by the Landia equipment, gas yields are forecast to increase significantly at the AD plant.

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As well as its ensilers and pasteurizers, Landia also supplies the acclaimed GasMix AD digester mixing system and has just launched BioBuster, a new, non-pumping pre-treatment unit for AD feedstocks with high dry matter content.

Engineered to last, Landia’s AD and food waste/fish processing waste equipment is based upon a wealth of experience, developed since the company’s first agricultural slurry pump when it began trading in 1933, going on to create the world’s first chopper pump in 1950.


Industry giant Mouser puts its weight behind Sensors & Instrumentation 2017

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Mouser Electronics has signed up as the headline sponsor for this year’s Sensors & Instrumentation, taking place in Hall 1 at the NEC Birmingham on the 26 and 27 September 2017.

Mouser Electronics is a leading authorised distributor of semiconductors and electronic components for over 600 industry leading manufacturers. With 22 locations around the globe, Mouser specialises in the rapid introduction and distribution of new products and technologies for design engineers and buyers.

Mouser logoGraham Maggs, vice president of marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, comments: “Mouser’s role is to make new technologies available for designers to base their latest projects on. That is why Mouser focuses on semiconductors which lead design. But sensors, given the vital role they play in the development of ‘Internet of Things’ systems are also vital. That’s why we believe that a focused event such as Sensors & Instrumentation – with a full seminar programme and lively exhibition floor – is needed by a wide variety of industries, and we are pleased to be involved.”

 “As a company that focuses on the design engineer, Mouser has always striven to understand what it is that the design community really wants and needs from distribution. Our vision is that we must become a knowledge provider. As well as the devices themselves, and the design ecosystem – the tools, the dev kits, the modules, the OS etc – design engineers need distributors that can provide the knowledge, the learning, perhaps even the inspiration that they need to identify the best approach, and then the best technology, and finally the best solution for their project.”

Maggs concludes, “We hope that visitors to Sensors & Instrumentation 2017 will come away not only buzzing with ideas but also with real practical solutions to the challenges they face as they bring their ‘spark of imagination’ to reality. To find out more about sensors at Mouser, please visit

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Event director Kathryn Ambrose comments: “Mouser’s involvement with Sensors & Instrumentation is sure to drum up even more excitement for the event and will be a key factor in drawing in design engineers and buyers alike. With this sponsorship, in addition to the exemplary exhibitor line up, CPD certified seminars and exciting feature areas, Sensors & Instrumentation is shaping up to be the must attend event of the year!”

About Sensors & Instrumentation

With over 3,300 visitors coming through door over two days, the 2016 Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition was the biggest and best yet, helping to further cement its place on the calendar as the UK’s only national sensors focused event.

Organised by Datateam Business Media, this year’s show will take place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September 2017.   

About Datateam Business Media

Datateam is a modern and dynamic communications business with a product portfolio covering six business-to-business and healthcare sectors. Established in 1988, it has expanded over the years and now offers over 50 publications, websites, events and awards.


Invesdor launches first crowdfunding campaign in Sweden with TidyApp

TidyApp will raise SEK 3 million through the Nordic region’s leading crowdfunding platform Invesdor. The funding campaign is Invesdor’s first for a Swedish-based company.

TidyApp is Sweden’s leading mobile platform for home cleaning services. The service automatically matches independent cleaning partners with customers based on the customer’s specific needs. TidyApp handles everything from background checks of cleaning partners and quality assurance to invoicing, taxes and insurance. The new funds will be used to accelerate growth through investments in marketing and development of the platform.

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TidyApp is also focusing on adding partner services to the app who, together with TidyApp, can enhance the customer experience when it comes to domestic services. Current partners are Mathem in food delivery services and Glue in digital locks.  Services like window cleaning, baby-sitting and laundry are in line to be added. The goal is to become the go-to-platform for domestic services. At the moment, TidyApp offers home cleaning services in the metropolitan areas of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmoe but more geographies will be added in the future.

“We have grown rapidly and with additional funding we can accelerate growth further. Demand for our service is strong and more and more customers discover how easy it is to book a cleaner through the app,” says Mikael Mortensen, CEO and founder of TidyApp.

Last year TidyApp had a turnover of almost 5 million kronor and the forecast for 2017 is 15 million with the result so far in 2017 supporting that prediction. The Swedish market for domestic services is growing by around 10% per year.

Invesdor has operations in the Nordic region and the UK and via its platform 32 million euros has been raised in 85 rounds. In total, Invesdor has a network of more than 60,000 registered investors around the globe.

“We have many investors in Sweden and we are extremely pleased to now bring them a Swedish company. We think TidyApp has a really interesting proposition and they are very well suited to raise expansion capital through our platform,” says Peter Moore, Equity Director for Sweden and Norway.

TidyApp in brief:

TidyApp is the leading mobile platform for domestic services in Sweden and was founded in 2015. TidyApp matches independent cleaning partners with customers based on the customer’s specific needs. TidyApp handles everything from background checks of cleaning partners and quality assurance to invoicing, taxes and insurance. Today, TidyApp offers cleaning services but is looking to add other domestic services in the near future. TidyApp’s key owners are Vidici Ventures and a number of experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors.

Invesdor in brief:

A financial technology (fintech) company founded in Finland in 2012, Invesdor operates an online investment platform that connects ambitious European growth companies with investors worldwide. Invesdor has helped raise more than 30 million euros for more than 80 businesses. Invesdor's clients include private and publicly traded companies from Finland, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well as investors from more than 70 countries. Invesdor has offices in London and Helsinki. Invesdor is the Nordic market leader in equity crowdfunding platforms measured in invested capital in 2015 and 2016.


Global Telesat Communications Awarded Contract with UK's Forestry Commission for Emergency Response System

Forestry Commission Improves Forest Ranger Safety with Approx. 550 Globalstar SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messengers

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies and Global Telesat Communications (GTC), a leading value added reseller of Mobile Satellite Solutions (MSS) and a subsidiary of Orbital Tracking Corp. (OTCQB: TRKK), has just announced that the Forestry Commission in England and Scotland is deploying Globalstar’s SPOT Gen3TM messengers under a new sales and support contract with GTC. With the deployment of the new SPOT Gen3 devices, the Forestry Commission is improving the safety of its staff when working in areas with unreliable mobile phone and radio communications.

In an emergency situation, lone workers can press a single button on the SPOT Gen3 to alert emergency services via the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). The SPOT Gen3 uses Globalstar’s advanced satellite network for communications, even in remote regions. The SPOT Gen3’s tracking feature can also help locate forestry staff if there is an incident and they are unable to press the emergency button. The SPOT Gen3 can be pre-configured to send location data to a central co-ordinator every 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes providing the device is moving.

gen3 productThe Forestry Commission chose the SPOT Gen3 because of its small size and ease-of-use as well as its long battery life and affordability. The Forestry Commission has already deployed the first 200 units nationwide with the intention of deploying approximately 550 SPOT Gen3s over the next 12 months.

“In an emergency situation, particularly if a person is in danger of going into shock, having a device that is quick and easy to use is paramount. We wanted something small enough to fit in a pocket, yet able to provide a lifeline in critical situations,” said a spokesperson for the Forestry Commission. “Many members of our team work in the most remote parts of the UK which are unreachable by radio and mobile phones. With the SPOT Gen3, they have a satellite-based device that brings peace of mind.”

Global Telesat Communications’ Managing Director, David Phipps, commented: “The Forestry Commission is taking advantage of the latest developments in satellite technology to ensure its staff can be found and rescued in an emergency. Furthermore, with this reliable and flexible new technology, the Forestry Commission now has the ability to easily integrate satellite location data with an array of sophisticated third party applications enabling them to not only protect employees, but to more effectively manage their land and support their mission.”

About SPOT
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage. SPOT messengers have been used to initiate over 4,000 rescues around the world. Currently averaging almost two rescues a day, SPOT delivers affordable location-based messaging and life-saving emergency notification technology to hundreds of thousands of users. For more information, visit

Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Global Telesat Communications
Global Telesat Communications Ltd (GTC), a subsidiary of Orbital Tracking Corp., is a supplier of mobile voice and data communications services via satellite. GTC provides equipment and airtime for use on all the major satellite networks including Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya allowing users in remote locations to make phone calls, connect to the internet and track assets or personnel anywhere in the world.  GTC also offers a rental service for customers requiring equipment on a short-term basis. For more information regarding GTC, please visit