EuroWire July 2023

Focus on UK

Lubricant firm gets royal vote in King’s Award Metalube Group (incorporating lubricant brands Metalube, Molyslip and Vapor-Tek) has won The King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2023 – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. The company has been recognised for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales over the past five years. This is the third time Metalube Group has been recognised, having won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2013 and for Innovation in 2014.

Commenting on the award, managing director Robert Brown said, “Our international business strategy has led to the penetration of new markets and a more diversified portfolio of clients. “In a time that has been challenging for everyone, the team at Metalube Group has worked harder than ever to achieve remarkable international growth. This has provided us with further security and stability in an ever-changing market affected by Covid, and it’s great to see that UK innovation and international growth within the manufacturing sector are being recognised by the King’s Awards.” The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this year, and a reception will be held at Buckingham Palace in July. Metalube Group

(From left) Metalube’s commercial director Douglas Hunt, managing director Robert Brown and finance director Steve Hart

New touchscreen-operated hardness testing machines

histogram display, sample standard deviation display and calculation limits. Both machine interfaces benefit from having the ability to integrate firmware updates in-situ by ZwickRoell service engineers, enabling the latest firmware to be utilised throughout the lifetime of the machines. Equipped with the basic touchscreen user interface, the ZHR4150 provides all regular Rockwell scales, utilising precise spring force application. It has the option for a factory-fitted upgrade to dead-weight force application, and this modification also facilitates an upgrade of the firmware to the advanced version. The ZHR8150 combined Rockwell and Superficial Rockwell machine uses dead-weight force application to cover all scales. Supplied with the advanced touchscreen user interface, it provides premium features and usability. The model can be upgraded to incorporate motorised automatic load change. ZwickRoell Ltd

ZwickRoell Indentec has introduced new touchscreen Rockwell hardness testing instruments. The product line is available in two variants, the ZHR4150 and ZHR8150, to accommodate either classic Rockwell or combined Rockwell and Superficial Rockwell hardness testing, respectively. The touchscreen interface has been designed to offer a simple user experience, for easy setting up of test parameters, testing procedure and results handling. The language can be selected at the push of a button. The basic interface offers a simple, easy-to-use and -read display. It stores the previous 20 test results, and features automatic scale indication, multi-language support and the ability to output data to testXpert software, USB stick or computer. and averaging, in- and out-of-tolerance evaluation limits, automatic scale conversions and curvature corrections, The more advanced interface accommodates data statistics

The new Rockwell hardness testing instruments feature a touchscreen interface


July 2023

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