EEMUA appoints new chair of council

EEMUA is pleased to announce that Jim Lewis has been appointed as Chair of the EEMUA Council.

The Council is the senior body in EEMUA setting the overall direction and policy of the organisation.

Jim is Director of the Central Engineering function at BOC UK & Ireland and has been involved with EEMUA since 2014. He is an active member of the EEMUA Competence and Training Board, which is responsible for quality assurance of the organisation’s training activities.

Commenting on his appointment Jim said: “EEMUA represents companies across the process industry and becoming Chair of Council is a great opportunity to work with member companies to help shape what EEMUA has to offer in changing and challenging times”. He continued, “EEMUA provides some high-quality guidance and training, and this is made uniquely relevant by harnessing the network of its member organisations. I look forward to encouraging greater participation through our efforts at Council”.

UKCA Ex Deadlines shift…Again!

BEIS has once again issued new guidance as the UKCA Requirements as they continue to change just weeks before the mandatory implementation date.

Legislation has again been prepared to extend the date on which UKCA Marking becomes mandatory. UKCA Ex marking still the official mark for the UK, but manufacturers can use ATEX Certification or UKCA Ex Certification in the UK if the legislation passes for an extended period.

• ATEX equipment permitted into GB until 31 December 2024. During the period the EU will unilaterally decide what the ATEX rule are for the UK and what Standards are accepted in the UK.
• ATEX Notified Body assessment performed before 31 December 2024, can be used as the basis for UKCA marking until 31 December 2027 (it is assumed at this stage that any variation or QAN expiry will require UKCA before 2027 and that UK Designated Standards will be required)
• Importer’s name and address should be added to the product. It can be on a sticky or removable label until 31 December 2027

Requirements are changing on an almost monthly basis, so please check directly with the UK Government before deciding what you need (or just get UKCA and ATEX to be sure!). This new legislation must still be passed by parliament(so it could change again) but it has left UK Manufacturers (most of whom have already have the UKCA Marking Certification as the deadline was weeks away) and UKCA Appointed Bodies for issuing UKCA Certification totally bemused.

Since BREXIT it is the EU now decides what countries can issue Notified Body Certificates such as ATEX that will be accepted in the UK. It does not have to be countries in the EU- It is entirely the EU's decision where Notified Bodies can be- Turkey, Canada...everywhere but the UK!

The United Kingdom are now accepting a scheme we are not part of, have no input into and no influence over…we have ‘handed full control to the EU’ in a one-way agreement with no mutual acceptance or formal agreement.


Written by 

Sean Clarke CEng MSc FIET is the Managing Director of ExVeritas Limited. 

ExVeritas provides Product Certification, Management System Certification, CompEx Certification and Site Safety Servicesand are a UK Government Appointed Body for UKCA ‘Ex’,an ATEX Notified Body and an IECEx Certification Body and Test Laboratory

Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility

Businesses will be given an additional 2 years to apply new product safety marking, giving thousands of businesses the freedom to focus on growth, Business Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (Monday 14 November).

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking has been introduced as part of the UK’s own robust regulatory framework. It shows that products comply with our product safety regulations which are designed to protect consumers.

However, given the difficult economic conditions created by post-pandemic shifts in demand and supply, alongside Putin’s war in Ukraine and the associated high energy prices, the government does not want to burden business with the requirement to meet the original (31 December 2022) deadline.

The government will continue to recognise the CE marking for 2 years, therefore allowing businesses until 31 December 2024 to prepare for the UKCA marking. Businesses can also use the UKCA marking, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps said:

The government is determined to remove barriers to businesses so they can get on with their top priorities, like providing quality customer service, enabling growth and supporting their staff.

This move will give businesses the breathing space and flexibility they need at this crucial time and ensure that our future system for product safety marking is fit for purpose, providing the highest standard for consumers without harming businesses.

To support manufacturers, the government is also reviewing the wider product safety framework, ensuring we minimise the burdens on business while keeping our system up to date with new innovative methods such as e-labelling.

As part of this, the government will make it easier than ever for businesses to apply product markings.

This package will give thousands of businesses, including electronics and lift manufacturers, additional time to focus on delivering growth and creating jobs, while giving them flexibility in how they meet their legal obligations.

There will be different rules for medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products, and marine equipment. Government departments responsible for these sectors are making sector specific arrangements.h

Largest liner’ expands options for UK sewer maintenance

National drainage and wastewater maintenance specialist Lanes Group plc has installed itslargest ever ultraviolet liner – and Largest liner’ expands options for UK sewer maintenanceone that could be the largest to have been installed in the UK.

The UV cured in place pipe (CIPP) liner was 1800mm in diameter, tall enough for a man of average height to walk along without having to stoop.

It is first 1800mm UV liner installed by Lanes, and the first to be supplied in the UK by its German manufacturer, IMPREG.

In a significant development, Lanes selected a new type of liner that can be more easily controlled in hot weather, which gave its lining team greater flexibility in carrying out the installation.

Lanes installed the 42-metre-long liner to strengthen a storm drain in Corby, Northamptonshire, before it was adopted into the public sewer system.

Sue Kenyon, Lanes Reline Division Manager, said: “The technical challenges created by the size of the liner make this one of the most complex lining projects we’ve ever undertaken.

“It shows we can deliver cutting edge, no-dig technologies, at the biggest possible scale, giving clients a highly sustainable, cost effective and much safer method for rehabilitating culverts, sewers and industrial pipes.”

IMPREG UK Technical Manager Jack Talbott said: “This is the largest diameter UV liner we’ve supplied to a UK contractor and we haven’t heard of any as big as this being installed in the UK before.

“The project demonstrates an expansion of what can be achieved by UV CIPP by matching advances in manufacturing and UV lining systems with the installation expertise of Lanes as a contractor.”

Lanes, the UK’s largest independent drainage and wastewater maintenance service specialist, has more than 25 years of experience lining of sewers and industrial pipe systems.

To provide the 100-year design life required, the IMPREG GL15 liner had to be 15.5mm thick, contributing to its 9.5-tonne weight.

The power of the UV light train was also supercharged. Its three mega light cores had a combined power output of 36,000 watts, three times higher than a standard light train used to cure a 1200mm liner.

A key reason this extra power was needed was Lanes’ decision to install one of IMPREG’s latest non-thermal liners, which do not contain a curing accelerant, peroxide.

Gary Carey, the Lanes Lining Supervisor, who led the project, explained: “Peroxide makes the resins more reactive to heat from the UV bulbs, speeding up the curing process.

“The disadvantage is that peroxide liners have to be transported in refrigerated trucks which can add to installation costs.

“Liners containing peroxide must be installed more quickly than conventional ones, especially in hot weather. Given the heatwaves we’ve experienced this summer, using the new non-thermal resin was a wise choice.

“The technology’s been developed to extend the use of UV lining in countries with hotter climates. This project demonstrates how, thanks to climate change, it’ll have advantages in the UK as well.”

A Lanes civils team exposed two 3-metre-diameter concrete chambers beneath the road, between which the liner would be installed.

In an 18-hour operation, a 10-person Lanes team carried out the installation on 17 August 2022, pulling the liner though the storm drain with a 10-tonne winch. 

The liner was inflated with compressed air to a pressure of 250 millibars. Then the UV light train was sent through at a speed of between 50cm and 70cm a minute, curing the liner in 70 minutes.

The following day, six lateral connections were reopened. Finally, the Lanes civils team returned to reinstate the road surface to its original standard.

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Investment reinforces ION as the sensible choice for PID gas sensors

ION Science, a leading global manufacturer of photoionisation detection (PID) sensors for VOC monitoring,further invests in manufacturing technologyFollowingthe recent construction ofapurpose-built £4.5 million facility, significant investment continues into buildingthe newION TechnologyCentre forfuture innovation, tomaintain ION’s position as an industry leader.This sustainable, environmentally focused facilityenhances IONs vision of protecting lives and preserving the environment.

This investment is a good example of the advantages that can be gained from being a privately owned, independent company. We are free from corporate requirements dictating what should be in our technology portfolio, and we are able to invest in our own resources for the benefit of our customers,explains Duncan Johns, Managing Director.

The expansion of ION’s facilities will further optimiseand automate critical processes in sensor manufacturing. “This will enable us to fulfil our commitment toenhance the repeatability and stabilityof our products; quality measures for which our sensors are already world-renowned.We strongly believe that the freedom to focus on qualityand standards allows us to offer the world’s best PID sensors, and with the largest global market share, it would appear that ourcustomers agree, continuesDuncan Johns, Managing Director. 

There are several key factors that underpin the levels of sensor quality that IONis able to deliver as an independent company. These are: 1) the widest range of PIDs in the world; 2) the only fail-safe PIDs on the market; 3) the best available temperature stability; 4) the best available humidity stability; and 5) the most sensitive PIDs on the market.

ION Scienceis able to assertthat it offers the world’s widest range of PIDs because, unlike those companies that adopt a ‘one-lamp-fits-all policyION designs, develops and manufactures10.0, 10.6 and 11.7 eV lamps. This is crucially important for OEMs because it means that their measurement capabilities are not restricted to compounds with an ionisation energy lower than 10.6 eV, for example.Therefore, IONcustomers are able to choose the best lamps for their applications, which improves sensitivity and widens the range of VOCs that can be measured.

Uniquely, ION’s PIDs (MiniPIDs) incorporate an ASIC chip, which continuously monitors lamp and sensor performance, providing fail-safe assurance of sensor health. The ASIC manages the sensor to give exceptionaltemperature stability to deliver a stable signal from -40 to +65oC.

Humidity is a major challenge for many PID manufacturers,however, all of ION’s MiniPIDs have patent protected design with a third electrode thatovercomes this challenge, delivering a stable signal from 0 – 99% RH.

The sensitivity of PID sensors is extremely important in many applications; particularly where the sensors are deployed in the measurement of trace VOCs.Again,ION leads the field, offering MiniPIDs with ten times the sensitivity of other PID manufacturers.

Integration support is crucially important for OEM customers, especially in the early days of their partnership with ION, so this is a key focus for the company. As the developer and manufacturer of the world’s leading PIDs, ION is able to offer support at any level, but to avoid complacency, customers are also surveyed to check that ION is meeting, andexceeding expectations.

Product cost is of course a major consideration for PID customers, and the MiniPID lamps and stacks are fully serviceable in the field. This reduces lifetime cost, which also benefits end-users.

Summarising, Duncan Johns says: “As a private company, our independence means that we are free to continuously invest in our market-leading technologiesWhen OEMsintegrate PID Sensor intheir products, it is their brand reputation that is at stake, soIONs customers benefit from the assurance that every MiniPID provideshigh quality, reliable results.For that reason, we know that when it comes to PID sensors, ION is the only sensible choice.”

Preventing Fire and Explosions Aboard Commercial Ships

Fire and explosions are among the most significant dangers aboard any sizeable vessel. This is true for all seafarers, including military, commercial, and privately owned ships. All crew members should be well trained in fire fighting, but the best training is on how to prevent fires from happening in the first place. The proper choice of portable LED lighting can reduce the risk of fire and explosions.

Three elements are needed for a fire to occur: a fuel source, oxygen, and an ignition source. The ignition source is the easiest part of this equation to remove using Intrinsically Safe (IS) lighting. So what does IS actually mean? Generally speaking, anIS-rated portable light is carefully designed and manufactured so that it cannot release enough electrical and thermal energy to ignite combustible gases or vapors. 

One of the many IS rating requirements is that lighting must be constructed of a non-sparking substance. Engineered polymer is the most commonly used material. Because of its saltwater and chemical corrosion resistance properties, this makes polymer ideal for maritime use. Additionally, IS lights must be completely waterproof, another feature sailors appreciate. Innovative Manufacturers that create lighting specifically for use aboard commercial ships also add useful features such as rare-earth magnets and dual lights. In smoke-filled environments, dual lights allows the user to activate the spotlight and downward-facing floodlight simultaneously, navigating around trip hazards while also lighting the path ahead.

The combination of magnets and a floodlight gives the ability to attach IS portable lighting to the bulkhead to operate equipment hands-free without the intense glare of a spotlight.

Because of the knowledge, time, and expense required to engineer and produce IS-certified lighting, few companies achieve this. Nightstick is a global manufacturer of over 50+ Intrinsically Safe LED lighting products used worldwide in 70+ countries. Find a distributor near you at


NEW Peli™ RF G5 Field Wallet – now in stock

Peli Products (UK) Ltd celebrate their 30th anniversary year in 2022.  The company is based in Glossop, Derbyshire and is the largest stockist of the Pelirange in the UK.  

Peli Products (UK) launchthe Peli™ RF G5 Field Wallet, featuring a solid aluminum RFID-blocking shell.  It is one of the only submersible aluminum wallets that protects the user’s credit card information from being stolen by hackers that use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) scanners

This sleek, lightweight, and tough aluminum case fits comfortably in a pocket and features a silicon o-ring and sturdy snap latchit is rated IP67.

These unrivaled features make the Peli RF G5 Field Wallet the perfect everyday carry wallet or travel wallet. Additional features include:

• Flexible internal webbing that secures ID, credit cards and cash for easy access.
• A removable lanyard to protect against possible drops, loss and/or theft.
• An external strap for carrying cash or cards and instant retrieval.

Ross Carter, Sales Director for Packaging Products commented “This compact case is a fantastic addition to the ever-growing range of Peli Products, and were delighted to be able to offer this to our customers at a very reasonableprice point.The combination of military-grade tougbuild quality with technology that protects personal information from RFID reader theftaligns perfectly with the Peli brand values and offers the customer complete piece of mind when protecting their valuables.

The Peli G5 Field Wallet is covered by the legendary “Yobreak it, we replace it” Lifetime Guarantee.

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RHEINTACHO expands sales team Stefan Lenz appointed new branchmanager

Mr. Stefan Lenz has been the new business manager at the Freiburg family company RHEINTACHO Messtechnik GmbH since October 2022. This increases the capacity and competence in sales around Wolfgang Sexauer's team.

In order to increase RHEINTACHO´s markets and to take care for the growing customer portfolio, Stefan Lenz will strengthen the RHEINTACHO branch management alongside his colleagues Thomas Distel and Jörn Strasser.

In the last 12 years, Stefan Lenz has worked successfully in the field sales force and has gotten to know and gained a lot of experience from groups to family businesses. He will now be able to use the knowledge he has acquired in technical sales when dealing with our customers. Through various commercial, technical and sales training courses in sales, he is an enrichment and we warmly welcome Stefan Lenz to our team.


On TODAY – **EEMUA 168 A guide to pressure testing of equipment Edition 3 – WEBINAR – 15 November 2022 ** – – live online – FREE to all – 1-hour focus from 15:00 UK time covers extended scope of EEMUA 168 Edition 3: full lifecycle of pressure testing, competency, how to perform pressure tests safely. The session will share experience applying the EEMUA 168 competency framework in manufacturing and process sides. Please find more details and registration at –  

Please find your copy of EEMUA 168 Guide to pressure testing of equipment Edition 3 at and e-learning that complements the guide at 

EEMUA, the not-for-profit industry association, has many more resources for the industrial engineering community – please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. how to make those resources work best for you and your team. 

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UKCA labelling easement

The government intends to introduce legislation enabling the UKCA marking to be placed on a label affixed to the product or on a document accompanying the product until 11pm on 31 December 2027. This measure will apply to the following regulations:

  • Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009
  • Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
  • Explosives Regulations 2014
  • Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
  • Lifts Regulations 2016
  • Measuring Container Bottles (EEC Requirements) Regulations 1977
  • Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
  • Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015
  • Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
  • Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
  • Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
  • Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
  • The Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012
  • Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011

There are different rules for medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products and marine equipment.

read more about UKCA development on the government website.