Cyber Essentials Certified

We’re Cyber Essentials Certified!

Here at Kempston Controls, we’re committed to ensuring our staff and customers are safe when using our services. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer customers the best shopping experience and a big part of that is ensuring our data and systems are secure and private. We’re delighted to announce that we are certified by the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Programme.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported certification that demonstrates that a company is secure when it comes to digital threats. Launched in 2014, the scheme was developed by the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF).

Cyber Essentials Certified

The five areas that Cyber-Essentials is focused on:

  • Correct and appropriate management of firewalls and internet gateways to provide safe internet access
  • The secure configuration of devices/software used within the organisation
  • Robust access control to data and services
  • Advanced and well-structured processes for malware and virus protection
  • Well-structured patch management to ensure ongoing commitment to security

We are exceptionally proud of our new certification and are pleased to provide our customers with another reason to trust us and the services we provide.

As always, we are continually looking for ways to improve our offering with Cyber Essentials proving that we are readily available for the growing and ever-changing digital world.

Kempston Controls is a leading distributor of electrical process control and automation products and electronic components with a world-leading reputation for stock, service, competitive pricing, and next-day delivery. Our diverse product portfolio includes; proximity and motion sensors, humidity and temperature sensor data loggers, fuses, light curtains, electrical connectors, actuators, safety relays, panel meters, emergency stops, and much more.

Series UC18GS with IO-Link

Pepperl+Fuch UC18GS Series with IO-Link: State-of-the-Art Ultrasonic Sensors

Pepperl+Fuch’s new UC18GS series of ultrasonic sensors combine the advantages of ultrasonic technology with powerful features to create a solution that pushes the technological boundaries to meet virtually any application challenge.

Flexible and future-proof, the UC18GS is well equipped to tick all imaginable boxes and combines everything you would expect from a standard ultrasonic sensor with modern technology. Perfect for a wide range of applications, this compact sensor is up for any task and can adapt to any environment, program or setting.

UC18GS with IO-Link

UC18GS with IO-Link Top Highlights

  • Adjustable sound beam width
  • Interference target suppression
  • Automatic synchronisation
  • Small dead bands
  • IO-Link for easy setup
  • Extensive programming options

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UC18GS Series: one compact sensor, a multitude of applications

Using modern technological capabilities, the UC18GS series will optimise your application. With functionalities such as interference target suppression, adjustable sound beam width, automatic synchronisation, small dead bands, IO-Link, infrared interface, and push buttons, the UC18GS series offers an unparalleled range of features and adjustment options all in a single device.

UC18GS series: Interference Target Suppression

Interference Target Suppression

With built-in interference target suppression, the UC18GS ultrasonic sensor range adapts to the application settings to optimise and increase process reliability. The intelligent suppression is capable of detecting precisely even if a suppressed component is in the target range.  What’s more, any possible interference from other machine parts can easily be suppressed using the integrated software without affecting everyday use.

UC18GS series: Adjustable Sound Beam Width

Adjustable Sound Beam Width

Thanks to the small dead band and adjustable sound beam width, the UC18GS ultrasonic sensor is able to perform without faults in a range of applications. To ensure precise and accurate measurements, the sound beam can be adjusted and narrowed without affecting the range. Perfect for installation to your existing application!

UC18GS series: Automatic Synchronisation

Automatic Synchronisation

Often when using several sensors in close proximity they interfere with each other; this, however, is no problem for the UC18GS series. Equipped with an automatic synchronisation feature, the UC18GS range can easily sync with multiple sensors without parameterisation. Using their synchronisation input up to 10 sensors can be synchronised together. The UC18GS range has 3 different synchronisation modes: common, multiplex or externally triggered.

Extensive Programming Options

Extensive Programming Options

Whether it’s traditional pushbuttons or interfaces like IO-Link or IrDA, the UC18GS range of ultrasonic sensors gives the user a wide range of programming choices. While IrDA interfaces can provide live data access for maintenance or analysis purposes, IO-Link provides easy setup and allows detailed configuration for any application. The output configuration, as well as the sound beam width can be set directly on the sensor using the programming buttons.

In addition, the IO-Link interface allows for seamless integration into Industry 4.0 applications.

Series UC18GS: One Technology—Limitless Versatility

No two applications are the same with each providing its own unique demands on a sensor. Designed to be highly robust and technologically advanced, the UC18GS is perfect for complex tasks in any environment, whether that’s the detection and identification of objects or filling levels.

Adaptable Level Measurement in Confined Spaces

The UC18GS series can reliably detect the fill level of liquids and granules, regardless of colour or other physical properties. With the adjustable cone-shaped sound beam width, even a small opening in the tank cap is suitable for installation.

In the case of irregular or moving surfaces, the sensor determines an average value and thus indicates the actual level —instead of a potentially distorted punctual value. Objects such as support struts in the measuring field are suppressed by software (PACTware) to reduce interference and to return precise results. Regardless of the sound beam radius, the range of the UC16GS series is not affected and the level is always reliably detected.

Fail-Safe Bottle Detection in Filling Machines

Ideal for reliably detecting the presence of bottles in the end positions on a production line, the UC18GS series can detect an object with varying contours and position deviations. Instead of taking a point-by-point measurement, the sound beam hits the surface of the container over a wide area making its shape, colour and texture irrelevant. The physical buttons on the UC18GS series mean the output configuration and the sound beam radius can be set with ease.

With the IO-Link interface, comprehensive parameters can be set via the controller without physical access to the sensor. This leads to faster commissioning time and removes the need for re-parameterisation if the sensor needs to be changed.

Kempston Controls is the place to come to for all your sensing needs. With access to Pepperl+Fuchs’ entire product portfolio, our expert sales and technical teams are here to help you choose the perfect sensor for your application. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email us at to discuss your sensor requirements.

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Baumer OM20 & OM30

Precise & Compact: The OM20 & OM30 Series of Performance Laser Distance Sensors from Baumer

Baumer’s new range of compact laser distance sensors is ideal to reliably handle precise measurement tasks in the tightest of spaces.

As industries change tactics and move towards more efficient and compact systems, it’s becoming imperative that there’s no compromise in sensor performance. That’s where the OM20 & OM30 families with IO-Link come in. Perfectly suited to continue to the trend, the OM20 & OM30 families offer exceptional measurement performance and compact designs making them ideal for a variety of applications.

Renowned for reliability and accuracy the OM20 & OM30 families offer surface-independent measurements with a repeat precision of up to 1 µm and an extremely high measurement speed of up to 5 kHz.

With the OM20 series, Baumer is offering the smallest laser distance sensor on the market and haven’t compromised on its features. For measurements on structured surfaces such as processed metal or wood, the OM30 series presents itself as a reliable solution thanks to its line beam shape and offers a range of up to 550 mm.

Equipped with a standardised IO-Link interface, both the OM20 & OM30 families are easily integrated and allow for simple parameterisation and control. What’s more, as well as standard process data such as the distance value or the signal quality, the OM20 & OM30 ranges also offer additional data such as the measurement rate and the illumination reserve – ideal for predictive maintenance.

OM30 from Baumer in use

OM20 & OM30 Series Overview:

OM20 from Baumer

Miniature sensors up to 120 mm

  • Measuring distances from 16 to 120 mm
  • Linearity deviation up to 0.08% MR
  • Measurement speed up to 5 kHz
  • Laser-point variations
  • Laser class 1
  • Easy integration via IO-Link or RS485

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Baumer OM30 Series

Miniature sensors up to 550 mm

  • Measuring distances from 50 to 550 mm
  • Linearity deviation up to 0.08% MR
  • Measurement speed up to 5 kHz
  • Laser-point variations & laser-line variations
  • Laser class 2
  • Easy integration via IO-Link or RS485

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Compact – precision in minimum space
Easy-to-use – intuitive parameterisation
OM20 & OM30 Series: Connected– an eye on process parameters

OM20 & OM30 Series Highlights:

Compact: Precision in Small Spaces

  • Automatic adjustment of exposure time for precise measurements
  • Line beam shape for reliable measurement on structured material

Intuitive parameterisation for easy use

  • Intuitive and simple sensor optimisation for the desired application
  • Visualise the measurement results for quick & live analysis and installation

Keep an eye on process parameters

  • Utilise the integrated IO-Link interface to access additional process data
  • Standardised IO-LINK Smart Sensor Profile (DMS) for quick integration

As a Baumer brand partner, Kempston Controls has access to the entire product portfolio and are well placed to support your application. Contact us today using any of these methods, you can call us on +44(0) 1933 411411, email our sales team at, or contact us here and let us help you get the most from your installation.

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The S15L Series: Bright & Versatile In-Line Sensor Status Indicators



S15L From Turck Banner

The S15L Series: Bright & Versatile In-Line Sensor Status Indicators

As industrial automation applications continue to grow and become more technically advanced, the threat of unplanned downtime is just as relevant today as it was 10 years ago. In 2017, the Vanson Bourne Research Study found that roughly 82% of companies experienced unplanned downtime in the 3 years prior to the report. The cost of this downtime was estimated to be close to £1.5million ($2,000,000).

In the same report, it was found that 70% of companies lack complete awareness of when equipment is due for maintenance or upgrade. That’s where Banner’s S15L Series of in-line sensor indicators come in.

15 mm in diameter, the S15L series is equipped with a two-colour LED indicator light that can be retrospectively connected to a power source and a sensor to indicate power and output status. Its in-line connection, over-moulded design and bright LEDs create a simple and cost-effective solution that can be applied to not only Banner sensors, but to most 4- or 5-pin devices with an output.
S15L From Turck Banner

S15L – Quick Look:

The S15L Series In-Line Sensor Status Indicator is the ideal accessory for industries that require highly visible indication, such as automotive, material handling, and general assembly.

  • Bright 360° indication to mimic sensor power and output status
  • Two colours – green for power and yellow for sensor output active status
  • Works with most 4 and 5 pin devices
  • Rugged over-moulded design meets IEC IP66, IEC IP67, and IEC IP68
  • Connected directly to a sensor or anywhere in-line for easy visual indication
  • Models available with PNP and NPN inputs

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S15L – Key Benefits:

360° Visibility:

  • The S15L Series can be mounted on a range of sensors for 360 degree-visibility of power and status.
  • Its highly visible body allows workers to identify and troubleshoot problems faster.

Easily Accessible:

  • The S15L Series can be mounted anywhere to improve accessibility and ease of use.
  • The in-line connection allows for simple problem identification.

Rapid Integration:

  • Ideal for new or existing applications.
  • Works with not only Banner sensors, actuators, and touch buttons, but also a wide variety of 4 and 5 pin devices.
  • It can be connected directly to the quick disconnect of most sensors, so no additional hardware is necessary.

Reliable & Rugged:

  • Regardless of the application, its over-moulded design is reliable and rugged, ideal for harsh industrial environments.

Green & Yellow:

  • With 4 LEDs, the S15L produces two colours: green and yellow.
  • The LEDs can be used to identify power and output status.
S15L From Turck Banner

The S15L Series In-Line Sensor Status Indicator is the ideal attachment for applications that require highly visible indication in industries such as automotive, material handling, and general assembly. Banner’s bright indicator improves safety, productivity, and quality in a wide variety of applications.

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Kempston Controls, as Turck Banner suppliers, are the people to come to when you need to discuss your S15L Series In-Line Sensor Status Indicator needs. Call us on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email our dedicated sales team at today and talk to us about your requirements.

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Vulcan to the sky

Avro Vulcan & Kempston Controls Take To The Sky

At the start of the year, Kempston Controls partnered with Eaton to provide the Vulcan to the Sky Trust with a donation of rare fuses which are essential to keep Vulcan XH558 airworthy. The Bussmann 059-0125 and 011-9127 fuses are used in the flying control motor circuits and are susceptible to fatigue due to the cycling of the motors driving the hydraulic pumps that drive the flying control surfaces.

About the Vulcan To The Sky Trust

Vulcan To The Sky Trust is a charitable organisation who in 2005 began to restore the retired Vulcan XH558 delta-winged bomber, and in 2007, after more than 14 years of being grounded, completed three successful test flights. In 2008, after another successful test flight, the Civil Aviation Authority granted permission for Vulcan XH558 to perform at the RAF Waddington Air show.

In early 2015 the trust announced that the current 2015 flying season would be it’s last. Although the goal was to keep the Vulcan flying for a few more years, at the start of 2015 the ‘technical authorities’ (BAE Systems, Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group and Rolls-Royce) legally required to support the airworthiness of the Vulcan announced the withdrawal of their support – XH558 was forced to cease flying in October 2015. Although the aircraft was safe to fly, the structure and systems were then more than 10% beyond the flying hours of any other Vulcan and the knowledge base of Vulcan-era technologies within the technical authorities was deemed to have fallen too far to support the aircraft.

Since grounding Vulcan XH558 the Trust has established an education programme which works closely with schools, colleges and other organisations. While still being kept airworthy and capable of accelerating dramatically along the runway, the Vulcan XH558 is being used to inspire and educate new generations of young people.

Vulcan LandingAbout the Avro Vulcan XH558

Vulcan XH558 is a jet-powered delta-winged strategic nuclear bomber operated, when in service, by the Royal Air Force during the Cold War. An iconic example of British engineering with XH558 being the last Vulcan in service until 1984 when it was retired. With an impressive list of technical achievements including being the first successful large delta wing aircraft, leading directly to Concorde and the Space Shuttle, XH588 could deliver performance and agility so close to a jet fighter’s that it was given a fighter-style control column.

The XH558 first flew in 1960, and was one of the few Vulcan models converted for a maritime reconnaissance role in 1973, and then as an air-to-air refuelling tanker in 1982. In 1984, once withdrawn, it continued with the RAF’s Vulcan Display Flight, performing until 1992.

In 1993 it was sold to C Walton Ltd who used it for ground-based displays at their Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire until 1999. Through a combination of public donations and lottery funding, it was restored to fully functional condition by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, who returned it to flight on 18 October 2007.

To learn more about Avro Vulcan XH558 & their current project, Operation Safeguard to build a hanger and exhibition hall, head to their website:

Kempston Controls is a leading distributor of electrical process control and automation products and electronic components with a world-leading reputation for stock, service, competitive pricing and next-day delivery. Our diverse product portfolio includes; proximity and motion sensors, humidity and temperature sensor data loggers, fuses, light curtains, electrical connectors, actuators, safety relays, panel meters, emergency stops and much more.

Welcome Matthew & Mike

Welcome Matthew and Mike!

Kempston Controls are pleased to announce that Matthew Law & Mike Evans are joining our Thermal Division as Combustion Solution Engineers. Welcome to the team!

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and we’re looking forward to welcoming and integrating them into our team and providing our customers with another exceptional service.

We caught up with both Matthew & Mike to learn more about them:

Matthew Law:

I worked for Kromschroder for 21 years starting off as an apprentice where I trained in the assembly of pipe trains for customers. From there I moved into AutoCAD design where I designed the pipe trains I was building. After this I started to get more involved in technical support of the components in the UK, where I would support customers on the selection of components, any issues they had and alternative options. Then I moved into external sales where I managed customer accounts and finally worked as a senior technical sales engineer where I was designing burner systems for customers.

My strengths are:

  • Kromschroder components: the full range from basic gas valves through to complex burner controllers.
  • Working with customers on alternative options if parts are discontinued. This can also be alternatives from other suppliers
  • System integration: working with customers on how the components they are using impact the system they have, safety and operational wise.
  • Customer care: liaising with customers to support with component selection, spare parts and installation requirements. Furthermore, programming of burner controllers and alternative system controls that could help improve the efficiency of kilns, furnaces etc.
  • I am very familiar with EN746-2 which is the standard for thermal processing equipment and covers the safety requirements for fuel handling that are part of industrial furnaces.
  • I am a very approachable person and love the challenge of a difficult requirement or question where I have to really think in order to come up with a solution.

Mike Evans:

I’m looking forward to working with the dynamic & diverse team at Kempston Controls. I bring more than 30 years of experience from the industrial process heating industry and a passion for problem-solving. My previous roles have included Sales Account Management, Project Management and Combustion Systems Engineer at Eclipse Combustion Ltd. I worked more recently as a Burner Solution Engineer at Elster Metering Ltd (part of Honeywell Thermal Solutions).

At Eclipse and Honeywell we served all industries and worked closely with equipment supplied by Elster/Jeavons, Kromschroder, ASCO, Burkert, Karl Dungs, Siemens, Bryan Donkin & Honeywell to name but a few.

Welcome to the Kempston Controls family!

For all your industrial automation and process heating needs contact us today on 01933 411411, email or head to our website

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