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News related to plant and operations engineering, brought to you by Plant Engineer. This section updates readers on mobile and static industrial plant, the technologies and problem solving. Coverage includes pumps, fans, motors, compressors, drives, HVAC, energy management, control and automation, instrumentation, sensors, hydraulics, pneumatics, and maintenance, repair and operations.

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27/04/2017

Focusing on safety in forklift design

Every organisation has a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment – failure to do so can have dire legal consequences for the business and its directors.
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26/04/2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Schunk wins Hermes award 2017

The Hermes award is one of the world’s most prestigious industrial technology awards and this year’s winner is German company Schunk. The award was presented during the Hannover Messe opening ceremony Germany’s minister for education and ...
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25/04/2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Strata highlights its Factory of the Future vision to the ...

At Hannover Messe Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) showcased how it will support the transformation of manufacturing in the UAE with the landmark plan to build a ‘Factory of the Future’ facility in Al Ain, UAE.
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24/04/2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Modern valve island enhances process reliability

At Hannover Messe Bürkert displayed its new valve islands AirLINE (Type 8652) for control cabinets and AirLINE Field (Type 8653) for field installation without control cabinets.
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24/04/2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Huawei and GE release predictive maintenance solution

At Hannover Messe 2017, Huawei and GE Digital jointly launched their industrial cloud-based predictive maintenance solution.
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18/04/2017

Steam economiser aids biomass power plant’s environmental performance

A&J Fabtech is to supply a bespoke economiser and heat exchanger to a new waste wood biomass power generation plant which, when built, will be the biggest such facility in the UK.
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18/04/2017

Parker reduces lead times on main air driven liquid pumps ranges

Parker Autoclave Engineers is now able to offer customers a significant reduction in lead times for its most widely specified air driven liquid pump products.
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18/04/2017

SKF is helping the automotive industry meet the challenges of electric ...

Advanced materials, deep application expertise and innovative component designs support the development of new electric and hybrid powertrains
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13/04/2017

Portable work trolleys come to the aid of lean factory

Drive Lines enables handling of giant motor and pump parts for lean manufacture
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12/04/2017

Tough enclosures bring safety and endurance to road tanker operations

Fuel delivery tankers have a hard existence, yet must perform faultlessly throughout their long working life if they are to guarantee safety and efficiency.
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10/04/2017

E.ON breaks ground on Blackburn Meadows battery project

E.ON has begun installing a 10MW battery at its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield – a new energy storage project that will help keep power supplies stable and balance the range of power ...
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10/04/2017

Mars chocolate in pristine condition

Mars Chocolate has achieved a zero per cent manual handling accident rate thanks to Pristine Condition International
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07/04/2017

Precision mixed with mobile drive systems

Baumüller is realizing mixing systems for foaming agents together with the fire truck manufacturer Rosenbauer
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03/04/2017

Smart enclosure choice for smart buildings

Today’s smart buildings use sophisticated control systems to continually optimise heating, lighting, security and other services to the needs of the moment. But with regularly changing usage patterns, the systems themselves have to be ...
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31/03/2017

The Princess Royal opens new Technology Hub

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, met apprentices, employers and business leaders when she officially opened EEF’s new Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham
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29/03/2017

New standard for traffic safety barrier systems

BSI, the business standards company, has published Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 13, Code of practice for safety barriers used in traffic management within workplace environments with test methods for safety barrier impact ...
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29/03/2017

The rise of teleoperation

Positioning accuracy has always been one of the most important aspects of gearing technology. However, this has become increasingly important in recent years. Graham Mackrell, managing director of precision gearing specialist Harmonic ...
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28/03/2017

Industry group develops safety alert protocol

A Safety Alert Protocol has been developed by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) MEWPs Group.
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27/03/2017

Improving cable management for industrial cranes and gantries

When igus approached Kasen Cranes with an alternative solution for cable management, the industrial cranes and gantries specialist was quick to spot an opportunity.
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23/03/2017

ATEX lift trucks for Witton Chemicals

Manufacturer Witton Chemicals has selected Pyroban to provide explosion protection on its latest forklift trucks operating in Zone 2 hazardous areas
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23/03/2017

Survey shows leadership and management skills have room for improvement to ...

Improving management and leadership performance remains one of the biggest challenges facing UK manufacturing companies according to a major survey of over 300 HR professionals
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21/03/2017

World’s largest mirror telescope relies on nanometre accuracy inductive sensors

The European Southern Observatory based in Garching, Germany, is relying on high precision displacement measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon for a project to build the world’s largest mirror telescope in Chile
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21/03/2017

Making an ally of old foes

Chelating agent offers safe and simple solution to rust removal
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20/03/2017

Custom machined seals raise the bar for reliability in chocolate manufacturing

Special seal design stops high pressure chocolate leaks, eliminating costly machine downtime.
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20/03/2017

British chain company is first in UK with ISO 9001:2015

Renold Chain has achieved the very latest quality assurance accreditation, ISO 9001:2015, and says it is proud to be the first chain manufacturer in the UK to achieve the certification.
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