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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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19/10/2018

Rolls-Royce ‘hackathon’ sees AI-powered maintenance solution specialist win

A software company specialising in AI-powered maintenance solutions for aerospace is flying high after taking the top spot at a two-day hackathon organised by Rolls-Royce.
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18/10/2018

Automated harvester turns to FANUC for help

FANUC robots have been integrated into a ‘breakthrough’ selective automated broccoli harvesting system.
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16/10/2018

Cochran saves £12k & cuts CO2 emissions with LNG

Industrial steam and hot water boiler manufacturer Cochran has made annual savings of £12,000 and reduced CO2 emissions by 28% since switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Calor.
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10/10/2018

Rosenbauer UK taps into column lifts to raise fire and rescue vehicles

Cable-free mobile column lifts from TotalKare are supporting the UK’s future firefighting efforts, following their introduction to a manufacturer of fleet and equipment options to fire and rescue services.
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09/10/2018

ERIKS gives guidance on getting lubrication right first time

Lubrication is vital to machine longevity, but it’s often carried out without proper understanding of its correct application. That’s according to ERIKS UK & Ireland, which is advising maintenance managers to remember “the four Rs” when ...
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08/10/2018

MATHER + STUART expands with £4.5m JCB generator order

Mather + Stuart Power Solutions, the power generation division of A-Plant, has placed an order with Greenshields JCB for 124 rental specification generators, to meet the demands of its rapid fleet expansion.
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05/10/2018

Competition to find Great Britain's oldest running industrial compressor

Compressors play a big part in the industrial and manufacturing sector. In the run up to its centenary, Atlas Copco Compressors UK is turning the attention to these silent partners and is trying to find the oldest, stationary, oil-injected ...
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04/10/2018

JCB donates $250,000 worth of machines to quake disaster zone

JCB has announced the donation of $250,000 worth of equipment to the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi following the earthquake and tsunami, which has killed more than 1,400 people.
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04/10/2018

JA Envirotanks announces deal with Aidan Strain

Midlands-based manufacturer JA Envirotanks has signed a deal with electrical and mechanical engineering specialist Aidan Strain to deliver six vertical single skinned tanks of various capacities.
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02/10/2018

FM Conway takes aim at driver shortage with new LGV apprenticeship

Infrastructure services company FM Conway has launched a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver apprenticeship programme – part of the business’ wider efforts to tackle construction’s major skills gap.
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28/09/2018

JCB to auction unique £20,000 digger for charity

As the nation prepares to mark the Centenary of the World War I Armistice, JCB is digging deep to help a charity that supports the Armed Forces.
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28/09/2018

LEEA Awards 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the LEEA (The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) Awards 2018 have been announced.
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28/09/2018

ProGARM launches new products to improve worker safety

Arc Flash protection provider ProGARM has announced the launch of two new products – Arc Flash dexterity gloves and a flame-resistant belt – both of which are set to improve the safety of workers at risk from an Arc Flash incident.
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27/09/2018

Rail product sales spike for Arrow Solutions as companies prepare for winter

UK chemical solutions manufacturer Arrow Solutions has seen a significant spike in sales for its winter rail products, as infrastructure specialists and train operating companies look to make preparations for the cold weather.
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26/09/2018

AVT Reliability launches ‘game-changing’ online condition monitoring system

Plant reliability specialist AVT Reliability has launched ‘Machine Sentry MSO-1’, a low-cost, high-speed online condition-based monitoring (CBM) system that offers real-time management of safety and business critical assets.
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25/09/2018

Stratasys additive manufacturing at the heart of digital rail maintenance centre

Siemens Mobility GmbH, part of Siemens AG, has opened its first digital rail maintenance centre – the Siemens Mobility RRX Rail Service Center. Located in Dortmund-Eving, Germany, the new maintenance depot offers the highest level of ...
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21/09/2018

Assembly robot kit offered for less than £6,000

An Igus three-axis assembly robot for pick-and-place applications is now available for £5,500 without controller. It offers a 380mm working diameter at 75mm standoff.
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20/09/2018

New partner for electric turbo compounding supplier

Bowman Power Group has signed an agreement for CooperÖstlund to be its preferred installer of electric turbo compounding (ETC) products for gas engines in the UK.
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19/09/2018

Argentinian farmers reduce crop loss with laser

Turret-mounted lasers that deter birds have found to reduce crop losses 70-90% in field trials in Argentina.
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18/09/2018

Infrastructure contractor installs artificial intelligence for large-scale ...

Fluor Corp of the USA and IBM are working together to implement artificial intelligence-based systems to predict, monitor and measure the status of engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) megaprojects from inception to ...
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17/09/2018

Castrol develops next-generation gear oils for industrial sector

Lubricants company Castrol has launched an innovative gear oil to help industry reduce energy consumption and prevent unexpected downtime caused by gear failures.
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14/09/2018

EEF launches game-based learning tool to promote health & safety

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, will launch a new, innovative game-based learning tool at the IOSH conference (17-18 September) that will provide employees with an interactive tool to promote health & safety in the workplace.
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14/09/2018

BOFA International acquired by Donaldson Company

Industrial fume and dust extraction technology provider, BOFA International Ltd (BOFA), is to be acquired by Donaldson Company, Inc, a global leader in the industrial air filtration market.
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13/09/2018

Festo reveals new Bionic concept swimming robot

The undulating fin movements of marine animals have provided the inspiration for a new Bionic concept swimming robot from industrial automation specialist Festo.
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12/09/2018

Atkin Automation reduces manual handling for Eltherington

Atkin Automation, part of Group Rhodes, has recently completed a major project to design and manufacture ‘A’ frame style de-coiling mandrels that completely eliminate manual handling in Eltherington’s production process.
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