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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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12/12/2017

Moving large loads

The world record for the heaviest object pulled over 100 feet belongs to a US reverend who pulled a 68-tonne lorry. This is an impressive achievement, but one that manufacturing plant engineers must regularly equal using specialist ...
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12/12/2017

Three military trends you need to know

The nature of the threat posed by terrorism and criminal organisations is changing. In recent years, military forces, border agencies, airports and transport police have had to rapidly develop new ways of thwarting those with malicious ...
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11/12/2017

First Terex Finlay machine for waste management company

A family-owned recycling and plant hire company has bought its first crusher from Finlay Plant Northern.
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11/12/2017

Eliminating poor quality electrical components

In 1897, the conflicts between the increased use of bicycles alongside horses and pedestrians in Germany created chaos and disruption on the roads. Implementing a less disruptive system for the different methods of transport became ...
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08/12/2017

High performance actuator range is compact and rugged

INMOCO, the motion control specialist, has introduced new electric servo actuators into its product offering. Made in California by Diakont, DA Series actuators are ruggedly built and offer long, reliable service for demanding industries ...
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08/12/2017

Generating increased wind turbine lifespan

Jason Horton, Regional Operations Director (South) at Sulzer, looks at the benefits of creating a partnership with a specialist maintenance provider in terms of improved lifespan and reliability of wind turbines.
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07/12/2017

Portable test kit enables multi-track thickness measurements

A robust, portable, non-contact capacitive bench test kit for measuring the thickness variation of automotive brake discs is now available from Micro-Epsilon.
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07/12/2017

Dedicated calibration instrument reduces cost and complexity of calibrating ...

The Yokogawa LS3300 is a new dedicated, stand-alone and cost-effective calibrator that is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of calibrating power meters and analysers with accuracies up to 0.15 percent.
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06/12/2017

igus chainflex hybrid bus cables for Ethernet and Profinet moving applications ...

Motion plastics specialist igus introduces single-cable solutions for use in energy chains with Ethernet or Profinet elements and power cores in the CFBUS.PUR.H01 series.
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06/12/2017

Specialist warns of illegal sale of counterfeit bearings

The reputations of well-known bearing manufacturers such as SKF and EZO are under threat from the sale of illegal, poor quality counterfeit bearings.
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05/12/2017

Stolen JCB 2CX worth £25,000 safely recovered in hours

A stolen JCB 2CX Backhoe Loader worth £25,000 has been found and safely recovered in Bentley, Hampshire, within a matter of hours of first being reported as stolen thanks to the installation of a battery operated tracking device from AMI ...
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30/11/2017

The changing face of work-based placements

Change can be a daunting experience, especially when the future is unknown. However, for many, change can come with a multitude of benefits. Here, Lucy Speed, HR advisor at engineering solutions provider, Boulting Group, explains the ...
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30/11/2017

Reduce costs by reducing waste

Hazardous waste poses a substantial threat to our health and the environment. Despite this, we are still producing more than 400 million tons each year.
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29/11/2017

Continuous infrared monitoring significantly benefits utilities

For utility companies, condition monitoring is becoming essential to ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity and for minimising operational costs and there are many conventional instrumentation and measurement methods available for ...
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29/11/2017

Powering surveillance systems

Ultralife has created a high-density battery for military use
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28/11/2017

All hands-on to boost productive manufacturing

Adopting total productive maintenance to improve manufacturing productivity
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28/11/2017

Standardised Matrix SMB range offers reactive market solution

Matrix International will build on its formidable reputation for Servo Motor Brakes (SMB) at SPS this year, with the introduction of its SMB range in standardised sizes.
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24/11/2017

Bosch Rexroth set to launch Industry 4.0 ready guidance platform in the UK

Leading drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth is launching an intuitive guidance system to help UK manufacturers network their assembly line in preparation for Industry 4.0.
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24/11/2017

Digitalisation — not just for big businesses

New technology is making digital solutions affordable for SMEs
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23/11/2017

Hawaii telescope gets motor upgrade

The University of Hawaii's 2.2 m telescope had been feeling its age, the result of an underperforming 45 year old drive system. Fortunately, Printed Motor Works has been able to provide a direct replacement for its main motor and gear unit ...
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20/11/2017

Engineers complete offshore survival training

Boulting Group certified to work offshore on wind farms
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20/11/2017

JCB team helps engineer WW1 tank centenary tribute

Excavator giant JCB helped TV personality Guy Martin to engineer a tribute to the role tanks played in helping change the course of the First World War. Now the story of the tank’s role and its modern-day recreation was told in a Channel ...
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20/11/2017

Six-axis robot turns 3D printing into an art form

A project at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) is looking at 3D printing from a totally different angle - where the emphasis is placed on meaningful expression, rather than the accurate reproduction of digital data. A flexible ...
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17/11/2017

Torque transducers on test rig help test advanced electric and hybrid ...

Wireless rotary torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd are at the heart of a test rig to develop next generation technologies for electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains.
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16/11/2017

INMOCO introduces high performance electromechanical steam turbine actuator

INMOCO has added a range of advanced electromechanical actuators (EMAs) to its portfolio.
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£2bn boost for UK aerospace
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Weg acquires Watt Drive
Motors and drives specialist Weg has acquired Austrian firm Watt Drive ...