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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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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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17/03/2017

Gearing up Holborn Station's escalators for a reliable future

Renold Gears has won a prestige order to supply seven new escalator drive packages to London Underground as part of Transport for London's (TfL) refurbishment of escalators at Holborn underground station.
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17/03/2017

World's smallest bend radius servo cables launched

The CF29 servo cable series from igus offers possibilities for energy supply to drives, motors and industrial machines.
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16/03/2017

SMS group to modernise continuous caster and heavy-plate mill

Russian steel producer Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) has awarded SMS group the order to modernize its No. 6 continuous slab caster and the heavy-plate mill, and upgrade both plants’ X-Pact electrical and automation systems.
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15/03/2017

Food processors enjoy increased productivity with tailored maintenance plans

Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK has launched a series of affordable maintenance contracts designed to help food manufacturers and processors increase productivity and profitability by reducing the risk of machine failure.
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15/03/2017

Proportional valves dramatically improve production efficiency

MET Advanced Technology Systems (MET), a start-up company founded in Turkey, is dedicated to developing products for the industrial automation sector.
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13/03/2017

Approval given for Kincardine floating wind farm

An application to develop a floating wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire has been approved by Scottish Government ministers.
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13/03/2017

Increasing bearing protection for motors and tilting pad bearings

Following on from the success of the LabTecta66 range of bearing protection, Aesseal has announced the launch of two new products designed for the protection of bearings in electric motors and equipment with tilting pad bearings.
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10/03/2017

Apprentices build one-of-a-kind JCB Loadall

A JCB Loadall telescopic handler built entirely by the company’s 68 apprentices is going on show to celebrate national training opportunities for young people.
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09/03/2017

ABB and Sulzer sign UK service agreement for large motors and generators

Framework agreement gives ABB customers access to Sulzer’s extensive expertise in the repair and maintenance of large rotating machines
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07/03/2017

Manufacturers need to employ and deploy people as freely as possible after ...

Employers in manufacturing companies need ongoing access to workers with higher level and other technical skills from the EU and worldwide to maintain their ability to invest, grow and train in Britain, according to a new briefing paper ...
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07/03/2017

Manufacturer rides-on through energy savings with VSD drive

A manufacturer of plastic moulded products – including the Trunki brand of ride-on suitcases - has cut energy costs by retrofitting an ABB drive to a moulding machine
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02/03/2017

Design quality award for Bosch Rexroth’s Industry 4.0 communication platform

Bosch Rexroth’s interactive communication platform, ActiveCockpit, has achieved a prestigious international award for outstanding design quality.
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02/03/2017

Oxair develops nitrogen system for huge natural gas project

One of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia's history, the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, is being supplied with a nitrogen system developed by Oxair Gas Systems.
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28/02/2017

Drive Lines lifts Manchester Cathedral’s dais to new heights

When Manchester Cathedral embarked on a development project to enhance the experience of worshippers and visitors, one of the important aspects of the project was to improve the heating facilities in the Cathedral.
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28/02/2017

Precision servomotor brake for tight spaces

Servomotors provide power and precision to a wide range of industrial applications such as automation and materials handling; being incorporated into process machinery requires the motors and their ancillary components to be compact and ...
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28/02/2017

Advanced gear lubricant secures savings for Chinese plastics manufacturer

Mobil SHCTM 636 increased uptime by extending oil drain intervals four-fold
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27/02/2017

Rapid gearbox repair resolves design faults for steel mill

Keeping lost production time to a minimum requires a combination of in-house engineering skills and a partnership with a well-resourced, specialist repair provider.
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24/02/2017

Next generation of predictive maintenance software launched

Senseye has launched version 2.3 of its automatic condition monitoring and prognostics software, bringing Remaining Useful Life calculations to all customers – whether they operate 10 or 10,000 assets.
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23/02/2017

Yokogawa launches power analyser dedicated to transformer testing

The new Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is the world's most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing the power transformers used in the power utilities’ transmission and distribution sectors.
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