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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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20/10/2017

How to choose an adhesive

There has been a surprising number of mishaps with glue over the years. People commonly mistake the adhesive for eye drops or lip balm, leading to trips to A&E. When choosing their adhesive, engineers don’t need to be quite as concerned as ...
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20/10/2017

Cam action plungers can rise to heavy duty challenges

WDS Component Parts has extended its range of spring plungers with the introduction of a new series of cam action versions.
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19/10/2017

Stromag Geared Cam Limit Switches offer specialisation and intelligence

Since the start of the business in 1932, Geared Cam Limit Switches have been a key product for Stromag, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-performance components for industrial power.
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19/10/2017

Condition analyses and predictions for machine tool components

With a new multi-channel condition monitoring system (CMS) specifically designed for machine tools, Schaeffler is pursuing two objectives: first, condition monitoring and condition predictions for key components in machine tools using a ...
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18/10/2017

Industrial accelerometers from Hansford Sensors are smaller, lighter and offer ...

Hansford Sensors, the UK manufacturer of industrial accelerometers, has launched the latest versions of its proven HS-100 and HS-150 Series vibration sensors.
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18/10/2017

Smarter tech for safer food

Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. In fact, the 2016 food manufacturing outlook report by US magazine Food Processing found that a quarter of manufacturers considered it ...
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17/10/2017

Embedding safety I/Os in ABB robots enhances man-machine collaboration

Safe man-machine collaboration attainable using safety I/Os that prevents unnecessary disruption to production
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17/10/2017

Concentrator arm improves scum removal efficiency during activated sludge ...

A&J Fabtech has developed an innovative, high performance surface scum removal system for use in activated sludge processes that uses a collector arm to direct the scum towards a dipper.
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16/10/2017

SKF launches next-generation hydraulic bolts for rotating flanges

Connecting rotating flanges is now even faster with the new patent pending hydraulically expandable SKF Quickgrip Bolt
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16/10/2017

Bring your phone to work

When Google Glass was first released to the public, it did not receive the expected response and the technology was deemed a failure. However, the technology did not disappear altogether, as the new and improved Google Glass is changing ...
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13/10/2017

BOGE helps shape the future of manufacturing

BOGE has placed itself at the cutting edge of compressor manufacture by investing €2 million in creating a ‘smart factory’ at its German headquarters in Bielefeld, west of Hannover.
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13/10/2017

Modulift spreader frame lifts vehicle for filming project

A modular spreader frame was centre stage at Pinewood Studios recently as FLG Services, a lifting equipment hire specialist, provided a solution to lift a four-wheel drive vehicle for a top-secret filming project at the iconic location.
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11/10/2017

Plastic bottle maker benefits from higher throughput and energy savings

Drive energy assessment leads to 60 per cent fall in energy costs and 30 percent higher output for plastic container manufacturer.
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10/10/2017

Requirements-based relubrication to prevent unplanned downtime of machine tools

Statistically, defective rolling bearings and linear guidance systems are the most frequent causes of machine tool downtime.
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10/10/2017

WDS adds medium tensile forged steel products to T-bolt range

WDS Component Parts has extended its offering of medium tensile T-bolts with the addition of a forged steel option that provides more strength and wear resistance than mild steel. These are aimed at applications where the very high ...
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04/10/2017

Beware of water hammer and thermal expansion as heating season approaches

In the run-up to the heating season, start-up dangers are a serious problem for many heating systems using steam as a source of heat, largely due to the fact that they have been lying dormant over the summer.
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04/10/2017

Health & Safety North is coming to Manchester

The Health & Safety North conference and exhibition will take place in Manchester for the first time on October 10th and 11th. The 2017 event has moved from Bolton to the larger EventCity venue in Manchester, where it is expected to ...
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03/10/2017

Software helps food manufacturers stay on track

TRACS Version 2 supports Loma’s full range of inspection equipment, offers better functionality with CSV export facility and improved user experience
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03/10/2017

Control system for the manual control of indoor cranes

More crane technology companies rely on modern cable guidance with energy chains. With the new guidefast control system, igus has now developed an energy supply system that can also feed a manual overhead crane pendant on indoor cranes.
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02/10/2017

1.7 million new robots to transform the world´s factories by 2020

By 2020 more than 1.7 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world.
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02/10/2017

Engineers are putting in more than 13 extra days of work a year

The average engineer (38.7 per cent) puts in over 13 extra working days a year, with three quarters admitting that they often work more than their contracted hours. What’s more, one in four could be working an extra 34 days.
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02/10/2017

SMEs suffering because of culture of slow payments in UK

Two thirds of UK SMEs are of the opinion that there is a culture of slow payments in the UK, with the problem particularly acute in London (73 per cent), the South West (72 per cent) and Northern Ireland (87 per cent).
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26/09/2017

Honeywell introduces new way for industrial customers to modernise their ...

Experion Local Control Network will allow customers to seamlessly upgrade legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) systems
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25/09/2017

Honeywell connected plant takes centre stage at annual users conference

Honeywell Users Group EMEA to feature customer presentations, new products and technology demonstrations
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25/09/2017

Dancing with robots

A new live art installation which challenges the dystopian views that the public have of robots has opened at the Victoria & Albert museum in London
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