News

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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22/06/2010

Sinusoidal pumps solve sticky problems for Halewood drinks

Three Maso-Sine SPS4 pumps, from Watson-Marlow Pumps, have survived and successfully solved problems of cavitation and noise at beverage giant Halewood International.
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22/06/2010

First screw generator for water industry saves £127,000 a year

An unusual renewable energy system, based on an Archimedes screw an induction motor and variable speed drive, is saving Yorkshire Water more than £127,000 a year in electricity costs.
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21/06/2010

Buncefield convictions are lesson to others, warns HSE

Three firms have now been found guilty, at St Albans' Crown Court, of charges relating to the Buncefield oil storage depot explosion and fire on 11 December 2005. All now face unlimited fines.
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18/06/2010

Water treatment plant hire cuts costs for EPR

Energy Power Resources (EPR) says it saved significant cost and time, when it needed more water treatment capacity at its Elean power station, simply by renting a mobile water treatment unit from Elga Process Water.
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18/06/2010

Smart valve solves E.On CHP water flow control problems

Backwash flow controls on the water-treatment system at E.On's CHP (combined heat and power) plant in Northwich, Cheshire, have been improved, thanks to the installation of a Fisher Control-Disk valve.
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17/06/2010

Paper print problems solved by pallet truck

When printing giant St Ives Roche had concerns recently about aspects of its paper handling operations, handling equipment supplier Briggs Equipment turned to Stanley Handling for a specialist solution.
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16/06/2010

4,500 tonne UK ammonia plant dismantled for reassembly overseas

Following completion of plant decommissioning at GrowHow UK's Severnside site last November, work has now begun on dismantling and packaging of two LCA (leading concept ammonia) plants and a utilities area, bought by Sigma for resale.
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16/06/2010

Yamatake joins the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

Measurement and control technologies specialist Yamatake has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) governing board, signalling support for the increasingly popular industrial plant wireless standard.
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15/06/2010

South West Water approves Nov Mono pump innovation

South West Water has approved the EZstrip 'maintain in place' progressing cavity pump from NOV Mono for use at all its waste water treatment plants.
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15/06/2010

VeriPRO wins industry safety award for innovation

VeriPRO, the earplug fit testing system, from Howard Leight by Sperian, has received the British Safety Industry Federation's (BSIF) Product Innovation Award for 2010.
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14/06/2010

Petrochemical industry feeling the effects of economic downturn

The difficult financial climate is having an impact on petrochemical plants, according to a survey by valves supplier HS Pipequipment.
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14/06/2010

South Africa’s first wind-farm to power Football World Cup

The wind turbines project from Belgian wind-farm provider Electrawinds is providing clean energy to the football world cup via South Africa's first ever wind-farm.
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11/06/2010

Litre Meter wants oldest Pelton wheel flow meter

To celebrate 35 years of manufacturing its Pelton Wheel flowmeter Flow meter manufacturers, Litre Meter is on a mission to find the oldest instrument still in use.
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11/06/2010

Six-tonne marine reel bearings performing to plan

Two six-tonne, 1.75m OD pipe reel bearings, replaced late last year on the pipelay vessel the Apache, are performing well, according to its owner Technip.
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11/06/2010

3M goes for bearing market with Godiva

Engineering adhesives firm 3M has signed a deal with Godiva Bearings to supply its Scotch-Weld products alongside major manufacturers' bearings.
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10/06/2010

TLV wins steam trap contract for 13 BOCM Pauls plants

Steam engineering firm TLV has is to provide regular steam trap surveys for all 13 BOCM Pauls animal feed processing plants throughout the UK, using its TrapMan TM5 testing equipment.
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10/06/2010

Parker Hannifin and Hydrasun in strategic partnership

Motion and control automation firm Parker Hannifin has signed a deal with Hydrasun, which specialises in fluid transfer, umbilicals and process control, covering development, sales and support of fluid and gas handling in the process ...
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09/06/2010

Kent Nufarm plant clearance and decontamination nears completion

Agrochemicals firm Nufarm UK is nearing completion of a project to decommission its plant and clear the 12 acre site in Belvedere, Kent, following relocation of its UK operation to West Yorkshire.
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09/06/2010

Deritend completes major project on iconic Tees Transporter Bridge

An icon of British engineering, the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, has been revitalised with help from maintenance, service and repair group Deritend.
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08/06/2010

Vibration legislation deadline will force UK industry to change

UK industry must limit employees' exposure to hand-arm vibration caused by older equipment, in light of legislation effective from July this year.
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08/06/2010

Achilles gets government approval on CRC Energy Efficiency scheme

The UK Environment Agency has approved CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme), the certification standard for Achilles' carbon reduction programme, as a so-called early action metric for the CRC Energy Efficiency ...
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07/06/2010

Robust pump and tube combo solves sticky situation

Thread locking and sealing components manufacturer Prelok reports that installing 521 series pumps from Watson-Marlow, in combination with Gore Style 400 high resilience tubing, has solved problems caused by previous pumps circulating its ...
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07/06/2010

Water pipeline cleaning technology scoops innovation award

New pipeline cleaning technology, developed for Northumbrian Water, has scooped a national award for engineering innovation.
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04/06/2010

Deritend to double turnover with energy efficiency service

Maintenance, service and repair group Deritend reckons its new focus on plants' energy efficiency and low carbon technologies will double its turnover.
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04/06/2010

Laidler issues warning on machinery standards

Machine manufacturers may inadvertently be relying on out-of-date standards for their compliance with the Machinery Directive, according to safety and compliance consultancy Laidler.
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