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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15/10/2010

Drives save Leixlip water treatment works €500,000 a year

Leixlip water treatment plant, in Co. Kildare, reports saving more than €500,000 a year on its pumping costs, thanks to the installation of ABB variable speed drives.
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15/10/2010

Automaton improves Thatchers Cider production by 900%

Thatchers Cider's Myrtle Farm plant is reporting a 900% increase in capacity, since installing a keg automation system from Moody Automation.
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14/10/2010

Airknives improve efficiency of stone cutting and handling

Marshalls Natural Stone is reporting success with a new process that removes water from natural stone after cutting – using blower powered air knives.
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14/10/2010

Wind energy bonanza for UK engineers and manufacturers

Engineers are urged to participate in the potential bonanza from the UK's offshore renewable energy and land-based wind turbines industry, starting by attending RenewableUK 2010, from 2—4 November in Glasgow.
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13/10/2010

HSS secures major tools contract with Thames Water

HSS Hire has secured a five-year, multi-million pound contract for the hire of tools and equipment to Thames Water.
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13/10/2010

RoSPA launches driver profiler 20:20

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has today launched a new and improved version of Driver Profiler, bringing its award-winning online driver risk assessment tool up to date.
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12/10/2010

Sustainability industry to open doors at ExCel next week

Some of the world's sustainability experts and equipment and service providers are due to congregate at the European Future Energy Forum, at London's ExCeL from October 19 to 21.
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12/10/2010

Data logging is key to real compressed air energy savings

Data logging is one of the keys to getting real energy savings from compressed air plant, according to rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei.
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11/10/2010

Hospital saves £9,000 on HVAC energy

Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent reports saving £9,000 a year on its air handling units (AHUs) since installing variable speed drives (VSDs).
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08/10/2010

Maintenance-free bearings run Kiev Stadium retractable roof

A total of 240 maintenance-free spherical plain bearings are to play a key part in supporting the retractable roof at the new Olympic Stadium in Kiev, due to play host to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament.
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07/10/2010

Load handling equipment maintenance must not be overlooked

Failure to implement planned service and maintenance of ageing load handling equipment is not only a false economy, but could also have serious and expensive consequences for both machinery owners and operators.
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07/10/2010

SOE launches Professional Recognition Scheme

The SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) launched a scheme aimed at recognising companies' commitment to engineering at its annual luncheon in London.
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06/10/2010

Film audiences shaken by Festo fluidic muscles

So-called 4D effects supplier Simworx is basing its dynamic seat modules on Festo 'fluidic muscles'.
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06/10/2010

Bibby now official repairer for Ameridrives diaphragm couplings

Couplings manufacturer Bibby Transmissions is now the official European repair centre for the Ameridrives range of high performance diaphragm couplings.
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05/10/2010

Maintenance now a piece of cake on Welsh Water pumps

As part of a drive to cut maintenance downtime, Welsh Water has installed an EZstrip cake pump at its sewage treatment works in Cardigan, West Wales.
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05/10/2010

Flir cuts costs on infrared thermal cameras

Flir's i5 troubleshooting infrared camera, which saw prices fall to £1,595 in June, has now been further reduced to £1,330.
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04/10/2010

Brammer reminds plant engineers of respirator regulations

European respiratory standard EN149:2001 +A1:2009, amended last year, means new responsibilities for plant managers.
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01/10/2010

Ageing forklifts to go green and clean at IMHX

If your forklift has a dirty, smoky exhaust system, a visit to the Pyroban Envirosafe stand at the IMHX exhibition in November may help improve your operation.
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01/10/2010

ABB drives halve Pfizer pump energy costs on chiller plant

Pfizer is reporting savings of €28,000 a year on electricity costs for chiller applications at its Ringaskiddy plant, in Ireland, since installing variable speed drives.
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01/10/2010

Eriks opens new maintenance service centre in Warrington

Eriks has re-located its Warrington service centre to purpose built premises on the Birchwood Park Industrial estate.
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30/09/2010

Financial directors not confident about CRC registration

One in five businesses registering for the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme may not have submitted the correct information, according to research released today by npower.
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30/09/2010

Million pounds worth of orders for steel degassing in India

Edwards has won orders worth £1 million for its latest generation steel degassing equipment at plants including Laxcon Steel and Bhawani Steel in India.
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29/09/2010

Thermal imaging gets even easier at Medite plant

Any potential for confusion, during preventative thermal imaging work at medium density fibreboard manufacturer Medite, has been eliminated by using Flir's Bluetooth system.
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29/09/2010

Moulded oil bearings slash plant downtime costs for pipe maker

NSK is claiming that its asset improvement programme has delivered an annual cost saving of €38,400 for an unnamed manufacturer of concrete pipes.
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27/09/2010

ABB and Dresser collaborate on ESD valves

ABB says it is to collaborate with Dresser Masoneilan on an integrated process to monitor, test and manage emergency shutdown valves during all operational conditions.
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