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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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28/07/2010

UK wave and tidal technology industry receives £7m boost

Some 35 British firms and universities are to get £7 million, from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to develop wave and tidal energy technologies.
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28/07/2010

Best efficiency point pump impellers are one step closer

Centrifugal pumps specialist Amarinth says it has moved one step closer to developing a cost effective and rapid process for designing and manufacturing bespoke best efficiency point (BEP) optimised impellers for pumping applications.
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27/07/2010

Data management latest worry for CRC registration

With just two months remaining for firms to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), an industry poll reveals that data management is the biggest problem for plant managers.
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26/07/2010

Spirax Sarco secures leaks at Holme House Prison

Problems with flash steam emissions and leaking hot water have evaporated since Spirax Sarco replaced corroded steam equipment as part of a laundry refurbishment project at Holme House Prison in Stockton.
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23/07/2010

William Grant & Sons reduces running time by 20%

The Girvan distillery on the Ayrshire coast reckons it has improved running time by around 20% since installing a motor condition monitoring (MCM) system from Artesis.
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22/07/2010

ABB and Statoil sign $23 million framework agreement

ABB has signed a frame agreement worth up to $23 million to deliver and maintain telecommunications systems for all of Statoil's offshore installations.
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21/07/2010

Bakery first to benefit from new British-made paving

An innovative British-manufactured paving system, involving recycled plastics, has had its first major application at a North West bakery.
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20/07/2010

Industrial tyre shredder gets energy saving rebuild

A tyre shredder used at one of the UK's largest tyre recycling centres, capable of recycling five million tyres per year into soft surfaces, has been remanufactured with help from Eriks' UK engineers.
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20/07/2010

TÜV Product Service acquires Laidler group

TÜV Product Service has acquired the Cleveland and Yorkshire-based machinery safety compliance firm, Laidler group.
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19/07/2010

£9.5m bill for firms behind Britain’s most costly industrial disaster

Five companies were together fined a total of nearly £10 million last month (16 July) for their part in the Buncefield oil depot disaster on 11 December 2005 – a figure that was immediately described as derisory by local residents and ...
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19/07/2010

Atlas Copco proves efficiency of for air blower screw technology

Air blowers using internal compression, instead of conventional external compression, set a new standard for energy efficiency in low-pressure industry.
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19/07/2010

Draeger Safety UK Wins Process Innovation Award

Draeger Safety UK has won an award for process innovation as part of the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
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16/07/2010

Emerson wins main automation contractor for Shell Prelude

Technip Samsung Consortium has appointed Emerson Process Management as main automation contractor for the Shell Prelude project, which will be the world's first floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) development.
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16/07/2010

Concrete plant manufacturer standardises on new speed reducer

CON-E-CO (Concrete Equipment Company) in the US is the first OEM to standardise on the new Baldor-Dodge Motorised Torque-Arm II shaft-mounted speed reducer – receiving the first units straight off the assembly line.
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15/07/2010

Industrial coatings plants order £3.5 million vacuum pumps

Vacuum equipment manufacturer Edwards has received six major orders for industrial coating systems in Taiwan and China in the last six months, worth a total of more than £3.5 million.
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15/07/2010

Dalkia helps Victrex increase energy efficiency

Thermoplastic manufacturer Victrex says it is now more energy efficient and achieving optimum combustion, thanks to the installation of energy conversion and management plant from Dalkia.
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14/07/2010

Judith Hackitt and Mike Weightman awarded RAE fellowships

Two leading figures from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been awarded engineering fellowship for their work in industry.
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14/07/2010

Revolutionary progressing cavity pumps trialled at United Utilities

Two of NOV Mono's recently introduced EZstrip progressing cavity pumps have been installed at United Utilities Fairbourne wastewater treatment works in Wales to improve process efficiency.
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13/07/2010

Inverters drive Aquamarine’s Oyster marine energy generator

The world's largest working hydroelectric wave energy device – Aquamarine Power's Oyster – has entered a new phase, having been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre's test site in Orkney.
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13/07/2010

EU rules clarified on industrial plant emissions

Clearer rules and cleaner air are among the aims of the Industrial Emissions Directive, approved by the European Parliament last week.
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12/07/2010

Shampoo plant doubles capacity with impeller mixing upgrade

By upgrading the agitator assembly in an existing two-tonne process vessel, shampoo processor Herb UK reckons it will see a return on its investment in less than eight months.
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12/07/2010

ABB completes acquisition of oil, gas and water specialist K-Tek

ABB has completed its acquisition of US-based instrumentation manufacturer K-Tek, which is now part of the Measurement Products business unit of ABB's Process Automation division.
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09/07/2010

Speedy open plant hire superstore in Edinburgh

Plant hire firm Speedy, which recently won the Hire Association of Europe's (HAE) Award for Environmental Initiatives, has opened its first Scottish Superstore in Edinburgh.
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09/07/2010

Black Sheep brewery rates Boge compressor

Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire is reporting excellent performance over a four year period from a Boge SD 40 screw compressor it installed to power a then new cask filling line.
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08/07/2010

Plants in danger of missing CRC deadlines, warns npower

Energy firm npower has issued a warning to plant managers that they risk facing financial and reputational penalties unless they act fast to meet the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) deadlines.
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