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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13/09/2010

Severn Trent awards 500 site MRO deal to Brammer

Severn Trent Water has contracted MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) specialist Brammer to supply electric motors and gearboxes to more than 500 of its sites.
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10/09/2010

Union Papertech gets six figure saving from mobile drive spare

Paper manufacturer Union Papertech is reporting £120,000 in cost savings, following the design and installation of a mobile, configurable variable speed drive spare for emergency maintenance.
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10/09/2010

Independent inspection now key to oil and gas pipeline installations

The impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Wednesday's report on the incident from BP, will result in pipeline installations coming under far greater scrutiny from regulators.
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09/09/2010

BP report points to chilling sequence of events on Deepwater Horizon

Halliburton, Transocean and others should shoulder some of the responsibility, alongside BP, for the Deepater Horizon explosion and fire that killed 11 and caused widespread pollution in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.
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09/09/2010

Bostik cements energy savings with frequency-controlled compressor

Bostik is making savings of 32% on compressed air energy, thanks to the installation of a Boge SLF 125 frequency-controlled screw compressor.
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09/09/2010

Plant engineers push the importance of plant engineering

SOE IPlantE (the Institution of Plant engineers) is launching a brochure extolling the virtues of plant engineering.
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08/09/2010

Thorite celebrates 50 year milestone

Bradford-based compressed air, vacuum and process products distributor Thorite has reached the 50 year milestone.
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08/09/2010

Five arrests follow Tracker plant recovery

A forklift stolen from Thurrock Hospital in Essex was found within four hours by Hertfordshire police, who worked with Tracker to identify its location on a farm.
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08/09/2010

Eriks to acquire US Rawson for process instrumentation

Plant equipment and instrumentation specialist Eriks is to acquire the US-based flow control equipment firm Rawson LP.
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07/09/2010

Plants offered £7,000 savings every year from air audits

Numerous firms are saving around £7,000 per year, simply by taking advantage of a leak reduction programme, using Thorite's compressed air audits and surveys service.
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07/09/2010

Flowmeter selection gets even easier online

Flowmeter specialist Litre Meter is advising plant engineers to look at its website if they need help with accurately configuring their meters.
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06/09/2010

Maximising pump and motor efficiency is down to good couplings

Maximising pump/drive motor efficiencies relies on selecting the correct drive coupling, according to David Brooksbank, director of marketing at Altra Industrial Motion.
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06/09/2010

Laidler to front plant & machinery safety at Health and Safety ’10

Machinery safety and compliance consultancy Laidler Associates is sponsoring the new Plant Machinery Safety zone at Health and Safety '10 – North event, which takes place at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on 13 and 14 October.
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03/09/2010

GEM steam traps cut condensate return pressure by 51% at KNPC Shuaiba refinery

Keeping on top of the challenge of repairing and replacing thousands of mechanical steam traps is no longer a problem at KNPC's Shauiba Refinery in Kuwait, following conversion of 1,750 mechanical traps to Thermal Energy International's ...
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02/09/2010

Lightning protection equipment gets high energy analysis

Abriox has upgraded lightning protection on its remote corrosion monitoring equipment for fuel pipelines, with help from lightning test consultancy Cobham Technical Services.
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31/08/2010

Severn Glocon surges on MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz deal

Control and choke valve manufacturer Severn Glocon says it is to continue supplying anti-surge valves to compressor manufacturer Zurich based MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz.
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27/08/2010

Online tutorial shows how to choose between mass and volume flow

ABB has released the latest in its series of online tutorial videos, explaining the difference between mass and volume flow and how to decide which technique is appropriate for particular applications.
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26/08/2010

C-Valve PRV slashes Scottish Water’s leaks in Glasgow city

Scottish Water reckons it is saving 3.7 million litres of water leakage per day, since installing a C-Valve, from Plasson UK to pressure manage an area north of the river Clyde, at the Strobcross Street site in Glasgow.
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26/08/2010

E.on solves personal protective equipment problems at Connah’s Quay

E.on has found a useful way to distribute PPE (personal protective equipment) to workers at its Connah's Quay power station in North Wales – from vending machines.
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25/08/2010

First four-high battery system installed for Co-Op warehouse trucks

A revolutionary four-high lift truck battery charge and change facility has been installed by EnerSys, as part of a refurbishment project at the Co-Op's St Helens regional distribution centre.
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25/08/2010

Watford commercial cleaning site saves 25kW with new compressor

Watford Launderers & Cleaners is reporting "substantial energy savings" from its replacement industrial-scale compressor system, financed by a 0% Carbon Trust business loan.
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24/08/2010

ABB drives and motors keep China’s tyres turning

ABB is helping reverse the flow of manufactured goods from China to the UK by supplying two variable speed drives and motors to Rochdale-based Farrel.
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24/08/2010

River Ribble clean-up uses deep diaphragm wall shafts

Geotechnical contractor Bachy Soletanche is using a storm water shaft, with deep diaphragm walls and cased secant piling, on a project for United Utilities.
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23/08/2010

Flir offers 20% trade-in for old thermal cameras

Thermal imaging camera specialist Flir Systems is offering 20% off a new thermal camera when plant engineers trade in their existing camera, whatever its brand.
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20/08/2010

Wireless barcode readers provide instant maintenance alarms at new DC

IDC wireless bar code readers are helping to minimise maintenance downtime and costs at a major new distribution centre recently automated by the company.
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