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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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15/04/2010

P&M Pumps secures framework deal with Southern Water

Solids pumping and mixing specialist P&M Pumps has secured a framework agreement with Southern Water to supply pumps and mixing systems.
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15/04/2010

New oil cargo vessels relies on electrical generation

Oil giant Petrobras reports success with the first of a new generation of cargo vessels, built by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore.
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15/04/2010

JCB takes new twist with Archimedes screw

A modern version of one of the world's oldest engineering wonders has just been installed at the new JCB Academy – and will be responsible for generating most of its electricity.
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14/04/2010

BOC air separation plant to get green government investment

BOC has been awarded a grant of more than £600,000, from the government's Tees Valley Investment Programme, to modernise and upgrade its facilities at Middlesbrough.
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14/04/2010

McCambridge Foods set mince pies on PIAB pumps

McCambridge Foods reports that strains put on mince pie production at its Blackburn plant, following bumper sales orders, were solved by Thorite, which supplied three additional PIAB vacuum pumps.
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13/04/2010

Heraeus Infra-Red helps Eurobond handle cold steel

Carbon medium wave infra-red equipment is helping Eurobond to improve its adhesive processes for structural panel manufacture in cold weather.
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13/04/2010

GE to create 1,900 clean energy jobs in UK offshore wind by 2020

GE says it will develop a new offshore wind turbine manufacturing site in the UK, with a planned investment of €110 million.
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12/04/2010

WCL take delivery of new reclaimer from Finlay

West Midlands quarry firm WCLsays it is cutting down on waste and generating revenue from surplus material, following installation of a Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer from Finlay Central.
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12/04/2010

Technology park firms drive down electricity costs for manufacturers

Sensdata and Drive Management Services (DMS), both located at the AMP Technology Centre, are working together to deliver an innovative system to cut costs and make lower carbon manufacturing processes a reality.
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09/04/2010

Floating 100 tonnes on air transforms warehouse capabilities

Hovair air film technology, combined with new flooring has effectively doubled capacity at London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) warehouse at Burntwood, Staffordshire.
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09/04/2010

Drives scrappage scheme is popular with export markets

In its first three months, IMO Precision Controls' Drives Scrappage Scheme has generated nearly 100 new enquiries from the USA and Canada, as well as the Philippines, India and China.
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08/04/2010

EDF selects UK supplier for West Burton combined cycle plant ducting

Specialised ductwork at EDF Energy's new high efficiency West Burton combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station, due to enter service in 2011, is being supplied by Senior Hargreaves, under a £2 million deal.
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08/04/2010

GE Technology bringing efficiency and low emissions to Portugal’s refineries

Galp Energia's Matosinhos cogeneration plant near Porto – one of the largest cogeneration facilities in Portugal – expects the commissioning of two Frame 6B gas turbines and auxiliary equipment from GE to increase the plant's efficiency ...
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07/04/2010

BOCM Pauls saves £95,000 on steam traps

TLV has won a contract to provide regular steam trap surveys on all 13 BOCM Pauls animal feed processing sites throughout the UK.
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07/04/2010

Share safety alerts

All sectors of industry are being urged to share information to help prevent accidents.
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06/04/2010

Six auto de-raggers make it at Millbrook

Following trials to test claims that Mono's EZstrip pump can be de-ragged in two-and-a-half minutes and stripped down and maintained in just 30, Southern Water has installed six at its sludge treatment centre in Millbrook.
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06/04/2010

Asset tracking keeps tabs on mobile plant

Mobile plant rental firm Flannery Hire says that installing a geofence antitheft system on its excavators and telehandlers has already helped to recover one unit within a few hours.
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01/04/2010

ABN saves 30% energy costs with ABB motor drives

Animal feed manufacturer ABN reckons it has been saving more than 30% off its electrical motors energy bill since installing 33 ABB low voltage ac drives on its pig and poultry feed production plant.
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01/04/2010

Carbon Reduction Commitment applies to more plants than thought

With the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme now live, plant managers that have so far taken no action are being urged to do so urgently.
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31/03/2010

SOE invites members to debate the general election 2010

With general election fervour heating-up across the country, SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) wants to open a debate with its members about what engineering professionals want from their political leaders.
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31/03/2010

Gas power generators take on high electricity tariffs

UK plants suffering the high costs of fixed energy tariffs levied from September 2008, could be cutting their bills in half and improving flexibility of supply.
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30/03/2010

Same day gearmotor

With UK assembly at Nord Gear's Abingdon facility for cast aluminium Nordbloc 1 series gearmotors now up and running, and the German assembly line also in full production for larger cast iron sizes, the company is now offering a same-day ...
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30/03/2010

Bearing design rev revolutionises wave power technology

Working with engineers from Pelamis wave power, Schaeffler's bearing specialists have enabled what's being hailed as a breakthrough in the design of next generation wave energy converters.
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29/03/2010

Engineering profession launches manifesto for the UK

Eight of the UK's engineering big guns have launched a call to action, in a bid to maximise the profession's impact on Britain's biggest challenges.
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27/03/2010

SOE tops engineering poll for fourth year

The SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) has registered more members at EngTech (engineering technician) than any other engineering institution for the fourth year running, according to Engineering Council year-end figures.
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