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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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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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03/06/2010

ABS hosetails make the grade for yacht hydraulics

Durapipe ABS hosetails have been specified by engineering company Phoenix Hydraulics, to replace brass equivalents on board a luxury yacht.
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03/06/2010

Fuel and energy questions answered by new website

Fuel supplier Crown Oil UK's new website provides advice on environmental best practice and fuel storage regulations, as well as detailing its services for red diesel and road fuel, utility connections and scheduled deliveries.
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02/06/2010

Thermal imaging cameras save Clarks estimated £250,000

Knapp UK's customer support team at the shoe retailer's distribution centre has used thermal imaging techniques to save in excess of a quarter of a million pounds in repair and downtime costs in just three months.
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02/06/2010

Schneider controls help Bupa’s carbon reduction initiative

Kestrel Mechanical, which looks after service, maintenance and repair of the boiler plant in 88 Bupa care homes, has started an energy-saving programme using Schneider Electric's TeSys U motor starter controllers for pumps and motors.
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01/06/2010

Single point load cells support accuracy for blenders

TSM Control Systems of Dundalk in Ireland is using HBM's single point load cells to ensure high accuracy in its range of weigh blending systems.
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01/06/2010

Hima-Sella expands in East Midlands and Aberdeen

Stockport-based plant systems integrator Hima-Sella is expanding its UK operation with two new offices, one in Ashby de la Zouch in the East Midlands and one in Aberdeen.
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28/05/2010

Intelligent pump cleaning cuts maintenance at Irish plant

Installation of an ac drive with automatic de-ragging software has slashed maintenance call-outs to deal with pump impeller fouling at an Irish County Council pumping station.
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27/05/2010

ISA plant wireless automation standard gets GE backing

Industrial automation giant GE has joined others already driving uptake of the ISA100 industrial plant wireless communications standard.
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26/05/2010

Diageo reports significant savings from venture orifice steam traps

Diageo's 18-acre Runcorn plant is reporting significant savings in energy, replacement costs and maintenance of its steam traps, following installation of Thermal Energy International's Venturi Orifice Gem traps.
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25/05/2010

SITA UK fined £210,000 after driver death

Waste management and recycling firm SITA UK has been fined, after a driver was killed at a Northamptonshire landfill site.
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25/05/2010

Blow moulding machines get new compressor at McBride

McBride's personal care products manufacturing plant at Burnley has a new Compair high pressure air compressor and pipework to supply air at 40bar to power three PET blow moulding machines.
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25/05/2010

Plants urged to take proactive approach to CRC energy registration

Industrial companies across the UK have until 30 September to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), or face fines of late registration.
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24/05/2010

ABB launches drives and motors swappage scheme

ABB has launched what it's calling a drives and motors 'swappage' scheme, allowing companies to trade in their old products from any manufacturer for new ABB drives and motors.
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