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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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13/05/2010

Variable speed drive spins up aero test rig starter

Aero engine test rig specialist Euravia has invested in variable speed drive technology from Control Techniques for use on Pratt & Whitney PT6 jet engine starter generators.
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12/05/2010

Predictive maintenance service aims to ease load

Motor condition monitoring (MCM) specialist Artesis has launched a predictive maintenance service for plant engineers concerned about difficult expert analysis and data interpretation aspects.
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12/05/2010

Thermal imaging reveals hot air at No. 10

February's ITV's tonight programme, Money to Burn, which looked at energy wastage from No 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, harnessed Flir thermal cameras in the hands of Eriks expert Duncan Webb.
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11/05/2010

No vacancies at JCB Academy as waiting list opens

The JCB Academy has had to open a waiting list for places at its £22 million regional centre of learning, after becoming fully subscribed months ahead of its September opening.
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11/05/2010

Beware counterfeit bearings, after latest seizure

Plant engineers are being warned to watch out for counterfeit engineering spares, following a court order in France, which saw a distributor fined for selling counterfeit SKF bearings.
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10/05/2010

ENER-G pumps up sustainable heating and cooling operation

Clean energy group ENER-G has launched a Sustainable Technologies division specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of heat pumps.
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10/05/2010

Amarinth opens new pump assembly and testing plant

Centrifugal pumps specialist Amarinth says it has invested in state-of-the-art assembly and test facilities to handle current orders and predicted growth.
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07/05/2010

ABB drive serves up £20,000 in savings for gluten-free baker

Improved speed control on one of its production lines is enabling The Village Bakery to save £20,000 per year at its Abenbury Way site in Wrexham, which is the most advanced gluten-free facility in Europe.
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07/05/2010

Speedy spends £500,000 on plant to scale heights

Plant and equipment rental specialist Speedy has invested more than half a million pounds in a range of low-level access equipment from specialist manufacturer, Custom Equipment.
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06/05/2010

Hima-Sella strengthens plant diagnostics at GrowHow UK

Fertiliser manufacturer GrowHow UK's Teesside Billingham plant is to get an upgraded ESD (emergency shutdown) system – to TÜV certified HIQuad H51qHS standards.
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06/05/2010

Environment Agency to address CRC Scheme at Facilities Show

The Facilities Show, which runs from 11to 13 May at the NEC Birmingham, has dedicated educational content to help FM managers meet the regulatory changes under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
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05/05/2010

Disc couplings chosen for largest gas turbine plant

Bibby Turboflex HS disc couplings have been selected for operation on the largest (64MW) aero derivative gas turbine engine ever packaged.
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05/05/2010

Peristaltic pumps ordered for cobalt purification

Peristaltic pump specialist Verderflex has exported 30 VF hose pumps to Morocco for work on a cobalt refining plant, handling abrasive and highly corrosive materials.
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04/05/2010

Pyeroy wins third Huntsman maintenance services contract

Industrial services supplier Pyeroy, which serves the chemical, petrochemicals and energy industries, has won a £2.5 million contract with chemicals giant Huntsman, for fabric maintenance.
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30/04/2010

Carbon Reduction commitment causing confusion

Nearly half of UK companies that should be involved in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme believe that government advice on the legislation is inadequate, and are unclear on how to forecast their CO2 emissions and purchase carbon ...
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30/04/2010

Sensor technology proves key to plant teaching

The electrical machines laboratory at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is a better teaching resource since TorqSense non-contact torque sensors, from Sensor Technology, were fitted to five machine sets.
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30/04/2010

Spirax Sarco invests £25 million in UK factory

Steam specialist Spirax Sarco is investing close to £25 million modernising its manufacturing facilities in Cheltenham, with its Unity Project, due for completion next year.
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29/04/2010

3M support helps Young Engineer for Britain award winner

A student who turned to technology company 3M for help with his design for a solar powered bicycle has won a Young Engineer for Britain Award for Design, Innovation & Presentation.
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28/04/2010

Dual-channel transmitters cut conductivity costs for Eon

Energy giant Eon has reduced the number and cost of conductivity transmitters, thanks to installing dual channel transmitters from ABB.
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28/04/2010

Record-breaking steam car comes to Cheltenham

The team that broke the world land speed record for a steam-powered car visited Spirax Sarco in Cheltenham last Thursday (22 April 2010).
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27/04/2010

Amarinth wins $4m orders from Petrofac in the Middle East

Petrofac has ordered $4 million worth of specialist centrifugal pumps and associated equipment for the massive ASAB Full Field Development project in Abu Dhabi, from Amarinth for delivery by June.
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27/04/2010

Dairy moves into green pastures with anaerobic digester plant

Shaftesbury, Dorset-based BV Dairy is aiming to cut its carbon footprint by more than 65% by pioneering liquid anaerobic digestion (AD) technology.
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26/04/2010

Drives help power plant produce more electricity

Västerås, Sweden-based power and district heating provider Mälarenergi, says it has increased the amount of energy it can sell by 35 GWh/year, following installation of medium voltage drives.
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26/04/2010

New BS management standard guides 20% energy saving

BSi has launched a new standard to help and establish systems and processes that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
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23/04/2010

Alistair Darling takes time out to visit Schneider Electric

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling paid a visit to Schneider Electric's manufacturing plant in Telford, on the same day Labour unveiled its manifesto for the general election.
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