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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24/09/2010

Baxi Commercial donates boilers to St George’s Crypt charity

Baxi Commercial Division donated two high efficiency Potterton Commercial condensing boilers for the redevelopment of homeless charity base St George's Crypt.
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24/09/2010

Forklift thorough examination black hole could compromise truck safety

The current thorough examination inspection for forklift trucks does not place sufficient emphasis on checking the chain that controls a truck's lifting and lowering functions.
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22/09/2010

Street CraneXpress launches condition monitoring service

Street CraneXpress has now introduced condition monitoring to its ISO 9001 accredited services.
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22/09/2010

BOC celebrates results of £60 million investment programme

BOC's new air separation unit (ASU) in Scunthorpe was formally opened today by local MP Nic Dakin and Dr Aldo Belloni, board member of BOC's parent firm, The Linde Group.
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21/09/2010

Pedestrian tugs solve Cartwright’s trailer problems

Electric-operated tugs are helping vehicle trailers manufacturer Cartwright to improve production efficiencies, whilst also reducing the risk of accidents when moving product through its plant.
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20/09/2010

British engineers to build world’s fastest motorbike

A team of British engineers will be in London this week to talk of their dream to build the world's fastest motorbike.
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17/09/2010

Dounreay outlines future for decommissioned plant

Dounreay's clean-up contractor today set out how it will leave what it describes as "a cultural legacy of Britain's 20th century experiment with fast breeder nuclear reactors" after the site has been flattened.
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16/09/2010

BACnet-based drives control air quality and product testing at ABB

An HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is offering ABB a double advantage by controlling air quality at one of its factories in Finland while simultaneously being used during functional testing of its products.
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15/09/2010

Solar solution keeps Welsh Water treatment plant pumping

Welsh Water's Llanrhidian waste water treatment plant is reporting success with a solar-powered recirculating pump.
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14/09/2010

Modern motors and drives package increases oil pumping by 45%

WEG Middle East has overcome a challenge to engineer and supply 250kW HGF motors to fit in space previously occupied by three 132kW Loher pump motors.
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14/09/2010

EDP says goodbye to 1970s oil-fired power station

European energy operator EDP is set to begin a major decommissioning and demolition project, with the clearance of its 7-hectare power plant in Barreiro, Portugal.
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13/09/2010

Recycling and Waste Management show opens in Birmingham this week

This week's Recycling & Waste Management (RWM) exhibition (14 to 16 September at the NEC) will showcase the UK's first recycling plant for disposable nappies, underground bin systems and technologies that turn waste into bio-fuels.
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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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