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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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19/08/2010

Waste heat recovery plant works with most air compressors

Compressed air specialist ABAC has developed a system that it says can be used to recover waste from virtually any compressed air systems.
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18/08/2010

SKF bearings are solid as a rock for Tarmac

SKF has helped the team at Tarmac's asphalt site in Rochford to increase machine uptime and reliability, after specifying more efficient, robust and cost effective bearings for an extremely demanding bucket elevator application.
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17/08/2010

Fleet managers set to save £11,000 per truck with Eco Drive launch

Independent Konecranes port and terminal equipment suplier Cooper SH has launched Eco Drive, which it says will save fleet managers "£11,000 in fuel costs by helping them to monitor driver behaviour".
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16/08/2010

Team Green named Best UK Team at Rockingham Eco-Marathon

Brammer-sponsored Team Green is celebrating after being named the Best UK Team at the Shell Eco-Marathon Youth Challenge UK event.
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16/08/2010

CRC will be a ticking time bomb for some, warns Deritend

Many industrial companies are burying their heads in the sand when it comes to the realities of the impending CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) energy Efficiency Scheme.
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13/08/2010

BP to pay record $50.6 million for Texas refinery safety breaches

BP is to pay $50.6 million in fines, after last year's investigations at its Texas City refinery – following up the 2005 explosion that killed 15 and injured 170 – led to 'failure-to-abate' safety citations.
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13/08/2010

LU launches investigation into engineering train incident on Northern line

London Underground says it has launched an investigation into an incident involving an engineering train on the Northern line this morning.
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13/08/2010

Advantage Control is twelfth in ABB Drive Alliance

Advantage Control of Northern Ireland has joined the ABB Drives Alliance, offering ABB variable speed drives all the way from 0.18kW to 400kW.
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12/08/2010

Offshore wind farm grout failure may cost £25 million

Grout injected during the erection of offshore wind farms is breaking up, leading to concerns over their structural integrity, according to engineers at Scottish & Southern Energy.
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12/08/2010

Energy group slates Environment Agency’s CRC complexity

Energy consultancy M&C Energy Group is blaming the coalition government for UK businesses' low registration rate to date for the new CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
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11/08/2010

50 days left to register for CRC, warns Environment Agency

Figures published today by the Environment Agency show that less than one third of the relevant organisations have registered for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to date.
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11/08/2010

Electrical testing specialist moves into Skelmersdale

Testing and certification firm TRaC (testing regulatory and compliance) has moved into a new facility in Pendle Place, Skelmersdale after securing a £140,000 grant from the North West Regional Development Agency.
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10/08/2010

Speedy extends reach with £1 million access plant

Equipment rental and support services firm Speedy has invested another £1 million in a range of low-level access equipment from Youngman.
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10/08/2010

Bio-oil project heats up with more efficient fuel oil research

Aston University's Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) is currently involved in a £1.4m project to develop technologies to transform bio-oil into a more efficient source of renewable energy, potentially to replace diesel.
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09/08/2010

Aerospace manufacturer drives £12,000 from energy costs

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions reports savings of more than £12,000 a year on energy since designing ABB variable speed drives into its hydraulic systems.
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06/08/2010

Towerlight takes Speed green innovation award

Towerlight's VT-1 Eco lighting tower, launched earlier this year in the UK, has won the Product Innovation of the Year award for 2010, from plant and equipment rental firm Speedy.
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05/08/2010

Tidal turbine trial set to shine light on the Thames and technology

A small section of the Thames is to be illuminated using power generated by the flow of the river, as Kingston University tests a prototype of hydroelectric turbine.
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05/08/2010

Thames Water confirms EZstrip progressing cavity pump claims

Thames Water has joined the growing number of UK utilities installing the new EZstrip maintain-in-place progressing cavity pump, from NOV Mono – in this case to improve efficiency and reduce downtime at its sewage treatment works in ...
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04/08/2010

Bemrose Booth solves print drying problem

Ticket printing specialist Bemrose Booth has achieved more cost-effective process drying at its Hull plant by commissioning a carbon infra-red (CIR) drying system.
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03/08/2010

Kautex optimises energy usage with air control upgrade

Automotive supply giant Kautex has slashed compressed air consumption at its Hengoed plant by installing a new screw compressor and energy management system.
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03/08/2010

Revolvo slashes large bearing lead times by 400%

Revolvo's investment in two CNC grinding machines has improved throughput of large solid bearings (over 500mm) by more than 400%, cutting lead times from the industry average of 18—24 months, to 24 weeks.
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02/08/2010

Thermal imaging makes Kawasaki pr-active

KPM UK reports that investing in a thermal imaging camera is helping it to predict mechanical faults before they become costly failures.
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02/08/2010

Open gear wear warning comes from lubrication firm

Plants that use open gears should be checking for wear and tear, warns Industrial Speciality Lubricants.
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30/07/2010

Corus improves energy recovery with new steam traps

Corus's Trostre steel plant in Llanelli, South Wales has installed Gem Venturi orifice steam traps as part of its energy conservation and CO2 emissions programme – and is saving £500 per week.
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30/07/2010

Ener-G drives major expansion at UK headquarters

Sustainable power firm Ener-G is to double the size of its office and boost manufacturing space by 25%, with a new 12,500 sq ft building at its headquarters in Greater Manchester.
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