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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09/02/2010

Scottish Water ramps up reliability with motors retrofit

Scottish Water says it has improved reliability on three large sludge pumps at its Laighpark waste water treatment plant since replacing ageing dc pump drive motors with high efficiency ac motors and drives from Weg.
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08/02/2010

Manchester Airport flies on ultrasonics

Manchester Airport's plant engineers say that accuracy is now flying on their critical API hydrocarbon separation unit, since installing Pulsar Duet ultrasonic open channel flow sensor-based measurement.
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05/02/2010

Free software slashes pump maintenance for Severn Trent

Severn Trent Water reports savings of up to œ2,400 a week on pump maintenance, since upgrading its control software - and for zero cost.
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04/02/2010

Machinery directive

Following the December 2009 meeting of the European Machinery Working Group in Brussels,
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03/02/2010

Rail bearings

FAG Industrial Services (F'IS), the maintenance and condition monitoring division of Schaeffler, is offering rail operators a rapid reconditioning service for its Tarol axle box bearings.
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02/02/2010

Battery technology

Low cost Lithium-Ion cell chemistry and a flexible battery management system have come out of the Red Lion project (Reduced cost Li-Ion), a two-year project involving Ricardo and QinetiQ, part-funded by the Department for Transport, under ...
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01/02/2010

Offshore seals

Bury-based safety seals maker Roxtec has signed a major deal to supply two massive semi-submersible oil drilling rigs, being built for off-shore specialist SeaDragon.
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01/11/2009

Under 36? SOE wants you

SOE is urging members under the age of 36 to get involved in the Young Engineers Forum to shape the future of the society.
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01/11/2009

Surprise bio developments

Prominent at this year's British Invention Show were sustainable bio-production processes.
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01/11/2009

Technology funding

The East Midlands Development Agency has awarded T-mac Technologies £190,000 of funding to incorporate building management into its energy management system and to develop a new micro unit with wireless sensor technology.
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01/11/2009

Sustainable biofuel

Aston University in Birmingham is involved in a £3.4 million research project that promises to transform organic residues from existing biofuel production into a renewable, sustainable biofuel.
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01/11/2009

Piezo plant upgrade

Condition monitoring specialist Sensonics has helped upgrade turbine supervisory and vibration monitoring at the Uskmouth coal fired power station in Newport, South Wales.
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01/11/2009

It’s in the pipeline

A new type of flow-based pipeline protection system (PPS) for the Gjøa field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea (which is due to start exporting gas next year) is expected to lead to significant savings in pipeline costs – due to ...
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01/11/2009

Pump precision is tasty

St Helens-based Lea Green Foods reports that a peristaltic pump from Watson-Marlow Pumps is accurately and hygienically dosing oil into vegetable trays to make pastes and purees.
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01/11/2009

Moon shot

History was made on Friday 9 October when NASA sent a 2,200kg Centaur rocket stage hurtling into the far side of the surface of the moon, followed by an unmanned spacecraft containing an array of sensors, including an infrared camera to ...
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01/11/2009

Sustainable power protection

Electrical engineering firm BE White and solar specialist Solarcentury say they have met new French UTE (Union Technique de I'Electricité) regulations for photovoltaic generators by developing functional earth and surge protectors.
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01/11/2009

Functional safety

ABB has released a technical guide to functional safety, available as a free PDF.
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01/11/2009

Machine protection rules highlighted as firms fined over deaths

Plant managers are being reminded of their duty of care, as rice producer Veetee Rice, in Rochester, is fined £140,000 plus costs for health and safety breaches after one of its employees died when his leg became entangled in a machine.
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01/11/2009

Novel conveyor shifts Mini cockpits for new plant

Mini cockpits are now being delivered in sequence 20m further down the BMW production line, thanks to a bespoke conveyor at the Oxford plant.
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01/11/2009

£2 million energy saving flows from HVAC upgrade

Pfizer's R&D campus in Kent expects not only improved air quality but energy savings worth £2.1 million over five years, as well as significant emissions reductions, from upgraded HVAC plant.
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01/11/2009

Biomass monitoring must be future proof

Developers of biomass-burning renewable energy plants, which are increasingly seeing consents granted, should future-proof their instrumentation.
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01/11/2009

Advice available on converting from R-22 refrigerant

Use of R-22 refrigerant is banned from the end of this year, as it contains ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
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01/11/2009

SOE dues frozen for 2010

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has confirmed that membership fees in 2010 are to remain at 2009 levels, in recognition of the ongoing recession.
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01/11/2009

LEEA reaches 300 with Magnox South

Magnox South, the firm responsible for decommissioning five closed nuclear power stations in southern England, has become the 300th LEEA member.
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01/11/2009

Chemicals guide updated by HSE

HSE has published new guidance for plant operators on hazardous substances and updated COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) guidance on its website.
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