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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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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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24/05/2010

Nov Mono survey points to maintenance budget wastage

More than one third of process and maintenance engineers are wasting "vast amounts" of their maintenance budgets, because they do not realise they can buy high performance, cost effective non-OEM replacement parts for progressing cavity ...
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21/05/2010

Flying penguins, jellyfish and rays to perform at Royal Society

Festo's pneumatic flying penguins, jellyfish and rays are set to perform during the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations at the Southbank Centre from June 25 to July 4.
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21/05/2010

Hard water scale problem solved for Cotto Tiles

Cotto Tiles, part of TCC (Thai Cement Company), reports that Fluid Dynamics International has solved a long standing hard water problem at one of its sites.
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20/05/2010

Sand extraction plant is concrete investment

A new sand production plant is helping Cemex UK to boost efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its largest UK sand and gravel quarry at Rugeley, Staffordshire.
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20/05/2010

Hungarian wastewater scheme turns to biomass plant

One of Europe's most ambitious biogas from wastewater projects has been switched on in Budapest by Ener-G.
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19/05/2010

Non-stop pumps keep coffee production flowing

Star Refrigeration, which provides freeze-drying plant to major food producers, says that Nikkiso non seal canned motor centrifugal pumps, supplied to an instant coffee plant, have been in near constant operation, without problems, for ...
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18/05/2010

Process plant valves continue to be weakest link

Valves are the most likely item of equipment to create problems at petrochemical plants and onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities.
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18/05/2010

SOE visit to Diageo Runcorn reveals impressive improvement culture

Drinks giant Diageo opened the doors of its Runcorn site to plant engineers from SOE/IPlantE in April, to provide an impressive insight into how this key beer packaging plant achieves world class maintenance and operations.
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17/05/2010

ATEX solenoid valves and fieldbus system solve North Sea problem

Burkert's ex-proof AirLine Ex 8650 system, together with modules from the intrinsically safe Siemens Simatic ET 200iSPTM system, has solved a problem in a North Sea project for oil and gas industry specialist Jiskoot.
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17/05/2010

Eriks acquires Fisher in Germany

Eriks has agreed to acquire Fisher GmbH Kunststoffpräzition, which specialises in engineering and machining high performance plastic parts.
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14/05/2010

Honeywell acquires Matrikon to improve industrial plant

Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire plant operations software developer Matrikon for $142 million.
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14/05/2010

Future of measurement technology is subject to survey

HBM is giving engineers from around the world a chance to air their views on the future of measurement technology.
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14/05/2010

King’s College Hospital plugs into heat recovery

King's College Hospital Trust is to install a Flu-Ace heat recovery system on its heating and hot water system plant.
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13/05/2010

Vanadium mining pump proves its mettle

South African mining specialist Xstrata Alloys reports that its British-made peristaltic pump has proved ultra reliable on arduous duties – to the extent that its only downtime has been for hose replacement and annual plant maintenance.
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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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