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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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03/09/2010

GEM steam traps cut condensate return pressure by 51% at KNPC Shuaiba refinery

Keeping on top of the challenge of repairing and replacing thousands of mechanical steam traps is no longer a problem at KNPC's Shauiba Refinery in Kuwait, following conversion of 1,750 mechanical traps to Thermal Energy International's ...
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02/09/2010

Lightning protection equipment gets high energy analysis

Abriox has upgraded lightning protection on its remote corrosion monitoring equipment for fuel pipelines, with help from lightning test consultancy Cobham Technical Services.
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31/08/2010

Severn Glocon surges on MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz deal

Control and choke valve manufacturer Severn Glocon says it is to continue supplying anti-surge valves to compressor manufacturer Zurich based MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz.
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27/08/2010

Online tutorial shows how to choose between mass and volume flow

ABB has released the latest in its series of online tutorial videos, explaining the difference between mass and volume flow and how to decide which technique is appropriate for particular applications.
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26/08/2010

C-Valve PRV slashes Scottish Water’s leaks in Glasgow city

Scottish Water reckons it is saving 3.7 million litres of water leakage per day, since installing a C-Valve, from Plasson UK to pressure manage an area north of the river Clyde, at the Strobcross Street site in Glasgow.
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26/08/2010

E.on solves personal protective equipment problems at Connah’s Quay

E.on has found a useful way to distribute PPE (personal protective equipment) to workers at its Connah's Quay power station in North Wales – from vending machines.
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25/08/2010

First four-high battery system installed for Co-Op warehouse trucks

A revolutionary four-high lift truck battery charge and change facility has been installed by EnerSys, as part of a refurbishment project at the Co-Op's St Helens regional distribution centre.
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25/08/2010

Watford commercial cleaning site saves 25kW with new compressor

Watford Launderers & Cleaners is reporting "substantial energy savings" from its replacement industrial-scale compressor system, financed by a 0% Carbon Trust business loan.
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24/08/2010

ABB drives and motors keep China’s tyres turning

ABB is helping reverse the flow of manufactured goods from China to the UK by supplying two variable speed drives and motors to Rochdale-based Farrel.
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24/08/2010

River Ribble clean-up uses deep diaphragm wall shafts

Geotechnical contractor Bachy Soletanche is using a storm water shaft, with deep diaphragm walls and cased secant piling, on a project for United Utilities.
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23/08/2010

Flir offers 20% trade-in for old thermal cameras

Thermal imaging camera specialist Flir Systems is offering 20% off a new thermal camera when plant engineers trade in their existing camera, whatever its brand.
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20/08/2010

Wireless barcode readers provide instant maintenance alarms at new DC

IDC wireless bar code readers are helping to minimise maintenance downtime and costs at a major new distribution centre recently automated by the company.
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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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