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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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01/11/2009

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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01/11/2009

Asbestos warning, as death toll tops 35,000

A new generation of workers are at risk unless construction workers on plant get to grips with asbestos – Britain's biggest workplace killer.
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01/11/2009

Rented analysers save £ half million

Portable gas analysers have helped a municipal waste incineration plant to save £500,000 by preventing shutdown.
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01/11/2009

Change treatment, urges boiler supplier

All plants using steam on site could be making substantial savings on their gas bills, simply by changing their water treatment arrangements.
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01/11/2009

Aero derivative gas turbine transforms power efficiency

Cartiere del Garda paper mill and Italy's Alto Garda Servizi utility have commissioned a combined heat and power plant that marks a high point in mutually beneficial collaboration.
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01/11/2009

Draw wire sensors for wind turbine blade testing

Draw-wire displacement sensors are being used to test wind turbine blades at the Fraunhofer Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.
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01/11/2009

Smelter speeds up to local control

Severniy, which runs an integrated mining and smelting plant in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, producing pig iron, reports a 20% increase in throughput, as well as reduced costs and improved quality, since installing local digital automation.
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01/11/2009

Valve block design is good wheeze

Costs of automating a machine that fills asthma inhaler cartridges have been slashed by cutting its aseptic diaphragm valve requirement from eight to just four.
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01/11/2009

Integrated valve and positioner turbocharge Castrol test rig

A precision globe valve and positioner combination is delivering excellent control on an engine test rig at BP Castrol's Technology Centre in Berkshire.
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01/11/2009

Paper plant gets 25% air uplift

Stationery manufacturer Sinclairs says it has improved its site compressed air efficiency 25%.
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01/11/2009

Banbury betters sludge handling

Thames Water says it has improved pumping efficiency and solved downtime problems at its Banbury sewage treatment works by installing a TR Muncher from NOV Mono.
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01/11/2009

Tiny PLCs shine new light on automatic process control

The power of today's smallest PLCs has been captured by a self-taught control engineer, using them to grow cell cultures in automated bioreactors.
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01/11/2009

Insulated bearings key to higher maintenance intervals

Today's generation of trains can travel further, faster and with much longer maintenance intervals, largely as a result of developments with ac traction motors.
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01/11/2009

Eatonite laser coating breaks corrosion and hardness barriers

Eaton's Eatonite laser clad coating for piston rods is the first anti-corrosion technology to earn JIP certification, from test services firm DNV, for use on offshore platforms.
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01/11/2009

API 610 standard still forcing sub optimal pump selection on low end duties

Strict interpretation of the API 610, now ISO 13709, pump standard is restricting rated flow to a narrow band just to the left of best efficiency.
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