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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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23/02/2010

Chubb saves œ3.5 million using infrared monitoring

Chubb Insurance believes that it has averted losses to its customers' electrical and mechanical assets in excess of œ3.5 million, since starting a non-invasive thermography inspection service in 1997.
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22/02/2010

Nissan can, with its press die maintenance mover system

By investing in a bespoke drive system, Nissan Motor UK now has a more reliable and flexible handling system for moving damaged press dies from production to maintenance bays.
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19/02/2010

Big guns line up for Big Bang

AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Shell and Siemens are leading sponsorship of this year's Big Bang young scientists' and engineers' fair, to be held in Manchester from 11 to 13 March.
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18/02/2010

JCB donates $150,000 worth of diggers to Haiti disaster

JCB has donated diggers worth $150,000 to help the disaster relief effort in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake, believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people.
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17/02/2010

Jaguar saves 26% energy from air audits

Jaguar in the West Midlands reckons it has reduced air power consumption across its sites by 26% and achieved a two-year payback, following energy audits by CompAir.
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16/02/2010

There's snow business like quick gearbox repair for bakers

Northern Foods, one of the UK's largest food producers, was kept running during the worst of the recent snow, thanks to a rapid repair on an obsolete sealed motor gearbox at its Gunstones bakery in Sheffield.
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15/02/2010

Mechanical booster gives green vacuum

Mechanical booster pumps, which are to replace steam ejectors on the chemical vapour infiltration process for a European high temperature materials manufacturer, will lead to cost savings.
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12/02/2010

Upgraded Wombourne McCain plant is oven ready for action

McCain's potato specialities production site at Wombourne has been successfully updated, with new washing and de-stoning equipment, and remaining plant moved and reinstalled.
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11/02/2010

Thorp nuclear plant selects Worcester

Engineers at the Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant say they chose Worcester F911 top-entry cartridge valves for a medium active salt-free evaporator (MASFE) installation, because of their compact design and ease of in-line maintenance.
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10/02/2010

First total carbon offset red diesel

Crown Oil UK says its new red diesel for the construction, utility, plant and rail industries is now 100% carbon offset.
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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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