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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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29/03/2010

Engineering profession launches manifesto for the UK

Eight of the UK's engineering big guns have launched a call to action, in a bid to maximise the profession's impact on Britain's biggest challenges.
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27/03/2010

SOE tops engineering poll for fourth year

The SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) has registered more members at EngTech (engineering technician) than any other engineering institution for the fourth year running, according to Engineering Council year-end figures.
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24/03/2010

Turn fans down, urges GAMBICA

If just half of Britain's electric motors were slowed by 10%, the carbon emissions savings would be equivalent to 9.8 million cars every year.
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24/03/2010

IECEx approval comes to ABB motors

ABB is the first electric motor manufacturer to receive IECEx conformity, certifying that products have protection for explosive atmospheres.
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24/03/2010

Vote Manufacturing Campaign petitions Downing Street

The Vote Manufacturing Campaign, launched by Findlay Media with the support of the ERA Foundation and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has increased pace with the announcement of an online petition to 10 Downing Street.
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23/03/2010

BOHS LEV awareness

BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene) approved LEV (local exhaust ventilation) awareness courses are now being run across the UK.
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22/03/2010

Carbon capture pilot gets government support

The government is to invest £6 million in a research, development and demonstration project aimed at putting the UK ahead of the pack in carbon capture for fossil-fired power stations.
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19/03/2010

Dargavel energy from waste plant nears production

A project to convert domestic and industrial waste into energy, being commissioned at Dargavel, Dumfries, is using BOS (batch oxidation system) technology developed by Manchester-based Ascot Environmental.
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18/03/2010

Vote Manufacturing campaign issues call to arms for government action

UK Manufacturing employs 3million people directly, with 2m more providing services for manufacturing. With their families, that's 10m voters – more than enough to shape the outcome of the next election. The next government will either ...
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12/03/2010

Corporate manslaughter

A leading North West law firm is urging engineering firms to review their health and safety polices, since tough new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter offences have now come into force. Mace & Jones dispute resolution ...
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12/03/2010

Wireless technology improves efficiency at Novartis biotech plant

Easier maintenance and better control and flexibility are being reported by Novartis at its biotech production facility in Huningue, France, following installation of a wireless plant network.
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10/03/2010

Specialist training

SKF is offering training courses for production and maintenance engineers, covering machine reliability, condition monitoring, bearing applications and failure assessment, as well as best practices in lubrication, installation, precision ...
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08/03/2010

Stores savings

Sites that need to reorganise their engineering stores are being offered assistance by Eriks.
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05/03/2010

Moving vegetation for dinosaurs

'Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular' is using industrial blowers to create the lifelike inflatable greenery that grows during performances.
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25/02/2010

Waste water plant back in action after Cumbrian flood damage

In the wake of last year's floods, which left Cockermouth under eight feet of water, several United Utilities' water and wastewater treatment works were saved by swift action from ABB motor service partner, Central Electrical. Barepot and ...
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25/02/2010

Hot forklift deals should ignite concerns, warns Pyroban

As more plants turn to second-hand forklift trucks, safety specialist Pyroban is warning of the dangers.
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24/02/2010

Keeping the new Lamborghini cool

The 650bhp carbon fibre bodied Lamborghini Reventon V12, with its cockpit styled to look like an F-22 Raptor fighter jet, uses a new electromagnetic flow meter developed by Euromag, available in the UK from Litre Meter.
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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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