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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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20/07/2010

Industrial tyre shredder gets energy saving rebuild

A tyre shredder used at one of the UK's largest tyre recycling centres, capable of recycling five million tyres per year into soft surfaces, has been remanufactured with help from Eriks' UK engineers.
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20/07/2010

TÜV Product Service acquires Laidler group

TÜV Product Service has acquired the Cleveland and Yorkshire-based machinery safety compliance firm, Laidler group.
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19/07/2010

£9.5m bill for firms behind Britain’s most costly industrial disaster

Five companies were together fined a total of nearly £10 million last month (16 July) for their part in the Buncefield oil depot disaster on 11 December 2005 – a figure that was immediately described as derisory by local residents and ...
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19/07/2010

Atlas Copco proves efficiency of for air blower screw technology

Air blowers using internal compression, instead of conventional external compression, set a new standard for energy efficiency in low-pressure industry.
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19/07/2010

Draeger Safety UK Wins Process Innovation Award

Draeger Safety UK has won an award for process innovation as part of the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
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16/07/2010

Emerson wins main automation contractor for Shell Prelude

Technip Samsung Consortium has appointed Emerson Process Management as main automation contractor for the Shell Prelude project, which will be the world's first floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) development.
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16/07/2010

Concrete plant manufacturer standardises on new speed reducer

CON-E-CO (Concrete Equipment Company) in the US is the first OEM to standardise on the new Baldor-Dodge Motorised Torque-Arm II shaft-mounted speed reducer – receiving the first units straight off the assembly line.
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15/07/2010

Industrial coatings plants order £3.5 million vacuum pumps

Vacuum equipment manufacturer Edwards has received six major orders for industrial coating systems in Taiwan and China in the last six months, worth a total of more than £3.5 million.
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15/07/2010

Dalkia helps Victrex increase energy efficiency

Thermoplastic manufacturer Victrex says it is now more energy efficient and achieving optimum combustion, thanks to the installation of energy conversion and management plant from Dalkia.
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14/07/2010

Judith Hackitt and Mike Weightman awarded RAE fellowships

Two leading figures from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been awarded engineering fellowship for their work in industry.
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14/07/2010

Revolutionary progressing cavity pumps trialled at United Utilities

Two of NOV Mono's recently introduced EZstrip progressing cavity pumps have been installed at United Utilities Fairbourne wastewater treatment works in Wales to improve process efficiency.
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13/07/2010

Inverters drive Aquamarine’s Oyster marine energy generator

The world's largest working hydroelectric wave energy device – Aquamarine Power's Oyster – has entered a new phase, having been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre's test site in Orkney.
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13/07/2010

EU rules clarified on industrial plant emissions

Clearer rules and cleaner air are among the aims of the Industrial Emissions Directive, approved by the European Parliament last week.
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12/07/2010

Shampoo plant doubles capacity with impeller mixing upgrade

By upgrading the agitator assembly in an existing two-tonne process vessel, shampoo processor Herb UK reckons it will see a return on its investment in less than eight months.
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12/07/2010

ABB completes acquisition of oil, gas and water specialist K-Tek

ABB has completed its acquisition of US-based instrumentation manufacturer K-Tek, which is now part of the Measurement Products business unit of ABB's Process Automation division.
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09/07/2010

Speedy open plant hire superstore in Edinburgh

Plant hire firm Speedy, which recently won the Hire Association of Europe's (HAE) Award for Environmental Initiatives, has opened its first Scottish Superstore in Edinburgh.
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09/07/2010

Black Sheep brewery rates Boge compressor

Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire is reporting excellent performance over a four year period from a Boge SD 40 screw compressor it installed to power a then new cask filling line.
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08/07/2010

Plants in danger of missing CRC deadlines, warns npower

Energy firm npower has issued a warning to plant managers that they risk facing financial and reputational penalties unless they act fast to meet the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) deadlines.
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07/07/2010

Wellman Robey gets Euro fighter production back on track

BAE Systems Warton plant reports exceptional service from Wellman Robey Boiler Hire Division last month, when a complete boiler house failure threatened scheduled production of Euro fighter assemblies.
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07/07/2010

Severn Trent and United Utilities extend maintenance contracts

Severn Trent Water (STW) and United Utilities, which between them supply water to more than half of England, have renewed and extended their plant maintenance contracts with Deritend.
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06/07/2010

First WEG high efficiency motors to pump bio-ethanol fuel in Belgium

The first W22 high efficiency motors supplied by WEG in Europe have been installed on a green production plant producing sustainable bio-fuels.
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06/07/2010

Jet grouting speeds difficult storm water tank construction

Geotechnical contractor Bachy Soletanche, along with the project team of Severn Trent Water, main contractor Forkers and engineer Mott MacDonald, have developed a novel solution for a storm water tank in Washwood Heath, Birmingham.
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05/07/2010

M Barnwell Services is latest SKF Seals Distributor

SKF has appointed fluid sealing products supplier M Barnwell Services as a specialist distributor for its sealing solutions.
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02/07/2010

ATEX process package solves biodiesel plant problems

Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Green Fuels is partnering with Bürkert Fluid Control Systems for its new generation of automatic biodiesel production plants.
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30/06/2010

ATEX solenoids boost safety in offshore cleaning

Ultra high pressure water jetting plant for offshore platforms is using ATEX-compliant solenoid valves so that it can be used in Zone II hazardous areas.
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