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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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15/02/2018

SKF widens scope of application for its rotor positioning bearings

SKF has augmented its rotor positioning bearings range with a new and compact design that is suitable for all belt-driven starter/generator applications in both 12V and upcoming 48V formats.
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15/02/2018

Making robotics a reality with precision bearings

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) often highlights consumer trends towards robotics and this year, the spotlight remained on robot personal assistants. Inspired by the show, Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains what ...
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15/02/2018

The future of logistics technology

Electric tug specialist MasterMover will be unveiling its automated guided vehicle (AGV) range at intralogistics show LogiMAT from March 13 to 15, 2018. The company can be found on stand A61, in hall 9 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre.
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14/02/2018

SafeStart announces Human Error Reduction workshops this March for the UK and ...

Safety training programme SafeStart is inviting companies to attend its latest discovery workshops, with events taking place in Windsor on 13 March, Manchester on 14 March and Dublin, Ireland, on 15 March.
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14/02/2018

Advanced personal sampling pump added to rental fleet

Casella’s latest air quality sampling pumps have been added to the Ashtead Technology fleet of instruments for measuring occupational exposure to airborne contaminants.
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06/02/2018

Three wearables for your factory

According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year.
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06/02/2018

Vibration analysis helps prolong life of critical motors and gearboxes at ...

By analysing vibration data from critical plant and equipment at a UK-based energy-from-waste facility, Schaeffler has been able to detect damage to components such as rolling bearings and gears early, therefore eliminating costly, ...
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06/02/2018

ERIKS warns gasket choice is critical to emissions control

Due to growing concerns around reducing emissions amid increasingly strict safety and environmental legislation, choosing the right gasket for your application is of utmost importance, according to industrial services provider ERIKS UK & ...
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06/02/2018

SICK long-range distance sensors deliver high performance laser measurement

SICK has pushed the boundaries of long-range laser sensing with the launch of the DT1000 and DL1000 distance sensors to deliver highly accurate and consistent results even in the most difficult outdoor and harsh industrial environments.
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06/02/2018

Compressed air system reduces CO2 emissions for Buxton Press

Installing a new Atlas Copco ring main and variable speed driven (VSD) compressor with ancillaries is calculated to result in an annual carbon reduction of approximately 48 tonnes of CO2 for award winning magazine printing company, Buxton ...
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06/02/2018

Pump field services – vital to maintaining reliability

Large pumps, such as those operated in the oil and gas, power generation and water industries perform a crucial role and represent a significant investment by the owner.
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06/02/2018

Re-engineering diaphragm valves

The diaphragm valve provides an economical control solution for many process applications in a wide range of industries.
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30/01/2018

Prepare your team for the smart factory of the future

There’s plenty of discussion about the future of manufacturing and the digital factory, but what does it mean for companies now and how should manufacturers be developing leadership skills to implement the factory of the future?
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29/01/2018

What’s on the rack…

The increasing modularity of PLC components means that in principle life has been getting easier for systems integrators of late, with the ability to implement complete automation systems on a single backplane.
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29/01/2018

Official confirmation that Flexcrete coating combats chlorides for at least 29 ...

Independent testing carried out at the VINCI Construction Technology Centre in Bedfordshire has officially confirmed that Flexcrete’s Cementitious Coating 851 will provide an effective barrier to chlorides for at least 29 years.
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26/01/2018

Taking pneumatic process control to a new level

Automated process control has delivered a host of benefits to industries such as water treatment, food & beverage and pharmaceuticals. Increasing productivity, safety and cleanliness are just a few of the advantages to controlling a range ...
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08/01/2018

Hägglunds Inside Intelligence transforms maintenance

Drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has introduced Hägglunds Inside Intelligence, a new connectivity suite that provides customers with instant analysis, real-time advice and condition monitoring of Hägglunds hydraulic drive systems.
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05/01/2018

Take scheduled maintenance outside of shutdown periods for improved productivity

Dave Atkinson, service centre manager for Oilgear, explains how the company’s years of manufacturing experience help it offer flexible maintenance schedules.
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05/01/2018

Atlas Copco expands QIS generators range to deliver industrial power without ...

Atlas Copco has extended its range of QIS generators with the addition of five models that deliver optimised performance in the most demanding industrial environments.
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04/01/2018

Mitsubishi Electric’s smart condition monitoring solution wins 2017 Food ...

Mitsubishi Electric has gained further recognition for the innovative Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) solution, winning the Continuous Improvement category at the 2017 Food Processing Awards.
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04/01/2018

Veolia helps Scottish Water achieve energy self-sufficiency

Veolia, the global resource management company is now helping Scottish Water to achieve the target of energy self-sufficiency at its Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works, WwTW, the largest treatment works in the east of Scotland.
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03/01/2018

Bauer gear motors keep water treatment systems running through flood conditions

Since long before the industrial revolution, manufacturers have extracted water from local rivers and streams. The process is still widely used today, in applications from energy generation to paper making.
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02/01/2018

FLIR announces FLIR CM275 industrial thermal imaging clamp meter

The FLIR test and measurement clamp meter offers datalogging, wireless connectivity and infrared guided measurement technology
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02/01/2018

igus lean energy chain and curved rail systems at MACH 2018 exhibition

At this year’s MACH exhibition, which runs from 9th-13th April at the NEC in Birmingham, igus will showcase a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of engineering ...
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13/12/2017

Creating bespoke pressure vessels

Pressure vessels are used around the world for a wide variety of applications including water treatment, food manufacture, scientific research and industrial manufacturing. Such diversity means that the designs for individual applications ...
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