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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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14/06/2017

Custom gear units drive log washers

Renold Gears has designed a heavy-duty, custom gearbox solution for a manufacturer of a special type of coarse material washers known as log washers.
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13/06/2017

Highest lifting capacity for narrow track gauge

Enerpac announces the SL300 hydraulic gantry, the latest innovation in the SL series telescoping hydraulic gantries, offering the highest lifting capacity on a 61cm (24-inch) track gauge in heavy lifting and rigging applications.
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12/06/2017

Bosch Rexroth keeps its ‘Eye’ on the next generation of engineers

Another group of young engineers has completed a unique training course in association with Bosch Rexroth, equipping them with a combination of theoretical and practical skills in hydraulics.
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07/06/2017

Festo introduces a highly adaptable angle seat valve, the VZXA.

Featuring a patented interface and award-winning modular product architecture, its wide variety of valve bodies and actuators can be freely combined for maximum configuration flexibility.
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07/06/2017

igus energy tubes withstand hot chips up to 850°C

Lightweight R4.1L energy supply systems made of high temperature resistant plastic
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07/06/2017

Advanced control and safety technology improves tower crane performance

To develop its second-generation luffing jib tower cranes, Recom Srl turns to ABB’s control and safety technology to rejuvenate its automation system.
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07/06/2017

Minimising running costs for pumps in gas turbine power generation

Large scale, high performance pumps have traditionally been designed to meet the specifications of a particular application without the need for speed control. However, changes in operating conditions after the initial installation can ...
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02/06/2017

Drone technology enables the recovery of two stolen machines

Plant tracking specialist AMI Group has recently introduced high-tech drones to help locate and recover stolen plant machinery - a move which is already paying off as the company’s drones have been put into action to assist the successful ...
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02/06/2017

Engineers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work

New research from the UK job board, CV-Library has found that nearly three quarters of engineering professionals are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with just over a quarter travelling as much as four hours a day ...
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02/06/2017

Liverpool cyber-attack sparks debate

Industrial computing specialist Distec is calling for businesses to reassess the security of their hardware and software following the latest cyber-attack.
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02/06/2017

Continuous IR monitoring ensures plastic weld integrity

Plastics play an increasingly important role in product design and IR welding is a popular method of joining these components. For one manufacturer of instrument panels and cockpit systems, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, IR welding has ...
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02/06/2017

Severn Trent installs reliable oil-free screw blowers in six water treatment ...

Severn Trent Water has chosen to install reliable and energy efficient ZS oil-free rotary screw blowers from Atlas Copco at six of its water treatment plants in the UK.
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01/06/2017

Condition-based maintenance improves fleet availability and efficiency

Analysis of marine electric motors and generators by SKF Electric Motor Condition Monitoring Services is helping a leading offshore engineering services provider optimise the performance and reliability of its rotating equipment.
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01/06/2017

Online design calculation tool cuts development times

Main spindles are the premium class of rolling bearing arrangements in industry. No other type of drive requires such high speeds at the same time as extreme precision, high rigidity, very smooth running and a long operating life.
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01/06/2017

Reducing energy costs with economisers

Best practice dictates that businesses should be constantly looking into ways to improve operating efficiency. Despite becoming popular over 100 years ago the humble boiler is still a major energy consumer in many factories and other types ...
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01/06/2017

What do your motors really do?

In 1969, the first home security system was born, consisting of four peepholes and a camera that could be moved to look through any of them, broadcasting the images to a monitor. Nowadays, we can now stream and view a feed of our home ...
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26/05/2017

Workplace apathy is causing engineers to look for a new job

Many engineers admit that they feel bored at work on a daily basis
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26/05/2017

Preventing nut and bolt self-loosening – what are the options?

Many applications require a dismountable, yet durable, screw joint but often this freedom to dismantle comes at a price because the chosen securing method has limitations. Many of the traditional thread locking devices are unable to ...
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24/05/2017

UK systems remain unnecessarily vulnerable to cyber attack

The recent cyber-attack that hit UK hospitals and continued to creep across industries in almost 100 countries is a reminder to all who are operating critical systems of the need for robust security strategy. According to cyber-security ...
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24/05/2017

Self-contained robot cell delivers entry route for first timers

Loop Technology has developed an entry-level solution to industrial robotics borne from the realisation of a recent project for the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
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19/05/2017

Keeping the ball rolling

Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explores how to keep the ball rolling when standard bearing lubrication lets you down.
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19/05/2017

System frequency inverter provides a complete solution for medium voltage ...

The MVW3000 medium voltage variable speed drive, which features extremely high efficiency, power density and reliability, is sold as a complete system integrated into a switchgear cabinet.
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19/05/2017

Connected worker software aims to boost safety and productivity

Honeywell Sotera-Express replaces legacy applications with a new, user-friendly software interface
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18/05/2017

Miniature encoders help advance surgical robot capabilities

The demands of robotic surgery, one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of medical technology, are encouraging motion control engineers to push the boundaries of their discipline as Gerard Bush an application engineer with ...
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18/05/2017

Classic luxury yacht refitted using Mitsubishi Electric drives

When the prestigious luxury yacht Sanssouci Star was refurbished to retain its classic feel but operate with super-modern high-tech equipment, no compromise was made on component quality.
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£2bn boost for UK aerospace
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Weg acquires Watt Drive
Motors and drives specialist Weg has acquired Austrian firm Watt Drive ...