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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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08/02/2017

Finding the right control valve solution

The world of fluid control systems presents a whole host of challenges for those involved in designing, operating and maintaining them.
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02/02/2017

Delivering on the requirement for ATEX control panels

Designing and building process control panels requires considerable experience and expertise, especially when they are destined for hazardous areas.
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02/02/2017

Design and operation of centralised lubrication systems simplified

Robust, self-contained electrically driven lubricator offers improved control and lower installation costs in demanding lubrication applications
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02/02/2017

Landfill site cuts pump power by a third with variable-speed drives

ABB drives cut power use of gas pumps, allowing more energy to be sold into the grid
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01/02/2017

Rigmarine sees potential in Kazakhstan mines and power stations

Rigmarine has highlighted synergies between inland and offshore industries as the lifting and marine product specialist looks to meet increasing demand from the mining and power industries via its Aktau, Kazakhstan facility.
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31/01/2017

First cyber factory training facility in the UK installed at Middlesex ...

The UK’s first Cyber Factory training facility has been installed at Middlesex University London’s new Ritterman Building, coinciding with the £18m building’s official opening on 2 February.
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30/01/2017

Collaboration for efficient plant operations using AI and IoT

JGC Corporation and NEC Corporation have announced their cooperation in the provision of data analysis services for plant operations using AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies.
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28/01/2017

Personal protection tracking system for lone workers

To provide additional support for employees who may be at risk, tracking specialist AMI Group has launched a new state-of-the-art tracking device which provides personal protection for lone workers.
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28/01/2017

Accurate battery fuel-gauging saves military devices

Michele Windsor, direct sales and marketing manager at professional battery manufacturer Accutronics, explains how inaccurate fuel gauging poses a big problem for portable military devices, where the repercussions are more severe than an ...
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27/01/2017

Robot helps automate SIM card packaging

Real Digital International has installed a Universal Robot UR10 at its Croydon facility to help with the packaging of mobile phone SIM cards.
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25/01/2017

The lion’s share of IoT communication

Adrian Swindells, director of industrial computing specialist Distec, explores how businesses can keep the cost of IoT implementation to a minimum.
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24/01/2017

TSI Environmental DustTrak monitors gain MCERTS approval

Ashtead Technology has announced that the TSI Environmental DustTrak Aerosol Monitors in its fleet of particulate matter (PM) monitors have achieved MCERTS approval.
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24/01/2017

UK SMEs confident about growth prospects

Half (51 per cent) of SME owners expect their business to grow in 2017, despite not being confident about the UK’s economic outlook for the year ahead, according to the Close Brothers Business Barometer.
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23/01/2017

Drive lines develops precision drive for aircraft wing spar former

When AIC Group won a contract to manufacture a large hot drape former for a major aerospace company in Russia, it turned to Drive Lines of Bedford for help with the drive systems.
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23/01/2017

FLIR adds to thermal camera range

FLIR Systems announced the launch of five new thermal imaging cameras in the first week of January, including two new third generation FLIR One thermal camera attachments for smartphones, two new dual sensor thermal cameras for drones, and ...
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20/01/2017

Screw jacks play pivotal role in transporting giant wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines are providing an ever-larger percentage of the world’s electrical power. As a result, there is an increasing need to get the giant nacelles that house all the machinery from factory to dockside for shipment out to ...
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19/01/2017

EU emissions regulations prioritise safety in potentially explosive atmospheres

Pyroban reports that the emissions regulations (EU 97/68/EC Directive) have been amended to support the special application of diesel engines, such as those in forklifts, used in potentially explosive atmospheres, where safety is paramount.
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19/01/2017

Schaeffler UK launches condition monitoring services

Schaeffler UK has extended its range of condition monitoring (CM) services for the UK market.
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19/01/2017

Yokogawa receives order for major pipeline project

Yokogawa has received an order from the British Pipeline Agency (BPA) to supply a management and control system for a major multi-product fuel pipeline system.
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18/01/2017

Compact rotation module for tight spaces

Compact rotation module (CRM guides energy, data and media safely, without interruption for rotational movements up to 360 degrees
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17/01/2017

UK manufacturers brace themselves for another bumpy ride

UK manufacturers expect 2017 to be another year of risks, but are gearing up to hit its challenges head-on, according to this year's annual Executive Survey from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.
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17/01/2017

Gantry style robot boosts dispensing efficiency

Low cost versatile robots are becoming increasingly popular in the manufacturing environment and this Fisnar F5200N three-axis gantry model from Intertronics offers huge flexibility for dispensing operations in an especially compact and ...
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17/01/2017

Yokogawa wins control systems order for power and desalination station

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has received an order from the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) to provide control systems for the Layyah Power and Desalination Station.
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16/01/2017

Bull’s eye spirit levels from Elesa

Elesa’s new BEL series of Bull’s eye circular spirit levels provide high quality centre bubble levelling in a variety of easy mounting formats
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16/01/2017

Aerospace coolant, formulated to be future-proof

TRIM MicroSol 590XT is an advanced semi-synthetic, micro-emulsion coolant that has been specifically developed to meet the needs of those serving the aerospace sector, both now and in the future.
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