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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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05/03/2018

Vertical integration in the smart factory

Here, Lee Sullivan, regional sales manager at COPA-DATA UK, explains the advantages and challenges of vertical integration in the smart factory.
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02/03/2018

Manufacturers begin year with foot hard on the pedal

Britain’s manufacturers have begun 2018 in the same upbeat manner they left last year on the back of the continued improvement in global demand together with a pick-up in the UK market, according to a major survey published today by EEF, ...
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01/03/2018

Atlas Copco acquires British company Walker Filtration

Atlas Copco, a provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has acquired Walker Filtration.
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28/02/2018

Spelsberg launches building information models for electrical enclosures

Electrical enclosure manufacturer, Spelsberg, is leading the way in the digitisation of the construction industry management by introducing Building Information Modelling (BIM) models for many of its product ranges.
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27/02/2018

Tsubaki colour-coded chain wear indicator cuts unexpected breakdowns

New wear indicators are now available from Tsubakimoto Europe B.V. for both BS (British Standard RF06B to RS16B) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute RS35 to RS80) chain.
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26/02/2018

Integrated turning, locking and braking system enhances security and ...

New build or retrofit solution helps equipment manufacturers and operators meet expanding safety standards
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23/02/2018

Compact and robust geared motors for wiper systems

Geared motor specialist PARVALUX has introduced an innovative new windscreen wiper motor which has been developed as an ideal solution for large wiper system applications.
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20/02/2018

Veolia commences Irish Water’s major upgrade to the Ringsend Wastewater ...

Working in partnership with Irish Water, Veolia, the global resource management company has commenced work on an €80 million and 400,000 population equivalent upgrade to the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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20/02/2018

Modular multipoint locking system allows bespoke security levels to be selected

The need for physical security is increasing in many fields, including enclosures in public places where theft or vandalism could be an issue, or where unauthorised access could represent a major safety hazard or lead to significant ...
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20/02/2018

Improving energy saving and efficiency using high speed doors

Energy costs have skyrocketed in recent years, so business owners and managers are keen to cut avoidable heat losses. Nick Cox, Area Sales Manager for Sara LBS (Loading Bay Specialists), explains how industrial doors are continuing to help ...
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19/02/2018

Rolling and plain bearings help optimise Winter Olympic bobsleds

Schaeffler is supporting German bobsled pilot Nico Walther and the German Winter Olympic bobsled team by supplying rolling bearings and plain bearings that meet the most demanding technical requirements.
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16/02/2018

Tsubaki match and tag for high accuracy in paired chain

Machine designs often call for chains to be used in pairs or other multiples, in which case they must be of exactly the same length.
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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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Weg acquires Watt Drive
Motors and drives specialist Weg has acquired Austrian firm Watt Drive ...