News

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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11/07/2017

High power gearboxes provide improved control for dynamic motors

As motor technology is becoming ever more sophisticated and dynamic so is the need for improved gearbox technology to keep pace with developments to help machine builders exploit the benefits of more power and more flexible control.
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07/07/2017

ECS steelwork to help improve York’s flood defenses

Structural steelwork is being provided by ECS Engineering to create a new pump hall and control room above the existing facilities at the Foss Barrier flood defence scheme in the centre of York.
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07/07/2017

Loadalls under starter’s orders for British Grand Prix role

A fleet of JCB machines is under starter’s orders to take on a starring role at the British Grand Prix.
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06/07/2017

Upgrade to Ion Science Gascheck G gas leak detectors

Latest handheld instruments replace 20-year old Ion Science GasCheck B detectors for monitoring gas leaks after high pressure cylinder changes
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28/06/2017

Neilson Hydraulics host Bosch roadshow

Sheffield-based Neilson Hydraulics recently hosted a Bosch Hydraulics Roadshow at their premises, attracting representatives from all areas of the manufacturing industry.
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27/06/2017

Continuously modulating damper actuation for major Greek power station

Nearly two hundred Auma electric actuators have been supplied to Greece’s largest power station, the 1600MW Agios Dimitrios in West Macedonia in the north of the country.
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27/06/2017

Helicopter-based electricity pylon delivery relies on wireless load sensing

Demonstrating that the electricity supply infrastructure can be developed more quickly and cost-effectively, Heli-Lift Services has pioneered the use of helicopters to remove and deliver poles and pylons in remote locations. An enabling ...
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27/06/2017

Modular connector interface enables compressed air delivery with thousands of ...

Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.
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27/06/2017

WEG launches new SSW900 soft starter series

The high-performance soft starters provide gentle starting and stopping of three-phase induction motors along with comprehensive motor protection.
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26/06/2017

Vibration sensing solutions with transmitter interface

Sensonics has developed its range of 4-20mA sensing devices for vibration sensing solutions available for critical items of plant and equipment, such as motors, fans, pumps and compressors.
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26/06/2017

Reinventing the conductive wheel and castor

To reduce the likelihood of unexpected electrostatic discharges when transporting goods, norelem UK has added electrically conductive equivalents of its existing range of wheels and castors to its extensive product range.
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26/06/2017

Quick disconnect hydraulic couplings offer performance and reliability in high ...

Eaton has introduced its redesigned FF-series Quick Disconnect Couplings to help mobile machine manufacturers meet market demand for high pressure and high pulse pressure solutions.
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22/06/2017

Smart sensor for low voltage motors arrives in the UK

A new smart sensing solution from ABB can reduce downtimes of low-voltage motors by up to 70 percent, extend motor lifetime by as much as 30 percent and cut energy consumption by up to 10 percent.
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15/06/2017

Innovative clutch used for innovative workboat fire pump solution

Saving space and reducing weight are two of the biggest challenges for engineers working in the marine industry. Every cubic foot or kilogramme saved results in reduced fuel consumption or improved payload.
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15/06/2017

Combined bearings and profiles for lifting applications

Choosing a reliable, efficient and cost-effective lifting system for heavy duty fabrications and automation projects can become a mine field.
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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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