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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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15/03/2017

Proportional valves dramatically improve production efficiency

MET Advanced Technology Systems (MET), a start-up company founded in Turkey, is dedicated to developing products for the industrial automation sector.
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13/03/2017

Approval given for Kincardine floating wind farm

An application to develop a floating wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire has been approved by Scottish Government ministers.
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13/03/2017

Increasing bearing protection for motors and tilting pad bearings

Following on from the success of the LabTecta66 range of bearing protection, Aesseal has announced the launch of two new products designed for the protection of bearings in electric motors and equipment with tilting pad bearings.
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10/03/2017

Apprentices build one-of-a-kind JCB Loadall

A JCB Loadall telescopic handler built entirely by the company’s 68 apprentices is going on show to celebrate national training opportunities for young people.
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09/03/2017

ABB and Sulzer sign UK service agreement for large motors and generators

Framework agreement gives ABB customers access to Sulzer’s extensive expertise in the repair and maintenance of large rotating machines
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07/03/2017

Manufacturers need to employ and deploy people as freely as possible after ...

Employers in manufacturing companies need ongoing access to workers with higher level and other technical skills from the EU and worldwide to maintain their ability to invest, grow and train in Britain, according to a new briefing paper ...
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07/03/2017

Manufacturer rides-on through energy savings with VSD drive

A manufacturer of plastic moulded products – including the Trunki brand of ride-on suitcases - has cut energy costs by retrofitting an ABB drive to a moulding machine
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02/03/2017

Design quality award for Bosch Rexroth’s Industry 4.0 communication platform

Bosch Rexroth’s interactive communication platform, ActiveCockpit, has achieved a prestigious international award for outstanding design quality.
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02/03/2017

Oxair develops nitrogen system for huge natural gas project

One of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia's history, the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, is being supplied with a nitrogen system developed by Oxair Gas Systems.
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28/02/2017

Drive Lines lifts Manchester Cathedral’s dais to new heights

When Manchester Cathedral embarked on a development project to enhance the experience of worshippers and visitors, one of the important aspects of the project was to improve the heating facilities in the Cathedral.
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28/02/2017

Precision servomotor brake for tight spaces

Servomotors provide power and precision to a wide range of industrial applications such as automation and materials handling; being incorporated into process machinery requires the motors and their ancillary components to be compact and ...
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28/02/2017

Advanced gear lubricant secures savings for Chinese plastics manufacturer

Mobil SHCTM 636 increased uptime by extending oil drain intervals four-fold
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27/02/2017

Rapid gearbox repair resolves design faults for steel mill

Keeping lost production time to a minimum requires a combination of in-house engineering skills and a partnership with a well-resourced, specialist repair provider.
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24/02/2017

Next generation of predictive maintenance software launched

Senseye has launched version 2.3 of its automatic condition monitoring and prognostics software, bringing Remaining Useful Life calculations to all customers – whether they operate 10 or 10,000 assets.
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23/02/2017

Yokogawa launches power analyser dedicated to transformer testing

The new Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is the world's most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing the power transformers used in the power utilities’ transmission and distribution sectors.
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22/02/2017

Steel fabricator gets heart-felt thanks from polar researchers

The season of letters to the North Pole has passed, but ECS Engineering Services has received a postcard from the other end of the Earth!
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22/02/2017

Tata Steel selects Sepura TETRA network for flagship site

Sepura has been chosen by Tata Steel to provide a complete TETRA communications solution for its flagship site in the Netherlands.
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15/02/2017

Harnessed dress-packs provide maximum cable protection for welding robots

Quick and easy connection to minimise production downtime
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15/02/2017

Straightpoint load cells test mooring equipment at huge port project

Straightpoint force measurement technology has been used to test mooring equipment at Pier IV of the monumental Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal (TMPM), in Maranhão, Brazil.
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13/02/2017

Loadall milestone year starts on a high with massive order

JCB has kicked off the year it celebrates 40 years of telescopic handler production with a massive order from one of the industry’s most prominent users of the machines.
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08/02/2017

A dummies guide to AMP6

Nick Cowley, integration director and country manager of MCL Group Industries, explores the benefits that Total Expenditure (Totex) approaches can create for water companies and their customers.
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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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