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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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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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17/05/2017

Custom enclosures for dairy farming hygiene applications

Ambic Equipment is using customised enclosures from Spelsberg UK to house its latest dosing and dilutions system, the EasiDoser.
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16/05/2017

Manufacturers can gain competitive advantage by implementing accreditation

Ametek Land reveals in its latest engineering brief how manufacturers can use effective calibration and certification accreditation to gain a competitive advantage.
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15/05/2017

A new generation of brakes for demanding machine applications

Warner Electric has built more than 90 years of design and manufacturing experience into its latest Gen4 range of spring operated, electromagnetically released brakes.
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15/05/2017

Engineering industry is home to some of the nation’s worst bosses

New data from the UK job site, CV-Library , has found that 90.3 per cent of people working in the engineering industry have had a bad leader, one of the highest of any other sector in the UK.
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15/05/2017

Survey reveals major training gaps in UK industry

A survey commissioned by drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has revealed worrying gaps in training provision and readiness for Industry 4.0 in the UK engineering and manufacturing sectors.
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10/05/2017

Thorough Examination not enough in hazardous applications

Safety company Pyroban is reminding explosion protected forklift users of the need to conduct Ex- annual safety audits (Ex-ASAs) alongside a Thorough Examination to ensure legal compliance and reduce risk in potentially explosive ...
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09/05/2017

The importance of best practice in hydraulic fluid selection

Bosch Rexroth has restated the importance of choosing correctly rated hydraulic fluids to optimise performance and safety in mobile applications.
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09/05/2017

Merford keeps the peace at greenhouse site

Thanks to noise insulating housing from Merford Noise Control, an Isle of Wight salad grower’s four 6.5+ megawatt gas combined heat and power (CHP) units are not disturbing the peace.
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09/05/2017

Parker adds smart IO-Link connectivity to its valve portfolio

Parker Hannifin has added smart connectivity of its pneumatic valve islands to machine controllers by introducing new IO-Link modules that can be quickly integrated with existing Parker valve ranges.
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08/05/2017

Tork® exelCLEAN® - the latest performance improvement solution for cleaning

To stay competitive, today’s manufacturing industry is investing heavily in technology – the internet of things, robotics and automation.
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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 ...