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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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05/07/2018

Predictive maintenance could prevent another CO2 shortage

Last month’s carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage caused retailer, Booker, to ration its sales to ten cases of beer per customer, Scotland’s biggest abattoir to close temporarily and Morrisons to suspend delivery of some frozen foods.
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05/07/2018

Ultra-high-pressure valve for liquid hydrogen applications

The robust and versatile HP- 40 ultra-high-pressure control valve for liquids and gases is the latest addition to the established range of Badger Meter Control Valves available through liquids handling specialists Pump Engineering.
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05/07/2018

Strathmore foods secures sustainable future through steam

Scottish food manufacturer Strathmore Foods has successfully enhanced its health and safety, process productivity, and sustainability performance after an audit of its Forfar plant identified a series of potential improvements.
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05/07/2018

Technological enhancements at AMI Group to meet demand

Plant tracking specialist AMI Group has enhanced the company’s range of plant tracking and asset management solutions to meet customer demand - from upgrading the company’s VT tracking devices with Bluetooth connectivity to enhancing the ...
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05/07/2018

How space exploration has benefited materials development

Melissa Albeck, CEO of online materials database Matmatch, explains how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) determination to solve out of this world problems has led to the creation of many things we take for granted.
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04/07/2018

Malt producer raises glass to improved productivity with ABB drive

A control package, built around an ABB variable speed drive, eliminates machine stoppages, improves safety and cuts maintenance costs for malt producer.
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04/07/2018

Innovative gear pump ideal for sensitive solids

The simple design, reliability, and ease-of-maintenance of internal gear pumps make them a popular choice across a wide range of industrial applications such as general processing, chemicals, oil & gas, food & beverage, refining, plastics, ...
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04/07/2018

CSG delivers Energy from Waste solution

A leading national waste management company has embarked on an alternative solution to reducing landfill.
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04/07/2018

Answering the myths behind smart meters

Jonathan DiGiacomandrea, applications engineering manager at battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains some of the truths behind powering the energy saving devices.
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04/07/2018

Generation III bevel box tested against claims

Coventry-based steering system manufacturer, Pailton Engineering has announced the results of the 56-week-long test programme on its new generation three bevel Box.
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04/07/2018

Gas detector from Honeywell listens for gas leaks

Searchzone Sonik listens for gas leaks ultrasonically to complement network of fixed gas detectors
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04/07/2018

How to specify a dispensing robot to increase quality and cut costs

Automated application of adhesives, potting compounds or encapsulants, sealants, FIP gaskets, temporary masking, lubricants, or other liquids, fluids or pastes provides productivity benefits over manual application, including consistency, ...
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03/07/2018

Automation, 4IR and renewables to drive future growth of UK mechanical ...

The UK’s second biggest manufacturing employer has opportunities for growth, according to a new sector report from Santander and EEF.
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03/07/2018

Hexagon introduces the Leica BLK3D

Hexagon AB has introduced another solution in its BLK line – the Leica BLK3D – a compact 3D handheld imager that aims to improve productivity by enabling immediate and precise 3D measurements from any image it captures.
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03/07/2018

Mechan set to supply heavy lifting equipment to Panama City Metro

Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is expanding its export horizons and preparing to ship its very first order to the Americas.
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03/07/2018

IFR: Industrial robot sales increase worldwide

Global sales of industrial robots reached a new record of 380,550 units in 2017 – an increase of 29% compared to the previous year (2016: 294,300 units).
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02/07/2018

AXA unveils forklift truck safety initiative

AXA Insurance has teamed up with CCTV and telematics firm VUE to launch a new safety initiative aimed at reducing forklift truck (FLT) accidents.
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02/07/2018

Ørsted signs order with SGRE for ‘world’s biggest’ offshore wind farm

Offshore wind farm developer, constructor and operator, Ørsted, has placed a multi-million pound turbine order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for its Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm.
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02/07/2018

Integrated QR-code on igus e-chains offers easy part identification and more

Plastic energy chain specialist igus is now integrating QR-codes onto its e-chain systems to make original part identification easy.
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19/06/2018

Submersible geared motors solution for state-of-the-art wastewater treatment ...

Conducting an effective and up-to-date wastewater treatment service is challenging.
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19/06/2018

Four-quadrant current control IC redefines motion engineering

A ground-breaking family of compact integrated circuits (ICs) for velocity and torque control, capable of four-quadrant current control is now available from Daventry’s Inmoco.
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07/06/2018

Power line monitoring on the move

In the Northern hemisphere, November through to March is a particularly testing time for any energy supplier.
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07/06/2018

Liner for igus drylin linear systems approved for food contact

igus has expanded its range of bearing liners for its drylin linear guide systems, specifically for use in the food and drinks industry.
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07/06/2018

Henkel develops four new industrial cleaning innovations

Henkel has developed no less than four new cleaning products designed to bring a host of advantages to those faced with cleaning industrial surfaces and components.
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06/06/2018

A strong, lightweight bonded fastener

Optimas Components has offered increased options for end users requiring adhesive bonded fasteners, with the addition of the Spida Fixings Spida Stud to its component range.
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