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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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17/11/2016

Advanced motion cards provide precise actuation on compact blood analyser

When a new design of compact blood analyser was being developed, a key challenge was to create an efficient and cost effective motion control architecture that could support multiple axes and multiple motor types while maintaining a table ...
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17/11/2016

Sulzer offers exchange wheel sets for mine haul trucks

Mining operations run continuously and any time for maintenance needs to be minimised
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16/11/2016

Power specialist urges businesses to consider rental equipment

Ide Systems, is urging UK businesses to consider renting temporary power equipment this winter.
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09/11/2016

Real-time control drives efficiency into dry bulk handling operations

Dry bulk cargos must be loaded and unloaded quickly, efficiently, cost effectively and safely if shipping operations are to be profitable.
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08/11/2016

Networkable hygienic valve actuators

Bürkert has launched two new stainless steel valve actuators, created specifically for tough hygienic operating environments.
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08/11/2016

Modelling partly to blame for air quality failures

On 2nd November 2016 the High Court ruled in a case brought by ClientEarth, that the UK Government’s plans to tackle air pollution are illegal.
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07/11/2016

Maintenance-free and extremely lightweight ball bearings from igus

Xiros thin-ring bearings for confined spaces allow particularly good haptics with control elements
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07/11/2016

Vibration damping from Elesa – inside and out

Whenever machines and equipment vibrate – whether they be motor driven or conveyors for fragile assemblies, then the Elesa range of vibration damping elements can serve to cushion the vibrational energy.
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04/11/2016

Sulzer trusted to quickly return generator to service

Running an oil refinery is an expensive business; however, losing low pressure steam and production time due to a high voltage generator failure can have a significant impact on the refinery processes and power requirements.
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04/11/2016

Explosion proof LED beacons feature enhanced output

E2S, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of Visual and Audible life-saving signals, has completed a significant development with the introduction of beacons having output enhancing field-replaceable colour lenses and LED light ...
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04/11/2016

Flexible and safe configuration with explosion-proof motors

Nord Drivesystems supplies explosion-protected motors worldwide.
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04/11/2016

Latest IPC generation delivers significantly enhanced performance

IndraControl VPB40.4 set to become a key element of Industry 4.0 applications
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04/11/2016

Modular design means affordable installation and minimal maintenance

The terms ‘low cost’ and ‘cost-effective’ tend to be used interchangeably. Yet when we consider factors such as lifetime cost, return on investment and maintenance requirements, these two terms can often prove to be almost polar opposites.
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04/11/2016

Pushing the boundaries of reality helps manufacturers gain an edge

Researchers from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing are pushing the boundaries of reality after becoming one of the first organisations in the UK to take delivery of Microsoft’s new HoloLens ...
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04/11/2016

How to control hydraulic flow rates more efficiently

Approaches to reducing energy consumption and recording data for intelligent power management
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04/11/2016

The high cost of crystal IR window failure

Increasingly, electrical systems are being fitted with thermal imaging windows at the point of manufacture.
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02/11/2016

JOST fifth wheels deliver reliability and safety for chilled haulier

Hauliers that specialise in temperature controlled haulage for food products operate to the strictest of standards, because a breakdown or fault during a delivery can easily cause the entire load to spoil before it reaches its destination. ...
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02/11/2016

East Anglian pumping station refurbished to reduce flood risk and improve ...

ECS Engineering Services has won the contract to redevelop and refurbish the Environment Agency’s Peakirk Pumping Station, near Peterborough, at the junction of the Rivers Welland and Folly.
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01/11/2016

Weld purge pipes the elite way

When welding or tack welding stainless, duplex, chrome steel and titanium tubes and pipes, it is important to purge the welding zone with an inert gas to prevent corrosion, oxidation, discolouration and to ensure a good internal weld ...
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01/11/2016

Digital control for pumps reduces environmental impact

Eaton has launched a digital PpQ control unit for its high-pressure pump in W design and variable displacement pumps – Hydrokraft PVW – which enables users in the marine industry to achieve better control, faster response time, higher ...
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31/10/2016

AUMA’s actuator leakage tester for long-term peace of mind

Every single AUMA electric valve actuator is fully pressure tested and guaranteed IP68 when delivered to site, as part of the bespoke assembly process.
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31/10/2016

Endress+Hauser updates data manager with EtherNet/IP

EtherNet/IP update to the RSG45 data acquisition system helps plants integrate their legacy instrumentation into a DCS, PLC, PAC or PC-based control system.
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28/10/2016

Retrofit of absorber recirculation pumps aid flue gas desulfurisation

Flue gas desulfurisation is a true endurance test for recirculation pumps because the medium being pumped is extremely corrosive and abrasive.
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27/10/2016

A vital role for Calor gas as demand for bio-methane booms

Calor gas is set to have an increasingly vital role in supplying the UK with sustainable energy as support for bio-methane – which needs to be blended with propane before entering the gas network - continues to grow.
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27/10/2016

How secure is nuclear security?

Nuclear security issues continue to play on the minds of policymakers around the world. In response, the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) latest Ashok Kumar Fellow and Yale University postgraduate chemical engineer, Akshay ...
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Motors and drives specialist Weg has acquired Austrian firm Watt Drive ...