FULTON reports that the list of applications for high quality, dry steam is almost endless. However, while many steam boilers are extremely robust, they are often inefficient because they are based on old or ageing technology. In an effort to make them more efficient, many manufacturers simply fit modulating burners and bolt on economisers in an attempt to improve both steam output and efficiency, but this often isn’t enough.

The September deadline for the ErP Directive for Warm Air Heaters 2018 (Lot 21), is fast approaching. New legislation has changed the way that the seasonal efficiency of heating equipment is calculated. Danny Packham, European product manager – warm air and radiant, from NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC, outlines the key points.

The UltraChill range of process chillers go from 0.89 to 160 kW. These compact, energy efficient units are suitable for a wide range of process cooling applications and industry sectors, including automotive, engineering, food and drinks production, pharmaceutical, plastics, print and packaging, medical and scientific.

LAMTEC says its CMS Combustion Management System is now available and based on an innovative modular architecture the CMS offers the most flexibility on the market allowing users to meet the most demanding combustion applications.

NORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations. Warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result, Nortek says customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

There have been many news reports and expert commentaries regarding the use and efficiency of the smart meter. However, discussions have mainly revolved around how they can help owner-occupiers and renters in the residential sector. This means that, in the main, the advantages smart meters can offer small businesses to keep tabs on their commercial gas and electricity usage has been pushed aside. So, what can installing smart meters do for your company?

As global temperatures rise and carbon emissions continually damage the planet, it can be easy to see all the things that damage our planet. Whether it’s a thirsty diesel tank, or a shopping bag, plastic can be seen as a significant contributor to global warming – but is it as bad as people think?

NORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations and says warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products. As a result the company says, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

JBC, a leading UK Industrial aftercare provider, says it offers customers proven and tested methods of reducing consumption of fuel, providing considerable savings on the annual fuel bill, not to mention a reduced carbon footprint. The company says Oilon burners are designed with consideration given to economic and ecological factors for complete reliability and low emission levels and its Ecosafe Digital combustion controls replace old mechanical burners with an extremely accurate electronic system.

BOLLFILTER UK says after 10 years of carefully consulting with water treatment and sewage plant operators, followed by 5 years of intensive product development, rigorous testing, patenting and finally global certification by 40 classification societies, it can proudly present the aquaBoll.

CASELLA, an air sampling, noise and vibration monitoring specialist reports it has introduced the Flow Detective air sampling pump calibrator and says the product is the first in the industry with the ability to measure pulsation, with a 70-hour battery life; the longest on the market and double the duration of competitive products.

An unusual demolition project on the banks of the River Thames has reportedly been completed safely and successfully, thanks to a bespoke scaffolding solution provided by SGB. The company says it created a highly unusual scaffolding system, part of which was regularly covered by the river water during the demolition process.

RITTAL says its Blue e+ cooling units are acknowledged as the most efficient of their kind on the market and independent tests have shown they are 75% more energy efficient than previous cooling solutions. On the back of this success, the company says it is now extending the Blue e+ range and the new unit to be launched in the first quarter of 2018 will provide an output class as low as 1.6 kW, extending the existing range of between 2 to 6kW.

Much of the construction sector and many industries throughout the western world depend upon cheap crude oil for use within their manufacturing processes and the machines they use to implement these processes. What is striking is that within the UK, construction accounts for approximately 50% of all carbon emissions produced by machinery and production.

PREGIS says it will be showcasing its world class suite of Easypack environmentally friendly packaging solutions at this year’s Packaging Innovations and eDelivery Expo shows taking place at the NEC in February and March 2018. The company says the award-winning Easypack range of high quality, in-the-box packaging systems produce 100% recycled, 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable paper cushions, suitable for protecting and securing all kinds of goods-in-transit from breakables through to heavy engineered products.

NORTEK reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations and says its ErP compliant range includes, RTU (packaged heat pump air handlers), the RTU series is a range of packaged direct expansion (DX) air source heat pumps and air conditioning units showing compelling performance under EN 14511:2013 and EN 14825:2016 standards and are equipped with EC Plug fan technology and free-cooling as standard.

US packaging giant, PREGIS, has announced it is expanding its global operations across Europe following its 2016 acquisition of a leading UK environmentally friendly packaging brand, Easypack. The company says over the last two years, Easypack has strengthened its entire operations in preparation for European growth, and from January 2018 the company will trade as Pregis Limited.

Nortek reports that warm air, radiant and heating products are now affected by European Regulations, warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20, minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. Nortek says crucially, these minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products and as a result, customers can be assured that the heating equipment they are purchasing is highly energy efficient and emissions of harmful environmental pollutants are constrained.

With around 80% of the UK’s households (not to mention scores of businesses) powered by it, mains-supplied natural gas is an integral fuel to the UK’s energy mix. The result is continued high demand, and a busy, competitive market for both domestic and commercial mains gas.

There has been a continuous climb in the amount of people travelling by plane and there are no signs of it slowing down — but when people are boarding their flights, the last thing they think about is the source of fuel the aircraft is using. To find out more, waste management expert, RECONOMY, who says it is unbeatable on skip hire finds out if waste will be used as the new fuel for our aeroplanes.

As part of its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a national scale, the Government has launched the Clean Growth Strategy – outlining its proposed approach to building a lower-carbon future for the UK.

A climate protection organisation with a focus on travel, atmosfair, has received a donation of €5,000 from Sunfire after the latter company was appointed winner of the 2017 Kanthal Award.

ADVANCED VALVES SOLUTIONS (AVS) was established in 1998 to provide solutions to the Power Generation Industry when excessive wear, thermal cracking and stressing became a major problem – resulting in millions of pounds in lost revenue. AVS says it takes its industry knowledge and actively shares it with key customers and end users to create a detailed understanding of cause and effect in power generation.

A custom-built, short-wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT is reported to be helping to save energy and allow faster production line speeds at the Cramlington manufacturing site of RENOLIT.

SEEPEX SAYS energy generation from the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge has reached 888 GWh, according to the 2016 Digest of UK Energy Statistics – an increase of over 25% since 2011. Yet over the same period the installed theoretical MWe capacity has grown by just9%. How has the energy generated increased so dramatically and is the trend for efficiency improvements set to continue?

Following a fault at a unit in American Pan UK’s original process line; solvent used for the cleaning process overheated and ignited, with the subsequent fire spreading throughout the facility. While initially devastating, it provided an opportunity for American Pan and RE Architects to completely re-think operations and re-design process lines.

VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES UK reports it has launched four new Rapide Strata short cycle regeneration deionisers, offering flow rates from 2.5 to 60 m3/hr and says the extended range provides users with greater choice around flow quantities and more compact solutions.

NORTEK says there can be no doubt about it – radiant tube is the acknowledged leader when it comes to heating large multi-use sports hall, whichever way you look at it – comfort levels, economy, ease of maintenance, safety – overhead radiant systems are so far ahead of the competition that they can’t see it for dust and the company says why, then does anyone consider specifying underfloor heating for sports halls?

VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES reports it has released six new models in its SIRION Mega range of reverse osmosis systems. Developed for pure water production and water re-use applications for industrial markets, the extended range offers higher flow rates to meet the needs of companies with large purified water demands – from 5 to 139 m3/h – for use in boiler feeds, cooling water, re-use/recycling and other industrial processes.

A prize of €5,000 is to be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 4 as three companies pitch innovations in heating technology. For the third year running, the KANTHAL Award will be presented to recognise innovations that contribute to a more sustainable future, quality of life, energy efficiency, and which advance the field of heating technology.

Underestimating the costs that a new business may absorb could lead to premature business failure. It’s important to plan for and understand exactly what it will take to be successful. Fortunately, being aware of these three hidden business costs should help get a venture started on the right step:

There are reportedly only two common pump types that purport to guarantee a fixed delivery volume over time and against varying back pressures… reciprocating diaphragm pumps and plunger pumps.

FORTIS BATTERY CARE reports it has appointed Leigh Mason to the position of sales and marketing director. Leigh joins Fortis directly from the Nilfisk Group where he held the position of sales director for 8 years.

The installation of a ten panel Solar array featuring STOKVIS ENERGY SYSTEMS solar collectors, to serve existing facilities at Birmingham International Rail Station, is being assessed as a potential pilot for a wider roll out of renewable energy across the facilities operated by Network Rail and Virgin Trains nationally. The company says the project at Birmingham International was jointly commissioned by Network Rail and Virgin Trains, with renewables specialist ECO2SOLAR carrying out the installation of the Stokvis solar equipment.

AQE 2017 will take place in Telford 24th-25th May at a time when the health effects of air pollution are constantly in the headlines, and when the UK Government is due to consult on its latest plans to comply with air quality guidelines in towns and cities. Registration is now open (www.AQEShow.com), with free entry to the Exhibition and Workshops, and a small charge for attending the Conferences.

Rotary International recently received a check for $5,500.00 as a result of Proton Power Inc winning the 2016 Kanthal Award (Kanthal is part of SANDVIK GROUP). Proton Power won the award for its innovative technology, said to be ideal for green and clean energy applications for current and future generations.

With ever increasing sustainability, regulatory and financial pressures, VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES says now is the time to Rethink Water with its help. The company says Circular Economy initiatives operated by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) have achieved water reductions in many industries so what more can be done in 2017? Veolia says rethinking water can open up a wide range of opportunities to manage water more efficiently, reduce consumption and save money via water reuse or reduced discharge costs.

Thames Water, a water and sewage treatment company, providing wastewater services to 15 million customers says SEEPEX progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) have delivered process improvements at the Reading STW by replacing piston pumps to reduce operating costs and onward sludge transport costs.

JBC says there are exciting times ahead with its new product launch. The company says ‘HALO’ uses cutting edge technology to create a remote boilerhouse monitoring system, using analogue, digital and mod bus outputs, providing a critical overview into asset performance and fuel, water, steam and power are monitored in real time, delivering consumption and cost per Kg of steam raised.

The organisers of AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, UK, 24-25th May) have published the programme for Day 2. Developed with IAPSC, there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy.

RITTAL says running manufacturing automation systems at high temperatures will have a major negative impact on the system’s performance and reduce its service life and by not keeping their drives at or close to their optimum operating temperature, manufacturers risk huge consequential costs when the production line grinds to a halt as a result of system failure.

Around 80% of sewer blockages are said to be caused by non-flushable items such as wet-wipes. The costs associated with clearing these blockages are high with one region alone, North West Water, estimating the costs at around £10m per year. Through experiences with a number of water companies, P&M PUMPS, UK distributor for Vaughan Chopper Pumps, says it has succeeded in providing a solution by replacing failing submersible pumps. For example, at Anglian Water’s pumping station in Cambourne two Vaughan 30kW / 1460rpm SE6W chopper pumps were specified to handle flows up to 400m3/hr at heads of 17.8.

WOOD WASTE TECHNOLOGY says Putzmaus is a precision-engineered tube-cleaning system that has been designed to increase boiler efficiency and reduce fuel-consumption, saving money on both energy and repair costs, whilst also saving time on routine-maintenance.

ROTRONIC has developed its new Rotronic Monitoring System (RMS). The advanced monitoring system checks, documents and visualises all required measurements in one system. The data can be retrieved from anywhere, at any time by PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. The system offers high performance, flexibility and versatility and is easy to set up and operate.

HART DOOR SYSTEMS reports it is supplying a wide range of sophisticated industrial doors across two waste to energy sites. At the new Hull Energy Works, which will be capable of processing 250,000 tonnes of waste a year producing enough renewable energy to power 43,000 homes,

SK Elektronik (SKE) has announced it has appointed QUANTITECH as its exclusive UK distributor. SKE is a leading global manufacturer of FID gas analysers. Key monitoring applications include emissions, process gas, abatement efficiency and emissions from wastewater treatment.

WWEM 2016 = 8 Conferences + 80 Workshops + >140 Exhibitors. Visitors will come to Telford 2nd-3rd November to learn about the latest developments in regulations, technologies, methods and standards in lab, process and environmental monitoring.

ELFAB reports it has designed pipe covers to protect pipework from environmental ingress. With over 80 years’ experience within the pressure management industry, Elfab says it recognises the increased need for accessories to protect safety critical applications.

RITTAL reports it will be showcasing some of its leading enclosure technologies at Drives and Controls 2016. Rittal says visitors to its stand D230 will be able to view its innovative modular enclosures, power distribution, and climate control systems, commonly specified as the number 1 choice for protecting critical equipment and says of particular note will be the presence of the new, award- winning Blue e+ climate control system which was launched last year to great acclaim thanks to its outstanding energy savings and flexibility.

CURTIS INSTRUMENTS says choosing the right charger is critical for maintaining a healthy battery and a fully operational forklift and it is important the battery has enough charge at the start of each shift.

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