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Britain’s manufacturers are urging the Government to work more closely with business on new reforms to technical education or, risk repeating the same mistakes over the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy which was rushed in without proper consultation.

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A host of potential air quality dangers plague our buildings. Peter Dyment, technical manager of leading filter manufacturer Camfil explains what facilities managers can do to help protect building occupants from them.

When purchasing new compressors, an increasing number of factory managers are stipulating ‘oil-free’ and ‘class zero’ requirements as part of the specification process. However, research shows that these products can be less energy efficient and cost more to maintain than oil-lubricated equivalents. Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei, considers how oil-free air can best be achieved.

Heavy industries such as mining, shipbuilding and materials handling rely on heavy, rugged, industrial cables to ensure continuous power supply or communication. This dependency means the consequences of a cable break are costly both in terms of lost productivity and downtime. So, for the German cable repair specialist Becker and Hüser, its focus is to get its customers back in business in the shortest amount of time and FLIR thermal imaging is playing a vital role in helping to pinpoint the exact location of the problem. PWE reports.

Last year’s unusually hot summer caused disruption for many factories and industrial facilities where overheating staff and customers resulted in drops in production and sales. While refrigeration systems are often considered too expensive and uneconomical for large space cooling, evaporative cooling offers a cost effective and reliable alternative.

Standard components specialist norelem has launched a new range of oil level gauges that can help engineers and manufacturers steer clear of dangerous situations involving oil.

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Editor's Comment 

There are massive opportunities ahead for UK industry despite continuing political uncertainties, and we should remain optimistic about our future prospects. UK manufacturing is back on the map, due to the brilliance of our companies, which have made such a success of supply chains and the modern marvel of just-in-time logistics. During these unsettling times, it is easy to forget what we do best, and only if we continue to be outward looking to reflect the world-class innovation and manufacturing skills we possess, will the UK cope with the challenges and take advantage of the new opportunities.

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