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The wide range of topical panel discussions of the popular Talking Industry webinar events will move temporarily from the digital sphere to live panel discussions at the NEC under the Talking Industry Live brand for three days during the forthcoming co-located shows; Smart Industry Expo, Plant & Asset Management, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – which all return to Birmingham’s NEC between the 5-7th April 2022, alongside MACH.

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The seventh Talking Industry discussion attempted to explore what could be done to further evangelise the benefits of digitally transformative concepts to improve efficiency and competitive perspective and to define more clearly concepts such as IIoT, Industry 4.0 Smart Factory, Digital Twins, Machine Learning, Analytics and AI. Andy Pye provides this summary review.

Typically, a fifth of UK industry’s electricity bill is attributed to the production of compressed air, but it is a sobering fact that a substantial portion of the generated power dedicated to its production is energy wasted. So how is a VSD compressor different from a conventional fixedspeed unit? PWE reports

Floor cleaning and maintenance are at the heart of any building care operation and industrial premises are no exception. The variety of flooring has grown as manufacturers develop new materials and products designed for better safety, greater resilience, lower costs, and other benefits. Meanwhile, innovations from floorcare suppliers aim to make cleaning and maintenance simpler, less expensive, and more sustainable. This has increased the number of options but also made choosing the right product for a particular application more complex than ever before. Terry Burt* reports.

In 2015, with business improving but original process equipment reaching end-of-life, Rebellion Beer Company bucked the trend and, with impartial advice from heat transfer specialist Fulton, replaced its ageing steam boiler for a thermal fluid system. Now, six years on, Rebellion’s Mark Gloyens explains how brewery life has coped with the switch. PWE reports.

Variable speed drives (VSDs) and soft starters provide ways to reduce the energy consumption of a motor by providing operators with solutions for control over their power. But which is the most appropriate choice? Marek Lukaszczyk* gives his advice for choosing a VSD or soft starter.

Data can elevate the maintenance function from being a quick fix to keep production lines running, to being a vital tool for enterprise success. Dan Rossek* explains how to raise your maintenance strategy to this level by accessing and repurposing data that already exists.

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Editor's Comment 

As the Job Retention Scheme, also known as furlough, comes to an end, and indications that the recovery is still gathering strength, it is clear the impact of Covid-19 will also leave a scar on the UK’s economic growth.

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