KSB and Ferrier Pumps Ltd recently continued their long standing partnership working on a flood prevention scheme for Renfrewshire Council. PWE reports.

Valves aren’t necessarily the most exciting tool in any building’s toolkit, but whilst unseen and unsung, valves are not only heroes in their own right but absolutely vital to make any building management system run smoothly. Simon Garratt, marketing manager, field devices, at Schneider Electric, reports.

If measurements from two non-contact laser displacement sensors are evaluated together, the thickness of an object can be determined. However, the accuracy of thickness measurements is determined by a number of important factors and not just linearity explains Chris Jones, managing director at Micro-Epsilon UK.

Russ Baker, UK sales director of the hire division at ICS Cool Energy, outlines why a business continuity plan is so important and the basics of putting one in place.

When referring to modern technology, companies bandy the word "smart" around a lot, especially when talking about energy efficient devices. We have smart meters, smart grids and even smart cities. In November 2015, for the first time in history, the National Grid resorted to paying large companies to turn off their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in an effort to keep the lights on in Britain. Nick Boughton, sales manager of systems integrator Boulting Technology, discusses a smarter approach to energy efficiency.

Less blade wear and greater uptime of a billet mill saw are among the benefits from retrofitting an ABB motor and variable-speed drive (VSD) at Tata Steel’s Stocksbridge plant. The motor and drive improves control of the saw, preventing trips and stoppages that can damage the blade. PWE reports.

Trevor Dunger, product specialist for pressure and level for ABB’s UK Measurement Products business, explains the growing importance of calibration in promoting good practice and profitability.

Boulting Technology helped to upgrade Thames Water’s 90 year old Littleton raw water pump station. The water company wanted to increase the performance of the site, while also making it more flexible, reliable and energy efficient. It also wanted to implement an automated system that would speed up pump start-up procedure. Thames water wanted all this without losing any of the pump station’s 1920’s charm! PWE reports.

SEW Eurodrive has supplied and commissioned a new drive package for Sheffield based Bedford Steels. It replaces one originally installed in 1951 and is expected to significantly reduce the company's energy consumption, increase production and simplify the maintenance regime. PWE reports.

The Programmable Logic Controller, or using the less tongue-tieable acronym, PLC, has become a stalwart of the automation industry and can be found in countless automated manufacturing processes across the world. Jonathan Wilkins of industrial automation components supplier European Automation discusses the top five problems with PLCs.

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology –Hannover Messe - returns to Hannover, Germany between 13-17th April 2015. PWE reports.

Within many sectors of industry, minimising energy consumption and maintaining plant uptime are essential to optimising production costs. Process heat recovery is one significant approach to reducing energy consumption, while improving process performance will contribute to plant efficiency. Heat exchangers when used for heating, cooling, condensing or evaporation play a major role in recovering energy from process gases and liquids, so it follows that their efficiency will influence operating costs. Geoff Mahoney, AxFlow product manager plate heat exchangers reports.

Thermal fluids are used in a variety of sectors including manufacturing pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, textiles, petrochemicals and food. Dr Chris Wright, head of research and development at Global Heat Transfer describes common problems with heat transfer systems and thermal fluids in the food manufacturing industry. He also outlines his key recommendations for ensuring a harmonious and healthy relationship between plant, fluid and system.

PWE spoke to Durapipe’s valve and flow control department manager Geoff Rogers to discuss the challenges his department is faced with on a daily basis.

Sebastião L. Nau and Daniel Schmitz, research and technological innovation department at WEG, explains how reducing efficiency losses is key to achieving IE4 class efficiency with induction motors.

PWE spoke to Dave Clark, commercial & engineering project manager at Veolia Water Technologies, about a bespoke water treatment system for Tata Steel.

Correct sizing of pipework and valves for steam applications ensures reliable and efficient operation. Ian Webster, hygienic processing segment manager at Bürkert UK looks at some of the basic calculations that should be understood by design and maintenance engineers in order to achieve a safe and efficient process.

Motors are the workhorses of industry, so commonplace that they are often taken for granted. Now, with the world economy growing and new regulations about energy efficiency coming in, many users will be installing new motors over the next few years. Lucie Hodkova of Rotor UK offers this checklist of things to remember when dealing with new motors.

Klaus Allion, managing director at ANT Telecom, outlines how investing in a unified communication system that integrates lone workers can make your budget – and your mobile workforce – go further and work harder.

The demands for improved energy savings combined with precision operation has increasingly led engineers to specify permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs), which are more efficient and accurate than an induction motor and a fraction of the cost of a large servomotor. Rick Munz, IHP product manager at Regal, explores this motor option.

A logistics company instructed a national refrigeration contractor to supply and install a new refrigeration plant totalling 1500KW for a new site in the South West.

The provision of an instrumentation service, calibration and maintenance facility necessitates substantial investment in equipment, staff, training, spares and consumables. However, Quantitech has found that the provision of a rental fleet provides considerable synergistic benefits. PWE reports.

The climate in most industries at the moment is focused towards cost reduction to protect margins. While this is to be commended, and can offer real benefits to a business and its customers, it is important that when it comes to procurement the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is considered over initial cost savings. While some components may seem like the cheapest solution in the short term, they can quickly prove expensive if regular maintenance, repair and replacement work becomes necessary.

Flowserve, provider of fluid motion and control products and services, is using ABB variable-speed drives (VSDs) and motors for quick and easy testing of its new pump variants at different speeds. PWE reports.

SEW-EURODRIVE was formed in 1931 by Christian Pähr. The company’s focus on continual product development and outstanding commitment was highlighted at a recent event at its Industrial Gear Plant Bruchsal (GGW), in Germany, attended by PWE.

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