Plant & Works Engineering
Manufacturer slashes energy use by 20%

BEP Surface Technologies, a leading electroplating and surface finishing specialist, has announced it has cut energy use by 20% after investing in control and automation technologies.

Rethink of temperature control strategies paramount to circumventing skill shortages

With a recent report further underlining skills shortage issues faced by the UK manufacturing sector, a prominent utilities equipment supplier is calling upon industry professionals to re-evaluate their current approaches to temperature control. PWE reports

Pioneering collaboration agreement with the University of Birmingham

Vital Energi has announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Birmingham to develop and commercialise a range of innovative thermal storage solutions, which will help accelerate decarbonisation within the heating and cooling sector.

Entries now open for Energy and Utilities Industries Skills Awards

Entries for award nominations are now open. The Energy & Utility Skills Conference and Awards is the inaugural event dedicated to fostering knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and excellence in the energy and utilities industries, focusing on skills relating to tackling climate change and achieving net zero.

How maintenance engineers can discover cost and energy savings

James Goodby, director at voltage optimisation specialist Powerdown220, explains how avoiding running unnecessary voltage through your equipment also reduces your maintenance costs.

First steps for efficiency gains

Amid reports that doubling energy efficiency by 2030 could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as a third, energy specialist Aggreko is highlighting some of the key areas that industry can make immediate efficiency gains.

Coventry University Vice-Chancellor to speak at global climate summit COP28 in Dubai

Coventry University’s Vice-Chancellor will speak on how today’s youth can make a real difference at the global climate summit COP28.

Innovative Breakthrough in SAF Technology

The success of the first-ever 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) trans-Atlantic flight by a commercial airline, operated by Virgin Atlantic, signifies a new era in SAF technology. This step towards eco-friendly air travel was made possible thanks to an innovative process, BioForming Sugar to Aromatics (S2A). The technology was originally invented by Virent and jointly developed for commercialisation by Virent and Johnson Matthey. The process marks a significant move towards decarbonising the aviation sector and a breakthrough in SAF.

Real Progress campaign to accelerate global sustainability launched

ABB has announced it has launched its new global sustainability initiative, showcasing the power of technology and expertise to accelerate sustainability while enhancing productivity. ABB says its Real Progress campaign is a rallying call to customers, partners and suppliers, inspiring them to harness technology leadership and the solutions that exist today to amplify their own impact across process industries such as mining, metals, and pulp and paper.

Large energy users urged to consider equipment sizing under new EU Energy Efficiency Directive

Following the European Union’s launch of a new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) to reduce emissions across the continent earlier this month, energy solutions specialist Aggreko is encouraging businesses to make sure their energy needs are being correctly specified.

Engine overhaul provides Southern Water with sustainable CHP power

Finning, exclusive distributor of Cat engines and power solutions in the UK and Ireland, overhauled a CHP generator for Southern Water – helping the utilities company to benefit from a lower-cost and more sustainable way to power its operations. PWE reports

Turnkey steam project completed for UK’s largest centralised kitchen

Industrial process heating equipment and solutions specialist Babcock Wanson has completed a turnkey project to supply steam, via its BWD30 fire tube boiler, to cookers at IRC Cucina’s new Trafford Park centralised kitchen. PWE reports

Thermal Oxidisers: Efficient odour abatement

Etienne Fourie, Technical Sales Manager at Babcock Wanson, explains the use of Thermal Oxidisers in the food industry

Design for a building that absorbs carbon dioxide

A team of Coventry University students combined their architectural knowledge to claim top prize at a national competition with a design for a building that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Heat pump technologies: Future proofing your heating system

A plastic packaging manufacturer has future proofed its heating system by replacing fossil-fuelled equipment with heat pump technologies. PWE reports

Birmingham start-up awarded funding for technology that generates water out of air

NovNat Tech, a  new company based in the Unit 9 incubator at the Birmingham Research Park, has announced it has secured funding from Innovate UK to develop a novel technology that can generate water out of air.

Sustainability through production efficiency

Sustainability doesn’t have to come at a cost, in fact many companies are finding that their initiatives are saving them money. Turck Banner has identified three broad areas where they can assist companies in saving costs as well as becoming more sustainable. Production efficiency, energy management and supply chain management.

Aston University wins £1.8m to boost West Midlands low carbon markets

Aston University has announced it is to receive £1.8 million to transform the West Midlands into a powerhouse of low-carbon product development and commercialisation.

Celebrating environmental wins

Birmingham-based photochemical etching company Precision Micro has announced a series of environmental improvements, highlighted in the release of its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Impact report.

Potential water restrictions should spark cooling conversations in manufacturing sector

Following climate change-related water shortages across the European continent causing governments to take action, a process industry expert is highlighting the knock-on effect to manufacturers reliant on waterways for cooling processes.

Where the IoT meets sustainability

PWE Spoke to Jörgen Friesendahl, Global Offer Manager for data driven machining at Sandvik Coromant, who offers advice to the metal cutting industry on implementing smart factory solutions — both to reduce carbon and increase profits.

Decarbonising petrochemical refining

Petrochemical processes have traditionally been heated with fossil fuels, but pressure is building to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and advance long-term decarbonisation goals. Fossil fuel heated processes leave big shoes to fill when it comes to thermal processes, so electric process heaters often raise two big questions: how big can an electric heater be? And what is required to maintain proper control of large electric heaters? Dennis Long, Chief System Designer at industrial electric equipment manufacturer Watlow, explains further

Bentley Education announces winner of Enactus iTwin4Good Challenge

Bentley Systems, has announced the winner of Bentley Education’s iTwin4Good Challenge.

Hydrogen production apparatus for universities achieved with flexible valve cluster

Developing gas reaction experimental research apparatus for academia, DarbyTech needed a valve system that could handle both methane and ammonia. The valve manifold system also had to achieve multi-channel mixing of these gases, and scalable gas distribution options were also required for system expansion potential. DarbyTech turned to Bürkert’s engineers to provide the right valve solution.

Electric steam boilers Vs traditional fuel-fired counterparts

Carl Knight – managing director of process steam and heat transfer specialist Fulton – looks at the advantages of electric steam boilers versus their traditional fuel-fired counterparts.

Do we have to put up with vibration from plant equipment?

Whether we’re in a residential or an industrial setting, we’ve all encountered situations where we’re forced to put up with noise disturbance from a pump, pipe or fan, but should we have to? Adam Fox, director at vibration control specialist Mason UK, explains why simply following the available guidance should eliminate this all-too-common problem.

Schneider Electric deepens its relationship with Warburtons

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a multi-year extension to its technological partnership with Warburtons to improve production at six of its manufacturing sites across the UK and mitigate the rising cost of energy and raw materials.

Supporting clean energy transition

Parker Hannifin’s Sales Company UK and Ireland has announced that it has become a member of the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA), the largest industry-funded regional hydrogen alliance in the UK.

University highlights significant savings from VSRT installation

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has used steam boilers from Fulton for many years, but even the University was surprised at how efficient the installation of new VSRT boilers proved to be when it replaced ageing plant. PWE reports.

Sustainability initiative to support environment

For many years Turck Banner has been working with customers to improve efficiency in areas ranging from saving energy by using its LED lighting, through to identifying areas for improvement with OEE Kits. PWE reports

Thinking workplaces and homes can help us create a safer more sustainable world

Adapting our buildings following the Covid pandemic is an invaluable opportunity to reimagine the relationship between buildings and the health of their occupants, writes Dr Thorsten Müller, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB.

What are the implications of de-rating boiler pressure?

In these days of pushing the boundaries on energy efficiency it’s very easy to connect a lower working temperature in a boiler to a lower flue gas temperature and therefore higher efficiency but is that really the case? The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) explains further.

Automation and the rise of the microfactory

Steven Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff Automation UK, explains why some manufacturers are using automation to operate on a smaller footprint.

Monitoring NOx emissions from combustion processes

Due to the environmental and health effects of the nitrogen oxide gases, global regulations are driving down emission limits. This creates and greater demand for monitoring and control procedures. PWE spoke to James Clements, Managing Director of UK gas analyser manufacturer Signal Group, about the current issues and unveils the latest advances in monitoring technology

Talking energy efficiency

Andy Pye reports on June’s Talking Industry, which covered the topical subject of Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing.

Heat regeneration should be key consideration

Many industrial processes require energy, but only a portion of that energy input is used for each operation such as pasteurisation or evaporation. Unused energy is wasted, often passing to the environment as hot gas or liquid. However, by using heat exchangers, it is possible to recapture most of this untapped energy through waste heat regeneration. Matt Hale* explains further.