Plant & Works Engineering
Home
Menu
Engineering lessons from the Great Pyramid of Giza

In terms of construction and engineering feats, it’s difficult to trump the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And yet, much of their wonder comes from stories and records — there’s only one Wonder left standing for us to glean the scale of their collective triumph of engineering.

Online advent calendar is back

LENZE has announced its Advent Calendar is back for 2018 and is full of fun, information and hundreds of prizes and says as the festive season gets underway it’s Lenze’s traditional online Advent Calendar that is bringing the festive cheer to engineering this Christmas.

Brexit and Industry 4.0 - what it means for people, skills, and talent

The UK and its manufacturing sector are going through a defining, disruptive period in history. With Brexit on the horizon, businesses are faced with the short-term uncertainties.

Engineering centre doubles in size

Following a doubling in workshop space, ABB says its UK Engineering Centre now offers its customers extended services including engineered upgrades, retrofits and tailored replacements.

Celebrating 50 years of Swiss engineering

Measurement and automation specialist ENDRESS+HAUSER says it is in great shape as it is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary on 11 November 2018. Now employing over 200 people, and with an estimated turnover of £46 million in 2018, the measurement and automation engineering specialist says it continues to break new sales records.

Added value thermal imaging

FLIR SYSTEMS says whether you are a builder or electrician new to thermal imaging or someone who already appreciates the power of the technology and wants more functionality, it has good news - from 15th October 2018 to the end of this year, the company is running an incentive programme that also includes special, cost-saving product bundles.

COSHH management briefing

ALCUMUS SYPOL a market leading COSHH management service, has announced it will be hosting a series of free breakfast briefing seminars which started at its Stratford office on Wednesday 17th October and will be finishing in Cardiff on Tuesday 6th November 2018. The interactive seminars will cover two of the hottest topics within the industry:

Protecting your gas booster

SECOMAK says for vendors or owners of a gas booster, now is the time to inspect it to ensure it operates effectively through the winter months.

Thermal imaging and furnace surveys

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS offers a comprehensive range of temperature monitoring solutions for primary and secondary metals manufacturing. The company says it has just introduced ThermoView TV40 thermal imagers with an integrated visible-light camera and designed for fixed installation, this new series is ideal for iron foundries where the imagers check temperatures of molten metal and monitor ladles to ensure that the refractory lining is intact.

Spot size calculator app

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS has released the new Spot Size Calculator app for Android and iOS mobile devices, for desktop computers running Windows 10, and as an online app for use with all common internet browsers. The company says it integrates all Fluke Process Instruments infrared spot sensors and thermal imagers as well as legacy Raytek and Ircon devices. Users simply select a product and enter the mounting distance.

‘Track and Trace’ app launched

A ‘Track and Trace’ service app that keeps tabs on orders, from just before shipping through to delivery, has been launched by SANDVIK. The company says the app is a useful tool for customers to free up time in their day-to-day purchasing operations.

Calcium application strengthened

A rotary lobe pump made by BORGER has reportedly reduced maintenance costs and downtime at a leading international chemical and additives manufacturer.

Celebrating a 35 year anniversary with a prize draw

TESTO UK says it will give away a total of 35 Testo Instruments between now and the end of 2018 to celebrate its 35 year anniversary, the prize draw is free and open to all.

Harnessing technology and insight

Manufacturers; maintaining a competitive edge in an age of uncertainty and opportunity.SSG INSIGHT reports it partnered with academic industry experts from Sheffield Hallam University to commission an extensive piece of research among leading manufacturing executives, to understand their optimism and concern around one of the most critical challenges facing modern manufacturing; the relentless rise of technology - particularly in the form of Industry 4.0.

Shortlisted for two awards

ALCUMUS, together with its client William Hill, has announced that it has been shortlisted for two coveted awards: ‘The Fraud Awards 2018 for Most Innovative In-Store Solution’ and ‘Risk Management Awards 2018 for Best Use of Technology in Risk Management – Partnership’.

Multi-purpose drill bits

MAKITA says the new OmniBohrer range of drill bits joins its extensive range of high performance accessories and bits in this multi-purpose collection are suitable for use with a diverse range of materials including concrete, tile, brick, slate, limestone, wood, composite materials, aluminium and plastics, totally eliminating the need to switch between bit types.

Key maintenance test tools

FLUKE says while stocks last at its authorised distributors, as part of the celebrations of its 70th year it is reducing the recommended sale price of two key maintenance test and measurement tools with a saving of around 20% until the 1st of October 2018.

Infra-red emitter

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT says its new Spotlight infra-red emitter precisely targets a concentrated beam of infra-red energy onto surfaces of plastic components which offer difficult access to allow deburring, clenching or welding.

Thermal imaging camera for smartphones

FLIR SYSTEMS has announced the launch of the FLIR ONE Pro LT, a new lower price thermal imaging attachment for smartphones in the FLIR ONE Pro series and says the FLIR ONE Pro LT features many of the professional-level tools and advanced thermal image quality that define the FLIR ONE Pro series.

Maintenance software solution

SHIRE SYSTEMS has announced new FM Modues for Pirana CMMS, its complete maintenance software solution and says it’s affordable.

Support for school

PREMIER COATINGS has announced it is supporting The Wyvern School in Ashford by presenting the staff and pupils with their own brand-new minibus.

Regulations advice

RITTAL says it embraces the need for a high degree of responsibility for the safety of users and the electrical equipment its enclosures are designed to protect and as such the company has a policy of always being on the front foot when it comes to fully complying with international regulations.

Dealing with hazardous waste as a business

Waste expert RECONOMY says if you’re a business that is handling hazardous waste, no matter the type, then it’s vital that you have an effective waste management plan put in place to tackle any problems that could occur and can cause unpleasant damage to your company. It’s something that all companies should avoid, especially when the waste can be harmful to employees and the environment.

Mobile working drives evolution

SSG INSIGHT has announced a new extension of its mobile solutions offering to provide customers with access to its market-leading Agility 9 asset management system via Apple mobile devices.

Improved productivity

A production facility that turns barley into malt for use in beer and whisky production reports it has increased productivity and safety by installing a new germination machine controlled by an ABB variable speed drive (VSD).

Major flow control contracts

ROTORK reports it has received major contracts to supply electric and pneumatic valve actuators and valve gearboxes to Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Refinery Co. Ltd. for flow control in its new refinery and petrochemicals complex, one of the largest in China, at Changxing Island in Dalian City.

VertEx booth delivered

AIRBENCH reports it has delivered a large VertEx booth to a major customer in France and says the customer will be installing its own mixing equipment within the booth area. The system is designed to capture dust from the whole contained area, with various operations taking place within the booth.

Brushless threaded rod cutter

For the first time MAKITA says it has introduced a machine to the LXT range of cordless tools designed specifically for the cutting of threaded rod. The new DSC102ZJ Threaded Rod Cutter is powered by a brushless motor and is compatible with both 14.4v and 18v Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.

Temperature management in the food industry

RITTAL says food processing is a sector that demands very high standards of efficiency to meet daily production throughput targets and any unexpected breakdown of critical components which stops production lines can have a major impact, not just in terms of loss of output, but also unplanned maintenance.

TRMS thermal multimeter

FLUKE says it is now including an iFlex flexible current probe with its 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter with no increase in price. The iFlex flexible current probe allows users to work in tight, hard-to-reach spaces and make current measurements up to 2500A.

Network cable organiser

RITTAL says modern network infrastructures are reliant on optimum performance and maximum flexibility with their cabling and its new Network Cable Organizer (NCO) is indispensable for ensuring this. The company says it revolutionises patching work on the enclosure, with 8 times faster assembly and this not only nets huge time savings, it also creates space and order in the rack.

To extend or end asset life — which is best?

For many UK companies, cutting costs and bringing sustainable practices into operations are key targets. Offshore operators are faced with the decision of extending or concluding production asset life — and pre-decommissioning planning has emerged as a key challenge for the industry. Mitigating uncertainty, enabling decision making and justification as to whether to end or extend asset life, as well as detailed knowledge of asset conditions is crucial.

World Nuclear 2018

SANDVIK MATERIALS HANDLING has announced it will be exhibiting at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, 26-28 June, stand 7-D89 and will be focusing on the extent and quality of its products and customer service.

Essential manufacturing maintenance toolkit

SSG INSIGHT says ensure your maintenance strategy is up to scratch with its free set of resources:

Solving corrosion with science

SANDVIK has announced it is exhibiting at ACHEMA for the first time this year and along with the theme of ‘solving corrosion with science, together we can do it’ will be focusing on a range of products and services designed to combat corrosion problems in numerous applications.

Cloud-based software

Norfolk-based software company SOFTRADER has announced it has released its first fully browser based ERP system designed for suppliers of industrial equipment to the oil and gas and related industries and says Softrader Cloud handles all the major tasks in a companies workflow from enquiry to invoicing; including enquiry and order entry, purchasing, stock control, document creation and storage and so on.

Is technology and advanced software changing the way we build?

We’ve come a long way since the traditional methods of building and with the advancements in technology, we’ve never looked back. Together with Oasys, we consider how software has been used in the planning process of city spaces.

Thermal imaging camera with discount

Until 30th June 2018, FLUKE says it is offering its TiS20 Thermal Imager at a reduced recommended list price. A model in the Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras, the TiS20 offers good quality at an affordable price to help industrial, maintenance, and HVAC professionals analyse equipment health at a distance more quickly and accurately. With a rugged design and an easy-to-use interface, they are said to be ideal for troubleshooting tasks. More information about all Fluke’s Spring Specials can be found at www.fluke.co.uk/promotions.

Floor and wall sealing

SAFEGUARD EUROPE, a leading UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology, says as part of its Drybase range the ECS Epoxy Floor Coating is a highly durable damp-proof epoxy coating for floors and walls from. Supplied as a two-part water-dispersed epoxy resin, Drybase ECS Epoxy Floor Coating is applied in two coats using a brush or roller.

Sourcing the right equipment: onsite rental

Since the economic recession, work and productivity within the construction industry has gradually started to increase. However, as productivity increases, so does the competitiveness of the market; more construction firms compete for work so firms must ensure that they are sourcing the right equipment for the right job – at a competitive price. As more firms saturate the market, demand and prices for equipment also start to increase – increasing contractor operating costs.

Focusing on condition monitoring

PCE INSTRUMENTS says the category condition monitoring in its online shop keeps growing and this category includes various types of tachometers / rotation meters, inspection cameras, thermo hygrometers, contact and non-contact thermometers, infrared thermometers, environmental meters, noise meters / sound level meters, stethoscopes, phase rotation meters, strobe rotation meters / stroboscopes, ultrasonic thickness gauges, UV lamps / UV lights, shaft alignment tools as well as vibration meters and sensors. Some of these meters have a data logging function, some do not.

Expert servicing

RITTAL says the servicing and maintenance of enclosure climate control units is an area that is often overlooked in manufacturing. However, regular servicing has been shown to significantly reduce unit failures and thus prevent production downtime. Rittal After Sales Service offers tailor-made, fast response, service packages, direct from the manufacturer, worldwide, and around the clock.

Starting a CMMS search?

SSG INSIGHT says - so, you've decided that your organisation needs a CMMS; you know the problems that need fixing and you know what to do to solve them. But before you start looking for a solution, there are ten questions you first need to ask in your CMMS search - including four vital stages you need to consider: Establish your requirements; Search and select your supplier; Implement the system and Consider helpdesk support & future development of the CMMS

ISO 9001:2015 certification

RILEY SURFACE WORLD is a leading reseller of new and used surface finishing plant and machinery. The company has been trading since 1966 and operates from 5000 square metre premises in Aldridge, West Midlands. In recent years, Riley says it has invested heavily in technology and people in order to become a global force in the surface finishing industry and the next logical step was to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification to move the company to a different level.

Expanded product portfolio

BSRIA INSTRUMENT SOLUTIONS reports it has recently added the new TSI PortaCount respirator fit tester to its hire and sales portfolio, providing users with the ability to easily undertake the testing of full and half face masks, SCBAs, and disposables. Designed to be run from a tablet or PC these fit testers provide a consistent and objective testing experience across all respirator types.

WiFi video brochures

Anglo American print specialist CURVEBALL PRINTED MEDIA has announced the launch of its WiFi enabled video brochures with Android Operating System and touch-screen user interface - http://www.curveballprintedmedia.com/wifi-video-brochures/ .Adam Hazelwood, CEO, stated, “The second generation of video brochures has arrived. Our customers can now update brochures already in the hands of their clients or users by uploading content over the internet using a desktop app’”.

Spill containment products

Spill containment specialist EMPTEEZY has announced it is launching an array of new products which are tailored to meet the requirements of working environments from industrial and commercial to military, marine and educational. Among the new additions are galvanised steel pallets, secure economy walk-in stores and three sizes of secure storage boxes to the Chemstor range.

Win a helicopter ride for two

The latest news, products and processes from the HENKEL surface treatment specialist is now available to everyone via the recently launched, dedicated website: www.bonderite-solutions.co.uk. The company says visitors to the site can register to be kept up-to-date via regular newsletters and early registrants will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win The City of London Helicopter Discovery Tour for Two. This extra special aerial tour is not to be missed, so register now or by the 3rd April 2018 latest.

Free clamp meter

Until 30th June 2018, FLUKE has announced it is offering a free Fluke true-RMS AC/DC clamp meter when purchasing a Fluke TiS75 thermal imager. Both use the Fluke Connect system, enabling users to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphone or tablet for secure storage on the Fluke Connect Cloud and allow team access from the field.

Flexible real-time reporting

IDHAMMAR Monitor is designed to present key performance information to any browser on any PC or display, any time. The company says maintenance teams will benefit from real-time reporting of asset performance by being actively alerted to issues as they arise, speeding up repair processes and shortening lead times. Idhammar says real-time customisable screen alerts continuously refresh data, to provide an instant indication on the status and priority of work orders and configurable and customisable reports present multiple report data sets, through a single access point.