Plant & Works Engineering
Cold storage unit hire guide

While cold storage hire may be simpler than boiler or chiller hire, there are several requirements you should look for in a unit, and what needs to be considered during the installation process. Ralph Howes, Cold Store Major Accounts Manager, ICS Cool Energy explains further

Is your cooling system ready for winter?

Dave Palmer, General Manager for the UK at ICS Cool Energy asks: Is your cooling system ready for winter?

The Heat is on: How to prevent your electrical drives having a meltdown

Although there’s no doubt that inflationary pressures and supply chain delays continue to cause concern to manufacturers, what isn’t perhaps so widely appreciated is that last year was also reported to be the hottest year on record by the Met Office. Without being alarmist, that is another serious issue that we cannot ignore. Rising temperatures are a global trend and they will have a major impact on your electrical equipment. Christian Westwood, Rittal UK’s Service Manager, explains further.

Proactivity crucial for manufacturers to weather summer heatwaves

Following 2022’s record-breaking heat and forecasts of similar temperatures this summer, an industry expert is calling for proactive contingency planning to protect cold chains and avoid short-term supply shortfalls.

Free cooling – the cheapest and greenest way to provide cooling

By: Dave Palmer, general manager for the UK and Ireland at ICS Cool Energy

Solving thermal system complexity

Brittany Phillips* explains how adaptive thermal solutions (ATS) can provide an answer to common heat processing challenges.

Advanced manufacturing keeps power plant online

With one of two cooling water pumps out of action, and the other showing worrying vibration, the on-site power plant at a major chemical plant in Belgium risked a costly and disruptive unscheduled shutdown. Quick action was needed to first address the immediate issue, then fix the problem for the long-term. PWE reports.

Increased boiler efficiency at expanded Romanian operations

With a requirement for new steam boilers with increased capacity, higher efficiency and more eco-friendly emissions when expanding their operations at a second facility in Romania, Universal Alloy Corporation turned to heat transfer specialist Fulton. PWE reports.

Modular cooling tower technology provide more cooling capacity

New advancements in modular cooling tower designs provide up to 50% more cooling capacity, greater energy and installation savings, fewer components and easier maintenance compared to other factory-assembled single-cell cooling towers. Scott Maurer* reports.

Humidity control – a necessity not a luxury

PWE spoke to Lindsey Henderson*, sales director Humidity Solutions, about the benefits of humidity control.

Cooling towers reconsidered

Gary Dicker, director at DHD cooling, explains why the evaporative cooling tower is still a great choice.

Five upgrades to transform any gas engine

James Thompson, managing director of Gen-C, an independent CHP parts and service provider, explains five smart upgrades that can transform any gas engine into a more efficient and profitable piece of kit.

Standalone Vs integrated: How to decide on the best free cooling route

Richard Metcalfe, director (UK & Ireland sales & service) at ICS Cool Energy, breaks down the pros and cons of the two most popular types of free cooling systems.

Demonstrating competence

PWE takes a look at the CEA’s ‘I-GAS’ qualification for maintenance personnel and gas fitters working in industry to demonstrate competence.

Heat transfer fluid: myth vs reality

Clive Jones, managing director of heat transfer fluid specialist, Global Heat Transfer, explains the truth behind four common misconceptions about heat transfer systems.

Legionnaires disease – no excuses

A study by the UK Health Protection Agency reported that 20 per cent of Legionnaires' disease cases may be caused by infected windscreen washer systems filled with pure water rather than appropriate washer fluid. Here, Dr Simona Vasilescu, of the Water Treatment Innovation Platform at NCH Europe, believes that, while Joe Bloggs driving his van may not know much about Legionnaires, plant managers have no excuse.

The price of production

The author Thomas Charlton was the first person to use the often misattributed phrase, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." Perhaps if he had he worked in the water treatment industry, he would have said, “the price of production is eternal vigilance.” Cooling towers are the perfect embodiment of this notion as they can accumulate a colossal 275kg of suspended matter in a single year if left untreated. This can lead to a range of issues that can negatively impact everything from efficiency to productivity, explains Simona Vasilescu, marketing manager of NCH Europe’s Water Treatment Innovation Platform.

9 tips for getting the most out of your glycol

Brent Hall, technical manager at ICS Cool Energy, offers nine top tips for using glycol in chillers and chilled water systems.

Prepare your cooling solutions now!

“Prepare your panels now and be ready for next summer”. That’s the message from international panel manufacturer and climate solutions specialists, Rittal.

Don’t wait for the summer!

Don’t wait for the warm weather to arrive before installing an air cooling system, you need to ensure your industrial or commercial premises will stand the heat.

Heating costs – it’s not all doom and gloom

With ever increasing energy prices, the pressure to make savings has never been more urgent. UK industry, faced with the need to remain competitive against the background of a credit crunch is being increasingly squeezed but it is not all doom and gloom according to Simon Garratt, marketing manager for AmbiRad, particularly when it comes to heating.

Cooling tower solution

Watermiser was commissioned to design, manufacture and install a new GRP cooling tower complete with fan silencers and high level access platform, to replace the aging structural timber tower at the Invergordon Grain Distillery site.

A 1-2 Punch for compact cooling

Compact heat exchanger and cooling tower combination removes heat and stabilises temperatures in a variety of process industry applications. PWE reports.

Utilising RO water

There have been many new technologies developed over the last half century to eliminate the need for open evaporative cooling but none of them have the efficiency that straight water-cooling can deliver. Andy Perkins sales manager, Kirton Engineering, reports.

Boosting cooling tower price-performance ratio

When evaluating the purchase of most types of capital equipment, the obvious factor to consider is price/performance. Yet, an important factor that most people would agree should not be overlooked is added value, an amenity or service - such as warranty or engineering assistance - that substantially increases the worth of the product, or potential ROI. PWE reports.

It pays to invest refrigerant leak detection

It pays to invest in refrigerant leak detection as part of your overall maintenance strategy. PWE reports.