Plant & Works Engineering
Advanced shock pulse technology enhances monitoring capabilities for remote water treatment systems

Advanced shock pulse technology from SPM is enhancing monitoring capabilities for remote water treatment systems by detecting early signs of damage and monitoring lubrication levels in critical equipment such as Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs). PWE reports

Troubleshooting robots

PWE looks at how advanced robot controllers can provide enhanced troubleshooting in smart factory settings — while prioritising data security.

AI-powered tool to simplify navigating electromechanical repair and maintenance standards

The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) is working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and UKRI’s Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, to develop an AI-powered tool to help electromechanical repair specialists ensure they repair hazardous area motors to the correct standard. PWE reports

Moving away from big data towards smart data

Beth Ragdale, Product Manager at automation specialist Beckhoff UK, explains the value of consolidating production line data

Why your business needs thermal condition based monitoring

Product quality is high on the priority list of any reputable manufacturer. Whether your business manufacturers finished articles or components for other business to incorporate into their products, the risks are the same: If your production equipment fails, your business quickly transitions from a profitable organisation to a loss-making company. PWE reports

ERIKS & Festo celebrate partnership 25th Anniversary

ERIKS Industrial Services and Festo UK & Ireland are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their partnership with a host of activities that will develop the relationship further and continue to grow business for their mutual benefit.

ABB to acquire SEAM Group to expand electrification service offering

ABB has entered into an agreement to acquire SEAM Group, a major provider of energised asset management and advisory services to clients across industrial and commercial building markets.

UKAS accreditations for energy & engineering technical services

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, has announced that it has been awarded two new accreditations by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to deliver services on behalf of its energy and engineering technical service business units, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

Navigating the future: The digital transformation of plant maintenance in the UK

In the ever-evolving world of plant maintenance equipment and services, the landscape is marked by increased demand for essential solutions that play a pivotal role in sustaining key sectors, both domestically in the UK and beyond. As industries strive for greater efficiency and productivity, a notable shift is taking place. PWE offers an overview of the growing significance of Maintenance 4.0.

Array of technology launches set for Southern 2024!

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2024 will open its doors again from 6-8 February. PWE takes a closer look at the forthcoming show.

The power of programmable lights

PWE takes a closer look at Turck Banner's programmable lighting solutions

Enhancing Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) through maintenance management

Donal Bourke, PEMAC Director of Sales, delves into the reasons why good maintenance management practices within manufacturing can significantly improve RAM. Additionally, he explores how CMMS software should align with RAM principles to help organisations reach new heights of operational efficiency.

Navigating the future: The digital transformation of plant maintenance in the UK

In the ever-evolving world of plant maintenance equipment and services, the landscape is marked by increased demand for essential solutions that play a pivotal role in sustaining key sectors, both domestically in the UK and beyond. As industries strive for greater efficiency and productivity, a notable shift is taking place. PWE offers an overview of the growing significance of Maintenance 4.0.

The importance of door maintenance

The fact that Hart Door Systems has built a reputation for quality and longevity of its wide range of industrial doors, the importance of door maintenance should not be understated says Keith Fisher, Hart’s National Operations Manager (pictured).

Expansion of Premium Care support packages for industrial tools

Fluke, a global technology leader in the manufacture of compact, professional electronic test and measurement tools and software, has announced the expansion of its Premium Care support packages to include a wider range of market-leading industrial and electrical tools.

Tan Delta Systems launches SENSE-2, a new real-time oil monitoring system to significantly reduce operating costs for the plant, works and maintenance sector

Tan Delta Systems, a manufacturer of real-time oil quality monitoring sensors and systems is leading the way within the plant, works and maintenance sector with the launch of SENSE-2. The new oil condition monitoring kit provides real-time data about machine oil quality to optimise maintenance and reduce operating costs.

Ultrasound and Vibration analysis: two key elements of predictive maintenance

Christopher Hallum, UE Systems North Europe Operations Manager looks at the role of ultrasound as a condition monitoring tool and why using vibration and ultrasound together is the best way to reach excellence in your maintenance practices

Following the path to improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Martin Hurley, business development manager for industrial automation specialist Novotek Ireland, looks at how you can improve efficiency, reduce downtime, and increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Measuring vibration, linear and angular motion

Applications that require precise information on the linear or angular movement of an object rely on the accuracy of motion sensors within. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can be used to provide this movement data, and utilising developments in MEMS technologies means this is all possible within a much smaller space envelope. But as we push for increased functionality in smaller spaces, what can custom ICs do to benefit? Richard Mount, Director of Sales at ASIC design and supply company Swindon Silicon Systems explains. 

Cumbrian SMEs unite to form "Resolve Engineered Solutions" - a new era in comprehensive engineering services

A collaboration of four leading Cumbrian SMEs are embarking on a pioneering venture to establish "Resolve Engineered Solutions".

New SKF Maintenance Product Partner Accolade is Awarded to Acorn Industrial Services

Acorn Industrial Services, a leading power transmission stockist has announced it has become the first company in the UK to be awarded new maintenance product partner status by bearing and maintenance product manufacturer - SKF.

Navigating cost saving winch solutions

Winches play a crucial role in ensuring ship passenger safety in the maritime industry. Responsible for lowering and lifting lifeboats and liferafts to and from the water surface, winches must be reliable, repeatable and easy-to-use. Technidrive, a bespoke integrated automation systems provider, says it recently tackled a challenge posed by Survitec, a manufacturer and supplier of liferafts, Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) and offshore rental PPE, to create a winch solution for its liferafts.

Cloud-based SCADA for asset monitoring

Environmental Monitoring Solutions (EMS), a provider of energy management systems to water suppliers, asked Ovarro to assist in improving the way data is presented to its clients? PWE reports

Advancing monitoring and diagnostics

Monitoring the condition of large industrial equipment fleets is challenging and, without the necessary insights, it can be hard to understand the health and performance of assets. To help operators overcome this challenge, industrial digital solutions provider WEG has launched its new WEGscan sensor. By integrating WEGscan into their fleet, operators can monitor a wide range of equipment, including reducers, gear motors and compressors, helping operators reduce costs and improve predictive maintenance.

Marine equipment: How predictive maintenance can detect defects before mechanical failures

Reducing downtime owing to machine faults and breakdowns is important for all industries, but with marine equipment typically being in a remote location, how do we react when problems occur? Andrew Powles Managing Director at FPE Seals explains further.

How EAM software helps reduce costs

Optimal utilsation of assets, low downtime and low maintenance costs ensure the highest possible productivity. This requires an intelligent EAM solution for registering and analysing the data

Digital technologies in maintenance

The latest Talking Industry (TI) panel discussion discussed how digital technologies can be used in maintenance activities. What can you learn from machines using digital techniques, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)? TI Chair, Andy Pye reports.

New inverter kit speeds up setup and simplifies maintenance

Mitsubishi Electric has released a 24VDC digital input plug-in module for its FR-E800 range of variable speed drives (VSDs). PWE takes a closer look.

60 years of information-at-a-glance!

Phil Heine is celebrating T-Cards Direct’s 60th Anniversary. Developed by his father, the company has played an important role in the engineering sector throughout this period and PWE caught up with Phil to learn a bit more about the concept and history of the company.

The benefits of preventative heat transfer fluid maintenance

Clive Jones, Managing Director of thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains how proactive thermal fluid management is the key to safe and efficient operations.

Embracing Maintenance 4.0

Donal Bourke, Director of Sales at PEMAC discusses the common trends emerging in maintenance management across industries and the pivotal role of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) in the era of Maintenance 4.0.

Digital monitoring key to mitigating manufacturing pressures

The continued contraction of the UK manufacturing sector further underlines the importance of digital inspection and condition monitoring technology to avoid unplanned maintenance costs in Q3 2023 and beyond, says Alfa Laval’s new Service Operations Manager.

New vision for the future of maintenance

Fluke Reliability, will be discussing a new vision for the future of maintenance on Stand A42 at Maintec 2023, part of Manufacturing & Engineering Week.

Maintenance permits: Why digital permits beat paper

Permits are a crucial part of maintenance work. They ensure that the work carries out safely and that everyone involved understands the risks and responsibilities. There are multiple ways you can handle permits. Is digitalisation the answer to it?

Avoiding unplanned downtime: Online monitor of critical bearings

PWE looks at how an online monitoring solution using ultrasonic sensors was able to detect an issue on a critical bearing before it turned into a big problem.

The benefits of planned maintenance

Anyone with responsibility for warehouse equipment must consider the question of if the equipment is faulty, do you repair or replace? Rite-Hite’s Thorsten Mauritz explains further.

Maintec takes its place at the heart of M&E week 2023

Maintec returns on 7th and 8th of June 2023 at Birmingham’s NEC as part of Nineteen Group’s Manufacturing & Engineering Week (M&E Week) . PWE reports

Reliability problems solved at major Brazil iron ore mine site

Global miner Anglo American has overcome persistent reliability problems at an important iron ore project in Brazil with the help of Sulzer pump specialists. PWE reports.

Embrace the edge to avoid unscheduled downtime

Johan Jonzon, CMO and Co-Founder of edge analytics platform developer, Crosser, explains how edge analytics provides instantaneous data to prevent unscheduled downtime.

Maintenance 4.0: Seeing is believing

Do you ever wish you had x-ray eyes to see inside a machine to predict exactly when it will fail? The reality is probably a relentless routine of maintenance checklists and service inspections, together with time-consuming preventive procedures. Nevertheless, unexpected lapses in product quality and machine failures are still likely to happen. PWE spoke to David Hannaby, Market Product Manager for SICK UK to find out more.

Partnership to develop the next generation of predictive asset health analytics

ABB has acquired a minority stake in Swedish start-up Viking Analytics via its venture capital unit, ABB Technology Ventures (ATV). The strategic partnership to develop the next generation of predictive asset health analytics for electrical equipment, will allow customers to predict anomalies before they become a risk to their operations. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

Rapid pump upgrade delivers improved efficiency

Sulzer engineers custom boiler feed pumps with updated hydraulic design for 50% less than replacement cost. PWE reports

Southern Manufacturing to showcase array of components, equipment, software and services

In February next year at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2023 will host nearly 600 firms exhibiting a vast array of components, equipment, software and services

Machine safety, diagnostics & data security

PWE takes a look at some of the latest problem-solving solutions from Turck Banner in machine safety, diagnostics and data security

Maintenance management software optimisation: A four-phase service model

PWE spoke to Donal Bourke, Sales Director, and Stephen Davis, Marketing Director, at PEMAC who explain how optimisation services can increase the return on investment of CMMS software projects and support maintenance improvement programmes.

Manufacturing field service productivity: could AI and AR be the solution?

The manufacturing industry is facing a plethora of external challenges: supply chain disruptions, labour shortages and vast globalisation are amongst those at the top of many lists. Against the backdrop of vast international competition, these external factors have undoubtedly created heightened pressures for manufacturers to outperform their counterparts. Colin Crow, managing director of Nexer UK, reports.

Reusable steam trap for process loads launched

Steam specialist TLV Euro Engineering has launched the FJ32, a range of free-float steam traps designed for process applications including jacketed pans, heat exchangers and vulcanisers that, while adopting the universal QuickTrap connection, can be regularly, safely and easily removed, repaired and reused.

Study shows unexpected sources of motion and inventory waste in manufacturing sites

Research conducted by the Tork brand reveals that a large number of machine operators are needlessly interrupted at least 20 times during their workday by having to fetch or dispose of wiping and cleaning products.

Manufacturing field service productivity: Could AI and AR be the solution?

The manufacturing industry is facing a plethora of external challenges: supply chain disruptions, labour shortages and vast globalisation are amongst those at the top of many lists. Against the backdrop of vast international competition, these external factors have undoubtedly created heightened pressures for manufacturers to outperform their counterparts. Could AI and AR be the solution? Colin Crow, managing director of Nexer UK reports

Remote telemetry: Managing a changing energy landscape

PWE looks at why remote telemetry units (RTUs) and advanced software will be crucial for managing more diverse, renewable energy sources.