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Intelligent condition monitoring

A condition monitoring system installed on a paper coating machine has enabled the Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe plant in Bielefeld, Germany to switch from time-based to condition-based monitoring, helping to avoid unnecessary machine shutdowns. Enabling the new system is a Mitsubishi Electric L-series PLC that operates as a bidirectional gateway between the controller and sensors. PWE reports.

Tube preparation

This article is based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we look at tube preparation.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Andy Jones, MD at Mattei Compressors Ltd.

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Model Predictive Torque Control protects against gas supply interruptions - Application story

ABB’s Model Predictive Torque Control* (MPTC) software protects compressor operation during power supply disruptions, saving time and money. PWE reports.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provide by SKF. Q: Why would I need a magnetic bearing?

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Manufacturer secures annual energy saving following compressed air upgrade

Annual energy savings of at least £10,000 and increased productivity have been realised by Heritage Trade Frames, a fabricator of domestic and commercial windows, doors and conservatories in the North West of England, after opting for a compressed air systems upgrade from Atlas Copco.

Avoiding complacency!

Howie Emerson, implementation consultant, Bentley Systems, looks at safety and asset health monitoring in the power industry and how to avoid complacency and encourage strong responses to weak signals.

Avoiding complacency!

Howie Emerson, implementation consultant, Bentley Systems, looks at safety and asset health monitoring in the power industry and how to avoid complacency and encourage strong responses to weak signals.

Adjustable (positional) connectors

This article is based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we continue our look at associated threads, focusing on adjustable (positional) connectors BS EN ISO 6149, ISO-1179 and ISO-11926/SAE J1926.

End terminations identification – part 3

NPT SAE J514/SAE J516

Prioritise your storage tank maintenance

Risk-based inspection systems and advanced non-destructive testing methods are helping storage tank owners comply with ever-increasing stringent regulations, as well as reducing maintenance costs, says Tim Bradshaw, general manager, MISTRAS Goup, UK operations.

End terminations identification – part 2

This is part of a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present part 2 of guidance regarding end termination identification.

Question: How can I assess the structural integrity of process storage tanks without busting the maintenance budget or causing costly plant downtime?

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by MISTRAS Group Ltd.

Protective coating extends lifetime of flue gas duct

Conditions in a flue gas duct are extreme. Heightened exposure to heat and aggressive chemicals can cause the steel structure to crack or fracture resulting in leakage. In the worst case, this can lead to plant shutdowns and expensive repairs.

A taste for reliability

Food and beverage manufacturing facilities are tough environments for bearings. The avoidance of premature failures calls for smart approaches to their selection, operation and maintenance. PWE spoke to David Oliver, channel and platform development manager bearings and units at SKF.

Kegging line - Case Study

A large supplier of bottled and draught beers was experiencing numerous lighting problems on their keg cleaning and sterilisation lines. Since its initial installation conventional fluorescent tubes were used for overhead lighting and at strategic points along the line to facilitate manual inspection and control.

UK manufacturing extravaganza set to take centre stage

The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant and Asset Management, European Offshore Energy, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14th April 2016, alongside MACH 2016 and National Electronics Week 2016. Collectively the exhibitions will be the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2016, and will create an unmissable event. PWE reports.

Small bore tubing – planning the route

This is part of a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present part 2 of guidance regarding planning the layout of a tube system.

Electrical safety assured

Safety and security are two high priorities for installers and users of electrical switchgear. To prevent personal injury or property damage as a result of issues such as fault currents (short circuits), a number of industry standards and regulations have to be followed.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by MISTRAS Group Ltd. Question: How can I assess and monitor the condition of bearings that rotate at speeds of between 0.5 and 60 RPM?

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Small bore tubing: planning the route – part 1

This is part of a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present part 1 of guidance regarding planning the layout of a tube system. 

Transformer intelligence taken to the next level

ABB’s smart, sensor-based Transformer Intelligence technology enables utility and industrial customers to optimise and manage power transformers. The solution based on ABB’s CoreTec online monitoring and CoreSense sensors provides real-time monitoring of mission-critical functions for transformers rated from 11 kV to 400 kV.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. Q: For large-size rolling bearings with outside diameters above 1500mm, what type of heating methods are available for mounting/dismounting and which is the most suitable?

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Plant and Asset Management 2016 to showcase future of maintenance solutions

The biennial Plant and Asset Management Exhibition, co-located alongside; Drives & Controls, European Offshore Energy, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems Exhibitions – is once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14th April 2016, alongside MACH 2016 and National Electronics Week 2016. Collectively the exhibitions will be the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2016, and will create an unmissable event.

Twin ferrule compression fittings: incorrect tightening – part 3

This is part of a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present the third of a short series looking at the problem of incorrect tightening.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter comes from MISTRAS Group Ltd. Q: How can I detect and diagnose fault conditions within a power transformer while it is still operating i.e. without having to remove it from site?

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Maximising efficiency of new wastewater treatment plant

Complying with EU standards is one of the key challenges that wastewater treatment plants face. For this reason, more and more water treatment facilities across Europe are investing in ambitious optimisation projects aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and productivity. One example of this is the new wastewater plant that serves the city of Lille, in France. To maximise the new facility’s efficiency, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies turned to Atlas Copco’s blowers equipped with WEG’s motors and drives.

Twin ferrule compression fittings: incorrect tightening – part 2

This is part of a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present the second of a short series looking at the problem of incorrect tightening.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by MISTRAS Group Ltd. Question: How can I assess and monitor the condition of bearings that rotate at speeds of between 0.5 and 60 RPM?

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Thai 45MW gas-fired generator repair delivers improved reliability

One of the largest private electricity generators in Thailand recently experienced a loss of generating capacity in one of its six gas-fired generators which supplies the heavily industrialised area where it’s located. With an urgent need for a swift and reliable repair, the local Sulzer agent was contacted, with a view to getting the 45 MW generator back up and running as soon as possible.

Twin ferrule compression fittings: incorrect tightening – part 1

This is the first in a series of articles based on guidance provided in the British Fluid Power Association’s newly introduced training course titled ‘Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – using twin ferrule compression fittings’. This month, we present the first of a two-part series looking at the problem of incorrect tightening.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Andy Jones, MD at Mattei Compressors Ltd. Q: I’ve heard it’s important to regularly service and maintain a compressed air system – why is this?

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Know your enemy

A 200 tonne cooling tower can accumulate in excess of 275 Kg of suspended matter over the course of just one year. Allowing a cooling system to get weighed down by bacterial growth and slime build-up leaves it vulnerable to corrosion and fouling and is not worth the risk to plant operation. But do you know the enemy well enough to effectively keep microbial growth at bay?

Cool, clean and dry…

Compressed air produced by a compressor is hot, wet and dirty; however compressed air applications require cool, clean and dry air for efficient and reliable performance. Contaminants can be present in compressed air from the outset due to the nature of atmospheric air, but can also enter the system in the form of compressor wear and from the system itself. Effective treatment of the compressed air is therefore vital and only by understanding the various types of contamination which must be reduced or eliminated, can the correct treatment be specified. Peter Fearon of IMI Precision Engineering explains how to plan an efficient compressed air filtering system.

Hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness – part 3

This is the third and final part of a short series of articles based on the British Fluid Power Association’s recommendations and best practice for hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness. This month, we look at some of the main hydraulic hose assembly processes and contamination zones.

The answer to this month's trouble shooter is provided by Schaeffler (UK) Ltd - Q Do you really need to purchase a replacement rolling bearing, or can the existing one be reconditioned?

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New surface tolerant technology solves maintenance dilemma

A UK oil supplier was faced with a major dilemma when a transformer oil storage tank began to leak in several places. As the tank was located in a confined space, it would be highly dangerous to repair the damage in-situ using hot work. If the tank was removed and repaired offsite, not only would this incur large amounts of downtime, but the cost of welding alone would be over £15,000.

Hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness – part 2

This is the second part of a short series of articles based on the British Fluid Power Association’s recommendations and best practice for hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. Q: What type of applications would benefit from using split rather than solid spherical roller bearings?

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Embracing Industry 4.0

The practical advantages that the new cyber-physical interface of Industry 4.0 brings are acknowledged by engineers across a range of industries. Jeremy Shinton, product manager UK – business solutions at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., UK Branch, Automation Systems Division, explains how food and drink manufacturers in particular can benefit from the implementation of Industry 4.0.

Embracing Industry 4.0

The practical advantages that the new cyber-physical interface of Industry 4.0 brings are acknowledged by engineers across a range of industries. Jeremy Shinton, product manager UK – business solutions at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., UK Branch, Automation Systems Division, explains how food and drink manufacturers in particular can benefit from the implementation of Industry 4.0.

Health check delivers faster communications

Communication system health check is helping to deliver an enhanced learning experience for chemical engineering students at Imperial College London. PWE reports.

Fully integrated air solution launched

A new air solution combining a rotary vane compressor with a range of ancillary equipment including an air receiver, dryer and in-line filtration in a fully integrated package, has been launched by Hydrovane, part of the Gardner Denver Group.

Case study

Iain Hanson, product manager at Brammer said his company was called upon to conduct such an audit at the Banbury site of Mondelez, one of the UK’s best-known names in food and beverage production. This particular facility is the company’s largest coffee plant in the world, with the capacity to produce 100 million jars of instant coffee per year. Brammer provides an ‘Insite’ service to this and four other Mondelez facilities – effectively a Brammer branch on the premises, an Insite supplies and manages a wide range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products including fluid power products, bearings and tools for a customer, and can also be called upon to support value-adding projects.

Cost savings in the air

Compressed air is a tertiary form of energy, created through the use of electricity which in turn is typically generated by the burning of a primary fuel source – coal, gas or oil. Of the original natural resource, only around 4% of the energy can be successfully converted into compressed air as the rest is lost as both waste heat and through transmission lines. PWE looks at how to cut the cost of compressed air.

Inspired to meet future challenges

As SPE Offshore Europe 2015 prepares to open its doors in Aberdeen from 8-11 September, the oil and gas industry can look forward to debating both the technical and people challenges facing the business today. PWE reports.

Hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness

This is the first part of a short series of articles based on the British Fluid Power Association’s recommendations and best practice for hydraulic hose assembly cleanliness.

Free webinar programme confirmed

The Infrared Training Centre (ITC) says it is continually exploring ways of communicating the huge potential of thermal imaging as well as its potential pitfalls without adequate training. Its latest introduction is a series of webinars that provide a convenient way for those new to the technology to learn more.

Compressed air solution for confectionery manufacturer

Less than a year after installing a bespoke chocolate filtration solution for leading confectionery manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery, independent compressed air systems provider AFS has completed the design, procurement and installation of a new BRC (British Retail Consortium) compliant and energy efficient compressed air system at the company’s West Yorkshire facility.

The answer to this month’s trouble shooter is provided by SKF. Q: Why would I need a magnetic bearing?

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