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PUWER up – how predictive checks underpin electrical safety

Added: 21 Mar 2017

Electrical safety enforcement has got tougher. Avoiding injuries won’t suffice if you can’t prove c…

Case study: brewery benefits from embracing robotics

Added: 14 Mar 2017

A busy family-run Belgian brewery has used industrial FANUC robots to process, fill and palletise i…

Viewpoint: a trio of automation trends for 2017

Added: 14 Mar 2017

COPA-DATA UK’s Martyn Williams examines three of the most prominent automation trends of 2017 and d…

How digitisation is enhancing flow measurement

Added: 13 Mar 2017

In the last two decades, digitisation has changed the face of analytics. Susan Fearn Ringsell repor…

Viewpoint: the virtues of combined heat and power

Added: 8 Mar 2017

Managing, maintaining and making the most of a Combined Heat and Power system can offer huge saving…

Plant maintenance: remote monitoring leads to smarter processes

Added: 7 Mar 2017

A conceptual framework of predictive manufacturing begins with data that can be sourced via remote …

Plant Equipment: giving tanks and vessels a clean bill of health

Added: 1 Mar 2017

If tanks and vessels are to be cleaned effectively, it’s essential to pick the right cleaning head …

Editor’s comment: chemicals sector awaits May's post-Brexit prescription

Added: 1 Mar 2017

As Michael Caine might have said, not a lot of people know that the small Scottish town of Prestonp…

Chemicals & materials: the challenges EU withdrawal will create

Added: 1 Mar 2017

Adapting to changing circumstances will be a key requirement for the chemicals sector, post-Brexit.…

Show Preview: Maintec 2017

Added: 22 Feb 2017

The Maintec exhibition returns to Birmingham’s NEC, supported by a programme of educational content…

Case study: SCADA system puts robots on a roll

Added: 22 Feb 2017

Low-cost system brings robot control to tissue packing line.

Handling humidity in process is a hot topic

Added: 22 Feb 2017

To avoid the effects of temperature and humidity fluctuations in the production and process environ…

Show Preview: Hazardex 2017

Added: 15 Feb 2017

The Hazardex 2017 international conference and exhibition returns to Runcorn, Cheshire for the seco…

Viewpoint: use cyber sense to safeguard industrial control networks

Added: 14 Feb 2017

MAC Solutions’ Tim Ricketts provides some useful tips for businesses looking to improve the securit…

Minding the gap between being data rich and insight poor

Added: 14 Feb 2017

In the new frontier of engineering technology, collecting data is everything. Yet the path to disco…

Viewpoint: gas tech innovations bring speedy safety solutions

Added: 7 Feb 2017

Honeywell’s Thomas Negre identifies the latest trends in gas detection technology.

Viewpoint: the pressure is on to filter out contamination

Added: 7 Feb 2017

The importance of contamination control in hydraulic systems should not be underestimated, says Bri…

Plant maintenance: how to assess the ageing process

Added: 6 Feb 2017

Where safety dictates, a need to understand equipment condition and identify assets at risk is crit…

Viewpoint: load cell digital technology fills an efficiency gap

Added: 30 Jan 2017

Load cells can save substantial costs by preventing product overfilling and avoiding penalties incu…

Plant Equipment: weighing up the options for increased productivity

Added: 30 Jan 2017

Multi-head weighers make for faster packaging, but not at the expense of accurate measurement. The …