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Dust unsettled: combating a danger to health and efficiency in the workplace

Added: 1 Aug 2017

Dust and fumes are the enemy of process-based operations – airborne contaminants present both a hea…

Case study: Xylem brings pumping solutions to beermaker Brewdog

Added: 25 Jul 2017

Craft brewing requires a revolutionary approach to ensure consistency – which is why this Scots bre…

Viewpoint: hydraulic pump performance is not only down to certification

Added: 25 Jul 2017

Oilgear’s David Atkinson explains that hydraulic pump performance is not simply defined by basic ce…

Fit for the purpose: choosing the right valves for efficient flow

Added: 24 Jul 2017

Ensure you have the most effective valves and you minimise a proportion of the risk inherent in man…

Viewpoint: why manufacturers need to get their heads in the clouds

Added: 18 Jul 2017

As we enter the era of the smart factory, Johannes Petrowisch of COPA-DATA discusses the benefits o…

Viewpoint: the benefits of equipment cleaning are crystal clear

Added: 11 Jul 2017

Cleaning equipment in the workplace is perceived as a small and mundane task, but it’s actually one…

Hot topic: thermal imagers power efficiency drive in food and drink

Added: 11 Jul 2017

Thermal imagers have the ability to detect fluctuations across a wide temperature scale, and theref…

Oil & gas: the shale debate returns

Added: 4 Jul 2017

Shale is back on the agenda as process industry feedstocks and energy supply are threatened by our …

Plant Equipment: mixing techniques count with complex liquids

Added: 4 Jul 2017

Which techniques are best when the mixing process becomes as complex as the liquid matter involved?…

News viewpoint: how the General Election result will affect the process sectors

Added: 4 Jul 2017

The hung parliament that has emerged diminishes the likelihood of a hard Brexit, but brings other p…

Viewpoint: it’s not only the Machine Directive to which you need to adhere

Added: 27 Jun 2017

TUV SUD’s Neil Dyson takes a view on the legislative framework
within which machinery safety sits.

On guard: how crucial risk assessment is to machine safety

Added: 27 Jun 2017

Risk assessment is as vital as it ever was in maintaining machine safety, writes Greg Pitcher.

Women’s contribution to engineering history is greater than you think...

Added: 23 Jun 2017

To mark International Women in Engineering Day, Helen Marston, engineer at specialist resistor manu…

Viewpoint: what can be learnt from the ‘Lego principle’

Added: 20 Jun 2017

Plants based on the ‘Lego principle’ of modular automation are the solution to volatile markets in …

Case study: control system expertise helps to cut factory’s build times

Added: 20 Jun 2017

Dispensing equipment supplier Meter Mix has seen its machine build times reduced by up to 20% since…

Improved use of resources drives development in the water industry

Added: 20 Jun 2017

At a time when operating margins in water and wastewater are under growing pressure, the need to co…

Thought control: agile SCADA systems reduce downtime

Added: 20 Jun 2017

The Internet of Things and software standardisation are enabling process plants to act more flexibl…

Maintaining motion: the cost-effectiveness of lubrication

Added: 13 Jun 2017

Business leaders in industrial production environments are under constant pressure to cut costs and…

Viewpoint: take no prisoners in the war against rust

Added: 13 Jun 2017

A pre-emptive defence is the best tactic in the war on rust. NCH Europe’s Peter Crossen explains wh…

Show Preview: PPMA Show 2017

Added: 5 Jun 2017

Manufacturing trends are under the spotlight at the PPMA Show 2017, taking place from 26-28 Septemb…