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Networking: the cost of bad communication

Rob Smith | Added: 10 Oct 2016

Industry is fighting against a tide of inadequate networking systems, while also attempting to unif…

Viewpoint: sniffing out a solution to foul food smells

Added: 4 Oct 2016

Foul odours caused by poor wastewater management can result in a variety of problems for food and b…

Food & drink: tackling the threat of product recalls

Louisa Hearn | Added: 3 Oct 2016

Product recalls are an unwelcome feature in the manufacturing landscape, so what will it take to ma…

Case study: new packaging technology on the bread line

Added: 25 Sep 2016

Bakery expands its production capabilities with the installation of new automation technology.

Viewpoint: DCS and PLC – spot the difference

Added: 25 Sep 2016

EU Automation’s Mark Proctor offers an analysis of distributed control systems and programmable log…

Taking control: beating the hackers with better security

Rob Smith | Added: 25 Sep 2016

Would-be hackers have a fight on their hands as control system manufacturers beef up the security f…

Show preview: Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016

Added: 19 Sep 2016

This ever-expanding exhibition returns to Manchester at the end of September.

Plant equipment: why boilers beat at the heart of industry

Added: 19 Sep 2016

Manufacturing facilities are starting to reap the rewards of more advanced industrial boilers, writ…

Case study: single pipework system prevents corrosion fears

Added: 12 Sep 2016

A flexible pipework system has been crucial in protecting assets from corrosion at a multi-million …

wastewater lubrication

Slick decisions: correct lubrication provides critical care

Louisa Hearn | Added: 12 Sep 2016

When it comes to protecting essential plant assets, small actions can have very big consequences, w…

Viewpoint: finding the right fit for anti-vibration mounts

Added: 6 Sep 2016

Anti-vibration mounts used to prevent damage to moving machinery will only be effective if specifie…

Show preview: PPMA Total 2016

Added: 5 Sep 2016

The Process and Packaging Machinery (PPMA) Total Show 2016 is being held at the NEC, Birmingham thi…

New nuclear: a blueprint for low-carbon energy?

Rob Smith | Added: 5 Sep 2016

The development of new nuclear plants will play a major role in the UK’s future energy mix as low-c…

Case study: benefit of thermal fluid system is no small beer

Added: 30 Aug 2016

A micro-brewery in Buckinghamshire is one of only a handful of UK companies to have updated its sys…

On the meter: smart ways to control energy output

Louisa Hearn | Added: 30 Aug 2016

Smart energy savings can be found in the smallest of spaces, writes Louisa Hearn.

Case study: water utility pump crisis resolved by rapid repair

Added: 22 Aug 2016

Engineering services firm completes quick fix for catastrophic pump failure.

Viewpoint: cutting the cost of compressed air

Added: 22 Aug 2016

They can become a huge source of wasted energy, but it is possible to slash the running costs of co…

Viewpoint: modern maintenance is a game of strategy

Added: 15 Aug 2016

To remain competitive, plant managers must match modern maintenance strategies to their specific ap…

Maintenance software: the critical path for asset care

Louisa Hearn | Added: 15 Aug 2016

Maintenance software is plugging into the Internet of Things to help operators identify key priorit…

Case study: pumps rescue port from drainage dilemma

Added: 9 Aug 2016

A surface-mounted pumping station has solved the drainage problems at a major east coast port.