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Nitrogen + Syngas 2017

Nitrogen + Syngas 2017 is firmly established as among the world’s leading annual events for the nitrogen and industrial gas market. The four-day technical conference and exhibition attracts technology experts, innovators and plant operators from around the globe.


Hilton London Metropole, London, UK
February 27th to March 2nd 2017
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International SAP Conference for Oil and Gas

T A Cook Conferences and SAP have announced that the 5th International SAP Conference for Oil and Gas will take place on 28-30 March, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Join this consistently well-attended conference - the only customer-centric event of its kind outside of the US – and learn invaluable best practice from over 15 international SAP customer case studies. Hear the latest on SAP solution offerings and how these will equip your organization to meet current market challenges, including the low oil and gas prices.

The event will kick off with two full-day and five half-day, deep-dive, pre-conference workshops. Topics to be covered will include: Digitalization, Enterprise Portfolio & Project Management, S/4 HANA, Predictive Maintenance and Hydrocarbon Secondary Distribution. The workshops will each feature industry experts, presentations, demos, and real-life scenarios that together represent years of experience with SAP solutions across a variety of business situations.

At the conference itself, enjoy SAP executive keynotes to bring you up-to-speed on the latest SAP roadmap and solution updates, and hear new customer reference stories from international organizations including BP, C&J Energy, Copagaz, ENAP, Phillips 66, Saudi Aramco, Supergasbras, Valero and many more.

Tailored for the specific needs and processes of the oil and gas industry, topics will include: Digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT); S/4HANA; Cloud; Upstream operations and field logistics; Operational excellence; Capital spend (Capex and Opex); Downstream operations and logistics (including secondary distribution); EHS; Procurement; Finance and HR.

On top of all this, visit the event show floor to experience the SAP Partner exhibition, live demonstrations, microforums and interactive sessions and make valuable connections at the networking evening social event, scheduled to take place at the beautiful Convento de Beato.

Nowhere else will you gain direct access at any one time, under one roof, to SAP experts, partners & customers; industry thought leaders and your peers across both the oil and utilities industries (the conference is once again co-located with the International SAP Conference for Utilities).  We expect over 150 organisations from 40+ countries to attend the 2017 event.

Registration is now live.


Lisbon, Portugal
28-30 March, 2017
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Maintec 2017

The role of the modern maintenance engineer is set to be transformed by the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things. Educational content at Maintec 2017 (March 21st to 23rd, NEC, Birmingham, UK) will reflect this paradigm shift in working patterns.

This is an exciting time for engineers as the advent of Internet of Things-enabled technologies change the ways that products are made and maintained. Greater connectivity across process plants will provide companies with far better visibility of their assets, bringing the potential for smarter factories based on preventative maintenance methodologies. It will also transform the way that equipment is monitored and repaired out in the field, leading to the emergence of new service-based business models using cutting-edge technology such as augmented reality and wearables.

These are just some of the forward-looking trends that will be discussed at Maintec 2017, the UK’s leading maintenance and asset management show, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 21-23 March. Reinvigorated under the new ownership of Western Business Exhibitions, the Maintec show will be accompanied by a wide-ranging educational programme, featuring global perspectives on topics such as predictive maintenance and how to implement connected technologies across factories and distributed assets.

“We felt it was important to increase the educational aspect of Maintec to reflect the rapid pace of technological change in the industrial sector,” says Tim Else, Event Director. “The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to revolutionise the way that modern process engineers go about their daily tasks and it’s important that this trend features prominently at the show.

“Already we are seeing industrial facilities using sensors to collect and analyse data at every point of production, meaning they can predict failures before they occur. IoT is an enabler of condition based modelling, and will unleash the true potential of predictive maintenance regimes. Furthermore, by fitting sensors to equipment out in the field, manufacturers also have a better idea of how their products perform in real-world operating environments. All these topics will be discussed at Maintec, which will make for a stimulating and forward-looking event.”

These Maintec show will feature two content streams, amounting to more than 15 hours of free conferences and seminars with more than 30 industry figures, taking place across three days. Confirmed speakers include Steve Brambley, a director at Gambica, the trade association for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology in the UK, who will speak about smart maintenance, focusing on how the industrial base can get involved with IoT demonstration efforts. Professor Rajkumar Roy, director of Through-life Engineering Services Centre, Operations Excellence Institute at Cranfield University, will speak on how digital technologies will underpin the concept of continuous maintenance, focusing at the foundations and technologies required to offer such service.

Meanwhile, Cyril Deschanel, head of IoT in Northern Europe for Vodafone, will discuss the role of IoT-enabled technologies in supporting reliable preventative maintenance programmes, while Chris Mitchell, principal consultant at US-software giant PTC will look at how augmented reality and wearable technology will change the way that factory equipment is maintained.

In addition to the conference activities, the exhibition halls at Maintec also promise to be packed full of clever companies showcasing interesting technology. Maintec 2017 is expected to feature more than 100 exhibitors, covering a wide range of sectors including electric motors, pumps, lubricants, hydraulic equipment, vibration analysis software and safety products. There will also be interactive demonstration areas, where visitors can view machinery and safety equipment in operation.

The show is expected to attract more than 5,000 delegates from leading companies. Maintec 2016, for instance, had visitors from blue-chip companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Robert Bosch. “We’re expecting it to be a really busy event,” says Tim Else. “Maintec is strategically located with three complementary exhibitions – The Health and Safety Event, The Fire Safety event, and Facilities Management – so visitors can really make the most of their time away from their day jobs. Overall, there will be more than 400 exhibitors, with no fewer than eight focused educational theatres.”

The Maintec show is supported by several high-profile organisations, including Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice; Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades; Society of Diagnostic Engineers and British Compressed Air Society. “Maintec really is a chance for the entire maintenance and asset management community to come together in one place,” adds Else.


NEC, Birmingham, UK
March 21st to 23rd,
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Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Solids

Hoppers, silos, bins and bunkers are widely used in industry for storing bulk solids materials. However, these facilities often experience operational problems – often because facilities have been designed without knowledge of the flow characteristics of the material to be stored. This intensive, two-day course has been specifically designed to help solve problems like these.


University of Greenwich
7 - 9 March 2017
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Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials

The drawing up of specifications and correct design of hoppers, silos, bunkers and other large scale bulk storage schemes is of fundamental importance for the optimal operation of plant. Many processes fail to reach their designed throughput or suffer from 'unforeseen' handling problems. The root cause of a very large proportion of these issues can be traced back to a failure to understand the storage and handling requirements of the bulk materials and hence installations that do not incorporate bulk characteristics into the design process may encounter these issues.


University of Greenwich
25 - 26 April 2017
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Railtex 2017

Railtex 2017, the UK’s premier exhibition of railway technology, products and services, takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May 2017.

The thirteenth in a highly successful and popular series, the exhibition brings together domestic and foreign suppliers meeting every requirement for the safe and efficient operation of main line and urban railways.

The scope of the show ranges from fixed infrastructure assets such as track and signalling and communications to rolling stock and its related subsystems, components and maintenance equipment.

Also covered are key areas such as station equipment, revenue collection systems, passenger information technology and security products – and much more.

Supporting Railtex are leading industry organisations, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Supply Group and the Rail Alliance.

A key additional feature of the event is its extensive programme of keynote speeches, technical seminars, project updates and discussion forums. These all take place in the exhibition hall and are open to everyone attending the show.


National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
May 9-11, 2017
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Smart Urban Mobility Solutions

The inaugural Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) conference is being co-located with the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference - All-Energy 2017 (SECC, Glasgow; 10-11 May 2017).

The new event focusing on Glasgow’s work on smart cities and the city’s, and Scotland’s, long history of innovation in intelligent traffic control and on the rapidly growing demand for new and emerging smart mobility technologies within existing transportation infrastructures - just one of the many challenges facing today’s cities.

In this age of rapid change, intelligent strategies are required and efficient use and control of mobility solutions are of prime importance. The Transport System Catapult puts the estimated global market value at £900 billion by 2025.


Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th May 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials

This intensive, two-day course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then over three hundred engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we'll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.


University of Greenwich
16 - 18 May 2017
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International Robotics Challenge

Robots which can crawl in pipes, climb lamp posts, fly over power lines and traverse train tracks will be key to identifying and fixing infrastructure problems in the future, saving money and helping keep countries efficient and competitive.

Exactly how they do that and what the priorities should be are set to be the key themes of a challenge launched by the University of Leeds as part of the 2017 UK Robotics Week.

The university is inviting companies, academics and student groups to join a two-day event to share knowledge and identify the areas where robots could, or already do make a difference.

By bringing key people together to examine options and celebrate examples of success, the organisers say a significant contribution can be made to the future direction of infrastructure robotics research and application.

As part of the challenge, participants will be able to submit existing robots for judging by experts to highlight those where a specific role has already been conceived.

The International Robotics Challenge event is due to take place in Leeds on 27th-28th June 2017.

Participants can attend as delegates or as competitor teams which can submit robots for assessment and demonstrate their leading-edge work to peers and potential users.

Robotic fixers

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds the University’s £6.5m National Facility for Innovative Robotics Design. Its researchers including Professors Rob Richardson and Phil Purnell, and Dr Raul Fuentes are also leading a £4.2m project to develop robotics fixers of the future.

Their vision is to create self-repairing cities, where robots are developed and programmed to fix many of the day-to-day problems which slow countries down.

This vision is the driving force behind the University’s decision to host the UK Robotics Week’s challenge. By sharing ideas, opening up potential collaborations and exploring how robotics research can drive real world improvement, everyone involved in the sector can together make a difference.

Improving efficiency

From fixing broken street lights to patching potholes, or identifying corroded utility pipes, the Leeds team believes robots stationed around cities could significantly improve our efficiency.

Speakers from the university’s team will be at the June event to explain their work, as will leading figures from industry and other institutions.

Full details of the two day event are still being finalised, but Professor Richardson says it will be a landmark in exploring how robots can help to support the structures and systems of future cities.

“Keeping the world’s great cities competitive and open for business is one of the most important ways countries will grow in the future. By bringing knowledge from different sectors together with policymakers and stakeholders we will identify priorities and explore what is already being done to meet them.


Leeds, UK

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Overview of Particulate Handling Technology

This is an intensive, two-day short course designed to introduce the technology of storing and handling bulk materials. It also covers the problems that can result from incorrect equipment selection, and looks at appropriate design methodologies for safe and reliable plant. Specially prepared by the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling, this course has already been attended by over three hundred engineers from industry and is regularly updated to reflect new developments and changes in industrial practice.


University of Greenwich
24 - 26 October 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials

This intensive, two-day course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then over three hundred engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we'll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.


University of Greenwich
14 - 16 November 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying System Design

There is a tradition of different companies using different design equations and assumptions. There has in recent years been a lot of new information generated using improved methods for measurement of material conveying properties, the use of these for design and the effects of design details such as bends and stepped bore sizes. The ultimate aim will be to share the most up-to-date knowledge on how to obtain pipeline designs that work reliably, delivering the required throughput without unplanned maintenance and undesired impact on quality of the powder being handled.

The event is intended to be interactive; delegates are asked to bring along and discuss the approaches they use in their own company and the practical difficulties they face, with a view to establishing a shared vision of best practice to boost the competitiveness of the UK's supply industry and minimise warranty claim costs and user complaints.

There will be a heavy emphasis on case studies to illustrate the issues under discussion.


University of Greenwich
5 - 6 December 2017
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Rotary Valves: Design, Selection and Operational Issues

Rotary valves are widely used to feed pneumatic conveying pipelines, and for feed metering, explosion isolation, atmospheric isolation etc. However there are literally thousands of combinations of different feature options available covering choice of materials of construction, rotor type, drive type, venting arrangements, bearing pattern, seal choice, clearances, cleaning features etc.  Faced with this bewildering choice, how does an engineer decide what to specify?  This course will help understand the reasons for the different options and how to choose them.


University of Greenwich
7 December 2017
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