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Is your time well spent?

Andy Owen explains how businesses can improve efficiency and productivity



Driving efficiency

Software innovation is boosting design and production optimisation, says Paul Taylor



How efficient are your motors really?

Around the world, legislation relating to electric motor efficiency is tightening in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and damage to the environment. However, far less attention is paid to some of the practicalities. Here, Lucie Hodkova looks at how best to determine the efficiency of an installed motor



Taking it easy – small data

Jonathan Wilkins explains how data analytics can help manufacturers grow and become more efficient



Pump design and its effect on mine safety and efficiency

The technology involved in coal mining around the world has advanced a great deal over the years, especially in terms of improving the health and safety of the miners. At the same time mining efficiency and production rates have also improved



Co-ordinate control of multiple offshore platforms

Honeywell’s central control room improves operations at Wintershall’s multiple offshore gas and oil platforms



Plug and play speed sensors are insensitive to electromagnetic fields

New speed sensor technology for industrial electric vehicles has been developed by to cope with the harsh environmental demands created by the switch to more powerful, compact ac motor designs



Dc motors deliver high performance and efficiency for electric motorcycles

Dc motors are increasing in popularity due to their performance advantages over ac motors for applications ranging from high-speed automation to electric motorbikes. Jon Severn reports on a selection of recent developments in dc motors and drives



Novel pumping technology operates by using solar energy or waste heat

Various applications could benefit from a new pumping technology, ranging from domestic central heating circulator pumps to irrigation systems in developing countries. Jon Severn reports on the Non-Inertive Feedback Thermofluidic Engine (NIFTE) that is currently under development



Inverter range caters for variable torque applications

Available in a number of designs, including IP55 variants of the QD:E and QD:CT PLUS that are suited to harsh environments



DTV semiconductor market suffers decline in 2008

Global DTV semiconductor revenue is set to decline to $7.95 billion in 2008, down 1.1 per cent from $8.04 billion in 2007, according to iSuppli Corp



New lasers offer more power-per-dollar

Newport Corporation is introducing new lasers for photovoltaic manufacturing applications, offering better value and higher productivity



Seismic power source ups geohazard survey efficiency

Speed and efficiency are crucial when seismic survey operations take place inside the Arctic Circle



Seismic package has 'extreme' channel count point-receiver

Jeremy Cresswell looks at the pick of what's new on the seismic technologies block



Streamer steering now crucial as market conditions tighten

Jeff Cunkelman discusses field-proven technology to optimise survey data, efficiency and safety



Measuring ocean currents for efficient seismic surveys

The demand for oil and gas drives exploration and production in to more and more complex environments. Grant Jennings and William Kikendall report



Exploring benefits of quasi-resonant converters for power supply systems

Jon Harper looks at how equipment makers can bring the efficiency advantages and lower EMI of quasi-resonant power conversion to lower power systems.



Modular electronics housing system for individual electronics assemblies

Heinz Scharlibbe looks at a new modular electronics housing system which provides a home for individual electronics solutions destined for applications in industry, process automation and building technology



Small drives can mean big energy savings on production lines

Saving energy on a large scale therefore is not rocket science, one area that is equally as simple, but in many instances is being overlooked is small motors and small drives, often driving continuous process items such as fans, pumps and compressors



Intelligent actuation allows better system control at solar power plan

Novel actuator technologies are giving the level of fine control required to ensure that industrial activities reach new levels of efficiency and cost effectiveness



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