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Process

Nitrogen freezes pollution-filled pipe

Nitrogen freezes pollution-filled pipe

Safe removal prevents contamination of rural area

Butterfly valve technology nets patent

Butterfly valve technology nets patent

This is designed for flow control, rather than isolation or shut-off

Waste water treatment trialled in Scotland

Waste water treatment trialled in Scotland

The technology uses bacteria which eat pollutants

New rotary lump breaker

New rotary lump breaker

This is for industrial applications, with a stainless version for food

New stainless steel lock

New stainless steel lock

IP69K 440 series lock has 6mm of compression

Modern motor replaces imperial-spec units

Modern motor replaces imperial-spec units

Shaft, keyway and mounting holes had to be replicated

Keeping going when the power goes down

Keeping going when the power goes down

Why the food industry is so reliant on consistent power

The environment — the ultimate fashion victim?

How automation can reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion

Avoiding recalls due to contamination

Some thoughts on lubrication in the food process industry

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Process Equipment

Getting flour to the baker

Getting flour to the baker

Continental hot air compressor hoses for the safe discharging of silo trailers

Talking torque

Pump and valve innovator finds a test rig technology that talks the torque

Contactless radar level sensor

Installed at critical control point on a feed hopper over 8m high and around 5m square at the bottom


Plant Management

Prolonging the life of conveyor bearings

Prolonging the life of conveyor bearings

Highlighting the benefits that can be achieved by using Molded-Oil bearings from NSK, a British...

How autonomous maintenance can benefit the shop floor

Some thoughts on the Japanese concept of total productive maintenance

Lessons in mass production

Robert Glass explains what can be learned from global manufacturing leaders such as China

Water Management

Effluent treatment tools

Effluent treatment tools

Dr Richard Coulton explores the key effluent treatment technologies and how they are being used

New External Mix Atomising Spray Nozzles

This patented design stops the liquid flow when the pressure is off

New concept underwater robot inspired by cuttlefish

Fin drive unit designed for precise, slow movement and low turbulence for enhanced manoeuvrability


Automation/Control

Better bending with automated control

Better bending with automated control

Electrically powered units no longer need manual adjustment

The first steps to plant digitalisation

Relying on modular growth can offer benefits when tackling obsolescence

Autonomous charging system for factory AGVs

Automated Guided Vehicles will need this to keep going without operator intervention

Instrumentation

Key considerations when selecting a lens for machine vision

Key considerations when selecting a lens for machine vision

Given the vast range of sensor formats and different resolution available in machine vision cameras,...

Calibration in hazardous areas

Expert guidance on calibration in hazardous areas

Advances in trace moisture measurement

Trials of new high sensitivity moisture transmitters measuring trace water content have demonstrated...


Materials Handling

Making Bulk Solids Processing Plants to Work Reliably

Making Bulk Solids Processing Plants to Work Reliably

The cost effective manufacture of products is usually considered to be based upon the efficiency of...

Multihead weighing machine

Suitable for harsh environments, such as fresh produce factories or frozen food processors

New three-screw pump launched

This is designed for metalworking applications

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