Saturday, 28 February 2015

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Shale ambiguity helps nobody

John McKenna, Editor

BP chemicals plant facility

Growth boost for chemicals firm

Chemoxy, a speciality chemicals manufacturer, has been granted £20m in funding to help finance growth.

Manufacturing Barometer

Manufacturers to boost technology spend

More than half of all small and medium sized (SME) manufacturers in England are planning to invest in new production technology, according to a government report.

Amec Dunlin A North Sea oil

North Sea exploration “collapses”

New oil & gas investments falling but production predicted to grow in 2015.

Bionic handling assistant

Manufacturers voice ‘Industry 4.0’ concern

The majority of UK manufacturers see the 4th industrial revolution becoming a reality by 2025.

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Idhammer at Maintec

Idhammar launches world class manufacturing at Maintec

Idhammar Systems, leading provider of CMMS and OEE systems launches its World Class Manufacturing (WCM) suite of software products at this year’s Maintec Exhibition, 24-26 March at the NEC, Birmingham.

HUMICAP sensor

Measure humidity in extreme conditions

The Vaisala HUMICAP Humidity and Temperature Transmitter Series HMT330 is built for stable measurement in just about any environment.

Fluke

Vibration meter is latest addition to Fluke Connect

Fluke has introduced the handheld Fluke 805 FC, a portable vibration screening tool that provides quantifiable information on the bearings and overall health of motors and other rotating equipment, and shares that data in real time via Fluke Connect.

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David Cameron IGas shale gas site visit

Shale ambiguity helps nobody

By John McKenna

Delaying vital decisions on shale gas development until after the general election doesn’t help supporters or opponents of fracking.

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European Automation Jonathan Wilkins

Why motors break down

There are many reasons why electric motors fail, but some are much more common than others, says European Automation’s Jonathan Wilkins.

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Emerson Micro-Motion Coriolis technology

Liquid assets

By Louisa Hearn

Accuracy is the watchword when choosing a flow meter, but not all devices are created equal.

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BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010

Sensors hold the key to oil & gas survival

By John McKenna

With politicians demanding monitoring of shale sites and offshore platforms relying on data to remain profitable, John McKenna finds that the use of sensors is critical to an oil & gas project’s survival.

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ABB’s HVDC Light on Statoil’s Troll-A gas platform

Powering platforms

ABB’s work with Statoil and BP in the North Sea shows the advantages in connecting offshore oil and gas platforms to mainland power grids.

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Engineering and design for lean construction Video

The Aveva Group has launched this short video which explains how best to control the design spiral on construction projects.

German ExxonMobil employees drink fracking fluid - web

ExxonMobil staff drink fracking fluid

Staff of ExxonMobil this week appeared on national television in Germany to attempt to show that fracking fluid is harmless.

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