Friday, 27 March 2015

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Faltering fightback

John McKenna, Editor

Chocolate manufacturing plant

Manufacturing orders fall, says CBI

Manufacturers’ order book levels have fallen this month, according to a survey by the CBI.

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

North Sea emergency simulated

The emergency services and RAF were among those working with Oil & Gas industry representatives last week to stage a mock incident in the North Sea.

LED lighting

Industry wasting £1.4bn on lighting

An estimated 75% of UK industrial lighting installations don’t meet current industry design standards, according to research from Eriks UK.

Chancellor George Osborne Budget

Budget 2015: energy intensive compensation brought forward

Chancellor George Osborne used his final budget of this parliament to outline a number of measures to support UK manufacturing, including energy intensive sectors of the process industries.

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Logiclave autoclave

Efficient autoclaves with compact process valves

The latest Logiclave type vertical closing autoclave from ESTS claims to reduce running and maintenance costs by up to £60,000 over an average 10 year operating period.


Improved efficiencies in process applications

Following on from a successful series of training and workshops, HBM has announced the dates for its next training course, which will take place on the 21-22nd May 2015.


Wide range of control valves

Hydraulic Equipment Supermarkets (HES) stocks the widest range of control valves to suit all applications and budgets.

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Nestle apprenctice at work Jordan Phillips

Faltering fightback

By John McKenna

Much was made by George Osborne in last week’s budget about an apparent renaissance in UK manufacturing.

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Judith Hackitt

Don’t dismiss process safety

Hundreds of safety incidents still occur every year in the process industries, showing that old lessons still haven’t been learnt, says Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chairman Judith Hackitt.

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Sensing overload

Sensing overload

By Louisa Hearn

Sensing devices are riding a wave of new technology that is pushing them into new frontiers.

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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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