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07/07/2014 - Let’s talk about being smart
As news that homeowners are rejecting smart meters in their homes, hits the press, Schneider Electric's Barrie Cressey asks what people are really afraid of and addresses what is really going on behind the scenes of the smart world in which we live.
 
30/06/2014 - Get your coat on…
Specifying an enclosure for your application requires an understanding of the hazards that are likely to be encountered once installed, as well as the performance requirements that will be expected. Considerations such as tensile strength, security and ingress protection are relatively straightforward, and most well-manufactured enclosures should provide the necessary performance. But, how can an enclosure offer protection from extreme temperatures, electrical interference or any one of the thousands of other complications which can arise in industrial applications?

Chris Lloyd, Spelsberg UK Managing Director, explains how specialised after-market coatings can enhance an enclosure’s performance in unexpected ways.
 
18/06/2014 - Industrial Ethernet connects systems to improve energy efficiency
The drive to improve energy management has become so urgent that efficient installation and reliable operation have become imperative. Fortunately, there are many well-publicised technologies available to help. Here John Browett, General Manager (Europe) of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) explains how Industrial Ethernet is playing a key role in providing efficient and reliable solutions.
 
09/06/2014 - Changing trends in enclosure design and specification
One of the consequences of globalisation and the new age of technology is that even SMEs are now competing on a global scale. This global economy has increased competition which is great for consumers who can now demand high quality, low cost solutions or look elsewhere. But, what does this mean for OEMs and design engineers? How have the pressures of operating on a global market affected their demands and requirements on component manufacturers?

Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg ELS, explains the changing market trends in enclosure manufacture, supply and demand.
 
28/05/2014 - Guide to buying Industrial Connectors, from Electroustic
The term Industrial Connectors is broad and covers a vast array of connector types and brands from Rectangular to Power, Circular, Waterproof, Fibre, MIL spec and RJ45 etc. Ultimately it will be your application combined with the technical specification that will determine which connector you require; however a specialist connector distributor is a valuable tool when it comes to identifying and buying the right industrial connector for your requirement.
 
21/05/2014 - Heat Exchanger design and control is a ‘steamy’ issue
Heat exchangers are used in many forms across a range of industries, but one of the more common applications is in food processing where they are used to heat or cool a bulk food product. The process requires precise management to ensure that the correct heat transfer takes place, producing a food product at the required temperature while maximising efficiency. This requires expert knowledge in both steam applications and system design, both of which are areas where Bürkert Fluid Control Systems excels.
 
13/05/2014 - Silica Dust – much more than a nuisance!
With silica related deaths rising year-on-year, dust is a serious issue. How can we look to tackle the issue? James Miller, managing director at dust extraction specialists Dustcontrol UK explores the matter further…
 
02/05/2014 - CUSTOMISED ENCLOSURES MAKE SOUND BUSINESS SENSE
Maximising profit is important to any business but so too is the avoidance of loss. A production process may be optimally designed but if it is frequently interrupted by the failure of the electrical systems that power and control it the result can be catastrophic. Total operation costs increase, personnel safety is compromised and fire risk escalates.
 
23/04/2014 - Nanofibres – a maturing technology
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as “specials”. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming clear that the greatest added value for electrospun nanofibres can be realised where they are used as part of a composite or in a multi-component construction.
 
14/04/2014 - REDUCING COSTS BY RECOVERING ENERGY FROM COMPRESSORS
Reducing energy costs through operational efficiencies is a key objective for all manufacturers particularly in view of current economic pressures, as is the importance of effectively demonstrating ‘green’ credentials. Compressor manufacturer HPC Compressed Air Systems is an acknowledged leader in developing the most cost-effective, energy efficient systems and offers users many possibilities and expert advice, (picture 1). However, one particular area which offers the potential for significant energy savings but is still largely ignored is the recovery of heat actually produced by the compression process.
 
 
  
 
    
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