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12/08/2015 - Maintaining plant viability amidst proposed AD tariff degressions
At the end of January Ofgem announced that more than 3 GW of renewable energy capacity had been accredited under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme in the UK. While solar photovoltaic projects accounted for more than 98% of the schemes, 135 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants accounted for 3.5% of the electricity generated
29/06/2015 - The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) – Opportunity or More Red Tape?
The latest EU energy initiative, The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), is coming into play. There is a danger that this could prove to be nothing more than pointless and expensive red tape but get it right and it will spur companies to greater energy efficiency and payback a worthwhile return on investment, says Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric.
09/06/2015 - Productivity puzzle still an issue for four fifths of England’s smaller manufacturers
84% of respondents to the latest Manufacturing Barometer – produced for the Business Growth Service - have indicated that they need to improve productivity in the next six months if they are to achieve their growth plans.
13/05/2015 - Industry 4.0 – Realising the Revolution
Again this year Industry 4.0 will be the focus topic of many a seminar, conference and exhibition. Justin Leonard, director, igus asks: “Will the ‘smart factory’ concept ever become reality?”
09/04/2015 - To be or not to be a smart factory - Electroustic asks the question
The concept of smart factories has been common for some time. It goes hand in hand with buzzwords like Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. These futuristic visions of manufacturing refer to an increasing level of factory automation and rely on a simple principle: everything in a factory environment must be connected.
30/03/2015 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Threats
According to research performed by Lloyd’s of London insurer, Aegis London, “in the first half of the 2013 fiscal year, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems–Computer Emergency Readiness Team responded to more than 200 incidents, 53% of which were in the energy and utility sector, and many of them sponsored by states such as China”. Efforts to improve the security of critical infrastructure systems like nuclear power plants and water treatment facilities have accelerated at a rapid rate since the issuance of US Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”, on February 12, 2013.
25/03/2015 - A fresh perspective
Chris Sumner, MD of FANUC UK, considers why robotic uptake within the fresh produce segment has been lower than that in other manufacturing sectors.
09/03/2015 - Breaking free from the clutches of mediocrity
Brakes and clutches are often the defining element in the operation and productivity of driven machinery. However, they are frequently taken for granted, so here, Mike Hemming, Engineering Manager at Matrix International in Scotland redresses the balance.
16/02/2015 - Crime and punishment: Do the proposed new penalties for health and safety offences fit the crime? asks British Safety Council
In a recent presentation, Neal Stone, Acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council addressed the issues:-
"The main theme of my presentation is the issue of ‘crime and punishment’ concerning those organisations and individuals who break the law – specifically health and safety law.
18/12/2014 - Do PLe applications need two interlocks?
There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. This debate has been going on for many years but really gained momentum in 2012 by the inclusion of a note in table D8 in 13849-2-2012:
Rob Lewis, Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, looks at interlock redundancy.

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