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04/01/2017 - HRS Heat Exchangers: A food plant guide to obtaining PAS 110 Certification for anaerobic digestate
‘PAS 110’: six characters which, depending on your point of view either strike terror into your heart or show the wider world, and customers in particular, the attention to detail and quality that lies behind your AD process and your digestate.
Traditionally, the automotive industry has led the way to use robots on a large scale. However, if used without care, robots can be dangerous to humans. Back in 1961 when General Motors introduced the first industrial robot to its production line, humans were at high risk inside a robot’s work zone. Since that time, robot manufacturers such as FANUC have spent enormous effort and money to produce models with the best possible safety levels.
02/11/2016 - What’s New in Industrial Access Control?
Physical and logical security in manufacturing plants and other industrial firms is a pressing and persistent concern. Controlling access to and within the site and protecting information and automation systems from breaches is essential. Physical or digital security lapses, whether accidental or malicious, can cause significant damage, particularly when it harms personnel, the equipment or environment, or impacts quality.
12/10/2016 - Busting the myths about food pasteurisation
Pasteurisation has been established as a key method of destroying pathogenic bacteria in the food and drink industry since its invention in the middle of the nineteenth century, although the origins of heating wine for preservation go back to China in the 1100s. However, as food and drink processing becomes more complex and food chains longer, the importance of pasteurisation has increased.
19/09/2016 - Hinkley C decision heralds UK nuclear renaissance
The UK government’s much delayed decision to proceed with the country’s first nuclear power station in a generation has been welcomed by IChemE. The agreement, which is still to be confirmed in an exchange of letters between the government and EDF, will give a green light to the construction of a new 3.2GW power station at Hinkley point in Somerset, UK. The £20bn project is based around two pressurised water reactors designed by Areva and will create 25,000 jobs across the nuclear supply chain during the construction phase.
23/08/2016 - HRS Heat Exchangers: Creating a richer biofertiliser
Following the welcome news that the RHI budget is set to treble between now and 2021, Britain’s AD industry is breathing a small sigh of relief. However, succeeding in the AD industry means optimising every single part of the operation. Today’s successful operators understand that maximising the value of the significant volumes of digestate generated from the AD process can be the difference between a project’s success or failure.
20/07/2016 - Prioritising asset performance for Industry 4.0 transformation
As industry 4.0 takes hold and organisations the world over become more connected, being able to integrate and exploit information in a real-time, will be essential to maintaining market share and rising above the competition.
16/06/2016 - HRS Heat Exchangers - Heat: The forgotten element of Anaerobic Digestion
Anaerobic digestion (AD) produces many valuable and useful products, including biogas (which can then be turned into heat, electricity or biomethane gas) and digestate, a biofertiliser rich in nutrients and organic matter. However, many farm AD plants also produce incidental heat, which can be captured and used within the AD process or for other on-site operations.
25/04/2016 - Educating the benefits of automation to food manufacturers – as they face short retail contracts
Winning a large retail contract is a coup for any food manufacturer. However, supermarket price wars and changing food presentations to gain and maintain the interest of consumers, means that many manufacturers are being squeezed out of the market.
08/03/2016 - Automation stepping stones - SME’s jump on the automation bandwagon with Endoline’s simple pointers
It’s official; SME’s in the UK are on the up with growth and start up business rates returning to pre-crisis levels. Considered the back bone of the economy SME’s contribute a staggering £1.2 trillion to the UK each year.* Now, in the face of a national living wage, coupled with the growth of affordable systems, SME’s are beginning to take a leap of faith into the fast paced world of automation.
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