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06/10/2014 - Investment in man is as important as machine for delivering a 21st century service
Despite boasting the largest range of non-metallic electrical enclosures ex-stock in the UK, Spelsberg isn’t content to rely simply on its standard product catalogue to grow business. Instead the company has invested heavily in CNC machines and a state-of-the-art assembly line to ensure that it is able to offer bespoke solutions to end-users of all sizes. However, it doesn’t end at investment in machinery.
29/09/2014 - Variable speed control reduces energy consumption and increases system efficiency in refrigeration applications.
Abdelhak Dhabi, Global Refrigeration Business Development Manager, Danfoss VLT Drives, discusses the advantage for using frequency converter technology in refrigeration applications to control compressors.
22/09/2014 - How to identify the most appropriate motor starting method
The mains supply is coming under growing strain as industry regains momentum, so the chances of motor starting corrupting it are increasing. Various techniques for reduced voltage during starting are available and Jerry Hodek of motor maker Marathon Electric, explores which is best for different applications.
DURING the 40th anniversary year of the Health and Safety at Work Act, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby says new figures revealing the UK is now one of the safest countries to work in the world must be applauded, but warns there is still work to do because thousands of unnecessary accidents still occur every year.
26/08/2014 - Sensors 101 - Understanding Sensors within a fluid control system
In the world of fluid control systems today, very little can be achieved without the raw data supplied by sensors, which need to be carefully specified to ensure that they are suited to their application. These sensors can help facilitate a variety of tasks from displaying process information and performing control functions to operating alarms, but each one has to communicate information to a process controller.

Kieran Bennett, of process control specialist Bürkert, looks at the range of sensors available, the different technologies used in their design and how the application affects the specification.
18/08/2014 - Top five things that go wrong with electric motors
There are a myriad of issues that can cause electric motors to fail. However, among this rogue’s gallery of problems there is a set of usual suspects that crop up more often than the others. In this post, European Automation's Jonathan Wilks has compiled a list of the top five causes.
08/08/2014 - Cartesian - the low investment for automation rookies
Since June 2013, Pacepacker Services has been working closely as a technology partner with Festo on twin-axis Cartesian style pick and place robots. When the need arose to build a robust, reliable solution for a food automation application, Pacepacker purchased Festo components to incorporate into a newly designed two axis Cartesian system.
28/07/2014 - Correct sizing of pipework and valves for steam applications ensures reliable and efficient operation
Steam is used in a wide range of industries for a variety of processes, from a basic small heating circuit to large scale hygienic steam production, involving specialist equipment which needs to be designed and maintained properly to ensure efficient and reliable operation of the process equipment.

Ian Webster, Hygienic Processing Segment Manager at Bürkert UK offers industry leading steam training courses; here he looks at some of the basic calculations that should be understood by design and maintenance engineers in order to achieve a safe and efficient process.
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.
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