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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…
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.
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.
01/04/2014 - Integrated Drive Systems – the Holy Grail for Industry?
John Inskip, Product Manager at Siemens Industry (Drives & Motion Control) looks at how completely integrated drive trains can provide a successful solution.

As the world economy slowly starts to recover, industry is investigating and implementing methods and technology to ensure long-term profitability and reliability.
24/03/2014 - Trends for 2014 - looking at the year ahead with CD Automation
Understanding and analysing trends helps CD Automation deliver competitive advantage to its customers. To enable us to do this, we've looked high and low, visited international trade exhibitions, gauged senior expert opinion and researched academic publications.
One of the great things about today’s thermal imaging technology is that relatively complicated procedures can now be accomplished with minimal effort. Notably, latest generation entry level cameras feature increasingly sophisticated user interfaces that allow simple point and shoot operation. One click saves the image in a variety of modes, complete with embedded thermal data for subsequent analysis.
12/03/2014 - How has the new IE4 classification changed the motor market? - asks Bauer Gear Motor GmbH
The IE2 regulations effectively cleaned-up the lower efficiency end of the market; if an application requires a motor to operate rarely, then its energy consumption is not so critical. Users just want the cheapest machine they can buy that will be reliable in that application, the IE2 regs are intended to make sure that new motors being supplied into these conditions meet a minimum standard of efficiency.
26/02/2014 - How can industrial and medical equipment manufacturers reduce time to market and lower total system costs?
Alex Geddes of Honeywell Sensing and Control, writes:- 
There is a new kind of relationship between parts suppliers and OEMs. In the past, most parts suppliers only designed and developed the various parts and components that were needed for their OEM customers. In today’s competitive markets, that is not enough.
11/02/2014 - Trouble shooter’s guide to motor maintenance and repair
A failed or underperforming motor can bring a busy production line to a complete halt, compromise a critical airflow, devastate a water supply or lead to any number of other issues. Here, Andrew McIntyre of TSJ Industrial in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire uses his wealth of field experience to suggest some simple solutions to potential problems.
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