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12/11/2014 - Replace and Recycle: Northern Industrial on the different ways you can benefit from obsolete automation
There are several ways in which you can get additional use or even make money from automation parts that are no longer needed. Leading automation supplier Northern Industrial talk about the different ways you can benefit from obsolete automation.
20/10/2014 - The questions to ask when specifying an electrical enclosure
Engineers cannot be experts at everything, so they often bring in specialists to help out. And asking the right questions will help ensure a successful outcome to each project. Here, Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK identifies the key things to consider about electrical enclosures.
14/10/2014 - Spotlight on business energy efficiency
According to the Carbon Trust, heating rooms and hot water can account for up to 60% of total energy usage in a business premises. Inefficient ventilation can result in around 30% heat loss in most commercial buildings, and air conditioning can increase energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by up to 100%. But here, Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy, explains the different technologies that can improve energy efficiencies in buildings across the board.
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.
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