Category Archives: News

EPLAN highlights benefits of EPLAN Cogineer at Drives & Controls Show

CAE solution specialist EPLAN will be showcasing the benefits of EPLAN Cogineer, their new configuration-based software package at the 2018 Drives and Controls show. The show takes place from 10th to 12th April, 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC. Visitors to the EPLAN stand D712 will also have the opportunity to meet with EPLAN partners, including Weidmüller and Festo.

BSRIA LAUNCHES ITS FAMOUS BLUE BOOK 2018

BSRIA is delighted to announce that the launch of The BSRIA Blue Book for 2018.

The famous Blue Book contains invaluable industry information. This includes: key contacts (including BSRIA North); conversion data; key performance indicators; market statistics; legislation and financial information. BSRIA’s services, training courses and current publications are also covered.

Safe Detection of Carbon Monoxide Leaks

FLIR Systems Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera technology allows you to see chemicals that are invisible to the naked eye.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that results from the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels. It’s most often used in the production of bulk chemicals and steel manufacturing. Vent stacks and pipe leaks that allow CO to escape can be dangerous, especially if the gas is allowed to collect in an enclosed area.

Amazon Introduce Junior Filters for Space Restricted Applications

Amazon Filters has introduced 2.5-inch and 5-inch SupaPore Junior cartridge filters for processes where a compact filter system would be advantageous.

These new cartridge filters are ideal for low flow (up to 2m3/Hr of fluids and 100Nm3/Hr of gas) processes including a wide range of pharmaceutical, beverage, coatings and industrial gas applications where available space is at a premium.

A Smooth Path To Drive Coupling Selection

Engineers and designers working on power transmission applications can often face a daunting task when it comes to specifying the most appropriate drive coupling for the task in hand. Detailed consideration must be given to both sides of the drive equation, input and output, with regard to torque, shock loads, starting frequency, temperature and environmental conditions, but where to begin.

In this informative article, David Proud General Manager of Reich Drive Systems UK explains how to navigate through what can sometimes be seen as a technical minefield for designers and engineers.

Drive couplings vary greatly in their design and capabilities, so for any given application engineers must ensure that they specify the drive coupling correctly to ensure reliable efficient, and in the more challenging applications, safe operation.

Structural engineering software as a service

How cloud computing supports the sharing of structural expertise

Chances are you’ll be familiar with the term software as a service (SaaS). Even though some people may be unaware, most of us have probably used such software recently. The concept boasts a lot of benefits to users, such as ongoing technical support, but can SaaS providers go further? Here, Sam Carigliano, co-founder of structural design software provider SkyCiv, explores the potential of SaaS for structural engineers.

Engineers complete offshore survival training

Boulting Group certified to work offshore on wind farms

Seven employees from engineering solutions provider Boulting Group have successfully completed a GWO accredited offshore wind health and safety survival training course. Completion of the globally recognised training will allow Boulting Group to expand its operations within the offshore renewable energy sector.

One engineer, five electricians and one supervisor from Boulting Group undertook the intensive seven-day training course, in which they covered modules in sea survival, first aid, manual handling, fire awareness and working at height and rescue. 

Offshore wind is often cited as the future of power and the United Kingdom is leading the way. In September 2017, wind power costs fell to almost half the price of nuclear power. This boom has resulted in a desperate need for qualified engineering firms with the experience to work on such projects. 

Boulting Group, which has a long history of working in the energy sector, including oil, gas and renewables, has always held health and safety at the heart of every operation.

Its commitment to quality, comprehensive training is part of the organisations plan to ensure its impeccable health and safety record continues, despite the challenging environments created by working on offshore facilities.

“As part of our ongoing offshore wind projects, the team are required to stay in offshore accommodation,” explained Derek Ritchie, general manager for Scotland at Boulting Group. 

“This accommodation is provided by a jack up vessel, moored adjacent to the substation platform. The team are required to live in the turbulent, dangerous offshore conditions, working nightshifts on a two week on and one week off rotation.

“Following this training, we are able to provide our wide range of services to both the offshore and onshore portions of the project. For our customers, using the same provider across the board means they will have a smoother, simpler experience throughout construction.”

For more information about the offshore wind health and safety training, or Boulting Group’s work within the renewables sector visit www.boulting.co.uk

First clinical study patient has novel drug delivery system implanted for Parkinson’s trial

On November 8th, 2017 the first patient in a new clinical study was implanted with a novel drug delivery system, developed by Renishaw. The procedure took place at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. The implantation marks the beginning of a joint clinical study between Renishaw and Herantis Pharma. This phase I – II clinical study will investigate the treatment of Parkinson’s disease using Cerebral Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor (CDNF) delivered with Renishaw’s system.

Intelliconnect now a member of the British Cryogenics

To engage fully with this specialist community and increase knowledge of and access to markets for Cryogenic Cables and Systems

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, has become a member of the British Cryogenics Council in order to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field.

80 GHz level radar helps recycle APC residue into concrete blocks

Another success in challenging applications

Figure 1 Useful construction blocks produced using recycled APCr, rather than sending to landfill

Figure 1 Useful construction blocks produced using recycled APCr, rather than sending to landfill

Castle Environmental is a leading supplier of specialist waste treatment, recycling and disposal services, handling in excess of 250,000 tonnes of waste each year. They operate three fully permitted  sites in the UK and are proud to be ISO 14001 and ISO 9002 accredited.  One type of waste processed at their Cardiff site is APCr (Air Pollution Control residue), the fine powder that remains following the cleaning of gases from Energy from Waste  facilities. It contains lime which is alkaline, and consequently APCr is classified as hazardous waste. 

WALTER ADDS TO ITS DIGITAL ENGINEERING KOMPETENZ BY ACQUIRING COMARA

With the acquisition of its long-standing software partner Comara GmbH, tooling expert Walter is reinforcing its decision to strive for further growth in the digital sector and build on the company’s Engineering Kompetenz.

As Walter AG President, Mirko Merlo, states: “This is a key strategic step towards expanding our digital portfolio and further developing our company towards Industry 4.0.”

Climbing the ranks in automation

As the world’s largest exporter of manufactured goods, many companies rely on China to provide them with cost-efficient products. However, should we be looking to smaller countries to provide high quality products at low prices? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explores the role of countries emerging as leaders in manufacturing.