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Nominate now for Society Safety and Sustainability awards

Nominations are now open to members and non-members for the 2021 Society Safety and Sustainability awards.

Recognising excellence in engineering, the Safety and Sustainability awards gives members the opportunity to nominate in nine separate categories that celebrate successes in safety and sustainability across the road transport, plant, ...
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10/05/2021 SOCOTEC uses QR for compliance Safety consultancy SOCOTEC’s Ground Investigation team has adopted a new ... » Read More

10/05/2021 TVH virtual courses Parts specialist TVH now offers online technical training sessions. The ... » Read More

07/05/2021 BHS-Sonthofen control systems BHS-Sonthofen now offers turnkey control systems for complete plants in ... » Read More
07/05/2021 Oxair promotes air drying kit Eliminating the build-up of moisture is an ongoing challenge in the mining ... » Read More

06/05/2021 Exporta builds a pallet box Exporta has custom-built a pallet box for Oceaneering. » Read More

06/05/2021 Bearings save steel line costs By replacing plain-bush bearings with NSK HPS spherical roller bearings ... » Read More

Mind the gap

Engineered systems support people living and working indoors. However, there is often a gap between the way those systems were designed to work, and what happens in reality. Enter the growing field of building performance evaluation. By Tom Austin-Morgan

According to the UK’s National Energy Foundation, there is significant and growing evidence ...
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06/05/2021 Profile: OpenTherm boiler code A Dutch association of boiler makers promotes a brand-agnostic communication standard between boilers, heat pumps and their controllers that reflects more efficient control methods then are currently in common use in the UK. By Will ... » Read More

29/04/2021 Automatic lubrication systems Although automatic lubrication systems don’t do away with servicing requirements altogether – they still need to be checked and replenished – such systems do offer plants greater confidence that rotating equipment will not run dry. By ... » Read More

29/04/2021 Eco-friendly lubricants Technological developments are breaking down the traditional division between eco-friendly and high-performance industrial lubricants. The developments are being pushed by consumer demand. By Jody Muelaner » Read More
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