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Corporate manslaughter

A leading North West law firm is urging engineering firms to review their health and safety polices, since tough new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter offences have now come into force. Mace & Jones dispute resolution ...
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Wireless technology improves efficiency at Novartis biotech plant

Easier maintenance and better control and flexibility are being reported by Novartis at its biotech production facility in Huningue, France, following installation of a wireless plant network.
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Specialist training

SKF is offering training courses for production and maintenance engineers, covering machine reliability, condition monitoring, bearing applications and failure assessment, as well as best practices in lubrication, installation, precision ...
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Stores savings

Sites that need to reorganise their engineering stores are being offered assistance by Eriks.
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Moving vegetation for dinosaurs

'Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular' is using industrial blowers to create the lifelike inflatable greenery that grows during performances.
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Waste water plant back in action after Cumbrian flood damage

In the wake of last year's floods, which left Cockermouth under eight feet of water, several United Utilities' water and wastewater treatment works were saved by swift action from ABB motor service partner, Central Electrical. Barepot and ...
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Hot forklift deals should ignite concerns, warns Pyroban

As more plants turn to second-hand forklift trucks, safety specialist Pyroban is warning of the dangers.
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Keeping the new Lamborghini cool

The 650bhp carbon fibre bodied Lamborghini Reventon V12, with its cockpit styled to look like an F-22 Raptor fighter jet, uses a new electromagnetic flow meter developed by Euromag, available in the UK from Litre Meter.
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Chubb saves œ3.5 million using infrared monitoring

Chubb Insurance believes that it has averted losses to its customers' electrical and mechanical assets in excess of œ3.5 million, since starting a non-invasive thermography inspection service in 1997.
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Nissan can, with its press die maintenance mover system

By investing in a bespoke drive system, Nissan Motor UK now has a more reliable and flexible handling system for moving damaged press dies from production to maintenance bays.
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Big guns line up for Big Bang

AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Shell and Siemens are leading sponsorship of this year's Big Bang young scientists' and engineers' fair, to be held in Manchester from 11 to 13 March.
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JCB donates $150,000 worth of diggers to Haiti disaster

JCB has donated diggers worth $150,000 to help the disaster relief effort in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake, believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people.
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Jaguar saves 26% energy from air audits

Jaguar in the West Midlands reckons it has reduced air power consumption across its sites by 26% and achieved a two-year payback, following energy audits by CompAir.
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There's snow business like quick gearbox repair for bakers

Northern Foods, one of the UK's largest food producers, was kept running during the worst of the recent snow, thanks to a rapid repair on an obsolete sealed motor gearbox at its Gunstones bakery in Sheffield.
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Mechanical booster gives green vacuum

Mechanical booster pumps, which are to replace steam ejectors on the chemical vapour infiltration process for a European high temperature materials manufacturer, will lead to cost savings.
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Upgraded Wombourne McCain plant is oven ready for action

McCain's potato specialities production site at Wombourne has been successfully updated, with new washing and de-stoning equipment, and remaining plant moved and reinstalled.
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Thorp nuclear plant selects Worcester

Engineers at the Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant say they chose Worcester F911 top-entry cartridge valves for a medium active salt-free evaporator (MASFE) installation, because of their compact design and ease of in-line maintenance.
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First total carbon offset red diesel

Crown Oil UK says its new red diesel for the construction, utility, plant and rail industries is now 100% carbon offset.
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Scottish Water ramps up reliability with motors retrofit

Scottish Water says it has improved reliability on three large sludge pumps at its Laighpark waste water treatment plant since replacing ageing dc pump drive motors with high efficiency ac motors and drives from Weg.
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Manchester Airport flies on ultrasonics

Manchester Airport's plant engineers say that accuracy is now flying on their critical API hydrocarbon separation unit, since installing Pulsar Duet ultrasonic open channel flow sensor-based measurement.
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Free software slashes pump maintenance for Severn Trent

Severn Trent Water reports savings of up to œ2,400 a week on pump maintenance, since upgrading its control software - and for zero cost.
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Machinery directive

Following the December 2009 meeting of the European Machinery Working Group in Brussels,
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Rail bearings

FAG Industrial Services (F'IS), the maintenance and condition monitoring division of Schaeffler, is offering rail operators a rapid reconditioning service for its Tarol axle box bearings.
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Battery technology

Low cost Lithium-Ion cell chemistry and a flexible battery management system have come out of the Red Lion project (Reduced cost Li-Ion), a two-year project involving Ricardo and QinetiQ, part-funded by the Department for Transport, under ...
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Offshore seals

Bury-based safety seals maker Roxtec has signed a major deal to supply two massive semi-submersible oil drilling rigs, being built for off-shore specialist SeaDragon.
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