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What is the Common Filler Used in Plastic Injection Moulding?

​The plastic injection moulding process is capable of dealing with a great range of polymeric feedstock to create complex yet sturdy products.  However, there are many instances where the material is non-virgin stock, and it is often the case that a filler or additive material will be mixed in with the polymer feedstock for specific […]

Are Dirty Condenser Coils Costing Your Company?

How much do dirty condenser coils cost your company? No idea? You are not alone. Condenser coil cleaning is one of the most overlooked maintenance jobs.  The dirtier the coils get, the more they increase the compressor’s energy consumption whilst reducing the ability to transfer heat, put additional stress on components and increase the likelihood […]

Alternative Water Sources For Food And Drink Manufactures

Bradley Unwin, Business Development Manager of Lubron Water Technologies ponders alternative water sources for food and drink manufactures.The Federation House Commitment was very successful in reducing water consumption in food and drink manufacturing by 15% between 2007 and 2014, but the sector is still one of the largest of the UK’s industrial consumers. ​Most of […]

Essential Tips For Food Industry Enclosure Temperature Management

Food processing is a sector that demands very high levels of efficiency to meet daily production targets. And productivity is a growing issue for food production worldwide. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs expects the global population to be in excess of 11 billion by 2100.By Karl Lycett – Product Manager – […]

Selecting The Right Seal Material In Food Industry Applications

​Compound versatility beats compound variety By: Matthias Buchfink, Application Engineering, and Michael Erwerle, Compound Technology/Test Laboratory, Parker Engineered Materials Group, Prädifa Technology Division ​There are many challenges facing manufacturers of equipment and appliances for use in food applications, not least which materials to select for food-contact components and seals. In the interests of performance, as well […]

Self-powered Wireless Sensors With Energy-efficient Operation

​Sensors have a key function in industrial production. For example, they can be used for quality and process monitoring or condition-based maintenance. The application spectrum is large and is evolving mainly due to the increasing use of self-powered wireless sensors in the direction of an industrial Internet of things. By combining wireless function with energy- […]

Effluent Treatment: The Key Technologies & How They Are Being Used

​The focus of UK manufacturing is typically, and understandably, on driving up plant throughput.  While this is a valid and sensible objective, it can put a big strain on the effluent treatment plants of many companies.  These plants play a critical part in the production process, dealing with the wastewater produced as a natural by-product […]

Eliminating Compressor Technology Maintenance Requirements

The reliability of compressors has steadily improved in the last decade, due to factors such as new monitoring and control technologies, higher manufacturing standards and techniques such as predictive maintenance. Despite this, compressors still require routine maintenance, as well as upgrading or replacing as they age, or as the needs of the customer change over […]

Self-service Predictive Analytics Reduces Downtime & Avoids Unnecessary Risks

Changing raw material prices, commoditisation, increasing regulatory stringency and various other market dynamics all impact process industry margins. In such an active market, it is necessary to be as flexible as possible without tying up big amounts of capital over years to come. This article will look at how a golden fingerprint can be created by […]

Choosing The Right Bearing Material & How It Affects Performance

~ How different bearing materials can affect bearing performance ~ Although bearings are mechanically quite simple, choosing the right bearing material to match the loading and environmental conditions can drastically affect bearing performance. Richard Huber – Material Scientist, MatmatchHere, Richard Huber, material scientist at materials comparison website Matmatch, explains what design engineers should consider when choosing […]