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SO17025 Standard Ensures Measurement Instrument Consistency

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

If every process is only as good as the devices used to measure it, then every one of those devices needs to be as accurate as possible. The ISO17025 standard has been created to help ensure consistency in the way that equipment, including measurement instruments, is tested and calibrated in order that its accuracy can be relied upon by end users. Dr Jonathan Farrington of ABB explains more about the standard and what it means both for end users and providers of testing and calibration services.
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Latest Pipeline Solutions To Minimise Seepage & Optimise Temperature Control

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

For food manufacturers dealing with viscous products, the design and specification of appropriate pipework is crucial. Whilst jacketed pipework is familiar territory, what are the latest solutions available to minimise seepage and optimise temperature control? Stephen Forrester, MD of adi Process Pipework, provides his analysis.
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Perfect timing for Air Quality & Emissions event

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

AQE 2017 will take place in Telford (UK) on 24th and 25th May at a time when the health effects of air pollution are constantly in the headlines, and when the UK Government is due to consult on its latest plans to comply with air quality guidelines in the UK’s larger towns and cities. Registration for the event is now open (www.AQEShow.com), with entry to the Exhibition and Workshops free of charge. However, a range of fees apply for those that wish to attend one or more of the Conferences.
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Powder Characterisation & Predicted Performance For Process Designers & Engineers

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

By Tim Freeman, Freeman Technology
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Predicting the performance of powder processing equipment can be a significant challenge but is vital for process designers specifying new plant. It demands a comprehensive understanding of the entire process and familiarity with the relationship between powder properties and process equipment, together with how they combine to deliver product with the intended properties and quality. This same understanding is also required by engineers working as part of the manufacturing team, who must use the specified plant to achieve optimal output.


Using Credit Card Fraud Detection Solutions in the Process Industries

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

Can solutions in the detection of credit card fraud be used in the process industries to detect that something is wrong? As data quantities start to exceed the ability for current analysis methods, where will Process Data Analytics go in the future?

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By Sebastian Amos -GAMBICA – Sector Head, Process Instrumentation & Control


The Benefits of Industry 4.0 Applied to the Process Industries

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

Industry 4.0 is thought of by some as somewhat akin to the development of the laser. It was developed because it could be, but its real impact on the world has yet to really emerge although somehow, we all think it will be big. The laser, of course, ended up more than delivering on its initial promise – but will Industry 4.0?
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The One Element Food & Beverage Manufacturers Overlook In Their Cooling Systems

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

After hygiene, precise temperature control is of vital importance for the food and beverage industries; both in terms of regulating the working environment as well as specific production processes – to ensure consistent quality throughout the year. However, many manufacturers are mistakenly overlooking one element of their cooling systems which could pose a serious contamination risk when disaster strikes.
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Tackling Maintenance Cost Through Effective Asset Management

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

By Peter Jackson. BSc (Hons)Mech Eng. MIAM, Senior Consultant, MCP Consulting Group
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Leading manufacturing and service companies know that the effective Asset Management is a basic need for long term competitiveness.


How To Check If Variable Speed Drives are Operating at MAXIMUM Efficiency

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

While variable speed drives (VSDs) provide an important energy saving technology, Mitsubishi Electric’s Matt Handley questions how many of the installed base of drives are actually set up to run at their maximum efficiency.
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Flow Monitoring in Open Channels and Closed Pipes

20 April 2017 - Published by Phil Black

There are many ways of effectively measuring liquid flow. From the ubiquitous – MagFlowmeters, turbine meters, to the highly specialised – Coriolis meters, for example. This article looks at developments in ultrasonic non-contacting measurement and acoustic non-invasive flow measurement for both open channel flow, including MCERTS applications, and also in closed pipes, based on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques developed specifically for the task.
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