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Filling Fine Powders Into Fixed Volume Packaging Or Containers Best Practice

19 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

By Richard Farnish – Principal Research Fellow Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Design Engineering of University of Greenwich
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Key Procedures for Ensuring Optimum Downflow Booth Performance

19 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

In the pharmaceutical industry the downflow booth is one of the most widely recognised means to protect workers when handling dusty materials or undertaking activities that generate airborne particles. Keeping workers safe from dusts and fumes that can damage their health is a legal requirement under Health and Safety at Work, COSHH regulations across all industries and the user friendly working environment offered by downflow booths as an alternative to cumbersome PPE, combined with the high levels of protection they can afford, has led to the adoption of this clean air technology across chemical, food, healthcare and other industries.
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Managing Process Equipment Designs and Market Trends with CAD

19 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

By Usha B. Trivedi, a Technical Writer at TrueCADD - Gujarat, India
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Heat exchangers find the largest application in various verticals of process industry, be it food processing, chemical processing, pulp and paper, HVACR, power generation or any other. Heat exchangers are probably one of those equipments that have undergone constant fundamental changes in designs and forms since the evolution. Due to changes in this one component, the entire market of processing industry is experiencing transition. In an era of changes, 2D CAD drafting and 3D CAD modelling of heat exchanger designs accommodate innovations and keep fabricators tuned at the market demands frequency.


A Proactive Approach To Implementing Noise Management & Mitigation Measures In Chemical Plants

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

Noise mitigation in refineries and chemical plants has been, and still is, a major concern for plant operators looking to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Although significant progress in understanding industrial noise and effective control has been made, the problem continues to present a challenge in the industry. Robert Lomax, Sales Director of Wakefield Acoustics, explains how one chemical plant is already taking a proactive approach to implementing noise management and mitigation measures within its plant.
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Process Industry Wastewater Pollution Wake Up Call

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

Thames Water’s recent £20.3m fine for polluting the environment represents a wakeup call not only for the UK’s municipal water industry but for any process industry which has wastewater as a by-product of its operation. Clwyd Jones, Business Development Manager, Siltbuster Process Solutions explains…
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The Impact Electrical Interference Has On Efficiency & Wasted Power

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

Businesses are constantly under pressure to be energy efficient and ensure they do not waste electricity. However, while most of us know that this means more than simply turning off devices and equipment when not in use, many are not aware of the impact electrical interference has on efficiency and wasted power. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, explains how businesses can stay safe from interference.
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Process Optimisation: Big Data Shines Light on Controller Performance

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

A MODEL TECHNOLOGY FOR BIG DATA OPPORTUNITIES
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An engineer working at a corn milling production plant receives his daily report on specific opportunities to optimise the facility’s regulatory control systems. The facility is one of dozens owned and operated by this world-class manufacturer, and it relies on 100s of PID controllers to maintain safe, profitable control. Thousands of data sets generated daily by the plant are automatically captured before being modelled and having their results aggregated. After reviewing the analysis and recommendations the same engineer keys in new tuning parameters for a few underperforming PID controllers and moves on to his next task. As simple as that – notification and assessment, implementation and improvement. Free to move on.


Cost-efficiency & Sustainable Practice At The Forefront Of Manufacturing Operations

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

An Interview with John Durkan - Sustainability and Environmental Manager ABP Food Group following the BlueTech Forum
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ABP Food Group, which is headquartered in Ireland, has built up an impressive business strategy across multiple sectors including meat, protein, renewable energy and pet food. Following the BlueTech Forum held in Dublin in early June, sustainability and environmental manager John Durkan explains how.


Selecting The Right Pump For Food Processing

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

By Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers
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Moving products around during processing is an inherent need for most medium and large-scale food manufacturers. The texture and viscosity of food is not only an important quality parameter, but it also influences how it behaves during production and processing. Therefore, it should influence the choice of handling and treatment equipment used in the manufacturing process.


How Understanding Heat Transfer Fluid Systems Reduces Operational Costs

18 July 2017 - Published by Phil Black

~Understanding heat transfer systems saves time and money~
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There are some paintings that reveal more detail the longer you look at them. At glance you may see a countryside landscape, then you spot that the scene makes a face. Optical illusions both confuse and intrigue, but other objects or systems can also be more detailed than they first appear. If manufacturers look in more detail at their heat transfer systems, they may find problems they could prevent.