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CaseStudies

Safety upgrade for stainless steel rolling mill (15/04/2014)
Article image A safety PLC from ABB has provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden. The mill has been upgraded a number of times throughout its life – including recent changes that added servomotors, and new machine control using ABB's standard AC500 PLC and touchscreen operator interface panels.
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Pharmaceutical leaflet inspection system (02/04/2014)
Article image An end-of-line patient leaflet inspection system has been designed by Olmec UK for use with a new decongestant product.
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Fast-acting failsafe actuator (25/03/2014)
Article image A recent example of customised valve actuators from Rotork-Hiller, was the result of a requirement to build a fast-acting failsafe stop valve actuator for a plant firefighting system that demanded an exceptionally innovative design solution.
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Reliable damper testing for Wabtec Rail 18/03/2014
Higher reliability and quieter operation are two benefits to come from fitting an ABB variable-speed drive to a damper tester used in the upgrade and refurbishment of railway equipment by UK-based Wabtec Rail. Full Story...

Latest Virtual Instruments facilitate data flow in high precision testing 12/03/2014
HBM has developed LabVIEW Virtual Instruments (VIs) giving system manufacturers an integrated solution to ensure convenient control in system tests with the simultaneous measurement of high-precision data acquisition from equipment such as HBM’s QuantumX family. The compact and flexible solution also meets the needs of small and mid-size test benches, such as those used to examine car seats or closing systems. Full Story...

Higher performance and energy saving in warehouse systems 04/03/2014
Objectives for the development of viaspeed’s new mini-load system was to achieve higher product throughput and availability, requiring less storage space and lower energy usage. Drive technology played a central role in reaching the performance targets. Full Story...

Remote continuous equipment monitoring for new fixed platform 25/02/2014
Statoil has awarded Emerson Process Management a contract to supply an integrated condition and performance monitoring system for the Gina Krog oil and gas platform in the Norwegian North Sea to enable Statoil personnel onshore to continuously monitor the new fixed platform’s critical and essential pumps, compressors and other mechanical equipment, to maximise efficiency and identify any potential problems before production is affected. Full Story...

Integrated automation solution offers enhanced diagnostics 11/02/2014
An integrated automation solution has helped a machine builder improve production flexibility and control and has enhanced diagnostics for an end-customer. Full Story...

Fire & gas detection system for the Kittiwake oil platform 21/01/2014
Hima-Sella has been awarded a contract from oilfield services provider, Petrofac, for the provision of an upgraded fire and gas detection system for the Kittiwake oil and gas platform in the North Sea. Full Story...

Dual contained pipework system protects water treatment works 07/01/2014
A dual contained pipework system, Durapipe Guardian, has been installed as part of a refurbishment project at Rivington Water Treatment Works. Full Story...

VSDs eliminate ragging problems in waste water pumps 17/12/2013
By fitting VACON 100 FLOW ac variable speed drives (VSDs) to the three main inlet pumps at Newbury sewage treatment works (STW), Varicon (3D) Drives has made it possible for Thames Water to achieve energy savings, complemented by significant reductions in downtime. The energy savings alone will cover the cost of the VSDs and their installation within two years. Full Story...

Cutting refrigeration costs with low harmonic drives 10/12/2013
The McCain Food’s plant at Whittlesey, Peterborough, is the UK’s largest chip factory, producing 30 tonnes of frozen chips an hour. The company is using ABB low harmonic variable-speed drives to cut its site load from 7 MW to 6 MW. Full Story...

Putting a cap on traceability issues 03/12/2013
Traceability of product, reliability of performance and ongoing support are the key components of a recent project undertaken by Siemens Industry for Precision Engineering, a UK-based machine builder who manufactures the world renowned Dico capping and Gravfil liquid filling brands. Full Story...

Advanced process control and optimisation technologies increase petrochemical plant profitability 19/11/2013
Honeywell has been selected by the Sinopec Maoming Company to supply business management and automation technology to rejuvenate and improve operational performance at its aging petrochemical plants in Guangdong Province, China. Full Story...

Effluent monitor protects drink producers wastewater treatment plant 19/11/2013
The installation of a continuous Total Organic Carbon (TOC) monitor to police the front end of a drink manufacturers wastewater treatment plant has enabled tighter control of its treatment process. Full Story...

Control solution for wastewater treatment project 05/11/2013
Southern Water's largest ever capital project includes a new wastewater treatment works (WWTW) and sludge recycling centre, two pumping stations, 11km of sewer tunnel and a 2.5km long sea outfall. The newly completed works is able to treat 95 million litres of wastewater generated each day in the area. Full Story...

Natural gas utility selects alarm management software suite 08/10/2013
A US-based natural gas distribution utility company has selected MAC Solutions' ProcessVue software suite to manage and report on process alarms across its operation. Full Story...

Fast pump testing with variable-speed drives 08/10/2013
Flowserve, a provider of fluid motion and control products and services, is using variable-speed drives (VSDs) and motors from ABB for quick and easy testing of its new pump variants at different speeds. Full Story...

Condition monitoring solution for refurbished blast furnace 01/10/2013
Turbo-blowers and their control systems are a vital component of the steel making process. Condition monitoring company, Sensonics, has recently been involved in a project involving the relighting of a blast furnace at the SSI steelworks in Redcar, on Teeside. Full Story...

Safety first for electric axis bending machine 17/09/2013
Siemens Industry’s Safety Services team has supported AddisonMckee, a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming technologies through the development and launch of a new electric axis bending machine by offering a comprehensive safety assessment, consultancy and validation process. Full Story...

High-speed electronic axis spices up automation 27/08/2013
When PCE Automation was challenged with designing a new handling system for automating the manufacture of a brand new concept of spice jar lid by plastics manufacturer RPC Halstead, it turned to Festo for technology and advice. Full Story...

Automation upgrade to boost availability and production 27/08/2013
Metso has received an order from the Sofidel Group to upgrade the automation of Tissue Machine 1 and water treatment at its Délipapier plant in Frouard, France. Full Story...

Control solution for Russian refinery 27/08/2013
Honeywell has announced that Antipinsky Refinery CJSC is to employ the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) to control plant processes and general refinery facilities as part of the third stage of construction of the Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, Russia. Full Story...



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