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CaseStudies

Improving productivity and efficiency in bakeries (16/12/2014)
Article image Productivity and profit margins in the food processing industry tend to be lower in comparison to those in other processing industries and to remain competitive many operations are looking for opportunities to increase efficiency in production while at the same time reducing energy consumption.
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Inverters and motors help reduce power station emissions (16/12/2014)
Article image E.ON has guaranteed the future viability of its Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station by installing a new selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission control facility to reduce emissions. Driving the SCR process, which uses ammonia to neutralise nitrogen oxide (NOx) in exhaust gases, are eight WEG 4300kW MGF710 motors, equipped with variable speed drives (VSDs).
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Variable speed drives help regulate energy consumption (20/11/2014)
Article image Emerson Industrial Automation is supplying Powerdrive MD2 variable speed drives to help regulate the energy consumption of a central fume aspiration system within an industrial foundry.
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Control system order for a waste-to-energy facility 21/10/2014
Yokogawa France S.A.S. has won an order from VINCI Environment UK to supply control systems and safety instrumented systems for a waste-to-energy facility for SITA Cornwall in the UK. Full Story...

PLC control from inlet-to-outlet 08/10/2014
A new water treatment works at the Dee Valley Water (DVW) Llwyn Onn site in North Wales is being controlled from inlet to outlet with a redundant modular PLC. Full Story...

Motor overcomes reliability challenges 30/09/2014
A company producing extruded PVC-U profiles for double-glazing product applications is using ABB’s synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor to cut the number of motor failures on two of its main extruders. Full Story...

Complete OEM control solution for assembly machine 02/09/2014
During the design a new fully automated version of its Jumbo Assembler machine – a partition assembler for corrugated and fibre chipboard strips for paper converting applications – it became clear to Premier Paper Converting Machinery that the its machine would need an intuitive operator interface. Like most OEMs, Premier Paper needs to ensure it utilises the latest in automation and control technologies. Full Story...

Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity 22/07/2014
The introduction of palletizing robots has enabled dramatically increased production levels for one of Britain’s oldest cheesemakers. Full Story...

Actuator control system reduces installation time and costs at power generation plants 22/07/2014
ASCO Numatics’ Actuator Control Systems (ACS) is set to be used to drive actuators in a new power generation facility currently being built as part of Indonesia’s, East Java, Banyu Urip oilfield development. Full Story...

Inverter’s stall-prevention feature keeps ice cream moving 15/07/2014
A frequency inverter with stall prevention has helped improve efficiency and performance for a range of traditional ice cream making machines, ensuring less product waste and offering savings on energy and water usage for users. Full Story...

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy 08/07/2014
GlaxoSmithKline has been able to automate traceability on its production lines and in the process has greatly reduced the risk of human error.  Full Story...

Electric actuators replace pneumatic technology 01/07/2014
Compact electric actuators have offered energy cost savings for a water treatment plant, compared to the previously used pneumatic technology. Full Story...

Tata Steel - energy saving projects 20/05/2014
A plant-wide series of energy saving projects has saved more than 7,400 MWh a year from Tata Steel’s energy use at its Port Talbot steelworks. Altogether 62 ABB variable-speed drives (VSDs) were installed ranging from 15 kW to 200 kW. Full Story...

Inspecting piston-ring fit 13/05/2014
The Renault site in Cléon, France, employs LJ-G laser displacement sensors from Keyence on its G9 engine production line to inspect the fit of piston-rings. Full Story...

Radar level transmitter proves itself at Aston Martin 13/05/2014
To ensure that the paint finish on Aston Martin sports cars is perfect from every angle, all aspects within its paintshop facility need to be controlled – even the environmental impact of the process. All the wastewater in the facility is recycled, and one of the initial treatment stages is the ‘coagulation tank’, where entrained solid materials are removed. Full Story...

Supervising tanks for Veuve Clicquot 06/05/2014
Champagne house Veuve Clicquot now has a smart system that supervises fermentation in 400 fermentation tanks which store its champagne. Full Story...

Safety upgrade for stainless steel rolling mill 15/04/2014
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. Full Story...

Pharmaceutical leaflet inspection system 02/04/2014
An end-of-line patient leaflet inspection system has been designed by Olmec UK for use with a new decongestant product. Full Story...

Fast-acting failsafe actuator 25/03/2014
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. Full Story...

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...



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