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CaseStudies

Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity (22/07/2014)
Article image The introduction of palletizing robots has enabled dramatically increased production levels for one of Britain’s oldest cheesemakers.
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Actuator control system reduces installation time and costs at power generation plants (22/07/2014)
Article image 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.
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Inverter’s stall-prevention feature keeps ice cream moving (15/07/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

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...



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