• 27 Sep
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    Special requirements of enclosures in food processing

    When an electrical panel is installed in a production line in the food and beverage industry, it is essential that all the equipment meets the hygiene requirements set out by the Food Standards Agency and other similar governing bodies.

  • 27 Sep
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    Control system cuts costs and boosts production for cable maker

    An ABB control system is increasing productivity, lowering waste and reducing energy costs for a UK cable manufacturer. British Cables Company (BCC) in Manchester, UK, replaced the control system on two insulated cable-making lines resulting in a 29 percent increase in the number of reels produced during an eight-hour shift.

  • 26 Sep
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    Software AG to become member of Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

    The topics of platform economy and digitalisation began making an impact on industry some years ago as part of the overall concept of Industry 4.0. But successful scaling and implementation of new business models have been hampered thus far by the heterogeneity of industrial components and systems. The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was started in an effort to accelerate the creation of value on the journey to digitalisation.

  • 23 Aug
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    New deadline, new leader – renewed optimism?

    Welcome to the September issue of PBSI! Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on July 24 and declared that “we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe.”

  • 23 Aug
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    Cutting costs, adding value

    “Work smarter, not harder” has been said so many times in so many dubious situations that the phrase instantly arouses cynicism. But Daryl Cowlan, Printing Systems & Tools Specialist of Weidmüller UK suggests that, if you’re a panel builder, you should suspend that cynicism for a while and read on, as he explains profitable ways in which you really can work smarter rather than harder.

  • 23 Aug
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    Why low-voltage assemblies must comply with BS EN 61439

    Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies are at the heart of most electricity distribution networks. Few assemblies cause any problems throughout their life, in part because many never, if ever, are fully loaded or subject to a design limit occurrence. However, if issues arise it can be many years after the initial installation and if they do arise, the consequences can be severe.

  • 23 Aug
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    Control panel engineering with integrated manufacturing

    Specialised control panel manufacturers need to be equally proficient in both the technology and the skills of the trade. In addition to the appropriate machines for production, it is crucial that they also have the right CAD tools. In this article, Holger Pawel, Managing Director of NW-Niemann, provides an insight into how his team have mastered the daily challenges.

  • 23 Aug
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    The ultimate question – are ferrules necessary?

    The current market for industrial electrical connection technology includes numerous innovative connection technologies that provide users with many advantages. However, many users still struggle with a minor detail – is a ferrule sensible or even necessary for conductor connections?

  • 23 Aug
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    Efficiency gains

    Using electrical power efficiently is fundamental to any business looking to meet sustainability goals and reduce energy costs. Will Darby, of metering, controls and automation specialist Carlo Gavazzi UK, explains how a robust metering strategy is key to energy optimisation in a data centre.

  • 23 Aug
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    How to take the heat off data centre HVAC systems

    HVAC systems are the second largest consumer of energy in data centres, after the IT load, accounting for up to 40 percent of energy use. Carl Turbitt, UK sales manager – HVAC drives, ABB, explains how using variable speed drives can significantly cut cooling costs, reduce CO2 output, and improve uptime.

  • 23 Aug
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    Digitally supported switchgear engineering

    What do American footballers and the workings of their teams have in common with system technology from Rittal and Eplan? More than you might expect. In short, both operate on an “all for one and one for all” basis. Both demonstrate how coordinated systems that link together can tap into unimagined potential.

  • 23 Aug
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    Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019

    Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the Northern partner event to the long-running Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, returns to EventCity, Manchester from October 2nd to 3rd. With manufacturing and process industries such a huge part of the North West’s regional economy, the show is an important showcase for both component vendors and engineering service providers.

  • 23 Aug
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    PPMA Total Show 2019

    The PPMA Total Show is returning to the NEC, Birmingham on 1st-3rd October and will see the processing and packaging machinery industry come together to showcase the latest technologies and solutions available to the industry.

  • 4 Jul
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    New engineering institutions launched

    Welcome to the July issue of PBSI! On May 17th, two new engineering institutions were launched as part of a 15-year mission to bring engineering into primary schools.

  • 4 Jul
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    A holistic solution for railway applications

    Recent research has identified the individual infrastructural goals for railway rolling stock which include improved reliability, increased capacity and greater efficiency. Oncoming system requirements will include remote diagnostic systems offering fast recovery in case of disruptions, innovative obstacle detection systems preventing train collisions, and avoidance of faulty communications providing perfect traffic management.