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  • How the latest localisation beacon technology is helping Lufthansa’s journey towards Industry 4.0

    13 December 2017

    German airline Lufthansa is seeking to develop the full potential of expanded organisational information flowing from the new technologies we group together under the Industry 4.0 banner. One important element of this is the integratation of the latest mobile and beacon technology to capture location, tracking and sensor data from the people, assets and systems within its operations....

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  • Acoustic emission monitoring of wind turbine monopiles

    11 December 2017

    Offshore wind turbine monopiles, single tube turbine supports, are subject to considerable stresses and loads from sea and air movements, which can cause cracks or other structural defects. Tim Bradshaw of Mistras UK highlights one method of early detection, continuous Acoustic Emission monitoring, which can provide an early warning to wind farm operators when the structural integrity of their offshore assets is threatened....

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  • The dangers of false economy in a low oil price environment

    08 December 2017

    The Spanish have a phrase: “lo barato sale caro”. Roughly translated, it means that which is bought cheap, often turns out expensive. It may sound obvious, but they are words to live by when making procurement decisions for safety and operation-critical components in oil and gas projects. One such area is in pipeline corrosion control, says Mark Smith of Cosasco. ...

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  • Digital collaboration – Four ways to Improve tank terminal operations

    04 December 2017

    At the StocExpo Europe 2017 Conference, Eduard J. Smits, Manufacturing IT, MES at Accenture, hosted two panel sessions, looking at the Global Energy Outlook and the Storage Market Outlook. Here he considers how digital technology can improve operations at tank terminals.  ...

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  • Industrial fans in biomass applications

    12 October 2017

    As the demand for an efficient form of renewable energy increases, biomass is now very much in the spotlight. Axair Fans Sales Engineer Andrew Ward explains the importance of industrial fan selection....

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Digitalising the Oil & Gas industry 29 September 2017

According to a report by DNV GL – a technical consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime sectors - it is believed by the year 2025 we will see an upstream Oil & Gas industry where technologies such as fully-automated drilling operations, autonomous inspection of pipelines and rig-less plugging and abandonment of wells will be in operation....

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What plant is suitable for Risk-Based Inspection? 18 August 2017

By prioritising inspection regimes according to the degree of risk, Mike Brown of British Engineering Services explains how inspection intervals can often be extended, safety improved and cost/profit benefits realised....

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How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds 24 May 2017

A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....

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How to influence decisions around safety 14 May 2017

Processes, procedures and hard controls alone cannot provide a complete safety solution.  Even best–in-class processes and systems may not be effective because not everyone interprets and acts on them in the same way. Companies spend millions on behavioural based safety programs, consultants and training, often with little return on investment.  ...

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Quantification of valve gas losses using acoustic emission 09 March 2017

Originally developed for estimating leakage rates through valves to flare in oil refineries and offshore platforms, acoustic emission technology is also finding use in other process industries such as power generation, nuclear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, says Tim Bradshaw, General Manager, MISTRAS Group, UK operations. ...

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