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  • Robotic superhero meets identical twin in fusion energy machine

    03 August 2022

    A highly dextrous, Jenga-playing robot with a human touch used to maintain a fusion energy machine has met its identical superhero twin for the first time. Both known as MASCOT, the identical manipulators are being put through their paces in a series of practice ‘rescue missions’ where each saves its stranded sibling to limit potential disruption to world-leading fusion energy research at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)....

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  • Handle with care: robot-assisted system for safe handling of nuclear waste

    01 July 2022

    The decommissioning of nuclear facilities poses major challenges for operators. Whether decommissioning or safe containment, the amount of nuclear waste to be disposed of is growing at an overwhelming rate worldwide....

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  • Major pharmaceutical company reduces downtimes, improves safety using drone for tank inspections

    22 February 2022

    Large scale tanks used for manufacturing pharmaceutical products are made out of stainless steel, since it is the best material for cleaning, and they must be kept clean at all times. After each production run the tanks are cleaned with acid and lye....

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  • Gas safety in the food & drink industry

    21 February 2022

    Gas safety has long been an area of focus for risk mitigation for businesses operating in the food and drink sector. Indeed, Draeger’s gas safety work with food and drink companies dates back over a hundred years, when founder Johann Heinrich Dräger developed the well-known Lubeca valve, which safely controlled the flow of gas in beer tap systems at a low pressure....

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  • Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale

    05 May 2021

    ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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Adapting to change and remaining resilient 24 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the most robust supply chains and has ushered in a new way of working. This has changed how companies operate in an unprecedented manner. Here’s how motor and drive manufacturer WEG kept going during the first few months of the pandemic to maintain customer supply and help in the COVID-19 fight....

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Switch to single source LED lighting saves OQ Chemicals $50k annually 15 February 2021

A switch to single source LED industrial lighting at the Bishop petro-chemical facility of OQ Chemicals, located just outside Corpus Christi, Texas, is saving the plant some $50,000 annually in reduced maintenance costs with additional savings in reduced energy costs and virtually eliminating lighting maintenance whilst also producing substantial improvements in visibility, sustainability and staff safety....

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Occupational health & safety management systems – the business case for ISO 45001 17 November 2020

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has been providing a framework of standards that British industry has been familiar with for years. These have defined electrical and mechanical connections, product specifications, processes and all manner of things. As they define the way products and services work together, obtaining certification that a business complies to an ISO standard can be a major investment....

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Total deploys connected headsets using Microsoft Teams for remote collaboration 17 November 2020

Energy major Total is using a range of connected headsets that use Microsoft Teams for remote collaboration and troubleshooting at North America’s largest polypropylene site. The devices from RealWear, which are voice-enabled and clipped onto hardhats, have been deployed at Total’s La Porte Polypropylene plant in Texas....

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Safeguarding the new world-scale BASF production plant for acetylene in Ludwigshafen 02 November 2020

HIMA has delivered a comprehensive safety solution consisting of hardware, software and engineering for BASF's new world-scale acetylene facility. BASF has now commissioned this ultramodern facility at its Ludwigshafen site, which features a capacity to produce 90,000 metric tons of acetylene per year....

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