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The evolution of gas detection 12 August 2022

You may not always be able to smell it, taste it or discern its presence, but toxic and flammable gases can present significant industrial hazards. New technologies are improving gas-detection capabilities, helping safety managers ensure employee health and well-being....

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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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The August 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 01 August 2022

The August 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Offshore Oil & Gas, Motors & Drives, and Chemicals, as well as PPTEx Supplement #17 with articles on Gas Detection and Wearable Sensors. Read it now!...

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A step towards smart oil platforms 18 July 2022

For smart devices, use in the oil industry, for example on an offshore oil platform, represents a real endurance test. The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments subjected the Visor-Ex® 01, the first system consisting of smart glasses and smartphone certified for use in hazardous areas, to this endurance test during its development phase. The practical test reveals great potential for rollout in future applications....

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5G innovations activate the full potential of digitalisation for hazardous industrial environments 30 June 2022

The focus in the explosion-hazardous industry sector is on increasing efficiency and flexibility of production. Due to the expansion of the 5G network, companies are relying on private LTE campus networks. With its current developments of 5G Ex devices (and solutions MOBILE is supporting the common 5G standard for cross-industry connectivity and increased production efficiency....

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Underground autonomous ‘Ratty the Robot’ makes pipe inspections safer 31 May 2022

Robotics experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre have developed an autonomous robotic rat which can scurry along underground pipes carrying out inspection work. The invention has the potential for cost and efficiency savings for utility companies as well as reducing human exposure to hazardous environments and preventing pipework leaks....

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Robotic snake solves fusion energy pipework challenge 31 May 2022

A new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has demonstrated its capability to operate inside of fusion energy powerplant pipework and is now patented technology....

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The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 29 April 2022

The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Hydrogen, Human Factors, Pipelines, and Safety Valves, as well as PPTEx Supplement #16 with articles on mobile analytical technology for detecting natural gas leaks and new technologies helping to improve worker safety. Read it now!...

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Effective natural gas leak detection using mobile analytical technology 29 April 2022

Methane leaks from natural gas pipelines require monitoring and control to minimise their impact for environmental and safety reasons. Doug Baer, Global Product Line Manager - Laser Analyzers for ABB Measurement & Analytics, explains how the latest generation of mobile gas leak detection measurement technologies can help sniff out leaks....

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Unmanned ground vehicle helps to tackle nuclear challenges 29 April 2022

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) helps UK companies win work across the nuclear sector – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and in other high-value manufacturing industries....

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