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  • Predicting the future

    31st January 2018

    The fourth industrial revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of…

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  • Top causes of PLC control system failure

    7th December 2017

    Control system maintenance to minimise downtime  On New Year’s Day 1968, the programmable logic controller (PLC) was first designed. Whilst most were busy celebrating and making resolutions, Dick Morley was planning his…

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  • Challenging designs

    24th October 2017

    Sir Sean Connery, most famous for his award-winning portrayal of James Bond, once said “there is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.” These are wise words as…

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  • Maintaining uptime

    14th September 2017

    As John F Kennedy said in his state of the union address in January 1962, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”. Here James Davey, service manager…

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  • Industry response to Greg Clark’s plans to unlock smart energy

    17th August 2017

    Last week, business and energy secretary Greg Clark revealed the government’s plans to make a £246m investment in battery technology over the next four years. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems…

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  • Preventative maintenance for MCCs

    4th July 2017

    Preventative maintenance prolongs motor control centre lifespan The Beverly Clock has not been manually wound in more than 150 years, but its clever mechanism keeps it ticking with minimal problems.  In spite…

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  • Time to say goodbye?

    1st June 2017

    When to replace your old motor control centre A motor control centre (MCC) sits at the heart of an industrial plant. If well maintained, an MCC can last for decades, but despite…

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  • The future of electricity

    10th May 2017

    In the UK, the majority of electricity comes from large, centralised power plants. Although this approach enables economies of scale in the energy sector, it means that customers, particularly those within inner…

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