Latest Case Studies & White Papers

Sandvik CRIBWISE launches white paper to help tackle cybersecurity in machine shops

Sandvik CRIBWISE, the tooling inventory management software business, has published an in-depth white paper addressing the cybersecurity concerns of machine shops that are preventing the adoption of the latest technology, including cloud-based software.

Elvira Cedergren, Head of cybersecurity at Sandvik’s Design & Planning Automation division, which includes CRIBWISE, explains how machine shop vigilance needs to start with the basics after escalating cyberattacks over the last year.

The white paper addresses cybercrime, specifically for manufacturers, and the straightforward, common-sense steps that can be taken on-site to protect machine shops of all sizes.

Elvira says: “Supply chain attack which affected 40,000 businesses worldwide and infected over a million systems, caused a lot of disruption last year. It is a myth that criminals only target large businesses; cybercrime can affect all businesses, both large and small and it is necessary to have basic processes in place to mitigate risk.”

Elvira’s insights in the white paper, will reassure manufacturers reluctant to move to digitalisation as it outlines the questions that should be asked of vendors at the procurement phase to mitigate risk.

She adds: “It is natural for businesses to be wary about investing in cloud-based software and services that run on the Internet. After all, if you limit the exposure of your business to the Internet, you also limit your exposure to the criminals that inhabit it. You would, however, also be seriously limiting the potential of your business to grow. Systems like CRIBWISE are invaluable tools for improving operational efficiency and reducing costs. There are advantages of adopting cloud-based systems —both from security and productivity perspectives."

She concludes: “Cybercrime should be taken seriously and there are simple processes that businesses can take, on-site, to protect its machine shop. A responsible software company, like CRIBWISE, takes a great deal of pride in the levels of security it provides its customers. This white paper provides clear and practical advice that can protect CNC machines and other systems, so that manufacturers can reap the benefits while still protecting its supply chain and business.”

CRIBWISE helps manufacturers to take control of their tooling inventory and related processes. It is modular, customisable and easy to integrate for all sizes of machine shops. It helps improve productivity and machine life by reducing administrative time, hours spent searching for tools and production and maintenance delays. It also cuts unnecessary expenditure due to over-purchasing and over-stocking. 

Head of CRIBWISE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., says: “The pandemic has led to manufacturers really embracing cloud-based solutions over the last couple of years and are seeing the cost-saving benefits from reduced tooling and equipment inventory costs. Some companies have seen costs go down by as much as 20%.

He adds: “Manufacturers should be concerned about cybersecurity but by planning and understanding how to manage any potential risk, businesses should embrace new technology and cloud-based software. This will undoubtedly help businesses stay competitive in challenging times.”

To find out more about how CRIBWISE protects your data and to download the white paper visit: www.cribwise.com/resources

 

Whitepaper shows how EAM technologies can help logistics operators tackle the threat of downtime

Ultimo has published a new whitepaper to help logistics businesses optimise uptime and cut costs. According to a recent survey (EAM Trend Report 2021), 42% of asset managers in the logistics sector suffered unplanned downtime last year. Worryingly, only 4% knew how much downtime cost their organisation, highlighting the risks inefficient maintenance practices and lack of operational data pose to profitability. The whitepaper explores these challenges and explains how leveraging the latest Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) technologies can help give logistics managers better control over the cost and performance of fixed and mobile assets.

Logistics sector: Vulnerable to risks

“The logistics sector is very vulnerable to the risks associated with downtime, as any incident can quickly escalate down the supply chain,” says Chris van den Belt, Team Leader Project Management, Ultimo. “Access to reliable asset data is vital for mitigating these risks and protecting profitability. However, 56% of logistics managers lack the data they need to benchmark performance, making identifying and correcting inefficient and costly maintenance practices difficult. The figure is high compared to many other sectors, highlighting the urgent need for the logistics industry to adopt a more data-driven approach to maintenance. This whitepaper highlights the issue and explains why data needs to play a key role in all futureproofing efforts.”

What are the causes of downtime – and how to address them

The whitepaper explores typical causes of downtime in the sector, such as ageing assets and poor communication between teams. It then explains how operators can leverage cloud-based EAM technologies to address them, reducing risks and cutting costs.

It also discusses why operational data is an invaluable tool in helping improve knowledge-sharing – a crucial step in enhancing the response to unprecedented events, mitigating the challenges associated with experienced workers retiring, and bridging the emerging skills gap in the industry.

To download the whitepaper, visit https://www.ultimo.com/efficiency-in-logistics.

CompAir details the importance of sustainable compressed air systems for greener production

CompAir has published a new white paper to promote and guide businesses with strategies they can take to implement more sustainable and environmentally friendly compressed air processes, improving operational efficiencies and overall performance while reducing emission levels and energy costs too.

The white paper, which is titled “Compressed Air for a Sustainable Future”, can be downloaded free of charge at https://gdg.gardnerdenver.com/CMP_ALL_WG_en_2202_MFG_Sustainable_LP2. It highlights the key developments within the compressed air industry that can help businesses to be more eco-friendly and advises on the latest innovations that can help decision-makers upgrade to greener systems.

Furthermore, it recommends several ways in which businesses can turn their compressor into a sustainable source of energy, by applying heat recovery, for example, and offers tips that can help units run more cost-effectively over time.

Waste to Energy Plants Suffer from Unplanned Shutdowns Caused by Boiler Failure

A 2021 Prewin Network Unplanned Shutdown Survey has revealed that equipment failures in Waste to Energy (WtE) and Biomass plants were responsible for a total of 22.9 days of unplanned shutdowns in 2021, and 43% of equipment failure classifications were boilers.

Over 43 per cent more gas (!) as Hayley Group wows customer with new AD/Biogas mixing system

A leading food waste-to-energy operation has increased its biogas yields by an average of more than 43% - due to a new digester mixing system.

 After evaluating the performance of the facility’s first digester, built a decade ago, engineering component specialists Hayley Group were consulted about the availability of an alternative, superior mixing system for its customer’s second digester; mixers that unlike those in first tank, would eliminate typical biogas process problems such as foam, blocking and crusting – and in doing so, help boost the levels of methane.

 Hayley Group’s Engineer, Rob Bentley, said: “We constantly look to help customers improve efficiencies. This project is of particular note, because with the new, superior mixing system, the increase per cubic metre in gas from the second digester is over 40%. This is extremely encouraging to say the least, especially when you consider that the second digester also has 10% less capacity than the older first tank”.

Anti-slagging Boiler Coating Facilitates Fuel Diversification

Introduction
In 2020, a large power generation company in Southeast Asia commissioned the production of a new 600MW Pulverized Coal (PC) Boiler at its plant. The company had a requirement to be able to burn the full range of its coal, which had proved challenging due to the high calcium content of the fuel. As a result, a new boiler had been built and commissioned by a reputable manufacturer.
Since the boiler has been in operation, the plant has suffered with a build-up of slagging on the tubes. The plant’s requirement to burn the full range of coal means that some ranges had to be burned at an increased temperature, which had been causing excessive slagging at the bottom of the boiler. To fix the problem, the build-up was being regularly blasted, which was time consuming and inefficient.

The Issue of Boiler Slagging

Pulverized Coal boilers experience slagging as the molten ash adheres to the surrounding substrates. This is also commonly referred to as slag. The amount of slag is primarily dependent on temperature and the types of coal being used and whether it is anthracite, bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, or lignite. Boilers will often slag in the upper sections of the furnace where the temperatures are higher near the superheat pendants, but slagging may also occur on the waterwalls. The build-up has a negative effect on boiler operation. The slag acts as an insulation to the tube substrate and this loss of heat transfer is detrimental to performance. When the slag builds up on the tubes, the heat transfer decreases lowering the temperature of the steam going to the superheated portion of the system, therefore decreasing the overall efficiency of the system. Finding a solution to excessive slagging can have tremendous benefits for a boiler operator’s bottom line.
The Solutions

Belzona Adds First Ever Epoxy Structural Adhesive to its Polymeric Portfolio

Since Belzona’s inception in 1952, the company has been committed to pioneering innovative protective coatings and repair composites that meet the maintenance demands found across numerous application areas in a variety of different industries.

Built on this extensive experience and knowledge, the company is delighted to expand its product offering with a new high-performance structural epoxy adhesive: Belzona 7311.

This cold bonding adhesive is specially optimised for structural bonding applications subject to cyclic and repeated load where high mechanical strength, cleavage, shear and fatigue resistance are required. Thanks to its combination of high-performance properties and ease of use, Belzona 7311 is a valuable asset for any engineer looking for bonding solutions.

No more FOG, as major crust problem caused by Fats, Oils and Greases is defeated

Throughout Ohio there is a large a number of meat/food processing plants and municipal sites whose wastewater system is plagued by fats, oils, greases (FOG) and debris. 

Many of these may already have some sort of pump/mixer - perhaps sold on the basis of it being supposedly ‘non-clog’ - but staring down at a tank crusted over so badly that you might not be able to see any wastewater, tells you immediately that this isn’t the case. Chances are that the odor from the tank/collection system is so bad that even a new visitor to site - blindfolded – could locate it in seconds.

A classic example of this came to light just recently, when a leading meat processor, bogged down by reoccurring costs, foul odors and poor performance of its wastewater treatment system, looked for a cost-effective, long-term solution.

The problem at this particular site was so bad that you could (not that anyone in their right mind would) walk on or jump up and down on the layer of the tank’s crust because it was so thick!

Hoist and Winch Raise Corporate Profile

Hoist and Winch Ltd has come a long way in a short space of time. From humble beginnings in 2007, the company today offers a full spectrum of lifting equipment services to the UK and global marketplace. Indeed, the Hoist and Winch portfolio now comprises product sales, installation, service, inspection, repair and hire, with a special emphasis on project work. With increasing demand, the reputation and corporate profile of this ISO9001-accredited business is rising fast.

The company excels in managing the supply and installation of standard and explosion-proof air-powered/electric hoists, while another strong business area is hoist hire, an offer that includes higher capacity air/electric hoists. As one of many market differentiators with its competitors, the company also offers installation services for rental hoists.

Although Hoist and Winch serves a number of sectors, the company is particularly at home supplying demanding industries such as heavy construction, cement production, petrochemical, offshore, marine, mining and tunnelling, many of which require explosion-proof equipment.

Pressure on for safe cleaning

The Water Jetting Association is introducing a new code of practice for pressure washing to counter ignorance about the risks associated with the cleaning technique and to improve safety for operatives and others in the workplace.

The code lays out, in plain terms, the steps needed to optimise the safe use of pressure washing equipment. It also explains why these steps are important and what needs to be done if something does go wrong.

The Water Jetting Association (WJA), the UK’s trade body for the water jetting industry, says awareness of water jetting risks has not, until now, stayed in step with the development and increasing availability of pressure washing technology.

WJA Training and Safety Committee Chairman Darren Hamilton said: “Over recent years, companies and individuals have been able to buy evermore powerful pressure washing systems.

“However, many people don’t realise the risks they face if they don’t handle this equipment properly or if it malfunctions. Our new Pressure Washing Code of Practice addresses these issues, giving users of this very useful technology the guidance needed to work safely at all times.”

The WJA points to incidents like an experienced operative who suffered severe injuries, including 4th degree burns, when a 3,000 pounds per square inch pressure washing jet pierced his boot, filling it with 1100C water.

This incident is just one of many pressure washing injuries. In another, a dockyard operative slipped due to the unexpected power of a pressure washing jet, allowing the nozzle to swipe across his supervisor, lacerating his upper thigh.

The WJA has already developed two codes – the Blue Code for high pressure and ultra-high pressure water jetting, and the Red Code for water jetting used for drain and sewer cleaning.

The new pressure washing code will support safe and productive water jetting at lower pressures, introducing a new operational standard and health and safety support for companies and agencies that carry out pressure washing and who rely on its advantages.

The code of practice gives the WJA’s definition of pressure washing, or power washing as it is also called. This is any jetting activity with a water pressure of up to 3,000 psi, or 207 bar (20.7 MPa).

Pressure washing is used to clean equipment and machinery in factories and engineering environments. It is also used to clean brickwork, remove graffiti, and clean mud and oil from the carriageway during highway repairs and construction.

In all these tasks, without a clear operational framework that a code of practice provides, there is opportunity for field teams to improvise and develop both unsafe and suboptimal practices.

The new code of practice includes sections on training and competency, site and equipment set-up, and the different types of pressure washing pumps and equipment, including hot water systems.

There is detailed advice on risk assessment, including a pre-start checklist, and emergency first aid specifically for the risk of fluid injection injuries that can be sustained during water jetting.

The WJA is the UK’s main provider of water jetting training. This includes a City & Guilds accredited pressure washing course which lasts at least five hours and is delivered by WJA-approved training providers and instructors.

Pressure washing contractors who are WJA members have welcomed the new code of practice, which is due to be published in early 2022.

Kris Jasinski, owner of TPC Brickwork Cleaning, in Southampton, said: “Having a code of practice to work to will benefit our industry greatly. People will be able check that standards are being set. The advice the WJA gives is central to how we go about our work and to our business success. I have no doubt about that.”

Find out more about pressure washing training and WJA membership:

www.waterjetting.org.uk

Switch from oil to liquid gas serves up big savings for Tracklements

Leading British condiments maker, Tracklements, has boosted its production capacity and enhanced its environmental credentials by switching its energy supply from oil to liquid gas from Flogas. The move to modern, efficient liquid gas-fired Fulton VSRT steam boilers is expected to cut the company’s costs by a significant 21%, whilst also reducing carbon emissions by almost 25% and nitrous oxide (NOx) levels by 75%.

The Wiltshire-based company has been making condiments for more than 50 years and has an extensive range of over 60 artisan products, from mustards, ketchups and sauces to pickles, chutneys, jams and jellies. All ‘handmade in small batches’ using natural ingredients, these are made in unique jacketed steam cooking pans that mimic traditional homemade methods, and for the last 40 years they have been powered by two Kerosene oil-fired steam boilers.

“We needed to increase our steam capacity to support the continued growth of the business,” said Ben Read, Operations Director at Tracklements. “But we’re also fully committed to improving our environmental footprint, so we wanted to move away from the higher carbon footprint which oil represents. By replacing our ageing oil-fired steam boilers with the latest liquid gas-fired VSRT models we’ve not only increased our steam capacity by 100%, but we’ve also cut costs and significantly reduced our carbon emissions in the process. This was a major factor in our decision, as Tracklements continues to work tirelessly towards our goal of planet-friendly products.”

Having worked with Fulton for over 40 years, Tracklements looked to them to specify a cutting-edge system that would help minimise its environmental impact. Fulton also recommended Flogas as a liquid gas supplier – one that could provide a reliable supply and trusted on-going service. Flogas and Fulton partnered to deliver Tracklements a full turnkey, end-to-end energy solution that also included all necessary ancillary equipment as well as service and training contracts.

Commenting on the project, Jeff Byrne, aftercare and business development manager at Fulton said: “By modernising their steam raising equipment and changing their fuel type to liquid gas, Tracklements can expect an impressive 21% financial saving and a near 25% reduction in carbon emissions. These cost savings are based on current gas oil prices before the planned withdrawal of tax relief on red diesel in April 2022, so looking forward they’re actually far more favourable. Cost and carbon savings can also significantly increase by up to 30% when combined with the potential steam system efficiency savings by running the latest fully-modulating, high-turndown liquid gas boilers. What’s more, our liquid gas-fired VSRTs will help minimise other pollutants, with NOx levels projected to reduce by 75% compared to the previous oil-fired steam boilers.”

Tracklements has a strong environmental policy and holds ISO 14001 certification for its green credentials. “We’re constantly looking at ways we can enhance efficiencies and minimise the environmental impact of our artisan manufacturing process,” continued Ben Read. “We’re really glad to have now made a great step in that direction. Liquid gas is also more reliable for our business. Our tanks are fitted with auto-ordering technology, so as soon as they hit 40%, it triggers a re-order. It’s great peace of mind and leaves us able to focus on making great green condiments.”

Jude Hurley, Business Energy Manager at Flogas added, “This is a great example of how a simple switch from oil to liquid gas can have a major impact, logistically, financially and environmentally. Not only will the company benefit from a more efficient, reliable fuel with fewer emissions, but it is also setting itself up perfectly for a seamless transition to renewable green gas in the future. Bio-propane is chemically identical to liquid gas, so when the time comes for Tracklements to become carbon neutral, it can be simply dropped in without any changes to equipment or infrastructure. It’s an energy solution that’s truly fit for the future.”

Flogas Britain Ltd

As ‘Experts in Energy’, Flogas has more than 35 years’ experience in providing tailored energy solutions to commercial, industrial and domestic customers across the UK. From Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas to propane enrichment of biomethane – the company delivers high-performance, reliable, cost-effective energy solutions to suit customers' exact needs.  www.flogas.co.uk/business

Tracklements

Based in the heart of Wiltshire, Tracklements has been making award-winning artisan condiments for over 50 years. Along with chutneys, relishes, pickles and sauces, The Tracklements range includes ketchups, jellies, salsas, mustards, fruit cheeses and Charcuteriments. It uses only the very best quality, natural ingredients, and works with British famers and spice growers from all around the globe to ensure the Tracklements products taste as good as the best homemade versions. For more information visit www.tracklements.co.uk

Fulton Limited

With manufacturing facilities in the United States, Great Britain and China, Fulton is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer systems. Backed by over 60 years of research, innovation and experience, Fulton is building on a tradition of success and is focused on improving life through heat transfer solutions. For additional information about Fulton please visit www.fulton.co.uk.

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