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Why supply chain security is more important than ever

The price of steel has been steadily rising since 2020, with events such as Brexit, Covid-19 and the conflict in Ukraine impacting steel production. The rising price of steel has added pressure to industries like rail, construction and automotive, delaying projects and reducing profit margins. Here, Alan Jackson, Operations Director of TFC, shares insight into the current market.

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Cultivating innovation: Bringing Industry 4.0 to Nemo’s Garden

Off the Italian coast, something amazing is happening under the surface of the sea. Resembling a bloom of giant jellyfish anchored to the ocean floor, a new form of agriculture is growing in Nemo’s Garden.

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DC drives driving thrills in fairground rides

Specialists in theme park ride engineering, Amusement Technical, regularly retrofits Sprint Electric DC Drives into fairground rides, such as the Frisbee, Ferris wheel, Breakdance, Magic, lift hills, Crazy Buses, pirate boats and powered roller coasters.

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How Europe can say goodbye to gas and lead the way in renewable energy

As the war continues in Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced contingency plans for the European Union (EU) to “get rid of the dependency on Russian gas and go deep into the renewables.” Here, Matthew Hawkridge, Chief Technology Officer at Ovarro, explains why remote telemetry units (RTUs) and advanced software can help diversify the EU’s energy sources and suppliers.

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    Design for reliability reduces life cycle costs of industrial edge devices(12/05/2022)

    When sourcing industrial edge devices, cost is usually one of the most significant selection criteria. However, for those involved in the procurement process, it is important to look at costs holistically, including not only the unit purchase price, but also integration and deployment costs, and product support and maintenance costs over its life cycle.

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    Borehole drilling at 900kW ground-source heat pump installation(03/05/2022)

    As part of its Zero-Carbon Schools initiative, managing contractor ReEnergise is transforming the carbon footprint of St George’s College in Weybridge, Surrey, installing four Viessmann heat pumps.

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    Machinery cybersecurity: Optimising resilience(03/05/2022)

    As cyber-physical systems are deployed, new vulnerabilities may emerge and a cyberattack can put an entire industrial facility at risk. Vulnerabilities include a lack of knowledge about how to apply IT security protection to machinery that has not traditionally required it, as well as systems running legacy communication networks with which today’s cybersecurity software is incompatible.

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    Wave spring or coil spring?(03/05/2022)

    Both Crest-to-Crest wave springs and traditional compression springs can offer similar load and deflection characteristics, but the key difference centres on reduced operating heights.

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    Muffin Monster makes quick work of debris(03/05/2022)

    Municipal utility company Servicebetrieb ASK, of Kamp-Lintfort in Nordrhein-Westfalen, was experiencing frequent blockages and outages in one of its sewage pumping systems.

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