Plant maintenance, T & M

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Retrofitting a sewage plant with lightning and surge protection

The necessary high efficiency of sewage plants requires that the operating procedure be optimised and operating costs be reduced at the same time.
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Solution for improved pump protection

A Polymer plant seeks a solution for improving the protection method on its pumps.
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Pure process design

A uniform engineering platform provides advantages in the construction of vacuum distillation plants.
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Commanding the highest efficiency of core system functions

An innovative control and telemetry device − locally manufactured and distributed.
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Maintaining productivity during extended power outages

Power outage problems have made it essential for South African companies to have generators – but – it’s not a case of ‘one size fits all’.
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First private solar plant to feed into Cape Town

Black River Park’s 1,2 MW solar PV is a self consumption solar project containing a little over 4 800 solar modules of 250 W each.
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Not all solar PV panels are created equal

Consult a specialist solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems supplier, preferably at the design phase, before committing to any solar PV panel solution.
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Implementation of industrial and commercial hot water energy savings

Implementing energy savings programmes using heat pumps could create other opportunities besides the proposed benefits of reduced electricity bills.
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Use of a LiDAR system for surveying power lines in Angola

LiDAR has been used for power line surveying since the late 1990s, however the latest generation of the technology means that it is flexible enough to be used in remote areas in developing countries.
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Comparative look at strain gauge and piezoelectric sensors

Strain gauge and piezoelectric sensors complement each other in their attributes; where one technology is limited, the other presents a solution.
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Arc flash protection study - Eskom's Kendal Power Station

Personal Protection Equipment, and other interventions to limit exposure to electric arc, may significantly reduce the risk.
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3 key principles to reduce project failure

It is only by taking a strategic approach that project managers will be able effectively to manage projects.
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Energy savings - loss reduction opportunities

A simplified overview of the most common and important loss factors in a typical facility.
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Practical gas analysis using tunable diode laser spectography

Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy meets the challenge faced by instrument engineers to accurately detect and measure the amount of a specific gas in a multiple gas environment.
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3 dimensions of energy management

Managing energy is actually a three-dimensional challenge: minimise, economise, and optimise.
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Limits of maximum linear expansion

A student discovers that an AS-Interface network can be relied upon to work effectively even with a linear expansion of over 100 m – under certain conditions.
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Dynamic Power Compensation: Case study

A dynamic power compensation system, rated at 4,5 MVAr, was installed and connected directly to the shredder supply using a 5 MVA 600 V/ 4,16 kV step-up transformer – with excellent results.
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Supervision of Italian electric power grids

Swiss instrumentation ensures precision in Italian electric power grids; the product in this article has high accuracy – as well as a high degree of measurement reliability.
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Unlocking value in discard coal

Anglo American Thermal Coal has the potential to create value for the organisation by exploiting discard coal to produce energy. This article outlines certain challenges encountered when considering this option.
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A beer with conscience

SAB’s Alrode Brewery is one of two local SAB Limited breweries identified as having the capability to spearhead efforts in some of the SABMiller group’s key sustainable development priorities.
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Plan - Do - Check - Act - Improving energy performance

The five energy reduction case studies mentioned in this article are just a few of many projects that have been successfully completed at Toyota SA.
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Looking back... looking forward

This article, written by Electricity+Control technical director, Ian Jandrell, gives a broad outline of the significant changes in the industry over the past 25 years.
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Better bottling with predictive maintenance

It is difficult to tell how much the life of a plant can be extended when using predictive maintenance as opposed to other forms of maintenance, as there are many factors over which there is no control.
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