Engineering & Design

Nuclear Plants, Subsea Oil Projects Lead Market Opportunities

(Photo credit: Westinghouse)The Sanmen electricity plant in China, built by Westinghouse, is one of a number of new nuclear energy projects around the world generating demand for valves. The global energy market is awash in oil and natural gas, boosted by shale oil reserves in North America and current and emerging natural gas fields such as those in the eastern Mediterranean, off the shores of...

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Makino Improves Large-Part EDM With Z-Axis Sinker Unit

EDM operators may feel a bit of envy when they compare the high throughput rates and precision of small units to their large sinker machines. Most EDM sinkers designed for big parts are slower than smaller models and may not achieve the same degree of precision when it comes to machining ribs and similar features in workpieces. These differences may become things of the past. Makino has added a...

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Key Business Indicators Soar in September, Quickening Year's Pace

Attendees and show organizers gushed over the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September, citing a high turnout for the six-day event, the quality and breadth of exhibitors, leading-edge machine and component displays, informative conferences and new-technology displays, opportunities for networking, and, importantly, the positive business atmosphere. These...

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New Processes Needlessly Reduce Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields, Part 5

In the last century it was rare for facilities engineers to be involved in wellsite equipment selection/design, procurement, installation, or operation and it was unheard of for a process engineer to have any role in wellsites at all. When I assumed a facilities engineering role that included field operation responsibilities in 1993, I was unable to find another facilities engineer within the...

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Metrology Company Edges Into Additive Manufacturing Arena

Most machine shops and equipment OEMs know Renishaw as a metrology specialist. But the company also supplies laser-powered additive manufacturing (AM) systems, a capability it acquired with the acquisition of the U.K.'s MTT Investments Ltd. and its subsidiary MTT Technologies in 2011. The acquisition was the latest move by Renishaw to diversify and expand its business. The company also has a...

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Heimatec's BMT Live Tools Enhance CNC Operations

Upgrading the operation of a CNC turret is an important way of extending machine performance. If it's done right, operators can add fabrication versatility, spindle speed, and torque with little more than the addition of a live tool. One supplier that recently expanded its range of live tools is Heimatec Inc., of Prospect Heights, Ill. The company, whose parent firm is based in Renchen, Germany,...

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New Processes Needlessly Reduce Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields, Part 4

Drilling procedures and equipment have evolved over the last 150 years to the point where drillers can hit a 6-inch target a mile down and 2 miles to the left nearly 100 percent of the time. Given enough time and money, there is almost nothing that modern drillers cannot do with regard to hitting a target and a trajectory. As technological capabilities have advanced, costs have increased. To a...

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Siemens Sees Lack of System Integration as It Introduces Capabilities

Siemens has added capabilities to its Sinumerik suite of machine-control software that networks machining with production-level IT systems. "System integration is a big market," Chris Pollack, dealer support specialist in motion control systems for the company, said. The connection between work-handling operations and automation is "weak throughout the market," he said, so Siemens is expanding...

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New Processes Needlessly Reduce Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields, Part 3

Supply chain management is integrally linked with environmental management. The underlying reason for this linkage is that if an oil and gas company is not dealing with shutdowns for spill assessment/remediation, then its ability to supply units of production will be more reliable. Since the oil and gas industry has decided to misapply these concepts to tools of production, the current bid...

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New Processes Needlessly Reduce Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields, Part 2

Process safety management (PSM) represents a series of administrative processes that together have the goal of identifying all potential sources of risk and developing designs and procedures to eliminate or minimize those risks. The PSM administrative processes include things like: (1) management of change (MOC); (2) critical drawing reviews (CDR); and (3) hazardous operations (HazOp) reviews. To...

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