Engineering & Design

BBA Cites Performance, Rapid ROI in Two New Field Pumps

Dutch manufacturer BBA Pumps has added to its product line two portable systems for field operations. The company, which has a U.S. office in Wando, S.C., developed the BA-C250H45 bolt-on pump package for a number of applications, among them mining, quarrying, dredging, firefighting, and oil and gas operations. It also produced the PT150 D200 piston pump for dewatering and wellpointing. The...

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Flow International Reveals Waterjet Cutting Lineup at IMTS

Among the major suppliers of waterjet cutting systems that will exhibit at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this September is Flow International Corp., of Kent, Wash. The company plans to feature three versions of its Mach Series machines: the Mach 4c, Mach 3b, and Mach 2c. Each provides various process benefits. The Mach 4c is a high-productivity unit whose...

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Forecasts Deem Global Valve, Pump Growth to Come from the East

Ongoing investments in energy and chemicals are among the end-uses driving global valve and pump sales. Credit: GE Oil & Gas U.S. demand for valves and pumps remains steady, with sources forecasting another year of growth in 2014, albeit in the single digits when surveyed industry-wide. While much of the demand is driven by North American business, key overseas markets, notably India and China,...

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Custom Manufacturing

Marposs Will Debut Two Metrology Devices at IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show, or IMTS, is only about two months away. During the biennial exposition in Chicago's McCormick Place, Sept. 8-13, multinational exhibitors will display their latest equipment and technologies for metal fabrication. While large and fast horizontal and vertical machining systems, lathes, gear grinders, laser cutters, and waterjet cutting machines will...

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Upcoming Trade Events Are Buyers' Choices for Valves

The valve and pipe industry will be prominently represented in October at the American Petroleum Institute's (API) annual Tank, Valves and Piping Conference and Expo, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event takes place Oct. 13-16. The event is one of several trade shows that directly target manufacturers, buyers, and users of valves, pumps, actuators, and related devices. Following is a look at...

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Custom Manufacturing

Methods Debuts EDM Innovations from Fanuc at Metal Storm

[Editor's Note: This is continuing coverage of the recent Metal Storm machining technology event, of which ThomasNet News was invited to attend.] Fanuc's RoboCut electric discharge machining (EDM) systems and controls were among the draws at Metal Storm, a biennial equipment and technology open house presented earlier this month by Methods Machine Tools in Sudbury, Mass. One machine on display...

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Emerson's Flowmeter Operations Pursue European Opportunities

Emerson Process Management (EPM) recently announced two petrochemical-based projects in Europe that have expanded the development and supply of its flow control and process monitoring equipment and yielded major savings for a facility operator. A division of St. Louis-based Emerson, EPM's specialties include products and services in such areas as measurement, analysis, and process and control for...

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Custom Manufacturing

VISIONx Digital Inspection System Unveiled at Metal Storm

Digital optical comparators are vital inspection and measurement tools for making sure that machined parts meet CAD specifications. The latest model in the market is the VisionGauge 700 Series from VISIONx Inc. of Pointe-Claire, Que., Canada, an automated system with five axes of motion - X, Y, Z, B (rotary), and A (tilt) - that allow parts to be inspected from all sides and angles. Officially...

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Engineering & Design

Modernization of Water Infrastructure Means Enormous Equipment Changes

The U.S. water supply and wastewater systems have been the focus of recent legislation intended to upgrade their infrastructure and, in the case of potable water, protect quality. As a result, manufacturers of valves, pumps, and actuators, along with digital controls that improve their performance, could see major demand for their equipment in the coming years, as public and private enterprises...

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Engineering & Design

Cyberattacks Menace Networked Infrastructure Bit by Bit

Digital controls are vital to the operation of modern industrial infrastructure. They are also gateways to computer viruses, malware, and especially cyberattacks that can bring down facilities, whose operations depend on the accurate monitoring and control of valves, pumps, and other equipment. The results of successful cyberattacks on utilities, pipelines, refineries, tank farms, manufacturers,...

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