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Cost of Living Crisis? Nuclear Fuel Investment vs. Wind Power

by Richard Ludlam

In April, the UK Government published its long-awaited Energy Security Strategy. It was launched with much fanfare but has subsequently been criticised in many quarters for its vague aspirations and lack of tangible targets, and for failing to address the current energy challenges faced by consumers and industry. Critics also point to the missed opportunities for the development of onshore wind and tidal power, the limited support for improving energy efficiency and the risks from the proposed growth in oil and gas exploration and fracking.

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Improve your IP IQ

by Victor Harris

If you’re ever specifying a motor or inverter for an area where moisture or washdown water is present, you’re sure to come across IP and NEMA ratings. So it’s useful to know what these ratings mean and why they are important. Here’s a brief refresher course for the IP initiated, and an introduction for IP newbies.

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How to manage hose management

by Chris Dixon

Hydraulic hoses are the critical component within most production systems. They’re also the component which can be completely compromised by something as seemingly insignificant as a pinprick. So it’s essential that maintenance engineers know the hoses they have, what they do, the condition they’re in, and when they should be replaced. But knowing the importance of your hydraulic hose systems is one thing. Managing them is another.

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Rolling back the years

by Mahesh Patel

While some people were busy founding Pizza Hut, Elvis Presley was joining the U.S. Army. The EEC (as it was called then) was just starting, and so was the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Meanwhile, in that same busy year (can you guess which one?*, A sugar manufacturer was pressing the start button on their new rotary louvre granulator. Now, in 2022, it was time for ERIKS to step in.

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Timken offer a time-saving new angle on roller bearings

by James Goodgame

Baking is essential for bricks – to make them solid, strong and hard-wearing. For bearings, it’s not so desirable. That’s why, with temperatures approaching 100°C and large amounts of fine dust in the atmosphere, split roller bearings in a brickworks’ hot air blower were frequently failing. With every bearing replacement causing a day’s lost production, the customer’s maintenance engineers had hit a brick wall.

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Food safe seals: examples, standards, tips

by Richard Ludlam

Choosing the correct o-ring is of vital importance. When the o-rings are not food-grade, you are putting the health of your consumers at risk. Find out which seal is suitable for your application and learn how to select the right food-grade o-ring.

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When did you last see your spanner?

by Tom Morgan

There’s not usually a Line of Duty style interrogation when tools go missing. But perhaps there should be. After all, according to HellermannTyton – suppliers of RFID tracking solutions – a customer in the oil and gas sector using a pen and paper inventory system recently lost £30,000 of assets.

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Industrial Gearboxes: Unsung Heroes

by Pete Townsend

Heavy duty helical, bevel, worm and planetary gearboxes are among the most common pieces of equipment used in many different industrial applications, from food and beverage, pharmaceutical and quarrying, to mining, power generation and the manufacture of metals and chemicals.

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Food safety: legislation and regulations

by Richard Ludlam

A handful of straightforward food safety laws are easy to deal with. But when the sector gets flooded with rules and regulations (which is the case), it becomes tricky for food professionals too.

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Teamwork makes a crushing victory

by Amy Jasper

It’s not always what you know, but sometimes who you know. And although ERIKS know-how is comprehensive across industry sectors and applications, mechanical assets and  components, occasionally even more specialist expertise is required. That’s when knowing who to call is as important as knowing what to do.

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Cost of Living Crisis? Nuclear Fuel Investment vs. Wind Power

Richard Ludlam

In April, the UK Government published its long-awaited Energy Security Strategy. It was launched wit...

Improve your IP IQ

Victor Harris

If you’re ever specifying a motor or inverter for an area where moisture or washdown water is presen...

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