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News & Events Sponsored by Environmental Award for Wanner International Following independent assessment, Wanner International Ltd., a global leader in the supply of seal-less positive displacement pumps, has been awarded ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001:2004 is the only internationally-recognized standard for environmental management. “We have always been proud of our environmental stance and pledge to minimize our carbon footprint,” said a delighted Paul Davis, Managing Director. “ISO 14001 is an international certification that clearly demonstrates our achievements to date and our continued commitment to reduce the impact of out operation on the environment.” This award is in addition to the ISO 9001:2000 awarded to Wanner International Ltd., and highlights Company as one of the few in its field to hold both accreditations. “Our Hydra-Cell pumps are environmentally friendly,” continued Davis. “Being seal-less they prevents leaks of potentially harmful chemicals and their outstanding efficiency helps reduce energy usage.” Its nice to think that having helped others to achieve ISO 14001, Wanner International itself has gained international environmental recognition. For more information contact Wanner International, Church Crookham, Hampshire. Tel +44 (0)1252 816847 E-mail: NHerrington@wannerint.com Web: www.hydra-cell.eu SWAPPAGE SCHEME ENCOURAGES UK MANUFACTURERS TO USE THE LATEST ROBOTIC AUTOMATION A new swappage scheme being introduced by ABB seeks to promote greater use of the latest robotic automation technology amongst UK manufacturers. Subject to the payload of the robot, the Robot Swappage Scheme enables operators to get up to £4,000* off the purchase cost of a new ABB robot when they trade in an existing robot from any manufacturer installed 12 or more years ago. Open from 8th October 2013 until 8th April 2014, the scheme is part of ABB’s drive to encourage the greater take-up of robotic automation in the UK manufacturing sector. The scheme is aimed particularly at small and medium sized businesses which have a current working robot which may be nearing the end of its useful economical working life. “A large number of robots in use in the UK are now at the point where they are becoming increasingly more difficult and costly to maintain,” says Dean Phipps, ABB Robotics’ Service Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland. “Difficulties in obtaining spares for obsolete models, the absence of any warranties and finding technicians qualified to work on older models are just some of the problems that can add to the heartache, expense and inconvenience of using older robots when issues inevitably occur. In such cases, replacing the robot with a new model can present the most sensible option.” “New developments in robotic technology may also mean that companies using older models may be missing out on a raft of new productivity enhancing features. The enhanced efficiency, flexibility and reliability delivered by the latest generation of robots could help these companies to dramatically transform their production operations.” The scheme is open to end users only across any industry where a robot is currently being used to handle a particular task. Different discounts according to the payload of the robot being replaced apply. Robots with up to and including a 20kg payload will receive a discount of £2,000 off the listprice for each individual robot being scrapped and replaced, whilst robots with a payload greater than 20kg will receive a £4,000 discount. The scheme operates on a one-forone basis and will apply to any orders placed between 8th October 2013 and 8th April 2014. Discount applies to any robot with a payload of 20kg or greater. A separate discount of £2,000 applies to robots with a payload up to and including 20kg. To apply for the scheme or to find out more, please call 01908 350300 or email robots@gb.abb.com ref ‘Swappage’. applications robotic technology Shepherd Neame brewery The Shepherd Neame brewery in Kent is the oldest brewery in Britain and can trace its official history back to 1698. Within the brewing process itself, little has changed over the years in terms of taking the four basic ingredients used: water, barley, hops and yeast and combining them together to create the world’s 3rd most popular drink after water and tea - beer. Today certain parts of the manufacturing process benefit from advances in engineering, so when Grundfos Pumps were contacted about the existing 35 year-old wort pump that had reached ‘end of life’, this offered the opportunity to upgrade to newer technology. Following discussions a Grundfos Hilge MAXA which is a long-coupled end suction pump with a low pressure seal flushing arrangement was selected. This pump is used as a casting pump within the hot wort circulation in the copper vessel when the hops are added in the brewing process and this is just one member of the specialist family of hygienic pumps from Grundfos. The success and longevity of the Shepherd Neame brewery can be partially linked to the water used in the process that is drawn from an on-site aquifer. The water is naturally filtered through a layer of chalk on which Faversham sits, and this purifies the water, which gives the beer its distinctive flavour. Grundfos are now playing their role in the process and the brewery is very pleased with the result, and has commented that “this is the best performing pump we now have on site”. For more information contact Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire. Tel: 01525 850000 E-mail: grundfosuk@grundfos.com Web: www.grundfos.co.uk recycling Government urged to take action on scrap vehicle controls Calls for tighter controls on the treatment of scrap vehicles are being backed by MEP Chris Davies following his recent visit to Axion Polymers’ end-of-life (ELV) vehicle recycling facility in Trafford Park, Manchester. He was invited to tour Axion’s Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) by CarTakeBack.com Ltd, the UK’s largest scrap car recycling network, which has voiced concerns over the UK’s poor legislative controls for processing end-of-life vehicles that mean up to half a million cars a year go unrecorded. Supporting the need for tougher legislation to ensure Certificates of Destruction are issued for all scrapped vehicles, Axion Director Keith Freegard said: “This would ensure accurate data on how many vehicles are going to de-pollution centres and being processed properly - and just how many are left on our roads. “Personally, I would like to see stronger drivers to link manufacturers’ responsibility to what happens to their end-of-life vehicles, particularly in terms of incentives to promote the use of recycled plastics back into new cars,” he continued. Working closely with CarTakeBack, Axion’s award-winning SWAPP facility is already capable of delivering over 95% recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles, thereby already meeting the fast-approaching January 2015 target for ELVs. For more information, contact Axion Polymers, Salford, Manchester Tel: 0161 426 7731 Fax: 0161 426 7732 E-mail: sales@axionpolymers.com Web: www.axionpolymers.com 12 Process Industry Informe r October-November 2013


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