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Manufacturers’ confidence in the UK economy and in their own business performance has been knocked by the vote to Brexit, according to a new survey from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. While firms report little immediate impact on trading conditions, the outlook for the next six months shows signs of decline and forecasts now point to the sector remaining in recession until at least the end of 2017.

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When measuring the position of moving targets in production and process automation environments, it is important to understand the different methods of sensor triggering, their impact on measurement cycle times and the benefits they can offer over continuous measurement. Chris Jones, managing director at Micro-Epsilon UK, explains.

Conditions in a flue gas duct are extreme. Heightened exposure to heat and aggressive chemicals can cause the steel structure to crack or fracture resulting in leakage. In the worst case, this can lead to plant shutdowns and expensive repairs.

Predictive maintenance and RCM (reliability-centred maintenance) programmes at manufacturing facilities regularly use thermal imaging cameras for inspecting a countless number of mechanical components. FLIR tells PWE how to get started.

Efficiency and cost effectiveness are crucial in the logistics sector. Companies are facing major challenges due to tough competition and rising cost pressures, and at the same time customers and legislators are placing increasing value on ecologically sustainable solutions. For this reason, Schachinger Logistik Holding GmbH says it has optimised the logistics processes at its Stockerau site. PWE reports.

Failure of existing temperature control plant, steam and hot water systems can have disastrous consequences including downtime, closure of facilities, financial penalties, loss of revenue and a failure to provide a duty of care.

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Editor's Comment 

Unfortunately being non political or not conversing about the EU referendum has been virtually impossible over the last year. I have listened to the debates avidly and spoken to countless manufacturers from the very largest in the world to numerous SMEs from a cross section of industry, as well as being in the privileged position of hearing leaders of British industry who have expressed their honest opinions based of real experiences at top level EU discussions and global forums. I have taken note of their fears and hopes for the referendum, with the large majority appearing to favour remaining. For anyone to dismiss such opinions and experience would in my opinion be folly.

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