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Electricity and Control September 2018As a community engineers have the problem-solving skills necessary to remedy a problem, but more than that, they are responsible for creating solutions to problems that society isn’t even aware of yet. This expectation puts the industry as a whole under pressure not only to remain clued up on current developments, but also to be the driving force behind new and innovative solutions.

Electricity + Control is committed to delivering content that keeps up with the progressions that characterise this ever-evolving industry. With this in mind, our September issue explores a number of ground-breaking innovations, including a new control strategy that helps reap the maximum amount of power from wind farms and a chemical cluster set to transform the energy storage landscape.

We also delve into the need for automation in mining activities, investigate lightning, and take a closer look at how digitalisation has improved the brewing process. We also examine medium voltage switchgear and the existing demand for new designs to meet modern applications.  

Further to this, readers are provided a deeper insight into the significance of visual data and preventative maintenance as applied to plant maintenance, not to mention the latest product news and pertinent industry happenings.



The future of mining is automated

By Chris Calam, ThermoFisher Scientific

As global demand increases for resources locked deep within the earth, the mining industry must adopt processes and technologies that streamline every step of the process. Automation holds the key to a more efficient mining industry.

The digital era in the art of brewing

Information provided by Siemens

Brewing companies face a multitude of challenges, including changing demands for variety as well as cost pressure from the competition. To attain the goal of a more flexible and economical process, digitalisation of the brewing equipment along the entire value chain is vital.



The next generation of medium voltage switchgear

Joe Richard, Schneider Electric

Medium voltage switchgear designs have seen only minor changes since the establishment of metal-clad switchgear in the 1970s. However, the electrical distribution industry is experiencing workforce, financial and regulatory pressures that require new designs to meet modern applications.

Take control with custom control panels

Johan Basson, JB Switchgear

Control panels are essentially the heartbeat of each and every machine, process or equipment in your industrial installation. When they’re working properly, they make the running of your operations seamless and hassle-free. But if they’ve been badly designed, or they’re not actually compatible with your processes, things can rapidly go wrong.



Chemical cluster to transform energy storage

Bob Marcotte and Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo

Researchers at the University of Rochester (UR) and the University at Buffalo (UB) believe they have found a promising compound that could transform the energy storage landscape. The compound has properties that make it an ideal candidate material for redox flow batteries.

New control strategy helps reap maximum power from wind farms

Aaron Dubrow, Texas Advanced Computing Center

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has developed a new way to extract more power from the wind. This approach has the potential to increase wind power generation significantly with a consequent increase in revenue.



Using visual data to its full potential

Willem Beckmann, DataProphet

In a world where data analytics is increasingly woven into the manufacturing space, straightforward and practical discussions on the value of data are essential. Manufacturers know that their hard-earned data carries hidden value, but they are often at a loss when it comes to extracting all the potential value this resource offers.  

Prevention and protection in plant maintenance

Joy Sonn and Manoj Chandrasekharan, Schneider Electric

Keeping electrical distribution equipment at optimum performance levels can be challenging and stressful especially when dealing with the concern of reliable power. Developing a maintenance strategy for one’s electrical distribution system is a sound business decision, and implementing an electrical preventive maintenance program is a great starting point.



Bringing flexibility to damage inspection

By Liezel Labios, University of California - San Diego

A group of Californian engineers has developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment.