Environmental certification with no drain facility

Gloucestershire-based welding specialists Arc Energy Resources has had its environmental management system certified by Lloyds Register to BS EN ISO 14001:2004.

Arc Energy’s environment and procurement manager Andrew Robinson became an associate member of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as part of the process. The audit was completed within a month despite the unique problems posed by Arc Energy’s location, as Andrew explains: “The factory is situated on the site of an 18th century mill, and is bounded by the river Frome, the Stroudwater canal, a brook and a drainage ditch. This makes the site almost an island and, with no mains drainage available, made control of spills and runoff an area of particular importance.”

The ISO 14001certificate follows a long list of awards for the company in its 16-year history, including the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and BS EN ISO 3834-2 quality management systems; qualification by the internationally renowned ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Certification organisation, which establishes the codes and rules for the design, construction, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, nuclear plant and boilers; and EMS certification.

Managing director Alan Robinson says the systems are the core of the company’s management philosophy.

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SPX completes acquisition of Anhydro

SPX Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Anhydro business, a Soeborg, Denmark-based global supplier of liquid concentration equipment, powder processing solutions, and dewatering plants and equipment.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Anhydro supplies a wide range of evaporation and drying solutions for dairy, food, and starch producers and for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.  The transaction includes all Anhydro business units with the exception of its Danish Filter business, Simatek A/S, and its German, UK and US operations, as well as certain individual projects. The acquired business units employ 225 employees and are expected to generate 2010 full-year revenue of approximately 85 million Euros.

“The addition of Anhydro broadens our technology equipment offerings and systems capabilities and strengthens our ability to serve customers in the global food, pharmaceutical and chemical processing end markets,” said SPX Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Kearney. “This strategic transaction also builds on our recent acquisition of Gerstenberg Schroder and underscores our commitment to expanding our Flow Technology segment, which remains a key component of our global growth strategy.”

SPX first announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Anhydro on June 18, 2010.  Anhydro will operate within the SPX Flow Technology segment. SPX products and technologies play an important role in the expansion of global infrastructure to help meet increased demand for power and energy and support many different sources of power generation, including coal and natural gas, nuclear, solar and geothermal. The company’s innovative product portfolio, containing many energy efficient products, includes cooling systems for power plants throughout the world; highly advanced food processing components and turnkey, scalable systems serving the global food and beverage industry; process equipment that assists a variety of flow processes including oil and gas exploration, distribution and refinement and power generation; handheld diagnostic tools that aid in vehicle maintenance and repair; and power transformers that allow utility companies to regulate electric voltage, transmission and distribution.

WirelessHART Approved as First European National Standard for Wireless

The HART Communication Foundation has announced that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved the WirelessHART specification as a European National Standard (EN 62591). CEN released the standard to CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, whose members are the national electrotechnical committees of 31 European countries. CENELEC approved the WirelessHART European Standard on 01 June 2010.

“In March, the WirelessHART specification was approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission as a full international standard (IEC 62591Ed. 1.0),” says Ron Helson, Executive Director of the HART Communication Foundation. “Approval as a European National Standard further confirms acceptance of the technology by users and suppliers as a technically sound, reliable and secure solution for wireless communication in process automation.”

The IEC Standard was approved by CENELEC as a European Standard without any modification. According to the announcement of approval issued by CENELEC, “members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration”.

A growing number of WirelessHART compatible products are available today from major global suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, MACTek, Nivis, Phoenix Contact, Pepperl+Fuchs, Siemens and others.

Released in September 2007, WirelessHART is an open and interoperable wireless communication standard designed to address the critical needs of industry for reliable, robust and secure wireless communication in real-time industrial process measurement and control applications.

WirelessHART is a backward compatible, evolutionary enhancement to the HART Communication Protocol, the leading communication technology for intelligent process measurement and control field devices and systems with more than 30 million devices installed and operating in process plant applications around the globe.

The CEN was founded in 1961. Its 30 national members work together to develop European Standards (ENs) in various sectors to build a European internal market for goods and services and to position Europe in the global economy.CENELEC is a non-profit technical organization set up under Belgian law. CENELEC members have been working together in the interests of European harmonization since the 1950s, creating both standards requested by the market and harmonized standards in support of European legislation.