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While Industry 4.0 continues to revolutionise the way manufacturing and processing plants operate, many businesses are also looking at how the design and build of a facility can be accomplished more efficiently. Here, Dave Friar, international operations director at engineering solutions provider Boulting Group, explores the concept of modularisation and how it is transforming the design and build process both at home and overseas.

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ENDRESS+HAUSER says its iTherm StrongSens sensor cuts replacement costs and improves safety. The company says processes with high vibrations caused by pumps, compressors and turbines, for example, can often lead to premature failure of temperature sensors and increased operational costs as sensors need to be replaced more frequently and more worryingly, unreliable temperature monitoring on rotating parts (such as bearings) can lead to a safety risk through overheating of equipment.

Transvac Systems from Derbyshire, UK, is a  leading supplier of Ejector solutions, committed to pushing the boundaries of Ejector performance and finding ways to apply the technology to new applications.

Hydraulic cutting tools and systems specialist, Webtool, will exhibit a wide range of high performance, subsea and maritime cutting tools, together with the industry leading Webtool cable gripper, at Subsea Expo 2018 on stand 124.

BiSN, a global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, has announced it has been awarded significant investment by the Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

The Challenge - As companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production continue to push the boundaries into deeper wells and more hostile environments, the reliable operation of drilling, completion and production equipment under the most extreme environments has never been more important.

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Editor's Comment 

The UK oil and gas sector is fighting hard in a bid to restore competitiveness, and expects to have improved efficiency and its average unit operating cost by more than 40% compared with two years ago.

The current challenges for the offshore oil & gas industry are significant. But it is also important to recognise there are also continuing opportunities. Concerted action by the industry to improve efficiency across the sector is leading to an estimated 22% – over £2 billion – reduction in the cost of operating existing assets by the end of 2016. Supported by the first annual production increase for 15 years, the unit cost of operating UK oil and gas assets will also improve.

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