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The GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries manufactured by GS Yuasa Lithium Power, are set to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS). GS Yuasa’s Li-ion LSE134 batter- ies will replace the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) cells that are cur- rently powering the space station. As its power source, the Li-ion bat- teries will make a significant contri- bution to the ongoing operation of the ISS. www.yuasaeurope.com


Two lines at one of the UK’s biggest paper mills have recently been updated with new AC drives from Control Techniques. SCA’s Trafford Park paper mill in Manchester produces a range of household paper products util- ising recycled paper. The lines are now both equipped with Unidrive SP AC drives - the tis- sue line with 26 drives and the paper towel line with 16. The drives range in size from 1.1kW to 20kW. www.controltechniques.com


Commercial fire, security and com- munication systems provider, PEL Services, has been awarded the fire detection and emergency light- ing maintenance contract for a num- ber of NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire. Commenting on the awarding of the contract, Robert Jones, property services manager with East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said, “PEL’s service has been extremely good - we are very pleased with their service delivery and flexible manner in which they manage the contract so far.” www.pel.co.uk


A clampdown on poor quality cable


PAUL ATKINSON, CEO of Prysmian Group, has called for the UK government to focus urgently on the issue of substandard cable being imported into the country. A recent debate in the House of Commons demonstrated an encouraging awareness and con- cern around the problem with counterfeit cable, prompting Atkinson to welcome the increased rigour on protection from counterfeit cables. However, he went on to say that a lack of stringent regula- tion on the quality of cables being imported into the UK is an even more significant issue for UK manufacturers.


He said, “UK manufacturers abide by a number of strict quality standards. Industry has agreed these standards to ensure that cables are safe in use. It is naturally extremely frustrating to find that the same high standards are not


demanded of imported product. It is relatively straightforward to reduce the cost of cable by compro- mising on quality. Manufacturers based in the UK cannot, and would not want to do this.


“The UK is one of the very few countries not to have quality con- trols on imported product and we are asking the government to intro- duce such controls at the point of entry into the UK.


“This is an issue of safety. Our product quality standards are there


for a reason - we know that sub- standard cables cause fires. In addition, substandard cable dis- tributors can cut costs by using cheap materials that emit toxic fumes and which fall below fire resistant standards.


“In the current economic climate it is easy to see the temptation to reduce costs by importing cheap cable, but this compromises the high quality standards for which the UK industry has fought.” www.prysmian.co.uk


GRP enclosures pass with flying colours


cially adapted with stainless steel motorised louvres and exhausts. Located in a very exposed environment, over the years the generators’ canopies had corroded and needed replacing. Royal Air Force Valley is responsible for the advanced flying, tactics and weapons training for all the UK Armed Forces fast jet pilots. The base is also home to C Flight, 22 Squadron of the RAF Search and Rescue organisation and is the parent unit for the Search and Rescue Training Unit.


SHENTONGROUP HAS RECENTLY exchanged five corroded generator canopies at Royal Air Force Valley - the RAF’s Advanced Tactics and Training Unit - with its new drop-over GRP enclosures that have been spe-


shentongroup undertook a turnkey operation, from initial design through to installation. The project was carried out with strict adherence to RAF Valley’s stringent security and health and safety regulations. www.shentongroup.co.uk


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