Industry 4.0 – Dawn of a new era?

Industry 4.0 is the fourth era of manufacturing. The First Era Started in the 17th & early 18th centuries with the first mechanical machinery that carried out work previously people did manually, leading to the Industrial Revolution. The Second Era followed … Continue reading

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Handling the Brain-Drain – the Denca way

Shifting Roles It’s not just Denca’s customers that face the issues presented by the loss of in-house technical capability and competencies. Consequently, Denca itself has to address and respond to the very same challenges. In some ways, the reduction in … Continue reading

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Delivering capability from Denca

In this article, we looked at delivering capability and the major shift in the approach of many process companies to performing maintenance and upgrades of electrical process control systems at their plants.  Today, many manufacturers do not have enough electrical … Continue reading

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A changing world of in-house technical capability

Until relatively recently, most sophisticated manufacturing companies employed their own, sometimes extensive, in-house technical capability for electrical controls engineering. However, with the drive towards lean manufacturing from the mid-1980’s to the mid-noughties, this all changed. Companies both trimmed their own … Continue reading

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Safe Installation in ATEX-certified combustible dust zone

Our Client Our client is a specialist manufacturer of pigments. Consequently, managing dust and fine powders is a day-to-day requirement. The Issue A mixer was installed on-site in an area that had been designated a combustible dust risk zone under ATEX/DSEAR regulations. A … Continue reading

Categories News, Software, Installation, Case Study, ATEX, Design, Documentation

Operating in Combustible Dust Environments

As demonstrated in the case of the Bosley Mill Explosion in 2015, combustible dust can present a significant danger in processing environments. Up until quite recently, ignorance of these risks had led to a degree of complacency across many manufacturing sectors. … Continue reading

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Annual Customer Survey 2018 – The Results

Thank you to everyone who took part in our 2018 Customer Survey. Your feedback means a lot to us. It allows us to improve and deliver an even better service in the future. We will always listen and respond quickly … Continue reading

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The explosive dangers of dust and powders

In July 2015 an explosion at a wood mill is Bosley near Macclesfield killed 4 people.  In subsequent investigations, the Health and Safety Executive implicated ‘Dust Issues’ as the cause of the explosion. The danger of explosive dust and fine powders … Continue reading

Categories News, Pharma, Chemical, ATEX, Food-Bev

Documentation is key to major Healthcare Project

For automated production controls within a Pharmaceutical, Healthcare or Lifesciences plant, the availability of accurate, regulatory compliant documentation, written to ISPE GAMP 5 (Good Automated Manufacturing Processes) standards,  drives the whole project.  Denca has recently completed a large project for … Continue reading

Categories Pharma, News, Case Study, Healthcare, Documentation

5 Tips for Effective Documentation

Effective documentation for a project means a system will not only look good on paper, it will deliver in reality. Inconsistencies and omissions in documentation can lead to cost and time overruns, projects being delivered out of specification – or … Continue reading

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