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The global energy marketplace remains increasingly competitive and customers are striving hard to increase their productivity. Considering this pressure, they are continuing to seek out innovative means to reduce energy consumption as one method to remain competitive.{pagebreak}To satisfy this demand Mobil Industrial Lubricants is clearly identifying those lubricants of its portfolio that demonstrate measurable energy efficiency benefits. Take Mobil SHC 524 for example, our high performance synthetic hydraulic oil for critical wind turbine applications such as the pitch control of rotor blades.   Increased hydraulic efficiency means greater productivityThe additive and base oil selection of a lubricant can have a significant impact on its traction coefficient. Mobil SHC 500 series has a significantly lower traction coefficient compared to a mineral oil based product which translates to lower internal fluid friction and can mean less energy consumption.         caption: Mobil SHC 524 has a significantly lower traction coefficient and maintains better oil film protection under high pressure and temperature 

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Intellifast GmbH is a leading name in the ultrasonic load measurement business, launching on to the market in 1997 with a focus on the world biggest bolt consumers – the car industry. Here, Managing Director Frank Scheuch talks to PES about the company, its expansion into the wind industry, and his vision for its future.Intellifast was founded as PFW Technologies in 2002.{pagebreak} The company changed its name to Intellifast when it acquired the Intelligent Fastener trademark in 2006 and when its sister company, PFW GmbH changed its name to PFW Aerospace AG. The business was started with the acquisition of an ultrasonic load measurement technology, invented in 1993 and launching into the market in 1997 with a focus on the world biggest bolt consumers - the automobile industry. the central technology is a thin film permanently mounted transducer. Using high- vacuum technology, the thin film transducer is deposited on to the bolt. The materials used are immune to the elements and are inert to their environment. To read the bolt load, the transducers are connected to an ultrasonic measurement device. The measurement of the clamp load is accurate to +/- 3 %. The patented digifast barcode technology provides ultrasonic fastener information on each

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ABB is a market leader in power and automation technologies, enabling utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.{pagebreak}ABB robots for solar cell and solar module productionABB uses all the latest technology to meet increasing demand in the industry, including high-speed cell and wafer-handling and fully-automated module backend manufacturing, optimising production output and decreasing its overall manufacturing costs. 1. Introduction and purposeManufacturers of solar modules (crystalline as well as thin film) are faced with decreasing market prices and increasing competition worldwide. In order to stay competitive it is now essential to improve continuously the module production towards: * Increasing production output* Decreasing production costs* Improving product quality In future, state-of-the-art production concepts are going to have to include fully integrated and controlled production schemes with high-end flexible automation developed to fulfil the specific demands of the solar industry 

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Flanked by wind and solar thermal energy, photovoltaic is the source to give developing regions access to clean energy. In order to compete with traditional and new energy sources, the photovoltaic industry follows one goal – cost reduction. To address this need, the Meyer Burger Technology Group has come up with a whole range of systems and solutions to slash production costs in wafer manufacturing.{pagebreak}Meyer Burger is a leading supplier of high-tech slicing and automation systems for wafer production, and of measuring and handling systems for cell production. The machines, competences and technologies of the different companies in the group are used in the solar industry (photovoltaics), semi-conductor and optical industries. The thinnest wafers, made from silicon, sapphire or other crystals are required in these three markets to manufacture solar modules, switching circuits or high-performance LEDs. The group’s core competences are made up of a whole range of production processes, machines and systems that are used within the value chain in the manufacture of high quality wafers. This comprehensive range of products is complemented by a worldwide service network with wear and tear parts, consumables, re-grooving service, process know-how, servicing, after-sales service, training and other services. As a globally active

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Black Forest-based Robert Bürkle GmbH succeeded in making a breakthrough in solar module production with its Ypsator, the world’s first and largest multi-opening laminator. Here Managing Director, Ralf Spindler, tells us about the company and its ambitious plans for the future.{pagebreak}With the Ypsator, Robert Bürkle GmbH succeeded in making a breakthrough in solar module production at its first attempt. The German plant manufacturer is now considered a pioneer in the field of multi-opening lamination. Some 20 solar modules can be produced simultaneously on the Ypsator which Managing Director, Ralf Spindler, claims is a world record. Herr Spindler told PES that Bürkle had supplied and commissioned more than 10 multi-opening laminators since the market launch at the end of 2007. “No manufacturer has supplied more,” said the 45-year-old manager. “This adds up to the capacity of around 50 traditional single-opening laminators.” Last year Bürkle also sold 13 units of the Tpsator and in 2008, business in the new photovoltaic sector was worth 31m Euros, raising turnover to 115m Euros. Business had been good this year as well, said Herr Spindler, with five further units of the Ypsator brand ordered and due to be supplied by the end of

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CN's rail network spans Canada and mid America, from the Atlantic and Pacifc oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. Combined with the railroad's ability to work with connecting rail carriers throughout North America and the fact that CN provides service at more ports than any other North American railroad, CN offers attractive shipping solutions for companies shipping within North America and internationally.{pagebreak}PES: North AmericaCN provides a greener way to ship wind turbine componentsWith wind turbines helping the world shift to a greener energy supply, more and more environmentally conscious manufacturers - and their customers - are interested in utilizing a greener transportation mode to get their winturbines to their destination. CN is in a strong position to support this important emerging market, with a shipping solution that is truly seamless, and a defnite green advantage.Emissions reduction is an integral part of CN's day-to-day activities. The railroad's new EPA Tier 2-compliant locomotives produce approximately 40% less nitrogen oxides than unregulated locomotives and consume up to 20% less fuel. In fact, CN can move one tonne of freight 197 kilometres on just one litre of fuel. Automatic stop/start devices shut locomotives down when they are not in use, and a low-idle feature ensures

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Modern gears are performing heavier work and carrying greater loads than ever before. Gear manufacturers are redesigning, modernising and using finer steels to produce precision gears that will give better performance. This has never been truer than in the wind industry and the gears designed specifically for use in wind turbines. Furthermore, there is an increasing demand from all industries for more power in smaller packages.{pagebreak}Gears are used to transmit this power, and the same squeeze is on the gearbox - so how is it therefore possible to increase the load capacity of gears? Lubricant manufacturers have helped in addressing this need by developing better gear oils to help carry these increased loads safely. Lubrication Engineers Inc., ‘The Lubrication Reliability SourceTM' continues with extensive research and testing programs, to develop higher performance gear lubricant..

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The German firm, Decker, started life as an iron foundry more than a century ago and has moved with the times ever since. In the late 1970s it began to supply etching equipment for the newly-emerging semiconductor industry and as this developed, so did Decker. Over the last 30 years it has created customer-specific equipment for wet- chemical cleaning and etching processes in the semiconductor and PV Industry.{pagebreak}No one could ever accuse the Decker company of not knowing what they’re talking about when it comes to the subject of processing silicon and silicon wafers. After all, they’ve taken 100 years to build up their expertise - starting life as an ironworks - to the point where they are first point of contact for customers who want specific, tailor-made solutions. Decker has profound knowledge in cleaning, etching, recovering and handling, and is also a competent supplier of equipment for the plating and general surface treatment industry. Based in based in Berching, near Nuremburg, the company has more than 50 years experience in wet cleaning and etching equipment for metal parts processing, 30 years experience in cleaning- etching- and handling-equipment for the IT and PV industry and more than 50 years

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Taking on the challenge of grease lubrication in wind turbinesHave you ever stopped at a wind turbine and been impressed at the sheer scale of the engineering challenges of constructing such a large harvester of wind energy?Developing and selecting the correct lubricant for these engineering monuments requires not only knowledge of lubrication solutions, but also a deep experience of the factors present in the turbine during the full range of operations. So why is correct grease selection so critical in tribological terms?{pagebreak}Recent moves to harsh environments and scaling up of the energy output puts every component under extreme operating conditions. Take the main bearing in the wind turbine for example. Large, heavy loaded, remote, high moisture atmospheres - none of these are new conditions, but wind turbines have proven to be extremely difficult to master from a lubrication viewpoint. With pressure to capture return on investment and safety being a top priority, getting grease lubrication right is essential for operators. Mobil Industrial Lubricants has sound experience in wind turbine lubrication since more than 15 years helping customers unleash productivity in the very competitive power generation market. That is why equipment builders and operators rely on Mobil SHC Grease 460 WT

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Meyer Burger slices into the high-tech sector for success and sustainabilityMeyer Burger is a leading supplier of high-precision machines with wire saws, band saws and ID / OD slicing systems for cutting hard and brittle materials such as silicon, sapphire or other crystals into wafers, prisms and other shapes. The company’s offering includes various models of high-precision machines, spare parts, wear and tear parts, consumables, regrooving service, process know-how, support, training and other services. Meyer Burger’s machines, skills and technologies are mainly used in the solar industry, the semiconductor industry and in the optical industry. {pagebreak}As a company that is active on a global level, Meyer Burger has its headquarters in Switzerland, subsidiaries in China and Japan and service centres in Germany and the Philippines, which all are represented by its own staff on-site. Werner Buchholz, Meyer Burger’s Corporate Communications Manager, talks about the company’s recent achievements and looks into the future for his sector..

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