Boulting Technology Articles
Protecting infrastructure from cyber attack
In October 2016, the UK government launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) aimed at enhancing the country’s ability to deal with cyber threats. The move outlined the growing importance of cybersecurity in both the private and the public sector. Here, Nick Boughton, Digital Lead at Boulting Technology, shares his advice for making critical infrastructure more secure.
The evolution of the smart grid
Japan faces a unique power delivery challenge because of its two entirely incompatible power grids. The odd system is a legacy from the 19th Century, when local providers In Osaka used 60Hz generators, while German equipment purchased in Tokyo worked on a frequency of 50Hz.
Promoting a strong commitment to security
In 2017, the UK Government proposed the implementation of the Security of Networking and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, with the aim of improving the security of essential services such as water and energy. Should providers fail to protect their systems, a £17m penalty could be enforced. Author: Nick Boughton, Sales Manager at Boulting Technology
It's a woman's world - considering a career in STEM
In a recently published report titled 'Why not physics? - a snapshot of girls’ uptake at A-level', Professor Dame Julia Higgins, claimed that “an ill-judged quip that girls ‘can’t’ do maths, or physics is ‘too hard’, can lead to girls making life-changing decisions that alter the subject they study or the career they pursue.”
Cyber security considerations when retrofitting a system
In 1982, long before a cyber security threat to control system networks was widely recognised, a Trojan horse attack on control system software reportedly caused a huge explosion in a Siberian gas pipeline. Even now, many systems that have been retrofitted for compatibility with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are not well protected.
Industrial systems integrator forms alliance with IT consultancy
Boulting Technology has announced a new alliance with NETbuilder, a provider of software and IT consulting services. The alliance will enable Boulting to provide UK clients across manufacturing, process and other industries with a full suite of end-to-end digitalisation services.
The benefits of exploring the virtual world
Since its inception in 1957, VR has been used for a multitude of purposes, from computer gaming and music videos to training simulations and product prototyping. Manufacturing is the latest industry to take the plunge as it incorporates virtual worlds into building information modelling (BIM). Glyn Shawcross, Group Design Manager at Boulting Group, explains the practicalities and benefits of VR and BIM.
Energy efficiency expectations
According to the Data for the Public Good report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in December 2017, a digital twin of UK infrastructure is necessary to identify inefficiencies in national energy use. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager at systems integrator Boulting Technology explains how to manage energy efficiency across sectors.
Predicting the future
The fourth industrial revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of companies expect to achieve advanced levels of digitisation by 2020, the reach of these technologies is only set to increase in 2018. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager at leading systems integrator, Boulting Technology shares his predictions...
Boulting raises £7,400 for cancer treatment centre
Warrington based engineering solutions provider, Boulting Group is celebrating after raising £7,400 for cancer centre, The Christie, at its inaugural Summer Ball, which took place at the Principal Hotel, Manchester. More than 150 guests, consisting of employees from across Boulting Group’s numerous sites, enjoyed a taste of summer with an evening filled with dining, dancing and fundraising.
Giving health and safety the gold standard
Boulting Group has been awarded the Order of Distinction at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards 2017. The awards, which were held at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel, celebrate organisations’ commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Boulting Group was named a winner at the awards after achieving 23 consecutive golds for its health and safety performance, which was assessed ...
Award-winning pump system carbon reduction
Boulting Group has won the Water Industry Achievement Award for Carbon Reduction Initiative of the Year for its collaborative work with Thames Water. The awards, which were held at the VOX Conference Centre, Birmingham on May 23, 2017 celebrate innovation, best practice and stand-out projects from within the water industry Boulting Group and Thames Water won the award for their major efficiency upgrade of the 90-year-old Littleton Raw Water ...
The future of electricity
In the UK, the majority of electricity comes from large, centralised power plants. Although this approach enables economies of scale in the energy sector, it means that customers, particularly those within inner cities depend on long-distance transmission to receive power. Here Nick Boughton, Sales Manager at Industrial Systems Integrator, Boulting Technology discusses how businesses need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands.
CDM 2015: how to comply
In April 2015, the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects was replaced. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) were last updated in 2007, so the most recent update has put several several notable changes into place. Here, John Ridley, programme manager at Boulting Technology, gives advice on how to comply with the CDM regulations when starting a new construction project.
Smart travel for future cities
The main feature that makes a public transport system smart is enhanced control and monitoring features. In the case of the Nottingham trams Express Transit (NET) project, these functionalities became a reality through the collaboration of big industry names such as Taylor Woodrow, Alstom (TWA) and Boulting Technology. In a bid to become one of the UK’s first smart cities, Nottingham has recently expanded its existing tram network to i...
Energy supplies – a new paradigm?
In May 2016, Portugal ditched fossil fuels and ran solely on renewable energy for four consecutive days. Solar, wind and hydroelectric power exclusively covered the electricity consumption of the entire country for a whopping 107 hours in total. The feat is the latest of many renewable energy success stories and highlights the growing role renewables play in modern energy generation.
Boulting Technology launches 24-7 support service
Expert systems integrator Boulting Technology is now offering its extensive industry expertise to help businesses maximise plant uptime. Boulting's new offering sees the company 'adopting’ customer sites in order to audit control systems, plan preventative maintenance and recommend risk reduction techniques. The service comes with 24-7 emergency support, 365 days a year as standard.
Industrial network service launched for growing industry
Launching a comprehensive and dedicated industrial network service, Boulting Technology is building on its systems integration expertise. The service includes consultancy, feasibility testing, network design, implementation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance.
100kA LV switchboard meets needs of building's power applications
When Boulting Technology identified a trend in industry power management needs, it teamed up with ABB to design and manufacture its first 100kA Low Voltage (LV) switchboard. The Boulting Power Centre (BPC) is fully BS EN 61439-compliant and the company designed it to match exactly the needs of industrial and commercial buildings' power applications, which require high fault tolerance levels.
Q&A with a female process control engineer
The UK currently has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%. When we consider Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus are leading the way with nearly 30%, it's time for the nation to up its game. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) is celebrated every year on 23rd June to help raise the profile of women in engineering and focus on the array of career opportunities available in the industry.