* A report on the state of the European glass market highlights the potential for recycled glass to be used in windows, containers and glass-reinforced plastics on account of improved recycling methods.
But the flat glass market, which accounts for around 25% of European output, is likely to experience a continuing downturn in line with activity in the car and construction industries. Here prices have fallen by around 40% since 1990. However, specially coated glasses for anti-glare, solar filtering and heat insulation are likely to bolster flat glass output. The European Glass Market (report 3428) is available from Frost & Sullivan priced £2,650.
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* Wastewater treatment selection software developed by AEA Technology takes the user through a decision-tree to reach the right conclusion on process and equipment selection. The EpSelon Expert software comes on CD-rom.
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* The HSE has published guidelines to help managers in small and medium sized chemical firms understand the main safety hazards and enable them to introduce suitable protective measures. The Formula for Health and Safety leaflet is produced by the HSE’s new Chemical and Hazardous Installation Division.
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* Grinding wheel company Unicorn publishes a free guide to diamond rotary truer design and application including the dressing of cubic boron nitride wheels.
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* Three guides to building explosion-proof equipment come from safety specialist Elcon. Covering EExi intrinsic safety, EExd flameproof, and EExe increased safety applications, each guide starts by explaining the concept behind a particular form of protection for hazardous areas as well as applications.
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* A 12-page guide from ABB Control describes how European harmonised electrical safety standards apply to switchgear. It includes information on related standards such as the machinery directive and low voltage directive.
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