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In today’s industrial facilities, using reliability-centered maintenance as the primary approach to reduce maintenance costs and operational downtime is more commonplace.

Most engineers would say that the International Society of Automation (ISA) 100 standard covers wireless instrumentation in process plants.

Many engineers and technicians in the motor control industry consider a programmable logic controller (PLC) a necessary component for variable frequency drive (VFD) control.

Deep lake water cooling (DLWC) is a groundbreaking cooling system that provides an alternative to conventional air conditioning.

Hillview Water Company in Oakhurst, Calif., credits its cellular SCADA system for averting disaster in winter 2011.

A hydraulic pump directly coupled with a servomotor is an energy-efficient solution that delivers highly dynamic performance with double-digit energy savings typical.

Manually managing a water system can be difficult, especially with population growth and limited resources. Saving time and money are common challenges for utilities.

The U.S. natural gas industry is an extremely important segment of the nation’s economy.

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In my July 2014 column, I demonstrated that three-phase voltage variation can significantly affect several alternating current (AC) motor characteristics. If that variation is large, it can also reduce motor life.

When the pump selection process starts, the required flow of the is often the only known variable for an application. For example, a system must move 2,000 gallons per minute (gpm) from a holding tank to another tank or process.

A reciprocating power pump, as depicted in Figure 1, is a displacement machine. It has characteristics that are different than a centrifugal pump.

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The global water crisis claims 5,500 lives each day—more than war, natural disasters, AIDS or hunger. It is a sobering problem but not an impossible one to solve.

SKF hosted their annual Technical Press Day on June 9, 2014, at Penske Headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina. This was my first event to cover for Pumps & Systems, so I had a lot to learn! Here are a just a few of the things I picked up at press day.

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