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When discussing expansion joint selection, the conversation typically focuses on the quality, durability and capabilities of the expansion joint.

Last month’s column described the process of creating an energy cost balance sheet for a piping system (see Figure 1).

Piping plans for mechanical seals are used to improve the environmental conditions around a seal, extend its capabilities and allow operators to monitor seal performance.

My last column (Pumps & Systems, April 2014) explained why resistance in implementing pump system impro

Previous articles in this series explained how oversized piping systems can have higher operating and maintenance costs.

Process industries rely on vast piping systems and connected equipment that must be sealed safely to protect their employees, profits and the environment.

First of two parts. Read part 2 here.

When set up correctly, a Plan 53B pressurized seal system has the ability to reliably deliver pressurized barrier fluid to the mechanical seal, dissipate the heat load absorbed into the barrier fl

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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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