Pumps & Systems, September 2007 In the past, the nuclear power industry has experienced equipment failures due to improperly set oilers. There was never a precision tool available to help ensure...
Pumps & Systems, February 2008The second article of this three-part series on "Dematerializing the Process" explores how future industrial process plants will address rising operating costs plus...
Pumps & Systems, March 2008 It required only a couple notes of the haunting soundtrack to signal an imminent shark attack in the movie Jaws. As the theme began to swell, it became obvious that...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009 Enveloping is a tool that can give more information about the life and health of important plant assets. It is primarily used for early detection of faults in rolling...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009 Editor's Note: This is the first part of a two part series of how adjustable frequency drives work. To read part two, click here. In recent years, adjustable frequency...
Pumps and Systems, April 2009 Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two part series of how adjustable frequency drives work. To read part one, click here. Last month, we looked at...
Pumps & Systems, June 2008 Traditionally, the primary use of drives has been in applications such as powering pumps, fans and conveyors. While they will continue to be used in these applications,...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Back in the old days, level control had little or nothing to do with saving energy. In fact, it was often a necessary evil. Today, that is no longer true - the VFD...
Pumps and Systems, February 2007 On July 16 last year, a high-speed centrifugal pump failed catastrophically at a large refinery in South America, causing production losses and costing a substantial...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Comparing the vibration performance of identical or like machines can be used to detect defects and judge their severity. What is Comparative Analysis? Comparative...
Pumps & Systems, January 2009  The residents of Orlando and nearby communities are more likely to see lightning strike than have their toilets run dry. Extensive high-tech upgrades at...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008 Yuba County Water Agency in Marysville, Calif., recently chose a wireless system as a solution for a water pump problem. Here are some of benefits they...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008 Why is "run to fail" a common operational strategy at water/wastewater organizations? Explore this phenomenon and other results from a maintenance methodology...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Why question the PLC? For many, questioning the application of a PLC to the pump station panel is surprising. After all, the pump station panel was once controlled...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 In the power industry, clean water is crucial for a variety of tasks, including extending the service life of turbine seals and protecting spray nozzles and heat...
Pumps & Systems, April 2007 You have probably noticed that there are several camps out there when it comes to centrifugal pump applications involving variable frequency drives (VFDs). One...
My previous two columns have described assessing a system that does not use controls. In the first part (Pumps & Systems, October 2014) the assessment process was detailed. Last month, I covered...
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 31, 2013) – The majority of independent system integration companies questioned in a global survey believe the outlook for the automation industry will improve in 2013.The...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008 The 4-20mA Current Loop The 4-20mA current loop is used to transmit analog data representing various process variables like level, pressure, temperature or flow....
Pumps and Systems, January 2007Example 1Vertically mounted pumps can resonate as a total structure in a "rocking" mode, as shown in Figures 1 and 2 below. This is one of the toughest unsolved...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008 Explore the current condition of SCADA reports and some new technology that will improve the quality of those reports.  With the advent of SCADA for sewerage...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 In the oil and gas industry, custody transfer transactions involve transporting physical substance from one operator to another, including transferring raw and...
Pumps & Systems, February 2008 Challenges for the Pump Market A recent marketing survey found that 84.0 percent of satisfied customers would "jump ship" for a better deal if an opportunity...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009Adjustable Frequency Drive Application and UseIn the early days of adjustable frequency drive (AFD) technology, the typical application was in process control for...
Pumps and Systems, July 2009 The DelMonte vegetable processing facility in Crystal City, Texas, is a cannery for spinach, carrots and beets. Located 40 miles from the Mexican border, the plant has...
Pumps & Systems, August 2007With the wide use of variable frequency drives in the pump industry and increasing unit size, it is becoming more difficult to design mechanical systems free from...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008Artificial lift technology selection is highly dependent on the conditions of the wellbore and the specific application parameters of a given well. Electrical...
Due to the expense and labor required, most facilities need to maximize the life of their motors. Electrical, insulation resistance and thermal measurement are three tests that can troubleshoot...
Pumps & Systems, June 2008 Due to the expense and labor required, most facilities need to maximize the life of their motors. Electrical, insulation resistance and thermal measurement are three...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Explore hermetically sealed gauging probes for hostile environments like saw mills and wood processing plants. Electronic gauging probes are commonly used in the...