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3 Things to Consider When Operating Intelligent Pump Systems
IoT provides flexibility for plants and other facilities, but system types and security must remain top priority.
4 Engineering Strategies That Can Save Millions
Advanced test analysis tools, remanufacturing and training help end users solve problems.
5 Key Metrics that Affect Operational Efficiency
With the right implementation, continuous machine monitoring can improve production and increase equipment effectiveness.
5 Maintenance Factors that Help Achieve Optimum Efficiency
Correct equipment selection and application saved an aluminum producer $36,000.
6 Refinery Pump Maintenance Tips
Outside lubrication experts help improve protocols and minimize downtime.
A Financial Justification for Pump System Improvements
Last of Two Parts In Part One of this series (Pumps & Systems, February 2014), the operating and maintenance costs for pumped systems were isolated. The next steps are to set realistic goals for...
Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pumps
Pumps & Systems, July 2008Air operated double diaphragm pumps (AODDP) require the correct amount of pressure (PSI, pounds per square inch) and air (CFM, cubic feet per minute) to deliver the...
Bearings & Seals Boost Pump Performance
Appropriate equipment selection and best-practice maintenance procedures can make a difference in reliability, service life and production.
Benefits and Pitfalls of Graphite Packing (Part two)
Last month, "carbon/graphite fiber" braided packings were shown to be effective solutions to many common sealing applications. But the questions remain: Are there packing materials that can more...
Buffer and Barrier Fluids
Choosing the right fluids and following best practices for maintenance can significantly enhance system reliability.
California Districts Adopt a Direct Preventive Maintenance Approach
Inspections can identify undetected issues to prevent sanitary sewer overflows and the fines that can accompany them.
Cereal Processing Plant Upgrades Wastewater Lift Station
The facility replaced old grinder pumps with stainless steel shredder pumps, which have needed no maintenance in almost two years.
Check the Logic: PLC vs. Pump Controller
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...
Chemical Feed Pump Maintenance
Pumps & Systems, September 2008Ensuring your sodium hypochlorite chemical feed system is properly set up and maintained is crucial to effective operation. Failure to address certain issues will...
Regular care and inspections help prevent costly downtime.Clarifiers are expensive, to buy or repair, and their downtime can be costly in fines imposed by regulatory agencies and in community ill...
Cloud-Computing Software Saves Time & Money for Pump Manufacturers
SaaS platforms break down IT infrastructure barriers for designers and engineers.
Color-Coding Systems Establish Best Practice
Visual management helps improve maintenance practices and remove human error from the lubrication process.
Completing the No-Control System Assessment (First of Two Parts)
Last month’s column (Pumps & Systems, October 2014) described the collection of data when assessing a system with no control. In this column, the plant operating data will be used to determine a...
Controllers Manage Equipment Uncertainty
Combined monitoring and control software options help provide flexibility and improve uptime.
Custom-Engineered Bearing Isolator Resolves Long-Time Leakage
This equipment eliminated a SAG copper mill gearbox’s maintenance issues resulting from contact lip seals that had a short and unreliable service life.
Digging to the Root of the Problem
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Using root cause failure analysis to address equipment design and manufacturing deficiencies that increase pump reliability and reduce equipment failures. Define the...
DOC Engine Technology Provides Cost-Effective Tier 4 Compliance
Pumping packages that use a diesel oxidation catalyst can minimize cost, maintenance and equipment downtime.
Dynamic Vibration Absorbers - Application with Variable Speed Machines
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...
Early Warnings Prevent Losses for Combined-Cycle Power Plant & Coal Plant
A damaged condenser vacuum pump and high temperatures put operations at risk.
Efficiency Monitoring Saves Plants Millions
Editor's Note: While running a pump at its best efficiency point saves money, reduces downtime and improves performance, many plant managers are unaware of how their equipment is actually...
Efficiency Monitoring Saves Plants Millions, Part 3
Part 3 Editor's Note: While running a pump at its best efficiency point saves money, reduces downtime and improves performance, many plant managers are unaware of how their equipment is actually...
Energy Savings through Pump Refurbishment and Coatings
Pumps & Systems, November 2008Responsible for supplying an average of 60 million gallons of drinking water each day, the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) in Rochester, N.Y., depends on more...
Energy, Reliability and Process Control
A crucial triumvirate for improving the bottom lineA little more than 10 years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technology issued a report titled U.S. Industrial Motor Systems...
Enhanced Seal Features Prompt Market Growth
End users will consistently purchase these critical wear components.
Establish an Effective Lubrication Program through Integrated Oil Analysis
Inspecting equipment more frequently transforms maintenance programs from reactive to proactive.
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