Detecting Pump Cavitation with a Vibration Sensor
Pumps & Systems, June 2007Cavitation is a destructive condition that can destroy the inside of a pump before you even realize it is occurring. Early detection can minimize damage, reduce downtime,...
2011 Product Innovation of the Year
The third annual Product Innovation of the Year award was hotly contested again this year. The contest examined products entered into the marketplace between September 1, 2010 and August 31,...
Advanced test analysis tools, remanufacturing and training help end users solve problems.
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...
Active Front End (AFE) drives use two power sections. An active rectifier is used to minimize the amount of harmonic distortion reflected to the power grid by drawing nearly sinusoidal current from...
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...
Advanced Radio Technology Supports Multiple Oil & Gas Sites
Wireless I/O connect the corporate office with field controllers, process measurements and control points.
Advanced Technology Provides Control and Mobility
Control via an iPad helps solve packaged pumping system problems.
In the foothills of the Andes, among the sprawling vineyards of picturesque Mendoza, Argentina, stands an innocuous equipment cabinet located by the side of an infrequently used mountain pass. The...
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...
The automated monitoring solution provides opportunities for increased production in multiple pumping configurations.
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...
Asset Management Systems
Data and life cycle management technology helps refineries maintain equipment and reduce the total cost of ownership.Typically, 90 percent of the total life cycle cost (LCC) of a flow management...
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...
Today's electricians are often found working in applications outside the realm of what is traditionally considered "electrical." Through new programs sponsored by the IBEW-JATC training schools and...
Sensors and automation passively participate in our everyday lives to improve comfort, add safety and reliability, and increase the efficiency of needed products and services. As the use of sensors...
Basic Rules for Measuring Frequency Spectra
Frequency analysis is an important method of vibration analysis. It provides information on vibration sources and helps identify those components in the vibration signal that are often small, but...
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, October 2008The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Ill. is the world's largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and a premier international business location....