10 Steps for Proper Pump-Pipe Alignment
The initial version of this procedure was published several years ago by me. Since then, a large amount of feedback has been accumulated. The most recent reflection appeared in the March 2012 issue of...
Because cavitation is unavoidable in pump operations, understanding how to reduce it using NPSH calculations is necessary to maintain pump functionality and health.
11-Year-Old Source of Forced Outages Found
Main oil pump hydraulic geometry was the root cause of numerous false turbine/generator overspeed trips.Troubleshooting rotating equipment failures and improving reliability is a process of...
Pumps are the lifeblood of amusement park rides, water attractions, pools and spray parks. They facilitate the thrills, deliver the cooling enjoyment and provide the means of vehicle transportation...
Loyal readership and solid industry support helps build a credible brand.
Creative Strategies for Growth from the Pumps & Systems Editorial Advisory Board
As oil prices continue to fall, one fact is clear—the MENA region is leading the conversation on the market's future. Since the Nov. 27 decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries...
Last year, “Reduce Thrust and Extend Bearing Life” (Pumps & Systems, December 2013) discussed the benefits and some potential pitfalls of adjusting the axial clearance of American National...
IoT provides flexibility for plants and other facilities, but system types and security must remain top priority.
Once nothing more than science fiction, the technology behind 3-D printing has greatly advanced in the last decade. The fabrication technique has become less costly and more accessible to both...
While it is still a relatively new technology, the future of 3-D printing looks bright.
Materials, installation and maintenance needs improve compared with more traditional gravity sewer systems.
Correct equipment selection and application saved an aluminum producer $36,000.
Outside lubrication experts help improve protocols and minimize downtime.
Improved data management reduces costly utility consumption and defines benchmarks for real manufacturing growth.
A Big Picture Evaluation Can Produce 
Big Savings
A systems approach to efficiency often reduces production costs.
A Brief Introduction to Machinery Monitoring
Machinery assessment and predictive maintenance prolong equipment life and improve safety.This article is based on a new Industrial Press book, Is My Machine OK? A Field Guide to Assessing Process...
How does this team enhance pump and valve seal performance?
In my last column (Pumps & Systems, October 2014), I explained that a capacitor’s current is totally out of phase with that of a motor’s magnetizing current. This allows the capacitor to store...
Power factor (PF) is an important component of an alternating current (AC) circuit, but understanding its actual effect can be difficult. Why is PF mysterious to many of us? It has to do with the way...
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...
Many plants may have a fragmented view of the true factors at work in improving productivity.