Archive | February, 2008

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Utilities Manager: Improving Energy Efficiency Through Optimized Lubricants

Cradle-to-grave life-cycle costing is not just for equipment. You may be quite surprised by the value-added information these analyses can provide when it comes to lubricant selection. Lubricants can be optimized for specific types of equipment to help achieve reduced fuel and energy consumption. Unfortunately, facilities often do not use energy-efficient lubricants even though they […]

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Utilities Manager: Great ideas take a bite out of energy consumption… Schneider Electric Leverages Its Own Solutions

What’s not to love? What’s not to emulate? This global manufacturer realized $3.7 million in energy savings in just the first three years of a corporate energy optimization initiative. As a global leader in electrical distribution, monitoring and control equipment, Schneider Electric (Schneider) has helped thousands of customers around the world save money and protect […]

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Utilities Manager: Using Thermal Imagers In Your Energy-Efficiency Program

Versatile, feature-rich and affordable new products can help you quickly identify potential problem areas and begin analysis in the field. If you’re looking for ways to save energy within your facility, consider conducting a thermal inspection. Thermal inspections can quickly identify energy inefficiencies in the building envelope (heating and cooling losses) and electro-mechanical operations. Furthermore, […]

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Utilities Manager: What's Hot: Onboard Pump Intelligence Gives A Timely Heads Up

Kiss unexpected ANSI pump failures good-bye. This industry first is the type of intuitive and efficient early warning system you’ve been wishing for. We all know it. With so few people and so little time to manage and maintain your equipment and processes, your plant’s ANSI pumps simply may not get as much love and […]

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The Fundamentals: How To Investigate A Process Interruption

If you fail to correctly determine the cause(s) of your downtime, you’re setting the stage for your next breakdown. All maintenance professionals know the hollow feeling in the pit of the stomach that accompanies sudden and unexpected silence out in the plant. Sooner or later, the process will roll to a stop. When it does, […]

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The Fundamentals: Increasing Safety And Reliability Using Current Limitation

Current limitation improves safety and reduces downtime. Dramatic improvements are possible simply by upgrading circuit protection during routine maintenance. Increasing Safety And Reliability Using Current Limitation Any maintenance worker will tell you that he/she would rather deal with circuit breakers than fuses. In their view, finding and resetting a breaker is faster than replacing a […]

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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Motor Breakdown And The Costs Of Repair

At first glance, the decision appears simple: rewind or otherwise repair the motor when it is cheaper than buying a new motor. It is, however, important to your overall bottom line to consider the total cost of ownership, including purchase, repair and operating costs. Efficiency is a key cost factor–the electricity used to power a […]

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Technology Update: Oil Analysis Showcase

What’s in your oil? Contaminants unseen by the human eye can significantly affect a plant’s overall output. Thus, oil analysis is a crucial component to oil and machinery health. Regular oil analysis can reduce downtime and extend equipment life—helping save both money and resources. Sampling products for in-house analysis, as well as outside laboratory services […]

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