Archive | July, 2008

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Part II: Using Oil Mist On Electric Motors

As the reader will recall from Part I of this two-part article, dry sump oil mist on electric motors represents wellproven technology. In the mid-1960s, oil mist—a mixture of 200,000 volume parts of clean and dry plant or instrument air with one part of lubricating oil—gained acceptance as the ideal lubricant application method on rolling […]

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Come On Aboard: Solving Problems In Ethanol Plants

This forward-thinking supplier is taking the type of solutions that improve efficiency and help reduce operating costs directly to end users. SEPCO® (Sealing Equipment Products Co., Inc.), a manufacturer of fluid sealing products headquartered in Alabaster, AL, has taken an innovative approach to providing sealing solutions to the ethanol industry. World demand for alternative fuel […]

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Viewpoint: PdM vs. Failure Avoidance

What a heresy to not “talk up” PdM (predictive maintenance) in a publication that deals with maintenance technology! Yet, I firmly believe that decades of primary emphasis on PdM have proved very costly for industry. It has been said that PdM is like calculating and predicting when two trains moving in opposite directions on the […]

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Capacity Assurance Marketplace

Wireless Steam Trap Monitoring Armstrong Smart Services Group offers the SteamEye® Starter Kit for trial of wireless steam trap monitoring or expansion of operations to include additional traps. The SteamEye system provides updates every three minutes and can detect both “failed open” or “failed closed” traps. The starter kit contains all components required to begin […]

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Solution Spotlight: Come On Aboard: Solving Problems In Ethanol Plants

This forward-thinking supplier is taking the type of solutions that improve efficiency and help reduce operating costs directly to end users in one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet. SEPCO® (Sealing Equipment Products Co., Inc.), a manufacturer of fluid sealing products headquartered in Alabaster, AL, has taken an innovative approach to providing sealing solutions […]

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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Making Energy A Management Priority

With rising oil, natural gas, and electricity prices swelling everyone’s monthly utility bills, interest in energy efficiency has never been stronger. While it is easy to focus on hardware, such as highefficiency lighting, motors and HVAC equipment, without leadership, planning and organization the benefits of one-time equipment upgrades are not sustainable. Management support is critical […]

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Communications: Partnering With Auditors

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor The customs, practices and behaviors exhibited within a workplace are termed “corporate culture,” with each corporation, company, even individual departments revealing and immersing themselves in their own unique cultures. Living and working within a corporate culture rarely allows an individual the opportunity to perform a cultural self-assessment without bias. That old […]

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Uptime: Hanging On The Edge

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Well, we’ve done it, again. This time, though, it was a veritable squeaker. The 520-page “Global Competitiveness Report 2007-2008″ (the Report, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, states that of 131 national economies, the U.S. “is endowed with a winning combination of highly sophisticated companies… buttressed by an excellent […]

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