Archive | April, 2009

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Empowerment. Empowerment. Empowerment.

We hear a lot about empowerment. I believe the word is used too often and in too many situations, so much in fact that its meaning is beginning to drift. Bored workers see empowerment as nothing more than another hollow platitude espoused by top management during the current productivity campaign. Old-style harried supervisors think of […]

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April 29, 2009
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Going Wireless: Wireless Technology Is Ready For Industrial Use

Wireless works in a plant, but you’ll want to be careful regarding which “flavor” you choose Wireless Technology now provides secure, reliable communication for remote field sites and applications where wires cannot be run for practical or economic reasons. For maintenance purposes, wireless can be used to acquire condition monitoring data from pumps and machines, […]

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April 1, 2009
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Capacity Assurance Marketplace

Fast-Response pH Sensor For Industrial Applications ABB now offers the Endura TBX587 Retractable pH sensor that targets 1″ NPT process connections found in sample lines in a range of industrial applications. This convenient new system incorporates a number of innovative design features, including a temperature compensation element at the tip of the sensor to provide […]

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April 1, 2009
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Utilities Manager: Learn and Prepare

Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief “Energy is wealth,” says Christopher Russell, energy consultant and author of Industrial Energy Harvest. “Fuels and power are forms of currency.”         The sooner you learn how these and other energy facts of life impact your operations, the better. That’s why you can’t afford to miss this upcoming opportunity […]

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April 1, 2009
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Utilities Manager: Payback From Compressed Air Heat Recovery Systems

Compressed air, considered to be the “4th Utility,” is necessary in most manufacturing plants. The generation of compressed air requires large amounts of energy and can account for up to 10% of a plant’s total energy costs. Up to 93% of the energy required to compress air is converted to heat energy. By recovering and […]

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April 1, 2009
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Utilities Manager: Where Did the Promised Savings Go?

Reducing energy use is an important economic decision that should be based on sound financial data, measurements and calculations. Most businesses, though, are making economic decisions based on inaccurate (often inflated) dollar savings projections. Thus, the period needed to recoup their investment is much longer than they have been told. Let’s look at how this […]

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Utilities Manager: Energy Incentive Programs: Are They Worth the Effort?

William C. Livoti There are numerous opinions on the value of energy incentive programs—and even more opinions on how such programs should be structured. Here, we will ask questions about and discuss the value and purpose of these programs. What’s in ‘em for you First, why have the utilities, states and federal government implemented energy […]

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Solution Spotlight: Leveraging An Advanced Maintenance Technology

The FLIR T250 infrared camera is the type of advanced technology that can pay for itself in very short order. Optimized for electrical mechanical surveys, it can scan wide areas and multiple components to find trouble fast. Among other things, it also can be used to help identify unsafe working conditions from overheating motors, compressors, […]

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