When building or refurbishing a machine or process unit that incorporates rotating equipment, the importance of properly aligning the components that connect to the motor shaft is understood. But perhaps the many reasons for precision shaft alignment are not. Prüftechnik Alignment Systems (pruftechnik.com) states in a white paper called “Why Alignment” that “reliability starts with precision shaft […]
Protecting motor bearings and windings is the first step in preventing motor failures. By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E., Electrical Apparatus Services Association (EASA) If you want to make a plant manager’s day, just say: “Production’s down because a motor failed.” Fortunately, such situations can usually be overcome with some relatively simple techniques and straightforward solutions […]
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Proper motor shaft alignment increases the operating life span of rotating machinery. To achieve this goal, components that are the most likely to fail must be made to operate within their acceptable design limits. The Advanced Manufacturing Office of the U.S. Department of Energy has released a white paper with information and tips regarding misalignment […]
By Jenna Overton, Industrial Program AssociateConsortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Just like a linchpin holds a wheel on an axle, repair-or-replace decisions are crucial to your motor-management plan. In some cases, it’s more cost-effective to repair a motor, even when a newer unit might be more efficient. Just because a motor has been repaired does […]
BinMaster has introduced its Flow Detect 2000, a non-intrusive instrument for the detection of solids flow / no-flow for a variety of industry material handling needs. It detects blockage, empty conveyors, no-flow to and from a process, and loose slide gates. The device is microwave-based, able to “see through” plastic pipe, glass process seals or […]