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11:58 pm
July 10, 2014
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BinMaster Releases Flow Detect 2000 for Solids Flow/No-flow Sensing

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 […]

10:31 pm
July 1, 2014
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Handoff To The Future, Part II: Mapping Reliability Training

A commitment to detailed, well-laid career-path training plans is critical to developing technical knowledge and skills.  By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E. As discussed in Part 1 of this article (MT June 2014), when it comes to reliability commitment, Best Practices Plants (BPPs) clearly differ from those that aren’t. Their ability to effectively identify and follow […]

8:59 pm
July 1, 2014
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Remote Circuit-Breaker Racking Mitigates Arc Flash Hazards

A steel plant’s remote racking systems offer a safe alternative to manually racking circuit breakers by keeping operators outside the flash-protection boundary. By Tim Burttram, Plant Electrical Engineer, Cascade Steel With the threat of an arc flash incident at circuit breakers, distance can be an operator’s best friend. That’s one of the facts that led […]

7:09 pm
July 1, 2014
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10 Easy Maintenance Tips To Save Cooling-Tower Energy

Did you know that simple cooling-tower maintenance techniques could help your facility save up to 15% on its electricity costs? Routine preventive maintenance also can help conserve water and extend the operating life of your cooling equipment. Over time, the leaving-water temperature of a neglected cooling tower will rise. But for every 2-degree F increase, […]

1:47 pm
July 1, 2014
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Workforce Training Issues: The Tide is Turning

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) In my previous columns for Maintenance Technology (January and April 2014), I discussed the changing nature of apprenticeship and the multiple challenges that the model faces as it strives to remain an important and viable part of the […]

7:03 pm
June 20, 2014
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Handoff To The Future, Part I: Mapping Reliability Training

When it comes to ensuring productivity and profitability, well-trained reliability professionals are industry’s ‘magic bullet.’  By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E Professed commitment to reliability is not unlike professed commitment to safety. Just as a grocery store wouldn’t admit to employing unsafe food-handling practices, no industrial operation would confess to having little interest in asset reliability. […]

1:16 pm
June 19, 2014
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Compressed Air Challenge: Why Is Your Pressure So High?

By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) There was a day when most air compressors were rated at 100 psi: Rarely did general plant compressed air systems exceed this threshold. Over the years, however, plant pressures have climbed—and this has cost industrial customers a bundle. A good exercise for anyone involved […]

1:13 pm
June 19, 2014
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From Our Perspective: How is Your ‘Date’ Life?

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Watching the local news recently, I became intrigued by what I consider an especially compelling human-interest story. The report focused on the growing numbers of people—many fully employed and living in nice neighborhoods—who have embraced “dumpster diving“ in supermarket waste dumpsters as part of their weekly grocery shopping activity. Fueled […]