Like their colleagues in other departments, those responsible for equipment maintenance have felt the reality of a declining engineering and manufacturing workforce. And when that shrinking workforce meets budget cuts, many manufacturers decide to focus on efficiency improvements—in their production infrastructure, in their workforce or in their supply chain—as a means to improve uptime and reduce […]
Durable, Industrial-Grade Fans The Powerfoil X2.0 ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans features a patented airfoil system that combines airfoils and winglets with the company’s AirFences™ to increase overall coverage. The winglet improves airfoil effectiveness by eliminating turbulence at the tip, while the AirFences capture air that would otherwise slip off the end of the […]
Welding Gloves For A Range Of Applications West Chester Holdings’ new IRONCAT® line of welding gloves is designed for the unique heat-shielding, dexterity and protection demands of Stick, MIG and TIG welding applications. IRONCAT Stick-welding gloves incorporate thick materials to withstand the higher heat of this process. Their 14” length protects forearms, while welts […]
EXAIR’s Dual High Temperature Cabinet Cooler® Systems purge and cool overheated electrical-control panels in harsh environments up to 200 F (93 C). Incorporating a vortex tube that cools ordinary compressed air to cold air without the use of refrigerants, they can be mounted through a standard electrical knockout while still maintaining the NEMA 12, 4 […]
Gearing is a common way to reduce speed and boost torque. During this transformation, the gear “consumes” a certain percentage of power. This power is termed as a loss and is measured in watts.
The practical side of electrical safety gets much easier when this one simple principle is embraced: elimination of risk. The Risk Control Hierarchy in ANSI Z10 Standard explains that hazard prevention is much more effective than hazard protection. Thus, a worker who is exposed to a hazard—and is protected accordingly—still is in significantly more danger […]
At the recent 2012 Maintenance and Reliability Technology Summit (MARTS), Applied Technology Publications (ATP), parent company of both Maintenance Technology and Lubrication Management & Technology magazines, put a spotlight on the winners of its “2011 Maintenance & Reliability Innovator of the Year Award.” In this launch of what will be an annual competition, readers were […]
Looking for energy savings in your motor-driven systems? You can build on the motor management basics—like selecting premium-efficiency motors and best-practice repairs—to achieve even greater energy savings by using variable frequency drives (VFDs) [Ref. 1]. Interested? Check out these two examples of real-world success: North MemorialThe North Memorial Robbinsdale Campus, located northwest of Minneapolis, has […]