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4:58 pm
February 12, 2013
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From Our Perspective: Making A List And Checking It Twice

ken bannister thumb thumb thumbBy Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor

Over the holidays, I was one of the thousands upon thousands of passengers who boarded planes on the busiest air-travel day of the year and flew across the country or globe to visit family and friends. It takes a hectic day like that to truly appreciate how much we (both as travelers and maintenance professionals), as well as other industries, owe the aviation industry—and how well the airlines’ systems and processes work when stressed to the max. Despite my personal lack of control over the situation, my plane departed on time, flew smoothly and arrived safely at the right destination. Moreover, even my luggage showed up exactly when and where it should have!

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4:37 pm
February 12, 2013
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Efficiency Showcase

0102showcasechestertonPacking Solution Reduces Flush Rates

Chesterton’s SuperSet has been specifically designed to increase packing and equipment service life while dramatically reducing flush rates. It combines the sealing capabilities of the company’s Mechanical Packing products (including enhanced performance, sealibility, leak prevention, chemical compatibility, strength, toughness and thermal characteristics) with the patented design of the EnviroSeal SpiralTrac™ Version P Environmental Controller for Packed Stuffing Boxes. The SpiralTrac Version P enhances the utilization of the flow and centrifugal effects around the shaft by performing like a centrifugal separator. The built-in tangential lantern ring and helical grooving system impart motion to the flush, and the resulting centrifugal force throws the particulates in the fluid to the outside of the bushing. The SpiralTrac grooving system then hydrodynamically pumps the solids to the bottom of the stuffing box and back into the pump casing.

A.W. Chesterton Co.
Woburn, MA

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0102showcasewarrenAODD Accessories Boost Pump Efficiency  

Warren Rupp’s SANDPIPER brand has launched a new, improved line of Air Filter/Regulators and Lubricators for air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps. Features include a liquid-filled pressure gauge, as well as accessories such as lockout valves and mounting bracket kits. These point-of-use Air Filter/Regulators have been specifically developed to reduce maintenance and lower operating costs. The addition of a Filter/Regulator will help prevent dirty, wet and contaminated compressed air from decreasing the performance of an AODD unit, and SANDPIPER recommends the use of these items with all of their pumps. Although the company’s AODD pumping equipment is designed to operate without lubrication, in applications with poor-quality air supplies or where nitrogen runs the pump, lubrication of the compressed air is required. For these situations, SANPIPER offers a full-line of Lubricators that easily connect to its Filter/Regulators.

Warren Rupp, Inc.
A Unit of IDEX Corp.
Mansfield, OH

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0102showcaselubriplateNext-Generation, Eco-Friendly PAGs

Lubriplate®’s PGO & PGO-FGL Series products are 100% polyalkylene glycol (PAG) fluids for gearboxes, bearings and chains operating in the most demanding conditions. They provide outstanding thermal stability, excellent extreme-pressure and anti-wear performance, protection against micropitting and exceed 13 stages of the FZG test. With their extremely low coefficient of friction, fluids in this series have been shown to reduce worm-gear energy use up to 7%. Free of zinc and other additives that could be undesirable in environmentally sensitive areas, they offer long service life and work well over extended fluid-change intervals, which conserves resources and helps ease waste-oil disposal problems. They’re available by the gallon, as well as in 5-gal. pails and 55-gal. drums.

Lubriplate® Lubricants
Newark, NJ

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0102showcaseroyalpurpleSynthetic Improves Equipment Efficiency

Royal Purple’s SYNFILM® GT is recommended for use in gas and steam turbines, blowers and vacuum pumps, bearings, gears, air tools, etc. It should be considered instead of SYNFILM® in applications where oil reservoir temperatures exceed 200 F, improved low-temperature fluidity is desired or when a viscosity grade is unavailable. Formulated with a superior blend of synthetic base oils plus Royal Purple’s proprietary SYNERLEC® additive technology that’s been proven to make equipment run smoother, cooler, quieter, longer and more efficiently, Synfilm GT rapidly and completely separates from water and has a very low-temperature fluidity. According to the company, the product offers excellent protection against rust and corrosion and is extremely oxidation-stable, which leads to long oil life and extended oil-drain intervals. It typically replaces conventional, low-film-strength R & O (rust and oxidation inhibited) oils that rely solely on their viscosity to protect equipment against wear.

Royal Purple
Porter, TX

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0102showcaseflukeAnalyze Power And Quantify Energy Losses

According to Fluke, its 430 Series II Three-Phase Power Quality and Energy Analyzers not only offer exceptional power-quality analysis capabilities, they introduce, for the first time, the ability to monetarily quantify energy losses. The models in the Series II (the 434, 435 and 437) help locate, predict, prevent and troubleshoot power-quality problems in three-phase and single-phase power-distribution systems. Incorporating what the company calls revolutionary functions, they can help a facility reduce electrical-power consumption and improve the performance and lifespan of its electro-mechanical equipment. Capabilities include: 

  • Frontline troubleshooting: Quickly diagnose problems on-screen. 
  • Energy loss management: Measure and quantify causes of energy losses to enablesimple ROI, calculation of harmonics and unbalance mitigation. 
  • Power inverter efficiency: Simultaneously measure AC inputand DC out-put forpower electronics systems.
  • Dynamic load testing: Capture instantaneous values to see the effect of load switch on generators and UPS systems.
  • Capture fast RMS data: Show halfcycle and waveforms to characterize electrical system dynamics.
  • Predictive maintenance: Detect and prevent power-quality issues before they cause downtime.
  • Quality of service compliance: Validate incoming power quality at the service entrance.
  • Long-term analysis: Uncover hard-to-find or intermittentissues.
  • Load studies: Verify electrical system capacity before adding loads.

Fluke Corp.
Everette, WA

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3:43 pm
February 12, 2013
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Problem Solvers

Lube System Overcomes A Variety Of Challenges

Techno-Sommer’s Sharpshooter system addresses a number of lube challenges, including, among others, hard-to-reach lubrication points and the unacceptability of mist lubrication. Working off standard shop air at up to 90 psi, it can place a drop of lubricant at up to 1m away with pinpoint accuracy. A pressurized tank generates internal pressures up to 750 psi. When a pulse is generated, a fixed drop size is dispensed. Up to eight dispensing nozzles ranging in size from 5mm3 to 100mm3 can be attached to one tank. 

New Hyde Park, NY

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0102mplacekluberNSF H1-Registered Spray Lubricant

Klüberpaste UH1 96-402 from Klüber Lubrication is a light-colored, high-temperature paste available as a spray. Designed for assembly purposes and the lubrication of screws at temperatures between 392 and 2192 F, it’s registered as NSF H1, making it suitable for food-processing and pharmaceutical use. The product adheres to metals and is water-resistant.

Klüber Lubrication North America L.P.
Londonderry, NH

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0102mplaceabanakiCompact And Easy-To-Clean CNC Oil Skimmer 

Abanaki’s Mighty Mini® SST is intended for the removal of unwanted oil in coolants and parts washers. Capabilities include removal rates of up to two gallons of medium-weight oil per hour, depending on belt selection. An improved wiper blade system fits securely in the trough and allows for cleaning on both sides of the belt. Its light-weight and small footprint allow it to fit underneath most CNC machines.

Abanaki Corp.
Cleveland, OH

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0102mplaceoilriteMulti-Point Lubrication Delivery System

Oil-Rite’s Hydracision multi-point lubrication system can distribute to as few as 12 or up to hundreds of separate points. It combines efficient hydraulic movement of fluid with the precision of positive displacement injection. The reservoir housing contains a gear pump motor which pressurizes the outlet for uniform fluid distribution. A PLC with programmable display allows selection of lube cycles, while a low-level switch prevents operation when oil supply is depleted.

Oil-Rite Corp.
Manitowoc, WI

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0102mplacemasterBio-Based Oil With No VOCs

Master Chemical’s TRIM® OV 2200 is a bio-based straight oil free of volatile organic compounds. Developed to machine difficult alloys and stainless steel, the chlorine-free oil contains no sulfurized EP additives and protects aluminum and copper alloys. It also has improved oxidation inhibition compared with other vegetable oils, according to the company.

Master Chemical Corp.
Perrysburg, OH

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0113mplacearoAir-Operated Piston Pumps

ARO Fluid Products’ AFX™ line of air-operated piston pumps and systems features air motors in five sizes from 4.25” to 12”. Each includes ARO’s Progressive Exhaust™, True Link Valve™ and integrated regulator technology used on 2-ball, 4-ball and chop-check pumps. The pumps are well suited for transfer of shear-sensitive, viscous, corrosive and abrasive fluids in a range of applications.

ARO Fluid Products
An Ingersoll Rand Co. Brand
Davidson, NC

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Cost-Effective ‘Check-Engine-Light’ Technology For Monitoring Semi-Critical Equipment 

SKF’s new CMSS 200 Machine Condition Indicator is a low-cost, battery-powered, stand-alone monitoring solution for semi-critical machines with constant operating conditions that usually aren’t evaluated on a regular basis. Independent and self-sufficient, it periodically measures vibration and velocity, and monitors for problems relating to misalignment, imbalance, etc. It also measures enveloped acceleration to detect bearing degradation and keeps a running check on operating temperatures. Built-in intelligence evaluates data and helps avoid false alarms. Performing like a car’s check-engine light, the device indicates alarm status on three LEDs. Individual units can be stud-mounted or epoxied to the monitored equipment.

Lansdale, PA

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9:54 pm
January 18, 2013
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Publisher’s Notes: What We Need

bill kieselBy Bill Kiesel

We begin 2013 with a number of challenges and opportunities. On one hand, some of the strongest headwinds we face are associated with government indecision (the debt ceiling, sequestration and wrangling over too many regulations vs. too few, for example). On the other hand, most of us are looking forward to what onshoring/reshoring trends and improving economic conditions could hold for our businesses and communities.

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9:45 pm
January 18, 2013
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My Take

newjaneresize thumb thumbGo Ahead And Try It: A Little More Tenderness

The last Friday of 2012 found me listening to the Afternoon Shift, a program produced by Chicago’s WBEZ Public Radio station. In his wonderful voice, the host Rick Kogan was discussing New Year’s resolutions and how people tend to make them. Needing all the help I could get along those lines, I turned up the volume. 

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