By Ron Marshall, CET, CEM, for the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) The compressed air system is often ignored when it comes to maintenance. Under normal conditions, the system’s compressors, dryers, filters and pipes draw little attention, in part because they are often located in a far corner of the plant. Yet when there is trouble, […]
ITT Corporation (ITT) recently opened a new addition at its Seneca Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. The advanced testing and packaging facility is focused on the highly engineered pumps that are typically used in oil and gas, petrochemical and mining applications. The new facility encompasses more than 89,000 square feet that include office space and approximately 79,000 square feet of product operations. According to ITT, this $22 million expansion project was driven, […]
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 […]
Energy-efficient pumps, intelligent pump-control logic and variable-frequency drives help the company process more minerals and cut energy use.
Considering the many elements of a plant that are regularly measured by top maintenance crews, it’s interesting to learn from our Maintenance Technology Reader Panelists that measurement of the teams themselves is an inconsistent (sometimes even nonexistent) process. Similarly, recognition for superior team performance is minimal (and can be difficult to bestow upon a single […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor If railroad tank cars carrying oil or volatile chemicals play a role in your operation—or even if they pass close to your plant—the time has come to view them as the potential safety hazards they are. A long-expected proposal from the Department of Transportation last month addresses the safety issue […]
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 […]
SKF’s new MSL-7000 series laser vibrometer offers a non-contact means for measuring vibration and structure-borne noise from fans, electric motors and pumps. According to the manufacturer, direct integration of this new instrument into a production line also can create a real-time quality control system that measures structure-borne vibration in products with low noise/vibration requirements. The digital, single-unit laser […]