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Solution Spotlight: Advances In Arc-Resistant Motor Control Equipment

Arc flash is responsible for about 80% of electricalrelated injuries. It occurs when an arc fault superheats the air around it, expanding and creating a pressure wave within the enclosure. The resulting arc plasma then vaporizes everything with which it comes in contact. In industrial settings, many things could compromise the air space that acts […]

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Retrofitting VFDs To Air-Curtain Motors

Upgrades at a critical USPS facility delivered a number of benefits, including enhanced comfort, improved heating, lower energy usage, and reduced operating expenses. Way to go, Uncle Sam! Until recently, ongoing heating issues related to air-curtains had been a big concern at the New Jersey International & Bulk Mail center (NJI&BMC) in Jersey City, NJ. […]

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Maintenance Audits Improve Maintenance Business Performance

Knowing the true sources of contamination in compressed air systems and what to do about them can lead to improved operating efficiencies for the equipment and far fewer maintenance headaches for you. What is 1%, 2% or even 5% increase in uptime worth to you? Can it improve your bottom line? Of course it can. […]

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Strategic Sourcing Implementation

Too many dollars are being left on the table by U.S. companies because of poor sourcing strategies. How do yours measure up? Estimates show that mid-sized U.S. companies miss the opportunity for supplier savings in excess of $134 billion due to inadequate sourcing competencies [1]. This much money left on the table could mean the […]

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Viewpoint: Commitment To Ethical Conduct And Culture

  Kendrick Melrose, former CEO and Chairman, The Toro Company Despite CEO- and CFO-signed certifications attesting that their company has complied with disclosure requirements, the brutal fact is that somewhere within an organization, deceptive or fraudulent activity may be lurking. Even with a myriad of procedural checks and balances and extensive documentation of accounting processes, […]

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Uptime: Facing Our Own Giants?

Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Ever wonder why some places have really great maintenance and reliability results and others don’t? Why some maintenance crews perform like champions, preventing problems, and others keep fixing things that break? There are many reasons (and excuses). For the most part, maintenance and reliability results come from the behaviors and expectations […]

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Technology Update

Training has changed radically over the past decade. Nowhere are these changes more evident than in the maturation of training that is based on or utilizes electronic media, including numerous additions to the training lexicon. Here are just a few of the most important terms maintenance professionals need to know as they make their way […]

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The Search For Better Sealing Solutions

Ensuring that your sealing devices work properly and deliver the service life you expect from them begins with where and how you plan to use them. Sealing devices, such as gaskets, O-rings, oil seals, bearing isolators, valve packing, expansion joints and hydraulic components, are all items to consider when it comes to achieving optimal plant […]

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