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Industry Outlook: Increasing Customer Competitiveness

ian-davidsonHigh-performance Mobil-branded lubricants are used everywhere, in nearly every industrial operation on the planet. Across all industries we serve, ExxonMobil has had a long-standing tradition of increasing our customers’ competitiveness by helping to improve their productivity and maximize equipment life—regardless of the condition of the economy.
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Industry Outlook: Safety Should Fit Like A Glove

pulickIf one of your employees were about to put his/her hands into a bucket of industrial cleaning solution and had two different pairs of gloves to choose from, would he/she select the right pair? The way for an employee to know the difference between waterproof gloves and those that are chemical resistant is NOT by testing them.

A workplace that has workers walking around wearing Personal Protective Equipment, such as safety glasses, gloves and ear plugs, may look safe—but looks can be very deceiving. Accidents in the workplace can happen if the right products are not used; they also can occur if employees don’t understand what really makes a work environment safe.

The National Safety Council found that the average lost-time injury costs nearly $30,000. And, under the current administration, many customers are anticipating that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will develop more stringent safety regulations and enforcement. Given the potentially high cost of accidents, companies are looking for the right safety products to prevent workplace accidents—and lessen the severity of any that do occur.

Providing a safe workplace is not an option.Safety is everybody’s concern
As the largest safety products distributor in North America, Grainger has learned that helping create a safer work environment starts with listening to our customers. We take the time to find out what safety issues are at the top of their minds, including their concerns about compliance with OSHA standards.

Our safety sales specialists work with customers to help them achieve their safety goals and can bring key safety suppliers on-site to provide technical expertise that includes surveys, hazard assessments and compliance audits. We can also partner with our suppliers to bring in samples of products for employees and conduct safety product training to ensure that employees are comfortable with these products—and know how to properly use them.

Grainger’s products and services

  • We recently published our 2009 Occupational Health and Safety Catalog that organizes safety solutions by key safety issues and OSHA standards. Our safety offering, which has doubled in size, includes more safety footwear, clothing and training and reference materials than before to make it easier for customers to remain in compliance and find the right solutions for their safety-related needs.
  • Our customers can stay current on the latest trends in safety through our free “On the Job” Webinars that feature third-party industry experts speaking on a variety of safety topics, including arc flash, lockout/tagout and fall protection. If customers still need help with a safety product question, we have a team of technical product support specialists standing by.
  • We also work with customers to help them manage their inventory of safety supplies, including first aid cabinets and eyewash stations, through our Inventory Solutions Program. As a result, those customers save time, reduce the possibility of stock outages, streamline processes and optimize inventory.

In good economic times or bad, providing a safe workplace is not an option. Safety, however, does not happen right out of a box—it happens when an organization creates a safe work environment that fits like a glove. With our vast safety expertise, relevant resources and broad product offering, Grainger is uniquely positioned to help our customers with workplace safety. MT

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Industry Outlook: Making The Next Logical Move

david_orlowskiInpro/Seal has been helping customers in both good and not-so-good times for 32 years—ever since our invention of the bearing isolator. From day one, we have strongly emphasized customer service. As a result, “Same-day,” NOT “Some-day” shipments of even custom products are a way of life for us. In fact, we encourage our customers NOT to inventory Inpro products, as we provide same-day shipments at no extra charge. We’ve been doing these things for a long time, and we’ll continue doing them!

The need for new technologies
More recently, however, we have become particularly concerned about energy conservation, believing that reduction of electrical usage is crucial to the building of a sustainable future. We’re now working hard to develop the very types of technologies that will help our customers do just that.

Most end-users are well aware of the energy-intensive, short-lived characteristics of contact seals in bearing protection—that’s why countless operations have now turned to non-contact bearing isolators. Everyone, however, is not as knowledgeable as they should be with the use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) for powering centrifugal pumps and fans.

Alternating current (AC) motors normally run at a constant speed, according to the frequency of the line supply and motor architecture. Only direct current (DC) motors inherently run at variable speed, according to demand. To control the quantity of flow and the system pressure of a centrifugal pump or fan, valves downstream would open or shut. That’s tantamount to constantly driving your car at 100 mph and trying to control it with the brake—it’s both inefficient and destructive.

Protecting your VFDs
Now, consider the VFD, something that has been drastically modified and improved over the past few years. It lets the common 3-phase AC induction motor run at variable speed according to system demands and do it with very significant savings in energy consumption.

For example, if a motor is adjusted back to 90% speed, flow will be reduced by 10% and the pressure that is produced will be around 80%. On the other hand, the power requirement will be reduced to 73% of what would have been required at full speed. That’s a power savings of almost 30%!

The demand for VFDs is increasing exponentially. According to industry sources, 40% of the motors being produced and installed throughout the process industries are already equipped with these types of drives. Soon, according to those same industry sources, that number is expected to increase to 80%.

Centrifugal pump selections are usually made with the maximum flow rate and pressure head performance in mind. Only rarely does a pump operate at that point of the system-head curve. The drive motor is capable of handling the pump at the maximum performance rating.

If a pump operates at the best efficiency point (BEP) at the maximum impeller trim, it is easily cut back in speed so as to follow the affinity laws downward as they intersect the reduction of impeller velocity. That’s like trimming the impeller on the fly, while reducing flow, head pressure and energy requirement according to system demand—all without an energy-wasting control valve in the pipeline.

Only easily mitigated stray shaft currents generated by the VFD and normally routed through the bearings to ground could contribute to early maintenance costs. A current diverter ring (CDR) can solve that problem. That’s why we’re now producing these products.

As we at Inpro/Seal see it, entering into the arena of bearing protection from stray electrical currents is only a logical move—and another great way to help our customers. MT

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Industry Outlook: Improving & Optimizing Processes

bob-paganoThe lingering recession has been especially hard on process industries around the globe. No sector has gone unscathed. Even what we have traditionally thought of as our most robust, critical markets have been affected. ITT remains committed to these industries and will continue to invest in product development and support services.
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Industry Outlook: Partnering Today And Tomorrow

tony_martellAs NSK customers face unprecedented financial constraints, the focus has become even more about the bottom line—working to full capacity, as efficiently as possible and with equipment that is reliable and cost-effective to maintain. We understand the vital role that motion and control products play in each of these areas and continually look for ways to ensure that our customers have not only world-class products, but the services they require to maximize uptime, reduce risk and minimize costs.
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Industry Outlook: Smart Manufacturing Is Key

mcdermottSustainability is good business practice, and what we see in customers across all industries is that it makes even better business sense, driving long-term competitive advantage. There are two aspects of sustainability emerging as market forces in the manufacturing space, driven by innovative automation solutions. The first is meeting the immediate cost-savings needs our customers require today. The other is looking toward our future, setting a vision for how smart manufacturing will meet the demands of tomorrow and will be a key to economic recovery.
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