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July 1, 2009
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The Green Edge

Energy-Efficient Hydraulic Fluid

shell_tellus_eeShell Lubricants has added a new lubricant to its Shell Tellus hydraulic oil range that can help increase the energy efficiency of hydraulic systems. Based on customer-reported and Shell-managed evaluations, the Shell Tellus EE has been shown to help companies reduce the energy consumption of their hydraulic machinery by an average of 8%, while also providing equipment protection and the capability of extending oil maintenance intervals.

Shell Tellus EE is the company’s first synthetic hydraulic fluid that has been specifically designed to help improve the energy efficiency of the machinery in which it is used. The fluid contains a unique and patented additive technology, and has undergone extensive laboratory tests and field trials that have demonstrated its ability to help improve a machine’s energy efficiency. With hydraulics being at the core of many production processes, Shell Tellus EE has the potential to contribute to the goal of reducing an organization’s energy costs.

“Energy costs will continue to represent a significant part of an industrial organization’s operating overhead for the foreseeable future,” said Dennis Woodley, Shell Hydraulics Product Application Specialist. “As a result, investing in a hydraulic lubricant designed to both help improve the energy efficiency of the machinery in which it is used and reduce the maintenance costs makes good sense from a commercial perspective.”

Shell Lubricants
Houston, TX

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Single-Source Services For Mixers

philadelphia_logoIt’s a matter of sustainability. Although capital budgets aren’t what they used to be, plant operators are still expected to deliver peak performance and maximum output while lowering energy and operational costs. That’s where the Philadelphia Mixing Solutions “Service All Mixers (SAM)” program comes in. SAM lets operators do more with less by helping them leverage their investment in existing equipment, solve their most complex mixing challenges and increase the overall financial health of their plants. According to Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, its SAM offering is the only service that allows plant operators to work with a single company for scheduled mixer upkeep, planned upgrades or emergency repairs, regardless of who manufactured the mixer. Among other things, within the scope of the program, complete evaluations of mixer conditions, such as age, service history, oil analysis, etc., are conducted. Based on results, a detailed report of recommended actions to improve the performance and extend the life of the equipment is generated. Additionally, three-year warranties are provided for all repair work. True root-cause failure analyses—a veritable “CSI” for mixer performance—identify mechanical failures in the context of process conditions to help customers eliminate downtime and promote higher levels of performance
and repeat.

Philadelphia Mixing Solutions
Palmyra, PA

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Lower Operating Costs In Drying & Blow-Off Operations

spraying_systemsA new White Paper published by Spraying Systems Co. takes an in-depth look at how to reduce or eliminate compressed air use in drying and blow-off applications and achieve dramatic savings. Among other things, How to Reduce Compressed Air Consumption in Drying and Blow-Off Applications reviews various air nozzle options that use compressed air, provides application guidelines and estimates the savings each option offers over open pipe. The White Paper is available at no cost upon request from the company or at its Website

Spraying Systems Co.
Wheaton, IL

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GE Plans $100M R&D Facility

GE recently announced plans to build a $100 million research center in Michigan, about 25 miles from Detroit. The new Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a research and development component that will be part of GE’s Global Research network (which is headquartered in Niskayuna, NY). The state of Michigan is providing $60 million in incentives over 12 years for the project. The center is set to open later this year and is expected to employ more than 1100 people within the next few years. They’ll work there to help develop new manufacturing technologies for GE’s renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other products. Work on smart grid technologies, software development, networking and program management are some of the other fields to be targeted. “Michigan is well positioned to be a leader in advanced manufacturing and development of green technologies,” said U.S. Senator Carl Levin. “This facility will take advantage of our state’s strengths and keep us on the forefront of these critical emerging industries.”

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EGSA Establishes Green Committee

The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) has announced the formation of its new Green Committee. Michael Pope of Süd-Chemie will serve as the inaugural committee chairperson. Initially, the Committee will gather, monitor, communicate and distribute Green business opportunity information to the EGSA membership. Additionally, it will teach best practices in conducting Green Conferences as well as instruct techniques to move to a Green strategy. Any EGSA members are welcome to join the Green Committee It will hold its first meeting at the association’s Fall Conference.

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July 1, 2009
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Solution Spotlight: Controlling Pesky Critters Humanely


(Left to right) Bird-X representative Jeremy Garrity and one of his company’s menacing, life-sized 3D-Coyote decoys, with Maintenance Technology’s Jane Alexander and Tom Madding, at a recent Grainger event in Schaumburg, IL.

Bird-X has been producing humane pest and bird deterrents for 45 years. Established in 1964, its first product was an ultrasonic repellent engineered to affect pest birds using audio signals undetectable to human ears. Since that time, the company has continued to develop unique and effective products and now offers a full arsenal of bird repelling devices and other pest and critter deterrents. In fact, according to company literature, today Bird-X offers the most comprehensive line of eco-friendly (i.e. “green”), environmentally safe, non-toxic and non-harmful pest and bird-control products available. They range from state-of-the-art laser technology to ultrasonic/sonic bird control, goose and pigeon repellents, bird spikes, bird netting, animal sound repellers and taste aversion gels and solutions.


Bird XPeller

Bird-X deterrents are the result of decades of scientific study and field testing. These products fall into four basic categories:

  • Physical Barriers: Bird Spikes, Sticky Gels, Bird Netting

    Gator Guard
  • Sound Repellers: Bird XPeller, Critter Blaster, Goose Buster
  • Ultrasonic Sound Deterrents: QuadBlaster QB 4, Ultrason X
  • Taste Aversions: Bird Repellent Sprays, Bird Repellent Solutions
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    Terror Eyes

    Visual Deterrents: Bird BLazer, Terror Eyes, 3D Coyote

Bird-X notes that while each of its products is an effective deterrent on its own, using them in combination (i.e. a sound device plus a visual device plus a physical roost inhibitor) can yield significantly greater results than any one product alone. This is especially true in situations where pest birds are particularly stubborn, where they have nested in one place for extended periods, or where an area provides food, warmth or shelter. In spite of your best efforts, does this sound like your plant or facility? If so, a combination of Bird-X products will work synergistically to create an aurally, visually and physically undesirable environment for bird and animal pests. MT

Bird-X, Inc.
Chicago, IL

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Communications: The CMMS Setup In A Maintenance Partnership

ken_bannister_thumbMaintaining an interactive collaborative partnership with inter- and intra-departmental groups and outside groups is essential if a maintenance department is to be successful in delivering asset reliability and availability at a level suitable to achieve production throughput and quality targets. To achieve this, a maintenance department must understand the difference between “what it manages” and “what it controls.”
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Solution Spotlight: Re-Introduced: A Winning Motor Repair Process

dreisilker_motor-safeCheck out this energy-saving alternative to burnout methods.

Dreisilker Electric Motors is re-introducing its trademark Motor-Safe Repair System for rewinding electric motors as an alternative to other destructive methods using burnout ovens. The company points out that this process results in finished motors that are more efficient, reliable and longer-lived than those subjected to burnout-oven rewinding methods.

How it works
Using the Motor-Safe process, a technician carefully removes the original windings using a controlled “warming” method and hydraulic device. This technique pulls the softened windings from the stator without damaging the stator and thus avoids the extreme, uneven temperatures of burnout ovens that distort the core and laminations. In addition to maintaining the structural integrity of the motor frame and components, the Motor-Safe process allows for a faster turnaround—typically a 1- to 2-hour process, compared to 8 to 10 hours using burnout ovens and other destructive stripping methods.

The vast majority of motor repair shops use burnout ovens to remove original windings by baking the motor to exceed 680 F. Those types of high, uneven temperatures compromise the integrity of the motor core with frame damage and iron distortion. High heat also damages the insulation of motor laminations, causing circulating currents, hot spots and uneven amperage draw. A motor coming out of such a process runs hotter, is less efficient and has a shortened half-life.

A nationwide reach
Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc. is a leading provider of commercial and industrial motors, drives, controls and repair and field service expertise to a wide range of industries, including: machine tools, utilities, municipalities, water reclamation, heating-ventilation-air-conditioning (HVAC) and material processors. Founded in 1955, the company specializes in non-burnout motor rewind, field service and motor repair, engineered solutions and reliability-based solutions for rotating machine assets. Its corporate headquarters, located in Glen Ellyn, IL, is supported by an auxiliary sales and repair facility in McHenry, IL, as well as five other branch locations in the greater Chicago area and an additional location near Atlanta, GA.

Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc.
Glen Ellyn, IL

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