Archive | 2008

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Utilities Manager: How Healthy (Or Unhealthy) Is Your Network Power?

Are you over-utilizing and under-servicing your energy system? Network power—without power—would leaveyou without a network. It’s a necessity, not unlike basic electricity needed to power your home or fuel to power your vehicle. But most companies don’t think about what goes into making a network run once it actually does. In a standard, central offi […]

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Utilities Manager: Uptime, Availability, Reliability…

William C. Livoti What do we mean by “uptime,” “availability” and “reliability,” and how do these terms figure into our quest for energy-efficient equipment systems? Uptime refers to a plant’s ability to remain on line/ produce product. With an uptime rating of 100% as maximum, any unscheduled downtime will reduce the rating. We’ve all experienced […]

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Utilities Manager: Fighting Friction In Rotating Equipment

Any time you knock out friction around your operations, you’re on your way to reducing energy consumption. Bearings are a good place to start. Whenever rotating machinery is turning, friction can become a “spoiler”—potentially threatening the operation, reliability, productivity and service life of assets. For bearings, friction is problematic, as it can contribute to increased […]

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Utilities Manager: Big Money Talks-Life-Cycle Costing & Energy Costs

William C. Livoti, Baldor Electric Company Life-cycle costing (LCC) is an often-used term in the pump industry, but one that rarely is implemented at the end-user level. Industry continues to use the same design criteria and specifications that have been in place for years—specifically, over-sizing of pumps, motors and valves. Energy costs won’t allow us […]

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Utilities Manager: Spray Optimization Strategies

Using less compressed air, electricity and water in your drying and spraying operations can lead to significant savings. The right approach and the right device for the application are critical. Systems that dry, clean, cool, coat and lubricate are easy to overlook as long as they seem to be providing the expected performance. That’s because […]

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Utilities Manager: Color Your Lube Program Green

Adopting “green practices” as a catalyst for change around your operations doesn’t have to be painful or expensive, but it does require open minds. Things are changing around our plants and facilities these days. The exponential rise in energy rates coupled with a global shift toward protecting the planet and its resources has forced company […]

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Utilities Manager: Utilities Manager

In the quest for more energy-efficient operations, every little bit helps. As companies demand more energy efficiency from their systems, valve heating could be a real consideration. One area where energy losses can occur is on long pipe runs and their intersections such as T-fittings and valves. On an individual basis, energy losses around valves […]

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Utilities Manager: Mobile Real-Time Inspection Of Combustion Processes

Lenox Instrument’s portable FireSight® Diagnostic System provides efficient, real-time, color inspection of combustion and process control in boilers, furnaces, kilns and incinerators. This entirely self-contained unit allows diagnostics, testing, monitoring and recording of several individual boiler or furnace functions operating at any level via any available 1?” (41.3 mm) opening. It consists of an air […]

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