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When thinking of a food manufacturing facility, many people may envision a lockdown area in which all personnel must wear full-body decontamination suits and where every internal surface of the fa

Because of advanced control capability and potential energy savings, the use of adjustable frequency drives (AFDs) for motor control is expanding rapidly throughout many industries and environment

In the industrial sector, cost is often the driving force when evaluating capital projects.

Intelligent motor control centers (MCCs) provide the data to support safe, reliable and more efficient operations, making information available for process monitoring, advanced diagnostics and pre

I hope that my last column (Pumps & Systems, September 2014) provided a clea

Many industries use variable frequency drives (VFDs) with induction motors. Introduced in the 1960s, VFD technology has advanced considerably during the past 50 years.

Q. Are the pump motors special for VFD operation or can any motor be used with a VFD?

Located in one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S., the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority (BWRPWA) broke ground in 1996 for a water treatment facility serving northwest Arka

Inexperienced vibration analysts encounter a common problem: They are often expected to learn too much, too fast.

Power factor (PF) is an important component of an alternating current (AC) circuit, but understanding its actual effect can be difficult. Why is PF mysterious to many of us?

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For those of you old enough to remember Lawrence Welk, you’ll notice that the title of this brief column is the final quote from his show’s closing song. I am still a loyal fan of his reruns today.

Despite its name, pump specific speed (NS) does not have much to do with the actual speed of a pump.

A reciprocating power pump, as depicted in Figure 1, is a displacement machine. It has characteristics that are different than a centrifugal pump.

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Today marks the final day of the 2015 International Water Summit (IWS), a gathering of water and sustainability experts from around the globe. Thousands gathered in Abu Dhabi this week to discover solutions to problems such as water scarcity and efficiency.

Previous “Pump System Improvement” columns covered the assessment of simple systems with a single load. The system discussed in this column has multiple loads. Figure 1 is a schematic of a piping system under evaluation.

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