Editor’s Note: The editors of Pumps & Systems spent time with incoming Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) President Greg Raty and FSA Technical Director Pete Petrunich to discuss FSA’s role in...
Self-Sealing Fastening Without Chemistry
Dry fasteners provide secure attachment without personnel safety and environmental issues.Wherever secure sealing under pressure (as well as fastening) has been required, dry, embedded O-ring...
Disc Couplings in Oil & Gas Applications
Make easier pump connections while meeting rigorous API 610 StandardsThe oil and gas industry uses a wide range of pumps in typical power train configurations. Most oil and gas pump...
Shielding Cables on Case Grounds and Surge Protection
Proper shielding and grounding are critical to successful operation.Environments with a lot of electrical magnetic interference (EMI) and/or the potential of power surges, such as those that exist in...
A Brief Introduction to Machinery Monitoring
Machinery assessment and predictive maintenance prolong equipment life and improve safety.This article is based on a new Industrial Press book, Is My Machine OK? A Field Guide to Assessing Process...
Instrument Reviews Measure Process Health
Reviewing pressure gauge applications and installations can help increase instrument life and decrease total cost of ownership.Pumps sustain the life of process plants as the heart sustains our...
Complexity and Change
Software helps manage change and compliance challenges in nuclear power facilities.One reason complex systems are difficult to manage is that they naturally tend to evolve over time. For example,...
On-Line Vibration Analysis Versus Vibration Trending
Vibration monitoring can be an early warning of problems developing inside rotating machinery. As companies migrate from a passive run-to-failure approach to a proactive/preventive maintenance method,...
Wall Street Pump and Valve Industry Watch
Figure 1. Stock Indices from March 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012Source: Capital IQ and JKC research. Local currency converted to USD using historical spot rates. The JKC Pump and Valve Stock Indices...
Hydraulic Institute Pump FAQs April 2012
Q. What is the recommended instrumentation that should be used for measuring bearing housing vibration on rotodynamic pumps?A.  For all speeds, a 6-decibel per octave filter shall be used to...
Prepare for the 4th Edition of API 682
This comprehensive international standard for mechanical seal and system use has many important changes.After more than five years of planning, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is preparing to...
Pumps for Oil & Gas Terminal Transfer
Centrifugal pump technology plays critical role in many oil and gas applications.Significant advancements have occurred in the technology used to identify oil deposits below the Earth’s surface,...
FSA Sealing Sense- April 2012
Why are mechanical seals still the preferred choice in the process industries?This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA members Phil Peck & Andy Martin.The challenges facing process...
Choosing Process and Separation Seals
Editor's Note: This is the third in a six-part series on seals. For other articles in this series, click here.Many factors must be considered when making this important decision.This installment...
Centrifugal Pump Energy Audit
Predict efficiency using the Hydraulic Institute’s standards as guidelines.Energy conscious centrifugal pump users are always interested in knowing the value of maximum attainable pump efficiency...
Reduce Environmental Impact Through Hydraulic Fluid Selection
Choose a product that protects, extends equipment life and meets environmental needs.There is an increasing awareness of the connection between industrial companies and their influence on the...
Centrifugal Pump Efficiency—Individual Efficiencies
Editor's Note: This is the third in a six-part series on centrifugal pump efficiency. For other articles in this series, click here.Hydraulic EfficiencyThe shape and spacing of the impeller vanes have...
Pump Readers Respond, April 2012
Insight and reactions to key industry coverage "Pumping Prescriptions," December 2011Click here for full article.I enjoyed your recent article, "Shaft Straightening Methods and Procedures." While...