Pumps & Systems, April 2008Many pump couplings are designed to be a fuse that fails before major damage occurs to expensive pump systems. Premature wear or failure is typically the first symptom...
Reduce Thrust Bearing 
Operating Temperatures
Three design techniques can lower the operating temperature of hot running, 
tilting-pad thrust bearings.
A thermoplastic composition in abrasive applications helped bearings meet end user specifications.
Modern labyrinth bearing protection seals can protect precision elements from contamination.
This equipment exploits the elasticity of synthetic rubber and ensures stable bearing behavior.
Lip and labyrinth seals provide protection in harsh oil and gas applications.
Careful analysis identified the issue with this multistage, oil transfer pump.
Discharges flowing through the bearings put motors at risk.
The Trouble With Silicon Carbide
Enable the sealless transition with ceramic-matrix composites. Sealless pumps, such as magnetic-driven and canned-motor pumps, are becoming more common in the petrochemical and power industries for...
Pumps and Systems, July 2009What is the secret to continuously baking or processing cakes, pizza, chicken, beer and thousands of other foods and beverages? Mechanical carbon materials used in the food...
Pumps & Systems, August 2008Progressive maintenance practices are vital to maximize pump life, minimize downtime and avoid costly repairs and lost production. It is good practice to plan the...
This material stands up to pump upsets such as cavitation and dry running.
Despite their simplicity, centrifugal pumps often experience repeat failures that even seasoned maintenance and reliability professionals have trouble preventing. This four-part series explains the...
From storage to dismounting, every aspect of a bearing’s service life can impact its performance and reliability.
The reliability of high-speed and high-pressure pumps is crucial to several industries in the Middle East and North Africa. Oil and refinery services and desalination operations, for example, depend...
The material stands up to pump upsets such as cavitation and dry running.
Outside lubrication experts help improve protocols and minimize downtime.
Safely immerse motor compressors in process gas without risking costly damage.
Properly aligned bearings can be critical to the life and health of pumps.
The best option for preventing bearing currents depends on the source of the problem.
Use a mathematical model that estimates vibration at the top bearing of a motor used on a vertical, wet-pit, column type pump.
A northeast Germany refinery increased its MTBF by upgrading eight pumps.
Appropriate equipment selection and best-practice maintenance procedures can make a difference in reliability, service life and production.
GOTHENBURG (March 27, 2013) – SKF’s newly built bearing factory in Ahmedabad, India was awarded the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by IGBC (India...
A Russian oil & gas company produces a compressor station to maximize pipeline capacity.
This equipment eliminated a SAG copper mill gearbox’s maintenance issues resulting from contact lip seals that had a short and unreliable service life.
Q. What information is available regarding bearing minimum loads for pumps? A. All rolling element bearings require a minimum applied load. This ensures that normal elasto-hydrodynamic operation...
Mapping and testing ensure proper fit and function of replacement parts.
To optimize the lubrication of a bearing, proper oil viscosity selection is essential.
Non-contacting labyrinth seal bearing isolators for industrial rotating equipment can be a key to energy conservation – and saving money. By changing from contact lip seals to non-contact seals...