This series discusses the control elements of a piping system, which improve the quality of the product. Part 1 (Pumps & Systems, July 2015) covered passive controls, such as overflow and bypass...
An IO-Link configuration manages key sugar extraction equipment, saving space and installation costs.
Cellular messages alert operators of low water levels, well pump leakages and power outages.
Flexible design is important for the future growth of generic, multivariable transcontinental pump stations.
Consider application and performance requirements to properly select a pressure sensor for any system.
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 31, 2013) – The majority of independent system integration companies questioned in a global survey believe the outlook for the automation industry will improve in 2013.The...
RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2012) - Schneider Electric announced significant investments in resources to enable the development of direct, deeper and more engaged relationships with its customers and...
(Jan. 27, 2012) - Registration is now open for the 2012 SWPA Joint Training Seminar in Boston, April 4-5. This event is co-sponsored by Pumps & Systems magazine. The event will include a...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 Overall vibration trending is excellent for monitoring rotating machinery health, but not generally effective for tracking reciprocating compressors. A new...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008Artificial lift technology selection is highly dependent on the conditions of the wellbore and the specific application parameters of a given well. Electrical...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 In the past, the nuclear power industry has experienced equipment failures due to improperly set oilers. There was never a precision tool available to help ensure...
Pumps & Systems, February 2008The second article of this three-part series on "Dematerializing the Process" explores how future industrial process plants will address rising operating costs plus...
Pumps & Systems, March 2008 It required only a couple notes of the haunting soundtrack to signal an imminent shark attack in the movie Jaws. As the theme began to swell, it became obvious that...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009 Enveloping is a tool that can give more information about the life and health of important plant assets. It is primarily used for early detection of faults in rolling...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009 Editor's Note: This is the first part of a two part series of how adjustable frequency drives work. To read part two, click here. In recent years, adjustable frequency...
Pumps and Systems, April 2009 Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two part series of how adjustable frequency drives work. To read part one, click here. Last month, we looked at...
Pumps & Systems, June 2008 Traditionally, the primary use of drives has been in applications such as powering pumps, fans and conveyors. While they will continue to be used in these applications,...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Back in the old days, level control had little or nothing to do with saving energy. In fact, it was often a necessary evil. Today, that is no longer true - the VFD...
Pumps and Systems, February 2007 On July 16 last year, a high-speed centrifugal pump failed catastrophically at a large refinery in South America, causing production losses and costing a substantial...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Comparing the vibration performance of identical or like machines can be used to detect defects and judge their severity. What is Comparative Analysis? Comparative...
Pumps & Systems, January 2009  The residents of Orlando and nearby communities are more likely to see lightning strike than have their toilets run dry. Extensive high-tech upgrades at...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008 Yuba County Water Agency in Marysville, Calif., recently chose a wireless system as a solution for a water pump problem. Here are some of benefits they...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008 Why is "run to fail" a common operational strategy at water/wastewater organizations? Explore this phenomenon and other results from a maintenance methodology...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Why question the PLC? For many, questioning the application of a PLC to the pump station panel is surprising. After all, the pump station panel was once controlled...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 In the power industry, clean water is crucial for a variety of tasks, including extending the service life of turbine seals and protecting spray nozzles and heat...
Pumps & Systems, April 2007 You have probably noticed that there are several camps out there when it comes to centrifugal pump applications involving variable frequency drives (VFDs). One...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008 The 4-20mA Current Loop The 4-20mA current loop is used to transmit analog data representing various process variables like level, pressure, temperature or flow....
Pumps and Systems, January 2007Example 1Vertically mounted pumps can resonate as a total structure in a "rocking" mode, as shown in Figures 1 and 2 below. This is one of the toughest unsolved...