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, 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, February 2009 In the oil and gas industry, custody transfer transactions involve transporting physical substance from one operator to another, including transferring raw and...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Explore hermetically sealed gauging probes for hostile environments like saw mills and wood processing plants. Electronic gauging probes are commonly used in the...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Balancing is essential for minimizing vibration, increasing bearing life and minimizing downtime and repair costs. Follow the guidelines from these standards to balance...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009 Any time a measuring instrument is used in a plant, it is expected to provide reliable results.  This is especially true in closed pipeline systems in which it is...
Figure IR1 Figure 1 shows a typical three-phase fused power disconnect. The corresponding infrared image, Figure IR1, was taken with the emissivity setting at 1 on our thermal imager. The temperature...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 Last month, we discussed thermal radiation and material properties and the thermal nature of materials. We also looked at the emissivity of real objects using a...
Although the cost of a component inside a hydraulic pump, such as a rolling element bearing, rotor or fastener, is often low compared to the total cost of the pump, the costs of production downtime...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 With the growth of wind farms, users are turning to condition monitoring and automatic lubrication systems for increased reliability. The scope of this year's Windpower...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 A dangerous misconception exists regarding the "Arc Rating" of infrared (IR) windows or viewing panes. Many reliability and maintenance professionals are under the...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 Economic pressures to minimize production downtime and improve operating efficiency are increasing the emphasis to accomplish on-site problem detection, analysis,...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 Find out why level controls can fail in municipal wastewater treatment plants and similar systems and what technologies are available to combat failure. Leaving the...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009 One of the most neglected tools in the vibration analysis toolbox is phase. This neglect is partially due to the extra time and effort often necessary to collect the...
Although the use of transmitters in pressure measurement is growing, mechanical pressure gauges are still used on most systems as local pressure display to back up electrical readings. The selection...
Pumps & Systems, January 2009 The Village of Mundelein, Ill., 35 miles northwest of Chicago, had a growing water demand and needed options for managing the increasing demand. Rob Haley, village...
Pumps and Systems, January 2007 Monitoring motor-pump combinations for signs of impending problems provides useful information to prevent pump failure and minimize costly downtime. Since rotating...
Pumps and Systems, January 2007 Picture a manufacturing enterprise with plants in multiple locations around the world. Using a single automation platform that handles discrete, process and motion...
Pumps and Systems, May 2009   Editor's Note: This article is the first in a series about machinery health. To read the next article, click here. Determining the correct maintenance strategy...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 With the old mechanical displacers, level fluctuations ran 4-in to 5-in with a lot of hysteresis and frequent failures, causing operators to control at much higher...
Pumps & Systems, January 2009  Mechanical pressure gauges, which require no external power, provide an affordable and reliable source of accurate pressure measurement. Using the...
Pumps and Systems, July 2009 Editor's Note: This is the second article in a series about machinery health, to read the previous article, click here. Potential to Failure (P-F) curves graphically...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 SCADA can be utilized for remote data acquisition, but because it is primarily a real-time control system, the user must make significant compromises to use it for...
Understanding technology capabilities and application requirements is important when selecting a wireless technology for an application. The reasons to choose wireless include reduced installation...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 The level transmitter is a small but vital component in a sewage lift or pump station that helps maintain system integrity and avoid unwanted spillage. There are...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009 In my experience, there are three types of maintenance philosophy regarding vibration programs: No philosophy at all Utmost attention with zeal Attention to...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009 Of the technologies available for condition monitoring of rotating equipment, the quickest return on investment is from vibration analysis. For the novice, vibration data...
An 1,800 MW power station in the Midwest experienced constant trouble with four of its four-stage boiler feed pumps, which were driven by steam turbines and operated at variable speed to meet the...
Pumps and Systems, January 2007 Last August, after a heated and protracted debate, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it had held since its discovery in 1930....
Pumps and Systems, January 2007 Paddle wheel flow sensors not only continue to remain strong in industrial applications, their use is growing. Because these devices offer the lowest cost per sensing...