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Detecting Pump Cavitation with a Vibration Sensor
Pumps & Systems, June 2007Cavitation is a destructive condition that can destroy the inside of a pump before you even realize it is occurring. Early detection can minimize damage, reduce downtime,...
Asset Management Systems
Data and life cycle management technology helps refineries maintain equipment and reduce the total cost of ownership.Typically, 90 percent of the total life cycle cost (LCC) of a flow management...
Correcting Obscure Sources of Resonance
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...
Early Warnings Prevent Losses for Combined-Cycle Power Plant & Coal Plant
A damaged condenser vacuum pump and high temperatures put operations at risk.
Easy Shaft Alignment
Thorough preparation and the right alignment method are critical.
Fast Ways to Cost Effective PM
Pumps & Systems, April 2007To quickly identify, select and perform effective PM tasks, plants must (1) identify high-risk equipment, (2) develop efficient, effective tasks to manage the most...
Flash Steam Recovery Using Condensate Tank Vent Condensers
With today’s energy prices and the need to reduce emissions, a plant cannot allow its steam/condensate systems to vent flash steam to the atmosphere.Depending on the installation costs, plants will...
Healthy Control Valves
A simple maintenance routine can help ensure trouble-free valve operation.Whether the control valve in your system is the first one that has required maintenance or if you are experienced with...
How to Identify the Source of Vibration by Following the Amplitude
Pumps & Systems, March 2007Identifying the source of vibration by following the amplitude: the case of a company that thought the problem was a pump impeller, but, in fact, the problem was over...
Increasing Pump Reliability and Life (Part One)
Pumps & Systems, December 2008Editor's Note: This is part one of a two part series about the 'commandments' of increasing pump reliability and life. To read the second part, click...
Increasing Pump Reliability and Life (Part Two)
Editor's Note: This is part two of a two part series about the 'commandments' of increasing pump reliability and life.Last month, we discussed Commandment 11, Thou shalt always operate...
Invest in Operator Training to Create Plant Assets
With the correct tools and knowledge, these employees can provide solutions for chronic field problems.
Know the Health of Your Pumps
Pumps & Systems, July 2008Routine checkups, a healthy diet, and regular exercise are the prescriptions for a healthy life. The same prescriptions hold true for healthy pumps. Your pumps' "diet and...
Lubrication Maintenance Planning
Optimize a plant’s rotating equipment.
Lubrication: Best Practices for the Oil and Gas Industry
In the demanding conditions of the oil and gas industry, plant managers are realizing that lubrication best practices can help improve equipment reliability, optimize maintenance and reduce energy...
Do you need help with a pump problem and want to know how other pump users would solve it? Post your problem on the Pump Chat forum of our website, www.pump-zone.com, so your industry colleagues...
Mechanical Seal Maintenance Simplified
Power plant slashes maintenance time and labor costs dramatically by switching to split design mechanical shaft seal.For rotating shaft equipment and machinery that include large pumps, seal...
Microprocessor-Based Pump/Motor Protection Relays
Today's lean maintenance staff needs pump and motor protective devices that diagnose and predict problems before they become acute.Pumps are indispensable in mining, petroleum recovery (wellhead...
Mitigating Water Hammer's Effect
Pumps and Systems, April 2009In today's growing industrialized market, the need for reciprocating pumps is increasing daily. As technology drives modernization, the demand placed on the pumping...
Monitoring Software Enables Scheduled Maintenance at Oil & Gas Facilities
Remote monitoring allows facilities to plan maintenance effectively before defects result in downtime.
Monitoring Software Saves Reciprocating Compressors
Reciprocating compressors are a vital part of the oil and gas refining process. Without safe, reliable and efficient machines, facilities will face unexpected downtime, costly repairs and lost...
Oil & Gas Facilities Detect Costly Faults Early
A software solution alerted two end users of problems with their reciprocating compressors, saving time and money.
Operation and Maintenance of Vertical Motors
Construction features are key to vertical motor application and maintenance.The definite-purpose application of vertical motors dictates a number of construction features that set them apart...
Optimizing Total Cost of Ownership
Initial purchase price is a small fraction of the TCO.How much does a pump cost? Ask a corporate executive or plant manager about the cost of a piece of equipment, and you're likely to hear the...
Partnerships for Optimized Machine Reliability
A relationship with a service provider that will remotely monitor equipment can minimize downtime and equipment failure.
Peristaltic Pumps Waste Less Water in Wastewater Treatment
The ever-expanding Seneca wastewater treatment plant in Eagan, MN required a pump capable of accurately dosing 15 percent sodium hypochlorite ("hypo"). Hypo has outstanding disinfection...
Precision Lubrication Enhances Pump Reliability
Inexpensive devices are available for inspection, contamination control, lubricant application and oil sampling.
Pressure Gauge Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Pumps and Systems, March 2009Pressure gauges are an important indicator of whether a system or component is operating correctly. Pressure gauges generally require little to no maintenance, other than...
Pump Rebuild Tips
Avoid common mistakes to get the longest life from a rebuilt pump.
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