Optimization Solutions
Improvements in performance and energy reduction can be achieved with smart drives and system optimization.Intelligent pumping is simply defined by ARC Advisory Group as the combination of a pump and...
Environmentally-Friendly HVAC Solution
Improved motor starters help Fabri-Kal achieve its green vision.Fabri-Kal's 400,000-square-foot plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., was formerly a vacant brownfield site that was transformed during the last...
Success Story of the Year 2011: Rockwell Automation & Insyght Systems
Rockwell Automation, Insyght Systems & the city of Hamilton grab the winThe 2011 Success Story of the Year competition has been a huge...success. Thanks so much to all the organizations that...
Pumps & Systems, June 2007Shaft failures do not happen everyday, but when they do, it can be a challenge to determine the cause of failure. Here's a technical explanation of what happens when the...
The Benefits of Pump Restoration and Coating
Part one of a two part seriesLast April, I received an email from Paul Maier of the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) in Rochester, N.Y. Paul attached a copy of his 2009 WEFTEC presentation and...
Pumps & Systems, June 2008Vibration is one of the most damaging forces in the industrial environment. Vibration not only reduces the life of equipment, but can also adversely affect the quality of...
AC Motors Part 5: AC Motor Life
One of the major impacts on motor life is common sense—or maybe the lack thereof!It always amazes me how many open drip proof (ODP) motors are used in agricultural irrigation applications where...
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...
The Case of Action/Reaction
 Energy efficiency may not always mean total efficiency.The Department of Energy (DOE) has adopted new energy conservation standards for electric motors. The DOE has determined these standards...
Smart Motor Management
Data-driven visibility helps protect industrial processes and motors.Industrial producers typically invest millions in their infrastructure. Despite such investments, many production facilities lack...
Proper Alignment of Large Motors & Pumps
 A large utility company confronts alignment of a 5,000-horsepower motor.Installation and setup of a pump and motor can be easy for small systems. Both can be lifted with relatively small...
Motors, Drives Improve High-Rise Condo Efficiency
Significant energy and money savings are realized when using variable speed motors controlled with drives.The Villa Magna, a 92-unit luxury condominium in Highland Beach, Fla., sits between the...
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...
Bigger Is Better-Or At Least It Used To BeOwing partly to tradition, the shafts of electric motors are often larger than those of the equipment they drive. Engineers were very conservative a century...
Editor's Note: Click here to see a sample alignment data form.Proper alignment of the pump shaft with the driver can reduce vibration and significantly improve reliability. For appropriate...
Optimized Energy-To-Thrust Ratio and Mechanical Reliability: The Keys to Submersible Mixer Cost Efficiency
Energy is the largest ongoing cost of mixer operation, so it is vital to carefully consider the energy-to-thrust ratio (sometimes called the “water-to-wire” ratio) for each and every mixer...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008In the oil and gas industry, electric submersible pump (ESP) systems are probably best known as an effective artificial lift method of pumping production fluids to the...
Advanced motor protective relays provide superior protection for motors and pumps.For years, motor overload relays have been used to protect pumping systems. Traditionally, they monitored current to...
Pumps & Systems, August 2007Even when a redundant pumping system is in place, it can be advisable to monitor the condition of the operating units in critical applications where maintaining...
Dahlonega, Ga. (Feb. 1, 2012)Beta testing begins for AgeAlert™ condition monitoring sensors for motors and generators, which provide real time data on the current condition of the insulation...
 Do not let a catastrophic event be your wake-up call to adopt a proactive strategy.All too often, we have found the tipping point to predictive maintenance is a costly breakdown of motors, pumps...
The economic downturn has delivered a heavy blow to the industrial manufacturing sector in North America. Manufacturers are indicating sales drops of 30 percent to nearly 60 percent compared to that...
The frame sizes (physical dimensions) of AC motors have changed substantially through the years. Originally, they were considerably larger than those in use today. This increased size was the result...
The frame sizes (physical dimensions) of AC motors have changed substantially through the years. Originally, they were considerably larger than those in use today. This increased size was the result...
Back in the early seventies, when I was in grad school, our government pledged to convert the U.S. measurement system to the metric system. A popular cartoon at the time showed a lab technician with a...
Pump and Systems, June 2009 After spending money on a powerful new pump and the motor to run it, the next big decision is how to connect the two in a way that maximizes their efficiencies and...
Because operational costs ride on efficiency determinations, accurate measurements of losses occurring within the motor are paramount. The reliability of efficiency data is key to any energy-savings...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 Because operational costs ride on efficiency determinations, accurate measurements of losses occurring within the motor are paramount. The reliability of...
Pumps & Systems, June 2008 Due to the expense and labor required, most facilities need to maximize the life of their motors. Electrical, insulation resistance and thermal measurement are three...
Following the development of variable frequency converter drives during the 1990s, totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) AC induction motors became viable options for replacing DC motors in pumping...