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...
Pumps & Systems, June 2007Most of the electric motor information we use on a daily basis is pretty straightforward. Voltage, amps, efficiency, and service factor are all well understood terms in...
Predictable Pump Motor Maintenance at a Cranberry Bog
Due to the delicate nature of the cranberry, pump failure is not an option.When a pump or motor fails at Sea Wind Cranberry Farm in Langlois, Ore., farm manager Knute Andersson's business is at stake....
 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...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007 Currents are induced on the motor shafts when AC motors are employed with VFDs to drive air pumps, chillwater pumps and compressors in HVAC/R systems. Without a...
InnovationIntroduced February 8, 2008, the RPMAC PM Direct Drive Cooling Tower Motor and VS1CTD Drive for wet cooling towers replaces an existing motor, jack shaft and gearbox with a more efficient...
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...
Pumps & Systems, June 2007In many pump installations, problems such as jams and suction loss can lead to serious damage to the motor or pump long before the thermal overloads trip. These problems...
Pumps & Systems, October 2007With highly reliable electrical systems, protective relays may be called upon to operate very infrequently. However, the effects of faults and abnormal conditions can...
With highly reliable electrical systems, protective relays may be called upon to operate very infrequently. However, the effects of faults and abnormal conditions can be severe and protective relay...
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...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009Editor's Note: Click here to see a sample alignment data formProper alignment of the pump shaft with the driver can reduce vibration and significantly improve reliability....
Pump Noise and Vibration Attentuation
Unanticipated noise and vibration can be problematic for both occupants and processes within structures. Noise and vibration in piping systems can originate at pumps and other mechanical equipment. If...
Pump Protection
When can you trust your overload relay to keep you safe?The oil and gas industry depends heavily on pumps, and their reliability is vital for safety and economic reasons. For many years, the...
  Pumps and Systems, February 2007 Last September, we spoke about the importance of pipe-to-piping alignment, evaluating actual numbers, and tabulating stress values as they approach yield...
Proper shaft alignment makes a difference
Pumps & System, June 2008Bigger 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...
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...
Retrolifting Lift Stations with Submersible Motors
In the February 2008 issue, we discussed various ways to lift water ("Lifting Water: What Are Your Pump Options?", Pumping Prescriptions). Starting with the 4,000-year-old Archimedes Screw, we touched...
Safer and Smarter Single Phase Pumps
New motor starting controller provides one solution.Pump systems come in all sizes, from large municipal plants to small residential systems using single phase pumps that are three hp or smaller. All...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009 A paper or an electronic work order system can be used to capture alignment data. Click here for a downloadable pdf. Click here to read Pump Alignment: Just the Facts ...
A paper or an electronic work order system can be used to capture alignment data.   Click here for a downloadable pdf. Click here to read Pump...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009Couplings are often forgotten until a project is nearing its end. With time running out, users often purchase whatever a supplier has in stock instead of the best solution...
Couplings are often forgotten until a project is nearing its end. With time running out, users often purchase whatever a supplier has in stock instead of the best solution for the system....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Pumps & Systems, June 2007 Named for a technique commonly used on failing pumps, "percussion maintenance" - where a technician beats on the pump's stalled motor with a hammer or rubber mallet...
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...