Appropriate equipment selection and best-practice maintenance procedures can make a difference in reliability, service life and production.
A Russian oil & gas company produces a compressor station to maximize pipeline capacity.
A northeast Germany refinery increased its MTBF by upgrading eight pumps.
This equipment eliminated a SAG copper mill gearbox’s maintenance issues resulting from contact lip seals that had a short and unreliable service life.
Use a mathematical model that estimates vibration at the top bearing of a motor used on a vertical, wet-pit, column type pump.
Mapping and testing ensure proper fit and function of replacement parts.
To optimize the lubrication of a bearing, proper oil viscosity selection is essential.
A shaft grounding ring and ceramic insulation can improve motor bearing life when VFDs are used.
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Reduce Thrust Bearing 
Operating Temperatures
Three design techniques can lower the operating temperature of hot running, 
tilting-pad thrust bearings.
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Babbit Bearing Repair for a Power Plant
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Bearing Failure and Analysis
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Pumps & Systems, August 2008Progressive maintenance practices are vital to maximize pump life, minimize downtime and avoid costly repairs and lost production. It is good practice to plan the...
Graphite and Nanocrystalline Diamond Surfaced Bearings
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Greene, Tweed Provides Longer Life Bearings to a Major Nuclear Power Plant
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Guide Bearings Misdiagnosis
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How Hot Should Anti-Friction Bearings Be Allowed to Run?
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Hydraulic Institute Pump FAQs March 2010
Q. Our pumps take their suction from an open tank. When the liquid level drops, surface vortices are formed that allow air to be drawn into the pumps. What changes can be made to the tank to correct...
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