Equipment and personnel safety and decreased energy costs are just the beginning of the benefits of motor management.

After a steam turbine experienced vibrations of unknown origin, testing was conducted to solve the mystery.

VFDs provide smart controls to protect and improve pump system functionality.

Rotor balancing is not the only benefit of a balancing machine.

Proper condition monitoring and intervention could have prevented a pump breakdown.

Automated irrigation pump control protects a Florida nursery's crops.

Control via an iPad helps solve packaged pumping system problems.

Specialized system automates a continuous process industry plant.

Wireless technology can provide monitoring and protection in remote locations.

An evolution in pressure-sensing technologies and the standards that regulate them help prevent equipment failure.

New equipment improves SCADA functions.

Pump monitoring instrumentation is often not included with installations, but proper sensors can protect a pump and help with efficient operation.

This article will define a business case for achieving significant rotating equipment maintenance and energy cost reduction at industrial and municipal facilities.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" may have been coined by process and plant engineers tired of repairing or replacing pumps. Pumps are often the most under-serviced pieces of equipment in process automation when it comes to maintenance and prevention best practices. Unfortunately, nothing moves without the humble pump, and a process becomes inefficient when a pump doesn't operate properly or completely shuts down. Many times the pump manufacturer is seen to be the problem, when in fact the process or the surrounding equipment configuration is the cause.

Why question the PLC? For many, questioning the application of a PLC to the pump station panel is surprising. After all, the pump station panel was once controlled with a range of relays, timers, and other devices - the exact type of application where the PLC has had such success in industrial automation. pump efficiency

Of the technologies available for condition monitoring of rotating equipment, the quickest return on investment is from vibration analysis. For the novice, vibration data seems complex and is generally difficult to assess compared to other techniques. Once trained, however, the novice can recognize the patterns and diagnose a machine problem.

Pressure gauges are a versatile way to monitor pump operation.

In the past, the nuclear power industry has experienced equipment failures due to improperly set oilers. There was never a precision tool available to help ensure the level was being properly set on a typical oiler . . . until now.

Choosing the right differential pressure flow meter for an application can be challenging. This article outlines the considerations and trade-offs in selecting the optimal technology.

Pumps are sent to rebuilding and remanufacturing companies because buying new can be expensive and require long lead times. For instance, a 39 in diameter, 1,000 lb bronze impeller may cost $28,000 and take many weeks to deliver. In these cases, the impellers involved in an overhaul are often built back up to the required specifications and rebalanced.

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