Potential to Failure (P-F) curves graphically display the failure time cycle and measurement techniques that can be used to detect asset failures prior to reaching the asset incurring functional failure. Proactive strategies should focus on managing assets high on the P-F curve, or early (P1 to P5) in the failure cycle (Figure 1). The ability to detect failures early in development allows top quartile performers to proactively manage their maintenance programs by understanding the health of their assets. Many companies, however, find it difficult to operate proactively and continually react to assets that reach functional failure with little or no warning.

Pumping control system updates aging lift station network. pump system optimization

Applications for electric power and the Smart Grid

The residents of Orlando and nearby communities are more likely to see lightning strike than have their toilets run dry. Extensive high-tech upgrades at Orlando's three advanced wastewater treatment plants, including new automation and control systems, have helped city staff process more sewage and gray water effectively and reliably.

Many reasons for wireless conversion reluctance are resolved with new technology.

Pulsation and water hammer can be limited with proper forethought and equipment.

When selecting a pump for variable speed operation, a number of conditions must be evaluated.

Mechanical pressure gauges, which require no external power, provide an affordable and reliable source of accurate pressure measurement. Using the criteria below can help maximize gauge life.

Low-cost additions help bottle maker manage compressed air use and energy costs on a shoestring.

Many items must be considered when designing pump station control systems with power requirements, level control method and control panel location often among the most important.

Determining the correct maintenance strategy for industrial production assets poses a problem for many plant asset managers and reliability and maintenance engineers.

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Ill. is the world's largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and a premier international business location. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, the Mart spans two city blocks and stands 25 stories high. It welcomes more than three million visitors each year to its retail shops; boutiques; 11 floors of permanent showrooms for gift, residential, casual and contract furnishings; 10 floors of office space; dozens of trade shows and a myriad of special educational, community and consumer events. pump system optimization

Have you ever wondered why a motor manufacturer would state that many of their 60-Hz motors will operate on 50-Hz power as long as you reduce the nameplate voltage by 1/6?

Today's lean maintenance staff needs pump and motor protective devices that diagnose and predict problems before they become acute.

An 1,800 MW power station in the Midwest experienced constant trouble with four of its four-stage boiler feed pumps, which were driven by steam turbines and operated at variable speed to meet the required plant load.

Effective and secure cellular communications for remote data acquisition

Qualified, quality solution providers can resolve many aftermarket problems.

As a public water provider, Loudon Water, a water and wastewater authority in Loudon, Va., must be able to supply water to meet the community's needs.

A dangerous misconception exists regarding the "Arc Rating" of infrared (IR) windows or viewing panes. Many reliability and maintenance professionals are under the impression that an IR window will protect them in the event of an arc blast. Others believe that installing IR windows will turn non-arc-rated switchgear or electrical equipment into "arc-rated" cabinets. Neither is true. Both misconceptions need to be corrected because they present safety concerns.

In the last decade, ultrasonic flowmeters have grown in popularity in laboratory and process areas as a cost-effective, noninvasive alternative for measuring the velocity and flow rates of liquids and gases.

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