Curing a Raw Water Pumping Facility’s Unremitting Driveshaft Failures: Part 1...

One of the major pump OEMs had invited Mechanical Solutions, Inc. to resolve an occurrence of multiple pump driveshaft failures for one of their...

How Does a Centrifugal Compressor Work?

Figure 1 During the first century of centrifugal compressor design, changes were evolutionary. A centrifugal compressor from 1900 looks very much like a centrifugal compressor...

Arc Flash Hazards: Are Your Employees Trained?

Previous editions of NFPA 70E required an arc flash hazard analysis. The 2015 edition now requires an arc flash risk assessment to determine if...

The Proper Pump, Maintenance, and Air Line Accessories Mitigate Problems Caused...

Pump operators should use filters and regulators when needed to condition the air supply. This encourages more reliable pump performance and reduces equipment wear...

When and How to Upgrade Your Vertical Pumps

By Heinz P. Bloch High asset reliability should be our priority, because the illusory “savings” derived from forever repairing cheap equipment have vanished with the...

Improving Cooling Tower Filtration: Part 1 of 2

Keeping an open recirculation cooling water system clean accomplished three crucial operational goals and a fourth overriding goal for sustainability: Assists in maintaining heat transfer...

I/O for the IIOT: Part 1 of 2

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22 In an era of increasing connectivity and technical capabilities, it seems like simple ideas should be, well, simple to achieve....

Explaining Unexplained Failures: Breaking the Cycle of Pump Repairs Part 4

Lubricant contamination originates from a number of possible sources and can also be a factor in so-called unexplained repeat failures. As if it requires...

Acorns, User Experience, and Optimization

Along the Tampa Riverwalk, while attending the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) convention, I saw the following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The creation...

Performance Evaluation for Rotary Vacuum Filters

Tristar, Ltd. is a manufacturer of fabricated components and equipment, including remanufactured filtration systems. The Encoded Digital Guidance (EDG) system is designed to improve...