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Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers
Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers

Small and medium-size manufacturers compose about 90% of manufacturing establishments and use only 50% of the energy consumed by industry. But these facilities also pay higher energy prices, so savings add up to a larger percentage of facility costs. As a result, several efficiency programs now offer a suite of... Read More

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Six steps to energy efficiency in pneumatic systems
Six steps to energy efficiency in pneumatic systems

Pneumatic systems are considered to be inherently inefficient, so little is done to improve them. However, this article will show how these systems can be optimized to not only improve energy... Read More

Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations
Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations

I’m going to make a bold statement right up front by saying: All air-cooled chillers are over-sized. Now let me explain why I take this position. Among other considerations, Air –cooled chillers are... Read More

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Debunking the myths around bearings
Debunking the myths around bearings

The wheels of industry turn on bearings, so why do the wheels often vibrate, clatter, squeak, drag, and overheat? Bearings can fail for lots of reasons. Most failures (as shown in Figure 1) are... Read More

Correcting induction motor power factor
Correcting induction motor power factor

Most plant managers and maintenance personnel know that induction motors can cause low power factor (PF) and trigger expensive surcharges on electric bills, even if they aren’t sure why. A simple... Read More

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Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit
The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, presented by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, in partnership with Hannover Fairs USA, will deliver a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants.

This peer-to-peer looking at modern manufacturing will discuss trends in productivity, maintenance, automation, mobility, and information management while offering attendees insights on how they can affect change in their operation to keep pace with the accelerating changes in manufacturing worldwide.
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Compact extruded body cylinders
Compact extruded body cylinders

The NITRA Pneumatics H-Series compact extruded body cylinders are in bore sizes from 12 mm to 100... Read More

Multi-sense humidity probe
Multi-sense humidity probe

The HP125 Multi-Sense Humidity Probe measures relative humidity, dew point, temperature, and... Read More

Inductive proximity sensors
Inductive proximity sensors

AutomationDirect's miniature inductive proximity sensors are available in sizes ranging from 4 mm... Read More

Mini power distribution series connectors
Mini power distribution series connectors

The MINI power distribution series is available in 3 pole, 4 pole and 7 pole configurations, with a... Read More

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