Online calculator helps plants be sustainable through lubrication
The new online tool can help users manage rising energy prices and carbon dioxide emissions by realizing the significant energy and cost savings available through lubrication best practices.
Improper lubrication creates drag and friction, which damages equipment and creates inefficiencies in plant processes. Correct lubrication strategies improve reliability, can help avoid costly repairs and save energy to reduce harmful CO2 emissions.
To help plant managers and maintenance personnel work towards the latter, Dow Corning on Tuesday launched its interactive Molykote Energy Savings Calculator , an online tool that can help manage rising energy prices and carbon dioxide emissions by realizing the significant energy and cost savings available through lubrication best practices.
“Optimized lubrication is more important than ever to increase reliability, lower emissions and reduce plant operation costs,” said Phil Grellier, Dow Corning global solutions development manager. “The Molykote Energy Savings Calculator can help manufacturers meet sustainability goals and fulfill their commitment to innovative, energy-efficient solutions by understanding where they may be wasting energy.”
Users of the new online tool enter the number of motors, gearboxes, pumps, compressors and fans, the kilowatts needed to run them, their efficiency, the hours per day and days per year into the calculator. The calculator then provides potential reductions in kilowatt hours and CO2 emissions, and the associated cost savings.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.