Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 19-25
Articles about improving your proactive maintenance plan, reducing HVAC energy consumption, correcting induction motor power, the EPA’s clean water regulations, and achieving energy efficiency were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
1. Three ways to improve your proactive maintenance plan
Plant managers should challenge old beliefs about maintenance and adopt new ones and should believe that with careful study and continual refinement, each and every failure can be addressed either through redesign or careful application of a proactive maintenance task.
2. Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations
Air-cooled chillers can take up a lot of room while expending massive amounts of energy. Integrating FHP and VFD operations is one way to cap energy consumption.
3. Correcting induction motor power factor
Low power factor can drain generation capacity, waste energy, and increase maintenance costs with excessive heating of equipment.
4. How the EPA's clean water regulations will impact manufacturers
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to update the regulations for water intake at industrial and power facilities, including manufacturing plants, as part of the Clean Water Act. Manufacturers are now gearing up to comply with the new terms.
5. Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers
During Plant Engineering's May 15 webcast, Ethan Rogers, a senior program manager for industry at ACEEE, discussed practical ways small and mid-sized manufacturers can implement energy efficiency programs.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, May 19-25, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, email@example.com.
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