Case Studies

Case Studies December 14, 2011

Motor circuit analysis

During routine operation of a coal-fired steam plant within a corn milling facility, a 100-hp motor that drives one of the two coal pulverizers was tripping offline shortly after start-up.

By Tim Griesmer, Allied Reliability
Case Studies December 10, 2010

2010 TOP PLANT WINNER: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

What TIEM did to find its way through the recession and the challenges in manufacturing was not to wait for the recession to end. The operations staff and employees at TIEM met the recession head on.

By Bob Vavra, Plant Engineering
Case Studies October 26, 2010

Getting down with heat

Air destratification can reduce heating costs in winter

By Nina Wolgelenter, Big Ass Fans
Case Studies April 8, 2010

Special Report: Signal conditioners ensure signal integrity

Employed wherever temperature, pressure, flow, speed or other process values are measured and controlled, signal conditioners help protect these measurements from being corrupted as they transmit the measurement data from the field where the sensors collect data to the plant control room.

By Jeffrey Kilburn, Rockwell Automation
Case Studies April 1, 2010

Signal conditioners ensure signal integrity

Like a fuel injector in a high-performance engine, signal conditioners perform a critical, yet often under-recognized function. Signal conditioners isolate, transmit and convert a wide range of process signals into a format that is compatible with the receiving device such as a programmable logic controller.

By Jeffrey Kilburn, Rockwell Automation
Case Studies April 1, 2010

Exploding the misconceptions and myths about arc flash issues

As a member of the NFPA 70E Committee and an instructor, I hear it all. There seems to be some common misconceptions among people that are like urban legends; they just don’t go away. One of my favorites is that “You don’t have to worry about arc flash below 240 volts.” While it may be true that an arc is more difficult to sustain at lower voltages, there have been some ...

By Jim White, Shermco Industries Inc.
Case Studies April 1, 2010

In the Navy, metering an important issue

Siemens Industry Inc. will provide power metering equipment and services for the U.S. Navy’s Southwest Advanced Metering Infrastructure project by teaming with American Systems. The contract to furnish and install advanced electrical metering infrastructure at various locations throughout the Navy’s Southwest Region is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (AR...

Case Studies April 1, 2010

Is Your Boiler the Best It Can Be?

Few energy devices are as universally used in industrial plants as are boilers. Because they are seen as a mature technology, boilers often don’t receive the regular attention given other industrial equipment. Yet because it is the largest single energy consuming device in the plant, the industrial boiler should be at the center of interest in most energy efficiency improvement plans.

Case Studies March 1, 2010

Predict to prevent

We all know the negative effects of economic downturns, but one healthy outcome is a renewed effort to test conventional wisdom and assess value. We see a new normal, which is that leaner companies are forced to make better use of limited resources. Our customers across all industries, at varying levels within supply chains, are seeking significant cost savings from maintenance activities.

By Jonathan Davis, The ITR Company
Case Studies February 18, 2010

Stronger project management can help drive manufacturing performance

As manufacturing organizations switch their focus from surviving to demonstrating business value, project governance and metrics will play an increasingly important role in keeping management informed about project performance and its impact on the bottom line and customer service.

By Joseph R. Czarnecki, PMP, Senior Advisor, ESI International