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Six ways to make pumps more energy efficient
Around 16% of a typical industrial facility’s electricity costs are generated by its pumping systems. Six tips on reducing pumping system costs are highlighted.
Vertical turbine pump tips and tricks
Vertical turbine pumps (VTPs) are ubiquitous and used in many different applications constantly, which makes them more vulnerable to damage because of constant wear.
Pneumatic line abrasion resisted with deflection elbows
Waupaca Foundry deployed deflection elbows to reduce pneumatic line abrasion at two of their facilities.
The importance of fluid handling characteristics in piping material selection
Why CPVC fluid handling characteristics provide increased efficiency, less maintenance and overall piping system reliability versus metal
Seven must-know pieces of information about transferring harsh chemicals
Select the right centrifugal pump for fluid transfer applications.
Using fire pump speed as a design consideration
Pump speed has always been a critical factor in assessing fire protection system performance and can now be used as much more of a design consideration
Matching feed water pump designs with gas fired power plants advances
Gas turbine manufacturers have developed larger and more efficient units, which need to be supported by advanced feed water pumps (FWP) to ensure long-term reliability as well as cost-effectiveness.
Technology for legacy pumps developed
Every industrial process delivers benefits for people around the world and nearly all of them involve a pumping operation at some point and keeping these essential assets operational is an important task.
Process sensors, wireless transmitters, help pump diagnostics
Applying vibration and temperature sensors with wireless transmitters, paired to local or cloud diagnostics, can help keep pumps running safely and reliably.
Optimization of a plant cooling system design
Size a feed water pump; consider heat-exchanger options; determine cooling system power and energy use
BFP-3510D Big Shot by Goodway Technologies
The unit comes fully equipped with a 10 HP (7.5 kW) or 15HP (Diesel) motor, a triplex plunger two-gun, alternate shot pump.
Association names international officers for 2019-2020
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) named Brian Larry as chairman of the board for the 2019-2020 administrative year.
Design envelope pump by Armstrong Fluid Technology
The Design Envelope pump ranges from 1 hp to 250hp.
KPP05 Piston Pump by Kinitics Automation
The KPP05 Piston Pump is a shape memory alloy-based, positive displacement pump
Ductless Minisplit Heat Pump System by Bosch
The Ductless Minisplit System has separate indoor and outdoor units and only requires a 3-inch diameter opening through a wall to run the drain pipe.
220TV rotary piston pump by Tri-Rotor
The 220TV Rotary Piston Pump immediately responds to changes in the discharge line.
Model 7950 valve by AGF Manufacturing
The Model 7950 Automatic In-Line Air Vent (ILV) features a separation chamber engineered to remove air
Sample pro portable pump by QED Environmental
The Sample Pro Portable Pump is free of groundwater contaminants
ICSH Dual Position Solenoid Valve by Danfoss
The ICSH Dual Position Solenoid Valve provides a gradual, time-controlled opening for a smoother pressure buildup in an evaporator.
Windfalls for pallets and bearings
Two industries in our factory operating materials and supplies report are enjoying A+ margin grades. This means the combination of rising product prices and falling manufacturing costs has created an inflation windfall for producers of wooden pallets (SIC 2448), as well as ball and roller bearings (SIC 3562).
Oil absorbing pads
Oil Eater absorbent pads are designed to provide a safer and cleaner workplace. The family of products includes oil only pads and rolls, universal pads and rolls, industrial rugs, absorbent socks and drum top pads. All are available in a variety of weights and finishes. Universal Pads and Rolls are specially treated MBPP making them ideal for general workplace use.
Offshore pumps provide a lesson for manufacturers
Manufacturing faces a series of maintenance challenges on dry land. When you move the manufacturing process to an offshore oil rig, those challenges become magnified. It's vital to maintain operational efficiency in all areas, and pumps are clearly one of the highest-stressed areas on a rig.
Steamtip of the month: Steam-powered condensate vs. electric pumps
What are the advantages of steam-powered condensate pumps over the electric pump?
Waterhammer: How much do you know?
As soon as steam leaves the boiler, condensate takes place in the pipe due to heat loss. This situation is even more intense during the initial supply of steam and when the steam is cold.
9 things to know about electric pumps
Select the right pump; assure pumps meet standards, regulations; beware pressure shock.
Integrated pump services market poised to grow
Frost and Sullivan study finds new technology and staff restrictions will expand use of services
Sludge blanket level detector
The Automatic Sludge Blanket Level Detector improves energy efficiency while processing incoming water or treating wastewater
Unthrottle your profits
Tips for boosting pump efficiency and reliability
Modine Manufacturing to expand presence in heat pump market
Racine-based company acquires Geofinity Manufacturing of B.C.
Grundfos “Pumps on Tour” kicks off its 55-city expedition
The fully equipped mobile education vehicle will offer the contractor and engineer practical information and hands-on training in the latest technologies for residential and commercial pumps from Grundfos.
Adjustable speed drive reduces pressure buildup
P9 adjustable speed drive for the pump industry is ARRRA-compliant and is designed to reduce pressure buildup and energy consumption
A new range of dry pumps delivers high vacuum performance and enables full process integration. The compact GXS pump features unique screw technology and enables users to optimize their processes resulting in a low cost of ownership and a reduced footprint. The GXS is robust and reliable. It has a long pump service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance free, even in harsh applications.
Material flow controller
This self-contained controller can operate a variety of material flow aid devices to ensure that materials flow freely through a hopper, bin or silo - even at variable flow rates.
Dirty service control valve brochure
Emerson has published a new brochure that describes Fisher cavitation control for dirty service applications. The brochure introduces four Fisher technologies that can be used in severe liquid flow conditions.
The M-Max series of sensorless vector adjustable frequency drives features a compact design, impressive torque response, and simple handling. Including both single and three-phase devices, the microprocessor-based drives incorporate standard features that can be programmed to tailor the drive’s performance to suit a wide variety of applications, including: conveyor belts, transport drives...
Corrosion-resistant pressure switches
This line of pressure switches has been enhanced to be more corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly, featuring RoHS-compliant Chromate 3 plating, which reduces the potential for corrosion and rust.
The Style 177 QuickVic flexible coupling has no loose parts and requires no disassembly before installation. Using hand tools or an impact wrench, the coupling fits onto the ends of a pipe, fitting or valve. The coupling features EHP gasket material for performance from -30 to 250 F and is designed for applications rated up to 1,000 psi.
The compact, lightweight BVP70/BVP80 series features a stainless steel external trim and FKM O-Rings Standard. It is designed to operate using an air supply of 3.5 to 8.6 bar (50 to 125 psi) and the direct valve stem coupling to actuator shaft minimizes backlash. Electric actuators feature two ½ NPT conduit ports and integral thermal overload protection.
Nine finalists for AHR Innovation award
Nine companies offering a variety of exciting, new and innovative products have been selected as winners of the prestigious AHR Expo Innovation Award. The winners will be honored at a special ceremony during the industry’s leading exposition in Orlando, on Jan. 26. In addition, one of these nine category winners will be selected as the overall winner of the 2010 AHR Expo Product of the Y...
Study: HVAC demand in U.S. to reach $17 billion by 2013
Demand in the US for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment is forecast to increase 4.5% per year to $17 billion in 2013, according to “HVAC Equipment”, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Advances will be driven by a projected recovery in residential construction from a low 2008 base.
Pneumatic, electric ball valves
The pneumatic- and electric-actuated ball valves are compact, lightweight and feature stainless steel external trim and FKM O-rings.
New kind of skilled workers needed to fill manufacturing gap
The dominant mood among those in political power is one of continued crisis. Every day brings a new and greater challenge that only the wise heads of government can hope to solve. The manufacturing sector has not been immune to this approach as every utterance from the Obama White House paints a grim future for manufacturing in the U.S. Comments from the new manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom, are nearly as bleak.
Aging workforce: How will companies, workers cope?
A proactive approach to a skills deficiency is imperative for a company hoping to remain competitive. Let's face it, many industrial companies will be competing for the same group of skilled workers in the future. Here are five steps to help you survive a pending skill shortage in your company.
The IronHorse general purpose ac motor line has been extended to include 3-phase 1,200 RPM six-pole and 3,600 RPM two-pole models. Six new 56C 3,600 RPM rolled steel motors are now available, ranging from 0.33 hp to 2 hp; 13 new T-frame cast iron motors in 3,600 and 1,200 RPM models are available in sizes from 1 hp to 10 hp.
ARC study: AC drives market expected to grow
Emphasis on energy, sustainability will help push recovery in market, study finds
The SC-300 pneumatic directional control valve catalog has recently undergone major revisions to reflect new part numbers and product line changes. The new 92-page catalog is now available and covers many of the most popular directional control valve lines. Operator types include solenoid, air pilot, manual and mechanical.
Be a change agent to win the manufacturing game
These are interesting times we live in. Sometimes you need to be a change agent to survive. With changing times, some of us will be changing jobs. And as a change agent, there are many challenges to overcome whether starting a new position, starting in a new company or starting in a new market. There are some big issues to focus on when you are in that situation.
Motor monitoring relays
Motor monitoring relays now include phase monitoring, which uses microprocessor-based designs to protect against phase loss, reversal, unbalance, undervoltage and overvoltage conditions.
What do you need to know, now?
In our Facebook-obsessed, Twitter-gone-mad world, you can find out anything instantly. It should come as no surprise that most of the stuff you find out is stuff you don't need to know. We now live in a world where professional athletes Twitter from the bench and one major news story – the death of Michael Jackson – can bring an entire system to its knees.
The Q25L sensor is a magnetically actuated linear displacement sensor designed to detect piston position on pneumatic cylinders. Available with measuring ranges of 100, 125, 160 and 200 mm, the Q25L is well-suited for applications that require precise signal transmission over long measuring distances such as pneumatic pumps, slides, blanking or molding systems.
Valve manufacturers seeing positive signs
The Valve Manufacturers Association estimates a 5% decrease in industrial valve shipments for 2009, the first such decrease in a decade. However, 2009 VMA chairman Sam Bennardo remains optimistic.
Plug-and-play automated blowdown system
With an intelligent controller design featuring PID output, the Model 61 boiler blowdown system modulates the blowdown control valve to facilitate the maximum level of dissolved solids regardless of load conditions.
The single air nozzle Super Blast safety air gun delivers 23 pounds of blowing force. Suitable for long distance, wide-area blowoff, drying and cooling applications, the gun incorporates a large Super Air Nozzle that is engineered to maximize entrained airflow and force while reducing compressed air use and noise.
Oil-lubricated screw compressor
Suitable for applications requiring large use of compressed air, the 350 hp S 341 screw compressor is available in standard pressures of 8, 10 and 13 bar. Output capacities range from 1,119 cfm to 1,441 cfm. The unit’s horizontal pre-separation system is designed to ensure low oil carry-over in all operating phases, and the patented GM drive system, along with a multi-function regulation ...
Automated blowdown system
The Model 61 boiler blowdown system modulates the blowdown control valve to facilitate the maximum level of dissolved solids regardless of load conditions. A rack-mount, plug-and-play system, its modular design includes a 316 stainless-steel sediment trap and sample cooler, a temperature gauge, a sample control valve and a safety relief valve.
The Series 3510 two-way, two-position normally open or normally closed solenoid/air pilot valve accommodates a small size per Cv of flow.
Solenoid-driven diaphragm liquid metering pump
Mountable in almost any position, the FMM20 solenoid-driven diaphragm pump for metering liquids comes factory-calibrated to dispense volumes at 20 μl-per-stroke.
Spell it right: It should be ‘By American’
The so-called “Buy American” provision of the new economic stimulus package is like plastic surgery – it may make you feel better about yourself, but it’s simply cosmetic. And there’s always something that can go wrong during the procedure. The stimulus bill was designed to pump up jobs by pumping up badly needed infrastructure projects around the country.
Sanitary bag-dump station
A new sanitary bag-dump station for pneumatic conveying systems collects dust created during manual dumping of bulk materials.
Sump level regulator
The sump level regulator is specifically designed to maintain tank fluid levels.
10 benefits of using adjustable speed drives
Adjustable speed drives can be used in most applications where motors power mechanical equipment. Drives provide precise electrical motor control, enabling motor speeds to be ramped up and down or maintained at a required speed. The obvious benefit is the motor and drive use only the require amount of energy, rather than having a motor run at a fixed speed.
Stackable solenoid valve
The versatile 3900 solenoid valve series can be stacked into a multiple output bank of solenoid valves with a single inlet.
Dynatork air motors have been redesigned to lower air consumption, increase reliability and eliminate the need for lubrication.
Knife gate slurry valve
The Fabri-Valve SV1 push-through slurry valve features a Guillotine Gate design that slices through high-density slurry at an angle and prevents the seat from cutting and tearing.
Market this: Sales configuration, quoting, and proposal solution pumps up e-powered products maker
ePrize, a worldwide leader in interactive promotions, is using the BigMachines data-hosting services platform to simplify quoting processes.
Combustion testing instrument
The SOX2 Combustion Check standalone tool measures flue gas %O2, temperature and calculates %CO2 and % excess air.
Lightweight pressure calibrators
The 719 electric pressure calibrator has a built-in electric pump that makes it possible to quickly calibrate and test pressure devices with one hand, and a cleanout port.
Plastic butterfly valves
BYB series industrial butterfly valves feature a rugged, one-piece plastic body that can stand up to high flow rates and elevated stress conditions.
Energy Efficiency in Pneumatics discusses energy cost savings through intelligent use of pneumatics and provides three main areas of achievable cost savings related to compressed air consumption.
The Saunders Exelon range of diaphragms for industrial diaphragm valves handling chemically aggressive slurries found in mining, titanium dioxide and phosphate processing. The valves are made of a compound based on an ethylene propylene technology. The diaphragm valves provide enhanced flex life, which results in reduced down time, 70% improvement in elastic recovery and maximized rebound resilience.
Ultrasound World hits beach in January
UE Systems presents the latest incarnation of its annual conference. Ultrasound World V will be held Jan. 18-21, 2009, at Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.
The Envision series air handler is available in 2-and 5-ton capacities. Designed for R-410A refrigerant, the air handler is configurable as either a dx or a hydronic coil. The air handler features a variable-speed fan motor, a field-adjustable, four-position design, a factory-installed thermal expansion valve, a 1-inch filter rack and a corrosion proof stainless steel drain pan.
Tire pressure monitor kit
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System kit is designed to help with TPMS sensor maintenance during tire and rim changes.
The CE- and ATEX-compliant MXBOC viscosity sensor measures viscosities from 0.1 to 100,000 CPS, requiring 40-psi dry air and a three-way, 24-Vdc air valve. PLC-compatible, it’s designed for both water and solvent-based applications with tanks between 7 and 26 inches deep.
High-viscosity drum pumps
The FPUD500 series of high-viscosity drum pumps comes with TEFC- or air-driven motors.
Spanning the globe, and finding our common ground
The completion of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad proved once again that the people of the world can come together peacefully in pursuit of a common goal. In the Olympics, it's sport. It's not always perfect, but sport doesn't demand perfection; only the effort toward perfection. In that effort, we find the best of who we are.
An alternative to piston pumps and conveyors for dewatered sludge transfer, the 2000 HS system features the high-efficiency G4 progressing cavity pump with proprietary Ultra-Feed rotor technology. The pump's 45-degree inlet allows the system to lower friction loss and provides gentle product handling.
The Series DPC is designed for use where two pumps are required to alternate to provide equal runtime on each. The 120-Vac-controlled relay alternates each time a control switch opens. Two LED indicators show the load that is energized by an SPDT output relay. Model DPC-ACS provides an automatic alternating sequence, while the DPC-ALS also offers an A-B or B-A sequence lock selectable by a thre...
The LP 750 Series of hermetically sealed linear position sensors serve as replacements for failing potentiometers in industrial position measurement applications such as machine tool positioning, hydraulic cylinder positioning, valve position sensing, and automatic assembly equipment. The AST.
Diff-Tranz heat-transfer compound increases the efficiency of platen heaters by maximizing their contact with the vacuum diffusion pumps on which they are installed. The compound fills gaps between the irregular surface of the pump’s boilerplate and the smooth surface of the heater, ensuring uniform transfer of heat to the boilerplate.
Backflow protection valve
The Waterflex check valve provides low head-loss in high- pressure potable water applications.
Equipment damage during start-up and shutdown of air-operated equipment can be reduced by the Norgren Excelon P72F-2AC-PFA series designed to block inlet air and exhaust downstream air when a pilot signal is removed
Pump reliability starts with a firm – and flat – foundation
The reliability of a centrifugal pump begins when the pump is initially mounted to its baseplate. Baseplate flatness can be a determining factor in ease of installation, alignment and reducing future meantime between failures.
PECC valve to retire
Precision Engine Controls has retired its first-generation VG series gas fuel metering valves.
The WEH 17 series connector provides calibration of control valve actuators during manufacturing or in field applications.
The 5F and 5J DIN solenoid valve connectors feature CSA approval.
Diff-Tranz heat-transfer compound increases the efficiency of platen heaters by maximizing their contact with the vacuum diffusion pumps on which they are installed.
Lever action barrel pump
Model 1340 lever action barrel pump is designed for industrial and other applications.
The iP55-280DS diesel-powered waterjet intensifier pump is suitable for use in remote and mobile locations where electricity is scarce.
The TYPE IVE mechanical isolation valve guards against the passage of hot particles, glowing embers and flames.
Vacuum cups are designed for handling round, oval and other hard-to-grip shapes with either smooth or textured surfaces.
Vacuum inlet trap
The MV Multi-Trap 16-inch vacuum inlet trap features a knock-down stage, two stages of user-selectable filter elements and cooling coils that remove condensable byproducts and corrosives from deposition process lines. Constructed of 304 stainless steel with ISO-160 flanges, the trap protects vacuum pumps used in ALD, HCD, Nitride, TEOS and TiN processes.
The Series DX slurry knife gate valve is designed for heavy slurry applications in the power and mining industries.
The Tube Hopper is a straight-walled vacuum receiver with a full opening discharge valve that prevents material from bridging and rat holing in the hopper. The vacuum receiver facilitates filtration of the system with pleated filter bags. The vacuum conveying system maximizes the air-to-cloth ratio of the system to keep the positive displacement vacuum pump running smoothly.
The Air Mizer product line uses minimal amounts of air pressure to seal shafts where dry particulates, powders and where the handling, processing, packaging and storing of bulk solids occurs. Seals are installable on screw conveyors, mixers, blenders, rotary valves, feeders, gates, clinker grinders and bucket elevators.
Power generation engine
Featuring a modular design and integral construction, the 16-cylinder 16CM43 engine generates up to 14.4 MW of power and is designed for simplified maintenance, high efficiency and low emissions.
Split-system heat pump
The York Affinity YZH series 18 SEER split-system heat pump is designed for simple installation and maintenance. Featuring complete system control, all models are equipped with an exclusive microprocessor that includes a demand defrost control system. This system constantly monitors the entire system; defrosting cycles occur only when necessary.
Remote air-pilot valve
The Series APV-10 is a two-way, two-position, air-piloted valve that can be controlled by either a three-way or four-way solenoid valve or a hand-pilot valve. Its media-separated reciprocating piston operator controls air, fluids, fluid emulsions, water or any other media that is compatible with the valve body materials.
Series FPV plastic flap check valves are suitable for use where backflow could cause damage to pumps, filters or process equipment and operate without requiring adjustments or settings. Line pressure moves the solid plastic flap off the elastomer seat, opening the valve. When inlet flow stops, back pressure moves the flap back onto the seat, stopping flow.
Tee-type pipeline strainer
Fabricated tee-type pipeline strainer protects expensive pipeline system components such as pumps, nozzles and instrumentation by removing unwanted particulate matter from the system flow.
Enclosed drive controller
The S-Flex enclosed drive controller is designed for pump and fan applications. Pre-programmed drive parameters enable simple startups. The drive offers harmonics reduction technology that eliminates the need for line reactors and dc chokes. Windows-based software allows users to adjust parameters; store and transfer drive configuration files; monitor drive performance – including histori...
Pulp paper pump
The 3500XD is a medium-consistency paper pulp pump that features X-Ducer technology and a patented air-separation device that minimizes or eliminates fiber pull through the vacuum system. The X-Ducer agitates paper pulp to assist flow into the pump inlet while separating air from the water and fibers, and it can be retrofitted to existing pumps.
The Articulating Air Mizer-PS is designed to use minimal amounts of air pressure to seal shafts in applications where dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled. The product features a wall of air that functions as a barrier for contamination, and working shaft diameters range from 1/2 to 36 inches.
Waste collection system
Designed to collect materials ranging from oil to coolant to numerous other non-hazardous fluids, the collection center and pump system features a 7-gallon Burpless waste collection center and an evacuation pump kit. The system can be set up for portability or flexibility, and it can be connected to most drums or bulk collection containers with a 2-inch NPT bung opening for direct draining.
The Pro-Flo X Advanced Series model PX1500 is a 3-inch metal pump that comes equipped with the Pro-Flo X air distribution system, which is complemented by a patent-pending Efficiency Management System. An integrated control dial gives users variable control of flow and the ability to determine the efficiency point for the application.
Weak output may presage slower growth
The economy showed signs of downshifting as manufacturing cooled last month and consumer spending slowed in September, bolstering expectations of weak growth into early next year.
Particulate sensors are suitable for protecting blowers, turbines and vacuum pumps in power conveying, gas processing and heat recovery applications. They’re designed to be virtually maintenance-free and include 4-20 mA, Modbus and Ethernet communication capabilities. Display and alarm functions are also included.
The Series 3505 solenoid valves for air, water, emulsion and inert gas control are two-way, two-position, closed or open valves that feature a forged brass body and an encapsulated coil construction. The valves have a zero minimum pressure differential, a full-flow 1/2-inch orifice and are available in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2-inch NPT.
The STVM-iLoc line of steam/water hosedown stations provides hot water for washdown by blending steam and cold water to the required temperature. The ball-valve interlocking system eliminates the need to re-adjust the desired temperature settings each time the unit is used. The washdown station features an automatic shutdown, which turns the system off when the temperature raises 15 F above the...
Bin-weigh batching system
The system features a high-velocity vacuum fan that draws airborne dust from the operator’s atmosphere onto two cartridge filters.
Metering pumps brochure
A ten-page brochure details the Tacmina PZ Series of electronic metering pumps. The patented pumps are available in manual control, external input and programmable models. Models PZD-32/52 and all PZiG models have built-in calibration and allow direct entry of feed rate in ml/min. A flow-checker is available to measure flow on smaller models.
Cylinder and pin clamp
The redesigned Power Lock cylinder provides more power and greater holding force, and the enhanced standard pin clamp adds vanadium carbide coating, providing extra hardness and resistance to wear. The pin clamp can be designed for a range of applications, with sizes and pin designs to meet virtually any requirements.
Analysis indicates accuracy driving demand for metering pumps
Analysis indicates accuracy driving demand for metering pumps In response to demand for precise equipment, metering pumps market participants have augmented their R&D efforts to manufacture pumps with greater accuracy, repeatability and reliability.
Heavy-duty pumice lotion, orange pumice lotion and smooth orange lotion hand cleaners are available in 15-ounce bottles.
AC drive family
The Altivar line of variable frequency ac drives is designed for HVAC pump and fan applications. The line features a local/remote button so users can take control of it for testing and troubleshooting, and has a compact footprint, allowing side-by-side mounting to save panel space. The drives offer up to 40 hp at 240 V and up to 100 hp at 480 V.
Flanged ball valve
The 4000 Series (150 or 300 ANSI) flanged ball valve comes in either full or standard port designs. The body is available in carbon or stainless-steel; trim (ball and stem) is 316 stainless. The valves are fire-tested to API607 Fourth Edition and ISO 10497, with TFM seats providing high-temperature performance and chemical resistance.
AZEVAP evaporative coolers do not have pumps, floats, belts or sumps. The technology monitors incoming dry-bulb and wet-bulb conditions and delivers the exact amount of water to meet heat transfer requirements. Technology and design are also available for two-stage, indirect, make-up air and gas turbine inlet cooling.
The RTP20 1.0 liter/rev pump is based on the RTP30 platform and offers configuration flexibility and ease of maintenance. The series' tri-lobe design, customizable per customer specifications, is compact, light-weight and features removable feet. Multiple mounting configurations facilitate vertical or horizontal adaptation.
Lighting control transformers
Now available in RoHS-compliant designs, lighting control transformers automatically reset after experiencing an overload situation. The environmentally safe transformers are suitable for lighting control panels or wherever Class 2 protection is required to actuate banks of relays, contactors, solenoid valves, pilot lamps or similar loads.
Designed for testing hoses from 4,500 to 60,000 PSI, the hose hydrostatic test system is equipped with two Maximator air-driven liquid pumps.ced lifting door for easy access to the test chamber. Safety devices are included to prevent operation in unsafe conditions, and the door has a Lexan window for viewing hose tests. Maxpro Technologies www.maxprotech.com.
KNIPEX tools include water pump pliers, lineman’s pliers, long-nose pliers, diagonal cutters, cable cutters, wire rope cutters and bolt cutters. These pliers are part of the more than 3,600 tools available for the industrial, contractor and MRO markets. All Wright-manufactured products are U.S.
Parker Hannifin drives 2-D, 3-D CAD online
Motion and control system manufacturer Parker Hannifin is providing online access to an expanded library of 2-D and 3-D CAD drawings of its products through an extension of its partnership with ThomasNet.com. The company’s newest online offerings include millions of new CAD models from its Veriflo Division, which manufactures precision valves, regulators and surface mount components for t...
Houstex 2007 joins International Pump Users Symposium March 6-8
The HOUSTEX 2007 Exposition and Conference will be colocated with the International Pump Users Symposium presented by the Texas A & M University Turbomachinery Laboratory. The event, being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, March 6 to 8, 2007, will include a range of conference and discussion sessions and a tradeshow emphasizing the technology that pumping equipment users need.
ESR Technology’s Pump Centre sees membership grow to record numbers
ESR Technology recently announced that its Pump Centre has seen its membership numbers reach record levels this year. The Pump Centre is the largest membership organization for pump users, manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, the company said. It provides a range of services to its members, including fast access to problem solving expertise, free and discounted engineering training courses, participation in development projects, access to technical information, and it provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and numerous marketing and networking opportunities. The Pump Centre ’s membership has increased to sixty-five organizations this year. “This has been a very encouraging year for the Pump Centre ,” said John Howarth, Pump Centre manager.
GE Healthcare to add automated protein separation media production
GE Healthcare's Life Science division in Uppsala, Sweden has placed an order for automation systems to be used in the production of protein separation media. The automation systems are part of the development of a new production plant to meet the increasing demand for separation media based on agarose and dextran. Worth approximately $4 million, the automation is based on ABB's 800xA Extended Automation system, which provides control and monitoring of tanks and reactors, batch control plus control functions for automatic valves, stirrers and analog measurement signals for the process. The systems also include functions for the assembling and handling process, operational data management with functions for reporting and archiving. This project will also take advantage of the ABB PCEquipment Library, a generic, reusable software suite for batch applications that distributes the control intelligence throughout the control hierarchy, thus enabling truly generic, pre-tested and re-usable library objects to be provided for units, equipment modules and phases.
ASHRAE winter meeting centers on energy efficiency
ASHRAE will be showing off its technical expertise during the 2007 AHR Expo at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Jan. 29-31. For the first time, 16 technical sessions will be held during the ASHRAE winter meeting. Designed to share ASHRAE’s technical guidance with expo attendees, the sessions include topics such as vibration control, energy-efficient ventilation systems, using ground-source heat pumps in schools and new BACnet capabilities. "Offering attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in technology via the technical program complements the Expo, which features those advancements being incorporated into products and equipment," said Ginger Scoggins, chair of the program committee. In addition, ASHRAE will present a comprehensive technical program at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, Jan.
Multipump dispensing system
The GT multipump dispensing system allows multiple-liquid transfer stations to operate simultaneously from a single compressor running at 2 psi. The system features a regulator with a low-volume air pressure gauge, automatic external pressure relief and automatic shutoff, quick-connect air fittings on the manifold and each pump.
The Multi-Flow Series float system is a single-point watering system for flooded, lead acid batteries. It comprises a group of patent-pending valves connected by plastic tubing, replacing battery vent caps. To operate, a water-supply is attached to a quick-connect fitting on one end of the tubing. Water subsequently flows through the tubing to each battery cell, and as the cells reach the desig...
Filter & transfer cart
Featuring an ergonomic design with a low center of gravity, the Model 634 filter and transfer cart has an industrial-grade internal gearpump that's designed for quiet operation. It handles many kinds of fluid, including high-viscosity oils, and offers multiple filter elements. Quick-disconnect fittings on the return hose facilitate conversion to transfer-only mode, and a three-way valve is incl...
Pressure-powered condensate pump
The Pivotrol PTF4 high-capacity pressure-powered condensate pump is capable of pumping up to 40,000 pounds per hour in rapid-cycling process environments and under elevated pressure and temperature conditions. A patented, pressure-balancing body ensures the unit's dual pumping mechanisms share the pumping load equally.
Multi-pump dispensing system
The GT multipump dispensing system allows simultaneous multiple liquid transfer stations to operate from a single compressor line with only 2 psi. The pumping system is designed to expand capability and streamline operations where multiple process chemicals are dispensed. The system features a regulator with a low-volume air pressure gauge, automatic external pressure relief at 6 psi, and autom...
Offering trouble-free tool operation, the PAT750XT-18V incorporates the latest engineering technology with a patented high-speed hydraulic pump, transmission and piston design. The battery-actuated hydraulic tool provides a consistent, reliable connection on up to 750 kcmil copper and aluminum terminals and splices.
Labor Day report provides snapshot of U.S. economy
While the National Association of Manufacturers’ annual Labor Day Report is good news for manufacturers, soaring energy costs are hurting manufacturing workers at the pump and in their paychecks. “The report provides a snapshot of the U.S. economic performance over the past year,” said John Engler, president and CEO of NAM. Manufacturing production increased at its fastest pace in six years and jobs on the factory floor have posted their strongest gains since 1998. “But while workers’ total compensation has continued to outpace inflation, wages have not,” Huether said. “Surging energy prices have propelled inflation at a faster pace than workers’ take-home pay and have resulted in declines in real wages for working Americans.” “Over the past year energy prices have risen 23% due to increased global demand, limited domestic supplies, natural disasters and global instability,” Engler said.
Battery-actuated crimping tool
The PAT750XT-18V incorporates the latest engineering technology with a patented, high-speed hydraulic pump, transmission and piston design. The battery-actuated, hydraulic crimping tool provides a consistent connection on up to 750 kcmil copper and aluminum terminals and splices. Its 2.6-AH, high-capacity, 18V Ni-MH battery eliminates voltage depression, maximizing the number of crimps per charge, the company reports.
Adjustable drain valve
The EDV-2006 terminator solenoid drain valve removes condensate from air systems. It drains compressed air equipment, including filters, dryers, drop legs, receiver tanks, separators and after coolers. The valve has adjustable open times and cycle times, an integrated “Y” strainer and a test function, which enhances the EDV-2006’s performance, the company said.
Bulk bag unloader
An FIBC can be placed in the bulk bag unloader by forklift, hoist or crane from floor level. As an option, a hoist on a monorail can be furnished, if desired. A bag frame holds the suspension loops of the bulk bag and can be raised. When lowered, the bottom of the bag rests on a sealing ring while the tension on the bag loops keeps the bag upright.
A modular, high-capacity vacuum pump inlet trap for new or retrofit installation with 300-mm wafer fabricators and processes such as nitride, TEOS, TiN, AlO3, and BPSG. The MV multi-trap, 16-inch vacuum inlet trap features a first stage knock-down baffle, multiple stages of user-selectable filtration, and can be equipped with a cooling option for condensables.
The KidBilly adapters allow GoatThroat to be used with the Rieke Flexspout, eliminating chemical spills and back injuries. Featuring a custom design, the adapter turns the Rieke Flexspout into a rigid receptacle for GoatThroats and other pumps. During the transfer of fluids, the adapter creates a safe, clean and productive work environment by keeping the containers in an upright-fixed position.
A new line of manual pumps are simple to install and are designed to transfer a wide variety of fluids quickly and safely. Since the pumps don't require any air or electricity to operate, they can be used virtually anywhere and are very cost-effective. The three main types of pumps in the new line are red, blue and green.
Rotary control drive
The Group 11E rotary control drive is certified for applications in Class 1 Division 1 locations which present an ignition or explosion risk. Beck Group 11 drives are used for automatic modulation of dampers, quarter-turn valves and other final control elements which require fine, responsive control.
Four features used to define RCM
We could say the overriding preventative maintenance motivation can currently be simply characterized as "preserve equipment." Almost without fail, our current maintenance planning process starts directly with the equipment, and its sole purpose is to specify actions required to "keep it running." But recognize from the outset that Reliability-Centered Maintenance is not just another cleverly ...
The SN7000, SN14000 and SN30000 are the largest mechanical boosters in the BOC Edwards industrial vacuum range. The SN Series provides pumping speeds of 7,000 to 30,000 m3/h (4,125 - 17,700 cfm) making them ideal for large industrial and chemical applications including, steel degassing, metallurgy, coating, electron beam welding and the process engineering industries.
The Bradstone Classic Washfountain can withstand heavy-duty use. Designed for high-traffic areas, the washfountain features nine-inch deep bowls for fast hand and arm washing. Bradstone is a light-weight plastic material made of reinforced polyester resins, inorganic fillers and fade-resistant pigments.
DaimlerChrysler: The road to excellence
While there's a lot to be said for continuous improvement, every once in a while it's nice to stop, look around and survey what has been achieved. At manufacturing facilities such as Chrysler's Belvidere, IL assembly plant, such a survey resulted in its selection as PLANT ENGINEERING's Top Plant for 2005.
Coupling guard for ANSI/ISO pumps
Type PCG pump coupling guards are made specifically for ANSI and ISO pump connections. The guard has trim & fit convenience, low initial cost, safety compliance, simplified installation and reduced maintenance. The guard is simply trimmed to length and attached to the foundation with four fasteners.
Centrifrugal pump withstands high pressure
Ultra V is a solids handling, self-priming centrifugal pump that offers performance levels never before achieved by pumps of this type. It withstands higher pressures, provides higher flows greater efficiency and time saving maintenance features. The pump line handles up to 60% higher pressure and up to 40% increased flow compared to other pumps of its size.
Condensate pump designed for long life cycles
Pivotrol pressure powered condensate pump is engineered for dependable steam system condensate recovery in rapid-cycling process environments and under all pressure and temperature conditions. The pump mechanism replaces pins and linkages with pivots, which reduce friction and wear, lengthening service life.
Cartridge-type mechanical pump seal
Seal Plus is a versatile single and double cartridge mechanical seal for pumps. Features include: economy, self-setting cartridge design that eliminates measuring, fully balanced design for higher pressures and optimum fluid film, Aflas O-ring pusher design for reliability, tapped connections and standard premium elastomers and seal face materials.
Easy-to-use control handles
Soft Touch Pneumatic Control Handles can be used with any air actuated end effector. These handles are a direct replacement for any standard pneumatic handles. They are engineered for easy use, reducing the potential for fatigue and repetitive stress injuries and require less than 1.5 pounds of depression force.
Self-adjusting speed control
Top Flo was developed as a self-adjusting speed control system that will allow the load to be tilted at the same speed regardless of the size of the load, resulting in a safe and controlled tilt. The speed control has a metering valve and flow control assembly to provide the impassive performance. Topper Industrial: www.
Spot cooler for small spaces
Office Pro 36 delivers 36,000 Btu/hr of cooling for up to 2,400 square feet Features include low temperature operation, which provides a cool environment for heat-sensitive equipment; an AFCI plug, a safety feature that protects against electrical arcing; and programmable controls for automatic operation.
Invensys announces asset performance management solution
In an effort to build a link between the operations and maintenance side of plant operations, Invensys Process Systems announced Oct. 5 its new asset performance management solution designed to put both sides of the plant productivity equation together with the same information. “I believe this is a pivotal day for Invensys Process Systems,” said president Mike Caliel. “What I think you’ll see from us is a more continuous rhythm as we build this model of asset performance management.” Caliel said the new asset performance solution allows both operations and maintenance to operate off the same platform, and in a cooperative fashion.
Reader Feedback – 2005-07-01
Review tank designs first I read PLANT ENGINEERING every month. There is always good information. However, as I read the May 2005 Solutions tip titled "Changing hoses and fittings" I was alarmed. Though your "Safety First..." disclaimer does generically cover most concerns with this idea, it does not cover the mechanical design of the tank to which someone might apply this tip.
Solutions – 2005-05-01
Applying drill pressure Problem : Drilling holes in awkward positions is difficult because it is hard to apply much force with one hand. Is there an aid available? Solution : Make a manual assist by combining a handle bar, chain, and hooking arrangement. Applying pressure on the drill with the handle bar greatly improves drilling ease. This tip was originally published in September 1997.
Ohio program pushes innovation success for smaller manufacturers
The University of Cincinnati and TechSolve, the Ohio Edison Technology Center, have been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Development to improve product development for Ohio's small and mid-sized manufacturers. The $1.88 million grant will incorporate Lean Manufacturing methods and tools to create new products and innovative ideas in less time, and with greater chance for success in...
Enhancing pressure decay leak testing with hydrogen trace gas
Pressure decay has been the most widely used method of leak testing in manufacturing production lines for decades. However, the pressure decay method has significant shortcomings, such as limited sensitivity and the inability to determine the location of leaks. A relatively new technology, hydrogen leak testing, addresses these shortcomings.
Fluid Handling – 2004-11-10
Pump systems The Hydraulic Institute has approved a National Pump Systems Educational Initiative called "Pump Systems Matter." The program will place a primary focus on pump systems education and outreach, addressing energy savings and total cost of pump ownership. To learn more about the program call Robert Asdal at 973-267-9700 x13. Hydraulic Institute pumplearning.org Write 301 on PE card Hose assembly safety Hose Assembly Safety Program is a free service to industry. Since hose assemblies in plants can be a source of equipment malfunction, dangerous spills, and personal injury, this program was developed to help manufacturers identify conditions that pose a risk to plant production and safety.
HVAC retrofit project requires high-level innovation
Back in the late 1950s, air-conditioning had not yet become a routine part of building construction. So it wasn't a consideration when the L-shaped Building 101 on Boeing's St. Louis campus was first constructed in 1958, nor when a second phase was added in 1962. In 2001, however, Boeing began taking a fresh look at Building 101.
Solutions – 2004-05-10
Sandy fingers PROBLEM : Copper pipe and fittings have to be prepped for joining by sanding them clean. This is a tedious and messy job. Is there a way of doing this that is fast and easy? SOLUTION : Get some adhesive-backed sand paper that is used on sanders.
Fluid Handling – 2004-04-08
A seal deal Integrated Cartridge Program was developed to improve sealing methods for ANSI, process, and general-service pumps by offering users a cohesive line of high-quality, interchangeable, cartridge seals. The program allows users to: purchase cartridge seals at lower cost, minimize inventory needs, boost overall reliability, extend sealing efficiencies, and obtain quick delivery. Flex-A-Seal flexaseal.com Write 304 on PE card Stop pump spills Spill-STOP is designed to prevent spills caused by diaphragm failure in air-operated diaphragm pumps. It features a patented design that captures leaked product caused by a ruptured diaphragm and pneumatically shuts off the pump automatically.
Human Side – 2003-12-10 – 2003-12-10
Workers protest Incentive plan deemed unfair To say that the workforce objected to the company's recently announced incentive plan would be the understatement of the year. The union kept haranguing management with worker protests of unfairness. Since the plan was part and parcel of the collective bargaining agreement, Union Delegate Frank Delgrasso demanded detailed information related to the time-study analysis on which it was presumably based. Although annoyed by what he regarded as harassment, Plant Manager Al Levinson complied. His compliance didn't satisfy Delgrasso. He persisted in claiming that there were too many loopholes and too much confusion. As patiently as possible, Levinson tried to explain every item presented to the union delegate's satisfaction. Delgrasso kept shaking his head.
Human Side – 2003-11-01 – 2003-11-01
Regular out sick Can management pick sub? Was it a virus, or what? Maintenance Supervisor Oscar Coleman had no idea. But whatever the problem, what he did know was that Group Leader Ernie Stollen's absence was causing him problems. Coleman called Ernie at home and spoke with his wife. "What's the story, Edna?" She sighed.
Fluid Handling – 2003-10-10
Measure flow A web site, fluidcomponents.com , is a comprehensive resource that offers extensive applications, product data, and guides to selection information about measuring fluid and gas mass flow and level. The site includes an online Application Evaluation Program, Applications Library, and FAQ Library. Troubleshooting is available via e-mail through E-Flow Tech Support. Fluid Components Intl.
Warren Leopold interview with Mark Baker
Advances in VOC/HAP control technology
Since the Clean Air Act (CAA) was enacted in 1970, and amended in 1977, and again in 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued to tighten the limits on emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Fortunately, the development of new air pollution control technologies has kept pace with changing EPA regulations.
Solutions – 2003-04-28 – 2003-04-28
Pulling wire over ceiling tile • Problem : When installing a sound system in an existing room with a dropped ceiling, wires must be pulled from one side of the room to the other. Is there an easy way to do this without disturbing the tiles? • Solution : Most rooms don't have a diagonal measurement greater than 30 ft. Remove the ceiling tiles from both ends of the wire path.
Fluid Handling – 2003-04-28
Tag pipes and valves A professional pipe marker and valve tag take-off service is an easy method for plant managers to determine their plants' requirements. Merely provide an up-to-date set of drawings. The service will develop a list of systems to be identified, quantity of markers needed, and total material cost.
Fluid Handling – 2003-03-15
Hybrid reel ReelTek is a hybrid reel design that includes a base and arm made from steel, a spool constructed of lightweight, engineered composite components, and an industrial-grade swivel. The spool contains a drive spring that protects it from the environment. The latch mechanism is mounted on the arm, making quick-change adjustments easy and ensuring the hose will always retract.
Ultrasound simplifies steam trap inspection
The cost of leaking steam traps can be huge. If steam, for example, costs $5/1000 lb, a leaking trap with a 1/8 in. orifice in a 50-psi system would waste 29.8 lb/hr, or 260,333 lb/yr. The energy waste from this trap would be $1302 annually. In a system with 100 traps and an estimated failure rate of 25%, the annual cost would be $32,541.
Solutions – 2003-02-15 – 2003-02-15
Making round holes • Problem: When drilling through thin sheet metal, often the hole ends up out-of-round and a bolt will not pass. How can the hole be made round enough to pass a bolt? • Solution: To make the hole round, run the drill bit through the hole until the shank of the drill bit is in the sheet metal. This rounds out the hole to let a bolt pass through. Contributor: Wayne E.
Higher costs already showing impact
Factory managers who need to tighten their budgets for operating supplies will find the going gets tougher in 2003. That's because the margin cushion that suppliers built this past year has been rapidly disappearing. Increases in the costs of raw materials, specifically steel and petroleum-related products, are squeezing producers.
Don’t slip on lubricating oils
Plant engineers who buy operating materials and supplies need to watch two products carefully. Three months ago, the lubricating oils and greases (SIC 2992) industry and the wood pallets and skids (SIC 2448) industry were registering declines - and in the case of oils, rapid declines in their average production costs.
Some prices finally fall
Regular readers of this column may notice that the demand data in the Plant Engineering operating materials and supplies table have been revised downward. In some cases, the revisions are significant. For example, in the 12 months ending July 2001, end-market demand for lubricating oils was revised from 7.
Literature Offers – 2001-12-01
Pallet racks Advantages of Steel King's SK3000 structural bolted pallet rack are explored in a 12-p brochure. The cost-effective and safe storage rack system is made of hot rolled structural channel steel frame columns, structural angle frame braces, and high strength dual-bolt beam connections. Steel King Industries, Inc. steelking.com Write 316 on PE card Waterproofing systems Traffic-bearing waterproofing systems designed to restore and protect concrete parking garages and decks are the main topic of Neogard's Auto-Gard brochure.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-11-01
Save a buck on pumping systems Life Cycle Cost is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to analyzing pumping systems. It logically and clearly presents engineering, design, specification, and analytical methodologies for optimizing pump system designs and maximizing pumping system lifetime cost savings. The guide contains formulas and a step-by-step calculation chart, system designs for maximum ROI and minimum cost, and an extensive bibliography supplemented by case histories. Hydraulic Institute pumps.org Write 251 on PE card Collect dust and oil mist Free CD-ROM contains new product information, product drawings, and details of over 25 different products for dust and oil mist collection.
The attention lauded on the New York police, firefighters, and other rescue workers -- both living and dead -- in the wake of the World Trade Center disaster has been tremendous. And rightly so. They are bona fide heroes.But there is another group of people who have remained relatively invisible -- the facilities professionals who worked there in near obscurity.
Piping refers to the overall network of pipes, fittings, flanges, valves, and other components that comprise a conduit system to convey liquids. Whether a piping system is used to convey fluids from one point to another or to process and condition the fluid, piping connections serve an important role in the operation of the system.
Abatement system cost-effectively controls NOx and VOCs
A Selective Catalytic Reduction system from Durr Environmental helped Engelhard, a manufacturer of automotive catalysts, reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen at its plant in Huntsville, Ala.
Payback method —Too simple and too expensive
According to the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), 86% of the manufacturers surveyed do not use a life cycle cost model when designing new capital equipment projects. Indeed, the design and installation philosophy of many companies appears to be one of lowest installed cost and minimum adequate design (MAD).
Fluid calculation software improves with vendors’ partnership
Engineered Software's PIPE-FLO v.7 program will soon link with Molecular Knowledge System's Cranium program for calculating physical properties of pure chemicals and mixtures.
Improving pipe thermal maintenance performance with bolt-on jacketing
Key concepts Jacketing is used to maintain temperature, not reach it. Bolt-on jacketing has lower initial and life-cycle costs. Jacketing should not cross-contaminate the product. Maintaining the proper temperature in process lines remains a vital issue in difficult, hot chemical processes. At stake in the solution is product integrity, throughput, freedom from production interruptions, an...
Limit the chances of a fire sprinkler leak
If a fire sprinkler has discharged water in the absence of a fire, an investigation should be undertaken to determine why the sprinkler operated.
Keeping your skills up-to-date
Finding, training, and keeping skilled workers are serious problems facing every plant engineer. Maintaining an up-to-date skills-base has always been a challenge.
Nine reasons why hydraulic hoses fail
Key concepts Hose life is cut short by factors that can be controlled. Poor routing is a leading cause of hose failure. Don't operate hoses at their pressure and temperature limits.
Understanding boiler bypass lines
Key concepts Boiler bypass lines must be installed with care to prevent serious difficulties from developing in the system.
Watch your e-mail box
No, we're not warning you about another virus. We're alerting you to an upcoming Plant Engineering e-mail survey and asking for your help.
Building job security: Take charge and become a “value-added” manager
What's the toughest part about the facilities business? When everything works, no one notices. Maintenance is ahead of schedule, pumps are pumping, lights are burning, and wheels are turning. From that perspective, everything is great.
Dust explosion strategies
Dust explosions are one of the most challenging, complex, dangerous, least understood hazards facing industry today. On one level it is not hard to understand what a dust explosion is: A loud noise, accompanied by a pressure wave and a lot of heat.
Eliminate pump cavitation
Captive acceleration tube virtually eliminates pump cavitation and its destructive and expensive results. Cavitation is the collapsing of gaseous formations in the pumped fluid that causes erosion and pitting.
Containment pallet hardcover
Two-drum roll-top hardcover has extra width and height, and allows protective containment with pumps or funnels in place. The product is lockable, has a nonslip grate, and handles 4500-lb UDL weight capacity. New Pig Corp. www.newpig.
Self-priming chopper pumps are suited for industrial waste sumps, lift stations, or any retrofits of clogging pumps. The high-efficiency chopper impeller design allows priming up to 25 ft. Vaughan Co., Inc. www.chopperpumps.
NDP-80 air-operated double-diaphragm pump offers transfer rates as high as 214 gpm and can handle solids as large as 13/32 in. The pump is designed for handling acids, caustics, and other corrosive liquids. Yamada America, Inc. www.yamadapump.
An 8-p bulletin describes how a line of backflow preventers delivers high performance and reliability, and eliminates the need for maintenance and repair. Diagrams and text explain how the backflow preventers work. Flomatic Valves www.
Plastic valves resist corrosion
Type 14 diaphragm valves feature all thermoplastic construction for corrosion resistance in aggressive applications. Valves are available in sizes from 1/2-2 in. and in flanged, pneumatically, or electrically actuated, or in True Union design.
Air sampling guide takes a look at a complete product line, including sample pumps, calibrators, collection media, and passive samplers. The catalog also includes NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and ASTM sampling standards in one easy-to-use guide. SKC, Inc.
Magnum 80-hp, heavy-duty submersible pump delivers up to 5010 gpm and can reach up to 375 ft of lift. An air valve allows the pump to run dry without damage to the motor. A sensor detects humidity in the stator to protect it from burning.
Split case pumps
This 6-p brochure explains the features and benefits of the HCS3 line of horizontal split case pumps.
Greasomatic self-contained, single-point automatic lubricator is designed to reduce bearing failures and costly downtime through a continuous, controlled supply of lubricant. A unique release valve warns of blocked bearing and lube lines.
Valve actuators handle most water applications
DuraDrive actuators and linked valve assemblies provide the flexibility to meet most hot and chilled water and steam applications.
Cutting it with knife gate valves
A 6-p brochure describes design features and seating options of knife gate valves used for isolation, on-off, and throttling applications in paper, water, wastewater, chemical, power, and steel industries.
Miniature valves and fittings
Catalog 100 contains technical information on miniature valves, fittings, and quick disconnects. Schematics and technical data are provided for each product. Beswick Engineering Co., Inc. www.beswick.
Rotary screw pumps
A 4-p brochure describes the 3D series rotary, positive displacement three-screw pump line. Performance capabilities, operating limitations, and dimensional data are included in the literature. Imo Pump www.imo-pump.
Automatic water filters handle flow rates of 100-8000 gpm and up. The filters are manufactured to ASME pressure vessel specifications and feature ac or battery-powered controls. Valve & Filter Corp.www.valveandfilter.com
Rings relieve trapped fluids
Drip/flush rings are offered in full-faced or donut style with one or two ports for draining/flushing, and can be furnished with ball valves welded to these ports. The rings are available in a variety of metals and in sizes from 1-3 in.
Valves handle increased wastewater
High capacity, 1000 or 2000 lb/day pacing valves meet the growing demands of ever larger water and wastewater treatment facilities. Model 7006 SmartValve is for flow proportional control, and Model 7007 is for step rate control.
Chamber extends seal life
Vogel IC Series chemical process pumps feature a patented design -- the Cyclone seal chamber -- that extends mechanical seal life.
Smart pump reduces life cycle costs
PumpSmart is an advanced technology pumping system that significantly reduces all major portions of life cycle costs, including initial capital, installation, operating, and maintenance.
Couplings last decades
Metastream M Series couplings offer reliability to pump and general machinery applications. Tests indicate operating life exceeds 30 yr.
Ball valves eliminate flanges
Type 21 ball valves eliminate the need for flanges and permit installation or repair without expanding the pipeline. They are manufactured from PVC, CPVC, PP, and PVDF. Pressure rating is 230 psi for sizes 1/2-3 in., and 150 psi for 4 in. at 70 F.
Cryogenic pump seal has long life and low cost
Type 285 non-contacting bellows seal is for cryogenic pumps in process applications, such as liquid argon, nitrogen, and oxygen.
Air system improves diaphragm pump performance
Wil-Flo air distribution system optimizes air-operated, double-diaphragm pump reliability and performance by eliminating freezing and increasing flow rates.
Submersible pump has built-in protection
Magnum is an 80-hp, heavy duty submersible pump that outperforms larger models. It delivers up to 5010 gpm and reaches up to 375 ft of lift. An air valve allows the pump to run dry without damage to the motor.
Software analyzes complex piping systems
Design Flow Solutions software performs a complete hydraulic analysis of complex piping systems including up to 9000 branches and 1000 tees.
Pump tubing has long life at high pressure
Sta-Pure peristaltic pump tube is made from an expanded PTFE composite with significant performance improvements over silicone rubber and thermoplastic elastomers.
Digital pump monitors output remotely
B/T variable speed, modular, digital pump has a remote controller that accepts all parameters: start/stop/reverse, flow rate, dispensing volume, and motor rpm and displays them with four-digit LED display.
Diaphragm valves offer safety and compact size
+GF+ Diastar pneumatically actuated diaphragm valves feature a spring-loaded design, smaller size, and lighter weight for increased safety and flexibility. The patented, pre-loaded spring sets allow users to safely disassemble the actuator without hazard.
Multi-gas monitor excels in harsh environments
Genesis personal portable multi-gas monitor is protected by the Duraplus internal suspension system to cushion internal components.
Smart electronics control air dryer
Pneudri electronic Smart desiccant dryers operate from a state-of-the-art control timer. The system provides a high flexibility of control to provide LED status indication at all times. There are no mechanical cams or pneumatic logic to fail.
Injection pumps increase reliability and accuracy
Millennium 2000 Series chemical injection pumps are powered by a rolling diaphragm that can use poor quality gas. Stroke and speed flow adjustments allow accurate and large flow turndown ratios.
Cart transports and filters oil
The 2000 drum handling filter cart transports a steel 55-gal. drum and filtration/transfer equipment. Equipment includes a 1-hp motor, 5-gpm pump, and 3-micron absolute filter and water absorbing filter, both with visual indicators.
Battery condition monitor warns of trouble
CellSense-VR monitors 10 parameters to warn of impending trouble in valve-regulated lead-acid storage batteries.
Lined pumps cut costs and lead times
The 3298 Series heavy-duty, magnetically driven, lined ANSI process pumps are available in frame mounted, close-coupled, vertical in-line, and self-priming configurations.
Pressure booster station provides portable pump capacity
Industrial booster station is a complete package of pumps, motors, controls, piping, and valves that can be housed in a corrosion and mildew resistant enclosure for outside applications.
Pick a pump fast
PumpExplorer software program for submersible pumps streamlines the selection process by enabling specifiers and users to easily calculate friction loss in a system.
Plumbing and heating
Catalog offers more than 130 types of plumbing and heating products, including pressure-only relief valves, pipeline accessories, and backflow preventers.
Plunger pump handles harsh liquids
Model 6761 stainless steel plunger pump delivers 70 gpm at 1000 psi, providing added corrosion resistance in harsh liquid applications such as salt water.
Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #1
Trapping Elusive Pressure Problem : During off-hours, a fluid pressure fluctuates (example: fire water line). It’s desired to know the maximum pressure, but there is no chart recorder or other trending device on the line. Solution : Make a simple pressure trapping gauge setup. This arrangement traps the highest pressure applied to it.
Gear pumps accurately meter fluids
C-9000 Series gear-type metering pumps match the flow accuracy of reciprocating pumps, even on low viscosity, corrosive, and low lubricating fluids. Repeatability is six times better than required by API for metering pumps.
How packing affects actuators for sliding stem valves
The task of sizing a spring-and-diaphragm actuator for a control valve often introduces two terms: bench set and stroking range, which typically cause confusion.
Filling empty air tanks
Problem: Is there a quick and easy way to fill a portable air tank? Solution: Turn off the ball valve and attach the empty air tank hose and compressed air line connectors. Turn on the ball valve until the tank is at line pressure.
Working under pressure
The PC700 offers precision pressure calibration in any environment. Test pressure is generated by the integrated hydraulic pump and read on a four-digit LCD display. A special thin film strain gauge transducer has built-in temperature compensation.
Stripe a lot
Scotsman striper uses bulk paint in place of expensive aerosol cans. Features include 4-gal. epoxy-coated tank, easy-to-read pressure gauge, adjustable spray head for 2-6-in.
Kit analyzes and diagnoses machine faults
SonicScan is a multiple application tool that provides accurate detection, analysis, and diagnostics on industrial equipment.
Valve minimizes fluid turbulence
A straight-through diaphragm valve provides for high-flow performance with minimum turbulence on sludges, abrasive slurries, and corrosive abrasive slurries.
Modular FRL saves space
The 05 Modular FRL prepares up to 50 scfm of compressed air for machinery and automation consumption in a compact package. Accessories include lockout valves, pressure switches, and slow start and quick dump valves.
Transfer system improves safety
LiquidBin and Bulk Transfer System dispenses exact chemical amounts from bins, tanks, and drums. Consisting of a pump and programmable timer, the system can be set to deliver chemicals, reducing chemical handling danger and transfer time.
Nip pump trouble
Meg-Alert predictive maintenance device automatically tests and monitors the insulation resistance of pump motor windings. It provides an early warning indication to signal the need for maintenance action or to prevent startup by locking out the motor.
Oil cart transports and filters
Y2K-2000 filter cart is capable of transporting a drum of oil and the transfer pump/filter with a single piece of equipment. Currently, plants use a minimum of two pieces of equipment to accomplish the same job.
Piping system costs could fall this summer
Opportunities to push for lower prices abound for plant engineers who are buying operating materials this summer. With a margin "grade" of A+, the industry that makes "other valves and pipe fittings" is an excellent case in point.
Ball valve jacket prevents blockage
Jacketed sanitary ball valve controls product flow through inline and outlet valves, and prevents solidification and blockages with efficient valve jacketing for use with hot water, steam, and other heating or cooling mediums.
Carts carry multiple lubricants to job sites
Mobile fluid handling carts roll lubricants right to the job. Containers, mounted on two or four wheels, hold 15, 30, or 60 gal. of lubricants. Each cart has its own pump, storage space for tools, and drip pan to eliminate spills.
Pump sumps vertically
An 8-p vertical sump pump brochure is written in both simple language and engineering terms to better inform users about the product line. Information includes dimensions, pump attributes, specifications, and performance data.
Don’t get all steamed up
A 16-p brochure details a broad range of steam specialties and fluid control products. The publication provides summary information on steam and water pressure regulators -- both direct operating and pilot operated.
Problem: Troubleshooting a pump or other equipment is difficult without specifications or performance data such as a pump curve. Often the information is not available at the equipment location.
Pick a valve in a pinch
Computer aided selection program analyzes process information and instantly selects the pinch valve best suited for the application. The system eliminates guesswork, saves time, and prolongs the life of the valve. Simple point-and-click commands are used.
Steam control and condensate drainage are the subject of a 6-p bulletin.
Double your pump pleasure
A line of double suction pumps includes six splitcase models with 122 different sizes. Applications include cooling towers, boosters, fan pumps, and raw water supplies. Goulds Pumps www.goulds.
A series of high pressure modulating automatic recirculation valves is covered in an 8-p brochure. The valves described feature a forged body housing, internal pulsation dampener, flow straightener, and internal check valve.
Copper Connection provides details on a grooved mechanical system for joining copper tubing without brazing or soldering.
The 3171 line of vertical sump and process pumps is featured in an 18-p color brochure. The literature provides detailed cross-sectional drawings and technical data such as hydraulic performance curves. A variety of options is included.
A new line of nonmetallic chemical process pumps is covered in a 28-p brochure. The document shows sealed and sealless models engineered to ANSI and ISO design criteria. The pumps depicted provide zero emissions and are close or long coupled.
Lowdown on three-screw pump
The 3G Series rotary, positive displacement, three-screw pump is designed for continuous operation at pressures to 250 psig and flows to 55 gpm. The pump is available in ten displacements and three casing sizes. Imo Pump www.imo-pump.
Modular design simplifies pump selection
SR Range rotary lobe pumps offer a modular design that enables the selection of the best product for multiple applications. Features include stainless steel construction, external bearings, no metal-to-metal contact, and low shear fluid transfer.
Pumps maintain consistent pressure
Husky air-operated, double diaphragm pumps feature 1/4, 3/8, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, and 3-in. sizes and have capacities from 3-275 gpm. An optional dynamic surge suppressor uses air pressure and a diaphragm to maintain consistent fluid outlet pressure.
Inducer lowers required NPSH
Wi Inducer for centrifugal pumps lowers the required NPSH 50-70%. A helical screw, mounted in front of the impeller, raises the suction pressure available to the pump. The universal impeller performs over the full operating range of the pump.
Software speeds sanitary piping design
CADWorx/Pipe Version 2.20 is an AutoCAD-based program for piping plant design that includes capabilities for sanitary pipe fittings, valves, and estimation.
Flowserve Corp., Fluid Sealing Div.GX-200 pump seal
Project scheduling software streamlines planning process
The management of most projects begins with planning and scheduling. Thanks to the many software tools available, plant engineers have help at their fingertips during this crucial early stage.
High pressure water
An 8-p brochure features pumps, systems, and accessories for application of high pressure water up to 40,000 psi. The literature includes recommendations for waterjetting applications, working pressures, flow rates, and accessories. Aqua-Dyne, Inc.
Peristaltic pumps monitor hose wear
M Range has up to twice the capacity of other peristaltic pumps, and features an internal vacuum system that indicates hose wear and allows service before failure. The pumps have no rotating seals or packing, are self-priming, and are easy to clean.
New department responds to popular demand
For years, our annual "Tips & Tricks" feature generated requests that we run these kinds of great ideas in every issue.
1998 Maintenance Tips Of The Year
Our readers have spoken! Winners in Plant Engineering magazine's tenth annual "Tips & Tricks" contest have been determined! Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers, Deer Park, TX, submitted the top vote getter among the entries presented in the September 1998 issue. His "Maintenance Tip of the Year" explained and illustrated how to repair a stuck-open valve on a tank, without losing the contents. Mr.
Plastic piping systems
Thermoplastic dual containment piping systems, manholes, valve boxes, spool pieces, and sumps are designed to prevent dangerous and expensive environmental spills.
Control valve offers trim options
V1C Series cage-guided, balanced control valve offers high pressure capabilities, characterized flow, and tight shutoff.
A line of plastic, corrosion resistant butterfly valves serves 14, 16, 18, 20, and 24-in. pipelines. These lightweight valves can often be an inexpensive replacement for metal products.
A brochure details a full line of DIN 43650 valve connectors and junctions.
Mag-drive pump performs in low flow
Texel MEH Series of mag-drive pumps provide leak-free performance, especially under low flow conditions. Casing linings and all wetted parts are made from PVDF or ETFE for maximum corrosion resistance.
Pump seal reduces solids
Type 2800EX gas lubricated, noncontacting seals are fitted with an excluder that reduces solids within the seal chamber. The product is capable of handling up to 28% solids.
E3 bolted pump handles 3/4-in. solids and features ANSI/DIN flange inlet and discharge manifolds. The manifolds have a cast-in boss on each side for draining purposes.Versa-Matic Pump. Co.
Process pumps resist corrosion
PolyChem process pumps are nonmetallic, sealed or sealless, and engineered to ANSI and ISO design criteria and JIS drilling specifications.
Ball valves handle hot slurries
The 3000 Series three-piece ball valves serve higher pressure and temperature applications such as steam, coal processing, and other slurry services. The valves are fire safe, and are protected against line flow and seat distortion .
Pumps have optional external flush
Series 2100 trash and solid-handling, self-priming pumps have easy access to the impeller and case for debris removal. An optional external flush extends seal life. Vertiflo Pump Co. www.vertiflo.
Plastic pumps bolted for easy maintenance
SandPIPERII plastic pumps are available in sizes from 1-3 in. with a maximum flow of 260 gpm. The pumps have a bolted design and V-band clamps are not used, which results in stronger construction and easier maintenance.
Pump handles numerous applications
Series BT line of cast iron, bronze-fitted, single stage, double suction, horizontal split case pumps features mechanical seals capable of handling ethylene glycol and working with temperatures up to 225 F. Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), Inc.
Pilot operated PRVs
Series 3800 line of integrally cast, flanged, semi-nozzle pilot operated pressure relief valves is covered in a 24-p brochure. Valves are presented for air, gas, vapor, and liquid service.
Design and analyze small fluid piping systems
Pipe-Flo Express is used to design, analyze, and troubleshoot new or existing piping systems of up to 25 pipelines in a series. User draws the system, sizes pipes, inserts pumps and components, and the program calculates pressures and flow rates.
Progressing cavity pumps
A 6-p bulletin provides an overview of a complete line of progressing cavity pumps. Numerous models in a variety of construction materials with many different options are presented.
Oh what a relief it is
SizeMaster Mark IV software integrates standard engineering practice with the sizing and selection of pressure relief valves.
Oils well that ends well
Ferret oil/water separating pump removes thick or thin layers of floating hydrocarbons from tanks, pits, and sumps. The system is guaranteed to get all the hydrocarbon, including the sheen, without pumping away the water.
Industrial-grade lubricant transfer and storage products are offered in a 32-p catalog. Included are hand pumps, grease guns, fuel pumps, control valves, drum accessories, hose assemblies, and fluid waste disposal equipment. National-Spencer, Inc.
Overall lead times beginning to ease
Lead times for three of the five products that we follow declined between the third and fourth quarters of 1998. Average lead times rose for pumps and special fasteners, but fell for gears, valves, and cylinders.
Pump handles corrosive and toxic fluids
MP/MPL Series pumps for harsh environments are cost effective and efficient in low-flow, high-head applications.
Units split oil from process water
Two models of pump/separators, with no replaceable parts, split oil from process water or hot parts washer water and recycle the treated water at 120 gph. Model 371, with a temperature limit of 120 F, cleans process water and confined spills.
Mini pump meters fluids
Nemo NM Mini Metering Pump for low and high viscous materials features flow ranges from 0.25-160 gph, pressures from 0-180 psi, low shear rate, nonpulsating flow, and capacity change with rotor/stator change without affecting pump dimensions.
Heat exchanger built for low flows
ABX brazed plate exchanger is suited for low flows up to 100 gpm in liquid-to-liquid and refrigerant-to-liquid heat transfer applications.
Piston pumps combine long life, quiet operation
PVH 300 Discovery Series axial piston pumps offer up to double the life and a 50% noise reduction over previous designs. Available in 10 sizes, the pumps are rated at 4000-psi continuous and 4600-psi intermittent pressure with flows from 4.7-104 gpm.
Drum pumps handle a variety of containers
Drum pumps, including models constructed from polypropylene, PVDF, or 316SS, range in length from 39-72 in. and provide flexibility of use in transferring or dispensing fluids from various sized containers. Pumps empty a 55-gal. drum in less than 2 min.
Valves provide absolute shut-off
Hamer Line Blind Valves deliver shut-off integrity in pipelines where line blinding is a frequent requirement and safety is a primary concern. Gasket materials are available for most fluids and for temperatures up to 800 F.
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association has announced its Spring 1999 seminar schedule. Courses include DC theory and test procedures, mechanical repair, and centrifugal pump repair.
Hydraulic fluid is environmentally friendly
Tellus S provides a high level of performance without the use of zinc-based chemistry. As water quality concerns increase, this hydraulic fluid meets the growing pressures for environmentally acceptable products.
Finding a corrosion-resistant valve
Application & Corrosion Data includes a color-coded valve selection chart. Also provided are application and corrosion data tables which list more than 500 types of flow-media and appropriate valving materials. Xomox Corp. www.xomox.com
Heaters and accessories
A 32-p catalog features an extensive line of inline heaters, immersion heaters, heat exchangers, and temperature controls. Accessories presented include insulators, solenoid valves, A-hr meters, and level controls. Process Technology www.
Ball valve provides sanitary and steam service
Igenix Series 5 two-way ball valves use sanitary nonencapsulated or clean steam encapsulated seats in the same body. Valve seat seal can be restored inline to a leak-tight condition, to compensate for normal wear without valve removal.
Free approach to valve sizing
A free Windows-based program automates the calculation and selection process of valves for aboveground storage tank venting applications. A CD-ROM for use with Windows 3.
Mag drive pump provides low flow of corrosive fluids
Model 3298XS low-flow pump handles moderate-to-severe corrosives with or without solids and eliminates the need for oversized ANSI pumps. The sealless design is an effective alternative to pumps with conventional mechanical seals.
Booster pump operates with all kinds of water
Booster Module submersible pump is encased in a stainless steel tube and offered in 304, 316, and 904L stainless steel to handle both brackish and sea water in water purification applications.
System erects and repairs foundations
Polyshield System is a quick and easy approach for repairing or erecting foundations supporting rotating equipment. The chemical-resistant system consists of a modular precast 1 1/4-in.
Finding someone to find leaks
The 32-p booklet Inspection Services Directory and Handbook includes information on independent companies specializing in leak detection surveys, steam trap/valve surveys, underground leak detection, and a wide variety of specialized contracting services.
Sensing pump rate
Diaphragm Pump Cycle Sensor Kits are closed-contact and magnetically-operated to provide continuous, real-time monitoring of the cycle rate.
Butterfly valves connect quickly
Series AQV PVC butterfly valves have a simple spline assembly providing self-restrained joints that are quickly connected or disconnected.
Pump moves hot fluids without water cooling
HTO 300 close-coupled, end-suction, centrifugal pump has an air-cooled seal housing design to eliminate an external water cooling jacket when pumping fluids up to 650 F. A carbon graphite bushing isolates the seal cavity and limits heat transfer.
Pump trap has low profile to fit tight spaces
PT-104 mini pump trap is a cast iron mechanical pump 12 1/2-in. tall. Its compact size allows installation in confined spaces without electricity. It can return condensate at temperatures above the 210-F limit of conventional electric centrifugal pumps.
See what you can’t see
A line of remote visual inspection instruments checks hard-to-access places such as inside machinery, valves, piping, and large dark voids, The videoscopes have a high resolution CCD image sensor that sends back true color video images.
Pump bearing retrofits to offer longer life
Pump bearing is a double-row, angular contact ball bearing with a machined brass cage that outperforms steel cages under marginal lubrication conditions. A 40-deg contact angle has greater thrust load capacity.
Compressor quietly delivers cool air
Twistair TA 20-30 single-stage compressor uses polyceramic rotors and water injection to deliver compressed air at no more than 9-deg F above ambient at 100-150 psig. The standard enclosure limits sound to 74.6 dBA.
Pump seal fits standard bore chambers
GX-200 dual-pressurized gas barrier seal uses a shaft-centered cartridge design, provides zero product emissions, lowers energy costs, and eliminates seal face wear.
Handling hot water
A technical brochure describes a line of steam and hot water solenoid valves. Information includes charts outlining valve sizes, Cv flow rates, minimum and maximum operating pressure differential, maximum temperatures, and orifice sizes.
Fire protection control valves are 50% lighter
FireLock low-differential valves offer an automatic clapper that resets after test or fire. A 6-in. dry valve is rated at 300 psi and weighs 79 lb, which is less than half that of competitive products.
Get control with the right valve
Nelprof 2.1 control valve selection software picks the right package quickly and accurately. The software operates with Windows 95, 3.
What a waste
An overview of equipment selection, system design, pump configurations, and government regulations dealing with the neutralization of acidic, caustic, and mixed or unknown liquid or gaseous waste streams is presented in a 6-p brochure.
A multiple lockout device features stainless steel/nylon construction that provides strength, durability, and corrosion resistance.
A brochure provides details on Series EA, all-plastic, electrically automated ball valves. The 1/2-2-in. valves are rated at 225 psi and are a cost-effective alternative to automated valves with nonrepairable, throw-away designs.
Lubricants have high flash points
Advanez lubricants have flash points of 140 F or higher, do not contain CFCs, provide corrosion protection, and feature 360-deg invertible valves for all-angle spraying. Advanex 10 cleans and protects delicate parts and mechanisms.
When oil spills, oil is well
An oil spill response system is capable of 300-gpm recovery. The skim-pak system is easily transported to a spill site and quickly deployed by the emergency response team.
Overall leadtimes beginning to ease
Lead times for three of the five products that we follow declined between the second and third quarters. Average leadtimes rose for special fasteners and valves during the July-September period, but fell for gears, pumps, and cylinders.
Impeller improves pump performance
An impeller has been redesigned to improve the NPSH required characteristics up to 60% for some models of centrifugal pumps. The impellers are suited for difficult pumping jobs. Waukesha Cherry-Burrell
Pump without power
Series PCC and PCS Pumpless units transfer condensate at high temperatures without electricity. Units are driven by steam or air and can be placed in remote or hazardous locations.
Selecting gate valves
The Best of the Best In Gate Valve Technology brochure describes products in detail, including charts explaining dimensional and operating data. Cutaway views show the internal structure and detailed references for sealing areas.
Metering pump handles corrosive fluids
Travcyl pump is a digitally-controlled, positive displacement model for dispensing and metering chemicals, reagents, slurries, adhesives, polymers, and gases.
Problem: When a valve on an open tank doesn't shut off, the entire inventory must be dumped to repair the problem. Can this expense be saved? Solution: Install an inflatable pipe plug.
Welding thin metal
Problem: It's tough welding thin-gauge sheet metal without warping or burning through. Can the job be done while avoiding these problems? Solution: Clamp a piece of used carbon vane from a pump/blower to the back of the sheet metal.
Testing for leaks
Problem: Is there a simple way to test for a leaky air or gas valve? Solution: With the valve closed and air pressure applied to the inlet side, put a wet paper towel over the outlet opening.
Get a fire pump fast
Fire Pump Quick Ship Program provides fast delivery of a line of UL listed, FM approved fire pumps. Ten popular horizontal split case models are shipped within five working days from receipt of an approved order. Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), Inc.
A different kind of pump
I am writing in reference to your article "Increasing centrifugal pump reliability" (PE, June 1998, p 58, File 4010/5540). Discflo Corp., which manufactures only disc pumps, appeared in the list of centrifugal pump manufacturers.
Cooler operates in hostile environments
The Extra Cooler is UL and CUL listed for indoor and outdoor use, and operates in hostile environments where temperatures reach 115 F. Capacities range from 1Z2-15 tons.
Have a ball with these valves
A brochure describes metal seated, full-port ball valves that withstand corrosion, high input torques, extreme pressures, and frequent cycling. Special features include a massive stem, floating ball design, and heavy-duty flanges. Dezurik www.dezurik.
PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-08-01
Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.6 0.1 1 Electric devices 147.9 0.2 1.5 Foundry and forge products 135.1 0 0.6 Glass 107.1 0.1 -0.9 Gypsum products 175.8 1.1 2.
A 36-p expanded catalog offers hundreds of brass fittings for air, gas, and liquid systems. Push-in fittings, pipe fittings, manifolds, tube fittings, quick couplers, flow controls, and needle and check valves are presented. Alkon Corp.
Pumps handle high temperature without cooling water
MPH Series of high-temperature pumps serve low-flow, high-head, high-temperature applications. These close-coupled, sealless, magnetically driven pumps operate at temperatures up to 536 F without cooling water.
Put butterflies in the line
A butterfly valve catalog highlights the advantages of an axially pliant seat. When open, the seat relaxes out of the flow path to reduce erosion and abrasion.
Nonelectric steam condensate pump used in hazardous locations
Pressure-operated condensate return pump doesn't use electricity, making it suited for hazardous or wet atmospheres and NEMA 4, 7, and 9 locations. There are no rotating seals to leak, no motors to burn out, and lubrication is not required.
Bronze steam regulators have long life
Series 36S compact steam valves have a cast bronze machined body and stainless steel internal and external parts to resist corrosion and provide extended service life.
Variable drive makes HVAC systems economical
QC3000 variable torque ac motor drive for an outlet damper, inlet guide vane, or throttling valve can significantly improve system efficiency and operating economy.
Centrifugal pump reduces membrane fouling
The 200MS Series high-pressure multistage centrifugal pump is used for recirculating service in reverse osmosis and other membrane systems.
Attributes of a line of sleeved plug valves are the subject of a 20-p catalog. Features portrayed include bidirectional flow, simple actuation, compact design, double fugitive emissions control, and sealing power superior to any ball or gate valve.
Steam and water components
A 144-p catalog covers steam traps, regulators, vents, vacuum breakers, valves, Y-strainers, pumps, and heat exchangers. Items are listed by description, photo, and model number. ITT Hoffman Specialty www.hoffmanspecialty.com
Everything about diaphragm pumps
A 24-p color catalog features detailed descriptions of a diaphragm pump line. Performance curves, dimensions, accessories, and technical data are included. Catalog requests can be sent from the website. Warren Rupp, Inc. www.warrenrupp.com
A 6-p brochure presents a line of skimmers designed to remove oil from separation tanks and sumps. Capabilities explained include ability to work with either gravity flow or controlled pumping. Also included are intank and spill recovery models.
Ball valves provide large safety factor
Gruvlok Series 7500 ball valves carry a generous safety factor for pressure retention, stem strength, blowout proof stems, seat performance, low operation torque, and high Cv. An integral actuation mounting is included to accommodate automation.
Steam traps combine high capacity and compact size
TK Series Super Capacity Steam Traps provide high volume and compact size for ease of installation and reduced need for pipe supports and special pads. The largest unit -- a 4-in. trap -- is 14-in.
Metering pump changes heads to match fluids
Pump offers a variety of heads to suit any application. The standard hydraulic metering pump handles liquids with viscosities to 1500 cps with a capacity from 16-80 gph. A special head handles viscosities to 5000 cps, while a low volume head delivers 0.
Pump’s plastic lining resists corrosion
Texel MET-80 Series plastic-lined pumps provide leakproof, corrosion-resistant performance in applications requiring high purity. Features include flows to 340 gpm, heads to 200 ft, working temperatures to 250 F, and working pressures to 99 psi.
End suction pumps have external impeller adjustments
Series 1400 horizontal end suction pumps have larger power frames and pump hydraulic sizes, and flows to 4000 gpm. Included are several new sizes: 6 X 4 X 12, 6 X 6 X 12, 8 X 8 X 12, 10 X 10 X 12, 3 X 2 X 15, and 4 X 3 X 15.
Motor drive control has quick response time
ACS 140 MicroDrive covers 1/2-3 hp, 230 and 460-Vac motors in single and three-phase configurations. It is capable of responding to input signal changes in as little as 9 ms.
Controller protects refrigerant pumps
Pump Guardian integrated controller safeguards liquid refrigerant pumps. It alerts plant engineers of harmful operating conditions, such as cavitating, low liquid level, insufficient or loss of pressure, motor overheating, and unnecessary on/off cycling.
Compressed gas safety
A 68-p catalog offers safety standards and specifications, posters, handbooks, training videos, and bulletins relating to compressed gases and cryogenic liquids.
Muffler quiets air-operated diaphragm pumps
The 3M replacement muffler effectively quiets exhaust noise levels on air-operated diaphragm pumps by as much as 50%. The muffler has a replaceable core and noncorrosive housing. Mufflers are available in 3/8, 3/4, and 1-in. npt. Warren Rupp, Inc. www.
Compressed air dryers use low power
Balston PSA dryers use pressure swing absorption technology, with low amperage solenoid valves, to provide clean, dry compressed air at dew points as low as -100 F.
Pump trap handles 60,000 lb/hr
PT-516 high capacity pump trap is a low maintenance, nonelectric solution to moving large amounts of condensate from low points, low pressures, or vacuum spaces to areas of higher elevation or pressure.
Control drives down energy costs
Unidrive VTC is programmed to maximize energy savings on loads such as centrifugal pumps and fans. The easily reconfigured control input terminals accommodate HOA operation, preset speed select, and outputs for speed and current meters.
A 4-p technical bulletin covers lined, magnetic drive, sealless pumps. The material includes photos, technical illustrations, detailed specifications, materials of construction, and dimensions.
A technical bulletin on the MPH Series of high temperature pumps describes close-coupled, sealless, magnetically driven units designed for low flow, high head, high temperature applications.
Flue gas conditioning
Systems and components for flue gas conditioning and desulfurization are the subject of a 4-p brochure. The literature describes eductor-based designs that excel at handling materials such as hydrated lime.
The Metalstitch technique for the immediate and long-lasting repair of cracked or broken cast iron in pump and bearing housings, gears and gear boxes, and many other components is the subject of a 4-p brochure.
Adjustable frequency drives
A 12-p catalog features adjustable frequency drives in ratings from 1-300 hp. Especially suitable for HVAC applications, these drives handle variable torque fan and pump loads where controlling motor speed is important. Graham Drives www.grahamdrives.
Package approach to air drying
PSF Series heaterless desiccant compressed air dryer is a complete package including a standard, high-efficiency, coalescing prefilter; particulate removal afterfilter; and proprietary switching valves.
Overall leadtimes lengthen
From January to February 1998, leadtimes lengthened significantly for all materials except hydraulic cylinders, which may be facing a shortage in supply, as their leadtimes increased by 24.8% in 1997.
Blowdown system controls boiler solids
TDS fully automatic blowdown system controls the level of total dissolved solids in a boiler while meeting increasingly stringent demands for safety and energy efficiency.
Purifier removes slow separating tramp oil
The 351 Coolant Purifier separates tramp oil from machine tool coolants which tend to emulsify the oil. The device efficiently splits tramp oil from all types of synthetic or semisynthetic water-based coolants, including those slow to reject tramp oil.
Valve position indicator withstands washdowns
Pointer, a compact thermoplastic valve position indicator, provides 360-deg visual and LED local and remote indication. The package mounts to quarter-turn or rotary actuators and resists corrosion, chemical reaction, and routine washdowns.
Portable electric pump
Utility pump is corrosion resistant, lightweight, and durable. This product is the latest addition to a line of submersible, portable electric pumps. Grindex Pumps www.grindexpumps.com
PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-03-01
Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1 Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2 Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9 Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3 Gypsum products 172 -0.
Guidelines For Choosing A Pipe Thread Sealant
Looking into any maintenance technician's tool box or a plant's supply closet likely turns up some type of pipe thread sealant.
Thermoplastic system features patented dual containment piping with options, including leak detection, HDPE manholes, valve boxes, sumps, and lining systems. Fluid Controls, Inc. www.fluidcontrols.com
Husky 3275 is an aluminum, 3-in, air-powered, double diaphragm pump designed to handle a wide variety of fluids. The pump delivers up to 275 gpm and can run dry without damage. Graco, Inc.
Submersible drainage pumps
Pumps are available in sizes from 1 1/2 to 15 hp. The pumps feature modular, easily changed replacement parts; and offer a rust and corrosion-resistant stainless steel outer casing. Pumpex, Inc.
HD-pump tube is available in stainless steel with two different pumping elements. The product is easy to clean, continuous duty, and portable. Lutz Pumps
Series 6 videoscopes with dual optics technology inspect inside piping, machinery, valves, and other hard-to-access locations. The product measures defects viewed on a video screen with 95% accuracy. Olympus America, Inc. www.olympusipg.com
PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-02-01
Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1 Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2 Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9 Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3 Gypsum products 172 -0.
A catalog to diaphragm for
A 20-p booklet features descriptions, technical data, and engineering schematics of a complete diaphragm valve line, plus a review of available diaphragms.
Vacuum pump rebuild
A 4-p brochure describes a service for rebuilding vacuum pumps ranging from conventional belt drive models to the latest dry pump technology. Pumps are rebuilt under an eight-step program that assures performance. Mass-Vac, Inc.
A 20-p catalog depicts two lines of inverted bucket steam traps: cast iron and stainless steel. Both lines integrate the energy saving features of the inverted bucket steam trap with proven reliability of piston valves into a single space-saving package.
A complete line of process pressure relief valves, steam safety valves, and hydraulic and pneumatic test equipment is presented in a 6-p brochure.
Valves/actuators are easy pickings
Valve Sizing and Selection Software on CD-ROM for Windows 95 does all the work for choosing the correct HVAC control valves and compatible actuators. The software includes an online catalog of nearly 500 valves and more than 100 actuators. Honeywell, Inc.
Steam trap simplifies installation
Trap valve stations integrate the energy saving features of the inverted bucket steam trap with the proven reliability of piston valves into one space-saving package that simplifies installation, reduces maintenance costs, and conserves space.
Applying Simple Solutions To Common Maintenance Problems
The annual Plant Engineering "Tips & Tricks" article, last published in September 1997, has been the magazine's "best read" every year of its existence.
New paradigm or twilight zone?
Economic growth remained strong through the third quarter of 1997, and early signs pointed to a good fourth quarter as well.