Pumps

Pump selection for parallel pump control is critical in determining the desired total system output. Check pump curves to make sure that the number of pumps, flow, head, and multi set points are adequate for your system needs. Head pressure may not remain constant in some cases, as the flow is increased to multiple pumps. Courtesy: Crane Pumps & Systems.
Pumps August 15, 2019

Use of variable frequency drives in injection molding saves money

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) improves process cooling optimization and pump efficiency.

By Timothy Albers and Dan Roberts
Pumps August 5, 2019

Test smart process control valves in minutes

An automated loop calibration tool can screen valves and identify which ones require more testing and should be pulled.

By Jim Shields
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) named Brian Larry, Jerry Gray and Tim Bieber to their international board for the 2019-2020 administrative year. Courtesy: EASA
Pumps July 22, 2019

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.

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
A new MIT-invented system automatically designs and 3-D prints complex robotic actuators optimized according to an enormous number of specifications, such as appearance and flexibility. To demonstrate the system, the researchers fabricated floating water lilies with petals equipped with arrays of actuators and hinges that fold up in response to magnetic fields run through conductive fluids. Courtesy: Subramanian Sundaram, MIT
Pumps July 18, 2019

Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

By Rob Matheson
A soft-actuating robot gripper and a collaborative conveyor system enable safer human-robot interaction. Courtesy: Shuttleworth, LLC/RIA
Pumps May 6, 2019

Fenceless safety methods embrace human-robot interaction

Human-robot collaboration (HRC) is becoming more common, but humans still need to be aware of their machine counterparts. Companies have developed techniques to make it easier for humans and robots to safely interact and improve plant floor productivity.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Pumps April 17, 2018

Plant Engineering 2017 Product of the Year Winners

The 2017 award recipients represent the best in innovation

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Pumps March 12, 2018

Testing steam trap stations by temperature

The relationship between steam pressure and temperature makes temperature measurement extremely helpful in understanding many different operating conditions of steam components in the steam and condensate system.

By Kelly Paffel, Inveno Engineering, LLC
Pumps December 11, 2017

Electric devices provide a better connection to smart maintenance systems

Smart actuators provide the capability for variable maintenance functions. Smart actuators and other electrical devices lower maintenance and manufacturing costs.

By David Buckley, Motion Industries and Hakan Persson, Thomson Industries
The OPTIMASS 2000 S400 16-inch Coriolis mass flowmeter is ideal for bulk measurement of petroleum and oil, as well as syrup, molasses, and raw chemicals. Courtesy: Krohne
Pumps June 8, 2017

Coriolis mass flowmeter

The OPTIMASS 2000 S400 16-inch Coriolis mass flowmeter is ideal for bulk measurement of petroleum and oil, as well as syrup, molasses, and raw chemicals.

By Krohne
IHS Markit reported that sales for the gas, steam and hydro turbine industries are projected to struggle through 2020 due to a lack of market opportunities for suppliers and high price erosion. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Pumps March 23, 2017

Tough market projected for gas, steam and hydro turbine suppliers

IHS Markit reported that sales for the gas, steam and hydro turbine industries are projected to struggle through 2020 due to a lack of market opportunities for suppliers and high price erosion.

By Greg Johnson, IHS Markit