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Power factor is a dimensionless number between 0 and 1 that is defined as the ratio of real power (kW) to apparent power (kVA). Real power is considered to be the work producing component. Apparent power is the product of the total current and voltage use
Pumps January 31, 2017

Improving power factor to reduce energy demand charges, increase capacity

Low power is not only inefficient, but can also be expensive over the life of an electrical system. Improved power factor will increase the distribution system’s efficiency and reduce energy costs associated with low power factor penalties.

By Tommy Northcott, Northcott Consulting
Pumps January 23, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 16-January 22: lowering compressed air costs, VFD efficiency, keeping DC motors healthy, more

Articles about lowering compressed air costs, VFD efficiency, keeping DC motors healthy, motor current analysis, and the importance of motor winding analysis were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 16-January 22. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
If the goal is to save money on energy at an industrial facility, taking proper care of the equipment is the first place to start. Courtesy: Jason Blackeye, Unplash
Pumps January 16, 2017

Five ideas to start on the path to energy efficiency

If the goal is to save money on energy at an industrial facility, taking proper care of the equipment is crucial. Consider the five areas highlighted below as a place to start.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
The direct drive APW Panel Fans are designed to provide aerodynamically efficient performance with little or no maintenance and an adjustable pitch impeller for precise performance matching. Courtesy: CFM
Pumps January 13, 2017

Direct drive panel fan

The direct drive APW Panel Fans are designed to provide aerodynamically efficient performance with little or no maintenance and an adjustable pitch impeller for precise performance matching.

By CFM
Cleaning can fall lower on a priority list because it adds no direct value to the product, but the cost of not taking proper precautions can be astronomical. Courtesy: Stellar
Pumps January 11, 2017

How to integrate regular cleaning into a facility’s processing

Cleaning can fall lower on a priority list because it adds no direct value to the product, but the cost of not taking proper precautions can be astronomical.

By Mike Murdaugh, Stellar
Measuring and monitoring air use is an important component in managing your compressed air costs. Courtesy: Atlas Copco
Pumps January 5, 2017

10 tips to lower compressed air costs

Keep an ear out for leaks, but look at other factors as well.

By Deepak Vetal, Atlas Copco Compressors
By taking a holistic, collaborative and pragmatic approach to VA/VE, manufacturers can decrease their material costs and simultaneously increase customer value. Courtesy: Samuel Zeller, Unsplash
Pumps January 3, 2017

Three steps to reduce material cost for top-line growth

By taking a holistic, collaborative and pragmatic approach to VA/VE, manufacturers can decrease their material costs and simultaneously increase customer value.

By Andreas Doerken, Argo Consulting, Europe
Pumps January 3, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 26-January 1: Control panel questions, Product of the Year Finalists, OSHA fines auto supplier, more

Articles about control panel questions, the 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, OSHA fining an auto supplier, using APC, and the 2016 Top Plant were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 26-January 1. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
The Mini-Skimmer R.S. is a belt-type oil skimmer designed to collect over a quart of oil p/hr, skim unwanted tramp oils from coolants, and clean wastewater. Courtesy: Wayne Products
Pumps January 2, 2017

Belt-type oil skimmer

The Mini-Skimmer R.S. is a belt-type oil skimmer designed to collect over a quart of oil p/hr, skim unwanted tramp oils from coolants, and clean wastewater.

By Wayne Products
A Houston area petrochemical blending facility was experiencing numerous operational and maintenance issues with their steam-heated oil and lubricant storage tanks. Courtesy: Spirax Sarco
Pumps December 22, 2016

Petrochemical steam-heated storage tanks

A Houston area petrochemical blending facility was experiencing numerous operational and maintenance issues with their steam-heated oil and lubricant storage tanks.

By Brett Hollier, Oil & Gas and Chemicals, Spirax Sarco