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Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers
Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers

Small and medium-size manufacturers compose about 90% of manufacturing establishments and use only 50% of the energy consumed by industry. But these facilities also pay higher energy prices, so savings add up to a larger percentage of facility costs. As a result, several efficiency programs now offer a suite of... Read More

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Six steps to energy efficiency in pneumatic systems
Six steps to energy efficiency in pneumatic systems

Pneumatic systems are considered to be inherently inefficient, so little is done to improve them. However, this article will show how these systems can be optimized to not only improve energy... Read More

Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations
Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations

I’m going to make a bold statement right up front by saying: All air-cooled chillers are over-sized. Now let me explain why I take this position. Among other considerations, Air –cooled chillers are... Read More

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Debunking the myths around bearings
Debunking the myths around bearings

The wheels of industry turn on bearings, so why do the wheels often vibrate, clatter, squeak, drag, and overheat? Bearings can fail for lots of reasons. Most failures (as shown in Figure 1) are... Read More

Correcting induction motor power factor
Correcting induction motor power factor

Most plant managers and maintenance personnel know that induction motors can cause low power factor (PF) and trigger expensive surcharges on electric bills, even if they aren’t sure why. A simple... Read More

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The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, presented by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, in partnership with Hannover Fairs USA, will deliver a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants.

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Keyless lock for managing multiple locks
Keyless lock for managing multiple locks

The Keyless Keypad Lock for drawer cabinets serves as an alternative to the SL10 keyed locking... Read More

Maintenance-free casters
Maintenance-free casters

Spinfinity is a new line of heavy-duty, maintenance-free casters. Incorporated into the kingpinless... Read More

Hydraulic hose for demanding applications
Hydraulic hose for demanding applications

The E-Z Bend Hose has half the bend radius of standard hoses for easier routing and more space... Read More

Automated vacuum lifter
Automated vacuum lifter

The SmartLifter automated vacuum lifter enables the user to grip, balance, and stack heavy items... Read More

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